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.”
RCF’s Fi

vectorworksRegistration opens for 2018 Vectorworks summit
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

USA - Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks has invited professionals, educators and students in the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries to attend the fourth annual Vectorworks Design Summit from 4-6 November 2018 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona.
The conference includes industry sessions, tech support, networking events, inspiring keynotes and hands-on training. Multiple sessions will offer continuing education credits.
Vectorworks CEO Biplab Sarkar, comments: “The Summit is the most cost-effective way for designers to maximise their investment in Vectorworks and improve their company’s bottom line. It is my hope that all attendees will leave Arizona with inspiration and valuable experience to strengthen their career in the design industry.”
There will be two keynotes and 50 sessions led by 35 industry experts, including Joseph Marshall, project architect and technology coordinator at Flansburgh Architects; Todd McCurdy, president and director of landscape architecture and planning at Huitt-Zollars; Scott Barnes, lighting console programmer for motion pictures and many more.
To see the full list of sessions and to register, please visit
(Jim Evans)

leedsPLASA Focus Leeds opens its doors
Monday, 30 April 2018

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds has begun its tenth birthday celebrations on 1-2 May at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. The popular entertainment technology trade show provides a stage for over 175 global brands, and the show’s reputation attracts thought-leaders and taste-makers who share their expertise through seminars and training sessions.
The show floor will feature products fresh from European launches, and the seminar programme is overflowing with enriching talks and lively debates. The show caters to everyone from lighting designers and sound engineers, to riggers and production managers.
Audio enthusiasts can get under the skin of digital mixers with Soundcraft’s Andy Brown and Sound Technology’s Ben Todd, and can get to grips with Line Array systems with Harman’s Ed Jackson and Sound Technology’s Stuart Strachan. Visitors can learn about frequency response with Oran Burns of d&b audiotechnik, or touring monitors with Justin Grealy of Soulsound. Plus, Phil Ward and a pro audio panel will explore object-based and spatialised audio solutions.
Among the many new audio innovations will be Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Series, Sennheiser’s Wireless G4 System, RCF’s JMIX8 two-way array speaker, and the award-winning LD Systems MAUI P900 column speakers from Adam Hall Group.
Lighting designers may wish to join the Association of Lighting Designers who will discuss issues for those unable to test their designs until technical rehearsal. Additionally, the ALD will join forces with PLASA to address the Eco-Design changes affecting

atlonaontourmalaysiademoAtlona roadshow reaches Malaysia
Thursday, 26 April 2018

Malaysia - Following a successful run of Atlona On-Tour Roadshows across India, the AV collaboration and control specialist continued its series last week in Malaysia with a renewed educational focus on today’s most pertinent industry trends.
Attracting 20 regional systems integrators, dealers and consultants, the half-day event delivered a series of fresh presentations, hands-on product demonstrations and personalized networking opportunities. The overarching goal of the event was to educate on new business opportunities with emerging technologies, and problem-solve for today’s unique transitional challenges.
Taking place at the Grand Dorsett Subang in Selangor, Atlona experts offered focused segments on networked AV and control and management, with specifics across applying Atlona’s OmniStream for AV over IP, the SW-510W for BYOD-powered collaboration, and the HDVS-300 for soft codec conferencing.
“We have increasingly found that bringing these focused training and education initiatives direct to industry professionals is among the more efficient ways to reach those working in the trenches,” says Sanket Sawant, Atlona’s director of business development, Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.
“There is an intimacy to these regional events that offers exceptional educational value, and it is clearly a more effective use of their time. We will continue to emphasize these sessions around the Asia-Pacific region as we help our partners accelerate these transitions from legacy to networked AV systems.”
(Jim Evans)

green-hippo-courseDWR to host Green Hippo certification training
Friday, 20 April 2018

