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I’d like to kick off this issue’s leader with a huge thank-you to everyone who was involved with the very first mondo*dr Awards, which took place during Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt last month. From our sponsors and supporters to everyone who submitted entries, the judges, the shortlistees, the winners and the production team - it was a true team effort and we were delighted with the reception we received to the event. If you skip a few pages, you’ll find some highlights from the evening, or check out our dedicated awards supplement for the full lowdown. Elsewhere in the issue, our interviewee this time is none other than General Manager of Philips Entertainment Lighting, Colin Kavanagh. As a whole, Philips is one of the largest lighting manufacturers in our industry, and it is always interesting to get an insight into those companies - particularly the man himself, who only took up the position 12 months ago. We’ve got our first ever Cinema Report in this issue, too. Although we’ve covered the venue genre sporadically before, we decided to go the whole hog and run a dedicated feature on these technology-packed entertainment hubs. The main venue section covers a large spectrum - there’s the industrial-looking Shelter nightclub in Amsterdam, the glamorous Playboy nightclub in New Delhi, right through to the newest Trinity Baptist Church - Oasis House - that’s opened, and Park Theater, one of the largest seated capacity, non-arena buildings in the nightlife capital of the world, Las Vegas. Finishing up, we have a mammoth In Business section with an exciting Infocomm preview, giving you a sneak peek of what to expect in Orlando and a review of Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. Despite mixed opinions on the exhibition this year, judging by our show report, there was still plenty to keep us lot at mondo*dr busy. In other news, we’re getting close to our busy travel period and, as usual, I’ll be doing a long haul trip East. This year, I plan on visiting a couple of new places, namely Myanmar and New Zealand, so if you have any installations in those regions, or would like to connect me with your distributor, please get in touch.
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J’aimerais débuter ce numéro de Leader en remerciant profusément tous ceux qui ont participé à la toute première remise de prix mondo*dr Awards qui s’est déroulée pendant le Salon Prolight+Sound à Francfort le mois dernier — nos commanditaires et supporteurs, ainsi que tous ceux qui ont soumis leur candidature, les juges, les finalistes, les lauréats et l’équipe de production. Nous avons constaté un réel travail d’équipe et avons été ravis de l’accueil reçu lors de l’événement. Si vous feuilletez un peu, vous trouverez quelques images des temps forts de la soirée, mais vous pouvez aussi consulter le supplément dédié à la remise de prix pour une description plus complète. Autrement, nous rentrerons bientôt dans notre grande période de voyages et comme d’habitude, je ferai un long voyage vers l’Orient. Cette année, j’ai l’intention de visiter quelques nouveaux endroits, à savoir le Myanmar et la Nouvelle-Zélande. Donc si vous avez des installations dans ces régions ou voulez me présenter vos distributeurs, contactez-moi.
Den Leitartikel dieser Ausgabe möchte ich gerne mit einem enormen Dank an alle beginnen, die am ersten mondo*dr Awards beteiligt waren, der letzten Monat während der Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt stattgefunden hat. Von unseren Sponsoren und Förderern bis zu all denen, die Beiträge eingereicht haben, die Preisrichter, Shortlister, die Gewinner und das Produktionsteam - es war eine regelrechte Teamarbeit und wir waren begeistert von dem Empfang, den wir bei diesem Event erhalten haben. Wenn Sie ein paar Seiten weiterblättern, finden Sie einige Höhepunkte von diesem Abend oder schauen Sie sich die spezielle AwardsBeilage für einen kompletten Bericht an. In anderen News sprechen wir detailliert über unsere geschäftige Reisezeit und wie gewohnt mache ich eine Fernreise nach Osten. In diesem Jahr steht der Besuch zahlreicher neuer Stätten auf dem Programm und zwar Myanmar und Neuseeland. Falls Sie also Installationen in diesen Regionen haben oder den Kontakt mit Ihrem Händler herstellen möchten, setzen Sie einfach mit mir in Verbindung.
Con questo numero di Leader vorrei cogliere l’occasione per fare un enorme ringraziamento a tutti coloro che sono stati coinvolti nel primo mondo*dr Awards, che si è svolto il mese scorso durante il Prolight+Sound a Francoforte. Dai nostri sponsor e sostenitori a tutti coloro che hanno aggiornato i dati, i giudici, i candidati, i vincitori e il team di produzione; è stato un vero sforzo di squadra e siamo stati molto contenti dell’accoglienza che abbiamo ricevuto all’evento. Se saltate alcune pagine, troverete alcuni punti salienti della serata oppure, per informazione, date un’occhiata al nostro supplemento dedicato ai premi. Per quanto riguarda le altre notizie, ci stiamo avvicinando al nostro intenso periodo di viaggio e, come al solito, farò un viaggio a lungo raggio verso Est. Quest’anno ho intenzione di visitare un paio di nuovi posti, ovvero Myanmar e Nuova Zelanda, quindi se avete delle installazioni in quelle regioni o vorreste mettermi in contatto con il vostro distributore, potete contattarmi.
Me gustaría comenzar la editorial de esta edición con un gran agradecimiento a todos los que estuvieron involucrados en los primeros Premios mondo*dr, que se llevaron a cabo durante Prolight+Sound en Frankfurt el mes pasado. Desde nuestros patrocinadores y seguidores hasta todo aquel que envió su inscripción, los jueces, los seleccionados, los ganadores y el equipo de producción - se trató de un gran trabajo en equipo y estuvimos encantados con la recepción que recibimos para el evento. Si saltean unas pocas páginas verán algunas partes destacadas de la tarde, o echen un vistazo a nuestro suplemento destinado a los premios si prefieren conocer todo lo que ha ocurrido. En cuanto a otras novedades, nos estamos acercando al periodo que se colma de viajes y como siempre estaré realizando un completo viaje a Oriente. Este año pienso visitar un par de lugares nuevos, como ser Birmania y Nueva Zelanda, así que, si alguno tiene instalaciones en esas regiones o les gustaría que los visite, contáctenme con su distribuidor. Por favor, pónganse en contacto.
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FORGET MULTI-CHANNEL AUDIO, THE FUTURE IS OBJECT BASED Immersive audio is just a buzz word, object based audio is the real entertainment technology of the future, and it’s already here, explains Astro Spatial Audio’s, Bjorn Van Munster Picture yourself at front of house during a live performance, mixing audio not by pushing the faders of a console, but by simply moving your fingertips in space. Each reproduced sound, no longer trapped in a rigid signal path from desk to loudspeaker, now moves seamlessly through all three dimensions. It is as if the venue is filled with bubbles, each containing a strand of your mix, and as your fingers move across a touchscreen, so the bubbles move through the venue. To a lot of people reading this column, that might sound a little like something out of Hollywood. In fact, the experience described above can be had right now, in theatres and venues in Turkey, Moscow, Zurich, Berlin, across the United States and soon across Asia as well. It represents the emergence of a new technology that I believe will spark the most fundamental change in the world of entertainment technology since desks became digital and point source gave way to line array. It’s called object based audio, and it sits at the heart of my company, Astro Spatial Audio. To understand why, you need to call into question a phrase that is too often used, and too frequently misunderstood immersive audio. Today, it’s common to hear manufacturers speculate on the future of live and touring sound, throwing phrases like 3D and immersive audio into discussion. In truth what they are describing is little more than multi-channel surround sound. Just as various formats have sought to capture the imagination of cinema goers, so similar channel based set-ups are promised for the live arena. They will, we are told, change everything. Except, of course, they won’t. Channel based surround sound is nothing new, and nor are the limitations that come with it. Anyone who works in touring sound or in an architecturally sensitive building will understand the irritations of having to
• Above Astro Spatial Audio’s SARA II Premium Rendering Engine.
set-up a network of loudspeakers to fit the format, not the venue. Equally, it doesn’t matter how powerful a DSP is when its job is no smarter than simply playing back a certain number of channels over a corresponding number of loudspeakers. If you add a control platform that requires explanations and tutorials, then you’re left with the uncomfortable truth that amongst live sound professionals, channel based 3D audio will probably end up even less popular than 3D television. For immersive audio to succeed in live entertainment, it must fulfil a number of key demands. It must be simple to use, requiring as little tuition as possible certainly no more than five or 10 minutes. It must be scalable, able to move from one venue to the next, capable of adapting to its environment, working with everything and making the life of crew easier, not harder. Most importantly, it must inspire and excite! At the recent Prolight + Sound exhibition, a well-known UK-based consultant experienced an Astro Spatial Audio demonstration and immediately declared that after years of growing tired of “simply hanging line arrays” here at last www.mondodr.com
was something new, something exciting. He wasn’t alone - when experienced for the first time, true object based immersive audio feels like a riot of possibilities. Behind it, meanwhile, are the principles of wave field synthesis. Put simply, the Astro Spatial Audio solution converts audio signals into audio objects - those bubbles I described at the beginning of this article. Individual audio objects might comprise of a guitar, or a vocal or perhaps a prerecorded playback track - anything and everything that would normally occupy a channel on your desk. Just think of them as suddenly much smarter and more mobile than they used to be. Included within each audio object is metadata. During demonstrations, I often describe this as like each audio object having a back-pack, into which we can place important information, such as the object’s position in three dimensional space, its acoustic characteristics and much more. With this metadata, we make each audio object intelligent, able to communicate far more information back to us than just the signal with which it was created.
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Of course, making proper use of that information requires a tremendously powerful processing engine. For that reason, Astro Spatial Audio has walked away from the use of FPGA-based signal processing, and instead opted for a Linuxbased CPU. The benefits are obvious, not just in terms of power but also scalability and how regularly we can upgrade our software and hardware. The result is the SARA II Premium Rendering Engine, a 3U, road and rack ready state-of-the-art processor offering up to 128 MADI or 128 Dante configurable network pathways at 48kHz/24bit resolution. All paths are assignable to at least 32 audio input channels that can be rendered to up to 128 independently processed sound source outputs (pointsource or plane-wave). Latency is just 5ms, while control couldn’t be simpler with browser-based access to an intuitive GUI, and simultaneous control from up to 10 devices, ranging from mixing consoles and DAWs to tablets and phones running either Android or iOS. Within each SARA II engine is an expandable and redundant 120GB SSD drive, while systems can
be linked as required. Use of the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol delivers interoperability with third party systems, and our philosophy of remaining brand agnostic ensures that our solution works with every console, and every loudspeaker. Crucially, the SARA II uses the meta-data attached to each audio object and uses it to calculate that object’s position within virtual 3D space, as well as that object’s acoustic effect on the virtual space around it, up to 40 times per second. That creates a truly seamless, phase-free, three dimensional audio canvas within which sound engineers can play. What’s more, the shape of the canvas is entirely up to you. A number of auditoria around the world are already using our room acoustics module to re-mould the acoustic properties of their venue. We did the same at both Prolight+Sound and ISE - transforming an exhibition booth into a far larger, domed space, then sending audio objects across the dome, reacting acoustically to their virtual surroundings, just as a real source would in a real room. With true object based audio, loudspeakers no longer simply play whatever audio has been sent www.mondodr.com
• Above One of many busy demonstrations at Prolight+ Sound 2017.
to them, they play the moving reflections of that audio content within the virtual room you’ve created. It’s also scalable regardless of whether you’re working with 16 loudspeakers or 60, the experience remains the same. All of this is, of course, just the beginning of something far larger. At Prolight+Sound we added performer tracking and positioning to our system, courtesy of Stagetracker II, a remarkable RF-based system that offers an accuracy of just 2cm. By wearing a tag no bigger than half a matchbox, performers become objects in our system, and we open the door not just to a new kind of audio performance within the world of theatre, opera and elsewhere, but also to object-based lighting and video, and even more besides. Channel based solutions are limited in scope and ambition. The future of entertainment technology is object based, and the future is now. www.astroaudio.eu The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and not necessarily of mondo*dr magazine.
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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg After a construction period of 12 years, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg finally opened its doors on 11 January 2017, with the Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NDR) Elbphilharmonie Symphony Orchestra - under its Principal Conductor, Thomas Hengelbrok – performing a musical journey at Hamburg’s new landmark building, which took its name from the River Elbe. Celebrated soloists Pavol Breslik, Sir Bryn Terfel and Philippe Jaroussky, as well as the choirs of the NDR and the Bavarian public broadcaster performed at the event. The concert was recorded and broadcast by German public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk from an audio control room in the same building as the performance - using a Lawo mc²66 audio production console for the mix. The mc²66 provided the ideal solution for Elbphilharmonie as it is tailored to the specific needs of the venue. With speed, flexibility and security, as well as groundbreaking user assistance, it was the perfect fit highlighting just why the Lawo mc²66 is a reference point around the world.
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Ovation of the Seas Ovation of the Seas, the third member of Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum Class vessels, took its maiden voyage in April 2016. The ship is packed with a whole host of technology, including Lawo’s VSM Broadcast Control System. The system controls a wide range of areas, including the vessel’s own TV system, as well as routing of all cameras in the musical theatres and nightclubs. The VSM system controls an array of equipment, including all Riedel hardware, the video router, multiviewers, audio router, signal processing equipment by Evertz and the AJA KiPro Rack recorders. Additionally, the VSM system is used closely with coolux show control systems to trigger various events like dropping and lifting screens, recalling presets on scan converters and turning on and off LCD televisions and projectors at the end of shows. Further deployment of VSM includes the Music Hall for live music shows, where the system is used to route the required signals.
The DiMenna Center The DiMenna Center was built as New York City’s only acoustically-optimised rehearsal and recording space dedicated to classical music. It has quickly become an unparalleled resource, serving the entire musical community through affordable, state-of-the-art facilities. A key part of the setup is the Lawo mc²56 audio console. “The mc²56 console was the perfect choice for The DiMenna Center. The audio quality of the console and mic preamps were exactly what we were looking for, with pristine sound and dynamic range that far exceeded the competition,” stated Lawrence Manchester, Chief Recording Technologist for The DiMenna Center. In addition to the 48 fader console surface, the console’s HD Core includes DSP support for up to 280 channels of audio, an 8,192 x 8,192 routing matrix, support for mono, stereo, 5.1 and extended surround mixing, and RAVENNA/ AES67 compliant interface to two Lawo DALLIS Stageboxes with sixty four of Lawo’s bestin-class mic-preamps for extended range and outstanding signal-to-noise response.
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A word from the winners... Gregory Dapanse APG - Winner of Best House of Worship “We are very proud to have received our first international award, from a leading entertainment technology publication. This installation in Lourdes is the perfect example of APG’s knowhow using high-performance products, but it also is a fantastic recognition to the stellar work of our partners and integrators, and a great testimonial of the support are able to provide to integrators for complex projects. We are looking forward to the next edition of the mondo*dr Awards, an industry event that is set to become a must attend.” Francesco Fanicchi Powersoft - Winner of Best Sporting Venue “We are very pleased to have received the award for Best Sporting Venue at the first edition of the mondo*dr Awards. We hope this award brings
luck to both mondo*dr magazine - a leading publication for all readers interested in major fixed install projects worldwide - and to us at Powersoft. This award is proof that by bringing innovation and passion to the industry, our company is going in the right direction.” Rebeca Sánchez Pastor LEDSCONTROL - Winner of Best Nightlife Venue “It is very satisfying to be recognised for your work, which for us is our passion. Thank you very much to those who thought we deserved this. You encourage us to give our best every day.” Lars Heinrich Kling & Freitag - Winner of Best Performance Venue “At Kling & Freitag we are all very proud of
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the project. The Harbin Grand Theatre was a great project and without the strength of our distribution partner Shanghai MYC we couldn’t realise projects like this in China. MYC is doing such a great work and we are looking forward to the upcoming projects to deliver the best sound systems made in Germany to the people in China.” Mary-Beth Henson L-Acoustics - Winner of Best Integrated Resort “What a great experience to be among the very first winners of the mondo*dr Awards for the L-Acoustics installation of an L-ISA 360° sound system at the Puy du Fou theme park! The evenining was convivial and celebratory, and a great way to mingle with industry peers and friends off the show floor and in a cosy atmosphere.”
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David Glaubke Harman Professional Solutions “The excellence and quality put into the mondo*dr publication is carried through to this awards event, which will most certainly become one of the most coveted and prestigious of the year for our industry.”
THE EVENT Amber Etra Philips Entertainment “It was fantastic to support the first mondo*dr awards in Frankfurt and see such wonderful venues be recognised for their designs. We look forward to watching the awards grow and develop further in the coming years with our support.” Koy Neminathan Avolites “I thought the informal experience was refreshing from the traditional sit down dinner awards so it allowed more time to move around the room and network with customers and award nominees. The mondo*dr team did a good job in organising the event and we enjoyed the evening.” www.mondodr.com
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Stephen Dallimore Show Technology “A vibrant night that will no doubt be grow into a beast of an awards show for the international industry. Looking forward to next year’s already.”
Peter Peck Wharfdale Pro “It was a great idea and really well executed. We left the party inspired by some of the incredible installations and it’s our goal to get on the nomination list for next year.” www.mondodr.com
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Joe Lamond NAMM “All of us on the NAMM team felt honoured to be invited to this prestigious event and appreciated the opportunity to meet many new industry professionals from around the world. The staff at mondo*dr made everyone feel welcome and created an environment during the evening that made networking easy and fun.”
Brian Dowdle ADJ “The mondo*dr Awards was an excellent opportunity for people to be recognised and honoured for their talented work in entertainment technology. It was also a great time for people to gather in Frankfurt to catch up with old friends, network and meet new people in our industry. My hope is that the mondo*dr Awards will become an industry tradition for years to come.” Austin Freshwater DiGiCo “Being new to the professional audio industry, attending the mondo*dr Awards was a great chance to meet new people and network. I enjoyed the format of the awards and thought the relaxed atmosphere was a great end to the working day.” www.mondodr.com
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Sarah Rushton-Read Fifth-Estate “The mondo*dr Awards was a well attended, fun event that celebrated some very interesting projects around the world that I might not otherwise have known about. Even better - I met a number of new international contacts at the event and as a result heard about a number of very interesting ongoing projects.”
David Kirk Allen & Heath “There was a real feeling of shared celebration in the room, with people from all aspects of the business raising a glass to some of the most exciting installations and talented people in our field.”
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The focus here is on safety during productions. Over the three days of the fair demonstrations are given to the public of everyday situations, augmented by practical, in-depth, educational and fascinating lectures. An international workshop and Fire Protection Dialogue round off the programme of events.
SAFETY IN ACTION STAGE
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Winners of the Weltenbauer.Youngsters. Award will showcase their works in hall 23 and give a presentation in the Anatomical Theater developed by DTHG according to designs of the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden with the support of the companies CAST, ETC and Lichtblick.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOW AND CONFERENCE BERLIN · 20 – 22 JUNE 2017
presented by DTHG honors the most original and accomplished technical implementation of an artistic concept by a stage performance, a show or an event production.
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INTERVIEW COLIN KAVANAGH PHILIPS ENTERTAINMENT LIGHTING
Colin Kavanagh, General Manager of Philips Entertainment Lighting, is a complex and ambitious man. He describes himself as professionally driven and absolutely committed to the people around him. He has a fundamental belief that anybody, given the right level of support and coaching, can achieve goals way beyond their own expectations - a belief founded on his very own experience . . .
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Based in Dallas, Texas at the iconic Vari-Lite factory, birthplace of the modern automated lighting fixture, Colin Kavanagh joined Philips Entertainment Lighting from parent company, Philips Lighting, just under a year ago - and much has happened since. But let’s put this into context. The entertainment lighting manufacturing industry is relatively young and still comprises many small and medium-sized business. Entertainment of all types from theatre to concert touring, TV to film, sports events is big business and in response the manufacturing industry that supports it is changing fast. Today, some of the best-known lighting brands are owned, driven and shaped by major, multi-billion dollar corporations. Manufacturing ventures, which began in rental warehouses, garages or bedrooms 30, 40 (or more) years ago have today been acquired by huge organisations. None is more invested in the professional show lighting industry than the global giant, Philips Lighting. So, how did a lad from Dublin with a keen interest in deconstructing and rebuilding anything and everything mechanical end up in such a senior position at one of the most recognised global lighting brands in the world?
Colin says his forte had always been physics, maths and design, however, his high school guidance counsellor advised him that he would probably end up being an electrician or a plumber and that university was an unlikely route on his career path. The councillor could not have been more wrong. The advice did not sit well with the determined young Colin: “My uncle was in the Merchant Navy and we had already discussed some of the engineering opportunities in shipping. I needed a way to pay for my further education, and the Merchant Navy seemed the best way forward. I applied to be a cadet for P&O shipping, was accepted and attended a marine college in Cork.” Although there was no fixed obligation to work for P&O on graduating, Colin stayed with P&O for several years, eventually moving up the ranks as an Officer. Working in the engine rooms of P&O Ships instilled a work ethic in Colin that has never left him. “There’s no tolerance on a working ship for someone who’s not pulling their weight. You learn quickly how to fix what you break. You also learn ways to maintain your status as an equal and valued part of the team. As a cadet, I would do two four-hour shifts a day, with eight hours off between each. I learned www.mondodr.com
• Above Colin today.
how to sleep twice a day and I’m still very good at that!” During his time with P&O, Colin travelled the world. “From New Zealand to Australia, South Africa to Mozambique, Israel, through the Red Sea and the Panama Canal. I got to see the world several times over before I was 25. I even went over the international date line on my 21st birthday and completely skipped that day, so technically my 21st never occurred - I guess that still makes me 20!” Most of his fellow engineering officers were English and Colin played this to his advantage: “Each time we docked in English ports, the local guys would want time off to visit friends and family. I’d cover their shifts, so when we returned overseas they owed me a lot of time. I would just take off for a week and get as far away from the ship as I could. It was fantastic to see all these places - Israel, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa - with the exception of Mozambique, where I was very lucky to get out of the country with my life.” Colin eventually left the Navy. “I’d saved enough money to fund a second degree in mechanical engineering,” he explained. “Marine engineering had limited scope for work on land except perhaps for power stations. Computers were becoming
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“My first efforts were to drive more effective communication within the organisation. I’ve now met maybe 80% of the customers, many of them multiple times. My mission was to set the expectation and vision for our staff internally and for our customers externally, and drive the communication around the world.”
integral to business and I was attracted to the mechanical side of that.” With a final dissertation in explosive welding techniques, Colin spent his final year going out into the Irish countryside once a month, accompanied by a squad car, special branch and the army. “We’d set up my experiments and blow tubes to pieces. To clad high purity metals to steel or iron is a fascinating but explosive technology. I made some beautiful lampshades from my results, but that’s about it. They’re very special. 3mm thick copper pipes lined with stainless steel - I never seemed to get the level of explosives quite
right.” On completion of his degree, Colin joined an American electronics company in Dublin. “Three months after I joined, I was approached by my manager who asked if I was available to go to Santa Barbara for six months for training at the parent company.” As an avid sailor and wind surfer, it wasn’t a decision Colin needed to take much time to think about. “12 days later, I had given away all my worldly possessions - a car - and was on a plane to Santa Barbara looking forward to the sun, sea and sand of California. Well, six months
turned to 12; 12 to 18 and, three years later, the company said, why don’t you just stay for good?” Colin moved to Colorado and then to the San Francisco bay area. Somewhere in between Santa Barbara and San Francisco came marriage, two daughters and an MBA. “I missed what I believed was my opportunity for a management position and this drove me to go back to college. I’d applied for a management job in Colorado and my boss said: “Colin, you’re a great engineer, but, from a management perspective, you have no business savvy.” Remarkably, he offered to pay for an
• Left above Colin and his daughter Morgan. • Left below Colin at the Taj Mahal.
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“I love photography and I love cycling. I inherited that from my life in Amsterdam; I would get up at 6 in the morning on a Saturday, hop on my bike and return at 6 on Sunday evening! I had a bike that could carry all my camera gear.”
MBA and in the process changed the direction of my life. Engineering had come naturally and easily to me. The MBA enabled me to develop my skills around people and structures. Suddenly, my mind got busy again.” Various career changes later and Colin was working for Japanese company, Topcon, as a specialist in automation using high-precision GPS systems. “Their markets are mostly automation for the construction industry, road-building for example, and the automation of farm equipment . . . I ran all global operations. The technology was as complex as that we have in entertainment products. It’s a different business, but very similar from a manufacturing perspective.” Five years ago, Colin moved to Philips Lighting. He was initially tasked with transforming the company’s procurement process, a job which entailed managing a budget of around 3.5 billion Euros: “My particular focus was on designing products that met the market needs but also optimised the cost of the design. We did this across 21 Philips Lighting businesses and, on average, we delivered 12-14% savings across the board. That translated into over 400 million dollars per year.” What excited Colin most about that role was building the organisation, the www.mondodr.com
structure, the teams and the cadence. “It was all about supporting the businesses to be the best and most profitable that they could be. It’s not actually about us, but about creating an environment where the business and staff feel ownership of the projects. We supply the expertise and management skills to execute.” Colin ultimately built a central group of skilled individuals and teams that serviced and supported 21 of Philips Lighting’s businesses globally. “It had always been my ambition to deliver an end-to-end experience, so when I was offered the opportunity to head up Entertainment Lighting, I was profoundly attracted to the challenge. I was immediately struck by the four brands under Philips Entertainment Lighting and the sophistication of the technology, which is probably more complex than any other set of products in Philips Lighting. However, the brands had all lost their shine. “My first impressions of the staff was that they are enormously dedicated to the brands, but lacked connections to the wider business of Philips. The entertainment team and our customers are also extremely knowledgeable and come with great expertise, on the brand, application and the industry. To me, it was a diamond yet to be shaped and
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polished and for that reason it hadn’t yet met its full potential. “My first efforts were to drive more effective communication within the organisation. I’ve now met maybe 80% of the customers, many of them multiple times. My mission was to set the expectation and vision for our staff internally and for our customers externally, and drive the communication around the world. We are also listening to our customers and trying to understand their needs, but we know we still have some way to go.” In the past year, Colin says he’s experienced some blunt feedback from customers. “The main concerns have been around Philips’ commitment to the brands. Our customers are passionate about our brands, but a void of information and poor communication has left them feeling isolated and let down. The interesting thing is that many of them want us to be successful. They’ve already invested in our success, some over many years, and they want to make sure we are here for the long
term.” Nevertheless, conversations over the last nine months have changed. Already there’s recognition in the industry, directly and indirectly, that what Philips Entertainment Lighting is achieving is what Colin and his team have set out to do. “I have high standards and expectations from Philips Entertainment Lighting, and although we’re on the right track, I’m smart enough to know we’re not there yet. For most high-tech products, their success breaks down to the following factors: 30% cost, 30% innovation and 40% communication. However, I would argue that in this industry the 40% communication is more like 60%. There’s an assumption from our customers that entertainment lighting fixtures are high quality products - and they are. This means there’s a higher expectation that should there be a problem it should be addressed immediately. The more complex a product the more a customer wants to know they will get immediate support. www.mondodr.com
“Essentially, we are working with businesses that have made an investment in us. These businesses want to be assured their investment will be safe for the long term. They want to know that Philips Entertainment Lighting will be continually refreshing its products and that we can deliver the desired level of service. The aim of Philips Entertainment Lighting is to make our customers’ businesses more successful. It’s a statement I make to all the customers - their success is my success.” For Colin, success in this context is understanding the trends in entertainment lighting, what the future might hold, where the conversation is going and how Philips Entertainment Lighting is going to pave the way: “Lighting raises a broad spectrum of issues. From the technology side, there’s the transition between conventional to LED sources. The applications for entertainment lighting products is broadening, and there’s a continuously growing awareness of the effect that light can have on people. This means that the expectation about the quality of light is on the up. There is a high level of knowledge and engagement from the designers and our customers. At Philips Entertainment Lighting, we’re lucky to have some of the best engineers in the industry, many with upwards of 20 years’ experience. From a technology perspective, it’s all about connected lighting. By putting intelligence into the fixture, the aim is to reduce the overall operating costs. Customers are looking at all aspects of the costs of maintenance, of the service availability, that’s where connected technology is really going to blossom and Philips Lighting leads the industry in leveraging the Internet of Things to transform lives and experiences. “Philips Entertainment Lighting already benefits from the innovation powerhouse that is the wider Philips Lighting, with scope to tap into the expertise of 36,000 global employees,” continued Colin. “The company employs top scientists, engineers, business leaders and marketers. We therefore have an opportunity to leverage capability from a wide spectrum of people and skills. We’re excited about some of the latest technologies we’re being presented with, and there are some we are already utilising within our own new products. We can also take advantage of the facilities, the office space, locations, which are available to us as part of the global organisation. We are maintaining our standalone position, but as I always say to the team, steal with pride and get the support and help you need when you can.”
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Colin is someone who seeks out and provides the opportunities for others. He is a man who creates teams and, although he may not embed himself in them in the conventional way, he provides the right culture, the right environment and the right nutrients for a team to grow together in a positive and cohesive way. However, this can be as painful as it can be rewarding. For Philips Entertainment Lighting teams and their customers, the challenge has been shifting their view from looking backwards to what was before to looking forward to a future of possibilities. “Communication and collaboration around the world is developing,” explained Colin. “Anyone who visited the trade events over the last year will have witnessed this, from LDI to PLASA to Prolight+Sound. All the geographical regions were represented at each show Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia, Middle East and Africa. The global team has begun to gel and people’s knowledge and capability around the world is being shared. We now have the parachute programme, which basically takes experts in certain aspects of our business and allows us to drop knowledge bombs wherever they are needed.” Since coming on board, Colin has made it his prerogative to attend as many trade
shows and events as possible, as well as visit the team globally. “I have now managed to travel to every site, and I think I’ve probably met everyone in the company. The team inspires me. They inspire me to be better. It’s because of them that I love coming to work, wherever I am in the world.” But when Colin is not working what does he do? “That’s a good question. I love photography and I love cycling. I inherited that from my life in Amsterdam; I would get up at 6 in the morning on a Saturday, hop on my bike and return at 6 on Sunday evening! I had a bike that could carry all my camera gear. Of course, there are fewer cycling opportunities in Texas, but I’ve found some good off road locations. Music is also a big part of my life, even if it’s more my daughters’ selection than my own nowadays. We’ve been to concerts together in the past - they were brought up on music and educated about all the greats. “Funnily enough, now that I have joined the entertainment lighting world, I find myself engaging with live shows differently - I’ll sometimes be more focussed on what the lights are doing than the music. It’s become so clear to me how important lighting is to a performance. My daughter recently asked me to explain what I do. And I said ‘well, think of it www.mondodr.com
• Above The Philips team and guests at the TPi Awards 2017.
this way. If you’re at a concert and you turn off the lights what do you have?’ Her answer was ‘a radio!’ If you’re standing in darkness, you’re losing a huge amount of your sensory perception - in many cases, the light closes the gaps. You go into a room and you listen to music, but when you add light, you engage in the performance in a different way. You’re fully immersed, which creates those unforgettable moments.” When it comes to attending a life-changing concert, you may not be able to recall the exact set list, but you’ll never forget the emotion of the experience. It’s the same with people - at the end of the day, people may forget what you say and do to them but they never forget how you made them feel. Colin knows that being an effective leader demands a wide variety of skills from being emotionally intelligent, to having an ability to create resonance and a positive professional climate that liberates employees. He appreciates the need to communicate sensitively, because when leaders speak, their words and actions can have a strong emotional impact. Colin sets great store by recruiting staff and customers to the overriding mission - which, quite simply, is to be a successful business.
