USA - It was “like riding a bike” is how John Garberson described his experience working the lighting console for the opening acts at Arizona Bike Week. The president of Creative BackStage, Garberson hadn’t run the boards at a show in six years (his work managing his business prevented that, when he sat down at the desk for this four-day festival.
Given the way Creative BackStage was growing, Garberson really didn’t expect to be running boards again. But in 2020, few things have gone as expected. With his festival and event business halted in March, he occupied himself by turning his home office into a viz suite and “relearned“ programming.
On Wednesday 7 October, Garberson got the chance to put his resharpened skills to work when the festival’s first act, Threefold Fate, took the stage. Like the proverbial bike rider, his comfort at the console came right back to him, as he ran a punchy fast-moving show on a rig anchored by Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures.
“This was Creative BackStage‘s first festival in eight months,“ said Garberson. “We learned for certain that Arizona Bike Week would happen only 10 days before the festival started, so it was pretty exciting. The organisers did a great job keeping everything as safe as possible.”
In the interest of safety, crowd size at Arizona Bike Week was severely restricted. Instead of the 20,000 people that normally flood the festival, this year’s attendance was limited to 3,800 a day, and fans were required to remain in private sections. Smaller crowds meant
Russia - This year, the Dream Island, a cultural and entertainment complex in the Nagatinskaya floodplain on the banks of the Moskva River, opened its doors to its first guests.
The park is part of a major renovation project of the former ZIL industrial area covering some 600 ha. It is divided into four areas: sports grounds, a residential complex, a stadium and the Dream Island entertainment complex.
It includes Europe's largest indoor theme park, a city promenade and a 44-hectare landscape park. The complex has dozens of attraction rides, restaurants, cafes, a multiplex centre with 17 cinemas, a concert hall, playgrounds for outdoor activities and sports, various shops and retail outlets.
The 300,000sq.m indoor all-season amusement park with rides has nine theme zones. Four of them are owned by foreign copyright holders: Hotel Transylvania - Sony Pictures Consumer Products; The Smurfs’ Village - IMPS SA; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Viacom International Media Networks; Hello Kitty - Sanrio GmbH. The other five have a concept of their own: Dream Race, Snow Queen's Castle, Mowgli in the Land of Dinosaurs, Fairy Village and Abandoned House.
US-based Cunningham Architects, which has Disney California Adventure Park and Havoc in Heaven in Guangzhou in its portfolio, was invited to develop the project. The bureau designed not only the architectural concept, but also the main engineering sections, including lighting and sound.
Design, supply and installation of the sound, lighting and video equipment was committed to Sofit Light - a Russ
USA - The University of Tennessee, Knoxville held 10 in-person commencement ceremonies 19-22 November at Thompson-Boling Arena for spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates. Bandit Lites supplied a lighting system for the socially-distanced event which included additional health and safety protocols, allowing graduates and their families the opportunity to safely gather to celebrate their momentous accomplishments.
“Though the ceremonies will look a little different, we have worked to preserve the spirit of a typical commencement so we can celebrate all our graduates, who have worked so hard for this moment,” said Provost John Zomchick.
Bandit Lites donated nearly 100 fixtures including VL 3000 Spots, CUEPIX Blinder WW4s, Chauvet COLORdash Block Lights and Bandit’s GRNLite Moving Washes. “Much of the lighting we do for commencement could be considered utilitarian,” explained Bandit Lites client representative and project manager Giff Swart. “We want the graduates to look good for pictures, so we need to have even lighting coverage. We also pay close attention to colour temperature, so pictures look natural and colours are true.
“The CuePix WW4 provide nice coverage of the graduates in their seats. We used 54 GRN Moving Head LED Wash to light the ramps and stage; they just continue to be workhorses and are as punchy as ever. Twelve VL 3000 Spots were used to highlight the lectern and other key positions. We used Chauvet ColorDash Blocks to light foliage and flags on the stage.”
