peter-sellars-natasha-gordon-and-ben-sumner-receive-their-fellowships-and-honorary-fellowshipGuildhall School awards fellowships
Thursday, 1 April 2021

UK - Guildhall School’s Graduation Day ceremony took place virtually on 26 March for the Class of 2020. Every year, as part of Graduation Day, the Board of Guildhall School elects a small number of people to the Fellowship, the School’s highest accolade. Fellowships recognise outstanding achievement or service to the School by past and present members of staff, members of the Board and former students. This year’s fellows are Prema Mehta, Ben Sumner and Natasha Gordon.
Prema Mehta (Stage Management and Technical Theatre 2004) studied at Guildhall School and is a highly successful lighting designer who has lit over 200 productions in her 16-year career. Her recent productions include Hymn at the Almeida Theatre, The Comeback at the Noël Coward Theatre, and she is soon to open the RSC’s production of The Winter’s Tale. She is also the founder of Stage Sight, a sector support organisation which works to improve representation across all offstage roles, in terms of class, ethnicity and disability.
Ben Sumner (former vice-principal and director of Productions Arts) is currently Dean of Theatre & Entertainment Arts at The Hong Kong Academy for Performance Arts. He left Guildhall School in 2019, having held senior positions within Production Arts at the School for 12 years. During that time he oversaw a number of major strategic changes within the Production Arts faculty, including the launch of new programmes such as the BA (Hons) in Video Design for Live Performance, and the launch of Guildhall Live Events, which combines c

cape-audioThumbs up for DWR’s Cape Town training
Tuesday, 30 March 2021

South Africa - When DWR Distribution needed a venue to host the Basic Rigging Training Course in Cape Town, the Cape Audio College in Observatory quickly raised their hand and offered their lecture hall for 15-16 March. This proved a good time to catch up, meet new faces and share knowledge.
"I have been in the industry since 1994, in various guises, and I can say that I wish Robert Izzett and DWR were offering their rigging course back then,” comments Ian Watson, head of live sound at Cape Audio College. “I found it super informative and useful. I will think twice before I set up any piece of gear. I now know that there is a limit to my knowledge, and that limit could be the difference between a successful show and an epic fail. Thanks to Robert and DWR for taking the time to make our industry a safer place. I cannot wait for the next offer."
In the South African live events industry, it’s common for work roles to overlap, and while technicians may find themselves programming behind a console, they may also be involved with the set-up and rigging of a show.
The Basic Rigging Training Course was presented by Robert Izzett and delved into the rigging laws applicable to South Africa while covering the basic rigging hardware and calculations according to SANS 10366. Practical training included the handling and use of rigging hardware, shackles, steel wire ropes, trussing, endless rounds and chains.
“It’s always special for me to impart knowledge to young people within the industry and to guide them to get things right from early in the

 
 
elation-coffee-break500x500-4Elation Coffee Break features Fuse Pendant
Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Europe - Typically utilised before and after performances and during intermissions as practical audience lights, house lighting has traditionally played only a minor role in creating the atmosphere of a space. With the advent of dynamic LED house lighting however, that has all changed. Today’s house lights have taken on a more flexible and increasingly important role as an integral part of a broader and more immersive lighting design impression.
In Elation’s 1 April Coffee Break, Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif delve into the adaptable aspects of Elation’s colour-changing Fuze Pendant. This LED downlight produces high CRI variable tones to flood a space in hues of colour or functionally wash a venue in shades of white light. Add in a multitude of control, connectivity, mounting and lens options and it is the ultimate lighting tool for modern house and area lighting applications.
The Elation Coffee Break on the Fuze Pendant will air live on Thursday, 1 April at 11:00 a.m. CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. No registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.

