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mamma-miaTiMax on the pace at Mamma Mia! The Party
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UK - Mamma Mia! The Party has taken London’s O2 as its new permanent home. The high-octane immersive theatrical production which surrounds a dining experience, called for an active spatial soundscape to frame the energy of the event.
Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus approached Gareth Owen to bring both his theatre experience and the benefit of his rock n roll roots to the production. With its fully mobile cast and live band, Gareth centred the sound design around the powerful localisation and spatial control capabilities of two TiMax SoundHub-S64 3D audio processors, procured and supplied by Orbital Sound for the show.
Dining is established across two floors of the venue, styled as the Greek taverna straight from the Mamma Mia! movie set.
As band and cast move freely amongst the tables across the multiple levels of the space, the precise performer localisation and tight spatial control of TiMax enable diners to immediately make sense of the soundscape, locating voices and instruments to the exact positions at which they’re performing.
Image definition objects created in TiMax allow the restaurant space to be split into multiple zones on a Z-axis as well as X- and Y-. Delay-matrix imaging for those zones is then auto-calculated in TiMax PanSpace using selected loudspeaker channels within the distributed d&b system. As performers are cued into different positions, TiMax dynamically morphs them between the corresponding audio image definition objects.
The speaker system is comprised of four main d&b V-Series arrays, with s

citytavernChauvet transforms City Tavern Club
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

USA - History runs deep at Washington’s City Tavern Club. Built in 1786, the venerable Federalist structure (one of the last such taverns in the US capital) counted George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as regulars. Today, the venue hosts a variety of upscale events, and although it provides an evocative setting, power limitations in the 233-year old building can present challenges for anyone looking to light these affairs.
At a recent, corporate showcase at the historic building, Tarik Smith of Atmosphere, Inc. met these challenges and transformed its interior with elegant uplighting created by wireless, battery-powered WELL Fit fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“As with any historic venue the biggest issue is power, so I had to pay a lot of attention to the design,” says Smith. “The limited power draw at the club meant we had to go wireless, but I still needed even, colourful light that would create an immersive, welcoming atmosphere.”
Smith tapped 60 WELL Fit fixtures to illuminate the main hall and upstairs lounge area. The compact dimensions of the WELL Fit units allowed them to blend easily into the background, while their four RGBA LED’s offered a wide palette of rich colours to deliver a bright, even uplight wash to the walls and architectural columns.
“For the Main Hall, I really wanted to create an entirely different look for the room,” says Smith. “The WELL Fits helped transform the space, to the point that even the house staff was impressed with how different it looked. I also used a few WELL Fits

robe-cmt-artists-of-the-year-2019Robe Esprites light CMT Artists of The Year
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

USA - Robe’s new Esprite moving lights made their US live TV debut on the 2019 CMT Artists of the Year event, staged at the Schermerhorn Symphony Centre in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I absolutely Love these lights,” declared the event’s lighting designer Tom Kenny who worked alongside a talented production team which included set designer Anne Brahic.
The Esprites plus other extra lights on the show - which also included Robe BMFL WashBeams and Spiider LED wash beams - were delivered by Morris Light & Sound. They were used together with fixtures from the venue’s house rig.
Ten of the 20 Esprites were positioned on one of the rear LX production trusses installed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Centre for this event, and used for rear lighting the band, and for texturing, colouring and gobo work on the stage.
Another 10 luminaires on one of the downstage trusses provided key lighting for musicians onstage, and for pick-ups at the dinner tables distributed around the room including on the wrap-around balconies.
Tom’s lighting design also utilized 30 Robe BMFL WashBeams, 24 of which were on over-stage LX trusses 3 and 4 to provide band keys and highlighting scenic elements.
“Morris Light & Sound is very pleased with the output, colour and beam qualities as well as the feature sets of the Esprites which checks many boxes for us,” says Han Henze who also took on a lighting directorial role for this show.
Working alongside Tom, Michael and Han were gaffer Michelle Griesmer Stotts, lighting crew chief Todd Latia,

