Europe - In response to the news that the EU is once again contemplating banning the use of tungsten halogen light bulbs in entertainment lighting, the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) is co-ordinating a high-speed effort to gather reasons as to why this ban should not move forward, particularly from those who would be materially affected by such a ban, in time to create a formal response before the end of the proposal’s consultation period on 26th January 2018.
“The ban is not strictly new,” notes acclaimed, award-winning lighting designer Michael Hulls, who is leading the effort as a continuation of his earlier ‘Save Tungsten’ campaign. “The EU has been moving towards banning the use of all tungsten light sources for some years. However, theatre lighting has, until now, had an exemption from this ban. This exemption is what the EU is now proposing to end. Were that to happen, it would mean that by 2020 we would no longer be able to obtain bulbs to keep our stocks of familiar, reliable tungsten theatre lighting fixtures, from the Source Four all the way back to the Patt 23, working.”
“What the EU are proposing is a ban on ‘placing in the market,” notes architectural lighting design Kevan Shaw, who has been involved with these regulations for some years, keeping an eye out on behalf of the theatrical as well as the architectural lighting community. “The intent is that product in the supply chain can be sold, but that no new product can be manufactured or imported, and new product cannot legitimately be CE Marked, which can pre
UK - K-academy Installed Sound and Live Sound workshops have been scheduled through the first two quarters of 2018. The four different offerings listed below are modular to make individual training programmes customisable.
The courses comprise:
Installed Sound Overview and Applications: A complete overview of K-array's unique solutions and technologies dedicated to fixed installations, including project examples and sound design techniques.
Installed Sound Set-up and Optimisation: From the initial acoustic simulation to the final tuning, this advanced workshop covers all the aspects of the setup of a fixed K-array installation. Live Sound Overview and Applications: A complete overview of products in K-array's Concert Series and Portable Systems lines with a focus on the physics that drive them.
Live Sound Set-up and Optimisation: Applied practices of both a Concert Series system and a Portable System, setup including rigging, wiring and final tuning.
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Europe - Britannia Row Productions was one of the first companies globally to make an investment in Sennheiser’s new Digital 6000 series, instantly deploying it on Robbie Williams’ The Heavy Entertainment Show tour, which started in Europe last summer and continues with dates in New Zealand and Australia in February and March this year.
Robbie’s long-term FOH engineer Simon Hodge had used a Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless microphone for the artist since 2013, but the continuing reduction in RF spectrum prompted a look at Sennheiser’s new Digital 6000 system, which offers the same audio quality as the company’s flagship Digital 9000 series microphones in a two-channel receiver.
“It seemed a very good idea to look at Sennheiser’s digital option as it helps with reducing spectrum usage which, with a show that has so much RF, really helps us,” says Brit Row’s Josh Lloyd. “And once we auditioned them, the sonic benefits were very clear; the vocal sounds a lot more open and natural and the bleed from other sources down the mics is far cleaner and less problematic for us.”
“The process of arranging the initial demo was quite challenging, as the 6000 series was still in the final stages of production and not yet released,” explains Sennheiser artist relations manager Jack Drury. “But we were really keen for Brit Row to try the system with Robbie, as we believed it would be a great fit for the tour.”
A coordinated effort between Sennheiser’s Kevin Gwyther-Brown and Jack Drury, alongside Chris Lamb from Brit Row meant
South Africa - Staging and set company Dream Sets has purchased the Vectorworks 2018 design software from DWR Distribution.
Mauritz Jacobs, lighting designer at Dream Sets, reports: “As a lighting designer, I have been using Vectorworks since 2014. Vectorworks has all the needed built-in features that I need to create and manipulate plans from start to finish (set and technical wise).”
Jacobs continues: “As you know, our industry is very fast-paced and time is not always on our side. With the new Vectorworks 2018 they have really gone out of their way to make it as easy and quick as possible to get designs out in limited time. Once you know your way around it, it’s easy to do large designs in a limited time period. Also, the set side of the programme has many new features like the event design which speeds designing up on another level.”
USA - Pennsylvania-based Anderson Audio recently added 24 Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) Anya modules to their Adaptive inventory, which comprises 28 Anna and 40 Otto subwoofers.
“When we invested in Adaptive almost two years ago, it gave us the opportunity to build on our existing client base and expand the business,” explains owner Chris Anderson. “It has worked extremely well. So much so that we decided to add the larger Anya system to further our growth.”
