Canada - Based in Ottawa, and designed in the brutalist architectural style, Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC) has been serving the performing arts since 1969.
A bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams - the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre and NAC Presents. Offering a variety of free programming and events, The Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across the country, invests in ambitious new works and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada.
As part of a recent $110m overhaul, globally-renowned integrators, Engineering Harmonics, were hired to design a comprehensive audio/visual system that would service their needs for the next 15 years and beyond.
The project required upgrades to three of the performance spaces, replacing outdated equipment and infrastructure including some items from the original fit-out. These included Southam Hall, the Babs Asper Theatre and the Azrieli Studio and the upgrade included mixing consoles, speakers, amplifiers, DSP, intercom and a state-of-the-art digital fibre optic network provided by Optocore.
The NAC purchased a total of 54 Optocore units deployed across the three networks. Each venue was designed to have its own dedicated network, with a mix of permanently installed Optocore devices and mobile racks that could be moved freely between connection points in a venue or from one venue to another to
USA - Hollywood venue The Hotel Café has become a go-to place for intimate sets by singer-songwriters, both in its main room, opened in 2000, and the second room, opened in 2016.
The venue, whose two intimate spaces accommodate between 50 and 180 people, respectively, has hosted performances by such artists as John Mayer, Katy Perry, Adele, Sara Bareilles, Hozier, Ed Sheeran and Lucinda Williams. These rooms are capable of some very big sound, with sonic quality provided by systems from Bose Professional.
Hotel Café’s main room is equipped with a Bose Professional RoomMatch DeltaQ Array Loudspeaker system - one RoomMatch module on each side of the stage buttressed with a RoomMatch RMS218 dual-18 subwoofer (powered by one PowerMatch PM8500N networked amplifier for the RoomMatch speakers and an additional PM8500N for the subwoofer).
The club’s second room has been Bose-equipped since its opening in 2016, with a pair of self-powered F1 Model 812 Flexible Array loudspeakers attached to the wall on either side of the stage, with two 1,000-watt F1 Subwoofers on the floor underneath the F1 arrays. The main room, an already-established venue with a reputation for great sound, was kicked up a notch with the upgrade to RoomMatch - thereby making it an even stronger draw for artists and the industry pros they work with.
“We’ve had the RoomMatch sound system in here for the last six years, and when the second room was opened three years ago, the F1 system was the choice to install. Both of them have substantially elevated the sound here,” says
China - With over 100 years of history behind it, Nantong Middle School in China’s Jiangsu Province is looking to the future thanks to a new auditorium equipped with Martin Audio loudspeaker systems.
Founded in 1909 by Qing era industrialist and educator Zhang Jian, Jiangsu Nantong Middle School is well known across the province and the country. It is one of the first middle schools in the province set up in the modern fashion and its alumni include politicians, nationally renowned artists, award winning scientists and five Olympic gold medallists.
The new multi-purpose hall in the Chongya Building on the main campus was dedicated to celebrate the school’s 110th anniversary, and the school required a high-quality sound system to suit the building. Their choice was the Martin Audio MLA Mini, for its consistent sound field coverage and high resolution, as well as the level of control offered by the Display optimisation software.
The system itself comprises two sets of MLA Mini, supported by two CDD Live15s, two CSX218 subs, and three CDD5s. For fill, a pair of portable Blackline F12+ was specified - which can be relocated subject to requirement - along with two installed XD12s. The system is entirely driven by Martin Audio amplification, in the form of an MA5.2K, and a pair each of MA2.8Q, and MA3.0, optimised by four of Martin Audio’s DX0.5 dedicated processors.
All Martin Audio components were supplied by Beijing Pacific Budee, whose sales manager JT Liu states: “We are very proud to have provided this unique Martin Audio sound syst
The Netherlands - The Wilminktheater & Muziekcentrum concert hall in Enschede have recently benefited from an investment in Robe’s T1 Profile LED moving lights.
Lighting specialist Paul de Vries has been involved since the facility opened 11 years ago and so has most of the lighting kit, including some legacy Robe fixtures from the ColorSpot and Wash 575 series. Whilst still fully functional, the time came to freshen up and reinvest in new lighting to ensure the venues kept up with the latest technologies.
This has come with the 12 Robe T1 Profiles which are replacing the older moving lights for use in both the theatre and the concert hall.
