South Africa - Astera distributor DWR Distribution will offer clients the first local demos of the lighting company’s full range of products during an open day programme taking place at the end of January.
Astera’s sales and marketing director Sebastian Bückle will carry out the presentations in Cape Town and Johannesburg, whilst DWR’s local product managers Marlene Riley and Jannie de Jager will do so in Durban.
Bückle, who has been a part of the Astera team for more than a decade, will demo the company’s complete range of wireless tubes and spotlights as well as the AsteraApp and wireless DMX that one can use to control the fixtures. He will be at the DWR Cape Town offices on Monday, 27 January and at the Johannesburg offices on 29 January. The local product representatives from DWR will lead an Astera open day in Durban on 31 January.
Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution comments: “Astera’s battery-operated LED fixtures have been a popular choice for those in the film and events industries for some time. With the appointment of a local distributor, clients no longer have to order fixtures online from abroad, and we are very pleased to have Astera’s full range on demo in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban for the first time.”
Poland - When production, lighting and multimedia designer, Pawel ‘Spider’ Pajak, and PERCEPTO [LAB] - the team responsible for creative visual production - were approached by production company, East Eventz, to design and deliver creative solutions for a one-off concert, they chose Ayrton MagicPanel-FX and Khamsin-S fixtures to provide contemporary, densely-coloured and dramatic effects for this very special evening.
The two-artist concert featured singer Dawid Podsiadlo and rapper Taco Hemingway, and was the first sold-out gig for Polish artists in the history of Warsaw’s PGE Narodowy Stadium, attracting an attendance of 60,000 people.
Spider chose Ayrton’s state-of-the-art technology - 64 MagicPanel-FX and 44 Khamsin-S fixtures, supplied by Transcolor - after many successful years using the brand: “I have also adopted Ayrton’s range of more classic, but still distinctive, moving lights, starting first with Ghibli, and this year added one of the latest releases, Khamsin-S, and I want the brand to become even more available in the Polish market,” he explains. “I’ve been able to rely on Ayrton fixtures for several years on so many different productions, from club tours and special events, right up to large scale stadium shows.”
The MagicPanel-FX units were hung in four groups of 16 pieces each on separate truss structures run by Kinesys motors and used for various truss looks, both as lighting effects and in combination with the video content as low-res screens.
The Khamsin-S fixtures were rigged on four straight trusses
UK - Lighting designer Jacob Gowler took the opportunity to use Robe’s new T1 Profiles and LEDBeam 150s for the first time on a Cambridge Theatre Company (CTC) production of the crime-and-passion fuelled musical Chicago (High School Edition), staged over six performances in the 337-seat Great Hall at The Leys School in Cambridge.
CTC was founded in 2015 by Louis Ling to offer a range of opportunities for performers - young and old - to participate in high-quality theatre, and it now performs to over 9000 people annually. Since 2017, CTC has developed its focus on the youth community, and by working with professional directors, LDs, choreographers and musical directors, enables its young performers to experience unique opportunities to develop their skills.
For this production, the professionals were Jacob, director Chris Cuming, set and costume designer Frankie Gerrard and sound designer Nick Hall. It was the first time that CTC had worked with a professional lighting and set designer as part of the creative team.
Jacob was asked onboard for this project by Louis Ling. Jacob specified the Robe elements, which were supplied by rental company CEG and used in conjunction with the Great Hall’s mainly LED-based house lighting rig.
Of the seven T1 Profiles, five were in the overhead rig, three for backlight and two as a top light over the set following its V shape. Two more were positioned out front in the house, all in high positions.
Two LEDBeam 150s were rigged on the circle rail and two in the ‘under slip’ positions beneath
USA - The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Centre in National Harbor, Maryland near the nation’s capital likes to celebrate Christmas in a big way. Set in the property’s 19-story glass garden atrium with its views of the river, Christmas on the Potomac is the hotel’s myriad holiday installation crowned by Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, a six-week-long, 25-minute Christmas fable combining artistry and showmanship from around the world with Christmas music, a dancing fountain, laser-light show and indoor snowfall.
