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entec-teenagecancertrust-imageEntec Live supplies 20th Teenage Cancer Trust season
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

UK - Ever since The Who reformed for the first Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall in the year 2000, under the patronage of Roger Daltrey CBE, this seven-day event has thrown up some outstanding performances. This year, the show returned for its 20th edition following a three-year break.
A constant throughout has been the event’s exclusive sound production company, Entec Live. Entec worked alongside show producer, Des Murphy, and production manager, Julie Chennells (of Ginger Owl) - the latter having been ever present since the first event in 2000.
Once again, the experienced Entec crew, under freelance project manager Matt Grounds, were equal to the challenges thrown up by the venue’s acoustic quirks, and varied line-up. Reflecting on the event, Grounds says: “We constantly review our spec to ensure it best fulfils the production’s needs, and this was the first year we’ve done the event with KSL.”
d&b’s new line array, aimed at superior directivity control, fully justified Entec’s investment. The main PA hangs comprised 16 KSL a side with 14 d&b V series side arrays, and Y-series enclosures providing front and balcony fills. “It’s a natural continuation of the J-series,” adds Grounds.
But the big step forward this year, he explains, was with the 14 SL subs which replaced the previous J-subs. “SL is a cardioid box by nature and a punchier sub than the J. We opted for a centre column to maximise vertical coverage, with an additional horizontal array on the ground to give energy in the stalls. With

thumbnail2-jean-michel-jarrehyper-weekend-festival08Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxymore goes live with BroaMan & Optocore
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

France - A pioneering series of immersive concerts by French electronics maestro Jean-Michel Jarre was hosted recently by Radio France. It took place during their Hyper Weekend Festival in Paris, and was staged at their La Maison de la Radio HQ.
Planned as a homage to pioneering electronic musician, Pierre Henry, who had bequeathed a series of sounds to Jean-Michel Jarre during his lifetime, Oxymore a brand new musical creation by Jarre, was performed twice daily across three days. It was broadcast and live VR streamed to tens of thousands of viewers, while audiences of 250, immersed in the 360° space, witnessed it live.
The event followed his successful Welcome to the Other Side Notre Dame Cathedral VR experience, which took place last New Year’s Eve during lockdown. The Radio France live performances were broadcast via radio and streamed in 6DoF binaural format to the virtual platform VRChat - from ‘metaverse architects’ VRrOOm / XR Studio, where the giant 3D city was populated by avatars.
The immersive 17.2 sound system, designed by system engineer Christophe Dupin and Radio France’s innovation audio project manager and immersive specialist Hervé Déjardin, was based around the L-Acoustics L-ISA immersive sound, and the SPAT spatialisation suite he helped to design, with all distribution taking place over a BroaMan / Optocore fibre backbone, provided by Gilles Bouvard’s GB4D. “The technical request from Radio France for this operation required a lot of preparation,” notes Bouvard. “François Lund assisted with the set

robe-volbeat-2-photo-by-britt-bowmanRobe double rocks for Ghost & Volbeat dates
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

USA - Celebrating Scandinavian rock music, fans across the USA enjoyed a recent high-powered double headliner tour delivered by Ghost from Sweden and Volbeat from Denmark.
This tour also united the imaginations of two different international lighting designers - Niels ‘Niller’ Bjerregaard for Volbeat who is based in Denmark and Erich Bertti from Brazil, LD for Ghost - who combined creativity and lateral thinking to design a top rig that would work for both bands but yield totally contrasting results.
Robe moving lights - MegaPointes, Spiiders and BMFL Spots - were the primary moving lights of choice for this challenging task, all supplied by Premier Global Productions out of Nashville.
Niller has been working with Volbeat for 13 years and with new album Servant of the Mind just released, like everyone, they were ready to rock post-pandemic. He and Erich, together with Niller’s co-show designer Guy Sykes, went through about four interactions of the overhead design before they agreed on a model that worked well for both. Guy is also Volbeat’s TM, he has toured with Pantera - among others - in the past, and is one of Niller’s mentors.
“Erich and I had both utilised Robe a lot,” he stated. “The fixtures are reliable and feature-packed, the brand is big in the USA with the lights widely available, so that part of the decision-making process was very easy!”
The idea was to have a universal MegaPointe look in the roof rig that would give those unrelenting BIG epic rock looks that set the tone for both artists. “Meg

albertsschlossMartin Audio reinforces Albert’s Schloss venue
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

