saluteSFL team joins Salute the NHS initiative
Thursday, 28 May 2020

UK - The Salute the NHS campaign (www.salutethenhs.org) was launched by businessmen Ron Dennis and food and catering expert Nigel Harris, owner of Absolute Taste and former owner of Fresh Direct. It is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to deliver a million free meals to NHS frontline workers over three months.
Delivering the initiative has brought together an army of experts and partners from leading food, logistics, packaging and other specialists. These include Dennis’s DreamChasing charity, and three FTSE 100 companies - Tesco, Unilever and DS Smith. As well as Absolute Taste, Yodel, Team Rubicon, Hunter Design and Domestic & General, amongst others.
The operation is housed in a former WW2 RAF hanger at the Bicester Heritage site in Oxfordshire. However, it became apparent that the vast space felt daunting for the volunteers from the Bicester community, which consists of civilians, veterans and serving soldiers who have embraced the task of packaging the nutritious meals for the vital frontline NHS staff.
Reading-based AV production supplier SFL was approached by long-term client, Hunter Design, to help transform the site into a more conducive daily working environment for the 50-strong team of volunteers.
“When we were approached by Hunter Design about being part of the Salute the NHS initiative, the whole team could not have felt prouder about being involved in such worthy cause,” says SFL events manager, Mitch Jones. “Fifteen of our furloughed staff members immediately stepped forward and volunteered to transform the ve

atlantaAtlanta church is first to install L-ISA
Thursday, 28 May 2020

USA - For more than half a century, Atlanta’s Mount Paran Church has been celebrated by the evangelical world as a beacon of effective ministry and engaged, growing membership, evidenced by its 13,000-plus-member congregation. Mount Paran is forward-thinking when it comes to the technology it uses to communicate its message, a point that was clearly underscored by its recent distinction as the first house of worship to install a sanctuary loudspeaker system built upon L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology.
“Good sound is one of the most essential elements in today’s churches, and achieving consistent, engaging audio throughout an entire worship space is mission-critical so that the congregation has a shared community experience,” says Tim Corder, strategic accounts director - house of worship for Diversified, the technology solutions provider that delivered the project. “The previous loudspeaker system in Mount Paran’s main auditorium had been in place for many years, and as it aged, it began to have component failures that created erratic coverage - sonically ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ spots throughout the room - which was hampering the worship experience for many of their congregants.”
Although Diversified initially considered specifying a left/right array-based design for Mount Paran’s loudspeaker retrofit, the presence of large LED screens on either side of the stage meant that the array lengths necessary for providing optimal coverage would create sightline issues, particularly for those seated in the balcony. Furthermore, the church wanted

 
 
maskedGLP illuminates The Masked Singer
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Germany - In March and April, German TV network ProSieben broadcast the second season of the TV show The Masked Singer (TMS), in which celebrities sing whilst wearing imaginative full-body costumes. Whoever receives the fewest votes per show must remove the mask and disclose their identity. In the meantime, the jurors, Ruth Moschner and Rea Garvey, along with a guest judge each week, speculate over the course of six live shows as to the identity of who might be hiding behind the masks.
Lighting designer Arkin Atacan from atacan design turned to various lighting solutions from GLP to ensure that the lovingly designed costumes, comprising dragons, sloths, robots etc,. appeared to optimal effect on the television screen. Arkin, who mainly specialises in the TV sector has been in charge of the Endemol Shine production since the first season last year.
The stage concept by Florian Wieder was key to his lighting design. "The set includes many straight lines and polygons," explains Arkin. "Wherever possible, I try to continue these design lines so that both the set and lighting function as a coherent unit, which in turn makes the overall picture look much more homogeneous and larger."
The set itself consists of two 8m high masks covered with fabric, the mouths of which are fitted with linear LED elements, which serve as an entrance tunnel. Added to this are a 12m wide LED back wall, a stage in the form of a double rhombus with a 5x5-meter LED floor, the public stands and the rate panel.
The lighting design remains largely unchanged from show t

