Total Production

ABTT 2011

August 2011 - Issue 144

TPi talks shop at the leading theatre technology trade show in London's Royal Horticultural Halls.

Orbital Sound put its new two-channel HME DX210 digital intercom system on display, as well as intercom systems from Clear-Com, with the brand now exclusively distributed in the UK by Orbital. From Zaxcom, Orbital demonstrated the company’s third-generation TRX900LT digital wireless transmitter, while elsewhere on stand 105, the extensive T-Series line arrays from d&b audiotechnik were highlighted, as an authorised sales and installation partner, together with the new White Range product lines.
    The Titan V5 from Avolites, which debuted earlier in the year at Frankfurt’s Prolight + Sound ,was in full swing alongside portable control system Titan OS. The focus of ABTT, however, was on the Titan Mobile, a small, portable console system carrying the latest Titan software.
    Allen & Heath demonstrated its iLive 112 digital console system which has just come off tour with British singers Claire Maguire and Adele, as well as Sheffield metal crew Bring Me The Horizon. Varied clients indeed!
   AC-ET’s Audio Division meanwhile, is a recent winner of Nexo’s ‘Best UK Dealer’ award which was presented at Nexo’s annual distributor dinner/awards evening, staged at the recent Prolight+Sound expo in Frankfurt.
    Yamaha’s Commercial Audio sector was on site showing a range of digital mixers, amplifiers and networking devices. Demonstrating any new updates in software and add-on functions, the team were on hand to discuss any upgrade requirements while also promoting that Yamaha training courses are contining to take place across the UK.
    Roland Systems Group UK had its flagship model on show, the M-480. Like the M-400, M-380, and M-300, it is a central unit in a full V-Mixing System. It contains a powerful new mixing engine, providing a premium console choice, which can be optionally integrated with Roland’s Digital Snakes, Personal Mixing and Multi-Channel Recording solutions.
    ohm announced at ABTT that it has joined interests with StudioSpares in order to form a strengthened distribution partnership. ohm exhibited its range of Saturns in 12-inch and 15-inch which both contain an advanced woofer and coaxial compression driver on a rotatable CD horn with a 60 x 40 degree dispersion angles. The Pukk subwoofers - 212, 215 and 218 are highly powered with specially designed baffles and low frequency driver placement to maximise the LF performance.
    Shure’s continued development of in-ear personal monitoring systems included the PSM 900 and the PSM 1000. The 900 offers a clear audio quality and robust RF performance from pro monitoring applications and the 1000 model delivers an unprecedented combination of audio and RF performance, two antenna diversity, plus full network integrating for the most demanding of pro monitoring apps.
    Harman Professional’s Soundcraft and AKG showcased the new  in-mixer radio monitoring at ABTT. Sound Technology Ltd, Harman Professional distributor in the UK/ROI, exhibited Soundcraft and AKG’s new VM2 software for all Vi Series digital consoles.