Bringing this production sonically alive was the task of an L-Acoustics Kara system, designed and installed by Showtime Sound LLC of Frederick, Maryland. The system was split between the atrium’s lower and upper terraces: the former comprised a left-right design of one SB18 subwoofer ground-stacked with five Kara enclosures per side to cover the ticketed seating areas, and a flown LCR delay system of three hangs of one SB18 over seven Kara for standing and balcony areas.
Six LA12X amplified controllers powered the delay system while three LA12X were used for the ground-stacked enclosures. The system also used the L-Acoustic P1 processor for system management, routing, and time alignment, as well as for its AVB compatibility for long-distance signal transport. Audio came into the P1’s AES inputs and was sent as AVB over fibre to the amplified controllers.
Showtime Sound LLC had two distinct challenges on this project. “The atrium is huge,” explains Showtime Sound LLC director of operations and production Brian Li
UK - Rising British singer and rapper Little Simz played her flagship show at London’s Kentish Town Forum in December, making video a priority for the first time to enhance her show for the tour’s largest audience.
Production AV was brought on board by Little Simz’s production manager, Eric Wade of EZ Services, who was on the lookout for a new video supplier. Wade was keen to ramp up the visual effect of the show and capture quality footage, not only for live stage to IMAG screens, but also for use in promo material.
“We had a pretty tight schedule to implement the video aspects for the biggest show of the tour and going with Production AV made perfect sense,” says Wade. “We wanted to give everyone in the audience the same experience, regardless of whether they were on the balcony or tucked away some place where sight lines weren’t so great.
“Production AV were quick to meet, quote and crew the show. The efficiency of their work, the fluid nature of the crew and the fact that they were all stand up people made the overall experience very pleasant.”
Technical project manager Nathan Dunbar, who joined Production AV in 2019, oversaw the delivery and execution of the video solution, drawing on his experience on some of Europe’s largest AV projects including Glastonbury and the MTV Europe Music Awards and tours for artists such as Fall Out Boy.
“Production AV was brought on board because we understand the challenges of live music video in a demanding environment,” says Dunbar. “You only get one chance to make it per
Slovakia - Bratislava’s new year celebrations, held in the heart of the Slovakian capital at the Rázusovo nábrežie (the banks of the River Danube) were brought to life by a spectacular lightshow masterminded by Kvant Show Production.
The laser specialists, who are also PR Lighting’s distributor for Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia, have been the event lighting contractors since the concept was introduced three years ago, and in addition to their own lasers, 24 pieces of PR Lighting’s Aqua 580 Beam helped provide a spectacular show as the city counted down to 2020.
Organised by Biela Noc (White Night), the artistic department of the Slovakia and Bratislava municipality, a crew of around 25 people were responsible for creating the infrastructure, including Layher structures, lighting, sound and lasers, and all programming.
This year’s event was based on an original design from Brano Bernar of Showmedia, with lighting and laser choreography and programming this year undertaken by Kvant’s Martin Gabco. The main timecode show lasted seven minutes and was designed as the countdown show for the midnight new year celebration.
The PR Lighting Aqua 580 Beam is an IP66-rated moving head. Stated Kvant CEO Michal Simkovic, “The main benefit of these fixtures is their IP rating; since they are waterproof there is no need for rain covers. In addition, the power of the beam is impressive, as is the price, while the prism is both visible and sharp.”
These lights formed an essential part of the timecode show, in combination with the l
UK - The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen opened in London 19 November at the Noel Coward Theatre with video projection comprising the shows entire stage scenery.
Supplied by Stage Sound Services, three disguise vx 4 and four gx 1 servers powered projections for the show, highlighting the impact of social media on daily life and create an immersive social media environment on stage for the actors.
“The cornerstone of the play is Evan and his interaction with the real world through a social media lens,” says projection designer Peter Nigrini. “To successfully tell our story, social media needed to be a visceral part of the theatrical environment. After the set designer created a physical environment, my job was to bring this virtual world to life on stage and give it the emotional power that so many teenagers clearly feel in their day to day lives.”
Every surface of the playing space can be covered by content. Display surfaces include a front projection system, a series of portals and tracking panels, flat-panel LCD monitors and the stage floor. Eight projectors and 32 monitors are deployed.
