India - Powersoft, has appointed Chennai-based GM Audio as its official distributor for the South of India region. Extending the Italian audio manufacturer’s presence in the market, GM Audio is the fourth distributor that the company has on-boarded in the country.
“We decided a few years ago to divide India into four regions to properly address the size of the country and scale of the opportunity. India is an early adopter when it comes to new technologies, so it comes as no surprise that the Powersoft brand has been growing year on year, now taking up position as the leading amplifier brand in the market,” comments Håkan Sjöö, Powersoft regional sales account manager, EMEINA.
“We have a great network already in the North, West and East of India, but we needed an established partner we could trust in the South to take our business there to the next level. We have been in talks with GM Audio since the beginning of the year and we are thrilled they have now become a part of the extended Powersoft family.”
GM Audio has been at the forefront of the pro AV industry in India for four decades, building a strong position and reputation in the market.
Commenting on the appointment, GM Audio’s director Udayan Arayan says: “We are very proud to associate with Powersoft, which boasts an impressive, cutting-edge product portfolio offering exactly what customers in India are looking for – price, reliability, power and quality. We have a number of cinema projects ongoing for which we need a lot of amps, so this new partnership is ideal. We
Germany - Penn Elcom GmbH in Germany has moved to a new 8,000sq.m premises in Elten, north Westfalen just 10 kilometres from the previous warehouse – and over double the size.
From this hub, the company distributes over 1,700 product lines and hardware including 19-inch racking, flightcase components and loudspeaker elements directly to B2B and B2C customers all over Europe.
The new facility will assist the busy operation in continuing – and streamlining - the efficient and fast delivery of products worldwide which are manufactured by Penn in the UK.
It was imperative to stay in the same regional location explains Dennis Marco Meertens, co-MD of Penn Elcom GmbH with Thomas Mostar. “Elten is perfectly positioned for expedient onward transportation and delivery to our local and regional sales teams – a very successful model devised to best understand specific cultural needs, demands and variations - which represent a variety of different market sectors,” he commented. This made finding suitable premises that bit more challenging, however this excellent opportunity then presented itself.
The new building, close to the Dutch border, was previously used for distribution, so already had substantial infrastructure in place that was of direct benefit to Penn.
The move to the new warehouse in Germany was completed in four phases over the course of eight working days and involved “a lot of improvisation and lateral thinking by all involved” says Dennis, as the full sales operation had to continue at full-pace throughout the period.
Germany - BlackTrax has announced that Amptown System Company is the latest to join the growing BlackTrax partner network. The company will be responsible for the sales, support and marketing of BlackTrax real time motion tracking systems throughout the German speaking market.
“BlackTrax was the perfect addition to our package of audio, visual and lighting solutions. We invested in BlackTrax to meet the exponential demand for increasingly challenging media presentations that require automation and complete systemflexibility,” said Malte Polli-Holstein, key account manager at Amptown System Company. “BlackTrax is a respected brand and we’re delighted to be bringing it to Germany.”
The latest addition to BlackTrax’s strong ecosystem of partners, Amptown System Company brings over 25 years’ experience and works in several markets including cruise ships, music venues, opera houses and theatres, museums and exhibitions, shipping,places of worship and education and hotel venues. Amptown has offices in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart.
UK - One of the best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner’s fascinating life story has now been turned into a stage show with TINA – The Tina Turner Musical. Written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall, the show charts Tina’s humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennesee to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
The show is playing at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End and as a leading lighting supplier to some of the biggest shows in the country, White Light was called upon to provide the lighting equipment.
TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and features a lighting design by Bruno Poet. Bruno comments: “My brief for the show was to help tell this extraordinary story and make the performers come alive within Mark Thompson’s elegant design. The set frames the actors beautifully and is very stripped back, with the focus being on the human story. There are also around 40 scenes in different locations, and the lighting needs to support that sense of time and place. Added to this were several concert scenes so I had to create a design that matched this energy.”
