Australia - Martin Audio’s MLA Mini loudspeaker array has been specified at a new leisure development in Rosenthal Park, Lane Cove - a suburb of Sydney.
The technology was specified by integration company Xcite Audio Visual, who tendered the successful bid, with the system supplied and supported by the manufacturer’s Australian distributor, Technical Audio Group (TAG).
“There was a performance specification written but no brands specified,” explains TAG’s system sales manager, Ewan McDonald. “Xcite came to us at tender stage wanting to look at a Martin Audio solution and TAG’s SSE (System Solutions & Engineering) team assisted them in providing a proof of concept based around the MLA Mini system.”
MLA Mini provides sound reinforcement on a bandstand stage, which is the centrepiece of the new development, known as The Canopy.
Lane Cove Council earmarked the development on the site of a former car park which was no longer fit for purpose. They decided to convert this into a new 500-space underground car park and construct the community precinct on top. This new feature includes a park with village green and children’s playground, a pedestrian concourse, the performance stage, a restaurant / café precinct and retail (including supermarkets).
But the new high premium, high-rise apartments flanking the site brought its own potential problems with regard to sound escape from the stage.
TAG first supported the acoustic design with EASE measurements and later produced the DISPLAY optimisation files in the proprietar
USA - It’s had multiple names since it first opened in June of 1992, but the Phoenix Suns Arena - formerly America West Arena, US Airways Centre, Talking Stick Resort Arena, and PHX Arena - has been the home of the NBA Phoenix Suns since day one.
What has changed recently is how the venue sounds, with a new L-Acoustics Kara II loudspeaker system in place just in time for the 2021 NBA season, which began with a Suns win over the Dallas Mavericks on 23 December, 2020.
Designed by AV consultants at WJHW and installed by Pro Sound & Video, a Solotech company, the new Kara II system is part of the $230m Project 201: PHX Reimagined, designed to convert the nearly 30-year-old arena into a state-of-the-art sports entertainment venue for Phoenix Suns and WNBA Phoenix Mercury fans.
According to Pro Sound & Video, the arena’s management specifically requested an L-Acoustics PA system as part of the ongoing and extensive venue renovation, including new distributed sound systems for the arena’s concourses and back-of-house areas. “The venue’s management has had positive experiences with L-Acoustics in other locations in the past, and the brand has become widely accepted by NBA arenas,” says Pro Sound.
The integrator points out that Kara II was chosen for its light weight and powerful output capability. “We had to stay within certain weight limits on the steel for this project, especially since the system is designed to be pulled up and out of the way, potentially, when touring shows come through with their own sound systems,” they e
UK - To mark International Women’s day this year, sound design and music production facility String and Tins has announced the launch of the second iteration of its female-led programme No Fixed Mix. Aiming to improve the gender balance in technical sound roles, the music company will conduct a series of workshops, arming participants with tips, tools and resources to help them pursue a career in sound.
The inaugural programme of No Fixed Mix, held in 2019, welcomed five aspiring sound engineers into String and Tins’ studios. Created by String and Tins’ audio post production manager Eimear Ní Ghuaire, the programme included three workshops that focused on the audio industry - production, sound design and music - and was aimed at any woman seeking a career in sound design.
This year, String and Tins is expanding the programme to reflect the growing variety of projects that the studio is working on, incorporating foley, field recording and longform into the updated course curriculum. In addition to this, an extended list of assignments will be available, in order to help participants develop their showreels, as well as a wider variety of lecturers/hosts.
Mike Bamford, co-founder of String and Tins says: “No Fixed Mix’s inaugural programme was a bigger success than we could have hoped for and the response to our call out for applicants was huge - it just shows that it’s not just men who want to apply for these roles and pursue these careers. We held three workshops on the industry, sound design and music which helped candidates develop pie
USA - The production teams behind the sound, video, lighting and broadcast facilities at The Potter’s House in Dallas have long sought out the best technologies with which to deliver the message of the church’s founder, televangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes, to his 30,000-strong congregation.
Most recently, the audio system has undergone a significant upgrade with the installation of three Dante-networked Solid State Logic Live L550 digital mixing consoles, positioned at front-of-house, monitors and in the church’s broadcast centre.
“As our ministry has grown over the years and we’ve started to do a lot of stuff that’s outside of the norm, we started to run into walls because we just couldn’t do it with our previous consoles. We have 160 or 170 inputs at times, and we were starting to run into input challenges,” says production manager and front-of-house engineer William B. Barnett. “So, as we’ve grown, and our technical prowess has grown, we decided we wanted a console that could do a little more, that sounds amazing and has more inputs.”
