"Despite changes, there is a strong backbone of continuity,” writes outgoing editor Lee Baldock of Avoliltes’ recent restructure on pages 24-27 of this issue, my first at the helm of LSi. It’s a timely sentiment that struck a chord. Yes, Lee is leaving us having steered LSi impeccably for the past 13 years - but having worked alongside him for the past decade, I want to assure you: there is a strong backbone of continuity.
With change comes inevitable reflection, which this month manifests itself in Jerry Gilbert’s continuing Tech Trail series. Part one of his chronicle of the history of festival sound systems is a goldmine of information for anyone with even a passing interest in our industry; keep an eye out for part two coming to these pages in the near future.
Speaking of which, the ‘future’ is front and centre of this issue with our cover story examining the innovative technical wizardry at work on the RSC’s latest production of The Tempest. Also inside, Steve Moles reports from York Barbican on Mike & The Mechanics latest touring production; we have our review of ISE, Amsterdam; a look ahead at expected highlights from this year’s Prolight+Sound; Phil Ward reports from Hanover as Sennheiser launches its Digital 6000 radio mic system; and Mike Wood offers a closer look at Ayrton’s multifunctional MagicPanel FX LED fixture.
With all that and much more inside, I hope you enjoy the magazine and that during my tenure, LSi will long continue to have a place in your heart and on your desk!