robe-idols-saRobe on song for Idols South Africa
Monday, 15 February 2021

South Africa - In Pretoria, the State Theatre’s 640-seat Drama Stage hosted the rounds and finale of the 2020 Idols SA, complete with a lighting design by Joshua Cutts of Visual Frontier and technical production delivered by Dream Sets for SIC Entertainment. This sixteenth series was directed by Gavin Wratten.
While the show would normally decamp to the 3000-capacity Carnival City Big Top Arena in Johannesburg for the finale, this year everything remained at the State Theatre, and while accommodating a strictly limited audience of 250, the visual elements of the production were also expanded to add some serious WOW factors!
Like any LD asked to add more lights, Josh jumped at the chance to seriously pimp up the rig with an additional 120 Robe moving lights for the finale which was broadcast live on the Mzansi Magic CH 161 on DSTV as usual.
Josh has lit the finals – where the last 10 contestants are whittled down to two – for the last 10 seasons, so part of his 11th edition challenge was to make it dramatically different from before. Then, without the move to the larger venue, his key task was to create a signature visuality for the finale and help ensure that fans watching would still enjoy a great value experience.
In addition to the house band which had been present through the series under the musical direction of Kurt Herman, Tima Reece and Llewellyn George, an array of aerial performers were also added for the finale, giving Josh some extra interesting elements to light.
The Idols Live Show rig – which fea

astera-we-are-oneAstera adds atmosphere to Field of Dreams
Monday, 15 February 2021

Australia - Lighting designer Hugh Taranto lit a vibrant array of artists performing on the Sydney Stage for the 2020-21 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)’s New Year’s Eve broadcast. The high-profile event culminated in a pyro spectacular fired off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, stretching right across the harbour and watched by millions across Australia and worldwide.
This year, the event was named We Are One following 12 gruelling months that started with raging bushfires and ended with the ongoing pandemic. As the date neared, the tough decision was taken to go ahead without a live audience, due to general Coronavirus concerns, then a fast-spreading local cluster developing in the days immediately prior meant that even plans for a limited capacity ‘local hero’ audience – nominated by communities – had to be dropped.
Wanting to fill the gap immediately in front of the stage with some sort of atmospheric element that would look good on camera, Hugh and the team from lighting vendor Chameleon Touring Systems proposed 56 x vertical Astera Titan Tubes, set up to create an interesting and dynamic “immersive light display” later dubbed ‘The Field of Dreams’ by the producers.
This inventive visual solution had to compliment and work harmoniously with both the stage lighting rig designed by Hugh, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminations designed by Ziggy Ziegler.
Underlining the symbolic importance of this year’s roll over, for the first time ever the broadcast was split between ‘live’ stages in Sydney and Mel

robe-marco-bartoliniRemembering Marco Bartolini
Monday, 15 February 2021

Italy - The industry has been paying tribute to Marco Bartolini, a popular and well-known industry face in Italy and internationally, who passed away on 10 February 2021 following a short battle with cancer.
Marco started working with Robe in 2004 when at SR Consulting, and since 2007 he has headed the team at Robe’s Italian distributor, RM Multimedia. Earlier in his career, he had worked with other notable industry brands and companies including SGM, always living and breathing the entertainment technology world that was his passion and in which he became a key figure.
His kindness, generosity, affable personality, and laid-back humour touched everyone he met, while his natural charisma and direct, honest approach to business impressed and earned respect, even from competitors! He possessed the wonderful ability and had a big enough heart to see positive attributes everywhere and in so many people.
Everyone wanted to hang out with Marco at shows, gigs, events, and exhibitions.
In his wide circle of loyal industry and personal friends, he was a person of integrity, vision, tolerance, and was an open and non-judgemental spirit. His trademark infectious smile – which cemented so many friendships and business deals – was widely loved.
Robe s.r.o. CEO Josef Valchar stated, “Marco was a beautiful person and one of a kind. I and all the international team at Robe who were lucky enough to work and spend time with him over these last 17 years will miss him greatly. His understated and cheeky wit, his attention to detail, his love of