The three SSL Live L550 desks offer a noticeable improvement both in operational capabilities and in the system’s sound quality compared to the previous consoles, says Barnett. “If you have to have a bunch of plug-ins to make your console sound decent then that’s an issue. So we said, let’s look at a console that sounds incredible, operates at 96 kHz, has mic preamps with great gain, and is a fairly easy platform to use but has expansive programming.”
The 191,000sq.ft main sanctuary
Spain - Amate Audio is marking International Women’s Day, celebrating the ever-increasing number of women working in and performing key roles in entertainment technology. Their increasing presence, a powerful force for improvement in our industry; in manufacturing and supply, on-stage, backstage, behind the scenes, or front-of-house.
In a statement the company says, “On International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the role of women working throughout our industry, alongside the particular achievements and importance of women at Amate Audio. Women fulfil some of the most critical roles in our company – in design engineering, production, marketing and administration. Their talents, skills and creativity are integral to our endeavour.”
Currently women make up 37% of the Amate workforce and hold many key positions. These include the company’s chief acoustics engineer and graphic designer, as well personnel in Assembly and Electronics, Customer Service, Purchasing and Accounting.
“Our HR strategy is not only to continue to increase the proportion of women on our staff, but to increasingly recruit them into high skill positions within the company,” states founder and CEO Juan Amate.
Belgium - Although he was in the clothing business, Luc Provost always wanted to own a theatre. Not long ago, fate gave him a reason to turn this aspiration into reality, when he acquired 10,000 pieces of theatrical costumes from a Dutch company.
Looking for a place to store his newfound collection of clothing, he purchased a former school building in the East Flanders town of Mater. Attached to that structure was a small theatre.
For Provost, it was a building of dreams. “I had the costumes and venue,” he recalled. “So now I was ready.”
On 2 January, 2020, Provost shared his dream with the world when, outfitted with a new rig of Chauvet Professional fixtures, the Cultuurcentrum Maskerade staged its first show. Unfortunately, it was also the last live show at the 220-seat theatre for the year, as the coronavirus pandemic brought public gatherings to a grinding halt.
With live shows temporarily on hold, Provost and his team used the theatre for livestream performances. By the summer, they hope to be having in person events again.
Regardless of whether a Cultuurcentrum Maskerade show is live or livestreamed, one thing is certain: it will be supported by a powerful and flexible lighting rig. Working closely with his supplier, the Oudenaarde, Belgium-based DMXShop and DMXRent, Provost put together a collection of fixtures, which, while not extensive, can wash the stage in rich colour combinations, and texturize it with crisp gobo patterns, while also delivering smooth, even key lighting.
Featured in this rig are four Ovation F-
USA - Attracting around 4,000 worshippers each week, Hope Church in Las Vegas opened a new, 1,750-seat auditorium worship centre and sanctuary in December 2020. The technical infrastructure was designed and installed by church technology specialists Stark Raving Solutions (SRS), who installed an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon system in the main auditorium.
At Hope Church, growth has been so significant, that in 2019, the church moved to add a fourth weekly service. With that additional service, average weekly congregation numbers grew by about 600, according to creative producer Micah Ogle.
Kansas-based SRS has installed many Alcons LR series pro-ribbon line arrays in churches. They introduced the leadership of Hope Church to Alcons solutions at a demonstration event in Las Vegas a few years ago. When SRS suggested a system based on the double 8” LR18 compact mid-size line-array module and double 6.5” LR14/90 ultra-compact line-array module for the new worship centre, the church readily agreed.
“The seating area is a large horseshoe/fan shape, nearly 230º wide, with heavily-raked seats. None is more than 90ft (27.5m) from the central speaking position on stage,” says SRS’s church resource director Marcus Hammond. “We have worked with both Hope Church and Alcons for a long time and the church was more than happy to accept our recommendation, knowing they could trust it would deliver exactly what they needed.”
The system comprises a centre cluster of eight and two side clusters of six LR18, plus two six-unit arrays of LR14/90 for side-fi
USA - Passion Church, a thriving 400-congregant, multi-generational and multi-ethnic church in Casa Grande, Arizona, was in need of a complete audio, visual, and lighting systems overhaul to effectively equip its growing ministries into the future and chose Elation Fuze Pendants as part of the solution.
