Logistical problems - Morrissey's UK and European tour dates this have been postponed due to "logistical problems". His management made the announcement, saying the issues are "beyond our control". The former Smiths frontman, 59, had been due to play two gigs at Castlefield Bowl in his home city of Manchester on 7 and 8 July. Other shows had been scheduled for Reading, Portsmouth and Edinburgh in July.
A statement shared on Morrisey's official Facebook page said: "Due to logistical problems beyond our control, the UK/European Morrissey concerts scheduled for July will be postponed. We deeply regret any inconvenience to the fans.”
The Bard’s Back - A new production of Shakespeare in Love will tour the UK later this year. Lee Hall’s stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film ran in the West End in 2014. A new version of the play, which has music by Paddy Cunneen, will open at Theatre Royal Bath in October, directed by Philip Breen. It runs in Bath from October 4, and will then tour to Nottingham, Malvern, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Chichester, with more locations to be announced.
Tribute - West End theatres dimmed their lights last night (Monday) in memory of the choreographer Gillian Lynne, who has died aged 92. Lynne, who choreographed more than 60 shows in the West End and on Broadway, including Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, died on 1 July.
Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, said: “Dame Gillian Lynne’s contribution to theatre was inestimable. Her career, which
UK - Martin Audio has completed a management buyout (MBO) from global audio specialist Loud Audio. The MBO has been backed by private equity investor LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.
As part of the deal, LDC, alongside the Martin Audio management helmed by MD Dom Harter, has invested £12m in the company. The investment will enable the business to further develop its product range, improve its sales and marketing capabilities through the extension of its global distribution network and enhance its digital infrastructure through software development, says Martin Audio.
As part of the deal, LDC investment directors Troy Harris-Speid and Philip Weston will join the board, alongside James Browning who will join as non-executive director.
Dom Harter, managing director of Martin Audio, said: “Our success to date has been underpinned by providing equipment of the utmost quality to help deliver an unforgettable listening experience to people across the globe. Being a trusted brand and operating in a growing market means the time is right for us to fast-track the growth of the business.
“The next phase of our journey needs a growth-focused investment partner like LDC and the team has demonstrated a shared vision for the business from the outset. Our focus is now on developing our product line even further, and ensuring we have a rock-solid infrastructure in place to extend our global reach and drive market share.”
Troy Harris-Speid, investment director at LDC in London, added: “Martin Audio has been on a fascinating
Germany - A long reach is not only in demand in sport, but also in the professional installation or event technology sectors. Many systems fail when it’s about the transmission of sound and picture over long distances. Customers of Sommer Cable don’t have to compromise here. The new generation of the Caddinal DVM-HDBT extender systems creates “a milestone in terms of transmission quality”.
“When designing the new Cardinal DVM systems, we focused on a stable, zero latency transmission of HDMI signals. That way uncompressed UHD content can be transferred in real-time by using only a single Cat line. And this over a maximum distance of 70m,” says Peter Rieck, key account & distribution manager at Sommer Cable.
The ultra-compact devices are optimised for continuous operation and process HDMI signals up to the 2.0 standard with all common features such as HDCP 2.2, 4K, 3D, CEC as well as PCM and bitstream audio. Likewise, the bi-directional RS232 and infrared communication for display or beamer control is transmitted along.
Additionally, the engineers at ommer Cable have realised the voltage supply via PoH (Power over HDBaseT), whereby the power supply may be connected either to the transmitter or to the receiver.
The Cardinal DVM-HDBT extender systems are now available as transmitter and receiver and as kits.
USA - Barry Manilow began an extended residency at the International Theatre at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on 24 May. The 1,600-seat theatre is where Elvis Presley performed 837 consecutive sold-out shows. As part of a $150m renovation, it now boasts a RoomMatch sound system from Bose Professional.
Ken Newman, Manilow’s long-time front-of-house engineer, says he had some hesitancy about using the new sound system ahead of the first shows, having never worked with a RoomMatch system before. “I went there and put the system through the same evaluation process I always do, including analysing pink noise through the system and then playing eight sets of stem files through the house console from previous recordings I’ve done of Barry in other venues,” he explains.
