eawfyffestFYF Fest rocks Los Angeles with EAW Anya
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

USA - FWF (F*ck Yeah Fest), a major summer music festival in Los Angeles, California, recently used an Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) Anya system to reinforce the lawn stage.
Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound Systems provided sound reinforcement for five of the six stages at FYF. Ivan Ortiz, Rat Sound’s crew chief for the festival, specified the EAW Anya system for the lawn stage which is located next to the Natural History Museum on the Memorial Coliseum grounds.
“One of the many reasons we decided to use our Anya system was the location of the lawn stage,” explains Ortiz. “With the museum to the left of the stage, we needed to avoid sound slapping against the building’s walls and bouncing back over the audience.”
The lawn stage system was two single column arrays, each made up of nine Anya enclosures, hung to the left and right of the 80ft stage. Out-fill for house right was provided by one hang of four Anya modules. Because house left was near the museum, no out-fill was necessary. Ortiz specified EAW KF364NT loudspeakers stacked on top of the subs for front-fill.
“The listening area for many of the stages overlapped, depending upon the size of the crowd,” adds Ortiz. “As a result, we had to contain the sound to the space available – which meant that sometimes we needed to shorten the throw, other times go long. Anya is perfect for that application. We created three presets in Resolution software – long-throw, short-throw and performance – and then, with the push of a button, we had exactly what we needed.

da-banng-18-photo-scott-daviespreviewPRG XL Video goes Bollywood with Da-Bangg
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

UK - Bringing together an array of Bollywood’s biggest stars including megastar Salman Khan, Da-Bangg The Tour visited the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham and The O2 arena, London; hosted by Lyca and brought to the UK by Farhath Hussain and Think Events.
Managed, scripted and directed by Sohail Khan Entertainment and JA Events LLP, the shows brought the music, dance and show-stopping entertainment of Bollywood movies to the live stage.
Working with lighting and video designer Elton D’Souza, PRG XL Video supplied a complex moving lighting rig and multi-section moving LED screen, creating a vibrant set for the high-energy performances. PRG director of music video, Stefaan Michels supplied a full package of live video technology including LED screens, media servers, camera and IMAG projection system, and experienced crew.
Over 300 tiles of ROE Visual MC-7 LED was used to create six separate LED screens. To the sides large vertical screens had door spaces built into them, allowing the performers to access the stage. Alongside them centre stage left and right two more large LED sections were built. In the centre a horizontal flown section spanned between the vertical screens with a second section below which moved to allow group entrances to the stage.
The ‘door’ sections were created using a truss system with i-beam running through it, enabling the screen to slide open and closed manually. The LED crew chief was Stevie Marr.
Content for the screens was supplied via PRG XL’s Resolume media servers which are a popular choice

 
 
bigwhat3Chauvet DJ engages crowd at Big What Festival
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

USA - The light show during the performance of alt-rock group Big Something at Big What Festival in the Shakori Hills Park featured a range of Chauvet lighting fixtures.
Designed by Daniel Thibault of Life Is Art Studio and Big Something LD Cameron Grogan, the show featured 36 Chauvet DJ luminaires, including 12 Intimidator Scan LED 300 scanners, eight Intimidator Spot LED 350, eight SlimPANEL Tri 24 IP and eight COLORband PiX LED linear fixtures, as well as four Hurricane 1600 foggers.
All of the lights in the rig were called upon at one time or another to provide audience lighting. “Given the nature of this festival, we wanted to engage the crowd as much as possible with lighting,” said Thibault. “Big Something has a very loyal fan base and has some strong ties with that base. The band wants to see their fans, and the fans want to see the band, so audience lighting is important. We spread the movers out across the rig so we could hit the crowd with light from a lot of different directions.”
Drawing on the colour rendering capabilities of their Intimidator fixtures, the two LDs hit the crowd and stage with a variety of different hues that evoked psychedelic images. “We liked to mix colours in unusual ways to set the tone,” said Thibault. “We ran a lot of yellows and greens together to create an eco-friendly atmosphere. At times, we saturated the stage in very rich colors to convey the same kind of psychedelic image.”
Thibault and Grogan also enhanced the mood with atmospheric effects from their four Hurricane effects. T

 
lifespringauditoriumYamaha MTX3 solves Lifespring’s division dilemma
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

