Lighting News

New Appointment at LeMark
Friday, 20 July 2001

Rebecca Lace has joined LeMark Group as sales office manager, bringing with her multi-skill experience in bothelectronic and conventional marketing and sales. Rebecca will also head LeMarks’ continued expansion of custom-printed consumables into the North American and Canadian markets. Rebecca’s background has recently been within the Medical & Scientific equipment manufacturing sector, where she project-managed both the marketing and sales promotion of a new equipment range to clients throughout the world. A lover of theatre, film and music and in her ‘spare time’ she enjoys the practicality of DIY and Design. Stuart Gibbons, LeMark managing director said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have someone of Rebecca’s calibre and professionalism join the team. Expanding LeMark into the US market has been a big challenge for us all. I feel confident that with Rebecca we have the correct sales management team in place to move us forward in this highly-competitive market.

Frogs Deliver The Goods For Deutsche Post
Friday, 20 July 2001

Realising the need to market their mail service in the new e-mail-dominated environment, Deutsche Post has invested DM 2 million into converting a Federal Post Truck into a touring stage. The touring postal van contains all the lighting, sound and AV equipment needed to stage a live event. Performances on the truck’s 60sq.m stage range from simple dramas through to mini extravaganzas.

The challenge presented to Zero 88 distributor, LMP Lichttechnik by Deutsche Post was to specify a lighting system that could handle the variety of shows being staged. Some would be pre-programmed, while others would require easy hands-on live operation when programming time was limited. Olaf Nehrenheim of LMP chose the Zero 88 Fat Frog. Its ability to control 12 moving fixtures and 48 generic channels through its combination of 108 submasters and up to 999 memories met the challenge perfectly.

 
 
Stagetec: New Products from Compulite and LSC
Friday, 20 July 2001

Stagetec is to launch several new lighting products from Compulite and LSC. From Compulite comes the RAVE, a new compact lighting control desk for the Club/DJ market and small venues wanting low cost, versatile moving light control. It offers simple and quick set-up and operation, plus either manual or fully automated playback. Rave has one DMX output controlling up to 512 dimmers via 100 desk channels, up to 40 intelligent fixtures (with a maximum of 32 parameters), and up to 20 channels for DMX controlled devices (smoke machines, hazers etc.). Playback devices include 20 virtual playbacks with a fader and a control soft key. Editing is quick and easy using the soft-keys, integrated LCD display and three wheels.

Also new is the CompuDIM Wallmount installation version of Compulite’s popular CompuDIM range of digital dimmers. It is available in two versions (24 x 3kW or 12 x 5kW) incorporating MCB protection as standard with the option of integral RCD protection. Nova is a new heavy-duty yoke system which can be custom fitted to any fixture weighting up to 30kg and is available in two models - Nova Normal for profile luminaries and the Nova Compact for Fresnel and PC luminaries.

New from LSC is the maXim - a powerful, easy-to-use range of control desks combining the right mix of functions, large memory capacity, reliability and elegant design. Five models are available S, M, L, XL, XXL - from 24 to 120 channel faders - to suit all applications. The larger models (L, XL, XXL) also have the option of a moving light control PatPad module. maXim offers single or two

 
PLASA 2001 Hotline Goes Live!
Friday, 20 July 2001

Booking your tickets to the PLASA Show, the entertainment technology industry’s leading event, running from 9-12 September 2001 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, has never been easier. You can now book in any of the following ways:

By Telephone: The Visitor Hotline is now live! Call +44 (0) 870 429 4472 to make your credit card booking or to request an advance booking form.

Online: Go direct to www.plasa.org/show/register to book online.

There are many advantages to pre-registration. Not only will you save £6 on the cost of entry to the Show (tickets on the door are £12) but you will be sent a personalized badge in advance permitting you fast entry into the show. You will also receive up-to-date information on the Show’s Masterclass Programme and how to book your seat at any of the sessions. Entry to the show is free for overseas visitors.

