Hungary - The MVM Dome in Budapest is one of the largest multifunction venues in Europe and Europe's largest handball arena. With a seating capacity of over 20,000, it was designed by Hungarian architect György Skardelli, built by Market PLC and handed over at the end of 2021, just in time to host the 2022 European Men's Handball Championships.
As reported on the arena's official website, the facility boasts innovative spaces and versatility in layout arrangement as well as unique architectural features. Hungary's largest and most modern multifunctional event hall is suitable for large-scale concerts, shows, family entertainment, corporate events and exhibitions thanks to its special building management solutions, cutting edge sound, lighting and visual technology.
The brief received by audio contractor Budapest-based ZAJ Systemhouse was to ensure extremely high intelligibility, 106 dB SPL and even coverage throughout the venue, including the seating and playing field areas. The stadium’s rig comprised a total of 48 Outline Stadia enclosures (12 ‘100-10’, 26 ‘100-20’ and 10 ‘100-30’), 16 STSUB 215 subwoofers and a GTA (Grand Touring Amplifier) powerhouse.
Tamás Fazekas, ZAJ CEO and founder, states, “We proposed the [Outline] Stadia rig as one of the world’s highest quality sound systems specifically engineered for stadium sound, therefore the most suitable for this project, and the company’s reputation was sufficient to ensure its acceptance without any real competition.”
Two years passed from when the first design was
Finland - Concert venue, TV and recording studio, Musiikkitalo (Helsinki Music Centre), has upgraded its existing Optocore infrastructure with the addition of an AutoRouter intelligent patchbay. This has provided the venue with greater flexibility by freeing up its DiGiCo SD8 at FOH to take on a more portable role within the large complex.
Although the venue originally opened in 2011 as a 1,700-capacity concert space, it undertook a system upgrade in 2017, when an Optocore network was introduced for the first time. “The original design became overloaded and it was too awkward to add anything - and so we added a couple of [Optocore] DD32FRs for signal distribution to the amps and SD racks, and added Optocore to the DiGiCo FOH mixer,” stated head of studio, Jori Tossavainen.
Once again, the Optocore equipment was supplied by distributor, Intersonic. “We have supplied the bulk of the audio equipment for Helsinki Music Centre from day one so we’re very familiar with them,” stated Intersonic sales manager, Pauli Molnar. “Optocore is a very popular high-end professional networking solution in Finland so we did have some experience with the brand even before taking over the distribution.”
Optocore had again been foremost in the minds of Jori Tossavainen and the venue’s head of sound, Kirsi Peteri, who in addition to the main concert hall oversees five satellite rooms at Musiikkitalo. At the same time, his colleague Teemu Hammaren, head of video and technical director for broadcast, manages a full TV broadcast and recording studio at the ve
USA - Brian Ruggles has been mixing Billy Joel’s live shows ever since the singer-songwriter came on the scene in 1971 with his Cold Spring Harbor LP. Now, more than half a century later, he continues to collaborate with the artist, including mixing Joel’s multi-year, record-breaking, one-show-a-month residency at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden.
The last eight years of that partnership have found Ruggles mixing the Piano Man’s shows on a DiGiCo SD5 console. The SD5 meets Ruggles’ needs for a console that can offer him the kind of warm sound that he grew up with using analogue desks throughout most of Joel’s lengthy career and on tours with artists like Stevie Nicks, Heart, and John Mellencamp. Meanwhile, Josh Weibel, Joel’s monitor engineer, finds that his DiGiCo SD10 console gives him the flexibility he needs to manage the changing lineup of the residency shows and fly dates.
“I’m an old-school guy; I love the way analogue sounds,” says Ruggles. “But there came a point where I knew I had to move to digital.” That was over eight years ago, and Ruggles experimented with a few different kinds of digital desks. But once he encountered the SD5, he knew it was the one.
“The SD5 sounds incredible; it really has the kind of warm sound that I’ve loved my entire career,” he says. “But what really sold me was how user-friendly the SD5 is. The few other digital consoles I tried were not at all easy to navigate. The SD5, on the other hand, allowed me to dive right in and make it work for me.”
Josh Weibel has bee
Planning Objections - More than 1,700 people have objected to the expansion of Sky Studios in Elstree. A planning application has been submitted to add 10 sound stages to the yet-to-be-opened site in Hertfordshire. Campaign group Save Hertsmere said the extension would mean "urban sprawl right up to the pretty hamlet of Well End, with all the noise, light and traffic pollution that brings".
