UAE - CT has announced that it is officially an authorised L-Acoustics calibration certified provider.
L-Acoustics recently announced the creation of authorised calibration centres, designed to both strengthen the technical partnership between L-Acoustics and its certified providers (CPs), and to deliver a greater level of system configuration and calibration expertise at a local level for small to medium installations.
“For Creative Technology, being an authorised calibration centre allows us to provide a greater level of service, knowledge and support to our clients, both from within our technical engineering teams and having direct access to L-Acoustics development and support management,” says Andy Reardon, Middle East managing director. “We pride ourselves in delivering solutions based on engineering and from the ground up. The Authorised Calibration Centre gives us greater levels of understanding of L-Acoustics systems, processors and procedures.”
“The partnership with our CPs is extremely important to us,” says Arnaud Delorme, applications engineer at L-Acoustics. “We maintain a very close two-way relationship with them, keeping them up to date on innovations at L-Acoustics while also constantly seeing their field experience and feedback. This new level of partnership will ultimately be rolled out with all our partners where technical relations are already well established and who wish to go even further with their L-Acoustics systems.”
Australia - For the tenth year in a row, AGB Events has produced its Lights of Christmas spectacular in Sydney. It has become a tradition, and a much-anticipated event for families throughout the city - and beyond.
The first Lights of Christmas was established by AGB Events in 2010 with the support of the NSW State Government.
“We take great pride in creating meaningful and memorable public celebrations that draw communities together so successfully that they become an integral part of the cultural landscape,” comments Anthony Bastic, CEO and creative director of AGB Events. “That’s what Lights of Christmas has become.”
“While it’s a unique event, Lights of Christmas is representative of the kind of events we’ve created for governments and city/state councils around the world - not just Australia, but the United States, Europe and Asia - on many occasions, and many of them have become annual fixtures,” continues Anthony. “What we do is to create public events that contribute to the cultural fabric of a city and that use light and sound, digital storytelling and cutting-edge audiovisual equipment from leading suppliers to engage a diverse range of community groups.”
Lights of Christmas presented by Paynter Dixon and created and produced by AGB Events, returned to St Mary’s Cathedral from Thursday 5 December 2019 until Christmas night. It saw AGB Events once again using St. Mary’s Cathedral as its 75m-high backdrop to deliver Ascension, drawing on the principles of religious architect
South Africa - DWR’s first sale of Astera Titan Tubes in the country was to freelance gaffer Andre Beumer from Just Light It in Pretoria, who works extensively with several leading DoPs and other clients in the film, TV, commercials and video industry.
No sooner had DWR and Astera struck the distribution deal, Andre was on Duncan Riley’s doorstep, and in fact the eight-way Titan Tube kit was DWR’s original demo kit, which he purchased on the day it arrived in their warehouse in Johannesburg!
Duncan commented: “I always knew Astera was going to be popular, but even I was taken aback by Andre’s enthusiasm. He rocked up, virtually snatched them from us, transferred the money and disappeared in a cloud of dust up the road,” he says laughing. “I think he was straight out on a shoot that day using them.”
“They are totally amazing tools,” confirms Andre who appreciates the incredible versatility. He adds that he’s impressed with the way Astera has thought of every possible permutation that someone might use to mount and rig the tubes - including hand-holding with the ‘light sabre’ handle.
“You can really work fast on any site with these, utilising a number of smart features like telling the source how long to operate and other extremely helpful things.”
Fire Damage - North London music venue Koko has been damaged by fire. The London fire brigade said it was called to the scene in Camden, in north London, shortly before 9pm on Monday night (6 January). About a third of the roof of the venue, which in previous incarnations was known as The Music Machine and Camden Palace, was alight as firefighters tried to save the rest of the building. The former theatre is covered in scaffolding as part of a renovation. The venue was due to reopen in spring 2020 after a “major state-of-the-art” refurbishment, after the purchase of two adjacent buildings.
Royalty Cheque - Bohemian Rhapsody's success at the box office in 2018 was replicated in the living room last year. The Freddie Mercury biopic was the biggest home video of 2019, selling 1.7m copies in the UK. Two-thirds of those copies were on DVD or Blu-Ray, with the rest coming from downloads.
