s4wrdparparnel1ETC extends Source 4WRD fixture family
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

USA - ETC has introduced Source 4WRD Color as the latest addition to the Source 4WRD fixture family. This new product offers a colour-changing retrofit for existing full-size Source Four ellipsoidal/profile fixtures, bringing additive RGBA colour-mixing, saturated washes, quick colour changes and more to Source Four.
As a non-destructive retrofit, Source 4WRD Color is the next generation of ETC’s Source 4WRD LED line. Source Four ellipsoidal/profile fixtures can be transformed into RGBA LED luminaires with the Source 4WRD Color LED engine, while retaining all of the features of the Source Four including the lenses, accessories and its renowned reliability.
Source 4WRD Color technology is also available in two complete wash light fixtures. The Source 4WRD Color PAR and PARNel deliver soft-edges and saturated color, no retrofit required. These luminaires incorporate the Source 4WRD Color LED engine into a custom housing, offering economical colour washes, including zoom on the PARNel version.
David Lincecum, vice president of marketing at ETC comments: “With Source 4WRD Color, you get a simple and cost-effective colour-changing retrofit that can upgrade an existing lighting system quickly, allowing you to create even more stage looks than before. 4WRD Colour will allow venues to move their existing equipment to LED, using less energy, lower maintenance and all this at a very compelling price point.”

adamsonbrettkisselsept20hr1Adamson anchors Brett Kissel drive-in shows
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Canada - When Canadian country star Brett Kissel announced the first of what would become eight sold-out Live at the Drive-In shows in Edmonton, AB on 13 and 14 June 2020, drive-in concerts were basically the wild west of what live productions might look like during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the four shows on each day, 180 vehicles spaced several feet apart filled the parking lot of the River Cree Resort & Casino. By tuning into 89.5 FM, fans heard the live feed from FOH through their car stereos and were invited to honk, wave, and even hang out of windows and sunroofs while staying in their vehicles through the hour-long performance.
Kissel had full reign over the stage with a big extension, while each band member was surrounded by Plexiglas partitions. That part may have been strange for the performers, but it wasn’t the most unusual aspect for the wider crew.
“The biggest difference for us on the technical side is that there was no PA,” begins Colin Moore of CJM Productions, Kissel’s production designer and lighting director. Kissel and his band typically rely solely on IEMs for monitoring; however, the absence of a PA meant an absence of onstage energy and impact compared to a typical show.
“When I was first talking with Joel [Bird, FOH] and James [Bundy, monitors] about the shows, it was, ‘If the band’s not into it, Brett’s not into it, and if Brett’s not into it, the crowd’s not into it,’” Moore recalls. “So what could we do as a crew to support our family onstage so they’d feel as connected and energetic

 
 
elation-coffee-break500x500UV lighting features in Elation Coffee Break
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

USA - One of the growing trends in entertainment lighting the past few years has been the increased use of UV light in productions of all kinds. On Thursday, 17 September at 11:00 a.m. CEST, the next Elation Coffee Break sees Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif take a closer look at the Prisma line of advanced UV LED lighting products from Magmatic Atmospheric Effects.
This new generation of IP65 lighting is changing the quality of UV light projection while making it easier for designers and production houses to implement UV light into their projects. Because Prisma uses high quality, medical grade LEDs that emit UV light in the 365nm range, no visible light is emitted, meaning only the UV reactive material glows and nothing else.
The Elation Coffee Break is available on Elation Europe’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. No registration is required. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.

 
Take1 strikes partnership with OneBeacon
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

USA - Take1 Insurance has announced a new strategic underwriting partnership with OneBeacon Entertainment, a member of OneBeacon Insurance Group.
According to Take1 Insurance executive vice president, programme director and lead underwriter Scott Carroll, the new partnership enables Take1 to offer its customers a greater range of rental and staging insurance options for event service firms, event planners, producers, promoters, along with options for film and television production, short term or annual special events, those who tour and even the insurance needs for loan-out corporations.
“Take1 will do everything within our power to make sure that our customers never have to take their chances by offering the very best available coverages and our new partnership with OneBeacon enables us to do that with a specialty solutions carrier focused on entertainment customers,” Carroll said today.
Commenting on the partnership, OneBeacon Entertainment president Joe Fitzgerald said, “At OneBeacon, expertise and value-added service sets us apart. That’s why we’re excited to partner with Take1, a premier industry leader in the Entertainment market, and a company as committed to superior service and creative, comprehensive solutions as OneBeacon.”
Take1’s Scott Carroll noted that in the entertainment industry multi-million-dollar decisions are made each day and the insurance requirements are as varied as the productions and people seeking coverage. “OneBeacon Entertainment provides comprehensive commercial insurance solutions for touring e