UK - Described as “a retreat from the modern world” the German-themed Albert’s Schloss emporium was influenced by the operators’ across Alpine Europe.
Named after Prince Albert, the second unit in Birmingham (following the opening in Manchester) is set on a giant new-build footprint - part of the city’s Paradise Forum development - which required an equally expansive sound system.
Integrator Richard Anderson of Pro Technical (UK) who had worked with directors of the operating company, Mission Mars, in the days when they ran the hugely successful Revolution bars, recommended Martin Audio’s new Torus constant curvature array, combined with a CDD solution. This has now been adopted as the template for future openings.
“These venues are solid entertainment venues,” comments Anderson. “Therefore, they wanted a powerful array for the stage but also something that would fit within the budget. Martin Audio is a reputable brand and we have used CDD many times over the past ten years.”
Torus had been suggested as the nearfield solution for the stage in the giant beer hall, which has a vibrant programme of live bands - from cabaret to full-on rock -seven nights a week, as well as DJs and background music during its all-day trading hours.
Thus, Richard Anderson mixed pairs of Torus T1230 (30° vertical dispersion) and T1215 (15° vertical dispersion) constant curvature arrays in stacks either side of the stage, with Martin Audio’s proprietary DISPLAY software optimisation and manual horizontal dispersion adjustability, providin

attpac1-variliteDallas' AT&T centre upgrades with Vari-Lite and Strand
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

USA - The magnificent AT&T Performing Arts Centre in Dallas has invested in Vari-Lite and Strand luminaires from Signify in five of its main show spaces to transform their lighting and reduce power consumption.
The $360 million multi-venue centre, designed by world-leading architects, upgraded its fixtures with more than 200 Vari-Lite and Strand products to reflect its status as one of America’s foremost cultural institutions.
At the heart of the complex is the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House which is home to the principle 2,200-seater Margaret McDermott Performance Hall. This space is now lit by 32 Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile, 40 VL800 Eventwash and 24 Strand Leko LED Profile Full Colour luminaires, supplied by Houston-based Bell & McCoy.
“I have been involved with the AT&T Performing Arts Centre since 2011 and their lighting team had previously purchased Vari-Lite fixtures from us, including the SL BAR 660,” says Bell & McCoy’s Mandy Stockhausen. “This time round, they were looking to expand what I like to call ‘Vari-Lite quality’ throughout the centre, and we were able to offer them a complete range of LED fixtures that out-perform their previous lighting package. The VL800 Eventwash blew them away with its powerful brightness, rich color ranges, Vari-Lite quality movement, size, and price point.”
Lee Terry is head electrician at the centre, focusing on the opera house’s McDermott Performance Hall. “Our gear was outdated, and we needed to take a big leap in technology to be current. In addition to that,

l-acousticsEvanescence back Bitter Truth with L-Acoustics
Monday, 11 April 2022

USA - Evanescence have just wrapped up a US tour supporting The Bitter Truth, the band’s first new album of original material in a decade.
For the outing, Solotech, Evanescence’s sound reinforcement provider since 2017’s Synthesis tour, carried an L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system.
“Amy Lee is an incredible singer, songwriter, and storyteller, so ensuring the emotional connection between the stage and audience is of utmost importance, and K2 definitely gives us that,” shares Eddie Mapp, Evanescence’s front-of-house engineer since May of 2003, when the band’s career skyrocketed with the debut of Fallen. “Although the original specification for this run called for K1, production chose to use K2 as it provided a more compact truck pack while still giving us terrific vocal intelligibility, tonality, and precise control.”
With the tour stopping at a wide variety of venues, from larger clubs to arenas, the most typical PA deployment featured left and right mains of 16 K2, with six K1-SB hung behind each array, plus 12 more K2 flown per side for out-fill. “The band loves to feel the low end on the stage, so we also deployed 16 K28 as floor subs to facilitate that,” notes Hilario Gonzalez, Solotech’s systems engineer.
“There’s a lot to manage impact-wise on the low end, from the kick drum, bass guitar, Moog Taurus pedals, synths, et cetera,” adds Mapp, referring to the house mix, “and the KS28 subs absolutely deliver that in a powerful yet tonal way for both the band onstage and the audience as well