In early 2020, Passion Church reached out to 5 Words Media, an AVL production company based in Phoenix, to inquire about a full AVL system design. A day later, 5 Words Media sales engineer Brandon Cole met Pastor Romeo Leal on-site at Passion Church to walk the space and strategise an ideal AVL system to support their current and future needs.
“I wanted to hear the dreams Pastor Romeo had, not just for the AVL aspects of Passion Church, but for his church overall,” stated Cole. “Designing a system with the overarching vision and mission of the church in mind helps us design and build them a system equipped for future expansion while also ensuring excellence is achieved.”
The church’s previous build used basic 0-10v lights but Cole wanted to give his client the ability to “paint a picture” using dynamic house lights. “Some of their wants were to control the left, centre and right sections of the audience,” he says. “Showing the capabilities of the Fuze Pendants between colour to dimming control hit the nail right on the spot with what they were looking for.”
5 Words Media designed the lighting system with Elation products chosen for house lighting, atmospherics, wireless DMX/distribution, and control, namely Fuze Pendants
Luxembourg - Given that the Rockhal sits on Avenue du Rock’n’Roll, it is no surprise the venue raised its fist in the air to host five concerts aimed at gathering data to work towards the return of live events.
The Because Music Matters concert series was set up in partnership with the Luxembourg Ministry of Health to evaluate how future concerts can be presented safely and sustainably across the continent and beyond. The shows were mounted in the 1,200-capacity Club space at Rockhal (Luxembourg’s Centre de Musiques Amplifiées) with a range of safety and testing measures in place.
Featuring Glass Museum from Brussels and local heroes Cleveland, C'est Karma & Francis of Delirium, Fusion Bomb and Claire Parsons & Klein, the event also marked the first use of the Rockhal’s new Adamson Systems Engineering IS-Series PA, temporarily deployed in a configuration specifically designed for Because Music Matters.
When renovations - including a new balcony - are completed in the Club hall, the IS-Series rig will be deployed as a stereo system featuring 10 IS10 and three IS119 subs flown per side, two IS219 subs ground-stacked per side, and six IS7P as fills - all powered by Adamson D-Series amplifiers (two pairs of D120 and D80 for the IS10, two D200 for the subs, and three D40 for IS7P).
The safety-first Because Music Matters shows demanded an ingenious change to the system configuration that kept the socially distanced audience connected intimately to the performances.
“For this set up we could easily adapt it to provide 360° o
Spain -At the end of 2020, singer Mónica Naranjo launched a special re-issue of her third studio album Minage originally released in 2000, which paid tribute to Italian artist Mina. Fast forward 20 years, and Puro Minage features a full complement of the exact content that Naranjo had wanted to include in the project from the start. Marking the occasion, she played a special concert in front of a live audience - with COVID rules in place - at the Palau de Les Arts, Valencia.
Lighting designer CaCo García has been working with the artist and her management team for around two years, and he chose to use 66 Robe moving lights to be at the centre of this show, which he helped deliver working closely with video director Alberto Arias.
CaCo discussed the moods and ambience that Mónica Naranjo wanted to evoke throughout her performance and then designed lighting together with the elegant set and staging concept that included two large upstage LED screens and several lighting structures.
“The look was clean, simple and classy and minimal,” he explained, taking a ‘less-is-more’ core approach. It had to work equally well live and for cameras – as the show was recorded for streaming.
CaCo has been using Robe products for some years in his work and chosen luminaires - 42 LEDBeam 150s, 12 Pointes and 12 LEDWash 300s were picked as the most appropriate. The small and unobtrusive size of all of these made them a good physical fit for this show and venue, and the output and features - especially zoom, colour, quiet running - offe
USA - The Canopy by Hilton Downtown is the latest boutique lifestyle hotel to open in Tempe, Arizona. To provide sound reproduction throughout, management invested in the installation of an assortment of DAS Audio systems.
In charge of the project were ‘Skinny’ Greg Gilman, who has wide experience in the world of music and sound endeavours, and Oakland Park, FL-based TM Sound, an AV design/build firm.
“The hotel’s entrance is equipped with two Q-43-T systems,” Gilman reports. “The lobby, which also doubles as the first restaurant/bar, was fitted with ten white Ovi-12s, suspended 14ft above the floor and 2ft from the ceiling, providing equal coverage for Alter Ego (the restaurant & bar) and Myrtle Corner (a lounge/waiting area) - without the undesired reflections from a nearby large room with glass garage doors. We also hide four Q-10 subwoofers and tuned them perfectly so they would not disrupt guests calling or checking in. Outside the garage doors, we placed two Q-23-T with IP Kits for the outdoor patio dining area.
