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It’s often difficult to get started on these leader columns. Sometimes I’m writing it late at night in the office, other occasions it’s coming from a hotel room, most likely somewhere in the Far East. I consider what’s been happening in the industry of late, what’s important to mention about the issue or the wider mondo*dr brand, and sometimes sneak a peak at the same column 12 months previous to see what was going on then. So here goes… It seems apt to kick off with a word about tradeshows. Though it’s a constant topic, the year has started off with two exhibitions that appear to be on the up. NAMM has invested heavily in its pro audio sector this year, which attracted a number of new exhibitors. The buzz of ISE continues with many companies putting this on the top of their pedestal, but it does depend on your core market. You can see show reports for both events in our In Business section. I actually had an interesting phone conversation on the topic recently, I won’t name names, but this marketing director was keen not to follow the trends, and look at each show on its individual merits. There were talks of crunching some numbers to work out how many and who exactly is visiting the booth at the different exhibitions. Appears to be a good plan of action. I think what is also needed though, is more interaction with the show organisers themselves. Yes, they are providing a platform, but it’s largely the exhibitors who are attracting the visitors - we need to work together and share ideas to deliver the best possible events. Speaking of events, the second edition of the mondo*dr Awards is on the horizon, once again taking place at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. This year, we added two new judges to the panel and two new awards. We’ve invested more in the event itself this year too, so be sure to come along. It starts at 6.30pm, Panorama Room 2, The Forum. The same as last year drinks, nibbles and networking time will be on offer, as well as the presentation of the winners. Finally, you’ll see that this issue is once again a chunky one, tipping the scale for a second time at 212 pages. We’ve got a plethora of content so make sure you give it a good look - although maybe not all in one go.
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CONTENTS 14 IN DISCUSSION 16 INSIDE VIEW
IN DEPTH 22 INTERVIEW Jochen Schwarz & Uli Haug - Fohhn Audio 36 REPORT Integrated Resorts
IN FOCUS 62 ISABEL London
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88 THE BARBICAN London 92 LUZ EM PAUTA Brazil 94 FAITH PROMISE Knoxville 100 MUSEUM OF SCIENCE Miami 104 CAPITAL BY ZOUK SINGAPORE Singapore 106 OMNIA DAYCLUB BALI Bali 114 BLOOM Geelong
IN BUSINESS 124 PROLIGHT+SOUND PREVIEW Frankfurt
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138 CUE Rotterdam 140 NAMM Anaheim 146 ISE Amsterdam 164 COMPANY VISIT Equipson 168 COMPANY LAUNCH Second Warehouse
176 RESONATE The first conference to be organised in the industry to raise awareness of sound in architecture. www.mondodr.com
172 OPEN DAY ADJ 174 CONFERENCE Resonate 180 IN DETAIL Audix, Mega Systems, PowerLightsAugsburg 186 PRODUCT GUIDE Lighting Control 196 PRODUCT DIRECTORY 210 LAST PAGE INTERVIEW Albert Chauvet - CHAUVET
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INTERAL T.C: CREATING TRUSSING TO SUIT THE INDUSTRY Trusses and temporary truss-based structures are constantly evolving, reflecting more sophisticated design construction techniques and the high standards of health and safety in the worldwide entertainment industry. Jan Verheijen, Managing Director at Interal T.C, explains how the company’s process has allowed them to grow. Since we began in 2003, we have seen Interal T.C products become some of the most popular in Europe, with our two truss types of production - both of which are compatible with the most widely used trusses in the staging and rigging world. We have always strived to maintain a strong sense of innovation, which allows us to deliver quality and reliability to our customers. We have full TÜV approval of all our products, NEN-EN 1090 Execution Class 3 certified staff and a streamlined production line ensure that the user will always acquire an affordable and reliable product, with as much custom design as the clients requires, whether it’s just a special type of corner joint or a complete bespoke stage. We are based in South Holland, which is home to our production facility - which happens to be the industry’s second largest in the country. Europe is the main area of operations - we have dealers right across the continent - though, we also sell to Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. The way we approach our business is by fully understanding how the industry operates. Short lead times and tight budgets - it may not be ideal, but it’s real. We help our customers manage this process by providing short lines of communication, direct contact with production facilities and our confidence that we deliver top quality products on time and on budget. To help us achieve this solution and to meet the highest Dutch standards, we are expanding the TIG robot welding techniques in our production process. We have developed a TIG robot capable of
• Above Interal T.C trussing used to create an impressive DJ booth.
welding a complete truss, which is the first of its kind in the world. Top quality, from the beginning to the end - 24/7, if necessary; that’s our motto. We produce complete truss lines, fully compatible with the products of well known truss companies. We produce a full range of systems and we do so to 100% Dutch quality. We employ a ‘just-in-time’ manufacturing system that combines great efficiency and cost effectiveness with the speed of delivery that’s so often demanded by this business. We like to say that we can produce and deliver from ‘fast to very fast’. From the deco, to standard 30 and 40 truss, to our Jumbo line, the 36, the 50-er ( box and folding), 60-er and a 100-er truss. Most come with TÜV approval - the highest technical standard in Europe. They come complete with all corners, box- and bookcorners and so on. We have a large scale of truss accessories - and, if we haven’t got something special that is needed, we’ll design and produce it for our customers. We also have direct access to our own milling machines, so the right technical solution is never far away. By the same token, we are used to producing custom-made elements in an equally short time, from a non-standard truss to a complete turnkey project. Our production team can handle a complete project, from drawings including the essential safety calculations, including wind and weight loadings - to producing, training, transport and TÜV approval. If it’s a rental contract, our highly-experienced installation crew will take the worry off production teams. We also have various pre-rig truss products with different types of trolleys -
and we have in-house production facilities for when a special box corner is needed. We produce ground supports, main grids and roofs. We offer different types of tower systems including 1,000kg, 2,000kg and 5,000kg load ratings. When it comes to roofs, most are usually custom designs, but we also have standard roofs that include down-hill, arches, and other designs. We have a clear strategy for international growth, too. Our latest news includes off-shore projects, working with large international customers on projects all over the world. We’ve invested substantial time, training and money to gain full certification for this kind of work. Naturally, these investments have to be integrated with our normal workflow. It’s another step in our quality development process. Recently, we have also worked on a special project at De Vrienden van Amstel LIVE 2018, creating a 360º DJ booth for Dutch DJ, Armin van Buuren. The world of ‘glitter and glamour’ is not easy, as we all know. Competition is intense, yet, year after year, Interal’s turnover is growing; getting bigger by staying ‘little’. Our philosophy will always be to keep listening to the customers, always responding within 24 hours if possible, offering innovative solutions and, at the end, delivering on time and within your budget. www.interal.nl The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and not necessarily of mondo*dr magazine.
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16 INSIDE VIEW
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LPS-LASERSYSTEME LPS-Lasersysteme is a leading German manufacturer of premium laser show systems, software, laser modules and important partner at multimedia events and laser shows worldwide. With its headquarters in Ofterdingen, South-West Germany, LPS is setting standards in customised laser projects. Founded in 1993 by the today’s owner and CEO, Siegmund Ruff, the dynamic LPS employees implement their ideas, their passion for perfect laser systems and shows. Well-known adventure restaurateurs, event agencies and operators of theme parks, decision makers of various institutions and governments, as well as other laser show providers around the world trust in LPS. The result of experience and implementation skills, specifically harmonised, are varied, colour-brilliant laser shows at major events of all kinds, reliable laser show systems that are rented and purchased around the globe. www.lps-laser.de
Flammende Sterne For the 10th anniversary of the popular Championship of the three world’s best pyrotechnic companies in 2012, LPS was booked the first time as a special highlight, as pre-show for Flammende Sterne (Flaming Stars) in Stuttgart, Germany - a three-day outdoor spectacular. Since then, each year, LPS creates the pre-show for more than 60,000 spectators. In 2017, LPS increased its equipment for the small jubilee year of 15 years Flammende Sterne: 28 laser show systems, LPS Laser Array Beam Bars and SFX Laser Bars with a total of 114 laser outputs, supported by 22 fog machines and 26 wind machines. Varied musical styles were used for the six laser shows that the team around Siggi Ruff of LPS-Lasersysteme creates each year specifically for the Flaming Stars. Despite storms and heavy rain, the laser show is probably one of the most impressive and largest outdoor laser show productions in Germany.
Black Sea Arena Popular for its special engineering, striking architecture, exceptional design and large stage for many world stars, the Black Sea Arena enchants its visitors with high-end outdoor spectaculars, too. For that, nine large water basins, supported by individual light fixtures that illuminate the impressive water shows in an atmospheric manner, were installed at the venue in Shekvetili, Georgia. With the professional high-power video projector, imaginative and high-resolution video animations are displayed directly on the central water shield. The varied multimedia spectacle is complemented by music-synchronised laser shows made of graphics and animations, projected on water shields and fountains. Implemented in weatherproof housings, three powerful LPS-Bax laser shows systems in RGB and green colour ensure full entertainment by laser. To realise this demanding installation, the Black Sea Arena’s leaders trusted the GHESA water features from Spain and LPS-Lasersysteme. Their extensive knowledge of several decades are the most important reason for the successful realisation of the multimedia production. www.mondodr.com
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INTERVIEW JOCHEN SCHWARZ & ULI HAUG FOHHN AUDIO
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As Fohhn celebrates its 25th anniversary, Clive Wilson spoke to CEO, Jochen Schwarz and Director of Marketing & Sales, Uli Haug to get a handle on the companyâ€™s past, present and future.
24 INT ERVIEW
At the beginning of 2011, I was invited to Mainz Cathedral on behalf of the digital network providers to experience its newly installed sound system. But for all the elaboration of the advanced control network, what really stood out in the exceedingly ‘live’ environment of this ancient ecclesiastical edifice was the purity of the loudspeaker system - and, more importantly, the way it could be focussed. I had heard of the manufacturers Fohhn, of course, but had foolishly stereotyped them as a company predominant in their domestic market, but with little profile beyond. Looking today - not only at their global profile, but the high prestige and market span of some of the projects in which their award-winning systems can be found - this was clearly an ill-advised error of judgment. Specified by Rolf Mayer of IFB Consulting, this 1000-year old Romanesque cathedral showed itself to be just the tip of the iceberg. From the Chongqing Airport Conference Centre in China to the Opéra Bastille in Paris the company’s outreach is considerable, while at home, landmark events like the annual Oktoberfest and German Reunification Anniversary demonstrably prove their systems’ attributes both in fixed install and more recently concert touring. In fact one of the UK’s
more celebrated sound engineers, Chris Madden, became a convert after piloting Anastacia’s Music Loves Fashion live show at Cologne’s popular E-Werk through a steerable Focus Venue PA. But more of that later. Along the way, Fohhn have invested significantly in different software platforms, to optimise their systems - not only industry standards such as Dante (and their own proprietary AIREA) - but more imaginatively at the end of 2014 they saw the benefits in incorporating Optocore network integration, providing their Focus steerable systems with digital signals and control data, allowing simultaneous distribution either by optical fibre or CAT5. The Optocore cards not only added huge flexibility, but simplified cabling and boosted signal transport by reducing signal loss over coax. It’s easy to see the competitive edge these interfaces would provide over vast multi-node fibre installs such as transportation hubs. Today the company has around 75 employees involved in development, technical sales and support; it operates in all aspects of professional, commercial and industrial sound and has a presence in 40 countries including Italy, France, Switzerland, UK, South Korea, China and Australia. As the company celebrates its 25th www.mondodr.com
• Above Fohhn HQ in Nuertingen, Germany.
anniversary, it seemed an opportune time for mondo*dr to catch up with the company’s two directors, Jochen Schwarz and Uli Haug, and chart their incredible journey. The two men first met in the German town of Nürtingen in Baden-Württemberg, when they were both 18 years old and about to form a band together with some friends. The band, One Way Ticket, performed on many live shows and festivals, touring Germany, Austria and Switzerland with their own truck, lighting and PA systems - and also recorded an album. Jochen recalled: “After I had finished studying mechanical engineering, I was looking for a profession that would combine my passion for music and my fascination with technology.” It was probably little surprise that by 1993 their accumulated knowledge of sound system would lead to the formation of Fohhn Lautsprecher und Tontechnik GbR, as it was originally known. The ‘Fohhn’ name itself was derived from the Greek word ‘fon’, which simply means ‘sound’. Its unique spelling was suggested by an ad agency - a wise move as it turned out, with search engine optimisation today such an important feature. “Thanks to the many years of touring as a band, and the experience we had gathered with almost any PA system at that
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time, we knew that many sound systems were complicated to handle and offered just moderate sound quality,” Jochen rationalised. “There was no ‘plug ‘n’ play’ or ‘out of the box’ solutions - reasons enough for us to try something new and make things better.” This was around the time that Duran Audio were setting the blueprint for beam steering technology - changing the direction, literally, of focussed sound beams. Although beam control has also given Fohhn its identity, Uli denies any influence from their Dutch counterparts. “We had not known that brand too well except for the horn-loaded Duran arena touring system, which we had used once during a performance in Switzerland,” he said. “By the time I heard a Duran beam steering system live for the first time, we had already developed our own Linea Focus LFI-220 speaker system.” Besides that, the approach, structure and design of the respective systems vary significantly, Duran’s heritage being in the voice alarm sector while Fohhn’s background was in pure pro audio. “We were virtually the first company to develop pro audio beam steering and were not offering voice alarm products, like our Linea LEN systems, before 2016,” noted Uli. But publically declaring their desire to become the world number one in beam steering technology, has given them a lot to live up to. Tracking key points along the journey, Jochen said the company had an in-house software prototype for beam control as early as 2005, having dived headlong into the digital world three years earlier. “Our head of electronics demonstrated all the possibilities that could arise from it,” he remembered.
“This inspired us to intensify the development of our own the DSP electronics, network and amplifier technology and control software.” And they have done so with complete autonomy, sourcing all components -including enclosures, speakers, power and control electronics, network technology and software - in house, with only special units and components sourced from domestic suppliers, for final assembly and quality control back in Nürtingen. Taking up the story, Uli said when the first Linea Focus prototype models became available in 2008, it quickly became clear that this technology was functional, precise and delivered great sound quality. “From then on, we knew that we would create a complete range of beam steering products - from small column speakers to large concert sound systems. We wanted to have the most comprehensive beam steering product portfolio and thus become the world’s number one in that area.” But it had required a long journey to reach that point. Over the first decade, Fohhn had been producing OEM products for companies such as Kinoton, AKG, Phonic Ear (USA) and others. The first successful system under the Fohhn banner was the EasyPort. “This compact, battery powered loudspeaker emphasises our Fohhn system concept in an extremely impressive way,” believed Uli. “This compact enclosure contains perfectly integrated and attuned components. Anyone can successfully operate this speaker system without technological knowledge and without the need for a cable.” It laid down a strong marker for what was to follow.
We have already acknowledged that Fohhn, were developing digital technologies as far back as 2002. The previous year the company had implemented a major step change, restructuring into a ‘small’ public limited company, with the purpose of obtaining an internationally acknowledged legal structure and supervisory board. “We were certainly one of the first German audio manufacturers to develop their own digital signal processor and amplifier technology,” stated Uli. However, they have chosen not to patent their technology, with all the residual costs involved in protecting IP. “Instead, we always try to go the extra mile, have the courage to explore new avenues and make things in a different way.” The ‘engine’ that has driven this success was the proprietary Fohhn Audio Soft - control software for active speaker systems and DSP amplifiers, which was developed in house. “It also includes software for the control of beam steering systems, with all intricacies and refinements,” noted Jochen. “Such a powerful, yet easy-to-handle tool requires permanent maintenance and development, but at the same time it must remain compatible with any product, including older product types.” To underline its back-compatibility, vintage Fohhn speaker systems dating back to 2005 can be operated using the latest software version from 2018. Today, their diverse product portfolio - and quest for optimum AV integration is testament to the ongoing investment in skills. “We want architects, planners and end clients to find the acoustically and optically best possible solution for their respective projects,” Uli continued.
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• Above 1 -Sound Engineer & Technical support Ralf Freudenberg 2 - Electronics trainee Oussama Saidi 3 - Software Developer Benjamin Gutekunst 4 - Electrical Engineer Dieter Pikulski
“The requirements for audio technology are often very high. Ideally, one does not want any of the technological devices to be visible - but at the same time optimum sound reinforcement is still expected … yet in acoustically challenging rooms. But we have a lot of experience in that area, which is why you will find our speakers in some of the world’s most challenging projects.” With industrial audio such a booming business today, and speech intelligibility so vital in the brave new world of EN54, many developers have been forced into offering ‘beam steering’ solutions. So what do Fohhn feel is the great differentiator with their systems? Uli Haug is in no doubt. “Our software allows users to control Fohhn systems in real time,” he said. “What you see in the software simulation is what you simultaneously hear in the actual room. You can perceive any change immediately - and that’s magic. It’s intuitive and really effective, quick and time saving.” In addition, Fohhn’s beam control is conducted in precise 0.1° increments, while many of their competitors allow beam control only in 2° to 5° increments … “and not in real time!” as Jochen is quick to point out. “Often, one has to wait for a response for about 15 minutes, while handling two or three different software programmes.” Fohhn’s Audio Soft also offers a special algorithm, which effectively reduces unwanted side lobes, making the overall
sound dispersion significantly more precise. “The bottom line is that users can control an entire Fohhn system in real time using just one piece of software, be it beam steering systems plus additional subwoofers, front fills, delay lines or beam steering sub arrays,” he noted. “That’s something our competitors have been unable to offer so far.” I was curious as to their choice of different industry protocols when, as Jochen readily acknowledges, there is no uniform digital standard in the audio industry. “Therefore, within our digital strategy, we determined that all Fohhn devices should be compatible with any current digital network, such as Dante, Optocore, AES/EBU. That’s why we offer different input interface options. It’s the planners, not the audio manufacturers, who determine the proper network technology for a project.” Optocore founder, Marc Brunke, himself describes Fohhn as “a great partner with excellent and high quality products.” He added: “ They are great to work with and everyone is very passionate about what they are doing. Due to modern SANE technology which offers Audio and IP in parallel on a single line, we have now moved them onto the next generation technology.” Then, of course, there is Fohhn’s own proprietary AIREA digital audio network system which, like every other technology, has been developed in house. “This was not designed or intended to www.mondodr.com
replace any existing digital audio network system, yet it can be used to complement, enhance and optimise any such systems,” said Jochen. AIREA is fully networkable and remotely controllable. It comprises a master module and compact active loudspeakers that are connected to the master module via one single CAT-5 or CAT-7 cable. This daisy chaining minimises the whole cabling and installation process. Different zones can be individually controlled because each AIREA speaker includes DSP and a corresponding amplifier. A great example of this technology is in the 3D sound environment at the new concert hall in the Shanghai Tower. In fact, Fohhn has delved heavily into spatialisation and 3D audio. “It all began with a joint project in Switzerland with Barco Audio Technologies and their IOSONO 3D sound technology,” recalled the Fohhn CEO. “In 2013, and in cooperation with Barco Audio Technologies, we installed one of Europe’s largest 3D audio demo systems in our Fohhn SoundLab - our demo room in Nürtingen. This system includes several Fohhn speakers as well as an IOSONO Core processor and an IOSONO Spatial Audio Workstation.” Over the last couple of years, there have been several further 3D sound projects featuring IOSONO 3D sound systems which include Fohhn loudspeakers. For example, the Kazakh Pavilion at EXPO 2015, the Energy, Education and Experience Centre in Aurich, Germany, and
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• Top Opéra Bastille, Paris: Fohhn Focus Modular beam steering systems are beeing used as the main PA for the national opera house. • Above left Oktoberfest Munich 2017: The vast voice alarm system installed includes more than 100 Fohhn line source speakers and beam steering systems. • Above right MSC Seaside cruise ship: Fohhn speakers are used for many applications: outdoor- and indoor pools, lounges, corridors, announcements, background music, restaurant and entertainment areas.
the world’s highest arts space and concert hall in the Shanghai Tower. “To create a third dimension, you can provide almost perfect spatial sound awareness,” believed Uli. Fohhn have since ventured further down the empirical path. Last year their 3D audio demo system was complemented by an electronic room enhancement system Vivace by Müller-BBM Acoustic Solutions. Explaining the concept, Jochen noted: “This system allows for custom-made amendments to the natural room acoustic environment of a venue by electro-acoustical means. The artificially created surround sound follows the basic physical laws of natural room acoustics. Consequently, the active electro-acoustic room design will not be perceived as such.” Customers wishing to learn more about Vivace are invited to meet partners from Müller-BBM at the Fohhn booth, at this year’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. However, Fohhn has never really targeted specific market segments in developing its product portfolio. Harking back to that Linea Focus system I first experienced in Mainz it would be easy to assume this was purpose developed for Houses of Worship and transportation hubs - but that’s far
from the case. “As we come from the pro audio sector, all our speakers are supposed to deliver excellent quality,” Uli believed, “be it for speech or music reproduction. “Of course, Linea Focus systems are perfectly suited for projects in churches and cathedrals, stations or airports. However, the sound quality is so good, that there are many projects where Linea Focus systems are combined with powerful subwoofers and consequently used for media, conferencing or event technology applications. You can find our medium and larger beam steering systems on live stages, in theatres, at open-air movie festivals and even on cruise ships.” And with their new fully integrated Focus Venue system, they can also cover the sector for festivals, large-scale concert touring and live stages, in both portable and fixed installations. The new system is complemented with new high-performance subwoofers, equally controllable using Fohhn Audio Soft software, and they have also developed a new series of complementary DSP-controlled high-power amplifiers, which will go into production in late 2018. When experienced British sound engineer, Chris Madden, known for his work with www.mondodr.com
Anastacia, Pink and Sade, suddenly found he would be presenting a showcase gig for Anastacia at Cologne’s E-Werk through the Fohhn Focus Venue that had been recommended by the production company, he realised he would need to undertake some rapid research. Knowing he would be unfamiliar with the system, Fohhn representatives Chris Bollinger and Oli Merz, arranged to attend an outdoor Anastacia show to meet Chris before inviting him to their Nürtingen facility. “They showed me the technology and that immediately convinced me,” said the sound engineer. “The system sounded great in terms of tonality - the steering technology was impressive and I really liked the fact you could steer and tilt it in flat vertical hangs, as it’s not like the usual ‘banana’ shape. The implementation software and control were extremely slick - it’s so easy to do on a tablet, and all in real time. In fact the system delivered perfectly.” Bringing the story into the present, both the new Focus Venue line array and Fohhn’s horn-loaded PT-70 plug ‘n’ play system are also equipped with the company’s Convertible Dispersion Technology, which is registered as a utility model. This
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32 INT ERVIEW
• Above Shanghai Tower, China: The world’s highest arts space features an Barco IOSONO 3D sound system including 260 speakers from Fohhn’s AIREA-Series.
technology enables systems to be switched between cardioid and vented operation. In cardioid mode, the sound dispersion at low-mid range frequencies is effectively reduced at the respective system’s rear. Turning to other significant technologies developed along the way, Jochen highlights Fohhn-Net. “Via this control network any connected Fohhn DSP amplifier, controller and active speaker system can be remotely controlled, monitored and centrally managed by Fohhn Audio Soft. The Fohhn-Net includes cable-connected or wireless remote control options and allows for the integration of our systems into media controls,” he said. And finally there is the new digital input interfaces which have already been integrated into Fohhn’s new Linea Focus DLI systems and DI-Series amplifiers. In the future, all of the company’s active speaker systems and amplifiers will be equipped with these digital signal inputs. Such interfaces include digital input options for AES/EBU, AIREA, Dante audio networking and the Optocore fibre optic network,
as well as analogue inputs. And so the company ends its first 25 years on a note of optimism - initially developing their microprocessor controlled DI-Series, Class-D amplifiers, offering DSP input and output processing, a sophisticated protection and monitoring system and remote control options, with the optional signal inputs as previously described. It’s a very big deal for Fohhn, as Uli explained. “Development of these amplifiers has taken more than five years, and now we are sure that our DI-Series amps meet the highest international standards and offer many benefits.” The first 2 x 2,000W amplifier will be launched this May, followed by a 4 x 1,000W model. The full series will eventually include seven two-channel- and four-channel amplifiers with up to 2 x 4,000W. “This will be an ongoing process and keep us busy for several months.” But this should come as no surprise as the company’s mandate has been clear from day one. “We’ve always tried to do our www.mondodr.com
Reflecting on their installation achievements over the years, Uli pinpoints one of the most remarkable as being the Opéra Bastille, the French National Opera in Paris. He sets the scene. “The Opera House is well known for its unique architecture and challenging acoustics,” he reported. “Here, the audience seating in the auditorium consists of stalls and two main balconies. Each of those balconies covers the seating area directly below it. Therefore the sound from any loudspeakers installed above, or at the same level, would not successfully reach the audience in those particular seats. However, any newly installed sound system was intended to achieve optimal sound coverage throughout the entire seating area.” The technical director of the Opéra Bastille finally opted for Fohhn’s Focus Modular beam steering systems as the main PA, for both the main part of the hall and the balconies. “Our speaker systems eradicated any problems caused by the balconies and - thanks to their slim compact dimensions blended unobtrusively into the hall’s interior,” he reported. “Columns of more than seven metres in length, comprising several high-frequency and low-mid speaker modules, were installed at each side of the stage. Each module’s sound beams could be adjusted to reach even the tiers of seating at the very back, below the main balconies.” Focus Modular also includes Fohhn’s Two Beam Technology, which enables the generation of two separate sound beams per module. Therefore, any unwanted reflections from the balustrades could be avoided.
own thing. There are many copycats - the audio market needs originals.” Reflecting on their development, would Jochen Schwarz have done anything differently given his time again? “Perhaps we should have built our own company facilities at an earlier date to avoid having so many separate sites,” he pondered after careful consideration. “Apart from that consolidation, we have always taken important decisions with passion, together with our team and supervisory board. That has generally proven to be a good process.” However, both directors remain pragmatists, knowing that there is still much to be achieved. “Aside from the many new ideas we have to develop, our existing product lines also need to be updated or replaced.” But, for the meantime, they intend to take time to enjoy the success the first 25 years has brought them, and mark 2018 with a series of special events for customers, employees, suppliers and friends. It is certainly richly deserved.
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MA DA M E T US SAUDS LO N D O N COMPANY: A.C. SPECIAL PROJECTS LTD LOCATION: LONDON, UK
A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (AC-SP) have assisted Madame Tussauds London, one of the capital’s most iconic visitor attractions, in a full LED upgrade of their popular Spirit of London ride to the very latest energy-efficient ProLights lighting solutions. Madame Tussauds London gives guests the chance to get up close to over 300 amazingly lifelike figures of some of the world’s most famous stars, ranging from Hollywood to Bollywood, through to The Royal Family to ‘Rock Royalty’ - making a visit to the legendary attraction a famously fun experience. In addition to the nine themed areas and a state
of the art 4D cinema experience, the attraction’s Spirit of London ride provides an exciting and nostalgic black cab journey through London’s history. Guests are transported in near darkness from Tudor England to the 20th century, travelling through scenes featuring figures of some of London’s best known characters. From the golden age of Queen Elizabeth I to the Great Plague and Fire of London, to Christopher Wren’s re-building of the capital right through the Victorian age, to World War II and the swinging sixties, the Spirit of London is a whistle-stop tour through 400 years of London life. The animated ride harnesses sophisticated ani-
matronics, lighting and smoke special effects, and a fun soundtrack reflecting the various scenes and time periods, to create the perfect immersive atmosphere for guests. With Spirit of London reaching its 25th anniversary, the on-site audiovisual team were keen to upgrade the attraction’s lighting to more energy-efficient, eco-friendly LED fixtures, as part of their overall environmental policy. Having previously commissioned A.C. Special Projects to provide a bespoke exterior colour-changing lighting solution bringing the building to life at night, as well as specifying various LED solutions for lighting upgrades to
some of the themed areas inside the attraction, Madame Tussauds London approached AC-SP again to assist with the Spirit of London upgrade. The venue’s audiovisual team were so impressed by the ProLights LED fixtures that had previously been specified for inside the attraction by AC-SP Project Manager, Chris Little, that they decided to utilise the brand’s fixtures throughout the ride upgrade. Working in conjunction with the audiovisual team, Chris assisted with the specification and supply of the various fixtures for the ride. Over 180 ProLights Accent 1Q RGBW LED projectors have been supplied, some of which have been fitted with optional 25 or 40-degree
lenses to help deliver powerful full colour-mixing lighting of set details and figures. The Accent 1Q’s very compact design made it ideal for achieving discreet installation of this main lighting fixture throughout the ride. ProLights MiniEclipse Warm White LED profiles fitted with 36° lenses are used to pick out key figures, such as Sir Christopher Wren introducing the rebuilding of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Over 60 ProLights DisplayCOB Warm White and DisplayCOB RGB Full Colour fixtures provide powerful, even, homogenised output illumination for main set lighting on the ride. The DisplayCOB RGB fixtures were also used to
help achieve the technically challenging ‘Pepper’s Ghost’ illusion in the Great Plague scene. Finally, a ProLights RadonStar LED fixture provides a ‘time tunnel’ effect through the fog tunnel as guests enter the Elizabethan age. Madame Tussauds London’s Senior AV Technician, Chris Gutteridge, commented: “A.C. Special Projects have been extremely helpful in helping us to source the right lighting fixtures to achieve the best results for each of our themed areas.