Now in its 24th year, the PLASA Show will feature over 350 exhibitors - manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of professional lighting, sound and AV equipment for the performing arts, night venues and theme bars, concerts and touring, the DJ market, architectural installation, corporate presentations, amusements and attractions, recording studios, cruise liners, TV and film, educational and religious establishments.

 
 
Light Saver from American DJ
Thursday, 19 July 2001

California-based manufacturer American DJ has introduced the Light Saver, a competitively-priced two-channel lighting controller that reduces wear and tear on special effects fixtures, extending their working life. Designed to control two special effects units, for example Vertigo or Avenger units from American DJ, the Light Saver is equipped with an adjustable timer. At specified intervals, the timer will automatically shut off one of the two fixtures and start up the other. Then, when an equal amount of time has elapsed, it will switch back to the first fixture. By running special effects in on/off cycles, as opposed to continuous operation, the Light Saver conserves the units’ lamps and motors. This, in turn, will make each fixture last longer and prevent ‘outages’ that can occur from lamp burnout or motor failure, say the company.

"The Light Saver is a very cost-efficient way for DJs to protect their investment in special effects," said Scott Davies, general manager of American DJ. "Many special effects fixtures are not designed to be run continuously, but should be turned off after cycles of, say, 10 minutes, to reduce stress on their lamps and motors. The Light Saver does this automatically by switching between two fixtures."

 
Busy Summer at White Light Sales
Thursday, 19 July 2001

It has been a busy spring and summer period at White Light's sales office, which has been dealing with a wide range of projects from the UK's leading drama colleges up to the country's most famous concert halls.

To the newly re-opened Vanburgh Theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, White Light Sales has supplied a selection of new equipment from Strand Lighting, including two Pirouette PC automated lanterns, 28 SL 15/32 and 12 SL 23/50 profile spotlights, 24 Cantata Fs, 4 Alto Fs and 2 Quartet Fs. Meanwhile across in the City of London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, chief electrician Steve Huttly has been expanding his stock of equipment once again. Having purchased High End StudioSpots and StudioColors from White Light earlier in the year, he has now purchased two Strand Pirouette PCs to add to the two units the School already owns, one Selecon Pacific 90 degree profile spotlight, and two Pani BP5 projectors to fill the near-constant demand for projection in the School's operatic productions.

Next door to Guildhall, the Barbican Concert Hall will be undergoing a refurbishment during the summer. As part of this, it will be upgrading its lighting inventory, and White Light will be supplying a wide range of equipment from Robert Juliat, High End and ETC, including over 70 Robert Juliat profiles, 60 ETC Source Pars, six City Theatrical Autoyokes and 20 moving lights from High End. White Light's Sales team is also maintaining its close working relationship with London's Royal Albert Hall, to which White Light have already supplied new Robert Juliat Cyran

 
 
Sweet Touch From Stage ElectricsSweet Touch From Stage Electrics
Thursday, 19 July 2001

Cadbury Trebor Bassett hosted its 2001 Management Conference at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in June, using the whole of Hall 4. The hall was transformed into five Themed Zones, a Central Piazza Area, an Auditorium Theatre and a Reception Area. Stage Electrics’ NEC branch was contracted to supply and manage the events’ lighting, staging, mains distribution and truss screen structures. Delta Sound provided all audio systems, with PSL/PCP completing the technical aspect with a complicated interactive projection system. Rigging was provided by the NEC’s in-house department.

Lighting designer, Ben Holdsworth, utilized 150 Martin Mac Moving lights headed by 42 Mac 2000s. The room wash was provided by 620 conventional lanterns with 12 City Color Wash Lights, while four flown ZR22 smoke machines provided heavy fog for the central area. The space also required eight DF50 haze machines to allow Ben to create a stunning 20-minute light show for the 1700 delegates.

Each of the break-out zones was individually themed - one of which required over 400m of Duralight non-neon rope light and 50m of Pulsar Flexi Flash strobe tubing to create a massive interactive brain effect! The show was controlled by an Avolites Sapphire Desk, five Avolites Pearls and a Zero 88 Fat Frog desk - all controlling 312 channels of Avolites dimming. Seven lighting operators were needed to run the event, which lasted just six hours. The Conference had a major AV theme running through it for which Stage Electrics NEC provided 5 Trilite Truss screen surrounds. These structur

 
Avolites to Launch Diamond 4 at PLASA
Thursday, 19 July 2001

At PLASA 2001, Avolites is to unveil the next major step for lighting control, with the launch of its new generation top-level lighting console - the Diamond 4.