sj-award-2021ABTT announces Stephen Joseph Award
Monday, 15 February 2021

UK - To mark the centenary of Stephen Joseph’s birth and the 60th anniversary of the founding of ABTT, the ABTT Stephen Joseph Committee has announced an award to commemorate the life and work of the influential theatre practitioner and pioneer of theatre in-the-round.
A statement from the ABTT says: “Stephen Joseph was one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the last century. He was one of the founders of the ABTT and the Society of Theatre Consultants, now the Institute of Theatre Consultants. He promoted new writing, architectural standards and technical excellence, and was an inspiring university teacher. His pioneering work has given rise to the use of myriad forms of theatre and open staging in current practice. At the heart of his philosophy was the close and fundamental relationship between performer and audience. Above all, he established theatre-in-the-round as a legitimate theatrical form in the UK.
This award honours Stephen’s wide-ranging legacy which continues to influence many aspects of theatre practice. The first ABTT Stephen Joseph Award will be presented in June 2021.”
ABTT Stephen Joseph Award specifications:
There are three categories from which one recipient of the award will be chosen. For the sake of clarity, there will be just one award in 2021 presented to the most deserving nomination drawn from any one of the following categories:
1. A living individual whose work or body of work has created an exemplary and adventurous relationship between performance and audience.

netflixProtones calls on Chauvet Professional for Hype
Monday, 15 February 2021

Germany - Built in 1908, the Laeiszhalle concert hall in Hamburg enchants visitors with architectural features, such as the towering organ integrated into the back wall of its stage. This made the historic venue an appropriate setting for Hype, an on-demand Netflix production by and about the award-winning comedian and author Felix Lobrecht.
No stranger to German fans, Lobrecht has rapidly risen to become one of the country’s most sought-after stand-up comedians as a result of his television shows and books. Following his first live tour, the highly successful kenn ick, he launched Hype in early 2020.
The appearance at Laeiszhalle was a stop on the Hype tour. As things turned out, it also wound up being the site of his stand-up special on Netflix, which was published on the streaming service in November 2020. Supporting this recorded performance was setting created by the Protones team from Lüneburg, and a lighting design by Alex Schmidt that featured over 75 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Led by project manager Niklas Martin, the Protones team took care to accentuate the extraordinary setting of this location, not only for the limited socially distant live audience, but also for those who would watch the on-demand production audience at home. Working with Schmidt, the Protones team created a look that supported the artist on stage, while also emphasized the remarkable ambience of the hall, an aspect of the production that was important to Felix Lobrecht himself.
"Our instruction from the client was indeed very specific

esta-tsp-2020Above & Beyond Award winners announced
Monday, 15 February 2021

USA - The Entertainment Services and Technology Association's (ESTA's) Technical Standards Programme (TSP) has announced the 2020 recipients of the annual Above & Beyond Awards.
The TSP exists because hundreds of individuals from across the industry volunteer their expertise and significant amounts of time to write and improve standards that increase safety, provide interoperability between different manufacturers, solve problems, and make life easier. The awards are a chance for volunteers to celebrate those of their peers whom they feel have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the programme.
The 2020 Above & Beyond Awards were presented to:
Ethan Gilson, Entertainment Rigging Services, LLC (Rigging Working Group). Ethan was praised for his expert knowledge of rigging and his unique approach to both analysing rigging challenges and coming up with their answers. His method of evaluating the relevance of a subject and converting it into an ANSI accredited rigging standard is extraordinary. Ethan's enthusiasm about the TSP has also inspired many people to volunteer, which has helped the program flourish.
Wayne Howell, Artistic Licence (Control Protocols Working Group). A long-time consistent contributor to the CPWG, Wayne was lauded for being a task group leader on the E1.20 Remote Device Management (RDM) revision project. Working late hours across international time zones, Wayne has demonstrated exceptional leadership in guiding the task group and has exhibited an admirable determination to make certain that every voi

