magic-trainLEDJ fixtures board Train of Lights
Monday, 28 January 2019

UK - The West Country waved goodbye to 2018 with the Train of Lights light installation.
The Train of Lights was in fact a fully-functioning steam train, filled and decorated with different types of lighting, including the Spectra exterior fixtures from LEDJ, supplied through PL1 Events.
After creating and designing the Christmas lighting at Saltram Enchanted Gardens in 2017, Plymouth-based PL1 Events was chosen to decorate the Christmas train. Not only did the company illuminate a moving train, but it also designed the lighting for the stations and along the rail track for the journey, which commenced at Churston and finished almost seven miles away in Dartmouth, before making the return journey.
With many different types of lighting utilised throughout, the LEDJ Spectra Par series played a key role - 160 Spectra pars and floods were rigged to the underside of the steam trains 10 carriages which were all DMX controlled via QLab.
With 18 x 3W tri-colour LEDs (RGB) and a 40° beam angle the LEDJ Spectra Floods are suitable for feature lighting, providing colour wash effects to the outside of buildings, signage, façades and many other exterior applications. Simple daisy chain connection of power and DMX means that installation time and cost is reduced, explains PL1 Events.
The Spectra Par 15Q8 features 15 x 8W quad-colour LEDs, delivering a smooth wash of colour, ranging from intense, rich saturated hues through to pastel shades. The silent running, convection cooled heavy-duty alloy enclosure features IP65 rated con

adjADJ hosts pre-NAMM open house
Monday, 28 January 2019

USA - Ahead of last week’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, the ADJ group of companies opened its LA-based global headquarters for a dealer event on 23 January. With lighting and sound demos, hands-on product training as well as a free lunch, the event offered ADJ customers an exclusive preview of the new products to be launched at NAMM and also allowed the company to show appreciation to its hard-working in-house staff and on-the-road sales team.
Visitors had the opportunity to see seven new ADJ products before they were officially unveiled at NAMM as well as receive an introduction to ADJ Group’s recently acquired Eliminator Lighing series. An audio demo space was also setup to allow customers to hear the brand new Avante Audio AS8 compact column speaker system and the innovative new Imperio versatile mini array system.
A new lightshow was also unveiled at the company’s in-house showroom, programmed by new showroom manager Jake Rhodes, who took on the role during 2018.
“Our pre-NAMM open house was a great opportunity to meet our valued customers right at the start of another year,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “It not only allowed them the opportunity to be the first to see our new products but it also gave them quality time with their sales reps and the chance to establish relationships with other members of our in-house team. I’d like to thank everyone who attended the event for investing their time to visit with us, and also the ADJ team for their continued hard work. 2019 is going to be an awesome year.”<

 
 
yamahaSpant celebrates with Yamaha QL consoles
Monday, 28 January 2019

The Netherlands - Fifty years ago, ‘t Spant was established as the first theatre in Bussum, a town 30km from Amsterdam. The venue now hosts a wide range of theatre, live music and television productions, as well as conventions and other corporate events. One of the few unsubsidised theatres in the Netherlands, it is celebrating its golden anniversary with a new, completely updated Yamaha digital mixing system.
‘t Spant was built in 1969 as a home for local music, theatre and operetta associations. This was replaced by a new building in 1980, which was further refurbished and renamed simply Spant in the 2000s, before the venue was bought by its managing director Paul Haighton and financial director Bert Dijkstra.
Spant has two theatres, the 780-seat Podium 1 and 275-seat podium 2. It hosts around 100 theatre performances and 200 conferences and other events each year. These include many well-known Dutch productions and corporate events for local, national and international businesses.
Most productions use Spant’s own technical inventory. For many years, the sound in Podium 1 was mixed on a Yamaha M7CL digital mixing console and on an 01V96 in Podium 2. Both were always very reliable so, when upgrading the audio system was planned for the end of 2018, Spant technical manager Marcel Scheewe and head of sound Jan-Willem van Vorst had no hesitation in choosing Yamaha again.
Marcel, Jan and sound engineer Frans Grollé looked at a number of options, choosing a system of two Yamaha QL5s and a QL1, two Rio1608-D2 and one Rio3224-D2 I/O units an

 
mdg-martin-michaud-and-nicolas-duhamel-smlNicolas Duhamel returns to MDG
Monday, 28 January 2019

