amyluleyMeyer Sound appoints director of global sales
Friday, 10 March 2023

USA - Meyer Sound has promoted Amy Luley to the position of director of global sales operations. In her new capacity, Luley will assume responsibility for overseeing and coordinating operational activities of the Meyer Sound sales teams both in the United States and internationally.
Luley was promoted to the new position based on the e sales success achieved in her prior position as director of U.S. sales operations. She will continue in that role, but now in addition to Meyer Sound’s team of sales managers in the United States, her responsibilities have been extended to include supporting the operational activities of director of international sales Scott Gledhill (Asia Pacific), Meyer Sound Europe managing director Wolfgang Leute (sales for Europe, Middle East, and Africa), and director, Latin America operations Jocelyn Moras. She will continue to report to senior vice president John McMahon.
“Amy played a major role in driving our sales team to set a new record for U.S. sales in 2022, and now we want to bring that same energy and skillset to the global stage,” says McMahon. “She has an ability to not only grasp the big picture of our global sales and marketing strategy but also to apply the focused mindset needed to manage the myriad of details and decisions that turn strategy into measurable results.”
Luley joined Meyer Sound in 2014 and was principally responsible for introducing the salesforce platform and leveraging its power to boost the efficiency and productivity of the company’s sales efforts.
“I’m looking forward to

l-acousticsL-Acoustics strikes twice at Thunder Valley
Friday, 10 March 2023

USA - The Venue at Thunder Valley Casino Resort is a new 4,500-seat entertainment space officially christened on Valentine’s Day this year. Under the aegis of the United Auburn Indian Community Tribal Council, the $100m, 150,000sq.ft entertainment complex in Lincoln, California, approximately 30 miles north of Sacramento, is already proving the value of its approach to venue technology with the first run of shows.
That started with the Eagles’ Hotel California 2023 tour, followed by Bruno Mars, and then Santana with Bryan Adams, plus The Black Crowes, Frankie Valli, Ringo Starr, and many more in the wings, all using The Venue’s newly installed L-Acoustics K2 sound system.
Touring artists like these are attracted to the venue for its controlled acoustics and leading-edge technologies, with the L-Acoustics K2 system as its audio flagship. “With a system like K2 in place, touring shows can leave all or most of their touring PA on the truck,” observes Chris Miller, engineer and owner of Sacramento-based CTM Sound, the project’s audio systems integrator and exclusive audio production vendor for Thunder Valley. “We were very comfortable taking on a room this size with K2.”
In consultation with the L-Acoustics applications team and Akustiks, the consultancy that ultimately specified the venue’s audio design, CTM installed a system that perfectly addressed The Venue at Thunder Valley. For instance, the two main hangs of 14 K2 per side, buttressed with two flown hangs of seven K1-SB subs per side, are powerful enough to cover virtually the

allenheathAllen & Heath ready to rock SXSW 2023
Friday, 10 March 2023

USA - The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas has been celebrating the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture since 1987. For the past several years, Allen & Heath has had a significant presence at SXSW, with the company’s mixing consoles being featured at multiple performance stages.
This year will be no different, as Allen & Heath consoles will be in use throughout the festival - including the British Music Embassy stage, a venue for breakout UK music stars, where two flagship dLive S5000 surfaces will handle front of house and monitor mixing. Each surface will be paired with its own DM64 MixRack, featuring 128 channels of input processing and 64 configurable buses. Inputs from the stage will be fed into a DX32 modular stagebox, equipped with next-generation low-noise PRIME input modules.
Allen & Heath’s proprietary gigaACE network audio protocol will handle the digital split between the two consoles, as well as shared preamp control. Aside from showcasing up and coming bands, the BME stage will also host innovative multimedia events featuring experimental AV performances.
Across the street, the Sellers Underground stage will be powered by a 64-channel Allen & Heath Avantis console, along with a GX4816 remote stagebox. Avantis consoles handle festival mixing with ease, offering a dual full HD touchscreen workflow and 42 configurable buses which can adapt to the needs of any engineer.
“SXSW is always a highlight of our year and a chance to really connect with up-and-coming artist

