digicoDiGiCo’s Ask Us Anything goes to the theatre
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UK - DiGiCo’s popular Ask Us Anything webinar series takes a seat at the theatre to answer your question about mixing theatre sound.
Hosted by DiGiCo’s Dan Page and A2D’s Zac Duax, it will feature special guests Nevin Steinberg, Julie M Sloan and Jason Crystal, who between them have an incredible list of theatre credits.
Steinberg’s recent projects include Hamilton on Broadway, in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and on the US Tour; Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, in London and on the US Tour; Tina: The Tina Turner Musical in the West End, Hamburg, Utrecht and on Broadway; Hadestown (Tony Award) on Broadway; Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway; Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star on Broadway; and Rodgers+ Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony nomination). He has designed over 30 Broadway productions with Acme Sound Partners and received five additional Tony nominations for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair, In The Heights.
Steinberg serves as the audio consultant for Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in English and American Literature and Language. In 2011, he completed a Certificate Program in Arts Management at NYU's School for Continuing Professional Studies. Nevin is Trustee of the Town Hall Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and support of The Town Hall, a cultural and education centre as well as a national historic landmark in the c

maverick-silens-2-profileChauvet debuts Maverick Silens 2 Profile
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

USA - Chauvet Professional’s Maverick Silens 2 Profile will never be noticed because of its sound. The 100-percent convection cooled LED PCB fixture is virtually silent, attracting no attention to itself in studios for live stream broadcasts, recital halls, theatres or other applications where absolute quietness is essential, says the company.
This 560W profile unit includes features like CMY+CTO colour mixing with CRI, R9, CQS, and TLCI all between 91 and 97 (depending on the colour temperature mixed), four-blade framing shutter system with rotation, a colour wheel, animation wheel, a 10:1 zoom, prism, two frosts, static and rotating gobo wheels, and 16-bit dimming with selectable red shift.
“We are especially proud of this fixture,” comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “All of what we’ve learned through our work with professional LED fixtures over the past 15 years has been poured into the Maverick Silens 2 Profile. Our goal was to create a first-of-its-kind silent LED fixture that not only matched, but surpassed, the performance of the standard profiles that proceeded it in terms of brightness, colour rendering and versatility.”
The innovative design of the Maverick Silens 2 Profile features a doughnut shaped ring of white LEDs with an RGB LED in the center for toning (+/- green for on-camera use) and red-shift in dimming. Offering an impressive level of colour rendering versatility, the fixture can create rich saturates, while also producing subtle pastels. Throughout the spectrum, the colours rendered are extremely realistic, a

 
 
danteAudinate releases new Dante AVIO adapters
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

USA - Audinate, developer of the Dante AV networking technology, is adding two new models to Dante AVIO line of audio adapters, offering USB-C and Bluetooth connectivity for use with Dante networks.
The Dante AVIO family of adapters allow users to easily use non-networked audio equipment on a Dante audio network. Cost effective, compact and rugged, Dante AVIO is available in 1- or 2-channel analogue input or output configurations as well as AES3/EBU, USB and now Bluetooth versions.
The Dante AVIO USB-C adapter allows devices with USB-C ports to deliver and receive 2 channels of audio with a Dante audio network. It is a class-compliant USB audio device that requires no additional drivers and works with any application, making it ideal for rapid setup of conference rooms, background music and more. The Dante AVIO USB-C adapter may be powered by the connected device or via PoE and it works with common USB-C to USB-A adapters. When using PoE, it features power pass-through for mobile devices, enabling smartphones to remain charged while connected to a Dante network.
The Dante AVIO Bluetooth adapter provides wireless connectivity to Dante networks for mobile devices and computers and is ideal for both playback from smartphones to larger sound systems, and for connecting networked speakers and microphones to conferencing software. Once configured, a user may rely upon Bluetooth to switch from local smartphone audio to a complete conferencing system to share what is being said with others.
“With the addition of those two models of Dante AVIO, we’

