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strike102Florida Panthers bowled over by Chauvet
Thursday, 5 May 2022

USA - The Florida Panthers are best known for their exploits on the ice, but when the hockey team wanted to celebrate with some of their best fans recently, they shed their skates and headed over to the soft pine wood lanes of Strike 10 Bowling in Boca Raton.
Since opening in March, Strike 10 has established itself as a hip go-to-spot for local celebrities and ordinary folk alike in South Florida, thanks to its abundance of amenities, including a 50ft bar that would be right at home in Tribeca, 30 large HD TVs, live entertainment, a sushi bar, and 11 professional bowling lanes, as well as special kids’ lanes.
Tying it all together, while adding an extra dash of panache and colour to the venue is a lighting design by Jay Krause and the team at Sound and Lighting Solutions of Pompano Beach that features some 200 Chauvet Professional and Iluminarc fixtures, all of which are tied into the same control using a single tablet.
While the Iluminarc fixtures provide ceiling downlights, and cove lighting, as well as front and rear ambient lighting, a collection of 60 ÉPIX Flex 20 units are at the heart of this stunning design. Individually pixel controlled, and run through Madrix software, these durable, outdoor-rated LED flexible strips, which are installed over the main part of the bowling centre, create a compelling look throughout the venue.
“The strips are a distinctive eye candy element that contributes to the overall impression of Strike 10 being a completely unique spot,” said Krause. “They are buried into the custom wood ceiling panels,

music-is-the-weapon-2-photo-by-valdis-jansonsDPA records Music is the Weapon art concept
Thursday, 5 May 2022

Europe - Music is the Weapon selected DPA Microphones to capture the sounds necessary to bring its new multimedia installation to life. Described as a live, innovative art concept, the project, known as Set Sound to… is a comprehensive recording of large- and small-scale public performances with interactive installations, music and live singing.
The artistic vision of Danish sound artist, singer, composer and performer Gudrun Holck and visual and performance artist Eva Vēvere from Latvia, these events are said to “create a platform for deeper experience and reflection about connection and continuity in the contemporary world”. As the duo incorporates visual storytelling, site exploration, sound, vocalization and performance for the format, the equipment they use is critical.
The first of the pair’s creative residencies in 2020, Set Sound to Can Lis, was held at famed Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s house in Mallorca, Spain. This was crafted into a film and art installation, complete with a video and soundtrack. The film premiered in Riga, Latvia in 2021, for a one-month exhibition at a castle on a river, where viewers were invited to co-create intuitive singing during an ‘artist talk’. The film is currently appearing in international film festivals.
The duo relied on a collection of DPA mics to capture a large archive of recordings at Utzon’s house. “We had the opportunity to work with DPA microphones [at Can Lis], the best surround, vocal and head-worn devices,” the duo was quoted as saying. “The mics gave the w

 
 
vfx-studio4MagicQ in control at BVPX Studios Romania
Thursday, 5 May 2022

Romania - During the pandemic, like others in their business, the Marbo Trade team shifted their focus to create a digital production facility for supporting livestream and broadcast productions. However, they didn’t stop there. Rather than restrict themselves, they expanded their horizons to create a bona fide virtual production studio in Bucharest, complete with extensive Unreal Engine 3D creation capabilities.
Many believe that VPX Studios Romania is the first facility of its kind in Eastern Europe. It is certainly one of the most well equipped. Drawing on the capacity of its Unreal Engine, it allows the design team to render real time 3D images on the wall from the tracked camera perspective and updates it as camera moves across studio. The team can also feed the LED volume with high-quality photorealistic images in a 10 bits HDR colour space for a real-life camera experience.
Built in partnership with Buftea Studios, a major Romanian film maker, the new facility features a semi-circular production with 25 x 6m LED space. It also has an impressively high (50-meters) set with a motorized LED ceiling with a 55sq.m LED space, a feature that provides great flexibility to accommodate a wider variety of camera angles and light placement.
An extensive lighting rig, which includes 44 soft LED panels among other fixtures, opens an array of creative options of for content creators. Providing precise control of those luminaires to meet the exacting lighting demands of a VPX studio is a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium from Marbo Trade’s own inventory.