Nigrini notes that, “every piece of scenery that moves in the design is automated, and we can track it in real time. In moving the show to London we were also able to pre-visualise the entire production in New York, make decisions about automation and scenery in response to the changed dimensions of the London production. We were able to feed this back to other departments so it could all be pre-programmed. Integration with
Italy - The University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli in Naples is turning to a different use of immersive audio technology with one of its new physics research labs. The lab at the university’s Aversa campus is exploring the relationship between temperature, audio and visuals, and to do this in a scientific way the researchers required a space where each element could be precisely controlled. To achieve this control from an audio standpoint, the researchers turned to Martin Audio’s Sound Adventures.
The new lab has been purpose-built as a small, dedicated space within a historic building. Radiant heating panels on the walls and the floor and air conditioning system allow for the room’s temperature to be raised or lowered, while the intelligent lighting system allows for the management of this element.
The Sound Adventures solution controlling the sonic environment resulted in the installation of 26 Martin Audio Adorn A55 two-way passive speakers and a pair of SX110 slimline subwoofers, all controlled via the Astro Spatial Audio SARA II Premium Rendering Engine.
“The university was specifically looking for a high-end wave field synthesis-based solution which could offer natural features such as depth experience, making SARA II the obvious choice,” explained Astro Spatial Audio managing director, Bjorn van Munster. “The wide, even dispersion of the A55 over the frequency range was a major reason for selecting these cabinets.”
With the components selected, designing the solution became the next part of the project. “One of the majo
Brit Awards - Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead the Brit Awards shortlists for 2020, with four nominations each. Stormzy, Mabel, Michael Kiwanuka, Charli XCX, Harry Styles and Coldplay are also among the acts to receive a nod for this year's awards, which will be the 40th major Brits show.
Both Scottish singer-songwriter Capaldi and London rapper Dave are up for new artist of the year, and despite their relative infancy in the industry are also up for the big awards of best male solo artist, best album and song of the year, thanks to chart-topping debuts in the past 12 months.
The past 12 months have been very successful for both artists, with Dave's album Psychodrama winning the Mercury Prize, Capaldi topping the singles chart for seven weeks with Someone You Loved, and both playing bit sets at Glastonbury.
Male solo artists dominate this year's Awards, with the line-up for best album mirroring that for best male artist, with Capaldi and Dave up against Harry Styles, Michael Kiwanuka and Stormzy in both categories.
Charli XCX, FKA Twigs, Freya Ridings, Mabel and Mahalia are all nominated for best female artist, while Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Coldplay D Block Europe and Foals are up for best group.
Festival Report - Glastonbury Festival bosses must ensure toilets are cleaned more often and plan for hot weather better, licensees say. There is also concern that camping areas might be overcrowded, says Mendip District Council, which oversees the licensing of the world-famous event.
The issues are raised in a repo
Hungary - Sixty82 has appointed DP Music Kft. as its new representative in Hungary. The company will offer guidance on a wide range of possibilities, advising customers on the most suitable Sixty82 solution for their particular needs.
Based in Budaörs near Budapest, DP Music offers a wide range of trussing and staging equipment, as well as pro audio solutions. The company is also increasingly focusing on developing its web store and serving the needs of hobbyists, smaller bands, and theatres.
Date Jonkman, Sixty82’s executive account manager, comments: “We look forward to working with a company of DP Music’s reputation, and our partnership will help meet increased local demand for technical know-how from experienced people. They are uniquely positioned to develop our existing customer base further, and with their market presence and sales support network, we are excited to start this new partnership.”
László Pálfi, CEO of DP Music, adds: “Sixty82’s knowledge of the market will be invaluable support to us in providing the Hungarian customers on both academic and industrial levels with a service that is second to none. Sixty82 has a team of professionals that have contributed in a significant way to the development of the staging and trussing market in recent decades. Because of this, we are extremely motivated to move forward and start this next chapter.”
Thailand - Sonos Libra has assumed exclusive distribution rights for dbTechnologies’ full product portfolio of touring, install and M.I. audio systems in Thailand.
“In the last few years dBTechnologies’ presence in South Eastern Asia professional audio industry is considerably growing,” explains dBTechnologies’ APAC sales manager, Manuele Poli. “We are at a point where we need strategic partnerships to meet a larger base of professionals and disclose our products’ full potential. When we met Alfonso Rodriguez and Sonos Libra’s team, I immediately realized that their sales approach and advanced technical skills were exactly what dBTechnologies needed to enhance the brand perception and further flourish in the local professional market.”