To achieve this, Bruno approached WL in order to draw on his ideal rig. He explains: “It was a combination of experimenting with new units that I felt might be useful in combination with tried and tested favourites. I was really keen to move away from discharge light sources and more towards the latest LED fixtures. I also needed a really flexible rig that could offer a full-on concert experience at t
USA - SNY Studios at 4 World Trade Centre, the home of the New York Mets, has one of the most impressive settings for a broadcast studio anywhere. Located on the 50th floor of 4 World Trade Centre, the studio offers breathtaking views of Manhattan below. For all its glamour and excitement, though, the skyscraper venue presents challenges when it comes to lighting broadcasts.
Having enough output during the day to stand out against the open-air background without bouncing light off windows is essential to making the studio’s system work; so too is having solid low ends when broadcasting at night. Mike Grabowski of the Lighting Design Group met these and other challenges at the state-of-the-art SNY 4 studio with help from over 300 Chauvet Professional Ovation fixtures.
“SNY’s Studio 42, numbered after baseball great Jackie Robinson, has a unique environment because it’s up so high,” said Grabowski. “Unlike other windowed studios in New York, which are located on the first or second floor, this one is 50 stories up, so you have a lot of open sky. Given the location of the studio, we needed fixtures that are great at the high end and able to produce a lot of clean bright light for daytime shows. Then at night, we wanted those same fixtures to have solid low ends at about 10 foot-candles, so we could light the set while still having all the twinkling lights of the city be visible in the background.”
The output and low-end capabilities of the Ovation fixtures were not the only features that made them invaluable in this installation. Grabows
Europe - With the busiest outdoor event production schedule ever, it looks like there’ll be no summer holidays for TiMax spatial audio systems this year. Alongside long-running premium West End and Broadway shows which continue to fill theatres, TiMax features in at least eight very diverse spatial sound designs across Europe - with some interesting new developments for the evolutionary spatial audio platform.
First up is Maria de Buenos Aires performed by Austria’s Oper Graz in an old jail complex which is part of the city’s Kasematten castle. The venue almost resembles a conventional theatre auditorium but with an ingenious retractable roof. TiMax SoundHub and Tracker were jointly specified by acoustic consultant Fabio Kaiser of Rohde Acoustics and immersive audio specialist Volker Verner of PDV Records Og.
The system was the first of a collaborative hybrid integration of TiMax real-time dynamic spatial reinforcement driving multi-dimensional Amadeus spatial reverberation to fully envelop and captivate the audience. Fabio Kaiser commented: “We had tremendous feedback from audience, conductor, singers and critics.”
For Germany’s Schwerin Schlossfestspiele, longstanding TiMax rental partners Neumann & Müller have again deployed their TiMax systems for spatial reinforcement across the huge lakeside stage, supporting the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater’s fascisti-themed production of Tosca. As with Graz, the TiMax Soundhub’s dsp processing uses the platform’s powerful new FPGA core processor, offering significantl
Germany - Performances at the outdoor theatre in Ötigheim, near Karlsruhe, attract up to 100,000 visitors each year, thanks in part to their excellent production values. Maintaining a high standard is very important to the ‘not for profit’ owning company Volksschauspiele Ötigheim, which is why a new Yamaha mixing and audio management system was installed in time for the 2018 season.
Volksschauspiele Ötigheim has been staging productions for 112 years. Throughout the summer, shows are staged at its open-air theatre, a former sand quarry which has 4000 covered seats and, it claims, the biggest permanent outdoor stage in Germany.
For the past 15 years a pair of Yamaha 02R digital mixing consoles have been the reliable backbone of the theatre’s audio system. This year, they were replaced with a new system comprising two Yamaha CL5s, an MRX7-D matrix processor, Rio3224-D I/O unit and an RSIO64-D audio/Dante interface, fitted with Yamaha Mini-YGDAI cards for additional inputs and outputs. The system was specified, supplied and installed by Karlsruhe-based Rock Shop GmbH.
