data-strategyData Strategy replacement pack for QC-Check
Wednesday, 11 August 2021

UK - Data Strategy has announced the availability of a Replacement Computer Package to address an unusual circumstance.
Known globally as a quality assurance and electrical safety workhorse, early adopters of QC-Check workstation were supplied with computers running Microsoft Windows 7. This operating system, released in 2009, went into an end-of-life programme in January 2020 and, for security reasons, best practice is to update to the current version of Windows. The QC-Check Replacement Computer Package is a quick and simple solution that is shipped ready to go.
Customers including Nottinghamshire-based Trans-Sport, London’s Royal Opera house and The NEC Arena, Birmingham, have already benefitted from the Replacement Computer Package for a secure and streamlined continuation of service.
Managing director of Trans-Sport, Shaun Cope, confirmed, “Outwardly we experienced no problems whatsoever with QC-Check. It’s always worked perfectly and continued to do so. However, our IT company recommended we replace the computer with one configured with Windows 10. Following a quick chat with Iain at Data Strategy, the replacement computer was shipped and ready to go. It required no effort from us whatsoever and the transition was smooth and simple.”
Data Strategy managing director, Iain Roche, explained, “Whilst the functionality of the QC-Check workstation remains unaffected, from a security and reliability viewpoint it is expedient to install a new computer.”
The Replacement Computer Package includes the computer supplied in a 19”

arri-lightnetARRI LightNet offers centralised monitoring
Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Germany - ARRI has announced the release of ARRI LightNet, a new software platform designed by ARRI’s Solutions Group to offer ‘smart, logical, and at-a-glance centralized monitoring, fault-finding, and management of broadcast studio lighting networks from anywhere’
This tool enables broadcast facilities to streamline the management of their lighting network in one platform. As remote, decentralized, and socially distanced working becomes more popular and established, ARRI LightNet provides comprehensive, user-friendly monitoring of lighting networks and will be offered with all ARRI Solutions Group tenders and projects.
ARRI LightNet has been developed as a powerful, visually intuitive, and flexible tool to assist the smooth and efficient operation of contemporary studio facilities with both IP-based and DMX-controlled lighting systems. Features include a very straightforward setup with a coherent, easy-to-understand dashboard to help maintain the status, security, and stability of these lighting systems.
All devices on the network will be auto detected for speed and accuracy of setup, saving time and hassle. Accessibility is integral to the system architecture design.
As ARRI LightNet is compatible with the hardware of multiple manufacturers and established lighting protocols, it can be retrofitted into existing facilities and lighting eco-systems as easily as it can be specified for new builds.
The central/decentral server infrastructure at the core of the product offers separate front and back ends, which enable this great fl

 
 
check-presentationNATEAC supports Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, 11 August 2021

USA - Behind the Scenes reports that NATEAC, the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference, has made a $10,000 donation to support the work of the charity. NATEAC is a quadrennial conference which had been scheduled to take place in New York City last summer and was turned into a highly successful virtual conference held 20-22 July, 2021.
On presenting the cheque, NATEAC founder, Bill Sapsis, commented, “All of us at NATEAC are very happy to provide this donation in support of the terrific work the Behind the Scenes Foundation offers through its grants program and mental health initiative.” In 2016 NATEAC donated the proceeds from its conference dinner at Sardi’s to the charity. In 2021 the pandemic forced NATEAC to cancel the dinner but the conference organisers were determined to continue the support for BTS.
NATEAC’s mission is to promote communication between the architects, engineers, consultants, and manufacturers responsible for designing and building new theatres and renovating existing facilities in North America. It is also their goal to promote a higher level of interaction between these professionals and the end users of their facilities.
Lori Rubinstein, executive director of the Behind the Scenes Foundation, gratefully accepted the cheque, saying “NATEC represents a coming together of individuals from across our industry to share their expertise to create even better performance spaces that benefit those who work in and attend them. That ethos is kin to what Behind the Scenes represents–a coming togethe

 
mainline-show-productionsMainline joins the Wavefront Precision family
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

