gdsGDS expands management team
Friday, 31 August 2018

UK - Bristol-based specialist LED lighting manufacturer GDS has added two new staff members.
Following a recent management restructure and the ongoing establishment of important new areas of business, the company has appointed Charlotte Fenwick to the position of marketing manager and Katie Dyer to the role of business development executive. Charlotte brings wide experience of growth-marketing from the property development and engineering sector, whilst Katie has a strong sales background, developed across the IT industry.
Managing director Richard Cuthbert comments: “These are very exciting times at GDS. We’re moving forward on a number of new fronts, so it’s essential that we keep pace with progress as we continue to expand the business. Charlotte’s appreciation of engineering and technology and her previous work in taking forward projects in the architectural field, makes her a great fit for our principal marketing role. Katie’s proven sales skills will support our recently created on-site service operation, as well as reinforcing the wider GDS team as we open up new channels.”
(Jim Evans)

thiagoPowersoft appoints application engineer
Friday, 31 August 2018

Italy - Powersoft has appointed Thiago Terra as application engineer (rack amps). Terra joins the team to support the company’s business growth - acting as a bridge between the market and Powersoft’s product development unit.
Thiago joined Powersoft in June and is based at the company’s Italian headquarters in Scandicci, near Florence. The role will also see him travel around the world to conduct training and seminars and to support other engineers, as well as visiting distributors, customers and trade shows to deepen knowledge of Powersoft’s Touring and Install line and Armonía software.
At HQ, Terra will work side-by-side with the research and development team to strive for constant improvement to Powersoft’s hardware and software products - identifying and fixing bugs, bringing new ideas to the table and providing worldwide support for Rack Amps.
An award-winning sound engineer and musician, Terra has mixed, mastered and worked on tours as FOH Engineer and System Engineer for many well-known artists and at some of the most renowned festivals in Europe.
Thiago also owns mastering and mix studio WoC Studios, and is production team leader at Sabaoth Church. A graduate in Audio Engineering from the SAE Institute in Milan, he was certified Instructor of Music Technologies at the Italian Institute of Music Technologies and MidiWare Educational in Rome, in addition to holding additional accreditations in his craft.
(Jim Evans)

aroluchaeventcfp0530PixelFLEX takes the ring with Aro Lucha
Friday, 31 August 2018

USA - Created to bring the high-energy of Lucha Libre professional wrestling to the United States, the sports and entertainment media firm Aro Lucha produces a number of live events and television productions.
Led by founders who have already achieved success in the professional wrestling industry, the production team understands they must create a dynamic environment that can match both the passion of the fans and the wrestlers taking the ring. Working with their partners at UNO Branding, Aro Lucha decided to enhance the impact of their design even further with the addition of a high-resolution video wall using a FLEXCurtain HD 6.25mm LED video solution from PixelFLEX.
“This is a relatively new production design as we only started the company in late 2017,” says Jason Brown, chief executive officer, Aro Lucha. “When we decided to launch the promotion, we wanted to focus specifically on Lucha Libre and its popularity in the United States. To do this, we needed to create the same sense of excitement that our fans grew up seeing in Mexico. With our backgrounds in professional wrestling production, we have always relied heavily on LED video, so it was a natural choice for us to bring the FLEXCurtain HD into our design.”
The FLEXCurtain HD is a lightweight and flexible LED video screen designed for high resolution video playback and video effects for indoor and outdoor applications. Its hi-res LED video can be driven by any DVI output, and the multi-directional, flexible design of the FLEXCurtain HD makes it easy to store and transport. FLEXCurt

gamma-illumination-mena-office-dubai-and-arsalan-bari-high-res-august-2018-croppedGamma Illumination opens office in Dubai
Friday, 31 August 2018

UAE - Gamma Illumination, UK based designer and manufacture of low energy lighting solutions, has expanded its operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the opening of its first office in the region and the appointment of Arsalan Bari as vice president.
Gamma Illumination has been active in the MENA region for the past five years. This expansion will enable the company to develop closer relationships with its clients and support the rapidly growing business demands in the region.
“Gamma has already built a reputation for its fusion of high quality and great value, whilst providing industry leading turnaround times and a trusted service to its customers,” says Bari. “I look forward to working with the team to continue to do this throughout the region.”
Cate Hickling, sales director at Gamma Illumination, adds: “These are exciting times at Gamma Illumination and we are delighted to welcome Arsalan on board. Arsalan’s experience, regional knowledge, as well as his connections will enable us to continue to build on our presence within the MENA region.”
(Jim Evans)