digicoChicago museum installs DiGoCo S21 consoles
Monday, 11 April 2022

USA - Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) has acquired and installed a pair of DiGiCo S21 audio mixing consoles.
With consulting and purchase provided by Second City Sound & Communications and integrated by SCS’s Gerry Formicola and Brad Galvin working with the MCA production team, the S21s now reside in the museum’s Edlis Neeson Theatre. The desks are each paired with a DMI-Dante card for networking, plus three DiGiCo A168 stage boxes also connected via Dante.
One console now serves as the front-of-house desk for the Neeson Theatre and is further fitted with a DMI-AMM (Automatic Mic Mixing) card. The second console is situated in the theatre’s audio/video control room where it’s used to mix streams of the events and presentations originating in the venue, and can also be called upon for monitor-mixing work when needed.
“The museum has moved to a visitor model with people inside the museum and theatre but much of what takes place here is also available via streaming,” says Matthew Test, the MCA’s audiovisual manager. “Most of the in-person events are simultaneously streamed, and the S21 in the Audio Visual room gives us the flexibility to create a unique mix for the virtual audience in addition to the one from the S21 at front of house.”
In researching the equipment for the theatre’s audio update, Test says the staff was looking for consoles that could be easily networked together and that offered versatility, flexibility, and impactful sound, but that were also small and compact, to minimize seat loss at front

bassinsdeslumieres5Meyer Sound powers Bordeaux digital arts centre
Monday, 11 April 2022

France - Housed inside a former World War II submarine base in Bordeaux, Bassins des Lumières (Pools of Light) claims to be the world’s largest digital art centre, with more than 13,000sq.m of projection surface to back up the claim. But the immersive exhibitions of classical and contemporary art are not only a visual experience, as each programme is accompanied by a complementary and equally enthralling musical score.
Bassins des Lumières relies on zoned distributed systems of more than 80 Meyer Sound loudspeakers, including - for the most problematic acoustics - 36 CAL 32 column array loudspeakers with advanced digital beam steering.
All video, audio, and lighting systems for Bassins des Lumières were designed and installed by the French integration firm CADMOS. Project manager and sound designer was Philippe Wojtowicz, aka Wojto, who worked in collaboration with Best Audio, Meyer Sound’s French distributor, on the audio side of the endeavour.
“With the water and the flat concrete walls, this is an extremely reverberant environment,” notes Wojto, “yet we had to cover all the places where people would be standing with uniform sound levels. This would be almost impossible with conventional loudspeakers, but with CAL 32 we could focus the sound only where it was wanted. Depending on the placement, we would adjust the beam to between 10 and 15 degrees with a tilt between seven and 20 degrees, giving us a defined range of about 15m.”
Several other locations requiring broader coverage patterns with high-quality sound are served

red-fortChristie laser projectors illuminate the Red Fort
Monday, 11 April 2022

India - Christie laser projectors have been deployed for a spectacular projection mapping show at the historic Red Fort in Old Delhi, a 17th century monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence.
Titled Matrubhumi or Motherland in Hindi, the 30-minute visual spectacle made its debut on 25 March as one of the major highlights of the Red Fort Festival, which showcases India’s rich history and a kaleidoscopic diversity in art, heritage and culture.
For this performance, the Lahori Gate and its surrounding walls are illuminated by 19 Christie D20WU-HS 1DLP laser projectors installed and commissioned by Christie’s longstanding partner, MSS World, known for numerous high-profile, large-scale projects across India. The show’s mesmerizing contents were designed by Knownsense Studios, which specializes in content creation for 3D projection mapping displays.
“The Red Fort is a world-famous landmark and its main entrance - Lahori Gate - is of great significance as this is the spot where the Indian national flag was raised for the first time on 15 August 1947, to proclaim our country’s independence,” said Pratik Wadhwa, chief executive officer, MSS World. “It is therefore an honour for us to be involved in this remarkable projection mapping show and we have pulled out all the stops to deliver a highly engaging and fascinating multi-sensorial experience.”
With its high brightness of 20,000 lumens, enhanced colour performance and reliability, the Christie D20WU-HS is MSS World’s