EAW Adaptive technology is designed for a wide range of applications that require exceptional sound quality, high output and precise coverage. Both the Anya and Anna modules can adapt coverage to any venue geometry in seconds. Because the arrays are made up of columns that hang straight, and are oftentimes more than one, they provide the ideal footprint for applications that require pristine coverage and clean sightlines.
Anderson originally invested in 24 Anna and eight of its companion Otto subwoofer modules. Shortly thereafter he expanded with four more Anna and another 32 Otto subwoofers. After trying out Anya with Anna for a few events, including Scott Hamilton’s Scott Cares fundraiser in Cleveland, he decided that making Anya a permanent fixture in his inventory would be a sound business move.
“For this year’s Scott Cares event we flew left-right hangs, each consisting of a column of eight Anya for the main PA and six Anna for out-fill. Low end was provided by two columns of six Otto subwoofers flown next to each Anya/Anna array,” Anderson adds. “We
UK - City Theatrical has reduced the price for the student license of its Moving Light Assistant software. The application can be used from the pre-production phase for planning and designing the moving light rig to producing the final documentation of the programming. The student license enables all features of the application for a period of three years from purchase and can be installed and activated on two computers. The application is now available in Europe for £20 or in the Americas, Asia and the Middle East for $25.
“Moving Light Assistant is being used for many large-scale repertory theatres for managing the moving light focuses of their productions,” said Andrew Voller, creator and developer of Moving Light Assistant and freelance lighting designer. “Lowering the Student Licence pricing is aimed at allowing students easy access to learn and use this software as its use becomes more prevalent on productions around the world.”
Moving Light Assistant has evolved into the go-to application for documenting the moving lights on more than 60 Broadway, West End and Touring productions, with recent hits including 42nd Street, City of Glass, and The Lorax in London; Anastasia, Miss Saigon, and War Paint in New York; Beautiful The Carole King Musical and My Fair Lady in Sydney, Australia; The Bodyguard in Stuttgart, Germany and on tour in China; and Ed Sheeran Divide World Tour.
Austria The Men's World Cup Night Slalom is the biggest party in the Alps, attracting 50,000 spectators and skiing enthusiasts annually to Schladming-Dachstein at the end of January.
Lighting designer Daniel Reistenhofer from D-TWO Stage&Light Creations was asked to light the 2017 season opening event and he enlisted the help of over 100 Robe moving lights - 74 x Pointes and 34 x BMFL WashBeams.
Event organisers, Leutgeb Entertainment Group and the Planai Hochwurzen Bahnen Gesellschafft, saw some of Daniel’s other stage designs and wanted something totally different to what had been done before.
The format was similar to a large EDM event, a large stage - 40 x 24m - was set up next to the Planai ski slope - normally the finish line for the Night Race - and around 16,000 people packed in to enjoy the start of December opening event and the international line-up that included Martin Garrix, Alle Farben and Alan Walker rocking the slopes.
Daniel was asked to design set, video and lighting, which was a massive bonus…, so he proposed a design based on four hills representing the contours of the Planai mountain cableway, with the big one in the middle being the Dachstein. This was topped, jauntily, by a large scenic bobble hat.
Lighting-wise, he wanted to give as much scope and flexibility as possible to the guest LDs arriving with each of the headlining DJs, so with limited programming time, they had the chance to make up great looking scenes quickly and easily.
The Pointes and BMFLs were rigged on six tall towers upstage and a
USA - LD Matthew Ardine transformed a Kia Motors America dealership into a large-scale lighting display for a 2017 holiday season TV commercial.
Set to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s version of Christmas Eve in Sarajevo, the ad featured masterful pacing from subtle car headlights to a massive 65,000 DMX-channel paragon of holiday lighting highlighting the showroom building and surrounding landscape. Featuring nearly 500 various lights communicating over two V-LAN groups, with a total of 75 Ethernet devices, the network relied heavily on its nerve centre, four ProPlex EZ-LANs.
“The EZ-LANs were easy to use and kept costs down,” says Ardine. “EZ-LANs formed the backbone of the network, shuttling the two VLANs around the location. From the EZ-LANs we cascaded to other switches and we had no network issues. We created two versions of the 30-second commercial and one 72-second version. We used two MBOX units to pixel map the lights on the walls and the bushes, then sent that sACN data into GrandMA2 to do an HTP merge so that we could visualise on the model of the building in MA 3D.”