 
martin-audio-virtual-tradeshow-portfolio-overviewmomentMartin virtual show exceeds expectations
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UK - Martin Audio’s virtual tradeshow has been “a resounding success” according to the company, which reported the number of registrations for its web event had come close to the numbers of visitors the British pro audio manufacturer would typically expect to meet at traditional large tradeshows.
The company held its event on 20 May taking the form of three 90-minute webinars matched to different time zones.
“We achieved over 800 registrations for the event,” reveals James King, Martin Audio’s director of marketing. “To put that in context, this is the amount of people we would engage with at ISE or InfoComm in our demo room in a given week, and probably four times the amount we get to our UK Open Day events. So, this was a very efficient exercise.”
The virtual trade show gave Martin Audio the opportunity to speak in detail about its overall portfolio and how different systems can fit with different applications and budgets. It also provided a platform to highlight new products, such as the award-winning ADORN ceiling and pendant loudspeakers and three new subwoofers including two new cardioid subwoofers and punchy value for money double 18” sub.
“The format itself worked well with people being able to see both presenters and the presentation so as to make it more human, and there was opportunity also for an open Q&A on numerous topics that people wanted to discuss,” says King. “There was even some illuminating glimpses and hints about the future product roadmap that came out of that discussion.”
While the

 
 
duecanali-rangePowersoft extends fixed install ranges
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Italy - Powersoft has extended two of its most popular fixed install ranges with the introduction of the two-channel Duecanali 6404 DSP+D and the four-channel Quattrocanali 8804 DSP+D.
Both products feature Dante digital audio networking architecture and on-board, high-end signal processing, as well as being able to deliver 175 Vpeak, making them ideal for applications where high SPL is required, such as clubs, performance venues and stadiums.
As with the other models in their respective ranges, the new Duecanali 6404 DSP+D and Quattrocanali 8804 DSP+D amplifier platforms are able to deliver this high level of performance at a competitive price point and with the same low operational cost and carbon footprint as any other Powersoft product, says the company.
With this new extension, the new Duecanali 6404 DSP+D and Quattrocanali 8804 DSP+D series now sits coherently alongside Powersoft’s install dedicated amplifier platforms, addressing the requirement for small and large size applications where the channel count is limited and the need for a flexible product to work with Hi-Z and Lo-Z systems is a must.
The new Duecanali and Quattrocanali models all feature Powersoft’s trademarked switch-mode power supply with Power Factor Correction (PFC), Smart Rail Management (SRM) and bridgeable switch mode fixed frequency Class D output circuit topology.

 
rivagepm3pm501New firmware brings more to Yamaha Rivage
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Europe - Following the recent expansion of Yamaha’s flagship digital console series with the new Rivage PM3 and PM5, the latest firmware for the entire range, V4.0, is now available as a free download, providing even more powerful tools for mix engineers.
Yamaha’s commitment to listening to customers, providing more flexible systems and improved mixing environments has resulted in a number of important user interface and function updates in Rivage PM firmware version 4.0. These include Eventide’s SP2016 premium reverb plug-in which, in addition to a large selection of top-quality presets, allows detailed editing for engineers who want to customize their sound.
The new firmware improves the mixing capacity of the Rivage PM7, expanding the number of input channels from 120 to 144 and increasing matrix outputs from 24 to 36, allowing the construction of even larger systems.
It also provides compatibility with the MonitorMix iOS/Android app that has been praised by users of Yamaha CL and QL series digital consoles, as well as with remote control of the RMP-D8 premium microphone preamplifier from Rupert Neve Designs and control of L-ISA systems from L-Acoustics, allowing the creation of more flexible, convenient mixing environments.
Further improvements include enhanced flexibility of HY expansion slots, as well as improved operation and visibility.

 
 
bdl-modulopi-2Digital arts centre relies on Modulo Kinetic
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

France - As Culturespaces opens the world’s largest digital art centre, the cultural operator continues its successful collaboration with Modulo Pi. Opened on June 10, 2020, the Bassins de Lumières (The Ponds of Lights) in Bordeaux relies on 30 Modulo Kinetic media servers to provide an outstanding immersive art experience.
Culturespaces Digital turned to Modulo Pi and chose the Modulo Kinetic media server solution in 2018, when it created the first digital art centre in Paris, the Atelier des Lumières. Opened in April 2018, the Atelier des Lumières already welcomed more than 2m visitors eager to experience a new immersive approach to the work of famous artists such as Klimt, Van Gogh, Monet, and more.
Since the opening of the Atelier des Lumières, Modulo Kinetic has become the exclusive media server for each existing or new digital art centre by Culturespaces Digital: the Carrières de Lumières (Les Baux-de-Provence, France), the Bunker de Lumières (Jeju island, South Korea), and now the Bassins de Lumières (Bordeaux, France).
Inaugurated on 10 June in Bordeaux, the Bassins de Lumières is the largest digital art centre in the world. Established in a former World War II submarine base facing the Atlantic Ocean, the venue is six times bigger than the Atelier des Lumières. The Bassins de Lumières include four vast ponds, a cube, and an immersive tank for a total projection surface reaching 14,000sq.m.
The AV set-up relies on 71 F80-Q12 and 24 G60-W10 Barco video projectors, 80 Meyer Sound CAL 32 loudspeakers, and 30 Modulo Kineti

 
das-cobosDAS Audio appoints US national sales director
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

