Full of Rubbish

Is it just me or is audience behaviour getting worse. Recently I have been doing a series of end of year concerts and I am amazed by the amount of rubbish that they leave lying around. They have not seemed to have heard of the concept of taking their rubbish with them after the show. This is becoming more prevalent these days.

So what has changed that lets these people think they can be total grots. Do their houses look this bad inside, probably not?  So why do us, the humble venue staff have to put up with cleaning half eaten burgers up from between the seats. It seems that this behaviour is being transferred to some of the performers, most likely the children of the audience. It seems the discipline of removing rubbish has died out and it is up to venue staff to step up and race around between shows cleaning up. In fact I have been so embarrassed by the rubbish left that I have cleaned up before the cleaner gets in. Maybe I should not, but I have pride in the venues I work in. You would think the hirer would also want to keep the venue clean to avoid the potential of extra charges. So now as each client bumps in I remind them that part of the terms and conditions of their hire, is to leave the venue as they found it. We are happy if they put the rubbish in the bins or all together in a pile ready for the cleaners.

So please folks take your rubbish with you and make everybody’s job easier.



NEWS: Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre Choose Meyer Sound Award-Winning Ultra


The Brolga Theatre in Queensland, Australia is the cultural entertainment heart of the Fraser Coast, with a first-class theatre and conference venue that attracts the finest international and national performers. The Brolga Theatre has recently implemented a complete turn-key audio system based on Meyer Sound’s award-winning Ultra products.
Coordinated by Robert Haigh, operations technician at Brolga Theatre, with design assistance by Meyer Sound Australia, the system includes the UPQ-1P wide coverage and UPQ-2P narrow coverage point source loudspeakers complimented by UPA-1P’s as in-fill and USW-1P subwoofers from the system originally install some 14 years ago.

“Originally equipped with a Meyer UPA-1/UPA-2 system, the Brolga Theatre has always been a Meyer Sound client. Over a number of years it became apparent that touring musicians demanded a system with greater capacity and SPL for our 900-seat auditorium. Once we decided on a replacement point-source system, Meyer was an easy choice. Reflecting the original design specification, the equipment is of the highest standard, and support from Chris D’Bais and the team was superb. By providing a test system to allow us to do a side-by-side comparison they made it easy to prove the result reflected the proposal before we committed a single cent. We now have the capacity to fill the auditorium with sound that satisfies all but the biggest touring shows, and improves overall performance for everybody else at a much more affordable cost than a line array solution, we couldn’t be happier.” says Robert Haigh, operations technician.


The self-powered UPQ-1P wide coverage loudspeaker is a member of the award-winning Ultra family of loudspeakers, with a peak output of 136 dB SPL with low distortion. Its extended low-frequency headroom gives it a smooth sound over its wide operating frequency range of 55 Hz to 18 kHz. With its easy-to-use and versatile QuickFly rigging, the UPQ-1P loudspeaker is equally suited to touring, rental and fixed installation applications. A high power-to-size ratio and ease of use makes the UPQ-1P an outstanding performer in concerts and corporate AV applications, and ideal for venues such as theatres, houses of worship, ballrooms, and nightclubs.


The UPQ-2P is distinguished by its constant-Q horn with a narrow beamwidth (50-degree by 50-degree) that yields precise coverage and minimal interaction with walls and neighbouring loudspeakers in arrays. The horn’s smooth and accurate performance, the result of meticulous research in Meyer Sound’s anechoic chamber, exhibits a remarkably consistent beamwidth in both the horizontal and vertical planes across a wide frequency range of 1 kHz to 18 kHz. In addition, the UPQ-2P horn delivers uniform attenuation for all frequencies outside the specified beamwidth.


For more information on The Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre Contact
Robert Haigh
07 4122 6060

For more information on the Meyer Sound UPQ-1P or UPQ-2P, visit http://www.meyersound.com.au or contact:

Australia Sales:
Meyer Sound Australia
Aus: 1800 463 937
Nz: 0800 363 937
Email: sales@meyersound.com.au

