adamson-vannghegroup-mar18-hrVan Nghe Music is latest E-Series partner
Friday, 16 March 2018

Vietnam - Adamson Systems Engineering and its Vietnamese distributor, Van Lam Audio Equipment, have welcomed Ho Chi Minh City’s Van Nghe Music Centreas Vietnam’s first E-Series partner.
Following the delivery of Adamson’s Applied Certification training for Van Nghe Music Centre’s technicians, the company will demo its new system at Ho Chi Minh City’s Demo ProSound in Vietnam 2018 trade show from 22-23 March 2018.
“I had an opportunity to hear several products from Adamson’s E-Series and S-Series at an intimate demo in Hamburg last year, and was immediately impressed by the audio quality. I knew right there that we’d found the high-end system we’d been looking for that will help scale our company to the next level,” says Mr. Hieu Van Nghe, the owner and namesake of Van Nghe Music Center. “The support we’ve received from Van Lam, Sonos Libra in Thailand, and Adamson has been world class. We’re very confident in our decision and look forward to putting the system to work on larger events.”
The company’s new Adamson system is comprised of 24 E12 three-way, full range line array cabinets with 6 E219 and 8 E119 complementary subwoofers.
“We’re very happy to welcome Van Nghe Music Centre as our first E-Series partner and newest member of the elite Adamson Network,” comments Nguyen Duc Cuong, Owner of Van Lam Audio Equipment. “Our pro audio market in Vietnam has been advancing in recent years, and Van Nghe Music Centre is a major part of that trend.”
(Jim Evans)

aes-hearing-conf-2018AES hearing health conference set for Chicago
Friday, 16 March 2018

USA - The Audio Engineering Society will hold its third International Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders at Columbia College in downtown Chicago from 20-22 June.
The conference will focus on strategies and technologies for safer long-term hearing outcomes in the music industry and includes two days of papers and presentations augmented by lively panel discussions. Registration is now open, with Early Bird pricing through 15 April.
The Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders will feature presentations by a roster of notable audiologists and researchers. The keynote speech, Music for Brain Health will be delivered by esteemed scientist, inventor, and musician Nina Kraus, PhD, of Northwestern University.
Other notable presenters include Sharon Kujawa of Harvard, Dr. Marshall Chasin from Toronto, research psychologist Elizabeth Beach of Australia’s National Acoustic Laboratories, and Dr. Cory Portnuff of University of Colorado. Opening and closing remarks will be delivered by conference co-chairs, Bob Schulein of ImmersAV Technology and Dr. Michael Santucci, AuD, of Sensaphonics.
Panel discussions promise to bring key issues into sharp focus for conference attendees. Benj Kanters of will moderate an audiology panel on teaching strategies for hearing awareness and conservation. Another panel will feature touring audio engineer Mark Frink, addressing safe and effective mixing of in-ear monitors.
Overlooking Grant Park on Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Chicago, Columbia College offers a conv

bas-hoksbergenBas Hoksbergen joins SixEye in development role
Friday, 16 March 2018

UK - SixEye is a new technology startup developing a flexible remote management platform which allows manufacturers and system integrators of lighting and audio-visual controls systems to provide a unified remote management solution under their own brand.
Bas Hoksbergen joins as SixEye is starting to bring on board manufacturer partners to integrate their products with its platform. His role will see him build relationships with new and potential customers and identify new markets for SixEye’s product.
SixEye CEO, Simon Hicks, describes the appointment as “The ideal combination of person, product and timing – we’re very pleased to be working with Bas as we bring SixEye’s solution to market. Having deployed large projects of exactly the kind that SixEye is designed to manage, Bas’s contribution will be invaluable as we add new features and fine tune the offer.”
Bas brings well over a decade of experience in the architectural lighting industry from previous roles with Philips ColorKinetics, Philips Lighting and Pharos Controls. In fact, Bas will continue to work part-time as Architectural Market Manager for Pharos Controls during the early stages of SixEye’s growth.
Pharos has signed up with SixEye as a partner manufacturer, so for Bas there’s a natural link between the roles. Bas comments, “SixEye’s approach to a remote management solution demonstrates a deep understanding of the needs of control system manufacturers and their customers, unrivalled in the market today. I’m excited to be joining them at the start of their

chris-philpott-operations-director-at-saville-avSaville AV appoints head of operations
Friday, 16 March 2018

