contrikISE 2024: CONTRIK adds more Power Multicore
Wednesday, 7 February 2024

Europe - CONTRIK showed a comprehensive range of new Power Multicore solutions for the first time at ISE; offering the professional AV and lighting, and broadcast and film location production sectors a wide range of power connectivity solutions from new multicore cable and stringer box series, optimising power cabling costs and complexity in the field.
The new range of Power Strip Multicore ‘stringer boxes’ launched at ISE, comprises six models with Harting E16 connectors, providing for 6 channel single phase breakout, or breakout and daisy chaining, on Neutrik powerCONTRUE1 TOP or Schuko Type F connectors.
Models are designated as offering either ‘X’ (Xtreme protection) or ‘XO’ (Xtreme Outdoor protection). ‘X’ providing high mechanical (IK) protection and ‘XO’ high mechanical (IK) and high environmental protection, allowing for the seamless connection of loads in both indoor and outdoor application environments.
CONTRIK’s proprietary Easylen housing ensures the high IK mechanical protection (up to IK 10+) with high levels of flame retardancy, temperature resistance, UV protection, corrosion insensitivity and non-conductivity.

audiologic-peopleAudiologic strengthens management team
Wednesday, 7 February 2024

UK - Audiologic has announced a number of strategic changes in its operations to capitalise on significant growth in 2023.
Effective 8 January 2024, Kristy Shepherd joins Audiologic as senior marketing manager bringing two decades of marketing experience from the audio visual industry, including 13 years at Reflex, and more recently running her own marketing company.
Shepherd states: “I started in the audio-visual industry at the same time as Audiologic was founded, so whilst developing my career, Audiologic has always been alongside me as a trusted and respected brand. To now be a part of the team that I have grown with, is an exciting opportunity to build out and execute on a defined go-to-market strategy.”
Effective 2 January 2024, Laura Davidson moves from internal sales to take on the role of an internal business manager.
Stuart Leader, senior sales manager at Audiologic comments: “Laura will be a great addition to the business manager team with an already solid knowledge from her time working on internal sales.”
Andy Lewis, managing director at Audiologic concludes: “I am delighted to welcome Kristy to the senior management team at Audiologic, and welcome Laura’s development path at Audiologic - internal development of staff is equally as important as making new hires. A ‘people first’ ethos has always been of focus and these moves strengthen our offering and value to those we service.”

 
 
vision-2025Vision:25 launches waste management guide
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

UK - Vision: 2025 and Julie’s Bicycle launched a Sustainable Materials and Waste Management Toolkit for Festivals at AIF Congress, Bristol on 1 February.
This new resource condenses years of research around industry practices to give organisers a spread of practical, easy to implement waste management processes, to help improve practices, and encourage re-use of materials and reduce waste.
Chris Johnson, Vision: 2025 chair, unveiled the new, free-to-access toolkit, followed by an in-depth presentation by Julie’s Bicycle project lead, Richard Phillips, and Vision: 2025’s comms manager Bethan Riach. The toolkit, which is part of an ongoing industry project, Towards Zero Waste Festivals, focused on improving waste management practices in the festival sector, funded by the Dixon Foundation.
The AIF Congress audience represented over 80 festivals, with over 500 professionals, gathered together at the refurbished Bristol Beacon to discuss many of the issues, challenges and opportunities they face.
John Rostron, chair of AIF, comments: "The climate emergency is an issue that our membership takes very seriously, and part of our ongoing effort revolves around helping festival promoters make their events more sustainable. We have managed numerous initiatives towards this end, such as our Drastic On Plastic and Take Your Tent Home campaigns. It's great to have Vision: 2025 at Festival Congress this year to speak to festival organisers and offer these tools that will help reduce their carbon footprint."
The toolkit, developed by

 
twickenhamCGI installation upgrades audio at Twickenham Stadium
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

