Australia - Striking a pose on the skyline of the city of Brisbane, the new Hotel X is located in the centre of the city’s Fortitude Valley, also known as the ‘Valley’.
The hotel’s custom façade lighting system has been created to reflect the Valley’s progressive and dynamic atmosphere.
To deliver this large-scale, high-profile façade lighting system, integrated solutions provider bluebottle was appointed to the project. Given its sheer size, LED fixtures were the only choice to fulfil the requirements, with Color Kinetics the chosen brand. The iColor Flex LMX gen2 RGB luminaires were used; mounted in a custom aluminium channel that forms part of the building façade.
To fulfil the control elements of the lighting scheme, bluebottle partnered with Pharos Architectural Controls. A Pharos VLC 500, directly controls the hotel’s façade fixtures creating a showpiece, celebrating notable events, calendar dates, and more.
Commenting on their collaboration with Pharos, Claire Enoka, technical sales from bluebottle said: “The Pharos VLC 500 Controller handles the pixel mapping of over 40,000 nodes. Used in conjunction with the bluebottle remote management portal, it has allowed for an intuitive, easy-to-use system with full visibility of status, shows and schedules for the facility manager.
“To date some of the more notable shows we’ve been able to achieve have celebrated Easter, The State of Origin Rugby and Brisbane’s successful 2032 Olympic bid.”
Tony Symms, regional manager from Pharos added: “The façade of B
Australia - The Melbourne Recital Hall on the corner of Southbank Boulevard, with its steel and glass lattice façade resembling a honeycomb, and playfully designed white frame defying rigid conventions, attracts much interest.
Inside, the multi-award-winning venue, the aesthetics are just as impressive, only now with a more serious bent. The walls of its shoe box shaped main theatre, for example, are covered with routed timber. The 3D textured panelling isn’t only stunning visually, as it also optimizes acoustics.
In 2021, the 12-year-old music venue’s lighting system was upgraded, when it had Showtools International install a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue and Maverick fixtures.
This move was the culmination of a quest by the Melbourne Recital Centre’s lighting team, led by head of operations Jasja van Andel, to find products that would enhance the facility’s lighting rig so they could create the big looks required for modern shows. After an extensive search for fixtures, and an onsite demonstration by Showtools International, they elected to have 12 Rogue R1 Beam fixtures and eight Maverick MK1 Hybrid units installed.
“First thing we noticed was the size and weight of the fixture, Harrison Cope, senior lighting technician at the Melbourne Recital Centre, said of the Rogue R1 Beam Wash. “The pan and tilt movement is super quick, and despite their small size, they are very punchy. The 3.7⁰ to 67.7⁰ zoom range gives them great versatility. We’ve used them as beam fixtures on a hip hop act, footlights for a dance per
USA - The DALI Alliance (DiiA), the global industry organisation for DALI lighting control, has announced the call for entries for the DALI Lighting Awards 2021.
With a closing date of 31 October 2021, the DALI Lighting Awards 2021 will ‘highlight and recognise the best use of DALI control applications and solutions in lighting projects across the world’.
The DALI Lighting Awards 2021 will accept entries for all projects linked with DALI technology in the following categories: Commercial/Professional, Entertainment & Architectural, Healthcare & Education, Industrial, Infrastructure, Outdoor/Smart City, Residential, and Retail & Hospitality.
“We were very pleased to see the breadth and depth of DALI projects that were submitted for last year’s DALI Lighting Awards, and this year we look forward to seeing further exciting examples of DALI in action,” said Paul Drosihn, DALI Alliance general manager.
There is no entry fee for the Awards, and entrants can nominate multiple projects on an individual basis or as part of a team. Entries can be submitted from any section of the supply chain (including lighting designers, electrical consultants, architects, installers and commissioning engineers among others).
The international judging panel includes lighting designers, editors from lighting trade magazines, and representatives from lighting organisations in the USA, Europe and China.
To submit a project, entrants are invited to complete an online entry form on the DALI Alliance website (test
Europe - DTS Lighting has announced a new exclusive partnership with German distributor BT.innotec for its entire product line.
