UK - A new dance festival called Electric Woodlands took place recently in the idyllic grounds of Bygrave Farm in Baldock. Three bespoke stages, set in lush green landscapes, and a hidden forest provided the backdrop to a who's who of drum & bass, house and bass exponents over an 11-hour period.
Capital Sound, part of the Solotech UK Group, equipped all three stages with PA, the two largest fitted out with premium Martin Audio systems.
The service providers had been introduced to the event by Alex Anderson, a production manager with whom they had worked previously. Capital senior project manager, Martin Connolly reports, “We were then contacted and initially asked to quote on the main stage before extending this to the other two stages.”
The crew worked alongside the event’s main production manager, Catherine Bates, observing sound thresholds set by F1 Acoustics. “It was a remote site so there were no real sound restrictions,” Connolly observes.
The main Big Top, managed by DnB Allstars, comprised a 76m x 66m 6-pole Kayam tent. It was here that this online community of drum & bass fans presented a top line-up, headlined by Chase & Status and Rage.
Capital Sound responded by flying 14 MLA Compact Loudspeaker Arrays, left and right, with 12 MLX subwoofers in a broadside array and six Martin Audio XD12 for front-fill. “We chose MLA Compact because we were weight restricted to 850 kilos per side,” noted Capital’s project manager. MLA and system tech on this stage was Dan Leaver, with Lee Furnell as the crew chief.
UK - Green Hippo’s flagship Hippotizer Tierra+ MK2 Media Server took centre stage to drive visuals at the James Bond No Time To Die world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.
Richard Bagshaw from UK-based live events video playback and content creators Digital Insanity took the helm at the star-studded film launch on the famous red carpet steps, harnessing the power of a Tierra+ MK2 with the serial number 001 (for premiere purposes, of course. 007 was otherwise engaged).
TV viewers and those lucky enough to attend the premiere arrived on the red carpet surrounded by 14 LED screens, forming giant cubes to display Bond teasers, clips and graphics. Digital Insanity supplied content creation and video playback services for the red carpet event and also supplied content for the press junket, entrance tunnel and the after movie drinks reception.
“I’ve been a user of Hippotizer for 17 years, and being among the first to use the Tierra+ MK2 for a high-profile event was licence to thrill,” says Bagshaw. “The Tierra+ MK2 offers incredible playback control, power and flexibility, and we harnessed this to drive pre-made video content, mapping to the screens with VideoMapper through two 4K outputs using the lossless codec. Needless to say, the encode times were impressively way faster than ever and the quality of playback was exceptional.”
Bagshaw and the team created more than 20 looks for the red carpet, but some on-the-fly video feeds and cueing of specials for VIP guests upon arrival were required.
“The Tierra+ MK2’s media
USA - On their recent 19-city tour, PVRIS’ free flowing music took flight against the richly textured background of a Lenny Sasso lighting design that mirrored the passion and complexity of the band’s performance. Moving from ambers to bold reds, and soft washes to intense strobing and sweeps, Sasso’s lightshow stayed with the varied and deeply felt emotions of the music every step of the way.
A critical piece of Sasso’s rig were the 28 CHAUVET Professional F6 IP linear video strips that dominated the centre stage. Supplied by Sonus Productions of Moorestown, NJ, the strips were arranged vertically along two upstage rows of 10-units each, with the remaining eight fixtures flanking the drum and bass risers.
Feeding the strips content from Resolume, Sasso used them to set a variety of moods on stage. “I used a combination of prebuilt Resolume packs, plus a few solid colour blocks that I had made for the strips,” he said. “Overall, I stuck with clips that were not too elaborate. So it's mostly blowing smoke, panning lines, tunnels, static, orbs and things of that nature. I found that clips like that tended to work the best with how I had the strips configured.”
Given their output and versatility the 6.9mm pitch strips allowed Sasso to create the range of looks necessary to reflect PVRIS’s music. “The F6 IP strips were critical to the vision we had for this show,” he said. “Cole at Sonus did absolutely great work making sure we had enough of the strips and cables for the show. I can’t say enough about how helped.”
Israel - Israel Railways’ (ISR) CEO frequently holds critical internal management meetings and external meetings with Israeli government departments and authorities. Therefore, to enable its CEO to conduct efficient and productive business meetings from his office, ISR turned to ClearOne for an AV solution that would fully meet the requirements of the CEO and his meeting room.
