UK - S+H Technical, specialists for LED visual effects, drapes and starcloths, supplied an array of high profile television shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Children in Need and the final of X Factor UK 2017.
S+H’s Terry Murtha comments: “It was great to be working again with many of our regular clients like Strictly and Children In Need, and also with some exciting new ones – it was the first time we have supplied anything to X-Factor, so we were delighted to be offered the opportunity”.
S+H again supplied starcloth for the main hub of the BBC’s 2017 Children in Need live telethon at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. The broadcast was directed by John L Spencer and was the culmination of an action-packed year of fundraising activities.
Production designer Alex Craig utilised 350sq.m of S+H animation cloth and 450sq.m of its RGB Starcloth product, which were an essential element of his eye-catching scenography.
Alex’s studio set was based around a huge main performance stage and catwalk, with several large-scale LED screens, each surrounded by an impressive four-layered pros arch. Dramatic curves and metallic finishes were used throughout the set, and giant flown spheres completed the design.
Alex comments, “As always, Terry did us a fantastic deal on the animation and star cloth and sent an amazing crew to Elstree to rig it all beautifully”.
S+H has supported the massively successful Strictly Come Dancing for the last decade.
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Zimbabwe - The Jabula New Life Covenant Church’s Open Sunday held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference Centre featured a lighting rig that utilised Chauvet Professional fixtures.
A crowd of 4,500 people filled the centre’s auditorium on 14 January for the uplifting service intended to inspire congregation members and reach out to new worshippers.
Providing a stirring background for the service was a dynamic lightshow that featured vivid colours, subtle stage washes, crisscrossing beams and engaging audience sweeps. Events Evolution created the impressive panorama, despite a short setup time, thanks to a simple but powerful rig it created that utilised Chauvet Professional Rogue and COLORado fixtures, as well as Intimidator and SlimPAR lights from Chauvet DJ, all of which were supplied by Audiosure.
The setup was “basically simple,” according to Blessing Bero of Events Evolution, designed for easy setup on the conference centre stage. The rig was built around two lines of mid-stage truss that ran about 30’ across. A collection of five Rogue R1 Beams and six Intimidator Hybrid 140SR fixtures was evenly spaced across the lower line of truss. From this position, they were used to create sweeps across the stage during key moments of the service, as well as for audience lighting.
Positioned on the upper line of truss were four Rogue R2 Wash fixtures, as well as a collection of COLORado 2-Quad Zoom VW Tour units and 24 SlimPAR Tri 12 IRC par-style lights. Additional COLORado and SlimPAR fixtures were flown on the lower line
USA - German manufacturer d&b audiotechnik is exhibiting for the first time at NAMM at the Anaheim Convention Centre this week.
This year’s theme for the show, ‘Believe in Music’, makes NAMM an appropriate place to preview the d&b Soundscape and the DS100 signal engine, says the company. These two innovations from d&b allow for a completely new auditory experience that “bridges the gap between the physics of loudspeaker system design and the creation of artistic material - an experience you must hear to believe”.
d&b will be running multiple demo sessions each day of the show at room 18820, offering visitors the chance to hear how d&b Soundscape and the DS100 signal engine perform. Guests will have the opportunity to experience listening “that is no longer defined by physics alone, but by the unlimited power of the imagination”.
It’s not only the d&b Soundscape that will be under the spotlight at the show. There will be several other d&b products on hand, from the comprehensive Y-Series created for small to mid-sized applications to the d&b V7P point source loudspeaker and accessories. There will also be an opportunity to explore the d&b Workflow designed to improve efficiency from the start of a project right through to the final result.
USA - The Adam Hall Group is set to premiere a series of commercial product launches at this week’s show.
LD Systems MAUI P900, first shown at Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt, is a column PA design concept developed in collaboration with the renowned Porsche Design Studio. The resulting industry feedback revealed that the new pro audio concept completely re-defines the boundaries between engineering, art and design.
The MAUI P900 will now be officially launched to the marketplace at the Winter NAMM Show. With several international design and product awards to its name (including the German Design Award), this PA system combines state-of-the-art technology in an iconic design with exclusive materials making it truly groundbreaking in the pro audio scene, says the company.