“I came away rather impressed. It’s a challenge keeping Barry’s vocal above the audience, so they can still hear him even while they’re singing along. But the RoomMatch system has the headroom I need for that. The system is well-suited for this type of environment, the classic Las Vegas showroom.”
The system consists of 16 RoomMatch modules configured eight per side in a left-right hang, with eight ShowMatch SMS118 subs stacked under the stage, four RoomMatch RMS218 subs and eight RMS215 subs flown above the stage, nine RoomMatch Utility RMU208 loudspeakers for under-balcony-fills, and a dozen RMU105 loudspeakers used for front-fills.
A VIP seating area has its own RoomMatch L-R system. The entire system is powered by 28 PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers and
USA - Nexo’s flagship modular line array system, the STM Series, with supplementary Geo S12, was used for a very large house-of-worship event in the impressive US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Fifty thousand people attended the free Pulse - Twin Cities show, with Reach Communications providing the 360° Nexo PA system.
Multiple headliners played the concert, including LeCrae, Hillsong and Jaberwockies. The recently-built stadium is already known for its challenging acoustics, but, as one of the largest venues in the region, it has played host to many world-class touring artists and their engineers. All eyes were on Nexo, to see how STM Series would perform!
System deployment was in a 360° arrangement, with STM as main, out, side and delays, S12 as rear, and M10 for front-fills. Subs were a combination of flown and stacked STM S118, as well as cardio stacked Nexo RS18.
Dan Brown of Reach Communications, with on-site support from Nexo’s engineering support specialist Val Gilbert and Yamaha Commercial Audio’s Preston Gray, had to specify the STM system according to the load-bearing factors in the stadium.
For main PA, the configuration uses 15x STM M46/B112 main and bass sets per side, with side-arrays of another 15x STM M46/B112. Each of the hangs carried two STM M28 down-fills. Eight STM S118 subs were flown per side, and on the ground were 12x RS18s (running in cardioid mode) and eight STM S118s (omni) per side. Two hangs of 12 x Geo S12 cabinets were used for the rear of the stage.
The system was run entirely powered by 62
South Africa - Joshua Cutts once again lit the Miss South Africa beauty pageant event, which this year selected the country’s delegates for the Miss Universe and Miss World contests.
The show was staged for the first time at the new Sun Arena venue at Times Square in Pretoria, and Cutts chose to illuminate the show – produced by Entertainment and directed by Gavin Wratten for live broadcast on M-NET (DSTv channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DSTv channel 161) – with a substantial Robe moving light rig of 170 fixtures.
Josh is a leading South African lighting and visual designer and has used Robe products extensively in his work for some time, however this was the first time he had the chance to use MegaPointes on a live show.
The event’s overall lighting and technical vendor was Dream Sets, and their production manager Eben Peltz ensured that everything ran smoothly on site. The production also used elements of the Sun Arena’s house lighting system, which also includes a large Robe rig and is facilitated by MGG.
Cutts used 18 x Robe BMFL Blades for all his key lighting across the main and thrust stages with the fixtures rigged on FOH trusses for maximum reach.
Twelve BMFL Spots were used for producing breakup and other effects down the ramp from the stage to the presenter stage at the end of the thrust.
Four V-shaped trusses were installed above the stage for the overhead lighting positions, and 18 x BMFL WashBeams were rigged on these and used for dramatic beam work and texturing the stage and set.
On these same LX truss
USA - Since 2006, Rock Community Church in Littleton, Colorado, has grown by leaps and bounds, adding to its congregation through strong leadership, dedicated purpose and family values.
Ben Carson, Rock Community’s technical director along with other key church decision makers chose to install a Clair Brothers sound system.
To make a greater impact through additional land, flexible building design and dynamic performance systems the church hired Kurt Butler of Butler Engineering & Technology Group (BETG). Notes Butler comments: “The AVL and acoustics installation at the church was designed to be an inclusive and intimate experience for the congregation, so everything related to the systems we installed were measured against that metric.
It was BETG and a design team of architects that initially formulated a package that would shape the worship centre in a specific way, mating performance systems to optimize coverage, sound pressure and sightlines.
