The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

MTV Europe Music Awards - Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes was the big winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards, picking up three awards including the best artist prize. Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was honoured with the best pop prize, French DJ David Guetta won for best electronic act, while US rapper Kendrick Lamar claimed best video.
There were a number of British wins, with Ed Sheeran scooping the best live category, Dua Lipa collecting the best new artist prize, and Chris Martin-fronted Coldplay named best rock act. Irish band U2 collected the Global Icon gong, previously awarded to Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem. Taylor Swift, who was expected to be one of the big winners of the night with six nominations, failed to win any awards.
In The Summertime - Michael Buble will perform at British Summer Time festival 2018 - his first gig since his four-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. He will headline the annual music festival, which is held over two weekends, in Hyde Park, London, on 13 July 2018.
Lottery Funding - Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has called on the UK government to develop a recovery plan to address the decreasing National Lottery income for good causes. This falling revenue and the consequent reduction in Lottery money available are a threat to to sports and cultural jobs and projects across Scotland, Hyslop and sport minister Aileen Campbell said in a letter to their Westminster counterpart, Karen Bradley, on November 7.
National Lottery income for good causes fell by 14% between 20

chamsys-magic-mq-stadium-wingChamSys MagicQ Stadium Wing lands at LDI
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

USA - A MagicDMX Basic USB-DMX interface giveaway and a new addition to the award-winning MagicQ Stadium series are among the highlights at LDI for ChamSys.
The company will be giving interfaces to the first 100 visitors to its booth (1415) who have downloaded and installed MagicQ on their PCs, Macs or Linux systems. (Details of that offer can be found on
Certain to draw a lot of attention at the ChamSys booth is the MagicQ Stadium Wing. The new product delivers “the highest level of show control in a compact package”, thanks to features like its 30 Playbacks, 4 Execute Encoders and a full HD multi touch display with adjustable viewing angle and gesture support.
“We’re extremely excited about the MagicQ Stadium Wing,” said Phil Watson, ChamSys USA director. “It is going to open a lot of doors for lighting designers and programmers as a result of its power and flexibility.”
Indicative of that flexibility: the MagicQ Stadium Wing’s 30 Playbacks are pageable separately as 15 Fader Playbacks and 15 Execute Playbacks. Also, the four Execute Encoders are multi-purpose and can be assigned functions from the Execute and other MagicQ Windows to enhance playback performance. Adding to this flexibility are the unit’s four DMX outputs.
The MagicQ Stadium Wing’s display connects directly to DVI video output from a MagicQ MQ500 or MagicQ MQ80 console using the DVI cable that comes with the unit. Any MagicQ Window can be transferred to the display on the Stadium Wing.
In addition to the new wi

cadaclormanpreviewCadac roadshow rolls into Las Vegas
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

USA - Cadac USA director of operations Ron Lorman is steering the British live mixing console and audio networking company into LDI following appearances at WFX and the AES.
Cadac is exhibiting in LDI Amplify (booth # 3177), the indoor audio pavilion focusing on professional audio equipment and solutions. There, the company is promoting its CDC consoles and MegaCOMMS network.
“The Cadac CDC audio system offers an industry leading mixing and networking solution, dedicated to the highest audio quality and performance requirements of live sound production; with significantly lower signal latency and discernibly higher audio quality than competing solutions,” says Lorman. “CDC MegaCOMMS is a dedicated live production network solution that ensures the superlative audio performance of CDC six and CDC seven series mixing consoles across a complete network.”
Both Ron Lorman and Rob Hughes, European sales & support manager, will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the system and offer an audio demo. CDC six and CDC seven mixing consoles combine 23.5'' high contrast HD touch screen based control surfaces and CDC OS to provide Cadac’s swipeable graphical operator experience; akin to the glass cockpit paradigm in aviation, offering both ease and enhanced speed of operation for professional applications, as well as presenting a less challenging learning curve for less experienced engineers.
Cadac’s legendary mic preamplifier design is coupled with a time-aligned, phase-coherent mix bus architecture, resulting in unparalleled audio quality

doughtyspace-saver-omegaDoughty’s Space Saver Omega makes US debut
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