The MAUI 5 GO is the battery-powered version of the MAUI 5, the award-winning ultra-portable column PA by LD Systems. The all-in-one system combines outstanding audio quality with an exceptionally compact design and offers virtually unlimited battery life due to quick-swapping technology, giving musicians, DJs and event service providers an impressively flexible and extendable audio and monitoring solution complete with Bluetooth® for mobile applications.
The Adam Hall Group brand Cameo Lights presents the ZENIT W 600, a high-power wash light with an ETL Listed Mark and an IP65 rating for outdoor use. Fitted with 40x 15 W RGBW CREE LEDs, the ZENIT W 600 generates an impressive brightness of 21,000 lumen for a high-performance, homogeneous colour mix.
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USA - At the 2018 NAMM Show this week, Sensaphonics continues its tradition of promoting hearing wellness in music through innovative products and technology. An expert staff of Gold Circle audiologists will be on hand (Booth #12111, Hall A) to answer hearing health questions, and to provide attendees free ear impressions with purchase of any custom-fit product, from IEMs to the popular Musician Earplugs.
Another booth highlight will be hands-on product demonstrations of the 3D-U AARO in-ear system in surround sound. The universal-fit Active Ambient IEM system, the retail-friendly 3D-U AARO is nominated for a 2018 TEC Award.
In addition to free ear impressions, Sensaphonics will offer special NAMM pricing on all custom silicone models, including 3D AARO, 3MAX, 2MAX, and 2X-S. Sensaphonics soft silicone designs are documented to offer the highest isolation for the lowest signal-to-noise ratio in the industry, promoting safer listening with long-wearing comfort. The popular Musician Earplugs and SCS (Silicone Custom Sleeves) for Shure and Etymotic IEMs will also be on special.
USA - Adamson Systems Engineering has appointed audio industry veteran Lin Buck to the position of director of sales for the United States, working as an integral part of the team led by Marc Bertrand, managing director of Adamson Americas.
In his new role, Buck will collaborate closely with Adamson’s Partner Network and manufacturer’s rep firms to continue driving sales and growing the brand’s profile in the ever-important U.S. touring and integration markets.
“Our comprehensive strategy for building a long-term, sustainable sales structure in the Americas fits very well with Lin’s experience, as well as his philosophies with respect to customer relations and the Adamson brand,” comments Bertrand. “We’re very pleased to have him aboard, and we expect great results.”
Buck served as senior manager of live entertainment sales for Harman Professional, developing a strong reputation among professionals in the North American and international touring communities. That followed successful stints with Bosch Security Systems’ Communications Division and Kansas City, MO-based manufacturer’s rep firm Tremain Marketing Group.
“I’m very pleased to be joining the Adamson Americas team and helping to continue the brand’s years of impressive growth in both the US and international pro audio markets,” says Buck. “Through decades of selling, managing, and teaching, I’ve successfully relied on a customer-centric sales philosophy and strategic development based on analysis, communication, and empowerment. The synergy with Adam
Germany - Absen Europe has announced the appointment of Thomas Klukas to the position of business development manager for Germany, Switzerland and Austria (DACH).
Thomas joined Absen in January 2018 and is based at Absen Europe HQ in Rüsselsheim, Germany, travelling to spend time with customers and prospects in the DACH region
In his role as business development manager, he will oversee the development of the retail, corporate and DOOH sectors across the three markets, plus sports and rental in Austria and Switzerland – building the Absen brand to increase specification of its innovative and award-winning LED display products in the region.
Prior to joining Absen, Thomas held a director position with audio solutions specifier and supplier Shure Distribution Gmbh, where he oversaw strategy development and partnerships with manufacturers in the AV industry. Other previous roles include business development for Crestron and AMX in Germany, and a strong technical background, Thomas having trained as a radio and TV engineer.
Germany - Chauvet has established Chauvet Germany GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary to serve the German market. Based in Bremen, the new subsidiary will distribute and service Chauvet Professional, Chauvet DJ and Iluminarc products. The opening of the new facility represents the company’s first direct presence in the German market.
