glp-websafeGLP KNV provides emotional baptism for AIDAnova
Thursday, 13 September 2018

Germany - As part of a spectacular and very emotional staged event at the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, the first LPG-powered cruise ship, the AIDAnova, received its formal baptism. At the same time, this marked the world premiere of the full production version of GLP’s new KNV system.
At first only heartbeats were heard, then powerful lasers drew the contours of the gigantic ship into the pitch-black night. Light and lasers combined to slowly bring the 337m long and 70m high ship to life. The backbone of the imposing, and slowly revealing staging, which culminated in a golden firework display, was formed by a matrix consisting of 300 GLP KNV modules. These had been placed at irregular intervals on the balcony railings of AIDAnova.
The Berlin artist collective phase7, based around director Sven Sören Beyer, had already inspired the general public and professionals alike with their staging of the AIDAprima’s baptism two years ago. For AIDAnova the task was now to create a completely new concept in cooperation with East End Communications and Vivica Seybold of AIDA Cruises together with Jasper Poensgen from Jasper Poensgen Projects. After initial ideas had been developed jointly by the two Opus Award winners, Sven Sören Beyer and lighting designer Björn Hermann, they began their search for innovative technology.
“When GLP key account manager Oliver Schwendke introduced us to the first KNV prototypes at the beginning of the year, this new GLP product immediately hit a nerve, without us knowing what we intended to do,” Björn Hermann recalls.

pukkelpop1Trio of Yamaha Rivage systems rock Pukkelpop
Thursday, 13 September 2018

Belgium - Pukkelpop is Belgium’s second largest festival and prides itself on its ‘alternative’ label. Featuring performances by nearly 100 different artists on eight stages over four days, this year three Yamaha Rivage series digital mixing systems were in use, along with Nexo PAs.
This year Pukkelpop took place on 15-18 August, with Yamaha Rivage PM7 and PM10 systems featured on the Club Stage and CL series consoles on the Lift Stage. The Club and Castello Stages featured Nexo STM series PA systems.
All Yamaha and Nexo systems were supplied by VDB-PA, except the RIVAGE PM7 which was supplied by AED Rent.
More than 25 bands performed on the Club Stage, including Shellac (with legendary producer/engineer Steve Albini on guitar/vocals), Rhey, Madensuyu, Dirty Projectors, Metz, Benjamin Clementine, Jordan Rakei, Gogo Pinguin and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. A Rivage PM10 with RPio662 I/O rack was at FOH, with the Rivage PM7, plus Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 I/O racks on monitors.
A second Rivage PM10 system - with the smaller CS-R10-S control surface - was located in the adjacent production office/backstage prep room, where Yamaha engineers Ruben Van Der Goor and Stef De Pooter helped to familiarise all the FOH and monitor engineers who had no previous experience of Rivage systems. The system is so user-friendly that it only took around 15 minutes for every engineer to be fully confident about mixing their artists on the PM7 and PM10.
The extra system was also useful to allow Ruben and Stef to prepare sessions where advance te

 
 
anastacia-websafeChamSys MagicQ gives flexibility to Anastacia rig
Thursday, 13 September 2018

UK - Lighting designers draw their inspiration from a variety of sources. Sometimes it may be the artwork on a client’s album. At others, the spark comes from the lyrics of a hit song. Simon Horn’s captivating design for Anastacia’s Evolution Tour grew out of the name of the tour itself, as is evidenced by the DNA-shaped double helix set pieces that run across the back of the stage.
Like the evolutionary process, Horn’s design has been adaptive, allowing him to maintain the look of his show as the tour moves through a wide variety of venues, often incorporating house lights into its rig. Key to this flexibility has been his ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console.
“We started as a full production tour at theatres and small arena venues, then went to a mix of shows, including multi-band festivals this summer, often working with locally supplied rigs,” says Horn of Purple Lighting. My MQ500 has been invaluable in terms of making our show very adaptive, without losing its core identity. We always have the DNA-shaped set pieces on the rear of the set flanked in pixel LED tape with two cell blinders mounted to the back.”
Horn credits the easy morphing and cloning features of the MagicQ MQ500 Stadium with helping him adapt his 22-universe show to different venues. “The quick and easy morphing and cloning are an absolute godsend,” he adds. “Being able to expand palettes, when being presented with a fixture with extra attributes that I don’t already have programmed in existing palettes and cues, is a massive time-saver. I can use the ex

 
powersoft-websafePowersoft and Outline power Rockin’ 1000
Thursday, 13 September 2018