Europe - MDG reports that Nicolas Duhamel has returned to the company full-time to become its marketing and European business development director. Duhamel, who worked MDG’s marketing manager part-time, will now be responsible for the company’s marketing activities globally and be the central point of call for European distributors whilst seeking out new opportunities to develop the brand across Europe.
Duhamel had previously spent two years at MDG, overseeing the overhaul of its marketing resources including the creation of a new website. After returning to his native France in 2016 to take up a position in event management, he has now returned to MDG full-time.
"Nicolas never left us completely as he continued to look after our marketing part-time, so we are delighted to welcome him back to the MDG family full time,” says MDG president & CEO, Martin Michaud. “Nicolas has played an important part in the MDG story over the past five years, and with his experience and passion for the brand, I have no doubt that he will do so again in the years to come. There are exciting times ahead for MDG."
"Atmospheric effects have been a real passion for me and, since I first saw MDG products in February 1996, it was my dream to work for this amazing company that has so much history,” says Duhamel. “Working with these talented people over the years has been a great pleasure, and I'm thrilled and honoured to be able to come back and see that dream continue to the next stage." Duhamel will be based in the south of France.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
colorado-solo-battenChauvet introduces COLORado Solo Batten
Monday, 28 January 2019

USA - The new COLORado Solo Batten from Chauvet Professional made its world premiere on the Times Square Midnight Countdown Stage of the ABC Network’s Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve programme.
The bright, IP65-rated fixture creates a uniformly homogenised wash, giving it the appearance of being a single bar of light with no pixels or “round eyes” visible, and no dark corners. This even look can add a distinctive aesthetic touch to any design, particularly in broadcast and theatrical applications, says the company.
“This is a light that addresses a need that our customers have expressed for a batten that creates an edge-to-edge single bar of light,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Designers tell us they’re excited, because this will allow them to create a whole range of new looks.”
Featuring 144 LEDs, the linear fixture has 12 equally-sized square sections, each of which can be controlled individually. This allows the COLORado Solo Batten to go from presenting a single homogenized light source, to displaying an endless variety of pixel mapped effects and chase sequences with smooth fades and wipes.
“We are very eager to see more of what designers come up with when using the COLORado Solo Batten,” adds Chauvet. “This is truly a multi-purpose batten light that can be used in a wide variety of ways, not just for uplighting or in set pieces. There is really no limit to the creative possibilities it opens for designers.”
(Jim Evans)

 
madachszinhazteamBudapest theatre upgrades with dLive
Monday, 28 January 2019

Hungary - Madách Theatre (or Madách Színház), one of the most popular musical theatres in Budapest, has recently undergone a major audio upgrade with several Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems.
The 800-seat venue holds around 350 performances a year, in front of approximately 500,000 visitors and stages some of the biggest international musicals, including works by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and is currently premiering dLive’s capabilities in Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock production.
Supplied by Allen & Heath’s Hungarian distributors, Audmax, the installation features three dLive Surfaces, three MixRacks, eight Expanders and several ME Personal Monitoring systems, which allow for the independent mixing of vocals, orchestra and IEM / stage monitors.
“The requirements of this installation were quite complex. Madách needed a system that allowed for four independent mixing systems, which could also work together. This meant we needed something with a very high level of flexibility, a large number of channels and a common “language” for inter-connections. Allen & Heath’s dLive system has so many options which allow for a flexible and easy workflow, it was the perfect solution,” comments Krisztian Varga, system designer and managing director at Audmax.
FOH comprises two dLive S7000s; one controlling sound for the orchestra and the other handling vocals and additional musical performers. Tamás Ditzmann (leading sound engineer at Madách) adds: “dLive was chosen for many reasons. The ability to have a l