Sky Studios Elstree was "committed to working in partnership with the local community, including Save Hertsmere, who are members of our Community Board". The current facility in Elstree has 13 sound stages on a 32-acre site and is due to open at the end of the year. It will be used by Sky, other Comcast-owned firms including NBC Universal, and be open to third parties. The film adaptation of the musical Wicked! is due to be the first feature film made at the studios.
MTV Awards - Taylor Swift won four trophies at the MTV Europe Music Awards. The singer, whose latest album Midnights has topped the charts all around the world, was named best artist and best pop act. She also won best video and best longform video, both for All Too Well, starring Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink. Harry Styles, Blackpink and Nicki Minaj also took home trophies. Swift is now tied with Lady Gaga as the singer with most MTV Europe awards. Both acts have 12 each.
Camp Bestival - Grace Jones, Craig David and The Kooks will be among the headliners for Camp Bestival's 15th birthday event in Dorset, organisers have announced. The family festival re
USA - Alice In Chains (AIC) hadn’t performed a live concert in three years when the band took the stage on 10 August at The Star Lake Pavilion in Seattle, but as the fans outside Pittsburgh discovered that night, and as thousands more at 29 other venues would learn over the next three months, it was well worth the wait.
Keeping pace with the band’s 15-song set and capturing their sounds visually, was an intense, multi-faceted lighting design by Scott Holthaus with assistance from Cort Lawrence that included over 40 Chauvet Professional fixtures, which like the rest of the rig, was supplied by Bandit Lites.
Like the music it supported, the Holthaus-Lawrence lightshow started out with a bang. Moments after AIC walked on to a darkened stage, illuminated only with hints of deep blue light, the rig erupted, led by the five raked LED video fingers over its centre. Rising as they went from upstage to downstage, these fingers also served as intense illumination sources, in addition to being used to display a wide variety of images and breakout, patterns. Content was created by Surround and run by VD Leaf Dixon.
At times, these images moved across the video fingers, as if they were keys on a piano. This not only reflected the beat of the music, but also helped create a sense of time and space over the stage.
“The fingers were our main design concept,” said Holthaus. “Our video director and content creator deserve a great deal of credit. We relied on the video fingers to create a forced perspective vanishing point. Also, I really loved how the
India - While many companies have been forced to downsize due to the apparent effects of the pandemic, Mumbai – based PP Sound Light Production has conversely displayed a great deal of growth.
The company’s latest acquisition has now earned PP Sound Light Production the distinction of being the first equipment rental service company in India to take delivery of a new DiGiCo Quantum 338 system. The entire purchase process was facilitated through New Delhi-based DiGiCo authorised distributor, Hi-Tech Audio & Image LLP.
Prasad Parkar, director of PP Sound Lights Production notes: “Almost every musical and large show that comes in for enquiry specifies DiGiCo, and we’ve noticed over the past few years that most performers, artists and event producers alike favour DiGiCo consoles because of the host of capabilities that they’re known to offer. So, we’ve been pondering the decision to invest in a DiGiCo console system for quite a while now.
“We knew that the being the first in India to acquire the Quantum 338 would not only assure us maximum ROI,” continues Prasad Parkar. “It would also allow us the capacity to offer the very best in sound, features, performance, and reliability to our clients and the performing artists that we work with.”
“We are already seeing positive feedback with the arrival of Quantum 338. The possibilities are many with DiGiCo consoles and the dynamic features of Quantum are cutting-edge,” shares Rajan Gupta, founder and manging partner of Hi-Tech Audio & Image LLP. “As a distributor, it is o
France - Parc de la Villette is both a park - the third largest in Paris - and a focal point for art, music, and culture, housing the city’s largest concentration of cultural venues, including the Philharmonie de Paris and Cité de la Musique. It’s also home to the physically and psychologically imposing Grand Halle de la Villette. Designed by architect Victor Baltard, the venue was originally an abattoir and was transformed into a multi-use space in 1985.
The Grand Halle hosts diverse events including exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows and festivals. The annual Jazz à La Villette festival, hosted attracts more than 30,000 enthusiasts every September.