Italy - It was the summer of 2015 and start up entrepreneur Fabio Zaffagnini was taking a drive, listening to the Foo Fighters on the radio - and dreaming that they might one day perform in his home city of Cesena, near Florence. To entice such a big act to a city so small, it would take a gesture of gargantuan proportions. And so the Rockin’ 1000 was born - he set about assembling 1,000 musicians in a park for a special one off performance of the Foo Fighters track Learn To Fly.
The biggest rock band in the world made history with millions of YouTube views worldwide, grabbing the attention of the Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl who promised to play for the 1000 in Cesena - and did just that on 3 November the same year.
An expression of Italy’s passion, creativity and artistic skill, this was just the beginning for Rockin’ 1000 which has gone on to establish itself as a musical movement in its own right under Zaffagnini’s guidance. He became the recipient of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, which aims to celebrate those who break the mould to create significant impact, and led the 1000 on to play an 18 song concert to an audience of 15,000 at Cesena’s Orogel Stadium in 2016.
This year, the Rockin’ 1000 was back bigger and better still with That’s Live - a full gig featuring special guest Courtney Love of Hole - which took place at the Artemio Franchi football stadium in Florence on 21 July. Bringing together 1454 performers from over 30 countries, the rock orchestra was divided into seven section

 
 
adamson-ryan-buchanan-004-2The Warehouse and Adamson celebrate Edinburgh success
Thursday, 13 September 2018

UK - Pro audio provider The Warehouse concluded a successful Edinburgh International Festival last month having provided advanced audio solutions for the spectacular opening and closing events and many shows in-between. This year, The Warehouse also became an audio partner for the innovative Light on Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside season with loudspeaker brand Adamson.
Celebrating the creativity, originality and international impact of Scottish popular music, Light on Shore featured 16 events across 14 nights, running throughout August at Leith Theatre. Closed for almost 30 years, the International Festival welcomed audiences to this venue, situated in one of Edinburgh's most vibrant and creative districts.
Graeme Brown from The Warehouse was systems engineer on site for the whole run. The front of house system consisted of 24 Adamson S10 line array loudspeakers together with 8 X E119 sub bass loudspeakers and 2 X P15 loudspeakers powered with Lab Gruppen PLM 20K44 amplifiers running Lake processing.
The monitor system comprised of 12 X Adamson M15 wedge monitors powered by Lab Gruppen PLM12K44 amplifiers. Most of the shows were mixed via Yamaha CL5 and Midas Pro 2 front of house desks and AKG, DPA, Sennheiser, Shure and Neumann microphones were used for speech and vocals.
From punk to post-punk, new wave to no wave, alt folk to pop folk, and ambient electronica to techno, this truly eclectic season was driven by some of Scotland’s most innovative artists, curators and promoters.
Seminal Scottish artists such as Mogwa

 
k-arrayK-array China opens for business
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

