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First Night Riders Kicks Off This Weekend - Get Involved!
The First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car adventure embarks from London's Roundhouse this Friday (June 21, 10am) to raise money for The Theatrical Guild's vital work - and there's still time to get involved.
A host of high profile heroes and heroines are participating in First Night Riders 2013, including film director Vadim Jean, who'll be riding his Triumph Thunderbird, and director of the Theatres Trust Mhora Samuel, who is taking a ride in the back of Industry PR firm The Fifth Estate's fabulous Bentley R Type.
More than 14 motorbikes and three classic cars will be travelling over 600 miles to visit a selection of Britain's most iconic theatres as the route takes them from London to Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and the Midlands from June 21-24. (More details at www.firstnightride.com)
"Now is the time to get involved!" says Sarah Rushton-Read from The Fifth Estate. "The aim - in addition to having fun, of course - is to raise as much money as possible to help fund The Theatrical Guild's incredible support for backstage and FOH workers who are in financial need, eager to be retrained after a period away from the industry, or experiencing severe hardship. This really is a fantastic way for the industry to give something back and assist the people who make the world of theatre happen."
Rushton-Read is offering rides in her Bentley R-Type along legs of the route (which can be found at www.firstnightride.com/page6.html) or the chance to have your company's logo displayed on the Bentley as it tours the route and is the focal point for photocalls at the various pitstops at iconic theatres, for a donation to The Theatrical Guild (email email@example.com)
All participants and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.firstnightride.com/page4.html
So far, this year's sponsors include ABTT, Anderson & Co Sweden AB, Anderson & Pennington, AVW Controls, Belmores Solicitors, Blackout, Blitz, Charcoalblue, DSR Industries, DWD Theatre Design, ETC, Flints Theatrical Chandeliers, Haworth Tompkins, Hawthorn, J&C Joel Ltd, PLASA, Rope Assemblies, Rose Brand, Sapsis Rigging, Set-up Scenery, Stage Freight, The Mackintosh Foundation, The Fifth Estate Ltd, Triple E, and Unusual Rigging.
Alan Jacobi, managing director of Unusual Rigging comments: "The Theatrical Guild is one of the oldest charities in our business, supporting both backstage and FOH people without whom we would not have the theatres to work in. Unusual Rigging is delighted to support The First Night Riders in raising money for this very worthwhile cause."
"We're enormously grateful to the sponsors who have become an important and integral part of the First Night Riders event, making all the hard work worthwhile by enabling us to really make a difference in people's lives - the often unsung heroes of the entertainment industry," says co-organiser David Edelstein. "There are many people still in need of assistance via TTG, and extra funding is vital to help them continue their important work. If you or your company is able to get involved, please get in touch with me asap on firstname.lastname@example.org."
President of The Theatrical Guild, Phyllida Law says: "We love the First Night Riders and their passion for raising money for our charity. It's vital that people from our profession make sure that those colleagues who may become vulnerable can be protected and supported. Thank you to everyone who's getting involved this year!"
19th June 2013
d&b ArrayCalc Version 7 is a Reality
Software development led the way at the d&b audiotechnik stand at ABTT this year. The d&b team were on hand to offer advice, explanation and support to customers wanting to use Version 7 of ArrayCalc. This free software update is the ultimate acoustic simulation tool from d&b: the solution to achieving a room full of sound.
To provide more information and enable visitors to see the software in action, Oran Burns of d&b Education and Application Support presented 'Sound System Planning; your virtual design' in Room B on the Blue Floor as part of the ABTT seminar program. "The ArrayCalc V7 represents a big step forward in the world of the acoustic simulation tool," explains Burns. "It includes functionality to perform acoustic simulations with a number of d&b point source loudspeakers. ArrayCalc V7 betters previous versions in several ways: most significantly it simplifies the process of creating remote control workspaces for line arrays as well as point sources, via an export function into the d&b R1 Remote control software. We feel that being able to demonstrate this live in a seminar environment is a really effective way of supporting designers and engineers who are interested in using this rather clever piece of kit to their advantage."
To achieve the reality of sound however, software alone is simply not enough. Also on show at stand number 143 in the Orange Hall were the little brothers of the d&b loudspeaker range namely the E-Series. The E4 and E5 are lightweight two-way passive loudspeakers designed for speech and playback applications while their slightly weightier siblings, the E6 and E8 are suitable for stand-alone use for live performance or monitors but can also integrate themselves happily into a much larger sound reinforcement system.
For the installation market, the 4S, 5S and the 8S from the White range were alongside their little cousins. The tiniest loudspeaker from the xS-Series, the 4S, weighs in at less than one kilogram but is still able to pack a mighty punch delivering up to 115 dB SPL. Next in line, the 5S is still an ultra compact cabinet but sports a touch more muscle than its baby brother. The 8S is a full range loudspeaker: its frequency response from 70 Hz to 20 kHz allows it to function alone or be supplemented by subwoofers from the xS-Series.
19th June 2013
PLASA London Appoints Bubble & Squeak
Bubble & Squeak, the specialist PR, marketing and events agency for the broadcast and media technology sector, has been retained to provide marketing and PR services for PLASA London. The 13 year old agency was appointed due to its industry knowledge and extensive experience with media industry events; its clients include Broadcast Video Expo (BVE), the largest UK trade exhibition for the broadcast and film industry, as well as UK Screen’s Conch Awards which recognise excellence in audio post-production, and it organised the Music Producers’ Guild awards from 2010-2012.
PLASA London is the key exhibition in PLASA’s international events calendar, and takes place from 6-9 October 2013. This year’s event brings an added challenge as PLASA London transitions from Earls Court to its new high-spec home at ExCeL.
Jen Barratt, show manager, PLASA London, said: "Bubble & Squeak’s experience with industry events, and in particular their recent successes with moving an established show to a new venue, made them an ideal partner for PLASA London. They bring a flexible approach and a positive attitude, and we’re looking forward to working with them in the coming months."
Sadie Groom, managing director, Bubble & Squeak, said: "We’re delighted to be managing the PLASA London account as it extends our reach within the audio sector and opens new markets in the entertainment sphere. PLASA London is the must-attend event for pro-audio and lighting professionals, and the move to ExCeL will bring a new, revitalising dimension to the show."
Dawn Egerton will manage the PLASA London account with support from the wider Bubble & Squeak team.
19th June 2013
Independent Studio Services report ABTT Success
Independent Studio Services reports a "fantastic, busy and vibrant" ABTT Theatre Show 2013. "The visitor reaction to the products on our stand was fantastic," says CEO Simon Caldwell. "The Zoom Stage 1200 went down (and up!) very well, powered only by a standard power drill. The idea was acknowledged to be brilliant and highly practical.
"ABTT put Independent Studio Services on the map as UK distributors for Milos and Tuchler. The truss systems and staging from Milos and Tuchler products are being requested more and more in the UK and we are happy that this trend was reinforced by the obvious interest they generated on the stand," said Caldwell.
19th June 2013
Saville Voted Best AV Conference Supplier
Saville Audio Visual has been named Best Conference Production & AV Supplier at this year’s Conference Awards, beating stiff competition from some of the industry’s biggest names.
Designed to celebrate success and champion excellence, The Conference Awards ceremony was staged at The Brewery in London and hosted by TV comedian Jo Brand. With a sell-out audience, the event has established itself as one of the most significant annual events for the conference industry and raised a major sum for the Macmillan Cancer Charity.