UK - Houses of worship can be tricky spaces to install sound reinforcement systems, especially in historic structures. But in Reading, UK, a different challenge presented itself when Lifespring Church wanted to add an extra space to its home in a converted cinema, but one which could also be combined with the main space on demand. A Yamaha MTX3 matrix processor has provided an elegant solution.
Built in the 1920s, The Pavilion was originally Reading’s first public cinema. Later converted into a snooker hall, Lifespring Church restored it in 2013, with a layout close to the original. It is now Lifespring’s permanent home, hosting weekly worship services, youth events, meetings and other activities.
For the first three years of the building’s new life, Lifespring used the former auditorium as its main space, But last year it added an extension on the balcony to provide extra capacity and to have the option of using two separate spaces or one big one. This raised the issue of how to manage the sound reinforcement.
Reading-based SFL Group has many years experience in house of worship projects. The company had provided Lifespring’s audio system in 2013, adding further equipment to the balcony area in 2016. As part of this, SFL was asked to solve the problem of splitting or combining the sound reinforcement, according to how the updated venue was being used.
“A full width drape wall can be pulled across the front of the balcony to separate the two spaces,” says SFL project engineer Pat Smith. “Lifespring needed a means of distributing

 
 
sslricardarjonafohrearangledprSSL L300 takes Ricardo Arjona to the circus
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

USA - FOH engineer Dani Munoz is using the new SSL Live L300 console during Ricardo Arjona’s latest stadium and arena tour across North and South America.
Arjona, one of the most successful Latin American artists of all time, is known for large-scale, theatrical live shows, taking in a new theme each time he goes out. The current tour is based around the new album Circo Soledad (Solitude Circus), and comes with aerial dance, clowns, and lots of circus scenery, and huge video and lighting rig.
From the stage the show runs to around 64 live inputs though SSL ML 32.32 SuperAnalogue stageboxes via an SSL BL II.D Blacklight II concentrator. The band consists of drums, percussion, bass, two guitars, and three multi-instrumentalists on strings, saxophone, and synthesisers. "It's a challenge in the sense that there are a lot of acoustic instruments," says Munoz. "And because of that, there are a lot of mics open at the same time in what can be very reverberant arenas.
"My aim is always to achieve both power and detail, so I pay a great deal of attention to tuning the PA myself… I get my own measurements and traces, even for house PAs... The system has to be on-point because once the show starts rolling, that's your constant."
Another aspect of this is a rehearsal mode that doesn't skimp on quality. According to Munoz, not all virtual soundchecks are created equal: "The SSL virtual sound check - Rehearsal Mode - is fantastic. I've tried other ones before and their sound can be compromised sometimes. This time around I’m super-happy.

 
roger-watersRoger Waters hits North America with DiGiCo
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

USA - Roger Waters' Us + Them tour has utilised a DiGiCo SD7 console.
Monitor engineer Matt Napier started working with Waters last year for his shows in Mexico and Desert Trip following the passing of Waters’ previous engineer Ian Newton few years ago.
“I felt a lot of responsibility to do Ian’s memory justice, and make the gig work as smoothly as possible,” Napier says. “We didn’t have a lot of rehearsal time, so it was intense, but the shows went really well. You just have to do this music justice.”
The production for Us + Them is down to a strong emphasis on the synergy between the music and the aural/visual experience.
“The surround system installed in each venue makes the aural experience very immersive for the audience, and the visuals are absolutely stunning,” Napier explains. “Roger really is the captain of the ship, and steers its direction, but he allows the musicians to explore their creativity and add their own flavour. He is always fair, and very professional; if there’s a technical problem, as long as you’re honest, he understands.”
With 10 people on stage to look after, it gets pretty busy in monitor world, which means Napier needs a fairly monumental channel count. Enter the SD7. Napier is running 130 inputs (many of which are stereo), 21 mono auxes, 16 stereo auxes, three mono groups, seven stereo groups, 32 matrix inputs, 14 matrix outputs, and 24 control groups.
“I keep playing with other consoles, but the SD7 is still the only really serious choice for a show of this c