UK - Clair Global Integration (CGI) has been chosen to future proof Twickenham Stadium’s new bowl installation using the JBL Professional VLA loudspeaker range.
CGI was called upon to design and install new bowl sound system installation for the historic 82,000-capacity British sports venue, which is owned by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), England’s national rugby governing body.
The project was led by the experienced UK-based team, the results of which have taken Twickenham Stadium into a new era of concert-grade audio capabilities.
Designed by CGI’s UK director, Eddie Thomas, and associate director Tom Williams, the project was delivered by Jake Miller, Steve Watson, and John Hardy, who secured this installation thanks to their collective and in-depth knowledge of high-end stadia audio.
Starting with the original groundwork designed by environmental and technology consultants Vanguardia, CGI built upon this initial delivery phase by installing 16-line arrays flown from the stadium roof.
CGI’s Tom Williams comments: “Each hang comprises 12 JBL VLA-C2100 dual 10-inch cabinets and three JBL VLA-C125 flown sub-bass loudspeakers. The JBL VLA-C speakers use components shared with the JBL Pro VTX range for maximum sonic quality.”
A total of 336 JBL AWC-Series speakers have been used for the under-balcony areas on levels three and four, amplified by Crown DCi8|600N. Crown DCi-N amplifiers were utilized throughout the entirety of the system, with DCi4|2400N used for the main arrays and subs.
There are six-amp rack lo

 
 
saturateMistral S fits the bill for Saturate Designs
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

Thailand - Established in 2009, with offices in Bangkok and Sydney, Saturate Designs specialises in lighting design for the entertainment industry, providing bespoke solutions for festivals, live music, installation projects, films and theatre designs, from concept visualisation through to programming and operation.
Saturate Designs, Thailand recently invested in 16 Ayrton Mistral S fixtures which were supplied by Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for Thailand, Total Solution Marketing Thailand.
The team at Saturate Designs were extremely impressed and pleased to discover the compact, yet powerful Mistral S lights which produce an infinite palette of vivid pastels and saturated colours: “We now own 16 Mistral S which we use across a variety of our own projects and designs,” states Mr Peem Poolpol, lighting and creative designer at Saturate Designs. “We had previously searched for a small 'easy to carry' fixture which could still maintain the high quality and strong light output that is so necessary for our designs. We then discovered Mistral S which is perfect for the kind of work that we do, and, additionally, as an excellent substitute for the riders of many international artists.
“The Mistrals are currently on the fixture list for most of our shows, which can be anything from a small live house of 500 people up to a maximum of 12,000 people for arena shows. The Mistrals are great for most of the applications in each venue that we bring them into. There are some shows where the stages are quite big and need a bit more power, but with the rig

 
gtx-12Last call for TT+ GTX Bedford showcase
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

UK - The countdown has begun to RCF UK’s second open day this week, designed to showcase the new TT+ AUDIO large-format GTX line array. The official launch is taking place in both the south and north of the country, several days apart.
Following the successful presentation at the Glasshouse, Gateshead at the beginning of this week, the roadshow moves to the Millennium Studios, Bedford, where a second presentation takes place on Thursday 8 February for southern based dealers, specifiers and media representatives. The first session at 10.30am will be followed by an afternoon one at 1.30pm.
On demonstration will be the flagship GTX 12 line array, the mid-size GTX 10 line array, accompanied by the GTS 29 subwoofer and XPS 16K amplifier.
The audio visual demo will last around 20 minutes with customer interaction via Q&A and the facility for the presentation to be repeated for late-comers (and those visiting by appointment). A range of refreshments and finger foods will be available throughout.
The GTX System is the flagship of the new TT+ AUDIO brand that sets out to address the full range of challenges faced by touring sound professionals, rental companies, live production crews and large-venue system installers. The GTX approach is based on seamless hardware and software integration consistent with the philosophy of TT+ AUDIO products providing logical and rational solutions for superior quality sound reinforcement.
Registration is available at https://SouthAM.eventbrite.com