 
uwa3UWA propels STEM with AMX and JBL
Thursday, 5 May 2022

Australia - The University of Western Australia (UWA) recently partnered with 3D Audio Visual and Harman Professional Solutions to outfit its new Ezone UWA Student Hub facility with a full array of networked audio solutions.
Located on University of Western Australia’s Perth campus, Ezone is a new learning space dedicated to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). To transform the way these fields are taught, UWA developed the space to be a world-class education hub that allows students, alumni, and industry experts to participate in a variety of conferences, panels, seminars, lectures and question-answer sessions.
UWA required AV systems to support a wide range of activities and events and hired 3D Audio Visual to design and install complete Harman networked AV systems using solutions by JBL, AMX, BSS and more.
“We wanted a hi-tech space that incorporated spaces for conferences, theatre and collaboration across the Ezone - to connect the engineering rooms that students used for group study and research, and to create this unique space for students and teachers to collaborate and learn,” said Clifton Newton, audio visual manager, University of Western Australia. We are delighted with the Harman system provided by 3D Audio Visual. The entire system offers great flexibility for the future, if and when we decide to expand. 3D Audio Visual has created comfortable study areas for the students, which is increasingly important following the COVID-19 pandemic.”
3D Audio Visual installed JBL Control 65P/T/BL pend

 
 
rcf-bjcc-legacy-arena-1-lo-900RCF delivers line array to Legacy Arena
Thursday, 5 May 2022

USA - In the heart of a thriving section of Birmingham, Alabama, stands the Birmingham/Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) located in the Uptown Entertainment District.
The multi-use complex boasts 220,000sq.ft of flexible space which serves as a conference and entertainment destination for the city. The complex includes a 3,000-seat concert hall, two theatres: one 1,000-seat, and one 274-seat. The largest venue, Legacy Arena with 19,000 seats, has recently undergone a complete audio system overhaul.
Originally build back in 1976, Legacy Arena may be the most impressive renovation of the $300m expansion of the Birmingham/Jefferson Convention Complex, which began in 2018. Some of music’s biggest names performed at the arena - from Bob Dylan to Garth Brooks, Luciano Pavarotti to Prince, Led Zeppelin to Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Grateful Dead to Taylor Swift, Jay-Z to ZZ Top. It has hosted major sporting events as well and attractions from tractor pulls to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It is now the chosen venue for the Birmingham Squadron, DanceSport and Gymnastics events for the 2022 World Games.
When Populous, the project architects for the BJCC renovation, required audio design services they brought in consultants Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, Williams (WJHW) from Carrollton, Texas. Specialising in sound and video for many of the largest stadiums and arenas nationwide, WJHW senior consultant, Guillermo Wabi and his team were brought in to address the challenges and requirements for the arena and design a robust audio system for the

 
coachella2JBL and Crown make impact at Coachella
Wednesday, 4 May 2022

USA - For the Gobi Stage at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, sound equipment provider Rat Sound Systems relied on Harman Professional audio solutions to deliver the sound.
This year, the festival occurred over two weekends and brought approximately 250,000 people to the Empire Polo Club in the Coachella Valley. This year also marked the festival’s return after a two-year hiatus, with a line-up including Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd as headliners.
The mid-size Gobi stage hosted a diverse bill of artists including electro-pop singer Rina Sawayama, alt-jazz combo BADBADNOTGOOD and masked country star Orville Peck among many others. To best accommodate a variety of genres and give the audience an immersive experience uninhibited by noise from the other festival stages, the Rat Sound team implemented a rig featuring JBL Professional VTX Series speakers and Crown VRack Series amplifiers.
“There are a lot of artists on the Gobi stage with a lot of dynamic and unique sounds,” says Kyle Pace, project manager, Rat Sound. “The main challenge at this stage is the tent structure and sound slapping from the back structures out in the field and sides of the tent. The JBL engineers came in and listened to the requests of what we were trying to accomplish. Using their smaller-degree boxes on top and the wides on bottom definitely helped minimise slap-back from the rear structures and sides of the tent. The JBL system did a phenomenal job at projecting a clear and accurate representation of what

