USA - Season after season, through the ongoing upgrade and refinement of its installed live sound technologies, the 18,000-seat Hollywood Bowl has long ensured that concertgoers enjoy a premium experience at the historic outdoor venue. This year, with one eye on current production demands and another on the next step in the venue’s evolution, the Hollywood Bowl has installed a new pair of DiGiCo SD7 Quantum digital mixing consoles outfitted with 32-bit Ultimate “Stadius” Mic Pre-Amps.
“We aspire to do more object-based mixing, and to have the flexibility of many more inputs and many more outputs, distributing them as needed,” says Fred Vogler, principal sound designer and mixer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which anchors the Hollywood Bowl’s summer season. “Looking at our options, we thought that taking the Quantum leap, so to speak, was the most logical and best direction for us.”
Five years ago, the venue purchased a pair of DiGiCo SD7 digital mixing consoles - one for front-of-house and one for monitors - which enabled production staff to operate the installed PA system at 96kHz resolution for the first time. But productions have started to put pressure on the venue’s resources in recent years, while concert sound speaker systems have evolved to offer immersive capabilities, so the audio team decided they could use some more horsepower to meet current demands and prepare for the future.
“It’s hard to believe,” Vogler continues, “but we were maxing out. We were coming to shows where we didn’t have enough
USA - DPA Microphones will debut its new 2028 Vocal Microphone to the US pro audio market at AES 2019 (stand 633). The company will also highlight its new 4097 CORE Supercardioid Choir Mic at the show.
“DPA continually strives to provide the most advanced technology and best sound possible to meet the growing needs of current and potential customers,” says Christopher Spahr, director of sales and marketing, DPA US. “Our new 2028 Vocal Mic and 4097 Choir Mic solutions are the latest representation of our mission. From churches to concerts, DPA is proud to offer ground-breaking solutions that continue to push the limits of modern technology.”
The 2028 Vocal Mic is ideally suited for live stage performances, broadcast and pro AV applications. On a live stage, the 2028 delivers the same sonic qualities as DPA’s other microphone solutions and needs no (or very little) EQ. This allows the artist to hone-in on their vocals as if not using a microphone, which puts less strain on the voice, says the company.
Offered in three variants - a wired XLR handle and two wireless configurations - the 2028 features a new fixed-position capsule, as well as a specially designed shock-mount and pop filter. With the expected wear-and-tear that comes with live performances, both the outer grille and the inner pop filter of the 2028 can be detached and rinsed. Additionally, the 2028 exhibits a supercardioid polar pattern, with the famous DPA uniform off-axis response. This gives the microphone a very high-gain-before-feedback and makes it easier to hand
Denmark - Pascal’s CEO and co-founding director Lars Rosenkvist Fenger has been shortlisted for an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is a unique global program that recognizes entrepreneurial achievement among individuals and companies that demonstrate vision, leadership and success - and work to improve the quality of life in their communities, countries and around the world.
Fenger and Pascal are nominated in the Copenhagen region, home to over half the country’s commercial enterprizes. In less than 10 years the company has risen from a start-up to rank among the kingdom’s top 0.07% highest performing companies, in the process becoming the number one supplier of amplifier electronics to the pro-audio industry.
The EY award program focuses on spotlighting the world’s most successful and innovative entrepreneur led company’s where leadership and vision continue to make the difference.
Philippines - Claypaky fixtures have been working on an array of high-profile projects in Manila, Philippines. RSL (Rhythm Sound & Light Trading Corp.), which offers sound, lighting, video and rigging equipment to a wide range of entertainment and corporate clients, finds Claypaky lighting to be a popular choice among lighting designers.
“RSL owe its longevity in the business to the dedicated Men and Women working for the company and of course, the equipment we use,” says Neil B. Centeno, project manager of RSL. “With options increasing at a rapid pace, we have to adopt and be smart in our equipment choices. Equipment has to have class while being rugged, be refined while being tough, durable and most of all, be reasonably priced. Lopie Guzman, vice-president of RSL points out that most lighting designers go for Claypaky fixtures; they are a staple in most of our events. They have been tested through time in corporate shows, concerts, multi-level marketing shows, branding, activation, TV shows and even commercials. We will continue to trust Claypaky . . . simply because they’re worth it.”
