USA - Magmatic atmospheric effects is offering the first dedicated fog generator in its Magma series of dependable haze and fog machines. Now in stock and shipping is the Magma Fog 1500 IP, a durable, water-based fog machine with advanced technology and IP65 rating that provides a high output fog for professional applications of all types.
The Magma Fog 1500 IP is a tough, all-purpose fogger whose powerful output can be used to add atmosphere to stages in busy venues and demanding rental projects alike, indoors or out, says the company. A thermally-protected 1500W heat exchanger produces an impressive output of 60,000 CFM (cu ft/min) and when operating at 100%, the unit can shoot a 40-second burst of all-enveloping dense fog.
The unit is ‘hard to break but easy to use’ with an onboard LCD touchscreen control panel with manual and timer control options, intuitive DMX-512 and RDM control, and optional wired and wireless remote-control options. The Magma Fog 1500 IP comes with IP65 locking power in and IP65 locking 5pin XLR connectors (DMX In/Out) for safe and reliable operation outdoors.
Built to withstand travel and repeated use, the Magma Fog 1500 IP features a durable aluminium housing and robust design for powerful performance that delivers on time, every time. Relatively compact for such a powerful fogger, Magma Fog 1500 IP is easy to set in a corner, position side stage, or hide in a venue. Two convenient carrying handles make handling easy and a hanging bracket for truss mounting is included.
USA - The owner of Live Wire Productions, Mike Cristella was at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, this October to light Matchroom’s US Open 9-Ball Pool Championship, the world’s most prestigious pool tournament, which was televised on the Sky Sport, DAZN and A&E networks.
Cristella and his team (Andy DiAngelis, Jeff Gallagher, Dan Ryan, Andrew Driscoll, Rob Zauck, and Janice Brittin) made a demanding situation look easy, not only creating a supportive environment for players, but also evoking classic poolhall images for TV viewers.
Helping them accomplish this feat was a 4Wall Entertainment supplied rig that featured Chauvet Professional COLORado 2 Solo and STRIKE Array 2 fixtures.
“When lighting a pool tournament, we’re always looking to land a certain shadow in the right place or get pleasing fill light values on a face,” said Cristella. “This can be a real challenge when the playability of the match is so important since you have to be very careful not to distract the players.
“Intensity is also part of this dance,” he continued. “We have to give the broadcast engineers the foot-candles that they need for TV, but at the same time, it’s absolutely essential that we keep the players comfortable under large broadcast fixtures. Then, of course, we also want to have interesting visuals in the perimeter of the room so we can set an evocative tone when the camera pans out.”
To meet these challenges, the Live Wire Productions team relied on ultra-diffused sources of light directly above the broadcast site to illumin
UK - In Tomb Raider: The LIVE Experience, teams of eight people experience an adrenaline-fuelled adventure in search of a powerful artefact in an approximately 30,000 m2 LIVE action course in London. On behalf of Little Lion Entertainment, Darkside Audio Visual was responsible for the planning and installation of the lighting, audio and video technology, and for this, the London-based integrator relied on a total of 166 spotlights from Cameo.
Tomb Raider: The LIVE Experience moves through single and multi-level areas with one overarching goal: to immerse participants deeply in the story being told. In addition to the beautifully designed sets, actors also contribute to the adventure.
The selected Cameo fixtures – from the Q-Spot, Studio Par, Root Par, TS and Thunder Series – are spread across all areas of Tomb Raider: The LIVE Experience. For example, the Darkside Audio Visual team used the Q-Spot 15 spots in RGBW and white light versions to emphasise the imaginative details in the impressive backdrops. In darker areas requiring more light intensity, the Q-Spot 40 RGBW and TW (Tunable White), which feature powerful 40 watt LEDs, are used.
“I love creating my designs with Cameo’s lighting solutions,” says David Rigby, lighting designer for Darkside Audio Visual. “In addition to the quality, the luminaires are simply well thought out and also easy to use. For example, the Q-Spots have different diffusers, which makes them really versatile.”
The basic scenery lighting is provided by the Root Par TW and Root Par
Australia - ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here returned to the Australian jungle earlier this month, for the first time since the Covid pandemic saw it relocated to North Wales. Unusual Rigging was once again involved, providing consultancy and creating the brief for two aerial stunts.