“Moving into the display kitchen area,” Gilman continues, “is a private dining space where we hid two more Q-10 and four Q-43-T to match the room’s décor. On the 14th floor is Alibi, a cosy bar offering great views of Arizona. Here, there are six Q-23-T, which provide coverage right up to the bar, keeping the energy high and still inviting guests to converse. Two Q-10 subwoofers are hidden behind the columns of the room.
“Just outside of the bar on either side, we placed two WR-8826 for the o
USA - The 750sq.ft performance space that owner Evan Kirkendall and GM Steve Wozniak created inside Harford Sound’s warehouse in Joppa, MD, features a rig that includes over 75 Chauvet Professional fixtures and a massive 18’ by 10’ video wall made with F4IP panels.
The Harford Sound team and lighting designer Kyle Ryman attempted to replicate the hard-driving intensity of a mega-venue stage for the arena rock tribute band Glamour Kitty.
“Performance spaces like ours that have cropped up since COVID aren’t the biggest, but with a solid band and talented LD, they can create settings that come across great at conveying largescale energy,” said Wozniak. “Kyle did a great job making this performance come alive so it could really speak to viewers.”
Going with dramatic, synced hits, Ryman was able to create punchy vistas that captured the spirit of Glamour Kitty’s tributes to bands like Bon Jovi and Van Halen. In deference to the limitations of the livestream video format, he curbed his use of sweeping crossing patterns and aerial effects. In their place, his camera-friendly design filled the viewer’s screen with a torrent of big, but tightly focused, looks featuring sharp-edged gobo patterns from his eight Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures. He also used his rig to create dynamic chase sequences and immersive starburst patterns.
Bold colour changes were also an important part of Ryman’s design vision. He washed the set with an intense and varied palette from his 24 Rogue R2X Wash fixtures and 16 COLORado Solo Battens.
Japan - Enhancing its theatres to offer guests a ‘one-of-a-kind movie experience’, Humax Cinema hired Xebex Inc to design and install a Harman Professional cinema audio solution.
Featuring 10 screens and accommodating up to 1,200 guests, Humax Cinema is one of the most versatile movie complexes in Japan. In addition to showing films, the cinema doubles as a multipurpose venue that hosts jazz performances and other live sound events.
Elevating its facility to include ‘world-class audio’, Humax Cinema wanted to upgrade to a sound system that delivered pristine acoustics and provided guests an unforgettable experience, especially during movies. Xebex deployed a premium Harman Professional cinema audio solution that includes JBL’s Sculpted Surround technology as well as a collection of JBL ScreenArray loudspeakers.
“The client wanted to create an immersive theatre space to entertain visitors and provide a remarkable movie experience. This is the first cinema complex in Japan where the Sculpted Surround System is installed in every auditorium. It enables the audience to enjoy high-quality audio from any corner of the theatre,” said Ryuichi Ishikawa, vice president of Xebex Inc. “Harman’s audio system fully revolutionised the sound experience for cinema lovers.”
Xebex equipped the theatres with a combination of JBL cinema loudspeakers. Featuring JBL’s ScreenArray design, C222 two-way and 5732 three-way ScreenArray loudspeakers deliver ‘pristine sound, maximum output as well as consistent and optimal coverage’. Further addin
Spain - The North West Spanish resort of Donostia-San Sebastian has long attracted the rich and famous to its many Basque architectural landmarks, including the ornate interior of what was once the San Sebastian Casino.
More recently, the space has been transformed into the plenary hall of the Donostia-San Sebastian Town Hall, but the interior is no less impressive. Clad in marble and stone with vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and stained-glass windows, the room is visually spectacular but sonically challenging – a serious problem for the meetings and events that are frequently hosted within the space.
“The plenary hall of the city of Donostia-San Sebastian is a unique space of extraordinary beauty and it is full of history,” explains Anselmo Calleja of Spanish AV systems integrator Sionua Pro, whose expertise was called on during the refurbishment of the hall.
“It is a space with high ceilings and reflective surfaces with a lot of reverberation. But high quality audio reproduction is very important. The room hosts many different types of events such as high-level meetings, conferences, civic ceremonies, plenary sessions and even classical music recitals.