The Grande Halle, which includes the 5,000 capacity Grand Halle, the Salle Charlie Parker and the Nave, was one of the first venues in the world to benefit from V-DOSC, L-Acoustics first full frequency line source array. When the venue’s team decided it was time for an upgrade, they chose to invest in the powerful yet compact K3. Supplied and installed by B Live, a mobile K3 system was chosen to deliver the versatility required by the Grand Halle’s diverse programme of events.
The Grand Halle’s 18,000m2 space is modulable, to accommodate a wide variety of events, from a cocktail party for 8,000 to a formal seated event for 4,000 visitors. K3 is the ideal solution, complementing the venue’s existing inventory of Kara II, X Series and SB28 subs, it also has the potential to be reconfigured according to the needs of the production, or deployed in other venues as needed.
For most of th
USA - The American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC) mourns the loss of long-time member and Fellow, James “Jim” Read, FASTC, who passed away on November 2, 2022.
Read served as a president of the ASTC and was a constant presence at organisation events. Even as he retired from consulting and moved to emeritus status, Read was often present online or in person, always contributing observations and information.
Read was born in Fulton, KY in 1933, where he built his first theatre in his basement, complete with a stage, screen, footlights, and a control booth, in 1948. He rarely strayed far from the business after that. He continued in high school where he and a crew of friends ran a community high school auditorium; he apparently kept up with members of that crew until his death.
Before joining the US Navy as an officer and pilot Read attended the University of Kentucky, where he majored in English and Speech & Dramatic Arts, with a minor in math. Lieutenant Read served as an Electronics and Ordinance Officer, flying jets out of Jacksonville and from aircraft carriers at sea. His long-time associate, R. Duane Wilson noted Read still flew when he could. Instructors observed he would land the plane near the beginning of the runway, “a holdover from his carrier landing training”. Wilson also said Read loved computerised flight simulators, saying he “usually ending by flying through the hanger before landing.”
While in the Navy, Read found time to work with the Guild Players in Jacksonville, FL before returning to civilian life a
Spain - Lynx Pro Audio has announced the availability of Rainbow 3D, its electro-acoustical prediction software for loudspeaker systems, boasting ‘comprehensive high-speed simulation in a three-dimensional environment’.
Building on the company’s existing 2D software and led by Raúl Jordán from Lynx Pro Audio’s R&D department, Rainbow 3D has been coded from scratch in a five-year in-house development process. In tandem with this, over the course of this year new spherical measurements of the company’s full loudspeaker portfolio have been performed in their recently built anechoic chamber.
Carlos Matalí, R&D manager, notes: “Although 5-degree polar resolution is commonly used, products such as line array modules generate extremely narrow beams at high frequencies, so we use two degrees for those. This means measuring and storing exponentially more data points, but significantly improves calculation accuracy.”
Ben Sinclair, sales director adds: “While accurate simulation is obviously the main goal here, being able to quickly put together a visually detailed and attractive project that the customer can better relate to is certainly also a big plus”.
Extensive productivity tools such as copy and paste, duplication with offset, and drag-and-drop are provided. Each corner in a 4-vertex plane is independently definable as sloped or round with selectable radiuses, which opens the ability to use a single plane for complex shapes such as octagons, circles, semi-circles, or stages with curved front edge and slanted back.
USA - When lighting designers are looking for a workhorse washlight but also want something novel to add to their designs they often turn to the Proteus Rayzor 760, Elation’s popular LED wash, mid-air, and specialty effect light in one. Now available and shipping is the Proteus Rayzor 1960, a more powerful big brother that ‘opens up its distinct visual qualities to shows and productions of every scale’. With the power to handle long-throw applications, the Proteus Rayzor 1960 is part of Elation’s Proteus line of IP65 luminaires for use under adverse conditions and in any environment.
The Proteus Rayzor 1960 is driven by 19 x 60W RGBW LEDs - all independently controllable. The fixture produces an intense and well-defined beam of over 18000 lumens. It can zoom tight to 5ﹾ for a very narrow collimated beam or spread wide to 55ﹾ for even stage coverage. The Zoom Overdrive allows the zoom to move past the optical system’s narrowest point, providing extremely narrow collimated beams for impressive aerial effects and extra punch.
The unit’s RGBW colour mixing offers a wide range of saturated colours, pastel shades and several unique colour macros are included for programming convenience. The fixture comes with a selection of linear colour temperature pre-sets from 2,700-8,000K which combined with the abundance of colour possibilities makes the Proteus Rayzor 1960 an excellent colour matching unit. Dimming of the LED engine is smooth and stepless with variable 16-bit dimming curve modes available to suit any application.