RSL supplied lighting designer John Batalla with 19 Claypaky Sharply Plus and 09 Sharpy Wash 330 fixtures for a commercial shoot for flavour seasoning Aji Ginisa, which features a musical number. Staged at The Shooting Gallery Studio.
RSL also furnished lighting for several TV shows for broadcast and media network company GMA 7. Lighting designer Dominique Gallardo chose 12 Sharpy Plus fixtures, 08
USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced the appointment of loudspeaker designer Kirk Lombardo to its expanding engineering team. An industry veteran, Lombardo has experience in professional and consumer audio, working with companies including Electro-Voice, Altec Lansing, and Velodyne. In addition to his design work, Lombardo has worked in other roles including product management and contract manufacturer/supply chain management.
“We are happy to have Kirk join our team,” comments David Gunness, Fulcrum's CTO. “We have many product and technology goals established for the next several years. Experienced staff like Kirk are essential in bringing those to market.”
“I'm thrilled to have this opportunity,” adds Lombardo. “I've known David since we worked together at Electro-Voice. I look forward to working together again as part of the Fulcrum team.”
The Netherlands - The 2019 heatwave in northern Europe meant that swimming pools were in extra-high demand this summer. Fortunately for the residents of Purmerend, the Dutch town has one of the Netherlands’ largest swimming complexes - and a new Yamaha audio system to make the many activities it hosts even more enjoyable.
Owned by sports and leisure facility company Spurd, the Spurd-Leeghwaterbad complex has four pools in a 55,000m3 building, plus a large outdoor sunbathing area with two further pools. A 15m long by 1.5m high, 10cm thick glass wall in the side of the sports pool connects it with the foyer and reception area, creating a visual impact for swimmers as they arrive.
Based in nearby Edam, installation and rental company Boogy Brothers Showequipment is owned by brothers Johan and Ferdinand Boogaard. Having previously installed new audio systems at swimming pools in the cities of Monnickendam and Volendam, the company was the obvious choice to upgrade the system at Spurd-Leeghwaterbad.
The complex provides many different activities, which rely on its installed audio system. These range from basic swimming lessons for all ages to fitness classes like Aquarobics, FloatFit, immersive yoga, water gymnastics, assistance for people with disabilities, post-illness recovery and a wide range of fun events for youngsters.
Because the audio system is has so many different users, the main request from Spurd was for it to be easy to use. It also had to work reliably in the humid atmosphere, deliver great audio quality and be very flexible in terms of c
USA - Audio Precision announced today the APx500 Flex audio analyzer, enabling the use of APx audio measurement software with ASIO-capable third-party audio interfaces or sound cards. With the introduction of APx500 Flex, manufacturers can cost-effectively deploy the measurement capabilities, flexibility and quality of APx software to their production lines.
The APx500 Flex audio analyzer is Audio Precision’s APx500 measurement software operating independently of an AP hardware analyzer, with licensing controlled by an APx500 Flex Key. In lieu of a purpose-built analyzer, Flex can be paired with ASIO-capable third-party audio interfaces to create a cost-effective solution for a variety of acoustic and electrical test applications. Measurement scenarios where hardware performance requirements are secondary to test system price - such as production line test of speakers, headphones and microphones - are ideal candidates for Flex. APx500 Flex allows users to leverage test development done in the R&D cycle through the ability to import project and template files developed for AP hardware analyzers, thereby reducing test development time and maintaining consistency in test methodology across the organization. APx500 Flex also makes for a powerful, portable audio measurement system for application engineers and QA technicians on the go.
APx500 Flex is being introduced in conjunction with the release of APx500 software v5.0.2, which provides improved ASIO support, including the calibration of inputs and outputs in V, Pa, and FS, automatic or man
USA - ADJ has announced the immediate availability of its Allegro Z6 motorized linear fixture with zoom. It features six individually controllable 30W quad colour 4-in-1 LEDs; each LED offers a lifespan of approximately 30,000 hours, effectively preventing the need for lamp replacement even if the fixture is used extensively for many years, says the company.
