southwell-racecourse-floodlightsSouthwell Racecourse set for LED switch-on
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

UK - When the new lights are turned on at Southwell Racecourse this Saturday, it will not only usher in a new era of floodlit racing at the historic venue, it will also be the first time a European racecourse is lit using LED technology.
Opened in 1850, Southwell is one of just six all-weather tracks in Britain, the only one with a fibresand surface, and now operates some of the most the most advanced lighting technology of any racecourse in Europe.
The LED lighting was designed and engineered by Musco Sports Lighting, and features the same technology that’s been installed at several English Premier League football stadiums, Manchester Arena, and Wimbledon’s Centre Court, in just the past few years.
The system was highly customised to meet the distinct needs at Southwell. It includes 641 of Musco’s Total Light Control fixtures, mounted to 56 poles, providing high-quality lighting to the track, photo finish area, track egress, stables, parade ring, and car park. Adaptive controls and multi-level dimming will allow the racecourse to fully light only the sections of track being used for each race, which can vary from five furlongs to two miles, resulting in significant energy savings.
The LED system distributes clean, uniform light only to the intended areas around the track without spilling into the centre course, stands, or outside of the venue. The lighting also features special effects capabilities that will create innovative pre-race and post-race light shows, enhancing the overall racecourse experience for everyone in attendance.

next-proaudio-festival-china-3NEXT-proaudio supports One Yeah Pop Up+
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

China - The One Yeah Pop Up+ Festival took place on 16-17 March in Xi’an, gathering China's pioneers in electronic music and rap, as well as Chinese traditional style, cool street ball and B-box.
After deep consideration and careful selecting, the organiser chose NEXT-proaudio, which was supplied by Real Music Acoustics, local distributor of the Portuguese manufacturer.
“The electronic music sound effects were controlled fantastically and the sound pressure with the LA212x line array was really amazing allowing all the audience to have a fantastic music experience,” comments Richie Wang, CEO of Real-Music.
The system comprises more than 120 NEXT-pro audio speakers. The main hang adopts Next-Proaudio 's flagship product line array series, 15 LA212x per side, and 18 LAs418G per side stacked in front of the stage. Another nine LA212x per side for out-fill. 12 wide angled LA122w were used for front-fill. three LA122w with one LAs118 were mounted on both sides of the stage as side-fill. In addition, 16 X15 point source speakers were used as stage monitor.
The entire setup was powered and managed via N-RAK, the touring racks with Powersoft X8 amplifiers.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
insomniacEDC Mexico moves to the beat of PK Sound
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Mexico - Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Mexico 2019 took over Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack for two days of electronic dance music, multi-media art, and a charged carnival atmosphere.
The flagship event for EDM-event promoters Insomniac, which takes place annually in Las Vegas as well as various other locations globally, drew over 120,000 participants and featured sets from many luminaries of the dance music scene including Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kaskade, and Paul Van Dyk.
In addition to its record-breaking attendance and stacked artist line-up, the festival also marked its fourth year of collaboration with Calgary, Alberta-based sound system manufacturer PK Sound, which provided the immense deployment for the kineticFIELD main stage.
“We first became involved with Insomniac events at EDC Las Vegas 2015 when we provided sound for the BassPod Stage,” PK Sound production operations manager and engineer Rory Stewart explains. “For EDC Mexico, the goal was to ensure that anyone in front of the kineticFIELD main stage was getting the same high-quality experience no matter where they were standing.” Along with assembling the sound system for the main stage, Stewart was brought on to supervise pre and post production of the event as well as run the system during the performances.
PK Sound has made its name on providing consistent, immersive sonic experiences to concert-goers with its pioneering Trinity robotic line arrays and Gravity subwoofers, as seen from its ongoing partnerships with popular EDM ar