sslSSL Live in the mix for Lizzo’s tour
Friday, 10 March 2023

USA/Europe - The latest leg of Lizzo’s The Special Tour is currently taking the pop singer who recently added a fourth Grammy Award to her collection, winning Record of the Year for her About Damn Time single - across Europe, the UK and North America through summer 2023.
Since the start of the tour in 2022, front-of-house engineer Nick ‘Gauge’ Todd and monitor mixer Rico Gonzales have both been behind SSL Live L550+ consoles supplied by global production provider Solotech. Gonzales additionally uses an SSL Fusion processor and an THE BUS+ compressor and dynamic EQ, and Todd has also recently added a Fusion at FOH.
The two engineers switched to SSL Live desks for the three-month-long first leg of The Special Tour, which got underway in September 2022. The pair made the move to SSL at the suggestion of Gonzales, who has been with Stevie Wonder since 2014, mixing monitors for him during the past six years on an SSL Live console. He has also had years of experience working on SSL 4000 and 9000 Series desks in recording studios around Dallas, Texas.
For all the SSL Live console’s features and functionality, Gonzales is clear about why he made the switch: “My main reason is the sonics. Then, the onboard processing and all the EQ.”
He was previously using a variety of outboard hardware but has been eliminating some of it in favour of the SSL Live’s onboard processing. “The dynamics don't feel ‘hard’ unless you want them to. They're very, very smooth, very analogue feeling. I've been using the Blitzer on the bass,” he offe

stephen-sanchezElation KL Fresnel lights Stephen Sanchez
Friday, 10 March 2023

USA - Lighting designer Bobby Grey of Notan Creative was brought in by 24/7 Productions to design a series of late-night talk show appearances for singer-songwriter Stephen Sanchez and chose to incorporate Elation Professional’s KL Fresnel 8 FC soft light as a retro look fixture in his design for a February performance on The Late Late Show With James Corden.
For the Late Late Show performance, Sanchez teamed with Em Beihold to deliver a duet of his hit Until I Found You.
For the performance, LD Grey placed 10 KL Fresnel 8 FC fixtures on C stands for a vintage Fresnel backdrop look. “I just love a Fresnel and feel it really personifies light as art. A big Fresnel has this great vintage Hollywood feel,” Grey stated, explaining that he originally tried to retrofit a classic 10" Fresnel with LEDs inside to get a colour-changing glow but gave up on the idea. “Then I looked at another brand that has a similar light to the KL Fresnel but comes in a blue and silver casing. This wouldn't have worked for us as we wanted a clean, vintage feel,” he says. “When my friends at Volt Lites told me about the KL Fresnel 8 FC and I saw the beautiful black casing and the rich colour mixing, I knew this was the direction we needed to go.”
Fresnel 8 FC employs a 500W RGBMA LED engine (CRI 92) to emit a beautifully diffused wash of full-spectrum light that includes dynamic whites. Grey says the feature of the fixture that was most important in achieving the look for Sanchez’s performance was the “big beautiful lens that just gets