With its 19 cells a
USA - Robe is back at LDI 2022 in Las Vegas, action-packed with a range of new products and lighting technologies on Booth 1943.
New products shown at a US expo for the first time will include Robe’s iForte moving light and the iForte FS (follow spot) luminaire - both IP65 versions of the original Forte.
Also shown will be the TX1 PosiProfile, which combines the worlds of manual and automated lighting into a single fixture.
Robe’s expanding iSeries of weatherized products also includes the iSpiider LED wash beam and iBeam 250TM which will join the iForte on Booth 1943.
These iSeries fixtures will be integrated into a vibrant Robe live entertainment concept, the All Environments show, complete with a specially created lightshow presented in a purpose-built area.
Other current products presented will be the new Painte and TetraXTM – a 360-degree continuous rotation LED bar – plus Robe’s popular LEDBeam 350TM and the ABTT Award-winning T11TM series, a three-into-one generic lighting solution for theatres and venues.
Dedicated demonstration areas on the booth will facilitate in-depth product examinations.
The lively Robe stand will be additionally enhanced with the presence of architectural lighting brand Anolis which will have its own space on the booth and be highlighting the new CalummaTM range, alongside the popular Anolis AmbianeTM and EminereTM product ranges. All of which are relevant to a plethora of crossover entertainment and architainment projects and scenarios.
Robe will also be active on the
USA - Renkus-Heinz is renaming its new PCX Series as the UBX Series to address a trademark issue that emerged after the product was initially named and launched.
Because of its strong support of trademark and copyright law and its legacy of integrity in the audio industry, Renkus-Heinz decided to rename the UBX Series after being recently alerted to the trademark issue. UBX stands for UniBeam Passive, highlighting Renkus-Heinz’s all-new Passive UniBeam Technology featured in the UBX Series passive column loudspeakers.
Utilising the same complex steering algorithms from the company’s flagship Iconyx columns, the UBX Series’ new Passive UniBeam Technology delivers ‘pristine sound and consistent coverage with minimal distortions or side lobe artifacts.’
USA ETC has introduced High End Systems Halcyon and extended the ColorSource family with the addition of ColorSource V.
Created to meet the needs of rental operations, theatres, and opera houses, Halcyon is a family of framing fixtures designed for ‘the exacting demands of lighting production’. Offering reduced cost, reduced weight, and increased output, Halcyon fixtures are ‘engineered to fit into every spec for every design’.
Offering matching feature sets and performance across all fixtures, the Halcyon range consists of Gold, Titanium, and Platinum. Halcyon Gold outputs 31,000 lumens and is ideal for short to medium throw applications. Designed for medium to long throws, Titanium outputs 40,000 lumens. And for the most extreme light at the farthest distances, Platinum offers light output at 54,000 lumens, with 70,000 lumens in boost mode. With a new industrial design, each Halcyon fixture is smooth and sleek enough to blend into your rig.
Halcyon has two LED engine options for maximum versatility. Halcyon’s color mixing system uses tighter, next-gen gradient dichroics and a linear mixing curve supported by ETC’s renowned color science for smooth and even colours, both in and out of focus.
A new, custom selected package of patterns brings a full library of aerials, rotational effects, breakups, diffusion, and prisms. ETC’s Trifusion system brings a wide range of diffusion with a single control channel, maintaining maximum output and even frost distribution across the field, and a smooth transition from a sharp edge all the w
USA - Brompton Technology will demonstrate its latest tools at LDI in Las Vegas. Brompton will be exhibiting in booth #1005, showing its Tessera LED processors and the latest version of its accompanying Tessera software.
Tessera Software v3.4, released last month, introduces new features including Extended Bit Depth and Stacking, to help boost both LED panel performance and production efficiencies. Extended Bit Depth unlocks up to 3.3 additional bits of precision, which offers 2 to 3 stops of additional dynamic range on camera, and also reduces visual artifacts. Stacking streamlines production by allowing for multiple processors in a setup to be controlled together in unison, rather than users having to apply adjustments to each processor individually.