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Toronto Inquest - The stage collapse that killed a Radiohead drum technician caused lasting "immeasurable pain and grief" for the band, a Canadian coroner's inquest has heard. Radiohead drummer Philip Selway told the inquest that the 2012 incident still haunts the band. Scott Johnson died at Toronto's Downsview Park when the stage collapsed an hour before the gates opened. An Ontario coroner is conducting an inquest into the deadly incident.
In testimony in Toronto, Selway described the "anger and frustration" felt by the UK band, its crew members and Johnson's parents in the wake of the incident. He said they have been left with a sense of a "complete failure of the justice system" in the case. "The system has failed Scott, his family and other industry workers," he said.
Radiohead was set to perform a sold-out show in Toronto when the stage's metal scaffold roofing - tens of thousands of pounds of steel and equipment - collapsed onto crew members on stage at the time. Johnson, a native of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was killed and three other people were injured.
Censored - Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been released in China, but references to the Queen singer's sexuality and AIDS diagnosis were censored. Several minutes of footage were edited out of the film, including scenes of two men kissing and the word "gay".
There has been significant reaction to the film's release online. More than 50,000 users have posted reviews on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like micro-blogging platform. Though some users complained o

 
 
globaltrussatcGlobal Truss and ATC agree strategy
Monday, 25 March 2019

Europe - Global Truss has appointed Austrian Truss Constructions (ATC) as a sales partner in Austria, effective 1 January. The two companies have also forged a strategic relationship for heavy duty systems, stage roofs and special constructions, particularly the development of the iM- and iL-Type system by CAMCO.
Florian Schaaf from the Global Truss, comments: “Now we are able to rely on the long-time experience of ATC in the field of professional solutions and special constructions. The first results of this partnership are already visible with the Multi-Tower-Basement, the new stage roofs as well as our innovative F.O.H. We are looking forward to the cooperation with ATC on the technical and on the sales side. A win-win for the companies and the customers.”
Thomas Wagner of ATC adds: “We are looking forward to the cooperation with Global Truss where both companies’ abilities are merged. Global Truss is already really strong in the retail market and will be too in the professional market with our cooperation. The customer will profit from this cooperation and will receive a lot of innovative products in the near future.”
Global Truss and A.T.C. will be exhibiting at Prolight+Sound 2019 (2-5 April) in Frankfurt.
(Jim Evans)

 
chroma-q-celebrates-15-years-in-led-at-pls-showPL+S: Chroma-Q continues celebrations
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - Chroma-Q will continue to celebrate its 15th year as a producer of performance LED lighting products by showing its latest range of LED Solutions at Prolight + Sound.
Chroma-Q has been a pioneer in the development of LED lighting for entertainment applications since launching the Color Block DB4 in 2004. The brand's latest generation of lighting solutions utilises Chroma-Q's proprietary homogenised optics, colour management and dimming technologies - drawing upon 15 years of LED expertise.
The Brute Force LED alternative to traditional light sources such as a quarter ‘Wendy Light’, will be making a big impact this year. Capable of delivering up to 140,000 lumens and drawing just 15 amps at 240V, the larger Brute Force 6 is a versatile, controllable fixture.
After its unveiling at the show last year, the Studio Force II has been adopted in a number of studios. This high intensity, tuneable white LED wash batten delivers variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control, and can produce deep saturated colours when needed.
Widely adopted by major film & television companies, the award-winning Space Force LED space/soft light combines a powerful output with tuneable white control in a lightweight, internally ballasted design featuring low heat convection cooling.
The award-winning Chroma-Q Color Force II will also be on show to demonstrate stunning colour blending for grazing a variety of interior surfaces.
Providing inspiration for the architectural and installation market is the Chroma-Q Inspire range of c