Each ceremony was limited to 200 graduates with a set
USA - Like many churches adapting to conditions around COVID-19, Winter Garden, Florida’s Mosaic Church has had to limit the number of, and attendance at, its Sunday gatherings. However, the pandemic has not muted the church’s sizable and enthusiastic music complement for those services. Twice each Sunday, as many as 12 musicians and vocalists assemble on stage for an authentic worship experience before those seated, socially distanced, in the 1,500-seat auditorium.
In December 2017, following the renovation of a 78,000sq.ft former big-box store into its new main sanctuary, Mosaic Church acquired its first KLANG:fabrik immersive in-ear mixing solution, installed by Altamonte Springs-based integrator AVnew.
Much more recently, Mosaic Church has now added a second KLANG:fabrik unit, further expanding what those performers on stage can accomplish and substantially lightening the load on the sound system’s front-of-house engineer, who previously ran some of the monitor mixes from the house console.
“We had been running two dozen channels and eight wireless mixes off of the first KLANG:fabrik unit, with another four musicians on stage hard-wired off an aux buss on the console,” says Jeff Amato, manager of the church’s production & technology team. “We only do Sunday gatherings and don’t do rehearsals during the week - just on Sunday mornings - so we wanted to expand the number of user-controlled mixes onstage and give everyone the ability to quickly and reliably fine-tune their own mixes.
“The KLANG:fabrik has been amazing for
Germany - Located on the river Rhine, the town of Oestrich-Winkel is perhaps best known for being at the heart of the Rheingau wine-growing region and its annual Rheingau Musik Festival. But in a quiet residential street, Studio 22 owner and audio engineer Stephan Weber is at the cutting edge of live and recorded sound with Yamaha Rivage PM5 and Nuage systems.
Stephan started as a professional IT networking specialist but, like so many who graduate to the audio industry, worked as a musician in his spare time. A small home studio and mixing local bands led to more audio work, including mixing musical theatre and events at the Kurhaus resort, casino and conference complex in Baden-Baden.
A request by cruise company Hapag-Lloyd for his IT skills led to Stephan being asked to assist with his entertainment technology knowledge, leading to the creation of Studio 22. Since then, his core business has been planning, service and installation of entertainment technology systems on luxury cruise liners. He has also developed the Digital Remote Entertainment And Media Solution (d.r.e.a.m.s) streaming server system for background music, with customers throughout the world.
Being married to singer and vocal coach Dunja Koppenhöfer, Stephan established a multi-function recording room at their Oestrich-Winkel home. Adding two more dedicated audio rooms in 2019, he has continued to expand both the live and studio mixing aspects of his business.
“We needed space for Dunia to teach acting and rehearsing, so recording ‘in house’ made sense. We also train
France - In a positive sign for the French exhibition and conference industry, the Savoie Expo has completed a sizeable investment in Nexo sound reinforcement systems for its new auditorium, anticipating a return to large-scale live events in 2021.
Savoie Expo is located in Chambéry, in the Alpine heart of France’s second tourist region. Strategically placed to take advantage of close links to Lyon and Geneva, as well as both winter sports and summer recreation, the venue organises a range of trade fairs and exhibitions and hosts major seminar and conference events.
Hall E was opened earlier this year, a substantial and versatile auditorium which can offer 2000sq.m of exhibition area, conference facilities for 1000 people, or accommodate 1200 people for a formal dinner. Equipped with retractable seating, the auditorium required an audio system that would adapt to its different configurations, looking to Nexo for system design input and to the Chambéry-based Elypse Group for installation and integration services.
Nexo engineering support specialist Christophe Girres visited Chambéry to fine-tune the finished system. “We are asking the system to work in three different ways, so the final tuning session went through these settings. In the first configuration, we had the stage immediately in front of the seating stands: in the second configuration, the stage is set up further away, but the audience are still seated in the stands. In the third configuration, there are no seating stands so the audience is standing around in a large free area.