“The Clair Brothers system, comprised of three arrays made up of i208 three-way active eight-inch loudspeakers coupled with CS118 subwoofers, exceeded performance specifications and offered a very competitive price point,” Butler says.. “During construction, some of the building safety systems affected acoustical dynamics in the main room. We needed to rely on the sound system to deliver the program regardless of the altered acoustic profile, which it does beautifully.”
Other critical components of the install include products from QSC, Sennheiser, Digital Audio Labs and Yamaha.
USA - Fayetteville First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia is aware of its strengths, even as it shifts to a more blended worship style. The goal is to engage the next generation so that they keep their roots firmly planted at FFBC without going so far as to make church an alien experience for the older generations who have been supporting the church their entire lives.
Although it met the church's needs when it went in 15 years ago, the sanctuary's sound reinforcement system was straining under the weight of the more contemporary demands placed upon it by the shift in service style. FFBC hired Gainesville, Georgia-based dB Integrations – the same company that had designed and installed the older system – to update its 500-seat sanctuary with a new Danley-based sound system that could simultaneously deliver excellent spoken-word intelligibility and exciting musicality.
"We did Fayetteville First Baptist Church's previous sound reinforcement system when I first started at dB Integrations 15 years ago," said Neil Philpott, sales consultant at dB Integrations. "We designed that system for a multi-purpose room because, like many churches, they hoped to build a dedicated sanctuary. But that never ended up happening and so the 'multi-purpose room' became the permanent worship space."
He continued, "With their new emphasis on blended worship, they wanted a system with greater dynamics, better intelligibility, and more enveloping musicality. Their production director, Luke Drewry had attended several of our education seminars and understood the d
USA - Hard rock band Stone Sour recently wrapped their Spring touring leg with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The group released their sixth studio album Hydrograd last summer and are currently on tour in Europe.
“I wanted the rig to be compact so we wouldn’t have to take off 36 fixtures every night,” said lighting designer Scott Warner. “I asked Bandit to come up with a way to mount them on pipes which could lifted quickly, and stay wired,” said Warner. “At load out, they’d drop down into the pods. Bandit did a great job in building the pods so it all worked seamlessly.”
Bandit’s preproduction team handled building the pods before Stone Sour’s team made their way to Nashville for rehearsals.
“I would get pictures sent from Bandit to myself and Stephen Shaw (PM/TM) to look over. When we loaded into rehearsals in Nashville and fired the rig up our management and band loved it.”
With part of the design already in place, Warner updated the fixtures on top of the pods to Solaris Flares, adding some extra bang while on the festival scene and allowing the rig to still make an impact during daylight hours.
In addition to the Solaris Flares, Bandit Lites also supplied Chauvet Nexus AW 7x7, GLP X4S and a grand MA 2 Full console for control with grand MA 2 lite as a backup.
“Once on the road Bandit tech Andy French always had the system up and running super-fast,” shared Warner. “He was awesome when we had quick change overs at festivals.”
France - Lighting designer Thomas Dechandon of the 4eleven collective created a stunning show for pop-rock band Indochine’s recent tour, including over 200 Robe moving lights on the rig – with MegaPointes, Spiiders, LEDBeam 150s – plus a six-way RoboSpot remote follow spotting system that was run by three operators..
These were part of an impressive kit list supplied by leading French rental specialist Dushow, and it was the greatest number of RoboSpots to date on a French tour.
Each RoboSpot operator positioned behind the stage controlled two BMFL WashBeam moving lights running in conjunction with two RoboSpot MotionCameras. The compact moving head cameras were rigged in front of the BMFLs on a ‘magic arm’.
Three BMFL WashBeams being used as follow spots were positioned on the front truss and the other three on the central ring of a large circular video ceiling installed over the audience.
The lighting design took Nicola Sirkis’ epic and elegant set - complete with wide stage, long runway into the audience and circular central projection screen flanked by four asymmetric curved screen segments - as a starting point.
“We wanted numerous projections, so I was looking for a product powerful but small enough to be concealed and not compromise the video,” says Thomas, so 48 x MegaPointes were positioned around the screens, 24 around the upstage surface and 24 on the audience circle.