 
 
ayrtonplsPL+S: Ayrton launches Levante & Diablo
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - Ayrton’s new compact Levante and Diablo 300W LED wash and profile luminaires are ready to ship and will be celebrated in full force at Prolight+Sound 2019.
Levante is a miniaturised version of the Bora wash light, endowed with outstanding performance capabilities in an ultra-compact form that matches the dimensions of Mistral.
With Levante, Ayrton has created a wash luminaire that can actually sculpture light and added a high-transmission diffusion filter to the zoom lens group to erase the edge of the beam without changing its angle. A variable linear frost system allows the user to adjust the desired diffusion level with precision.
Weighing just over 20kg and with a light output greater than 20,000 lumens, Levante’s optical system is specially developed for optimum wash applications. Its many features include a barndoor module allowing shutters to be positioned across 100% of the surface area, a CMY colour mixing system, a variable CTO and a wheel with seven complementary colours, for an infinite palette of vivid pastels and saturated colours. In addition, a 15-blade iris diaphragm and a wheel with seven indexable rotating gobos are supplied as standard.
Weighing just over 20kg, Ayrton’s innovative, ultra-compact Diablo is the smallest, lightest and most efficient LED luminaire of its type, with a record output of 19,000 lumens from its 300W source. Versatile and feature-rich, Diablo matches the ultra-compact Mistral dimensions, and joins Khamsin and Ghibli in Ayrton’s stunning new profile luminaire range.
Diablo

 
25th-anniversarysignet4cPL+S: GLP celebrates 25 Years with innovations
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - GLP is celebrating a landmark year in its history as it marks its 25th anniversary in 2019 Founded by Udo Künzler in a 200sq.m workshop in Karlsbad, southern Germany, the operation has developed into one of the leading stage and event technology companies.
Occupying their biggest stand to date - a 380sq.m space in hall 12.1, D36 - there will be plenty to entice lighting professionals, from the signature lightshows (this year choreographed by American designer, Nate Files) to the GLP beer, enabling LDs to chat informally at the bar with company representatives.
The KNV series of modules is this year extended from the original KNV Cube and KNV Arc with the addition of the KNV Line and KNV Dot, offering even more creative opportunities for production designers.
Launched alongside, is the impression S350 Wash - a logical partner for the S350 unveiled last year. The same high-efficiency LED white light source, with 350 watts of power, ensures excellent colour rendering. Of course, in addition to the innovative virtual CTC other attributes of its sister include a framing module onboard.
Finally, the new GLP Highlander is based, as the name implies, on traditional technology: a 1,400W discharge lamp. The wash light impresses not only with its 230mm diameter front lens and signature baseless design, but also in its optical characteristics. It offers a very large zoom range with a punchy 5° beam angle and up to 63° smooth field angle with focus link. A four-blade framing system (± 30° blade tilt, fully lockable, ± 45° rotatable) and a

 
 
atmewpe-front-viewPL+S: MDG promotes haze and fog generators
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - MDG will be exhibiting at Prolight+Sound in the new Hall 12.0 Stand D44 beside its exclusive German distributor, cast C. Adolph & RST Distribution.
MDG will present a selection of its range of atmospheric effects which includes the Me Series of fog generators, the ATMe haze generator, the ICE FOG Series of low fog generators and the award-winning theONE dual mode haze and fog generator, plus a number of accessories including the Round Floor Pocket.
Central to the display, with its new black version on show for the first time in Germany, will be the WPE Series of rugged, non-stop, variable output, IP55-rated haze and fog generators: the ATMe WPE haze generator and Me1 WPE and Me2 WPE fog generators.
The new black WPE Series has been designed to encase all the benefits of standard MDG haze and fog generators in a sturdy, yet discreet, black housing that can blend unobtrusively into a stage set up, indoors and outdoors, to provide the ideal fog and haze solutions for theme parks, outdoor laser shows and the enormous number of outdoor festivals around the world.
For more information on all MDG’s fog, haze and atmosphere generators, visit www.mdgfog.com
(Jim Evans)