South Africa - A three-day Green Hippo Operator Certification course will be held on 14-16 May at DWR Distribution's Johannesburg address, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
The course will be presented by Suzy Stenning from Green Hippo and will cover a range of topics, from Hardware Introduction and Configuration, Media Manager, Output Manager & Viewports, Mixes / MixMaster, VideoMapper / Pixel Mapper / ScreenWarp, Timeline / DMX2 / Multicontroller, Visualizer & Custom Layouts, Shape Introduction / Configuaration/ Alignment.
The cost is R2600 and includes lunch and refreshments. Attendees should bring their own Green Hippo Media Server or Laptop with Play Software Installed.
For bookings online please visit
(Jim Evans)

digico-trainingDiGiCo training presented at DWR Distribution
Thursday, 19 April 2018

South Africa - DiGiCo Training will be presented by DWR Distribution’s Kyle Robson in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in May.
The two-day training session will cover everything from racks and solutions, the SD Series overview, connections and networking, recording and waves, both basic and advanced operation and then a Q&A Session.
The dates are Durban on 10 and 11 May, Cape Town on 17 and 18 May and in Johannesburg on 24 and 25 May. The training will be hosted at the DWR offices. The cost is R1700 and includes lunch and refreshments.
(Jim Evans)

s6l-2018HD Pro Audio to host Avid S6L workshop
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

UK - HD Pro Audio is to host the Avid Expanded S6L Range on Monday, 21 May at the Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden.
The workshop will run from 11:00 to 16:00 and will provide one of the UK’s first opportunities to see and experience Avid's expanded range of VENUE | S6L live audio mixing consoles. The company’s Live Sound team, including FOH Robb Allan will be on hand to take attendees through the range.
HD Pro Audio’s sales director Andy Huffer comments: “With the new 48 fader S6L-48D, the ‘Profile replacement’ S6L-24C and the compact S6L-16C all available for some hands-on experience, alongside the new E6L-112 engine, this will be an extremely popular event. Entry is free, but numbers are limited, so anyone wishing to attend should email or book online [] as soon as possible.”
Now a Unified Sound Platform, the Avid VENUE | S6L live sound family offers a wide variety of surfaces, engines and I/O to suit an extensive range of applications and engineers.
(Jim Evans)

adamson-advcert-apr18-hrAdamson introduces advanced training programme
Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Germany - Adamson Systems Engineering is reinforcing the focus on its global education strategy with the formal introduction of its Advanced Certification training programme at Prolight+Sound 2018.
The new training initiative builds on Adamson’s Applied Certification programme, which over the past eight months has been deployed in over 30 countries and attended by more than 1,000 technicians.
“In 2017, we launched an initiative to build an education standard for our user base and network”, says James Oliver, director of marketing and sales for Adamson. “Applied Certification was its first phase, and today, we’ve already delivered this programme in more than 30 countries. As our network has grown, so has the demand for knowledge. The Advanced Certification programme is an indication to major productions that Adamson and its partner network are committed to implementing the best deployment practices wherever you see the gold Adamson triangle.”
Jeremiah Karni, head of Adamson Education, built the Advanced Certification programme with input from users around the world. “Advanced Certification has been designed for experienced system engineers deploying complex systems in demanding environments. The curriculum gives our user base the ability to dig into advanced simulation features and complex system deployments, all within an optimized workflow.”
The Advanced Certification course delves deeper into aspects of design and control while also discussing electro-acoustic concepts and applications. Additional Blueprint AV techniques and

leedsPLASA Focus Leeds welcomes major launches
Friday, 6 April 2018

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds is bringing the world’s latest entertainment technology to the North of England on 1-2 May at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.
Visitors can expect new releases from top brands, an array of immersive workshops, and leading-edge seminars covering lighting, live sound, rigging, AV and staging.
The show is the perfect place to see brand new products for the first time in the UK, including the highly anticipated grandMA3 lighting console. Visitors will also see Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Series, Vari-Lite’s VL2600 range, Sennheiser’s Wireless G4 System and Robe’s MegaPointe.
The seminar programme serves many different tribes, from immersive audio and theatre refurbishment, to festival lighting and set design software. There is something for everyone at the industry leading show.
The reinvention of the Chester Storyhouse will be revealed by lighting advisor Rob Halliday and others who worked tirelessly on the project. The biggest of its kind outside of London, the venue houses an 800-seat auditorium, a 200-seat studio theatre, a 100-seat cinema, and much more. This seminar will explore the technology involved in such a huge and versatile space.
Professionals involved in set design and production won’t want to miss out on an introduction to Vectorworks. This leading industry software for entertainment design offers an incredible amount of functions including 3D rendering, VR and rigging analysis. Attend this seminar to see how Vectorworks can make your job easier.
The Rigger’s Forum retu