UK - Following a management buyout in May 2017, technical production company Saville is continuing its expansion of its in-house expertise with the appointment of international live event specialist, Chris Philpott, as head of operations for the live events division.
With over 15 years’ live events’ experience, Philpott has been brought on board to join the evolving senior leadership team and help shape the new generation Saville. The company has recently consolidated its national live event network to form two main operational hubs, located in Leeds and Guildford.
Joining Saville AV from Dubai-based Digicomm, where he was director of projects, Philpott was responsible for delivering technically challenging event experiences across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, for top global brands.
Colin Nixey, managing director of Saville Live Events, comments, “The live event industry is moving forward at an unprecedented pace and Saville fully intend to remain a leader within the technical production arena. Adding the kind of experience and expertise that Chris brings to the table is key to ensuring we achieve this.”
(Jim Evans)

allen--heath-c3500-surface-for-modern-servicesCathedral Church invests in Allen & Heath
Friday, 16 March 2018

USA - The Cathedral Church of the Advent, a 3,600-member Episcopal church in Birmingham, Alabama, recently completed installation of an Allen & Heath dLive system with C3500 Surface, CDM64 MixRack, IP8 Remote Controller and eight ME-1 Personal Mixers for the musicians.
Kent Michael, the Advent’s mix engineer, says, “We had recently ushered in a service on Sunday evenings that incorporated more modern instrumentation, so we needed a system that would be versatile and powerful enough to mix a full band for the evening service and simple enough to operate by our volunteer staff for the traditional services.”
dB Integrations of Gainesville, Georgia designed the Cathedral’s new audio system, installing the C3500 Surface on a rolling cart to make it easy to access for the church’s modern service. They also provided an IP8 Remote Controller for volunteers to mix the traditional services.
Catering for the different services, Michael uses dLive’s layers to manage the church’s multiple sources and scenes to select and route these sources for each service. “I’ve got a scene for the modern service, another for the traditional morning service, and a scene with Automatic Mic Mixing for events and services that are unmanned,” he said. The traditional scene assigns selected channels to the IP8 and Michael notes, “I’ve got the IP8 paired with the MixRack so we don’t have to roll out and set up the full surface for our traditional services.”
The church’s new system also includes eight Allen & Heath ME-1 Personal Mixers an

miller-holiday-lites1Elation Q7 PARs weather the cold in Milwaukee
Friday, 16 March 2018

USA - Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee used Elation Professional’s Level Q7 IP RGBW Par lights on Miller Holiday Lites in Milwaukee for the entire month of December in cold weather with no issues then rolled them right into ‘big game’ festivities in Minneapolis in January, where they continued to perform in even colder weather.
Clearwing, who stock hundreds of the Level Q7 IP Par lights, provided all of the lighting, decor, video and audio equipment for Miller Holiday Lites in partnership with GMR Marketing, their second year decking the halls on State Street with GMR Marketing and Miller Brewery.
Miller Holiday Lites is a yearly family-friendly tradition in Milwaukee, where guests are invited to take a mini-tour down State Street, decorated with festive holiday lighting courtesy of Miller Brewing Company. Guests had the chance to view a five-minute programmed light show before enjoying other Miller Brewery tour activities, such as experiencing the caves and sampling a wide variety of Miller products.
Used for uplighting and wash lighting in several areas of the production, the Level Q7 IP fixtures, which house seven 15W RGBW LEDs for nearly unlimited colour options, were the “workhorse” of the Holiday Lites display according to Mercer Pinkston, account executive at Clearwing.
“Honestly, the most impressive feature of the Level Q7’s is the durability,” she said. “All of these fixtures sat outside in freezing temps, snow and heavy wind for well over a month. An interesting thing to note is that these exact fixtures went s

