Keeping Music Live - The music industry is hailing a major victory after ministers vowed to change planning rules in England to protect venues from complaints about noise. Stars including Sir Paul McCartney warned venues forced to pay for soundproofing neighbouring properties could be driven out of business.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the rule, which applies to new housing schemes, was an "unfair burden". And he said the government would "right this wrong". Developers will now have to address noise issues if they opt to build homes near a long-established venue.
Industry bodies have said that under current laws, venues are facing "an avalanche of cases" in which residents of new developments were complaining about noise pollution after moving in. The Music Venue Trust said some venues, as well as other community and cultural organisations, were at risk of closure as a result of what it said was a legal anomaly allowing people to move next door to a premises and demand that noise generated by it be stopped. The problem, it has warned, was not confined to music, with complaints being made about the ringing of church bells as well as about noise emanating from speedway stadiums and even farms.
In response to a long campaign by the industry - backed by a cross-party group of MPs - ministers have agreed to reflect what is known as the Agent of Change of Principle in the National Planning Policy Framework - with which developers in England must comply. In future, if developers are given permission to build near an existing premises, the
The Netherlands - Elation Professional is taking momentum from a very successful 2017 to the ISE show in Amsterdam with a number of cutting-edge products set to inspire at Stand 12-F50.
From Elation’s award-winning Artiste series of creative, full-featured moving heads comes the Artiste Picasso, an innovative and inspirational theatrical-grade luminaire that connects art to engineering. The Artiste Picasso is a rare combination of brightness and features in an LED light. One of the brightest and most feature-rich profile LED lighting fixtures on the market today, it is a high-output (22,000 lumens), feature-packed (zoom, framing, CMY, CTO, gobo wheels, animation, prisms, frost and more) yet compact profile light featuring a new high-power 600W Cool White LED engine.
Making its European debut at ISE will be the Smarty Hybrid, a full featured spot, beam and wash fixture and the most compact CMY colour mixing hybrid Elation has released to date. At the heart of the fixture is the new Platinum lamp using ‘FLEX’ technology which offers a "smartly” designed discharge lamp/ballast package for high output / compact performance at an efficient and affordable price point.
Elation will also have on display the popular and award-winning Proteus line of IP65-rated arc-source moving heads. The next-tier product line of discharge-based IP-rated moving lights includes the Proteus Beam and 3-in-1 Proteus Hybrid.
“Our product line is as strong as it’s ever been and we look forward to showing our latest innovations to new customers and connecting wi
Germany - Pro audio company HK Audio has entered into a non-exclusive collaboration with the German electro-acoustic alarm system firm Gräf & Meyer.
The partnership sees the companies moving towards offering a range of services that focus on the complex domain of standard-compliant and high-quality audio playback in voice alarm and evacuation systems.
The goal of the cooperation is to offer architects, planners, project developers and integrators a comprehensive package of products, partners and services to meet all their various needs and demands.
Nils Stamer, HK Audio CEO, said: "Venues and spaces that are challenging to fit with appropriate public-address systems can be even more complex when it comes to the technical implementation of a sufficient voice alarm system. Now, with the partnership between HK Audio and Gräf & Meyer, we are opening a new chapter for both companies, with pro audio technology and alarm system technology coming together to meet these demanding requirements.”
The first results of the collaboration are set to be unveiled at the Integrated Systems Europe 2018 trade show in Amsterdam in February, where the HK Audio booth can be found at location 7-R205.
UK - Automation manufacturer Kinesys has launched a new website at www.kinesys.co.uk and www.kinesysusa.com.
This highly visual and contemporary environment reflects the brand’s identity and reputation for excellence, innovation and imagination, says the company. It will be a key communications hub for Kinesys clients, end-users, technicians and anyone wanting to discover more about the company and its products and services.
Several important new features include Live Chat, Support Tickets, Social Wall and Newsletter sign ups, together with articles, opinions, news and other sources of valuable information and technical detail.
This new platform was created due to the growing interest and trend for automation as a visual component of shows, events, installations, venues and many other applications.