Sonos Libra’s CEO Alfonso Martín Rodríguez adds: “dBTechnologies is a growing company and is now playing at a higher level. We are very happy to start from this stage together and we feel very fortunate to start the distribution in Thailand. Rental market in South East Asia is very competitive at any level and we had no products to fulfil the expectations on well-engineered and manufactured products offering a rapid ROI. Being able to offer good pricing without sacrificing performance, quality, speed of deployment and most importantly, safety, is key to most of the companies.
He continues: “dBTechnologies VIO series offers the best solution for audio providers, and we are already planning a brand re-launching to increase visibility as well as demo events and regular public trainings on the pr
UK - Over 170 Adamson loudspeakers were deployed for three days of spectacular events for Edinburgh's Hogmanay.
Marking the 27th edition of the famed New Year party, the three-day festival combined Scottish traditions with contemporary artists and acts from across the world in Edinburgh, the home of Hogmanay.
Working directly with Dave Watson and Scottie McKean from producers Underbelly, The Warehouse designed an Adamson system for Hogmanay in the Gardens headlined by Mark Ronson, the Waverley Stage headlined by Marc Almond and McEwan Hall’s three-day celebrations with Symphonic Ibiza, Eddi Reader and Ronnie Scott’s Big Band.
In addition, Adamson partner Live Systems Ltd provided the system for Ceilidh under the Castle.
Across the whole event, 170 Adamson loudspeakers were used, including the E15, S10, S7 line array loudspeakers, E119, S119 and S118 sub bass cabinets, all powered by Lab Gruppen PLM 20K44 and 12K44 amplifiers running Lake Processing. Adamson’s new CS7P point source loudspeakers were also used for front-fills.
This year’s Hogmanay theme, Be Together, was celebrated by bringing together tens of thousands of friends old and new to share in a warm and welcoming night of friendship creating a suitable atmosphere across the Street Party hosted by Johnnie Walker.
At Hogmanay in the Gardens Mark Ronson dazzled the partygoers with some of the best tracks of the decade in a full throttle countdown to the midnight fireworks. Daniel Merriweather joined him for Stop Me and Shallow. Meanwhi
UK - Media server specialist disguise has released r17, the latest update to its software. Launched in response to user feedback, r17 brings workflow and user experience enhancements, including Manipulators and PreComps, and introduces Network Device Interface (NDI) support.
Users can now stream an NDI source from content tools to the disguise stage in realtime, unlocking new workflows for esports, fixed installations, and TV productions. Integration with NDI can also be used as a streaming preview from content tools, such as 3DSMax or AfterEffects that enable users to finesse content accurately in-situ, saving time and speeding up workflows.
For compositing, PreComps is a new workflow that allows users to create a pre-composition of layers which can be reused in multiple locations, making timelines cleaner and more flexible. It also enables the routing of video content between different layers on the timeline, allowing users to blend and mix content sources.
Meanwhile, new previsualisation feature Manipulators give users the ability to select multiple objects on a 3D stage and offset, rotate and scale them. The feature improves efficiency and usability, reducing the time and effort needed to set up a project.
In addition, the usability of SockPuppet projects, which enable the control of disguise via a lighting desk, iPad or another networked device, has been improved to enable less complex set-ups.
r17 is now available from the disguise.one website.
USA - The new Capital Hills main campus of Summit Church looks right at home in North Carolina’s famed Research Triangle, which is routinely ranked as one of the most tech-savvy areas in the US.
Once inside the 90,064sq.ft house of worship, the visitor is greeted by a welcoming and engaging environment created with help from an advanced AVL system engineered and installed by the CSD Group that features an immersive 360° sound system, massive video walls, and a state-of-the art LED lighting system anchored by close to 100 Chauvet Professional fixtures and two Net X II nodes.
Opened in 2019, the new building serves as Summit Church’s broadcast centre. Services from its 1,800-seat worship area are live streamed to the church’s nine other campus in the Research Triangle. Accurate, precisely controlled key lighting and colour temperatures are critical to maintaining high quality broadcast standards for the church’s sophisticated audience, which is why the CSD Group paid careful attention to stage lighting.