B E LL E WAE R DE PAR K COMPANY: AUDAC LOCATION: IEPER, BELGIUM
Bellewaerde is a theme park in the Flemish countryside at Zonnebeke near Ypres in Belgium. It was established in 1954 and named after an old castle territory that still stands near the main entrance. It’s the oldest operating theme park in Belgium, but started originally as a zoo and safari park. Bellewaerde expanded in the early eighties to become more of a general themeand thrill park, focusing towards teens and families. The 54-hectare park is famous for its beautiful gardens, marvellous landscaping and its attention to theming. Bellewaerde draws about 850,000 to 900,000 visitors a year and is one of the main theme parks in Belgium. Major rides in the park include the Screaming Eagle vertical drop tower, Boomerang, which was the first boomerang coaster in Europe, Huracan, a dark ride with a Mexican theme and several water rides including a log flume, a river rapids ride and a spill
water ride. Bellewaerde’s latest additions are the world’s first Topple Tower from Huss, El Volador in 2005, a 4D Cinema and, in the spring of 2017, Dawson Duel, Europe’s first dueling alpine coaster on a non-natural hillside opened for public. When the need for a complete new audio installation emerged, the technical staff of Bellewaerde did some intensive comparison test to select the right partner. All gathered audio simulations showed that Belgian brand, AUDAC, was best placed to carry out the required needs. For the initial stages of the project, Bellewaerde teamed up with AUDAC partner, PVL Sound & Light, and, afterwards, Bekafun was also involved to deliver a complete audio solution for the entire park. A complete audio coverage of the entire park, with respect for the greenery and animals inside, was very important to create an unforgettable experience while www.mondodr.com
ensuring safety in the busy complex. A total of eight different M2 matrix mixers were placed in strategic places across the park and linked up by optic fiber allowing Bellewaerde to provide a general ambient sound for the entire park, as well as local sounds for the attractions nearby. The M2 features twelve universal audio inputs which are freely mixable to eight stereo outputs. The APM108MK2 made sure each zone, as well as the entire park, can be addressed by voice messages and paging. They added an useful addition as the paging microphone is also used to switch relays. For example, to cut the decoration lights and turn on the emergency lighting. Because most of the waiting lines, as well as the attractions themselves , are located in open air over 258 WX502_O outdoor wall speakers were placed to create an even sound coverage. These weatherproof speakers
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A IDA PR I M A AN D A IDA PE R LA COMPANY: BLACKMAGIC DESIGN LOCATION: AT SEA
Blackmagic Design has announced that its infrastructure products for switching, routing and monitoring are being used as the backbone to a shipwide AV solution for entertainment and leisure onboard AIDAprima and AIDAperla, which includes a state-of-art broadcast gallery for content production. The installations aboard AIDA Cruises’ two newest ships feature the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K and ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel for vision mixing, Teranex Express for standards and frame conversion, as well as multiple Universal Videohub 288 routers to handle ship wide signal management. Each day, the onboard content teams produce and broadcast a host of daily programming, including
live shows, cruise itineraries and event schedules, to television screens throughout both ships’ 1,643 cabins and many public areas, as well as to a multipurpose, three-tier Theaterium which features a giant moveable LED stage backdrop. As well as receiving signals from three PTZ cameras in the Theatrium, the gallery is also connected to a smaller onboard television studio and 55 optical fibre connection points. Located throughout the ship’s public decks, these afford the production team total flexibility when filming. The heart of each broadcast gallery is an ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K and accompanying broadcast panel, where a live program is vision mixed and fed
through to the ship’s playout system. As the cruises also feature guest performers, many of whom bring their own videos for use during live shows, the Teranex Express helps to standardise all show material to 1080i50 regardless of its source. A pair of Universal Videohub 288 routers handle shipwide routing of audio and video signals, relying on a custom-built control app designed by AIDA using the Videohub’s SDK. Not only does it provide an interactive map of all connected fiber points and displays on the ship, but it can also be operated remotely by the central AIDA technical team in Hamburg, should the need arise. www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk
HILTO N A N ATO L E COMPANY: DIGILED LOCATION: DALLAS, USA
As one of the world’s most recognisable hotels and flagship hospitality venues in the Dallas / Fort Worth metropolitan area, the Hilton Anatole continually strives to innovate and remain at the forefront of the nation’s industry. The hotel’s marketing and in-house technology departments discussed new methods to drive additional revenue and improve guest experiences simultaneously, and Anatole’s executives started seeking partners to assist in developing their plan. In association with our premier commercial partners, GoVision, a bespoke LED screen to replace the projection screen located in the main lobby of the historic hotel was designed, engineered and installed. Comprising 30 digiLED iMAG-R 3.2mm pixel pitch modules, measuring 7.5 sq mm, the LED screen has created increased activity around the lobby because of the more striking brightness
and colour contrast, compared with the existing projector. Our user-friendly Navigator NV content control system allows Anatole to maximise the functionality of the new screen. Creatively programmed, the screen displays a picture-in-picture design, which divides the screen into multiple pre-set windows providing custom data feeds, including: local weather forecasts, the latest sports scores divided by league (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) and local travel information (DFW & DAL flight updates, area traffic updates). The LED screen has provided the Hilton Anatole with a multipurpose, fully customisable platform to drive additional revenue and enhanced guest experiences. www.digiled.com
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ESTRE L B E R LI N COMPANY: MOVECAT LOCATION: BERLIN, GERMANY
The Estrel Berlin, Europeâ€™s largest hotel, convention and entertainment centre, has considerably expanded its meeting and events complex, with the opening of the new Convention Hall II, 10,000 sq metres of additional events space are now available. On its three levels, Convention Hall II offers 4,600 sq metres for up to 5,200 people, a 1,500 sq metre hall for 900 people, one 700-metre foyer, four meeting
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electric chain hoists with two-track operation limit switches including the X2 Option Kit that also in the case of 400V direct drive hoists allows the determination of working limits without requiring addition control leads were installed beneath the ceiling of the new events hall. 12 Movecat MPC 4ID8 high power controllers housed in a variety of system racks serve as the control platform for the system; high-perfor-
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mance PDU Power Stations provide the power for each rack, with these and all the cabling derived also from the Movecat product range. The kinetic solution from Movecat makes it possible to ‘fly’ loads of up to 1,250kg from each of the 96 chain hoists beneath the hall’s self-supporting roof with its span of 75-metres. That is the equivalent attaching of a total load of 120 metric tons, or 100
Four years in its construction, Ukraine’s impressive Lavina Mall has opened the doors to its vast 140,000 sq metre shopping and leisure concept – the largest in the country. Housed within and occupying a staggering 20,000 sq metre is Galaxy Amusement Park, one of the largest indoor theme parks in Europe. At such a superlative destination reliability is at a premium. Dependability is the prime driver, and so the uniform and fail-safe sound coverage for the entire amusement park is under the steadfast control of Powersoft Ottocanali power amplifiers, specified and installed by integrator and Powersoft’s Ukraine distributor, MAG Audio. A consistent audio soundtrack is integral to the amusement ride experience and at Galaxy this is distributed via a network of over 400 loudspeakers, installed at the 20 metres ceiling height and zoned around the indoor park and its attractions. Driving the audio across the vast space are just four Powersoft Ottocanali 4K4 power amplifiers, ideal for multi-zone locations and well suited to distributed systems.
automobiles, to the 11.5-metre ceiling of the hall. Impressive numbers that underline the future-readiness of the new events areas. Due to the potentially enormous loads, each hoist is supervised by an integrated LME load-measuring system. In connection with the MPC 4ID8 controllers, it is possible to prevent overload or underload conditions arising; moreover, the entire system is equipped with a digital buss system
The Kiev Mall is set to attract a staggering torrent of 100,000-plus customers per day so is aptly named as, translated from Russian, ‘Lavina’, means ‘Avalanche’. Galaxy is uniquely positioned to entertain the visiting masses with its 20 attractions all specifically designed for indoor use. Not for the faint-hearted, however, Galaxy is home to Europe’s longest roller coaster which twirls in at a jolting 395 metres. With ceiling heights of 20 metres in addition to its vast overall area, the amusement park’s dimensions presented considerable challenge. Equally, the noise generated by the moving attractions within the space was such that considerable SPL was required to cut through to deliver important messages – and alarms, should the need arise. The Ottocanali series provides a wide range of functions for tuning, controlling and diagnosing the entire audio system. Fitted with the latest DSP to provide signal processing at new levels of innovation, including flexible routing and mixing via an internal input / output matrix, equalizers, delays and raised-cosine filters,
by means of which the load conditions and states of all hoists, individual load groups, and the total load can be supervised and documented in 24/7 mode on a laptop PC running Movecat’s AS-1 software. The entire system therefore complies with the current SQ P2 requirements for complex indeterminate load systems. www.movecat.de
compatibility with the Powersoft Armonía Pro Audio Suite reinforces its reliable control. Armonía allows for remote control of the amplifiers via a Wi-Fi connection and as such, delivers essential freedom of movement, without which the management of a system on this scale, with speakers and audio cables installed at great heights across a vast area, would be impossible. Using Powersoft Armonía, audio engineers and technicians can conveniently be at any part of the full system, controlling the system parameters with a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Furthermore, access to features can be controlled according to levels of competency. When the more complex feature sets, including filters, limiters and parameters are delivered these can be secured for access by skilled personnel only. Untrained personnel or technicians can perform essential actions such as volume-, zone- and full system-control, without fear of compromising more critical areas of control through accidental access. www.powersoft-audio.com
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A BOVE S KY BAR COMPANY: AMATE AUDIO LOCATION: NHA TRANG, VIETNAM
What better, after a long hot day on the beach, than to head out after sundown for an all-night party on the dancefloor, on the top floor of Liberty Hotel in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Amate Audio KEY series systems ensure a quality soundtrack to a spectacular evening’s entertainment. The unique Class-D technology of KEY amplifiers - KEY12A, KEY15A and KEY18WA - offers benefits often not found in other digital amplifiers: very low harmonic and intermodulation distortion, high damping factor, high fidelity performance and clear sound. The KEY series offer multi-purpose, full-range systems that can also be used as stage monitors and the compact subwoofers to enhance and complement bass response - all with the reliability of a product. According to Amate Audio, it’s the place to be when in Vietnam: “As the night flows, savour Above Sky Bar culinary culture, and the incredible cocktails, and party till the sun comes up once again; music and sound exclusively with Amate Audio.” www.amateaudio.com
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MS C M E RAVI GLI A COMPANY: ELATION LOCATION: AT SEA
The MSC Meraviglia is a new-generation mega-ship and the first of a new fleet of high-tech cruise ships that MSC Cruises is launching over the next decade. Built by STX France at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, the 5,700 passenger capacity cruiser is outfitted with the latest in cutting-edge technology, including a large energy-efficient Elation Professional LED lighting package used in the ship’s entertainment and relaxation areas. For several years, Audio Effetti S.r.l. of Genova, Italy, has collaborated closely with both the technical department of MSC Cruises and the renowned engineering design studio CM by Claudio Mazzucchelli. The latter was commissioned by MSC to define and optimise the technical equipment on board. “We have worked with MSC for years as a partner in the research and supply of the most suitable solutions and products to meet the strict naval requirements in lighting, video and audio technologies on board cruise ships. Therefore, it was only natural they
involved us from the beginning,” stated Roberto Villa, Product Specialist at Audio Effetti. The established synergies as well as the high level of professionalism and competence of these three companies have resulted in two splendid and innovative ships: MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside. In such a competitive industry, exceeding passenger expectations is crucial. One of the most important ways of doing that is by using intelligent lighting systems to enhance on board entertainment and dress the public areas of a ship in enhancing colour and effect. The MSC Meraviglia project is the first MSC cruise ship on which such a large amount of Elation products have been chosen and installed. This is a significant milestone since each type of product was carefully evaluated and passed the very strict selection criteria imposed by studio CM with regard to level of reliability, energy efficiency, type of technology used, maintenance and service procedures.
The list of fixtures includes ZCL 360i and ACL 360i beam effect lights, ACL 360 Bar moving bar effects, Arena Q7 Zoom Par lights, Colour 5 Profile ellipsoidal spots, DW Fresnel white lights, ELAR 108 PAR RGBW Par lights, Rayzor Q12Z wash lights, Rayzor Q7 moving head wash/ beam fixtures, SixPar 200IP and SixPar Z19 IP outdoor rated Par lights, TVL1000-II white light LED array panels and TVL CYC RGBW cyclorama wall wash lights. The benefits to switching from incandescent to LED are marked and especially relevant to cruise ships. Villa mentions two main advantages for choosing LED for MSC Meraviglia. First is energy savings. The second, and the most important reason according to Villa, is a substantial decrease (almost elimination) of the maintenance required on the lighting fixtures, which translates to substantial savings over the lifetime of the ship. Using an LED system also means less cabling and no dimmers to contend with. www.elationlighting.com
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FA NTASY I S LAN D COMPANY: SHOWMAGIC LOCATION: INGOLDMELLS, UK
The Fantasy Island Resort in Ingoldmells, UK has been a familiar landmark on the Skegness skyline since 1993. The Mellors Group purchased the 41-acre site in 2016, knowing that major works would be required to regenerate the attraction. At the close of the 2016 summer season, the Mellors Group announced a £3m investment in the resort, in readiness for the spring 2017 re-opening, with a ten-year plan of continuous reinvigoration. Kreative Displays Ltd. were contracted in early 2016 to take a close look at the whole Fantasy Island site, to establish various ideas for improvement not only cosmetically but using the latest technology to advance the audio, lighting and environmental feel to the whole internal Pyramid, Arcade and Mall areas. This was to include an indoor 18-hole Golf course played over two levels featuring animatronic dinosaurs - the largest towering 15m high in the Pyramid. Installation of the Golf course was carried out by Natural Play and Kreative Displays. ShowMagic AV Plus systems were installed to run the lighting, audio and video. A ‘master’ system inside the existing mountain feature was network linked to three other systems. The yearly schedule for all areas is managed and run on this system, automatically loading the required settings for low, mid and high season, Easter, Halloween etc. The master system supplies bespoke background music (produced by Pitstop Productions) throughout the day to all systems for routing to each of their audio zones. Audio levels for every zone are handled within ShowMagic. The master system also plays and routes scheduled, automated, voice announcements and live PA audio fed from the resorts’ control room.
During any announcements, music and SFX are automatically ducked by each system. In the event of a fire alarm, or other emergency, all music, shows etc. are automatically muted/stopped and white light states are brought up across all areas to assist evacuation. Holovis where commissioned to handle projection mapping 248° of the central mountain feature with shows playing throughout the day using a Green Hippo system running video onto the mountain via 3 Christie projectors. This system is triggered via IP by ShowMagic to start the show. Lighting and background music are then dimmed/faded out in all viewing areas. Music and voice/SFX for the shows are fed from the Green Hippo system to the master system that routes the audio to its zones on the mountain and to the second level system for routing to some of its eight audio zones. During the Mountain shows FX lighting, smoke, snow and sparks (volcano) effects are synchronized by the second level system to reinforce the AV content of the mountain shows and provide 4D effects. After each show, normal lighting and music for that seasonal period is automatically faded back in for the mountain and second level areas. 540 DMX channels are used by the second level system to control all the lighting in the second and third level areas. Ian Brown of Studio Due UK was contracted to supply all DMX LED lighting throughout all areas. Parled 100 DRS RGBWs and Slimbar 500mm RGBs are used for main theme lighting, Archibar 40s for the more open areas and walkways to control environment change when stepping from the bright outside areas to internal areas. This was a crucial aspect during the Summer months because the change
is so dramatic. Ivor Green of HiQ Sound was commissioned to take care of all audio requirements in this challenging environment. In total, 17 hybrid line source speakers, 11 2 x 12 bass speakers and two 2 x 18 bass speakers where used, powered by 15 Yamaha amplifiers and five loudspeaker processors. All are well placed so as not to be intrusive, but impacting throughout. A ShowMagic system for the main gaming arcade and eight-lane bowling alley handles audio for 16 zones. It also controls the existing RGB fluorescent feature lighting (via a DMX to 10V converter) and new effects lighting on the bowling lanes and kiddies ride. Four channels of video / signage are provided by ShowMagic and projected via four Optoma projectors onto an eight-lane wide screen situated at the end of the bowling lanes. The fourth ShowMagic system controls 1,104 DMX channels of lighting and 10 audio zones for the ground level areas including children’s rides, mini arcade, monorail and Piazza. Independent sound effects/music for the mini dodgems and jungle ride areas are also played from this system. The visiting public during the 2017 season have been overwhelmed by the transformation at Fantasy Island. The project was completed in a very short period given the scale of the task and so turning Fantasy Island into the ‘go to’ attraction on the Lincolnshire coast. With the professionalism and dedication of all involved, working together as one big team (so many of which are not mentioned here due to space) the resort opened its gates on time for the new 2017 season. www.showmagic.com
GRAN D P I AN O HA L L COMPANY: ADAM HALL LOCATION: TOULOUSE, FRANCE
Chateau de la Garrique, also known as Chateau Lagarrigues, in Villemur-Sur Tarn near Toulouse had certainly seen better days, until a few years ago, when the 19th-century castle changed hands and was gradually transformed into a luxury hotel with suites of up to 70 sq metres. While the operator has left the exterior of the hotel mostly untouched, retaining its historic flair, the surrounding, 12-hectare park has been radically transformed and features amongst other things the 2017-inaugurated Grand Piano Hall – a state-of-the-art event hall in the shape of a grand piano. Together with the luxury resort and other facilities, the Grand Piano Hall provided a comprehensive event solution for weddings, conferences, corporate events and much more. In order to provide the most flexible lighting for the 1,600 sq metres hall with a ceiling height of 10 metres, the planning service provider, AudioLum, used a wide range of spotlights, hazers and show lasers from Cameo Lights. Founded in 1989, AudioLum gradually gained a reputation on a national level for planning and implementing tour productions, festivals and fixed installations. For several years, the company has relied on the Cameo FLAT PRO 18-LED PAR spotlights, which have now also been installed at Chateau Lagarrigues. In order to maximise the flexibility of the events area, Rija Randria, Technical Manager of the Grand Piano Hall, installed several Cameo spotlights on a seven-metre-high traverse beam structure. The fundamental lighting was created with a combination of 42 STUDIO PAR 64 CAN spotlights with 12 x 12W RGBWA+UV LEDs and eight of the aforementioned FLAT PRO 18 LED PAR spotlights with 18 x 10 W RGBWA LEDs. The LED PAR spotlights were augmented by eight PIXBAR 600 PRO LED bars with 12 x 12W RGBWA+UV LEDs, facilitating silent, flicker-free operation (in combination with potential cameras and/or LED walls). 10 THUNDER WASH 600W three-in-one LED spotlights deliver a combination of stroboscope, blinder and washlight effects. Also in situ in the Grand Piano Hall are four IODA 1000 RGB show lasers, each with 1,000 mW of power, as well as two INSTANT HAZER 1500 T PRO hazers from Cameo’s Instant series - perfect for critical applications due to their extremely short warm-up time of only 45 seconds and their practically noiseless operation. “The Grand Piano Hall provides our guests with a versatile, state-ofthe-art event location for a variety of events. For this reason, with regard to event technology, it was important to us to have a strong partner with a wide portfolio, professional advice, and comprehensive service. Utilising Cameo products from the Adam Hall Group, we have fully met these requirements”, confirmed Rija. The musical instrument theme continues outside the Grand Piano Hall. The outline of the pool resembles the contours of a cello. Here too, the management is planning a detailed outdoor lighting installation for the near future, utilising IP65-certified Cameo spotlights. www.cameolight.com
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KUWA NIGHTCLUB COMPANY: D.A.S. AUDIO LOCATION: LAS VEGAS, USA
Located inside the Fiesta Rancho Hotel and Casino, the Kuwa Nightclub is a new concept in Las Vegas where patrons can feel a Latin atmosphere combined with the electronic sounds of both live and DJ oriented music. Mondays feature live music with several of the best known Sinaloan bands. Wednesdays are Latin nights with DJs playing Reggaeton, Bachata, Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Hip-Hop, EDM, and more while the weekends feature additional live bands. The energy is high and the music is non-stop - and powering it all is an impressive sound reinforcement system that draws from the Event, Vantec, and Action Series catalogs of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio. Headquartered in Los Angeles, International House of Music (IHOMI) is a full-service music and audio equipment supplier that, in addition to operating an AV integration division, services a wide range of customers from individuals to professional touring acts. The company was contracted to design and deploy the new sound system at the Kuwa Nightclub, along with the lighting and video provisions. Oscar Naranjo Jr. is the company’s Sales Manager and primary Audio Technician. He discussed the Kuwa Nightclub project and his decision for installing D.A.S. loudspeakers.
“Kuwa’s new sound system is a pretty comprehensive setup,” Naranjo explained. “The house mains consist of 16 Event 210A three-way active line arrays, with eight enclosures each for the left and right hangs. Positioned behind each of these loudspeaker clusters and slightly to the side, we placed the D.A.S. Vantec 15A powered two-way point source enclosures. These cover the outer edges of the balcony. Low frequency support is provided by six Event 218A powered sub bass enclosures, with three cabinets each for the left and right sides, which are positioned underneath the stage.” “For front fill,” he continued, “the system includes two Action 8A powered point source loudspeakers. For the performers, there are eight Action M12A powered stage monitors plus an Action 18A powered subwoofer for drumfill while the sidefill setup consists of two Vantec 215A powered three-way enclosures over two Action 118A powered horn-bass enclosures—one of each per side. Completing the entire system, the DJ’s booth is outfitted with a D.A.S. Action 8A two-way point source enclosure. Loudspeaker management is handled via D.A.S. Audio’s DSP-4080 four-in / eightout stereo / mono processor.” When asked about the various attributes of the D.A.S. www.mondodr.com
loudspeakers that made these products so well-suited for the project, Oscar offered the following comments, “The vertical and horizontal dispersion characteristics of the Event 210A line arrays enabled us to provide even coverage throughout the nightclub, including both the balcony and the main floor. The fact that the entire system uses self-powered enclosures not only streamlined the cabling of the system, it also provided optimal power amplification for the various loudspeaker models. Combine this with first-rate hardware that made flying and mounting the various loudspeakers quite easy, along with a versatile DSP processor and you end up with one very potent and versatile loudspeaker system.” For a sound system of this calibre, questions inevitably arise, so responsive and capable support services are crucial. Here, too, Oscar was very complimentary of D.A.S. Audio. “We’ve always had a terrific experience with D.A.S.,” he reports. “Ramon Franco, Sales Manager - Touring for the Latin American markets has consistently been very responsive and helpful whenever we’ve had questions. To be honest, the entire team at D.A.S. Audio’s Miami office has been very helpful.” www.dasaudio.com
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NA M NG H I R ES ORT COMPANY: SYMETRIX LOCATION: PHU QUOC, VIETNAM
Nestled on the shores of the exquisite Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, the secluded resort of Nam Nghi is among Southeast Asia’s most exclusive holiday destinations. But, while guests enjoy the breathtaking natural landscapes and luxuriate besides Vung Bau Bay, behind the scenes, a wealth of technology works seamlessly with processing across multiple zones courtesy of just three Symetrix Prism DSPs. The audio system designed by HCMC-based professional audio-visual solutions specialist, DesignLive Technologies utilises just a single Prism apiece to easily accommodate the current and future needs of three primary zones: the Rock Bar, the Tree House Restaurant, and the main hotel complex with all-day dining and spa/ gym facilities.
In all three zones at Nam Nghi, the Prism processors are integrated into a Dante network for maximum flexibility. In the Rock Bar, varying background music and DJ requirements are catered for with a single Prism 8x8 DSP used in conjunction with Attero Tech Dante interface wall-plates. A similarly streamlined configuration is found in the Tree House Restaurant, where a Prism 4x4 processes Ashly amplifiers. The setup in the all-day dining area is more complex as it also caters to the adjacent spa/gym area. In the dining area, a Prism 4x4 manages the BGM system, including Ashly amplifiers. A single Symetrix xIO 4x4 expander extends the system to the spa/gym amplifier rack via the hotel LAN, where local analog inputs are available for instructors to connect their preferred music
sources. Fiber and network drops also run from the all-day rack to the pool area, allowing for future expansion via Symetrix I/O expanders. In tandem with delivering as much processing power from as little rack-space as possible, the DesignLive team was also asked to guarantee flexible control for hotel operations to allow easy adjustment of volume and other settings. Symetrix ARC-2e wall interfaces have been provided for ‘physical’ control at each zone, while SymVue provides the hotel’s technical personnel with an integrated master control panel via laptop, enabling them to make tweaks on the fly via the ARC-Web interface for iPad and smartphone.
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D EL P H I N B OTAN I K E X C LU SIV E R ESO RT COMPANY: MADRIX LOCATION: ANTALYA, TURKEY
The goal of the Delphin Botanik Exclusive Resort was to simply integrate a comprehensive RGB LED lighting design for the entire building that made the hotel stand out from its competitors in the area and would be an entertaining and fun eye-catcher for guests and potential visitors. In the project, all balconies of the hotel are illuminated with our Ledstrip 30 RGB, functioning as one pixel. A total of 4,260-metres was installed. The strips are used as RGB colour fixture in combination with 655 X-CV3 constant-voltage LED drivers and each balcony is individually addressed using pixel mapping. Dynamic and colourful effects are also created with help of our PD60 RGB Pixel Dots on the roof and for the central domes. 12 Power Pack 320 are used for their supply of power. They are especially useful in projects with large cable lengths since they integrate a fully-isolated DMX splitter. The fact that all products are using the RDM protocol, ensured a successful commissioning process and group-wide remote
addressing after the entire assembly process had been finished. A MADRIX KEY professional control system communicates with eight MADRIX LUNA 4 nodes that are distributed over large distances throughout the entire hotel via Ethernet and Art-Net. The lighting system had to be controlled from a single room and thus had to branch out to the different sections. A variety of lighting scenes have been written on a day-by-day and hour-by-hour basis in order to meet the clientâ€™s requirements for the exterior lighting. In addition, lighting scenarios are accompanied by various scenes that run in sync with the music when required. The biggest challenge was that the site of the hotel was very big, coordination between the departments and communication between our experienced team came in handy with the help of radio sets. www.madrix.com
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LAKEHOUSE HOTEL AND RESORT COMPANY: VUE AUDIOTECHNIK LOCATION: SAN DIEGO, USA
For those looking for a tranquil escape from the city bustle, Lakehouse Hotel and Resort brings. the feel of a summer lake vacation to the heart of San Marcos, just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego. With 144 luxury rooms, Lakehouse offers ample entertainment options to delight and renew, including swimming, golf, tennis, lake activities, as well as award-winning indoor and outdoor dining options complete with audio solutions from VUE Audiotechnik. To design the perfect audio package for Lakehouse, EDS called upon Jaire Lopez, President of J&E Pro Audio in San Diego. As a long-time collaborator who has successfully completed 10 installations at other Eat.Drink.Sleep. properties, Jaire and his team are intimately familiar with EDS’ high regard for quality audio and unwavering attention to detail.
Dining at Lakehouse is split into two levels, decoy restaurant is upstairs and aims to be more intimate and upscale. Down the stairs and just outside is the dockside bar, which is somewhat more casual with views of the lake and surrounding greenery. In addition to aesthetics, J&E also needed to deliver enough audio horsepower for the occasional guest DJ and their evening water screen light show. Jaire contacted VUE headquarters and took delivery of a broad selection of the i-Class systems, including the i-6, i-8 two-way models, and is-26 subwoofers. In Decoy’s upstairs dining area, the J&E team set out to emphasise the restaurant’s intimate, upscale atmosphere - going so far as to build custom soffit mounts for the is-26 subwoofers. The i-6 two-way systems set the mood in the main dining room, while an addi-
tional i-6 system serenades diners waiting in the foyer. Supplied mounting hardware secures all ten cabinets. The all-VUE installation continues downstairs and outside to the dockside bar, where a total of sixteen i-6 two-way systems and a pair of is-26 subwoofers seamlessly unite sound and scenery for a post-meal cocktail. The dockside bar’s VUE system also serves high-output duties for the resort’s water show and guest DJs. The VUE i-Class delivers performance in line with much more expensive systems. Whether just background or taking on something more aggressive, the VUE boxes sound great with plenty of horsepower.
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COMPANY: LEMAN / IST LOCATION: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
IST’s iDrive White Knight 36 and Thor 36 centralised LED drivers have recently been installed in a full Ethernet-based lighting refurbishment of several halls within the impressive Austria Center Vienna (ACV). Delivered by IST’s partner in Austria, Leman GmbH, who has over 40 years’ experience in delivery of technical services across a wide variety of settings globally, such as event, film and TV productions, as well as the design and implementation of architectural lighting. The ACV is one of Europe’s largest and most modern conference and exhibition centres and is used for international conferences, corporate events and concerts. Linked internally to the adjacent Vienna International Center, the campus forms part of the UNO-City, which is an imposing site located on the north bank of the River Danube housing several international organizations, including one of the United Nations 4 Headquarters. Over 5,000 people work at the site, which is constantly a veritable hub of international activity. iDrive centralised LED drivers were absolutely crucial for the refurbishment of this international conference centre. With each individual centralised,
rack-mounted LED driver capable of powering up to 36 luminaires from a single point, the drivers could be installed at ambient temperature in a designated ground floor location, without compromising on power supplied to each luminaire. Installing LED drivers at ground-level in ambient temperature not only serves to significantly prolong the lifetime of the LED drivers, but also vastly simplifies installation, commissioning and any future maintenance required for the project. In addition to its unique rack-mounted, centralised design, the iDrive centralised LED driver range boasts the smoothest dimming on the market and provides totally flicker-free, healthy lighting, which is recognised as being of critical importance for the health and wellbeing of workers and people in their everyday environments. Initially, 55 iDrive White Knight 36 and 14 iDrive Thor 36 were installed in Halls A, B and C. The 4312 sq metre space can either be configured as independent halls, or combined as one to create a huge conference hall capable of seating 4,320 people. The 36 channel iDrive White Knight 36 models are used to control approximately 800 x 32W downlights and 415 x 30W-40W high bay luminaires. The
Thor 36 LED drivers are controlling approximately 1,100-metres of flexible RGB tape and a further 150-metres of flexible white LED tape, which gives the room a really modern ambience and allows for the mood of the space to be dramatically changed using colour variations, according to the event it is hosting. A further six iDrive White Knight 36 are installed in Hall N and 19 iDrive White Knight 36 have been installed in Halls D, G and K to power 442 downlights (33W). The iDrive LED drivers are all controlled by DMX, ARTNET and sACN. BMS is also configured into the scheme for the emergency lighting Dimming and colour changes can be conveniently made via iPad. IST’s LED drivers are designed with smart buildings in mind, to allow seamless integration of multiple IP networks to facilitate facilities management and to improve the overall user experience for employees in their everyday environments. The unique flicker-free LED drivers ensured that everyone who works, rests or plays under luminaires, powered by iDrive will not be adversely affected by flicker found in most other LED systems. www.leman.at
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Working with lighting design studio STILEMAN LIGHTING, Knektd needed to create a visionary lighting solution for prestigious London restaurant, Isabel.