 
 
emmysChauvet on the carpet at Primetime Emmys
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

USA - Helping the stars shine more brightly on the red carpet at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles was an elegantly balanced lighting design that featured 124 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by 4Wall Entertainment.
As one of the producers of the red carpet event, Barrett Hall of Invoke Entertainment collaborated with a talented team to create a design that ‘worked beautifully on camera’. “For this event, I wanted to ensure that the lighting was perfect,” said Hall. “So, I brought long-time collaborator Ben Green onboard as our LD, and had 4Wall provide equipment.
“Our ultimate goal was to make TV’s hottest stars look their best on their biggest night as they celebrated their own work and that of their peers,” continued Hall, who achieved this by working with veteran producers: David Jacobi, Neal Roscoe, and Jamie Watana. “How does this translate to lighting? By providing soft, even light anywhere the stars can be photographed or interviewed on-camera by the multitude of media outlets and press in attendance.”
Playing a key role in helping LD Ben Green realize this vision with the team were 96 onAir Panel 2 IP IP65, full-spectrum LED soft lights. Lining the entire red carpet space, from the arrivals area on through the step and repeat, these 1×2 format white light units provided consistently supportive light for the cameras.
“The onAir Panels stood out for us due to their clean black housing, onboard power supply, IP rating, price point, and modern adjustable PWM settings,” said Green. “For thi

 
bromptonBrompton helps d&b create immersive demo
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

Japan - Developed as a toolkit to create natural, harmonious, enveloping, and emotionally engaging listening experiences for rooms of all sizes, from small live music venues to large-scale halls, d&b Soundscape has undergone international tours, and has featured in world-renowned musicals, festivals, and concerts.
Most recently, the technology was showcased at Japan’s 2023 Inter BEE tradeshow, integrating not only the German loudspeaker and amplifier manufacturer’s audio solution, but equally cutting-edge video processing from Brompton Technology to deliver an ultra-realistic immersive experience for show visitors.
As part of the demo setup, the d&b team used a 14m x 2.5m LED vision wall, composed of 140 ROE Visual LED panels powered by a Brompton’s 4K Tessera SX40 LED processor and disguise media servers, supplied by key Japanese AV rental company, Audio Visual Communications (AVC).
“The combination of a high-quality video and audio solution really showcased what can be achieved in driving the immersive experience forward,” shares Craig Lovell, technical and business advisor for d&b audiotechnik Japan. With more than half a century of experience in Japan and 15 years in China, AVC was ideally positioned to deliver the LED setup.
Hideaki Matsubara, department manager of AVC, elaborates on the choice of LED video processing for the demo: “Among suitable LED video processors for the ROE Visual Ruby Series, Brompton Technology’s solution was evaluated as the best choice for picture quality, reliability, and usability,

 
 
sohoMarquee AV selects CDD for Daroco Soho
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

UK - Marquee AV recently helped boost the atmosphere at new London West End Italian restaurant, Daroco Soho, by installing a premium Martin Audio CDD sound reinforcement system.
Introduced to the project by design and construction consultant, Cotton Thompson Cole, Marquee’s project director Stacey Tough, says the preference for Martin Audio had been a joint decision between him and the clients themselves, who had specifically requested the brand. “The fact that they knew, and liked Martin Audio helped the process considerably,” he said. “As they already knew they were getting a first-class product we didn’t have to arrange a demo.”
The brief was to provide a system that would deliver quality sound with even coverage throughout, within the two-storey architecturally led environment. This includes the Wacky Wombat cocktail bar in the basement with a DJ booth, providing a club-like atmosphere.
Marquee AV have provided separate DJ input facilities on both floors, which operate on separate zones, accessed by a number of background music players. Programmable wall controllers on each floor allow for local volume control and independent source selection.
The sound system comprises six CDD8B and four SX210 subs in the basement (Wacky Wombat) and eight CDD6B, underpinned by four discreetly concealed SX210 subwoofers on the ground floor and a single CDD5B in reception. With sound needing to remain consistent through stairwells, corridors and toilets nine Martin Audio Adorn A55T were detailed to function as infills in these ancillary areas.<

 
alobars-villa-duchesne-schoolObsidian and Elation set the stage in St. Louis
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

