PL+S 2020: Latest on exhibitor cancellationsPL+S 2020: Latest on exhibitor cancellations
Friday, 6 March 2020

Europe - Several key exhibitors have pulled out of the postponed Prolight+Sound (PL+S) exhibition due to scheduling clashes and health concerns.
Companies including Adamson, Allen & Heath, d&b audiotechnik, Robe Lighting, ETC and High End Systems and L-Acoustics have formally withdrawn from the trade event due to scheduling conflicts or health concerns.
The annual Frankfurt-based tradeshow was set to take place at the end of March but was pushed back to 26-29 May due to the coronavirus outbreak. The new dates have however prompted exhibitors to reassess their plans for the fair.
d&b audiotechnik announced its withdrawal in a tweet, stating: “With the announcement of Prolight+Sound moving to May, we have decided we are unable to participate due to the logistics of the new date, including quality of experience for partners and customers. Apologies for any disappointment, we will reassess for next year.”
In a joint statement, Nils-Peter Keller, senior director Pro Audio & AV Group, Yamaha Music Europe, and Nexo CEO Jean Mullor said: “As two of the leading brands in the professional audio industry, many staff and customers of both companies will be gearing up for the busy outdoor festival season during the show’s revised dates at the end of May. Ther

Robe lights lively Mamma Mia!Robe lights lively Mamma Mia!
Friday, 6 March 2020

Czech Republic - David Kachlir has delivered a lively lighting design for the current production of Mamma Mia!, which is playing on the 680-seat Musical Stage at Městské Divadlo (City Theatre) in Brno, Czech Republic.
At the heart of the Musical Stage lighting rig are some of Robe LED luminaires including new T1 Profiles and T1 Fresnels, DL7S Profiles and LEDBeam 150s, part of an investment process in the brand that started in 2015.
It’s the first time that David has lit the foot-tapping musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of Abba and set on a Greek island.
He has enjoyed the challenge, working alongside a strong creative team including director Petr Gazdik, also one of the Czech Republic’s best-known actors, and set designer Emil Konecny.
“Petr had some very clear ideas about lighting right at the start of the creative discussions,” explained David, saying that while he communicated these very lucidly, Petr also values working collaboratively, “so I also had the space to come up with suggestions”.
The 14 DLS Profiles, featuring the seven-colour engine specifically designed for theatre - are split into two positions - a row on one of the upstage LX bars for rear lighting, specials, gobos and texturing onto the floor, and a row of seven on one of the front advanced bars just about the first rows of the audience.
The rear DL7S Profiles provide atmospheric lighting for some of the solos as well as picking out the principles in the big production numbers with all the cast on

Karnaval SCTV celebrates with JBLKarnaval SCTV celebrates with JBL
Friday, 6 March 2020

Indonesia - The Voices recently equipped the Karnaval SCTV stage with a JBL by Harman audio system to deliver powerful sound with balanced coverage for a variety of musical acts.
Karnaval SCTV is a popular variety show on Surya Citra Televisi (SCTV) that is broadcast live from several major cities throughout Indonesia each month. The shows feature a star-studded cast of celebrity guest appearances as well as live musical performances.
To commemorate the 18th anniversary of the city of Lubuklinggau, Karnaval SCTV broadcast live from Silampari Sports Park, welcoming a host of celebrities including musicians, television personalities and soap opera stars to the stage.
“The client required a powerful sound system that could reach every member of the audience,” comments Liauw Wu Shen, owner, The Voices. “The system had to be dynamic and adaptable to deliver spectacular performance for a variety of music genres and performances. The event commemorated the 18th anniversary of Lubuklinggau city and hosted a variety of eminent celebrities, so reliability was extremely important. After considering these factors, we decided that the versatile JBL VTX series systems would be best suited for the project.”
The Voices deployed JBL VTX A8 line array loudspeakers to deliver clear, detailed sound for a variety of musical performances. Paired with a JBL VTX B18 18-inch subwoofer, the system delivered powerful bass response with improved linearity and increased sensitivity. To power the system, Wu Shen selected a Crown VRack 4x3500H