codaCoda line array installed in Owla Bruges
Friday, 10 March 2023

Belgium - When Jozef De Kesel, the Bishop of Bruges, declared that he could see no future for The Holy Family Church in the Langestraat Quarter of the city, the building ceased to be a centre for worship. Enter young entrepreneurs Mon and Zowie Hayen, owners of Brasserie Uilenspiegel, who envisioned the transformation of the 1904-constructed red-brick landmark into a multi-purpose events venue.
That vision became a reality with the creation of Owla Bruges, a 270sqm space suitable for concerts, performances, weddings, parties, corporate events, conferences, seminars, fashion shows, product launches and more.
High quality, flexible audio would naturally be essential to the venue’s success, although the team at Owla suffered something of a false start when its original installed system was deemed less than optimal during the first concerts staged in the space. Moving quickly to rectify the situation, and at the recommendation of its lighting contractor, Owla contacted audio specialist Studio Haifax to supply and install a new system. Pieter Begard of Studio Haifax recommended Coda Audio N-RAY to replace the existing setup.
As a regular customer of Coda Audio’s Belgian distributor Viladco, Pieter was very familiar with the quality and power of the ultra-compact N-RAY line array, and was confident that a Coda system would prevail where the previous system had not succeeded. Pieter consulted with Viladco’s Hans Engelen over the system design. Using Coda’s proprietary System Optimiser 3D modelling prediction software, they were able to design a sy

tkandUnusual handles rigging for The King and I
Friday, 10 March 2023

UK - The multi award-winning Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I musical is touring the UK, following its sold-out season at The London Palladium. The musical which has been captivating audiences for over six decades, is playing at a different venue every week until July 2023 and is, according to production manager Jason Culverwell “Probably the biggest musical with a weekly turnaround, touring the country right now.”
Knowing how demanding the schedule was going to be, Jason immediately brought Unusual Rigging on board to handle the rigging requirements for the tour. “My relationship with Unusual goes way back, having worked with them on shows such as War Horse, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Ocean at the End of the Lane. I knew that they would have all the knowledge and skills required to provide a full bespoke rigging package for The King and I.”
The brief given to the Unusual team, was to ensure that the show would work in all the venues it was playing at. “We have a few smaller venues on the tour which makes it more challenging, that’s for certain, but Unusual always finds a way to make it work in a way that doesn’t impact on outcome for us or the experience for our audiences,” commented Jason. “In some venues, where the utopian footprint for the show could not be achieved, we have made some adaptations, but none of which feel like a compromise.”
Luke MacBride, design engineer, Unusual, added: “We’re visiting 25 venues on this tour, and at

oca-iseOCA Alliance demos new developments at ISE
Friday, 10 March 2023

Europe - ISE 2023 saw the OCA Alliance bring forward several new developments and announcements that will ‘continue to push the horizons of the AES70 control standard’. During the show, presentations, demonstrations, and new members to the trade association showcased current and future technologies and tools that will further broaden the OCA Ecosystem.
A prime focus of the presentations at ISE was the upcoming AES70-2023 revision to the standard. The new revision brings a wealth of new additions and enhancements to the AES70 standard aimed at making the standard more comprehensive, easier to adopt and implement, and expanding its functionality - while maintaining backward compatibility with existing implementations. As part of that effort, new standard adaptations will be released to support connection management for other media networking transports, such as AES67 and MILAN (AES70-21 and AES70-22, respectively) to create complete media networking solutions.
Seeing the opportunity and demand these technologies and solutions present to the market, new OCA Alliance member JOYNED participated in the technology demonstration by showcasing their audio network evaluation board. Their solution allows pro audio manufacturers to quickly integrate open public standards for OCA device control functionalities and MILAN transport in a developer-ready package. “Open-standard protocols are the vehicle for a sustainable and reliable audio network ecosystem,” commented JOYNED CMO/Co-Founder Richi Rozas.
Elsewhere on the show floor, OCA Alliance member

real-timeLooking to the future of virtual production
Friday, 10 March 2023

UK - Growth during the pandemic has left the video community wondering what virtual production will become in the future. Laura Frank wants the next generation to find out.
Built on decades of technical production experience, Laura Frank’s book Real-Time Video Content for Virtual Production & Live Entertainment (Routledge publishing) is ‘an attempt to capture history in the making, while drawing a roadmap for those who are learning how real-time video technologies relate in a fast-moving industry’.
“This textbook not only reinforces the path many chose to focus on during 2020, but also encourages the variety of the skills acquired for virtual production in other entertainment environments,” says the author.
When pressed on who this textbook is for, Laura explains: “A student may find the topic of real-time creative video overwhelming and not know where to start - this textbook describes the evolution of real-time video from the 1950’s until the present, and the various entertainment applications that have occurred along the way. This might inspire students in studies outside the entertainment industry to pursue a career path in real-time creative video production.
“I feel a real responsibility to see the creative video community grow and thrive. That includes encouraging more women into this profession, and promoting more diversity and stronger labour practices. This textbook is only part of my mission to promote this change,” she adds.
“What struck me was that our community has not documented our history

