diningroom3Top Chicago restaurant outfitted with Martin Audio
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

USA - Encompass AV recently supplied a Martin Audio CDD sound system for the Gibsons Italia restaurant located in a spectacular setting on the Chicago River. The restaurant has quickly become known for its sophisticated combination of Italian food and steaks and luxurious setting.
A $20m build, Gibsons Italia is a high-end, four-storey restaurant, bar and lounge with a dining space for private functions on the roof deck with floor to ceiling windows that offer views of the river and skyline.
Encompass owner Tim Pickett explains: “We were contracted to provide exceptional sound throughout the entire venue and weren’t given a budget because the owners just wanted it to be the highest quality. So, we selected the Martin Audio CDD Series because it’s worked so well for us in other restaurant and club installs.”
Gibson Italia’s ground floor is basically a small entrance with the receptionist and elevators to go up to the other floor - but even in that space there are three CDD6’s to get people used to exceptional sound from the start.
For the luxury bar and lounge on the second floor, there are 22 CDD6’s, four CDD5’s and 12 CDD8’s mounted in the ceiling with brackets and facing out and slightly angled down. The restaurant is located alongside the $500m, 52-storey River Point Complex in the burgeoning West Loop neighbourhood, which is mostly financial offices and law firms. So even though the lounge and bar system is designed for background music, they have an upbeat playlist that ranges from 90s rock to modern pop music - anyth

chroma-q-space-force-for-big-shed-pressChroma-Q Space Force for Big Shed projects
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

UK - The award-winning Chroma-Q Space Force LED space/soft light has been proving its versatility for Big Shed on several major TV and photographic projects.
Manchester-based Big Shed's 4,000sq.ft of professional studio facilities is the ideal space to shoot large sets, automotive photography, TV commercials and videos.
After being impressed by a demo, Big Shed's Justin Windle has sub-hired in the Space Force for several big-brand clients' shoots, including utilising six units to top-light a 5sq.m, 360-degree revolving stage used to shoot stop-frame imagery of revolving cars. The Space Force's shallow profile allowed him to gain nearly a metre in elevation compared to the studio's old, conventional space light fixture.
Another project required emulating the even lighting of a large hospital floor. The six units were evenly spaced to light the 50ft wide set, and were hung, angled on their yokes, lit and ready to use in less than an hour. The fixtures were also used to light the set for a filming shoot by a major children's TV channel.
Justin comments: "In my experience, the advantages of the Space Force over conventional space lights are many. They're a fraction of the power consumption yet are very bright. They are much easier to hang and adjust, produce little or no heat output, and feature very simple white colour temperature adjustment. After using Space Force, I can't see why you would want to use traditional space lights anymore."
(Jim Evans)

the-arkwysiwyg helps build The Ark in Cambridgeshire
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

UK - With three churches already serving its population of 2,300, it’s perhaps surprising that one of them is building a new one in the fenland village of Isleham in Cambridgeshire. But the congregation of High Street Church outgrew the existing chapel and a larger building became a necessity.
In 2009, they began construction of The Ark, which, at 2,200sq.m, is believed to be one of the UK’s largest green oak buildings constructed in living memory. Now fully weather-proof, it is expected to be completed in the not-too-distant future.
Jonny Billitt from event production and equipment hire company MTS Live, and a committed wysiwyg user for more 'typical' lighting design applications, takes up the story.
“Designers and builders from the project initially contacted me for advice regarding the uplighting,” he explains. “The main design requirements were to up-light the hammer beams and room extremities, also achieving a good ambient lighting level.
“wysiwyg was initially used to import building CADs and overlay installation schematics for the inground uplighters as the floor was being laid and the cabling needed to be in place. The building render and subsequent lighting design went from there. Using wysiwyg I was able to demonstrate the concept using the 360-export feature, exhibiting the suggested fixtures and how they would realistically luminate the building.”
The 360° render of the interior of The Ark that Jonny created with wysiwyg is impressive with its exquisite details to the architecture and lighting. The new bui

