Video and AV News

bbqandbeer1Phoenix BBQ and Beer Festival goes online
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

USA - For 11 years, country music lovers in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, have gathered for the KNIX BBQ and Beer Festival, enjoying on stage performances, along with things like a petting zoo, games and popular food pits. With this year’s live event postponed, HDE Agency, its organiser, has moved the festival online with a series of five livestreamed Saturday shows.
They don’t have a petting zoo (viewers will have to rely on their own dogs and cats for that), and they’re not cooking up any finger licking good treats, but the livestreams are offering generous servings of country music. Supporting these performances are a John Garberson-designed lightshow that features Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures supplied by Creative BackStage. (Pro Production provided the audio.)
Taking place on a temporary stage in a converted studio in the Creative Backstage warehouse, the livestreams do not attempt to replicate the look of a festival. Instead, they aim for a laid back “at home feel”. Although large enough to allow safe social distancing, the stage is relatively small - and the show’s video engineer TJ Watson, along with the two camera operators, Jamie Rivera and Wes Webb, keep their angles tight and neat.
“We treat livestream shows as their own medium, not scaled down versions of a festival stage,” comments lighting designer Garberson, who also directed the video shoot. “We want to create a sense of engagement with the viewer, regardless of the size screen they’re watching this on.”
Despite any limitations in sta

Ravenna enters entertainment world with Weigl
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Europe - ALC NetworX, developer of the the Ravenna technology, has announced Weigl Control as the latest Ravenna partner.
Based near Linz, Austria, Weigl s known around the world as Weigl Control, a specialist in high performance hardware and software solutions for show control. Weigl Control provides interactive and multi-media electronic controllers for theme parks, museums, sauna & spas, retail and more.
Created with a focus on embedded playback for animatronics and motion control, Weigl has expanded their hardware and cross-platform software offerings over the past decade to include large scale lighting, media and logic capabilities to support the production of some of the world’s best themed entertainment examples.
“I’m happy to be a Ravenna partner,” says Manfred Weigl. “The ProCommander X Series, which we developed in celebration of our company’s 10th company anniversary, will use Ravenna for network-based audio distribution. The ProCommander X Series expands the functionality of the ProCommander Series with polyphony, advanced networking, extended network lighting playback and digital motor control via industry standard CANOpen and EtherCAT protocols.
“We chose Ravenna for its state-of-the-art, standards-based technology, its unsurpassed flexibility and the ability to provide our customers with a wide range of AES67-compatible network devices.”
Andreas Hildebrand at ALC NetworX, states: “I am really proud that Weigl Control has chosen Ravenna as their network-based audio distribution technology. Weigl Contr

 
 
bromptonBrompton launches Chinese website
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

China - Brompton Technology has launched a Chinese version of its website. Including all downloadable documentation, as well as product and feature pages, it makes Brompton’s technical information readily available to the Chinese market.
A major part of Brompton Technology’s strategy in recent years has been to find ways of strengthening its support for its panel manufacturer partners, most of whom are based in Shenzhen. The new website is the latest in a string of initiatives, the first of which was the creation of an office in Shenzhen at the beginning of 2019.
Led by Elijah Ebo, Brompton’s general manager (Asia), the office is staffed by Chinese-speaking account managers and field application engineers (FAEs). In addition to employing native Mandarin-speakers, the company offers free Mandarin language lessons to all Brompton Technology staff.
At the beginning of 2020, Brompton released its Configuration Application (Config. App) tool in Chinese, one of a suite of tools that simplifies the integration of its Tessera processing system for panel manufacturers.
“The Chinese language website is a natural continuation of this programme and allows us to better support our customers in Asia,” explains Ebo. “It provides all-important technical specifications, downloadable documentation, and information on our features and products, all with the goal of making Brompton processing more accessible for our Chinese speaking customers.”

