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

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

fisherscottsESTA Technical Lifetime Achievement Award for Fisher
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

USA - Scott Fisher will receive the ESTA Technical Lifetime Achievement Award at the closing of the New World Rigging Symposium on 14 March in Fort Lauderdale’s Hilton Marina Hotel (Grand Salon).
Established in 2017 by the ESTA Board of Directors and Technical Standards Council, the award recognises individuals with ‘significant and sustained’ technical contributions to the entertainment industry over at least 25 years. Last year’s recipient was Robert Goddard of Goddard Design.
Fisher began his career in automation in the late 1980s in Las Vegas with Siegfried and Roy, the first of the mega shows at the first of the Las Vegas mega resorts, The Mirage. From this vantage point at the crest of the wave of huge Las Vegas productions and attractions of the 1990s and 2000s, he got to see what stage automation could be and just how far it had to go to get there.
Fisher has worked in a wide variety of venues and jobs, from rock’n’roll and Broadway touring shows to performer flying to special effects to rigging automation to large scale attraction design and construction, building a knowledge base along the way for what worked and what didn’t. In 1997, he founded Fisher Technical Services (FTSI) with the goal of making a truly integrated automation system specifically for live entertainment shows and attractions of all types.
(Jim Evans)

aske-korsgaard-hejlesen01Neets hires chief experience officer
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Denmark - AV equipment supplier Neets has announced today that Aske Korsgaard Hejlesen has joined the company in the newly created position as chief experience officer. Hejlesen will be responsible for integrating design thinking in the organization to ensure that new products and solutions address actual user problems and needs. He comes with an educational background in industrial design and more than 10 years of experience working with user involvement and design research. Most recently, he worked as a design researcher at the international roof window manufacturer Velux Group.
“I am excited to join Neets and for this opportunity to help the company deliver a seamless and consistent user experience across products and digital touchpoints,” said Hejlesen. “I am passionate about user-driven innovation, and I will be working across all teams to ensure that design thinking permeates the entire organization and is reflected in all products.”
“Exceptional user experience design has always been at the heart of our development philosophy,” said Neets CEO, Michael Jarl Christensen. “I’m therefore delighted to bring on Aske Korsgaard Hejlesen, who comes with the skills and experience we need to bring Neets even closer to users. It is important that we cultivate a user-centered approach across the company in order to create an environment in which design thinking is an integral part of our product development strategy. He will be instrumental in helping us accomplish that goal.”
(Jim Evans)

fashion-hkWhite Light in fashion at Somerset House
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

UK - On the evening of 16 February, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council organised the Fashion Hong Kong Show and Cocktail Reception at London's Somerset House. Being an approved supplier at Somerset House, along with working on several shows across London Fashion Week, White Light was called upon to provide the technical solutions.
The event was produced by My Beautiful City - a full service creative agency that offers end-to-end support across art direction, concept creation and event production. For over 10 years they have worked with some of the world’s most talented designers to bring their collections to life at Fashion Week. They have also worked closely with WL across several London Fashion Weeks.
WL’s senior account manager Dominic Yates comments: “We have a strong working relationship with My Beautiful City, which goes back many years, and they called upon us once again for this high-profile event.”
The leading brands Heaven Please+, House of V, Methodology and Maison Vermillion were selected by the British Fashion Council to participate in the event, part of an ongoing initiative by the HKTDC to give international exposure to Hong Kong-based designers and brands. This was the first time the showcase took place in London, having previously travelled to New York, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.
Dominic explains: “As part of the technical support, we supplied uplighters, a sound system, bespoke lighting, along with mains distribution. We also had a crew of four technicians on site to ensure that the entire event

zac-brown-band1Zac Brown Band comes home with Cuepix
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