 
filo-2021Spacemap Go road show kicks off in Chicago
Monday, 29 March 2021

USA - Meyer Sound will be offering hands-on, interactive demos of its Spacemap Go spatial sound design and live mixing tool at FILO Chicago, a hybrid in-person and live-streamed event for technical artists serving local churches on 11-12 May. The demo sessions will take place between breakout sessions in the spacious lobby area at the host venue, Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago suburb of South Barrington, Illinois.
“Spacemap Go is the perfect spatial and immersive sound solution for churches,” says Meyer Sound sales manager, west Daniel Rivera. “It is adaptable and flexible and it’s highly intuitive with a short learning curve. It’s also extremely cost-effective, particularly for churches with newer Meyer Sound systems as it leverages the power of their existing Galaxy processors. All they need is an iPad loaded with the Spacemap Go app.”
FILO Chicago 2021 will be primarily a live-streamed event, but a limited number of attendees will be able to view the presentations in person and also circulate among the exhibit booths. Meyer Sound is participating as a breakout and premier sponsor.
“We will have two separated booth spaces on opposite sides of the lobby, with small systems in each,” explains Rivera. “They will be networked together into one system, so you can use Spacemap Go to ping-pong back and forth or map trajectories in between. We will have a variety of worship-oriented content available, and attendees will be able to apply the power of Spacemap Go with only a minute or two of coaching.”
Multiple iPads

 
 
avolites-learning-platform2Avolites launches UK online learning hub
Thursday, 25 March 2021

UK - Avolites has announced the UK release of its new online learning hub for holistic training on its Titan and Ai software platforms.
The online courses are designed to teach or re-enforce the theory behind using Titan and Ai. The platform offers seven courses to work on from home, with more in-depth, hands on training courses available at one of Avolites in-person Academy sites. The courses are designed so that users can start applying their knowledge directly to a real life example they may be tasked with in a real world environment, as well as build on their current level of proficiency.
Plans are in place to release the leaning hub across other geographies later in the year, when translation of the courses is completed. In this initial phase, the hub is only accessible to UK residents.
The courses allow users to pick their own path to further their knowledge, with support whenever required. The learning experience on all of the courses is intuitive with tasks, quizzes and exercises backing up each lesson. Once they are a proficient user, users can also access specialist courses covering topics such as Networking, Syntax, Synergy, Pioneer Pro DJ Bridge Link Integration and Web API. Avolites will provide the core skills required to take total creative visual control of users future shows. The courses will be available to access any time over a three month period.
Gordon Clarke, training manager at Avolites, comments: “No matter your age or experience, Avolites Academy is there to support you. To begin any educational journey, you need a

 
obsidian-video-training-seriesObsidian launches training videos for NX4
Wednesday, 24 March 2021

USA - Obsidian Control Systems’ practice of providing valuable educational resources to lighting designers and programmers continues with the release of a series of 13 training videos covering the NX4 lighting console and Onyx lighting control platform. A training video series covering the compact NX2 lighting controller will be available soon.
The NX4 training series, hosted by David Henry of Learn Stage Lighting, condenses over two hours of content into short, segmented videos to watch at your own pace. Console trainings usually come with a hefty fee, making these complimentary videos consieable value.
The NX4 training series is available at https://obsidiancontrol.com/training_videos. Topics covered include: Introduction to NX4, Patching Fixtures, Setting Up Groups, Working in the 2D Plan, Controlling Lights, Creating Presets, Recording Cues, Using Pixel Mapped Video in Dylos, Cue Editing and Updating, Copying and Cloning, Working with Art-Net and sACN and Working with RDM.
All Obsidian lighting controllers run the uncomplicated lighting control software Onyx, available for free download from obsidiancontrol.com.