 
robert-juliat-at-prolight-sound-frankfurt-copyPL+S: Robert Juliat marks centenary
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - Robert Juliat will take its place at Prolight+Sound trade show in the Lightpower Village as the company marks its 100th anniversary this year.
Occupying a purpose-built stand in hall 12.0, C62, RJ will present its range of recently released LED profile fixtures, the Charles 960SX series. This range of powerful 600W LED profiles is available in three variable zoom ranges (29°/50°, 15°/40° and 8°/16°) for short to long throw applications.
Charles exhibits a high optical efficiency, a 6000K colour temperature and a CRI in excess of 90. The fixture delivers the maximum high output, a flat, even beam and excellent image projection at all beam angles. Smooth electronic dimming and an in-built power supply gives silent operation that is perfect for front of house positions.
From its range of followspots, the 600W Alice and Oz short and long throw followspots will feature. Both possess the expected RJ quality and functionality and pack a punch equal to that of conventional 1200W discharge models.
The award-winning Dalis range will also be represented by Dalis Access 863 and Dalis 864 Footlight.
Dalis Access 863 is a 150W LED cyclight fixture designed to give small-sized venues or those with smaller budgets the first access to Dalis technology. Sharing all the technology of the original Dalis 860 Cyclorama fixture, Dalis Access 863 has four colours and 24 of the patented Dalis asymmetrical micro-reflectors, but retains all the functionality and quality of the original. Equipped with an advanced fanless cooling system, Dalis Acce

 
 
alconsPL+S: Alcons Audio to debut mid-size array
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - Alcons Audio comes to Prolight + Sound 2019 with a number of new pro-ribbon loudspeaker developments, bringing enhanced benefits to small, medium and large-scale live productions.
Exhibiting at Hall 8.0, Stand G71, Alcons is highlighting it’s steadily increasing expansion into the live touring and festival markets with significant additions to its L-series of true line source, vertical array loudspeaker systems, highlighting Alcons’ commitment to bringing the many benefits of pro-ribbon audio quality and directivity to medium/large venues and outdoor festivals.
Positioned between the LR18 compact mid-size and LR28 larger-format systems, the new LR24 mid-size pro-ribbon line-array features a new, specially-designed pro-ribbon transducer. The LR28B low-frequency module sets a new benchmark for arrayable sub-extension, with a new 18" ultra-low distortion woofer design. More detailed specifications will be revealed at the show.
Also highlighted will be the LR18/120, wide-dispersion compact mid-size line-array module. This 120º dispersion LR18 module has already toured with kd lang, Lisa Nilsson and others in Alcons pro-ribbon systems that also included the LR18/90 and LR18B bass extension.
Alcons will also be showing the QR20 modular line-source array column, which received a lot of attention from the professional rental and installation markets at its ISE preview in February.
"With our profile rising in the rental and touring market, Prolight + Sound remains a very important show for Alcons Audio and one of the highlights of

 
sundialPL+S: Artistic Licence debuts sunDial dimmer
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - Artistic Licence will be launching sunDial quad, its new DMX/RDM or Xicato GalaXi controlled mains dimmer. Using trailing edge technology, the product provides smooth fades with dimmable replacement LED, CFL or incandescent sources, with exceptional performance even at very low intensities.
Also on show will be the award-winning DMX controller, matisse, along with the latest splitters, gateways and media server, dVnet.
Artistic Licence CEO and product designer, Wayne Howell, will be present throughout the show to answer questions.
sunDial quad offers a professional solution, with four user-selectable dimming curves providing optimum results for a broad range of fixtures. sunDial quad has been designed to be extremely resilient, with intelligent features that reduce ongoing maintenance needs.
The standard product, sunDial quad dmx 1k, is controlled via DMX512/RDM. Also available is a product variant, sunDial quad xgc 1k, which incorporates Xicato GalaXi technology. This allows wireless control, which is particularly suitable for heritage buildings and retrofit applications where the installation of new data cabling would be problematic. The xgc product merges radio and DMX data on an HTP basis. Both product variants share the same rich feature set.
Winner of a 2018 PLASA Award for Innovation, the matisse dmx dimmer will be actively demonstrated at the show. matisse is a programmable, multi-function DMX controller presented in a wall-mount format. All the electronics are mounted on the rear of the panel, so there is no need for

