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AIDAprima sails with ClaypakyAIDAprima sails with Claypaky
Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Germany - The AIDAprima, the latest addition to the AIDA Cruises fleet, was christened in Hamburg on 7 May 2016. The ship's many attractions include the Beach Club with Caribbean feel for 365 days a year, and the Four Elements area with water slides and climbing walls, not to mention first class entertainment.

Marcel Dias Vieira, AIDA Cruises entertainment technology supervisor, explained the basic reasoning behind the lighting choices and why they chose Claypaky moving heads. The lighting rig includes Claypaky Alpha Profile 800 STs, as well as many other MALighting products - a grandMA2 full-size desk, two grandMA2 light consoles, two grandMA2 replay units, and one MA Network Processing Unit (NPU).

However, the AIDAprima also boasts professional level technology in all other areas, such as the moving stage elements, LED screens, sound system and ship's TV studio. The effort to achieve the best results can be seen everywhere.

Andreas Scholz, lighting operator of the Theatrium, the largest venue on board, is also very enthusiastic about this. "I have sailed on various AIDA ships for 10 years now. The nice thing about our business is that we get to work with highly professional equipment. It is not a matter of course and I really appreciate the fact that we are always on the technological cutting-edge, which means everyone can continuously further their own skills and develop professionally.

"The fact we work very independently on board also contributes to this: we have to find solutions and make decisions on our own if problems occur. There is no offic

High school arena upgrades with DanleyHigh school arena upgrades with Danley
Monday, 19 December 2016

USA - The 1,200-plus teenagers in and around Van Buren, Arkansas attend Van Buren High School, and a huge part of their high school experience involves the school's Clair Bates Arena, a 2,000-seat arena built in 2009.

Unfortunately, budget constraints left its original sound reinforcement system underpowered and lacking critical intelligibility. Local A/V integration firm Commercial Audio Systems recently remedied that frustrating situation by installing a distributed Danley Sound Labs system comprised of eight Danley OS-80 full-range outdoor loudspeakers and eight Danley OS-115 subwoofers, citing their fidelity and pattern control for delivering musical impact and intelligibility in an overly-live room.

"The arena is beautiful; it's really stunning," said Jim Crews, co-owner of Commercial Audio Systems. "They did a great job getting all of its permanent architectural aspects right, but when the project ran up against the budget, they cut corners on the original sound system. A local music store put the system in, and they did a fine job with the installation... but with inappropriate components.

"As a result, they had intelligibility and volume problems from day one. It was very frustrating for the school and the fans. We wanted to switch out the old system for one designed around Danley components, which, by virtue of their innovative designs provide excellent fidelity and pattern control. The pattern control was important because the room itself is very tall with a ton of reflective surfaces that have no acoustic treatment. We needed to deliver sound t

VT20 systems reinforce Pioneer DJ alphaVT20 systems reinforce Pioneer DJ alpha
Monday, 19 December 2016

Germany - For the 20th anniversary of the biggest north German indoor festival of electronic music, Pioneer DJ alpha, over 50 national and international DJs such as Westbam, DJ Quicksilver, Charly Lownoise & Menthal Theo, Pulsedriver and Woody van Eyden and many more took part.

The sound of the Mainfloor including the VIPStage was realised with a VT20 system. Two arrays with two 12 VT20 and a cardioid bass array with 36x VS18 formed the main PA. The whole main PA was powered by only six Delta 20.4-DP system amps effortless hanging on only one 32 A / 400 V three-phase connection.

For the nearfield, eight MT12 were used, which were driven four-ways. The sound engineers at the venue spoke of remarkably detailed and homogenous sound, which impressed very much. Pioneer DJ alpha's André Neuhaus (FOH) comments: "A system in this size had to meet not only the client's expectation but also my own, which is based on experiences in the venue using another system. It worked well, remarkable was the homogenous sound over different sound levels. The tonal depth was great, especially at high sound levels it impresses with a clarity, which nobody would have expected.

