UK - Creamfields North returned to its Daresbury, Cheshire, home over the August bank holiday weekend treating eager revellers to three days of live performances from Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, and Carl Cox.
As is tradition, Britannia Row Productions was brought in by large scale event producer, LarMac LIVE, to provide three of the festival’s most prominent stages (the North Stage, the South Stage, and the Steel Yard) with an audio setup worthy of its stellar line up.
“The equipment we provided was largely the same across all three of our stages this year,” said Brit Row crew chief, Alex Hore, who helped to ensure fans had the ultimate live sound experience. “On the Steel Yard stage, we hung the main PA far enough apart to allow for the screen layout for Eric Prydz, but that only needed an adjustment of the infill speaker configuration to compensate for coverage around the front of the stage.”
The North Stage, which serves as one of the festival’s main stages, had a main left and right hang of L-Acoustics K1, with KS28 ground subs and K2 on ground-fill and delay duties. Like Steel Yard, the North Stage’s side hangs had to be flown wide to stay clear of its large video screens to retain the best sightlines for fans.
The South Stage was again rigged with an L-Acoustics outdoor setup, albeit on a smaller scale, with some ground-stacked K2 in place of side hangs.
“Of course, with this amount of kit on the outdoor stages, we had to be conscious of noise levels, but we’ve worked closely with Warren
Europe - It was a quick sell-out for Ligabue's seven Italian dates at the spectacular Arena di Verona, followed by four more European concerts in Barcelona, Brussels, Paris and London.
Ligabue returned to the stage after the great success of his 30 Years in a Day show on 4 June 2022 at the famous Arena in Campovolo, a symbolic venue for the singer who, in 2005, managed to break the European record there for the greatest number of paying spectators for a live show by a single artist.
"Guys, I don't know about there...but from here it was beautiful," wrote the singer under a photograph of the live show in Verona.
The lighting design for the event was handled by LD Jo Campana, who chose to use 61 Ayrton Domino Profiles. "I have used Ayrton products many times in the past - most recently 120 Magic Panel FX in Ligabue's last stadium tour in 2019,” says Campana. “Once again, I chose the Ayrton brand for a simple reason: I have always considered it a synonym for quality and reliability. When I get the chance, it’s natural for me to consider them on my shopping list.”
Thirty-one Domino Profiles were used as traditional spots, mounted on three trusses at different depths on the roof to guarantee the effects package. "These stood out in terms of presence and brightness," says Campana. Another 30 Domino Profiles were positioned way up on the topmost level of the Arena steps behind the stage area to create a frame and a natural backdrop to the black-box of the performance area.
"Given the uniqueness and historical importance of the Arena di
Denmark - The country’s leading sound companies gathered at the Technical University of Denmark’s DTU Skylab last week in celebration of this year’s Danish Sound Award recipient - DPA Microphones, the first-ever company to earn this recognition. Presented to professionals that drive innovation in the industry, the Danish Sound Award sheds light on the globally outstanding audio technology that is developed in the country.
The prize is awarded to those who have rethought the use and understanding of sound or have further developed and strengthened Denmark’s position as a leading nation in the field of sound. Special attention is given to nominees that have contributed to the community with completely new paths in the use of sound or have done something remarkable to showcase Danish sound expertise on an international level.
“DPA has made an extraordinary effort to get Danish sound products known abroad and has, at the same time, had impressive financial results year after year,” said Town of Struer Mayor, Mads Jakobsen, while presenting the award. “Building on a strong heritage, DPA has achieved a prominent market position because of high technical competencies. [It is] a well-respected brand used by well-known artists and organizations around the world. DPA is a solid and worthy representative for the Danish sound industry.”
DPA CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen and vice president of marketing Anne Berggrein attended the recent event to accept the award on behalf of everyone in the company. “Denmark is a global epicentre of acoustical knowl
Europe - In March 2022, Claypaky launched its CP Green – Spotlight on Sustainabilityinitiative for environmental sustainability. The project was undertaken in cooperation with Spinlife, spin-off of the University of Padova. The Spinlife team provides public and private organisations of all sizes with tailored consulting plans regarding strategic environmental management and sustainability management techniques.
Believing that what is not measured cannot be improved, Claypaky took the first step of understanding, quantifying and analysing its current carbon footprint using the ISO 14064-1:2018 norm and achieving certification via a third-party auditing process. Developed by the International Standards Organisation, a non-governmental organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, ISO 14064 offers policy makers and organisations a ready foundation of best practices upon which to build a GHG (Greenhouse Gases) reduction programme to address the global environmental challenge of climate change.