 
rosewood-hotel-99Harman refreshes Rosewood Bangkok
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Thailand - The newly opened Rosewood Bangkok Hotel features a building-wide networked AV system featuring Harman Professional Solutions components.
Completed and opened in 2019, the Rosewood Bangkok features a striking modern architectural design that evokes the image of two palms pressed together in the traditional wai greeting. The 30-story tower in the heart of downtown Bangkok contains 159 guest rooms, each with a private terrace and plunge pool.
The complex also features two spaces for events and functions: the 3,400sq.ft Pavilion, which can accommodate up to 300 guests or be divided into two separate spaces, and the 1000sq.ft Ploenchit Boardroom. Throughout, The Rosewood Bangkok deployed a range of JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors, AMX AV and control systems and Martin Professional lighting solutions.
“A venue such as the Rosewood Bangkok Hotel requires the finest audio, visual and lighting systems,” says Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, director of project, Mahajak Development Co. “The equipment we selected from Harman was a perfect fit for the venue, as it offers pristine, high-quality sound and visuals during hotel events, corporate meetings and high-end conferences.”
A range of JBL Professional loudspeakers serve specialised roles throughout the hotel. For general background music and announcements, JBL Control Series ceiling speakers offer even coverage with a discreet appearance. In outdoor areas, the ground-mounted Control 88M offers a weather-resistant solution. In the building's multip

 
 
kpdaisiesbts049PRG backs Katy Perry 3D Daisies performance
Thursday, 28 May 2020

USA - Katy Perry and XR Studios, a Los Angeles-based production company dedicated to producing XR content in live entertainment, engaged Production Resource Group (PRG) to support the virtual 3D interactive environment for Katy Perry’s Daisies performance during Sunday’s American Idol finale on ABC.
The performance made comprehensive use of Extended Reality (XR) for television. XR Studios in partnership with Silent Partners Studios of Los Angeles and Montreal, created an environment with comic-book style graphic elements that changed throughout the performance, including a house, chair and, of course, daisies that enveloped Katy and to which she interacted and reacted.
XR is an umbrella term for all immersive technologies that enable the layering of 3D on top of the real world. The technologies available today - augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) - extend what we experience by either blending the virtual and real worlds or by creating a fully immersive experience. PRG has been developing its XR capabilities and the ability to meld the worlds of virtual and real using LED screens since early 2018 and first used the technology during the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show broadcast.
With this workflow, graphics presented in a performance are completely run in real time, and scenes instantly react to the movements of tracked cameras, people, and objects. Using this approach, digital graphics can be rendered and displayed on physical LED screens, which are seen on the broadcast feed only and/or composited

 
airtameExertis ProAV appointed Airtame distributor
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Australia - Exertis ProAV Australia has announced that it has been appointed to distribute the Airtame wireless screen sharing and collaboration platform in Australia and New Zealand.
“Airtame’s wireless screen sharing and Digital Signage platform creates a better environment for learning, sharing and creating together,” Exertis ProAV Australia president & CEO Kevin Kelly says. “The addition of Airtame to our portfolio of offerings means that resellers will have an innovative new communications and collaboration solution to offer their business and education customers.
“Airtame has helped more than 20,000 businesses and schools across the world cut the cables, unlock collaboration and use screens better and our team of sales professionals is going to help many more schools and enterprises do the same.”
Alongside its wireless screen sharing solution - which help schools and businesses increase productivity and engagement in meetings and classrooms - Airtame recently launched Airtame Cloud, which provides customers with one unified platform to remotely manage and monitor their Airtame devices, along with a range of digital signage features.
According to Thomas Ibsen Nielsen, head of sales at Airtame, “We are excited to partner with Exertis ProAV Australia to bring the benefits of Airtame to a large market of corporate and education customers throughout Australia and New Zealand. The Exertis team’s track record of providing their partners with outstanding sales, support and training is going to help us achieve our business dev

