UK - This Saturday night, music fans will be able to dance the night away to over three hours of electronic music streamed online, all whilst helping industry charity Music Support raise vital funding.
Taking place from 9pm on 4 July, Warehouse Manifesto will be held at Production Park’s London rehearsal studio The Mill. The Mill, in association with lighting, audio and video specialists Subfrantic, has created a COVID-secure avenue for artists to generate online content during the crisis. Meanwhile, LiveFrom Events will bring the music to the masses via its HD streaming platform.
Tyrone Brunton, the gig’s project manager, comments: “The idea for Warehouse Manifesto came about after numerous conversations with Bullet from Production Park, as we were trying to get the core crew we have worked with over the years back together, with another project in sight. Since the touring industry as we know it has come to a standstill, it’s left hard-working freelancers and touring suppliers out of work. Our initial aim was to create something positive for us to look forward to, and now thanks to the superb response, support and generosity from The Mill, Subfrantic, LiveFrom Events, our tech crew and DJs, we’d like to extend our efforts further.”
Music Support is a registered charity founded and run by people from the UK music industry for individuals working within the UK music industry, who are affected by mental health issues and/or addiction. Due to the extreme financial impact on the music industry caused by the crisis, many peers
South Africa - Play It Forward a new live show by South African rockers Oooth, was part of a dynamic live stream designed as a fundraiser for tattoo artists across the country and freelance technicians via #FeedOurCrew who have been left without any income during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The broadcast - on YouTube and Facebook Live - also included interviews, features and panel discussions, and was staged at SA rental company MGG’s Studio B facility, one of two such facilities at their HQ in Johannesburg, complete with a full Robe lighting rig.
Reaching around 6,000 fans, whilst Play it Forward was airing, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the following day tattoo artists and studios would be able to re-start their businesses. On hearing this news, they in turn made a collective decision to donate the proceeds to #FeedOurCrew, an NGO which is providing basic needs and essential relief for event industry freelancers whilst large gatherings and shows are still banned.
MGG’s Johannesburg Studio B is the largest of the two at around 16 x 16 metres – allowing for a good amount of social distancing - and has been set up in their structures warehouse since the lockdown, as the company has reorganised and re-purposed itself to deal with radical changes in its current business. With a decent amount of headroom, it has been producing streamed rock shows since SA instituted level 3 lockdown on 1 June.
MGG’s resident lighting technicians Sipho Kekana and Hein Ströh worked together to design the lighting for both
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will be holding webinars in conjunction with media server manufacturer Green Hippo this month.
Introduction to Hippotizer will take place on Thursday, 9 July at 3pm-4pm BST. It will provide an overview of the Hippotizer V4+ software and Hippotizer PLAY, the free-to-download demo version.
On 16 July from 3pm to 4pm BST, Get started with SHAPE 3D Mapping will go through the basics of how to set up your Hippotizer and 3D environment using SHAPE.
Visit the AC-ET website to find out more and register your place.
UK/USA -Media serving and pixel management specialist, 7thSense Design, has appointed Eric Nolfo as project manager as the company expands its North America operations to the West Coast.
Eric’s twenty-year career in the entertainment industry has seen him work in a wide range of project management and technical direction positions, including most recently with The Producers Group as technical coordinator for Bollywood Parks Dabangg Stunt Show and Motiongate Theatre’s Step Up Dubai
Matt Barton, CEO, 7thSense Design comments: “We are excited to be expanding our global operations with a new presence on the West Coast of the United States, and we’re very pleased that Eric has joined us in our first step of that expansion. Eric brings with him a wealth of project management experience that will be invaluable to the many exciting projects we have in the pipeline.”
Germany - The end of June saw Brompton Technology take part in one of Europe’s first face-to-face industry events since lockdown, the AV Innovation Days (AVID), organised and hosted by LANG AG at its LANG Academy in Lindlar.
Designed as an accompanying event for InfoComm Connected, LANG hosted the three-day fair with both new and familiar AV technologies on display, whilst adhering to strict hygiene and safety rules. Leading LED panel manufacturers showcased their innovative solutions, with Brompton partnering with INFiLED to demonstrate how its panels have benefitted from Brompton’s HDR solution.
“The event offered a perfect platform to discuss some of the key developments in the AV industry, such as the increased use of curved, or faceted, applications which are based on a variety of corresponding products. Also, the emerging trend of virtual LED studios instead of green screen studios is an interesting niche marked right now, as protagonists can interact with their environment. That makes recording much more efficient and saves post-production costs,” shares Benjamin Valbert, director LED & displays at LANG AG.