 
 
jumpsky2Chauvet DJ adds bounce to trampoline park
Monday, 25 March 2019

Belgium - As trampoline parks jump in popularity, proprietors seek new ways to stand out in an increasingly crowded market.
For the owners of JumpSky, creating this point of distinction involved adding bright colour-mixing Chauvet DJ SlimPAR fixtures, installed by Wim Zwarts of DiverZe.
“Our client wanted to create a better atmosphere in the trampoline park by enhancing the sound and light,” says Zwarts. “Being a former indoor tennis court, there were only general discharge lamps in the park, which limited the kind of looks they could create. I met with the client to present a total sound-and-light solution. From the lighting standpoint, the ability to create colourful, vibrant looks was a top priority.”
To achieve this goal, Zwarts installed 76 SlimPAR Pro H USB and 26 SlimPAR T12 USB fixtures throughout the trampoline park. Flown on truss above the trampolines, as well as over the trapeze and the Ninja warrior cage course, the SlimPAR Pro H USB fixtures are used to elevate the excitement level at the park with their mix of vivid colours.
“We chose the SlimPAR Pro H USB because of its colorising capabilities,” explains Zwarts. “Its UV capabilities are especially useful in allowing us to create bold colors that really contribute to the atmosphere inside, particularly in areas where we want more intensity.”
The SlimPAR T12 USB fixtures are flown over the tumbling track, small breakout rooms and the downstairs waiting area. From these positions, the RGB fixtures are used to create mellower atmospheric moods.
Flexibl

 
taukphotocreditstrawberryislanddwellerScott Light goes Rogue for Tauk
Monday, 25 March 2019

USA - Progressive rockers Tauk began their national Let It Be tour on 31 January at the Portland House of Music, running through a June appearance at Michigan’s Electric Forest Festival.
Supporting the band’s long, winding riffs, as they take audiences on a mind-expanding journey, is a bright, and distinctly original, Scott Light lightshow anchored by Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Beam fixtures.
Positioned on truss columns ranging from 1.5ft to 6.5ft in height, the 10 Rogue R1 Beam units in Light’s rig create an intricate matrix of overlapping beams across the stage. Shot in different directions and from varying heights, light from the 132W fixtures creates alternating areas of intense brightness and dark space, an effect that reinforces the shifting reality spirit of the band’s sci-fi inspired sound.
This effect is amplified by the Rogue R1 Beam’s independently controlled prisms, which allow Light to create split beam effects. “I really like that the Rogue lets me overlap the prisms, which is something I haven’t found in other beams of this type,” he says. “It’s a great tool when you want to create layers of light.”
Also high on Light’s list of favourite Rogue R1 Spot attributes is the fixture’s colorizing capability. “The Rogue has this light green colour that it creates, and I really like that,” he says. “I also use some pinks, along with blues and yellows, to get these original looks. Varying the heights of my Rogues and coming up with different color schemes keeps the show diverse and reflects my cl

 
 
davidchancereul-amirtourssll500SSL Live backs Amir European tour
Monday, 25 March 2019

Europe - French-Israeli singer-songwriter Amir is currently making his way through France and Belgium as part of his latest 2019 European live tour. Backing up the artist on FOH duties is engineer Ivan Herceg, with David Chancereul on monitors; both using SSL Live consoles.
Supplied by Dushow, the set up includes an SSL L500 handling monitors, with Herceg opting for the smaller SSL L200, as it has performed so well for him on previous outings. Amir's tour is playing across sizeable arenas and Herceg is happy the L200 is more than up to the job.
“I love these 36 faders, and have found the L200 very good for me overall,” he explains. “So I can tour with the L200 easily, and it sounds fantastic.”
Herceg says it’s not only the overall smoothness of sound and presence of the instruments in the mix, but also that 'in your face' feel that he seems to be able to achieve using his SSL L200.
“What I mean by that is, if you move something a little bit, it really moves; and if you push it a little bit on the EQ, it actually comes closer. These kind of sensations we have never felt with other brands in a live application,” he says. “Also, it goes from very low to very high in every octave; it's really clean and it doesn't mask anything. The desk is amazingly transparent and the headroom is huge. There is just way more depth and detail, sonically.”
(Jim Evans)

