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asiangamescdtroomcontribution-distribution-transmissionsLawo platform enables Asian Games broadcast
Thursday, 4 October 2018

Indonesia - Held concurrently in Jakarta and Palembang for the first time in their history, the 18th Asian Games ended in September with a closing ceremony in the Indonesia state capital of Jakarta where their opening ceremony had been staged 15 days earlier.
The 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 - widely called the "Olympic Games of Asia" - includes disciplines practiced only in Asia. In addition to the well-known Olympic sports, dragon boating and the Chinese martial art of Wushu were among those contested.
The tournament was broadcast throughout Asia and beyond, watched by 112m spectators, with the Indonesia Asian Games Organising Committee (INASGOC) appointed International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS) as host broadcaster.
A joint-venture between IMG (London) and HBS (Switzerland), IGBS was responsible for the Games’ live broadcast production and distribution. The event’s International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Jakarta hosted a number of international broadcasters, including NHK and TBS (Japan), KBS, MBC and SBS (Korea), CCTV (China), TV5 (Philippines) Astro (Malaysia), SCTV (Indonesia) and BEIN and AlKass (Qatar).
During the live production, Lawo equipment was used for signal processing and distribution, as well as for central control. Central routing in the Lawo setup was handled by a V matrix unit, Lawo's software-defined IP core routing and processing platform. Two V_remote4 units provided the PTP synchronization, and a VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) system provided the overarching control. For the live broadcasts, the 27 m

foggsNexo ID Series reinforces Mr Foggs bars
Thursday, 4 October 2018

UK - The Inception Group has opened two new venues in London recently, providing an eye-catching showcase for Nexo’s super-compact ID Series loudspeakers.
The Inception Group has set a high audio standard for its Mr Foggs bars, of which there are now five in the collection. The AV design company Diamond AV has been entrusted with creating signature sound systems, configuring Nexo sound reinforcement elements to achieve different characteristics for the venues.
The two newest venues are Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals, and Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration, both located in central London, radically different to each other in terms of interior design and target usage.
The House of Botanicals is filled entirely with tropical plants, reflecting Mr Fogg’s collection of flora and fauna from around the world. A discreet, barely-seen audio system was required, so Diamond AV’s technical director Guy Ayres specified Nexo’s small ID24 loudspeakers, which have been tailored specifically for the installation environment.
Ten ID24s were required to provide coverage for the space, full-range speakers using twin four-inch drivers in a V formation in combination with an HF compression driver. The ID24 has a unique user-adjustable horn, easily rotatable without tools by a switch on the rear panel, giving 60º or 120º high frequency coverage. This allows high frequency horizontal dispersion to be ‘tuned’ for the given application. A single Nexo IS S110e bass bin is also in place at the House of Botanicals, extending the low frequency.
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green-hippo-wGreen Hippo acquired by Spitfire Creative Technologies
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

USA - Spitfire Creative Technologies has completed the acquisition of Green Hippo.
Spitfire also owns tvONE and Magenta Research, manufacturers of premium video processing and signal distribution products.
Green Hippo will continue to go to market with sales, branding, and distribution independently as further growth synergies materialize over the next few quarters, says a statement.
Emma Marlow, CEO of Green Hippo, comments: “For 18 years Green Hippo and Hippotizer have been part of live events around the world. We have grown well and want to continue growing. Becoming a member of the Spitfire family allows Green Hippo to focus on growing further and faster. We look forward to their strong organisational support so we can do more to help our customers and users around the world deliver the best live video experiences.”
Denise Nemchev, president and CEO of tvONE, adds: "Green Hippo and tvONE each have core competencies in technology and customer focus that, when combined, provide superior solutions for both fixed installation and live events customers. Most important is the comprehensive value we bring our customers across the combined platform.”
(Jim Evans)