letsdance1Let’s Dance gets new moves with Chauvet
Friday, 31 August 2018

Germany - The television programme Let’s Dance has been a perennial fan favourite throughout Germany. Now in its 11th year, the show, which features 14 celebrities and their professional dance partners competing for a coveted trophy, has added even more colour and glamour to its presentation by expanding its lighting rig to include 12 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures.
Lighting designer David Kreileman explained why he specified the 440W moving fixtures for the programme: “For one thing, the price-performance ratio is remarkable, and that's no exaggeration. A further factor is that the Maverick MK1 Hybrid that we are using on this set is unique and unbelievably versatile. Above all, I would single out the CMY colour mixing system, which is superior to fixed colour images.”
As a hybrid fixture with advanced optics, overlapping 8-facet and 4-facet prisms, a versatile gobo package, and wide zoom range in Spot or Wash mode, the Maverick MK1 Hybrid offers the versatility needed to keep up with the show’s diverse repertoire of dances.
“From the pure set design, we have to create a rather complex lighting design, as we have to provide lighting rich in variety for 13 episodes, each with up to 16 songs. To do this, we need a relatively large variety of lamps and functions to ensure the set always looks different,” says Tim Franken, the programme’s technical director. “You cannot just copy the lighting programmes of alternate songs. The hybrids, which unite multiple functions in a single fixture, are opening interestin

glowfair-festival1Elation lights Ottawa’s Glowfair Festival
Friday, 31 August 2018

Canada - Since its inception in 2013, the Glowfair Festival in Ottawa has grown substantially with the two-day event attracting roughly 60,000 people this past June. The name itself is an indication that lighting is an integral part of the event hosted along 10 full blocks of Bank St. in Ottawa.
As it has for the past five years, Ottawa Special Events (OSE) provided a substantial package of Elation lighting fixtures for Glowfair - some drawn from their own inventory and others rented from Christie Lights. In all, nearly 100 Elation fixtures were deployed, a combination of Platinum HFX hybrid moving heads, ZW19 LED moving head beam/wash effects, compact ACL 360i beam effects and SixPar 200 LED Par lights.
This year the festival featured performances by EDM act Cash Cash, Virginia to Vegas, Iskwé, Ria Mae and others on the main stage, as well as DJs and street artists, and two entirely new ‘blocks’ - one hosting events by Capital Tease and Ottawa Capital Pride and another dedicated to Indigenous performers and artists. Bottom line, at Glowfair there’s a little bit of everything and then some, including a Silent Disco and Glow Yoga.
Not surprisingly, Glowfair requires a lot of infrastructure, much of it supplied by OSE. Beyond lights, the company also provides logistics support, audio, video, staging, tents, tables, chairs and more, says production manager, Joel DesLauriers, who specified and designed the Elation-heavy lighting package for Glowfair 2018.
“We have more time for the main stage, but only one day, from noon to 6pm, to se

o2-victoria-warehouse-manchester-aug-18Academy Music Group expands in Manchester
Thursday, 30 August 2018

UK - Academy Music Group Limited (AMG) has announced a new lease agreement with Manchester-based live entertainment venue Victoria Warehouse.
Situated in the heart of the city, the venue was originally the Liverpool Warehousing Company, two huge warehouses built in 1925 and 1936. Their monumental scale and exuberant architectural style dominated the canal-side, and Victoria Warehouse is now one of the only surviving warehouses of its kind; retaining its classic internal structure of cast-iron columns, supporting wooden beams and joists.
Victoria Warehouse was renovated in 2009 to become a premier events and hospitality venue, with multiple rooms, formats and configurations. The main auditorium capacity is 3,500.
Graham Walters, chief operating officer, Academy Music Group, says: “Manchester’s warehouses are so important to the history of the city. They give Manchester its local distinctiveness, identity and character. Iconic venues are the life-blood of what we do, and we have significant expertise in running some of the most historically important entertainment venues in the world. We are delighted to welcome this stunning venue in a prime city to our Group; especially as Manchester is such an integral part of the UK’s live music scene.”
Academy Music Group, whose shareholders include Live Nation Entertainment, has had a long-standing partnership agreement with O2 since January 2009. As part of the deal, Victoria Warehouse, will be rebranded O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester from 01 September 2018.
Gareth Griffiths, head of sp

