Recently arrived at industry specialist PR agency JGP, Noelle Lane brings a background in IT - with some media experience tucked away. With a keen interest in music and songwriting, Noelle will work as PR assistant alongside Jerry Gilbert. She says she is relishing the challenges ahead. "I’m really excited about entering an industry where my personal interests overlap those of business. I feel I’m finally embarking on a career worth getting out of bed for."
Albert Wong has been named High End Systems' new regional sales manager for Singapore. He takes over the duties of Jimmy "JR" Chai, who recently left to pursue other interests. Wong will handle all matters pertaining to High End's automated lighting and controller sales in North and Southeast Asia, and will manage operations at HES Singapore. Wong has 12 years of experience in the industry. He recently was sales manager at a pro audio and lighting company, where he worked for the past nine years. "I am really excited being on the High End team," says Wong. "I am going to enjoy working here, especially with the growing potential in the Southeast and Far East Asia markets."
Universal Lighting & Audio Pty Ltd., with offices in Queensland and Melbourne, Australia, is now the exclusive Authorized Reseller of High End Systems automated lighting products as well as the Flying Pig Systems Wholehog II console in Australia. Bytecraft, a Melbourne-based production house, will continue as a Special Projects Production Partner for High End Systems. Both Bytecraft and Universal will provide technical and spare parts support of High End Systems equipment in the marketplace. High End Systems' John Wiseman, vice-president of worldwide sales, says: "With Bytecraft's worldwide influence and strength as a production house and Universal Lighting as an exclusive reseller, we're looking forward to seeing more of our products being bought and specified on projects Down Under."
Two mighty projectors and the largest projection screens ever seen inside a marquee gave VJ management and live video production company, The Picture Works Ltd, all the scope they needed to produce some mind-altering images in the 6,000-capacity Radio 1 Presents Essential Twilo tent at the recent Homelands Festival in Winchester. Specialists in dance event visuals, The Picture Works have been contracted to provide the video content and reinforcement since the inception of Homelands and this year delivered the visual support in five of the six dance arenas. This time around they dry-hired a pair of Christie Digital X10 Roadies from trading partner AT communications in Sutton Coldfield, one of which was making its debut. As a result, said Robin Wealleans, director of The Picture Works, from early in the afternoon they were able to throw sharply defined images over the 20m distance onto the two giant 50ft x 20ft displays. "The fact that they are so incredibly bright is exactly what you need at a daytime festival," he said. "It means we can start the projection at any time."
By way of a 1.9kW Ushio Xenon short-arc illumination system and Christie Digital's long-established expertise with 3-chip DLP technology, the Roadie X10 - the world's first purpose-built projector for the rental staging community, delivers a staggering 10,000 ANSI lumens. Utilising 3-chip DLP technology, the Roadie X10 delivers brilliant XGA images with picture-perfect colour reproduction. Christie's ‘Intelligent Lens System’ (ILS) allows the projector to automatically reca
A raucous farewell to the Hackney Empire, as it closed for a total refit, was provided during a two-week production of The Wiz - based on the ‘70s funk version of The Wizard of Oz. Paul Gavin’s company Purple Sheep Lighting, who service a number of events at Hackney Empire, ensured that the giant ensemble were heard loud and clear - in front of a band positioned high up on enormous risers - by specifying Martin Audio enclosures throughout. These included a front-of-house system comprising four flown Blackline H2s and a pair of H3s, reinforcing the house system - run in conjunction with the proprietary DX1 management system - with F12s and F15s operating in stage monitor mode. The entire system was powered by Martin Audio’s new amplification series, consisting of MA4.2s and MA2.8s. Paul Gavin commented: "We opted for the F12 and F15 floor monitors because they were predominantly lightweight, while for the main auditorium sound reinforcement we needed a powerful directional system, because the cast were singing on head mics. I needed something that could cut - and the Blacklines really cut through. This is a loud show, and because we were delivering such a loud monitor sound we also needed a system that was bright, with lots of energy."
To warm the system up on the vocals, Gavin also utilised a TLA-5050 valve channel. He says the show required 63 channels at front-of-house and provided 16 monitor mixes. Eleven channels were dedicated to Trantec wireless mics. "Because it was such an incredibly physical show," he continued, "we us
Strand Lighting has made a major breakthrough into the world of film and location lighting by announcing large orders for their QuartzColor lighting range from leading London rental houses. The company’s exclusive location lighting distributors, LCA, confirm that the two largest specialist companies - Lee Lighting and AFM Film & TV - have placed significant orders with the Greenford company for QC luminaires, resulting in the former adding 400 tungsten heads and the latter 200 to their respective rental stocks. The Lee order is made up mostly of 10K, 1K and 650W luminaires while AFM have purchased a complement of 1K, 2K and 5Ks. LCA director Graham Kerr believes the pledge of faith has much to do with Strand’s improved support infrastructure. "We have put the spares situation in order, giving companies of the calibre of Lee and AFM the confidence to switch to Strand," he said. "Selling 100 1Ks in a single order is a major commitment, whichever way you look at it."