 
 
version-2-logo1Entrepreneur Nigel Wray invests in Version 2
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

UK - Version 2 Lights has announced  the completion of an equity investment deal with Nigel Wray and his team.
This significant investment represents a milestone step in Version 2’s strategic plan to grow its position within the UK production community through an expanded equipment inventory and enhanced company infrastructure, says the company.
"We are delighted that Nigel has chosen to join us at this important stage in the evolution of our company,” says Nick Edwards, managing director of Version 2. “Nigel has an incredibly strong commercial background working with high profile names such as Domino’s and Saracens. His considerable business acumen which, importantly for us, includes a solid understanding of our industry, makes him an ideal partner. His involvement will allow us the scope both to build our equipment offering and to further develop our range of client support services.”
Nigel Wray comments, "Small entrepreneurially led businesses are the true lifeblood of this country. Without those little acorns where will the next mighty oaks come from. We’ve been impressed with Nick Edwards and his team and we’re delighted to join them on the journey to hopefully building a long-term success story."
Working alongside some of the industry’s most prominent lighting directors, Version 2 services a broad range of productions, including Strictly Come Dancing, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and The Jonathan Ross Show.
Since its inception in 2016, the UK owned company has enjoyed a carefully ma

 
claypakyvolt3by311Volt Lites opens safe stage with Claypaky
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

USA - Volt Lites co-founders Matthew Shimamoto and Harrison Lippman and Lulu Creative director Michael Zinman of Zinman Company have launched the 3by3 Space on the premises of entertainment production services company Volt Lites in Burbank.
The three partners have created a safe stage for the COVID-19 era that’s equipped with a trio of lighting, video and xR capabilities. Sixty-four active Claypaky Mini-B LED moving lights comprise the workhorse fixtures for the space.
“We wanted to create a safe space that would allow people to get back to work and stimulate them to think out of the box,” says Shimamoto. The 3by3 Space has already been used by rock band Bush to shoot Quicksand with Augmented Reality, the Black Eyed Peas shooting Feel the Beat for Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, the iconic Temptations reprising their greatest hits for PBS’s A Capitol Fourth broadcast, and the product launch of LiteGear’s Spectrum OS2 lighting control system.
The 3by3 Space is outfitted with a large upstage LED videowall and LED floor from LED partner NEP Screenworks. Four lighting towers flank each side of the stage, and a horizontal truss is suspended above the space. Claypaky Mini-Bs are mounted on the towers and four rows of the truss.
“The versatility, size and output of the Mini-B fits well within the scale of the 3by3 Space,” says Shimamoto. “We have a limited trim height so proportions are everything. The Mini-B’s wider zoom range and shorter throw is very helpful, and the fixtures are very fast. Everything

 
 
urban1The show goes on with Urban Sessions 2020
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

South Africa - As the city slept during the Covid-19 lockdown, a deserted building in downtown Johannesburg became a beacon of hope for musicians. Urban Sessions 2020, an amalgamated project by Militia Broadcast, technical supplier Stage Effects and Smack Entertainment for audio, created a studio for musicians to livestream concerts to their fans. To date, over 150 performances have been hosted in this space.
Erik de Bruin of Stage Effects explains that as early as May 2020, Militia Broadcast, Stage Effects, and Smack Ent knew they had to do something to survive the strict lockdown in South Africa as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. They managed to secure an empty warehouse at Thabo Mpelo Studios in Johannesburg and converted it into an intimate environment with a bit of a nostalgic feel, giving viewers at home the impression that they were part of a rehearsal or jamming session, with rugs, ambient lighting and five cameras set up in a 180-degree angle to capture close-ups of the musicians.
Choosing lighting that would need the least amount of maintenance, Erik opted for LED-based fixtures, including 15 Robe Robin 600+, five Robe Pointes, 15 Mac Quantum Profiles, 12 x Portman P1 retro lamps, and Elation DTW 1000s bars with control on a grandMA2 light.
Under normal circumstances, lighting designer Erik would be on the road with festivals and music concerts. Now based in the same location, week in and week out, from Wednesdays to Sundays, he and the team have changed the set several times to keep it looking fresh and new. He has also invited some o

 
columbia-museum-of-artChauvet joins Women’s Equality Day tribute
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