 
 
irkutsk-academic-drama-theatre3LPD and Elation support Siberian theatre
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Russia - Despite its relative solitude in Russia’s vast Siberian region, the city of Irkutsk is a thriving seat of culture that embodies all the best of Russia’s storied theatre tradition.
Irkutsk boasts an impressive number of theatres and Irkutsk Academic Drama Theatre of N.P. Okhlopkov, the oldest theatre in Eastern Siberia and the cultural hub of the region, epitomises that artistic vitality. Founded in 1850 and currently celebrating 170 years as a cultural institution, the theatre recently worked with Light Power Design (LPD) to upgrade its stage lighting to an automated lighting system from Elation Professional with lighting control consoles from Obsidian Control Systems.
Established in 1986, LPD focuses on sales and installation of professional lighting and sound equipment and has served as Elation’s Russian distributor for several years, enjoying exclusive distributorship since 2019. The company completed a full lighting and control design for the drama theatre encompassing nearly 200 Elation lighting fixtures – nearly all of them LED – with control from innovative Obsidian Control Systems lighting consoles.
“We are always looking for modern, high quality and innovative products and technologies and therefore our decision to invest in Elation wasn’t accidental,” commented Mikhail Morozov, managing director at LPD. “The management of the theatre was looking for a very modern solution based on LED technology and at the same time fixtures with a perfect color mixing system and very silent.”
t was also important, he

 
astera-floating-lotus-img0633Astera for Floating Lotus yoga streaming
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Australia - Nalini Tebbey owns and runs Floating Lotus, a yoga studio based in Helensvale, on Australia’s Gold Coast, offering a busy weekly schedule of 36 yoga, pilates and meditation classes.
Recently, helping to create a harmonious ambience in the studio have been six Astera Titan Tubes.
The business had just moved into a tranquil new premises with large windows, lots of incoming natural light and panoramic views, a fully conducive environment for relaxation and concentration, when the coronavirus pandemic and resultant lockdown meant the doors had to be temporarily closed to the public. Ever resourceful, Nalini started streaming her classes.
The Studio space needed additional lighting to keep up the quality and style associated with Floating Lotus. Nalini wanted her broadcasts to look polished and professional and Astera Titan tubes were recommended, and then sourced from the ULA Group, Astera’s Australian distributor.
“I needed good skin tones and lighting that added a subtle glow, not too harsh, just a very nice quality of light,” explained Nalini.
Six Titan Tubes are placed in an arc on the floor around Nalini for a typical streaming session.
This installation is further enhanced by the elegant appearance of the Titan Tubes themselves, which look comfortable in the geometry of the yoga space. From some camera angles the lights are on show, so the aesthetics of the fixtures themselves were also important.
Keeping her business running via streaming and social media during the lockdown has been crucial, commen

 
 
drive-in1Festwiese Apolda offers drive-in alternative
Thursday, 28 May 2020

Germany - Last year, music resonated throughout the Festwiese Apolda. Stars from Germany and around the world journeyed to this central German setting to perform. These sounds went silent following the Covid-19 lockdown.
For weeks, the pastoral fairgrounds remained void of public entertainment. Happily, that changed on Friday 15 May when Studio D4 launched Autokino Apolda, a pop culture throwback to the 1960s-style American drive-in, but with a decidedly high-tech touch provided by a bright 10m by 6m LED video screen built with Chauvet Professional F4 IP panels supplied and installed by Materie Event Production.
“The panels give us brilliant colours and sharp definition thanks to their 4.8 mm pixel pitch,” said Heiko Ullrich of Materie Event Production. “The black body of the LEDs means that we have great images even during sunlight. This was important, because the client needed vibrant colours and high contrast during the daylight as well as at night.”
Autokino Apolda offers a full schedule of movies, such as Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, and Spiderman. The pop-up drive-in opens every day, seven days a week. Since the panels will be left outdoors for the long run (likely as long as to Covid-19 lockdown lasts), their IP65 rating is essential.
A combination of two Novastar scalers, a Blackmagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K, a Sony Blue-ray player, and three Decimator MD HX feed the video wall content. “The control we get is excellent,” said Ullrich. “We can run 120 panels on just one scaler.”
The