broaman-mux22-front-wBroaMan redundancy extends to Mux22 family
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Germany - Late last year, with the announcement of the Route66 Redundancy Manager, German network fibre giant BroaMan introduced the capability of full automatic redundancy switchover between devices, by harnessing the power of Optocore. This would enable switching between Route66 Video Router and Mux22 nodes - using smart mechanism to detect when one of the fiber links between the nodes is broken.
Now the same technology has been enabled in a very popular point-to-point system - between a pair of Mux22 devices. Mux22, which combines 3G SDI I/O and video sync, with Optocore and SANE digital audio networks, now also features full automatic redundancy. Thus, should one of the links fail, the system would automatically switch to the redundant path, enabling all video, audio and data channels to remain working. The switchover time is near instantaneous - implemented in just one sample length. Now this facility is available for any Mux22 device.
BroaMan technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski, says: “Optocore has been offering redundancy as a standard for years while in broadcast and video world redundancy has never been an important feature. All this changed when muti-format single-cable solutions like Mux22 appeared on the market. We realised we could use Optocore’s experience and smart fault detection algorithms for adoption into BroaMan’s best-selling series. Thanks to the Optocore technology we can make the redundant switchover both automatic and seamless.”
(Jim Evans)

green-455-wCast to distribute Green Hippo in Germany
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Germany - Green Hippo has named technology supplier Cast as its distribution partner in Germany.
Effective 1 October, Hagen-based Cast will manage the exclusive distribution of the Green Hippo’s product line throughout the country.
Heinz Siller, CEO of Cast, comments: “Green Hippo is going to be a perfect round up to our mission to offer professional products to the creative cloud in our markets.”
James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, adds: "The rate of growth that the company is experiencing as a whole, but particularly in Germany, necessitates our appointing the very best commercial partner in the territory, Cast. Hippotizer is being specified on so many new shows and events and we look forward to working with Cast to maximise the opportunities that are being placed before us."
(Jim Evans)

avolites-wEric Prydz HOLO show powered by Avolites
Monday, 1 October 2018

UK - DJ Eric Prydz’s HOLO show returned from the future this summer, wowing EDM disciples with holographic technology and magical 3D FX. It was the latest development in a long line of Prydz performances which take media server processing and power to the limits of possibility - and seemingly, beyond.
Avolites’ Ai servers were at the core of the video system. “We’ve been using Ai for 10 years for Eric Prydz’s shows - it’s the only system which combines unparalleled throughput and quality with live triggering capabilities,” says Dave Green, Ai programmer and technical director for RES. “There are other systems out there which are great at one or the other of these capabilities, but not all three.
“The Eric Prydz show is live, every time. There are never any pre-sequenced elements, so live control is critical. Also, the super high resolutions and frame rates we use demand ever more challenging throughput capabilities without compromising on quality and the only way to achieve this is with the AiM Superstream codec.”
As Prydz performs, 3D storm clouds levitate above him, electrocuted by sparks of lightning. Gravity-defying 3D shapes form in the air, rotating as they appear to reach out into the crowd.
Premiering at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena, HOLO travelled on to Belsonic Ormeau Park in Belfast and finished at Creamfields.
“We’ve used Ai since we first started creating Eric’s shows 10 yrs ago - and it just keeps getting better,” says Mark Calvert from RES. “When our team stood front of house at Creamfields 201

blacktrax-wBlackTrax helps young dancers shine
Monday, 1 October 2018

Australia - Staged annually for the last 14 years, Queensland’s Creative Generation (CGEN) event was the biggest yet, with almost 2,000 schoolchildren being given the opportunity to perform in a professional environment on an enormous arena stage measuring 20mx 18m, with a 38m x 6m rear projection screen behind it.
Content delivery and projection mapping specialists IKONIX - who are based on Australia’s Gold Coast - were asked to help deliver the desired wow factor for the fifth successive year.
At the heart of the solution they created were two Avolites RX8 Ai media servers to deliver images to the rear screen, and two additional units controlling projection onto the stage. Equally central to their vision of the production were Notch real time content generation and BlackTrax real time tracking system, the latter provided by Atlanta-based Visional Productions, and supported by Visional co-founder Kyle Means. IKONIX also supplied Barco 4K resolution, 32,000 lumen projectors.
The use of Notch and BlackTrax was particularly important to Zachary Burton, co-founder with Richard Saunders of IKONIX and the operator at CGEN 2018, because it allowed their creativity free reign by enabling the use of on-the-fly and reactive content to complement the AutoBlend and AutoMap blending and warping functionality available with the Avolites Ai software.
“The specifications for this year’s event were even more challenging and demanding than they had been previously,” recalls Zachary. “Not only did we find ourselves generating over 900 Gigabytes of

current-rms-5000x2625-plasa-london-pr-rbgCurrent RMS acquired by Kerridge CS
Monday, 1 October 2018