USA - Doughty Engineering’s new Space Saver Omega will make its US debut at this year’s LDI Show in Las Vegas. The original Space Saver was launched in the US at LDI last year and quickly became one of Doughty’s hit products.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty said: "The original Space Saver was a really simple concept that we designed after considering how cumbersome a clamp can be to store and transport. The idea that it can be folded down and therefore easier to move from place to place, has really been a huge benefit to our customers. But we always see room for improvement and as such we've made a few tweaks to make the item even more user friendly.”
He continued: “The Omega version of the Space Saver sees one of Doughty’s Omega clamps permanently fitted to a lumiere with a hinge that locks into place. In the closed position, the lumiere can be put in its flight case neatly and easily without having to dismantle all the pieces, thus eliminating the chances that pieces are lost or mislaid when moving a lumiere from one location or venue to another. Not only is it a more ergonomic solution but it also speeds things up for the lighting technician who might find himself having to move lights into different locations on a rig or for the touring lighting professional for whom time is always of the essence.”
Doughty will also be demonstrating its Atom-G Clamp at this year’s show. The clamp which was released in 2016 has proven to be a big success for Doughty, with its customers revealing just how useful the design of this clamp is

l500-killers-bst-20175300dpiCapital Sound invests in SSL and Avid Venue
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UK - Live sound hire company Capital Sound has added a second SSL L500 and an Avid Venue S6L to its console inventory in a recent purchase from professional audio specialist HD Pro Audio.
"We purchased our first SSL L500 and L200 consoles earlier this year and have been pleased with their performance in every respect," said Paul Timmins, operations and development director at Capital Sound. “We buy high-end consoles for specific projects to form a solid foundation and the L500 is out on long-term hire with The Killers.
“The L200 is really interesting in that it meets the needs for our medium price console inventory, at the same time allowing many more clients the opportunity to experience the work flow, high-end performance and sound quality of SSL. Our decision to add the L200 has worked well with it proving very popular for shorter tours and enquiries have been strong.
“The Killers’ monitor engineer, Marty Beath, has been so impressed with the L500 he wanted to use the same,” continued Timmins. “With the tour still out for 18 months, we were able to invest in the second console and The Killers will now have L500’s for FOH and monitors.”
The Avid Venue S6L has been purchased for an Emeli Sandé tour with sound engineer, Gerard Albo. “We first saw the S6L at an HD Pro Audio event at John Henry’s 12 months ago,” explained Timmins. “Andy Huffer of HD then brought one along for us to fully evaluate, so we had all the experience we needed. It was just a question of timing and when Gerard Albo wanted it for Emeli Sandé it p

umbriaJBL arrays reinforce Umbria Jazz Festival
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Italy - Leading Technologies recently deployed a JBL by Harman VTX A12 tour sound solution at Umbria Jazz Festival.
Held annually in Perugia and surrounding cities since 1973, Umbria Jazz Festival has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz and pop, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Prince, Alicia Keys, Santana, Elton John and many more.
Continuing the tradition of excellence, the 2017 festival hosted performances by Kraftwerk, Brian Wilson, Christian McBride, Wayne Shorter and many others. In order to ensure sound quality for the diverse line-up of artists on the main stage, Italian audio provider Leading Technologies deployed a complete JBL VTX A12 tour sound system.
“This is the first time we’ve deployed the new VTX A12 line arrays at the festival,” said Giovanni Bugari, manager, Leading Technologies. “The festival’s technical manager specifically requested the A12 line arrays for the main stage after hearing them at a recent trade show. Everyone at the festival was very pleased with the VTX system’s performance, including the organizers, artists and guest engineers.
“We received many compliments on the sound quality, particularly about the smooth mid-range and incredibly clean high frequencies of the A12 arrays, as well as the power and punch provided by the S28 and S25 subs. I will not be surprised when he requests the same system for next year’s festival.”
The system Leading Technologies deployed included two main arrays of 12 VTX A12 loudspeakers, a cluster of six VTX V20 loudsp

