Portugal - Stage engineering specialist WIcreations supplied four of their heavy duty TP06 stage elevators to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) production which was headed by technical directors Ola Melzig and Tobias Åburg.
The event, viewed by 200m across the globe, was staged at the Altice Arena in Lisbon.
The four TP06 lifts were installed under the stage which was part of the elaborate set designed by Florian Wieder, and were used for two of the 43 finalists, Austria’s third placed Cesár Sampson and Belarus contestant Alekseev.
The project was designed and co-ordinated for WI by Geert Stockmans and tech’d and looked after on site by Mateo Marastoni working alongside Robert Roos who was the production’s props and special staging co-ordinator.
One TP06 lift was positioned centrally beneath the stage and surrounded by the other three, all of them supporting a trussing structure with a 6m triangular section of decking on top. This top section split in two – donut style – with a central cut out that could elevate independently on the middle lift.
For Austria, the whole wedge section lifted up several metres in a dramatic moment with the artist on top to reveal a set of vertically rigged LED battens below, on the underside. Chasing and twinkling, these gave the appearance that the artist was floating in the air as the platform rose up, all helping to make him a favourite with the crowd.
While the Belarus entry didn’t make it through the first semi-final (also televised) this year, it was not before a rousing perf
Nigeria - On a night filled with fun and ceremony, all underscored by an explosion of powerful music, Pepsi unveiled four of Nigeria’s foremost DJs as their ambassadors. The quartet of DJ Obi, DJ Cuppy, DJ Spinall and DJ Xclusive, considered to be A-list DJs rocking the Nigerian entertainment industry, brought their A-games to the Lituation Experience.
Artists such as Tekno, WizKid, Tiwa Savage, among others, came to perform with them on their set. There was also a special appearance onstage by the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Season 3 contestants.
Cytech World Communication was the tech company contracted to make this entire night happen. They supplied stage, lighting and audio, with the show set-up on two stages at each end of the venue.
On one side was the Main Stage for all the performances and at the other end, basically at the back of the venue, was the second stage which featured a 3D screen, used mainly for the DJ main intros.
The audio set-up on the Main Stage PA included 12 x Outline GTO C-12 (six per side) with 10 x Outline DBS 18-2 Subs (five per side), plus two Outline Doppia II 9075 (one per side), which were front-fills for the audience next to the stage ramp.
For the delay speakers from the main stage there were four Outline GTO C-12 per side over two Outline Lab 21 to get the height necessary for complete coverage.
Onstage, the 4 DJs all pre-set on a long DJ table to ensure there was good even coverage for their monitoring. To achieve this, Cytech used two Outline Doppia II 9075 per side over two Subtech 21
USA - In 1946, more than 100 founding parishioners came together to build a community where families could worship as one, establishing the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Community. Built around a host of ministries that include a school, an early childhood centre, and various summer programmes, the sanctuary within the community is relied upon as part of the foundation for spiritual growth.
With an outdated lighting system which needed replacement, the church worked with the Houston-based manufacturers rep LESCO Lighting Technology who installed a bright and energy-efficient worship design using Chalice LED downlights and Pegasus LED Fresnels from Altman Lighting.
“This was our first time working with the congregation at St. Rose of Lima, and we were brought on to help them update their current house and stage lighting system to LED technology,” said Manuel Moran, LESCO Lighting Technology. “In this phase of updating the system, we would need to still use their existing dimmer rack, so we suggested using the mains-dimmable technology of both the Chalice LED downlight and the Pegasus LED Fresnel.
“Their existing house lights were just 10 to 12-inch recessed cans each using a 500W halogen lamp,” continued Moran. “Additionally, they also had 500W halogen PAR lights that were being used to light the alter and the cross. As these lamps were becoming more costly and difficult to find for replacements, they wanted to convert to LED lighting for both the energy and cost savings. Throughout our discussions on what they wanted, we knew the Chalice an
USA - Updating the audio system in traditional churches to successfully host a wider variety of worship styles is a problem faced by many systems integrators. It’s a problem that Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems are well-equipped to solve, as the latest in a number of recent US house of worship (HoW) installations proves.