USA - A quality tungsten audience blinder has a key role in a Zac Brown Band show, and last year’s discharge-based lights for the band’s Welcome Home tour gave way to high-impact Elation Professional Cuepix Blinder WW2 LED-based white light fixtures.
Production and lighting design for the tour was by UK-based production design company Okulus, who also handled creative direction and scenic design. James Scott, Okulus director, had been introduced to the Cuepix Blinder on another design tour, Passenger, in 2015, an outing where power consumption limitations were a concern and an LED fixture the solution. “Looking at the sheer quantity of blinders that Zac Brown wanted to use on this show, having all those dimmers and cabling didn’t make sense. We had to go LED and again chose Cuepix,” Scott commented.
The Cuepix white light fixtures not only give the classic look of a 2-lite or 4-lite blinder, they do it at a fraction of the power requirements, says the company. “The benefits were substantial from saving on infrastructure - cables and dimmers - to fewer man hours and eliminating bulb changes,” Scott said. The switch to LED not only adds up to reduced weight and money saved but the Cuepix Blinders are a more eco-friendly option for audience illumination.
The design included Cuepix Blinder WW2s, 22 on a front light truss downstage, 16 on a mid-stage truss, and four per side above a curved LED screen. A row of Cuepix units also worked from the floor in lighting carts that could easily be wheeled on and off the stage. The carts, whi

all-together-nowAll Together Now lights up with LED Creative
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

UK - Illumination rental and installation specialists LED Creative assisted in creating the 360° studio experience for the recent six-show run of BBC’s All Together Now.
Produced by Remarkable Television (part of Endemol Shine UK) and filmed in front of a live studio audience at Salford’s Dock 10 studios, All Together Now posts a series of would be singing stars before a panel of 100 carefully selected, highly opinionated ‘judges’ who cast their votes by standing up and joining with the performances.
The series features a set created by scenic designer Dominic Tolfts, lit by LD Dave Davey, that surrounds the singers, panel and audience in a wall of colour and movement, allowing the performances to be viewed from almost any angle with no break in the vibrant studio backdrop.
LED Creative supported the crew on the shows, supplying their BYTE Controllers and Sigma LED System, which has been skillfully woven throughout the installation, edging the large-scale set-pieces and providing intense detail and crisp highlights across the entire stage.
Bright, punchy and full of colour, the look and feel created by the team at All Together Now perfectly reflects the show’s playful nature and exuberant twist to the talent show format.
Commenting on the production, LED Creative director Ges Smith says: “The crew on All Together Now has created a fantastic, immersive installation that totally surrounds performers and audience alike - allowing the look of the show to remain constant across a range of camera angl

glp-ottawaGLP Air Domes boost OSE’s winter programme
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Canada - With the winter season in full swing, Canadian production company Ottawa Special Events (OSE) increased the scope of its service to corporate clients by investing in 12 of GLP’s large Air Dome 850’s.
GLP Air Domes offer protection against rain and other environmental influences in various sized housings, with the 850 dome purpose-designed for larger moving heads.
They were supplied by GLP’s Canadian distributor, AVL Media Group who have been aggressively promoting both these, and GLP’s Rain Cover Kits into the local markets to counter the arduous conditions.
“We were looking at a product that was going to protect our fixtures and be rugged enough to withstand cold Canadian weather but also be user friendly and a breeze to install,” confirms OSE production manager, Joel Deslauriers. “There were other brands out there, but the builds were not as well designed and price points were a lot higher than GLP’s which also made this purchase very attractive for us.”
Consequently, they are delighted with their decision. “The build was very simple, which was key for quick setup and dismantle of the Domes. It was a lot more lightweight than expected, making it easy for one person to stack and unstack them for storage and transportation.”
Deslauriers explained that the 850 was the only Dome that could fit their larger Platinum HFX’s. “We could have purchased the Air Dome 600 for the smaller Wash fixtures we have in inventory - but investing our money in the 850s was the correct decision, as it allows us to cross-re

rugby-2Chauvet creates backdrop for Isuzu Awards
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