lisa-newPLASA 2018: L-Acoustics brings L-ISA to Olympia
Thursday, 30 August 2018

UK - L-Acoustics returns to the PLASA Show in 2018 from 16-18 September with a booth space for the first time in 10 years.
The L-Acoustics team invites you to visit them on the ground floor on booth C20 to discover mixing in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound on the L-ISA Controller using KLANG:technologies 3D in-ear monitors.
L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound is a revolutionary technology for multidimensional mixing and processing that offers extremely natural and vivid sound, creating a sense of proximity and deeper connections between artist and audience.
Join Sherif El Barbari, director of L-ISA Labs as he discusses Bringing the Audience Closer: How Technology is Changing the Live Sound Experience with a panel hosted by taking place on Tuesday, 18 September at 11:00am. Space is limited with advanced registration available on the PLASA website.
(Jim Evans)

adjADJ expands Entour series with compact fazer
Thursday, 30 August 2018

USA/Europe - ADJ has announced the immediate availability of the latest addition to the company’s Entour range of professional effect generation equipment. The Entour Faze is a robust and affordable portable faze machine, with patent pending rapid heater technology, that creates a thin mist of atmospheric haze using regular water-based fog fluid.
It is suitable installation in a wide variety of venues, including bars, lounges, clubs, entertainment centres, community theatres and churches, and is also suitable for mobile use by entertainers and production companies.
The new Entour Faze builds on the success of the popular Entourage professional touring faze machine and Entour Venue installation model, offering a more affordable and compact solution that still generates an impressive output. Combining the latest heating technology with a high-powered fan, the unit uses standard water-based fog fluid but outputs a fine mist rather than the thick plumes of smoke created by traditional fog machines. This makes it suitable for generating a lightshow-enhancing atmosphere for both stages and dancefloors.
Equipped with a 450W heating element, the Entour Faze is capable of generating 1000 cubic feet of atmospheric haze per minute. It also offers a large three-litre fluid tank and a low consumption rate of 10ml per minute, which means that it is capable of five hours of operation from a single tank of fluid. The unit also features ADJ’s new patent pending Rapid Heater Technology that means the machine can be ready to start producing haze just 40 seconds fr

madrixnebula2018blackMadrix Nebula gets major upgrades
Thursday, 30 August 2018

Europe - Nebula, the popular LED pixel tape driver from Madrix, has received two major new upgrades.
The improved hardware now features two separate Ethernet network ports. Both are fully functionally for data input and output and can be used for the data connection without using a separate network switch or router. More importantly, these ports enable daisy-chain support to linearly connecting several devices together with ease.
On top, firmware 2.0 has been released. The new update adds numerous features to all Nebula devices. They include support for Streaming ACN as well as ArtSync, and settings for start channel, channel order, and output in case of connection loss.
New types of LEDs are also regularly added, and the list currently boasts over 35 SPI protocols for different ICs.
(Jim Evans)

eaton-zero-88-leisuretec-lighting-basics-training-bas161644305Zero 88 supports Leisuretec’s training
Thursday, 30 August 2018

UK - Eaton’s Zero 88 series continues its enthusiastic support for professional lighting, audio and AV distributor Leisuretec’s Introduction to Lighting Basics course, an innovative one-day fly-through of some of the fundamentals of stage, event and venue lighting, devised and presented by their lighting specialist, Andy Friedli.
This is the third of four Lighting Basics sessions being run by Leisuretec throughout 2018. Over 30 customers and interested parties attended over these latest three one-day courses, and Leisuretec has now trained over 170 people via this straightforward, hands-on process, with great results.
Friedli devised and developed the course - initially for Leisuretec staff - three years ago, having joined the Leighton Buzzard based company five years ago. With a background in theatre and a 25-year career that includes working for leading production lighting companies, he’s seen a lot happen in that time - and recognised that a little basic information goes a long way.
It can assist sale teams to better understand the precise needs of their customers, and for those working in other technical departments, it can provide insight into some of the theories behind, and reasons for, making light work.
The first courses proved so popular that Friedli and his colleagues at Leisuretec decided to open the training to their customers - specifically systems integrators and venue or event production staff and crew who may be involved in the peripheries of lighting, and who can benefit massively from a little bit o

claypaky2chris-young-photo-by-jeff-johnsonBandit Lites expands inventory with B-EYE K20
Thursday, 30 August 2018

