ca3000mxWaves extends commercial audio line
Monday, 13 June 2022

USA - Waves Audio has expanded its commercial audio line with the introduction of the CA3000-MX Commercial Audio Mixer.
Waves CA3000-MX offers powerful mixing and built-in processing, plus the option to expand processing, by adding plugins from Waves’ massive catalogue. The CA3000-MX system is compatible with standard ASIO audio or Dante network configurations.
CA3000-MX is suitable for corporate, commercial, government, educational or house-of-worship installations that demands a high level of audio quality and advanced processing flexibility. Housed in a compact half-width 2U rack-mount chassis, CA3000-MX couples a powerful digital audio processing engine with an install-ready version of the industry-proven Waves eMotion LV1 mixer, supporting up to 32 stereo inputs, 24 stereo aux mix outputs plus L/R/C/M outs, and a 12x8 stereo matrix.
Integration and setup of the system is simple: CA3000-MX integrates easily with standard ASIO audio device drivers, or with Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) audio networking.
Integrators can add any desired Waves plugins to the CA3000-MX, to customize the processing to their specific needs. Waves offers a massive selection of audio processing plugins to address issues with feedback suppression, dynamics control, source levelling, noise reduction, acoustic response, broadcast streaming optimization, and more.
Also new are updated versions of the Waves CA1000 and CA2000 Commercial Audio DSP Engines, now featuring more integration options: in addition to Dante compatibility, these units are now also ASIO-co

britannia-row-foh-engineerBritannia Row marks 10 years with Simple Minds
Friday, 10 June 2022

UK - Britannia Row Productions is providing equipment and personnel for Scottish rock royalty Simple Minds as they play an extensive world tour consisting of over 80 shows across more than 18 countries.
Simple Minds’ 40 Years of Hits Tour (see LSi June 2022 for an in-depth feature on the production), which included a homecoming show at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro, celebrates an impressive four decades in music for the genre-defying band and features a set spanning their back catalogue.
Britannia Row Productions - Simple Minds’ audio supplier of choice since 2012 - re-joined the band for this ambitious arena run to provide a full PA system, FOH and monitor consoles, and a hand-picked crew of sound specialists, all under the watch of production manager, Glen Thomson.
“I’ve used Brit Row for every tour I’ve done in the last 10 years,” he says. “On every level, from just supplying a control package for an opening artist, to the full arena system, they have always given the same first-class service and attention to detail.”
FOH engineer Olivier ‘GG’ Gerard, who joined the Simple Minds audio crew in 2008, chose a Solid State Logic SSL L200 to create the band’s live mix, striving to get as close as possible to the album version of each track, in spite of the vastly different production levels.
“If I can’t emulate th

visionary-stages-at-chichester-festival-theatre-sir-derek-jacobi--daniel-evansDigital recreations mark Festival Theatre anniversary
Friday, 10 June 2022

UK - Digital Stages, five dynamic digital events celebrating Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) across the decades, will be released over CFT’s birthday week in July for audiences across the globe. The events range from VR tours and online performances to a new virtual game created by CFT’s community companies for adults with learning disabilities.
In Visionary Stages, actors Sir Derek Jacobi and John Simm, author and playwright Kate Mosse and designer Joanna Scotcher join CFT artistic director Daniel Evans and the artistic director of the Stratford Festival Theatre in Ontario Antoni Cimolino, for a virtual meet-up using modern technology to recreate Chichester’s 1962 stage.
During lockdown, the Festival Theatre auditorium was scanned by the specialist company Preevue with LiDAR technology, enabling them to recreate the 1962 stage using plans, photographs and archive records of the furniture and fittings. The event was filmed by technical solutions specialist White Light, using award-winning SmartStage.
For the first time, this technology enabled a historical design to be brought back to life - by placing real, precise scans of the physical theatre into an immersive video environment. The solution also allowed for Antoni Cimolino to be virtually ‘teleported’ from Ontario to join Daniel Evans on the SmartStage for the discussion. Visionary Stages will be streamed online from Sunday 3 July at 3pm and available on demand thereafter.
The Backstage Virtual Tour is available from 5 July. An immersive VR backstage tour,

