controlcontractorexpansioncollagepr1200x726v2JBL expands Control Contractor series
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced an expansion of the Control Contractor Series of installed audio solutions, unveiling several new loudspeakers and subwoofers at NAMM.
The new products include wall-mounted speakers, pendant speakers and landscape speakers and subwoofers. These new solutions empower installers with increased freedom to design sound systems to meet any architectural requirement.
The new speakers and subs give installers versatile options for building new systems or augmenting existing systems. All products feature premium multitap transformers for use in distributed systems, and are switchable for direct operation.
“JBL’s new loudspeakers and subwoofers really check all the boxes for integrators,” says Rick Kamlet, senior manager, installed loudspeakers, Harman Professional Solutions. “They provide power and clarity in a range of challenging acoustic environments, and they don’t just sound great, they’re incredibly versatile. With sonic signatures that complement JBL’s existing installation products, they can be mixed and matched to create the perfect solution for any application or budget. And they’re absolutely gorgeous.”
The Control 68HP provides clarity and consistent coverage in rooms with open-architecture ceilings, spaces with challenging acoustics and other locations requiring especially high SPL capability from a pendant loudspeaker. Its driver complement features a 200mm (8") Kevlar-reinforced low-frequency driver with a high-powered 50mm (2-inch) voice coil.
The SLP12/T and S

mobile-showroom-invite-mcfaddenAtlasIED sets nine-day Midwest tour
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

USA - AtlasIED is hitting the road to bring its wide selection of audio and mass communications systems to the doorsteps of integrators, end users and IT professionals. The AtlasIED Sounds Like Success Tour kicks off on 24 June in Lenexa, with visits to cities throughout Missouri, Ohio, Indiana and other key Midwestern destinations, wrapping up this leg of the tour in Louisville on 8 July.
At every stop, visitors will have the opportunity to safely board the trailer and experience AtlasIED’s award winning selection of audio systems- designed to deliver mass communication, high intelligibility announcements and paging, background music, IP-based visual and audio communications and more.
The Sounds Like Success Tour experience tailors to vertical markets, making it easy for visitors to hone in on the solutions matching the needs of their particular application - whether it's for a transportation, hospitality, education, corporate, healthcare, government or industrial environment.
“After two years of limited travel and personal interaction, we are excited to launch a large-scale tour that allows us to meet face-to-face with industry professionals and end users who want to learn more about the unique mass communications, life safety and audio resources available from AtlasIED,” said Gina Sansivero, VP marketing and corporate communications, AtlasIED.
Registration details are available at

digicoDiGiCo in the mix for prime time Schlager show
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Germany - The Giovanni Zarrella Show is a quarterly highlight on ZDF, Germany’s second TV station, featuring Schlager (a style of European popular music) with established stars from pop and classical plus promising newcomers performing new arrangements, previously unreleased duets and exclusive live performances. DiGiCo SD consoles are at the heart of the audio system.
The show appears in a prime-time Saturday evening slot with its second edition attracting a TV audience of almost five million. The eponymous host, formerly a member of the pop group Bro’Sis, regularly duets with his guests and his February show (broadcast just before Valentine’s Day) took love as its theme throughout.
The show’s audio infrastructure is provided by Kürten-Herweg-based B&R Medientechnik, a full-service company with roots in recording mobiles but now delivering event technology solutions to a wide range of projects from their four divisions of Mobile, Events, Studio and Rental. Their Mobile division works extensively in broadcast sound and after the company won a large-scale tender to provide sound reinforcement, wireless requirements and broadcast music mix, the first live broadcast of The Giovanni Zarrella Show took place in September 2021.
A long-time DiGiCo owner, B&R Medientechnik’s first was an SD9 used for monitors with US metallers Manowar, followed by an SD11 for smaller applications and conferences. Due to their effective price / performance ratio two SD10s and an SD12 followed, paving the way for the next step using the Optoco

oh6Powersoft Movers drive Our House installation
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