Unusual’s Robin Elias has worked with ITV on the hit show for years and, while the show was filmed in Wales, a team of Unusual riggers headed by senior production rigger, Sam Carter, were on set, rigging and operating the challenges. With the show’s return to Oz, Australian-based Tri-Point Rigging were once again contracted to manage and execute the project locally, with Unusual Rigging consulting with Tri Points’ Graham Dew & Damian Green, on two of the key challenges.
Robin commented, “It’s a great pleasure to once again work with the I’m a Celebrity team, devising more hair-raising stunts that seem to get a little bit crazier with each passing year. This year, we were pleased to get to consult on the entry challenge - The Ledge – a revamped version of the infamous Walk the Plank challenge that had featured in previous years.”
Taking place 33 storeys above the ground below, on the roof of The Focus Building in Queensland’s Surfers Paradise, three campmates were asked to step out onto a plank. What they didn’t know was that, once they were out on the very end of the plank, the rest of the plank would disappear from behind them, leaving them only with the plinth they were standing on, plus a sloped edge. Once all three
UK - After a two-year hiatus, Manchester’s long-standing tradition as a musical epicentre is once again bolstered by the arrival of a ‘next-generation’ cultural destination, Canvas. Located just off Oxford Road in the heart of Circle Square, the multi-purpose space is a blank canvas featuring live music, club nights, a members’ lounge with events, as well as a seven-days-a-week bar open until 4am and a restaurant.
Featuring the latest technology for visually and sonically led entertainment experiences, the sound is delivered via an L-Acoustics A Series system, specified and designed by L-Acoustics UK distributor, Audiotek, which was commissioned to supply AV requirements across the venue’s three main spaces.
The team behind Canvas is not new to the entertainment industry, having previously founded two of London’s most prolific music establishments, The Pickle Factory and Oval Space. Christopher Kmiec, Audiotek’s UK director, explains how excited his team, which includes projects manager Ash Attwood and design engineer James Bentham, was when the opportunity presented itself to work with the Canvas team on an entirely new space.
“We have dealt with a number of the team behind Canvas before, and were thrilled to work on a full, brand-new venue with them,” Kmiec recalls. “Canvas was a complete new build, in a totally empty space, with Audiotek delivering sound, lights and video for the performance room, member’s lounge and the bar and restaurant areas.”
In the main performance space, the client brief was short and clear,
Spain - Indie rock band Vetusta Morla has attracted a large and loyal following since it first emerged in 2008, so when the band members capped a whirlwind tour in support of its Latin Grammy-nominated Cable a Tierra album at Madrid’s Metropolitan Stadium, they were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of 35,000 fans.
The dynamic power and delicate subtlety of the music was carried throughout the jubilant crowd via a system of 240 Meyer Sound loudspeakers, including the new Panther large-format linear line arrays, provided by Fluge Audiovisuales of Madrid.
“Meyer Sound has always provided us with unbeatable sound quality and uniform coverage,” says Iñigo Giménez, who designed and tuned the system for the concert and was audio crew chief for the tour. “All the different types of loudspeaker systems, including Panther, integrated perfectly.”
A Meyer Sound solution for the tour, including the Madrid concert, was preferred by Vetusta Morla FOH engineer Alberto Ruiz, a decision fully supported by Giménez. “A Meyer Sound system presents a mix whose timbre is not modified by the sound level,” he continues, “because it does not produce additional harmonic distortion as intensity increases. The result is excellent transparency and power.”
The full-range arrays for the Madrid concert comprised a total of 72 Leo, 42 Lyon, and 12 Mica line array loudspeakers, with 18 Leopard loudspeakers deployed for front-fill and 48 1100‑LFC low-frequency control elements for ample bass power. The 24 Panther large-format linear line array louds
Australia - TDC (Technical Direction Company) took home the Best Technical Achievement Award for their work on Vivid Sydney 2022 at the Australian Event Awards 2022 held in-person aboard The Jackson luxury superyacht in Darling Harbour, Sydney on 23 November 2022.
The Australian Event Awards recognise the entire events industry, fostering continued excellence and innovation. Not only did TDC take home Best Technical Achievement, but the company was a National Nominee for Best Achievement in Marketing or Communication and TDC LiveView real-time out-of-home city-wide digital signage and monitoring system was a National Nominee for Best Innovation, New Product or New Service. This is the second year TDC has been shortlisted a National Nominee at the Australian Event Awards and this year was their first win.