“Quality of lighting for video was essential,” said David McCauley of CSD Group. “The church attracts 10,000 worshippers weekly mostly in its satellite campuses. No one wanted to distract from services with lighting that didn’t look absolutely correct on the live steam videos.”
The CSD team positioned 29 Ovation E-160WW ellipsoidal fixtures with 26° lens tubes, 18- Ovation P-56FC par units and 26 Ovation F-915FC full colour Fresnels around the stage. “We have most of the ellipsoidals arranged in groups of three acr
South Africa - For the past 17 years, British lighting designer Graham McLusky has made his way to South Africa to light the annual pantomime. This season, Jack and the Beanstalk was presented at the Joburg Theatre during November and December.
McLusky utilised the theatre’s new lighting gear, which included 12 Claypaky Sharpy Plus fixtures recently purchased from DWR Distribution.
McLusky’s history with the production dates back to when director Janice Honeyman and producer Bernard Jay wanted to hire an established UK panto lighting designer to launch their new production. They consulted with UK pantomime producers Qdos, which creates and maintains spectacular stage sets and more than 100,000 costumes for an enormous portfolio of shows.
Over the years, Honeyman and Jay have adapted the well-established and successful pantos to convey a distinctly South African flavour. Honeyman weaves in aspects of South Africa’s multi-cultural and multi-lingual society that keep audiences entranced and coming back for more.
McLusky sends his lighting plots and plans for the season’s panto before arriving on site; he usually stays in South Africa for two weeks during production. The crew has an entire week to set up the rig before the show moves into the theatre; they strip out most of the theatre’s permanent rig to accommodate McLusky’s needs.
Jack and the Beanstalk marked the first time McLusky had a chance to use Claypaky’s Sharpy Plus luminaires. “I’ve never used a Sharpy before, though other lighting designers have
USA - Nearly 40 years since making its debut on the professional recording scene, the AMS RMX16 Digital Reverberation System is being re-launched in hardware format as part of AMS Neve’s rack mounted 500 Series.
On show for the first time at NAMM 2020, the RMX16 500 Digital Reverb Module delivers all the musicality of its famous predecessor, but at a fraction of the price. Furthermore, this new unit incorporates the nine programmes that came as standard with the original AMS RMX16, PLUS the nine rare aftermarket programmes that were only available to users via a remote control with bar code reader input.
“We are very excited to be bringing back the much loved and instantly recognizable sound that made the original AMS RMX16 everyone’s favourite ‘go to’ reverb,” says AMS Neve’s distribution manager David Walton. “Its special sound has characterised an enormous number of seminal recordings from the 1980s onwards. Indeed, the AMS RMX16 has remained such an essential piece of kit for any self-respecting world-class studio that vintage units still sell for a substantial proportion of their original cost.”
The new RMX16 500 comes in a three-slot wide format. It is simple to operate with 18 factory programmes including the Ambience, Nonlin and Reverse, simulating different reverberant environments, with the ability to control all parameters.
USA - At the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Elation Professional will present new atmospheric effects in its new Magmatic range, as well as the latest lighting control products from Obsidian Control Systems.
Also featured will be the new Elation Smarty, Fuze and Paladin range lighting products.
On display will be the new Smarty MAX, an extreme-output spot/beam/wash hybrid moving head featuring a new Platinum FLEX 400 lamp rated at 480W with up to 4,000 hours of smart lamp life. Combining CMY and variable CTO, this is the world’s first hybrid incorporating a full iris for dynamic beam effects. Compact and lightweight with a large 160mm front aperture lens, its resourceful design package includes four prisms on two planes, dual frosts plus dual gobo wheels and dual track animation.
Also showing is the Fuze SFX, a new concept LED Spot FX fixture designed for a variety of applications requiring a compact and powerful multi-purpose luminaire. The SFX is capable of projecting tight beams to wide washes using a highly efficient optical design while providing over 12,000 lumens of output from its 300W white LED engine. Seamless CMY colour mixing plus colour wheel, variable frost, gobos and zoom allow for a variety of effect options.
Three new fixtures in Elation’s Paladin series of versatile Blinder/Strobe/Wash lights will also be on display - the Paladin Cube, Paladin Brick and Paladin Panel - all with IP65 protection.