Winners in 20 categories were selected by an independent judging panel, made up of operations directors and managing directors from some of the most successful conference organising companies in the UK.
Receiving the trophy, Adam Pike, head of events for Saville Audio Visual said: "We are extremely pleased to receive this award which we feel acknowledges perfectly the passion and professionalism that the Saville technical teams from across our UK network deliver to every event we do.
"We are committed to providing our clients with the most innovative solutions by using the latest technologies available and by exceeding our proven client service levels. Awards like this confirm we are definitely on the right path."
According to Adam, the Saville entry aimed to demonstrate that the company is responsive to the changing landscape of the business, committed to staff training and adhering to environmental and quality procedures.
The judges commented: "Excellent entry with lots of illustrative detail effectively rationalising why they should win. Excellent examples of creativity and innovation. They have responded intelligently to market changes and customer needs by developing a series of in-house solutions. Impressive client base and retention. Excellent customer service feedback. All round service solution - a very worthy winner of this category."
With 12 UK offices and a client list that includes many of the UK’s leading businesses and organisations, Saville has now won a total of 28 national industry awards in less than 14 years.
In picture: Saville’s Adam Pike and Samantha Carroll with the 2013 Best AV Supplier award.
In picture: Saville’s Adam Pike and Samantha Carroll with the 2013 Best AV Supplier award.
18th June 2013
Doughty Engineering reaches new heights at ABTT 2013
Doughty Engineering unveiled the latest addition to its catalogue of products – a motorised lectern –at this year’s ABTT show, as well as its new and stronger range of truss adaptors.
The motorised lectern is fully DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant, leading many visitors to the stand to try it out ‘for size’! Designed and manufactured in the UK, the black powder coated steel lectern is supplied with a reading light and fitted with anti-vibration/noise dampening microphone mounts to ensure a clear, concise sound from the user.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty Engineering said: "The motorised height adjustment makes this lectern suitable for universal use, whether it’s young children in a school setting, wheelchair users or adults of different heights – not forgetting the problems faced by very tall people too. Changing height from its lowest setting of 640mm to its highest of 1150mm is smooth and simple and takes just seconds, eliminating awkward moments on stage waiting for the lectern to be adjusted and ensuring time is not wasted between speakers."
Mark continued: "Speaking in public is nerve-wracking enough. The design of this lectern is about ensuring that everyone feels as comfortable and confident as possible when giving their speech or delivering a lecture."
The lectern is currently available in black, with an optional flight case also available.
Riggers visiting the stand were shown Doughty’s new truss adaptors for theatre rigs and outdoor events. Made from solid, high tensile aluminium, they fit all major brands of triangular and square truss, enabling it to be lifted into place safely and securely.
With a choice of three hanging sizes – 25kg, 500kg and 1000kg – the new truss adaptors are fitted with slim line clamps. The 250kg size comes as either a fixed or swivel version and is available ready fitted with a 28mm Euro spec spigot.
As with all Doughty branded products, the new truss adaptors are manufactured in the UK and available for immediate shipping.
Mark added: "We hope that all those who visited our stand had the opportunity to discuss their specific needs with a member of the Doughty team. But we are only a phone call away and always happy to discuss how we can precisely meet our customers exact requirements– whether that’s supplying them with some of our off-the shelf products or devising a bespoke solution for a specific venue or event."
17th June 2013
ABTT 2013 Annual Awards
The Association of British Theatre Technicians 2013 Annual Awards, sponsored by two of the organisation’s Silver Industry Supporters Group members, Stage Electrics and Triple E, took place on the evening of Wednesday 12th June, following the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show. With the Awards' jury judging throughout the day and final deliberations taking place late in the afternoon, winners were presented with their individually engraved hook-clamp trophies at London’s Truman Brewery, in front of exhibitors, guests and ABTT members.
The winners are as follows:
ABTT 2013 Lighting Product of the Year : PRG V276 manufactured by PRG
Judges’ comments: The judges felt this product offered a way to get high-end and high-definition results from a media server and control desk at a more budget conscious price. The PRG V276 takes the stadium style operational features of the larger PRG desks and allows users to interface with their own Apple laptop processing power, combined with a hand-luggage friendly control surface, to enable grand results in small situations.
Tom Celner, PRG Controls Product Manager, replied: “We’re thrilled to receive this award from ABTT. The VX76 software has been a very successful product for us on our V676 and V476 desks on projects like the opening Olympic ceremonies of London 2012. With the new V276, we can now offer the same software with a compact, affordable control surface.
ABTT 2013 Sound Product of the Year : KAN200 manufactured by K-array , promoted by Sennheiser
Judges’ comments: The judges found this year’s winner to quite literally offer a 'flexible' approach for getting sound into interesting places. The K-Array KAN 200 flexible array element speaker, the "Anakonda", can be positioned to create a 160º array on the sides of stages, or placed on its side for front/balcony fill. The low profile and choices of black or white covering “sock” offers applications in Front of House areas, as well as fitting into scenic elements for spot effects.
Simon Beesley, Product Manager, Sennheiser UK, replied: “We are really pleased to have received this award from ABTT. Gaining such accolades helps Sennheiser to continue to bring more innovative products to the market. Thanks to ABTT for their consideration of the Karray Anakonda for this award.”
ABTT 2013 Stage Engineering Product of the Year : Batten Clew manufactured and promoted by Gerriets Great Britain Ltd
Judges’ comments: The Judges found that this product offered a good flexible option to easily and efficiently increase loading potential on a flown system. Gerriets’ Batten Clew comes in several sizes and is used to evenly distribute a single point load over several pick up points.
Greg Shimmin, Manager, Gerriets GB, replied: “Gerriets is delighted that the Batten Clew has been recognised by ABTT. It is rewarding when a product receives the backing of fellow technical theatre professionals.”
ABTT 2013 Widget of the Year : All Black Matt Gaffer Tape promoted by Flints
Judges’ comments: This year’s widget is a variation on a classic item that has arguably been used at some point on every stage by almost every technician. However, the slight variation to the ‘All Black Matt Gaffer Tape’ means it can be used for all the last minute temporary repair work where standard Matt cloth tape would not work. It is another occasion where the widget award goes to a simple “why has no one done this before?” product. A genuine aid to the working technician.
Richard Black, Projects Manager, Flints Theatrical Chandlers, replied: “We’re pleased to have again won the ABTT Widget of the Year Award – this time for our All Black Matt Gaffer Tape and also for the special mention with regards to the judges commendation for our Fixed Position Castor. Whether simple or complex, Flints will continue to search out the best in new products for our industry”.
ABTT 2013 Best Stand of the Year : Prompt Side Image Fabrication
Judges’ comments: The judges were inspired by the simplicity of this stand, which displayed to fine advantage the products they manufacture and supply, by featuring a large backlit reproduction of the Venus di Milo.
Peter Baker, Managing Director, Prompt Side, replied: “We are delighted to have won Stand of the Year 2013 as it recognises the culmination of eighteen months work in theatrical drapery innovation.”
ABTT Technician of the Year: Ben Sandford, Production Director, The Questors Theatre, London
Award presented by ABTT Chairman Mark White, who quoted the late Howard Bird, a previous CEO of the Association, who said, “Gravity and electricity act equally badly on the paid and the not paid and are no respecters of the volunteer.”
In picture: Robin Townley, ABTT associate executive officer, hosted the Annual Award ceremony photo: Laura Braun.