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C G R C IN E M AS COMPANY: PHILIPS ENTERTAINMENT LIGHTING LOCATION: LA ROCHELLE AND BLAGNAC, FRANCE
Philips Lighting has announced a partnership with France’s second largest cinema chain, CGR Cinemas, to install more than 400 luminaires from its LED entertainment lighting range, Philips Showline, in 20 auditoriums across the country as part of a pioneering new immersive cinema technology system, LightVibes. Philips Showline SL PUNCHLITE 220 and SL BEAM 100 fixtures have been selected to provide LED colour-changing ambient lighting that works alongside surrounding video effects to create a unique visual media system. The system will transform selected CGR auditoriums into ICE (Immersive Cinema Experience) venues and will intensify the viewing experience by extending feature films, trailers, advertising, event cinema and other on screen content out into the audience. Neils Van Duinen, Senior Director of Business Development at Philips Lighting, explained why Philips Showline luminaires were selected: “Philips Showline offers an amazing colour gamut and colour accuracy, plus the best combination of size and performance. The adjustable zoom optics enables us to create the perfect colour wash in each auditorium, despite differing sizes and layout. The robust design, the longevity of the LED engines and the high-quality mechanics of these lights also guarantees reliability and low maintenance.”
Sébastien Bruel, Chief Technical Officer at CGR Cinemas, said: “Cinema is a collective experience first and foremost and with ICE we ensure the everyone in the audience is at the heart of the action together. The LightVibes system with the Philips Showline luminaires is the only lighting solution which allows us to create a cocoon of dynamic light and visuals around the viewers, taking their entertainment to the next level.” CGR has opened its two first ICE auditoriums in La Rochelle and Blagnac, two others will be released in Torcy and Clermont-Ferrand very soon. Until the end of July, a new auditorium will be opened each week with LightVibes technology deployed. Under the Philips Lighting and CGR Cinemas partnership, there are plans to expand the LightVibes project internationally. General Manager of Philips Entertainment Lighting, Colin Kavanagh said: “With the development of our LED technology and connected lighting systems we are opening up new creative opportunities, not just for entertainment lighting designers but also those from the architectural world, visual artists and now film producers. The LightVibes project is a perfect example of how our innovative Showline product line can be adapted to work for an incredibly broad spectrum of projects. www.lighting.philips.com
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AR CA D I A M E LZO COMPANY: MEYER SOUND LOCATION: MILAN, ITALY
The recently-upgraded Sala Energia auditorium at the Arcadia Melzo multiplex in suburban Milan, Italy is the first cinema anywhere to power all of its screen channels with Meyer Sound LEOPARD line array loudspeakers. The 630-seat Sala Energia now contains the most powerful permanent Meyer Sound cinema system in the world, as well as one of Europe’s largest Dolby Atmos systems. “When I first heard the LEOPARD-based system in our Sala Energia, I was so excited and enthusiastic that I was moved to tears,” recalled Piero Fumagalli, owner of Arcadia Cinemas. “I sensed immediately that the clarity, dynamics, and musicality of the LEOPARD arrays represented a major improvement over the
previous system. “This new Meyer Sound system is our investment in the future,” continued Piero. “Audiences are now willing to pay more to experience a film in the Sala Energia. We have patrons raving about both the sound and image technologies. In fact, they often applaud the sound demo trailers before the features.” Piero points out that LEOPARD supplied an ideal solution for Sala Energia’s 30 metre-wide auditorium, which also has a long throw distance to the back rows. “I had some doubts about using compact line arrays for screen loudspeakers, but when I heard LEOPARD I realised this is a loudspeaker of such exceptional quality that it can absolutely be used in any application,” www.mondodr.com
he said. “For Sala Energia, it has proven to be the best possible solution.” The five screen channels each comprise seven LEOPARD loudspeakers flown under two 900-LFC low-frequency control elements. Additional low-end support thunders though a steel-framed, behind-screen tower of 10 X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers, while drive and optimisation are supplied by a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors. To fully realise the immersive effects of Dolby Atmos, the complete system also includes 30 HMS-12 and six HMS-15AC surround loudspeakers for side, rear, and overhead surrounds, and eight additional
X-800C subwoofers for surround effects. The system was provided by Meyer Soundâ€™s Italian distributor Linear Sound, a division of Eko Music Group, and installed by Brusaporto-based Sangalli Tecnologie under the supervision of Giancarlo Terzi. Complementing the high-impact audio presentation is an enormous 30-metres by 16-metres Harkness Perlux white screen, two Christie 4K digital projectors, and two Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 projectors for special 70mm film screenings. First opened in 1997, Sala Energia is acclaimed as the first choice for Italian film enthusiasts who seek an exceptional movie-going experience. Sala Energia regularly posts impressive per-cinema ticket sales across a variety of genres, including both recent blockbuster digital releases and 70mm roadshow versions of classic re-releases. www.meyersound.com
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COL NAGH I GA L LERY COMPANY: AMINA LOCATION: LONDON, UK
The architects of the new Colnaghi gallery in Mayfair approached Tateside to design an invisible audio system capable of delivering full range audio for events and exhibitions in the galleries various spaces. The client loved the idea of invisible sound and it really was the perfect solution for an art gallery where the attention should be drawn to the exhibits and not unsightly loudspeakers in the ceiling. Amina was an obvious choice and a system was designed using the AIW350 invisible speakers coupled with discreet ALF80 subwoofers for full frequency extension. The system is powered by a Bose Electronics processor and some of the companyâ€™s eight-channel DSP amplifiers, ensuring that crossovers and
limiters were correctly set and audio sources were freely routable via an iPad interface. Architect, Galata Studio was extremely detailed in its approach with the design of the gallery services and the invisible audio system ensured that there was no aesthetic impact. A discreet option was also required for the visual element of the project. For this, a motorised mirror kit projection system was utilised to ensure that the projector was always out of site, even when in use. https://uk.aminasound.com
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V UE A LKM AAR C I N E M A COMPANY: ALCONS AUDIO LOCATION: ALKMAAR THE NETHERLANDS
The Vue cinema in the Dutch city of Alkmaar has been voted the best new-built cinema in Europe by the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA). The quality of its three Alcons Audio-based Dolby Atmos systems has played an important role in the accolade. Taken over by Vue Nederland in August 2015, the Dutch JT Bioscopen cinema chain was one of the first global adopters of Dolby Atmos immersive surround sound and already had several existing Alcons-equipped cinemas. Vue Nederland worked with cinema services specialists CinemaNext on the new installation, who have worked on projects with Alcons since the introduction of the company’s C-series cinema systems. CinemaNext’s first Atmos installation using Alcons products was completed in early 2013. “Alcons products are very well suited to Atmos installations,” said CinemaNext Regional Manager, Matthew Jones. “A key requirement of Atmos is that, when sound is panned, there must not be any perceivable difference in its volume or quality. It needs the loudspeakers used in the 3D array to have very similar output and dynamic range to those used for the front channels. Alcons makes very high quality speakers which, in terms of sonic uniformity, are ideal for this kind of array. “The client wanted a very high end audio solution for Vue Alkmaar. We had done several Atmos systems for them using Alcons in the past, so they were happy to choose it for the new site.” Three of the seven screens at Vue Alkmaar feature Atmos and all are full Alcons installations. In terms of
size, Screen 10 is the largest with 420 seats, with Screen 1 (223 seats) and Screen 8 (148 seats) being smaller rooms. In Screen 10, the Atmos system features five Alcons CR4 large format, tri-amped loudspeakers with twin 15-inch, four 6.5-inch drivers and three RBN401 pro-ribbon, four CB211SL single 21-inch and four CB181SL single 18-inch shallow subwoofers for the main front channels. Two CB362 twin 18-inch units are used for the rear subs, with the surround elements comprise 22 CRS12 12-inch + RBN401 pro-ribbon, eight CRS12GT 12-inch + RBN601 pro-ribbon and CCS8 8-inch coaxial units. The system is powered and controlled by 14 Sentinel3 and two Sentinel10 four-channel amplified loudspeaker controllers. The Screen 1 system comprises three CR4, four CB211SL, two CB362, 26 CRS12, four CR12GT and eight CCS8, powered by 15 Sentinel3 and a Sentinel 10. The Screen 8 system utilises three medium-format CR3 with twin 15-inch, twin 6.5-inch drivers and twin RBN401 pro-ribbon, five CB362 subwoofers, 28 CRS12 and six CCS8, driven by 12 Sentinel 3 and a Sentinel10. “Although Screen 8 is the smallest of the three Atmos installations, the auditorium is still 13m wide, so it needed a fairly large system,” said Matthew. The key features of Alcons pro-ribbon drivers which make them so suitable for Atmos installations is their exceptionally low distortion, only a tenth of the THD of compression or dome drivers. A pro-ribbon driver does not have a compression threshold, meaning that it mainwww.mondodr.com
tains the same tonal balance at all sound pressure levels. When these advantages are combined with the design benefits of Alcons cinema systems - which include advanced integration between amplifier and loudspeakers (actively compensating for the effect of long speaker cables), exceptional patented coverage control, slim designs and performance reliability - it’s clear that the high audio quality needed for Atmos can be more than satisfied by an Alcons system. “The quality of Alcons loudspeakers is the highest available in the market. From my experience, they sound more crisp, accurate and have more dynamics than anything else available,” Matthew continued. “This is borne out by the feedback that we have received from audiences and our client. Everything we have heard is that Vue Alkmaar has the best sounding auditoriums in Holland.” “The sound of Alcons systems is unbelievable, thanks to their revolutionary pro-ribbon technology,” said Gerrit Doorn, Chief Development Officer at Vue Nederland. “Because Alcons speakers and amplifiers deliver the highest quality sound, they have become an essential part of Vue cinemas across the country. Sound is every bit as important as visuals in the cinema experience and the partnership between Vue Nederland, CinemaNext and Alcons ensures that our audiences always enjoy the very best movie experience. We are very pleased that this has been recognised by the ICTA award.” www.alcons.audio
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OD EON SAMB I L COMPANY: CHRISTIE LOCATION: MADRID, SPAIN If there is one thing for which the recently-opened Odeon Sambil Dolby Atmos multiplex in Madrid stands out, it is the number of technological firsts clocked up by its 12 theatres. It is the first multiplex in Spain with all its screens equipped with 4K projectors - all from Christie - and also the first to include Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio sound in all its theatres, and the only multiplex in Spain with more than one laser screen. In this case, Sambil has two screens equipped with laser projection, both with Christie Solaria CP42LH RGB projectors. The list of firsts doesn’t stop there. The two Christie RGB 3DLP laser projectors introduce EWD (Enhanced Wavelength Diversity) technology to Spain for the first time. EWD uses a unique mixture and configuration of Christie laser modules which reduces the impact of speckle and offers spectacular viewing on silver screens. “Christie is the only projector manufacturer offering EWD projection, affording a much richer, colourful, brighter and higher contrast image quality. And that means we can give our audiences a truly unforgettable movie-going experience,” explained Luis Millán, owner of Odeon Multicines. Luis started out in the cinema exhibition business back in 1984. Later on, he set up Equipo de Cine, an integrating company that installed its first multiplex in 2003. The experience he has accrued over the years through several installations has made him one of the major players in the digitalisation of cinemas in Spain. In 2012, he founded Odeon Multicines, which is now one of the country’s most important chains, totalling 98 screens in the whole of Spain. So it comes as no surprise that Luis dreamt up the idea of Odeon Sambil Dolby Atmos, recently opened in March, now Europe’s most advanced multiplex. Located in the Sambil shopping mall, next to Madrid’s main beltway, it can seat 2,000 people over a floor area of 6,000 sq metres. The two largest theatres at Odeon Sambil, with 18-metre screens, are equipped with Christie RGB laser projectors. Each one of these projectors uses eight laser modules to generate 40,000 lumens – since each module can generate up to 5,000 lumens of white light. In addition, the scalability of the platform makes it possible to easily add, remove, activate or disable up to a dozen modules depending on brightness requirements, meaning that it is possible to produce up to
60,000 lumens if needed. The other 10 screens in the multiplex, ranging from 10 to 18 metres, have a combination of Christie CP4220 and Christie CP4230 4K 3DLP Cinema projectors, all coming with Christie IMB, a DCI-compliant totally integrated media block to easily and efficiently run the cinema content. If that weren’t enough, it is the largest all Christie Vive Audio and Dolby Atmos installation in Europe. And, as Chris Connett, EMEA Market Development Director for Christie Vive Audio, stressed, it is also the most complex: “A multiplex usually has one or two Dolby Atmos theatres, with the rest of the screens offering 5.1 or 7.1 sound. But this complex has Dolby Atmos and a record number of Vive Audio speakers and amplifiers in all its theatres. This is totally unique and demonstrates Odeon’s strong interest in equipping the whole complex with the best cinema sound available on the market.” With a total of 514 speakers, the impressive Vive Audio installation at Odeon Sambil boasts the whole spectrum of Christie LA2, LA3, LA4, LS4S, LS5S, LA3S, LA4S and LA3C models for screen, surround and ceiling, and S218, S215 and S118 subwoofers, as well as 217 CDA2, CDA3, CDA5 and CDA7.5 amplifiers. “Christie Vive Audio is the most advanced cinema sound system on the market,” continued Luis. “Christie’s line array (LA) speakers provide absolute sound fidelity and produce higher sound pressure levels without disturbing the viewer because they don’t generate any kind of distortion. Furthermore, they offer absolutely uniform coverage across the whole theatre, meaning that spectators can hear even the tiniest details, ensuring a superior immersive sound experience.” Another outstanding feature of the new multiplex is that the 12 theatres are equipped with Harkness Clarus XC 170 silver screens. These screens are 3D ready, which ensures that all 12 screens at Odeon Sambil can project 3D movies, another first in Spain. The multiplex uses Get-3D’s passive 3D system. Likewise, all the 12 auditoria have premium leather upholstered seats designed specifically for the multiplex by the Spanish company Josper. “These truly high-end seats are designed to afford spectators unparalleled comfort, and not just in one but in all 12 screens, something no other multiplex in Spain can
match,” Luis emphasised. The lobby is another of the multiplex’s distinctive features. Measuring almost 30 sq metres, its gigantic video wall made of 18 75-inch LCD screens is proving to be another talking point for visitors to the complex. The engineering and integration of the new multiplex was commissioned to the Christie partner Ingevideo, who did an impressive job working hand in hand with Equipo de Cine, the company who looked after installing the equipment. These companies introduced a whole series of technological developments into Odeon Sambil that are still unheard of in most multiplexes. For instance, they installed a Crestron automated control system to run the lights and doors of all twelve theatres. They also integrated dimmer LED lighting in the Vive Audio speakers to underscore the design, lending the theatres a unique cutting-edge touch by changing the color and intensity of the speaker lights while screening the advertisements. “Honestly, we are proud to have designed Spain’s most outstanding cinema complex to date,” said Miguel Ángel Piqueras, Director General of Ingevideo. “It was a genuine challenge given the complexity of integrating so many groundbreaking new systems in record time, but the end result is a world-standard multiplex where spectators can watch movies with unbeatable image and sound quality,” he added. Marcos Fernández, Christie Director for Spain and Portugal, who was at the helm of the project for Christie alongside Chris Connett and Adil Zerouali, Cinema Director for Christie Europe, explained: “We ought to underline just how exceptionally good this multiplex is, completely unique at the current moment, when it is not a common practice among many suppliers to seek excellence and offer spectators maximum quality. In this case, I believe we have achieved our goal, not only for the projectors and the speakers, but for the multiplex as a whole. The experience the audience is going to have is only available to a few, and having a cinema complex like this in Spain is something we are proud of.” Adil concluded: “We are convinced that, thanks to the EWD RGB laser, Vive Audio and Dolby Atmos in this new complex, people will rediscover the experience of going to the movies; immersed in the vivid images and clarity of sound, they will be completely caught up in the story.” www.christiedigital.com/EMEA
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NCG COMPANY: BARCO LOCATION: ESPOO, FINLAND
In Espoo, Finland, NCG has official opened its first all-laser cinema theatre. Seven laser-illuminated projectors from digital cinema expert, Barco will help NCG deliver upon its promise to offer overwhelming movie experiences. Always a frontrunner, NCG installed a Barco DP4K-60L laser projector at three of its flagship cinemas in 2015. As well as the exceptional image quality, NCG praises the low operating cost of the laser projectors. NCG has now stepped up its investment in laser, as NCG cinema chain equipped its brand-new theatre at the Iso Omena shopping centre in Espoo with a full stack of Barco laser projectors. Veronica Lindholm, Managing Director of the
cinema said: “Laser-illuminated projection offers truly amazing images, especially for 3D movies. Besides the unequalled image quality, the low total cost of ownership of Barco’s laser technology supported our decision to go laser. In a realistic simulation, Barco demonstrated the difference between the lifetime expectancy of laser and of traditional xenon lamps. The savings on operating costs is impressive, especially for the laser phosphor projectors.” The new Finnkino cinema features one DP4K60L flagship laser and six DP4K-23BLP laser phosphor projectors. www.barco.com
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CINEMA 8 COMPANY: FOHHN AUDIO LOCATION: SCHOFTLAND, SWITZERLAND
The CINEMA 8 complex in Schöftland, close to Zurich, Switzerland, aims to offer visitors a rather different journey of discovery in its airport-style complex. Alongside a range of restaurants and bars, fast food and duty free outlets and hotel rooms (some with private cinema balconies), visitors have several viewing options that include an open-air cinema and four Dolby Atmos movie theatres. The theatres have been exclusively equipped with loudspeakers from Fohhn Audio. Originally conceptualised by Hanno Ziesche of
AudioSonic, who was also responsible for the room acoustics, the four state-of-the-art 3D movie theatres - with a capacity for 150 up to 383 spectators - were built over a period of more than two years. In total, 130 Fohhn Linea LX-100 hybrid line source speakers have been installed for optimum sound reinforcement and the best possible realisation of Dolby Atmos. A further 30 Fohhn Arc-Series AT-50 loudspeakers, 24 AT-35 loudspeakers and 44 CLT201 ceiling loudspeakers have also been included to provide audiences with a realistic 3D audio www.mondodr.com
experience. Each system complies with the stringent Dolby standards. For low frequency coverage and full realisation of sound effects, six Fohhn PS-9 active subwoofers have been incorporated at both the front and in the ceiling areas at the back of each cinema, each delivering 8,500W of power. Over 40 Fohhn D-4.750 and 20 D-4.1200 4-channel, Class-D, DSP amplifiers are used to drive the passive loudspeaker systems. Fohhn Audio’s Uli Haug commented: “The effective implementation of Dolby Atmos with the Fohhn
loudspeakers has been praised both during the installation, measuring and tuning procedure and by audiences who are relishing the powerful, realistic cinematic experience that this audio object-based concept offers. In addition to enabling individual objects to be moved and placed anywhere in the three-dimensional sound field, the sound itself fills the entire theatre, creating a totally immersive movie experience. Even films that are not loaded with effects are reported to have a more â€˜naturalâ€™ soundtrack. We have been delighted with the response to this installation.â€? www.fohhn.com
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LUNA CINEMA COMPANY: NEXO LOCATION: LONDON, UK
The Luna Cinema, one of the UK’s leading producer of open-air cinema events, has purchased two complete systems of NEXO’s new GEO M6 compact line array from Orbital Sound. The Luna Cinema’s popular screenings are all about classic film entertainment, delivered with state-of-the-art projector and screen technology in the UK’s most beautiful and prestigious settings, the grounds of castles and stately homes, city parks and botanical gardens. This summer, The Luna Cinema has taken delivery of two 24-cabinet NEXO GEO M6 line array systems to provide
high-fidelity audio to complement the investment in video technology. Company Director and Production Manager, Jamie Plummer explained why the GEO M6 is proving to be a winner, both logistically and musically. “The M6 cabinets, packaged neatly 6 to a flight case, work superbly in many different configurations. This is perfect for our touring needs, giving us the flexibility to go from a three-box groundstack to a flown array, depending on venue. Typically, we’ll range from arrays of 6 modules per side for a small show with around 300 people, up to 12-a-side for the bigger events where we get audiences of 2,000, even 3000 in places like Kew Gardens in London or Leeds Castle.” Jamie praises the compact size and portability of the GEO M6, as well as its impressively economical power consumption. “Having used the system on the first events of the season, we are struck by how it’s such good value for money. The coverage is so much better www.mondodr.com
than anything we used before, and the dispersion is easy to control, which is very important for our sites in London where everyone is very sensitive about noise pollution.” Lucy Jenkins, Sales Account Manager at NEXO’s newly-appointed main UK dealer, Orbital Sound, recommended and specified the system package for The Luna Cinema. Sales Director Andy Simmons organised an impressive system test at a secret location, and took the order after the Luna team auditioned a 12-per-side M6 system delivering audio over 100-metres. “The GEO M6 provides outstanding clarity, which is what we’re looking for,” confirmed Jamie. “Usually we’re running at around 80dB levels, so we’re not looking for bone-crunching volume, but it is essential to have crystal-clear dialogue and effects and the compact M6 cabinets will throw that over more than 80 metres - they’re brilliant.” https://nexo-sa.com
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THE MAUREEN O’HARA COMPANY: CRESTRON LOCATION: LONDON, UK
This stunning cinema from audiovisual integrator, Custom Sight & Sound is part of London’s newest exclusive luxury development known as Embassy Gardens. Part of a new diplomatic precinct on the riverside, the residential and commercial centrepiece of the Nine Elms Regeneration Area. Embassy Gardens is the result of a collaboration between two pioneering developers, EcoWorld and Ballymore, and aims to realise their vision for a new kind of luxury development. The move of the American Embassy to Nine Elms is at the core of this exciting and extraordinary development that boasts some of the finest residential facilities in one of the most cosmopolitan
cities in the world. Every resident of Embassy Gardens is a member of the Eg:le Club, which offers access to private first-class amenities. Inspired by glamour, features include 24-hour concierge, fitness and business facilities, TV lounge and bar and a sky deck consisting of a rooftop oasis with orangery, bar and sky pool. But most distinctive and impressive is its extraordinary cinema, The Maureen O’Hara, which includes luxury automation from Crestron. The private cinema is beautifully designed with all the necessary luxuries. The space can be used for commercial presentation and social gatherings but most importantly for its primary purpose as perhaps the most
enjoyable and comfortable private cinema in London. Guests can enjoy private screenings of major sporting events and film releases, parties or presentations from the plush banked seating and in full widescreen format. Audiovisual integrator CSS chose a high resolution Runco projector with Cinewide lens displays incredible, lifelike images onto a Screen Research XLR screen, that are accompanied by commercial grade Datasat surround sound amplification and ProCella loudspeaker systems. A Crestron CP3 control system is the backbone of the space all made effortlessly easy to control via a Crestron touch screen. www.crestron.com
are QSC. But the distinction doesn’t stop there - all theatres are also Q-SYS controlled and monitored on the network. Among the benefits of Q-SYS in the complex is that a technician can log on and check the status of all cinema sound system components from anywhere with network access. This saves immeasurable time and expense, and establishes a new level of preventative maintenance. The large GDX room with Dolby Atmos also happens to be the first QSC Certified theatre in North America. QSC Certified Theatres are equipped with complete sound systems from QSC, the leader in cinema sound, and must meet a set of strict technical guidelines that ensure an outstanding moviegoing experience. Goodrich Quality Theaters began in 1930 with a single
screen in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, and now has 31 theatres with 287 screens throughout the Midwest United States. “We’re excited to be the first QSC Certified Theatre in the US,” said Martin Betz, Chief Operating Officer of Goodrich Quality Theaters. “We’ve been impressed with the powerful sound quality of QSC paired with a one-of-a-kind networking and monitoring solution throughout the entire complex at Kendall 11 GDX,” he added.“To be honest, most of the time when customers talk about sound, it’s generally a complaint, but at Kendall, we’re in uncharted territory hearing all the positive comments from customers on the QSC sound systems.”
GOODRICH KENDALL 11 GDX CINEMA COMPANY: QSC LOCATION: CHICAGO, USA
Modern cinemas are becoming fully networked environments. Today’s multiplex is likely to manage movie playlists, POS (point of sale) systems, ticketing, digital signage, and other subsystems on a LAN, often monitored by an offsite network operations centre (NOC). Following the global transition from film to digital content delivery and projection, cinema sound systems are also increasingly resident on the network. Q-SYS, the digital networking platform from QSC, has become standard in the world of commercial / professional audiovisual for providing an IT standards-based solution that’s scalable for systems of all sizes, including corporate enterprise, airports, theme parks, and sport venues. Over the last several years, the list of venues now includes the world’s movie theatres. The recently renovated Goodrich Quality Theatres Kendall 11 complex has joined that list. Located in the US near Chicago, Illinois, the site was expanded in 2016 from 10 theatres to 11, with the addition of a deluxe 400-seat room with a proprietary premium large format called GDX (Giant Digital Experience), featuring luxury rocking seats and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. The Kendall 11 complex is also an ‘all QSC’ site - all amplifiers, sound processing, and loudspeakers in every theatre
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Ukrainian department store TSUM boasts a new sound system from Audac.
TSUM is a central department store in the heart of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Just like any other well-known department store, TSUM has a large history. The official opening was in 1939, but, during World War II, it was almost completely crushed by bombings. The importance of this department store is not to be underestimated, for the rebuild was completed only two years after the war. The building witnessed many defeats and victories in the Ukrainian history and has become inseparable from the Kiev skyline.
In 2013, the second reconstruction process started. Three years later, during the summer of 2016, the constructions were finished and the new TSUM opened its doors. This venue has, through the years, grown to an iconic brand with a perfect location and a unique format. The TSUM department store includes eight floors of fashion apparel, footwear, cosmetics, perfumes, products, cafes, bars and restaurants. Implementing the sound system gave the sound engineers quite a challenge. The Ukrainian customer requested a complete solution, fully
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complying with all international audio standards of sound pressure level, speech intelligibility, and uniform coverage. A 3D model and detailed acoustic calculations helped to select the most appropriate type of speaker for every zone. As a result, the CELO5 highend two-way, five-inch ceiling speaker in combination with the TR1024F Audio line transformer offered the perfect solution. This installation relies on the top-notch sound delivered by aluminum cone woofer/ tweeter, and the possibility to connect a great number of speakers using
100V amplifiers. This audio solution provides a natural and clear sound reproduction. One of the main requests from the designers was to make the speakers invisible. Once again, it proved that a selection of CELO5 speakers was the way to go. Thanks to their slim grill design with a very thin border, these speakers become nearly invisible when mounted. An additional advantage of the CELO5 is its secure mounting ability and its ease of installation. www.audac.eu
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NEW ADELPHI THEATRE Officially opened in Autumn 2016, the theatre is part of the ÂŁ55m New Adelphi Building built within the campus at the University of Salford. Autograph Sales & Installations worked with the in-house team to provide a full technical install. www.mondodr.com
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The building itself has been meticulously designed to provide a focus for arts and culture - playing host to music, performance, art, design and architecture students. There are a wide range of facilities on offer across all seven floors of the New Adelphi Building, with two large television acting studios, six industry-standard recording studios, 36 dedicated rehearsal rooms and seven photography studios to name just a few. However, most impressive is the New Adelphi Theatre - a 350-capacity multifunctional performance space that is able to be modified into five different seating layouts depending on the performance planned. Laurence Boot, Technical Manager for Music & Performance, explained what the New Adelphi Theatre is used for: â€œThe theatre is a multifunctional performance space used primarily to house work by students from the School of Arts & Media. This includes theatre productions, musicals, comedy nights, dance shows,
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music concerts, film screenings and fashion shows. “Whilst primarily a space for student performance and education, the theatre has also hosted professional theatre shows and a series of high-profile conferences.” With such a diverse range of shows, performance and events due to be held at the theatre, along with the five separate seating variations, the technical install was expected to be an intriguing, complex task. In the end, that task - in terms of the audio - fell to Autograph Sales & Installations, who were contracted to design, provide and install a full system to suit the venue. Euan Mackenzie, System Designer at Autograph, takes up the story: “The University of Salford invited bids for the design, provision and installation of a sound reinforcement system for the New Adelphi Theatre. The system needed to
be adaptable and able to accommodate the requirements of this multipurpose, flexible venue, whilst complementing the pre-installed infrastructure of the space. “One objective made clear by the technical team at the University was that they needed a system which would cover all performance orientations without the need to de-rig or re-rig any speakers, as they would have little time to turn around the space.” Laurence stressed the importance of flexibility, too, particularly in terms of the performances and events planned at the theatre. “Due to the nature of the activity that takes place in the theatre, the space had to be as flexible and user-friendly as possible,” he said. “The audio system had to provide even coverage across five different seating layouts, with sufficient power and clarity to handle everything from rock concerts to speech, remaining
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INSIDER INSIGHTS NAME: Euan Mackenzie JOB TITLE: System Designer at Autograph LIKES ABOUT TECHNOLOGY: The ability to send anything anywhere is increasingly important. The wealth of technology available is astounding, particularly in pro audio, digital technology and IP-based systems have reached the point where Sound Engineers need to be adept IT professionals. DISLIKES ABOUT TECHNOLOGY: If a system is well thought through, it improves the performance. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Gradual upgrades to venues, or poor communication, sometimes result in a less efficient setup. It all takes valuable focus off the art of conveying emotion. THE NEXT BIG THING IN TECHNOLOGY WORLD: Digital radio microphones have already begun replacing their analogue counterparts - the technology has begun to come of age.
discreet within the venue and with as little re-rigging as possible between layouts. So, a pretty big ask!” Having taken the various requirements into consideration, Autograph recommended an EM Acoustics audio system for the New Adelphi Theatre. Once it was approved by the team at the University of Salford, Autograph began the installation process. The audio system itself is essentially two PAs in one - a musical theatre end firing PA and a vocal PA. The proscenium system comprises six EM Acoustics EMS-126 loudspeakers in L-C-R positions, with two EM Acoustics EMS-61 loudspeakers as a side fill for the upper balcony, along with two EMS-118 subwoofers from EM Acoustics, too. The combination of end firing and vocal PAs under balcony delays and front fills are covered by 48 EMS-51 loudspeakers - with only 16 of these used for end firing delays / fills. As well as those, there are also two more EMS-61 loudspeakers mounted behind the main left and right speakers – these are used to provide side fill for the audience seated on stage. To highlight the flexibility of the system, the loudspeakers have also been programmed to be available as stage fill monitors when the theatre layout does not have seating on the stage. For control of the audio system, a DiGiCo SD9 console is used, as well as a DiGiCo Orange box, while a QSC Q-SYS 250i processor handles the DSP for the theatre - which is all done over Dante. The signal continues over Dante to seven EM Acoustics DQ10D amplifiers, which cover most of the required speaker processing. “Control of the system is accessed via a dedicated seven-inch Q-SYS touchscreen in the control room,” said Euan. “It allows
switching between End Firing, Thrust, Long Traverse, Short Traverse and In the Round at the touch of a button.” Although it was a successful installation, there were obstacles for Autograph and the team at the venue to overcome during the project, as Euan explained: “Putting this many speakers into a theatre has its complications as the infrastructure typically limits how the system can be implemented. Thankfully, we had enough speaker tie-lines to achieve everything we needed to. “During commissioning, it was apparent that two sub positions were required to cover all seating layouts. To achieve this, we needed to program a high pass/ low pass switch in the Q-SYS snapshots to allow for the same facility panel to be used for front fills or subs, depending on the stage orientation. “The theatre team came to us near the end of commissioning and explained that they needed to have varied thrust stage depths. This would affect the position and timing of the front fill speakers. So, instead of programming several additional presets to cover all the possible combinations, we added control of the front inner and outer delay timing to the Q-SYS touchscreen.” Additionally, there is a dedicated cinema mode to configure the end firing system and surrounds to suit film playback. If the balcony or upper balcony are not in use, the speakers on those levels can be muted from the touchscreen. The cinema mode is needed as the venue can convert into a film theatre, with Autograph also installing that system. “Following the installation of the theatre system, Autograph were also tasked with commissioning the installed system for cinematic playback,” said Euan. “This included supplying additional I/O cards
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for the Q-SYS DSP to accommodate the preinstalled surround sound system, along with a new Denon DN-500AV surround processor.” For the visual element, a Christie D12WU-H projector is used, along with a Roland V800HD vision mixer, all of which was provided by Stage Electrics and installed by the in-house team at New Adelphi Theatre. Stage Electrics also supplied the lighting for the theatre, too, which Laurence expanded on further: “With the lighting, we went for a mix of generic, intelligent and moving heads all controlled by the ETC Gio console. This gives good versatility and allows us to cover a wide-range of activities. “Having a broad range of lighting stock is also important to us as an educational facility, because students coming to study Technical Theatre which is a new degree starting next academic year - will learn about both traditional and modern
fixtures and techniques.” Among the fixtures used are 12 ETC Source Four 15/50 profiles, 12 ETC Source Four 25/50 profiles, 12 ETC Colour Source Pars, six ETC Colour Source Spots and six ETC Lustr MK2 profiles. As well as the range of ETC fixtures, there are eight Martin MAC Quantum Wash moving heads and eight Martin MAC Quantum Profile moving heads. To complement the lighting, the team at New Adelphi Theatre have also added two Martin by Harman Jem ZR44 Hi-Mass smoke machines, two Look Solutions Unique 2.1 Hazers and two LED Strobes, which give the team more options in terms of creating specific atmospheres for performances and events. With everything in place, it has to be said that the install has been a huge success - and it’s particularly impressive when you consider the
various requirements and size of the venue itself. Although it’s a compact, 350-seat theatre, it is packed with innovative solutions, all of which is made possible by the technology installed. “Thanks to Autograph, the audio system has met the brief fantastically well. There was regular consultation between Autograph and our technical team throughout the process, with several tweaks and suggestions from both sides occurring over the course of the project until we were happy,” said Laurence. “The final system we have ended up with is fantastic – the EM Acoustics speakers / amps sound great and the capability of the Q-SYS to reconfigure the system at the touch of a button is incredible. “We have ended up with a versatile and highpowered professional performance venue. For an educational institution, it is just amazing.”