 
 
emacousticspacificavPacific AV joins EM Acoustics sales team
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - San Diego-based Pacific AV has joined the EM Acoustics North America sales team. The announcement was made by EM Acoustics operations director Mike Wheeler.
“Pacific AV has the experience and knowledge to help us expand our user base in the States,” explains Wheeler. “Scott and his team have strong relationships with a large network of key contractors, consultants and rental companies. They bring a lot to the table and we’re glad to have them on board.”
Principal Scott Wrege started Pacific AV in 2006. Since then the company has received numerous awards, from outstanding achievement to rep of the year, for their sales efforts in southern California and southern Nevada.
“Our goal is to not only be a valued resource to our customers, but to introduce them to products that solve their specific audio system challenges,” Wrege adds. “We do our best to be experts on every product we represent. We also believe hands-on listening and learning opportunities make a world of difference, which is why we conduct as many demos as possible each year. It is exciting to introduce our territory to EM Acoustics’ incredible-sounding range of loudspeakers.”
“From the super compact EMS-41 loudspeaker to the HALO-A Arena line array, all of our products have been designed with an eye toward extreme sonic quality while also delivering what our customers demand,” says Wheeler. “I believe our growth in North America is indicative of what the market is looking for. I’m confident that people like Scott and his team will prove this out in

 
aldALD launches fundraising campaign
Friday, 25 January 2019

UK - The ALD has launched a fundraising campaign “to adequately compensate” the team behind its Save Stage Lighting campaign.
The fundraising campaign was launched at the ALD’s annual Lighting Lunch in December in support of the work of Rob Halliday, Robbie Butler and Paule Constable, who also received ALD lifetime memberships and a standing ovation from the attendees.
The volunteer trio shouldered ‘unprecedented workload’ last year to highlight the dangers to the entertainment lighting industry posed by the EU’s proposed Ecodesign regulations, catapulting the issues on to the radars and priority lists of lighting professionals, manufacturers, producers, venue managements and politicians.
The trio also pushed the #SaveStageLighting cause into the public eye via an online petition recording around 85,000 signatures, and were involved in assessing and producing a wide array of written documents and briefing papers whilst taking part public meetings and highlighting the potential damage of proposed legislation in the media.
“They have put their own careers and paid work on hold in order to safeguard performance lighting. The money will also provide a reserve to help educate and support others in the face of future Ecodesign challenges,” the ALD explains in a statement.
Johanna Town, chair of the ALD, comments: “These singular circumstances call for a singular solution. The entire lighting industry has benefitted from the work of a very few tireless freela

 
 
nexo-m12Nexo unveils Geo M12 at NAMM
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - This month’s NAMM Show is the first public outing for Nexo’s new Geo M12 line array, a flagship addition to the successful Geo M family of sound reinforcement systems by the French manufacturer. ‘The Big Twelve’, as Nexo calls the kit, will make its performing debut on the NAMM Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage in Anaheim.
Sharing the same aesthetic design and sonic signatures as the other models in the Geo M Series, the Geo M12 offers ‘flexibility, coverage and superb sonic performance in a thoroughly modern package’. Launched together with the MSUB18 companion subbass cabinet, the Geo M12 is aimed primarily at the mid-size rental company, although its competitive pricing will make it a popular investment for all types of user, from corporate presentation to live performance venues to houses of worship, says the company.
“The Big Twelve is a logical complement to our M Series range,” explains Nexo sales director Denis Baudier, “it is packed with design features that we premiered on the Geo M10, and also benefits from patented technological and structural innovations that derive from our flagship STM Series modular line array.”
Geo M12 is more powerful than Nexo’s earlier 12” line array cabinet, the Geo S12, which remains in the catalogue. Launched in 2007, nearly 40,000 Geo S12 boxes have been sold to date, with the specialist long-throw S12-ST version becoming a common sight in large sporting stadia and arena around the world. “S12 is a typically hard-working Nexo product, but 10 years on, we are now releasing a 12” cabine

 
stone-sour--bronwen-caple-photography-10Nexus panels in the mix for Stone Sour
Friday, 25 January 2019

