UK - Following the success of last year’s open day, Nitelites will again be hosting an RCF showcase at the Sage Gateshead on 27 March between 10am-5pm.
The event will feature a full demonstration of four key new systems. The HDL30-A, NX32-A and NX45-A will be rigged and presented to sound professionals for the first time in the UK, while the smaller HDL6-A - shown in prototype last year - will now be fired up as a full working model.
The latest HDL systems are part of RCF’s D-Line range of active composite line array enclosures, which have proved popular with rental companies and installers alike. The NX series of active speakers will demonstrate their versatility either as a stand-alone system, satellite-fills or stage monitor.
“RCF product specialists will be on hand to advise and answer questions, and visitors will have the opportunity to inspect the products at close quarters, as well as walk the room as we switch between the different systems. We are delighted that our partners Nitelites have once agreed to host this following the success we had last year.”
South Africa - Both beginner and advanced users are catered for at DWR Distribution’s Vectorworks training sessions presented by Francois van der Merwe. The dates range from 12 to 16 March and delegates are able to choose if they would like to patriate in one or more training sessions hosted over this time.
The basic training will be held on 12 March and delegates can expect to discover the fundamentals of Vectorworks with topics covered such as Layouts, Balettes, Basic Tools, Classes and Layers. The cost for this one-day training session is R850.
Intermediate Training will be held on 13 & 14 March. Here Francois will discuss preferences, Basic Spotlight, Basic Renderworks and Intermediate Tools. The cost for this two-day course is R1 700.00.
Advanced Users are invited to participate in training held from 15 & 16 March. The exciting module will cover working lanes, Advanced Modelling and Advanced Renderworks. The cost is R1 700.
Training will be held every day from 9 am to 5 pm and will be hosted at DWR Distribution. Bookings can be made online.
USA - For the fourth year in a row, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. invites design professionals, educators and students in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries to the annual Vectorworks Design Summit. The Summit will take place from 4-6 November, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, and this training experience will consist of industry workshops, inspirational design and networking.
“The architecture and landscape in Arizona are very different from the city backdrops we have had in the last three years, and I think our customers will enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives to enjoy this scenic desert location,” said Nicole Davison, vice president of sales at Vectorworks, who is originally from Tucson. “The weather in November will be beautiful and allow us to network outside and enjoy the mountains, sun and native Arizona landscape.”
Located in the Sonoran Desert, the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass celebrates the Gila River Indian heritage and culture, offering a quiet serenity combined with a high-tech hotel experience. Attendees are encouraged to extend their stay and enjoy everything the resort has to offer, including an 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, a world-class spa and much more.
The call for speakers and trainers at the Vectorworks Design Summit is currently open. Presentations should be one or two hours and cover best practices, efficiency gains, tips, tricks or techniques that streamline workflows and empower design
South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced a training course presented by Joshua Cutts and Christopher Bolton of Collective Works. Production Design - The Responsibility of a modern-day designer will be held from 20-22 February from 9am to 5pm.
The three-day course will cover topics such as an Introduction to Design, Hands-on Design Workshop, Console and Layout Planning, Programming for Music, Colour Theory, Networking and Protocols, Media Servers and Show Integration, Pixel Mapping and Timecode Programming. As leaders in their field, Josh and Chris will also share programming tips and tricks.
Hosted at DWR Distribution in Laserpark, Honeydew, the cost is R2 880.00 per delegate and includes light refreshments and lunch.Bookings can be made on line.
Germany - For the first time at Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound, A3E (Advanced Audio + Application Exchange) is organising a professional-development programme within the framework of the trade-fairs. The Future of Audio + Music Technology conference will be held in Room ‘Entende’ on Level 4c of Hall 4 on Friday, 13 April 2018 and cover a range of topics relevant to the global music industry.
A3E is a leading industry resource dedicated to the future of advanced audio applications and new music technologies. The conference will be conducted in English and admission is free of charge for all Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound visitors.