plugfest-pressreleaseBooking opens for lighting protocols Plugfest
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UK - PLASA has announced dates for Plugfest, a three-day lighting conference running 25-27 April 2018 at The Copthorne Hotel near London Gatwick.
Plugfest is an unmissable event for all lighting equipment manufacturers who want to ensure the interoperability of their equipment. It’s a hands-on place to ensure the reliability of lighting products, debug and improve connectivity with others. Representatives who would benefit from the event include product development engineers, system integrators, production electricians and technical support staff.
The expert team behind Plugfest, Hamish Dumbreck of JESE Ltd, Peter Willis of Howard Eaton Lighting and Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence, have helped create and define many of the communication protocols relevant to the lighting community and will be on hand throughout the event. Attendees can expect ‘break-outs’ and technical round-table sessions for a wide range of protocols including DALI, DMX512, RDMnet, Art-Net, sACN, and the very latest ESTA Standards.
As the only event of its kind in Europe, this is an opportunity to engage in the European Standard making process, enabling attendees to improve the reliability, and increase the value of, their products. Furthermore, as the Plugfest team sit on the board of the American RDM Standards group (ESTA), this is an opportunity to find out more about RDM and create products which have a wider reach.
PLASA has negotiated specially reduced rates at the hotel, allowing attendees to stay overnight and socialise with a valuable peer network they may

british-groveGateway re-launches training initiative
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UK - Dave Ward, founder of Gateway Studio and the Gateway School has announced the re-opening of Gateway Professional Development Training.
“We are re-starting the industry training courses that we originally planned with the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services). They are designed for professionals in the Creative Industries who would like a better understanding of the various disciplines outside their own specialist experience or expertise.
They may be managers or administrators as well as operators. Plans are also underway for specialist courses for teachers”, explained Ward.
The first course, designed to give a greater understanding of the world of recording and music production, will be held at Mark Knopfler's British Grove Studios in West London. It will run over two days, Saturday, 12 May and Sunday 13 May 2018. It will be led by Dave Ward and Dave Harries alongside British Grove manager, David Stewart. To book places contact Francesca Smith: francesca@gatewaypdt.org
Similar courses starting in 2018 will include an essential guide to the jargon and technology within the Film and TV world, as well as courses on audio post production.
Ward added, “As our technologies converge, we all need to know a bit about what each other does; we don't actually need to be able to do it. We need information to be more effective, to communicate and indeed to survive. Change comes upon us so quickly, the more we know the better equipped we will be.”
(Jim Evans)

al-murraySupport backup, come to Comfest!
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UK - We all know how tough it can be as a freelance in the entertainment technology industry. The hours are long, you’re away from your family and you only earn money when you’re working. What happens if you can’t work because you’re ill, you have an accident, or someone in your family needs your help and support? You probably do not have a stash of cash put away to see you through. What then?
That’s where Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity can help and that’s why it is putting on Comfest – an evening of outstanding comedy with the legend that is Al Murray The Pub Landlord and a great supporting line-up at The Dorfman Theatre on 25 March 2018.
In case you don’t know, Backup provides financial support to industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film. It offers support and help to get you back on your feet.
Grants are tailored to an individual’s needs and can include essential living costs, medical related expenses, advice, re-training and travel.
Backup works with potential recipients to fully understand the support needed and ensure that help is targeted effectively and will stay in contact with recipients and provide ongoing support.
Backup grants have brought help and hope to industry members and their families during some of their darkest hours.
Help backup to continue to help your friends and colleagues by coming to Comfest. Tickets are available from https://www.backuptech.uk/event/comfest-2018/
(Jim Evans)

ayrton-cocktail-dinnerAyrton celebrates move with distributor day
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