China - Italian pro audio specialist K-array officially announced the formation of K-array China (K-array.CN Limited). The Chinese subsidiary is headquartered in Hong Kong, with a sales and service centre in Beijing.
The announcement was marked with a ceremony in Beijing attended by K-array co-founders Alessandro Tatini and Massimo Ferretti, and project specialist Daniele Mochi provided a presentation to familiarise new acquaintances with brand.
Marc Vincent, CEO of K-array China, comments: “Today is a milestone that sees us create the first subsidiary of K-array outside Italy. The reason we chose China is because it’s the biggest market in the world. The role of K-array China is to provide products, consultancy and after sales service to our customers.”
The K-array China team includes Roger Qi, who is in charge of sales and marketing in China. The team also comprises members from Beijing, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, providing sales, marketing, financial and technical support for the Greater China area, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
“China is a very fast-growing market,” adds Vincent. “We feel this is where we have to expand and the best way to do this is leading the initiative ourselves, because we believe in our brand, our products and our technology and obviously we are the most qualified to make it a success.”
K-array China’s first act after the launch was to give authorisation certificates to the six dealers responsible for North China, East China, South China, the Henan Province and the Fujian

 
 
vista-3-tnChroma-Q launches Vista 3 worldwide
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

World - Chroma-Q, who recently acquired and rebranded the Jands Vista lighting & media control system, has released the long-anticipated Vista 3 software, which introduces a large number of new features and improvements.
After receiving extensive user feedback, Vista 3 has been developed to dramatically enhance existing functionality and introduce an array of intelligent new features that appeal to both existing and new users. Some of the new features include the ability to merge multiple showfiles, a new colour engine that supports up to 11 colours, improved 2D fixture visualisations, customisable workspaces, a vastly expanded command line interface, and Smart FX masters.
These features all contribute to improving the entire user experience in creating and delivering fantastic looking shows, in addition to making the software even more intuitive to those users who are new to the Vista ecosystem.
Vista 3 user, LD Ben Inskip has been trialling the software on his shows. He comments: “Vista is getting better and better. The features in Vista 3 make everything quicker to access. Custom workspaces and the command line put even more at your fingertips. It allows me to try new things out really quickly and focus on adding intricate little touches to shows.” He continues: “Everything feels solid and reliable. I’m really excited to follow Vista as it continues to improve.”
Paul Pelletier, Chroma-Q's global brand manager, has been working with the development team on Vista 3. “I know a lot of people have been eagerly looking forward to

 
damoncrispDamon Crisp joins AED
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Europe - To support the growth of Luxibel, AED has announced the appointment of Damon Crisp as the new international sales manager for the Luxibel brand and for the VMB Show Lift.
Damon's wealth of industry knowledge and contacts spans almost 30 years. Recently he has been running his own UK distribution company (DAC Pro-Media LTD) and prior to this he was managing director of Numark Alesis Europe LTD (now In-Music Group).
Damon comments: "I have watched over the past decade the incredible growth and achievements of AED group. It is with this unique insight that it was clear to me that any development of own brand products would be as a result of demands requested from our vast rental business. It was an easy decision for me to join AED. They understand and know that dedicated and unique products are the future. It is for this reason that I wanted to be part of this extensive operation.”
Hans Vanderheijden, MD of Luxibel, comments: “The last two years, AED invested heavily in the development of the entire new Luxibel range. Damon will contribute to the expansion of Luxibel in the international markets. We’re delighted to welcome Damon in the Luxibel team and to the AED family.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
pascalmmuPascal reveals dedicated amp modules
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Denmark - Amplifier electronics specialist Pascal has unveiled a range of amplifier modules with features and performance optimised for integration within power amplifier designs, across the breadth of live sound and commercial and custom installation applications.
A range of six modules enables both constant voltage (100/70 V) and low impedance output mode operation and a wide range of power configurations; for half rack 1RU to full 19U 2RU form factors.
Depending on the combination of modules used within a power amplifier, it is possible to drive any share of the total power capability reservoir to any output stage. This offers installers and integrators complete freedom to drive exactly the required amount of power precisely where it is needed.
This has a major operational advantage in addressing asymmetrical power requirements within a zoned installation, with the benefit of handling a wide range of different or changing power requirements from the same power amplifier. It also avoids paying for unutilized excess power in such applications, which otherwise require use of multiple, fixed rated power amplifiers.
Michael Munch recently joined Pascal as product manager, a position he held for several years at LabGruppen. "Pascal is known as the leading provider of high power, highly reliable amplifier modules for self-powered, pro audio speakers," he says, "It is a natural step for the company to help clients meet market requirements for more compact, more versatile power amplifiers with a series of application dedicated amplifier modules. The

 
andy-vereLight Fantastic names director of production
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