cdion-ayrton-2--yves-aucoinCeline Dion in the frame with Ayrton
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Europe - This summer’s Celine Dion LIVE 2017 tour, in support of her Encore un soir album, took the Canadian songstress on a 25-date tour of Europe in her first major tour for eight years.
Dion’s lighting designer of 28 years, Yves Aucoin, put together a lighting design that featured 24 Ayrton MagicPanel-R fixtures.
He says: “Celine takes her craft – and her audiences – seriously, and we spent a long time carefully listening to every song in her repertoire before choosing which she would perform and how they should look. Her collaboration with the design team comes in the early stages of a tour, after which point she concentrates on her performance and leaves us to our work on the visuals. She performs 26 songs in the show but selected 48 in total, switching between French and English from city to city.
“On a tour of this scale, with venues this large, I like to frame Celine so the audience can instantly see, in one look, exactly where she is on stage at all times,” says Aucoin. “Sometimes I do this with followspots or top light, but key to the LIVE 2017 tour was a series of MagicPanel-R fixtures, 8 of which I arranged in a V configuration on the floor upstage to form a frame around her. At times these appeared like a pyramid effect above her head, so it was clear from all angles of the auditorium that she was in the middle of them.”
Aucoin placed another eight MagicPanel-R fixtures on the front truss facing the audience to project effects and colours out into the auditorium, and rigged further eight MagicPanel-R un

gareth-chambers-dwr-and-callum-sutherland-csr-events-Sutherland sets his sights high
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

South Africa - Callum Sutherland, the 18-year old founder of CSR Events, has invested in a dot2 XL-F console from DWR Distribution to compliment his six Robe LEDWash 300s fixtures. He plans to make this gear available for dry hire.
Callum, who still studies at the St Stithians College in Johannesburg, has taken his hobby and grown it into a successful rental company.
“Passion in this industry is a huge component and you have to really take care of everything from the equipment to the people because if you aren’t dedicated to making every factor of your production as good as possible you won’t grow as a business or person,” says Callum.
He is said to remain committed to reinvesting "every last cent" back into CSR Events in the belief that this will place him in a better position in purchasing good quality equipment that can be hired out to the industry and place him in a position where he can operate more and bigger shows at any given time.
(Jim Evans)

queenLaser specialist wins business with HSBC funding
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UK - Dartford-based laser system design specialists ER Productions have used £200,000 of funding from HSBC to finance high-end laser equipment and secure new concert and television contracts across the UK and internationally.As a result of the contract wins, the company is planning to take on new staff and is seeking bigger premises to accommodate the growing business.
Sarah Milligan, HSBC’s area director in Kent, said: “Marc and his team have developed an award-winning company in just 10 years. Our support has helped fund their shows around the world and we look forward to supporting the purchase of new premises down the line.”
Marc Webber, director of ER Productions said: “We have been with HSBC since we started the company back in 2007. HSBC helped us then with the loan we needed to start up and have continued to support us. In the last year we have invested over £3,000,000 into new equipment. It has been challenging managing cashflow and without the funding from HSBC we would not have been able to grow the company in the way we have.”
ER Productions has choreographed laser shows for thousands of events, from the Brit Awards and Kylie Minogue concerts to the new Crystal Maze series and major trade shows.
The company will try to set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Laser Show at LDI in Las Vegas on Saturday 18 November.
(Jim Evans)

preston-trail-1Martin Audio WPM in portable church application
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

