creative-technology-x-holoplotPositive response to CT’s Holoplot demo
Thursday, 16 December 2021

UK - In the latest instalment of the conneCT education sessions, Creative Technology invited a diverse group of designers, creatives, and users from various industries to a special UK presentation of Holoplot X1, the Berlin-based pro audio company's latest offering in the world of immersive audio.
With no visual content to pull focus on this occasion, audio was given the opportunity to step into the limelight. Holoplot treated everyone in attendance to a comprehensive demonstration sequence curated to showcase the system's possible uses in various configurations. A real mix of content across different market sectors provided familiarity and context for those assembled in the room.
The immediacy of feedback and response from guests was evident. “Having been in this industry for over 45 years, one can become a little jaded and cynical when it comes to new equipment. 'Oh, not another black box' - but Holoplot took me completely by surprise. I don't know what sort of voodoo goes on in Berlin, but these guys have just changed the game completely. I am very excited about the creative options and possibilities these magic boxes offer Sonosphere,' said Jamie Gosney, Sonosphere
Lee Dennison, head of client relationships for Creative Technology said, “I’ve known the team at Holoplot for a few years now and heard and used the original Orion system, which was a great starting point. Holoplot have essentially taken what they have learnt from that proof of concept and started again with the X1. It's just mind-blowing and the light bulb moments we witnessed

bluesoundBluesound adds Baltic States distribution
Thursday, 16 December 2021

UK - Bluesound Professional has announced the addition of a distribution partner serving European Baltic States, further expanding their global distribution. The new distribution partner, Audiotonas, is the regional distributor serving Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome Audiotonas as a new distributor for the Bluesound Professional team, as they are a key leader in the industry and in their respective market,” says Graeme Harrison, vice-president and general manager of Bluesound Professional. “This new relationship will help strengthen our strategic Bluesound Professional European distribution and growth. We are extremely fortunate to be able to work with some of the best distributors in the business.”

 
 
weezerRogues put spotlight on Christmas sweaters
Thursday, 16 December 2021

USA - No one is quite sure, where or when the custom of wearing ugly Christmas sweaters started. Some say it began in the 1950s when TV singers tried to set a cozy tone on their holiday specials by wearing corny cardigans. Others trace its origins to the ‘80s when it became a staple of TV sitcoms every December.
Either way, one thing is certain, ugly sweater parties and events pop up everywhere across North America this time of year. Among the most popular is the annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Concert at the Mesa Amphitheatre sponsored every December by radio station 99.3 FM.
Except for a 2020 hiatus due to COVID, the concert has been held every year since 2015, featuring national acts like Silversun Pickups and Kings of Leon. On Saturday 11 December, the magic returned to Mesa with an Ugly Sweater concert by Grammy winning headliners Weezer, supported by up-and-coming artist Upsah.
Setting an upbeat tone for the evening was a bold, multi-layered, beam-driven lightshow based on Weezer’s touring design. To provide the punch for these visuals, the show’s organisers called on Creative BackStage, which designed and installed a powerful, yet practical rig that featured over 50 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Most of the fixtures were flown on four rows of truss that became progressively smaller and lower as they moved from downstage to upstage. Not only did this arrangement create a perspective that pulled the audience’s attention into the stage, it also provide the design team with greater opportunities to devise more interesting looks by in

 
xeseriespatent1-9900000000079e3cMartin Audio extends list of patents
Thursday, 16 December 2021

UK - Martin Audio has extended its list of patents with the addition of a United Kingdom Patent for its XE stage monitor waveguide.
The patent covers the use of Martin Audio’s differential dispersion coaxial drive units and the continuation of their waveguide shape to form the baffle, as seen in the XE monitors to achieve the desired HF coverage. The geometry of the static HF horn, the LF cone/moving waveguides and the static baffle combine to form a single HF horn.
The XE stage monitor series comprises the XE300 and XE500, both delivering perfect monitor sound with a defined coverage pattern that allows the artist freedom of movement, while reducing overlap with adjacent monitors.
Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology allows the artist to stand directly over the monitor or further back, without significant changes in SPL or tonal balance. It produces the optimal coverage pattern over a listening plane at head-height and helps to contain the sound within that region.
The now patented contour-moulded static third waveguide increases the size of the horn mouth to maintain pattern control downwards and avoid spill outside the desired coverage area. Its rolled contour reduces diffraction and further improves pattern consistency at the lower end of the HF passband.
Managing director Dom Harter comments: “Even though XE monitors were introduced in 2017, it always takes time to secure a patent, but we are delighted that our continuing innovation has once again been recognised and I couldn’t be prouder of our R&D team.”