UK - Figure of Eight Events was recently approached to provide technical production for this year’s Isuzu Awards, which took place in the 70,000-seat Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
As the new sponsor for the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Isuzu wanted to create a fitting start to their relationship by showcasing what the stadium has to offer. Figure of Eight didn’t disappoint by delighting the guests with a 360° lighting design that featured a collection of Rogue fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
With the awards ceremony and dinner housed within a clear marquee, positioned 3m high over the central pitch area, Figure of Eight came up with the idea of surrounding the structure with high-power light from the Rogue RH1 Hybrid and Rogue R2 Wash fixtures.
“We wanted to create a stunning backdrop for the award ceremony by allowing the guests inside to be able to see beyond the stage and out towards the spectacle,” commented Rich Rayner, director of Figure of Eight Events. “We wanted to use the amazing backdrop available to us, but lighting a stadium of this size isn’t easy; it took over 150 lighting fixtures to create the desired effect, but with our new investment in Chauvet’s units, we were able to create some great lighting looks that really showed off the stadium’s size and stature from the comfort and warmth of the marquee.”
Positioned around the perimeter of the pitch, the Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixture’s 330W Osram Sirius lamp provided a high-output capability that exceeded the expectations of both the production team and client.

green-hippoGreen Hippo earns top marks at Dubai university
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

UAE - Dubai-based Fountains International Events employed Green Hippo to deliver a prestigious graduation ceremony in the United Arab Emirates.
The American University in the Emirates (AUE) invited Dubai-based Fountains International Events to craft a video and lighting show for its seventh commencement ceremony at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Led by Pavel Pashkovskiy, Fountains International Events has extensive experience in the region, and for the AUE graduation ceremony the company designed and produced content with a total size of approximately 10,000 x 4,000 pixels. Using a pair of Hippotizer Karst Media Servers, Pavel operated a special Art-Net timeline-based controller from Syncronorm, sending layers, and starting triggers to the Karsts. Pavel calls this technique ‘Art-Net timecode’, and the Art-Net timeline triggered all of his other devices, including lasers, light controllers, special FX, and water fountains.
Each Karst ran a separate screen area, offering blending as well as hardedge joining. The Hippotizer Karsts received an externally-sourced live feed via Datapath capture cards, and eight splitters - four from Datapath and four from FX - spliced the Hippotizer 2K and 4K outputs. The signal was then sent to video projectors through fibre optics.
Fountains International Events managed installation, projection works, show creation, and synchronisation and the Green Hippo tech delivered exactly what it needed for the multifaceted show.
Pavel Pashkovskiy comments: "We are always creating complex shows, where too many component

oman-convention-iftar-june-2017-243Oman convention centre installs ProLyft hoists
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Oman - The Muscat-based Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) has taken delivery of ProLyft Aetos hoists.
With over 22,000sq.m of column-free space, the venue offers a wide array of meeting and exhibition spaces with the very latest in communications and audio-visual technology to meet the demands of the most discerning global event organisers.
To meet their customers’ demands, the venue operator, AEG Ogden, was looking for a flexible solution for the venue’s rigging facilities. Adhering to the highest quality standards and service excellence, they were looking for high-end rigging solutions, supported by the best service and knowledge.
Meeting OCEC’s brief, Prolyte Group was selected to present a proposal. Based on the quality of the proposal and the technical support they experienced during this phase, they were happy to give the green light.
All the separate venues within the OCEC are supplied through the venue operators’ office. Based on the incoming rigging plans for the upcoming projects, they assign the required equipment for the shows and exhibitions. This means the equipment needs to be as flexible as possible and suited for all types of applications.
Prolyte supplied a large batch of Aetos hoists with a lifting capacity of 1000kg and a lifting height of 20m. All hoists are equipped with limit switches, incremental encoders, double brakes and load cells. These extended specifications were all specifically required by the OCEC, since they wanted this installation to be not only flexible, but also to offer full safe

bollywoodDiGiCo SD10 pumps up Bollywood Music Project
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

