Composing the Passion – Sibelius Review companion piece

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by Collin Makariak

There are few, if any, moments in history more significant than the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the very essence on which our faith in God and salvation is based. When I was first approached about doing a review of the Sibelius composing software, while composing an original piece for Easter, I was excited.

To hear Collin’s compositions, and read more about his process, click here.

Christmas in Luther Country

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From Martin Luther’s influence on Christmas traditions to atmospheric Christmas Markets

A Christmas tree, special carols and presents on December 24th: these much-loved traditions are all linked to Martin Luther. Start with the tree. While walking through snowy woods under a bright starlit sky, the beauty of the scene so moved Luther that he wanted to recreate it at home. So, he cut down a fresh tree, brought it inside and decorated it with real candles. Or so the story goes. What is known is that The Great Reformer composed the Christmas carol still sung today: “From Heaven above to earth I come, To bear good news to every home.” He also moved the date gifts were given from Saint Nicholas’ Day, December 6th, to Christmas Eve, December 24th.

Those are not the only Christmas customs for which Germany is known. Around the world, the country is famous for its Christmas markets. And nowhere are they more atmospheric than in LutherCountry, the German federal states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, an hour or so south of Berlin.

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Martin Audio Demo Room at Infocomm 2016

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Martin-Audio-logoJoin Martin Audio at Infocomm 2016 in Room N114 for a demo of their world-renowned speaker systems, including the new CDD-LIVE! series, unveiled at this year’s Prolight + Sound Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Comprising three full-range models and two subwoofers, CDD-LIVE! covers practically all professional stand-alone and distributed applications: from sound reinforcement and monitoring for live bands, DJ’s and corporate events, to installations in dance clubs, ballrooms, theaters and performing arts centers.

CDD-LIVE! RangeDemo’s start Tuesday, June 7 at 12:00pm, and also run at 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Demo’s run Wednesday, June 8th – Friday, June 10th at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Don’t forget to visit Martin Audio at their booth as well – C10712 – during exhibit hours.

Inspirational Live Entertainment Technology Speakers took the stage in Kansas City

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Plasa Focus Kansas CityPLASA’s inaugural Kansas City Focus Show opened its doors this week showcasing the very latest live entertainment technology products, attracting major buyers and hosting truly inspirational industry speakers who shared their knowledge and expertise.

The seminar program and training sessions saw a diverse range of topics with highlights including: Rocky Paulson – a master of rigging, sharing his expertise on the art of rigging safely with the right components; Daunte Kenner – a veteran in both lighting and video, enlightening the audience on the craft and workflow that goes behind creating video; and Richard Pilbrow – the renowned lighting designer and founder of Theatre Projects, sponsored by Group One’s ‘ElektraLite’, musing that a theatre is an accelerator of energy and light and the principle that an audience makes the atmosphere before the play begins. He presented an insightful session on how these elements have influenced the changes and developments in modern theatre architecture.

Christopher Toulmin, Director of Events said: “PLASA prides itself on delivering outstanding educational content, promoting standards within the industry and creating an intimate and friendly regional platform for business, enabling qualified buyers to discover new technologies and integrations within the live entertainment marketplace.”

Pamela Meadows from the University of Missouri Kansas enthused: “I attended nine seminar sessions and they were all great. I especially liked anything involving LED technology.  I would definitely come back to a PLASA Show in the future.”

“This is our first time visiting PLASA Focus,” Corey Verdusco, President and CEO, Golden Road Entertainment Specialists added. “We love the small, regional event because we get to interact more with the exhibitors and presenters. We find networking is a lot easier than it is at the large shows.”

Tobin Neis, Director of Marketing at Barbizon Lighting, who exhibited at the show supported this saying: “We spoke to multiple potential customers with immediate needs for upcoming projects and equipment needs we wouldn’t have seen at larger shows because of travel budgets, or schedule conflicts. “

“There were many components to the PLASA Focus Kansas City show including showcasing the region’s highlights with a truly inspiring tour of The Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts focusing on the technical features the Center offers from world class rigging, lighting, acoustics and sound.” Adds Laura Hoepker, Show Manager NA, PLASA: “This was followed by RC4 Wireless and XS Lighting hosting a buzzing evening of networking with a Kansas City BBQ experience like no other.”

The next PLASA event will be its international flagship, PLASA Show London, taking place 4-6 October 2015.  To find out more visit

Avid S6 Private Demo Sessions in Houston, TX

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Sponsored by GC ProGCPro

Guitar Center Professional and Avid® invite you to get an in-depth, hands-on demo of the revolutionary performance, superior ergonomics and intelligent studio control of the new Avid® S6 control surface, at a series of upcoming demo sessions on Wednesday, May 27, in Houston, TX.

There will be three sessions throughout the day. Space is limited to only 15 attendees per session, so RSVP today for one of the sessions.

At the demo, see how the Avid S6 can help you:

  • Mix faster and more easily through superior ergonomics and visual feedback
  • Save money with a modular design that can scale as your business grows
  • Use EUCON 3.0 to take deep, integrated control of your studio

Avid S6 Houston Demo sessions:
Wednesday, May 27
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Guitar Center Houston
8390 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77063

More information on this event can be found here:

TFWM Live Event Experience at Infocomm2015

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Partner Profile:


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Digital Projection partners withthe TFWM Live Events Pavilion at Infocomm 2015, showcasing their HIGHlite Laser projector.

DPI_HIGHliteLASER_0415-sizedRemarkably bright, the HIGHlite Laser delivers a stunning 11,000 lumens from a 20,000 hour illumination source. Developed with a “Set it and Forget it” directive, the HIGHlite LASER delivers an inspiring imaging solution for Worship venues.  The robust list of features include lamp-free illumination, high-bandwidth functionality supporting frame rates up to 144 Hz, and diverse inputs such as HDBaseT.

The appeal for Worship venues is obvious:  bright, stable and color-accurate imagery with remarkably low lifetime costs of ownership. DPI’s Laser projectors can run in an almost unlimited positioning range, including portrait, straight up at the ceiling and straight down at the floor.  So they’re remarkably easy to install and maintain.

For a schedule of Pavilion Events and performances, click here.

For more information and to register for the Worship Education Program, click here.


Other Live Event Experience Partners

BexelTSS, DPA Microphones, Kramer Electronics, LAWO,
ProCo (RapcoHorizon), Renkus-Heinz and Skylark Audio Video


The Custom In-Ear Revolution

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Philippe DepallensWe talk with Philippe Depallens discusses how new cutting-edge technology at Ultimate Ears makes getting customs made easier for musicians than ever before.

TFWM: Tell us a bit about Ultimate Ears.

Philippe: When UE was founded, it focused more on just a few products, and about three years ago we decided that just focusing on products wasn’t a good long term investment strategy. We decided we needed to understand our customer and their needs better, in order to delight the customer at all their touch points. We believe we have the opportunity at every touch point to either impress or disappoint a customer, and there is no single point in this stage that isn’t as important as any other stage. We constantly gather feedback from our customers on how we are doing, where they’re at, etc. We review the feedback we’re getting, the issues they’re facing, etc. and make their journey with us easier.
Over the last three years we’ve decided to reinvent UE and have become true partners with musicians on all levels. What we’re trying to do is make the customer journey the best it can be, from research to purchase and, finally, the customer support we offer. Our goal is to remove any barriers related to purchasing and owning a custom In-ear monitor, and make using in-ears so easy that it’s almost a no-brainer for people to move to monitor mixers.

TFWM: UE has revolutionized the way custom in-ears are made. Tell us about this new process.

Read the rest of the Q&A here.