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04 FIRST WORDS 06 NEWS 24 VIDEO FILES 26 ENNOVATIONS EXHIBITION PREVIEW 30 New Technology at PALM Expo 2017 34 Live Entertainment Expo TOKYO 36 Asian Attractions Expo 2017 EXHIBITION REVIEW 40 Prolight + Sound Frankfurt 2017 SPOTLIGHT 54 Bose Professional’s ShowMatch DeltaQ Offers True Scalability PROJECTS 56 VIETNAM: New Dai Nam Racecourse Powered By HARMAN Professional Solutions


LIVE 64 SINGAPORE: Panasonic Projectors At i Light Marina Bay 2017 67 SINGAPORE: Amate Audio Packs A Punch At Battle Of The Champions 70 INDIA: Coldplay And L-Acoustics Headline At Global Citizen India 71 INDIA: On A Higher Plane 72 AUSTRALIA: Philips Lighting In The Australian Production Of Wicked 74 CREW SPACE: The Cable Mess 75 EVENTS LISTING 76 MARKET PLACE

58 AUSTRALIA: Australia Zoo Brings Expansive Audio To Africa Savannah Exhibit 60 CHINA: Christie Delivers Majestic Visuals For New Virtual Flight Ride 62 CHINA: Famen Temple Visitors Get Immersed In Millennial Tales




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According to the reports from Messe Frankfurt, Prolight + Sound attracted 45,100 visitors from 139 countries. Despite the numbers, it was easy to get around and meet with the exhibitors. Of course except for visiting beyerdynamic, which was located at the Musicmesse Halls we did not really step into the Musicmesse space. Prolight + Sound still has relevancy especially when it comes to the Event Technology sector, as it does attract a fair portion of those involved in the sector to the exhibition. I received mixed reviews with some exhibitors leaning more towards NAMM and ISE as their key exhibitions with less emphasis on Frankfurt. This year, Bosch, Sennheiser, Meyer Sound, Analog Way were some of the key brands missing at the exhibition. Will this have a telling effect on the exhibition? It might be still too early to guess. One individual commented to me that with NAMM and ISE being held so early in the year, PL+S Frankfurt might suffer from purchase decisions being made before the show in April, which might affect visitors. Regardless, the show did have a number of products launched which made it all very interesting for us as visitors. We are kicking off a new column from this issue, titled CREW SPACE. As the name suggests it is targeted at the crew. We will be highlighting best practices that we hope will help the crew be more productive. We have kicked off the column with some observations made and we are hoping that the industry will help us continue this column with their suggestions. To entice you to contribute, we will be giving away prizes for those who have contributed really great ideas. Enjoy the read. Thomas Richard Prakasam Publisher/Editorial Director

Ram Bhavanashi Editor, India And Middle East

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Jimmy Chin Design And Production

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TLC Global Upbeat In Establishing GLP Down Under Meanwhile, its core rental sector remains in fine shape — due largely to the massive worldwide success of multiple fixtures on high profile events and tours. “As a result, we are seeing a strong push from the rental market towards GLP, as end-user specifications for GLP products filter increasingly onto our shores and into the hands of our local vendors. I see a lot of interest in a number of items from the range.”

(L-R) Dave Taylor, Sales manager, TLC Global with Soren Storm, GLP Sales Director, Asia Pacific

AUSTRALIA: In the three months since taking over Australian distribution of GLP’s cutting-edge LED and hybrid portfolio, TLC Global has wasted no time in establishing the brand. This culminated in a spectacular showcase at the recent ENTECH Roadshows, which ran through Australia’s major cities during the month of February. According to Sales Account Manager Dave Taylor they are already lining up the X4 Bar 20, X4 atoms and GT-1 for a major penetration of the professional lighting market down under, while continuing to monitor the fast developing product roadmap. “GLP has a outstanding reputation for understanding its market and end users,” he believes. “Their ability to adapt and grow with market demands in a way that remains consistent with the brand’s previous development successes provides potential purchasers with a lot of confidence and bodes well for the future.” In particular, the market is seeking IP rated options and versatility in products such as the modular systems and accessories. Currently untapped markets, such as fixed installation, are ripe for development, he adds. “There is a wonderful potential for the brand with its evolving facilities — particularly with regard to the government growth here in the country. A wide percentage of this market is now looking for alternative supply and support from the Australian distribution resources.”

And user feedback to the ENTECH Roadshows from the market has been “outstanding”, according to Dave Taylor. “Our end users are pleased to finally have access to products that have not readily been available to them in the past. There appears to be great momentum within our designers as they push to further gain access to these familiar tools that they commonly use around the world, and equally great interest from our vendors and venues who realize the potential in the quality.” All of this is underpinned by the relationship with the German manufacturer, which could hardly have got off to a more positive start. “We are extremely grateful both for the opportunity and support that we have received from GLP to date, and look forward to a very successful and long lasting relationship to come,” Taylor concludes. This vision is shared with GLP’s Sales Director Asia Pacific, Søren Storm: “We are very excited about our appointment of TLC Global as the exclusive distributor of Australia. The team at TLC Global are extremely dedicated to GLP and it is also very clear that they have a really good name in the industry” he says. “Davey Taylor and Richard Saunders have both a strong background in the production industry, so their remarkable technical skills and understanding are a perfect fit to the GLP range of products. I am very confident that our partnership will put the GLP brand on the Australian map, in a big way. I am looking forward to our relationship and our ongoing commitment to the Australian market”, concludes Storm.



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Audinate Introduces New Dante Broadway Networking Chip INTERNATIONAL: Audinate, developer of the industryleading Dante media networking technology, has announced the immediate availability of its new Dante Broadway networking chip designed for mid-channel count audio products. Available in 8x8 and 16x16 channel options, Dante Broadway is ideal for adding Dante audio networking to products such as small mixers, power amplifiers, DSPs, hardware interfaces and conferencing solutions. Dante Broadway blends the small form factor of Audinate’s renowned Ultimo products with the most popular features of the powerful Brooklyn II module, including latency as low as 0.25ms and support for Gigabit Ethernet. Redundancy is also supported in specific configurations for high-availability applications. With a rich set of control interfaces (including

SPI, UART and GPIO), plus support for Dante Device Protocol, packet bridging and AES67, Dante Broadway can seamlessly connect an audio product into the growing ecosystem of Dante-enabled products. “As Dante adoption has continued to accelerate, our manufacturer customers are looking to integrate Dante networking more broadly across their product line,” states David Myers, COO of Audinate. “We are pleased to add Dante Broadway to the range of solutions we offer, giving OEMs a cost-effective way to add Dante to mid-tier channel count products.”

Venuetech And SGM Re-establish Old Ties MIDDLE EAST: SGM has appointed Venuetech LLC as the sole distributor for the Middle East. Relations go back to 1992, where dynamic lighting made its entrance to the global market. Venuetech is renowned for illuminating a long list of landmark buildings and entertainment projects in the region. With their strong presence and SGM as key player in the global market for dynamic lighting products, together they form a strong alliance.

create the foundation for cementing a number one position in the regions” said Peter Johansen, CEO of SGM Light

“We have high expectations and we look forward to exploring this strong relationship in a market with such big growth potential for LED dynamic lighting. Together, we

Elie Kheirallah, Technical Director of Venuetech, added, “SGM is going to reinforce our presence due to the extensive product range ideally suited for the harsh conditions in the region. We look forward to develop this strategic partnership.”



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MIPRO’s MA-808 Wireless PA And ST-24 Wireless Saxophone Set Win Red Dot For High Quality Design

INTERNATIONAL: Manufacturers and designers from 54 countries entered their current product innovations in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017. 39 experts from all over the world convened in Essen to assess each individual object live and in situ in a process spanning several days. Only designs that won over the jury with their high design quality were awarded the sought-after Red Dot.

ST-24 digital wireless saxophone set is a unique and innovative design in this category. It integrates a microphone with a wireless transmitter for truly cable-free wireless transmission, allowing musicians complete freedom to move about while performing. These two products can be worked together via MRM-24 2.4 GHz digital receiver module to achieve the natural sound reproduction.

MIPRO MA-808 portable wireless PA system and ST24 digital wireless saxophone set received the Red Dot distinction. With MA-808 and ST-24, MIPRO has created an outstanding design that the expert committee for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 has recognized with the internationally sought-after seal of quality. MA-808 is the flagship model of MIPRO’s portable wireless PA systems with excellent sound quality and it was just upgraded to deliver better and more powerful music sound in 2016.

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award comments, “The Red Dot winners are pursuing the right design strategy. They have recognized that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”

MA-808 integrates wireless microphones, speakers, CD / USB player and a Bluetooth interface for wireless music streaming into a sturdy, compact case that offers an entirely portable sound system anywhere it is needed. The innovative built-in pull-up handle and sturdy wheels for easy transport and the economical rechargeable battery system enables operations indoors or outdoors without AC power, MA-808 fulfilled its designing goal of portability.

Every year, only independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists are appointed to the jury. They evaluate each individual product and award the Red Dot for high design quality and innovation. Thanks to their background, the experts assess the special inter-cultural aspects of design in a conscious manner, guaranteeing a judging process that yields results that determine the direction of the design strategies of manufacturers and designers across the globe.



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Christie Boxer And Evans & Sutherland Help Bangkok Planetarium Visitors Probe The Depths Of The Universe the Digistar 5 into the existing system. Digistar contains the entire known universe modelled in three-dimensions allowing audiences to fly through the stars and experience front-row views of the most amazing places astronomers have discovered,” Niskach added.

Photo courtesy of Bangkok Planetarium

THAILAND: For over 50 years the Bangkok Planetarium has been impressing visitors but more recently, thanks to Christie Boxer and Evans & Sutherland’s Digistar 5 system, the immersive cosmological experience it now offers has made the planetarium a must-visit destination. Deep space journeys and close-ups of objects in the farthest depths of outer space are attracting new visitors and enticing familiar patrons to return. Part of a major renovation through E&S’ local agent, Siam TC Technology Company Ltd. that included the installation of 280 new, customized leather seats and a themed wall and lighting system, the installation is popular with astronomy buffs of all ages and features two Christie Boxer 4K30s projecting seamlessly onto the 65-foot (20 meter) dome using both the Digistar 5 and existing Zeiss system. Scott Niskach, Director of International Sales for Evans & Sutherland, said the Zeiss optical mechanical projector – while effective – is limited to Earth-based observation such as observing the constellations, while the Digistar 5 system can lift off from Earth, penetrating deep into the cosmos, affording the opportunity of seeing the planets, nebulae, distant galaxies, and other intergalactic matter up close in seconds. “You can rotate around and see the individual stars at different times of year with the optical projector but you can’t ‘lift-off’ from the Earth with it, so we integrated

Using two Christie Boxer 4K30s, Evans & Sutherland did a center (front and back) installation using customized fisheye lenses to shoot around the optical projector, thereby avoiding shadows on the dome. E&S also integrated their auto alignment and auto blending systems to calibrate and maintain the seamless beauty of the fulldome image. This is the first installation of two Boxers in the center of the theater. Michael Daut, Creative Director/Marketing Director for E&S, emphasized how key the omnidirectional capabilities and brightness of Christie Boxer projectors were to this project. “The Christie Boxers were able to fit into the position where we needed them because of their omnidirectional capability. It’s a very steep angle – probably an 80-degree angle – almost vertical, where the Boxers are. It was a great fit for the Boxer and I doubt we could have done it with another projector,” said Daut. Daut noted that there also needed to be enough flexibility to not only cover the immense dome, but also to balance the brightness between the optical stars and the digital system when they are used together, for example when the digital system provides stick figure outlines to connect optical stars together into constellation patterns. “But when the Digistar 5 is used as a purely digital planetarium, this is where the Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors really shine. If we had gone in with dimmer projectors, then the digital experience would not have been as bright and colorful as it is with the Christie Boxer projectors shining at 30,000 lumens each,” Niskach concluded. “This installation is a big change that elevates the planetarium to world-class status.”

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NEXO Appoints New Distributor In India INDIA: NEXO is pleased to announce the appointment of YAMAHA MUSIC INDIA Pvt. Ltd. (YMIN) has been appointed as NEXO’s official distributor in India.

Established in 2008 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Yamaha Music India Professional Audio department provides the Indian market with the full line of Yamaha integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production. By adding the NEXO line of high-end loudspeakers and amplifiers to its portfolio, Yamaha Music India aims to offer the Indian professional audio market a superior solutionbased approach to sound reinforcement, supplemented by a high degree of support, education and training to the professional audio market of India. According to Harisha GN, Business Head of the PA department, Yamaha Music India, “Because they have been present in India for so many years, the synergy of the two brands enjoy a very high reputation. Yamaha keeps on investing heavily in India. Our priority with NEXO is to leverage the possibilities between the product ranges of NEXO and Yamaha under one roof to make life much easier for the customer in the mid- and high-end sectors of the market.” "Yamaha Music India has a wide-ranging distribution infrastructure, a network of consultants and an extensive customer base; all of these will now have access to NEXO systems, matched by comprehensive in-house and field product training,” said Denis Baudier, International Sales

Director for NEXO. "With this great partnership, Yamaha will help us effectively meet the growing demand for highquality sound reinforcement solutions in India. Our two companies share the same philosophy, and we aim to offer the Indian professional audio market something over and above ‘black boxes’, complementing technical solutions with a high degree of support, education and training”.