“In addition, various sources are used, from conferencing systems to lectern mics or even wireless microphones. From the beginning, it was obvious that a traditional audio system simply wouldn’t work, we needed something special.”
Calleja decided that the answer was TW AUDiO Ella. Recently launched, Ella combines the slim form factor of a column with the flexibility of a lin
Japan - Christie has announced that Kogakuin University has deployed a D4K40-RGB 3DLP pure laser projector for large-scale and 3D projection mapping on a large surface (mapping area) comprising a ‘kinetic wall’ set up in its atrium as part of the renewal process of its Shinjuku campus.
Jointly delivered and installed in Shinjuku Atrium by Ushio Lighting Inc. and CIMA Co, with planning and direction accomplished by P.I.C.S. Co, the Christie D4K40-RGB delivers big, bright and bold images on the mapping area that includes a ‘kinetic wall’ measuring 16m in width and 8.5m in height. This ‘kinetic wall’ features 180 modular cubes, each measuring 40 cm, that can be programmed to move back and forth individually. Creative expressions ranging from a highly dynamic wall surface, large-scale and 3D projection mapping, as well as data visualisation can be achieved using a combination of video, audio and lighting effects.
A spokesperson from Kogakuin University commented, “There is a characteristic open ceiling space up to the 4th floor of the atrium and it is a place that reflects the ideas of Kogakuin University, which allows members of each faculty to express themselves experimentally, as well as generate new ideas and concepts. This ‘kinetic wall’ is an extension of this creative process, and through the combination of various technologies such as 3D projection mapping, new life and energy can be injected into our renewed campus.”
Explaining why the Christie D4K40-RGB is chosen for this facility, the spokesperson said, “It can produce a
UK - Set in a thickly wooded area and set off by manicured gardens in Thronton Hough on The Wirral, The Red Fox restaurant started life as a manor house in the late 19th Century.
For a period this February, the stately landmark took on a more contemporary appearance when it was bathed in brilliant green by a collection of Chauvet Professional LED fixtures.
Scott Cooper of ASG Entertainments donated the use of the lighting fixtures, along with his expertise, to the Red Fox for the benefit of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, whose cancer treatment facilities serve patients in Cheshire, Merseyside and the surrounding areas including the Isle of Man.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the suspension of many things, cancer has not taken time off. This is why the Clatterbridge Centre initiated a Let’s Go Green campaign to raise funds and awareness. Management of Red Fox elected to participate by asking Cooper to turn their building, as well as some of the surrounding trees, green.
“This venue is a client of ours, and we were only too happy to participate given the worthiness of the cause,” said Cooper. “Plus, it was fun to create a compelling image throughout this impressive site.”
Cooper used COLORado Quad 1 Par fixtures to light the exterior of the main restaurant building. Relying on the intense output and powerful throw distance of these RGBW units, he was easily able to reach the uppermost levels of the building with light. He was also able to connect to the building‘s power source without needing a
Switzerland - In January 2021, a new training and conference facility for Mercury Training Group SA opened in Mendrisio. The versatile space is designed to be used as one large room or divided into two or three smaller ones, so a flexible and reliable audio system was needed. Yamaha provided the chosen solution.
Led by Frank Merenda, founder of Metodo Merenda (the Merenda Method), Mercury Training Group hosts ‘American style’ training conventions where marketing meets showbusiness. Along with live speech from presenters, video and audio playback are integral parts of the show. Michele and Riccardo De Simone of Sperlonga-based Remix Multimedia SRL were asked by Tiziano Stampete, the head of Mercury’s technical staff, to design an audio system which would maximise the use of the space.
“Reliability, safety and quality were the key words for this installation,” says Michele. “For us one of the key advantages of a Yamaha system was that it allowed full redundancy by installing both Dante and analogue networks, guaranteeing reliability. The customer wanted to be certain that, if there was any problem with one, the other would seamlessly take over, making sure there would be no interruption to their presentations.”
The system installed by Remix Multimedia comprises eight truss-mounted DZR10-D powered loudspeakers and a QL1 digital mixing console with MY4-DA expansion card in the main room. A DCP4V4S digital control panel provides straightforward control of the different main room configurations. An adjacent breakout room features five VXS5 s
Czech Republic - Nearly a century old, Czech Radio (Český rozhlas (ČRo)) is the largest public radio broadcaster in the Czech Republic and Europe’s second oldest radio broadcaster after the BBC. Established in 1923, Czech Radio offers four national services, 14 regional channels, numerous channels covering classical and jazz music, sports, children’s and youth radio services and external multi-language broadcasts.