UK - London’s latest 1Rebel fitness centre features a lighting system, which was designed by Durham Marenghi of Durhamld Limited, and includes 54 Chauvet Professional COLORado 1 Solo and 11 COLORado 2 Solo LED fixtures supplied by Middlesex Sound and Lighting.
“I was approached by Giles Dean and his team at 1Rebel to create some impactful night club style lighting for their gyms around London,” said Magenghi. “Working alongside Ryan Hopkins at Lights Control Rigging, we created a virtual animation to present the concept to our client. They were very supportive of the ideas we laid out.”
The RGBW COLORado fixtures were suited for Magenghi’s plan to balance the fitness centre’s video walls and moving fixtures with intense fields of coloured light. “Our client was especially happy with the COLORados smooth, homogenous colour source,” he said. “In the past, they had used LED pars where all you could see were the RGB pixels rather than the actual colour that the fixture was producing. That would obviously not be acceptable for the kind of environment we want to create. We needed colorization that would stand up to the rest of the lighting design.”
Also of critical importance were the zooming optics of the COLORado fixtures, which allow instructors to change up looks during exercise and cycling sessions. “Middlesex Sound and Lighting did a great job guiding us to the right fixtures,” said Magenghi. “Project manager Toby Jones and his team as well as programmer Dean Osborne were fundamental to the project’s success.”
Australia – Property developers, Cavcorp, recently completed the luxurious 15-storey Le Bain apartment complex, in the Brisbane suburb of Newstead.
Described as an immersive experience that delivers a sub-tropical poolside lifestyle, it is redolent of the beaches of Southern France. Crowned by eight Penthouses and a private rooftop pool, it also includes a heated pool, music streaming, temperature-controlled spa baths, private dining room, sun deck with sunbeds, sauna, Technogym, barbeque and an alfresco dining area.
To service this, the developers engaged AV integrators, Ampd to create a customized, reliable and robust audio visual system. And they turned to Martin Audio’s CDD series for the audio component.
Commenting on the selection, Ampd’s Matt Hayes, said, “The stylish and discreet design, coupled with the consistent audio coverage, made the CDD range the perfect option for Le Bain. The feedback from the owners has been great and they are ecstatic with the sound quality and SPL levels that can be achieved.”
This is now the second rooftop installation completed by Ampd for Cavcorp. “We have a deep understanding of the high level of innovation and excellence they expect on their projects,” continued Hayes. The result was a streamlined deployment of Martin Audio speakers under QSC Qsys control, with custom speaker brackets helping to deliver the best possible sound coverage while also ensuring a clean finish to blend with the stunning rooftop environment.
A series of CDD6 and CDD5 speakers, including weatherised versio
UK - Polar has announced the addition of AtlasIED to its portfolio. Based in the USA, AtlasIED is a global electronics manufacturer, providing comprehensive audio solutions for commercial business environments. The company manufactures mass notification, life safety, VoIP and speech privacy systems which interface with, existing and future analogue and IT-based infrastructures.
AtlasIED offers around 2000 specialist products for every application in commercial premises, education, public transport hubs, sports arenas, hospitals, hotels and retail settings.
Stuart Leader, director of Polar’s Integrated Services division comments: “AtlasIED offer an incredibly wide range of innovative, high-quality products, to which our customers will have full access. Their recently launched, award-winning Atmosphere️ signal processing platform, is a fine example of the seamless use of components to deliver streamlined, user-friendly solutions for a wide range of applications.
“The company’s IPX range of IP Enabled speakers, as well as a variety of sound masking solutions are just a couple more examples of the cutting-edge products on offer. We’re pleased to be adding such a comprehensive and highly regarded brand to our portfolio.”
Dean Standing, international sales manager for AtlasIED notes: “I have followed and admired Polar for many years, and am pleased that we are able to work with them to build the market for our products. The combination of AtlasIED’s portfolio of products and Polar’s expertise in installed sound will greatly benef
South Africa - The newly refurbished Seabrooke’s Theatre at Durban High School (DHS) is making waves and delighting audiences with one successful comedy after the next. After a seven-month entertainment famine, the theatre was launched with Sylvia, presented by KickstArt Theatre Company, which ran from 23 October to 1 November.
