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Avolites gets ready for UK debut of Titan v10.1 at PLASA Focus, Leeds

8th May, 2017

British lighting and video control systems manufacturer, Avolites, is gearing up for the UK debut of its latest lighting control software update, Titan v10.1, at the PLASA Focus expo in Leeds, following the software’s hugely successful international showcase at Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt.

 

Titan v10.1 is now available for users to download for free on all Avolites consoles after the company introduced its updated features at Prolight + Sound. The international showcase was attended by customers and end users from more than 40 countries, as well as top industry journalists including Light & Sound International, TPi and Lighting & Sound America.

 

“Our Prolight + Sound product and software showcases have always been extremely well attended and this year was no different,” says Sales Director for Avolites, Koy Neminathan. “The number of high level designers and journalists that attended the Prolight press event, and were eager to learn more after, was a clear sign of how far our software platforms have come. We were excited to explain the benefits of the new features developed in Titan v10.1 and Ai v10 and right under the live demonstration of the displacement mapping feature, which we created for JEWEL nightclub in Las Vegas.”

 

Avolites’ team of lighting and video control experts will be on hand at PLASA Focus, Leeds, to take customers through the new features of Titan v10.1. The upgrade offers users significant new functionality as well as many fixes and improvements. Scene Master mode introduces a new and more refined way to use the console live and BPM Master ensures all chases and effects attached to them remain not only at the same tempo, but also in synchronisation with the beat and each other.  Effects, including key frame shapes, can now be assigned a number of beats per cycle, allowing for more creative control when performing. 

 

“We develop our products alongside our users to ensure the product continues to enable their creative visions,” explains Stephen Baird-Smith, Avolites Sales Manager. “As a result, the whole team loves showing off our new features to current and potential users, especially when the reactions are as good as they were at Prolight + Sound. The new BPM sync and beat division was a hit with all users who perform lights to music. Fans of our live palette time feature – a long-time Avolites favourite – were impressed with the new Scene Master, which takes live improvisation to a new and more sophisticated level.”

 

Speaking further of the brand’s significant strides forward, Neminathan says: “Avolites has recently gone through some exciting changes which have allowed the company to adapt and change the way we create, produce and deliver world class products. The release of Titan v10.1 and our media server software upgrade, Ai v10, are just the beginning with more focus on reliability. We are seeing a sustained increase in demand and currently have the largest order book in the company’s history due to the strides we are taking. We’re incredibly excited to gather feedback on the new software from our UK market at PLASA Focus, Leeds.”

 

Avolites will also be demonstrating their latest video mapping control software, Ai v10, at the North of England show. The upgrade includes real-time effects generator Notch and video sharing feature Spout as well as new projection mapping tool, MeshWarp and BPM Sync.

 

PLASA Focus, Leeds, will take place at The Royal Armouries, Leeds, on the 9th and 10th of May 2017. Avolites will be on stand N-D01.

 

Titan v10.1 is available for download here https://www.avolites.com/software/latest-version

Avolites appoints new distributors in Canada and South-East Asia

5th May, 2017

British manufacturer Avolites is pleased to announce the appointment of Canada’s AVL Media Group and Malaysia’s Acoustic & Lighting System (A&L) as its new distribution partners for Canada and South-East Asia respectively.

 

The two new partnerships will see Avolites’ products available across Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. The impressive move comes at a time when the Avolites’ brand enjoys its largest order book in company history and a rapidly growing international client base.   

 

Of the Canadian expansion Andrew Hope, Managing Director of AVL Media Group, says, “Avolites is an iconic brand offering an exceptional portfolio of lighting and video products, unique in the Canadian market.”

 

The AVL Media Group partnership was officially launched at Expo-Scène – the only major Canadian event dedicated to lighting, sound, and video technologies. The trade show was held at the Palais des congrès de Montreal between the 12th and 13th of April.

 

“We are excited to expand our vertical offering with this partnership as Avolites continues to innovate,” says Hope. “The newest Titan v10.1 and Ai v10 releases allow our clients even more creative freedom whilst significantly streamlining pre-production and programming time.”

 

Spearheading the partnership is Koy Neminathan, Sales Director at Avolites, who says, “I am delighted to have AVL on board as we have a team of individuals who are fully qualified to train, support and sell our range of lighting control solutions as well as our media servers.”

 

In South-East Asia, Avolites will be represented by one of the region’s leading distributors, Acoustic & Lighting System. With this partnership, Avolites ensures its full range of integrative lighting and video control products is available to the brand’s rapidly expanding regional customer base.  

 

“Both A&L and Avolites are well established companies with strong brand names in the entertainment technology market,” says Eugene Yeo, General Manager of A&L. “Avolites’ branding and product versatility coupled with the A&L know-how and an established regional distribution network will create a good synergy between our two companies. With this partnership we will be able to push at the boundaries of the South-East Asian market.”  

 

As part of the expansion, A&L will be running a series of Avolites product training seminars and workshops across the region. The multilingual workshops will cater to all proficiency levels for both existing and potential Avolites users, similar to the brand’s successful South American strategy.

 

“Avolites has been a leading lighting control brand and has developed a strong client base in South-East Asia,” says Yeo. “A&L is in the process of expanding our tech support in order to provide more local back up and training across the region for Titan and Ai.”

 

“Avolites is on a clear path to attaining the best distributors around the world who align themselves with our vision,” says Neminathan. “AVL and A&L’s contact with key designers in the lighting and video field in their respective territories is just one of their strengths. We are delighted to be working with two such highly driven teams. Avolites is in a new phase of growth and we are looking forward to working more closely with our users and spending more time with non-users in Canada and South-East Asia.”