France - LED lighting manufacturer, Ayrton, celebrated the winds of change last week with new headquarters and a growing product line.
The LED lighting specialist moved its headquarters to a new, independent 1350sq.m space in Villebon-Sur-Yvette in south-west Paris. The new premises include a new lobby, more office space, a warehouse, meeting rooms and a permanent 220sq,m showroom.
A distributor day inducting Ayrton’s broad international dealership preceded the official inauguration, which took place on Thursday 8 March 2018. Over 200 guests attended the Grand Opening event and were treated to a tour of the new premises, a cocktail dinner, and previews of Ayrton’s new light show which will be revealed to the public in its full glory at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt next month.
Star of the evening’s celebrations was the new showroom, available to all distributors and clients, which has been designed to facilitate the demonstration of the full portfolio of Ayrton’s LED fixtures.
“The showroom is the perfect setting in which to demonstrate units to clients,” says Glyn O’Donoghue, managing director of exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions Ltd. “There are over 200 fixtures in the rig with all Ayrton products represented. It will be a valuable resource where we can bring our clients to visit the company in Paris, show them the products in a ‘real’ setting, and spend quality time with them.”
Erik Guertin, international sales manager with Ayrton’s Canadian distributor, Theatrixx Technologies, was equally impressed

kaiellingsenAltona strengthens European sales team
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Switzerland - Atlona has strengthened its Central European sales team with the appointment of industry veteran Kai Ellingsen as senior sales manager, DACH. Reporting to Thorsten Goecke, Atlona’s director of business development EMEA, commercial, Kai will leverage his broad industry expertise to support sales initiatives and increase visibility for Atlona across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Kai’s career path over the past 15 years includes key sales and business development roles with distributors and systems integrators serving the commercial AV industry, including Kindermann, an AV systems distributor and manufacturer of mounts and lift systems based in Germany.
“Atlona’s strengths in balancing price and performance, along with their very recent innovations in networked control and AV over IP, have arrived for our industry at exactly the right time,” said Ellingsen.
(Jim Evans)

sxf115Martin Audio boosts subwoofer line-up
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UK - Martin Audio has further boosted its impressive subwoofer line-up with the introduction of SXF115 – a passive subwoofer featuring a powerful, long-excursion 15” (380mm)/4” (100mm) voice coil driver in an ultra-compact bass reflex enclosure, capable of 136dB at 1 metre.
Billed as “the ideal companion” for Martin Audio’s new Wavefront Precision Mini (WPM) optimised line array, it can extend the performance down to 42Hz and can be flown as part of an array, or ground-stacked separately. Cardioid operation can be achieved by arranging the SXF115 in forward and rear-facing pairs.
The design of the 15” driver maximises output while minimising power compression and distortion, and four reflex ports reduce air noise at very high output levels. The SXF115 enclosure is constructed from multi-laminate birch ply, finished with a durable polyurethane coating and equipped with a perforated steel grille, skids and twin bar handles. An M20 threaded fitting in the top surface facilitates pole-mounting of up to four WPM or MLA Mini enclosures.
Managing director, Dom Harter, comments, “Wavefront Precision line arrays have sold very successfully and across more varied applications than initially expected. With that has come demand for additional subwoofer solutions. We recently added the high output SXH218 for WPC and now we’re pleased to introduce for WPM the flyable SXF115. The SXF115 is also compatible with MLA Mini in fixed installations where ground-based, rack-mount amplification is preferred, so we expect to see very healthy sales of th