TECHNICAL INFORMATION SOUND 6 x EM Acoustics EMS-126 loudspeaker; 36 x EM Acoustics EMS-51 loudspeaker; 2 x EM Acoustics EMS-81X loudspeaker; 2 x EM Acoustics EMS-118 subwoofer; 1 x DiGiCo SD9 console; 1 x DiGiCo Orange Box rack unit; 1 x QSC Q-SYS Core 250i processor; 7 x EM Acoustics DQ10D amplifier; 4 x Sennheiser EW 500-965 G3 microphone LIGHTING, VISUAL & SPECIAL EFFECTS 1 x ETC GIO desk; 12 x ETC Source Four 15/50 profile; 12 x ETC Source Four 25/50 profile; 24 x Par 64 c/w CP61 / CP62 lamp; 24 x ETC 1kw fresnel; 12 x ETC Colour Source par; 6 x ETC Colour Source spot; 6 x ETC Lustr MK2 profile; 8 x Martin by Harman MAC Quantum Wash moving head; 8 x Martin by Harman MAC Quantum Profile movng head; 2 x Martin by HarmanJem ZR44 smoke machine; 2 x Look Solutions Unique 2.1 hazer; 2 x LED strobe; 1 x Christie D12WU- H projector; 1x Roland V800HD vision mixer www.salford.ac.uk/newadelphi
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The city of Amsterdam boasts a wealth of entertainment, and among the most popular is clubbing, especially given that both venue operators and authorities believe youth culture to be a positive thing. One of the latest venues to hit the scene is Shelter, and it has been kitted out with a true club system from Funktion-One. www.mondodr.com
Electronic music, clubbing and a freedom to express oneself, are all part of Amsterdam’s colourful fabric. A combination of forward-thinking venue owners and promoters mixes nicely with authorities that, unlike many others, view youth culture as a positive thing. It makes for a healthy environment for the nightclub industry. It’s the perfect home for new, 700-capacity club, Shelter, which is located beneath the A’DAM Toren - a large tower behind Amsterdam’s Central Station on the northern banks of the river IJ. The tower was built by Shell in 1971 and was a base for the multinational oil and gas company up until 2009. Subsequently, the building was taken on by the local government, who sought to re-purpose it by inviting proposals from a number of parties. In the end, the winner was music. A’DAM also stands for ‘Amsterdam Dance and Music’, which reflects the business of the owners and main tenants. Shelter’s General Manager, Merijn van den Heuvel, explained the idea behind Shelter: “To be a clubber’s club, with sound, quality and vibe as top priorities in every decision we made from day one. In addition to that, the idea behind Shelter is to be a truly Amsterdam club, with an international allure. The Shelter experience should essentially be the way that we ourselves would like to envision a proper night of clubbing.” Of course, technical considerations like sound and light are very important in answering these aims. “It’s everything,” enthused Merijn. “Quality was essential in building Shelter physically and as an idea, with sound quality at the absolute top of the list. A great clubbing experience starts, without any exception, with a great sound system and the acoustics to make it sound even
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• Above The fourpoint system on the dancefloor was designed to immerse clubbers in the music.
better. We want the artists we book to have the greatest sound experience as well, that way they can be the best DJs they can be. You can see the enthusiasm in the artists playing our club and that has an effect on the crowd and energy in the room. “Lighting plays an important role in the technical side of things as well. A subtle lighting plan, not too dominating, can give a certain atmosphere something extra or help boost that peak moment to a whole new level. We work together with the best sound engineers and lighting technicians who have put their touch of magic to a lot of Shelter nights. Bróna Lynch, our lead engineer, has been especially invaluable. She’s been with us from the start and helped plan the acoustics, set up the system and tune it to what it now is: a first-class musical experience over our four-point FunktionOne system.” Shelter opened its doors during last October’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). It was apt timing for a venue with a predominantly electronic music policy. It was Shelter’s programmer, Kolja Verhage, who connected with Think!
AV’s Remco van der Werff, leading to the company installing a Funktion-One sound system. “We’d been talking to the guys at Shelter for almost two years,” explained Remco. “They were thorough in their research and wanted to test various loudspeaker manufacturers. Then a couple of months before ADE, I spoke with Kolja and that conversation led to us being brought in as audio consultants. “They have a really good sound engineer, Bróna Lynch. Bróna and Shelter’s General Manager, Merijn van den Heuvel wanted to have something different than the normal left right set up with delays. Bróna was keen to hear a four-point and a sixpoint set-up, so we tried both and settled on the four-point because it was doing the job very well.” The system features two Evo 6SH skeletal mid-high speakers with an F215 Mk2 bass enclosure at four flown positions around the dancefloor. A stack of four F221 double 21-inch enclosures extend the bass response even further. The result is a four-point, four-way horn loaded system that provides a truly immersive listening experience. “I wanted to create a ‘bubble’ - lower SPL, higher impact. A dancefloor that you walk onto and get sucked into. Not pumping sound in every corner of the club. A smooth and warm full sound without blowing people’s ears off, which I feel is the norm in many venues. Hence opting to go for the four-point system. It’s the main part of the experience, to get immersed in the music. It’s what people come for, whether they realise it or not.” Two Resolution 2SH skeletal loudspeakers have been deployed at the bar for midhigh in-fill, a Resolution 1.5SH for front fill, two F1201 12-inch cabinets fill the lower area of the left side of the room when facing the DJ, and two F101s fill the area next to the DJ, behind the main www.mondodr.com
system. F55 speakers are used in the smoking area and outside the bathrooms. Shelter tried various loudspeaker brands before settling on a Funktion-One system from Think! AV, Merijn, explained: “From the start, Funktion-One was a serious contender for us. The brand has had years of experience in the club scene, and has the specific sound spectrum that we desired from a professional audio system. We first set out to try our system of choice as a rental for the first few months. When the option came along to try a fourpoint Funktion-One system through our partner Think! AV, we soon realised that this would be a very serious contender. “The other brands we had tested in the months prior came nowhere near the quality of this set-up. This wasn’t just our opinion, by the way, everybody that we had asked to come and test the system said it too. DJs, producers and other industry insiders all gave the same answer: this was the system that would facilitate the best possible sound inside these four walls. It was a relief, then, to be able to make the final decision and acquire the system - it’s now part of our core identity for as long as we’re here, basically.” Bróna added: “It’s the fact we have the right cabinet formation, the right lay lout, right acoustics and very professional installation that gives us a superior sound. The system runs with an abundance of headroom. It sounds great at low and high volumes; it’s smooth, even and massive at the same time.” The two PSM318 DJ monitors were later additions, explained Remco: “Sound quality is at the top of Shelter’s priorities, so if they know of some way of adding to the set-up, they’ll always seriously consider it. Merijn and Bróna visited another venue, experienced the PSM318’s and wanted to have them in Shelter too. When it comes to performance, there
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION SOUND 8 x Funktion-One EVO-6SH loudspeaker; 4 x Funktion-One F215MK2 loudspeaker; 4 x Funktion-One F221 subwoofer; 2 x Funktion-One RES 2SH loudspeaker; 2 x Funktion-One F1201 loudspeaker; 2 x Funktion-One F101 loudspeaker; 1 x Funktion-One F55 loudspeaker; 3 x Funktion-One F55 loudspeaker; 1 x Funktion-One F81 loudspeaker; 1 x Funktion-One PSM-318 four-way monitor system; 4 x Full Fat Audio FFA 6004 amplifier; 1 x Full Fat Audio FFA 4004 amplifier; 5 x Full Fat Audio FFA 10.000 amplifier; 5 x NST Audio ID-48 DSP; 5 x Pioneer CDJ2000 NX2 multiplayer; 1 x Pioneer DJM-900 NX2 DJ mixer; 2 x Allen & Heath Xone:92 DJ mixer; 1 x Cadac LIVE1 2442 analogue console; 1 x Avalon VT 747SP equaliser LIGHTING & VISUAL 4 x Elation Platinum HFX moving heads; 4 x Martin by Harman Atomic 3000 DMX strobe; 1 x Showtec Multi profile spot; 1 x Look Solutions Viper NT smoke machine; 1 x Showtec LightBrick dimmer; 1 x MA Lighting grandMA onPC command wing shelteramsterdam.nl
isn’t another DJ monitoring set-up that comes close to the PSM318’s.” The system is powered by Full Fat Audio amplification. Four FFA-6004 fourchannel Class-D amplifiers and an FFA4004 do the mid-highs and five FFA-1000 dual power amplifiers take care of the lower frequencies. “The dual power supply means there’s a contingency if anything goes down,” said Remco. “It’s essentially two amplifiers in one, which means excellent reliability and added assurance, which is important for a venue that regularly puts on high-quality club nights.” Five NST Audio ID48 processors are used to control the system. Each one has four balanced analogue inputs and eight outputs with full matrix mixing capabilities. The Ethernet-based PC control software means the system can be network-controlled and pre-sets can be saved. “The NST Audio software is very nice to work with; it’s very intuitive,” said Remco.
“With some brands, you need to be an IT man to get it working. With NST, you just push in a network cable and go.” The venue opted for a Cadac Live1 2442 mixing console paired with an Avalon VT 747SP. Bróna explained the choice of desk: “An analogue console was the preferred option, due to the warmth and character of the pre-amps. It’s UK manufactured, with solid high-end construction and components. I love the sound of it.” On working with Think! AV, she said: “It’s been a pleasure. They came with an open mind, enthusiasm and expertise. We couldn’t have asked for more.” Merijn added: “I was tipped to approach Think! AV as a partner for the club their reputation is undisputed and their range of expertise is all-round. Remco was enthusiastic about our plans from the start. The feeling of mutual trust was something we could really work with and formed the basis of this collaboration. Remco and his team always gave us
the feeling that they too were aspiring for something to be proud of in the end, which makes for a very fruitful partnership.” The lighting design is deliberately minimal but can raise the visual tempo when required. It comprises four Elation Platinum HFX (Hybrid 14R 280W) moving heads, four Martin Atomic 3000 strobes, a Showtec Multi profile spot (DJspot from behind) and a Look Solutions Viper NT smoke machine. There are 17 ceiling diffusers built into the room acoustics, each featuring an RGBW LED strip (two-channel, RGBW and dim) from within two beam lights onto the ceiling. There are also eight white LED strips (one-channel) in the club room in a diffuse profile cover, plus eight white LED strips in the foyer and three strips on the hatch door. Since almost all lights are on DMX, only one Showtec LightBrick is needed to control the DJ-spot. Shelter’s lighting designer, Martijn de Wolff, said: “The way we hang our lights
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FRANÇAIS Situé en face de la rivière IJ, à un jet de pierre du centre historique de la ville, se trouve le Shelter, le paradis de la vraie musique de danse à Amsterdam. Construit afin de fournir un second chez-soi aux vétérans du club ainsi qu’aux néophytes enthousiastes, le Shelter d’Amsterdam propose une expérience nocturne variée dans la capitale néerlandaise — en gardant toujours à l’esprit une conception, une expérience et un son de qualité. En plus de présenter une musique house et techno assez distincte, la programmation du Shelter nous fait découvrir des musiques de danse avant-gardistes, présentant des sonorités électroniques venues du fin fond de l’industrie. Le lieu a récemment fait l’objet d’une revalorisation audiovisuelle dirigée par Think AV, un distributeur et loueur aux Pays-Bas. Remco van der Werff a dirigé l’équipe. Il a choisi un système EVO de Funktion-One pour la piste de danse principale, des Res2 pour la zone du bar et une sélection de F1201, F101, F55 et F81 pour le remplissage et les zones des toilettes et du fumoir. Tous les haut-parleurs sont alimentés par des amplificateurs Full Fat Audio 6004/10 000 et contrôlés par des processeurs ID-48 DSP de chez NST Audio. On trouve également une console de mixage Live 1 2442 de Cadac en salle des régies.
DEUTSCH Shelter liegt am IJ-Fluss, in unmittelbarer Nähe des historischen Zentrums - ein Amsterdamer Hafen für qualitativ hochwertige Tanzmusik. Shelter Amsterdam basiert auf der Idee, eine zweite Heimat fern von Zuhause für Clubveteranen und ebenso für interessierte Newcomer zu schaffen und bietet eine abwechslungsreiche Cluberfahrung in der niederländischen Hauptstadt - mit Design, Erfahrung und Soundqualität stets im Hinterkopf. Das Programm im Shelter siedelt sich in der Nähe von House und Techno an, baut auf das Sound-Kuratieren vom Vorreiter der Tanzmusik auf und präsentiert Electronica von der bestimmenden Reichweite der Industrie. Der Treff wurde kürzlich einer audiovisuellen Aufrüstung unterzogen, die vom Anbieter und Vermieter Think AV aus den Niederlanden geleitet wurde. Der Leiter des Teams, Remco van der Werff, entschied sich für ein Funktion-One EVO System für die Haupttanzfläche, Res2’s für den Barbereich und eine Auswahl aus F1201, F101’s, F55 und F81 für Fills, Toiletten und den Raucherbereich. Alle Lautsprecher werden durch Full Fat Audio 6004 / 10.000 Verstärker betrieben und durch NST Audio ID-48 DSPs gesteuert. Ein Cadac Live 1 2442 Mischpult steht ebenfalls am Frontplatz.
ITALIANO Situato a pochi passi dal centro storico lungo il fiume IJ sorge Shelter, un paradiso per la dance music di qualità ad Amsterdam . Costruito intorno all’idea di creare una casa lontano da casa sia per i veterani del club che per gli entusisti nuovi arrivati, Shelter Amsterdam offre un’esperienza diversificata di club nella capitale olandese con un unico obiettivo: la progettazione, l’esperienza e la qualità del suono. Accanto ai pilastri della musica House e Techno, la programmazione di Shelter vede anche i suoni curati della dance music d’avanguardia, mostrando l’elettronica dai percorsi definiti dell’industria. La sede recentemente è stata sottoposta ad un aggiornamento audiovisivo, guidato dal distributore e noleggiatore Think AV (Paesi Bassi). Remco Van der Werff, capo squadra, ha definito un sistema EVO FunktionOne per la sala da ballo principale, Res2 per la zona bar e una selezione di F1201, F101, F55 e F81 per gli interni, le toilettes e l’area fumatori. Tutti gli altoparlanti sono alimentati da amplificatori Full Fat Audio 6004/10000 e controllati da un ID-48 DSP della NST Audio. È stato posizionato anche un mixer Cadac Live 1 2442 di fronte alla casa.
ESPAÑOL Ubicado cruzando el río IJ, muy cerca del centro de la histórica ciudad, está situado Shelter - un refugio en Amsterdam para la música dance de calidad. Construido con la idea de crear un hogar lejos del hogar para los veteranos de la disco y para los entusiastas recién llegados también, Shelter Amsterdam ofrece una experiencia disco muy diversa en la capital Holandesa - con diseño, experiencia y calidad de sonido continuamente en mente. Próximo a sus pilares musicales de House y Tecno diferentes, la programación de Shelter está puesta en conservar sonidos de vanguardia de la música dance, resaltando la música electrónica de la música que caracteriza a la industria. El lugar ha sido sometido recientemente a una actualización audiovisual, la cual fue dirigida por el distribuidor, Think AV de Holanda. Remco van der Werff, que lideró el equipo, especificó un sistema EVO de Funktion-One para la pista de baile principal, Res2’s para la zona del bar y una selección de F1201’s, F101’s, F55’s y F81’s para los toilletes y la zona para fumadores. Todos los parlantes están potenciados con amplificadores Full Fat Audio 6004 / 10.000 y controlados por ID-48 DSPs de NST Audio. En el frente de la propiedad también se encuentra una consola para mezcla Cadac Live 1 2442.
makes for a nice feature. I’m not a big fan of truss grids, as they draw too much attention to the eye and they’re not very flexible. We choose to drill lots of pins into the roof, to which we can attach scaff clamps. Between these clamps, we hang simple one or two metre scaff pipes at almost any location in the club which makes our light setup easy to adjust and minimal. Obviously, we only have a scaff pipe where we have a moving head or strobe. Furthermore, our houselights consist of around 40 LED pinspots with a 36º angle, which are situated around the whole venue.” An MA Lighting grandMA onPC command wing, together with two touchscreens and a server i7 PC is used to operate the lights. “For me, grandMA is the desk that offers the most options compared to other brands and it works quicker when fast handling is needed. In the past, my only concern about MA was that they were too expensive but the onPC range has made the brand a lot more affordable. Because we have just a few different types of lights, only a few faders are needed and the command wing is good enough for this.” Martijn went on to explain plans for future development of the lighting design: “I like lights with very small angles, like three degrees or so. Our moving heads are capable of producing very small beams, but I don’t want our venue to be full of moving heads or lasers. Both can be a bit tacky when used too much or when dominating a venue. We are developing small beam lights
ourselves and if they work out our plan is to use these to fill the place if needed. “Because our light design is pretty minimal now, we want to add small floodlights to accentuate the architectural design on more certain nights. I think a part of our strength is the sleek design we have, and giving a little bit of extra ‘light love’ to that aspect of our club would be perfect. “Additionally, I’m planning to use Resolume next to the grandMA to control the small beam lights we want to add. Resolume is actually a VJ software program but can be used to control lights. It can help to give a new dimension on how to control lights instead of using the same type of effects that most regular light controlling software offers.” With almost six months under its belt, Shelter is firmly established as part of Amsterdam’s rich music scene and is gaining international attention. The future is bright, explained Merijn: “Because artists all over the world are now hearing from colleagues what they can expect at our club, a lot of them are in line to come and play - artists that usually aren’t very keen on playing small-capacity clubs. In the coming months, we want to start with a couple of special nights with these artists in the form of all-nighters, in which we can make full use of our 24-hour license. Of course, we’re already busy rounding up our ADE programme as well. We can’t give too much away at this stage, but the latter part of 2017 is promising to be something very special indeed.”
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TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH OASIS HOUSE CROYDON, UK EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
The Trinity Baptist Church has expanded over the years due to its increased popularity. Its latest church - Oasis House - has been kitted out with a PA system by Axiom. www.mondodr.com
Trinity Baptist Church, originally founded 27 years ago by Pastor Kingsley Appiagyei, has grown over the years to encompass 13 branches, including seven in London, as well as in Italy, Norway, Denmark, and Ghana, with the number of followers worldwide now reaching several thousand. Oasis House is the latest new-build Trinity Baptist church situated in Croydon. Converted from a large empty warehouse, the ultra-modern complex encompasses a 900-capacity auditorium and main worship space, a sports hall, a café, numerous meeting and training rooms, and children’s’ play areas - and all are equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video communications systems. The project has been patiently developed over a period of around seven years. Senior Pastor Appiagyei had a vision for a new, larger church and looked around for a suitable location. When the Croydon building became available he saw the
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stable image and optimal arrival times for the whole audience,” he said. “A stereo configuration didn’t really make sense since they wanted the choir setup to be flexible and the band is located on the floor at the left of the stage. The room has non-symmetrically placed round pillars, but they didn’t really cause any problems with reflections. The main challenge was getting good coverage for the first few rows of seats, but we solved that well with a distributed solution of near-field front fills built into the stage and step risers.” Paolo Burocchi put the church in touch with an installation company he had worked with before. Originally from Trinidad, Lagniappe (a Creole word from the Caribbean meaning ‘a little bit extra’) had been a Proel customer for many years, and had also done work for the church - providing monitors, cabling, configuring audio desks and so on - and were the ideal choice as overall system integrator for the project given
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its considerable experience in systems networking. Its quote, amongst others from London-based installers, was duly accepted and Head Sound Engineer, Roddy Maharaj began the work of mapping out the church’s technical requirements. “We began in earnest with the first fix in April last year after modifying the spec slightly to accommodate some changes that they wanted,” he explained. “The stage was enlarged so we needed to add one more front fill on each side, and the band position was relocated to the side of the room on the floor to allow for more flexibility for the choir on stage. We also discussed the possibility of left/right PA hangs instead of a centre hang so we went ahead and provided both options with steels in the roof at three positions.” The sound system for the main auditorium is based on Axiom AX2065P compact passive line arrays, a dual 6.5inch two-way model with 110° horizontal coverage, and hung in two columns of four cabinets over the centre of the stage to cover the entire auditorium. These are supplemented with two pairs of SW215P dual 15-inch subwoofers located under the stage at left and right. ED23P passive
• Left above The Cadac CDC eight takes care of mixing requirements • Left below The lobby area • Right The main auditorium
dual 3.5-inch front fills are built into the risers of the central steps, and ED25P passive dual five-inch front fills are fitted into the wrap-around wings of the wide stage. A total of 10 CX15A powered coaxial stage monitors can be cabled into any of 16 stage concealed stage box positions. At front of house, a Cadac CDC eight-32 full frame digital live sound console with dual 24-inch touch screens and 32 input faders mixes the 16 onstage mic channels and the multiple feeds from the live band at the side of the stage. The main room’s audio system is driven by three QC4.4 four-channel DSP amplifiers, and two QC2.4 two-channel DSP amplifiers, all networked with PRONET AX software and connected to a laptop up at the main desk, so that the speaker system can be monitored remotely and fine adjustments made as needed. The distributed audio system has expanded to become a complex configuration that covers the entire building. “We started off with an eight-zone system, and realised very quickly that they needed a lot more, and actually we have ended up with a www.mondodr.com
total of 32 zones,” said Roddy. The Proel communications system extends to cover a 300-capacity seating area behind glass at the rear of the main auditorium where audio can be relayed from the service; six first floor training rooms; nine ground floor training rooms; a crèche; children’s play rooms; a café; the 500-capacity sports hall; the pastors’ main suites and training rooms; the pastors’ reception rooms; and the main lobby. Four MATRIX88 units form the heart of the system - centrally racked up alongside a SOURCE CD/MP3/FM tuner, an AMIX63 nine-channel mixer, five AUP4125S four-channel amplifiers, and four AUP4250S four-channel amplifiers. “The zoning allows for eight line inputs that you can choose from each of the rooms, and it also allows for a local input from each training room,” said Roddy. “So as a training room does a presentation with a laptop on the main screen, they can send the signal through the matrix, which will then amplify it and send it back to the speakers in that room. Each room is controlled from that zone, so you can manage the zones individually or you can manage them from the matrix, which makes it very simple. A mic input
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L’Église Réformée Baptiste de la Trinité fut fondée par le pasteur Kingsley Appiagyei en 1990 à Londres. Les représentants de l’église s’adressèrent d’abord à Proel International concernant la conception d’un système de sonorisation réparti. Lors de leurs échanges, Paolo Burocchi en profita pour faire une démonstration de la ligne source d’enceintes compactes Axiom. Par la suite, Paolo mit l’église en contact avec un installateur avec qui il avait travaillé auparavant. Originaire de Trinidad, Lagniappe était client chez Proel depuis de nombreuses années. Leur devis fut dûment accepté et Roddy Maharaj, l’ingénieur du son, commença la configuration des exigences techniques de l’église. Le système de sonorisation de la salle principale présente des colonnes d’enceintes passives Axiom AX2065P. Celles-ci sont complétées par deux paires de caissons de grave double SW215P de 38 cm situés à gauche et à droite, sous la scène. Les renforts de sonorisation passifs doubles ED23P de 7,6 cm sont intégrés aux marches centrales et les renforts de sonorisation passifs doubles ED25P de 12,7 cm sont installés dans les coulisses de la grande scène. Dix moniteurs de scène coaxiaux CX15A peuvent être branchés à l’une des 16 prises dissimulées partout sur la scène. À l’avant-scène se trouve une console numérique de production CDC 8-32 de chez Cadac. Le système audio de la pièce principale fonctionne avec trois amplificateurs QC4.4 à quatre canaux DSP et deux amplificateurs QC2.4 à deux canaux DSP, le tout branché en réseau sur le logiciel PRONET AX et connecté à un ordinateur portable placé sur le bureau principal.
Die ursprünglich 1990 in London von Pastor Kingsley Appiagyei gegründete Trinity Baptist Church wandte sich an Proel International, um das Design einer dezentralisierten Soundlösung zu besprechen und währenddessen rüstete Paolo Burocchi sie für eine Vorführung mit einer kompakten Axiom Line Array aus. Paolo brachte anschließend die Kirche in Kontakt mit einer Installationsfirma, mit der er bereits zusammengearbeitet hatte. Lagniappe stammt ursprünglich aus Trinidad und ist seit vielen Jahren Kunde von Proel. Ihr Angebot wurde ordnungsgemäß angenommen und der leitende Toningenieur Roddy Maharaj begann seine Arbeit, indem er die technischen Anforderungen der Kirche entwarf. Das Soundsystem für das Hauptauditorium basiert auf kompakte passive Axiom AX2065P Line Arrays. Diese werden ergänzt durch zwei Paar duale 15-Zoll SW215P Subwoofer, die sich unter der Bühne auf der linken und rechten Seite befinden. Passive duale 3.5-Zoll ED23P Frontfills wurden in die Setzstufen der zentralen Stufen eingebaut und passive duale 5-Zoll ED25P Frontfills wurden in die umgreifenden Flügel der breiten Bühne eingepasst. Zehn CX15A betriebene co-axiale Bühnenmonitore können mit jedem der 16 bühnenverdeckten Bühnenboxpositionen verkabelt werden. Am Frontplatz eine digitale Cadac CDC acht-32 Full Frame Live Soundkonsole. Das Audiosystem des Hauptraums wird durch drei vierkanälige QC4.4 DSP Verstärker und zwei zweikanälige QC2.4 DSP Verstärker gesteuert. Sie sind jeweils mit der PRONET AX Software vernetzt und mit einem Laptop auf dem Hauptpult verbunden.
La Trinity Baptist Church è stata originariamente fondata dal pastore Kingsley Appiagyei nel 1990 a Londra. Inizialmente la chiesa ha consultato Proel International per discutere della progettazione di una soluzione audio che fosse ben distribuita e Paolo Burocchi, prima gli ha fatto dimostrazione di un compact line array Axiom, poi ha messo in contatto la chiesa con un’azienda di installazione con la quale aveva lavorato prima. Originario di Trinidad, Lagniappe era da molti anni un cliente Proel ed il loro preventivo è stato debitamente accettato, così il capo ingegnere del suono Roddy Maharaj ha iniziato il lavoro di mappatura dei requisiti tecnici della chiesa. Il sistema audio per l’auditorium principale si basa su dei compact line array passivi Axiom AX2065P che sono integrati da due coppie di subwoofer SW215P dual da 15 pollici situati a sinistra e a destra sotto il palco. I riempimenti frontali ED23P dual da 3,5 pollici sono incorporati nelle riserte dei gradini centrali e i riempimenti frontali ED25P dual da 5 pollici sono montati nelle ali che avvolgono l’ampio palco. Inoltre, sono stati utilizzati dieci monitor da palco coassiali CX15A che possono essere cablati in una qualsiasi delle 16 scatole nascoste sul palco. Di fronte, è stato posizionato anche un mixer digitale full frame Cadac CDC eight-32, mentre il sistema audio della sala principale è guidato da tre amplificatori DS4 a quattro canali QC4.4 e due amplificatori DSP a due canali QC2.4, tutti collegati in rete con il software PRONET AX e collegati ad un portatile del bancone principale.