Green Hippo Appoints Lexair For New Zealand New Zealand: Lexair, already exclusively taking care of Green Hippo in Australia, adds New Zealand to its duties, making it the go-to company for Green Hippo buyers and users from Auckland to Perth – and everywhere else in between.

Alex Main, Managing Director at Lexair, said: “We already know, and highly respect, the Green Hippo range from our existing Australian relationship, so we are delighted to take

the success story into New Zealand, where we’re sure we’ll be equally as successful.” James Roth, Head of Sales & Marketing for Green Hippo commented: “Lexair is doing a fabulous job representing the brand in Australia and the commercial logic of appointing this fine company as distributor for New Zealand , is obvious both for us and Lexair’s clients.”




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Delta AV Solutions Take On Martin Audio In Middle East MIDDLE EAST: Martin Audio has appointed Dubai-based audio-visual integration company, Delta AV Solutions, as its new distributor for the GCC countries. The new arrangement came into effect from April 1st. Set up three years ago as a division of Delta Sound, who have bases in the UAE, Qatar and Hong Kong, Delta AV Solutions specializes in the sale and distribution of pro audio and control to the local rental and integration markets. Contracts Manager Gareth Armstrong, a veteran of running special projects in the region, says that Martin Audio plugs an important gap in their portfolio of Tier 1 brands. “Nothing compares to products like the BlacklineX and CDD ranges; as Martin Audio is now being specified a lot on BOQ’s [Bill of Quantities] we are optimistic that these will slot in quickly.” Another factor that impresses him is the manufacturer’s support. “Their back office in particular is really strong; it can be difficult to know everything and Martin Audio is awesome in providing information and replying instantly to requests. In Dubai, Clients want everything yesterday, and so this is vital.” Armstrong is also acutely aware of Martin Audio’s technology in being able to mitigate sound pollution problems. “I am presently dealing with just such a problem, similar to that of Hyde Park, where the proximity of other buildings around a site is making life tricky, and Martin Audio’s advanced software in dealing with containment issues will be a huge benefit.” He confirmed that, working with integration partners, he has already begun specifying Martin Audio solutions. “We

Delta AV Solutions’ Gareth Armstrong (left) seals the deal with Martin Audio’s Bradley Watson

have several exciting projects in the pipeline and this will provide us with useful reference sites — as people really want to listen to the Martin Audio sound in a real world situation. “We see this as a long term relationship, and aim to do our best for the brand,” he concludes. Bradley Watson, Martin Audio sales manager, EMEA, added, “Following a number of potential enquiries for the new partnership in UAE, working with Gareth and Delta AV was the obvious solution. “Gareth has been at the heart of the integration and pro audio market in Dubai now for over 15 years — and with exposure like this, his relationships and links to the specifiers and owners is second to none. I look forward to a strong working relationship with Gareth and Delta for many years to come.”



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Expo AV-InSync Joins The Spiider Web SINGAPORE: The first rental and technical production company in Singapore – and indeed South-East Asia - to invest in Robe’s new Spiider LED wash beam fixtures is Expo AV-InSync which works locally and internationally throughout the Asia Pacific region including Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, etc.. Around 70 per cent of their work is in the conference and MICE sectors that includes several high profile tech and financial clients and they are also one of the preferred production equipment supplier to the Singapore Expo. Sister company Digital Kitchen Studios creates video content including animations and engages in postproduction and video mapping projects. The company designs shows as well as supplying kit and working with independent creative teams. Currently they have upwards of 200 Robe fixtures in the lighting inventory. When the Spiider was launched last year, it was perfect timing as they were looking for new LED wash lights and loved the Robe LEDWash 600+s that they already own. “As soon as we knew it was coming out we knew we had to have them,” enthused Gerard Rodrigues who started the company in 2005, “Its super bright, great quality and of course you have the 60 Watt LED beam in the centre … so it’s very versatile”. He adds that the fixture is expedient on power and well-priced. The first show for Expo AV-InSync’s 36 new Spiiders was for a sales kick-off event staged in Hall2 of the Singapore Expo. The gig’s LD, Zach Leo, positioned them on the front trusses and they were used for stage and set washing as well as for some effects. In addition to the new Spiiders, Expo AV-InSync already has Robe’s MMX Spots, Pointes and LEDWash 600+s in rental stock and constant use. The Robe investments started when the company was founded, with the purchase of six ColorSpot and two ColorWash 575 XTs – fixtures which are still going strong today 12 years later! “The reliability is incredible” comments the company’s technical director, Desmond Zuzarte. Over the years they have kept up the commitment to Robe. Although a competitor brand was experimented with at

Gerard Rodrigues from Expo AV-InSync, Robe Asia Pacific’s Hanslee Lim is in the middle … and Expo AV-InSync’s Desmond Zuarte is on the right. Photo copyright Louise Stickland

one stage, they soon came back to Robe as a better more robust solution and now Gerard declares proudly, “Robe is the only moving light brand here!” They like the intensity of all the fixtures and the gobos and the animation wheel on the MMX Spots. With the current trend for beam lights continuing, it proved an astute move to go with Pointes, “which are whole lot more than just a beam effect,” says Desmond. Gerard observes, “Robe is very much the moving light of choice at the moment in Singapore”, and the most recent large shows – National Day Parade, Chingay Parade, the SEA Games Opening Ceremony and others have all featured large quantities. He adds that after-sales is always a key consideration when choosing brands and he appreciates the excellent and consistent support from Robe’s Asia Pacific team over the years. Until now, this support has been co-ordinated by Lighting & Sound Distribution Pte. Ltd. “LSD’s commitment to service has been top notch over the years and that was a big reason for us to keep working closely with anything and everything Robe,” confirms Gerard.

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Maestra Makes Major New LED Screen Investment For Maestra, this represents phase one of a substantial investment and expansion of its video departments planned for this year in both Dubai and London bases. Both operations will shortly be purchasing eight 14K Christie projectors, several additional Dataton Watchout 6 servers and an Analog Way Ascender 32 switcher.

The LEDs at Art Dubai. Photo courtesy of Maestra Dubai

DUBAI: Award winning event production company Maestra Dubai has invested in 100 square metres of new 3.9 mm flex:led LED screen, a product specially developed for them in conjunction with an Asian manufacturer for indoor use. As the ‘flex’ part of the name implies, the high resolution surface can be used curved up to 10 degrees - either concaved, convexed or twisted - so it is truly multifunctional and ideal for more creative and interesting shapes and scenic applications as well as standard IMAG displays and backdrops. Maestra Dubai’s Tom Clements commented, "We had been looking for a premium quality LED screen product for some time to offer continuity and cost-effectivity to all our clients. After a lot of research ... we concluded that the best option was to develop our own, working directly with a manufacturing partner!” Maestra already owns other products made by the same manufacturer, and knew first-hand the excellent quality of the components and service, so they collaborated closely to build exactly the right screen, giving 65,536 high quality pixels per square metre of surface. The flex:led has black faced LEDS for the best image quality and contrast. It can display HD and ultra HD content with very dense black levels, and the 3.9 pitch offers impressive clarity, even when in really close proximity to an audience. Each LED panel weighs just 7.5Kg and has a quick-lock mechanism for fast assembly and rigging, which also allows panels to easily be replaced as required. Panels can be flown or ground stacked for convenience. Increasing the stock of flex:led in both the UK and Middle East enables Maestra to offer inventive, cost-effective options and realise a diversity of designs and creative demands.

Maestra’s additional video services include the production of content in-house, and the provision of camera / PPU packages, media servers / control and projection systems. The debut show for the new flex:led was during Art Dubai 2017 - one of the most global international arts fairs with work from 94 galleries representing 43 countries - for which Maestra was the primary AV supplier. flex:led was used in two locations in Madinat Jumeirah. The first was a 4m by 2.5m screen that showcased a time-lapse video of ‘Coloured Glass Panels’, the 2017 Abraaj Group Art Prize winning commission created by Bangladeshi-British artist Rana Begum, an installation inspired by the interplay between light and colour. The screen was built into custom set panels and secured using its ground-stacking system. The second flex:led screen was used as a stage backdrop for the 11th Global Art Forum, a major conference staged in a custom built tent structure on Fort Island, featuring talks, presentations, discussions and videos. A diverse lineup of over 30 speakers included some leading minds from the fields of art, history, economics, philosophy, urbanism and more, this year focusing on exploring the trade of goods and ideas that can potentially shape and re-shape the world. flex:led provided the perfect screen display solution in both environments. It offered a large, crisp, clear viewing area for the intricate works and presentations to be seen in detail by the audiences … and was compact enough to fit within the exhibition spaces. flex:led is already booked for several large conferences in the UAE over the coming months as well as high-profile events in Europe during the summer.



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ETC Open Day 2017

(L-R) Mike Woods and David Hilton

MALAYSIA: On 30th March 2017, Acoustic & Lighting System together with ETC organized an ETC Lighting Fixture Open Day Event at Nexus Connexion located at Bangsar South City. ETC lighting fixture is a prominent brand in the industry, known for its product capabilities for theatre lighting, environment lighting and architectural lighting. “Technology advancement is something we cannot neglect and stop, it is a process that keeps on growing. It is our decision to either adapt to the changes or ignore them. Here at Acoustic & Lighting System and ETC, we adapt and embrace change. This is why we organize such an event. The purpose is to bring awareness to the public on the latest lighting fixture technology as well as to introduce ETC products,” commented Michelle, A&L’s Business Development Assistant Manager. “The Shift to SSL and LEDs – Redefining Colour Rendering Standards” was the theme for the open day which acknowledges the change in the lighting industry. “South Korea was our first destination. It was interesting to see a great crowd attend the event. Many of the audience voiced up their concerns on LED lighting fixtures. It was an interactive session,” commented Alan, ETC’s Regional Sales Manager. “Our guest speaker, Mike Wood did a splendid presentation, approaching the audience with a debate on how LED redefines standards,” continued Alan. “Everyone around the world has the same concern and issues regarding the changes in the industry from iridescent to LED lighting. So it was great to come to Malaysia and be asked the exact same question I get from New York and Australia,” said Mike Wood, Partner of Mike Wood Consulting LLC. He also mentioned that he is very lucky to be able to witness the technology change in lighting. “We are reaching the point where LEDs will become the standard lighting. I want to see the technology advances to

the point where you don’t have to jump too many hoops to get what you want, we are nearly there,” commented Mike Wood displaying his passion for the industry. Aside from the presentation, David Hilton, ETC’s Product Marketing Manager gave his very own presentation on ETC’s ColorSource product and the development of LEDs in the industry. “ETC product development strategy will fully embrace a future of LED products. We are going to not only expand our LED products but to continue develop the products we have, a generational update,” commented David. Not only did the audience gain knowledge in LED products and the current lighting standards, they were also given live demonstration on ColorSource product that were on showcase during the event. Among the product, the ETC CS40 lighting console was one of the most talked about at the event. With features such as 4 configurable sliders, non-intensity parameter control and cue list record as well as playback functions, it was capable of handling any theatre lighting fixtures. In addition, ETC CS SPOT CE, ETC CSPAR XLR LED CE and various SourceFour were also presented. “Acoustic & Lighting System team was great, the event was executed the way it should be and the response was great,” mentioned David. “There were many who enquired on the products that were showcased. It was really a place where people shared information,” praised David. In David’s closing remark, he informed the crowd that ETC will be developing more control systems and more ways for designers to manipulate the lights. What we see now are just the tip of an iceberg.

** Broadcast Asia 2017 23rd - 25th May, Suntec Convention Centre ETC Booth No. 6G1-01



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Philips Showline SL LEDSPOT 300

GLP Lightshow At PL+S Frankfurt

The SL LEDSPOT 300 is a compact high performance moving head luminaire delivering powerful output and fast and quiet movement. The precision framing system is a unique feature for a small compact luminaire, making the SL LEDSPOT 300 an ideal solution for designers with challenging space requirements desiring total beam control.

GLP’s light show was designed by Matt Shimamoto from Volt Lites in Los Angeles. The light show presented the upgraded GT-1 hybrid — the combined Beam, Spot and Wash, incorporating the new 440W Osram discharge lamp and visitors also got their first glimpse of the new JDC1 strobe.

ADJ Lightshow At PL+S Frankfurt

Ayrton Lightshow At PL+S Frankfurt

At this year’s Prolight + Sound Frankfurt, ADJ officially unveiled three new additions to its Entour series of professional atmospheric effect generators. The company used its large stand to showcase the full range of productioncalibre ADJ moving head fixtures – incorporating spot, wash, beam, and hybrid models – as well as the AV Series of modular LED video panels in a lightshow that was designed by Bas Kemper.

Ayrton’s lightshow featured 360 fixtures that included the new products Merak, MagicBlade-FX and Arcaline3, alongside products which were first previewed at the 2016 show such as MagicDot-SX, MagicPanel-FX and MagicBurst. The show was designed once again by noted French lighting designer, Stéphane Migné, with the assistance of programmer Arnaud Pierrel on the console.











A live walk-through showcase of the integrated solutions that create a seamless and interesting guest experience, from check-in to check-out.

Collaboration, efficiency, and productivity - Huddle spaces, boardrooms, meeting rooms, and office spaces are transformed with the latest integrated solutions – experience it live.