NEWS: Meyer Sound 48v for Qlight Technical Resources


Qlight Technical Resources in Brisbane, Australia has chosen 48v MM-4XP’s with the MPS-488 power supply. The MPS-488HP IntelligentDC power supply delivers power and balanced audio to up to eight Meyer Sound loudspeakers that require an external DC power supply. The single-space 19-inch rack MPS-488HP can be used with a number of products that feature IntelligentDC technology, such as: the UPM-1XP ultracompact loudspeaker, MM-4XP miniature loudspeaker, MM-10XP miniature subwoofer, and UPJ-1XP and UPJunior-XP loudspeaker.
Qlight is often tasked with providing paging and program audio services to acoustically difficult locations as part of our event communications. We were seeking a product with superb clarity for the spoken word, and the MM4-XP really delivers that. Even in extreme circumstances, we have found the audio reproduction second to none. In addition, the 48v has been fantastic for expediting our installation, particularly in obscure locations with no mains power, a situation we face all too often. The form factor of both the MM4-XP and the MPS-488 power supply is also remarkably compact; but we were certainly blown away with their power says Qlight Technical Resources MD, Matthew Strachan
The MM-4XP self-powered miniature loudspeaker, with IntelligentDC technology, was designed for high-quality distributed systems. Housed in a compact aluminum enclosure, the MM-4XP is especially suitable for installations involving space limitations and visibility concerns, such as fill and spot coverage, and hidden locations like chancel steps in houses of worship. Its flexible and easy-to-configure mounting options, as well as its ability to effortlessly reproduce both speech and music, make it an excellent choice for fixed applications, theatrical presentations (stage lip frontfill), and small portable systems for corporate AV.
Qlight Technical Resources plan to continue to build their 48v range of Meyer Sound products into the future.

For more information on Qlight Technical Resources Contact
Matthew Strachan
+614 10 261 323


For more information on the Meyer Sound 48v MM-4XP’s or MPS-488, visit http://www.meyersound.com.au or contact:

Australia Sales:
Meyer Sound Australia
Aus: 1800 463 937
Nz: 0800 363 937
Email: sales@meyersound.com.au

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NEWS: PLASA Awards for Innovation 2014 – Winners Announced

The PLASA Awards for Innovation were presented the other night, revealing the most ground-breaking products of PLASA London 2014. It was a night of celebration and of remembrance, as the prestigious Gottelier Award was awarded posthumously to Clay Paky founder, Pasquale ‘Paky’ Quadri, who recently passed away.


Clay Paky’s Chief Operational Officer, Pio Nahum, graciously accepted the Gottelier Award on behalf of his friend and colleague. The other nominees – Richard Belliveau, David Cunningham and Dr Christian Heil – withdrew from the running following the sad news. The lighting industry has lost a great character and a true pioneer.

Every year, PLASA recognises products that demonstrate progress, through attributes like a new style of thinking, an improvement in technical practice, new technology, materials or techniques, or an improvement in safety. The entries were considered by an expert judging panel comprising Tim Atkinson, Scott Burges, Jonathan Burton, Richard Cadena, Jenni Harris, Tapio Ilomaki, Steve Moles, Nick Read, Ben Rogers and Ed Manwaring.

The team of judges faced a real challenge in whittling down the contenders, eventually deciding on eight awards for innovation, and one award for sustainability. Due to the extremely competitive nature of the field this year, the judges took the extra step of making two additional commendations. They also awarded the Gold Award, which is an optional award that is reserved for industry-changing product innovation.



This year’s winners of the 2014 PLASA Awards for Innovation:

Clay Paky Mythos

The judges said: “In the Clay Paky tradition, it’s a real winner. Paky would be proud.”

Elation Sniper

The judges said: “The Sniper beam light, scanner, and laser simulator adds a unique effect to the lighting toolbox. It fills a gap in the market for a huge number of venues.”

Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot

The judges said: “The judges were impressed by the VL4000’s colour animation wheel, the ‘intuitive timing’ feature and the quietness of the studio mode.”

Philips Strand Lighting Emergency DMX Bypass Switch

The judges said: “The judges feel that the Philips Strand Lighting Emergency DMX Bypass Switch addresses an important safety issue that have previously been overlooked. It’s a well-designed turnkey solution for using DMX in an emergency system.”

GDS ArcLamp

The judges said: “In 2011, GDS won a Sustainability Award for their ARCSystem of LED auditorium lighting fixtures. By following it up with the ArcLamp LED candle lamp, the judges feel they deserve another award for innovation in general service lighting.”

RC4 Wireless DMX4dim Series 3

The judges said: “The DMX4dim Series 3 4-channel dimmer uses clever technologies to pack a variety useful features in a tiny package. One judge said the only thing it doesn’t do is zip up your pants.”