La Iglesia Bautista Trinity, que fue fundada originalmente por el Pastor Kingsley Appiagyei en 1990 en Londres, en el comienzo acercó a Proel International para discutir acerca del diseño de una solución de sonido distribuido. Mientras Paolo Burocchi, los invitaba a una demostración de una formación en línea compacta de Axiom. Posteriormente Paolo puso a la iglesia en contacto con una empresa de instalación con la cual él había trabajado con anterioridad. Originalmente de Trinidad, Lagniappe había sido cliente de Proel durante muchos años. Su presupuesto fue debidamente aceptado y el Ingeniero de Sonido a cargo, Roddy Maharaj comenzó el trabajo de esquematizar los requerimientos técnicos de la iglesia. El sistema de sonido para el auditorio principal está basado en una compacta formación en línea pasiva Axiom AX2065P. Estas se complementan con dos pares de subwoofers duales SW215P de 15 pulgadas ubicados debajo del escenario a izquierda y derecha. El sistema de altavoces frontal ED23P dual pasivo de 3,5 pulgadas están fijados en las alas envolventes del amplio escenario. Hay 10 monitores CX15A coaxiales potenciados que pueden cablearse en cualquiera de las 16 posiciones ocultas del escenario. En el frente, se encuentra una consola digital de sonido en vivo de cuadro completo Cadac CDC eight-32. El sistema de audio del salón principal es manejado por tres amplificadores QC4.4 DSP de cuatro canales y dos amplificadores QC2.4 DSP de dos canales. Todo ello armado con software PRONET AX y conectado a una laptop al escritorio principal.
is provided on the reception desk, so that main reception can page any one of the 32 zones individually, or page the entire building, and in each zone they can also connect their own local mic or CD player.” Proel ceiling speakers feature prominently throughout the installation. XE51CT five-inch full range models are used for the majority of the small training rooms and the main lobby area, and for the café and the auditorium’s overspill areas CS30HFT 6.5-inch two-way ceiling speakers provide wider frequency response and higher output to reflect the energy of the musical content of a service. Joseph Arthur is the chief sound engineer at Oasis House. “When Paolo showed us the Axiom line array and we listened to
it, we knew straight away that was what we wanted,” he said. “The sound was very clear, and we thought it would be very suitable for our musically-orientated services. Now that the system is installed and commissioned - the guys came down from Italy to set up the software and fine tune it - the clarity of speech is excellent, everyone can hear clearly, and there is more than enough bass for the live music program. “For a modestly sized system it’s certainly loud enough, and it reaches easily up to the back of the main room. We are extremely pleased with the result, and we are already looking at developing further projects both here in London and abroad.”
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Casino M8trix adapts to the digital era.
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San Jose’s Casino M8trix is the area’s premier entertainment destination where families, colleagues and friends gather to eat, drink, watch sports games and play 24 hours a day. The 35,000 sq ft facility boasts table games, live action poker, California card games, restaurants, bars and seven VIP lounges for guests to plug and play with personal and permanent entertainment systems, while enjoying picturesque views of San Jose and Silicon Valley. Casino M8trix’s luxurious VIP lounges host wedding receptions, birthday parties, anniversaries, corporate events and other private gatherings. Each lounge has a 55-inch plasma screen TV where guests can watch sports or movies, play video games, sing karaoke or share media from a personal computer. These video monitors are complemented by JBL in-ceiling and monitor speakers to make social gatherings more enjoyable for all. In today’s bring-your-own-device era, Casino M8trix is expected to accommodate a diverse selection of personal electronics in both analog and digital formats brought in by customers for use in the VIP lounges. But Casino M8trix was trying to work with its legacy closed-source system with no HDMI inputs, making it difficult to adjust to the increasing number of digital outputs on guests’ personal devices. The facility was stuck figuring out how to serve the needs for digital compatibility with an aging analog system. Daniel Weissman, the Systems Administrator for Casino M8trix, had grown accustomed to late-night calls from colleagues trying to help guests get the system to work with their gear. As part of a plan to replace the dated entertainment infrastructure, Casino M8trix realized its need for a new architecture with digital as well as analog inputs and simple, automatic control features. Casino M8trix also wanted identical hardware in every room and was keen on acquiring technology that was user-friendly, foolproof and reliable.
After consulting System Designer, Jesse Portillo of Dream Digital, in Pleasanton, Casino M8trix chose to install the Atlona AT-HDVS-150-TX, a 2x1 in-wall switcher with HDMI and VGA wall-plate inputs, HDBaseT output and automatic display control, to be used in conjunction with the company’s AT-HDVS-150-RX receiver/scaler. Casino M8trix’s goal was to create an experience in each of its VIP lounges for guests to enjoy their time plugging and playing, not plugging and plodding. “Our installer recommended the Atlona components cautioning that it wasn’t the cheapest option, but he assured us that once it was installed and working, we wouldn’t have any problems with it and it wouldn’t require a control system to run it,” said Daniel. “The product lived up to its billing and turned out to be very good quality as well. It’s not a plastic wall plate where someone is going to snap off the HDMI jack after a few beers.” This was Daniel’s first experience working with Portillo and Dream Digital. In his 15-plus year career, Jesse learned that one of the greatest values of Atlona products is being able to trust they will work reliably, every day, regardless of who might be using them or what they connected to the system. “I discovered Atlona doing research on different matrix switchers for some commercial installations,” said Jesse. “After a couple successful projects, I started recommending using Atlona for their product reliability and great integrator support.” Since the installation months ago, Jesse has not had to service the hardware and the facility has been able to train people internally to direct guests on how to use the systems. With the help of Atlona, Casino M8trix has been able to adapt to the digital era, continue to support analog inputs and eliminate complicated source switches for its guests. It could be said that Casino M8trix and its guests were dealt a winning hand. https://atlona.com
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RUMBA ROOM LIVE ANAHEIM, USA AMERICAS
Following its grand opening in December 2016, Rumba Room Live has become a popular hotspot in Anaheim. The success of the Latinthemed club owes a lot to the technical install, which saw Props AV design and install the audio, lighting and visual systems to fully enhance the brand new venue. www.mondodr.com
Described as an upscale, Latin-themed nightclub, Rumba Room Live opened its doors in December 2016 with an exclusive VIP event, before the public grand opening filled with special musical guests and signature cocktails. Based at Anaheim GardenWalk, a premier entertainment and dining destination, the aim of Rumba Room Live was to transform the Orange County nightlife scene with the best in Latin music, live performances, multiple dance floors and state-of-the-art design for up to 1,000 guests. The history of Rumba Room Live goes back to 2000, when Ralph Hauser III, who went from parking attendant to one of the most powerful venue owners and concert promoters in the US Latin market, acted on his vision to promote regional Mexican artists across the country. This led to the opening of the original Rumba Room at Universal CityWalk in Orlando, Florida, however,
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Ralph’s sudden death at a young age led to his wife, Delia Hauser, to take over the responsibility. Under her management, the venue became the hub of Latin music and entertainment at CityWalk. Now, following that success, Delia decided to take the party to Anaheim in the form of Rumba Room Live. “I’m fulfilling my husband’s dreams by enlivening Latin culture within the entertainment scene in Anaheim,” said Delia. “We enjoyed great success with our first location, but Rumba Room Live at GardenWalk is different. This isn’t just a nightclub; it’s a must-visit Orange County landmark - a place for club-goers to put on their dancing shoes and enjoy the very best in the music industry with a Latin flavour.” Rumba Room Live certainly is an impressive venue, with two full bars, dancefloors, several VIP sections, a stage for live bands, a DJ booth, and an outdoor patio, making it ideal for hosting a wide variety of events. With the different areas within the venue, the audio installation was destined to be somewhat of a complex issue, which is why Props AV, an audiovisual design /
build firm was contracted for the technical design and installation at Rumba Room Live. Michael Betancourt, General Manager and System Designer at Props AV, discussed the project: “The Rumba Room Live is a very upscale venue with just over 10,000 square feet of space. Presently, they have a combination of both live bands and DJs and the music types range from pop / rock to Latin-themed. In addition to the stage area, the club is divided into eight additional zones - all outfitted with loudspeakers to ensure the music is clearly heard throughout the entire property.” Suspended over the stage area, Michael and his crew flew a total of 10 D.A.S. Audio Event 208A powered three-way line array enclosures, with five elements each for the left and right hangs. For low frequency support, there are four Event 218A powered subwoofers under the stage, while eight D.A.S. Action-12A powered loudspeakers are used for stage monitor purposes, as well as an Action-15A powered enclosure. Additionally, the setup provides an additional two Action-12A enclosures that serve as the DJ’s monitor setup. www.mondodr.com
The eight additional zones are outfitted with a total of 14 D.A.S. Audio Artec 508 two-way, passive loudspeakers. These zones include the lobby, six VIP areas, the bar, and a walkway area. Five D.A.S. Audio D Series amplifiers are used to power the loudspeakers, with two D.A.S. Audio DSP-4080 stereo / mono DSP units for loudspeaker management. The D.A.S. Audio system was the perfect choice for Rumba Room Live, according to Michael, who discussed their suitability further: “The Event Series offered the ideal dispersion characteristics required to cover the dancefloor with more than adequate sound pressure. “Equally important, the system hardware made for easy rigging using the AX-Event-208 Rigging bar and having a self-amplified system streamlined cabling and resulted in a cleanlooking installation. The Event 208A series provides a clear, undistorted, and musically very natural vocal range that is perfect for the Latin vibe the Rumba Room is designed for, and paired with the Event 218A subs, the system offers the perfect level of sound pressure and clarity. And
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“This isn’t just a nightclub; it’s a must-visit Orange County landmark - a place for clubgoers to put on their dancing shoes and enjoy the very best in the music industry with a Latin flavour.”
• Above The stage, dance floor and VIP area at Rumba Room Live
finally, the Artec 508’s provide even sound coverage throughout the entire space - without a need to overpower the mains for coverage.” Aside from the impressive performance provided by the D.A.S. Audio equipment, Michael expressed his delight with the support given to himself and his team from D.A.S. Audio, too: “D.A.S. Audio’s support is like no other. The team backs each other up and they help their dealers every chance they can. I was particularly impressed with the support offered by D.A.S. Audio’s Carlos Henao and Roberto Almodovar. These gentlemen were always willing to help - without missing a beat. They had my back throughout the entire project.” As well as the audio install, the Props AV team also worked with Rumba Room Live’s architect and ownership to develop the design and look of the venue. This meant that Michael and his team were responsible for designing, supplying and installing the lighting and video aspect of Rumba Room Live. www.mondodr.com
Michael explained what the initial ideas were for the venue: “When the Rumba Room Live project first came to the table, the feel that they wanted to go for was a Latin-themed nightclub and live venue with a sexy Las Vegas feel.” “It was a completely new idea for Anaheim. With that being said, the sexiness and the party needed to start on the exterior. Elation lighting features throughout the inside of the venue lobby, dancefloor and stage - but it is outside where the lighting makes its first impression.” Starting with the exterior, Props AV used 12 Elation SixPar 200IP fixtures with six-colour LED multi-chips to downlight the Rumba Room Live façade in a wash of customisable shades. These fixtures provide an almost infinite range of colour choices, allowing the venue to fully tailor the outdoor look to match any event. “We wanted to really create a sensual yet inviting look and the SixPars do the job perfectly,” stated Ramon Chavez, VP of Business Operations at Rumba Room
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“Elation lighting features throughout the inside of the venue - lobby, dancefloor and stage - but it is outside where the lighting makes its first impression.”
Live, who helped oversee construction and operations. Inside the venue, the interior glass in the lobby is downlighted using seven Elation ELED QA Strips, while Elation Flex LED Tape WP downlights the counter of the box office. Both the exterior and lobby areas are controlled by an Elation ART500 touch panel DMX wall controller, which offers simple navigation with presets for simple colour changes. In the club area, there is a 4 x 3 LED screen, the first of four that are in the venue, which is made up of 12 Elation EZ4 video panels. The high-resolution panels create sharp, stunning imagery with vivid colours, making them the ideal choice for running videos and graphics in the club. The entry screen, which displays the Rumba Room Live logo and images of upcoming events, is controlled using ArKaos Media Master. Both bars in the venue are decorated with Elation Flex RGB LED tape, offering a tasteful design of colour-changing decorative light. The Flex RGB LED tape is used in the visually-striking VIP areas to downlight platforms and floating walls, with Elation Elar Q1 PAR lights, pixel
mapped using ArKaos Media Master software, also used to a stunning effect. “The VIP areas are features that really stand out in the club,” commented Michael. “With over 50 Elation Elar Q1’s downlighting each VIP area, they pop the second you walk in.” Elation Platinum Spot LED Pro II moving heads are used to lead guests from the bar area to the dancefloor and stage. This is where visitors to the Rumba Room Live experience the full impact of the visual scheme put together by Props AV. Three LED screens, made up of 32 EZ4 video panels - a large 7 x 4 centre screen and two smaller 1 x 2 screens placed stage right and left - dominate the area. For the control, ArKaos Media Master is used once again. Above the dancefloor is a rig of 10 Platinum Spot LED Pro II moving heads, eight Rayzor Q7 LED moving heads and eight Rayzor Beam 2Rs moving heads, with more than enough power to cut through the other lighting. Also in the rig are four Sniper 2R multi-effect lights - Elation’s unique beam, scanner and laser simulator in one - as well as a pair of SixPar 200 LED Par lights, while Flex
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Le Rumba Room Live est une boîte de nuit haut de gamme à thème latino-américain qui se trouve sur Anaheim GardenWalk. Le lieu offre le meilleur de la musique latine et des spectacles live, proposant plusieurs pistes de danse et un design ultramoderne pouvant accueillir jusqu’à 1 000 personnes. On a demandé à Props AV de fournir une installation AV complète : en ce qui concerne le son, l’entreprise a décidé d’utiliser un système D.A.S. Audio pour l’ensemble du lieu. « Le soutien de D.A.S. Audio est sans pareil. Les membres de l’équipe s’entraident et aident leurs concessionnaires dès qu’ils le peuvent » explique Michael Bétancourt, directeur général et concepteur de systèmes chez Props AV. Par ailleurs, on trouve des luminaires Elation Professional partout au Rumba Room Live, créant ainsi une ambiance intérieure et extérieure feutrée. Des panneaux d’affichage vidéo Elation EZ4 sont utilisés dans le club et dans le hall d’entrée, et les visuels sont contrôlés par un logiciel Media Master d’ArKaos. L’installation technique du Rumba Room Live est un excellent exemple de la façon dont la technologie peut améliorer un lieu, en contribuant à créer une véritable atmosphère pour le public. « Il y a toujours des obstacles lors de projets de cette envergure, mais quand tout le travail — audio, éclairage et vidéo — a pris vie, c’était encore mieux que ce que j’avais imaginé » ajouta Michael.
Rumba Room Live ist ein nobler lateinamerikanisch inspirierter Nachtclub in Anaheim GardenWalk, der das beste der lateinamerikanischen Musik und Live-Performances mit zahlreichen Tanzflächen und einem hochmodernen Design für bis zu 1.000 Besucher bietet. Props AV wurde beauftragt, eine komplette AV-Anlage zu beschaffen und für den Ton wurde beschlossen, ein D.A.S Audiosystem in allen Bereichen des Treffs zu benutzen. “D.A.S. Audio’s Support ist unvergleichlich. Das Team unterstützte sich gegenseitig und half ihren Händlern so weit wie möglich,” so Michael Betancourt, General Manager und System Designer von Props AV. Sonst gibt es Elation Professional Einbauten im gesamten Rumba Room Live, die ein Ambiente im Treff und außerhalb davon schaffen. Elation EZ4 Videokacheln werden im Club und auch in den Lobby-Bereichen verwendet, mit ArKaos Media Master für die Kontrolle der Optik. Die technische Anlage im Rumba Room Live ist ein hervorragendes Beispiel dafür, wie die Technologie einen Treff aufwerten und die Schaffung einer realen Atmosphäre für die Gäste unterstützen kann. “Es gibt immer zahlreiche Hindernisse, die bei einem Projekt dieser Art auftreten, aber als alles fertig war - Audio, Beleuchtung und Video übertraf es meine Erwartungen,” fügte Michael hinzu.
Rumba Room Live è un locale notturno di lusso in stile latino con sede a Anaheim GardenWalk, che offre il meglio della musica latina e delle performance live con diverse piste da ballo e un design all’avanguardia per un massimo di 1000 ospiti. Props AV è stato assunto per fornire una completa installazione audio/video e, per quanto riguarda l’audio, ha deciso di utilizzare un sistema D.A.S Audio in tutte le aree del locale. “Il supporto D.A.S. Audio non ha eguali. La squadra si sostiene a vicenda e aiuta i loro rivenditori ad ogni occasione”, ha dichiarato Michael Betancourt, Direttore Generale e System Designer presso Props AV. Inoltre, per tutto il Rumba Room Live, sono stati utilizzati i prodotti Elation Professional, creando un’atmosfera sia all’interno che all’esterno del locale. I pannelli video Elation EZ4 sono stati posizionati anche nelle aree del club e della lobby, con un ArKaos Media Master utilizzato per il controllo delle immagini. L’installazione tecnica del Rumba Room Live è un ottimo esempio di come la tecnologia possa esaltare un luogo, contribuendo a creare una vera atmosfera per gli ospiti. “Ci sono sempre molti ostacoli che si verificano su progetti di questa natura, ma quando tutto il lavoro (audio/video/luci) prende vita, è meglio di quanto si abbia sperato”, ha aggiunto Michael.
Rumba Room Live es una exclusiva disco con temática Latina con base en Anaheim GardenWalk, que ofrece lo mejor en música latina y shows en vivo con múltiples pistas de baile y un diseño de última generación para un total de hasta 1.000 invitados. Se contrató a Props AV para que suminstrara una instalacíon AV completa. Para el audio se decidió utilizar un sistema D.A.S Audio en todas las zonas del lugar. “El soporte de D.A.S. Audio no tiene igual. En el equipo se respaldan unos con otros y ayudan a sus distribuidores cada vez que tienen la oportunidad,” dijo Michael Betancourt, Gerente General y Diseñador de Sistemas en Props AV. Los artefactos de Elation Professional se presentan a lo largo de Rumba Room Live, creando una atmósfera tanto dentro como fuera del lugar. Se utilizaron paneles de video Elation EZ4 en las zonas de la disco y el lobby. También se utilizó ArKaos Media Master para el control de las visuales. La instalación ténica en Rumba Room Live es un gran ejemplo de cómo la tecnología puede realzar un lugar, ayudándolo a crear una atmósfera real para sus invitados. “Siempre hay muchos obstáculos que ocurren en los proyectos de esta naturaleza, pero cuando el trabajo entero - audio, iluminación y video - cobró vida, fue mejor de lo que había esperado.”, agregó Michael.
RGB LED tape is used again on the DJ booth. For the lighting around the stage, 12 compact Rayzor Q12 Zoom LED wash moving heads work from a downstage position, with 15 upstage SixPar 100 LED Par lights and six Platinum Spot LED Pro II fixtures upstage and stage left and right. Used for upstage washes of even colour are 12 CuePix Tri Strips, with eight Sniper 2Rs providing upstage effects. Flex RGB LED Tape is used to highlight the stage border, while atmospheric effects come from a pair of Antari F-5D Fazers. The technical install at Rumba Room Live is a great example of how technology can enhance a venue, helping to create a real atmosphere for the guests. Since
its opening, Rumba Room Live has vastly improved the entertainment scene in Anaheim, delivering an authentic experience of Latin culture. The club’s formula of playing the best in Latin music, while hosting live performances across a variety of genres has proved extremely popular. This all points to the project being a huge success – and Michael, along with the rest of the Props AV team, is very pleased. “There are always plenty of obstacles that occur on projects of this nature, but when the entire job - audio, lighting and video - came to life, it was better than I had hoped for,” said Michael. “It’s been a very positive experience for everyone involved.”
TECHNICAL INFORMATION SOUND 10 x D.A.S. Audio Event 208A Line Array loudspeaker; 4 x D.A.S. Audio Event 218A subwoofer; 14 x D.A.S. Audio Artec 508 loudspeaker; 5 x D.A.S. Audio D-10 amplifiers; 2 x D.A.S. Audio DSP-4080 processor; 10 x D.A.S. Audio Action 12A loudspeaker; 1 x D.A.S. Audio Action 15A loudspeaker; 1 x Yamaha QL5 mixing console; Yamaha Rio3224D stage box; 2 x Pioneer Pro DJ CDJ-2000NXS DJ deck; 1 x Pioneer Pro DJ DJM-2000NXS digital mixer LIGHTING, VISUAL & SPECIAL EFFECTS 14 x Elation SixPar 200IP fixture; 7 x Elation ELED QA Strip fixture; 15 x Elation SixPar 100 fixture; 12 x Elation Rayzor Q12Z moving head; 8 x Elation Rayzor Q7 moving head; 20 x Elation Platinum Spot LED Pro II moving head; 8 x Elation Rayzor Beam 2R moving head; 12 x Elation Sniper 2R luminaire; 100+ rolls of Elation Flex RGB LED tape; 30 x Elation Elar Driver 812; 378 x Elation Elar Q1 fixture; 40+ Elation Elar Q1 PSU; 44 x Elation EZ4 LED video panels; 2 x Elation VSC EPT video processor; 1 x Elation ART500 DMX controller; 1 x High End Nano Hog 4 lighting console; 1 x ArKaos Media Master server; 2 x Elation eNode 8 Pro controller; 3 x Elation Opto-Branch 8 distributor; 1 x Elation DVI-400 signal booster; 2 x Antari F-5 Fazer machine TRUSSING 4 x Global Truss IB-4053; 3 x Global Truss SQ-4114; 1 x Global Truss SQ4111; 4 x Global Truss Tube 5; 4 x Global Truss Tube 1 www.rumbaroomlive.com
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PARK THEATER LAS VEGAS, USA AMERICAS
Following the construction of the recently-opened Park Theater, MGM Resorts International enlisted the help of ScĂŠno Plus and Solotech to design and install a whole range of state-ofthe-art technology to make the venue one of the go-to places on the strip. www.mondodr.com
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Described as the latest jewel on the Las Vegas strip, MGM Resorts International’s Park Theater is a state-of-the-art venue that was officially inaugurated in December 2016. The $90m theatre, which is located adjacent to the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, is now the city’s largest and most technically advanced venue. Able to host an audience of 5,200 in its standard capacity, the Park Theater can be flexibly expanded to accommodate up to 6,300 people, depending on the seating configuration used. The 150,000 sq ft performance space is roughly four times the size of the Lance Burton Theatre, which previously occupied the site, however, despite this, the Park Theater still feels intimate, with the rear row of seating less than 150ft from the stage. In the traditional style of Las Vegas, the venue was officially opened with
an impressive double-bill of Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders, with plenty of other acts - such as Bruno Mars, Cher and Ricky Martin - all booked in, helping the Park Theater quickly establish itself as one of the strip’s top live concert venues. Being located in Las Vegas is one thing in terms of attracting huge artists, however, it’s the quality of the venue that really counts, which is why only the best would do when it came to the technical install at Park Theater. To help deliver this, MGM Resorts International enlisted the help of Scéno Plus, a performing arts and entertainment design firm, based in Montreal, Canada. François Blais, Director of Technology and Specialised Equipment at Scéno Plus, takes up the story: “Envisioning a complete transformation of its Monte-Carlo property, MGM Resorts International decided to create a new entertainment gathering place. As Scéno Plus was already working on the
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INSIDER INSIGHTS NAME: François Blais JOB TITLE: Director of Technology & Specialised Equipment, Sceno Plus LIKES ABOUT TECHNOLOGY: Technology gives us the opportunity and the ability to push our limits in multiples ways, such as the capacity to do more, faster and with more precision and control. DISLIKES ABOUT T ECHNOLOGY: Too often, for economic reasons, the technologies are not fully and properly tested in site conditions. Integration with other technologies becomes a real challenge and results are not always as expected. THE NEXT BIG THING IN TECHNOLOGY WORLD: Immersive environment and augmented reality for a large-scale audience should be the next step to push the entertainment experience to another level.
theatre at MGM National Harbor in Washington D.C, the company knew that we could create a transformable venue on the already predetermined construction area.” Scéno Plus were responsible for the consulting and design of the audiovisual systems at Park Theater, while Solotech were tasked with providing the performance audio, video and projection package. With the venue being so flexible in terms of its various configurations, the install was an intriguing project to say the least. “The Park Theater is a state-of-the-art multi-use concert venue with scalable configurations from 2,390 for a closed balcony and high orchestra configuration, to 6,318 for a full standing configuration. The incredible polyvalence of the theatre comes from the use of a telescopic seating system,” said François. “Throughout the years, Scéno Plus developed and refined this system along with the manufacturers to an extent where the quality of the seats and the level of comfort is equal with those of traditional fixed seating. The system allows orchestra to retract and free up to 14,000 sq ft of flat floor to accommodate any type of events such as major concerts, banquets, conferences and MMA events. “The ability to change the room configuration rapidly and effortlessly grants the room a maximised programming capacity with as few as possible vacancy.” To match the innovation that went into the design of the Park Theatre, Scéno Plus specified an L-Acoustics system for the audio setup. A true L-C-R system was put in place, with left / right stereo line arrays of L-Acoustics K2 elements www.mondodr.com
and K1-SB subwoofers. A centre array made up of L-Acoustics Kara and ARCS II loudspeakers is used for dialogue or lead vocals, too. To further extend the coverage and frequency response, 12 L-Acoustics SB28 floor subwoofers, eight X8 loudspeaker and two X12 loudspeakers are distributed across the stage. Elsewhere, another 10 X8’s, along with four ARCS II loudspeakers are used to maintain tonal balance and deliver fine details to every seat in the theatre. For the control of the audio system, two AVID S6L-24D-144 digital audio desks are used, with a Meyer Sound D-MITRI digital audio platform used for theatrical sound effects and the show control system. “We needed a system that could provide the controlled coverage, the dynamic and the definition that we were after for the entire audience of the Park Theater,” explained Simon Léonard, AV Designer at Scéno Plus. “We think that the system provides the controls, the fidelity and the muscle it takes to fit the needs of the many configurations and the broad range of production genre programmed for this venue. “We had to provide a rider-friendly system that can meet the expectations and requirements of the biggest theatrical shows and concerts. L-Acoustics’ line source arrays have earned a reputation for delivering remarkable vocal presence and projection, and their consistent sonic signature eliminates coverage seams in the audience, creating a very intimate concert experience,” added Simon. The visual element of the project is nothing short of breath-taking, with Scéno Plus specifying a projection mapping system that scales 260ft across
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION SOUND 32 x L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker; 12 x L-Acoustics K1-SB subwoofer; 12 x L-Acoustics SB28 subwoofer; 8 x L-Acoustics ARCS II loudspeaker; 14 x L-Acoustics KARA loudspeaker; 2 x L-Acoustics X12 loudspeaker; 18 x L-Acoustics X8 loudspeaker; 2 x AVID S6L-24D-144 digital audio desk; 1 x Meyer Sound D-MITRI digital audio platform; 20 x L-Acoustics LA8 amplifier; 12 x L-Acoustics LA4X amplifier LIGHTING, VISUAL & RIGGING 1 x MA Lighting grandMA1 Full Size lighting console; 1 x MA Lighting grandMA1 Ultra Light lighting console; 6 x MA Lighting grandMA NSP; 110 x Vari-Lite lighting fixture; 135 x ETC Source Four luminaire; 6 x Robert Juliat followspot; 2 x Da-Lite 24ft x 13.5ft screen; 1 x LED wall; 2 x Christie Digital Boxer 4K30, 30K video projector; 7 x Christie Digital Boxer HD30, 30K video projector; 4 x d3 technologies 4x4PRO media server; 3 x Barco E2 Video Wall Manager; 1 x Avid CG Station; 7 x CM Loadstar 2 Ton chain hoist; 33 x CM Loadstar 1 Ton chain hoist; 12 x CM Loadstar 1/2 Ton chain hoist; 12 x CM Loadstar 1/4 Ton chain hoist; 16 x CM Prostar 600 pounds chain hoist www.montecarlo.com/en/entertainment/parktheater.html
the top of the stage and onto 50fthigh screens on either side. These are illuminated by seven Christie Digital Boxer HD30 video projectors and two Christie Digital Boxer 4K30 video projectors, which are capable of 3D imagery and more. The projectors offer an immersive experience for the audience, with a projection surface of 7,839 sq ft. To help deliver this incredible visual display, four d3 technologies 4x4PRO media servers are used, along with three Barco E2 video wall managers and an AVID CG station. Offering several possibilities, the video system allows a unique experience, not only for the public, but also the performers,” said Simon. “With his breathtaking projection system, Park Theater is able to host all kinds of events.” While the visual element of the project is incredible, it did have its challenges, which Tom Roland, Senior Project Manager at Solotech, expanded on: “Mapping the proscenium was challenging for us. The pixel space is 8,460 pixels wide by 1628 pixels high and
we had to determine the proper pixel space for both horizontal and vertical projector blending onto a 3D speaker cover shell.” The lighting system at Park Theater is another fine example of the adaptability that is seen throughout the whole venue. Equipped with more than 1,300 kVA of lighting power, the theatre can meet the most demanding technical requirements for large-scale productions. The lighting configuration features 110 Vari-Lite automated lighting fixtures, 135 ETC Source Four luminaires and six Robert Juliat followspots. These are all controlled using a MA Lighting grandMA1 full size lighting console and an MA Lighting grandMA1 Ultra Light console, along with six MA Lighting grandMA NSPs. Furthermore, the Park Theater also has a full in-house CM Loadstar chain hoist and Niscon automation control system available for use. This allows any production to rig hanging points over the full area of the stage and over an area above the orchestra / general admission
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Le Park Theatre du MGM Resorts International est le nouveau joyau du Las Vegas Strip, ainsi que le lieu le plus grand et le plus technologiquement développé de la ville. On y présente la dernière tendance du concept théâtral — l’expérience immersive et intense. Une grande partie de cette impressionnante installation est le système de haut-parleurs L-Acoustics K2, demandé par Scéno Plus et intégré par la division de Las Vegas du groupe Solotech. « Le défi ici était d’offrir une expérience sonore véritablement immersive qui serait aussi étonnante que la projection vidéo » explique le concepteur AV de Scéno Plus, Simon Léonard. « D’autre part, nous devions fournir un système convivial pouvant satisfaire les attentes et les exigences des plus grandes représentations théâtrales et des plus grands concerts. La ligne source L-Acoustics est reconnue pour sa remarquable présence vocale et ses projections, ainsi que sa signature acoustique qui uniformise les sons dans le public, créant de ce fait une expérience très intimiste. » Le système d’éclairage est constitué de luminaires ETC, Vari Lite et Robert Juliat et de consoles MA Lighting. Il est aussi entièrement adaptable, ce qui le rend parfait pour les productions d’envergure. En ce qui concerne l’aspect visuel de l’installation, des projecteurs Christie ont été utilisés avec des serveurs multimédias d3 et un processeur Barco.
MGM Resorts International’s Park Theater ist das neueste Juwel auf dem Las Vegas Strip und der größte sowie technologisch fortschrittlichste Treff, der den aktuellen Trends im Bereich Bühnendesign – immersive Qualität Rechnung trägt. Ein beträchtlicher Teil dieser beeindruckenden Einrichtung ist das L-Acoustics K2 Lautsprechersystem, das von Scéno Plus festgelegt und von Solotechs Las Vegas Abteilung eingebaut wurde. “Die Herausforderung bestand darin, ein wahrhaft immersives Klangerlebnis zu schaffen, das genauso erstaunlich ist wie die Videoprojektion,” erklärt Scéno Plus AV Designer, Simon Léonard. “Zudem hatten wir ein Rider-freundliches System bereitzustellen, das die Erwartungen und Anforderungen der größten Theatershows und Konzerte erfüllen kann. Die LineSource-Arrays von L-Acoustics haben sich einen hervorragenden Ruf erworben, weil sie eine bemerkenswerte vokale Präsenz und Projektion und ihr gleichbleibender Klang eine nahtlose Abdeckung im Publikum bieten und somit eine intime Konzerterfahrung schaffen.” Das Beleuchtungssystem ist ebenfalls flexibel und anpassungsfähig – ideal für große Produktionen – mit ETC, Vari Lite und Robert Juliat Beleuchtungskörpern sowie MA Lighting Konsolen. Für den visuellen Aspekt der Anlage wurden Christie Projektoren verwendet, mit d3 Mediensservern und Barco Prozessor.