The unit also features a motorized zoom function, allowing the angle of the six independent light beams to vary between 4°-32°. In addition, the bar on which the LED apertures are mounted is fitted with motorized tilt movement, while the precision motors allow for 16-bit smooth sweeping motion.
Rounding out the Allegro Z6’s feature set, the unit also offers variable speed strobe and pulse effects, flicker free LEDs suitable for filming (1200Hz PWM frequency) and 16-bit dimming. In addition, the unit features six preset dimming curves as well as variable speed dimming control, allowing it to be easily programmed and used for a wide variety of applications.
An OLED display on the front of the unit displays the current DMX address and channel mode at a glance. This menu system is battery-powered, which means that during event prep a unit can be set up and addressed without the need to connect a power supply. The fixture also features a USB port, allowing for easy future firmware updates.
Measuring 19.6” x 4.5” x 11” / 500mm x 113mm x 278mm and weighing just 21lb (9.5kg), the unit is both compact and easy to rig. It has a manual Tilt Lock feature for stable transportation a
Europe - Iconic German hard rock band Rammstein have been on the road again as part of the European Stadium tour, a visual and sonic extravaganza of lighting, video and pyro effects.
Roland Greil from Woodroffe Bassett Design (WBD) created the lighting design together with Patrick Woodroffe and specified 56 Robe BMFL WashBeams, 12 BMFL Follow Spot LTs (long throws) and six LEDBeam 150 moving lights - among many others - for this tour.
WBD was contracted to produce and coordinate the tour’s production design including lighting, set and video design plus technical integration.
The lighting was a collaboration between Roland and Patrick Woodroffe who is also the show designer. Florian Wieder and Cuno von Hahn looked after the set design, and Jeremy Lloyd from Wonder Works directed the technical aspects of the design and integration. The band are also very involved in their stage presentations.
Most of the lighting hardware is integrated into the set design, so it was an interdepartmental effort from the very start, requiring great fluidity and a close working relationship between Roland, Patrick and Florian. One of the many advantages of WBD working like this was to create the exact lighting positions they wanted right from the start as part of the overall ‘environmental’ design. Video was amalgamated with the set in the same style as lighting.
The 38-metre-high central tower features a central transparent video screen, which can move up and down, and is made up from four vertical rails, each loaded with BMFL WashBeams and a l
UK - The MK Gallery in Milton Keynes is a new arts venue designed by award-winning architectural firm, 6a architects. The development, which opened in March, encompasses the original MK Gallery and adds a new structure to more than double the space available, providing five exhibition galleries, a learning and community studio, and The Sky Room, a flexible auditorium on the upper floor.
With 150 retractable seats (300 standing), the Sky Room is the home of independent cinema in Milton Keynes (in partnership with Curzon) and also hosts live music, theatre, lectures, conferences and more. The venue is equipped with an EM Acoustics sound system based on the EMS Series and the dedicated installation i-Series range supplied by event production specialists, Hawthorn.
An EM Acoustics system was specified as part of the global design of the Sky Room. “It sounded great but I felt that the initial spec was lacking a bit of low end, and needed a bit of tweaking in order to really suit our needs, so I got in touch with EM Acoustics directly to see if they could help,” explains Jamie Aylard, facilities & technical manager at MK Gallery. “EM’s David Kelland came to see us, and with his help we were able to design a system that suited both our needs and our budget. The results now are fantastic - I’m really pleased with how it sounds.”
The main system is comprised of two i-C12 coaxial, reflex-loaded full range loudspeakers flown from the ceiling grid. “These are used for lectures, conferences and of course cinema,” says Aylard. They are supplem
USA - Indie singer-songwriter Mitski has endeared her to a growing fan base. She followed up a successful 2018 tour with a 2019 spring outing that also saw the artist playing summer dates before wrapping up in September with two New York shows at Summer Stage in Central Park.
Lighting design for the Be the Cowboy tour was by John Foresman, who employed an Elation rig of Platinum HFX moving heads and SixPar 200 colour-changing PAR lights to complement the emotive singer’s lyrically rich songs. Lighting supply was by Pisgah AVL of North Carolina.
Mitski’s songs are played along melodic lines that can vary in tempo, with carefully choreographed movement key part of the show. Foresman describes his design as dynamic with a lot of energy during the high points and still calmness during the quieter points of the set. The design, he says, was focused around the choreography and making Mitski and her movements the centre of the show.