cameoCameo on track for Berlin Six Day Race
Friday, 10 March 2023

Germany - From 27-29 January, the 110th Six Day 2023 took place at the Velodrom in Berlin. The cycling race, also known as the Six Day Race, is one of the sporting highlights of the German capital, sending the professionals out on to an impressive 250m oval track.
This year, the lighting in the Velodrom was the responsibility of AVM Event Veranstaltungstechnik & Service, which already has years of experience with the SixDays offshoot in Bremen, north Germany. With more than 300 Cameo spotlights used in Berlin, the full-service provider relied on an impressive lighting setup.
As the cyclists do their laps at top speeds of up to 80 km/h, what is needed above all is an equally bright and homogeneous illumination of the racetrack. AVM Event entrusted this task to a total of 116 Cameo Zenit W600-D LED washlights, which, with their high-resolution dimming behaviour and barndoors, provided precise illumination limited exclusively to the racetrack.
"The Zenit W600-D made all the difference," confirms Jens Wiegandt, owner of AVM Event. "The organiser spoke of the best performance ever! For us, the ZENIT W600-D is currently the best solution for sports and trade fair events on the market." In addition, the LED washlights ensured a lower hanging load and enabled the team to also use the spotlights as blinders in the show light design.
In addition, AVM used 70 Cameo OPUS H5 beam spot wash hybrid moving heads to project gobos on to the track and create effect beams throughout the hall. The show lighting design was complemented by 24 Opus S5 Spot-Movin

guildtheatreMeyer Sound drives Menlo Park Guild Theatre
Thursday, 9 March 2023

USA - Although home to Stanford University and tech giants, the region south of San Francisco had been curiously lacking a first-rate music club for many years. That void has been recently filled, with the opening of Menlo Park’s intimate Guild Theatre, now attracting top-level artists with support from AV technologies that include a formidable Meyer Sound system.
The original Guild Theatre had served as a neighbourhood movie theatre for more than 90 years before closing in 2019. Purchased by the non-profit Peninsula Arts Guild, the structure was totally gutted and transformed into a state-of-the-art venue offering extraordinary technical flexibility for hosting music concerts, film showings, and other special events. The principal focus is on national touring artists, with shows spanning musical genres from acapella Black gospel and neo-bluegrass to punk and EDM.
The Guild Theatre is on the small side for hosting high-calibre acts - around 200 seated and 500 standing - but intimacy is part of what makes the experience extraordinary. “Rooms of this size just don’t have stages this big, lighting with this level of sophistication, and sound systems this good,” maintains Drew Dunlevie, president of the Peninsula Arts Guild and the driving force behind creating the venue. “We put together an A-team for this project, with theatrical design by Shalleck Collaborative, acoustic design from Salter, and integration by Legend Theatrical, all working hand-in-glove with the amazing PA from Meyer Sound.”
Dunlevie emphasises that the core mission of th