USA - Bandit Lites has added a complement of Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K20 high-performance wash and beam fixtures to its inventory.
“We invested in the B-EYE K20s for their output and versatility,” says Jake Tickle at Bandit Lites. “Claypaky is a tried-and-tested industry standard.”
The B-EYE K20s have already been deployed on a number of shows and tours. Bandit provided the lighting package, including K20s, to Rascal Flatts’ Back to Us Tour and the K-LOVE Fan Awards show in Nashville’s famed Opry House. Bandit also furnished K20s for Logic’s set at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama and for Chris Young’s Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour whose lighting designer Mike Stanley specifically requested the fixtures for their kaleidoscopic effects.
The B-EYE K20s have also been used by Garth Brooks, Steven Wilson, Halestorm, Godsmack and Barry Manilow.
ACT Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Claypaky fixtures in North America. “ACT has some of the best support in our industry,” says Tickle. “They have a process that is consistent and professional, which enables swift repairs when needed. And from the sales side Doug Mekanik is always available with useful information that allows me to better service our clients.”
Francesco Romagnoli, Claypaky area manager for North and Latin America, adds: “Bandit has been a great customer and it’s a pleasure to see them working on so many shows with our fixtures.”
(Jim Evans)

malaysiaHarman solution for Kota Kinabalu Marriott
Thursday, 30 August 2018

Malaysia - Mahajak Trio recently outfitted the Kota Kinabalu Marriott hotel with a custom Harman Professional Solutions audio system to deliver an invigorating entertainment experience for guests. This project was collaborated together with the AV system integrator Eastern Global Sdn.Bhd.
Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel is a premium five-star resort located at The Waterfront entertainment centre on the South China Sea. Known for hosting opulent events held in their Grand Ballroom, Kota Kinabalu Marriott hired Mahajak Trio to install an audio system capable of delivering world-class sound throughout the resort. Mahajak Trio designed a complete Harman Professional Solutions audio system made up of JBL Professional speakers and power amplifiers, AKG microphones and BSS signal processors.
“Kota Kinabalu Marriott needed an all-new state-of-the-art audio solution capable of distributing a large number of audio channels throughout their massive facilities,” says TK YIP, senior business manager of Mahajak Trio. “We were able to design the perfect solution using Harman products thanks to their flexibility, reliability, and impeccable sound quality.”
Kota Kinabalu Marriott’s new audio system utilises self-powered JBL SRX815P and PRX812W loudspeakers, as well as JBL PRX818XLF subwoofers in the Grand Ballroom. Guests can enjoy performances anywhere on the premises with JBL Control 16C/T, Control 47C/T, 8124 and 8138 in-ceiling loudspeakers powered by JBL CSA 140Z and CSA 1300Z single-channel amplifiers.
The system can be easily controlled with t

rainforestmomentfactoryChauvet enlivens rainforest experience
Thursday, 30 August 2018

Singapore - Every evening visitors flock to the Singapore Zoo. They aren’t coming to see the facility’s animals, who by then have been safely tucked away in their sleeping quarters. The attraction that draws them is a winding 1km magical path that immerses the senses with the sights and sounds of simulated rainforest landscapes, complete with a shimmering island, cavernous hills and virtual animals, including an orangutan, a flying fox and hornbills.
Created by Moment Factory, a multimedia studio based in Montreal, Canada, Rainforest Lumina is a triumph of technology and imagination. Lighting plays a key role in crafting Rainforest Lumina’s mesmerizing spell. Not only does it add greater depth to the exhibit’s scenery and video projection effects, it also evokes powerful emotions along pathways and creates a surreal impression, standing out against the night sky.
Chauvet Professional COLORado fixtures helped enliven this stunning design with rich colours. Moment Factory deployed 175 COLORado 1 Solo and 147 COLORado 2 Solo fixtures at Rainforest Lumina. “We used the COLORado 2 mostly on the high poles because of the power, and the COLORado 1 on the floor for up light,” said the project’s lighting designer Bruno Rafie. “The COLORado 1 was also great for nice, sharp shadow effect with its single cob. The wide zoom range of these fixtures was also a valuable asset.”
Setting an alluring tone for visitors as soon as they approach Rainforest Lumina is the vividly coloured UV lighting at its entrance. This is one of two zones on the Nig

balletPhilips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile for Béjart Ballet
Thursday, 30 August 2018