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Meyer Sound's LEO Family Grows With LINA And 750-LFC


Meyer Sound's LEO Family of linear sound reinforcement systems has been expanded with the addition of the diminutive new LINA very compact linear line array loudspeaker and companion 750-LFC very compact low frequency control element. Easily the smallest and lightest in the series, LINA and 750-LFC bring the inherent linearity, low distortion and exceptional power-to-size ratio of LEO Family technology to a wider range of applications and venues. The self-powered LINA loudspeaker measures only 20.27 inches (515 mm) wide and weighs in at a mere 43 lbs. (19.5 kg), making it an ideal choice when discreet appearance, portability and hanging weight restrictions are critical considerations. Also, because LINA shares the same structural footprint as Meyer Sound's current MINA line array loudspeakers, owners of MINA systems can add LINA to their existing inventory using the same rigging and mounting hardware. Mixed systems of MINA and LINA are compatible using the delay integration in Compass control software. On the inside, LINA has been outfitted with new drivers and an updated amplifier and signal processing package to conform with the LEO Family design philosophy. Compared to MINA, the newly designed class D amplifier affords greater efficiency, and an upgraded power supply enables higher peak output. The 3-inch HF compression driver incorporates a new magnet structure first used in the LEOPARD line array loudspeaker (LINA's next-larger sibling) for reduced distortion. Low-frequency distortion from the dual 6.5-inch woofers is further reduced compared to MINA, aided by new internal venting and baffling to


optimize performance. On-board signal processing has been upgraded for more power, and it now includes optimized Native Mode -- as first introduced in LEOPARD - that yields excellent system performance with minimal external processing. In most applications, LINA compact line array loudspeakers will be integrated with the companion 750-LFC lowfrequency control element for extending deep bass performance across its operating frequency range of 36 Hz to 125 Hz. The 750-LFC houses a 15-inch, dual voice coil long excursion driver along with a two channel, open loop class D amplifier and signal processing to provide separate, precisely synchronized power to each voice coil. Like its larger siblings, the 900-LFC and 1100-LFC, the 750-LFC reproduces low frequencies at high continuous levels with clarity, extremely low distortion, and optimized phase response. An integral pole mount receptacle pairs with LINA or ULTRASeries loudspeakers, while an optional rigging frame allows flying in LINA arrays without a transition grid. The high power-to-size ratio and sleek profile of the LINA compact linear line array systems make them an excellent choice for small theatres, theme parks, houses of worship and portable AV systems. Configured as single cabinets or short stacks, LINA loudspeakers are ideally suited for use as front fills and under-balcony fills. LINA compact linear line array loudspeakers and 750-LFC low-frequency control elements are expected to ship June 1, 2017.



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RCF: HDL 6-A And HDL 12-AS The HDL 6-A active line array module’s careful acoustic design, no compromise transducers and a unique composite cabinet make the HDL 6-A a great choice for live sound reinforcement and reliable installed solutions. A 1400 W 2-channel class-D amplifier powers the system. A powerful DSP with the new proprietary FiRPHASE algorithms processes the sound including crossover, phase correction, limiting and protection. The system features state-of-the-art RCF transducers – two powerful 6.0” woofers for a solid bass reproduction plus a highpowered compression driver mounted on a precise 100°x10° waveguide to deliver perfect vocal clarity, high definition and an incredible dynamic. To improve the bass performance the HDL 12-AS subwoofer is the perfect complement. Housing a 12” woofer, the HDL 12-AS is a very compact active sub enclosure and features a 1400 W powerful class D amplifier. It’s the ideal complement to create flown HDL



6-A clusters with outstanding performance. Thanks to its compact size and low weight it can be easily carried. It features a built-in digital stereo crossover (DSP) with adjustable crossover frequency to connect the HDL 6-A line array module or a satellite. HDL 6-A: HDL 12-AS:



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QSC: New K.2 Series Loudspeakers And KS212C Cardioid Subwoofer

K8.2 speakers

QSC’s new K.2 Series, is comprised of the 8-inch K8.2, 10-inch K10.2 and 12-inch K12.2 full-range loudspeakers, offering a number of significant feature upgrades, andestablishing an entirely new standard in powered loudspeaker technology.

The perfect complement to both the new K.2 loudspeaker line as well as legacy K Series full-range models, the new KS212C Cardioid Subwoofer represents a breakthrough in innovation and design, uniquely providing all the benefits of a cardioid subwoofer array in a single, compact enclosure.

• 2000-watt power module - Carefully matched to highperformance woofers and compression drivers for optimal power and clarity. • Preset contours - For applications such as Stage Monitor, Dance Music, Musical Instrument Amplification, Handheld Microphone and more • Storable scenes - Recall user-configurable settings using the loudspeakers' LCD screen and control panel such as: input type, delay, EQ, cross-over and selected contour. • Main PA or floor monitor - All three models, including the K8.2. • Flexible deployment options - Dual pole cup with straight-firing and 7.5-degree down-tilt. Other mounting options include eyebolt kits and yokes for flown, wall- or truss-mounting

• 3,600 Watt power module - Class D amplifier delivers deep, powerful and punchy extended lows. • Dual 12-inch long-excursion drivers - Arranged in a 6th order band-pass chamber, drivers are controlled by the system’s DSP to produce a staggering 15 dB more output at the front of the cabinet than at the rear. • Advanced DSP - Like the K.2 Series, the KS212C provides advanced DSP with on-board user-controllable and recallable Scenes via the LCD screen and control panel.



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Yamaha: EQ Presets For Ultimate Ears In-ear Monitors Released In cooperation with Ultimate Ears Pro, a foremost manufacturer of custom in-ear monitors for stage, studio, and audiophile applications, Yamaha has released EQ presets for the RIVAGE PM10, CL series, QL series, and TF series digital mixing consoles that have been specifically designed to provide optimum performance with Ultimate Ears in-ear monitors. Ultimate Ears Pro, established in 1995, has become a leading manufacturer of custom-fitted listening devices for professional use. Ultimate Ears Pro employs innovative technology, including digital ear scanning and printing, to create some of the finest in-ear monitors available. Wanting to offer the best possible monitoring experience, Yamaha teamed up with Ultimate Ears Pro to develop EQ presets that would deliver the full sonic potential of Yamaha consoles and Ultimate Ears Pro in-ear monitors so that

artists have the monitor detail and clarity they need to deliver their best performance. This alliance has resulted in the development of EQ presets for the Ultimate Ears UERM, UE11, UE18, UE4, UE5, UE7, and UE900 in-ear monitors that can be instantly recalled whenever needed on RIVAGE PM10 consoles with firmware V1.2 or later installed, and TF series consoles with firmware V3.0 or later installed. The EQ preset files for CL and QL series consoles can be downloaded from the Yamaha Pro Audio website and loaded into the user area for quick access.



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New Technology At PALM Expo 2017

PALM Expo now in its 17th edition will once again attract International manufacturers alongside new Indian companies to launch their latest products, propelling the industry and encouraging the connection between manufacturers, distributors, dealers and end users. Here’s a low-down of the much-awaited event.


he PALM expo has firmly established itself as the premier event for entertainment event technology in India. The 2017 edition will once again take place at the BEC, Mumbai from 1– 3 June. The very latest technology will be showcased by 500+ brands for use in live stage shows, entertainment and corporate events, theatre productions, installations in venues like nightclubs/pubs/lounges, houses of worship, broadcast and AV, leisure attractions, etc. Over 200 of the industry’s leading local distributors and international brands will showcase state-of-the-art pro audio, lighting, installation and rigging technology at the show.

NEW EXHIBITORS AT PALM 2017 The show continues to grow year on year, expanding by another 10% this year. Last year the expo boasted of separate halls for lighting and pro sound + music production, making room for more stands on the show floor. The expanse of exhibits in each segment meant more efficient movement of buyers leading to better business for exhibitors. The 20,000+ visitors, flooding the aisles over three days were benefitted in better floor management for easy access to product and technology This year the expo is all set to welcome a record number of brands through a 20% increase in new exhibitors from 2016. Companies will be showcasing some cutting edge technologies and products on the expo floor and this year PALM has also focused on inviting more and more Indian manufacturers to exhibit, thus promoting the government’s initiative of Make in India.



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NEW TECHNOLOGY AT PALM 2017 Here are some of the new technology visitors can enjoy at the exhibition: • “Made in India” LED Dance Floor from AURA OPTOELECTRONICS INDIA PVT. LTD • CELTO ACOUSTIQUE IWAC series Line Array Speakers and VCM series compact, low profile coaxial monitor at the AG Acoustics India Pvt. Ltd booth • MA LIGHTING’S new compact range of modular lighting control solutions- the dot2 core and SHOLITE SHARPY and MAGIC-FX STADIUM SHOT II at the Modern Stage Service booth • Icon Pro Audio ULTRA 4, audio interface at Pink Noise Professionals Pvt. Ltd. Booth

• New version of the TG 1000 digital wireless system by BEYERDYNAMIC • India’s first modular synthesizer by first time exhibitors Modular Analog • POWERSOFT QUATTROCANALI series of Amplifiers, Powersoft Deva, TW Audio C5, B10 and T20loudspeakers and Quested Cinema monitors by ACOUSTIC ARTS PVT. LTD. • One of the largest exhibitors of the show - Yamaha music, will display an entire bouquet of products which include Wireless speakers and preamps, VXS Series M and S compact surface-mount speakers and subwoofers, MX series and Montage synthesizers and the RS 320 Series Yamaha Guitars. (Ed: The above info is at the time of going to press)

• Latest MARANI digital speaker management systems DPA-260P and DPA-480P and the new JTSSGM-14 at Sonotone Electronics booth • Aluminum Truss E1480 by Weifa Trussing Co., Ltd. • LIGHT SKY beam by Fly Dragon Lighting Equipment Co., Ltd • Rock EUR, Rock UR, and NX Audio’s Slam 5, M5K, N14K, IT Series Amps at Narain Audio & Lighting LLP booth • New products by TASCAM being displayed by Sun Broadcast Equipments Pvt Ltd. • The new LS4.81 LED display by Shenzhen Gloshine Technology Co., LTD • Introduction of VGA and HDMI Cables till 100 mtrs by Jinali Enterprise • FLIGHT CASES made by Non Bio–Degradable Plastic Aluminum Composite Board by RAJRATAN • PRV AUDIO’S 12MB1003FT by H V & COMPANY • Alphatec Audio Video Pvt Ltd, will debut at the show a series of new products like KLARKTEKNIK’S DN 200 and DM 8000, BEHRINGER’S U-Control UMX 610, TANNOY’S TKT series; LABGRUPPEN’S Lucia

For visitors and delegates wanting to develop their professional skills and knowledge quotient, PALM Conference & Seminar Programme is back with a stellar line-up of expert speakers driving the three day event from 1 to 3 June at the Mezzanine level of hall 1 of the BEC. Support from Platinum Partners Yamaha this year has provided crucial impetus to the staging of the programme. Yamaha is also the Sound Partner for the 2017 PALM Conference & Seminar providing vital audio services and sound support to the three day programme. The three-day programme will be an amalgamation of product presentations, Q&A sessions, workshops and panel discussions.



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Speakers this year include ace visual & lighting designer Becket Tundatil, who will answer questions on designing lighting for the big stage. The speaker profile for the programme includes the country’s most sought after technical and engineering talent, sharing their expertise on the platform. On day one, which is the day dedicated to stage sound & lighting, top live sound engineer Fali Damania in an exclusive Q&A session will let delegates in on the tips and secrets in the live sound realm and everything you wanted to know about the final live sound mix, which no one else will tell you. The theme of Music Production on day three is also high on the agenda; Donal Whelan of Hafod Mastering, UK will explore the topic of “Cultural Differences in Production and Mastering Practices” along with Vijay Dayal, Recording Engineer with Yash Raj Films. Point Blank Music School, UK will host a masterclass by award-winning Bollywood composer Sanchit Balhara, where, Balhara will give an insight into his creative process, showing his approach from original composition through to orchestration and recording using a working example score from the Indian epic Bajirao Mastani.

will be able to experience Demo Qubes by Bose, Pope Professional, RCF and Rivera Digitech respectively. Additionally, the ‘Open Air Line Array Demo’ will showcase some of the best line array systems in realistic conditions. This year the venue for the demo has been relocated to Ground 1, visitor parking, BEC. The 12 confirmed line array exhibits are from brands that include: Amate Audio, Audiocenter, Carlton Audio, Stonewater, Ewing, KV Audio, Lloyd Audio, Next proaudio, Outline, Sound Capital, Star Acoustics and TW Audio.

Post lunch will see Oscar winner Resul Pookutty, in an interactive Q&A session and present his expertise on “How to record film sound- A modern perspective.” Day three sessions will conclude with the hugely popular Open Forum for sound engineers in association with AES, convened once again by Aditya Modi, of AES. Others on the panel include Chairman of Audio Engineering Society, India – Uday Chitre and renowned sound engineer Mahesh Amberkar. Also running over the three days are product presentations by leading manufacturers like Yamaha, Harman, and Marani. Michele Marani of Seed Digital Asia will conduct a “Presentation on Loudspeaker Management Systems” while A.R. Chandrashekhar of Anuvin Consultants will provide info on “Bridging The Gap – ICT /AV / Security”. The Demo Qubes which are an extension to the exhibition floor will once again enable audio companies to demo their sound systems with ease in a very private cube structure that is specially created for this feature. This year, visitors

Besides boosting the business and knowledge quotient, the PALM Expo also acts a platform and catalyst to recognise and honour innovation in technology, quality work and talent and skill of industry professionals, through the PALM Sound & Light Awards and IRAA Awards, complete details of which can be found on the PALM expo website. HARMAN PALM Live Arena, one of the most loved exhibitor features at the PALM, will be back once again in Hall 6, BEC with performances from some of the biggest artists and bands.