Overall, UK consumer spending on video grew by 9.5%, making it the fastest-growing entertainment sector, fuelled by the popularity of streaming. Data compiled by the ERA (Entertainment Retailers Association) shows that physical video sales - which include DVDs, Blu-rays and 4K UHD - decreased from £616.9m in 2018 to £477.2m last year, a drop of 22.6%. “There is no doubt retailers of physical product had a tough time in 2019,” said the Entertainment Retailers Association's CEO Kim Bayley.
United Queendom - Kensington Palace will host an immersive theatrical experience for the first time next month. The building will showcase Les Enfants Terri
USA - Employees from around the country convened at Bandit Lites Nashville location for the company’s annual general meeting.
A special celebration was held for Eric ‘Rock’ Shafferman, who has surpassed 40 years with Bandit Lites. Shafferman’s storied tenure at Bandit includes touring with Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Rogers and Alabama as well as working the Super Bowl, Bonnaroo, Farm Aid and President George W. Bush’s inauguration.
“I first met Rock in 1979 when he joined the Bandit family as a driver on Kenny Rogers,” said Bandit chair Michael T. Strickland, a longtime friend of Rock. “He quickly climbed the ladder and became one of the top lighting technicians in the industry. Everyone that knows Rock simply loves him. I have never heard Rock speak ill of anyone, and he has a work ethic and ability second to none.”
Craig Richter (lighting designer), Sarah Eucker (shop supervisor), Carter Fulghum (lighting designer), Nikki Dotson (lighting technician) and Andrew Fisher (senior systems integrator) were all honoured for five years with Bandit Lites while Steve Powell celebrated 20 years in a career that’s included project manager as well as serving as the general manager of multiple Bandit locations.
Strickland shared Bandit’s expansive new plans for 2020 including a robust sales initiative across the country and remodelling the Nashville shop to include an addition of over 80,000sq.ft of space.
“Bandit is in an explosive but controlled growth phase,” he said. “The quality of our people, our standards and our se
UK - For the past seven years, an impressive selection of high-profile bands and artists has taken to the Great Hall stage at Central Hall Westminster for BBC One’s live New Year’s Eve concert. Most recently, multi-award winning singer Craig David entertained the nation in the countdown to 2020.
As the in-house technical production partner at Central Hall, White Light (WL) provided all lighting and rigging for this live show, produced by BBC Studios for BBC One.
Performing with his band, the Craig David Rocks Big Ben Live celebrations kicked-off with a string of Craig’s biggest hits, before the clock struck midnight. Then following the Mayor of London's New Year's Eve Fireworks, BBC One coverage returned to Central Hall for one of Craig’s world-renowned TS5 DJ sets to close the party.
WL’s venue technical manager at Central Hall, James Thurlow comments: “With the different sets taking place before and after the fireworks, we worked closely with lighting designer Steve Abbis to achieve a slightly different look and feel, to mark the significance of entering a new year and decade. Our sophisticated lighting rig for the show was specifically designed to complement the architectural features of the Great Hall.”
The lighting specification included 45 Ayrton Magicblade-FX fixtures, vertically rigged behind the performance area to enhance the aesthetic for the camera shots. Ayrton Ghibli luminaires were also utilised for aerial gobo effects.
Paul Southern, managing director of Central Hall Westminster adds: “We were del
USA - Design group Lightswitch first turned to Elation Professional’s Fuze Wash 575 LED white light luminaire in 2017 and again utilised the auto show-optimised moving head to light three top car manufacturer booths at the 2019 edition of the LA Auto Show.
“The Fuze Wash 575 is one of a very small number of automated LED fixtures that we use extensively in the auto show market,” states Chris Medvitz, partner and principal at Lightswitch. “Because of its light weight, feature set and price point, it has very quickly become a workhorse in automotive lighting for shows.”
Held 22 November to 1 December at the LA Convention Centre, Lightswitch used the Fuze Wash 575 on the Subaru, Nissan and Infiniti booths at this year’s LA Auto Show. Medvitz designed the booth lighting working with booth designers George P. Johnson on the Nissan and Infiniti booths, and designers EWI Worldwide/Hansen Productions on the Subaru booth.