Kinesys MD Dave Weatherhead states: “Many of our customers are embracing automation for the first time, an area where there is a massive amount of information to take in plus many safety elements and standards of which to be aware. There are also plenty of rumours, hearsay and ‘perceived wisdom’ out there which is often wide of the mark!
“To address this, we wanted to find a way of demystifying automation and motion control and provide a forum where end users and customers can find facts and quality information to help them understand the reality - and the potential - of using automation.”
USA - Harman Professional Solutions with its JBL Professional brand has announced its line-up of guest speakers and in-booth (#14811) appearances at the 2018 NAMM show.
Guests are invited to stop by the Harman Professional Solutions booth for a series of artist interviews hosted by TV and radio personality Nic Harcourt, as well as intimate performances, artist meet and greets, autograph sessions, and more.
The diverse line-up of artists and Harman Professional Solutions ambassadors will include George Clinton and members of Parliament Funkadelic, Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarists Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Grammy Award-winning producer Neal Pogue, and more.
Europe - Feeling the heat and helping create the energy and industrial-strength visuals for award winning Swedish heavy metal band In Flames, lighting and production designer Fredrik Stormby of creative practice Greenwall Designs AB used 156 x Robe BMFLs - a mix of 102 x BMFL WashBeams and 54 x BMFL Spots for their most recent tour.
The band was founded in Stockholm in 1990, since when it has been highly successful and prolific, steaming through a full-on career that’s seen them produce multiple best-selling albums and be credited for founding the nuanced metal sub-genre ‘Swedish melodic death metal’. They have built up a loyal international fan-base over time and tour extensively, known for the passion and vitality of their live performances.
This tour is still part of the 2016 Battles album cycle, and the very latest autumn-winter European arena section was a co-headliner with Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP) from Las Vegas.
The production design included lighting, video, set and drapes and was created by Fredrik and his colleagues at Greenwall, together with lead singer Anders Fridén. Fredrik and Anders usually initiate a series of ideas at the start of each tour and then choose from these what becomes developed for the tour.
Being a co-headliner, this leg of the tour saw both bands play a fast-and-furious 80-minute set using a shared top lighting rig, with different specials packages brought in ‘underneath’ to create distinctive looks for each.
Practicality was a major consideration, as the daily schedule was tight, s
Belgium - Luc Peumans of Painting With Light created the lighting and stage design for the 30th anniversary tour by rock band Clouseau.
The visual concept of Clouseau 30 tour - an extensive itinerary visiting 500 2000-capacity venues across Belgium - is based around a lounge-style environment with carpets on the floor, standard lamps dotted around and an upright piano onstage.
Charismatic lead singer Koen enthusiastically engages with the audience as he tells assorted stories related to each song. The set list can also change - with no warning - depending on this audience interaction, as they will often shout out requests for specific songs the band might decide to play. This improvisation keeps Luc and the crew on their toes and is an exciting and invigorating way to work ‘live’.
Luc is celebrating his own anniversary, being back behind the lighting console and pushing buttons day-to-day as a touring LD / operator for the first time in at least 10 years.
The specified console for this tour is a Hog 4, supplied by AED. The last time Luc programmed and ran a Clouseau touring show himself - although he’s designed several shows and tours for them since then - he used a legendary WholeHog II, so to keep continuity and take advantage of the user-friendly architecture of the Hog OS, Luc stayed with the brand which is now manufactured by High End Systems.
Luc and Painting with Light’s Paco Mispelters programmed the 30 show together and are splitting the console operating duties between them, ensuring the band has one or t
UK - For the dance anthem generation, it seems there’s nothing in the musical universe that cannot be enhanced by the augmentation of a classic orchestral string section.
Pete Tong, with conductor Jules Buckley leading the New Heritage Orchestra, have just completed a triumphant campaign that saw them present Ibiza Classics through the major arenas of the UK. Whereas once the dance rave genre relied heavily upon the use of light and laser to animate what is essentially a static DJ performance, now the combination of live video and the addition of so many musicians makes for a heady concoction.