"Even if you push the system intentionally to its limit, you do not have the feeling of losing anything. The fact that a performance like this can be realised using only a single 32 A connector to delight 7000 people with sound is astonishing. I think this clearly demonstrates a unique efficiency combined with sound stability, which gives a direct and detailed picture of the sound content. In case the

Nexo arrays in historical Polish siteNexo arrays in historical Polish site
Thursday, 15 December 2016

Poland - Nexo's contemporary, compact loudspeakers are an aesthetically pleasing fit for one of Poland's most valued heritage sites, in the Church of the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, officially recognised as the largest castle in the world.

The Castle itself is a medieval fortress, completed in 1406, and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO 20 years ago. This year, as part of an extensive reconstruction programme in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, LAUDA Audio was asked to design and install a sound reinforcement system to support the permanent and temporary exhibitions that are to be hosted by this historic venue.

The church can accommodate around 300 people in its main hall, attending meetings and presentations, as well as concerts. However, with a ceiling height of 14 metres, the acoustics of this medieval building are demanding. Reverb time is approximately 6 seconds, which presented a big challenge for the audio system designers.

"Our most important design objective was to achieve uncompromised sound quality, and multifunctionality for the system," explains Marcin Popek of Lauda Audio, a pro-audio specialist company from nearby Gdansk which is also the Polish distributor of Nexo systems.

For the main system, Lauda Audio selected Nexo's compact Geo M6 line array, recognised for its exceptional speech intelligibility and smooth even coverage. Using elegant white cabinets, two arrays of 9x M620 modules are flown at a height of 6m to cover the long narrow Church interior - 9m in width, with a throw of 32m. Two LS600 subs per s

Theatres Trust launches Urgent Repairs Scheme
Tuesday, 29 November 2016

UK - Theatres Trust has announced an Urgent Repairs Scheme, a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation. Theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000.

The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance. Theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building. Two funding rounds will take place in 2017, closing on 15 March and on 16 September.

Interim director at Theatres Trust, Rebecca Morland says, "Over the last few years we have become increasingly aware of the challenges facing theatres in terms of maintenance and repair. When budgets are tight, theatres often find it difficult to prioritise adequate spending on repairs and this leaves them vulnerable to unforeseen issues. The Urgent Repairs Scheme will support theatres that can demonstrate that without such repairs their operation is placed at risk. We would urge theatres to contact us in advance of applying to discuss their proposals."

Wolfson Foundation has long been providing capital funding to the cultural sector, supporting museums and galleries, historic sites, educational institutions and performing arts organisations. Since the beginning of the year Theatres Trust has been working with the Foundation to develop a scheme focussing on smaller, regional theatres, complementing the Foundation's existing funding programme and building on the knowledge and expertise of Theatres Trust. 2

ACSP technology at Reach Academy FelthamACSP technology at Reach Academy Feltham
Tuesday, 29 November 2016

UK - A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (ACSP) has supplied and installed a bespoke entertainment technology system to Reach Academy Feltham - a pioneering, all-through free school for pupils aged four to 18 in Hounslow, west London.

The school approached ACSP with a brief for a fully flexible lighting, video and sound system for its main hall - which is used for a wide array of events, including plays, dance shows, presentations, social functions and workshops. The system had to be user-friendly and intuitive, so that teaching staff and pupils could work it with ease.

In practice, ACSP managed the entire project. As well as devising a bespoke technical solution, the company supplied and installed it - subsequently providing training for school staff and ongoing technical support.

ACSP Director, Lance Bromhead felt that the high-performance ProLights lighting range would offer the best results within the school's budget. For the main stage area, he installed four Diamond 7 LED washers, the smallest luminaire in the Diamond range. These washers are complemented by two bigger, more powerful Diamond 19 LED washers.