Switzerland - Signify reports that the prestigious Béjart Ballet Lausanne has invested in its next generation Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile luminaires. The company, which tours internationally each year, chose the new lighting fixtures to take advantage of the many benefits of the latest LED technology, while maintaining the highest quality of stage lighting for its exquisite and renowned choreography.
Having used the VLZ Profiles at their home, the Beaulieu Theater in Lausanne, and on tour, Béjart Ballet Lausanne is satisfied that their investment was “the right choice”. Among many improvements over conventional fixtures, the team notes especially the VLZ Profile’s silent operation.
For lighting designer Dominique Roman, the silence is golden. “We work with classical music, with quiet moments, and the fan noise from the old machines complicated things. It was an additional stress. Not having this noise is a huge advantage,” she says.
Other noted advantages include the VLZ Profile’s lower heat emission, power and consistency of light output and improved reliability.
Roman also praised the VLZ’s colour reproduction. “With the [CMY] colour system, the level of colour and the nuance is very similar to what we had traditionally. From a designer’s perspective, it’s a big advantage,” she says. 
Technical director Lucas Borgeaud enjoys the VLZ Profile’s multifunctionality. “We use it like a profile, with the framing blades; we use it as a gobo wash and we can also use it like a standard wash, because the two frost

audi-1BlackTrax helps introduce new Audi to China
Thursday, 30 August 2018

China - When car maker Audi introduced its A8L luxury saloon to the Chinese market, technical service company Redline turned to the BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system to help deliver the wow factor to the launch show.
Each of the cars featured in the show was fitted with ‘BTBeacons’ which transmitted the exact position of the vehicles as they moved around the stage to ‘BTCams’, which then relayed the information to the lighting console so that any lighting look could be designed while automatically following the cars on the stage, regardless of speed or direction, with an accuracy that would not have been possible to achieve manually.
Another big part of the reveal, was the futuristic graphics projected on the floor and not only accented the car, it also helped explain some of the A8L’s new built in technology and features. The mapped projection interacted with the car as it drove around the stage. As well as the BlackTrax system, the Audi A8L launch show featured 30 Panasonic PT-SRZ31KC projectors, 72 Acme lighting features - being used by Redline for the first time - two gx 2 and four 4x4pro media servers from disguise and motion graphics from Notch.
“The cars were the stars of the show - so it was vital that they were accurately highlighted by the supporting AV technology,” said Andrew Gordon, director of business development. “BlackTrax is unique in its ability to automate the tracking of moving objects by projectors, spotlights and so on - which is why it’s being used increasingly in major product launches worldwid

boseBose ShowMatch debuts at Medusa Sunbeach
Thursday, 30 August 2018

Spain - Medusa Sunbeach presented the fifth serving of its electronic music festival to a 300,000-strong crowd this August. Held in Cullera, Spain, the festival offered the very best of world-class DJ’s to entertain audiences over three days of performances.
Madrid-based rental company, Delta Sound Spain, was appointed to provide audio for the Little Bird stage which was one of three stages within the public access festival area. Having only acquired their Bose ShowMatch system this year, they worked closely with Bose distributor Gaplasa to quickly secure a busy summer schedule for the new system.
The agreement to debut ShowMatch for one of its first appearances on a European festival stage was one which at first raised a few eyebrows. Jose De La Torre, CEO of Delta Sound Spain, comments, “As we loaded the system into the Little Bird Stage, operators of the sound systems on the other two main stages were astonished that we were setting up such a small system and seriously questioned whether it would be big enough to cope. During the event, they all came over to agree how loud ShowMatch can go and with such precision and quality.”
The Little Bird Stage was equipped with two x 12 module hangs of ShowMatch and 18 SMS118 subs, configured in six 3 x high clusters, with four of them in cardioid mode. In addition, four units of SM10 & SM20 loudspeakers were deployed for front fill. Very powerful DJ monitors had one SMS118 and two SM20 modules on each side, with the complete system driven by PowerSoft X8 Dante amplifiers.
Over the three day

luminex-for-soundgrid-networkingMØ upgrades to Luminex for SoundGrid networking
Thursday, 30 August 2018