robe-mikel-jes-spiidersNamibia’s Mikel-Jes invests in Robe Spiiders
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Namibia - Production and rental company Mikel-Jes Productions has invested in new Robe Spiider LED wash beams which have been added to its ever-growing rental stock of moving lights.
The company’s co-founder and owner Michael Vermeulen likes to keep up with the latest lighting trends. The Spiiders are the latest in a steadily expanding stock of Robe products which started in 2008 when Mikel-Jes was founded.
Both Mikel-Jes and the other major entertainment and production technology supplier in Windhoek, dB Audio, have taken a Robe path for their moving light inventories. This means that as well as servicing their own shows, there is a healthy cross rental business during the busy periods.
Mikel-Jes currently has around 90 Robe moving lights in rental stock including the Spiiders which they initially saw previewed at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.
The Spiiders were supplied by Robe’s Southern Africa distributor DWR based in Johannesburg, in late 2017, specifically in time for a show by American pop and country music duo The Bellamy Brothers.
In conjunction with a lot more Robe fixtures – all of their own plus some sub hires - the Spiiders will also be used on the 2018 Namibian Music Awards (NAMAs) coming up in April, a high-profile event which has been one of Mikel-Jes’s regular gigs for some time.
(Jim Evans)

okeechobeeElation Paladin gives life to Okeechobee tower
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

USA - Early March saw the third incarnation of the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, a four-day multi-genre music experience filled with art and entertainment held at Sunshine Grove in the heart of the Florida wilderness.
The festival’s recipe of offering a range of diverse talent – this year saw Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, Travis Scott, The Flaming Lips, Snoop Dog, and Khalid among many others – attracts a wide range of music fans.
Rob Ross, site lighting designer for the festival and president of Rob Ross Design, Inc., designs and oversees the installation of the site lighting at the festival and chose to highlight one of the most important symbols of the festival in dynamic lighting, a can’t miss 90-foot tall fire tower. The fire tower, which displays prominently in the festival’s branding, including website, posters, pamphlets and site map, can be seen from across the festival grounds and therefore serves as a gathering and meeting spot for guests.
“It was important for us to keep the fire tower at the forefront of our lighting design so that it would stand out and remain a symbol onsite, integrating the festivals marketing materials with the onsite guest experience,” said Ross, who has been involved with Okeechobee since its incarnation, working to develop the look and feel of the festival since 2016. “We used 16 Elation Paladins at the base of the fire tower to light up the structure and used the very bright lights to really give it life.”
The Paladin is an IP65-rated hybrid LED luminaire with zoom that functi

stadionŚląski Stadium upgrades with Community
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Poland - The noted Śląski Stadium (Silesian Stadium) in Chorzów, has undergone a complete rebuild to become one of the most modern football and sporting facilities in Europe.
The original stadium, opened in 1956, was a symbol of Poland's post-war rebirth. It has held some of football’s most important and memorable matches, played by legends of the sport including Johan Cruyff, George Best and Cristiano Ronaldo. It has also hosted massive concerts by bands like U2, AC/DC, Iron Maiden and The Rolling Stones. In 1993 the stadium became the official home of the Polish national football team.
The rebuild of Śląski Stadium has been a long and sometimes difficult project. Started in 2009, the new 43,000sq.m roof proved the biggest hurdle and its partial collapse during construction lead to long delays and a re-design. Despite the problems and additional costs, the national importance of the venue ensured the project would succeed and it was finally completed in late 2017.
In addition to the new roof, the modernization has included new stands, lighting, video screens and sound systems. Other facilities include a restaurant, food vendors and VIP boxes, and the stadium’s original speedway track has been replaced with a traditional track that allows it to host international athletic events.
An initial system design was put together by Dr. Piotr Kozłowski of Wrocław-based Acoustic Laboratory Pracownia Akustyczna, who subsequently approached Polish distributor Tommex to begin the process of equipment selection. Local company NOMA2 was brought