USA - On 26 August, the voice of women shined on the exterior of the Columbia Museum of Art, as the sleek postmodern building was lit in radiant purple, gold and white for Women’s Equality Day and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment’s passage.
David Sneath of ACS Sound and Light, organised the inspiring display with the city of Columbia. A collection of 30 Chauvet Professional WELL Fit fixtures were used to light the museum and the historic building across the street from it at 1530 Main Street.
Delicately balanced with varying degrees of saturation, and white light blended artfully with colour palettes, the commemorative lighting at the museum commanded attention as it played off harmoniously against the building’s exterior lattice work of columns and cross beams.
Denise Simpson, a member of the ACS team, was responsible for positioning the IP65 rated RGBW fixtures around the museum. She arranged 10 of the WELL Fit units at the base of the building’s columns, and used four to uplight a brick veneer section of its front. A further five fixtures were used to light the white area of the building’s serene Boyd Plaza, while a single unit accented the intersecting curves of the public space’s Apollo’s Cascade sculpture and fountain.
The lighting of the imposing 127-year old former bank building across the street from the museum took a heavier tone with deeply saturated purples from 10 WELL Fit fixtures positioned at the base of the Romanesque structure, which features an imposing granite facade.
“We doubled up the WE

 
 
polar12subtopHK Audio unveils Polar 12 column PA
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Germany - HK Audio has unveiled Polar 12, a full-fledged active full-range columnar PA system for musicians, entertainers, DJs, presentations, schools and audiovisual applications, and big brother to its bestselling Polar 10 model.
The Polar 12 system consists of a subwoofer and two columnar elements. The birch-ply subwoofer’s enclosure is acoustically shaped and sized to deliver excellent audio results in combination with a specially developed 12” long-excursion woofer. Driven by a muscular 2,000-watt power amplifier, this combination delivers an incredibly full bass response even at high volumes.
The midrange/HF column comes in two sections for easy transport. The top section is loaded with six high-performance 3” neodymium midrange drivers and a low-distortion, 1” constant directivity horn. The Polar 12 system delivers well-balanced, exceedingly natural sound, rendering everything from 35 Hz all the way up to 20 kHz with remarkable authority.
Tuned to project an expansive 120° throw pattern and engineered to impede feedback, it gives users freedom of choice when it comes to positioning the PA in venues. Placed behind the speaker or performer, it can also serve as a stage monitor to take the place of wedges in many scenarios.
Setting Polar 12 on a raised stage is not a problem, as it can still be aimed at the correct height by simply leaving the column’s bottom section – which is a spacer – out of the stack.
The four-channel mixer offers two mic/line channels, one instrument channel, and one aux channel for music players

 
cathedralRussian Armed Forces cathedral relies on RCF
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Russia - RCF provides coverage of more than 10,000sq.m with more than 500 speakers in the latest religious complex built in Russia. The Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ) is a Patriarchal Cathedral in honour of the Resurrection of Christ, "dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, as well as the military feats of the Russian people in all wars".
The impressive 100m-tall building was completed in May 2020 in the Patriot Park in the Odintsovsky District, Moscow Oblast. The steps and other metal parts were cast from melted Nazi weapons.
The interior capacity of the temple holds up to 6,000 people. The church is located a few hundreds meters from the nearby open-air museum, celebrating the historical times of the Great Patriotic War. The temple’s main complex is 11,000sq.m.
“The task wasn’t easy.” Sergey Gurin, ARIS head of development and corporate clients reports. “We were asked to equip the area in front of the temple with a sound reinforcement system, and to equip the 1418 Memory Road multimedia museum complex with an additional sound reinforcement system, with the best product quality in the shortest time.”
A wide variety of products were installed, ranging from 50 wide dispersion P 3115T weatherproof coaxial speakers to more than 250 MR 33T near-field two-way speakers. More than 80 CS 6940EN weatherproof column speakers and a large quantity (more than 100) of HD 3216T weatherproof horn loudspeakers were also installed.
The acoustic system provi

 
 
robe-2020-helios-festival-avignonRobe Esprites light Avignon’s Palais des Papes
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