Valbert notes that choosing the right LED processor is an important requirement in supporting these trends. Whilst most LED processors provide the basic functions necessary for video display, they can have limited to no adjustment capabilities compared to more full-featured processors, which have numerous options for colour adjustments and image scaling, and are designed with LED-on-camera applications in mind.
The Netherlands - Visitors to the Zuiderzeemuseum can take an immersive journey into this region’s nautical past at this extensive indoor and outdoor facility that makes this vanished world come to life.
Among the evocative attractions of the museum complex is the Sea of Stories, an audio/visual exhibition in its Ship’s Hall that vibrantly captures the essence of the Zuiderzee region long ago. Helping to wash away the years and draw visitors into life on the great bay is a captivating Frank Hulsebosch lighting design that features COLORado and COLORdash fixtures from Chauvet Professional supplied by Lichtpunt Theatertechniek.
Hulsebosch and his company, 50LUX, were introduced to Sea of Stories by Perspekt Studios, which was responsible for the design and construction of the exhibit. He explained why the decision was made to go beyond standard museum lighting and hang 50 COLORado 2 Solo IP65 fixtures as well as 15 COLORdash Par HP12 IP units from truss structures that line both sides of the 40-meter-long hall.
“All the fixtures are used for the same purpose: lighting a collection of antique ships,” comments Hulsebosch. “The exhibition Sea of Stories starts in the Ships’ Hall, which has 14 antique boats, the largest museum collection of boats in The Netherlands. We wanted to make an audio-visual presentation through which you can imagine yourself on the Zuiderzee a century ago, when it was a turbulent open sea full of fish, salt water and raging waves. In order to make dynamic presentation we needed other fixtures then
USA - Gateway Church is ranked among the nation’s largest multi-site congregations with an average of more than 30,000 worshippers weekly attending 29 weekly services at nine campuses - eight in the Dallas-Fort Worth area plus an extension campus in Wyoming.
To keep pace with the latest audio technology, and to further enhance worship at Gateway’s flagship Southlake campus, the 4,000-seat auditorium at that facility was recently upgraded with 51 new Meyer Sound Leo Family loudspeakers configured as a novel mono-stereo “hybrid” system.
Like many other contemporary churches, the Gateway Southlake auditorium is designed with wide, fan-shaped seating that wraps around the stage. Although this promotes a greater sense of intimacy, it challenges audio system design in general and, in particular, makes it difficult to maintain a stereo image while ensuring high intelligibility throughout the space. Accordingly, the prior system based on Meyer Sound Milo line arrays was designed as an LCR mono configuration.
“This time we wanted to see if we could leverage the latest technology to open up our sound with a stereo feel for most of the congregation while still maintaining excellent intelligibility and without the effect being distracting to anyone,” says Brandon Conn, Gateway senior audio engineer for live production. “We had already upgraded some of our satellite campuses to Leopard line arrays, so we were confident that the clarity and control of the Leo Family would help us achieve this goal.”
The new system was designed and engineered
Belgium - Audac's new AMP203 Dante mini stereo amplifier will come equipped with a new innovation called TouchLink, a system that can be used for creating virtual zones by linking multiple compatible devices.
In Audac Touch 2, users can select multiple devices or amplifier channels that should react to the user as one zone. A typical application example is a large open area where multiple compatible amplifiers are used. When these are virtually linked, all devices or amplifier channels with the same TouchLink-assigned zone will be following each other’s settings (including volume, input, muting, and so on). This means that devices installed throughout the same area will be simultaneously operated by one single control such as a volume fader from the Audac Touch 2 app.
Additionally, a wall panel physically connected to one of the linked devices will automatically control all the linked devices. A number shall be assigned as a TouchLink zone (e.g. 1, 2, 3) and all devices with the identical TouchLink ID will virtually work as one zone.
USA - With the travel, gathering and distancing restrictions that come with the COVID-19 pandemic, Elation Professional’s sales team and product specialists are demoing some of Elation’s newest lighting products from the comfort and safety of their own homes in a video series called Virtual at Home Demo.
Published each week on Elation’s YouTube channel, each video provides an overview of the key features and benefits of some of Elation’s newest lighting products, a demonstration that gives lighting pros an opportunity to assess if a luminaire is right for their needs.