holywings-batamHolywings raises the bar with Funktion-One
Friday, 10 June 2022

Indonesia - Leisure and entertainment brand, Holywings, has partnered with PT. Electro Audio Engineering to bring Funktion-One sound to its latest venues. The group, which has over 30 café, bar and club venues across the country, has set its sights on growing to 100 outlets and is in the process of creating ‘Asia’s largest beach club’.
The design concept of each Holywings venue is guided by the latest trends, taking inspiration from major cities around the world. “We bring ideas that we’ve picked up from other countries that are new to Indonesia,” explains Holywings Group’s Marvin Saputra. “Then we tailor them for our audiences and add a unique energy that can compete with other countries.”
This includes the Funktion-One sound systems that are helping to bring a new level of experience. Saputra reveals: “We think Funktion-One offers the best sound systems right now. Therefore, to be the best place, we also need the best sound system to provide the best ambience to our customers.”
Jakarta-based PT. Electro Audio Engineering installed the Funktion-One sound systems, which were supplied by distributor DMP Musik. Saputra comments: “Cooperating with PT. Electro Audio Engineering is very satisfying. We’re very grateful to be able work with them and appreciate the excellent service they provide.”
PT. Electro Audio Engineering’s Linson Sugianto says: “With Funktion-One, Holywings' sound quality and guest satisfaction have been taken to the next level. It shows that as Indonesia's largest lifestyle and entertainment cha

cameoqueens-Cameo illuminates the Platinum Jubilee concert
Friday, 10 June 2022

UK - Great Britain marked the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's reign with thousands of events and street parties over a long weekend, including a large-scale live concert at Buckingham Palace. 22,000 spectators gathered in front of the three stages, where Queen & Adam Lambert, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys and Ed Sheeran played, among many others, and another 13.4 million watched the BBC's mega-event live on TV. For the lighting of the main stages, Buckingham Palace and the Tree of Trees sculpture designed by Heatherwick Studio, Version 2 Lights supplied more than 600 cameo spotlights, including over 60 of the new hybrid outdoor all-rounder Otos H5.
The forecourt as well as the Palace itself was staged by 62 Otos H5, 156 Zenit W600, 392 Flat Pro 7 G2 and 72 Flat Pro 12 G2. The lighting design was done by Nigel Catmur, who used the Cameo spotlights for the numerous live performances of the biggest British pop stars as well as for the moving speeches of Prince Charles and Prince William.
In particular, the Otos H5 Beam-Spot-Wash Hybrid Moving Heads played a central role in the visual staging of the globally broadcast anniversary party. Prominently placed on high truss platforms, the Otos H5 framed the action wonderfully and sent impressive beams into the royal evening sky.
The Zenit W600 LED Outdoor Wash Lights also played an important role in the lighting design of the platinum party. With their massive luminous flux of 21,000lm, the wash lights ensured a strong and uniform illumination of the stage in daylight and in the evening. In addition, t

thewonderyears3photocredit-kelly-masonChauvet double act on The Wonder Years Tour
Friday, 10 June 2022

USA - In 2010, The Wonder Years released The Upsides, followed a year later by Suburbia, I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing.
As the 10th anniversary of these albums approached, the band intended to celebrate with successive tours. But with the pandemic lockdown putting a crimp on live music, The Wonder Years had to hold off until this spring to mark the anniversary of the LP releases with a coast-to-coast US and UK tour.
Supporting them every step of the way is a David Summers lightshow featuring Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Squeek Lights.
True to the spirit of a tour that celebrates not one, but a pair of albums, Summers’ design has two distinct personalities. “Dan Campbell, the singer of The Wonder Years, told me he wanted to do a special set up for their double album anniversary tour,” explains Summers. “In essence, his idea was to have a split stage that would pay homage to each of the two albums the band was performing.”
The “first stage personality” is characterized by traditional rock tour looks with plenty of atmospherics, and audience washes as well as intense side lighting from Rogue R1X Spot fixtures positioned stage left and right. “I kept a prism in them to help them spread across the downstage,” Summers said of the 170W LED spot fixtures. “We created a lot of gobos with them too, which was great for the band’s melodic parts.”
During those intervals when the show was turned over to the music of Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing, the stage too

robe-stage-lighting-services-esprite-investmentStage Lighting Services invests in Robe Esprites
Friday, 10 June 2022