Additionally, Brompton’s 10-year anniversary falls during LDI. The company will celebrate at the LDI Circle Bar on Saturday 19 November from 4:30-6:00pm. The Brompton booth will also have key items on display to mark company milestones, including its very first M2 LED processor, serial number 001001, which was shipped on 19 November, 2012, to video equipment rental company, VER (now PRG). This particular M2 processor was first used on the Super Bowl XLVII broadcast in 2013 and is still a working processor in PRG’s rental inventory today.
“With live events back in full swing, we’re very much looking forward to connecting with our customers, users, and the wider industry at LDI this month to demo Brompton’s latest Tessera features – which are used on everything from the global concert tours
Europe - Nearly 45 years after founding Belgian event staging pioneer Stageco, Hedwig De Meyer is stepping down from his leadership role, and has named Hans Willems as Stageco Belgium’s new executive CEO, effective 1 January 2023.
The move, says De Meyer, 68, was intended to take place two years ago but was delayed due to the pandemic lockdown. “Now that our business has begun to stabilise after a very busy summer, the time feels right to pass the baton to Hans, who gave us every confidence that he was the most logical choice of successor,” he explains.
Formerly head of R&D at Stageco, Willems, 51, established his own business, Wicreations nearly 18 years ago. As CEO, he has driven his company to become one of the global live industry’s leading creative players in motion technology. Together, Stageco and Wicreations have collaborated on many of the world’s leading concert tours by the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé and Rammstein among many other premier acts.
“Hans knows the industry inside out, and possesses exemplary leadership skills,” comments De Meyer. “The manner in which he has grown Wicreations is extraordinary and while our two companies will remain independent of each other, there is now greater potential for partnership and creative collaboration.”
Until the end of 2022, Willems will divide his time between the two companies, working with his teams to align their cultures and shape a new ecosystem that further exploits their already existing organic synergies.
Says Willems: “I have always h
USA - Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of Felicia Lopez, Derryl Webb and Marisa Lainson as trade show & personnel coordinator, customer service manager and marketing manager, respectively.
“As we continue to strengthen our team, we are excited to have the opportunity to work with these dynamic individuals,” said Monika Smetona, president, Renkus-Heinz. “As a 40+ year old company, we are aware of the necessity to bring on board passionate people with new and diverse ideas.”
Felicia Lopez joins the company as trade show & personnel coordinator with an extensive background in customer service, client management and sales & logistics coordination. Lopez most recently worked as a transportation specialist for Adesa Auction Operations.
“I’ve always been passionate about music and live events. After attending my first NAMM in 2018, I was enchanted, and I’m thrilled to now help coordinate Renkus-Heinz’s presence at industry shows,” said Lopez. “I can’t wait to get started, and I’m looking forward to making the company proud.”
Webb joins Renkus-Heinz as customer service manager, withover 30 years of management experience and an additional 20+ years as a technology business owner servicing the hospitality industry. “I have always believed I am in the people business, so every day is a new opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life,” noted Webb.
Coming to Renkus-Heinz with nearly ten years of experience in communications, Marisa Lainson joins as marketing manager with a backgroun
Europe - Wireless LED lighting specialist Astera has launched the RuntimeExtender – a ‘battery plate’ tool for lighting techs working with Astera products in all sectors including live shows and events.
RuntimeExtender is compatible with most Astera products – Titan, Helios & Hyperion Tubes, HydraPanel, PixelBrick, etc – and allows connection to an external battery so spare camera batteries can be used to power the Astera units in situations where the internal batteries might run out e.g., protracted shoots, longer running events where longer than standard run times are required for the lights.
This could be on video shoots, live or streaming / hybrid events and conferences, and especially when some Astera fixtures might be positioned in inaccessible and challenging places.
When the connected lights are running at low level or switched off, the internal battery will also be recharging from this connection, allowing batteries to be swapped during the shoot so the lights can be used indefinitely.
The most common camera batteries are currently the V-Mount battery and in some regions, the Gold Mount battery, so Astera RuntimeExtender is offered in two versions for customers to choose either of these two options.
V-Mount and Gold Mount batteries are available in different voltages, so the RuntimeExtender supports two popular battery types, 14.4V and 26V.