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of Operations at Zee Live; Richy Dave - Founder of SURGE Digital; hip-hop artists, SEZ and Shah Rule; Tanseer Jabbar - Producer, DJ and founder of The Inventory. These speakers will share their experience and expertise on panel discussions which include ‘Mega Stage Events 101’; ‘Hybrid DJing: music production meets live DJing Workshop’; ‘Reiventing the Wheels of Steel’; ‘Market presence... through the social media lens’ and ‘The Indian Hip-Hop explosion’. This feature will also host the Synthfest by United Machines (Himanshu Pandey) with gear provided by The PALM Soundscape has now evolved to greater heights with DJ Championship Director Reji, curating the Soundscape sessions too with an amalgamation of power-packed Electronic music and DJ centric panel discussions, workshop, and product presentations. The Soundscape will enable DJs across the country to learn from and network with some leading industry experts like Aneesh Prasad - Co-founder and Director at The Outbox Project; hip-hop artist, Enkore; Turntablist & Sound Designer, DJ Skip; Ma Faiza - The Mother Of Electronica in India; Parampreet Singh Dhanoa - Head

The first two days of the PALM Soundscape will conclude with pro and amateur disc jockeys battling it out for the coveted PALM DJ Championship title. PALM DJ CHAMPION PREMIUM PRIZE PARTNER – DENON will sponsor the DENON MCX 8000 (for the winner), DENON MC 7000 (first runner up) and DENON MC 6000 MK 2 (second runner up). This partnership reflects the pioneering spirit of the Denon brand by encouraging upcoming DJ talent in India.



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Live Entertainment Expo TOKYO / Event Expo TOKYO

Organised by Reed Exhibitions Japan, the 4th edition of Live Entertainment Expo TOKYO/Event Expo TOKYO will take place from coming May 31-June 2 at Makuhari Messe, Japan. It serves as a platform to promote everything from concerts, musicals and shows in the field of live entertainment. Since the launch of the show in 2014, the event has demonstrated consistent growth each year. Following the successful 2016 edition, the show this year is expected to attract regional and global leading industry players, including a total of 650 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors. The show this year will see participation from Japan’s leading companies in the field such as Bestec Audio, d&b audiotechnik Japan, Opto Tech, Panasonic, Pioneer DJ, Ricoh, Sony Music Communications, and many more.

As Japan is said to be the world’s second largest (Global entertainment and Media Outlook 2014-2018, PwC.) live entertainment and media market, it has seen a rapid expansion in terms of audience size. To keep up with the trending technologies and product innovations, it is the must-attend show for small- to medium-and large-scale companies to gain deeper insights into the industry’s dedication and integrated solutions which include “Fixed Equipment for Facilities Zone” covering audio,video, lighting, digital signage, and scenography art.

Exhibitor Highlights • Rental LED display cabinets from SHENZHEN LIGHTLINK DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY. Lightlink is a household name for those in the industry in Asia, and we have gotten a stable growth in overseas rental markets over the last couple of years. We specialize in manufacturing top-of-the-line rental LED display cabinets.



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• Viru360 from Edith Grove is a 360-degree surveillance system with 8 cameras. It is operated via a single cable,and can be monitored from multiple remote locations simultaneously. Video footage can be stored for a review. • Drone shooting/Rental LED screen from DRONE INC. Other than Live broadcasting services at the show visitors can also see the demonstration of 3.91mm indoor LED screen at the show venue. • Mobile video transmission system from SC CO., LTD. enables operation with Android (LTE/WiFi) to distribute a live video. Showcased will the be HD-SDI/4K Encoder/ Decoder. • Robycam 3D System/BOLT on Track from ROCKET INC. Cable camera system “Robycam” has been used in the past Olympic Games & World Cup. “BOLT on Track” is a high-speed robot arm camera.

multichannel 3D sound system. Experience ultimate video and audio technology!

Gateway to source Japanese live entertainment industrydustry Japan's live entertainment market grew 18% to 503 billion yen ($4.9 billion) in 2015, breaking records for a fourth straight year. In relation to the booming market condition and increasing competition, the scale of Live Entertainment Expo TOKYO/Event Expo TOKYO is also growing. Stimulated by the coming Tokyo Olympics 2020, the market is very active and plans and selections are now under process. A certain number of visiting applications are coming from those who are involved in Olympicsrelated business, including event planning, tourism and accommodation systems, according to Show Management. Register for a free invitation ticket online at

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As a Special Event, the exhibition will feature an 8K Super Hi-Vision Theater. Super high-vision offers ultra high-definition image, 16 times of hi-vision, and 22.2

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Asian Attractions Expo 2017

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has announced Asian Attractions Expo 2017 will take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore 13-16 June 2017. Global amusement park and attractions industry professionals will gather in Singapore to learn about the latest trends and best practices in the international attractions industry as part of the educational offerings at Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2017. AAE is the largest international conference and trade show for the multibillion-dollar attractions industry in Asia. The trade show floor on 14-16 June spans nearly 10,000 net square meters of exhibit space with more than 300 companies set to showcase their new products and services. Some of the brightest minds leading the industry around the world will share their knowledge and insights with attendees at the four-day education conference. Confirmed speakers include: • Zishan Amir, General Manager, Mega Adventure Singapore • Mike Barclay, Group CEO, Mandai Park Holdings • Jean-Christophe Canizares, Chairman and CEO, ECA2 • Jack Ellison​, Director, H2O Events • Bernard Harrison, Principal Partner, Creativity and Design, Bernard Harrison and Friends Ltd • Bob Hayward, Principal, Management Consulting, Asia Pacific KPMG • Neva Heaston, ICAL, Director of Revenue Operations, Wild Wadi Waterpark • Chris Ho, General Manager, International Business Department, Chimelong Resort • Todd Hougland, ICAE, Executive Director, Operations and Entertainment, Ocean Park Hong Kong

• Vivian Lee, ICAE, Executive Director, Sales and Marketing, Ocean Park Hong Kong • Thomas Megna, President, TEA Asia-Pacific • Derrell Metzger, former CEO, Sentosa and Ocean Park • Ann-Maree O’Neill, Human Resources Manager, Southport Sharks • Gerald Parham, Principal Strategist – Multichannel, Global Media and Entertainment Center of Competency, IBM • Chris Perry, ICAE​, Chief Executive Officer, WhiteWater West SEA • Paul Rivet​, Director, Entertainment, Walt Disney Attractions Japan, Ltd.

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Understanding The Amusement Parks And Attractions Industry In Asia ETA speaks to June Ko, Vice President, Asia Pacific Operations, IAAPA.

and the DreamWorks Shanghai park in 2019. Six Flags broke ground for a new park in China in early 2016, with completion expected by 2019. Lotte World plans several smaller parks in China. Additionally, a Legoland park is expected in Shanghai; Universal Studios is planning to open their Beijing park in 2020; Happy Valley has announced development of additional parks; and the Wanda Group is planning 15 or more Wanda Cities by 2020.

June Ko

What has been the attendance growth for the Amusement Parks and Attractions industry in Asia over the past five years? According to IAAPA’s Global Theme and Amusement Park Outlook 2016-2020 report, attendance has grown in the Asia-Pacific region from 296 million visitors in 2010 to more than 418 million visitors in 2015.

What is driving this growth? In the same report it has been mentioned that the big driver over the next five years will be the opening of a large number of major new parks. Attendance is projected to rise in Asia-Pacific at a 7.3 percent compound annual rate to 595 million in 2020. Asia-Pacific will account for 47 percent of global attendance in 2020, up from 42 percent in 2015.

In Japan, Legoland Japan and Moomin World are scheduled to open in 2017. A Jurassic Park area is planned at Universal Studios Japan, while Nintendo Land is slated for 2020. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are planning major upgrades and new attractions by 2020 ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. In Malaysia, Genting Malaysia announced plans to double its investment in the 20th Century Fox theme park to open in 2018. Ubisoft is planning a video game park in 2020. A number of new parks are expected in South Korea including Legoland Korea in 2017, and Resorts World Jeju in 2017, and 21st Century Fox World Korea will open in 2018. Universal Studios is also planning a park in 2020 in South Korea.

Are you able to provide us with brief details of upcoming projects in the Asia region? I refer to the report again, as we had done extensive research for the report. In China, more than 50 new parks are expected to open by 2020, including Polar Ocean Park in 2017, Haichang Dream World in 2018,

Asian Attractions Expo is the premier international business event for attractions industry professionals in the Asia-Pacific region



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And, in Vietnam, Six Flags theme parks are planned for 2019 or 2020.

What do operators need to do to continue to attract visitors, especially those who are the early players in the industry? Maintaining a clean and well-kept park is important to attract guests, and to entice them to come back. Repeat business is important to the success of any amusement park or attraction. Providing new experiences and offering guests a new reason to visit the park each year is key, whether it is a ride, water slide, entertainment/show, guest engagement, or midway games.

AAE Cocktail function during its 2016 event

Also, as companies look to expand their business, it is important to carefully consider the local culture in the design and experience so guests feel connected to and comfortable in the attraction. Successful amusement parks have common characteristics: - Located near large populations - Offer a great value to guests - Offer a number of attractions and a wide variety of attractions - Market effectively



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by Thomas Richard Prakasam

Prolight + Sound Frankfurt Highlights

It is amazing how the R&D people in this industry go on overdrive to make the solutions better, more userfriendly and easier to install. I would generally not start off a review with a truss but this particular truss solution deserves merit.

design into the industry,” said Alexander Pietschmann, CEO of the Adam Hall Group.

A huge applause to Prolyte to coming up with a truss that resolves deflection. Prolyte’s BGR70 truss is in essence a low volume truss with extreme load bearing capacity. The truss can handle large spans as well as extreme loads. A pre-camber system, to guarantee zero deflection, is one of the great features this truss offers. Prolyte wants to highlight that Unlimited Productions, has been instrumental in the development and first deployment of the system. The BGR70 truss can be used for spans up to 45 meters with a permissible, maximum centre point load of 750 kg. This creates the ultimate solution for spans with heavy LED screens, moving systems or performer fly systems, where deflection tolerances are close to zero. The BGR70 truss is coupled with a special coupling system, made of high rate steel plates, creating a simple, “fool-proof” connection that mounts without the need for tools. The BGR70 truss is available for the market as of now. Lets look at some of the audio solutions that were launched at Frankfurt. Adam Hall Group held its first ever press conference at Frankfurt and for good reason too. Adam Hall’s pro audio brand, LD Systems, unveiled its nearproduction concept for a future-oriented sound product, which it had developed in collaboration with Porsche Design Studio. “Our development team, together with the designers from the Porsche Design Studio, have done a first-class job. We are introducing a brand new kind of

“This integrative design MAUI 900 has never been seen before on the market and makes no compromises on sound quality, but is technically unique,” says Porsche Design Studio designer Jörg Tragatschnig, who has worked with his team on the design. And these could be ideal conditions for a new status quo in professional music reproduction. This new collaborative product has been named as the MAUI 900 Concept speakers. I must say the design of the speakers does look very chic and the demonstration at the stand showed that it meets the pro-market understanding of sound reinforcement.

ArrayCalc Viewer app

Visitors to the d&b audiotechnik booth got the opportunity to explore the ArrayCalc Viewer app, launched at the show. This new mobile interface provides all key information for positioning and flying a d&b loudspeaker system in a quick and easy format, including all relevant rigging, setup and system details. Staff were on hand to demonstrate the app. Also new at the show and advancing the functionality of d&b software even further is the new R1 Array verification tool. The verification tool works by identifying



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the position of a loudspeaker in an array, then comparing its order within the array to the one in ArrayCalc. Together the J-Series, Y-Series and V-Series make full use of the new software solutions. The three Series deliver scalable, versatile and flexible methods to effectively tackle any mobile or permanent professional audio task, from the smallest corporate speech reinforcement, all the way up to large scale stadium shows. Within the d&b family, these three siblings seamlessly combine line and point source technologies, acoustically and visually, to ensure the highest speed of deployment, efficiency and consistency. Cooperatively they share the same standard amplifier platform, cabling solutions and three-point rigging procedure and design. The Series are also further enhanced by the d&b Workflow and latest suite of enabling technologies: ArrayCalc simulation software, including the optional ArrayProcessing optimization function; NoizCalc immission prediction software, and R1 Remote control software. Consistently delivering on their collective promise. Martin Audio for the first time in its history as well released ten new products at one go. These included line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers. I am just going to highlight about their Wavefront Precision Series, a new generation of multipurpose line arrays WPC and WPM designed to bring Martin Audio’s signature sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of touring applications, installations and budgets. Comprising the WPC (2 x 10” LF) and WPM (2 x 6.5” LF), Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed as complete systems with the newly announced external iKON multi-channel amplifiers optimised by Martin Audio’s automated DISPLAY software. To accompany the new Wavefront Precision, two new subwoofers were unveiled the SX118 and SX218, a single 18” and double 18” respectively. Adopting the principle of scalable resolution, with external, dedicated multi-channel amplifiers, Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed to be uniquely flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible.