arkaos-mediamasterArKaos launches MediaMaster 5.2
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Europe - ArKaos has released MediaMaster 5.2, the latest software version for its powerful and flexible real-time video control software platform.
The key new features that 5.2 brings to MediaMaster users are: DMX Merge: To combine parameters like Pan and Tilt from a lighting console and video sources from MediaMaster; Pixel Blending: Utilising the Blend function, the colour output of a lighting console can be blended - via DMX from the lighting console with the video output of MediaMaster; Kling-Net Draft Devices: Allow a show to be prepared remotely – disconnected from the physical devices; Extended Fixture Creation: Supports complete DMX Devices like moving heads with Pan / Tilt; 64 Bit Support: for all applications – enabling quicker and more responsive operation.
The Art-Net DMX merge facility implemented in MediaMaster 5.2 unlocks the system’s true potential to work with more complex lighting fixtures which have more than just LED channels, says the company.
The fully redesigned fixture creation dialogue in version 5.2’s Art-Net mapper makes it quick and easy to support devices like LED panels, matrix-style units and LED wash lights with individual ring and pixel control.
(Jim Evans)

big-appleMartin fixtures in the ring for Big Apple Circus
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

USA - Established in 1977, the Big Apple Circus has been a mainstay outside Manhattan's Lincoln Centre for decades and has also travelled to countless cities on tour.
In 2017, the circus was purchased by BigTop Works, who decided to update Big Apple’s traditional circus presentation to a Broadway-like spectacle. Management hired veteran Broadway lighting designer Jeff Croiter to create a bold and modern lighting design for the revamped show. Partnering with lighting vendor Christie Lites, Croiter designed a powerful and versatile lighting rig that features a range of Martin lighting solutions, including Martin MAC Axiom Hybrid fixtures, MAC Aura washes, and MAC Viper Profile fixtures.
"We wanted the show to look incredibly stylized and sleek, like a modern circus - but not dark or uninviting," said Croiter. "Martin fixtures were a key part of the lighting design, and their versatility and durability were really helpful in creating the vibe that the circus wanted."
Croiter's design includes numerous Martin by Harman fixtures, including six Mac Axiom Hybrid, 28 MAC Aura, 32 MAC Viper Profile, three MAC Quantum Profile, and three MAC III Profile. The fixtures are deployed in groups of six and four, on each of the four main tent poles. Fixtures are also hung on a suspended ring and accompanying truss that surrounds the poles, as well as three follow-spot platforms.
"The circus is in a tent and the audience seated is in the round," Croiter said. “Each of the four tent poles or masts has a series of MAC Auras and MAC Vipers that are used to li

adlib-the-scriptAdlib on The Script for Freedom Child tour
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UK - Adlib is delighted to be back on the road again with Irish rockers The Script, supplying a CODA audio system for FOH engineer Steve ‘Pato’ Pattison.
He and monitor guru Marc Peers are also both well-known Adlib regulars who have worked on previous Script tours and are both assuming engineering roles for the first time.
Adlib has provided audio for The Script’s four previous album campaigns which has included three arena tours and some stadium shows. Long term FOH engineer Richy Nicholson has actually flipped roles on this one, after many years of mixing FOH, he’s representing Adlib as the account handler, co-ordinating everything from the office and warehouse perspectives.
A top touring crew join Pato and Marc on the road including systems engineer Alan Harrison, George Puttock, Jay Petch and Laurie Binns.
It’s the first time The Script have used CODA in arenas, a decision made by Pato after using it on last summer’s album launch tour.
The main system set-up is main left and right hangs of 14 x AiRAY dual 12” speakers, complete with four ViRAY dual 8-inch downs, side-hangs of 12 x AiRAY with four ViRAY downs, plus an upstage hang of eight ViRAY and a centre cluster comprising another eight.
The flown subs are eight SC2 dual 15-inch bass cabinets, run in conjunction with a ground-stacked spaced array of 32 x SCP dual 18 subs. APS 10s and HOPS 8s are used for front-fills.
The PA drive system is digital from mic converters to the amps, so benefits from minimal signal degradation from multiple A to D conversio

voljamxxVolunteer Jam XX rocks with Bandit
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