neonUniversal Pixels on Thom Yorke tour
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UK - The latest chapter of the Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour features live onstage content creation together with a custom video package from Universal Pixels
Thom Yorke’s latest tour is a live show that ‘immerses audiences in a sensory bath of abstract visuals and captivating music’.
Yorke is joined onstage by long-term Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and audiovisual composer Tarik Barri, who is working in his own Versum software.
Universal Pixels has supplied the tour since it first set out for a short US run in December 2017, providing a curved array of three or five (venue dependent) projection screens. For the latest shows, which included tour dates and festival slots across Europe and the US, UP created a newly-devised, adaptable video package, which has been designed for quick deployment and speedy load-outs.
It features a custom dolly package of five 2.5m wide x 4.5m high 6mm Leyard CLM hi-res LED screens, that also create a seamless front projection screen, three Epson 25k projectors (to project onto the LED screen and across the band from FOH), and a compact five camera (five robos and one UP 3G minicam) package to provide IMAG feeds at festivals and larger venues with house screens, all interfacing with Barri’s custom servers and Pixel Taco’s Catalyst servers. The set-up has been supplemented by a locally-supplied FOH long-lens when available/feasible on a show by show basis.
Video designer, Jake Hogenson, comments, “The video element of this show impacts the entire performance greatly. Tarik’s visuals provid

magazinegemmaparkerphotographyMDG haze solution for Magazine London
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UK - Magazine London, a purpose-built event space, opened adjacent to the O2 Arena in Greenwich Peninsula this August.
Its simple architectural form offers clean and functional spaces that provide ‘a means for large-scale creative expression’ with 3,205sq.m of versatile interior space for up to 3,000 people, and the capability of a further 7,000 people across the venue’s outdoor showground.
Technical consultant, Simon Jones of SJ-TPM, recommended MDG haze generators for this new venue. He supplied two MDG ATMe haze generators, complete with purpose-built touring cases for easy storage and deployment.
Jones was brought onboard by Venue Lab to review, recommend and deliver the technical infrastructure, establish and fine tune the requirements and purchase the equipment for this multi-purpose venue. Jones worked on the various phases in collaboration with Vibration Design and Production, which delivered the venue’s in-house technical production, to ensure the equipment installed aligned with the building’s innovative principle.
“Haze always has to look perfect on television and camera, and also work well with live events,” Jones explains. “It needs to be finely distributed, and quickly dispersed.
“The haze produced by the ATMe is great for the cameras because it is a good, clean haze, it doesn’t reflect, it’s not too dense and it’s nicely distributed across the whole space with two machines filling the venue quickly and easily. We chose to go with two ATMes because the venue is so large, and there are always points

subfrantic-supplies-omegapix-for-the-day-of-prayer-for-britain-eventSubfrantic gets submerged with OmegaPIX
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UK - Bespoke productions specialist, Subfrantic has invested in Prolights' next generation OmegaPIX LED video screen to deliver a visual experience for client events.
Established in 1993, Subfrantic supplies high-end AV and lighting equipment to the events industry, including tours & festivals, one-off shows, theatre, corporate events, gospel and houses of worship.
As the first phase of a new investment in its Video inventory, Subfrantic director, Stephen Davies contacted one-stop equipment distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies to recommend a solution.
He comments: “We had made a small initial investment in an indoor LED screen to gauge our customers’ interest. After opening up new markets and clients from it, for the past 18 months we had been auditioning various LED products as we toyed with the idea of making a significant investment.”
After discussing options with Davies, sales executive Chris Beardwell in the company’s video division and customer relations manager Victoria Spurgin visited Subfrantic to provide a demonstration of the OmegaPIX OMEGAX39T 3.9mm pitch, IP65 outdoor LED screen.
Davies adds: “We had already decided that we wanted a screen which was supported by a big name in the UK this time. In addition, it needed to be 3.9mm pixel pitch, could be used outdoors, and ran on Novastar video processors.
“When we saw the demo and did an A/B test against our current screen, it became obvious that the panel just ticked all the boxes for us. The quality of the equipment we supply is very important, s

