musikakademiebaselelectronicstudio3Basel academy embraces IP working with Lawo
Friday, 4 September 2020

Switzerland - Basel Music Academy’s renowned Electronic Studio Basel (ESB) is being upgraded with Lawo IP technology, enabling future prospective sound engineers to be trained on two Lawo mc²36 audio consoles and accompanying compact I/O units.
The Lawo installation at the Basel Music Academy (Musikakademie Basel) will also be used for recording contemporary electronic compositions, performed by ensembles small and large, as well as entire orchestras.
The new audio mixing system, which was installed by Swiss system integrator SLC Broadcast, includes two identical 24-fader Lawo mc²36 consoles and corresponding interfaces (supporting MADI, Ravenna, AES/EBU, analogue operation). The two stageboxes each provide 32 mic/line inputs, 32 line outputs, 8 digital AES3 inputs, eight digital AES3 outputs, eight GPIO, a Ravenna port, and a MADI Tie-Line Port (SFP).
Also part of the upgrade are Horus and HAPI audio interfaces from Merging Technologies.
Importance was placed on the scalability of the components during the selection of equipment for the upgrade. From small mobile recordings to large live concerts with parallel recording, the audio systems are required to use the same digital interfaces and network topology. For large ensembles with simultaneous recording, all components – including virtual soundcards on laptops – are called into use. The flexibility of the Lawo IP-based configuration also makes it possible to work on several projects at the same time.
The Academy places a high value on the use of current technology and equipment

brothersBrothers opt for Mackie microphones
Friday, 4 September 2020

UK - Sam Jones has his own show on Insanity Radio, an award-winning FM and online station based at Royal Holloway University in Surrey. Since March, he has hosted Insanity’s Friday night Lockdown show - from Cardiff - with flatmate Alex Williams.
Presenting a show remotely has its challenges, but Jones has done as much as possible to ‘studio-fy’ his spare room, excluding as much noise as possible. When the coronavirus lockdown struck, he had already taken the decision to invest in a new microphone, having suffered in the past from a few reliability issues. Looking for great value, great audio and a robust piece of equipment, he decided to go with the Mackie EM-91C large-diaphragm condenser microphone and loved what he got:
“Just taking the mic out of the box gives you that feeling of solidity. I figured that if the audio is as good as the build quality, it’s going to be seeing me through plenty of broadcasting! And lo and behold, it’s excellent. I’ve used a number of different microphones in different settings, including in nicely-appointed studios, some of which cost considerably more than the EM91-C, but in terms of quality and value, it’d be hard to beat.”
140 miles away in Buckinghamshire, Jones' younger brother Tal is working in another studio conversion - his bedroom - on a body of material that is finding favour with a growing number of fans.
As a music student and artist, working within tight budget constraints dictates that every investment in his setup needs to reflect great value for money. At the same time, in a

 
 
brightsign-au335-frontBrightSign debuts ‘affordable’ audio player
Friday, 4 September 2020

UK - BrightSign has announced the BrightSign AU335, an audio player with ARC and eARC support that can distribute up to three zones of audio to soundbars and AV receivers.
“Our new player strikes a balance between affordability and power, making it the ideal solution for virtually any setting where sophisticated, high-quality audio is called for,” explains Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign. “Whether simply providing background music or powering the display of complicated consumer electronics products at retail, the BrightSign AU335 is up to the task.”
Besides multi-zone audio support, the AU335 has physical buttons, proximity sensors and more via USB, GPIO or Ethernet connectivity. This enables customers to control the volume and toggle between devices with ease. The BrightSign AU335 includes a free subscription to BSN.cloud Control Cloud for easy access to realtime player health and other controls.
Additionally, the new player supports free presentation-authoring through BrightAuthor:connected, BrightScript, JavaScript and node applications, plus a host of CMS solutions available within BSN.cloud Control Cloud.

 
dennymclaneMcLane heads Symetrix customer experience team
Friday, 4 September 2020