UK - Mainline Show Productions have invested in both Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision WPS and WPM rigs.
The Manchester-based event providers, described as a one-stop shop for most technical aspects of live production and dry hire, decided to extend their capacity rather than simply replace existing PA. “We saw WPS opening up more possibilities for us on small to medium festivals, so went for 16 boxes. WPM will give us flexibility on smaller gigs in its own right, or as fill for WPS-rigged stages, so we opted for eight enclosures,” states Director, Rob Lorton. He confirms that the company will also be pushing further into corporate and installation work as the industry emerges from lockdown.
Carrying on the festival theme, he says, “We're confident the kit list should double our capability for a reasonably sized independent festival stage or major festival supporting stage. We'll now be able to supply to multiple smaller stages. The ability to pole-mount [Martin Audio] LE100 or LE200 wedges will be useful too. Murphy's Law normally sees us split across multiple jobs on a weekend, having to divvy up boxes, amps and cross-hires.”
The search for a new system began in earnest at the beginning of 2021. “We were soon well down the line considering a rival system that ticked so many boxes for us,” he admits. “We tested the water with our good friend James Jewry (soundteks.co.uk) who suggested Martin Audio might suit us better, with more immediate appeal.” And so it proved.
Their existing front-line system was nearing end of life:

 
 
voiceover-logoAudient supports The VoiceOver Network
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

UK - Audient has announced a partnership with The VoiceOver Network. As part of the pairing, Audient is contributing to the voice over industry Buzz magazine, the associated podcast and the monthly Voiceover Hour webinars, as well as offering discounts to members.
Started back in 2013 by Rachel Naylor, The VoiceOver Network provides a friendly and supportive hub for voice over professionals of all levels to share and develop their expertise in this booming industry.
Audient’s marketing director, Andy Allen says, “We are proud to have partnered with The VoiceOver Network and look forward to working closely together in supporting the fast-growing VO community. With more content than ever being made, we are dedicated to ensuring all voice over artists have access to and understand the benefits of using professional grade audio products when recording.”
The VoiceOver Network business development manager, Alan Shires is equally happy with the arrangement. “I am exceptionally pleased to be in partnership with Audient. Here at The VoiceOver Network we are passionate about establishing relationships with the world's leading brands for delivering top quality audio. Every voice over artist needs the ability to record and Audient is the solution to that need, so we are proud to have them join us as we endeavour to strengthen and support the voice over industry.”
As with many of The VoiceOver Network team members, Alan works as a professional in the industry himself, having provided voice over for the BBC, Euro 2020 and Ford in the last f

 
kinesys-american-idiotKinesys makes moves for American Idiot
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Denmark - Copenhagen’s Østre Gasværk Theatre is staging a revival of the 2017 Danish production of Green Day’s iconic American Idiot sung-through drama directed and choreographed by Tim Zimmerman, which is proving to be every bit as popular as the original show.
Once again, the technical discipline of automation is crucial to Benjamin la Cour’s dramatic, stark scenography and production design, and a Kinesys Apex automation system - a combination of 1,250kg and 500kg Apex motors with Vector control - is at the heart of delivering the elegant millimetre-perfect movement control, advanced safety requirements plus other cool features like silent braking that are essential for the delivery of this captivating show. The hoists are moving three large scenery pieces making up a concrete-look scenic floor, which also transforms into separate ceiling pieces that work together and individually to evoke different locations and environments as the action and music unfold below. Moving these set pieces, which lift, tilt, and pitch to change the architecture of the performance area throughout the performance, maximises the dynamic setting of the charismatic old gas holder turned contemporary venue, helping unlock the dramaturgy and narrative flow.
Additionally, the Kinesys Vector control system is controlling two Kinesys Elevation drives linked to two travelators that traverse the stage - upstage and downstage - and is used extensively by actors and for props throughout the show. Last time these were DMX controlled from the lighting desk, but with the ad