The 40 x Spiiders were also chosen for their size / power ratio and were positioned in three places. Eleven upstage in the background r
UK - As announced by the #SaveStageLighting Campaign, the period of public consultation for the proposed ECO design regulation – that will affect lighting products of all types – has expired. The EU DG Energy department has passed on a revised draft to the next stage of the legislative process. Expecting to know its content within a few weeks, it will progress through the committee stages of the process of turning it into a law.
Ruari Cormack, SLX business development manager, comments: “Following on from the recent news from the #SaveStageLighting front we at SLX would like to applaud the efforts of those involved to date, including our sister company Stage Electrics, and echo the sentiment of the most recent articles published on this challenge.
“Certainly, as an industry we have been slow to respond to the initial proposals. However, the efforts of all areas of our industry and the diligent work of PLASA, ALD, OETHG, PEARLE, SOLT and various prominent individuals including Rob Halliday and Paule Constable amongst others has provided a platform to influence the proposed ECO Design Rules to enable live event and performance illumination to continue with its existing tools.
“The work is not complete. We still need to be vigilant and help shepherd the exemptions through to the final regulation. We must work with our partners, keeping the issue in the spotlight of those who can influence such decisions.
“We must also be planning. In all reality, the tools we all know and love will slowly become defunct. Manufacturers are already stop
UK - Loudspeaker manufacturer, EM Acoustics, has significantly expanded its manufacturing facility in Surrey, UK. Part of the expansion includes the investment in new hi-tech machinery to enable much more of the manufacturing process to be performed in house.
“We first moved into our current building in 2014,” explains operations director, Mike Wheeler. “We’ve gradually expanded as space has become available, and we now occupy just over 15,000 sq ft, which is three times our original surface. We’ve also tripled staffing levels since 2014 as our operations have expanded. The building now houses just about every part of the production process – from woodworking at one end of the factory, through warehousing, crossover assembly, final production, QC and shipping.”
Apart from the increase in space which has enabled everything to be brought under the same roof, the element that has made the biggest difference to speeding up the production process has been the investment in a state-of-the-art CNC router. “This is a complete game-changer,” confirms Wheeler. “We have a 5-axis CNC router that can operate on any plane at any angle, meaning it can basically cut anything we need it to.
“The ability to create complex 3D geometries in wood, quickly, accurately and repeatably here on site, has made enormous improvements to our R&D process. Ed [Kinsella, technical director] can have parts and prototypes made the same day, even the same afternoon. As our woodwork machining manager, Joolz Dawe says, ‘If R&D can dream it up, I can mak
UK - Triplex is the latest company to become an Adamson certified re-seller and rental partner appointed by Adamson’s UK distributor The Warehouse.
Based in London, Triplex was founded in 2013 by Ross Cornwall, Mark Sunderland and Sam O’Riordan. Triplex specialises in turnkey audio rental for concert touring, events & private parties. Alongside the rental business, they run a thriving install arm serving houses of worship, clubs & bars amongst others.
Jake Rudd, project manager at Triplex, comments: “As a touring engineer I have been stunned mixing on Adamson systems. We are so pleased to join with The Warehouse to deliver Adamson products to our clients. The team always strive to provide products that we believe will provide the best for our clients’ needs and Adamson ticks this box completely.”
Derek Blair, director of The Warehouse says: “Triplex is a young, dynamic, forward thinking company who have seen the Adamson brand growing in the UK and internationally. This is a great step for them and starts a new chapter in their evolution. We very much look forward to working with them on future projects and supporting their continuing success with Adamson.”
USA - Jack White has kicked off his headlining tour of North America and Europe with a large complement of Claypaky Sharpy Wash fixtures supporting the show.
White’s tour follows the release of his new solo album, Boarding House Reach. The Detroit native began the tour in his hometown in April and will play dates across the US and Canada before heading to Europe. Then he will return stateside for more dates in the fall and possibly into 2019.
Montreal-based Luz Studio designed the show’s production, lighting and video elements. Using a blue-and-white colour palette and White’s penchant for the number three, or multiples of three, the design features “three column-shaped rotators upstage with video on one side and three rows of 12 Sharpy Washes on the other, which can be positioned individually allowing for a wide variety of looks”, explains tour lighting director Michelle Sarrat.
“There is an LED backlit stepped semi-circular riser, which the band plays on top of, while Jack’s world is downstage centre allowing him to travel between the band members freely.”