The Diamond 4 is designed for large-scale shows, festivals, concerts, events and multi-purpose venues - the design brief was to create a lighting console that’s intuitive to operate, offers minimum operator fatigue and the fastest, most cost-efficient creation of lightshows.

The D4 builds on the success of Avolites’ Diamond 3 console, incorporating many of the D3’s popular features and addresses the whole spectrum of production situations. For those with more time - and possibly with a designer away from the console - the D4’s newly designed programming panel allows entry and selection of fixtures and palettes by number, whilst the electronic palette gives entry by legend. These entry systems can be mixed in any way, and are always simultaneously available.

New features include the Command Syntax which allows replaying of the last entered button presses, and the storing of these for later use. Also new is the storing of Times within a Palette, expanding the ability to use Palettes during live performance, and ensuring a highly flexible toolkit for use during programming. The built-in Looks and Palettes, and the D4’s ease of use, enable operation of a show when there’s been no pre-programming whatsoever. The new processing engine - running at over 1gHz - ensures that response times for selecting and running anything are fast and seamless. In addition to the 24 high resolutio

 
 
Ministry With Laser StudioMinistry With Laser Studio
Wednesday, 18 July 2001

Laser Studio has supplied and installed an eye-catching laser system into the Ministry of Sound. The Ministry has been at the cutting edge of UK dance and youth culture since the Gaunt Street venue opened in South London in 1991. From day one, the Ministry has always been committed to having the very best in production values. But for the 10 years since its opening, lasers have been absent from the venue at the heart of UK club cool. Ministry’s resident lighting designer Lorenzo Meddi explains: "We thought the time was finally right to infuse the club’s visuals with a laser. The clarity and intensity of light from laser beam is great for suddenly - and immediately - changing an atmosphere."

Lorenzo operates the laser and lighting systems himself during the Ministry’s two public nights - Friday and Saturday. He uses the laser thoughtfully. In addition to the piercing beam effects, he maximises and animates a small, well-chosen selection of effects and graphics - ensuring the best impact and retaining the venue’s unique ambience. Lorenzo and the Ministry’s operations director Nodd McDonagh researched carefully and compared several different laser systems before going with Laser Studio. The system is one of Laser Studio’s Performer ‘Beam In A Box’ series - appropriate because it’s installed in the Ministry’s main music room - The Box. The laser itself is a 2.5W air-cooled ndDPSS unit with integral flightcase for maximum portability within the venue and out-and-about on the Ministry’s many live shows,

 
Coe-tech Plans for PLASA Launches
Wednesday, 18 July 2001

At PLASA 2001, the Coe Tech stand will include the latest launches from top Italian brands Coemar, TAS, and Travel Show, as well as Futurelight from Germany, Poly Optic products from Australia, and smart neon controllers from Fluid Neon Technologies in California.

Coe-tech is launching the Coemar I-Spot 150 at the show, a luminaire for bar, pub, café, restaurant, club, retail and other leisure markets. The I-Spot 150 features an 150W CDM SA/T short arc lightsource, 530° pan and 284° tilt, six interchangeable rotating gobos, seven colours, motorised focusing, strobe effect, sound-to-light mode, master/slave operation and hugely efficient light output for the size of fixture/lightsource. Also on show will be the Coemar CF7 HEX - the latest addition to Coemar’s award-winning hard-edged CF7 range of luminaires. The HEX (hard-edged) version features enhanced optics with a 30% brightness increase, 21-channel mode for even more precise movement and a glass front lens to filter incoming smoke, dust and other potentially troublesome environmental elements. All CF7 features can now be made into the HEX model (if required) with a new retrofit kit. Other Coemar products on the stand include the Coemar Supercyc 2.4. – the first CMY cyc light offering 425° pan and 212° tilt movement, and the Coemar Panorama Cyc Power - a highly flexible CYM cyc floodlight designed for exterior use. Both units utilize Coemar’s Twin Lamp Technology (TLT), a unique optical system that dramatically multiplies the luminous output while