Some 775 Elation Fuze Wash 575 and 75 Elation Artiste Picasso fixtures were used on this year’s LA Auto Show, supplied by 4Wall Entertainment. Other booths lit using the Fuze Wash 575 include Honda, Volkswagen and Acura with the latter also utilising the Artiste Picasso.
Some 96 Fuze Wash 575 units were used on the Subaru booth for launch of the new 2020 Subaru Outback, an immersive National Park-themed environment that Lightswitch helped design. “The Subaru booth touched on all of the senses. We used a lot of lighting on the exhibit properties and scenery, more than in other booths simply because there was so much of
USA - d&b audiotechnik will introduce a new SL-Series subwoofer and showcase compact augmented arrays and Soundscape immersive technology in the demonstration room at NAMM 2020.
At stand 18107, show attendees will be able to learn about the new addition to the SL-Series line array family, as well as the augmented array A-Series, which combines the flexibility of point source clusters with the extensive control of d&b line arrays.
In the d&b demo room (#18816) there will be presentations of various technologies that elevate the listening experience both in the audience and on stage. Demos will feature the A-Series augmented arrays, elements from the SL-Series, and the next generation of sound reinforcement, d&b Soundscape.
Additionally, d&b will also showcase the ultra-compact B8 subwoofer, xC-Series column speakers, and examples from the XS-Series. At the d&b integration island on the booth will be the new R90 touchscreen remote control panel, the Milan-based DS20 and Dante-based DS10, the flagship D80 amplifier, and d&b workflow - featuring ArrayCalc, R1 Remote, NoizCalc, and ArrayProcessing.
“The latest innovations we will highlight at NAMM are the result of our approach to empower d&b system users to create environments where the audience shares the highest level of sound quality,” states Amnon Harman, CEO, d&b audiotechnik. “We are especially excited about the upcoming show given it also coincides with the opening of our new demonstration and education facility in Los Angeles.”
USA - Eugene Novacek, founder of broadcast technology company ENCO, has passed away, aged 61. According to a statement from the company, he died on New Year’s Day in New York, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Novacek is survived by his wife Judith Novacek, daughter Kristin Heinbockel, son Andrew Novacek and granddaughter Evany Novacek. “His legacy lives through his family, the company he founded and the industry he loved and changed,” the statement reads.
Under Novacek’s guidance, ENCO to become a prominent supplier of automation for radio and TV stations. Its first digital audio delivery system was introduced in 1991; its product lines have since grown to encompass playout automation, captioning, scheduling and streaming. Its markets also include AV, events, concerts, worship and retail environments, according to enco.com.
ENCO is currently led by Ken Frommert, who in 2017 was promoted from general manager to president and has been the more public face of the company in recent years.
Canada - LD Érik Nowosielski-Lamoureux lit a Christmas concert at Montreal’s Salle Marguerite Bourgeoys performing arts centre by Petit Chanteur de Laval with 30 Chauvet Professional Rogue moving fixtures in his design.
“My Rogue R2 Spots were on cases, and rather than space them evenly, I had almost all of them go to the right to accent the band,” he explains. “A pair of R2 Spots were placed close to the band and behind them, so I could create dramatic effects back lighting them. Another R2 Spot was at the downstage right corner, and two of the units were placed along the stage right deck for side lighting the choir. My sixth R2 Spot was on the downstage left corner for lighting solos, side lighting, and audience lighting.”
In addition to the Rogue R2 Spots, Nowosielski-Lamoureux’s rig featured eight Rogue R3 Spot, 10 Rogue R2 Wash and six Rogue R2 Beam fixtures. These units we flown on two upstage trusses and one mid-stage truss. The truss furthest upstage held four R3 Spots and four R2 Washes, while the unit closer to mid-stage held four R2 Washes and six R2 Beams.
Adding to the distinctive looks on stage was Nowosielski-Lamoureux’s use of dark space. “My favourite quote as a lighting designer is ‘darkness is the LD’s best friend,’” he says. “I always try to keep dark areas in the air, especially when I use smoke. This trick gives the impression that the stage is bigger and deeper. Also, I love to play with shadows and side lighting. This creates an emotion that can’t be just said with colours.”