The rig also includes six ProLights Crystal spot moving-heads and an EVO190ETU LED profiler which is capable of replacing traditional profilers equipped with 750W HPL lamps.

This lighting system is controlled by a Jands Vista S1 console. The intuitive, graphical user interface allows students and teachers to concentrate on the creativity and design of their show lighting, rather than deal with complicated lighting programming. The Vista software h

MA marks decade at Teatro Nacional CervantesMA marks decade at Teatro Nacional Cervantes
Friday, 18 November 2016

Argentina - Argentina's national theatre Cervantes National Theatre (also known as National Theatre of Buenos Aires) has recently invested in a grandMA2 ultra-light. Declared a National Historic Monument in 1995, the theatre is located on C

Theatreplan becomes Theatreplan Ltd.Theatreplan becomes Theatreplan Ltd.
Monday, 7 November 2016

UK - Theatreplan has announced another key milestone in the company's evolution. With effect from 1 October 2016, Theatreplan LLP has become Theatreplan Ltd. This development comes in the wake of its on-going growth and expansion into new territories.

Theatreplan's seven partners, Michael Atkinson, Paul Connolly, Roger Fox, David Ludlam, Clive Odom, Mathew Smethurst-Evans and John Whitaker have opted to make the transition to limited company status to facilitate the further growth of the group worldwide. The current partners will all become directors in the new organisation.

"Given our current level of expansion, it became clear to me that the next step was to become a limited company," said Paul Connolly who manages the Hong Kong operation. "While the transition will be seamless for our clients, as a limited company we will benefit from fiscal opportunities not previously available to us. I see this as a crucial move to facilitate our continued worldwide growth."

(Jim Evans)

Lighting up the stage at Aberdeen City campusLighting up the stage at Aberdeen City campus
Monday, 7 November 2016

UK - With lighting effects a key part of the drama at any theatre production, Hager's Klik lighting control module (LCM) is ensuring the show does go on at a busy theatre at the Aberdeen City Campus, part of the North East Scotland College.

It was chosen thanks to its ease of installation, flexible use, reliability and cost effectiveness and is now providing enhanced lighting control for both the theatre users and onsite lighting maintenance staff.

With the incumbent lighting control system at the theatre proving increasingly problematic and costly to maintain and repair, the contracted lighting maintenance team led by Daniel Strachan at Mitie, decided to seek out an alternative lighting control solution. Following discussions with electrical wholesaler, Edmundson Electrical, and further liaison with experts at Hager, a suitable LCM answer was identified; one which could be easily configured by the electrical staff on-site and alleviate the need to call on specialist (and expensive) lighting control support going forward.

Daniel Strachan from Mitie explains, "It was clear that we had to specify another LCM solution to replace one causing a number of problems within the theatre. To sort these out we had to rely on bringing in the system's specialist support. This was both time consuming and costly, and was particularly frustrating if it was only a minor issue that required sorting.

"I have used Hager products in the past and with guidance and recommendations from the company, it was clear we could replace the three existing LCMs with Hager's KLCM412P l

LED saves power for White Rock TheatreLED saves power for White Rock Theatre
Tuesday, 1 November 2016

UK - A LED lighting installation - specified and undertaken by Penn Elcom - is saving the White Rock Theatre in Hastings approximately 75 per cent on electricity requirements, plus a further 70 per cent on maintenance costs per year compared to the previous lighting scheme.

The seafront located theatre, a historically significant cultural landmark in the East Sussex region with origins dating back to 1927, is a busy receiving house owned by Hastings Borough Council with the day to day running and management undertaken by HQ Theatres & Hospitality, offering a diverse programme of touring shows embracing many performance genres, including opera, ballet, musicals, comedy and children's shows. The main auditorium capacity is 1066 (referring to the Battle of Hastings!).

A building wide upgrade to LED lighting has been taking place over the last 18 months explained Adam Harkin, the venue's technical & building manager, which has seen replacement of tungsten, fluorescent and discharge source house lighting in the main auditorium, in the Sussex Studio, all the foyers and bars, together with most of the backstage areas.

