Turbosound’s legendary Flashlight system, which dominated concert touring throughout the 1990s, has undergone a significant upgrade to the high and mid-high frequencies. The new working models have been beta tested extensively on leading shows this spring and summer by premier production company Britannia Row Productions - most recently appearing on the prestigious Route of Kings season at Hyde Park.
Turbosound’s managing director Alan Wick had put his new R&D team, under the direction of Philippe Robineau, to work on refreshing the existing system soon after leading the management buyout of the company back in 1998. A focus group of leading international sound engineers and audio production companies was assembled, who quickly identified the need for a new HF driver and a new top plate and recone for the 6.5" mid/high driver, to create a significant gain in SPL while simultaneously reducing distortion. Brit Row’s equipment manager Jerry Wing confirmed: "Out of this forum of engineers came a new development of the TFS-780H ‘high pack’, which although keeping the same outward appearance, features totally new drivers in the high and mid/high section."
Philippe Robineau said although Flashlight Mk2 took over a year to bring to market, the redesign had to go through several iterations before it was ready for beta-testing. "Although the bass end was essentially fine, we knew we could improve the system, as other parts of the frequency range could be strengthened," he said, and so they focused on the HF and 6.5in high-mid
The organisers of Entech 2002 have released preliminary details relating to next year’s event, which takes place from February 4-6 at Darling Harbour in Sydney. The visitor programme includes keynote summits for audio, vision and lighting practitioners on 4 February. The summits will cap the opening day’s educational programme set to feature new format seminars held in the lecture facilities within the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Center. Day One features a Venue Design Forum, an afternoon session with leading lighting designers, two pro audio seminars and a vision/video seminar.
Additional events on Day One include a rigging workshop, an opening day reception on the rooftop at closing time and Mark Cunningham’s famous pop quiz at sundown. A complete programme of events, including the sixth and largest Entech Awards Dinner, will be released ahead of an extensive visitor campaign starting in October.
In a continual effort to improve its service to dealers and end users, Zero 88 has appointed Silvio Scerri as Mediterranean market manager. Silvio joins Zero 88 from Nexos Lighting in Malta where he has been responsible for Zero 88 product sales for the past four years. Fluent in regional languages and with an in-depth knowledge of the Southern European lighting market, he will bring a new focus to Zero 88’s presence in the Mediterranean region.
Another new face is Catherine Thomas, who joins Zero 88 at its Cwmbran base as a sales coordinator. Catherine has a background in customer service and is fluent in French. Joining her as a sales coordinator is Bev Jones who many will already know from her past role as Zero’s receptionist. Following a period of training, Catherine and Bev will take over as the sales co-ordination team for Zero 88 and Selecon UK. This will enable Lorna Parsons to focus on UK Sales and Tracey Cheetham to move into a new role, where she will be responsible for production planning for the growing Zero 88 and iLight brands.
Elation’s new Vision 575 is a high-output DMX-512 scanner with high quality optics and a long list of features - from the ability to overlay gobos, to a digital display for fixture characteristic settings. The scanner features two motorized gobo wheels, with a total of 11 fixed gobos, plus six interchangeable 26.9 mm indexable gobos.
The fixture includes 11 dichroic color filters plus white. For added variation, there is also a 32K filter, 56K filter, UV filter and frost filter. Another unique effect on the Vision 575 is a rotating three-facet prism. Variable strobing at 1-10 flashes per second is another capability offered by this versatile fixture. The 575 is equipped with a motorized iris for a tighter beam. It also features motorized focusing, allowing the creation of ultra-sharp images, and it comes with a 575W lamp for extra brightness.
The Vision 575 was designed to put control of all the effects at the user’s fingertips and make it easy to create a customized light show. The fixture includes a four-digit LED menu panel for addressing, personality setting and effects calibration. The display also provides readouts on lamp usage, DMX values and other pertinent information. Additionally, there’s a built-in self-test mode for all effects. Compatible with any DMX controller, the Vision 575 features 8 and 16 bit pan/tilt resolution. Pan movement range is 170 degrees, and tilt movement range is 110 degrees. Beam angle is 15 degrees, with optional 12-degree and 18-degree lenses.