“Technology has moved on a long way since the 02Rs were installed in 2003,” says Rock Shop’s Mario Schmidt. “Staying with Yamaha was an obvious choice, because the equipment is so reliable and the workflow is familiar to most engineers. We chose the CL5s because they gave us better features and greater functionality, including Dante, along with excellent sound quality and all the benefits of Dan Dugan automixing.”
The productions are complex, so two consoles were
USA - Luke Bryan has created 20 No. 1 singles, sold over 12m albums, and is one of the most popular touring artists today. Routinely playing to sold-out houses around the world, the artist and his design team at Align Design Group are often challenged to give each tour its own unique look and feel.
In planning for the 2018 What Makes You Country Tour, lead designer Justin Kitchenman wanted to create a more free-flowing visual experience, so he called the Nashville-based production provider Elite Multimedia Productions who supplied the lighting, LED video and IMAG video technology behind the design.
“During our tour design discussions, we are always aware of what we have done in the past and we really try to give each tour a different visual representation,” began Kitchenman. “Over the past few years, one of our biggest production elements has been moving LED video in one configuration or another, so this year we decided to look at different kinds of automation. In the end, we decided on small, lightweight automated lighting pods that can travel up and down during the show to create a lot of different configurations and effects.
“In the lighting package we use a lot of the Elation 360i luminaires because it’s a low-profile, light weight, high-output lighting tool that we can place 180 in the rig and they look great in large quantities.
“With the Claypaky Scenius Unico fixtures, we had used 24 of them last year to replace our spot fixtures, but once we started seeing their output and their optics on tour, we realized this was
Europe - Australian singer songwriter Vance Joy’s story is one of continuing success, which comes with the need for a world-class monitor engineer. For Vance, this is Mani Hammond, who has been working with him ever since August 2014. He is deploying a DiGiCo SD10 provided, along with the rest of the audio equipment, by British rental company Encore PA.
Mani started his career on analogue desks, but when he made the move to digital and a DiGiCo SD9, he found the transition an easy one and when Encore purchased an SD10 two years ago Mani decided to give it a try. He has found it the perfect console for the job, siting the high fader count as one of its major benefits and has been touring it with Vance ever since.
“I like having lots of faders as I don’t like changing banks,” he says. “Having 32 faders in front of you makes everything easily accessible.”
Mani is running 12 channels of in ears and is using the onboard reverbs and just a few Waves plug ins, liking to keep things as simple as possible. He has up to 52 channels of inputs including drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitar, Keys, and a horns section, with the inclusion of a B stage increasing the channel count slightly.
“We are carrying most of the PA throughout the tour and we’ve managed to take the control package everywhere with us, which has given us great consistency and, because we’re running on Optocore now, we also have total redundancy,” says Mani. “It has been very solid, and the sound quality is fantastic.”
Having just played Denver’s Red
USA - No sooner had LA-based RKDE taken delivery of Ayrton Ghibli fixtures from ACT Lighting, Inc. than the LED spot luminaires were quickly dispatched to E3’s trade show floor and then to the American Idol Live nationwide tour.
For nearly 30 years, RKDE has provided production for festivals, tours, automotive events, corporate conventions, television productions, private events, and religious services. The boutique company maintains an extensive inventory of lighting, staging, audio and video equipment.
“We were looking for new technology – we wanted to get away from standard lamps, which are expensive to maintain and replace,” says RKDE’s owner, Ray Woodbury, a longtime production professional. “We wanted a fixture with the output and capabilities that would surpass traditional lamp fixtures and that’s exactly what Ghibli gives us.
“I’ve always liked Ayrton’s extremely innovative fixtures, but we’ve never owned any,” says Woodbury. “ACT demo’d Ghibli in our shop, with one of my clients attending, and we were pretty astounded at what the fixture was able to do. We put Ghibli up against some other lights, and it beat them hands down.”
He notes that recently clients have been asking for Ghibli by name. “Matt Shimamoto of Volt Lites requested them for the E3 trade show floor. And lighting designer Butch Allen specified them for the American Idol tour. People already know and like these fixtures.”