 
 
bromptonBrompton Technology delivers for Six60 return
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

New Zealand - After more than a year of lockdown, the wait was finally over when the multi-platinum selling band, Six60, embarked on a massive tour across New Zealand. The Six60 Saturdays tour culminated with a historic ‘first’ when they became the first ever band to play at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland, with over 50,000 fans gathering to see the live show.
Video production and equipment supplier, Big Picture, provided a complete video system package both for the tour and the inaugural concert at Eden Park, which included Brompton Technology’s Tessera LED processing.
“Coming out of a year of Covid restrictions, we were excited to be given an opportunity to put together a video system package for the upcoming Six60 Saturdays tour,” says Paul Carppe, general manager – NZ at Big Picture. “We have a close working relationship with Eccles Entertainment (promoter), Ben Dalgleish from Human Person (show design) and Global Production Partners (production management) so we were able to meet their vision and offer them a package that fitted the technical brief.”
The package included 215m2 of ROE MC7 in TAIT Touring frames, Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processing with Tessera XD 10G data distribution units, a Sony HD PPU Camera system and disguise servers to run the content. Because of the Christmas and New Year holiday period, the team had a relatively short lead time between final confirmation and the start of the tour, which was further complicated by the need to ship extra LED product from Big Picture Australia.
“The short le

 
point-sourcePoint Source Audio on track for Tosca
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Italy - Sound engineers chose Point Source Audio's CO-8WL omnidirectional waterproof lavalier microphones for the immersive production of Puccini's Tosca, staged in the courtyard of Palazzo Farnese in Northern Italy's city of Piacenza.
Due to the necessary social distancing of the audience and performers, this production called on many more technical elements than you would usually find in an opera. From the projection mapping around the facade of the courtyard used for the staging to the immersive audio environment created by the Outboard TiMax system, this was a performance where technology came to the forefront to transport the audience back to Napoleonic Rome.
Creating the kind of audio environment where every nuance could be reproduced naturally and precisely required premium components at every stage of the signal chain.
"Point Source Audio's CO-8WL offered many strengths for this production," explained sound designer and mixing engineer Federico Bianchi. "First and foremost was the quality and the linearity of the sound. I needed to make very few adjustments to the timbre of the microphones, which were already 'flat', and able to preserve all the dynamics and colours in the singers' voices. In addition, the mic size and shape made them invisible to the audience, while allowing useful positioning and precise capture."
Performers wore the microphones on the forehead or on the ear, depending on the hairstyles and the stage needs. "In both cases, the result was excellent right from the start," said Bianchi. "The mics allowed me to m

 
 
robe-odyssey-of-the-seasRoboSpots board Odyssey of the Seas
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Europe - Robe Esprite luminaires and RoboSpot remote follow spotting systems – the first installed on an ocean-going liner – are providing a flexible solution for the Two70 Theatre space aboard the new 1,138ft long, 169 gross tonne Odyssey of the Seas, the latest Ultra Quantum-class ship launched by Royal Caribbean International.
Built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, the technical specifications for the various onboard entertainment spaces were coordinated by Christopher Vlassopulos, Royal Caribbean’s sound, light and AV systems manager for new build projects. The installation was completed by media technology specialists and integrators, Amptown System Company (ASC).
Two70 is featured on all four of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, and fitting traditional follow spots into these was always a challenge. Due to the steep angle of the seating banks, the follow spots had to be located amidst the audience resulting in seats being blocked off and the kit looking somewhat intrusive.
When Chris realised that this could be averted with RoboSpot systems in place, he was delighted and arranged for a test demo.
This went ahead aboard the Celebrity Apex vessel in St. Nazaire, France, organised by VHMS and Robe France with RCG show lighting manager Benjamin Couling in attendance, together with lighting designers Simon Harry and Nick Mugnaini. While Christopher and the Amptown team could not be there in person due to Covid travel restrictions, it was a great success.
Chris immediately changed the spec from the two tr

 
zimfestJPS gives HDL 30-A colourful festival outing
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