USA - DAS Audio of America, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Spain’s DAS Audio, has announced the appointment of Carlito Cobos to the newly created position of national sales director, retail. Key responsibilities of the position involve strengthening the company’s focus on retail sales and E-commerce.
Cobos started with DAS Audio in May 2020 and is based out of the company’s national headquarters in Miami, Florida. Bilingual in English and Spanish, he is well positioned to address the diverse range of professionals that constitutes the North American pro audio market.
Cobos has over 20 years’ experience in pro audio and the music industry. Prior to joining DAS Audio, he served as the pro audio business development manager for Gibson brands. In this capacity, he oversaw 12 international distribution firms and managed distribution development strategies on an individual, per country basis. He also directed the various marketing programmes throughout this region. He also served as a studio technician at The Hit Factory in Miami, FL and audio technical manager at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.
Cobos comments: “DAS Audio has created the best live sound experience on the market, and I want every live sound professional in the country to hear the DAS difference. At the end of the day, nothing is more important than a well-designed, aesthetically pleasing, and reliable loudspeaker that fully engages the audience with accurate, articulate sound. DAS is a recognised leader in quality and performance, and I look forward to helping t

 
 
sundialCustom enclosures for sunDial quad
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UK - sunDial quad, the PLASA Gold award-winning mains LED dimmer from Artistic Licence, is now available in a custom installation enclosure. Manufactured by Future Automation, the high-quality coated steel enclosures are available in six different sizes, with the largest containing 10 DIN rails and accommodating up to 18 sunDial units.
The enclosures feature integral cable management, dedicated earthing and neutral bars and a fully removable front cover. Future Automation are also happy to offer pre-wired panels and module wiring services .
sunDial quad offers a professional DMX512/RDM (or optionally Xicato wireless) controlled solution, with advanced safety features. There are four channels each providing 250W (or up to 500W per pair) - more than ample for LED, but also suitable for crossover markets that might have legacy incandescent technology.
The product works 'out of the box' with any dimmable replacement LED bulb (or dimmable incandescent or CFL source), but performance can be further optimized by the selection (via RDM) of one of four dimming curves on a per-channel basis.

 
libraryK-array at the Royal Society of Chemistry
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UK - The Royal Society of Chemistry has upgraded its audio-visual systems at its Burlington House headquarters with the addition of a K-array loudspeaker system supplied by 2B Heard and installed by the Torpedo Factory Group, enabling the Society to offer better quality sound and vision as a leading central London venue for its many rental clients.
Key to the library’s attraction as a venue - prized by users for seminars, conferences, lectures, award ceremonies, fine dining and private functions – is its integrated audio-visual facilities and, taking an opportunity to benefit from the latest technological advancements, the RSC decided this year to upgrade its audio systems in order to provide better coverage and improved intelligibility to meet the growing requirements of its corporate clients.
In consultation with the Torpedo Factory Group (TFG) and following an on-site demo from K-array’s UK distributor 2B Heard, the RSC facilities team, headed by Grant Verrell, discussed options for improving audio quality to enhance the venue’s various activities include product launches, presentations, conferences and Q&A sessions.
The K-array loudspeaker system was modelled by 2B Heard director Dave Wooster and designed to provide cohesive full range speech and music reproduction for the large central overhead projector screen and two supplemental HD monitors on either side of the room.
"2B Heard's acoustic design integrated into custom floor stands housing two Rumble-KU26 subwoofers and supporting a one-metre high Viper-KV52 line array above