The key topics to be covered by the conference include: The global musician – next generation cloud DAWs for worldwide collaboration; Wearable technology for musicians; Designing products for the wireless musician; Virtual & augmented reality for studio production and live performance; Touchscreen apps and controllers for the studio and stage; App integration for traditional instruments and Artificial Intelligence & machine learning.
“As a future-oriented platform, we are committed to promoting the transfer of information in the industry,” says Michael Biwer of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. “We are delighted to team up with A3E, an organisation that enjoys a first-class reputation among professionals in the audio segment, to implement a high-grade educational conference. The Future of Audio + Music programme is aimed at developers of audio solutions and at musicians, producers and soun
UK - Owing to popular demand, Martin Audio has extended its series of monthly educational webinars to include additional products, software platforms and guest presenters on application deployment.
The live sessions, which started in October 2017 and were initially conducted by members of the product support group, are available free-of-charge and also provide the opportunity for an interactive Q&A.
Martin Audio's director of marketing, James King, commented, “We’ve been delighted with the take-up so far, with over 100 people participating in each of the modules around the world. Such has been the success that we’ve extended the modules to cover more products and software, and I’m delighted to announce we are also introducing guest speakers.” The first of these will be eminent FOH engineer, Simon Honywill.
“Simon has been a long term advocate of Martin Audio and his experiences of MLA in particular are rich and engaging,” continued King. “I’m delighted that he will conduct two new webinars - one on MLA Mini and one on MLA at Festivals.”
Simon Honywill added, “I’m delighted to take part in this series. I have lots of insights and stories to share which I think will be of interest to fellow professionals in how to maximise the use of Martin Audio products, particularly the MLA series.”
USA - Wireless touring professional Ike Zimbel will provide introduction and training for both Professional Wireless IAS software and the Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system during AES@NAMM.
The two-hour training sessions are part of the Entertainment Wireless Academy sessions offered during AES@NAMM and will take place on Thursday 25 January, 1-3 pm and Friday, 26 January, 3-5 pm at the Anaheim Hilton.
Zimbel explains, “Professional Wireless’ Intermodulation Analysis System (IAS) software if the industry standard frequency coordination software that has been used on every major sporting and broadcast event since its inception.”
The interactive session will cover the entire program including finding local off-air TV channels and importing your own scan, band planning, recalculating a coordination when moving between venues and tips and tricks to deal with very high channel count events.
In addition, Zimbel will take participants through the Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system from base station to belt pack. Topics covered will include Analog RF transmission scheme, best practices for set-up and deployment, using the GUI to program bases and belts, "Scene" memory in belt packs and why the UV-1G makes the most sense for your intercom inventory.
“Available UHF bandwidth is being reduced to just (at most) 150MHz from the current 222MHz, making spectral efficiency of paramount importance,” adds Zimbel. “With the very small footprint of the UV-1G UHF transmit frequencies and the fact that the belt pa
UK - Martin Audio will be hosting three open days at their High Wycombe HQ between 13-15 March.
The company is inviting rental companies, FOH and monitor engineers and other members of the touring community to better understand its product range and enjoy extensive listening at its offices as it won’t be attending Prolight + Sound 2018 in April in Frankfurt.
The product selection will include many of the company’s solutions for a wide range of rental staging applications, including Wavefront Precision optimised line arrays, iKON amplifiers, XE and LE Series monitors, as well as the hugely popular CDD-LIVE and BlacklineX.
Martin Audio managing director, Dom Harter, says: “When we staged our first series of open days back in September we were overwhelmed by the response. Therefore when it came to scheduling a similar event in the Spring it was logical to extend it to six sessions covering an extra day, to give our customers greater flexibility.
“The event takes on additional significance given the success of our new live sound portfolio over the past 12 months. For anyone who misses us at ISE in February, High Wycombe HQ is the place to be.”
In addition to sound demos, the open days will also include tours of the factory and refreshments.
Italy - Pro audio solutions manufacturer K-array has scheduled four molule-based worshops in Q1 and Q2 of 2018. The sessions will take place at the company HQ in Scarperia e San Piero near Florence and comprise:
Installed Sound Overview and Applications: A complete overview of K-array's unique solutions and technologies dedicated to fixed installations, including project examples and sound design techniques.