"We are really happy - the LEDs offer a better light output, lower running costs and less ongoing maintenance," stated Adam.

This started with Penn's specialist lighting team of Razvan Vasiliu and Nigel Howes who conducted a survey to establish how much money could potentially be saved by installing and running LED lighting.

The majority of the 120 old lighting fixtures in the Auditorium and Main Foyer were 40w ES fittings - PAR 38s and 'Ca

Pearce Hire at the Showman's ShowPearce Hire at the Showman's Show
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

UK - Pearce Hire has confirmed that it will be participating at The Showman's Show, taking place at Newbury Showground on 19-20 October.

This follows a week after Pearce Hire's participation at the first Production Futures event, a collaboration between TPI Magazine and Production Park where the event took place.

"Production Futures and the TPI Breakthrough Talent Awards provided an excellent platform to engage with the next generation of technicians and designers for our industry. And we were delighted to have met some students who would be suitable candidates for our intern programme," observes Shaun Pearce, MD Pearce Hire.

"But obviously equally important is nurturing our existing business and making sure we continue to deliver for our current client base, whilst engaging with any new business opportunities for next year. That is what Showman's Show offers us - the face-to-face contact with our clients to review projects we have worked on this summer, and to discuss how we can enhance and add to our specialist production services for them next year as they begin their planning and budgeting for 2017 events."

The Showman's Show also provides Pearce Hire the opportunity to meet prospective new clients and discuss how Pearce Hire can help achieve their event objectives and production requirements.

(Jim Evans)

The Week . . .
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Serious Impacts - Theatre figures have condemned the "catastrophic" reduction of arts education in schools, claiming it is having serious impacts on the diversity of the theatre industry. Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster led criticisms of the shrinking emphasis on creative education, claiming that "pathways" in place several decades ago have now disappeared. "Twenty-five or 30 years ago . . . in schools there were teachers who were encouraged, because of a curriculum, to share these great plays, these great stories. There were drama clubs, dance classes. Drama GCSEs and A Levels, theatre studies - these were subjects that the teachers were able to teach freely and speak about passionately, and have value for the students," Foster said. He was speaking as part of a panel on training opportunities at a diversity conference held in Leicester, at Curve. Foster continued, "It seems more and more nowadays that, apart from the syllabus being shrunk, a lot of students are channelled into a more academic route . . . Because of funding being squeezed, fewer young people can know that there is a drama club, or know that there's a youth theatre. That's the very first seed, and there's a barrier." Reality Cheque - Harry Shearer is taking legal action against entertainment group Vivendi, claiming it has denied him and others profits from 1984's This is Spinal Tap. Shearer accuses Vivendi, which acquired the film in 1989, of conducting a "fraudulent campaign" to hide revenues. According to Vivendi, the actor claims he and his co-creators were entitled to just

Rupert Neve Designs debuts Shelford ChannelRupert Neve Designs debuts Shelford Channel
Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - New for AES 2016, Rupert Neve Designs has announced the Shelford Channel.

The Shelford Channel is built around Rupert Neve's first new transformer-gain, class A mic preamp in over 40 years. This new preamp design is complemented by the "best-of-the-classics" 1073- and 1064-inspired inductor EQ section from Rupert Neve Designs' existing Shelford 5051 and 5052 modules, a bold and powerful new diode bridge compressor inspired by the 2254 with additional functionality, a new dual-tap transformer output with high- and low-headroom outputs, variable Silk/Texture transformer saturation, and twice the operating voltage of Rupert Neve's vintage modules.

Says the company, "For decades, Rupert has often been asked to create a new design based around the same mic pre, EQ and compressor technologies that comprised his classic console modules. With the Shelford Channel, he and his team have not only recaptured the magic of those original designs, but have elevated these circuits with new levels of versatility and precision for the modern era. This unit delivers what can only be described as the combined essence of fifty years of Rupert Neve's designs."