To pick the most suitable fixtures, De Vries organised a ‘shootout’ between six major brands, with Jeroen van Aalst from Robe’s Benelux distributor Controllux demo’ing the T1. This demo impressed De Vries and his colleagues enough for them to choose Robe.
Since the purchase, all 12 have been in action on several shows ranging from rock, orchestral to acoustic, and there has been virtually no ambient noise.
The T1s are also used extensively as front lighting and can effectively replace the previous static 2K front profiles, where they are a smaller, lighter and hugely more flexible option. In a typical setup, they will rig four T1s as front light and use the rest over-stage for a variety of different tasks and effects.
Around 400 shows are produced or hosted across the two venues over the 10-month season, from classical music to pop gigs in the 1800 standing / 900 seated capacity Mu
Denmark - The Rytmisk Sal of Musikhuset Aarhus - the largest music house in the Nordic region - has upgraded its stage machinery system with ETC’s Prodigy P2 hoist and QuickTouch+ 12 controller.
The popular culture and events house draws over a million visitors each year for concerts, musicals, theatre shows, opera and much more. The building’s lighting and technical teams had been looking to renovate the rigging system in the Rytmisk Sal (or rhythmic hall), also known as the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll hall’ in the music house.
Head of lighting at Musikhuset Aarhus, Ole Nielsen, came across ETC’s range of upper stage machinery products during a visit to the renowned ETC factory in Middleton, USA and was keen to find out more. He recommended the equipment to head of production Jonas Knive, which lead to Atendi, the Danish distributor of ETC, being contacted to supply the equipment.
Eight Prodigy P2 hoist systems were selected to upgrade the current system. “With the quantity of shows and productions held at the Musikhuset Aarhus, the challenge was fitting the installation into the busy schedule of the event house,” comments Knive.
There was just one time slot available, and the project was installed just three weeks after the quote request. The short turnaround was so fast it required delivering and converting the Prodigy P2 hoists held in European stock from their compression tube mounting arrangement into the variant that can be mounted vertically and suspended on the main beams.
“This is a perfect example of how Prodigy hoists
Belarus - Kraftwerk Trade LLC, the exclusive distributor for Adamson Systems Engineering in the Republic of Belarus, has installed the country’s first permanent S-Series solution in the Grodno Regional Philharmonic’s new concert hall.
In addition to being the professional home for the philharmonic, known locally as Kapella Grodno, the hall will serve as a creative and cultural hub for both the city and wider region of Grodno in Western Belarus, presenting various artistic disciplines for residents and visitors alike.
“As the new, state-of-the-art home for arts and culture in Grodno, this venue will showcase world-class artists and performers, so we were tasked with installing a world-class audio system that would properly cater to their needs,” shares Ulyana Barkova, deputy commercial director, sales & field services division, with Kraftwerk Trade. “Adamson’s S-Series offers top-tier audio performance with perfectly even coverage throughout the hall, is easy to wire, and offers a high degree of flexibility and customization with its rigging.”
The LCR system in the main auditorium boasts left and right arrays of 12 S10 two-way, full-range enclosures each and a centre cluster of six additional S10s. A complement of S119 subwoofers delivers the low end, with four flown on each end of the stage and an additional four loaded beneath it. Six Adamson PC5s from the Point Concentric Series handle front-fill duties.
Additionally, the venue sourced a portable S-Series system comprised of 16 S10s and eight S119s that can be deployed in v
South Africa - Saint Thomas Church in Linden sought to upgrade its sound, with a quality solution that would not detract from the church’s looks and not break the bank. They got their solution from DWR Distribution in the form of Quest Audio and Audix microphones.
“We didn’t want it to look out of place and we did need to get better sound,” says Gift Chanza the head of Sound Ministry at Saint Thomas, “The Quest loudspeakers were exactly what we needed”. Three HPI Quest speakers were installed in the main hall. The left and right being handled by two Quest HPI8i two-way passive loudspeakers hidden within the Churches woodwork and the centre speaker, a Quest HPI111 compact loudspeaker, hangs from the middle of the ceiling.
An additional White HPI5 high output loudspeaker sits in the room adjacent main hall. These speakers have the church fully covered for sound. The amp system is hidden behind the choir section with two QA2004 Amplifiers sitting inside a box, this neat system was a priority for Saint Thomas as they wished to keep the look of the church and not have the sound displaying as a distraction.