USA - Alobar's Lighting and Sound has installed a state-of-the-art lighting and lighting control solution at the Villa Duchesne school in St. Louis, Missouri. The new system, which features an NX1 lighting console from Obsidian Control Systems along with Netron signal distribution, includes an array of Elation KL series and Seven Batten lights, providing the school’s Pavich Theatre with a high level of control and creativity in their lighting design.
Alobar's Lighting and Sound, based in St. Louis, has been a long-standing partner of Villa Duchesne, having provided audio and lighting services for the school for over 20 years, including support for graduation ceremonies, Maypole celebrations, and various school events. When the school sought to revamp its theatre lighting system, they entrusted Alobar's with the task.
Ted Kretschmar of Alobar’s was instrumental in the project, having designed and installed the new system. The space, originally a gymnasium transformed into a makeshift theatre two decades ago, underwent a comprehensive renovation, including a new raked floor. According to Kretschmar, a building that originates from the early 1900s posed its own challenges, as did the fact that the ceiling had already been drywalled when they came in, but the company overcame the obstacles and delivered a comprehensive lighting solution that helped revitalize the space. The rigging aspect of the project was overseen by Scott Johnson from Alobar's.
Kretschmar has been using Obsidian’s Onyx lighting control platform ever since the company took over

 
 
powerbase-gym-loughboroughLoughborough gym upgrades with Ecler
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

UK - PowerBase Gym within Loughborough University has undergone an extensive multi-million-pound upgrade, transforming the facility an impressive strength and conditioning environment. Now boasting 3,200m² of training space, the gym caters to both professional athletes and students seeking top-tier fitness facilities.
Recognising the crucial role audio plays in creating an immersive and motivating fitness environment, the university made a strategic investment in audio equipment for the Powerbase Gym. Partnering with audio visual integrator GVAV, in collaboration with Audiologic and the on-site AV team, the gym now showcases a comprehensive audio solution that enhances the overall workout experience.
The university has a longstanding relationship with Ecler, widely deploying their innovative audio solutions across campus facilities, including teaching spaces and sports facilities. Ecler strikes a balance between performance and return on investment, making it the natural choice for the PowerBase Gym installation.
Ben Spurgeon, technical manager at Audiologic led the design of the system, commenting “Designing an audio system for such an expansive space came with unique challenges, and acoustics played a crucial role in the meticulous planning process. Given the gym's high ceilings, reflective surfaces, and limited mounting locations, the decision was made to implement a surface-mount distributed system. This choice was complemented by straightforward control interfaces, ensuring user-friendly operation.”
The installed system includes an E

 
wno-ainadamarWelsh National Opera sings praises of MDG
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

UK - Welsh National Opera's head of lighting and sound, Ben Naylor, was delighted to take possession recently of an MDG ATMe haze generator with a digital theFAN unit, both housed conveniently in MDG's purpose-built Vertical Flight Case.
Naylor explained his choice of MDG and this combination of equipment which was supplied by Robe/MDG UK. “We have been looking for a better consistency of coverage of haze for a long time, as the hazers we’ve used in the past have looked patchy and generally produced more haze in the wings than on stage! The MDG ATMe with flight case and fan not only gives us fantastic haze coverage on stage, it is a safe and efficient way to tour the equipment.”
The Vertical Flight Case is a bespoke design with fitted compartments that hold an ATMe haze generator (or any of the Me1, Me2 or MAX 3000 fog generators), theFAN, two, 9kg (20lb) CO2 bottles, a 4L bottle of MDG Neutral fluid and a handy tool drawer - all in a plug-and-play unit of rugged construction that can be simply and safely used for transportation then rolled into position.
The ATMe, theFAN and Vertical Flight Case were purchased for WNO’s general inventory, rather than a specific production. “We do a lot of co-productions with other opera companies and we see MDG specified on many of the productions we work on. It’s also noticeable how, over the past five years, more and more lighting designers are asking for MDG products too.”
Naylor and his tech team have been very impressed with their neatly packaged and moveable new products, and with their ea

