joelJ&C Joel receives presidential approval in Turkey
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Turkey - J&C Joel, in conjunction with their regional distributor Eramita, received the Turkish President’s seal of approval when they were commissioned to fit the stage engineering solutions at TCCB National Congress and Cultural Centre.
The Congress and Cultural Centre is one of the largest multi-purpose halls in Turkey and is located within the grounds of the Presidential Palace Complex in Ankara. The venue will be home to several types of performances ranging from concerts, operas, theatres, musicals to congresses or big meetings.
J&C Joel’s engineers took on one of the company’s biggest ever installations despite being caught in the middle of an attempted military coup in the country’s capital city. The installation in the 2,042-seat theatre took around seven months to complete with a team comprising a site project manager, four UK fitters and three local labourers.
J&C Joel’s project engineers carried out a full installation of the private theatre’s stage engineering solutions and drapery. This included a 45-axes powered flying system to provide over-stage suspensions for lighting, scenery and stage drapery, and a complete lift system consisting of a front of house lift and two orchestra lifts driven by Serapid Link-Lift systems.
The company also manufactured and installed main FOH curtains from custom-dyed Vegas Velvet Velour. Forestage Loudspeaker Hoists were also installed for the suspension of speaker clusters and the company also supplied a full Wenger ‘Diva’ Concert Shell system and all the loose Wenger

robe-intralite-slovenia-int041056083Intralite adds MegaPointes & Spiiders
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Slovenia - Slovenian rental company Intralite has become one of the first companies in the country to invest in MegaPointes, having purchased 12 units from distributor MK Light Sound.
In the last 18 months Intralite has also invested in a total of 24 Spiiders as well as MMX WashBeams, all of which have been added to their existing Robe rental stock.
The launch of the MegaPointe was great timing for Intralite as Ales was looking for some multi-purpose fixtures to cover the diversity of events they service. He attended the demo staged by MK Light Sound for the new light and placed his order shortly afterwards.
“I needed a hybrid that I could use in any location and for any type of event – a wide application fixture is important for smaller markets like Slovenia, (the total population is just over 2 million) and this can be a beam, a spot or a wash, and is also great for concerts and music shows,” he stated.
He recently used the new MegaPointes and around 150 other Robe fixtures across two sites on a massive event for the Petrol Group corporation at Ljubljana’s Gospodarsko Razstavišče Sejem.
They were also encouraged when Slovenia’s largest rental company Event Lighting committed to buying Spiiders, knowing there would also be good cross-rental opportunities, and this same pattern also applied to the MegaPointes.
The first gig for the first batch of Spiiders was Croatian rockers Prljavo Kazalište. LD Sven Kučinić originally had LEDWash 600s on the spec, and was very happy to use Spiiders. Ales himself likes the powe

marius-van-rooyen-from-unlimited-events-with-schalk-botha-dwrAbsen for Stage Effects & Unlimited Events
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

South Africa - Rental company owners Theo Papenfus from Stage Effects and Marius van Rooyen from Unlimited Events teamed up to purchase 400 Absen D2V 2.9mm panels from DWR Distribution.
“Our market is here and it was time,” says Theo. “Marius and I decided on a joint venture to bring in many panels of the same batch bearing in mind that quantity is always a big issue for us.”
For the past two years, Theo had his eye on the 3.9mm, a familiar product to the South African market.
“We wanted to go through a reputable company, and chose Absen to enable us to have the service DWR typically provides,” says Marius. “It’s a much better option for us as to know we have support locally. In addition, we are able to tap into the base of existing Absen users in South Africa.”
Duncan Riley of DWR comments: “The DWR workshop is able to do repairs on the 2.9mm. Bruce Riley is really good at balancing LED screens.”
“It was the right timing and the right product at the right price,” said Schalk Botha, Absen sales representative at DWR. “The market is going towards high res, cost-effective and affordable solutions. The Absen 2.9mm is perfectly priced for the perfect solution.”
(Jim Evans)

digico-editorDiGiCo releases S-Series Offline Editor
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