cheltenhamProduction AV on the books at Cheltenham
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UK - A diverse line up of well-known names descended on Cheltenham for the 70th anniversary of its Literature Festival, including headliners David Cameron, Lenny Henry and Debbie Harry.
The multi-site event demanded some serious screen, camera and crew to capture the bookish action and augment it for audiences. Long-time professional partner Production AV - which has been designing AV solutions for Cheltenham Festivals for nine years - supplied 10 venues across the sprawling site, including 2,250-seater The Centaur. In total, more than 800 writers, journalists and cultural commentators appeared over 10 days.
Production AV’s high-end stock of Agile Remote Cameras and Barco HDX projectors were out in force.
“Cheltenham Festival is one of our longstanding clients and the Literature events are well attended, respected and hugely enjoyable,” says Production AV’s Pete McCrea. “This year, we planned for a biggest incarnation of it yet as they celebrated a big birthday and expanded the line ups.”
Production AV designed systems to fit across the multiple spaces, from the Cheltenham Racecourse Centaur to The Town Hall and multiple temporary spaces in Montpellier Gardens.
In The Centaur, Production AV was challenged with a tight build time for the launch of David Cameron’s memoir, For the Record.
“We supplied our Sony HDC-1500 Camera Channels - which offer incredible picture quality for HD live events - paired with our Agile remote control cameras and the stunning PPU recently configured by our team here at Production

peperoni-restaurant-press-1Santa Domingo venue opts for Martin Audio
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Dominican Republic Sound Video Lighting (SVL) has installed a full complement of Martin Audio CDD speakers and SX subwoofers in the Peperoni restaurant and bar in the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo.
Describing the venue, SVL’s Jonathan Del Villar explains: “Peperoni is a very popular restaurant serving what is essentially international cuisine in a variety of styles. Owner Jean-Pierre Bahsa used to be a club owner who knows that business very well. He had gone to Bachata Rosa, a popular restaurant in Punta Cana, owned by singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra, and was very impressed by the Martin Audio system that we had installed there.
“Since we are friends, he asked us to work on the project early on during the planning stages which was good because we were able to have significant impact in terms of everything that has to do with technology - the audio, video, WiFi and security systems.”
In terms of the audio, the owner wanted a good system with small speakers that could be loud and clear when required. “Basically, there are four main areas in the restaurant with audio systems. On the first floor, they have a large dining area with high ceilings, then an indoor bar with lower ceilings and a cosy party ambiance where the music gets louder later at night. On the second floor, they have two separate areas for private parties.”
To provide the consistent audio coverage and quality required, SVL designed a system with six white Martin Audio CDD8 in the main dining area, three per side, mounted horizontally on the walls, faci

divali7346PR Lighting out in force at Divali festival
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Trinidad & Tobago - PR Lighting fixtures were out in force at the recent nine-day Divali Nagar Festival on the Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago.
Promoted by the National Council for Indian Culture (NCIC), and now in its 33rd year, Divali Nagar is an annual exposition of Hindu culture (generally) and Indo-Trinidadian culture (specifically). It is closely associated with the Diwali Hindu Festival of Light celebration in Trinidad and Tobago.
For the past 15 of those years, All Events Lighting Systems (AELS), part of the SM Group, has been providing technical services to the event at the Divali Nagar site, located in the borough of Chaguanas.
The SM Group itself comprises All Events Lighting Systems, All Events System Ltd and S. Maharaj Equipment Services Limited. SM Group itself stands for ‘Shival Maharaj Group of Companies’ and the organisation collectively provided all equipment for the many local acts who performed, including full lighting and audio, screens, infrastructure, power (generators), technical management and full production services.
Shival Maharaj himself designed the lighting, using 36 PR XLED 1037; 18 XR 330 Beam and 18 XR 330 Spot.
Housing 37 10W RGBW (4-in-1) LEDs, with wide beam angle ranging from 13° to 52°, the XLED 1037 was used to create full stage washes along with visual effects. Equipped with a Sirius HRI 330W lamp and three prisms, the XR330 Beam was tasked with delivering amazing beam effects and piercing gobos and colours, while the XR 330 Spots were used as specials for the band and arti