klangkontrollerKLANG has designs on musicians
Monday, 15 February 2021

Europe - With musicians in mind, KLANG has announced the release of its new KLANG:kontroller, a hardware controller that is compatible with all KLANG immersive in-ear mixing processors.
“This is the first hardware product designed specifically for the musicians,” says KLANG founder and CMO, Pascal Dietrich. “While many of our users love the KLANG:app, we had received many requests for a standalone hardware controller that offers the same mixing functionality, combined with a powerful, studio-grade Dante headphone amp.”
KLANG:kontroller does just that. It delivers fast tactile user control of channels, groups and immersive mixing via an intuitive interface. “KLANG:kontroller is really simple to use, even for absolutely non-technical musicians,” adds Dietrich. “The displays provide clear colour coding and channel names which makes handwritten and mostly outdated name tags, as well as dialling though all the channels to find the one you are looking for, obsolete.”
Relative DCA group mixing and full single channel control via eight push rotary encoders provides important, fast access. “The ability to customise the groups is particularly useful for musicians,” Dietrich continues. “With eight rotaries, musicians can quickly balance their in-ear mix. This is fast, safe for the ears and it massively speeds up the mixing workflow during a gig without requiring any profound mixing know-how.”
While KLANG:kontroller is designed to integrate with all existing devices, KLANG is also releasing a new immersive mixing processor. This c

12stone-churchMeyer Sound Leopards power Georgia church
Monday, 15 February 2021

USA - 12Stone Church, a thriving multi-site congregation serving the Atlanta metro area, is radically rethinking worship for not only the COVID-19 crisis but also into the post-pandemic era. The church’s innovative ‘12Stone Home’ initiative is a creative fusion of remote streaming and in-person worship, with the dynamic power and flexibility of a new Meyer Sound Leopard reinforcement system playing a key role in the success of the concept.
The new system is flown inside the main worship auditorium at 12Stone’s Sugarloaf campus, where a rapid renovation last summer reconfigured the 900-capacity room to serve as a hybrid combination of live worship space and video production studio. With the old point-source system already slated for replacement, a new Leopard-based solution was the odds-on favourite as Leopard arrays already had been installed at four other 12Stone campuses.
“We went with Leopard because we’re so accustomed to it,” says Taylor Davis, production director for the church. “It’s part of our audio DNA at this point. But for this new ministry, it also gives us extraordinary flexibility. We have enough Leopard elements and subwoofers to change the room to in-the-round with four arrays. It makes us very nimble, so we can work in any room configuration. In fact, all the production in here is touring-style, with portable decking so we can turn the room or put the stage at centre.”
In its current iteration, the room has three distinct areas, with a cafe teaching environment on one side, a performance area centre, and a livin

showlight1Virtual Showlight issues Call for Speakers
Friday, 12 February 2021

World - Following the recent announcement of Virtual Showlight 2021 which will take place online on 25 May, 2021, Showlight is renewing its Call for Papers from speakers keen to be a part of this inaugural event.
Showlight has always centred on its fascinating programme of papers, delivered by lighting practitioners from around the world. Determined to uphold the spirit of the popular quadrennial event despite the global restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Showlight will treat its delegates to a day of talks and networking opportunities online that give a flavour of the full event.
Submit your ideas
The organisers are therefore issuing a fresh call for papers to anyone involved in lighting - be they lighting designers, lighting directors, directors of photography, architectural lighting designers or associated crafts like programmers and manufacturers - to submit papers ideas suitable for presentation in the virtual conference on 25 May. Papers are to be 20 - 30 minutes in length, followed by a Q&A session. “Full technical support will be given in advance, so don’t be daunted by the virtual platform,” says Showlight.
“We aim for variety, across topics relevant to all aspects of the lighting industry today, and we envisage this will be especially appealing to speakers whose commitments usually prevent them from speaking at a full Showlight event. We want to hear about your experiences, your ambitions, your inspirations, your concerns, your successes and your failures. We are not looking for simple product promotio

l-acousticsPresidential role for Contour XO in-ear headphones
Friday, 12 February 2021