Products showcased in the series include the Fuze Spot, Fuze Pendant, Fuze Profile, Fuze SFX, Smarty Max, Artiste Van Gogh, Artiste Monet, Dartz 360, CW Profile HP and WW Profile HP ellipsoidals, along with the Magma Prime hazer from Magmatic atmospheric effects.
USA - Performance Manager Applications for Concerts & Festivals and Audio Engineering: Setting up a Vocal Template for Recording Sessions Among New Harman Live Workshops scheduled through Mid-July.
Other Topics include Basic Introduction to Martin P3, Fixintogetmixin: How to Build Your Best Mix! (Parts 1 & 2) and Rightsizing Esports: Technical Solutions from Schools to Stadia.
Available workshops, scheduled through the middle of July, feature lighting or audio experts who have extensive industry knowledge and experience working with various artists including Bob Seger, DJ Khaled, Enrique Iglesias, Janet Jackson, Linkin Park, Mötley Crüe, Pitbull and many others.
Over 75 Live Workshops have been conducted since the programme’s introduction and are now available at Harman Professional’s new online training platform.
UK - Technical solution provider White Light (WL) and leading AV production supplier SFL have announced their intention to launch a strategic partnership.
Under the new partnership, both companies will continue to trade separately and keep their existing bases but will now share equipment and personnel when delivering a full production service. They will work on corporate events, conferences, festivals, ceremonies, concerts and any other form of live entertainment, as well as supporting events which take place within WL’s approved and managed venues as well as other opportunities as they arise.
WL MD Bryan Raven comments: “At WL, the question we always ask ourselves is how can we provide the very best service possible for our customers? Therefore, when the opportunity arose to form a strategic partnership with SFL, we knew this was something we couldn’t turn down.
“Whereas WL has its heritage in lighting, SFL is one of the leaders in supplying audio and video solutions. They also have an exceptional scenery company which our own in-house Production team has used on many occasions. As such, we will now be able to combine our expert teams, unparalleled inventories and years of experience to offer our existing customers, as well as new clients, the very best in full service technical production. It’s an incredibly exciting step for both of us and one which we cannot wait to embark on”.
SFL MD Tom Jeffery adds: “We are delighted to be able to support WL in delivering full-service production. We know WL and the brilliant team there
UK - Artists including Sir Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Cure, Radiohead, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Annie Lennox, PJ Harvey, The 1975 and Blur are among the names demanding immediate action to save live music in the UK by signing an open letter to the UK government's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden. The move is a bid to “show the vital importance of the UK’s live music industry, ensure the Government cannot ignore live music and make noise to get the public and financial support the industry needs to survive”.
The full letter reads as follows:
“Dear Secretary of State,
“UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. From world-famous festivals to ground-breaking concerts, the live music industry showcases, supports, and develops some of the best talent in the world – on and off-stage.
“As important as it is, our national and regional contribution isn’t purely cultural. Our economic impact is also significant, with live music adding £4.5billion to the British economy and supporting 210,000 jobs across the country in 2019.
“Like every part of the entertainment industry, live music has been proud to play our part in the national effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and keep people safe. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.
Sri Lanka - Universal Sound Productions equipped the BNS Drive-in Concerts with a Harman Professional audio solution that includes an array of JBL Professional VerTec Series loudspeakers.
Treating fans to their first live music experiences since the COVID-19 outbreak, the BNS Drive-in Concerts were the first drive-in concerts in Sri Lanka and also the first in South Asia since the lockdown.
The large-scale events, which were put together by the Sri Lankan entertainment television station, TV Derana, in addition to Bathiya and Santhush, were recently held at the Colombo International Airport. Affiliated with the Restart Sri Lanka initiative, the concerts were designed to motivate the community and serve as symbols that the Sri Lankan entertainment industry is recovering from the effects of COVID-19. The concerts enforced strict health and security guidelines, while the proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the Itukama Healthcare and Social Security Fund.