 
ballroomHarman solution for Singapore ballroom
Monday, 25 March 2019

Singapore - To create an enchanting ballroom experience for weddings and special events at their luxury hotel in Marina Bay, Pan Pacific Singapore hired Mynalight to design a dynamic LED ceiling installation using Martin by Harman VC-Dot 1 strips.
Pan Pacific Hotels Group operates upscale hotels, resorts and serviced suites throughout Asia Pacific and North America for the redesigned 800-capacity ballroom Pan Pacific Singapore wanted to create an immersive and customizable lighting experience for thematic weddings and events. Pan Pacific Singapore hired Mynalight to design and deploy a LED lighting installation in the ballroom ceiling that could complement the elegant colour schemes, table settings and flower arrangements of the hotel’s wedding themes.
"Lighting the ballroom for Pan Pacific Singapore was an ambitious project, which we approached in our uniquely collaborative style,” said Ms. Yaeko Hashimoto, principal lighting designer, Mynalight. “After much scrutiny and discussion with our experts, we concluded that Martin lighting fixtures would be ideal for the media effect ceiling they were looking for. It not only produces a spectacular lighting design, but turns the ballroom into a unique experience."
Mynalight decided to highlight the ballroom’s abstract, coral-inspired ceiling design by mounting 7,120 VC-Dot 1 creative LED pixels along the intersecting lines that divide the recessed portions of the ceiling. The VC-Dot 1 system form a network of more than 7,120 individual controllable LED media pixels, which are capable of displayi

 
 
dlives5000-press-imageAllen & Heath updates dLive firmware
Monday, 25 March 2019

UK - Allen & Heath continues to advance its flagship dLive mixing system with the release of the latest firmware update, V1.8, adding “a huge raft of power-features that engineers will love”, from MCAs and Talkback Groups through to a a new DEEP processing plug-in, the OptTronik.
In monitor world, V1.8 adds Mix Control Association (MCA), bringing the convenience of DCA groups and spills to monitor engineers, enabling simple control over multiple AUX/MTX sends via a single fader.
This update further improves ease of control by introducing A/B/C/D inputs, enabling up to 4 input sockets to be assigned to every input channel, and provides fast and seamless selection of sockets via SoftKeys – enabling rapid switching to a backup microphone, or to pre-recorded files on a playback system.
The addition of 12 assignable Talkback Groups, which can be populated with any combination of the available mix busses, simplifies talkback routing with SoftKey controls enabling the engineer to quickly switch between different talkback destinations such as musicians, technicians or other production staff.
Joining dLive’s acclaimed suite of DEEP processors, V1.8 sees the introduction of the ‘OptTronik’ compressor. Inspired by a tube-driven, electro-optical levelling amplifier, OptTronik’s smooth, musical compression makes it a match for many sources, including vocals and bass guitar.
Mike Bangs, live sound/touring manager at Allen & Heath USA, himself an in-demand monitor engineer, says: “V1.8 is the next step in our string of user-dri

 
simon-phillipsStage set for Sound:Check XPO 2019
Monday, 25 March 2019

Mexico - The 17th edition of Sound:Check XPO, Mexico’s leading music industry show, is taking place on 28-30 April at the Mexico City’s World Trade Centre, with the latest developments in audio, video, lighting and staging set to be showcased across more than 13,000sq.m of exhibition space.
Over 22,000 attendees are expected to visit the show, which will also include a programme of masterclasses, with musician Simon Phillips, Mimi Fox and Camilo Laro from Instituto Mexicano del Sonido/Mexican Institute of Sound, the AES Mexico Annual Conference and the Tendencias (Trends) sessions.
The Harman Auditorium will be the stage for product presentations that can be heard and seen in full operation, accompanied by technical talks with leading industry professionals.
The AES Annual Conference will feature Sergio Molho (Waters-Storyk Design Group), Jonathan Wyner (mastering engineer, education director and Izotope chief studio engineer), Lenise Bent (engineer and producer), Bruce C. Olson (Olson Sound Design founder), John La Grou (Millenia Media founder), Merlijn van Even (Meyer Sound senior technical support and education specialist), Mark Drink (audio engineer for Suzanne Vega, Boston Pops Orchestra, Tony Bennet and KD Lang), Sergio Díaz (sound designer of the movie Roma), and AES global president, Nadja Wallaszkovits.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
saudiProtec builds business in Saudi Arabia
Friday, 22 March 2019