He added that rental companies generally prefer to standardise on single-company products to ensure compatibility between accessories and attachments. One of the customers, Lee Lighting managing director, Tony Lucas, said the time was right to renew their relationship with Strand Lighting’s products on a grand scale. "Strand Lighting have done much to update their equipment and can now supply from stock - which means I can get what I want next day. There was also a time when every job we quoted for was specifying an alternative brand - but all that has now changed. We a
After a career spanning 15 years in publishing (latterly as advertisement manager of AV Magazine) Lucy Donovan has joined FrameSet as sales manager. The Hampshire-based conference staging specialists - whose expansion programme will be accompanied by a major rebranding exercise - sees the recruitment of Lucy as an integral part of their new marketing thrust. Lucy arrives following a short stint with Quantum Publishing’s Exhibitions Division. "I love the AV industry and this feels like coming home - it’s a challenge that I am relishing immensely." Lucy Donovan has a nationwide remit and will be reporting to managing director, Chris Lillywhite.
At the recent Showlight 2001 conference in Edinburgh, a new logo for the Light Relief benevolent fund was unveiled by Tony Gottelier and Rick Fisher.
Light Relief is the industry-sponsored fund, supported by PLASA and the ALD, to assist people in the industry when they are affected by catastrophic personal events. "The lot of the freelancer is not always a happy one, just look at the state of Rick!" joked Gottelier, pointing at ALD chairman and lighting designer, Rick Fisher. The duo were attending the Showlight reception, sponsored by Fourth Phase, on the serious matter of launching the newly-designed Light Relief logo and its attendant leaflet, and to raise the profile of the industry’s benevolent fund.
The pair appealed to the manufacturing and service companies to come forward with offers of help. "We need you to come up with creative initiatives to raise cash," Gottelier said. By the end of Showlight, something in the order of £20,000 had been added to Light Relief’s coffers, due to the generosity of those attending. In one particularly impressive stunt, Fred Foster, President of ETC, agreed to wear a kilt the following day, provided £2,000 could be raised for the cause. The money was duly promised and consequently Fred attended the conference resplendent in highland regalia. Not only that, but Foster also attended the tour of his competitor, Strand Lighting’s, factory in the tartan. "This is just the kind of stunt we are asking people to come up with to raise Light Relief’s profile and to enhance the value of the
Luciano Pavarotti recently returned to his home town of Modena, to host the annual open-air Pavarotti & Friends charity concert, with funds this year going to alleviate the plight of Afghan children.
The event was held, as always, in front of a packed crowd and transmitted live by Italian state broadcaster RAI’s channel 1. Daniele Tramontani is in charge of sound for the star-studded show. "Initially, it seemed a live recording wasn’t going to be done, but the organizers decided to put together a well appointed studio in a container backstage, so as well as supervising the FOH system, I was also responsible for the realization of the recording and broadcast mixing set-up - in short, everything apart from monitors!"
Sound engineer Stefano De Maio mixed FOH, with a 72-channel Cadac M-type master desk, a Midas XL3 for the orchestra, and a Heritage 1000 for guest musicians. The audio contractor for the event was Agorà of L’Aquila, and FOH comprised 16 + 16 V-Dosc plus 16 + 16 Meyer Sound 650 subs, plus three delay towers and UPA/MSL4 systems on front-fill - Tramontani once again swore by his trusty SIM II,, which is "indispensable for setting the rig’s components." Monitor engineer Stefano Martinovic helmed two DDA QII, two Innovason Sentury and an A&H 5000 to mix the orchestra’s bug mikes.
Backstage, Mackie’s Sandro Chinellato watched over nine of the firm’s HDR 24/96 hard disk recording units, brought in to immortalize this unique event, at which ‘friends’ duetting with Pavarotti included Deep Pu
World-renowned mixing console manufacturer Midas will make PLASA 2001 the venue for the launch of the new Legend Series, a brand new range of live performance mixing consoles. The first Legend console in the range to be introduced will be the Legend 3000 . . .