 
 
Selecon Provides Magic Touch
Tuesday, 17 July 2001

As you would expect, there’s an air of mystery about the new headquarters of the Magic Circle. Those wizards of trickery have spent seven years and £2 million rebuilding and refurbishing to create a new permanent base. At its heart sits an intimate 162-seat theatre, the first theatre to be built in this area of London since the Barbican. Here members of the Magic Circle, and the public, can marvel at the latest prestidigitations. This is no mean box of tricks: the theatre is technically well planned and equipped with the latest technology to cope with both Magic Circle shows, and for special events and corporate hire.

Gradav Sales of London chose a variety of Selecon products to provide the necessary lighting for a wide range of events. Selecon Pacific lanterns were used for front-of-house - the acclaimed optics of these luminaires make them ideal for gobo projection. Behind the proscenium arch, a selection of Selecon Acclaim Fresnels are used, a lantern with the output brightness of a 1kW lantern but using only a 650W bulb, greatly reducing heat on such an intimate stage, and of course lowering power consumption.

"As well as our members using the theatre, we hire out the building for corporate events," said building technical manager, John Hill. "We find Selecon’s versatile range of lanterns allows our corporate clients to achieve the results they desire, and provides us with a lighting system neatly tailored to our own members’ presentations."

 
MCL London Adds Key Player
Tuesday, 17 July 2001

David Plail has joined MCL London as head of project management, bringing with him 28 years of industry experience. David comes to MCL from FrameSet Products, a company that he founded over 10 years ago, dedicated to the design, build and supply of diverse conference staging products. "Some people may think it a strange decision," said Plail, "to move away from FrameSet when it is such a successful company. But MCL is a young company with incredible backing from Avesco and it was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss. In the end it was an easy choice to make. It puts me right back into the industry mainstream and will draw heavily on what I have learnt over the years. I am looking forward to the challenge."

In his new role, Plail will be drawing together all existing elements of project management at MCL London and will fine-tune current practices to ensure the continued efficiency and quality of output to MCL clients - from information to technical solutions. "David’s experience will add to the team in the South, and the offer nationally," said Mike Bell, managing director of MCL London, "providing our project managers with support and advice on a day-to-day basis. His diverse background in all areas of live events will be invaluable."

 
 
AC Inc Relaunches Web Presence
Tuesday, 17 July 2001

AC Lighting Inc has announced a complete redesign and restructuring of its website and web policy. By taking the site under their own direct and local control, the website will become more responsive and able to more easily reflect changes in products and services. "By analyzing exactly what our customers wanted the website to achieve, we have radically changed how information is accessed on line with regards to the products that we handle," said Bob Gordon, president and CEO of AC Lighting Inc. Goprdon continued: "People want potentially three things from our website: they want information on a product that we sell, information about us, or they want to quickly and easily download something. Click on a manufacturer’s logo on our home page and you find information on everything that manufacturer sells as well as being able to access manuals, prices, and software about the product you are currently looking at. Anywhere in the site you can with one click find out who to talk to, where we are and how to contact us as well as being able to view everything that is available for download. If you know exactly what you are looking for, whether it be a piece of software, a manual or a spec sheet just click on the quick download button and everything is there in front of you."

This is the first phase in a four-phase plan of improvements to the company’s web presence. WhiteHorse Enterprises, an internet/intranet development company based in Malibu, designed the site under the direction of AC’s Mike Falconer, who commented: "The whole site h

 
Sweet Smell of Success for Nu-Light
Tuesday, 17 July 2001

Nu-Light Systems of Warrington have been awarded with the Warrington & Cheshire Research and Innovation Award for their work on the newly-released laser animator system and its potential markets in signage and the Airoamer, for improving environments. They then went on to receive the overall Award for Warrington & Cheshire Business of the Year 2001. Debbie Clayton, managing director, comments: "We were delighted to receive the Awards, due to the calibre of businesses we were up against, from telecommunications companies to national retail outlets. It is important to us as a team for our work to be recognised outside of the industry. It has further confirmed we are moving in the right direction."