Judges of the Australian Event Awards said: “The innovation and delivery by TDC to enhance this event was first class. The new laser technologies really lifted the colour and resolution of the displays this year and it’s fabulous to hear that this has been achieved with a reduction in energy consumption. The technical achievements were multiple and excellent. Congratulations on a fabulous event.”
For Vivid Sydney 2022, TDC delivered the largest ever quantity of technology. This included large-scale laser projection mapping, LED screens, wayfinding and super-powered custom-built media server technology for over 27 visual installations and projection artworks across Sydney.
“For 11 years, TDC has worked with Destination NSW to bring Vivi
Mexico - Steve Lieberman, owner of SJ Lighting has built a reputation throughout the world by defying expectations in his designs for major EDM festivals. If it seems like no two of his designs are alike, it’s because he strives to add a new and unexpected element to each one.
“When we design an environment, it’s important to us that we have a visual element that stands out amongst the traditional components,” he explained. “The thing that really elevates a design from the predictable is the unexpected. This is what adds personality to a show.”
On 5 November, Lieberman flashed his originality again at Beyond Wonderland Monterrey, an event produced by Ocesa and Insomniac, with a startling geometric design that featured 154 Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures with square frosted filters, which, like the rest of the rig, was supplied by Serpro Producciones.
Configured to form squares, the one-meter RGB strips were arranged in five rows over the space in front of the stage. These rows were alternated between four squares and three squares in width. Playing these geometric forms off against one another as well as the other lights in his rig, Lieberman created a series of mesmerizing looks over the venue, each of which gave the space a unique visual signature.
“The audience expects to see moving lights, strobes, blinders, lasers and other FX when they’re in a space like this,” he said. “But working the ÉPIX Strips this way added a surprising new element that makes the show standout.”
Using the Lightjams LED Mapp
UK - Version 2 has announced a new sports partnership with Team GB’s Elise Glynn. Elise, a young amateur boxer boasts an illustrious junior and amateur career securing a multitude of European and National Championships. Her impressive rise through the 57kg weight division has recently been recognised by GB Boxing, awarding her a place on their podium squad.
To help fund her passion Glynn holds down multiple jobs whilst training full-time and studying for a degree with the Open University in Business Management and Marketing. Fresh funding from Version 2 provides a much-welcomed addition to her training camp.
The Partnership with Elise represents Version 2’s third format partnership in sport after becoming the official partner of BOXXER, Savannah Marshall and Sky Sports Boxing in October 2021 and most recently Saracens Rugby Club in January 2022.
Version 2, a lighting rental specialist for the television, broadcast and event industries have supplied lighting to the likes of Strictly Come Dancing, The Jonathan Ross Show and is also active in the sports broadcast market supplying lighting to both the BBC and ITV for their studios at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Olympic-hopeful Elise comments, “A massive thank you to Nick Edwards and Version 2 for their support going forward as my main sponsor. I’m immensely grateful to have Version 2 on board to take the financial pressure off myself, with the aim to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”
Nick Edwards, managing director at Version 2 adds, “We’re immensely
USA - Robe lighting embraced the 2022 LDI expo in Las Vegas with a new booth design, invigorating live show, and a line up of new and innovative products.
“It was wonderful to be back together with everyone and catch up face-to-face with so many colleagues and friends to celebrate the entertainment technology and design community we all love so much,” stated Lorienn Cochenour, CEO of Robe Lighting Inc.
Robe’s six-minute timecoded All Environments live show extravaganza captured the spirit of the moment with strong multi-layered messaging as well as illustrating the robust weatherization and creative effects of Robe’s new iSeries luminaires, including the iForte, iSpiider, and iBeam250 highlighted in the show.
The live show attracted excited crowds to the stand, and people rammed the aisles each hour to catch the performance.
In a booth which was busy all three days of the expo, the dedicated demo area allowed visitors to experience more in-depth and one-to-one product presentations.
The all-new iForte and TX1 PosiProfileTM products generated a buzz.
The IP65 rated iForte is Robe’s most powerful iSeries product to date combining a massive output and multiple effects in a package ready for all outdoor challenges including wet, windy, dusty, and generally inclement and unpredictable weather.