UK - Continuing its expansion of the popular S Series console functionality, UK digital live mixing specialist DiGiCo has announced the release of the new S-Series Offline Editor.
The S-Series Offline Editor is compatible with Windows and Mac OS and can be used for both S21 and S31 console sessions. It comes with a familiar, high-resolution console screen interface and an on-screen help facility. Parameter control is via a mouse wheel and a new control strip along with a quick navigation facility, which can be accessed using keyboard shortcuts. Template sessions are also provided for common DMI card / Rack setups.
“The S Series Offline Editor gives S-Series users the same ability to work on session files offline as they currently have with the SD Series,” says Roger Wood DiGiCo’s Head of Software Development. “This means that a whole show file can be written away from site and simply transferred to the console.”
The Offline S-Series editors are now directly available on the Offline Software page on the DiGiCo website.
(Jim Evans)

roberts-daviesjohnwebsafeLawo expands pre-sales & projects team
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Germany - John Roberts-Davies has joined German audio console and IP video specialist Lawo AG as head of pre-sales & projects. In his new role, he will lead and develop the team that delivers technical consultation, solution design and system delivery to customers across the entire range of live production applications.
The appointment comes at a time of rapid growth in demand for Lawo products and solutions, which are expertly designed to help gain maximum advantage from new technologies in the fast-changing world of live production.
Roberts-Davies has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. He worked in operational and technical roles in radio and TV stations in several countries, as a sound recordist, radio engineer, ENG cameraman and radio and TV system engineer, before moving to the manufacturer side with various technical, commercial and professional services management roles within Sony, Quantel and SAM.
“We are very excited to have John join our team," says Ulrich Schnabl, director of operations at Lawo AG. “His broad knowledge of the industry, coupled with his ability to ensure suppliers consistently deliver the best services possible, make him a strong asset for Lawo at this time of rapid growth."
(Jim Evans)

arifSennheiser appoints sales manager for UAE
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

UAE - Sennheiser has announced the appointment of Arif PK as its new area sales manager for the System Solutions Channel in the UAE and Qatar.
Arif will report directly to Mig Cardamone, director of sales and marketing at Sennheiser Middle East who comments: “We feel that the Middle East - with special focus on Qatar and the UAE, given the upcoming major events - continues to prove that it is a very crucial market with a demand for high quality audio equipment and international expertise. With over a decade of experience in large scale AV projects specifically in those key markets, we feel it is a great synergy to have Arif join our team and build momentum for Sennheiser.”
Prior to joining Sennheiser, Arif was the country manager in Qatar for Mayflex/Excel Networking, a converged IP solutions provider. He has also held senior sales positions in CGC (Qatar) and Pixel Projects AV.
Commenting on his new position, Arif says: “My focus is to build relationships in the region based on our brand’s core values of innovation and excellence. I will be working to strengthen ties with our existing customers and partners, while making headway into new avenues in the UAE and Qatar.”
(Jim Evans)

backstage-imageLeading brands on show at The Backstage Centre
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UK - The Backstage Centre will host open days on 1-2 March, inviting visitors to discover and demo new products from leading professional brands including JTS, FBT, ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power.
Sat in Purfleet’s High House Production Park 11 miles east of London City Airport, the Backstage Centre has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the UK’s best-equipped production and rehearsal destinations.
Taking place within the facility’s sound stage, The Backstage Event will feature demonstrations of a wealth of FBT audio solutions. Rental companies and live engineers will hear why the dual 10” Muse line array, twinned with the Mitus 218SA, has already proven itself in more than 4,000 projects worldwide. Installers will have the chance to test the weather resistance of FBT’s IP55-rated Shadow loudspeakers, as well as the sharp Italian good looks of the Archon, Subline and Ventis series.
Alongside FBT, participating brands will include ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power. Guests will be invited to network freely with refreshments to hand, while testing and evaluating products in a relaxed but professional environment, including listening sessions and hands-on testing. Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, both days will begin with seminars, followed by afternoon demonstrations and more.
“This is a great opportunity for rental companies, front of house and monitor engineers, and all members of the

time-squareRobe’s a knockout at EFC
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