 
AVD appointed ANZ ClearOne distributor
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Australia - ClearOne has announced a new distribution agreement with Audio Visual Distributors (AVD), headquartered in Queensland Australia to represent ClearOne’s full line of audio conferencing, visual collaboration, and AV networking solutions.
"AVD’s experience in the AVIT Australia and New Zealand market is second to none with prime focus on customer service and support,” noted David Gledhil,l regional sales consultant, UK, Ireland, Benelux, Oceania at ClearOne. “ANZ is an important market for us and we are looking forward to working with AVD to serve our channel partners and customers in the region who will effectively offer full commercial and technical value from pre-sales thru post-sales support.”
"We are delighted to partner with ClearOne as a leader in voice and visual communications solutions for changing workspace demands,” stated Simon Fourie, technical director of Audio Visual Distributors. “This relationship complements our range of other industry-leading technologies and provides our channel partners and customers with end-to-end solutions for their commercial audio and visual communication requirements.”

 
 
ampetronicAmpetronic and Williams form Euro partnership
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

UK - Ampetronic and USA-based Williams AV have announced a pan-European strategic partnership, as well as a distribution partnership for the UK and Ireland.
From 1July, Ampetronic will provide in-region technical and sales support for Williams’ European distribution partners and customers. Ampetronic will also provide European warehousing and logistics support to ensure rapid stock availability across the region for both Williams and Ampetronic product ranges.
In addition, effective 1 May, Ampetronic will become Williams AV’s exclusive distribution partner in the UK and Ireland, offering Williams’ broad product portfolio to its customers.
Ampetronic and Williams AV are both long-standing global champions for hearing accessibility, each of them leading their technology fields in assistive listening solutions. Ampetronic is a market leader in hearing loop technology, and Williams AV specialises in receiver based assistive listening with IR, FM and WiFi platforms, as well as having expertise and products in other areas of communications technology.
“The new partnership brings together strong and complimentary product lines and well-matched philosophies, and will give a new focus and energy on ensuring society can meet the needs of people who experience hearing loss,” says a joint statement.
Of the new strategic partnership agreement Ampetronic MD, Julian Pieters comments: “Williams AV has a strong brand and reputation in the USA, and they are passionate advocates for hearing loops and direct-to-hearing aid solutions for assistiv

 
Smode integrates support for Notch Blocks
Thursday, 7 May 2020

Europe - Smode users are now able to benefit from improved 3D content design due to the integration of Notch Blocks within the platform. Smode combines tools for creating the optimum stage-show experience, with real-time rendering and 3D previewing.
Notch is a graphics and video effects tool that gives creatives the power of real-time rendering. It has been used to create motion graphics for the live performances of artists including Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, The Brits, and numerous music festivals worldwide.
Smode is an integrated real-time compositing and media server software, which allows users to change any parameter at any time. Creators can achieve an updated image immediately on screen, in the 3D simulation, or on the actual stage. Thanks to its layer-based system, creators can efficiently combine different pieces of content together to create the optimum stage-show experience, while keeping real-time control over any parameter of the content. The software is used across concerts, TV Shows, and live events such as performances by Mylene Farmer and Jean Michel Jarre.
The 3D stage preview functionality means that creatives are no longer bound to the stage whilst rendering their designs. They can develop creatives from any location and even work as a team, remotely, across projects. The system also allows users to utilise VR technology to get inside their designs.
Francis Maes CEO and founder of Smode comments: “We are happy to bring this capability to Smode users. Notch allows the creation of some of the most beautiful 3D visuals on the

 
 
foxSuper Bowl video walls driven by disguise
Thursday, 7 May 2020

USA - FOX Sports went the whole nine yards in its coverage of Super Bowl LIV in Miami this year, building a South Beach studio compound that represented the network’s largest footprint ever for a Super Bowl. FOX Sports’ collaborated with Creative Works London on the studios’ set content package, which featured disguise solutions driving more than 50 sq.m of LED video at the compound.
The South Beach location, just steps away from the ocean at Lummus Park, included two separate stages with LED mounted high on their facades and a large demonstration field with an LED video wall backdrop. Occupied by Fox Sports, FS1 and Fox Deportes, the compound hosted an extensive amount of Super Bowl Week coverage and the pre-game show.
"When a client like FOX Sports pops up asking for a 'concert style’ graphic system, and you are a branding and content creation studio with a wealth of experience in live events content production you jump at the chance. That’s how it began for Super Bowl LIV,” recall Jeremy Leeor and Dan Potter, co-founders of Creative Works London. The company had previously worked with the network on its NFL graphics packages for 2014 New York and 2017 Houston Super Bowl live events.
“We were always confident we could deliver something that would stand out and make an impact,” Potter says. “Due to our long-term relationship and our own track record we were in a good position to influence the type of playback system used. We knew that disguise would deliver what FOX Sports’ executive vice president/creative director Gary Hartley

 
alcons-audio-press-release-alcons-audio-opens-pro-ribbon-webinars-to-the-publicAlcons opens webinars to wider audience
Thursday, 7 May 2020