Neutrik XIRIUM X

The judges said: “The XIRIUM X wireless audio link solves a problem neatly and without compromising audio quality. It offers low latency with full spectrum audio, and it can take a line level signal or a mic with or without phantom power.”


The judges said: “BMFL raises the bar on automated lighting by increasing brightness, decreasing size and weight, and providing all of the effects you would expect in a top-of-the-line moving light.”

The Award for Sustainability goes to a product or products that the judges feel will have a positive impact on the environment. This year’s winner:


The judges said: “If all the West End theatres alone switched to the ARCLamp system, it would translate to a significant reduction in carbon footprint, reduced heat load, lower maintenance costs, and the increased lamp life would result in less landfill. Multiply that by the number of theatres across the world and the potential impact of this product is tremendous.”

The judges felt that the number of award contenders made it extremely difficult to narrow down the field. Although the following products did not win outright, they felt they should be commended.

This year’s Honourable Mentions:

Data Strategy Power-Check

The judges said: “The Power-Check is not a sexy product but it’s one which insures the safety of every product that is connected to mains power. We at PLASA wish to recognise those who toil to insure the safety of our work force.”

LumenRadio CRMX TiMo

The judges said: “The TiMo is an implementation of the CRMX Chip, both of which will have a profound impact on our industry.”

The winner of the 2014 PLASA Awards for Innovation Gold Award:

LumenRadio CRMX Chip

The judges said: “If ever there was a game changer, this is it. The low price point and incredibly small dimensions mean that there is now no excuse for not making wireless DMX a standard feature of every lighting product that uses DMX. The only option now should be whether the application calls for copper or air, not whether a light has the in-built option. This could be the beginning of Skynet for lighting.”

Christopher Toulmin, PLASA’s Director of Events, said: “Due to the level of competition, the judging of this year’s awards has been extremely difficult. The Awards have again proven that the entertainment technology industry is abound with innovation and continues to break new ground year after year. I’d like to thank all those who entered and give my congratulations to the winners. After such a high level of innovation this year, we’re really looking forward to seeing the entries for next year’s Awards.”


NEWS: Elation Offers High Output LED-based Satura Spot CMY

Satura Spot CMYFollowing the success of the Satura Spot LED Pro, Elation Professional announces the next in the energy-efficient Satura Series, the LED-based Satura Spot CMY, a high-powered LED spot luminaire with zoom, CMY color mixing and dual gobo wheels.

The Satura Spot CMY’s 320W LED engine delivers 11,700 lumens of power for an output across all colors that is comparable to 575W and even 700W discharge fixtures. It projects the flat field of light that designers favor with sharp zoom optics that emit a powerful, well-defined beam. For flexible beam angle adjustments, the Satura Spot CMY houses a 14-36 degree zoom with a uniform field of light that is maintained throughout the zoom range.

A CMY color mixing system plus 7 dichroic colors for added color customization, including CTO color correction, blends a virtually unlimited variety of shades. A range of graphical effects is possible via two gobo wheels, one with 6 rotating interchangeable gobos and the other with 7 static gobos.

Beam projections and effects can be softened using the frost filter and further manipulation is possible via focus adjustment, iris and strobe. A 3-facet rotating prism adds unique effects to gobo projections. The fixture offers full 0-100% electronic dimming and a selection of variable dimming curves makes for easy intensity adjustments.

The Satura Spot CMY is naturally DMX controllable offering 22, 24, and 33 channel DMX modes. It is also RDM ready for bi-directional communication over the DMX cable. Other standards include 3 and 5 pin DMX in/out and powerCON connections, as well as a 6-button touch control panel with full-color reversible menu display that makes navigation through DMX and manual settings a breeze.

Built to endure the trials of life on the road or years of service in a permanent installation, the Satura Spot CMY’s modular construction makes for easier serviceability while silent movement means it can be used in noise sensitive environments. And a multi-voltage universal auto-switching power supply allows it to operate anywhere in the world.

The Satura Spot CMY offers all the benefits of LED like greater reliability and increased energy efficiency for a lower cost of ownership and with a long LED life rating of 50,000 hours, service intervals are few and far between.

For more information, contact:


Elation Professional US

6122 S. Eastern Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90040


Tel: (866) 245-6726 (toll free)

Tel: (323) 582-3322




Elation Professional EU

Junostraat 2.