South Africa - The recently-opened, multi-purpose Sun Arena at the Time Square in Pretoria (see report on the venue in LSi March 2018) hosted the Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) in December last year.
With the heavyweight title up for grabs, it was lighting designer Gary Sam who was throwing the blows. In his arsenal was the in-house Robe lighting system which South African distributor DWR Distribution supplied to the new venue. The lighting included 12 Robe BMFL Spot, 6 Robe BMFL Blades, 12 BMFL WashBeam, 24 Robe Spiiders, 24 Robin Pointes, 12 Robin LedBeam 100, 42 Longman F4Up and a LeMaitre MVS.
“The brief from EFC was to make the show look as spectacular as possible, using effect lighting without compromising the TV ‘key’ lighting,” said Gary. MGG Productions were the technical support at the venue and assisted with set up, while Gearhouse South Africa supplied all the generic lighting and additional crew.
“This was EFC’s final event of the year, and also the finale to the EFC reality show called The Fighter,” he explains. “What made it special for me was being able to have more lighting fixtures than usual at my disposal which allowed me to make the event look and feel even more spectacular.”
A highlight for Gary was also working with the crew on the event. “The event was made special thanks to the MGG and Gearhouse team who were there as tech support. I always say that the crew make the show happen.”
(Jim Evans)

lanaL-Acoustics backs Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

USA - With Lana Del Rey’s most recent album, Lust for Life, prominently appearing on many critics’ top lists for 2017, the sultry singer-songwriter has been on the road in North America this January and February with LA to the Moon, her first tour since 2014.
FOH mixing duties for the Sound Image-reinforced trek have been in the capable care of Kevin Madigan, perhaps best known for his work with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Steven Stills. With the task of bringing Del Rey’s dreamy, intimate pop to audiences in hockey arenas and other equally acoustically challenging venues, Madigan has two secret weapons: a well-honed ear for great, vocal-based song craft, and a passion for exceptional PAs, in this case, a DiGiCo SD5-driven L-Acoustics’ K1 system.
“We’re not trying to get huge SPLs - quality is the key, and that was taken into account with the PA choice and system design,” Madigan notes from Orlando, Florida after surviving a month of dates mostly in the Midwest and Northeast where the temperature on opening night in Minneapolis was 26 degrees below zero.
“It really is a show that’s very vocal-based. It’s all about the songs and her voice. So, keeping that in mind, I initially met with L-Acoustics’ Dave Brooks [application engineer, touring liaison] and we came up with a system design that allowed us to maintain the feel of intimacy in a large arena show. The coverage and the quality of the system make that possible and the linear reproduction of sound everywhere really helps people to feel as if they’re quite

adlib-cunard-building-smColorist install highlights historic Cunard Building
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UK - Sitting on the banks of the river Mersey in Liverpool, the Grade II listed Cunard Building embodies the rich maritime history of the city. Constructed in the heyday of Liverpool’s shipping industry between 1914 and 1917, the building was the headquarters of the Cunard Line until the 1960s and was also home to Cunard's passenger facilities for transatlantic journeys departing from the city.
When the building’s current owners recently decided upon bolstering its evening appearance on the waterfront, they turned to local install specialists Adlib for an architectural lighting concept, who specified 24 Colorist Panel 36Qa and 14 Colorist Panel 8Qa Iluminarc fixtures to accentuate the building’s Italian Renaissance-inspired architectural aesthetic.
“It was a tough task to illuminate one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings and UNESCO World Heritage Site,” commented Adlib installations manager Richard Murphy. “The Colorist fixtures, however, offered a perfect solution to tastefully illuminate the building’s façade and draw attention to the building’s subtle sculptures.”
Murphy and his team positioned 24 Colorist 36Qa fixtures along the ground to illuminate the lower three floors of the building, with the 14 Colorist 8Qa fixtures positioned midway up the building to provide coverage to the upper three floors.
“The Colorist panels provide excellent even coverage to the building’s façade,” continued Murphy. “As a result, the simple beauty of the building is highlighted, with the building clearly visible from the othe

cornerstone-3Cornerstone Church on the move with Martin Audio
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

USA - Cornerstone Church in Milwaukee, WI, a portable church that converts into a large banquet hall and wedding venue, has recently upgraded to a Martin Audio Wavefront Precision Mini line array system.
Wavefront Precision introduces a scalable approach to resolution and control of coverage that functions in tandem with external, dedicated multi-channel amplifiers in a uniquely flexible, upgradeable, and price-conscious system. The more cabinets with dedicated amplifier channels, the higher the resolution and scale of coverage control achievable.
System designer and integrator David Price says: “The hall is in a historic building and has several acoustic challenges which explains why we chose the WPM system. The room has a mammoth 35ft. tall x 30 ft. wide curved centre channel area where tons of acoustic energy can get trapped. WPM gives us control over directivity of the system so we can avoid that area and put the energy on the audience where it needs to be.”
Marble columns are spread throughout and the ceiling is all plaster with no acoustical panelling, and many cavities. “They also needed the system to be loud for the contemporary worship service without killing people in the first couple of rows, which happened with the previous PA because they had to push it so hard,” Price continued.
“With the Martin Audio WPM system, we could control the sound coverage from front to back and use the internal DSP to figure out the smoothness of coverage in terms of SPL they preferred. And now they’re incredibly happy with the system. Every