Thomas Fischer, formerly owner and managing director of Fischer GmbH, has been named managing director of Chauvet’s German operation, which will focus on lighting. He is joined by Henning Oeker, a well-known lighting industry expert, who will serve as regional sales manager.
“We’re extremely pleased to have Thomas and Henning on-board with us in Germany,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Thomas and Henning have put together a team of experienced lighting professionals who are well positioned to provide sales and service support to the German market.”
This enthusiasm is shared by Thomas Fischer. “We’re very excited by this opportunity,” he said. “Chauvet has established an excellent reputation throughout the world and has been at the forefront in the development of new LED fixtures for entertainment and theatrical lighting applications.”
Chauvet Germany GmbH is the fourth European subsidiary and the sixth domestic subsidiary of the Florida-headquartered manufacturer that also sells its products through a network of authorized distributors in over 100 countries.
Chauvet Germany GmbH is located at Bruno-Bürgel-Str. 11, D-28759 Bremen, Germany.
Italy - Outline has announced the appointment of Leonardo Dani to the post of deputy general manager of sales.
Leonardo joins the company during a period of strong growth and expansion, driven mainly by the success of Outline’s GTO loudspeaker family in global touring and by the growing number of high-profile installations of the Stadia Series, including those for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
His professional background includes many years of road experience in FOH, monitor and system technician roles in addition to a decade working in international pro-audio sales.
Leonardo commented, “I am confident that I can contribute to the continued success of Outline, especially as I am joining them at such an exciting time. Their systems are absolutely competitive with anything else currently available and brand new designs such as the extraordinary Newton processor will allow us to demonstrate clear operational advantages to our clients everywhere.”
Germany - For the first time at Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound, A3E (Advanced Audio + Application Exchange) is organising a professional-development programme within the framework of the trade-fairs. The Future of Audio + Music Technology conference will be held in Room ‘Entende’ on Level 4c of Hall 4 on Friday, 13 April 2018 and cover a range of topics relevant to the global music industry.
A3E is a leading industry resource dedicated to the future of advanced audio applications and new music technologies. The conference will be conducted in English and admission is free of charge for all Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound visitors.
The key topics to be covered by the conference include: The global musician – next generation cloud DAWs for worldwide collaboration; Wearable technology for musicians; Designing products for the wireless musician; Virtual & augmented reality for studio production and live performance; Touchscreen apps and controllers for the studio and stage; App integration for traditional instruments and Artificial Intelligence & machine learning.
“As a future-oriented platform, we are committed to promoting the transfer of information in the industry,” says Michael Biwer of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. “We are delighted to team up with A3E, an organisation that enjoys a first-class reputation among professionals in the audio segment, to implement a high-grade educational conference. The Future of Audio + Music programme is aimed at developers of audio solutions and at musicians, producers and soun
The Netherlands - At ISE 2018 Stand 7.P-200, German manufacturer Lawo will focus on its IP-based signal processing and control solutions, namely the Power Core Audio Processor, the VisTool GUI Builder and the VSM control and monitoring solution.
The Power Core is a networked 19”/1RU Audio Processing Unit with unprecedented processing capacity providing 96 fully equipped DSP channels, 80 summing busses and a 1,920x1,920 routing matrix. The eight rear side slots accept any variety of IO cards for Mic, Line, AES, MADI and headphone interfaces in addition the unit’s IP and MADI connectivity. Besides standard audio processing like dynamics and EQs, Power Core also features advanced audio assist systems like one-touch AutoGain and 32 instances of AutoMix for automatically maintaining the balance of open mics.
The included touch-screen software VisTool allows for routing, mixing, processing and integration of 3rd party web interfaces in an intuitive and customizable graphical user interface. Alternatively, Power Core can be paired with ruby hardware audio mixing panels with 4-60 faders per unit. The PowerCore’s DSP resources are sufficient to drive multi-room installations.