This project was inspired by the music video â€˜Are You Gonna Go My Wayâ€™ by Lenny Kravitz, in which the ceiling comes alive with lights that dance to the rhythm of the music. Isabel caters for a wide range of clientele, events and functions so the lighting needed to be slick and adaptable to keep up with ever changing environments. Using Crestron technology, Knektd created a solution that enabled the user to change every aspect of the lighting in a smooth and easy manor, allowing for slow change pre-sets, mood scenes and eye-catching special effects. Crestron DMX lighting creates stunning effects to roll and
spiral across 300 individually controlled LED pendants. Each light can be controlled individually or combined to create every effect imaginable, from lights that pulsate with the beat of the music, to mimicking a sunrise throughout a long period of time. The system can also change scenes based on the time of day and the control app presents the user with a simple customised interface, with easy-to-use pre-sets and the option to make subtle adjustments to lighting levels. When specialists attend the venue for events, they can instantly take direct control of the DMX for staging and music effects.
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This is a wonderful example of how the perfect combination of technology, expertise and imagination can break the boundaries of lighting design. In terms of audio, upstairs is the ‘Yellow Room’ which consists of 12 Bowers and Wilkins CM6 S, custom sprayed to match the interior design are mounted around the three brass columns on the custom speaker brackets - designed and specially made by Future Automation. Rotel amplifiers power the loudspeakers. The venue also has the ‘Dragon Room’, which is comprises two Bowers & Wilkins CM10’s, two ASW10CM S2 subwoofers, two
CWM8.3 and eight CM5’s around the central brass column. These are RAL colour to matched the interior along with the DJ booth. These loudspeakers are powered by Audio Control amplification. The custom Hoerboard DJ Booth contained a two Pioneer CDJ900 NXS multiplayers, two Pioneer PLX-1000 turntables and one Pioneer DJM2000 NXS mixer. www.knektd.co.uk www.crestron.com
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LOCK, STOCK & BARREL JBR DUBAI, UAE EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
Solutions Leisure Group has expanded its portfolio in the Middle East with a second Lock, Stock & Barrel outlet at the Rixos Premium Dubai - a stylish urban hotspot located in the heart of Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence. LSB JBR, as it is known, is two and a half times bigger than its older sibling at Bashra Heights, but shares the same elements that customers have come to know and love. The same team was drafted in for the new venue too. Lighting Designer, Ben M Rogers takes up the story: “When you do a sequel to a hit movie, it has to be bigger, louder, faster with more explosions and that’s where I feel we’re at with LSB JBR. It shares the same DNA, but increase in size is reflective in that there’s more dining and eating opportunities - more live
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cooking stations. It still has the same décor style and container theme, slightly bigger dancefloor, similar stage design but there’s more production tricks in there. It’s also a bigger lighting show we’ve tried not to break the things that work, just put more of them in - bigger, faster, bolder.” The venue is a combination of detailed architectural lighting and dynamic show lighting allowing it to transition from a warm pub feel through to live music, sports events and late night dancing. While some of the lighting manufacturers as the same of the original spec, the products have been upgraded in line with technology moving forward and new products coming to market since the first installation. Prolight Concepts LED fresnels and pin spots have been utilised throughout the venue, both
new product lines for the company. Ben described them as brilliant, which is backed up by the fact that he specified over 200 pieces for the venue. Moving heads for LSB JBR were supplied by Music & Lights. “I changed it up,” said Ben. “I wanted a good LED moving head spot, which they had and I wanted a good pin spot. They had the quality and quantity in stock that I needed.” Ben selected PixieBeams, Luma 700 LED Profiles and Diamond 7 Zoom Wash heads for a rich pixel based composition. Music & Lights new MiniEclipse LED spots with wireless dimming were also installed for architectural and feature highlights. This was further enhanced with the introduction of several hundred LED filament lamps with specialist dimming giving a retro vibe. “Simon Bibby from Glasson Electronics in the www.mondodr.com
UK makes these tiny remote controllable LED cells with a great control protocol allowing for individual control and power over two core cable. Here we’ve put them in 4 variations - a small flat cell behind the bar front, festoon lamps over the dining area and a brand new custom dome mount with eyelid which fits on conduit to provide some really cool stair way lighting - all with full colour mixing”. For the exposed kitchen counter and live cooking stations, custom Studio Due 4,000K IP rated LED bars were selected. “I needed IP rated, compact, dimmable LED strips with a robust remote power supply, so the slim bars were the perfect choice,” said Ben. The trademark ‘bottle wall’ was recreated at LSB JBR, using an LED matrix of 600 blinder pixels from Prolight Concepts - with half beer bottles
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• Above left Upstairs at LSB JBR. • Above right The main bar area.
in front as a dramatic feature piece, which carries the venue brand during the day then comes to life as a backdrop for the house bands, DJ and live performances at night. Eight of Elation’s DTWs add to the blinder line-up. “The first of their kind to market, and still the go-to product in that market for me,” said Ben “we get all the punch and warm effect from a traditional DWE but with something using a fraction of the power and capable of being left on for sustained periods if needed”. The bottle wall feature is driven by MADRIX, which in turn has DMX control from the MA Lighting dot2 console that is in charge of the architainment and show lighting as well as the special effects - which include HazeBase hazers and Magic:FX smoke jets. Tying to the two control platforms together fully exploits MADRIX’s sound to light functionality, alongside operator driven programming. “As well as the standard dot2 console in here, we’ve also got a button wing, so network wise, if we need to we can put the button wing with the DJ so they can have control of some or all of the show.” The entire lighting rig is LED maximising the power to output ratio and minimising maintenance and running costs. The venue also features large TV’s and a Panasonic projector for media content ranging from sports to daily specials and in-house branded visuals. These are fed through a fully routable matrix with inputs from the ArKaos Pro server,
HD broadcast streams and live camera relays as needed. The LED dimming solution - supplied through Eaton - is the iLight SCLED dimming with 72 dimming circuits driving over 400 LED filament lamps from MMS Distribution, LSC APC12’s provide the hot power feeds to the show lighting with full remote DMX
switching control and on board voltage and amp monitoring - providing robust back of house infrastructure. When discussing the challenges of this project, Ben explained: “Detailed planning and installation project management were essential to manage the workflow with so many integrated light sources built into
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the bars and fittings. We liaised closely with the project manager from Broadway Interiors and the MEP and general contractors to bring this together - with over 8km of DMX cable alone from the central rack room, the behind the scenes complexity for packing this large inventory into the space required precise advance planning and detailed hands on execution.” With a reputation to uphold and the expectation of entertaining up to 1,200 people night after night, the second incarnation had to retain the iconic elements but have unique touches of its own too. “The expanded scale and inventory provided a larger canvas but we wanted to ensure the attention to detail
• Above The venue from the wrap around mezzanine.
was retained,” said Ben. “There is a very theatrical aspect to the design - taking into account the interior design detail and seeking to enhance every element to ensure longevity of interest for the diverse crowd it attracts.” Solutions Leisure Group didn’t deviate too much from the original design when it came to audio either, turning once again to Pulse Middle East. The brief was to have a multiple audio zoning system integrated with the TV screens and projection, the audio was designed to accommodate live entertainment and DJ music source having the flexibility of controlling every single zone at the venue with the needed source and level. Managing Director of Pulse Middle East, www.mondodr.com
Joe Chidiac explained further: “The design was simulated on EASE including Pulse ME engineers’ expertise, speaker system distribution designed by myself, control system designed by Greg Brown. The room acoustics designed by Mathew Carter Acoustic Logic played a big role in the audio performing the way it was designed to, obtaining a great result. While the client has used a solid material made from steel and other reflective material to be able to give the industrial look and feel for the venue.” The FOH stage required high SPL speakers with 90º x 50º coverage, but Pulse felt that line arrays were not the correct solution. Joe and the team decided a point source system was more
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Powersoft amplifiers - three X8 Dante and seven Quattrocanali 4804 DSP Dante for this project and combined them with the company’s Armonia software for processing, as it was ideal for dealing with multiple zones with no complications. Mixing requirements at LSB JBR are looked after by a Midas M32 with redundant M32C over Dante protocol. Pulse Middle East also specified Movecat PLUS LITE 500-4-HE-12B-RCL52 chain hoist and 8LD8-3 and 4LD8-3 controllers. As it usually is with many projects, time was short for this installation, which always adds pressure - in this case Joe and his team had just 45 days. Located in the same building as nightclub, Inner City Zoo, Solution Leisure Group is ticking all the nightlife boxes in that complex from daytime to evening, right through to the early hours of the next morning.
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THE LAND OF LEGENDS ANTALYA, TURKEY EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
Europeâ€™s largest water park, Land of Aqua, is located within The Land of Legends, Antalya, Turkey. The integrated resort is a joint venture between Rixos Hotels - part of Rixos World Parks and Entertainment - and worldrenowned creative specialist, Franco Dragone. Opened in 2016, the resort houses the theme park, including the water park, a hotel, a shopping avenue and a selection of eateries. This project started as a vision from the Director of Rixos who wanted to create a theme park that was different to anything else he had seen in the world, going beyond the typical ideas of a theme park. During his research, he went to Las Vegas and saw Francoâ€™s shows there and, as a result, wanted to make contact with Franco, but that took almost three
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Dragone Creation Director, David Mazzeo, described the concept of the show: “For this project, we took our inspiration from many tales and legends from around the world, and were careful not to take these legends and characters literally, rather we fused them into a thin storyline, leaving a very big space for the imagination and interpretation of the public. Our goal was to offer the audience a very rich visual experience that includes high-level human performance, and leaving them the space to create their own legends.” While those who know Franco’s work well will know he and his team regularly push creative boundaries, with The Land of Legends, they really have broken the mould.
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• Above The gateway where the grand finale takes place.
Despite the park opening a couple of years ago, the show evolves each season with changes to the technical line-up as well as the performance itself. Sound Designer, Corrado Campanelli designed the original audio set-up back in 2016 and more recently two K-array MugelloKH2 line arrays in the new stage area were added to his original concept. He explained the audio process from the beginning: “The design process presented a lot of challenges, there were a lot of areas to cover and there were lots of time constraints in order to be fully operational for opening day. My approach when designing a sound system is always initially focussed on the space and the coverage and then the specific details based on the creative intent. In this case, having worked with Franco Dragone several times before I knew I needed to go for great quality and a very flexible system, from a routing and zoning stand point, to be able to address all his creative desires.” Corrado specified a combination of K-array Python-KP102 loudspeakers and Thunder-KMT12 subwoofers for the boats. The Pythons feature a vertical dispersion pattern that can be switched for wide or narrow coverage, while the subwoofer’s unique four-corner port configuration gives symmetrical back
loading to the speaker for extended bass response with very low distortion. “The boat parade in the canal area was the biggest challenge,” he continued. “Along the canal - which is over a mile and a half long - in the centre of the resort, between the entrance to the water park and the hotel, a parade of boats shaped like musical instruments each with on-board audio two Pythons and a Thunder - reproducing the instruments’ sounds opens the show. There are 118 Python-KP102 beam speakers and 63 Thunder-KMT18 subwoofers installed on the buildings
lining the canal, zoning and routing is managed by a QSC Q-SYS 500i DSP. The on-board and off-board audio systems are kept in sync via wireless timecode and the transport along the canal is via a fibre optic network, with each speaker controllable individually via K-Dante.” For the dolphin show in the resort, 16 K-array Mugello-KH2 line arrays, six Mugello-KS5 subwoofers and 10 DragonKX12 line arrays were put in place. For the boxes that are not self-powered, K-array -ommander-KA84 look after amplification, while mixing requirements are fulfilled by
TECHNICAL INFORMATION SOUND 16 x K-array Mugello-KH2 line array; 142 x K-array Python-KP102 loudspeaker; 10 x Thunder-KMT12 subwoofer; 63 x K-array Thunder-KMT18 subwoofer; 6 x K-array Mugello-KS5 subwoofer; 10 x K-array Dragon-KX12 loudspeaker; 3 x K-array KA84 amplifier; 1 x DiGiCo SD11 mixing console; 1 x DiGiCo D-Rack; 1 x QSC Q-SYS Core 500i DSP; 1 x QSC Q-SYS Core 110f DSP LIGHTING 10 x Robe BMFL wash beam moving head; 28 x Clay Paky Super Sharpy moving head; 12 x SGM G Spot moving head; 36 x SGM P5 fixture; 20 x SGM Q7 fixture; 14 x SGM I5 fixture; 24 x SGM G1 beam fixture; 1 x Chamsys MQ100 lighting console; 7 x Luminex Node 4; 5 x Luminex DMX RDM splitter; 32 x Studio Due linear LED waterproof IP68 fixture; 24 x Studio Due beam LED fixture www.thelandoflegendsthemepark.com
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a DiGiCo SD11 and D-Rack. A portable K-array inventory is also onsite for wherever it might be needed. Corrado continued: “From the first moment I looked at the structural CAD drawings I knew it was going to be challenging to evenly cover the entire area, integrate scenic loudspeakers, and stick with only one manufacturer. There were only a few companies that had the variety of products in their catalogue and could deliver on time. K-array was one of them, but despite knowing the brand, I had never designed a system using their products. At first, I was concerned to use a manufacturer for the first time for such a large-scale project. However, I made a trip to the factory in Tuscany and spend sometime listening to the speakers and learning about the products. I was very impressed by the flexibility of the systems and by the ratio between size and power.” With that in mind, it seemed an easy choice when extending the audio set-up to add further K-array products for the new performance stage. “K-array products went over and beyond my expectations, I was impressed by the assistance and customer care. After using the products at The Land of Legends, I have used their products again.” A QSC Q-SYS system was the processor selected for the project. Q-SYS has been
• Above The castle washed in colour thank to the SGM fixtures.
Corrado’s preference for a few years now and he uses it wherever possible, as he believes is an extremely powerful, flexible and reliable processor with great network connectivity. The parks utilises a Core i500 system and a Core 110f - the latest addition to the Q-SYS Core family. Lighting follows a similar pattern to the audio, in that it has been installed in every corner of the resort. To really bring the Dragone show to life, Lighting Designer, Olivier Legendre not only lit the boats themselves but at the end of the canal is a big castle that is illuminated using LED and colour changing animation. A Luminex network node - comprising seven node 4’s and five DMX RDM splitters - takes the control of this system during the show. Olivier said: “Because the park is outdoor and close to the sea, with extreme temperature during the Summer, the choice of the fixtures was limited, that’s why I chose to work with SGM, I believe in the quality of its products. I also installed Robe BMFL wash beams for their power and versatility. There was a covered position usable for normal fixtures, but far away from the stage and the canal - the BMFLs were a natural choice for that. For the castle and the roofs I decided to choose Clay Paky Super Sharpys protected by Clay Paky igloos.”
The SGM inventory includes G Spots, P5’s, Q7’s, I5’s and G1 beams. The P5’s are installed nearby the castle - which previously made use of a lot of white LED fixtures, but with the P5’s, it is now possible to colour wash and create a multitude of ambiences. The main lighting desk for the park is a Chamsys MQ100. “It is very user-friendly and for a reasonable budget I can control up to 64 universes of lighting,” continued Olivier. “The desk outputs Art-Net and is converted by the Luminex nodes. Some of the BMFLs are Art-Net connected directly. Most of the fixtures are also RDM and a dedicated computer is installed in the control booth for this - very useful and practical.” The Land of Legends is continually evolving, as Olivier explained: “I’m really impatient and want to have the opportunity to return to The Land of Legends to continue working on the project. The challenge is big and the project very interesting.” It is a sensible idea to continually update the park, as with a project of this scale, things can quickly become outdated. Seemingly both Dragone and Rixos Hotels are committed to delivered their customers the best and that will be evident through the continual technology upgrades that enhance the visitor experience.
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PARIS BY NIGHT EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
A quick stop in Paris in early January saw mondo*dr visit a trio of installations and the headquarters of manufacturer, NEXO - more of the latter in the next issue. In its home country, the audio specialist has been a top player in the market for many years, evidenced as much in these projects, which offer diversity, longevity and creativity in three very different enviroments.
RAS P OUT I N E PARIS, FRANCE EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
Located with the Golden Triangle of Paris, just a stone’s throw away from the French capital’s Champs-Elysees lies Raspoutine. A nightclub owned and operated by one the country’s most famous nightlife entrepreneurs, Laurent de Gourcuff. With as many as 30 venues around the city, it’s possible that every Parisian and tourist alike has stepped foot in one of his establishments, whether they’re aware of it or not. Raspoutine - which also has outlets in Rome, Marrakech and Monaco - takes its name www.mondodr.com
from famous mystic pilgrim, Grigori Rasputin, and is influenced by Russian cabaret and Baroque décor, using a rich red and gold colour palette and velvet furnishings - a VIP club indeed. Despite first being installed just over six years ago in 2012, the audio set-up at Raspoutine remains top-notch, thanks in part to it being the first numeric digital as we more commonly refer to it nowadays - installation in Paris. Local AV company, Nanolink was invited to set up a test PA at the venue, to display its audio
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offerings. Having worked with Laurent on other venues, the Nanolink team was confident of what would be needed to meet the requirements. Nanolink’s Emmanuel Desault takes up the story: “When we came to make the test we tried a numeric system and when Laurent heard it, he asked, ‘What it is? It sounds great’. I told him it was NEXO. To this day, he still describes Raspoutine as the best sounding venue he has in his portfolio.” NEXO’s Jean Jacques Vias added: “Numeric means digital signal. Here at Raspoutine we have the sub bass and then a very special dispersion of cabinets. They are mounted along the edge of the main room - one every four metres - so the sound begins at the first cabinet closest to the DJ booth and then moves to the second and so on. It means the sound is distributed in phases and therefore every seat is a good seat in terms of audio coverage.” There is no official dancefloor at Raspoutine, but Emmanuel explained that doesn’t stop people dancing, they’ll find wherever they can - the chairs, the tables or anywhere in between. The music
is played at very high levels - sometimes as high as 110 SPL - which obviously, further encourages clubbers to get up and dance. With such high SPLs, you might expect sound leakage and complaints from neighbours, but this isn’t the case at Raspoutine. Firstly, due to the neighbouring buildings being shops, which are therefore closed when the club is in operation, and secondly, due to the venue essentially being a box within a box. “The only way a venue can get away with playing music so loud in the city centre,” said Jean Jacques. “The rule is, if you get no complaints the police will leave you alone,” added Emmanuel. When specifying the sound system, as well as considering sound leakage and meeting the SPL requirements, the low ceiling height also had to be taken into account, as this pretty much determined the size of cabinets - a 15-inch or a 12inch would simply have been too large, in terms of both output and aesthetics. Nanolink worked with sound designer, Alain Roy for Raspoutine - a specialist in digital sound - who was exploring digital microphones and digital sound systems very early on.
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Alain and the Nanolink team - which besides Emmanuel also included Jean Michel Gache - used EASE modelling to test out some sound designs and get an idea of coverage patterns and in the end they settled on a set-up that produces homogenous coverage through the venue. Jean Jacques explained further: “You have two rules for sound in clubs, the first is to have one point and sub basses and put the cabinets in phases, but when the club is bigger this isn’t possible, so the second rule is to have cabinets and sub basses everywhere. For Raspoutine, we went with the first option.” In total the PA comprises 16 NEXO PS10s - which includes two for monitors - two NEXO PS8s in the bar area, as well as two NEXO LS600 and two NEXO LS18 subwoofers to extend the low frequency range, and to add extra punch when the system is running at its top SPL. There is a lot of dynamic in the system and very little EQ is needed. The system runs on NEXO’s proprietary amplified controllers, six NXAMP4x4s are plentiful for this project. The system has been serviced at twoyear intervals since its installation, and actually very few drivers have had to be replaced, demonstrating the longevity of the system. Being the first digital installation in Paris, being able to run the system at high SPLs despite the city centre regulations and being able to attribute the sound design to a world famous sound designer, it’s not difficult to see how Raspoutine has fully earned its place on the map.
• Above Raspoutine is still going strong on the Parisian nightlife scene.
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MA NKO PARIS, FRANCE EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
From the exterior of Manko, you would not expect to find the three-pronged venue that is housed inside the former Drouot Auction House. A humble entrance next to the grander presence of the theatre next door, Manko begins down a staircase from street level where guests are greeted first by the restaurant, followed quickly by the opulent bar area - fusing together wood, metal and glass for its interiors - and finishing up in the cabaret performance space. Similar to Raspoutine, Manko is located within the Golden Triangle of Paris and is named in honour of the legendary Inca Manco Capac, son of the Sun God, founder of the Inca people. The three spaces have been delivered by MOMA Group, but more specifically by three enthusiasts who share a combined passion. Gastón Acurio, a Michelin star Peruvian chef, Benjamin Patou, founder of MOMA Group, and Canadian artist Garou who dreamed of creating a cabaret, as spectacular as burlesque and as edgy as extravagant. When it came to the latter, the trio admitted they didn’t quite know what they needed in terms of an audiovisual set-up. Having built a good reputation in Paris, MOMA Group made contact with Nanolink, and requested Jean Michel and Emmanuel to design a suitable system. Emmanuel said: “They owners didn’t re-
• Above The stage at Manko is used for a variety of different shows.
ally know what they needed for the space, so they left that with us. We designed the system using 3D modelling, we looked at how we would mount and fix the system with the room, and we did the scenography too.” The PA at Manko needed to be flexible for different types of show performances and the space turns into a nightclub following the stage show too. “For a lot of the musical shows that perform on stage, it’s all about the timecode,” continued Emmanuel. “We needed some presets for disco too, and we also set up the audio network because sometimes the owners want to do some improvisations - different music in the bar and the restaurant and sometimes we have to dilute the sound from the cabaret away from the other areas.” A NEXO PS15 system was specified for the space, a single cabinet flown either side of the stage with a NEXO PS10 flown
adjacent to each and a NEXO LS600 subwoofer groundstacked below. Two further PS10s are used as fills to cover the audience area towards the back of the room. The PS15s offered the full flexibility this venue needed. “The system is designed to offer complete even coverage across the venue,” continued Emmanuel. “Sometimes they rent the place out - and this is where the stagebox comes into play, it will take any kind of input card you want - analogue, digital, AES and so on - and you can then plug this into a mixer. If, for example a live band comes in, you can move the stagebox to the stage, connect the mixer and then it’s on the audio network.” Flexibility and diversity was key at Manko and with the expertise of Nanolink, the partners can now fulfil their expertise in the cooking, hosting and performing.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION SOUND 2 x NEXO PS15 loudspeaker; 2 x NEXO LS18 subwoofer; 6 x NEXO PS10 loudspeaker; 2 x NEXO LS600 subwoofer; 2 x NEXO NXAMP 4x4 amplifier; 1 x NEXO NXAMP4x1 amplifier; 1 x Auvitran Audiotoolbox; 1 x Yamaha MTX5 processor manko-paris.com
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BA L B LOM E T PARIS, FRANCE EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
Six years in the making, the modern Bal Blomet has a decadent history dating back to the roaring twenties. Following the path of La Ruche’s artistic adventure, the Bal Blomet nightclub acquired great renown in the 1920s, especially among members of the Paris Boheme and Tout-Paris. In 1924, politician Jean Rézard occupied the residence at 33 rue Blomet for campaign meetings, but soon realising he was a better musician that politician, he began to use the space for cabaret style performances instead. Over the years, the venue has welcomed guests and artists from all walks of life and Bal Blomet became a household name in Paris. Unfortunately, during WWII the Nazi’s took over and the venue never returned to its former glory. Operating as a simplistic café post war until 1989, and then a jazz club until 2006, it looked like the doors were firmly closed on this historic music venue. Enter Guillaume Cornut - a local Parisian, who lives just minutes away from 33 rue Blomet - who just happened to be walking past one day, took an interest in the venue and enquired about purchasing the lease for the building. Knowing the history, Guillaume wanted to recreate the hey days but add a modern twist. He acquired the rights to the building in 2012 and the renovations took a staggering six years to complete, but it’s clear to see that Guillaume feels it’s worth every single hour he’s spent developing it. He began: “The idea was to completely reinvent the space as there were no photos of how the venue looked back in the 1920’s. I had spent some time in New York, London and also in Asia and I saw how music was presented in other countries. I took what I liked from what I
experienced and tried to incorporate that into my own venue. “In Greenwich Village, New York, a club called Poisson Rouge opened about 10 years ago and every night the performance changes. One night it will be a classical concert, then a conference, then a rock or a jazz concert. Here’s it’s the same idea, it’s very open, which attracts different audiences. At the beginning it was very much a neighbourhood venue but now people come from all over the world. A group from Hong Kong came not so long ago just to see one performance.” The building work at Bal Blomet took three of the six years and Guillaume’s idea was to dig 10-metres below ground to create the ultimate performance space. The main room is six-metres high and is an elongated shape - long but not wide meaning the entire audience of 250 seats are all very close to the stage, making for intimate gigs. The artist quarters occupy the three-metres below. Guillaume continued: “I had two architects working on this project and one had seen the work of Jean Michel. There were a few proposals but this looked the most pragmatic. Jean Michel explained a lot about the technical elements and helped me to understand it.” “The main difficulty for this project was we couldn’t fix the cabinets at the front of the stage. It is unusual to hang at the back of the stage but it was really our only choice. We chose NEXO’s GEO M6 line array so that we wouldn’t get any feedback, as obviously the musicians would be in front,” Emmanuel explained. Jean Jacques added: “There are few line array cabinets that would work in this application but with NEXO, the bottom three and top three cabinets are mid-high boxes and, the three in the middle are
TECHNICAL INFORMATION SOUND 14 x NEXO M6 line array cabinet; 2 x NEXO ID24 loudspeaker; 2 x NEXO ID S110I subwoofer; 3 x NEXO NXAMP 4x1 amplified controller; 1 x Yamaha MTX5D processor www.balblomet.fr
M6B bass modules. When combined in this way they act like one box so that’s why it’s the perfect product for this project.” The two line arrays are hung either side of the stage, but as mentioned, unusually at the rear of the stage, not the front. Adjacent to the arrays are a single NEXO ID24I to cover the mezzanine balcony, which are supplemented by two NEXO ID S110 subwoofers. The cabinets really suit the aesthetics of the room, although on full display, they almost look like part of the architecture in the exposed brickwork environment. Three of NEXO’s NXAMP4x1 amplified controllers are in place at Bal Blomet, although Emmanuel advised that the aim of the venue is for the sound to be as natural as possible, so they try to limit amplification where possible. A Yamaha MTX5D processor is also installed for occasions when it’s needed. After meeting Guillaume, it is impossible not to see that the resurrection of Bal Blomet has given him a true sense of accomplishment. Although it might not have been the lifelong dream he envisaged for himself, putting six years of your life into a project and now seeing it run as a successful business, is an amazing achievement. His attention to detail, his commitment to diversity and his sheer determination have paid off to spectacular effect at Bal Blomet.
• Above The M6 arrays are hung unusually at the back of the stage.
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BAHAY CLUB BEIRUT, LEBANON EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
BAHAY Club is situated in Dora, a suburb north-east of Beirut in the Matn District of Mount Lebanon Governorate. The nightclub and lounge features the hottest entertainment, cutting-edge technology and the most luxurious spaces - the owners describing the club as the ‘ultimate party destination’. Local distributor, Sound Pressure Level (SPL), installed the audio for the venue and worked alongside the owners to create a successful nightclubbing installation.
Maya Bayoun of SPL explained the brief: “We were trying to decide between a line array or a full sound system. We negotiated with the partners, however, the owner, Najib Constantin, convinced us of his preference to have a full PA sound system. His reason for this was because he was impressed by the expertise of our Sound Designer, Elie Louaizi, and the sound designs he had completed in venues. We acknowledged his wishes and went ahead with a full sound system.” www.mondodr.com
Najib was familiar with SPL’s work with other entertainment venues, this is what influenced his decision to work alongside SPL. Together the decision was made to use Outline for the audio solution. The PA includes two Outline DVS15 loudspeakers and seven Outline EIDO SX123W loudspeakers, which are supplemented by Outline EIDOS 218S and Outline EIDOS 215S subwoofers. For stage monitoring two Outline iSM212 wedges are in place. The processing is taken care of by two Outline iP24 units and amplification is via Outline’s T-Elevens and T-Fives. “The sound system is evenly distributed to provide coverage for every area that is occupied by clients in the venue,” Maya explained. “The SPL, the angular widespread dispersion pattern, the design and the output calculation were all taken into consideration to provide the best headphone like effect for everyone in the venue. This was carried out without compromising on budget or the
Above BAHAY Club has been kitted out with an audio solution from Outline.
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architectural design and aesthetics.” Outline’s reputation to achieve the best audio outcome, performance, endurance and sound quality is what sealed the deal for them to provide the audio. “Outline products, responds to DJ music with 100% efficiency and satisfaction in the hi-mid low frequencies without muffling or any unnecessary filtration, especially the performance of the bass, that are the ultimate transforming experience. They can read every single low frequency with incredible imaging,” Maya commented. “As for live music, the sound engineer is very relaxed when mixing, because of the responsive speaker with high intelligibility, so what you put on your mixer is what you get.” Outline amplification and processing was also specified for the job, the high compatibility of the amplifier and processor with the main sound system is exactly what the venue was seeking. Despite the confidence that both the owners and SPL had in Outline, it didn’t mean the project didn’t come without challenges. Maya concluded: “It was a case of back and forth testing and adjusting in order to achieve the end result. Since the place was remodelled from ground zero, the architect wanted it to be perfect. The partners were also concerned about the flow and circulation, which led us to worry about where to place the subwoofers. As a result, we were obliged to place the subwoofers according to table distribution.”
“The SPL, the angular widespread dispersion pattern, the design and the output calculation were all taken into consideration to provide the best headphone like effect for everyone in the venue. This was carried out without compromising on budget or the architectural design and aesthetics.”