Claypaky successfully completed this first part of its initiative and is proud to have become the first company in the entertainment lighting industry to receive certification in the carbon inventory management system.
Simultaneous with achieving this milestone, Claypaky has defined and implemented several projects to reduce the environmental impact of its business activities. They include plastic-free packaging, implementation of the Kanban control system into the manufacturing process to increase efficiencies and reduce waste, investment into green energy and of
UK - Tickets are now on sale for Lightroom - a new, artists-led immersive venue set to open in London’s Kings Cross in January 2023. The space, packed with the latest in AV technology, includes a Holoplot OLOPLOT X1 Matrix Array sound system, the first fixed installation in the UK.
At first glance an inconspicuous cuboid venue, Lightroom presents a blank canvas set to host a varied programme of original creative content. The opening show David Hockney: Bigger and Closer not smaller and further away will be the first run in a series of original exhibitions, created in collaboration with leading artists and innovators.
The Hockney experience aspires to be visually astonishing and alive with sound, including a specially composed score written by Nico Muhly with sound design by Olivier and Tony award-winning sound designer Gareth Fry - guaranteed to generate new perspectives for the audience.
Lightroom is a joint venture between 59 Productions, an award-winning design studio and production company and London Theatre Company, the creative engine behind the Bridge Theatre. Speaking on the venue’s choice of sound system, Richard Slaney, CEO of Lightroom, states “Holoplot represents an opportunity for us to create compelling sound worlds for our audiences, and exemplifies Lightroom’s ambition to use cutting edge technology to create spectacular artist-led shows.”
“X1 has been deployed on some exceptional projects, all harnessing the power of our technology to create extraordinary experiences. Lightroom fits this calibre of enterpris
USA - Rock the House Entertainment Group is a growing, Cleveland-based entertainment and production company with national reach. They cover several core segments from Fortune 100 company annual meetings, over the top social events such a Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and high-end celebrity gatherings, as well as national headlining acts and major music festivals. Founded in 1999, the company has expanded into several vertical markets over the course of its history and has consistently relied on Elation lighting the last 15 years to successfully realise all manner of projects.
As a company that may design production elements for thousands of youths during school homecoming one day and head to Bonnaroo the next to work with top tier national artists, versatile products that can fulfil roles on an assortment of different projects are preferred.
“We like lights that scale well and look to acquire products that we can use in a variety of verticals,” stated Ryan Konikoff, partner & COO at Rock the House. As an Ohio-based company, he says a lot of what they do is seasonal. “In the fall and spring, we’re in corporate/non-profit season, and in summer we’re in festival and community event season. We want gear to easily translate from one to the other and we’ve found that Elation products do that. We’ve also found that the cross-rentability of Elation exceeds other brands and we’re excited to have the gear out in the field for long term rentals.”
Rock the House has recently added a number of Elation products to their rental inventory along w
UK - Creative and technical solutions company, Visual Elements, has added the Prolights StudioCob Plus range, supplied by A.C Entertainment Technologies, (AC-ET) to their inventory.
This Kent based business offers a full range of services from the dry hire of equipment to productions of any scale. The scope of their projects meant that they required a more energy efficient solution than the traditional PAR cans.
Following discussions with the ACET team, the client decided upon the Prolights StudioCob Plus range, based on versatility and competitive price point.
Opting for this range, Visual Elements received powerful units that have a high CRI and the capability to produce beautifully smooth pastels, vivid saturated colours and a full range of flattering white tones.
Yvette Pinnington from the Visual Elements team comments, “The Prolights StudioCob plus is so flexible being IP65 Rated, with a true white chip and not one, not two but three lens options. It fuses the old and new PAR perfectly. The service from AC-ET is always efficient and professional, it is a pleasure to deal with them, we have always experienced great personal customer service.’’
Managing director Mike Townsend adds, “Such a versatile unit, one moment they are on the floor lighting some trees and the next framing artwork in a hotel window or illuminating an exhibition stand. Easy to use either standalone or part of a complete system.”
The Netherlands - Busy and vibrant live music venue, Doornroosje, in Nijmegen has invested in more Robe moving lights for its two main performance halls, which are action-packed with a full programme – currently staging around double the number of pre-covid shows such is the demand.