 
 
invitationCalibre UK presents LEDFusionPro webinar
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

UK - Calibre UK is giving integration and audio-visual professionals an intensive online preview of the soon-to-be announced Calibre LEDFusionPro, billed as ‘a flagship All-in-One direct-view LED display solution’. LEDFusionPro will be officially launched in May 2021 in the Asia-Pacific region and offers ‘an entirely new way to design, prepare and deliver content within hours’.
The webinar will take place on Tuesday, 30 March 2021 at 09:00am GMT. It will give participants: an overview of the direct-view international LED market and opportunities; detailed information about the All-in-One direct-view LED concept; and, a preview of the LEDFusionPro advanced features and benefits.
“As a leading display and image processing technology creator, Calibre UK continually invests in future-forward technologies for high display quality and optimum performance,” said Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK.
LEDFusionPro is the next evolution in the All-in-One direct-view LED product line with a host of new performance features. LEDFusionPro will be available in two sizes: 130-inch 1080p (1.5 pixel pitch) and 163-inch 4K (0.9375 pixel pitch) and a host of advanced features. There will be built-in display modes for clever splicing of content across two LEDFusionPro screens (dual screen, centre and full-screen). More detailed product information will be available after the webinar.

 
mhfa-btslogoBTS launches mental health First Aid training
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

USA - The Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative has announced online Mental Health First Aid training will now be available to entertainment industry workers in the U.S at a variety of days and times on an ongoing basis. Mental Health First Aid is a training course that gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, or experiencing a crisis, and help connect them to the appropriate care.
Mental Health First Aid is an international training programme that was created in Australia in 2000, brought to the U.S in 2008, and is now in 24 countries around the world. Upon completing the course you will become a certified Mental Health First Aider which is valid for three years.
Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by teaching you how to recognise the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally and give reassurance to someone who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
The course is delivered in two parts. The first is a two-four hour self-paced online course that must be completed prior to the second part which is a five-hour virtual live instructor led session. Go to btshelp.org/mhfa to learn more and to select the date and time you wish to attend the virtual live instructor led session. Dates

 
 
klangMGG hosts L-ISA immersive sessions
Wednesday, 10 March 2021

South Africa - A demonstration featuring L-Acoustic’s L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Technology and Klang:technologies, highlighted how a show could translate into a memorable experience for a live audience and those watching the broadcast from home via a live streaming platform.
Presented by Immersive Show Technology, MGG and DWR Distribution, the four-day session held at the MGG studios in Johannesburg, opened a conversation of the possibilities that will take events to a level never seen nor heard in South Africa, solutions that should make corporates wanting to establish brand identity, stop and take notice.
While Immersive Show Technology (IST) is a newly formed company, it is represented by respected industry players, director and team leader Chris de Lancey, audio engineer Adriaan van der Walt and audio-visual master mind Adrian du Preez. IST owns a pair of L-ISA processors as well as a full Modulo-Pi media server solution; live tracking of objects on-stage being the common thread which brings both technologies together, resulting in both sound and visuals moving as the object moves around on stage.
MGG in turn is one of the largest technical suppliers in South Africa, who very early during the COVID-19 lockdown period in 2020, extended their services to develop studios on their premises to cater for online events. “In the age that we find ourselves in, it has been interesting to work together with Chris de Lancey and his team to explore new possibilities and ways to do things,” said Mark Gaylard, owner of MGG.
“MGG has grown our s

 
masterclassShure confirms wireless masterclasses
Wednesday, 3 March 2021

UK - With the UK government announcement of a lockdown exit strategy, heralding a return to live events, Shure has announced the next round of its virtual wireless masterclass, followed by the Wireless Workbench Masterclass, starting Monday 22 March.
Wireless microphones and personal monitors are an essential part of almost every audio system, from live entertainment to news broadcasts to business presentations and houses of worship. But changing spectrum availability often makes it difficult to deliver reliable wireless audio in a wide array of venues and under changing RF conditions.
In this five-part virtual seminar edition of the popular wireless training series, this course is split into five one-hour sessions.
Correct and efficient frequency management is an essential skill in today's busy RF environments. Wireless Workbench (29 March) can help you stay one step ahead and run your show from city-to-city with complete peace of mind, says Shure.