To get the best out of the speakers the church had also decided to invest in some Audix Microphones. Four ADX12 podium gooseneck condenser microphones were chosen to mic certain sections of church for speech, one per podium and two at certain sections where prayer is given.
Two ADX40 hanging overhead microphones were hung left and right of the choir given the singers ample volume and clarity and an additional install of two OM2 dynam
UAE - Martin Professional Middle East (MPME) recently outfitted the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi with a Martin by Harman exterior lighting solution.
Located in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an imposing structure with a 262ft main dome and four minaret towers rising to a height of 351ft. As the largest mosque in the UAE and the third largest in the world, Grand Mosque accommodates up to 40,000 visitors.
The mosque recently opened a new three-story visitor’s centre bookended by two glass dome entrances. Abu Dhabi officials hired MPME to install an exterior lighting solution that would visually emphasize the new visitor’s centre and glass domes. In order to overcome the challenge of outfitting the dome’s curved surfaces, MPME installed 2,556 Martin Professional Exterior PixLine 10 fixtures.
“Installing a high number of fixtures on a curved surface is a complex process,” says Bilal Assidi, sales manager, MPME. “We selected the Exterior PixLine fixtures because Martin could supply them in customized lengths, which reduced installation time and cost, and also allowed us to perfectly integrate the fixtures into the structure of the domes.”
The Exterior PixLine 10 is a linear LED video fixture for media facades and creative installations, which can be fully customised in terms of length and colour to match any specification while the power source is hidden. In addition to illuminating the translucent domes at night, MPME also utilises the creative LED media façade to display video
Russia - When Moscow’s Zaryadye concert hall opened it became one of the most technologically advanced venues in Russia. It features a large complement of Claypaky lighting fixtures in its 1,600-seat philharmonic auditorium and the smaller, 400-seat theatre.
Zaryadye is part of a new park adjacent to Red Square and next to the Kremlin walls. Its Philharmonic auditorium is equipped with stage machinery, precisely chosen lighting gear and integrated engineering technologies that allow it to host different types of productions from classical music concerts and theatrical performances to international conferences and shows.
Claypaky fixtures selected for the hall include 54 A.leda K-EYE K20s, 12 Scenius spots, 12 Scenius profiles and 30 Show Batten LED linear lights.
The K-EYEs were chosen for their quiet operation, notes Vasily Litvin, Lighting Director of the DOKA Center, a Claypaky distributor in Moscow, which has been involved with the project since Zaryadye’s conception in 2015. “As the stage is intended for acoustic concerts a minimal level of technological noise was one of the main priorities when choosing the equipment,” he says. “Nothing should disturb visitors while they enjoy the tailor-made acoustic characteristics of the auditorium.”
He finds the K-EYEs to be “ideal for the orchestra pit and auditoriums: Their new 6-color system of color synthesis provides a white which does not differ from a classic halogen lamp while at the same time enables the user to change colour temperature or work with tones”. The same fixtures
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied the Acorn Theatre in Penzance with a Prolights LED lighting upgrade.
For over 40 years, the Acorn has hosted a wide range of arts practitioners and art forms, including live music, theatre, poetry readings, story-telling, dance, film, lectures and the visual arts. These acts can scale all the way from international tours down to school plays.
Looking to upgrade their house lighting rig to LED, theatre manager at the Acorn, Richie Cawley, researched all his options and found that the extensive Prolights range best met both their needs and their budget. Andy Mahaffey, external sales at AC-ET, visited the Acorn to discuss their requirements and show the Prolights fixtures that would be best suited to their venue.
Impressed by the quality of the LED fixtures, and their ease of use, Acorn invested in a number of Prolights Eclipse Fresnel Juniors, Eclipse Junior Zooms and StudiocoBs.
When asked about the fixtures Richie comments: “They have been totally brilliant. We are receiving loads of positive comments from visiting Artists and Theatre companies alike about the vast improvement.”
UK - The White Rock Theatre on the Hastings seafront is a historically significant cultural landmark in East Sussex, with origins dating back to 1927. As one of the region’s largest receiving houses, the theatre accommodates 1,066 seated and nearly 1,700 standing.
Marquee AV recently installed an EM Acoustics EMS Series point source system to bring the audio up to the standards demanded by modern audiences.