plymouthYamaha training visits dBs Music in Plymouth
Friday, 16 March 2018

UK - Yamaha Commercial Audio UK has a key commitment to training the sound engineers of the future. One of the ways that the company achieves this is through taking training ‘on the road’ to education facilities around the UK. BA (Hons) Live Sound degree students at the Plymouth campus of dBs Music have been the latest to benefit from a session, provided by Yamaha’s Tom Rundle and Chris Irvine.
Founded in 1998, dBs Music provides a range of professional sound courses, aimed at students who want to be a DJ, composer, performer, producer, a live or studio engineer. The Live Sound degree course started in September 2017, with the emphasis very much on practical experience.
dBs has invested in a Yamaha CL5 digital console, plus Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O units, for the course. To give the Live Sound degree students a more comprehensive rundown on Yamaha’s digital mixing systems, Tom and Chris travelled to Plymouth with QL5, TF5 and TF3 consoles, a second CL5, plus DXR10 loudspeakers and headphones.
“An important part of our Live Sound degree is guest lectures and technical presentations to enhance the curriculum, allowing students to see the latest technologies and to network with audio professionals and subject experts,” says course leader Jim Parsons.
“We have a long relationship with Yamaha Commercial Audio and it was an excellent next step to get an expert like Tom to explain the more complex aspects of our CL5, as well as demonstrating other consoles in Yamaha’s digital range.”
Tom led the day with a series of practi

old-dominionOld Dominion hit the road with GLP’s Force 120
Friday, 16 March 2018

USA - Experienced production designer Travis Shirley has recently been turning to the GLP fixture portfolio in order to meet some of his more demanding challenges.
Having used the company’s new revolutionary JDC1 hybrid strobe with his long-time charge, Enrique Iglesias, he has now become the first major adopter of GLP’s new Force 120 high speed, variable direction fan unit with internal RGB LED lighting - this time with country rock band, Old Dominion, having been introduced to the five-piece on their previous tour by manager, Will Hitchcock.
In mapping out their touring plan for 2018 the band chose to embark on their own arena size tour before supporting Kenny Chesney on stadium dates later in the year. “There was a determination to have a presence throughout the entire year, whether in a support or headlining capacity,” acknowledges Travis.
With the need to be adaptable between both scenarios, the LD had become aware of the Force 120’s impressive launch at last year’s LDI Show, and subsequent videos of the unit in action at the expo confirmed his belief that this could provide a unique design solution. He duly spoke with his vendor, David Haskell, president of Nashville based Morris, and the two men were soon heading to GLP’s US HQ in Los Angeles to take a first-hand look.
They spent a day at the facility, thoroughly checking suitability for the design, as well as the deployment requirements. “The moment I saw it I knew it would be perfect for the band,” Travis confirmed. “We wanted to look at the light and durability

ice-hockeyChristie technology scores with Golden Knights
Friday, 16 March 2018

UK - The Vegas Golden Knights hockey team not only continues to impress the sporting world with its outstanding play, they are doing it in typical Las Vegas-style. A striking projection mapping show uses Christie projection and processing technology coupled with the expertise of Image Engineering to engage the crowd and bring the story of the Golden Knights to life on the ice at T-Mobile Arena.
Bringing a professional sports team to Las Vegas – a city known for showmanship and world-class entertainment is no small feat, and the Vegas Golden Knights have embraced the challenge of playing their home games in the Entertainment Capital of the World. One of the top priorities of the team is to create a truly memorable fan experience. The first-year National Hockey League (NHL) club uses 12 Christie WU20K-J projectors, Christie Mystique Install, Christie Pandoras Box and Christie Widget Designer to create the on-ice show.
Leading up to the team’s inaugural home game on 10 October 2017, the Vegas Golden Knights and Image Engineering had been collaborating and planning for months on the pre-game and in-game entertainment. However, when the horrific mass shooting occurred in Las Vegas on 1 October, the team wanted to respond to the tragedy and do its part to help the community grieve, heal and persevere. This necessitated building an entirely new show.
“We wanted to honour the victims, the survivors and the first responders - months of planning turned into a few days of planning. We were listening to the community and seeing what made the most sense,

