UK - The European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest for 2017 will take place Wednesday 26 through Friday 28 April, in the UK, at Gatwick Manor, London Road at Lowfield Heath, just south of Gatwick Airport.
The Developers Conference provides a European forum for manufacturers, designers, consultants and prospective users; and aims to ensure that the adoption of standards achieves the desired levels of interoperability and reliability. Conference sessions will cover the understanding, implementation and use of the published E1.20, E1.37-1 and E137-2 RDM standards.
Other projects in the current ESTA Technical Standards Program such as “E1.33 : RDMnet” and the E1.37-5 and E137-4 extensions will also feature. Updates on Art-Net and RDM will also feature.
The Plugfest is a hands-on opportunity for product developers to try out their hardware and code implementations with products from a variety of other manufacturers, with support from their industry peers in an environment that encourages co-operation and improved understanding of the standards, and with the aim of achieving high levels of interoperability.
Typically, engineers participate in these events with the ability to code and debug aspects of their implementations on site, sometimes retreating to their hotel rooms to craft improvements before returning to the Plugfest to continue testing.
The sessions, despite their apparent informality, can be a valuable opportunity to learn how not to make the same mistakes, or misguided assumptions, as others may have done. Speci
UK - PLASA Focus Leeds is back with a stellar line-up of seminar sessions and speakers for this year’s event on 9-10 May at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. The free to attend exhibition is a leading platform for the entertainment industry, offering an opportunity to discover the very latest technology including products from recent international launches.
Speakers this year include James Simpson, lighting visualiser at the Royal Opera House, who will be discussing the latest technologies in use at the Royal Opera House, with a look at how some recent projects have been technically achieved. Simpson will also be talking for the first time about an exciting new R&D project being developed at the ROH which uses Augmented Reality technology to create new opportunities for design teams to visualise their ideas – the talk will include a live demonstration.
The future of audio technology is also high on the agenda; d&b audiotechnik’s Oran Burns will be exploring this topic in a session titled ‘What’s Next for Pro Audio.’ LSi audio journalist Phil Ward will host a panel session to discuss ‘Is Point Source Fighting Back?’ an exploration of the varied applications of point source over line array.
The hugely popular Riggers’ Forum will return to Leeds, led once again by Harry Box and Chris Higgs, known for their thought provoking seminars and lively presenting style. Their presentation ‘Knot a Rigger’ will discuss where the responsibility of rigging lies within a production.
UK Rigging’s, Harry Box says: “Rigging do
USA - For nearly two decades, ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship has given students a unique way to gain experience, make connections and launch a career, and to attend the LDI tradeshow with all expenses paid. Applications for this year’s Sponsorship are now available at www.etcconnect.com/LDISponsorship, and due by 9 June 2017.
ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship includes a round trip airfare to the LDI tradeshow, which will be 17-19 November this year, along with hotel accommodation, all meals, a full conference pass, a student reception to meet people in the industry, and exclusive ETC swag. Students in their final year of undergraduate study, graduate students, and students from outside of North America who are studying at equivalent university levels at the time of the LDI show, and who are studying lighting design, theatre technology, stage machinery, or closely related fields, are eligible to apply.
One of the most beneficial aspects of ETC’s LDI Sponsorship is the mentorship portion. ETC matches each student with a professional who is well-established in the industry and works in a field that interests the student. The mentors provide guidance, advice and inspiration as the students finish their schooling and move into the working world. They can help with everything from giving input on designing a show, to introducing the students to important connections that could lead to a career.
Jason Read, a 2007 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship recipient describes his experience with the programme: “The success in my career is directly attributable to th
Europe - MILOS has released the fourth and final video as part of its three-month spotlight on MILOS Roofs (1 January – 31 March).
In this final video of the series, Area Four Industries GmbH technical director Norbert Tripp explains how the required ballast is calculated for temporary demountable structures due to the effects of overturning, sliding and uplifting.
Click here to watch the fourth MILOS Roofs video
UK – Supporters and trustees of Backup - The Technical Entertainment Charity - gathered in London on Monday evening to help raise the profile of the charity’s new name and logo in entertainment industry. Around 80 guests attended the event, which included live entertainment from Jay Johnson.
Backup exists to provide financial support to technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film, helping them to get back on their feet when their lives are disrupted by illness or injury to themselves or to family members. Previously known as Behind The Scenes UK, the charity changed its name to Backup in 2016.
Backup’s chairman, John Simpson, welcomed guests to The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden, which generously sponsored the event. He reiterated the purpose of the charity by highlighting some of its achievements to date. “We have helped a number of technicians and their families when they have suffered falls from sets and studio rigging, been involved in horrific vehicle accidents, suffered rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, mental breakdowns and other circumstances that have prevented them from earning a living for a period of time.”