BT.innotec was founded in 2021 by Michael Timmer and Raphael Berndzen, who both have worked in the event industry for years, while developing a high level of know-how in sales of professional event technology. Product manager Malte Kaß also joined the BT.innotec team in August.
Founders Timmer and Berndzen say they’re happy to tie the partnership with DTS, as “it has grown over the years and has become one of the industry leaders in professional lighting design, and their portfolio includes both, high-quality lights for the event sector and sophisticated lighting solutions for architectural projects.”
DTS was founded in 1980 in Misano Adriatico, Italy and produces entertainment and architainment professional lighting equipment. While all of DTS’s production process happens in Italy, the company counts distributors in over 80 countries across the globe and is planning on expanding even more in the years to come.
Carmen Savarese, international sales manager at DTS Lighting says she has worked closely with the members of BT.Innotec in their former companies. “I am sure that their professionalism and vision are incredibly similar to ours, which is what our company mostly looks for, when evaluating new distributors. I expect a long-term and successful partnership,” he says.
Emilio Cornelli, European Area Sales Manager at DTS adds, “We’re very happy that BT.innotec chose DTS for its high-quality fixt
Serbia - On its website, Kaleidoskop Kulture describes its mission as one of promoting “a unique image of diversity”. A look at this ambitious project’s itinerary is enough to convince anyone that this is no idle claim. Just about every form of human creativity is displayed, studied, and discussed at the event, which began on 2 September in the city centre of Novi Sad on the banks of the Danube.
The creative scope of this ambitious cultural project was on full display at its opening ceremony, which was attended by an impressive assemblage of dignitaries, including Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister Maja Gojković. Adding to the celebratory atmosphere of the occasion was a vibrant Nemanja Pavelić lighting design anchored by over 40 Chauvet Professional Maverick fixtures supplied by Chameleon Rental.
Chameleon Rental’s Dragan Rajčin, production manager for the opening ceremony, credits the Maverick units with setting an immersive visual tone at the event for those in attendance, as well as viewers watching televised reports. “We created very nice ambient colours with the Mavericks, both on the stage and the wall,” he said. “This resulted in attractive visuals without distracting from the performers or presenters on stage.”
A total of 38 Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures were used throughout the opening ceremony site. The Chameleon Rental team positioned some of these units across the deck of the main stage, using them to accentuate the richly coloured scenic backdrop that was painted on its walls. Other units were flown on truss structures on
USA - For years, fans flocked to the University of Tampa’s Bob Martinez Athletics Centre to witness excellence on the court. But no matter how many national titles Spartans supporters and athletes enjoyed - including three NCAA Division II women’s volleyball crowns (2006, 2014, and ‘18) - there was no getting around at least one major disappointment on perennial display at the Bob Martinez Athletics Centre: A failing sound system.
That is why, when the University of Tampa undertook renovations of the 36-year-old, 3,400-seat arena that the Spartans’ men’s and women’s basketball teams also call home, it opted for a complete overhaul of its audio capabilities.
And when Regional AV integration firm AvTek introduced Spartans athletic department members to Danley Sound Labs components, the University of Tampa had finally found a sound to match the quality of what was happening on the court.
“Over the years, we’ve had a few sound systems in the Martinez Gym, and they’ve all been terrible,” said Scott Gossen, senior project manager for the University of Tampa. “Announcements were boomy and indecipherable. You couldn’t understand anything that was being said.”
Looking for something to crown the renovation, which featured new bleachers, new floor, new exterior entrances, and new lighting, AvTek, located in Clearwater, Fla., designed and installed a Danley Sound Labs reinforcement system. The system included Danley SH69 loudspeakers, a Danley BC412 subwoofer, and Danley DNA-series amplifiers.
AvTek engineer Geoff Alvarez
Spain - Lynx has launched the XT series of amplifiers, ‘offering high voltage output for high headroom sound, with 64 bit double-precision 96kHz DSP processing, and an advanced power management to squeeze the last watts out of your speakers’.