(Jim Evans)

Community meets acoustic challenge of IKEACommunity meets acoustic challenge of IKEA
Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Canada - The landmark stores of leading home furnishings retailer IKEA are located in more than 50 countries worldwide. In Canada, IKEA has 12 stores which are visited by over 25m people every year. The company has just completed a new Distribution Centre warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario to fulfill customer orders from its four Toronto area stores as well as e-commerce purchases. The new facility will also support the growth plans for IKEA Canada in new and existing markets.

At 397,000sq.ft, the Distribution Centre presented an interesting acoustic challenge for the paging system, which covers both warehousing and offices. Now complete, the system was designed by Don Friesen of Stantec and installed by Genesis Integration.

Stantec chose Community R SeriesS to meet its criteria for a robust loudspeaker that could be implemented both indoors and out, providing high intelligibility and well controlled dispersion. A total of ninety-four Community R.25-94TZ loudspeakers were designated for optimum coverage.

A Mackenzie MiniMac was specified for digital voice recordings, and Lab.gruppen amplifiers were used to power the loudspeakers. Genesis decided that a Biamp TesiraFORTÉ VI with EX-OUT expanders would be the best choice for the management of all signals, as well as TrippLite for UPS backup.

Steve Eckensweiler, Genesis Integration's technical account manager, commented, "Acoustics in this space were definitely a challenge. With the loudspeakers 30ft up in the air and row after row of racking, the placement of the loudspeakers was critical. Through

Old Fort Church builds with CommunityOld Fort Church builds with Community
Tuesday, 27 September 2016

USA - Describing itself as "a real-life community on the move," Old Fort Church, Old Fort, OH completed its new building in time for Easter services in 2016. The church's 300-seat worship centre features modern video and lighting systems and a high-performance audio system with Community I Series loudspeakers.

Old Fort Church holds two worship services each Sunday. The first is a "blended experience" with a mix of traditional and contemporary worship styles. The second is a "modern experience" featuring videos and contemporary Christian music led by a praise band.

According to worship arts leader Mike Sooy, music plays a very important part in both services, and great sound was therefore a priority for the new facility. "We wanted to take things to the next level," he said. Sooy also emphasized the importance of speech clarity. "If they can't hear the message," he continued, "what's the point?"

Sound Solutions of Ohio designed and installed Old Fort Church's new audio system along with its video and environmental projection systems. To meet the church's goals, Sound Solutions' Dennis Cimo designed a split cluster loudspeaker system using two Community IP6-1122/64 two-way, 12-inch loudspeakers per side supplemented by a pair of IS6-215 subwoofers located beneath the stage.

Computer modelling showed this design would cover the sanctuary evenly with little or no "spill" onto the stage. Cimo also recommended that the church install acoustic panels in strategic locations to reduce unwanted echoes and optimize the room's reverberation time.

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Community-based Fermaten trends with RobeCommunity-based Fermaten trends with Robe
Monday, 26 September 2016

Denmark - Fermaten is a busy community-based live music and performance venue in Herning, central Denmark, which has a lively entertainment programme encompassing around 140 shows a year and a capacity of 700 - expanded from 500 eight years ago following extensive refurbishment.

The venue has been running for 26 years and recently invested in new Robe moving lights, with four DLS Profiles, eight DL4X Spots, and 16 x LEDBeam 100s, all supplied by Robe's Danish distributor, Light Partner.

Currently one of the top music venues in the country for technical production, Fermaten has also built a reputation as a training ground and inspirational stepping-stone for future industry professionals.

Technical manager Daniel Friis specified the Robe kit together with Light Partner's technical sales specialist Johan Kvartborg, himself an ex-Fermaten volunteer. Dan and venue manager Alex Nielson are full-time and on the board of directors, but most of the regular crew and staff are volunteers who either love the environment or appreciate the chance to enhance their technical knowledge and experience.