He gives kudos to ACT Lighting for being ‘very client-oriented’ in its service. “Aaron H
Europe - Belgian pro audio manufacturer Audac has expanded its existing range of ceiling speakers with two new series.
The CENA series is designed to offer a cost-effective solution in a single cone 4.5” and 6.5” model and have a low-profile construction that allows placement in locations with limited ceiling space. The SpringFit fixation offers “the fastest possible installation time of any speaker available on the market, while the borderless grill design is unseen for any ceiling speaker in this segment”.
The CIRA series is designed with installer convenience in mind and delivers “superior audio reproduction”. The series has a lot of the advantages that normally are only found in premium priced ceiling speakers, says the company. Like the TwistFix borderless grill design, which offers an easy but solid assembly and a completely seamless transition from grill to ceiling.
Additional front grills for the CIRA are available in black and white, while for custom projects a paintable version is offered. These electroplated grills make sure installations in applications with high levels of humidity or permanent outdoor installations are possible.
Slovenia - Lightact, a Slovenian media server manufacturer, has launched a new version of their flagship software.
Lightact v3.0.4 features NDI integration, HAP codec playback, a new real-time particle engine and a number of new real-time texture processing filters. Lightact is an integrated suite combining standard media server functionalities such as projection and multi-screen mapping and DMX lighting control with real-time rendering capabilities and reliability features aimed at permanent installations.
The suite includes Lightact Cloud installation monitoring solution and Lightact WebUIs client user interfaces. Lightact also includes a real-time 3D rendering engine and Unreal Engine integration.
Mitja Prelovšek, CEO of Lightact, says: "We are extremely thrilled to be able to push v3.0.4 out as it further expands Lightact's core media server functionalities while strengthening its 3D real-time rendering capabilities."
Lightact v3.0.4 is available on Lightact's webshop. Links Lightact: http://lightact-systems.com Online shop https://lightact-systems.com/get-ligh
New Zealand - ACLX recently upgraded their lighting inventory with Martin by Harman RUSH series fixtures from Show Technology to supply theatre shows, live music performances, conferences and more.
"We chose the RUSH MH series because each fixture is portable and easy to deploy on small stages, yet powerful enough to hold their own on the largest stages in the country,” explained Aaron Chesham, managing director of ACLX. “The RUSH MH series was exactly what we needed - each fixture offers an impressive output with a small footprint at an affordable price. The MH fixtures have great optics, bold colours, and beautiful effects - they save us time and money without sacrificing quality. The RUSH MH series can do everything our clients need and more with fewer fixtures than the competition.”
"ACLX wanted to update their lighting inventory with fixtures capable of creating immersive experiences for any audience,” said Nick Reeves of Show Technology. “We knew the RUSH MH Series fixtures would be a perfect fit. The RUSH MH1 Profile, MH6 Wash CT and MH7 Hybrid fixtures provide a class-leading lighting solution that meets the high standards required on world-class stages.”
Belgium - Robe’s Pointes, Spikies, Spiiders, LEDWash 300s and CycFX 8s proved themselves invaluable when lighting designer Wouter Vebeke had to squeeze a somewhat ambitious lighting rig into Mercardo, Antwerp, for the band Arsenal’s new album launch.
Wouter has worked with Arsenal - the name came from a World War II weapons depository adjacent to their studio in Brussels - since 2011. They are one of the most popular bands in Belgium, known for their dynamic mix of electronic music and fusion of multiple genres to create a unique sound that’s earned much international acclaim.
They wanted a special location for the launch of their sixth studio album In the Rush of Shaking Shoulders, an album which explores themes and theories related to chaos v structure. After throwing many ideas about, band leader Hendrick Willemyns hit on the Mercado. Originally part of a grand city centre post office building and more recently reinvented as a funky indoor food market, Mercado is used as an event space, and is on the Groenplaats, right in the heart of the city.
With 10 band members and a small stage, space was always going to be an issue. The band wanted to create a jungle onstage – as a metaphor for the ‘chaos’ part of the new album, so a veritable forest of greenery and plants made up the stage set!