When it comes to controlling large multi-vendor installations, Lawo’s VSM IP control and monitoring solution comes into play. The system abstracts the physical units from the user providing a single overall control solution featuring seamless baseband & IP integration, the broadest 3rd-party control capabilities (incl. broadcast and AV equipment), and an intuitive operatio
The Netherlands - Bringing its next-generation Audio over IP technology to large-scale retail, hospitality and corporate music applications, Barix will unveil its new Retail Player solution on stand 8-K255 at the upcoming ISE 2018 show. The company’s newest multi-channel background music streaming solution, the future-friendly Retail Player system combines robust hardware endpoints with an intuitive, web-based management portal while defining a cost-effective new price point for deployments spanning large numbers of sites.
“For customers wanting to deliver streaming background music and messages across a high number of locations, budget restrictions and price sensitivity have often led them to use consumer-grade players that lack the reliability and usability of dedicated solutions,” said Reto Brader, vice president of sales and marketing, Barix. “Our new Retail Player system shatters those pricing barriers, providing a dependable, easy-to-manage and easily-scalable solution that’s also affordable.”
That cost-efficiency starts with Barix’s new Exstreamer S hardware, running the Retail Player firmware. Powered by the company’s new IPAM400 IP audio module, which is also debuting at ISE 2018, the Exstreamer S provides high-quality decoding of live audio streams and advanced buffer management in an ultra-compact form factor.
Meanwhile, the new Barix Retail Player Portal provides centralised configuration, management, status monitoring and stream switching for Exstreamer S devices across multiple locations. Offered as a cloud-based servi
UK - The Bristol Hippodrome is one of Britain’s top provincial theatres, catering for the widest possible variety of tastes with its programme of musicals, ballet, opera, concerts, comedians and pantomime. A Grade II listed building designed by leading theatre architect Frank Matcham, the Hippodrome opened for business in 1912.
Last year, having reached the venerable age of 105 years old, Bristol Hippodrome, grand old dame that it is, was due a facelift, part of which was to replace its tungsten house light system with a modern, sustainable LED alternative.
Key to the entire project was the requirement to ensure that none of the theatre’s splendid Edwardian look and atmosphere was compromised during the upgrade. Whilst it doubtlessly comprised an out-dated and inefficient system, the existing tungsten illumination could not be faulted for the quality of its light - but on the energy consumption and maintenance side of the equation, it simply had to go. In short, the new system had to emulate as closely as possible the character of tungsten light, whilst at the same time saving energy and the daily, time-consuming routine of replacing blown lamps.
ATG was aware of GDS’s reputation through having installed the Bristol company’s BluesSystem working lights at The Hippodrome back in 2005, declaring them to work “fantastically well”. A conversation began in respect of a new house light system and GDS introduced ATG to ArcLamp Fade To Warm, its latest LED development. Integrator Push The Button (PTB) who already had wide experience of working w
India - The Kankaria Carnival 2017, which took place in the Indian city of Ahmedabad (Gujarat), between 25-31 December, was brought to life by PR XR330 Beams throughout the seven days.
Local event production company Ananta Stagecraft updated their inventory with 100 XR330 Beams in time for the event. A special timecoded show was designed for the celebrations of Ahmedabad, which was declared India’s first Heritage City.
The show’s highlight was the XR330. Some 40 units were used in the show along with various other fixtures. According to designer, Jay Joshi, the fixture has great abilities, with silent operation and great stability. The colours are extremely bright and their split gel functions impressive, while the Prisms and Gobo wheels were utilised to the maximum. The fixture also delivered an unfocused spot look which was used creatively in the show.
Being a wireless DMX controlled fixture the XR 330 Beams can reach great heights and can be spread along venues without interfering with DMX signals.
“We are proud that we have invested in the right fixtures,” said Mr. Joshi. “We have also invested in various other PR fixtures like the XR440 BWS, XR480 BWS and XLED 4022RZ. We look forward to developing great business opportunities with the investments we have made.”
UK - Illumination specialists LED Creative provided their Alpha 60 RGB LED system as part of the recent upgrade to the Sky Sports Studios at the broadcaster’s West London Headquarters.
Working closely with scenic designer Peter Aston for Jago Design, LED Creative’s project manager Ges Smith and on-site team leader Tony Mayor assisted in the successful deployment of the company’s Alpha RGB, which has been used extensively throughout the re-launched Studios One, Two and Three.