fightTSL back in sporting action at the O2 Arena
Friday, 8 April 2022

UK - The O2 Arena in London witnessed its largest audience at a single sporting event in history when hosting the UFC Fight Night on 19 March.
TSL were back at the O2 to put together an impressive rig with lighting over centre stage. The main component of the lighting system - Tungsten 6 Lamp Bars of Source 4 Pars evenly lit up the Octagon suitably.
It had been three years since UFC had returned to the O2 and as with any event it was imperative that everything ran like clockwork. Dom Sheerman, account director for TSL says, “Having been a regular event in the calendar it was great to be delivering a UFC show again, the last show previous to this was at the end of 2019 in Moscow so it’s been a long break.”
TSL assembled its established core team of technicians that have worked on UFC events multiple times to deliver lighting designer Jason Eible’s distinctive lighting design.
The lighting rig was a mixture of tungsten and LED fixtures controlled via Avolites Sapphire consoles.
There were a number of fixtures covering effects and eye candy for the camera. These included our SGM Q7s, Martin MAC Auras, Martin Mac Viper Performances, Pro Lights Studio Cobs and Elation Paladin Cubes.
TSL also supplied a number of Litepanel Astra panels for providing key light for the ESPN Studio and interview areas.

iheartawards4Allen Branton lights iHeart Awards with Chauvet
Friday, 8 April 2022

USA - Tenth Planet Productions, production designer John Calkins, Bianca Moncada and the team at screen content creator Darmah, and lighting designer Allen Branton supported the performances at the 2022 iHeart Radio Music Awards.
For his part, Branton relied on light from his 4Wall Entertainment supplied rig, which included over 70 Chauvet Professional fixtures, to enhance the “virtual stage” environment created through the video and scenic design.
“This show was the result of an interesting collaboration between lighting and scenic design, along with the screen content creations by Darmah,” says Branton. “The design team essentially built the show around a virtual environment. Creatively arranging video tiles, the team created a virtual proscenium on the venue’s actual stage, with lighting working inside it.”
Created to meet the needs of a broadcast event, the design had the flexibility required to create different looks for the long list of celebrated stars who appeared on the nationally televised event; a group that included host LL Cool J, Måneskin, Jason Aldean, Megan Thee Stallion and Jennifer Lopez, John Legend and Charlie Puth
“The video content capacity of the design allowed us to generate entirely different worlds,” continues Branton. “Darmah was the MVP of this production for sure.”
As the show reflected the various personalities and styles of the different artists on stage, video content played a key role in maintaining a consistent image for the TV audience. “Time was short as is almost always the ca

grammysShure wireless delivers audio for 64th Grammy Awards
Friday, 8 April 2022

USA - Broadcast live for the first time ever from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the 64th Grammy Awards featured artist performances supported by the sound of Shure wireless audio technology. As in years prior, the majority of the night’s performances featured Shure Axient Digital wireless microphones, including Jon Batiste, winner of Album of The Year.
The evening kicked off with a performance from Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak as Silk Sonic. The retro soul-funk artists relied on Shure wireless microphones as they performed their hit, 777. Later that evening, Silk Sonic won four Grammys. Behind the scenes, Chris Rabold, FOH mixer for Silk Sonic, was overseeing their performance with the support of Shure Axient Digital.
“Having Bruno and Anderson and the whole Silk Sonic gang on Axient Digital for not only the Grammys, but for their Las Vegas residency is just such a no brainer,” shares Rabold. “There are things you do, decisions you make, from a live audio perspective that are done out of preference and then there are the things you do because it’s simply the smart move. For us, Axient is the latter of the two. It’s the most stable, most reliable, best supported and, most importantly, best sounding option available. Period, bottom line. And it has been for a while. Bruno, specifically, is too smart, too aware and too involved of an artist for us to use anything less than the very best. I mean that.”
The live broadcast of the show was overseen by audio producer, Michael Abbott and his long-time team of accompl

holy-cross-lutheranChauvet balances light at Holy Cross Lutheran
Thursday, 7 April 2022