neg-earth-lights-websafeNeg Earth invests in Chroma-Q Color Force II
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UK - Rental production company Neg Earth Lights has added the Chroma-Q Color Force II LED cyc, wash & effects light to its stockholding and is supplying the fixture for a number of high-profile concert tours, live music events and TV shows.
Lighting designer Tim Routledge approached Neg Earth looking for a LED washlight for a particular project, and was impressed by the Chroma-Q Color Force II.
In recent months, he has utilised the fixture on a variety of projects. These include using nearly 60 Color Force II to powerfully illuminate the entire room as a single surface for a show by a leading British pop artist inside one of The Tanks - huge concrete, circular underground rooms at the Tate Modern measuring over 30m across and 7m high.
In addition, Tim has utilised nearly 40 fixtures to provide different floor lighting packages for performers during six shows in the latest series of The X Factor.
He says: "The Color Force II are my new 'go to' LED cyc and wash light. They are super bright, the colours are really great, and the evenness of the cyc lighting is superb. I've previously used the original Color Force many times, but the new fixture takes this type of lighting to another level."
Neg Earth has also supplied its stock of Color Force II units for a number of other recent and upcoming high-profile entertainment projects.
They originally trialled Color Force II when, as the premier rental supplier for last year's Glastonbury Festival, Neg Earth made the fixture central to its lighting package for the Pyramid Stage. Nea

mod-seriesADJ introduces modular LED par design
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

USA - ADJ has introduced its latest range of professional LED par fixtures, the MOD Series. Each of the four new models offers a different LED light-source, suitable for a wide variety of applications, but they all feature the same innovative modular casing design which takes LED par flexibility to a new level, says the company.
These pars are ‘modular’ in two different ways. First, the main body moves – pulling the LEDs inside the casing – so that a snoot can be quickly and easily created to eliminate side glare if required in a particular situation. Second, the black metal outside casing can easily be removed and replaced with a pearl white housing kit (sold separately). This means that production companies and rental houses can invest in just one set of LED pars but have the flexibility of using them in either white or black depending on the requirements of each event or project.
Four fixtures make up the MOD Series, each with the same pioneering design but with a different configuration of LEDs. The entry-level MOD QA60 features four 15-Watt 4-in-1 RGBA LEDs for a total power output of 60W. Offering a diverse palette of colours, this affordable fixture is designed for a wide variety of stage, dancefloor and architectural lighting duties.
For larger venues and productions when increased brightness is required, the MOD QW100 boasts a total of seven 15-Watt 4-in-1 RGBW LEDs creating a total power output of 105W. The use of a white LED element for this model in place of the amber featured on the QA60 allows for intense cool white washes of l

southside-baptist-2PixelFLEX revitalises Southside Baptist
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

USA - Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins, Georgia, recently upgraded its dated LCD video system with a high-resolution FLEXTour 2.8mm LED video display provided by Nashville-based LED video manufacturer PixelFLEX.
Chris Clark, Southside Baptist director of media, explains: “In our previous design, we had an array of twenty-four 65-inch LCD TV’s, with a 2-inch bezel around each unit, so you can only imagine our challenges and frustrations. With the LCD display, it was impossible to create a seamless image, and it looked a bit clunky and cheap. Since I go to a lot of sporting events, I knew LED video would be an ideal solution, and we couldn’t be happier with our new high-definition, video system from PixelFLEX.”
Clark continues: “During our initial research, we also thought about the possibility of using a projection system, but it’s simply not as bright as LED video, and you have to worry about regularly changing bulbs. LED video is just better all-around, from both a maintenance and performance perspective, and after meeting with PixelFLEX, I knew that no matter what LED product we chose, it would be a PixelFLEX solution because working with them is like working with a friend.
“I am the full-time video technician at Southside Baptist and then we also have a volunteer crew that assists as well,” adds Clark. “During the installation, the FLEXTour system went together very easily, and as far as control, we come straight out of a computer running ProPresenter, into the PixelFLEX sending unit, and then to the LED screen in a ver

peteSouth African industry mourns Pete Crowther
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