The Netherlands - Alcons Audio is to present a new series of online educational sessions, featuring industry names and special guests, beginning 12 May. Whether specialising in touring/production, installation, or cinema, this series will “delve into the latest technology, spark innovative dialogue, and expand the sound designer’s toolbox”.
Alcons’ online Go-To presentations have always been an essential part of the company’s USA communications for supporting engineers and consultants, training new dealers and providing information to potential customers. With the increased demand for online information, Alcons is now making these presentations available to a much wider audience.
Presented by David Rahn of Alcons Audio USA, with guest input from several renowned audio engineers, each webinar will be 30-60 minutes in length. The webinars will provide a detailed insight into Alcons’ products and applications, and will explore the technology behind the company’s multiple-patented pro-ribbon audio solutions and the benefits they bring to the pro audio industry.
Every session will start with an introduction to Alcons Audio, with key information about the company, and will finish with a short Q&A session. Participants will be invited to discuss the different topics and to exchange views on current market standards and the future of Pro Audio.
“Our multiple-patented pro-ribbon transducer technology has always been surrounded by misconceptions about overall usability in professional sound reinforcement. With the webinars we aim t

 
 
atlonacommboothAtlona to host virtual tradeshow
Wednesday, 6 May 2020

USA - Atlona will launch AtlonaComm 20, a month-long virtual tradeshow experience beginning 1 June on Atlona’s website. The online event will offer a schedule of product offerings, training and education experiences, and personalised meeting opportunities for customers, partners and other visitors.
AtlonaComm 20 represents Atlona’s proactive response to COVID-19-related event disruption, including the cancellation of InfoComm 2020, as well as general business travel and in-person sales visits. Atlona hatched its plans for an online event back in early March as the magnitude of the rapidly-evolving health crisis unfurled.
“We wanted to provide guests with a tradeshow experience that closely resembles the experience of being there,” says Ilya Khayn, CEO of Atlona. “We took a proactive approach in creating a virtual, interactive event to share our latest innovations, deliver webinars, and meet one-on-one with customers, partners and peers. This is about thinking outside the booth, and finding alternative lanes to drive meaningful engagement.”
The AtlonaComm 20 schedule will offer flexibility across time zones so that industry professionals are well-served worldwide. This includes providing regional Atlona resources from APAC, EMEA and the Americas across specific time periods each day, and scheduling webinars in alignment with regional interest and availability.
Atlona will announce specific plans around AtlonaComm 20 product introductions, trainings, and meetings closer to the event, with instructions for booking webinar seats and sc

 
hippoSteven Jackson relies on Hippotizer platform
Wednesday, 6 May 2020

UK - As an experienced production video engineer, Steven Jackson of InFocusAV creates video management and playback solutions for clients in touring theatre, musicals, conferences and installations, both at home in the UK and internationally. He is as well-versed in the nuts and bolts of creative video as anyone in the business - and for much of his career, the Hippotizer platform has been an essential part of his professional toolkit.
“At secondary school I was always involved in music performance. We had a fantastic teacher who brought in a PC and recording equipment to class. I started to use it and that put me on the path I’m on now,” says Steven, recalling his first tastes of entertainment technology.
At university, Steven studied Music Technology while working for a local sound and lighting company servicing a wide range of events. He encountered Max/MSP software, which fuelled his interest in video, sequencing and software, and had his first experience of Media Servers. “These were Mac machines running software, or our own applications we’d developed through Max/MSP,” he says. “However, as with everything, there is never enough processing power for creativity!”
At this time, working on a project for Imitating the Dog theatre company, Steven met Alan Cox. Now managing director of CAPO, a specialist in video and control system design for theatre and live events, Alan remains a huge influence in Steven’s career. “He brought along a Hippotizer V3, and from then on I began to use Hippotizer more and more. The flexibility and co