TECHNICAL INFORMATION SOUND 2 x Outline DVS15 loudspeaker; 7 x Outline EIDOSX123W loudspeaker; 5 x Outline EIDOS 218S subwoofer; 2 x Outline EIDOS 215S subwoofer; 2 x Outline iSM212 wedge; 2 x Outline iP24 unit; 2 x Outline T-Eleven amplifier and 6 x Outline T-Five amplifier www.bahay.club
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THE ALDWYCH THEATRE LONDON, UK EUROPE
Very much part of the fabric of London’s West End theatre scene for well over a century, The Aldwych Theatre is presently undergoing a major refurbishment programme. www.mondodr.com
The multi-million pound investment made by owners Nederlander Theatres will bring every aspect of the Grade II listed building up to the very latest specifications and return it to the original Edwardian grandeur of its opening in 1905. The refurbishment includes essential upgrades to the technical infrastructure, now such a vital part of staging contemporary productions. Project-managed by Richard Kiernan (Property Director of Nederlander Theatres (Aldwych) Ltd) and led by Technical Consultant / System Designer, David Stone of DJS Technical, on reopening the theatre will boast the very latest in comms technology - a sophisticated Clear-Com HelixNet / LQ system supplied by Autograph Sales & Installations. David takes up the story: “Last year, I was approached by Richard to be technical consultant for the Aldwych Theatre refurbishment. A large part of the project was the design and installation of a totally new technical infrastructure for the theatre which included new dimming, lighting bars, LED houselights and an extensive system of facility panels distributed around the theatre servicing sound, lighting and video with the entire system being centrally patchable. The main brief for the project was to make the theatre as technically flexible as possible to be able to accommodate any size of show with a range of technical requirements. “The purchase of an installed comms system ties in perfectly with this idea of flexibility and offering a smooth service to
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incoming productions. Comms is something that is often overlooked and can become a burden on technical teams, especially in production periods where requirements are constantly changing. I’ve been a fan of HelixNet from my first install of the system a couple of years ago at the Dominion Theatre during their refurbishment, so knew that it could achieve the flexibility required. Shortly after the install I started Beta testing the V3 software with Clear-Com. I got in touch with Ben from Autograph at PLASA last year and we began to put together a system spec. “HelixNet is the definition of flexibility when it comes to comms systems. There’s no huge looms of cable and with the network of facility panels, comms packs and base stations can literally be deployed anywhere around the theatre in minutes,” David explained. “The ‘Roles’ feature in HelixNet really helps us out with this - it doesn’t matter where you’re going, just grab a pack and select what you need to hear when you get there and twentyfour channels of comms down a single cable is perfect for busy production periods.” The total inventory of HelixNet at the Aldwych includes a single Master Station, 10 HXII-BP-X4 Beltpacks, five CC110 and five CC300 headsets, three Speaker Stations and one remote station. However, the need to accommodate visiting productions prompted the additional specification of Clear-Com’s LQ (a single rack space device providing eight more inputs - four 4-wire and four PartyLine, distributing audio over IP. “Obviously having an installed system is great, but there is a need for visiting companies to add their own systems into the network - either for expansion or maybe the DSM (Deputy Stage Manager) just really likes the old MS-704 panel front. This is where the decision to use LQ came in,” David continued. “With the V4 software, LQ integrates seamlessly with HelixNet to provide all the expansion and interfaces needed to facilitate the largest production comms systems. Any XLR3 or RJ45 socket in the building can be routed to an LQ interface, so analogue and four-wire systems can be added into HelixNet extremely simply with a few configuration changes from the web interface. With four 2W (two-wire) and four 4W (four-wire) ports, the system can take standard analogue PL systems, wireless systems and radio basestations without any additional hardware and everything is talking in minutes.” The Theatre reopened in late November 2017 with a production of The Olivier Award-winning La Soirée, the Aldwych is currently host to the West End debut of Tina: The Musical which opened in March 2018.
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THE BARBICAN LONDON, UK EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
Christie Direct View LED has been installed above The Barbican’s Silk Street entrance, welcoming thousands of visitors to the centre each day and providing a clear and bright identity to the venue’s main entrance that can be seen from afar.
The Barbican in London, UK is host to many classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. The Christie Direct View LED, as with all other display and projection at The Barbican, is played out and managed by the Christie Pandoras Box media players. The interactive multimedia installation is located in the foyers and it consists of an interactive projection of 14 videos around friendship, with 14 original audio tracks, triggered by foot sensors. These enable the audience to activate multiple variations at once, which interlock to form one larger composition. The installation was designed by artist Jonathan Munro in collaboration with composer, Anna Meredith, and musician and producer, Jack Ross, plus over 150 community participants from London, and was also created to help welcome conductor Sir Simon Rattle back to London. The story started when worldrenowned conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, announced his return to London after 15 years to become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). It was international arts news; London
started to prepare. “Two years ago, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of The Barbican, asked me to come up with an idea involving Sir Simon Rattle becoming artist-in-association for The Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Sir Simon chose Elgar’s Variations for his first performance with the LSO so we linked part of our celebration to that,” explained Anna Wilson, Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning Producer. She picked Jonathan Munro as lead artist and described him as: “A rare thing Jonathan is multi-media artist, builds installations, can design, sculpt, loves working with sounds and visuals, a very good project manager and a computer expert who teaches children how to code and could put together the entire technical and artistic creation.” The AV was the responsibility of Tim Bifield, Technical Manager, and one of the first considerations was that the installation was in an enclosure, viewed from as little as a metre away. The solution was two Christie GS projectors, which were bright enough at 7.5K lumens, even given the ambient light. And with
laser phosphor, like many of the Christie projectors at The Barbican, they can run for longer periods without the cost of purchasing lamps. “The image quality of the GS is great, even viewed standing so close. They were pretty much silent which was also perfect for the space, particularly as they are mounted on a very low ceiling,” commented Tim. Jonathan programmed the interactivity and all videos using MAX software to be triggered by corresponding foot sensors on the floor. Again, Pandoras Box features made Tim’s life easier. “Instead of putting content though Pandoras Box we can plug a Mac or video or camera into the Pandoras Box as live input. Pandoras Box shows it exactly as on the screen of the Mac. Perfect. The good thing is there is no delay in the picture which is delivered in real time, so any audio would be perfectly in sync.” The image was then soft-blended to match the colour and brightness at the join exactly. “Although the edge blend initially took some time to get precise, after one or two installations, it became a really
quick process, but still with a high level of detail. So on Interlock it showed how much I’d improved and how quick the edge blending can be on Pandoras Box! It’s very easy to use,” said Tim. If you speak to anyone from the Pandoras Box community, they tend to rave - unbidden - about Widget Designer. Tim is another fan. “Widget Designer gives me control of the projectors and content. I can make schedules and events to turn the projections on automatically to times I set. So, at 8am each morning the projectors turn themselves on and at 11pm at night turn themselves off so I don’t have to staff this part of the process.” “If we have a commercial event running which needs to be turned off, with content changed and switched off at 4pm. and on at 6pm, I can programme it in seconds,” Tim explained. Tim also praises the latest version, V6, which includes a Google-like search - making it easy to become self-sufficient without detailed coding knowledge. “Say you want to play content from 10am, I would just write in the word ‘play’ and
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• Above The installation can be triggered by foot sensors on the floor.
it comes up with suggestions. If I still have a question, the guys in Germany answer in 24 hours at most, so it is quite simple to do everything.” All the effects you would usually have to edit before the content is complete, can be left quite raw and then added, which gives you more opportunity to update on the fly not go back to editing stage. “The Widget Designer constantly amazes me with what it can do. It can control anything you can think of in some way which is incredible,” added Tim. Tim had recently been on the Pandoras Box training in Cologne and said: “One of the most impressive things was how much the staff clearly love the company. I’ve never been anywhere like it. Part of the reason the experience was so lovely was because everyone believed in the system so much they wanted others to enjoy it. It feels like a community.” The challenge with this install was blending; to maintain a good image quality, undistorted, given the width of the image at such short distance - and angled from the ceiling - needed two projectors. “I had to make it appear seamlessly so the quality of the blend had to be the best it possibly can,” said Tim. They decided to blend using Pandora’s Box as content could be changed so easily. If, for example, someone wanted to put up a logo for the day, it could be dropped into an already built blend. Lines from both projectors had to be matched to within millimetres as viewing was from just a metre away. “I haven’t seen anything else that can get it that exact. Jonathan and I matched up the lines in Pandora’s Box
with the Warper Tool, which gives you higher levels of detail, and is often used for curved or 3D surfaces. As the wall is not flat and straight, having that ability meant we could adjust the image to match the curvature of the wall perfectly.” “The Barbican is an absolutely iconic venue and also a listed building,” said James Belso, Senior Sales Manager, Christie. “However, the team wanted to give the Silk Street entrance much more identity to guide visitors and grab people’s attention. Direct LED technology was pretty much the only practical solution to cope with the high ambient daylight and long runtimes. The install provided some challenges, for example as a listed building, no major changes could be made to the building without the necessary planning permission, which The Barbican were granted by the City of London.” The seamless strip of 28 tiles - in a 14x2 letter-box strip - needed to be seen from the outside, yet be fixed inside behind several glass panels above the glass doors to the long entrance. Measuring nearly seven metres across the signage can be seen from a distance as you turn into
Silk Street. This unique shaped signage will have tailored images and messages created in-house by The Barbican’s marketing department. “The team will create native resolution content which is pixel perfect for the specific configuration,” noted James. “It will be completely tailored and designed to look and fit into the fabric of this listed building.” It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to display a range of solutions right in the heart of the city, and in such a public and iconic space,” concluded James. Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of The Barbican said: “We’re thrilled with the new addition to our Silk Street entrance. Christie’s screens create a bright, dynamic welcome for our audiences and we look forward to creating imagina-tive, vibrant content to greet and inform our visitors.” The LED signage follows the installation of several Christie projectors inside the building including laser phosphor projectors to support The Barbican’s new programme to display art in its public spaces.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION VISUAL 2 x Christie GS projector; Christie Pandoras Box media players; 28 x Christie Direct View LED tile www.barbican.org.uk
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Project ‘Luz em Pauta’ devised by Star Lighting Division is providing new experiences to theatre and dance groups.
Star Lighting Division, through a project called ‘Luz em Pauta’, aims to provide new experiences to theatre and dance groups. The company believes that through its products and know-how, it can develop an organic and creative integration with sectors related to culture and arts. At first, the lecture given by Lighting Designer, Rosani Gomes addresses several themes related to professional lighting. Among them are the
products that are normally used on stage, how they are used, how to explore their effects in different scenarios. After this theoretical explanation about lighting techniques, we come to the real goal. The opportunity to practice in situ with the products and effects covered in the case studies. At this point, participants have a chance to manipulate lighting controllers and to play with effects. Most of the time, all
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of them have already staged or danced on these light effects, but have never experienced the experience of handling or creation.â€¨ Star Lighting Division ends the experience on a second day with what it calls the Lighting Workshop, where the participants use lighting as a supporting act in staging and dance performances. In addition to experiencing the different functions of the products for each desired
production, the artists were able to emphasize feelings using different light effects, taking this experience to new projects through life. The company periodically opens its space for social projects with students and events of integration with professionals of the area, dedicated to the exchange of ideas and new experiences. www.star.ind.br
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FAITH PROMISE CHURCH TENNESSEE, USA AMERICAS
After seeing the church significantly increase in capacity, E2i Design were enlisted to help in giving the lighting system a complete upgrade, with a range of impressive technology used. www.mondodr.com
Over the past decade, Faith Promise Church, in Knoxville, Tennessee, has grown considerably - in fact, the church had to quadruple its capacity from 500 to 2,000 just so it could accommodate the increasing number of attendees each week. The increase led to issues with the lighting system, which was in need of a serious upgrade if it were to tackle the change in space. To make the improvements needed at Faith Promise Church, E2i Design was called on to provide a major lighting upgrade. E2i Design, which has vast experience in house of worship projects, was tasked with reducing the number of fixtures in the air, as well as moving to an entire LED lighting package for all of key lighting at Faith Promise. Josh Holowicki, Founder of E2i Design, takes up the story: â€œThe lighting design for this space was unique because of the way the worship centre is used. â€œNot only is it utilised for live performance but also is used to capture worship services to broadcast via web, as well as to other
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• Above Faith Promise is used for live performance as well as to capture worship services that are then broadcast online.
church campus locations. Because of this unique use, it required us to think outside the box in terms of addressing this challenge.” In order to achieve what Faith Promise had requested, E2i Design selected GLP X4 Tunable White moving heads, which was the perfect design for the project. The capabilities of the fixture allowed the church to use the same fixtures for the live worship experience, as well as for when the pastor is teaching. Before the new system, the church had 40 fixtures providing the key lighting for its broadcast stage, all of which required lamp changes and refocusing regularly. With the X4 fixtures, E2i Design managed to reduce the number to 16, all while eliminating lamp changes and manual refocusing. The X4 has significantly reduced the budget, fixture count and maintenance, while the moving head features have opened up many possibilities. The GLP fixture also has a perfect blend of warm
“The lighting design for this space was unique because of the way the worship centre is used.”
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION LIGHTING & VISUAL 16 x GLP Impression X4S Tuneable White moving head; 16 x Chroma-Q Studio Force V12 fixture; 16 x Chroma-Q Color Force 12 RGBA fixture; 5 x Martin by Harman MAC Quantum Profile fixture; 6 x Martin by Harman MAC Aura moving head; 1 x Avolites Sapphire Touch lighting console www.faithpromise.org
“I have worked with all of the major lighting console brands, and Avolites is very designer-friendly.”
and cold LED diodes, allowing the user to perfectly blend the exact colour needed, since most projects utilising video today no longer want ultra-warm colour temperatures, but rather something cooler - typically within a 4,500º colour temp. Josh explained the other fixtures used at Faith Promise further: “When it came to the foot lighting, I chose the Chroma-Q Studio Force 12 VW, with the Chroma-Q Color Force 12 RGBA used for the scenic lighting in the venue. “Finally, for the stage lighting, we are using the Martin by Harman MAC Quantum Profile.” As well as the lighting fixtures, there was also an upgrade of the church’s previous
Avolites Pearl to the flagship Sapphire Touch lighting control console. “After years of faithful service, the Pearl was running classic software and showing signs of age,” explained André Huff, Principal and Founder of Limelite Design Service, which supplied the desk. “We could have addressed those issues, but everyone felt it was more cost effective to upgrade to the Sapphire Touch. “I have worked with all of the major lighting console brands, and Avolites is very designer-friendly and easy to train even lighting volunteers on how to operate. One huge advantage of using the Sapphire Touch is the Titan software which is used across the entire Avolites
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• Above E2i Design has plenty of experience in HoW installations.
console range - as well as the expansive surface on which the user gets to work. “Avolites has always been known for its ability to let you easily run a show on the fly or ‘busking,’ as Avolites calls it,” said André. Every Faith Promise event in the main sanctuary now uses the new console, which controls the lighting of church services, youth events, concerts and video shoots. The new lighting setup at Faith Promise has been a huge success - modernising
the technology has opened up new possibilities for the church and its attendees. “While the actual installation of the product went very well with no issues present, our real challenge was again in coming up with the best possible lighting solution that could solve the use challenges we were faced with,” added Josh. “By having access to automated lighting, we were able to solve all the problems the design presented and provide the client
with the best possible solution.” Dillian Howell, Executive Producer at Faith Promise, is very impressed with the new lighting system at the church: “We love Josh and the E2i team. They took us into a new day with the GLP moving head fixtures for our key lighting. “We love being able to adjust our focus and zoom ‘on the fly’ and we couldn’t imagine doing what we do with anything else.”
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PHILLIP AND PATRICIA FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE MIAMI, USA AMERICAS
The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a leading science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future. The museum is divided into four buildings, the Frost Planetarium, Aquarium, and North and West Wings, guests can explore the world of science, technology, engineering and math in an experiential setting with interactive exhibitions and unique shows. The museum opened its doors to the public recently, at its new home in Downtown Miamiâ€™s Museum Park. Designed by Grimshaw Architects, the 250,000 sq ft facility had Sky-Skan, install a complete audio solution by HARMAN Professional Solutions. As a leading designer and installer of full dome planetariums and visualisation theatres, Sky-Skan created a design that
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features an 8K 3D projection system with specialised Christie Digital projectors that deliver 30,000 lumens of brightness, making it one of the brightest projection systems on the planet. To complement such a remarkable video system, Sky-Skan needed to design a high-fidelity audio solution capable of delivering crisp, powerful and naturalsounding audio. After careful consideration, Sky-Skan designed and installed an integrated The HARMAN audio solution includes 12 JBL CSX F35/90 loudspeakers, 4 JBL 5628 subwoofers, Crown DriveCore install and I-Tech HD Series amplifiers, and BSS Soundweb London BLU-806, BLU-100, BLU-USB and BLU-120 signal processors. The system is controlled by Martin M-Play, M-Touch and M2PC control surfaces with Martin M-PC controller software. Sky-Skan also created
a custom software interface that enables the Martin control surfaces to control audio from the BSS processors and the house Lutron lighting system. AKG WMS470 wireless microphone systems and presenter sets are used by special event hosts and projector operators. While every component of the system is important, the JBL CSX F35 loudspeakers play a critical role in the planetarium. Before Sky-Skan signed on to the project, the museum’s technical team had initially spec’d another speaker brand for the design, but the cost was extremely prohibitive for the rest of the project. George Barnett, Project Director at Sky-Skan began looking for a speaker that could deliver the highest quality audio, while remaining within budget. George travelled to JBL Professional’s headquarters in California to test the CSX F35 loudspeakers in person. At that www.mondodr.com
point, he knew he had found the perfect speaker for the Frost Planetarium. “At the time, there wasn’t much information available on the CSX F35 loudspeakers,” said George. “Once I stopped by JBL to hear the speakers, I fell in love immediately. There’s a significant improvement with the D2 dual driver technology. They’re smooth as silk all the way through the frequencies, including 4K and the high end. We didn’t have to compensate or use additional processingthe EQ curves were nearly flat. They’re pretty amazing.” “We were confident that the HARMAN solution would cover the museum’s needs and exceed their expectations, without breaking the bank,” continued George. “The HARMAN teams have been so good to work with, and the integration between products is really smooth. Because of the communication between
• Above The planitarium in all its glory.
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• Above HARMAN Professional Solutions offer an onestop shop for AV installs.
HARMAN brands like BSS and Martin, we were able to solve any issues quickly and efficiently. It makes life a lot easier when you have a one-stop shop that can pretty much cover all the bases— especially when you’re trying to integrate a system together with so many different components.” “We’re trying to create an illusion in the theatre - whether it’s taking you out to the edge of a galaxy or exploring the inside of a cell,” concluded George. “A lot of times, the audio is overlooked in planetarium design- but it’s an important storytelling tool. For example, there’s obviously not any sound in space, but sound designers can use audio to create a feeling of moving through space. The HARMAN audio solution is able to reproduce those sounds as naturally as possible, which makes the audience feel like they’re on a real journey.”
“A lot of times, the audio is overlooked in planetarium design - but it’s an important storytelling tool.”
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12 x JBL CSX F35/90 loudspeaker; 4 x JBL 5628 subwoofer; 1 x I-Tech HD Series amplifier; 1 x BSS Soundweb BLU-806 signal processor; 1 x BSS Soundweb BLU-100 signal processor; 1 x BSS Soundweb BLU-USB signal processor; 1 x BSS Soundweb BLU-120 signal processor; 1 x Martin M-Play control surface; 1 x Martin M-Touch control surface; 1 x Martin M2PC control surface; 1 x Martin M-PC controller software www.frostscience.org
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LEDSCONTROL has been working its magic again, this time at Capital by Zouk Singapore.
From the team behind Zouk Singapore, Capital caters for working professionals and guests with a preference for finer experiences. It is designed with a multi-faceted layout to offer the flexibility of creating a different tempo of experiences through periods of the night. The elegant room includes four distinct zones, as well as a dancefloor. The goal was then to be able to create different and finely varied experiences for up to 540 guests throughout the night. Lighting and Visual Designer, LEDSCONTROL wanted to integrate a lighting solution into the lounge-like atmosphere that was discreet when required, but at the same time could be very dynamic when needed.
LEDSCONTROL opted for a matrix made out of Martin by Harman LED pixels - VC-Dot as well as VC-Strip - with a geometric 3D diffuser, which looks like an ‘inverted mountain’, followed by indirect light to the ceiling with the same 3D geometric shape but without the ‘skin’ acting as diffuser. In order to create other atmospheres as well, LEDSCONTROL added an arrangement of Martin by Harman MH8 moving lights. “These fixtures are small but powerful enough for the kind of vibe that we wanted to achieve in this VIP Room from Zouk Singapore,” explained Managing Director and Lead Designer, Rebeca Sánchez Pastor.
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Additionally, there is an LED screen behind the oval DJ booth with curated content to complete the necessary media elements of this modern and luxurious space. Creative, volumetric objects can be difficult to illuminate well, because of the different shadows that can appear. But in this case, the position of the pixels was strategically and deliberately placed by LEDSCONTROL in order to avoid any unwanted shades. This results not only in well-lit areas throughout the venue but also creates extremely interesting lighting elements. The light evolves, as do the people over the course of the night.
LEDSCONTROL liked the idea to â€˜peelâ€™ this inverted mountain and show the same structural element in different ways by diffusing and reflecting the light. The lighting control system includes two MADRIX LUNA 16 ,as well as one MADRIX KEY professional. The MADRIX software helped LEDSCONTROL to create different moods and content getting the most out of the fixtures, installation, and entire system.
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A first from the famous nightlife operator, Hakkasan Group, is OMNIA Dayclub Bali. Renowned for the flagship venue in Las Vegas, this is the first time the OMNIA brand has introduced a day club, and what a location to choose. Perfectly placed on the stunning limestone cliffs of Uluwatu, OMNIA Bali is a showstopper in every way. The dayclub and its restaurant, Sake no Hana, have been meticulously planned to maximise the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean that can be enjoyed from the 80-metre plateau.
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The venue offers glittering infinity pools, bungalows with private plunge pools and VIP cabanas tucked behind the DJ booth offer next-level luxury, a swim-up bar and pool beds for guests can enjoy the pool party scene to the max. The design is a result of two internationally renowned design powerhouses: WOHA, a Singapore-based practice renowned for its deft integration of environmental and social principles, and Rockwell Group, a multi awardwinning interdisciplinary firm based in New York, which has created extraordinary architectural
experiences the world over. For the audiovisual set-up, Hakkasan Group turned to an equally impressive Audiotek, an expert in its field, and the pair has a longstanding relationship through the OMNIA brand. Audiotek’s Christopher Kmiec takes up the story: “Audiotek has been working with the OMNIA brand, and the wider Hakkasan company since 2012, as well as having worked with members of the team for nearly 25 years. This level of trust, and cooperation has led us working all over the world for Hakkasan, and this leads to keeping www.mondodr.com
performance of all systems similar in all of their venues.” Alongside Chris, Audiotek’s Andy Laurie, Len Bolger and Rob Sherry all played an instrumental part in the project. There were two briefs for the audio system at OMNIA Dayclub Bali. The venue is next to the five-star Alilia Uluwatu resort, with common ownership, and the number one priority during day-to-day operations is to keep the excellent club quality sound known to the OMNIA brand, while not disturbing the hotel guests sleeping just along the coast in the luxury resort. The second brief
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“The wow factor for the club is provided by two Christie Boxer projectors, video mapping onto the side of the hotel during sunset. Sunset by the sea is a big thing in Bali, with customers moving around the island searching for the best chill-out zone to sit with a cocktail, or bottle of the ubiquitous Bintang beer. This spectacular projection ‘experience’ with the sunset will turn into a massive draw for the island!”
was a rider friendly system, for those big festivals, headline DJs or wedding events where the whole resort and hotel will get taken over by the OMNIA club. Chris continued: “This led to installing two systems - an L-Acoustics line array system that can be hung for the larger events, concentrating more energy onto what becomes the dancefloor, and a distributed day-club and pool party system courtesy of Renkus-Heinz for day-to-day operation. “The design process started with discussions with the client, and James Algate at Hakkasan and their local
partner, Andrew Tjahyadikarta are always instrumental in driving forward the audio quality of their clubs. We knew what we wanted to achieve, and that’s the excellent audio quality OMNIA is known for at their other locations in Las Vegas, San Diego, and Los Cabos.” The audio configuration is primarily built around a Renkus-Heinz IC-LIVE system with 16 units spread around the site with 10 IC-118S subwoofers combined with the six L-Acoustics SB28 units at the DJ booth. This is coupled with 16 RenkusHeinz PN82 and 10 Renkus-Heinz
TECHNICAL INFORMATION LIGHTING & VISUAL Absen AD06 LED wall; 1 x Avolites Ai RX8 media server; 2 x Christie Boxer projector SOUND 16 x Renkus Heinz ICL-FR-N loudspeaker; 10 x Renkus Heinz IC-118s loudspeaker; 16 x Renkus Heinz PN-82R loudspeaker; 10 x Renkus Heinz PN-112R loudspeaker; 12 x L-Acoustics KARA loudspeaker; 6 x L-Acoustics SB28 subwoofer; L-Acoustics LA8 amplifiers; QSC Q-SYS Core 500i DSP; QSC Q-SYS TSC-7; QSC Q-SYS TSC I/O Frames; Lab.gruppen IPD2400 amplifiers; Tannoy CMS ceiling loudspeakers omniaclubs.com
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“Avolites Ai was the obvious choice for control, with this being so powerful as well as being controlled by both Art-Net and UDP commands to trigger different video moments.”
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PN112S fill boxes installed around the various other bars, and private areas. Tannoy CMS803DC speakers were used throughout the restaurant, changing rooms and toilets. A system of 12 L-Acoustics KARA is also provided as a L-R DJ system. This system allows the club to operate with high levels and total control of the sound. L-Acoustics LA8 amplified controllers power the L-Acoustics boxes, while Lab.gruppen IPD2400 amplifiers take care of the Tannoy loudspeakers, and the Renkus-Heinz cabinets are all self
powered. “The whole system is processed using QSC Q-SYS. This has quickly become our go-to DSP due its reliability and flexibility,” said Chris. “The Q-SYS handles all inputs and controls with a number of touchscreens around site, as well as generating command codes so that the visual elements of the project can easily be controlled from the touchscreen in the DJ booth while no VJ is on site.” The visual set-up is built around Absen AD06 LED walls on top of the DJ booth, and the adjacent cabanas. This can be seen from nearly every seat in the venue, and
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commands to trigger different video moments,” he added. “The wow factor for the club is provided by two Christie Boxer projectors - housed in Tempest enclosures to protect them from the humidity video mapping onto the side of the hotel during sunset. Sunset by the sea is a big thing in Bali, with customers moving around the island searching for the best chill-out zone to sit with a cocktail, or bottle of the ubiquitous Bintang beer. This
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Ai RX8 video server, which is equipped with programmable, EDID managed, WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) outputs. Each is digitally amplified to give a preview and production output over DVI. The front seven-inch colour touch screen also shows the Ai 3D visualiser, that gives the VJ networked control of the whole show from one integrated and intuitive interface. “Avolites Ai was the obvious choice for control, with this being so powerful as well as being controlled by both Art-Net and UDP
the screen wraps right around the DJ booth to be seen from the VIP section behind the DJ. “Absen walls were specified for their superb outdoor performance and known reliability and support. Weatherisation, IP and high ambient lighting levels means we needed a high output system for the projection. We have always had a good relationship - which is a long-standing one - with Absen worldwide,” Chris explained. The whole system is controlled by an Avolites
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• Above The first dayclub venture by the OMNIA brand has been spec’d to the highest standard in line with the operator’s portfolio.
spectacular projection ‘experience’ with the sunset will turn into a massive draw for the island!” With any project that is a first of its kind it doesn’t come without its challenges - the main one being the location - but the Audiotek team is used to the travel, and so it wasn’t too much of a problem. The other issue is the constant high humidity of the island, all equipment had to be weather proofed to the highest spec, or placed into weatherised housings. The final word goes to Frank Murray of Audiotek: “The recent trend towards day clubs in high end tourist resort locations has presented us with some interesting challenges in climate location and logistical terms. Audiotek with the support of our team of manufacturing partners have achieved an amazing result in the realisation of clients’ vision. Bali has always been an island paradise, with contrasting ancient and modern attractions and now, with OMNIA, Hakkasan have succeeded in offering a new level of luxury hospitality to the resort scene.” Though the weather might cause issues with the equipment, likely it’ll be well received by guests, so OMNIA Dayclub Bali is sure to be packed day after day. So with carefully chosen locations, Hakkasan Group might just have earned themselves another flagship concept.
“This led to installing nearly two systems - an L-Acoustics line array system that can be hung for the larger events, concentrating more energy onto what becomes the dancefloor, and a distributed day-club and pool party system courtesy of RenkusHeinz for day-to-day operation.”
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BLOOM GEELONG, AUSTRALIA APAC
In a bid to make Bloom the first worldclass nightclub in Geelong, the owners enlisted the help of Full Throttle Entertainment, who specified an impressive Funktion-One audio system. www.mondodr.com
Based in Geelong, Victoria, Bloom nightclub opened in January 2018 promising a new nightclubbing experience for the area. Described as a space that is free of judgement and the usual shackles of every-day normality, the venue has a focus on underground electronic music, with the owners hoping to unite the community of music lovers in Geelong. The team behind new venue is an experienced one, with Aaron Cashion (Fake Chow, UNO, Ain’t No Siesta) Luke Jeantou and Adam Metwally, who have both previously run the likes of UNO and Sundae, all involved, as well as venue owners, John Kennedy (Frankie/ Ain’t No Siesta) and Ayman Muhor (The Lord Nelson, Customs House). Their aim is make Bloom Geelong’s first ever world-class nightclub.
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To achieve this - and with such a strong focus on the music - the team at Bloom understood that they had to make the right choice when it came to deciding on an audio system for the venue. From there, they enlisted the help of Full Throttle Entertainment, a boutique entertainment production house that serves the Australian market. Adam Ward, Managing Director at Full Throttle, takes up the story: “About a year and a half ago, Aaron Cashion, one of the principles behind the project, contacted me and presented his vision. He was familiar with our festival and install work - and was interested in having Full Throttle involved in the project from the beginning. “Aaron was clear that he wanted to put together one of the best sounding spaces in Australia and asked us to deliver the audio component of the build.”