Doornroosje is run by the local Nijmegen town council and managed by a full-time staff of bookers, admin and technical staff including Robbie Van Reen, who has been head of lighting since 2009.
Twenty Robe T1 Profiles, 12 x T2 Profiles 12 x Spiider LED wash beams and eight LEDBeam 350s have recently been added to their house lighting rigs. These were all delivered by Robe’s Benelux distributor, Controllux.
The venue’s history with Robe goes back many years. In 2014 when Doornroosje moved to its current site in the city centre the current investments started, initially in MMX Spots which were still going strong last year when replaced with the latest purchases.
They also have DLX Spots and DLF Washes – Robe’s first-generation LED moving lights – which have clocked up over 20,000 hours and were recently moved to the bar area in a reshuffle of existing lights that happened alongside the installation of the new ones.
The largest room in the building is the main 1100 capacity Red stage; the Purple stage can accommodate 400 music fans, and the bar area around 200. The musical mix is diverse, from rock, pop and folk to reggae, world, and funk, to metal, hip hop, R ‘n’ B plus a profusion of dance genres, so the lighting rig has always been specified f
Planning Objections - More than 1,700 people have objected to the expansion of Sky Studios in Elstree. A planning application has been submitted to add 10 sound stages to the yet-to-be-opened site in Hertfordshire. Campaign group Save Hertsmere said the extension would mean "urban sprawl right up to the pretty hamlet of Well End, with all the noise, light and traffic pollution that brings".
Sky Studios Elstree was "committed to working in partnership with the local community, including Save Hertsmere, who are members of our Community Board". The current facility in Elstree has 13 sound stages on a 32-acre site and is due to open at the end of the year. It will be used by Sky, other Comcast-owned firms including NBC Universal, and be open to third parties. The film adaptation of the musical Wicked! is due to be the first feature film made at the studios.
MTV Awards - Taylor Swift won four trophies at the MTV Europe Music Awards. The singer, whose latest album Midnights has topped the charts all around the world, was named best artist and best pop act. She also won best video and best longform video, both for All Too Well, starring Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink. Harry Styles, Blackpink and Nicki Minaj also took home trophies. Swift is now tied with Lady Gaga as the singer with most MTV Europe awards. Both acts have 12 each.
Camp Bestival - Grace Jones, Craig David and The Kooks will be among the headliners for Camp Bestival's 15th birthday event in Dorset, organisers have announced. The family festival re
USA - When Martin Audio first released its CDD series, with all the benefits of coaxial differential dispersion technology, Kentucky-based JCA Media immediately jumped onboard. According to their project manager, Alex Peake, that’s when they became a convert to the British manufacturer’s signature sound.
With Houses of Worship as one of their core installation segments, he says: “We have since used CDD of all sizes, including the weatherised versions. With their asymmetric pattern, they sound awesome - smooth and warm.” JCA Media then discovered Martin Audio’s Blackline X8, and with it a wedge monitor complement.
Then finally, along came Torus, Martin Audio’s latest advanced constant curvature solution - and the series arrival caused the company to re-specify a HoW system that they had been asked to design for First United Methodist Church - situated an hour away from their base in the south-central Kentucky city of Somerset.
“The church first reached out in November 2019 after seeing our work on Facebook - but then COVID intervened,” reports Peake. “In fact, I was quoting this installation six or eight months before Torus came out and had a different brand specified.
“But with a throw distance of around 70ft the client was reluctant to have another delay system - they wanted the new system tucked in and tidy and didn’t want anything visible on the floor.” In demoing other single point source systems Alex Peake found he was losing volume at the back of the room. “But Torus changed all that.”
The project manage
Hungary - The MVM Dome in Budapest is one of the largest multifunction venues in Europe and Europe's largest handball arena. With a seating capacity of over 20,000, it was designed by Hungarian architect György Skardelli, built by Market PLC and handed over at the end of 2021, just in time to host the 2022 European Men's Handball Championships.
As reported on the arena's official website, the facility boasts innovative spaces and versatility in layout arrangement as well as unique architectural features. Hungary's largest and most modern multifunctional event hall is suitable for large-scale concerts, shows, family entertainment, corporate events and exhibitions thanks to its special building management solutions, cutting edge sound, lighting and visual technology.
