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Avolites Titan v10 is Now Available

28th June, 2016

Worldwide – Avolites’ much anticipated Titan v10 software is now available to download for free onto all consoles from the Tiger Touch Pro (inclusive) onwards. Some older consoles may be compatible with v10 if an upgrade kit is fitted; if you are unsure please contact Avolites.

Titan v10 is the result of a year of research and development by a dedicated team of Avolites developers, enhancing the best loved features of Titan v9 and introducing a wealth of new ones. Many of the new features have been created in response to user and industry feedback. 

“We’re thrilled that Titan v10 is now available for our users – we believe the new software will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of lighting designers, improving workflow and facilitating even more creativity and amazing results,” says Avolites’ Sales Director, Koy Neminathan. “Titan v10 will make our range of industry leading consoles even more powerful and able to adapt to the way our users like to work. We can’t wait to see the new features in action on more demanding shows than ever before!” 

Officially launched at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt in April, one of the most striking additions in v10 is the full 3D visualiser powered by the Capture engine, which allows the user to create and edit shows right inside the Titan interface and lay out fixtures in the space using the console’s encoder wheels.

Titan v10 also allows the user to view intensity values in one place via the Intensity Grid. This clearly shows levels, source of information, whether increasing or decreasing and tracking information.

Avolites has also added the set legend Halo, which allows the user to add colour borders around fixtures and groups, enabling you to view fixtures much more easily within the console screen, especially if you have a lot of them. You can also easily identify which group they belong to.

Another feature is Freeform Workspaces – no longer restricted to just four workspaces per screen, pick any position and size for your windows in seconds and store them to your workspaces for quick access to the information you need.

Titan v10 now offers a very useful UNDO feature, offering a 20 step back history, in addition to a new REDO history, too. Allowing you to massively speed up programming, the user can undo almost any action on the console including delete, merge, move and loads more. View history in the new undo window, and click any point to undo back to that action. 

There are also extra directions including random for the hugely popular Key Frame Shapes feature, offering many more looks. Key Frame Shapes allows you to create spectacular effects from scratch. Using palettes or the programmer to define the frames, and powerful tools such as transition curves, phase and spatial direction, it is possible to create radically different looks for each channel in seconds.

And Avolites’ industry-leading Pixel Mapper gets even more powerful with the new Motion Blur effect, which creates trails that follow the element. Users can also now use the faders in Live Shape Editing, to alter the shape with incredible ease. 

Titan v10 includes the much-used Multi User Networking feature, allowing you to connect multiple consoles together to work collaboratively on the same show. A show can have multiple users, each with their own User Settings, Handle Worlds and Selected Key Profiles. When set to Multi User, consoles can also still be used as backups. 

For a full list of Titan v10 features, visit

To download Titan v10, head to

All Avolites consoles will ship with Titan v10 installed from Avolites Head Office in London from July onwards.

Avolites controls fast-paced rave lighting for Cream Tours at T13 warehouse

27th June, 2016

Belfast, Northern Ireland – Event lighting designer John McGuinness of Just Lite Productions chose a carefully tuned mix of Avolites products; Sapphire Touch, Tiger Touch II and Fader Wing, Quartz, Ai Infinity media server and ART2000 48″ Dimmer racks, to control his crowd-mesmerising show design for legendary dance event Cream Tours at Belfast’s T13 warehouse.

Event promoter Notorious Parties welcomed the return of the iconic night with its cast of DJing elite including; dance music giant John O’Callaghan, Bryan Kearney, Will Atkinson, STANDERWICK, Agnelli and Nelson and Anthony Probyn. 

Bathed in McGuinness’ fast moving, dynamic lighting, more than 3,500 revellers partied ’til the small hours.

McGuinness, who put his Avolites Sapphire Touch console, featuring Titan Version 9, to work says: “The great thing about the Sapphire Touch is it’s very simple and fast to programme and I can achieve the looks I want in seconds. I am a huge fan of the Key Frame Shapes feature – it adds another dimension to what I can create, turning visualised effects into motion very quickly.