Void Acoustics extends Bias and Air seriesVoid Acoustics extends Bias and Air series
Friday, 6 March 2020

Europe - At ISE 2020, Void Acoustics showcased the latest additions to the Bias and Air ranges.
The Bias Q1 joins the Bias family of Void Acoustics amplifiers. It is a four channel DSP+Dante amplifier and has been adapted with smaller dimensions and is lighter in weight than the Bias Q5. Whilst operating from the same amplifier platform the Bias Q1 is still durable and maintains the impressive sound quality which end users have come to expect from Void Acoustics. It is multi-application and designed for use in bars, clubs, for corporate and live music venues as well as large-scale outdoor events and touring.
The Airten V3 release is the latest addition to the Void Acoustics Air Series. Having made significant enhancements to the futuristic-styled composite loudspeaker, the Airten V3 offers improved performance and is built for the exacting demands of high-end venue operators and integrators. “With its sculpted fibreglass shape and the fact that it can be custom built to a RAL colour of your choice it is fair to say that these speakers are selling like hotcakes across the globe,” says Mike Newman, head of sales & marketing.
Reflecting on the overall response to their product ranges at ISE where Void were exhibiting for the second year running, Mike continues, “The show was excellent and although footfall at the exhibition was significantly lower due to various global events, the quality of visitors attending was still very high and we saw customers from all over the word including South Africa, Armenia, France, Germany, Spain and the UK.


Proteus on track on slopes of KitzbühelProteus on track on slopes of Kitzbühel
Friday, 6 March 2020

Austria - When German car manufacturer Audi looked to draw attention to their first fully electric model car, Audi e-tron, at the Audi guest experience in Kitzbühel, lighting designer Chris Moylan of Optikalusion says the only option he really had was Elation’s Proteus Hybrid.
“It’s the only fixture that would have worked for this,” he says, explaining that he needed a powerful, IP65-rated lighting fixture he could place every few meters along very difficult terrain full of snow and ice, something that could tolerate the harsh environment of the Austrian Alps, including subfreezing temperatures. “The Proteus Hybrid is tough. It’s weatherproof, bright and reliable, the ideal fixture for this type of event.”
Produced by creative agency Dreinull and event lead agency Die Favoriten, Moylan handled lighting design for the event together with Dreinull, who came up with the lighting concept and initial design. According to the LD, the lighting brief was quite clear – a forest of beams that could react to cars as they drive along a narrow, winding mountainous road.
He explains: “The cars would drive past sensors which would then trigger a number of lights to move and pass their beams over the car. Pure cyan from the Proteus remained bright enough to show clear beams while giving the forest a magical, otherworldly look. Once the cars had passed, the lights would point back to the ground and await the next car.”
Rows of Proteus Hybrids lined the route with a line of fixtures perched atop a rock wall at the end of the road drawing

Area Four creates Rigging CommandosArea Four creates Rigging Commandos
Friday, 6 March 2020

Europe - Area Four Industries has created The Rigging Commandos, a rigging & trussing team with a mission to “elevate event engineering & safety practices in the entertainment industry through continuous education programmes”.
Made up of six team members, the Rigging Commandos will use their knowledge and practical experience in a series of rigging & trussing videos, which will be produced throughout the year and released to on Area Four's video channel
Members of the Rigging Commandos team were chosen not only for their knowledge and experience in entertainment production, but also for their ability to communicate directly with riggers and technicians, says the company.
Eric Porter, British rigging consultant and head Rigging Commando, leads the group. Norbert Tripp, German structural engineer and Area Four Industries’ technical director, takes you to the front line of static calculations, physical truss characteristics and support structure physics that keep you working smarter and safer.
Also in the team are Adam Beaumont, Exe Technology brand manager and seasoned entertainment professional; Will Todd, Tomcat COO; Adrian Forbes, Tomcat/JTE/Area Four Industries America sales & marketing director, and communications specialist David Gore.