vectorworksVectorworks training presented at DWR
Friday, 6 April 2018

South Africa - Vectorworks Trainer Francois van der Merwe presented Basic to Advanced training from 12 to 16 March 2018 at DWR Distribution in Johannesburg.
As a respected lighting designer and a seasoned Vectorworks user, van der Merwe’s main concern was to assist delegates in increasing their workflow.
Van der Merwe has presented training at DWR, distributors of Vectorworks in South Africa, since 2012. “The programme for every course is unique, and we go through all the changes, updates and added features of the software,” he says. “Vectorworks has been the platform to work on, and in my view, the best choice for our industry.”
With many users relying on tutorials that are focused on architecture, van der Merwe instead demonstrates how to approach a show which is a very different process to how an architect would tackle a building. “Over the years, delegates watch tutorials and pick up habits that are not necessarily beneficial to the entertainment industry. I try to show them a better workflow and how to make the drawing process a lot quicker and easier to understand.”
The Vectorworks training is intensive. “The most noticeable difference for delegates is that their workflow quadruples,” said van der Merwe. “Instead of taking a day to draw a show, they can create a full production in two to three hours.” Delegates are tested and required to draw a stage comprising of staging, set, AV, lighting, trussing and audio. “They do that from scratch within two hours and that is a big improvement,” he concludes.
(Jim E

abbeyroadpmday-27rYamaha in the mix at Abbey Road workshop
Wednesday, 28 March 2018

UK - Around 60 of the UK’s leading live mixing engineers, theatre sound designers and representatives of audio rental companies assembled in the legendary Studio Two at London’s Abbey Road Studios in March for an informal workshop on Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM series digital mixing systems.
“This was a way of giving key members of the UK pro audio community a chance to informally network and learn more about Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM series systems, in an inspiring location and friendly, low-key atmosphere,” says Yamaha Commercial Audio UK/RoI sales manager Alex Warren, who co-ordinated the event with UK/RoI marketing manager Chris Irvine.
After meeting for a complimentary lunch, followed by a bracing walk along Abbey Road to the studios, guests were welcomed by Chris. This was followed by an interesting potted history of the studios by its head of audio products, Mirek Stiles.
With the free bar open, Jamiroquai’s Derrick MacKenzie (drums), Matt Johnson (keyboards), Paul Turner (bass) and Hazel Fernandez (vocals) performed a few songs, mixed by the band’s Front of House engineer Rick Pope on the Yamaha RIVAGE PM10, through a Nexo M10 PA system and 45N12 monitors.
Yamaha’s Andy Cooper then hosted an interesting Q&A session with Rick, which included questions from the assembled guests. Rick spent much of 2017 on tour with the RIVAGE PM10 system and a highlight of the Q&A was his honest, direct response to being asked how many times the system has gone down: “Never”.
From here, guests were able to get hands-on with the RIVAG

green-hippoPL+S 2018: Green Hippo promotes Notch integration
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Germany - Green Hippo’s scheduled activities for Prolight + Sound 2018 include exclusive presentations, plus demos with its show partner Notch, maker of the real-time visual creation tool.
The Green Hippo stand will be fully equipped with the latest Hippotizer+ Media Servers, enabling guests to experience solutions for real-time media playback and 3D mapping.
A key feature of the Green Hippo stand is the opportunity for visitors to gain hands-on experience of Hippotizer’s seamless integration with Notch. Designed from the creative process up, and supercharged by powerful real-time rendering and visualisation, Notch helps creators rediscover the joy of problem solving, experimenting and improvising on the fly.
Further demonstrating Hippotizer’s ways with Notch, Green Hippo has commissioned a short dance piece with the London based Tavaziva dance company showcasing the real-time creative possibilities of Hippotizer, Noitom motion capture and Notch working together. The interactive demo dance will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:00 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 & 16:00.
Visitors will also get the chance to learn more about some key new features that will be added on the new software V4.4, which will be released soon.
In addition to its open demonstrations, the Green Hippo team will run six closed-door sessions. Taking place on Wednesday 11 April and Thursday 12 April, each of these events will fit approximately 15 delegates.
Green Hippo will also present the latest big thing from Island Records… beer. On Tuesd

