Caltech Beckman Auditorium Gets Big Sound with Bag End

by Stage Directions

PASADENA, CA — The sound system of Beckman Auditorium of California Institute of Technology was recently upgraded with a new console, processors, mains, and lines. However, finding subwoofers to fit into the small space available near the stage was a problem. They chose the Bag End compact, 15-inch-high PD18E-AD self-powered INFRA subwoofers, which fit comfortably in the front of the auditorium without interfering with the audience sight lines. 

Cambridge Architectural Wins Metal Design Award for Theatre

by Stage Directions
CAMBRIDGE, Md. –Cambridge Architectural has been selected as a category winner in the 2008 Metal Architecture Design Awards. In the “Interiors” category, Cambridge’s Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts was chosen as the winning project.  
 

Candide Gets Automated with Stage Technologies

by Stage Directions

LONDON – English National Opera has added automated scenic effects to its new production, Candide, using a Stage Technologies rental system. Candide is a co-production with the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and is now at the London Coliseum for a limited season. 

Carvin C1240 and C2040 Mixing Consoles

by Jacob Coakley
 The Carvin C2040 mixing console

The Carvin C2040 mixing console

Carvin’s C1240 and C2040 4-bus consoles were designed for high performance live mixing. The C1240 offers 12 channels with 8 XLR inputs plus 4 Stereo channels and the C2040 offers 20 channels with 16 XLR inputs plus 4 Stereo channels. Along with the 4-bus design, both consoles offer 4 monitor sends plus 2 effect sends per channel. Two 24-Bit on-board stereo effect processors are available to every channel through EFF send 1 and 2. Main L-R, Subwoofer and Monitor outputs feature balanced XLR outputs to accommodate long runs from the board. These mixers are designed on a small-scale platform to make them easy to transport and use. The C2040 is also available with 2 optional built-in wireless microphone receivers, eliminating the need for outboard wireless equipment. A detailed video is available online with a full demonstration of all features.

Cast Releases wysiwyg R33

by Jacob Coakley

Cast Software has released version R33 for their popular previsualization software package, wysiwyg. R33 is billed as “biggest release since wysiwyg was introduced twenty years ago” by the company and comes with more than 10 new features, including: LED video wall glow, shaded view optimizations and profiles, templates, and double the number of universes. Full description of features after the jump.

Cast Software Releases Wysiwyg R37

by Jacob Coakley
Cast Software released the latest version of the pre-viz software, Wysiwyg.

The new version of Cast Software’s Wysiwyg pre-visualization software, R37, delivers new features to improve the work flow of Wysiwyg, and that deliver useful tools for everyday design needs in CAD, Reports, Shaded Views, Rendering, and much more. A new Project option saves all associated files in a folder structure automatically for convenience, which can be exported as a zip file for easy sharing. With the new Layer Groups, users can better organize files into associated layers, and edit their properties at the same time. Fixture Symbol Fill is a new option to fill Fixture Symbol in your plots with the same color as its layer or with a custom color to better identify drawings and plots. Cast also introduced a list of new and improved options ranging from Continue and Baseline dimensions, a new Angle Dimension and Tool, and numerous new options for Linear Dimensions. Additionally, more than 200 new fixtures are added to the library.

Cast Software’s wysiwyg R31

by Jacob Coakley
Cast Software had released the R31 of their wysiwyg design and pre-viz software

 


Cast Software had released the R31 of their wysiwyg design and pre-viz software

Cast Software has released wysiwyg R31, the latest update to its lighting design and pre-viz software suite. A list of new features include a new material system in Shaded View, enhanced beam visualization, texturing enhancements, fanning tools, support for AutoCAD2013 and more. A full list of new features as well as a video of the new features in action after the jump.

Center Theatre Group Receives $1 Million to Support Devised Work

by Jacob Coakley
The Center Theatre Group received $1 million for new devised work from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

 


The Center Theatre Group received $1 million for new devised work from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Center Theatre Group in L.A. has received a four-year, $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a program based on collaboratively creating devised work. The program will focus on supporting a work from commission through production.

Center Theatre Group Unveils Facebook App to Organize Theatre Trips

by Jacob Coakley
Center Theatre Group’s new Facebook app aims to make it easier for friends to plan a night out at the theatre.

 


Center Theatre Group’s new Facebook app aims to make it easier for friends to plan a night out at the theatre.

Center Theatre Group in L.A. has unveiled a new Facebook app that will help friends organize a night to the theatre, and gives each friend the ability to purchase their own tickets—yet will keep the group seated together. The app was developed in conjunction with the Tessitura Network, JCA (Jacobson Consulting Applications) and six national theatre partners, and “allows a user to suggest theatre outings with Facebook friends, and then decide on a performance, select seats and purchase tickets–all on Facebook.  Depending on a user’s chosen privacy setting, performance and seating locations can be shared with other Facebook friends.” The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Kennedy Center, Stratford Festival, San Francisco Ballet, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Seattle Repertory Theatre were the other theatres that provided resources and direction for the project. In addition to CTG, the Segerstrom Center and the Stratford Festival also currently offer the Facebook app.

Centre in the Square Renews Ticketing Contract with Paciolan

by Jacob Coakley
Centre in the square sells more than 500,000 tickets annually with Paciolan.

 


Centre in the square sells more than 500,000 tickets annually with Paciolan.

Centre in the Square, one of the largest performing arts centers in Canada has renewed its ticketing agreement with Paciolan for five more years. The Centre sells more than 500,000 tickets annually via 10 regional outlets and Paciolan helps them track their sales, and market to their patrons better. In a world where everyone’s a social media consultant, the fact that Paciolan can track how your social media campaigns are actually paying off in tickets sold is important. According to the press release below, since signing on to Paciolan, the Centre has increased its annual ticket sales by 200%. That’s not bad.