Among those being helped by the charity is Mark Pritchard, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma while touring with Level 42, and has just undergone a fourth round of chemotherapy. John Simpson read a message from him, in which he thanked the charity, saying: “We are amazed at the generosity of our industry in times of trouble.”
Simpson said: “Backup wil
UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), in conjunction with Royal Central Research, is hosting an afternoon of talks and panel discussions at Bankside (Central Bankside, Emerson St. SE1 9DU – Saturday 8 April, 2017 – 2pm) to celebrate the warm reception of Nick Moran’s recently published book, The Right Light (Palgrave 2016).
The Right Light documents the findings of Royal Central’s Nick Moran’s project, which asked such questions as ‘How do top theatre lighting designers decide what is the right light for each moment of a live performance?’, ‘How much of the process is technical?’, ‘How much craft? And ‘How much art?’ Answers to these questions, gleaned through interviews with 19 leading UK based lighting designers, form the basis data for this fascinating research study.
The event, introduced by Peter Mumford, multi-award-winning LD and director, and chair of the ALD, features some of the lighting designers involved. In attendance to bring engaging discussions from the book to life, will be:
Lucy Carter, a long-term collaborator with Wayne McGregor and others;
Michael Hulls, whose creative collaborations with Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan among others won him an Olivier for outstanding contribution to dance;
Mark Jonathan, some-time head of lighting at the National Theatre and international opera lighting designer;
Johanna Town, whose beautiful work, particularly for drama, has been seen on stages all over the UK and Europe;
Paul Pyant, who won the Olivier for best lighti
USA - Audinate, creator of the Dante audio networking technology, has announced the immediate availability of Level 2 Dante Certification online. This follows the success of the Level 1 online Dante Certification that was launched last year, with more than 5,000 people now certified.
The Dante Certification programme was created in response to overwhelming interest in Dante networking and audio networking best practices. Level 1 certification covered basic principles of audio networking and Dante. Following the release of Level 1, requests for further education led to the development of the Level 2 Certification.
Audinate has made the entire Level 2 course available online for those who are unable to attend live events, but inspired to extend their Dante education. The Level 2 course also includes an interactive simulator for the hands-on skills test.
The Level 2 Certification course is an intermediate to advanced level course that prepares AV personnel to design larger Dante network systems, and provides training on audio networking concepts such as clocking, unicast and multicast, latency, and redundancy. This course contains ten instructional videos, a knowledge test and the simulated skills test. The Level 2 certificate is awarded to those who successfully complete all modules, and pass both tests.
To access the Level 2 Certification course, visit www.audinate.com/cert-info
USA - This summer marks the fourth CUE professional development conference hosted by ETC. This year, the biennial event will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, 21-23 July.
The CUE conference is designed for ETC end-users of all skill levels to gain knowledge that can be used in their careers. It also gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the technology they’ll use when they enter the workforce.
This year’s theme reflects back to a time when many youngsters were shipped off for a week or two to summer camp. The Camp CUE programme features high-quality keynote speakers, three days of classes, and networking opportunities with industry peers and the ETC professionals behind the company’s award-winning products.
Classes include day-long tracks geared toward console programmers, lighting designers, educators, and technicians. For participants interested in a more diverse learning experience, there will be a selection of supplementary elective classes, covering a variety of topics, taking place on Saturday night and all-day Sunday. Additionally, ETC will host several exciting events and factory tours.
Registration for the conference will open on Monday, 27 February, with a special early-bird discount offered at launch. ETC will also offer several sponsorships – open to applicants from anywhere in the world – to help offset the cost of the conference, transportation and/or lodging.
More information about the CUE professional development conference can be found at www.etcconnect.com/CUE.
UK - Reading-based SFL Group has announced three new training sessions for Yamaha CL and QL series digital mixing consoles, aimed at sound engineers and potential console purchasers. Taking place on 29 March, 28 June and 11 October 2017, the sessions include comprehensive, hands-on tuition on designing, configuring and mixing with CL and QL-based audio systems.
“Yamaha has arguably contributed more to our appreciation and expectations of the workflow of a modern digital mixing console than any other manufacturer, with the Centralogic interface forming one of the most established and widely recognised benchmarks of the industry,” says SFL project manager Pat Smith.
“During these seminars we will simulate an event environment with live multi-track recordings. Once the basic console functionality has been explained, participants will be mixing live shows in the classroom!”
Alongside the consoles themselves, participants will be introduced to Yamaha’s R-series Dante I/O and network interfacing products, including how to design and configure large, multi-console networks, and a unique session on Dante networking. Use of Yamaha’s StageMix iPad control app and PC-based interfaces and editors is also covered.
The sessions take place at SFL’s premises at Unit 5, Headley Park 10, Headley Road East, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4SW, with each session costing £30 per participant. Demand for SFL training courses is always high, so advance booking is essential via www