Midas product manager David Cooper said the Legend: " . . . offers complete flexibility for both rental companies and installers alike at a price point significantly below that of the Heritage range. As well as offering all of the great features you would expect from a Midas console including some that are totally unique, we demanded three things: firstly that it be reliable on the road, secondly that it must be easy to service, and thirdly perhaps most importantly that it should sound like a Midas. We have achieved this in a number of ways. The inclusion of XL4 preamps and XL3 EQ ensures that traditional and unmistakable Midas sound. As far as serviceability and reliability are concerned, there are no shortcuts or compromises, but in order to produce a console of this quality at such an attractive price point, a change of approach was required. Therefore, unlike the more expensive Heritage range, Legend is a semi-modular console constructed in blocks of eight, each of which is split into three sections. However, due to several clever design touches, servicing remains a relatively straightforward issue."
In yet another world first, Legend provides the user with two sets of controls. Every input channel has two lots of EQ one for monitors and one for FOH as well as two faders for complete control over
Music Live, organised by Mammoth Events, has become the joint sponsor of the JHS Corporate Golf Day. This annual event has been held for over 20 years at Garforth Golf Club, Leeds, in early June, and playing guests from the distribution, manufacturing and retail sectors of the music trade make up the major attendees. Music Live is the largest consumer show of musical instruments and allied equipment, and is open to the public at the NEC Birmingham, 2nd-4th November, 2001.
Any industry trade person with an official golf handicap, wishing to be considered for inclusion on next year's invitation list, is asked to contact Anne Thornton at John Hornby Skewes & Co on + 44 (0)113 286 5381.
I hadn’t been to Showtech before, but I understand from those that have, that the Show started out life like ABTT - lots of standard shell-scheme type stands, set out like so many rows of beach huts in a Victorian seaside resort on the South coast of England - as befits an environment apparently conducive to our brethren from the theatre set.
Now, however, the Berlin show is more like an ABTT on growth hormones! Five big halls, segregated more or less by type of product, and large, designed stands that better reflect the egos of the firms concerned than the little market stalls of old. Yet the traffic, in terms of numbers at least, seemed to be dwarfed by the scale of the venture. That’s not to say that the visitors were not of a very high calibre, as was certainly the case. This was more like shopping at Harrods, wide aisles, no crush and exclusive clientele. So the parallels with ABTT are justified, except that Showtech would have filled Earls Court all on its own.But that’s where the parallels end, for it was evident that there was none of the marshalling that so dogs exhibitors at Earls Court and, despite the growth, the get-in seemed remarkably relaxed with none of the usual hassle. Mind you, the Messe Berlin is an enormous complex and could swallow this show and several others, plus all their trucks without pausing for breath. When looking for an e-mail source, I had to walk about two kilometres to a service office (only to be told to go back to where I started)!
As a lighting person, I’m not one for taking much interest in stage machinery,
DPA Microphones has appointed Craig A. Parrish (pictured, left) as sales and marketing manager and Henrik Bronner (pictured, right) as area manager (Americas). Both Parrish and Bonner join DPA with strong backgrounds in international sales and marketing and come from most recent positions as marketing manager and business development manager, respectively, for a Danish manufacturer of large-format scanners for the reprographics industry. Craig Parrish, who is an American that has resided in Denmark for many years, has an MBA degree in International Business and has 18 years’ experience in export sales and international marketing. Henrik Bronner has been hired to strengthen the company’s sales and marketing efforts in North and South America. Bronner has lived in the United States for more than seven years.
Italian acoustic specialist FBT has launched the MaxX 6 (passive) and 6a (active) speaker enclosures. The latest addition to FBT's gas-injection moulded polypropylene range, the MaxX 6/6a is a two-way system, fitted with B&C drivers - a single die-cast aluminium framed 15" unit fitted with a neodymium magnet and 3" coil, plus a custom 2.5" compression driver with a 1.4" throat. Frequency response is from 40Hz-20Hz, sensitivity is 98dB (at 1W/M), a maximum SPL is a loud 128dB for the 6a (129.5dB for the 6) and the enclosures have a dispersion of 90 x 60 degrees.
Complementing the 700W MaxX 6 (which will handle up to 1400W short term at IEC 268-5), the bi-amped MaxX 6a makes full use of the acoustic quality of the passive version and in addition to a sophisticated amplifier stage, includes FBT's proprietary ADAP processor. The manufacturer's design team says that ADAP grants the maximum operational reliability of all the system's components through any application, even under long-term Larsen effects. The MaxX 6a delivers 700+200W and comes with XLR/Jack Neutrik inputs, XLR Neutrik link, gain control, three-band EQ and volume control.