Ardine adds: “The EZ-LANs worked great and they’re the answer to simplifying complex networking productions. I’ve used them in instructional classes but this was the first real-world application, and their performance exceeded our expectations. Our thanks to Matthew Shimamoto of Volt Lites for providing the units. We’ll definitely use them again.”
USA - When the young man who celebrated his bar mitzvah at Georgetown’s upscale Park Hyatt was born in 2004, Pac-Man was about to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Such is the staying power of the video game invented by Toru Iwatani, that the youngster opted to build his reception around a Pac-Man theme. Digital wall images of the yellow circular figure with the gaping mouth adorned the reception area, as did representations of the game’s famous labyrinth.
To create a classic video arcade atmosphere in the reception area and accentuate the digital Pac-Man images that decorated it, the event organizers draped the walls in black. This created a stunning effect, but it also made it challenging to colorize the room’s dining tables. Eric Hertsch of John Farr Lighting Design successfully met this challenge with the help of Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal fixtures.
Hertsch positioned eight of the RGBA-Lime colour-mixing fixtures on 12’ truss towers located throughout the room and used them to wash its long rectangular tables in warm appealing colours. In addition to engendering an inviting atmosphere, the saturated light from the Ovation fixtures created a balanced look against the room’s dark walls.
“The colours made the tables stand out aesthetically as part of the décor,” said Hertsch. “We selected the Ovations specifically for the colour-changing capability of their RGBA-Lime colour-mixing engine. We also like their tight zoom, since it allowed us to frame the tables in colourful light without spilling over. We were abl
UK - Working with set designer Joshua Grace and lighting director Gurdip Mahal, LED Creative played a part supporting the crew at A Night for the Emergency Services, a seasonal celebration and show of appreciation for the work carried out by the nationwide heroes in uniforms.
Filmed in front of a live audience at The London Studios, host Ashley Banjo was joined by high-octane dance troupe Diversity to introduce and share performances by talented members from all sectors of the emergency services.
Created around Grace’s linear installation awash with movement and intense colour, the set incorporated the LED Creative BYTE Pixel Control System matched with an array of the company’s Sigma Sparkle Wands which the designer suspended across the entire stage to add crisp, highly controllable accents and depth to the performance.
Commenting on the versatility of the Sparkle Wand fixtures, Joshua Grace said, “This is the best product out there by far. The Sparkle Wands help make coming up with numerous looks for such an action-packed show, easy.”
Available as ‘plug and play’ rental kits, the Sparkle Wands are a simple but highly effective way to build dynamic lighting effects into an installation. The Wands were paired with LED Creative’s BYTE Control System to allow precise, intelligent pixel management and maximum artistic control with minimum DMX footprint. The Wands sharp, colourful visuals coupled with LD Gurdip Mahal’s atmospheric lighting installation delivered stunning results throughout the evening.
USA - Lighting designer Herrick Goldman used Elation Professional’s Artiste DaVinci LED moving head spot for colour and visual effects on a Syracuse Stage production of The Wizard of Oz and praised the award-winning luminaire as a flexible workhorse that performed a number of duties throughout the show. “The DaVinci took so much of the work load I could have saved the time and energy of hanging 25% of the light plot,” the LD stated.
The family favourite musical, which ran from 29 November to 7 January, was directed by Donna Drake, and was Syracuse Stage's holiday co-production with the Syracuse University Department of Drama. It is the story you know well but is told in a new way with tumbling and flying elements from acrobats turned actors from New York’s 2 Ring Circus.
Although the Syracuse Stage theatre houses 100s of conventional fixtures along with some older moving heads, a fantasy production like The Wizard of Oz gives ample opportunity for creative use of colour and effects, therefore Goldman sought a more state-of-the-art fixture that would give him those possibilities. “I wanted a fixture that would help tell the story while shining new light on a familiar tale,” he said. “A creative production like this lends itself well to a theatrical fixture like the Artiste DaVinci. I’d been looking for a good replacement fixture for a 700W discharge fixture I’ve used in the past and this fills the gap.”
The Artiste DaVinci is an energy-efficient CMY and graphics luminaire with a 300W LED engine and 7° to 48° moto
USA - Linea Research amplifier and DSP specialist will be making its first NAMM Show appearance at this year’s event in Anaheim.
“We’re very pleased the NAMM Show has expanded to encompass more pro-audio,” comments Rik Kirby of Linea Research USA. “It’s a great way to kick the year off and meet with so many of our reps and business partners, and to launch our new FIR capable amplifiers.”