Mike Wake, technical director, added: "Receiving the first Award surpassed our expectations, but Business of the Year is amazing, a real team morale booster. It’s the first time in 13 years I have ever known Debbie speechless!"

 
 
Stagetec Install for DH Lawrence TheatreStagetec Install for DH Lawrence Theatre
Monday, 16 July 2001

Stagetec has recently completed the installation of a complete stage management, stage communications, sound and video system into the new, purpose-built DH Lawrence Pavilion Theatre on the campus of Nottingham University - one of the UK’s leading universities. The building is designed as a contemporary 250-seat theatre, an exhibition gallery and performance space, and is named after a former University student - David Herbert Lawrence - who became one of the most controversial and popular exponents of 20th century literature. The equipment installed by Stagetec was specified by ACT Consultant Services. The three-zone paging and show relay system runs throughout the building, including a Sennheiser infra-red hard-of-hearing system for the main auditorium, plus Stage Manager’s desk and full cue light system. Stagetec also supplied and installed a flexible, dynamic video and communication system including a series of video tie-lines, distribution amplifiers and patch bays. Additionally, Stagetec supplied a separate equipment rack to house all the theatre’s outboard audio gear. This was designed to offer a robust and versatile array of machines, including Marantz CD and cassette deck, Sony Mini Disk machine, Yamaha graphic equalisers and the audio patch panel. The theatre’s main speaker system is Electro-Voice SX300s, driven from Crown CE2000 amplifiers via an Electro-Voice XP200a controller - all supplied by Stagetec, together with a Soundcraft LX7 mixer for control. The new Pavilion’s technical installation was commissioned and handed-over on sc

 
Theatrical London 2001
Friday, 13 July 2001

PLASA has worked in co-operation with some of London’s leading entertainment venues to offer an exclusive insight into the workings of some of the city’s most famous venues; this exclusive backstage tour immediately follows the close of the PLASA Show in London this September. Theatrical London delegates will visit the world-renowned Royal Albert Hall for a night at the Proms; the Apollo Victoria Theatre to see the upgraded Starlight Express; Tussaud’s Group Studios for an exclusive technical tour, and the Donmar Warehouse for a ‘Divas at the Donmar’ performance. To top it off, you can step back in time at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre . . .

Wednesday 12th September: The experience begins with A night at The Proms, The Royal Albert Hall, featuring Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring. Pre-show drinks will be served in the foyer. Performance starts at 7.30pm.

Thursday 13th September: This busy day starts with a coach-ride from Earls Court to The Royal Albert Hall for a guided technical tour of this famous venue, before moving on to the Apollo Victoria Theatre for a guided backstage tour of the recently-upgraded Starlight Express. Following lunch, travel by coach to the Tussauds Group Studios for an exclusive to PLASA tour of the facilities behind the Group’s famous visitor attractions, before visiting Madame Tussaud’s in Baker Street, with an option to go on to the London Planetarium. After a short break, delegates meet up at the Donmar Warehouse, with a tour and performance of Divas at The Donmar featuring Sian Philips. Drinks wil

 
 
Transtechnik Upgrade for Berne Stadttheater
Friday, 13 July 2001

The Swiss city of Berne is having the lighting system in its municipal theatre modernized by the Transtechnik Group at a cost of around 425,000 Euros. Due to be completed at the end of this month, the project will bring state-of-the-art lighting technology to this famous theatre. The new system includes two lighting control consoles - a Focus NT and a Prisma NT - each of which is fitted with a moving light controller and connected to the digital auxiliary console via a Transtechnik DMX-Gate protocol converter. The converter converts the DMX signals from the lighting consoles to the Profibus signals for the auxiliary console (and vice versa) to allow the devices to exchange data. The Profibus standard requires only a thin, two-wire cable for transmitting control signals, which means that there is no need for thick bundles of cables to the auxiliary console. Profibus also permits bi-directional communication: for example, a command to switch the foyer lighting is issued in one direction, and a confirmation that the command has been successfully carried out is sent to the auxiliary console in the opposite direction. If the confirmation is not received, the operator can take corrective action immediately. Transtechnik is also providing seven FDX2000 dimmer cabinets and nine HPZ211 convection-cooled Niethammer followspots, mounted on motorized yokes (from Lichttechnik) including colour changers and automatic iris drive.