 
 
genelecGenelec strengthens Nordic sales team
Thursday, 16 December 2021

Genelec has further expanded its Nordic sales operation with the recent appointments of Mirko Ekberg and Fredrik Setterberg, both of whom bring with them a considerable professional audio experience.
Ekberg joins Genelec’s Finnish team as pro audio sales manager, with responsibility for developing both studio and MI dealer networks and building closer relationships with key studio customers. With a combined 20-year track record of sales management with both Fender and the Luthman distribution group, Ekberg steadily progressed to the role of chief sales officer for Finland and the Baltics for Luthman Nordic.
With over two decades of industry experience in both sales and technical solutions, Setterberg joins Genelec’s own Swedish distribution team as sales engineer, focussing on pre-sales and sales support across the studio, AV and home audio segments
“We’re extremely happy to add two such experienced, skilled and respected professionals to our Nordic sales team,” concludes Mikko Tuomi, Genelec’s Nordic sales director. “In their individual roles they will strengthen our already robust team, bring us closer to our key business partners, and provide even higher levels of customer satisfaction.”

 
pearle-hotelLEA Professional solution for luxury hotel
Thursday, 16 December 2021

Canada - When construction began on Ontario’s new luxury hotel LEA Professional was chosen. Located just steps from Lake Ontario, The Pearle Hotel & Spa officially opened to guests in November. The hotel, which is part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, boasts 151 guestrooms, two dining facilities, expansion meeting space, two large ballrooms and a spa.
Branch AV, one Canada’s newest audiovisual solutions company, was tasked with designing and integrating the entire AV system from the ground up. The company, which was established in 2020 by Bob Guy and George Puthenkulam supported by a team of experienced audiovisual professionals, works across various industries including performing arts, government, education and entertainment. The team are laser focused on providing the best user experience for their clients.
For The Pearle hotel’s AV needs, the integrator turned to local partner SC Media who supplied nine LEA Professional Dante Connect Series amplifiers to power the new hotel’s sound system. George Puthenkulam, pPartner at Branch AV, first made sure to understand exactly what the hotel would need from an AV system.
“The main thing hotel management was looking for from an audio system, was functionality,” said Puthenkulam. “However, I wanted to dig deeper, so we studied all their venues to see exactly how they are used. With that knowledge, we came up with a sound system design and user experience that they are happy with.”
The entire project was conducted during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic which meant delays in

 
 
audinateAudinate to acquire Silex Insight video business
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

USA/Belgium - Audinate, developer of the Dante media networking technology, has signed an agreement to acquire the video business of Silex Insight SA (Silex), based in Belgium. The Silex video business produces video networking products for manufacturers of AV equipment.
The acquisition includes a range of AV-over-IP products, including IP Cores, the VIPER Board, Video ASSP and Design Services, as well as three Silex implementations of video codecs: Colibri, JPEG 2000 and VC-2 HQ. Audinate will also acquire a team of eight engineers with extensive video implementation expertise and remains committed to supporting the existing Silex products and customers.
The acquisition of the Silex video business will “allow Audinate to accelerate its strategic vision for integrated audio and video over IP”.
“Since the development of our first Dante AV product we have been committed to bringing the simplicity and interoperability of Dante to the video-over-IP market,” states Audinate co-founder and CEO Aidan Williams. “With this acquisition, we are doubling down on that strategy. The video codecs and deep product expertise in the team, in combination with our Dante networking technology, will enable us to go to market with a variety of full-service video offerings.”
“Audinate is an excellent new home for our video team, customers and suppliers as there is a unique complement in know-how, competencies and expertise,” commented Michel Van Maercke, CEO of Silex Insight. “Moreover, we see a great cultural fit and a similar customer-oriented min

 
bethanyBethany Church reborn with Chauvet
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