Showing at NAMM from the recently-launched Magmatic range will be Magma Prime, a new water-based hazer with advanced technol
USA - Eliminator Lighting will use this month’s NAMM Show in Anaheim to showcase five recent additions to its line-up of entertainment lighting and event accessories. These include a powerful simulated water effect, a HEX colour LED par, and a 5-in-1 effect light.
Offering a one-stop lighting solution, Eliminator’s new Furious Five RG packs five distinctly different effects into one compact fixture. Designed for mobile entertainers as well as installers working in bars and clubs with limited space, this unit generates a complete lightshow featuring derby and laser beams, UV and colour washes, as well as strobe effects. At the centre of the fixture is a laser aperture which projects countless diffracted beams generated from two laser diodes (70mW green and 100mW red).
Serving as eye-catching décor for all kinds of special events, the LED BP Tubes 4 Pak is a set of four portable colour-changing plastic tubes. Each tube measures just over 1m (39”) in length and can be mounted vertically, horizontally or free-standing using the supplied tripod feet. The pack is supplied with a wireless IR remote that can be used to select a choice of operating modes.
Decor Cocktail Table is a portable wooden table designed for parties and other special events. Consisting of a wooden top, black pole and heavy-duty metal base, the table easily breaks down into these three parts for transportation with no tools required.
The new LP 12 HEX is a lightweight LED-powered par fixture designed for portable use or permanent installation. It features 12 x 5-Watt HEX
UK - Specialist equipment supplier and production house, Light Fantastic Production Services apply their stock of Robe MegaPointe fixtures to a variety of live events.
Having made a significant investment in Robe MegaPointe fixtures to extend their growing lighting inventory, LFPS director, Rob Myer, says: “We have a long-standing relationship with Robe so naturally we are delighted with the performance of our MegaPointes. Over the past few months we have been making great use of them on a host of projects, from creating aerial searchlight effects and gobo projection across building facades to adding incredible theatrical looks to prestigious large-scale live events, including a particularly spectacular product launch installation on a roof at Chelsea Harbour.”
Working both on their own in-house projects and in collaboration with a broad range of industry partners, LFPS provide service and support to a variety of live event, television and music productions. Supplying lighting, audio, staging and full technical back up, the company continues to gain prominence as a respected, responsive, reliable production resource.
The company has been making key investments throughout all areas of it’s business, including expanding it’s lighting offering, to continue the organic growth of the organisation and maintain the service levels on which they pride themselves.
Myer concludes: “Our lighting inventory, including our MegaPointe stock, is prepped, packaged and ready for the summer season. We are delighted to already have a number of exciting p
USA - 2020 is set to be very big for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, with events centred around what would have been the former Beatle’s 80th birthday.
The Lennon Bus - a mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility - regularly provides free digital media production workshops to schools across the US and Canada, enabling students to learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions.
The bus’ two onboard studios have recently been upgraded to Genelec’s The Ones coaxial three-way point source models.
“We go to a lot of under-served schools and a lot of communities that are under-resourced, so bringing something that really represents the best of the industry is eye-opening and can be life-changing for kids and communities,” explains Brian Rothschild, co-founder and executive director of the Lennon Bus. “Having the new studio monitors onboard continues that trajectory for us.”
Genelec has been a long-term sponsor of the Lennon Bus with the two-way 8240A Smart Active Monitors and 7260A subwoofer having originally been installed in each of the Bus’s 5.1 studios. “When we installed those Genelecs, the difference in the sound was just readily apparent and really impressive, and we thought that it had to be as good as it could get,” recalls Jeff Sobel, creative technology director for the Lennon Bus.
“Then when The Ones came out and we had the opportunity to use the 8341s, we thought we would give it a try. I think we we
USA - City Theatrical’s DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool now provides expanded functionality with the new Multi Fixture (DMX) feature, which offers lighting professionals an efficient way to turn on and test multiple DMX lighting fixtures simultaneously.
DMXcat’s new Multi Fixture feature includes a patch that can be implemented to group and control lighting fixtures together to save time and improve workflows. This patch also allows users to assign numbers to channels or fixtures, which can be useful in creating a consistent and simplified numbering system between creative and technical teams of a given production or installation project. DMXcat users can use the patch to save, name, and re-load setups across various rigs, for use on future projects.