UK - Cardiff-based rental and technical production specialist Stage Lighting Services has added to its existing all-Robe moving light inventory with a new investment in Robe Esprites which join the rental fleet.
Owned by Phil Hurley, together with sister company Stage Sound Services, Stage Lighting Services has a heritage of over 30 years’ experience, in which time it has built a solid reputation in the industry.
The last few months have seen a steady increase in work and business as shows and events start to return post-pandemic. With all the signs being so positive, Phil and the team, including head of hire & sales Scott Bainbridge, thought the time was right for some new investment.
With clients frequently asking for LED profiles with good framing shutters, particularly for the theatre and corporate work, this was where they focused for this specific purchase.
The existing relationship with Robe UK - dating back approximately 16 years - and success Stage Lighting Services has enjoyed with products over this time made the Esprite an immediate front runner.
The new Stage Lighting Services Esprites have already been out on several shows including Welsh language musical comedy Anthem at the Wales Millennium Centre, production managed by Emil Owen with lighting designed by Katy Morrison, and Ynys Alys a Welsh language touring theatrical production which is lit by Ceri James.
The fixtures were also on comedian Tommy Tiernan’s new stand-up show, Tomfoolery at the Eventim Apollo, which is being lit by D

infocomm2022headerLightware puts spotlight on connectivity
Friday, 10 June 2022

USA - Lightware Visual Engineering will highlight a range of new and enhanced professional AV solutions at InfoComm 2022, on stand W1831. From its Taurus universal matrix switchers to UBEX AV-over-IP devices and more, the Lightware technologies on display combine atmix of performance, quality and efficiency needed by commercial end-users and system integrators.
Lightware is also announcing the official opening of its new global training facility, the Lightware Discovery Centre, based in Las Vegas.
“The professional AV/IT landscape is constantly changing, with an increasing emphasis on network connectivity, remote access and interactive collaboration,” said Gergely Vida, CEO at Lightware Visual Engineering. “Attendees will experience our latest technology innovations and comprehensive solutions designed for every application, requirement and budget as well as our commitment to training and education - a demonstration of our end-to-end support for the AV industry.”
Ubex is an AV-over-IP device that delivers pixel-accurate 4K60 video in real-time with Dolby Atmos capabilities for enhanced immersive experiences in live events, eSports or XR screen applications.
Ubex units can connect to create a complex network through standard Ethernet switches with virtually unlimited numbers of endpoints while providing enhanced redundancy.
The Vinx series of AV-over-IP devices for 1G Ethernet networks can also operate in point-to-point configuration with diverse application possibilities. Vinx devices include built-in USB 2.0 ports for KVM fu

qolorflex-banner-5-in-1-v3City Theatrical tapes on demo at Cine Gear LA
Friday, 10 June 2022

USA - City Theatrical is staging demonstrations of relevant tape products at Cine Gear Expo LA which is running currently at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
City Theatrical's QolorFLEX HiQ High CRI LED Tape is designed to have a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 95, making it an iappropriatel high CRI LED tape for the needs of the film industry. It is available in three types, 3200K, 6000K, or 2700-6500K in a single chip, and offers exceptional on-camera colour rendition and the ability to match the light sources already being used on film and television sets.
QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape is an interior-grade LED Tape with high output brightness and the ability to create a wide spectrum of colours when used with a DMX colour control system. QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape comes in two colour options, RGB plus Amber plus Cool White (new!), and RGB plus Warm White plus Cool White, which both have a high output brightness and the ability to create a wide spectrum of colors when used with a DMX color control system. Designed for installations for television and film, all LEDs used in QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape RGBACW are identical to create an even illumination.
QolorFLEX NuNeon is rugged, outdoor-rated, and dimmable. It can be cut to length and is available in a variety of colours plus RGB. It offers nearly the same visual impact as traditional blown glass neon without the problematic issues of installation and maintenance. QolorFLEX NuNeon's extreme flexibility includes a ½" minimum bending radius in the horizontal plane for ideal precision for signage, like