 
 
obsidian-control-systemsonyxObsidian presents Onyx live webinar series
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

USA - Obsidian Control Systems is presenting a two-part live webinar series, Onyx on Set, to show how Obsidian’s Onyx lighting control platform is utilised in motion picture and television settings.
Hosted by Obsidian Control Systems product manager Matthias Hinrichs, the series airs 7 and 14 May and will include in-depth discussion and expert advice from professional film and TV programmers Chris Chalk and Phil Shearer, both of IATSE Local 728 in Los Angeles, along with programming specialist Tommy Sullivan of North Carolina.
Part 1 will take place on 7 May, 10:00-11:30am PT and comprise a round table discussion exploring how lighting programmers on motion picture and television sets utilise ONYX on a daily basis and how the lighting platform supports them in this fast-paced work environment.
Part 2, scheduled for 14 May 14, 10:00am-1:00pm PT is a dedicated training covering the use of ONYX in motion pictures and television. The discussion will focus on setup, programming and managing fixture types commonly employed in film and broadcast environments using the ONYX platform.

 
ironmancontrolroomcpcommsintegrationCP Communications integrates Ironman facilities
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

USA - St. Petersburg-based CP Communications has completed the systems integration of a custom-designed streaming media studio and control room that enables The Ironman Group - a Tampa-based sports event management company - to deliver live coverage of its branded multi-sport and marathon events over-the-top (OTT) via its website and Facebook Watch.
Owned by the Chinese Wanda Sports Group, The Ironman Group produces more than 235 race events across 55 countries worldwide. These include the Ironman Triathlon, which combines swimming, biking, and running into a single long-distance contest; the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and more.
“With this new multipurpose facility, Ironman can now produce live video coverage of events remotely over IP, saving travel and crew costs for a faster ROI,” said Kurt Heitmann, CEO, CP Communications. “Bonded cellular - one of our specialties -facilitates video signal backhaul and distribution, bringing Ironman over the finish line as a provider of premium sports content.”
Besides bonded cellular for IP-based transmission, the design leverages Dante to configure, manage, and route broadcast-quality audio over IP; and NDI, an IP-based video networking platform that extends the HD-SDI workflow. These technologies form ‘a powerful yet-cost-effective studio and control room to manage remote productions via IP’, and simultaneously produce live studio segments for event commentary, news, and Skype call-ins. A digital media room supports production of live stream video podcasts and on-demand training vide

 
 
bill-chesley-henryboy-webAudient helps NY sound designer work at home
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

USA - Sound designer Bill Chesley just got himself an EVO 4 audio interface for his new home studio space, where he continues to work on commercials for Walmart, Fedex, Nike and Guinness.
He decided to organise things ahead of the stay-at-home order announcement in New York State. “I’m in pretty close proximity to my actual studio, but thought I’d get a home set-up going in these unpredictable times,” he explains.
He co-runs the award-winning sound design collective, Henryboy with his wife, Kate Gibson where he uses an Audient iD22 audio interface. When considering a studio in their Brooklyn apartment, he was mindful of how much space he had to play with. “I gravitated towards EVO 4 because of its small footprint - it packs a lot of punch in a small space.” Which is exactly what he has to do now, with their multi-million dollar clients relying on them to continue to meet deadlines.
Describing his setup, he says: “I’m running ProTools ultimate on a MacBook Pro with loads of plugins and I’m running everything through EVO 4 to a pair of Genelecs. My go-to mics are a Neuman shotgun, an AudioTechnica 4025 and an AKG 414. I also use Sony handhelds quite often, and contact and EMF mics from LOM when I feel the need. I spend a lot of time recording my own sounds. I like a library, but you don’t always get the desired effect.”
He’s certainly pleased with his EVO 4. “I’ve always enjoyed the mic pres in the iD22, and what I’ve recorded with the EVO 4 so far is sounding great. Finding a monitor/preamp box like this for around

 
hpuelearningharmanlandingbanner1140x400Harman announces mid-May workshops
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the addition of 14 free live workshops available for registration through the Learning Sessions programme in conjunction with Harman Professional University.
Available workshops scheduled for the first two weeks in May feature lighting or audio experts who have extensive industry knowledge and experience working with various touring acts.
Topics include Loudspeaker Design for Airports, Festival Lighting Control and The Art of Making Productions Look Larger.
More than a dozen Live Workshops conducted and recorded in April are now available at Harman Professional University’s YouTube channel. Workshops include AV Challenges in Esports, Microphone Applications for Stage and Studio and Lighting for Churches. Many more sessions are in production for release in the coming months. Registration is via pro.harman.com/lp/learning-sessions.