chauvet-peopleChauvet strengthens product support team
Thursday, 9 March 2023

UK/Singapore - Chauvet has expanded its international training and support team. The company has announced the appointment of Amy Kerr and Jeffrey Ong, two experienced industry members as product specialists.
Based in Manchester, Kerr will be responsible for the Europe, Middle East and Africa markets, while Ong, who works out of Singapore, will handle Asia.
“Everyone at our company, from our CEO Albert Chauvet on down, is committed to offering customers a complete package that includes not only quality products, but also the ability to support them with training and education,” said Stéphane Gressier, Chauvet’s international sales director. “We want our customers to know as much as possible about our products, so they get the maximum benefit out of them. With Amy and Jeffrey, we have two people who possess a deep understanding of lighting and lighting products.”
Kerr, who has served on PLASA panels, and been a lighting designer for artists, such the English singer/songwriter Dylan, was most recently a field sales support specialist for Robe, a position she held for over eight years, and through which she ran training programs throughout the UK.
Ong, a graduate of Singapore Polytec, likewise brings a wealth of experience to his new position, having served as the product and application manager at Harman Professional Singapore for almost 16 years. Prior to holding that position, he was the technical supervisor at The Ministry of Sound Singapore.

polandProlights supports Great Orchestra of Christmas
Thursday, 9 March 2023

Poland - The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) is the biggest, non-governmental, non-profit, charity organisation in Poland raising money for paediatric and elderly care. Every year, the charity organises a televised fundraiser on TVN with several personalities who help with the cause.
This year's event in the studio featured 45 x Prolights EclPanel TWC fixtures, with the production lighting conceived by Polish supplier ATM and designed and programmed by Green Beam Design. Jacek Chojczak, MD of the GBD and lighting designer, said: “We know we can always trust the EclPanel TWC to deliver a great quality of soft lighting.” Jacek added: “They are our go-to panel for these types of productions.”
The EclPanel TWC is a 2x1 LED soft light with tuneable white and colours, pixel control and high CRI and TLCI. This fixture has been a flagship product for Prolights and featured in many Hollywood films, streaming and TV productions, as well as touring and events.

bandamsMavericks light Banda MS in Arena Monterrey
Thursday, 9 March 2023

Mexico - “We have broken paradigms,” Sergio Lizárraga, leader of Banda MS once told an interviewer, referring to his band’s popularity, which has transcended all expectations to prove that banda music has unlimited appeal in today’s market beyond Mexico.
Sold out shows before wildly appreciative crowds from Nashville to Las Vegas have provided convincing proof of Lizárraga’s claim.
The ability of Banda MS to touch audiences was on full display when the chart-topping band appeared at Arena Monterrey, supported by a dynamic lighting design created by Mario More Flores.
Helping Flores work his magic was a lighting rig featuring over 200 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Víctor ‘Chacho’ Gutiérrez and his team at Proaudio del Norte. Included in this power-packed collection of fixtures were 32 Maverick Storm 4 Profile units. With an output of 60,000 lumens, the powerful profile unit, which features a 180mm front lens, razor sharp shutter framing, and 8.5:1 zoom, had no difficulty filling the 18,000-capacity venue with bright and vividly bold looks.
Joining the profiles in the rig were 80 Épix Strip IP units, 20 Maverick MK3 Washes, 24 Color STRIKE M motorised strobes, 24 Rogue R2 Washes and 24 STRIKE 4 multi formatted fixtures.
Mario Moro Flores availed himself of all the features offered by the Maverick Storm 4 Profile and other fixtures when creating his 360-degree design, flooding every corner of the stage with colour, and creating eye candy with his pixel mapped LED bars, colourful washes, and blinders. All the

vietnam-jblHo Chi Min City school turns to JBL Eon One
Thursday, 9 March 2023

Vietnam - To support the music and arts programmes at the Bilingual Canadian International School (BCIS) in Ho Chi Minh City, AV integrator PGI and Harman Professional Solutions equipped the campus with versatile JBL Professional Eon One Mk2 battery-powered column speakers.
Founded in 2009, BCIS was the first international school in Vietnam to use a Canadian-based curriculum and has since built a reputation of strong academic excellence. Learning in both English and Vietnamese, the school’s 1,500 students enjoy a conducive environment for learning, critical thinking and collaboration supported by the latest classroom technology.
To reinforce strong communication and creativity for the music and arts programme, the school required a dynamic and easy-to-use sound solution that accommodated students and teacher’s various needs. PGI met these requests with a solution that included JBL Eon One MK2 column speakers, a powerful all-in-one PA system suited for a wide range of uses.
With output up to 123 dB, smooth coverage and sonic clarity down to 37 Hz, the Eon One MkII is a portable and comprehensive column-style speaker system that can support a wide range of activities for BCIS students and faculty, from performances and presentations to seminars and sporting events. The system features a triple-tier DSP that allows users to choose between beginner, intermediate or advanced controls for quickly finding the ideal sound for users of any experience level. Along with the on-board controls, students and faculty can also wirelessly control the systems f