USA - Denny McLane has joined Symetrix as the new manager of the customer experience team.
McLane began his career as the president and owner of Sound Techniques in North Hollywood, CA, where he designed and installed sound and video systems for churches, auditoriums, theatres, and provided live sound production for producer David Foster and his roster of artists. He later spent seven years at BSS Audio (Harman Pro) presiding over sales and support for Soundweb London for the Western US and most recently held the position of Consultant Liaison with Atlas-IED driving architectural projects toward their product offering. McLane is a true expert at bridging technical products and integrator/end-user needs.
“We're very excited to welcome Denny to the Symetrix family,” stated Dan Lynch, Symetrix VP of marketing. “As the leader of the customer experience team, Denny's extensive experience in the AV industry will be invaluable to help guide our support, training, and consultant liaison teams for Symetrix 2.0. Most importantly, Denny's personality is a perfect fit for the Symetrix family and he's going to be a welcome addition to the overall customer experience team.”
As Manager of the Customer Experience Team, McLane will manage departmental participation in product design, promotion, and sustaining engineering, while continuously driving systemic improvements of the training and technical support departments.
“I’ve observed the team that Symetrix has built and how they have evaluated customer facing management of the company to a calibr

 
 
france-television-stage-2aElation meets broadcast standards on Set 330
Friday, 4 September 2020

France - “Elation luminaires meet more and more the lighting criteria demanded by top directors of photography” was the assessment of Alain Lheriteau of Elation’s French distributor Best Audio & Lighting after working with director of photography Jean-Louis Rousseaux on a reworked set at France Television Stage 2.
In spring 2019, the national broadcaster entrusted Rousseaux with the lighting design of Set 330, a virtual environment that spans 360° and covers almost the entire surface of the set.
The first live broadcast from Stage 2’s redesigned set took place last fall and marked the first programme produced in a virtual setting on France Television. “It was necessary that we review all of the lighting for several reasons,” said Rousseaux, who reports that France Television wanted to equip the set entirely with LED lights. “The versatility of moving between real and virtual sets required a much more complete and flexible installation than the one that existed.”
The new set, treated entirely in inlaid green paint, floor and walls, required a permanent lighting installation to illuminate the entire cyclorama and floor. Black and white curtains fill gaps at the bottom of the set and around décor elements. “It was inconceivable to make this fully automated set when France Television first contacted me,” Rousseaux says. “It was necessary to redo the entire grid, which is equipped with pantographs, and implied both an investment and very difficult deadlines.”
The challenge was great but not impossible. After consulta

 
revolution-acoustics-logo-red-jpg-2Exertis ProAV Australia to distribute Revolution Acoustics
Thursday, 3 September 2020

Australia - Revolution Acoustics has appointed Exertis ProAV Australia to distribute its full line of SSP6 Multiducers, RevNet 2140 Amps, Pendant 360 and UBIQUI T360 commercial audio solutions in the region.
“Revolution Acoustics delivers a truly immersive audio experience in every type of commercial environment through constant-SPL, completely consistent audio coverage throughout the listening space,” comments Exertis ProAV Australia president & CEO, Kevin Kelly. “Their SSP6 Multiducers take transducer technology to a whole new level of crystal-clear quality, bringing a more compelling audio experience to listeners. We are excited to introduce this remarkable line to our resellers.”
Nick Cocks, Exertis ProAV Australia general manager, adds: “Retail stores, restaurants, office lobbies, hospitals, classrooms, workplace break rooms, transportation centres and houses of worship, among other facilities, have something in common – they all need sound reinforcement and background audio systems that provide a pleasant listening experience without any dropouts or hot spots. Equally important is clear, intelligible paging for patrons, doctors and students. Revolution Acoustics’ constant-SPL (sound pressure level) systems can help customers achieve this easily in ways never imagined. Their value proposition is superior, and our resellers will immediately recognize that.”
Revolution Acoustics CEO Bob Katz says: “The Exertis team offers us a robust, turnkey way to grow our commercial business in Australia and New Zealand. Their product kno

 
 
claypakybobbygrey1Claypaky’s Mythos delivers for 311 in Las Vegas
Thursday, 3 September 2020

