UK - PLASA Show, the worldwide event for entertainment technology, is returning to London Olympia on 16-18 September with a whole host of industry leaders and influential brands primed to deliver popular products, inspirational talks and expert training.
The exhibitor list has been rapidly growing with international brands spanning lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging, and the programme is filling up fast with critical updates, exclusive panels and the latest projects.
In association with LSi, respected lighting designer Rob Halliday and entertainment architects Stufish will present Giudizio Universale - Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, revealing the technical secrets of this stunning €9m immersive stage show created by Marco Balich, now at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome. Having worked on the show, Rob Halliday will discuss the richly pigmented, high-contrast lighting design drew on the style, colour and mood of the iconic paintings.
Another seminar comes in the form of Creating the Tempest. It will see Sarah Ellis from the Royal Shakespeare Company discuss the highly innovative digital technologies used in their recent production which could change the face of theatre.
Holoplot are hosting a session exploring wave field synthesis for 3D sound applications and challenging acoustic environments. Attendees will learn about how this technology can go beyond theory to produce real products and scalable solutions that can cope with harsh acoustic environments.
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USA - ESTA and USITT have announced that the second New World Rigging Symposium is taking place 19-20 March 2019 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2019 in Louisville.
Symposium attendees will receive free show floor passes to the USITT Stage Expo opening on 21 March as well as a discount on the conference registration.
The event will provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry.
In 10 sessions over two days, participants will be given a range of opportunities to further their technical knowledge, keep up to date with codes and standards, increase their understanding of structural issues, and learn about the challenges of working as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry. The symposium will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification.
The event will also include multiple opportunities for attendees to network over morning coffee breaks, lunch, and evening cocktails.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when registration opens or to enquire about sponsorship opportunities.
South Africa - DWR Distribution will host a grandMA2 training course this month.
Presented by Jannie de Jager from DWR Distribution, the grandMA2 Advanced Training will be held on 16-17 August from 9am to 5pm in DWR’s Johannesburg office. The cost is R2,550 per person and includes lunch and refreshments. Delegates are requested to supply their own grandMA2 console and laptop for the MA 3D Visualiser.
After completing the training, participants should be able to programme and operate mid to large-scale productions using advanced techniques including building macros, timecode programming, advanced effects, XYZ programming, moving data between shows and building custom fixtures.
The training takes place at DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, LaserPark, Honeydew.
To book your place, please visit the DWR Distribution website.
South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced details for its annual Vectorworks Training presented by Francois van der Merwe in September at DWR Distribution in Johannesburg.
Basic training will be held on 17 September and will cover the fundamentals of Vectorworks, Layouts, Palettes, Basic Tools, Classes and Layers. The cost for this one-day training session is R850.
Intermediate Training will be held on 18 & 19 September, with a focus Preferences, Basic Spotlight, Basic Renderworks and Intermediate Tools. The cost is R1 700.00.
Advanced Users are invited for training on the 20-21 September. The course will cover Working Planes, Advanced Modelling and Advanced Renderworks. The cost is R1 700.
Training will be held every day from 9am to 5pm and will be hosted at DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
Bookings can be made online on DWR Distribution’s website.
UK - Shure UK has partnered with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) “to help foster a strong theatre industry for the years ahead”. As part of the partnership, Shure has agreed to donate some of its equipment to the Academy and carry out masterclasses in wireless technology.
Equipment supplied to RADA includes top-tier wireless microphone and in-ear monitor systems, such as Axient Digital and PSM300, as well as Shure's range of KSM studio microphones.
Steve Mayo, head of sound at RADA comments: "The collaboration between RADA and Shure is one of innovation, rigour and experimentation. Shure's company values sit perfectly with RADA's dedication to world-class education. The partnership between RADA and Shure ensures the high standards of excellence and helps to deliver consistency across specialist training, product development and application."
Tuomo Tolonen, pro audio director at Shure UK, adds: “We are honoured to continue working with RADA and the partnership has been a phenomenal experience from day one. RADA offers their students the best possible education and it is a pleasure to play a role in preparing students so they can enjoy a successful career upon graduation."