Added to that, two emergency exits either side of the stage needed to remain clear, rigging was limited and the ceiling was low, all of which were key to the evolution of the lighting design along with the ‘Squeezability’ factor which en
Australia - Horder Communication Solutions (HCS) has recently completed an upgrade of the indoor and outdoor audio systems for the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) at its Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia.
The SAJC plays host to 58 days of racing action throughout the year at Morphettville Racecourse. In addition to racing on a weekly basis, Morphettville is a multipurpose venue featuring 22 function rooms able to host events of all occasions seven days a week.
Early in 2017 the SAJC published an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the upgrade of the audio systems at the Morphettville Racecourse. The existing audio systems were based on a network of Media Matrix Nion controllers and primarily Lab.gruppen amplifiers, which were to be retained. The loudspeakers were a diverse collection of box and ceiling loudspeakers, of varying quality and suitability. Overall, most areas did not perform well and complaints from members and guests were frequent.
HCS responded to the EOI, presenting a solution utilising the Community range of products. HCS had recently upgraded the Strathalbyn Race Track with a combination of Community D4 ceiling loudspeakers and R Series outdoor loudspeakers and the result had been described by the club as “stunning,” so it was
The systems needed to provide a diverse range of acoustic solutions in the different areas to be covered. These included: large open indoor areas, requiring high resolution reproduction in noisy environments from ceiling speakers; two large open conference and exhibition pavili
UK - Unusual was the technical production company of choice for Artichoke when it staged the Processions march in London last month. The mass artwork took place on 10 June in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London and saw thousands of women and girls come together and march, wearing either green white or violet – the colours of the suffragette movement - creating the appearance of a flowing river of colour through the city streets.
Jim Dugan, production manager at Unusual explained: “We’ve been working with Artichoke on its major events and art installations for some years now – Lumiere London and Durham, the Sultan’s Elephant, Great Fire 350 etc, so we were excited to get involved with an event that celebrated something so fundamentally important in our country’s history.
“Our role on this project was to facilitate all the technical elements – from the barriers, the marquees and the road closures to stage management, security, production management, sound, signage and also the toilet facilities. In addition, the truss gantry at the end of the march route was overseen by our senior rigger Leon Ingram.”
The processions in the other three capital cities were managed by other locally-based UK production managers and a small team of freelancers – but Jim explains it was vital they were all working in sync. “The event was filmed live by the BBC so we had to ensure we were all communicating clearly and effectively with each other as it was extremely important that imagery and timings were tied up together. While the job itself wasn
Germany - The success of Martin Audio’s new Wavefront Precision series on a global scale shows little sign of abating.
Back in March, German rental company Event & Veranstaltungstechnik Enchelmaier (E.V.E.) boosted its inventory with the acquisition of a complete WPC system, along with SX218 and SX118 subwoofers - all powered by Martin Audio’s new iKON iK42 amplifiers.
Already a major user of Martin Audio’s premiere line array systems since 2003, E.V.E. owner Michael Enchelmaier said, “I wanted a newer, more modern system to complement my W8LC, W8LM and WS218X, and meet the demand for new systems. With the WPC we can cover audiences of up to 3,500 people, and with a combination of W8LC and W8LM I can extend that to 8,000-10,000 people.”
The system has already been out on a number of shows, including The Hollies, where E.V.E. flew two eight-element hangs of WPC - supported by a pair of SX218 subs, left and right - at both the Gewandhaus, Leipzig and Friedrichstadt Palast, Berlin. They also deployed Martin Audio’s popular Differential Dispersion DD6’s for front-fills, CDD8 LIVE for near-fills, and their stalwart LE12JB stage monitors for foldback.
Enchelmaier confirmed that the PA certainly met the approval of the band’s production manager. “He was thrilled with the sound, the coverage and the way the system was set up in what were very complicated venues.”