 
pamalogoPAMA backs industry aid initiatives
Wednesday, 27 May 2020

USA - The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) has offered a financial boost to roadie advocacy group The Clinic, the Crew Nation charity fund, and the AES.
“The impact on the live sound industry has been devastating for the business as a whole,” comments Greg Beebe, chair of the PAMA board of directors. “On the personal level, that business disruption means economic hardship for those who rely on live sound for their livelihood. Recognising the need for a helping hand for the unsung heroes of the industry, PAMA has allocated funds to help two organisations that are firmly entrenched in this sector - The Clinic and Crew Nation. We are donating $2,500 to each to target individuals in need.”
Founded by Courtney and Paul Klimson, roadie advocacy group The Clinic carries out the stated mission “to empower and heal roadies and their families by providing resources and services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle”.
“We are grateful to PAMA for this direct financial investment in the roadie community in a trying time,” says The Clinic president Courtney Klimson. “We also appreciate that their generosity is an acknowledgement of the critical role that roadies play in live sound and touring.”
Recently established by concert promoter Live Nation, Crew Nation is a relief fund to support touring and venue crews through the coronavirus pandemic. Live music inspires millions around the world, but the concerts we all enjoy wouldn’t be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes.

 
 
tupeloMeyer Sound powers drive-in concerts
Wednesday, 27 May 2020

USA - Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire, transformed its business operations and parking lot into the Tupelo Drive-In Experience to produce some of the first live concerts in the United States with the new social distancing requirements.
The music venue’s debut shows in mid-May were powered by a Leopard system provided by Meyer Sound rental partner UltraSound, showcasing one of the early innovations that explores new ways to deliver performances to a safely-distanced live audience.
UltraSound’s Scott Tkachuk has been working alongside Tupelo Music Hall’s owner Scott Hayward and production manager Paul Higgins since the conception of the drive-in shows in March. “About a week or two after the shelter-in-place order was issued, we began brainstorming. When the first phase of re-opening New Hampshire included drive-in theatres, we thought why not concerts? It had to happen,” Tkachuk says.
The Tupelo Music Hall team implemented creative methods of enforcing safety measures, while Tkachuk worked on providing an audio solution that was right for the job. Each “carload” is provided with two parking spots - one for the car and an adjacent space to stand or lounge in lawn chairs.
One challenge the audio team faced when setting up the audio solutions for the drive-in experience was addressing delay issues between the sound system and the car’s radio frequency. Although patrons had the option to sit in their car’s adjacent parking space, it was imperative that the PA system align with the local radio station’s output.

 
eon-clublex-6Harman drives Mongolia’s biggest nightclub
Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Mongolia - To elevate its venue quality sound and provide guests a memorable clubbing experience, Eon Clublex Ulaanbaatar recently upgraded to a new Harman Professional audio solution.
Eon Clublex Ulaanbaatar is Mongolia’s biggest nightclub and features modern facilities. It consists of the main hall, a VIP lounge and a first-floor lounge. To further enhance the guest experience, the club entrusted ITC Solutions to deliver a premium audio system that provides exceptional sound performance.
“The venue needed a robust audio system that delivers even sound coverage and produces a high-end clubbing atmosphere,” said a spokesperson at ITC Solutions. “We wanted a partner that could set up an ideal audio solution and extend reliable customer service post-installation - that’s why we chose Harman.”
Meeting the club’s audio expectations, ITC Solutions deployed JBL VRX 932LA and VRX928S line array loudspeakers, which feature Constant Curvature Waveguide technology. The system also features JBL SRX815P self-powered loudspeakers, SRX818SP subwoofers, Control HST speakers, 8124 in-ceiling loudspeakers as well as the JBL VMA 2120 mixer to provide sound across the venue and create the desired clubbing experience.
The system includes Soundcraft Si Expression, EPM6 and FX16ii mixing consoles. In addition to powering the system with Crown Xti 4002, Xti 2002, XTii 6002 and MA 5000i amplifiers, ITC Solutions deployed BSS BLU networked audio systems and the dbx DriveRack PA2 loudspeaker management system to connect and fine-tune the expansive audio