USA - A portable church setup designed to go in and out of a middle school gym every weekend, Preston Trail McKinney required streamlined equipment for its audio, video, lighting, staging and furniture setups. Martin Audio Wavefront Precision Mini (WPM) was specified to address the venue’s limitations.
As described by Clark senior design consultant Peter Fitton: “The church is transported into a middle school gymnasium with a 16ft. x 32ft. stage, a 40ft. rear lighting truss upstage and lighting trusses on both sides of the auditorium about midway through the house that provide front light for the stage and house lighting for the audience area. The video system includes a video playback server, a switcher, an 11ft. tall x 14ft. wide screen in the centre and a 13,000-lumen projector in the back of the room. The school provides seating for 300-350 congregants.
“For the audio,” he continued, “there are eight Martin Audio WPM cabinets a side powered by iKON amps and five CSX-LIVE 218 subs in a horizontal array in front of the stage on the floor. In terms of the WPM system’s scalable resolution, we opted for one amplifier channel per box to ensure the most accurate coverage and control for the space.”
Another company provides transportation, trailers and cases for the church setup and Clark handle the auditorium. The entire church fits into five 24ft. trailers with video, audio, staging and lighting in two of them.
According to Fitton, Clark chose WPM because it “provided an ideal solution for the gym - basically a big cinderblock ro

robe-aarhus-musikhuset-mg0443Aarhus Musikhuset joins the Spiiders’ web
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Denmark - Musikhuset Aarhus – also known as Aarhus Concert Hall – in Aarhus, Denmark, is the latest in a number of high profile theatre venues in Scandinavia to invest in Robe, with a substantial purchase of 78 x Spiider LED wash beam fixtures.
These are primarily designated for use in their main hall where they will be “workhorse fixtures” explained head of lighting Ole Nielsen.
Located right in the centre of Denmark’s second city, Musikhuset is a major music venue and features five principal auditoriums - a 1600-capacity Stor Sal (Main Hall); the 1200-seater Symfonisk Sal (Symphonic Hall); the Lille Sal (Small Hall) with capacity of 300, the Rytmisk Sal (Rhythmic Hall) a flexible space that can accommodate 500 seated or 1000 standing, and where most of the rock and electronic music shows are staged. The Kammermusiksalen hosts chamber music recitals.
It’s an exceptionally busy and vibrant environment staging over 1200 events a year and entertaining around 600,000 people.
In the main house the productions are in and out on most days, so when it came to a recent lighting upgrade, they needed an adaptable wash light solution.
They cater for a variety of different set-ups. Some incoming productions work on a bare stage and clear roof, bringing in all their own production. Others will come in with their own lighting designer but no kit, so they will utilise all the house lighting; and the third common scenario is those relying on the skills and expertise of the Musikhuset’s permanent technicians and creatives to light their sho

rada-2--linda-carterWhite Light enrols at RADA
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UK - The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) recently partnered with White Light to support the technical training of students over the course of the next year.
As part of the partnership, the company will supply the equipment on internal productions, offer demonstration equipment for lectures and classes, introduce students to key industry members.
The partnership will also benefit WL’s existing apprenticeship scheme, with RADA tutors running masterclasses and the WL apprentices embarking on a training opportunity at RADA in the summer.
Neil Fraser, RADA’s director of technical training, comments: “Having worked with WL previously and knowing their own commitment to training the next generation of theatre practitioners, it seemed like a natural step to move into a partnership together.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for both organisations to support one another and ensure that the next generation of theatre technicians receive the very best start possible. We are delighted to be working with WL and look forward to starting this important collaboration.”
WL’s managing director Bryan Raven comments: “This partnership means we are able to combine RADA’s expert teaching with our own experience and resources; resulting in the best education for its students. As seen with our own apprenticeship scheme, we are passionate about seeking out the next generation of theatre-makers and those who are the future lifeblood of our industry. By having the most efficient training now, this will benefit them enormously as their car