UK - Having given their new RCF HDL 30-A rig an auspicious debut at Rutland Water recently for the Frankie Valli tribute act, Frankie’s Guys, JPS Sound & Light were in action again at the Colesdale Farm festival site near Potters Bar for the now firmly established Zimfest Live - a colourful celebration of Zimbabwean music.
Working alongside Gareth Wildman’s Stage Tec as they frequently do, John Southee’s Peterborough based company populated the 12 x 10m Alidome stage with two hangs of eight HDL 30-A active two-way line array modules. These were underpinned with two 18 RCF SUB 9006-AS on the ground in front of the stage, while across the stage lip were RCF’s NX 15-SMA reference monitors.
Wildman, who has known John Southee for the past 20 years, has increasingly turned to the sound system specialist for his deployment of RCF’s control tool, RDNet.
With site management, environmental health and sound containment now hot tickets on every council agenda, this is now vital. “This site for example,” notes Wildman, “faces potential issues with high-end houses surrounding it, but RDNet will take care of that. It’s a good selling point for us as we work a lot in stately homes.”
John Southee agrees. “The ability to control the line array is paramount. Our audience zone is set at 75m; you input where you want to fire the PA and RDNet provides a visualisation readout - which is why we have a steep arc. Councils will be requesting this type of assurance more and more.”
His investment in RCF systems began with the smaller

 
 
wembleyLG creates giant screens for Wembley Stadium
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

UK - One of the first things that visitors to Wembley Stadium will see in 2021 are the bespoke LED screens created by LG Electronics (LG) as part of the remodelling of the stadium’s entrance that has seen the old concrete pedestrian flyovers replaced by a new set of Olympic Steps.
A joint project developed in partnership with stadium owner the Football Association, Brent Council, and surrounding landowner and developer Quintain, the most eye-catching aspects of the new design are the giant LED screens that dominate the entrance. Composed of one enormous 460sqm screen mounted on the inside of the Great Hall facing outwards, dubbed the Large External Screen or ‘LES’, and flanked by two 230sq.m displays, nicknamed the ‘Ears’, the screens are the most visible part of an enormous project undertaken by FA partner LG that will also see the venue’s 1200 plasma screens all updated to modern LED displays over the coming months.
The 56m by 7.5m LES can be seen as soon as visitors turn onto Olympic Way and is the first large-scale deployment of a newly-developed LG technology, LED Mesh, that allows LED displays to be unobtrusively mounted across windows without dramatically affecting the light levels inside a building. All the electronics required for operation are discreetly mounted at the side of the window, in the case of the LES in 192 daisy-chained LED cabinets, while groups of offset LEDs representing individual pixels are mounted on thin aluminium bars that stretch horizontally from side to side.
While other screens in the stadium are designe

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Virtual Fundraising - Musicians including Annie Lennox, Ed Sheeran and Sir Mick Jagger will join with Bollywood stars to raise funds for Covid relief work in India. A virtual fundraising event entitled We For India: Saving Lives will take place on Sunday 15 August, in both London and Mumbai.
The three-hour event, ran by social impact enterprise The World We Want, will be livestreamed over Facebook. It will feature more than 80 Indian performers such as composer AR Rahman. Nile Rodgers, Sister Sledge, Jay Shetty and Nancy Ajram will also take part in the event. Rajkummar Rao, star of Oscar and Bafta-nominated film The White Tiger, will host the event.
Prohibitively Expensive - Theatre heavyweights Cameron Mackintosh, Michael Harrison and Sonia Friedman have criticised the government’s recently announced insurance scheme, labelling it “prohibitively expensive” and warning that it does not cover shows forced to cancel due to enforced isolation. Producers have also warned that the expensive insurance would only be viable by increasing ticket prices, with leading pantomime producer Harrison adding that the scheme will be “prohibitive and unworkable for the pantomime season”.
The £750m scheme was announced by the government on 5 August, offering insurance cover for live events forced to close by Covid restrictions. Jointly announced by HM Treasury and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme is offered in partnership with insurance market Lloyd’s and will involve the governm