 
 
claypakyroyalwomenshospital1Claypaky marks Mother’s Day in Melbourne
Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Australia - Despite the restrictions that were in place, the team at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne wanted to make this year’s Mother’s Day special and called on lighting specialist Resolution X for help.
The brief was to illuminate the façade of the hospital with colour and messages of love and support for all mothers. As part of the display, images of new and expecting mothers were projected onto the building in a rotating 10-minute light show.
However, projecting the images onto the building turned out to be no small feat. The best vantage point for the setup was on the rooftop of a building diagonally opposite the Royal Women’s façade; a horizontal throw from the projection location approached 90m with an angle of more than 50 degrees. Further, challenging the team, wireless DMX was being beamed across the road and seven stories down to control all of the LED wash fixtures that were uplighting the façade.
With such an extreme throw distance, and with a desired image width of only 10m, the Claypaky Scenius Unico was chosen for the job. Resolution X’s senior manager of production, Jamie Russell, remarks, “We had to balance the need for reliability, power consumption, significant output and very narrow beam angle. The Claypaky Scenius Unico ticked all the boxes and was the clear choice in the end.”
Resolution X used three Scenius Unicos, each loaded with multiple custom gobos, to project images onto the building. Gobotech, Resolution X’s preferred gobo manufacturer, supplied the glass gobos for the fixtures with f

 
visix-voice-activated-signageceoseanmatthewsVisix launches voice-activated digital signage
Wednesday, 27 May 2020

USA - Visix has released version 1.32 of their AxisTV Signage Suite digital signage software with a new Voice Recogniser Widget that turns any screen into a hands-free interactive sign.
AxisTV Signage Suite users can drag and drop the new Voice Recognizer Widget (VRW) onto any layout, then set custom parameters that instruct the sign what to listen for and how to respond to requests. It can be used on single displays, banks of screens and video walls in any environment.
“Clients no longer have to depend on touchscreens for interactivity, which is especially important in this time of concern about germ transmission,” says Jill Perardi, creative services manager for Visix. “Just as people got used to using touchscreens because of smartphones, they’re now starting to expect a voice user interface like they use with their virtual assistants at home. Now anyone with digital signage can offer that experience without having to invest in expensive touchscreens or custom programming. They can just use the software and displays they already have.”
Real-world application of the VRW allows viewers to walk up to any display, ask for the material they want, and then immediately see that content on screen. AxisTV Signage Suite users simply design the various content options, employ the VRW, enter speech triggers, and configure those triggers to launch the appropriate content. Keywords can launch different slides within a layout, or simply hide or show things on the same slide.
A microphone is always listening for the triggers set in the software b

 
 
artisticsunDial quad optimised for ETC Mini LED
Wednesday, 27 May 2020

UK - sunDial quad, the PLASA Gold Award-winning mains LED dimmer from Artistic Licence, demonstrates just how good the dimming achievable with an ETC Source Four Mini LED can be. Artistic Licence used its photometric lab to create a custom dimming curve for the fixture, with impressive results.
The Source Four Mini LED from ETC is a miniature version of their classic stage spot. It uses a 12W LED and some clever optics to provide impressive projection, aimed at the museum, retail and restaurant markets.
It has an onboard LED driver that can be controlled with mains phase dimming - as such, it is compatible with the sunDial quad dimmer. Curious to see the results, Artistic Licence trialled the Source Four using sunDial's default linear curve. The dimming was excellent, but limited to the central 70-80% of the DMX512 range. Additionally, the linear curve provides limited control over the critical low light end of the curve.
Artistic Licence then used its photometric lab to create a custom dimming curve for the Source Four Mini LED. The ability to upload custom dimming curves is one of the unique features of sunDial quad (see below for a full description). Artistic Licence maintains an ever-growing library of dimming curves on its website, available to sunDial customers as a free downloadable resource.
The Source Four Mini LED curve spreads the response over the entire DMX range and adds a logarithmic response to improve low level control. The results show the ETC product off to its fullest potential, with a response that should satisfy the most

 
even-to-hier-show-2The show goes on with ROE Visual Diamonds
Wednesday, 27 May 2020