USA - Holy Cross Lutheran sits on a hilltop overlooking the city of College Station, TX. Chandler Mann and the team at Covenant Communications were commissioned to light the church.
“This is a very special building with its cavernous architecture, traditions, and modern ambience,” said Mann. “I love being pushed to utilise white canvases, such as the one we have here, with lighting. Black backdrops are fun and have their perfect place, but all lighting designers worth their salt dream of filling an ethereal space with atmosphere and power.
“Working heavily with white architectural environments over the past five years has truly forced me to hand the reins over and to trust the artistic licences of architects and designers,” continued Mann. “They’re pursuing an art, just as I am, and I’m honoured to help their creations shine.”
Aiding Mann in his quest to support the church’s architecture were 42 Chauvet Professional fixtures. Included in this collection were 16 Ovation E-260WW ellipsoidals, 12 Ovation F-145WW Fresnels, 10- COLORado 1-Quad wash lights, and four COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 linear units. DMX signals are sent to these fixtures via two RDMX-8 units; and the rig is controlled by a ChamSys MagicQ MQ50.
Hung overhead in two rows on the triangular ceiling above the stage, the Fresnel fixtures provide soft washes. The ellipsoidal fixtures are also positioned overhead on three rows to provide stage and key lighting, while the colour rendering washes are positioned throughout the church to accent its distinctive architect

pmlAudiologic supplies Marine Matters Centre
Thursday, 7 April 2022

UK - Audiologic has announced their collaboration with GVAV, to deliver an enhanced lecture theatre audio system to Plymouth Marine Laboratory for the Marine Matters Centre (MMC).
The Plymouth Marine Laboratory, a flexible conference venue with facilities to host up to 200 attendees, required an upgrade to their AV system in order to support their diverse application use. GVAV approached Audiologic to work with their teams to work up a design and specification that would provide a premium audio solution to support presentations, workshops and a variety of meetings and events. This included content streaming capabilities via a unified communications system such as Teams or Zoom, with the additional option of live streaming to YouTube.
Offering a versatile solution with precise coverage was key to ensure that speech intelligibility is maintained throughout the large space and prevent unwanted pickup from microphones within the room.
The true technical feat of the system specification is that of the auto-tracking system within the space. Commissioned by Audiologic application support engineer Diogo Scutti, the QSC Core 110f digital processor running a custom script, controls three QSC PTZ cameras to track participants within the room using speech picked up from four Shure MXA 910 ceiling microphones and an MX418 gooseneck microphone.
Using the microphones’ eight lobes, the system is able to trigger a range of camera locations to be shown based on the position of the active participant. The diversity of this room, with many different layouts a

rebaReba McEntire back on the road with Bandit
Thursday, 7 April 2022

USA - Reba McEntire is currently on tour with a lighting system from Bandit Lites. In 2019, when lighting designers Gayle Hase and Dave Hare began planning the lighting for the 2020 tour, they were unified in thinking that nothing should attempt to rival Reba’s powerhouse performance.
“Too many of today’s productions are more about the bells and whistles than the talent that is on stage,” said Hare. “We felt that a proper balance of production would only enhance the tremendous talent that is onstage and deliver a great experience to the audience.”
Bandit Lites supplied more than 200 fixtures, which differed from basic spot and wash lighting rigs. Fixtures included Mac Viper Profiles, Elation Proteus Maximus, Elation SixBar 1000, Elation CuePix WW4, Robe BMFL spots, Elation Smartys and Elation Proteus Rayzor 760.
“We wanted to make sure we had a proper balance of beams and texture while allowing versatility in how we used the fixtures,” explained Hare. “All the fixtures in this lighting system can be used in different ways to create many different scenes.”
In March 2020, Hase and Hare were at Venue One, Bandit Lites pre-visualization studio and rehearsal space, when Covid-19 halted live events.
“I remember telling everyone that we would be back in two weeks,” said Hare. Two years later, the two walked back into Venue One to finish the programming and finally take the show on the road. “Everyone at Bandit was great in getting the lighting rig prepped and out the door in the midst of all this chaos,” said Har

enchanted-3Mavericks capture the spirit of Enchanted Gardens
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