 
 
lighting-for-radioVersion 2 launches Lighting for Radio podcasts
Monday, 9 August 2021

UK - TV lighting specialist Version 2 has launched a new Lighting for Radio podcast series that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of some of the UK's leading TV & film lighting professionals.
Each episode will talk to some of the industry's leading lighting experts as they share first-hand experiences and lessons on how they reached the top of their profession.
Nick Edwards, managing director of Version 2 explains the concept of the podcast. "Born out of a lockdown idea, this behind the scenes podcast series will give listeners and I hope In particular students’ ideas for their future career paths,” he says.
Hosting every conversation is broadcaster Nia Visser, whose career credits include work as a radio presenter with the BBC and currently Jazz FM.
The first episode, which is available now on all popular podcast apps, talks to Nick Edwards himself about his 25 years of dedicated television lighting experience, having held technical, commercial and management positions at some of the industry's biggest and well-known companies PRG, Panalux and Aurora, after his training at the flagship training facility in BBC Wood Norton, all before founding Version 2 back in 2016.
Nick talks through the whole journey, starting from where it began at St Clement Danes School and why Nick has subsequently gone back to be a governor of the school. To working as a technician across the UK, Europe, and the Middle East with show credits including The X-Factor, The Brit Awards, Live Earth, The Royal Variety Performance, MTV Europe Awards, Th

 
plymouth-hoe-sailgpJHAV helps deliver Plymouth’s first SailGP
Monday, 9 August 2021

UK - A South-West event production company has successfully delivered the UK leg of international yacht race, SailGP, which was hosted in Plymouth for the first time.
Cornwall-based JHAV worked with SailGP’s UK event director and global team to design, organise, and manage the event, which took place on 17-18 July.
Known as the F1 of sailing, SailGP saw eight international teams from Australia, France, USA, Great Britain, Denmark, Japan, New Zealand, and Spain compete in front of more than 4,000 fans each day at Plymouth Hoe.
John Hibdige, JHAV’s production manager, said: “We’re well known for our AV services, though we also specialise in production and event management, tailoring our services to client’s needs. Our team provided a full event service for SailGP, and I’m really proud of the outcome.
“Plymouth Hoe is one of the world’s best natural amphitheatres for sailing, and it was great to be involved in one of the biggest outdoor events the city has held for a long time. We worked on the plan for six months, taking into account Covid restrictions to make sure there was enough space for social distancing so people would feel confident to attend.”
Helmed by Paul Goodison, who was temporarily standing in for Sir Ben Ainslie, Great Britain finished fourth over the weekend, while Australia were crowned champions of the UK event. Racing was broadcast to 175 territories, and watched by 45m people worldwide.
Along the seafront, JHAV installed a 1km public address system to relay the commentary and to make safety annou

 
 
neumann-studio-subwooferNeumann debuts subwoofer for AES67 environments
Monday, 9 August 2021

Germany - Neumann has introduced the KH 750 AES67 subwoofer, a product variant of the KH 750 DSP for AES67-based environments. Thanks to its DSP power provides access to Neumann's Automatic Monitor Alignment MA 1, thus allowing for room adaptive correction of the entire monitoring system, including even the connected analogue Neumann loudspeakers – in amplitude and phase.
“The compact KH 750 AES67 is suitable for all areas in which audio over IP in existing AES67 infrastructure is to be routed all the way to the loudspeakers in a redundant and lossless manner. Its AES67 interface allows to address not only the subwoofer but the entire stereo system, including the speakers connected to the KH 750 AES67,” explains portfolio manager Markus Wolff. “Its dual AES67 audio network connections are fully compliant with broadcast standards such as ST 2110 and ST 2022-7 redundancy. At the same time, the KH 750 AES67 is also compatible with Dante-generated AES67 network streams.
“The acoustic properties of the successful KH 750 DSP have been retained, as well all other features, such as the Bass Manager with four routing modes, flexible acoustical controls for a wide range of configurations and setup conditions, as well as analogue and digital inputs and outputs. Of course, the KH 750 AES67, too, features a powerful DSP engine.”
“The new KH 750 AES67 is Neumann's entry into the continuous support of AES67 networks. It raises the entire monitor system to a new level: deeper bass, higher SPL capability, and even greater sound transparency. In additio