The batteries can be connected via the Astera power / data cable which most customers will already have, and Astera now has a 1.5m cable which is included in the Runtime
USA - Surrounded by the scenic views of Alamogordo, the 800-seat Christ Community Church was struggling to provide quality audio with their aging and original PA. With the decision made to upgrade their system, the task of finding a modern solution capable of delivering great sound evenly to every seat was given to technical director Jacob Pierce. With a big assist from industry experts Michael Garrison Associates (MGA), Pierce found the solution he was looking for with a custom Anna and Otto ADAPTive system from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
The new EAW upgrade consists of a total of 12 Anna loudspeaker arrays, four Otto subwoofers and eight EAW JF8 2-way loudspeakers. The eight JF8’s are used as front-fill speakers and are spread out evenly from the back of the platform in a trapezoidal pattern. The new EAW ADAPTive PA system is run through an Allen & Heath dLive console.
Built in 2000, Christ Community Church’s sanctuary was originally designed to be very wide, but not very deep. This architectural design presented the main acoustical challenge for Pierce; finding a stereo image that would cover the correct areas without blasting the back walls and filling the thrust stage with sound.
“We couldn't just put up any line array because it wouldn't cover the room properly,” says Pierce. “We are now playing a lot more contemporary, modern worship songs with louder guitars and drums, and the sound system wasn't cooperating with us. We had blown drivers, poor coverage and complaints about music being too loud or not loud enough just three
USA - The ambience, smells, tastes and cultural whiffs of traditional Italy and its Tuscany region can be sampled by diners delving into the cuisine offered at the Romanza restaurant in Reno, Nevada, USA.
Part of the Peppermill Resort Hotel & Spa property, the whole Romanza eating experience is now newly intensified with an Anolis interior architectural LED lighting installation that has brought extra life and vibrance to this foodie hot spot.
The new lighting scheme – comprising Anolis Eminere and ArcSource 4MC luminaires – was designed and specified by John Priebe, production lighting lead for the whole Peppermill complex, who co-ordinates lighting for all areas with color changing luminaires installed in addition to lighting the numerous events and conventions that are staged in the complex.
The Anolis fixtures replace an older lighting scheme that highlighted Romanza’s “enchanted” domed roof plus other key scenic elements, due for replacement with a more contemporary, more effective and – importantly – more sustainable version.
When the owners decided to use the Covid shut down constructively to action this upgrade, John came off furlough to oversee the operation and started scouting around for the right luminaires. The Anolis brand was chosen.
The interior of the dome is now illuminated by 52 x ArcSource 4MC (RGBW) luminaires which are ensconced in a series of 13 scenic torches that are part of a curved ‘wall’ running around the main restaurant space.
These ArcSources are working in conjunction with
USA - Nate Haber of Extraterrestrial Visuals believes in serving the client. “I think it’s important to note that design and programming are part of a service industry,” Haber says, in the middle of working with Lorna Shore on their national The Pain Remains Tour. “My main goal is to align my vision with that of my client. They know what they like and don’t like. Of course, on this tour, it helps that my design preferences line up with their vision.
“This is a metal band, and an extremely heavy one at that,” said Haber. “So yes, our show is dark and moody, but in the age of social media, it’s also important that fans be able to see the band, especially one that’s as well-known to them as Lorna Shore. It’s also important that they be able to take good photos and videos. So, I try to strike a balance and add a higher level of light at different moments.”
Helping Haber achieve this balance is a Squeek Lights rig anchored by six Maverick Force S Spot and six Rogue R1 Wash fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“We don’t have a lot of fixtures, but I am making them work very hard,” says Haber. “The meat and potatoes of this lighting rig are the Maverick Force S Spots and Rogue Washes. We also have six vertical foggers that we call on throughout the show. Everything is low power. We can stretch the set wider or squeeze it in for the smaller venues.
I’m running a timecoded show on the ChamSys MagicQ MQ70. Most of the songs have 200 to 300 cues. The main cue stack sits around 100 and then there are bumps, strobes, and ot
UAE - Ayrton and Procom Middle East have entered into a distribution agreement for the Middle East region. Procom will take the responsibility for the marketing, sales, technical support and development for the Ayrton product catalogue in the GCC including UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Ayrton is one of the world’s most recognised manufacturers of entertainment and architainment LED moving lights. Ayrton’s products are a mainstay in world tours as well as the most prestigious venues around the world.
Procom has a strong portfolio of professional lighting and stage equipment that goes hand-in-hand with Ayrton. Procom offers customers project and product support services across the region. It services the market from its state-of-the-art showroom and demo-space in Dubai, as well as a service centre that will extend Ayrton’s factory warranty.