USA - Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam has seen many different iterations over four decades, but none have been as distinct as Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie.
Produced by Blackbird Events, Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s twentieth instalment of Volunteer Jam which featured a setlist of over 30 songs from a diverse and talented line-up including Travis Tritt, Chris Young, Alison Krauss, Lee Brice, Chris Janson, Justin Moore, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
"Volunteer Jam XX had a kind of “specialness” about it,” said Charlie Daniels in a release. “The calibre, quantity and variety of talent who took the stage crossed lines, demographics, genres and styles that, while truly diverse, blended together to make for what was most likely the most entertaining Volunteer Jam in its 44-year history."
“Bandit Lites and Charlie Daniels have shared a very long and positive relationship since the 70’s and there was never a question as to our desire to be involved with this production,” said Bandit vice president Mike Golden.
Bandit Lites provided lighting designer Mark Carver with Martin MAC Viper Profiles, VL 3500 Spots, VL 3500 Washes, Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids, Chauvet Nexus 4x4 and Portman P1 fixtures with a grand MA 2 full console for control.
“The producers were looking for a balance between contemporary and old school looks,” said Carver. “It was also being recorded for AXS TV so attention was made to produce with a

usitt-visitors2USITT visitors tour Chauvet headquarters
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

USA - More than 150 lighting designers, students, educators and other USITT visitors boarded special buses at the Broward County Convention Centre for a visit to Chauvet Professional’s global headquarters.
While at the spacious facility, they got to meet with the company’s product development team for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the latest fixtures in the Ovation line of ellipsoidals, Fresnels, battens and followspots, as well as the widely- honoured Maverick and Rogue series of moving fixtures.
Guests had the opportunity to take part in interactive demos of popular lighting fixtures. There were also demos of the latest ChamSys consoles. At the conclusion of their visit, guests participated in a question-and-answer session with company CEO Albert Chauvet, who was “energised and encouraged” by the idea exchange.
“For me, it was rewarding to talk to our guests, particularly the students,” said Chauvet. “The energy, enthusiasm and passion for lighting that these young people showed made me feel very good about the future of our industry.”
(Jim Evans)

cropredyThe Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Summer Sounds - Fairport's Cropredy Convention music festival has confirmed that Brian Wilson will perform the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds at Cropredy on Thursday 9 August 2018. Acclaimed for its ambition and sophistication, Pet Sounds is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential albums of all time. Released in 1966, Wilson's masterpiece is number 2 in the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, only beaten to the top spot by The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper. The festival will be held over three days (Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August 2018) at Cropredy near Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Money Matters - Regional theatre workers have voted to accept pay increases ranging from 3% to 4.7%. The agreement will see a 4.7% increase for workers covered in grades four and five of UK Theatre’s agreement with union BECTU – bringing pay in line with the national minimum wage, which increases in April from £7.50 to £7.83 an hour.
Workers in grades one, two and three will see a 3% increase, meaning their hourly wage will increase by up to 25p, while there will also be a 3% increase for meal expenses, allowances for touring and call out rates. BECTU members voted 90% in favour of the pay offer, which will come into effect from 2 April.
Talks are continuing to update the union’s agreement with UK Theatre, which involves plans for a new pay and grading structure, drawing on information from a pay survey that was launched in December 2017.
Refurbishment - London’s Lyric Hammersmith has announce

aldchairjohannatownpresentsmichaelnorthenawardtojackcolemanALD chair tightens association’s focus
Monday, 19 March 2018

UK - At the start of 2018, Johanna Town stepped into the office of chair for the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD). Just two months on, she has solidified the manifesto that will steer her course and chart the direction of the association, as she embarks on this role.
Town’s diverse career as a successful lighting designer contrasted against the learning struggles she faced at school inform her manifesto. Starting in the 1980s at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, where she applied for and successfully completed a two-year apprenticeship course, Town later became head of lighting at London’s Royal Court, where she remained for 17 years having lit over 50 Royal Court shows, before embarking on being a solely freelance lighting designer.
Town says of her new role that she would like “to be a springboard to bring out the best in people who have plans and ambitions, and this includes equality and diversity. As an individual who’s passionate and believes in theatre, I want to be able to reach out and help as many others as I can.”
Following a two-day strategy meeting of the ALD executive committee, where the goal of all participants was to “to help make lighting in all its practices a rewarding and fulfilling industry for everyone to work in, and to contribute to create an industry that can be sustainable for future generations of lighting practitioners”, Town announced the initiatives that would drive the ALD forward under her guidance.
The ALD’s mission statement now reads, “The ALD is a collective and inclusive voice to effe