The brief received by audio contractor Budapest-based ZAJ Systemhouse was to ensure extremely high intelligibility, 106 dB SPL and even coverage throughout the venue, including the seating and playing field areas. The stadium’s rig comprised a total of 48 Outline Stadia enclosures (12 ‘100-10’, 26 ‘100-20’ and 10 ‘100-30’), 16 STSUB 215 subwoofers and a GTA (Grand Touring Amplifier) powerhouse.
Tamás Fazekas, ZAJ CEO and founder, states, “We proposed the [Outline] Stadia rig as one of the world’s highest quality sound systems specifically engineered for stadium sound, therefore the most suitable for this project, and the company’s reputation was sufficient to ensure its acceptance without any real competition.”
Two years passed from when the first design was
Finland - Concert venue, TV and recording studio, Musiikkitalo (Helsinki Music Centre), has upgraded its existing Optocore infrastructure with the addition of an AutoRouter intelligent patchbay. This has provided the venue with greater flexibility by freeing up its DiGiCo SD8 at FOH to take on a more portable role within the large complex.
Although the venue originally opened in 2011 as a 1,700-capacity concert space, it undertook a system upgrade in 2017, when an Optocore network was introduced for the first time. “The original design became overloaded and it was too awkward to add anything - and so we added a couple of [Optocore] DD32FRs for signal distribution to the amps and SD racks, and added Optocore to the DiGiCo FOH mixer,” stated head of studio, Jori Tossavainen.
Once again, the Optocore equipment was supplied by distributor, Intersonic. “We have supplied the bulk of the audio equipment for Helsinki Music Centre from day one so we’re very familiar with them,” stated Intersonic sales manager, Pauli Molnar. “Optocore is a very popular high-end professional networking solution in Finland so we did have some experience with the brand even before taking over the distribution.”
Optocore had again been foremost in the minds of Jori Tossavainen and the venue’s head of sound, Kirsi Peteri, who in addition to the main concert hall oversees five satellite rooms at Musiikkitalo. At the same time, his colleague Teemu Hammaren, head of video and technical director for broadcast, manages a full TV broadcast and recording studio at the ve
USA - Brian Ruggles has been mixing Billy Joel’s live shows ever since the singer-songwriter came on the scene in 1971 with his Cold Spring Harbor LP. Now, more than half a century later, he continues to collaborate with the artist, including mixing Joel’s multi-year, record-breaking, one-show-a-month residency at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden.
The last eight years of that partnership have found Ruggles mixing the Piano Man’s shows on a DiGiCo SD5 console. The SD5 meets Ruggles’ needs for a console that can offer him the kind of warm sound that he grew up with using analogue desks throughout most of Joel’s lengthy career and on tours with artists like Stevie Nicks, Heart, and John Mellencamp. Meanwhile, Josh Weibel, Joel’s monitor engineer, finds that his DiGiCo SD10 console gives him the flexibility he needs to manage the changing lineup of the residency shows and fly dates.
“I’m an old-school guy; I love the way analogue sounds,” says Ruggles. “But there came a point where I knew I had to move to digital.” That was over eight years ago, and Ruggles experimented with a few different kinds of digital desks. But once he encountered the SD5, he knew it was the one.
“The SD5 sounds incredible; it really has the kind of warm sound that I’ve loved my entire career,” he says. “But what really sold me was how user-friendly the SD5 is. The few other digital consoles I tried were not at all easy to navigate. The SD5, on the other hand, allowed me to dive right in and make it work for me.”
Josh Weibel has bee
UK - British luxury fashion multi-retailer Flannels’ new flagship store in Liverpool is attracting customers with an ongoing series of projections onto its impressive façade with the help of a Hippotizer Nevis+ Media Server.
The 120,000sq.ft, seven storey megastore, in the heart of Liverpool, opened in the summer with a curated projection show, highlighting the in-house brands and offering a sense of what visitors can expect inside. The success of the beamed video content led to the projections becoming a permanent installation, with an Epson 20K lumen projector positioned on the roof of a building opposite the Flannels store. Beneath the projector is a weather-proofed rack where the Nevis+ is rigged and constantly running.
Motion Mapping was approached by the Flannels AV team to deliver the project, with Stuart Harris at the helm of the projection solution. He supplied a graphics template for the Flannels team, who then uploaded video, stills and branding content for Harris to process into a seamless video, using the Nevis+. To manipulate the visuals to be projected onto the curved façade of the building, Harris used Hippotizer’s SHAPE 3D Mapping tool, meaning he could arrive on-site and set up the projector with confidence in its alignment and focus.
