USA/Europe - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the immediate availability of the Studer Vista 5 Black Edition console. Built upon the tradition of the successful Studer Vista 5 M3 mixing console, the new Vista 5 Black Edition brings even more advanced capabilities to the platform with the addition of the industry-leading Studer Infinity Core processor.
Studer Vista Black Edition consoles were designed to deliver the flexibility and advanced features of Vista mixing surfaces to a more cost-conscious market, bringing Studer’s legendary sound quality to even more applications, including radio and TV broadcast, OB trucks, houses of worship, performing arts, and more.
“The response to the Studer Vista 1 Black Edition has been very strong,” says Mark Hosking, director, broadcast sales at Harman Professional Solutions. “The larger Vista 5 Black Edition opens up more potential applications offering the same sleek look but in a scalable mixing system. And because it is built upon the Infinity Core processing engine, it can deliver full processing redundancy in a very cost effective, yet full featured console with the sound quality our customers expect from Studer products.”
The Studer Vista 5 Black Edition is available in 22, 32 and 44 fader sizes, and supports an optional TFT meter bridge. The console’s features include Studer’s Vistronics interface and FaderGlow technology, as well as the Infinity Core’s advanced capabilities such as Dynamic EQ plug-ins and full Core redundancy with up to 1000 MEQs (Mono Equivalent Channels).
Japan - Since its founding in 1902, the American School in Japan has sought to provide its students with a well-rounded education. This is very apparent in the diversity of its student body, which includes youngsters from 47 different countries, as well as in its diverse programme of music, theatre, and conferences.
Recently, the school enhanced the infrastructure that supports its educational and arts programs by adding four Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures from PRG to its multi-functional theatre/auditorium. The new 440W LED moving fixtures join the full complement of conventional units in the school’s lighting system to give it greater flexibility.
“We have been looking to make our lighting system more versatile to meet the varied demands we place on it,” said Ed Gilmartin, theatre manager/resident lighting designer at the American School in Japan. “The MK2 has the performance features we were seeking. It’s a first-rate mover that fits our budget.”
Gilmartin has positioned two of the Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures downstage of the proscenium and two on the first electric. “These hang points, combined with the wide field angle of the MK2s, mean that there isn't a position on stage that I can't light within a moment’s notice,” he said. “They have been a game changer.”
In addition to the direct benefits they bring in lighting productions, the Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures have created new educational opportunities for students at the American School in Japan.
“The MK2s have opened a whole new world for my
UK - Stand-up comedy, for all its apparent simplicity in projecting the spoken word to large theatre audiences, can be anything but straightforward. The real challenge is to deliver an intimacy through coverage consistency and intelligibility because if the audience misses one word, the joke's not funny.
Martin Audio loudspeaker arrays have proved their worth regularly, reinforcing a multiplicity of leading stand-ups - none more so than Michael McIntyre. In 2015 they successfully deployed an MLA loudspeaker array via their rental partners Capital Sound for the artist’s Happy & Glorious tour, and they have repeated the formula for the current Big World Tour. With the exception of play-in/play-out music, this is 100% spoken word.
This time around, the comic had a different team shaping and powering his sound in the form of FOH engineer Steve Carr and system tech Toby Donovan - both seasoned MLA practitioners.
Rigged at the 15,800-capacity Birmingham Arena was the larger of two scalable Martin Audio PA rigs from the MLA series. This comprised 14 MLA and two MLD Downfill elements per side, with 12 MLA Compact providing out-fills from each stage wing.
Providing necessary LF extension were six of Martin Audio’s new SX218 subwoofers, in two groundstacked blocks of three, while eight of Martin Audio’s tiny but potent stand-mounted DD6, were able to set an even coverage pattern across the first four rows. According to Donovan, this is largely due to their use of differential dispersion technology. In large arenas such as Birmin
USA - One of the most successful off-the-Strip venues in Las Vegas and one of Sin City’s more individual resorts is South Point Hotel and Casino. The resort offers novel amenities for a casino resort like an equestrian arena and 64-lane bowling centre, but teems with standard casino attractions as well.
In 2017, the resort decided to upgrade three popular areas with LED video displays – Showroom, Sports Book and Bingo Room – and chose Elation Professional’s high-definition EVHD3 LED video panels for the job. Twelve separate screens were installed across the three areas in November and December last year, an installation encompassing a total of 600 EVHD3 panels.