DiGiGrid at core of Kings of Floyd showsDiGiGrid at core of Kings of Floyd shows
Friday, 6 March 2020

Germany - Kings of Floyd are a Pink Floyd tribute band based in Germany. Led by Brit, Mark Gillespie, this assembly of international musicians has earned a reputation for presenting an accurate and atmospheric representation of the supergroup. The band regularly undertake national tours, playing popular theatre venues to sold out audiences. In order to replicate and do justice to the magic and majesty of Pink Floyd, Kings of Floyd and their experienced crew place audio quality high on their list of priorities.
FOH engineer Howard Heckers, notable for his work with Supertramp co-founder Roger Hodgson amongst others, is the band’s audio lynchpin and his work in helping to produce the authentic Floyd sound is essential. Central to his setup for Kings of Floyd is a DiGiGrid IOS unit, as he explains:
“I’ve been a DiGiGrid user for a while now, having started touring with the Waves LV1 around three years ago. In 200-plus shows during that time, DiGiGrid products have never let me down. I use the DiGiGrid IOS for front-of-house - it’s the best option available with eight inputs, eight outputs, two headphone outputs and AES. It’s ideal for PA feeds and some local inputs like talkback and playback from a video stream for the show. I love the preamps - very transparent and clear.”
Heckers, whose career credits also include Liza Minnelli, Melanie and Randy Newman, owns several DiGiGrid products: “I actually have three Waves LV1 setups for different tours. The Kings of Floyd gear stays in the truck but I use a similar setup for other tours. I

PR Aqua Beams add drama to Slovak CupPR Aqua Beams add drama to Slovak Cup
Friday, 6 March 2020

Slovakia - The Slovak Volleyball Federation recently contracted laser specialists, Kvant, to provide a spectacular multimedia show for the Superfinals of the Slovak Cup, at the Eurovia Arena in Bratislava.
The clients were looking for a high-quality ‘curtain raiser’ for the opening of the men’s and women’s finals, and to entertain the audience between the breaks. Following the finals, there was a live performance as the winners were announced. Helping to boost the extravaganza were 24 Aqua 580 Beam from PR Lighting.
The spectacular itself was designed by Martin Gabco, Kvant's show designer, with lighting, laser beam and graphics all operating to time-code. While Kvant fielded 10 of their ClubMax 10W lasers and four Spectrum 30W lasers, some of the PR Lighting pieces were set on the balconies around the hall, some combined in a floor package behind the LED perimeter, and some were rigged above the field of play, on local overhead catenaries as the coherent beams of the lasers weaved their magic.
Kvant favour the PR Aqua 580 Beam for its supreme power and waterproof rating, and as such they stock it exclusively in their rental inventory. The fixture itself is waterproof (IP66-rated) and produces a powerful output from a Philips 25R 550W engine which is calibrated at 7800K. Housing PR's patent optics and a tight 2-degree beam angle the fixture is packed with advanced features.
Projecting over a distance of approximately 50m, the PR Lighting pieces decorated and boosted the ambience around the hall - which was particularly effective since

The RØDE House live music venue opensThe RØDE House live music venue opens
Friday, 6 March 2020

USA - RØDE Microphones has announced that the doors to the RØDE House have opened. The RØDE House is live music and performance space within the Momentary, a new contemporary art space in Bentonville, Arkansas which officially opened to the public on Saturday 22 February.
The Momentary was founded by the Walton Family, based on the vision of Tom, Olivia, and Steuart Walton. The Walton Family Foundation is supporting the project as a way to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. Occupying a decommissioned 63,000sq.ft cheese factory in Bentonville, Arkansas, the Momentary is a satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded by Alice Walton.
The RØDE House is a multidisciplinary performance space within the old Milk Intake Room of the factory. In 2018, RØDE founder and chairman Peter Freedman became a founding funder of the Momentary alongside Walmart, Coca-Cola and The Tyson Family Foundation, and construction of the RØDE House began. The venue is a platform for Australian and international artists to perform for American audiences, and marks the beginning of a new cultural exchange between Australia and the US.
To commemorate the opening, a special ceremony took place on the site, with traditional custodians of the land on which the Momentary stands, the Osage Nation - represented by Chief Standing Bear and Cameron Pratt, curriculum specialist at the Osage Nation Immersion School - coming together with Australian First Nations representatives Leslie McLeod and Wesley Shaw.
“To witness this union of First Nation