“As the region welcomes increasingly high-profile lighting shows, the demand for performance luminaires at the cutting edge of technology is increasing, and hence the demand for Ayrton products,” says Rami Harfouch, business development manager at Procom. “Ayrton and Procom complement each other in the region, bringing together product recognition and local service and support.”
Procom will be carrying inventory from the Ayrton catalogue and will offer an extensive demo experience in Procom’s showroom in Dubai. Procom will work hand in hand with industry professionals to make the product accessible on all levels.
“We are excited to welcome Procom as our new distributor and to see the brand
USA - The seventh Paky Award will be presented to Tony Award-winning lighting designer Donald Holder by Claypaky CEO Marcus Graser at LDI 2022 on Saturday, 19 November in Las Vegas. Sponsored by Claypaky, the award honours an individual who has made a major contribution to the lighting industry, in terms of design or technology.
The Paky Award was created in 2014 and named for Pasquale ‘Paky’ Quadri, founder and former president of Claypaky, who passed away that year. Previous winners include ETC Lighting’s Fred Foster, High End Systems’ Richard Belliveau, Barbizon’s Jonathan Resnick (in memoriam), LDI founder Pat MacKay and projection designer Wendall K. Harrington.
“We are proud to sponsor this award in honor of Paky, who always believed in innovation and who made many contributions to the industry,” says Alberico D’Amato, Claypaky’s sales director. “We’re certain that Paky would be pleased to see fellow innovator Donald Holder take home the award this year in celebration of his inspiring career.”
Donald Holder has worked extensively in theatre, opera, dance, architectural and television lighting worldwide for more than 30 years. He has designed 59 Broadway productions and has been nominated for fourteen Tony awards, winning for The Lion King in 1998 – now in its 25th year on Broadway. He has also designed more than 100 Off-Broadway productions, projects for The Metropolitan Opera and numerous television series and films, including Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and this year’s new musical version of
USA - The Gaslight Anthem played the Holmdel, NJ PNC Arts Centre amphitheatre on a blustery October night, the New Brunswick band’s biggest local concert in eight years.
A bold and powerful Matt Bodner lighting design featured fast-moving aerial effects, and a variety of and bold colour palettes, as well as plenty of audience lighting. Bodner, who lit the band on their summer tour, that culminated at the PNC Arts Centre, beefed up his rig for this hometown show, with extra Chauvet Professional fixtures from Squeek Lights.
“I used Maverick 20 Force Spot fixtures, 26 Rogue R3 Washes, and 16 STIKE Array 4 in the air,” said Bodner. “I designed the lighting plot for the fly package as well, using it for our shows Wembley Arena and Manchester Apollo in the UK. For this show, we added 14 Rogue R1 BeamWashes and another 18 STRIKE Array 4s, for a total of 32 blinders.”
Bodner favoured colour palettes that evoked the aura of the New Jersey’s shoreline as well as its complicated history when designing this show. “I wanted to communicate the feeling and ambience of New Jersey as much as I could,” he explained. “This led me to use a ton of cyan/magenta. When I listen to the songs, I picture the Jersey shore during its off season, with its overcast sky, winds coming off the ocean, and empty beach, except for a few stragglers. I complemented this with blue and red washes with cuts of yellow from the Force S Spots to evoke the summer shore with its carnival lights, 4th of July celebrations, and life on the boardwalk.
Running his show on a C
USA - Elation invites new and existing customers alike to join their team at LDI Booth #1142 for a chat and a look at our newest, premiere product launches.
Featured products will include the leading IP65 Proteus line, including the new 75,000-lumen Proteus Brutus LED wash effects moving head, the powerful Proteus Excalibur sky beam, the linear Proteus Rayzor Blade LED wash and FX light, and the big brother to the popular Proteus Rayzor 760 LED wash effects luminaire, the Proteus Rayzor 1960.
New fixtures in Elation’s high-performance, high-value Fuze series are also on the docket, including the full-color-spectrum Fuze MAX Spot/Profile LED moving heads, and the full-spectrum Fuze Wash 500 LED Fresnel moving head. Visitors can also get up close with new luminaires in Elation’s broadcast-optimized KL series, including the full-colour KL Profile FC ellipsoidal framing fixture, and KL Panel XL/KL Panel XL IP, a bigger, brighter and bolder version of Elation’s popular KL Panel LED soft light.
New products under Obsidian Control Systems’ Onyx lighting control platform and the latest from Magmatic atmospheric effects will also be on display.