14th June 2013
ETC at ABTT 2013: Showing Off What’s New and What’s Updated
ETC showed a wide range of new and updated products at this year’s ABTT show in London, including the Eos Titanium control desk (known as Ti) takes the place of ETC’s flagship Eos at the head of the product line; Eos software v2.0, which introduces a new magic sheet function, and revises device management; Source Four Mini, a palm-sized 50W powerhouse; Source Four LED Studio HD, optimised for on camera white light; and ES1 Dimmer and Source Four Dimmer, providing efficiencies and RDM support for any brand of theatrical luminaire; Sensor 3 Power Control, including ThruPower technology and enhanced configuration and reporting.
The Eos Titanium control desk (known as Ti) takes the place of ETC’s flagship Eos at the head of the product line, with new hardware and features that make designing and programming even easier. With hardware adapted from the design of the Gio desk, the desk now incorporates integrated, articulating, multi-touch displays, backlit keys and an anodised finish; and Ti includes a large multi-touch encoder display and dedicated pan and tilt encoders, in addition to the four pageable encoders. The desk also features 20 user-definable buttons, a backlit keyboard, motorised faders and multiple USB and video ports.
“Eos v2.0 introduces a new magic sheet function, which lets users set up customised, interactive live/blind displays,” explains ETC’s Eos product manager Anne Valentino. “Users can use the magic sheets to organise and work with channels in our traditional tombstone view or via channel symbols. They can select channels and play back palettes, macros and much more. User-defined symbols, images and background graphics may be imported and stored with the show file. It makes programming a breeze.” Eos v2.0 also revises and improves the way it handles RDM for compatible devices.
Following calls for a smaller, powerful Source Four, perfect for museums, restaurants and theatre lobbies where a regular fixture would be too much, ETC has released the palm sized 50W Source Four Mini. Designed with the DNA of the Source Four family, it combines crisp optics and crystal-clear image projection with a bright, even field and user-friendly operation.
Optimised for on camera white light, the ETC Source Four Studio HD is designed to perform in a high definition production world where people (with varying flesh tones) need to look their best. The Studio HD combines exceptional light output with an ultra-flexible, variable white light (2700K-6500K), for more accurate colour rendition on camera.
The ETC Source Four Dimmer, which was introduced at last year’s PLASA show, and its sibling, the ES1 Dimmer, improve lamp efficiency and brightness, while eliminating the need for a separate dimmer room in the theatre. When set to power 750W loads at 120V, both offer higher light output in 230V markets and add RDM, so that DMX addressing, dimmer curve changes and status information can be found at the lighting desk or computer.
Sensor3 power control which now offers enhanced configuration and reporting and high-speed, plug-and-play networking, will also be on show. The system was designed to meet the changing needs of venues, with the accompanying triple function ThruPower modules giving a choice of local override or standard control for each circuit – ideal for conventional, LED or mixed rigs.
When the switch on the front of the module is in the On position, power is connected directly from the circuit breaker to the output without passing through the dimmer or toroid filter (choke), which prevents the control system from turning off the output voltage – even if the control module is removed from the system. In the Dim position, the system controls operation of the module using either the true air/gap relay or the SCR dimmer.
On the second day of the show, ETC’s technical director Adam Bennette held a seminar discussion on LED technology and how to design new systems that support both tungsten and LED lighting in a rational and sustainable way. The talk looked at at LED technology with particular regard to inrush and leakage current, preserving the green benefits of lower powered lighting.
A chat with the friendly, knowledgeable staff was on offer to all visitors to the ETC stand, along with a deliciously refreshing glass of Pimms and lemonade.
In picture: ETC’s stand at ABTT 2013 was popular throughout the show, photo: Digital Deluxe.
14th June 2013
Knight of Illumination Awards Announces Sponsors for 2013
The Knight of Illumination Awards 2013, organised by Clay Paky, ALD, STLD and Ambersphere Solutions, has announced this year's sponsors as Chroma-Q, Hawthorn, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat, OSRAM, and XL Video.
"Over the past six years, the Knight of Illumination Awards have become much coveted and respected amongst UK lighting professionals," says Glyn O'Donoghue from Ambersphere Solutions. "The prestigious nature of these awards are truly reflected by the high calibre of our generous sponsors this year."
For six years the KOI Awards has celebrated outstanding achievements in British lighting design in the sectors of TV, Theatre, and new for this year: Concert Touring and Events (previously titled 'Rock'). And this year it is even better than ever. In recognition of the huge creative impact video now has on show design KOI has launched a new category across all three of its sectors this year: Video Graphic Display (for TV), Video Electronic Content (for Concert Touring and Events) and Projection Design (for Theatre). In addition a new category, Live Events, has been introduced in the Concert Touring and Events section.
XL Video's managing director, Lee Spencer, comments: "We jumped at the chance to support the Knight of Illumination Awards as it recognises the individuals that create the visual events that our industry is famous for. When spectacular events attract worldwide attention, it's important to give credit to the men and women behind-the-scenes who develop these highly creative ideas but might not always be recognised for their work."
Launched in February this year the process will culminate in a glittering ceremony at London ExCel's Platinum Suite at 18:30 on Sunday 6th October. And, due to popular requests, the event itself will kick off earlier than usual to allow more time for friends and colleagues to catch up and meet new people.
James Bawn, Chroma-Q's global brand manager comments: "I believe the KoI Awards offer an important opportunity for the industry to celebrate those who design beyond the boundaries of current technology to raise the bar on what is possible. Chroma-Q lighting solutions are used by leading designers around the world. We are proud to support the KoI Awards, and in doing so, help to acknowledge the achievements of these masters of their craft."
Michael Althaus, managing director at MA Lighting comments: "The KoI winners and nominees have proven time and again that imagination and innovation in design is more alive than ever. Based on constantly upcoming new product solutions, the technical limitations are being pushed further and further. MA is delighted to be part of this technical movement and thankful to all of those creative minds that are taking us with them on their journeys. Supporting KoI is one way to say a big thank you!"
Robert Juliat comments: "We are extremely happy to be an active player in the KoI event because we feel it important that Robert Juliat supports our industry creatives. We like the idea - which has always been very close to RJ's heart - of fostering initiatives which aim to show how vibrant and alive our entertainment industry is, to showcase its professionalism and illustrate what a fantastic environment it is to work in."
Once more the ABTT, etnow.com, Lighting & Sound International, Lighting & Sound America, PLASA, The Theatres Trust, and WiSE (Women in Stage Entertainment) will lend KoI their support.
"Last year, hundreds of top lighting professionals donned their finery and slipped on their dancing shoes to celebrate the outstanding creative achievements of some of the most talented lighting designers working on productions in the UK," says Pio Nahum, chief commercial officer for Clay Paky. "This year the KoI Awards has seen a phenomenal rise in the number of submissions, and I am delighted to announce that we will be showcasing an impressively high standard of creative ability from all sectors of lighting and video design at KoI 2013."
Submissions remain open until the end of July. More information can be found at the KoI 2013 website: www.knight-of-illumination.com
In picture: Chroma-Q, Hawthorn, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat, OSRAM, and XL Video are this year's KOI sponsors.
13th June 2013
AD Systems TouringLineCompact
A number of new products have been unveiled on the POLARaudio stand at this year's ABTT show. POLARaudio is the exclusive distributor of a number of major brands optimised for use in theatre settings and the latest additions to its range will be exhibited along with a selection of established products.