India - Bollywood Music Project, Asia’s largest Bollywood music festival, came to Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, on 27-28 January. Hosted by Event Capital & Talent Management, the event featured two stages, over 200 musicians and more than 50 artists performing for its high adrenaline audience. DiGiCo SD10 consoles, supplied by audio rental company Mega Sound, were at the centre of the action.
For two days, the city saw some of India’s biggest names head to BMP, including Farhan Akhtar, Papon, Vishal Bhardwaj, Euphoria, Nooran Sisters, Richa Sharma, Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma, Anusha Mani, Shilpa Rao, Shruti Pathak, Raftaar, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kutle Khan, as well as other eclectic artists from the world of Bollywood music.
Udaipur-based Mega Sound is one of India’s leading AV rental companies and has an impressive inventory of first class equipment. It provided the complete sound production for BMP, with the SD10s, purchased through the British manufacturer's Indian distributor, Hi-Tech Audio Pvt. Ltd, deployed at its Front of House positions.
Siddharth Chauhan, director of Mega Sound, comments: “It was a stellar show from an audio and visual standpoint and the SD system gives us a very cool way of handling a situation with multiple stages. Moreover, the DiGiCo technical support team at Hi-Tech Audio Systems handled everything related to SD10 and the sound engineers enjoyed working on the console. It all went very smoothly. DiGiCo’s technical support and service is absolutely world class and you can always count on

the-bandAstro Spatial Audio on board for The Band's Visit
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

USA - The Band's Visit, a critically acclaimed new musical that celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us, opened in November to rave reviews at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. It is the story of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra's arrival in Israel for the opening of an Arab Cultural Centre, only to find out that they have boarded the wrong bus to the wrong town – with some inevitably amusing consequences.
A big part of the musical's success is celebrated sound designer Kai Harada's innovative sound design, at the heart of which is Astro Spatial Audio's true object-based approach to immersive, three-dimensional audio.
At the heart of the Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) solution is the conversion of audio signals into audio objects. ASA's SARA II Premium Rendering Engine – a 3U road and rack ready processor offering up to 128 MADI or 128 Dante configurable network pathways at 48kHz/24-bit resolution – utilises extensive metadata attached to each audio object.
The result is a precise calculation of that object's position within virtual 3D space, processed in real-time up to 40 times per second for each individual object, as well as that object's acoustic effect on the virtual space around it. The result for the engineer is a truly 3D audio canvas on which to play.
Harada explains how ASA was integrated into the production: "In The Band's Visit, several musicians play their instruments in a variety of locations on the stage, and it was incredibly important to me to preserve a transparent sound syste

version-2-ses-press-release-lo-res-1Version 2 invests further in power distribution
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

UK - Broadcast and event lighting specialists Version 2 has continued its investment into its power distribution equipment offerings. The company offers state-of-the-art monitoring utilising its propriety SMARTdistro technology.
The company once again turned to its manufacturing partners SES Entertainment Services who have built the companies entire distribution inventory since its inception. The design process was led by Sam Crook, Version 2’s technical director who collaborated with SES managing director Mark Cooper on the specification of the latest units.
SES’s Mark Cooper comments: “SES love working with companies like Version 2; they come to us with a clear outline of what they want both technically and physically, but still allow us to build their units to meet our exacting standards.”
Sam Crook of Version 2 concludes: ‘’This significant investment was driven by high customer demand and positive feedback. The new distribution units sit well alongside our exciting stock and now offer a complete end to end solution, helping customers provide safe electrical systems in line with BS7909.”
The company has simultaneously added rentable Earthing Kits to their inventory. The kits enable the rapid deployment of protective bonding for studio and location systems.
(Jim Evans)

sixty82-founders-feb-18-names-in-press-release-footer-smlSixty82 celebrates company launch
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Europe - Sixty82, a new trussing and staging engineering company, launched operation on 1 March.
The company brings together prominent professionals from the Netherland’s Prolyte Group and France’s Axente, along with Adrian and Lee Brooks from the UK. The company is planning to introduce a track-and-trace technology that guarantees every individual component is traceable, safe and properly engineered.
Fokko Smeding, Prolyte Group founder and CEO of Sixty82, says: “With some of the trussing world’s most experienced and trusted individuals behind our product line, we are extremely excited to launch Sixty82.
“Our passion has always been to supply the industry with safe, well-manufactured products, and back that up with our trademark - superlative, knowledgeable customer service. We have focused on the introduction of new technology that will become an industry standard within a short amount of time, and in providing our customers with confidence and security.”
Serving alongside CEO Smeding will be Marc Hendriks, former techical director at Prolyte, who will fulfil the techical director role at the new company. He joined Prolyte in the early 1990s where he was responsible for many technical ‘world firsts’. He is a prominent figure in a number of industry working groups and is dedicated to the development and innovation of safe aluminium structures.
Also involved in the new company will be Adrian Brooks who founded AstraLite, widely credited as the world’s first aluminium modular trussing system, in 1981. He has been a se