Adam Harkin, the venue’s technical and building manager says: “Sound is everything - without sound, there’s no show. Our new EM Acoustics system stands head and shoulders over what we had before which was old and no longer fit for purpose by modern standards. What we have now is simply amazing - it’s a proper theatre system and has made a huge difference - everyone can hear everything regardless of where they are sat in the venue.”
When the decision was made to change the existing sound system, the job was put out to tender. Two bids from high profile manufacturers were retained along with the bid from Marquee AV with EM Acoustics. “Marquee AV turned up with two speakers on sticks for the demo, and it filled the auditorium. We thought, ‘Wow! If that’s what they can do with two speakers, what will a full system be like!’ And so that’s why we went with EM Acoustics - it was just better than anything else we heard.”
The final system comprises a cluster of three EMS-122s flown per side and two for the centre, two EMS-215 subs per side and a circle delay system of five EMS-121s. “The venue is extremely wide and shallow
USA - The Brooklyn Tabernacle, designed in 1918 by Thomas Lamb, the architect of the original Madison Square Garden across the East River in Manhattan, flourished for years as the Lowe’s Metropolitan, one of the leading vaudeville theatres of its day.
Today, after being rescued from disrepair by the church, the building resonates with the uplifting energy of Pastor Jim Cymbala’s Sunday services, special events throughout the week, and performances by the six-time Grammy winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, which is directed by the pastor’s wife, Carol. Supporting these activities are immersive lighting and video displays that would have been impossible to imagine back in the building’s vaudeville theatre days.
Running the lighting and video system is a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium, installed in early 2019 by lighting designer Abner Torres of Out of Darkness Designs. Torres, who has done extensive work with gospel groups and clubs throughout the New York area, became involved with Brooklyn Tabernacle through his work lighting the Christian Hip-Hop Kingdom Choice Awards.
“I met Raynard James, the very talented audio engineer from Brooklyn Tabernacle, when I was working on the awards show,” says Torres. “This led to me being invited by the church to light a large-scale musical production, The Story of Love, for Easter. Talking to the tech team, we developed a plan for upgrading the church’s lighting system, beginning with their aging desk. It would have been virtually impossible to run the kind of Easter production they envisione
UK - The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has recently benefited from the implementation of a K-array Anakonda and Kobra loudspeaker system supplied by UK distributor 2B Heard.
Following a K-array demonstration and training day conducted by 2B Heard directors Dave Wooster and Sam Nankivell, the audio staff at LIPA were impressed with the range of solutions that the Italian loudspeaker brand offers, and decided to take the opportunity for third year live sound students to use K-array systems on a production of <IRomeo and Juliet in the 400-seat Paul McCartney Auditorium. Students were given a strict brief to minimise the visual impact of the sound system, while at the same time delivering clarity and consistency throughout the audience area at an SPL appropriate for the dance-based nature of the show.
“The sound system had to be as discreet as possible given the highly detailed nature of the set,” explains third-year sound technology student and production sound engineer for the show, John Doolan, “but still be able to produce excellent sound reinforcement for the audience. Only K-array could deliver on such a brief.”
Providing left and right stereo feeds for the stalls of the Paul McCartney Auditorium were a pair of Kobra KK102 passive line arrays, with a further two units running in mono. The one-metre high columns blended unobtrusively with the pillars of the building structure.
Complementing these and making up the mono front-fill speaker system were four Anakonda flexible array speakers, totally unnoticeable within
Australia - As a long-term user of DPA microphones, the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) has been quick to adopt the Danish manufacturer’s Core by DPA amplifier technology, which has now been successfully incorporated into DPA d:screet Miniature, d:fine headset and d:vote instrument microphones.
Already the owner of a substantial amount of DPA stock, STC recently added 75 d:screet CORE 4061 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphones to its inventory and is putting them to good use on a number of productions, including a new version of Tennessee Williams’ classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
Ben Lightowlers, STC’s head of sound and audio visual, says: “Once the new Core technology arrived, I was keen to put it through the rigours of a regular season at STC. The goal for us in theatre is to not distract the audience with an obviously mic’d tonality but rather aim for a more naturalistic augmentation of the voice. The new Core mics boast a more open frequency response, which is appealing when balancing vocal performances of varying dynamics in circumstances where some cast members are potentially quieter than others on stage.”