The Netherlands - Powersoft’s compact transducer, Mover, is at the heart of a new four-dimensional nightlife experience in Amsterdam which allows visitors to take a deep dive into the culture and history of electronic dance music from its roots to the present day.
Based in Amsterdam’s Rembrandt district, Our House has been a thriving nightclub and the beating heart of the electronic music scene since the 1980s. The venue has upheld its musical legacy by recently becoming a digital storytelling museum, promising a 75-minute journey into the music genre via interactive exhibits, shows and performances, telling the story of how electronic music - once a rebellious and secretive underground scene – has evolved.
“When we came here, about two years ago, the place was very analogue: There was a sound system, strobes, smoke machine and some LEDS - that was about it,” says Our House general manager, Jeroen Jansen. “We wanted to rebuild the club with installations that could tell the story of over 40 years of dance music by using mixed technology. In order to revamp the venue and bring it to a completely new level, we received a lot of support from within the industry, including Powersoft.”
The venue’s overhaul had to be carefully considered, as it’s home to a popular nightclub, Club Air, in the evening whilst sharing the same space with museum-goers by day. The power of the amps and Mover are somewhat harnessed for effect in the daytime and more aimed at visually connecting to the video content, whereas at night-time the lower frequencies

dave-wimpenny-one-of-the-technical-managers-at-the-lowry-testing-out-their-brand-new-800w-long-throw-led-followspots-smlRobert Juliat Arthur followspots light The Lowry
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

UK - Stage Electrics recently installed a pair of Robert Juliat Arthur 800W LED followspots at The Lowry, Salford Manchester. The Arthur 5°-15° followspots were supplied to Stage Electrics by Ambersphere Solutions, Robert Juliat’s exclusive UK distributor.
The 1700+ seat Lowry is an important theatre for the north-west of England and runs a varied programme of plays, musical theatre, ballet, opera, stand-up comedy, and rock and roll gigs, and has also hosted ITV television’s Britain’s Got Talent and The Royal Variety Performance.
The RJ Arthur followspots were selected for their impressive output which is capable of matching the lumen output of an HMI 2500W Aramis followspot at similar angles. “The Lowry has been operating with RJ Aramis followspots since we opened in April 2000,” says Dave Wimpenny, one of the technical managers at The Lowry. “One of them finally gave up the ghost in late 2021 so we took the decision to upgrade to two new spots after 22 years! We looked for LED alternatives to the Aramis and the Arthur looked very good on paper. I spoke to Jayney Bell (technical sales consultant at Stage Electrics) who assured me that these would be the best option and managed to bring them in within our budget.”
The RJ Arthur units were installed in The Lowry’s front-of-house followspot box which is 15m above the auditorium floor with a throw distance of 28m at 37° from the edge of the stage. Their first mission was on a run of Les Miserables in April. “They proved themselves to be good units which were pl

ct-asia-lighting-hod-kenz-woo-with-the-new-ayrton-diabloCT Asia Pacific expands stock of Ayrton Diablo
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Singapore - Creative Technology Asia Pacific has recently taken delivery of a further shipment of Ayrton Diablo S profile fixtures to expand its existing rental stock. The Singapore-based audio-visual company, caters for a variety of MICE events including keynotes, kick-off meetings, exhibitions and product launches across the region. It made its first investment in the ultra-compact, feature-packed powerhouse profile when Diablo was first launched back in 2019, before increasing its stock levels in 2020, and again this year.
“Ayrton Diablo was one of the potential fixtures that we originally looked at when we were searching for a replacement within our rental inventory,” says CT Asia’s operations director, Juay Minghee. “We trialled it against other products and Diablo ticked all the right boxes for features and impressed us above all with its performance. The framing system was a useful new feature that our lighting programmer appreciated most compared to our previous rental stock. On top of that, the excellent service support we receive from our local distributor, Total Solution Marketing, cemented the decision.”
The versatile Diablo is proving one of Ayrton’s most popular fixtures, due in part to its many great features that include a 7° - 53° beam spread and 100% framing shutters. Weighing only 22kg, and with 300W LED source delivering 19,000 lumen output,
The tech team at CT Asia are now very familiar with Diablo and confirm its performance is matched by its reliability: “Diablo is a very versatile package in a good form facto

jon-barker-creative-director-north-star-engineersNorth Star Engineers appoints creative director
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