On display will be Linea Research’s range of four and eight channel networked DSP amplifiers, the portable and touring focused M Series and the installation and contractor C Series. Both series offer models with power ratings from 400W to 5,000W per channel, all with 96kHz DSP and optional Dante networked audio.
New for 2018 Linea Research is introducing FIR capable versions of its amplifiers allowing users to import loudspeaker manufacturer “greybox” FIR settings. “This capability has been much-requested and we’ve been able to implement it at 96kHz giving improved sound quality over 48kHz solutions,” remarks Kirby.
Also in attendance will be Linea Research’s newest addition Margie Kirby of US distributor Allied Professional Technologies. “I’m excited that NAMM will be my first outing representing Linea Research,” says Margie, who will be working closely with Linea Research on their US and global marketing efforts.
USA - Dreamforce, Salesforce's tech conference that recently drew more than 170,000 people to San Francisco, took place on 6-9 November at the Moscone North, South and West.
The scope of the event – of which many parts were recorded, live-streamed, and broadcast – necessitated the use of a tremendous amount of wireless equipment including microphones, IEMs, IFBs, and wireless intercom.
The conference planners called on Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) to provide wireless frequency coordination for the multi-day event. This year there were six film crews covering the convention centre halls and other buildings in addition to all the wireless RF devices that were in use for each show segment in the Moscone Centre and hotels.
“We decided to coordinate the film crews first, since they would be roaming throughout every room and building, and then coordinate everything else around them,” explains Gary Trenda, PWS lead frequency coordinator for the event. “Anyone who wanted to use wireless devices had to clear their frequencies through us. We had nine coordinators on site for 10 days. This was a large-scale coordination effort – exactly what Professional Wireless excels at.”
San Francisco has 23 TV stations broadcasting in the downtown area, making available RF bandwidth very limited, especially given the large number of wireless frequencies required for an event of this type. Some of the halls had three different floors, with multiple systems set up on each floor. Trenda’s team coordinated over 200 frequencies for
USA - Allied Esports announced the grand opening date and a major partnership for Esports Arena Las Vegas, and the first stop for its new mobile arena, Esports Arena Drive.
Esports Arena Las Vegas, The Strip’s first dedicated esports arena, will open at Luxor Hotel and Casino on 22 March with a series of events, including an invitation-only, multi-day, live-streamed tournament.
“Esports Arena Las Vegas is the cornerstone of our property, brand and content development and will allow us to engage esports communities, brands and stakeholders like never before,” said Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports. “With Las Vegas rapidly becoming a hub for esports, Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor will be the city’s home for competitive gaming and interactive entertainment.”
Allied Esports also announced an exclusive partnership with Harman Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV (AVLC), for Esports Arena Las Vegas. Harman Professional has created a uniquely designed product solution for the new arena, including AVLC products from its brand portfolio including JBL Professional, Martin Professional, AKG Acoustics, AMX, Crown International, BSS, and dbx Professional. The agreement covers the integrated AVLC systems for the 30,000sq.ft venue and production studio.
“We are proud to be chosen by and aligned with Allied Esports whose development of the Esports Arena Las Vegas further solidifies their leadership position in the massively growing competitive gaming space,” sai
UK - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds were on the road for much of 2017, performing in world-renowned theatres and major arenas across Australia, North America, mainland Europe, and the U.K. When it came to the large-scale venues like Manchester Arena and London’s O2 Arena, it was an E-Series audio system from Adamson Systems Engineering amplifying the band’s haunting melodies and weighty words for a notoriously dedicated fan base.
“Both the E15s and S10s are sounding beautiful,” FOH engineer Matt Crosbie said amidst the run. “Even from when we first tried them in Australia, it was clear we had the right system, and with the new V4 preset, the mids and highs are pretty close to perfect.”
Considering the wide range of venues comprising the tour, the system was designed with scalability in mind. The typical configuration featured a combination of Adamson’s E15 three-way, true line source enclosures and E12 three-way, full-range cabinets, along with compact S10 two-way, full-range enclosures for fills and E119 subwoofers for low end.
As an example, the system deployed at Manchester Arena boasted main arrays of 15 E15 and three E12 cabinets per side, with side-hangs of a dozen E15s and three E12s. System tech Simon Farrell of audio production provider Eighth Day Sound also had eight S10s across the lip of the stage for front-fill and 12 stacks of two E119 subwoofers in a cardioid configuration lining the stage. A complement of 30 Lab.gruppen PLM 20K44 amplifiers drove the system.