Reproduced Sound 2017 conference highlights
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UK - Plenty of exciting activities await visitors to the Institute of Acoustics conference, Reproduced Sound, even before it opens next Wednesday, 22 November, and closes at 6pm on Thursday, 24 November.
At 6.30pm on 21 November there is a coach trip to the Entertainment Engineering subject group at the University of Derby that will include demos of 3D audio. Immediately after the conference, in the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel, Philip Newell will be hosting a workshop on creating the 1970s sound. On Friday morning, 25 November, there’ll be a visit to Green’s Mill - a working 19th century windmill and science centre once owned by physicist George Green (of Green Function fame).
Other highlights include an after-dinner demonstration on the use of VR in theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22, and a workshop on applications of numerical modelling methods in audio by Patrick Macey on Thursday 23 at 5pm.
The main conference sessions include: the Peter Barnett Memorial Award presentation to Floyd Toole at 9.30am on Wednesday, followed by three further conference sessions: Intelligibility and Sound Reinforcement, Cinema Sound and Room Acoustics. Thursday morning begins with a session on modelling, followed by Measurement, Signal Processing and Loudspeakers and Arrays.
(Jim Evans)

hubweek88Elation complements innovation theme at HUBweek
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

USA - Entertainment solutions company High Output decorated Boston’s City Hall Plaza using Elation Professional IP65-rated lighting for this year’s HUBweek festival.
With over 200 speakers, 150 events and 130 artists, the annual civic event brought together creatives in technology, science and art to foster innovation in the area.
Held on 12-15 October, HUBweek 2017 saw a different format than in previous years. Whereas a variety of sites around town have played host to past festivals, this year the festival was centrally located on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, dubbed The HUB. Designed in collaboration with design firm CBT, The HUB featured six geodesic domes, which housed talks, performances, and other interactive experiences, while a scattering of shipping containers were used to house events and art.
High Output provided all production support for The Hub including lighting, video, audio, staging and power distribution, their first year working the festival. “This was the first year where the event has been at this magnitude,” said High Output’s Graham Edmondson, who served as lighting designer on the project. “Part of the increased focus was to highlight and draw attention to the new, central area. We lit the geodesic domes, entry way, shipping containers and site lighting using all IP65-rated Elation lights.”
All of the lighting on the geodesic domes was done using Elation Paladin hybrid lights and SixPar 200 IP LED Par lights. Jim Hirsch at High Output was shown the Paladin by Elation sales rep Gary Fallon and

digicoDiGiCo S21 in the mix for Fickle Friends
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UK - Brighton-based band Fickle Friends is using a DiGiCo console on their current tour.
The band, who have been making waves across the UK since 2013, were signed by Polydor without even releasing a full-length album yet.
FOH engineer Calum Mordue of Patchwork London, who supplies the audio equipment for the tour, has been working with the band for the past 17 months and has picked the DiGiCo S21 console.
“I chose the S21 because of the compact size, channel count and processing power,” he says. “Being able to get 48 input channels across 16 stereo outputs from a console which is less than a meter wide is phenomenal. More importantly, it sounds like a DiGiGo; as good as a big boy SD7 The FX are great, too.”
Calum has really been able to put the S21 through its paces with Fickle Friends, as their requirements change from show to show.
“We run 35 pre-fade inputs across five stereo outputs. On the smaller shows, we use the S21 for FOH and monitors. At larger festivals, it’s used for monitors only. We also multi track each show; for both occasions where no sound check can be done and when we just have 10 minutes with the PA. The band also like to listen back for any mistakes to critique and improve.”
(Jim Evans)

powersoftPowersoft platform in Sydney’s Prince Hotel
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Australia - Sydney-based DJW Projects has become the first company in the Southern Hemisphere to install Powersoft’s new Quattrocanali 4-channel amplifiers.
The company installed four Quattrocanali 4804 (1200W pc/8 ohms) that power 16 channels of the 12” Void Venu 12 system subwoofers at the new Prince Hotel in Kirrawee, southern Sydney, for the Feros Group. The amplifiers were supplied by distributors PAVT (Production Audio Video Technology).
Launched at ISE this year, Quattrocanali 4804 features the patented SRM (Smart Rails Management) technology, allowing the efficiency of the system to be maximised and power consumption to be drastically reduced at any load and usage condition. Quattrocanali features the lowest thermal dissipation in the industry, reducing the need for external cooling devices.
It certainly ticked all the boxes for DJW Projects designer, Dave Coxon, a long-time devotee of Powersoft solutions. Explaining his selection, he said that with a typical multi-zone pub operation the Prince Hotel contains many speakers, requiring powerful single channel feeds. “In particular, I needed something with some real balls to run the subs,” he said. “I’m a strong believer in Powersoft amps and when [PAVT MD] Graeme Stevenson said he had the new Quattrocanali series, we saw it as a great opportunity to put them on a job.”
They gave the advanced amplifiers “a real caning” and also tried them with the EAW KF850 in their production event division, running the entire system off a single amplifier before specifying them. “We