 
 
somangsouthkoreatwaudiomainpicSeoul church chooses TW AUDiO solution
Wednesday, 4 May 2022

South Korea - In a city filled with thousands of houses of worship, Somang Presbyterian Church still stands above the rest as one of the most respected churches in Seoul.
Located in the heart of the fashionable Gangnam district, the church has been made famous by its long history, stretching back over more than 40 years, as well as its progressive use of technology in worship services. The most recent example - a top to bottom reinvention of its second sanctuary - has proven no less influential, drawing the attention of congregants and sound engineers alike.
Used primarily for wedding services and by the church’s youth group, Somang’s second sanctuary would feel like a main auditorium elsewhere. Yet for Jung Hak Kim and Seokwoo Choi of Star Networks, the space presented a number of challenges, including high reverberation that had made the previous audio system sound muddy.
“The old system had a lack of intelligibility which we needed to solve,” explains Jung Hak Kim. “Plus, the interior of the sanctuary has been completely renewed. We needed to ensure that the new system was unobtrusive and didn’t block the audience’s view of the new LED screen at the rear of the stage.”
He continues: “Like most churches, they didn’t want us to put subwoofers on the floor, mainly because of appearance, so I wanted to find an acoustically ideal position to provide even low-end coverage. We also had to eliminate the need for front-fills. Finally, we had to be careful to secure maximum gain before feedback – the pastor’s podium was moved

 
tiranaMartin Audio reinforces Embassy of Peace
Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Albania - A combination of a Martin Audio CDD system and a BlacklineX has been designated for sound reinforcement in the multi-purpose auditorium at the new Embassy of Peace for the Balkans in the Albanian capital of Tirana.
Located near the Tirana National Park, the building serves as the new headquarters for the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification and the Women Federation for World Peace in Albania. The location was designated after Tirana hosted the Southeast European Peace Summit in November 2019, organised under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Albania, in conjunction with Family Federation and Universal Peace Federation, where over 400 VIPs from 55 countries participated.
Conceived as a ‘House of Peace’, designed to serve the Balkans, this new building has undergone a sculptural process of cuts and clefts to give it a contemporary and dynamic appearance. These features include a large panoramic roof terrace, as well as an impressive main entrance to the building. Other distinctive features allow for the entry of natural light into the underground floor, which is used for offices and conference rooms.
With a capacity of up to 250 people, the main auditorium - featuring the Martin Audio sound reinforcement - is geared up for a wide variety of events, from high-level conferences, banquets, shows, concerts, live music performances, broadcasting events and others.
Elegantly designed with bespoke wooden acoustic wall panels, high-capacity noiseless ventilation, acoustic flooring and a distinctive lighting package, th

 
 
ultraL-Acoustics K1 takes Main Stage at Ultra in Miami
Wednesday, 4 May 2022

USA - For more than two decades, huge crowds have gathered at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami at the tail end of March for Ultra Music Festival, a massive three-day party with EDM artists providing the live playlist.
As the culmination of the annual Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week, the festival has long flown L-Acoustics loudspeakers on a number of its stages. But this year marked the first time Unreal-Systems/AgorÀ USA was tasked with providing audio for the Main Stage, and the company deployed an appropriate K1-based rig to keep the nightly crowd of 55,000 dancing.
“This is my 20th year of doing this festival as its audio provider, so that's kind of a milestone,” opens Unreal-Systems/AgorÀ USA ‘captain’ Andre Serafini, nodding to his history as the former owner and president of Beachsound. “We've always had L-Acoustics on several of the stages, including the Live Stage and Worldwide Stage, but this was the first year to have an L-Acoustics system on the Main Stage, and K1 delivered excellent results.”
Hosting performances by such well-known names as Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Illenium, Kygo, Marin Garrix, and Tiësto, this year’s Main Stage sported left and right main arrays of 16 K1 enclosures over four K2 downs, each backed by eight flown K1-SB subs, and adjacent out-fill arrays comprised a dozen K2 per side.
Anchoring the substantial low-end that is a hallmark of the EDM genre was a line of 48 KS28 subs spanning the face of the stage, while four additional K2 spaced out on top of the s