It also offers similar power per channel in any impedance, exceptional power sharing in asymetrical loads and a powerful and fast response cooling system, says Lynx.
The XT series has digital control with an extra-large IPS display and touch screen panel user interface, making it easier and faster to use.
The DSP management user functionalities include input routing matrix analogue, input EQ section with eight filters and 20 memories, input EQ user section, system preset selection, a snapshot library management with up to 20 pre-sets and master control groups.
The XT series has two Ethernet ports for daisy chain connection and access to the OCS software, designed to monitor the amplifiers in real time.
Europe - The debate over what LED system produces the best white is a difficult one to resolve. Is crisp brightness and power most important? Or the ability to create a variety of shades and deeper colours? In the end, it all depends on your needs.
Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the 9 September Elation Coffee Break will scrutinize the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, versatile LED moving heads with RGBMA colour mixing systems that can mix any shade of white a designer desires, or just as easily mix deep saturates or soft-field pastels.
The Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile’s carefully tuned RGBMA LEDs and high CRI (92) ensure accurate color mixing and color rendering while delivering a powerful white output of over 10,000 lumens. Shades can be fine-tuned to match the environment in a variety of ways - virtual colour wheel, virtual color temperature, magenta/green adjustment or CMY emulation. Complete FX packages, including dual gobo wheels, make them ideal high-performance luminaires for use on any stage or studio.
The Elation Coffee Break on the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile luminaires will air live on Thursday, 9 September at 11:00 a.m. CEST at facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live. No registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series.
USA - Main Light has appointed Mike Gaynor to serve as the operations manager for Main Light West, now open in Las Vegas. Gaynor is overseeing operations at the new facility. He brings a depth of experience in the industry having worked at 4Wall Entertainment in logistics and as the assistant operations manager. Prior to working at 4Wall, he was the operations manager at Christie Lites in Las Vegas.
“I am really excited to be part of getting things up and running for Main Light in Las Vegas,” Gaynor comments. “I look forward to helping Main Light West grow from the ground up and I appreciate the opportunity to have a leadership role right from the beginning.”
“We want to continue the legacy of what we built on the East Coast in our new Las Vegas operation,” states Randy Mullican, general manager of Main Light, LLC. “With that said, we feel that Mike is a great addition to the Main Light team, and we welcome him.”
USA - Stuffed animals aren’t something usually associated with a band like hardcore metal giants Killswitch Engage. Still, the fluffy playthings helped create a sense of intimacy this summer when the Grammy-nominated quintet recorded a video of their latest album Atonement.
The band, which normally plays at jam-packed venues, was performing at an empty 2,200-capacity venue, The Palladium in Worcester, MA, for the video. To encourage them to look out into the “audience” despite the vacant hall, their long-time lighting designer, Cody James hid stuffed unicorns in the seats.
That worked for the band. As for the fans watching the video, James fostered a powerful, you-are-there feeling by unleashing a torrent of genuine concert looks with help from a beefy collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by JDI Productions.
“After some long conversations, my PM Josh Mihlek and I decided we wanted the band’s fans to get an experience as close as possible to a true to live show,” said James. “With that thought in mind, I went ‘full Killswitch’ with our looks. We just went for it as hard as we could with help from our light crew Paul Maloof and Peter Therrien to bring an exact live show experience to people’s screens.”
James pre-programmed the show and stored it in cue stacks and scene windows, but ran it in a busking style. “I like having to trigger everything myself,” he said. “I think it’s from all the years of running par cans.”
The show took place in two locations within the Palladium. The first
UK - The winners of the 2021 PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced last night at PLASA Show as it made its return to Olympia London. The Awards, run association with LSi Magazine, are respected industry-wide for celebrating pioneering technology, through new materials or methods that increase safety, efficiency or performance.