HHB has announced publication of its 2001 catalogue. Widely considered as one of the definitive guides to everything that's important in professional audio, this year's edition contains essential information on 1500 products from more than 150 manufacturers, and includes details of a number of important new product introductions. The company has introduced a Quick Search Guide making it easier for the reader to locate the equipment category of their choice where the relative specifications of available products can be conveniently compared. Simultaneously published in a searchable format on HHB's website, the 152-page catalogue has already been mailed to existing HHB customers and is available free on request to qualifying UK audio professionals.
Television Film Services (TFS), the location audio equipment supply company recently founded by film sound recordist Keith Silver, has chosen Sennheiser wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring systems with which to equip its inventory. Having already purchased a large number of SK 50 transmitter and EM 1046 modular receiver-based 5000 series systems, the company recently supplemented this with a further 16 channels of rackmount 3000 series systems, bringing the total number of channels to 45. The company also purchased six channels of Sennheiser Evolution 300 series wireless IEM. Founded just 10 months ago, TFS has already supplied equipment to both BBC and Channel 4 productions, as well as to a growing number of corporate and feature film clients.
Performance Exhibitions Ltd has announced the launch of Performance 2001 - an exhibition including conferences, seminars and workshops aimed at the live performance industry. To be staged at the Newcastle Telewest Arena on 17-18 November 2001, the exhibition will bring together manufacturers, venues, producers and promoters, plus a complete range of associated services. Colin Rowell, director of ShowBlokes, whose vast portfolio includes production stage manager of The Tube, stage director for the MTV Awards and stage manager for the Brit Awards, recently returned to the North East, and is involved in live events in the area. He says: "I feel that this exhibition will offer companies a platform for exhibiting to a large audience. It will put the North East on the exhibition circuit where it belongs for this important segment of the industry." Over 1500sq.m of exhibition space will house exhibitors displaying the latest in lighting and sound equipment, staging, studio technology, special effects, transport, catering and support services.
PLASA has completed the first phase of its major industry research project.
The research will provide PLASA Members with an invaluable insight into their industry. As well as being able to estimate the global market size for professional lighting, sound, staging and AV products and services, the research also gives a very detailed picture of the market in the UK. For the first time, PLASA has information about the value of the product sectors, how fast they are growing and the size and growth of the various vertical sectors into which its members sell.
Was the research really necessary? Matthew Griffiths, MD of PLASA believes so: "We have over 400 members, but until now, we haven’t been able to say very much about the nature of the industry that we represent." With members’ interests straddling four key product sectors - lighting, sound, AV and staging - and selling to an even wider range of market sectors, the lack of a single source of information can be no great surprise. Griffiths continues: "Building an accurate picture of the market for professional entertainment technology products and services through existing research was virtually impossible. We had to commission our own."
The findings certainly enable the Association to say some very precise things about its members collectively and the nature of the industry as a whole.
The main uses for the research are:
- to talk to Government bodies convincingly about the industry; particularly with the DTI and Trade Partners looking to identify the support that can be expected bot
This month, pyrotechnics specialist, Walk The Plank, are going from one extreme to the other. On 10th June they will bring the 600-year old Newark Castle to life as part of the Newark on Water Festival, and then hot-foot it to Singapore for their first international commission - three performances of the spectacular Tower of Light show as part of the Singapore Arts Festival, 22-24 June. The two shows are typical examples of the breadth of Walk The Plank's work. After their successful participation at the Newark on Water Festival last year, they have been asked to animate Newark Castle's impressive facade. This year, they will be using powerful Xenon projection equipment (the biggest in the country) and huge 25m fabric drops, as well as fireworks, lighting and music.
Singapore’s Tower of Light is a set-piece using performers, lighting, music, fireworks and special effects, based around a 15m steel ‘lighthouse’. The show has been seen at Arts Festivals across the country, but this is the first time Walk The Plank's talents have been taken aboard. A team of 10 will be leaving Manchester on 16th June. Most of the materials, including 14 tons of steel and all hazardous substances, have been shipped over. As well as three public shows, Walk The Plank will run a full dress rehearsal in front of the Singapore Army and Police Force.
Elektralite, a division of Group One Limited, displayed its range of lighting controllers at the recent Showtech Fair in Berlin, on the stands of RST and Focus Showtechnic. Of special interest to existing and potential users alike was the all-new CP100xt Effects Engine - available as a software upgrade (Operating System v4.0) and included with all new sales of CP100xt. "The power and flexibility of the new Effects Engine enables the CP100xt to be considered as a viable alternative to other ‘established’ consoles - there’s nothing to be gained by paying more for less elsewhere," said Elektralite’s International sales and marketing manager, Keith Dale.