 
 
hes-konstantinosETC promotes Konstantinos Vonofakidis
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Europe - ETC has promoted Konstantinos Vonofakidis to regional sales manager. In his new role, Vonofakidis will oversee the sales activities in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus and Egypt. He will manage sales arrangements for key accounts in these regions and work in cooperation with the company’s distributors and dealers.
Vonofakidis previously worked as a field project coordinator for High End Systems in the Southern European, African, Middle Eastern and Indian territories. He began his career as a service engineer working with High End Systems for 10 years before going on to manage significant lighting projects such as the National Theatre of Greece, Bahrain National Theatre and Onassis Cultural Centre.
Darren Beckley, sales manager - ETC Ltd, comments: “Vonofakidis is a valuable member of the sales team who has built a great rapport with the dealers and customers in his territories. With his strong market knowledge and expertise, I am confident he will continue delivering high levels of service and be successful in his new role.”
Vonofakidis adds: “I’m excited to build new customer relationships and work more closely with our dealers and distributors in these markets. I look forward to working in this role and growing the business in my regions.”

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Coachella Cancelled - The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been cancelled this year. Both events were meant to have taken place in California in April, and had been rescheduled for October. But health officials have said they are "not comfortable moving forward" - especially given how Coachella is one of the world's biggest music festivals, bringing half a million fans to an open-air site east of Los Angeles.
Cameron Kaiser, who signed the order cancelling the festivals for 2020, said: "I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall. Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward." Kaiser stressed that the decision was not taken lightly - and he acknowledged many people will be affected. "My first priority is the health of the community," he added.
Fringe Benefits - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has been given a special funding package from the Scottish Government to help the festival survive its cancellation this year. A £1m interest-free loan has been granted to the Fringe Society, which is the charity that oversees the annual performance festival. It will also receive £249,000 in grants from the City of Edinburgh Council (£100,000) and the Scottish government’s relief fund for businesses deemed vital to the country’s economy (£149,000).
This year’s fringe, along with all of Edinburgh’s summer festivals, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marking the first time the event has not taken place since it was founded more than 70

 
 
paul-whitingIn memoriam: Paul Whiting
Monday, 15 June 2020

UK - Sadly, we report the passing after a short illness of long-time Sennheiser executive and well-known industry personality Paul Whiting.
“It is with deep regret that we inform you that Paul Whiting passed away on the evening of Friday 5 June,” says Sennheiser. “Paul was taken ill suddenly in early May and, although he came home for a short period, it was quickly apparent that he would not recover. The family were given the opportunity to visit Paul at the end of last week to say goodbye. On the Friday evening, Paul passed away peacefully in hospital.”
The statement continues, “For those that did not have the privilege of knowing or working with Paul, he began his career at Sennheiser in 1990, after 15 years with former UK partner Hayden Laboratories as the head of its Professional Division as Sales and Marketing Manager. Paul was instrumental in establishing Sennheiser UK as a subsidiary and as Managing Director led the UK’s expansion. In 2007, Paul became President of Global Sales and joined the Sennheiser Executive Management Board, helping to double Sennheiser’s turnover between 2006 and 2015. Paul spent his final year with Sennheiser as President of Strategic Collaborations, focusing on partnerships with artists, industry partners and organisations.
“As part of the management board for Sennheiser Paul, played an integral part in driving new business opportunities. Just some of these projects included establishing the Nordic subsidiaries, building and driving the business in the Middle East and the partnership with Sennheiser C

 
laonlineeducationplatformL-Acoustics re-starts in-person training
Monday, 15 June 2020

France - As many countries slowly lift confinement restrictions, L-Acoustics will re-open in-person education programmes this month. Simultaneously, L-Acoustics is pre-launching a new Online Education Platform. The first programme on the platform is a complete, but remote, version of its renowned System Fundamentals training, a prerequisite for all other L-Acoustics training modules.
In 2019, L-Acoustics hosted training courses in 60 countries, completing 670 training days and awarding 6,000 certificates. Of these, 240 training days and 2,400 certificates were for the Systems Fundamentals course.
“This education platform will foster the creation of a learning community where participants can share questions and develop a useful network of L-Acoustics users, as well as benefitting from the expertise of the instructors and the other trainees,” explains Etienne Corteel, director of education & scientific outreach.
The online Systems Fundamentals course provides an overview of what an L-Acoustics system is, including electronics, loudspeakers and software, and puts them into the perspective of a global project workflow. The course is structured around the full, in-person training, and grants participants the exact same industry-recognised certification.
The course is personalised, beginning with a virtual class, followed by several days where participants complete e-learning courses and practical exercises on Soundvision and LA Network Manager. During this week, participants access an online community room to exchang