Twenty-nine products were entered this year, with six awards being presented in addition to two special commendations. This year’s judging team comprised of nine independent technical specialists from a wide array of backgrounds. Their comments, along with the winning products, are listed below:
The judges said “this is not just another battery uplighter, but a well-engineered and thought-out lighting system augmented with a wide set of accessories.” They felt it would allow designers a greater degree of creativity in lighting applications.
Chauvet Professional: Maverick Silens 2
The engineering within this near-silent moving light impressed the broad nature of the judging panel. They simply said this product is the sound designer’s favourite light!
Copper Candle: Bonestream, Copper Stream and Cue29
The judges have chosen to award a suite of products from this boundary-pushing software developer. They felt the group of products shared the same innovative approach to merging gaming technologies into a framework engineered for the live events industry. The judges believe these products are at the forefront of the move towards virtual production in even
World - Ayrton is a new sponsor for Women in Lighting, the international support and networking project for women in both architectural and entertainment lighting. Ayrton’s primary aim is to raise awareness of, and expand, this global network across the entertainment lighting industry.
Launched in 2019 on International Women’s Day by Light Collective, Women in Lighting (WIL) is a digital forum where women can inspire, support and encourage the next generation of female lighting designers. It provides a platform on which women designers can share their passions and achievements and celebrate their work. Its worldwide programme of events and activities is augmented by a series of online interviews where women share their career paths and goals with other members. (https://womeninlighting.com/site/your-interviews)
In two short years the project has grown rapidly and is now represented in over 70 countries by its network of ‘ambassadors’, women who act as a point of contact for those seeking to discover more about WIL, join the supportive community and benefit from the many online activities which are tailored to the different needs within each country.
Until now WIL has focused largely on women working in architectural lighting, but the new collaboration with Ayrton brings a new engagement with the entertainment lighting industry, and an opportunity to raise awareness and expand the network into a different market.
“Our intention is to build bridges between different lightin
UK - The team behind ‘A Light Walk’, which will take place from 20-24 September, has announced details of the fundraising mission and the ways in which everyone can get involved.
A Light Walk will see Chauvet’s Sam Bowden and ALPD Lumière working group chair Charlotte Burton walk from The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon to the National Theatre on London’s South Bank, a total distance of 162km (101 miles) which will be completed in just five days. Members of the ALPD’s executive committee and other members of the Lumière Scheme working group will be joining the walk for individual days or remotely.
Departing from The Royal Shakespeare Company on day one, the walkers will complete a distance of 38.35km. Day two starts at Bloxham and ends 30.33km further at Bicester. With day three, the walkers will pace the 37.26km to Great Missenden and on days four and five, the distances are considerably shorter, with 28.80km on day four taking participants to Ruislip and finally towards the South Bank of the Thames a mere 27.85km on, where the full 162km / 101-mile walk ends.
The money is being raised to support two causes: the ALPD’s Lumière Scheme in 2022, and the industry charity Backup.
Charlotte Burton explains: “We are taking on this almighty test of endurance because we believe that the work achieved through the Lumière Scheme and by Backup is vital and worth the sore feet.”
The funding will assist the evolution of the Lumière scheme which, for the past five years, has seen continued success. The scheme cre
UK - With the new month-long South Facing Festival, music has returned to the Crystal Palace Bowl, scene of legendary rock shows in the 1970s. The site’s revival has been led by The Crystal Palace Trust after securing substantial funding.
The stage this time may have been built on a floating pontoon - in front of the original stage - and the venue capped at 5,000, but in the hands of festival director Marcus Weedon, and with the equally experienced Loudsound providing site and production logistics, the event was in safe hands.
Capital Sound extended this duty of care by deploying Martin Audio’s MLA technology, which ensured that sound would be contained within the bowl, avoiding any bleed to the nearby residential area.
Over the month, acts as diverse as The Streets, Supergrass, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dizzee Rascal and English National Opera graced the stage, as Capital project manager, David Preston and his team, set about overcoming the challenge of installing and optimising the PA.
“It is hoped that this will become a regular fixture on the festival landscape, which is why we chose MLA, for the close control we could achieve on this site,” remarked Preston, whose team worked alongside production manager, Julia Bruns.