The Elektralite CP100xt Effects Engine currently includes the following: customisable, effects which can be run simultaneously to produce sophisticated movement, color and intensity patterns: Blue Chase, Chase Circle, Circle Fan, Color Chase, Color 2 Chase, Fan, Figure of Eight, Gobo Chase, Gobo 2 Chase, Green Chase, Iris Chase, Pan Chase, Rainbow Chase, Random Motion, Red Chase, RGB Chase, Shutter Chase, Tilt Chase and Zoom Chase.
Canary Wharf underground station was transformed for large-scale reception for transport industry professionals on the 23rd of May, with Dobson Sound Productions brought in by Fisher Productions to provide the live sound requirements for the event. Following the International Public Transport Conference (UITP) at Earls Court, some 2000 delegates from around the world were invited to Canary Wharf station to observe a showcase example of an underground station. The station, designed by Fosters & Partners, remained open to the public during the entire day, which meant stringent observation of health & safety requirements during the build of the event so as not to endanger the public at any time.
The system, designed by Dobson director David Lewis, consisted of some 40 speakers arranged across the East Ticket Hall level of the station, and the Mezzanine above. The original concept was for a system of 20 delayed d&b C6 speakers to the Ticket Hall, with d&b 12 E3s used as in-fills, and an additional 8 delayed d&b E9 speakers placed on the Mezzanine Level. The system was operated by Dave Guerin, with Richard ‘Basil’ Ferneley acting as system engineer, although as it turned out, it was not at all the system on the original plans - David Lewis explains further: "Whilst we had a fully designed system that we intended to use for the event, further health and safety implications required a total re-design of the system once we were on site. But I suppose it was all part of the challenge of working in an environment that remained a fully-functional station for the pub
Blick UK Limited and Applications Solutions Limited (ASL) have announced a joint venture to bring an innovative new product to the public address and fire alarm industry. A market leader in security, communications, time management solutions and digital TV distribution, Blick UK together with Application Solutions (ASL), designers of all aspects of public address, audio and voice alarm systems, have launched the world's first public address/voice alarm that features full remote control and diagnostic capabilities. The system, which is fully compliant with BS 5839 Part 8 1988, BS EN54-2 and BS EN60849 1998, has remote diagnostic capabilities supplied by a modem interface, and can identify system faults before they happen by monitoring and recording system events on a regular dial-up basis. The main benefit of remote diagnostics is that fault-finding and configuration can be carried out at a remote location saving the engineer time and money.
The system amplifiers use class D adaptive amplifier technology available in 100W, 200W and 400W units in various configurations in 2U 19" rack mount units. There is a family of routers to cater for differing system complexities. The simplest router mixer unit allows for six audio inputs to be routed to the 4 dual audio outputs for dual circuit systems. Expanded units provide 12x12 or 20x20 capacity, and can control up to 64 amplifiers using the proprietary Audio-CAN data network. The basic routers also include digital storage for 2 x 32 second emergency messages and 2 x 16 second test messages. The 12x12 unit provides four out of
At this year’s PALA Show in Singapore, Wharfedale Professional products will be exhibited on the stand of their distributor in Singapore, City Music. City Music will be showing a combination of already established loudspeakers and electronics, as well as several new products that have been developed since the Pro Light and Sound in Frankfurt earlier this year. Wharfedale Professional has been working for some time on a range of plastic enclosures to complement the already successful wooden enclosure ranges available. The results of this project can be seen at PALA in the form of the new LA Series. The LA Series offers four models at present; a 15" two-way full-range cabinet and a 15" sub as well as a powered version of both. The cabinet itself has flying points as well as an integral pole mount. As well as moving in different directions with the loudspeakers, Wharfedale Professional has also been concentrating on extending the range of electronics offered. New to the product portfolio is a range of effects in the shape of the Procomp, Ezverb and Proverb as well as a new range of amplifiers - the MAX Series. City Music can be found on stand number G23.
DHA has launched its latest product, the Gecko Gobo Rotator, specifically designed for creating cost- effective theatrical lighting effects within architectural and retail settings. As a new accessory to the Gecko Image Projector it allows two gobos to rotate simultaneously in the same or opposite directions. Designed to be either an integral part of the display or hidden away, the open design of the Gecko's optical system has the hi-tech look required by modern architects. Compact, cool-running, stylish and economical, with a long lamp life and low maintenance, the DHA Gecko is ideal for either long or short term applications. Either using the Gobo Rotator as an accessory to an existing DHA Gecko or starting out with the complete Gecko Gobo Rotator as a unit, any E size glass, metal or cibachrome gobo can be rotated. The unit can also be added to in itself with, for example, an extra rotator.