Aaron was specific in regards to the requirements for the project when he came to discuss them with Full Throttle. The aim for the venue was to significantly raise the bar for the local area in terms of production value, with a specific focus on the quality of the audio system. “The audio system needed to deliver an international standard, custom built to support the venues dedication to the underground sound,” said Adam. “The system needed to impress the punters, as well as the international heavyweights visiting. It was a lofty goal, but the system also needed to be able to switch gears into a live entertainment space at a moment’s notice.” In the initial stages of the project, the architectural drawings were unavailable, making a visit to see the space essential for the Full Throttle team. The venue itself is one floor underground and occupies what was, in the www.mondodr.com
1990s, a McDonald’s restaurant. The visit revealed a myriad of small, hidden away spaces, as well as an impressive underground bunker that had potential to become a dancefloor. “I went away with a hand-drawn mud map and started laying the space out in AutoCAD. It wasn’t difficult to design the system as the space seemed to tell you what each area needed to be,” said Adam. “The client was on board with all of our suggestions and approved the budget straight away.” In the end, Adam and the team decided on a Funktion-One system for Bloom, as they wanted to make a real impression. The main dancefloor system consists of a traditional stereo L-R stack, located either side of a eight by three metre stage. Each L-R stack consists of one Funktion-One EVO 6 box flown
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“Funktion-One is ideal for this install in that, right from the get go, the boxes sounded amazing. Whether it be for live or for playback, the speakers sound great.”
over a ground-stacked Funktion-One double 21-inch bass reflex subwoofer. The bar area consists of four FunktionOne F101 loudspeakers supported by two MB 212 subs. The F101 loudspeakers are mounted in the four corners of the bar with a MB 212 in the centre at each end. The MB212 subwoofers are built into custom ceiling mounted soffits that allow the install to be well concealed within the décor. In fact, only the front of each subwoofer is exposed, with the majority of the box built into the ceiling. The VIP room consists of two F101 loudspeakers, while the side room consists of another two F101 boxes as
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the main space reinforcement, with four F81’s over the sunken lounge - all supported by a MB212 subwoofer. This room can operate as additional space for overflow, a chill-out area with streamed music, or a completely separate entertainment space with a DJ at the click of a button. “Funktion-One is ideal for this install in that, right from the get go, the boxes sound amazing. Whether it be for live or for playback, the speakers sound great,” explained Adam. “Along with the great sound, Funktion-One is a recognisable brand that is a marketable commodity to the end user. No other brand in
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• Above The FunktionOne system at Bloom.
my opinion draws the attention that Funktion-One does. “Putting aside the fact they sound great, the end punter can rely on a particular standard of quality knowing a FunktionOne system is installed. This attracts clientele and, whether the naysayers believe this is hype, the end result means more bodies through the door.” To power the Funktion-One system, Full Throttle chose MC² amplifiers, with the Ti-Series used throughout the venue. However, for the dancefloor, the team
wanted to do something really special, as Adam explained further: “When it came to the dancefloor, we set out to do something that I don’t think had been done before. Knowing the phenomenal detail that the Evolution boxes can deliver, we wanted to drive these boxes with an amp specifically designed for studio grade sound quality. “We chose the MC2 S-1400 Premium Studio amplifiers. To be honest, I was taken aback with the end result. Three separate S-1400’s take care of the www.mondodr.com
lows, mids, and highs on the EVO6 loudspeakers. Two MC2 Ti-3500 take care of the double 21-inch subwoofers. One amp per sub with each amp sitting comfortably at eight ohms per channel. This leaves tonnes of headroom for the low end and the control is unparalleled. The sub bass sounds effortless.” In terms of the processor for Bloom, the BSS BLU-160 clocked at 96K was used for the venue. “We have found that the BSS platform gives us the control and expandability that we need in a venue like
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this,” said Adam. “The ease of piping 96K audio around the venue via a network is great.” When it came to choosing a mixing console, Adam explained that the budget was a big consideration: “We needed to a lot of bang for the buck. I have been using the dLive a lot lately and have been really impressed with the overall package and price point. “When we were offered to demo the new Allen & Heath SQ 6, we jumped at the chance. We instantly ordered one for Bloom. The plan is to install the SQ6 at front of house and a DX168 as a stage box.” Overall, the project at Bloom has been a huge success for the owners and Full Throttle, though it wasn’t without obstacles, as Adam explained
to us: “We were really excited about this project when initially presented to us. We set about designed the audio system, costed it out, invoiced and received payment. Everything looked like it was humming along. “Then out of the blue, I received a call from Aaron who I could tell from his first word was gutted. The local police apparently had tried to halt the project and the venue’s liquor license had been withheld. So, the project was at a stand still while the group engaged lawyers and vehemently fought to get the liquor license granted. “My heart went out to all involved - blood, sweat, and tears had gone into the project and at the eleventh hour to have this happen! It took roughly 12 months and a lot of additional money
to get the license granted. Once it came through, however, we were back on track and we needed to get the venue open quickly. The operators took it all in their stride and have delivered a really fantastic result.” The final word on the Bloom nightclub project goes to Adam: “The beachside sleepy town was yearning for a venue like this. The space takes you by surprise in that you do not expect this level of production or quality in this location. “Bloom is not only already getting strong local support, but it really has the potential to be a destination space. The talent the operators are putting through there, coupled with the beach side town, hotels, motels, and the local restaurant scene make it he ideal weekend away.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION AUDIO 2 x Funktion-One EVO6 loudspeaker; 2 x Funktion-One BR221 loudspeaker; 2 x Funktion-One PSM18 monitor; 8 x Funktion-One F101 loudspeaker; 4 x Funktion-One F81 loudspeaker; 3 x Funktion-One MB212 subwoofer; 3 x MC² S-1400 amplifier; 2 x MC² Ti-3500 amplifier; 2 x MC² Ti-500 amplifier; 4 x MC² Ti-2000 amplifier; 2 x MC² Ti4-250 amplifier; 1 x BSS BLU-160 processor; 3 x BSS BLU-BOB2 output expander; 1 x BSS BLU-USB link interface; 1 x Apple Mini Mac server; 1 x Allen & Heath SQ6 mixer; 1 x Allen & Heath DX168 expander; 2 x Pioneer DJ DJM-900 NXS2 mixer; 8 x Pioneer DJ CDJ 2000 NXS2 multiplayer; 4 x Technics SL-1200MK5 deck www.bloomvenue.com.au
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Prolight + Sound will be showing a comprehensive overview of the technologies and services for entertainment, integrated systems and creation. What visitors expect at Prolight + Sound… - The event industry in the spotlight: At Prolight + Sound you’ll reach buyers, planners, technical directors,
sound engineers, lighting designers and many other professionals from all over the world. - International decision makers: More than half of our trade visitors are decision makers from the retail sector, manufacturing industry, small craft enterprises and service providers. Two-thirds of exhibitors and over half the trade visitors come
Adam Hall LD Systems MAUI P900 Stand No.: 3.1 - E60/F70 ld-systems.com/mauip900 → Powered column PA system for live events and install, available in Cocoon White, Platinum Grey or Graphite Black. → 1,400W RMS system power, 131dB maximum SPL and 50 premium transducers for monumental clarity. → SonicGuide technology with WaveAhead tweeter arrangement for a coherent wavefront and increased horizontal and vertical coverage → LD Systems DynX DSP technology for distortionfree sound even at the highest levels. → aptX for high-definition full bandwidth Bluetooth stereo streaming and TrueWireless Stereo technology for wireless stereo pairings.
from outside Germany, including 20 % from outside Europe. - Top-class conference and training program: Free lectures and presentations, e.g. with speakers from the media-technology field, system integration or security in the event sector. - Education area and Job exchange. pls.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html
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ADJ Design Series Video Panel System Stand No.: 5.0-C81 www.adj.com → Four different LED Video Panel shapes: square, rectangle, triangle and circle. → Be more creative in building custom video panel systems. → Full system of accessories: road cases, rigging bars, cables and connectors. → 4.8mm Pixel Pitch → Brightness: 1,200 NITS
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Stand No.: 4.0-B27 www.analogway.com → Modular design with extensive I/O capability. → Heavy-duty ruggedised chassis. → Up to 16 4K@60 10-bit outputs. → Beyond 8K playback performance. → Rock-solid Linux software engine, easy setup and flexible control solutions.
Stand No.: 5.0-A49 www.chromateq.com → Micro SD Card ready for CQSA (11/2017) → Multi Zone firmware for CQSA (11/2017) → New generation of SLIM (12/2017)
DTS Stand No.: 3.0 - C30 dts-lighting.it → Powerful output / Wide zoom range: 49,900 Lux (4.6° @ five-metres). 4.6° to 43° zoom with auto focus. 420W pure white LED source (7,000K 16,500 lumens output). → Dynamove FX Engine / Virtual Animation Wheel: Stunning 3D-like dynamic animation effects. Virtual Animation Wheel for outstanding dynamic backgrounds. Rotating six-gobo wheel. → DMX-selectable CRI: >90 OR >75: Two options: CRI >90 for life-like colours and natural skin tones in theatre and TV; CRI >75 for a terrific luminosity in large concerts. → Rotating four-blade framing system: Single blade 0–100% real ‘curtain’ effect, and 60° rotation (+/- 30°). Framing system rotation 90° (+/- 45°). → Advanced colour mixing: Virtual colour palette. Linear CMY, linear CTO, sixcolour wheel. www.mondodr.com
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Elation Professional IP65-rated Weatherproof Lighting Stand No.: 4.0 - F60/F61 www.elationlighting.eu → Proteus Hybrid / Proteus Beam: Award-winning IP65-rated, discharge-lamp moving heads built to excel under any conditions. → Paladin: IP65-rated hybrid LED luminaire that functions as a brilliantly bright blinder, powerful strobe and high-output wash light. → Fuze Par Z120 IP: IP65-rated single-source LED PAR light with RGBW COB LED, 7° to 55° motorised zoom and non-pixel face look. → SixBar 1000 IP: IP65-rated batten with high-power single-lens RGBWA+UV LEDs useful as a wash light, uplight, cyc wash or direct view pixel strip. → SixPar IP Series: IP65-rated series of PAR colour changers with high-power single lens RGBWA+UV LEDs
ETC Lighting Solutions Stand No.: 3.0 – E51/E47/F51 etcconnect.com → Lighting control consoles including Ion Xe - the compact workhorse of the Eos family – and Gio @5 – a desk for venues with tighter spaces and tighter budgets. → ColorSource family – high-quality LED lighting and control at an affordable price point, with brand new additions to be unveiled at the show. → Source Four LED Series 2 – with optimised arrays and finetuned electronics, these fixtures offer a combination of colour and output that cannot be matched. → Architectural systems and power controls – reliable, wellsupported and easy-to-maintain systems; and solutions for dimming, switching and constant power. → ETC Rigging – a range of hoists and controls to accommodate a variety of production space and budget needs.
FENIX Stage TF-2 & TF-4 Stage Platforms Stand No.: 3.0 - G23 www.fenixstage.com → Phenolic plywood, with non-slip engraving and sealed edges. Weatherproof and water-repellent. → Designed to withstand a greater weight, 1,000kg/sq metre uniformly distributed. → Telescopic legs with stabilisers, adjustable by millimeter, allowing the stage to raise up to two-metres. → The new SU-PF platform leg to leg union system and the SU-MT platform frame to frame union system provide the maximum safety, resistance and stability. Besides, both are manufactured in zamak, which provides high durability → New modular and adjustable stairs. They are easy to build and provide a big security.
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Fohhn Audio New Concert Sound System Combination Stand No.: 3.1 - F81 / Outdoors F01. 0 A15 www.fohhn.com → New Focus Venue active line array systems with Fohhn Beam Steering Technology: The beam characteristics of these combinable high frequency and low-mid range loudspeaker modules can be electronically controlled in real time – via software. Arrays are designed to be stacked and flown straight – no mechanical curving is necessary. → New Perform-Series subwoofers: The PS-800 (1 x 18″-inch) and PS-850 (2 x 18-inch″) will supplement Focus Venue in the low frequency range. Subwoofers can be combined to form horizontal, vertical or end-fired Focus Sub Arrays. Beam characteristics can also be controlled via software. → New DI-Series amplifiers: These high performance digital amplifiers will be available in 2- and fourchannel versions with up to 4,000W output per channel. → New ABX-5 converter: The module can act as an intelligent interface between Focus Venue and the Dante network. → Other new products include: Integrato-Series ceiling speaker systems; the AT-70 horn-loaded cardioid speaker system for fixed installations; Linea LC line source speakers for optimum efficiency in speech reproduction.
High-End Systems SolaFrame/Hog 4 Stand No.: 4.0 – D59 highend.com → SolaFrame 750 – perfect for smaller to medium-sized venues, with the widest array of effects currently available in a fixture of its size. → Hog 4 consoles – the flagship Hog 4, the Full Boar 4 and Road Hog 4 lighting control desks, driven by the recently released Hog 4 version 3.8.0 software. → SolaFrame Theatre – this fanless fixture brings a special high-CRI Bright White LED engine to television, film and theatre LDs worldwide. → Sola Series luminaires – something for every need, with punchy beams, saturated washes, and spectacular effects, all with superior colour and responsive design. → Hog Factor – a lighting show programming competition not to be missed – Wednesday 11 April at 17:00.
HOF XOOP LIGHTING, F-Line Stand No.: 3.0 - A44 www.xoop-lighting.com → Available from 50 up to 720W LED power. → 50W, 100W, 150W, 200W versions available; DALI dimmable. → 60° beam angle for equal illumination in different areas of application. → High efficient MeanWell power supply and Philips SMD LEDs. → Engineered and quality proofed in Germany. → Applications: theatre, exhibitions, architecture lighting, working light, and studios.
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HOF Excellent Line Alpha for NEXO Stand No.: 3.0 - A44 www.excellent-line.com/nexo → The Excellent Line offers the perfect balance between purist design and functional technology for first-class atmosphere. The new Excellent Line Alpha was specially developed for the high-end entertainment sector, making it the perfect complement to NEXO loudspeakers. → Alpha Line for NEXO can accommodate the complete NEXO loudspeaker range, from stadium to gala. → Alpha Line for NEXO STM/M Series changes the look of a ground stack. No subwoofers are needed to raise full-range cabinets to their working height. → Three different Baseplates accommodate the complete NEXO range of subwoofers and can be combined individually with different tops. With holes for permanent installation. → The similarity to Excellent Line D or S Line, enables a combination of various products.
LDR TANGO LT and Astro 250LED Followspots Stand No.: 3.0 - E67 www.ldr.it → TANGO is a completely newly designed range of followspots for long-throw applications producing an astonishingly pure, bright and even beam of light. Equipped with electronic ballast and a seven-colour removable colour magazine, TANGO is available in the 1,200W, 1,500W and 2000W models for MSR Fast Fit lamps. → ASTRO 250LED is the newly re-engineered range of the popular LDR LED followspots, now upgraded to a higher power to produce an extremely powerful beam of light, exceeding the performance of most 1200W lamp followspots available on the market. → Extremely smooth dimming, compact size and lightweight. → Full range of accessories available for each model of LDR followspots. → New, purpose-designed followspot tripod and fluid-head spigot.
LEDBLADE Much more than a LEDSTRIPE Stand No.: 4 - E20 www.ledblade.com → LEDBLADE is an innovative, superfast and professional LED stripe system, aimed at the rental market. → LEDBLADE is cost effective and adds a unique element to your video design toolkit. → LEDBLADE is hand-made and provides high quality with a user friendly design. → LEDBLADE is compatible with any media server via ArtNet or LEDBLADE’s proprietary software. → LEDBLADE is your best choice to create stunning visuals remembered by everyone.
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Linea Research 44m Series Stand No.: 3.1 - B99 linea-research.co.uk/44m-series → Four-channel Class-D Networked DSP amplifiers. → 4 x 1,500W, 4 x 2,500W, 4 x 5m000W per channel at two ohm → 96kHz digital signal processing with user FIR capability. → 6,000W to 20,000W RMS total output. → Analogue, AES3 and optional Dante digital network audio.
MADRIX MADRIX 5 Stand No.: 5.0-C48 www.madrix.com → MADRIX 5 Software redefines powerful LED pixel control once more. → 64-bit render engine to control larger setups, more layers, and more pixels. → Versatile CSV fixture list import to quickly set up complex patch layouts. → Audio playback of videos for advanced VJ performances. → Many more striking features for creative and easyto-use pixel mapping in 2D and 3D.
Ovation (Guangzhou Hotion Technology Co., Ltd) Honor Series Zoom Profile Stand No.: 3.0-H85A www.ovationlight.com → High power COB LED, 97 CRI, R9≥90, TLCI up to 98. Ce, RoHS, ETL certificated. → 5-10°, 9-18°, 18-38° ‘all-in-one’ zoom lens selectable HQ optical system, clean shutter cuts beam. → 16-bit dimming via DMX, video flicker free, superb colour rendering. → Intelligent temperature control, silent operation for studio and theatre use. → 200W, 300W, 400W LED engine, perfect replacement for 1K-2KW lamp-based profiles. www.mondodr.com
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Portman Lights Custom Lights Stand No.: 3.0 - G84 www.portmanlights.com/prolightsound → Most trendy fixtures in the world. → Unique design and best quality since 2012. → Electronics and dimmers on board. → Charming tungsten look. → Endless possibilities in creating different structures.
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RGBlink T-TWO Video Control Stand No.: 4.0-B50 www.rgblink.com → Remote Hands-On Video Controls over IP → Control one or more universal video processors → Live video previews on the dual touch screen displays → Create, save and recall presets → Enhanced live controls for even more control
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Timax TiMax 500S Stand No.: 3.1- H96 www.outboard.co.uk → The new TiMax 500S software for TiMax SoundHub, with enhanced programming and showcontrol workflows for rendering and control of live, presentation and experiential spatial reinforcement and immersive audio, including new-look variable day/night skins optimised for outdoor, rehearsal and show conditions. → TiMax will also have sneak previews of the powerful new bespoke TiMax FPGA dsp core, which is destined to break the mould with unparalleled new creative tools for spatial reinforcement, 3D audio and acoustic enhancement. → Based on detailed input from leading sound design associates, along with direct experience of TiMax developers themselves working on high-profile shows in the field, StageSpace allows auto-calculation of delay-matrix localisation objects derived from three-dimensional data imported directly from CAD files or entered directly. Integrated TimeLine and PanSpace resources allow quick and easy intensive programming and control of multilayered immersive soundscapes and showcontrol interactions.
TW AUDiO VERA20 Stand No.: 3.1 - E20 www.twaudio.com → Two 10-inch woofers and one 1.4-inch mid-high compression driver. → Compact cabinet with just 60cm width and 24kg weight. → Fast transient response for detailed and crisp performance. → Speedy, accurate rigging with the innovative EasyRig hardware → Perfectly matched with the VERA S32 cardioid subwoofer
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• Controllux’s impressive birthday cake
• The Chauvet team
• Ampco Flashlight stand
CUE ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS / 15-17 JANUARY Held every two years in the city of Rotterdam, CUE is an exhibition for events, installation and entertainment technology - a show that my colleagues have attended previously. Arts budgets are under pressure in The Netherlands, creativity has become more important than ever and this also applies to technical facilities. The Netherlands has built up an international reputation for its quality stagecraft. CUE is aimed at members of the industry to exchange knowledge and experience, enabling them to maintain the high level of their joint expertise, the creativity was really present in this year’s show. Situated at the Rotterdam Ahoy, an ideal venue for tradeshows of a more compact size, such as this one. It’s apparent the booths utilise the space efficiently and it was clear a lot of planning had gone into the organising.
ETC launched its new ColorSource CYC luminaire, while the recently launched Ion Xe lighting control console, and products from ETC’s successful rigging portfolio also made their Benelux debut at the event. Penn Elcom followed suit, introducing its new, high-performance cable protection product - Cross 3. A three-channel ‘crossover’ product manufactured from Thermoplastic Polyurethane, chosen for its strength, high resistance to abrasion, flexibility and recyclability. L-Acoustics welcomed visitors to learn more about the L-ISA, an immersive sound art platform, and visitors also had the opportunity to view the new Syva colinear source system and the upcoming P1 networked digital audio processor. In addition, some fantastic stands from the
usual suspects included, Chauvet, Meyer Sound, DTS Lighting, Clay Paky and many more. The most eye-catching stand, in my opinion, was from Controllux which celebrated its 50th birthday at the show. Controllux showcased its products in the shape of a massive, colourful birthday cake and dished out edible cake during the day - it’s safe to say the stand was extremely popular! CUE 2018 was a successful show, with both exhibitors and visitors expressing how pleased they were with how it went. Due to how popular the show was this year, I hope to see it grow to be even bigger and better in 2020. CUE will return to the same location on 13-15 January 2020. For more info, go to: www.cue.nl/en
• One of many demos taking place at the show
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• Dave Millard from Full Fat Audio with Todd Konecny, Dan McNaughton and Daniel Agne from Sound Investment
• Rob Hoffkamp and the team from Void Acoustics
• The Peavey and Crest Audio Room
•The Area Four stand
• Lars-Olof Janfold from Genelec
• Laura from mondo*dr posing with Rik and Margie Kirby from Linea Research
• The Adamson booth
ANAHEIM / 25-28 JANUARY
California in January is always a warm welcome. Sunshine and an exciting tradeshow full of great technology. The NAMM show 2018 showed huge improvements for the pro audio side. The new hall specifically dedicated to pro audio equipment was a big hit with both exhibitors and visitors alike. The amount of new exhibitors because of this was incredible and well needed at this show. Other new features of the show included the Parnelli Awards moving from LDI and also AES at NAMM which helped the show grow in education and training for industry professionals. It looks like NAMM is fast becoming one of our industries major events in the tradeshow calendar, watch this space…. First time exhibitors Adamson Systems Engineering introduced themselves with a bang, leading a training session as part of the inaugural
• The Riedel stand
AES@NAMM educational program. In addition, Adamson’s displayed its heralded S-Series of compact tour-grade loudspeakers, including the S10 two-way, full-range line array cabinet and complementary S119 subwoofer. ADJ showcased eight new products for the first time at NAMM this year, the products included: a powerful new moving head wash, potent blinder, ‘dim-to-warm’ pinspot, illuminated lighting stand, two new all white housing fixtures, new POW-R BAR and a new addition to the American Audio range of wireless mics. Allen & Heath also took to NAMM to showcase its new product, with its 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine, the new SQ Series digital mixers bring the high-resolution audio performance of the company’s highly acclaimed dLive digital mixing system to a compact, cost-effective, multi-
• Jamie from mondo*dr at the Audiocentre photo booth
application platform that’s both easy-to-use and highly customisable. Allen & Health also curated a range of digital mixing classes at the concurrent “AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium. As part of an ongoing support program for the ShowMatch DeltaQ line array system, Bose Professional participated in the inaugural AES@ NAMM Pro Sound Symposium. Bose product specialists held two three-hour training sessions over the course of the four days. Session topics will included an overview of DeltaQ technology and benefits, the design options of ShowMatch arrays using EASE Focus 3 software, ShowMatch presets and power configurations using the PowerSoft X4 platform and Armonia. Celestion debuted its new value priced range of weather-resistant, compact, low-profile drivers, the AF range, designed for use in compact line
• Phil Vanpevorgh from TW Audio
• Franco Natali from Sagitter
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• Brian Dowdle and Alfred Gonzalez from ADJ
• Beyerdynamic’s gingerbread cookie
• The Avante stand
• The exterior of the show
• The Amphenol stand
• Anthony Errigo from Ashly Audio
• The QSC booth
• Ben Sinclair from Lynx Pro Audio with SBS from Avolites
• The Global Truss stand
• Laura from mondo*dr with Barney Jameson from The Inside Story
• Lauren Dyson from TPi magazine with Andy Tompkins from the NAMM show
• The Clear-Com team
• Tom Harrold from d&b audiotechnik having a beer with the Mondiale team
• Ann Bregrein from DPA
• Dana Anglum from Vue Audiotechnik
• The Beyma stand
• The KV2 audio booth
• Laura from mondo*dr with John Paice from Celestion and Lauren Dyson from TPi magazine
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• Gioia Molinari from RCF
• The Megasystems booth with RGBlink
arrays, column speakers and compact single-speaker applications. The first models in the series consist of two lightweight full-range models, the threeinch (75mm) AF3010 and the four-inch (100mm) AF4010, the new driver range complements the company’s existing AN series of line array drivers, a popular choice with compact array manufacturers since its 2012 launch. For the very first time, d&b headed to NAMM to preview its d&b Soundscape and the DS100 signal engine. d&b ran multiple demo sessions each day of the show, offering visitors the chance to hear how d&b Soundscape and the DS100 signal engine perform. Guests had the opportunity to experience listening that is no longer defined by physics alone, but by the unlimited power of the imagination. dBTechnologies presented its latest products in the ViO series in both a classroom setting and a hands-on workshop. as a part of the inaugural AES@ NAMM Pro Sound Symposium. Attendees of the ViO Line Array System Fundamentals classroom session had the opportunity to learn more about the cutting edge loudspeaker design and how it has been implemented into the flagship ViO series. The handson workshop covered system deployment, including flying and rigging the ViO series, tuning with the new Auroranet software and critical listening. DiGiGrid presented its acclaimed desktop interfaces including the [M] Musician recording interface, [Q]
• Curt from Tommy Sound representing SAE China
• The Bose stand
• The DiGiCo stand
• Patrick Almond from Studiomaster with distributor
Headphone amplifier, [D] Desktop interface, and [S] PoE Switch. Despite its compact size these powerful devices offer maximum performance and flexibility, and are ideally suited to recording and monitoring applications, either standalone or as part of a bigger DiGiGrid networked system. Also on display was DiGiGrid’s IOS Advanced Studio Interface with real-time DSP processing, plus the IOX 12 input six output studio expansion interface and the IOC multi-connectivity analogue and digital control room interface. DPA Microphones had three days of live performances in its booth, including an indie rock band, a contemporary rock/blues soloist and a traditional Celtic group. DPA welcomed all musicians to bring their own acoustic instruments to the booth to test the d:vote instrument mics at listening stations set up for demos. There was also listening stations set up to hear pre-recorded audio samples of various applications, including the new CORE by DPA amplification technology. Electro-Voice introduced its new product demo session, which focused on the EVOLVE 50 column system, ELX200 portable loudspeakers and more as part of an immersive audio-video demo show. In between demo sessions, visitors had the opportunity to get a closer look at the all products played during the demo sessions, along with members of the EV microphone family.
• The Verity Audio stand
•The d&b audiotechnik booth
• The B&C Speakers, Ciare and 18 Sound stand
• Michael Biwer from Messe Frankfurt with Laura Iles from mondo*dr
• Roberto Mataloni from FBT
• Pioneer Pro Audio stand
• Jamie Dixon from mondo*dr with Rusty Waite from K-array
• The D.A.S Audio booth
• The AM&S stand representing Focusrite
• The Electro-Voice demo room entrance
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• The Lavoce stand
•Jamie Dixon from mondo*dr magazine with Ian Wright from HH Electronics
This was FFA’s debut USA show and its products received a great reception for from those visiting the FFA stand. Feedback from visitors included being able to hear the products, FFA are hoping to introduce demos next year. Funktion-One marked its debut appearance at The NAMM Show with the launch of a brand-new bass enclosure - the F124. Building on design-thinking first utilised for Funktion-One’s powerful F132 hornloaded bass, the new F124 takes the company’s bass loading and driver technology to a new level. LAVOCE presented a selection of its elegant HF and LF transducer products, including some exciting new products, the DF14.30T and DF20.30T large format ferrite magnet compression drivers - the WAN103.01 high sensitivity neodymium magnet 10-inch for line array or mid-bass applications. Lectrosonics held its product training sessions at NAMM this year, providing an interactive discussion on the current and future state of wireless microphone technology and use, the RF spectrum, and best practices for optimising your systems for the real world. The latest products from Lectrosonics were demonstrated and discussed, including the Duet digital IEM, Venue2 multichannel receiver system and Wireless Designer software. Linea Research displayed its range of four and eight channel networked DSP amplifiers, the portable and touring focused M Series and the installation and
• Mega Systems team
The Sony stand
• The omnisystems booth
contractor C Series. New for 2018, Linea Research introduced its FIR capable versions of its amplifiers allowing users to import loudspeaker manufacturer ‘greybox’ FIR settings. NAMM marked the introduction of Luminex’ GigaCore 10, the first truss-adaptable switch in the GigaCore family. The 19-inch half unit can be mounted in truss, on a wall or in a single or double rack. The robust metal enclosure and rugged Ethercon and (optional) fibre connectors make this unit excel in truss mounted applications with Ethernet enabled devices, such as moving lights, PA systems, microphones, PTZ cameras or general stage connectivity. Renkus-Heinz was in the thick of it all, showcasing its latest Renkus-Heinz technologies, including its acclaimed VARIA point source modular array, powered by the all-new SA Series amplification. Also on display was the new customisable T-Series, including the portable TA-82 two-way system with TA118S subwoofer. Alongside evolution wireless G4 and the XSW 1 dual sets, Sennheiser showcased its Digital 6000 wireless microphone system as well as the AMBEO portfolio. The team also hosted immersive audio workshops showcasing both Sennheiser and Neumann products, including the U 87 Rhodium Edition and the U 67, in dedicated active set-ups. VUE unveiled the latest addition to its al-12 line
• The Altman Lighting booth
• The One Systems booth
•Koy, Brad and SBS from Avolites
• Fabrizio Sorbi from Proel
•The Allen & Heath booth
• Stagg Lighting stand
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• The Chauvet booth
• Eric Loader of Elation
• The Look solutions team
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•The Absen stand
• Astro Spacial Audio booth
• The Adam Hall team
• The two Davids from Allen & Heath
•ADJ team hard at work
• ArKaos stand
AMSTERDAM / 6-9 FEBRUARY
Despite heading to a handful of tradeshows since my arrival at mondo*dr, I’d been told numerous times from my colleagues that nothing can quite prepare you for ISE, and as much as I hate to admit it, they were right. It’s massive! This year the number of registered attendees to ISE 2018 increased by 10.2 %, up from 73,413 in 2017. This figure includes exhibitor personnel and visitors. New attendees accounted for 38% - not including any exhibitor personnel - of the total and there were 294 first-time exhibitors. Highlights from the show floor: Absen showcased its unique advances and, crucially, how they enable customers to better deploy LED display technologies in rental
• The AC - ET team
market applications at this years ISE. Absen’s Product Director Liam Winter highlighted to the attendees how Absen is taking the lead in this exciting new era of NXTGEN LED display technology innovations including Chip on Board (COB) LED encapsulation technology and Common Cathode LED driver technology. A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET), demonstrated how it provided all the products, advice and support needed to install fully integrated lighting and AV systems. Including its Chroma-Q’s multi award-winning Inspire house lights and Color Force II wash lights, plus Color One 100X PAR. Successfully delivering high quality colour-changing saturates, pastels and a pure white - for a truly
immersive, seamlessly integrated lighting experience in auditoria, performance venues, houses of worship and other public spaces. Adamson Systems Engineering exhibited at ISE, the company highlighted a pair of new point source additions to its heralded IS-Series of install-focused loudspeaker products and previewed the new models in a series of intimate and informative IS-Series demonstrations. The Adam Hall Group provided professional support and advice regarding comprehensive solutions or smart detailed solutions to customers but more importantly Adam Hall were involved in the Future AV Professionals Programme and invited visitors to the presentations at its two storey booth. Product
• Some of the guys behind Amate Audio
• Stephen Richards and the Amphenol team
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• The Adamson stand
• The APG team
• The Atlona stand
• Tom Van de Sande from Audac
• Alex Camara from Audio Control
• Biamp demo
• Tim Page from Audio Technica
• Avolites stand
• Avid in action
• The Christie booth
• Gene Houck Director of Sales at Audix
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• The Barco team
• The beyerdyanmic stand
• The Cloud stand
• Axiom stand
• Brian Galante from Dimensions PR and the Barix team
highlights included the ZENIT P 40 and ZENIT P 130 professional PAR spotlights from the continually expanding ZENIT model series. Alcons Audio celebrated its 15th anniversary at ISE, which saw the company showing several new products, as well as the return of the popular, expanded Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience The new Alcons products addressed demand from both the residential and pro audio markets. One is the CRMSCSRHV cinema reference surround speaker, which features patent-pending rotatable waveguide technology and enjoyed a very positive response to its preview at the 2017 US
• James Godbehear from Cadac
• The Blackmagicdesign stand
CEDIA show. Also on show was the CRMSLFE18, Alcons’ first subwoofer dedicated to home cinema installations. ISE 2018 saw Amate Audio debut Nítid, its very latest high performance, ultra-compact active loudspeaker series. Nítid establishes a new performance paradigm for compact sound reinforcement, attaining higher SPLs and standards of sonic reproduction from cabinets of this size, at a competitive budget point. Amate Audio also celebrated 45 years of professional audio engineering from Barcelona, celebrating with the launch of Nítid. Analog Way unveiled its own range of
• Sam and Leslie from CHAUVET
• The Createled stand
• Sue Harrison and the Bose team
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• The Claypaky stand
premium media servers and showcased its high-end video processing solutions at ISE, Analog Way also organised demos showcasing how its portfolio of image processors and media servers helps create high-performance live presentations and premium system integration projects. The stand highlights was several models from the Picturall, LiveCore and Midra series as well as Analog Way’s premium multi-format converter (VIO 4K) and event controllers (Vertige, Control Box², AW VideoCompositor). Anolis showcased a mix of new innovations and popular product ranges at its stand, sharing with leading entertainment industry moving light brand and sister company, Robe. Highlights included its Ambiane downlight luminaires - the first in a new range of specialist high performance fixtures that bring dynamics and colour to any ambient lighting scenario. There was also be a focus on the new ArcLine Outdoor DVP (Direct View Pixel);
•Patricia Lambert and the Clear Com team
the ArcPix, a robust pixel-mapping solution and the super punchy little Arc Dot, also ideal for matrix effects and kinetic media projects. The striking booth design itself incorporated Ambiane, DVP, ArcDot and ArcPix into an elegant showcase, giving visitors an idea of how the products can look in situ. Astro Spatial Audio showcased its 3U, rackmountable SARA II Premium Rendering Engine which is currently helping to achieve new creative possibilities in object-based 3D audio, room acoustics and more worldwide. Atlona embraced the AV industry’s most significant transformation in celebration of its 15th anniversary as it continued to bring the best of the AV and IT worlds together. Atlona unveiled its next generation of compact, affordable and energy-efficient amplifiers: the Gain 60 (AT-GAIN-60), Gain 120 (ATGAIN-120) and Gain 120NET (AT-GAIN120NET) - offering low- and high-impedance outputs, RS-232 and Ethernet control, front panel metering and convection cooling.