bandit-lites2Three Bandit Lites executives promoted
Friday, 10 June 2022

USA - Bandit Lites has announced the promotions of several major leaders with Brent Barrett as vice president of business development, Roth Edwards as vice president of operations and Jake Tickle as vice president of business and innovation.
“Every great firm is defined by their great people,” says Bandit chair, Michael T. Strickland. “Bandit Lites is no exception. Brent Barrett, Roth Edwards, and Jake Tickle exemplify that dynamic. Each a long time Bandit, they have from day one contributed at a level far beyond what was asked of them.”
Barrett now takes the helm of VP of business development. “Bandit has been a part of me most of my life,” Barrett reflected. “For me, Bandit started with a friendship with Michael during our elementary school that continues today.
Roth Edwards entered Bandit as an assistant warehouse manager and appeared on the cover of a major industry publication his first month at work.
“Roth is simply amazing” says Strickland. “There is nothing Roth will not do, not take on or not learn. His thirst for knowledge along with his desire to make himself and Bandit better is second to none.”
As Bandit moves into the very bright future, Jake Tickle sits at the forefront of leading the firm on all subjects technology related. “There is simply no title large enough to cover Jakes phenomenal contributions at Bandit Lites,” says Strickland.

more-avs-remco-van-der-werff-left-with-soundsystemMore AV expands Funktion-One distribution
Thursday, 9 June 2022

Europe - More AV has extended its Funktion-One distribution to include Belgium and Luxembourg, making it the loudspeaker manufacturer’s representative for the entire Benelux region. The company, which is headquartered in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, has been a key Funktion-One partner for almost 20 years.
More AV, which is led by founder Remco van der Werff, will build on the strong foundation left by outgoing distributor,, whose owners - Tia Broodcoorens and Lieven Pillaert - have decided to close the company and pursue personal projects. For Pillaert, that includes working closely with More AV in a consultative capacity.
Funktion-One’s Ann Andrews comments: “We’re delighted that More AV has grown its operation and taken over the distribution of Funktion-One throughout Benelux. We’ve known Remco and his team for a long time and know they will continue with their professional and attentive approach. We’re thankful for everything has given as part of the Funktion-One family and wish Tia and Lieven every success in the future.”
More AV’s van der Werff adds: “We are looking forward to growing Funktion-One’s presence in Belgium and Luxemburg and working closely with local dealers and rental partners. We take a lot of pride in the work we do and the brands we represent and understand the importance of building lasting relationships with our partners.”
In addition to the new distribution arrangement, More AV has increased the size of its headquarters, adding a small demo room for Funktion-One’s Compa

alejocerveralightsharkboothise2022Video tutorials support LightShark consoles
Thursday, 9 June 2022

Spain - The LightShark range of DMX-based hardware lighting consoles is now supported by more than 100 video tutorials, all of which are designed to help users get the most from these versatile products.
Spanish manufacturer Equipson, the company behind LightShark, has created this resource so that customers can explore the full functionality of the range. Starting with basic introductory tutorials, the videos take users through numerous features covering topics such as creating groups and palettes through to connectivity with external routers and larger networks. There are also advanced tutorials that cover subjects such as importing fixture profiles, working with LightShark's built in scheduler and creating complex colour effects.
Juan Jose Vila, COO and CMO of Equipson, says: "Our video tutorials are highly informative and very simple to follow. By delving deeply into the full range of LightShark features, customers can truly explore their creativity and deliver exceptional shows in many different settings."
The LightShark range includes the LS-1 hardware console with assignable faders and rotary controls, the more affordable LS-Core, the LS-Wing Open Sound Control (OSC) hardware controller and three multiprotocol DMX streaming devices - each supporting a different numbers of DMX universes - that are collectively referred to as LS-NODE.
"Improving education provision is vital for the industry's future,” Vila says. "It is very important that we develop career paths for young people entering the industry, and therefore we collaborate with e