STC’s new d:screet microphones were supplied by DPA dealer Soundcorp, in conjunction with the company’s Australian distributor Amber Technology. STC’s DPA inventory also includes d:dicate 4017 Shotgun Microphones, d:fine Headset Microphones, d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, d:facto Vocal Microphones and more legacy d:screet 4061 Miniature Microphones than Lightowlers can count.
“In the 13 years I have been w
UK - A Void Acoustics sound system has been installed in Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club & Distillery. Located in the heart of London, Mrs Fogg’s is the sixth venue in the Mr Fogg’s collection, inspired by Aouda, Phileas Fogg’s Indian wife, in Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, Around The World in 80 Days.
Styled as if aboard a Victorian steamer ship, guests enter the ground floor through the Maritime Club. Sound in this large bar and dining space is powered by six black Void Acoustics Air 8 passive, two-way, eight-inch surface mount loudspeakers and two Venu Bass low frequency enclosures.
The adjoining Rangoon Steamer room boasts luxurious chandeliers, plush dining seating and decorative curtained windows, all built to size to replicate the steamer Phileas and Aouda travelled on. Four white Cyclone 55 dual five-inch, passive, surface mount loudspeakers, together with a Venu Bass, are strategically positioned to create the perfect sound balance, while complementing the exquisite interior décor.
A staircase leads guests below deck, to an authentic bar and distillery. Here, an intimate stage is powered by two Venu X low frequency enclosures, two Air 8, and two black Air Motions. The spherical shape of the Air Motion horns gives a modern-day nod to the Victorian gramophone of Phileas Fogg’s era. Guy Ayres, projects director for Diamond AV explained that they would be well worth the investment to Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, Inception Group’s founders.
The adjacent Engine room and distillery is equipped with two black
UK - Promising a “modern day pub experience built on traditional values”, The East London Pub Company has brought fresh inspiration to two equally historic but radically different London venues, The Lock Tavern in Camden and The Gun in Spitalfields.
Famous as the home of early gigs by the likes of Adele, Amy Winehouse and Franz Ferdinand amongst others, The Lock Tavern is counted among the British capital’s best loved grassroots music venues. Meanwhile, sitting in the heart of the East End market district of Spitalfields, The Gun is a local institution that first opened its doors in 1929. Both venues are now enjoying a renaissance courtesy of London-based sound installation specialist Flipside, and sound reinforcement systems by TW AUDiO.
“The Lock Tavern is a great venue - one of my favourites out of the whole group,” says East London Pub Co. co-founder, Bradley Lomas. “It’s a venue with such rich heritage and history and of course it’s been very big on the music scene. In projects like this the quality of the sound system can often be overlooked but we wanted to create a space that would be great for up and coming artists and bands - for people to be able to use that space better and to enjoy having a really high-quality sound system.”
Working closely with TW AUDiO UK, Flipside delivered on all expectations. “We dedicate ourselves to working in small to medium sized installs,” explains co-founder James Cooper. “Our focus is on providing excellent service to a customer base which is not necessarily looked after so well by th
USA - The Pablo Centre at the Confluence is a fine arts centre with grand aspirations. Situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the 143,000sq.ft space includes a 1,200-seat proscenium theatre, the 400-seat JAMF black-box theatre, five flexible rehearsal rooms & galleries, and a light, sound, and video production lab, among many other rooms.
One publication described The Pablo Centre at the Confluence as the centre of gravity for a growing orbit of arts and cultural institutions in the northwestern Wisconsin city of 65,000 residents and home to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. AV integration firm Camera Corner Connecting Point (CCCP) of Green Bay, Wisconsin assisted in the design and installation of the centre’s audio and video systems, which include over sixty Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers powered by Danley’s multi-channel DNA amplifier/DSPs.
The Pablo Center hired Threshold Acoustics, of Chicago, Illinois, to handle the acoustic and sound system design for the two larger spaces in the building - the proscenium theatre and the JAMF black box theatre. They hired CCCP to design AV systems for all the other rooms in the building, as well as the video systems. “The practice spaces didn’t have any particular loudspeaker manufacturer specified, but when they asked us to run the numbers on filling them with products from the proscenium theatre’s loudspeaker manufacturer, it was way over budget,” says Scott Tomashek, director of AV design and engineering for CCCP.