 
 
fabio-pradaDWR Distribution widens trussing offering
Monday, 15 June 2020

South Africa - DWR Distribution, the South African distributor of Prolyte, is now able to offer and maintain Litec, Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering trussing products, thanks to new partnerships between Area Four Industries and Prolyte.
“For South African Prolyte distributor, DWR Distribution, this means the opportunity to offer an additional service to our industry,” said Robert Izzett from DWR. “With access to the full Area Four Industries truss product range, which includes Litec, Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering brands (expect for Milos which has a different distributor), we can assist the African market with any new products or spare parts they may require which includes a variety of modernized motors within Exe Technology brand, also part of Area Four product portfolio.”
“DWR is not only a distributor for us at Area Four, but a serious and professional partner,” said Area Four sales and marketing director, Fabio Prada. “We are confident that the partnership will enable us to share projects that do not stop with the distribution of products to the South African market, but which can act as a platform for a more capillary presence on the entire African continent.”
“While Prolyte has the lion’s share of the South African market, DWR looks forward to extending our service and assistance to those who have Litec, Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering trussing in their inventory,” Robert concludes.

 
laddersLadder Association issues new guidance
Monday, 15 June 2020

UK - "Keeping ladder users safe now means protecting them from coronavirus as well as falls," says The Ladder Association, as they release new guidance for health and safety managers.
New guidance from the Ladder Association is helping managers keep ladder users safe during the coronavirus outbreak, whether they're attending a ladder training course or using ladders in the workplace.
The industry body has offered its advice on the challenges being faced by those responsible for the health and safety of ladder users as they plan a return to work. In a new guidance document released free-of-charge to the industry, the Ladder Association delves into issues such as how long the virus lasts on ladders, how rescue plans will be affected and how workers can minimise the risk of the virus spreading through proper cleaning of equipment and materials, particularly if they have been handled by multiple people.
Importantly, it includes advice on how workers can maintain physical distancing while using ladders, with a focus on two activities that need to be considered carefully: stabilising a ladder and raising a ladder.
As Ladder Association training starts to resume in some areas, they have also addressed the need for people to be protected from coronavirus during their course. They remind us of the importance of Ladder Association training and reassure managers of the protective measures they can expect to be in place during a course, from e-learning options to minimise time spent at the training centre to increased hygiene and cleaning. They also expl

 
 
renatoDiGiCo helps Renato Carneiro deliver on stream
Monday, 15 June 2020

Brazil - When rental company Maxi Audio had to close the doors on the planned in-store Maxi Academy training programme, it was determined not to let its customers down and swiftly set up an alternative, online programme.
Broadcast and Front of House engineer, Renato Carneiro, Audio Systems' DiGiCo support, a regular supporter of the Maxi Academy and long-time DiGiCo user, delivered the first session, based on the mix he had done for popular Brazilian duo Bruno & Marrone’s first live YouTube performance.
“Maxi's training programme is 100% free and open to the market,” says Carneiro. “The idea of my original, face-to-face session was to have a quick description of an SD12 and rebuild the actual session used in Bruno & Marrone live shows - remember those shows we used to do on a proper stage, with an audience? - using the multitrack show recordings. We had got it all set up and had 50 subscriptions to it in less than an hour. But then the virus hit, so we had to cancel it.”
When it was decided to move the Academy online, Carneiro changed the programme mix, using Bruno & Marrone's first Live on YouTube performance in April, hosted at Bruno’s residence.
Carneiro notes that when Lockdown came into effect, online events around the world in Brazil started as a way for the artists to let their fans know that they were still around and to continue entertaining them, but also to try to create much needed revenue. Bruno & Marrone’s performance, however, was going to be different.
“We wanted to have an alternative f