• Jacquie Sjodin of Dataton with Marty Karp of Show Sage LLC
• Community celebrating 50 years
• The CODA Audio stand
• Roger from DiGiCo
• Mike Case and colleague from d&b audiotechnik
• The HK Audio soundmakers
• Bob with colleague from D.A.S. Audio
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• Lynne Bonnan and Daniel Brown of Digiled
• The guys at Dicolor
• Rach from mondo*dr and the guys at DTS
• Laura and Rach from mondo*dr with Mark Wadsworth from Digital Projection
• Anne from DPA
• Sarah Cox from disguise
• EAW stand
• The Ecler team
Audio-Technica’s next generation 3000 Series frequency-agile true diversity UHF wireless systems received its ISE debut at the show.. Providing easy setup, versatile operation and rock-solid, richly detailed high-fidelity sound, AudioTechnica’s fourth-generation 3000 Series wireless systems give users the power and flexibility to operate within the congested UHF spectrum. Audiologic announced the establishment of a brand new demonstration and education facility at its Harlow headquarters. A feature of the planned expansion was to create a bespoke space that would allow customers to visit and witness
• Mike Wheeler from EM Acoustics
product demonstrations, receive hands on training and work closely with the Audiologic team on project planning and product selection. The Austrian AV technology manufacturer, AV Stumpfl presented a revolutionary projection screen accessory, a broad line-up of innovative projection screens and high-performance media server and installation products at this year’s ISE. Booth visitors were also able to see the automatic Wings Vioso camera-calibration feature in action and use interactive Wings Touch controls. Audio over IP pioneer, Barix, introduced the third generation
• The ETC stand
New from DiGiCo
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Predictably Stunning In 2015, DiGiCo launched its compact S-Series, which boasted a modern workflow at an affordable pricepoint; last year, the whole SD Range became much more powerful thanks to the introduction of Stealth Core 2 Software across the board; now, in DiGiCo’s 15th year, meet the new and predictably stunning SD12.
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• Alex Bryan and colleague with mondo*dr’s Jamie
• The Fonestar team
• mondo*dr’s Hannah with Gaby from TW Audio
• The Moose Pro Audio team
•Products on display
of AudioPoint, the company’s groundbreaking Audio Signage platform that brings digital signage and TV content together with today’s BYOD trends. AudioPoint helps end users deliver audio associated with video content to mobile devices over a local Wi-Fi connection, driving a more intimate connection with consumers and lending a voice to the screen. Biamp Systems, announced the next generation of the company’s Devio collaboration platform, introducing new products enhanced with unique features and patented capabilities that further improve audio quality, while also simplifying installation and programming for integrators. Devio is the industry’s first collaboration solution to offer Beamtracking
• Mary- Beth from L-Acoustics
microphones, a technological advancement that maintains signal integrity and audio quality even as meeting participants move about the room. The new Devio models offer enhancements that broaden room design flexibility, deliver improved video capabilities, and expand support for VoIP/POTS handsets and mobile devices. Christie demonstrated its expertise and manufacturing excellence across a broad range of audiovisual solutions at ISE. Visitors to the stand got the opportunity to preview the company’s latest development in AV-over-IP system architecture and performance, the newest laser phosphor projectors in the Christie stable, plus a brand new videowall solution and the latest extra
• Elation’s Eric Loader and Larry Beck
• Tim and Robin from Harmonic Design
• HH Electronics
• Mark from James Loudspeaker
The Kling & Freitag team
• The Lectrosonics stand
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• Juan Jose Vila from Equipson
• FBT stand
• Chris Hollebone from Merging
• The team at LEDBLADE
narrow pixel pitch display range. Chroma-Q showcased its latest award-winning range of creative lighting technologies, making its ISE debut was the Inspire range’s newest addition - Inspire XT. This multi award-winning, convection cooled, LED fixture enabled you to tailor your conference, auditorium or other venue lighting to cater for a huge variety of events. Cloud Electronics introduced the new Cloud CV8125 Digital Class-D multi-channel amplifier, the first in a series of new digital amplifiers, providing 125W output per channel across eight channels, plus two additional configurable AUX channels offering feature-rich functionality and class-leading performance for commercial audio installers and users. Community Professional Loudspeakers
•Howard Jones and Lars - Olaf Janflod from Genelec
celebrated 50 years of offering innovative loudspeaker solutions. Community launched its IV6 Modular Vertical Array system, the newest member of the highly successful I SERIES family, IV6 is aesthetically designed for installed indoor or outdoor applications. Incorporating physical- and acoustic-shaping tools that allow designers to tailor an array to the needs of any venue, the IV6 modular vertical array system provides uniform coverage in short- or long-throw applications. Crestron provided integrators, specifiers, and end users insight into how Crestron meets the challenges of the modern workplace, including its award-winning DM NVX, the only complete network AV solution that supports standard network security protocols without any latency, Crestron Enterprise Audio Solutions, cloud provisioning, new state-of-
the-art media presentation controllers, and much more. d&b audiotechnik introduced its newest technology: the d&b Soundscape. Operating on the DS100 signal engine matrix and dynamically integrating engineering and artistry, the d&b Soundscape allows for a completely new auditory experience; no longer defined by physics alone, but by the unlimited power of the imagination. Guests had the chance to see the xC-Series, xS-Series, YiSeries, including its new rigging components, and V-Series, as well as experiencing the sound of d&b at the product listening demonstration. DiGiCo, showcased its new 4REA4 installed audio solution at ISE, 4REA4 is designed to meet the expanding performance requirements of large entertainment venues,
• The Gloshine team
• The Harman stand
• Ben Sinclair from Pro Audio Lynx
• The GLP team
• Marc, Andrea and Stefan from K-array
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A series of high-intensity touring and installation loudspeakers, engineered for even coverage, outstanding control and unforgettable audience experiences.
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• Meyer Sound’s John Monitto
• The LEDGO stand
• James Kennedy and colleague from Peavey
houses of worship, theatres and shared stages at festivals and music venues. Digital Projection announced its brand new products at of ISE, where the company proudly celebrated 10 years at the show. The company previewed the world’s first 8K laser projector: the INSIGHT Dual Laser 8K. Harnessing its vast experience in visual solutions, the company also launched the Radiance LED video wall – expanding its offering beyond projection to offer more resolution, pixels and possibilities than ever before. disguise, gave an exclusive sneak peek of its upcoming software release, r15. Its latest award winning gx range was also on show, which combined the robustness and flexibility of the pro platform with unprecedented graphical power density, making the ideal platform for the next wave of generative content. DPA Microphones launched d:sign, the latest product group to join its d: branding that already encompasses d:facto, d:vote; d:screet; d:mension and d:dicate. The d:sign series combined exclusive, sleek design with high audio quality and is a good choice for installation companies that need to create a functional yet aesthetically-pleasing meeting or conference space. Making its European debut at ISE for Elation, was the Smarty Hybrid, a full featured Spot, Beam and Wash fixture and the most compact CMY colour mixing hybrid Elation has released to date. Elation also had on display the popular and awardwinning Proteus line of IP65-rated arc-source moving heads. EM Acoustics revealed HALO Arena at ISE, the system that takes HALO Compact design values to the next level. HALO-C made an enormous
• NEC stand
impact when it was first launched in 2012 - never before had a modular line array system provided such detail, clarity, and crystalline sonic performance. ETC showcased a selection of its versatile and scalable architectural lighting control solutions at ISE. The company displayed a collection of reliable, well-supported and easy-to-maintain architectural systems – designed to suit installations of all sizes and budgets – from a single room to office complexes, large museums, convention centres and entire theme parks. FENIX Stage displayed its different truss models, frontal loading lifting towers like AT-04 or HERCULES 6.5 PLUS, MEGARA 300 and ELV150/5telescopic lifting towers, ground support towers such as TRC-700 with its pioneer FSH security system, wide range of accessories like AC630W, and updated and improved stage platforms. Focusrite Pro demonstarted solutions within the Red and RedNet audio interface ranges, with a special focus on the new Red 16Line and RedNet X2P. A selection of Focusrite’s ISA microphone preamplifiers and analogue signal processors was also in action at the event. Fohhn Audio AG brought a brand new, comprehensive concert sound system combination to ISE, revealing its expansion to its range of professional loudspeaker systems for fixed installation and mobile applications to include products for large live sound venues. James Loudspeaker produces a wide range of décor-friendly entertainment products for nearly every conceivable application, this year the team displayed its new compact 42SA-4 and gave visitors a sneak peak of brand new in-ceiling architectural speaker with integrated lighting.
• Frank from Quest
• The RGBlink boys
• The NEXT-proaudio team
• Maureen Hayes from Martin Audio
• The Powersoft team
• Riedel stand
New VHD2.18J Subwoofer Housing two 18” high performance transducers the VHD2.18J is a direct radiating bass-reflex subwoofer. The VHD2.18J’s optimised, high efficiency, bass-reflex design produces considerably more output than other similar double 18” enclosures and features intuitive integrated flyware that allows for fast rigging of multiple cabinets. Johannes Krämer works with many of the worlds leading artists, promoters and events. When he visited KV2 Audio he was looking for something special in a sub. After discussions with Chief Engineer, George Krampera the VHD2.18J was born.
George Krampera Chief Engineer, KV2 Audio
Johannes Krämer Sound Engineer, Richie Hawtin
Chroma-Q® Inspire XT™ LED House Light Multi Award Winning, Even More Inspiring
MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY, Tyrol Restaurant, Stockholm. © Mats Bäcker
Be even more Inspired with the multi award-winning new Chroma-Q® Inspire XT™, which provides twice the output of other models in the acclaimed Inspire™ colour mixing LED house lighting family, for an even more immersive experience. • Fully homogenised beam • Beautiful whites, soft pastels and deep saturates • Quiet, convection cooling, no fans
International dealer/distributor enquiries welcome Visit us at Prolight & Sound 2018 UK dealer: A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd +44 (0)1494 446000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ac-et.com
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• The Music & Lights team
• Panasonic screens
• Simon and Lisa from Roland
K-array revealed its capture-KMC20V/ KMC20H microphone - the thin microphone frame, which is fastened to the base with a brass sphere that regulates the orientation of the mic. The capture vertical base is shaped from a block of brass using a lathe and a milling cutter. It has the shape of three concentric cylinders truncated at 28°. The base for the horizontal setup of the capture is created from a single solid block of brass shaped with both a lathe and a milling cutter in the form of three concentric cylinders truncated at 60°. L-Acoustics demonstrated L-ISA, present Syva and P1 at ISE, in addition to visitors being able to meet the L-Acoustics team and learn more about the L-ISA Immersive Sound Art platform and view the new Island by L-ISA. L-Acoustics also hosted a series of demos and presentations throughout the course of the week. German manufacturer Lawo focussed on showing off its IP-based signal processing and control solutions, namely the Power Core Audio Processor, the VisTool GUI Builder and the VSM control and monitoring solution. Lawo’s processing and control solutions are successfully utilized at leading cruise ships, theaters, corporate conference rooms, parliaments and other applications, where broadcast-grade reliability is a factor.
• Sommer Cable stand
• The Schnick Schnack Systems stand
Linea Research showcased its range of four and eight channel networked DSP amplifiers, the portable and touring focused M Series and the installation and contractor C Series. Each offer models with power ratings from 400W to 5,000W per channel, all with 96kHz DSP and optional dante networked audio. Martin Audio announced its award winning micro line array, O-Line, which has been given extra powers of coverage, consistency and control thanks to the addition of scalable resolution driven by Martin Audio’s new iKON amplifiers and updated DISPLAY array optimisation software. The Meyer Sound booth featured a comprehensive display of Meyer Sound products and technologies for installed systems. Making its debut was the elegant new Ashby line of ceiling loudspeakers featuring exclusive IntelligentDC technology. The Ashby models were shown in a static display and was also heard live above the hospitality area. Modulo Pi gave a preview of the upcoming versions of Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic, the full-spectrum media server solutions designed to create stunning visual experiences within a variety of applications, from everyday shows to the most demanding productions. NEXO presented an elegant line-up of professional loudspeaker models, clearly
displaying the company’s signature of extremely low-profile cabinets with high SPL and outstanding sonic performance. NEXT-proaudio introduced its Matrix Series, the MATRIX passive column arrays are composed of closely-spaced state of the art, three-inch neodymium transducers housed in a stylish and yet sturdy aluminum / wood chassis designed to be the ultimate column speaker system in architectural integration, comprising two models, MATRIX M8 and MATRIX M3. Following on from the success of the Stadia Series of loudspeakers designed for permanent outdoor installation, Outline was delighted to announce the launch of a complimentary range at ISE. Powersoft launched the new Duecanali 804 and Duecanali 4804, a two-channel amplifier platform with optional DSP and Dante dedicated to the fixed install market, and the perfect answer to system integrators’ needs for a high-performance amplifier solution in leisure and retail spaces. QSC unveiled new monitoring and management technology, software feature licensing, drag-and-drop visual programming and native touch screen controllers. Designed for the IT and AV professional, the Q-SYS integrated audio, video and control platform offers a reimagined software-focused control
• Daniel Keller and colleague from Symetrix
• The QSC press call
• RCF stand
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• Tasker stand
• Visionary Solutions stand
paradigm including full-featured contemporary programming tools, native touch screen controllers, drag-and-drop visual programming capabilities, as well as flexible and scalable management and monitoring capabilities needed for today’s enterprise. Renkus-Heinz showcased the most innovative audio solutions available, including the international debuts of the next generation of ICONYX digitally steered array technology. For the first time ever, Renkus-Heinz took the wraps off the newest members of the ICONYX family, including the all-new HD Series and new IC LIVE X and XD models. Sennheiser presented its business solutions portfolio, focussing on the topic of digital workflows. The audio specialist also showed software that facilitates the daily work of IT and AV professionals as well as end-users, including the latest version of Sennheiser Control Cockpit software for simpler operation, control and servicing of Sennheiser microphones. Solid State Logic demonstrated its V4.5 Software for SSL live consoles at this years ISE, in addition SSL showcased analogue and digital audio consoles with integrated advanced DAW control, analogue outboard processing and summing systems, audio interfaces and converters, DAW software and audio processing plug-ins. • Waring Hayes and Mark Bailey from XTA
Vivitek, a leading brand of visual display products, and Delta Display Solutions, a division of Delta Electronics, showcased to its new and existing customers how to Achieve More Together. The combined brands demonstarted a full selection of visual solutions including standard and large venue projectors, to wireless collaboration and digital signage solutions. WORK PRO Audio, the installation and pro audio marque of international manufacturer Equipson, returned to ISE again to showcase its latest in sound reinforcement and audio over IP control solutions to the global audio installation marketplace. The main attraction on the WORK PRO Audio was the new additions to the Arion Line Array range, the SL 210 A and the SL 218 SA subwoofer. A year on from the launch of the innovative and powerful Delta Series of digital processing amplifiers, both XTA and MC2 were delighted to launch the 120 amps at this year’s ISE, on their new concept stand. ISE 2018 was the largest and busiest Integrated Systems Europe in its 15-year history, and what a hectic week it was, but nevertheless a productive and valuable week - until next year. ISE 2019 will return at the RAI Amsterdam from 5 – 8 February. For more information go to: www. iseurope.org
• The Steingke stand
• Greg Mack from Vivitek
• Robe stand
• Sony booth
• The Unilumin team
• Peer Jambor from Vitec
•The Visual Production team
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EQUIPSON | COMPANY VISIT mondo*dr’s sister publication, TPi was invited to Equipson to take a closer look at some of the latest products at its Valencia HQ, and what’s in store for 2018. Stew Hume took on the trip. Tour guide for the day was Juan José Vila, COO and CMO of Equipson. Joining his father’s business back in 2002, Juan José has been focussed on the company’s R&D department, while his father, José Luis Vila, still oversees the direction of the company as CEO. “In the early days, when my father started Equipson, we were very much a distributor,” began Juan José. “I then joined the company six or seven years later and began to create a team to focus on the R&D department. We were already a leading distribution company so we had the client base and the industry knowledge to start producing our own products.” Following a few years of research, the company released its first line of products including the
Digiline Series, BlueLine Digital and the IC 6 PRO under the company’s WORK PRO banner. Although Equipson’s range of products are usually associated with the install market, some of its latest offerings seem to signal a change for the Spanish company. Enter the LightShark, a new range of hardware lighting consoles. “About two-and-a-half years ago, the Equipson team gathered around the table to discuss the possibility of creating a lighting control surface,” said Juan José. “We wanted to design a system that would combine the versatility of the software solutions with the ergonomics, built-in interfacing, and physical usability of a hardware console. On the whole you can split lighting consoles into three categories - a classic console, a wing and computer set up, and the dongle and computer combo. Each of these options has their advantages and disadvantages. A console may be www.mondodr.com
too expensive for a particular project and using a computer puts you at the mercy of software updates.” It’s here that Equipson hopes its new solution will offer a fourth option for the market. The LightShark is the first ever DMX-based hardware lighting console range to offer wireless, browser-based control from a multi-touch smartphone or tablet, with support for up to three connected devices simultaneously. The range sets a new standard for features and usability at its price point. The LightShark range comprises of two independent products, the LS-Core and the LS-1 console, both developed and designed entirely within WORK PRO’s lighting division. The LS-1 brings together the best features from the world of innovative software-only lighting control and marries them to an intuitive, ergonomic hardware control surface. The LS-Core omits the LS-1’s hardware control surface but offers exactly the
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same lighting control software, processing power, and smartphone or tablet-based software control interface. Alongside all of the features users expect from a modern, fully featured lighting control system, LightShark offers intuitive control over a total of eight 512-channel DMX universes, plus built-in support for an ever-growing library of lighting fixtures. Because the LightShark control software runs on the console itself, and the Wi-Fi-connected tablet or smartphone is merely controlling it via a simple web browser, the control software is fast and responsive, as well as offering the benefits of real-time, multi-touch control. The console was first shown last year in Las Vegas at LDI and certainly made an impression. “We were really pleased with the feedback we had from the trade show last year,” stated Juan José. “Since then we have been inundated with interest and hopefully will see the LightShark in various places throughout 2018. We have also got more plans for the console, which we will showcase at this year’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.” During the visit, Juan José also demonstrated another new release for the company. “Audio has always been an important side to our business,” he commented. “Last year we employed Joan La Roda who now heads up our electro acoustic department. Since joining he completed our first line
array, Arion Series, and control system - a project we have had in the pipeline for some time.” The SL 210 A is the latest addition to WORK PRO’s Arion Series. A new, self-powered two-way line array, the SL 210 A features remote monitoring, fully developed by WORK PRO’s in-house audio engineering department. The system features two 10-inch Faital transducers and an 11.46-inch voicecoil in a bass reflex enclosure. The two low pass cut-off frequencies in the loudspeakers contribute to an even horizontal directivity. The high frequencies are reproduced by a 1.4-inch exit Beyma compression driver that features a polymer PM-4 membrane, which brings a more natural sound when compared to other materials commonly used on the market. The SL 210 A can suit the requirements of different configurations thanks to its powerful built-in DSP. Each unit can be set manually via its interface and controls placed at the rear part of the enclosure, which allows for the user to navigate through the menu and the different parameters of the system. As well as surveying some of the latest offerings for Equipson, TPi also had a chance to meet some of the R&D team that were responsible for the creations of Equipson’s products. Lead by General R&D Manager, Olegario Perez, the team located on the top floor of the of the HQ diligently trouwww.mondodr.com
bleshoots all products prior to release as well as creating prototype components for all its products with the company’s 3D printer. Prior to leaving Valencia, Juan José talked through one of the other major parts of the Equipson Group, WORK PRO Lifters. “For the last 20 years we have been producing some of the highest quality lifters within the industry. The brand has now recognised around the world as a high quality product.” However, the company almost became a victim of its own success and saw a sudden, huge demand for its products. “We knew we needed to expand the business,” commented Juan José. “This coincided with an opportunity to buy out another Valencia-based lifter manufacturer, Fantek back in 2015.” Since the purchase, as well as taking on all the experienced Fantek staff, Equipson has also implemented a whole technical management team to expand the lifters R&D department. “This was vital as we need such a team to ensure we could take WORK PRO Lifters to the next level. We also wanted to improve the manufacturing process to make it as efficient as possible.” Last September WORK PRO Lifters has moved into a new 4,000 sq metres warehouse, down the road from the original Equipson HQ. www.equipson.es
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SECOND WAREHOUSE | COMPANY LAUNCH Since the arrival of live event technology, whether people were dragging PA systems into muddy fields to make some noise with their friends or touring the world’s most prestigious venues, they have faced the same problem - where to find that extra bit of kit, ideally without paying over the odds. Second Warehouse’s founder, Stuart Kerrison, experienced these frustrations first hand during stints with a number of the top rental companies, which - along with valuable input from professionals in the rental business - motivated him to embark on the journey to simplify pro AV sub-hire. The result, Second Warehouse, is a webbased service that will allow rental companies of all sizes to trade with one another in a safe, fast, monitored and extremely cost-effective environment.
Stuart began: “I know how important cross-rental is and also what a time-wasting drag it can be, because I’ve been the guy spending hours on the phone, calling friends in the hope of finding that one bit of gear I needed for a show. Second Warehouse solves those headaches and lost hours, while making sure that your equipment is always out being used and earning you money.” Coded by the same team as the popular Webix platform, Second Warehouse includes a wealth of features designed for the AV industry, by the AV industry. Users can quickly and simply expand their cross-hire network, get quotes, negotiate prices and organise transport, prioritise existing relationships via the ‘preferred users’ feature; trade commission-free with high volume use; and use the direct messaging system to ensure transparent communication throughout. www.mondodr.com
As an option, Second Warehouse can also directly communicate with other rental management software applications, meaning users can choose to simply sit-back while Second Warehouse tracks their available inventory and keeps it booked out and busy. The system is completely web-based and works on all devices from mobile to tablet to desktop. “Speed is really important for this kind of platform, and I told the programmers this on day one. They are so good at pre-empting potential problems and will consult me even if a change is going to add six milliseconds to the process, just to make sure I’m still happy! A lot of that comes from my own impatience; why would you click twice when you can click once? Rental companies only make money when they’re running around like headless chickens and, if we can help
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them to be more productive in doing so, then that’s a major win for us.” During our interview, potential criticisms of the service were fired at Stuart. Criticisms that he both graciously, and ruthlessly, batted away at each time of asking. “Users retain as much anonymity as they like. After all, we don’t just want gear voyeurs rifling through people’s inventories! There’s also a time limit that can be used on urgent jobs, as well as reminder emails. We monitor everything that goes on because we want this to be a service for professionals who respect other professionals’ time. “We also understand that cancellations happen but if it starts to become a habit then we can get in touch to find out what’s going on. This links to the star rating system, which helps to lift everyone’s game a bit - and the industry has asked for that. There is no downside to joining as far as we can see, and if someone identifies something then we can fix it straight away.” While manufacturer networks used to find specific pieces of gear are not uncommon, Stuart believes that a platform as comprehensive as Second Warehouse is genuinely without precedent. He said: “Even with the other networks you still have to call for availability, and I still can only
search a box at a time, so what if I need some lights as well? Independence of brand allows us to be a source for anybody, regardless of your discipline or gear preference, whether you are after pyro, lasers, crowd barriers, truss, cables, motors or a full PA system.” Within Second Warehouse, both companies can negotiate the equipment sub-hire and arrange transport without ever having to leave the network, with direct messaging to ensure no detail is ever missed. All transactions are safe thanks to Second Warehouse’s careful vetting procedures (including a full identity and credit check upon sign-up) and in addition to the user-rating system. By the time both parties click on the handshake button to generate a contract and seal the deal, no more than a few minutes need to have passed. For the supplier, the only cost is a small percentage commission, while for the hirer, the process is free. Companies are also able to select up to two ‘Preferred Users’, with whom they can trade on Second Warehouse as much as they like without any commission to pay. There are no sign-up or subscription fees. In reference to the company’s potential, Stuart commented: “Second Warehouse will grow as the industry wants it to. I’m not the youngest www.mondodr.com
guy any more and I’d hate to die having never even investigated if this was possible! Conversations in the past must have yielded obstacles and I think that’s why it never happened, but I became determined to overcome it. That was two years ago, I was lucky enough to get some great people on board to help with the things I wasn’t as strong on. “Sometimes I stop and think ‘how did I have the balls to do that?’ but the worst has never happened - everyone was so receptive and constructive in their criticism that it’s gained its own momentum. “Second Warehouse has the potential to fundamentally change how the rental sector functions, ensuring that companies of all size are able to trade with one another in absolute confidence, so everyone does better business,” said Stuart. “No one got into this business to spend tedious hours on the phone or writing emails. Second Warehouse gets rid of all that so you can get back to doing what you really love - putting on great shows and making money while you do it!” Second Warehouse launched in Europe during Q1 2018, with expansion planned for the US and Asia by Q3 2018. www.secondwarehouse.com
Terminal 7 | Europe
Finnish National Opera | Europe
La Perle – Al Habtoor City | MEA
Konya Büyükşehir Stadium | Europe
Little Caesars Arena | The Americas
EVRY | Europe
Terell Place | The Americas
Faith Promise | The Americas
Trinity Church | The Americas
Pierre Boulez Saal | Europe
Elbphilharmonie - Amptown | Europe
The Campbell | The Americas
St. Giles House | Europe
Bar & Restaurant
House of Worship
10ak | APAC
Amadeus | The Americas
Atlas Theatre & Wildlands Zoo | Europe
Victoria Palace | Europe
Wanda Metropolitano | Europe
Ford Field | The Americas
Delphin Botanik Exclusive Resort | Europe
Samsung Hypercube | Europe
Holy Trinity Cathedral | APAC
Maria Magdelena Church | Europe
Berlin Opera House | Europe
Elbphilharmonie - Gerriets| Europe
Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR | MEA
Hotel Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof | Europe
Corner Club | APAC
Sporting Venue Integrated Resort House of Worship Concert Hall Bar & Restaurant
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ADJ | OPEN DAY ADJ set the perfect stage with a customer appreciate open house the day before NAMM 2018. The Southern Californian weather was warm and sunny in late January and mondo*dr was present to soak up the rays and see the new product offereings. ADJ Lighting allowed guests a glimpse at new products, food and an eye-popping lightshow at world headquarters in Los Angeles. Over 200 customers from across the United States, Canada and Mexico gathered to get a glimpse of the latest products ADJ would debut the next day at NAMM 2018 in Anaheim, California. Not only were they given the VIP treatment to see the latest lighting technologies, but they also were invited to spend the afternoon
with ADJ sales and support staff. ADJ offered a round trip shuttle bus from Anaheim, approximately 30 miles from ADJ headquarters, for customers who had just flown in for NAMM. ADJ’s annual gathering included lunch from a gourmet food truck, VIP tours of the worldwide headquarters, and a chance to see the latest lighting fixtures in action from a brand new lightshow from the company’s showroom. “Our open house just before NAMM every year is one of my favorite events we do,” admitted Alfred Gonzales, ADJ USA National Sales Manager. “It’s the beginning of the year and a great time to catch up with customers and friends. We are able to give our valued customers a VIP www.mondodr.com
experience at our global headquarters - a chance to eat, socialise, check out the latest products and see an amazing lightshow.” Customers got a sneak peek at the Encore Burst 200, high-intensity strobe/blinder, Vizi Wash Pro, ADJ’s new flagship moving head wash, and for those customers who did not attend LDI 2017, they were able to see ADJ’s Vizi CMY300, 300W LED hybrid moving head with CMY colour mixing for the first time. The company also displayed its range of AV Series video panels (AV6X, AV4IP & AV3) inside in the showroom, as well as outside in the tented lunch area. www.adj.com
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RESONATE | CONFERENCE When the opportunity to spend a couple of nights in Lisbon came about - even if it was just after a hectic ISE - little persuasion was needed. My invite was courtesy of Meyer Sound and it was to attend the first ever RESONATE conference, organised by MAAT and reSITE. The MAAT Museum and reSITE - a global non-profit organisation - brought together the worldâ€™s best creators of sound spaces and acoustic experienc-
es including 18 global leaders in designing sound spaces, sound engineers, design influencers and artists to rethink sound and space. Collaborating with Meyer Sound, RESONATE welcomed over 320 guests to the one-day conference, which began with an introduction to Bill Fontanaâ€™s large scale Shadow Soundings live-streaming video and sound installation at MAAT. A series of key notes and panel sessions www.mondodr.com
followed, all of which in some way discussed the importance of architecture and sound. Of particular note was the presentation, Acoustics & Architecture: Past, Present & Future featuring Raj Patel of Arup, Michael Jones of Foster + Partners and John Pellowe of Meyer Sound. The sessions focussed on specific case studies too, Harpa - Connecting Sound and City and Oslo Opera House were also of interest, as it the
opportunity to discuss architecture and sound in a real-life scenario. “I think Resonate’s concept is brilliant,” said John. “I feel that in the past there has been too little dialogue between architects and the sound community. I think in some cases architects have failed to take on the importance of sound. After all, sound is an essential part of the human experience and if we don’t take care of what people are hearing in both the built and outdoor environments then I think we’re neglecting an opportunity. Architects love to engage with people, they love to engage their minds through visual stimuli so why not extend that to sound too - it’s such an important
part of our lives.” John feels that the Meyer Sound product line-up offers a number of tools to assist with the integration of architecture and sound. He continued: “ Constellation, our acoustic system, allows the acoustics of buildings ranging from lecture theatres, offices, restaurants and concert halls to be modified at the press of a button, offering a significant increase in flexibility for end users. For Constellation installations we like to engage with architects and acousticians from the conceptual stage to ensure the room is optimised for the technology. This cooperation is mutually beneficial as appropriate physical design combined with www.mondodr.com
Constellation greatly increases the range of uses for a building. Constellation can be integrated discretely and allows end users to increase the reverberation time in incremental steps to optimise the acoustics for applications ranging from spoken word to choral music.” Michael joined the conversation: “I’ve never had the need to go out into the wider market - of manufacturers - but it was a revelation to discover that within the industry there are ways and means to tweak the acoustics of a room, by refining it even more with electronic overlay. Moving forward, I think we need to ensure that the building does as much as it can for itself and then we use all these
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electronic refinements that are now available but without it being overly overt.” Michael became familiar with Meyer Sound recently through his work on the Bloomberg project. “I’m an architect by training and I came to work on the Bloomberg project because my general work has been around civic buildings including museums, an opera house, libraries, but Bloomberg wanted someone to take on the project who didn’t have preconceptions about what a work place should be. This project was how I met Meyer Sound as we came across some challenges that we didn’t know how to solve but the folks in
California did,” he said. “From my perspective, I’ve never completed a project without an acoustician, so this notion that audio being taken into consideration earlier on in a project being described as a new approach is quite incorrect in my opinion. I’ve always had an acoustic consultant as part of the team and it’s always been a huge consideration. However, perhaps the awareness of the notion is starting to increase. Today’s conference has been good to learn, listen, share and to raise awareness about the subject matter.” With events like RESONATE taking place on an
international platform, the interest between the audio and architectural community will continue to flourish in an open environment. I think Michael summed up the relationship perfectly though, he concluded: “People walk into these huge buildings and they like the way it looks and the way it sounds and the way it feels, but they don’t need to know why. It should go unnoticed if the job has been done well.”