USA - Sometimes what is old can become new again. Such was the case with the red brick building at 3700 Canal Street in the historic New Orleans Mid-City neighbourhood. Recognised by the New Orleans Historic District Landmark Commission, the building had been a church for six decades, until it was closed in 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Eventually its owners put the spacious structure up for sale, and in 2019 it was reborn as a house of worship, slated to become the fifth campus of Baton Rouge-based Bethany Church. Led by pastors Jonathan and Angie Stockstill, Bethany planned to open the new church in 2020 until the COVID pandemic got in the way.
This August, the building finally began its new life as a church when it opened its doors to worshippers, after extensive renovations and repairs. Some of the stain glass windows and wrought iron from the original church were still in place, but the inside was transformed to provide a more modern and engaging worship experience.
Key to creating this immersive experience is a collection of new LED lighting fixtures anchored by eight Rogue R2 Wash, 14 Rogue R1 Wash, 9 Rogue R2x Wash, and 15 ÉPIX Strip Tour fixtures.
“We purchased the fixtures earlier this year and installed them to have everything ready for our opening on 15 August,” said Brandon Broussard, lighting director for the campus. “We never would have been able to get everything done on time, if it weren’t for our amazing group of volunteers.”
The Bethany team hung the moving fixtures on four tiers of truss. On the

 
 
curiousPenn State uses BlackTrax in The Curious Incident
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

USA - In October, Penn State University welcomed audience members to see Simon Stephen's adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, directed by Rick Lombardo with sensory-friendly performances at the Playhouse Theatre on the University Park campus using BlackTrax Real-Time Tracking.
The Tony Award-winning play is about 15-year-old Christopher, who has an extraordinary brain. Two sensory-friendly performances provided a welcoming space for all patrons with or without neurodivergent needs.
The characters in this production portray that neurodivergence is when a person’s brain does not function in a way that is considered “typical”. In telling this story about a neurodivergent character, Penn State has been helped along the way by various consultants and experts who helped deepen their understanding of various aspects of the experience of autistic people and their families.
Special considerations for the Curious Incident included sensory supports, lower sound level, strobe light reduction, designated quiet areas, and a welcoming, judgement-free, family environment. BlackTrax was given the task of highlighting main characters of the production.
Kyle Shearer, lighting designer, first met with our BlackTrax Trainer Nic at the USITT virtual conference in early 2021 and inquired about getting a system for the Penn State production. From there the two worked out details through zoom meetings and emails. Penn State received an educational loaner.
“I think going outside the box and pushing the limits

 
nakhon-ratchasima-4JBL and Crown drive Nakhon Ratchasima stadium
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Thailand - To provide spectators at the Nakhon Ratchasima Sports Complex an immersive entertainment experience, Mahajak Development Co., installed a range of Harman Professional audio solutions.
Home to the Nakhonratchasima Mazda Football Club, the Nakhon Ratchasima Sports Complex is the fourth biggest stadium in Thailand and hosted the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2007. The stadium area comprises the Nakhon Ratchasima FC football field, which is surrounded by a grandstand with a single roof on one side. The facility currently has a seating capacity of 25,000, but will be upgraded to 45,000 in the future.
The main challenge was that the audio system needed to be installed on the roof, which only covered one side of the complex, but also had to deliver sound coverage to every seat in the stadium. To meet these challenges and requirements, Mahajak deployed dynamic and weather-resistant JBL Professional speakers, Crown audio amplifiers, Soundcraft consoles and BSS signal processors for wide coverage, ample output and easy-to-use controls.
For speakers, the Mahajak team selected JBL PD500 Series loudspeakers to cover the roof side of the grandstand and JBL Variable Line Array Compact Series line array loudspeakers to cover the rest of the venue.
Crown DCi Series amplifiers with network monitoring function power the speakers, and the BSS BLU-100 signal processor offers flexible system configuration and management. The Soundcraft Si Impact digital mixing console controls the system and supports easy-to-use external wireless control for the comp

 
 
ljonyxobsidianCurtain falls on Elation’s LightJockey
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

USA - Elation Professional’s LightJockey is one of the longest available lighting control software solutions on the market. Now, after over two decades of service and with tens of thousands of systems in the market, the time has come for LightJockey to gracefully retire, says Elation.
“As ongoing security changes to Windows prevent LightJockey from functioning reliably, the decision was made to phase out the lighting control software with the release of Windows 11 in October,” says Elation. The last LightJockey kit has been sold and this iconic software - the starting point for many professionals in the business - will no longer evolve.”
The transition to a new and modern software solution, however, is simple. LightJockey USB DMX hardware is recognised by Onyx, the lighting control platform by Obsidian Control Systems.
Plug-and-play drivers unlock any of the devices to the Onyx Nova licence, which offers four universes of DMX, Art-Net or sACN support.
Obsidian offers a host of online training videos to help professionals easily learn and convert their systems from LightJockey to ONYX. Find them at obsidiancontrol.com/training_videos.