True to form, Artistic Licence has a number of new products lined up for PLASA 2001.
Truss-Link is a truss-mounted Ethernet to DMX512 converter, which allows the Ethernet output of a console to be cabled direct to the lighting truss and then converted to DMX512. Truss-Link supports the public domain standard Art-Net and is compatible with Artistic Licence, ADB and MA Lighting products.
Down-Link is a wall plate Ethernet-to-DMX converter. The product is built into a standard two-gang wall plate. Ethernet wiring is provided at the rear, whilst the front panel houses two separate DMX512 outputs along with address switches and indicators. Down-Link is specifically designed to allow installations to use Ethernet distribution with local conversion to DMX512 in each room.
Water-Pipe is a linear luminaire based on coloured light emitting diodes (LEDs). The product is housed in an elegant aluminium case comprising machined end-pieces connected to a satin anodised extrusion. The curved lens fits flush with the casing to provide an aesthetic circular cross section. The product mounts to any flat surface by means of two screws at either end bracket. The cable exit is via the base of one mounting bracket allowing totally invisible wiring. The body of the lamp rotates 270 degrees and once focused is locked in place by two grub screws. Water-Pipe is available in both interior and exterior versions.
Micro-Scope 3a is the latest version of the award-winning DMX512 tester. Micro-Scope 3a includes a multitude of new features to further simplify the technician’s life! Micro-Scope
West London-based HFM Lighting, a specialist in the design and supply of integrated lighting systems, has become a Vari-Lite UK Rental Associate and has augmented its inventory by adding eight new Vari*Lite VL2402 wash luminaires which it has supplied for Gatecrasher 2001. Colin Booker, Vari-Lite Europe’s regional sales manager, commented: "We are thrilled that HFM Lighting has become one of our rental associates, and they have decided to choose this exciting product which is now available for their clients."
Specified by LD Simon Barrington, and supplied by HFM, eight VL2402s were incorporated into his designs for the Radio 1 stage at Gatecrasher's 2001 dance festival at Turweston Aerodrome last month. The impressive pyramid-shaped Outdoor Live stage hosted key acts such as Craig David and international DJ's, Seb Fontaine and Judge Jules. Drawing from HFM's extensive inventory, and to complement the VL2402s, another 12 intelligent luminaires were specified by Barrington for the Radio 1 Stage. A variety of lamp bars were attached to the pyramid-shaped stage truss and two Studio Due City Colours were employed to brand and illuminate the PA scrim. The Radio 1 Stage was controlled by an Avolites Azure desk allowing for immediate access was operated by HFM's Peter Maclean.
HFM's MD, Hugh Frazer-Mann further explained: "We are very happy with the new VL2402 wash luminaires. It’s an extremely versatile and innovative wash luminaire offering high performance and quality neither of which are compromised by its compact size and we're looking forward to
On Tuesday 17 July, the world famous Ministry of Sound played host to the Final of the DI UK Light Jockey Contest, sponsored by Clay Paky and Pulsar. Battling it out in front of the judges were Simon Elliott, Chris Penney, Richard Whiteley and Rob Calvert. Simon Elliott emerged as the new UK Light Jockey Champion, with Chris Penney and Richard Whiteley being awarded a silver and bronze medal respectively.
The difficult task of judging the final was given to DI’s Paul Fowler, Ministry of Sound’s Lorenzo Meddi, lighting designer Carl Dodds and current World Light Jockey Champion Chris Shead. Each contestant had to program a five minute lightshow to a piece of music of their choice. The standards were very high throughout, with originality and creativity making each lightshow unique in its own right. As part of his prize package Elliott also won a customised gold plated Masterpiece and an all-expenses paid trip to Italy.
Channel Four’s Big Brother phenomenon is once again captivating the nation, with Audio-Technica microphones ensuring that none of the housemates can escape the attentions of the watching and listening public.