The stage was dominated by visceral images portrayed upon a set of moving LED screens immediately upstage of the musicians and Tong. Veteran concert director Mark Davies was shooting the show with all video equipment and camera system provided by Video Design.
“Because of the orchestra on stage this was no ordinary arena show,” began Davies. “In simple terms, there was no room for a camera track in the pit as the Subs needed to be placed in advance of the downstage edge to help isolate the musicians from low frequency energy. Yet, a track-based system in that position was essential if I was to be able to convey all the visual dynamics of this high energy show.
“Fortunately, Video Design has been working closely with Bradley, using their excellent robo-cams to produce just the solution I needed. The new Bradley tracking camera proved a great alternative. In fact, the experience was so good that if this situation occurs again I would use e
USA - Funktion-One is marking its debut appearance at The NAMM Show with the launch of a new bass enclosure - the F124.
Building on design-thinking first utilised for Funktion-One’s powerful F132 horn-loaded bass, the new F124 “takes the company’s bass loading and driver technology to a new level”.
Funktion-One co-founder Tony Andrews says that the new enclosure marks the next logical step in bass speaker development: “With the 32-inch F132, we introduced something unique to the market: transient in the sub frequencies, as far down as 25Hz. From there, we felt there was potential to go further by using the knowledge we’d gained when developing the F132 to create a 24-inch bass speaker.”
By re-visiting a 24-inch frame and tooling they had developed during a previous R&D phase, the basis of the new enclosure quickly fell into place. To create the completed package, Funktion-One invested significant time into ensuring the other elements were exactly right. Key among these was the magnet and coil.
Andrews and the Funktion-One design team worked closely with Precision Devices to find the best performing solution, eventually developing a double 6-inch voice coil motor with an unprecedented Bl factor of 50 to give the necessary motive power. To Funktion One's knowledge, this is now the most powerful electromagnetic structure in a loudspeaker.
Two voice coils and intense magnetic flux control a 24-inch cone with impressive accuracy, ensuring excellent transient response and extended depth to below 30Hz. This combination of mi
USA - The Gordon Centre for the Performing Arts is a 550-seat venue in Owings Mills, Maryland, Baltimore that hosts all manner of musical acts from local to national, dance performances, comedies, plays, lectures, family shows, and films.
With the help of Baltimore-based A/V integration firm HP Electronics, the Gordon Centre recently upgraded its sound reinforcement system with Danley’s Pure Groove PG-96 loudspeakers, Danley TH-118 subwoofers, and Danley’s new DNA-Series amplifiers, with onboard DSP and presets for every Danley loudspeaker and subwoofer.
“When the Gordon Centre decided it was time for an upgrade, several loudspeaker shootouts were arranged that ultimately pitted a dozen or so loudspeaker manufacturers against each other,” explained Joe Schwartz, A/V sales designer at HP Electronics. “At the outset, they wanted to avoid a line array solution because of its dominant visual aesthetic and their preference for the sound of point source boxes. The fidelity and impact of the Danley boxes really wowed them and won the day.”
Three beefy Danley Pure Groove PG-96 loudspeakers form a left-centre-right system that covers all of the Gordon Centre’s permanent seating. Four Danley TH-118 subwoofers flown above and behind the centre PG-96 provide ample low-end support, and a Danley SM-96 provides front-fill when the orchestra pit is used for seating.
An existing Allen & Heath DLive console feeds three new Danley DNA 20k4 Pro amplifiers, which deliver twelve channels and 60,000W total in just six combined rack spaces. HP Elect
USA - The Long Reach Long Riders and Behind the Scenes will host their annual fundraising raffle at the USITT Conference on 15-17 March in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
This year’s raffle will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Long Reach Long Riders annual charity motorcycle ride. The Riders who have raised over $500,000 for charity in their years of touring, will be riding 23-30 June on the Gap and Notch Tour: A Ramble through New England.