Sennheiser celebrates 75th anniversarySennheiser celebrates 75th anniversary
Thursday, 5 March 2020

Europe - This year, Sennheiser will mark its 75th anniversary with a range of events and initiatives and limited editions. During the year, Sennheiser will be “giving voice to the people that make magic sound moments happen, while saying thank you to all Sennheiser fans with exciting promotions, competitions and special editions”.
“We are very happy to celebrate our anniversary this year. It is a celebration of our 75-year history, which has not only been shaped by exceptional ideas and innovations, by taking on challenging projects and achieving numerous successes - above all, we are celebrating an enduring passion for great sound”, comments Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser, who alongside his brother Daniel Sennheiser is the third generation of the family to lead the company.
“This passion still drives us today. We are constantly innovating new technologies and products to create sound that our customers can feel, instead of just hear.”
The motto for the year is ‘This is Your Crew’. “Just like the crew at a concert makes unforgettable stage performances possible, our Sennheiser crew brings ideas to life - for and together with our customers. This is why ‘This is Your Crew’ is the perfect motto for our anniversary year,” explains Daniel Sennheiser. “We would like to introduce and tell the stories of the people who are usually outside of the spotlight - our customers, partners, artists, friends and most of all our employees.”
75 stories describe 75 magic moments from the past and the present - toge

Solotech acquires Pro SoundSolotech acquires Pro Sound
Thursday, 5 March 2020

USA - Increasing its presence in the US, Solotech has announced the acquisition of Pro Sound, Inc., an audio, video, lighting and broadcast integration company, headquartered in Miami, Florida with offices and warehouses in Orlando, Pensacola and Los Angeles.
Solotech has also acquired Pro Sound, Inc.’s Stage Equipment and Lighting (SEAL) brand as well as affiliates Pro Sound CA, Inc., and Show Systems, Inc.
“Pro Sound Inc. and its divisions have an incredibly strong reputation in the North American marketplace. Under the leadership of Rod Sintow, CEO, who has built a well-respected management and operational team, the company has been trusted to work in some of the most renowned venues throughout the United States,” states Martin Tremblay, president and CEO of Groupe Solotech.
“Rod and his team share our unwavering dedication to quality work, innovative solutions and best industry operational practices. The Pro Sound & Video, SEAL and Show Systems brands will be strong additions to the Solotech family, perfectly complementing our corporate goals and propelling our Systems Integration capabilities as well as our footprint in the United States.”
Pro Sound & Video, Stage Equipment and Lighting and Show Systems will each continue to operate under their current names, with the upcoming unified branding of ‘A Solotech Company’.
Joining the senior management of Solotech, Rod Sintow continues his role as CEO of Pro Sound, Inc. and will work closely with Philip Giffard, president of the sales and systems integration divisio

Mavericks light Legend of MorriconeMavericks light Legend of Morricone
Thursday, 5 March 2020