Featuring the work of lighting directors Richard Bowles, Andrew Louca and Malcom Reed, all three studios have a highly polished, smart, modern feel which can be easily adapted to a suit a broad variety of moods. The end-result is a suite of flexible spaces that can be tailored to reflect the nature of the broadcast content. Studio One the largest of the three is the all-important football hub; Studio Two with its decidedly ‘green theme’ is used by SKY Golf; Studio Three is an easily configurable multi-purpose interview and featured sport space.
The LC Alpha range of high density ultra-flex delivers precise, even, fully controllable illumination from a super flexible lightweight strip. Cool running and drawing only 14.4W per metre, Alpha 60 is an ideal low energy LED flex solution - flexible, adaptable and simple to use.
The clever inclusion of the versatile Alpha 60 as a key element within the installation allows discreet, seamless transitions in both colour and intensity. The designer lines, clearly defined edges and subtle highlights of the set pieces perfectly
USA - Vail may mean skiing, snow and outdoor activities to most people but the area is known for its educational and cultural opportunities as well. Take Vail Mountain School (VMS) as an example. The independent K-12 school has a reputation for excellence and an important part of their challenging academic curriculum is fine art, music, and the performing arts.
VMS puts on its own productions in a 384-seat, state-of-the-art theatre. In order to maintain its high standards and offer students the latest in cutting-edge entertainment lighting technology, in 2017 the school replaced its standard conventional lighting rig of discharge-based fixtures with an automated Elation Professional LED-based rig of intelligent spot, wash and batten luminaires. .
Media production company THD Productions, Inc. of Leadville, Colorado, was called on to complete the install while freelance lighting designer Matt Phillips specified the fixtures. “The school chose an Elation lighting package for its value and the feature set of each luminaire,” said Todd Howe, president at THD Productions, Inc. “The cost savings and environmental benefits from LED-based fixtures were important as well,” he said, adding that product support was also an important factor including the quality of the product demonstration at the school by Elation rep Jay Cid of PSLP (Professional Sound and Lighting Products).
The new lighting at VMS is made up of Elation’s award-winning Artiste DaVinci LED moving spot, which teams up with Fuze Wash Z350 PAR moving heads and Colour Chorus 48 LED batt
UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow kicked off the 2018 show season last week, providing a regional platform for professionals in the industry to connect and discover the latest technology in the market.
The show welcomed nearly 800 attendees at the Scottish Event Campus on 17-18 January and exhibitors reported busy stands, with high quality of visitors including key decision makers in attendance.
Over 85 brands showcased the latest products in lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging, as well as a busy programme of seminars, workshops and product demonstrations.
For exhibitors, the Focus-style show provided a platform to build connections in a new market and meet customers who often don’t travel to the larger international shows.
This approach was embraced by audio exhibitor KV2 Audio, who expanded their offering by hosting a demo room alongside their exhibition stand. Attendees could listen to the ultra-compact passive ESD 25 loudspeaker with active EX 1.5 subwoofer and EX 15 loudspeakers at drop-in sessions running throughout the show.
Production services supplier Adlib also hosted a demo room, offering visitors the chance to demo products including the new SYVA Colinear System from L-Acoustics, the latest SQ Series console from Allen & Heath, the M32 console from Midas, and the SD12 console from DiGiCo.
It was a full house for The Enchanted Forest seminar with award-winning duo Simon Hayes and Kate Bonney who revealed how they overcame unusual challenges to shape their lighting designs amidst a Scottish Highland forest.
UK - Owing to popular demand, Martin Audio has extended its series of monthly educational webinars to include additional products, software platforms and guest presenters on application deployment.
The live sessions, which started in October 2017 and were initially conducted by members of the product support group, are available free-of-charge and also provide the opportunity for an interactive Q&A.
Martin Audio's director of marketing, James King, commented, “We’ve been delighted with the take-up so far, with over 100 people participating in each of the modules around the world. Such has been the success that we’ve extended the modules to cover more products and software, and I’m delighted to announce we are also introducing guest speakers.” The first of these will be eminent FOH engineer, Simon Honywill.