 
 
IET hosts Temporary Power Distribution webinar
Wednesday, 3 March 2021


UK - The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)’s next free-to-attend webinar is entitled Temporary Power Distribution.
Temporary electrical systems are often a source of confusion. Questions such as ‘Does BS 7671 apply?’, ‘How long can a temporary system be installed for before it needs to be considered permanent?’, or ‘Do the rules for construction sites apply to systems used for an event?’ are frequent issues for electrical technicians and designers.
Another common discussion point with temporary systems is that of generators and their earthing requirements. Do they need to be earthed? Is a reference earth required? What is a floating generator? Should generators have RCD protection? This is an area that has undergone a significant amount of work in recent years, the latest guidance is explored in this seminar.
This seminar will explore these issues and detail: how to approach the design of temporary systems; appropriate standards and legislation; how to manage temporary systems effectively; the latest guidance on generator earthing arrangements; earth electrode requirements and practices.
The webinar is essential watching for anyone who has a responsibility for or interest in temporary systems, says IET.The session will also cover the design of temporary systems and earth electrode requirements and practices.
Speaker for this webinar is James Eade, author of two IET publications on the topic of Temporary Power Systems and the 5th Edition of the Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of

 
robe-awards-2021-france-img7237-winnersRobe Awards 2021 get off to a flying start
Tuesday, 2 March 2021

France - Robe Lighting France delivered its first Robe Awards event, a lighting design and programming competition that saw 10 finalists battle it out by utilising a full Robe lighting rig.
The competition, which attracted more than 160 entrants, was initiated after Sebastien Dendele, president of rental company MursDeLeds (MDL), and well-known TV lighting operator Yannick Duc discussed the idea of organising a lighting competition after MursDeLeds had installed some Robe fixtures in a Paris club.
Robe France account handler Jean Philippe Fouilleul was then approached, who in turn involved his colleagues Bruno Garros, Elie Battah and Vincent Bouquet who floated the idea of engaging lighting designers and operators.
The competition kicked off in December 2020 and was open to anyone in France familiar with professional lighting consoles and visualisation software and able to programme and operate a lightshow. The initial three stages were virtual and entered via a dedicated Facebook page.
Entrants had to create a 90-second timecoded lightshow utilising grandMA 3D, Capture or Depence2 and 133 Robe virtual moving lights, all working to the same predesignated music track.
Those gaining the most ‘likes’ went through to the next round and the process was repeated - until three rounds later, the 10 finalists emerged. They ranged from practising lighting professionals to breakthrough designers, programmers, and operators.
The final was staged IRL (in real life) at Les Studios de la Montjoie in the La Plaine St Denis in a fully COVID-sa

 
 
cape-town-riggingDWR hosts basic rigging training in Cape Town
Wednesday, 24 February 2021

South Africa - DWR Distribution will present Basic Rigging Training in Cape Town, a two-day workshop presented by Robert Izzett which covers basic rigging hardware and calculations according to SANS 10366. The course, limited to 20 delegates, will be held at the on 15 & 16 March 2021 at the Cape Audio College in Observatory.
With a focus on safety, delegates can look forward to gaining a better understanding of the rigging laws applied in South Africa, and on a practical level, the handling and use of rigging hardware, shackles, steel wire ropes, trussing, endless rounds and chains.
“The main emphasis of the course is for technicians to familiarise themselves with the technicalities of hardware,” said Robert Izzett. “Not every shackle is a shackle and not knowing the difference can have serious consequences. There is also a misconception that there are no laws governing our industry in South Africa. Our goal is to make everyone aware of the correct technique and rules to follow.”
The cost is R1 700.00 and includes a Certificate of Attendance. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the class will be limited to 20 students, and does not include catering. Delegates should wear masks and adhere to the necessary Covid-19 safety protocols. Registration is via https://forms.gle/Et5bri9EGDKpnDy4A

 
disguise-internship-programmedisguise addresses diversity in technology
Thursday, 18 February 2021