Europe - As part of an upgrade programme that has seen FOH engineer Jon Schumann regularly adding upgrades to the touring Waves SoundGrid LV-1 rig that he has designed, the MØ FOH engineer has recently upgraded their network infrastructure with the addition of a new Luminex based Fibre backbone for their fully featured LV-1 system.
Whilst the Danish Pop Star has been steadily amassing an increased following, her FOH engineer has been amassing an increasingly impressive audio system for touring. Rather than going down the route of a rented touring system, MØ have chosen to purchase most of their touring rg and build a flyable system that can accompany them to every gig.
The addition of the four Luminex GigaCore 14R switches, along with the two redundant PSUs that provide full power redundancy at each end of the wire for both sets of switches, has added the Rosetta stone to an already advanced system design.
The Luminex switches, supplied via fac365 through the brand's UK & Eire distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) have helped elevate the system to a new level of redundancy.
Alex Hadjigeorgiou from fac365, who provided the initial consultancy, adds: “Jon and the MØ guys are so progressive in their attitude towards system design, that after some successful tests they were willing to move their system forward with the addition of Luminex GigaCore switches. They were looking for a top quality solution, and were willing to invest in what is an essential part of their impressive audio system.” He continues: “It has bee

beirgofcomtouseOfcom statement offers positive news for PMSE sector
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

UK - Ofcom has published its long-awaited response to the consultation on the 700MHz compensation scheme, to which the British Entertainment Industry Radio Group (BEIRG) - an independent and non-profit association, working for the benefit of all those who use radio spectrum - has released the following statement: "The original proposals [from Ofcom] fell short, and since submitting our consultation response, BEIRG has been lobbying hard to ensure that PMSE is treated fairly. Our contact with Ofcom, DCMS and Treasury has been frequent and we have a host of new supporters in Parliament. BEIRG has briefed the Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP Culture spokesmen who have been vocal in their backing for our campaign. BEIRG would like to thank the UK Government, Ofcom and those from the PMSE community and beyond who have worked so hard to achieve this positive outcome.
"On funding, the minimum amount a user will receive is 60% of the estimated replacement cost for a piece of equipment. This was originally set at 47%, a wholly unacceptable figure. Equipment modification will be funded - if not more expensive than replacement. Additionally, Ofcom have agreed to include ancillary equipment in the scheme - this was not included in the original proposals.
"Regarding eligibility, the criteria to have at least 50% of the tuning range of a given piece of equipment in the 700 MHz band in order for the equipment to

versarray-pro-hangPLASA 2018: UK debut for Versarray PRO
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

UK - Crest Audio is set to present its Versarray PRO powered line array for the first time in the UK at PLASA 2018 (stand U60). Comprising the Versarray PRO VR112 line array element and the VR-PRO 215 sub, Versarray PRO is suitable for all mid-sized line array applications including live entertainment, theatres, houses of worship and more. With integrated Dante audio networking, built-in DSP, innovative flying hardware and world class components, the Versarray PRO powered line array delivers quality audio in a versatile, easy-to-set-up, networkable package.
The VR112 benefits from Crest Audio’s latest-generation Mark III ribbon drivers and proprietary CLEAR FORM Waveguide for crystalline high-end reproduction. The low end is served by the 12” NEO Black Widow neodymium loudspeaker with dual 4” voice coils which works in conjunction with Crest’s patented Ram Air Cooling (RAC) design for even greater efficiency and power handling. The compact, flyable VR-PRO 215 sub, also with RAC design, features dual 15” Black Widow Low Rider drivers and delivers full power down to 35 Hz and a peak SPL of 135dB. Both elements benefit from 3000W of available dynamic power.
In terms of rigging, Versarray PRO is a fully articulating array thanks to an ingenious, easy-to-adjust three-pin system on the back, which enables a range of configurations that are simply unachievable in other comparably priced systems. The result is near-perfect coverage and audio quality across a vast range of applications.
Furthermore, Versarray PRO includes Auto-Hang DSP technology,

danteDante Domain Manager adds more features
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

USA - Audinate has announced a new version of Dante Domain Manager, with additional features and enhancements.
For larger Dante installations, customers can purchase expansion packs for the Platinum Edition to support up to 1,050 devices per instance of Dante Domain Manager.
The automatic device discovery service that customers have grown accustomed to with 4.0 firmware devices, has now been extended to legacy (pre-v4.0) devices. This makes it easier to for products with and without the 4.0 firmware to co-exist in Dante Domain Manager.
Designed to accelerate setup, configuration and troubleshooting, the Network Diagnostics Report provides instant visibility of basic network configuration via connectivity, DHCP, DNS and Internet reachability tests.
Available in the Network & Security settings, it is now just a single click to quickly establish if there are any fundamental configuration errors on the network.
Finally, customers can now rename Dante domains without having to delete and recreate them.
(Jim Evans)

rahL‑ISA meets challenges at the Royal Albert Hall
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

