Lighting director Victor Fable used a new Virtuoso lighting control console from Vari-Lite for September's MTV Video Music Awards, which took place in New York. Using a Virtuoso for just the second time, Fable worked closely with lighting designer Allen Branton and lighting directors Tom Beck and Michael Goodwin for the live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House. With a rig of moving lights including VL4, VL7, VL7B, VL5B, VL6 and VL6B luminaires, Fable found that the Virtuoso made his job easier. "It actually made doing a large show much easier than if I had used an Artisan console. I would have had to put the show on two separate Artisan desks and run them both, whereas Virtuoso handled 440 channels easily and managed it all quite well."He continued: "Virtuoso allowed me to load up many more chases and break up the show much more effectively and quickly. The ability to have more than the Artisan console's four submaster capacity was a lifesaver. On this show I used 16 submasters and broke it up into four areas and effects. I used a lot of macros to load in effects and I used a lot of snapshots, whether I was programming or playing back."
The APRS will act as a sponsor of the Joint Venture with British Trade International for the 108th AES Convention (19-22 February 2000) in Paris. UK exhibitors receive 60% of their space and construction expenses up to a ceiling of £2,300 and are eligible to exhibit with Government funding at AES Europe events twice within any given ten-year period, irrespective of where the exhibition is held. In addition to the Government funding, companies that have never exhibited previously on a UK delegation will receive a complimentary research package from British Trade International giving special pointers as to where to find export-related help, advice and information which should assist with their exporting efforts to the whole of Europe.
Martin Professional's loudspeaker division, Mach Speakers, has appointed a new R&D engineer to work at the company's Danish headquarters. Soren Viinberg has an extensive background in the pro audio industry, having spent 12 years at JBL Pro in Denmark, eight of them in the role of project manager for JBL's professional products in Europe. Viinberg will work closely with Mach's R&D engineer Michael Holmbo.
Wandsworth-based Dimension Audio has recently purchased 10 Audient ASP231 graphic equalisers from Marquee Audio for their corporate events department. Dimension Audio has used Audient EQs at IBM Shows in Cannes and also at the launch of the new Nissan in Sunderland. The ASP231s have been in Munich more recently at the beginning of October for the Disney Channel launch in a fairy-tale castle.
Royal Festival Hall, London's famous South Bank complex, has recently added to its existing range of Jem products. The world famous live venue has just purchased a Jem Heavy Fog 2500 complete with a full range of ducting accessories. RFH has also purchased a special customised version of the Jem Club Smoke System modified for the theatre environment. The new Jem products are the latest purchases in are re-equipment programme that also included a comprehensive Martin Professional lighting package. On a separate note, Jem also announced the sale of two Roadie smoke machines to London's newest landmark the Millennium Dome.
The autumn season is proving busy for Stage Light Design, the exhibition and conference creative lighting design specialists. The company is providing equipment, crew and lighting design services for no less than four stands at the massive Geneva Telecom quadrennial at the PalExpo. All stands have creative lighting designed by a collaboration between John Rinaldi and Alastair Crooks. In Geneva, Stage Light Design lit two shows for Intel, one in Paris and the other in Milan. These were re-runs of their highly successful imaginative lighting for Intel stands at the Networks show in Birmingham earlier in the year.
Cyril Griffiths died after a short illness on September 30th. He will be known to many in the industry having spent 42 years in the business, starting in 1948 at the Phoenix Theatre, later going on to work as group engineer and subsequently technical director for 13 Stoll Moss Theatres. He also established TSL - one of the key suppliers of lighting and sound equipment to the West End which was bought by the White Light Group in 1991. The funeral takes place on Friday 8th October at Putney Vale Crematorium, London.
DJ equipment manufacturer Entertainment Technology, part of the Leaf Group, is moving to new premises. By 1st December the company's offices, warehousing and R&D will be situated under one roof at Unit 21, Warner Drive, Springwood Industrial Estate, Braintree, Essex, CM7 2YW, UK.
