UK - Technical production specialist CPL provided a production design plus sound, lighting and video equipment to Pandora Events for Tropic’s massive spring 2019 ‘glambassadors’ event, staged in Hall 9 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK.
Tropic Rocks offered a hi-energy festival / rock theme to energise the 2500 delegates, for which a look and feel to match was needed. This was delivered by CPL’s Mike Radford who led a crew of 40 for the get in / out and show sections of the one-day event, for which they had one rig day and a second for tech and rehearsals.
The event’s format encompassed a lengthy achievement recognition and awards section, new product launches and upcoming incentives, wrapping up with a lively evening party, so the design had to cater these various requirements and practical enough to transform from the conference elements into the evening party in just one hour.
An 18m wide by 8m deep festival style stage and canopy was built by CPL with a 28m long by 4m wide runway going out into the audience enabling presenters to move through the arena and get closer to the audience, and the numerous award winners to walk up to the stage, collect their award and then walk down the runway and back to their seats in the auditorium.
At the end of the runaway was an elevated triangular shaped B Stage – the catwalk split and passed this on two sides – on which the event band The Air Guitar Band played.
Pyro and CO2 effects were also used to accent moments in the production numbers, with 10 x Im
UK - This year’s National Finals of The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards marked the fifth consecutive year that Anna Valley has provided AV for the annual event. The Awards ceremony was held at the London Palladium on 13 March 2019 and was run by communications agency, Blueprint Partners.
This year’s Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards were hosted by Phillip Schofield and Fearne Cotton and attended by HRH the Prince of Wales and celebrities including Brian May, Tinie Tempah, Luke Evans and Michael McIntyre.
Blueprint Partners have produced the national awards ceremony since 2015 and have relied on Anna Valley to help realise their creative vision for the event each year. The video element is critical to the award show’s success as the creative displays form an intrinsic part of the set design and staging, and video is used extensively.
“The Palladium stage is one of the largest in the West End and with a charity budget we have to ensure that every piece of set really delivers value. Working with Anna Valley to use LED and projection to populate the stage, gives us a great canvas to fill with video content tailored to each award category,” said Mark Anand, show director and managing director at Blueprint Partners. “Anna Valley have once again helped us deliver great impact on a sensible budget.”
For this year’s awards ceremony Anna Valley provided two PT-RZ21K, Panasonic 21k laser projectors to project video onto the 6mx3.5m main-stage screen which was hung from fly bars, allowing it to be fl
South Africa - Solid State Logic has announced Surgesound as its new live market partner in South Africa. With a rosta of impressive projects and clients, the team at Surgesound has been providing high-end live solutions for tours, concerts, churches and venues across the region.
“Surgesound represents some of the world’s leading professional-audio equipment, so when we wanted to add mixing consoles to our portfolio, there was no question as to which brand we wanted,” comments Andrew Rowan, managing director of Surgesound. “Apart from SSL’s outstanding reputation on product and sonic quality, they also have excellent support and service and that was extremely important to us. We pride ourselves on our reputation for training and service, so this makes an excellent fit.”
Jonathan Attard, area sales manager for SSL, adds, "Our Live range fits perfectly with the other brands managed by Surgesound. Moreover, they have the field experience and technical know how to make any client feel at ease. This is why Surgesound was clearly the right partner for us in South Africa."
UK - Event support company Showforce has opened an office in Coventry’s city centre. It is now well placed to service events and venues throughout the Midlands region. The new office will provide production and technical personnel, corporate event crew, stage and production crew, general and site crew and plant operators, along with its popular crew man and van service.
Headed up by Showforce’s former Middle East operations manager, Michael Boylan following his return to the UK, the Coventry office has recruited large numbers of crew locally who are already working regularly at venues throughout the city and nearby Birmingham, along with other venues based in the Midlands.
The office will deal with all enquiries and bookings along with recruitment, training and accreditation to ensure that the impressive standards of service that Showforce is globally renowned for are maintained.
Showforce’s operations director, Chris Martelly comments, “Agencies, suppliers and venues in the region were regularly mentioning that they were struggling to find hard working crew with the necessary training and skillsets in the region. It was clear that there was a gap in the Midlands for a reputable crewing company with a strong back office operation and highly skilled crew. Michael is from Coventry and he has an excellent knowledge of the event market in the area. This coupled with his Showforce background will stand him in good stead for heading up the new office.”