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

Germany Calling - Adele has announced four concerts in a specially-built stadium in Munich this summer - an idea she described as "a bit random, but still fabulous!" The shows will take place in an 80,000-capacity open-air venue in the German city on 2, 3, 9 and 10 August. It will be the first time the singer has performed in mainland Europe since her last tour in 2016.
She said she hadn't been planning any more shows after her current Las Vegas residency and two London shows in 2022. But the star said she had been tempted by the offer of "a one off, bespoke pop-up stadium designed around whatever show I want to put on", which was "pretty much slap bang in the middle of Europe".
Grammy Awards - Taylor Swift stole the show at this year's Grammy Awards, becoming the first performer to win the prize for album of the year four times. The superstar had previously been tied on three best album wins with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra. She received the prize from Celine Dion, who made an unexpected appearance amid health fears. Swift also used the event to reveal a surprise new album. Miley Cyrus and Billie Eilish took the other top awards at Sunday's ceremony.
The Los Angeles show was dominated by women, with R&B stars SZA and Victoria Monét and all-female indie supergroup Boygenius picking up multiple awards, and music icons Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell giving rare and poignant performances. Killer Mike was the top male winner, taking three rap trophies. But his success was overshadowed by an apparent altercation backstage, w

 
ise2024ISE 2024 breaks records at anniversary show
Monday, 5 February 2024

SpainIntegrated Systems Europe 2024 was the most successful edition in its 20-year history. Taking place at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via venue, the show’s organisers have reported that it attracted 73,891 unique verified attendees from 162 countries, a record since the show’s inception in Geneva in 2004. This represents an increase of 27% on the 2023 edition. 
On the Wednesday (31 January) the show had 51,617 visitors, the highest number ever in a single day beating the previous record by almost 22%.
The total number of registrations reached 95,396 with 172,627 visits across the four days. Attendee numbers for the Friday were at 24,528, a record for the show since it went to a four-day event.
Alongside record-breaking occupation in the city’s hotels, bars, and entertainment venues, exhibitors reported unparalleled footfall on booths across the largest ever ISE show.
The exhibition showcased its highest number of exhibitors with (1,408) and the largest show floor space (82,000 sqm net).
Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events commented: "In the illustrious 20-year journey of ISE, we have witnessed the transformative power of innovation and collaboration within our community. ISE 2024 not only reflects the cutting-edge technologies defining our industry but also serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of creativity and

 
 
just-riggingStage Electrics grows with acquisition
Monday, 5 February 2024

UK - Stage Electrics Group has acquired specialist mechanical inspection and testing company, Just Rigging & Inspections Scotland. The acquisition strengthens the group's existing mechanical inspection, maintenance, testing and reporting capabilities across the UK and enhances the services it provides to the education, entertainment and events sectors.
On sharing the news with colleagues, Dave Coull, chief executive officer of Stage Electrics Group, told them, "Additional to our continuing, solid growth as a group organically, I'm delighted to announce the acquisition of Just Rigging & Inspections Scotland, which further accelerates our growth trajectory.
“The addition of Just Rigging & Inspections Scotland not only complements the existing services we're able to provide our valued customers, but it also represents an opportunity to expand the services we can offer to current and new clients."
Coull added, "I'm looking forward to collaborating with the Just Rigging & Inspections Scotland Ltd talented team and welcoming them into the Group. I'm confident that this acquisition will provide exciting opportunities for the enlarged Group and its people and that, together, we'll continue to deliver outcomes we're all proud of for our new, enlarged customer base.”
The sale of Just Rigging & Inspections Scotland also signposts the beginning of the retirement plans of the company's founder and managing director, John Rhymer. He will continue to support the company for a further six months before retiring.
Announcing the

