Total Structures Inc has recently produced a unique tensioned fabric structure for general contractor Fabric Structures, based on an original concept by architects FTL Happold. What made this different from the many other rooftops produced by the company this year was its shape and proportions. As our picture shows, it is a ridged, contoured ellipse, supported on only two towers and measuring 70ft wide and 63ft deep. It was engineered to carry 7,000lbs of sound equipment and 1,000lbs of lights for the Summerstage series in New York's Central Park.
PLASA's annual AGM took place at The Belfry Hotel near Birmingham on June 15th, attended by around 60 representatives of member companies. PLASA Chairman Mick Hannaford reported on a successful year for the Association which had seen key advances in the range of services and initiatives offered to members. He also covered the Association's review of its Code of Ethics, outlining the way in which a Code of Business Ethics and an Appeals Procedure might be implemented. It is a move the Association has been wishing to make for some time and will give PLASA more direct powers to act in the interests of all the members by dealing with companies who fail to meet certain standards. Afterwards, the Members voted in favour of adopting the Code.PLASA Treasurer Sammy de Havilland then outlined the financial position of the Association noting that it had reached its reserve targets and was now in a strong position to drive new initiatives forward. Following the AGM, PLASA MD Matthew Griffiths gave a brief presentation on the future of the Association. He talked first about the PLASA Show and how successful the Exhibitor Forum had been in influencing its shape and format. He also highlighted the introduction of a number of new features for the Show this year, including a new technology showcase. Matthew then referred to one of the key projects PLASA is pursuing this year – that of qualitative and quantitative Industry Research on which subject he handed the floor over to facilitator Phil Pratt who explained to members the rationale behind the Industry Research programme. During th
The first worldwide public outing of the PRG/LSD Medusa (Icon M) takes place this weekend (the 24/25th June) at the Skyscapes building adjacent to the Millennium Dome. The light, which has been undergoing some fine-tuning since its launch last year, will make its debut at the Bollywoods - the Indian Film Awards.
Stage Electrics has confirmed the opening date of its new London Branch as 7 August, but to ensure that its new WYSIWYG facility and Virtual Lighting Studio is operational in the meantime, the company has taken temporary accommodation at 81 Oxford Street. David Stewart, formerly with Lightfusion, has joined Stage Electrics as studio manager and will operate from the London branch. During the last six years, he has been involved with designing and operating at such venues as Frankfurt Music Messe, Montreaux Jazz Festival and the Filmfare awards in Bombay. London branch: 07836 231868
ARX has been awarded the contract to supply the power amplifier requirements for the new Museum Victoria Project in Melbourne, Australia. The first stage of the installation is the delivery of 15 of the new ZA 600 six-channel power amplifiers, a total of 90 amplifier channels, providing over 11kW of output for the various themed areas and soundscapes. Further stages of the development are also based on ZA 600 power amplifiers.
VDC Trading has released its 2000-2001 product directory, featuring the copany's full range range of pro audio, video and broadcast cabling systems. The world-renowned Van Damme range of cables are prominently featured as are over 5000 other cabling and connector solutions, from custom-built stage boxes and metal work, racks and multicore looms. VDC hs also added further product lines to this year's directory which include 2U, 16-32amp mains distros, all rack mountable and in two colours.
PCM is running its next two-day Columbus McKinnon Lodestar Motor Schools on 27-28 June and 29-30 June respectively. PCM has now trained over 800 owners, specifiers and users of Lodestar Motors via these invaluable hands-on workshops. PCM's Motor Schools, which are still free of charge, offers attendees a comprehensive, hands-on overview of the CM Lodestar motor. There is also a basic motor trouble shooting session. Once again, the event will be broadened by trussing, ground support and metalwork specialists James Thomas Engineering. Further Motor schools will follow throughout the year as part of PCM's on-going commitment to training.
Bryan Raven, Mike Crossman, Richard Wilson and Dave Isherwood have been appointed to the Board of Directors of White Light (Electrics) Ltd. Bryan Raven and Dave Isherwood have also joined the Board of Directors of The Moving Light Company, the White Light Group's specialist automated lighting division. All four of the new Directors have been with White Light for more than a decade, with Bryan Raven currently occupying the position of general manager, Mike Crossman that of hire manager, Richard Wilson, operations manager and Dave Isherwood, manager of The Moving Light Company. They have been directly involved with White Light's on-going success, growth and expansion into new market areas over the last 10 years.