chileL-Acoustics reinforces restored Garden City theatre
Thursday, 9 June 2022

Chile - The city of Viña del Mar is renowned for its colonial architecture, vibrant nightlife, and the annual Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar (Viña del Mar International Song Festival).
Coupled with a Mediterranean climate and beautiful, abundant greenery, the city, nicknamed Jardín Ciudad (Garden City), is one of the country’s most-visited spots. In 2010, a devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake severely damaged some of the city’s best-known buildings, including the heritage site Teatro Municipal of Viña del Mar.
Today, the Teatro been fully restored and fitted with the most advanced L-Acoustics Kara sound system in the country, delivered by L-Acoustics certified provider distributor for Chile, VGL.
Built between 1925 and 1930 by famous architects Renato Schiavon and Aquiles Landoff, the Teatro Municipal de Viña del Mar features a façade decorated with friezes, cornices, and columns and an interior filled with sculptures and decorations of carved and moulded plaster. Following the earthquake damage, a painstaking restoration using the original designs was also the opportunity to install a modern technical infrastructure.
“Our team first became involved in the tender process for the entire technical installation in 2013 when the local municipality approved the renovation works,” recalls Cristian Osorio, live audio solutions and installations at VGL. “We worked with Alex Soto from L-Acoustics to create initial pre-designs for a new sound system for the theatre’s auditorium.”
Unfortunately, the eart

arri-orbiter-fresnel-lens-key-visualARRI expands Orbiter offerings with Fresnel lens
Thursday, 9 June 2022

Germany - ARRI has announced the addition of the Orbiter Fresnel lens to the already large pool of Orbiter optics, making this LED luminaire even more versatile. Combined with Orbiter’s ARRI Spectra light engine, the high-end optical system is suited for cinematic application, broadcast studios, as well as theatres or live productions.
Creating a precise light spot with a soft single shadow, the new Orbiter Fresnel lens delivers true Fresnel output with a real Gaussian field of light. The light output of Orbiter with Fresnel lens is comparable to the ARRI L-Series L10 and True Blue ST2/3 with 2000 W Tungsten bulb.
Despite its large aperture, the Orbiter Fresnel lens housing is compact (approx. 340mm x 380mm x 370mm and lightweight (4.5kg / 9.5lbs). Its lens diameter of 285mm equals that of the True Blue ST2/3 and T5.

bromptonBrompton adds further features to Tessera
Thursday, 9 June 2022

UK - Brompton Technology has announced two major feature advances as part of its Tessera v3.4 software release: Extended Bit Depth and Stacking. “These features enhance our already compelling feature-set, which is well-established as the processing of choice for both major live events and film and television production,” says Brompton’s CEO, Richard Mead.”
Extended Bit Depth unlocks higher PWM bit depth output with a free firmware update for all existing and new panels fitted with the Brompton R2 or R2+ receiver card. Up to 3.3 additional bits of precision improves low-brightness performance – reducing visual artefacts and bringing out additional detail and nuance in dark areas of the image. This substantial increase in dynamic range offers a significant boost in performance that is hard to ignore for ICVFX and other LED on camera applications.
With Extended Bit Depth, you can also reproduce HDR content up to 10 times darker than previously possible, without compromising peak brightness for HDR highlights.
Many setups utilise multiple processors working together to drive different parts of a single LED screen. The second new feature of Tessera v3.4 - Stacking - which is available on Tessera SX40 and S8 processors, allows multiple processors in a setup to be controlled together in unison. Tessera v3.4 is now available as beta software for evaluation.