Installed Sound Set-up and Optimisation: From the initial acoustic simulation to the final tuning, this advanced workshop covers all the aspects of the setup of a fixed K-array installation. Live Sound Overview and Applications: A complete overview of products in K-array's Concert Series and Portable Systems lines with a focus on the physics that drive them.
Live Sound Set-up and Optimisation: Applied practices of both a Concert Series system and a Portable System, setup including rigging, wiring and final tuning.
Full dates and details are available at email@example.com.
UK - Britannia Row Productions Training (BRPT) has announced the dates of its 2018 live sound training courses.
The 16-week part-time Live Sound Fundamental and Live Sound intermediate courses will again be run twice in the year both commencing in January and September.
BRPT’s core 12-week full-time Live Sound Technology Course is commencing on 8 May.
The three-year BSc Hons Degree Course in Live Sound Production run with South Thames College and validated by the University of Northampton will be commencing in September primarily from the South Thames College Wandsworth, London campus.
Britannia Row Productions Training’s MD Mike Lowe said, “We are extremely proud that over 200 students from our 2013 - 2017 LSTC courses are now earning their living as live sound professionals around the world with sound companies, venues and as freelancers.
“The range of courses we are offering this year gives the greatest choice of learning options to those wanting start a career in live sound, for those already working who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills or for those working in symbiotic areas such as audio equipment manufacturing or various areas of live production who would benefit from a greater understanding of all aspects of live sound.”
USA - Allen & Heath will present a wide range of classes at the inaugural AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium to be held concurrently with the 2018 NAMM Show.
Jeff Hawley, marketing manager for Allen & Heath USA commented, “We are proud to join a select group of respected pro audio manufacturers in support of AES and NAMM to provide top-tier training for engineers of all levels and backgrounds. Allen & Heath will offer something for everyone at this symposium from focused masterclass-style sessions to a full dLive certification class with InfoComm International Renewal Units (RU).”
Michael Bangs, veteran FOH and monitor engineer (Katy Perry, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith) and Allen & Heath USA live sound touring manager, will present three 60-minute Masterclass sessions to share tips and tricks accumulated over his years of experience on the road working closely with engineers of all levels.
Bangs’ first session, a specialised Festival Mixing Masterclass, will offer hands-on training with emphasis on the quick changeovers needed in a high-pressure festival environment.
Focused on the special needs of the church audio operator, Bangs' second AES@NAMM session, House of Worship Masterclass, will demonstrate general concepts as well as dLive-specific tips and tricks for improving worship mix intelligibility and balance. Whether mixing for a congregation of 50 or 5000, a single guitar and vocal or a full praise band and worship leaders, this session will present the skills to deliver an optimal audio experience.
UAE - Venuetech, recently appointed as Atlona’s chief regional manufacturer’s representative across the Middle East, Arabian Gulf and North Africa, held a technology seminar in December focused on the future of meeting and conference room solutions as end businesses transition AV operations to IP networks.
Held at the Al Falak Ballroom in the Burj Al Arab luxury hotel in Dubai, The Future of Technology in the AV Industry gave the experts at Venuetech a centralised forum to communicate with system integrators and consultants working in the field. The chief focus was to deep-dive into what the company sees as the most innovative AV and conferencing technologies to address the IP transition and other important trends in commercial AV. Solutions from Arthur Holm, Atlona, Global Caché, and Televic were among those presented to the audience of 100 professionals from around the region.
“Venuetech puts a significant amount of effort into training and education, which allows us to be a more full-service partner for manufacturers. It also helps the systems integrators and consultants we work with more effectively solve problems and address trends,” said Naisvyn Lucas, brand manager at Venuetech.
Beyond offering informative presentations, Venuetech also provided an ample amount of time for attendees to experience working demonstrations of these solutions that were set up at the venue. Atlona's award-winning OmniStream AV over IP solution was part of the hands-on demo with a video wall showcasing its capabilities, including low latency, crop and
UK - Since Pearce Hire first committed to an intern development programme with local Further Education College Peterborough Regional College (PRC) over four years ago, the main Pearce Hire team has expanded with a number of permanent members of staff who honed their skills through the project.