Shure UK first offered RADA a technical sponsorship in 2012, when the Academy launched its Sound Design for the Theatre course.
UK - Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and the Lighting Education Trust (LET) have announced a partnership to develop a new undergraduate lighting design degree pathway in Space and Architecture.
The proposed pathway is a development of the college’s existing BA (Hons) Lighting Design programme and is a study route for those wishing to make architectural lighting design a career.
Starting in September, the pathway will be available for four BA (Hons) Lighting Design Students per year. The £30,000 three-year package of support from LET will include staff and teaching resources as well as industry placement opportunities.
Nick Hunt, Rose Bruford College Head of School for Design, Management and Technical Arts, comments: “We are delighted to be working with the Lighting Education Trust to develop this new undergraduate pathway. We have had an ambition to create this unique degree for some time, so we are extremely pleased that our partnership with the LET will enable it to become a reality. Working together we will be able to meet industry’s need for creative specialists in architectural lighting and provide great opportunities for students to go into a vibrant and expanding field.”
Bob Venning, chair of the LET Management Committee, adds: “The Lighting Education Trust is delighted to support the production of the new course and we look forward to many years of close collaboration with Rose Bruford College with the aim of promoting lighting education in the United Kingdom.”
UK - The University of Kent has launched a new Centre for Music and Audio Technology (CMAT) to equip students with the range of skills necessary for a career in the music industry.
Launched on 12 July and based on Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, CMAT has been designed to meet the industry’s needs in three key areas: music performance, music technology and music business.
Its undergraduate courses will offer students the opportunity to make full use of state-of-the-art facilities, including an impressive array of recording and mixing desks, recording studios and sound-proofed practice rooms.
Equipment at CMAT includes: New Neve Genesys Black G48 Recording Console with 5.1 Genelec monitors; SSL Matrix Console; Foley Recording Studio; Flexible Surround Sound Studio; Workstation rooms featuring iMacs and industry-standard audio software; Music practice rooms; Full range of performance spaces.
CMAT builds on a long tradition of music education and music making at Kent. It will also form a key part of the University’s growing emphasis on the creative and cultural industries.
The launch event, which took place at the Royal Dockyard Church was attended by University staff and representatives from Medway Council.
The new degrees currently recruiting at CMAT are: BA (Hons) Music Business and Production, BA (Hons) Music, Performance and Production’ and BSc (Hons) Music Technology and Audio Production.
UK - Event production and equipment specialists Light Fantastic Production Services (LFPS) has welcomed three Elstree University Technical College (EUTC) students at its Borehamwood base.
EUTC, a university technical college for 14-19 year-olds, delivers an academic curriculum as well as specialist courses in creative arts and media production. Those, who benefited from work experience at LFPS, are Key Stage 5 (16-19 year-olds) students on the school’s BTEC Production Technology course.
During their spell with the company, Luca DeLauri, Drew Topping and Ellis Montgomery were given a hands-on introduction to the busy LFPS lighting, audio, video and scenic construction departments, along with the chance to be part of the crew servicing ‘real world’ productions.
Speaking about the placement, Montgomery says: “My time spent with Light Fantastic really has helped my studies as it has given me more experience in a real working environment along with a wider understanding of different equipment. It has helped provide me with the skills to enter the workplace with a higher level of knowledge.”
Drew Topping adds: “Having a passion for set design and construction I had the most fun in the workshop getting hands-on experience and learning a few tricks from the carpenters that I will surely use. The experience has created opportunities for me as I now have a relationship with a high-end production company that is always eager to embrace new talent.”
Along with providing work experience opportunities, LFPS assist the school with equipme
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will be hosting a free Nexo UK open day at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.
The event will take place on 25 July (Wednesday) over two half-day sessions and will comprise demos of various Nexo product ranges, including the small ID series, the point-source PS series, the Geo M10 system as well as the venue’s own Geo M6 house PA system, which AC-ET supplied. Representatives from AC-ET’s specialist audio division and from Nexo will provide a full product demonstration and interactive listening sessions with each speaker series.