New Concert Touring & Events chair announced for the 10th Knight of Illumination Awards

4th May, 2017

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2017 (KOI), which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK, is delighted to announce the appointment of a new chair of the Concert Touring & Events category – Jess Allan.

Well-known in the industry, Jess has worked in professional show lighting and event production for almost 20 years, gaining extensive experience of both technology and design while working in various roles for companies including Martin Professional and TAIT. In addition, Jess has been a member of the organising committee for Showlight, the prestigious quadrennial lighting conference, for the past eight years. Most recently, Jess has launched Productionomics, a company providing specialist consultancy services to the event production industry, including data research, product launch, strategy planning and project work. In addition, she is currently working on key data research/recording specifically in the field of concert touring.

Jess will chair the panel of judges assessing the Concert Touring & Events category, and KOI is delighted that Jonny Milmer of creative design agency Imagination, lighting designer and video content creator Miguel Ribeiro, Kelly Murray, editor of TPi magazine and Claire Beeson, editor of LSi magazine, return to their roles as judges in this category for 2017.

Jess comments: “I’m very excited to be involved with the Knight of Illumination Awards. I’ve watched it grow to become a key event in the show lighting calendar. It’s special because it focuses solely on design; it highlights the achievements of our hugely talented designers both to our industry and also for the outside world, which is very important. I’ve worked closely with many LDs over the years, and have always enjoyed the creative side of show production, so I’m delighted to be joining the KOI team this year.”

Jess takes over the role of chair of the Concert Touring & Events category from Coral Cooper. Coral, a previous winner of the KOI’s Enrico Caironi Lifetime Recognition Award, will remain an integral part of the KOI Awards in 2017 as an ambassador for the unique event.

Lighting designer Durham Marenghi, coordinator for KOI, comments: “It’s great to hear that Jess will be joining the KOI judging team as chairperson for Concert Touring & Events category. There are not many in our industry who will not know Jess. Indeed, she is so integral in the lighting family that when the Chinese copied the first Mac 2k I saw an e-mail announcing the product still with her name on the press release which they had copied verbatim as well! Welcome Jess.”

The Headline Sponsors of the Knight of Illumination Awards 2017 are Claypaky and OSRAM. The event is also generously supported by Spotlight Sponsors ADB, Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP, Green Hippo, HSL Group, MA Lighting, PRG XL Video and Robert Juliat, and by technology supplier Hawthorn.

Submissions are currently open for both the Television and Concert Touring & Events categories, with shows performed or broadcast between 1st August 2016 and 30th June 2017 in the UK eligible for entry. As with previous years, the Theatre category can only be nominated by the judging panel. Submissions can be made for TV and Concert Touring & 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 contributions to the lighting industry have gone above and beyond the call of duty, in turn benefiting their colleagues, the industry and the wider world.

Originally conceived by Claypaky in 2008, in cooperation with Durham and Jennie Marenghi, the Knight of Illumination Awards is now organised and managed by the prestigious industry organisations STLD (Society of Television Lighting and Design), ALD (Association of Lighting Designers) and The Fifth Estate Ltd. The KOI Awards 2017 is also supported by media partners ETNow, LSi and TPi magazines.

To find out more about the sectors and subcategories, or for more information on how you can submit an entry, please visit: www.knight-of-illumination.com/categories

Avolites ensures perfect film lighting for Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman

3rd May, 2017

Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman, a newly formed group of the progressive rock band’s core members, played a well-received show at Manchester Apollo, captured by Eagle Rock Entertainment for DVD. As the filming required precise lighting levels, Jonathan Pask of Illuminate Lighting Ltd designed a reliable multi-user control system of networked Avolites consoles to ensure each look was on point for camera.

 

“As the show was filmed for release later this year, it needed to be both amazing for the live audience and for those at home,” says Pask. “I’ve used Avolites since I started out as an LD and their consoles have never let me down. The multi-console set-up for Manchester allowed us to both run the show smoothly and provide real-time management of the light levels, so that the cameras could capture high-quality footage.”

 

To power the show’s classic rock and roll looks, Pask selected an Avolites Sapphire Touch, the British manufacturer’s largest, high performance control surface which offers increased submasters, more flash and executor buttons, and the power to control more challenging productions. This was networked with an Avolites Tiger Touch II and compact Avolites Quartz console to create a multi-user work surface, which allowed for any crucial adjustments on the fly. The full lighting package was supplied by Leeds-based Zig Zag Lighting.

 

“Lighting operator Damian Courage used scale masters on the Tiger Touch II and Quartz to control the light levels on stage and call any colour adjustments to the followspots as per the requirements of the film director,” continues Pask. “These were placed on the motorised faders above the touchscreens on the Sapphire Touch, which worked perfectly as I could see what changes were being made without having to be in constant contact with Damian.”

 

Avolites’ intuitive Titan software’s ensured Pask could run the show quickly and efficiently. “I use the Key Frame Shapes feature a lot in my programming, it’s a great way of creating a specific effect quickly and easily! I also love using the Set List feature, it ensures running the show is totally seamless. At times the band throw in an unplanned song but with Set List I can simply unpark the track and slot it in where it goes in the list. I have a lot of macros that run in my Set List as well, which I use to trigger the appropriate starting cue. This makes it really easy to alter the order of songs on the day and ensure I still get a smooth running show.” 

 

The ARW tour continues to Japan, with Pask taking two Sapphire Touch consoles, supplied by Tokyo-based Kyoritz Inc, on the road.

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