 
timax-fosTiMax TrackerD4 for Flying Over Sunset
Tuesday, 3 May 2022

USA - Broadway’s bold and original new musical, Flying Over Sunset at the Broadway Theatre, has been ground-breaking not only for its left-field storyline of a fictional meeting between Aldous Huxley, Clare Boothe Luce and Cary Grant all dropping LSD. Written and directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Lapine, with a score written by Tom Kitt - Pulitzer Prize, Emmy and Tony Award winner - and Tony nominee Michael Korie, the scenic visualisations in this unusual staging are supported by TiMax TrackerD4 to track the performers not with audio as is often the case, but with video projection, and for the first time on Broadway.
The consistency and versatility of award-winning TiMax TrackerD4 precision stage tracking is well acknowledged, and its status as de facto tracking system for other spatial audio engines beyond TiMax SoundHub is well earned. Packing flexible OSC protocol communication capabilities to ensure compatibility with most contemporary audio and media platforms, TiMax TrackerD4 was always destined for a wider stage.
In Flying Over Sunset, TiMax TrackerD4 was in place to manage a series of visuals including a moving effect that centred on each actors’ positions, following them as they walked through turbulent water projected on the stage. Technical director Chris Kurtz maintains, “The accuracy of TiMax TrackerD4 running at 50 frames per second (fps) allowed the effect to be creatively possible. Trying to time that movement would have been extremely difficult and TiMax alleviated the need for more complex line of

 
 
bellyard2Bellyard delivers with networked AV by Harman
Tuesday, 3 May 2022

USA - Basesix Systems outfitted the recently opened Bellyard Hotel with JBL Professional loudspeakers and AMX networked AV systems to deliver quality sound and video content via an easy-to-use system.
Located in Atlanta’s historic West Midtown stockyards, the Bellyard Hotel by Marriott is the cornerstone of The Interlock, the city’s newest destination for high-end shopping and culture. During construction, the hotel’s leadership required guidance regarding the most suitable AV systems in the lobby, bar, conference rooms and outdoor section. To meet the hotel’s modern design and commitment to quality, Basesix Systems installed solutions by JBL Professional and AMX.
“The design was probably 80% complete, but there were several question marks,” said Dan Ford, systems director of AV, Basesix Systems. “The consultants looked for our guidance to fill in the blanks: In this conference room, what size should the displays be? Can we put outdoor speakers or displays in this particular area? If there’s none currently in the design, how does that impact the system? We have used Harman on very similar projects that we've done in the past, so we knew it was a good fit when we started working on the project.”
To distribute clear sound throughout the facility, the Basesix team installed a background music system that controls levels and processing for all communal areas from a central location. While the original design called for a non-JBL Professional brand speaker, Basesix instead recommended JBL Control Series speakers to take advantage of t

 
ashlyAshly Audio amps up Rochester music venue
Tuesday, 3 May 2022

USA - Understanding that sound is the main motivator of any club, Photo City Music Hall looked to local power amp specialist Ashly Audio to provide a powerful, flexible solution to the venue’s needs. After ‘an overwhelmingly positive response’ to the recent installation of Ashly Audio’s amplifiers, Photo City Music Hall is ready to host larger, and louder, shows.
What began as a small venue has grown to be a Rochester staple. Photo City Music Hall originally opened in 2016 with owner Daniel Nielsen living in the green room for the first year and a half while growing the space. In the beginning most of the shows were punk or metal bands as well as comedy and burlesque shows.
However, during COVID, the venue rebranded and increased capacity to 500. This allowed them to focus more on music with 95% of shows being music related and EDM being a more popular genre. Most importantly, Photo City Music Hall is a community space that hosts benefit shows for organisations such as the local Leukemia Society as well as the LGBT community with their Pride Fest club pass.
“From when I started working with Photo City, there was always a vision to have it grow to what it is today. I’ve always been a fan of the sound quality of Ashly Audio’s equipment, especially their compressor and limiter algorithm, so they were a clear choice for this project,” states Justin Wyman, designer and installer, JWI Audio. “The artists that play at Photo City need power - from punk and rock’n’roll to EDM, burlesque and metal - the equipment used needs to have ama