Shure will also be attending the event with their new Axient Digital wireless system.
Topics to be explored during the sessions will include Nexo power and processing; a general overview of line array theory; and an overview of the Nexo NS1 system design software.
The event is also an opportunity to receive a full demonstration of the Allen & Heath dLive digital consoles, with product experts on hand. There will be a selection of dLive consoles, including the venue’s S5000 with DM48 MixRack, which was also supplied by AC-ET.
Built in 1901, the 1,512-seater venue's surroundings and acoustics provide an appropriate theatre demo experience for the Nexo product range - with the venue's Geo M6 PA system catering for shows including rock 'n' roll, pop, ballet and opera, comedy, musicals and pantomime.
The sessions are free and complimentary refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. For registration details, visit www.ac-et.com/audio.
UK - Central London camera hire facility Focus24 is hosting an event for guests to experience its new camera and grip facility.
Along with its purpose-built prep rooms, optical centre and engineering facilities, the company will be showcasing some of the latest additions to its growing inventory. Also on demonstration will be bespoke MoVI packages available from Motion24, complete with a tracking vehicle.
The event takes place on Wednesday 11 July from 4pm at Focus24 9 Vision, Kendal Avenue, London W3 0AF. Attendance can be confirmed via email@example.com.
USA - Audinate has announced the immediate availability of its Dante Certification Level 3 - Advanced Dante Networking training online.
This is an online version of the in-person Dante Certification Level 3, launched at InfoComm 2017 and conducted globally since. The Level 3 training course is an advanced level course aimed at those who have already been using Dante and want to gain more insight and knowledge in setting up and managing larger Dante-enabled networking systems. Building on what was covered in previous levels of Dante trainings, the Level 3 course delves deeper into various advanced networking concepts, mixed-use networks, networking best practices, and troubleshooting techniques.
The online version of the course is designed in such a way that it can be taken in short modules. The modular nature of the course will enable those who are familiar with some of the material to navigate to their topics of interest. This advanced level course, while covering various networking topics, ties these topics back to how they apply to Dante networking.
"We are thrilled with the popularity of the Dante certification programme, with over 25,000 people having enrolled in one of the courses to date," notes Joshua Rush, senior vice president of marketing for Audinate. "We are pleased to introduce our Level 3 certification course online to give the requisite networking knowledge for more advanced AV networks."
UK - Now in its eighth year, the Gus Dudgeon Foundation and JAMES Summer School 2018 will be held at Leeds Becket University.
The format of the Gus Dudgeon Foundation and JAMES Summer Course sees students from JAMES accredited university courses being selected to work over five days with industry professionals and experience the recording and mixing process in a real-life situation.
Commencing on 9 July, the programme will once again be led by producer and Leeds Beckett Senior Lecturer Ken Scott, who will guide 13 students through the course.
Murray Dudgeon, Gus' brother, comments: "I am delighted that the 8th Gus Dudgeon Foundation Masterclass is taking place again this year. The course is a great way to celebrate and share some of Gus’ talent, and pass on real experience and learning to a new generation. I hope that as in previous years the attendees find the course a really beneficial experience."
This year Leeds band Heir will be recorded during the Masterclass week. SSL, KMR Audio and PMC are sponsoring the 2018 event.
Launching this year and following the same format, JAMES is also introducing the JAMES Orchestral Recording Sessions which will involve the student experience of recording both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hosted by West Suffolk College, the Orchestral Sessions five-day course will begin on 28 June at University of Suffolk, Atrium Building with two days of preparation in orchestral recording. This is then put into action with one day recording the rehearsal and a concer
UK - HD Pro Audio is holding a Professional Audio Technology Showcase in conjunction with the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) on 2 July (Monday), from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at the Electric Theatre in Guildford.