L-Acoustics announced the launch of Syva – a brand new format that brings L-Acoustic’s line source heritage in a sleek, plug-and-play system. Syva is a new format, high power speaker system which features six mediumfrequency and three high-frequency speakers in a sleek J-shaped progressive curvature format. The groundbreaking transducer arrangement called segment source* (*patent pending) produces an H/V 140° x 26° (+5/-21°) directivity pattern that is optimized for exceptional surface coverage and 35 meters of throw. Syva can be accompanied by the Syva Low high power subwoofer or Syva Sub infra extension to achieve a 142 dB max SPL. Its companion Syva Low enclosure features two K2-grade 12” drivers designed to provide low frequency contour and extended bandwidth down to 40 Hz. Similarly Syva Sub features one KS28-grade 12” driver, to further extend the bandwidth of the system in the infrasound domain down to 27 Hz. One LA4X amplified controller can drive up to four Syva enclosures. On the audio end of things, HARMAN Professional Solutions introduced a number of solutions from AKG, JBL and Soundcraft. We had highlighted about the JBL VTX A12 Line Array Loudspeaker in our E-newsletter. So for this coverage we highlight the EON ONE PRO featuring Bluetooth audio, a seven-channel mixer and a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts six hours. EON ONE PRO is ideal for gigging musicians and DJs, educators, fitness studios, corporate environments and more. As the first all-in-one battery-powered linear-array PA system, the EON ONE PRO provides the ultimate combination of sound quality and portability. The high-frequency section and two spacers fit conveniently into the base unit, providing a streamlined



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package. Users can set up the system in seconds, choosing the right number of spacers to optimize the sound for each application. Two spacers provide a long throw for live performances and large crowds, while a single spacer is ideal for conferences, gyms and medium-sized groups. For small meetings and intimate events, users can place the high-frequency section directly atop the base unit. With a maximum SPL of 118 dB (peak), the EON ONE PRO provides detailed, distortion-free audio. An unobstructed 8” bass-reflex subwoofer delivers tight, accurate lowfrequency response that’s ideal for DJs and playing back recorded music. The high-frequency section features JBL’s patent-pending Directivity Control Geometry, which optimizes the spacing and angles of the six two-inch highfrequency drivers to deliver full and clear sound over a wide coverage area, ensuring that the entire audience hears the sound accurately and consistently. The built-in sevenchannel mixer with Hi-Z inputs and phantom power enables users to connect microphones, instruments such as acoustic guitars, electric guitars and keyboards, and other sources. The mixer features bass, treble and reverb controls to optimize the sound. The unit also includes a pass-thru XLR connector for integrating additional units for more robust sound reinforcement.


The IS-SERIES are integration-focused family of loudspeakers from Adamson. It comprises the IS7 and its complementing IS118 subwoofer. The IS-SERIES packs Adamson’s sophisticated tour-level technology into sleek, architecturally-friendly boxes with rugged but unobtrusive rigging solutions and are The IS7 is a two-way, full-range line array cabinet containing two ND7-X5, 7” Neodymium drivers and an NH3, 1.4” exit compression driver. The critically optimized waveguide produces a slightly curved wavefront with a nominal dispersion pattern of 100° x 12.5° (H x V). The waveguide’s efficiency allows for increased vertical dispersion without sacrificing high-frequency presence in the far field while the patent-pending Controlled Summation



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Technology further eliminates the low-mid lobing normally associated with two-way line source systems. The companion IS118 subwoofer is loaded with a lightweight, long excursion 18” ND18-S Kevlar Neodymium driver utilizing Adamson’s Advanced Cone Architecture and a 4” voice coil for exceptional power handling. It is mounted in an ultra-efficient, front-loaded enclosure, designed to reproduce clean, musical low-frequency information. Keeping to the integration segment, TW AUDiO showcased its expanded product range with additional loudspeakers for the installation series, offering integrators and users innovative solutions for the diversified installation market. The design of the loudspeakers of the i-series allows a seamless and unobtrusive integration in any architectural background, no matter if in multipurpose halls, night clubs, live clubs, Houses of Worship or sports arenas. The assets of the new products created a lot of interest among the customers and were highly appreciated. The following installation series speakers were introduced: • T20i - the installation version of the already successful T20 * T30i - a full range top not only for stand alone applications * VERA20i - the installation version of the new compact VERA20 array * S17i - the matching subwoofer for the VERA20 array On the console side of things, Yamaha showcased a new control surface, TWINLANe card, and V1.5 Firmware enhancement for RIVAGE PM10 versatility.

The CS-R10-S control surface is approximately two thirds the size of the existing CS-R10, offering the same outstanding operability for environments with limited space. A Dual Console function (to be supported via a future update) will allow two CS-R10 and/or CS-R10-S control surfaces to be connected to a single DSP-R10 DSP engine, so that separate CS-R10-S control surfaces can be used at the FOH and monitor positions, or a CS-R10-S can be used as a sidecar for a CS-R10, for example. The HY256-TL-SMF is a TWINLANe card that supports single-mode optical fiber. Yamaha’s TWINLANe audio network with up to 400-channel capacity has previously only supported multi-mode fiber connections. The HY256TL-SMF expands system connection flexibility by also supporting single-mode fiber connections. In addition to providing support for the new system components, firmware update V1.5 includes an Eventide “H3000 Live” Ultra-Harmonizer plug-in and a Dan Dugan Sound Design automatic mixer plug-in. The original Eventide H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer offers outstanding effect quality that has made it an enduring favourite of engineers and musicians everywhere. Now the newly developed H3000 Live plug-in offers that same performance optimized for live-sound applications. Firmware update V1.5 focuses on the system’s most important aspect: its sound. Collaboration with Eventide and Dan Dugan Sound Design has resulted in plug-ins that offer significant sonic advantages. A new analog delay and other Yamaha plug-ins have also been added, providing an expanded palette of sound-shaping tools. The CS-R10-S, HY256-TL-SMF, and V1.5 firmware are scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2017.



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900 watts and luminous flux of 24,000 lumen output, and couple it with a system of dichroic filters to create the colours. Also introduced was the K-EYE HCR LED wash light which provides total control over the quality of all forms of white or coloured light. The heart of the K-EYE HCR wash light is a LED light source consisting of a module with six chips, each for a different colour. Also launched was the Scenius Unico multifunctional luminaire: a spot and profile light for projecting effects and framed beam shapes. An excellent wash light, and a beam moving light, featuring a powerful, narrow, super concentrated beam.

On the lighting side of things there were a number of key launches. A number of lighting brands had also gone out of the way to feature bigger space for their lighting show, which as always is a crowd favourite. Clay Paky’s immersive experience theatre featured a 270 degree cine projection, which hosted a multimedia show that mixed light, sound, video, stage design and atmospheric effects. Clay Paky presented their first ever LED light source fixture – the Axcor Profile 900. The fixture uses a white LED engine with high luminous efficiency, total power of

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Robe’s booth was also a stunner. It was an elaborate theatrical styled environment created for the exhibition by Robe’s core creative and technical team, based on one of the world’s most famous theatres, La Scala Milan. The new live stage and a specially conceived dance piece really made the booth and the experience a stand out. The lightshow that followed illustrated some of Robe’s new products first hand. One of the key announcements was the launch of Robe’s new German subsidiary, Robe Deutschland GmbH as well as the showcasing 10 new inventive and interesting products. Spiider is a brand new LED wash luminaire that has one super bright 60W RGBW LED multichip in the centre which is surrounded by 18 x 30W RGBW LED multichips, and it is this optical design that resembles the spider’s web that gave rise to the name. The fixture can be used as a beam and - a first for LED wash light stage luminaires - it has an eye-popping flower effect! The impressive zoom goes from 4 - 48 degrees, while the light output is outstanding, offering more than 50, 000 lumens at 5 metres. Continuing in the retro style aesthetic, the pixelPATT is another new addition to Robe’s PATT family which is based on modern LED pixel controlled technology. The pixelPATT is composed of 7 x 30W RGBW LED multichips, one in the centre surrounded by a ring of six, all housed in a superslim and lightweight brushed metal frame. Aesthetically it keeps the dimensions and attractive curvature of the ‘classic’ PATT 2013 and the picklePATT which make its physical appearance desirable as well as the light source. To ensure an elegant and a lightweight design, a remote Power and Data box – the PATT Driver - is connected to the pixelPATT using an industry-standard 4-pin XLR. The pixelPATT is an ideal fixture for lighting television broadcasts, concerts, fashion shows or any type of event from awards shows and gala dinners to brand activations. Attracting attention was also the RoboSpot - a remote follow-spot system compatible with any of

Robe’s BMFL range of fixtures already in rental stock, which has been devised as a solution for situations where it is impractical to install an operated follow spot position. A ground operated base station communicates with a camera mounted on the BMFL fixture which follows the performer or object to be tracked.


GLP celebrated its 10th year of production of its IMPRESSSION fixture and in a nice touch, they recognised the first company that ordered the fixtures with a goldcoloured IMPRESSION fixture. On the product side, visitors got to see the upgraded GT-1 hybrid — the combined Beam, Spot and Wash, incorporating the new 440W Osram discharge lamp. But the talking point was the launch of the JDC1 strobe-hybrid fixture. The JDC1 delivers gleaming bright light when compared to conventional strobes. Designed in three sections, the JDC1 contains format-filling LED panels both above and below the tube itself, utilising no fewer than 1,440 ultrabright RGB LEDs, which interplay to produce stunning effects. All three light sources can be controlled either as independent sections or as one complete unit, making the creative possibilities practically limitless. At the same time, continuous operation as a blinder or wash light is easily possible both with the LED tube as well as with the panels — without any reduction of output or risk of thermal cutouts. And to provide even greater functionality, the RGB face can be divided into 12 separate ‘pixel’ sections as can the bright white tube, enabling the entire array to be fully pixelmapped through any standard controller. The additional bonus is the 190° Tilt function of the strobe.



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new high output Osram 440W discharge lamp to deliver a punchy and parallel 3.1° beam. Lining up alongside was the AQUA LED 600 Spot, which in addition to offering protection against rain and humidity, maintains a perfect working temperature even in hot or cold conditions, making it ideal for permanent installation. The ability of PR Lighting’s new IP44-rated enclosures to protect against splash water was demonstrated at their Frankfurt booth, where they continued to function in the midst of a fountain/water feature. BRICK

Also featured at the DTS booth was JED. JED is the first LED multi-function moving head made by DTS. A compact lightweight fixture able to generate BEAM and SPOT projections. JED features a perfect colour synthesis for brilliant and vivid colours. JED is suitable for small to medium venues and for fixed installations. The unit is easy to handle thanks to its limited weight of 12 kg.

Philips Lighting showcased the Vari-Lite VLZ Spot. The first in a new range of spot, profile and wash luminaires from the iconic product line, the Philips VLZ Spot utilizes the latest high output white LED sources to produce a staggering 25,000 lumens projected from a 180mm (7”) front lens. The familiar CMYCTO colour system creates stunning, seamless mixed colours. Colour shake and colour wheel spin control have also been added to the mix, offering lighting designers a plethora of vibrant effects. Hard to soft edge focusing can be controlled through the 16-bit focus control channel as well as the 3-way frost control. The combination of the colour and beam control makes the Philips VLZ Spot the goto professional moving spot luminaire.

PR Lighting highlighted their new AQUA waterproof moving heads. The AQUA 440 Beam, the waterproof version of the XR440 Beam, takes advantage of the popular

ETC’s Gio @5 brings the high-end control of the larger Eos family consoles to venues with tighter spaces – or tighter budgets.

Over at the DTS Lighting booth, three products took centrestage. The new BRICK is a high power, very compact, self-contained, IP65 LED Wash light. BRICK is suitable for various purposes, offering a range of projection angles quickly interchangeable (no tools required). BRICK comes with an IP65 power cable plus 2 DMX cables with M / F XLR connectors (all IP65), that make it perfect for temporary lighting applications, but also for safe longlasting installations. Then there is its younger brother MINI BRICK which as the name states is the smaller version of the BRICK with all the same features.



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This portable console packs all the control necessities into a compact footprint, so external monitors and accessories are optional. With an articulating, 17-inch, multi-touch LCD display, five definable and page-able motorized faders and a master fader pair, Gio @5 is the perfect step up for Ion users who want expanded hands-on access to playbacks, color control, touchscreen Magic Sheets and more.

This release also includes additional pre-defined position effects and several important bug-fixes. The software is available as a free download here:

The console features the same full-function, backlit keyboard as the Eos Programming Wing and Gio console, providing an easy transition for experienced Eos users looking for a smaller desk – and a good platform for new programmers looking to gain professional skills that scale up.

MA Lighting’s new dot2 software release features massive improvements. The dot2 software release allows users to work even faster and more intuitively than ever before. The new 1.3 dot2 software features a Web remote facility, allowing important remote functionality from any device with a web-browser, either wireless or cabled. More master speed faders are included allowing increased flexibility for live playback speed adjustment. Increased effects functionality with instant access to groups and blocks allow for faster adjustments of any effect. High priority playbacks for specific fader arrangement for houselights or key lights to control individually at any time and many more enhancements are also now included. The new dot2 software now allows freely assignable sACN and Art-Net universes for DMX over Ethernet output as well as for DMX remote in. Additionally, a new version of the Fixture builder with enhanced access to the fixture settings itself allows for much more detailed adjustments of each fixture.