In a UK first POLARaudio will show the AD Systems TouringLineCompact Micro line-array. The TouringLineCompact incorporates two 6.5” neodymium low mid speakers and one 1.4” neodymium high frequency compression driver in an extremely compact, Polyurea coated enclosure. Incorporating AD-Systems Impulse system amplifiers, the TouringLineCompact is complete with all the necessary signal processing. As with its bigger brother TouringLine, the TouringLineCompact uses AD Systems proven Quick-Rig system, allowing rigging for the 15 kilogrammes modules to be managed by a single person.
More new highlights on the POLARaudio stand will include the ASL BS17 beltpack and ASL's digital intercom system, Mackie's digital mixer interface and DLM Series loudspeakers, as well as the Beyerdynamic TG1000 Digital Wireless system and AVIOM A360 Personal Mixer.
13th June 2013
PLASA London Announces Unmissable Audio Content for 2013
PLASA Events has revealed the first details of AudioLab 2013, the hotly anticipated new attraction that will see the creation of a new pro audio arena, theatre and interactive lab.
Taking place at ExCeL London for the first time at PLASA London from 6-9 October 2013, the AudioLab Arena is a purpose-built space for large-format loudspeaker demonstrations, shoot-outs of club sound and PA systems, and private exclusive demo rooms.
The new AudioLab Theatre is an audio school with three expert classes; Live Sound, Installed Sound and The Sound Business.
The third new attraction is AudioLab Interactive, a myth-busting laboratory where you can see live experiments on a range of pro audio equipment. Created in conjunction with audio consultancy, RH Consulting, AudioLab Interactive gathers pro audio experts from around the globe to test pro audio theory. The programme includes experiments entitled Who Says Audio Latency is a Problem? Let's Blow Up Some Amplifiers! What Happens During an Emergency? Which Network Sounds Better? You Think You Know What You're Listening To? And What Really Causes Interference?
Who Says Audio Latency is a Problem? will examine the problem of latency in digital audio systems and use a live performance to find out at what point it starts to affect musicians? It will measure latency across a system, find out where the delays are, and more importantly, ask - do they matter in a real-world situation?
In Let's Blow Up Some Amplifiers! attendees will learn the difference between amplifier types and find out how they work, including what happens when they get hot, what can affect the quality and the power output, what is power factor and what protection circuitry does? Also asks, can you use your amplifier to put up shelves or make toast?
What Happens During an Emergency? is the third session in AudioLab Interactive and features a real-time simulation of what happens in a public space before an audio announcement takes place. The 45-minute session will demonstrate an active voice alarm system and give an insight into the operation of world-class stadia. It will show a stadium system, attempt to break it, illustrate how a redundant system works, and show how a signal path flows following damage.
Other sessions include Which Network Sounds Better? - an analysis of the different methods of audio transport and a comparison of how they actually sound. Which one falls over more easily? Is professional quality digital audio really all the same?
You Think You Know What You're Listening To? asks how much do you trust your ears? Who do you believe when you are told things about audio? What tricks can be played on your hearing?
And finally, find out What Really Causes Interference? Here we look at the different causes of interference and compare the tales and truths of how audio systems can be corrupted.
Visitors have just one week to register for a free visitor badge before the website switches to a paying website. Don't miss PLASA London 2013 at its new home, ExCeL London, 6-9 October 2013.
13th June 2013
Ayrton LED Products Continue to Dazzle
Ayrton, renowned for its innovation in LED product design, continues to fascinate the lighting industry with its new creations. The latest products to hit the market are the new MagicPanel 602, NandoBeam 302 and MADesign luminaires.
“Our new products generated a fantastic amount of interest at Prolight and Sound 2013 which turned out to be the best trade show ever for Ayrton,” says Ayrton’s export manager, Valère Huart-Gyors. “Word is spreading as Ayrton develops as a company with more and more distributors across the world. It is not so common to be innovative in this industry and people like our unique concepts and projectors like the RollaPix, VersaPix and MagicPanel. MagicPanel 602 is really an eye catching projector which many lighting designers and rental companies are extremely keen to use.
“For the show we used a bank of 25 MagicPanels on the rear wall of the stand alongside 65 Nandobeams, and a floor constructed of 126 DreamPanel Floor HD18 tiles. The lighting design was extremely dramatic and showed just some of the creative possibiilties these new units can facilitate.”
The MagicPanel 602 wall wowed the visitors with its array of moving head video panels demonstrating infinite rotation in both tilt and pan axis, each one spreading part of an image or graphic in colour and contour. With thirty-six 15W Osram RGBW pixels, the MagicPanel produces a powerful, tight 7° beam, and appears born to map moving images in 3D space. MagicPanel 602 can be managed by ArtNet, RDM or DMX and produces a sharp edge 15.000 lumen multidirectional light beam, thanks to its motorised infinite pan tilt system – all from only 600W power consumption.
NandoBeam 302 is an elegantly designed, compact 300W LED moving head that is small, light, fast and very edgy. NandoBeam has 19 x 15W Osram RGBW LED arranged in three independently controllable crowns within a small round head; the widest crown is split into two to enhance the effects. Ayrton has developed a lightweight and extremely innovative optical system for hard edged beams with an ultra quick zoom from 8° to 40° which also allows wash applications – all with the fabulous Ayrton colours and at an affordable price.
MADesign is a unique new product which addresses the question of how to light a corporate event using a professional projector. Combining an original concept with a sleek design, MADesign is a tall, reclineable mast light with five adjustable, individually controllable, RGBW LED sources and 45mm high performance optics that allow an infinite palette of rich, pastel or saturated colours, MADesign also features an optional backlight on the rear of the fixture.
MADesign can be directly controlled by a control panel located on the main mast or with an infrared remote or by DMX RDM via the onboard wireless DMX RDM LumenRadio receiver.
This versatile interior architectural luminaire has been developed to light both objects and people and is designed for fast implementation and effective service. Its thin, discreet, efficient and elegant design ensures MADesign responds instantly to the need for autonomous positioning of lighting for stage, interior design and events, for even the most demanding of users.
In picture: The Ayrton team on their stand at Prolight & Sound 2013; New Ayrton products MagicPanel 603, NandoBeam 302 and MADesign go through their paces at Prolight + Sound 2013.
12th June 2013
New beyerdynamic TG1000 at ABTT 2013
Leading UK distributor POLARaudio is exhibiting a notable range of new products at this years ABTT show at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London on the 12th and 13th of June. POLARaudio exclusively distributes a number of major brands designed specifically for theatre applications and these latest additions to its range will be on show along with a selection of established products.
The TG1000 Digital Wireless system is beyerdynamic's first 24-bit digital wireless system, which covers an impressive 319 MHz of the UHF bandwidth (470–789 MHz). With these two features alone, TG 1000 is a hugely flexible system which can be used in a wide variety of venues worldwide, competently and reliably. With SecurityFirst digital encryption technology as standard, 24 channel cascading, an extraordinary 300 metre range and 24- bit Digital Transmission guaranteeing excellent audio performance, the TG1000 is sure to attract a great deal of interest.
More new highlights on the POLARaudio stand will include micro line-array product from AD systems, Mackie's digital mixer interface and DLM Series loudspeakers, as well as the ASL BS17 beltpack, ASL's Digital Intercom System and AVION's A360 Personal Mixer.