 
 
gobo-libraryETS launches industry toolkit app Toolbox
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

World - An app designed to serve as a pocketable all-in-one toolbox for the events industry has been released.
Toolbox, developed by UK lighting, rigging and previsualisation services company ETS, combines over 20 virtual tools, converters and guides in a single app.
Designed to make it easier for lighting, audio, and video technicians to get on with their daily tasks, Toolbox includes DMX, power, weight/length and currency converters; vehicle, wiring and knot guides; information for over 2,600 pieces of equipment; filter and gobo libraries; beam and patch calculators; a decibel meter, and more.
The app is currently only available for iOS devices through the App Store (£9.99 for a lifetime licence) but ETS is working on an Android version, to be released by September.

 
ClearOne awarded PoE strategic patent
Friday, 1 May 2020

USA - ClearOne has been awarded a strategic new patent relating to power transmission for Power over Ethernet (PoE) systems by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Awarded on 14 April, 2020, the patent describes a simple method for providing power to multiple devices in a ‘daisy-chain’ series connection using PoE. Use of the new method can eliminate the 100m Ethernet distance constraint for power and data transmission.
ClearOne’s technology disclosed in this patent brings powerful benefits for at least two important applications. First, it is useful for devices such as audio products including microphones and speakers, security and conferencing cameras, remote sensors, smart home technologies like thermostats and alarm systems, as well as computers and displays, all of which can be freely deployed anywhere within the reach of an Ethernet cable.
As an example of this application, ClearOne uses the patented technology in its professional audio products, including its beam-forming microphone array ceiling tiles. The patented technology allows Converge Pro 2 DSP mixers to communicate with its beam-forming microphone arrays at distances that greatly exceed traditional distance limitations for conferencing equipment, providing additional deployment options when compared with other Ethernet technologies like Audinate’s Dante.
Second, the patented technology is also useful for transmitting power only, without data, where access to electrical power outlets may be inconvenient or power outlet safety is a concern. For example, mobile device cha

 
 
ballast-calculator-1Roe Visual introduces Ballast Calculator
Friday, 1 May 2020

China - Looking to improve its service and to enhance user convenience, Roe Visual has developed a ballast calculator. The purpose of the Ballast Calculator is to help adding the right amount of ballast on stacked LED screens.
When you are building large video walls, one of the most prominent challenges is to do this safely. Even if you use the official Roe Visual LED stacking systems, in most cases it’s necessary to add extra ballast. Not all AV technicians are aware of the total weight a complete LED screen can amount to and what forces this can generate, even if you use it indoors.
For Roe Visual it’s of paramount importance that its customers are aware of these factors and can build their LED wall safely. “Creating awareness on safe working practices is one thing, we frequently touch on these issues in the ROE Academy training sessions, but with this simple calculating tool we actually help the AV technicians making their job simpler and safer”, comments Luc Neyt, deputy director Sales and Service Centre.
Available in six languages, the Roe Visual Ballast Calculator offers ballast information for a broad range of Roe Visual LED panel types, such as the Carbon series, Black Onyx, Black Pearl and Sapphire, but also the newly added panels Vanish V8 and Ruby.
“The calculator works fairly simply, but it’s the complex calculations, testing and structural analysis that are behind the results that are the true worth of this Ballast Calculator. No other LED manufacturer has put so much effort and attention to these vital details. In the