 
ayrton-perseo-and-domino-newly-acquired-by-tagTAG adds Ayrton Perseo Beam and Domino
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

USA - Technical Arts Group (TAG) has invested in Ayrton Perseo Beam and Ayrton Domino fixtures, both IP65-rated, for its inventory. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.
TAG was formed earlier this year and specialises in lighting, audio, video, staging, special effects and event management. The company has offices in Secaucus, New Jersey and Miami, Florida.
“We were getting more post-COVID event work than we had equipment for, so we needed to increase our overall fixture count and quickly,” says Kevin Mignone, CRO at TAG. “We are also seeing more outdoor festivals happening than ever before, where IP-rated fixtures are a necessity. Doug Mekanik at ACT arranged an Ayrton demo and we liked what we saw. The gear was in stock and we placed our order, increasing our inventory by a hundred fixtures nearly overnight.”
The purchase marks TAGs first acquisition of Ayrton products. “Domino now has us covered in the hybrid spot wash category. Where the Perseo is the IP-rated beam/beam wash we needed,” explains Mignone. “All of the Ayrton fixtures are fast, clean and have beautiful gobos. Nothing in movement, colour, optics or brightness was sacrificed in these fixtures to have an IP rating.
“There was very little time to get the units in and prepped for our first show, and Doug definitely earned a gold star in my book adhering to the schedule. We expect that as our need grows we will continue to invest in Ayrton fixtures, adding them to our continually growing inventory here at TAG.”

 
 
audiologic-hiresAudiologic strengthens sales team
Wednesday, 15 December 2021

UK - Audiologic has welcomed Jessica Raraty as internal business manager. Her role has a strong focus on relationship-building with Audiologic’s widening direct customer base. The company has also promoted Vicky Clayden to sales support supervisor, overseeing the structuring of the internal sales team.
The growth of Audiologic and its customers also sees a continued focus on procurement and processes. Anne Broadley, senior operations manager, continues to make sure the business has the support structure, processes, and best practises in place. To support this, Nicola Boyle takes on the role of procurement administrator.
Stuart Leader, senior sales manager, comments: “As a business and an industry, we have all had challenges to face and to overcome in the past year. Since joining Audiologic, we have been working hard on a strategy to help drive the company forward. I am proud that as we enter 2022, we have developed new roles and a sales structure that will allow us to focus on our business and more importantly, forecast where it is coming from. We are excited for the new year ahead and look forward to entering the next chapter of growth for Audiologic.”

 
pretty-womanPretty Woman opens in West End with KV2
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - Following a record-breaking run on Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical has gone global with productions in London’s West End, Germany, and a major US tour. The production team has remained faithful to John Shivers’ and David Patridge’s original sound design based on a comprehensive KV2 Audio point source system.
The show originally opened at London’s Piccadilly Theatre and had already broken the theatre’s advance box-office records, when the pandemic intervened. A year later, the show has now moved to London’s Savoy Theatre on the Strand and continues to play to record-breaking audiences. David Patridge designed the show at the Piccadilly, and UK associate designer, Greg Pink then modified it for transfer to the Savoy. Nik Dudley engineers the show every night and is delighted with how it sounds.
“Greg’s design uses ESR215s as the main L/R proscenium system supplemented with a raft of ESD5s for delays and fills and a pair of VHD2.18J subwoofers. We have an SL412 centre-fill for the stalls and a separate system for the balcony comprising an SL412 in the centre, a pair of EX15s, a pair of EX1.18 subwoofers and two EX26 delays,” explains Dudley.
“I’d already used ESR215s on Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre - incidentally another show designed by John Shivers and David Patridge - and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I knew I was going to have a good time with Pretty Woman. However, this was my first time using a full front-to-back KV2 system, and I wasn’t disappointed.
“The way all the different speak