The Netherlands - At the Enchanted Gardens light art festival, the ‘sound’ of flowers harmonised with the human voice, thanks to the work of Dynamic Beeld, Licht & Geluid.
Designing the Rosarium section of this 17-day festival, which takes place at the 42-hectare Kasteeltuinen Arcen garden complex, Dynamic Beeld, Licht & Geluid combined colourful lighting with a song written by Dutch recording artist Stef Classens.
“To honour the 90th anniversary of Het Limburgs Landschap, Stef Classens wrote a song called In The Forest,” said Paul Winters of Dynamic Beeld, Licht & Geluid. “This song formed the basis of the light show that we programmed. The chosen colour scheme worked really well with the lyrics of the song. This created a beautiful synergy between light and sound.”
Key to creating this evocative color scheme of graduated reds and greens, along with some bold blue aerial effects were six Maverick Storm 1 Spot fixtures from Chauvet Professional. The design team positioned the 480-watt LED fixtures around the edge of a pond in the centre of Het Rosarium.
“Arranging the fixtures this way allowed us to create a 360˚ effect,” said Winters. “The music and the lights really intensified each other. The bold blue aerial effects brought the music to a higher dimension and vice versa.”
Positioned on elevated platforms so as not to obstruct viewing angles during daylight hours, the Maverick fixtures were also used to project gobo images on the water as well on the tops of trees at the back of the pond. Meanwh

prolightsV Sport installs Prolights panels in new studios
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Norway - V Sport, a group of television channels owned by Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) and a part of the pan-Nordic V Sport brand, has fitted two of their new spaces with Prolights studio fixtures.
When Nordic Entertainment Group were about to build their new studios located in Halse, Oslo, they turned to Hilux AS and Jørn Wangensteen for lighting design. Jørn is a lighting designer with vast experience in studio and film production, and already had experience with the EclPanels from several high-profile productions.
“We immediately talked with Prostage, Prolights' distributor in the region, and told them the EclPanels were the perfect fit for this job,” said Jørn. “The panels' reputation is outstanding and ticked all of the boxes for this project.”
Studio 1 was built mainly to house the new Visat winter sports studio and is fitted exclusively with 18x EclPanel TWCJr, 30x EclFresnel PTW and a few LumiPar 12UQPro.
Studio 2 is designed as a green screen studio, which will be used for several sports productions, including the Premier League. This studio took 20x EclFresnel JrTW and 12x EclFresnel PTW.
“The Prolights fixtures are very versatile, and the TW Fresnels have an incredibly wide CCT range whilst maintaining high CRI and TLCI values, something extremely important in broadcast productions. We also like how simple they are to use and having an entire family of products capable for these projects means that we can quickly train everyone in-house much quicker as they share very similar user interfaces” concluded Jør

istroumaimageBaton Rouge church upgrades audio with dLive
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

USA - Since its inception in 1920, Istrouma Baptist Church has grown from its humble origins as a small Sunday school class into a congregation some 4,500 members strong spread across two campuses. Occupying some of the most visible property in Baton Rouge near the Interstate 12-Airline Highway interchange, the church’s main campus recently became the recipient of an audio upgrade implemented by Pink Palace Media (PPM), a multifaceted production design company also based here in Louisiana’s capital city.
Central to the upgrade is a new digital front-end incorporating an Allen & Heath dLive S7000, which joins a legacy EAW-based L-C-R system serving the main campus’ 1,600 seat sanctuary. To better support the church’s live streaming needs, a dLive C3500 additionally made its way into the broadcast control room. Bringing further form and function to the blueprint - which was penned by PPM founder and principal Blaine Wilkins - is the addition of Allen & Heath dLive DM64 and S Class DM0 MixRacks.
Helping to integrate the dLive components into a much wider range of live and broadcast scenarios, 128 x 128 gigaAce and Dante cards provide a number of networking options, while remote I/O capabilities were enhanced with the help of a pair of DX168 expanders also culled from the Allen & Heath catalogue.
Monitoring wasn’t overlooked in the systems refresh either: With a Livemix MIX-32 hub from Digital Audio Labs working in conjunction with 16 Livemix CS-DUO personal mixers (each of which is capable of delivering two separate mixes), perfor

avolabAvolites announces AVOLab partnership with Visional
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