USA - The CEOs of Sensaphonics and Think-A-Move, Dr Michael Santucci (pictured) and Jim Harris have formed a new company, ASI Audio.
The business will debut at NAMM 2020 where a new brand, ASI Audio x Sensaphonics, will be unveiled.
“Sensaphonics already had the basics of our product concept in place,” notes Jim Harris, CEO and president, ASI Audio. “Their patented Active Ambient technology provided the platform, and our expertise in app development and manufacturing enabled our combined engineering teams to create a more sophisticated and powerful product. The key to our shared vision is to deliver a customised listening environment that works equally well with or without a monitor mix. We’re very excited to be bringing this new concept to market at the NAMM Show.”
Michael Santucci adds: “We’ve had great success with our 3D system, which is used on stage by artists like Steven Tyler, Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews, and hundreds more. But we know that many more musicians could benefit if we could bring down the price. We were also aware that many musicians have developed career-threatening hearing issues that could be addressed with tools like EQ and limiting. What we needed was a fresh approach to the in-ear concept that addresses all these issues in a way that no other company has even attempted. I’m proud to say that ASI Audio has achieved that goal.”
The company’s flagship product is called 3DME Music Enhancement, a universal-fit IEM system that captures ambient sound with a binaural microphone system embedded in the ea
USA - K-array has appointed Sam Spennacchio as national sales director at K-array USA. Spennacchio’s appointment comes at a time when the Italian designer of discreet audio solutions continues to build its US subsidiary to meet the needs of its rapidly growing business in that market.
Spennacchio will be responsible for assisting in the overall increase of K-array business in the US and will concentrate his efforts in the event productions and live sound verticals. As an industry veteran with proven experience in the AV industry, Spennacchio comes to K-array USA with previously held management positions at Mark IV Audio as vice president and SPL-NY as president, as well as sales roles with Fiberplex, Crest Audio, Klark Teknik/Midas and Martin Audio.
“Given Sam’s breadth of experience in the market, I’m looking forward to him expanding K-array’s reach across all of the US,” says Rusty Waite, president of K-array USA.
Spennacchio adds: “I am extremely pleased to join K-array. I look forward to working with Rusty to strategise and develop long-term plans to usher in the new levels of K-array’s growth in the US.”
Australia - Sydney’s Rooty Hill suburb is now home to a new $100m theatre space.
The 2,000-seat proscenium arch theatre will be able to house large-scale musicals, ballet, opera companies and symphony orchestras.
HF Events Pty, headed by Colin Baldwin, was tasked with supplying and installing the theatrical lighting, dimmers, power and lighting control system.
“When we were asked to look at the design and installation of power distribution and dimming for the new Coliseum Theatre, we immediately went to LSC Lighting,” comments Colin. “I have a long-standing relationship with LSC and have great respect for their product.”
Consequently, a shopping list of LSC products was made including 240-way Redback Patch Panels, Redback 36-way Patch Panels, MDRX 10-way data splitters (RDM-enabled), GenVi 12 x 10A dimmer/ power distribution and of course, APS 12 x 10A Advanced Power Distribution.
“LSC’s APS advanced power distribution systems were precisely what was needed for this venue,” adds Colin. “Automatic turn on and off of the entire system, inrush surges minimised, and everything plugged in and worked the first time around. LSC has been very supportive and I would not hesitate to recommend the APS power distribution, GenVi dimmers and MDRX data splitters to any who need professional Australian made products at an affordable price.”
The automatic turn on and off feature (called APSPower) mentioned by Colin is triggered by the presence of DMX. Turn the console on, and the APS senses that the console is on, and automatica
Poland - Warsaw’s PGE Narodowy Stadium scored a first in its history when it sold out a concert of Polish artists to an enthusiastic audience nearly of 60,000 fans. Co-headliners hip-hop artist Taco Hemingway and pop artist Dawid Podsiadlo are recognised as a new wave of talented Polish performers so Pawel ‘Spider’ Pajak gave them the star treatment with a complement of Claypaky fixtures lighting their acts.