France - The famous Palais des Papes in Avignon came alive bathed in a vibrant collage of colours, shapes, and textures – thanks to 12 x Robe Esprite moving lights – which were part of a design by LD Fabien Chamakoff for the 2020 Helios Festival.
Launched in 2017, the event highlights – with silent projection / visual works and light art pieces – Avignon’s stunning architecture and rich, diverse heritage as the ‘City of Catholic Popes’ between 1309 and 1377. It remained under Papal rule until 1791 when it became part of France. The Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in the whole of Europe.
For Fabien – who works for the Helios Festival organisation – it was a great honour to illuminate the intricate and imposing architecture, one of seven key sites lit up this year.
The 10-minute Palais des Papes lightshow ran for five weeks from 25 July to 30 August. With no soundtrack, Fabien’s idea was to focus on a 60m wide x 40m high section of the building, so passers-by could appreciate the work of renowned French architects, Pierre Peysson and Jean de Louvres, plus the lavish ornamentation of Simone Martini and Matteo Giovanetti, ace students from the School of Siena in Italy.
Initially, Fabien had wanted to use Robe’s BMFL fixtures – apart from being a product with which he’s very familiar, he wanted the intensity and multifunctionality. However, he realised that there was not enough power available at the site to run these, and they didn’t want to shatter t

 
apac-panyataraPanyatara learning centre installs Harman systems
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Thailand - To offer attendees an engaging training experience, the Panyatara Learning Service Centre hired Mahajak Development Co to design and install a Harman Professional audio-visual and control solution.
Established by the Charoen Pokphan Group to operate Thailand’s convenience store business under the ‘7-Eleven’ trademark, the Panyatara Learning Service Centre - part of the Panyatara Company - offers personalised training courses and seminars.
The facility features a training room with 45-90 seats as well as another that accommodates up to 200 attendees. Wanting to provide guests an enhanced learning experience, the centre equipped the training rooms with premium audio-visual (AV) and control systems that offer pristine sound as well as simple, intuitive operation.
“The client wanted an audio system that provides clear sound and music to keep trainees alert. For the visual system, they wanted high-definition video signals that could also be recorded,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, project director, Mahajak Development Co. “We provided and facilitated high-quality AV and control solutions using Harmansystems.”
Mahajak installed JBL Control 14C/T two-way ceiling loudspeakers, which are positioned throughout the training rooms to deliver consistent coverage. Mahajak also deployed digital processors, which help manage and configure the systems. The visual solution in the smaller training room consists of 120” and 180” motorised screens that display images from projectors, while digital signage displays, contactless sma

 
 
bbcworld-newsChroma-Q enhances BBC World News America
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

USA - BBC World News America recently underwent renovations to their high-profile studio in Washington, D.C. BBC is an iconic news brand known around the world. With a new set design, comes the need for new studio lighting.
Eastern Lighting Design worked closely with award-winning (broadcast) production design firm Clickspring Design to create a slick studio environment. The studio is a small space and the challenge was to create a clean and sleek design while giving BBC as much lighting flexibility as possible. While the entire studio was gutted and re-built, the lighting had to fit into the existing power load footprint.
“Small spaces can quickly become crowded with lighting fixtures,” explains Matt Gordon, lighting designer and president of Eastern Lighting Design. “Our goal was to blend the lighting fixtures into the architectural aesthetic as much as possible.”
Chroma-Q Studio Force II and Chroma-Q Studio Force Phosphor were chosen for BBC’s design. Both black and white versions of the fixtures were used to blend seamlessly into the set.
With the current global pandemic impacting the time-frame of this project, Eastern Lighting Design had to be flexible in both the design and the time allotted to the project. During the lockdown, they had to wait to get into the studio. After the lockdown, they had to adjust their lighting plans to accommodate social distancing practices.
BBC World News America required a flexible space to work within. Specific blocking was created at the news desk that can shift as the season progress

 
stardrawStardraw.com webinar gains AVIXA approval
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