USA - At the last big event in Las Vegas before the lockdown, Bobby Grey of Notan Creative used 60 Claypaky Mythos 2 fixtures to deliver a variety of looks for the 102 songs that rock band 311 performed in three marathon shows at the Park MGM’s Park Theatre. Felix Lighting in Los Angeles was the lighting vendor for the concerts.
Grey did the full production design for the series of concerts, 11-13 March, and created and curated the shows’ video content. The band annually celebrates ‘311 Day’ on 11 March, staging marathon live concerts in even-numbered years and playing a cruise for fans in odd-numbered years. Formed in 1988, 311 has released 13 studio albums, two live albums, four compilation albums, four EPs and four DVDs.
“Mythos 2 is my go-to for a beam and utility light,” says Grey. “A lot of lights claim to do a lot, but typically they do only one thing well and everything else not so well. But Mythos 2 is a great wash, a great profile and a great beam, and it flawlessly moves from one type of lighting to another. It’s my must-have in every rig.”
For 311’s 2020 celebration, Grey gave the concerts “a space explorer-galactic theme”. He supplemented the Park Theatre’s house rig with triangular pod trusses – a moving rig that would help “keep things versatile”.
Grey used sci-fi UFO art for reference and liked the look of triangular spacecraft with lights at the front tip. “So I found a place on the truss to mount Mythos on each corner for a strong, tight beam that could also spread out wide from the bottom.

 
apac-ulsan-complex-stadium-5Ulsan stadium upgrades with Harman Pro system
Thursday, 3 September 2020

South Korea - The Ulsan Sports Complex hired audio integrators TechDataPS Co., and Daeseong Media to upgrade the sound system in its Ulsan Complex Stadium with a Harman Professional audio solution.
Built in 1970, the Ulsan Sports Complex includes Ulsan Complex Stadium, which was the original home of Ulsan Hyundai FC and features a capacity of 19,471. Today, the stadium is home to Ulsan Citizen FC, which competes in Korea’s K4 professional soccer league. Located between the Yaksacheon and Dongcheon rivers, Ulsan Sports Complex also includes an auxiliary stadium, the Dongcheon Gymnasium, Dongcheon National Sports Centre, a basketball court, foot volleyball court, futsal court as well as a youth concert hall.
To improve sound at sporting events and create an entertaining environment for fans, TechDataPS and Daeseong Media equipped Ulsan Complex Stadium with an audio solution that includes JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplification, Soundcraft mixers and BSS signal processors.
“The client required a system that could deliver reliable, highly articulate sound output. It was also essential that the system maximize sound coverage across the venue, keeping in mind the close proximity of residential buildings,” said a spokesperson for TechDataPS. “Considering multiple factors including safety, durability and the varying acoustic demands of the venue, we zeroed in upon JBL VTX A-Series loudspeakers.”
Providing sound throughout the stadium, TechDataPS selected JBL VTX A8 dual 8” compact line array loudspeakers. The system also inclu

 
 
fielmannFielmann hosts virtual with help from GLP
Thursday, 3 September 2020

Germany - Headquartered in Hamburg, Fielmann AG is an ophthalmic optics specialist, with 780 branches spread throughout Germany and Europe. In July this year, the company invited its shareholders to attend its annual general meeting. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this took place virtually, without the physical presence of the shareholders.
The stage was set up at the Cinegate Studios in Hamburg - and optimised for live streaming online. As a technical service provider, PRG Streaming Solutions was responsible for the entire technical infrastructure - including the stage and décor - as well as supplying the entire lighting, sound, video, and transmission technology. Lighting designer Jerry Appelt was responsible for the scenography, and overall look of the event.
The centrepiece of the stage design was a high-resolution 17m x 5m LED wall, onto which all camera feeds were displayed. Three camera systems and a further camera on rails provided the images.
"Compared with a face-to-face event, the camera image is, of course, much more important in the event of a virtual general meeting," said Appelt. "For this reason, it was essential that the entire lighting was matched to the camera technology."
As an experienced lighting designer and DoP for some of the largest TV productions in Europe, Appelt turned to the GLP portfolio. He specified 22 impression S350’s in both Spot and Wash versions, 24 impression X4 Bar 20’s and 18 of the compact and powerful FR1 moving heads.
“For the basic lighting, we mainly used the GLP S350 series

 
yamahaYamaha ADECIA offers flexible audio intelligence
Thursday, 3 September 2020