“This was a very special gig for the music industry in Poland; I would say it was a kind of game changer for Polish artists and the music market here,” says Pajak, who is founder of creative collaboration platform, Percepto [LAB]. He acted as lighting designer, production designer and creative visual director for the show and is a long-time collaborator of Podsiadlo’s.
“The overall design of the show was based on a huge LED canvas with a total width of about 60m,” he explains. “The huge LED wall consisted of five surfaces joined together at different angles as one screen. One of the key lighting design elements was a frame made of LED lights all around to emphasize the shape of the stage. There were also eight separate truss block elements joined at angles and hung on Kinesys motors to get variations of truss positions above the stage. Four of them were dedicated to lighting only and four to lighting and LED screens.”
Pajak selected nine Claypaky Scenius Profiles, nine Scenius Unicos and 32 A.leda B-EYE K20 fixtures for the two artists. “Claypaky fixtures have been one of my first choices for many years,” he reports. “I
USA - Willowbrook Baptist Church’s main campus in Huntsville, Alabama recently implemented its first step of a multi-phased initiative to update its worship centre, and a key part of that process was the implementation of a KLANG:fabrik immersive in-ear monitor mixing system.
Installed by Memphis, Tennessee-based integrator Redwire Audio Visual in October, the new KLANG system offers up to 16 musicians their own individual IEM mixes over RF transmitters, or headphone amps via XLR. At the same time, the KLANG:fabrik is a fully flexible audio network router of up to 64 MADI, 64 Dante and 32 ADAT-compatible inputs and outputs.
“The new KLANG system was part of the first phase of the church’s update, and it has proven to be a critical component of it,” says Redwire AV president, founder and general manager, Tim Johnson. “Their worship orchestra had been frustrated by the lack of flexibility with their old IEM system, so we brought the KLANG:fabrik in for a demo, and they experienced a huge difference immediately.”
Johnson says the KLANG:fabrik’s ability to operate at 96kHz offers a much higher level of sonic fidelity to the musicians. Furthermore, the ability to move mixes around in a fully immersive space has changed how they hear themselves and the music.
“They literally had no idea this science was possible,” says Redwire AV lead designer Charles Thompson. “They can put the click above their heads, for instance, and build a virtual stage that reflects where each of them are standing on the actual stage. This creates a reali
Europe - RCF SpA has announced the appointment of Thomas Lindgren as national sales manager for Denmark.
International sales manager Luca Ombrati comments: “This is a newly-created position. Having previously been in partnership with a local distributor we intend to start a direct operation with Thomas.”
With a career stretching back more than 20 years, the Dane was most recently audio consultant for Ascon Trading ApS, and prior to that made his mark with a series of premier pro audio brands, most notably Sennheiser. Luca Ombrati said he was also attracted by the fact that Thomas is an experienced FOH sound engineer. “Having a sales guy with a technical background was an extremely attractive prospect,” he says.
“Since RCF is mainly known in the MI segment in Denmark, his priority will be to rebuild the relations in that specific field,” confirms RCF’s sales manager. “He will then start to approach the rental companies in order to promote our range of line arrays with a good deal of optimism, since he is familiar with this market. Last but not least he will be approaching system integrators, installation companies, contractors and consultants.”
Speaking of the challenge, Thomas Lindgren says: “It’s great to be working in a company, with colleagues that are equally passionate about high quality sound, and are therefore making quality products. There is nothing more fulfilling as sales manager than having pride in representing your products and the company behind them.”
USA - Entertainment technology charity Behind the Scenes has announced that the The Lightpower Collection’s work of famed Rock‘n’Roll photographer and author Neal Preston is returning to the NAMM Show (16-19 January, Anaheim). Neal’s pictures will be displayed in the BTS booth #10747 and will include pictures not previously seen at the show including Mötley Crüe, Kiss, and Bruce Springsteen.
Neal’s books Exhilarated & Exhausted and In the Eye of the Hurricane and posters, including his famous images of Robert Plant and Carlos Santana, will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit the charity.
Neal will be present in the Behind the Scenes booth to sign books and posters on Thursday, 16 January at 3pm and on Friday, 17 January at 11am and 3pm.