“In addition, the Sapphire Touch is ideal for the dance events I do as I’ve got multiple banks of faders and the two wide touch screens offer me a huge workspace – great for quick action cues. When it comes to events like this, it’s basically a large busk show. There’s very little you can programme, as you never know a DJ’s set list. It’s therefore always great to be able to have multiple options in front of you to make life easier when you’re running the show.”

McGuinness’ eclectic rig included Robe Pointes, Chauvet DJ SlimPANEL Tri 24s, Martin Atomic strobes and PixelRange PixelLines. Alongside the Sapphire Touch, McGuinness networked the Tiger Touch II and Fader Wing as back up. He used the Quartz as an independent special effects controller to trigger CO2, confetti and flames.

“Avolites kit never lets me down, it’s robust, reliable and can survive some of the most testing and lively environments. We rarely have any problems.”

Meanwhile through the Ai Infinity media server, McGuinness was able to control 55m2 of 7mm LED strip panels. These were positioned throughout the venue including in between the stand-alone trusses.

Over the years Cream has cemented itself as one of the world’s most iconic dance brands. Since its inception in Liverpool, the night has grown to festival level, with the annual Creamfields in Cheshire a high point on the dance event calendar.

Creamfields 2016 will take place between the 25th and 28th of August. Calvin Harris, Groove Armada and Fatboy Slim are scheduled to perform.

Philips Lighting to showcase industry-leading stage lighting at ABTT Theatre Show 2016

20th June, 2016

London, UK – Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting,

announces its Entertainment division will be at the ABTT Theatre Show 2016 between the 22 and 23 June on stand A11, showcasing the latest industry-leading stage lighting and control from Philips Strand Lighting, Philips Selecon and Showline.

On display from Strand Lighting will be the latest addition to its range of control tools – the highly intuitive Philips Strand 500ML Lighting Control console, alongside the NEO console.

Designed to control dimmers, LED fixtures and moving lights, the Philips Strand 500ML’s user interface is quick and easy to navigate and provides designers and programmers with 24 faders, each of which may be used as a Master, Submaster or Playback.

Lighting designer Mark Wynn-Edwards, whose portfolio includes Lamb and Jamiroquai, comments that he is highly impressed with the Philips Strand 500ML: 

“I have been using the Philips Strand 500ML for a while now on a broad range of projects,” he explains. “It’s understated yet powerful and is future-proofed with regular system updates. With every update it gets more and more multi-featured, closing the gap between it and the larger, more advanced desks on the market.

“It’s incredibly versatile and offers hands-on features which are great for busking and building an environment that is exactly tailored for the job in hand. Each playback can be configured and it even talks Art-Net and Midi for show control.”

Also, the newly launched Philips Showline SL HYDRUS 350 will be on stand and available for demo. A powerful yet compact effects light, the Philips SL HYDRUS 350 is ideal for large-scale musicals and contemporary opera.

Visitors to ABTT will also be able to learn more about the fantastic new benefits of the refreshed Philips Selecon LED PLprofile1 MKII and PLprofile4 MKII. The reinvigorated luminaires now offer boosted light output, superior color consistency and brilliant beam quality. The in-built LED source technology means it is no longer necessary to change lamps or color filters. In addition, power consumption is minimized, making the PLprofile1 MKII and PLprofile4 MKII ideal luminaires for pop-up theater venues.

The Philips Selecon RAMA LED Fresnel, which combines the superior control and light quality of a Philips Selecon Fresnel with an integrated LED optical design, will also be on stand.

The ABTT Theatre Show takes place at Alexandra Palace between the 22 and 23 June 2016. Philips Entertainment can be found on stand A11.

Wu-Tang Clan and De La Soul lighting designer chooses Avolites for landmark Australian orchestral hip hop tour

17th June, 2016

Australia – Celebrated hip hop lighting designer Paul Owen – who has illuminated performances by Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Grandmaster Flash and The Streets – used a range of lighting control equipment from British manufacturer Avolites for the recent Restrung tour by Australian rap legends Hilltop Hoods. 