Europe - Yamaha’s new RM-CG dynamic beam-forming ceiling array microphone and RM-CR conference processor are the heart of the new intelligent ADECIA conferencing solution, which ‘applies automated room tuning and dynamic, multi-beam tracking to the challenges of today’s and tomorrow's conference environments’. Designed to provide flexible audio intelligence for the meeting spaces of today and tomorrow, ADECIA can be used in a wide variety of locations and situations, says the company.
Available from Q1 2021, this solution is based on Dante audio networking and comprises the new RM-CG dynamic beamforming ceiling array microphone, the dedicated RM-CR conference processor, Yamaha’s iVXL1-16P line array speakers and the optimised SWR2311P-10G PoE+ switch.
ADECIA is easy to install, set up and operate. The heart of the system is the RM-CR conference processor, which automatically recognizes microphones and speakers on the same network. During commissioning it automatically sets the optimum sound settings for the environment, taking into account the location of speakers and microphones, the room’s reverberation characteristics and echo responses. Auto-tuning is achieved with a simple, five-step process using a special web-based interface. The system then performs auto mixing of all connected Dante audio sources. The conference processor can handle a wide range of sources, including dynamic microphones, analogue line level I/O, USB, Bluetooth and SIP telephony.
The RM-CG dynamic ceiling array microphone features multi-beam tracking technology w

 
 
leaLEA Professional partners with LVX Marketing
Thursday, 3 September 2020

USA - LEA Professional has appointed LVX Marketing as the company’s sales representative for Southern California and Nevada.
LVX Marketing was founded in 2013 by industry veterans John Hernandez and Ed Ulibarri and between them they have over fifty years of experience working with professional audio manufacturers.
“I was originally introduced to LEA Professional a year ago and their innovative technology has always stayed in my memory,” said John Hernandez, co-founder of LVX Marketing. “I’m proud that today we can announce our partnership with this nimble, groundbreaking company.”
Hernandez adds, “We saw how well they understood the market and took care of their clients and knew we would work well together. They produce pioneering, aesthetically pleasing products at a great price point with exceptional service. Not only are you buying high quality amplifiers, you are buying into a team that has decades of experience in this industry.”
LVX Marketing has already seen interest in LEA Professional’s newly launched Cloud Platform, providing system integrators with secure remote monitoring and control capabilities.
“The Cloud Platform is not only extremely easy to navigate; it is also secure, which is one of the main elements our clients are impressed by,” comments Hernandez. “The system can be accessed and controlled from anywhere in the world without the need to VPN into a Local Area Network, right now anything that helps with remote work is going to be in demand.”
“We have a lot of respect for how LVX Marke

 
amberAmber unveils ‘The Second Electrical Revolution’
Thursday, 3 September 2020

USA - Amber Solutions has announced the availability of a white paper on solid-state electrification, the digital control of electricity and the many market opportunities these breakthroughs create. The paper is titled The Second Electrical Revolution.
In March, Amber Solutions introduced the world to the possibility of embedding the digital control of electricity in solid state architecture in every device, appliance, power cord and electrical end point in buildings globally with the immediate commercial availability of its newly-patented Amber AC/DC Enabler and Amber AC Switch.
“Thomas Edison would be proud of what we have achieved,” comments Amber Solutions founder, president and CEO Thar Casey. “The publication of this white paper is the logical and necessary next step in educating the world on the future opportunities our breakthrough creates for, manufacturing partners, electrical designers, interested media and others.”
The Solid-state control of electricity changes the rules of the game for everything - security and control systems, circuit breakers, dimmer switches, outlets, even appliances. “Through commercial implementation of our technologies within the existing building electrical grid, we can uniquely embed modern intelligence and enhanced sensing functionality into every wall, throughout the whole building. Amber, its partners, and even a couple of its competitors will tap the tremendous opportunity to upgrade every electrical end point in buildings globally to solid-state architecture.”
This white paper det