 
 
polandCavatina Hall opens with L-Acoustics’ L-ISA
Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Poland - A multi-functional building combining office and cultural spaces, Poland’s newly-constructed Cavatina Hall opened its doors at the start of this year. It is the only privately owned and funded concert hall in the country and its owners’ uncompromising approach to design demonstrates their ambition for the venue to become a landmark on Europe’s cultural map.
The six-storey multifunctional building counts over 9,000sq.m of A-class office space, a chamber music hall, and a recording studio. But the crown jewel of the building is the 1,000-capacity concert hall which boasts a stage with AV technology integrated into an extensive digital and analogue network, and L-Acoustics’ progressive L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal sound technology, delivered by Warsaw-based L-Acoustics certified provider distributor, Audio Plus.
The venue was created by Cavatina Holding, of one of Poland's largest property development companies. It is strategically situated in the multi-cultural Southern Poland city of Bielsko-Biała, an industrial and artistic hub nestled in the Beskidy mountains. Among the events hosted in the city is the historic jazz festival Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa, which now takes place in Cavatina Hall.
“We can confidently claim that Cavatina Hall is one of the best facilities of its kind in the world, combining commercial industry with the promotion of art in a unique and modern building,” explains Katarzyna Pytlarczyk, head of Fiducia Foundation, the administrator of Cavatina Hall. “The concert hall has been designed so that all types of m

 
racoon2photocredit-pictureskErwin Van Lokeren creates new looks for Racoon
Tuesday, 3 May 2022

The Netherlands - Just prior to lockdown, lighting designer Erwin Van Lokeren was beginning work on an upcoming tour by his long-time client, Dutch rock stars Racoon. With the world of touring turned away from him, Van Lokeren had time to think about design and what he sees as one of its core meanings, how to reflect his clients’ music. It was, he now says, a time to allow “creativity to run free and build up”.
This April, the result of this creative incubation was revealed during Racoon’s arena show at Rotterdam Ahoy, as Van Lokeren and his co-designer/systems tech Bert Ploegh transformed the stage with an evocative, mesmerising lightshow created with the help of Chauvet Professional Maverick, STRIKE and Epix fixtures supplied by Splendit.
“For this show because of the Covid, we had a lot of time to create and try new things,” says Van Lokeren. “There is a new set list with new songs, which calls for a new design. I always want to translate music into visual components; it is a big part of my role as a designer.”
Just as music weaves its way through different contours and changes its mood often during the same song, so too did Van Lokeren and Ploegh’s lighting design evolve and flow with every note. At the start of one song, for example, there are no front lights; instead, a dark, emotional mood is created with UV light from the top and a red band of low light running across the upstage deck, Then, when song opens up, there is a rush of specials from the rig’s Maverick MK3 Profile, MK2 Spot and STRIKE 1 fixtures.
The de

 
 
hzlHans Zimmer Live tours Europe with Lightswitch
Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Europe - Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer returns to the concert stage with an innovative and dynamic production design created by Derek McLane, Peter Nigrini, and Lightswitch.
Produced and promoted by RCI Global and Semmel Concerts, Hans Zimmer Live is a major arena entertainment spectacular. More than just a concert, the show features Zimmer, a band, an orchestra made of acclaimed musicians from around the world, and a troupe of dancers and singers - all performing works from Zimmer’s multi-award winning catalogue.
The performance features arrangements from many major motion pictures, including the Academy Award winning films Dune, No Time to Die, and The Lion King, as well as fan favourites The Last Samurai and Interstellar.
With 10 musicians from the Odessa National Opera Orchestra, the show is also a poignant and moving statement on the power of music, as well as a condemnation of the Ukrainian invasion. In Zimmer’s own words, “The greatest weapon we have against war and brutality is art . . . We’re playing all these countries, making music and moving people, and up there on the stage . . . are people from Ukraine.”
In late 2019, Lightswitch joined acclaimed Broadway designers Derek McLane and Peter Nigrini to create a production design team in which everyone collaborated seamlessly, crossing arbitrary departmental boundaries to create a nimble, flexible experience for all.
“Hans wanted a totally distinctive aesthetic, and it’s a long show so we wanted to take the audience o