shure-eventShure Microflex solution for Event Hotels
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Europe - With more than 50 destinations across Europe, Event Hospitality Management Holding currently operates more than 80 business and conferencing hotels in Germany, Italy and The Netherlands under its Event Hotels brand.
The group’s corporate management regularly liaises with the directors of each hotel, with the focal point of these important meetings being the large conference room at the corporate headquarters situated in Cologne on the banks of the River Rhine.
In February 2019, work finished on an ambitious installation which featured Shure’s Microflex Complete Wireless Solution, complemented by an IntelliMix P300 Conferencing DSP Processor. The system was planned and installed by systems integrator Tascan.
Due to the conference room being an oblong shape, the previously installed conferencing system was unable to guarantee speech intelligibility during large meetings, affecting participants both in the conference room and at external locations, which led to a negative impact on internal and external collaboration and wider teamwork contribution.
Having opted to comprehensively modernise its on-site media technology, the company also decided to bring the audio system up to date with a new, state-of-the-art solution.
Given the challenging room shape and dimensions, Cologne-based integrator Tascan needed a flexible conferencing system that was also user friendly and simple to operate.
Tascan Systems installed a total of 16 MXCW640 Wireless Conference Units in the room, each fitted with an MXC420DF/C condenser gooseneck

jay-mcguiness-as-josh-baskin--kimberley-walsh-as-susan-lawrence-in-big-the-musicalUnusual Rigging backs Big the Musical
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UK - Big the Musical closed at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End this weekend following a successful nine-week run. The Theatre Royal Plymouth production opened in 2016 and played at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin into 2017. Finally after more than two years, it made its West End debut in September with production manager Hugh Borthwick bringing Unusual Rigging on board to handle the rigging elements of this ambitious production.
Hugh explains: "I brought Unusual Rigging on to this project right at the very start as I wanted them to be part of the design process for the production and not just to supply a rigging system. I've worked with Unusual for many years and know that their skill and ability to make the seemingly impossible happen is second to none. I've worked with Alan Jacobi and Simon Stone many times, and on Big the Musical, Mark Davies, Phil Tickle, Martin Mattingley and Emily Egleton formed the main team - all of whom were just outstanding."
Unusual are no strangers to working at the Dominion Theatre, having put in a new flying system and grid back in 2015 and having recently completed a new stage floor just before Big went in. "All of this knowledge certainly worked in our favour," says Hugh. "Knowing the venue system inside out, the Unusual team were fully aware of the rigging requirements for the whole production as well as specific elements such as the downstage Skyline header piece.”
As well as the truss for the scenic elements, Unusual created storage pallets in the wings to take the scenery

nntt-opera-palace-of-new-national-theatre--photo-provided-by-new-national-theatre-tokyoNNTT chooses Robert Juliat followspots
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Japan - The New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) has invested in a stock of Robert Juliat Oz 600W LED followspots for its three performance spaces. The new LED models replace conventional source followspots as part of an upgrade of the lighting inventory for this internationally important arts venue.
New National Theatre, Tokyo is Japan’s only one dedicated to the contemporary performing arts of opera, ballet, dance and drama. The NNTT complex comprises the Opera Palace, Playhouse and The Pit, and hosts over 300 performances a year to around 200,000 theatre goers.
Four of Robert Juliat’s Oz 7°-14° LED Top Control followspots were supplied by RJ distributor, Sogo Butai, initially for use in the small Pit Theatre, but also with the intention of relocating them to the larger spaces of the Playhouse and Opera Palace as needed.
“Because of its silent operation, Oz is extremely suitable for the open space within the smaller Pit Theatre,” says Takehito Suzuki, from NNTT’s technical department for lighting. “In venues like those of the New National Theatre, where many theatrical shows and contemporary dance performances are presented, we found Oz is the best followspot for lighting the performers at every distance.”
Suzuki also stresses that Oz was chosen because its quality met the high standards of the theatre. Its Top Control option was a prime example of this, enabling the operators to control both the dimming and iris smoothly and easily from the top of the fixture. “Amongst many LED followspots, what makes this fixture most rema

forumVari-Lite Profile at World Economic Forum
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