plugfest-pressreleaseBooking opens for lighting protocols Plugfest
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UK - PLASA has announced dates for Plugfest, a three-day lighting conference running 25-27 April 2018 at The Copthorne Hotel near London Gatwick.
Plugfest is an unmissable event for all lighting equipment manufacturers who want to ensure the interoperability of their equipment. It’s a hands-on place to ensure the reliability of lighting products, debug and improve connectivity with others. Representatives who would benefit from the event include product development engineers, system integrators, production electricians and technical support staff.
The expert team behind Plugfest, Hamish Dumbreck of JESE Ltd, Peter Willis of Howard Eaton Lighting and Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence, have helped create and define many of the communication protocols relevant to the lighting community and will be on hand throughout the event. Attendees can expect ‘break-outs’ and technical round-table sessions for a wide range of protocols including DALI, DMX512, RDMnet, Art-Net, sACN, and the very latest ESTA Standards.
As the only event of its kind in Europe, this is an opportunity to engage in the European Standard making process, enabling attendees to improve the reliability, and increase the value of, their products. Furthermore, as the Plugfest team sit on the board of the American RDM Standards group (ESTA), this is an opportunity to find out more about RDM and create products which have a wider reach.
PLASA has negotiated specially reduced rates at the hotel, allowing attendees to stay overnight and socialise with a valuable peer network they may

british-groveGateway re-launches training initiative
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UK - Dave Ward, founder of Gateway Studio and the Gateway School has announced the re-opening of Gateway Professional Development Training.
“We are re-starting the industry training courses that we originally planned with the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services). They are designed for professionals in the Creative Industries who would like a better understanding of the various disciplines outside their own specialist experience or expertise.
They may be managers or administrators as well as operators. Plans are also underway for specialist courses for teachers”, explained Ward.
The first course, designed to give a greater understanding of the world of recording and music production, will be held at Mark Knopfler's British Grove Studios in West London. It will run over two days, Saturday, 12 May and Sunday 13 May 2018. It will be led by Dave Ward and Dave Harries alongside British Grove manager, David Stewart. To book places contact Francesca Smith:
Similar courses starting in 2018 will include an essential guide to the jargon and technology within the Film and TV world, as well as courses on audio post production.
Ward added, “As our technologies converge, we all need to know a bit about what each other does; we don't actually need to be able to do it. We need information to be more effective, to communicate and indeed to survive. Change comes upon us so quickly, the more we know the better equipped we will be.”
(Jim Evans)

green-hippoGreen Hippo masterclass draws international crowd
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

UK - Green Hippo held its 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass at Down Hall Hotel and Spa in Essex this month. The Masterclass training course explored all things SHAPE and 3D projection mapping and attracted participants from Dubai, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland and the UK.
The 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass event involved 10 members of Green Hippo, plus two representatives from A.C. Entertainment Technologies, Green Hippo’s UK distributor and two trainers from Notch, the real-time visual creation tool that keeps up with your ideas.
A special aspect of this course was the opportunity for attendees to get ‘hands on’ 3D projection mapping experience. At the end of the day, once classroom sessions, delegates headed outdoors to pre-prepared projection mapping stations, equipped with Green Hippo kit, and eight HD Panasonic projectors, provided by VER.
The beginners’ area (at the beginning of the course, the Masterclass was divided into two groups based on knowledge of SHAPE) counted four stations, all equipped with Hippotizer Taiga Media Servers or Hippotizer Taiga+, and each powering a projector. The advanced section was set up with a Hippotizer Montane+ outputting into a single 4K feed, splitting into four HD outputs via an Fx4 SDI. With practical input from the training team, the first group lined up the four projectors to produce a singular output, which was projected on to the building. The Montane+ system controlled four projectors each covering a section of a different building.
Day one ended with dinner and drinks in the hotel and d

theatre-studies-photo-credit-michael-oreilly-webRose Bruford launches online Theatre Studies degree
Monday, 12 March 2018

