student-sound-rada-webShure sponsors Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Thursday, 26 July 2018

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.
(Jim Evans)

let-representatives-presentation-of-cheque-to-clarie-middletonRose Bruford and LET announce degree pathway
Friday, 20 July 2018

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.”
(Jim Evans)

cmat-kent-coursesNew Kent centre responds to industry needs
Thursday, 19 July 2018

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.
(Jim Evans)

studentsLFPS supports Elstree students
Tuesday, 17 July 2018

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

ac-et-to-host-july-nexo-uk-open-dayAC-ET to host Nexo open day in Halifax
Tuesday, 3 July 2018

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
(Jim Evans)

focus24-open-day-invite-newFocus24 promotes new facility with open day
Tuesday, 3 July 2018

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
(Jim Evans)

danteAudinate launches Dante Level 3 online training
Thursday, 28 June 2018

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."
(Jim Evans)

jamesJAMES Gus Dudgeon summer courses scheduled
Wednesday, 27 June 2018

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

acm-professional-audio-technology-showcaseHD Pro Audio and ACM to hold Guildford showcase
Tuesday, 26 June 2018

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.
(Jim Evans)

absenAbsen announces Europe showcase events
Friday, 22 June 2018

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 or contact the appropriate regional manager.
Borja Janariz Sanchez, A

show-technologyShow Technology hosts Ayrton open houses
Monday, 18 June 2018

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

elation-pro-service-daysElation Europe schedules PRO Service Days
Friday, 15 June 2018

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
(Jim Evans)

group-1Milos holds training in Czech Republic and China
Thursday, 14 June 2018

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

atlonajaipurworkshopAtlona launches workshop series in India
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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.”
(Jim Evans)

plugfest2018mESTA Plugfest announces RDMnet prototypes
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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.
(Jim Evans)

prime-circles-marco-gomes-the-parlotones-neil-pauw-and-dwrs-duncan-rileyGirl power at Battle of the Bands
Monday, 11 June 2018

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.”

rose-bruford-college-websafeRose Bruford College leads on student mobility
Friday, 8 June 2018

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

jaco-beukes-and-kyle-robson-from-dwrDWR schedules Quest open days
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

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.
(Jim Evans)

slxSLX announces student bursary winners
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

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

andy-cooper-closeup-march2018Yamaha and Audinate to stage free webinar
Friday, 18 May 2018

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, 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.
(Jim Evans)

flight-at-royal-academy-of-music-credit-jake-wiltshire-low-resRose Bruford College to develop digital centre
Thursday, 17 May 2018

UK - Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is to develop a new £3.5m Centre for Digital Creation and Production with investment and support from industry partners, including leading companies such as; Autodesk, Cast, Disguise (formerly d3 Technologies), ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls), Philips Lighting, Robe and White Light.
£940k funding for the project was also provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), through its Catalyst Fund. The investment will continue to be monitored by HEFCE’s successor, the Office for Students.
The Centre will build on the College’s existing technical production expertise in lighting and sound design, and extend this to include digital & immersive technologies, video design and engineering, content creation and visualisation; leading and influencing the development of advanced technological production and performance training.
In addition to new facilities and the creation of new undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in a range of digital technology areas, the Centre will also be a bridge between industry and higher education, with an industry advisory group whose role will be to identify sector skills gaps and steer the development and technical direction of the Centre.
Nick Hunt, head of School of Design, Management and Technical Arts explains: “With investment from the College, our partners we will be able to develop new and existing production facilities with advanced technical capabilities, to create a professional and industry-led learning environme

Vectorworks and Stagecraft Institute support students
Wednesday, 16 May 2018

USA - For the fourth consecutive year, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks will continue its partnership with the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) as part of its ongoing support for student designers.
As a first-of-its-kind intensive training programme, SILV offers improved and efficient ways to train students in all areas of live entertainment in an effort to grow the next generation of practitioners in the field. Vectorworks aids in this mission by donating funds to the organisation and teaching workshops on cutting-edge entertainment technology.
“The partnership that SILV has with Vectorworks has dramatically expanded our students’ experience with digital drafting and increased their pre-visualisation and console programming capabilities, making the plotting and paperwork process possible,” said Jane Childs, director at SILV. “The accomplishments achieved after two short weeks with our Vectorworks friends is phenomenal.”
For the fourth year in a row, Frank Brault, product marketing manager - entertainment at Vectorworks, will volunteer to teach classes. In addition to the week-long Spotlight class that will cover basic concepts to advanced 2D and 3D techniques, Brault will also run a week-long course about Vision, the pre-visualisation software developed by Vectorworks. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Spotlight from 3-8 June, 2018 and Vision and Lightwright from 1-6 July.
“Vectorworks is committed to the academic community and is passionate about supporting the Stagecraft Inst

chroma-q-lighting-masterclass-pic1AC-ET backs Backstage Academy
Thursday, 10 May 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET) has agreed to provide technical equipment and run training courses for live events industry education provider Backstage Academy.
The partnership is part of a long-term strategy to offer Academy students the most up-to-date practical experience through AC-ET’s latest technologies from brands including ProLights, Chroma-Q, Green Hippo and BroadWeigh.
Jonathan Walters, AC-ET's UK sales director, comments: "We are delighted to be able to support up and coming generations of backstage technicians and creative people. The future of the industry is all about fostering the talent of tomorrow and letting them use the technologies behind today's live events productions.
“The partnership will give the Backstage Academy's students access to the latest LED lighting from popular brands such as Chroma-Q and ProLights, industry-leading video control from Green Hippo, specialist networking solutions from Luminex, plus industry-standard rigging chain hoists from CM Lodestar and innovative load monitoring from BroadWeigh."
Sara Gleadhall, Backstage Academy business development director, comments: "Today’s live events productions are becoming ever more technically ambitious as the constant advances in technology create fresh possibilities within lighting and video. It's great for Backstage Academy to receive this kind of support. We'll benefit because AC-ET, as a major provider of technologies to all areas of Live Events production, can ensure that we provide students with the most up-to-date practical train

rcf-open-dayRCF open days scheduled for Guildford
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

UK - Following its Northern Open Day held at Gateshead Sage in March, RCF has announced a similar two-day event in Guildford, Surrey.
The Southern Open Days will be hosted by Yes Productions at the G Live arts centre on 4-5 June (times yet to be confirmed), with registration now open.
Dean Davoile, RCF UK sales manager, comments: “We are delighted to be partnering with Tom [Chennells, Yes production director], and capitalising both on the momentum created by our Northern event and recent exhibition showings at Prolight+Sound and PLASA Focus Leeds. This will be the first opportunity for those in the southern half of the country to hear our ground-breaking new HDL 6-A and HDL 30-A in a real-world situation.”
The systems will be run with complementary SUB 9006-AS subwoofers, says the company.
Based nearby in Camberley, Tom Chennells has a close relationship with G Live, and says the 1000-capacity venue, with excellent acoustics, is ideal to demonstrate the power of the smaller HDL 6-A (2 x 6”) system.
He explains: “We will rig both this and the medium format HDL 30-A in the air. With the smaller system we will show how an eight-box hang can be flown, with all the flyware, for under 100 kilos and deliver an awesome punch, which I know will blow people away. With the HDL 30-A we will also demonstrate RDNet (RCF’s control and monitoring platform) with which these systems are fitted.”
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