South Africa - Technical supply company, HireZone Audio Visual, used 14 new Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile luminaires for the key lighting at the 28th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which took place 4 - 6 September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The fixtures helped lighting designer and operator Gary Sam create a bright, balanced and consistent look for the live broadcast of the international panel in the Convention Centre’s Plenary Room.
With the theme Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the WEF saw leaders from across the globe gather to discuss the future of Africa. Hirezone was appointed by an international team to supply all technical for the entire event.
This was the first time for Hirezone using their new VL2600 Profiles, which they had purchased from South African Vari-Lite distributor DWR Distribution. Initially, when returning from Prolight+Sound in Germany earlier this year, Hirezone owner Richard Gild had five manufacturer’s options to choose from. Not being a dedicated lighting company, Hirezone needed a fixture that would offer both high quality performance and a good return on investment. “Three factors that my business partner, Garth Lawler, and I had to take into consideration were support, functionality and price,” says Gild.
Deciding on the support offered under DWR banner, he was left with three brand choices. “Vari-Lite has an excellent reputation as a brand, especially focusing on their quality optics. Eventually, once I’d seen the lig

lancomeGreen Hippo maps Lancôme launch
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UK - Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media servers helped to deliver a press launch show for cosmetics and perfume brand Lancôme in London in September. Produced by Michael Bell Brand Communications, the event included custom video content and projection surfaces designed and delivered by UK-based projection mapping specialist Motion Mapping.
Motion Mapping fielded a deceptively simple set-up: two Hippotizer Amba media servers, one as a main server and the other as backup, plus two high-powered laptops for show control and on-site media processing. “The laptops are useful for last-minute on-site changes,” explains Motion Mapping’s Stuart Harris. “By running the file conversions on a separate laptop, I can convert the content quickly, without affecting the Hippo - you just drop it in and it’s ready. Then we run everything through the Amba, a DP [DisplayPort] output to one projector.”
Achieving this level of economy calls for efficient handling of content, ensuring files sizes are fully optimised for the displays, and for smart thinking about how the visual mix is assembled. “Because we produce the content, we know exactly what we need,” says Harris. “A question I get asked a lot is, ‘how are you doing all this through a single Amba?’ And this is where our strength lies: if you plan ahead, keep things simple and not over-complicate it, you can run a lot from a smaller machine.”
He adds: “It’s a compact set-up. I bring everything in a small flightcase. People sometimes laugh and say ‘that’s a cute little case’, but then th

winslow-hs-stadium-2Winslow Township school installs Community
Monday, 4 November 2019

USA - JD Sound & Video has installed sound systems for both the outdoor stadium and indoor gymnasium of Winslow Township High School (WTHS) using Biamp’s Community R Series loudspeakers. WTHS is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Winslow Township, Camden County, New Jersey. It serves students in ninth through twelfth grades as the secondary school of the Winslow Township School District.
Joe DiSabatino of JD Sound & Video explains: “We’ve been using Biamp’s Community loudspeakers almost exclusively for all athletic venue projects for 13 years. Both spaces needed high SPL and good low-end and the Community R Seriebs with subs met those requirements. We were referred to Winslow High School by Eastern High School in Voorhees, New Jersey. Several years ago, we outfitted their gyms and stadium with various R Series products. After Winslow heard those systems we were brought in for their gym, and then the stadium this year. We designed and installed the systems using a combination of our experience with the loudspeakers, and EASE Focus acoustic modelling.”
The gymnasium’s substantial size can hold the entire school population, so it is also used for assemblies and pep rallies. The gym system utilises eight Community R.5-94Z 12-inch two-way full-range horn loaded loudspeakers for the bleachers, flown four per side. Eight R.35-3896 8-inch ultra-compact triaxial three-way horn-loaded loudspeakers cover the floor area. The system is supplemented by two flown IS6-215 dual 15-inch subwoofers, which extend the bass and add low

robe-musikkens-hus-aalborg-mus041625064-photo-louise-sticklandRobe offers sounds of silence in Aalborg
Monday, 4 November 2019