 
 
isce-cardISCE stages ECS Card event at House of Commons
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

UK - ISCE is holding an ISCE Sound Engineer ECS Card Health and Safety Assessment event on Friday, 20 October 2017 at the House of Commons in London.
A Health and Safety Assessment is a critical component of the ECS card application process. All ECS Card applicants must hold an up-to-date health and safety qualification in order to be awarded with an ECS card.
Says ISCE, “If you would like to apply for an ISCE Sound Engineer ECS card you will need to sit the Health & Safety Assessment as part of the application process. Why not join us in London on Friday 20th October in London?”
To find out more and register for this event or express an interest in future Health and Safety Assessment events please follow the registration link here: http://www.isce.org.uk/isce-sound-engineer-ecs-card/apply/
(Jim Evans)

 
chamsysStage Electrics appointed ChamSys main dealer
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - Stage Electrics has been appointed as a main dealer for ChamSys lighting products. The company is now selling and supporting ChamSys products nationwide.
Stage Electrics’ sales director Anna Western comments: “As ChamSys’ consoles are an industry favourite with a strong global presence, building a relationship with ChamSys was a natural progression for us. Since becoming a main dealer, Stage Electrics have already made considerable investments towards their commitment with ChamSys. As well as investing over £45,000 in stock, Stage Electrics has also held both staff and customer console training days, which proved to be well received by all who attended.
Western continues: “As a technical supplier with substantial stocks, adding ChamSys to our inventory makes perfect sense to meet the needs of our professional lighting clientele. We are now able to support end user and wholesale customers using ChamSys products.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ac-et-supplies-dlive-console-to-granite-city-events-1Granite City Events invests in dLive
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied Allen & Heath's dLive S7000 digital mixing console to Aberdeen-based production company Granite City Events for use on live music events, festivals and theatre productions.
Granite City Events is one of the premium production companies in Aberdeen and the Scottish Highlands and, with over 20 years of industry experience, puts on events ranging from concerts and live shows through to weddings and corporate functions.
The sale, which also included an Allen & Heath DM48 mix rack, was handled by Steve Eaton, sales executive in the company's dedicated audio sales division.
Barry Sherriffs, Granite City director, comments: “After various discussions with, plus help and advice from Steve, we decided the dLive was the way forward. The versatility of dLive, plus the speed of the system, made it perfect for the range of live productions we are involved with. It has been the ideal console! We have used several visiting engineers on events, who have also found the layout and feature-set of the desk ideal.”
AC-ET's Steve Eaton notes: “Granite City is a great events and hire company that we work very closely with. The dLive’s touring class quality, feature set and very attractive pricing made it the perfect console for them.”
(Jim Evans)

 
unusual-riggingUnusual reflects on successful PLASA Rigging Conference
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - Delegates who attended the 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference at London Olympia last month have hailed the new format a success, according to the event's Platinum sponsor Unusual Rigging.
The 8th annual conference commenced with the traditional opening address – this year from industry legend Morris Lyda who talked about working with the likes of Phil Collins and Genesis while addressing the key entertainment basics, their shortcomings, values, obscurities and a contemplation of its uncertainties.
The speech was brought to life by cartoonist Matt Lawrence who worked closely with Morris and Unusual's Robin Elias to create a series of drawings – as well as providing a series of tongue in cheek caricatures of those who attended the event.
This was followed by a programme of subjects for debate – the morning session was chaired by Unusual's Alan Jacobi and debated the issues raised in Morris’s opening, particularly focussing on whether creativity in show production has been affected by such things as budget constraints, risk management, H&S, CDM; while the afternoon session chaired by Mark Surtees of Outback Rigging took a more detailed look at questions raised during the year and topical subjects including the impact of Brexit on working time, standards and touring, working at height on trusses and who has the final word on site.
Alan Jacobi, managing director at Unusual commented: "This year's conference really provided attendees with some food for thought which turned into some focussed, controversial and sometimes heated debate. Bu

