UK - Tour manager and The Back Lounge founder Suzi Green has commissioned a series of resilience workshops for the live music industry as the touring sector begins its transition back into the demands of event production.
The three free sessions will cover: Mindfulness for Touring with Craig Ali (Monday 21 June 6pm), Healthy Boundaries with Laura Ferguson (Wednesday 14July), and Sleep & Jet Lag with Matt Kansy (Wednesday 4 August).
The workshops will explore a range of topics from coping strategies for dealing with 'heated' moments in high pressure situations, how to naturally wind down at the end of an intense day, rate negotiation, managing workload and effective communication, maximising the quality of your sleep and techniques to combat jet lag and shift work.
The workshops were made possible through the Culture Recovery Fund and, although open to anyone in the music industry, will benefit the freelance touring community by equipping them with fundamental tools in resilience before returning to tough scheduling.
Brought to the community by The Back Lounge, an online support group for out of work touring professionals which Green created during the height of the pandemic, the wider live music industry is now invited to sign up to the workshops.
A seasoned tour manager herself, whose clients include Placebo, PJ Harvey, Katie Melua and Wolf Alice, Green is passionate about wellbeing on and off the road. Having experienced her own debilitating episode of burnout, she left touring for 10 years. “I thought my touring days were ove
Italy - The Vittoriano was built at the turn of the 20th Century to honour Italy's first king, Vittorio Emanuele II, and has since become a must-see for anyone visiting the Eternal City. Prior to the pandemic, Galleria Sacconi (which is located inside the Vittoriano) was chosen to host a temporary exhibition - named Lessico Italiano - composed by 19 different installations designed to celebrate Italian values.
Once the planning was complete, the exhibition’s creator and producer, Palzom Films, contacted Italian audio specialist, AudioFactory, to assist integrator AMP di Fabrizio Dovidio with the installation of a sound system that could live up to the expectations of such an important exhibition.
“The head of audio of Palzom Films, Alessandro Di Maio asked us an audio sound system with three main characteristics,” explained Oreste Parmentola, AudioFactory’s CEO. “It needed to be visually discreet, have high sound quality, and have the capability to be remote controlled. We were encouraged to design a state-of-the-art system using our own products. To do this, we chose to use our DESIGN product line, which has been conceived with this kind of venue and audio requirement in mind.”
As well as the quality of AudioFactory’s own speakers, Parmentola cited power amplifiers with built-in DSP as being key to answering the Vittoriano’s brief.
“Furthermore, using Dante audio streaming flux through the network was a substantial improvement in terms of reduce complexity of wiring and increase audio quality and reliability,” he said.<
USA - Specialist solutions supplier, Creative Technology Group, has increasingly turned to Elation Professional’s KL Panel LED soft light for use in their US-based LED studios and has added a number of the full-colour-spectrum fixtures to their rental inventory.
In the United States, Creative Technology (CT) operates virtual event LED studios in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. Each is equipped with xR and camera tracking technology that works with powerful graphics engines to create dynamic scenes that put a presenter or product virtually into any environment. The results are truly spectacular. In late spring of 2020, Creative Technology contacted Elation about a high-quality LED soft light for the studios and eventually purchased 75 of the units with snap grids and snap bags.
CT has used the KL Panels on many of their studio projects, including in their Las Vegas and Los Angeles locations. In their newest virtual event studio in Las Vegas, KL Panels and other lighting work with a large curved LED wall, LED floor and LED ceiling to create an ideal virtual event suite for television, film, corporate and automotive work.
“A lot of what we’re hanging these days tends to be a KL Panel and that is because of its flexibility,” stated CT’s vice president of digital production, Reed Erickson. As lead on CT’s studio systems, he has been hands on with the KL Panels since their acquisition. “The fact that the fixtures are smaller and lighter [than comparable units] gives us a lot more flexibility to put them where we ne
Spain - Amate Audio has expressed overall positive conclusions about exhibiting at ISE Live in Barcelona in a statement today.
Selected to exhibit in the Catalan Innovation Zone in the Fira Barcelona Gran Via, as the region’s premier pro-audio loudspeaker manufacturer, in association with ACCIÓ, the Government of Catalunya’s agency promoting Business Competitiveness, the Terrassa, Barcelona based company was one of just three major PA loudspeaker manufacturers exhibiting live at the show.