Recent venues the Showforce crew have been in action at include Ricoh Arena, NEC, ICC,
Germany - At Prolight+Sound, L-Acoustics announced the immediate availability of new versions of Soundvision, its 3D simulation software, and its amplified controller real time control and monitoring software LA Network Manager. Soundvision 3.1.0 and LA Network Manager 2.7.0 feature advanced autosolver tools to simplify, accelerate, and improve system optimization from system design to operation.
Soundvision, introduced in 2004, was the pro audio industry’s first 3D modelling software capable of accurately predicting audio coverage and system performance in real time. Fifteen years of interaction with end users has led to numerous refinements of the programme, available free of charge. The latest version, 3.1.0 represents a major upgrade with robust automated features to greatly assist and streamline the system design process: Autosplay and Autofilter.
Autosplay uses algorithms to calculate mechanical optimization based on the proposed configuration and design objectives defined by the systems engineer, assisting an indispensable and formerly laborious process.
“Autosplay brings speed and accuracy to an otherwise highly iterative human process, saving time and improving practical outcomes,” explains Yann-Gaël Gicquel, application engineer, acoustics, and Soundvision project leader. “Additionally, the high-performance algorithms of the Optimize function yield an unparalleled degree of finesse and detail. The result is a better sounding system, and ultimately, an enhanced audience experience.”
In addition to Autosplay and Autofilter,
Germany - Prolight+Sound 2019 sees the introduction of the B8, an ultra-compact subwoofer from d&b audiotechnik. Standing only 170 mm tall, the B8-SUB keeps a low profile yet boasts a high performance to size ratio that provides a low frequency extension down to 43 Hz.
The B8 pairs with the established d&b xC, xS and E-Series loudspeakers, with dedicated models for mobile (B8-SUB) and install (Bi8-SUB). Fitting comfortably in the tightest of spaces, the B8 is ideal for corporate environments, cruise ships, small venues and more.
The B8 is an actively driven subwoofer that features two 6.5” drivers with ferrite magnets housed within a bass-reflex cabinet design. These precisely tuned drivers achieve an impressive low frequency extension from 170 Hz down to 43 Hz. The B8 can be driven by all current d&b amplifiers, achieving a max. SPL of 122 dB for a truly full range performance from a low profile subwoofer.
With flexible setup options, the B8 and Bi8 provide a complete sound reinforcement solution for a broad range of applications where form factor and performance to size ratio are as important as authentic aural impact. The B8 can be used under stages, stairs or ceilings; landscape or portrait; flush mounted or flown with small mid/high d&b loudspeakers.
“The lower frequencies play an important role in the perception of speech and rhythm,” affirms d&b product manager, Wolfgang Schulz. “Subwoofers have often been omitted from applications due to space constraints or the visually sensitive nature of a venue. Now l
Germany - Yamaha’s commitment to providing the best live audio facilities is the theme of its presence at Prolight+Sound 2019, with the latest updates to its digital mixing consoles and an updated range of loudspeakers on show.
Exhibiting alongside Nexo, Yamaha is showing the new TF Series V4.0 firmware. This adds a number of enhancements, including a Selected Channel View for even more intuitive, efficient operation, scene fade time function for added for scene management flexibility (particularly in theatrical applications), additional mute groups, expanded support for DZR-D and DXS-XLF-D series speakers and an extensive selection of new QuickPro Presets for a variety of microphones, in-ear monitors and speakers. The TF StageMix iPad app has also been updated.
The flagship Rivage PM10 and PM7 digital mixing systems is on show, running the latest Rivage V3.0 update. This adds the new DaNSe dynamic noise suppressor plug-in, bringing improvements to speech clarity for theatrical and broadcast applications. Other enhancements include Mix to Input routing and workflows for global paste, DCA assignment and Custom Faders. All of the improvements of RIVAGE V2.5 are featured, including Theatre Mode, offering significant advantages for all types of theatrical production and support for Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager.
CL and QL series mixers are also be on the stand with V5.1 firmware, which supports the Dante-equipped DZR-D series powered loudspeakers and the Nexo NXAMPmk2.
Another updated product at Prolight+Sound is the DXRmkII series of powere
Germany - Adamson Systems Engineering is set to expand its popular S-Series, a line of sub-compact, tour-proven loudspeakers, with several new solutions. The new additions further enhance the performance and flexibility of system deployments for “a myriad of applications”.