 
adamsfamilyChauvet lights eccentric Addams Family
Monday, 9 August 2021

USA - Robert John Baker was called upon to light the award-winning Andrew Lippa musical based on the famously eccentric Addams Family, at the historic (121-year-old) Casino Theatre in Vandergrift, PA.
“Before designing this show, I went back and watched some of the old Addams Family programmes and the film to see the world through their perspective,” he said. “The way they saw the world was quite different than what we deem to be normal. I wanted that to inform my design.”
Baker’s empathy for the characters in the Addams Family is readily apparent in the way he uses light to distinguish their unique personalities, express their hopes, and accentuate key moments as their stories unfold in this darkly funny musical comedy.
Helping him convey the family’s emotions, while creating a sense of mystery around them were the Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal and Rogue R1X Wash in his rig.
Given that colour was so critical to reflecting the varying moods in the play, Baker relied heavily on the Ovation fixtures, which were attached to the proscenium and focused on the centre stage. “The amber and lime colour mixing options in the E-910FC allowed me to create a range of tones,” he said. “I also used these fixtures to colorized some of my props, which was essential to evoking different feelings.
“The set for the production was very simple, so I needed to find ways to guide the audience to where I wanted them to focus on stage,” continued Baker. “I also wanted to create the mysterious and shadowy environment be

 
 
hi-x15Austrian Audio releases Hi-X headphones
Monday, 9 August 2021

Austria - Austrian Audio is now shipping the new Hi-X15 closed-back headphones and the Hi-X25BT. They’re designed for ‘studio, stage, rehearsal room, on tour, or practising at home’.
The folding design of the Hi-X15 makes them easy to store and carry. They are extremely robust, thanks to the durable all-metal hinge and bow. The closed construction and insulation of the Hi-X15 headphones open up many areas of application: in studio recording sessions, as a monitor on stage, and as a reliable companion in the rehearsal room, says Austrian.
The Hi-X25BT gives ‘ultimate listening flexibility’. You no longer need to change headphones for different tasks or locations. If you’re wearing them in the studio, working on a record or a mix, you'll connect with analogue or digital audio.
The Hi-X15 and the Hi-X25BT headphones use the award-winning drivers of the Hi-X series. The ear pads are made of soft memory foam and adapt to the shape of the head without pinching—and they’re replaceable.

 
cropredyGovernment-backed insurance boosts events industry
Friday, 6 August 2021

UK - The live events sector is set to get a boost with a government-backed insurance scheme worth over £750m, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced yesterday (5 August).
The news comes after many months of campaigning by the events sector and the wider music industry for the introduction of such a scheme. However, it comes too late for many, with over fifty per cent of scheduled festivals – both large and small – cancelled or postponed.
The government has partnered with Lloyd’s to deliver the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. The scheme will see the government act as a ‘reinsurer’ – stepping in with a guarantee to make sure insurers can offer the products events companies need.
This scheme will support live events across the UK that are open to the general public - such as music festivals and business events. It will cover costs incurred in the event of cancellation due to the event being legally unable to happen due to Government Covid restrictions.
A number of prominent insurers in the Lloyd’s market, including Arch, Beazley, Dale, Hiscox and Munich Re are supporting the scheme which will provide events companies with the option of purchasing cover from next month, alongside standard commercial events insurance.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak said: “The events sector supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country, and I know organisers are raring to go now that restrictions have been lifted. But the lack of the right kind of insurance is proving a problem, so as the econo

 
 
esc-rotterdam-2021L-Acoustics plays key role at Eurovision 2021
Friday, 6 August 2021