UK - Equipment hire software companies Current RMS and InspHire have been acquired by integrated ERP solutions provider Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).
The deals will allow KCS to strengthen its presence within the rental industry. InspHire and Current RMS will operate as independent business units within KCS, under their existing management teams.
Current RMS will remain tailored to the needs of the AV, production and events industries. InspHire, which supplies software to companies that rent heavy plant and construction vehicles, will be backed to expand into the US market. 
Chris Branson, managing director of Current RMS, comments: “I’m delighted that a company as prestigious and well regarded as KCS Group has chosen to invest in Current RMS. We’ve achieved so much in the four years since we launched and through this acquisition we’ve now got the backing and scale to accelerate product development and global reach, whilst remaining the Current RMS our users love.”
Ian Bendelow, CEO of KCS adds: “The acquisitions of InspHire and Current-RMS deliver a great opportunity for us to strengthen our presence in the hire software market in the UK, as well as developing further global opportunities in this sector. They are both very high quality businesses with offerings that are complementary to our own. We’re looking forward to working with their employees and to welcoming them to the KCS family.”
(Jim Evans)

jonathan-ross-showLED Creative on The Jonathan Ross Show
Friday, 28 September 2018

UK - Working alongside Paul Evans and the team at technical production company 808 Create, LED Creative assisted in upgrading the scenic installation at The Jonathan Ross Show.
Having relocated to the recently revamped Television Centre in London’s White City, scenic designer Rudi Thackray’s vibrant ‘London city scape’ design has been faithfully recreated for this 13th season of the ITV series.
To assist with the refresh, the LED Creative crew installed the company’s Sigma 60 across the stage ‘header’, whilst also adding subtle accents and detailed highlights to the scenic elements.
Behind the scenes, precise, intelligent control over the installation is provided using LC Byte Controllers. These newly upgraded, in-house designed units easily handle up to 300 pixels per output or up to 2400 pixels across an eight-output unit, making them ideal for the rapid changes in colour and intensity used in various ‘feature segments’ of the show.
Alongside the main interview stage, a number of additional ‘plug and play’ LED Creative products, also from the Sigma range and including the versatile Sparkle Wands and Sigma Rings, have been used to great effect by the show’s designers to add the colour, shape and movement that accompanies the broad range of musical performances featured at the show.
Speaking about the project, LED Creative project manager Tim Rees says, “it’s been really exciting to work with Paul and the 808 Create Ltd team to help create the Jonathan Ross set at Television Centre. Our Sigma LEDs have

matchevent-teamMATCHevent adds ROE Visual Black Pearls
Friday, 28 September 2018

France - Paris-based AV supplier MATCHevent has extended its stock of ROE Visual LED panels by adding over 400 Black Pearl BP2 LED panels.
The new panels will be used fir a number of events this autumn, says the French company.
Jean-François Lienard, founding partner of MATCHevent, comments: “The Black Pearl LED panels have a great track record in the rental market and are regarded as the best product in the market. That alone would be a reason to select ROE Visual as LED supplier. On top of that, the quality and unmatched service we get from ROE Visual makes the investment worth it.
“ROE Visual serves us both with technical support when needed and swift delivery. [The company] stocks its products in vast quantities in Europe, so we can always trust we’re served for last-minute projects.”
MATCHevent offers AV technical services for various events including conventions, conferences, product launches, festivals and fashion shows and general assemblies. The company recently worked on the premiere of the movie Mission Impossible - the Fallout.
(Jim Evans)

showfloor-5PLASA 2018 'busiest' in years
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