The latest additions include the S7 ultra-compact two-way, full-range line array enclosure and complementary S118 subwoofer, plus the S7p and S10p two-way, full-range point source cabinets. Together, they offer a substantial increase in configuration options for standalone S-Series systems in corporate, theatre, worship, and live music applications or, thanks to Adamson’s uniform voicing between product families, deployments supporting the flagship large-format E-Series.
“The S-Series family changed the face of Adamson, transforming it from a manufacturer of performance loudspeakers to a provider of complete system solutions,” shares James Oliver, director of marketing and sales. “Since its debut, we’ve seen huge corporate growth and a universal acceptance from partners and engineers around the world. Even as we expand our sub-compact offerings on either side, with the simplified IS-Series for install applications and the intelligent, Milan-ready CS-Series, the S-Series remains the anchor, and these new offerings expand the number of potential system configurations for even more specifically-tailored solutions.”
The Adamson S7 is a two-way, full-range line array cabinet containing two ND7-LM16 Kevlar Neodymium drivers (2x 16 Ω) and an NH3-8 1.4” exit compression
Germany - Prolight+Sound 2019 provides attendees the opportunity to discover the integration of KLANG:technologies immersive in-ear mixing into the DiGiCo SD-Range and the latest A3232 DMI for S-Series consoles.
ISE gave a first glimpse of the advantages the collaboration of DiGiCo and KLANG:technologies will bring to the companies’ customers. Now, Prolight + Sound 2019 gives a first opportunity to experience a working version of their new control integration for immersive in-ear mixing; the bidirectional control of mixes and immersive pan positioning will allow monitor engineers to provide fully immersive IEM feeds as part of their normal workflow.
A beta version of the software is running on the SD7 Quantum 7, SD10 and SD12 96 throughout the show.
Also, first shown at NAMM and ISE, the A3232 DMI card from DiGiCo’s 4REA4 Range is now incorporated into the S-Series consoles. This I/O expansion allows the 4REA4 I/O to be directly connected to S-Series consoles, widening the I/O possibilities. Part of this upgrade, the recently launched S21-Stage48 and S31-Stage48 system, offered with 48 Mic inputs from stage via three A168STAGEracks, will also be on show.
“There was a lot of interest in what DiGiCo’s acquisition of KLANG would bring when it was first announced, which were soon dispelled when the logic of having immersive in-ear mixing capability integrated into DiGiCo consoles became apparent,” says DiGiCo general manager Austin Freshwater. “We are delighted to be able to show a working version of the software so quickly and to f
Germany - Linea Research, the UK manufacturer, has announced the addition of 8 channel 20kW models to their successful M and C series of networked DSP amplifiers. Optimised to deliver 2500W per channel into 4 ohms with all eight channels driven simultaneously the new touring focused 48M20 and installation targeted 88C20 amplifiers offer truly class leading performance while maintaining the outstanding audio performance which defines the brand.
“Our existing amplifiers models delivered their highest power output into 2 ohms” explains Peter Collins, sales manager at Linea Research, continuing “but of course 2 ohms isn’t always ideal and many of our users prefer to load their amps at 4 ohms. In developing these new models we’ve been able to effectively double our output and power density into 4 ohms giving our customers exactly what they’ve been asking for.”
Both M and C series versions offer networked control, 96kHz DSP signal processing and user FIR filters on every output along with analogue and AES inputs as standard and a Dante/AES67 option. With four inputs, eight outputs, and full front panel control the 48M20 is aimed at portable and touring users while the eight-input eight-output 88C20 provides all the same DSP and control features but is finished with a blank front panel for tamperproof operation.
“Flexibility is key with all our products and these are no different,” concludes Collins. ”In one 2u 8 channel amplifier we can now offer anything from a bridged pair giving 5kW @ 8ohms, single channels of 2500W @ 4ohms, and ev
UK - Adlib supplied sound, lighting and video to the recent tour by Liverpool indie rockers The Wombats. Tour manager Simon Fuller used to work for Adlib and knows many of the staff and crew. “Their way of working is excellent, and I always like to try and rent kit from Adlib when possible, fully confident that we will be well looked after.”