South Point operates a busy 400-seat Showroom facility that features headliner entertainment, live bands and other acts on a daily basis. The Showroom operates seven days a week the majority of the year with multiple shows on stage each day for an astounding average of over 400 different shows a year.
Installed in the Showroom is a large Elation EVHD3 video screen measuring 15' x 33’, a stunning backdrop that now serves as the main visual centrepiece of the stage. Used for concerts, special events and conferences, the LED display runs a variety of logo graphics, South Point branding, ArKaos MediaMaster custom content built in-house, live sporting events and more, all with 4K processing.
On either side of the stage are 6 ½’ x 12’ EVHD3 LED displays running images, custom creation loops, sponsor material or sometimes sporting events. Outside the Showroom, above the venue
UK - When Richard Tring opened Le Poivrot, an unmistakably French wine bar, on Colston Street in Bristol, it was in sharp contrast to his speakeasy-style Red Light bar, described as an "adult drinking den in the heart of Bristol". Le Poivrot demonstrates an altogether different creative expression from Tring, who with his wife Sarah also owns Weber and Tring's wine and spirits shop in the city. Since opening night, a seat at the bar at Le Poivrot is much sought after.
To help realise his vision for Le Poivrot, Richard engaged the services of Bristol-based designers, Out of The Woodwork Designs, with whom he already had a good working relationship, to design and manage the entire refit. Out of The Woodwork in turn, consulted with GDS over lighting provision for the project.
The project team wished to “combine exquisite detail and an understated old world charm to create an individual style” for Le Poivrot.
Le Poivrot was entirely lit using GDS ArcPro and ArcDecor ArcSystem products. GDS prepared and supplied Dialux reports for the site, enabling the team to tailor each detail to achieve the specific outcome required. The separation between the kitchen (higher lumen level but narrower spread) and customer areas was achieved seamlessly with no compromise.
ArcPro MR16 2700K recessed (adjustable and fixed) fittings were used throughout for general lighting. ArcPro Lamps (candle, clear) were used for specific areas of the walls, bar and windows, with ArcSystem Decor LED Strip and GU10 lamps completing the picture for the kitchen and toilet are
USA - When Swedish House Mafia (SHM) decided to reform after five years, providing the Ultra Music Festival in Miami with its surprise headline act, production designer Andy Hurst was brought in to design the extravaganza.
Already the show designer for Axwell and Ingrosso, two of the band members, he immediately turned to GLP’s LED catalogue, procuring 60 JDC1 hybrid strobe and 96 impression X4 Bar 20 from PRG in Las Vegas, knowing that SHM would be the closing act. “As the festival main stage design was changed one month before the show we had to work quickly to get a new SHM design signed off and ready in time,” he explained.
His main challenge was to interface with the existing house rig, supplied by AG Light and Sound. “We had to have our entire system set in 35 mins. In that time we had to fly our back wall, set our custom DJ riser and roll in our lighting, laser and pyro package.”
Hurst is no stranger to GLP’s advanced solutions, having specified their products for many years on other acts with whom he has worked regularly, such as Prodigy and Faithless.
“I had seen the JDC1 at LDI and was impressed with the brightness and ability to provide lots of different effects,” he said. “We ran them in full 68-channel mode using all the attributes.
“The strobe effects were used to drive beats and nuances within the tracks, which they did perfectly.”
The Bars were used in a giant wall of light behind the artists on the 20ft x20 ft x16ft truss cube platform and also for a light wall on the DJ booth, where they were
USA - X-Laser USA began with the goal of making high-powered laser systems accessible and affordable for anyone who wanted to add dynamic laser effects to their lighting rig.
With the 2017 release of their Mercury laser control system, X-Laser continues to make lasers accessible and easy to integrate for all sorts of lighting professionals. To coincide with celebrating their tenth year in operation, X-Laser has released three new laser systems that will add to the brand’s legacy as a democratizer of high-powered laser fixtures.
“We’re kind of going back to our roots with these new fixtures,” Adam Raugh, president of X-Laser, said. “The Mobile Beat Mercury adds our Mercury laser control system to our most popular model line, the Mobile Beat, the model that really helped us make a name for ourselves. And while our Skywriter series is a bit newer, the Skywriter HPX M-2 is the most affordable way to get Mercury control in a fixture that is truly road ready. Finally, the Aurora Mojito brings a fresh look to the entry-level laser market, and we’re really excited to see the response.”