On the media server end, d3 technologies launched their brand new gx range which is a continuation from the success of the pro range. There are two models, the gx2 and gx 1. The gx 2 features the fastest workstation GPU currently available, and presents two VFC slots (two 4k outputs, or eight HD) in the same rugged chassis as the tried and tested pro range. The gx 1 aims to bring the same power density to smaller shows, packing a powerful single-width workstation GPU and presenting a single VFC slot (one 4K, or four HD outputs) into an all-new compact yet rugged 2U pro chassis. All of the gx range hardware platforms will come bundled with a full Notch playback license, enabling users to have the latest access to the software without any barriers. Notch, a third party software partner and a pioneering tool for creativity, enables creatives to make real-time interactive, live visual content with an unprecedented level of quality and flexibility. Alongside their new product range, d3 also unveiled their new branding. The new logo and beta product website was on full display at Prolight + Sound 2017, marking the opening phase of the company’s rebrand. The new identity, which will also see a complete new website go live in June, reflects the ambition to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding international d3 community.



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user-centric new features that will ensure Avolites stays resolutely ahead of the lighting control curve. Ai v10 update includes the integration of real time effects generator Notch and video sharing feature Spout. ‘BPM Sync’ is a new Ai v10 feature born from developing the custom integrated control system for the lighting and visuals at Hakkasan Group’s JEWEL Nightclub in Las Vegas. A new projection mapping tool, MeshWarp – features in the update. Born from the combination of Projective Keystone and Grid Warp – the feature enables users to quickly warp their content to match projection surfaces. This feature, in addition to auto map and auto blend, puts a powerful array of mapping tools in the hands of every user. Avolites showcased the full capabilities of its much anticipated Ai version 10 media server software, developed through real-world testing and the latest Titan update, v10.1, which boasts a plethora of end

Lastly, Timeline is a major addition for Ai v10, providing precise control of video in a timecode environment, whilst still allowing live control simultaneously.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS Alcons showcased their new products. The LR28/110 a wide-dispersion version of the LR28 Larger Format Line Array; the QR24 Wide - an extension of the QR24 modular high-output line-source column and the latest software for the company’s Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers, ALControl release 1.4. TMB introduced the Flare Q+ Rayzr and Flare Q+ Dynamic White which are the latest innovations in the Solaris Flare range of LED fixtures. The Flare Q+ Rayzr is a super-slim blade of ultra-bright light and colour, available in 50 and 100 cm lengths. It provides Flare brightness, colours, and features in a single row of RGBW LEDs. The Flare Q+ Dynamic White offers variable colour temperature output from 2,000 to 10,000 Kelvin, with a CRI of 90+ throughout most of the CT range. SGM unveils their all-in-one P-10 1250W LED luminaire fixture. It carries the functionalities of a wash light, a strobe light, a flood light, a pixel light and a blinder with a non-fading continuous output. The low-profile, rectangular, full-colour LED luminaire incorporates 48 high-power RGBW 24W LEDs delivering a staggering output of 40,000 lumen and a best-in-class optical colour mixing. It features a superior dimming performance for velvet smooth fades and the avoidance of colour shifts.

Riedel introduced Bolero, a game-changing new wireless intercom solution. Bolero is an expandable, full-roaming, DECT-based intercom system in the license-free 1.9GHz frequency range. Fully integrated into Riedel's Artist digital matrix intercom platform, Bolero offers a rich set of features and connectivity that can be applied three ways: as an exceptional wireless beltpack, as a wireless keypanel, and — in an industry first — as a walkie-talkie radio. Bolero runs over a standards-based AES67 IP network. HARMAN Professional Solutions introduced Martin Exterior Projection 1000 – a versatile outdoor image projector that bridges the gap between traditional wash lighting, media facade installations and video projection. It is a high performance, low maintenance IP66-rated LED projection fixture that offers sharper image quality, more dynamic features and better reach over huge distances. A high-precision optical design with up to 16,800-lumen output and the capability to run multiple layers of effects ensure that the Exterior Projection 1000 can deliver an endless variety of looks. Standard features include full CMY color mixing, an additional color wheel, gobos, variable frost, a continuous animation wheel with variable angle for both horizontal and vertical animations, and an 8° - 40° beam angle with full zoom range.



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Bose Professional’s ShowMatch DeltaQ Offers True Scalability


n March, Bose Professional held a product launch in Singapore for ShowMatch DeltaQ. The product launch was a full concert set-up, with a live band performance to show the quality and audio integrity of the speakers. The launch saw a good turnout that included visitors from within the South-East Asia region. ETA was curious to find out more about ShowMatch and what differentiates it from the rest. So we spoke to Rob Kosman, Manager, Global Applications & Events of Bose Professional to give us some insight.

Why did Bose decide to release ShowMatch? At Bose Professional, our mission is to deliver great sound to every seat in the house which leads to the constant development of new and innovative technologies to meet the needs of our customers. RoomMatch, Bose Professional’s first DeltaQ array product has been successfully applied in a wide variety of applications over the past 5 years. Through conversations with customers, we identified that there was a need for a smaller, lighter product that could deliver higher SPL at longer distances for live sound and that could also be used for touring. The newest DeltaQ array loudspeaker, ShowMatch, is able to do all of these things.

Please explain the key features and what differentiates it from other similar systems in the market. While ShowMatch offers a number of unique and innovative features there are several key elements which truly differentiate this system from other products on the market. The first is the EMB2 compression driver which operates over a wide frequency range allowing us to create designs that do not have a crossover within the critical vocal range. This driver also delivers significantly lower harmonic distortion as compared to competitive designs which further improves both vocal and musical performance.

The second is the Continuous Arc Diffraction Slot, (CADS). The CADS manifold design allows us to use multiple EMB2 drivers for each enclosure and delivers interference free summation below 16 kHz within a single module and between multiple modules in an array. The third element is that Bose Professional uses the largest in-class waveguides for all DeltaQ loudspeakers. The size and depth of the waveguide determines the frequency to which pattern control can be achieved, and we try to extend this as low in the frequency range as possible. The result is outstanding music and vocal clarity for a wide variety of room types. Lastly, ShowMatch offers three unique vertical angles, 5, 10 and 20 degrees, and the array modules can be field modified to adjust their horizontal angle. This flexibility allows system designers to create a new class of array, which we call a DeltaQ array. In a DeltaQ array we vary the Q, or directivity of each module or section of an array, to precisely match the coverage requirement of the audience area. By focusing the sound energy on the audience and not on reflective surfaces we deliver increased musical and vocal clarity and increased intelligibility for a variety of applications.



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Ryan Nichols, FOH engineer for the band, Switchfoot talks about his experience with the Bose ShowMatch DeltaQ

No other array product offers the flexibility to build all three array configurations from one product line. Where is Bose positioning ShowMatch? The current ShowMatch offering is a compact (2x8" format) array system. As such it will naturally be compared by system adopters with alternatives that may at first appear to be similar on the surface, like L-Acoustics' Kara, d&b Audiotechnik's V-Series and Meyer Sound's Leopard.

Has the system been already used in a big event? The ShowMatch DeltaQ product just started shipping in December and we are currently in conversations with many customers globally. There are a number of live music venues and houses of worship that have already installed the product.

Has there been confirmed orders of the system in the Asia region already? Yes, over 1,000 modules of ShowMatch have been sold globally and many orders for ShowMatch DeltaQ are in progress within the Asia region including planned projects in Australia, South Korea and Thailand.

Where do you see the opportunities for ShowMatch in terms of segments? The ShowMatch system is uniquely suited for two primary segments: the global universe of fixed-install performance venues that serve roadshows and touring acts who require concert-quality audio support, and the active rental system service providers who offer high quality sound, staging, lighting and video solutions to discriminating special-event clients.

Features: • The ShowMatch family includes array modules in three vertical coverage angles: 5-degree, 10-degree, and 20-degree vertical.

ShowMatch DeltaQ features EMB2S compression drivers and field changeable waveguides

• Designed for both portable and installed applications, the compact 2-way design features four EMB2S compression drivers and a pair of 8-inch neodymium woofers which are proprietary to Bose Professional. • Each module features field changeable waveguides which provide the flexibility to create 8 unique horizontal and vertical coverage patterns for the creation of DeltaQ arrays. • The system also includes a companion subwoofer with a single 18-inch high excursion transducer that is acoustically matched to the array modules. • ShowMatch also includes a full set of rigging accessories. Rigging frames can support up to 24 modules with a 10:1 safety factor. The full frame offers center and side rail rigging, while the T-Frame is a smaller, lighter option ideal for rental applications. Both frames are compatible with the Multi-point bracket which used for a single point, center-rail hang. • Accessories are also available for the creation of small hanging arrays as well as ground stack systems with and without subs.



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New Dai Nam Racecourse Powered By HARMAN Professional Solutions

HARMAN Professional Solutions’ JBL, Crown, BSS brands help provide sound and networked audio for multi-discipline racing track


pened in October 2016, Dai Nam Racecourse was created to boost tourism in the Dai Nam tourism park complex, 24.8 miles (40 kilometers) away from Ho Chi Minh City. With such a huge space, it was critical that audio coverage was even and clear throughout the Racecourse. Local systems integrator and HARMAN distributor, Ba Sao Investment, took on the responsibility of installing the audio system for Dai Nam. Spanning more than 460,180 square feet (42,753 square meters), the $100 million complex was built to accommodate five racing disciplines, with tracks for dog and horse racing, auto and motorboat racing, go-kart racing and fly-board performances. The large racecourse is able to accommodate up to 60,000 spectators with four grandstands that seats 18,000. The biggest challenge that Ba Sao Investments faced was the tight schedule as the owners wanted to open the Race Course by 2017. Featuring a full HARMAN based system with the BSS BLU Link enabled the seamless ease of connectivity, thus helping the system integrator meet the deadline. "I am extremely satisfied with HARMAN’s products and their Vietnam partner Ba Sao Investments’ services including installation, operation and timely completion of the project,” said Vo Kim Thanh, Vice President, Dai Nam Race Course.

“Not only I am very happy with the quality of HARMAN’s products but the local television stations have also praised the products during their visit.” The completed racecourse boasts an impressive lineup of technology, with 52 JBL AWC82 taking responsibility for main audio coverage within the stadium. Two JBL PRX710 speakers were installed for monitoring purposes, within the control room. Four AWC129 units were placed for coverage at the entrance of the racecourse and parking area. Driving the speakers are 15 units of Crown CTs2000 and one CTs3000. Both the AWC82 and AWC129 are highly weather-resistant speakers that offer 1200 x 1200 dispersion and 900 x 900 dispersion respectively. Both speakers offer extraordinary clarity for speech, with extended frequency response for music, which is exactly what the Racecourse required. A Soundcraft Si Expression 1 console handles mixing duties, with its massive mix capacity of 66 inputs, in a small format. One distinctive advantage with the Si Expression 1 console is the FaderGlowTM that gives the user an additional level of status indication that helps to reduce operating errors. Several different functions can be assigned to a fader and to ease operations the FaderGlowTM indicates the actual function type that is currently assigned to the particular fader.



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BSS networked audio played an important role at the installation. A mix of five units of BLU-50, one unit of BLU-100, one unit of BLU-102 and six units of BLU-DAN integrate the digital signal processing into one seamlessly working audio system. Speech reinforcement is offered via five units of AKG WMS470 Vocal Set D5. The set includes a HT470 handheld transmitter featuring a dynamic D5 capsule for wellbalanced, powerful sound. The space diversity receiver offers both a microphone level and a line level output. The AKG wireless system is also supported by two units of AKG CGN521 STS, which is a professional tabletop microphone set with excellent shock absorbing properties. Its features a CGN521 condenser gooseneck microphone with a cardioid polar pattern on a slim, 50 cm long gooseneck. The microphones are used for commentary purposes.

“We are extremely privileged to be associated with Dai Nam Racecourse and thank them for choosing HARMAN’s suite of solutions including our iconic JBL, Crown, BSS, dbx and Soundcraft products,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We are sure HARMAN Professional Solutions will enhance the experience of Dai Nam customers and ensure complete satisfaction. Thanks to our partners Ba Sao Investments for their support and customer first approach.”

Equipment List • AKG CGN521 STS x 2 • AKG WMS470 Vocal Set D5 x 5 • BSS BLU 100 x 1 • BSS BLU 102 x 1 • BSS BLU 50 x 5 • BSS BLU-DAN x 6

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Crown CTs2000 x 15 Crown CTs3000 x 1 JBL AWC129 x 4 JBL AWC82 x 52 JBL PRX710 x 2 Soundcraft Si Expression 1 x 1



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Australia Zoo Brings Expansive Audio To African Savannah Exhibit Soundtube solutions enhance visitor experience at the Zoo

bill. Being a large space and entirely outdoors, the installation required a creative (and weatherproof) solution that would provide clear audio across the whole viewing area without detriment to aesthetics.

The Fix

Australia Zoo Entrance


ocated on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Australia Zoo is best known as the home of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. But you’ll find more than just reptiles on the Zoo’s extensive premises. Steve Irwin had a dream for Australia Zoo, which included the creation of an African Safari Park where guests could see animals roam together on open plains, just as they would in the wild. This dream has been realized in the form of the African Savannah, now home to giraffes, rhinos, zebras and cheetah.