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The M3 is an innovative, tri-element hanging ceiling microphone designed for applications where aesthetics, sound quality, and ease of installation are critical. The M3 is an ideal audio capture solution for video conferencing, distance learning, courtroom activities, and surgical procedures. It can also be used for ambient room miking and surveillance. The M3 ceiling microphone incorporates three phase coherent hypercardioid capsules with tailored frequency response optimised for speech intelligibility. This is accomplished by minimising frequencies caused by noise, vibration, paper shuffling, keyboard strokes, fans, and heating / air conditioning. Low noise preamp circuitry is employed for highest possible signal to noise and studio quality sound. A high-quality silicone jacketed microphone cable ensures a balanced, shielded signal and a very clean look. Electronics above the ceiling are housed within a plenum rated junction box and cable connections are made via an RJ45 connector embedded within a proprietary brass housing for an
airtight seal. The M3 installed ceiling microphone connects to the input of a mixer or dsp console via a breakout cable (provided). The breakout cable consists of a female RJ45 connector that terminates in either three terminal block or XLR connectors. A variety of optional shielded CAT7 cable lengths (from plenum rated junction box to break out cable) are available. Installing the M3 requires drilling just one five-inch / eight-inch hole in the ceiling, with no additional tools needed. The M3 mounting hardware easily adjusts the cable hanging height up to four feet from the ceiling surface without removing ceiling tiles. A wire safety cable provides additional seismic restraint. www.audixusa.com
Key features: - AVB-enabled versions begin shipping Q2 of 2018. - 4ft mic cable allows for adjustable mic to floor height. - Available with hard-mount option. - Incorporates three phase coherent hypercardioid capsules with tailored frequency response optimised for speech intelligibility. - Ideal audio capture solution for video conferencing, distance learning, courtroom activities, and surgical procedures - Custom cable lengths beyond 4ft are available.
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Introducing the Lumen8, the newest intuitive and powerful console that adds ease and better control of your light show. With a built-in 27-inch user friendly touch screen users now have better mobility and control when managing multiple lights. The que call-outs now offer the capability of selecting multiple fixtures without highlighting on playback mode. With native speed on groups, it can now change the speed before the que is activated, allowing you the freedom to customise each unique fixture to the required speed. The console also offers quick keys and singables that are easy to access. Lumen8 also includes multibuttons that allow the users to create multi-button looks, simplifying the users commands. With just a click of a button the console also makes creating a matrix more accessible. Producing chases is effortless due to the
real time effect feature, which simplifies the work of light designers. The Lumen8 consists of live tracking and enables the ability to keep previous positions on all movements. It includes a UPS power supply that will power the unit up to 15 minutes in case of power loss. A unique tilted back connector plate allows the Lumen8 for simple connection of DMX, Artnet, extra monitors, power and other USB devices. The Lumen8 platform and program is designed for more time in creating and less time in having to learn complex commands. With the all new user friendly features, creating and designing light shows now becomes limited only to the users imagination.
Key benefits: − Back up and restore show file to USB to recall on another Lumen 8 console. − Fixture profiles or can be made custom. − Unlimited Cue Pages with eight graphical Cue lists per page. − Each Graphical Cue list has unlimited Cue/Sequence. − Built in 3D Visualiser to visualise colorus/gobos and beams. − Up to 10 fixture Views to Layer fixture layouts. − Pan and Tilt tracking for all channels as an option. − Multiple Preset Windows from 1-3 user selectable. − Speed Sensitive Pan, Tilt and Focus Wheels.
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PowerLightsAugsburg took over the complete branch of EVENTPRODUCTS from MBN GmbH. Over the past few years MBN GmbH has focussed more and more on its successful LED-division - PROLED and MBNLED. Therefore, to cater for its customers, the management of MBN have decided to outsource MBN EVENTPRODUCTS and solely concentrate on PROLED / MBNLED. PowerLightAugsburg made the decision to relaunch the popular product, the MBN AIRBRASE UNI, a highly requested quality product that offers permanent reliability for individuals as a user. The MBN AIRBASE is a blower unit that is required for
the MBN AIRCONE, the MBN AIRTOWER, the MBN AIRBALL, the special figures or the MBN AIRDOME. Thanks to its four solid, height-adjustable rubber feet, the MBN AIRBASE can stand free on the ground or can be mounted to trusses with Halfcoupler in any direction. It is available with a diameter of 63cm or 80cm. The MBN AIRBASE 63cm UNI and MBN AIRBASE 80cm UNI has be produced in its familiar form and both products, AIRCONE light sculptures and AIRDOME, will have rain protection covers in different sizes. www.powerlightsaugsburg.de www.mondodr.com
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Lighting control - whether hardware or software - is used to control multiple intelligent lights at once and many are able to control special effects fixtures too. Lighting control devices are also equipped to manage the intensity of the lights by communicating via an electronic control protocol, such at DMX512.
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“Avolites is synonymous with live shows and have been producing lighting controllers since 1976. It has been a fantastic journey from thinking that 4 universes of DMX was more than enough in the 80’s, to today’s networked shows controlling video and over 200 universes on one show. With the advancements of led fixtures we have had to we have had to offer new exciting tools and features to control them. But, what is really exhilarating is the unified control of lighting and video. Who’s ready? We are!”
APAC STEPHEN DALLIMORE SHOW TECHNOLOGY “The Australian and New Zealand lighting designers and directors trust MA Lighting products from the family of technologically-advanced lighting consoles, to networking components and digital dimming systems. Due to it’s integrated system solutions and the grandMA product family, venues, production companies, clubs and more have all added the range to their inventory. The introduction of the dot 2 range, saw the educational, House of Worship, AV and corporate markets be able to become part of the MA family at a much early stage too. With MA 3 joining us soon, we fully expect to see MA’s influence in lighting design only continue to reinforce its position as the go to platform.”
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“The control market in the US has always been very competitive. We have a product that stands out among the rest with the MADRIX line. The versatility and easy of use has become very attractive for many different types of control environments. From live events, entertainment/leisure, theme parks/ holiday attractions, architectural, house of worship, and worldwide sporting events like the 2018 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies. MADRIX has given the lighting control world fantastic tools in both hardware and software that will allow lighting designers to reach further into the creative mind.”
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Adam Hall Cameo DVC 4 The Cameo DVC 4 lets you control any DMX compatible fixture from your computer and mac running the dedicated Cameo D 4 software. The plug-and-play interface provides 512 DMX channels in live mode and includes an internal memory for 256 channels in standalone mode. This allows you to copy your light show programming to the unit and run it without a computer. Featuring a mini-USB input and 3-pin DMX output the DVC 4 is powered from the computer’s USB port. Three control buttons enable program selection and dimming in standalone mode which requires a standard 5V USB power adapter. The free Cameo D 4 software package includes more than 15,000 fixture libraries and a Scan Library editor to create your own. It lets you map out individual fixture types, group them and compose master layouts in 2D view. Create, arrange and stack dynamic scenes, use the integrated Palettes to control your lights without the need to move faders, and generate hundreds of exciting effects with the XEEL Engine. The software provides a comprehensive toolbox for live editing, an audio analyser and MIDI clock for BPM syncing and real-time 3D visualization to pre-render your programmed light shows. The screen layout and appearance are completely customisable, and the free Easy Remote app allows you to control the software over WiFi from iPhones, iPads and Android devices. www.adamhall.com
Avolites Sapphire Touch The Sapphire Touch is high performance, with more submasters, more flash and executor buttons, and the power to control the larger, more challenging shows. Program with two wide screen touch monitors offering a huge workspace area, expandable further still with Sapphire Touch and Sapphire Media Wings. Tricolour optical trackball indicates fixture colour or functionality with unique ‘Saturn Ring’ control, giving X-Y-Z axis control simultaneously. www.avolites.com
Chromateq SLIM 512 and 1024 The new SLIM hardware has been designed with a new electronics and includes all the latest standalone features, like SD Card, Multiple Zone management, advanced standalone menus with additional Page and Auto Color mode, Standalone mode customisation (the ability to choose what mode to activate or not in standalone), Split and Merge DMX signals and Light intensity sensor. SLIM has eight selection and four option buttons, five dry contacts, SD Card Slot and Split DMX signal. SLIM 1024 has more functions, it can play up to five scenes at a time on 1024 channels (multiple Zone), triggers scenes by DMX IN and can merge two signals. The SD card reader can support all FAT formats, memory size and speeds. Simply add your show file to the SD card with the Chromateq software and power the interface, the SLIM will directly play the SD show (still can use its internal 4Mb memory in the event of SD card problems). This gives many more possibilities and allow flexibility to easily update a show with a SD card and there are no limitations to memory capacity. SLIM are available in black or white new texture and finish housing and are in stock and available. Thanks to its powerful standalone mode, Chromateq SLIM is the definitively perfect DMX controller for all type of entertainment and architectural projects. www.chromateq.com
ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 The MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console from ChamSys delivers the highest level of show control, allowing users to design and operate shows from creative concept to reality, including lighting, media, LED and scenic components. Featuring dual full HD resolution multi-touch screens with 8 encoder wheels around them, the MagicQ MQ500 Stadium provides simple attribute and palette selection. The screens make it easy to see all the information needed for a show without the need for continuous scrolling. An inbuilt Visualiser, MagicVis, provides very high-quality beam and gobo rendering. Up to 200 universes can be supported directly from the MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console without the need for external processing. The console’s Playback section includes 30 Playbacks: 15 Fader and 15 Executable Playbacks. In addition, there are 12 dedicated multi-function Macro/ Execute/Playback keys. Every Playback has an RGB function indication. Other features include an intensity wheel, 100mm split crossfaders for theatre control. www.chamsys.co.uk
NEW GENERATION ELECTRIC CHAIN HOIST LP Compulite Systems Vibe Compulite’s Vibe console is a totally fresh concept in lighting control, catering to the complex needs of today’s lighting professionals. Vibe combines the latest operating system software and hardware with multi-touch screen technologies to provide a smart, intuitive, quick and flexible control surface. Utilising many of the touch gestures users are familiar with from their smartphones, Vibe can create multiple customisable workspace layouts by simply dragging system objects around the screen, swiping to quickly move between workspaces. A keypad and motorised faders are provided for fast fixture selection and control. Four RGB LED backlit encoder wheels, an illuminated XYZ trackball, a dedicated intensity wheel and four interactive rotary encoders adjacent to the small monitor create a total of 12 parameter editing encoders. Other editing functions are controlled via the innovative 11.6 inch multi-touch Smart Screen that allows intuitive editing of multiple design concepts all at once. 20 paging auxillary buttons that can be configured by users as Qlists and Scene controllers, Macro playbacks, Group Selections, Views or for execution of virtually any function, providing an alternative to soft keys. Vibe is optimised for graphical speed and network connectivity, allowing lighting professionals to control even the largest productions. www.compulite.com
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Crestron Horizon Launched at ISE 2018, the new line of Horizon keypads from Crestron are available in highly configurable single-gang models that combine up to four across. The new line offers designer aesthetics, superior button feel, four different button styles, programmable multi-colour backlighting, interchangeable custom top and bottom trim pieces, and Cresnet® wired communications. The Horizon line is available in single-gang and up to four keypads can be ganged together. Dealers can choose from four button styles: single, sideto-side rocker, small up-down rocker, and large up-down rocker. Top and bottom trim pieces are interchangeable to suit any décor and provide the ultimate in style and elegance. For enhanced readability under any lighting conditions, every model in the Horizon line includes multi-colour backlighting that illuminates the highquality laser engraved text on the buttons. When the button is pressed, it glows two to three times brighter than the inactive buttons. Moreover, each button can be programmed to glow in any colour. The Cresnet bus is the communications backbone for Horizon keypads, along with many Crestron lighting controllers, shade motors, sensors, and other devices. Cresnet is a simple, yet flexible 4-wire network that provides bidirectional communication and 24VDC power for Cresnet devices. Cresnet supports up to 252 keypads and other devices. www.crestron.com
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ENTTEC Pixel Port
DRIVENET digital power supply / controller is the heart of large networks of LED projectors. In fact, DRIVENET provides remote and flexible control and the continuous monitoring of the status of the connected fixtures. DRIVENET is available in eight models with different features that offer solutions tailored to the most complex lighting installation requirements: 16 to 64 channels independently configurable; current 200 mA ÷ 700 mA, or 200 mA ÷ 1600 mA; 48 Vdc or 24 Vdc output voltage, specific for different applications of the connected projectors: indoor/outdoor or underwater. DRIVENET provides automated and centralised management of the lighting of entire buildings and infrastructures. Main features include centralised and remote control - up to 100m distance - of connected LED projectors, the ability to monitor the status of the LED projectors on the built-in touch screen, remote management of the DRIVENET units via ArtNet protocol over LAN networks and an internal operating system updatable via DTS dongle firmware uploader. www.dts-lighting.it
A tough and compact Ethernet-controlled LED driver, the Pixel Port is feature-packed to bring every pixel in your arsenal to life. Built for life on the road, this robust unit can run directly from your Art-Net, sACN or ESP data stream, enabling you to easily incorporate pixel projects of all sizes into your live rig. The Pixel Port comes complete with etherCON and powerCON ins and outs, supports a wide variety of protocols and is available as a 5, 12 and 24-volt product. It’s also rack, truss, DIN and surface-mountable (with the optional Universal bracket set), allowing for seamless integration into any highquality, industry-standard set-up. Direct Mode lets you control each pixel individually for infinite creative possibilities, while standalone mode comprises 14 pre-sets designed to showcase the best of what your tape/dots can achieve. You also get six blank user slots with which to store your own bespoke shows. Or try our latest innovation, the Effect Generator. Configured with our classic ENTTEC web-server, the Pixel Port’s on-board processor gives the user extensive effect options such as waveform, direction, speed, size, strobe, which operate as crossfading programming layers. Now you can power, control and extend your pixel setup with confidence and ease. This intelligent, touring-grade network driver truly is your portal for easy lighting control. www.enttec.com
ETC Ion Xe For nearly a decade, ETC’s Ion consoles have brought powerful control to theatres, concert venues, studios and events around the world. The small but mighty workhorse of the Eos family has recently had an upgrade, with the release of two new Ion Xe consoles. With compact footprints and full-featured Eos software, including the industry-leading colour engine, Ion Xe consoles bring highlevel, award-winning programming power to smaller venues. Since the new consoles feature the same backlit keyboard layout as their larger Eos family siblings, workflow can transfer seamlessly from desk to desk. Ion Xe desks support up to two external multi-touch monitors, so it’s possible to take full hands-on advantage of colour tools, Magic Sheets, Direct Selects and more. Ion Xe consoles feature full main playback controls, fader controls, level and rate wheels, four rotary parameter encoders and support for up to five USB-connectable wings and devices. The consoles are available in two output counts, 2K (base) and 12K (expanded), providing control for a wide variety of rigs. For extra security and flexibility, ETC has also released a new Ion Xe RPU (Remote Processing Unit), which can serve as a backup, remote programming station, or primary controller for the system. www.etcconnect.com
GLP Creation II Series The GLP Creation II Series is a range of professional DMX lighting controllers, for up to 4096 DMX control channels, or eight DMX universes. There are two main control platforms, the 1024 and the 4096, depending on the size needed, along with a PC / MAC version, which is downloadable free of charge, and out board accessories for additional control faders and buttons. Downloads can be found at www.creationforum.de Each controller features a 5.7-inch full colour touchscreen, ten playback faders, multi console networking, and timecode input and output and external monitor capability amongst its many rear panel connectors. Software functions include a comprehensive effects generator, a powerful fanning engine, full HTP/LTP configuration, individual parameter timings, fixture cloning, and touch screen color picker making it a flexible and powerful lighting control solution. Accessory items, such as additional fader wings and button wings connect directly via USB. The USB ports also allow for fast external backups, and easy show migration between the PC / MAC software version and the dedicated controller platforms. www.glp.de
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High End Systems Hog 4 High End Systems’ Hog consoles pioneered the world of large scale automated lighting control. The Hog 4 was built around the way you work, which leads to legendary ease of use. Its tools are designed for programming efficiency, which means even advanced features like pixel-mapping and plot layout are optimized for programming speed. An extensive range of consoles and accessories designed for markets of all shapes and sizes, all Hog 4 products use the same intuitive and powerful Hog 4 operating system software for seamless compatibility and total control of your show. The flagship console of the Hog family, Hog 4 is designed for the largest stadium shows, theme park installations, and concert tours. Hog 4 embraces the latest technology while retaining the familiar control surface of previous generations. Programmers will power through cueing sessions using multitouch monitors, high resolution encoders, jog shuttle wheel, LCD keys and motorised faders. www.highend.com
Jands Stage CL The Stage CL is an easy to use lighting console, specifically designed for use with today’s mix of LED fixtures and dimmers. With the multi award-winning Stage CL console, and with very little training, you can produce stunning shows that make the most of your LED lighting rig. The operator-friendly Stage CL has a touchscreen LCD panel and intuitive manual controls that are easy to learn and use. Even with no previous lighting experience, in-built automation helps you create sophisticated shows quickly. Capable of controlling up to 24 fixtures or groups, each control channel has a traditional fader and flash button to set the intensity levels. In addition, above each fader, each channel has a saturation encoder and a hue encoder that you can twist to set your desired colour. As you turn the dials an LED on the channel changes to mimic the colour that you’re creating on the physical fixture, resulting in prompt, instinctive operation. Simple one press recording, with no complicated menus or options, ensures accurate ‘store what you see’ functionality. The Stage CL offers a comprehensive feature set and is capable of storing up to 76 fixed scenes and an unlimited theatrical style cuelist. www.jands.com
LIGHTCONVERSE 3D Show Platform The 3D Show platform allows you to visualise multiple show-related disciplines in real time - live object tracking, laser, pyro, water effects, and DMX-controlled moving objects in a photo-realistic environment. Visualisation of up to 2000 fixtures is possible, as well as access to 12 DVI outputs for real-world projection. Unparalleled and unique in the industry, LIGHTCONVERSE is the only product that delivers such a dynamic array of capabilities in One Complete Platform, offering software and hardware solutions for visualising and integrating Multiple Show Disciplines – including Lighting, Video, 3D Mapping, Laser, Water Effects, Pyrotechnics, Moving Objects and Object Tracking by automated fixtures and projectors – all within in a PhotoRealistic, Real-Time, 3D View. www.lightconverse.com
Lightronics SR Series The SR Series wall stations provide architectural control to DMX-512 lighting systems. These units can store up to 16 scenes and activate them with the push of a button or the movement of a fader. Scenes are organised in two banks of eight scenes each. Scenes in the SR series can operate in either an exclusive mode (one scene active at a time) or in a “pile-on” mode which enables multiple scenes to be added together. All 512 DMX channels can be included in the scene data. Fade in and out times can be set by default for all scenes or custom programmed for each individual scene. The unit can operate with other types of Lightronics Unity Smart remotes and simple remote switches. These remotes connect to the SR series wall stations via low voltage wiring and can turn SR scenes on and off. This unit can also be used for lighting system operation without the use of a trained operator at the main lighting console. The SR station retains stored scenes when powered off using non-volatile memory. It can be used continuously without a control console. The console is needed only to record scenes. www.lightronics.com
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LSC Mantra Lite The Mantra Lite goal is simple - make control of LED fixtures easy and intuitive, while still allowing control of moving lights and dimmers. The award-winning Mantra Lite, and the Mantra Lite Expansion Wings combine the ease of use of a fader based console, with the power of a graphical user interface. The software shows the user what to do next, ensuring an easy learning curve for even the novice user. Control of 24 individual fixtures (up to 48 with expansion wings) is provided, each with a physical fader for intensity. A large 18cm (7.2-inch) colour capacitive touch screen provides a powerful user interface, similar in operation to modern smartphones, giving the user the feeling of familiarity and comfort. RGB and CMY parameters are all controlled via a simple colour picker, Pan and Tilt via a trackpad and other parameters by virtual sliders. This allows the Mantra to control not just colour, but all the parameters of modern fixtures. Power users are also catered for with many advanced features and the ability to record up to 1,000 memories, across 100 cuelists or chases, and playback 10 simultaneously on the console. www.lsclighting.com
MA Lighting dot2 The dot2 core is a compact lighting console designed for small to medium sized productions up to 4,096 control channels. Intuitive operation is the core of the dot2 philosophy and with a comprehensive set of connectivity hardware on all console models, the dot2 range is suitable for most theatre, touring, corporate, television and education lighting environments. The easy to operate dot2 software is available in multiple languages and provides onboard Help and Direct Hints to guide a new user to operate the console to its full potential. Simply Patch and Go, with no additional setup required. A full range of clever programming and playback features provide intuitive access to advanced functionality. Access to generic fixture functions is via a Smart Dialogue and Store Look functionality ensures you can control and record what’s intended. Automated tools; Track & Shield and Auto-Unblock simplify cue-list management and Auto-Fix allows playback page changes to occur without unexpected results. The dot2 will feel familiar to theatrical users, 100mm faders provide full access to the master playback list at all times and a tactile level wheel gives access to lighting levels. Commandline syntax is fully supported alongside graphically assisted touch screen control of all features. www.ma-dot2.com
MADRIX MADRIX range MADRIX is the powerful yet simple LED lighting control system made in Germany. Amazing projects are brought to life with the high-quality software and hardware. The MADRIX Software is the preferred lighting tool of choice for industry professionals, lighting designers, operators, VJs, and enthusiasts all around the world. From small projects and events to high-profile architectural installations, the largest stages, and the most famous clubs, MADRIX Software makes the most creative lighting designs possible. Thanks to very intuitive controls and enormous flexibility, you can create stunning lighting effects for your LEDs in no time. The application is a real-time effects generator for 2D pixel mapping and 3D voxel mapping with additional media server capabilities. Using the built-in graphics and rendering engine, fully customizable live visuals are created by you quickly and easily. Combined with neat hardware products, it is a proven and innovative LED control solution. MADRIX hardware reliably transfers the lighting data to your LEDs and controllers. Any small or large LED installation benefits from prime build quality and outstanding features, such as the built-in synchronisation mode that ensures an optimal image on your the LEDs without visual interruptions. www.madrix.com
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Music & Lights SMARTDRIVE1248 SMARTDRIVE1248 from Music & Lights is a LED driver conceived for 1248V LEDs. SMARTDRIVER is conceived to be a versatile solution to process LED with DMX512, DALI, 0-10V signals, or manual controller through the LED display interface. SMARTDRIVE1248 features four independent output (5A/ch) for a max total current of 10A. The DMX modes are selectable to make it compatible with all kind of LED such as RGB, RGBW, VW, Full White. www.musiclights.it
Nicolaudie Light Rider Light Rider is a new app for iPad, Android and Amazon Fire tablet which lets you control your DMX lights without the need for programming. The app is compatible with any DMX lighting fixture and includes an evergrowing library of over 15,000 fixture personality profiles. Developed by the Nicolaudie Group with over 25 years of DMX lighting control experience, Light Rider puts a professional light show into the hands of DJ’s, who might not have the time for programming scenes before a show. Crafted by Light Rider’s developers and DJs - Move FX are on the left, Color FX on the right, Flash FX in the middle and presets along the bottom. Ride FX live with the speed, fade, fan, size and shift controls. Sync with music using audio Pulse analysis, Beat Tap or Ableton Link. Available for free on the App Store, Amazon and Google Play. Light Rider can be used with any Nicolaudie Group USB-DMX interface with Android, or via any Art-Net device over WiFi with Android/iPad. ArtNet is available for free, but an add-on will need to be purchased after 2017. A Light Rider WiFi DMX device will be available later in 2018. www.lightriderapp.com
Showmagic AVSS Since its launch in 1998, the design of the ShowMagic range of lighting control software products has been driven by a desire to make lighting control as quick and as simple as possible. In the 20 years since then the product range has grown, applying the same design philosophy, to encompass the playback and control of multiple channels of video, captured video, digital signage and audio, making it so much more than a user-friendly solution for lighting control. ShowMagic’s built in auto-scheduler and RS232/IP device control capability (for control of projectors, AV matrix switchers etc.) make it a fully-integrated, one-stop control solution for unmanned, fixed installations. The latest version 14.3 release adds over 150 new fixtures to its existing library of 2500. The number of ColourScene matrices has been increased, by popular demand, from 12 to 24 which makes it ideal for independent control of multiple lighting zones such as bowling lanes, architectural zones etc. The setup of Art-Net universes and subnets has now also been made even more flexible in this latest release. www.showmagic.com
Steinigke Eurolite DMX Move Controller 512 PRO The Eurolite DMX Move Controller 512 PRO is used to control DMX light effect units, such as moving heads, scanners and LED spot lights with RGBW colour mixture. 512 DMX channels can be assigned and inverted as desired to 34 control channels. The 512 Pro offers quick programming, thanks to nine integrated movement patterns and six colour effects (pan/tilt position, fade time and running time adjustable). Several movement patterns and colour effects can be used simultaneously, too. The desktop console has 30 programmable chases, with 100 scenes each able to be stored. Three DMX channel faders can be controlled, while eight motorised DMX channel faders are included for user-friendly control. www.steinigke.de
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Visual Productions CueluxPro
Wireless Solution W-DMX BlackBox G5
CueluxPro is an advanced and scalable lighting control application. The software is designed to control medium to large lighting installations, for both architectural and live-entertainment situations. CueluxPro works in combination with the CueCore and IoCore as its DMX and IO interfaces, the B-Station is supported as a remote control unit. All devices are connected by Ethernet. The CueluxPro software is available for download. The licence is included in the CueCore, i.e. each CueCore unlocks two universes and each QuadCore unlocks 4fouruniverses in the CueluxPro software. CueluxPro is equipped with pixel mapper to control LED matrix arrangements. The pixel mapper contains algorithms for creating two-dimensional effects and can also render external images and video file. Multiple layers can be used to blend effects in to each other or to independently control multiple matrix setups. CueluxPro is the ideal programming tool for your CueCore or QuadCore. You can create lighting scenes and dynamic effect and pixel mappings and then easily upload this to the standalone memory of the CueCores. If you have a multiple CueCore setup then CueluxPro will spawn the data across the devices. Also, CueluxPro will automatically create seamless loops when uploading a dynamic effect, e.g. a pan/tilt shape or a matrix effect. www.visualproductions.nl
The W-DMX BlackBox series is an industry bell-weather for Wireless DMX and RDM control, packed into a tough, roadworthy die-cast metal casing. Crammed with all our W-DMX technologies, the W-DMX BlackBox series is built for the true lighting professional. The W-DMX BlackBox G5 is our most popular of the series, using our patented Adaptive Frequency Hopping technology to automatically avoid interference created by other wireless networks, for example W-LAN, wireless intercoms, stage automation systems and more. G5 supports 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz frequency bands, these triple-band units have full RDM support in transceiver models, and even the most complex installations can be configured wirelessly. With simple slot adjustments, the BlackBox can be integrated into larger, more complex installations. www.wirelessdmx.com
WorkPro LightShark LS-1 LS-1 is the first ever lighting console to offer a total control based on web browser. LS-1 can be controlled from a multi-touch device, with support for up to three connected devices simultaneously. LS-1 has running in its core LightShark, the lighting software platform which makes this console a new concept of lighting control. Thanks to the LightShark engine, LS-1 features eight DMX Universes via sACN and/or ArtNet, detailed control of colour and gobo options, comprehensive grouping options, CueList operation with up to 1200 Cues and Lists, customisable automation via a graphics-based Executor window, special effects and fanning, plus built-in support for an ever-growing library of lighting Fixtures. Almost all aspects of the LS-1 system can be controlled from the hardware surface. LS-1 users have the freedom to control their lighting systems via the browser-based control software, a combination of the LS-1 hardware and their preferred mobile device, or the LS-1 hardware alone, according to personal preference. All of the required hardware interfacing is available on the back of the console (including DMX Outputs for control of two DMX Universes, and Ethernet port for access to eight DMX Universes), along with a USB connector for updates. www.workpro.es