South Africa - The South African entertainment industry bid farewell to Peter Anthony Crowther, a popular Durban-based electrician, who has passed away. Messages on Facebook poured in as tributes were made to a ‘very special and caring gentleman’.
“The news came as a shock to the entertainment industry, losing a friend, a colleague and good drinking buddy,” says Nicholas Barnes from DWR Distribution. “Peter was always there to help when help was needed and will be missed by friends, colleagues and family. So, here's to Pete, may you rest peacefully bud!”
DWR Distribution’s SOS Charity fund joined hands with the industry to contribute to Peter’s funeral cost. A celebration of his life was held on Friday, 16 February at the Slip Inn, which was Pete’s local for the past 17 years.
(Jim Evans)

alanis-mThe Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Plastic Ban - Plastic bottles could be banned from next year's Glastonbury Festival, organiser Emily Eavis has said. Ms Eavis, the daughter of founder Michael Eavis, told Radio 6 Music the ban was "the big project" for 2019. A Glastonbury spokesman confirmed the plans were in the pipeline but said it was "a bit early to put any flesh on the bones" regarding details. He said: "It's a massive thing which everyone at the festival is working on."
The festival, held in Pilton, Somerset, since 1970, is having a fallow year in 2018 to allow the ground to recover. It is due to return in 2019. At the NME music awards in London on Tuesday, Ms Eavis told BBC 6 Music: "There's lots going on at the moment. We're working on banning plastic bottles... which is an enormous project and it's taking a lot of time to tackle it with all the different people we work with.”
When asked how the line-up was shaping up for the next festival, she said: "Everyone wants to play the 50th anniversary in two years’ time."
Live Music Census - Research from a UK live music census has found that small venues are under threat from business rates and property development. One third of nearly 200 venues surveyed claimed that business rate rises were having a negative impact. The census also found that one in three small live music venues are experiencing problems with property development and noise complaints.
The research, by the Universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Turku in Finland, was carried out in Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle-Gateshead, Oxfor

cuk-and-clearoneCUK Audio takes on distribution for ClearOne
Monday, 19 February 2018

UK - CUK Audio has become ClearOne distributor for the UK and Ireland.
Salt Lake City-based ClearOne is a global provider of advanced conferencing, collaboration, network streaming and signage solutions for voice and visual communications.
CUK Audio MD Stuart Thomson comments: “CUK Audio’s business has transformed over the last few years as we have put in place a number of initiatives to better serve the market and the brands we represent. Distributors can’t simply content themselves with just supplying products any more - we have to offer solutions, support and advice throughout the duration of the project and beyond.
“We have put in place a number of expert, vertical channel managers whose mission is exactly that – to provide effective, well thought-out end-to-end solutions wherever possible from the wide range of brands available in his or her market channel. We also pride ourselves on the level of technical support we provide at every stage of the project, from specifying right through to commissioning.”
Sales director and head of CUK’s AV/conferencing channel, Simon Druce, adds: “Clear One is right at the cutting edge of conferencing and collaboration technology with advanced network streaming solutions for audio and video. Our strength as a sales partner for ClearOne lies in our deep understanding of the market and its technologies, our strong relationships with our customers and our exceptional levels of support throughout the whole of the UK and Eire.
ClearOne chairman and CEO Zee Hakimoglu says, “As we continu

robe-david-bisbal-6Robe on David Bisbal Hijos del Mar tour
Monday, 19 February 2018