thomas-linke-of-dyn-light-smlAyrton appoints distributor for the Middle East
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

UAE - Ayrton has named DYNLIGHT LLC. of Abu Dhabi as its new exclusive distributor for the GCC region and Lebanon.
To mark the occasion, production director Thomas Linke has been appointed as DYNLIGHT’s brand manager for Ayrton products. Originally from Germany, Linke joins DYNLIGHT from his position as area manager of A&O Technology Middle East, where he spent a decade building a comprehensive understanding of the region.
“We are especially excited to be the exclusive distributor for Ayrton in this region,” says Linke. “The entertainment industry is growing at a phenomenal rate in the GCC and the demand for Ayrton products is keeping pace with it as Ayrton’s reputation for quality, reliability and innovative lighting fixtures precedes it. We want to be able to supply our customers with world-class products and already have enquiries from lighting designers who want to specify Ayrton fixtures in their upcoming projects. We are preparing to be very busy indeed.”
“With DYNLIGHT as our new distributor and Thomas on board as their dedicated Ayrton brand manager for the region, we are now in a position to offer our GCC and Lebanese customer base even greater access and support for all our Ayrton product line,” says Ayrton’s global sales director, Michael Althaus. “We want to take this opportunity to welcome DYNLIGHT and Thomas to the Ayrton network and are looking forward to working with them as we strengthen Ayrton’s presence across the GCC.”
(Jim Evans)

hhb8161HHB appointed UK distributor for BroaMan
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

UK - Fibre infrastructure specialist BroaMan has appointed HHB Communications as its new UK and Ireland distributor.
BroaMan managing director, Tine Helmle, comments: “We are delighted to be working with HHB, whose pedigree and track record speak for themselves.”
HHB director of sales, Martin O’Donnell, adds: “This partnership with BroaMan further proves HHB’s reputation as the ultimate supplier for all audio, video, data and GPIOs transport and systems solutions.”
Broaman’s newly announced Repeat48-2Fibre module made its debut at BVE. BroaMan’s technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski says: "The new module complements the Repeat48 and Repeat48WDM series, making it fully flexible for literally any type of signal.”
(Jim Evans)

sgm-night08SGM sparks up Swarovski Light Festival
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Austria - Lighting designer Björn Hermann faced major challenges at the 2018 Swarovski Festival in Austria. The exclusive outdoor event took place under difficult conditions, as the temperatures in Tyrol fluctuate between -20°C to + 12°C in the month of January, but it was no problem for the SGM fixtures.
"SGM fixtures have been incorporated in all my lighting concepts ever since my first usage of the SGM P-5 back in 2013,” said Hermann. “As most of my projects are outdoors, SGM luminaires’ true IP65-rating is a must for me. But also the enormous range in the product family from wash- and floodlights, to blinders, to pixel products, not to mention the wide range of lenses and that I choose between RGBW, TW, UV, and W.
“In addition, I see it as an advantage to move within the same product family, because I remain in the same colour space.”
As in 2017, Börn Harmann took care of the design of the entire lighting concept for the 2018 Lichtfestival, where the focus was storytelling. A total of three stories were told and played subsequently after each other, guiding the visitors through the show.
"For the 2018 edition, I used a bunch of P-2s, various P-5s with different lenses, and eight P-10s. For the illumination of the crystal cloud, it was important to me, not only to illuminate the cloud homogeneously, but also to work out more depth and make the cloud more organic with colours and intensities,” explained Hermann.
(Jim Evans)

sxh218-2Martin Audio adds hybrid passive subwoofer
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