Vice president and chief technical officer Joan Amate reflected that the local focus of the event was, of itself, of value: “Although large-scale PA manufacturers were under represented, there were a significant number of visitors from the sector among attendees. We had valuable conversations and exchanges with people; some of whom we had not met before and others we had not seen for some time.
“Although there is no reasonable comparison with the usual scale of ISE, as a local regional event, there was the sense that there was opportunity for contacts and conversations that might otherwise get drowned out in a full-on international show. And with the more relaxed demand on our time, we also had some good networking interactions with other exhibitors.”
For Amate Audio the event also had longer term value going forward for ISE in the Fira Barcelona: “It was commendable of ISE to stage whatever event prevailing circumstances allowed on its inaugural year in Barcelona. It was proof of concept that, even given a residual level of risk, it will be po
USA - As a rule, Jimmy Davidson favours intense looks in his lighting designs. But sometimes rules are not made to be broken; they’re made to be doubled down on. Such was this case this Memorial Day Weekend, when the Texas designer lit a three-show concert series by chart-topping country artist Cody Johnson.
Employing a torrent of intense colour washes (mainly in red and blue) accented by sharp beams of white light and blinding blasts, he set a frenetic pace for his client’s 21-song set without repeating the same look twice. Helping him serve up this visual eruption was a beefy Texas Stage supplied rig that featured a collection of 54 Chauvet Professional Rogue, STRIKE, Ovation, and COLORdash fixtures.
“I absolutely wanted to put something extra in this show,” said Davidson. “It was nice to have a little time off to be at home during the pandemic, but now it was time to bring back shows and happiness. I wanted to celebrate this with the fans.
“There were a lot of fun moments in this show,” he continued. “My personal favourite was at the start of the song Long Haired Country Boy when I used an all-white palette with a random strobe look over the crowd. Then I had all of my eight STRIKE 4 fixtures highlight the hits.”
Davidson used multiple hang positions and accessed different fixture groups throughout the 100-miunte plus concert to keep looks fresh and interesting. He relied on 12 COLORdash Batten Quad 12 units to provide a constant flow of background colors. Anchoring his rig were 12 Rogue R2 Wash, eight Rogue R2 Wash
Luxembourg - In 2016, Luxembourg City’s Philharmonie Luxembourg became the first European classical concert venue to permanently install a Yamaha Rivage PM10 digital mixing system. It proved such a success that it has now added a Rivage PM7.
With raked stalls and four seating ‘towers’ on each side, the 1328-capacity Grand Auditorium at Philharmonie Luxembourg combines the acoustics of classic shoe-box concert halls with the atmosphere of a Shakespearean theatre. The smaller Salle de Musique de Chambre features curved walls and can host audiences of 313 people, while the venue’s four foyers can also be used for performances.
The venue has featured Yamaha digital mixing systems since it opened in 2005; initially a PM5D and M7CL-32, then a CL5 and the Rivage PM10.
“The audio quality of the Rivage PM10 system is excellent. We have been working with it since the first firmware version and the performance has improved with each update. Even complex setups are now easy to create,” says Thomas Leisen, a freelance mixing engineer who regularly works with the in house Philharmonie Luxembourg team.
“The ability to separate the individual bays and thus work with two operators at the console is a good feature and, with the offline editor, new operators can get a good overview of the system's functions and easily prepare setups. The system fully met my expectations and is a pleasure to work with. It’s also been well accepted by guest engineers, who quickly find their way around it.”
“The system is very popular with the guest engin
UK - The National Theatre, London, has recently invested in a Kinesys load measuring system to help monitor their loads more carefully and add an additional level of safety.
Since its opening in 1963, the National Theatre has produced well over 800 plays, staging a broad range of productions in London as well as touring extensively across the UK and internationally. Their wide-spread nationwide learning and participation programme supports creative education for young people through performance and writing programmes. In addition, their programme of talks, events and workshops opens up theatre to people of all ages.
Mike Rungen, the National Theatre’s stage resources manager commented; “After looking at a number of systems, we decided the Kinesys LibraCELL was the product for us. Having had experience of working with Kinesys products on a variety of projects previously, I was confident in its reliability and functionality. We have ongoing monitoring requirements over extended periods, and have found that the use of a wired system eliminated the need for battery replacement. We also liked the zero loss of rigging headroom thanks to the shackle construction and the ability to transmit the monitoring data over a Wi-Fi network to allow remote access within each space.”