“Simon has been a long term advocate of Martin Audio and his experiences of MLA in particular are rich and engaging,” continued King. “I’m delighted that he will conduct two new webinars - one on MLA Mini and one on MLA at Festivals.”
Simon Honywill added, “I’m delighted to take part in this series. I have lots of insights and stories to share which I think will be of interest to fellow professionals in how to maximise the use of Martin Audio products, particularly the MLA series.”
USA/Italy - Marani USA has partnered with US-based Peavey Electronic Corporation to market and distribute Marani USA’s line of digital audio processing products. The complete range of Marani Proaudio loudspeaker management and audio processors will be available through Peavey Commercial Audio sales representatives and distributors worldwide.
“This is a very strong match for us,” explained Michele Marani, founder and managing director of Marani USA and Marani Proaudio. “Peavey has long enjoyed a reputation for pioneering excellence in sound reinforcement and pro audio products. Marani USA will augment Peavey’s considerable portfolio of brands with our unique high-performance digital audio processing products.”
With expanding requirements in today’s sound reinforcement market for more efficient and higher-performing digital audio processors, Peavey Electronics’ partnership with Marani USA will provide an extended line of loudspeaker management solutions including advanced high-performance FIR (Finite Impulse Response) filters, says the company.
“We are excited to partner with Marani USA in this new venture,” remarked Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation. “Marani USA’s signal processing range represents a best-in-class solution that mates convenient input and output channel configurations with a powerful and versatile DSP engine. Marani USA’s engineering and the quality of their products fits perfectly with Peavey’s brands, and we offer Marani USA our extensive worldwide distribution and seasone
USA - 4Wall Entertainment has added Chauvet’s Maverick MK Pyxis to the company’s rental inventory.
Featuring a ring of nine 15-watt RGBW LEDs with a zoom range of 7° to 45°, a high output 60-watt RGBW LED centre pixel and continuous 360° pan/tilt movement, the Maverick MK Pyxis is capable of creating “an endless variety of looks”. This versatility, along with the fixture’s bright output and reliable performance, played a key role in 4Wall Entertainment’s purchase decision.
“We supply gear to numerous market segments, and we see the Maverick MK Pyxis being a very valuable fixture for many applications,” said Wes Bailey, VP of M&A and product strategy at 4Wall Entertainment. “The endless eye candy looks you get with the Pyxis played a big role in our decision.”
In addition to the Maverick MK Pyxis, 4Wall Entertainment added the Maverick MK 3 Wash to its rental stock. The company will be using the high-output wash fixture, which is powered by 27 (40-watt) Osram RGBW LEDs, on Romeo Santos’ 2018 Golden Tour that starts in February.
Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet, comments, “Through its commitment to customer service, 4Wall Entertainment has established a large and loyal following in our industry, so their purchase decision will create even greater exposure for the Maverick MK Pyxis and Maverick MK3 Wash. We’re humbled and honoured by the confidence that they have shown in the Maverick series and Chauvet Professional.”
USA - Control products from ETC have been specified to modernise the lighting control at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque.
The museum’s facade is the silhouette of a hot air balloon, with the top of the building a dome newly washed with colour-changing LED fixtures. The museum wanted to take advantage of capabilities of the LED fixtures and reinforce the iconic nature of the building. The solution was an ETC Paradigm system. Lighting looks were programmed into the system and now the museum staff can choose custom colours for different themes or special events.
“Because we are used a lot and we do a lot of activities all year round in the very early morning or late at night, it gives us a way to add an element of beauty to the building,” says Paul D. Garver, manager of the museum. He has plans to let the lights react to weather conditions like temperature, wind speed and more, and when he’s ready to do that ETC’s system will be able to accommodate that as well. As it is, the lights are still a big hit. “They’re a living, breathing part of what’s going on and it’s a big benefit to us.”
The Paradigm system is also a hit inside. The museum’s event spaces are now easily changeable thanks to Paradigm control and the 7-inch Touchscreen station. Positioned near the ballrooms, the museum can easily shift preset looks in the ballrooms, showcasing the flexibility of the space.