robe-db-audio-namibia-lt-with-spiider-2dB Audio Namibia adds Robe Spiiders
Monday, 19 March 2018

Namibia - dB Audio in Namibia has continued its investment in Robe moving lights with the recent purchase of 12 Spiider LED wash beams adding to their inventory of over 150 Robe moving lights, the largest Robe stock in Namibia.
The lights were supplied by DWR and are the latest addition in a steady commitment to the brand which dates back 13 years by dB Audio, one of the busiest rental and production specialists in Namibia.
Owner and founder David Benade started the company in 2004, initially as an audio supplier, however it soon made sense to offer other production disciplines like lighting and rigging. At that point, audio was his specialist area, a competitor moving brand was dominant in the region, and, being a start-up, budget was tight.
When it came to purchasing some new LED washes, Spiiders were an obvious choice as specified by the dB lighting team led by Gillroy Barmann who comments: “Our Robe LEDWash series fixtures have worked extremely hard, so it was time to invest in the latest versions and take some pressure off the older stock.”
The first job for the new dB Audio Spiiders was the Windhoek Jazz Festival in Independence Stadium, Windhoek (LD Ramon le Roux). dB’s Gillroy Barmann and Geraldo Papo then used them for the Hunter’s Roadshow, a high-profile party in Ongwediva in the north of Namibia for the top SA cider brand - which needed to look fantastic. Ramon Le Roux included them again in his design for international singer Joss Stone’s one-off performance at the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek.
(Jim Evans)

bobs-3-doors-downChauvet sets the mood for Bob’s Biker Bash
Monday, 19 March 2018

USA - Even before the opening notes were sounded for Bob’s Biker Bash on 4 November, John Garberson knew it was going to be a great night. Behind the stage, the setting Arizona sun was blazing a glorious red that looked as if it came out of a classic western movie.
“It was the perfect setting for an outdoor concert, and everything that followed lived up to this beginning,” said Garberson, who served as the lighting and video production manager for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital fundraising concert, which was headlined by 3 Doors Down.
Contributing to the smooth flow and good mood of the evening was the versatile and power-packed lighting rig that Garberson and his team at Creative BackStage put together for the show. Anchoring that rig was a collection of 15 Maverick MK2 Spot, 25 Rogue R2 Wash and four STRIKE 4 fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“We’ve been a part of Bob’s for six years,” said Garberson. “Pro Productions has us do the lighting and video with the mandate to create a rig that can create the most excitement for the crowd that turns out to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The thing we like about the Mavericks and Rogues is that they deliver a lot of pop, which allows us to create arena style looks at a one-off outdoor show.”
To maximize the versatility of the moving fixtures in his rig, Garberson flew them on three rows of truss, which was based on the 3 Doors Down lighting plot. The multi-platinum selling band’s LD Jay Branson, a partner and the principal designer at Two Pair Creative of Las Vegas, r

