Soundcraft Audio Calc Toolkit App for iPhone

by Jacob Coakley
Screencaps of the new Soundcraft Audio Calc Toolkit App

 


Screencaps of the new Soundcraft Audio Calc Toolkit App

Soundcraft Audio Calc Toolkit app for the iPhone is designed to be an invaluable tool for audio engineers, offering converters for Volts-dBu-dBV and delay times in metres-seconds-milliseconds-feet-samples, as well as a timecode offset calculator. Future versions will expand the suite of useful tools with other utilities.

Stage Technologies Expands U.S. Rental Presence

by Jacob Coakley
Stage Technologies is boosting the availability of their gear in the U.S.

 


Stage Technologies is boosting the availability of their gear in the U.S.

The press release below is very heavy on concerts and events, but the info applies to theatres looking for specialized rigging as well: Stage Technologies is expanding their U.S. rental services division, bringing it on par with the rental services division in the U.K. This means that getting your single- or multiple-axis control solutions and flying rigs is now easier than ever. They have also released preliminary dates for their 2012 training schedule.

Theatre Projects Founder, Senior Consultant to Lead Panels at LDI

by Stage Directions

Theatre Projects’ founder Richard Pilbrow and senior consultant Steve Rust will speak during several panel discussions at LDI. Rust will lead the session “Performance Lighting Systems for the 21st Century— Magnitude of Change.” This session will address the impact of LED performance lighting on the design of mechanical and electrical systems, and the operations and design perspective from the Kennedy Center, home to one of the first all-LED theatres, of which Rust was the project manager and lighting designer. Pilbrow will lead two panels. The first, “VMS Project, An Open Source Community for Virtual Magic Sheet,” will feature a panel of industry experts discussing VMS’ expansion as an open-source project. Pilbrow’s second panel discussion, “An Incandescent Glow: Why Designers are Rallying to Save Tungsten,” will focus on the increasing regulatory pressure US and UK lighting designers are under to abandon the tungsten filament, and the need of industry professionals to rally together in the Save Tungsten Campaign.

XL Video Goes Big for Edinburgh Fringe

by Jacob Coakley
XL Video used Qlab with the video for The Wrestling

 


XL Video used Qlab with the video for The Wrestling

The Edinburgh Fringe is huge any way you look at it—including for video. XL Video once again supplied video and projection systems to The Pleasance, and for the first time to C venues, a total of 23 performance spaces and more than 35 shows. Ed Cooper was project manager for XL Video for the Fringe, supported by a team including Colin Mudd, Marcus Wareham and Owen Evans.

You Said Check References. . .

by Jacob Coakley
in Letters

I just read the March ‘09 article “Flying Requires Real Grounding” about flying and rigging. There's a quote from Tracy Nunnally that I noticed immediately. Yes, he is a professor, but did you know that he is also the President of Hall Associates Flying Effects?

 

'Tis the Season

by Stephen Peithman
Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre


Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre
Books and recordings for everyone on your gift list

If you’re looking for gift ideas for the theatre people in your life, you might consider one of this month’s new books and recordings.

Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre, by Ethan Mordden, is simply the best one-volume chronicle of the art form. Mordden is always a good read, although sometimes a bit over the top, but here he finds the perfect mix of solid historical and artistic analysis with great storytelling. He discusses the great personalities—both off and on stage—as well as the composers, lyricists, librettists and choreographers whose work can make or break a show. [$29.95, Oxford University Press]

'Tis The Season

by Stephen Peithman

Gift ideas for the theatre person in your life

December is the month for gift giving, and one or more of the titles in this month’s roundup of new books and CDs should please the theatre person in your life — or yourself, for that matter.

"Great Producers" Profiles Titans of American Theatre

by Jacob Coakley
NEW YORK — Iris Dorbian, editor of Stage Directions magazine from 1999-2007, will release her first book this August. Entitled Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater, and published by Allworth Press, Dorbian's book offers an in-depth look at the great producing legends of the theatrical world.

 

NEW YORK — Iris Dorbian, editor of Stage Directions magazine from 1999-2007, will release her first book this August. Entitled Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater, and published by Allworth Press, Dorbian's book offers an in-depth look at the great producing legends of the theatrical world.

 

"Leading for the Future" Aims to Jumpstart the Arts

by Breanne George
Center Theatre Group's 2008 production of

 

Center Theatre Group's 2008 production of "9 to 5: The Musical" Photo by Craig Schwartz

Facing an ever-changing environment, “business as usual” is no longer an answer for arts organizations across the country. From small regional theatres to major nonprofit arts organizations, staying relevant to younger audiences, implementing the latest technologies and sustaining funding sources are key concerns.