dante-brooklynAudinate debuts Dante Brooklyn updates
Thursday, 9 June 2022

USA - At this week’s InfoComm in Las Vegas, Audinate introduced Dante Brooklyn 3 audio networking module and Dante Fremont 3 AV networking module. The new modules are pin-compatible replacements for the popular Dante Brooklyn 2 and Dante Fremont modules and have been redesigned to ensure continuous availability while delivering support for current and future Dante features.
Samples of both modules will be available to manufacturers in Q3 2022 and will start shipping in production quantities in Q4 2022.
The Dante Brooklyn module family is the most widely deployed implementation of Dante, and is used in hundreds of mixing consoles, DSPs, amplifiers, and much more. The Dante Brooklyn 3 audio module is available in 8x8 to 64x64 channel SKUs, delivering ultra-low latency networked audio in a small footprint and supporting the complete suite of Dante audio features.
The original Dante Fremont module supported Dante AV. The new Dante Fremont 3 is 100% compatible with Dante Fremont designs and supports low-latency Dante AV over IP along with 8x8 channels of Dante audio for use in encoders, decoders, PTZ cameras, AV-over-IP monitors, format converters and matrix products.
“These new Dante modules help to alleviate supply constraints,” says Chris Ware, Audinate’s senior vice president of product development. “We re-engineered our most popular products to ensure steady availability in the foreseeable future, while improving the designs in anticipation of upcoming Dante features. Dante Brooklyn 3 and Dante Fremont 3 modules are direct replacemen

mike-novakCalibre names sales director for North America
Thursday, 9 June 2022

USA - Calibre has appointed Mike Novak as sales director for North America. Novak hits the ground running with the Calibre New Product Preview Showcase event in Las Vegas revealing a One Canvas Solution incorporating the Calibre LEDFusion Pro with splicing features across multiple screens.
Novak is based in Buffalo, New York. He has taken up the position at Calibre from Daktronics, where he managed various verticals including airport and transit, out-of-home advertising, spectaculars and reseller/AV groups, and developed new markets and revenue streams.
“The Americas is the single largest market for growth in high-performance LED systems and solutions,” says Steve Su at Calibre. “I’m delighted to welcome Mike Novak to the Calibre team during our rapid growth phase. His leadership, collaborative style and experience in setting up sales strategy and channel development will be leveraged to establish Calibre as a preferred supplier of LED video displays.”
Mike Novak adds: “Joining Calibre at this stage of their evolutionary growth is an exciting prospect. Calibre is already well known for their reliable processing technology and customer service and we will build on that foundation with localized support for our growing customer base, expanding into new markets and applications.”

reotshepile-tlhowe-and-nathan-thiart-with-the-new-fenix-hercules-8Blue Array lifts audio to new heights with Fenix
Thursday, 9 June 2022

South Africa - Blue Array Productions, a professional rental and production company, has invested in two Fenix Stage Hercules 8 front-loading lifting towers supplied by DWR Distribution. The units were put to work for the first time at Liefde by die Dam, a festival attracting 8 000 revellers and held recently at Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg, where Blue Array supplied the audio solution.
The Hercules 8, made from aluminium, is the tallest tower by Fenix at 8m high. The system lifts line array systems, trussing or LED screens with a maximum load of 300kg from the floor and is height adjustable.
“We initially tried out the smaller AT-906 Fenix towers, only to find that we had some weight limitations which forced us to go for the bigger towers,” explained Nathan Thiart, senior sound engineer at Blue Array. “It was a happy coincidence because we definitely had a need for something of this stature.”
Blue Array specialises in audio and always outsourced the structures and scaffolding needed for the PA or delay towers. Nathan had recently seen a few write-ups on the Fenix range and presented the solution to Kobus van Rensburg, owner of the company.
“Stacking a PA is fine when doing an event for a smaller audience, but when it comes to coverage, the audio does start thinning out towards the back and it’s here, when flying a PA, that you can address the problem and utilise the line array.”
The Fenix towers are less conspicuous when it comes to events. “Putting up the water ballasts and towers, often clad in black, are not attr

abba-voyage-photo-by-johan-persson-abba-voyageSolotech plays key role in ABBA Voyage concerts
Wednesday, 8 June 2022