Europe - The sell-out crowds that fill Italian and Swiss concert halls to see the Legend of Morricone can be forgiven if every now and then they forget where they are, and are transported back to a time when they sat in their favourite cinemas. Such is the redolent power of the musical scores written by this four-time Academy Award winning composer.
Dating back to his seminal score for the Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood spaghetti western The Good the Band and The Ugly up to his current work for films like Quinten Tarantino’s The Hateful 8, Morricone has demonstrated a genius for weaving music into the very fabric of a film.
Conveying the intense imagery of the maestro’s music in light during the Legend of Morricone tour is a nuanced and richly textured Patrick lavarone design that features Chauvet Professional Maverick fixtures supplied by Fumasoli Audio and Lights Rental.
For most of the 26-city tour, lavarone is carrying a rig that features 10 Maverick MK2 Wash and four MK2 Spot fixtures. At larger venues like the Teatro Europauditorium in Parma, his rig was expanded to include 24 of the Maverick MK2 Wash units to account for an extra wide stage. “A bigger lighting setup was made for the Europauditorium because the place is large, and I needed to have more freedom of movement since the dancers were added for this show,” explains Iavarone.
At Parma, Iavarone divided his 24 Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures evenly on four rows of overhead truss. The 12 wash units on the two downstage truss rows were used to accent t

MDG postpones anniversary celebrationsMDG postpones anniversary celebrations
Thursday, 5 March 2020

Germany - Following the announcement of Prolight+Sound 2020’s postponement until late May, MDG has moved its planned anniversary celebrations to next year.
MDG president and CEO Martin Michaud comments: “We are sorry to announce that, in view of the current situation regarding the coronavirus, (Covid-19), we have taken the decision to postpone MDG’s 40th anniversary celebration at the Union Halle in Frankfurt.
“We have given this careful consideration and strongly believe that the safety and security of our MDG Family comes first. Seeing the increasing measures being taken on an international scale to contain its spread, we feel a social responsibility to play our part in reducing the chances of transmission, and feel it is a prudent move to postpone the gathering.
“We are, of course, very disappointed but have no doubt this is the right decision for everyone’s sake. However, it is only a postponement, and we look forward to welcoming you all next year for a big 40th+1 celebration!”

University honours Bandit’s StricklandUniversity honours Bandit’s Strickland
Thursday, 5 March 2020

USA - The University of Tennessee System honoured Bandit Lies founder and president Michael T. Strickland with The Presidents Council Service Award on 31 January. The President’s Council Awards Dinner was held at the Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee and was attended by several hundred Tennessee alumni from across the country. The UT System is comprised of multiple campuses and locations across the great state of Tennessee.
Strickland was recognised for a lifetime of service and dedication to the entire University of Tennessee System.
“Without the higher education I was afforded in my time at UTK, I would never have been able to achieve at the level that I did,” he says. “It is my mission to enlighten other people, create engagement and involvement with the school, and enable as many other people as possible to have the same education and opportunity that I did. I am truly blessed.”
This recognition comes on the heels of the entertainment industry giving Strickland the Parnelli Lifetime Visionary Award for his distinguished career in the business. Strickland, a pioneer of entertainment lighting, was feted on 17 January in Anaheim, California in front of 800 entertainment executives.
“I am truly humbled and honoured that The University of Tennessee System has recognized me in this way,” concludes Strickland. “It is an honour I will always cherish.”

grandMA3 takes centre stage at Super BowlgrandMA3 takes centre stage at Super Bowl
Thursday, 5 March 2020

USA - grandMA3 consoles made their Super Bowl Halftime Show debut at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium where they joined a complement of grandMA2 consoles to control video elements, stage effects and the LED wristbands worn by approximately 65,000 spectators.
Super Bowl LIV featured one of the most talked about Pepsi Halftime Shows in years with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez turning up the heat with their high-energy, bilingual performances on the main stage.
Jason Rudolph, a lighting director for the halftime show for the last decade, was equipped with a pair of grandMA3 light consoles and four grandMA3 processing unit M to control all the video elements in the show as well as the LED lighting not from moving head fixtures.
“We pixelmapped the KNV LED cubes on media servers and fed that via Art-Net to the grandMA3, where I merged it so that I could control the cubes either via the console programming or via content,” Rudolph explains. “The media server were controlled via MA-Net, and we sent out sACN for data distribution to the system.”
Eric Marchwinski of Earlybird Visual, LLC programmed PixMob on a grandMA2 in session with Rudolph so the latter could trigger the crowd’s LED wristbands during the show. Montreal-based crowd lighting company PixMob helped spectators feel like part of the show with illuminated wristbands synchronized to the super-charged music.
Production designer Adam Biscow of Nashville’s Strictly FX, LLC used two grandMA2 light to control all of the stage effects. Twenty-two cryo units were mo