USA/Europe - While the live music scene has been on pause for the past year, two live sound innovators, Dr. Christian Heil, president and founder of L-Acoustics, and Jerry Harvey, president and founder of JH Audio, came up with the idea to combine their technologies into Contour XO in-ear headphones.
Following an initial meeting in which Jerry Harvey travelled to Paris to meet Christian Heil, the two companies’ teams collaborated remotely to build Contour XO, which incorporates the massive L-Acoustics line array sound into JH Audio's multi-driver portable in-ear monitors (IEMs).
The design of Contour XO incorporates 10 drivers and covers the full frequency spectrum down to 10Hz. They also feature bass adjustment of up to 15 dB so you can control how much low end you need.
Contour XO was given a crucial role at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden and Vice President, Kamala Harris.
With over 30m people watching in the US alone on 20January 2021, Lady Gaga delivered a moving performance of the US National Anthem.
Chris Rabold, live engineer for Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé, represented Gaga at the mixing console as she serenaded millions of viewers. While mixing and monitoring the broadcast feed, Chris Rabold relied upon Contour XO to deliver detailed, clear sound. Rabold comments, "I’m glad my Contour XO in-ear monitors came along for the momentous occasion and served as my mix reference."
The performers themselves sparkled in customized JH Audio IEMs. Lady Gaga wore an opulent gold set

zero-88-new-online-training-sessionZero 88 presents further free online training
Friday, 12 February 2021

UK - Zero 88 has announced a new array of online product training sessions running through February and March 2021, presented in-person by product specialist Edward Smith.
Running via Zoom, participants can also request a link to the recording for re-watching ‘and use these assets as a tool for refreshing and reinvigorating their lighting console programming skills’.
Most of the training is focussed on Zero 88’s popular and powerful FLX range of lighting control consoles. These first sessions of the year will cover the FLX, FLX S24 and FLX S48, plus the ZerOS Server, and will also be applicable to other Zero 88 consoles running the ZerOS operating system.
This follows on from a considerable number of regular training seminars initiated by Zero 88 throughout 2020, taking advantage of the unexpected free time that so many lighting professionals found themselves facing as lockdowns and COVID restrictions kicked in.
So successful was the programme that Zero 88 also started live streaming several sessions that can be re-watched at any time on their YouTube channel.
“We wanted to continue the trend and keep assisting with learning and refreshing in the areas people are demanding,” stated Edward.
The sessions are crafted for anyone who wants to know more about Zero 88’s powerful and easy to use FLX range and are aimed at three key groups – those interested in the brand and the architecture; those looking for a console that’s right for them and their application; and experienced power-users wanting to maximise and get

craig-mcqueenLightware strengthens development team
Friday, 12 February 2021

UK - The team behind Lightware Visual Engineering UK & Ireland has announced the appointment of Craig McQueen as head of business development.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Lightware family,” says McQueen who has 26 years’ industry experience. “As a brand that is very well known for its quality and reliability, I look forward to sharing a number of exciting developments with our customers and partners.”
McQueen will be responsible for furthering the growth of the brand in the UK and Ireland and will partner with the sales team.
“Craig McQueen joins us at an exciting time as we continue to grow the Corporate business,” says Craig Storey, sales director UK & Ireland. “Craig will play an integral role in further strengthening our presence in the UK market. His wealth of industry and product knowledge will serve him well in his position and I look forward to his success in the role.”