Saudi Arabia - AV equipment supplier Production Technology (Protec) has reported that, thanks to recent purchases, it now offers the same brands and services from its new warehouse in Riyadh that it does from its Dubai HQ.
The company has already been involved in a string of major events, including Formula E. Saudi Arabia, one of the first major international sporting events ever staged in the country.
For this project, Protec’s audio team chose a range of L-Acoustics to cover an extensive area across six grandstand viewing areas, two hospitality areas, the podium, a gaming area and the e-village stage. Video turned to Barco’s S3 and Luminex networking to livestream to 140 screens across the venue which required 19km of fibre to ensure 4K video with less than one frame of delay. Lighting used their new SGM P-10 and Claypaky lights for the E-Motion club and hospitality village.
Another major event in Saudi Arabia that Protec provided a complete package for was the new tourism destination, Al Qiddiya, planned to be the world’s largest entertainment destination. Based in the desert with no infrastructure in place, Protec was invited to supply the temporary structure including a 36m x 88m Supa Dome with full technical support inside the auditorium as well as scenic, staging and automation for the ceremony attended by royalty and VVIPs to celebrate the beginning of an estimated two-year build project.
Following Saudi’s successful expansion, focus is moving to the UK based Protec European Events. New premises have been acquired, more than do

 
mk3-wash-profilePL+S: Chauvet showcases more Mavericks
Friday, 22 March 2019

Germany - In 2016 Chauvet Professional made major waves at Prolight + Sound when it introduced its line of Maverick fixtures. This year, the company will be celebrating the anniversary of its popular moving lights at the Frankfurt show with the first public preview of the brightest, most feature-rich fixtures ever in the Maverick line.
Marketed around the theme “Take your breath away,” the Maverick MK3 Spot and Maverick MK3 Profile will “do just that with an eye-popping output from one of the most powerful single-source LED engines in any moving head fixture currently on the market”, says the company.
“These are the brightest lights ever in the Maverick line,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We listened very carefully to the designer feedback we received at an invitation-only private showing of fixture prototypes last year to refine and develop the features that fit the real-world needs of touring LDs.”
Delivering all the brightness needed for any arena or stadium application, the two 820W LED fixtures are user-friendly in terms of their weight and dimensions. The two fixtures are also rich in a wide range of performance features, including full-loaded static, rotation and animation effects. Both fixtures also have a 6° to 54° zoom angle, the widest Chauvet Professional has ever offered.
Following Prolight + Sound, Chauvet Professional will be hosting Maverick MK3 Spot preview events around the world.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
mantraminianglePL+S: LSC Lighting Systems unveils DINrail
Friday, 22 March 2019

Germany - LSC Lighting Systems will once again be exhibiting at the forthcoming Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt (12.1-C67).
This show will see the official release of the new DINrail range of LSC products including LED drivers, MDR DMX RDM splitters and a preview of the new Mantra Mini DINrail playback unit and Houston X software, allowing configuration and monitoring of GenVI, APS, UNITY and the entire new DIN range of products.
The LED-CV4 is a four-channel, 12V or 24V LED dimmer with constant voltage, a 5A per channel output and is a True 16-bit dimmer controlled via DMX and configured by RDM. It has built-in, short-circuit protection per channel with auto-reset, current monitoring, variable frequency output and can be monitored and configured via the new LSC Houston X software system.
The MDR-DIN data distribution range is a new four-way, DINrail-mounted version of the popular MDR DMX splitter with RDM as standard. Each port is optically isolated and it is available with either RJ45 or terminal connectors. Each output of MDR-DIN can be RDM enabled/disabled as required by the user.
LSC will also be previewing Mantra Mini, a new addition to the award-winning Mantra range. The nine-module DINrail-mounted recording and playback unit offers all the functionality of Mantra in a simple-to-install package.
(Jim Evans)