The Mobile Beat Mercury (500mW) and Skywriter HPX M-2 (2000mW) are the two newest Mercury-enabled fixtures. They combine full-RGB colour and 30K scanners with the full Mercury laser control feature suite that includes 400+ pre-installed gobos, 11 digital prisms with variable spacing, fully customizable gradient effects, a 0.08º to 45º zoom range, and DMX512, RDM, and Art-Net control. As with all Mercury-equipped fixtures, they are plug-and-play compatible wi
Stage Invasion - The anti-media campaigner who interrupted SuRie's performance in the Eurovision final managed to invade the stage after climbing into the venue's camera run while being pursued by security. Organisers the European Broadcasting Union said the man - believed to be a so-called "philosopher, activist and DJ" who goes by the name of Dr ACactivism - made his way to the stage via a bridge.
"He climbed into the camera run and reached the main stage via the bridge, pursued by security," said a spokesman. "He was removed off stage after seven seconds and was questioned by police. We take security very seriously and an investigation into what happened is already underway." The man previously stormed the stage during the final of The Voice in 2017 and the National Television Awards in January this year.
Autism Friendly - The Prince Edward Theatre has become the first West End venue to receive an award from the National Autistic Society, honouring its efforts to welcome autistic audience members. Currently home to Aladdin, the theatre has won an Autism Friendly award from the society, recognising what the theatre does to make the experience more comfortable for people with autism, including training staff and adapting performances.
For Aladdin, dedicated autism-friendly performances include adapting the foyer to include quiet areas, adjustments to the performance itself – including reducing “jarring sounds” – and a specific website that helps people with autism prepare for their visit. Pri
Mexico - Ganesha Producciones is one of the latest rental and production companies in Mexico to invest in Robe Spiider LED wash beams, which were recently delivered by distributor Showco and much anticipated by owner Gerardo Hernández and his team.
The company was founded in 1996 by Gerardo and is based in central Mexico City. They are involved in technical production for many prestigious cultural events including government organised and sponsored shows and expositions, and also supply lighting, video and sound to corporates, music concerts and other shows. The company also has an architectural lighting division.
Gerardo has kept Ganesha tightly focussed on its core business. There are currently 20 full-time employees and they work with up to 80 regular freelance designers and technicians during the busy periods.
Gerardo has been a loyal Showco client for some time and commented, “We needed an LED wash light and apart from the fact that the Spiider is the best one available at the moment, we really wanted the superlative service I know we could rely on from Showco.”
As well as owning the company, he’s fully hands-on, and keeps a keen eye on all the projects and productions.
“The Spiiders really are a next generation of LED wash moving light. The intensity is fantastic, it can be a wash or a beam light, the central LED is a fresh and interesting effect and the ring control and individually mappable LEDs add even more options. So that gives it a lot more value than a fixture that does just one thing!”
He speaks from good
UK - PLASA Focus Leeds provided the perfect showcase for new brand, Sixty82 to unveil its trussing and staging systems to the UK rigging industry - receiving an overwhelmingly positive reception and much interest from visitors.
Matthew Millward, rigging sales manager for Sixty82's UK distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET), which featured the brand on its stand commented: "It's fantastic to be working with Sixty82, whose team needs no introduction to the industry. There was a huge amount of goodwill and interest from the rental companies, technicians and venues we spoke to. We expect to receive lots of enquiries in the coming months - it's exciting times."
AC-ET's specialist rigging product division, which is based in the company's Leeds Northern sales office and warehouse, will handle Sixty82 enquiries and hold stock there.
Sixty82 Co-founder, Lee Brooks added: "We had a very enjoyable PLASA show, and having worked in secret over the past months on the creation of Sixty82, it is gratifying to see such an overwhelmingly positive response from many past and prospective customers.
"In partnering with AC-ET, we have what in our opinion is the UK’s leading entertainment technologies distributor fully focused on the availability of our industry standard product lines. We look forward to fully supporting the UK market together with them."