“It’s sounding great in these bigger rooms thanks to
UK - Global brand experience agency Jack Morton Worldwide once again organised London’s New Year’s Eve firework display – an event which it has produced for 14 consecutive years. Contributing to this year’s event was a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console, which was used by lighting programmer Paul Cook to control the 18-universe lightshow that supported the firework display.
The display, which took place over the River Thames and the Coca-Cola London Eye, is a global showcase for the city, reflecting its dynamism, creativity and openness. The show was seen by millions of people on BBC One and live by over 100,000 people in viewing areas on the banks of the River Thames.
Synchronised and triggered by GPS to Big Ben’s chimes, the 12-minute show lit up the River Thames with 2,000 lighting cues and 12,000 fireworks producing 50,000 projectiles. The FOH station, with its MagicQ MQ500 Stadium desk and MagicQ MQ80 backup, was situated on the river bank directly opposite the London Eye. From this position, the console controlled the 640 RGB panel lights permanently installed on the London Eye, as well as 32 profile fixtures, 32 blinders, 30 LED hybrid units and 16 batten washes that were brought in for the spectacular New Year’s Eve event.
“We were extremely happy with the MQ500 console,” said Cook, who worked the console with Durham Marenghi. “It operated superbly controlling lights in sync with the music to support the fireworks. The advanced power of the onboard processing was quite impressive, allowing us to output a large number o
UK - Based on the world renowned 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith, Strangers On A Train is a spine-chilling tale that tells the story of a fateful encounter between two men in the dining carriage of a train crossing America.
Originally seen in the West End, the production is now being revived and is touring across the UK. Starring television favourites Christopher Harper, John Middleton and Hannah Tointon, it is adapted by Craig Warner and directed by Anthony Banks. As a leading supplier to touring productions, White Light is providing the lighting equipment.
Strangers On A Train sees the creative team from last year’s production of Gaslight reunite, which WL also supplied. The lighting designer for both is Howard Hudson, who says: “The set for Strangers On A Train is built on two levels and relies on a lot of projection to suggest the setting. The vast majority of my job was to light the small spaces revealed for each scene. This involved having to be quite precise in not interfering with the projected surfaces but lighting each scene in such a way as to make the projected image believable in context.”
As preparation, Howard attended rehearsals and began to formulate his design. When it came to choosing the exact fixtures, it was actually a demonstration at WL that helped influence his decision. He comments: “Having attended the WL demo of the Martin MAC Encore, I was very impressed with what this light could offer; particularly the warm version and its emulation of a tungsten source which was the feel we were a
South Africa - The Acts Christian Church in Midrand has invested in two Robe Spiiders that will work alongside their current Robe rig.
When it comes to mission work, Acts Church reaches out to people with Acts of Love, whether it’s providing toilets to a needy community, setting up a library, giving food to the homeless or preparing gifts for senior citizens and children over the Christmas period.
With a North and South Campus to accommodate the increasing congregation which is now just short of 6 000 people, the church has five Sunday services (three at North campus and two at South Campus with an additional evening service held at the North Campus once a month) and hosts various events from children’s productions to conferences that cover topics such as Business Excellence, Bible studies or fasting periods. The auditorium has also doubled up as a venue to assist other churches in the area when needed.
It’s this passion to make a difference to the lives of others that has made coming to work each day all the more worthwhile for Jason Sampson, who has been with Acts Church for two years and who is responsible for the Visual Media and live streaming of services and events hosted in the church. “I believe in the vision,” said Jason. “It’s a healthy church as we teach what I believe is true.”
Jason and his team run the lighting department. “A couple of years ago we invested in two Robe Pointes which have worked really well and which we often use to light the roof or as spots,” he explained. “We have eight Robin LEDBeam 100,
Indonesia - Finn's Beach Club in Bali recently relocated to a new building on the famous Berawa surf beach and has installed a new Yamaha audio system.
The environmentally-friendly bamboo structure allows every guest to have a guaranteed sunset view accompanied by music from the club’s resident DJs. The soundtrack is enhanced by a major Yamaha audio installation, designed and installed by David Soewondo of Surabaya-based DMP Musik.
A complex, multi-zone system was needed because the club features six indoor bars, a restaurant, spa, boutique, changing rooms, DJ booth/stage, two swimming pools, a pool bar and numerous outdoor hammocks and single/double day beds.