“We needed to find a solution for the CEO’s office that delivered superior levels of audio and video quality which, at the same time, is intuitive and easy to use,” opens Aric Ben-Zuk, VP of sales for DM Engineering, the creative technology solutions provider leading this integration. “A key requirement for ISR was that participants, regardless of their location, would be able to concentrate on the content of their meetings without having to worry about the underlying technology.”
Having an established relationship with ClearOne, DM Engineering confidently introduced the company’s AV solutions to Osher Wahnick, who is responsible for Infrastructure & Technology IT for ISR.
Together, DM Engineering and Wahnick deployed a complete ClearOne solution in the CEO’s meeting room that includes a Converge Pro 2 128T multi-channel microphone automixer, two BMA CT patented ceiling tile beamforming mic arrays, and the versatile professional grade Unite 200 PTZ camera.
“It was imperative that our CEO was pleased with the new installation and that everything worked perfectly and, it does,” comments Wahnick.
After noticing a high degree of success with th
Australia - To provide quality sound across a wide field of coverage for the Transmoto Endura dirt bike races, CMI Music & Audio and Be Productions deployed JBL Professional Eon One Compact speakers.
Transmoto organises team-based endurance events in a relaxed and fun atmosphere for everyday dirt biking enthusiasts, staged on remote locations with challenging but safe off-road loops that combine grass tracks and bush trails. The Transmoto Enduros consists of eight- and 12-hour endurance races for amateur riders taking place on dedicated tracks in rural areas across Australia.
With racers often spread out in outdoor campsites, Transmoto officials needed an audio system for announcements and communication with wide enough coverage to reach every racer and compete with the sounds of motorcycles and weather conditions. To meet these requirements, Be Productions consulted the audio team at CMI Music & Audio and selected the JBL Eon One Compact portable PA with an onboard mixer.
“With every event on the calendar a sell-out, covering the huge sites with audio systems for communication, announcements and the race call is a challenge,” says Marc McAvoy, director, Be Productions. “The trickier issue we had was to get audio to the camping area 300m away, where they did not want the constant hum of generators.”
The JBL Eon One Compact is a self-powered two-way speaker with up to 112dB output, an onboard four-channel mixer and processing, Bluetooth capabilities, remote app control and a rechargeable and swappable battery with up to 12 hour
USA - The North American leg of An Evening with Michael Bublé tour resumed in August, with 23 shows in A-level arenas through late October. The tour continues to rely on a Meyer Sound reinforcement system as provided by global production company Solotech, and once again the massive system is deployed in a novel ‘dual hybrid’ configuration comprising both typical end-stage arrays as well as centre-hung arrays over the B-stage that essentially function as an in-the-round system.
What’s new this time around is the introduction of the Spacemap Go spatial sound design and live mixing tool, which transparently tracks Bublé’s voice as he strolls between the two stages, maintaining precise aural localisation at all seats with synchronised, incremental changes in level and delay across multiple loudspeaker arrays.
“We came up with the basic solution late in 2018 because Michael wanted to eliminate the distracting delay between his in-ear monitors and the main arrays when he moved out to the B-stage,” explains tour FOH engineer, Craig Doubet. “Spacemap Go was still in development at the time, so working with Meyer Sound we pieced together an interim solution using custom hardware and software. It worked, but now with Spacemap Go it is easier to use and the imaging is more consistent as Michael moves down the catwalk.
“With Spacemap Go, everything has been streamlined, which enables us to have more customisation of the process,” continues Doubet. “For example, now the delay functions are fully integrated with the panning. Before, w
South Africa - Tiger’s Milk is a popular kitchen/bar that is part of the Life & Brand portfolio, a group that runs a variety of bars, bistros and restaurants across South Africa. For this project, a new establishment located in the Johannesburg suburb of Bedfordview required a zoned audio solution to handle BGM playback throughout the premises which blended with Tiger’s Milk’s characteristic black interior.
Timelines were tight as the work needed to be finished in time for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and re-opening of the hospitality industry in South Africa. The job was originally procured by Output AV, who specified and purchased the Audac equipment, before sub-contracting K2 Innovate for the actual integration. All the hardware was supplied by Stage Audio Works (SAW), Audac’s South African distributor.