mcnallyMcNally Enterprises adds EAW Adaptive
Friday, 16 March 2018

USA - McNally Enterprises is a 30-year old family-run business that has grown into one of the biggest scenic event companies for corporate events in California. The company recently made a substantial investment in Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) loudspeakers by adding a 12 enclosure Anna Adaptive System supported by six RADIUS RSX218 dual 18-inch subs as well as 24 RADIUS RSX208L line array cabinets, six RSX12M stage monitors and four RSX12 subwoofers to their inventory.
“My Dad started out years ago with EAW JF80s and KF300s,” explains Patrick McNally, director of events. “When we decided to upgrade to newer technology we checked out Anna and RADIUS. It was perfect, almost like coming full circle. Between both systems, we’re confident that we can provide our customers with the very best for years to come.”
Anna made its McNally Enterprises debut at a pregame event for the NBA All Star game held on the Event Deck in the Staple Centre parking lot. Like many of their jobs, the company provided the audio, staging, lighting, video and custom scenery for the occasion.
“When we fired Anna up it sounded amazing,” says company owner Meg McNally. “Our client was beyond happy and everyone involved with the event just couldn't get over how great it sounded. Anna really hit a home run for us.”
“EAW has already proven to be a company that supports their partners, which is something we value,” concludes Patrick McNally. “The training and help we have received is really impressive. We are very excited to be working with them again an

infinity-signature-seriesPL+S 2018: Highlight International majors on Infinity
Friday, 16 March 2018

Germany - The Infinity Signature Series uses the latest LED technology with European software and have a variety of control options and lenses that are familiar to every entertainment technician. “We have found an excellent partner in the world-famous manufacturer Robert Juliat, with almost 100 years of experience, to develop our new series of theatre luminaires,” says the company.
Only Lumiled LEDs are used throughout the entire range. This ensures consistent binning and colour consistency. The warm white LEDs were selected to maintain a constant temperature of 3000K with a CRI of +95. The selection of coloured LEDs enables the best possible colour mixing with the highest CRI.
The software offers flicker-free dimming and a flash function without time delay. With the coloured units there is also a virtual colour wheel with 64 of the most popular gel colours for theatre.
Highlight adds, “For our Infinity Signature Series we worked with Robert Juliat to develop three models - Infinity TS-260C7 Profile Engine, TF-300 Fresnel, and TS-300 Profile Engine.
The TS-260C7 model with its 260W Lumiled seven-colour LED offers a very powerful performance that is comparable to a 750W tungsten halogen lamp. “We also offer the desired solution in white. Comparable with 2kW tungsten halogen, produced by a 300W Lumiled LED: Infinity TF-300 Fresnel and TS-300 Profile Engine. Controllable via DMX, flicker-free dimming and flashes can be regulated via our software, used in situations where razor-sharp beams are needed (TS-300) or a stage needs to be illumin

Picturall releases new software for DisplayPort
Friday, 16 March 2018

Finland - Media server specialist Picturall has released version 2.4.0 of the software that runs their range of media servers. The new software improves and enhances performance with several fixes for minor issues, the addition of some new features and, most importantly, the addition of support for new hardware including dual DisplayPort 1.2 and uncompressed 8k playback options.
“The input cards were first unveiled last year, but the software was still in beta format,” explained CEO Samuli Valo. “The new release provides full support for the latest input cards, making Picturall one of the first media server manufacturers in the world to offer full end-to-end 4k compatibility as well as uncompressed 8k playback.”
V2.4.0 also provides support for the upcoming Analog Way server models. There have also been a number of improvements in display configuration and custom display mode handling as well as improved diagnostic tools.
“The new release software offers lots of little fixes and enhancements that will definitely please our customers, but what will really put a smile on their faces (and ours!) is the fact that we can officially announce 4k compatibility on the inputs for a full end-to-end 4k solution thanks to the DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 input cards, plus full support for the uncompressed 8k playback option, available in 2, 4 and 8TB formats.”
The installer can be downloaded from the support section at
(Jim Evans)

alcons-packshot-2018-touringPL+S 2018: Alcons Audio plans high profile
Friday, 16 March 2018