hard-rockPowersoft drives Bucharest’s Hard Rock audio
Monday, 19 March 2018

Romania - In need of an audio infrastructure upgrade, Bucharest’s Hard Rock Café turned to integrator Paradigma Teknik for a system with power, clarity and above all reliability, featuring Powersoft’s latest fixed install Quattrocanali and Ottocanali amplifier platforms.
Paradigma sales manager, Laura Angelescu, recommended a system of Martin Audio loudspeakers, and turned to Powersoft’s Romanian distributor AudioVision Store, for the amplification aspect of the installation.
AudioVision’s Marius Craiu, explains: “We have a very strong relationship with Paradigma Technik. We have worked with them for many years and Powersoft aligns very well with Martin Audio for many reasons, but primarily because of the powerful DSP: a kind of Formula 1 for series cars.”
Understanding the end-user’s needs from the installation, AudioVision specified Powersoft’s DSP+D versions of Ottocanali and Quattrocanali amplifier platforms to form the powerful and uncomplicated backbone for the restaurant’s multi-zoned audio system. Powersoft’s green energy product solution, packed with innovative signal processing and backed up for redundancy, ticked every box. The installation is managed by Powersoft’s Armonía Pro Audio suite, which offers complete and user-friendly web-based control of the system.
Every Hard Rock Café centres around its all-important rock stage, and here Angelescu specified eight Martin Audio W8WDQs supported by four WS218X subs, which Marius met respectively with the power of two eight-channel Ottocanali 12K4 DSP+D and a s

beijingWang Feng tour flies high with L‑Acoustics
Monday, 19 March 2018

China - Rock icon Wang Feng kicked off one of the country's most highly anticipated live music events in September 2017 with The Times tour. The major national tour supports his latest album 29, Guoling Lane which has propelled Wang Feng to even greater acclaim.
Debuting at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, the tour has the popular singer performing in 30 cities over the course of 2017 and 2018. The production requested a sound system without delays on the field, to preserve sightlines and budget. Sound designer Mr Shaogang Jin chose an L-Acoustics K system, supplied by rental company Lab Beijing, for its long throw and even coverage.
One of China's most renowned sound engineers, Mr Shaogang Jin has designed sound and manned FOH for Wang Feng over many years both on tour and for the prominent reality TV show The Voice of China. He has also worked as master sound engineer of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In addition to the powerful throw of the L-Acoustics K system, he cites L‑Acoustics' rugged and waterproof design, and ease of tuning, via LA Network Manager as the main factors influencing his system choice for The Times tour.
The system design consists of a total of 44 K1, 96 K2 and 24 Kara, plus 24 K1-SB and 40 SB28 subs, with K1 and Kara used for the main L/R hangs, K2 for out-fill and Kara for front-fill. Consistent bass coverage across diverse venues was accomplished with flown K1-SB and ground stacked SB28 subwoofers. The entire system was driven by 86 LA8 amplifier controllers.

dpa-microphonessnake-and-chopper-with-dpa-on-drumsphoto-credit-helene-marie-pambrunDPA microphones on drums for Harry Styles tour
Monday, 19 March 2018

Europe - Snake Newton, FOH engineer for Harry Styles, relies on DPA Microphones to mic up the entire drum kit for their current world tour production, performing over 20 confirmed dates across Europe before jetting off to Australia.
Snake opted for DPA d:dicate 4011 Cardioid Microphones on the snare top and ride, a d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone on the hi-hat top and d:dicate 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid mics on the snare bottom, rack toms and floor toms.
His choice won the approval of monitor engineer Charlie ‘Chopper’ Bradley, who says, “I usually defer to Snake on microphone choice unless there is something that really isn’t working for me in the mix. On this occasion I am very pleased that he’s using DPA on the drum kit because I now have one of the most dynamic and natural sounding drum mixes I’ve ever had on a live tour.”
Harry Styles’ current tour has been travelling around the world since March 2017 and will complete in California at the end of July 2018. DPA microphones have been on the equipment list throughout and were chosen because they are a tried and tested solution, says Audio Crew Chief Rod Clarkson.
“We have been touring theatres in 2017 then arenas worldwide in 2018, with a relentless schedule,” says Clarkson. “Several of the theatres in the 2017 run could be said to be bucket list venues for a solo artist, but are certainly much smaller than those Harry has previously played. Many of the venues certainly have their own acoustic and logistical challenges for a show of this nature.”
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