Spain - Barcelona-based lighting designer Ezequiel Gomez has worked on Spanish singer David Bisbal’s latest Hijos del Mar tour which has already visited Spain and Latin America. The LD chose Robe for the majority of the moving lights, with Spiiders, Pointes and LEDWash 300s key fixtures on the rig.
Ezequiel, who has been working for the artist since 2009, insisted the stage and scenic design for this tour had been a collaborative effort between the artist himself, Brian Sellei from Menos que Cero, Universal Music, Barcelona-based LED specialists LEDSCONTROL and performing arts collective SomosLuz (We Are Light), of which Ezequiel is a member.
LEDSCONTROL presented the initial ideas from which the stage look evolved, coming up with an idea to have partially enclosed LED ‘cabinets’ for the band risers. Ezequiel and his team at SomosLuz adapted this and made it a tourable concept. The video was created with direct input from David Bisbal by the SomosLuz video department, headed by Lucas Averbuj.
The 24 x Pointes, 24 x Spiiders and 36 x LEDWash 300s were positioned on five trusses which wrapped around the back and sides of the stage and were also used for rigging a series of 4m wide by 1m high LED video screens.
LX 1 was the most downstage of these trusses and LX 5 the most upstage, the latter rigged with the 12 of the Spiiders. LX 4 featured 12 x Pointes and LX 2 and three were both loaded with six Pointes and six Spiiders alternating. The LEDWash 300s were all on the side trusses.
The LEDWash 300s were used to illuminate the b

hive-kt-resting-room-guiAudica speakers showcase surround sound platform
Monday, 19 February 2018

Hong Kong - Audica has played a key role in the on-going development and testing of a surround-sound solution designed specifically for hospitality, retail and spa treatment rooms.
Audica’s specialist speakers have been selected as the reference specification for the Musicstyling COLLABORATE + platform, a new application that provides 4.1 surround-sound from an iOS app.
COLLABORATE + is a collaboration between Musicstyling, the specialist supplier of bespoke playlists, and custom content providers, including Tom Middleton. The application allows spas, wellness centres and other businesses within the retail and hospitality sectors to deliver various soundscapes designed to induce optimal physiological, psychological and emotional responses. “Immersive bioharmonic soundscapes from Tom Middleton encourage slow and deep yogic respiration, lowered heart rate and stress hormone reduction, providing a fulfilling and revitalising recharge for mind, body and soul”.
The solution continues to be demonstrated within the Resting Room at The Hive, a co-working and hot desk complex in Hong Kong. Audica’s range of speakers have been specifically chosen and installed within the dedicated resting area, where they deliver the custom soundscapes from Tom Middleton, allowing workers to escape from the noise and intensity of a fast-paced life. The reference 4.1 system incorporates four Audica Professional MICROpoint loudspeakers, the MICROplus ultra-compact four-channel amplifier, and the MICROsub 3 active subwoofer.
November’s launch event at The Hive wa

lcv59Lightconverse v59 adds HD video capture
Monday, 19 February 2018

UK - The latest release of the Lightconverse 3D show platform promises to the market “a level of previously unseen 3D resolution quality and multiple new features of the award-wining software, used for high-tech show visualisation and simulation of lighting, video and special effects”.
Along with increased GUI and 3D resolution, users can now capture a high-resolution video of their work along with high-res screenshots. There is no need for any extra video-capturing software or hardware thus making it even easier to show clients’ highly detailed show creations. This feature allows for high-quality and full-colour mp4 offline rendering of online recorded DMX, video and media in, resulting in a cinematographic quality video.
Another anticipated addition is a built-in Light Meter, used to make calculations of centre weighted lux levels on the surface and generation of LUX-Maps with high-quality print-outs.
Other new capabilities of v59 include four camera view pre-sets for main screen; extended colour dynamics plus luminance corrected gamma and other HDR operations; precise Equidistant mode for wide camera views; roll and Iris parameters for camera; and HTC Vive along with Oculus Rift support.
(Jim Evans)

mergingManAlive goes overboard for Merging Technologies
Monday, 19 February 2018

USA - A successful band setting up a studio is not particularly noteworthy, but when it is set up to record in DSD and features a 4K video stage, this is clearly unusual. Furthermore, this new facility is located on Nashville’s doorstep which is home to many famous studios, suggesting this is a bold move.
DSD recording is relatively unusual for a conventional studio, although commonplace in the classical recording world with the majority of concert halls and opera houses being so equipped. This is no ordinary studio but, regardless of musical genre, DSD means Merging Technologies and in this case Pyramix MassCore with two Horus networked audio converters.
The successful group behind this project is the Annie Moses Band, very much a family venture blending traditional American folk songs with a strong classical influence. Their live and predominantly acoustic performances influenced the design of ManAlive Studios.
The idea was to be able to capture a live performance in the best quality audio and video which is not something you can typically do in the neighbouring Nashville studios. The plan crystallized about six months ago and includes a 4,000sq.ft sound stage with full lighting, six 4K cameras, Pyramix and Pro Tools HDX recording and an SSL AWS console. The idea is to have the ability to stream, broadcast or just record the music with or without a live audience. Flexibility and quick turnaround are key to the studio’s philosophy.
“We have been extremely impressed by the depth and audio quality of DSD. It is creatively exciting and mee