Additionally, there are two rows of nine Sharpy Washes on the floor upstage and downstage to provide aerial looks and band illumination.
“The show has no set list – it’s all live. We have a pool of about 70 songs, and the show is always different. Having flexibility in how we use lights and video is great for the show,” says Matthieu Larivée, creative director at Luz Studio.
“We chose the Sharpy Washes because they are very bright, beam-style
Switzerland – The Geneva International Motor Show attracts more than 700,000 visitors every year. This year, Source Four fixtures from ETC were among the luminaires selected to highlight the new models unveiled by premium car manufacturers Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
German-based rgb GmbH was entrusted to supply bespoke lighting solutions for the exhibition spaces of Audi and Mercedes-Benz. In order to illuminate global premieres from Mercedes-Benz, the rgb team specified 141 Source Four PAR 750, 43 Source Four Profile 750 and three Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD from ETC.
Meanwhile, a press event for Mercedes-Benz called for an additional 49 Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD fixtures, a further 25 Source Four PAR 750 and 28 Source Four PAR 575.
Additionally, almost 140 ETC fixtures were positioned to complement the Audi exhibition area, including 54 Source Four Profile 750 and 53 Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD luminaires.
Dirk Feuerstein, CEO of rgb GmbH, states: "We ensured that the Mercedes-Benz and Audi vehicles were lit precisely with high quality daylight colour temperature; while the stands were bathed in a warm, pleasant glow from the LED luminaires, which emit less heat."
Europe - Björk’s ninth studio album, Utopia, was announced last summer, with the promise of a supporting tour this year. That tour kicked off at the Háskólabío Theater in the artist’s native Iceland. Headline appearances at the All Points East festival in London and Primavera Sound in Barcelona followed in May, with We Love Green Festival in Paris and Northside Festival in Arhus in June.
A run of own headline shows will follow for July, including The Eden Project UK, Gent, Rättvik, Helsinki and Rome. Front of House engineer John Gale joined Utopia’s touring team during its production stage in March, choosing a DiGiCo SD12 as his preferred method of control, that rental company CS Audio purchased from SSE Audio Group.
“Björk spent a long time producing and mixing the album and was very specific about the effects she wanted, in particular the panning of the flute ensemble,” John explains. “She has an incredible ear for things and discussed with me that she really wanted these details to translate over into the live shows.”
John was sent the album sessions in advance and spent time before rehearsals programming the data across into the SD12 as Snapshots, with a timecode references for each change.
“Much of the show runs on timecoded snapshots,” he says. “In some songs, there are only one or two moments where a snapshot fires a change, but in others I may have 20 snapshots dealing with various elements, whether that’s simply flute panning or bringing in and out various effects sends and returns, or relative fad
New Zealand - Wellington’s Te Auaha is a new university campus that provides a home to students of creative disciplines such as photography, film production, performing arts, visual arts and music.
Supporting the wide variety of productions at the school’s 200-seat theatre auditorium is a carefully planned LED lighting rig that features a large collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures installed by MDR Sound and Lighting, including 12 Ovation F-915FC Fresnel, 12 Ovation F-165WW, 10 Ovation E-910FC LED and 10 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures.
"The Ovation F-915FC is a remarkable LED Fresnel," comments James Kearney, technical manager of Te Auaha. "One of the most impressive features is its ability to reproduce true theatre colours with near perfect CRI – astonishing, considering the fact that the LED source has none of the drawbacks of traditional tungsten Fresnels.
"The Ovation fixtures really stand out in the new theatre," continues Kearney. "The warm white tones of the F-165WW Fresnel and Ovation E-910FC Full Colour LED profiles provide us with an exceptionally versatile rig that is a fit for any purpose."
In addition to the solid visual framework created by the Ovation fixtures, MDR specified 10 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures to provide the theatre with the tools to create the necessary punch and eye candy during performances.
As a result of the Chauvet Professional installation in Te Auaha, the venue is equipped to deal with any kind of performance, show or live situation, and thus succeeds in putting the student's creativity at the
France - Not far from the major port city of Caen in the Normandy region of north-west France, lies the small town of Mondeville. Despite its close proximity to Caen, Mondeville enjoys its own mayor, town hall and local services, including the municipally owned La Renaissance theatre, now the proud owner of a new d&b audiotechnik sound system solution.