UK - North Star Engineers has appointed Jonathan Barker as creative director. Barker joins the North Star Engineers leadership team and will focus on the creative direction of the company, client liaison, and promotional content strategy and new business development.
Barker brings with him more than 30 years’ experience working in the cruise ship entertainment industry, with notable projects on board the QM2 and with Carnival UK, P&O and Cunard. HIs varied career has also seen him write two musical theatrical productions and multiple music productions for television and film.
“After more than thirty years working in the entertainment world, with a particular focus on the cruise ship industry, I’m thrilled to be working with North Star Engineers,” says Barker. “The team is highly ambitious and innovative with an excellent work ethic - I'm delighted to be on board and look forward to being a part of the next chapter of their journey.”
Sir Edgar Andrews, North Star Engineers’ CEO, adds: “We are excited to have Jonathan join our team as we scale up our business operations and strategically develop the future direction of North Star Engineers. The meeting of entertainment with technology is a very exciting time right now, and Jonathan’s creative expertise is really adding an invaluable skill set to our customer offering.”

danleyHouston-area church chooses Danley
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

USA - Founded in 1940, the Church of St. John the Divine in Houston, Texas, today hosts 900 attendees on any given Sunday across its traditional, contemporary and family services.
While the church’s sanctuary is ideal for traditional hymns, providing amazingly long reverb times, there were notable challenges with an aging sound system. With such challenges, a new system was needed. Brightengale - formerly Houston Sound Service - was selected for the project through a recommendation from another area church.
“The prior installation leaned heavily on digital signal processing and beam steering to fill the room with intelligible sound,” said Adam Keho, system designer at Brightengale. “Acoustically, the room is fantastic for pipe organ or choral music but it’s very difficult for speech intelligibility. When the system was first installed, it was only designed to deliver speech reinforcement, not all of the music necessary for a modern church.”
“In the new installation, we had a number of requirements,” comments Dawayne Gaspard, director of audio-visual services at the Church of St. John the Divine. “We wanted to improve intelligibility in a live acoustic environment without losing the look of the space and adding some additional sonic capability. Over time, we’ve brought in other equipment for certain events which we no longer wanted to do. The capability of music playback and quality sound performance were paramount as well.”
The existing sound system featured aging powered column array loudspeakers that had been in place

linea1Color Strike M reflects dynamism of Karol G
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Columbia - Latin Grammy winner Karol G blends a mix of genres in her rhythmic sound, treating fans to generous helpings of reggaeton, trap, sertaneja and a host of other influences.
Karol G concerts are intense with no lulls in the action. Reflecting this explosiveness in light requires a bold, fast-moving design, which is what the team at Línea Estratégica delivered for the star with help from a massive collection of the new IP65-rated Chauvet Professional Color Strike M.
Conrado Santamaría, CEO of the Línea Estratégica, added 120 of the versatile fixtures to his inventory soon after they became available in Colombia, purchasing them from distributor Yamaki. His vision was to use the motorised strobe/wash lights to add an extra level of impact to shows. He hasn’t been disappointed, as the fixtures have already worked their magic at concerts by the likes of Rubén Blades, Fito Páez, the Morat group, and Myley Cirus.
Andrés Felipe, LD for the Karol G show, provided vivid examples of the many looks that can be created with the Color Strike M, which features two bright white light tube elements surround by a bright pixel-mappable face of RGB LEDs.
Joining the white tube elements in animating the concert with vibrant looks were the new fixture’s colour mixing LED faces, which themselves feature 14 pixel mappable zones. Coordinating the bursts of vivid colour blasts with the relentless strobe effects, creating a panorama that could be felt as well as seen.