UK - Event production and equipment specialists Light Fantastic Production Services has appointed Andy Vere to the role of director of production at their Borehamwood headquarters.
A well-established member of the Light Fantastic production team, Vere joined the company in 2014 and has been instrumental in building the company’s reputation as a premier provider of technical production equipment and support services.
With a background in theatre lighting design, Vere has a wealth of experience covering a broad range of production disciplines, including theatre, live music and corporate events. Vere’s depth of technical understanding and artistic skills have proven to be invaluable in the successful delivery of a wide range of projects.
In his newly expanded role Vere assumes responsibility for supervision of the LFPS project management team, overseeing all aspects of project delivery.
He comments: “Being part of a growing, successful business has been a great journey for me. Our team is committed to providing the highest levels of client support and together we have helped take the company from strength to strength. I’m looking forward to this new chapter, both for myself and the entire Light Fantastic team.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
rockin1000001Learning to Fly with Yamaha in Florence
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Italy - In July 2015, an ambitious plan was hatched to get the attention of Foo Fighters and convince them to play a gig in Cesena, Italy, by gathering a thousand musicians to perform their song Learn to Fly. The video of the event went viral and Foo Fighters duly performed in the city four months later. But that was just the start. Now an annual event, this year Yamaha digital mixers were tasked with mixing a band of over 1,500 members.
Rockin’1000 That’s Live has already become so successful that, for the past two years, ‘the biggest rock band on earth’ has had to relocate to the bigger Stadio Artemio Franchi in Firenze (Florence), around 2.5 hours from Cesena.
Yamaha Commercial Audio Italia is a technical partner of the event and this year staff were faced with the huge task of mixing Front of House and monitors for an 18 song, two-hour performance of rock classics by a band of over 1500 singers, guitarists, bass guitarists, drummers, keyboard and wind players.
With a channel count of over 300, a Rivage PM10 digital mixing system was used for the FOH mix, featuring two CSR-10 control surfaces, four RPio622 and one RPio222 I/O racks on a TWINLANe fibre optic ring. This system worked side-by-side with a Dante network, which included QL5 and QL1 digital mixers, a Rio1608-D2 I/O rack and two RMio64D Dante/MADI conversion I/O racks to manage monitoring for all the musicians, as well as multitrack recording and communication with the main PA amplifiers.
“The 1500 musicians were grouped by instrument and split in two, so t

 
zozobra1photocreditjohngarbersonChauvet conquers elements at Zozobra
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

USA - An annual tradition since the early 20th century, the burning of Zozobra during the Fiestas de Santa Fe is said to make all concerns and worries go up in smoke, giving everyone a fresh new start. “Zozobra is all about burning gloom away,” said John Garberson of Creative BackStage, which lit the August 31 ceremony at Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Ballpark and Magers Field with help from Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures.
This year, however, there was also plenty of gloom in the skies. Severe thunderstorms pounded Santa Fe during the hot late summer evening, forcing organizers to move the burning of the 50’ high marionette effigy up by 15 minutes during a clearing between two storm cells. Still, “old man gloom,” dressed in 1960s hippie garb, went up in flames over a half-hour period before the 62,460 who had gathered in the park.
The inclement weather notwithstanding, the crowd got to enjoy not only the Zozobra burning, but a 40-minute ceremony that featured a fire dancer, ghouls, fire people with arrows and assorted other characters. Like the actual burning of Zozobra, this entire spectacle was accented with appropriately intense colours (often varieties of red and dark purples) created by 10 Maverick MK2 Spot and 24 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures.
Garberson and his team, programmer Andrew Latimer and tech assistant Wes Webb, arranged the moving fixtures on 4ft high road cases that were spread 10ft apart on the stage. Each case had two Rogue units and one Maverick fixture. At each end of this line, there were two Rogue R2 Washes on