Seabrooke’s Theatre is a 100-seater auditorium used by the schools Dramatic Arts Department as well as by amateur and professional companies and groups. Thanks to a generous contribution by DHS old boy and theatre lover, Chris Seabrooke, a much-needed renovation and equipment upgrade was made possible and commenced at the start of the Covid-19 South African lockdown. The theatre has been repainted, seats reupholstered, a green room/dressing room is currently being built, and on the technical side, a lighting and audio system has been supplied and installed by DWR Distribution’s Michael Taylor-Broderick and Nick Barnes.
The new lighting equipment includes 13 Robe ParFect 150s, six Robe LEDBeam 150s, four ETC Source Four 25 to 50 degree Profiles, a Le Maitre MVS Hazer with control via a grandMA dot2 onPC.
A Quest Sound system comprises of two HPI25 Front loaded 600w rms low profile and high power speakers, two HPI 12S Compact Passive Sub-Bass Speakers, two Quest 2004 Stereo Power Amplifiers, a Allen & Heath 16 channel digital console, two Audix OM2 Vocal Microphones, one Audix AP42 OM2A Wireless Microphone. In addition, Michael and Nick have rehung some of the lighting bars and added a patch panel to allow for
USA - After 15 years at their original location in Orlando, FL, Discovery Church outgrew their space's ability to effectively support their ministry. Purchasing a former Sports Authority retail space, the church renovated the building to support their needs for worship services. Headlining the new lighting rig are fixtures from Prolights distributed by A.C. Lighting Inc.
“The Prolights fixtures are a major upgrade for Discovery Church,” says church lighting designer Anthony Stofflet. “We went from very simple systems that really put us in a box as far as creativity was concerned, to a lighting rig that significantly opens up the creative options for us. We weren't that familiar with the Prolights brand of LED fixtures, but A.C. Lighting Inc. set up a lighting shoot-out for us, and their fixtures truly blew the competitors away.”
Discovery Church installed EclProfile FS ellipsoidal static profiles for their primary front stage wash; Jet Spot3 moving head spotlights; Stark 400 moving head wash fixtures, and Ra 2000ProfileHB moving head fixtures - a full complement of Prolights fixtures for all their stage illumination.
“The Eclipse-FS ellipsoidal fixtures have a nice, crisp focus with no haloing effect at the edges of the beam,” says Stofflet. “We've installed 71 of them, making up all of our front wash and static specials. The ability to fine-tune the colour temperature of these fixtures for video was a key feature for us.”
“The JetSpot 3 fixtures are surprisingly bright for such a small fixture,” Stofflet describes. “The
USA - Signalling the start of its around-the-clock festive music broadcast, iHeartMedia New York’s 106.7 LITE FM marked its Flip to Christmas in the New York City skies with a dynamic, animated aerial light show from Verge Aero. The pre-recorded livestream aired at litefm.com on 13 November from 7pm-8pm.
Verge Aero flew 200 drones in Manhattan from a safe launch zone on Governors Island in the New York Harbour. Accompanied by a medley of Carrie Underwood’s first Christmas album, My Gift, the drones created a spectacular visual celebration with the New York City skyline in the background. The show featured a series of colourful, precisely choreographed festive imagery and animations including a Christmas tree, a drummer boy, a snowman, opening of a gift, a ringing bell, a dove being released, the Empire State Building and concluded with Milton Glaser’s ‘I Love NY’ logo.
Originally scheduled to launch Friday, 13 November, the show was moved up three days due to a threatening weather forecast. Verge Aero had to create the show on site in four hours because of the schedule surprise and earlier commitments.
“Our open platform allows us to quickly import graphics and animations and create shows on the fly,” said Nils Thorjussen, CEO of Verge Aero. “The software takes care of all the safety critical aspects of flight so that designers can focus on making their show look beautiful.”