The National Theatre purchased their Kinesys system from entertainment technology supplier, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET). In addition to the LibraCELL system, AC-ET also supplied a Kinesys DigiHoist Controller and bespoke cabling from Tourflex Cabling to compete the syst
France - The ID84 is Nexo’s first column speaker design, introducing the company’s trademark characteristics of size-to-power ratio, variable directivities and flexible scalable configurations to a loudspeaker category that is relevant for a wide variety of applications.
The ID84 is a performance loudspeaker with peak SPL output of 135dB, and a frequency response of 90Hz-20kHz.
This slender metre-high package is presented with two companion products, a low-frequency extension module (ID84L) and a partner subbass (IDS312), which can easily be configured to provide an innovative scalable solution for acoustically challenging architectures. Potential markets include all kinds of public spaces, particularly transport hubs, houses of worship, theatres and sports venues, says Nexo.
Weighing just 15kg (33 lbs), the ID84 measures 990mm x 150mm x 215mm (39.0” x 5.9” x 8.5”). For the first time, Nexo engineers have crafted a rigid lightweight enclosure out of aluminium, with a steel spine to host the rigging system and facilitate the hanging of multiple cabinets. Magnelis side covers and front grille complete the contemporary aesthetic, which is available as standard in black or white, with custom RAL colour options to match any installation environment.
In the two-way passive box are eight of Nexo’s powerful 4” long-excursion Neodymium LF drivers, and eight 1” HF drivers in a unique arrangement which maximises the efficiency of these units.
Joseph Carcopino, Nexo’s director of R&D, explains that this patent-pending arran
USA - Christie has announced the launch of the Christie FHD554-X 55-inch LCD display. Part of the Ultra Series, a line of performance-driven LCD displays for tiled video walls, it is designed for a range of spaces including military and government control rooms, security and surveillance centres, briefing centres and critical viewing environments such as oil and gas exploration.
With a combined 3.5mm bezel width for near-seamless viewing, and an ultra-thin profile, the FHD554-X keeps the focus on the content. A high-performance electronic features set that includes high-bandwidth, HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI 2.0 and Display Port 1.2 inputs supports streaming of 4K content and 4K UHD signals at 60Hz to deliver content to video walls with less flicker, and subsequently reduced eyestrain in critical viewing environments, says Christie.
“For users looking for a commercial-grade display that offers value and performance, Ultra Series FHD554-X fits the bill,” says John Dixon, senior product manager, Christie. “Each panel is factory calibrated and matched to ensure image uniformity across video walls, and is backed by Christie’s trusted warranty, service and support.”
UK - disguise has unveiled its new rx II hardware release. The new rendering node unlocks 40% more graphics processing power than its rx predecessor to reliably render larger and higher quality scenes in real-time engines such as Unreal Engine, on any display canvas and across any industry application.
When working on any type of creative project, whether it be fixed installations, virtual production, broadcast or even live shows, the disguise workflow enables users to update their content in real-time, delivering astonishingly detailed scenes on the fly whilst also saving time and money on post-production.
Although GPUs are getting dramatically more powerful, the processing power needed to drive the most detailed images means it can still be a struggle to keep frame rates high. The new rx II enhances disguise’s existing cluster rendering solution, which has been engineered to split the processing power of highly detailed or large-scale real-time scenes across multiple rx render nodes.
By splitting up content processing power, each individual machine is only given what its GPU can control. Each render node operates as part of a bigger cluster, allowing for a unified image that is, in reality, the product of multiple machines. The rx II is disguise’s new and improved dedicated rendering node, enabling users to demand far higher quality from their content than previously possible.
The rx II also makes integration more easily achievable - working with leading render engines and key hardware like LED panels and camera tracking systems without
UK - amBX, has announced the details of the latest updates to its smart lighting control platform, SmartCore.
Users will now be able to add Smart Emergency Lighting Control to their SmartCore platform. The new amBX Emergency Lighting Monitoring Dashboard will allow users to input and manage test results, check scheduled fixture tests and record and monitor ongoing actions needed to achieve compliance. Results can be exported to provide a hard-copy records. This will aid with supporting regulatory compliance while simultaneously making the audit process easier.