Adlib was the sole production supplier for the previous Wombats UK tour back in March 2018, and the set-up was similar this time around, so it made sense to keep the continuity.
Adlib’s Rob Bickerstaff looked after video and lighting for The Wombats lighting and video designer Dave Jackson from Creative Productions and was also out on the road with them this time and during the 2018 tour.
Adlib supplied a lighting floor specials package and a 5m by 3m upstage video wall comprising Adlib’s new Unilumin UpadIII H5 5mm indoor / outdoor LED screen for the academy type venues.
At the heart of the visual design were eight ALX JW-1 lighting fixtures, a proprietary retro styled LED dish luminaire, which looked great and offered a lot of inbuilt LED effects in addition to the general illumination. These were dotted all around the stage on a series of different height floor bases, together with eight GLP JDC1 LED strobes. There were also eight Robe Spikies which were positioned down each side of the stage and used for cross washes and funky gobo effects.
Dave ran all lighting and video (via an ArKaos media server) from a grandMA3 console.
For the two Arena shows - The SSE Arena, Wembley and Leed
UK - 9 to 5 the Musical is getting down to business playing to packed out audiences at the West End’s Savoy Theatre. Full service technical production provider Hawthorn was chosen to supply lighting equipment to the show.
Starring Louise Redknapp, Caroline Sheen, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley, the musical features a book by the movie’s screenwriter Patricia Resnick and a score by Dolly Parton.
Hawthorn worked closely with the show’s award-winning lighting designer Howard Hudson to supply lighting equipment to his specification. Drawing on Hawthorn’s vast inventory, the rig features a combination of moving lights, LED fixtures and generic lanterns. This included Martin MAC Viper Performance, Martin Mac Aura XB, Claypaky Sharpy Wash 330, ETC ColorSource Spot and ETC Source 4 Profile fixtures.
Hudson said, “It was decided that the piece was to be updated from the late 70’s to the early 80’s, so rather than a musty 70’s period feel, we have tried to give the show a fresher, bright, crisper and more contemporary look.
“The set is formed of deep perspective portals of white and grey office desks, on each of which is a computer screen which contains a lightbox, made by Howard Eaton Lighting. This allowed us to colour the overall picture and run effects to help with the numerous transitions which needed to flow smoothly and be dynamic. The portals themselves take colour very well so were great surfaces to scrape across with our ETC ColorSource cross light to shift the picture for the various l
UK - On Friday, 29 March 2019, HRH, The Princess Royal, was the honoured VIP visitor to Le Mark Group, there to open its new high-tech international warehouse facility.
HRH, accompanied by HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM, was greeted by senior Le Mark staff members and noted dignitaries from the Cambridgeshire County Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the High Sheriff’s Association.
After touring the sales office, HRH was provided with a manufacturing demonstration of the multi-award winning BlackTak light masking foil. HRH heard of the work undertaken by the company and which countries it sells to.
Linda Gibbons, joint managing director, said: “We have an amazing performance flooring department and one particular project I was proud to present to HRH was our printing and fitting of the world’s largest printed floor for the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.”
HRH officially opened the new international warehouse by unveiling a memorial plaque.
Stuart Gibbons, joint managing director, said: “It was an honour to welcome HRH to Le Mark and we were delighted that she supports this expansion. International warehouse 3 marks an important investment for Le Mark. No matter the political climate, Europe and the rest of the world remain vital markets for our products and we will continue to drive export growth.
“The new warehouse almost doubles our storage capacity with an additional 360 Euro pallet bays. With this, Le Mark is reinforcing its commitment to, and confide
Brazil - Nexo has made a significant move in Latin America, with the appointment of a new distributor in Brazil. Effective from 1 April, Yamaha Musical do Brasil Ltda. (YMDB) will take up representation of the Nexo brand.
Based in Sao Paolo and led by manager Caio Lenzi, Yamaha’s large professional audio team composed by Giuliano Quiqueto (senior NEXO/PA tech support/sales), Matheus Madeira (PA tech support), Renan Silva (senior CIS sales), Vinicius Mullieri (junior CIS sales), Claudia Pereira (internal sales) and Lucas Prado (MIPA tech support) will be working on promoting, selling and supporting Nexo’s sound reinforcement products in Brazil.
