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Tom Kenny uses Elation ACL 360 Matrix in MTV EMA set
Tom Kenny was the lighting designer for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2016, held on November 6th at the Ahoy Rotterdam Arena in The Netherlands. Kenny had an artful set to light designed by Julio Himende. Included in the correspondingly large visual package was Elation Professional ACL 360 Matrix LED moving head panels, which Kenny employed throughout the show.
“We had 24 ACL 360 Matrix lamps and we spread them around and behind some structures within the set,” he says, for example as scenic behind the elevator for Afrojack’s performance. “I needed a very powerful fixture as a major backlight gag. The spinning/rotation with shapeshifting LED chases gave us a very futuristic look.” For this year’s MTV EMAs some effects were pixel mapped into the fixtures by programmers Alex Passmore and Jonathan Rouse. The ACL 360 Matrix panels were supplied for the show by PRG.
(Photo: Getty Images)
Sono VTS has expanded its sales team by founding a business development department. Bart Meeus has joined Sono VTS as a business development manager focusing mainly on direct customer relations and key accounting. With his live production background as well as his expertise in Video over IP solutions, Meeus will focus on direct customer relations in new markets.
Together with new business development manager Bart Meeus, Tobias Kronenwett has been added to the Sono VTS team as head of business development. Before coming to Sono VTS, Kronenwett was working with Lawo as VP of Central and South America, developing new markets for Lawo’s audio and video solutions.
Yamaha VXS1ML wins three awards at ISE 2017
Yamaha showcased its full range of installed audio solutions at the 2017 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show. The biggest product on show - the Disklavier Enspire player piano, for the hotel and hospitality market - drew many visitors, its tones (courtesy of the Pianosoft music library) providing a background soundtrack throughout. But it was the smallest - and newest - product on the stand which won Yamaha three (of the available seven) Best of Show awards: the VXS1ML loudspeaker.
“We knew the VXS1ML was a special product, which is why we felt ISE 2017 was the ideal place to launch it,” says Nils-Peter Keller, Senior Director of Yamaha’s Pro Audio and AV divisions. “We were very pleased to win three Best In Show awards. ISE has been a growing success story for us, with this year undoubtedly the best yet. We have already booked for next year’s show, with a bigger floor area, and are looking forward to welcoming people from throughout the hospitality, retail, corporate and entertainment industries.”
WI Creations supplies ‘Beauty And The Beast’ in Ghent
WI Creations supplied combined comprehensive automation solutions for the recent new production of Disney's musical ‘Beauty And The Beast,’ staged at the Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium. WI was asked on-board by show producer Marmalade. The project was coordinated for them by Hans Willems.
Directed by Christophe Ameya, with choreography from Ish Ait Hamou and lighting from Luc Peumans (Painting with Light), the producers wanted to present a contemporary version of the classic tale. WI delivered four stage elevators, three with 3 metre diameters and one at 4 metres, which were used to bring various scenic pieces on and off stage throughout the performance.
The 3 metre lifts were available from WI’s standard rental inventory. The 4 metre one was specially constructed for this show, also using WI’s standard TP3 elevator system. Control for each elevator - all concealed below the stage - was local.
Upstage, a 60 metre WI tracking system was installed at the expo to move four LED screens, each measuring 11.24 metres high by 7.68 metres wide and weighing 3.2 tonnes, into different configurations. This movement continued throughout the performance and changed the dynamics of the space as well as creating a variety of openings for props and actors to enter and exit the stage.
The positional information from the WI controller was synchronised to the media server to allow one large video image to remain across all four screens regardless of their positioning. Additionally, 30 x WI vari-speed hoists and winches - a mixture of single and double chain - were used to lift and move a variety of props and scenic pieces which flew in and out. The motors driving the tracking screens and the moving hoists/winches moving the scenery were all controlled from the same custom WI control desk.