“We knew we had to do something unforgettable for our annual flip to 24/7 Christmas music on 106.7 LITE FM,” said Joe DeAngelis, direc
The need for music and connection between the artist and its audience is greater than ever - and Roisin Murphy chose this moment in time to get the band together for an emotional livestream from PRG’s Live Space!
Rhianna Kenny-Wybrow, Roisin Murphy’s manager said: “For Roisin to build a show inside such an incredible space, that usually would be a hive of activity during the autumn touring season, felt very poignant. Roisin, her band and crew have been hugely restricted this year due to COVID-19. Live shows have been such a massive and enjoyable part of our team for so long; connecting with audiences around the world and working and traveling together as a family. This Mixcloud performance almost feels like an ode to what we have all missed out on. Working with PRG and Squire has been an absolute pleasure and we are incredibly happy to have collectively pulled this off in such strange and uncertain times. The result speaks for itself and reaffirms Roisin's place at the cutting edge of visual and sonic creativity.”
The performance took viewers on a journey through PRG’s warehouse, which was lit with SGM P5 fixtures and GLP JDC LED Strobes. As Roisin walked the length of the building for the opening and closing track, PRG staff used Source 4 Lustr2 fixtures to follow her.
Lighting director Tom Schofield created an amazing asymmetric design in the live space. The back wall was split in two halves, half was an LED screen, and the other half was created by an array of Claypaky Mythos fixtures and GLP X4 Bar 20s, creating a wall of light which co
UK - adidas recently opened the doors to a new flagship store on London’s Carnaby Street. As well as housing the latest Originals products, the store creates space for London’s creatives to come together, whilst retaining a cultural aesthetic and design true to the heart of Soho.
With London’s creativity front and centre, the store features installations inspired and designed by local creatives, including one-off pieces of furniture and art, as well as a studio for the use of its consumers. Reinforcing the brand’s commitment to sustainability, the store has been created with BREEAM-certified materials.
In order to support the look and ambience of the concept, as well to provide high-quality audio for background music and frequent event performances, adidas’s creative team engaged Pioneer Pro Audio to supply a bespoke sound system to meet its retro-style requirements.
Pioneer Pro Audio’s workshop cosmetically modified a pair of its XPRS-10 full range active loudspeakers to resemble typical 1970s styling. Whilst enclosing the speakers in new ‘furniture’, the modification still allowed easy access to the rear panel in order that the users could take full advantage of the XPRS’s plug-and-play settings.
In addition to the loudspeakers, the store also chose two Pioneer DJ CDJ2000NXS2 professional DJ multiplayers, DJM-900NXS2 mixer and a PLX-1000 turntable. Working in conjunction with the XPRS, this enables the store to stage DJ sets with authentic, club-quality sound.
Victoria Schneyer, director retail concepts adidas Origina
Thailand - Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong hired audio integrators Mahajak Development to design and install a Harman Professional audio solution that delivers quality sound throughout the property.
Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong is positioned near Patong Beach in the heart of the city of Patong. Located in a touristy area with a property size of 6,400sq.m, the hotel includes 180 guest rooms, a fitness centre, an outdoor pool as well as entertainment and dining amenities. The hotel also marks the first collaboration between renowned hotel companies, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Kebsup Group Company Limited.
The hotel required a premium audio system that provides excellent sound across the resort. Meeting those requirements, Mahajak selected a Harman Professional audio solution that includes JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplification, BSS signal processing and more.
“One of the challenges we faced was that the hotel had multiple zones with specific requirements, including meeting spaces, lobbies, seminar and banquet rooms, among others. We put our dedicated efforts to install Harman Professional products and provide the best service to the customer,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, director of project, Mahajak Development Co. “The client wanted the latest hi-tech audio solutions, and we were able to design the ideal systems using Harman products thanks to their flexibility, reliability and impeccable sound quality. To ensure consistent sound throughout the facilities, we installed JBL speakers with Crown amplifiers.”