A live version of the trio’s second orchestral album, Drinking from the Sun, Walking under Stars Restrung, the ambitiously grandiose tour took place in April and quickly sold out. It stopped at all five major Australian cities and featured the symphony orchestras of Sydney, Queensland (Brisbane), Adelaide, Melbourne and West Australian (Perth). Like Hilltop Hoods’ latest long-play release, the Restrung tour sets tracks from the Hoods’ two double platinum albums, Walking Under Stars and Drinking from the Sun, to a breath-taking classical accompaniment.

Owen made good use of Avolites’ high-performance Sapphire Touch lighting console running Titan v9, which he used to create a stunning array of spectacular visual effects for the tour’s larger shows.

“I really loved using the pixel mapper feature. It’s one of the highlight functions of the Sapphire Touch desk. The pixel mapper made it possible to create some awesome yet simple and effective colour effects throughout the rig as a whole. I love the Titan approach to pixel mapping. I wish it had always been that easy!

“I’m also a big fan of the Key Frame Shapes function. For the first time in my career, I found it easy to create my own movement effects, exactly as I wanted them. I used the function to create offset zoom effects, colour effects and offset gobo spin effects to name but a few! Any little nuance in a layer I could think of, Key Frame Shapes was the answer. It’s an easy-to-use yet powerful function. The number of main playbacks on the Sapphire Touch also came in useful.”

Augmenting the Sapphire Touch, Owen used an Avolites Tiger Touch II plus Tiger Touch Fader Wing, which offered him the perfect combination of power and portability. The system was networked with a Titan Net Processor, which enabled remote DMX processing for the bigger shows with more universes and no latency.

“This third generation console is packed with enough power for complex shows, yet it is small and light enough to fit in a standard plane luggage hold,” adds Owen. “Not only that, the Fader Wing gives me 30 additional faders for instant access to all playbacks, fixtures and palettes. In addition, programmable macro buttons and local, independent paging control means that lighting huge events like this becomes intuitive.”

Owen has worked with Hilltop Hoods since he designed the lighting for the group’s first orchestral tour, The Hard Road: Restrung, in 2007. Australia’s premier hip-hop act contacted him thanks to his reputation for dynamic and atmospheric stage lighting for some of the world’s most famous urban artists.

“I’ve been using Avolites products for a good fifteen years or so now as they suit my style,” says Owen. “For a massive and complex live show like Restrung, they made my life so much easier – thanks to their rock solid effects engines, pixel mappers, handy windows with different layouts and 30 pre-set faders.”

The Avolites equipment was supplied to Paul Owen by Dave Taylor at TLC Global Lighting in Queensland. 

Philips Vari-Lite creates camera-ready looks on Naledi Theater Awards

14th June, 2016

Johannesburg, South Africa – Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, announces lighting designer Robert Hoey applied the award-winning Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot and VL4000 BeamWash to create a camera-ready, glittering lighting design for South Africa’s prestigious Naledi Theater Awards 2016.

The ceremony took place at the Lyric Theater in Gold Reef City, Johannesburg. The Awards, which has been running for 12 years, celebrates excellence in the performing arts and aims to raise the profile of live theater in South Africa.

Hoey had to ensure the ceremony was perfectly lit for broadcast, so positioned the VL4000 Spots in a Front of House position for maximum cover. 

“The Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spots’ framing shutters and super bright output made them ideal for Front of House,” explains Hoey. “The shutters allowed the looks to be nice and clean as they cut off unwanted spill and there was loads of headroom for the cameras.

“I used the Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash on the floor to help fill in the background of each shot and for some striking beamwork in the entertainment sections of the night, which they were perfect for.”

Hoey’s design was inspired by the vibrant Naledi logo set piece, which he used to inform his color palette for the varying looks.

“I have always loved the color mixing system of Philips Vari-Lite products and these latest additions are again top of the range,” says Hoey. “I was very impressed by the output and color temperature. The speed is also impressive for such large units.” 

The Philips Vari-Lite luminaires were supplied by South African theater rental company Gearhouse Splitbeam, which sponsored the lighting system for the event.