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Platinum Party - An average of nearly 12 million people in the UK watched the Platinum Party in the Palace on BBC One on Saturday. The concert saw stars Diana Ross, George Ezra, Queen, Elbow and many others perform in front of a Buckingham Palace crowd that included members of the royal family. It attracted the BBC's biggest audience of the year, peaking at 13.4 million. The BBC states: "The Platinum Party at the Palace on BBC One was the most watched programme of the year so far."
Going Green - Directors and designers working at London’s National Theatre will receive additional pay if they contribute to the organisation’s sustainability goals, artistic director Rufus Norris has announced. The National Theatre boss said the financial incentive reflected the extra work that is required to deliver on the environmental objectives set out in the Theatre Green Book.
Speaking at an event marking a year of the Theatre Green Book, hosted at the NT’s South Bank home, Norris admitted his own productions had historically "not been the best models of practice", and pledged to work to the Green Book’s standards on all shows he makes in future.
The book, described as a "one-stop shop" to help the industry nurture more sustainable practices, was launched last year. It offers three levels of environmental standards that theatres should adhere to in order to cut carbon emissions in both the making of shows and running of buildings.
Back Home - Fans of Robbie Williams at his concert in his native Stoke-on-Trent

saudid&b enriches experience at Riyadh cultural hub
Monday, 6 June 2022

Saudi Arabia - Spanning over five months from October to March, the Riyadh Season is a celebration of the city as the capital of Saudi Arabia and, in a wider context, of Saudi culture and its people. It is one of the many initiatives that forms part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, a set of social and economic reforms designed to enhance the quality of life for citizens and residents, as well as boosting economic and tourist activity.
The most prominent Saudi landmark of 2021, Boulevard Riyadh City was the pride of Riyadh Season 2021/22. Built from the ground up by local companies, the zone covers some 900,000sq.m and contains nine areas, each with its own set of events. Each area contains restaurants, cafés, upmarket boutiques, gardens, games centres and more. Special features include the largest cinema in the Kingdom, an electric car circuit, a skating rink and four theatres for concerts and shows.
Each theatre is fully equipped with a V-Series sound system from d&b supplied by d&b’s local sales partner and AV experts, 7Hertz.
7Hertz managing partner, Chadi Masri, explains that they were approached by Sela, a leading events management company based in Saudi Arabia and operating worldwide. Sela has been delivering the Riyadh Season since 2019 and, as such, was responsible for designing and specifying the systems destined for the new theatres.
“Our relationship with Sela goes back a long way,” says Masri. “We’ve known the technical director, Hicham Bitar, and the head of audio, Samer Atallah, for some time now and have built

laserLaserAnimation Sollinger acquires Ray Technologies
Monday, 6 June 2022

Germany - Berlin-based LaserAnimation Sollinger has acquired Bavarian firm Ray Technologies. The two companies are internationally established in the show and event industry, Ray being better known for its RTI brand.
The merger is hoped to lead to “an even broader coverage in the professional market” and will result in shared resources, with significant benefits to R&D.
"A joint path strengthens both brands in the high-end laser market and enables new developments in various product areas," comments Michael Sollinger, founder and CEO of LaserAnimation Sollinger.
The LaserAnimation and RTI brands will continue to exist, as will the companies’ locations in Berlin and Bavaria. All existing employees will remain onboard, with newly-created roles currently being filled as well.
Meanwhile, a new special effects lighting unit has also been established. One joint development that was recently presented at Prolight+Sound 2022 was the RTI Ango high-power laser effect.