The Behind the Scenes Boutique will also be open for business during the show featuring an assortment of Behind the Scenes swag and the famous Long Reach Long Rider T-shirts and kazoos.
Tickets for the raffle are an affordable $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Behind the Scenes booth #2601 throughout the show. Winning tickets for nine regular prizes and one grand prize will be drawn at 1pm on Saturday, the final day of Stage Expo.
The prizes, provided by generous donors, are: Grand Prize, Spotlight with Renderworks from Vectorworks; Ghostlight from Altman Rentals; American Express Gift Card from Barbizon; Tools for Success Kit from BMI Supply; Event Safety Summit 2018 Registration from the Event Safety Alliance; Stagehands Go Bag from 4Wall; DMXcat Multi-Function Test Tool from Musson Theatrical; $250 Gift Certificate from Sapsis Rigging; Record and Print Social Package from Stage Equipment & Lighting; and a USITT 2019 Full Conference Registration from USITT.
All proceeds from the raffle and boutique sales benefit Behind the Scenes, which provides financial assistance to entert
USA - sE Electronics has announced the RNT, a premium large-diaphragm multi-pattern tube condenser microphone created in collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs. “All in all, the RNT brings the larger-than-life sounds of classic tube mics into the modern age with greater depth and clarity than ever before.”
The RNT is the third microphone in the collaboration between sE Electronics and Rupert Neve Designs, founded by audio designer Mr. Rupert Neve. From sE: “Much like the RNR1 Active Ribbon and RN17 Small-Diaphragm Condenser, the RNT is something truly special, developed over several years of careful listening and measurement by Mr. Rupert Neve, Mr. Siwei Zou, and the engineering teams from both companies.
“The partnership between sE Electronics and Rupert Neve Designs is an extension of the great friendship between the two founders. This elegantly different tube microphone design was one of the first concepts they originally discussed long ago - and after many years in development, we are exceptionally proud to see it brought to life.”
This new tube microphone features “the very finest handcrafted capsule sE has ever developed”, nine switchable polar patterns, two custom Rupert Neve Designs output transformers, an ECC82 tube gain stage in the microphone, and a second gain stage in the floor box using the same high-performance op-amps as those found in Rupert Neve Designs’ flagship 5088 console.
It also features fully discrete class-A electronics throughout, three switchable gain levels, and two switchable low-cut filters. The
The Netherlands - Cadac will launch its MegaCOMMS platform at ISE. MegaCOMMS enables mixing, control and networking of multi-channel studio quality audio, across networks of up to 3072 channels of time-aligned, phase-coherent audio, at distances of up to two kilometres.
MegaCOMMS’ ‘total through-system propagation delay’ - from on-stage inputs to outputs (including all console processing, A-D / D-A conversions and three stage internal latency management) - is less than 400 microseconds (millionths of a second). Additionally, the MegaCOMMS protocol synchronizes all audio samples before summing, for absolute phase coherency at every output.
At the heart of the MegaCOMMS network is the software programmable CDC MC Router. The 2U 12 port MegaCOMMS router is a powerful tool for creating large, resilient networked audio systems, comprising up to 12 separate MegaCOMMS devices - including CDC mixing consoles and I/O stage boxes - and 1,536 bi-directional channels of 96kHz / 24-bit audio.
Devices connect to the CDC MC Router on the MegaCOMMS network via low cost, robust co-axial cables. More extensive networks, to distances of up to 2 kilometres, are achievable via fibre optic cable, with the MegaCOMMS CDC MC Optical Bridge.
Programmable control of the CDC MC Router is provided by the dedicated NetCOMMS PC software.
Cadac’s range of CDC digital mixers and multi-format I/O stageboxes provide production control in a MegaCOMMS network, with a choice of control configurations and channel counts.
“Cadac’s MegaCOMMS platform offers t
The Netherlands - ARX Systems is adding to its range of Dante enabled products with the release of the new NetSplit Audio Distribution Splitter on their Booth Number 6 - E160 at ISE 2018 next month in Amsterdam.