Since the early 1990s, First Baptist Church in Thomasville, Georgia, has diversified from being a largely traditional HoW to hosting a much wider variety of events and has grown to serve a larger more diverse congregation as well as a variety of worship events and services.
The primary use of the audio system is on Sundays, which begin with a traditional service - featuring the church’s pipe organ, choir, piano and orchestral instruments - followed by a contemporary, praise and worship-style service with modern instrumentation, including drums, electric guitars and keyboards. The church also stages a wide program of special events and performances, including the annual Disciple Now (DNOW) youth weekend, for which the main sanctuary is transformed into a major contemporary music venue.
To accommodate this growing array of needs, the existing centre cluster system was proving completely inadequate. A challenge was that the sanctuary is diamond shaped, with the stage, choir stalls, organ and pulpit located in one corner. With the side walls moving outwards from the audio system, this meant that it had to consistently cover considerable width as well as depth.
The church contacted its regular systems integrator, Thomasville-ba
USA - Late in 2016, research agency Gallup conducted a survey of jam band fans to determine the “approval ratings” of different groups. The Vermont-based quartet Twiddle earned the highest score, even edging out fellow Green Mountain State stars Phish. Although the first-place finish might have surprised some, it wasn’t particularly shocking to the legion of Twiddle fans that turn out to see the band play at festivals and music halls from Maine to California.
Twiddle has recorded upwards of 50 EPs as well as multiple studio albums, but for the band’s true fans the greatest pleasure comes from seeing them perform live. Joyfully blending reggae, funk and rock, with some spirited dashes of hi-def shred thrown in, the band takes fans on a carefree journey, where a delightful surprise seems to wait around every musical bend.
Adding to the magic at a recent Twiddle performance was a free-ranging Evan Antal-designed lightshow anchored by Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures, supplied by KTR Lighting.
Antal, who designed for Zeds Dead and several others before he set aside lighting full time to pursue law school, rolled into the historic Strand Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island with a floor package of eight Rogue R1 Spot fixtures. Happily for him, he encountered a house rig that included six Rogue R2 Spot and four Rogue R1 Spot fixtures, as well as eight Legend 230SR Beam units. Meshing his package with the house rig, he created a lightshow that brought the entire 104-year-old venue into his client’s embracing performance.
“The show at
Lebanon - Clair Brothers has added Boujikian Bros. Co. to its growing list of distributors.
Established in 1984 as a supplier of a wide range of electronics accessories, Boujikian Bros. refocused its attention towards audio, lighting, rigging, staging as the company recognised the potential in the Lebanese market, as well as other expanding markets in their greater region. The company serves educational and religious institutions, corporate, governmental, and military sectors
Gary Boujikian, president and general manager, comments: “The quality products we provide are central to our success. It’s why when the opportunity arose to represent Clair Brothers, we didn’t hesitate. Loudspeakers don’t get any better than what Clair Brothers designs and manufactures, and the people at Clair Brothers couldn’t be nicer or easier to work with. I could tell right away when we first met and signed on at PL+S 2017 in Frankfurt that this relationship would be a smooth one.”
Josh Sadd, vice president and chief engineer for Clair Brothers, hosted a product demo of the kiTCURVE12+ Line Array System, 1.5AM+, 8CX-P-100, and 12Sx in Beirut for an audience of eager industry pros and interested potential customers. “I had heard that the Lebanese have a taste for quality and high standards in audio and it was very evident in the turnout for our event. It was great to meet the many people who attended.”
USA - Montreal-based Zero-Ohm will show MS-4R5, a two-input, two-output rack mounted system at InfoComm 2018. Meanwhile, the new MS-2R (2000W version) will debut at the Las Vegas-based event. The company’s Multispeaker system won a Best New Product Technology award at the Innovations Showcase at InfoComm 2017.
“Our primary product is well beyond the testing phase,” says co-founder George Dracopoulos. “There are existing installations that have been operational for over three years. Our technology already provides the key benefit of full range sound on major installs that far exceed the limitations of traditional 70V and 100V solutions. Building on the revolutionary design, that eliminates the need for transformers, we continue to push the frontiers of big sound with our plug-n-play system."