Another major ‘Beauty And The Beast’ set piece was a large staircase which split into two 2.5 tonne sections, both required to move into different locations to assist with the narrative and dance sequences. The stairs, fabricated by Fisheye, were automated using four of WI's wireless remote controlled wagons. It was originally planned to move these pieces manually, but in tests this proved impractical, so production asked WI to assist with a solution at short notice. The movement was controlled by a dedicated operator using another custom wagon controller developed by WI.
(Photos: Luk Monsaert)
UK based Blumano Ltd is expanding and restructuring its operation. The move brings the service of systems control in-house, with software and hardware expert Lluis Diaz-Guerra and his company Copinya into the Blumano organisation. It also coincides with a general Blumano rebranding and the launch of a new interactive website, www.blumano.com.
Photo shows (left to right): Lluis Diaz-Guerra with Blumano founders Amedeo Guizzi and Cristiano Giavedoni.
Matrox integrates closed captioning functionality into Monarch HDX encoder
Adding to the Matrox Monarch HDX’s feature set, Matrox announces the integration of closed captioning (CC) capture and streaming support into the Monarch HDX streaming and recording appliance, offering broadcasters greater options to transmit accessible video - from broadcast to digital signals - to online viewers.
Monarch HDX retrieves captioning data from the SDI VANC or line 21, then embeds the data within the H.264 essence as CEA-608. This caption-enhanced content can be streamed (RTMP) to media servers such as Wowza or content delivery networks (CDNs) including YouTube Live or Ustream, or recorded as MOV/MP4 files, and then be decoded by players such as Telestream Switch.
From any SDI or HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HDX generates two H.264-encoded video streams at bitrates from 200 Kbps to 30 Mbps. Frame-synchronization, scaling, deinterlacing and noise reduction engines ensure only pristine images are sent to the encoders.
For streaming purposes, the encoders use either RTMP or RTSP protocol to deliver live streams to local or cloud-based media servers. In recording applications, the encoders write MP4 or MOV files to local USB drives, SD cards or network-mapped drives for post-event editing or archiving. An additional, dedicated encoder provides remote preview of the input.
Softube announces availability of Console 1 software support for UAD Powered Plug-Ins
Softube announces that the planned Console 1 software update with support for selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio is now online, available for free to owners of first-generation Console 1 systems (initially). To be joined by buyers of the soon-to-be-released Console 1 Mk II, owners of first-generation Console 1 units can continue to switch between their tracks and control EQ, compressor, gate, and more, mixing with the sound of the included Console 1 SSL SL 4000 E emulation developed in close collaboration with Solid State Logic, but now, due to the software update, all can customize their channels to fit their needs with over 60 Console 1 system-ready plug-ins available from Softube and Universal Audio, adding brands such as Chandler Limited, Fairchild, and Helios to the range of products that can be used with Console 1 systems - all pre-mapped and selectable from the Console 1 software, so no MIDI mapping is necessary.
Console 1 Mk II is scheduled to start shipping later this Spring, though the software update with the UAD Powered Plug-Ins compatibility can now be downloaded for free from here: https://www.softube.com/download.php.
Alcons appoints Aplauz as new Polish distributor
Alcons Audio appoints Aplauz Sp. Ltd as its distributor general products in Poland. Located in Łomianki, near Warsaw, Aplauz was established in 2003 and has grown to become one of Poland’s most renowned suppliers of professional audio solutions.
Photo: Tom Back of Alcons Audio (left) and Grzegorz Fotek of Aplauz Poland.
Total Show Pro invests in Robe
Merida, Mexico-based Total Show Pro is a technical production company delivering lighting, sound, video and staging - design and equipment - founded by Claudio Pasos four years ago. Shortly after this they invested in their first Robe moving lights with 10 x LEDWash 600s and then in 2015 added 10 x Robe Pointes to the inventory.
The LEDWashes were first bought to service the weddings market, and then the Pointes were added specifically for concerts and music shows. Total Show Pro was the first production rental operation in Merida with any Robe stock.
Photo shows the Total Show Pro team: Claudio Pasos (in striped shirt) at the front on the right with some of his crew, including commercial director Francisco Uribe Vasquez on the far left (in light blue shirt).