robe-ldi-2017-megapointeRobe brings MegaPointe Live to LDI 2017
Monday, 13 November 2017

USA - Robe (booth 715) will showcase its new MegaPointe multi-functional moving light, bringing all the excitement and buzz of real live performance to the exhibition floor at the Robe City Music Hall which will present the MegaPointe Live show.
Visitors can also see several other new products being shown for the first time at a U.S trade show including the BMFLTM LightMaster and from the PATT range, Pixel PATTTM, PATT 2017TM and onePATT TM.
Visitors can also enjoy the Robe team’s carefully curated atmospheric engineering which will include a Happy Hour on Friday and Saturday from 3 – 6pm complete with their famous Czech hospitality.
Robe and sister company, architectural LED specialist Anolis, which has its own dedicated section of the booth, are looking forward to a lively and buoyant show connecting with existing industry clients, fans and friends as well as making many
Utilizing an exclusive 470W short-arc lightsource, Robe’s diligently crafted MegaPointe optics produce bright parallel beams, incredible gobo projections, together with super-quick movement, smooth CMY colour mixing and a multitude of effects available for splitting and shaping the light in Spot, Beam or Wash modes.
The zoom ranges from 1.8 to 21 degrees in Beam mode – tight, powerful and punchy!
It goes from 3 to 42 degrees in Spot mode with crystal clear high-clarity output through a 150mm diameter front lens, with a stunning total lumen output of 20,375 and an impressive CRI of over 80.
Inventive in-air projections can be created using the new E

tmblogo-minimalTMB offers technology and hospitality at LDI 2017
Monday, 13 November 2017

USA - At LDI this year, TMB will once again feature new technology in a comfortable, laid back setting.
Following on the success of the Flare and Flare LR fixtures, this year TMB will introduce the new Flare Q+ Rayzr. The Rayzr offers Flare brightness, control, performance, and video-mapping features in a low-profile, razor-thin format. Flexible mounting and joining options are available for scenery, truss, pipe, and floor. Vertically hang coupled units up to 3m in total length. Rayzr has both silent and super-bright modes, and is available in 50 and 100cm lengths.
ProPlex PowerData, a new addition to TMB’s range of popular cables, is the first and only UL-Listed range of integrated data and mains power cables, 100% legal for extra-hard duty usage per NEC 520 and 530. This range of cables is built to a new, collaboratively developed, UL standard. Both flexible and durable, PowerData cables are designed for long-term portable stage and studio use and provide a previously unavailable combination of convenience and assured safety, says the company.
Other additions to the ProPlex range of touring cables are: PowerData Low-Voltage (LV) 8+2, and ProPlex HD/SDI. PowerData LV 8+2 is a durable CAT6/low-voltage hybrid cable, compatible with the new Neutrik 8+2 XLR connector. It provides full Gigabit Ethernet performance up to 85m, in combination with up to 20Amps of low-voltage power. New, easy-handling ProPlex HD/SDI cables are available in RG-6 and RG-59 formats, with flawless 4K performance sweep-tested to 6 GHz.
The newest members of the venerab

wireless-sqp-flameLe Maitre unveils Wireless Salamander Quad Pro
Monday, 13 November 2017