UK - Martin Audio has introduced a new subwoofer to its line up. SXH218 is a hybrid passive subwoofer with two high-powered 4.5” coil, 18” drivers.
It is billed as a companion for the company's new WPC optimised line array in low end heavy applications or high performance permanent installations such as nightclubs.
Managing director Dom Harter comments: “It looks destined to be the fastest selling subwoofer we’ve introduced in some time. We’ve received significant pre-orders from a key rental partner in the US; it’s already been installed into a new nightclub in Miami, and we’re pretty confident that when we showcase the subwoofer at our UK Open Days in March to our European partners that we will sell out of our initial production runs.”
The subwoofer can achieve a max SPL of 148dB and is powered by either one channel of an iK42 - from the company’s iKON amplifier range - or for full output a bridged pair of channels.
(Jim Evans)

omegatousePR Lighting launches Omega moving zoom bar
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

China - PR Lighting has launched Omega, a new moving zoom bar.
With six RGBW 4-in-1 60W LEDs, Omega is “a versatile moving bar effect fixture, producing a powerful, zoomable blade of light,” says the company. Each pixel can be controlled individually and the light output can easily be converted into dynamic rays of mid-air micro beams.
The fixture contains mechanical dimming (linearly adjustable); electronic strobe (0-25 fps); 540° pan and endless 270° tilt; individually controllable colours; colour touchscreen; over-temperature protection; wireless DMX control.
Housed in IP20 high temperature plastic housing, the net weight of the Omega is just 14.1kg. Shipping in late April, and the product can be seen for the first time at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound.
(Jim Evans)

robe-pitbull-las-vegas-bh-119-by-brento-hoSpikies enjoy time of their lives with Pitbull
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

USA - Lighting and visuals designer Tom Sutherland incorporated 110 Spikies into his lighting rig of over 600 fixtures for rapper Pitbull’s current Time Of Our Lives residency at the Axis Theatre, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.
“We had brand new 470W HMI lamps right next to the Spikies, and on a few occasions, I couldn't tell which lamp was which,” stated lighting and visuals designer Tom Sutherland talking about rapper Pitbull’s current Time Of Our Lives residency playing at the Axis Theatre, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.
Tom first started working with the popular artist, record producer and activist over the last year, and was asked to redesign his show by producer Macarena Moreno with whom he had previously worked on The Latin Grammys.
Pitbull’s Las Vegas residency has been running for the last couple of years, usually in blocks of three or four weeks at a time, three or four months apart, and it’s a “90-minute non-stop party with each song starting big and getting bigger,” described Tom.
The 4,600 capacity Axis Theatre has a massive curved house video wall at the back which is included in the technical package, so Tom’s design was evolved around that, which as it happens, really suits the style of their show. It gave “Pit and the dancers a bit of a playground”, explained Tom.
With the auditorium also being curved, Tom wanted to ensure that everyone, wherever they were seated in the house, received a fantastic visual experience so he added four screens downstage left and right to maximize the space and

paul-peaceCommunity names senior director of engineering
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Paul Peace as senior director of engineering.
Peace has three decades of experience in the pro audio industry, including the design and development of loudspeaker systems and real-world hands-on experience as a systems installer. He comes to Community from Harman/JBL Professional where he was senior manager in systems engineering. Previously Peace has also held technical leadership roles at Renkus-Heinz and IMAX.
Leading all engineering efforts at Community, Peace will oversee product development, production engineering, product management and vendor research, while directing research in advanced directivity control, equalization techniques and loudspeaker specifications.
Community’s CEO, Steve Johnson, commented, “We’re really happy to extend a warm welcome to Paul. In addition to his extensive research and development expertise, he has the innovative approach to development that forms a core philosophy of Community. Paul will be a key member of Community’s leadership team, providing valuable input for our future success.”
(Jim Evans)

the-killers-2low-resBroadWeigh monitors The Killers world tour
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