The internship programme at Pearce Hire is headed up by Jim Brown, warehouse manager, and students are given the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience of working at the HQ of this busy rental production company.
Brown picks up the story: “This year there have been some new requirements set down for the students and their course work, and because we acknowledge the value the intern programme brings to Pearce Hire on a number of levels, then we were more than happy to adapt our structure to suit.”
As a result, throughout 2017, Pearce Hire has embarked on various initiatives to nurture young talent in the technical and event production industry. In the first instance, the company delivered a four-month rolling programme of one-week placements for over 20 first year students at PRC, who have each participated in 30-hours work experience. During these intense one-week placements the students gained a first-hand understanding of what happens behind the scenes of this extremely busy production and installation company; servicing and prepping kit, and working as fully integrated members of the team fulfilling warehouse and workshop duties.
“We have long lamented the limited availability of trained technicians coming into the industry so wi
Germany - The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) presented a session on the role of AV technology in higher education at OEB Global 2017 in Berlin.
The cross-sector conference focused on the latest developments in learning, with insights and best practices from leading organisations in the field. AVIXA took part in OEB Global for the first time and was a gold sponsor of the event.
Moderated by AVIXA CEO David Labuskes, the session The Power of Integrated Audiovisual Experiences in Higher Education demonstrated that AV experiences were important not only as a way of drawing the best students to their institutions, but also for improving their learning outcomes.
“Your next new class of students has grown up in a world that’s totally connected,” Labuskes said. “They live their social lives in the palm of their hands. They speak in images rather than words. They access content when and where they can. How will you convince them that you offer a unique environment to best realize their learning potential? Don’t simply answer ‘technology,’ because that’s already the old answer. Today’s connected students are looking for meaningful, impactful, integrated experiences. Audiovisual solutions enable that.”
Labuskes was followed by Dr Piet van der Zanden, education expert AV-IT in learning spaces at Delft University of Technology, who explained how the right combination of pedagogy, space and technology create exceptional AV experiences for students and staff. He encouraged the audience to foster interdepa
UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) announced the first full-year Lumière Scheme at this year’s Annual Lighting Lunch held in London on 18 December (Monday).
The scheme, which will run in continued partnership with Chichester Festival Theatre, underlines the ALD’s commitment to emerging talent, enabling them to work in mainstream theatre with established lighting designers, fostering important relationships with those whom they may work again as assistants or associates on future projects. They will receive first-hand experience of the collaborative nature of creative teams together with knowledge of how various departments work together, creating further opportunities in the industry as they develop their careers.
Having previously run two successful six-month pilot schemes, the intention is to build up to three Lumières per year.
ALD chair Johanna Town explains how this step will develop the role and status of the lighting designer, “Every year that we run the Lumière Scheme in three venues, it means that that there will be at least 36 shows happening in the UK with a paid assistant working on them. Surely the producing managements will start to take notice, so that lighting designers can have the support we need to make better art… and with investment in people.”
The Lumière Scheme is designed to transform the working life of a lighting designer through opportunities and connection. As a successful participant of the pilot scheme, Rachel Cleary states, “Having now come to the end of my period as a Lumière
UK - Backstage Academy, a training provider for the live events industry, will visit schools and colleges in England and Wales from 22 January to 9 February to talk to students about career opportunities in the sector.
Shure, d&b audiotechnik, VER, A.C. Lighting and Melody VR are supporting the tour, which will see a tour bus from Beat the Street visit schools and venues up and down the country from Cornwall to Newcastle to offer students a glimpse of life on the road and hands-on experience about safe load-in and load-out practices.
Glen Rowe, managing director, Backstage Academy says: “I’ve sustained a career in tour management for over 20 years and am now on the lookout for young talent to take over the reins. There are so many opportunities for people to develop careers in live events we just need to go out there and show them how to do it.”