The new NetSplit Dante Digital-to-Analogue Distribution Splitter extracts audio from the Dante protocol network and converts it to studio-quality, transformer-isolated, low-latency analogue audio suitable for connection to multiple amplifiers, powered loudspeaker arrays, mixing consoles and other analogue audio devices using standard Ethernet hardware and cabling.
Extending operating flexibility, the NetSplit can be operated in either of two input modes, Dante or analogue. In Dante Mode, it will extract two channels of digital audio from the network via a RJ45 Ethernet input, and split them to two channels of 1:4 splitter/distribution amplifier. In Analogue Mode, it can take two channels of analogue audio and sends them to two channels of 1 in : 4 out splitter/distribution amplifier.
“Dante has become the long-awaited standard for digital audio distribution in production and install professional audio,” says ARX MD, Colin Park. “We'll be developing and expanding our Dante range with further product releases through 2018.”
USA - NAMM 2018 marks the introduction of GigaCore 10, the first truss-adaptable switch in the GigaCore family. The 19-inch half unit can be mounted in truss, on a wall or in a single or double rack.
In addition to the GigaCore 10 introduction, Luminex will be presenting the new GigaCore v2.6.1 firmware bringing some major improvements on PTP, PoE management and network monitoring. With the constant growth of Audio over IP solutions, Luminex has enhanced the performance of the Precision Time Protocol handling, especially with applications running AES67. PoE handling now offers advanced power management settings allowing users to select between class-based consumption and class based allocation providing even more flexibility when connecting PoE devices such as cameras or PoE loudspeakers.
“The recent expansion of Winter NAMM gives us the perfect venue to introduce some of our latest developments,” remarks Hugo Larin, director of Luminex America. “The release of GigaCore 10 has been much anticipated, it’s the perfect form factor for our many production and entertainment-based customers. Couple that with our new firmware and offline editor tool and we’re looking forward to a very busy show.”
USA - ADJ is set to introduce eight new products at NAMM. Those are: a moving head wash, a blinder, a ‘dim-to-warm’ pinspot, an illuminated lighting stand, two all white housing fixtures, a POW-R BAR and a new addition to the American Audio range of wireless mics.
Expanding the Vizi Series of professional-calibre moving heads, the new Vizi Wash Pro is ADJ’s most powerful wash fixture to date. Powered by 19 x 30W RGBW Osram LEDs and boasting motorized zoom that offers a beam angle of between 5 and 50 degrees, “this potent fixture is equally suited to tight mid-air beam effects as it is to far-reaching wash lighting”.
The Encore Burst 200 will also be showcased for the first time at this year’s NAMM. This innovative new addition to ADJ’s Encore Series of professional stage lighting fixtures is a dual blinder unit featuring high intensity 110W COB warm white LEDs (2700K) that offer cutting-edge ‘dim to warm’ technology to create an authentic tungsten lamp effect with all of the energy saving and long lamp life advantages of LED light-sources.
Another fixture to utilise ADJ’s new ‘dim to warm’ LED technology is the Saber Spot DTW. This new version of the popular Saber Spot LED pinspot unit is suitable for applications where an authentic tungsten-style illumination is required.
Following the success of ADJ’s Color Stand LED, the speaker tripod with LED-illuminated legs, NAMM 2018 will see the debut of the new LTS Color. This lighting stand can support an evenly-distributed load of up to 100lbs. and is supplied with an IR
UK - One of SSE Audio Group’s original team members - Carl Reavey - died suddenly aged 61 on 8 January, the company reported.
Reavey was the fourth member of the original SSE Hire team, joining the fledgling rental company in 1977. There he met his wife-to-be, Jan (who was SSE’s second staff member). His enthusiasm for everything he did always shone through, approaching every task with vigour and humour.
Reavey was crucially important to SSE Hire during these formative years, working the all-nighters, doing mad gigs and moving on to become FOH engineer for the Yachts and later the Undertones.