But installation was far from straightforward. With the height of the top of the bowl only two metres below the trim height they were able to achieve, Capital needed to fly the array almost flat in order to ensure sufficient coverage at the back. “This meant striking a fine balance between achieving even coverage
USA - The church building of Christ King Parish in the western Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa has been through over half a century of construction, reconstruction, renovation and updates. But the one that likely may have made the most difference was the recent replacement of its old sound system with a new L-Acoustics A10i array and Syva loudspeaker enclosures installed over the summer by the local office of Clearwing Systems Integration.
The building, which opened in January of 1957, was designed to seat 1,200 parishioners. However, like many older Catholic house of worship designs, the preponderance of marble, glass and hardwood made for a highly reflective sonic environment that was highly challenging for music, and especially for speech. As is often the case in these types of spaces, speech is sourced at the altar in the front while music emanates from the rear choir and organ loft, so addressing Christ King Parish’s needs would have to come from both directions.
Using L-Acoustics Soundvision design software, Clearwing Systems Integration created a solution that featured a single central array comprising a five A10i - four Focus enclosures over one Wide - flown at the front of the room, and a pair of Syva and Syva Low speakers mounted on either side of the doors to the building’s narthex underneath the loft at the room’s rear.
Four compact 5XT coaxial speakers are mounted two per side under the acoustically shadowed left and right transept areas, while four portable X12 monitor wedges enable the musicians upstairs to clearly hear themselves
Light Night Leeds - Digital lightning bolts and a light sculpture of a giant endangered marine mammal are among the spectacles set to light up Leeds as part of the city's annual Light Night festival. The two-day event starting on 14 October will see some of the city's well-known buildings and landmarks lit up with light projections - and this year's theme is nature and climate change.
More than 40 installations and artworks will be on show including a large-scale replica of the Earth by artist Luke Jerram and an illumination of lightning bolts on the front of Leeds Civic Hall by artist Seb Lee-Delisle, the city council said.
Last year a considerably slimmed-down festival saw lasers mounted on seven city centre buildings because of coronavirus and social distancing rules. Organisers say this year's event "will mark a return to a more familiar format" but the programme has been adjusted to allow for additional safety measures as it expects to attract thousands of visitors.
Carbon Footprint - Scientists at the University of Manchester have produced a ‘roadmap’ to help the music industry reduce its carbon emissions to stop climate change. The roadmap for live music was based on tour data supplied by the band Massive Attack. Since 2019, scientists at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research have been poring over every detail of Massive Attack's last tour. They then used lessons learned to create a roadmap for the whole industry.
Their recommendations for "super low carbon practices" deal with how musicians, promoters, tour m
UK - Backup recognises the need to positively communicate with colleagues and to be aware of how they might be feeling and to ensure that they are not suffering alone, so this year’s PLASA Show sees the charity launching a free Mental Health First Aider course sponsored by Unusual Rigging in memory of Alan Jacobi who was a long-serving and valued Backup Trustee.
“Alan was always concerned about the welfare of his colleagues, and it is wonderful that Unusual Rigging has sponsored this course in his memory,” says Backup chair, John Simpson. “We are not good at asking for help or asking others if they need help. We want to change that.”
In general, the role of a mental health first aider is to be a point of contact for anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. This interaction can range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the person to get appropriate help.
“Backup’s remit is to support the welfare of our technical community and is here to help if colleagues are in a dark place whether because of mental health issues, hardship, injury or illness,” John continues. “One of Backup’s missions is to ensure that there will always be one trained mental health first aider crew member for every 20 crew, no matter what the event is or the size of the whole crew. We trust that venues, promoters and production companies will engage with this is and it becomes part of crew contracts.”
Backup is partnering with fellow industry charity, Music Support which, as an MHFA England Instructor M
UK - The Lighting Programme, an opportunity for graduate lighting designers and technicians, has announced the participants of its 2021/22 edition.
The programme is run by SLX, a lighting and production company based in Bristol. It aims to foster young, upcoming talent within the industry - especially important in the post-Covid era, where many are struggling to recruit.