While d&b systems can be found among the world’s most prestigious venues, it is the teams behind lesser known local applications that are making quality listening truly accessible to all. To that end regional projects like La Renaissance receive every bit as much attention, time and effort as the globally renowned stadiums and concert halls.
Laurent Coulombier is the theatre’s technical manager. “We needed to replace our old sound system that was completely obsolete, and it ultimately came down to three brands. We decided on d&b because, from a technical point of view, they were able to offer certain solutions, such as the flown sub array and ArrayProcessing, that the competition couldn’t. Given the constraints of the space we needed to cover, this gave us much more flexibility to develop the right system and save money in operational costs.”
One such restriction was due to the theatre’s expandable stage. Extending from the front made it impossible to incorporate ground stacked elements, such as subwoofers, “unless you’re prepared to go through the hassle and expense of moving and recabling six subs every time you have a configuration change,” says Coulombier.
USA - Calvary Chapel Las Vegas supports five worship services each week, using an Allen & Heath dLive Digital Mixing System in their main worship space and an Allen & Heath GLD-80 Digital Mixer in a smaller chapel. Vocalists and musicians in both spaces use Allen & Heath ME-1 Personal Monitor Mixers.
The church’s several buildings, including a K-12 school, are connected with a fibre network and its audio systems communicate via Dante so that the chapel can be used for overflow from the main worship space and services or events in either space can be broadcast over a streaming service and recorded for the church’s website.
Technical director Michael Millington explained the decision to adopt Allen & Heath. “I wanted the dLive because, at 96k, it was an amazing option and it met our budget. Second, it doesn’t scare volunteers away like some of the other digital mixers I’ve used. Also, we have a GLD-80 in our chapel and, if I train someone on the GLD, they have a good idea how to run the dLive.”
Purchased from Apex Audio of Huntington Beach, California, Calvary Chapel’s dLive system includes an S7000 Surface and CDM64 MixRack and its GLD-80 includes an AR2412 AudioRack and an AR84 Expander. Ten Allen & Heath ME-1 Personal Monitor Mixers provide monitor services in the main worship space with six ME-1s in the chapel.
Christmas and Easter services may include a full string section, a choir and additional sources on tracks. Millington manages these using dLive layers and scenes. He has a Waves card in the S7000 Su
USA - The inaugural American Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI-USA), has announced the full judging panel for the five awards in the Concert Touring & Events category.
Concert Touring & Events judging panel:
John Featherstone, principal lighting designer and founder of Lightswitch and chair of the judging panel, has worked with The Pretenders, Van Halen, Duran Duran and Bryan Adams
Barry Lather, creative director, began his career starring as a dancer in Michael Jackson's film Captain EO, and has since gone on to direct world tours for Usher, Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Carrie Underwood
Angie Warner, touring manager for Guns'n'Roses, has more than 18 years' experience in the industry and has previously worked with NSYNC and Imagine Dragons
Yelena Filipchuk, artist and co-founder of installation art collective HYBYCOZO, creator of large-scale, laser-cut geometric sculptures
Marian Sandberg, Live Design content director, has been writing in the entertainment technology industry for more than 20 years
John Huddleston, director of leading event production supplier, Upstaging Inc
"We work in an industry full of talented, passionate and incredibly creative people," says John Featherstone. "I could not be happier that the prestigious Knight of Illumination Awards has come to North America so that we can recognize this on both sides of the Atlantic. I am so looking forward to judging the nominations in the company of such a diverse and talented panel of judges. It's going to be quite the task, but if anyone is up to it,
UK - Stage Electrics have supplied the Stamford Shakespeare Company with a new Altair wireless communication system ahead of their summer season of plays. The Stamford Shakespeare Company is an amateur theatre group, who perform at the distinctive Rutland Open Air Theatre, within the grounds of Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford.
Requiring a new wireless comms system ahead of their 2018 season, the Stamford Shakespeare Company enlisted Stage Electrics for guidance. “The client approached us with an idea of what they wanted. We discussed several different comms systems but settled on Altair’s WBS-202HD dual channel wireless intercom system,” comments Jonty Gray of Stage Electrics.