UK - disguise has launched a new internship programme designed to “seek out, train and invite the very best talent from other under-represented backgrounds into the technology industry”.
disguise has forged partnerships with two initiatives - Kwanda, a non-profit organisation supporting enterprise and creativity within the black community, and Workfinder, which matches students with opportunities in start-ups and scaleups.
“It was important for disguise to collaborate with Kwanda to address racial diversity within the tech industry,” says the company. “By partnering with Workfinder, disguise is directly supporting their Women in Tech scheme that aims to deliver increased gender equality in the STEM sector.
“The new internship programme simultaneously gives young people the chance to explore a technology career while addressing inequality in the technology industry. Diversity is something disguise actively seeks to play a part in furthering as it develops high potential talent.”
Interns will spend a year gaining experience in two disguise teams; majoring in one placement, and minoring in the other. For the first three months of 2021, the interns will be in their minor placements and their major placements will happen between March this year and January 2022. The interns will work on a project during the major placement, which they will present as a dissertation at the end of the year.
Participants will gain hands-on experience working within the teams and learn everything they need to know to excel at disguise, says the com

 
 
the-elation-coffee-break500x500-3Paladin guests on Elation Coffee Break
Thursday, 18 February 2021

Europe - Elation continues the Elation Coffee Break webinar series on Thursday, 18 February at 11:00 a.m. CEST with technical sales specialist Alistair Smyth and international sales manager Frederik Afif looking at the innovative qualities of the Paladin series of versatile wash/blinder/effect lights
Since its debut on the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the IP65-rated Paladin range has emerged as industry staple luminaires useful for a wide variety of applications from vibrant stage wash and dynamic uplight to flexible effect light, audience blinder/strobe and eye candy effect. Valued for its versatility, as well as its all-weather toughness, the range encompasses the Paladin, Paladin Panel, Paladin Brick and Paladin Cube.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live.

 
thumbnailjdsc8686Central appoints Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE as principal
Wednesday, 17 February 2021

UK - The board of governors of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama has announced the appointment of Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE as the incoming principal of the school.
Currently the head of acting at Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden, Bushell-Mingo is an award-winning actor and director whose 40-year career has included performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Manchester Royal Exchange. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Rafiki in the West End production of The Lion King, a role which she originated, and she devised and starred in the internationally acclaimed production Nina: A Story about Nina Simone and Me.
As a director, Bushell-Mingo was founder and artistic director of PUSH, a Black-led theatre festival with the Young Vic Theatre. Through her work with PUSH, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the arts, a Judy Cramer Award for Innovation, and the Southbank Cultural Diversity Award.
For 13 years, she was also the artistic director for The National Touring Swedish Deaf Theatre ensemble Tyst Teater, where her work focused on fostering the understanding, respect and potential of sign language arts and the artistic, linguistic and cultural rights of the deaf.
Born in London and based in Sweden since 2005, she is an active spokesperson for inclusive arts and politics. She co-founded PUSH’s sister organisation in Sweden, TRYCK, which works to inspire and challenge the artistic and cultural repr

 
 
zero-88-new-online-training-sessionZero 88 presents further free online training
Friday, 12 February 2021

UK - Zero 88 has announced a new array of online product training sessions running through February and March 2021, presented in-person by product specialist Edward Smith.
Running via Zoom, participants can also request a link to the recording for re-watching ‘and use these assets as a tool for refreshing and reinvigorating their lighting console programming skills’.
Most of the training is focussed on Zero 88’s popular and powerful FLX range of lighting control consoles. These first sessions of the year will cover the FLX, FLX S24 and FLX S48, plus the ZerOS Server, and will also be applicable to other Zero 88 consoles running the ZerOS operating system.
This follows on from a considerable number of regular training seminars initiated by Zero 88 throughout 2020, taking advantage of the unexpected free time that so many lighting professionals found themselves facing as lockdowns and COVID restrictions kicked in.
So successful was the programme that Zero 88 also started live streaming several sessions that can be re-watched at any time on their YouTube channel.
“We wanted to continue the trend and keep assisting with learning and refreshing in the areas people are demanding,” stated Edward.
The sessions are crafted for anyone who wants to know more about Zero 88’s powerful and easy to use FLX range and are aimed at three key groups – those interested in the brand and the architecture; those looking for a console that’s right for them and their application; and experienced power-users wanting to maximise and get

 
ctme-supports-students-3CTME supports Sharjah arts students
Thursday, 11 February 2021