In 1979, after working around the clock for over a week, he went to Glastonbury with the, just finished, Turbosound festival system and ran the front of house with the legendary John Newsham. They were two very different engineers, but afterwards both said how much they had learned from each other across the three days.
Although Reavey left the sound business in 1995, he was an important figure in the audio industry, first as a sound engineer and later as the first product manager for mixing console company Total Audio Concepts (TAC). In 1991, he was appointed General Manager of Amek’s US Operations, based in Burbank LA.
His passion for live sound and expert knowledge of mixing consoles won him friends the world over.
He left the industry to run a hotel on the island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland with his wife Jan. He reasoned that having spent so much time staying in hotels, he was well placed to know what guests were looking
Europe - Cross 3 is a new high-performance cable protection product launched by Penn Elcom. Described as tough, durable and fire-retardant, the product is suitable for festivals, concerts, shows, events or exhibitions.
Cross 3, the first product in this new series, was revealed to the public earlier this week at the CUE 2018 expo in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It’s a three channel ‘crossover’ product manufactured from Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), chosen for its strength, high resistance to abrasion, flexibility and recyclability.
All elements of the Cross 3 product - top and base - are fire retardant and compliant to DIN EN 13501-1.
Penn Elcom has been developing Cross 3 over the last year based on extensive research and communication related to event industry demands for portable cable protection.
The Netherlands - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) is exhibiting at ISE 2018 and can be found on stand number 7-Z190 in Hall 7.
In 2017 the ISCE was approved by the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) to assess and issue ECS Cards for sound engineers working within sound and communications industries. This agreement allows ISCE to issue and renew ISCE sound engineer ECS cards to existing and newly accredited ISCE members.
Helen Goddard, vice president for the ISCE, comments, “A recognised ECS card is increasingly requested by clients and main contractors to gain access to sites and venues for equipment upgrades and routine maintenance. The ISCE is the only dedicated provider of ECS cards to sound industry professionals.
“We look forward to meeting lots of visitors to ISE in Amsterdam who are looking to become ECS accredited or companies who would like staff and colleagues to become accredited. ISE provides an excellent platform for us to meet lots of key people working within our industries and to discuss improving standards from within.”
UK - Creative Technology’s London operation has recently recruited Richard Rogers and Chris Jordan to work as senior project managers in their audio team. Richard and Chris have long careers stretching back to the early 80s, spending most of that time working together on a wide range of audio projects in corporate events and theatre.
“Having worked with Richard and Chris many years ago I am really excited to be working with them both again, bringing with them yet more experience and knowledge to an ever-growing audio team,” says Mark Boden, director of audio.
Richard comments: “It’s great for Chris and I to be joining Creative Technology and becoming part of the team. CT has a fantastic inventory, backed up by a team of experts with a real passion for delivering high quality audio for all kinds of events.”
UK - KV2 Audio announced at PLASA Focus Glasgow the appointment of Apex Acoustics Sound Services as a main dealer in Scotland. Based in Dundee and with wide ranging expertise and a strong emphasis on Theatre, KV2 believes Apex to be “the perfect partner to build on the fantastic progress made over the past few years south of the border”.
PLASA Focus Glasgow seemed the perfect opportunity to make the announcement at it was the previous year’s show where the initial meeting took place between KV2 and Apex.
Having experienced great results with KV2 products on several shows - including Mamma Mia! - renowned sound designer Bobby Aitken suggested that Paul give KV2 products a listen and a demonstration day was scheduled.
Speaking of the experience and decision to add KV2 products to Apex’s select line of brands Paul Smith, Apex Acoustics director, comments: “The KV2 brand fits nicely into our portfolio with the added advantage - they sound great.”
Falkirk Town Hall was the first beneficiary of the new partnership, having taken delivery of a complete KV2 System installed by Apex.
Having attended the PLASA show in London with Paul, Ross McDonald and Gary Laing from Falkirk Town Hall were able to listen to KV2 Audio’s ESR 2.15 System - again, a system being used extensively in West End, UK touring and Broadway theatre.