The lighting designer says that colour played an especially important role in the shows. “The colours I used vary based on the mood and feel of each individual song, often changing colours as the songs change in tone. For songs that keep a similar tone throughout, I typically opt to keep the colour palette static. I find that knowing when to change colours, or when to remove colour entirely from the look, is critical to capturing the tone the artist is trying to convey in their music.”
Much of that colour came from SixPar 200 LED PAR lights with six-colour LED chip that gives an expanded palette of colour
France - GB4D-Gilles Bouvard has received BroaMan’s Best BroaMan Distributor award for 2018.
The Chambéry-based company specialises in the delivery of some of the most challenging integrated technology projects across the world - find out about its work on the recent Fête du Lac d’Annecy in LSi October 2019. GB4D has also introduced BroaMan’s application engineered solutions to its many customers at at leading French tradeshows SATIS and JTSE.
BroaMan MD Tine Helmle comments: “GB4D sold the most BroaMan equipment during the year, and among their many projects the two that stand out are the major exhibition and congress centres in Bordeaux and Toulouse.”
“We have been working with Gilles and Diane Hivert, who handles the distribution, for many years, and have enjoyed great cooperation and an enduring friendship,” continues Helmle. “They are extremely professional and accomplished in everything they do and we are looking forward to many more years of creating great projects together.”
Gilles Bouvard adds: “We knew of BroaMan thanks to our long association with Optocore. It was when we won the Kuwait shipyard project in 2012 that we started working with BroaMan product for the first time. We were beta testing the first Route 33 with two ring videos on a 5km loop. A LAN was needed to control the video projectors that were installed on the various video projection points, and so we had the start of the Mux22.”
GB4D subsequently developed two video routers for the World Rowing Championships in France in
UK - The 1975’s video for new single People sees the band performing the alt rock track inside an LED cube, supplied and installed by 80six Ltd, displaying swirling lyrics and quickfire, colour-changing content. Filmed at London’s Black Island Studios, the production was an ambitious surround-video setup, powered by a Hippotizer V4 Taiga servers from Green Hippo. Directed by Warren Fu, the video featured premade content inspired by the band’s lyrics, created by Jon Emmony.
Simon Harris, project manager at Bryte Design, was approached by The 1975’s tour director James Valpy to project manage the video content delivery. “Set up was simple, utilising Hippotizer’s Output Manager and VideoMapper to map the five sides of the cube, outputting six HD signals via Evision LED processors,” says Harris. “As the content was running to timecode, playback was simple and straightforward.”
In addition to the LED cube video content, the main Taiga server also fed content via PixelMapper and Art-Net data through a grandMA2 to a rig of Astera LED tubes and ARRI SkyPanels used to light the band with complementary colours, providing illumination consistent with the screen content. Mike Smith, managing director of Bryte Design, operated these, as well as moving lights, on the grandMA2.
“As the content was very fast moving and contained quick colour changes and strobes, this was the ideal way to light the band effectively and synchronously,” adds Harris. “Pixel-mapping the Astera tubes and SkyPanels was a last-minute request, but we had the
UK - Wire and fibre rope assemblies supplier Rope Assemblies is celebrating two years since Linda Martin became company MD. The Retford-based organisation, which became part of the Unusual group in 2017, has experienced significant change, with the implementation of new company policies, best practice procedures and increased sales.
"In the blink of an eye, two years have passed, which seems like no time at all,” comments Martin. “Then we took a step back and realised how much the company has changed in that time, thanks to all the hard work that every member of the team has put in, and we felt it was worth marking the anniversary."
The biggest cause for celebration is the record sales figures that Rope Assemblies is achieving on a month on month basis. "If we look at January 2017, for example and compare that with January 2018 and January 2019, we are seeing a marked increase in sales. Every month is the same which shows us that we are doing something right. But we can't rest on our laurels. The job isn't done - it's just beginning," adds Martin.