UAE - Creative Technology Middle East (CTME) is supporting Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) in their mission to train undergraduate students in performing arts sectors, with a particular focus on supporting students in the production arts.
CTME has partnered with SPAA to deliver technical information and guidance to students to further their knowledge and passion for entering the production world. CTME’s industry professionals have already provided several engaging classes, sharing their years of experience and expertise around video elements within the live events industry.
The partnership has progressed well over the past six months, and CTME is now providing additional support by supplying various video equipment for the students to train on.
CTME is keen to engage with the academic sector and with SPAA in particular as this will help increase the number of skilled technicians within the region.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer support to this worthwhile Academic initiative, and we look forward to working with the staff and students in developing the production arts skillsets within the region,” says Lee Forde, Creative Technology UAE general manager.
Professor Peter Barlow, SPAA executive director, says, “A massive thank you to our creative industry friends, Creative Technology ME, for this excellent donation of projectors for our students to work with. It is my sincere hope that SPAA graduates will soon be working with them, having acquired the necessary skills, because of Creative Technology’s generosity.

 
 
guildhallGuildhall School announces new online courses
Monday, 8 February 2021

UK - Guildhall School of Music & Drama has announced 15 new online courses that will run from April – July 2021. The school has transferred its most popular short courses online and created a range of new ones, working with tutors to ensure that they are “just as enriching and memorable as they would be within the building”.
The courses cover music, drama, music production for young women and girls, sound design for theatre, video mapping and an introduction to game audio. Participants will have the opportunity to learn with Guildhall School staff members, as well as guest tutors, in a range of workshops all held on Zoom.
In addition to these courses, Guildhall School is hoping to run several in-person Summer Schools from July - August. For a full list of in-person courses and to register your interest, you can go to the website here. Guildhall School hopes to be able to confirm whether these will go ahead at the beginning of April 2021. The courses would run at the School in London from 12 July to 7 August.
Online courses that may be of particular interest to LSi readers include:
An Introduction to Video Projection Mapping: Online - “This one-week course will give participants a unique opportunity to learn and develop the necessary creative and technical skills to prepare and project video onto a 3D structure, using industry standard video projection software Resolume Arena 7. Participants will b

 
the-elation-coffee-break500x500-2Elation hosts evolution of the ellipsoidal
Monday, 1 February 2021

Europe - The next Elation Coffee Break sees hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif examine three modern-day ellipsoidals from Elation Professional.
With the WW Profile HP and CW Profile HP the traditional tungsten Leko has been re-engineered from the ground up with efficient LED engines, while the Fuze Profile CW takes the evolution even further with more features and fully automated performance. These LED framing fixtures, all with high CRI and outstanding output, are designed for applications where a top quality ellipsoidal fixture is required.
The Elation Coffee Break on modern-day ellipsoidals will air live on Thursday, 4 February at 11:00 a.m. CEST. Join at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live - no registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. Previous episodes of the series are also available from the company's Facebook page.

 
 
alconsAlcons Audio schedules webinar series
Thursday, 28 January 2021

Europe - Alcons Audio is to present a new series of online educational sessions, featuring industry personalities and special guests. The programme includes:
Introduction to Pro-Ribbon Technology, (28 January, 11,25 February) includes the history of the pro-ribbon technology, features, dispersion characteristics and applications.
Introduction to Residential Home Theatre Solutions (9,19 February) includes an introduction to Alcons pro-ribbon technology, residential home theatre solutions (C-series, CRMS series) and a look at applications and projects.
The webinars are presented by David Rahn of Alcons Audio USA, with guest input from Alcons users, integrators and engineers, such as Greater Atlanta Christian School AV system tech, Ben Chambless and integrator Alex Fleming from Lodestar Labs. Input for the residential/studio episodes is coming from Walter Fortmüller of optimisation company SAVO.
Each session will be 30-60 minutes in length and provide a detailed insight into Alcons’ history, products and applications, and will explore the technology behind the company’s multiple-patented pro-ribbon audio solutions and the benefits they bring to the pro audio and residential home theatre industry.
Every session finishes with a short Q&A session. Participants will be invited to discuss the different topics and to exchange views.