d24ksoundlogoPhiladelphia’s D24K Sound selects Danley
Monday, 19 February 2018

USA - Ross Dettmering, owner of D24K Sound, welcomes the scepticism he gets from clients when he tells them he'll cover their event with high-impact, high-fidelity sound using only a tiny fraction of the boxes that they're used to seeing.
For example, D24K Sound recently covered a crowd of 5,000 Drexel University students who packed together to watch rapper Kehlani using only a stereo pair of Danley J3-94 Jericho Horns for full-range content, along with four Danley BC-415 and six Danley DBH-218 subwoofers. D24K is among a small, but growing number of event production companies that are standing apart from the competition by offering their clients Danley Sound Labs' “crystal-clear fidelity, honest bass, and improved sightlines”.
"I first heard about Danley from a sound engineer friend who told me that Danley was building single boxes that were powerful enough to cover an entire stadium," says Dettmering, referring to Danley's inroads in the sports arena market. "That struck a chord with me. I looked into their technology and got the back story on inventor and acoustician Tom Danley and all of the patented technologies he's using to design the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers.
“It sounded like a more principled way to design big sound reinforcement systems, and all of our competition is deeply invested in the line array technology that the Danley boxes outperform! Going with Danley seemed like a great way to differentiate D24K from all the other guys."
Dettmering also admitted that the idea of setting up and tearing down a handful of box

eawEAW releases major software updates
Monday, 19 February 2018

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the release of major upgrades to Resolution 2 and EAWmosaic software.
EAW Resolution 2, a simulation software that accurately predicts the performance of EAW loudspeakers within a venue, can now import external images as plan and sections views to aid the building of Resolution models from architectural drawings. For Adaptive system users, the new Adaptive Health Display assembles all available system health information in one place and provides guidance for action and easy one click healing.
EAWmosaic, the software app that offers design, prediction and system optimisation for EAW’s RADIUS family of loudspeakers, can now run natively on both Mac OS and iOS operating systems. This upgrade makes it even more convenient for system integrators and production houses to utilise the software, helping users to virtually model, forecast and evaluate a loudspeaker system’s performance for any user-defined venue. It will also predict direct SPL levels throughout the virtual venue and perform rigging calculations to ensure that a design is safe for the application.
Louie King, marketing & communications manager at EAW, says: “These updates are the result of listening to our partners, watching them work and using that experience to improve the effectiveness of our software in what they do every day. With systems that are so tightly integrated, there is huge opportunity for advancement through just software and firmware updates. By regularly capturing feedback and reiterating on it, we are able to incre

k-eyeClaypaky's K-EYE HCR marks ‘new era for LED’
Monday, 19 February 2018

Europe - Claypaky's new K-EYE HCR range of lighting fixtures takes LED light quality to its highest peak of performance yet, giving lighting designers and directors access to CRI values never before achieved by an LED fixture, says the company.
With Claypaky's high colour rendering (HCR) algorithm, colours and textures of costumes and props retain richness and scenic finishes show off a depth and lustre never seen before under LED light. Skin tones appear more natural and in a world where entertainment is increasingly seen up-close and personal through the eye of a lens, the K-EYE HCR technology ensures performances are lit with integrity.
The HCR algorithm, newly developed by Osram and Claypaky, ensures the K-EYE HCR family of wash lights deliver an unprecedented degree of control over the quality of white or coloured light. The white light that the fixture produces has been heralded by some lighting designers as the 'closest to tungsten outside of the conventional lighting fixtures'.
Claypaky CEO Pio Nahum comments, "We know that our most demanding customers, particularly in the sectors of television, film and theatre, have long felt the need for a lighting tool that differed from others in the marketplace for the 'quality' of the light it produced. Achieving this desired 'quality' is no simple matter. Light quality is the sum of multiple factors, including diffusion uniformity, colour temperature, colour control features and, most of all, a high colour rendering index. To meet these requirements, Claypaky and Osram have developed HCR technology.


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