POLARaudio welcomes visitors to its stand on both days of ABTT. For more information or to make an appointment visit polaraudio.co.uk or contact the Sales Team on 01444 258258.
12th June 2013
Christie Launches its First Mobile App: Christie InControl
Christie unveils the Christie InControl projector mobile app for applicable iOS devices at InfoComm 2013 this week. Christie InControl is aimed at rental and staging customers using Christie 3-chip DLP M Series and J Series projectors in various applications including trade shows, live events and projection mapping. Fixed installation applications such as classrooms and boardrooms, houses of worship, government facilities and museums will also enjoy the convenience of controlling the projector wirelessly.
The Christie InControl App provides a responsive user interface to commonly used projector functionality such as power on/off, shutter control, test pattern selection, and lens zoom and focus, in addition to more advanced projector functionality like 2D keystone and colour management.
“Christie InControl gives users fingertip projector management of single or multiple projectors from their personal iPad, iPod or iPhone device over Wi-Fi” said Joel St-Denis, value add product manager, Christie. “Users can scan for available projectors on their local Wi-Fi network to add them to a group, or to manually type in the IP address of the desired projector. The App based Wi-Fi control provides a flexible alternative to infrared projector remotes, which can sometimes be out of range or misplaced.”
Benefits of Christie InControl Projector App
- All key projector information is grouped into a single area for simple review.
- Easy interaction and control of Christie 3-chip DLP M Series and J Series projectors.
- Scan for available projectors on the local Wi-Fi network to add them to a group, or manually type in the IP address of the desired projector.
- Main Control interface groups all key commands on one page, allowing for fast changes when needed.
- Ability to adjust zoom, focus or lens position from anywhere within Wi-Fi range, providing easier setup in large staging environments.
- Dedicated user interface for complete control over zoom, focus and lens offset. Position can be adjusted via joystick type interface or by entering specific x/y values.
- Easy group access and ability to create and save projector groups for multi projector control.
- Adjust colour temperature and colour drive level with immediate results on screen.
- Enable single or dual lamp mode where applicable and adjust lamp power level as needed.
- Four Corner 2D keystone control.
- Adjust image size, vertical stretch, horizontal/vertical position, pixel tack/phase and blanking.
- Provides simple slider based interface to adjust key image settings at the touch of a finger.
- Adjust power settings easily to meet requirements of a specific venue or permanent installation.
- Christie InControl is supported on iOS version 5.1 (and higher) enabled devices including iPad, iPhone or iPod.
“With the Christie InControl projector app, Christie continues to improve the end-user experience by offering this high quality app, which further strengthens the Christie Value Add portfolio.” concluded St-Denis.
The new Christie InControl app will be presented at InfoComm 2013. See Christie on stand #2521.
Christie InControl will be available globally as a FREE download from the Apple App Store later this month.
12th June 2013
New AVIOM A360 Personal Mixer at ABTT
Leading UK distributor POLARaudio is showcasing a significant number of new products at this years ABTT show at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, on the 12th and 13th of June. POLARaudio exclusively distributes a number of major brands designed specifically for theatre applications and these latest additions will be on show along with a selection of established products.
AVIOM's new A360 Personal Mixer delivers a new level of control, performance, and fidelity to personal mixing on stage and in the studio. With an advanced 36 channel mix engine, a host of innovative new features and the streamlined user interface for which AVIOM Personal Mixers are renowned, the A360 sets an incredibly high standard.
More new highlights on the POLARaudio stand will include micro line-array product from AD Systems, Mackie's digital mixer interface and DLM Series loudspeakers, as well as the ASL BS17 beltpack and the beyerdynamic TG1000 Digital Wireless system.
POLARaudio welcomes visitors to its stand on both days of ABTT. For more information or to make an appointment visit polaraudio.co.uk or contact the Sales Team on 01444 258258.
12th June 2013
Independent Studio Services at ABTT
Independent Studio Services will be exhibiting for the third year running at the ABTT show where it will be showcasing its range of services and products (Stand 108 Orange Hall).
Specialising in the design, supply and installation of stage engineering systems and offering inspection and preventative maintenance services, the Independent Studio Services’ team will be on hand to discuss customers’ upcoming projects and how they can be best serviced – be it an install or inspection, or a full design and implementation package.
As exclusive distributors for Tüchler, Independent Studio Services will be exhibiting the Tüchler Stage Platform Zoom 1200. Milos Structural Systems representatives will also be present to speak with clients about their truss requirements for theatre, studio, exhibition or retail, all of which are also stocked by Independent Studio Services in the UK.
Independent Studio Services is also pleased to be joined by Heightec who are a leading provider of technical equipment, specialist training and operational support services to height safety and rescue professionals worldwide. They are the only UK manufacturer of technical fall protection and rescue equipment with a national network of dedicated technical training venues.
ATG are on hand promoting their new ‘SET’ brand (Safety, Environmental & Technical) training and services.
“We are really excited to be able to bring together all these manufacturers and their products on our stand,” says Independent Studio Services’ CEO, Simon Caldwell, “Our customers will benefit from direct consultation with the manufacturers and with ourselves so we can showcase just some of the products and services Independent Studio Services offers.”
Come and talk to Independent Studio Services on Stand 108, in the Orange Hall.
12th June 2013
ABTT Moves Forward on all Fronts
The Association of British Theatre Technicians is to use the opportunity of this week’s annual ABTT Theatre Show as a springboard to engage even further with its membership, its partner organisations and the wider industry supporting the technical arts.
More so than ever, the ABTT believes now is the time to build on the aims laid down in its Memorandum of Association: to ‘facilitate the exchange of ideas and information amongst theatre technicians … in any part of the world’ and to support ‘the advancement of public education in the technical subjects connected with the theatre and … promotion … of good theatre design and technical presentation of theatrical works’.
The start of this sees a revitalised Seminar Programme at the ABTT Theatre Show, fulfilling the mission to provide information, stimulate debate, provide a platform for discussion and offer some learning, as part of the visitor experience, alongside the exhibitor stands and business opportunities.
Other examples of how the ABTT supports these aims can be seen in the sponsorship of the official Report for the Theatres Trust Conference: Thriving Theatres, and in its underpinning of the quadrennial International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference, due again in 2014.
The ABTT is also committed to encouraging the new generation of practitioners bringing talent and enthusiasm into the industry. With this aim, the Association will be seeking representation on its Council of Management from the ranks of its Young Associates and Student Associates. Their perspective and experiences are essential in influencing and strengthening the organisation that will support them throughout their careers.
Benefits of membership continue to be reviewed and increased, not only for the working technician – most recently with the implementation of insurance packages tailored specifically to suit – but also for the influential Industry Supporters Group, a dedicated section of the membership for commercial companies, whose growth (year-on-year) has been invaluable in the support and expertise it provides.
The focus to link the membership through social media has resulted in a steady increase in ‘followers’ to its Twitter account and adoption of the Technical Access Passport (TAP) scheme has stepped-up, with new features and a trainer module coming online. Also, details on the new improved ABTT website, with better user functionality, will be announced soon.
Training remains a core activity of the ABTT. From the Theatre Show onwards the Association has information about its initiative to provide an ABTT Training Package for creative apprentices. Derived from the experience of employers such as White Light in supporting apprenticeships and the considerations of Skillscene – the industry forum for strategic consultation and initiative – this scheme promises to assist in providing appropriate training within the apprenticeship structure and in promoting technical theatre as an exciting career option for talented young people.