UK - The much-anticipated and publicised ABBA Voyage brings the 70s supergroup back to the stage in a blend of the virtual and physical worlds.
Several years in the making, the ABBA Voyage show opened on 26 May 26 in a purpose-built arena designed by Stufish Entertainment Architects at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. The production adds a new element to the live music experience by blurring the lines between CGI and reality, with The Guardian calling it a “jaw-dropping avatar act that’s destined to be copied”.
Solotech worked under the direction of director Baillie Walsh, working alongside Aniara’s technical producer Nick Levitt and technical director Joe Frisina, and collaborating with concert producers Svana Gisla and Ludvig Andersson, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) and TETRO and Greenwall’s Fredrik Stormby to provide audio, lighting, and video solutions capable of pushing the boundaries for live productions.
Scott Willsallen from Auditoria supervised the audio elements of the show, with VYV Photon servers specified and programmed by Anthony “Bez” Bezencon.
The project is Solotech UK’s foray as a high-end 360-equipment supplier, as it delivered audio, video and lighting technology and expertise to the show. Solotech drew on its experience as live production specialists to aid in the process from the design stages to installation and opening night to help deliver the incredible event.
Working in close collaboration with ABBA’s production team, Ian ‘Woody’ Woodall, Solotech UK’s director of specia

badbunny-pru-2022toddkaplanVari-Lite VL10 Beamwash backs Bad Bunny
Wednesday, 8 June 2022

USA - Grammy Award winning, Puerto Rican mega-star Bad Bunny kicked off his 36-date sell out El Último Tour Del Mundo 2022 from the Ball Arena, Denver in February. Featuring a show design as stylishly unconventional as the artist himself, lighting designer Alain Corthout, chose to deploy a battery of VL10 Beamwash luminaires from Vari-Lite.
“Bad Bunny takes an alternative approach to his live performance, so the show design had to be as outspoken as he is,” explains Corthout. “I was looking for a lighting workhorse that would offer the ultimate in creative versatility, while delivering consistent, high output light, even at the more saturated end of the spectrum. I also needed a versatile palette of effects. The VL10 Beamwash fixtures gave me all of this and more.”
Challenging the conventions of traditional show design, Corthout had to accommodate the fact that the solo artist was playing to huge audiences yet was often on stage alone. The only design guidance Corthout was given from Bad Bunny’s management was that the design was going to include a large truck. The result is a diverse show, staged in-the-round and centered on the massive truck which morphs, transformer-style, into a three-runway, LED video screen stage floor.
“With a large amount of high energy songs and very few ballads, we had to create enough variety in scale, mood, texture and looks to keep the audience focused and emotionally in touch with Bad Bunny,” says Corthout. “Above the stage - running parallel with the truck length - are eight framed, portrait format, v

thevine3Chauvet creates intimate looks on The Vine
Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Zimbabwe - Napoleon Nyanhi knew what kind of look he wanted to project for the music video he was directing on 30 April for The Vine music collective in Harare. It had to be warm, intimate, and all-encompassing to reflect the familial spirit of the Grammy winning Soweto Gospel Choir and other artists in the ensemble.
What Nyanhi was less clear on was how he was going to create this image on a small music video stage that would hold as many as 78 performers at a time. That was when he reached out and called his friend Tatenta Gaylord Rushwaya of Events Evolution.
“Napoleon’s request was straightforward; he wanted a beautiful harmonious stage,” recalled Rushwaya. “But when he told me how many people would be on it, the request was suddenly not that simple.”
Taking the challenge, Rushwaya contacted his friend and colleague Blessing Bero and described some of his initial ideas. Bero set to work drafting a design and a day later came up with a layout. Using a mix of geometric patterns, such as a circular overhead truss flanked by two V-shaped bars, a two-tiered video wall, and three gently curved scenic pieces on either side of the stage, the layout would make the performance area seem balanced, graceful, and aesthetically fluid, with no hint of crowding.
With Rushwaya serving as assistant director/technical director, and Berro as set/lighting designer, the music video recording session at the Harare International Conference Centre exceeded Nyanhi’s most optimistic expectations.
Key to helping the inspired set design come to life