As part of the modernization, the theatre will also have a remote control facility for the lighting functions and a control position in the auditorium, allowin

 
LDI & Expolatina 2001
Friday, 13 July 2001

Intertec, organizers of the annual LDI exhibition in the United States, have announced that this year’s show (2-4 November, Orlando, Florida) will incorporate Expolatina 2001, the exhibition aimed at the Latin-American marketplace. The move, say Intertec, has been made to accommodate Latin American visitors who want to be able to attend both events. Nine workshops at LDI will be presented in Spanish-only, and will include presentations by Sarah Sidman on lighting and the use of colour, Meyer Sound on line array systems, Andres Mayo of Mr. Master in Buenos Aires with a detailed look at DVD authoring, and a panel of international lighting experts moderated by Sergio Alvarado of Strand Lighting. In addition there will be an entire programme offered in English.

 
 
SPS Announces Record Profits
Friday, 13 July 2001

Show Presentation Services (SPS), the leading equipment rental and staging specialist, has announced that it increased its turnover from £8m to £13m over 2000, and achieved a 58% increase in pre-tax profits for the same period, as a direct result of its integrated event services strategy. The results reinforce SPS’s position as a leading independent AV rental and staging business. High business growth rates were achieved by the scenic construction and lighting rental departments in particular, of 241% and 148% respectively. SPS’s investment in a Barco D-Lite7 Modular LED screen was validated by the turnover generated with the successful launch of its LED rental business. A part-year contribution from the Earls Court and Olympia AV contract that commenced its five-year term also boosted SPS’s increase.

"This year has seen more challenging business conditions," acknowledges Robin Coles, managing director of SPS. "The first half of 2001 has been flatter than we anticipated but the launch of our new Event IT division in February, is adding positively to our already comprehensive service offering. We are seeking booking levels increase for the second half of the year, and an impending strategic acquisition will consolidate our position as the leading independent AV rental and staging business in the UK."

 
Clay Paky at Intel
Thursday, 12 July 2001

INTEL is the international electronics fair sponsored by ANIE (National Federation of Electrotechnical and Electronic Firms) which stages the World Light Show, an exhibition of lighting technology products. At this year’s event, Clay Paky displayed a full range of products for the architectural lighting sector. INTEL also held ‘Experiencing Light’, organised by Assi (National Association of Lighting Manufacturers), where lighting designers, architects, art historians and philosophers tackled the theme ‘light’ in general, with a focus on architectural lighting. During this show, prizes were awarded to the Lighting Designers who took part in the competition ‘Illuminated Monuments’.

This competition involved the lighting of some of Milan’s most well-known monuments. The event had a number of aims: to enhance frequently-overlooked monuments, to further the knowledge of light among the city dwellers, and to promote design and creativity among young lighting designers. A jury of experts examined the designs and later awarded the monument prize to Cristiana Donzelli, for lighting the monument to Camillo Benso in Piazza Cavour. An important creativity prize was awarded for the lighting of the monument to Vittorio Emanuele in Piazza Duomo, designed by Guido Bianchi and Jacopo Acciaro: the statue was illuminated in such a way that it projected a silhouette on the facing buildings – not a normal shadow, but a coloured one! This highly original effect was achieved by another spotlight at the feet of the statue, which projected a c

 
 
Stage Electrics Increases Selecon Stock
Thursday, 12 July 2001

Last November Selecon dealer Stage Electrics added 50 1200 High Performance Fresnels to its hire stock. To date the staff have been overwhelmed with the response to these popular luminaires which provide high light output, excellent beam control and are the perfect principal luminaire for the medium to large stage. The constant high demand for the units has prompted the decision to further boost the hire stocks by adding another 100 units this summer. Adding further spice to its hire stocks Stage Electrics has also introduced 40 new Selecon Acclaim Axial 18/34 Profile luminaires. Having been designed for applications requiring precise beam control, this versatile luminaire delivers for short or longer throws, pattern projection or accurate area illumination - fantastic for use within both the corporate and education markets.