The Netherlands - Following a year-long hiatus, the Eurovision Song Contest returned this year with a lavish production that met the immense expectations of dedicated Eurovision fans the world over.
Ampco Flashlight was awarded the role of official technical supplier, with group member Purple Group supplying an extensive L-Acoustics loudspeaker system as part of the overall audio-visual requirements. Erwin Rintjema of Sightline Productions was leading the ESC-team as head of production.
Jeroen ten Brinke was ESC head of live sound. Ten Brinke designed an audio system around L-Acoustics K and X Series, with a total of 300 L-Acoustics cabinets deployed.
Commercial and operational director, Dennis van der Haagen, was overseeing the project on behalf of official technical supplier Ampco Flashlight. “Ampco Flashlight was awarded the contract for rigging, lighting and sound,” explains Van der Haagen. “We approached it as a group effort and looked to Purple Group to supply the loudspeaker elements. Jeroen’s spec included three alternative loudspeaker brands, and L-Acoustics was the final choice, with its easy availability and excellent quality. For us, having L-Acoustics and Purple Group in the spotlight with a show as prestigious as Eurovision was a good thing from a group perspective.”
The show’s set design was a departure from the cancelled 2020-show.The green room, used for interviews with the delegates, has traditionally been placed away from the main show space. This year, the green room was located in the centre of the arena floor,

 
etcWycombe High School invests in ETC LED
Friday, 6 August 2021

UK - Wycombe High School (WHS) is an Academy Grammar school for girls, located in the Buckinghamshire town of High Wycombe. The school takes a progressive view on the use of technology, both in terms of educating its students and engaging with the wider community. One of WHS’s recent eye-catching initiatives has been to create its own YouTube TV channel under the guidance of its marketing and communications manager, Bob Massie.
Before joining the school in his current role, Bob enjoyed a career as a media executive, occupying key roles at ITV, IMG and XIX Entertainment amongst others. The knowledge and insight he brings to WHS has proved invaluable. With a brief to develop creative methods of marketing the school to prospective students and their parents, as well as to teachers and other potential staff members, Bob turned to the power of television.
Harnessing every resource available to him, not least the latent talents of the school’s student population, Bob took over some empty office space and made a start. His aim was to create as professional a studio set-up as was possible. Headteacher Sharon Cromie was supportive of the project from the beginning, realising that the dynamics of TV content could go far beyond the constraints of traditional marketing materials. Essentially, Wycombe High TV (WHTV) would be both marketing tool and educational experience rolled into one - a channel for the school, by the school.
A key element in the very early stage of the project was to create an effective green screen for the embryonic studio space. WHS’

 
 
astera-one22-canberra-59First Astera NYX Bulb installation in Australia
Friday, 6 August 2021

Australia - The first Astera NYX Bulb installation in Australia has been completed by Elite Event Technology at One22, a new music-driven bar and night entertainment concept in a reimagined space that has long served night and party people in Canberra.
Owned by the same team who also run the popular Fiction Club and Fact Bar, ACT’s largest club, One22’s new lighting design includes 60 x Astera NYX bulbs in an individually mapped ceiling art piece.
EET’s Darren Russell was invited to create a fresh new lighting look to match the eye-catching raw industrial chic of One22’s interior design, and integral to this is the NYX bulb roof installation.
“The client wanted to be able to change the mood and dynamic of the venue instantly and drastically but without having any roof trusses full of lighting and rigging,” explained Darren.
Having invested steadily in Astera products over the last year – all supplied by Australian & New Zealand distributor, ULA Group – Darren had been keen to use the NYX bulb since its launch mid-2020.
The entire 400sq.m venue is lit with the 60 x NYX Bulbs plus LED strips which accentuate the walls, coves, and other architectural detail.
The Sydney Building in which One22 is housed is heritage listed and one of Canberra’s original landmarks. It has exposed timber roof trusses which are already striking looking, so 60 individual E27 thread lamp bases of varying lengths have been installed and secured from these, each fitted with a NYX Bulb and a different – random – retro-styled shade.<