UK - Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is launching a full-time online BA (Hons) Theatre Studies degree that will start this September.
The course, set to cost from £5,760 per year, is described as an affordable alternative to traditional undergraduate programmes, where students typically cover tuition fees of up to £9,250 in addition to living costs.
The course will be accessible from anywhere in the world and will offer a range of online modules led by a team of expert practitioner-academics, who will provide theoretical and practice-based perspectives as they study working theatres, practitioners, playwrights and directors alongside theatre studies at large.
Programme director, Jayne Richards, comments: “Using our experience of developing a part-time online programme for mature students, we believe we have created a comprehensive but flexible programme of study to equip a diverse range of students.
“They will receive a rigorous academic grounding in the practices, histories, contexts and methodologies of a very wide spectrum of theatre and performance-related subjects, as well as core transferable skills, which they can use in their chosen profession.”
The College, which has been running a part-time distance learning programme in Theatre Studies for over 20 years, also offers flexible online programmes in BA (Hons) Music Studies and BA (Hons) Opera Studies. Full course and application details can be found at
(Jim Evans)

hogfactor1180x4351High End launches Hog Factor USA 2018
Friday, 9 March 2018

USA - High End Systems has launched HogFactor USA 2018, the company’s annual two-phase collegiate lighting programming competition held in conjunction with major trade shows in North America and across the globe.
Universities are now invited to enter teams of up to three students. The submission deadline is 30 June and over 20 collegiate teams have already signed up to participate in Phase One. To enter, each team is required to provide a performance lighting piece programmed on a Hog or Hog 4 PC that can be downloaded for free with a special demo version of Light Converse visualisation.
Three teams will be shortlisted by 31 July to participate in Phase Two and programme a performance lighting piece based on High End Systems’ 2018 LDI booth design. The teams will then be invited to perform their shows live at LDI on 19 October (Friday) at the High End Systems booth, where the winners will be announced.
High End Systems’ Paul Hancock comments: “We are looking forward to this year’s Hog Factor competition. Just like our parent company, High End Systems is committed to cultivating the next generation of Hog programmers. The popularity of this competition has grown exponentially each year, and the complexity of work is constantly improving. I cannot wait to see what the students achieve this year.”
ETC vice-president of marketing, David Lincecum, adds: “HogFactor is exciting, rewarding and educational for the students, but equally so for the crowds that watch! The audience is really engaged in every beat of the performance.”

hospital-club-march-19-flyer-v2HD Pro Audio schedules London workshop
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

UK - HD Pro Audio's next technology workshop is taking place at London's Hospital Club in the Oak Room in Covent Garden on 19 March from 11am to 5pm GMT.
The presentations will include system design, setup and pro tips for Yamaha CL and QL consoles with RIO interfaces and a session on the new Shure Axient digital wireless microphones with Wireless Workbench 6 software.
There will also be a demonstration of the new KOS 3.0 software, which introduces a host of new features including parametric EQ for KLANG:technologies unique 3D In Ear Mixing system. Audinate's Dante audio network protocol will also be a common theme throughout.
Manufacturers' representatives will be on hand to provide an overview of all technologies on show as well as hands-on demonstrations.
The event is free but numbers are limited, so anyone wishing to attend should book their place as soon as possible online at or by email at
(Jim Evans)

delhipartnermeetingAtlona On Tour Roadshow visits India
Wednesday, 28 February 2018