USA - A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . or, to be more accurate, rather recently in Denver, the Colorado Symphony performed Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ full score for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back while accompanying the film’s screening at the 1STBANK Centre in Broomfield.
What elevated this cinematic performance from other popular orchestra/movie pairings - including the Colorado Symphony’s own accompaniment of Star Wars: A New Hope last year - was Clearwing Productions’ deployment of L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology, which delivered a different experience for those in attendance.
Clearwing is no stranger to L-ISA, having been the first North American company to utilise the system, initially for an outdoor Santa Barbara Bowl show with ODESZA, then later at the same venue with Bon Iver. However, this event marked the first time that the production company had deployed this technology for an orchestral event, and it came at the specific request of the Colorado Symphony.
Aric Christensen, who has served as the symphony’s head of audio for the past decade and a half, first heard L-ISA for himself when Lorde’s Melodrama tour stopped at the Pepsi Centre last year. “That was obviously a pop show, but I quickly saw how an orchestra could benefit in terms of being able to accurately represent a massive number of instruments across something much wider than just a traditional left-right format,” he says.
L-Acoustics invited Christensen to the L-ISA studio in Westlake Village, where the FOH engi
Belgium - The Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula is one of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in Belgium.
It originated as a chapel to honour St. Michael and was built on the Treurenberg hill in the ninth century. In the 11th century, it was replaced by a Romanesque church and in the 13th century, they added two round towers to the church.
In total it took about 300 years to complete the entire church and it was finished in 1519 just before the reign of the emperor Charles V. Since 1962, the church is given the status of cathedral. The towers are each 64m high and the Cathedral is built of stone from the Gobertange quarry, which is located 45km southeast of the city.
Because of the versatile character of the church there was a need for a complete, new audio system that can be used during these different types of events.
It was important that there was a clear sound reproduction in this acoustic difficult architectural form of the cathedral and that the audio speakers would blend in perfectly in the ancient cultural heritage.
With all these factors in mind the installer decided to use 60 Audac AXIR design column speakers each one metre long. They are especially designed for optimal speech and sound reproduction in open areas with high ceilings. This is necessary for the comprehensibility of the priest during the mass service. They also installed 10 KYDO column speakers in support for the remaining spaces.
The complete installation is powered by just one SMQ750 quad-channel power amplifier with WaveDynamics technology.
Australia - The Pavilion, a multifunctional event space right in the heart of the Arts Centre Melbourne, offers panoramic views of the leafy green surrounding Arts Precinct nestling between the Yarra River and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
It’s a vibrant hub for a diversity of cultural and creative activities, accommodating anything from around 280 - 300 people for dinner, 450 for a concert set up and 500+ for a cocktails or standing event.
A new lighting rig of Robe VIVA CMY Spots, ParFect 150s and LEDWash 300s, six of each, has recently been installed which has dramatically changed the way in which the space can be used for many events.
Arts Centre Melbourne’s technical manager for corporate events Jason Fordham explained that, in addition to the pre-existing generic rig, the new lights have expanded the capacity to stage multiple daily events in the Pavilion, a busy space which is utilised for anything from conferences, talks and debates to presentations, gala dinners and awards ceremonies - during daytime and evenings.
“The Robes have really enabled us to maximise the space properly and increase its utilisation by 60 percent or more,” confirms Jason, explaining that it’s now “quicker and infinitely more practical” to morph the room from a daytime conference into an evening dinner - often with live entertainment - with the finished result also looking vastly better aesthetically.
They have frequently heard audible gasps of amazement from conference delegates when they re-enter the Pavilion reset to a dinner state follow
USA - Since 1975, the Houston Chinese Church has established a voice within Houston’s vibrant Southwest District, offering weekly worship services in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
As the church grew, serving more worshippers in its diverse community, its leaders realised they needed a more flexible lighting system that would allow them to create a more modern, welcoming environment inside their sanctuary. Vincent Ng, CEO of Ving Media LLC, was called in to improve the lighting system and make it more flexible to meet the church’s growing needs.
“The church wanted to upgrade their lighting system for good reason,” says Ng. “The fixtures they were using were over 30 years old, and all the coloured lights were already dead. They decided a switch to new LEDs would not only illuminate worship better, but be more eco-friendly by consuming less power.”