USA - Lighting designer Tom Kenny chose Ayrton Khamsin-S profiles as key lights in his design for this year’s iHeartCountry Festival, presented by Capital One, which was live streamed globally and broadcast on iHeartMedia’s country radio stations on 23 October.
Bandit Lites supplied 24 of Ayrton’s Khamsin-S fixtures for this seventh annual celebration of country music which was rescheduled from its original slot in May at the Frank Erwin Centre in Austin, Texas, and relocated to The Steel Mill in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kenny is a lighting designer with over 40 years of experience on both sides of the Atlantic who moves easily between lighting live music and television spectaculars. His client list includes rock superstars like Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, David Byrne, Eric Clapton, David Bowie and The Who, and his television credits number a multiplicity of music award shows, documentaries and TV specials.
“I’d always wanted to use Ayrton’s new fixtures, having used their effects lighting many times before, yet never had the chance until now,” Kenny says. “So when Bandit Lites approached me with the Khamsin-S, I jumped at the opportunity.”
The Khamsin-S fixtures were installed in the overhead grid of The Steel Mill’s 200ft x 79ft studio from where Kenny used them for back, front and key lighting of the bands and as ‘scenery’ for single artists.
“The Khamsins were amazing in all aspects: the colour, power, speed and colour temperature were all perfect for television lighting – the temperatures in particular were ju
South Africa - For the last few months, social media and the internet worldwide has been alight with The Jerusalema Dance Challenge - a TikTok challenge that originated in Angola and went viral after lockdown - with people sharing funny and uplifting videos of themselves dancing a series of moves often performed at African weddings to the hit song Jerusalema by South African DJ & music producer Master KG, featuring the voice of songstress Nomcebo Zikode.
As they have generated millions of views, likes and laughs, these videos in different locations have boosted morale and spirits globally as people have also added their own costumes or elements of style and interpretation to the now-famous moves.
Marius van Rooyen from Pretoria -based broadcast and streaming specialist EventCast was asked by Jaco Minnaar, CEO of their broadcast / IT partner ClearAccess, to produce a livestream / record of a Jerusalema Dance Challenge moment organised as a team-building exercise for their Johannesburg and Pretoria staff including on-site workers and contractors.
Everyone doing a Jerusalema Challenge video is looking for a quirky or different flourish to make theirs different and stand out in a sea of viral moments, so for the main ClearAccess video location, Marius, video director Stephan Pieterse and the team proposed getting some Astera Titan Tubes involved with the action.
The idea was that the lights could be part of the choreography, adding colour, funkiness and - with a few chases and some strobing - some additional movement to the mix.
Germany - The Berlin Waldbühne Back to Live Concerts, a socially distanced event concept ran throughout September at the city’s famous open-air venue organised by promoter Semmel Concerts Entertainment.
Berlin-based full production service specialist TSE was asked by the venue management team, CTS Eventim AG, to supply a flexible festival-style production lighting and video rig complete with visual design that would work for a wide range of performing artists. Lighting for this was specified by TSE’s Ronny Rud Reinhold and included Robe BMFL WashBeams, MegaPointes and Spiider moving lights among other luminaires.
The venue has a large stage covered by a tensile roof that normally holds 22,900 guests, but this was revised – in relation to government restrictions at that time for outdoor shows - to 5,000 for Back to Live including staff, artists and crew, with the line-up including popular schlager superstar Roland Kaiser, rapper Sido, comedian, jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist Helge Schneider, singer Wincent Weiss and a special schlager-extravaganza night with Peter Maffay, one of Germany’s top-selling artists.
“We chose this classic festival lighting setup,” states Ronny, “to make things as smooth and straightforward for all the guest LDs and lighting operators,” which included the choice of fixtures as all these Robe luminaires are commonly used across many different event sectors in Germany.