Neal’s archive is regarded as one of the music industry’s most extensive and significant photo collections. Rock fans know him best as the photographer who has toured with Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, and countless others.
Lightpower is an internationally established distributor for stage and studio lighting equipment. The Lightpower Collection was born out of a company culture that has a passion for collecting Rock’n’Roll art.
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses.
Europe - Notch, the company behind the realtime visual creation tool, has launched a podcast, Showcast, giving creatives a platform to share their project stories.
Showcast is “made by creators for creatives” and covers real-life experiences from Glastonbury to music videos. It is recommended for those who want to get insight into realtime production workflows.
During the 30-minute episodes, key industry creatives share their experiences, techniques, and stories across live touring, VFX, XR and motion graphics. The upcoming podcasts for season one will include discussions with Kevin Zhu, senior designer at All of it Now on how he helped Korean supergroup BTS create the first tour to ever use live integrated AR camera systems; as well as an interview with director Pod Bluman and Notch designer Kyle Reseigh at Bluman Associates. Pod and Kyle will be discussing their work on Emeli Sande’s Real Life tour, and how they created a stunning animated backdrop which could be controlled live from the lighting desk.
The first three three episodes are available at shows.acast.com/notch-showcast.
USA - The new Wireless In-Ear Monitor System (W.I.E.M.S.) from ProCo Sound, is making its NAMM debut at the RHC stand (11610). With up to 30m of range (line-of-sight) between the transmitter and belt-pack receiver, ProCo’s W.I.E.M.S. features a sleek and simple design, with no external antennas and a seamless plug-and-pair set-up.
ProCo’s W.I.E.M.S. has four user-selectable channels, which provides the ability to deploy up to four systems simultaneously. The easy to use solution features a 3.5-mm headphone jack - enabling users to plug in their preferred earpiece. Both the receiver and transmitter are powered by a lithium-ion battery, which is easily rechargeable with the included micro-USB and AC/DC charging adaptor. A single charge provides six to eight hours of battery life, ensuring that users don’t lose power when it’s needed most.
The belt-pack receiver automatically pairs to the transmitter, which uses the 5.8GHz frequency band to eliminate any potential interference or conflict from other WiFi traffic. The compact transmitter fits easily into nearly any hand. It also has an XLR-Female on one end, which is designed to plug into any open line-level feed at the stage. On the opposite end of the transmitter, LED lights indicate the status of the system.
“The W.I.E.M.S. is perfect for anyone looking to eliminate the restrictions and challenges of a wired monitor system,” says Shawn Wells, AV marketing manager, ProCo Sound. “It gives users the flexibility to move throughout the stage or studio without the fear of tripping over an
USA - Mexican super-group Bronco recently played at the The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, much to the delight of their legion of fans. Known for their modern interpretation of grupero music, which blends elements of rock, cumbia, norteño, and mariachi, the band adds modern instruments and incorporates elements of pop to create a big, bold sound.
Miguel Angel Pecina Torres, the band’s lighting designer, matched this sound with some power-packed looks when the appeared recently at the club’s spacious (25,000 sq. ft.) Eagle Ballroom. Helping him in this endeavour was a rig anchored by Chauvet DJ fixtures supplied and installed by High Frequency Productions.
“Bronco’s music is really interesting,” said Juan Ocampo, owner of High Frequency Productions, who specified the fixtures for the show. “They blend a variety of traditional genres to create something completely unique. The music is bright, effervescent, and rhythmic, so the lighting needed to match. Miguel’s design style really complimented the band’s music. It was also in keeping with my own personal aesthetic, so working on this project was a lot of fun.”
To match the energy and intensity of Bronco’s performance, Ocampo placed 16 Intimidator Hybrid 140SR fixtures on the upstage and midstage truss, eight units on each.
Torres gave the fence spanning the width of the stage behind the performers extra definition by placing 24 COLORstrips along its front, back and sides. This fence served as a dynamic design element during the show thanks to the chases and fades Torres c
UK - IPS is the first rental stockist of the new SGM G-7 BeaSt fixture. This LED moving head with beam and strobe effect incorporates a parabolic reflector, which creates zoomable collimated beam effects with a 10,000-lumen pixel controllable strobe in the centre.