Australia - Playing bars and clubs in their native Des Moines, Iowa in the 1990s, Stone Sour got their name from a popular drink that mixed one-part whiskey with one-part orange juice and a splash of sour mix. In the years that followed, the Grammy-nominated multi-platinum band has attracted a global fan base with its own cocktail mix of metal and alternate rock sounds.
The band’s performance revolves around a simple concept: rock hard, rock loud and be ferocious. This nonstop intensity led Scott Warner to feature the high-output Nexus Aw 7x7 in the first lightshow he designed for Stone Sour in 2017. This December, he went back to the same fiery well again, using the warm white LED panels for his client’s co-headline appearance with The Offspring at Australia’s Good Things Festival.
“I really liked the way these panels worked on my last tour with Stone Sour,” said Warner. “So, when I learned that they were available for this festival run, I didn’t hesitate to add them.”
The Good Things Festival takes place on consecutive days in three cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. A leading hard rock and metal event in Australia, the festival draws passionately dedicated fans that come seeking intense sounds and sights. Stone Sour and Warner didn’t disappoint. Along with the band’s heavy guitar riffs, double bass drums and growling vocals by frontman Corey Taylor was a bright, searing and punchy lightshow with plenty of audience lighting from the Nexus Aw 7x7 fixtures.
“I focused the Nexus units so they would punch up the inc

 
 
logic-systems-pro-audioLogic Systems appoints international sales manager
Friday, 25 January 2019

UK - Lincolnshire-based manufacturer Logic Systems Pro Audio has appointed Andy Mullen to the new post of international sales manager.
Mullen joins the company having worked with major sound and lighting companies in the fields of sub-assemblies, electronic design, mixing desks, amplifiers and juke boxes across 25 years.
He also joins as Logic Systems launches its new Notion line-up, which replaces the popular ML range.
“It’s an exciting time at Logic, with two major new line-ups launched last year and more scheduled for this year,” he commented. “The company has a rich heritage in producing outstanding loudspeaker products and we want to build on that, applying new technologies and techniques to design and product development. We’ve set our sights on being at the forefront of manufacture for the next generation of premium loudspeaker products in the UK.”
As well as the new Notion range, Logic Systems has also introduced the powerful V-Line range, featuring HPLS and MPLS models, and the Ci Series of cabinets, a dedicated installation range aimed at the theme bar and nightclub market.
(Jim Evans)

 
nx-4Obsidian launches NX 4 at NAMM
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - Obsidian Control Systems is showcasing the newest control product under the ONYX lighting control platform at NAMM in Anaheim. The show will offer a first look and hands-on demo of the NX 4, which will also be shown at ISE in Amsterdam next month.
The NX 4 is equipped with a range of professional features and using the latest in industrial components, the NX 4 is designed to handle even the largest show with ease. With a well-arranged combination of motorised and manual faders, as well as an array of playback buttons, the NX 4 offers 44 total playbacks in a compact yet extremely powerful package.
The NX 4 includes a high-brightness, 15.6”, full-HD multi-touch screen with support for two external 4K touch displays. Eight assignable parameter encoders, a dedicated Intensity encoder, an assistive mini-touch screen, full keypad and command section, and a dedicated grand master make for a dutifully intuitive control surface.
Two independent playback sections offer instant access. The main playback with 10 motorized faders plus 10 play-pairs allow for quick page changes while the sub playback with 12 faders and 12 button playbacks mean that important cues are always available.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
robe-kona-mexico-the-team-kon261809579Kona invests in Robe
Friday, 25 January 2019