Jörg Philipp, owner and founder of Beat the Street, adds: “I’m very pleased to be able to support this initiative. Having a job that takes you around the world on one of our busses is a wonderful thing. I hope this tour will inspire more people to consider joining our wonderful industry.”
Those interested in the tour visiting their school or college should register at www.backstage-academy.co.uk/tour.
USA - ASTC and USITT have announced the fifth collaborative project between university students and ASTC member theatre consultants. Projects will be presented at the USITT 2019 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on 20-23 March 2019.
By working together with a professional theatre consultant as a mentor, students will learn more about how venues are designed or renovated. Additionally, students will see performance spaces differently and therefore will be exposed to other available career paths within the entertainment industry. Teams may consist of undergraduate or graduate theatre students and should be under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
Working together, the teams will select a theoretical project of a building that is on, or accessible, from the team’s campus. They will survey and study the current conditions and develop a plan to transform the subject space to meet the team’s stated concept goals. Potential projects include: substantial improvements to an existing theatre; conversion of non-performance space into a new performance space; changing the form and function of an existing theatre.
The ASTC member judges will make their final selection for awards based on both the submitted design and the live presentation. One team will be presented the Edgar L. Lustig Honour Award, and a Director’s Award may be presented to a second team by the judges.
Save the dates below to make sure students and advisors plan this project for the 2018-19 academic year. Say the organisers, advisors should consider including this projec
USA - Atlona’s Launch & Learn series of educational events, launched this October, continues to help partners around the world to learn how the company’s latest products solve integration challenges, and align with today’s most important AV trends.
Last week Atlona held its first event for Latin America partners at its Silicon Valley HQ, flying in representatives from more than 20 dealers, distributors and systems integrators from Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Hosted partners included Novotech, Anixter, Crambo Mexico, OOH Redes Digitales, Smartlife, Musitempo, Construcciones Acusticas, ISA Corporativo, Virtus Life, Serprotel Networks, M&D Asesores, Neuroservices Communications, Opentel, Teccom Seesa and Group de Negocios TSA.
Launch & Learn events offer two distinct educational tracks: Networked AV and Modern Meeting Spaces, followed by informative Q&A sessions. Attendees were given hands-on demonstrations of Atlona’s now-shipping OmniStream AV over IP and Velocity networked control platforms, along with detailed case studies on early installations.
The goal of each event is to bring attendees up to speed on how recent Atlona innovations address AV over IP, networked control and other emerging needs.
USA - ESTA and USITT have announced the initial sponsors for the New World Rigging Symposium, taking place 13-14 March in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Signing up as the Platinum Sponsor is Stage Rigging, Inc. a diversified theatrical rigging company that provides a full range of specialised rigging services on a global basis for tours, corporate and special events, and expositions. Chris Schmidt, vice president and general manager of Stage Rigging, states, “For over 40 years Stage Rigging has been an advocate of rigging standards and education, the New World Rigging Symposium is the perfect event for both.”
Gold Sponsors are ETC, offering a range of hoists and controls to accommodate the needs of any production space and budget, and J.R. Clancy, providing professional rigging solutions worldwide on thousands of venues since 1885. PSAV, which has been connecting people around the globe with meeting and event experiences since 1937, has signed on as the AV Sponsor. The first Bronze sponsor is Sapsis Rigging, Inc. a leader in stage rigging, fall protection and safety systems for the entertainment industry.
Silver sponsorships at $5,000 each and Bronze sponsorships at $2,500 each are still available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
The two-day symposium will include 10 sessions covering such varied topics as Automation and Touring, Cruise Ship Rigging and Ground Support Concert Rigs. Scott Fisher will provide the Keynote Address. Th
Europe - Yamaha has a strong focus on helping to train audio professionals of the future, whether via the company’s YCATS training programme or working with other companies and education providers. A new initiative with global education provider SAE Creative Media Institute has seen the company’s Nuage systems installed at SAE campuses in London, Milan, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Hannover, with more to follow.