st-johnsShure powers sound at ‘cathedral of creativity’
Friday, 12 February 2021

UK - Shure is the sound system of choice for a multi-million pound restoration project at St John at Hackney Church. The project was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in collaboration with designer John Pawson (Abbey of our Lady of Nový Dvůr/Design Museum), visual artist Es Devlin and architects Thomas Ford & Partners.
A noted landmark, St John at Hackney Church was established in 1275 and has been part of the East London community ever since. A church in the traditional sense, since 2010 has welcomed major artists such as Robbie Williams, Florence Welch, Jamie XX, Benjamin Clementine, Bloc Party, Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé. As a Music Venue’s Trust and Independent Venue Week affiliated venue, Hackney Church looks forward to hosting some of the world’s finest creators and innovators whilst supporting local artistic endeavour in its Grade II* listed building.
The aim of this project was to create one of London’s premium live event spaces: a ‘Cathedral of Creativity’. The demands of this ambition, combined with working in a historic listed building, created an environment for a challenging installation.
Ben Musson, production manager, comments: “The Shure brand has been synonymous with pro audio for the last 50 years. I had used the Shure ULXD previous and had found it really reliable, and easy to work with. When we had the first tender doc come through from our consultants, Shure was right there on it, and no one felt the slightest need to change it.”
Ben continues: “Having previously used ULXD, the Axient

saatchiPRG and Saatchi Gallery open streaming studio
Friday, 12 February 2021

UK - PRG has joined forces with the Saatchi Gallery in the heart of West London to create Saatchi Studios – a flexible, COVID-secure space, suitable for recording, streaming or basing virtual and hybrid events.
John Montague, director of corporate and events said, “We’ve had an incredible long-standing relationship with the Saatchi Gallery, and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside them once again to develop Saatchi Studios. We had our first client in the studio last week and it has been great to be back on site. The team and I cannot wait to continue this journey and are excited about the upcoming bookings for this month.”
PRG has created a studio package which includes bespoke backdrops (including a variety of LED walls), the latest robotic and manned cameras, professional lighting and secure, managed and uncontended internet access as standard. Basic sets or mini studio environments are also possible and easy to implement with direct freight lift access as well as rigging overhead.
There is also a digital studio being built in PRG’s Covent Garden Offices with a full VMix suite.
Stefaan Michels, director of music (video) said, “We have been seeing an increased demand for VMix and with a building which is currently underutilised and with the majority of the infrastructure already in place, it was no brainer.”

annie-in-the-waterMavericks across Annie In The Water
Friday, 12 February 2021

USA - The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY, is Christine Whelan Sharp’s favourite venue to light in and not just for its graceful Art Deco architecture with its gleaming exterior and stylized accents. Nor is it for the theatre’s rich 91-year history that has seen the likes of Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones grace its stage.
What Sharp especially likes about this venue is the sense of intimacy performers and crew feel with the crowd. So, it took some getting used to when she stepped inside the Palace on 15 January to light a livestream show by rockers Annie In The Water before 2,900 empty seats.
“It was a different kind of feeling working that theatre when it was empty,” said Sharp of High Peaks Presents. “We had the band facing upstage during the livestream, so the downstage apron was really the back of our stage and the empty seats were the backdrop.”
Sharp worked this configuration to the advantage of her design by using six Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures from High Peaks’ own inventory to create an arc of light behind the band. Positioning the 440-watt spot-beam fixtures in a curved line behind the band and intersplicing them with RGB linear fixtures, she framed the group in a colourful glow.
The arc of colour from Sharp’s floor package played off nicely against the overhead house lights, which were set a low intensity, and the evocative video images from Frankie Cavone and Mirth Films. This allowed just enough of the empty theatre to be picked up by the camera to give the livestream a deep, redolent look that accentuated