UK - PLASA has said the 2018 edition of the PLASA Show has been ‘the busiest and most vibrant’ show since it moved to London Olympia in 2016.
PLASA 2018, which took place on 16-18 September, saw a 4% increase in visitors with a palpable atmosphere that was reminiscent of its popular Earls Court days. The show welcomed a stream of exhibitors and attendees from around the world, primed to explore the leading edge of live entertainment technology.
The expo also confirmed its importance for networking and trade, with 63% of visitors being final decision makers or specifiers, and a quarter being business owners, managers and directors.
Jonathan Walters, UK sales and purchasing director from A.C Entertainment Technologies comments: “This third year back in West London has really confirmed PLASA’s decision to relocate to Olympia, each show here has worked consistently well, but this year has been one of the best shows of PLASA’s history. Sunday was busy for us, but Monday surpassed all expectations. There have been many discussions over the past four years that trade shows do not generate hard sales success: Monday’s result proved that is a misnomer.”
Leisuretec’s marketing manager Charlie Hendon, adds: “The atmosphere’s been lively and exciting with plenty of opportunities to establish new business relationships and socialise with existing clients.”
Meanwhile, platinum sponsor Robe revealed the first of a trilogy of stand designs, its PLASA stand incorporating its latest lighting fixtures used to light its show-stopping

john-steele-blitz-a-ges-companyJohn Steele joins Blitz as technical director
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

UK - Technical manager and vision engineer John Steele has joined Blitz, a GES company, as technical director.
Prior to joining Blitz, Steele specialised in providing engineering support, planning and technical solutions for large-scale, multi-camera mobile broadcasts.
Steele has engineered and managed in most areas of the video industry, including corporate presentations, concert tours and international sports coverage.
Steele is responsible for running the Blitz technical teams, including video, sound, lighting and set and staging, as well as the project management team. In this role, Steele is part of the Blitz senior leadership team and reports to Blitz managing director Mike Phillipson.
Phillipson commented, “As Blitz grows, we need to bring in the very best talent and John Steele certainly fits that bill. His wide-ranging technical experience and personable approach will ensure we continue to deliver a world-class technical production service to all our customers.”
(Jim Evans)

brompton-tech-track-imageBrompton Technology achieves Tech Track ranking
Friday, 21 September 2018

UK - Brompton Technology has been featured by The Sunday Times in its 18th annual league table of the top one hundred private technology, media and telecoms companies in terms of fastest growing sales over the past three years.
The Tech Track 100 is compiled by Fast Track, and Brompton was one of 13 high-tech manufacturing companies to feature, with two others also doing business in the live event industry. This achievement by Brompton Technology further consolidates its position as a major player in its sector, for which it develops high quality LED video processing systems.
Managing director Richard Mead comments: “It is always nice to have your achievements acknowledged, and everyone at Brompton Technology should be delighted with this national recognition. We have prided ourselves on excellence in both customer service and product innovation. This league ranking is based on sales results prior to August 2017, and we subsequently went on to launch our hugely successful SX40 4K processor and XD data distribution system. Both of these new products are consistently selling out and being used in high profile projects worldwide.”
The 2018 Tech Track 100 was published in the Business section of The Sunday Times on 9th September 2018. It uses the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) techMARK definition of a technology company as one that shows a ‘commitment to innovation, research and product development’ and operates in sectors including software, internet, telecoms and biotech.
(Jim Evans)

mart-landscapeObscura to unveil major Chicago installation
Thursday, 20 September 2018

USA - Creative studio Obscura Digital recently worked with Vornado Realty Trust to install a permanent projection system to illuminate the façade of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart (theMART) with images reflecting Chicago’s cultural heritage.
Art on theMART will be launched with an opening ceremony on 29 September featuring original content from Obscura media team and select international artists. The reins will then be handed to theMART's curatorial team to craft two-hour projection shows five nights a week, 10 months of the year.
Art on theMART will be lit nightly by 34 projectors shining over one million lumens across the Chicago Riverwalk onto the building’s 2.5 acre façade.
Through a custom, software-driven curatorial platform, the building will be transformed into a singular curatorial canvas for fine art. theMART’s curatorial team promises to exhibit work from celebrated international artists, keeping the illuminations fresh, timely and engaging, while eschewing any and all branding, messaging or advertising.
(Jim Evans)

jo-mulders-websafeJo Mulders of ADJ passes
Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Netherlands - The ADJ Group has announced ‘the sudden passing’ of Jo Mulders (61) on 17 September.
Described as an ‘esteemed and beloved colleague’, Mulders worked for the company for over 15 years, most recently as a general manager at ADJ Group’s European headquarters in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.
Toby Velazquez, ADJ Group president, comments: “On behalf of everyone at the ADJ Group, we are stunned and deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Jo Mulders and send our sincerest condolences to his family. Those of us that had the privilege and honour to know and work with Jo have lost an inspiring friend. Jo was a warm, infectiously positive person who really cared for others and his absence will be felt with great sorrow. Jo was always sympathetic and team-oriented, valued for his know-how and drive, and was essential in helping to lift the company over the past 15 years. He will be sorely missed as both a friend and colleague.”
Mulders grew up in The Netherlands and lived in Landgraaf. He is survived by his wife, two children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, 22 September, at 12pm at Heilige Jozef parish church in Kerkrade.
(Jim Evans)