USA - This year, Le Maitre is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To mark the occasion, they will be unveiling their new Wireless Salamander Quad Pro at this year’s LDI (Booth 2867), as well as showing a whole host of their other smoke, haze, flames and pyrotechnics.
Le Maitre’s Wireless Salamander Quad Pro is a completely wireless version of the popular Salamander Quad Pro flame machine, with integrated wireless COBRA Firing Systems technology. With an internal chargeable battery and no running cables, the Wireless Salamander Quad Pro can simply be put in place and switched on, making it easy, quick and safe to use.
The four-canister flame unit offers a great level of versatility. Each canister can be fired independently, producing 30 seconds of continuous flame or up to 120 flame balls. Each flame reaches up to 15ft in height. Alternatively, all four canisters can be fired at the same time to produce a much bigger single flame reaching up to a spectacular 28ft.
With its compact design, over 24 hours’ standby time, an easy to use OLED display and a choice of flame colour and fuel type, the Wireless Salamander Quad Pro is ssuitable for use in stadiums and larger venues.
Le Maitre is now producing large scale Comets that reach up to 300ft. Available both with and without a tail, they are available in heights of 150ft, 200ft, 250ft and 300ft. There are also Matrix Comets available. These have a flitter effect in addition to the chosen colour. The Comets are available in Blue, Gold Glitter, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, White Fli

kinesys-ldi-2017-dstKinesys to make strong presence at LDI 2017
Monday, 13 November 2017

USA - Automation and motion control manufacturer Kinesys will exhibit at LDI for the first time on its own booth - 843 - where they will be creating a strong presence with an international team and an eye-catching design showing a selection of key products which will be moving and working in situ.
Having focussed on building brand presence in the U.S. in recent years, which has included attending the last few LDIs and walking the floor, the next phase in that strategy explained founder and CEO Dave Weatherhead, “is to put ourselves right in front of potential customers, for which LDI - attracting a wide cross-section of high quality decision makers and influencers - is a perfect opportunity”.
Kinesys will be showing their new Apex system which incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience working with variable speed chain hoists. Apex offers a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers designed to maximise the creative options for show, stage and environment designers and operators in all fields of entertainment.
The brand’s l Elevation 1+ variable speed chain hoist control system will also be highlighted. It has become one of the most popular choices for shows and events wanting to move objects of any type.
The Kinesys DST trolley system, a project that has been developed working with leading trussing manufacturer LITEC, will also be one of the products in action.
In addition to these, the action-packed booth will include the Kinesys DigiHoist fixed speed chain motor controllers and visitors can also

gron2SGM’s Q-7 dominates on Christopher’s summer tour
Monday, 13 November 2017

Denmark - Each summer, the popular Danish festival Grøn visits multiple cities providing music, stunning stage performances, and fun activities to a huge audience. Though accompanied by unsteady weather, the bright summer days in Denmark demand extremely powerful lighting sources. With this in mind, lighting designer Kristian Holm Nielsen turned to the SGM’s Q-7 as the right fit to illuminate Christopher’s show during the eight summer concerts.
"Performing in direct sunlight, my main focus was definitely getting light sources that could provide a powerful blinder effect – even when accompanied by a very bright sun,” said Kristian. When asked why the Q-7 was chosen for this project, Kristian simply but firmly replied: “The output. Definitely the output.”
With a track record of over 10 years in the business, Kristian had worked on countless shows prior to Christopher’s production at Grøn 2017.
“From the beginning, my title as system engineer provided great opportunities to design, programme, and execute lighting on a number of Danish music groups including The Storm, Niklas, Fallulah, Oh Land, and Who Made Who,” explained Kristian. However, it was not until Christopher’s fall tour of 2014 that Kristian was able to let his creativity flow freely, without having to worry about relatively low budgets.
Although the main focus for Christopher’s 2017 Grøn production was to obtain a powerful output, Kristian was well aware of some of the additional features of SGM’s Q-7.
“Besides the extremely powerful output, the Q