moveit1Mavericks join Move It ExCel dance party
Monday, 6 June 2022

UK - Exhibition centre ExCeL hosted Move It, an event that invited some 75,000 people to spread their creative wings and dance, either on stage, or in one of its many workshops and classes.
Described as “the largest dance event in the world”, Move It featured performances by 150 acts, ranging from professional troupes and college dance groups, to community organisations and local schools. Supporting them on stage was a highly flexible production design by Steve Yeardsley and the OneBigStar team that featured over 170 Chauvet Professional fixtures from the company’s own inventory.
Engaging the services of David Howard Lighting Design, the OneBigStar team endeavoured to create stage lighting that was versatile enough to reflect the event’s diverse range of dance genres, a collection that included everything from ballet and ballroom to freestyle and hip-hop.
Move It presents fun challenges for me as a lighting designer,” said Howard. “One of the most formidable is dealing with the sheer volume and diversity of performances on the main stage, given the limited amount of time between the acts.”
OneBigStar helped Howard meet this challenge by providing an extensive and adaptive main stage lighting rig that featured 20 Maverick MK3 Wash, 14 Maverick MK3 Profile and 16 Rogue R1 Outcast BeamWash fixtures. These fixtures were located in a variety of positions. Many were flown on a circular truss over centre stage, some were on four parallel rows of truss running, two per side, over stage left and right, while others

nexoMongey Communications chooses Nexo
Monday, 6 June 2022

Ireland - Founded in Kildare in 1986, family-owned Mongey Communications has grown to become one of Europe’s leading AV technology and production services companies.
The team at Mongey is increasingly busy at events of all sizes and scale so, when the time came recently to expand the inventory of sound equipment, flexibility was central to the choice of a new mobile system.
“We enjoyed a great working relationship and support from Nexo when installing the Geo S12 system at Croke Park which was recently used to reinforce Ed Sheeran’s concerts as part of his UK and Ireland tour. Thus, we were keen to check out Nexo systems that might meet our requirements for versatility, and speed and ease of deployment,” reports operations manager Henry Mongey.
“We were really impressed by demos of both the Geo M10 and the M12. On balance, the slightly more compact Geo M10 system was perfect for our current needs and, critically, Nexo was able to arrange delivery of the system and a full package of on-site training for our technical staff at relatively short notice.”
The first phase of delivery comprises 24 Geo M1012 cabinets in six flight cases, with 12 complementary MSUB15s on dollies with covers. Amplification and processing come from four of Nexo’s NXAMP4X4MK2 four-channel powered controllers fitted with Dante network cards, and a selection of rigging hardware provides a flexible range of flying and ground-stacking options.
“Our team were particularly impressed with the Nexo Skeleton internal rigging system which makes it easy for eng

austrian-audioAustrian Audio debuts dynamic vocal mic
Monday, 6 June 2022

USA - Austrian Audio announced at NAMM the OD303 dynamic vocal microphone.
The company described the mic as “well-balanced and open, but at the same time its powerful sound is unparalleled in this price range.”
The OD303 will withstand daily use in the rehearsal room and also the wear and tear of the road. The die-cast housing is ‘virtually indestructible’ and the microphone fits comfortably in the hand.
The OD303 also incorporates the Open Acoustic technology of Austrian Audio which delivers an optimally-shaped supercardioid polar pattern across a wide frequency band and with ‘excellent feedback stability’.
Sound engineers will greatly appreciate minimum changes in the sound and without increased feedback: Due to the open design, there are only minimal changes in sound and feedback behaviour when holding the mic close to the head grille. In addition, the proprietary 3D Pop Noise Diffuser, developed by Austrian Audio, reduces noise caused by explosive sounds such as ‘T’ and ‘P.

robe-a-column-of-fire-tour-dk-14-03-2022-1334Robe lights Column of Fire tour production
Monday, 6 June 2022