Il Park Theater dell’ MGM Resorts International è l’ultimo gioiello della Strip di Las Vegas, nonché la sede più grande e più tecnologicamente avanzata della città che permette di immegersi nell’ultima tendenza nel design teatrale. Una grande parte di questa imponente installazione è costituita dall’impianto di altoparlanti L-Acoustics K2 che è stato specificato da Scéno Plus e integrato dalla divisione Las Vegas di Solotech. “La sfida qui è stata quella di fornire un’esperienza audio veramente immersiva che fosse all’altezza di quella video”, spiega l’ AV Designer di Scéno Plus, Simon Léonard. “Inoltre, abbiamo dovuto fornire un sistema alla mano che potesse soddisfare le aspettative e le esigenze dei più grandi spettacoli teatrali e dei concerti. I line array L-Acoustics hanno guadagnato una reputazione proprio per la loro notevole presenza e proiezione vocale, e la loro coerente firma sonica elimina la barriera con il pubblico, creando un’esperienza molto intima. “Il sistema di illuminazione è anche flessibile e adattabile, ideale per produzioni su larga scala, e utilizza apparecchi ETC, Vari Lite e Robert Juliat, insieme a consolle MA Lighting. Per l’aspetto visivo dell’installazione sono stati utilizzati proiettori Christie, con server multimediali d3 e processore Barco.
El Park Theater de MGM Resorts International es la joya más nueva en Las Vegas Strip, así como también el lugar de la ciudad más grande y con la más avanzada tecnología en abordar la última tendencia en diseño de teatros - tecnología de sumersión en los sentidos. Una gran parte de esta impresionante instalación es el sistema de parlantes L-Acoustics K2, que fue especificado por Scéno Plus e integrado por la división Las Vegas de Solotech. “El desafío aquí fue el de ofrecer una experiencia de audio realmente de sumersión que fuera tan extraordinaria como la proyección de video,” explica el Diseñador de Scéno Plus, Simon Léonard. “Además, tuvimos que suministrar un sistema de manejo amigable que pudiera cumplir con las expectativas y los requerimientos de los más grandes shows teatrales y conciertos. La formación en línea de L-Acoustics se ha ganado una reputación por entregar presencia vocal y proyecciones extraordinarias, y su congruente firma sónica elimina las diferencias de sonidos en la audiencia, creando una experiencia de concierto muy íntima.” El sistema de iluminación es flexible y adaptable, también – ideal para producciones a gran escala – con el uso de artefactos de ETC, Vari Lite y Robert Juliat, junto con consolas de MA Lighting. Para el aspecto visual de la instalación, se utilizaron proyectores Christie, con servidores d3 media y procesador Barco.
seating section. Current load calculations are rated to be 150,000 pounds of load over the stage and 65,000 pounds of load over the orchestra / general admission area, highlighting just how much meticulous planning has gone into the design and installation at the venue. With the full technical install completed, MGM Resorts International now have one of the largest seated capacity, non-arena buildings in Las Vegas. The immersiveness and versatility are what makes the Park Theater a special venue, www.mondodr.com
ensuring that there will be a diverse range of events held at the theatre for years to come. From a huge tour right through to an intimate performance, the variety of configurations will see sporting events, conferences, banquets and trade shows held there, too. The Park Theatre is the a perfect example of a modern, innovative, flexible venue, however, with it being in Las Vegas, it was inevitable that it would have a touch of glamour, too – and that has certainly been delivered in style.
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Apart Audio provides the sound for Chuangke CafĂŠ.
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Located in a business park of Shenzhen, the most innovative city of China, 0-1 Chuangke Café appeals to white collar workers and young entrepreneurs. Its first floor includes a large dining area and four private rooms. 9 Apart CM20T, 2 MASK4T, 1 MASK12, 2 MASK6T, 1 MASK8F, 2 SDQ5PIR loudspeakers and 2 SUB2201 subwoofers are employed for background music playback in five divided zones. Two
AUDIOCONTROL12.8 sets are chosen for multi zone audio management. In the second floor, where the employees work, four CM20T are used to provide a pleasant working environment. For convenient control, four Apart E-VOL40 volume controllers and two Apart DIWAC panels are also installed in the café. www.apart-audio.com
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The second Playboy outlet to open in recent months is located in New Delhi. But instead of imitating the Mumbai nightclub, PB Lifestyle Limited opted for a different audiovisual route. www.mondodr.com
In recent years, the TW AUDiO brand has seen a surge in nightclub installations, not dissimilar to a domino effect. The German loudspeaker manufacturer has gathered pace across the globe, but perhaps most notably in the Middle East, where the most recent high-end projects include Billionaire Mansion, Mirage, and Lock Stock & Barrel. Neighbouring India has taken note and followed suit with its own collection of installations, which are being led by the TW AUDiO India office run by Krishna Singh and the companyâ€™s distributor, Acoustics Arts. The latest nightclub in the region to receive the TW treatment is Playboy in the countryâ€™s capital city of New Delhi.
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“Playboy being an international brand wanted a great sounding system that could cater to their functional and performance needs,” said Krishna. “Acoustic Arts was called for discussions and performed a demo for the promoters. Sidharth Chhibber and his team were involved right from the beginning when the venue was first acquired for Playboy club.” The audio system needed to be capable of high SPLs for DJ sets, but needed to be flexible enough to cater for live performances on occasion. “We were briefed by the owners, PB Lifestyle Limited, on the requirements for each area of the club. Next, we got our design team involved, who have delivered successful designs for some very well-known clubs,” said Sidharth. “There were few changes to the layout during the build process and we changed our designs accordingly, so it was a good to be involved with the architect, the resident DJ and the owners, as they provided the relevant information and updates so we could make the necessary changes.” First on the list was the elevated stage over the bar area.
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This is the position both DJs and live performers inhabit to mesmerise the audience. With the stage located at the top of this triple height venue - 40ft high in total - it was imperative that the stage area was equipped with TW AUDiO’s most powerful loudspeakers to ensure optimum sound coverage. Sidharth selected the T24Ns in a line array configuration, four per side. The upper T24Ns are equipped with a 60º x 40º rotatable horn and the ones underneath are the 90º x 50º version. Six TW AUDiO S18 single 18-inch subwoofers - three per side - as well as two BSX dual 21-inch infra subwoofers add plenty of punch to the system. “The Playboy is a brand known for its flamboyant entertainment and clubbers can now experience the true Playboy experience in Delhi,” continued Sidharth. “I think the owners were looking for the ultimate sound system - as per international standards - and they had shortlisted a few brands in advance. With our presentation and demo, I think we
were able to convince them that we were their best option.” In addition to the main stage PA, Acoustics Arts also supplied and installed two M8’s and two M10’s as fills for the central area around the bar, to ensure evenly distributed sound. A further two M10’s are used in the VIP area - which is located on level one - and four more M8’s were specified for the balcony area overlooking the dancefloor. A separate VIP area - away from the main dancefloor - has ben kitted out with more TW AUDiO M10’s, but this time with the addition of two B30 subwoofers to extend the low frequency in this area of the club. It is used primarily for exclusive VIP parties and if desired the partygoers occupying the room can play their own music, independent of the music being played in the main club. The final area is outdoors surrounding the pool. Here, weatherised D8 loudspeakers and DS8 subwoofers from Community were selected. As is usual with TW AUDiO
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION SOUND 4 x TW AUDiO T24N line array cabinet; 8 x TW AUDiO M10 loudspeaker; 6 x TW AUDiO M8 loudspeaker; 6 x TW AUDiO S18 subwoofer; 2 x TW AUDiO BSX subwoofer; 2 x TW AUDiO B30 subwoofer; 2 x Community D8 loudspeaker; 2 x Community D8S subwoofer; 4 x Powersoft K3 DSP amplifier; 1 x Powersoft K10 DSP amplifier; 2 x Powersoft M50Q HDSP +ETH amplifier; 1 x Powersoft M28Q HDSP + ETH amplifier; 1 x Cloud 468 zone mixer 468 www.facebook.com/Playboy-Club-New-Delhi
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“I think the owners were looking for the ultimate sound system - as per international standards and they had shortlisted a few brands in advance. With our presentation and demo, I think we were able to convince them that we were their best option.”
installs, Powersoft was chosen as the amplification partner. The T24N ‘s and S18’s are driven by K3 DSP amplifiers, and the BSXs with a K10. The M10’s, M8’s and B30’s, as well as the outdoor Community boxes are powered by Powersoft M Series DSP amplifiers. All the amplifiers are controlled and monitored via Powersoft’s Armonia Pro Audio Suite software. “Powersoft Armonia allowed us to optimise and commission the system. It is easy to control the system and is user friendly for the operator,” explained Krishna. There is also a Cloud 468 zone mixer to create and control three independent zones within the venue. Puneet and Rajat, Acoustic Arts’ engineers said: “We are very happy to have been part of the Playboy project. We have seen many clubs in Delhi but most of them have constraints in terms of budgets and space. Playboy gave us the opportunity to install a system as www.mondodr.com
per international standards without compromise and we are thankful to them for this.” Sidharth summed up his thoughts on the project: “We’re delighted to have been involved in this project and extremely pleased with the results achieved. Playboy is a global brand and I’d like to thank the owners for choosing our equipment and our principals, and for the exceptional support that they provided.” The last word goes to owner, Gaurav Verma: “The audio set up at Playboy club in New Delhi is something that hasn’t been experienced on the clubbing circuit before. International artists such as Christina Novelli and JP Candella, to name a few, have spoken highly about the TW AUDiO system. We at Playboy aimed to take the audiovisual experience to a whole different level, and with the audio set up installed, it brings a whole new level of experience to the clubbing circuit.”
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InfoComm 14-16 June Orange County Convention Center, Orlando InfoComm showcases the latest technologies for audio, video, display, projection, lighting and staging, digital signage, conferencing, networking, signal distribution - cutting-edge audiovisual products and services from more than 900 of the industry’s leading manufacturers. Attendees can also participate in hundreds of educational seminars, workshops and labs taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on technology, trends and best practices in
the industry. In partnership with IMCCA, InfoComm will host a day of emerging trends education on 13 June - the day before the show floor opens. The special day of insight into the future of the audiovisual industry will feature the inaugural class of Emerging Trends Fellows - experts chosen for their knowledge of a crosssection of critical technology areas. In addition to Emerging Trends Day, InfoComm 2017 will feature a new Center Stage, located on the exhibit floor, where audiovisual industry thought leaders will showcase case studies and real-world audiovisual solutions to customers’ enterprise technology challenges. Also new this year is TIDE (Technology.
Innovation. Design. Experience.), a one-day conference at InfoComm 2017 for examining the strategic impact of audiovisual technology. The TIDE conference takes place Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, right across the street from the Orange County Convention Center. InfoComm 2017 will also introduce the new Immersive Technology Pavilion, an area dedicated to augmented reality, virtual reality and 360-degree video solutions. The new pavilion will include hands-on experiences of applicationspecific VR environments, and attendees will learn how AR, VR and 360 video - sometimes called immersive video can be used in commercial audiovisual applications. www.infocommshow.org
Anchor Audio Bigfoot & Beacon Stand No.: 6061 www.anchoraudio.com → Bigfoot and Beacon AIR battery powered wireless companion loudspeakers will debut at InfoComm 2017. → Anchor AIR battery powered companion loudspeakers wirelessly connect to the main system, with a 150+ft wireless range. → AIR transmitters seamlessly connect to Anchor Assistive Listening beltpacks for an instant ADA compliant sound system. → Anchor Audio sound systems are manufactured in the USA, ship same day, and are covered by an industry leading six-year warranty. → Visit the Anchor booth for live demos of the AIR units.
Audix M3 Stand No.: 5255 www.audixusa.com → An innovative, tri-element hanging microphone system designed for applications where aesthetics, sound quality, and ease of installation are critical. → Ideal audio capture solution for video conferencing, distance learning, courtroom activities, and surgical procedures, as well as for ambient room miking and surveillance. → Incorporates three phase coherent hypercardioid capsules with tailored frequency response optimised for speech intelligibility. → 4ft mic cable allows for adjustable mic to floor height - custom cable lengths beyond 4ft are available. → Available in white or grey. Also available with hard-mount option (M3WHM) for installations without drop tile ceilings (dry wall/gypsum). www.mondodr.com
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Barix Barionet 1000 Stand No.: 2457 www.barix.com → Barix will introduce the Barionet 1000, the latest member of the company’s universal programmable I/O device family for IP-based control and automation applications. → The Barionet 1000 is the first Barix device to be programmable in Linux using the Open WRT framework. → It is also the first to integrate wireless support and a USB port for emerging control and automation connectivity needs. → The Barionet 1000’s positioning as a Linux Open WRT platform device addresses the latest industry trend for open source control, and provides systems integrators and OEMs with a clean slate to program the device for almost any control or automation application desired. Along with wireless connectivity and a USB interface, the device includes standard Barionet features such as relay closures, and digital and analogue I/Os to maximise programmability.
Clear-Com Dante Interface Card - E-Dante64-HX Stand No.: 5575 www.clearcom.com → Allows any Eclipse HX intercom panel, beltpack or mobile app user to monitor audio coming from any Dante device. → Transports up to 64 duplex channels of Audio over IP on the Dante network. → AES67 compatibility with simultaneous support for DANTE and AES67 connections. → Dual LAN ports provide glitch-free redundancy against network failure → Sample frequency options of 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz.
Crestron NVX Stand No.: 1900 www.crestron.com → Crestron is a global leader in control and automation technology. → Crestron will be demonstrating its latest products at InfoComm, including a new addition to its DigitalMedia product line - the ground breaking NVX Series. → The DigitalMedia NVX Series makes it possible to transmit stunning 4K60 4:4:4 HDR video over standard 1 Gigabit Ethernet with no latency. → Support for HDR video (HDR10) and HDCP 2.2 ensures the ultimate in picture quality and compatibility for all of today’s varied media sources. → Using standards-based Ethernet wiring and switches, DM NVX delivers a vastly scalable, high-performance solution for enterprise-wide 4K content distribution. www.mondodr.com
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Dataton WATCHOUT & WATCHPAX Stand No.: 3153 www.dataton.com → Sneak peek - get the first look at our new ultra-compact media player with two 4K outputs – multi-display just got even simpler. → New - WATCHOUT supports NDI – bring multiple channels of broadcast quality video into your show from network NDI devices. → New - WATCHOUT adds 24-channel ASIO support for outstanding sound scenarios. → New - get control of live events and devices with new features in WATCHNET manager software. → New - calling all CTS holders: InfoComm RU Certified training now available from Dataton.
EAW Anna, Otto, RADIUS & EAWmosaic Stand No.: 6681 www.eaw.com → Come see and hear Anna, Otto, RADIUS, EAWmosaic, and more. → We’re at booth 6681, as well as Demo Room W231BC. → Come to a demonstration - Wednesday and Friday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm or Thursday at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. → Get a free exhibit hall pass here: http://bit.ly/2pfUMFM.
Focusrite Rednet Stand No.: 6560 www.focusrite.com/rednet → Rednet AM2 - Stereo Dante headphone amplifier and line output interface solution with PoE. → Rednet A8R - Eight channels of Dante-networked A-D and D-A conversion, with network and PSU redundancy. → Rednet A16R - 16 channels of Dante-networked A-D and D-A conversion, with network and PSU redundancy. → Red 8Pre – 64 In / 64 Out Thunderbolt 2 and Pro Tools | HD compatible audio interface, with Dante network audio connectivity. We will also have our Red 4Pre unit on show. → We will also have on show, and demonstrating in use, our full Rednet redundant range: D64R, D16R, MP8R & HD32R. www.mondodr.com
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One Systems, Inc Silver Series Stand No.: 5771 www.onesystems.com → New Silver Series is a budget alternative for Direct Weather loudspeakers; available models include the 104/STH, 106/STH and 108STC. → The Silver Series complements the One Systems Hybrid family of loudspeakers - all Hybrid loudspeakers are marine/salt water safe for sports/entertainment venues. → One Systems has been a premium manufacturer of Direct Weather loudspeakers since 2007. → One Systems Inc.’s On Point Audio Series is an incredible value for indoor installation applications. → One Systems, Inc. distributes P.Audio branded install and portable PA loudspeakers.
Powersoft On-Site Training Session Stand No.: 5871 www.powersoft-audio.com → Powersoft will be hosting an on-site training session entitled ‘How to Optimise Fixed Install Design Using DSP in Class D Amplifier’ on June 15 from 1.00pm to 2.30pm. → As an official InfoComm International Renewal Unit (RU) Provider, this will allow the more than 10,000 professionals holding InfoComm International’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credential to earn 1.5 renewal units towards their certification by completing Powersoft education programs. → Session registration is required and is now open on a first-come, first-served basis for trade show registrants. To sign up, please visit this link and navigate to course MT61: http://bit.ly/2pZ4XxA.
PreSonus StudioLive 24 Series III Stand No.: 6175 www.presonus.com → Fully recallable, 24-channel digital mixing console. → 32 total inputs, including 24 input channels (12 mic, 12 mic/line) with recallable XMAX preamps. → 25 touch-sensitive, motorised faders. → 16 Flex mixes (aux mixes, subgroups, or matrix mixes) and four dedicated subgroups. → Four internal effects buses. → Three types of multitrack recording: to onboard 34x34 SD Card recorder, 40x40 USB interface, and 55x55 AVB interface. → Complete solution: Includes UC Surface two touch-control software for Mac, Windows and iPad; Capture live-recording software and Studio One Artist DAW for Mac and Windows; compatible with free QMix-UC personal monitoring control for iPhone/iPod touch, and Android.
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RGBlink FLEX RS1 Stand No.: 1231 www.rgblink.com/flex → → → →
Input video at up to 4K. Four independent HDMI 2K outputs . Rotate individual outputs in 1° increments. Configure with XPOSE.
ROE Visual Carbon 5 Stand No.: 543 www.roevisual.com → Ultra-lightweight panels save cost, and increase the safety of very large hanging screens. → Concave and convex curve capability provides a larger field of view and more ‘immersive. experience. → The ceiling backdrop configuration gives a new sky to feast your eyes on. → The half-panel option helps customise corners and edges. → Can be set up in hanging and stacking configurations, for both indoor and outdoor use.
Sennheiser Sennheiser for Business Stand No.: 4947 www.sennheiser.com → All from one source - benefit from an extensive product portfolio for every occasion and everyday communicatio → Simplify daily business - save time and money with innovative solutions that simply wor → Unified communication & collaboration - Sennheiser connects with tablet, mobile and PC for increased productivity and mobilit → Superior quality - backed by a strong brand with 70 years of innovation culture.
Tasker Carbon Screen Technology Cables www.tasker.it → C300 and C285: the smallest cables, having a diameter of 6,00mm and respective nominal section of 0,22 and 0,50mm², with carbon+ spiral shielding - ideal for live events. → TSK1031 and TSK1032 with nominal section of 0,50mm², diameter of 7,2mm and respective shielding with carbon + spiral (TSK1031) and carbon + braid (TSK1032) - ideal for studio records. → TSK1026 has a diameter of 6,00mm and a nominal section of 0,25mm², with carbon+ copper spiral shielding. → TSK1028 has a diameter of 6,30mm and a nominal section of 0,35mm², with carbon+ copper braid shielding. www.mondodr.com
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• The Absen team
• James Oliver at the Adamson press call
• The AC-ET stand
• Acme’s Marco Galli
• The ADJ team with mondo*dr’s Jamie Dixon
• The Alfalite team
PROLIGHT+SOUND FRANKFURT / 4-7 APRIL
There was a lot of anticipation ahead of the Prolight+Sound show taking place, with many tongues wagging about significant exhibitors not being present, and some long-standing overseas visitors deciding to give the show a miss this year. The atmosphere felt different this year, not as harmonious as usual, and there were definitely some mixed opinions on the success of the show depending on whom you were chatting too. Number wise, the fair welcomed 45,100 visitors from 139 countries, who came to see 950 exhibitors from 39 countries. For mondo*dr, it still remains a high priority on our events calendar, so much so that we held our inaugural mondo*dr Awards during the show, for more details on the awards, turn to page 16. In the meantime, check out our A-Z listing of what happened on the show floor over the four days.
Absen launched its ERA 2 concept and exhibited ultra-high definition (UHD) stage rental products, including M 2.9, X5, HDV 1.2, D2 Plus as well as T5, A272 and several other new products. Dominating the stand backdrop, 84 M2.9 LED panels combined to create Absen’s largest curved screen to be showcased at a trade exhibition, standing at six-metres x 3.5-metres. The A.C. Entertainment Technologies (ACET) stand showcased the new Chroma-Q Color Force II batten range; award-winning LED, lighting and media control solutions from Jands; the innovate Quasar Science Q-Line range of linear lamps; and the company’s Tourflex Cabling in-house high quality cable and connector options for bespoke assembly of all popular types of data, mains and multicore. The Adam Hall Group unveiled several
• The Amphenol team
world premieres, including pro audio brand LD Systems’ Maui P900. Developed in collaboration with the Porsche Design Studio, the MAUI P900 combines state-ofthe-art technology with an iconic design and exclusive materials in a unique audio product. The company also displayed the MAUI 5 GO mobile, battery-powered column-PA system and its Gravity stands and accessories brand. The Adam Hall Group’s professional lighting equipment brand, Cameo, presented its ZENIT series to the public for the first time. New additions to the series were the ZENIT B 60 battery-operated, IP 65-rated PAR lights (black or chrome housing); the iDMX App-Controller; and the iDMX Core Wi-Fi to W-DMX connector box. The ZENIT series was rounded off by the W 600 LED washer, a completely new Cameo development, with flexible control options via iDMX core and
• The Altman Lighting stand
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• The Adam Hall team
• Area Four Industries’ David Gore
W-DMX technology. Adamson Systems Engineering added the S10n line array cabinet to its offering and introduced the integration-focussed IS-SERIES family of loudspeakers. The series made its debut with the IS7 and complementing IS118 subwoofer. The ISSERIES packs Adamson’s sophisticated tour-level technology into sleek, architecturally-friendly boxes with rugged but unobtrusive rigging solutions. ADB exhibited the new KLEMANTIS asymmetric linear cyclight family, which included the AS1000 and AS500, designed for use in a linear array. The company also showcased its IMAGO hightech USB backlit control surface, which, when connected via USB to a PC running the HATHOR lighting software, becomes a fully-fledged console. ADJ officially unveiled three new additions to its Entour series of professional atmospheric effect generators: the Entour Haze Pro, a professional oil based haze machine; the Entour Cyclone, a highpower DMX-controlled fan; and the Entour Snow, a powerful synthetic snow machine. The company also used its stand to showcase the full range of production-calibre ADJ moving head fixtures - incorporating spot, wash, beam, and hybrid models - as well as the AV Series of modular LED
• Apart Audio’s Steve Van Hoof and Kris Vermuyten
• The Antari team
• The Audiofocus team
video panels in a stunning lightshow. Alcons Audio used Prolight+Sound to preview two new products: a wide-dispersion version of the LR28 larger format line array, which will be of interest to larger productions and festivals, and an extension of the QR24 series, the company’s modular high-output line-source column. Allen & Heath’s compact dLive C Class digital mixers made their Prolight + Sound debut at this year’s event. Founded on XCVI (the same 96kHz FPGA core which drives Allen & Heath’s flagship dLive S Class mixers) and also sharing the DEEP processing architecture, dLive C Class mixers feature class-leading compressors and processing emulations embedded directly within the inputs and mix channels. The new range includes the first 19-inch rack mountable dLive surface, the ultracompact C1500. There are three new MixRacks in the series – CDM32, CDM48 and CDM64 and three new control Surfaces, the 19-inch rack mountable C1500, C2500 and twin screen C3500. New York’s Altman Lighting used its stand to display the Chalice 150 LED series of pendant house lights, the complete family of Gallery 50W LED architectural luminaires, the convectioncooled PHX 150W LED profile, and the Spectra Cyc 200 LED cyclorama luminaire.
• AV Stumpfl’s Horst Damoser and Hans Christian Stucken
• The Allen & Heath team
• Amadeus’ Gaetan Byk with mondo*dr’s Sam Hughes
• APG’s Gregory Dapsanse
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• ArKaos’ Julie Monroe, Benjamin Bauwens and Agnes Wojewoda
• The Audix stand
• The Aura Audio crew
• The Celestion stand
• Barco’s Stephanie Vlegels and Laurent Theurin
France’s Amadeus announced the new DIVA M² array speakers at the show. The system has a three-way enclosure, bi-amplified design, and two active drivers. Marketing Manager Gaetan Byk elaborated: “The DIVA M² is not a simple evolution of the DIVA M speaker series created in 2006, it is a revolution, a total and radical reinvention. This new version raises the bar much higher. Its new design incorporates a dramatic collection of over one hundred major changes, compared to the previous model.” Analog Way showcased the VIO 4K, a premium multi-format converter, along with its new set of optional interfaces able to support 4K60 4:4:4, and the Ascender 48 - 4K - PL, a powerful multiscreen seamless switcher based on the LiveCore platform. Taiwanese-based lighting and effects company, Antari - a long-standing exhibitor at PL+S attended the show again this year, displaying its range of products from the Z-II Series, HZ-Series, M-Series, W-Series, F-Series, Snow-Series and Bubble Series. Apart Audio announced its new CM Design Series of speakers; the MA120 and MA240 mixing amplifiers; the MASKC Series loudspeakers; and displayed the REVAMP8250 eight-channel bridgeable Class-D power amplifier. APG debuted the full range of subwoofers from its SB Series, which consisted of four models - the SB110, SB112, SB115-M2 and SB118. Visitors also had the opportunity to see the successful Uniline Compact range, which was introduced to an international audience at Prolight+Sound 2016. All of the Area Four Industries brands had their own area on the company’s stand, each of which had a selection of new and innovative products on • Bemya’s in-house band
• Astro Spatial Audio Director Bjorn Van Munster
display. MILOS displayed its Steel Truss, Compact PA Fly Tower, Modular Hinge, and Heavy-Duty Multicube, while LITEC showed its MyT Folding Steroid Truss and Roof System, and Truss Clip. ArKaos presented a range of video products during Prolight+Sound 2017, which included the ArKaos Kling-Force LED, 4 ArKaos Video Servers and all of its software: Media Master PRO, Express and LED Master. ASC met its planners, customers and manufacturers to discuss current and future projects, presenting itself - with the ASC teams from Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Stuttgart - as a provider of ‘system solutions from a single source’. In celebration of young talent, ASC regularly invites students of HAW Hamburg - a high school for media technology - for a guided tour of interesting media technology solutions at the fair. A special collaboration between Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) and Adamson Systems Engineering allowed visitors to experience true object-based 3D audio for live entertainment, using Adamson Point 8 enclosures driven by ASA’s recently launched SARA II Premium Rendering Engine. The company also debuted its next-generation performer tracking system, named Astro Spatial Tracking, which is based on the pinpoint accuracy of the newly designed Stagetracker II engine. Audio-Technica announced a new addition to its flagship 50 Series studio microphone range - the AT5047 cardioid condenser model. Based on the distinctive four rectangular diaphragm design of the AT5040, the AT5047 is a cardioid condenser with a transformer-coupled output that delivers a noticeably smooth sonic character and ensures high SPL handling without the risk of overloading
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• Chain Master’s Alexander Hartung with its new Stage Operator system
• The Avolites family
mic preamps or console inputs. During PL+S, Audix had a well-curated display of its microphones for stage, studio and installed applications. Products on display included the OM Series vocal microphones, several of their best-selling drum packs, and the new Performance Series Wireless system, which features two groups of single or dual channel receivers, handheld or bodypack transmitters, and over 60 system options available, including vocal, headworn, lavalier and instrument microphones. Additionally, Audix’s tri-element hanging ceiling microphone, the M3, was on display with other ceiling, boundary and podium microphones for those attendees interested in easy-to-install microphones that provide excellent sound quality for conferencing and collaboration spaces. Aura Audio introduced the revolutionary A28 subwoofer featuring two 18-inch drivers this subwoofer features patented Passive End Fire Technology, which enables cardioid radiation pattern without DSP and driven with only one amplifier channel. Austria’s AV Stumpfl debuted the fully upgraded Wings Engine Stage media server, the compact new Wings Player digital signage hardware player, and the even more condensed UHD Player. The company also displayed its flagship Wings Engine Raw 8K server. AVID used Prolight+Sound to announce that its award-winning VENUE | S6L modular live sound system is due to go out with legendary German hip hop band, Die Fantastischen Vier, also known as Fanta 4, on their European tour. The company also revealed that the desk has been installed at the National Theatre of Iceland in Reykjavik, with the help of its regional partner, Nyja Umbodid. • City Theatrical’s stand
Avolites launched the latest Titan update, v10.1, which boasts a plethora of end user-centric new features. Far more than ‘just a point-release’, Titan v10.1 offers significant new functionality as well as many fixes and improvements. Avolites demonstrated the full capabilities of its muchanticipated Ai v10 media server software, developed through real-world testing. The update includes the integration of real time effects generator Notch and video sharing feature Spout, both of which were developed alongside Ben Miles and Leo Flint of Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams tour. Ayrton introduced a new line of products at the show, including the Merak wash light, the ArcaLine 3 static luminaire, and the MagicBladeFX, which combines the qualities of the award-winning MagicBlade-R and originality of MagicPanel-FX. The new products were presented on the stand as part of a 360-fixture display alongside units first previewed at the 2016 show, such as MagicDot-SX, MagicPanel-FX and MagicBurst. Barco used the show to kick off the two-month European road show in support of its new family of large venue projectors, UDX. Launched the week prior to Prolight+Sound at Barco’s Kortrijk HQ, the UDX was then loaded on board the company’s touring truck (delivered by satis&fy) and driven to Frankfurt to allow attendees an up-close look at the product’s 4K laser phosphor capabilities. Beyma introduced several new products this year, including new high performance subwoofers, woofers and full range drivers as well as new compact compression drivers. The new 18LEX1600Nd took centre stage, which features • The Christie stand
• Christopher Aguis Ferrante of Ayrton
• The Clair Bros booth
• The Chauvet stand
• Cadac’s James Godbehear
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• Clay Paky’s Immersive Experience stand hosted a multimedia show in order to present its new products
• Steph Dell with CODA Audio’s Paul Ward
• coolux displayed its latest update, Pandoras Box 6
•The CLF Lighting stand
•The Clear-Com team
long excursion capabilities, high output and low distortion. Wireless load cell monitoring specialist BroadWeigh enjoyed its biggest ever presence at Prolight+Sound with five of its product partners promoting the company’s offering through displays and demonstrations. AC-ET, Hof Alutec, Louis Reyners, Scanrig and Sonoss all represented BroadWeigh on their stands. Cadac debuted the latest addition to its CDC digital console line. The CDC seven builds further on the success of the medium format CDC six, offering all of its power and operational simplicity with the enhanced production capabilities of an expanded dual 23.5-inch, 16:9 hi-definition touch screen, 36-fader control surface. For its first time at the exhibition, Celestion demonstrated its new line of Impulse Responses (IRs) - the definitive digital representations of their renowned classic guitar speaker tones. The initial list of Celestion IRs available for purchase includes the company’s popular G12M Greenback, G12M-65 Creamback, G12M-75 Creamback, G12H Anniversary, G12-65, Celestion Blue and Vintage 30 models mounted in 1x12 and 2x12 open and closed back and 4x12 cabinets. Chauvet Professional was pleased to introduce
• Daslight introduced the Light Rider app
• d3 Technologies’ Nikita Bazalo and Katy Huke
several new fixtures at this year’s show including the Maverick MK3 Wash, the Maverick MK1 Spot, ÉPIX Strip IP and Ovation B1965-FC. At this year’s show, Chauvet Professional also celebrated its foray into the German market with established industry specialist Fischer GmbH, which now supplies and services Chauvet Professional fixtures in Germany. Following the launch of Christie’s Pandoras Box and Widget Designer Version 6, a further upgrade, the Pandoras Box Octo Server, was unveiled at this year Prolight+Sound. The new hardware features increased output capabilities providing up to eight outputs at full-bandwidth without compromising performance. Chroma-Q invited guests to see its Color Force II, Inspire and Space Force creative LED lighting solutions, along with new Color One 100X LED PAR. The latest addition to the Chroma-Q line up, the Color One 100X PAR, offers nearly 60% more output than its predecessor and is one of the brightest fixtures in its category. Convection cooled and with an IP65 version available, applications range from indoor lighting to temporary outdoor events. City Theatrical demonstrated the DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, SHoW DMX Multiverse
• The Coemar stand
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• The Community team
• CEO of Audiotonix, James Gordon, on the DiGiCo stand
• DiGiGrid’s Dan Page
wireless DMX, and the QolorPIX Pixel Controlled Tape and Pixel Controller. It also showcased the new Pathway Connectivity products such as Choreo Vignette and Choreo NSB. Clair Brothers were in attendance at this year’s Prolight+Sound to officially announce the launch of the C12 and C8 line array products, both of which feature the next evolutionary step in new mid/high technology. During the show the company also unveiled its new addition to the One Series line of stage monitors, the 1.5AM+, the active version of the 1.5AM monitor. Finally Clair also used the trade show to introduce its point source package, the S2-System. The system consists of the S2-CX and the S2-Sub, complete with a high power Powersoft amp module. Clay Paky’s Immersive Experience stand hosted a multimedia show that mixed light, sound, video, stage design and atmospheric effects. It was of course all designed to present the new products Clay Paky had brought to this year’s event. First up was the Axcor Profile 900, Clay Paky’s first LED spotlight, which boasts a total power of 900W and luminous flux of 24,000 lumen output. Next up was the K-EYE HCR, an LED wash light which provides total control over the quality of all forms of white or coloured light. The Mythos2
• Eagle Truss stand
was also shown which has two new feature from the previous model, a super-smooth dimming upgrade as well as the reliable Osram SIRIUS HRI 440W lamp technology. The last announcement from the manufacture was the Scenius Unico, a multi-purpose fixture offers projecting, wash and beam effects. The new Dante interface card for the Eclipse-HX matrix - E-Dante64-HX - from Clear-Com was on display at the show. The new Dante interface card is compatible with the Eclipse HX-Omega, Median, and Delta matrix systems, supports Dante and is AES67 compatible, allowing users to transport up to 64 channels of high quality audio to multiple Dante-enabled devices using standard Ethernet network infrastructure. CLF lighting presented three new lighting essentials, including the Yara, which has an outstanding smooth RGBW colour mixing delivered by 14 high power LEDs with a very punchy 15° beam angle. Next, the Ares XS was presented, the smaller brother of the Ares, which has proven to be a lighting essential for many different purposes. And finally, the most recent addition to the CLF product range - the LEDwash XL, a unique, one-of-a-kind wash fixture with two LED segments.