 
the-roadie-show-pressThe Roadie Show offers opportunities
Monday, 15 June 2020

Australia - FOH engineer James ‘Oysters’ Kilpatrick is one of Australia’s most experienced and has mixed for a who’s who of Australian music. The COVID-19 pandemic left him with no work so he decided to put all his gear, knowledge and contacts to good use creating The Roadie Show.
Along with key contributors Barry Brody, Alex Saad and Christian McBride, the team behind the project have a combined history of more than 100 years of stage, screen and touring experience in the live music business.
The Roadie Show aims to provide fun-filled and creative opportunities to keep going and stay busy in this fragile climate of uncertainty,” commented Oysters. “Essentially, it brings long-time mates, roadies and musicians together with a Plan B to keep a small part of the once-thriving global entertainment industry alive.”
“This project is guaranteed to keep you entertained and amazed, all whilst promoting positive fun supporting an outlet for the lesser-known creativity of our Roadies,” added host Christian McBride. “It’s important to note that this concept started when we were not allowed to meet in a room with not even four people so, as of yet, we have not been able to deliver this with a true diversity of participants that is the Australian production community.
“As we move on, we want to be much more inclusive including speaking to more women and incorporating other regions. That’s an important point as I think we will get slammed for Episode 1 being Melbourne-centric…and having no women involved.”

 
 
kayzoChauvet unleashed on Kayzo’s virtual tour
Monday, 15 June 2020

USA - Anticipation was high for Kayzo’s Unleashed Tour when it was announced in January. Scheduled to begin 27 March in Denver with stops across the USA, before wrapping up 9 May in Seattle, the tour represented the next step in the former Insomniac Discovery Project winner’s impressive musical ascent.
Then, the COVID-19 outbreak brought plans for the tour to a halt, just as it was about to begin. But Kayzo refused to allow a pandemic to box him in. Determined to reach fans despite the lockdown, he teamed up with 4Wall Entertainment to livestream the Unleashed Tour.
Reflecting the intensity of the star’s two-hour performance, which was hosted by Insomniac, was a 16-universe Dallas Gasper-designed lightshow that featured Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures and Cloud 9 low lying foggers.
“Our team was gearing up to start this tour when the entire industry had to go into shutdown,” recalled Gasper. “Instead of postponing the project we decided to build a version of the touring rig and live stream it for the fans at home from our warehouse in LA.”
Although the livestreamed show didn’t have the full complement of musicians, that was planned for the live tour, it held nothing back in the way of complexity or excitement, mixing a compelling blend of old school looks with modern touches, and weaving in drumming segments, while still keeping focus on the DJ star.
Adding depth and texture to the design were the eight Maverick MK Washes in Gasper’s rig. He arranged the RGBW moving fixtures in a V-shaped pattern around

 
sidewalk-prophetsSidewalk Prophets deliver with Bandit Lites
Monday, 15 June 2020

USA - When the live music industry screeched to a halt March due to COVID-19, Sidewalk Prophets, a Christian music band knew they still wanted to reach out to people with a message of love and positivity. Their tour was revamped for a virtual audience, and rather than stream one show, the band has twelve performances scheduled for free access, if you live within the region of the show, with different set lists played live.
“With COVID-19 having such a massive effect on the industry, it was unclear how long it would be before we would play live shows again,” said production manager Robert Mays. “After one phone call with Mike Golden, I knew I had the full support of Bandit and that this show would no doubt be a success.”
“The vision of this project is to find a unique way to connect with our audience through the medium of live stream concerts,” said rhythm guitarist Benjamin McDonald. “The production has really given us a deep pallet to work from in sharing this new musical experience. Working from this pallet, has been extremely helpful during the COVID-19 crisis, and will help us impact the audience in ways we otherwise might not have been able.”
Erik Parker of Chris Lisle Lighting Design originally designed and programmed the lighting for a live audience in large rooms with incredibly dynamic looks, pops of colour and blackouts to bring a sense of drama. Now with the band switching gears to a virtual production, things like blackouts did not translate the same way live as they do on screens.
“We also were aiming to creat

 
 
amateAmate array for Moscow corporate theatre
Monday, 15 June 2020

Russia - A recent upgrade of AV systems in the central conference hall at the Moscow head offices of the Mosenergosbyt AO energy company – the largest wholesale energy company in the Russian Federation – saw the installation of an Amate Audio Xcellence X208 line array, providing the complete audio reinforcement for the 180 seat auditorium.
Charged with bringing the company’s principal conference facility into the 21st century, system integrator Atanor group – an Amate Audio authorised distributor in the Russian Federation – opted to ensure even distribution of high intelligibility audio signals throughout the auditorium by means of a line array.
The X208 was chosen as providing a highly efficient, effective and compact solution by virtue of its novel coupling of X208A active and X208P passive array elements, where power and DSP loudspeaker system management is provided by the X208A in a line array combining both models.
In this application, left and right strings of one X208A and three X208P elements provides 3000 W a side of Class D bi-amplification, with specific system control presets for that particular cabinet configuration. Additional tuning of the system, once flown, was achieved via Wi-Fi with Amate Audio’s DSP Studio control software.
Atanor’s Alexey Dumchev explains, “One of the tasks was to improve the sound coverage of the room, to create a fully uniformly covered acoustic space. For this purpose, new line arrays from the Spanish manufacturer Amate Audio were chosen – the Xcellence X208A and X208P. The line array

 
the-elation-innovation-hourElation up close with Artiste Mondrian
Monday, 15 June 2020