India - The Atlona On-Tour Roadshow, the company’s residential AV roadshow, recently wrapped its first leg in Mumbai, India following events in Delhi and Bangalore.
The ‘Zero to 60Hz’ training sessions focused on education and pain points for AV professionals aiming to keep pace with the latest industry trends. Each day-long event offered focused segments on AV over IP, BYOD-powered collaboration, and networked control from Atlona Academy trainers, followed by an open house period for networking, hands-on product trainings, and personalized Q&A opportunities.
“We’ve reached a critical point in time where end-users in corporate, higher education and other facilities are confident and ready to move forward with transitioning their AV operations to the network,” said Sanket Sawant, Atlona’s director of business development, Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. “With better-then-expected turnout of more than 60 attendees at each stop, these sessions were built to help our partners accelerate these transitions from systems design and integration perspective.”
Parallel to each event, the Atlona Academy team conducted specialised trainings for regional dealers. This included Atlona Level 100 and 200 certifications for sales and technical teams, as well as InfoComm RUs that can be leverage for CTS certification renewals. Specific demonstrations of Atlona’s OmniStream AV over IP platform, Velocity networked control solution, SW-510w BYOD presentation switcher, and HDVS-300 soft conferencing codec were also made available to all at

prolyte-campus-01Prolyte Campus 2018 Cape Town
Tuesday, 27 February 2018

South Africa - DWR is presenting Prolyte Campus, a Prolyte Group training initiative, with guest speaker Ruud de Deugd from Prolyte on 13-16 March.
Prolyte Campus offers a complete programme of learning activities to create awareness on the safe use of Prolyte products.
(Jim Evans)

backstage-imageLeading brands on show at The Backstage Centre
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UK - The Backstage Centre will host open days on 1-2 March, inviting visitors to discover and demo new products from leading professional brands including JTS, FBT, ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power.
Sat in Purfleet’s High House Production Park 11 miles east of London City Airport, the Backstage Centre has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the UK’s best-equipped production and rehearsal destinations.
Taking place within the facility’s sound stage, The Backstage Event will feature demonstrations of a wealth of FBT audio solutions. Rental companies and live engineers will hear why the dual 10” Muse line array, twinned with the Mitus 218SA, has already proven itself in more than 4,000 projects worldwide. Installers will have the chance to test the weather resistance of FBT’s IP55-rated Shadow loudspeakers, as well as the sharp Italian good looks of the Archon, Subline and Ventis series.
Alongside FBT, participating brands will include ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power. Guests will be invited to network freely with refreshments to hand, while testing and evaluating products in a relaxed but professional environment, including listening sessions and hands-on testing. Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, both days will begin with seminars, followed by afternoon demonstrations and more.
“This is a great opportunity for rental companies, front of house and monitor engineers, and all members of the

aesmilanlogoAES Milan explores The Power of Sound
Thursday, 15 February 2018

Italy - The Audio Engineering Society has announced the membership of the organising committee for the 144th International AES Convention and Exposition, taking place in Milan, Italy, 23-26 May at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre.
Embracing this year’s theme - The Power of Sound - the convention will be co-chaired by Alberto Pinto (professor - CESMA, NUCT University, Stanford University) and Nadja Wallaszkovits (chief audio engineer - Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences and AES President-Elect), who have assembled a team of leading audio professionals to organize the events and presentations for Europe’s largest professional audio education, networking and gear exhibition of the year.
“Throughout their 70-year history,” says Wallaskovits, “AES conventions have gathered the foremost minds in audio to educate and connect with attendees. AES Milan 2018 will carry on that tradition in Northern Italy - not only a wonderful locale, but also home to numerous prominent professional audio manufacturers.”
“AES Milan is offering Workshops and Tutorials from across the broad range of audio engineering specialties,” adds Piotrowska. Sessions will include 3D Audio, Sound Reinforcement, Sound for Cinema, Sound for VR, Multichannel Audio, Recording and Production and Room Acoustics.
“Convention attendees can share and expand their audio knowledge from the fundamentals through to the latest technologies,” she furthers. “New media - AR and VR, game sound, immersive audio, mobile platforms - will be the focus of num


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