Stage One Creative Services has become the first scenic construction company to achieve the Investors in People standard. It seals a period of expansion for the Yorkshire-based firm, which was also the first in the scenic construction sector to achieve ISO 9002 accreditation. The company, which provides the scenic solutions for events ranging from international product launches to corporate conferences and television stage sets, has doubled its turnover to £5 million in the past two years alone. And since a merger with Hangar Staging in 1996, its staff has grown from around 20 to over 60. Staff at Stage One are in the final stages of preparation for their biggest project so far this year - providing extensive staging and scenic elements for the Royal Military Tattoo 2000 in June, which will be broadcast live across the country.
The Production Services Association (PSA) Council announced on June 14th that some significant changes are to be made in the day-to-day running of the Association. Keith Ferguson is now to concentrate fully on the Training and Qualifications initiatives. He will also move forward with his role as a trustee of the Welfare & Benevolent Fund, which recently achieved full charitable status. Consequently, a search for a new general manager is to start shortly, with a view to securing an appointment by the end of the year.
After six months in the US, Mads Hald is back at Seelite in Denmark. He will work both as a service technician and as the company's regular technician in the two big Copenhagen concert houses - Pumpehuset and Vega. Ole Helms Knudsen has also joined SeeLite as warehouse manager in Copenhagen and Jan Støiberg now takes over responsibility for all maintenance repairs and related tasks.
Total Fabrications has upgraded its website. The site pages include access to news releases, product and training details, shows and special project information with a link to some of TFL's major client sites. The menu items refer to their associated content pages, which load clearly and are simple to navigate.
SNP Group, supplier of big screen technology and digital signage, has appointed Lee Masters as head of sales. He has gained broad experience managing sales teams into consumer-driven markets, most recently at Haymarket Exhibitions. He will now have initial responsibility at board level for the exhibition and events rental department at SNP, as well as strategic sales planning for the visual systems division.
French company Digisoft Music, which distributes music software, will join Arbiter Group from the 1st of July 2000. Laurent Akriche and his team, who will be part of the Arbiter France division, will be in charge of Music Technology products sales. Laurent and wife Patricia are joined by sales assistant, Annie Gauthier, who will manage sales on Music Technology products and Michel Vachal, who is in charge of technical support, software development and French web sites. Anne Sophie Ogee joins as sales assistant to Regis Monnerie, who will continue to manage sales on drums, pro sound instruments, Arbiter Karaoke and the newly acquired AKG consumer line (which begins in France on the the 1st of July). Regis Monnerie will continue to manage marketing, and relations with suppliers.
Paris-based PA manufacturer L-Acoustics is expanding the representation of its V-dosc system in the UK. As a result, four diverse companies have been integrated into the V-dosc UK Network: these are Autograph Sound Recording, working mainly in the theatre and installation market; Delta Sound , representing the corporate, event and television markets; Electrotec Productions, specializing in the international and UK touring and festival market; and Wigwam Hire, operating in the broad national rental market.Christian Heil, the founder of L-Acoustics, said: "The new UK members already benefit from the many unique advantages that the Wavefront Sculpture Technology brings, and L-Acoustics UK also places a complementary turnkey V-dosc system at the disposal of the UK Members."
Out Board Electronics has introduced a new series of chain hoist controllers designed for multiple control for a range of staging and rigging applications. The series comprises the CM4 four-channel 4U Lodestar hoist controller, the CM6 - six-channel, 3U controller and the CM12 - the most compact controller on the market, with 12 channels in a 3U chassis. All models conform to European EMC and LVD requirements. The first sale of the new controllers has been made to London-based Vertigo Rigging, who have invested in three 12-channel controllers and two of the 6-channel CM6s for use within their hire stock.
QSC recently expanded the territory of the Swee Lee Company, its export distributor in Malaysia and India, to include Singapore and Indonesia. "Swee Lee has a well-trained staff and ample resources to maintain and strengthen QSC's presence throughout southeast Asia," said Peter Kalmen, QSC's director of sales and marketing. "Their experience and knowledge of that region will especially help us make inroads in the contracting and installed sound market."Swee Lee Company has been QSC's export distributor in Malaysia and India since 1994. Swee Lee Company can be contacted at: 150 Sims Drive, Swee Lee Building, Singapore 387381. Tel: 65 846 3678. Fax: 65 748 7036.