Working in partnership with 3rd Coast A/V for the rigging and as the lighting designer, Ng chose 28 Chauvet Professional Ovation E-260WW and 20 Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidals for the church’s lighting rig.
“The lighting truss in the main sanctuary is about 32’ from the floor and roughly 30’ from the stage, which makes the throw distance we needed to cover 40’ to 50’, depending on what we were lighting. We wanted fixtures that were bright enough to meet this requirement, yet still within budget,” explains Ng. “Both the Ovation 260WW and 910FC fixtures have the best price per lumens on the market. They are also virtually silent, and the controls are very intuitive with a sm
UK - Middlesex University is among the latest educational establishments to invest in an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system, recently installing an S3000 surface in the TV production facilities at its Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries in Hendon, north London.
The university’s Sony-designed facilities were created to give students as close to a real-world learning and working environment as possible. Boasting a double-height main studio and separate main, VT and sound galleries, they are equipped to a standard comparable to commercial studios and see a diverse range of programme creation - including a significant amount of live music production - throughout the academic year.
“When we were looking to replace our existing audio desk, I was considering very ‘broadcast-specific’ options,” Aidan Delaney (technical manager at the faculty) explains. “However, we do such a variety of things here that dLive simply made much more sense. It’s a real chameleon and we can use it for whatever we need, no matter the scenario. It’s incredibly flexible and easy to use - plus the feature-rich specs, including the excellent onboard dynamics, really made it the obvious choice in the end.”
Supplied by Moonlite Productions, the complete dLive system comprises an S3000 (fitted with Dante 64x64 card for multitrack recording of live music sessions) paired with a DM48 MixRack and two additional DX168 AudioRacks.
Delaney adds, “Although it’s a very powerful system, it’s really not difficult to get complete novices up and runnin
Mexico - Auditorio Citibanamex is a live music venue located in Monterrey that has emerged as one of the country’s top concert venues since undergoing an extensive renovation and redesign several years ago. Located in the heart of Monterrey’s Fundidora Park, the venue has a capacity of 8,000 and attracts both national and international artists.
Despite the renovation, the venue stood somewhat unobtrusive in a brush of static white light until last summer when it received a radiant outdoor wash of colour courtesy of company Adimsa, Elation’s long-time partner in Mexico and one of the country’s leading lighting providers.
Adimsa installed weatherproof Elation Professional SixPar and SixBar series luminaires across the outside of the building, high-power, single-lens Pars and battens with RGBWA+UV LED chips that provide an exceptionally broad palette of colours. Some 180 SixPar 300 IP and 24 SixPar 100 IP LED Par lights along with 12 SixBar 1000 IP LED battens were installed at multiple points around the site. Lighting design was by Edson Rivera of Adimsa with lighting programming by Victor Rivera.
All projects of this size have their challenges but nothing that Adimsa could not overcome. The first challenge, according to Rivera, was delivery time. Supply and installation had to happen in a short four-week period, which was a demanding requirement for an installation of this magnitude. Then during the installation itself, it rained for two weeks, which made work more difficult for the installation team but didn’t hamper the IP65-rated lumin
Belgium - Lighting and visual design practice Painting with Light (PWL) was commissioned by interactive media and attractions specialist Alterface to light the new Popcorn Revenge dark ride at the Walibi Belgium theme park.
This showcases Alterface’s new innovative ‘erratic ride’ concept, an environment combining multiple projection techniques, spectacular HD video, 3D mapping and 3D shooting plus special effects in a ride that follows a non-linear path. Wireless-controlled ride cars are routed ‘randomly’ through a selection of different rooms over their three-minute journey, allowing guests to return to Popcorn Revenge multiple times and receive a completely different and equally exciting visual and sensory experience each time.
Luc Peumans and the PWL team including principal designer Iiris Roskou and project managers Peter Vandenbosh and Céline Cuypers collaborated with Alterface, theme park show and ride creators Jora Vision and engineers ETF to produce this hi-energy phenomenon in Walibi which is owned and operated by French entertainment group, Compagnie des Alpes.
PWL designed, purchased, installed and delivered the complete lighting package for this ride, in the process illustrating the diverse skill sets and experiences offered by its experts working on both entertainment and architectural lighting projects.
This brought a dynamic ‘crossover’ theatrical-environmental approach to lighting the different ride areas and adding to the atmosphere, fun and animated buzz.
The core action in each of the ride theatre spac