Yamaha has a long-established presence in the Brazilian market, establishing its first office in 1973. “The Nexo name and technology is well-known in Brazil, thanks to the expert work of Torau, which has had a long relationship with the brand,” explains Caio Lenzi. “Torau will continue to work with us as a dealer.
“We see strong potential for the ID Series and the impressive Geo M family of line arrays that range from the compact M6 to the powerful mid-size M12, Nexo’s latest system design which we will have here in Brazil later in the year. Looking at the fixed installation market, we will team Nexo together with Yamaha CIS and PA products to make a strong sales proposition for theatres, churches, governmental and private infrastructure projects. We will get off to a flying start at the Infocomm Brasil expo in Sao Paulo in April.”
Poland - Cymatic Audio has extended its European distribution into Poland with the appointment of Konsbud Audio. Konsbud has been introducing new brands to the Polish market for 30 years and is now one of the country’s biggest and most successful distributors of professional audio equipment.
President of Konsbud Audio, Agnieszka Pyrich comments, “We’ve always prided ourselves on our ability to bring new brands to market and help them grow. Cymatic Audio is a young, exciting and extremely modern brand that leads the way in audio recording and playback for live performance, which is of great interest to us as we don’t have anything else like it in our portfolio. We have an extensive sales network and a huge amount of experience so I’m confident that we can be instrumental in making Cymatic Audio a success in Poland.”
Sales and marketing manager for Cymatic Audio, Conny Kensy, adds, “Having met Agnieszka and her team, I’m convinced they’ll do a great job for us in Poland. I was thoroughly impressed by their professionalism and positive attitude to their work. They have one of the most far-reaching sales networks in the country, and they are constantly developing it. I’m looking forward to a mutually profitable partnership.”
Germany - HK Audio returns to Prolight + Sound this week with two major new product family launches and an extension to the flagship COSMO integrative line array series.
Linear 7 is the latest, most advanced range in HK Audio’s Linear series. The five speaker models that make up the Linear 7 launch portfolio – including four mid/high units and one subwoofer – feature the most powerful and functional feature sets of any Linear product to date
Also new for Prolight + Sound 2019 is the SI series, a family of speakers tailored to meet the demanding needs of today’s installation market.
The first SI speakers – SI stands for System Integrator – to be launched are the P10i and P10j. These high-performance line-source speakers, each loaded with ten 3” high-performance drivers, are ideally suited to a wide variety of installation locations, from large rooms with long reverberation times and noisy indoor venues, to auditoriums, houses of worship and outdoor long-throw applications.
The SI line is also designed for use in voice alarm systems, is water and weather-resistant, and ready to order in more than 30 different colours, with a wide range of optional mounting accessories also available.
HK Audio first introduced the Cosmo line array at Prolight + Sound 2018, and this year sees the debut of the Cosmo C 6 speaker. The C 6 delivers full-range performance, and its wide throw pattern and relatively low height make it suitable for venues where the first audience row is close to the stage and speakers are flown below 6min height.
UK - Nexo has announced that Andy Simmons is joining its UK sales team, bringing with him a wealth of market knowledge acquired over 25 years in the industry
Simmons comes to Nexo after nearly five years with London-based Orbital Sound, where he was director of sales. Orbital has built a strong dealership with Nexo sound reinforcement products, achieving the highest turnover in the UK, and will continue working with Simmons to represent the brand.
A well-known figure in the UK entertainment technology business, Simmons has worked for Crest Audio, XTA and KV2. Starting out in an audio rental company, he has since held key roles in distribution, national and international sales. He will be working closely with Nexo UK sales manager Gareth Collyer, effectively but not exclusively covering London and the eastern half of the UK, while Gareth goes west and focusses on Nexo’s successful support of the fixed installation sector.
“Nexo is a powerful brand,” comments Simmons, “and I’m looking forward to getting out there, spreading the word and raising the profile of this truly distinctive manufacturer, which has created so many benchmark products over the last 30 years. Gareth has done a great job in the UK, my mission now is to broaden Nexo’s appeal across the wider British market.”
Germany - PSRIG is set to launch its new FlexScope – Telescopic Motion Stabiliser at this year's Prolight + Sound. Visitors to Stand C80, Hall 12.0 will see the new stage mechanical system in action.