Paradigm Audio Visual has launched the Paradigm Rearpro LC rig, a new low-cost system for AV specifiers and installers, which will enable installers to carry out professional rear projection installations (up to a screen size of 72") without time-related expenses on design, planning materials and lengthy installation procedures. The Rearpro LC Rig comes as a serviced hardware package comprising projector mount, optical mirrors (glass or foil), frames and all interconnecting framework. The rig can be used with any LCD or DLP projector, for which it will then be assembled and aligned. Also included in the package is a full CAD service that enables a dealer's projector to be built into the system. Complete CAD drawings are supplied for client use, liaison with contractors and for system documentation.
Satellite background music specialist XtraMusic has announced the launch of the XtraMusic Lease package, aimed specifically at retail establishments of any size or type. The package enables retailers to provide digital CD-quality music consistently for customers and staff alike. The system is operated via simple touch-button control and the cost can equate to as little as the price of a CD each week. Where the satellite system is the sole source of music, XtraMusic is exempt from PPL licensing. It therefore represents a cost-effective means for smaller retailers to supply music by original artists, from an extensive library of over two million tracks, without constant interruption from radio announcements and adverts. XtraMusic benefits larger retail outlets by offering music for different departments or areas, without the associated costs of PPL licences for each individual area.
beyerdynamic has announced a distribution agreement with dB Technologies of Italy, in a special announcement to press on the London Eye. The dB product line includes a wide portfolio of pro audio products including speakers, power amplifiers and mixers, but it is with the company's wireless product range where the synergy between dB and beyer lies: the company's radio microphones now being constructed using beyerdynamic's transducer elements, coupled to the highly-sophisticated PLL wireless circuitry of dB Technologies.beyerdynamic's John Midgley is enthusiastic about the union. He told us: "This is a very, very impressive range of equipment and we are well-placed in the UK to promote dB alongside our existing range of products. It's a perfect fit and balances what we can offer our large customer base well".
The Klark Teknik Group has appointed a new distributor for Klark Teknik products in Denmark. Ascon Trading a/s, who also distributes Midas and DDA, as well as the full range of product lines from the Telex/EVI corporation, has taken on the Klark Teknik brand. Ascon's product manager in charge of PA products, Ib Sigismund, commented: "KT was the missing link in our product portfolio, not just in terms of the fact that we now carry the full Telex/EVI/KTG range, but also in terms of the quality of the package we were able to put together. We now have all the tools to specify the very highest quality systems using products exclusively from our own stable."
A number of new faces have appeared at White Light's Fulham base in recent weeks. In the sales department, the latest recruit is Eleanor Strathie, who until recently was working at Northern Light in Edinburgh. From the other end of the country has come Mark Smith, formerly Stage Electrics in Exeter; both will fill the gap left by Mark Beasley, who has left White Light to become chief electrician at the Royal College of Music. White Light's hire team also has a new addition, Emma White. White Light North also has a new member of staff in Richard Kilburn, who recently joined the team.
A new PA system, featuring STR1500 amplifiers from the Matrix Audio Development, has been installed at First Division Football Club Sheffield United by Small World. The company has designed and installed a new PA system to replace the existing 2000W (RMS) PA. The spec includes Marine-grade plywood cabinets housing Fane 450W Colossus loudspeakers and Fane CD150 high frequency units, together with Matrix STR 1500W amps. The installation is phase one in a two-phase programme to create the ultimate environment of sound and vision.
Sennheiser endorsees Toploader, whose debut album went straight in at the number five spot in the official UK album chart, have also been out on the road sporting the new Sennheiser evolution wireless 565 radio microphone system featuring the e865 condenser vocal capsule.Lead singer Joseph Washbourn was previously using the wired evolution e845 dynamic microphone - the move to a wireless mic is a logical progression to complement his use of Sennheiser wireless in-ear-monitoring system. The band have followed up their recent national tour with a clutch of dates supporting Paul Weller (himself a big fan), including one of his Albert Hall dates.