UK - Avolites has announced its first AVOLab partnership with Visional, a multidisciplinary experience-focused creative production agency headquartered in Atlanta.
An AVOLab is ‘a hub for expertise, training and product knowledge, around which a community of skilled practitioners is built’.
Visional, based in Atlanta with studios in Denver, Orlando, and Los Angeles, have been using Avolites lighting and video products for almost a decade. Visional specialises in creative design, live production, virtual engagements, interactive experiences, and immersive environmental installations.
“By combining cutting-edge technology, like Avolites Ai, with years of expertise, we help our clients create mind blowing visual experiences.” said Kyle Means, co-founder and principal of Visional. “This partnership has existed for some years now, and it’s nice to put it into terms where it makes sense for our partners and colleagues around the world.”
Co-founders Kyle Means and Jim Steurnagel have worked closely with the Avolites engineering team on their media server development, and the company has delivered many impressive projects including the multi-site Passion conference as well as countless custom projection mapping projects around the world.
However, it is their work in providing creative problem-solving support to other dealers and integrators, which makes them such a great fit for an AVOLab partnership. For example: Andrew Huff of Limelight approached Visional to provide media server and projection expertise at his install at a

bridgeMartin MAC Ultras in new production at The Bridge
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

London-based Sparks Theatrical (Lighting) Hire has purchased seven Martin MAC Ultra Performance from UK distributors Sound Technology Ltd, which have gone straight onto the acclaimed new production of Straight Line Crazy at the influential Bridge Theatre.
The Bridge is the first theatre run by London Theatre Company which was founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr back in 2017. The lighting plays a prominent role in the production, lit by fast emerging LD Jessica Hung Han Yun.
Said Sparks MD, Paul Anderson, “Because I design and also run a rental company I can see in the field what the designers and technicians are working with. When we were asked to supply the next show at the Bridge I suggested the MAC Ultra Performance and Jessica said “absolutely”.
In addition to using six Martin MAC Ultra Performance (with the seventh as a spare) Jessica is featuring 15 MAC Encore CLD, eight MAC Encore WRM and six MAC AURA XB moving heads on the production.
The MAC Ultra Performance has raised the bar considerably for bright moving lights and features enormous output across the zoom range, a next generation framing system, higher definition optics and astoundingly low noise levels. It also provides high resolution dimming, strobing and Martin’s unique Animotion effect, with a 1:7 zoom range and precision focus control provided from the refined optical system.
Praising the new fixture, The Bridge’s Head of Lighting, Nicole Smith, said: “The MAC Ultra is a great addition to the market offering a substantially brighter source than the Martin MA

claypakyspiritsports5Claypaky Sharpy Plus joins Ultimate Battle
Wednesday, 6 April 2022

USA - A large complement of Claypaky’s Sharpy Plus hybrid beam lights and spotlights were something to cheer about when Richmond-based Lite-Tek Entertainment deployed them on the Spirit Sports Ultimate Battle cheerleading competition on 25 March.
The Myrtle Beach (SC) Convention Centre hosted Ultimate Battle, a one-night event showcasing the talented teams that have reached the pinnacle of cheerleading excellence and are headed to the 2022 Cheerleading World Championships in Orlando. Lite-Tek spends most of the winter months working on cheerleading events throughout the southeast; the rest of the year the company acts as a tour vendor and local lighting vendor for numerous music venues. Lite-Tek was the first company in the US to take delivery of Claypaky’s Sharpy Plus, and the fixtures have been busy ever since.
Lite-Tek founder Darren Lewis designed the rig, acted as production manager and served as co-designer with programmer John Adamo for Ultimate Battle. Their goal was to make the event “look massive, like an arena show” Lewis says, with Sharpy Plus dominating the dynamic show open and creating big ballyhoos to generate excitement as each competing team was introduced.
“The show open was done to the AC/DC song, Thunderstruck, so we decided to pay homage to the original music video, which was all white light,” Lewis explains. “We stuck with white light throughout the show adding green lasers to the mix. The most fun was that the lights were the star of the show open - spectators couldn’t see anything but lights. We had fr