xviveXvive adds power supply and Bluetooth adapter
Friday, 12 February 2021

UK - Xvive has added two new items to its range, the battery driven, 12/48 volt P1 Portable Phantom Power Supply and MD1 Bluetooth MIDI adapter.
The battery-driven Xvive P1 delivers a full 12V or 48V of clean phantom power for perfect sound and noise-free performance. Xvive P1 can be used with any condenser microphone, between audio mixers, processors or recording units that do not host phantom power, or as a stand-alone power source – making it suitable for studio applications, live performances, video shoots and podcasts.
Compact and weighing a mere 145g, the Xvive P1 is totally portable, with enough power from its internal lithium battery to run any high-current condenser microphone for up to 40 hours, from a three-hour charge from any 5 volt USB power source.
Also new from Xvive is the MD1 Bluetooth MIDI adapter which allows ‘fast and stable, point-to-point wireless connections between any two MIDI devices’.
Featuring Bluetooth 5 technology for the interconnection of any 5-pin DIN-socket MIDI device, the MD1 Bluetooth MIDI adapter does not require special software, or extra hardware for secured connections, with twice the speed and with a range of up to 20m without obstruction.

marshallMarshall monitor offers Dante capabilities
Friday, 12 February 2021

USA - Marshall Electronics has reintroduced its AR-DM61-BT multichannel digital audio monitor, now available with Dante capabilities. The AR-DM61-BT-64DT also includes built-in live video monitoring and can operate as an audio/video QC solution for a range of applications including TV stations, broadcast trucks, transfer stations and house of worship facilities.
The AR-DM61-BT-64DT provides versatile audio analysis functions, and professional QC monitoring of analogue, digital and networked audio sources. As the first audio rack unit with an intuitive 10-inch-wide LCD touchscreen, the AR-DM61-BT-64DT can display up to 64 audio channels or isolate any pair for detailed, 96-step analysis. Its slim 1RU design includes powerful stereo speakers with volume control so they can be adjusted in quiet and loud environments along with multiple convenient display modes.
“The AR-DM61-BT-64DT is the only audio monitor that is equally at home with your existing formats (SDI, AES, analogue, Dolby and MADI) and modern networked digital formats, including Dante networked audio,” says Greg Boren, product marketing engineer at Marshall Electronics. “Additionally, the AR-DM61-BT-64DT includes a built-in web server for saved channel mixes, system settings and updates. Its speakers are able to be turned up pretty loud, which is especially useful in some environments.”
The AR-DM61 Series is the sixth generation of digital audio rack-mount monitors from Marshall Electronics, featuring improved audio quality and redesigned chassis. Each monitor has re-engineered spea

mallADJ moving heads high light Danish Mall
Friday, 12 February 2021

Denmark - A Copenhagen shopping centre has installed 30 ADJ LED-powered moving head fixtures to provide a flexible lighting system that can be used both for special events and general ambient looks. Mounted to the high ceiling of the mall’s large atrium, which allows their beams to reach all across the main space, the fixtures have proved to be a big hit with the centre’s management who love the versatility that the system provides.
Located in Taaastrup, a suburb of the Danish capital city, CITY2 is a large shopping destination that also incorporates an ice-skating rink and nine-screen movie theatre. Originally opened in 1975, it was one of the first modern shopping centres in Europe, inspired by the popularity of the ‘everything under one roof’ malls of the United States. Despite its long history, CITY2 is continuously being updated and renovated, with the latest of these projects involving the installation of a lighting system to enhance special events and promotions.
The company responsible for designing and installing the new system, as well as supplying the ADJ fixtures, was SoundStoreXL, based in Aarhus. Six years ago, Kim Birk joined SoundStoreXL as sales manager in order to establish a new installation division. Kim is a qualified electrician with more than 20 years of experience in the sound and lighting industry. Starting with small projects for shops, restaurants and nightclubs, this part of the business has now also grown to supply larger venues such as the CITY2 shopping centre.
“When I met with the CITY2’s management,” ex

mini-aes70-control-solutionOCA Alliance offers overhead control solution
Friday, 12 February 2021