Technotrix joins L-Acoustics rental networkTechnotrix joins L-Acoustics rental network
Thursday, 5 March 2020

USA - From its humble, garage-based beginnings in 1992 as a mobile DJ service, Technotrix has grown over the decades into one of Chicago’s leading event services providers, supplying audio, lighting and staging systems for everything from relatively modest productions to arena-sized concerts, large festivals and major corporate events.
Technotrix has now become an L-Acoustics certified provider for the rental market (CPr) and expanding its equipment inventory with its first L-Acoustics purchase, a K Standard Kara package.
The company’s new gear complement is primarily comprised of two-dozen Kara enclosures paired with eight KS28 and eight SB18 subs. Four coaxial X8 enclosures flexibly serve both monitoring and short-throw PA applications, and a new P1 audio processor brings powerful processing and AVB compatibility to the full rig. Two LA-RAK II - each loaded with three LA12X amplified controllers - plus three standalone LA12X supply the requisite power.
“I first mixed on Kara as a freelancer working on a corporate gig at the Field Museum of Natural History years ago and was definitely impressed with its output and fidelity for such a small enclosure,” recalls Technotrix audio department manager Brent Bernhardt, who has been with the company since 2012. “Since then, we’ve really seen an increase in artists and production managers specifying particular speaker brands, and L-Acoustics is always at the top of those lists. The time had come for us to expand our inventory, so we decided to diversify our offerings to meet what our clients wer

Brompton Technology backs Bulgari in NYCBrompton Technology backs Bulgari in NYC
Thursday, 5 March 2020

USA - Italian luxury brand Bulgari, known for its shimmering diamonds and daring design, recently held the B.zero1 Rock event to roll out the brand’s newest rendition of its B.zero1 collection, with Brompton Technology’s LED processing ensuring captivating visual experiences at the event.
Hosted by group CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, the party brought Rome’s sensual and exuberant style to the heart of New York Fashion Week. Full-service event-technology and video-production company Essay Video, that was subcontracted by KCD.INC for to run the production side of the event, chose Brompton Technology’s Tessera SX40 LED processor and two XD 10G data distribution units to deliver Bulgari’s vision on LED screens.
Held at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn, guests were led through an entrance tunnel and into a featured concept room entitled ‘Exuberance Room’ where 36 ROE 2.8mm Black Pearl LED panels were placed on each side of an elevated corridor (72 tiles in total). The room was also filled with neon lights and 3-D cut outs of the word ‘Unapologetic’. Guests proceeded to don headphones and watch a series of videos on the screens, with the video and audio elements working together to create the feeling of being truly immersed in and inspired by Bulgari’s sense of style and spirit.
“Colour adjustment was key in making the content work on the LED screens and the XD units were imperative for the data connections,” says Sean Heiligenthaler, Essay Video project manager. “Having native 4K canvases on the SX40s, combined with the 10G capacity

Tonight’s the night for DiGiCoTonight’s the night for DiGiCo
Thursday, 5 March 2020

USA - Every week for the past seven years, Jimmy Fallon steps onstage in Studio 6B at Rockefeller Centre in midtown Manhattan and leads a viewing audience of over 2.4m through an hour of comedy, talk, and music, always opening and closing the show with Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey, the show’s jazzy/funky theme song, composed and performed by The Roots, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s Grammy Award-winning house band. Sound is managed through the show’s three DiGiCo SD7 consoles paired with five SD-Racks.
Artless Poole, Jr. has been with The Roots for 20 years, mixing the band’s live shows as their front-of-house engineer, and is there for them on The Tonight Show as the house mixer for the band, as well as the show’s diverse guest artists, and everything else that happens on that stage. It all goes through Poole’s SD7 console, supported by a DiGiCo EX-007 fader expansion unit.
“Mixing music on television has always been a goal of mine, and late-night talk shows have become more and more based around music, introducing new music and artists across every genre every day, and I love that I get to mix that,” says Poole, who has also mixed live shows for Santigold and D’Angelo, as well as several episodes of The Voice, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Queen Latifah Show. “It’s all I ever wanted to do.”
Poole oversees more than 200 inputs each night, and that channel load has become much easier to manage since the show upgraded his SD7 with a new Quantum engine. The upgrade tripled the numbe