Fermaten owns its own sound and lighting kit and is well equipped thanks to an ongoing commitment to funding from the city and also by being self-funding through running at a profit. From this, money is allocated each year to spend on new kit.

The majority of the live shows at Fermaten are either lit by staff using the house system, with some artists bringing in their own LDs and floor packages. They have WYSIWYG facilities, allowing them to work in advance with LDs

Theatre Projects-designed Iowa theatre opensTheatre Projects-designed Iowa theatre opens
Friday, 23 September 2016

USA - In 2008, when the Iowa River flooded and destroyed Hancher Auditorium and 12 other buildings at the University of Iowa, the loss to the community was far greater than the physical loss of those structures.

Hancher Auditorium was one of the most popular venues for touring groups in the region, and the flood forced the student and traveling groups that normally used the venue to move into nearby facilities.

But this week, with the grand opening of the new Hancher Auditorium, the University of Iowa and the people of Iowa City once again have a magnetic cultural centre to call their own.

Only months after the flood, Theatre Projects began working with the university to determine how they would recover, rebuild, and move forward - not only regarding the 40-plus-year-old Hancher Auditorium, but also the Voxman School of Music and Clapp Recital Hall, which were attached to auditorium.

Working with the university and Hancher staff, Theatre Projects conducted a series of studies to sketch out a path forward. It was determined that Hancher Auditorium would be demolished and in its place, a new auditorium would be built.

As the project progressed, Theatre Projects joined a team that included Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (design architect), OPN Architects (executive architect), and Kirkegaard Associates (acoustician), to design and build a new facility. The design team placed the new building on a 500-year floodplain and determined that the School of Music would be separated from the facility cluster and moved across campus.

After eight years, the

Chauvet DJ Freedom Par stars in Ride Along 2Chauvet DJ Freedom Par stars in Ride Along 2
Wednesday, 10 August 2016

USA - A recent building makeover for Ride Along 2 turned the second-floor rotunda of Georgia's historic and stately capital building into an edgy Miami nightclub, complete with a well-stocked bar, chic guests, VIP sofas and lavish mood lighting, provided by Freedom Par Quad-5 fixtures from Chauvet DJ.

"You would have had a hard time recognizing the rotunda if you saw it during filming; the transformation was amazing," said Noah Hammer, owner of Full Circle Lighting & Productions (Atlanta), which supplied the club lighting for the Ice Cube and Kevin Hart comedy. "The colourizing that was done with the Freedom Par Quad-5s was instrumental in creating the scene."

Hammer, who has supplied lighting for numerous movie and TV projects, got involved in Ride Along 2 after receiving a phone call from the film's gaffer. "We're known for the work we've done on film, so when they decided to do this in Atlanta, the gaffer called us," he said. "When the Ride Along 2 team showed us their diagrams and explained what they wanted to do in the rotunda, the Freedom Pars immediately came to mind because of their colour rendering capabilities and their battery-powered operation."

A total of 111 Freedom Par Quad-5 fixtures were rented to the production company for the Georgia capital filming. Most of these fixtures were used to light scenic elements in the Classic Renaissance-style capital building, accenting walls, staircases and the props used to create the bar. However, just before filming began, the production team also began using the fixture in key lig

Avolites in control at new Las Vegas nightclubAvolites in control at new Las Vegas nightclub
Monday, 8 August 2016

USA - The latest addition to the Hakkasan Group, JEWEL Nightclub inside ARIA Resort & Casino, has raised the Las Vegas entertainment bar once again, with an interactive lighting design controlled by a custom Avolites system of integrated control desks and Ai media servers.

JEWEL opened in May with a superstar-studded launch hosted by Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, hip-hop heavyweight Drake, electro turntable stars The Chainsmokers and reality television sensation Kourtney Kardashian. To reinforce the luxury party vibe, Hakkasan Group commissioned international sound, lighting and visual design company AudioTek to "push the boundaries of technology" and create the ultimate nightclub environment for Sin City's elite.