The update has also introduced a number of new protocol support options to SmartCore, including publishing data to MQTT topics for IoT applications to access. This allows for connectivity to the cloud and provides lightweight, efficient and reliable data management.
Introducing the new features, David Eves from amBX said: “At amBX, we are very proud of what we have achieved with SmartCore, and we are always looking for innovative ways to offer even more from the platform.
“SmartCore is ever-evolving, and it is ready to meet the demands of the future, which is why we are excited to launch these new features to bolster the already impressive software. We see ourselves as an enabling technology; we work with our clients to solve their smart-tech challenges and strive towards a fully connected, digitised future.”
Poland - Harman Professional Solutions recently collaborated with Stage Source and ATM System to deliver a dynamic lighting design for Polish reality television series The Voice of Poland with new Martin MAC Aura PXL fixtures.
Part of the internationally syndicated television franchise The Voice, The Voice of Poland is a televised reality competition that gives singers the opportunity to showcase their vocal talents in front of celebrity judges and coaches on live television. First aired in 2011, the series recently filmed its eleventh season, which was hosted by actor Maciej Musiał and filmed in Warsaw.
In order to ensure premium production quality for the nationally televised series, the show’s producers hired ATM System to supply a lighting design that would deliver dynamic lighting both on stage and on camera. ATM System collaborated with distributor Stage Source to provide a solution highlighted by the global television premiere of Martin MAC Aura PXL multi-source wash fixtures.
“We previously utilised Martin VC Dot fixtures for The Voice Of Poland, and that instantly created more demand from the producers for Martin fixtures with eye-candy Aura effects,” says Radosław Zacheja, CEO of StageSource. “We implemented the MAC Aura PXL fixtures because not only do they have powerful beams and washes that look beautiful on camera, these new fixtures are also great for pixel mapping and effects. The kinds of effects you can achieve with them are really interesting and look different from other wash luminaires. Thi
UK - AAPTLE (The Alliance of Associations and Professionals in Theatre & Live Events), Wellbeing Group has launched a follow up evaluation study on the mental health and wellbeing of backstage professionals across all entertainment sectors.
This follows a similar survey in 2019 - funded and conducted by the ABTT, ALD, ASD, PSA and PLASA - which gave a valuable insight into the wellbeing of industry professionals and can be downloaded here.
Now, following the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic on all live entertainment activity, AAPTLE is seeking to expand the data to better understand the impact of the pandemic on the wellbeing of the backstage workforce.
Mig Burgess, in her role as ABTT Trustee and chair of the AAPTLE Wellbeing Working Group and who initiated the previous study with her artwork Blackout, says: “I’m so proud to launch this vital follow up study on mental health and wellbeing in our backstage community. The formation of AAPTLE has brought together many valuable associations
UK - Triple E has announced the launch of a new division of the organisation, EEE Build, headquartered in Biggin Hill and appointed two new senior staff members.
The last few months have seen two significant appointments – namely Darren Green joining the growing team of project managers, and Rowan Coupe as installations manager as he heads up the newly created EEE Build division of Triple E.
Both Darren and Rowan join the company with solid industry experience, and both have a considerable knowledge of working alongside Triple E in their previous roles.
Darren has a background in theatre product design, engineering and project management working at notable companies including Theatre Projects, Harkness Screens, Hall Stage and Centre Stage Engineering. Darren has worked alongside the Triple E team on many projects in the past such as Fairfield Halls in Croydon.
Now fully integrated into the Triple E team, Darren’s focus is on managing large-scale, high-value projects across the entertainment sector. Darren is also working with Triple E’s senior management team on the implementation of ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 9001 and enhancing operational procedures throughout the company.
Commenting on Darren’s appointment, MD of Triple E, David Edelstein, “is delighted to welcome Darren to the company. He brings with him a wealth of experience and great knowledge in his field.”
Another recent development for the company has been the launch of EEE Build (pronounced E Build) with the appointment of Rowan Coupe to head up this im
Russia - Aistenok Irkutsk Regional Puppet Theatre occupies a prominent place among Russian puppet theatres. The marionette masters in the Siberian city of Irkutsk recently worked with Light Power Design (LPD) to upgrade its stage lighting and chose low noise, low heat Elation Professional LED luminaires along with Magmatic atmospheric effects.