 
 
chris-needleTheatreplan reinforces team with new intern
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - Theatre consultancy firm Theatreplan has welcomed on board Chris Needle who joins the company as an intern after graduating with a BA in Technical Theatre Arts from London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Needle opted for the theatre technology pathway within the course which covered lighting, sound, automation and production management.
During his three years at Guildhall, Needle was given training in many areas of technical theatre, but he specialised in electrics in his third year working as lighting designer for The Crucible, Herons and The (Imaginary) Misogynist, as well as being the production electrician for Balm in Gilead and Opera Makers.
Needle took part in work placement with BDP Lighting working on the restoration of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, before joining Theatreplan in October 2017.
(Jim Evans)

 
ledcreativeteamLED Creative team adds new members
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - Illumination specialists LED Creative has appointed Charlie Jeff as design engineer and Jonny Daily as LED technician.
Having gained professional experience working with some of the entertainment industry’s most respected brands, both Charlie and Jonny bring ‘a valuable depth of knowledge to their new roles and are already actively participating in the development of the company’.
Charlie is a graduate of Nottingham University, where he achieved a first in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Since completing his degree, Charlie has undertaken a number of freelance opportunities working in design and repair for the likes of Pinewood MBS Lighting and Version2. In his new post with LED Creative, Charlie will be helping expand the company’s product range and handle custom design projects.
As a qualified electrical installation technician, Jonny joins as a member of the company’s Expert Projects and Installation team. With a wealth of practical experience gained through his work on a broad range of project types, including a stint with Warner Bros Production Rentals, Jonny has an expansive understanding of the safe, effective application of electrical products and processes.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
vectorworks2Vectorworks hosts free Vectorworks Spotlight event
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - Vectorworks is hosting a free half-day event at the Theatre Trust in London on 30 October to explore the features of the Vectorworks Spotlight design software.
Lighting professionals can find out more about Braceworks, a rigging analysis module and Vision that enables LDs to pre-visualise and cue their show.
There will also be talks from professional users on the practical applications of the software in 'real world' situations.
The event, running from 1PM - 5PM on 30 October (Monday), will be followed by informal networking opportunity over drinks.
The organisers are urging those interested in attending to secure their places in advance by registering for free here.

 
boseedgemaxgroupgrilleoffBose Professional now shipping EdgeMax
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - Bose Professional is now shipping its EdgeMax in-ceiling premium loudspeakers.
The loudspeakers feature proprietary Bose PhaseGuide technology, which provides ‘room-filling coverage’ while improving overall sound quality compared to the performance of conventional ceiling loudspeakers.
Designed for mounting near wall boundaries, EdgeMax loudspeakers project high-frequency sound throughout rooms up to 65ft (20 m) wide using only perimeter mounting locations, and can effectively cover an area that would require up to four conventional conical-coverage models.
EdgeMax loudspeakers can eliminate the need for conventional ceiling speakers mounted in the centre of rooms, or surface-mount loudspeakers mounted on walls. Their design and consistent coverage pattern reduces the total number of in-ceiling loudspeakers required, enabling installers to move efficiently through the installation, creating great-looking and great-sounding end results.
Additionally, EdgeMax loudspeakers produce “excellent intelligibility” for speech and full-frequency response for music, making them suitable for retail, commercial, industrial, institutional and conferencing applications.
EdgeMax in-ceiling premium loudspeakers are available with two different horizontal coverage patterns. EdgeMax EM90 models provide nominal 90-degree horizontal coverage and are intended for in-ceiling mounting near room corners. EdgeMax EM180 models provide nominal 180-degree horizontal coverage and are intended for in-ceiling mounting near wall boundaries centred along ta

 
 
hdpa-showcase-brandsHD Pro Audio schedules October showcase
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - HD Pro Audio is staging a one-day technology showcase event, featuring a selection of its premium brands and products.
Taking place from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Thursday 19 October at John Henry's Studio 3, London N7, the event will include the SSL Live L200 console with Dante stagebox system, L'Acoustics Syva loudspeakers, KLANG:technologies 3D binaural IEM mixing system and Green Go digital intercom, including wireless.
Manufacturers' representatives will be on hand to give a detailed overview of each technology, as well as hands-on demonstrations.
Numbers are limited, so anyone wishing to attend should call HD Pro Audio on 01784 433687 or email info@hdproaudio.co.uk as soon as possible. Bookings can also be made on-line at https://goo.gl/R2uoei
(Jim Evans)

 
plaza-mariachistageelationNashville’s Plaza Mariachi comes alive with Elation
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