The Challenge The open-range African Savannah is a key attraction at Australia Zoo and therefore, the team wanted to enhance the visitor experience by adding authentic African background music throughout the guest viewing areas. Australia Zoo’s AV & Production Manager, Kris Berndt, contacted Brendon McDonald at National Audio Systems for assistance in designing a PA system that would fit the

Initially, Kris suggested IP-rated, outdoor-friendly music horns mounted on poles throughout the fenced area. However once Brendon inspected the exhibit, he recommended SoundTube’s XT850-SS coaxial outdoor speakers, placed both in front of the fence and in the garden areas. Brendon explained that the 360° horizontal dispersion of the XT speakers would ensure greater coverage over the wide viewing area. Also, the unique low-profile weatherproof enclosure of the units would be far more discreet than horns on poles while offering the superior sound of an eight-inch driver and one-inch tweeter. The three undercover viewing areas needed their own audio reinforcement. Here, Brendon specified SoundTube’s SM590i-II speakers in the ‘Weather Xtreme’ variant. These speakers feature a dual-layer hydrophobic material inside the speaker grille to keep water away from the drivers and internal electronics. The SoundTube speakers are powered by a 1600W Ashly nX8002 two-channel amplifier. One channel supplies power to the XT850s in series, and the other takes care of the SM590i-IIs. A Cloud CX261 single-zone mixer receives audio from an InterM CD-6208 multi-source media player and sends it to the amp.



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Australia Zoo’s own audio visual team managed the installation in consultation with NAS. As part of this, they custom-painted the XT850-SS speakers to blend inconspicuously with the surroundings, adding to the visual appeal of the finished project. Installing an audio system at a zoo has its unique set of hurdles, one of which was acclimatizing the giraffes to the sound! All in all, it took the team one week to install — a commendable effort considering more than 350 meters of speaker cabling had to traverse fencing, concrete, garden beds, and climb three 6 meter-high gazebos. Visitors to Australia Zoo’s African Savannah can now enjoy a fitting audio experience when visiting the African animals. The Australia Zoo crew couldn’t be happier with the final product. The uniquely shaped SoundTube XT850s proved a flawless solution both visually and sonically for the area and the consistent coverage provided by the SM590i-II gazebo speakers, even in a crowd ten rows deep, has impressed the Zoo and its patrons.


Looking ahead, the zoo already has plans to utilize the system to run talks via wireless microphone from the center gazebo.


EQUIPMENT LIST • Ashly nX8002 amplifier • Cloud CX261 singlezone mixer • Inter-M CD-6208 CD/ media player • SoundTube SM590i-IIWX speakers

SoundTube XT850

• SoundTube XT850-SS speakers • Maximum SPD250 speaker cable



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Christie Boxer 4k30 Projectors Deliver Majestic Visuals Of The Great Wall Of China For New Virtual Flight Ride

State-of-the-art projection, audio, and motion technologies provide an extraordinary experience for visitors exploring the Great Wall of China

“Dreams of the Great Wall 3D Dome Theater” features six-axis motion seats, the first of its kind in the world (Photo courtesy of Wincomn Technology)


nown as the “Dreams of the Great Wall 3D Dome Theater,” it was developed by Beijing-based SanXian Culture Holdings Co., Ltd with the objective of integrating cultural tourism and entertainment with stateof-the-art projection, audio, and motion technologies to provide an extraordinary experience for visitors exploring the Great Wall of China. The theater, touted as the first Great Wall-themed 3D dome in the world, features a 180-degree dome measuring 18 meters in diameter. The visuals are powered by multiaward-winning Christie Boxer 4K30 3DLP projectors delivering bright and lifelike images in 6K resolution.

Coupled with realistic surround sound and six-axis motion seats, patrons can expect a highly immersive sensory experience as they enjoy a breathtaking flight across China to explore the origins and sights of the Great Wall – one of the most famous UNESCO world heritage sites. Ten Boxer 4K30 projectors, each boasting 30,000 center lumens, were installed around the theater to ensure maximum effect. Christie’s trusted partner, Wincomn Technology, undertook the crucial role of design, systems integration, installation and commissioning of the projection system at this highly-anticipated venue.



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Amazing visuals displayed by Boxer 4K30 projectors in the 3D dome theater

“The end-user had very high expectations of the projection system and our task was to create a high quality 3D dome theater featuring bright and colorful visuals by Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors to complement realistic audio and motion effects,” said Tony Chen, General Manager, Wincomn Technology. “Our design and engineering teams completed the project in six months and were meticulous in ensuring that the high standards were met. We are honored to play a role in the completion of the world’s first 3D dome theater with motion seats, and are pleased that the Boxer 4K30s had performed admirably throughout the installation and commissioning phase.” The Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors were selected for their high brightness, 4K resolution, omnidirectional deployment capabilities and reliability – important attributes the enduser valued in delivering an engaging visual spectacle. Coupled with other strong features such as Christie TruLife processing for stunning color reproduction and image quality, as well as single-phase power, built-in warping and blending, the Boxer 4K30 is the preferred choice for delivering an unprecedented user experience time and again.

major project using our flagship Boxer 4K30 projectors that produce the brightest and most stunning color reproduction and image quality,” said Jason Pei, Deputy General Manager, Christie China. “We’re delighted that the end-user is satisfied with the end results and this is a clear illustration of the Boxer 4K30’s undisputed performance and reliability.” Lin Yu, Vice President, Christie Asia Pacific, commented, “Christie is very honoured to have played a significant role in making the ‘Dreams of the Great Wall’ 3D Dome Theater the hottest new attraction at Badaling, which has drawn visitors from all over the world to enjoy an immersive experience in its high-tech 3D dome theatre. I applaud Wincomn Technology for delivering yet another outstanding project, and garnering numerous accolades from the AV industry in China for a job well done.” Since its official opening late last year, the “Dreams of the Great Wall 3D Dome Theater” has garnered much critical acclaim for its high quality presentation and immersive experience.

“Our heartiest congratulations to our longstanding partner Wincomn Technology on the completion of yet another



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Famen Temple Visitors Get Immersed In Millennial Tales

24 Digital Projection HIGHlite Laser II projectors were entrusted to create China’s largest single fixed installation project using laser projection


hina’s largest holy Buddhist sanctuary, the thousandyear-old Famen Temple, in Shaanxi Province’s Baoji City, bears a unique and quiet, though not always tranquil, history that spans a thousand years from the Tang Dynasty to the cultural Dynasty. It is widely regarded as the "ancestor of pagoda temples in Guanzhong area" and its pagoda is the oldest in China. To share four touching and ancient tales from this past of guarding its Buddhist relics, 24 Digital Projection HIGHlite Laser II projectors were entrusted to create China’s largest single fixed installation project using laser projection. The performance takes place in the North Hall of the iconic landmark pagoda. Six performance areas – entitled Prelude, The Wish, The Audacity, The Battle against Demons and Meditations

– punctuate the 7,300 metres-square space. Immersed in the breathtaking visual experience of the play, the audience flows through each performance area to take in the transformations of space and time through the changes in the past thousand years of history. Mark Wadsworth, Digital Projection International Marketing Manager, explains, “The temple’s monks believe that by telling the people the true spirit of Tao, infinity will be reached. The recollections of the Famen Temple are designed to transport visitors back thousands of years to see the events through their own eyes, rather as though they are time travellers. The effect they wanted was to be like opening temporal and spatial gates, with people and things from the past thousands of years passing by the audience.”



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metres-square vision on gauze. At this point the story of General Zhu Ziqiao is retold, as he aids the disaster at Fufeng, by giving the people satisfying employment rather than handouts. The touching story of Adjutant Ding, who spent his life singing opera to protect the Buddha dharma and guard the Buddhist treasure is also introduced in the stunning visuals projected onto gauze, supplemented by surround sound for full audience immersion.

The Digital Projection HIGHlite Laser II 3-chip DLP projectors were selected for their durability and stability as well as its superlative imaging. Built on solid-state laser phosphor technology, the HIGHlite Laser II delivers a highly durable solution with a long-life span: over 20,000 hours, maintenance-free and designed with redundancy in mind. Boasting a brightness of 13,000 lumens alongside DarkChip DMD technology, the HIGHlite Laser II delivers beautifully defined images in true colour to create effects akin to true theatrical display. Full HD projection from 1920 x 1200 physical WUXGA resolution ensures a truly refined quality of image. The 24 Digital Projection HIGHlite Laser II’s are distributed amongst the separated sections of the play. Three are dedicated to The Prelude and create immersive scenery, whilst a further seven serve two sections in the East and Central Halls to demonstrate The Wish, furnishing an impressive projection area of over 5,000 square metres. The Audacity follows the dedications of a pious monk: his painstaking practice and the building of his tower in the service of promoting Buddha’s dharma and saving people. A total of six Digital Projection HIGHlite Laser II projectors create a 360° panoramic viewing experience immersing the audience and detailing the storyline to them. In the section showing The Battle against Demons, three further Digital Projection Laser projectors create a 126

In the final area of the story showcase, nine HIGHlite Laser projectors combine to create a spectacular finale, with a projection spanning 182 square metres. The story at this stage depicts the young monk, Liangqing, protecting the pagoda during the Cultural Revolution and eventually coming to a righteous end. The projected vision reinforces the boundless nature of Buddhism by way of a wondrous projected visual experience. Mark Wadsworth, sums up, “By the end of the immersive experience that carries the audience along, totally involved in the stories, the audience feels as though they have undergone a baptism of the spirit, having been immersed in the dharma and the stories in the past. The power, brightness and visual clarity delivered by the HIGHlite Laser II projectors was essential to the overall effect created. It is both an incredible visual experience and a beautiful visual display.”



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i Light Marina Bay 2017


Projection Mapping, a crowd favourite, featured inspiring visuals and deep vibrant colours that had a wow effect

Secret Galaxies by Syndicate. Image courtesy of I Light Marina Bay 2017


Light Marina Bay 2017, organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), is the 5th edition of Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, which ran from 3rd to 26th March 2017. The event featured 20 sustainable light art installations illuminating the Marina Bay Waterfront in a colourful showcase.

the ArtScience Museum and the Merlion. The ArtScience Museum’s visual images were created by Syndicate comprising three individuals whose ethos are focused on experimentation and self-expression. Syndicate is one of Singapore’s foremost forward-thinking audiovisual collective.

This year, artists from nine countries, including Singapore, presented sustainable light art installations anchored on the theme “Light & Nature”. Created with environmentallyfriendly materials or energy-saving lighting, the installations highlight the importance of sustainability and reinforce Marina Bay’s position as a sustainable precinct.

The creative for the Merlion was the work of the wellrenowned Danny Rose Collective from France. The piece titled as “The Body of the Sea” showcases successive waves of seawater that gave the Merlion a coral dress, a surreal skin of fish, shells and other marine creatures. This endless ebb and flow of colours, images and sound come together to give shape to the Body of the Sea.

Two prominent structures within the Bay area stood out with captive and colour projection mapping. These were



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(L-R) Syndicate’s Kiat, Brandon Tay and Safuan Johari. Photo from The PrimaryStudio

Syndicate conceptualised and created the visual images for their creative piece “Secret Galaxies”. Secret Galaxies presents a confluence of visual images based on the humanistic relationships with the light sky. This is Syndicate’s first mapping project for iLight. “We used the ArtScience Museum as a canvas to transform it as an observatory to visualise the connection between us and the planets,” said Brandon Tay, from Syndicate. Syndicate is well versed with projection mapping and the technicalities involved in such projects. “For any projection mapping, we need to be aware of the nature of the structure, for example, its height, type of surface, colour aspects and use it to our advantage,” highlights Brandon. “For this project, we unwrapped a UV map of the model and after animation it is wrapped back, so that the visuals are projected as they should on the structure. We used the TouchDesigner software from Derivative and together with the D3 server, we were able to preview how the mapping will look. We had to ensure that the visuals will work from more than one angle as visitors would view it from different angles.”

Image courtesy of I Light Marina Bay 2017

“We are pleased with the final outcome. The Panasonic projectors provided very even consistency and brightness, which is a testament to their product.” “Being able to rely on the equipment confidently to project the visuals, enabled us to focus on the content and the design, which we are grateful for,” added Safuan Johari.

Panasonic Projectors At The Fore This year’s projection mapping on both structures were handled by Panasonic projectors. This year also marks Panasonic’s involvement in the event for the third time. A total of 17 projectors were used for the Art Science Museum projection. These comprised of the PT-DZ21KU and PT-DZ21K2U. Due to the long shape of the structure, the projectors were installed in portrait mode. Different type of lenses were used for the projection. These were short lens LE1 as well as the long throw lens LE30 and LE40 as some of the images were being projected from across the Singapore river, which is between 100 to 150 metres in distance from the ArtScience Museum, at different points.

Image courtesy of I Light Marina Bay 2017



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One aspect that Panasonic is most pleased with, was the speed at which the entire edge blending and calibration was done in. “It took only two nights for all 17 projectors to be calibrated,” said a pleased Tan Tiong Leng, Assistant Manager, Visual System Solution Team, Entertainment Solution Group, Panasonic System Solutions Asia Pacific (PSSAP). “This was possible because of our ET-CUK10 camera auto adjustment software. Our software was also able to handle the axis curve of the structure. Due to the distance from across the river and limited sight-lines, we actually employed our Broadcast cameras to help us with the calibration.”