rycote-wVitec Group acquires Rycote
Thursday, 20 September 2018

UK - Microphone windshields and suspension systems manufacturer Rycote has been acquired by The Vitec Group.
The acquisition will enable Vitec, a camera supports maker and distributor, to bring complementary audio products to its customers whilst growing the Rycote brand, which will become part of the Creative Solutions division. Rycote MD Simon Davies will remain with the company.
Davies comments: “We are thrilled to become part of the Vitec Group and I’m really excited and confident that we can continue to go from strength to strength; designing, manufacturing and selling our fantastic Rycote products.
“We are looking forward to celebrating 50 years of Rycote next year and, as we enter into this new chapter, we remain committed to serving the needs of our professional audio customers and exploring other markets for our existing and new products.
“Vitec has an incredible portfolio of premium brands in the fast-moving and growing ‘image capture and content creation’ market, so this move also brings great opportunities for Rycote.”
Stephen Bird, group chief executive of Vitec, adds: “I am delighted to welcome the Rycote team to the Group. Vitec operates primarily in the video production market and this acquisition opens up the opportunity for us to enter the growing audio capture market, adding innovative and complementary products for our customers, and creating additional value for our shareholders. Rycote has exciting product development plans that will add real value to Vitec and our customers, and we look forward t

vectorworks-trainig-at-dwr-in-september-2018DWR appointed Vectorworks distributor
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

South Africa - Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks has announced that DWR Distribution has been appointed an official distributor for Vectorworks Spotlight, Braceworks and Vision software in South Africa.
The agreement will also facilitate greater technical and sales support with direct access to the team at Vectorworks.
Tara Grant, director of channel operations at Vectorworks, comments: “DWR has demonstrated a strong commitment to Vectorworks and has deep roots in the entertainment industry, and it was a natural progression to have them officially join the Vectorworks family as a distributor. As the demand for our solutions grows and Vectorworks continues to expand, we are looking for strong distribution partners like DWR to provide local support in markets around the world.”
Duncan Riley, owner of DWR Distribution, adds: “It’s an honour to be able to distribute a brand like Vectorworks, and we are very excited about the partnership. We see Vectorworks as a 360° entertainment design solution for the country, providing professionals and students with a tool that will make their lives easier.”
DWR’s Dylan Jones, who will manage all Vectorworks sales and support, says: “It’s exciting to be working directly with the Vectorworks team. We are looking forward to providing educational and network licenses to the industry. The training Vectorworks provides their distributors has already helped us improve the quality of our technical support, and with direct access to their order process, we are now able t

absenAbsen Europe appoints dedicated EU R&D director
Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Germany - Absen Europe has announced the appointment of Christian Czimny to the role of R&D director, EU Business Unit. A new role for the company and the first R&D position based in Europe, it will see Christian take the lead on establishing a R&D team in the region to develop the future pipeline of LED display technologies and solutions with features that are specifically sought after by customers in the market.
Christian will be working closely with Absen Europe’s team based in the Rüsselsheim HQ in Germany, where he will also host customer visits. Christian will also travel frequently to Absen’s China-based HQ and manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen and Huizhou respectively, in order to align with all departments. The position will take Christian on site visits to customers in Europe to gather their feedback on existing and future products and what developments and innovations they would like to see, as well as to industry fairs and to suppliers.
In this role, Christian will work in partnership with Absen’s chief technology officer, taking responsibility for the overall coordination, functional management and development of the European LED display product portfolio – in close communication and cooperation with counterparts in the R&D department in Shenzhen (China) where Absen is headquartered.
Christian joins Absen from LANG AG, where he held tenure as LED product manager and event technology specialist over a 15 year period – with responsibility for creating the requirement specifications of the LED products for int

press-release-day2websafePLASA Show Day Two: On the cutting edge of tech
Monday, 17 September 2018