Denmark - Copenhagen’s Bellevue Theatre asked lighting designer Mark P Jones to create a practical and versatile lighting scheme to facilitate their recent touring version of A Column of Fire, a musical production based on Ken Follet’s gripping work encapsulating politics, passion, religious divisions and other 16th-century melodrama of the moment.
It was initially staged at the theatre in 2019, directed by Mads M Nielsen with set designed by Benjamin la Cour and lit by Mikael Sylvest.
The show was a success, and so after Covid had effectively shut the industry down for two years, the theatre was keen to get it on the road once things started to properly re-open again.
Mark’s solution involved several Robe moving lights - Esprites, LEDBeam 350s, Tetra2s and DL4S Profiles - all supplied by Copenhagen rental specialist The Live Company. They also designed and fabricated a set of eight custom portable (wheeled) stacking trussing towers especially for the tour, and four of these were deployed down each side of the stage.
The challenge was to work with the existing six set and stair pieces plus some side flats which were individually crafted and ranging from 80 cm to 2m in height. Elements of the stair pieces could be manually moved - by actors using touch buttons – and they increased / decreased in height throughout, so the action and the lighting cues had to be very tightly choreographed across the show’s 50+ scenes.
As soon as Mark hit on the answer for lighting that would work at all the venues, he needed some small a

angela-ciocioloFulcrum appoints Ciociolo director of marketing
Monday, 6 June 2022

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced that Angela Ciociolo has joined the company as director of marketing. Ciociolo will be responsible for guiding the strategic marketing direction for the company and overseeing the daily marketing tasks.
“As Fulcrum Acoustic continues to grow, we are adding talented professionals to the team so that we can better serve the markets and our customers," says Fulcrum Acoustic president Stephen Siegel. "Angela brings experience from within and outside our industry as well as a creativity and drive that will help us evolve."
“When Stephen contacted me about the opportunity to join Fulcrum Acoustic, I was immediately interested," says Ciociolo. "Fulcrum Acoustic is an energetic, growing company with products, technology, and a culture unique in the industry. I truly enjoyed the time I spent previously in Pro Audio and am thrilled to be back."

nursecon3The Design Oasis adds flare to Nursecon cruise
Monday, 6 June 2022

USA - The first shipment of the Chauvet Professional Color Strike M fixtures arrived at The Design Oasis right as Abbas Ritscher was about to head out to sea from Miami as the production manager of the 2022 Nursecon cruise. He was so eager to try the new IP65 rated motorised strobe/wash that he decided on the spot to add two units to the rig that he and lighting designer Joe Donnelly put together for the Royal Caribbean pool side party stage.
“The Color Strike M got into our warehouse, so it was the perfect excuse to get my hands on it,” said Ritscher. “Being on a cruise ship you need to load in fast. You also need fixtures that have a lot of impact for their size, and of course, everything needs to be able to take the weather, which comes in fast and hard. This fixture fit the bill perfectly.”
Ritscher and Donnelly positioned a Color Strike M on either side of the video wall at the pool side stage, which served as party central for the nurses-only four-day cruise, which provided a well-deserved break for 3,500 healthcare workers, who spent the past two years dealing with a global pandemic.
Passengers on the cruise were treated to a wide assortment of entertainment options, including a Nurses Got Talent show, performances by 10 professional dancers, and an appearance by comedian Nurse Blake. Every night the poolside rocked with parties and live DJ shows, culminating with a special Nurse Glow affair on the last night.
Through it all, the Color Strike M delivered pulsating visuals; its strobing effects creating bright flas