Despite its relative solitude, Irkutsk is a thriving seat of culture that embodies all the best of Russia’s storied theatre tradition. Puppetry applies the same lighting techniques as a regular stage. Despite the compact space, all types of lighting instruments are used and just like a regular theatre show, fixture choice depends on the effects desired and mood required.
Founded in 1935 as the first professional puppet theatre in Eastern Siberia, the Aistenok Puppet Theatre has operated from an elegant building in the heart of Irkutsk since 1986. The theatre creates performances for its audience that span a wide variety of genres and forms, shows performed on a nearly daily basis that can be extremely complex or very simple.
Continually searching for new forms of expression, theatre staff follow closely both the creative and technical trends of modern theatrical art. To that end, they sought replacement lights for its 750W profiles, arc-source fixtures that, although fine on functionality, generated an excessive amount of heat.
Lighting designer at Aistenok, Lev Sagaidak, visited Elation’s European facility in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, in early 2020 to look more closely at appropriate choices. Wo
Japan - NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Xytech’s ScheduALL to provide its enterprise resource and transmission optimisation solution for its production of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, which take place in Tokyo, Japan, from 23 July. The announcement was made by Dan Robertson, VP NBC Olympics IT, and Greg Dolan, Xytech CCO.
NBC Olympics has turned to Xytech’s ScheduALL for a ninth consecutive Olympic Games to deliver advanced enterprise resource and transmission optimisation solutions in order to coordinate the highly dynamic environment of the Games. NBC Olympics will be able to leverage the expertise of Xytech’s software and services to orchestrate the logistics of people, equipment, locations and transmission feeds.
“For the ninth consecutive Olympic Games, Xytech has the privilege of contributing to the success of NBC Olympics’ production,” said Dolan. “We understand that flawless execution of the transmission feed is incredibly important to the success of NBC Olympics’ presentation from Tokyo. As a result, many people at Xytech dedicate large amounts of time ahead of the broadcast preparing for a perfect execution. During the Olympic Games, we are proud to have a senior implementation manager working alongside NBC Olympics throughout the entirety of the Games.”
“The challenges and complexity in scheduling and managing all of NBC Olympics’ incoming and outgoing transmissions, and technical facilities, as well as Tokyo- and Stamford-based recordings is an incredibly complex and dynamic challe
USA - The Shawnee Cave Amphitheatre, 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, bills itself as “a venue like no other.” Tucked into the base of a massive 100ft high sandstone rock formation sits in the middle of 60 rugged acres of craggy paths, creeks and waterfalls.
Kyle Curtis had a hand in creating just such memories Memorial Day weekend when he lit the site for an event featuring a line-up of jam bands that included The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, Kyle Tuttle Banjo, and Chicken Wire Empire. Enlivening the surroundings with vivid colours and making the cave wall come alive with gobo patterns, he enhanced the evocative effect of the setting without distracting from the artists on stage.
Helping him accomplish this feat was a collection of 54 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Chris Parton and his team at Midwest Music Supply. Curtis’ design, which was run on a ChamSys MQ500M, transformed the entire 300 by 100ft cave area.
“My favourite part of this project was getting to build such a huge lighting canvas,” said Curtis. “Usually, even the largest stages I work on are only 80ft wide. At this venue our ‘stage’ was only 40ft, but our overall canvas was many times larger.
“We ran about five universes in total, not because of channel counts, but for DMX routing to allow touring LDs to take some or all of the rig,” continued Curtis. “If they didn’t want to control the cave lighting, we could retain that control on the MQ500M and just give them the stage lighting. We used two NET-XII nod
Australia - Mackay Entertainment and Conference Centre (MECC) is a busy and diverse complex of nine different venue and event spaces in Mackay, central Queensland, hosting a lively mix of corporate launches and conferences to opera, music, dance, and performance shows.
Head of lighting Dan Grace and his team are amongst the first in Australia to have Robe’s new high power Forte LED luminaires in the house, with a purchase of 12 of the fixtures plus 12 new Robe Spiider LED wash beams, with more of both types of moving light to follow once the season ramps up again.