Following a record sales year for BSS Audio, the company is moving from their Linkside House premises in Potters Bar to the neigbouring Cranborne House. While the company's production facilities are already located at Cranborne House, the R&D sales, marketing and administration departments are relocating to the more spacious premises with immediate effect.The company's new address is Cranborne House, Cranborne Road, Cranborne Industrial Estate, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3JN, UK.
In response to demand from sound contracting and conference system installers, beyerdynamic has designed an 'intelligent' 10-channel mixer for integration into computer-controlled sound systems. Supporting up to six microphones and four stereo line inputs, the Mix 10 can be interfaced to a PC or third party control system via an RS232 connection, giving access to input and output selection with status reply and volume settings. Housed in a single rack unit, the Mix 10 includes a wide range of facilities including a mix-bus connection point, microphone ducking function as well as several different output options for connection to external destinations and recording equipment. Phantom power is available on all of the microphone inputs which also have insert points for using external dynamics control systems.
At the end of a busy touring and festival season, sales of XTA processing equipment remain strong. XTA's UK distributor, beyerdynamic, report a growing level of sales across the range, including the popular DP226 loudspeaker processor. Recent buyers of the DP226 include ML Executive and Skan PA Hire, as well as many units being taken by The Music Company in Bradford for their numerous installation contracts around the UK. Recent sales of the new DS800 microphone distribution systems include John Henry Group, which has taken a 40-channel system, now in regular use on Top of the Pops. Wigwam, meanwhile, have invested in a further 48 channels of DS800 microphone distribution system for integration with their d&b loudspeaker systems, as well as adding more XTA GQ600 graphic equalisers.
The PRG Lighting Group has made three changes to its sales and marketing team. Bill Groener and Zoe Paine move to expanded roles at Production Arts, while Patrick Eagleton has new responsibilities with the PRG Lighting Group. Groener becomes vice president of system sales for Production Arts, whilst Paine has been appointed director of rentals and production sales for the company. Meanwhile, Eagleton has accepted the position of marketing support manager for the newly formed marketing group at the (PRG) Lighting Group. Most recently, he was product manager for the Robert Juliat product line.
Leicestershire-based Hawthorn Theatrical has supplied lighting, sound and projection equipment for a major production which marks the start of a Millennium celebration of 1,000 years of village life. The show, which involves 200 local villagers including a cast of 70, has been two years in the making and has been playing to packed audiences at St. Mary's Church, Goudhurst, Kent. Lighting designer Nick Gale used a mixture of MAC 500s and 600s for Gaudeamus!, along with StageScans, to complement the generic rig which included Selecon's pacific luminaires. One of Hawthorn's Avolites Pearl consoles was used to control the show's 200+ cues. Also supplied was a Martin Audio Wavefront sound system and Denon MiniDisc machines, overseen by an Allen & Heath mixer front-of-house.
Metallica will be performing in Berlin on the 18th/19th of November. Appearing with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the LD will be John Broderick. The Nine Inch Nails have just announced a five week tour - rehearsals commence late Oct for two weeks, then they're out from the 10th Nov. Roy Bennett designs, Gary Westcott operates. Despite reports in National newspapers that she's having trouble with her voice, Whitney Houston has extended her current tour of Europe until 11th Nov. LSD provide all bar moving lights. Simon Miles designs, Telson James operates. Bryan Adams has also extended due to overwhelming demand. The tour now runs until 10th December. The Pet Shop Boys will open their latest tour in the US at the start of November. Their first in over four years, they have once again employed an architect Zaha Hadid (a female with a reputation to rival Sir Richard Rogers) to design the. Lighting design sees the return of an old favourite, Mark Brickman. Rig details still to be announced, but expect something pretty wild.
AEI Music is launching a unique in-store radio system for the high street retailer, aimed at providing complete control over the shopping environment. The system is available in two packages, each of which is delivered in a conventional radio programme style, complete with DJ links and commercials. The first is a bespoke system, and provides the retailer with a satellite channel that carries music programming, messaging and commercials; the second, the custom radio, benefits from the practical economies of using music programming into which the individual customers' messages are embedded.