Reviewing the new system, Michael Enchelmaier said, “Once the room has been accurately designed in the software, the setup of the system itself is much easie
USA - The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organizers announced that a live, informal round-table discussion will be made available to the public via a free WebEx video conference. A discussion of sACN Universe Synchronization will be broadcast live on Sunday 22 July from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 P.M., CDT.
The Universe Synchronization feature was recently added to ESTA’s ANSI E1.31, Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN standard. Universe Sync allows the output of multiple universes of DMX512 data coming from a sACN controller to be synchronized together. This eliminates issues such as image tearing and out of sync strobes within arrays of LED fixtures across multiple universes.
This lively, educational discussion will illustrate the challenges solved by Universe Sync as well as explain how it works from both a user perspective and within the protocol itself. The recommended “best practices” approach in implementation for developers will also be discussed.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain answers from the CPWG subject matter members that authored this standard.
Registration for this round-table may be made by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This roundtable is being held in conjunction with the ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability, which is scheduled to take place from 20-23 July at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Both ESTA and non-ESTA members are welcom
Copyright Matters - Sir Paul McCartney has written an open letter to the European Parliament, calling for all music artists to be fairly paid for their work. The former Beatle is urging MEPs to back proposed changes to EU copyright law - Article 13 - which would force user upload content platforms to pay songwriters and performers fairly for the use of their work.
The 76-year-old musician says that without this change, the future of the music industry could be at risk. In the note, Sir Paul writes: "Music and culture matter. They are a heart and soul. But they don't just happen; they demand the hard work of so many people. "Importantly, music also creates jobs and economic growth and digital innovation across Europe. Unfortunately the value gap jeopardises the music ecosystem. We need an internet that is fair and sustainable for all.”
He goes on: "But today some user upload content platforms refuse to compensate artists and all music creators fairly for their work while they exploit it for their own profit. The value gap is that gulf between the value these platforms derive from music and the value they pay creators." Sir Paul concludes with a plea for MEPs to support the changes, writing: "You hold in your hands the future of music here in Europe."
- National Youth Theatre has announced a new £37,500 fund to give young people access to drama in the wake of arts cuts in schools. The audition access fund will provide support for 30 schools and youth groups that have lost drama provision, in the form of bursaries, grants for NYT audition fe
USA - ADJ Products has announced the distribution of a wide range of ArKaos products, included several software titles, media servers, for the U.S. and Mexico.
ADJ Products has been successfully offering ArKaos Grand VJ2, Grand VJ XT and LED Master software titles for the past several years. Now that ADJ Products has entered into a distribution agreement with ArKaos, the company can offer a wider range of ArKaos products to the entire ADJ Products dealer network in the United States and Mexico including a full suite of software titles and media servers.
“With the tremendous growth of the AV Series and Design Series video panel systems, we knew we needed to expand our media server and software options as well, said Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager of ADJ USA. “ArKaos was the natural partner because they are known around the world as a first-class media software and hardware company. By adding Arkaos products, we are now able to offer customers more options for a total video wall solution.”
ADJ Products plans to distribute the Grand VJ software suite, Media Master Express software suite, Media Master Pro software suite, LED Master, as well as, the Stage Server Express and Stage Server Pro media servers.
ADJ Products will add the ArKaos software and hardware products into their video panel packages, as part of a “total video solution” that already includes video panels, road cases, cables and rigging accessories.
USA - Danley Sound Labs has introduced the Danley MINI 180 which provides “even, seamless coverage across 180 degrees (by 90 degrees vertical) using Danley’s patented technology”.
Its operating frequency range is 149Hz to 20kHz (?3dB) with impressively linear phase response across that range and across the beam width. Maximum output is 119dB SPL continuous and 125dB SPL peak.
“Folks have been asking us for a 180-degree loudspeaker for a long time, and the Danley MINI 180 meets that specification with sound quality that makes Tom proud to put his name on it,” said Mike Hedden, Danley president. “We made it easy to use: the Danley MINI 180 only weighs 45 pounds and mounts easily on a pole or on a wall. In fact, it’s easy to put two MINI 180s back-to-back on a pole for instant 360 degree coverage with Danley’s phenomenal seamless coupling. There’s no shortage of applications, from houses of worship to sports complexes to farmers markets and beyond. Also, clients can rest easy that overambitious users won’t blow the speaker up. The Danley MINI 180 uses Sentinel Limiter protection circuitry.”