 
 
robe-vanemuine-152nd-season-opening-cr53309Historic theatre season opens with Robe
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Estonia - Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu - the country’s oldest and first Estonian language theatre - celebrated the opening of its 152nd season with an elaborate gala event staged in the city’s main square, with a lighting design created by Tõnis Järs featuring Robe moving lights.
Not only was it a great historic occasion, but it was a joyous moment for the public and everyone connected to the landmark Theatre representing the ‘hard re-start’ of Vanemuine as a lively cultural melting-pot for art and creativity and a vital community hub after the pandemic period.
The event’s main stage performance action included an array of ballet and operetta pieces, culminating in a full orchestral concert and collaboration between the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra and popular Estonian electro-pop artist, NOËP, (Andres Kõpper).
Vanemuine owns a large quantity of Robe moving lights that are used throughout its three main theatre spaces, so Tõnis, who also works at the Theatre, specified Robe as the core luminaires on the event lighting design. However, with all three venues in use for daily performances, many lights were unavailable for this event, so rental company E&T stepped in to provide any shortfall in fixtures.
On the rig were 22 x Pointes, eight Spiiders, 14 x LEDBeam 150s, eight LEDWash 1200s 12 x LEDWash 800s four 600E Spots and four LEDWash 600s, all picked for their versatility as Tõnis had to cover a wide range of performance genres.
A front, two rear and two side lighting trusses - all part of the stage and roof system

 
lumieresALPD’s pilot Lumière Scheme underway
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - The ALPD has launched an evolution of its Lumière Scheme apprenticeship programme.
The Lumière Scheme provides a pathway into the industry for emerging lighting designers by creating professional opportunities that include practical training and professional experience. The new Production Lumière Scheme has been established as a pilot in 2021, with its first edition initially planned as a virtual process due to the continuation of COVID-19 restrictions within the theatre environment.
But circumstances as well as generous donations have since made it possible for this year’s Lumières to benefit from a week of onsite paid work experience alongside their mentors, with all the associated networking opportunities that brings.
As such, the five successful Lumière applicants were paired with suitable and professionally established mentors. The Lumières engage in a series of structured discussions based around each stage of the production process, as well as some group-based masterclasses with leading industry professionals.
The 2021 ALPD Production Lumières are Izzy Waugh, mentored by programmer Victoria Brennan; Lewis Byfield, with mentor John Delaney, production electrician; Louisa Craig, mentored by programmer Dan Street; Rachel Stanwood-Jones, mentored by programmer Sarah Brown; and Dan Heesem, for whom production electrician, Fraser Hall is mentor. Stuart Porter and David Ayton run discussions and masterclasses for the Lumières with guest speakers.
The roles of production electrician and lighting programmer continue to evolv

 
 
harmanHarman Pro drives Srisawad Power HQ system
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Thailand - To create an efficient meeting space that supports collaboration and efficiency for guests, financial services provider Srisawad Power 1979 Co teamed up with Mahajak Development Co to equip its facility with a Harman Professional Solutions AV system.
Originally founded in 2008 by the Kaewbootta family as an automobile title loan business in Petchaboon province, Srisawad Power 1979 Co has since opened branches in other provinces to expand their service coverage. The company offers financial services to those who need aid but have limited access to services offered by banks and financial institutions.
Today, the company offers auto-backed loans and home-backed loans through its 1,627 branches. To provide a suitable environment for meetings and collaborations at the company’s main headquarters in Bangkok, Mahajak installed a comprehensive networked audio-visual system featuring JBL Professional, Crown, Soundcraft, AMX and BSS solutions.
“The six-story building with office zones, public areas, meeting rooms and an underground parking lot was constructed for the company’s head office,” said Supachai Sakulchoo, project sales engineer, Mahajak Development Co.
“The client wanted an audio system to be installed on the ground floor to support background music, as well as an audio-visual and control system in the seminar space and boardroom. For the boardroom, we choose wall-mounted and ceiling speakers to deliver background music and support public announcements during events. In the seminar room, we installed left and right loudsp

 
moso2orchestra2-9900000000079e3cMinistry of Sound celebrates with Martin MLA
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - Ministry of Sound celebrated 30 years of dance with a concert at O2 Arena, with dance classics reimagined by the 50-piece London Concert Orchestra in company with Paul Oakenfold and other guest DJs.
Ministry of Sound Classical presents Three Decades of Dance took clubbers on a journey through the dance anthems of yesteryear. Martin Audio’s signature sound, as featured in Ministry of Sound clubs worldwide, was provided by RG Jones and mixed by Phil Wright - a devotee of Martin Audio’s flagship MLA.
Working for promoters Coalition Presents, who produced the event with Raymond Gubbay, RG Jones - who already had a relationship with MoS, having provided equipment for some of their events - fielded 18 MLA a side. This was a similar configuration to that fielded for War of the Worlds at the same venue. Hangs of 12 MLA Compact provided out-fills on each side, and 16 MLX subwoofers were set in a broadside cardioid array with a two-metre central gap for a stage thrust, surrounded by a circular screen, on which the DJs performed. Eight DD12s were deployed as front fills along with some MLA Mini enclosures.
The components were chosen by RG Jones’ Jack Bowcher and his colleague Sam Millen handled the prep, assembled the racks, built the network (on a Dante and AES backbone) and was onsite technician alongside Doug Hunt.
Millen stated, “We worked together to achieve a great sounding PA, using the Merlins [Martin Audio’s digital loudspeaker management system] to provide more outputs in order to have greater control of the system.