The TX1 PosiProfile combines the worlds of manual and fully automated lighting fixtures in a new and revolutionary luminaire designed to operate as a moving head or as a static but repositionable profile. It can be rigge
UK - Audio-Technica has announced the launch of its updated ATDM-0604a Digital SmartMixer, increasing the functionality and versatility of the original for fixed installation in conference rooms, education and commercial facilities. Incorporating upgrades based on feedback from end-users, the ATDM-0604a is now better suited for use in online conferences and large-scale environments.
Key improvements include better echo and noise cancellation – now equivalent to Audio-Technica’s ATDM-1012 flagship SmartMixer model – and cascade connectivity (via Audio-Technica LINK) for up to eight mixers (if an ATDM-1012 is the first device) or up to six mixers (if connected with ATDM-0604a only), for larger installations. In addition, the ATDM-0604a allows for remote mute control of the ES954 hanging microphone array, via LINK connectivity with the ACP-W02S control panel, allowing up to four panels to be used in conjunction with the new SmartMixer (AT-LINK Extender may be required) and control of the LED thanks to the new GPO ports.
The ATDM-0604a’s comprehensive feature list includes six mic/line inputs, balanced and (unbalanced) stereo outputs, USB audio input/output, four-band EQ and compressor/de-esser for each input system and 12-band parametric EQ, compressor and limiter for each output. Audio input and output settings can be configured from the front panel without a computer if necessary, with advanced control available either via Web Browser or the SmartMixer Manager app.
Complementing the release of the new ATDM-0604a, the launch of the ATLK-EXT25
USA - OSA International, which delivers entertainment technology, event production and systems integration from its base in Las Vegas, has added large complements of Ayrton Eurus and Diablo lighting fixtures to its rental inventory servicing its Las Vegas and Nashville offices. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.
The purchase is the one of the first Eurus buys in the US. Mark Fetto has a long history as an early Ayrton proponent including the purchase of a compliment of Diablo units for OSA International in February of 2020. Fetto, who is OSA International’s VP lighting and general manager of the Las Vegas office, was brought on board about three years ago to build the company’s new lighting division.
“We’ve steadily been growing our inventory of fixtures and, as part of that, ACT demo’d the new Eurus for us,” says Fetto. “I liked how durable the fixture looked and felt, and its output was outstanding for a 650W fixture. We were looking for new robust fixtures for our touring clients, and Eurus supported our existing inventory very well.”
Eurus S is a multi-function profile luminaire especially designed for stage applications. It is equipped with a new 650W ultra-compact monochromatic LED emitter calibrated at 8200K and can deliver metallic white light with an output of 36,000 lumens at a colour temperature of 6700K. Eurus includes a subtractive CMY colour mixing system combined with a variable CTO and seven-position complementary colour wheel for displaying an infinite palette of vivid
USA - To provide visitors to UNITE San Antonio with immersive live music experiences and clear communication, event production company Internally Sound recently deployed a complete JBL Professional VTX line array concert sound solution powered by Crown.
UNITE San Antonio is a two-day community worship and live music event that took place on 29-30 July at the Alamodome. Produced by the Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association, the two evenings featured influencers, speakers, live music from Chris Tomlin, King & Country, David Crowder and more, in addition to presentations from Dawson himself.
To ensure balanced sound quality and a dynamic live concert experience, the show’s producers turned to Internally Sound to provide a capable sound system. To accomplish this task, Internally Sound partnered with Harman Professional Solutions and First Born Productions to design and deploy a JBL VTX line array system for its versatility, intelligibility and impactful sound quality.
“UNITE San Antonio - like many of the events we do - featured a combination of live music and speech segments,” said Mark Jenkins, co-owner/operator, Internally Sound. “The JBL VTX system gave us the articulation and detail we needed for the speech parts, but it also delivered the power and impact needed for the concert artists. It sounded fantastic. The bands were very happy with it - one of the bands’ engineers said it was his all-time favourite concert PA. So it was smiles all around with the VTX system.”
Co-owners Phil Jenkins and Mark Jenkins of Internally Sou
Italy - Follow-Me has announced the start of a new partnership with Italian distribution company Molpass for stocking, sales, marketing, training and support of the Follow-Me remote follow-spot and performer tracking system, across the Italian market.
Paolo Albani, commercial director of Molpass comments, "We have already been collaborating with great quality brands for some time and, adding Follow-Me among these, is a big step and a great opportunity to offer to our customers a single solution to their projects.”
The wide array of applications that Follow-Me is currently used on range from international tours with artists such as Genesis, Ed Sheeran & Rolling Stones to TV shows like The Masked Singer, Dancing with the Stars, theatrical productions, Expo 2020 Dubai, theme parks, cruise ships and many other applications.