UK - Software provider Stardraw.com has announced that their Introduction to Stardraw Design 7.3 webinar has been approved by AVIXA as an RU- (Renewal Unit) eligible course for CTS (Certified Technology Specialist) certification. This includes the special designations CTS-D (Design) and CTS-I (Installation). This will allow the more than 13,000 professionals holding AVIXA’s CTS credential to earn renewal units towards their certification by completing Stardraw.com’s Introduction to Design 7.3 education programme.
The CTS certification programme – which has been administered by AVIXA for over 30 years - is recognised worldwide as the leading AV professional credential. Indeed, AVIXA’s CTS, CTS-D and CTS-I qualifications are the only AV certification programmes to be accredited by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute).
To ensure that CTS-certified professionals continue to improve their knowledge base and keep abreast of new developments, holders are required to earn 30 Renewal Units (RUs) over a 3-year period to maintain their qualification. RUs are obtained by attending RU-approved courses – approved by AVIXA - from official AVIXA CTS RU Providers. To obtain approval, RU programs must feature experienced instructors with clear evidence of qualifications in the session topic.
Each class must contain at least one relevant learning objective or industry-related purpose; relate to a specific exam topic area and exam level and conclude with an assessment tool to demonstrate partic

 
 
stadia28v-arrayOutline’s Stadia 28 array now shipping
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Italy - Outline has announced the immediate availability of the new Stadia 28 constant curvature array designed for outdoor applications, launched during the 2020 edition of ISE.
Stadia 28 is a medium-throw system for permanent outdoor installations, suitable for sound reinforcement in stadiums, theme parks, leisure facilities, tourist attractions and public spaces.
Its main selling point is its weight-power ratio, being a single enclosure, weighing just 21 kg (46.2 lb), but able to reach 139 dB SPL, by means of two 8” mid-woofers and a compression driver with a 3” diaphragm - all in neodymium. The system operates in bi-amp format.
The dispersion angle of 90 x 22.5 degrees enables, for example, to form horizontal or vertical arrays with no less than 135° x 90° using just six cabinets, which means guaranteeing coverage in any context, as well as remarkable versatility.
Additionally, Stadia 28 hardware is designed for safe long-lasting installation: the 10 mounting points in light top-grade anodised Ergal are fixed to the internal load-bearing structure, manufactured entirely in stainless steel.
IP55 protection rating is ensured by a three-layer coating in elastoplastic material (‘OutSIDE Coating Technology’ - Outline proprietary technology) along with a series of sophisticated ideas introduced in Outline’s manufacturing process.
Outline’s senior loudspeaker system designer Francesco Simeoni states, “The lines of the cabinet, combined with the waveguide designed and optimised specifically for this type of application

 
presenters-on-stageAnna Valley delivers for GRM Daily Rated Awards
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

UK - Creative experience and performance designers, Black Skull Creative, transformed this year’s GRM Daily Rated Awards show into a blended reality experience with the help of Anna Valley and subsidiary company, Matrix UK Solutions.
The awards (hosted live at the Eventim Apollo in previous years) were streamed exclusively on YouTube and Ratedawards.com on 9 September 2020 from a digital environment designed to challenge the audience’s perception of reality – and to comply with social distancing restrictions.
The fifth GRM Daily Rated Awards sought to celebrate some of the biggest names in urban music and their contribution to the genre in the year leading up to June 2020. The show was hosted by Julie Adenuga and Mo Gilligan and winners included J Hus, Stefflon Don and D-Block Europe for Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year respectively.
Dizzee Rascal was presented with The Legacy Award for his lifetime contribution to grime music and performed a live medley of his most popular tracks from a mixed reality environment reminiscent of the cover of his first album, Boy in da Corner.
Black Skull’s concept for the awards’ setting was to use a combination of physical elements, digital content, reflective surfaces and virtual design to blur the distinction between real life and augmented reality.
To this end, Anna Valley and DB Multitrade built a cuboid set for the awards using a 6m x 4m LED back wall and floor, with mirrored sides and roof, at Anna Valley’s headquarters. The combination o

 
 
emberDirectOut’s Prodigy available with Ember+
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Germany - DirectOut’s Prodigy has added Ember+ as the first network based third party protocol for the series.
It is an open control protocol based on an initiative of the Lawo Group and is already used by companies such as Riedel, SSL and Lawo. The DirectOut implementation allows controlling the configuration, the settings of the microphone preamp and the routing matrix including channel labelling, as well as monitoring the status of the device.
“Ember+ opens up the range of control systems that can interact with our Prodigy devices. For example popular and widespread software like hi, VSM or KSC may be used. Even direct access from a mixing console can be possible,” says Claudio Becker-Foss, CEO/CTO of DirectOut, “Actually, we´ve already successfully tested our implementation with Broadcast Solutions´ control software hi, without any changes required in the software.”
Ember+ will be available as a paid software option for the Prodigy series and can be purchased separately per device.