 “I’d like to say a big thanks to Alistair Kilbee from Gearhouse Splitbeam – the fantastic products they supplied made such a big difference to the event and it was brilliant to have the opportunity to work with such a great rig,” says Hoey.

This year’s Naledi Theater Awards recognized a broad range of talent from both established performers and up and coming stars. Taliep Petersen and Alvon Collison won the Lifetime Achievement Award for their dedication to South African live theater.

First Night Riders embarks on ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in aid of the Theatrical Guild

14th June, 2016

UK – Riders are revving up to participate in the 2016 First Night Riders ‘Magical Mystery’ charity motorbike and classic car ride, visiting theatres across the country to raise money and awareness for The Theatrical Guild (TTG).

This year’s tour will take to the road between the 7th and 11th of July somewhere within 100 miles of central London.

The Theatrical Guild, celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, has long helped those working in backstage and front of house roles during their times of need. The organisation offers advice, re-training opportunities or one-off grants to those who, due to a range of circumstances, may require support.

The ride has a new format this year. For the first time ever the route and venues that will be visited along the way are top secret. The details will be revealed at the Thursday night briefing on the 7th of July. More information about the first day will be revealed closer to the date of the event. 

The motorbike and classic car ride is organised by Triple E’s David and Brenda Edelstein on behalf of The Theatrical Guild.  Triple E provide track systems and custom designed equipment for use in the entertainment industry. 

“We’re very excited for this year’s ‘Magical Mystery Tour’,” says David Edelstein. “We’re thankful to everyone that supports us and we are always overwhelmed by the donations we receive for TTG, it’s such a worthy cause. 

So far this year there are already more than 26 confirmed participants, with numerous more registering their interest; in previous years as many as 30 people have taken part. The event also sees international participants, with Dick and Mai Lindstrom of mechanical engineering and lighting supplier Anderson & Co. Sweden taking part for the fifth time. The couple will be travelling the whole way from Sweden to England by motorbike.

First Night Riders has raised more than £70,000 to date, enabling the charity to help hundreds of people. The Theatrical Guild has many supporters in the industry, including Dara O’Briain and TTG patrons Keira Knightley and Simon Russell-Beale. 

In past years FNR has visited the likes of Great Yarmouth’s Hippodrome Circus, Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre and Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.

There is more information about how to join, support or donate to this year’s ride available at

Philips Showline delivers ‘distorted reality’ strobing on Chvrches’ global tour

13th June, 2016

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, announces its industry-leading LED RGBW strobe the SL NITRO 510C is out on tour with synthpop trio Chvrches. As part of the band’s brief to create ‘distorted reality’, the Philips SL NITRO 510C delivers mind-blowing effects as part of a lighting design by Louis Oliver and James Scott of Okulus.

The design house – which also created the concept for the band’s 2013 tour – specified 46 of the award-winning strobe from Philips Lighting. The units were supplied by PRG for the UK leg and Special Event Services (SES) in the States. Oliver and Scott augmented the design with 33 extra units for the larger headline shows.

The designers explain the band wanted a strong video element but without using a conventional screen: “Any video content was to look more like lighting and effects than actual high definition video,” says Oliver. The solution was to create five slightly curved LED video monoliths onto which the striking content is displayed.

Several of the SL NITRO 510C strobes are grouped horizontally in the six openings between each structure to create one cohesive visual picture. The remaining strobes are rigged in the overhead truss in an arrowhead-style formation, where they deliver vibrant strobing and fast-paced custom effects and sweeps, drawing the audience’s eye to the stage. 

“We chose the Philips SL NITRO 510C for its capability to use multiple cells as an eye-candy effect surface but also as a a saturated color strobe,” explains Scott.

“Both James and I have been big advocates of the Philips SL NITRO 510C strobe for the last few years,” Oliver adds. “If you look at our designs I don’t think you will see one that doesn’t have them hiding somewhere. This is due to the versatility of the product and that you can get so much out of them.”

“We tend to run the fixtures in full control six cell mode so that we can create some fantastic, almost pixel mapped looks very quickly,” he continues.