Altinex expands Anywire product line
Altinex introduces the TP315-103 Anywire transmitter and TP315-104 Anywire receiver. An expansion of the company’s Anywire product line, the TP315-103 and TP315-104 facilitate the transmission of live video and computer video signals with synchronized audio over long distances using conventional AC power extension cords.
The Altinex TP315-103 Anywire transmitter supports video signals up to 1080p. The unit features four 15-amp AC outlets with embedded HDMI signal capability, which can then transmit both power and the HDMI feed to four TP315-104 receivers. Power cords up to 100 feet in length are supported. Further, the transmitter incorporates a loop out connector for driving a local video monitor. The TP315-103 also provides IR (Infrared) support for remote control of cable TV and related output boxes.
The Altinex TP315-104 Anywire receiver is the companion product to the TP315-103 transmitter. This receiver connects to the AC socket of the power extension cord and, in addition to taking power, accepts the HDMI signal. The receiver provides four AC power outlets with embedded HDMI as well as a dedicated HDMI output - enabling, for example, the HDMI port to feed the display monitor while one of the AC power outlets supplies power to the display. As all four AC outlets provide an HDMI feed, the TP315-104 can act as a relay for both power and video signal to further expand the system.
The new HDMI over power extension cable transmitter/receiver system will be available late March 2017.
Touch Innovations’ Kontrol Master available
Touch Innovations announces availability of Kontrol Master, a touch technology-driven desktop design that speeds up workflow with enhanced ergonomic control of unlimited DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) virtual faders and knobs (or any other creative software), after an award-winning showcase at The 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
“On the knob you’re touching things to control, so you’ve got full vertical, rotary, and horizontal control throughout any software - whether it’s Windows, Mac, or Linux,” Touch Innovations COO Cody Myer explains. “All the buttons are preprogrammed. We have custom layouts for Reason, Ableton, Logic, and more. You can also customise it and save those settings, so you have your own defaults when you start. The transport windows let you use multiple monitors. Simply tap the buttons and - from the same position that you’re already at on your screen - this will instantly take you to your secondary monitor.”
Kontrol Master, “Best of NAMM 2017” winner in the Controllers/Sequencers category, is USB powered and allows a combination of up to 24 different kinds of actions, like keystrokes, shortcut keys, and MIDI events.
Eilon Engineering monitors large rig for ‘Swedish Idol’ final
The twelfth ‘Swedish Idol’ season started airing on TV4 in August 2016 with a finale show held December 8th at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Scandinavian Rigging Service (SRS) has worked on each ‘Swedish Idol’ final for the last ten years, and this year was responsible for the complete rigging from drawings and weight calculations to top rigging supply and rigging personnel. New this year however was the use of Eilon Engineering’s Ron StageMaster load cells to monitor the rig’s weight and distribution.
“On the ‘Idol’ final, we had a large PA system with built-in amps plus big video walls and a huge lighting system in the house rig,” says Sören Durango, who has owned Scandinavian Rigging Service since 2014. There were multiple layers to the ‘Idol’ rig, which was concentrated above the stage rather than spread out in the venue.
As the ceiling in the Globe is approximately 35 m high, Durango wanted to place all load cells above the hoist in order to get everything controlled. “Wired was not an option because it was 11 meters down to the hoist,” he explains.
Used to monitor the setup were 24 Ron StageMaster 6000 G4 wireless load cells run using one CRR and a PC and one PRR with an iPad. In this wireless system, load cells transmit via radio frequency to the Ron StageMaster PRR (Portable Radio Receiver).
Durango was able to live monitor the setup’s six video walls in order to not overload the house grid where the main PA was also hanging. “Knowing that the calculation was right was absolutely necessary and with load cells you know exactly what hangs there,” he states. “If I get a wrong number from somewhere, a wrong spec for example, it doesn’t matter. It eliminates the human error, makes my work much safer and is safer for everyone.”