USA - Nashville-based lighting design company Ardee Design Group (ADG) was contacted to relight Plaza Mariachi, a former supermarket converted into a 60,000sq.ft multi-purpose facility.
ADG chose to use Elation Professional dynamic ellipsoidal, Par and moving lights.
“The Plaza Mariachi project is a mix of entertainment techniques in an architectural application, and we utilized quite a bit of Elation equipment to achieve our goals,” said Richard Davis, president and senior designer at ADG, the 30-year design collaborative that combines years of experience in entertainment lighting with a practical knowledge of architectural lighting techniques.
The Plaza’s main courtyard and five streets, each storefront with a themed, theatre-like façade, all required illumination. ADG uses colour, contrast and lighting effects to enhance the space, focus attention and create a visually stimulating environment.
The facades have been lit using Elation’s WW Profile warm-white ellipsoidal spot fixture. Powered by a 130W warm-white 3,000K LED engine, it projects a soft and flat field of white light (CRI is over 94) and is ideal for emphasizing scenery and facades. It also supports gobos for custom projections and includes a 4-blade framing system for control of the beam shape.
“We used the WW Profiles to project natural light onto the facades and textured the buildings with leaf breakup patterns and dichroic filters to have the facades come to life,” Davis said. “The WW Profiles worked beautifully for this and is the workhorse of the effect

 
 
queenBlackTrax tracks Queen and Adam Lambert
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

USA - LD Rob Sinclair is using BlackTrax to control the lighting during Queen and Adam Lambert’s 2017-2018 tour.
BlackTrax is a vision-based system that connects to a range of third party applications, such as robotic lights, media servers, and any other device that uses the RTTrPM open protocol, capturing and passing positional 3D (X,Y,Z) and 6D rotation (yaw, pitch, roll) data to them.
Sinclair said: “I’d seen what Dark Art Creative had done before, and was blown away by the creativity and precision of the lighting I knew that Oli Metcalfe was the owner and responsible for lighting the shows and, as I’d known him for decades, contacted him and asked him how he’d done it. He pointed me in the direction of BlackTrax.”
Sinclair used Clay Paky Scenius Uncio and controlled them with BlackTrax, with all seven band members being tracked.
“Followspots offer very few options and can give variable results which, when you’re trying to deliver specific effects, can be enormously frustrating,” Sinclair continued. “I knew there must be a better way of controlling some fairly complex lighting that could give me the repeatability which is a key element of any high-profile show.
“Not only did BlackTrax give us that consistent repeatability, it also gave us the ability to create and deliver numerous effects and behaviours that would just not have been possible without it,” he added. “We were able to design the whole rig around its capabilities. The support we got from Oli at Dark Art Creative as well as Sam Augustus (BTE on tou

 
adeleBroadweigh monitors Adele's stadium tour
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - Load Cell Rental (LCR) provided a 40-cell wireless BroadWeigh system to monitor the loadings on each lighting and audio point during the load in and load out during Adele’s Adele Live 2017 tour.
Steve Walsh, head rigger on the tour said: "As the entire rig was located in-the-round on a custom ground support, being able to load the structure evenly was essential. We're talking about a total rig of 72 tons in weight and 25m high, with four leg ground supports designed to need little to no side bracing.
“Even loading of the structure was absolutely essential from a structural point of view – we knew that the ground support was immensely strong, but it had to be loaded correctly. It was at this point we turned to Colin Luke at Load Cell Rental (LCR). I've used LCR for all of my tours over the last five years and the service and equipment they supply makes them the best choice."
Colin Luke, LCR, added: "There are two main reasons to use load cells; firstly it is best practice when it comes to ascertaining show weights. Calculations are exactly that – and we have seen numerous occasions where calculations have proved unreliable because inaccurate weights were included.
“Secondly, there is a liability reason; in the event of an incident, the show’s weights are going to be scrutinised. If you have used a calibrated load cell to ascertain the weight, then you can honestly say that nothing more could have been done – whereas calculations leave room for criticism. For the Adele tour, the BroadWeighsystem was absolutely the right