 
theater-im-parkphoto-by-adrian-rigele1Proteus Lucius performs at Theater im Park
Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Austria - Vienna’s Theater im Park, a new open-air stage nestled in the gardens of the Palais Schwarzenberg in the heart of the city, is an idyllic setting to take in a summer show. The new stage, which debuted in 2020, has been outfitted with Elation Professional Proteus Lucius IP65-rated LED moving heads specified and installed by event services company six by nine of Linz.
The opulent palace and magnificent gardens attracts a steady stream of visitors in its own right, but now a summer series of shows from theatre, cabaret and comedy, to classic and pop music events, has made the area even more popular. Six by nine was called on to light the new stage, a role that included the entire technical installation including engineering and other technical elements, as well as show execution and maintenance.
A flexible lighting system was required that could cover a variety of show formats, something that could easily transition from theatre performance to concert or comedy show. Six by nine required an all-purpose fixture with excellent output that could easily adjust the beam size when needed. It also needed to have framing shutters and because the fixtures would be mounted outside and therefore exposed to the elements, they needed them to be outdoor rated.
Michael Sarsteiner, director at six by nine, says a shootout with other fixtures was not necessary as the specification of the Elation Proteus Lucius was exactly what they were looking for. “We found the Lucius to be an ideal match,” he says. “The wide zoom range is a great benefit and it al

 
 
black-owl-in-jakarta-sets-new-benchmark-with-funktion-one-soundBlack Owl in Jakarta rocks with Funktion-One
Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Indonesia - Since opening in late-February, luxury supper club Black Owl has taken PIK Golf Island in Northern Jakarta by storm with its high-end dining and entertainment experience. At the heart of its music-focused offering is an impressive Funktion-One sound system from PT. Electro Audio Engineering.
Owned and operated by Murino Berjaya Indonesia, the 1,000sq.m space has been designed to give guests uninterrupted views of the stage from anywhere in the venue. The performance area and its captivating LED backdrop are the focal point of the main room, where the entertainment programme combines a mix of live music and DJ performances.
PT. Electro Audio Engineering's Linson Sugianto explains: “We had installed a different brand system for the group around four or five years ago, when they were still at a smaller venue in Jakarta. When they grew, they wanted something that would sound simply amazing and would make them the top lounge/nightclub destination in Jakarta and Indonesia in general. So, we recommended Funktion-One and they were very, very impressed.”
Black Owl’s sound system features two pairs Funktion-One Evo 6E with Evo 6EL mid/bass reinforcement, flown stage left and right. The Evo 6EL supplements the Evo 6E cabinets to provide additional mid bass headroom, which is especially useful for flown installations. A row of four Funktion-One F221 bass enclosures deliver punchy and involving low end from stage front and Funktion-One F1201s and BR118s provide coverage in the peripheries.
Sugianto says: “The system sounds big and powe

 
atrax-2Atrax Studios chooses Van Damme cables
Friday, 29 April 2022

Germany - Atrax, a mixing and mastering studio specialising in hip-hop and urban pop music, has been rebuilt using Van Damme Blue Series 8 core cables.
Based in Germany, Atrax now offers a modern workflow for customers all over the world.
For over 10 years, the studio has been helping artists to take their music to a new level. Whether it's mixing, mastering, recording or the entire production, it works with both newcomers and established artists, helping them get the perfect sound.
Thomas Merth, owner and CEO, Atrax Studios, comments: “We specialise in hip hop and urban pop and our customers expect quality at the highest level. I came to know and love Van Damme cables on many of the studio installations I have managed in the past. So it was easy to decide which cables to use for this rebuild. They’re absolutely reliable, the highest quality and have great handling."
Herpreet Kaur Singh, commercial director at VDC Trading says: “It’s lovely to hear stories like this and we strive to make every one of our customers as happy as Thomas. It’s been a pleasure working with Andre and Christian at Audiosteps to make this studio refurbishment a reality.”