“Since these were held at an airport, the venue had many challenges to overcome,” comments Malinda Lowe of Universal Sound Productions. “The stage was directly facing massive aircraft hangers and many of them were made of metal structures, so we had to work with JBL Line Array Calculator (LAC) to get rid of all the slap back with accurate measurement. We were also not in a position to deploy towers, as they would obstruct the view, so we managed to deliver the required vertical coverage despite the heavy surrounding wind. One thing I love about the JBL loudspeakers is their HF/MF w
USA - Needing to adapt to the challenges of how to produce a live event in conjunction with social distancing, the design team at Elite Multimedia Productions launched a virtual event production studio directly from their headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Our owner Jeremy Byrd had kicked around the idea a while ago, so as we started to build-out our demo room with LED video, we decided to add in some of our lighting inventory as well,” explains Kenny Mason, production manager Elite Multimedia Productions. “Once the shutdowns happened, we saw that live streaming was going to be a vital component to keeping the production industry going and we needed to find a way to take advantage of that. Since we already had this new demo room with production gear ready, it was a natural progression to transform the space into a virtual production studio.”
As the team at Elite Multimedia got busy creating the new studio, their production expertise and extensive inventory would prove to be valuable assets. Understanding exactly how the infrastructure of a high-quality production studio should be built, they were able to create an engaging and robust design environment.
“When we came back to the office after the stay-home restrictions were lifted, we really hit the ground running,” continues Mason. “In the room, we now have an upstage 2.8mm LED video wall along with some decking that’s wrapped in EPIX LED lighting strips. On the back-end, we have our 3ME switcher that’s running multiple PTZ cameras due to social distancing guidelines.
Austria - The Vienna Volksoper (Volksoper Wien), Vienna’s grand house for operetta, opera, musicals and ballet is home to not only opera and theatre facilities, but also to a recording studio and modern control room. And those facilities now also boast a new Lawo mc²56 console, commissioned by Lawo technicians using remote-control technology.
Volksoper Wien’s facilities are used to record performances for both television broadcasts and concert recordings, especially of premieres, and also to create audio clips used during performances. In fact, all of the opera’s publicly available audio content is produced within their own walls.
As the only multi-purpose venue in Vienna which produces a full complement of opera, operetta, musical and ballet, flexibility is key; more than 150 singers, 95 orchestra musicians and 100 dancers are part of Volksoper Wien’s ensemble, which places high demands on the audio technology used in both the performance space and the recording suite.
To meet these demands and also prepare for the future, the Volksoper was equipped with a new, IP-based mc²56 mixing console from Lawo, commissioned in January 2020 to replace the first-generation mc²56 installed in 2012.
As with everything, the Volksoper was affected by coronavirus this season, with safety measure leading to a standstill of stage operations, with restricted access to the building and audio control room, presenting challenges in installation and configuration of the new console.
Martin Lukesch, Volksoper project manager and head of sound and me
USA - E2i Design’s Josh Holowicki had no hesitation in specifying GLP’s X4 Bar 20 as an essential component in a major technological upgrade at Church of the Highlands’ Grants Mill broadcast campus in Alabama.
E2i has been a partner with the Church since 2012, providing solutions for their broadcast and extension campuses with lighting and LED video technology. But this latest project was a year in the making due to their determination to select the very best fixtures and build flexibility within the already constructed worship facility. In their determination to create a ‘tour grade’ technical infrastructure, the visual upgrade to the stage space is an exciting and ongoing process.
“Ultimately the technical and visual directors of the Ministry wanted the ability to re-configure their stage design any way they wanted without limitations,” Josh Holowicki explains. “This would allow for virtually unlimited possibilities and the style of the system we designed, which essentially is a portable rig in a permanent space, allows for just that.”
Church of the Highlands is described as “a high impact worship environment that embraces the active use of technology to help create and support an exciting experience” and therefore utilising the latest lighting and visual technologies was essential.
Within this context, the X4 Bar 20s are more than just ‘eye candy’. “They provide incredible visual punch for the stage,” Holowicki says. “At this point we have 18 units on stage with the hope of adding additional units in the fut
USA - When the coronavirus pandemic first hit earlier this year, ADJ began to broadcast regular Facebook Live videos to stay connected with customers through educational content and in-depth product overviews. These proved popular, so the ADJ team has planned a series of further Stay Connected videos to run over the summer.
Hosted from ADJ’s Los Angeles HQ by members of the company’s in-house team of technical experts, each of the new video broadcasts will focus on a different lighting technology or application. The presenters will showcase the latest ADJ products, explain their features and discuss ways in which they can be creatively deployed. Broadcast via Facebook Live, the videos will also feature interactive elements allowing viewers to ask questions directly to the product specialists on camera.