6468 EW Kerkrade

The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)45 546 85 66



Your iPad as the mixer only – Mackie DL32R


Well Mackie may have delivered a game changer in the audio field. The new Mackie DL32R is the new piece of gear that only requires an iPad to complete the mix. The DL32R is a 32 channel digital mixer that is completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app. It comes in a 3U Rackmount unit with 32 Onyx+ mic pre-amps. It also has 14 fully assignable outputs. When you look at the specs of this product it seems that it will be very popular and it seems to be very versatile. I certainly would love to get my hands on this beast to give it a work out. The only thing that would worry me is if your iPad died or lost connection part way through the gig. How would you control it then? But there is also a lot of benefits, like the fact individuals can adjust their own foldback. The fact you can allow access to the device, but you can limit how much access. The fact that you have no multicore to worry about running around the room. Love the idea of a virtual soundcheck – but other brands have this option. Being able to access a hard drive for backing tracks , or interval music sounds great – but I can imagine using it on small musicals where there are sound effects etc to play back.

The APP should be available shortly from iTunes app store.

I think it will be interesting how well this will be recieved by the industry, which sectors will embrace this. I have also included some video from Mackie in regards to the DL32R.


These are the specs of the DL32R

32-Channel wireless digital mixer
• 32 Onyx+™ recallable mic pres with wireless control
• 14 fully-assignable XLR outputs
• Stereo AES digital output
• Total recall of all settings
• 3U rackmount design ready for road or install
• Card slot for Dante expansion card – Dante expansion card coming soon (sold separately).
Wireless mixing
• Complete control from your iPad®
• No set FOH position – mix from anywhere
• Personal monitor mixing via iPad, iPhone® or iPod touch ®
• Supports up to 10 separate iOS devices at once
• Multiple engineers can work from a single mixer
• Ditch the snake – place the mixer anywhere
Multi-track recording & playback
• 32×32 USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac or PC
• 24×24 recording/playback direct to USB 2.0
hard drive
• Wireless control over all direct-to-disk recording/
playback functions
• Record the show for later mixdown
• Play back intermission music and backing tracks
• Perform a virtual soundcheck
• Amazing recording interface for the studio
• Utilize Mac or PC audio plug-ins in a live environment
Fully-loaded DSP
• 36 input channels with 4-band PEQ + HPF, gate and compression
• 32 stereo-linkable input channels
• 4 stereo-linkable return channels
• 28 output busses with 4-band PEQ + HPF/LPF, 31-band GEQ, comp/limiter and alignment delay
• 14 stereo-linkable aux sends
• 6 stereo-linkable matrix busses
• 6 stereo-linkable subgroups
• Main L/R busses
• 6 VCAs and 6 mute groups
• 3 stereo FX processors with dedicated sends and returns
• Full I/O routing with A/B sources per channel
• Modern and Vintage options per processor
Master Fader control app
• Intuitive and easy to master
• Fast navigation with view groups and overview
• Quick setup with tons of factory and user-definable
• Access limiting prevents unwanted adjustments
• Complete offline operation
• Easy and frequent updates via App Store


More information can be got from here : MACKIE DL32R



NEWS: Sound Workshop chooses Meyer Sound MJF-210 low-profile high-power stage monitors

Sound Workshop in Canberra, Australia has chosen the new self-powered MJF-210 stage monitor from Meyer Sound. Built for the demanding needs of today’s live productions, the MJF-210 is the lightest stage monitor in the Meyer Sound product line.

The problem has been finding something that delivers the same audio performance, reliability, acceptance and ease of use that all our other Meyer products provide. As soon as we heard the new MJF-210, we knew that our search was over and that it was time to invest. From what I’ve heard from other Meyer-related sources around we’re not the only ones to recognise the potential of this product either, but we’re very pleased to put these amazing new monitors into our rental inventory,” says Sound Workshops MD, Tony Brighton.

A self-powered system with a low-profile design and an impressive power-to-size ratio, the MJF-210 contains two 10-inch LF transducers and a four-inch diaphragm compression driver mounted on a 50° H x 70° V constant directivity horn. The drivers are powered by an internal three-channel Class D amplifier.

Sound Workshop has added four MJF-210 stage monitors to an existing inventory of Meyer Sound equipment. With big name artist such as Metallica now touring with 76 MJF-210 units, the monitor is a must have for any professional company.


For more information on the Meyer Sound MJF-210 go to





For more information on the MJF-210, visit www.meyersound.com.au or contact:


Australia Sales:

Meyer Sound Australia

Aus: 1800 463 937

Nz: 0800 363 937                                          

Email: sales@meyersound.com.au