The decision to buy Fortes was underlined by MECC’s previous experiences with Robe – with nearly 100 fixtures already, including 30 x DL7s, a mix of profiles and fresnels, which directly replaced 36 hot and power-hungry 2K fresnels in the main theatre in 2019.
The last batch of these DL7s arrived together with three RoboSpot systems and BMFL FollowSpots, a move that was driven by MECC’s head of AV, Mark Blake.
Mark and Dan are part of an MECC technical team of 18. They were both instrumental in persuading the local government officials who oversee MECC’s operation that the time was right to convert the theatre to a full LED stage lighting rig.
Moving forward, LED is now a prerequisite for any new lighting investments and “it made sense to keep brand consistency throughout the venue and we enjoy a great relationship with our supplier Kennedy Amplifier Hire Service and Australian distributor Jands,” confirmed Dan.
The new Fortes and Spiiders will mainly be
USA - Xite Labs utilised the disguise Extended Reality (xR) workflow, powered by a gx 2c media server and rx real-time rendering platform, to bring to life a myriad of virtual worlds in Unreal Engine for rapper Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul World Series live streamed concert.
Shot at Xite Labs’ xR stage in LA, the concert accentuated the artist’s musical vibe for fans around the world watching at home. The immersive livestream presented Tiller in a series of six different worlds linked by a narrative flowing through the songs. Xite Labs was responsible for the stunning xR content for 14 different songs performed in four virtual ‘worlds’ with distinct appearances and themes.
For this immersive experience, Xite turned to its in-house workflow, featuring a disguise gx 2c media server as the primary controller of the xR environment, while a dedicated disguise rx machine was used to run the Unreal Engine scenes via disguise RenderStream. Front-plate elements were created in Notch to further link Tiller into each of the unique worlds.
These included a virtual lounge that fell away to reveal a world of galaxies, nebulas and spaceships, a time theme with a mountain desert landscape and a flight through a moonlit sky, guerrilla warfare transforming into a neon jungle as well as stark hallways with bold, flat lighting, colour-changing walls and silhouettes. Throughout, Tiller appeared to perform on a moving platform, which served as the anchor point transporting him from one otherworldly environment to another.
“I have not seen anything
UK - dBS Solutions’ roadmap through Martin Audio’s evolutionary control technology shows no sign of abating.
In 2014 they purchased an XD/DD combination rig for deployment on a successful theatre tour. This was followed by the acquisition of a 40-box Wavefront Precision Mini (WPM) system, specifically for the Mercury at Abbey Field pop-up theatre space in Colchester. This ran for an entire outdoor season and was a direct replacement for their old Martin Audio W8LM rig.
Then in February 2020 - immediately before lockdown - two hangs of 16 WPM, supported by flown SXF115 subwoofers and DD6 front-fills, went out on the Queen Symphonic tour.
Now, the company made its first investment in Martin Audio’s more powerful WPS system. “We’ve dipped our toe in the water with a package that will enable us to provide coverage for 2,000-plus capacity concert halls,” confirms dBS Solutions MD, Chris Bogg, taking up the story. “However, we will definitely be increasing that inventory.”
His earlier entry into the world of Wavefront Precision had been driven by the fact that the Abbey Field site is surrounded by local residencies. “This called for a system that could minimise offsite noise while maximising coverage in the tent.”
dBS Solutions were able to use the Hard Avoid feature in the proprietary DISPLAY control software to equal benefit with the Queen Symphonic UK tour. “The balance of rock music in a classical environment is always a very difficult one, not least in some of the most reverberant performing spaces in the UK. We ch
USA - Audio Precision has released the latest update to APx500 audio measurement software, version 6.1. With this release, AP is adding new measurement results, options, and test signals. APx software now offers the broadest set of methodologies available for detecting rub and buzz defects.
New features include: rub & buzz – Previously available in APx software, this method uses high-pass tracking filters to remove the fundamental signal and detect defects as excursions in the residual waveform’s crest factor or peak ratio; SoneTrac – A Bose-developed improvement to the Rub & Buzz, this method filters the residual signal and ratios it to the RMS of the total signal to reduce the noisiness of the measurement result; High-Order Harmonic Distortion - a classic method for rub & buzz detection, HOHD uses the THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) ratio but only of harmonics above the 10th, 10-35, 20-200, etc., which is a simple way to account for frequency masking effects.