 
disguiser17disguise adds work from home enhancements
Friday, 1 May 2020

UK - With its latest release r17.2, disguise has introduced improvements to help users optimise their workflow at home such as Application Mode and devise new concepts to connect with audiences online with AR and 360° video.
A key new addition in r17.2 is the ability to run disguise’s Designer software in Application Mode. The new mode enables Designer to run alongside multiple applications so users can perform tasks concurrently and effortlessly switch between its software and other apps. With Application Mode, users can easily pull content from the web into a project to work up concepts and share work-in-progress with others to communicate progress, gather feedback and collaborate better.
r17.2 introduces support for HTC VIVE tracking accessories which make it possible to develop AR experiences at home without high-end tracking equipment. HTC VIVE accessories can be used to emulate camera or object tracking systems, so users can work up AR concepts from lockdown in their home office set-up, living room, bedroom, bathroom or kitchen - wherever they choose to augment their world.
r17.2 also allows users to create simple AR screens without the need for other tools so they can quickly test out ideas for AR experiences. By making it possible to render layers separately, users can also experience better overall project performance and a cleaner workflow.
With the new Spherical Camera in r17.2, users can now render 360 video content, in disguise, engaging content for online audiences. 360 video is also a valuable addition to users’ remote pro

 
 
stampedeStampede hosts virtual Big Book of AV event
Friday, 1 May 2020

USA - Demonstrating creativity and resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stampede is turning its Cleveland, Ohio Big Book of AV tour stop into a live virtual event on 14 May that will feature pre-arranged one-to-one manufacturer-reseller focused virtual sessions on Stampede’s new COVID-19 business engagement platform.
“Nothing is going to get in the way of Stampede helping its resellers to succeed in this challenging business environment,” Stampede president & CEO Kevin Kelly says. “Resellers all across North America rely upon Stampede to provide them with the latest new products, business development programs and training that will enable them to take their businesses to a higher level of success. In the current environment, we are pivoting to virtual events to meet our resellers’ needs.”
Cleveland will be the first of several virtual Big Book of AV events. Calgary will follow. According to Kelly, participating manufacturers include Atlona, Vidyo, Sharp, Samsung, NEC, Newline, Mustang, LG, Planar, and Jabra, with more manufacturers expected to join.
Utilizing Vidyo’s video conference platform, the five-hour virtual event will feature one-on-one meetings with manufacturers from every product category that will provide resellers with information on the latest audio, video, display, projection, lighting and staging, digital signage, conferencing, digital content creation, networking, and signal distribution solutions.
Participating resellers will receive a free $250 Stampede credit for just for attend

 
performance-series-the-batteryNanoLumens revamps Performance Series
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - NanoLumens has announced a series of product upgrades to their outdoor Performance Series line of LED displays.
The upgrades to the Performance Series bring customers’ creative freedoms with the outdoor product more in line with what they’d enjoy designing a NanoLumens indoor product, says the company.
Announced upgrades include the addition of two new pixel pitches, at 3.1mm and 3.9mm, to complement the product line’s broad existing range of pitches, which currently extends from 3.1mm to 10.0mm. Another major change to the product line is the shift from using steel cabinets to smaller cast cabinets that measure 500mm by 500mm. These smaller cast cabinets grant greater design freedom with regard to display size and shape while allowing seamless alignment for the new smaller pixel pitches.
The new cabinets also improve the display’s heat dissipation, and therefore, its performance. An increase in max brightness has been engineered as well to help the displays stand out against strong ambient sunlight and despite the diverse alterations, the Performance line retains the same IP rating it has always boasted.
“Each of the NanoLumens product developments this year have focused on giving customers greater performance and flexibility and this continues that pattern,” said Brice McPheeters, director of product line management and customer experience for NanoLumens. “With smaller cabinets, more available pitches, and new cabinets, the Performance Series is more customisable than ever while improving upon its already strong display

 
 
christieChristie University courses continue
Thursday, 30 April 2020

Europe - During these challenging times, Christie continues to support its partners and customers in many ways, including the provision of online courses through Christie University, many of which are open to anyone with an interest in the technology, and free.
“Need to sharpen your understanding of processing with products such as Spyder, or hone your skills in content management or switching and distribution with products like Pandoras Box and Terra SDVoE technology? Sign up for one of our webinars for Pandoras Box or Christie Terra and Christie Spyder,” says Christie.