 
 
marca-mp1Chauvet helps Gus Martinez to realise his vision
Friday, 29 April 2022

USA - When he set about designing a light show, for regional Mexican trio Marca MP’s recent California tour, SoCal-based LD Gus Martinez began envisioning how his favourite colour combinations would play off against the band’s blend of banda, mariachi, and ranchera music. He also pictured in his mind, a scene for the artists’ entrance on the stage.
The way Martinez envisioned it, the band would emerge from an elevator, flanked by runaway lights, while a variety of spots and washes illuminated the crowd, creating instant contact with their famously loyal fans.
Happily, that’s precisely as it played out at large venues like Ontario’s Toyota Arena, filling Martinez with an indescribable feeling.
“One of my favourite looks was the entrance,” said Martinez. “I imagined this moment throughout the entire time I was designing the show. Seeing it come to life is an almost inexplicable feeling.”
Helping Martinez turn this vision into reality were 170 Chauvet Professional fixtures, including the Maverick MK3 Wash, Maverick MK2 Spot, Rogue R3 Beam, and Rogue R2 Wash, all supplied by Hardwired Productions.
Following the stirring entrance scene, Martinez built the emotional power of the show through a combination of vivid colour combinations, commanding columned looks, fast moving, dramatic light angles, and well-timed atmospherics.
“In general, I like to keep my design as simple as possible, while still being able to create powerful moments,” says Martinez. “Having different effects interact with each other is one way to

 
london-treehouseTreehouse London prioritises clarity with KV2
Friday, 29 April 2022

UK - Treehouse London occupies the site of the former Saint Georges hotel on Langham Place, boasting some of the best views of any London hotel. Combined with a playful aesthetic, a determinedly sustainable ethic and some excellent food and drink options, Treehouse London offers one of the capital’s most surprising and joyful hospitality experiences.
Inaugurated on 31 October 2019, the hotel was rapidly forced to close its doors again in the face of the pandemic; 18 months later as the world makes a cautious return to normality, Treehouse London is welcoming guests once more to experience its hospitality. Specialist AV integrators Promotiontime NE were called in to design and specify the AV systems across the bar and restaurant areas that occupy the entirety of the 15th and 16th floors. KV2 was deemed the ideal choice.
Brian Graham, owner and MD of Promotiontime NE, explains that they were tasked with providing a sound system that could deliver exceptional audio both as a background music system for daytime use, yet would perform equally well as a night time system when the DJ arrived to ‘party up’ the atmosphere. “As part of the decision process we visited other similar KV2 installations with Treehouse London’s MD Ayo Akinsete and his team so they could listen to the products we were proposing,” says Graham.
“Usually, most of our client demonstrations tend to focus on how hard the products can be driven whilst still maintaining impeccable audio integrity - in other words, how loud can you go - but Ayo and his team were just as focused

 
 
2-jimmie-allenJimmie Allen heads Down Home with Bandit
Thursday, 28 April 2022

USA - Country star Jimmie Allen kicked off his Down Home Tour 2022, his first headlining tour, with a lighting system provided by Bandit Lites.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the entire Jimmie Allen team,” said Bandit Lites vice president Mike Golden. “Tour manager David Schultz and I began working together when he first graduated from Belmont. As time moved forward, he involved production manager Parker Anderson who David met while attending school. They in turn hired Lane Hymel who had also worked with Bandit in the past. This group is a highly motivated team that has taken Jimmie’s production to a new level, and we are very proud to be working this team.”
“We wanted a rig that could give us the biggest impact and fit into our budget,” explained lighting designer Lane Hymel. “Choosing fixtures like Chauvet’s EPIX Bar Tour allow us to offer the big eye candy look that we knew we wanted while also fitting within our budget. The Robe Spikie was also a great option for us with its small form factor.”
With the builds happening later in the afternoon on most days, load in needs to be both quick and efficient. Hymel configured a design that utilized pipe and GT Truss that would transform into buildable set carts making changeovers and loud outs quick and easy.
Twelve pipe uprights are mounted with Chauvet EPIX Bar Tours, while the top of the bars feature Robe Spikies. affixed along eight of the pipes are Elation WW2 blinders while additional Epix Bars line the edge of risers to accent the stage and offer clean lines.