 
ASI Audio partners with Triple G Ventures
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

USA - As part of its growth strategy for the new in ear monitor solution, the 3DME, ASI Audio has formed a partnership with Pro Audio/MI/Consumer Technology industry veteran Gregg Stein and his new company, Triple G Ventures.
“Gregg is one of the people in our industry I’ve always kept my eye on, his innovative approaches and genuine enthusiasm for new products and brands has always been refreshing and invigorating,” says Evan MacKenzie, ASI Audio VP of sales & marketing. “Triple G Ventures gets that sales and marketing must go hand in hand to create compelling product offers in modern and smart presentations to the customer.”
“ASI Audio’s innovative Active Ambient Audio technology is a game changer. The 3DME In Ear Monitor solution unites enhanced audio monitoring with true spatial 3D ambient “room” sound and hearing protection into a single in-ear monitoring device enabling creators to experience audio the way it’s meant to be heard,” said Gregg Stein, Founder and CEO, Triple G Ventures.
“Collaborating with the ASI Audio team to fuse hearing health with the intimacy and joy of performing live is genuinely exciting. The Triple G Ventures team is genuinely excited to bringing this new technology directly to musicians, houses of worship and broader audio enthusiasts who need it most,” Stein added.

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

West End Revival - Six and Everybody's Talking About Jamie will become the first musicals back in the West End in mid-November, eight months after the curtain came down. They will hit the stage three weeks after a string of non-musical shows reopen London's theatre district. The Play That Goes Wrong, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap and Adam Kay's This Is Going To Hurt will all admit socially distant audiences in October.
Venue heads said "robust risk mitigation" would be in place. They include reduced capacities, contactless tickets, temperature tests and deep cleans, as well as hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace.
The producers of Six, the hit show about Henry VIII's wives, will take a separate cast to The Lowry in Salford from late November. The musical had been due to be staged in the Greater Manchester venue's 450-capacity Quays theatre over Christmas, but will move into the complex's 1,700-seater Lyric in order to accommodate all ticket holders while ensuring social distancing.
Producers hope Everybody's Talking About Jamie will resume at the Apollo in November, but the group's biggest production - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace - will not return until at least February.
Lifeline - Actor Liam Neeson has told the Northern Ireland Executive that £33m in support funding for theatres and venues is a "lifeline". In July, NI received £33m as part of a UK government package for theatres, arts and music venues and museums. However, the executive has

 
russiaDiGiCo and Stage Audio drive Volgograd show
Monday, 14 September 2020

Russia - On 24 June, a spectacular concert was hosted at Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd in honour of the 75th anniversary of VE Day. One of the only concerts allowed during Russia’s COVID-19 lockdown, it featured artists from Russia’s vibrant theatre, opera and cinema worlds, accompanied by the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra, which was conducted by Yuri Bashmet.
The concert was also broadcast live on the state-owned TV channel, Russia-1. Rental company Stage Audio was chosen as a technical support contractor for the show.
The audience was seated on the steps along the rectangular reflecting pool in Volgograd’s Heroes Square, with the artists performing in different locations during the concert, tens of meters away from each other. This necessitated special requirements for the mixing and routing system. Signals were received from four locations across the site, providing flexible exchanging of channels from any source (stage box/desk/broadcast) to any destination within a minute between devices, as well as sending 128 channels for the televised broadcast and recording of the concert.
The Stage Audio team chose an Optocore-based DiGiCo system for mixing, routing and distributing audio at the event. In preparation for the project, the set-up was initially assembled and tested by Stage Audio, and only then sent to Volgograd.
"The system consisted of a DiGiCo SD12 as the production console, used primarily for playback and routing purposes, an SD10 as the Front of House orchestra console and another SD10 on stage for the monitor mix,” sa

 
 
heshogfactorHES announces Hog Factor USA 2020 finalists
Monday, 14 September 2020