The Zero-Ohm Multispeaker system is a passive device that interconnects between any amplifier and multiple loudspeakers without worrying about amplifier speaker loads, impedance and extremely long cables runs. This device allows users to connect 20, 30, 40 or more speakers in parallel to one amplifier without the use of transformers. Up until now, the ability to connect multiple speakers in parallel was confronted by the issue of operating the amplifier at a safe impedance. Although there are amplifiers that operate at 4 ohms and 2 ohms safely, any effort to drive them below the rated resistance load led to device failure. The system is ideal for major audio applications:test
UK - Lighting and rigging specialist Nexus Dry Hire has added 30 of Chroma-Q's flagship Color Force II 72 LED fixture to its stockholding.
The purchase of the 1.8m battens was facilitated by Mike Docksey at Chroma-Q UK dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies.
Nexus' managing director, Tom Agar comments: "At Nexus we are always looking for leading technologies which we believe will become the next industry standard and product of choice amongst our production and rental clients. After studying the market, we chose Color Force II as it is exactly the right product for our requirements. It's a very high-quality light source, covers multiple applications and is well made, so we believe it has great rental potential amongst our client base."
Agar adds: "I can't fault Mike and A.C.'s support with getting the deal through, which happened really quickly to meet our customers' requirements. We look forward to building on what is already a fantastic relationship with A.C. through further Chroma-Q purchases, as well as other leading brands within their portfolio."
After being shipped straight out to Japan for a client, the Color Force II 72 fixtures are now back in stock at Nexus' UK warehouse, ready for hire.
Indonesia - Broadcasting and live streaming services have opened up more ways for Star Church to grow and reach new worshippers. However, with this opportunity has come the new challenge of lighting services in a way that not only appeals to people at the church, but can also meet the more critical demands of the video camera.
With this issue in mind, the dynamic Indonesian church turned to its long-time vendor Asiis to create a video-friendly lighting package for its newly built campus, which is located in a shopping mall.
Asiis met Star Church’s expectations by creating a carefully planned lighting system that includes over 65 Chauvet Professional fixtures and is controlled by a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console.
“The HD video camera is much less forgiving than the human eye,” says Asiis’ Andy Mulya Sutikno, who oversaw the project. “The lighting in Star Church’s new building was designed to provide the colour temperatures and smooth, even fields of light that would look great on camera without detracting from the live experience inside the church.”
Key to the new lighting design are the 16 Ovation F-165WW Fresnel fixtures that are flown on truss just beyond the stage apron. “The colour temperature and consistency of the light from these fixtures results in very natural skin tones on camera,” said Andy. “They also make it easy for the church to go from covering the whole stage to focusing on specific individuals. Moreover, with the even light field there are no distractive shadows.”
In addition to the Ovation fixture
Thailand - MediaVision of Thailand has invested in a pair of Robert Juliat Merlin followspots supplied by Total Solution Marketing Pte.
MediaVision provides equipment and services for local and international concerts, as well as corporate events and conferences. Robert Juliat’s Merlin 2500W HMI touring followspot was ideal thanks to its rugged body, powerful output and 3°-12° zoom range, making it suitable for venues of all sizes.
“We chose the Merlin after Total Solution brought it to our attention in late 2016. We needed a followspot that was reliable and versatile enough to adapt to the many demands of a rental company,” says MediaVision’s Joe Thanaruch. “Robert Juliat’s reliability and build-quality is well-known, and Merlin turned out to be surprisingly light-weight for a followspot of its size.
“We were also happy that it proved easy to use with no complications. But the real selling point for us was Merlin’s internal power supply which makes it so easy to transport and set up at every event and venue. Finally, we have always trusted Total Solution’s after-sales service and reliable support for many years which made our purchasing decision very easy.”
Singapore - The Fort Gate at Fort Canning Hill in Singapore provided the backdrop for the 2018 City 65 Music Festival. The location, known for expansive lawns and greenery, has become a hub for cultural and creative activities and a venue of choice for many outdoor events.
Craig Burridge was asked to co-ordinate the Main Stage production and lighting design for the one-day event by organisers Michael Spinks and Rachel Mason from City 65 Music Pte Ltd. The main stage line-up featured five diverse bands, three playing in daylight and the final two in the dark, for which Craig used 50 Robe fixtures - 24 x Linees, 10 x ColorStrobes, six PixelPATTs and 10 x LEDWash 600s - positioned prominently on the rig.