Estonian “Mamma Mia” production with Robe fixtures
Vanemuine Theatre in Estonia's cultural hub of Tartu has premiered the country's first version of the ABBA jukebox musical "Mamma Mia" with a non-replica version licensed by Musical Theatres International (MTI) staged in Vanemuine’s Big House auditorium, directed by Ain Mäeots with lighting designed by Meelis Lusmägi. The production will also play the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn.
Vanemuine’s house rig includes a substantial amount of Robe moving lights, weaving 20 x MMX Spots, 10 x 600E Spots, 30 x LEDWash 1200s and 12 x LEDWash 600s. The lights are all rigged on the Big House’s above-stage house bar system. The MMX Spots are being used for effects, gobo looks, texturing the set, etc. The LEDWashes are used for all the basic stage washes. The 600E Spots are used for specials and for supporting the MMX Spots with another layer of effects and atmospheric treatment.
Claypaky B-Eye K20s on tour with Red Hot Chili Peppers
For the better part of a year the Red Hot Chili Peppers have played to fans worldwide with back-to-back festival and arena tours. Premier Global Production (PGP) in Nashville provided a large complement of Claypaky A.leda B-Eye K20 fixtures for the tours. PGP acquired the B-Eye K20s at the request of Scott Holthaus, lighting designer and show designer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
For the festival tour Holthaus deployed 44 units. “I put them radiating from the vertically-hung circle pods and 40-foot half-arc,” he explains. “For outside shows without any smoke or haze, it is important for the audience to see the source. Having overhead lighting is a mistake in that situation, so I made sure 90 percent of the show was upstage and pointed at the audience through the band.”
When the band began its world arena tour Holthaus increased the roster of B-Eye K20s to 64, 52 of them active. “They worked so well on the festival show that they are the main source for side and all floor lighting on the indoor show touring now,” he reports.
(Photos: Ralph Larmann)
Opeth on tour with Ayrton DreamPanel-Twins
Kicking off with twenty dates in America at the start of their world tour, Swedish band Opeth brought their show to Europe in November 2016, opting for a single show at Wembley Arena for their UK audience. Magnus Boyd has been lighting the band for the last eighteen months: “During the tour, we have done two special extended sets at Radio City and Belasco in LA before performing a third at Wembley Arena,” he says. “The final extended set was at the Sydney Opera House in February 2017.”
Boyd’s lighting and visual design featured 40 Ayrton DreamPanel-Twin fixtures rented from French company S-Group. The 40 units were rigged in four double columns as a backdrop to the band and form a focal point of the lighting set. “Almost every song in the set includes their use,” says Boyd.
“For the encore, all hell breaks loose with some abstract video, rotation and full use of the LED side of the DreamPanel-Twin. The content was created from a mix of video designers with artwork by Travis Smith animated by Scott Rudd, abstract artwork created by Pekka Stokke at LJOS AS, and some content created by myself with footage from Jonas Åkerlund.” High Wycombe based rental company Siyan Limited delivered Boyd’s Wembley and European lighting requirements.
(Photos: Tom Grant/Siyan Limited)
Aquantia and AptoVision unveil first SDVoE solution for pro-AV market
Aquantia Corp. has partnered with AptoVision to announce the industry’s first fully integrated single-chip solution for implementing Software-Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) on 10GBASE-T infrastructure. The combination of Aquantia’s AQcite FPGA-programmable Multi-Gigabit Ethernet PHY with AptoVision’s BlueRiver technology provides the most power-, size-, and cost-efficient implementation of the new SDVoE standard, to leverage the ubiquity of Ethernet.
Elation Professional now offering Arkaos Pro products in Europe
Elation Professional announces that the company is now offering the complete Arkaos product line of software and media servers in several European countries and serve as the main value-added dealer of Arkaos Pro products in the UK. “We’ve had a strong and successful relationship with Elation in the U.S. for years and we are happy to be continuing the collaboration in Europe,” states Agnes Wojewoda, Managing Director at Arkaos s.a.
Palace equipped with Robe fixtures
London-based indie blues rock band Palace asked lighting designer Steve Bewley to light a recent showcase gig at the Electric in Brixton, London, for which he chose to use an all-Robe floor package which was supplied by Dragonfly Lighting.