stemecosystembarcolarge-meeting-room015b15dShure and Barco collaborate on Stem Ecosystem
Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Europe/USA - Aligned with InfoComm Show 2022, Shure has announced that microphones from its Stem Ecosystem, Stem Wall, Table, and Hub, have received full certification with the Barco ClickShare Conference room system.
Stem Ceiling is also compatible with the Barco solution. With this certification, Shure and Barco have partnered to make it even easier for users to seamlessly turn any Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) meeting space into a fully integrated hybrid meeting environment, where they can combine the high-quality audio of Stem Ecosystem with easy-to-use wireless conferencing.
This certification marks a significant milestone for the Shure Stem Ecosystem, a complete audio solution that provides users with the freedom to create, manage, and scale their collaboration space audio for an effortless experience in any room. With Stem, you can mix and match devices to create the perfect pickup in every room in your organisation.
“With this certification for Shure’s Stem Ecosystem devices, we are pleased to provide our customers with an excellent audio solution that seamlessly integrates into their hybrid workplaces,” said Johan Pirot, product manager ClickShare alliances at Barco. “Combining our two solutions, users can operate video conferencing systems and collaboration tools that give them the freedom to connect, collaborate, and wirelessly share content from anywhere.”
“We are thrilled to expand Barco ClickShare certification to select Stem Ecosystem products,” said Luis Guerra, associate director of global product management at S

outline-newton-at-coachella-festival-1Newton scores desert double with Rat Sound
Wednesday, 8 June 2022

USA - Outline’s Newton FPGA processor played key operational roles at Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals. Both returning after two-year layoffs caused by Covid, the back-to-back festivals and their big crowds returned to the Californian desert in style this year.
With its roots going back to 1993 and still held at its original venue, the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, and now one of the world’s largest music festivals, The Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival was staged over two consecutive weekends in April, once again showcasing an array of established and emerging artists.
Presented the following weekend in the same location, its sister production The Stagecoach Festival is a leading event for folk, mainstream country, bluegrass, roots rock, Americana and alt. country.
As they have been for every Coachella since 2000, Camarillo-based Rat Sound Systems were the principal audio reinforcement provider for the 2022 event, providing complete live performance systems across the seven largest performance areas: the Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Sahara Tent, Mojave Tent, Yuma Tent, and the Sonora Tent, respectively handling around 180 acts in each of the two three-day weekends.
At the Stagecoach Festival, Rat Sound delivered multiple stages worth of audio including the Mane, Spotlight, Honkey Tonk, and Palamino Stages. The Mane stage alone included over 30 delay clusters.
Rat Sound’s Outline Newton processors made their debut at the dual event in 2019, serving as multi-format digital hubs through which the

duncan-riley-and-stuart-andrews-2022-copyDWR welcomes Stuart Andrews
Wednesday, 8 June 2022

South Africa - Stuart Andrews will take on the position of projects and operations manager at DWR Distribution.
“I’m so positive and happy to be back in South Africa and at DWR,” said Stuart, who has lived in Rwanda and Dubai for well over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think this move had been on the cards for some time, to be honest. I had wanted to change out of the rental and production side of the industry for some time now, and I’ve always been close to the people at DWR; a company respected within the industry and one with extremely high standards in terms of service delivery and client focus.”
Andrews has enjoyed a vibrant career in the live events industry for the past 30 years. He started working as a sound technician in 1992 while completing a bachelor of commerce degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, juggling between his student commitments and his involvement in the student radio station.
Once he had graduated, Andrews freelanced as a sound technician in Durban for smaller companies until he took on a permanent position at the Wild Coast Sun, taking care of the theatre, show bar and conference centre’s audio requirements. There, he met his wife Debbie. The couple then moved up to Johannesburg when Andrews joined Caesars Palace, today known as Emperors Palace, before relocating to Dubai in 2000 for three years, where Andrews headed up the AV department at the Jumeirah International Hotel Group and worked as a project manager at Protec (Production Technology).
Upon returning to South Africa in 200


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