 
 
christer-svardExertis confirms international appointments
Thursday, 3 September 2020

Europe - Exertis has announced a number of senior appointments across its international division.
Christer Svärd is appointed managing director for Exertis Nordics. Christer was previously the CEO of Higab AB, a company that builds, manages, and cares for properties in Gothenburg and before that, he served as CEO of Volvo Parts, a global spare parts distributor.
“Being able to take charge of Exertis operations in the Nordics, in an exciting industry with a really strong owner, was an attractive prospect that I could not refuse. I have extensive experience in the supply chain and leading businesses with great growth potential which I hope fits very well into Exertis Nordics,” said Svärd.
Exertis Nordics also welcomes Helena Byström as supply chain director. For the past six years, Helena worked as a logistics manager at Zinzino, a direct sales company for food supplements where she oversaw the complete supply chain from purchasing inventory management to last-mile customer delivery. The role of supply chain director is new at Exertis Nordics and includes responsibility for the entire supply chain, the flow from suppliers to the end customer.
Exertis France has named Nadine Bloch as team director of purchasing and procurement. She joins Exertis after 20 years at Tech Data as purchasing and marketing director and five years at ADVEO as purchasing director. Nadine will be responsible for procurement processes across all business units of Exertis France.
At Exertis Middle East, Noel Shannon has been promoted to financial controller.<

 
c-herculesTIG appoints UK regional sales manager
Thursday, 3 September 2020

UK - Technological Innovations Group (TIG) has appointed Courtney Hercules to the UK team, as regional sales manager.
Reporting to TIG's regional director UK & Ireland, Phil Breitschadel, Courtney will focus primarily on the Crestron range of solutions and will support integrators by advising on the most suitable tailored solution for their clients' specific needs - in any commercial, corporate and collaborative setting.
Phil Breitschadel comments, "Courtney clearly understands TIG's vision, which is to provide a fully compatible suite of premium AV, UC and control solutions that integrate harmoniously with Crestron to create superior smart spaces. He is a talented and knowledgable salesman, having developed his technical expertise in the AV and technology industries. We look forward to having him join the team."
Courtney adds: "Working for TIG and representing Crestron has been a dream of mine for many years! I'm excited to meet all of my colleagues and customers, and contribute to TIG's success story. As we share this opportunity to grow together in these uncertain times, I look forward to bringing drive, expertise and assisting as best I can."

 
 
wemakeevents1#WeMakeEvents campaign moves to next phase - Stand as One
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

UK - Initially launched by PLASA in response to calls from its membership, the #WeMakeEvents campaign aims to raise awareness around the current plight of the live events sector and how it urgently needs financial support in order to survive the COVID-19 crisis. The initial response resulted in a collective Day of Action on 11 August, with creative expressions across the country, including over 700 buildings lit up in red and other activities that culminated with 4,000 socially distanced event professionals lining bridges and the bankside of the Thames, expressing their need for support with the red alert theme. (Read extensive coverage of the Red Alert day of action in LSi September – out now!)
‎‎In order to represent all those in the communities that #WeMakeEvents represents, PLASA is now announcing that the campaign has moved into total independence, steered by a collective of industry trade bodies, including PLASA, businesses and freelancers who are all working together to ensure it receives as much awareness as possible. The success of the initial activity has led to a global movement, with organisations from around the world coming together in a spirit of mutual support and solidarity.
This next stage in the campaign will be known as ‘Stand as One’ – taken from the newly released song and now campaign anthem, written and performed by Joe Bygraves, who has generously agreed to do

 
restart2Red Alert RESTART lights up America
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