• d&b audiotechnik’s CEO Amnon Harman and CMO David Claringbold
• D.A.S. Audio Marketing Director, Bob Giner, with the company’s Sound Force range
• DTS’s Pierluigi Gasperoni, Veronica Bernardi and Paolo Albani
• The Danley team
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• EAW’s TJ Smith and Louie King
• Fohhn’s Christophe Moll and colleague
CODA Audio launched its brand new threeway Arrayable Point Source System (APS) that combines the user-friendliness of a point source with the arrayability of a line array. APS addresses the limitations of traditional point source systems by offering unprecedented flexibility and performance standards for medium sized venues. The system also contains the APS-SUB, an 18inch high output compact subwoofer. CODA also introduced its new LINUS T-RACK based around its new LINUS14 4-channel DSP amplifier. At Crestron’s stand the company showed its new modular utility amplifiers AMP-1200 and AMP-2100. Both amplifiers provide integrators with professional-grade audio performance, Energy Star certified efficiency, and exceptionally easy installation. Crestron also showcased its latest immersive solutions for meeting room applications. Along with its recent rebrand, d3 Technologies launched its new gx range. Developed as a continuation from the success of the pro range, the gx evolution has been designed to facilitate the coming wave of generative content being used in live show design. There will be two models as part of the new range, the gx 2 and gx 1. The gx 2 features the fastest workstation GPU currently available while gx 1 aims to bring the same power density to smaller shows. d&b audiotechnik used this year’s show as a chance to demonstrate its new ArrayCalc Viewer app. The mobile interface provides all key information for positioning and flying a d&b loudspeaker system in a quick and easy format, including all relevant rigging, setup and system details. Also new at the show was the new R1 Array verification tool. Available in the latest • Fenix Staging Export Manager, Alex Bryan
• The Eurotruss team
version of R1, the verification tool works by identifying the position of a loudspeaker in an array, then comparing its order within the array to the one in ArrayCalc. Together the J-Series, Y-Series and V-Series make full use of the new software solutions. Danley Sound Labs presented the Danley J3-94 Jericho Horn, which made its first European appearance at the show. Like other members of the Jericho Horn family, the J3-94 delivers incredible SPLs with fidelity that is closer to reference monitors than to conventional PAs or line arrays. In addition, Danley also demoed the Pure Groove PG-J94 Jericho Horn and its flagship Synergy Horn loudspeaker, the SH-50 along with the Danley TH-Mini15, which uses the company’s Tapped Horn subwoofer technology. Finally, Danley Europe brought the four-channel DNA 20K4 Pro amplifier with on board DSP and network connectivity for those visiting the booth. The focus on the D.A.S. Audio stand was its new state-of-the-art club system, Sound Force, launched earlier in this year at an event in Madrid. The range is now comprised of 10 units, including the SF-M 4-way DJ monitor, the SF-10 and smaller SF-26 two-way passive systems, the SF-20A powered mid-high system, the SF-158 three-way full-range system, and the SF-112 3-way passive system. Dataton used the week to give visitors a chance to check out the new WATCHPAX 4, the latest addition to the WATCHPAX range of media players. WATCHPAX 4 is portable and powerful, offering four times UHD (4K) playback. The company also showed some of the new features in Dataton WATCHNET, network-based software for custom control of WATCHOUT systems
• Tony Andrews of Funktion-One
• The FBT stand
• dBTechnologies presented its control software, Aurora Net
• The DPA Microphones press call
Celebrating 15 Years of Making the World Sound Better “We have bucked industry trends and broken industry standards to find the best possible audio solutions both analog and digital. We don’t simply gauge our system’s performances on published specifications; we gauge it by the smiles on people’s faces.”
George Krampera Founder, Chief Engineer, Legendary Pro Audio Pioneer
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• Ehrgeiz showcased the new Supernova RGBW fixture
from panels and computers designed for the live environment. This year, dBTechnologies presented its control software Aurora Net that has been developed for advanced control and monitoring of dBTechnologies professional audio systems. Working via Ethernet cable it allows a detailed DSP control while managing digital audio via Dante protocol. As well as showing its entire range of SD and S Series consoles, DiGiCo allowed attendees the opportunity to hear, a newly designed 32-bit John Stadius Mic Pre-Amp for the first time. The specifications of the 32-bit SD Mic Pre-Amp Card include fully differential audio paths from input to converter, twin 32-bit ADC conversion per channel and lightening quick conversion time. During the week, the company also showed the new DiGiCo S App providing and alternative way to control DiGiCo’s S21 and S31 consoles remotely via an Apple iPad. Digital Projection showed a variety of the latest Solid State Laser Phosphor products. One such product was the new Digital Projection E-Vision Laser 10K. The new E-Vision boasts 10,500 lumens at 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution. DPA Microphones focused on studio quality sound for the live stage at this year’s Prolight+Sound with a selection of its latest products. These include the d:dicate MMP-G Modular Active Cable for MicroDot and its
• Elation Professional’s Alan Rayner and David Martin
popular d:facto Vocal Microphone range. DPA also presented its d:vote instrument microphones and its full range of bodyworn microphones include the DPA d:screet Miniature Microphones and the d:fine 66 and 88 Headset Microphones. The leading roles in DTS’ yearly light show were played by two products able to assure the maximum versatility to be the base of any lighting design - BRICK and MINI BRICK. Thanks to their functional features, they can be used for both temporary and permanent installations. DTS also chosen to expand its range of projectors dedicated to the theatre and television studios market with three products that meet every need of lighting: the PROFILO LED 80 CT and SCENA LED 80 CT, two linearly tunable white colour temperature projectors; and SCENA LED 200, a powerful projector with white LED source. Ehrgeiz showcased the new Supernova RGBW fixture, which offers homogeneous pixel-less light output, and a beam angle of 110° so it can be utilised as a flood, blinder or strobe. Visitors to the Elation stand had their chance to see the IP65 Proteus Beam and Proteus Hybrid both now available to the market. Also on show was the theatrical-grade Artiste DaVinci LED moving head spot and Platinum 1200 Wash, Elation’s brightest LED wash to date. Elation’s fullcolour Fuze LED wash moving heads and IP65rated PAR luminaires with their classic Fresnellook also continued to draw attention.
• mondo*dr Jamie Dixon and Tracy Hobbs of GUIL
• The Global Truss team
• The Equipson stand
• The RGBlink team
• GLP’s Simon Barrett
• Harman’s David Glaubke
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• ETC’s Cat Shephard and Kat Walmsley
• Harmonic Design’s Tim Maier
Spain-based Equipson, this year launched WORK PRO, a new system that offers a control package via a PC, Mac or smart phone which communicates to software within the LightShark LS-1 console. During the show the company also launched the LS-Core which is the same hardware as LS-1 but without controls. At ETC’s booth the company had an array of products on show including the recently launched Gio @5 console. Also on show were a selection of ETC’s Source Four LED Series 2 luminaries, the Lustr array and the Daylight HD and Tungsten HD which can be tweaked to perfectly illuminate individual skin tones. Additionally, visitors were able to see the Irideon FPZ, a fixture that pairs the best of the Source Four Mini LED platform with exceptional output and a sleek industrial design to light spaces with elegance and subtlety. With an impressive booth setup, FBT displayed a wide selection of its pro audio, install, audio contractor products. The highlights were the VENTIS, SUBLine, X-SERIES, EN-54 series of products. This year FENIX displayed stage platforms with adjustable folding stairs, which offer the maximum security, resistance and stability. In addition, it showcased the operation of its new FSH System (FENIX Security Hook) in its TRC700 ground support tower, a structural tower ideal for assembling medium stages with double handle winch to allow easy use and set-up by a single person. For this year’s show, Focusrite showed the Rednet AM2, a Stereo Dante headphone amplifier and line output interface solution with PoE. Also having its debut this year were the Rednet A8R and Rednet A16R, 8/16 channels of Dantenetworked A-D and D-A conversion, with network and PSU redundancy respectively. The
• The IDEA team
company also showed the Red 8Pre, a 64 In / 64 Out Thunderbolt 2 and Pro Tools | HD compatible audio interface, with Dante network audio connectivity. A highlight for Fohhn was the digital updating of its Linea Focus products. This latest generation of beam steering systems is now equipped as standard with digital AES/EBU- and Fohhn AIREA inputs. The systems are also optionally available with digital inputs for Dante and Optocore, as well as analogue inputs. The same digital and analogue input options are also a feature of Fohhn’s brand new DI-Series amplifiers. Funktion-One launched three new loudspeakers this year growing the Evolution Touring Series with the addition of supplementary mid-high and mid-bass enclosures. The Evolution 7TH is the mid-high section of the Evo 7T featuring 10-inch mid-range and a 1.4in compression driver for high frequencies. Second was the Evolution 7TL-215 featuring two Evo 7T horn-loaded 15-inch drivers providing mid-bass reinforcement for flown and ground-stacked Evo configurations. The company also added to its bass reflex range of speakers with the BR132, which utilises Powersoft’s M-Force 10kW linear transducer. GLP used the show as an opportunity to launch the much-anticipated JDC1, a true hybrid LED strobe, as well as the multi-purpose impression S350. The powerful JDC1 has been designed to deliver unprecedented versatility containing a traditional single tube element with a clear, bright white output combined with a surrounding full face of RGB LED power. The GLP impression S350 on the other hand employs a highly efficient optical system. The fixture uses a powerful white LED engine at its core, producing bright clarity in the projected beam. Green Hippo showed its Hippotizer Media
• JB Lighting’s Stefanie Braungardt
• The JoeCo crew
• The Follow Me team
• The ASC stand
• K-array’s Andrea Torelli and Margaux Asteghene
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• Kling & Freitag’s Steve Hamann and Lars Heinrich
J&C Joel’s Andy Taylor, James Wheelwright, Cassie Irving
• The Lawo stand
• KV2’s Jan Jares
• L-Acoustics’ Mary Beth Henson and Dominic Purvis
• The J R Clancy stand
Server range, and third party plug-ins for use with its SHAPE projection mapping toolset. The innovative plug-ins included BlackTrax LiveTrack, a new automatic line up tool, which is able to effortlessly line up a projector on a 3D model, and the demonstration of the Notch integration, a generative content and effects plug-in. For the audio side of the Harman Professional Solutions extended family, the group had several new releases to announce to its visitors. First of was Soundcraft who launched its two new Mini Stagebox 32i and 16i’s which give customers multiple channels of remote controlled I/O for Soundcraft Si series products, including the Si Impact mixing console. Meanwhile, Harman’s JBL launched its VTX A12 line array loudspeaker. As an extension to the VTX family, this new dual 12-inch line array loudspeaker was engineered from the ground up to provide best-in-class performance, reliability and ease of use. Along with the line array release, JBL also showcased its new Array Link app and introduced its battery-powered EON ONE PRO, a rechargeable portable personal linear-array PA. Harman’s AKG introduced the MDAi CPA connected PA microphone adapter. Simply add the AKG MDAi CPA Connected PA microphone adapter to any vocal mic and it automatically configures with the Harman Connected PA app and ecosystem, providing effortless setup and instant recall. Along with the microphone adapter, AKG also launched the K275, K245 and K175 foldable studio headphones. Harman Professional Solutions brought professional lighting and atmospheric effects to new audiences with the Martin THRILL Series.
• Laser Animation stand
The new line for DJs, musicians, and enthusiasts offers plug-and-play ease to enhance live performances and events. All THRILL products work right out of the box with easy-to-use presents for customers who have minimal to no lighting experience. It also introduced the Martin Exterior Projection 1000, a powerful permanent exterior image projector and expanded its VDO Creative LED Video Range with VDO Fatron 20 and VDO Dotron. Finally, Harman Professional Solutions introduced the new Rush Fog Fluid and Rush Haze Fluid. Additionally, the popular Rush Club Smoke Dual Fluid, a hybrid Fog and Haze fluid formula, now have visually refreshed packaging and are now available in a wider selections of container sizes. Prior to this year’s show, High End Systems announced that it had been acquired by ETC. Under the ETC umbrella, High End gains the oversight of an experienced lighting industry team to grow its capabilities in service, support, and product development. ETC will operate High End as a separate company located in its current Austin, Texas facility. As well as the recent news, High End Systems once again hosted its HOGFactor Programming Competition. Harmonic Design launched the hd HLS20 HybridLineSource cabinet and demonstrated it for visitors on the outdoor stage. Hazebase celebrated its 10th anniversary at the show by presenting the base*touring PLUS and the base*classic*VERTIKAL fog machines. The base*prime with 3,000W and whisper nozzle was also reworked and presented as a novelty. J&C Joel’s stand was inspired by the Madagascarthemed circus tent the company created at
• Laserworld’s Nobert Stangl
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• Haze Base’s Jan Scholten, Theresa Behrend, Uta Raabe, Bettina Frenzel
• Jamie Dixon of mondo*dr and Lightsky’s Lola Guo
• Le Maitre’s Emma Williams and Claire Owens
Motiongate Dubai, a theme park within Dubai Parks and Resorts. As visitors rolled up, they were transported to a circus complete with a red and blue Deko Molton big top, sand effect digitally printed Joelmat flooring, an eight-metre by fourmetre seamless canvas digitally printed with a big top tent and popcorn for everyone to enjoy. Comprised of the KM312, KM312P, KM112 and KM11P, the Mastiff line from K-array produces ultra-low distortion giving vocals and instruments incredible clarity and precise sound. The monitors feature an asymmetrical 100° by 30° horn granting performers the possibility to select a wide or narrow sound emission. Kling & Freitag previewed new product, Spectra 212, which features VariQ technology. The product is currently in prototype format, but previewing it during the show gave Kling & Freitag the opportunity to gather some user feedback. Klotz introduced the OL22P OmniLIVE - PUR - AES/ EBU Multicore Cable, ideal on tour for transmitting AES/EBU signals over long distances. It also presented the VD083LP, little brother of the VD125LPS, ideal for transmission distances of up to 70-metres and thanks to the PUR outer jacket, the cable is highly flexible and abrasion-resistant. KV2 celebrated its fifteenth anniversary at PL+S. The company’s growth over the years is reflected the success it has enjoyed. Now housed in a 9,000 sq metre state-of-the-art, custom built factory in Milevsko, KV2 now manufacture everything in house except transducers which are still brought from Italy. In his fifteenth year at the helm of engineering, George Krampera Snr continues to stick to his principles when questioned about the
company’s future: “For KV2 it is only about one thing, the sound.” In addition to the traditional PL+S meet and greet, the L-Acoustics booth was the location of a series of daily presentations of its latest technologies. The company unveiled details of the P1, a networked digital audio processor during twice daily presentations, and also held twicedaily presentations of the new Syva segment source. The modern, sleek design of Syva makes it an attractive option for houses of worship as well as intimate settings such as home cinemas or lounge bars. Lavoce presented a worldwide premier of its new reference drivers: the SAN214.50LD 21-inch Neodymium subwoofer with 4.5-inch voice coil; and the DN14.40T 1.4-inch exit Neodymium compression driver with four-inch voice coil. Lawo hosted a Live and Theater Mixing Workshop at the show, teaching attendees all about the latest aspects in today’s live sound production by mixing on Lawo’s digital, network-enabled audio consoles. It was also proud to have been awarded with the PIPA Award 2017 for the mc²56 xc audio console. Le Maitre showcased its latest haze machines, the MVS Smart featuring smart technology, and the EcoHazer, the incredibly efficient and environmentally friendly hazer. It also received a lot of interest in its Freezefog Pro and its range of smoke machines and pyrotechnics. Litecom introduced SPOTDRIVE, a handlebar based moving head luminaire controller. The creative lighting designer can embrace the fresh technical possibilities that SPOTDRIVE brings to the show industry, including the benefits of relocating followspot operators from their usual
• The Lavoce team
• The crew from LED Blade
• The LSS stand • The LEDium team
• Rik Kirby on the Linea Research stand
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• Luminex’s Seppe Oyen and Dimitri Jannis
• Mikkel Samuelsen demonstrates Litecom’s SpotDrive
locations high above the stage. It also removes the need of additional rigging weight and construction of safe access ways for all followspot operators to climb to their locations. In touring rigs or venues where load capacities are at a premium, gain by using remotely operated heads controlled by SPOTDRIVE. LumenRadio’s TiMo got a baby brother at the show - the RDMchip. RDMchip has all the features of a TiMo RX crammed into a package of just 6mm x 6mm. Add a few ancillary components and you have a highly integrated wireless receiver that can talk both DMX and RDM. It also launched a new version of SuperNova – Supernova 4. MA Lighting’s latest software releases, grandMA2 3.3 and dot2 1.3 - both released shortly after the show to the public - received the most attention and praise at the exhibition. It was the same for the MA Network Switch that was equally well received and highlighted the importance of network control. Madrix used the show to present a world exclusive preview of the next generation of Madrix software - MADRIX 5. It includes all the groundbreaking features of Madrix 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as so much more. The Madrix team have listened to customer feedback and worked hard to implement as many new features as possible. At this year’s PL+S, Martin Audio unveiled an ambitious line up of 10 new products across multiple categories including line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers. First up was the Wavefront Precision Series, a new generation of multipurpose line arrays comprising the WPC and WPM. The Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed as complete systems with the newly announced external iKON multi-channel amplifiers optimised by Martin Audio’s automated DISPLAY software. • Martin Audio’s Dan Orton, Dom Harter and mondo*dr’s Rachael Rogerson-Thorley
• Look Solutions’ Kirsten Eicher
Next in the roster of new products was the XE Series of high performance stage monitors. The XE300 and XE500 are designed to deliver perfect monitor sound with a defined coverage pattern that allows the artist freedom of movement, while reducing overlap with adjacent monitors. Finally, the last series to be unveiled was a brand new LE range of stage monitors, which brings engineering innovation to everyday stage monitoring delivering exceptional performance and controlled coverage at a price point not previously possible for a truly professional monitor. Following the successful launch of the Delta Series at ISE only a matter of weeks ago, MC2 was pleased to showcase the range again at PL+S. The Delta Series is a range of six networkable audio processing power amplifiers, and innovative nonDSP derivatives - with a twist. The Delta Series has been designed to combine incredible audio power and performance with ultra-flexible connectivity for both remote control and audio. Exemplary audio processing is assured through the use of XTA’s DSP platform, and power amplifier capabilities are taken care of with high efficiency output stages and a generous power supply. Prolight+Sound was the German premiere of the MONACOR DT series from the brand MONACOR, audio-over-IP solutions with Dante interfaces that can be implemented conveniently. The centrepiece of this series is WALL-05DT, the new speaker designed for fixed installation in shops, hotels, restaurants, schools or indoor sports facilities. MUSIC & LIGHTS showcased more than 40 new solutions on the stand, these included: intelligent light PANORAMA, inaugurating the era of IP Prolights moving heads; SUNBLAST LED strobe, available in full colour and white versions; and MOSAICO, a powerful gobo projector with LED light source for exterior applications. The • The MBN stand
• Martin Fritzsche of Madrix
• The MA Lighting team
• NEXO’s Florian Eustache
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• The Monocor stand
• Optocore’s Maciek Janiszewski and Marc Brunke
• The Osram stand
• The NEXT-proaudio stand
• Owner of Bees Buzz PR, Stuart Hills and James Kennedy of Peavey
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company also introduced the new TRIBE brand, which targets lighting solutions for the club market, alongside the new ARK speakers by DAD for installations. Finally, the new solutions for trussing and lifting came in the form of ROBOLIFT and POWERLIFT towers. NEXO displayed the new GEO M10 line array, a high-output sound reinforcement system for long-throw theatre and live music applications, which was launched a few weeks earlier at ISE in Amsterdam. The new Acoustical Simulation Tool (AST) software from NEXT-proaudio is an acoustic simulation software for 2D modelling of either single subwoofer sources or sub-arrays and it was the main focus for the company during the show. With an extremely intuitive and easy to use interface and based on a very fast and accurate algorithm, this tool is capable of predicting the acoustical performance of the subwoofers, helping the user to find the best solution for a given venue with a multiple sound sources. Optocore announced the release of a revolutionary, total network solution suitable for all manufacturers and professional integration clients. The module, designed to be built into third party product boards, will offer maximum flexibility, interoperability and integration for any product - all on fibre, and fully IP-based. TiMax OutBoard debuted the TiMax SoundHub VR playback, spatial audio and show control variant, which marks Out Board’s move to support rapidly growing demand for tightly-synchronised, low-latency immersive audio in multimedia VR content for the theme-park ride-car and experiential-exhibit marketplaces. Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Outline announced the launch of the next generation in
multi-function processing and control - Newton. Newton is a full-featured, FPGA-based ‘Multi Media Nucleus’ that takes technology convergence for audio-visual systems to the next level. In addition to comprehensive loudspeaker system control facilities it additionally offers media conversion, sync and clock management plus audio distribution with networking capability, along with a very high potential i/o count (up to 216 in both directions simultaneously). Peavey Commercial Audio displayed its latest developments and features applied to the nWare software - control suite with the release of nWare 2.0 at Prolight+Sound. And Crest Audio, a division of Peavey Commercial Audio, showcased its latest TactusT digital mixing system, along with a new dedicated Tactus microsite. Philips Lighting introduced new products at the show, as well as incorporated them into the lighting design for the stand. The new products released included: the Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Spot, which utilises the latest high output white LED sources to produce a staggering 25,000 lumens projected from a 180mm front lens; the larger version of the incredibly popular Philips Showline SL BEAM 300fx, the new Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx that offers designers exceptional output from its 37 RGBW LEDs whilst being fast, quiet and extremely versatile; and the Philips Showline SL BAR 720ZT. The new, high performance linear wash and effect luminaire offers designers smooth and seamless washes of colour from studio to stage. On the booth, Powersoft provided a first showcase for its new MiniMod 4 and LiteMod 4HC, the latest in its market-leading range of power modules, which have become the engines for so many active OEM loudspeaker systems over
• The Music & Lights team
• Marc Kocks and Francesco Fannichi of Powersoft
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• Thomas Lofving of Prophon
• The Outline team
• Prolyte’s Paul Hadfield and Marina Prak with Willem Loos from Unlimited Productions
the years. These new releases attracted interest from both new and existing OEM partners, who expressed a strong desire to adopt the new modules in their upcoming developments. PR Lighting enjoyed high visibility at this year’s show - largely due to an inspired product showcase centred around its new AQUA waterproof moving heads. The AQUA 440 Beam, the waterproof version of the XR440 Beam, takes advantage of the popular new high output Osram 440W discharge lamp to deliver a punchy and parallel 3.1° beam. Lining up alongside was the AQUA LED 600 Spot, which in addition to offering protection against rain and humidity, maintains a perfect working temperature even in hot or cold conditions, making it ideal for permanent installation. Proel’s newest Axiom loudspeaker system turned more than a few heads at the Live Sound Arena demo. The AX12C column array, which consists of 12 3.5-inch cone transducers in a slim, structurally rigid extruded aluminum housing, was side by side with some of the industry’s more notable medium and large-scale sound systems at the Live Sound Arena at the Frankfurt Messe. Continuing to innovate, Prolyte Group brought new products, prototypes and a test model to the show. Firstly, the BGR70 truss, which is in essence a low volume truss with extreme load bearing capacity. The truss can handle large spans as well as extreme loads. A pre-camber system to guarantee zero deflection is one of the great features this truss offers. The recently introduced Verto truss was also on display, allowing visitors to experience the fast and silent rotating coupling system. Renkus-Heinz presented its latest award winning ICONYX Gen5 systems, as well as the brand new • Proel demonstrated the Axiom line array
C-Series and T-Series point source loudspeakers. The team was out in full force with CTO, Ralph Heinz, VP International Sales, Karl Brunvoll, Director of Marketing, Margie Kirby, European Technical Sales Manager, Michal Poplawski and Middle East Sales Manager, Norbert Bau all on the stand to greet visitors. RGBLINK had the MSP200pro signal monitor on hand for visitors to try, and invited them to check out the next generation presentation switching unit - the VSP628pro II. Riedel introduced Bolero, a new wireless intercom solution. Bolero is an expandable, full-roaming, DECT-based intercom system in the license-free 1.9GHz frequency range. Fully integrated into Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom platform, Bolero offers a rich set of features and connectivity that can be applied three ways: as an exceptional wireless beltpack, as a wireless keypanel, and as a walkie-talkie radio. Czech lighting manufacturer Robe enjoyed another incredible Prolight+Sound exhibition, taking the opportunity to launch its new German subsidiary, Robe Deutschland GmbH; showcasing 10 new inventive and interesting products and creating another great show space for visitors. As has become a Robe trademark at major exhibitions, imagineering an invigorating space conducive to business and communication is at the core of the stand design concept. This year for the first time, the show became fully ‘live’ with four dancers who performed hourly in a piece choreographed and directed by Chris Manoe. The spectacular accompanying lightshow illustrated some of Robe’s coolest new products first hand, including - over and around the stage - 38 Spikies, 18 LEDBeam 150’s, 39 Spiiders, four ColorStrobes, six PARFect 150’s, eight Pointes and 10 VIVAs
• Hugues Coffy and Lucia Moreiras of S2CEB
• Margie Kirby and Norbert Bau of Renkus-Heinz
• Robert Juliat’s new 600W LED followspot
• Riedel’s Johan Wadsten
• The Seikaku stand
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• The Philips team were out in force
and one DL4S for top light. Other new fixtures introduced were the PATT 2017, pixelPATT, BMFL FollowSpot, BMFL LightMaster, RoboSpot, UV Strobe, Strobe IP and the ColorStrobe IP. Building upon the success of Roxie, its first LED followspot, Robert Juliat took the next step by previewing two new LED followspot models Oz and Alice - the newest additions to the RJ followspot family. This dynamic pair feature a powerful 600W cool white LED source and the same high-quality functions and characteristics offered by the Robert Juliat classic Compact range. SALZBRENNER media’s all-new Prompter Console solves all the issues that used to make prompting a tedious and often uncomfortable endeavour. Countless options are available to satisfy even the most demanding customers: camera and monitor screen selection, LED gooseneck lights, left- and/or right-hand operation and a highly ergonomic layout are just a few highlights of a remarkably clever concept. This was on display at the show alongside SALZBRENNER media’s ultra-silent Microphone Winches that are designed and built to order. Controllable from a tablet or via a network, they come with a freely programmable user interface. On the first day at Prolight+Sound, SGM unveiled a new unique and extremely powerful all-in-one 1,250W LED luminaire fixture: The P-10. It carries the functionalities of a wash light, a strobe light, a flood light, a pixel light and a blinder with a nonfading continuous output, making it the perfect multi-purpose LED fixture. ShowTex introduced it brand-new PepperScrim. This highly transparent and extra-wide metallic scrim brings large-scale holograms to life and provides light designers with unlimited creative possibilities. In addition to the extensive collection of flame-retardant fabrics and suspension systems,
• The Tasker team
• The full Robe squad
the stand also displayed acoustic solutions, XL projection screens, a variety of printable materials, stage hardware and unique temporary wall solutions. News from Spotlight at the show included it being one of the first companies to have a full range of 450W LED luminaires in its catalogue. It also announced its new website, which features a well organised product catalogue containing plenty of tips and automatically associates accessories. In addition, the data sheets on the website are updated in real time via a connection to the management and internal company database. Steinigke displayed a multitude of products from its extensive range of brands. Eurolite introduced a fully-fledged DMX lighting controller for feet, apply named, Bigfoot, as well as the LED TMH Hypno moving head. Other highlights from Eurolite included the X Series, the MFX LED moving effects and the KLS LED compact light range. Sunlite released the new Basic Class: SUNLITEBC. This new product replaces the current SUITE2-BC and is compatible with the new Sunlite Suite 3 software. It includes SUT (Smart Upgrade Technology) and is upgradable to 512 channels or more using the optional Art-Net universes. Sunlite Suite 3 - due for release this Summer - was also previewed. The software features a brand new user interface and Cycle editor with Audio and Video timelines, along with several other exciting new features. TW AUDiO expanded its product range with additional loudspeakers for the installation series, offering integrators and users innovative solutions for the diversified installation market. The design of the loudspeakers from the i-series allows a seamless and unobtrusive integration in any architectural background, no matter if in
• TW AUDiO’s Simeon Ludwell and Gaby van der Blom
• The Steinigke booth
• The Tarm team
• Sommer Cable’s Alexandra Haag
• Visual Production’s Maarten Engels and Zoe Castle
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• The StudioDue booth
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multipurpose halls, nightclubs, live clubs, houses of worship or sports arenas. The new series includes the T20i, T30i, VERA20i and the S17i. In the Live Sound Arena visitors were able to listen to TW AUDiO’s VERA20, T24N and VERA S33, representing an unparalleled sound with a compact and appealing design. Prolight+Sound was the launch platform for Visual Productions’ new product the TimeCore: a timecode toolbox that performs all tasks related to timecode. It even handles a number of nontimecode protocols such as UDP, TCP, OSC, MIDI, Art-Net and sACN. The Ikarray-8 from Voice Acoustics is a novel concept plug‘n’play line-array with incredible power density: two eight-inch and four oneinch drivers are stacked vertically in a compact housing. Few elements of this system are needed to achieve acoustically effective length and great range. This was launched at the show alongside the Score-5, a compact and powerful multifunctional loudspeaker for mobile applications and installation equipped with two five-inch / one-inch drivers. An oversized and fully phase optimised passive crossover with full equalisation allows for use with any amplifier. VUE Audiotechnik displayed the latest h-Class High Definition powered systems and al-Class Acoustic Linearity Line Array systems, as well as representative models from the i-Class Superior Contracting systems and a-Class advanced passive systems. It also had the latest in SystemVUE software including the new iOS / iPad version and updates to its EASE FOCUS files with the ability to model hybrid arrays combining al-12, al-8 and al-4 with flying or ground stacked subwoofers (including beam steering). Highlite’s Infinity Chimp 300 desk was showcased at Prolight+Sound - it includes an output capable of transmitting DMX wirelessly with W-DMX. This is the first professional console with built-
• VMB’s Ben Sinclair
• Tech Team