IPS MD James Mason says: “I was really impressed with these units from the first time I saw them, as they are able to create such a wide range of effects. Also, they are incredibly bright - and fully IP66-rated.”
The G-7 BeaSt fixtures will join a well-established range of SGM products already working hard in the IPS hire inventory, including G-Profile Turbo, P-5 and Q-7 fixtures. MD Mason adds: “There has been a lot of anticipation following previews at PLASA Show, and then the big reveal at LDI - our customers are already specifying the G-7 BeaSt on shows for 2020.”
France - To meet the changing needs of its customers, Digigram has enriched the functional scope of its IQOYA X/LINK and IQOYA SERV/LINK IP audio codecs to extend it to remote broadcasting.
Digigram’s IP audio codec configured for remote broadcasting is billed as the only IP audio codec on the market allowing management of up to 32 mono or stereo full duplex IP streams.
For an optimal user experience, a specific mode of use has been added for this new operating mode with dedicated and easy-to-use graphical interfaces, both for the configuration phase and for the operating phases, says the company.
The user can now place calls and be connected to the field or the studio in two clicks. SIP, direct SIP and symmetric RTP connections are supported.
More than 10,000 IQOYA are currently in operation around the world. By using the codec in remote broadcasting mode, the user will continue to benefit from FluidIP, the technology developed by Digigram for establishing reliable and resilient connections on unmanaged networks such as the Internet. In particular, the technology integrates stream redundancy functions such as FEC (Forward Error Correction) or dual streaming with spatial or time diversity.
Denmark - For Alphabeat’s two arena shows in November, Theis Wermuth of Create This relied on trussing to envelop his client in a tulip blub style configuration of light created with 78 Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Wash fixtures.
He arranged his trussing on four high columns on either side of the stage, with the area over centre left empty to create the effect of cradling the band in light.
“Our overall idea with this design was to create an open, yet sharp, look,” says Wermuth. “We had more or less turned the trussing up side down, so it surrounds the stage and band below them - and not from above them as you usually see on tours. There were some challenges in creating this trussing concept, but Nordic Rental of Denmark, which supplied us with the rig, came up with the perfect customised solution.”
Wermuth had the fixtures mounted on modular pipes with wings extending to both sides of the truss structure. This created myriad opportunities to change the looks of his lightshow, sometimes directing light from the RGBW moving fixtures inward to immerse the band in brilliant colours; and at other times, directing the washes outward to create the exhilarating effect of a light flower opening up to reveal the artists on stage.
“The Rogues served as our main fixtures,” says Wermuth. “Given their compact size, we were able to fit them nicely into our truss configuration. We were also able use 78 of the Rogue units, which made quite an impression. Despite their size, the Rogues had plenty of output and brightness. They had no trouble
USA - A large complement of Claypaky lighting fixtures hit the road with Mexican pop rock band Maná when the multi Grammy Award winners launched their North American Rayando el Sol Tour in September. The tour is named after the band’s first hit single.
Maná was founded in Mexico in 1986 and has become one of the most successful rock bands in Latin music history. They have sold more than 40m albums worldwide and won four Grammys and eight Latin Grammys. The Rayando el Sol Tour kicked in Corpus Christi, Texas and wrapped in Los Angeles in December playing more than 30 dates. Their seven-show LA appearance at The Forum broke the six-night record of Kanye West and The Eagles.
Menga Cruz, lighting designer and lighting and video programmer for Maná, chose 122 Claypaky Mythos2, 24 Sharpy Wash and 22 Scenius Unico fixtures for the show’s rig, which he obtained from 4Wall.
“I have been working with Mythos since 2015; I think I was the first person to take Mythos on tour,” says Cruz. “I know Mythos so well now, I know all of its capabilities even ultra-fast movement. Mythos is part of my creative process – when I am drawing and imagining the cues for each song I know exactly which gobo I want to use and which effect I want to apply.”
Cruz used the Sharpy Washes on Stage C, a small stage behind FOH, which provided the more intimate moments of the show. “We needed a small moving light with a good wash, CMY and good color saturation,” he says. “With all those requirements there was no other option on the market but the Sharpy Wash.