Television facilities company Roll to Record once again secured the contract to provide the complete technical installation for the Big Brother house's all-important audio-visual set up, with the task of specifying audio equipment going to chief sound engineer Oliver France. A freelance engineer who also worked on the earlier series with Roll to Record, France began to assemble the audio equipment as early as February, and was pleasantly surprised when it came to organizing microphones for project. "I was looking around to see what was available, and I wandered on to the Audio-Technica website. I was really surprised by the size of the range and identified a number of products which, from their specifications seemed absolutely ideal."
In fact, so impressed was France that he proceeded to specify Audio-Technica products to occupy every one of the 40 hard-wired microphone positions in the Big Brother House. A total of 23 AT933RXC suspension microphones hang from the ceilings, including the vital positions over the housemates beds. AT4073a shotgun microphones are hidden throughout the garden to cover the sound of the hot tub area and the all-important chicken pen, and a custom-built AT871RWR water resistant boundary microphone is placed above the shower cubicle to capture those steamier moments. The diary room and the voice of Big Brother are also ta
In conjunction with its UK distributor Raper & Wayman, Australian manufacturer ARX Systems is showing for the first time in the UK the ZA series of 4-channel, 6-channel, 8-channel and 5.1 multi-channel amplifiers, all in 2U chassis. New additions to the SPL range include the SPL 20 powered arrayable trapezoid sub woofer, the SPL 8 powered compact full range loudspeaker and the SPL 28 powered compact sub woofer to complement the SPL 8. The 8 Pre, an 8-channel microphone preamp, featuring variable gain, 20dB pad, phase reverse and phantom power, is ideal for use as a console extender, ADAT/Hard Disk recording and acoustical analysis. Finally, the BarMix Zone Mixer is designed for all applications requiring switchable multiple input selection and multiple outputs, featuring remote level control and mic override in a compact 1U package.
ARX can be found on Stand H36.
It’s now three years since Derrick Ross announced his intention to retire as chief executive of ARRI GB. In characteristic style, it wasn’t an impulsive decision, nor as it turned out, a quick departure. His on-going state of semi-retirement was only finally made official on 31st May.
Derrick Ross’s loyalty to the company has been evident since he first set up ARRI’s UK subsidiary in 1983. At that time, the German-owned company was looking to develop a market presence in lighting and film laboratory equipment to complement its highly successful sales of movie cameras. Ross, then marketing director of Rank Strand, was targeted for the job and he was quick to take up the challenge of competing with his old employer for a leading position in the market. He took his PA, Barbara Gould, with him and colleague Paul Wild was appointed lighting sales director.
Under Ross’s leadership, turnover grew from £1m in the first year to its current £30m. ARRI GB now has two successful subsidiaries, a worldwide network of over 40 distributors with operations in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and China, and over 150 employees at its UK head office. The company is about to relocate again to accommodate further expansion. Ross now lives on the Isle of Wight where he indulges in his hobbies of cricket, computers and family history. Although he has not been actively involved in the day-to-day management of ARRI GB for the past two years, his business methods and practices remain at the core of the company’s philosophy.
Paul Weber has resigned as a director of Entec Sound & Light in order to concentrate on his lighting design and production management work. However, he maintains his connection with the company in a consultative capacity. The Entec lighting division will continue to be run by Noreen O’Riordan and Adam Stevenson whilst the sound division is managed by Dick Hayes and Roy Smith. Dick Collins takes care of administration and accounts.
Fisher Productions has completed its move to new offices. "The new building is far more spacious than our previous office - as our staff numbers continue to grow, we really needed a place with room for expansion," says Fisher marketer Gemma Courtenay. More staff, bigger projects, a developing in-house lighting and staging department and storage of a variety of props had resulted in Fisher outgrowing its last premises. The 40,000sq.ft area, with warehouse and offices above, presented the company with the ideal solution. With a location that is convenient for both central London and international travel, all that was needed to complete the package was an internal refurbishment to include bright, modern office space with multiple meeting areas and state-of-the-art features.