Logic System Pro Audio's latest monitor cabinet, the CM20, is currently out on the road with the Deacon Blue reunion tour, which is taking in 12 UK dates. The cabinets were supplied by long-established Logic user EFX Audio of Bathgate, West Lothian. EFX have a long working relationship with the band and report that front man Ricky Ross is reluctant to use any other monitor system, having already used EFX's Logic LS152 monitor system on a number of occasions. Also on the live front, Logic's three-box PA system has recently been used for a series of live concerts for BBC Radio 2 at the Boardwalk in Sheffield. Supplied by Andy Salmon of Midland Sound & Light, the system was used by acts including The Pretenders, Gary Barlow and Jools Holland.
High End Systems has promoted several key sales representatives. HES Canadian sales representative Patrick Bouchard, who has been involved in the Canadian lighting market for many years, has been named High End's Regional Manager in Canada. In another strategic move, the company promoted Charlie Hulme to a new position as sales manager for Lightwave Research Architectural Products. Hulme will oversee sales and distribution, as well as design support of these products through High End's worldwide network.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has worked with organisations across the music and events industry to update its guidance on health and safety at pop concerts and other similar events. The Event Safety Guide - A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events (which replaces the Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Pop Concerts and similar events) is aimed at organisers of everything from major outdoor festivals with thousands of visitors to local concerts for just a few hundred people. The main changes cover more advice on the planning and management, and the guide also outlines how to carry out a risk assessment.
Island East is a massive new commercial and high class residential development in Hong Kong. Its remarkable 'by appointment only' corporate visitor centre includes show areas, meeting rooms and marketing suites tailored to different kinds of customers. One of the key features is a 180° video show, designed by Electrosonic, which uses five Barco 707 projectors, with butted images projected onto a metal mesh. The mesh screen has lighting effects behind and during the show, the centre screen splits to reveal a rear projected image. All video sources are from Electrosonic MPEG2 video servers. Electrosonic ESLINX is used to control the 48 channels of dimming, the video servers, the Peavey X-Frame Media Matrix and the motorised doors.
ATI has appointed European Audio Group (formerly known as GAE Sales UK) to handle distribution of the ATI and API Audio line in Europe. Based in the UK, EAG is a cartel of like-minded distributors who will keep their own names, but be a part of the Group giving ATI/API a solid presence throughout Europe. The ATI Group is the parent company of Audio Toys Incorporated, API Audio and Uptown Automation. Audio Toys manufactures the Paragon mixing console and associated rack mount gear, whilst Uptown Automation manufactures and installs moving fader and mute automation for analog mixing consoles.
Expotus has taken on David Cole as technical sales manager. His eight years engineering tours and designing systems for installs provides him with a good grounding in pro-audio. Coles also brings with him an expert knowledge of product manufacture and technology, gained from his work in R&D and subsequently in technical support at Turbosound.
The M Corporation are to host an open day dedicated to DigiDesign's new Pro Tools 5 software and the new entry level product, Digi001. The day will include a series of seminars and demonstrations, with formal training sessions hosted by DigiDesign's Dan Muchmore. The event will take place at the M Corporation's head office in Ringwood, Hampshire, on November 23rd .
High End Systems formed a new architectural division using the Lightwave Research brand. As a result, the High End brand will be used with entertainment lighting products and the Lightwave Research brand will be used for products developed specifically for the architectural lighting market. The promotion of High End's Charlie Hulme to Architectural Sales Manager for Lightwave products is the company's first appointment to the new division. Hulme will oversee sales and distribution, as well as design support of Lightwave products through High End Systems' worldwide network of manufacturer's reps, dealers and distributors.
Good news for clubland, because there's a brand new clubbing venture on the way for 2000! The former Music Factory, situated on the outskirts of Sheffield's City Centre on London Road, has been taken over under the Gatecrasher Group of Companies. Despite various rumours circulating, this will not be a 'Gatecrasher 2'. The Music Factory is a venue synonymous with Northern clubbing and bears an enviable history of successful club nights. The 1,270 capacity venue has been closed since April this year and will welcome a much-needed interior and exterior refurbishment. Plans for an extensive refurbishment, launch details, plus artist and resident information with a twist will be revealed shortly.