Aart Gigengack, sales manager and co-owner of PSRIG says: "We are very excited to be launching this new piece of kit at Prolight + Sound and we think our customers will be very excited by it. The FlexSccope is a system which has been designed to move objects vertically in a stable and smooth fashion while preventing motion like tilting, panning or any other unwanted movement. It is suitable for a variety of creative applications – in fact anywhere you want to enhance the visual aspects of a show."
The telescopic profile consists of four sections. In the standard configuration the profile is 220cm in its home position while in the fully extended position, it measures 750cm. The total travel of the profile is 530cm. However the FlexScope is configurable with custom section length when ordering directly from PSRIG. It consists of a flexible truss bracket on top of the profile and a fixed bottom bracket where you can mount the light, video or other decorative items. An external cable guiding system to transfer power and data is available for purchase.
Aart continues: "The system came about as a result of a customer request for Martin Garrix's ADE show in the RAI Amsterdam. Show director Gabriel Fraboni reached out to Unlimited Productions in the Netherlands for a solution to make moving heads go up and down individually over the crowd. Unlimited Product
Germany - Elation Professional’s list of product launches at this week’s Prolight + Sound show has grown. Elation will be showing at Stand D56-58 in Hall 12.1 new luminaires in its popular Fuze and Paladin series.
The Fuze Profile CW with Cold White LEDs and framing system is designed for trade shows, stages, television and a wide array of AV event applications. A 91 CRI 380W LED engine ensures accurate color reproduction while delivering a powerful output exceeding 12,000 lumens.
Designed to illuminate objects like exhibits and banners, texture areas, and keylight persons with its flat field of light and accurate framing, it can be used anywhere a fully automated ellipsoidal fixture is required. Housing a 7° to 46° zoom, its comprehensive feature set includes a rotating gobo wheel of breakups, two color wheels featuring solid colours and correction filters plus an iris.
Three new fixtures in Elation’s Paladin series of versatile Blinder/Strobe/Wash lights will also be on display – the Paladin Cube, Paladin Brick and Paladin Panel - all with IP65 protection. These compact and powerful outdoor flood lights are useful for a wide variety of applications and can flexibly be used from either a floor or truss position.
Using 15W RGBW cells – 9, 24, and 50 respectively – they add vibrant and powerful colour to outdoor events while individual cell control and strobe make them versatile effect lights or audience blinders, says the company.
UAE - Abu Dhabi welcomed over 7,500 athletes from 190 nations when it hosted the Special Olympics World Games 2019. This is the first time the event has been held in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The Opening Ceremony took place at Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 14 March. Thousands of people from fans, families, heads of state and the Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan filled the stadium to watch this event unfold. The show featured performances from the Global Unified Choir, DJ Paul Oakenfold, Avril Lavigne and Luis Fonsi to name a few.
CT worked alongside its client People to deliver all live video aspects of both the opening and closing ceremony for this prestigious and heart-warming event.
CT supplied a 600sqm upstage screen, a total of 270sqm relay screens, 580sqm LED Floor, 90sqm tracking screen, and 2500sqm of mapped floor projection using RZ31k Panasonic Laser projectors.
The impressively large 600sqm LED screen was placed directly opposite the VIP box where the crown prince and heads of state sat, and the relay screens were strategically positioned around the arena to ensure all attendees didn’t miss a thing. The floor LED was integrated into the main stage construction, creating a 6m wide “doughnut” display area some 32m in diameter, which was then covered with a white projection material diffuser.
Dan Hughes, CT’s senior project manager, explains, “There was a central circular stage, and outer ring stage which we projected onto and an inner ring of 8mm LED joined the two surfaces. We
Algeria - Prase Media Technologies, an Italian distributor of premium AV brands, has supplied the audio system for the Djamaâ el Djazaïr Mosque located by the Bay of Algiers. Also known as the Bouteflika Mosque, it will be the third largest mosque in the world when it opens in 2019.
The building covers 20 hectares and is designed to welcome 120,000 faithful. Its 270m minaret is the highest building in Africa and the world's tallest minaret. Architects Drees & Sommer worked with Jürgen Engel Architekten and the engineering consultancy Krebs und Kiefer on the project, with AV integration by Advantex and CSCEC (China State Construction Engineering Corporation).
Marco Cappellotto, Prase’s manager for the project, commented, “Community R Series loudspeakers were chosen for audio reinforcement of the Cour, the Esplanade and the Minaret. The choice was made on the basis of their premium audio performance, high power, controlled coverage and outstanding intelligibility, in addition to their resistance to all weather conditions, which includes salinity due to the building’s close proximity to the sea.”