The venue is managed by the National Parks, and there are some strict rules and regulations designed to protect the environment. No production elements can be within 2m of any tree, so the 9m wide by 8m deep stage was allocated a space between two, right in front of a ‘heritage tree’ which “made a fantastic backdrop” explained Craig.
He had a free creative hand with the design with a few important prerequisites including that it was a functional and practical space for the bands and audio / backline crews to achieve quick changeovers. This meant leaving the stage floor relatively clear.
In addition to this, his aesthetic goal was to provide three distinct but related visual themes that would work for the diverse genres of music covered by the final three bands on the bill - hard rock / metal, indie jazz and progressive rock respectively.
UK - Audio technology from TOA Corporation UK has recently been specified throughout the Brompton Oratory in London.
Consecrated in 1884, the oratory has utilised audio equipment for many years, but required the latest technology to replace the aging system. Worthing based System Design Audio was called in to specify, configure and install a new solution.
“As a specialist in church sound systems we have grown our business purely through word of mouth,” explains Peter Hearn, managing director at System Design Audio. “Our reputation has spread throughout the religious community and now this type of work forms 99 per cent of our business activity. Having already completed projects for hundreds of churches, I was delighted to receive a call from Brompton Oratory and, after carrying out a full survey, we presented our recommendations.”
Brompton Oratory’s previous audio system had been in-situ for over 30 years and although still functional, it produced distorted sound by today’s standards. Those speaking also had to get very close to the microphone to ensure their voices were picked up, while people with quiet voices were often inaudible in various parts of the church.
“Audio technology has moved on considerably over the last two decades and it was clear that we would be able to configure a system that improved overall quality of sound,” adds Hearn. “About 12 years ago TOA Corporation UK introduced one of the first line array speaker systems, which we installed at Arundel Cathedral. During that installation we took out 44 speaker
USA - Currently playing at the Paris Theatre in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Inferno: The Fire Spectacular features magic extraordinaire Joe Labero alongside Europe's most extreme fire artists. Here, guests witness a gasoline spectacular that mixes a variety of favourite acts and illusions with death defying fire stunts. To ensure the sonic aspects of the show are every bit as vibrant as the visuals, a new D.A.S. Audio sound reinforcement system has been installed.
Las Vegas-based AG Production Services was contracted by Darrell Clulow, director of technical operations for Caesars Entertainment, to design and deploy the new sound system at the Paris Theatre. Ricky ‘Bongos’ Galecki, project manager and head of audio services, oversees all of the audio design and implementation for AG Production Services.
After consulting with the theatres management staff responsible for show production to determine their requirements, the decision was made to deploy D.A.S. Aero 20A powered, compact line array elements, augmented by LX-118A powered, arrayable powered subwoofers, and Aero 12A powered, two-way, mid-high line array modules.
According to Galecki, “With seating for 1,200 people, the Paris Theatre is a spectacular mid-size room. For a space this size, it was critical that the new sound system provide even coverage throughout the space while delivering crisp, articulate speech intelligibility and natural sounding music reproduction characteristics. We’ve had excellent results with D.A.S. equipment on other installations, so it made
UK - Central Presentations (CPL) has invested in six new Barco UDX-4K 31,000lm laser projectors which were deployed on their first event at Arcadia London last weekend.
The vibrant two day alt.culture festival, music and performance extravaganza celebrated the 10th anniversary of the birth of the Arcadia concept, and was staged in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the famed Spider at the hub of the performance action.
CPL has been involved with Arcadia since 2013 when the 50 tonne Spider - the conceptual brainchild of Pip Rush and Bert Cole crafted from reimagined military hardware and other recycled industrial waste - first landed at Glastonbury festival.
For the last few UK appearances of the arachnid, CPL has been part of a dedicated production team delivering crisp, detailed projections onto both sides of the three giant legs, which are fundamental structural elements of this awesome 360 degree visual and sonic spectacle.
The new projectors arrived just in time at CPL’s West Midlands warehouse for the London event, which was built around Arcadia’s Metamorphosis experience, a dynamic combination of ambitious engineering, acrobatics, stunning visuals and sonic excellence that WOWed everyone in Olympic Park. The festival also included a sizzling line-up of other electronic talent, with all the main action taking place in and around the Spider.