red-bull-symphonic4Pop meets classics in Vienna with ChamSys
Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Austria - Designer/programmer Niklas Fuchs was called upon to light Red Bull Symphonic, an event where ‘Austropop meets Classics’, held on three consecutive February nights at Vienna’s historic Wiener Konzerthaus concert hall. In this capacity, he would have to reflect the music of a symphonic orchestra in light, in addition to supporting the usual pop and rock artists that he typically lit.
“I was asked to light the three concerts they did with Max Steiner Orchestra conducted by Christian Kolonovits,” said Fuchs. “For me it was a new challenge to design a lighting system for an orchestra, especially challenging was lighting the orchestra and the band in a way that is suitable for a TV recording as well as a live audience.”
Helping Fuchs rise to the occasion was his ChamSys PC Wing Compact and Extra Wing Compact. “I used the Extra Wing only for Master Intensity Faders and stuff that’s important for key lighting. The whole show was programmed from scratch, with the PC Wing. I didn’t use a single cue from my usual Seiler & Speer Showfile.
“A really good thing about ChamSys is that it allows you to do a lot of stuff with very little hardware,” continued Fuchs. “I’ve played headliner shows on very big stages with up to 36 DMX Universes, just with my laptop and a PC Wing. During one of those times, I would be standing between 12 full-sized lighting consoles from other major brands that cost a fortune. It was hilarious to see the stunned faces of the other LDs seeing what this ‘tiny’ setup is able to do.

bromptonEvolve CX chooses Brompton for VP training
Tuesday, 5 April 2022

USA - Evolve Technology is a video gear rental company serving the live event and virtual production industries, with offices across the U.S. The company’s ethos is built around the three equal pillars of rent, buy, and learn, where clients can get customised packages to meet their production needs, as well as hands-on education and training so that teams feel confident using any new piece of equipment. In the past several years Evolve has successfully expanded into virtual production consulting and training.
Recently, the company opened its new Evolve CX (Customer Experience) space in the Atlanta BeltLine. Evolve CX is a technology laboratory aimed at education and training specifically for the virtual production market, where professionals can gain valuable hands-on experience and creative studios can develop and demo content for their clients. The Evolve CX team, led by Brian Macauto, director of technology for virtual production, opted to equip the space with Brompton LED video processors.
“Brompton is very respected in the virtual production industry for its friendly user interface and flexible features for things like colour correction control and tuning the LED wall settings specifically to the camera,” explained Macauto. “Compared to other processing options, Brompton is just the best of the best, and that’s what this industry wants to use.”
The Evolve CX virtual production volume is equipped with Studio 1.9 LED panels at 7,680 x 2,048 resolution, driven by two Brompton SX40 LED video processors and six Brompton XD data distribut

lseShure Microflex meets LSE Cities challenge
Tuesday, 5 April 2022

UK - The London School of Economics’ LSE Cities runs the Executive MSc in Cities, an 18-month modular education programme for senior urban professionals who want to better understand and deliver change in cities. The travel disruption arising from the COVID pandemic prevented almost all international students attending in person the programme’s five-week teaching modules. This challenge became an opportunity to transition the Executive MSc in Cities to a blended remote teaching format, choosing Shure Microflex Complete Wireless (MXCW) as the solution for fostering the “hybrid-flex” learning model at LSE Cities.
Microflex Complete Wireless System (MXCW), combined with the videoconferencing experience and technology of global solutions provider AVer Europe, enables all participants in the classroom to communicate and collaborate with far end participants in a natural manner. Presenters and students attending teaching in-person are able now to be viewed by remote students and speakers when communicating via an MXCW640, utilising the AVer PTC310H’s audio tracking features.
The Executive MSc in Cities from the LSE recruits 25-30 students each year, the majority of whom are based in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Thanks to Shure Microflex Complete Wireless system, they can be part of the course regardless of traveling challenges and COVID restrictions. Traditional lectures have been largely replaced with innovative blended learning materials and teaching modules were reworked to emphasize classroom discussion and peer-to-peer information exc


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