Germany - At Prolight+Sound 2018, Alcons Audio will have its highest profile presence yet. With major demonstrations, new products, commitment to immersive sound and a significant anniversary, Alcons aims to be the word on every sound professional’s lips, says the company.
A major highlight of Prolight+Sound is the Production Resource Group’s (PRG) demonstrations in the Festhalle. This year, an Alcons LR28 large format line array will deliver the soundtrack to the hourly presentations. Complemented by further Alcons products, including the BC543 high-output cardioid subwoofer, the system will show that “great sound can be every bit as impressive as great visuals”.
The system will also be an important part of Prolight+Sound’s annual opening event, the PRG Live Entertainment Awards, on 9 April. An Alcons RR12 point-source array system, with BQ211 21" subs, will also be used at the Awards after party.
Highlighting Alcons commitment to immersive sound for cinema, studio, live audio and installations, the company’s Stand B36, Hall 3.1 will be connected to live immersive sound specialists Astro Spatial Audio (ASA). Alcons and ASA have collaborated on many demonstrations voted ‘best of show’ and an Alcons system will again be showcasing ASA demos that literally have to be heard to be believed.
Alcons will also be showcasing five new products. These will include the VR5 ultra-compact versatile monitor, previewed at the Amsterdam ISE show in February. The VR5 is the first professional audio monitor that features the Alcons patent-pend

rivagepmseriesPL+S 2018: Yamaha and Nexo showcase live audio
Friday, 16 March 2018

Germany - Following the successful launch of Yamaha’s Rivage PM7 digital mixing system and other new products in February, there is much for visitors to look forward to on the company’s stand at ProLight+Sound 2018.
Exhibiting on Stand E50, Hall 3.1, Yamaha is again exhibiting alongside touring loudspeaker manufacturer Nexo.
The launch of Rivage PM7 was one of the audio highlights of the ISE show in Amsterdam and the new system will again be the focus of a lot of interest at ProLight+Sound. Yamaha’s entire range of digital mixing consoles will also be on display, alongside other new products, including the updated R series Dante I/O racks, Version 2 firmware for Rivage PM10 and the updated DXSmkII subwoofers.
“ISE was an extremely successful show for us, with Rivage PM7 and our other new products generating a lot of interest,” says Nils-Peter Keller, senior director Pro Audio & AV Group at Yamaha Music Europe. “We are really looking forward to showing the new console and I/O racks to more live sound engineers and rental companies at ProLight+Sound.”
(Jim Evans)

leedsPLASA Focus Leeds programme announced
Thursday, 15 March 2018

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds, the essential event for entertainment technology, returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on 1-2 May. Free registration is open for the show that has already sold out, with over 130 international brands set to introduce their latest products.
In addition to the wide array of exhibitors from lighting, audio, AV, staging and rigging, attendees will have unlimited access to a seminar programme packed with hands-on technical workshops to inspiring keynote talks.
Journalist and LSi contributor Phil Ward will explore the advanced challenges of spatial and immersive audio alongside a panel of manufacturers and sound designers including Tom Slater from Call & Response and Scott Willsallen, an award-winning expert in sound design for major international events. They will explore how this emerging sector impacts system design and workflow for engineers and production professionals working in concert touring and live sound.
Lighting enthusiasts can look forward to Changeover Madness at a Festival, a lively panel of lighting designers and operators chaired by Ambersphere’s Philip Norfolk that will aim to lift the lid on the realities of operating lighting at festivals. The session will address questions such as: How do bands turn up at festivals and put on their show with a completely different rig from what they normally have on tour? How do LDs and

st3-and-i-chip-150-white-backgroundStrong Lighting joins forces with Phoebus
Thursday, 15 March 2018