USA - In an effort ranging from coast to coast - and also taking in the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans - the Red Alert RESTART event, organized by members of the live industry, cast a red glow on the night of 1 September. More than 1,600 buildings, iconic structures, and residences, as theatres, production houses, hotels, casinos, recording studios, opera houses, ballrooms, nightclubs, arenas, and individual homes were part of the event, which also included demonstrations in many cities.
The goal of #RedAlert RESTART is to urge Congress to vote for the RESTART Act and to support the efforts of ExtendPUA.org by pushing for an extension and expansion of PUA benefits for 1099 and freelance workers, i.e. independent contractors; and an extension of the $600 FPUC as part of a comprehensive pandemic relief package.
A four-and-a-half-hour livestream on Facebook, hosted by lighting designer/programmer Christian Jackson, featured reports from many cities. In New York, where the illuminated structures included the Empire State building and the registry at Ellis Island, stagehands massed in Times Square with cases, making a powerful display of solidarity. A report from Buffalo took viewers to the Riviera Theatre, which went red inside and out. The skyline of Rochester, New York also went red.
In Trinidad, technicians used LED battens to spell out "WME," an allusion to the events #WeMakeEvents hashtag. In Boston, following an urgent message of support from Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys, technicians staged a moment of silence outside the conven

 
 
sq6qooqqut1Allen & Heath SQ mixes Greenland’s Qooqqut festival
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Greenland - A compact Allen & Heath SQ-6 console was on mixing duty for one of the world’s most remote festivals recently. The annual Qooqqut festival brings music and culture to an isolated shore in the Nuuk fjord complex, cradled by the dramatic mountains of western Greenland. Organised by Greenland’s cultural centre, Katuaq, this year’s festival was held on 14-15 August.
With no roads, no phone signal and no Internet onsite, Qooqqut 2020 offered a rare opportunity to step outside the everyday world and experience a diverse programme of music, workshops and traditional sports.Tickets were capped at an intimate 250 for each day and the event was planned in close cooperation with the authorities to ensure compliance with Covid 19 guidelines.
Katuaq’s sound technician, Angunnguaq Larsen, mixed FOH for the event from a 48 channel SQ-6 console, with an iPad running the SQ MixPad app providing him with a portable solution for controlling all the artists’ monitors. An SQ Dante card in the console enabled the FOH / monitor split as well as providing multitrack recording capability. A pair of portable DX168 I/O expanders were placed onstage, connecting to the SQ-6 over the plug ‘n play SLink protocol.
Angunnguaq elaborates, “The main reasons we chose to bring our SQ were the audio quality and the size. For this festival you can’t just put the equipment in a truck and drive to the site – everything has to be carried in by hand. I really like the sound quality and the headroom you get from SQ. I also appreciate the DEEP processing model

 
lightlab1ETC releases Augment3d toolkit for Eos
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

USA - ETC has officially released the Eos v3.0 software, bringing powerful three-dimensional programming and augmented-reality control to the Eos platform. This update marks the official integration of the much-anticipated Augment3d toolkit into Eos.
With Augment3d, users can programme moving fixtures with unprecedented speed and ease, visualize their cues in an imported model of their space, and even position lights with a flick of an augmented-reality smartphone “focus wand”. Over 5,000 beta users tested the software in recent months, and their feedback has helped to build one of the most exciting new Eos feature sets yet.
The new software runs natively on all the latest Eos Family hardware and can be used with the ETCnomad software on Mac and PC. Educators, students, and those wishing to learn the software can download the latest ETCnomad software for free and make use of the Augment3d programming space to create virtual design projects in offline mode. ETC has also created a virtual light lab show file to help students use Augment3d to learn about lighting.
If the educational potential of Augment3d seems perfectly timed for the current distance-learning moment, the long-term professional applications for Augment3d are even more powerful. Augment3d supports over 50 different 3D file extensions for importing venue or set models, and you can easily import your fixture plot using a Vectorworks plugin. Even without a pre-existing plot or model, you can use the Fixture Position Estimation tool to quickly reverse-engineer the spatial coordinates of