 “What’s also great about the Philips SL NITRO 510C strobes is they’re really versatile on the rigging front,” adds Scott. “For Chvrches we’ve actually bolted multiple units together, making them more of a batten type fixture. This means they become a seamless surface and, due to the versatile rigging options on the rear of the units, the crew is able to attach the pods to pretty much any structure.”

Chvrches’ tour continues with a range of international festival dates this summer.

TourPro delivers ‘brilliant beams’ on Eurovision 2016

6th June, 2016

Sweden – Nearly 70 multi-featured TourPro LightSky AquaBeam fixtures filled Stockholm’s Globe Arena with light at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 grand final, which reached official global viewing figures of 204 million. 

Fredrik Jönsson, lighting designer for the 61st edition of Europe’s biggest musical event, worked with Eurovision 2016 official technical supplier [LITE]COM to choose the AquaBeam after seeing it in action at the LDI Las Vegas show 2015.

“When I walked into the huge exhibition space the first thing I saw was a very defined red light beam shooting straight through the hall and up into the roof,” says Jönsson. “It’s rare to see a coloured beam with that level of brilliance its whole length. It appealed to me immediately as a potential gadget or special for this so I went straight over to the stand.”

The TourPro AquaBeams were supplied to [LITE]COM by Ampco Flashlight Sales, which handles European sales of the product.

“The first time we saw AquaBeam was during a fixture shootout at our production rehearsal studio ‘THE CUBE’,” says Girts Putelis of [LITE]COM. “Our whole team was highly impressed with the powerful beam. AquaBeam is a unique and successful combination of output, CMY colour mixing, compact size and IP-54 classification, making it ideal for the range of outdoor festivals we will be supplying technology to this summer. Our service department is also delighted by how reliable AquaBeam is – it was one of the most robust fixtures at Eurovision, which is a rigorous test for any fixture.”

Jönsson rigged a number of AquaBeams on 12 vertical pods around the stage to add another dimension to the angular lines of truss visible above the set. The rest of the fixtures worked as audience lighting 40 metres up in the Globe arena’s roof.

“Since we had a lot of beam fixtures in our rig, I chose the AquaBeam to add another texture of beam, one that was super bright and a different width to the others,” continues Jönsson. “They also produce very funky colours and have in-built prisms for some varying looks.”

The TourPro range offers a USP of superior design versus affordable price. The AquaBeam has an advanced colour system including colour wheel with six dichroic filters and linear CMY colour mixing.

“The AquaBeams also proved to be very reliable and performed fantastically across the three days of finals and the complete production period of more than a month before that,” says Jönsson.

Ola Melzig, technical director for Eurovision, adds: “AquaBeam has proven to be very versatile, especially when giving an extreme punchy beam in combination with a very nice frost and it has the lowest failure rate compared to all the different fixture types we had within the production. We were extremely pleased.”

The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest took place on Saturday 14 May. Next year the Ukraine will host the competition following entry Jamala coming out on top with her song ‘1944’.

Check out the TourPro AquaBeam on Eurovision 2016 video here

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 shakes up judging panel

2nd June, 2016

UK – The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 (KOI), which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK, announces it has added new members to the judging panels of two of the awards categories.

Well-respected and industry-renowned Coral Cooper is now chairperson of its Concert Touring and Events category, with three new judges joining the panel. 

Cooper has had an impressive career in lighting design, international touring and lighting console demonstration and was winner of the KOI Lifetime Recognition Award in 2010. Well known throughout Europe, she has spent the last 18 years as an official Philips Vari-Lite product instructor.

“I am absolutely delighted to be chairing this category,” says Cooper. “Since winning the Lifetime Recognition Award KOI has meant a great deal to me, so it’s incredibly exciting to be involved at this level.” 

For the 2016 edition, Cooper has taken over from longstanding chairperson Sarah Rushton-Read in coordinating the activities of the Concert Touring and Events judges. Rushton-Read, who is creative director of content creation, communication and events agency The Fifth Estate Ltd, has stepped down after eight years in the role in order to focus on delivering the Awards’ press, PR and marketing campaigns and producing and managing the event itself.