Other DMXcat improvements with the Multi Fixture feature include a new interface for the Fixture Controller app, which offers patching and grouping methods like many show consoles being used in professional lighting, for ease of use and consistency among test and control gear. The Fixture Controller app also now includes 16-bit wheels, which save the user screen space and refine the user’s control.
This feature allows users to name their DMXcats, making it simpler for teams using multiple DMXcats to differentiate between various team members’ devices.
All of these new features are free to DMXcat users, who need only to accept the app update to get them.
The DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, which includes a hardware dongle and smartphone application, allows anyone to turn on any
Europe - Sergio Herman is a successful Michelin-starred Dutch chef. His restaurant, The Jane, in Antwerp, is internationally renowned for its food and carefully created ambience. At Strandhotel in Dutch Flanders, Herman is responsible for the hotel’s three restaurants, including the recently opened Blueness. In order to fully realise Herman’s vision for Blueness and breakfast restaurant Pine House, new audio systems were considered essential and his team were clear about what they wanted.
A Pioneer Pro Audio system had been installed at The Jane back in 2014 and had left an indelible mark on The Herman Group. At the Strandhotel, the team needed a system that could deliver a chilled experience for guests at the beginning of their day, maintain a relaxed output on weeknights and then inject some energy for weekend DJ sets.
A flexible system was essential given the diverse music policy that ranges from jazz to rock, live funk and house. After making an assessment of the spaces, Erwin Nuyts of Belgian installer DiscoStore, concluded that Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series would be the right choice.
Working closely with Herman’s team, Nuyts recommended the use of XY-81 8-inch two-way loudspeakers, XY-115S 15-inch bass reflex subwoofers and XY215S dual 15-inch quasi-bandpass subwoofers to meet the requirements of the spaces. Nuyts explains the choice:
“The speakers are voiced flat for a natural sound, so they can accurately reproduce different genres of music. They are great at lower volume and give that warm sound we were looking for but despite
Australia - Harman Professional Solutions has announced it has realigned distribution of AMX, SVSI, and install ranges of AKG, BSS, Crown and JBL Professional in Australia with the appointment of MadisonAV, part of the Madison Technologies group.
Distribution in Australia for Harman’s retail, cinema, touring, performing arts, broadcast, and Martin lighting solutions remains unchanged.
MadisonAV will expand its portfolio to include the complete range of AMX video control solutions, and Harman Professional install and integration audio product suite. This will offer customers a single interface across Harman’s wide range of video controls and install audio solutions.
“We are excited to partner with MadisonAV and expand our distribution reach in Australia. This is aimed at enhancing access to Harman products and solutions across verticals, focusing on solutions-driven approach and elevating customer experience,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and GM, Harman Professional Solutions, APAC. “MadisonAV brings 28 years of experience serving the Australian market and we look forward to our collaboration with MadisonAV and are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge will help us deliver the latest and most relevant technology solutions to our customers.”
Harman Professional Solutions will be increasing its local presence in 2020. Consisting of seasoned industry professionals, the Australian Professional Solutions team will manage relationships with key systems integrators, consultants and end users, coordinating and combining the sign
UK - White Light has recently supplied the lighting on Teenage Dick, the critically-acclaimed production which is currently running at the Donmar Warehouse.
Making its UK debut, Teenage Dick is a darkly comic take on Richard III and is directed by the Donmar’s artistic director Michael Longhurst. Set in an American high school, it tells the story of Richard who, after years of torment due to his hemiplegia, plots the ultimate rise in power: become president of his senior class.
The show features a lighting design by Sinead McKenna, who comments: “My brief on Teenage Dick was to create the feeling of a bright and brash ‘high school movie’ meets dark European stark expressionism. It was actually a real joy to mash up these two styles and experiment with what could be achieved. The play is also set in a gym and Chloe Lamford’s set really makes you feel like you are walking into an actual school gymnasium. I wanted to make sure my lighting didn’t work against that but rather embraced it”.
To achieve this, McKenna wanted to use predominately LED washes and spot units to provide colour pop and sheen for the fun glossy high school vibe, which could then morph easily into a stark, cold brash white light. She explains: “Projected light was a major element of the design aesthetic, and I needed to be able to work with video designer Andrzej Goulding and match the quality of light being projected.
McKenna approached WL to supply her with the lighting fixtures she required. She explains: “We used Ayrton’s Ghibli LED