 
 
prolightsCromer Pier Pavillion picks DeltaPix
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - A.C. Entertainment reports that Cromer Pier's Pavilion Theatre has recently added a digital dimension to its stage by installing a Prolights DeltaPix48T LED video wall backdrop.
With approximately 450 seats, Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre audiences are entertained all year round with vocals, specialty acts and a blend of dance, in an intimate venue.
The team behind the Cromer Pier Show wanted to add new elements to the production and make a strong comeback following the enforced closure of the theatre due to the global pandemic.
Cromer Pier's director, Rory Holburn comments, “Our new Prolights DeltaPix48T screen has added a lot more versatility to the show and what can be achieved from a backdrop. The stage is limited in space, so we needed something that was fairly compact yet robust. We are delighted with how the DeltaPix has been performing and the huge amount of possibilities it has brought with it. The feedback we had from the summer show was fantastic. It certainly has helped bring the show up-to-date, and we feel like we accomplished coming back bigger and better than before.”
The Cromer Pier Christmas Show started earlier this month and sees the team getting even more creative with their new technology to take the production to the next level.

 
shell080621cgarypayne0424720x720The Rady Shell invests in Follow-Me
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

USA - Located in the heart of San Diego, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, operated by the San Diego Symphony, was looking for a reliable follow-spot system they could use during the symphony, concerts, and events held at venue.
Jason Rothberg, technical director, and lighting designer at The Rady Shell understood the challenges that his venue faced. Being an outdoor venue, Jason knew that a traditional follow-spot would not be an option. While the original design centred around a brand-specific moving light and tracking system, the venue, sitting on the San Diego Bay wanted a system that would meet IP65 standards for outdoor use.
The team at The Rady Shell worked closely with Jason Reberski, CEO of Chicago-based JRLX, and identified Follow-Me as the solution that would allow them to use any IP65 rated moving light to meet their unique challenges.
Jason Reberski, CEO of JRLX says, “The ‘open-source’ nature of the Follow-Me system - coupled with its years of successful use on the market is ultimately what led me to recommend it for this application. As we supplied a vast automated lighting rig for The Rady Shell project, I knew that almost any fixture in the plot could function as a follow-spot or tracking back-light.”
In addition to the IP65 challenge, all of the lighting positions at The Shell are angled. With each fixture mounted on an angle and curving catwalks at different trim heights, Follow-Me SIX 3D auto-calculates the different XYZ values for each fixture and makes set-up and calibration a snap.
The Follow-Me system utilis

 
 
jah-4Chauvet lights Jah Prayah’s livestream
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Zimbabwe - Even before its release, Gwara, the 11th album by award-winning African superstar Jah Prayah, was touched by a sense of mystery. Months ahead of its recording, the singer/songwriter let fans know something important was coming by sharing social media images of a wide-open blue sky, a symbol of hope and boundless opportunity.
The very name of the album itself left itself open to many different interpretations, Gwara being a Shona word that could mean anything from frightfulness to a quest for new directions.
There is nothing timid about the album however, as the artist obviously chose the latter meaning, conveying as much with cover art that shows a woman walking alone down a beautiful wooded path. More importantly, its 16songs express a dreamy, hopeful sense of opportunities that await those who seek them.
Blessing Bero and Tatenta Gaylord Rushwaya, along with the Events Evolution team captured this uplifting spirt in light at the album release livestream for Gwara with help for a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures that included 12 Maverick MK2 Spots, four Rogue R2 Spots, four Rogue R2 Wash, and six Strike 4 blinders.
Arranging the 440-watt Maverick units across the upstage deck of their studio stage, between and around mobile video walls, they used the high-output spots to direct bright shafts of light in the air, symbolizing the soaring spirit of the music. The light from the spots moved from cool white to icy blue, which added to the ethereal mood of the performance.
Balancing the Maverick’s output was the