 
fly-frameISE 2024: Tempest launches Fly enclosure
Monday, 5 February 2024

Spain - Tempest launched its latest rental and staging projector enclosure system, Fly, at ISE 2024. Fly’s innovative chassis folds flat into less than half its volume for compact shipping and storage. Fly enables rapid setup and teardown, with minimal tools, saving on time and labour.
Weighting in at just over 20kg (44lbs), Fly is less than one quarter the weight of a standard Tempest Typhoon rental enclosure. Fly is available in four models and is compatible with a wide variety of projectors up to 50k lumens, including all the most popular models in the equipment rental space.
Fly comes with all the usual Tempest protection measures, against airborne pollutants, weather, heat, cold and condensation. Fly also features an AR-coated port glass door, that opens without tools, making last-minute lens changes quick and painless. For extra-long lenses, a deeper Lens Extender door is available.
“We are very excited to showcase our latest rental enclosure system in Tempest Fly,” says Tim Burnham, president, Tempest. “Its truly innovative design makes it perfect for event work requiring a lightweight and transportable enclosure solution, while maintaining the build quality and attention to detail that our professional partners expect from Tempest. The creative people we serve often change their minds, and to be able to switch landscape/portrait, or swap out lensing at the last minute, is truly priceless. Fly will save our partners time and money, while offering them the projector protection they need.”
For large outdoor events, the lightwei

 
 
venueABTT Theatre Show returns to Ally Pally
Monday, 5 February 2024

UK - The ABTT Theatre Show is set to return for its 44th edition once more at Alexandra Palace on 5-6 June.
Over 150 brands will showcase their products and services. In addition, there will be more activities including skills workshops, training, seminars, demonstrations, CV surgeries, career advice and free hearing tests.
The ABTT Theatre Show always attracts a broad range of visitors at all stages of their careers alongside an ever-increasing list of exhibitors from all areas of the industry!
The two-day event will include a wide range of free seminars on the latest industry topics which run alongside the busy show floor. This year’s programme will be announced soon.
The ABTT will once again be providing a wide variety of hands-on skills-based sessions, including taster sessions from the ABTT Bronze Award for Theatre Technicians.
ABTT events manager, Elysia Moore, comments, “It is the 44th edition of the ABTT Theatre Show this year and the event just keeps on getting bigger. The Theatre Show prides itself on growing to meet the Industry’s needs. We will be presenting tailored seminars covering essential topics, building on the popular Skills Workshops introduced last year to promote the need for continuous education and continuing with the in-demand Careers and Professional Development Hub which helps to join the dots between employer and potential employee and guide visitors on the next steps in their career.
“2024 sees more exhibitors on the show floor than ever before and I am delighted that the ABTT Theatre Show re

 
parnelliTreatment Studio wins Parnelli Award
Monday, 5 February 2024

UK - London-based creative agency Treatment Studio has been awarded Media Content Creator of the Year at the 2024 Parnelli Awards for U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere. The 22nd annual Parnelli Awards took place at the Anaheim Convention Centre on 26 January during NAMM 2024, recognising those who demonstrated outstanding work in their fields.
Along with their work with U2 over the past 40 years, Treatment Studio’s impressive portfolio of projects also include Elton John’s headline performance at Glastonbury Festival 2023, Adele’s residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and the Reframe: The Residency Exhibition at The Southbank Centre London.
Willie Williams, co-founder at Treatment said: “For a company that originated in London, to win this US award two years in a row is very gratifying. Thank you all.”
Sam Pattinson, co-founder at Treatment Studio said: 'We'd like to thank U2 for giving us such an incredible creative and technical challenge. Opportunities on this level are rare and, in this case, absolutely unique! It's been an extraordinary experience for our entire team.”
You can read more about U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere in the November 2023 issue of LSi.