Mexico - Mexico State-based technical production company Kona has invested in Robe MegaPointes and Spiiders.
The company was founded in 2012 by Andres Marroquin, who previously ran PRG Mexico / Ocesa. The operation provides sound, lighting, video, rigging and staging for a diversity of events.
The company’s Robe MegaPointes and Spiiders inventory currently stands at 26 of each and is set to increase soon, says Kona.
Marroquin comments: “The market here in Mexico can be extremely volatile, so as a smaller company we need to think smart and be flexible.”
He sees significant potential in the county, which he regards as ‘emerging’, being strategically located between two major oceans, a gateway to the economic powerhouse of Latin America and enjoying a lively healthy musical interchange with the US. “Mexico is in a unique position and our industry is in a very exciting place right now.”
Recent cross hires for the Robe kit have included (to PRG and Logra) popular singer Chayanne’s tour which featured 120 MegaPointes in total, shows for Dead & Company and the most recent season of Playing in the Sand in Cancun.
(Jim Evans)

 
zero88-eaton-team-at-warehouse-in-cwmbran-warehouseZero goes beyond 88
Friday, 25 January 2019

UK - Eaton’s Zero 88 has reported hit the magic number of ‘88’ in terms of countries to which the ZerOS lighting control products have been supplied.
The first award-winning FLX console was launched in autumn 2015. Sales rose steadily throughout 2016. Since 2017, especially following the launch of the FLX S range, sales have increased dramatically via a carefully selected worldwide distribution network.
Business for the FLX range initially took off in the UK and Europe, according to Tyler Holpin, UK key accounts & international sales manager for the Cwmbran based manufacturer.
However, the hot countries for FLX sales during 2018 were Japan and Australia. Other places doing well and growing fast are South Africa, the Middle East, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India, and the global reach of the brand and the FLX range in particular has resulted in significant sales in places as diverse as Bangladesh, Egypt and Mauritius and the Channel Islands.
Sales to rental companies and the television sector were particularly impressive, and FLX consoles are in constant use for live events and concerts: It’s also a winner for multi-purpose installations.
David Catterall, general manager for Zero 88 Eaton Lighting Systems, estimates that the ZerOS user base “has doubled” in the last 12 months, “and that’s down to the foresight and hard work of the whole team here - R ‘n D, manufacture, sales, marketing and admin. While there are currently some uncertainties in 2019 regarding our exact relationship with the EU, we are fully positio

 
 
kokovrLED Creative goes live for Liam Payne
Friday, 25 January 2019

UK - Staged at Camden’s KOKO club the event was a double first - the artists first headline London show, plus the first broadcast by production company MelodyVR of a live concert in virtual reality.
The broadcast was livestreamed internationally via the MelodyVR and as a live 360° Facebook event, giving fans the opportunity of a close up viewer experience of the intimate show by the ex-One Direction star.
Lighting the performance, LD Stuart Pring enlisted the services of Version2 for the main rig, adding an array of additional effects provided by LED Creative.
Utilising the LED specialist’s Pulse Wand fixtures, the LD created a linear installation that provided an extra depth of perspective to the stage which served to enhance the virtually reality effect. For added visual impact right throughout the 360° experience Sigma Pulse Wands were also used to form custom built geometric shapes, fixed across the ornate balconies flanking the stage, right up to the upper circle.
Available for rental as ‘plug and play’ fixtures, the Pulse Wands are a low energy, tubular illumination system that combines both the brightness and look of traditional neon/fluorescent fixtures with the versatility, intensity and highly controllable performance of LED technology. Pairing the Wands with LED Creative Byte Controllers, the crew were able to maintain full management over the installation, augmenting the production with powerful, precise colour and movement throughout the show.
On site to assist with prepping the equipment for the show, LED Creativ