Bewley chose eight Robe Spikies, eight LEDWash 300s and eight CycFX 8s, which were combined with elements of the Electric’s overhead house rig. His design also included projections from the FOH over the band and onto a backdrop which brought its own specific texturing treatment to the stage. He worked on this and the video content creation with Bronski (Chris Jablonski) of Tawbox.
With everything on one level - band, backline and the lights - Bewley created big fields of light and combined them with different Spikie beam looks and effects from the back. The LEDWash 300s were utilised for side light, so the audience caught glimpses of the band via smaller fields of light, contrasted with the larger pools of light. They were also used for silhouetting.
The CycFX 8s were right at the back of the stage, so using the zoom, Bewley could either bring them in as backlighting or use them to create effects as well as the more standard duties like washing the white cyc. Bewley also programmed and ran the lights for the show, and his own Green Hippo media server was used to run the video.
(Photos: Lindsay Cave)
Maestra London grows the team
London and Dubai based creative and technical event production and management specialist Maestra announces more new staff. The London operation starts 2017 with four new individuals joining Justin Hammond, Emma Perrin and the team based in their newly expanded premises in Woolwich, east London.
Kate Jarvis joins as a Senior Project Manager who will be exploring and pitching ideas as well as managing and co-ordinating projects. She studied film and production at Falmouth University in Cornwall, going on to work in that industry before specialising in production and design. For the last five years she’s worked as a senior project manager and event consultant for a UK event company where she ran private events, themed parties, exhibitions, brand activations and product launches.
Jamie Twyman comes on-board as a Production Designer. He’s been active in the events industry around London for 13 years. His experience in that time includes working as a technician.
Project Manager Henrietta Appiah was a communications & media studies student at Brunel University and has always been interested in film, photography and editing. However an internship as an events co-ordinator fired a passion for “all things events” which has been her professional career for the last 10 years, during which time she’s worked with several companies. This has included Unilever where she managed internal and external promotions and clients, running multiple events across multi-level communication platforms, from webcasts to a G8 event.
Georgie Archer takes on the role of Operations & Admin Assistant. After studying Creative Media at North West Kent College, she worked in a variety of jobs organising events.
Photo (left to right): Kate Jarvis, Jamie Twyman, Henrietta Appiah and Georgie Archer.
Emco Wheaton announces the appointment of Stefan Dubbledeman who is taking on the role of Land Loading Systems Territory Manager for Western Europe. “Stefan will be responsible for supporting our trading partners and growing end-user awareness for our land loading arm business across the UK and Ireland, Benelux and Scandinavia,” says Darren Sabino, Global Commercial Director for Emco Wheaton.
A graduate of the Hague University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Dubbledeman has more than twelve years sales and engineering experience, including the past year with Emco Wheaton. Responsible for all Emco Wheaton products, he will report directly to Darren Sabino, Global Commercial Director for Land Loading Systems. Dubbledeman will also continue to support the Todo product line in Germany and report to Jim Hughes, Commercial Director for Dry Break on these activities.
Softube announces Console 1 Mk II
Softube announces Console 1 Mk II, an upgraded version of its hardware/software mixing system. The new software - also available to owners of the first-generation Console 1 - makes it possible to use Console 1 with selected UAD Powered Plug-Ins from Universal Audio.
There are now over 60 plug-ins that can be used from within the Console 1 system, including plug-ins based on units from Chandler Limited, Fairchild, Teletronix, Tube-Tech, Abbey Road Studios, and many more. The plug-ins are pre-mapped and selectable from the Console 1 software, so no MIDI mapping is necessary.
The hardware has the same build quality as the original units, with some minor layout changes such as more visible LED markers. All of these changes come in addition to the recently released software update, which added DAW control functions for Presonus Studio One and Cakewalk Sonar.
The new Console 1 Mk II units, and the software update with the UAD Powered Plug-Ins compatibility, will be available in spring 2017.