Crown announces warranty extensionCrown announces warranty extension
Thursday, 5 March 2020

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced new six-year extended warranties on all new Crown product sales in 2020.
All Crown products sold between 1 January 1 and 31 December 2020 will automatically receive an extended six-year warranty. This warranty extension applies to all markets globally, excluding Brazil, India, Russia, and China.
“Audio professionals rely on Crown amplifiers to deliver clean, stable and reliable power every day,” says Karam Kaul, vice-president, audio, Harman Professional Solutions. “We stand by the quality and workmanship of our award-winning products and back them with some of the best warranties in the business. Now, for a limited time, when customers purchase any Crown product, we’ll extend their warranty to six years at no additional cost. We think your customers will be excited to learn that they can now enjoy unprecedented power, performance and even greater peace of mind.”

Prosound installs BlacklineX in Tirana venuesProsound installs BlacklineX in Tirana venues
Thursday, 5 March 2020

Albania - Tirana recently welcomed a new two-tier leisure venue, with the restaurant and night club Lost hosting live bands and DJs, and Tema Lounge - occupying a separate space in the same building - providing background music by day, notching up to foreground music after dark.
The sound in both venues (along with control and production lighting) is reinforced by a Martin Audio BlacklineX system, specified and installed by Prosound, the manufacturer’s Albanian distributor.
The company’s audio system installer, Armand Dosti, was entirely comfortable specifying Blackline, having earlier introduced other high-profile venues to the same solution. Furthermore, Prosound already had a relationship with Lost/Tema owner Filip Fermanis from earlier projects.
Surveying the two spaces - the former holding 200 people and the latter with a slightly reduced capacity - they recommended a system based around four Blackline X15, with a pair of X8 for in-fills and four X210 subwoofers for Lost, and four Blackline X10 and two X8 for Tema Lounge.
“From our point of view Blackline always represents the best choice in the Martin Audio speaker range regarding value for money,” stated Kliton Gjika, Prosound CEO, adding that the venue was measured and optimised using Smaart room analysis.
In terms of layout, clients enter the building via Tema Lounge, which is open every day from morning until late evening. This leads into Lost, which is generally a late-night venue, open Thursdays and weekends, with live music. “Lost has become a very popular night c

Prolight+Sound 2020 postponed until MayProlight+Sound 2020 postponed until May
Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Germany - Prolight+Sound 2020 has been postponed due to coronavirus (Covid-19) concerns, Messe Frankfurt has announced.
The annual entertainment technology tradeshow was initially scheduled for 31 March - 3 April, but organisers have now said it will take place on 26-29 May. Musikmesse, the music industry show that runs alongside Prolight+Sound, has also been postponed, with new dates yet to be released.
Messe Frankfurt said in a statement: "The ongoing spread of Covid-19 in Europe called for a reassessment of the situation in close cooperation with the public-health authorities in Frankfurt who require that steps be taken to prevent event participants from high-risk regions coming to Frankfurt and visiting the fair when ill.
"Given that these participants could also be infected by Covid-19, it is necessary to conduct a health check to prevent the infection spreading even further. Messe Frankfurt is not able to implement such measures. Additional factors behind the decision include the growing number of travel restrictions, which will make it difficult for many potential visitors and exhibitors to get to Frankfurt."
Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt, comments: “The current situation represents a major challenge for fair and exhibition companies from all over the world. We regret that the 25th anniversary edition of Prolight + Sound cannot take place as planned. At the same time, we are delighted that numerous companies from the industry have emphasized the importance of holding the show as soon as possible so t