The result is a high-impact, multi-sourced display based around the DJ's moving back wall of Ayrton Dream Panels, with both video and DMX surfaces, and Magic Dot fixtures. This works alongside five ribbons of ROE Hybrid LED which circle the main room and a video-mapped staircase leading to a mezzanine floor. AudioTek lighting designer Andy Taylor chose Avolites' Sapphire Touch, Tiger Touch II and Quartz lighting consoles with Titan Net Processors and Ai Infinity R8 and S4 media servers to control the complex set up.

"Due to the selection of fixtures, it was imperative to implement a control system that seamlessly integrated both lighting and video," Taylor explains. "Once suggested, everyone agreed Avolites was the natural choice."

Avolites' lead software developer Oliver Waits helped design the custom system, which links the video content, power

Adelaide Convention Centre expands Hog fleetAdelaide Convention Centre expands Hog fleet
Thursday, 28 July 2016

Australia - The Adelaide Convention Centre has expanded its already impressive fleet of High End Systems consoles with the purchase of two Full Boar 4's and six Road Hog 4's, bringing their inventory to four Full Boar 4's and 10 Road Hog 4's in total.

The purchase is part of the plan for the anticipated mid-2017 opening of their new Plenary Building, a multi-purpose venue built on the site of the original 1987 Convention Centre, with a capacity of up to 3,500 seats. Local production and installation company AJS were selected to fulfil this government tender, and have developed a close working relationship with the ACC.

"This was all part of the Convention Centre's tender process for stock replenishment and the new Plenary Building," relates AJS's Luke Hattam. "We contacted Australian High End Systems distributor Lexair Entertainment for guidance. We were successful in our bid, which included the consoles and flight cases, as well as on-site training by our Head of Lighting, Justin Accatino. While most of the ACC's staff are very familiar with the Hog platform, we offer ongoing support and service for things like firmware updates or any unexpected difficulties."

This is the latest phase of a long relationship the ACC have with the Hog family, whose ease of operation and touring tech friendliness make them a welcome sight in any venue. One of the ACC's new Full Boar 4's and three of the Road Hog 4's will eventually be installed in the new Plenary Building when it opens next year, while the other Full Boar 4 and three Road Hog 4's will be floating to cover o

L-Acoustics delivers ultimate audio at Zero GravityL-Acoustics delivers ultimate audio at Zero Gravity
Friday, 22 July 2016

UAE - Zero Gravity, a popular beach club, bar and restaurant situated on the perimeter of Skydive Dubai, unveiled its much-anticipated 2,000sq.m expansion in March, including a 39m glass-fronted infinity swimming pool, 75sq.m multi-use stage and one of the world's first permanent installations of L-Acoustics' X Series, along with L-Acoustics K2 and ARCS Wide loudspeaker systems, which is part of an overall audio-visual system that uses the highest quality equipment currently available.

The expansion - which comprises of 50 sun loungers, 30 x 3m diameter day beds, changing facilities, bar and stage - represents a new instalment in the evolution of Dubai's most-talked-about beach-side spot. "Everything has been custom-made to ensure it fitted our very specific brief," says general manager Peter Skudutis. From top-of-the-range Spanish marble, to the 60cm x 60cm rain showers in our incredible bathrooms and a 22m acrylic panel for the pool, which was shipped, in one piece, from the Netherlands. If it wasn't perfect, it went back. As an example, I can tell you we went through eight bathroom designs before going ahead.

"The pool expansion reveals another layer to Zero Gravity, as a complete lifestyle destination. This second phase has been a year in the making. And it is worth the wait."

With the intended end result never wavering from creating "the best that money can buy" Zero Gravity cherry-picked its partners for this project. For audiovisuals, Dubai-based Delta Solutions have installed an L-Acoustics sound system that quite literally jumps off the map.