 
11th-hour11th Hour moves into ice cold storage
Friday, 25 January 2019

UK - Cardiff-based events specialist 11th Hour recently took possession of additional warehouse premises to cope with the demands of its continued expansion. Its 6,000sq.ft of space will be assigned to 11th Hour’s growing festive ice-rink operations, allowing the entire inventory of rink apparatus to be stored independently, close to its principal Cardiff Bay operations base.
Growing demand for its ice rink services in 2018 saw 11th Hour install new rinks in Swansea, Caerphilly Castle and Aberystwyth, adding to its established Cardiff, Celtic Manor and Bargoed sites. More locations are expected to be brought onstream in 2019.
Business development manager Jason Venables comments: “We’re conscious of always trying to remain ahead of the curve at 11th Hour. It’s important to ensure that our processes and logistics remain up to speed in the face of ever-growing demand for our services. Our new facility enables us to maintain, operate and store our ice rink provision in its own dedicated space. Whilst the rest of our kit is in and out of the warehouse on a year-round basis, it made sense to separate out what is a specifically seasonal part of our business, with a view to streamlining our day to day operations.” Investing in the new premises has already allowed 11th Hour’s new warehouse manager Mike Coles and his assistant Matt Stone to re-align and optimise the use of the company’s main warehouse.
Jason Venables continues: “The dismantling and storage of our rinks at this time of year has previously had the capacity to cause some disrup

 
 
typhoon-box-co-rgb-hiER unleashes CO2-free confetti blower
Friday, 25 January 2019

Europe - Typhoon is ER’s newest product, a CO2-free confetti blower designed to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emitted in the industry.
Typhoon is not only a ‘greener’ product but is compact, stackable, easy to control, adjustable and versatile, says the company.
Typhoon’s adaptable design allows it to not only be rigged on top of truss but also flown, allowing for huge confetti hits at large-scale events. Typhoon works via a set of powerful but silent fans, which push confetti out through a specially-designed tunnel, and a controllable-hopper evenly distributes it.
David Holmes, ER’s technical manager who designed Typhoon, comments: “I love the finished product. The brief from ER’s co-founder and director, Ryan Hagan, was to build a confetti blower that would be able to run on electricity, without using the harmful greenhouse gas, and we have done exactly that.
“Other models on the market are cumbersome and don’t have the ability to be flown. Typhoon gives designers more flexibility to create something really amazing at their shows.”
Typhoon is constructed with an aluminium frame with steel panels and weighs 90kg, and the voltage is 200 to 270 or 50/60hz. It holds 10kg of confetti and can be adjusted to how much and how far you want the confetti to be distributed, enabling vast coverage across an audience.
ER debuted the CO2-free confetti blower at the 2018 Ozzfest at the LA Forum, where units were positioned on a U-shaped truss over the audience, creating a snow blizzard effect during carefully-planned

 
prodigy-mp-stardust-rgbDirectOut expands Prodigy Series
Friday, 25 January 2019

Europe - DirectOut’s new Prodigy.MP multifunction audio processor follows the successful launch of its sister product, the Prodigy.MC - a modular audio converter that spearheaded the recent introduction of the Prodigy Series.
“All the ingredients were already there,” explains DirectOut business development manager, Luca Giaroli. “For more than a decade, we’ve been offering unrivalled highly reliable audio format converters with the highest quality sample-rate conversion and redundant backup technologies available. We felt it was the right time to take a quantum step forward and add innovative processing power to the package. The result is a device designed to be the central hub of any audio system.”
Prodigy.MP is a multifunction audio processor that shares its 2U-high compact mainframe and modular design with the Prodigy.MC, but adds FPGA-based DSP for EQ, delays and summing matrices. This addition also offers greater flexibility in heterogenous systems and independent clocking by adding SRC capabilities.
The unit has four converter slots for analogue line-level, microphone input and AES3 option modules, providing up to 32 local inputs and outputs. The hardware also supports two MADI and two Network Audio options. The MADI slots are available as BNC, SC optical and SFP modules, while two optional Network Audio boards can be equipped with Dante, Ravenna (AES67) or SoundGrid, increasing maximum channel capability to 416 inputs/420 outputs.
“Flexibility and reliability are two of the main characteristics needed to make a device su