To support the addition of the HOHD and Rub & Buzz Loudness measurements, AP is introducing the Fast Sweep signal with APx500 release version 6.1. Advantages of the Fast Sweep are the lack of transient ripples at low or high frequencies, the ability to sweep from low-to-high or high-to-low frequency, the support for measuring harmonics above the 20th, and precise control of the number of discrete points used in measurements.
APx500 release version 6.1 now allows users to switch instantly between IEC and IEEE THD calculation modes for harmonic distortion results. Version
Prohibitive Pricing - Theatre companies are warning that prohibitively high prices and uncertainty over COVID-19 are hindering their efforts to stage outdoor work this summer, with reports that some venues are hesitant to hire their spaces to theatre producers while others have withdrawn entirely. Mid-scale companies are being especially hard hit, producers are warning, with a lack of available digs also making producing shows particularly difficult to stage.
Companies including Oxford-based Creation Theatre and touring theatre group Handlebards, as well as the Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain, have said the knock-on effects of the pandemic are generating new challenges to booking outdoor venues. Creation Theatre is planning to stage a production of The Wind in the Willows this summer, but told The Stage it was struggling to find a suitable space at an affordable rate.
Chief executive and creative producer Lucy Askew said councils and other managers of green spaces that are usually open to shows were deciding against hosting large events, or were prioritising conference hires over theatre productions because they generate more income.
"We’ve found that the local council is being really supportive and helpful, but council money is decimated from the pandemic, so it’s looking to charge what for us is a prohibitively high hire fee for a space, when historically it was able to offer spaces more or less for free or to come up with some in-kind ways to make it achievable," Askew said.
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World - The first Virtual Showlight (VSL) event which was held on Tuesday 25 May 2021 proved to be “a real success story,” according to its organisers. With the full Showlight postponed due to the pandemic, VSL 2021 turned trial into triumph when it threw open its virtual doors to an online audience in excess of 430 delegates. Students, educational establishments, venues and of course lighting designers from all genres of the industry - theatre, film and TV, architectural and events, and more - attended from almost 50 countries, and many have since returned to re-watch the Papers through Hubilo’s On Demand service.
Delegates were treated to a diverse range of subject matters from industry professionals at the top of their game. Topics included the illumination of a lighthouse on an island in the Bahamas, lighting comic book movie Birds of Prey, the remote lighting of stage musical Waitress from half way around the globe, transforming a shipyard into an art gallery, and taking a spin on the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor. Hamish Jenkinson, Mike Bauman, Ken Billington, Aaron Porter, Rob Halliday, Isabel Nielen, Floriaan Ganzevoort and Mike Evers, and David Bishop all delivered their papers with a wealth of knowledge, humour, imagery and video footage.
The panel discussion on diversity in the industry, chaired by Paule Constable, gave voice to young people who gave inspiring insights into their journeys into lighting, their plans to raise awareness going forward and the importance of free communication between colleagues t
USA - Almost every touring band in the last 50 years has passed through the heartland university town of Champaign, Illinois, situated midway between Indianapolis and Peoria. Many of them have performed at the Virginia Theatre, the town’s vintage venue that turns 100 years old this year.
The Virginia recently got an appropriate birthday gift in the form of an L-Acoustics Kara II sound system, designed by Threshold Acoustics, purchased through L-Acoustics certified provider distributor Mid-America Sound, and installed by Knox-Array Event Production.
Steadily renovated over the past 20 years by nearly $10m in state grants, private contributions, commercial sponsorships, and large donations, the venue now sports completely updated power, infrastructure, and trim that extends to its ornate plaster and the classic 700-pipe Wurlitzer organ originally installed in 1921 to live-score silent movies. Reopening this summer, following the pandemic downtime, the Virginia Theatre will soon be silent no more.
“It was big undertaking,” says Stephen White, technical manager at the theatre, which is now landmarked and operated by the Champaign Park District. “It wasn’t just putting in racks and stacks but also infrastructure like a new catwalk and bringing the house power up to date with new conduit, cabling, and even a K-rated transformer, which gives us incredibly clean, quiet power. We had had to add more steel and I-beams to make everything work, but that’s because the sound system is really the centrepiece of it all for a music venue like this.”