“We use the Touchscreen and its ease of use as a selling point to potential clients,” says Garver. “Ever
Croatia - Croatian pop singer Petar Grašo completed a trio of sold out high-profile arena shows - at the Spaladium Arena in Split, the Roman Arena in Pula and finishing up at Zagreb Arena - with lighting, video and scenography designed by Sven Kučinić.
Sven uses Robe as his go-to moving lights whenever possible, for which 24 x BMFL Spots, 24 x LEDWash 600+s and 24 x MMX WashBeams were supplied for two of these three shows - in Spilt and Zagreb - together with sound video, trussing and staging, by ELDRA.
The production supplier for the second show was the IVAS Group, and the Robe kit included 20 x Pointes, 28 x LEDWash 600s, 16 x BMFL Spots and 20 x CYCFX 8s.
Sven, one of the top Croatian LDs working with a raft of music clients both regionally and internationally has collaborated with Petar Grašo for the last two years. He was given complete creative freedom in coming up with a lighting concept for these gigs.
Grašo himself proposed the video concept and the content was created by Dragan Đokić and operated live by VJ Olgierd Kamienski, with Sven supervising for the overall colour schemes and aesthetics.
The Zagreb show was also recorded for a DVD, so lighting needed to be balanced and lit for this as well as calculated to give the live audience all the dynamics and spectacle they were expecting.
BMFL Spots were the primary hard-edged fixtures and work-horses of the show, positioned on four arrow-shaped trusses in ‘power groups’.
The LEDWash 600s were rigged alongside the BMFLs as rear lighting and also were ideal
USA - Philips Lighting’s new VLZ range of LED-based stage luminaires have been chosen for the busy Novo by Microsoft, a live entertainment venue at the L.A. LIVE sports and entertainment district in LA.
The 2,356-capacity Novo by Microsoft is a flexible venue hosting live music of many genres, as well as comedy shows and a full and varied events program. Consequently, its lighting demands are of the highest order. In their search for new lighting tools, theatre manager Jennie Perkins and lighting designer Keith Mitchell prioritized fixtures that were bright, silent and responsive, with state-of-the-art LED technology to bring the benefits of energy efficiency and low maintenance.
"We do over 200 events a year and energy consumption is very important to us," says Perkins. "Equally, the busy programme means we simply don't have time to have fixtures out for repair."
Their choice was a combination of fixtures from Philips Entertainment Lighting's new VLZ range of moving heads, including VLZ Spot, VLZ Wash and VLZ Profile luminaires. Perkins says, "The fixtures' luminosity is impressive in an LED unit, and they are extremely quiet, which is great for speaking panels and filming. They bring updated features from the VL3000s and VL3500s which we had previously. The light output quality is great: crisp, clear beams on stage, with true colours, and they're fast, smooth and great for TV."
In addition to the VLZs, Perkins and Mitchell chose Philips SL Beam 300fx fixtures, which can serve as a beam or wash light, for use above the stage and dance floo
UK - The Royal Albert Hall recently decided to invest in a range of Robert Juliat Cyrano 2500W HMI followspots and approached White Light to make the purchase.
The lighting design manager at the Royal Albert Hall is Richard Rhys Thomas. He comments: “My role covers a few broad areas, namely overseeing the running of the lighting department as well as delivering a high-quality lighting service to incoming as well as internally produced shows. I also have to oversee the upkeep and maintenance of the systems and installations, specifying new lighting equipment and improving the design of the lighting rig as needs change.”
It was Richard who decided that the previous rig required an upgrade of its existing followspots. He comments: “We wanted to replace our followspot provision with up-to-date and more efficient technology. Having used the Robert Juliat Cyrano magnetic version for years, we decided to upgrade and invest in the 2500W HMI electronic version.”
Richard states: “The Cyrano is ideal for our needs for a number of reasons. Its output is great with a very flat field, the throw is just right and the noise is generally very low. It has also proved to be very reliable in an environment where followspots are moved around on a day-to-day basis. We don’t have set followspot positions due to the nature of the building and the shows that we host here, so we need something that had some adaptability.”
The decision behind purchasing the Cyranos was also influenced by a demand from incoming designers. Richard adds: “The Cyranos are