The Sixty82 alliance, which features innovators from three countries with over 100 years of entertainment industry leadership between them, came together to bring a fresh view into the m
UK - Full technical service provider Hawthorn has added Barco’s UDX-4K32 large-venue laser projector to its already extensive inventory of high-end projectors. Representing an investment of over £500,000, the company has added six of the units - the flagship of Barco’s UDX laser projector platform - to its fleet.
Launched last year, the UDX-4K32 provides 31,000 lumens of light output, 4K resolution, and the specification and performance of high-end laser projection in a compact and easily-transportable chassis. By featuring Constant Light Output (CLO) functionality, the UDX-4K32 also guarantees peace of mind by providing constant brightness and colour reproduction over time. On top of that, the UDX platform offers the widest colour spectrum in the industry. Without compromising on brightness, the UDX colour quality matches the renowned Xenon quality and outperforms the Rec. 709 colour space.
David Barton, Hawthorn’s group head of video, comments, “Our head office in Leicestershire was lucky enough to feature on the UDX demonstration tour when the range was first announced so I was able to experience the projector first hand. I was most impressed by the level of power consumption to brightness. Having a full 31,000 lumen output with consumption at less than 16amp is great news for both site installations and running costs, especially as there’s no compromise on colour or brightness.
“Laser projectors are a huge leap forward for the AV industry, both in terms of image quality and usability. Not only does laser projection deliver unparall
Mexico - Omnia Dayclub and Casa Calavera, two venues within the stunning Vidanta Los Cabos complex, presented a challenge for Dublin-based design and installation company Audiotek: how to provide banging nightclub sound in an open-air venue, whilst making sure that spill to the surrounding parts of the complex was minimised. The answer was a multiple source L- Acoustics Kiva II system.
Located in the Vidanta Los Cabos resort on the southern-most tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, this is the first project in a $150m investment deal between Grupo Vidanta, Mexico’s leading resort operator and tourism developer, and Hakkasan Group. A day-to-night experience designed by New York architects Rockwell Group, the resort includes four new venues: Omnia Dayclub; and restaurants Casa Calavera, Herringbone, and Shore Bar.
“We have always been firm believers of the sound experience being one of the most important factors of live venues and L-Acoustics has always come out on top for the system of choice, delivering amazing performances event after event,” says James Algate, senior vice president of entertainment at Hakkasan.
“Audiotek has been Hakkasan’s A/V integrator for over a decade and their successes with our other venues [Omnia/Jewel/Hakkasan Nightclubs in Las Vegas and Omnia Day Club in Bali, Indonesia] meant they were the logical choice for this project. Following our initial brief, they came back with an L-Acoustics design to ensure the expectation of the new Dayclub followed the existing reputation of our nightlife venues.”
Slovenia - Cankarjev Dom – Slovenia’s leading cultural and congress centre - has added Robe Spiiders, plus more BMFLs Blades and CycFX8s to its already extensive stock of Robe moving lights which also includes Pointes. They now have around 150 units.
The largest of five performance venues in the Cankarjev Dom complex is the 1650 capacity Concert Hall and in addition to these are the foyers and two galleries and conference rooms also used for events. It’s both a co-producing and a receiving house staging a wide variety of shows, events all year round, from opera to dance, popular music to choral, orchestra to drama and everything in between. Some venues and spaces are also hired out for corporate events and conferences.
Each venue has its own lighting rig and all of them need dynamic and flexible lighting to deal with the diverse programming, however some kit is also moved between spaces as and when needed.
Adaptability is why they first started looking at Robe, all the way back in 2002, and the inventory has been built steadily over the years since then via a long-standing relationship with Robe’s Slovenian distributor, MK Light Sound.
This latest investment in BMFL Blades, Robe’s signature high-powered range, was the second for these specific luminaires. It came after the initial batch purchased for the largest Gallus Hall, proved themselves invaluable!
The most recent lighting purchases are part of ongoing investments which ensure that the 70% state funded and 30% self-funded organisation keeps moving with the times and is
USA - An early practitioner of Trip Hop, Bonobo was among the British DJs that influenced the course of electronic music in the 1990s. Later, he pushed the genre in a new, softer direction by blending his sound with elements of jazz and Hindu music. More recently, Bonobo has been at the forefront of the trend among DJs to work with bands, as he’s done on his tour in support of his Top Ten album Migration.