Projects coordinated from the new premises have ranged from South African Airways Product Launch, the Relaunch of Hong Kong for the HK Economic and Trade Office, a party for 300 guests at Highgrove and the Virt-x Launch Traders Party, which involved a live satellite link with Zurich.
Fisher can now be contacted at 118 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4DJ.
Millbank JustiFire is a new single-channel, four-zone PA/VA system from Federal Signal. The new system is a cost-effective, off-the-shelf product, designed specifically as the integral element of a BS5839 part 8 compliant (European BS EN 60849) emergency voice alarm system for small to medium-sized offices and industrial facilities.
The system is self contained, easy-to-install and has 24 hour integral battery back up. The utilization of a Windows-based configuration programme provides ease-of-use and a simple graphical interface enables Millbank JustiFire to be set-up to meet the requirements of individual installations. It provides a standard solution for the majority of installation requirements and accelerates the process of system design and quotation, building, commissioning and maintenance.
Gemini has added several new lighting effects to its comprehensive catalogue. These include the Shooter multi-coloured centerpiece, which incorporates a rotating shutter effect that is sound activated. The 115V package includes a 120v/300W (64514) bulb, while the 230V option has a 230V/300W (64516) bulb.
Also new is the PB-6PAK 6" police-style beacon which features a reflector that revolves around a BL6-25W bulb, to create the kind of lighting effect that is more usually accompanied by the sound of sirens. Finally, comes the Phazer multi-coloured simulated laser light - an effect that is sound-activated and produces a total of 16 different patterns. The Phazer is supplied with a 24V/250W (EVC) bulb with a 300 hour lamp life.
The Radiocommunications Agency (RA) has announced a new fee structure for radio microphone licensing due to take effect on 19 July 2001. The changes are part of the introduction of Spectrum Pricing into the Programme Making and Special Events sector (PMSE), which is managed by JFMG.
The aim behind changing the fee structure is to simplify the licensing of ‘UK Shared’ radio microphones. (These are those available for shared use at unspecified locations). This is achieved by setting a flat fee for any number of Shared VHF frequencies and a flat fee for any number of Shared UHF frequencies. A two-year licence is introduced as an alternative to the one-year period. The difference in fee between ‘own-use’ and hiring out is removed and this licence also covers the use of Shared frequencies at Fixed Sites instead of the Fixed Site fees used previously. The RA and JFMG hope that the price reductions will encourage a greater take-up in licences that better reflects the true value of the frequencies to the PMSE industry sector. Other changes have occurred to the premium hours charge and the ‘Local’ area fee category. The fixed charge will change to £55 for a schedule of frequencies (not £50 per frequency). This is a small increase for customers applying for a single frequency, but a dramatic reduction when more than one frequency is needed. The RA has also announced that the ‘Local’ area fee category will be removed.
For full details of the new rates contact JFMG Ltd, London, on +44 (020) 7261 3797.
Stonewood Audio Ltd is launching three new products to complement its existing Professional Intercom Range. Firstly, the Stonewood Audio SA-WBP1 is a multi-channel full duplex wireless belt pack (pictured). Features include frequencies programmable via PC, 16 selectable channels, fully EMC and ETS 300-422 approved, channel spacing 12.5kHz or 25kHz, and powered by four AA alkaline batteries to give better than eight hours use.
Secondly, Stonewood now offers a Professional Intercom System for Off Shore/Marine use, where system reliability under extreme conditions is a necessity. This product has been engineered so that all switches, level controls, connectors and the cases are to IP67 ratings, allowing the belt pack to be submersed in water. To complement the SA-OSBP1 two more products rated to IP66 are now available which are a full duplex loudspeaker outstation and a loudspeaker station with a Xenon beacon.
Finally, Stonewood has further developed its headphone range and has introduced the CD-quality Armoured Cable Stereo Headphones. Primary designed for the CD listening market in music stores and superstores, where music quality and durability together with security are of the utmost importance. A built-in thumb-wheel volume control is an optional extra.