bhhBandit lights Black History Honours series
Thursday, 9 March 2023

USA - Central City Productions recently premiered a new television series entitled Black History Honours. The four-part docuseries honoured heroes of the Underground Railroad and featured musical tributes from gospel music artists with a lighting system provided by Bandit Lites.
Don Jackson, founder of Central City Productions, shared: “The unique perspective of our Black History Honours series honours the lives and legacies of the Underground Railroad freedom activists. As well, in this post-covid season, where African American museums are struggling to maintain and increase attendance, our series underserves the fact that black history and black museums matter”.
Lighting designer Andre’ Petrus sought to create a lighting system that would complement the performances without becoming the focus points.
“The direction of this show was to honour key figures of the Underground Railroad freedom,” explained Petrus. “I wanted to create an environment that wasn’t ‘production forward.’ I wanted a light that would double as a set piece.”
The solution was the Portman Mantis, with its ability to be a multipart fixture in one and its warm and cool options.
“We really got a lot out of it,” said Petrus. “Circling the entire performance area with Xbar 20’s also helped. I love having a linear seamless option. There are countless looks you can achieve just by playing with dimmer curves.”
Bandit Lites supplied around 90 fixtures for the event, including the Portman Mantis, GLP X4 Bar 20, Ayrton Ghiblis

st-ignatiusRenkus-Heinz spreads the word at St. Ignatius
Thursday, 9 March 2023

USA - Located in the heart of Mobile, Alabama, St. Ignatius Catholic Church has been a cornerstone of the community since its founding in 1947. In 2016, the church undertook a new parish master plan that called for the existing church to be repurposed as a parish hall and a new church to be constructed next door.
Designed by Quina Grundhoefer Architects in neo-Gothic style with a brick façade, buttresses, limestone trim and a slate roof, the new church features historic stained glass windows repurposed from an old parish church in downtown Mobile.
Five years in the making, the new church opened its doors to great delight in April 2021. Knowing the traditional sanctuary layout would be prone to acoustic challenges, church leadership commissioned steerable arrays from Renkus-Heinz to ensure crystal-clear intelligibility for the spoken and musical liturgy.
Quina Grundhoefer Architects consulted with Chuck Walthall, a well-known acoustic consultant specialising in religious buildings and owner of Walthall & Associates, to design an audio system capable of directing intelligible, high-quality audio to the congregation. Modern Sound was hired to install and commission the system, while independent manufacturer’s representative Richard Hembree of Griffith Sales Associates leaned on his 25 years of working with Renkus-Heinz products to assist with the project as needed.
“The design of the sanctuary for St. Ignatius Church was pretty traditional and also came with the reverberant acoustics we’ve encountered in a lot of church construction,