 
 
stone-templeStone Temple Pilots cross US with DiGiCo
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

USA - Space was a consideration as alt-rock pioneers Stone Temple Pilots (STP), Bush and The Cult teamed up for their summer-long, triple-headline Revolution 3 Tour across North America.
Speaking from the bus on a day off, monitor engineer and crew chief Sean Herman, FOH engineer James “Hootsie” Huth and system engineer Chris Demonbreun held forth on the joys of the road and why they chose the DiGiCo SD12s that are at FOH and monitor world for the STP portions of each show.
“When we started this tour, everything had to fit into a trailer,” says Hootsie. “We started before this three-band run doing large clubs and small theatres. This being Stone Temple Pilots, it’s a rock band, we need maybe 24 inputs max. The travelling plans meant we had to go with the smallest frame size possible and it looked like the SD12 had all the inputs and horsepower we would need. So we decided it was time to see what they could do, and they’ve been fantastic. With the same audio quality as the bigger SD consoles and all the inputs we would need for gigs of many sizes and types, we just couldn’t pass up the chance to take out the SD12.”
Demonbreun concurs: “It’s just so simple. By the time I get the PA up in the air [the tour is out with an L-Acoustics K1/K2 package provided by Sound Image] and make my way to front of house, it’s usually already set up and ready to go.”
“One of the reasons we went with this package was because we could loop everything together via the DiGiCo 192k SD-Rack through the Optocore loop and share mic preamps and

 
powersoftPowersoft powers PA at Anjuman El-Saifee centre
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

UK - The recently-built Anjuman El-Saifee Community Centre in Birmingham, UK is benefitting from Powersoft’s Ottocanali 4K4 amp which was specified as part of the AV installation. With good speech intelligibility at the forefront of requirements for a House of Worship, Powersoft’s Ottocanali product was chosen for the project.
The Dawoodi Bohra community spent years fundraising, planning and preparing to build the Community Centre comprising a mosque, evening school and sports hall – and as with any House of Worship, it would require a robust AV system so that the imams and speakers could clearly project their message to the audience.
Pete Rutherford owns and runs Direct Audio Visual, which was engaged as AV integrator for the project. With a background in retail, corporate and warehouses, this House of Worship project was a departure for Rutherford and his team. “With the layout and events that were to be run in the Centre, it required installed equipment run as a live event - like trying to equip a nightclub venue with the what you would put in a retail environment - two different worlds meeting,” he said.
Sourcing the right equipment quickly was key to the success of the installation, and Rutherford turned to Powersoft’s Ottocanali 4K4 amp to power the Pan Acoustics steerable array and Audac loudspeakers fitted into the ceiling. Mipro microphones were installed where the imams sit and an Attero Tech Dante-networked audio interface.
“We’ve been working with Powersoft amplifiers for the last two and a half years on various d

 
 
paul-bates-founder-bates-boxBates Box celebrates first six months
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

UK - Burnley-based portable power distribution equipment supplier Bates Box is marking the first six months of trading and its latest order for one of its bespoke and innovative power distribution boxes.
Entertainment industry specialists Nitelites ordered a tailor-made power distribution box to be used for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications.
Bates Box offers a lightweight and efficient power distribution solution for a variety of applications across many sectors, including TV & film, catering, theatre and construction. Their weather resistant and stackable boxes can provide a multitude of outlets in a single unit, made from recycled material.
Paul Bates, Bates Box founder, comments: “It’s been a fantastic six months for the business and we’re seeing great demand for Bates Boxes in a variety of sectors including, events, automotive, TV & film, catering and construction.
“As we grow, we will continue our focus on R&D and look forward to introducing a new product to our line-up, a more compact and transportable Bates Box.”
(Jim Evans)

 
victory-convention-centre-3mrChroma-Q lights Auckland's Victory centre
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