Formally-trained lighting designer and experienced video content creator Miguel Ribeiro, deputy editor of Lighting&Sound International (LSi) magazine Claire Beeson and head of lighting design at creative agency Imagination Jonny Milmer join the panel.

“Being on this judging panel has allowed me to meet lots of new people in the industry which is fantastic,” says Ribeiro. “When I go and see a show as a normal punter I always come out of it with a series of questions I would like to have asked the designer. Being a judge makes that possible which is absolutely wonderful. KOI is so important as it recognises how much goes into creating these amazing shows. I also think it’s great that the Awards celebrates video design – the area I specialise in. As new kid on the block, it’s not always recognised as a ‘discipline’ of its own.”

Ribeiro’s impressive portfolio includes the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and Let’s Dance and Children in Need for the BBC, with a wealth of experience across theatre, corporate events and television. His career has also seen him in the role of Head of Digital Media for VLPS London and later Media Server Specialist for PRG.

As Deputy Editor of Lighting&Sound International for the past 9 years, Beeson has a wide ranging knowledge of the industry and developments and practices in live production. She regularly attends international events representing both PLASA and LSi and is a committee member for the prestigious Showlight Quadrennial lighting conference. 

“KOI is a fantastic event that brings the professional lighting community together in celebration of creativity, vision and achievement and I am delighted to have been asked to join the judging team,” says Beeson. “Having always been an admirer of the hard work and creative process behind staging productions of all forms, I look forward to getting stuck in to the judging process and witnessing how lighting and video can push boundaries to create unforgettable experiences for audiences.”

With more than 20 years’ experience in lighting design, Milmer has worked with Imagination for the past decade to help deliver the agency’s global projects. These have included major launch events for Jaguar and Rolls Royce. Before joining Imagination, Milmer designed lighting for theatre, live shows and interiors and was awarded Lighting magazine’s Rising Star Award in 2012. 

“The KOI Awards is so good for the industry because it covers a diverse range of projects and talents, celebrating individuals with a broad range of skills,” says Milmer. “It is greatly respected within the industry and amongst our peers. Winners are always highly deserving and are grateful for recognition in the often unsung aspects of the entertainment industry.”

The Theatre category sees its biennial change in judges. Panels of senior critics from national newspapers and the leading specialist arts magazines serve a two-year term, recommending the finest lighting work that they have seen personally up and down the country. 

This year Alexandra Coghlan of The Spectator and The Arts Desk, Matt Trueman from Whatsonstage and Variety and Jonathan Gray from The Dancing Times will be taking their turn, joining the Opera, Theatre and Dance subcategories respectively.

Culture critic and broadcaster David Benedict coordinates their activities as chairperson. Formerly arts editor of The Independent and The Observer and chief London critic for Variety, he currently reviews for BBC Radio 4 arts programmes and The Arts Desk.  

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 Headline Sponsors are Clay Paky and OSRAM. It is also generously supported by Spotlight Sponsors Ambersphere Solutions, Ayrton, d3 Technologies, ETC, FIX8Group, Hawthorn, HSL, Light Initiative, MA Lighting, Philips Vari-Lite, PLASA Media and Events, PRG XL Video, Robert Juliat and VER Aurora TV.

Submissions are currently open for the Television and Concert Touring and Events categories and shows performed or broadcast between 1st August 2015 and 31st July 2016 in the UK are eligible. As with previous years the Theatre section can only be nominated by the judging panel.

Submissions can be made for TV and Concert Touring and Events by visiting the KOI website. The shortlists will be announced in August.

In addition, The Enrico Caironi Lifetime Recognition Award will be presented to an individual whose passion for the industry has gone above and beyond the call of duty, in turn benefiting their colleagues, the industry and the wider world.

The KOI Awards was conceived and is organised by Durham and Jennie Marenghi and prestigious industry organisations the STLD (Society of Television Lighting and Design), the ALD (Association of Lighting Designers) and The Fifth Estate Ltd.

To find out more about the sectors and subcategories or information on how you can submit an entry for television or concert touring and event lighting and visual content please visit


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