“Every day, I am hearing more positive stories from lighting professionals who are being able to get back out there and work in the business that we all love,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “However, there is still a long way to go until things are fully back to normal, so here at ADJ we want to continue to stay connected with our customers and users by continuing our series of Facebook Live videos throughout the summer. Each session will focus in on a different area of our product range, giving viewers in-depth insights and lots of valuable practical tips and ideas.”
On Tuesday 14 July (12pm), ADJ’s video specialist, Corey Saenz, will showcase the new ADJ Pixie Strip Series of pixel battens, which
USA - The Gray Room at Special Event Services’ headquarter facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is usually abuzz with activity as the live production and touring company preps gear for upcoming tours and festivals. With the COVID shutdown in March however, the warehouse area turned eerily quiet. Nevertheless, the downtime provided Special Event Services vice president and co-founder Jeff Cranfill the chance to realise a long held ambition for the space.
“I had been looking at this spot in our warehouse for literally 30 years,” Cranfill shares, “an area with wood columns and brick wall, thinking how beautiful it is. Over the years, I always thought that if you light it up the right way, it would look really cool, an ideal space for an intimate performance. When our social media and marketing director Rebekah Carney came to me with the idea for music sessions in order to help furloughed SES crew and local musicians who don’t have work, I had it all in my head and knew exactly what to do.”
Cranfill and his SES crew used their inventory of gear, including Elation lighting fixtures, to turn the space into a performance area worthy of any intimate live venue. “Winston-Salem is a city of the arts with a lot of talented musicians and artists, and I worried about them,” says Cranfill, who is a local musician himself and grew up in the local music scene.
“I watched many of our local musicians, many my friends, prop their phone up on their kitchen table and struggle to produce a quality video for Facebook. I thought, we have the audio,
UK - ChamSys has expanded its MagicQ series of consoles with the introduction of the MagicQ MQ50. Compact and lightweight, but powerful, the new console brings the same level of flexibility to the installation market that the MagicQ MQ70 has brought to touring, says the company.
As part of the MagicQ series, the console works with advanced features such as MagicVis and MagicHD connectivity. The console’s show files are compatible with all products in the MagicQ range.
The MagicQ MQ50 offers six universes of control and supports four assignable physical DMX outputs, MIDI and audio in and out, to open new creative possibilities for programmers and designers working at mid-sized theatres, clubs, schools, houses of worship or any similar installation.
Easy to operate, the new console features an intuitive high-quality multi-touch HD display and 10 full Cue Stack playbacks over 200 pages, as well as a network port for ArtNet and sACN output. RDM autopatch enables automatic configuration of the console to the connected fixtures. Wi-Fi is inbuilt to the console with QR code scanning for quick and easy connection to the ChamSys MagicQ Remote App without the need for external networking hardware or any networking knowledge.
Small to mid-sized venues that are seeking to engage visitors with compelling visual settings will find the new MagicQ MQ50 to be ‘an invaluable tool’. With inbuilt pixel mapping and colour mixing on all fixture colour emitters including white, amber, UV and lime, it makes creating complex looks simpler than ever.
Italy - Outline has announced further additions to its V-Series range of portable loudspeakers. Designed specifically for users who transport and operate their own sound systems, the V-Series now comprises five separate pre-configured rigs, all of which major on speed and simplicity of setup, ease of transport and superb audio quality.
From the super-compact V6.5 kit (weighing under 40kg for the complete system, which will fit comfortably in the back of a small car but which has a maximum power output of 3,000w) through to the mighty V15 kit which pumps out 12,000 watts while still an easy one-man lift, there is V-Series kit to suit virtually any portable application, says the manufacturer.
Outline’s V-Series systems are 100% made in Italy from top-grade components. All the loudspeaker enclosures feature high quality birch ply construction finished in a super-tough polyurea coating - the same materials and finishes as Outline’s flagship touring systems.
The V-Series also shares its ‘sonic fingerprint’ with the rest of the Outline range, so if you need to augment your own system with additional gear for larger events, it’s easy to add extra units. “Best of all, and despite their incredible power, audio quality and versatility, Outline’s V-Series are genuine ‘plug and play’ solutions - the absolute minimum of connections and adjustments to make before you get on with your performance,” says Outline.
Europe - Shure is collaborating with Logitech to deliver ‘exceptional user experiences through superior video collaboration solutions for meeting rooms of all sizes’.