“The client needed a system that could distribute sound throughout the venue, however the different zones have different volume settings, depending on how each area is used,” says David. “Some of the zones overlap and it was very important that people would not perceive delays in the sound, because this would deliver an inferior customer experience. So it was very important for staff to have a very quick and simple way of adjusting the sound of each zone, to maintain the best audio quality at all times.”
Based on three Yamaha MRX7-D, an MTX5 and an MTX3 matrix processors, with six EXo8 output expanders and a DCH8 digital control hub, the system is controlled by eight DCP4V4S and eight DCP1V4S surface-mount control panels. Fourteen Yamaha power amplifiers drive loudspeakers located throughout the venue, with an MGP16X mixer also provided for live events.
“We chose Yamah
Denmark - The Live Company AS showcase event co-hosted with Chroma-Q enabled rental production clients to experience the multi award-winning Color Force II LED cyc, wash & effects light.
Leading lighting designers and specifiers from all sectors were invited to Tivoli in Copenhagen, one of Denmark's most prestigious entertainment resorts. Delegates got hands-on with Color Force II, followed by dinner and a show, where they were able to see it in action during a performance of The 35th Crazy Christmas Cabaret Show - Planet Rump - The Farce Awakens.
Freelance lighting designer Mark P Jones, who attended the event commented: "Having a history of using and specifying Chroma-Q products, it's great to see that Color Force II builds on the reputation of the original fixture - the output, colour range and stability on camera make them a great lighting tool."
Bjarne Olsen, show lighting designer for Planet Rump - The Farce Awakens noted, “I am very impressed with the fixture's colour palette. It can produce both deep saturated colours and vivid pastels. The amount of light output is also very impressive, and the individual pixel control allows for some nice effects."
Italy - Florence’s Nextech festival chalked up a sold-out 12th edition in December at the city’s Fortezza da Basso under the techno banner, with 3,000 fans flocking to see and hear the man many of them call the Techno King, Chris Liebing, ably preceded by a blistering set by up and coming local DJ Marco Effe.
Frankfurt-based, but constantly globetrotting on the international club and festival circuit, Liebing is a techno pioneer, DJ, producer, podcast and radio host, as well as being the driving force behind his CLR label.
One of the first DJs to use the new possibilities offered by the digitalization of music in an original creative manner, Liebing is constantly on the search for new methods of creative expression. These include real-time manipulation of individual tracks and sounds in his DJ sets, so the sonic quality of the sound systems he uses plays a fundamental role in the success of his performances.
A veteran of the Florence music scene, Fernando Fanutti is the man who had the idea for the Nextech project, a festival that has brought top international EDM artists to the Tuscan “capital” for 10 years, with its combination of digital AV art, music and design. When he moved from Rome to Florence in the seventies, Fanutti continued his work, programming the bands in the some of the city’s venues and as a music journalist and critic, with a particular focus on electronic music.
Regarding the Outline GTO, he says, “Since my aim has always been to achieve quality sound even in difficult situations, I must say that I noticed the d
Europe - The current tour by Jamiroquai, which started last spring with a run of festival appearances and a short stretch round Japan, is now touring Europe in earnest with a full production.
From the out-set, their FOH engineer Rick Pope has been using Yamaha’s new flagship mixing console, the PM10. “We have looked after Rick and Jamiroquai for many years now,” said client manager Dave Compton at Britannia Row. “Although investing in a new top end console was not in our cap’ex plan at the time it was at Clair Global. They already carry a large inventory of Yamaha consoles and were more than willing to make the investment to support this tour.”
For Clair Global, Pope’s experiences have proved a useful test-bed. With the tour now in Europe, Britannia Row are also taking a long hard look at the desk. Pope, who has mixed Jamiroquai for many years, explains why: “I’ve been a Yamaha endorsee for maybe 25 years and have contributed to their R&D consistently over the years. A replacement for the venerable PM1D was long overdue, so I was relieved when the PM10 was first presented to me.”
“Quite simply, it is fantastic. It’s the most powerful desk out there; it’s ridiculous what you can do with it. Yet in spite of its functional power it’s so easy to operate. Any engineer with basic knowledge could rock up to find the PM10 out front at a festival and have no trouble; I can think of some desks where you need to take a three-month training course.”
Much is made of the contribution of Rupert Neve to the development and f