New Zealand - There are plenty of jokes about changing light bulbs, but they usually don’t involve 80 fittings. However, that was the brief for Nick Abel and Mike Jones, the managing directors of New Zealand’s LS Group, when they were contacted by the management of Auckland’s Victory Convention Centre.
The Centre is a house of worship that also features a timber-lined 2,200-seat, tiered auditorium, which is often used for concerts, conferences, symposiums, small exhibitions and expos.
“They approached us late last year to look at options to upgrade their house lighting systems to LED from the old incandescent system, which was installed in the Eighties when the Centre was built,” says Nick.
“We did some research and modelling and went back to them with a few different options using the Chroma-Q Inspire multi-purpose creative lighting range. It was the light fixture best suited to their needs because of its ability to run white light, but also run RGB as well, to give them a full colour wash.”
Nick says the Chroma-Q LED range also offers major energy savings, which is another reason the client signed off on that choice. The new system is drawing around a quarter of the power that the old system used, and while the cost of installing LED fittings is higher than simply replacing the incandescent bulbs, the new system will pay for itself in time, because of the lower energy cost.
“The other thing we also improved was the light levels in the building. When we did a survey of the original installation, there was an average re

 
 
ecodesign2Latest updates to Ecodesign draft regulation
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Europe - A document has been published explaining what the latest draft of the Ecodesign regulations released by the European Commission could mean for the entertainment technology industry.
Written by PLASA's Ecodesign task group representative Adam Bennette of ETC, the eight-page document (available in full here - PDF) lays out his views and interpretations of the contents of the second draft.
The Professional Entertainment Lighting Products Ecodesign task group - the body that represented the industry during the public consultation - said the situation was "far more positive" following the Commission's first draft in June, which confirmed a list of exempted lamp base types would be included in the legislation.
The second draft carries that list and in his guide, Bennette has added examples of fixtures corresponding to the relevant base types to aid understanding.
There are also notes on how the Commission plans to regulate professional colour-changing luminaires by creating a definition for a 'colour tuneable' light source, and what anything not exempted must comply with.
PLASA is hosting a seminar at the PLASA Show in London on 18 September to discuss the latest draft and the potential technical implications - test

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plasapreviewPLASA 2018 to open doors this weekend
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - The PLASA Show will open its doors this weekend (16-18 September) at London Olympia. The trade show will feature hundreds of brands across the show floor as it prepares to welcome thousands of entertainment technology professionals.
Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, Bose and Yamaha, and lighting pioneers Robe, DTS, ETC and Philips will all be present on the show floor and the seminar programme promises to deliver in-depth sessions across a wide range of topics.
Product highlights
Elation will be showcasing the Smarty Hybrid, their new LED lighting fixture. MA Lighting is showcasing its grandMA3 lighting console. Robe is launching a new product as well as showing its RoboSpot Multi Device Control. Robert Juliat will reveal new additions to its Dalis range. Prolight Concepts is bringing the all-weather Endura and Evora series from elumen8, and ignify (formerly Philips Entertainment Lighting) is lighting up their stand with their LED VL800 Beamline.
L-Acoustics and d&b audiotechnik will focus on immersive audio, demoing L-ISA and Soundscape respectivelty. Peavey Commercial Audio is bringing along the Crest Audio Versarray PRO VR112 line array, and RCF Spa will unleash the latest members of the TT family.
Green Hippo is releasing Hippotizer 4.4 software; Laserworld is showcasing the revised DS-1000RGB Diode series; Epson is bringing along their powerful EB-1755U laser projector; Artistic Licence is launching daliGate Quad for lighting controls, and BroadWeigh are unveiling their Advanced Handheld device.