With these Robes in the rig, shows could early and painlessly be adapted, a strategy that was proved right as they didn’t
USA - When US President-elect Joe Biden delivered his long-awaited victory speech in his home town of Wilmington, Delaware on the evening of Saturday, 7 November, the exuberant celebrations culminated with a spectacular drone and pyrotechnic show from Strictly FX.
“The creative on this originated with executive producer Ricky Kirshner, of Kirshner Events, who has been the nexus of all the work we’ve done with the DNC,” notes Ted Maccabee, CEO of Strictly FX.
In partnership with Verge Aero, Strictly FX deployed a fleet of 200 drones for the event. As those below celebrated, the GPS-guided drones lit up the sky with precision choreography, synchronised to a soundtrack which began with Coldplay’s A Sky Full of Stars.
The large-scale aerial imagery, created and refined in line with the Biden campaign’s vision, included red, white and blue stars, Biden’s campaign logo, a map of the USA, ‘46’ and ‘Harris’ – all with Strictly FX’s stunning pyrotechnic accompaniment.
The team worked fast to organise not just the content of the show, but the permissions and logistics required to carry it out. “Since this was a national security situation, the permissions that we had to get from various government entities were incredibly detailed; thankfully, we started on this process three weeks ahead of the election, and we were able to wade through all the authorizations in time to create this once in a lifetime event,” notes Maccabee.
The crew from Verge Aero had challenges as well. Nils Thorjussen, CEO of Verge Aero, adds,
Portugal - Grupo Renascença Multimedia is among the largest players in Portuguese radio. The firm operates three major stations: Rádio Renascença - known colloquially as 'RR' - Mega Hits, and RFM - which constantly rates as the highest listened-to station in the country. Across its entire portfolio, Grupo Renascença Multimedia provides everything from news, sports, music and other entertainment. The stations also include a bit of religious programming as the primary owner of the radio group is the Catholic Church.
“We actually have a chapel in the building,” said José Loureiro, assistant manager at the Radio Innovation & Technical Unit for the stations. “And even the chapel is connected to our audio system, because once in a while, we do use it for broadcasting religious events. But really, as unique as that is, it’s not that crazy or difficult to include it in the audio workflow because we’re using Dante.”
Audinate’s Dante distributes hundreds of uncompressed, multi-channel digital audio channels via standard Ethernet networks, with near-zero latency and perfect synchronization. Dante allows audio, control, and all other data to coexist effectively on the same network.
In 2016, RR moved into a new headquarters in Lisbon. The previous office location - which they had occupied for nearly 80 years - was in the city centre and snaked across multiple floors within a historic building. The facility was, according to Loureiro, a case study in how challenging traditional cabling becomes over time.
“There were cables in there
USA - With its open-air amphitheatre built into the surrounding sandstone, Red Rocks is one of live music’s more distinctive venues. From 24-27 September, the fabled venue west of Denver was the scene of four nights of in-person and live-streaming music experiences. Red Rocks partnered with video streaming service Nugs.net to cap the summer off in style with local Colorado production house Brown Note Productions providing a full Elation IP-rated rig for the limited capacity 4-night run.
Tiësto, Fitz and the Tantrums, Billy Strings and Lotus headlined the four nights respectively with all but Billy Strings performing before a live audience limited to 175 fans per Colorado’s COVID-19 guidelines. As a guarantee against any weather issues, notably Colorado’s notorious cloudburst rain showers, Brown Note dipped into its inventory of Elation all-weather IP65 luminaires to light the four shows with the venue’s spectacular rock formations also lit up for Tiësto’s performance.
Ryan Knutson, president of Brown Note Productions, designed both the show lighting rig and rock lighting looks using the fleet of Elation IP-rated lighting that Brown Note acquired last fall.