millmeadGuildford church installs full Dante network
Thursday, 9 March 2023

UK - The vibrant Guildford Baptist Church is in the heart of the Surrey town. Established in 1824, the church has expanded its facility many times as its congregation grew. It recently took another big step forward by completing a £7m renovation of its Millmead Centre, including a new, facility-wide AV system based on a Dante network.
Graham Bennewith, installation director at DM Music, was the engineer and manager for this project. DM Music focuses almost exclusively on providing technology solutions for churches and protected historical buildings.
Opened in 1972, the Millmead Centre at Guildford Baptist Church has a 650-seat auditorium, multiple meeting rooms, classrooms, offices, a recreation hall, a lounge area, and coffee bars. March 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the Millmead Centre's opening and the end of these renovation and upgrade projects.
“From planning and design to fundraising and installation, this project has been more than ten years in the making. The vision was to redesign the facility and bring it into the 21st century, making it more useful for the congregation and the community,” said Bennewith. “As part of the renovation, church leadership wanted a complete audio network solution to control, configure, and manage the main auditorium’s sound system, as well as easily share that room’s audio with auxiliary meeting rooms throughout the facility.”
Bennewith explained that the auditorium’s previous sound system was more than 20 years old and was not designed for full-range music production. The church had

kartfestSave the date for Kartfest 2023
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

UK - Backup is delighted to announce the much-anticipated date for this year’s Kartfest, and Thursday July 6th is the day to get your best tweed, flowery dress and, if you’re so inclined, Morris Dancing regalia, ready for the Kart-Fest Village Fete.
Tickets will be on sale from 0900hrs on Monday 20 March and it will be very much first come first served. “After an unprecedented demand last year, we are also restricting one Kart per team to make sure as many companies can attend,” says Backup’s Lee Dennison. “We are also placing much more of a focus on the activities on the day for those not racing, so we’re delighted to let you know that the theme for this year will be the good old British Summer Village Fete.”
There will be lots of fun to be had for racers and non-racers alike. More updates will be announced over the coming weeks, so make sure you not only book your Kart but also your spectator passes as well. There will be plenty for everyone.
Watch out for the ticketing details on our social channels on Monday 20 March!

chris-chandlerLightware appoints VP of global partnerships
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

UK - Lightware Visual Engineering has announced the appointment of Christopher Chandler as vice president of global partnerships. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for driving business growth within integrator customers and alliance partners globally, and he will report to Szabolcs Turi, Lightware’s executive director, business development.
Chris is an experienced audio and technology industry professional with a track record spanning more than 25 years in sales and management. Prior to joining Lightware, he worked at Biamp where he held various roles including sales director.
"Lightware is committed to providing the best integrated systems solutions to our customers, and we are excited to have Chris join the business to lead our global partnerships strategy," said Szabolcs Turi, "His extensive experience across the industry will make him an invaluable asset, and we’re confident that he will help us to continue to grow and provide exceptional service to our partners and customers alike."
"I am thrilled to be joining the Lightware team and look forward to helping the company elevate its already impressive offering to the AV community," said Chris.

universal-live-shureUniversal Live relies on Shure Axient Digital
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

UK - Universal Live, an award-winning audio-visual integration specialist in the UK has chosen Shure Axient Digital Wireless System as the best solution to upgrade their equipment.
The ability for the Spectrum Manager to liaise with the transmitters and seamlessly change to an alternative frequency, along with Shure’s reputation and our experience of using their products, made Shure Axient Digital the right choice. “On the biggest stages in the world, when thousands, even millions are watching, the wireless microphone has an enormous job to do. The audio must be clear. It must be true. No other system is up to the challenge quite like Axient Digital,” comments Stuart Thornton, hire manager, Universal Live.
The upgrade of equipment brings with it significant advantages in a variety of areas, both to Universal Live and their clients. This includes technological advancements, improved security, ease of use and set-up. “Clients regularly ask us about the latest trends in live event technology," adds Neil Clappison, innovation and sustainability lead at Universal Live, “and by proactively being ahead of the curve, it inspires confidence that we are the people they should be talking to.”
“With a goal of making the company as eco-friendly as it can possibly be, another reason for selecting Shure Axient Digital was to reduce the reliance on AA batteries.” Neil explains “This is an important step for us, along with our other initiatives such as recycling 100% of our event carpet and graphic prints, installing solar panels, switching to el

qsc-touchmix-3QSC releases firmware v3.0 for TouchMix-30
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