 
 
smarty-hybridPLASA 2018: Elation to showcase Smarty Hybrid
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Elation Professional will show visitors to PLASA 2018 a range of innovative lighting tools with real impact that continues Elation’s efforts to bring innovation and best-in-class ROI products to the market. Lighting professionals will have the opportunity to see the company’s newest innovations September 16-18 at PLASA Stand H40 at Olympia in West London.
Elation will be showcasing 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 a new Platinum lamp using FLEX technology which offers a "smartly” designed discharge lamp/ballast package (6,000 hour lamp life) for high output (14,000 lumens) performance at an efficient and affordable price point. The lamp is dimmable and power to the lamp is reduced when not in use.
Features include motorized zoom, full CMY colour mixing, linear CTO, 13 dichroic colours, two gobo wheels, prism overlay and more. Elation has introduced a new Ultimate Warranty programme on Smarty Hybrid that covers the first two years of operation or 6,000 hours of use, whichever comes first, and includes the highly-efficient Philips Platinum FLEX 200 lamp.
Elation is set to embark on a new chapter in its evolution with the launch of Obsidian Control Systems, an accessible line of advanced yet intuitive lighting control products. Obsidian products run on ONYX, an innovative yet uncomplicated lighting control platform that is backwards compatible with all M-Series lighting control products. Obsidian offers a

 
ac-et-at-plasa-2018PLASA 2018: AC-ET showcases over 15 brands
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will exclusively showcase over 15 brands from its portfolio of over 200 marques at PLASA 2018 (Stand E30), London - including four products nominated for this year's PLASA Awards for Innovation and several previous Innovation award-winners.
2018 PLASA Awards nominees include PROLIGHTS' new Panorama IP WBX IP65 LED moving wash light ideal for temporary outdoor events; Columbus McKinnon's new Lodestar VS chain hoist featuring Magnetek IMPULSE G+ Mini drive and other industry-leading safety procedures; Tourmate's new Multilock Hoist Connector for distribution of power and control to motorised hoists which eliminates potential cross-connection with other entertainment applications; and BroadWeigh's new BW-HA advanced wireless handheld display for its innovative wireless load monitoring system.
Staff from AC-ET's dedicated product sales divisions will also exclusively demonstrate cutting-edge technologies from other leading lighting, rigging, video and audio brands.
Lighting highlights include Chroma-Q's new Studio Force II high intensity tuneable white wash light - which utilises homogenised LED optics and other leading technologies from the multi award-winning Color Force II cyc, wash & effects lighting range - and new Brute Force LED alternative to a quarter ‘Wendy’ light, which has been rigorously tested in a variety of ‘real world’ scenarios to ensure optimal functionality across many indoor and outdoor applications; PROLIGHTS' new RA3000 1000W fully featured moving LED profile; Quasar Science

 
 
zero-88-plasa-2018-flx-range-of-lighting-consolesPLASA 2018: Eaton Zero 88 highlights FLX
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Eaton’s leading lighting control brand Zero 88 celebrates a year since the launch of its successful FLX S range of small, powerful and intuitive lighting consoles, designed for small to medium shows utilizing a mix of moving lights and LED fixtures as well as conventional luminaires.
Capitalizing on the buzz and excitement of PLASA as an industry hub and meeting place at the start of the autumn touring and event season, PLASA visitors can meet the Zero 88 team on Stand N21 and help celebrate the phenomenal first year of FLX S where sales far exceeded initial expectations in some considerable style!
FLX S24 runs up to 48 LED, moving lights and conventional fixtures and is easy to learn and straightforward to use, delivering huge flexibility and multiple features at an affordable price. FLX S48 has double the power of FLX S24, offering intuitive and hands-on control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output for quick access to palettes / show overview. The quantity of available playbacks, groups and palettes are all also doubled.
Both FLX S24 and S48 are ultimately portable, powerful controllers with a small footprint and free apps available for wireless monitoring of the lighting rig, plus support for a range of networking accessories.
Enthusiasm for the FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles has been “fantastic worldwide”, across all Zero 88’s usual markets, and in other new regions including Japan, Australia and the US! There has been impressive uptake over multiple sectors, including TV and corporate events, fringe and experimenta