in wireless transmitter from Wireless Solution. With the W-DMX built inside it gives the lighting operator more freedom and faster setup. XTA demonstrated it had listened to customer feedback on it APA Series with the introduction of the APA-4E6, it’s everything that makes the 4E8 model great, with a bit less power, but the same grunt! You still get the native 96k processing the company is renowned for, including FIR support, full EQ suite with 18 bands per input, nine per output, multi-stage ultra-transparent limiting, and the ability to source and send via Dante. The company also announced the release of a major upgrade to AudioCore - our famous remote control platform. This latest release says goodbye to a couple of big features - Array Control and Global Ganging - replacing them with enhanced grouping architecture, which has been designed to work with the MC2 Delta Series and also APA. Yamaha introduced a number of updates at the show: its MA2030a and PA2030a compact power amplifiers; the recently-announced Version 3.0 firmware for Yamaha’s MTX3/MTX5-D matrix processors and MRX7-D open architecture signal processor; and two new, ultra-compact installation loudspeakers, the VXS1ML and VXS3S. Zero 88 launched an Apple Watch focus tool, the powerCON TRUE1 Alphapack 3, the Chilli Pro 12 (with dimmer, relay, bypass, RCD & RBCO options) and ZerOS 7.9.3. The new Apple Watch app acts as a quick, easy and safe focus remote, providing access to channels and groups with tools such as Highlight and RemDim. It’s a free update for all Zero 88 customers and users and works with all Zero 88 consoles running ZerOS (FLX, ORB XF, Solution and legacy consoles like Leap Frog 48 & 96, ORB and FROG2. Next year’s Prolight+Sound will take place between 10-13 April. For more information go to: http://pls. messefrankfurt.com
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• The SGM stand
• The ShowTex booth
• Smoke Factory
• The Spotlight booth
• The W-DMX stand • XTA’s Waring Hayes and Mark Bailey
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CHROMA-Q | SHOWCASE EVENT Chroma-Q have been setting incredible standards of lighting performance for venues, shows, film and television, events and lighting designers. To highlight their ability to deliver the best possible creative experience for their customers, Chroma-Q held a Showcase Event to display the latest LED lighting solutions available. The unique event featured award-winning guest speakers, too, with Cinematographer, Phil Méheux BSC and Television Lighting Designer, Gurdip Mahal both providing insights into their lighting work, careers and technical styles on the set of well-known film and television projects. Held at Heatherden Hall, a grand Georgian manor house, which is based within the grounds of the iconic Pinewood Studios, the event was attended by over 70 practitioners from the industry. Visitors included designers, technical crew, cinematographers and students, as well as members from from the BSC, STLD and ALD. At the event, a ‘black box’ room gave attendees the opportunity to see demonstrations of the very latest premium performance LED lighting
solutions from Chroma-Q, whose products have been adopted by some of the leading practitioners in the entertainment, television and film sectors. Amongst the products on display were the award-winning Space Force variable white LED soft source ; the new, multi-award-winning Color Force II colour-changing LED battens range and the award-winning Inspire colour-changing LED house light. Also showcased was the new Color One 100X LED PAR – the next generation of the Chroma-Q Color One family. This must-see luminaire features the same homogenised beam as the Color One 100, however there is nearly 60% more output. The 100X’s custom optical design and fully-homogenised output delivers a powerful, smooth, uniform and defined 19° beam, with outstanding colour blending across the spectrum and no unsightly colour separation shadows. RGBA emitters deliver outstanding colours across the spectrum - including deep-cold blues, red-hot lava looks and super-soft pastels - as well as a complete range of whites - all from ONE www.mondodr.com
source. Utilising core LED technology from the Chroma-Q premium performance lighting range, the multi-purpose fixture is ideal for a wide range of applications and provides a powerful, creative lighting tool. Once everyone had taken in the products on display and wrapped up their meetings, the evening kicked off with a fascinating, hour-long insight into the work of Phil Méheux BSC, who is recognised across the world for his outstanding collaborations and cinematography skills on a whole range of iconic films, such as Scum, The Long Good Friday, The Fourth Protocol, Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro, Entrapment, Casino Royale and Edge of Darkness, among many others. Interviewed by fellow leading Cinematographer, Oliver Stapleton BSC, Phil discussed his progression from Cameraman at the BBC to becoming a freelance Cinematographer on feature films – working his way up to some of Hollywood’s biggest budget films, including James Bond. During the discussion, Phil touched on the art
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of good lighting and how it can enhance a performance or story; the evolution of technology and its ability to enhance creativity; and his long working relationships with a number of leading filmmakers and crew. After a short intermission, the second part of the evening featured another engaging hour-long interview with Gurdip Mahal. Seen as one of the world’s young, up-andcoming talents in television and large-scale event lighting design, Gurdip’s many television credits include The Voice, MTV Awards and BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He’s also collaborated on projects with high-profile music artists including U2, Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Muse. Gurdip was interviewed by former BBC / Sky and now freelance Lighting Director, Iain Davidson. The in-depth discussion saw Gurdip reveal his approach to lighting live Saturday night entertainment shows; how the role of the lighting department on these shows has evolved to include overseeing the video content; and looking at lighting, LEDs and vid-
eo as all parts of the overall stage design used to add dramatic effect. Gurdip also revealed how he picks technology according to the type of show, so he prefers using LED fixtures, such as the Chroma-Q Space Force for live television shows and other productions where reliability is key. Overall, the Chroma-Q Showcase Event provided a unique platform for the work, careers and technical styles of these leading experts from the worlds of film and television lighting design. Chroma-Q Global Brand Manager, John Fuller, commented: “The talks have been really informative and thought-provoking. Phil and Gurdip have provided us with fascinating insights into their creative and technical approaches to lighting, and given unique personal accounts from the sets of some very well-known motion pictures and television projects. “Chroma-Q shares their passion for lighting which is helping to drive the new innovations for tomorrow’s productions.” www.chroma-q.com
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ARKAOS | KLING-FORCE LED
ArKaos has announced the launch of Kling-Force LED, a truly plug-and-play interface which completely revolutionises pixel control. With powerful features, such as auto configuration and drag and drop, Kling-Force finally puts an end to the painful process of complex pixel control. Compatible with most manufacturers’ LEDs, this technology is creating tremendous opportunities for creativity. The Kling-Force LED has eight outputs and it distributes up to 40 Amp of power to those LED strips. The power supply is external, so that the user can choose 5V or 12V based on the installation. At 5V power can reach 200W and at 12V it can reach 480W. The interface distributes the power without converting it, otherwise it would dissipate too much heat. The output voltage must always match the input voltage, as the interface will not convert between 12V and 5V. The interface also provides some electronic surge protection that will cut if the output drains too much power or if there is a faulty wiring such as a short circuit. The interface will also detect when the conditions are back to normal and will start powering again the LEDs automatically. Kling-Force has two Ethernet connections to daisy-chain multiple Kling-Force interfaces. Kling-Force LED can power up to 1,600
(8×200) LEDs or drive up to 3,200 (8×400) LEDs if strips are directly powered. Each output is limited to 5 Amp, so the number of LEDs depend on the LED strip specification. There is no display or buttons on the interface because it’s based on Kling-Net. It can be configured from the Kling-Net Mapper. Each output with a non-zero length will appear as a device in the Kling-Net Mapper. Each output can have a different length to offer maximum flexibility. The media server can also receive feedback from the interfaces. For instance, the Node Properties panel displays how much power is consumed by each individual output. Each individual output is also protected against electrical short circuits or against a too heavy energy consumption. The interface will automatically detect abnormal energy usage on any output and will protect itself and the power supply by stopping powering the faulty output. Kling-Force LED’s technical capabilities and features are clear -it’s flexible, powerful, highly intuitive and affordable. With this interface, users no longer have to use expensive, complex pixel drivers to drive LED tapes. An intelligent technology, which finally provides a solution to a longstanding market need. www.arkaospro.com
Target Markets • Architectural • Clubs and Venues • Theatre • TV - Broadcast • Permanent installations • Corporate Technical Specifications • Eight LED strips outputs • 400 pixels per output • External power supply 5V or 12V • Supports a large range of LED chips • Three or four wires • Gigabit switch built in • Intelligent protection • Full flexibility Key Features • Especially designed to handle a large number of devices and pixels. • Easy networking set-up. • Smart, powerful and intuitive technology saving time and energy. • Industry compatible, no limitations on creativity. • Truly plug-and-play with no magic numbers.
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RENKUS-HEINZ | T SERIES & C SERIES designed to meet the needs of today’s installed audiovisual professionals, with a broad range of systems to provide effective solutions for every sound reinforcement challenge. Designed for permanent installed applications, C Series loudspeakers are a cost-effective solution for theatres and performing arts spaces, houses of worship, multi-use venues, public spaces, and any project where quality sound, high performance and superior pattern control are essential. C Series models are available in amplified (CA Series) and passive (CX Series) models, in black or white finish. The CX42 stairstep loudspeaker, an updated version of the highly acclaimed CFX41, is only available in a passive design. Both the T Series and C Series models incorporate the latest generation of Complex Conic Horns, with optimised drivers to provide clean, natural sound and tight pattern control. Unlike conventional loudspeaker designs, Complex Conic horns provide consistent beamwidth over a wider frequency range, with the natural, transparent sound that Renkus-Heinz is known for. www.renkus-heinz.com
Renkus-Heinz recently introduced the new T Series of professional loudspeakers for installed and live sound applications, as well as the C Series, which caters primarily for installed sound applications. The next generation of the company’s highly-acclaimed TRX Series, the T Series is designed for a wide range of installed sound applications, including houses of worship, performing arts centres, transportation hubs, museums, and other public spaces. The all-new T Series incorporates
redesigned HF and LF drivers for better performance and even more transparent sound. Available in both powered (TA Series) and passive (TX Series) models, T Series loudspeakers are built to order with a variety of horn pattern for optimal coverage control, and will be fully customisable, with Renkus-Heinz’s acclaimed custom colour matching and weather resistant options. The C Series is a reinvention and evolution of the company’s legendary CF/CFX Series,
C Series • Complex Conic Waveguides provides constant beamwidth/ directivity without the problems of conventional rectangular horns. • M6 / M10 attachment points. • U-Bracket mounting points and industry standard fly points to ensure fast and flexible installations. • Optimised acoustic crossover. • Internal passive crossover. • Switchable bi-amp / full range designed for natural and transparent sound across the loudspeaker’s frequency range. • C Series models include - CX41, CX82, CX42, CX121, CX61, CX151, CX62, CX112S, CX81, CX118S
Steerable sound isn’t just about being heard, it’s about being understood.
ICONYX Gen5 steerable loudspeakers. Intelligent design for intelligible performance. Sure, Iconyx Gen5 loudspeakers are powerful. But what good is power if your audience can’t decipher what’s being spoken? Iconyx Gen5 steerable technology gives you unmatched control over multiple beams of audio — to focus sound on your audience, and away from reflective surfaces. The audience hears every word in every corner of the hall. Crisp, intelligible, understandably superior. To learn more or for a demo, visit www.renkus-heinz.com.
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The Verto truss is a new revolutionary system, making truss connection fast, silent and safe. The Verto truss brings a totally new perspective on truss assembly and is described as a game changer in our industry. www.prolyte.com/verto Special Verto introduction offer: 25% discount till July 1st 2017!
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The VERA20i and the VERA S17i are two of the newest products to join the series from TW AUDiO and these models are specifically aimed at the installation market. The VERA20i loudspeaker is equipped with two 10-inch speaker chassis - for the low-mid frequencies - and a newly developed waveguide, along with an 1.4-inch mid-high compression driver. Measuring just 60cm in width, the loudspeaker can form a vertical array comprising up to 24 elements. Compared with typical double eight-inch systems, the VERA20i’s two 10-inch drivers are able to reproduce up to 6dB more output in the low-mid frequency range with lower distortion. The newly-developed 1.4-inch compression driver and waveguide are reproducing a smooth and accurate midrange response for natural vocal and music reproduction. The low frequency crossover point around 1 kHz guarantees a precise and uniform coverage even in the sensitive transition range. The extraordinarily fast transient response replays the high frequencies in a very detailed and crispy way. The compact and appealing design of the enclosure allows a subtle presentation of the VERA20i, especially when sightlines have to be considered or an array needs to be fitted unobstrusively within an
architectural surrounding. The fully integrated, almost invisible, four point-rigging hardware support the descent optical aspect. A special feature is the logarithmic scaling of the intermediate angles between angles. It enables angles smaller than one degree to achieve a more accurate directivity of the upper array elements over a longer distance. The VERA S17i is a compact, flyable install subwoofer in a symmetrically vented enclosure, equipped with one 18inch long excursion driver. The specifically developed integrated rigging hardware allows for perfect integration into VERA20i arrays, without the need for expensive locking pins and additional frames. The fully symmetrical design of the rigging means the subwoofers can be set up as cardioid sub arrays. It is also possibile to mount an optional front grill to the rear side of the enclosure giving a seamless look to the entire array. The two recessed panels with screw terminals - one on the top and one on the bottom of the enclosure - allows for the signal connection between cabinets to be hidden. There are also installer options of plates available - speakON, cable gland and blanking plates. www.twaudio.de
VERA20i • Symmetrically constructed line source cabinet with up to 12º vertical splay angle per element. • Equipped with two 10-inch long excursion cone drivers and one 1.4-inch throat compression driver. • Compact and lightweight enclosure design in respect to acoustical output. • 80º or 120º horizontal dispersion by exchangeable MHF horn. • Fully integrated, almost invisible four-point rigging hardware. • Compatible VERA S17i subwoofer available. • Coherent phase response with all TW AUDiO products. • Operation with dedicated TW AUDiO presets on Lab. gruppen PLM/D or Powersoft K/X Series.
VERA S17i • Flyable installation subwoofer in compact vented enclosure. • 18-inch long excursion woofer with four-inch compression driver and a 2,400W program power. • Fully integrated installation rigging. • Invisible cabling and different cable connection possibilities. • Coherent phase response with all TW AUDiO products. • Different cable connection possibilities from above or below the enclosure. • Operation with dedicated TW AUDiO presets on Lab. gruppen PLM/D or Powersoft K/X Series.
ShowMatch™ DeltaQ™ loudspeakers provide better coverage for outstanding vocal clarity. ©2017 Bose Corporation.
With DeltaQ technology, new ShowMatch array loudspeakers more precisely direct sound to the audience in both installed and portable applications. Each array module offers field-changeable waveguides that can vary coverage and even create asymmetrical patterns. The result is unmatched sound quality and vocal clarity for every seat in the house. Learn more at SHOWMATCH.BOSE.COM
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Units tend to be of two types - the light beam is modulated by a moving mirror with the luminaire stationary, or, the luminaire moves to create motion. A typical unit, usually powered either by a small discharge lamp or LED, is equipped with various functions including intensity, focus, iris, colour, gobo, rotating gobo, pan / tilt, speed control and reset.
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“It’s clients that drive R&D in our industry with discussions about what they need and, while there are plenty of moving heads on the market, the need for those built for outdoor use where they get wet, dirty and dusty is increasing. Proteus is a new line of IP65-rated automated fixtures that helps designers create the effects they need, regardless of weather, tech or brightness requirements. They include all the professional features designers have come to expect in top shelf fixtures yet have advanced IP weather protection in moving heads.”
“Moving lights are being re-invented and their future looks really bright and colourful. Having LED technology on board, possibilities open up in all directions. The lower weight and size brings not only savings in electricity but also in handling and transport. Smaller motors make it easier to build faster fixtures like the Spikie, just to give one detail. Higher efficiencies and technologies like COB make highoutput fixtures possible. The Spiider with new pixel- and beam-effects allows new stage-designs furthering creativity. Like on our DL7-series, improved production processes allow us to combine different LEDs to reach the same or even better CRIs than on discharge lamps. And we just got started.”
THE AMERICAS FORD SELLERS CHAUVET PROFESSIONAL
“At Chauvet Professional, we have made it our mission to provide our target audience with state-of-theart products, utilising the latest technologies, which allow them to bring excitement and energy to their audience. Our Rogue series provides solid, consistent performance, utilising exceptional optics, on a tight budget. Our Maverick series has broken boundaries by providing industry leading innovation and performance, with cutting edge features like built-in web servers, gravity sensitive touch-screen menus, and the ability to control fixtures from media servers and lighting consoles simultaneously. By putting the customer’s needs first, and focussing on providing the best experience to the designers, programmers, and even the stagehands setting up the gear, Chauvet is leading the industry.”
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Adam Hall Cameo ZENIT B 60 The ZENIT series comprises several products and accessories, and is aimed at the professional installation and rental market. New additions to the ZENIT series are the ZENIT B 60 batteryoperated, IP 65-rated PAR lights model (black or chrome housing). Not least due to their specially developed high-performance batteries, they provide great freedom to lighting design. The iDMX App-Controller and the iDMX Core Wi-Fi to W-DMX connector box enable absolute mobility. For safe transport, Cameo has included a touring case for six ZENIT B 60s. The spotlights can be simultaneously stored in the German-manufactured case while also being charged with the integrated charging station. Other features include: four 15 W RGBW Cree LEDs with 1,900 lumens total output for uniform colour mixes, long-life super capacity LG Chem lithium-ion battery for reliable operation, battery management system prevents overcharging and exhaustive discharge, built-in 2.4GHz W-DMX receiver, wireless DMX, standard DMX, RDM and IR control or via the fourbutton display, includes two light shaping diffusers for flexible 11°, 25° or 40° beam spread options, elliptical diffuser 60° x 10° available as accessory, 16-bit technology for high-resolution colours and dimming, OLED display with four touch buttons for easy configuration and security lock against unauthorised menu access. www.adamhall.com
ADJ’s brand new Vizi Hex Wash7 is ideal for theatres, churches, nightclubs, concert venues and event production companies. The Vizi Hex Wash7 is an agile and powerful mover capable of producing everything from intense beams to widespread washes. The Vizi Hex Wash7 is a 105W professional moving head wash fixture with variable zoom (5 - 55°) and seven 15W HEX (RGBWA+UV) LEDs. It features 64 built-in colour macros, super fast pan/ tilt movement, electronic dimming with five dimming curves and a pan/ tilt inversion mode or contrasting movement when fixtures are linked together. The Vizi Hex Wash7 has three DMX channel modes, three-pin or five-pin DMX connections and powerCON In/Out power linking. Plus, this fixture is equipped with ADJ’s WiFLY wireless DMX. www.adj.com
Blizzard Lighting Kyro.Mix CMY Blizzard’s stunningly bright and insanely powerful three-in-one beam/spot/wash CMY moving head, Kryo. Mix CMY. This beast is loaded with advanced optics, mechanics, electronic technology, and an extremely bright YODN R17 350W discharge lamp. It features a precision optical lens and a 1.5- 35° zoom that can provide super sharp narrow or wide beam aerial effects with highly saturated colours via its CMY colour mixing system.The advanced CMY colour mixing system built into the Kryo.Mix CMY consists of three separate colours wheels with gradual cyan/magenta/yellow (CMY) fade. Each wheel has five carefully selected colour filters on each wheel for a total of 15 static colours and white for a wide range of colour mixing possibilities. The Kryo.Mix CMY doesn’t stop at colour mixing and aerial effects. This fixture has dual gobo wheels with bidirectional rotation and shake, 540°/280° pan and tilt movement, rotating 12/36-facet prism with auto beam adjustment, motorised zoom and focus, frost filter, and 1-18Hz cycle strobe for an endless beam effects. Kryo.Mix CMY is equipped with an easy-to-use five-button LCD control panel, dual side handles for easy transportation, PowerCON compatible power input connection, three/five-pin DMX in/out jacks, and dual quarter-turn Omega quick connect type clamp brackets for secure truss mounting. It also features 21/23/28-channel DMX modes, master/slave, and auto and sound active operating modes. www.blizzardlighting.com
CHAUVET Professional 350W Maverick MK1 Spot The new 350W Maverick MK1 Spot from CHAUVET Professional offers lighting designers all the advantages of larger spot fixtures in compact housing, with rapid 7° to 33° zoom, a 7° to 29° beam angle, CMY colour mixing, a flat field of projection, colour consistency, three-facet prism and frost, and crisp gobo projections from two gobo wheels - one rotating, and one static. Thanks to this vast array of features, there is no better solution for lighting designers seeking to create powerful, multifaceted looks within a reasonable budget, and is ideally suited to a whole range of live touring events as well as install applications. Control comes in the form of DMX, sACN, Art-Net or W-DMX. www.chauvetprofessional.com
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Chroma-Q AutoLED II Utilising the latest generation of LED and optics, the Chroma-Q AutoLED II is a 6,500K CCT daylight white LED moving head fixture that boasts an extreme 16,430 lumens output for ultra bright, long distance throw; a high CRI; and a smooth linear dimming curve. The AutoLED II is designed to provide precise daylight illumination for a wide range of event lighting applications, including key-lighting, up lighting, backlighting and wash applications. Featuring a camera friendly custom optical design, the AutoLED II provides a smooth, uniform output, matched by theatrical grade dimming. The AutoLED II comes supplied with a louver accessory. A revolutionary beam shaper lens plate - custom developed by Chroma-Q for remote control of beam angle adjustment - is also available as an optional accessory. Utilising Chroma-Qâ€™s latest LED technologies, the AutoLED II draws an extremely low power consumption of 300W, offering a significant return on your investment with its high-energy efficiency. On the outside, the AutoLED II has been designed to provide maximum versatility and ease of use. The built-in power supply and five-pin DMX connectors in and out provide fast deployment and simple cable management - as well as allowing for remote focusing and fixture adjustment. www.chroma-q.com
Clay Paky K-EYE HCR K20 & K10 K-EYE HCR is a LED wash light that provides total control over the quality of all forms of white or coloured light. The new HCR technology used in the K-EYE is an exclusive electronic platform developed by Clay Paky in conjunction with Osram to meet the needs of lighting designers all over the world who were not fully satisfied with the performance of LED devices in comparison with traditional lamps, in particular because of their incomplete colour range, poor colour rendering index and lack of consistency. All these limitations have been overcome in the K-EYE HCR - and it is finally possible to produce every colour, nuance and shade with satisfactory quality. The heart of the K-EYE HCR wash light is a LED light source consisting of a module with six chips, each for a different colour. Besides the three classic basic red, green and blue colours, Clay Paky has added amber, cyan and lime. This exclusive Clay Paky device provides a very wide colour range with excellent colour spectrum coverage.â€¨ www.claypaky.com
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DTS JED The JED is the first LED multifunction moving head made by the team at DTS Lighting. The JED is a compact, lightweight fixture that is able to generate beam and spot projections. The moving head fixture also features a perfect colour synthesis for bright, brilliant and vivid colours. Ideally suited to small-to-medium venues and for fixed installations, the JED is extremely easy to handle, particularly as it weighs just 12kg. This latest moving head from DTS comes with overlapping wheels for multiple effects, such as a customisable rotating gobo wheel, a fix gobo wheel and an eight-facet rotating prism. The control of the JED fixture is simple, too, with an LCD graphic display and four soft keys making it easy to navigate through the various settings. There is also an internal operating system that is updateable, making the JED an adaptable moving head for any venue. www.dts-lighting.com
Elation Professional Proteus Series The Proteus Beam and Proteus Hybrid from Elation Professional are the first two fixtures in the Proteus series of IP-rated, discharge-lamp moving heads. An LDI Best Debuting Product Award winner, Proteus is a next-tier product line of weatherproof moving lights built specifically to empower designer creativity. Designed to excel under any weather conditions, they eliminate the need for costly shrouds and coverings. Proteus Beam is an IP-rated, discharge-lamp beam moving head and Proteus Hybrid is an IPrated, three-in-one discharge-lamp hybrid moving head. They house an advanced optical system with focus and include an internal thermal cooling system. Both luminaires include CMY colour mixing, colour wheel, rotating replaceable gobos, static gobos and rotating prisms. Compact, robust and budget-friendly, they can be controlled remotely from up to 2,000ft away via built-in wireless DMX. www.elationlighting.com
EHRGEIZ Helios+19Z The Helios+ 19Z is an impressive fixture. It single LED‘s can be controlled individually or in groups. Due to this feature it is possible to create great pixel effects. Preinstalled patterns are also available. The Helios+ 19Z has a very fast and smooth zoom function. Furthermore it is equipped with 19 15W RGBW high class LEDs by OSRAM which create an enormous light output. As a special feature the Helios has a light band, which can be controlled in eight zones. With this light band, additional colour gradients and effects can be generated. www.ehrgeiz.com
Fine Art FINE 1400E FINE 1400E PERF is a 1,400W moving head spot light with image cutting system. Unique optical design, not only makes the light spot even, but exceed the 1,500W light’s efficiency in the market. The diameter of the light lens is 140mm; the total output luminous flux exceeds 35000 lumens. FINE 1400E WASH-PERF is a high-efficiency with minute extension light source WASHPERF, its high-quality optical system design improves 50% of light output efficiency compared to traditional HID light source computer light in the market. This light of CRI is above 95, and the light output efficiency of 1,400W above 1,500W light. The main features of this light are its light weight, high efficiency and low noise, major minor reflective bowl design, German optics coating technology, the total luminous flux output reaches 40000 lumens which make it suitable for theatres, studios and other places, especially for its controllable light spot, high CRI make it suitable to be used as face light. en.fineart-light.com
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GLP GT-1 The GT-1 from GLP is a true hybrid fixture, working as a spot, beam and wash fixture with highest levels of performance. Using a high powered 440W discharge lamp, its high quality optical system produces a light beam that features an enormous 16:1 ratio zoom range from 3.5° to 56.7°. The GT-1 incorporates an optical design that doesn’t require different ‘modes’ to activate and so all feature functionality is available at any time. The GT-1 offers a wide range of effects in spot mode, including CMY colour mixing, eight rotating gobos, 14 fixed pattern gobos, additional beam reduction gobos, and a variable speed animation wheel that can be repositioned within the beam. But it doesn’t stop there, the GT-1 also features three different rotating prisms, and a fixed color wheel with CTO/CTB filters, further widening the colour pallet. In beam mode, the GT-1 produces an astonishingly high parallel beam of light at 3.5° through its large 145mm diameter front lens, which remains bright and consistent over long distances. As there are no physical changes, full functionality remains in the GT-1 whilst producing these incredible beam effects. When in wash mode, the GT-1 produces a soft edged beam from a variable filter that can be inserted into the beam to give the desired level of wash that you wish. The GLP GT-1 features GLP’s unique baseless design, inbuilt wireless DMX control, full 16 bit pan and tilt movement, full range dimming and shuttering capability, an in built battery for fixture setup, an auto sensing power supply and a low weight of just 25kg, in all giving a vastly versatile fixture for a wide range of applications. www.glp.de/en
Martin by Harman THRILL Mini Profile The THRILL Mini Profile is Martin by Harman’s smallest and most affordable moving head to date. The THRILL Mini Profile has been designed to help DJs, musicians and entertainers take their performances to the next level - whether they’re in a lounge bar or high-energy dancefloor. The THRILL Mini Profile delivers super-sharp optics with over 800 lumens of output via an 18W white LED engine. Eight varied gobos and eight vibrant colours are available, with electronic strobe/dimming, manual focus and high-speed pan and tilt. The eye-catching effects can be synchronised to a music beat via audio trigger or run from the four pre-programmed shows. For more custom control options, it can also be operated via DMX. Despite performing above its class, this ultra-compact fixture weighs only 4.3kg (9.5lb), so it’s easy to transport and set up. www.martin.com
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PR Lighting AQUA 440 Beam The AQUA 440 Beam, the waterproof version of the XR440 Beam, takes advantage of the popular new high output Osram 440W discharge lamp to deliver a punchy and parallel 3.1° beam, the ability of PR Lighting’s new IP44-rated enclosures to protect against splash water, maintains a perfect working temperature even in hot or cold conditions, making it ideal for permanent installation. Features include: one colour wheel with 11 dichroic colour filters+ CTO plus open; one fixed gobo wheel with 18 gobos plus open; one rotating gobo wheel with seven interchangeable gobos plus open and two individual prisms - eight-facet and 16-facet (optional: three-facet, 16-facet and gradient prisms). The fixture also contains strobe (0.3~25 F.P.S), mechanical dimmer (0-100% linearly adjustable) and motorised linear focus. Functions of the control include adjustable pan and tilt speed(pan 540º and tilt 270º), as well as an LCD display with touch screen and DMX wireless control. The fixtures weigh 31.5kg and dimensions (WHD) are 389mm x 610mm x 320mm. www.pr-lighting.com
The eLumen8 1RE Beam is powered by a 100W Osram SIRIUS 1R discharge lamp and offers a tight beam angle of 3° along with a host of professional features. 15 static gobos plus open and 14 colours plus open with split colour options allow the light beam produced by 1RE Beam’s potent discharge lamp to be shaped and coloured in a host of ways offering lots of creative potential. In addition, an eight facet rotating prism allows further exciting effects to be generated. The fixture offers a wide range of pan and tilt movement along with 16-bit positioning for exact control and smooth movement. While feature packed and powerful, the 1RE Beam is both lightweight and compact, weighing only 9.2kg and measuring 405 x 279 x 225mm. PowerCON input and output sockets and its low power draw of 199W means that multiple fixtures can be daisychained from a single power supply. www.prolight.co.uk
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ProLights by Music & Lights PANORAMA IP PANORAMA IP1400 is a stunning IP65 moving profile luminaire that delivers the punch to properly shine outdoors. Harnessing its 1400W Osram HTI source through a precision optical system, the PANORAMA1400 has the versatility to perform indoors or outdoors and double as a beam or wash luminaire. Other features include: outstanding light output and beautiful, sharp beam with 180mm HD front lens, massive 4° to 60° zoom range, full framing shutters, animation wheel, linear CMY mixing with CT, two gobo wheels, iris, prism, linear frost. PANORAMA IP AIRBEAM is a stunning IP65 moving beam luminaire which delivers an unbelievably bright, fat 2° beam ideal for outdoor searchlight and big air looks. Designed to make a statement, the PANORAMA IP AIRBEAM can truly make an event stand out or to fill a large outdoor space with spectacular beams. Other features include: powerful 440W Osram HTI lamp combined with 167mm HD front lens for bright 2° beam, IP65 rated, extensive set of effects including linear CMY mixing, rotating gobo wheel, static gobo wheel, circular and linear prisms, linear frost and focus. www.musiclights.it