Universal Parks and Christie in agreementUniversal Parks and Christie in agreement
Friday, 22 July 2016

USA - Universal Parks & Resorts has entered into a corporate partnership agreement with Christie, which will see Christie delivering the latest projection technologies to Universal Parks & Resorts as the official projection system provider. The agreement includes Universal Parks & Resorts' Theme Parks and CityWalk complexes throughout the United States.

As a Universal Parks & Resorts corporate partner, Christie will be the preferred partner for projectors ordered, purchased, and installed by Universal Parks & Resorts at all domestic controlled venues. Christie will also supply software and professional services in addition to projection technology to Universal Parks & Resorts, helping create customized projection solutions for future attractions.

"Universal Parks & Resorts continues to push the limits of technology and innovation, and Christie is honoured to have this long-term opportunity to bring its extensive technology and service resources to bear to support the Universal Parks & Resorts' Theme Parks and CityWalk venues," said Jeff Klaas, Christie's vice-president of sales - Americas.

(Jim Evans)

Penn Elcom gets wired for new studioPenn Elcom gets wired for new studio
Friday, 22 July 2016

UK - Penn Elcom completed the design and installation of a wiring infrastructure for a new recording studio in Hastings, housed in an old Methodist Church building in the heart of the town. The studio is owned by Paul Godfrey, songwriter / producer and well known as creator of the popular trip hop trio, Morcheeba.

The installation entailed delivering all the multicores, cables, stage boxes, patch bays, wall racks plus associated metalwork, and was overseen by Penn's Leon Whipp who heads the company's specialist wiring division.

Every centimetre of space in the characterful building has been utilised meaningfully in the conversion to serve as a busy and proactive recording environment offering a large control room, main space and mezzanine floor chamber.

Cat 5 connectors have been used throughout. A 48-way line system from the control room connects the recording spaces (Main Room and Mezzanine) via two stages, with a third stage box for the drum riser. Video monitor screens linking all three areas are also run via Cat 5 lines.

Leon completed the installation over the course of about a month, but the end-to-end time frame for the installation on site was around three days.

The physical proximity of Penn Elcom's HQ and factory facilities being just up the road on an industrial estate on the edge of Hastings was a great advantage, and this was where the multicores 1 x 16-way and two 12-way multicores were pre-built and prepped, all using Syntax connectors. Neutrik connectors were also utilized throughout the installation for the other terminations. "T

Chauvet and Iluminarc on Fort Walden Beach
Thursday, 21 July 2016

USA - Anyone wanting to take a look inside Al's Beach Club, doesn't have to try too hard. That's because for all practical purposes, this new live music venue has no 'inside'. The only club in Fort Walden Beach, Florida, located directly on the city's famed Emerald Coast beach, Al's is almost all open air, with no walls or barriers separating it from its surroundings.

This breezy configuration makes for good times, but it also creates a challenging environment for a lighting system. Aside from contending with wind and sand, any fixtures installed at this club have to stand up to the rain. (Averaging 69 inches of precipitation a year, Fort Walden is the rainiest city in Florida.).

Sohail e. Najafi and his team at Najafi Design Group (Los Angeles, Las Vegas) were well aware of this challenge, which is why they designed the lighting rig at Al's around a collection of IP-rated fixtures from Chauvet Professional and its sister company Iluminarc.

"This is an incredibly beautiful site, located directly on 500ft of pristine white sand beach," said Najafi. "The open air structure contributes to the overall beauty of the venue, but our client was having a hard time finding fixtures that could last in their harsh marine environment.

"We specified fixtures that we knew were engineered to withstand the conditions that would be encountered here. Everyone involved in this project - the client, the contractors, as well as the electrical and integration teams - were all impressed with the solid feel of the Chauvet and Iluminarc fixtures."

Najafi and his team insta


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