Since taking on the role of MD, she has been keen to invest time and energy into improving and updating the internal systems, fundamental to the successful running and growth of the business. "It's very much been a two-year spring clean if you like," Martin explains. "We've gone through all our Health and Safety practices, ensured all staff policies are fully up to date, which has in turn resulted in a more motivated workforce and we've worked closely with LEEA to ensure all our certification is all do
UK - Following on from the resounding success of its production of The Flying Dutchman in summer 2017, Theater Regensburg has once again pushed the boundaries of open-air opera with its latest offering - a version of Puccini’s semi-staged concert performance in three acts, Tosca.
Like its predecessor, the event was held at the West Port of the bayernhafen business park, a freight traffic hub in the East Bavarian town of Regensburg. The stage was situated on the historic Municipal Warehouse side, while the audience of nearly 3,000 was seated opposite on the North Quay. The side of the warehouse itself served as a gigantic projection surface upon which visuals were beamed, courtesy of Digital Projection Titan laser projectors.
“The video aspect was the main part of the show,” comments video operator, Wolfgang Frauendienst. “The actors and their audience were around 100m apart, so we needed a projector that could provide as much brightness as possible over a long distance. We decided to use four Titan Laser projectors arranged in two stacks of two, with each stack covering one half of the building.”
The Titan Laser 37000 delivers up to 37,000 (WUXGA) or up to 31,000 (4K-UHD) lumens from a relatively compact chassis, making it the ideal projector for the most demanding of large-venue applications.
“Where bright, pin sharp images are required there should be no compromise,” says Digital Projection’s vice-president of global marketing, Mark Wadsworth. “The Titan Laser utilises the very latest in connectivity, includ
Italy - Pro audio solutions manufacturer RCF has announced its HDL 50-A 4K is now shipping. This is the company’s most powerful HDL line array module, with an internal amplifier pushing 8000W peak power under the hood. The amplifier module is available as an upgrade for current HDL 50-A owners, the company has said.
The HDL 50-A 4K is an active three-way line array module designed for large-sized events, indoors and outdoors. It features a sound pressure level of 143 dB SPL with a built-in Class-D 4000 W RMS four-channel amplifier. Equipped with eight transducers, it offers playback quality ideal for high performing musical applications. The proprietary 90 x 10° 4PATH waveguide, paired with the symmetrical design of the cabinet delivers coherent coverage. Each of the four 4K amplifier modules operates at very low impedance producing a quick and detailed transient response, while the high damping factor improves sound quality and detail.
USA - When Juan Ocampo sets up a festival rig one of his primary goals is to make it versatile enough to accommodate the varying styles of different visiting LDs. True to this philosophy, he designed the rig at this year’s Winnetka Music Festival to be as flexible as possible, selecting Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash and Strike 4 fixtures, in part because they can play so many different roles well.
However, shortly before the festival started Ocampo learned that most of the 28 bands performing at the event wouldn’t be traveling with LDs. Instead of relying on the rig to work with various individual styles, he and his team would have drawn on its versatility to create unique looks for the different acts themselves.
“Initially, the biggest challenge I had was to make sure that the lights were positioned and placed in a way that would make the visiting LDs happy,” says Ocampo. “But we ended up lighting 99-percent of the acts ourselves. The challenge then became how do we create different looks for each band and genre? We were able to do this by using a variety of colours, positions, and movements that complement their performances.”
Positioning 16 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures upstage, mid-stage and downstage, Ocampo used them for a variety of effects, while also building a wide, even wash of colour to add depth and dimension to the stage. He also relied on their intense output to cut through the atmosphere and throw brilliant colour on the bands and audience. For more dynamic performances, he used the Rogue units for chase sequences.
Ibiza - Best known for his hit singles We Found Love, This Is What You Came For, Summer, and Feel So Close, Calvin Harris recently completed his six-week DJ residency at Ushuaia in Ibiza, flying out for each of his tour dates in-between. FOH engineer, Nathan Lettus, was brought on to the tour last minute, specifically requesting that an SSL console was used to support Harris mixing songs on the fly.
Having been with American rock band, Chicago, for 10 years, FOH engineer Nathan Lettus is very much used to working on rock and pop music. During that entire run with the band, he was happily using a console of his choosing, until he met up with a good friend - FOH engineer for The Killers, who was using SSL.
“I’d seen one of the SSL Live consoles before, but I hadn’t had a chance to play with it much; I ended up mixing most of the opening acts on the console, and just really enjoyed it,” he says.