The event will feature the dLive mixing console platform from Allen & Heath, the latest plugins from Waves, the 3D IEM system from KLANG:technologies, Shure Axient digital wireless microphones and loudspeakers from EM Acoustics. Specialists from each manufacturer will be on hand to present their respective products and technologies, and assist with hands-on demonstrations.
Matt Russell, lecturer at ACM, comments: "At ACM, we pride ourselves on offering real-world immersive learning experiences for our students. We are therefore thrilled to be working with HD Pro Audio to host this Professional Audio Technology Showcase Event where our students can meet those working in the industry right now."
Andy Huffer, HD Pro Audio’s sales director, adds: “With such a great line-up of manufacturers and new technologies, demand is likely to be high so those wishing to join us should register as soon as possible.”
This event is open to ACM students, as well as members of the wider professional audio community. Entry for the event is free and refreshments will be provided. Those wishing to attend need to register online.
Europe - Absen Europe’s latest LED display technologies will be presented during its Stronger Together showcase events, taking place across 30 European cities this summer. The events kicked off this week in Madrid and Barcelona (19 and 21 June respectively) and will be followed by open days in Italy, France, UK, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Turkey.
The events are open to prospective clients as well as rental stagers, integrators and distributors alike, and will feature key products in Absen’s range, including the new rental and staging Polaris Series, the award-winning fixed install Acclaim Series, as well as an introduction to Absen’s control room dedicated CR Series.
Each event is taking place over one day and will be attended by Borja Janariz Sanchez, Absen Europe’s corporate and retail industry director, alongside Absen Europe regional managers.
The schedule so far includes:
26 June: Milan, Italy
28 June: Paris, France
29 June: Padova, Italy
29 June: UK (venue TBC)
02 July: Brussels, Belgium
03 July: Frankfurt, Germany
05 July: Ireland (venue TBC)
06 July: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
25 July: Istanbul, Turkey
Dates for Portugal, Poland and Sweden will be announced soon.
To register for the above events, and for the latest list of events planned, visit www.absen-europe.com or contact the appropriate regional manager.
Borja Janariz Sanchez, A
Australia - Michael Althaus, Ayrton’s global sales director, led a series of Ayrton open houses with its exclusive Australian distributor Show Technology at their offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
“The visit underlined the strong partnership between Show Technology and Ayrton, and our joint commitment to our customers,” Althaus commented. “The events went very well, with nearly 200 customers in attendance, and the response was overwhelming. Show Technology have done an amazing job already in introducing Ayrton to the market. Showcasing and comparing our range of products in this manner was mind and eye-opening for our customers.”
The new Ayrton products showcased included: Ghibli, Merak, Mistral, Minipanel TC and FX and Miniburst. Customers in Australia’s three major cities were also treated to a preview of what is around the corner with a demonstration of Bora TC, Ayrton’s l new 32,000lm wash.
“I’ve always been a fan of the Ayrton products, however they’ve never been known for their workhorse fixtures,” remarked Paul Collison of Eleven Design who attended the Sydney event. “I was particularly surprised by their attention to detail with their new lines of workhorse fixtures. The quality of light and feature sets in fixtures like the Ghibli are amazing. I’m excited to get them out in the wild and have a play.”
“The entire Show Technology team is great, fully committed and passionate to grow the Ayrton brand,” concluded Michael. “It’s the perfect partnership. Great products are built on trust and with
The Netherlands - Elation is holding PRO Service Days on 10-11 July at its European headquarters in Kerkrade, the Netherlands.
The training days will provide in-depth technical knowledge of the company’s most popular products, with a detailed look at technological construction while covering important service guidelines. A €30 hospitality fee will be required to cover food and drinks and registration. There is only room for 15 participants each day early registration is recommended. Deadline for registration is 6 July.
Elation’s European headquarters is centrally located on the German / Belgian border and can be easily reached by road from the UK, Belgium, Germany and France. For details, questions and/or help with accommodations, please contact Elation Europe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Europe/Asia - Milos held its annual product academies at its bases in Roudnice nad Labem, the Czech Republic (13-14 April), and in Guangzhou, China (10-11 May).