 
avatarChristie and Lightstorm collaborate for Avatar
Thursday, 28 April 2022

USA - In a partnership that spans 16 years, Christie and Lightstorm Entertainment, filmmaker James Cameron’s production company, collaborated to bring enhancements to theatrical display capabilities for 3D, HFR digital cinema for Avatar and the much-anticipated Avatar 2. Cameron used Christie cinema projectors as a key part of realising his vision.
The partnership began in 2006 with an agreement to share know-how and technological innovations that would help to propel the future of immersive, cinematic experiences, which has included providing Lightstorm Entertainment with Christie’s newest projection systems as well as support.
“Over the years, we’ve worked closely with the team at Lightstorm,” explains Brian Claypool, executive vice president, Cinema, Christie. “With our range of Xenon and RGB laser projectors with Real|Laser technology, Lightstorm has been able to review footage at various stages of production, to ensure the final product looks as intended on the big screen.”
Part of Lightstorm’s production process includes a Christie 4K, HFR capable projector installed into a ‘pod’, used to review footage as it’s filmed on set. Additionally, Lightstorm has Christie projectors installed in multiple post-production environments allowing Cameron to work on creating the final images to be used in the film Avatar 2.
“Christie has been a good partner. We’re using their projection systems at all our production sites, in the US and New Zealand,” says James Cameron. “Wherever I am, I can view pro

 
 
schouwburg-concertzaal-tilburgSchouwburg Concertzaal celebrates with Chauvet
Thursday, 28 April 2022

The Netherlands - Dutch architect Jo Coenen’s buildings don’t merely blend into an environment, they become part of it. This is evident in Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg, an impressive modernistic edifice in the cultural heart of the city with large glass walls and recessed surfaces that erase all barriers between the building and the urban landscape outside.
When this cultural landmark celebrated its 25th anniversary recently, the community wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. With this in mind, the venue contacted designer Max de Kam of Maximal Lighting to create a display on the building’s curved rooftop façade.
Building on the theme of a popular multi-colour light art piece inside the building, the design team decided to feature a rainbow display on the rooftop. This design, with its panoramic hues, was also especially fitting, given the diverse range of concerts and events that take place inside the building’s two halls.
Max de Kam wanted luminaires that could reliably create the colourful array he envisioned in an outdoor setting. Patrick Knoop and the PK eventtechniek team provided the solution he was seeking by furnishing him with 15 COLORado Panel Q40 IP65-rated fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“To share the festive feeling of the 25th anniversary, we decided to use multi-colour fixtures,” said Knoop. “Since 2021 we have had the COLORado Panel Q40 in our collection. The fixtures work very well in terms of colour and they are outdoor rated, but we had never completed a project such as this one with the

 
digicohudsonhallDiGiCo and Waves in the mix at Hudson Hall
Thursday, 28 April 2022

USA - Hudson Hall resides in an historic and landmarked building housing New York State’s oldest surviving theatre. It’s where Frederic Church displayed his paintings, Bret Harte read his poetry, ‘Blind Tom’ Wiggins packed the house with his keyboard virtuosity, where Henry Ward Beecher delivered a rousing abolitionist lecture, and Teddy Roosevelt once electrified a crowd.
Abandoned for decades, the building was saved when local citizens came together in 1992 to establish a cultural centre there to serve its diverse community.
In 2017, Hudson Hall completed a $9.5m restoration of its performance hall to support a thriving creative economy in the town of, and the region around, Hudson, New York. The next step in Hudson Hall’s journey has now been taken, with the installation of a DiGiCo S21 console used to mix the venue’s front-of-house sound, monitors, and the streaming of shows online.
Keith Rivers, Hudson Hall’s house audio engineer, also wears many hats. In addition to acting as the venue’s front-of-house and monitor mixer, he’s also responsible for the audio mix of Hudson Hall’s online streamcasts. Furthermore, Rivers is the account manager for the Commercial Sales Group at Audio Video Corporation, the Albany, NY-based AV systems integrator that sold and installed the S21 along with a DiGiCo D2-Rack, connected over a Cat 5 cable, and an integrated Waves SuperRack SoundGrid.
“We’re a 400-seat, non-profit venue, but we also serve a very robust arts community and we regularly host shows by Grammy Award-winning music

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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