 
 
tait-metallica-worldwired-tour-2017-european-leg-3Drones swarm on Metallica’s WorldWired tour
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

USA - Metallica’s WorldWired tour is pushing technological boundaries by debuting the world’s first autonomous indoor drone swarm in a major touring act and revealing a new, in-the-round stage design, custom-built by TAIT.
The fresh set and stage design by show director David Braun, give concert-goers an immersive concert experience with a 44 ft. by 44 ft. square mainstage equipped with several prop lifts located in the centre of the arena.
This in-the-round experience incorporates 52 LED video cubes which ascend and descend while displaying colourful, vivid and flashy video content. The LED video cubes hang from 52 BT290 winches housed in a 60ft by 60ft mother grid rigging system above stage. Each 4ft LED video cube moves 4ft per second and has 40ft of vertical travel space.
TAIT Navigator, an entertainment automation platform, serves as the primary show control system for the entire show.
For the world’s first autonomous indoor drone performance for a major touring act, TAIT partnered with Verity Studios to introduce the latest drone technology to the band’s production manager, John ’Lug’ Zajonc and show director, Dan Braun.
Metallica perform their new single, Moth into Flame, as 100 drones emerge from the prop lifts built into the TAIT stage. As the music builds, the drones swarm into several formations and above the band.
The micro drones are equipped with on-board LED Lights and have three speed variations.
With safety at the forefront, the combination of a reliable indoor positioning system wi

 
jdi-gala-2-1Rogues balance elegance and rock at IYRS Gala
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

USA - The lighting at the 20th IYRS Gala, an annual fundraiser benefitting the International Yacht Restoration School, featured 22 Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures.
Supplied by JDI Productions, the fixtures were part of the event's lighting design created by Megan Alksninis.
“The first part of the night was a dinner and auction where I chose to stick with select colours. I tried to create a warm look through magenta and amber that was not too distracting,” said Alksninis. “In transitioning to Kool and the Gang, I used the four Rogue RH1 Hybrids in my floor package to create a rock-and-roll feeling. All the while, I wanted to keep my lights harmonious with the surroundings. Newport is one of the most beautiful places to work.”
In addition to four Rogue RH1 Hybrids, Alksninis’ rig featured 12 Rogue R2 Washes and six Rogue R3 Washes. The wide zoom range (12° to 49°) of her RGBW wash fixtures, along with their smooth color mixing, also helped her pick up the lighting pace once Kool and the Gang performed.
“When the band performed, I took the Rogue R2 Washes that I was using to light the tent and repurposed them to backlight the performers,” she said. “Kool and the Gang is a band that you can have a lot of fun lighting with colour changes and movement. The Rogue R2s and R3s made colour changes seamless for me at this event.”
During the early part of the evening, Alksninis relied on the six Rogue R2 Washes on upstage truss and the six Rogue R3 Washes flown near the rear of the tent to light the general area of the gala,

 
 
robe-american-idiot-buenos-aires-cast-and-crew-ame050300500Robe lights American Idiot in Buenos Aires
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Argentina - A top Argentinian creative team including director, set and lighting designer Ariel del Mastro, award-winning lighting director Ariel ‘El Gato’ Ponce and video designer Maxi Vecco have created the production design for Green Day’s rock opera American Idiot, currently playing at the Broadway Theatre in Buenos Aires.
Robe moving lights are central to creating the raw vibe with Spiiders, Spikies and Squares prominent on the rig, and being used to the maximum by the two Ariels.
These products were chosen for the flexibility and creative scope they bring to lighting two other shows also playing at the Broadway Theatre – the cirque-musical extravaganza Mahatma and the erotic show Taboo.
All shows utilise the same rig but look completely different, so some of the fixtures are re-positioned and re-rigged while Mahatma also features some additional Robe Pointes.
American Idiot – the stage adaptation of Green Day's 2004 album - was inspired by many things including the ground-breaking work of The Who and their original 'rock opera' Tommy
The 32 x Spiiders are all on overhead trusses installed in the theatre roof and are used for all the stage washes and colouring – of which there is plenty in the show.
The Spikies are dotted all around the video screens upstage where their small size and light weight and the high speed continuous pan and tilt made them ideal for the position and the tasks being asked.
Twelve of the 16 Squares were used upstage of the back wall, blastin