Following this, Lettus immediately switched to an SSL L200 console, using it on Jessie J’s entire run in 2018, and on The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa hologram tour.
“Across the platform, the SSL consoles all sound alike – it’s just a matter of layout,” Lettus explains. “The L200 has three banks of faders side by side, so the console is quite wide, but it’s laid out so that all of the faders are at your fingertips. That’s why I opted for the L200, and ran with that for a bit.”
Harris’ usual FOH engineer left the tour at the last minute, which was when Lettus was asked to join. Rental compa
Chile - When Chile’s national police force, the Carabineros, needed a new intercom solution for the lecture theatre at its Santiago headquarters - one which would be unaffected by the building’s busy RF environment - the organisation turned to local AV integrator VGL.
The solution - a digital intercom system from Green-GO - would mark a technology milestone as the first IP-based intercom system to be installed in the country.
VGL had recently encountered Dutch manufacturer ELC Lighting and its Green-GO digital intercom system at the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Germany and thought it would provide the answer that the Carabineros were looking for.
“They needed an intercom system with a good quality of sound, which was easy to use and would be scalable in the time,” says VGL’s Daniel Vinagre. “They didn’t want matrix-based or RF technology, as they have many systems tracking RF signals.”
“The first thing we needed to solve was to implement a digital system capable of operating in a stable frequency beyond the RF tracker, otherwise we would have audio drop-outs,” he continues. “he second challenge was to have the whole theatre connected with wall panels and Wi-Fi intercoms.”
Using Green-GO system components, VGL designed a typical theatre intercom setup. Wall panels in the FOH control position provide access for the sound and lighting operators. On stage are another two wall panels, one each side of the stage, plus an MCR12 12-channel 19” rack-mounting station with a gooseneck microphone. The wired system is con
Vietnam - Ba Sao Investment Co., Ltd recently installed a Harman Professional Solutions networked audio, video, light and control solution at Van Lang University to deliver pristine sound and alluring lighting for performances, presentations and events.
Founded in 1995, Van Lang University is one of the first and most distinguished private universities in Vietnam. With three sprawling facilities across Ho Chi Minh City, Van Lang University offers an array of educational amenities, including an expansive technology center, a smart library and a world-class concert hall. In order to provide exceptional sound and lighting for events in the concert hall, Van Lang University hired Vietnam's premier AV distributor, Ba Sao Investment Co., Ltd to install an AV solution. After surveying the location, Ba Sao Investment assembled a comprehensive Harman Professional Solutions networked AV system.
“Van Lang is one of the most prestigious universities in Vietnam, and they required a state-of-the-art AVLC solution to produce world-class events in their concert hall,” comments Nguyen Huu Tuan, sales director, Ba Sao Investment Co. Ltd. “Aiming to provide the University with a user-friendly system, we selected a range of Harman Professional products for their unrivalled flexibility, intuitive controls and superior sound and light quality.”
Ba Sao Investment equipped the concert hall with a JBL VRX932LAP line array loudspeaker system and VRX918SP line array subwoofers for class-leading sound with brilliant highs and deep lows. JBL PRX815W floor moni
India - Martin Audio has appointed Vardhaman Megatech Pvt. Ltd (VMT) as its exclusive distribution partner for India. The appointment was confirmed by David McKinney, managing director of Generation AV, who undertake Martin Audio sales strategy, account management and technical support duties in the Asia Pacific territory.
“VMT has a strength in all the vertical markets that Martin Audio is present in including both Touring and Installation,” he comments. “VMT are headquartered in Mumbai but have teams all across the country and are set up to ensure Martin Audio customers have quick support across all parts of India.
“Having a dedicated team will enable VMT to provide special support and attention to all Martin Audio customers in India. We are proud to be working with such an established distributor, with a rich history in professional audio.”
Martin Audio will join VMT’s distribution division, which is focusing on building a nationwide distribution network, thereby enabling transparent and quick logistics, support and sales. “VMT Distribution was set up with the goal of ensuring the presence of high-quality brands in the rapidly growing Indian sub-continent. In particular, we aim to promote growth in the two and three tier cities,” says Mitul Soni, national sales manager, VMT Distribution. “We are absolutely honoured to work with Martin Audio and are confident of replicating their global success in India.”