To support this work, encourage high standards and keep the workforce safe, the ABTT will continue to work independently and in collaboration to produce codes of practice and guidance. The most recent publication is the new edition of Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment 2013. This is the core publication by which the industry looks to its own regulation and the ABTT believes it is essential to ensure that we continue to be able to produce and present performance to world-class standards. The new edition, the first for five years, goes on sale at the Theatre Show.
Finally, the Association continues to consolidate and seek new relationships, co-operations and affiliations with organisations, authorities, government departments or associations, where there is shared ground and where issues of mutual interest and importance can be influenced for the common good.
As an example, the Association was pleased to contribute along with a consortium of employers to an Employers Ownership of Skills bid, seeking national funding to support industry assessment. The outcome of the initial application will be known in the coming months.
The ABTT is also investigating the provision of training regarding the application of BS7909, providing guidance relating to temporary power supplies in the presentation of live performance. This is being developed with the Association’s partner in the world of film & television: Skillset.
Commenting on the ABTT’s future plans, Robin Townley, the Association’s Associate Executive Officer said: “The Association believes that for the technical arts to remain a vibrant and vital part of the UK Entertainment Industry, those who work within them must be able to influence the regulation under which they operate, and the training and assessment with which they are served.
“To do this, each and every technician needs to be able to engage with their industry and have the opportunity to both benefit from the good work that has gone before and contribute to the work yet to be done.
“The ABTT seeks to provide this point of engagement for all: from the most senior and experienced members of our community, right the way through to those who are not yet part of it but seek to become so. In seeking to be at the forefront of all the issues that relate to the execution and development of the technical arts, on any stage, at any time, the ABTT seeks to fulfil its obligation to represent the technical community by providing them with the support, access to information, regulation and professional development, as well as the service and resources they require to work at the cutting edge of their industry.”
11th June 2013
A.C. Entertainment Technologies Showcases Exclusive Theatrical Innovations at ABTT 2013
A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. will be showcasing products at the ABTT 2013 Theatre Show from the many leading brands it distributes exclusively in the UK, including Chroma-Q, Jands, Spotlight, PixelRange, LedGo, Green Hippo, Christie Nitro and Columbus McKinnon – on stand 113.
Other leading brands on show include High End Systems, SGM, Philips Selecon, Soundcraft, Sennheiser, Traction Sound, Litec and many more.
The AC-ET stand is lit by various models from the innovative Chroma-Q performance LED range, including the recently launched, award-winning Inspire LED House Light. Entered for this year's ABTT Product of the Year Award, the fixture's multi-purpose, homogenised output RGBW colour-changing capabilities provide designers with a tool to create environments that seamlessly transcend the physical barrier between the stage and audience. The feature set includes a choice of beautiful whites, soft pastels and bold saturates in a single fixture, a high CRI of 90, DMX-512 control, high energy efficiency, silent operation and theatrical-grade dimming, making the Inspire ideal for theatrical lighting applications.
The stand also showcases models from Chroma-Q's Color Force / Color Block RGBA colour-changing and Studio Force / Force Phosphor / AutoLED II White LED fixtures ranges, which include compact workhorse, foot-long, batten length, moving-head and modular lighting solutions featuring multi-purpose designs, exceptional light output, dimming and colour-blending capabilities perfectly suited to theatrical applications.
Other luminaire brands showcased include models from Spotlight's award-winning GreenLine range of traditional Fresnel, PC, profile, pole operated and followspot theatrical fixtures utilising the latest high-efficiency LED light sources; Philips Selecon's Acclaim Fresnel and PL1 LED Fresnel, and LED strobe and Par lighting solutions from SGM and PixelRange.
AC-ET's extensive portfolio of lighting control solutions is represented by the recently launched, award-winning Jands Stage CL - an entry level, self contained console that has been specifically “made for LEDs”, making it perfect for amateur-theatre or small venues - and the equally compact Vista S1 control surface running Jands’ innovative Vista v2 software.
Also showcased is High End System's Nano Hog 4. Coupled with Hog 4 PC, the Nano Hog 4 provides users with a single unified surface, turning a laptop or desktop into a fully fledged, powerful and intuitive lighting console.
From Soundcraft, the powerful, highly flexible and affordable Si Expression digital mixing console range will be represented. Each model is identical in its feature set, so the only choice is how many faders and local mic pre-amps are needed. Ranging from the super portable 19" rack mount Expression 1 to the mighty Si Expression 3 with its 30+2 faders and 32 mic/line inputs, there is a model to meet all theatre applications.
eRack, meanwhile, is an all-in-one, cost effective solution from Sennheiser UK that provides users with a fully assembled, ready to use, four channel evolution G3 wireless system, which includes the 19” rack, an ASA 1 antenna distribution amplifier, power supply, plus all other accessories required, and is custom prepared with four evolution wireless G3 GB systems of users' choice.
From Traction Sound, the SDS 8i 'Gobi' is a compact, full range loudspeaker featuring a low distortion, high output 8" driver and a Traction Sound proprietary SDS Horn. In addition, the BP 12 'Cub' is a compact, bandpass sub-woofer loudspeaker featuring a low distortion, high excursion 12” driver. Featuring lightweight designs for easy transportation and setup, the models' sound quality is second to none, complemented by heavy duty birch ply construction throughout with a high impact paint finish.
The A.C. Rigging team will be showing Columbus McKinnon's Prostar, a compact 250kg capacity chain hoist in both single and three phase options. Built for the unique rigging applications encountered at smaller venues and incorporating a dual braking system and overload protection for peace of mind.
Also on display will be Litec's range of truss and rigging systems, Out Board Electronics' motor control solutions, BroadWeigh wireless load monitoring devices and a full kit of Petzl's industry standard PPE.
Showing from LedGo's range of modular LED video panels will be their EQ HR / EQ HR Blackface 5mm pitch models providing high resolution screens which are brilliantly engineered to deliver incredible performance at an economical price. The flagship EQ HR Blackface Line is the ideal solution for creating high contrast and visual depth.
Green Hippo’s GrassHopper media server running the very latest Hippotizer V3.2 software will also be on show. Models include the cost-effective, rack-mountable GrassHopper and HippoCritter models, which share the same functionality and components as their bigger brothers.
Representatives from AC-ET’s sales team will be on hand throughout the show to discuss the company’s massive portfolio of over 200 leading brands available from their specialist lighting, audio, rigging and video divisions, as well as their in-house Gel, Cable, and Lamp ‘Express' delivery services, which are primed for a fast turn-around of custom specified consumables.
AC-ET will also be running a number of ‘show-exclusive’ special offers. Drop by stand 113 to meet the team, receive a demo and find out about these fantastic special offers.
Sister company, A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (ACSP), will be on hand to discuss how they can provide bespoke theatrical lighting, audio and AV installations incorporating examples of the very latest technologies showcased on the stand.
11th June 2013
Yamaha Hosts Demonstration Evening at First European AFC3 Installation
Following the installation of the first Yamaha AFC3 Active Field Control system in a European venue, the company co-hosted an open evening for acousticians and technicians to demonstrate how its advanced technology can transform the acoustics of a space.
AFC3 is an acoustic conditioning system which adjusts and enhances the acoustic characteristics of a space, while preserving its natural features. It achieves this by creating feedback loops using microphones and speakers located in the reverberant field of the room to ‘recycle’ the reverberant energy, thus extending the reverb time.