The WBS-202HD offers a secure communication between the base station operator and a maximum of eight wireless beltpacks. “The client specified that they needed the ability to allow the backstage crew and lighting technicians to communicate via different channels. This communication system allows for two operating modes.
“Either they can have all beltpacks on one radio wave or four on one and four on the other. Simply, allowing the two different teams to communicate individually,” Jonty reports. “Regarding the actual beltpack itself Altair’s WBP-210HD and WBP-212HD were the clear solution as they have both been specifically designed to offer outstanding performance in outdoor applications.”
The Stamford Shakespeare Company has recently opened the doors for their 2018 string of summer performances. “We are pleased with our investment; this wireless comms sys
UK - Star Events supplied the best seats in the house for Fly By Night, artist Duke Riley’s s show featuring 1,500 pigeons wearing tiny LEDs, which took flight in Thamesmead at the weekend.
Part of LIFT 2018, London’s premiere festival of international performance, and more than 12 months in the planning, Riley adapted Fly By Night from its New York debut in 2016 for three shows in the capital.
The performances paid homage to pigeons’ Great War effort, tiny LEDs replacing the messages pigeons carried between the lines from 1914 to 1918.
Called from their purpose-built, illuminated coop at dusk by Riley’s whistle, the specially trained birds lit up the sky in an impressive display over Thamesmead, which was home to munitions factories 100 years ago.
Rachel King, Star Events’ project manager, comments: "Alongside a 310-seat grandstand, we put an accessible viewing platform in, a tech control tower and a 20m wheelchair compliant access ramp, which required some creative thinking to design and build over an uneven, wild meadow. The variety and the quality of kit in the Star yard was invaluable."
Carolyn Forsyth, LIFT’s senior producer, says: "Fly By Night was a massive project, in terms of health and safety, licensing and risk assessments. There was no infrastructure at the Thamesmead site - we had to create it all from scratch - and our partners, contractors and suppliers’ commitment to the project, their expertise, was one of the key reasons we were able to get this amazing spectacle off the ground."<
USA - Audinate has announced the immediate availability of its Dante Certification Level 3 - Advanced Dante Networking training online.
This is an online version of the in-person Dante Certification Level 3, launched at InfoComm 2017 and conducted globally since. The Level 3 training course is an advanced level course aimed at those who have already been using Dante and want to gain more insight and knowledge in setting up and managing larger Dante-enabled networking systems. Building on what was covered in previous levels of Dante trainings, the Level 3 course delves deeper into various advanced networking concepts, mixed-use networks, networking best practices, and troubleshooting techniques.
The online version of the course is designed in such a way that it can be taken in short modules. The modular nature of the course will enable those who are familiar with some of the material to navigate to their topics of interest. This advanced level course, while covering various networking topics, ties these topics back to how they apply to Dante networking.
"We are thrilled with the popularity of the Dante certification programme, with over 25,000 people having enrolled in one of the courses to date," notes Joshua Rush, senior vice president of marketing for Audinate. "We are pleased to introduce our Level 3 certification course online to give the requisite networking knowledge for more advanced AV networks."
USA - Lawo has continued its expansion in the Americas with the appointment of Jeff Smith to the post of vice-president of sales, Americas. Smith’s career in broadcast began in 2006 at Canadian broadcast equipment and solutions manufacturer Evertz, where he first worked as regional sales manager before becoming director of sales (sports and entertainment) this year.
Jamie Dunn, Lawo’s head of global sales, comments: “We are seeing rapid growth in the Americas based on our ability to deliver full IP broadcast infrastructures. This region has become our fastest-growing global territory. Jeff’s experience and background with these technologies makes him a natural choice to lead our sales organization there. I am delighted to welcome him to our team.”
Smith adds: “I have always had a deep passion for technology and science and what Lawo is doing with IP technologies for television and radio contains equal parts of both. This orientation toward innovation and the future is what attracted me, and it’s why I’m so glad to be joining the Lawo team.”
Lawo recently added a new logistics hub in Elmsford, New York to support its US headquarters in New York City, West Coast sales and support offices in Los Angeles, and Canadian headquarters in Toronto.