For the Merlion only three projectors were used. These were the Panasonic PT-RZ31K. “The projectors are powerful enough so we only needed to use one projector per side and there was no need for stacking. This also meant that we needed less footprint to install the projector, which was a good thing due to the space constraint. Again we only had 5 days to install and get the projection aligned and calibrated. We used LE6 short throw lenses to project onto the 8 metre structure.”

The projection set-up and operations for the ArtScience Museum was handled by production company Dorier.

The event being all about sustainability is not lost on Panasonic. “Projection Mapping attracts attention and it brings across the message effectively. In this case the message delivered by both Syndicate and Danny Rose about sustainability was visually effective. Our laser projectors are energy efficient as well thus keeping to the theme of sustainability,” highlighted Tiong Leng.

As for the projection onto the Merlion structure, the challenge was the non availability of a proper CAD Drawing. Thankfully the Panasonic Engineering Team have their own in-house software to simulate the projection. This allowed them to make geometry adjustments and lens selection.

The projection set-up and operations for the Merlion was handled by production company Trio AV.

The Body of Sea by Danny Rose Collective. Image courtesy of I Light Marina Bay 2017



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Amate Audio Packs A Punch At Battle Of The Champions: Road To Glory

Sound-Vox Productions delivers audio quality to match boxing skills

effect by Sound-Vox Productions Pte Ltd. Surrounding the boxing ring with a four-sided truss the main focus of Sound-Vox audio coverage was towards the RING side and Premium audience. Eight units of Amate Audio Key 15 two-way speakers were hung with two speakers on each side of the four-sided truss. For the big punch, four units of Amata Audio Key 18W sub-woofers were employed. The systems were driven by Amate Audio HD2000 and HD3200 amplifiers.


anctioned by the World Boxing Council (WBC), the WBC World Silver Championship – Battle of the Champions: Road to Glory made its debut in Singapore in March. The one night only event had fans and patrons enjoy the sport of Professional Boxing “live” - in an adrenalin-filled atmosphere at the OCBC arena in Singapore. The highlight was the match for the World Silver Championship belt which saw current title holder Charles Manyunchi from Zimbabwe fight to retain his eminence against Asia’s rising star Qudratillo ‘The Punisher’ Abduqaxorov of Uzbekistan. For the record, in just two minutes, 52 seconds the much-hyped bout was over and Charles Manyuchi had relinquished the World Boxing Council silver welterweight title. Leading up to the main event were fight cards featuring International boxers in various weight categories. Boxing is an adrenalin pumping event and so it was only natural that the atmosphere for the event had to be up to par with punchy sound coverage. That was provided to maximum

“The Amate Audio Key 15 speakers are versatile as they can be used as PA or stage monitors. In this instance we used it as PA, as the throw coverage that we were looking for was easily covered by the speakers,” said Mr Zac, Managing Director Of SoundVox Productions Pte Ltd. The systems performed according to expectations and helped maintain the energy throughout the event.



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Coldplay And L-Acoustics Headline At Global Citizen India

Biggest L-Acoustics systems ever seen or heard in India brings together prestigious rental companies to join forces to supply the 200-plus loudspeakers


t the end of last year, over 80,000 people descended on the MMRDA Ground in Mumbai for the first ever Global Citizen Festival India. This was the biggest music festival ever produced in the country and required the biggest L-Acoustics systems ever seen or heard in India. In fact, its sheer scale dictated that India’s most prestigious rental companies join forces to supply the required 200plus loudspeakers. The Global Citizen Festival is organised by Global Poverty Project. Based in New York, it has been running since 2012, bringing together the biggest international stars to raise awareness of extreme poverty across the world, its goals

being closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Global Citizen Festival India was produced by Wizcraft India and featured international artists including headliners Coldplay – lead singer Chris Martin is the Festival’s creative director for the next 15 years - A.R. Rahman, Jay Z and Demi Lovato, as well as Bollywood’s brightest stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, ShankarEhsaan-Loy and Arijit Singh. Pulling something of this magnitude together requires precise coordination and cooperation between all parties, as



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The extensive L-Acoustics system for Global Citizen India totalled 232 cabinets, comprising 36 K1, 12 K1 subs, 40 SB28s, 72 K2, six KARA and 16 dV-DOSC and 54 V-DOSC, all powered by LA8 amplifiers.

Rajan Gupta of Hi-Tech Audio Systems Pvt Ltd, L-Acoustics Indian distributor, explains. “I heard about the project through Manish Mavani of Mumbai-based Sound & Light Professionals (SNL Pro), who is a K1 owner and was working on securing the project, as was K2 owner Electrocraft. However, it became clear that no single company had the inventory and technical expertise required to take on this mammoth job. Collaboration between various L-Acoustics owners was needed, I got everyone talking and we realised that, by pulling together as a group, we would have everything.” Electrocraft, led by Roger Drego, took on the role of lead supplier, working alongside SNL Pro. Additional partners were Delhi-based Audio Design and J Davis Pro Sound of Bangalore. “One other hurdle we had to face was that Coldplay usually uses a different brand of loudspeaker,” Rajan continues. “However, Roger visited them in New York and convinced them that L-Acoustics would work well for them, particularly as their usual brand wasn’t available in sufficient quantity.”

The final system, which was tuned & calibrated by Michael Wirth, tech support for L-Acoustics, a total 232 cabinets, comprising 36 K1, 12 K1 subs, 40 SB28s, 72 K2, six KARA and 16 dV-DOSC and 54 V-DOSC, all powered by LA8 amplifiers. “The main hangs were arrays of 12 K1 per side positioned left and right of the stage, with four K1SBs each side hung next to them and 12 K2 per side as side fills,” explains Roger Drego. “Front fills were four stacks of four dV-DOSC. Eight cardioid sub configurations were sited beneath the stage, with a further two as sub side fills, each comprising four SB28s, one in each configuration reversed. Twelve K2 per side made up the first set of delays, with three pairs of nine V-DOSC for the subsequent delays, with the final delay being six K1 with three Kara hung below them as down-fills per side, thus ensuring consistent coverage across the entire site.” “This was undoubtedly the most technically advanced single stage concert that India has ever seen,” recalls Manish Mavani. “The audio team ran cable lines that stretched over a kilometre to cater for the live, broadcast and recording



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audio. The delay towers proved to be a challenge, because of their sheer numbers and the distances we had to cover, and the organizers wanted a pure L-Acoustics sound signature to be maintained across the entire site.

and best live audio system that has ever been seen for any single concert in India.”

“It was up to us to ensure that we achieved this by precisely tuning and time aligning the delays with FOH. L-Acoustics supported us in this, and their team played a vital role, contributing key inputs that enhanced our system designs and achieved the perfection the organisers were after. We also had the support of the various acts’ personal engineers – local and international – and they all did justice to the sound system that we had worked so hard on, with each act sounding every bit as amazing as it deserved to be.”

About The Global Poverty Project

“This was undoubtedly the adventure of a lifetime for all of us,” says Manish. “The show was a huge success and Tony Smit, Head of Audio for Coldplay, said how easy we had made everything for him.” “To work on a gig of this scale was amazing,” concludes Roger Drego. “As a team, we pulled together the biggest

All images © Pip Cowley

The Global Poverty Project is an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyse the movement to end extreme poverty. An Australian grown project, The Global Poverty Project creates campaigns with the purpose of increasing the number of people taking action to end extreme poverty, with the vision of a world without extreme poverty, within a generation.

About Global Citizen Launched successfully with the Global Citizen Festival on September 29, 2012 in New York City’s Central Park, Global Citizen is an innovative online platform and mobile application that tracks and rewards activist action through a point-scoring system. Accumulated points are used as a currency to bid on live entertainment experiences like tickets to great concerts and a host of other entertainment events.



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On A Higher Plane INDIA

The Dalai Lama stresses India’s role in global responsibility and Outline gets the word across


ith his inimitable combination of Buddhist wisdom and contemporary values, his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama addressed over three thousand Indian youngsters, scholars and social visionaries on “Reviving Indian Wisdom in Contemporary India” at Talkatora indoor stadium in New Delhi. To ensure appropriate vocal intelligibility, fundamental for communicating the profound content of a talk of this kind, and the power to do so in a large venue, the organizers (Vidyaloke) called in Global Pro-Audio Management, who deployed an Outline sound rig featuring several models from the Italian manufacturer’s range: GTO C-12, DBS 182, Mantas 28, Doppia II 9075, DVS 15P iSP and iSM 115. Tibetan Buddhists believe the Dalai Lamas to be manifestations of the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet, enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to be reborn to serve humanity. His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, currently the spiritual leader of Tibet, was born to a farming family in 1935 in a small north-eastern Tibetan village and recognized at a very young age as the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama. At the event, His Holiness said that ancient Indian wisdom is full of values that are greatly needed in modern times. “India is the only country which has the opportunity and resources to combine ancient wisdom on inner values

with modern education to promote both physical and mental well-being.” His Holiness also spoke about global responsibility and stressed every one of the planet’s seven billion inhabitants’ moral responsibility to do something for humanity. The Outline system ensured attendees were able to follow every detail of the important speech, which was supplied by the manufacturer’s exclusive distributor for the Indian sub-continent, Global Pro-Audio Management, helmed by dynamic industry member Gaurav Malvai, a well-known face in the country, since, as well as a key pro audio distributor, he is also a high-profile DJ and music producer. Malvai added Outline to his portfolio of brands after he had heard the products at various locations around the world, and explains, “Outline's extensive product range has given me the opportunity to develop relationships in every market here, from large events and live productions through to all types of installation work.” The precise breakdown of the rig was: 12 Outline GTO C-12 (FOH), 6 Outline DBS 18-2 (Subs), 8 Outline Mantas 28 (Centre & Outfills), plus Outline Doppia II 9075 (Breakout area 1), Outline DVS 15P iSP [Breakout area 2 (Smaller) & as Monitors] and Outline iSM 115 (Stage monitors).



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Philips Lighting Delivers Magical In-Air Lighting Effects On Australian Production Of Wicked

Philips Entertainment Lighting luminaires leave audiences spellbound on The Show Company’s Australian production of Wicked, the Wizard of Oz prequel

Š Tony McKendrick - Photomakers


hilips Lighting LED stage lighting added to the drama and detail of an award-winning production of the hit Broadway musical Wicked at the historic Theatre Royal in Hobart, Tasmania - Australia's island state. In the role of both lighting designer and technical supplier was Gareth Kays of GK Productions, Tasmania's leading performance technology consultancy. His brief was to create an impressive, Broadway-style production on a comparatively small stage. "One of my main challenges was disguising the ground support system which allowed lead character Elphaba

to take flight during the number Defying Gravity," Kays explained. "I used Philips Showline SL BEAM 300fx moving head luminaires at full zoom for back lighting Elphaba as she rose into the air. Light radiated out from her, masking the mechanics and giving the impression she truly was flying. I used Philips Showline SL LEDSPOT 300 luminaires to light the downstage in a dappled gobo wash, which added to the radiating backlit look." Kays also used the Philips Showline SL LEDSPOT 300's advanced effects system and CMY colour mixing to bring the staging to life.



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"In a lot of the scenes I used very strong colours and large gobo effects to create a magical storybook feel. I found the stock gobos in the Philips Showline SL LEDSPOT 300 gave me plenty of creative options; I used the brick gobo for a not so subtle yellow brick road, and utilized the same gobo with a cyan for the interiors of the castle scenes to break up the stage floor. The framing shutter system is also fantastic for my theatrical work." Kays also selected Philips Selecon PLfresnel1 MKII high output LED Fresnel fixtures for front of house lighting from the 'box boom' position. He commented: "the fixtures provided a great colour palette from natural skin tones through to saturated deep colours." Colin Kavanagh, General Manager Philips Entertainment Lighting said: "We are committed to leading the transition to energy efficient entertainment lighting and Wicked in Hobart was a perfect example of how our LED technology is a formidable match for tungsten in a theatrical environment, at a fraction of the power consumption. From precision shutter framing to sophisticated colour rendering, our theatrical LED luminaires offer designers true energyefficient creativity."

Š Gareth Kays

Wicked ran from January 27 to February 11 at Hobart's historic Theatre Royal - Australia's oldest continually operating theater, which celebrates its 180th anniversary in 2017. The production also won several awards at the Tasmanian Theatre Awards (also known as the 'Errols' after legendary Hollywood actor Errol Flynn, who was born in Hobart) on Sunday March 12, including Best Production.

Š Gareth Kays



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The Cable Mess What information needs to be on the label: 1. Cable length. 2. Cable type (for mic or dmx…) 3. Cable size (for electrical cables especially) 4. Barcode (option to help make life smoother)

One of the most frustrating part of setting up and tearing down for the production team is the cable aspect. It can be resolved easily with proper LABELLING of the cables so that you need not waste your time figuring out which cables to bring or which cables fit which equipment on site. Labelling will do the trick. Everyone knows that. But what information do you need to put on the label? By proper labelling, you could indicate on the label if the cables are tested and checked for it to be in working order before they are used for the site. Saves time in trouble-shooting at the site, where set-up time is crucial. By labelling , you will know which cable should belong to which Flightcase or Equipment group. This would mean for example: All cables associated to Lighting Equipment Flightcase Box A, could be be labelled as “Lighting Kit A” (see sample label). So when you open a box all associated cables for that Lighting is found within the box, and if you happened to see a cable your crew will know which box this cable is supposed to be placed.

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IAAPA Asian Attractions Expo 2017 Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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