Yamaha
Yamaha

Yamaha Releases CL/QL V4.1 With AES67 Support

Michael Eddy

BUENA PARK, CA—Yamaha Corporation Japan released Version 4.1 for CL and QL Digital Audio Consoles with more connectivity, expandability, and usability as well as more support for Shure wireless receivers. New Dante functionality includes support for the AES67 interoperability that allows communication with Ravenna, Q-LAN, Livewire, and other audio networks for improved system expandability. Yamaha will be exhibiting in Booth #1215 at the USITT Stage Expo, March 9-11 in St. Louis.

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NAMM is supporting ESTA's Technical Standards Program
NAMM is supporting ESTA's Technical Standards Program

NAMM Pledges Support for ESTA Technical Standards Program

Michael Eddy

CARLSBAD, CA—The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has announced that the organization will make a grant to the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) Technical Standards Program (TSP). Accredited by the American National Standards Institute, ESTA’s TSP standards are used each day by manufacturers, dealers, installers, production companies and end users to provide a safe working and performance environment in venues of all sizes. The standards serve to prevent accidents, protect lives and property, and create cost and time efficiencies in the entertainment industry.

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Kinesys DigiHoist intelligent motor controller
Kinesys DigiHoist intelligent motor controller

Kinesys to Exhibit at USITT 2017

Michael Eddy

LITHIA SPRINGS, GA—Motion control specialist and manufacturer Kinesys will exhibit for the first time—in its own right—at USITT 2017 Stage Expo in St. Louis, March 9th – 11th. Kinesys, located in Booth 1404, will be focusing on two of its product ranges, DigiHoist intelligent motor controllers and the Libra range of load monitoring equipment, as well as highlighting Elevation vari-speed chain hoists.

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Project Our Voices as One SD Op-Ed

Michael Eddy

We live in a country, that for the moment, allows a free discussion of topics that are often not allowed in some other countries. No society can be open and free without supporting the arts and humanities. That is why I want to add my voice and the voice of Stage Directions to the chorus of concern about the potentially devastating cuts that could be included in the upcoming 2018 budget proposal from the White House—especially the ones to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)—the loss of which will adversely affect theatre and all artistic expression in this country for possibly generations.

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ETC in talks to acquire High End Systems
ETC in talks to acquire High End Systems

Barco In Discussions Over Sale of High End Systems To ETC

Michael Eddy

MIDDLETON, WI & AUSTIN, TX—Barco and ETC announced that they are in the midst of serious discussions wherein ETC would acquire High End Systems, Barco’s lighting activities, part of the Entertainment division. While the timeline for the completion of this acquisition is still unknown, both parties are committed to moving forward with a successful transaction.

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David North
David North

A Sad Announcement of the Loss of David North

Michael Eddy

MIDDLETON, WI—ETC announced the loss David North, a valued colleague and friend, not only at ETC but to our theatre industry as a whole. ETC stated, "We at ETC lost a friend, a mentor, and a great role model this weekend with the passing of David North. He died peacefully on Saturday, February 25th after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer. David North will always be remembered for his southern charm. He treated everyone he met with respect and kindness no matter their background. He mentored those new to the industry with patience and encouraged his colleagues and friends with a grace and a professionalism that is rare in this world."

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Members of Aquila Theatre's Warrior Chorus
Members of Aquila Theatre's Warrior Chorus

Veterans stage event in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—On Saturday, February 25th the Society of Artistic Veterans and the Aquila Theatre’s Warrior Chorus program, which is funded by the NEH hosted a public event in NYC’s Battery Park. Wishing to heighten awareness of the essential work of the NEH and its highly regarded veteran’s programs in particular, the American Veterans for the National Endowment for the Humanities  event brought together former and serving members of all branches of armed forces in public readings on the theme of democracy. Actor Dan Lauria, a Vietnam Veteran and former Marine also participated. 

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