 
cti-qolorflex-dimmers-accessories-1PLASA 2018: City Theatrical unveils new technology
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - City Theatrical will be demonstrating new technology on stand H50 at Plasa 2018 in London’s National Hall, Olympia from 16-18 September.
Live demonstrations include bright and flexible QolorFLEX NuNeon, linear lighting, plug and play QolorPIX pixel control, ultimate colour blending and control with QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape and Dimmers, troubleshooting with DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, and a preliminary look at revolutionary Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM products before they hit the market.
While there, meet and greet Andy Voller, the creator and developer of Moving Light Assistant and learn more about other lighting software available from City Theatrical.
QolorFLEX NuNeon is a flexible and bright sealed LED linear lighting product that can be used to replace traditional neon lighting. Up to 80% more flexible than similar products, QolorFLEX NuNeon was carefully developed to provide lighting and scenic designers with the ability to add bold and bright accents throughout entertainment and architectural projects. It operates on 24VDC, can be cut to length in 50mm (2”) increments, and includes 200mm (8”) flat cables on both ends for easy connections. QolorFLEX NuNeon is available in RGB in 5m reels, and seven distinctive colours in 10m reels.
Learn more about working with QolorFLEX NuNeon in this new video.
QolorPIX plug and play pixel control products make it easy to create thousands of professional dynamic lighting effects - chases, fades,

 
 
tank-trap-trolley-1Doughty looks forward to a busy month
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Doughty's new Lightweight Lighting Stand will be the main attraction on the Doughty stand at both PLASA and IBC this year. Visitors to stand B50 at PLASA and stand 12.A58 at IBC can see this piece of kit - which is designed for use across the broadcast, theatre and live events industries - and takes the all the principles of a Tank Trap but packages them into a neater, more aesthetically pleasing model.
The stand comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted at each end to allow cables to run unseen inside it. A 28mm receiver is incorporated in the top of the stand which will take an industry standard 28mm spigot. When used in conjunction with a speaker adaptor, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers.
Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty explains: “This robust piece of kit has a sleeker appearance than the standard Tank Trap and comes with a stacking slot which allows for the stands to be stacked together as well as a carry handle. We’ve spent the best part of this year taking the prototype to trade shows across Europe so that we can really hone in on the design and use the feedback we’ve gathered at the shows to make a really useful bit of kit."
The Three Position Tank Trap, which won last year’s ABTT Engineering Product of the Year award will also feature on this year's stands. This clever piece of kit enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting poi

 
bw-ha-med-resPLASA 2018: BroadWeigh's Advanced Handheld debuts
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - BroadWeigh's new Advanced Handheld will make its first appearance at PLASA this year. Visitors to the stand of BroadWeigh's product partner A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (E30) will be able to demo the product which has been entered into this year's PLASA Awards for Innovation 2018 as well as finding out more about the other items in the BroadWeigh range.
Matt Millward, rigging sales manager at A.C Entertainment Technologies explained: "We have an exclusive corner of our booth dedicated to BroadWeigh products this year. We are including around 24 cells in the main grid of our overhead truss which will be shown as a live demonstration on our tablet PC along with the new Advanced Handheld. We'll also have the BroadWeigh Wind Speed Sensor in action along with another Advanced Handheld.”
The Advanced Handheld brings an additional level of portability to the BroadWeigh system by expanding its standalone monitoring capabilities. The device allows users to perform advanced operations with load shackle readings without the need for a PC and base station. With a range of up to 800m, the Advanced Handheld is compatible with all existing BroadWeigh shackles and can be configured to either roaming inputs, pre-defined inputs or summing groups.
Kelly Voysey, sales and marketing manager for BroadWeigh commented: "We're really excited to get some feedback on our new Advanced Handheld. The demos on the A.C. Entertainment stand should give potential new users an idea of just how nifty a piece of kit this little device is. We have designed it as a solution

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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