“We had a short window of time to get this project delivered and set up with all of the content and projection right, including all alignment and blending with the framework of the intricate architecture of the building,” says Harris. “Our projector position is off-centre, opposite the Fla
UK - Billed as London’s first permanent immersive digital arts experience, Frameless opened its doors in Marble Arch in October. Housed in a 30,000sq.ft space that was formerly a cinema, Frameless offers visitors an extraordinary way to engage with art. Multisensory and multidimensional, visitors are plunged right into the heart of works of art, literally enveloped by colour, light and sound.
The experience features over 479m pixels delivered by a million lumens of light and an awe-inspiring score of classical and contemporary music delivered by 158 loudspeakers from EM Acoustics.
Dan Higgott was responsible for the sound design, working in tandem with Autograph who handled the audio system integration and data networking used by both audio and video. Higgott’s brief was to design a physical sound system covering the entire site.
Visitors are guided through four distinct galleries: Beyond Reality, Colour in Motion, The World Around Us, and The Art of Abstraction. “The primary focus was the four immersive projection rooms, and the flexible corporate event space, but we needed audio coverage in every public area of the site, from the entrance doors to the toilets,” recalls Higgott. “An added challenge was that all the technology had to be invisible to the audience. Some of the immersive rooms have black ceilings where we can hide projectors and loudspeakers, but in the two larger rooms, even the ceiling space is part of the experience. So, I knew early on that I would need to conceal loudspeakers within the wall cavities.”
USA – The University of Houston recently took advantage of the University Outreach Programme from Vari-Lite, which enables emerging lighting design students to elevate their production looks and facilitates hands-on professional fixture experience. The latest collaborative project saw Andrew Archer, who is undertaking a BFA in Technical Theatre Production, create an inspired design for the play The Learned Ladies using VL2600 SPOT luminaires.
Archer took delivery of six VL2600 SPOT fixtures as part of the programme, working with Bobby Harrell, Vari-Lite sales and applications specialist at Signify, who spearheads the initiative. Archer says he was impressed by the powerful features and capabilities of these luminaires and harnessed their power to design the lighting for the production of The Learned Ladies, adapted from the Molière original.
“We updated our production so that it was staged as a sitcom set in 1990s New Orleans,” explains Archer. “The lighting design centred around that classic sitcom feel while incorporating the vibrancy and magic of live theatre to evoke the dynamic palettes of that era. My main creative and practical objectives centred around colour and texture.”
The Vari-Lite University Outreach Programme is an ongoing project allowing talented students to use Vari-Lite luminaires in a real-world environment, with training and support from Bobby Harrell. “The programme allows educational design programmes to connect with Vari-Lite technology and staff to explore design solutions that are often only avail
USA - Alice In Chains (AIC) hadn’t performed a live concert in three years when the band took the stage on 10 August at The Star Lake Pavilion in Seattle, but as the fans outside Pittsburgh discovered that night, and as thousands more at 29 other venues would learn over the next three months, it was well worth the wait.
Keeping pace with the band’s 15-song set and capturing their sounds visually, was an intense, multi-faceted lighting design by Scott Holthaus with assistance from Cort Lawrence that included over 40 Chauvet Professional fixtures, which like the rest of the rig, was supplied by Bandit Lites.
Like the music it supported, the Holthaus-Lawrence lightshow started out with a bang. Moments after AIC walked on to a darkened stage, illuminated only with hints of deep blue light, the rig erupted, led by the five raked LED video fingers over its centre. Rising as they went from upstage to downstage, these fingers also served as intense illumination sources, in addition to being used to display a wide variety of images and breakout, patterns. Content was created by Surround and run by VD Leaf Dixon.
At times, these images moved across the video fingers, as if they were keys on a piano. This not only reflected the beat of the music, but also helped create a sense of time and space over the stage.
“The fingers were our main design concept,” said Holthaus. “Our video director and content creator deserve a great deal of credit. We relied on the video fingers to create a forced perspective vanishing point. Also, I really loved how the
France - Parc de la Villette is both a park - the third largest in Paris - and a focal point for art, music, and culture, housing the city’s largest concentration of cultural venues, including the Philharmonie de Paris and Cité de la Musique. It’s also home to the physically and psychologically imposing Grand Halle de la Villette. Designed by architect Victor Baltard, the venue was originally an abattoir and was transformed into a multi-use space in 1985.