USA - High End Systems has announced the finalist teams for the 2020 Hog Factor USA Collegiate Lighting Programming Competition. First held in North America in 2015, Hog Factor has become one of the premier lighting programming contests in the United States and across the globe.
For Phase One, each submitting team provided a performance lighting piece, programmed on a Hog or Hog 4 PC. The collegiate teams were judged by a panel of High End Systems and ETC employees. The three Hog Factor USA finalist teams are The Ghost Lights from Webster University, Bacon Powers from Southern Methodist University, and Hamburglers from Texas State University.
With the LDI 2020 Exhibition now cancelled, this year’s contest will take place online as part of ETC/HES’ Study Hall events in October. Details on the contest date, format and judging will be announced soon.
www.highend.com/hogfactor

 
absenAbsen wins China management accolade
Monday, 14 September 2020

China - LED display specialist Absen has once again been recognised in Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies (BMC) programme.
The BMC programme is a global initiative that identifies and recognises private companies with advanced management ideas and excellent business performance. Key factors in the evaluation of a company’s management ability include strategy, capabilities, commitment and financial strength. This year, the selection criteria also considered resiliency towards the Covid-19 pandemic. Absen was deemed to have shown extraordinary competency in all areas, allowing the company to weather these difficult times.
With a reputation for providing high quality LED displays, Absen once again achieved the #1 global export position for the 11th consecutive year and will next year celebrate its 20th anniversary. Absen has a manufacturing facility with an annual production capacity of 300,000sqm and places great emphasis on R&D and innovation. The company has built a strong customer service network with 15 domestic and overseas subsidiaries in order to support its customers worldwide.
Zhao Jian, BMC managing partner, says resilience creates sustainable value for enterprises. Long-lasting businesses and first-class enterprises have experienced several economic cycles, and will have more comprehensive and sophisticated strategies. The greater an enterprise's long-term mission, the greater its vitality. "Highly resilient enterprises" have developed strong immunity.
Alex Couzins, Absen Europe’s head of brand and marketing, said: “We ar

 
 
mdgEtienne Daho revisits Eden with MDG Atmosphere
Monday, 14 September 2020

France - To mark the re-release of his album Eden at the end of 2019, French singer-songwriter and pop star, Etienne Daho, embarked upon a 17-date concert tour of France's leading venues, including Philharmonie, Pleyel and Olympia. The final date took place in January 2020, narrowly avoiding the lockdown measures introduced by the onset of the Covid-19 crisis.
Victorien Cayzeele, a gifted young lighting designer, was determined to obtain the best possible interpretation for his artist, so he specified an MDG Atmosphere haze generator to materialise the light within his design.
"I had mostly washes and very few spot sources in my kit, so I needed a density of haze that was strong enough to materialise the colour that bathed the set. And, on this tour, we wanted to maintain a uniform and stable level throughout the show.”
Etienne Daho's music, with its electro-pop tendency, required a great deal of work to match the light to the rhythm. Victorien confides that Etienne works a lot on creating an amazing audience experience and, to realise this, Etienne doesn't hesitate in allowing the visual impact to take centre stage and be the star. "There are some saturated colour effects and particular angles that don't put the artist in the limelight, but instead suggest a creative proposal linked to the album or the set.”
This collaboration between Étienne Daho and Victorien Cayzeele began during the Blitz tour in 2018. Victorien describes it this way: "We established a real relationship of trust. Étienne is someone with vision and taste. He's

 
ayrtonAyrton fixtures take up residence at Southbank Centre
Monday, 14 September 2020

UK - London’s Southbank Centre has stood on the south bank of the Thames for nearly 70 years. A celebration of progress and modernity, Europe’s largest arts venue was built in 1951 for the Festival of Britain and, under normal circumstances, stages over 2000 performances of music, dance and literature a year, and more than 2000 free events.
Like all arts venues, the Southbank Centre is not immune to the economic and cultural upheaval caused by COVID-19 but, prior to lockdown, the Southbank Centre had, over the past two years, made a long-term commitment to LED performance lighting, with complete moving head installations in the fixed rigs of three of its performance spaces: the 2700-seat Royal Festival Hall, 916-seat Queen Elizabeth Hall and the 295-seat Purcell Room.
As part of this drive towards LED, the team at the Southbank Centre invested in Ayrton Ghibli and Diablo profile fixtures, supplied to the Southbank Centre by White Light, which bring a new uniformity and quality to its moving head inventory.
“We made an initial purchase of 16 Ghibli profiles – six for the Royal Festival Hall and 10 for the Queen Elizabeth Hall - at the beginning of 2018 when the Southbank Centre reopened after its major two-year refurbishment,” says Roger Hennigan, technical manager of the Southbank Centre. “We were so happy with them that we invested in an additional 10 Ghibli at the end of 2019 for the Royal Festival Hall. All of our moving lights are now LED as a result.
“We chose Ghibli after a shootout between three or four major manufacturers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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