The Audac system covers a total of seven distinct zones including four key areas of seating, the bar, outside and even the bathrooms. Audac’s ATEO range of loudspeakers with their CleverMount wall mounting technology were specified for the bar and seating areas, supplemented by WX502 universal wall-mount loudspeakers.
Six weatherproof Audac WX502-O were implemented in the outside seating area, designed to function optimally in outdoor environments with integrated advanced protection network that protects the tweeter against overload. For the bathrooms, K2 Innovate installed full-range CENA706 ceiling speakers to provide ambience whilst remaining as visually unobtrusive as possible.
The entire system is controlled via an
UK - Bluesound Professional has announced an installation of its B400S 4-zone network music player across online car retailer’s customer centres.
The challenge was to create an environment where sound would enhance the ambiance of every customer centre, with uniform controllability and compliance with the legal requirements of the PRS music licence.
London-based integrator Nucleus AV turned to Bluesound Professional for a scalable audio solution.
The installation team worked closely with Cazoo to create a bespoke system that was both practical (in some locations, Nucleus AV would be retrofitting existing loudspeakers and amplifiers) and future-proof.
Nucleus AV, working with Bluesound Professional sub-distributor OneAV, outfitted each Cazoo customer centre with a single Bluesound Professional B400S 4-zone network music player. This commercial grade network player, designed for rack-mounting, has native commercial music service support built-in, allowing all content curation and provision to be handled from the cloud.
“Cazoo wanted players that were built for a commercial environment, and would fit with future expansion plans,” says Bluesound Professional product manager, Graeme Harrison.
“The B400S also offers the freedom to select a different commercial streaming service if that’s ever required. Users can simply log out of one and log on to another. It was always Cazoo’s intention to control all of their branches from head office, meaning branches had no system control. They figured they'd have to write specific soft
Denmark - One of Denmark’s longest standing suppliers of light and sound equipment, DLT in Glostrup, has installed the architectural façade lighting for Danish Bank Sparekassen Sjælland-Fyn’s office in Holbæk.
DLT’s vision was to create a luminous framework that compliments the building's architecture, whilst simultaneously creating a lively ambiance on the waterfront. To achieve this, DLT has utilised 40 units of Showtec’s Candela Pix 50, creating an ambiance near the waterline that is visible from both the city and much of the Holbæk Fjord.
Showtec’s Candela Pix 50 can create the full spectrum of light, enabling the building to be lit in any desired colour or even multiple colours. This enables Sparekassen Sjælland-Fyn to alter the appearance of their exterior as desired, for instance during national holidays or sports matches. The waterproof outdoor lights emit a small 8-degree beam angle of light, preventing stray light from hitting unwanted surfaces and confines the light to the building’s frame. The lighting is waterproof and calmly changes colour, radiating a sense of tranquillity across the waterfront. The lamps are controlled through DMX via a lighting controller.
It was decided that the lighting of the building should run automatically in completely fixed frames for switching on and off. However, this can be manually bypassed if a particular programme is desired to run, allowing for both convenience and flexibility.
Thanks to the positioning of the lamps, it has been made possible for example to create the Dannebrog,
UK - Cleanfeed reports that Birmingham City University has integrated Cleanfeed across its broadcast studio facilities.
As with the entire industry, BCU was required to find a way of adapting to remote working during the pandemic.
Cleanfeed was used by all students over the lockdown period on courses such as Media Production, Media and Communication, Journalism and Sound Engineering and Production. The tool allowed students to deliver professional recordings, broadcasts and media interviews which was crucial to their learning and development.
Peter Crowther, senior technician, Radio and Broadcast Journalism, comments: “I was recommended to Cleanfeed by industry contacts and former colleagues at the BBC and quickly realised the benefits for our students who weren’t able to be on campus. The students liked the service so much over the lockdown learning period that we decided to run pro accounts for our final year students, who have a radio station module as part of their final submissions. The pro Cleanfeed accounts allowed them to co-present shows as though they were in the studio together.”