This year, five students were selected instead of the initial offer of four places, due to the exceptionally high standard of applications.
The five students all graduate next year, and will gain experience working a number of jobs at venues around the UK, the first of which is a fit-up inside the London Palladium. They will also be introduced by SLX to key industry figures at events such as PLASA/ABTT London, as well as having access to equipment for use on their course projects.
The five students selected this year are Alexander Hannah - Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Jessica Brigham - Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Oliver McNally - The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Guy Knox-Holmes - Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Ciaran Lillis - Guildford School of Acting.
SLX CEO Alastair Currie commented: “The Lighting Programme is an excellent initiative for us to engage with students from a diverse range of backgrounds and colleges. I am delighted that we are in a position to offer this support to aspiring young people as they start their journey in our wonderful and creative industry. I very much look forward to meeting the students over the coming mont
UK - DiGiCo’s theatre extension software for its Quantum and SD ranges of consoles has made it a popular choice of theatre sound designers in the West End and on Broadway. Now, DiGiCo has released the ‘T’ software for the SD12, introducing this console that has found great favour in the live music market to the auditoriums of theatres around the globe.
Featuring ‘powerful, refined hardware and Stealth Digital Processing’, the SD12T's functionality and work surface are instantly reconfigured to provide the specialist theatre programming tools that deliver the versatility needed for theatre sound design, rehearsal and show operation.
The new SD12T has 96 inputs as standard, 48 busses and a 12 x 8 matrix and features a flexible, expandable I/O structure that includes dual DMI card slots making it perfect for expandability with industry formats such as Analogue expansion, Dante and Waves SoundGrid.
The SD12’s extensive local I/O section offers eight mic line inputs, eight line outs, eight mono AES/EBU, dual MADI in/out and optional Optocore for expanded Rack connectivity.
"Our T consoles are incredibly popular because they address so many of the specifics of theatre productions," says DiGiCo brand ambassador, Dan Page. "In recent months, our theatre customers, particularly those working on regional tours, have been asking for another compact, cost-effective desk. The SD12 is extremely popular in other market sectors and fits the bill for them in terms of size. Adding the theatre specific software tools now gives the SD12 the same feat
UK - Yamaha and Nexo are showing their latest professional audio products at the PLASA Show this week.
Stand E13 sees Yamaha and Nexo exhibiting together, where Yamaha’s latest Rivage PM5 and PM3 digital mixing systems will be making their trade show debuts. Building on the success of the industry-leading, large-format Rivage PM10 and PM7 systems, PM5 and PM3 bring all the benefits of the Rivage ecosystem within reach of a much wider range of venues, productions and rental companies.
Also on the stand will be Yamaha’s D series Active PA products and the STAGEPAS 1K high quality, all-in-one portable PA.
As well as the Yamaha UK sales team being present on the stand, PLASA Show visitors will be able to have realtime face time video consultations with the company’s live and installed sound application specialists.
Nexo is launching a new range of products at the show, with a press briefing scheduled for today. The company is also be showing a selection of its current loudspeaker products for both live and installed applications.
“It has been a long time since we have been able to meet existing and prospective new customers at a trade show and we are looking forward to that all-important face-to-face communication again,” says Alex Warren, Yamaha UK sales & marketing manager for pro audio, commercial audio and installation.
“As the industry moves forward, it is very encouraging to see how Yamaha is being trusted to be at the heart of so many projects and productions.”
UK - With maximum flexibility in mind, KLANG has created the KLANG:konductor, billed as its most powerful and versatile immersive in-ear mixing processor to date, delivering ‘connectivity that is ready for today and tomorrow’.
“After joining forces with DiGiCo in 2018 and the release of the workflow integration for its consoles, more and more monitor engineers have implemented a KLANG immersive IEM processor into their workflows,” says KLANG’s co-founder Dr. Pascal Dietrich. “At first, only the most critical channels for the main artists were sent through the processor, but the wish for more input channels, and thus new creative and organisational possibilities, grew further.”