USA - Paradigm Rigging has worked with Christie Lites to monitor the loads with BroadWeigh wireless load cells on The Killers Wonderful Wonderful world tour.
Michael Sorowka, CEO, Paradigm Rigging, explains: "In September we were brought to New Jersey where The Killers were doing technical rehearsals and programming of the show before their UK leg. There we had 56 cells in play to weight the full show before it hit its first arenas.
“From initial versions, cells were originally going to be specified for some of the larger video walls and two mother grids to help with determining load distribution, but through a few minor design revisions, elements of that changed which in turn changed the needs of the load cells for the run."
The set gives a strong Las Vegas feel consisting of large flown marquee arrows lined in neon, pointing downward to the stage as well as a miniature water tower showcasing each city's name. "There are approximately 120 rigging points in the show which includes PA, stage left / stage right cable bridge, multiple lighting trusses, lighting pods, an inverted automated triangle video wall directly above the band and full upstage surround of video walls," comments Michael.
For the US / Canada run which concluded on 6 February, 12 BroadWeigh cells monitored a 10,000lb upstage video pyramid which was lined with 24(x) GLP X4 bar lights. This was lifted by seven inverted one-ton motors under a spine truss being held by five 2000kg motors above.
Michael adds: "One of the key concerns and reasons for implementing the

biltmoreChauvet enhances Arizona Biltmore event
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

USA - Guests at the Arizona Biltmore often ask if the upscale hotel/resort was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It wasn’t, but it could well have been. Although the famed architect didn’t draw up the blueprints (a former student of his did), he was actively involved in planning the aesthetically balanced 89-year-old structure, which bears his trademark ‘textile block’ construction.
Nowhere is Wright’s ethereal touch more evident than in the Biltmore’s spacious grounds, which instantly captivate visitors with their winding tree-lined paths, evocative abstract sculptures from the Master’s own Midway Gardens, and gently curved glimmering pool. The transformative effect of these grounds was made even more powerful at a recent event, thanks to a Creative BackStage lighting design that featured Maverick and Rogue fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“We were brought in by Hello Arizona to light the pool and lawn areas of the Biltmore grounds,” said John Garberson of Creative BackStage. “From a lighting design point of view, this is an ideal canvas to work your art on. Our focus was to use light to accent the aesthetics of this site.”
Garberson and his team of lighting designer Chris Brodman and programmers Rita Assi and Cullen Noon accomplished this task in flying colours, quite literally, washing the pool, paths and lawn area in soft hues that played off well against the Wright-inspired grounds’ natural flowing lines.
“There is a peaceful, understated elegance to this site, especially at night,” said Garberson. “The col

ac-sp-etc-venues-county-hall-pic2A.C. Special Projects adds life to County Hall
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

UK - A.C. Special Projects (AC-SP) has assisted engineering company Hoare Lea in bringing its dynamic lighting scheme to life for etc.venues' 68,000sq.ft multi-use event space inside the London County Hall - providing an e:cue control system to meet the venue's bespoke needs.
The historic County Hall location is etc.venues' largest event space of 15 sites around the Capital, and a major historic tourist destination.
The lighting team at Hoare Lea worked closely with lead interior designer, Jestico + Whiles and executive architect, Synergy Architects, restoring County Hall to create a unique conference space for etc.venues.
The project included upgrading the building with integrated lighting elements to reveal and accentuate its architectural history, and help to create spaces with flexible ambient lighting serving and enhancing different events and tasks, ranging from large conferences to small group brainstorming sessions.
Spread over two floors, the etc.venues County Hall features a reception, conference and meeting rooms, a snug bar and restaurant wings. Many of the 30 rooms can be used individually, or combined with adjacent spaces to create a range of different sizes and configurations. As well as 12 flexible conference and meeting areas, there a number of suites with a capacity of up to 400 which can combined into multi-purpose spaces for up to 900 guests. The venue also offers smaller meeting and training rooms, as well as exclusive-use spaces.
When it came to the provision of a highly flexible and user-friendly new lighting co


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