Backed by his band, Bonobo has created a more atmospheric sound that blends his jagged synths with instrumentation. In keeping with this expanded sound, the visual backdrop at his live shows, which is created with projection video, has become more about storytelling. Supporting this new look at Bonobo’s 23 March appearance at San Francisco’s Midway music hall was an engaging lightshow created by Bryce Cherpelis of 12BC Pro that was anchored by a collection of Chauvet Professional moving fixtures.
“We used lighting to engage the sold-out crowd,” said Cherpelis. “We didn’t surround the artist with a lot of eye candy; the projection video behind him set the tone. What our lights did was support the overall mood that reflected the music and the video images. We put a lot of light on the audience without distracting them. The ceiling at this venue is pretty high. That, along with the output of our Chauvet fixtures, made it relatively easy to cover the entire crowd.”
Cherpelis used two Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures, positioned one apiece on vertical truss structures stage left and right, for long throw spot and beam effects. He su
USA - Providing an appropriately intense visual backdrop for The National on its current global tour in support of its seventh album, Sleep Well Beast, is a 13-universe Michael Brown-designed lightshow that is being run with a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console.
The Nashville-based LD, who has been a ChamSys user since 2009, selected the MQ500 for this tour because the power and versatility of the console, particularly its effects engine, allow him to pull together diverse visual elements to match his client’s distinctive sound.
“The National are a unique band,” said Brown. “Their music and performances can vary from very intimate textural moments to all-out eruption. Their front man Matt Berninger embodies the escapism of a true performer. He can go from contemplative to this madman on stage amidst the dense backdrop of a mixed meter ballad and complex orchestration.”
Describing his long-time client’s performance as “extremely dynamic with music that lyrically portrays the real struggles of mid-life”, Brown had this to say about his lightshow on the current tour: “We’re not a super bright bubblegum rock show. The atmosphere for our shows is moody, with extremely high contrast and deep colours to match the emotional tone of the songs. This tour offers me a great environment to work in as a designer, because the inherent drama of The National’s performance gives me the opportunity to react to the music and make bold statements.”
At the centre of Brown’s design are three 40’ x 8’ video walls. Most of the
USA - A complete Avolites light and video integration system featuring the brand's latest Arena lighting console and two Ai R4 Media servers, was used to drive the lighting and video content for the 21st annual D.I.C.E Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay hotel, Las Vegas.
The D.I.C.E (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards celebrates the latest innovations in interactive entertainment in the video gaming industry. For its 2018 edition, the event's long-term lighting designer Joshua Schultz worked alongside Andre Huff, director of Limelite Design, who were tasked to deliver a light and video presentation within a set design of clean, structural lines to accompany the awards ceremony.
"Chris Wu from Hatch, one of the awards' production partners, let me run with the design this year," says Schultz. "I took a lot of my inspiration from the intro video to the Awards, which had a 'Tron' feel to it. I came up with a straight-line, hard-angle type design to make the stage and Awards' space look clean and coordinated."
Schultz used Martin Sceptron 10 LED video fixtures to create the direct geometry of his design making the best of the space's hard-edged architecture. Huff mapped a series of complementary colour palettes across three onstage, cut-out screens. The screens framed three smaller screens that displayed live and pre-recorded Awards footage, including a live feed from the stage, live game-play footage and pre-recorded nomination content.
"I relied heavily on the Ai v10.1 software's Output Configuration Page to map the screens," says Huf
Europe - In the field of outdoor event and broadcast production, adverse climate and other environmental conditions can impact negatively on the performance of equipment and the ultimate quality of production work.
Environmentally sealed connectors are in great demand for heavy-duty and harsh environment applications with entertainment equipment like PA systems, lighting, signage and LED screens. So, for critical production applications, in the most challenging conditions, there is now a range of resilient and reliable solutions, in the shape of Neutrik’s new TOP product range.
The new series includes the powerCON TRUE1, etherCON and XLR products, which have been certified in accordance with IEC 61076-2-103, IEC 60320, UL 1977 and UL 498, and which now also meet the requirements for outdoor use and UV resistance as laid out in UL50E.
“It is now possible to find products on the market that provide protection only against moisture and precipitation. The sun and ultraviolet rays are, in our view, also an important factor because they too influence the material and product quality over time,” says Norbert Nachbauer, product manager at Neutrik AG.