The Netherlands - Rental company MHB developed a digital audience platform for MediaLane, based on a curved LED display consisting of ROE Visual Diamond LED panels, to enable a TV show continue under COVID-19 restrictions.
With the help of the facilities provided by, MHB, broadcast station BNNVARA was able to continue the popular television programme Even Tot Hier in a corona-proof adaptation.
MHB set out to develop a digital audience platform, enabling live interaction between the studio and an audience of 100 people.
Using lots of conference connections, the audience is able to participate and intervene live during the show, just like a normal live audience in the studio would be able to. The curved display, measuring 17mx3m, makes the interaction “up close and very natural”.
Supported from a custom-made truss construction, neatly following the curve of the 17m-long LED screen, a total of 204 modules of Diamond DM 2.6. were suspended, connected with hanging bars and the special connection locks. Using the Colorlight Z6 processor, mapping the panels proved to be easy. During the show, 100 simultaneous dial-up connections were shown, creating an immense interactive background.
“The ROE Visual Diamond screens provided a great digital canvas for this specific purpose,” says Marten Hylkema, owner of MHB, “The curving capabilities are remarkable, creating an enhanced immersive setting and vivid colour display makes the screen really stand out. We have used this screen for several types of applications now and are really sat

 
 
studioVirtual event studio opens in Manchester
Wednesday, 27 May 2020

UK - Manchester-based Sterling Event Group has opened the doors to the newly-created Sterling Studio.
As the events and AV industries face increasing uncertainty as to when ‘business as usual’ will resume and live events can take place again, Sterling Event Group has announced the launch of the Sterling Studio Space. This comes at an instrumental time for the industry as Sterling works to reassure their clients that there are a multitude of alternatives to the traditional live event, says the company.
“At this current time whilst live events are on hold, we wanted to offer our clients a solution to continue communicating, engaging, educating and entertaining. The studio allows clients to present their virtual events at the same high standard and production values they would expect from a live event.” comments Richard Bowden, founder and MD.
As a company that has specialised in cutting edge AV technology for the past 20 years, and an impressive portfolio of events under their belt they felt it was only natural that they responded to the current climate in this way. Their response began before lockdown as they set out to combine their very best technology with their industry expertise to curate a dynamic offering of virtual event solutions.
“Our offering includes three levels of studio so should suit most requirements and budgets and there are many ways in which we can customise to meet a client’s requirement. This combined with our customisable web platforms allows us to provide a really strong, comprehensive virtual offering and

 
launch-day-squareALD launches Awards for Excellence 2020
Tuesday, 26 May 2020

UK - The ALD has today announced that its ALD Awards for Excellence 2020 are open for submissions.
Aimed at all students and recent graduates studying in the UK, the awards are a celebration of imaginative and creative lighting and video production and represent a chance for young designers to showcase their talents and to bring their work to the attention of experienced lighting and video designers.
Johanna Town, chair of the ALD, comments: “The ALD’s Awards for Excellence are so important to a designer’s future. To be able to sell your ideas and passions for a design or methodology to other industry leaders is an important skill.”
The awards are now open for submissions from students studying in the UK, recent graduates from 2018 onwards, or corresponding affiliate members of the ALD, in the following categories:
The Michael Northen Award in Lighting Design (sponsored by the Mousetrap Foundation and Vectorworks UK.). Prize: £250 cash, a one-year Vectorworks licence, a copy of Michael Northen’s book, Northen Lights.
The Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics, dedicated to the late ETC CEO, Fred Foster). Prize: £250 cash, a subscription to Moving Light Assistant, one-year subscription to the ALD’s PLI insurance.
The Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Video Design (sponsored by Blue-i Theatre Technology). Prize: £500 cash, £1,250 hire credit towards their first commercial venture.
All three winners will receive an industry contact pairing to aid ‘initial career’-stage quest

