Entec on Bootleg Beatles tour

Thursday, 10 January 2013
Entec on Bootleg Beatles tourEntec has provided technical production for the band since 1994
UK - West London-based technical solutions company Entec Sound & Light continued its long working relationship with The Bootleg Beatles, the most successful and widely recognised tribute band to the legendary British musical group.

Entec has provided technical production for the band since 1994 - testament in itself to the artist's satisfaction with their production - in which time the band has regularly toured worldwide, playing to old and new generations of Beatles enthusiasts.

Entec's lighting crew chief Pete 'Pepper' Schofield ensured that all lighting designer Brendan Albrey's requirements were met.

It was Albrey's first tour with The Bootleg Beatles. He was chosen from several applicants who initially answered an ad to submit concepts that was circulated in the Association of Lighting Designers' (ALD) E-Newsletter. It was also his first time working with Entec.

The lighting was based around three trusses - one more than their standard two of previous years - and on these were 20 Martin Professional MAC 700 Spots and 12 MAC 700 Wash moving lights, plus a projector on the front truss feeding a large upstage projection screen.

On the floor were five bars of PAR 64 CP62 s, two providing low-level cross light and three behind the drums shooting forwards.

Two boom stands were positioned on the downstage edges of the stage, each loaded with four ETC Source Four profiles, also doing front-line cross lighting very neatly.

Albrey's console of choice was a grandMA2 light, supplied by Entec complete with an NPU which was positioned at the dimmers.

Pepper was joined on the Entec crew by rigger Damian Courage.

The rig was designed to be adaptable and to be re-sized easily and sensibly to fit quickly into the wide variety of venues on the itinerary, the largest of which was Birmingham NIA for which Entec also supplied additional equipment.

Sound was mixed by Entec's Chunk Charters, now on his fifth tour of duty with The Bootleg Beatles, a project which is also one of his favourites.

Once again he utilised a d&b Q1 audio system, which has proved a winning formula in recent years.

In the largest configuration, eight boxes of Q1s a side were utilised with two Q7s and two Q12s for in-fill, out-fill and down-fill, variable daily according to the venue.

The subs comprised eight d&b Q-SUBS a side and four B2s. They arranged these in cardioid mode where possible to produce the most even low end coverage in the given environment. Four E8s were used for front-fills to help raise the vocal and get it out across the auditoriums.

FOH engineer Marc Langley's console of choice was a Yamaha PM5D on which he used all the outboard facilities and effects.

Monitors were run through a Midas Pro2c, newly purchased by Entec, mixed by monitor engineer Simon Lutkin.

The monitors consisted of eight d&b M4 wedges plus eight E3s on small stands for the orchestra - brass and strings - sections.

All the d&b elements were driven from their proprietary D12 amplifiers, apart from the E3s which, powered by D6s, were running analogue on the monitors via a small Midas stage rack.

Entec also supplied a full mics-and-stands package, primarily of Shure 57s and 58s and a collection of Radial DIs, like the consoles, specified mainly because they can be sourced in most corners of the globe.

(Jim Evans)

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