 
 
carlaJHS appoints development manager
Monday, 5 February 2024

UK - JHS has announced the appointment of Carla Gracia Calvo as business development manager responsible for international export territories and distributor business.
Spanish born Carla will focus on JHS’s propriety brands including Fret King, Vintage, Encore, Rapier, Odyssey, PP, Kinsman and KAM Audio.
Managing Director Paul Smith commented, “We are extremely fortunate to have found a multi-lingual experienced professional, who is passionate about music and skilled in international sales.”
"I'm proud to start working with JHS, representing some of the best brands in the business on the world stage,” says Carla. “This exciting new chapter will grant me the opportunity to combine two of my greatest passions, travelling the world and connecting with people through music.

 
keroBakersfield station upgrades with Brightline
Monday, 5 February 2024

USA - KERO-TV is the most recent E.W. Scripps TV station to upgrade their studio lighting with a full Brightline system. Long known for its audio innovations, Bakersfield was home to Bakersfield Sound, producing honky tonk and rock legends like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.
“Scripps has a storied history in journalism and cable and is well regarded for its latest multi-platform initiatives,” says Sam Cercone, managing partner, Brightline. “Widely known for pioneering new technologies, the expansive lighting upgrades underway throughout the group further solidify its position as a broadcast innovator.
“With the retrofit kit, we can upgrade existing Brightline fluorescent systems to LED at an attractive cost through repurposing fixtures”, says Cercone. “And the high-colour rendering LEDs enhance video. Upgrading to LED reduces energy consumption, renews the lifetime of the fixtures, and lowers maintenance costs, providing significant savings.”
Converting stations in Billings, Boise, Bozeman, Buffalo, Lexington, Milwaukee, Omaha and West Palm Beach, a team of Brightline lighting directors have assisted local facilities with their installations.
Industry veteran Chris Boyd was the lighting director on the recent KERO-TV project. Chris emphasised that “Brightline LED fixtures offer the total package for studios of all sizes.” Next up, Boyd will visit KMGH-TV in Denver to supervise their turnkey Brightline lighting conversion. With the new KMGH facility scheduled to air in March, viewers can welcome Spring while watching their fr

 
 
Biamp Parlé certified for Zoom RoomsBiamp Parlé certified for Zoom Rooms
Monday, 5 February 2024

USA - Biamp has announced that its line of Parlé all-in-one video and audio-conferencing bars are now certified for Zoom Rooms.
The Zoom certified Parlé bars offer peace of mind and security to integrators, installers, information technology personnel, and end users, assuring them that the product is validated to work seamlessly within the rigorous standards of the Zoom Rooms unified communication (UC) platform and provide extraordinary 4K video and audio-conferencing experiences in small-to-medium sized Zoom Rooms.
The Parlé family of conferencing bars includes the Parlé VBC 2500 video conferencing bar and the Parlé ABC 2500 audio conferencing bar, as well as the Parlé VBC 2500a and Parlé ABC 2500a conferencing bars that include a discrete output for Assistive Listening Systems.
“Enabling seamless collaboration between offices, remote workers, and those travelling is now the standard for creating an effective, productive work environment. To get there, organisations are increasingly relying on UC platforms such as Zoom, but they also require effective conferencing hardware,” said Joe Andrulis, executive vice president of corporate development, Biamp.
“The Zoom certification of our Parlé conferencing bars expands our portfolio of video conferencing solutions designed for small and medium Zoom Rooms, enabling extraordinary collaboration for participants in the room or around the globe.”
The Parlé family of conferencing bars includes built-in Beamtracking microphones to actively track and intelligently mix conversations