The Logitech Collaboration Programme is a customer-focused programme allowing customers to benefit from enhanced relationships with partners. Customers who purchase Shure’s Microflex Advance Ceiling Array, Table Top Microphone, IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor and Microflex Wireless microphone products, along with select Logitech Video Collaboration products, now receive a solution that is optimised for groups to collaborate anytime.
“Shure and Logitech working together in the video conferencing space creates exceptional new opportunities for our joint end customers and business partners,” said Chris Merrick, director of global systems marketing at Shure. “This brings together the quality of Shure’s audio ecosystem with the strength of Logitech’s video to provide options for the best virtual conferencing experience.”
Customers will be able to choose from solutions that are scalable from medium to training rooms provided by Shure’s and Logitech's global networks of channel partners. These solutions include the Logitech Rally Camera, and Logitech Tap base solution for Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms paired with Shure’s Microflex Advance Ceiling Array, Table Top Microphone, IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor and Microflex Wireless microphone products.
Both Shure and Logitech products in the solutions are certified by Zoom and Microsoft
Italy - Artistic Licence has announced a distribution agreement with Molpass S.r.l. in Italy. With an emphasis on the theatrical market, Artistic's lighting control infrastructure products will augment other premium brands in the Molpass portfolio.
Founded in 1995, Molpass is a technical solutions in the entertainment sector, with a particular focus on the audience experience. Recognising the demand for a high-quality dimming product for replacement LED bulbs, Molpass approached Artistic Licence for a trial of their award-winning sunDial trailing edge mains dimmer.
Following a positive response from a number of prestigious Italian theatres, a broader distribution agreement was the next logical step.
Giorgio Molinari, CEO of Molpass, comments: Professional venues simply cannot accept the poor low-end response typical of many dimmers that are claimed to be LED compatible. But the sunDial product gives a very nice fade, and we particularly like the fact that custom curves can be generated and uploaded for our clients' preferred lamps.”
Artistic Licence CEO Wayne Howell adds: “sunDial is a perfect example of a product that we developed to solve a technology problem, caused by the move away from CFL and incandescent lighting. As a company, we have a deep understanding of the lighting control needs of venues, having served this market for many decades.
“So if a theatre or studio finds it needs to handle data in a different way - be that conversion to a different protocol, merging, splitting or failover to name just a few scenarios - t
UK - Follow-Me, the creator of the eponymous Dutch software solution for remote followspot control and performer tracking, has partnered with Collaborative Creations (CC) in the UK. CC director Tom Wilkes will be the UK point of contact for lighting designers or production companies interested in demo’ing the technology.
“We’re very excited to be partnering with Follow-Me as the company looks to grow its presence in the UK entertainment technology market,” Wilkes comments. “Their products have some unique capabilities in a competitive industry and we encourage anyone interested in learning more to get in touch for more information and a demo. I particularly like the ease of use and ability to track up to six performers from only one system, along with its ability to control unlimited fixtures from any manufacturer.”
Follow-Me co-founder Erik Berends adds: “We’re happy to announce our partnership with Collaborative Creations in the UK. Their network and knowledge of the industry will be a springboard for our continued growth in the British events market.”
Follow-Me’s products have been used on numerous high-profile tours including Muse, Katy Perry, Childish Gambino and most recently on the UK tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
Denmark - Production specialists DPA Soundco took Coda Audio to new heights for 24-hour live stream concert Covidhagen, which took place on the flat roof of Copenhagen’s famed Opera House.
Experienced audio engineer Ally Kerslake was the project manager for this ambitious event. Dealing with more than 50 acts, some with multiple personnel, would be a tall order on any stage - to present them seamlessly for twenty four hours on a roof accessed via a small elevator and an even smaller stairway was something of a challenge.
Kerslake comments: “This was only the second time an event had been staged on the Opera House roof. The first was a Red Bull diving event in 2018 where we supplied an audio solution, so having been chosen again, we knew the kinds of challenges we’d face. Safety was a key concern, both in terms of COVID-19 and the access issues.”
The fact that the audience for the event would be at home rather than on the Opera House roof, meant that there was no requirement for a traditional main PA. Instead, the need for an extremely solid monitor solution was Kerslake’s top priority.
“The stage was situated on the centre roof section of the Opera House,” continues Kerslake. “It was effectively a blank canvass in terms of planning, because there had never been a concert style production up there. We knew there wouldn’t be a stage roof because of building regulations and no chance of a usual monitor mixing position.”
The consoles for monitoring and broadcasting were located three floors below inside the main bu