 
Bob Schacherl Joins Vari-Lite Inc
Thursday, 12 July 2001

Vari-Lite Inc has announced that Bob Schacherl has joined the company as vice-president of sales and marketing. Schacherl will lead Vari-Lite's worldwide sales and marketing efforts for the new line of Vari*Lite luminaires and consoles. "We're excited to have Bob as part of the Vari-Lite team," said Clay Powers, president and chief operating officer at Vari-Lite. “Bob's knowledge and experience will be instrumental in helping us to achieve our goal of making Vari*Lite the preferred brand in automated lighting technology."

Schacherl joins Vari-Lite with over 20 years’ experience in the automated lighting and entertainment marketplace, and a successful track record in building effective worldwide sales organizations. He is a founder and former president of High End Systems, from which he resigned at the start of this year.

 
 
LDPS Expands and Moves
Wednesday, 11 July 2001

Irish lighting design and technical consultancy LDPS Ltd has moved into new offices in central Cork as part of an on-going expansion and recruitment programme. The new address and contact details are: LDPS Ltd, Studio Office 11, Fareham House, 26/27 MacCurtain St, Cork, Ireland. Tel: + 353 21 450 8162, fax: + 353 21 450 8168.

The LDPS team has also been strengthened with the appointment of Bertie Buckley as company administrator. Buckley previously worked as assistant to the director of Cork Opera House, and his experience and knowledge will be a great asset to LDPS. The recent move to the larger, centrally located premises is significant, and is designed to integrate all aspects of the growing LDPS team into one creative and administrative space.

LDPS was formed by Grant Collie (pictured) in 1998 to offer consultancy, lighting design and project management services and solutions to all areas of the pro entertainment industry - including clubs, theatres, conference and multi-purpose venues. The company is the cutting edge of technical consultancy in Ireland, and works throughout the UK and Europe. LDPS’s operation has developed rapidly in the last two years, particularly the consultancy and technical services side of the business. The company has also experienced a steady upward trend in supplying project management and equipment procurement facilities - for an eclectic variety of clients. Recent LDPS projects include being onboard as technical theatre consultants for the new Cork School of Music, due for completion in 2003. They were also consultants for the new

 
Stagetec Wins Major Contracts
Wednesday, 11 July 2001

Stagetec (UK) Ltd has recently won three major contracts covering a diverse selection of production industry areas. In the theatre market, the company is supplying and installing a complete new sound system at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford. The theatre 3D-modelled the auditorium to ensure optimum coverage and intelligibility, and were demonstrated several systems. They chose a Nexo system, supplied by Stagetec, consisting of eight PS15 mid/high speakers, four LS1200 sub-bass cabinets, plus three PS8 speakers for delays, all driven from Crown Macro-Tech amplifiers. The whole system is controlled via a Crown USM810 digital processor and three Sabine Graphi-Q digital programmable graphic EQs - the idea being to offer a quick, easy and very flexible system catering for the wide range of productions. Stagetec also supplied a Soundcraft K2 mixer, a range of outboard equipment and a Sennheiser Infra-Red assisted hearing system. The project is due to complete by the end of August.

Stagetec continue to flourish in the television market. The latest contract won was for the supply and install a complete new DMX and data distribution system for the BBC’s TC3 studio at Television Centre in West London. The core of the system includes Compulite demultiplexers and multiplexers, IES splitters and an LSC Softlink DMX patching unit. A total of 60 new DMX output boxes will be supplied and installed around the studio, plus DMX patch panels in the control room, studio grid and dimmer room.

Education is always a major market for Stagetec, and the company has just been awarded the con

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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