 
phoenixPhoenix supports Tansen Samaroh
Monday, 5 February 2024

India - With 2023 marking its 99th season; the Tansen Samaroh (Tansen Festival) has stood proud as an annual musical extravaganza that pays tribute to Tansen - classical music composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist.
Hosted every year in the city of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, since its inception; the event's transformation into an international classical music festival can be attributed to the initiatives of former musical institutions – with the 2023 edition of the festival encapsulating a myriad of celebratory activities designed to pay homage to Tansen.
Held from 22-28 December 2023, the Tansen Samaroh unfolded at various locations across the city of Gwalior and a few neighbouring cities as well; and featured participation from several native, national, and international artists who showcased their talent through live performances in Hindustani Classical music as well as Sufi music, in addition to several informative seminars, workshops and exhibitions of various forms of fine art.
Since the soul of any live music event lies in the quality of its sound reproduction; the organizers of the Tansen Samaroh once again relied on the expertise of Phoenix Networks.
A seasoned partner of the Tansen Samaroh, Phoenix Networks deployed audio setups tailored to precisely meet the specific requirements of each individual performance venue.
Mr. Animesh Mishra, founder-director of Phoenix Networks, shared his insights, stating, "At Phoenix Networks, we are consistently driven by challenges, as they prompt us to think outside the box, innovate,

 
 
la-dbL-Acoustics and d&b forge historic collaboration
Friday, 2 February 2024

Europe - Leading audio technology companies d&b audiotechnik and L-Acoustics have joined forces in a collaboration to advance technologies and tools for the benefit of the industry. The first result of this alliance is a project to jointly develop an innovative software platform designed to revolutionise the configuration and management of Milan AVB networks.
In a departure from traditional competition, born from the companies’ shared commitment within the Avnu Alliance, L-Acoustics and d&b audiotechnik are co-designing a new software platform that addresses some of the challenges which currently discourage widespread adoption of Milan AVB technology. The software will be a neutral, free-to-use solution that eliminates any branding affiliations to help foster universal acceptance. This collaboration reflects the two manufacturers’ commitment to removing barriers and paving the way for broader adoption of Milan AVB, the most stable and open networking technology.
Both companies believe in the high-performance reliability of Milan AVB to enhance the artist’s art and the audience’s emotions. This project is a testament to their combined dedication to advancing technological standards in professional live events. While d&b audiotechnik and L Acoustics lead the initial development, the project actively encourages additional contributors, emphasising inclusivity and collective industry advancement.
L-Acoustics and d&b audiotechnik are also collaborating with SoundPLAN on the key issue of noise impact, working to define an exchange

 
alpd-winnersALPD announces 2023 award winners
Friday, 2 February 2024

UK - The Association for Lighting Production Design announced the winners of their 2023 Awards at the New Technology Showcase at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama yesterday, 1 February. This event, jointly hosted by White Light, the ALPD and RCSSD is an opportunity for lighting professionals to explore and compare the latest lighting technology available on the market.
The Michael Northen Award sponsored by Go Live Theatre Projects, ETC and Vectorworks is this year awarded to Morgan Moroney, a lighting and video designer working across theatre, opera, dance and installation. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Morgan received the 2020 APDG Emerging Designer for Live Performance Award for his design on Ghosts directed by Priscilla Jackman (NIDA). He has been nominated three times for a Sydney Theatre Award in Best Independent Lighting Design and won the 2023 APDG Award in Lighting Design for Cleansed (Redline Productions).
Judges commented that Morgan has developed a beautiful lighting design aesthetic, that his work was original and his choice of colour evocative. They were excited by his portfolio and the range of work he had already undertaken as a young designer and looked forward to following his career.
“I am truly honoured to be the recipient of the Michael Northern Award for Lighting Design. Receiving this award is a testament to the outstanding collaborators I have been privileged to work alongside in bringing these visions to life. It is particularly meaningful to witness the recognition of Australian creat

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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