UK - Innovative technology and insightful seminars have been the highlights on Day One at the PLASA Show, with exhibitors wowing visitors with new technologies and stylish solutions.
After revealing its new stand concept, Platinum Sponsor Robe continues to showcase its latest lighting fixtures in a show-stopping stand production featuring a dance troupe, rain, fire and a mysterious cave, all visible from the Gallery Level. “We decided to create a ‘Lost World’ trilogy for three trade shows,” explains design duo Nathan Wan and Andy Webb. “We drew inspiration from Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones and the Goonies, creating an epic fire VS water battle. We always go big and this year sees a 22m wide rain feature.”
Stand aesthetics have led the way for Yamaha, too. Chris Irvine, Yamaha’s product manager, says: “This year we took a new approach which has had a great reaction. Rather than bringing loads of gear, we built an aesthetically-pleasing stand and chose a few key products - the legacy PM5D digital mixing console which is out of production, and the modern, cutting-edge PM7. This has allowed us to engage with visitors regarding which products they have used over the years.”
Debuting at PLASA for the first time are Epson with their PLASA Award for Innovation-nominated EB-L1755U projector, which has already proved itself as a show-stopper. Sharon Head, sales manager for Epson, says: “I’ve been delighted by our first time at PLASA Show - it has exceeded expectations. Footfall came quick and fast and we’ve met interesting new potentia

flc-3Harman systems enhance resort experience
Friday, 14 September 2018

Vietnam - Ba Sao Investment recently deployed a full-scale Harman Professional Solutions AV Solution at FLC Samson to provide a luxury entertainment experience for guests.
FLC Group is a leading real estate developer in Vietnam with over 16 years of experience in resort-oriented facilities, ranging from beach villas to high-rise hotels. Their flagship property, the FLC Samson - a luxury hotel and resort on the coast of the East Vietnam Sea - is known for staging show-stopping performances from globally renowned artists in their 1,200-seat Plenary Ball Room.
FLC Group recently hired Ba Sao Investment to design a full-scale AV solution at FLC Samson to elevate the sound quality of these performances both in the ball room and throughout the resort.
“FLC Samson is a five-star luxury resort, and we needed an AV solution that could provide five-star sound,” a spokesperson of FLC Group comments. “With our new AV solution, performances in the Plenary Ball Room are bigger and better than ever - and now guests can enjoy them from anywhere on the resort. Whether they’re on the golf course, enjoying a meal in one of our fine dining establishments, or relaxing in the spa, guests can enjoy a world-class performance as if they were in the front row.”
FLC Samson’s new AV solution utilises self-powered JBL SRX835P and SRX812P speakers, as well as JBL SRX818SP subwoofers for pristine sound in the Plenary Ball Room. Guests can enjoy performances anywhere on the premises with JBL AWC82 and Control 25T speakers mounted on the walls and JBL Control 24C

powersoft-websafePowersoft and Outline power Rockin’ 1000
Thursday, 13 September 2018

Italy - It was the summer of 2015 and start up entrepreneur Fabio Zaffagnini was taking a drive, listening to the Foo Fighters on the radio - and dreaming that they might one day perform in his home city of Cesena, near Florence. To entice such a big act to a city so small, it would take a gesture of gargantuan proportions. And so the Rockin’ 1000 was born - he set about assembling 1,000 musicians in a park for a special one off performance of the Foo Fighters track Learn To Fly.
The biggest rock band in the world made history with millions of YouTube views worldwide, grabbing the attention of the Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl who promised to play for the 1000 in Cesena - and did just that on 3 November the same year.
An expression of Italy’s passion, creativity and artistic skill, this was just the beginning for Rockin’ 1000 which has gone on to establish itself as a musical movement in its own right under Zaffagnini’s guidance. He became the recipient of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, which aims to celebrate those who break the mould to create significant impact, and led the 1000 on to play an 18 song concert to an audience of 15,000 at Cesena’s Orogel Stadium in 2016.
This year, the Rockin’ 1000 was back bigger and better still with That’s Live - a full gig featuring special guest Courtney Love of Hole - which took place at the Artemio Franchi football stadium in Florence on 21 July. Bringing together 1454 performers from over 30 countries, the rock orchestra was divided into seven section

powersoftPowersoft powers PA at Anjuman El-Saifee centre
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