UK - The #SaveStageLighting campaign continues to gain momentum, following a busy open-forum event held today (11 May) at The National Theatre in London.
The event was a chance for those involved in entertainment lighting to learn more about the proposed 2020 EU Lighting Regulations, and the impact they will have on every level of the industry, from lighting designers and end users, to manufacturers, suppliers and installers.
Under the proposed new legislation, due to come into effect on 1 September 2020, there will be a minimum efficiency of 85 lumens per watt and a maximum standby power of 0.5W on all light sources (lamps or self-contained fixtures) to be sold in the EU. The result would be that most of the light sources used for entertainment lighting - from tungsten to even the newest LED fixtures - would not meet the regulations.
At today’s event, key figures in the campaign - including lighting designers Paule Constable, Robbie Butler and Rob Halliday, and ETC’s technical director Adam Bennette - spoke of the need for entertainment lighting to be exempt from the proposed legislation. They also informed of what they, and industry bodies such as the ALD, PLASA and the ABTT, have been doing to try to achieve this exemption.
Attendees were urged to get as involved in the campaign as possible by sharing information about the proposed legislation with others; signing thetest
UK - Stage Electrics has been awarded the £2m technical contract to provide the infrastructure for production lighting, sound reinforcement and audio-visual services for the new £83.7m International Conference Centre Wales (ICCW).
Set in the Coldra Woods just outside Newport, the ICCW is a joint venture between the Welsh Government and Celtic Manor Resort. The project features a state-of-the-art auditorium, main exhibition hall with capacity for around 5,000 delegates and associated meeting room as well as breakout facilities and will be capable of staging major party-political conferences. Being built by John Sisk & Son and scheduled to open in July 2019, it will be the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the South West of England.
Stage Electrics has been working on the project since 2016 to develop the schemes and ensure allocated budgets are met. It will continue that relationship through to the opening date and will support the in-house team during the first few months of opening.
“As well as providing lighting, sound and AV infrastructure, we will supply lighting equipment from manufacturers such as ETC, Chauvet and Prolyte, audio equipment from d&b, RCF, Yamaha and Roland, and AV equipment from Symetrix and Kramer, which will enable the venue to become a world class conference centre,” says Simon Cooper, senior engineer at Stage Electrics.
Stage Electrics’ engineering teams have extensive experience of working in the convention centre market, having been involved with ICC Birmingham, Belfast Waterfront, EICC Edinbu
UK - The International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference is now less four weeks away and the daily timetable is revealed, showing where more than 30 sessions have been placed in the three-day schedule.
Since the first programme announcement and with Mark Rylance and Graham Vick as confirmed keynote speakers and the news of the Bridge Theatre session and visit, the Editorial Board has been working hard to confirm the speaker line-up.
Hot industry topic of the moment, lamps for stage lighting and the threat posed by new EU regulations, will be discussed in Bursting the Bubble: LED, Regulation and the Future of Lighting, when the question of how specifiers deal with a rapidly changing world in which environmental and regulatory factors are becoming ever more significant, will be investigated.
On the flip side, Raising the Standard will review the hard work of many individuals within the entertainment industry who have created and implement a raft of engineering standards over the last 20 years in both Europe and the USA.
Heavy Lifting: Stage Engineering, is it worth it? will examine the technologies behind three very different stage engineering systems and how the venues get the most out of them.
In The Move to Automation Product and the Connected Theatre, the views of the panel will be heard on custom theatre automation systems verses the move to standardise systems, which may see the engineering equivalent of open lighting and sound protocols, whilst Is it Real? The Use of Digital Technologies
USA - Alcons Audio has announced the addition of Spoiled By Technology, Inc to its US network of representatives for the professional audio industry, covering the northern Illinois and Wisconsin region.
Describing itself as ‘a professional sales organisation providing integrated solutions in a continuously evolving world’, the team at Spoiled By Technology (SBT) has over 50 years of collective experience within the professional audio/visual industry. The company has won many manufacturer and industry awards over the past two decades, highlighting its core values of open and honest communications, trust, respect and a determination not to rest on its laurels.
On the subject of Alcons’ Audio products, SBT is clearly excited about bringing the many benefits of the company’s pro-ribbon technology to live sound suppliers in the region.