With previous positive experiences of using DiGiCo SD12 consoles, Czech Radio’s team decided to expand their fleet of broadcast transmission vehicles, with a DiGiCo Quantum338 as the heart of the new OB van for the station’s key location in Prague.
“The Quantum 338 will allow Czech Radio to mix up to 128 channels of audio with enormous processing capabilities and unprecedented flexibility thanks to its universal DMI slots and two Dante DMI modules,” says Petr Šťásek from Pro Music, which supplied the console. “Additionally, the advanced processing capabilities of the console and its superior flexibility, all featured in a compact format, was something that we knew would give them an edge in their busiest location in the capital city.”
The console is complemented by three DiGiCo SD-Rack stage boxes equipped with 32-bit 'John Stadius' AD / DA converters and Optocore connectivity up to a distance of 250 m.
“The calibre of broadcasts done at Czech Radio meant system reliability was our number one priority. The entire technology of the OB van is powered from the grid through a power backup supply, which allows up t
France - Once known as ‘Little Breton California’, the vibrant town of Saint-Nazaire is home to VIP, or ‘Le VIP’, as locals refer to it. Featuring a 550-seat concert hall, three rehearsal studios and a resource centre, the venue attracts artists of all levels and music genres. This year, French audio, lighting and video company, Melpomen has installed L-Acoustics A Series in Le VIP to address the venue’s complex architectural design and deliver homogenous sound across the entire auditorium.
“After 10 years of service, the old sound system was entering a delicate maintenance phase,” says Julien Potin, technical director at VIP. “So it seemed an appropriate time to acquire a new system that would address lifelong issues.”
“We knew right from the start that we needed an extra-versatile and scalable solution for a modern music hall like the VIP,” adds Samuel Birais, audio technical manager at Melpomen. “Our key objectives were to create a comfortable listening experience for the audience and to respect France’s latest constraints and rules in terms of sound levels, particularly in terms of dBc. To achieve this, we needed a system that delivered high SPL, extended bandwidth of between 25Hz and 20kHz, and evenly distributed sound coverage throughout the hall, without overly polluting the stage space.”
The concert hall is almost 18m wide and the FOH control position is barely 7.5m from the front of the stage. There is also a mezzanine floor that is as wide as the room but shallow, with a bar along its back wall. Smoothing out th
South Africa - With travel restrictions in place, the show has to go on, albeit digitally. For an international fashion show, four South African fashion designers were able to shoot their latest work at The Blank Space, a venue created by the CCPP Group in Cape Town. While everyone missed the audience, the upside saw the production team working in a more relaxed setting where they were able to capture the looks needed for their submissions.
The Blank Space is a venue that was created by CCPP Group (founded by Clint Cawood in 2006 as Clint Cawood Professional Productions), specifically for the fashion shoot. Thanks to its success, the functional space has since hosted various events and is a solution for studio and film productions, virtual product launches, game shows and music performances. CCPP Group has utilised 300 sqm within the warehouse, situated in Ndabeni, Maitland, to provide a 22m x 12m work area equipped with professional gear including a Robe lighting rig, grandMA light console and a PA system.
“Towards the end of last year, there were certain designers who could not get to an international fashion show due to Covid-19 travel limitations and had to fill in their slots from a South African site,” explains Andrew Gleave, operations manager at CCPP Group and designer for the fashion shoot. “Instead of hiring a venue, they opted to use our warehouse. With an industrial look and open feel, they liked the concrete floor with the beam of light forming a runway down the centre so much, that they chose not to build an actual stage.”
Australia - During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, Channel 9 staff in Sydney were kept busy moving from their historic Willoughby site where they had been for 60 years to the network's new home in North Sydney.
November 20, 2020, marked the final day of broadcast before the move to the new HQ that includes a large number of specialist spaces to support Nine Entertainment Co's broadcasting function, including a 400sqm data centre, six studio spaces, radio and podcast facilities, eight control rooms and a multitude of editing suites.
The investment in new technologies for the studios includes a full package of studio lighting from Show Technology.
Channel 9's head of lighting Andrew Veitch started on the new studio fit-outs last April saying it was hard work as the rest of his crew were still working at the Willoughby base. “Fortunately I then had Paul Collison and Tom Johns join me for three weeks and we conquered heaps - with help from Show Technology's Vince Haddad too,” commented Andrew.