USA - From today (15 March), Strong Lighting assumes sales, servicing and manufacturing duties for the full line of Phoebus followspots and searchlights.
Omaha-based Strong Lighting, which manufactures the Strong followspot, Syncrolite and SkyTracker ranges, will now add the Ultra Quartz II, Ultra Arc II, i-Marc, i-Chip, Titan and various searchlight models to its production line.
Phoebus product support, repairs will be provided by Strong Lighting’s team of lighting experts while parts and replacement lamps will also be shipped from its facility.
Paul Rabinovitz, president of Strong Lighting, comments: “The Phoebus name is familiar to everyone in the entertainment lighting industry and Strong Lighting is proud to be in a position to carry that tradition forward and take Phoebus products to the next level. Our deep knowledge of followspots and searchlights and our commitment to customer service makes this move a win-win for Strong Lighting and all past and future Phoebus customers.”
John Tedesco, founder and president of Phoebus, adds: “This marks a great moment in the history of Phoebus. Placing my products in the hands of the team at Strong Lighting ensures that our many past customers will receive the support they need and that a new generation of customers will have continued access to our unique products. I see great things ahead for both the Phoebus products and customers.”
Strong Lighting and Phoebus Manufacturing will exhibit jointly at the USITT Expo taking place 15-17 March in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
(Jim Evans)

stageexhib-015Stage Electrics appointed distributor for Strand Lighting
Thursday, 15 March 2018

UK - From 2 April, Stage Electrics will become the exclusive distributor of Strand Lighting TV, studio & location lighting in the UK.
The Stage Electrics team have already received training from Philips Entertainment Lighting and the distributor is expected to soon be offering product demonstrations to customers nationwide.
Shaun Robertshaw, key account manager at Philips Entertainment Lighting, comments: “The decision to make Stage Electrics the sole distributor, has been made to help best serve the marketplace. This arrangement will bring many bonuses, including demonstration product being held at Stage Electrics in the UK”.
Anna Western, sales director of Stage Electrics, adds: “We are increasingly operating in broadcast sales, installation, system testing and maintenance. Partnering with Philips to become their Broadcast Lighting’s sole distributor was a logical progression.”
(Jim Evans)

litepanels-gemini-version-2-lo-resVersion 2 adds Litepanels Gemini softlight
Thursday, 15 March 2018

UK - Broadcast and event lighting rental specialist Version 2 has introduced the Litepanels Gemini LED 2 x 1 softlight fixture to its range of low-energy lighting products.
Created specifically for use in the film, television and media industries, the Gemini’s intuitive onboard control system features three fully-featured lighting modes capable of delivering virtually any colour; CCT Mode for true daylight and tungsten with +/- green fine tuning, HSI Mode for total control over hue, saturation and intensity to create any colour in the 360° colour wheel at any intensity from 0-100% and Gel Mode to easily replicate the industry’s most popular gel sets with a daylight or tungsten source.
Version 2 managing director Nick Edwards comments: “We’ve been looking into purchasing a perfect soft light solution for some time. I believe we now have the workhorse our industry has been waiting for. Alongside the fixture’s power and versatility, the Gemini is both convenient and agile; the built-in power supply and no external ballast means rapid deployment and fewer cables”.
Pat Grosswendt, gaffer and co-founder of Litepanels, adds: “While we all work in the industry, we also realise the importance to have the gear to match any adventure production puts your way. We created the Litepanels Gemini for smart, dependable gaffers, LD’s and crew members, which is why we are so happy that Version 2 have chosen to make it available.”
Edwards concludes: “The significant purchase means Version 2 now holds the UK’s largest rental stock of the Lit