 
 
antwerp1Chauvet plays multi-roles at Zoo Antwerpen
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Belgium - Lighting is often asked to perform a variety of functions, such as when it is called upon to illuminate a speaker, but also furnish a colorful background for the camera. Or, when it is relied on to accent the architectural features of a room, as well as highlight the event going on inside.
Seldom, though, does lighting fill roles that are as diverse as those that Blue Moon assigned to it at Zoo Antwerpen. The well-known production and system integrator company was asked to provide a system that could create ambient light for the zoo’s alligator enclosure, add dramatic effects to its thunder and lightning show, and (most importantly) provide nourishing lumens to the animals and live plants inside.
Visitors to the zoo can’t say how well the lighting system is doing in filling the latter role (the excellent health of the enclosure’s inhabitants attests to that), but one thing that’s obvious to all is that the Chauvet Professional and Iluminarc fixtures in Blue Moon’s design are creating captivating visuals.
With its cavernous paths, tangles of wild plants, and water that cascades off stony embankments into quiet pools, the enclosure conveys the sense of being in a tropical environment. The thin even fields of white light that shine throughout the exhibit and play off its shadowy spaces enhance the realism of scene.
Gradual colour temperature changes and illumination levels give rise to a feeling of time passing as the day progresses. During the tropical storm show, sudden burst of light from the fixtures create a sensation of

 
manchester1Manchester march implements TPG’s COVID guidance
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

UK - On 11 August, as part of the PLASA-initiated UK-wide #WeMakeEvents day of action, the live events and production community in Manchester organised a silent and socially distanced flight case march across the city which culminated in a dramatic red flare exhibit.
Over 1,000 freelancers and supply companies attended the regional protest which collectively asked the Government to extend its furlough scheme and allow access to grants in order to help save an estimated 114,000 jobs.
The protest implemented the Tour Production Group (TPG) COVID-19 Working Guidance.
Acknowledging that tour-specific guidelines will become the norm in order for live production professionals to work and interact safely, the working guidance outlines how crews can better align through consistency and consultation to assist risk management relating to COVID-19 transmission.
Production manager Nick Gosling, who works with Nile Rodgers & Chic is part of TPG’s committee and helped manage the event from his home in New Jersey.
On the ground in Manchester was production manager Nick Robinson, together with Ben Dawson as crew chief and flight case manager, and Event Trucking Services’ Alex Webster as transport coordinator. The core team were joined on the day by Tom Sheals-Barrett as comms and co-production manager.
Robinson says: “We brought in Go For Show mobile production offices which were used by the production, media and creative management teams as on-site communication and planning hubs. dbnAudile and Tube supplied flight cases with STS Tour

 
 
l-acousticsRock Bridge Community Church turns to L-Acoustics
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

USA - If you’re in Northwest Georgia, it’s not hard to find a Rock Bridge Community Church campus. Its six locations, one of which is in a suburb of Chattanooga near the Tennessee state line, make it easy to be part of this contemporary worship-style church.
It’s also easy on the ears, as five of Rock Bridge’s venues - Calhoun, Chatsworth, Ringgold, and Dalton’s Stage 123 and historic 1,165-seat Wink Theatre - now have L-Acoustics A Series constant curvature line source sound systems, each of which sound nearly identical thanks to the use of the manufacturer’s new M1 measurement tool suite.
“The A Series is a very cohesive system,” says Steele Beaty of Skylark Audio Video, the Oklahoma City-based integrator that designed and installed the PA for all five worship spaces. “The Wide boxes have a 30-degree vertical pattern, and the Focus has a 10-degree vertical pattern. Between them, we have the tools we need to fill a challenging venue like the Wink Theatre, where the balcony is 105ft long, and the main floor is 95ft long, but the entire venue is only 56ft wide.
“It’s the very definition of a ‘shotgun’ room, and that’s why we chose to fly left and right arrays of five A15 Focus enclosures over one A15 Wide. Plus, the A15 enclosures have the Panflex adjustable waveguides that let us narrow the pattern width to 70 degrees, which also gives us a +2dB boost in the high frequencies. So not only do we avoid getting any energy on the walls, but we accomplish it without using any DSP. A traditional line source array simply can’t

 
ko-shan-theatre-11Altman brings colourful wash to Ko Shan Theatre
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