ETC showcased its Selador Desire range, which was available for demonstration, allowing visitors to experience the quality, and power of ETC’s x7 Color System in a PAR shaped housing. Selador, has allowed LED to venture into the task of theatre lighting with the x7 Color System recently being used in Gothenburg City Theatre, Sweden.
  Desire is a selection of washlights including Lustr+, Vivid, Fire, Ice and Studio, these complement the company’s Selador Classic LED range and were also on display at the show.
    A.C. Special Projects Ltd (ACSP) were at stand 73 in the Lawrence Hall, showcasing various examples of performance lighting, audio and AV system installations provided by the company. ACSP has access to over 200 quality brands, including some of the most popular theatrical ranges. Once systems are operational, ACSP offers a range of tailored service contracts to ensure installations continue to deliver the highest level of performance.
    Italian lighting company Clay Paky created a warm, glowing stand with products previously shown this year at Prolight + Sound. Items included the Sharpy Chrome, a 189W moving beam light which produces a parallel, laser-like beam and an output of almost 60,000 lx at 20m. The Sharpy also boasts low energy consumption making it a powerful yet green option.
    Robe exhibited a variety of new products including two main attractions, the Robin 300 LED Wash and the Robin 600 LED Wash, billed as a new generation of Robin moving lights.  The initiative behind these products is to make them as green as possible, creating a more energy efficient product (a massive 50,000 hours life span with manufacturers voltage) in as small a package as possible. Robe is able to produce tailor-made lights to fit particular size and weight requirements.
    The recently appointed exclusive UK supplier for Chroma-Q, A.C. Entertainment Technologies, Lighting Division officially launched the new Studio Force V (Variable white 2,900K – 6,000K CCT) and Studio Force D (Daylight white 6,000K CCT) white LED fixtures. The new models utilise the same innovative core technologies as the popular Chroma-Q Color Force RGBA LED range, which includes 48” and 72” battens, and a 300mm (12”) multi-purpose version that is ideal for floor, wall or truss mounting.
    Jands’ entire range of Vista consoles continue to ship (since April) with version 2 of the software. After three years of intense development and extensive testing, the products will be seen at various tradeshows around the world, one of its first was at ABTT.
    Spotlight showed a selection of its extensive range of theatrical lighting fixtures and accessories during his year’s ABTT. The Spotlight display featured a preview of the new Midi LED Zoom RGBW Profile 200W fixture and the Midi LED Zoom RGBW Wash 200W - a twin version of the previously successful Midi LED Zoom RGBW Wash 100W. The double design now offers twice the brightness and coverage.
    Rosco was pleased to introduce three new Gobo Rotators. The Simple Spin Dual Gobo Rotator is a powerful and versatile tool for creating subtle or dynamic, realistic or extravagant, beautiful or arresting lighting effects by rotating one or two B size metal or glass gobos. Simple. The SimpleSpinTM, a member of Rosco’s new BeltDriveFX series of equipment. Next was the REVO Dual Indexing Rotator offers sophisticated controls, advanced configurations, and powerful programming option, allowing users to design without limits. And finally, to complete the line up was the RevoPRO Dual Programmable Rotator for total control and limitless design options. This design is a sophisticated, fully configurable DMX512 gobo rotator. Two independently controlled stepper motors provide constant torque even at the slowest speeds. The 400-degree, 16-bit indexing on both gobo wheels lets you create virtually any cue sequence imaginable. For total flexibility at the console, RevoPRO can be set to 2-channel, 4-channel or 6-channel operation, in either forward or inverse programming modes.
    Martin Professional’s lighting department exhibited the MAC III Performance - a high-output profile moving head with a new interleaved framing system with full crossover of each blade. The continuous rotation within the projection, framing and effects allows for a huge range of future possibilities. The MAC 101 was on display, the tiny moving head, known for its simplicity and ease of use was launched at Plasa 2010. The MAC 350 Entour LED profile is lighter than a 250W fixture yet challenges the brightness of a 300W product while the MAC 401 Dual RGB Zoom RGB LED moving head washlight was also on show.
    GDS won the Lighting Product Of The Year award for its ArcSystem design, a new LED house-light system. The award was presented to Richard Cuthbert, Director of Engineering. Its wireless dimming performance is a bespoke fitting manufactured for new build and retrofitting existing tungsten lighting in auditoria and front of house locations. ArcSystem is a brand new concept that provides a low energy future proofing solution for auditoria house lighting. 
  Coemar’s Reflection LEDko range was on view in three models: Reflection LEDko Full Spectrum, Reflection LEDko VariWhite 3000/7000 K, and Reflection LEDko White 3200 K, with Soft Profile and Profile optics.

XL Video gathered on a stand with LED flooring bringing the eye line up to an interchangeable backdrop of male mannequins and female silhouettes - needless to say, a popular meeting point throughout the two-day exhibition!
    Martin Professional showed its weighty portfolio of lighting and video display products, which aim to enhance the theatrical environment. The EC-20 LED display panel combines the image quality and precision of conventional high-resolution screens (20mm pixel pitch) with the creativity and low weight of mesh type screens. The EC-20 is semi-transparent and is designed for fast setup and teardown in combination with maximum flexibility and easy serviceability.


Hoist UK, the family-run business with its new sister company Truss UK delivered newer and more detailed product guides, which included the TT, LT and ST Series which continue to create an easier trussing system for music and theatre shows alike.
    LS-Live revealed its Backstage Academy launch. The new venture will offer tailored courses for the entertainment industry. Backstage Academy is an authorised Apple training centre and training partner alongside Avid. The Backstage Academy has also joined forces with The University of Bolton in order to create a new foundation degree in Live Events Production. The course will last one year and is the only available in the UK due to its focus on the artistic, creative and practical use of technology for live events.
    Leeds based Fibre Optic Systems had an eye-catching display with LED rental items including its Vorwerk Forma carpet, LED drapes and cracked sideglow glass fibre chandeliers.
    Prolyte Group’s Pro Lyft showed its new winch, or Pile Wind Winch to be exact. The principle of the Pile Wind ensure the speed will decline once the wire is unrolled, making the pile decrease in size resulting in a speed difference of up to 50% for a 20m pile wind with a 10mm cable. Prolyte Group was also proud to announce that Unusual Group Ltd has signed up to be a dealer for the full range of Prolyte Group theatre products in the UK.
    Hawthorn, the UK’s largest independent hire company of technical services to the live events industry is still growing with team members reaching 100. The company’s new brochure offers solutions in road show, creative events, conferences, permanent installation’s exhibitions and concerts.
    Stage Technologies showed its CH:i, or ChainHoist intelligence, facilitating variable-speed control and accurate positioning. This allows for complex move to be programmed and recalled via a range of Stage Technologies automation consoles. Items of this nature on display were the CH:i E500-20 Hoist and the AU: tour modules including the UEC (universal Ethernet controller) and the CP200.