CPL’s team was project managed by George Oakey who was joined by Jack Sykes and Robin Emery. They worked closely with Arcadia’s production manager Dorian Cameron-Marlow a
Singapore - DPA Microphones has appointed Acoustic & Lighting Systems to handle the distribution of its entire product range in Singapore and Thailand. DPA has also appointed Arcadia Tech as a direct dealer in Singapore.
Ken Kimura, managing director of DPA’s APAC office, says: “We are excited to have both companies looking after DPA and are confident this move will benefit more professional users in the regional audio community as our upgraded mics with the CORE by DPA Technology is being introduced in both territories.”
Headquartered in Malaysia and with offices in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, Acoustic & Lighting Systems is one of the most prominent audio visual and lighting companies in South East Asia. Established in 1993 as a live sound company, A&L has expanded over the years to encompass broadcast and, more recently, the corporate AV sector where it sees plenty of potential for growth.
Eugene Yeo, the Singapore-based general manager of A&L, adds: “We strive to work with brands that can add value to our own brand portfolio, but also to the general pro audio community. As a company with a strong heritage and unique technology, DPA has definitely created a distinctive brand identity in the market. Furthermore, it also offers discreet solutions to a wide range of end users whose demand for high quality microphone products is growing all the time.”
Yeo notes that this is the first time A&L Singapore and Thailand have worked with a major microphone manufacturer and both teams are looking forward to promot
USA - Effective immediately, ADJ Products is taking over the development, support and sales for the Compu Show lighting control software previously offered by Elation Professional for the past 10 years.
ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales, explains: “As ADJ’s fixtures have evolved, we felt it was important to grow our DMX software line as well. Our existing myDMX control software has been a very successful product worldwide for ten years, but we felt we needed to offer something with more power and possibilities. Compu Show is a proven system that offers lighting designers powerful features and flexible control options to allow them to make the most of their lighting rigs and fully realize their creative vision.”
Compu Show is an advanced DMX control software application for PC, that is designed for programming and controlling large rigs of moving heads and other professional entertainment lighting fixtures from a PC. It is suitable for a wide range of applications including nightclubs and lounges, churches, concert tours, festivals and other big one-off events.
The software offers a large library of over 10,000 fixture profiles as well as a tool for easily creating custom profiles. It also features live Midi to control the software functions from a hardware desk such as the Elation Professional Midicon 2, a unique ‘pages’ concept where each fixture type has its own page which is built automatically depending on its attributes and features. Quick access switches are included to call presets such as colour and GOBO, while dy
USA - At this year’s InfoComm, Martin Audio will be introducing Sound Adventures, a 3D sound experience in cooperation with its partner Astro Spatial Audio.
Immersive audio is becoming an important new trend across multiple applications, bringing with it an exciting and differentiated experience for the audience.
Martin Audio managing director, Dom Harter, comments: “There are many solutions now appearing in the market, but we believe that Sound Adventures, which combines our sound quality and dispersion control alongside the absolute 3D sound immersion of Astro Spatial Audio, is unrivalled.
“Martin Audio loudspeakers with Astro Spatial Audio processing is utilising nearly 30 patents to unite the audience in a fully 3D immersive sound field. Moreover, it does so without audible artefacts and provides a solution that is more realistic for the audience. Our coverage patterns, in combination with Astro Spatial Audio’s algorithms, also enable fewer speakers than competitors to be deployed in order to still achieve an absorbing experience, thereby making the solution available to a wider market. At the other end of the scale, up to 128 speakers can be deployed for the deepest and richest of experiences.
“This state-of-the-art advancement in 3D audio, coupled with our acoustic technology, therefore makes it an ideal solution for performing arts facilities such as theatres, opera houses, concert venues, theme parks, and worship spaces. With the depth of our Dante compatible portfolio it’s also easily deployable.”