sslportugaltmfohprSSL takes a trip with Portugal The Man
Thursday, 15 March 2018

USA - Psychedelic rockers, Portugal. The Man, have been on a charge. Fresh from collecting a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with the song Feel it Still, they're currently on a world tour promoting the band's eighth studio album, Woodstock. Front of House Engineer Charlie Izzo has chosen the SSL L300 live console as the right tool for this dynamic, multifaceted show.
On this tour Izzo deals with anything from 40 to 60 inputs per show, depending on factors that include a steady stream of guests, choirs, and/or orchestras - variable according to the city they happen to be playing in. This, the wide range of material and styles that the band visits, and the fact the band refuses to use any tracks, makes for a challenging, and very 'live' show.
"The set opens with a Metallica cover," says Izzo. "And they might do anything from an Oasis tune, some Beatles, some psychedelic rock, and some really heavy stuff. Dynamic control is a big factor. And it's a very loud show on stage as well; half the band is on ears, the other half is on large side-fills - and of course the Fender twins are pretty well opened up."
Izzo has found that a stem-based workflow works well for him, as he was already using a basic group-based mixing approach with his previous console. The Stem is a more flexible type of path that can have full processing, including inserts, and can be picked off from six different points in the source path. "Everything goes through at least one stem before it hits the master bus, and often more... I have some stems, like my delay

phjasheffiled2Chamsys MagicQ powers Paul Heaton UK tour
Thursday, 15 March 2018

UK - Paul Heaton’s lighting designer on his current UK tour, Patrick Sollitt has over 70 tunes on his current song page, with new ones being added all the time. “With such a large back catalogue going back 20-plus years ago to Paul’s days with the Housemartins, onto The Beautiful South and his current hits, we draw on a wide range of music,” says Sollitt. “It’s a nice challenge to have to create unique looks for so many songs.”
Sollitt is meeting this challenge with a robust, fast-moving and very flexible six universe lightshow that features 34 wash, 24 spot and six beam fixtures run on a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium.
“I would describe the lightshow as ‘big,’” explains Sollitt. “We put a lot of brightness out there and change things up quite a bit as the music goes from full on pop to delicate ballads. Paul conveys a range of emotions and mixes styles from various points in his career. We vary our lighting to reflect these moods.”
A ChamSys user since 2007 when he was lighting the Pigeon Detectives tour, Sollitt began working with the MagicQ MQ500 Stadium in 2017 whilst touring the UK with another legend, Russell Watson. He’s since used the console on a variety of tours and festivals.
“There is a lot to like about the MQ500,” he says. “Having two screens is really convenient, as are the greater number of faders. The build quality is impressive, and the desk is very well equipped for busking with generous screen space for executor pages and many additional executor buttons above the playbacks.”

wolvesT.G.Baker installs Nexo system at Molineux Stadium
Thursday, 15 March 2018

UK - Sound and communication specialist integrators T.G. Baker have transformed the entertainment experience for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC fans, updating the PA/VA system at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton with a Nexo solution.
Molineux, the club’s home ground since 1889, was the first stadium ever built for the Football League. It was one of the first grounds in the UK to install floodlights, and one of the founding hosts for European club games in the 1950s. Now owned by Fosun International, a Chinese conglomerate and international investment company, this 31,000-capacity stadium continues to innovate.
Called in by Steve Sutton, Wolves head of operations, the T.G.Baker team was asked to design and install a new audio system for entertainment and public address/voice alarm. “Our old system was 24 years old, and well past its recommended working life,” says Sutton. “Our new owners and Laurie Dalrymple, our managing director, were very keen to deliver a top-class programme of entertainment on match days.”
Match days at Wolves feature a dynamic programme pre-game and at half-time, with live pitchside interviews with footballers and pundits, and more recently a full pyrotechnic display, synced to audio. “All of this was limited by the capability of the loudspeakers,” explains Sutton. “We were getting many complaints, not least from our frustrated DJs.”
T.G.Baker, the Glasgow and Blackburn-based audio specialists, has a substantial track record in specifying stadium sound reinforcement systems, with more than 20 venues on the

aurora-top-gearAurora back on board for Top Gear Series 25
Thursday, 15 March 2018