The Grand Halle hosts diverse events including exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows and festivals. The annual Jazz à La Villette festival, hosted attracts more than 30,000 enthusiasts every September.
The Grande Halle, which includes the 5,000 capacity Grand Halle, the Salle Charlie Parker and the Nave, was one of the first venues in the world to benefit from V-DOSC, L-Acoustics first full frequency line source array. When the venue’s team decided it was time for an upgrade, they chose to invest in the powerful yet compact K3. Supplied and installed by B Live, a mobile K3 system was chosen to deliver the versatility required by the Grand Halle’s diverse programme of events.
The Grand Halle’s 18,000m2 space is modulable, to accommodate a wide variety of events, from a cocktail party for 8,000 to a formal seated event for 4,000 visitors. K3 is the ideal solution, complementing the venue’s existing inventory of Kara II, X Series and SB28 subs, it also has the potential to be reconfigured according to the needs of the production, or deployed in other venues as needed.
For most of th
India - While many companies have been forced to downsize due to the apparent effects of the pandemic, Mumbai – based PP Sound Light Production has conversely displayed a great deal of growth.
The company’s latest acquisition has now earned PP Sound Light Production the distinction of being the first equipment rental service company in India to take delivery of a new DiGiCo Quantum 338 system. The entire purchase process was facilitated through New Delhi-based DiGiCo authorised distributor, Hi-Tech Audio & Image LLP.
Prasad Parkar, director of PP Sound Lights Production notes: “Almost every musical and large show that comes in for enquiry specifies DiGiCo, and we’ve noticed over the past few years that most performers, artists and event producers alike favour DiGiCo consoles because of the host of capabilities that they’re known to offer. So, we’ve been pondering the decision to invest in a DiGiCo console system for quite a while now.
“We knew that the being the first in India to acquire the Quantum 338 would not only assure us maximum ROI,” continues Prasad Parkar. “It would also allow us the capacity to offer the very best in sound, features, performance, and reliability to our clients and the performing artists that we work with.”
“We are already seeing positive feedback with the arrival of Quantum 338. The possibilities are many with DiGiCo consoles and the dynamic features of Quantum are cutting-edge,” shares Rajan Gupta, founder and manging partner of Hi-Tech Audio & Image LLP. “As a distributor, it is o
USA - Brompton Technology will demonstrate its latest tools at LDI in Las Vegas. Brompton will be exhibiting in booth #1005, showing its Tessera LED processors and the latest version of its accompanying Tessera software.
Tessera Software v3.4, released last month, introduces new features including Extended Bit Depth and Stacking, to help boost both LED panel performance and production efficiencies. Extended Bit Depth unlocks up to 3.3 additional bits of precision, which offers 2 to 3 stops of additional dynamic range on camera, and also reduces visual artifacts. Stacking streamlines production by allowing for multiple processors in a setup to be controlled together in unison, rather than users having to apply adjustments to each processor individually.
Additionally, Brompton’s 10-year anniversary falls during LDI. The company will celebrate at the LDI Circle Bar on Saturday 19 November from 4:30-6:00pm. The Brompton booth will also have key items on display to mark company milestones, including its very first M2 LED processor, serial number 001001, which was shipped on 19 November, 2012, to video equipment rental company, VER (now PRG). This particular M2 processor was first used on the Super Bowl XLVII broadcast in 2013 and is still a working processor in PRG’s rental inventory today.
“With live events back in full swing, we’re very much looking forward to connecting with our customers, users, and the wider industry at LDI this month to demo Brompton’s latest Tessera features – which are used on everything from the global concert tours
USA - Elation invites new and existing customers alike to join their team at LDI Booth #1142 for a chat and a look at our newest, premiere product launches.
Featured products will include the leading IP65 Proteus line, including the new 75,000-lumen Proteus Brutus LED wash effects moving head, the powerful Proteus Excalibur sky beam, the linear Proteus Rayzor Blade LED wash and FX light, and the big brother to the popular Proteus Rayzor 760 LED wash effects luminaire, the Proteus Rayzor 1960.
New fixtures in Elation’s high-performance, high-value Fuze series are also on the docket, including the full-color-spectrum Fuze MAX Spot/Profile LED moving heads, and the full-spectrum Fuze Wash 500 LED Fresnel moving head. Visitors can also get up close with new luminaires in Elation’s broadcast-optimized KL series, including the full-colour KL Profile FC ellipsoidal framing fixture, and KL Panel XL/KL Panel XL IP, a bigger, brighter and bolder version of Elation’s popular KL Panel LED soft light.