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UK - For anyone working with video, codecs play a vital role in compressing clips for optimum playback in real-time scenarios. For many, the HAP codec - inter-operable between platforms - was key to their work. With Adobe having dropped support of QuickTime 7 (a popular platform that included the HAP codec) as of 24 April, a new workaround for many video professionals is needed. Step forward Green Hippo, whose FlexRes codec means its Hippotizer servers are unaffected by the change. LSi spoke to Sean Westgate, technical director and founder of Green Hippo, to find out more about all things HAP, FlexRes and more . . .
LSi: For those who might not know, can you please explain the importance of codecs and what the HAP codec is?
Sean Westgate: “To get maximum playback performance in real-time, video clips need to be compressed using a codec. This reduces their file size and they can be handled more easily, loaded faster and, with the right playback architecture, played back with less overhead. This is what the HAP codec is really good at - as it’s based on a graphics card-based compression technology, there is an optimal balance between file size and decompression speed allowing media servers to play out many more pixels than before. So, HAP is doing a great job and thanks to Tom Butterworth, who gave this QuickTime codec to the industry for free, it’s very popular as it finds this sweet spot between quality and playback performance.”
LSi: Why and when did Adobe drop HAP support?
SW: “Well, strictly speaking,
Europe - AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, has announced the appointment of Chris Lavelle to the position of senior director of development Europe. Lavelle takes on the role having spent nine years as regional director for UK and Ireland. He will lead the team based in Munich and the UK.
“It’s a real pleasure to be given this exciting opportunity, and I look forward to getting started in my new role,” says Lavelle. “There has been some fantastic work done by our team in Europe, and there is a strong desire and commitment from AVIXA to do even more to deliver our message, liaise closely with our existing members and further drive membership growth.”
The move will be effective 1 June. Current senior director of development Europe, Pam Taggart, will be moving into a global position with AVIXA as senior director of strategic relationships, based in the US.
AVIXA has also announced a raft of team changes New recruits in Munich include Jennifer Leutgeb. Jennifer is replacing AVIXA education programme manager Ally Fowler, who will step up to the role of director of international education following the retirement of Bill Thomas. A European marketing manager has been appointed and will be announced in due course.
Other developments include the promotion of Ben Barnard to regional manager, UK and Ireland. Sarah Carless will also move into a new role as member relations manager, with a new programme coordinator to be appointed in her stead. In addition, Valeria Rapa has been made programme coordinator in Italy on
USA - At InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas, Shure will feature the new Microflex Complete integrated audio system for conferences and meetings. Available in wireless and wired configurations, and with advanced meeting productivity tools, the systems delivers natural, intelligible audio for both in-room participants and remote attendees.
Boasting easy set-up, configuration and solid audio capabilities, Microflex Complete Wireless supports productive, engaging meetings even in the most challenging wireless communications environments, says the company.
The Microflex Complete Wireless system combines a fully-featured discussion system with wireless convenience for government, corporate, and educational facilities, and speeds setup in dynamic meeting spaces or at temporary meeting locations, such as hotels and conference centres.
With no cable limitations, Microflex Complete Wireless is suitable for use in historic buildings or rooms with flexible seating. Automatic Interference Detection and Avoidance technology delivers reliable RF transmission in even the most congested RF environments and robust AES-128 audio encryption provides enhanced privacy. Each wireless conferencing unit is powered by a smart Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery for up to 11 hours, and a single access point can control up to 125 wireless units without additional software or licenses.
“In a world where conferences of all sizes require efficient, easy set-up and coordination, Microflex Complete Wireless empowers the most productive of meetings - from start to finish,” said Bill
UK - Celebrating PLASA Focus Leeds’ 10th anniversary at the start of May, Current RMS was back at the popular show, exhibiting new features of its cloud-based rental management software to stand visitors.
In between catching up with their customers and demonstrating their software to new faces, the show proved an opportunity to showcase its new and highly-anticipated feature, Deal Pricing.
Requested directly by Current users via their online wishlist, Deal Pricing allows users to apply an agreed deal price straight to a job. This overrides the charge total and can either be applied as a blanket figure to all items on the job, or to individual groups, for example, audio or conference room sub-labels.