Europe - OCA Alliance member, DeusO GmbH, has created a control implementation that requires minimal processing and can be implemented in as little as a 1kB solution. This is significant development as it puts AES70 control solutions within the reach of any and all who wish to implement it, says the alliance.
AES70 is a device control standard that offers a flexible, cost-effective approach to system control. It offers interoperable, standards-based control that is not tied to any particular control system or user interface and works alongside any audio and video networking control protocol.
“One of the fundamental design goals of AES70 and OCA (Open Control Architecture) was to allow scalability, both upwards and downwards. The initial implementations and systems using the standard tended towards larger and more complex systems, so the standard was perceived in some corners as only being able to scale upwards, and thus was best suited for applications where more heavyweight hardware with multitudes of processing resources were in place,” says Ethan Wetzell, marketing committee chair for the OCA Alliance.
“However, I’m delighted to say that our friends at DeusO have put an end to that with a real-world demonstration of an implementation within a static device – in this instance, the Arduino UNO microcontroller board as it was the smallest development device available with built-in Ethernet capacity - which required just 1 kB of RAM on the microcontroller system.”
With this (very) slow microcontroller, limited RAM and 100Mbit ethern

pliant-uvalde-opera-houseUvalde Grans Opera upgrades with Pliant
Friday, 12 February 2021

USA - When Caitlin Visel joined Uvalde Grand Opera House as manager in September 2019, she was immediately tasked with replacing the nearly 40-year old wired intercom system. As the second oldest theatre in Texas, Visel needed to find a comms system that would cover the entire building with its thick, concrete walls.
When she realised that repairing the outdated system was beyond her budget, she began the search for a replacement. Through some online research, Visel was immediately intrigued by Pliant Technologies’ MicroCom M digital wireless intercom system.
“I was instantly drawn to Pliant’s intercom offerings for its wireless capabilities,” says Visel. “Having a wireless intercom system has been a massive benefit as we can communicate with staff members throughout the entire building. Whether they’re with talent backstage, in the lobby collecting tickets or behind the bar making drinks, everyone can communicate seamlessly. Also, the affordability of the MicroCom M intercom helped to make Pliant the obvious choice for us.”
In addition to its wireless capabilities, the range of the MicroCom M system is a standout feature for the theatre. “When I first began my search for a new intercom, I was worried that it would be difficult to find a system that could function throughout the building as there are obstructions, solid walls and high ceilings,” explains Visel. “During an onsite demo of the system, I was blown away by its extensive range. With MicroCom M, we’re able to communicate from all ends of the building without losing t

peter-thomas-at-tape-londonPMC marks 30 years
Thursday, 11 February 2021

UK - Loudspeaker pioneer PMC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades of ‘Best of British’ loudspeaker design and manufacture for both the international professional music production and audiophile markets.
Peter Thomas, PMC founder and owner, comments on the occasion: “When I started the company with my friend and colleague, Adrian Loader, I had no idea that our audio knowledge and passion for music would one day end up with our small company designing and building universally respected loudspeakers for audiophiles and for some of the biggest artists, producers and audio facilities in the world.”
PMC was established in 1991 by Thomas who was then a BBC engineer, and FWO Bauch engineer Adrian Loader, in response to requirements from the BBC for a monitor speaker that could handle the high sound levels required for pop and rock monitoring, but with ultra-high resolution. The pair created their first loudspeaker, the ‘Big Box’, in Peter’s garage and accompanying electronics in Adrian’s garage. Once refined and renamed the BB5, it was installed into BBC Maida Vale Studios and so started the journey of discovery and invention to perfect the art of loudspeaker design that continues today.
Shortly after the introduction of the BB5 and formation of PMC, Thomas and Loader launched their first domestic loudspeaker, the LB1. The company now has a healthy reputation in the home audio and custom installation sectors, with products that bring studio quality audio reproduction into the home.
Thomas explains why th

anolis-grand-brighton-hotel-dsc0242-w-photo-by-bradley-moonAnolis adds majesty to Brighton Grand
Thursday, 11 February 2021