 
floodLEDtronics releases Slim LED flood lights
Friday, 6 August 2021

USA - LEDtronics has announced its latest series of Slim LED flood lights designed for easy installation in various applications.
The area lights are offered with a choice of angular adjustable brackets with multiple mounting options for various lighting situations indoors or outdoors, such as in pole-mounted area and building security lighting, wall washing building exteriors, sign lighting, landscape lighting, tennis courts, parks, playgrounds, parking lots and structures, as well as driveway and walkway lighting, tunnels, caves and mines, and up/down spotlighting, among many others.
The bracket choices include adjustable yoke, knuckle, U-bracket and trunnion for wall and roof, and adjustable slip-fitter for pole mounting. LEDtronics’ UL and CE-listed FLL00 series flood lights have a 110-degree-wide Type-V circular beam and are IP65 rated to be moisture-proof, making them suitable for outdoor locations.
The new low-wattage and high-lumen LED area lights consume only 33, 52 and 149 watts, and replace metal-halide and HPS luminaires up to 70, 250 and 600 watts, respectively - an energy savings of up to 60%. The luminous intensities range from 3,614 all the way up to 18,617 lumens.

 
 
clear-oneClearOne solution for NYC’s Utica College
Friday, 6 August 2021

USA - Having worked with AV technology for most of his professional career, Mike Roberts, director of technology at Utica College, recognised the necessity for a first-rate microphone upgrade in the institution’s Donahue Auditorium lecture hall which would provide complete audio coverage for both instructors and students alike. Roberts turned to ClearOne for the solution that would meet his needs.
Located in the heart of Central New York, Utica College is a comprehensive, independent, private institution that offers many of the advantages of a large university, such as undergraduate and graduate degree options, excellent academic programs, and outstanding faculty, but with an intimacy and a high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private colleges.
The Utica College Donahue Auditorium is primarily used for lectures and seminars, including the famous Asa Gray Seminar Series, the longest-running seminar series at Utica College through which scientists are invited from all around the U.S. to present seminars regarding their ongoing research.
According to Roberts; “We were getting some complaints from students about not being heard from the back of the classroom. We wanted to improve the learning experience for these students, and allow their voices to be heard, regardless of where they were in the room.”
In addition to his positive experiences using the ClearOne Converge Pro 2 professional-voice DSP platform on the campus, Roberts was confident that ClearOne could provide a solution that would meet their demand

 
spacemap-goroadshow3Meyer spatial sound takes stage at InfoComm
Friday, 6 August 2021

USA - Meyer Sound will take over the 2,643-seat Linda W. Chapin Theatrein the Orange County Convention Centre at InfoComm 2021 in October for “real world” demonstrations of Spacemap Go. During that time, the theatre’s permanent Meyer Sound reinforcement system will be augmented with additional AVB Milan certified Galileo Galaxy Network Platforms and surround loudspeakers to support the demos and special guest presenters joining the Meyer Sound team.
“This is our first major trade show since we introduced Spacemap Go, so we are going all-out to make these demo sessions an InfoComm highlight,” says Tim Boot, Meyer Sound’s director of global marketing. “Instead of the scaled-down demo room simulations others have shown, at InfoComm we will launch a full-blown experience of what Spacemap Go can do in immersive music concerts and sophisticated theatrical productions.”
In addition to the native control via a free iPad app, Meyer Sound also will demonstrate plug-ins for major console manufacturers. The console plug-ins enable direct control of Spacemap Go functions in the GALAXY Network Platform using the console control surface. Programmed Spacemap Go functions can be stored along with the console’s show files for streamlined workflow, and “on the fly” spatial sound trajectories can be manipulated in real time using the console touchscreen.
“The introduction of these plug-ins means our demo sessions are a must-see for anybody who’s doing immersive sound, whether in touring, theatre, installed sound, museums, or themed spectacles,

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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