Handy for providing clients with friendlier quotations and charging a neat deal price for a job, feedback at the show was “overwhelmingly positive”. As with all features, Deal Pricing was built with the AV, Lighting and Events industries and processes in mind. The feature is now in final testing stages and due to be released extremely soon. Built alongside this release, the development team behind Current RMS have also released Two Factor Authentication since the show, providing a new option to add an extra layer of security when users are logging into their rental business. With new GDPR legislation deadlines looming, when this new feature is enabled, users will have to enter a unique code sent to their smartphone to gain access to their sensitive business data, just another way in which Current users can safeguard their rental data.
UK - Hire and events company SLX has announced the successful applicants for its 2018 bursary scheme, which sees the company supporting five students enrolled on production courses with £3000 of hire equipment as well as networking and development opportunities.
Spanning the UK, the students attend different institutions and are enrolled on a variety of technical production focussed courses. Third year students and graduating this year are Ashley Holdom (Rose Bruford) and Ryan Searle (Bristol Old Vic) and the 2nd year students receiving the bursary are Alex Silvester (University of Bolton – Backstage Academy), Georgia Wren - LIPA and Ben Linwood (Guildford School of Acting).
As well as receiving the £3000 bursary to support a project of the student’s choosing, the five applicants were also welcomed into SLX Avonmouth, spending two full days in May with the SLX team. This experience allowed the students to attend a number of talks and workshops, organised by SLX and hosted by a number of other professionals. These covered topics such as the world of freelancing, audio and video training, and networking training.
Leading the programme for SLX, customer service manager, Katy Lowe, and business development manager, Ruari Cormack, were responsible for picking the successful applicants.
Ruari Cormack says: “We’re delighted to give these young people, who really are the future of the industry, that extra helping hand as they embark on their careers in the industry. These five were picked as they impressed Katy and I with the clarity of t
Italy - Making its first appearance in many years, Nexo has returned to the Rimini trade show in some style, presenting three different line arrays systems on the expo’s live music stages.
Having seen attendance dwindle at the long-established entertainment technology exhibition, this year’s Music Inside Rimini saw a cooperative effort from rental companies and equipment distributors to revitalise the event and bring back the crowds. Alongside the traditional show halls, the new Live You Play initiative took over four halls at the exhibition centre, each set up with three stages equipped with a wide variety of audio, lighting and video systems.
With the same band in each hall moving around to play on each of the three stages, the event offered a chance to audition different branded systems in a true live environment.
Under the supervision of Nexo distributor Gianni Fantini of Joint Rent, three different Nexo line arrays were deployed in three of the four halls of Live You Play, working to an intense schedule with a 30-minute set every hour.
The largest of the stages showcased Nexo’s flagship STM Series modular line array, with one of Italy’s top production companies, AMG International, providing a system with STM M46/B112 main PA cabinets, with STM S118 subs.
In an adjacent hall, a different configuration of STM Series could be heard, deploying the smaller STM M28 main cabinet in tandem with STM B112 bass modules.
And on a third stage, Joint Rent itself provided a Nexo Geo M10 mid-sized line array, with MSUB15 and LS 18 sub
UK - Backup’s Kart-Fest 2018 returns on 5 July at Daytona Sandown Park in Surrey, with Chauvet helping drive the event forward and Wimbledon named as this year’s theme.
“We all know people in it who have suffered or are suffering right now in our crazy industry family,” says Matt Hallard, Chauvet’s UK sales manager. “Having an opportunity to support friends and colleagues by sponsoring one of backup’s amazing events is simply the least we can do. Here’s to many more opportunities to shout loud about the great work the trustees and team are doing at Backup and here’s to all that support them.”
“We are delighted to welcome Chauvet as our key partner for Kart-Fest 2018,” says Backup trustee Lee Dennison. "Chauvet joins an amazing list of companies who have already committed to backup and supporting the work we do. We also welcome Creative Technology on board as one of our fantastic production partners. They join Autograph Sound, Unusual Rigging, Impact Production Services and Media Lease as sponsors for Kart-Fest. Thank you to all of them for supporting Backup."
Wimbledon will be the theme for the 5 July event, at which 300 members of the live events industry are expected to come together with big hair, sweat bands and '70s tennis whites to the fore (Yes, we are serious!). There will be prizes for best outfit.
Away from the race track, live action from Wimbledon will be screened throughout the day. BBQ will also be provided, a well as live music and the chance to catch up with clients, manufactures, customers, supplie