The first European AFC3 installation is at Gäddviken Rehearsal Hall, the rehearsal facility for Stockholm’s Royal Opera. Its 625m2 floor area and 17m ceiling height provides enough space to accommodate the Opera’s orchestra, choir, soloists and complete stage sets. However, being a very different space to the city’s Royal Opera House, the acoustics were proving problematical for the musicians.
Lars-Göran Ehn, the Royal Swedish Opera’s Senior Sound Engineer, found the solution in AFC3. Combined with movable SMT S-wing diffuser panels AFC3 has transformed the space from, as Lars says, “A room considered pointless for our musicians to rehearse in, into a hall where they now enjoy making music. In short: it used to be really bad, but now it's really good.”
The open evening at Gäddviken Rehearsal Hall brought together around 75 consultants and acousticians from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Poland and Sweden. Sharing their experience and knowledge of the system’s design, installation and commissioning were Lars-Göran, Mikael Collin and Matthias Winther from Audile, (AFC3 Audio Partners who also project managed the installation and commissioning on behalf of the Opera) alongside Yamaha Scandinavia’s Tomas Nylén, and Ron Bakker, System Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio.
The attendees enjoyed a demonstration of AFC3 courtesy of a half-hour concert by soprano Lena Nordin and concert pianist Mattias Böhm, the performers afterwards discussing the benefits of the system from the artist’s point of view, explaining to the audience how it works to support and enhance the performance.
After Lars had explained the advantages of installing the AFC3 from the Opera’s point of view, Mikael had given a technical talk on the system and a Q&A session, tenor Klas Hedlund performed, again accompanied by Mattias Böhm.
This time the guests were invited to join the musicians on the floor. Klas and Mattias performed identical pieces of music, with the AFC3 system switched both on and off, so that the guests could hear the difference.
“The AFC3 installation has really increased the ability of the musicians to communicate musically with each other,” says Mattias. “Not only in this case between myself and the soloists, but also between the members of the orchestra. It has made a great difference.”
In picture: Lars-Göran Ehn and Mikael Collin at the Yamaha AFC3 open evening at Stockholm Royal Opera's Gäddviken Rehearsal Hall.
11th June 2013
City Theatrical at ABTT
City Theatrical will be demonstrating their new technology at ABTT (Stand 58 in the Blue Hall) on 12th and 13th June 2013, including new SHoW DMX wireless DMX products, the new Cognito lighting controller from Pathway Connectivity and Moving Light Assistant.
City Theatrical’s SHoW DMX is the wireless DMX of choice for lighting professionals on Broadway and West End shows, permanent entertainment installations, architectural landmarks, major music tours such as U2 and Madonna, and large scale events such as the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics.
The newest members of the SHoW DMX family are the SHoW DMX D4 and SHoW DMX D2 Dimmers. These are tiny devices (the size of a credit card and 14mm thick) designed for dimming LED tape. The SHoW DMX D4 Dimmer has four outputs with a total capacity of 10A with a maximum of 5A on any one channel. The D2 Dimmer has two outputs and also has a total capacity of 10A with a maximum of 5A on any one channel. Both the D4 and D2 Dimmers are equipped with a SHoW DMX Neo Receiver and are compatible with the entire family of SHoW DMX Neo products, including the SHoW DMX Neo Transceiver, SHoW DMX ShoW Baby Transceiver, SHoW DMX Vero, SHoW DMX Vero Net, and the MasterBlast battery powered wireless LED fixture.
The D4 and D2 Dimmers include a user interface to set DMX address and the SHoW DMX broadcast show ID, a variety of user selectable dimming curves and film and video modes. The Dimmers are also RDM proxies and responders, enabling users to set the DMX address remotely, as well as to monitor radio signal strength and battery information on CTI products from the lighting desk.
SHoW DMX D4 and D2 Dimmers were designed to meet the most stringent dimming smoothness demands of professionals and are perfectly smooth with no steppiness at even the lowest dimming levels. The small size of these Dimmers also makes them perfect for costume and prop designers to hide on performers or in small spaces. The D4 and D2 Dimmers both are stocked in a wired version as well as the SHoW DMX wireless version.
Also being shown is the Cognito lighting controller from Pathway Connectivity. Pathway’s Robert Armstrong will be in the stand to demonstrate this innovative new small lighting console that is perfect for smaller venues and shows. The Cognito utilizes natural language control and a graphical user interface for lighting programming, producing an environment in which even an inexperienced user can quickly learn to program, while still having the rich features a more experience programmer expects.
The Cognito console solves the complex task of programming shows for systems that include incandescent dimmers, moving lights, and color changing LED fixtures. The Cognito is network-ready and features a streamlined user interface to guide you through the process of selecting lights, adjusting their attributes, and recording reference libraries, memories, and cues. Once programmed, the show is played back manually or with sequenced playlists.
The Cognito has up to 1024 output channels with no practical limit on the number of memories, cues, or playlists, and its natural language control uses real world terms and values, not channel numbers and DMX values, making operation intuitive for everyone. The built-in fixture library contains over 1,200 commonly available multi-attribute lights from manufacturers worldwide. Context sensitive help is available on every screen by just pushing the Help button.
Andrew Voller will be in the stand as well, displaying Moving Light Assistant. Moving Light Assistant is an application designed to document both the physical setup and programming information for moving light rigs commonly used in the entertainment industry. The application runs on both Apple Mac OSX (Intel only) and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Moving Light Assistant™ features a spreadsheet view showing configuration (lenses, lamps, menu options etc.) of moving light fixtures in the rig and an integrated gobo and Fixture library that’s easily customised and updated.
The application allows for data import and export through Lightwright, as well as data import from the Electronic Theatre Controls EOS family of consoles (presets/palettes, cue list & patch), MA Lighting GrandMA Series 1 consoles (presets, cue list, and patch), and High-end Systems Whole Hog 2 Console (cue list data only). Moving Light Assistant also allows you to design, print, or generate PDF paperwork reports.
10th June 2013
New ASL product at ABTT
Leading UK distributor POLARaudio will have a strong presence at this years ABTT show, to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London on the 12th and 13th of June. POLARaudio exclusively distributes a wide range of major brands designed specifically for theatre applications and will showcase a selection of new and established products.
On show will be the new ASL BS17, a single channel, compact beltpack with much improved serviceability and ruggedisation (lightweight PC/ABS case and Nylon clip). The beltpack features separate Call and Talk buttons with status LEDs and a volume control for the headset, ringer and sidetone. Connections include partyline and headset XLRs.
Also being exhibited will be ASL's breakthrough digital intercom system, which, thanks to innovative use of the newest networking technologies, provides efficient, reliable communications in the most demanding live environments.
More new highlights on the POLARaudio stand will include micro line-array from AD systems, Mackie's digital mixer interface and DLM Series loudspeakers, as well as the Beyerdynamic TG1000 Digital Wireless system and AVIOM A360 Personal Mixer.
POLARaudio welcomes visitors to its stand on both days of ABTT. For more information or to make an appointment visit polaraudio.co.uk or contact the sales team on 01444 258258.
10th June 2013
Triple E Presents 'Specifying for Success' Seminar at ABTT
Entertainment engineering expert Triple E is inviting ABTT attendees to a brand new live discussion entitled 'The Right Kit and the Real Kit: Fighting Forgery and Specifying for Success' on Thursday 13th June, 2:15 - 3pm, Seminar Room A.