General manager for Follow-Me, Marc van der Wel, states, “We are happy to entrust our distribution to a serious and growing company like Molpass, we expect great steps in the Italian market and I am sure that this team is able to fully satisfy our needs”.
Paolo and his technical team at Molpass have already installed a Follow-Me 3D system in the Molpass Showroom and invite customers to contact them directly for a demonstration.
USA - The Killers’ FOH engineer Kenny Kaiser and monitor engineer Marty Beath were immediately intrigued by DPA’s new 4055 Kick Drum Mic. Among the first to get their hands on the mic, the duo put it to the test at production rehearsals before heading out on the band’s The Killing the Mirage tour.
After receiving universally positive feedback, the decision was made: DPA’s 4055 Kick Drum Mic was joining The Killers’ touring gear line-up alongside the group’s existing DPA solutions, such as the 4099 Core Instrument Mics, 4011 Cardioid Condenser Mics and d:facto 4018 Vocal Microphone.
Before solidifying their kick drum mic of choice, Kaiser and Beath tested out three variations of a mic setup. “We had a plate mic, a ribbon mic and then the new DPA,” explains Beath, “and we were swapping between them, listening to what we could get out of each combination. Because the DPA is linear, you have to shape it, but that’s great because that’s what you want—to have control and not be dictated by the voicing of the mic. So, I think it’s fantastic for this drum, but it will also translate across multiple drum kits.”
Beath continues, “It can handle the SPL, no problem whatsoever, and we’ve pretty much maintained our normal placement. We’ll probably experiment as we go along and get more comfortable with it, but so far, it’s mind-blowing.” Kaiser also notes that the mic’s voicing is one of the key standouts for the pair. “The overall design of this [mic] answers that famous line of optimise or compromise,” Kaiser explain
Italy - Prolights has released its latest product in the soft light range, the EclSoft Tube100, a multipurpose, IP65 wireless linear pixel tube designed for film & TV, indoor and outdoor environments.
The EclSoft Tube100 has a 48W RGB+WW source and 16 independently controlled sections. Just like the other fixtures in the soft light range, it has RGBW mode, HSI, CMY, XY, Raw Direct, CCT linear, CCT presets with +/- green shift, source emulation and industry standard gels, plus a wide range of built-in pixel effects.
There is a powerful, long-lasting battery on-board and Wireless DMX (CRMX and W-DMX), making it possible to take the EclSoft Tube100 anywhere without running cables. The new soft tube includes a built-in power supply that bipasses the battery and enables extra lumen output when connected to the mains, an ideal feature for users wanting to install the units on permanent sets.
The EclSoft Tube100 also includes an Ethernet port that supports Art-Net or s/ACN, and a PowerCon True input connection.
Prolights has added its innovative Spektra calibration that ‘guarantees colour fidelity’ across the range. The EclSoft Tube100 has high CRI and TLCI values to render precise skin-tones on camera.
The accessory range includes light modifiers by DoP Choice, clamps and magnetic fixing systems, adaptors, a tripod and an eye bolt to hang the EclSoft Tube100. There is also an eight-unit kit that comes with a wide selection of accessories.
UK - Leeds Conservatoire is a leading specialist higher education institution which delivers expert music and performing arts education to a community of more than 1200 students. The Conservatoire, which offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, is situated at the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter, and places a strong emphasis on developing career-ready musicians, performers, producers and entrepreneurs.
In addition to its role as an educator, it also hosts an eclectic year-round programme of gigs, recitals, workshops, film showcases, masterclasses and conferences in its purpose-built performance spaces. The Conservatoire’s main 350-seat auditorium, The Venue, is a flexible and inviting space designed to stage the widest possible variety of events. In keeping with the Conservatoire’s desire to maintain the very highest technical standards, its team recently chose to upgrade The Venue’s audio system, and engaged Bradford-based specialists Pro Audio Systems (PAS) to supply and install a new Meyer Sound system.
Dave Simpson, head of live event production at Leeds Conservatoire comments, “We had an ageing system at The Venue which was very much in need of replacement. Although it hadn’t necessarily been driven very hard, it had many miles on the clock and was no longer up to meeting the requirements of our diverse and ambitious programme of events. We wanted a high quality, future-proof system, and had listened to a number of systems from a variety of manufacturers in situ.