 
bromptonWorldStage invests in Brompton Technology
Friday, 22 March 2019

USA - Established almost four decades ago, event technology specialist WorldStage makes a practice of investing in equipment that matches its goal of supplying top of the line technology to its clients. With that in mind, WorldStage has made a major commitment to Brompton Technology’s Tessera LED processors.
WorldStage operates in multiple markets throughout the US. The company’s projects include Broadway productions, art installations, television shows, touring productions and high-end corporate meetings.
“The past three years have been a period of significant growth for us, and whenever we make large investments in technology we partner with the best players in the market,” explains WorldStage CEO, Gary Standard. “Our high-level engineering staff always looks at technology from that viewpoint.
“We understand the importance of good processing and wanted to partner with Brompton because we recognise its superior product line: That’s what sets Brompton apart.”
Brompton’s SX40 high capacity processor and Tessera XD distribution unit offers a multitude of features, such as support for full 4K screens at 60Hz with 12 bits per colour output, a zero-latency up/down scaler that matches the source to the screen, plus all of Tessera’s industry-leading processing features such as ChromaTune colour correction and On Screen Colour Adjustment (OSCA).
Combined with the Tessera XD distribution unit, a sophisticated single box solution designed to manage the complications of mass cabling that can arise with large LED display systems

 
 
iseISE issues clarification statement
Friday, 22 March 2019

The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Events, the organiser of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), has issued a clarification as it seeks to differentiate its flagship trade show from industry events with similar monikers.
The organisation says in a statement: “There are some events in the pro AV and systems integration field with which [ISE] has no connection, including the AV Integrated Systems Expo Mumbai, or AV-ISE in a shortened format. ISE wishes to make this fact clear to its exhibitors and attendees to ensure that there is no confusion.
Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, comments: “We put a lot of time, resource and effort into creating a show experience at Integrated Systems Europe that is second to none. We trust that, when deciding whether to attend any given show, AV and systems integration professionals will look beyond the chosen name and make their own judgements.”
As well as the main ISE show each February, Integrated Systems Events also organises Integrated Systems Russia and the Digital Signage Summit series of events. In addition, Integrated Systems Events produces a number of the conferences that take place during ISE. Integrated Systems Events also participates with the numerous exhibitions and events produced by its co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA.
(Jim Evans)

 
calibrePL+S: Calibre launches 4K scaler/switcher
Friday, 22 March 2019

Germany - Calibre’s new HQPro1000 4K/UltraHD scaler/switcher is receiving its first public showing at Prolight + Sound (4-B35). The first in the company’s HQPro series along with the new HQPro1050 remote controller will be available for Q2/2019 delivery.
“The HQPro1000 is the result of an extensive market research effort that revealed a real need for higher performance at lower price points,” said Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK. “There is a whole market segment that is not being catered for - and we believe the HQPro1000 responds to what those customers are looking for by setting a new level of price/performance. It features extensive functionality that has traditionally been associated with a high price - and delivers it at a much more affordable level.”
Designed for professional AV and LED large venue applications, the HQPro1000 features a modular architecture composed of the base unit, two optional input cards and one optional output card.
The base unit includes two 4K HDMI 2.0 inputs, one 4K HDMI 2.0 output plus a confidence monitor output and genlock connectors.
The initial release also includes an input card featuring a 4K HDMI 2.0, 4K Display Port 1.2 and a 3G-SDI interfaces greatly expanding the number of supported sources. The initial release also includes a card with four 2K HDMI 1.4 outputs allowing for splicing up-to four LED walls. Future releases will include 12G-SDI and HDBT input and output cards.
The optional cards allow customers to configure the unit according to their specific requirements

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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