New products under Obsidian Control Systems’ Onyx lighting control platform and the latest from Magmatic atmospheric effects will also be on display.
France - Another French horse racing course has installed a Nexo sound system, this time at the famous Hippodrome Deauville-La-Touques located in Deauville in the Calvados department, in the Normandy region.
A system installed by French AV technology specialists Manganelli and designed using Nexo’s NS-1 configuration and prediction software consists of 10 x Nexo P8 point source speakers covering the stands and a similar number the larger P10 cabinets addressing the lawned areas in front of the stand up to the edge of the track. Cabinets and mounting brackets are finished in a custom paint colour to match the underside of the roof, allowing the system to blend in seamlessly with the design of the stand.
“There are a number of reasons why we choose Nexo P+ Series for Deauville,” reports Manganelli directeur général François Gazagnes. “First, we needed an IP54-rated speaker that can withstand the weather in an exposed coastal location. Then, the variable horn directivity gave us the 100° X 100° HF coverage we needed for the bleachers and 110° X 60° for the track. Finally, the speakers fitted perfectly into the design of the stand and were very easy to install, thanks to the quality and versatility of the mounting hardware.
“In the end, we achieved an optimal and uniform coverage of the space thanks to the power, frequency range and directivity of the P+ Series speakers, along with excellent intelligibility.”
Commenting on behalf of the course operators France Galop, operational director of races head of technical design office
UK - Fireworks displays require high-powered audio and Wharfedale Pro provided the right gear to supplement a recent pyrotechnic event at Huntingdon Racecourse. The integration team at Sound Junkies deployed a Wharfedale Pro WLA-28A Active Line Array system to support one of the largest fireworks displays in the region, organised by Komodo Events in support of the Magpas Air Ambulance.
Due to the large-scale nature of the event, the WLA-28A system was deployed in three ground stacks along the 100m field of view. The main left and right stacks comprised four WLA-28A elements and two WLA-28SUBA active subwoofers, while the central stack used four WLA-28A alongside four WLA-218BA Dual 18” active subs. This configuration overcame the challenge of delivering extreme coverage across a wide outdoor space. Furthermore, all elements in the active system used their own internal DSP pre-sets. The combination of Wharfedale Pro’s powerful active system alongside choreographed fireworks ensured a spectacular event, enjoyed by a crowd of thousands.
Steve of Sound Junkies comments, “We needed a system that would be easy to transport but would deliver consistent coverage across a wide landscape. It also needed the dynamic ’grunt’ to deliver above the explosions of some very powerful fireworks. The WLA-28A active system was a great solution as we could set it up quickly with the minimum number of long cable runs. The simplicity of using the internal DSP also made the system tuning very straightforward. It’s a cliché but the system really is practical and power
USA - The Gaslight Anthem played the Holmdel, NJ PNC Arts Centre amphitheatre on a blustery October night, the New Brunswick band’s biggest local concert in eight years.
A bold and powerful Matt Bodner lighting design featured fast-moving aerial effects, and a variety of and bold colour palettes, as well as plenty of audience lighting. Bodner, who lit the band on their summer tour, that culminated at the PNC Arts Centre, beefed up his rig for this hometown show, with extra Chauvet Professional fixtures from Squeek Lights.
“I used Maverick 20 Force Spot fixtures, 26 Rogue R3 Washes, and 16 STIKE Array 4 in the air,” said Bodner. “I designed the lighting plot for the fly package as well, using it for our shows Wembley Arena and Manchester Apollo in the UK. For this show, we added 14 Rogue R1 BeamWashes and another 18 STRIKE Array 4s, for a total of 32 blinders.”
Bodner favoured colour palettes that evoked the aura of the New Jersey’s shoreline as well as its complicated history when designing this show. “I wanted to communicate the feeling and ambience of New Jersey as much as I could,” he explained. “This led me to use a ton of cyan/magenta. When I listen to the songs, I picture the Jersey shore during its off season, with its overcast sky, winds coming off the ocean, and empty beach, except for a few stragglers. I complemented this with blue and red washes with cuts of yellow from the Force S Spots to evoke the summer shore with its carnival lights, 4th of July celebrations, and life on the boardwalk.
Running his show on a C