 
green-hippoHippotizer powers Cyber-Gen ShockWave tour
Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Germany - Hippotizer Media Servers were recently chosen to drive the visuals for the Cyber-Gen ShockWave tour. Featuring a line-up of Deutsch-rap and R&B artists signed to the Cyber-Gen music label, including YouTube stars TJ Beastboy, Young Mokuba, Wavvyboi and others, the tour played dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland - and sold out in under 28 hours.
Lighting designer Otto Schildknecht asked Emanuel Jörgner to programme and operate the show’s video and lighting elements. “Because we needed a high performance server, which would ensure all the live notch FX ran smoothly, we chose the Boreal+,” says Jörgner. “The other good reason for choosing the Boreal+ was the fact that we could deform the content with the FX library.”
The display setup consisted of a 8m x 2.3m, 16mm pixel pitch LED wall positioned upstage, with alternative configurations for shows in the smaller venues on the tour. “Besides the LED wall, we integrated eight Astera AX-1 PixelTubes on each side of the screen,” explains Jörgner. “In special parts of the show we used the Hippotizer’s PixelMapper to map the video content to the PixelTubes.”
Jörgner merged ArtNet data from both the Boreal+ unit and the lighting console to control the PixelTubes, providing a wide range of effects possibilities.
In addition, the stage set featured custom-made cubes of 4mm pixel pitch LED panels. Each visible surface was mapped with a variety of video content and effects, while content was also fed to the top sides of the cubes for a complementary uplight effect

 
 
thailandHarman enhances Buriram hotel complex
Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Thailand - To create an immersive AV solution for a wide range of events, Mahajak Development Co equipped Modena By Fraser Buriram Hotel with a Harman Professional Solutions networked audio system.
Located within walking distance of the Chang International Circuit racetrack and Chang Arena football stadium, the Modena By Fraser Buriram hotel features 152 guest rooms, a spacious foyer and a large ballroom and more.
To deliver clear, detailed sound in the ballroom and throughout the hotel, Modena By Fraser Buriram hired AV integrators Mahajak Development to design and install a premium networked audio solution. Mahajak Development designed a networked audio system featuring solutions from JBL, Crown, Soundcraft and BSS.
“To ensure consistent sound throughout the facilities, we installed a networked audio system using Harman’s industry-leading AV solutions,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, director of project, Mahajak Development Co. “With the grand ballroom serving as a multi-purpose venue, we developed a highly customizable audio system with superb clarity for any event.”
Mahajak Development equipped the ballroom with JBL CBT 200LA-1 line array column speakers. To provide additional low-end support, Mahajak Development selected JBL AC118S high-power subwoofers. Additionally, Mahajak Development installed JBL Control 226C/T ceiling speakers throughout the facility to provide balanced, even coverage. The system is powered by Crown CDi 2|1200 and CDi 2|300 amplifiers, which feature pre-loaded JBL speaker tunings to help make installat

 
outline-newton-at-the-mtv-europe-music-awards-in-sevilleBritannia Row adds Newton processing
Wednesday, 29 April 2020

UK - Britannia Row Productions has joined ranks of audio providers investing in Outline’s Newton processors.
The purchase followed an evaluation period and product demonstrations made by CUK’s James Lawford and Outline’s product specialist, Fernando Rey Méndez,
BRP’s technical head Keith Cunningham comments: “Following several demos of the Newton, we were very impressed with the GUI, fast workflow and ease of use. The Newton is the all-in-one solution to many technical problems.
“The form factor is the real selling point, it's a constant battle for all manufacturers to try and shrink the footprint while retaining functionality - Outline has managed to find a perfect match between both. Fernando at Outline and James at CUK have been very receptive to our feedback and feature requests, which really inspires confidence in both companies.”
BRP’s Newtons went straight into action on the BRIT Awards at London’s O2 Arena and the MTV Europe Music Awards in Seville, Spain. Their technical projects manager Josh Lloyd was system technician for both events.
“On both MTV and the BRITs, the Newtons were used as the front-end matrix for the audio system, taking inputs from both the presenter and band consoles in multiple formats to give us true redundancy, so MADI, Dante, AES and analogue were all used simultaneously,” says Lloyd.
“With the complex system design and show layout, being able to take in large groups of inputs in multiple formats was a winner - the Newton has managed to replace multiple units which used to ha

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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