Stage lighting gear lists varied slightly per show with the Tiësto show comprising the most fixtures: 36 Proteus Maximus LED profile moving heads, 32 Proteus Rayzor 760 LED wash moving heads, 16 Protron Eclypse hybrid LED lights, 18 DTW Blinder 700 IP and 12 Seven Batten 72 pixel bars. The rig provided ample amounts of punch and with all shows filmed for live stream viewing courtesy
Canada - 7thSense’s Medialon Showmaster LE show control solution has been installed by Production Resource Group (PRG) at the at heart of the new Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Toronto. The five-storey immersive show brings the Dutch master's paintings to life using light, sound and movement.
The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit has become the world’s first immersive drive-in art experience after producers adapted the digital art show for the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Before its public launch in July, the exhibition’s artistic director, Massimiliano Siccardi debuted his plans to make the experience COVID-friendly by designing space for up to 40 cars to visit the exhibit at any one time, as well as welcoming visitors on foot with social distancing circles in place once lockdown restrictions had been eased.
The experience features a 35-minute show that showcases 40 pieces of the Dutch artist’s work, including Sunflower, Irises and The Starry Night, across the 600,000sq.ft space and its 8m-high walls. Bringing the paintings to life are 52 Panasonic projectors, and a VUEaudiotechnik audio configuration streaming an original classical composition by Luca Longbardi. A GLP lighting system completes the environment.
7thSense’s Medialon Showmaster LE manages all audio-visual components including projection system, media servers, lighting, and synchronisation for the entire show.
Leading design and production of the exhibit was Lighthouse Immersive, and PRG for system design and integration. Chris Arsenault of Armour Technical
Australia - The fourth season of Australian Ninja Warrior heralded a new era with Ninjas coming face to face with mind-blowing new obstacles and for the first time, Ninja versus Ninja on the almighty Power Tower.
Filmed at Melbourne Showgrounds, the show was once again lit by Hugh Taranto with Chameleon Touring Systems supplying gear and crew. For the first time, Hugh had house power instead of generators and he relished working on a site set up for production.
COVID-19 reared its head just as filming started, but thorough planning and advice saw the production through. Being able to continue filming without an audience as well as outdoors, certainly helped.
“We were there for three weeks setting up and just as we were about to start recording, Covid-19 started to happen,” Hugh said. “There was a lot of making changes on the run. We started with a full audience but that was soon changed to just family and friends. As time went on and rules and protocols kept changing, we ended up with no audience towards the end. We were fortunate to be able to push through and finish the show.”
New this year was a fresh obstacle called the Power Tower, a large circular obstacle that was the last challenge and rather tricky to light. The structure was internally lit with Chauvet Colordash IP LED PARs and a ring of EK Collider Strobes sat around the top ring, 12m in the air.
“As well as being internally lit, there were light-up poles that the Ninjas would grab onto,” said Hugh. “As they got to each pole they would light up in a different col
Germany - Martin Audio's German rental partner, Kotsch-Showtechnik from Nessetal near Gotha, recently supplied a sound reinforcement solution for the faithful reproduction of classical music at the Schlosshofkonzert 2020.
In order to meet the COVID-19 requirements, the Gotha Thuringia Philharmonic Orchestra moved for three evenings into the courtyard of the baroque Friedenstein Castle in the City. Here, taking into account the rules of distance, a baroque evening, an operetta gala and a concert with violin and grand piano were able to take place in front of an audience of 400.
Torsten Kotsch, owner of Kotsch Showtechnik, implemented the sound and lighting design with his team and explained the special features required of classical music reinforcement: "The dynamic range of a classical concert is far greater than at many rock concerts,” he said. “Since the concerts were open-air, and not in a theatre or concert hall, we had to pay special attention to the correct set-up of the system.”
The choice of loudspeaker technology was always going to be self-powered products from Martin Audio. The MLA Compact was used as the main PA, with the area in front of the stage covered with DD12 speakers, and CDD-LIVE8 speakers were used as stage monitors.
Torsten Kotsch explained this selection rationale: "I can connect all speakers via Martin Audio's VU-Net and control and monitor them in the software,” he said. “Since we wanted to achieve the same sound experience at all seats, the mix of MLA Compact and DD12 was perfect. Both systems distribute s