Denmark - The futuristic-looking Musikkens Hus in Aalborg is a cultural jewel in the crown of the fourth-largest city in Denmark, located in a prime position in the redeveloped quarter overlooking the Limfjord. It’s also recently invested in 14 Robe T1 Profile multipurpose LED moving lights, joining 12 Robe Pointes that were purchased three years ago.
Inside the building created on the site of an old power station and opened in March 2014, is a 1,300-seat concert hall, a 600-capacity recital hall, plus several studios and practice rooms utilised by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music. Additional tenants include Orchestra Norden, and two of Aalborg University’s fine arts divisions, the Institute of Music and the Danish Jazz Centre.
In addition to the 300-odd concerts and live performances staged annually, it hosts around 200 ‘commercial’ events.
Production director Peter Klokker Iversen and head of lighting Jonas Kjaerulff explained that the T1 Profile investment was specifically for providing front and key lighting for whatever action was happening onstage in the main hall.
Typically, Jonas will light around 20% of the rock shows staged at the venue (most will have their own LDs), plus all the classical, recital, theatre and corporates, so his skills must cover multiple genres.
Being a concert hall, they were extremely concerned about the noise and so silence was a crucial factor when deciding on which fixtures.
“With the reverb in the venue, there are those moments when we can literally hear t

hillsongSolotech deploys K1/K2 for Hillsong United
Monday, 4 November 2019

USA - With an estimated 50m people singing from its catalogue of songs every Sunday and over 1.5 billion minutes garnered from YouTube viewers, Australia’s Hillsong Church is one of the primary architects of modern worship music.
Although the Sydney-based organisation has several performing collectives that tour worldwide, Hillsong United is likely the best known, thanks to songs like Oceans, Touch the Sky and So Will I. According to Billboard, the group’s 14th and most recent album, People, made its late-April debut this year as the week’s top-selling album across all US charts.
Since the release of its 2011 record, Aftermath, Hillsong United has consistently toured with an L-Acoustics K1 system, after transitioning over from V-DOSC. So when the group headed out earlier this year to support People with its first North American trek in three years, Hillsong called upon Solotech’s Nashville shop to carry a K1/K2 rig for the run.
Systems engineer Arica Rust notes that the tour’s base arena configuration consisted of 12 K1 with four K2 down on the main left and right hangs, four K1 on top of eight K2 for the side hangs, and six K1 with six Kara down for the 270° arrays. The crew also deployed two-dozen SB28 subs on the ground in a symmetrical cardioid configuration in three clusters of four on either side of the downstage thrust, spaced four feet apart.
Sixteen Kiva II delivered front-fill. Depending on the venue, these were usually stacked three high on the middle sub cluster for the inside-fill, and

restaurantChain creates Dutch dining experience
Monday, 4 November 2019

The Netherlands - One of best-known event venues in The Netherlands has been recently transformed into an intimate restaurant with high-tech decor. Madame Jeanette is the successor of dinner show Pandora, which ended early this year.
It is an intense evening full of visual spectacle, where visitors dine in the middle of a vibrant story that is told in a visual, musical and culinary way. In recent months, Studio 21 has been completely rebuilt especially for this show, with the kitchen in the centre of the room and a high-tech decor in which the stage, the video and audio are in a 360° setting around the guests.
Dutch lighting, audio, and rigging company Chain was responsible for the technical production. Because of the complete round set up, the decision was made to use six circles in the decor. In the middle of the room a 6mtr FD34 circle was used for the centre video. On the outside, a 270° LED screen was hung on a HD44 circle of 40m. Visuals are presented during the show that sets the scene. In between the smallest and biggest circle four additional HD44 circles of 8, 20, 30 and 36m were added for rigging the lighting fixtures.
Paul Chamalaun of Chain comments: “The entire creative concept is based on an ‘in-the-round’ scenario. This is also the reason that for the spacing and shape of the lighting plan circles were used.
“In practice, you will find a lot in a ceiling like Studio 21's, from air conditioners to suspension points and other steel construction parts. Lennart Lindhout, our rigger, has fully mapped the s

samba-headquarters-89th-saudi-national-day-projection-mapping-show-3Saudi National Day celebrates with Laservision
Monday, 4 November 2019