China - Located in Hong Kong, the 1,031-seat Ko Shan Theatre hosts traditional opera, dance, music, school functions or community gatherings. Already equipped with an advanced sound and staging system, the theatre also wanted to incorporate the latest in lighting technology as well. Looking to bring in a new LED theatrical luminaire to provide elegant colour-changing with a smooth, even wash, they worked with Pacific Lighting who installed a rig of AP-150 PAR LED luminaires from Altman Lighting.
“The Ko Shan Theatre has been a long-time client of ours and we have worked on many supply projects for them,” began Hugh Chinnick, Pacific lighting director. “When we were approached about this particular upgrade, they were looking for an LED colour-changing Fresnel or PAR to replace their existing two-colour Tungsten Fresnel downlights. After Nick Champion conducted a demo of the AP-150 while in Hong Kong, they were really impressed with the fixtures and we were able to move forward with the upgrade to their standard rig.”
The AP-150 PAR from Altman Lighting is a compact and lightweight, 135-watt RGBW LED wash which produces deep, saturated colours and soft, delicate pastels, while maintaining a smooth, uniform beam throughout the entire motorized zoom range.
“When looking at the main performance attributes needed from the new luminaires, the Altman fixtures really won out due to their combination of intensity, colour-mixing, a motorised zoom function, and the cost,” added Chinnick. “With a stage area of approximately 13m x 12m, we now have

 
 
expirat-club-adorn-51Martin Audio adorns Bucharest terraces
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Romania - The Expirat music venue brand was established in 2002 and is a popular open-format music club / live music venue in Bucharest. Owned by Andrei Șoșa and his wife Raluca, they opened their first location in Vama Veche (on the beach) and the following year a second venue appeared in the Romanian capital.
However, in 2016 the latter relocated from its city centre basement home to its current venue, a medium-size warehouse within the Halele Carol complex. This is an industrial architectural jewel similar in aspect and logistics to the Melkweg Oude Zaal in Amsterdam, located at the edge of one of Bucharest’s historic landmarks: Carol I Park.
Since its relocation, Expirat has become a flagship venue for both the local live music scene and the go-to dance club for Bucharest’s clubbers who revel to the sounds produced from a Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Array in its main Sala Compresoarelor.
Meanwhile, outside on the terrace DJ sets, acoustic live acts and various community-based happenings take place during the summer months. And it is on the terrace that Paradigma Teknik, Martin Audio’s long-serving Romanian partners, have now installed the new Adorn loudspeaker series, having supplied and installed the original W8LM rig when the venue moved to its current location nearly four years ago.
With a capacity for around 200 people, the terrace had been making do with a largely improvised system. But due to their satisfaction with the W8LM, and their relationship with Paradigma Teknik, the owners sought an advanced solution but within a t

 
newzroom-afrika-interviewSA event technicians to march in #FlightcaseMovement
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

South Africa - South African technical companies, technical crew and freelance technicians have initiated the Flightcase Movement – a campaign to hand-deliver a memorandum of demands to the country’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) on 8 September (next Tuesday).
The aim of the movement is to enable the resumption of live events whilst maintaining social distancing by following protocols set out by the Event Safety Council.
The action will take place in Pretoria, with business owners, technicians and freelancers in the live events industry meeting at Paul Kruger Statue in church Square at 9am. They will push 250 flight cases to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture building, where a memorandum will be handed over at noon. Campaigners will be dressed in black with full PPE including masks, gloves, safety shoes and hard hats.
The South African live events industry has been shut down since 27 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Campaigners say there are at least 700 independent freelancers who have had no government assistance and no work during this period, their only help coming from a single food voucher of R500 donated by Feed Our Crew, an NGO created by technicians working within the industry.
Meanwhile, technical rental companies, of which there are hundreds across the country, have had to either temporarily lay off staff, lay off staff permanently, re-trench or embark on a total shutdown of operation.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa relaxed some of the restrictions on gatherings in August, but gather

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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