 
blue-parrots-rhys-turner-and-rebecca-clough-with-their-new-perseo-beam-3Blue Parrot takes delivery of Ayrton Perseo Beam
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - Edinburgh-based production services and dry hire company, Blue Parrot, has become the first company in the UK to take stock of one of Ayrton’s latest products, Perseo Beam, having purchased 10 of the new fixtures from Ambersphere Solutions, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in the UK.
Released in July, Perseo Beam is the first compact, waterproof multi-function beam effect LED luminaire and the latest in Ayrton’s family of IP65 rated fixtures. Suited for use indoors as well as outdoors, the fixture is equipped with an ultra-intensive 2° beam and 21x zoom ratio.
“We are extremely excited to add Perseo Beam to our line up alongside our pre-existing stock of Ayrton Perseo Profile,” says Blue Parrot managing director, Rebecca Clough, who explained that the reasons for selecting Perseo Beam were the same as for their first investment in 2019. “They were everything we were looking for: LED-sourced, IP65-rated and compact enough to use indoors as well as out. They have SO many gobos we haven’t had the chance to use them all yet, but its most impressive feature is the intensity of the 2° beam - outstanding from an LED source - and the zoom that allows you to change from a beam to a profile. It has a flexibility unmatched by anything else.
“I’d been contemplating beam fixtures when I saw Ayrton was bringing out the Perseo Beam. I contacted Ian Green at Ambersphere to ask to see them as soon as they were available. We have trust in the Ayrton brand from having good experience with the Perseo Profile units, so I only had to look at them f

 
 
adlibAdlib invests in Data Strategy’s QC-Check
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - Adlib has recently taken delivery of its first QC-Check workstation for its Liverpool facility and is already considering the possibility of further investment into more units.
The two-bay workstation is configured primarily to test cables, and Simon Pettitt, Adlib’s technical designer, reports, “The system came well-configured and documented, so it’s been easy and straightforward to create a robust test code structure for the simple management of the 400 different types of mains cable we stock.”
Adlib made the investment in Data Strategy’s QC-Check to improve efficiency and data integrity in its warehouse. Now, according to Pettitt, the company is seeing the benefit with staff spending less time re-patching faulty cables and manually typing in results, leaving them more time for testing.
“The instant recognition of stock type is appreciated by the staff,” says Pettitt, adding, “they love the speed of testing multi-circuit cables such as Socapex.”
QC-Check’s PAT-4/CAB-5 cable testing hardware is supplied by technology partner, Out Board, and provides the basis for the inclusion of a test definition for inspecting every type of cable, including the capability to test motor fan-ins and motor fan-outs, with just a few clicks.
“The QC-Check system enables us to test equipment more quickly and more comprehensively than would be possible with any other system,” says Pettitt.
“We like that it goes beyond purely testing the basics and instead helps us quality-check every core in a cable, which is important fo

 
andrew-heart-head-shotEM Acoustics’ Halo-C crowns Queen of Hearts
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

UK - Andrew Pollard’s traditional Christmas panto, Queen of Hearts, is running at Greenwich Theatre until 2 January 2022. This year’s production is marked by a new sound design from Michael Woods based on a HALO-C compact line array system from EM Acoustics.
Woods is now in his fourth year of designing sound for pantomime at Greenwich Theatre and last year received an Offie nomination for Best Sound Design for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which played at Southwark Playhouse in spring 2019.
In previous years for Greenwich Theatre’s panto, Woods opted for two point source loudspeakers on the proscenium for main LR and two more on towers in the auditorium as delays to help maintain the desired sound pressure levels from front to back of the auditorium.
“Whilst I have found this method generally acceptable, it did compromise sound quality for some seats towards the centre of the auditorium where the coverage overlapped,” he notes. “In this area, comb filtering was present in varying amounts from seat to seat and it seemed a shame to sacrifice sound quality in this part of the auditorium. This year I was keen to try something different and everything was pointing towards line array technology as the solution.”
The requirement was for a light, compact system and Halo-C from EM Acoustics was the chosen solution. “Previously I had been very impressed with the clarity of these boxes for vocal reinforcement; however, I was slightly unsure how well they would reproduce full range live music,” continues Woods. “Fol

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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