Triple E's managing director David Edelstein - who founded the company in 1984 to supply the entertainment industry with mechanical products to aid the assembly and construction of stage scenery - is chairing the debate alongside prominent theatre design consultant Andy Hayles from Charcoalblue, arts and capital projects consultant Simon Harper, rigging expert Chris Higgs, and industry PR Sarah Rushton-Read of The Fifth Estate Ltd.
All five of the industry experts will speak at the event, highlighting their own experiences of either specifying the right equipment for projects, and/or the ongoing fight against counterfeit goods and how it is and will continue to affect the industry.
"As a company with a strong brand and equipment being used widely around the world, the possibility of having parts or complete systems copied is worrying," says David Edelstein. "Bringing the problem into the open so that consultants and end users are aware of the potential problems that acquiring copied and untested equipment into their building is the objective of this discussion. The panel all have different takes on this area from not getting what was specified to the real dangers of using untested rigging equipment."
Chris Higgs adds: "The issue of counterfeiting in my world is very real. Many people aren't aware that lifting equipment and PPE used in Europe must satisfy certain requirements. There have been instances of counterfeit equipment being bought online which adds another dimension to the issue. If some simple checks are made and we don't completely rely on sourcing gear via the internet we can reduce the risks significantly. We all want cheap trainers and probably don't care where they come from, but fake karabiners or shackles is a completely different proposition."
Triple E will also be on Stand 138, Orange Hall during ABTT to exhibit its new rearfold accessory, the TDRIVE motor for Unibeam and Unitrack, the SDRIVE (showing for the first time at ABTT), the 'Marvin' multi-motor controller, and its simple plug and play Wireless TracDrive unit, which attaches to the XLR socket on all Triple E motors and enables cable-free operation.
10th June 2013
Newest in Martin Show Lighting at Showtech 2013 - Hall 1, Stand D65
Visit Martin Professional at the Showtech exhibition at Messe Berlin from June 18-20 (Hall 1, Stand D65) for an up-close look at a broad portfolio of award-winning Martin lighting, video, control and smoke solutions, including the newest members of the award-winning MAC Viper Family of moving heads.
Designed to enhance the theatre, television and stage experience, lighting professionals will want to check out the MAC Viper Wash’s superior light quality and colour reproduction; the MAC Viper Wash DX and MAC Viper Performance, both with internal framing; and don’t miss the MAC Viper Quadray, a unique, multi-beam effect that adds a whole new dimension to the lighting designer toolbox. The MAC Viper Profile and Viper AirFX will also be on hand.
Martin will also be showing the 1500 W MAC III Wash, a high-performance Fresnel luminaire with internal framing. Martin’s VC Family of creative LED video solutions for the rental and installation markets (Grids, Dots and Strips) will also feature as will the latest in Martin’s M-Series control solutions, the compact yet powerful M2GO and the new flagship M6 console. Martin haze, smoke and heavy fog solutions will also be on hand.
Held every two years, Showtech brings together the theatre, television and event industries to see what the future brings in entertainment technology. More than 300 exhibitors are expected at this year’s show.
The entire team at Martin Professional looks forward to a great show and welcoming you to stand D65 in Hall 1.
10th June 2013
Artistic Licence Celebrates New Technology at Showlight 2013
Artistic Licence, industry experts in architectural lighting control and data distribution, gave delegates a technology packed experience at Showlight 2013. The conference, held in the ancient town of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, involved an exciting programme of seminars, exhibits and social events. Artistic Licence enjoyed a particularly strong presence at the show, in the form of exhibitor, sponsor and (through company CEO, Wayne Howell) contributor to the talks programme.
On the company stand, visitors were given the opportunity to try out Artistic’s newest dimming products for eco-friendly lighting: the Phase Detect Dimmer and bladeRunner two.
Visitors were shown how the Phase Detect Dimmer provides an ingenious solution to the challenges associated with LED dimming. LEDs are incompatible with conventional mains dimmers and ‘LED replacement bulbs’ dim poorly, if at all — often presenting stepped dimming curves. However, the Phase Detect Dimmer overcomes these problems, working in conjunction with a standard leading edge mains dimmer and the existing building infrastructure to achieve completely smooth dimming. As such, many were impressed by its obvious suitability for retrofit installations, enabling older fixtures to be replaced by more energy efficient lighting without the need to rewire the building.
bladeRunner two also attracted a great deal of interest, being one the first commercially available products for OLED optimised dimming. OLED (which stands for organic LED) is a new technology that offers planar white illumination, quite different to conventional LED point sources. Many visitors were encountering the technology for the first time, and were interested to learn that the driving requirements are subtly different to LED, requiring stringent fail-safe operation. The stand displayed a bladeRunner two module in the base of a task light, a format that is currently available on an OEM basis.
Visitors were also given a tantalising preview of Artistic’s new remote control apps for iPad and iPhone. Currently in development, the OSC based apps will provide a sleek interface for many Artistic Licence products, including Colour-Tramp, dVnet and DMX-Workshop.
Making its début at the show, dVnet soft provides a versatile software-only version of Artistic’s digital video-to-network converter, dVnet. The product is aimed at retail and architectural applications in which a media facade or light sculpture is to be controlled by video, and the complexity of a media server is not required. dVnet soft offers all the functionality of the original (rack-mount) product, yet can be controlled simply by a laptop operating on Windows 7 – as delegates were enthused to experience for themselves at the hands-on demonstration at Showlight.
Recognising the importance of Showlight’s educational programme and large student contingent, Artistic Licence CEO, Wayne Howell, was on hand to offer advice and answer technical questions throughout the show. For those with a deeper interest, copies of the latest (third) edition of Rock Solid Ethernet, Howell’s indispensible guide to network technology for lighting, were available for preview.
Howell also gave an illuminating seminar on the correct use of lighting control protocols. This ended with an audacious (and subsequently much discussed) prediction that the industry would soon embrace a new data communications technology known as Visible Light Communication (VLC, or ‘Li-Fi’).
As Howell comments: “Showlight is a great forum to discuss ideas and generally raise awareness of topics that may have passed our industry by. I can think of few conferences that have been more lively or stimulating, and I applaud the organisers for pulling off such a memorable event!”
10th June 2013
FBT Audio to Exhibit at ABTT Theatre Show 2013
FBT Audio UK Ltd, the UK distributor for FBT professional audio products, has announced they will be exhibiting (on booth 103) their wide range of theatre and installation products at ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Theatre Show being held at the Old Trumen Brewery, Brick Lane in London on June 12 and 13.
Showcasing its latest Archon, Mitus, Vertus, Promaxx, Verve and Shadow ranges, FBT will be using ABTT to highlight its credentials for sound reinforcement in theatre and general venue applications. Its extensive range of professional audio speakers, subwoofers and ancillary equipment is ideal for any application from active portable speaker and subwoofer packages to full line-array systems for theatres, stadiums including outdoor applications.
Mark Parkhouse, managing director of FBT Audio UK Ltd, said: “FBT has always had strong links with the theatre market around the world with products designed specifically for permanent and portable installations. This is our first time at the ABTT Theatre Show and we are really looking forward to showcasing our wide-range of high-performance products that suit any application.”
Now in its 35th year, the ABTT Theatre Show is the UK’s premier exhibition dedicated to theatre and has built an enviable position as a unique platform for manufacturers, designers and suppliers to showcase the latest advancements in technical theatre.