sevenBrompton Technology supports Seven Network
Monday, 6 June 2022

Australia - This year marked the new era of remote broadcast experience, with Seven Network, a major Australian commercial free-to-air television network and the original broadcaster of Summer and Winter Olympic Games since 1956, working with Australia’s CT Group, part of the NEP Live Events, to create a virtual production environment with a top-end LED wall powered by Brompton Technology Tessera processing.
“CT provided LED backdrops for Seven Network’s sports hostings during the pandemic, when travelling to venues wasn’t possible,” says Michael Judges, senior project manager for CT Australia & New Zealand. “As a result of this positive experience, we built a template with the client which they were subsequently able to use on the Tokyo and Beijing host broadcasts.”
Judges explains that for this project, Seven Network wanted the highest resolution LED panels available to provide the ultimate background for the broadcast. “This resulted in a high pixel density, so we used two 4K outputs from a media server into two Brompton Tessera SX40 processors to manage this,” he adds.
CT installed Unilumin 1.8mm LED panels with an overall screen size of 19.5m by 2.5m, curved around a 5m radius. Also deployed are four active and four back up Tessera SX40 processors in redundancy mode, as well as eight Tessera XD 10G data distribution units offering the team greater piece of mind and ensuring a stress-free day-to-day workflow.
“Tessera processing is very robust, and the redundancy system works well,” explains Judges. “Additionall

clear-comClear-Com adds HelixNet integration for Arcadia
Monday, 6 June 2022

USA - Clear-Com has announced new features for Arcadia Central Station, including integration with HelixNet Digital Partyline, cementing the platform’s position as a powerhouse of intercom systems with support for over 100 beltpacks and 180 ports of mixing capability.
In a 1RU package, Arcadia powers the company’s wired and wireless analogue and digital intercom systems, together with Dante connectivity, supporting the broadest range of wireless solutions with 1.9GHz, 2.4GHz, and 5GHz systems working together simultaneously. This latest set of new features also includes a 5GHz scanning tool for FreeSpeak Edge systems, along with increased beltpack capacity for FreeSpeak systems and an increase in licensed port capacity.
With full support for up to 64 HelixNet endpoints - including HelixNet Remote Stations, Speaker Stations, and Beltpacks - over 24 HelixNet-enabled channels, Arcadia is well-equipped to support even the largest of systems. The new 5 GHz scanning tool will display and recommend open frequency channels for FreeSpeak Edge transceivers and beltpacks, assisting audio engineers in deploying their wireless system without interference from other Wi-Fi device traffic.
Expanding on an already generous port capacity, Arcadia now offers up to 128 IP ports, (previously 96), to allow for an additional eight FreeSpeak beltpacks, for a total of 40 (previously 32), and up to 24 ports for HelixNet channels – all while still providing additional intercom access through eight 4-wire ports, four 2-wire ports and up to 64 Dante audio ports.

astera-hydrapanel-launch-hydrapanel-fanAstera launches LED-driven HydraPanel
Monday, 6 June 2022

Germany - Astera has introduced its latest wireless LED lighting product, the HydraPanel, which features the company’s Titan LED engine.
The HydraPanel offers features including a beam-shaper module, magnetic mounting, and the Titan LED engine’s colour mixing, dimming characteristics and quality of light.
The six-pixel product weighs 600g and has an inbuilt battery and wireless DMX module making it ‘ultimately flexible and useable anywhere’. It can also be run fully wired.
It is IP65 rated in both wired & wireless scenarios so it can be used outdoors or in damp or otherwise challenging atmospheric conditions.
Each HydraPanel emits 1300 Lumens of quality light giving 515 Lux at 1m (without filter) and a high CRI and TLCI.
Accessories include a ConnectorPlate which connects two HydraPanels together, and up to four panels can be joined using three ConnectorPlates to create a medium size panel that is still compact, lightweight and manoeuvrable.
Uses will include key for lighting people as well as illumination of more substantial areas such as stages, scenery, and buildings. Larger Arrays of HydraPanels can be used as a low-resolution screen / video effect, and the products look fabulous on camera, either highlighting people and objects or as cool back-of-camera-fill.
Like Astera’s PixelBrick, power and data are delivered via PowerBox 2x86W devices, and for larger setups, eight HydraPanels can be connected to the PowerBox via Power/Data combination cables. This is ideal for building bigger and more dramatic effec