 
 
api-550a-and-312-modulesAPI celebrates with anniversary release
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - With the dawn of 2019, API reaches the exciting milestone of its 50th anniversary. To commemorate 50 years in the industry, API has announced the introduction of two limited edition modules.
The API 550A 50th Anniversary Edition is a discrete three-band EQ and an exact reproduction of the original Saul Walker design from the early 1970s.
These special limited edition units are hand assembled and wired, and feature an exact reproduction of Walker's original printed circuit board. Each unit is “a true work of art, inside and out, and represents a piece of recording history”. Every Anniversary Edition 550A carries an individual serial number denoting its status as part of a limited run of 50 units.
The API 312 50th Anniversary Edition is a faithful reproduction of the original 312 microphone preamp used in API consoles from the 1970s and still highly sought after today. Packaged into a modern 500 Series module, the 312 is one of API's most famous mic preamps and is the basis of the highly successful 3124 series. Starting from an exact reproduction of Saul Walker's original 312 printed circuit board, API engineered the 312's classic design true to the original, including the hand-wired gain pot and switches. Each unit carries an individual serial number noting the limited run of 150 units.
(Jim Evans)

 
west-side-story6Axcor Profile debuts on West Side Story
Thursday, 24 January 2019

Italy - The Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino hosted the return of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story 100 years after his birth.
The Florentine edition was directed by Federico Bellone and produced by WEC (World Entertainment Company), thanks to an agreement with Music Theatre International (MTI). The book was newly adapted by Franco Travaglio, Jerome Robbins's original choreography was reproduced by Fabrizio Angelini, and the music was provided by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra and choir conducted by Maestro Francesco Lanzillotta.
Lighting designer Valerio Tiberi drew inspiration for his work "from the new adaptation and the atmosphere of the Upper West Side of New York in the mid-1950s. For this occasion, I requested and used the new Axcor Profile 600 from the Claypaky Axcor series for the first time in Italy." Two versions are available on the market: one with an extremely bright 500W 6500K white LED source, and the other with a colour temperature of 5600K and CRI of 90.
The vast stage and scenery recalled the urban jungle of New York, where the Jets and Sharks try to get the upper hand in an atmosphere of hatred and intolerance, until this is broken by the star-crossed romantic love story between Tony and Maria and its tragic epilogue. The performance of the six Profile 900s the theatre is equipped with was integrated with 24 new Axcor Profile 600s arranged both on the ground in the wings, and above the stage on the battens.
"I am definitely happy with the overall set-up I was able to give this lighting design, and

 
 
rainforestV-Series tames rainforest festival
Thursday, 24 January 2019

Malaysia - The Rainforest World Music Festival takes over the Sarawak Cultural Village tourist attraction every July, drawing renowned international musicians as well as indigenous musicians from the island of Borneo.
The festival has been attracting large audiences from all around Southeast Asia and beyond for several years. During each afternoon, cultural workshops take place combined with lectures on ethno-musical topics, jamming sessions and breakout gigs, and then in the evening the main performances hit the two stages erected by Kuching-based rental company Projection House.
Kevin Phua has been a key figure at Projection House throughout its 18-year existence, and for the past four years has deployed the d&b V-Series at the festival. This year once again the Jungle Stage and the Tree Stage were built at ninety degrees to each other and were set up for ‘ping-pong’ performances for maximum continuity.
“Let’s say one band is performing on the Jungle Stage,” Phua explains, “so this is when we’ll get everything ready for the next band on the Tree Stage before the turnaround. Each band performance is estimated at 45 minutes, so that’s the time we have to line things up and keep the music flowing.”
Both stages used 12 elements of the V8 3-way, passive line array loudspeaker, supported by four V12s; one stage had 12 V-SUBs and the other used eight J-SUBS flyable cardioid subwoofers from the J-Series. Phua appreciates the infrastructure of the V-Series particularly in these sometimes challenging conditions.
“Of cour