The two-day product academy has been designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and skills for working safer while carrying out rigging duties and constructing support structures.
The Czech Republic event brought together local attendees, but also visitors from Slovakia, Germany, England, Scotland and Australia. The product academy in China drew attendees from China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, as well as from Australia, New Zealand and Kenya.
Eric Porter, certified rigging consultant and internationally renowned rigging professional, gave rigging presentations and provided rigging consultations. Norbert Tripp, Area Four Industries technical director and structural engineer, held presentations that covered the ins and outs of static calculation theory. Both took questions from participants, going into deeper group and one-on-one discussions to provide answers and give practical advice on rigging procedures and working safely with various structures.
Michal Zykan, Milos sales coordinator, covered truss design, while brand manager Marek Zubor took workshop participants on tours of each factory. Key personnel from both factories provided attendees with a complete overview of products and carried out dedicated product demonstrations. On each evening, attendees were treated to a fun and exciting night of entertainment.
At the conclusion of each academy, attendees rec
India - Atlona is amplifying its global On-Tour Roadshow Series with focused two-day events that focus on live hands-on demonstrations for dealers, consultants and end users. The first of these enhanced Zero to 60 Hz events recently wrapped in Jaipur, India, with 35 attendees enjoying detailed demos and intimate Q&A’s across dedicated time slots.
Co-sponsored with Telso Networks at their office in the G-3 Regal Residency in Jaipur, the idea was born out of partner requests for technical workshops that go deeper into product use and system architecture than larger Atlona Academy training and education events.
“As our partners and end customers move away from circuit-based systems and to the network, there is a greater desire and urgency to put their hands on this latest generation of products in advance of purchase of installation,” says Sanket Sawant, Atlona’s director of business development, Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.
“This event ensured every attendee could see, feel and test each product individually across a series of dedicated live stations, anchored through a working demonstration of our All-IP Meeting Space concept.”
USA - The organisers of the ESTA Plugfest have announced that RDMnet prototypes constructed to the most current version of draft standard E1.33, Transport of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) in an E1.31 environment, will be available for participants in Plugfest 2018.
Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence and Sam Kearney of Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) are both providing RDMnet prototypes for attendee use and testing during the July Plugfest. Both Wayne and Sam noted that this is an excellent opportunity for early adopters to test manufacturer interoperability ahead of the publication of the final RDMnet standard.
The Artistic Licence prototype will provide a version of their new dataLynx II gateway which has per port selection of sACN, RDMnet, Art-Net and RDM over Art-Net.
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability, is scheduled to take place from 20 July 20 to 23 July at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Both ESTA and non-ESTA members are welcome to attend the 16th version of this event.
South Africa - Three all-female teams of young lighting designers scooped the top accolades at this year’s St Mary’s Battle of the Bands. The annual competition was hosted on 17 May at The Edge Theatre at Saint Mary’s, Johannesburg and featured two celebrity judges attending the finale - Prime Circle’s Marco Gomes and The Parlotone’s Neil Pauw.
In the lighting design category, first place went to Saint Mary’s Zaneli Steeneveldt, who was assisted by Ghita Economakis and Sanam Soni. In second place, St Mary’s Erin Kersten was assisted by Ella Roseveare, Amy Leishman, Jordan Dart and Caitlin Bloom. Third place was awarded to Parktown Girls, a joint effort by Leia Singh, Lailah Naidoo and Roxana van Weely.
DWR Distribution was a sponsor for the fourth consecutive year, supplying lighting gear and audio for the event along with prizes for the best young lighting designers. The rig included two Robe MegaPointes, six Robe Robin LEDBeam 100s, eight Robe Spikies, four Robe CycFX8 and two Robe DL4 S Profiles all controlled on a dot2 XL-F.
For the sound requirements, a DiGiCo S31 was in control along with two Quest HPI18LP band-pass 18" sub bass, 2 HPI12S powered full range speakers and one Quest QA3004 Stereo Power Amplifier 1100W.