bandit-litesBandit Lites confirms senior promotions
Monday, 6 June 2022

USA - Bandit Lites has announced key promotions within the firm with Sharon Draper as the chief financial officer, Dizzy Gosnell as vice president of production and John Jenkinson as director of integration.
Draper oversees all aspects of the financial side of Bandit Lites and leads a large team on a daily basis.
"I am exceedingly thankful for Michael Strickland's leadership and strength, especially over these last few years,” said Draper. “As I come into this new position, I look forward to the continued success of Bandit."
“Bandit would simply not be where we are without Sharon,” said Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland. “She held many roles before joining Bandit, including at Whittle Communications and Venture Alliance. Sharon has long served in the role of CFO and now she carries the title she much more than earned.”
Dizzy Gosnell has been a part of the Bandit family since 1993, but he first met Michael 40 years ago when Strickland was the production manager for Blackfoot and he was on the lighting crew with Meteorlites for Iron Maiden.
“We have been great friends ever since,” said Strickland. “No one in the entire industry is more knowledgeable, dedicated, and driven than Dizzy. His new position of VP of Production is well deserved and really not big enough. Life without Diz is hard to imagine.”
Another long-time Bandit is John Jenkinson. “John is an absolute rock star,” says Strickland. “There is not person better at their job than him. His tireless focus and dedication to getti

fgw-production-photographspamela-raith-photographyEM Acoustics References Fantastically Great Women musical
Wednesday, 1 June 2022

UK - Produced by Kenny Wax of SIX fame, the new pop musical, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World opened in Liverpool in April and is currently in the midst of a nationwide UK tour with West End aspirations. Described as an “inspirational and empowering celebration of our strong sisters from history,” the show is based on the award-winning picture book by suffragette descendent Kate Pankhurst. Dramatist Chris Bush and Number 1 hit songwriter Miranda Cooper (Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue) have adapted it into a bright, exciting musical for young people that celebrates some of our female icons in a contemporary, pop context. Sound designer, Rob Bettle, designed a front-to-back EM Acoustics audio system based on EM’s most recent development, the acclaimed Reference Series loudspeakers.
Bettle explains that his first experience of the Reference Series was for the stage show of Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code which is also currently on tour throughout the UK. Sound Quiet Time worked closely with Ben and Max Ringham to design the system for the tour. “To be perfectly frank, we had originally specified something else, but Phil Hurley from Stage Sound Services who was supplying the audio production gear for the show – as indeed they are for ‘Fantastically Great Women’ - convinced us to try out the R8s from EM Acoustics,” recalls Bettle. “I’ll admit that we were sceptical, but we all trust Phil’s judgement, so we went along with it.
“From the moment we turned them on, we were blow

bmh-2022-2Bandit Lites illuminates Black Music Honors
Wednesday, 1 June 2022

USA - Bandit Lites has provided the lights for the 7th Annual Black Music Honors, the company reports. Held by Central City Productions at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the two-hour event celebrated artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music.
This year marked the return of a live studio audience, and lighting designer Mark Carver rose to the challenge of crafting distinctive looks for the diverse genre of music and artists. The event honoured iconic musical acts Dru Hill, The Whispers, Karyn White, Tevin Campbell, Keri Hilson and the gospel duo Mary Mary.
Bandit Lites supplied more than 170 fixtures, including Ayrton Ghiblis, Chauvet Rogue R2X Washes, Claypaky B-EYE K20, Elation Smarty Hybrids, Elation ACL 360i, GLP X4 Bar 20 and GLP JDC1 LED Strobes.
Carver utilised the Ghiblis for key and backlights as well as gobo effects over the stage. The B-EYES provided eye candy and beam effect lights to accent the music. Smartys were used for beam light and hard gobos for air effects while the JDC 1 offered both strobe effects and eye candy. Elation ACL 360i were used for beam effects and musical accents.
“I always get a lot of mileage out of the multi-use B-EYE in Pixel Mode, providing great punctuation to the music,” explains Carver. “The Elation ACL 360i were a punchy nice surprise for their colour and speed.”
With a tight frame to load in, program, rehearse and perform a live show, it was imperative the system arrived well-prepped and ready to go.
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