“PAS suggested we listen to some Meye
USA - Artists and technologists at Phoenix-based creative agency 3500 Kelvin help elevate film production and live and virtual event experiences with compelling, immersive content for LED display. The company operates Arizona’s largest virtual production LED volume, with more than 15,000sq.ft of capture space. Its talents have been tapped by diverse industries including film, music, corporate, concert touring, and experiential marketing. Behind the scenes, Brompton’s LED processor technology enables the team to showcase the highest quality visuals possible.
“Companies are realising that stage presentation backgrounds can be so much more than a simple logo. Instead, they can offer an immersive experience, and when it comes to LED panel processing, Brompton is the litmus test. Everyone tries to achieve what Brompton can do. It’s a rock-solid product that never crashes or has problems, and provides supreme quality,” noted Walter Schulz, partner and VFX supervisor / virtual stage supervisor at 3500 Kelvin.
Founded in early 2020 in partnership with live event company Murray Scott Production Services (MSPS), 3500 Kelvin began as a creative outlet to explore virtual production with LED panels and work in the emerging space. The companies remain linked and share equipment, with MSPS focused on live event touring, such as concerts and corporate events, and 3500 Kelvin on virtual production and content development.
“Because we’re heavily involved in live events, we often have to supplement our own tiles and equipment to accommodate events at s
Israel - Pixellot has announced the appointment of Ronen Tanami to the Pixellot management team as chief operating officer.
Tanami is an experienced executive, with 30 years of comprehensive achievements across the information technology and communications industries.
In his most recent role, Tanami served as senior VP at Amdocs, managing Amdocs’s quality engineering and head of revenue guard business unit.
“With Pixellot’s ongoing, strong growth worldwide, we felt it was both important and the right timing for enhancing our organizational structure to facilitate projected future scalability,” Said Alon Werber, CEO of Pixellot. “With the right mix of talent and experience, Ronen will be able to help streamline our international operations, leveraging our global footprint and broad portfolio of products. We wish him much success in his new role.”
“I am very excited about the opportunity to join Pixellot as the new COO,” said Tanami. “As this is a new position in a rapidly growing company, I am confident that my extensive expertise in operations, customer success, product delivery, R&D, and strategy will contribute to Pixellot’s ability to scale quickly and meet the challenges of the future with even greater success.”
USA - Salem Baptist Church in McDonough, GA, sits on a beautiful 104-acre wooded campus with winding paths and gently rolling bluffs that provide an idyllic setting for worship services and bible studies, as well as a variety of recreational activities by its community of worshippers. Completed in 1979, the church building itself is also warm and welcoming, and features a modern video-ready lighting system.
Salem recently opened the first satellite campus in its 152-year history. Located 12 miles from the main campus, the new Salem at Keys Ferry building, which was acquired from another church, seats approximately 300. Like the main campus, the new building was designed to support a welcoming worship environment. However, it did not have comparably modern lighting. To address this issue the church contracted StageCulture to design and install a new lighting system for the Keys Ferry.
“The church’s vision was to create a space in this building that would be more contemporary,” said Andrew Ayers, owner of StageCulture. “We welcomed the opportunity to upgrade the lighting system since this space offered excellent possibilities to create a modern lighting rig.”
Among the features creating exciting possibilities at the new building is its 50ft wide stage. With an eye toward this stage being used for future livestreams and video projects, Ayers ensured that it would have a smooth, even, and consistent field of light across its entire width.
“We were able to achieve 50ft candles across the front of the stage, to dial it in for future vid
USA - Point Source Audio’s on-ear Embrace microphones provided the solution for production sound engineer Thomas Zaccheo to capture every detail for a documentary about the American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) artistic director Kevin McKenzie who will retire from the role at the end of 2022 following three decades of leadership.
The mics came into their own during the rehearsals for the summer season at The Metropolitan Museum where their mounting capabilities ensured the artistic director could instruct dancers in his normal style without needing to worry about micing.
Zaccheo chose Embrace microphones for this project based on McKenzie’s style during rehearsals. “Mr. McKenzie is a hands-on choreographer who will dance with the performers as a way of expressing his thoughts and ideas, as I was advised before the shoot,” explains Zaccheo. “There were discussions about what we could do to prevent any booming, given that three cameras would be present and, of course, clothing noise would be unavoidable.” Equally important as the sonic quality, the mic needed to complement the user: “When I was packing up, Mr. McKenzie commented on how comfortable and inconspicuous the mount was, which he enjoyed because he didn’t want to be distracted from his directing.”