Saudi Arabia - Laservision participated in this years’ celebration marking the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s 89th National Day. A range of activities and events took place from 19-23 September, including a massive international collaboration of events bringing in some of the biggest names in entertainment productions.
Alongside international music acts from the GCC region and Cirque du Soleil, Laservision was engaged to provide their projection-mapping expertise and technologies to the celebrations in Riyadh.
Laservision’s 7000sq.m projection show beamed onto the distinctive Samba Financial Group Headquarters in the heart of Financial Plaza. The 40-storey tower is the centrepiece of Riyadh’s new King Abdullah financial district and features an innovative three-dimensional diamond façade designed by Foster and Partners.
Since opening their MENA offices in 2016, Laservision has seen growth and demand for their creative services and entertainment technologies around the GCC area, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“The demand created from the implementation of ‘Vision 2030’ has been very positive for us,” comments CEO Shannon Brooks. “We are excited to keep creating world-class tourist attractions, special events and celebrations, as well as unique and artistic modern experiences around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As they continue to diversify and invest in their tourism economy we look forward to providing our innovative entertainment solutions.”
At the end of the five-day celebrations, it is estimated that the cu

the-met-operaporgy-and-bessphoto-by-ken-howard4Met Opera House opts for Artiste Monet
Monday, 4 November 2019

USA - Home to the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Opera House (Lincoln Centre) in New York City has recently installed 70 Elation Professional Artiste Monet LED profile moving head luminaires with Donald Holder the first to use the new rig of award-winning lights on Porgy and Bess. Lighting supply was by 4Wall Entertainment.
The Met’s resident lighting designer, John Froelich, was instrumental in choosing the Artiste Monet and cited three main reasons for its choice. “The output of the LED source was very bright. The native colour of the LED engine was the most appealing to me. Most LED profiles that were tested had a slight green bias that was really hard to manage quickly from a creative standpoint. In a large, fast-paced repertory environment like ours it was such a great thing to find a source that was so artistically appealing.
“The SpectraColor system opens up a lot of possibilities from a creative standpoint. The ability to mix to super saturated colours without having to revert to the use of colour chips is really advantageous.
He continues, “The system also allows me access to subtle reds, blues and greens that are near impossible to mix with the primary Cyan, Magenta, Yellow mixing system. Having access to these types of colours without losing light output due to the heavy amount of coloured glass in the lens assembly is quite a game changer.
The Monet fixtures, along with a complement of Elation Chorus Line ST LED battens, have replaced the entire overhead lighting rig at the Met, everything from a standard tung

univmontana2Montana Grizzlies play to a Danley tune
Friday, 1 November 2019

USA - The University of Montana Grizzlies sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. Although the school has been supporting a track and field team since the 1960s, it only recently added a women’s softball team. Both teams regularly draw crowds of up to 1,000 people.
Until this year, staff set up a temporary PA system for every event. With design help from the engineering staff at Danley Sound Labs, both fields recently were upgraded with permanent, fully-weatherproof Danley OS-Series sound reinforcement systems. Now all meets, games, and even practices are full-fidelity, big-impact events with significantly elevated experiences for everyone involved.
“It was kind of a homemade sound system previously,” says Chuck Maes, associate athletic director for internal operations and the person who directed the upgrade for the university. “We had a couple of boxes that we could put up on the press box for track and field events or hang from the backstop for softball games. It was the same system we’d set up for tailgate parties and other small functions. Our softball field is only a few years old, and we’ve been building it out in stages
“Now that it has a permanent press box, we thought it was time to bring the sound quality up to what a facility like ours should be. At the same time, one of our two portable speakers used for track died, so it seemed like a good time to upgrade the track and field experience as well.”
According to Maes, the success of the recent Danley installation at the school's Washington Grizz