One of Europe’s leading manufacturers of silent dimming solutions, IES will be launching new models of low-noise IGBT installed and distributed dimming options for theatres, concert halls and TV studios, at PLASA 2001. The range includes iTEC reverse-phase IGBT dimmers and second generation iSINE Sine Wave silent dimmers - technologies which have been supplied throughout Europe in the past year.
The new generation iSINE technology offers compactness, lower weight, higher efficiency and reduced cost compared to its predecessors. The sinusoidal output dims with no discernable filament noise, and the harmonic distortion is less than 1% greater than the supply. Able to control a wide range of light sources, iSINE dimmers also benefit from the tried and tested features of IES’s other IGBT dimmers - automatic short-circuit protection, voltage regulation, current limitation and comprehensive remote programming, status reporting and fault analysis using networkable DimSTAT software. Recent dimmer developments include arc-sensing for switching HMIs and direct Ethernet connection.
IES will be showing its expanding range of PowerModules and PowerBars from 1.25kW to 12kW per channel, incorporating either iTEC, iSINE or the budget-priced triac technologies. The Executive dimmer pack is available as a plug-in chassis with a choice of either iTEC or iSINE dimmer channels. To complete the IES portfolio, a range of DMX distribution (including RJ45) will be on show, along with small- to medium-scale manual and memory controls, economy triac dimmers for distributed, touring a
Calling all bedroom mixers and aspiring DJs - the search for the newest, hottest DJ talent is on! Sunday 9 September, 2001, will see the cream of the country’s up-and-coming DJ talent at the PLASA Show 2001, Earls Court, to pit their skills in the PLASA Show’s Extreme V, Gemini DJ Competition. Sponsored by leading DJ equipment supplier, Gemini Sound Products, the competition will visit the ‘Final Meltdown’ on Portsmouth’s South Coast and ‘Urban Games’ at Clapham Common en route to PLASA. Rob Peck of Gemini Sound Products says: "This years Extreme V, Gemini DJ Competition battle represents the most exciting up and coming talent in the business and we are proud to be nurturing the stars of the future with this competition. The Grand Final is a launch pad to success for many of the winners who go on to take up residencies and slots at some of the UK’s leading clubs."
Previous participants include DJ Miss Behavin’ who has gone on to achieve spectacular success and is currently resident DJ in some of Europe’s hottest night-clubs including Ibiza’s Es Paradis and London’s Camden Palace. As well as the obvious opportunity to advance the winner’s career, the competition also comes with a first prize of top DJ equipment, certain to give any set a boost. This year, the competition will run alongside the all-new IDJ ‘Talk Zone’ which will offer DJs expert advice and tips on all the latest technology. Some of the country’s most respected DJs will be sharing their advice and techn
Adam Hall has announced the promotion of Carol Frampton to the position of sales office manager. She has been a key player in the Adam Hall team since 1990 and will already be well known to most of its customers both overseas and in the UK.
To complement the exhibition, PLASA has lined up a range of seminars, workshops and clinics that will give an insight into how new technology is creating new opportunities, how individuals have pulled together highly complex projects, why integration is so important and how you can achieve more by picking up tips and techniques from others.
DJs can learn more about MP3 digitally-compressed music files and how this new technology is already creating a platform for a more creative approach. In a programme of seminars sponsored by Installation Europe, audio installation and integration is the theme under which issues of networking, control and the benefits of converging technologies are explored. Tuesday sees a Theme and Leisure Masterclass, presented by Leisure Management, in association with the TEA and TiLE, which focuses on how the leisure industry exploits special effects, lighting and audio technology to create unique environments to enhance the visitor experience. On Wednesday, the sessions move to consider the integration of audio and lighting into building design, the regulations facing those who install lighting, the increasing profile of new media such as LED technology, and the basics of video conferencing.
For the first time, you can also attend any number of focused courses, workshops and clinics. The ISCE is sponsoring three sessions covering the issues associated with audio system design, whilst Loughborough College and the AETTI are jointly promoting a series of courses which offer those interested in theatre a chance to work towards BTEC certification. Al
Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Outline will be showing the Soundtracker - the first horn loaded ceiling tile sound system - at PLASA 2001. The Soundtracker has been designed specifically for discos and dance venues where high SPL is required but noise pollution is a problem. Other uses can be in Hotels or Airports etc, where control is needed on dispersion.