A subsequent in situ demonstration took place to confirm beyond doubt that ESR 2.15 was the right system for the venue.
Ross McDonald concludes, “The KV2 System is the perfect system for our venu
USA - Ayrton has announced the appointment of ACT Lighting, Inc. as its new exclusive distributor for the United States, with effect from 10 January 2018.
Ayrton’s global sales director Michael Althaus states: “We are very happy to have ACT Lighting as our new distributor. Ayrton is entering a new stage of growth, with its product range expanding and its team increasing rapidly, so we need a strategy that can cope with the extra demands this generates. Ayrton has therefore chosen to move its US distributorship to ACT Lighting which is well-placed to meet those demands, having an infrastructure, comprehensive sales network and a wealth of technical knowledge to take Ayrton onto the next stage of its US development.”
Althaus continues: “We are looking forward to the next era of Ayrton and to working closely with ACT Lighting in promoting the Ayrton brand further across the US.”
Brian Dowd, ACT’s VP of sales and marketing, comments: “We are excited to offer Ayrton’s innovative and cutting-edge products to the amazing artists whose creative vision we are lucky to support. Ayrton is a highly complementary offering alongside ACT’s other best-in-class flagship brands, including MA Lighting, Claypaky, Robert Juliat, and others.
“We are also delighted to announce that Keith Bennett will join ACT as a brand specialist for Ayrton. He brings with him a continuity of market experience, product expertise and customer service which is key to Ayrton’s character as a manufacturer and which fits hand in glove with ACT’s own philosophy.
France - Green Hippo announces the appointment of ESL France as its French distributor. The agreement will see ESL France exclusively distribute Green Hippo’s line of cutting-edge hardware and software throughout France’s hugely significant economy.
Founded in 1992 by Alain Cornevaux and Olivier Verlet – with Serge Thiriot joining the duo shortly after launch – ESL has since added Paris premises to its Montpellier headquarters. In 2013 the company launched its Architectural Lighting Service, and today’s ESL France continues to offer a global service in the field of stage lighting.
Commenting on the new partnership James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, said: “France is a crucial market for Green Hippo. We fully recognise not only the size of the French economy, but also its population’s enduring love of live events. ESL France brings the necessary understanding of this region – as well as of the Green Hippo line – to help further grow our brand during 2018 and beyond. And we thoroughly look forward to helping them succeed.”
René Pujalte, managing director of ESL France, said: “We are big admirers of Green Hippo the company as well as its products. An award-winning product range is just part of what Green Hippo brings – its technical support, including the likes of HippoSchool training, is just one example of it going the extra mile in support of its end users. We are delighted to team with Green Hippo and we’ll also be going the extra mile – or kilometre as we might say! – to make this new collaboratio
Europe - After lighting the band for nearly 13 years, experienced Irish LD Steven Douglas knows how to bring the best out of The Killers’ dynamic stage set.
Now in the midst of the Wonderful Wonderful world tour, he has been exploring new dimensions and challenging perspectives by introducing GLP’s hybrid JDC1 strobe to his toolbox, along with the GLP X4 Bar 20 battens, to help maintain the band’s status as being one of the world’s leading touring rock bands.
Whereas on previous albums there has always been jumping off points such as artwork to inspire the design, he says that this time the process began while the band was still recording. “Therefore, we were able to start with a clean sheet.
“We knew there would be Las Vegas references as it’s such a huge part of the band’s DNA. Once the set designers, Fireplay, were onboard, we moved quickly through their initial sketches and added things to it.”
He admits that the X4 Bar 20 is a fixture he has wanted to use for some time. “I needed something almost scenic in appearance which could virtually wash the stage, as other than the front truss I have no conventional wash lights in the rig.
“With the large amount of video surface in use I went for a lot more beam orientated fixtures, so we built the pod structures and lined them with X4 Bars. They are extremely versatile so I knew I could get a full wash from them as well as a narrow beam - and I was able to replicate some of the ‘Vegas-style’ Bulb / Marquee chases through them to capture the old casino look do