dasDAS Audio reinforces Rototom Sunsplash
Friday, 1 November 2019

Spain - Being held for the past decade in Spain, one of the largest annual reggae festivals in Europe has been on the map for 26 years. The festival took place from the 16-22 August and for the seventh consecutive year, it employed DAS Audio systems on the Main Stage.
The International Rototom Sunsplash festival has already established a solid foundation in the town of Benicassim, after its relocation from Italy in 2010. In its 10th anniversary in Spain, it has managed to attract 202,000 people from 76 countries during seven days in a celebration not only of reggae music, but also of cultural events with almost 140 extra-musical activities.
The festival stands out for welcoming families and for promoting inclusion, social justice, solidarity and sustainability, practices that have made it one of the largest alternative festivals on the continent. Rototom Sunsplash was recognised by UNESCO as an exemplary event for its work promoting the culture of peace and non-violence.
During the 2019 edition, festivalgoers enjoyed up to 120 musical acts. Audioprobe was tasked with supplying and deploying the sound systems throughout the festival. The Aero-50 and the UX subwoofers were the chosen systems for the Main Stage.
The objective was to achieve outstanding sound delivering all the power and low frequency range that reggae music requires. The choice of subwoofers was critical. With this in mind, Audioprobe deployed 16 Aero-50 per side and 30 UX-221A subwoofers in an LCR configuration to minimize comb-filtering effects and distribute the power evenly.<

hogHog 4 maps Arena di Verona concert
Friday, 1 November 2019

Italy - Lighting designer Francesco De Cave illuminated Italy’s Arena di Verona using his High End Systems Hog 4 console for the third consecutive RTL 102.5 Power Hits Estate concert. The event celebrated the top 50 songs played on Italian radio stations during the summer of 2019. The four-hour concert featured live performances from more than 20 artists including OneRepublic, Eros Ramazzotti, Mika and Lewis Capaldi.
The set design for the open air venue featured an uncovered stage designed to favour visibility for the audience of 15,000 people. De Cave was tasked with designing a visual spectacular for the venue which is best known for hosting large-scale opera performances.
"Fabio Marcantelli, artistic director for RTL 102.5, and owner Lorenzo Suraci expressly asked me to do something different than what you normally see in the arena by offering the public a powerful show full of light and video," says De Cave.
“They wanted a strong visual impact, a real ‘explosion of lights’,” he continues. “Without a cover and hanging points the risk was to place the usual motorized fixtures in the steps behind the stage, so I had to look for a more original solution."
The peculiarity of the installation led to 308 strobe lights being mapped as if they were a large LED screen capable of reproducing video content.
In addition to the experience and skill of De Cave, this was made possible thanks to the pixel mapping capabilities of the Hog 4 and Capture 2019 software. This combination allowed the LD to create a virtual, precise representati

1948Pioneer Pro powers Nike community space
Friday, 1 November 2019

UK - 1948Ldn in Shoreditch, London is Nike’s community space for young innovators in the fields of sport and culture. With decor and display units made from recycled materials, 1948Ldn serves as a special outlet for launching Nike’s exclusive limited-edition releases, as well as opening its doors to a wide variety of cultural and creative events for the benefit of the local and wider community.
These include music production workshops, fashion shows, poetry readings, presentations, showcases, exhibitions and parties. Every one of the diverse range of events staged requires the support of high-quality audio to ensure that everyone in attendance enjoys their experience to the full.
When 1948Ldn sought an in-house audio solution for its multi-purpose spaces, the company approached Pioneer Pro Audio for a flexible system that would be easy to setup and operate and deliver excellent sound to a wide variety of events.
Pioneer Pro Audio supplied six XPRS 12 full-range 12” active speakers and two XPRS 115S 15” reflex loaded active subwoofers. The XPRS range is a series of high-powered active, compact and portable speakers, powered by reliable, energy efficient Powersoft amplification, that offers a versatile plug-and-play system of the highest quality. Four EQ modes on the back of the full range speakers allow them to be set flat or in speech, wedge or bass+ modes.
At 1948Ldn, the modularity of the system allows it to be specifically tailored to the needs of a given event, whether that be a spoken word presentation in one of the venue’s two


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