The Danley MINI 180 uses two eight-inch drivers and Danley’s patented technology to couple them into a single point source loudspeaker with 180 degree coverage. Polyurea coated 13-ply, 18mm Baltic Birch makes the loudspeaker durable but still light, and its modest size (12.5” x 18.5” x 9.5”) makes the Danley MINI 180 easy to fit into most applications.
UK - Neutrik UK has announced the appointment of a network of official regional resellers across Great Britain for its XIRIUM PRO digital wireless audio link system. The network of resellers extends high-level sales, service and in-the-field expert support across the country, for both UK and visiting overseas XIRIUM PRO users.
Neutrik XIRIUM PRO is a dedicated ‘studio quality’ digital wireless audio link; a cable replacement system that sets a new professional standard in transmission of robust, low latency, high-resolution digital audio signals over long distances.
Suitable for events, visitor attractions and indoor and outdoor venues, of the most demanding scale and complexity, the system is designed for use in situations where it is overly time-consuming or operationally impractical to run audio cables.
The reseller network comprises Everything Audio in southern England, Studiocare Professional Audio in northern England and the Midlands, and The Warehouse Sound Services in Scotland.
Roger Patel, MD at Everything Audio, states: “Everything Audio has a proven track record in introducing ground breaking equipment onto the UK market. Operating principally in the location sound business with a sales and operations centre at Elstree Film Studios, we have recently added a rental division.
“As a company with considerable experience in UHF wireless microphone systems, XIRIUM PRO strengthens our offering for the location sound market and presents new opportunities to extend our reach into live sound and event production. The build qua
UK - Unique Venues of London has announced Borough Market as the newest member to join the association that this year sees it celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Borough Market is London’s oldest food market. The venue spaces are situated within the market itself, with the Market Hall and Three Crown Square offering event environments that can hold between 300 and 350 guests. Additionally, the Cookhouse offers delegates an open plan kitchen and dining space for intimate gatherings of up to 10 people, suitable for sit down evening events and photoshoots.
Rachel Pickles, events manager at Borough Market explains: “It’s not just the sheer quality of the food on offer that makes Borough Market special – it’s also about the place itself. As an iconic central London location and a distinctive venue space, Borough Market is thrilled to become members of UVL. We’re hoping this new relationship will enable us to extend our reach and with new networks to tap into we look forward to what the future holds.”
Taiwan - The 29th edition of the Golden Melody Award (GMAs) staged in the 15,000 seat Taipei Arena presented a golden opportunity for Robe’s RoboSpot remote follow spotting system to show its flexibility and scope – the first time it’s been used in Taiwan.
Organised by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, the GMAs recognise outstanding singing achievements in Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka and Formosan languages in both the popular and traditional music industries, attracting artists and audience from all over Asia. Moderated by Jam Hsiao, the 2018 show was broadcast live by Taiwan national TV throughout South-East Asia.
Hong Kong based LD Stanley Szeto lit the show, working for the Artesian Engineering Co Ltd.
Stanley is a long-time user of Robe products, so when asked to design lighting for this event, he seized the chance to use Robe Pointes on the rig to create some of the spectacular scenes and effects. He also decided to show-test Robe’s new RoboSpot system.
The RoboSpots were a recent investment by locally based company Aurora Lighting from Taipei, and although he’d not actually seen the system in action as yet, Stanley had every faith that, being a Robe product, he would get the required results.
“We were keen to break new ground – this is a high profile show and it’s important to push the envelope when it comes to technology,” he stated.
Scotty Chen from Aurora added, “The front follow spot positions in the Arena are not the best, so unless we cut into the seating areas we have to fly a ‘bridge’ to accommoda