"There is a lot of opportunity in our territory and we are grateful to Alcons for trusting in us to expand the horizons of the live audio industry here," says Maurice F. ‘Moe’ Paulsen, SBT VP of sales/marketing. "Alcons is not just another traditional speaker company. The proven technology of high powered pro-ribbon high frequency devices delivers something that you really need to hear to believe.
"Ironically, like Alcons, one of our mottoes has always been ‘hearing is believing’, further highlighting that Alcons is a natural fit for SBT. We look forward to working with our dealer base and giving them the experience of genuine high-fidelity sound at concert levels."
"SBT’s philosophies that an
Asia-Pacific - Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the appointment of Ayumi Hanano as education & support coordinator for the Asia-Pacific region. In her new role, Hanano will be assisting Adamson’s APAC team with technical support and is now the first point of contact for all training inquiries and initiatives in the region.
“Ayumi has already proven herself to be a valuable addition to our diverse international team,” says David Dohrmann, Adamson’s technical director for the APAC region. “She’s incredibly smart, a strong brand ambassador, and will be a major asset as we continue gaining traction in the Asian markets and increase our global focus on education and training.”
Hanano has already overseen the delivery of Adamson’s Applied Certification training for hundreds of attendees in several countries and will soon begin presenting Adamson’s recently launched Advanced Certification training as well. She’ll also be spearheading technical support for Adamson partners and users throughout the region.
Born in Japan but spending some her formative years in Birmingham, U.K., Hanano returned to her native country in her mid-teens. She realized her penchant for live audio production relatively early was mixing shows while still attending upper-secondary school. Her professional career began with an FOH engineering position at well-known jazz venue Motion Blue Yokohama, a branch of Blue Note Japan. From there, she freelanced in several reputable jazz venues throughout Yokohama and Tokyo while also touring several co
UAE/Kenya - The region got its first look at the much-anticipated evolution wireless G4 series of wireless mic and in-ear monitoring systems at events recently conducted by Sennheiser in the United Arab Emirates and Kenya. The seminar in Dubai centred around the company’s audio for business solution range, while in Kenya, the event took a more technical approach, with detailed workshops covering all aspects of wireless audio capture.
Hosted by Sennheiser’s long-standing UAE distributor Venuetech, the event in Dubai was attended by over 60 industry professionals from systems integrators and consultants. The key presentation, titled Wireless Microphones for System Integration was delivered by Kai Tossing, portfolio manager for Sennheiser Business Solutions and outlined the digital workflows for deployment of multi-channel wireless systems in education and corporate applications.
In addition to a first look at the newly launched ew G4 solutions, participants got live demonstration of Sennheiser’s SpeechLine Digital Wireless and Digital 6000 solutions, with all systems monitored and controlled in a live environment by Sennheiser’s new core control software, Control Cockpit.
“I found the presenters and presentation material very helpful in quelling my endeavours to continually strive to be ahead of my competitors in the current market and would recommend this event to all like-minded consultants in the region,” said Gerald Stewart, principal - acoustics at Inhabit Group.
Ryan Burr, head of technical sales & application engine
Bahamas - Heralded as the largest single-phase resort in the Caribbean Islands, Baha Mar offers a choice of three celebrated hotels, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, and a collection of lounges, spas, and restaurants. All surrounded by a stunning ocean view casino, the developers of the project also wanted to create Nassau’s premiere nightlife destination, complete with a state-of the-art DJ booth, sound, lighting and video system.
Working with the David Harvey at Harvey Marshall Berling Associates (HMBA), the production design inside the upscale nightclub at the Bond now includes a high-resolution video experience with FLEXLite LED from PixelFLEX, installed by the A/V integration firm Think Simple.
“When we were approached by HMBA about assisting with the LED video installation at the Bond, we hoped to give the space something that no other nightclub in the Caribbean had ever seen,” began Greg Michelier, Think Simple. “The goal was to add a cool new visual aspect to the Bond, and a ceiling-mounted display is something that would truly set it apart from other venues. It really is a unique video system that’s now built into the ceiling and the wall behind the bar, using FLEXLite LED to add pulsing, immersive graphics to the driving music of the featured DJ or guest performers.”
Michelier continued, “Although the club can and does use the ceiling to show some video content, it’s mainly used for high-definition visual effects that enhance the music and add to the energetic atmosphere. On the other hand, they then use the LED video