Sushil John, executive director, VMT Distribution, adds: “Martin Audio is a perfect match for us. Their vision to
UK - Robert Juliat has emerged from an “extremely successful” PLASA 2019 with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions, where it continued to celebrate its Centenary Year with new products.
The French manufacturer presented the Maestro server for SpotMe, developed in collaboration with tracking specialists, zactrack, extends the capabilities of RJ’s award-winning SpotMe, the bespoke 3D position-tracking system for followspots, by enabling it to operate with any DMX lighting control console. SpotMe has functioned with the PosiStageNet open protocol which is run by only a limited number of consoles, but with the Maestro extension, a designer can take control from any DMX console. The lighting console, even the simplest DMX model, retains the pan and tilt control and gets, in return, additional DMX channels to modulate the tracking parameters calculated and managed by the Maestro server.
Meanwhile, the Dalis Access 863 is a 150W LED four-colour cyclorama light with all the functionality and quality of the original at a low price point to make Dalis technology accessible to those on a smaller budget. Featuring a four-colour mixing system (red, green, royal blue and warm white 2200K) Dalis Access 863 delivers powerful, smooth coverage and a variety of pastel and saturated colours. Its body shape and location of controls and connectors underneath the unit makes Dalis Access 863 equally perfect for cyclorama or footlight applications.
Also presented was Dalis 864 Footlight, a 150W four-colour version of the original Dalis 862 tuneable whi
UK - Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 enjoyed a busy PLASA Show 2019 at Olympia in London. The company’s new RigSwitch remote controlled switching system received its UK tradeshow debut and a host of other practical power, data and control solutions were presented.
RigSwitch is a customizable range of switching cabinets from 12 to 96 relays per cabinet, with four pre-designed options to cover the most regularly requested combinations. All relays feature power-on, DMX control and remote switching, using anything from a simple contact to a network of engraved keypads and touchscreens. Each channel has an MCB as standard, with additional options of RCBO, ELCB and AFP (Arc Fault Protection) for installations requiring further protection.
The product is designed for anything from entry level installations right up to the most complex multi-level projects and is affordable and cost-effective for all.
Other multifunctional products shown were the Betapack 4 - one product with six dynamic variants; the ZerOS Server - one product with three different uses and a new Data Distribution range supporting both DMX / RDM plus the latest Ethernet protocols.
All lighting desks on the stand were running on the latest ZerOS 7.9.6 software release which is available for all ZerOS consoles.
Product manager Jon Hole commented that the quality of the visitors to the show was “consistently good” and that the footfall was busy throughout, especially on the Monday and Tuesday mornings.
Running concurrently with the first two days of the show, Zer
UK - GoboPlus.com and its sister companies FollowSpotPlus.com, CutColourPlus and Inluster enjoyed a very successful PLASA 2019, showing off the latest products in its range.
The company presented the Rosco Image Spot Mini. A scaled-down, weatherproof version of the Rosco Image Spot, Image Spot Mini is a compact 13W LED gobo projector with a 1,050lm output, three colour temperatures (3000K, 5500K and UV) and a weight of 1kg (2.2lb). Image Spot Mini offers a choice of three interchangeable lenses (11°, 17° and 25°) and promises crisp, clean image projection across its flat field for a distance of up to 8m. Available in black, silver and white, Rosco Image Spot Mini comes with an onboard manual dimmer and a range of optional accessories including an iris and framing shutter. Rosco Image Spot Mini is ideal for projecting with GoboPlus.com’s extremely high resolution glass gobos.
A 0-10V and a DMX-controlled version of the projector will be available soon, says the company.
Meanwhile, FollowSpotPlus.com showcased a range of profiles, Fresnels and followspots from Italian lighting manufacturer LDR. This included the newly released architectural Fresnel lantern, Tondo F, a 80W LED 10°-55° Fresnel with non-dimmable LED source that produces a warm white (3200K) beam which can be focused with a slide control. Optional barndoor accessories can be added, and colour filter fitted beneath the removable front ring or with the addition of an optional colour frame.
GoboPlus.com also reported its most successful promotional items to date - e