RC4 Wireless DMX for Robbie in Vegas
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
robbie-williams-with-gogo-framesThe dancers push around and dance inside the Gogo frames
USA - In Europe, Robbie Williams regularly fills stadiums and his productions are among the most highly-anticipated. One of his dreams was to do a Vegas show, and to make every detail of Williams’ show perfect, production and lighting designer Sean Burke, principal at Holes in the Dark, needed reliable wireless DMX technology.
“When the wireless stuff came up, I did a bit of research on it, looked around, and saw that Baz [Halpin, of Silent House Productions] used RC4 Wireless products on the last Katy Perry tour. I know the crew chief, and he said they didn’t have any problems with it,” reports Burke.
That was enough for him to entrust RC4 Wireless with the job for Williams’ Live in Las Vegas show. Matt Bakken, the master eectrician on the show, adds: “When a lot of people in the touring industry use wireless, they use equipment from RC4; to me, if your wireless is working in a stadium with 25,000 plus people with cell phones, that’s good enough for me.”
For the Williams’ production, the team built their system around an RC4Magic Series 3 DMXio-HG transceiver with external antenna; working along with the DMXio are six RC4Magic Series 3 DMX4dim 4-channel wireless dimmers. “Addressing was easy and very straight forward; pairing the receivers with the transceivers was simple as well. The system was exactly what I wanted and it just worked,” continues Bakken.
There are several props using the RC4 Wireless DMX4dims; specifically, two giant Martini glasses and four stylised box frames, called Gogo frames. “The Gogo frames are open aluminium frames that the dancers push around and dance inside. The Gogo frames and the Martini glasses have wireless receivers on board and battery packs, so they are completely wireless,” explains Burke.
In terms of batteries, Bakken adds: “The batteries are lasting pretty much forever on them, and sometimes they forget to plug them in to charge them.” Both the Gogo frames and the Martini glasses were manufactured by ShowFX, who also handled the Katy Perry props.
“After working in the professional theatre world for a few years, I founded RC4 in 1991,” says James David Smith, also the chief product developer. “Our DMX4dim wireless dimmers are the pinnacle of design, and can control LEDs, halogen lamps, position servo motors, ring telephones, and more. The RC4 ColorMatch feature lets you colour-correct LEDs from different manufacturers to deliver the same color palette across all props and scenery.”
Robbie Williams concluded his stint in Vegas on 6 July and a residency deal is rumoured.
(Jim Evans)

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