Zero 88 FLX S24 & S48 FLX S consoles are easy to learn and simple to use - delivering all the features you need at an affordable price. FLX S24 is flexible, offering a powerful LED and moving light controller in a small 19” unit with direct access to each of the lights in your rig. FLX S48 has double the power of the FLX S24 with intuitive and hands-on control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output to provide quick access to palettes and an overview of the show. Quickly and accurately control colour changing lights using the multi-touch colour and image picker, the encoder wheels or by selecting colours contained within a ‘mood’ using Mood Boards by Lee Filters, and quickly record it straight onto any fader or one of the 48 (FLX S24) or 96 (FLX S48) instantaccess colour palettes to recall later. Moving lights can be controlled using the multi-touch pan/tilt grid, the encoder wheels or with automatic effects like ‘Figure 8’, ‘Rainbow’ and ‘Fly-In’. From design to manufacture, FLX S24 and FLX S48 have been developed to work in a wide range of applications, with specific considerations for education, houses of worship, fringe theatre, community venues, corporate events, concerts, rental, fashion, festivals, holiday parks, cruise ships, TV and many more. www.zero88.com
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1. ADB Hathor 2.0 ADB has released version 2.0 of its Hathor software. These are the main new features: Over 10,000 templates with bi-weekly updates independent from software updates; Fixed faders in submasters, not included in page management, like Playbacks with IN & OUT, Grand Master, Independents, and Fields; Innovative HSI colours handled by Colour Picker; Exclusive Park Function, by Device or by Parameter; Extension of remote control functions via dedicated software which runs on an iPad. Release 2.0 of Hathor software can be found on the new ADB Stagelight website, both on the page devoted to Hathor and on the download page. www.adblighting.com
2. Ashly digiMIX18 Setting itself apart from other digital mixers that currently clutter the market, the new digiMIX18 from Ashly features intuitive real-time mixing functionality pros and beginners will appreciate – with real buttons and knobs, intelligent fader and meter bridge, a seveninch touchscreen interface, and has a free iPad app for remote control. Additional features include 18 inputs, 12 output busses, comprehensive equalisation and dynamics processing, two effects engines, auto-mixing functionality, optional Dante digital connectivity, supplied rack-mounting hardware for a locking rack system. www.ashly.com
3. Audio-Technica 3000 Series Providing easy setup, versatile operation and rock-solid, richly detailed high-fidelity sound, Audio-Technica’s fourth-generation 3000 Series wireless systems give users the power and flexibility to operate within the congested UHF spectrum. With a class-leading 60 MHz tuning range – more than twice that offered by the previous versions – the new 3000 Series systems are available in four frequency bands – DE2 (470–530 MHz), EE1 (530–590 MHz), EF1 (590–650 MHz) and FG1 (650–700 MHz). Frequencies can be easily scanned and selected on the receiver and then synced with the transmitter via IR sync functionality. The 3000 Series even lets users set a backup
frequency that can be quickly swapped by pressing the transmitter’s multifunction button in the event of unexpected interference. Available system configurations feature an ATW-R3210 receiver along with an ATW-T3201 body-pack or ATW-T3202 handheld transmitter. The ATW-T3201 is equipped with AudioTechnica’s new cH-style screw-down 4-pin connector for secure connection to AudioTechnica’s cH-style lavalier and headworn microphones, or cables. The ATW-T3202 comes with either an ATW-C510 dynamic or ATW-C710 condenser interchangeable cardioid capsule, and its industry-standard thread allows for the use of Audio-Technica and other compatible capsules. Both transmitters feature rugged, metal housings and are powered by two AA batteries. Charging terminals on each transmitter work with the ATW-CHG3 and networkable ATW-CH3N smart charging docks (sold separately) to recharge NiMH batteries. Antenna power is available for powered antennas and other in-line RF devices. A ground-lift switch helps eliminate audible hum caused by ground loops. The systems feature balanced and unbalanced audio output jacks. www.audio-technica.com
4. Audix M62 / M65 The M62 boundary microphone utilises the Micros Series technology hypercardioid condenser capsule that rests in an industry-exclusive, patent-pending internal shockmount suspension system. Optimised for voice clarity and designed with logic remote or local programmable on-off switching and dual color LED status indicators, and offset button for interference-free operation, as well as a tail out or tail down cable exit to accommodate a variety of installation or mounting requirements. The M62 is an excellent solution for distance learning student tables, conference and huddle room applications. The M65 is an excellent alternative to a standard gooseneck microphone for education, conference rooms and government applications. The M65 features a Micros hypercardioid condenser capsule with rigid tube construction, unique swivel mount and exquisite black nickel-plating. When the microphone is adjusted to the desired position for speech, the M65’s precision machined design provides a much quieter and smoother motion than conventional gooseneck microphones. When not in use, the M65 can be simply laid horizontally for an unobstructed view. Built to withstand daily use, the M65 also comes with an attached foam windscreen to reduce plosives. www.audixusa.com
5. Chauvet Rogue R1X and R2X Spot Fixtures CHAUVET Professional has added a powerful new punch to its popular Rogue series of moving fixtures. The company has introduced two bright and bold moving spots: the 300W LED Rogue R2X Spot and 170W LED Rogue R1X Spot. Their intense output and rich collection of features, the two newcomers are surprisingly compact and affordable. The Rogue R1X Spot is also a creative powerhouse, with its motorised iris and focus for beam shaping, 16° beam angle for crisp gobo projections and a color wheel that features eight colours, split colour ability, and continuous variablespeed scrolling. Adding to its versatility are its dual gobo wheels with seven interchangeable gobos, as well as its three -facet prism for stunning aerial effects and 16-bit dimming for smooth fades. Both fixtures are RDM enabled for remote addressing and trouble-shooting, and both feature: Neutrik powerCON power input/output connections for power linking; simple and complex DMX channel profiles for programming versatility; three- and five-pin DMX input/output connections; and selectable PWM settings for flicker-free operation on camera. The R2X offers a selectable LED maximum output, allowing it to match Rogue R2 Spot fixtures that are already in a rig, while the R1X can be matched to existing Rogue R1 Spot units. These features should come in handy, since the two powerful new fixtures should be occupying prominent positions in more than a few Rogue rigs in the months ahead. www.chauvetprofessionalcom
6. Clay Paky K-EYE HCR1 The heart of the K-EYE HCR wash light is its six-colour LED light source. In addition to the basic red, green, and blue colour emitters, Clay Paky has added amber, cyan, and lime LEDs to create a source which provides the widest colour range with unrivalled colour spectrum coverage. With HCR technology, this light engine produces typical CRI values greater than 97, up to 99 - values previously only available from conventional light sources. Thanks to this landmark development, that guarantees broader coverage of the colour gamut, lighting designers now have access to every nuance and every shade of every colour. The K-EYE HCR range includes two moving head models: the K-EYE K20 HCR, with 37 LED emitters, and the K-EYE K10 HCR, with 19 emitters. In addition to the moving head fixtures in the range, Clay Paky has recently added static versions: the K-EYE S10 HCR and the K-EYE S20 HCR. www.claypaky.it
1. D.A.S Audio Vantec-20A / Vantec-118A D.A.S. Audio has announced the launch of two new products, the Vantec-20A and the Vantec-118A, which join the Vantec Series lineup of portable systems. The Vantec-20A is an active curved source line array that incorporates an arsenal of hi-tech solutions designed to provide the versatility today’s sound hire professionals need. Whether stacked on the powered Vantec-118A companion subwoofer, flown in a compact array, or used alone on a speaker stand, the Vantec-20A can be used effectively in a sizable number of applications that include corporate AV, mid-size sound reinforcement, and permanent installation. Designed for use in arrays of up to five units, the Vantec-20A is ideal for applications that doń t require the power and long-throw characteristics of large line arrays. Fast and simple deployment are guaranteed thanks to the exclusive D.A.S. Click-Lock rigging hardware, which enables the system to be securely stacked on, or flown from, the Vantec-118A. Individual units can be mounted on tripods with precise aiming possible, thanks to the variable angle pole mount that allows for up to 13.5º of up or down tilt. The Vantec-118A is an active front-loaded bass system that has been designed specifically for use with the Vantec-20A curved source line array. Compact in size, the unit can be flown in arrays or linked together in ground stacks, thanks to the D.A.S. ClickLock rigging system, which is compatible with the Vantec-20A. www.dasaudio.com
2.DiGiCo 4REA4 At the heart of the system is the 4REA4 processing engine with DiGiCo connectivity options and powerful 4REA4 control software, providing routing, processing and mix control that allows your performance area to expand across your installation. The 4REA4 processing engine rack has four dedicated mix areas, or zones, each with its own stereo master output, CGs, and allocated FX. With an available 128 input channel and 48 buss output processing strips, you can independently allocate processing to whichever area as required. Managing the mixing and routing of each individual local performance area are a new range of premium designed hardware control panels and external I/O units, that work in conjunction with the 4REA4 processing engine and control software. New Ethernet connected controller options include the wall mounting single rotary ACONTROL1 with
a TFT display for small area performance management, and the ACONTROL8 with eight 100m faders designed for more complex mix and function control. Local I/O boxes are managed via proprietary Ethernet or Dante connectivity for extended reach across a facility, with options including the new A168 STAGE floor rack and the A164 WALL LCD box, both providing mic and line level connectivity to ensure a premium 96kHz audio experience across the most demanding performance venues. ww.digico.biz
3. Elation Dartz 360 Elation’s Dartz 360 is a unique, compact, full colour-mixing LED beam/spot fixture with gobos and effects that produces an impressive 3° aperture. Requiring no minimum safe project distance, a single-source 50W RGB LED engine produces a powerful and tight 3-degree beam for smooth, colour-mixed beam effects similar to a discharge lamp. Extremely bright for its wattage and size, a combined LED engine source/optics package provides better field and brighter output than previous multi-chip LED “beam” solutions. The Dartz 360 is also phenomenally fast with continuous 360° pan and tilt movement added to the gobos, dual prisms, frost and remote focus. ww.elationlighting.eu
4. Fulcrum Acoustic CCX12 Unlike conventional loudspeakers that trade off low frequency (LF) directional control for compact enclosures, Fulcrum’s Passive Cardioid Technology enables CCX12 loudspeakers to achieve unprecedented LF/HF control for products of their size. CCX12 loudspeakers provide 9dB of low frequency attenuation in the rear hemisphere without requiring additional cancellation drivers, amplifiers or signal processing channels. CCX12 subcardioid coaxial loudspeakers are particularly effective for high-fidelity, foreground distributed systems, as well as for systems requiring targeted pattern control. Their unique trapezoidal shaped enclosures allow for mounting very close to ceilings with minimal effect on sight lines, which facilitates acceptance by interior designers and architects. www.fulcrum-acoustic.com
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1. Magewell Pro Capture 4K
3. Outline Arena Series
Magewell’s 4K PCIe capture cards combine high-performance, Ultra HD video ingest with powerful features such as CPU-free, FPGA-based video processing. Multiple models provide a flexible choice of input interfaces including HDMI, SDI (single-link 12G, duallink 6G or quad-link 3G) or DVI. Highlighted configurations will include upcoming dualchannel models that simultaneously capture two independent, 60fps 4K signals on one card. www.magewell.com
Intelli-X3 provides all the system management tools necessary for comprehensive system Featuring the ‘OutSide’ Coating Technology, the three-layer elastoplastic weatherproof protection as their larger siblings, Arena Series enclosures integrate perfectly into stadium installations with Stadia Series units, providing seamless audio throughout areas not covered by the main system. They also provide extremely effective multi-purpose solutions in any application where high quality audio needs to be distributed around outdoor areas, such as theme parks, leisure facilities, tourist attractions and public spaces. The Arena Series comprises two models, the 215 CX and the 212 CX. Both reproduce high-intelligibility full-range audio, the former from a 15inch LF transducer and a 15inch mid-low driver incorporating a coaxial three-inch inchdiaphragm HF compression driver, mounted on Outline’s proprietary moulded waveguide. The 212 CX uses the same acoustic design but is fitted with 12-inch LF driver and 12-inch / three-inch co-axial transducer, providing a smaller and lighter option. Both designs are uniquely configured as ‘two-and-a-half’ way systems both electrically and acoustically and both models deliver audio performance that approaches a threeway design with extended low frequency, outstanding sound quality and remarkable SPL. Better still, thanks to Outline’s exclusive internal crossover designs, both models can be driven by a single channel of amplification which adds desirable cost-efficiency to an already compelling package. outline.it
2. Martin Audio O-Line O-Line has long been famed as a versatile micro line array designed for a wide variety of architectural applications – from houses of worship to transport terminals. In many applications an O-Line array can be driven using only one amplifier channel, with simple EQ and limiting the only processing required. However, it can now also be taken into a new dimension of coverage, consistency and control when combined with an iKON iK81 eight-channel amplifier with onboard DSP to independently control and power each individual enclosure. This unlocks the full potential of O-Line - further refining coverage consistency and increasing the ability to ‘dial-out’ the influence of the room by accessing Martin Audio’s DISPLAY software functionality. The ‘hard avoid’ capability and electronically adjustable coverage make it ideal for the most difficult acoustic spaces. This can also enable additional benefits to any installation. More often than not, many installations can suffer from height restrictions and the combination of both mechanical and DSP optimisation can compensate this challenge. There is also the scenario that following an installation something changes in the venue and rather than have to de-rig and re-rig, electronic optimisation alone can provide a level of coverage change. Similarly, it may be that the venue is multi-purpose with changing sizes of audience and so by using DISPLAY with VU-NET control it’s possible to have different presets to cater for these coverage changes without the need to re-rig. www.martin-audio.com
4. PR Lighting Omega Featuring six RGBW 4-in-1 60W LEDs, PR Lighting’s new Omega is a versatile moving bar effect fixture, producing a powerful, zoomable blade of light. Each pixel can be controlled individually and the light output can easily be converted into dynamic rays of mid-air micro beams. This fully-featured product boasts all the functionality customers have come to expect from PR Lighting fixtures. It contains: Mechanical dimming (linearly adjustable); Electronic strobe (0-25 fps); 540° pan and endless 270° tilt; Each colour individually pixel controllable; Colour touchscreen, brightness adjustable; Over-temperature protection; Wireless DMX controllable. Housed in IP20 high temperature plastic housing, the net weight of the Omega is just 14.1kg. www.pr-lighting.com
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5. Roland XS-62S Roland is now shipping the XS-62S, an integrated six-channel video switcher and audio mixer with PTZ camera control capabilities in a space-saving design, optimised for installed or portable live event, recording, broadcast and streaming productions. The XS-62S delivers a powerful feature set in a compact 1RU form factor and can be operated by a single user from easy-to-use front panel controls, or remotely from a Mac or PC or programmable interface. The Roland XS-62S supports seamless six-channel switching between four SDI inputs, featuring de-interlacer along with scaled HDMI and RGB inputs from computer, tablet and other video sources, plus two still images stored in internal memory. Two SDI and two HDMI outputs may be assigned to program (PGM), preview (PVW) or auxiliary (AUX) buses. The multiview output displays all six video input sources, two still images and PGM and PVW outputs with audio meters. Three video switching modes are available, enabling the XS-62S to handle a wide range of applications, including presentations, performances and special events, corporate AV conferences and distance learning. www.roland.com
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6. RTI Scaler Switchers To meet the video requirements in today’s corporate, education or retail environments, RTI will introduce high-performance, easily scalable modular matrix switchers. The VMX-8 and VMX-16 modular matrix switchers are conveniently configured using cards in increments of four input/outputs. For the ultimate in versatility, the VFX-124 and VFX-248 flexible matrix switchers have the perfect blend of fixed outputs and open slots (12 and 24 respectively), each configurable as inputs or outputs depending on application. To handle all the different video signal types, a wide variety of input and output cards provide support for HDMI, HDBaseT, VGA, and more. Designed for meeting rooms, classrooms and lecture halls, RTI presentation switchers make collaboration simple and efficient. The compact VSS-51 scaler/ switcher comes with five inputs and accepts a variety of input formats, including a microphone. It combines truly seamless switching with advanced scaling and has mirrored HDMI and HDBaseT video outputs for easy connection to local and remote displays. The VMS-741 multiviewer scaler has seven video inputs, with seven audio inputs. Video is output at 4K and may be configured for viewing up to four sources simultaneously on one display. www.rticorp.com
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1. Steinigke X-men TMH-X7 and TMH-X19
3. TASCAM MZ-Series
Seven colours in one LED – including lemon and UV. With this special mixture, Eurolite presents its new X-men TMH-X7 and TMH-X19. Those two are the first moving heads equipped with this colour mixture, guaranteeing stunning light effects. A zoom, highquality components and more extra features are also included. The exact colour mixture of the LEDs: red, green, blue, amber, white, lemon and UV. This combination allows for particularly homogeneous, deep and, thanks to the lemon colour, fresh colours. UV gives the color spectrum its final touch, making fluorescent materials glow and producing unique, almost sparkling light effects by skillful blending. Each 7-in-1 LED has a power consumption of 25 w. They shine extremely bright and perform flawlessly even on bigger stages, supported by the motorised zoom that adjusts the beam angle from 3° to 34° (X7) or from 4° to 31° (X19). The X-men cover everything from a sharp beam to a beautiful wash effect. www.steinigke.de
The compact, 2U rack-mount TASCAM MZ-223 offers five audio channels, each with a dedicated gain potentiometer and two stereo sets of RCA line-level inputs (10 RCA inputs, total), that can be mixed, segregated, and routed to three independent zones or destinations. Channels one and two can also accommodate phono-level signals for use with a turntable, making the MZ-223 suitable for DJ and residential applications. Two convenient front-panel, balanced XLR inputs handle microphone signals. Each of the MZ-223’s three stereo output zones present balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA line-level outputs, enabling long cable runs or connection to residential power amplifiers or powered speakers. A slider switches the RCA outputs between 0.75V and 1.5V. The MZ-223 also provides stereo unbalanced RCA master Record outputs, switchable for use with or without microphones, that enable recording the main mix to an external recording device for capturing events. With the MZ-223’s flexible design, for example, you could route music to Zone 1, ambient noise or natural sounds to Zone 2, and a separate music track or a voice announcement to Zone 3. The front panel also includes a 0.25-inch stereo headphone output with level control. A generous assortment of front-panel volume sliders, routing switches and buttons, EQ knobs, and mute buttons enable simple, fast setup and operation. A Talkover function automatically lowers other source levels when microphones are in use. www.tascam.com
2. Tarm Lasergrid Laser presentations specialist Tarm Showlaser has launched Lasergrid, which combines a number of single laser units with one single-coloured laser source, one or more power supply units and accessories. The single laser units are flexible to install and can be utilised on a ceiling, wall, on a truss or daisy-chained in a horizontal and/or vertical line. Each laser module generates a linear beam and all modules together form a laser grid with parallel laser beams. Each laser unit can be individually controlled by DMX (dimming). Number and design of the single components can be individually customised. The power supply provides the necessary supply voltage for all connected modules in one chain as well as the DMX interface for DMX control. The connection of daisy chained emergency stop systems is possible. Approximately 10 laser modules with connecting cables of three-metre to five-metre length can be connected to one power supply unit. www.tarm.de
4. Tasker EN50200 - PH120 Tasker has introduced three categories of products which are in compliance with the EN50200. The first one is represented by unshielded cables with purple sheath, advised for voice evacuation and PA systems, their codes are TSK201, TSK202 and TSK203 with the respective following sections: 1 sq mm, 1.5 sq mm and 2.5 sq mm. Shielded cables with red sheath for fire detection alarm systems is the second category and their codes are TSK301, TSK302 and TSK303 with the respective sections of: 1 sq mm, 1.50 sq mm and 2.5 sq mm. The third one is related to a unique cable: Tasker C729. A Cat.6A cable S./F.T.P. double shielded and wrapped with glass fibre to make the product suitable for many operative applications and able to transmit controls, data, digital audio or video even in case of a big fire. All these products are made with red copper stranded formation, silicone rubber cores and sheath in LSZH polymer, M1 quality. www.tasker.it
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Seven colors in one LED – including lemon and UV. With the two X-Men you get the latest moving heads with a unique color mixture. This combination allows for particularly homogeneous, deep and, thanks to the lemon color, fresh colors. UV gives the color spectrum its final touch, making fluorescent materials glow and producing unique, almost sparkling light effects by skillful blending. _ Unique color mixture with RGBAW + lemon + UV _ 25 watts per LED _ Zoom from 3-34° (X7) and 4-31° (X19)
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1. Tempest Whispr
3. X-Laser Mercury Laser
Whispr enclosure comes in three sizes, for projectors between 5-15,000 ANSI lumens, and is completely self-contained, requiring no external fans or ductwork to achieve excellent levels of noise attenuation. Combining dc fan technology with high-tech melamine acoustic foam and some interesting labyrinth geometry, Tempest have matched or bettered previous best results, with a completely stand-alone enclosure. Whispr typically mounts under a ceiling or other structure, and rigging options are available for all installation types. www.tempest.biz
Mercury laser control system continues to alter preconceived notions about laser control. With beta testing complete, X-Laser Mercury now includes firmware updates and fixture profiles supporting major lighting control platforms such as Avolites, ChamSys, MA Lighting, Martin (M-Series and LightJockey), Jands Vista, Elation, and more. X-Laser’s Mercury laser control interface is also now available in X-Laser’s five, 10 w, 20 w, 30 w and 50 w Skywriter fixtures. The Mercury laser control system is ideal for pro lighting designers because it can basically plug and play the laser into our console workflow and program it just like a regular beam or wash fixture. The newest video, showcasing the Skywriter HPX M-5 5W laser fixture, provides a quick visual overview of the most powerful features within the Mercury control interface. Such features include 400+ pre-installed gobos, nine prism shapes with variable spacing, fully customisable gradient effects, a 0.08º to 45º zoom range, and DMX512, RDM, and ArtNet control. Along with the featured effects video, X-Laser has published a guided demo for using Mercury with an Avolites console, with more such videos showing how to create specific effects on the way. x-laser.us
2. VITEC HEVC E2 TV VITEC’s point-to-point/point-to-multipoint HEVC streaming offering, featuring the award-winning MGW Ace hardware-based HEVC encode/decode solution. Using VITEC’s second-generation 4:2:2 10-bit HEVC codec (Gen2), the compact, powerful streaming solution provides unmatched video quality and efficient bandwidth compression. Advanced, built-in stream protection guarantees reliable video distribution over any network, including the internet. In addition, MGW Ace can reduce the streaming latency down to 70ms end-to-end. VITEC’s new advancements for EZ TV, the company’s industry-leading IPTV and digital signage platform. With easy-to-use tools for signage authoring, administration, and analytics EZ TV automates video streaming workflows and signage campaigns over existing IP networks, allowing any organization to centrally manage IPTV and signage content from a single interface. A truly future-proof platform, EZ TV supports both H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) formats in resolutions up to 4K, combined with AES encryption to ensure secure content delivery. The solution’s hardware-based IPTV and signage endpoints feature low-latency playback, real-time updating of the electronic program guide, video-on-demand content with updating of new assets in real time, time-shifted TV, live video access via PC and mobile, and user-controlled mosaic viewing of multiple channels. www.vitec.com
4. Yamaha CS-700 The Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System for huddle rooms is the first solution that optimiSes audio, video, and collaboration capabilities in a wall-mounted system, ensuring an intuitive meeting experience. It boasts an adaptive beamforming microphone array, which guarantees that every word is perfectly captured and delivered to the far end, four Yamaha speaker elements to provide the highest degree of audio intelligibility, and a wide-angle HD camera that captures every meeting participant in clear detail. Through a single USB cable, it is ready to connect to an organization’s chosen UC platform, such as Skype for Business, Cisco® Spark, GoToConference, Zoom, and many others. This plug-and-play approach allows users to quickly get started without wrestling with disparate video, audio, and collaboration components, thus eliminating complex steps that can waste valuable meeting time or require the assistance of on-call IT staff. In addition, the CS-700’s integrated network management system allows IT staff to deploy and remotely manage each unit from one location, increasing service response and efficiency. www.yamahaproaudio.com
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“As any artistic form of expression, great lighting transcends boundaries, yet it is also grounded in local roots and culture. We thrive on strong relationships with local lighting communities.”
ALBERT CHAUVET CEO of Chauvet & Sons LLC How did Chauvet begin? Albert Chauvet: It kicked off as a one-man operation in 1989 and, today, we are continuing to set our sights even further.
What is the aim for Chauvet? Albert: Our main aim is to become a global and multi-faceted entertainment and architectural lighting leader within the industry.
What is in place for Chauvet to achieve that global reach? Albert: Chauvet’s vision has resulted in us having a global footprint of 150 authorised distributors in over 100 countries and 270 staff in the USA, Mexico, the UK, Belgium and, as of this year, France and Germany.
What has been the key reason behind that success over the years? Albert: We spend an enormous amount of time and resources getting and studying feedback from existing and potential clients in order to develop quality products that truly meet their needs and budgets. Our product developers see themselves on a mission to democratise creativity by making world-class lighting accessible to a broad range of customers - and not just the upper end of the market. We apply this solution-centric approach to our family of brands: CHAUVET DJ, CHAUVET Professional and Iluminarc in lighting, as well as Trusst in trussing solutions. In 2017, we also acquired ChamSys lighting controllers to complement our offerings.
What areas have you been focussing on in terms of the planned expansion? Albert: Using the same strategic vision that I mentioned earlier, we have recently forayed directly into both France and Germany. Those two new subsidiaries focus exclusively on distributing and servicing our three lighting brands. The opening of the new facility in Bremen will be
our first direct presence in the German market. Thomas Fischer, who was formerly the owner and Managing Director of Fischer GmbH, has been named Managing Director. He is joined by well-known lighting industry expert, Henning Oeker, who will serve as Regional Sales Director for Chauvet in Germany. We’re extremely pleased to have Thomas and Henning on-board with us in Germany. They have put together a team of experienced lighting professionals who are well positioned to provide sales and service support to the German market. Thomas: We’re very excited by this opportunity. Chauvet has established an excellent reputation throughout the world and has been at the forefront in the development of new LED fixtures for entertainment and theatrical lighting applications.
And the subsidiary in France? Albert: Chauvet products have previously been distributed by third parties in France for over a decade. So, this new facility demonstrates our commitment to the French market. Many of our French customers have been buying our lights for years, so the time had come to support them by having a direct presence in France. Having a local presence will make us more responsive to the specific needs of our customers.
Who will head up the operation at the Paris facility? Albert: Chauvet France is staffed by seasoned lighting professionals, including the recently appointed Chauvet European Sales Director, Martin Fournier, Jerome Garnier, Nicolas Pommier and Juliette Mason. Michael Brooksbank, General Manager, Chauvet Europe: Chauvet France will be dedicated to lighting, a focus that we believe will also enhance its level of service. We are lighting people and www.mondodr.com
we believe that lighting deserves a full-time commitment. Martin: We are focussed on delivering the highest quality customer experience. We have a broad range of products, all designed to meet specific customer needs.
Are there any other areas where you plan to expand further? Albert: We’re also optimistic about our growth potential in Asia, where we have brought in Hanslee Lim, who is highly regarded in the industry. Hanslee joined us in January to spearhead business development from his base in Singapore.
How do you ensure that these new facilities will continue the success? Albert: Striking the right balance between partnering with distributors in selected countries and having a direct presence in other lighting markets is key to staying responsive, As any artistic form of expression, great lighting transcends boundaries, yet it is also grounded in local roots and culture. We thrive on strong relationships with local lighting communities, either with a direct presence or through our partnership with like-minded distributors. Connectivity to markets also makes us as a company nimbler when it comes to recognising and developing new ideas - a practice that is deeply ingrained in what we call the Chauvet DNA.
Finally, tell us something about Chauvet that we don’t know… Albert: We have always been at the forefront of change, for example, in the earlier days, we introduced the first widely-accepted LED colour washes with the COLORado series. We thrive on innovation and we remain hungry for new ideas that can help designers work faster, better and more creatively, around the world.
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