Designed with monitor engineers and fixed installations in mind, KLANG:konductor satisfies that demand with a high-end mixing system that can deliver 16 immersive mixes and process 128 input signals at up to 96kHz, with an astonishing processing latency of less than 0.25ms.
“Our combined R&D teams were able to squeeze in twice as much processing power in a single 3RU device as found in any of our previous processors by using the latest, super-fast FPGA cores,” CTO Benedikt Krechel explains. “Many of our customers value the I/O flexibility that our first KLANG:fabrik offers, but we know they need to quickly adapt to different I/O situations when touring through different countries. KLANG:konductor considerably extends this flexibility and lets the user choose I/O on the fly.”
KLANG:konductor offers three DMI slots on its rear to provide unrivalle
UK - The ALPD exhibiting at this year’s PLASA Show with its new name and identity. The ALPD is located in the ABTT Show Hub on stand ABTT17.
The stand is hosted by ALPD team representatives all on hand to talk to current members and those wishing to join.
ALPD Members can also make use of the Aaptle Lounge, also located in the ABTT Hub. Aaptle was formed over lockdown and brings together many of the different associations and groups, including the ALPD, that work in our industry. The lounge, kindly offered by ABTT, has been created as a hub for people to gather and meet. It’s the perfect place to talk about the deeper issues that are on your mind and the subjects close to your heart, and if there are any areas you feel deserve a greater focus from the ALPD, let us know.
Japan - The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics opening and closing ceremonies almost certainly represented the largest deployment of Optocore audio network devices ever seen.
This was according to Norwest head of special projects, Andrew Marsh, whose company has a long pedigree of fashioning vast digital broadcast networks for spectacular Games Opening and Closing ceremonies, built around Optocore devices.
To give an idea of scale, he says, “The system we provided for our client, Hibino Corporation, comprised just under 1000 audio signals transported on each main and backup network.”
As usual, Norwest duplicated the 21-node system to provide full redundancy. “And we used every one of them,” said Marsh, “along with our usual set of HP switches in RSTP, using our spare pairs of fibre.” These switches controlled the entire audio system at multiple field locations and control rooms. The network design was a collaboration between Marsh himself and John Watterson, Norwest’s senior system engineer at the head of a combined team effort.
Norwest, who already hold a large inventory of Optocore devices, expanded further for this event, to include a number of M12-BNC devices among the 50 Optocore interfaces deployed. “These act as the primary MADI devices where signals are routed on and off the network which interlink us with replay devices or other suppliers,” he said. “With the addition of some custom firmware and macros, we were able to switch between main and backup devices seamlessly.”
They also purchased additional X6R-TP-and X
UK - After two years PLASA Show has finally returned to Olympia London for three days of long awaited networking, learning and discovery. The show floor is filling up with eager visitors and the seminar and training programme is in full swing.
Always an unmissable feature is Robe’s stand (E19) which runs regular presentations of their latest lighting fixtures. This year’s design is entitled The Show Goes On, a nod to the live sector’s challenges throughout COVID. The focus will be on Robe’s TE – Transferable Engine technology. Plus, visitors can look forward to seeing the recently launched T2 along with a preview of the not-yet-released T11. Also in action is the Forte, Robe’s highest powered LED moving light.
The show floor is brimming with new products, many have been awaiting release or were developed throughout the pandemic. On the audio front these include Sennheiser’s Evolution Wireless Digital and Allen & Heath’s new addition to the dLive range – the CTi1500 which visitors can see on Audio-Technica’s stand. There will also be exciting products from L-Acoustics, EM Acoustics, Nexo and many more.
Lighting professionals can look forward to seeing Avolites’ new Diamond 9 console and three debut releases from Astera – the PixelBrick, AX2 PixelBar and the AX9 PowerPAR. Plus Artistic Licence are launching the candlePower octo at the show which can be seen alongside the new Commissioner multi and sunDial quad which won Gold at the 2019 PLASA Innovation Awards.
Visitors are invited to the d&b Soundscape T