UK - Adam Rhodes has been FOH engineer for folk-rock duo Angus and Julia Stone for the past 10 years. He is also a long time L‑Acoustics user, favouring the French manufacturer’s K Series systems for his general touring rig.
This June, UK and European production supplier for the Stones, Britannia Row Productions, gave Rhodes the opportunity to expand his audio horizons by trying out L‑ISA Hyperreal Sound technology. Not only was he to take on this new experience with little time to learn the L‑ISA system, he was to do it at the notoriously challenging Royal Albert Hall, a venue he had never worked in before. It was, he says, “a revelation”.
“I was offered the chance a few months before the show,” says Rhodes. “Brit Row’s Lez Dwight told me that there would be an L-ISA system in place for the Classic Brits at the RAH and, if I wanted to use the system, he knew that with my experience with multiple stem mixing - I have done a lot of mixing for film, the clarity of which I try and present with Angus and Julia - this would be a perfect gig for it and he thought I’d enjoy it, so I agreed to give it a go.”
Before the show, Brit Row invited Rhodes to spend a day getting to know L‑ISA in one of its production suites, where they set up a small mock rig, enabling him to programme his Avid S6L console, do a mock set up and play with the system.
The L-ISA system, which was also used for the Classic Brits later that same week, comprised five arrays of 15 Kara each positioned above the stage as a frontal system, with additional si

joanbaezatteatroromanoveronacourtesycesareveronesiJason Raboin mixes Joan Baez on dLive
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

USA - After sold-out performances in Europe, folk legend Joan Baez continues her 2018 Fare Thee Well tour in North America with both FOH and monitors mixed by engineer Jason Raboin of Klondike Sound on an Allen & Heath dLive C Class C3500 Surface with CDM48 MixRack.
"I’ve worked for Joan for 15 years and she’s an amazing performer,” says Raboin. “At one point, she simplified to a three-piece band and I started doing both FOH and monitors so I knew I needed a better console. I did a lot of research and talked to some people I really trust. Then, I got to demo a dLive. Even with just music playback, it sounded better than what I was using. So I went for it and it has been great.”
Raboin described the typical setup for a performance. “I have 24 inputs from the stage, with three in-ear mixes and four wedge mixes plus whatever is required for the house. And ticket demand is so high that we’re sometimes selling seats behind the stage. That results in a lot of zones to manage.”
On two dates in France Raboin supplied Dante feeds to a broadcast truck and he adds: “Also, there’s a documentary film crew that’s following us around and I give them eight analogue feeds from the MixRack. Having 24 analogue outputs plus the AES feed has made this all possible.”
dLive fader banks and layers help Raboin manage his inputs. He uses the mixer’s internal RackExtra FX reverbs and delays for instruments and vocals and dLive scenes for specific moves. Raboin records each show from a dLive Waves card and uses the mixer’s Virtual S

clf-defqon-1CLF LEDbar PRO premieres at Defqon.1
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The Netherlands - Defqon.1, one of the biggest outdoor dance festivals, takes place in Biddinghuizen and is organised by Q-Dance. Its 2018 edition featured 236 of the new CLF LEDbar PRO linear LED battens.
CLF LEDbar PRO fixtures were located all over the impressive mainstage, produced by Q-Dance. Hans Bokkinga, owner of Habo, comments: ‘We were looking for a powerful linear fixture to outline the shape of the stage. When looking for a linear fixture we found the CLF LEDbar PRO, which immediately caught our attention because of the big reflectors. Because of these, the fixtures are very usable for large scale shows like this.”
Next to the LEDbar PRO, other CLF fixtures were deployed during the festival. CLF Ares LEDwashes were responsible for illuminating the impressive decoration and 136 CLF Aorun beams were also included in the impressive design. “We really like the CLF fixtures because of their high value for money,” comments Bokkinga.
Operator Pascal Parent (Ten Feet) was very impressed after his first job with the LEDbars. “They really stand out because of their high output. And just like other CLF LED products like the Ares and Yara I often use, the colours are very deep and saturated.”
Parent is pleased with the CLF Aorun and reports: “They are the fastest beams I know, they are the ideal fixture for hardstyle and EDM events.”
All fixtures were supplied by leading Dutch dry-hire company Rent-All.
(Jim Evans)


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