UK - The recently-built Anjuman El-Saifee Community Centre in Birmingham, UK is benefitting from Powersoft’s Ottocanali 4K4 amp which was specified as part of the AV installation. With good speech intelligibility at the forefront of requirements for a House of Worship, Powersoft’s Ottocanali product was chosen for the project.
The Dawoodi Bohra community spent years fundraising, planning and preparing to build the Community Centre comprising a mosque, evening school and sports hall – and as with any House of Worship, it would require a robust AV system so that the imams and speakers could clearly project their message to the audience.
Pete Rutherford owns and runs Direct Audio Visual, which was engaged as AV integrator for the project. With a background in retail, corporate and warehouses, this House of Worship project was a departure for Rutherford and his team. “With the layout and events that were to be run in the Centre, it required installed equipment run as a live event - like trying to equip a nightclub venue with the what you would put in a retail environment - two different worlds meeting,” he said.
Sourcing the right equipment quickly was key to the success of the installation, and Rutherford turned to Powersoft’s Ottocanali 4K4 amp to power the Pan Acoustics steerable array and Audac loudspeakers fitted into the ceiling. Mipro microphones were installed where the imams sit and an Attero Tech Dante-networked audio interface.
“We’ve been working with Powersoft amplifiers for the last two and a half years on various d

plasapreviewPLASA 2018 to open doors this weekend
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - The PLASA Show will open its doors this weekend (16-18 September) at London Olympia. The trade show will feature hundreds of brands across the show floor as it prepares to welcome thousands of entertainment technology professionals.
Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, Bose and Yamaha, and lighting pioneers Robe, DTS, ETC and Philips will all be present on the show floor and the seminar programme promises to deliver in-depth sessions across a wide range of topics.
Product highlights
Elation will be showcasing the Smarty Hybrid, their new LED lighting fixture. MA Lighting is showcasing its grandMA3 lighting console. Robe is launching a new product as well as showing its RoboSpot Multi Device Control. Robert Juliat will reveal new additions to its Dalis range. Prolight Concepts is bringing the all-weather Endura and Evora series from elumen8, and ignify (formerly Philips Entertainment Lighting) is lighting up their stand with their LED VL800 Beamline.
L-Acoustics and d&b audiotechnik will focus on immersive audio, demoing L-ISA and Soundscape respectivelty. Peavey Commercial Audio is bringing along the Crest Audio Versarray PRO VR112 line array, and RCF Spa will unleash the latest members of the TT family.
Green Hippo is releasing Hippotizer 4.4 software; Laserworld is showcasing the revised DS-1000RGB Diode series; Epson is bringing along their powerful EB-1755U laser projector; Artistic Licence is launching daliGate Quad for lighting controls, and BroadWeigh are unveiling their Advanced Handheld device.

ac-et-at-plasa-2018PLASA 2018: AC-ET showcases over 15 brands
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will exclusively showcase over 15 brands from its portfolio of over 200 marques at PLASA 2018 (Stand E30), London - including four products nominated for this year's PLASA Awards for Innovation and several previous Innovation award-winners.
2018 PLASA Awards nominees include PROLIGHTS' new Panorama IP WBX IP65 LED moving wash light ideal for temporary outdoor events; Columbus McKinnon's new Lodestar VS chain hoist featuring Magnetek IMPULSE G+ Mini drive and other industry-leading safety procedures; Tourmate's new Multilock Hoist Connector for distribution of power and control to motorised hoists which eliminates potential cross-connection with other entertainment applications; and BroadWeigh's new BW-HA advanced wireless handheld display for its innovative wireless load monitoring system.
Staff from AC-ET's dedicated product sales divisions will also exclusively demonstrate cutting-edge technologies from other leading lighting, rigging, video and audio brands.
Lighting highlights include Chroma-Q's new Studio Force II high intensity tuneable white wash light - which utilises homogenised LED optics and other leading technologies from the multi award-winning Color Force II cyc, wash & effects lighting range - and new Brute Force LED alternative to a quarter ‘Wendy’ light, which has been rigorously tested in a variety of ‘real world’ scenarios to ensure optimal functionality across many indoor and outdoor applications; PROLIGHTS' new RA3000 1000W fully featured moving LED profile; Quasar Science


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