Elation hosts a special up-close look at the new Artiste Mondrian profile FX luminaire on the June 17th Elation Innovation Hour. Optimised for extreme output and coverage, the Artiste Mondrian is the latest addition to Elation’s flagship and award-winning Artiste LED moving head series.
Elation National sales manager John Dunn and global product manager Matthias Hinrichs will present an interactive feature overview, live demo and shootout, as well as a Q&A session, all focusing on the leading technologies in the Artiste Mondrian.
The presentation will take place Wednesday, 17 June at 10:00 a.m. PDT (U.S.) from Elation dealer Volt Lites’ facility in Burbank, California.
The Artiste Mondrian partners alongside Elation’s Artiste Monet and Artiste Rembrandt and shares the same exclusive 7-flag SpectraColor colour mixing system (CMYRGB+CTO) and endless and continuous rotational framing system.
The Mondrian offers over 50,000 lumens, with a 226mm PC lens and a 3.3-degree narrow zoom angle. It utilises a custom hotspot LED engine for outstanding centre intensities at long throws.
The Elation Hour and Elation Innovation Hour are weekly virtual presentations that delve into the more personal side of product development. Broadcast since April 22nd, they include discussions with top industry designers who share their experience across the broad scope of entertainment lighting, and also include virtual product launches.

 
 
ald-agm-2019ALD AGM discusses future production options
Friday, 12 June 2020

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers held its 2020 Annual General Meeting via video conference yesterday. As an inclusive association with widespread UK membership the ALD is ahead of the curve having previously held a Manchester-based satellite meeting to its 2019 AGM via video conference. The move, now timely, was introduced to enable ALD members from all parts of the country to contribute without the need to travel considerable distances to London.
This year, over 120 members attended individually. The AGM aims to inform and educate ALD members on a range of subjects relating directly to their professional career and to the further development of the ALD as an organisation.
The full-day agenda opened with the meeting itself. Follow on sessions comprised a series of smaller working groups open to all members, including Digital Networking in an entertainment environment: a discussion on sustainable practice, and specific sessions looking at the issues affecting specific categories of membership.
Importantly, several of the groups discussed the issues that have been raised by the global pandemic and the effect on working practices in live production.
One such discussion centred around how the industry gets back on its feet with specific reference to those working in live entertainment lighting. An open letter to producers, written by Johanna Town, chair of the ALD sent out the call for a joint endeavour to combine creative minds across the production industry, to find solutions to the situation ALD members and other production wo

 
robeCreative Productions and MPH join forces
Friday, 12 June 2020

Australia - Creative Productions Australia is a new full-service technical production facility providing design, equipment - lighting, video and audio - plus crew for all shows, tours and live events, created by the merger of two Australian rental houses – Gold Coast based Creative Productions and Melbourne based MPH Australia.
The new enterprise also unites two well-known and popular industry characters – CEO Dave Jackson, founder of Creative Productions and head of business development Matt Hansen, founder of MPH Australia.
After many years of both collaborating and competing, and around two years of serious discussions about the merits of consolidating their aggregate experience, knowledge and client, Dave and Matt now head up the independently owned operation.
Three bases – Gold Coast, Melbourne, and Sydney – offer clients cost-efficient coverage and continuity of service, kit, and personnel across the whole country, and in particular the busy south eastern Australia region. Melbourne and Gold Coast will be the two main touring hubs.
With these considerable resources to hand, lighting, video, and audio rigs can be duplicated or triplicated and trucking costs reduced allowing Creative Productions Australia to offer a fantastic service that is competitive and viable.
It also makes Creative Productions Australia the largest stockholder of Robe moving lights in Australasia – and possibly the Asia Pacific region – with over 2000 fixtures. Both companies have steadily invested in Robe in recent years.
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