 
 
meetsafepsavPSAV offers MeetSAFE guidelines for events
Tuesday, 26 May 2020

UK - PSAV, parent company of Hawthorn and AVC Live, has created MeetSAFE, a set of guidelines to help the live event industry safely adapt to the changing landscape for meetings and events.
Designed “to inspire trust and confidence”, the set of tools is “focused on redesigning events to successfully deliver on the strategic goals of the meeting while defining new guidelines to minimize risk and promote health”.
Ben Erwin, president of PSAV, comments: “Our industry has more to consider when planning live events in the future. While there has been an explosion of virtual events due to today’s environment, we know there will be a time when both hybrid and fully live meetings will return.
“People feel a strong desire for face-to-face interactions, so we wanted to be proactive and offer guidance on how they can ensure important live meetings and events are productive, but also safe at the same time.”
The MeetSAFE guidelines were developed around four key areas: event design, room layout / traffic flow, technology enhancements, and cleaning guidelines. With input from venue partners, event planners and leading industry associations, the new guidelines include a series of meeting formats, technology solutions, and other recommendations that outline paths around how the event industry could re-open during the early phases of recovery.
Amy Calvert, CEO of the Events Industry Council, says: “The Events Industry Council applauds PSAV for its leadership through this effort to provide relevant guidance and tools to industry professi

 
technicontactexteriorTechni+Contact appointed Xilica distributor
Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Canada - Digital signal processing specialist Xilica has appointed Techni+Contact Canada as its sole distribution partner for the Canadian market.
Headquartered in Montreal with multiple Canadian offices, Techni+Contact has served Canada’s professional AV business community for more than 40 years.
Xilica joins a range of Techni+Contact-represented brands, including AMX, Ecler, Utelogy, Spinetix and WolfVision.
“Xilica is the first professional DSP manufacturer in the Techni-Contact portfolio, and fills an important gap in our product line,” said Julie Legault, president of Techni+Contact. “Xilica is aligned with our core verticals, and will help us propose and configure fully integrated solutions that are more competitive and on target with what our customers seek. Their clever, compact, and modular designs are an especially strong fit for the AV over IP ecosystem, while providing end users with the freedom of complete AV device control across the network.”
Legault adds that Xilica’s assorted modules, field-swappable cards, and expansion devices remove the need to invest in large stockpiles of inventory for various products. “Depending on the cards we mix within a Xilica DSP, we can quickly configure whatever functionality our customers need,” she says. “This results in operational efficiency that saves us money, inventory, and warehouse costs, and makes the entire value chain work better for our customers.”
“Techni+Contact is a well-respected organisation that is laser-focused on our core verticals, and equipped

 
 
edge-microphoneHighlite debuts Edge wireless microphones
Tuesday, 26 May 2020

The Netherlands - Highlite International has introduced a new addition to the DAP family: the Edge wireless microphones.
DAP's Edge-series wireless microphones feature a handheld system and a beltpack system. The UHF True Diversity receiver is equipped with a clear full colour LCD-screen which makes operating the system very easy.
The main feature of the Edge-Series is the Scan-feature. With this attribute the Edge receiver shows exactly which frequencies are not occupied, giving the user the possibility to choose the right frequency without having to worry about any interference.
The system operates between 606MHz and 668MHz frequencies and is therefore very well suited for use across many parts of Europe. The handheld unit holds a cardioid condenser microphone and both the handheld and the beltpack are equipped with an OLED-display
Communication between the receiver and the transmitter regarding frequency, gain, microphone name or group happens through a separate infrared connection. The Edge receivers come complete with 19” brackets, power adapter and 8 identification-stickers to label the different microphones. The Edge-series offers optionally a dedicated ED-1 antenna distributor and a set of 2 EUA-1 unidirectional antennas. The Edge handheld and the beltpack are available as additional accessories as well.