Established in 1976, SAE is one of the world’s largest providers of audio education programmes. With more than 50 campuses in five regions, including six in Australia, the Institute offers government-accredited certificates, diplomas and bachelor programs across disciplines such as animation, film, design, games, business music and web/mobile.
Nuage is Yamaha´s advanced post-production controller system for Steinberg Nuendo, the professional DAW used for cinema and TV post production, as well as game sound and music. Nuage can also be used to control ProTools, making it a very flexible system for enhancing engineer workflows in a number of different areas of the industry. Based on Dante audio networking, the system literally opens a whole new world of opportunities.
“Being a manufacturer in the professional audio industry makes you constantly aware that the market needs highly skilled people, who know their trade and are familiar with current technologies,” says Christoph Härtwig, product manager for music and post production at Yamaha Music Europe. “What we are providing is more than a typical industry-educator partnership. Yam
UAE - Following the great success of last year, Apart and Community have scheduled another Middle East seminar.
The event will take place on day one of Infocomm MEA, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 at 4pm local time at the Crowne Plaza Dubai.
During this exclusive event held by Audioprof Group International, Community Professional Loudspeakers will discuss how to design sound systems for challenging and highly reverberant acoustic spaces and the benefits of using horn loaded systems.
Apart Audio will focus on their new MASKC loudspeaker and MA mixing amplifier ranges and how these products can offer an enormous time-gain during installation.
The event will allow hands and ears-on with a range of products from both brands dedicated to the professional audio installation market, along with presentations from key staff from the two companies.
Germany - Lawo, German manufacturer of audio, video and control solutions, has launched a new online product training for its Lawo Academy.
In its first course, the Academy is providing a free mc² audio console tutorial.
“In this video-based tutorial, new users can learn how to operate a Lawo mc²56 console. And as the workflows of all Lawo mc² consoles are very similar, this course will also help operators to work with any mc²36, mc²66 or mc²96 console,” says Christian Struck, senior product manager audio production at Lawo.
The course is structured into six chapters, with the full course taking up to four hours to complete and participants allowed to interrupt their lessons at any time and continue later. To enhance the learning experience, every chapter is followed by a short test. At the end of the tutorial, participants can pass an exam and get a certificate.
Interested audio professionals can access the Lawo Online Academy via http://bit.ly/LOAmc256 or via the Lawo homepage.
UK - The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) recently partnered with White Light to support the technical training of students over the course of the next year.
As part of the partnership, the company will supply the equipment on internal productions, offer demonstration equipment for lectures and classes, introduce students to key industry members.
The partnership will also benefit WL’s existing apprenticeship scheme, with RADA tutors running masterclasses and the WL apprentices embarking on a training opportunity at RADA in the summer.
Neil Fraser, RADA’s director of technical training, comments: “Having worked with WL previously and knowing their own commitment to training the next generation of theatre practitioners, it seemed like a natural step to move into a partnership together.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for both organisations to support one another and ensure that the next generation of theatre technicians receive the very best start possible. We are delighted to be working with WL and look forward to starting this important collaboration.”
WL’s managing director Bryan Raven comments: “This partnership means we are able to combine RADA’s expert teaching with our own experience and resources; resulting in the best education for its students. As seen with our own apprenticeship scheme, we are passionate about seeking out the next generation of theatre-makers and those who are the future lifeblood of our industry. By having the most efficient training now, this will benefit them enormously as their car
UK - HD Pro Audio is holding a technology showcase in November featuring DiGiCo’s SD12 digital mixing console and the latest developments from KLANG:technologies’ 3D binaural IEM mixing system.
The event, which takes place on Monday 20 November from 12:00PM to 5PM at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, will offer an overview of the SD12 console and an in-depth session on KLANG:technologies’ latest KOS 3.0 software.
There will also be a preview of the new DiGiCo remote feature of KLANG and the KLANG:vektor motion tracker. HD Pro Audio will also have the L-Acoustics Syva loudspeaker system available for evaluation.
Numbers for this free event are limited, so HD Pro Audio are urging anyone wishing to attend to contact them as soon as possible. Bookings can be made on-line at https://goo.gl/sDQP5E