kingstonKingston Park Stadium upgrades with Acustica
Monday, 13 November 2017

UK - Set in the north east of England, Kingston Park Stadium recently underwent a complete upgrade of its main sound system, transforming the match day experience for visitors. Although billed as a multipurpose stadium, its main focus is rugby, and the 10,200-capacity facility is the home ground for both Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side Newcastle Falcons, and League side Newcastle Thunder.
A complete new RCF Acustica P-series weatherproof, purpose-designed stadium system has replaced an ageing PA that was not IP-rated, and no longer fit for purpose, as the North, South and West stands were systematically developed.
Part of a complete RCF solution, the equipment was supplied by Ed Gamble at local RCF partner Nitelites, who also assisted with the design, with installation carried out by the R&B Group under the project management of Steve Brown.
AV specialists R&B Group were already well known to the Stadium as they had staged numerous corporate events there in the past. “They recognised the need for a new system and approached a number of companies including us,” says Brown. “We built the relationship during a tender and design process which started last September.”
He recalls, “The system needed to work with the existing big screen, and it needed to provide longevity and operate alongside the emergency system already in place. There were also issues of containment to address as the stadium is surrounded by residential buildings.”
The Bowl system would be fed by two handheld mics, two background music sources and VT.

dennis-3rYamaha helps transform former abbey
Monday, 13 November 2017

The Netherlands - As society evolves, the uses for historic buildings also change and, sometimes, disappear. Some of these buildings are replaced, others stand empty before submitting to nature or demolition contractors. However, happily some are restored and enjoy a whole new lease of life. This is the case at Ons Koningsoord, a former Trappist abbey and monastery, where a major Yamaha audio system has helped it to become the vibrant new heart of the Dutch village of Berkel-Enschot.
Located near the city of Tilburg, the impressive Ons Koningsoord (translated as Our King’s Place) building was not allowed to decay when its days as a monastery came to an end. An ambitious plan was made to renovate, modernise and extend it, to provide apartments for both ‘starters’ and the over-55s, plus facilities including a community and cultural centre, library, youth club, nursery, shop, music school, multifunctional rooms and restaurant.
What sets this project apart is that it is has a real, living community at its heart. It is designed to provide an enriching way of life for its residents, where each gives a little, but receives a lot in return.
The AV facilities were designed and installed by Dennis van der Vleuten, of Oisterwijk-based Klundert Audiovisual. As is often the case, the technical infrastructure is complex, but its operation needs to be very clear and straightforward. Yamaha audio systems are the solution for these needs, here covering four main areas; the foyer, restaurant, Kerkzaal (Church Room) and Kapittelzaal (Chapter Room).
The foy

fashion-drive2Elation at Fashion Drive mall in Monterrey
Monday, 13 November 2017

Mexico - Fashion Drive is a world-class shopping centre in Monterrey, Mexico, that offers all the amenities of modern retail. Located in the city’s contemporary municipality of San Pedro Garza Garcia, Fashion Drive is a high- profile shopping centre whose modern design goes beyond shopping to embrace leisure, entertainment, dining, and even a hotel. Opened in March 2017, the modern shopping mall features top fashion brand stores and stretches across four levels.
An eye-catching lighting scheme was sought to project multi-chromatic shades onto the building’s modern architecture, both indoors at a large atrium area and on the outdoor facade. Tasked with dynamically illuminating the façade and livening up the interior ceiling in a variety of shades was Elation’s Mexican partner, Adimsa, who worked with Monterrey-based Luxe Lighting on the project. The two companies worked together on the lighting specification and design for both the indoor and outdoor areas of the centre while also handling installation and supervision.
Dynamic illumination of Fashion Drive’s outdoor façade was completed using IP65-rated Elation SixPar series LED PAR colour changers. The fully weatherproof SixPar lights use six-colour LED multi-chips to uplight columns of exterior cladding in a wide palette of decorative highlights and smooth colour transitions.
Installed at ground level, SixPar 100 IP, SixPar 200 IP and SixPar 300 IP fixtures (7, 12 and 18 x 12-watt LEDs respectively), provide coverage illumination along the height of each column. The SixPar fixtures are


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