Jannie de Jager from DWR played an active role in the event with assistance on the technical side, and also judged the lighting design category. “Every year I see so much passion in the students,” he says. “The amount of energy they put into their Lighting Designs really puts a smile on my face.”
UK - Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is the top drama school for student mobility in the world, according to U-Multirank research.
The College is also one of only two creative arts specialist higher education institutions in the top 25 globally-ranked universities for student mobility, the other one being the Glasgow School of Art.
U-Multirank, a European Union-funded world university ranking that classifies 1,614 universities across various performance indicators, released the top 25 performers in nine of its indicators this week.
The ranking takes into account having an international student body and offering students the opportunity to study part of their degree abroad as an indication of the international orientation of a university.
Thomas Wilson, Erasmus+ academic co-ordinator at Rose Bruford, comments: “Our high-ranking reflects the dynamic, outward-looking and adventurous spirit of our students, who see their future as theatre and performance-makers not just in the UK but in Europe and beyond. Whether through studying abroad with one of our international partners or brokering an individual bespoke traineeship with a company, the professional and personal experiences that international mobility offers our students is invaluable in accelerating their training and personal development.”
Since receiving Taught Degree Awarding Powers in 2017, the College also has a growing po
South Africa - Quest Engineering distributor DWR Distribution is hosting three Quest open days across its three offices.
Taking place in Johannesburg (18 June), Durban (20 June) and Cape Town (22 June), the events will enable attendees to meet Quest’s Frank Andrewartha and view the range of the company's loudspeakers and amplifiers.
Robert Izzett from DWR comments: “We will have the bulk of the Quest range on display for our customers to view. A 40ft container has arrived and demo kits will be delivered to each DWR branch in time for the Quest open day.”
Izzett adds: “Quest is an excellent solution for smaller events and conferences in the rental market, when a large line-array is not required. It really is the perfect product, backed up with fantastic service from the Quest team.”
The Quest Open Day, which runs from 9am to 5pm local time, will include two small workshops presented by Andrewartha at 10am and 2pm daily.
UK - Hire and events company SLX has announced the successful applicants for its 2018 bursary scheme, which sees the company supporting five students enrolled on production courses with £3000 of hire equipment as well as networking and development opportunities.
Spanning the UK, the students attend different institutions and are enrolled on a variety of technical production focussed courses. Third year students and graduating this year are Ashley Holdom (Rose Bruford) and Ryan Searle (Bristol Old Vic) and the 2nd year students receiving the bursary are Alex Silvester (University of Bolton – Backstage Academy), Georgia Wren - LIPA and Ben Linwood (Guildford School of Acting).
As well as receiving the £3000 bursary to support a project of the student’s choosing, the five applicants were also welcomed into SLX Avonmouth, spending two full days in May with the SLX team. This experience allowed the students to attend a number of talks and workshops, organised by SLX and hosted by a number of other professionals. These covered topics such as the world of freelancing, audio and video training, and networking training.
Leading the programme for SLX, customer service manager, Katy Lowe, and business development manager, Ruari Cormack, were responsible for picking the successful applicants.
Ruari Cormack says: “We’re delighted to give these young people, who really are the future of the industry, that extra helping hand as they embark on their careers in the industry. These five were picked as they impressed Katy and I with the clarity of t
Europe/USA - Yamaha and Audinate are teaming up to present a free webinar titled Audio Networking For Houses Of Worship, Colleges and Universities on 23 May (Wednesday).
The webinar, to be broadcast on ProSoundWeb.com, will examine Dante-enabled solutions for system design, implementation and management for carrying large numbers of audio channels around an auditorium and for distributing audio throughout a campus.
Andy Cooper (manager, pro audio application engineering, Yamaha R&D Centre London) and Karl Christmas (technical marketing manager, Yamaha R&D Centre London) will feature alongside Kieran Walsh (Audinate director of application engineering, EMEA).
The webinar runs from 6pm CET / 5pm BST / 12pm Eastern Time and 9am US Pacific Time. Registration is free but required.