 
legally-blonde-5Martin Audio goes Legally Blonde
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - dBS Solutions has adopted a Martin Audio theatre system for the newly opened Legally Blonde The Musical.
dBS Solutions purchased Martin Audio’s XD/WS218X model, deploying the larger XD15 unit for the production, as the 15” LF drive unit and 1.4” neodymium HF compression driver has reduced weight and several pairs can be mounted up the vertical proscenium truss to the rotatable horns.
Musical theatre and panto specialists UK Productions contacted dBS Solutions based on the audio company’s past success with their flagship Christmas pantomime in Sunderland.
dBS Solutions sound designer Chris Bogg recognised that this latest challenge would not be an easy one. “The show’s American girl-heavy production numbers have a tendency to sound ‘squeaky’ to me so the main aim was to make the sound less shrill and much warmer,” he said. “We have achieved exactly what we set out to, and produced a great sound for the show.”
The cast are on 28 radio mics, with seven musicians in the orchestra pit on personal monitors. And with further tracks and sound FX from 30 channels of Qlab there was plenty to occupy the mind when Chris first set out to design the system.
His solution has been to mount eight XD15’s in four pairs on the vertical truss, focused into the different balcony tiers, each with independent control. “With the XD’s we have multiple options thanks to the rotatable horn; in traditional format it is 80° wide but with the horn rotated the width of dispersion is 130° using two boxes - and if we want so

 
 
Penton UK launches PA/VA ranges
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - Penton UK is introducing an extensive range of electronics covering Public Address / Voice Alarm (PA/VA) and Audio over IP products to complement their range of PA/VA Loudspeakers.
The addition of these products will allow Penton UK to offer a fully integrated service across PA/VA and Audio over IP. The flexibility of products will also give Penton clients a greater opportunity to obtain both product and systems from one source.
Penton’s management team said: “We are delighted to bring this range of ATEΪS and Terracom products under our UK wing. The products have shown to be of very high quality and allow us the flexibility to now offer an all in one solution for our customers.”
The new range is available now and will be stocked and serviced from the UK, ensuring shorter lead times, better availability and technical support.
Notable site references and installations already include Kings Cross Railway Station, Silverstone Racetrack, Brighton and Hove Albion Football Stadium, ExCel London, London Zoo, London City Airport and The Royal Festival Hall.
Penton UK will be running a series of roadshows in the New Year, in Birmingham, Manchester and London and these will offer customers the opportunity to view products and attend seminars and training.
(Jim Evans)

 
Prolight + Sound Shanghai opens this week
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

China - The global event and entertainment industry is gearing up for the opening of Prolight + Sound Shanghai this week from 11 – 14 October. The four exhibition halls of N1 – N4 spanning 45,000sq.m of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, will stage over 630 brands and companies from 23 countries and regions.
Experts from various local and overseas associations will also address the latest innovative technologies in the fields of 3D audio, acoustics technology, AoIP, lighting design, studio recording, sound systems and event safety.
Now in its 15th edition, the fair will continue to feature a strong international presence with a wide range of offerings. Participating brands include Audio-Technica, Beta-3, Concord, DGX, Eastern Edison, EM Acoustics, ENEWAVE, Fidek, Great Wall, Harman International, LaON, Lewitt, LiteLEES, NEXT-proaudio, Neutrik, Peavey, Prolyte, SE Audiotechnik, Shure, Soundking, TW Audio and Yamaha. Newcomers to this edition also include: Antelope Audio, AV Link, BBS, BFC, Digisynthetic, Lavoce, LYNX, Restmoment, RME, Voice-Acoustic, ShowTex and Wanledi.
Ms Judy Cheung, deputy general manager for Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd remarked: “Prolight + Sound Shanghai always has its finger on the pulse of times. Year by year, the show is growing – not only in size, but also in its internationality and offerings. I believe the key to our success lies in our understanding of the ever-evolving industry.
“This year, we’ve forged new partnerships with industry associations from Korea and Russia, and also launched

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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