With an area of 100m x 100m, the Cour required four Community R6-51BIAMP 6 x 12-inch high output, three-way, vertical array loudspeakers. Each loudspeaker is capable of delivering 138 dB SPL continuously (144 dB peak) over the range of 50 Hz to 16 kHz, with pattern control to below 200 Hz.
Eight R6-51BIAMP loudspeakers also cover the 300 x 100m area of the Esplanade. Here, each loudspeaker is built into the capital of the building’s colu
Belgium - Lighting designer Jan Van Lindt from PRSPKTIV Design has been working with one of the most hotly tipped young artists of the moment –Belgian-Egyptian singer songwriter Tamino. Fresh from winning a 2019 MIA (Belgium’s top music award) for Best Alternative Artist, the performer has been gaining critical acclaim as fast as fans on the cusp of his career and his first album Amir which dropped at the end of 2018.
Jan recently lit three high-profile sold-out showcase evenings at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels where he used five Robe MegaPointes on the floor behind the artists as the main dramatic lighting tools.
He chose the versatile MegaPointe - sourced from the venue’s 24 new house fixtures - to accent the intensity and drama of Tamino’s performance. “It’s all about the music with him and my job as LD is to support with interesting visuals that don’t distract from what he’s singing.”
The AB show was the culmination of a series of one-off’s for which Jan specified a floor specials package delivered by dEvents, including the five MegaPointes, a crunched fabric drape upstage, some moving LED battens and LED wash / strobes, together with a grid of vintage filament bulbs which were hung just in front of the backdrop.
Jan also works as part of the famous AB venue’s lighting crew as well as doing his own freelance designs, and they all really pushed to get the new MegaPointes delivered in time for the gig by Robe’s Benelux distributor, Controllux.
Luckily everything aligned and he was able to have his M
Germany - Spotrack will be exhibiting at this week’s Prolight + Sound show. Spotrack enables an operator to remotely control from any location, any number of moving lights as follow spots. It works with any moving light and any lighting console, in any performance space and can be used in all entertainment sectors for live production from anywhere in the venue.
The Spotrack team will be on hand to explain and discuss all aspects of the hardware and software that comprise a system which is revolutionising the lighting industry’s approach to spotlight control.
Spotrack systems have been in action on a number of high profile global events in recent months as more and more lighting designers and production managers acquaint themselves with the clear advantages the system provides.
On the live rock and roll front, Metallica used Spotrack to supplement their spotlights on a number of stadium gigs, before moving exclusively to the system for their subsequent arena tour. In Australia, where Kate Miller-Heidke won the first national televised selection show for Eurovision - Australia Decides - Spotrack played a key role in the delivery of a spectacular performance that featured 10 very different acts and attracted a huge TV audience.
In China, Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment is working with Fremantle and Hunan TV on a 13-part World’s Got Talent CEO Liam Feeney is looking forward to Prolight + Sound, which will see the Republic of Ireland based company unveil the latest version of Spotrack: “These are exciting times for Spotr
UK - The fire at Battersea Arts Centre in 2015 sent shockwaves through the local community and the performing arts sector. However, fast forward four years and Battersea Arts Centre has been rebuilt and reopened with the fire contributing a notable and visible chapter to the venue’s colourful history and the overall look of the venue’s re-design.
Acousticians Gillerion Scott required variable acoustics to serve the wide programme of events planned for the Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre. Theatre consultants Theatreplan had the task of engineering a solution and explored possible product options with Triple E whose roller banner solution emerged as the most practicable solution. The design and manufacturing challenge was not insignificant but was one readily taken on by Triple E.
“One of our areas of expertise is the provision of variable acoustic solutions,” explains David Edelstein. “And so when Theatreplan approached us we were excited to be part of this important rebuild project in South West London.”
Roger Fox, director of theatre consultants Theatreplan comments, “Theatreplan became involved with Battersea Arts Centre just as the rebuild got underway following the devastating fire of 2015. A major part of this rebuild was developing the roof structure and fitting all the technical elements, including a requirement for variable acoustics, into a tight roof environment. Triple E's VariRollers seemed the answer and we were delighted to work alongside Triple E as we are well aware of their ingenuity and their willingness, and cap