 
dshSchauspielhaus upgrades Optocore network
Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Germany - The Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus theatre has extended its long relationship with Optocore, in order to keep pace with evolving technology. In the case of such a formidable, multi-space complex as this, an agile digital infrastructure, with multiple routing options and interconnectivity, is essential. To maintain this, the theatre has upgraded the original Optocore analogue network, installed in 2011, to an advanced and future-proof system.
The latest integration, undertaken by Amptown System Company (ASC), was overseen by the theatre’s tonmeister (and deputy head of sound) Torben Kärst, who designed the audio system, working alongside head of department Peer Seuken, and video specialist Tim Deckers.
This has seen the installation of Optocore M-series MADI boxes in both the 800-seat main theatre and 350-seat studio theatre, with an Optocore AutoRouter installed in the latter. “The installation was about achieving increased routing options, better sound quality, an increased channel count and greater flexibility,” stated Kärst.
All locations in the main building of this three-building complex (including Foyer, Rehearsal Stage and Recording Studio) are now connected by MADI.
“In terms of transmission it was mandatory to keep system latency as low as possible,” Torben Kärst continued. “This is where Optocore is absolutely the market leader. Reliability and small form factor of the devices, enabling large decentralised systems to be built, are further reasons why Optocore was the choice for us.”
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robe-strikkenStrikken helps and Lights the Sky in Estonia
Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Estonia - Tallinn-based technical production and rental company Strikken has been doing its bit to support the nation’s fight against coronavirus by voluntarily assisting the Synlab Eesti OU laboratory in collecting and transporting COVID-19 test samples gathered from all around the country.
This is tied into research being conducted by the University of Tartu, including a three-month study on the prevalence of coronavirus among both symptomatic and asymptomatic people. At least 16,000 residents - based on a random statistical sample - will be interviewed and invited to be tested for coronavirus.
The transportation programme to help collect the samples was initiated by Strikken’s long-time partner Rally Estonia, to get the materials quickly and safely to Synlab which is the main testing laboratory in Tallinn. Speedy test results and data from the study will assist the government in an effective response and relevant public health guidance.
Roadside test centres have been set up in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Kuressaare, Viljandi, Narva and Kohtla-Järve and Rally Estonia event organiser Tarmo Hõbe encouraged volunteers to sign up and help. Strikken’s owner Taisto Raamat and his team were very happy to be part of this. Rally volunteers have been delivering about 35 per cent of the tests completed nationwide in March and April.
On the creative front, Strikken has also taken part the international lighting actions and artwork creations including #LightTheSky in support of essential workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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saudiVioso supports Tuwaiq Mountains projection
Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Saudi Arabia - Commissioned by the Qiddiya Investment Company (Q.I.C.) and with phase one planned to open in 2023, the ambitious Qiddiya project is destined to be the upcoming capital for arts, entertainment and sports in Saudi Arabia. The 334sq.km site will be built from a focus on the tourism and recreation industries, as highlighted in the Saudi Vision 2030 expansion plan.
The destination includes plans for expansive water and theme parks as well as a community of 5,000 residents, all within a 40-minute journey of the Riyadh capital. The destination, currently an expansive, vast land with hundreds of miles of potential, will be surrounded by 200m cliffs. Phase one of the project will feature Six Flags Qiddiya as a family attraction, providing visitors with entertainment and attractions to explore which take into consideration the cultural and natural aspects of the area, including the mountains.
This megaproject was officially announced at the closing ceremony of the Dakar 2020 rally in Saudi Arabia, where 84 Barco UDX-W40s projectors were used to light up the Tuwaiq Mountains with the evolutionary story of the summit, up until the expansive Qiddiya metropolis.
The projection showed 150m tall logos of Qiddiya, Dakar, GSA and SAMF, which were visible for miles around, which progressed into an eye-catching three-minute video that told the story of the genesis of the Tuwaiq Mountains, from its volcanic beginnings, through the Ice Age and right up to the modern-day entertainment metropolis that Qiddiya will become. This was a feat accomplishe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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