UK - Following the re-boot of Top Gear, the team behind the series are back in the driving seat for another round of the high-octane motoring magazine show.
Filmed in front of a live studio audience at the show’s studio home at Dunsfold Park, Top Gear features a high-tech, semi-industrial installation by designer Rudi Thackray, lit by award winning lighting director Gurdip Mahal. Encircling the studio floor with crisp, bright lines and bold, vibrant colours, the set uses the audience as an integral part of the design and features a selection of carefully highlighted classic cars with a giant illuminated Top Gear logo framing the main presenting area.
In creating the show’s look, the lighting crew, headed up by gaffer James Tinsley and including long time Top Gear collaborator Paul Tibbles, used a number of low energy and LED illumination solutions from Aurora’s growing range of energy efficient products.
A selection of GLP X4 and X4 XL heads with their efficient LED, highly controllable colour and versatile beam/wash capabilities help deliver the rich vibrancy within the set. Aurora also provided a number of Martin Rush LED Pars to add to the intensity of colour used throughout the design. Chroma-Q Space Force fixtures are used for the provision of uniform ambient lighting above the audience, whilst Showtec sunstrips give an extra blast of in camera illumination.
Aurora project manager Ben Taylor reports, “The Top Gear team have done a fantastic job using bold, intense col

prolights-led-lighting-helps-productions-shine-at-elgiva-theatre-2ProLights LED solution for Elgiva Theatre
Thursday, 15 March 2018

UK - ProLights LED fixtures are helping shows to shine at the Elgiva Theatre in Buckinghamshire, with the venue recently upgrading their house lighting rig from the brand's extensive range to cover the diverse day to day production needs of their lighting rig.
Located in southeast England, The Elgiva presents a wide-ranging programme of professional and amateur productions, top comedy, musicals, ballet/dance, one night shows, professional pantomime, movies, and private events.
Initially the theatre invested in ProLights' StudioCOB FC LED PARs and later decided to further upgrade their house rig with ProLights Eclipse FC LED ellipsoidals and Luma 700 LED moving spots. All fixtures were supplied by ProLights’ UK dealer A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Elgiva Theatre's technical manager, Tristan Collett, comments: "After searching for years we have finally found the lights we have been looking for! The ProLights LED fixtures are incredible value for money. Not only are they very 'green' in terms of their energy consumption, but they deliver great quality light output and lots of control options that were lacking in other similar style fixtures we considered."
Andy Mahaffey from AC-ET's lighting division, who dealt with the sale, adds: "Having now seen them in situ in the venue and having heard some of the feedback from users, the ProLights Eclipse and Luma 700s in conjunction with the Elgiva's existing ProLights StudioCOB FC fixtures have made a hugely positive impact on the theatre's lighting offering."
(Jim Evans)

indonesiaGamung Productions adds to Harman inventory
Thursday, 15 March 2018

Indonesia - CSA Indonesia recently supplied Gamung Productions with a complete inventory of live audio solutions by Harman Professional Solutions.
The Harman systems supplied by local dealer CSA Indonesia include JBL, Crown and Soundcraft solutions.
Setiawan Winarto, CEO of CSA Indonesia, says: “An inventory of high-end products is essential to supplying performances with exceptional sound quality and coverage - no matter the size of the event. With the addition of JBL line arrays, Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft consoles, Gamung Productions gained an advantage over its competition, establishing a reputation for versatility and reliable service.”
Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, Harman Professional Solutions, APAC, adds: “We’re happy to see our products being used by Gamung Productions, a leading touring and rental solution provider in Indonesia.”
For large high-profile events, Gamung deploys JBL VTX V25-II line arrays and G28 subwoofers. For medium-sized events, Gamung relies on JBL VT4888 line array speakers to provide high-quality audio for a variety of concert audio and corporate AV applications. The JBL speakers systems are powered by tour-grade Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.
Gamung also added JBL SRX Series and PRX Series self-powered speakers to their inventory to provide smaller events with premium audio quality and coverage.
For mixing, CSA Indonesia supplied Gamung with new Soundcraft Vi3000 audio consoles.
(Jim Evans)


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