Robe Viva CMY Powerfully smooth, Robe’s VIVA CMY combines brightness of exceptionally clear zero-fringing white beam together with continuous colour transitions of CMY mixing. Elegant and lightweight, packed with smart effects that are easy to use. The fixture is very powerful yet consumes little energy. The 350W white LED light engine gives an extra punchy beam with even flat field and an incredible 20,000 hours of operation - in fact, no relamping will be needed for the entire life of the fixture. Smooth colour transition and fixed vivid and radiant colours can be applied from CMY mixing system and colour wheel, and rotating or static gobos added for projections or mid-air effects. The smooth zoom can go out to 40° at its widest and be softened it up with variable frost to create a gentle washlike output or dynamic background projections. The minimum 9° zoom produces a piercing beam that can be trimmed with ultra-fast stepless iris for really punchy output, and VIVA has extremely fast pan/tilt movement using Robe’s proprietary EMS (Electronic Motion Stabiliser) technology. www.robe.cz
Showline SL LEDSPOT 300 The Showline SL LEDSPOT 300 is a compact high performance moving head luminaire, delivering a powerful output with fast and quiet movement. The precision framing system is a unique feature for a small compact luminaire, making the SL LEDSPOT 300 an ideal solution for designers with challenging space requirements, desiring total beam control. The large zoom angle range, precision indexing four framing shutter system, frost flag and iris enable full beam control. Shape, size, and soften the beam as required and heighten the impact of your designs. With six rotating/ indexable and nine fixed gobos from the Vari-Lite Image Library and a rotating/indexable circular prism, the SL LEDSPOT 300 is ideal for creating dynamic and arresting visual effects. www.lighting.philips.com
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Starway Servo Beam 20R Equipped with an Osram Sirius HRI 440W lamp, the Servo Beam 20R obtains an illumination of 120,000 lux at 20-metres in beam mode (2°), thanks to a high-quality lens. Servo Beam 20R is also equipped with CMY colour mixing system, linear CTO, two colours wheels, nine rotating gobos and 16 fixed gobos, there are two rotating prisms and one fixed also a frost. Furthermore, it has a zoom and a focus, which makes it one of the most complete projectors, capable to meet all possible scenarios. Technical characteristics include: opening angle: 2° - 40°, illumination at 20-metres (beam 1°): 120,000 lux, two wheels five colours plus open, wheel 16 fixed gobos plus open, wheel nine rotating interchangeable gobos plus open, three prisms: one 16 facets, one eight facets and one linear four facets, dim. www.star-way.com
Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam Designed specifically as the market-leading mid-air effects fixture, the Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam sets a new standard in its class. A large 14-inch (356mm) front aperture - using a new exclusive Philips ellipsoid reflector array system - produces a retro style searchlight effect, with a high output tight collimated shaft of light at 6.4°, which exceeds 55,000 lumens. Its lightweight robust construction and stylish compact design, allows the fixture to transport and install easily, while its visual effects and weather guarded design, for limited protection from rain, offer something versatile and truly spectacular for arena applications. The exclusive cloaked transition generator system can be used to create auto-timed fades between colour combo to reduce programing time in transitioning colours. www.vari-lite.com
Steinigke Hypno Moving Heads The name predicts the characteristics of these moving heads: LED rings, which are arranged around the lense, create hypnotising effects in bright colours, while a light beam comes out of their centre. Surely, this arrangement of these concentric LED rings around a primary light source is unique. The rings and the different sections within them can be controlled individually. At the moment, there are two versions of the Hypno, which, despite their similar looks, differ in their composition. The spot version is equipped with a powerful, white 30W COB LED; you can modify the projection by using color wheels and gobos. Around the lense, three LED rings with a total of 76 RGB SMD LEDs have been arranged. The second version owns a 60W COB LED in RGBW colours, which creates a vividly coloured beam. Around this, four LED rings with a total of 88 RGB SMD LEDs are at your disposal. Both moving heads can be controlled via DMX or be operated in standalone mode. www.steinigke.de
1. Altman Lighting Gallery 50W LED The Altman Gallery series is a family of luminaires designed to serve as the most versatile solution available to facilities ranging from museums and art galleries to hotel, retail, and restaurants where aesthetic and performance expectations are high. The foundation of this scalable luminaire family is a 50W, 92+ CRI engine, that offers up to 4,000 lumens across a variety of color temperatures. The Gallery engine can be used to build a mix and match variety of solutions that includes a 15-35° profile, a 25-50° profile, a beam wash with variable beam angle range of 15-60° and a fixed flood option at 85°. All of these can be interchanged, ensuring that your facility’s ever-changing lighting needs will have tools flexible enough to adapt. The Altman Gallery series is available in a variety of dimming options including: local on board dimming, mains dimming by leading or trailing edge, DMX/RDM, 0-10VDC and DALI. A variety of mounting options are available including standard and data track mount, pendant, portable and ceiling mount. www.altmanlighting.com
2. Atlona AT-HDR-M2C The new device from Atlona simplifies audio extraction and downmixing in residential and commercial environments with 4K and HDR system. The AT-HDR-M2C audio converter provides a seamless way to extract, downmix, and convert multi-channel HDMI source audio to two-channel HDMI, TOSLINK, and analog audio for displays, distributed audio systems, and whole-house audio systems. The HDR-M2C simplifies this process through an HDMI input with pass-through capability. The HDR-M2C provides additional value for installers by enabling HDMI audio de-embedding with or without connection to a display or other destination. The HDR-M2C audio converter includes EDID management features as well as audio volume and bass / treble controls, all available via Ethernet through the Atlona Management System (AMS), the web GUI, or a control system. AMS is a powerful network software platform ideal for configuring, managing, and monitoring the HDRM2C and other Atlona IP-controllable devices over a LAN, WAN, or VPN. AMS is available free from Atlona. www.atlona.com
3. Audinate Dante Broadway Networking Chip Audinate has announced the immediate availability of its new Dante Broadway networking chip designed for mid-channel count audio products. Available in 8x8 and 16x16 channel options, Dante Broadway is ideal for adding Dante audio networking to products such as small mixers, power amplifiers, DSPs, hardware interfaces and conferencing solutions. Dante Broadway blends the small form factor of Audinate’s renowned Ultimo products with the most popular features of the powerful Brooklyn II module, including latency as low as 0.25ms and support for Gigabit Ethernet. Redundancy is also supported in specific configurations for high-availability applications. With a rich set of control interfaces (including SPI, UART and GPIO), plus support for Dante Device Protocol, packet bridging and AES67, Dante Broadway can seamlessly connect an audio product into the growing ecosystem of Dante-enabled products. www.audinate.com
4. B&C Speakers 18DS115 B&C Speakers have introduced the new 18DS115 subwoofer. This next evolution subwoofer uses a new, longer, four-layer aluminum voice coil. The result is a very high motor strength without increasing magnet weight and cost which leads to higher sensitivity, lower distortion and better overall performance. The 18DS115 features a 40mm long, 4.5 inch diameter (116mm) Copper Clad Aluminum Wire voice coil. With a 1700W AES power rating, 98dB sensitivity, and over 16.5mm of Xmax, this high-energy subwoofer is a significant step forward from similar models in the B&C range. First samples will be available from Italy from early May. www.bcspeakers.com
5. Beyma 18LEX1600Nd The new 18LEX1600Nd is a really competitive and appealing 18-inch subwoofer. Its development has included an interesting mixing of artistic design approach with the most advanced engineering techniques to develop a key part of the speaker, the frame, which features an optimised design from the mechanical point of view while showing an attractive shape that tries to drive to the modernisme art from Gaudi. The electro-acoustic design evolved from the conceptual stage to real prototypes in a simulation environment that helped to achieve the targets. And the industrialisation phase drove the whole team to validate a consistent product manufactured in the Beyma’s semi-automated line. The new 18LEX1600Nd features long excursion capabilities, very high output and very low distortion and has been designed for performing better in vented cabinets and loaded horn designs. It is a top competitive weight/performance unit thanks to an optimised F.E.A. motor structure that features the exclusive Maltcross technology. To present this new 18-inch Beyma has launched an innovative communication campaign with their R&D Department as main stars. www.beyma.com
6. CODA Audio Arrayable Point Source System (APS) 6
CODA Audio has launched its brand new three-way Arrayable Point Source System (APS). Combining the user-friendliness of a point source with the arrayability of a line array, APS is a revolutionary approach to reinforcement systems for medium-sized applications which transforms the theoretical advantages of point source into a reality that until now has never been fully realised. In short, once again, CODA has not so much changed the game as redefined it - no compromise, no making do, no more square pegs in round holes. APS addresses the limitations of traditional point source systems by offering unprecedented flexibility and performance standards. In medium-sized venues, flexible dispersion is the key to obtaining consistently even coverage. APS can perform a range of functions to ensure that a project’s aims are perfectly met. As a single speaker or in tightly packed horizontal or vertical arrays the system can achieve superior results in one simple, elegant solution. The main element of the system, the two 10-inch, threeway arrayable APS loudspeaker, has an exceptional power to size ratio that is destined to have the same impact in the point source field as CODA Audio’s AiRAY has had in the line array market. www.codaaudio.com
1. Crestron DigitalMedia NVX Series
3. DPA Microphones d:vice
Crestron has introduced the DigitalMedia NVX Series, the latest ground-breaking addition to Crestron’s extensive family of DigitalMedia products. The DigitalMedia NVX Series makes it possible to transmit stunning 4K60 4:4:4 HDR video over standard 1 Gigabit Ethernet, with no latency. DigitalMedia NVX Series provides an infinitely scalable network audiovisual solution, from a simple point-to-point setup, to thousands of endpoints, and requires only DM NVX Series Encoders/Decoders. DM NVX Series leverages the most advanced network security technologies. 802.1X authentication ensures that every DM NVX device is explicitly authorised, Active Directory credential management ensures that only authorized administrators gain access, and Secure CIP protocol ensures secure connections between DM NVX and Crestron control systems. Crestron stands alone in its commitment to network security, and the DM NVX Series sets the standard. DM NVX Series is an infinitely scalable software-defined matrix that provides the ability to share 4K60 4:4:4 HDR content securely anywhere over a dedicated 1Gb copper or fiber network, with no latency or limits. Other network audiovisual products that rely on 10 Gigabit Ethernet don’t scale beyond a single switch. www.crestron.com
Already popular among broadcast journalists, musicians, front of house engineers, theatres, churches, television and film productions, DPA Microphones continues to diversify its product offerings with its new d:vice MMA-A digital audio interface. This latest preamp offers unprecedented audio quality for live and mobile journalists in the field. Working together with any iOS device, Mac or PC computer, broadcasting or recording crystal clear sound anywhere in the world is easier than ever. Journalists around the world are already using their smartphones to capture the news. It works fairly well because today’s phones are capable of taking high-quality pictures and videos. The component that is missing is high-quality audio. For news broadcasts, it is equally important to have audio quality that matches or exceeds the video for the message to be understood. This is exactly the challenge that the d:vice solves. When used with a DPA microphone, the d:vice is able to capture or stream audio in quality previously only available in the studio. When it’s not possible to have an experienced sound engineer on site, the d:vice can act as a ‘mini sound engineer in your pocket’. www.dpamicrophones.com
2. Danley Sound Labs SM-80F Danley Sound Labs has introduced the new SM-80F combined Synergy Horn loudspeaker and Tapped Horn subwoofer. Working hand-in-glove, the integrated SM-80F produces rich low end and crystal clear high end from 45Hz to 17kHz that is uniformly phase coherent within an 80° conical beam. Coaxial 12-inch and 1.4-inch mid-high drivers combine with two 15-inch drivers to deliver up to 128/135dB SPL continuous output. The SM-80F’s compact size (45-inch x 26-inch x 28-inch and 215lbs.) and tremendous value make it an ideal solution for live sound rigs, installed houses of worship, theatres, theme parks, and much more. The new Danley SM-80F will be an all-in-one solution for many applications and a potent, full-frequency member of larger systems. Danley pride themselves on offering a full spectrum of products to meet the various demands of professional sound reinforcement systems, including beam widths, output power, and footprints. www.danleysoundlabs.com
4. DTS BRICK The new BRICK is a high power, very compact, self-contained, IP65 LED washlight. BRICK is suitable for various purposes, offering a range of projection angles quickly interchangeable (no tools required). BRICK comes with an IP65 power cable plus two DMX cables with M / F XLR connectors (all IP65), that make it perfect for temporary lighting applications, but also for safe longlasting installations. Built with top quality components, BRICK gives you the best value for money by efficient design and full production automation. Other features include high quality colour mixing, IP65 rated, designed for both temporary and permanent installations, quickly interchangeable beam angles, built-in full-range PSU. www.dts.com
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1. ETC Gio @5
3. K-array Mastiff
The Gio @5 console brings the acclaimed, professional-grade control of the Eos Ti and Gio consoles within reach of users with tighter spaces - and tighter budgets. This portable console packs all the control necessities into its narrow, 25.5-inch (641mm) footprint, making external monitors and accessories optional. The desk includes an articulating, 17-inch, multi-touch LCD display, four encoders with haptic feedback, five definable and page-able motorized faders, a master fader pair and a retractable tray with backlit alphanumeric keyboard. The Gio @5 derives its name from the Eos command that sets a level at 50%, but don’t be fooled by its compact size; the desk offers a full programming experience. The console is the perfect step up for Ion users who want expanded hands-on access to playbacks, award-winning colour control, touchscreen Magic Sheets and more. The programming surface matches the full, backlit keyboard layout of its larger sister desks, providing an easy transition for experienced Eos users looking to scale down for touring and smaller productions or venues. The Gio @5 is also a perfect educational desk; skills learned on the console will transfer to the highest end of the programming job market. www.etcconnect.com
Zealous fans and demanding performers are important factors that must be taken into consideration for live performance applications, which is why K-array has designed formidable monitors to meet the needs of live sound. The powerful, low profile Mastiff line is the guard dog musicians need on stage. Comprised of the KM312, KM312P, KM112 and KM11P, the Mastiff line produces ultra-low distortion giving vocals and instruments incredible clarity and precise sound. The monitors feature an asymmetrical 100° by 30° horn granting performers the possibility to select a wide or narrow sound emission. And with an incredibly strong stainless steel grill and sturdy birch wood chassis, these monitors are built to withstand any onstage abuse that may incur from the musical acts. The larger models of the Mastiff line, the KM312 and the KM312P, are extremely fierce with unquestionable clarity. Featuring three 12-inch woofers and producing a maximum SPL output at 136dB (peak), these hard-hitting speakers are ideal for touring, concerts, music festivals and live events in large venues and are prefect for drum monitoring. The Mastiff KM312 is the active model while the Mastiff KM312P is passive. www.k-array.com
2. Fohhn Linea Focus DLI-130 & DLI-230 After eight successful years, Fohhn Audio’s award-winning Linea Focus Beam Steering systems have undergone a major update that includes the addition of new innovative features and digital inputs. The first of these ‘next generation’ models to ship are the Linea Focus DLI-130 and DLI-230 systems designed for fixed installation applications. The new loudspeakers are equipped as standard with inputs for AES/EBU and Fohhn AIREA. Both models are also available with optional interfaces for Dante or Optocore, or - as previously - with analogue inputs. Other new features and functions, which can be remotely controlled or monitored using Fohhn Audio Soft, include password protected access control, readout of data from an integrated tilt sensor and a configurable Auto Power Save function. DSP functions are now available at both the speaker inputs and outputs. Linea Focus DLI-130 and DLI-230 systems are high performance line source speakers that can be electronically controlled and monitored. Equipped with eight or sixteen state-of-the-art Class-D amplifiers respectively, and DSP technology specially developed for this field of application, the loudspeakers also contain eight / 16 coated fourf-inch long excursion drivers. www.fohhn.com
4. Ray Technologies by Laserworld RTI PIKO Ray Technologies presents their new RTI PIKO RGB 20 with a high precision diode module as substitution for the OPSL green laser source. This change in technology for the green colour spectrum became possible due to new diode arrays that have been developed by RTI’s R&D in Valley, next to Munich, Germany. The homogenous beam profile of the PIKO RGB 20 even fits small 4mm scanner mirrors, which results in high scanner performance, as the inertia of the scanners is kept very low. The CT-6210H scanners can do 60kpps at 8° and still do 35kpps at their maximum scan angle of 80°. Besides the small beam diameter, the RTI PIKO RGB 20 maintains a very low divergence of <1.0mrad, so the small beam diameter is not negatively impacting the divergence at all. The RTI PIKO RGB 20 laser systems are especially designed and tailored for high professional applications. The colour balance of 5.8W/638nm, 6.2W/520nm, 6.0W/450nm and 4.0W/462nm provides excellent white balance at extremely high power. Colour balance, scanner settings and various safety features can easily be configured through a browser interface, so it is no longer necessary to directly access the laser system for making adjustments. www.raytechnologies.com
5. Lectrosonics Duet Lectrosonics has announced the introduction of a new digital wireless monitor (IEM) system, the Duet. The new system consists of the M2T dual-stereo halfrack transmitter and M2R diversity belt pack receiver. The Duet covers the UHF frequencies of 470-608MHz in a single range, uses digital modulation for transmission, and can accept analogue or Dante digital inputs. The new system is designed and developed with professional touring, installation, theatre, filmmaking and broadcast customers in mind. The M2T half-rack transmitter houses two independent stereo transmitters allowing for up to four stereo or dual-mono transmissions in a single rack space. The audio inputs can be individually configured to be analog or Dante compatible. The analog input connectors are full size XLR/TRS combo types for balanced line level analog signals while the input preamp circuits use a special balanced amplifier with very high common mode rejection to minimise hum and noise. A Dante Ultimo interface via dual RJ45 connectors accepts Dante networked audio inputs and can cascade the digital stream to additional units via CAT6 cables. An additional RJ45 jack provides an Ethernet connection for programming and control via Wireless Designer software and a USB jack on the front panel allows for firmware updates. www.lectrosonics.com
5. Litecom SpotDrive SpotDrive is a handlebar-based moving head luminaire controller. The creative lighting designer will surely embrace the fresh technical possibilities that SpotDrive brings to the show industry, including the benefits of relocating followspot operators from their usual locations high above the stage. This also removes the need of additional rigging weight and construction of safe access ways for all followspot operators to climb to their locations. In touring rigs or venues where load capacities are at a premium, gain by using remotely operated heads controlled by SpotDrive. Tech specs include: intuitive control of the remote followspot just as if using a camera on a tripod, logical layout of the user controls on the unitâ€™s handlebars, seven direct programmable colour buttons, and all the controls of a traditional follow spot - including shutter, iris, dimmer, zoom and focus. www.spotdrive.net
1. MA Lighting dot2
3. Powersoft Sf16
MA Lighting has announced the next level of intuitive lighting control software for the dot2 console series incorporating a host of new and exciting features. The dot2 software release allows users to work even faster and more intuitively than ever before. The new 1.3 dot2 software features a Web remote facility, allowing important remote functionality from any device with a web-browser, either wireless or cabled. More master speed faders are included allowing increased flexibility for live playback speed adjustment. Increased effects functionality with instant access to groups and blocks allow for faster adjustments of any effect. High priority playbacks for specific fader arrangement for houselights or key lights to control individually at any time and many more enhancements are also now included. The new dot2 software now allows freely assignable sACN and Art-Net universes for DMX over Ethernet output as well as for DMX remote in. Additionally, a new version of the Fixture builder with enhanced access to the fixture settings itself allows for much more detailed adjustments of each fixture. www.malighting.com
Sonus Faber, part of the McIntosh Group, has chosen Powersoft to provide the engine for the new Sf16 loudspeaker system, the first fully-integrated system of its kind. Included in the three-year research and development programme for the Sf16 was the requirement for a high powered amplifier, and early into the journey the Vicenze-based company was enquiring about Powersoft’s D-Cell504, a compact, lightweight module consisting of power supply and 2-channel output stage. Designed for easy integration, available power is two 350W four ohms, bridgeable to produce 700W on a single eight ohm load with great clarity. D-Cell504 has already provided the solution for a wide range of applications, from small-mid power professional loudspeakers to studio monitors, musical instruments, powered mixers and home cinema systems such as the Sf16. With four channels needed to drive 10 loudspeakers, Sonus Faber specified two of the D-Cell504 two-channel modules, each run in single ended mode. While one drives the front-firing and rear-firing midwoofers, the other is assigned to the left and right front- and rear-firing satellites. For these satellites some passive crossover was also required along with the Powersoft DSP. Aside from its 1400W output, Sf16 is at the same time an elegant and cutting-edge piece of furniture, its style is a nod back to the iconic ‘Snail’ - another classic speaker and subwoofer combination reimagined as a complete all-in-one hi-fi system with wireless connectivity. www.powersoft-audio.com
2. Martin Audio Wavefront Precision Series Introducing the Wavefront Precision Series, a new generation of multipurpose line arrays designed to bring Martin Audio’s signature sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of touring applications, installations and budgets. Comprising the WPC (two 10-inch LF) and WPM (two 6.5-inch LF), Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed as complete systems with the newly announced external iKON multi-channel amplifiers optimised by Martin Audio’s automated DISPLAY software. Adopting the principle of scalable resolution, with external, dedicated multi-channel amplifiers, Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed to be uniquely flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible. Martin Audio’s MLA Series remains the definitive optimised array technology in the market place today, offering customers both the hard avoid feature (the ability to limit coverage in a zone by as much as 30dB) and the patented ability to optimise against multiple target functions - such as frequency response, SPL gradient and leakage, which no other competitor product can. www.martin-audio.com
4. QSC K.2 Series QSC, LLC has introduced the K.2 Series, the highly anticipated next generation of the company’s global best-selling K Family line of powered loudspeakers. The new K.2 Series, which is comprised of the eight-inch K8.2, 10-inch K10.2 and 12-inch K12.2 full-range loudspeakers, offers a number of significant feature upgrades, establishing an entirely new standard in powered loudspeaker technology. QSC has also announced the KS212C, a first-in-class, single-box powered cardioid subwoofer. Each loudspeaker model in the K.2 Series is equipped with a 2000W power module carefully matched to highperformance woofers and compression drivers. DMT (Directivity-Matched Transition) ensures smooth coverage across the entire listening area. On-board DSP provides Intrinsic Correction voicing and advanced system management to further optimise performance. Superbly flexible, K.2 Series models additionally provide operators with a library of preset contours for common applications such as Stage Monitor, Dance Music, Musical Instrument Amplification, Hand-held Microphone and more, while also offering storable Scenes to recall user-configurable settings such as input type, delay, EQ, crossover and selected contour via the loudspeakers’ LCD screen and control panel. All three models can be operated as either main PA or as a floor monitor. Each model can also be flown, wall- or truss-mounted, or placed on a speaker pole, either straight-firing or with 7.5° down-tilt utilising the new dual pole cup. www.qsc.com
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1. Shure Axient As the new premier wireless solution in Shure’s successful portfolio, Axient digital wireless system builds on the superior benefits of the company’s UHF-R, ULX-D, and Axient wireless systems to create the most advanced wireless platform to date, suited for all professional productions and situations. Catering to evolving customer needs especially in an environment of continued RF spectrum pressure - Axient provides high-performance RF, exceptional audio quality, command and control, and hardware scalability. Axient features a receiver that is compatible with its two transmitter offerings, the AD Series and ADX Series. AD Series transmitters deliver a tremendous level of core product benefits, including exceptional RF performance and digital audio. Axient ADX Series transmitters incorporate ShowLink, which provides real-time control of all transmitter parameters with interference detection and avoidance. The ADX Series also includes the first micro-bodypack with an integrated self-tuning antenna, enabling greater concealment and comfort. Axient is compatible with the Shure Battery Rack Charger (SBRC), which supports up to eight rechargeable batteries in a single, compact rack space. Providing a seamless, tour-ready battery charging and storage solution, the SBRC features an easy-to-read front panel that displays critical battery parameters, including charge status, time-to-full, and battery health indicators. www.shure.eu
2. Solid State Logic SB 32.24 Stagebox SSL’s Network I/O range offers high specification interfaces that use Dante technology and AES67 transport to connect to AoIP network systems. The range includes mic/line, MADI, AES, and SDI interfaces. The addition of the new Network I/O SB 32.24 Stagebox brings a high capacity on-stage I/O unit to the range. New software releases for SSL live and broadcast consoles introduce shared control over all SSL Network I/O Stageboxes with full gain compensation to facilitate elegant integration of broadcast and live console technology within a single installation. SSL Network I/O Stageboxes offer SSL’s renowned SuperAnalogue preamp design with its superior audio performance available for a wide range of Dante network applications. The Network I/O SB 32.24 is a 5U fully ruggedised enclosure featuring dual redundant power supplies, 32 mic/line inputs, 16 analogue line outputs and eight digital inputs and outputs on 4 AES3 input/output pairs. It has a pair of redundant RJ45 Dante network connections in addition to a user configurable SFP port that can be fitted with RJ45 or optical connectors. The SB 32.24 has on-board gain-compensated Dante split capability. All network connections can be used for network extension or for connection to a second independent Dante network. It has individual signal present, clip and phantom power LED’s as well as global indication of PSU, Network A and B and Hardware status. SB32.24 can operate at 96kHz or 48kHz sample rates. www.solidstatelogic.com
LED TMH HYPNO Moving-Head Unique look – unique effect! _ Hypno rings with bright SMD LEDs _ Hypno rings with stepless RGB color mixture
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“Soon customers will be able to interact with us to design their own flightcase, which is going to be a game-changing system.”
SAM AUSTIN Managing Director at Flightcase Warehouse How did you first get into the industry and what is your background? Although I’m now in my thirteenth year with Flightcase Warehouse, I actually had a pretty unconventional start. Whilst training for a wildly different profession, I became injured to a point where my career plans at the time were thrown into disarray. As I explored my next move, I began taking more and more interest in the family business. However, my dad, Steve, founder and CEO of Flightcase Warehouse, was dead set that his children wouldn’t be involved with the family business. However, it obviously worked out as over a decade later, I’m here as company Managing Director. What does your role involve at Flightcase Warehouse? As Managing Director, my role is to oversee the day-to-day smooth running of Flightcase Warehouse and to lead the team with energy and enthusiasm. You’ll find me working on hugely varied aspects, which could include finance, recruitment, business strategy, meeting clients or getting hands on in our 50,000 sq ft workshop. No two days are ever the same and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Tell readers something they wouldn’t know about Flightcase Warehouse. We have extensive family ties and long-standing staff. It’s something that’s so fundamental and unique to our business, yet not many people realise how deep our family roots run. In brief, my dad founded Flightcase Warehouse 25 years ago. Since then, he and my mum have worked tirelessly to make the business the success it is today. My nan, granddad, auntie, two uncles and sister have all been involved with the company, too. Currently, my wife, Jo, her cousin and brother
work for us in various roles, whilst our Sales Director, Operations Director and Designer have been with Flightcase Warehouse for 18, 13 and 10 years, respectively. What are the future plans for Flightcase Warehouse? We are significantly growing our presence offshore in the States and European continent and have seen a huge upsurge in export sales in recent months. This is a result of Flightcase Warehouse being able to meet a demand for quality product that offshore competitors simply are not fulfilling paired with next-generation product design innovation. In line with the rapid growth of Flightcase Warehouse in the last couple of years, we will replicate our successful model to grow into other countries beyond the UK. The opportunities that we are seeing present great potential and we are grabbing the export market with both hands. I can exclusively reveal that as we continue to expand our presence offshore, we will at a yetto-be-announced date in 2017 be launching the Flightcase Warehouse Group of companies. This will encompass our UK and offshore Flightcase Warehouse brand, as well as bespoke Pro Flightcase - watch this space for more details. You’ve said you’re going through a rebranding exercise; tell us a little bit more about that. We decided that Flightcase Warehouse doesn’t necessarily give someone the idea that we are a manufacturer, it gives them the impression that we’re a warehouse full of flightcases. On the one hand we are, as we are a stockist, but some of those are manufactured here. Others we buy in, so that we can also offer an off-the-shelf solution, as well as bespoke solutions.
You discussed growth of the company into Europe and the States, how much of your business at the moment is UK based, Europe based or further afield? This year, export will become probably 15% of what we do and, within two years, we want to grow that to 25%, so we are taking various routes into doing that. We’ve got our Spider brand, which is our off-the-shelf brand and we’re looking to get that on the ground in the States. And we’re going to be putting product onto the ground in places like France and Holland. Our next route would be to look at the manufactured cases, getting them out there into storage facilities and then actually have manufacturing facilities on the ground. How do you pitch Flightcase Warehouse in comparison to other flightcase manufacturers? We pride ourselves on the senior team that we’ve got here, we’ve got over 75 years of experience that being from a sales perspective, right down to an operations point, so we’ve got a high level of customer service with a design team who can put any project together from one case to 5,000 cases. We’re delivering on the type of packaging we’re using now - it enables the customer to see the flightcase they’re getting before they buy it, so there’s a real link between us and the customer instantly in terms of the feel and look they’re going to get. We’re delivering on some new software shortly where the customers will be able to interact with us to design their own flightcase, which is going to be a game changing system. Where is your favourite place in the world? Hawaii. My wife and I spent our honeymoon on the island so it will always hold a special significance to me. I’d go back in a flash.
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LED TMH-61 Hypno
LED TMH HYPNO Moving-Head
Unique look â€“ unique effect! _ Hypno rings with bright SMD LEDs _ Hypno rings with stepless RGB color mixture _ TMH-41 spot light with 30 watt COB LED (white) color and gobo wheel _ TMH-61 beam light with 60 watt COB LED (RGBW)
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