Also on show from Outline will be the Kangaru. First shown last year as a prototype, now revised and powered by Class D PWM amplifiers, the Kangaru now comes complete with removable wheelboard, transport covers and all cables and stands required to make the system work out of the box - the first truly 'plug and play’ system. A full 2kW system that can be transported in a Ford Fiesta!
As an easily accessible point of reference for lighting designers and dealers alike, DHA Lighting has produced a poster featuring the 100 most popular gobo designs. As the original UK gobo manufacturer, DHA draws upon its 30 years of experience to design products that set industry standards, including over 1000 metal and 30 glass gobos, as well as providing an unmatched, high quality service.
Available in various sizes and designs, DHA's high quality gobos texture light, evoke a sense of place, project an image or create moods with these versatile tools. Standard gobos are precision etched onto stainless steel to fit most mainstream lanterns including the DHA Gecko, profile spots and moving lights. A range of complementary monochrome and dichroic glass gobo designs hold more intricate images allowing the projection of fine detail. The catalogue of gobo designs and the option of a same-day custom gobo service give lighting designers access to a diverse collection of lighting effects at an impressively low cost.
DHA's account customers should have already received a copy of the poster and the sales team will be visiting London theatres to deliver additional copies to technicians. Posters will be available at PLASA 2001(9-12 September, Earls Court, London), but if you want to assure yourself of a copy please contact Hellen Sutton (sales support) on telephone +44 (0)20 7771 2900, fax +44 (0)20 7771 2901 or email the address below:
On Thursday July 12th a preliminary meeting was held at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, to seek interest in the formation of an Australasian association for all who share an interest in the art, science and technology of light. The following week a similar meeting was held at the Melbourne Museum. Organisers Andy Ciddor and Cat Strom (Forcer) were overwhelmed by the positive reaction from the lighting community and hence have decided to press ahead in establishing an Australasian Lighting Industry Association, provisionally entitled ALIA.
Discussions at the meetings were based around a widely circulated proposal prepared by Cat Strom, Steve Furzey and Andy Ciddor, the text of which can be found on the preliminary ALIA website - www.lighting-association.com. It was agreed that a broadly-based and inclusive lighting industry association is a worthwhile goal, and that efforts should be made to implement the idea. Members of Australia’s major existing lighting association, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESANZ), who attended the Sydney meeting have taken the proposal to a meeting of the IES Central Executive held in Sydney on the 19-20 July 2001. The provisional ALIA proposal was reviewed and discussed at length. The IES view the ALIA proposal as a positive move to unite the whole lighting industry and is looking forward to further discussions with ALIA to explore options that could be of mutual benefit to the existing IES membership and to the new membership of ALIA. A business plan for the
Moiré and Goboram II are the two latest products from Wybron Inc designed to help lighting designers create new moving effects with gobos. Moiré is Wybron’s first dual gobo rotator, enabling the user to rotate and change two B-sized glass or metal gobos. Controlled by a simple toggle switch, the two gobos are operated independently and can be rotated together, in opposite directions or with one static and the other moving. The user can control the speed of each gobo remotely simply by connecting Moiré to a light dimmer. Goboram II is a combined gobo changer, indexer and rotator in one, giving designers the ability to change and rotate up to three gobos, all in a single unit. Automatic, Goboram II can be programmed with show cues, as with Wybron’s colour changers. Just like its predecessor, Goboram II’s fast and smooth transitions between gobos allow the user to make the most of stationary lights. Part of Wybron’s growing Coloram System of integrated lighting accessories, Goboram II is integrated easily and inexpensively as it operates right from your existing Coloram Power Supplies.
Both Moiré and Goboram II are specifically designed to fit the effects slot on the ETC Source Four or the Shakespeare 600 ellipsoidal.