Claypaky lights illuminate Starlight Pop Opera at Chris Saunders Park
The FNB Starlight Pop Opera was hosted at the Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga in KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) on 6 and 7 August 2016. Headliner Patrizio Buanne, along with local South African artists such as Arno Carstens, were accompanied by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.
For the fifth consecutive year, EPH Production supplied the technical while lighting designer Johan Ferreira from BF Production Services created tender moments on a GrandMA2 light. The lighting rig also included 24 Claypaky Sharpys which were used as beam and effects lighting on the stage with some of the Sharpy units positioned on speaker towers.
Cymatic Audio adds Dante compatibility to AudioLan option card
Cymatic Audio announces the addition of Dante compatibility to the AudioLan option card for the uTrack24 multitrack recorder, player and interface. Natively supporting Ravenna as well as the new AES67 standard, the AudioLan card enables to integrate uTrack24 into Ravenna environments as well as any other AES67-compliant networks.
Cymatic Audio continues to enhance connectivity options with the imminent release of a firmware update specifically targeting integration into AES67-compliant Dante networks and the management of its AES67-streams directly in the Dante connection manager.
AudioLan users can feed 24 channels from the audio network (be it Ravenna, Dante, QLAN, Axia, Livewire or any other AES67-compliant network) into uTrack24 when in recording mode or playback mode. All 24 tracks are available at any network destination and all via a single, off-the-shelf RJ45 network cable.
Penn Elcom supplies LED installation for MS Braemar
Penn Elcom, working closely with EW Production Services, has specified and supplied over 2500 Osram, Comus LED and Integral LED lighting fixtures and lamps plus around 250 metres of LED Flex as part of a fully retro-fittable LED lighting solution for a number of different areas aboard the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship, MS Braemar.
Eight areas - including the Neptune Lounge main entertainment space and adjacent Morning Light pub as well as the vessel’s engine room - have now been switched over from tungsten and fluorescent lights to cleaner, greener and more cost efficient lighting sources.
EW Production Services’ operations manager Paul Byrne has a long standing relationship with Penn whose Nigel Howse and Razvan Vasiliu co-ordinated the supply. The process started with a site survey that included a ROI schedule showing the payback period and the resultant savings to be made in electricity consumption.
The LED lights supplied by Penn are a mixture of Comus 2 ft and 4 ft tubes along with single or twin IP battens, Integral LED panels and Osram E27, E14, GU10 lamps plus LED Flex with the appropriate dimmable drivers. The Neptune Lounge on deck 5 at the front of the ship with its cabaret stage featuring live music dance and comedy performances is at the hub of the on-board entertainment schedule.
The general lighting in this area has been replaced with a selection of dimmable LED lamps installed in the ceiling and wall luminaires, with LED flex now highlighting the two circular ceiling coves, which replaced the old 2 ft fluorescent tubes.
E14 LED Candle bulbs now graze up the pillars, and being dimmable allows the new and added adaptability of being able to change the mood of the environment. The fluorescent tubes used in the Coral Lounge for ambient lighting have also been replaced with LED flex tape.
The deco lamps in this area have been replaced with E14 LED candle bulbs, and the lighting is now all dimmable. The pillar lights are fitted with E27 LED bulbs and the MR16s in the false celling were swapped out with equivalent GU10 LEDs, allowing the removal of all the pre-existing transformers. In the Morning Light pub, the 40w halogen candle lamps have been switched to Osram candle lamps, with GU10 LEDs in the ceiling.
More lights have been replaced in the main reception area and the Palms Café which has nearly 200 x LEDs. Penn’s team recommended Osram LED floods for the main engine room while Integral LED panels and Comus LED tubes (both 2 and 4 ft) have been fitted throughout the engine control room (ECR) and the management offices.
Outside, around 30 dimmable marine grade submersible GU10 housings were fabricated to hold GU10 lamps that are up-lighting glass panels on Decks 8 and 6. Sixteen warm white down-lighters in custom marine grade housings on Deck 6 highlight the outdoor Grill restaurant.