Zaccheo is well known for mixing across a variety of film genres, podcasts and post-production - delivering broadcast-ready sound with an emphasis on creating the director and writer’s vision, sonically. The Embrace mics are a recent addition to Zaccheo’s sound kit and proved to be
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced the AMX Varia family of professional-grade, persona-defined touch panels, designed to adapt to the different needs of any corporate, education, government, hospitality, entertainment, or other user environment.
Available in four screen sizes, from a diminutive 5.5-inch up to 15.6-inch, Varia panels streamline meeting spaces, boardrooms, classrooms, auditoriums and more. A dynamic architecture platform supports the diverse needs of any user to define the entire panel experience.
Depending on the selected persona, Varia can transform into a full-screen, frameless Web Kiosk for accessing web apps such as a wayfinding app, hoteling app, or custom control app; a dedicated Zoom Rooms Controller; an AMX Book Room Scheduling Panel; or an AMX G5 Control Panel.
Varia panels include a versatile mount that provides wall, glass, and VESA-mounting capabilities. Optional tabletop mounting accessories are also available offering users the ability to meet any mounting need.
Varia touch panels are offered in two styles: Varia and Varia SL. Varia is available in three screen sizes: 8", 10.1", and 15.6" and offers unparalleled mounting flexibility. Panels can be mounted to a wall, glass, VESA-mount, or to a tabletop via an optional accessory. Varia SL is optimized for in-wall installations, utilizing standard single-gang electrical boxes and is available in two sizes: 5.5" and 8". Two Varia “No-Comm” models exclude the camera, NFC, and microphone to meet the security requirements of facilities that do not a
China - The 13th edition of the popular West Lake Music Festival which has been held in the picturesque Prince Bay Park in Hangzhou every year since its inaugural event in 2008, was finally able to take place from 11-13 November. Having been postponed from its traditional dates in April due to pandemic concerns, music fans were more than ready to make the most of three days of China’s highest profile rock and pop acts.
With over 10,000 festival-goers every day, West Lake remains one of the most important music festivals in China, and the 2022 edition was no exception. Full-service production technology specialists D&S Stage Technology – the largest rental company in Zhejiang Province – was responsible for supplying all of the FOH equipment for the festival. Having road-tested KV2’s flagship VHD5 high-definition Constant Power point source system for the first time on last year’s event with great success, the company had no hesitation in specifying it for 2022.
D&S owner, Mr Wang, made a special trip down to KV2’s Chinese distributor, AVMedia’s headquarters in Guangzhou last year to experience the VHD5 system for himself in an outdoor setting and understand more about setup procedures. “They’d already attended a number of demonstrations and been impressed by what they heard, but they really wanted to see how it performed on a large event,” explains Jason Shi from AVMedia. “West Lake music festival provided the perfect opportunity. It was a resounding success – the comments from all the engineers who used the system were unan
Germany - This past summer, Waldstadion in Frankfurt was the scene of two sold-out shows by one of Germany’s favourite rock bands over the years, Böhse Onkelz. Renowned lighting designer and long-time lighting collaborator with the band, Jerry Appelt, created a spectacular stage and lighting design for the stadium shows and ensured that the visual impact would be memorable using Elation Professional’s Proteus Excalibur beam moving head.
Formed in Frankfurt in 1980, the band’s stadium shows were meant to be 40th anniversary events in 2020 but were postponed until this year. Appelt, who worked with the band earlier in its career and lit the band’s ‘farewell’ concert in 2005 before 120,000 fans, has continued to light shows for them after the band reunited in 2014.
The two Waldstadion shows featured distinctive stage and lighting designs by Appelt who says he wanted to forego placing a standard open-air stage inside Waldstadion, something he has done in previous years at this venue. A beautiful stadium with a retractable roof, the designer sought a design solution that integrated the stadium aesthetic as part of the scenery and set. He explains, “The band comes from Frankfurt originally and are big supporters of the football club Eintracht Frankfurt, who play in the stadium. I had the idea to integrate the curve of the grandstand behind the stage, where the hardcore fans usually sit, into the stage design.”
The designer created a coverless mothergrid with accompanying triangle-shaped LED screens instead of the typical 16:9 configurat