UK - The Grand Brighton hotel, a landmark on the seafront in UK south coast city and resort Brighton, is highlighted by an Anolis LED lighting installation illuminating its majestic front façade.
Designed by architect John Whichcord Jr. and built in 1864, originally as a hangout for the smart set of the day, today it offers over 200 rooms, many with spectacular panoramic sea views and full conference facilities while its distinctive Victorian and Italian features remain almost unchanged.
The Anolis lighting scheme was installed as part of a wider modernisation programme happening along Brighton’s Kings Road seafront which is a collage of historical and modern architecture.
Anolis UK was initially approached by the hotel’s management and asked to specify a suitable, more energy conscious and cost-efficient luminaire to replace their ageing discharge lighting scheme and enhance the building’s substantial façade.
The Anolis lighting scheme was designed by Ian Forrow of IJF Lighting and the installation completed and commissioned by LTP Integration.
It was a detailed operation due to the building being heritage Grade II listed. Key lighting considerations included getting precise coverage with minimal light spill to wash the impressive 75m-wide frontage accurately and smoothly.
The lighting scheme also had to conform to the various heritage requirements as specified by Brighton and Hove City Council, which includes the exact colour of light that should be used on the façade and stipulates how many times a year it can be lit

evokeEvoke and disguise partner with Siemens
Thursday, 11 February 2021

UK - Multinational giant Siemens partnered with Evoke Studios and disguise to host 8,000 customers from 90 countries at their Digital Enterprise SPS Dialog. The event offered customers engaging virtual content and introduced the new Siemens virtual showroom which showcased innovative 3D visualisations and tours using disguise xR.
The disguise xR workflow, implemented by Evoke Studios, powered the virtual showroom, which featured 56 exhibits in 12 topic areas, more than 130 product presentations and three real factory showcases. In addition, there were 21 stage presentations with 38 top-level industry speakers. A total of 8,000 customers from 90 countries connected to the event.
During five weeks of production Evoke Studios were charged with providing a high-end xR platform to help provide engaging content for the virtual showroom, allowing clients to interact with individual topics and solutions of their choice. Optionally, customers could choose one- on-one sessions with Siemens experts: More than 2,000 of these took place.
The xR production resulted in a natural connection between the speakers on stage and the xR environment, demonstrating how quickly inexperienced speakers felt comfortable on the xR stage and referring to what could be seen in-camera.
“Compared to the supporting green screen production, the xR production delivered a significantly higher level of quality in the end result,” notes Vincent Steenhoek, managing director of Evoke Studios. “There was a fast turnaround time between recordings and having the end result ready

bluetoothAudinate adds Dante AVIO Bluetooth adapter
Thursday, 11 February 2021

USA - Audinate has announced the immediate availability of the Dante AVIO Bluetooth adapter. This addition to the popular Dante AVIO family allows mobile devices and computers to wirelessly connect to any Dante audio network for playout or recording.
The Dante AVIO family of adapters allow users to easily use non-networked audio equipment on a Dante audio networkDante AVIO is available in 1- or 2-channel analogue input or output configurations as well as AES3/EBU, USB and now Bluetooth versions.
The Dante AVIO Bluetooth adapter brings Bluetooth 5.0 performance, delivering high-quality audio from phones, tablets and computers to any audio devices on a Dante network, says the company. Pairing devices is simple and straightforward, allowing for automatic connections to paired devices when in range. Dante AVIO Bluetooth is ideal for playback to larger sound systems, and for connecting networked speakers and microphones to mobile conferencing software running on tablets and smartphones.
“The new Dante AVIO Bluetooth adapter provides a cost-effective way for audio professionals to get the benefits of networking while using the familiar devices they already own,” says Mark Gerrard, senior product manager at Audinate. "Bluetooth connectivity brings Dante audio networking to the world of wireless devices."
In addition to Bluetooth, a USB-C compatible version of the popular Dante AVIO USB adapter is slated for release soon.


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