 
elation-mainElation appoints product specialists
Thursday, 24 January 2019

USA - Elation Professional’s Anthony Velazquez and Shawn Butcher have assumed new roles as product specialists.
Velazquez has been named Antari product specialist while Butcher has become control product specialist, responsible for Elation’s Obsidian Control Systems line of professional lighting control products.
Velazquez has been with Elation for over four years and moves from a position in inside sales. Butcher has been with Elation for two and a half years as a lighting designer and programmer.
“We are excited to promote from within our organisation both Shawn and Anthony, who have proven over the years to be strong team players, both with a passion for servicing our customers,” comments Elation sales and marketing director, Eric Loader. “Their focus and dedication on developing these product categories will be key to our growth plans for each brand."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
powersoftISE: Powersoft to debut linear transducer
Thursday, 24 January 2019

The Netherlands - Powersoft will use this year’s ISE as the first chance to demonstrate its new product, Mover - a small yet powerful linear transducer that can be used in audio applications and as a linear motor or shaker.
Adaptable to various purposes, including 4D cinemas, theme parks, or venues with vibrating acoustic floors - as well as applications that go beyond entertainment - Mover lets audiences feel the sound through haptic perception by vibrating the surrounding environment, which the human body picks up and, through bone conduction, translating the vibrations into perceivable frequencies, says the company.
Mover is available in two versions; Direct Drive and Inertial Drive. Visitors to Hall 7, Y195 - one of Powersoft’s three booths at ISE - will be able to experience Mover first hand on a custom-built platform as it interacts with VR content. Users standing on the platform and wearing the requisite HTC headset can experience an immersive 360° video while being stimulated through haptic perception.
Mover can be used in conjunction with a Powersoft amplifier, especially for the Mover Powersoft has introduced an updated firmware version. A specific subharmonic generator plug-in has been added. This new algorithm transposes the pitch of the frequencies down in order to reproduce ultra-low frequency extension all the way down to 5Hz.
(Jim Evans)

 
Chauvet on Tom Odell’s Jubilee Road
Thursday, 24 January 2019

UK - Joe Beardsmore is lighting designer for Tom Odell’s current Jubilee Road tour. Using an impressive collection of Chauvet Professional Maverick and Ovation fixtures, Beardsmore is supporting his chart-topping client’s music with a diverse lightshow that weaves colourful silhouettes, starburst backlighting, gentle top washes, blindingly intense specials and a host of other dazzling effects into a seamlessly integrated visual package.
Controlling the 15-universe show is a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 with a Stadium Wing and a PC Wing Compact. A double-draped backdrop ties this multi-faceted panorama together.
“I have been working with Tom Odell across the world in many venues,” says Beardsmore. “When he asked me to devise a new design to take out on his Jubilee Road Tour, he pretty much gave me free rein. However, he had a red drape backdrop that he wanted. I didn’t want to be stuck with that for the whole show, so I came up with a design that allows me to switch between a mixture of red and cream backdrops through the use of rotating double-sided drapes and kabuki drop. This lets me have the plush red backdrop Tom wants, plus a clean canvas for other songs.”
Beardsmore is using this canvas as the backdrop for a far-ranging lightshow anchored by 12 Maverick MK2 Spot, six Maverick MK3 Wash and eight Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures, along with six Ovation E-910FC and six Ovation E-930VW ellipsoidals.
The MK3 Wash and MK2 Spot fixtures in the rig are double rigged on three pre-rig truss structures with four spots on top and two washes below t

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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