 
hproharmaneappress-releaseHarman Pro redesigns education programme
Wednesday, 20 January 2021

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has launched a redesigned and streamlined web portal for its Education Alliance Programme (EAP), available to universities and colleges worldwide. The updated portal gives university and college AV and IT managers more immediate, at-a-glance access to rewards points, account management and an overall simplified user experience.
For more than a decade, Harman’s Education Alliance Programme has been rewarding higher education institutions with its exclusive, industry leading customer loyalty program. Members can earn and redeem points for free products, access training and technical support, and gain recognition through sponsored case studies. Visitors to the EAP web portal can join the program, track and redeem their rewards points, and view and manage their account activity - all from a single location.
At the newly redesigned EAP portal, eap.harman.com, users will find that it’s quicker and easier to view rewards points in the top right corner of the portal, at all times, no matter what section of the portal you’re on. It’s also simpler to view detailed account activity with most recent transactions on the main account page and the ability to access transaction history and individual transaction details. And, several additional UI enhancements have been made throughout the portal to make it easier to navigate and use.
“Harman has a proud, longstanding tradition of serving the higher ed community with technology innovations that empower strategic advancements in education delivery,” said Derek Covin, H

 
 
toolboxBTS Mental Health introduces Toolbox Talks
Tuesday, 19 January 2021

USA - The Behind the Scenes (BTS) Mental Health Initiative wants language about mental health and respectful workplaces “to become a part of every toolbox talk or safety briefing because psychological safety is as important as physical safety.”
BTS says: “It’s not always an easy subject to talk about, so to make it easier for those delivering these talks we are suggesting topics and providing sample language that can be used as is or tailored to fit individual needs.
“It is important to acknowledge the mental and physical stressors and challenges faced by all of us in the entertainment industry and offer your team tools to help them better manage and respond to these challenges. We know that the last months in particular have been very stressful and returning to work is bringing a new set of concerns for everyone. Many people are struggling with anxiety, grief, feeling overwhelmed, inability to concentrate, changes in appetite or sleep, changes in drinking or substance use patterns, or other issues affecting daily functioning.
“In addition to the sample language provided under each topic, we also offer a selection of brief pre-scripted talks. This information is meant to be incorporated into existing safety or toolbox talks and is not meant to replace other safety briefings.
“For those needing to gain management approval to incorporate language about mental health into their talks, we offer some key reasons why it is important to talk about mental health and psychological safety in the workplace.”
BTS has collaborated wi

 
ausma-laceMcGill student benefits from PMC scholarship
Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Europe - Ausma Lace, a recording engineer from Latvia, has been awarded the Sound For The Future Scholarship, which was set up by UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC in association with the Audio Engineering Society Education Foundation.
This $5,000 prize is given to an audio engineering graduate who is also a member of the AES with the aim of helping them further their studies. In Ausma’s case it is helping to fund a Masters degree in Sound Recording at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Currently in her second year at McGill, Ausma is studying recording techniques for various musical genres.
“My course has given me the opportunity to explore different areas of the audio industry, including music production, immersive audio, audio for picture and live sound,” she says. “Recording and producing music is my passion and I am experimenting with the latest audio techniques and formats. My goal is to continue along this path and help musicians bring their creative visions to life.”
Peter Thomas, PMC’s founder and chairman, says: “Graduate students are the lifeblood of our industry and the people who will ultimately advance audio technology in the future. As a company we have always been at the cutting edge of research and development and we are delighted to support students like Ausma by providing funding towards tuition fees and educational expenses.”
PMC offers its Sound For The Future scholarship in conjunction with the AES Educational Foundation, which was established in 1984 to encourage talented students to enter the au

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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