Mega Audio to distribute Point Source AudioMega Audio to distribute Point Source Audio
Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Germany - Mega Audio is to take on the exclusive distribution of Point Source Audio’s products for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The distributor had been looking to add a miniature microphone brand to its portfolio having previously experienced success with this type of product and was keen to find a company that had the potential to grow substantially.
“I had heard of Point Source Audio as one of the top miniature microphone manufacturers in the USA and one of the major US brands in the theatre market,” says Burkhard Elsner, CEO at Mega Audio. “When we took a closer look at their product range, we found them to be very interesting and exciting. I am very happy and proud to be able to offer this brand and its fine products as our new distribution line, it means we can now offer some new and unique products to the market.
“We believe that Point Source Audio miniature microphones will fit well into multiple markets, such as theatre, live sound and broadcast. In particular, the CO2 Confidence Collection or the EMBRACE series will fill a gap in the market where nobody else in Europe has produced a solution before.”
“We are delighted to partner with Mega Audio for Germany, they will be a wonderful addition to our extended family of distributors,” adds Yvonne Ho, vice-president of sales and marketing at Point Source Audio. “When we choose to partner with a new company it is not simply about the potential business they could bring in, but the way they approach the market with the solutions we offer. With Mega Audio, we believe w

Vectorworks partners with IATSE training trustVectorworks partners with IATSE training trust
Wednesday, 4 March 2020

USA - Vectorworks has partnered with the IATSE Entertainment & Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund (IATSE TTF). The IATSE TTF facilitates training opportunities for IATSE workers to ‘achieve and maintain the skills, ability and knowledge necessary to meet the ever-changing technologies in the entertainment and exhibition industries’. Further, IATSE TTF develops state-of-the art training tools, resources and methods for their members.
“The IATSE Training Trust Fund is thrilled about this new partnership with Vectorworks, which will make additional training and craft skills development opportunities available to IATSE members and individuals working under IATSE agreements,” says IATSE Training Trust Fund executive director Liz Campos. “These types of endeavours that help expand career opportunities for our members are exactly what the Training Trust Fund strives to add to its many resources available to IATSE workers.”
As part of the new partnership, the IATSE TTF will receive Vectorworks perpetual software license discounts for members, product training discounts and webinar-style learning sessions
“Historically, we’ve had partnerships with local chapters, however, having this partnership with the IATSE Entertainment & Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund allows us to expand our partnership to every member across the U.S. and Canada in the entertainment community,” comments Nicole Davison, vice-president of sales at Vectorworks. “We are committed to supporting the Training Trust Fund’s efforts by providing bes

Vari-Lite VL5 wash now shippingVari-Lite VL5 wash now shipping
Wednesday, 4 March 2020

USA - Vari-Lite has announced that its new Vari-Lite VL5LED Wash fixture is now shipping. Originally debuted at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the VL5LED Wash is the successor to the Emmy-winning VL5.
With an RGBALC colour system, onboard motorized zoom, and LED blade lights, this compact VL5LED Wash brings a host of modern features to a familiar form factor.
“Often imitated but never duplicated, customers continue to use both the original VL5 and the VL500 many years after the end of their original production because of their love not only for the unique look of the front face, but the high quality of the wash and the compact build of the fixture,” explains Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “The new VL5LED Wash carries over the size and quality of light from the original VL5, but with features for a modern market.”
The heart of the new VL5LED Wash is the RGBALC colour system, which provides lighting designers with a wide range of rich colour options, including both pastel and saturated colours from a single fixture. To simplify programming of this fixture, the innovative SmartColor Control system adjusts the six-colour engine using traditional CYM+CTO mixing control. These vivid colours are then reflected on the Dichro*fusion blades that bring the vintage stylings of the original VL5 along with the variable diffusion first seen on the VL6500 Wash.
For further creative options, the VL5LED WASH adds a separate ring of LEDs that light up the Dichro*fusion blades a different color than the


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