USA - QSC has introduced a major firmware v3.0 update to its TouchMix-30 Pro digital mixer. The new standard for performance in a compact digital mixer, the TouchMix-30 Pro with firmware v3.0 satisfies the needs of many professionals with the addition of Scenes, Snapshots, Cue List management and offline editing functionalities.
Scenes provide the user with the ability to store and recall the entire mixer configuration, while Snapshots allow the user to save and recall selected settings for designated channels without affecting other mixer settings. Cue Lists select and arrange Scenes, Snapshots and audio files into a predetermined sequence for recall during a show, while offline editing provides the user with the ability to create and edit mixer configurations without the mixer being connected to Wi-Fi.
Previous TouchMix-30 Pro firmware updates added advanced features such as two independent 24-channel, gain-sharing automatic microphone mixers, custom fader banks and the capability to interface with certain third-party external motorized fader control surfaces.
“From the start, our vision for the TouchMix Series was to bring ‘big console’ features to users in the form of an easy-to-use, compact package,” states Jon Graves, QSC mixer product manager. “These new enhancements give our users an unprecedented array of professional features, tools and functions that simply don’t exist in other products close to this price point. Plus, the ability to deliver these enhancements to existing users at no additional cost demonstrates our continue

hexogon-solution-pte-ltdAyrton lights up Singapore Grand Prix skyline
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

Singapore - The City Light-Up event was a celebration of light held alongside the Singapore Airlines' Singapore Grand Prix, which culminated in the F1 night race around The Marina Bay Street Circuit in front of a capacity crowd of 300,000 spectators.
As part of this prestigious event, the Internal System and Technical Team at Hexogon Solution Pte was asked to provide lighting solutions for one of the City Light-Up locations, the beautiful – and huge - Conservatory buildings located at the Gardens by the Bay. They chose to use 20 Ayrton Domino LT fixtures which were supplied by Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for Singapore, Total Solution Marketing.
Mr Adrian Goh, group managing director of Hexogon, commented: “We had decided to light the Conservatories with lighting fixtures rigged on floor-standing truss to illuminate the architectural structure and framework of the buildings.
“The selected lighting fixtures needed to have enough throw to hit the top of the curved framework structure and at the same time have a beam-angle wide enough to cover 2 to 3 structural frames at 5m to 8m apart from a very short distance. The fixtures also needed to operate in all weathers and conditions, rain or shine, with minimum protection, so reducing the footprint of the installation. Domino's IP65 rating, as well as its versatile beam angle, was therefore extremely important.”
Dominos LT fixtures were also selected for illuminating a second location, that of the top dome of the National Gallery Singapore. Four fixtures were used to light the do

eid-festivalActavo Events acquires Star Live’s mobile fleet
Wednesday, 8 March 2023

UK - Specialist production agency Star Live, has agreed to sell its mobile seating and stage fleet to Actavo Events for an undisclosed sum. The deal includes mobile grandstands, 10m mobile stages and a 15m mobile orbit stage. The two businesses will work closely to ensure a smooth transition for all Star Live contracts.
Having established itself in the UK in 2010, Actavo Events has steadily built a reputation as a trusted event infrastructure supplier providing Layher event scaffolding structures, fencing and barriers to a wide range of clients. The addition of the mobile business complements Actavo’s growth strategy for the UK and enhances its product offering to the market at a time when mobile stages are in high demand given the increase in shows that the industry has seen recently. It also complements its existing Layher event scaffolding products and provides greater opportunities to its client base.
Commenting on the purchase, managing director John O’Donoghue said: “The addition of Star Live’s mobile fleet to our portfolio is an exciting development for the Actavo Event’s UK team. Staging is undoubtedly a “showstopper” product, having this within our product range elevates our position within the traditional supply chain.
“We’re looking forward to engaging with the mobile fleet’s client base, many of whom we already have an excellent working relationship with and value our customer service focussed approach, to ensure a smooth transition. It also opens up opportunities within our own client base and is a chance to make n


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