There's not a lot of power in North Sydney to run large studios so an all-LED rig was essential and with that proviso in hand, Andrew surveyed many companies and much gear. Ultimately, it came down to price and what was offered for that price and whilst there were a couple of other companies that came close in price, they could not offer an entire suite of studio lights the way that Prolights can.
Consequently, a Prolights complete package of 205 x EclPanel TWC, six EclPanel TWCJr, 119 x EclFresnel Jr, 20 x EclFresnel 2K and 79 x Ecl
France - Last summer, DJ Florian Picasso wowed his fans with a livestream set, accompanied by hypnotic projection mapping and pyrotechnics, from his great-grandfather Pablo’s former residence in Cannes.
The light show at Villa La Californie brought the exterior of the building to life and delighted not only his neighbours on the Riviera but also an audience of millions worldwide. In an equally compelling follow-up, Florian recently staged another stream from inside the villa, this time in conjunction with artist Cyril Kongo, for the benefit of Maria Bravo and Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Foundation. The show sought to raise awareness and funds for Vietnamese orphanages.
The event was staged from the living room of the villa which was transformed, with the addition of paintings, sketches and sculptures to its original state as Pablo Picasso’s studio. As Florian’s set progressed, Cyril Kongo worked beside him to paint a unique piece of art using a Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000 as a canvas, which was later auctioned with all proceeds going to an orphanage in Vietnam.
Pioneer Pro Audio provided the technical support for the event and provided a range of equipment to help power the stream. As well as the combination of the CDJ-3000 multi-player and a DJM-V10 mixer supplied by Pioneer DJ, Pioneer Pro Audio furnished the event with two XY-3B loudspeakers and two XY-218HS subwoofers to deliver powerful in-room sound, as well as a pair of XPRS-10 powered speakers for monitoring.
Florian Picasso enjoyed the performance: “It was such a blessing to be able
UK - Roger Barrett, technical director at Star Live contacted SES Entertainment Services as he was in need of a large amount of quality power distribution units and cabling for three large semi-permanent contracts that they had been awarded. Owing to the technical requirements and location of some of the distro, it all had to be designed around a fixed brief.
The first stage of the project was to have design drawings approved by Star, to ensure that each of the units we would provide fitted exactly to each location where they would be installed. As some of the units were to be housed under the main structure, they had to be exact.
Once the drawings were approved, SES commenced manufacture of over 50 bespoke units and over 100 supply cables which were shipped shortly after order was confirmed so that they could be run into position awaiting the delivery of the distribution units.
Each of the three sites were supplied with a 630A freestanding steel intake unit which were fitted with the P3 connectors new designed angled Powerlock. Alongside these units were a stainless steel framed Powerlock SES PowerPro 5 distribution unit with a range of outgoing sockets including an internally mounted 2KVA 110V transformer, which was incorporated into the design.
With a selection of other final distribution units to complete each package, SES designed, fabricated, wired, tested and inspected the whole order in four weeks from approval.
USA - For DJ, producer and remixer Nicky Romero, New Year’s Eve would normally involve travelling to an exotic destination to perform in a club in front of thousands of fans. To mark the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, that couldn’t happen. Instead, he stayed local and recorded a performance that was broadcast to fans around the world from his website to help them to celebrate the New Year at home.
The lighting rig for the shoot comprised predominately ADJ fixtures, including Vizi Beam RXONE and Vizi CMY300 moving heads as well as Pixie Strip LED battens.
Nicky Romero’s NYE broadcast also featured guest DJs DØBER and Timmo Hendriks who performed a back-to-back set. The venue for the shoot was Downtown Veenendaal, a modern community meeting space housed in a 100+ year old former church building. The livestream was organised by Artist Division, Nicky Romero's management company, and Ronald de Man, through his company RDM Productions, was responsible for managing the project. He brought in local rental company NT Sound to supply all of the lighting and audio equipment, which completely transformed the space to create a nightclub environment.
For the Nicky Romero NYE video shoot, NT Sound owner/manager Jonathan Jansen served as lighting designer - supplying all of the fixtures from NT Sound’s rental inventory. Koen van Elderen, who has experience of touring with Nicky, was then responsible for programming and operating the rig.
To fill the space with beam effects, NT Sound provided 28 ADJ Vizi Beam RXONE fixtures. Jonathan’s team