Over the summer, BCU installed in-house designed Cleanfeed touch screen units into the broadcast and radio studios. Peter Crowther continues: “Our arts design and media centre is a £61m-pound building with purpose-built industry standard spaces, designed to offer state of the art facilities, which are also available for commercial hire. The Cleanfeed integration enables us to bring remote guests into our studios in superior quality and to provide
Portugal - Infinity Furion S401 Spots, iW-1915 RGBW wash moving heads, and Showtec Helix S5000 Q4 RGBW LED wash fixtures were successfully deployed at outside locations during a summer festival in the Algarve in the southern region of Portugal.
Geopalcos is a biannual event that aims to connect art, science and nature in the Geopark territory in the Algarve. Artists and scientists are challenged to combine their skills and expertise, and take nature lovers to discover art and science, lead art aficionados through nature and the paths of knowledge, and have the audience relate to their knowledge with the natural and artificially created beauties of their surroundings.
On 10 occasions between 29 May and 12 September, at different locations, the public is invited to participate in dialogues between tradition and creativity/innovation, to wander and (re)discover Portuguese society, gastronomy and territory, and to take part in several initiatives: performances, interactive installations, sensorial pathways and experiences, concerts, exhibitions, disciplinary crossings, theatrical creations, debates, workshops, and more.
Highlite’s Portuguese distributor Lagotronics supplied six of Infinity’s high-end Furion S401 Spots, eight Infinity iW-1915 RGBW wash moving heads and eight Showtec Helix S5000 Q4 RGBW Outdoor LED Wash fixtures to Nuno Lourenço from audiovisual supplier Stageteam in Messines de Baixo.
On 26 June, at the outside location of Pedreira de Grés, in Vale Fuzeiros, artists Vítor Bacalhau, Ricardo Martins and the students of the Esc
UK - Surfhire deployed a full-service complex comms package to the boutique Henley Festival held on the Berkshire bank of the River Thames.
After an unprecedented delay due to the pandemic, the Henley Festival of Music and Arts, famed for its strict black tie dress code, finally returned for a 2021event. With performances from Madness, James Blunt, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the five-day show had to deliver with perfect ambience.
In order to keep the event running as smoothly as possible – despite some of the site’s particular idiosyncrasies - production manager John Harris brought Surfhire, part of Britannia Row Productions, back once again to provide radios, internet backhaul, and site-wide network services for the festival.
“Surfhire have been involved for 12 years, but the role has expanded and contracted as time has gone on,” explains Surfhire’s Simon Hodge. “The festival size was slightly reduced following the pandemic, but the site still remains a very difficult one for us to implement the necessary technology.”
The Surfhire team deployed new Gigabeam links at 60GHz to achieve 2 Gbps internet backhaul across the river then ongoing microwave, fibre, and copper links to distribute on site. As well as production internet, Surfhire provided catering POS terminal services and box office machines along with a bespoke VOIP phone system.
“The fibre backhaul terminates over the river, so we use 60GHz microwave to link across and then more microwave to get around the site,” says Hodge. “All told, it’s a mile long so t
UK - Organisers of the annual Leeds Castle Concert, worked tirelessly to reschedule this year’s event, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, following the easing of restrictions - staging it later than normal, on 4 September.
Leeds Castle is amongst the many long-standing clients that have relied upon RG Jones Sound Engineering for decades. In the case of this site, the company has been providing sound systems since the very first show way back in the early 80’s. It’s a tricky site to cover well, and for the highly popular concert fielded a classic system of its own - Martin Audio’s original MLA - to overcome the coverage challenges.
Although this historic Castle site in Kent is isolated, imposing no restrictions on sound levels, the contouring leaves much to be desired from an acoustician’s perspective, with a steep hill on which many of the crowds up to 10,000 congregate to watch the performance. “It measures around 210m from the stage to the top of the hill, and it was important to get enough up-angle on the PA,” reveals RG Jones’ MLA tech Sam Millen, while highly experienced classical music sound engineer Phil Wright, adds, “It’s almost like playing Red Rocks [amphitheatre].”
The sound company’s team had drawn on the optimisations created by Martin Audio’s Robin Dibble for the 2019 event, which featured Martin Audio’s WPL line array. “But due to having different PA towers this time we needed to make a few tweaks,” said Millen. He and fellow MLA tech Graham McGarrick also needed to time-align for the changin
USA - To provide Grupera band Los Bukis with live sound for their 2021 reunion tour, AV integrator Sound Image deployed JBL Professional and Crown audio solutions.
Founded in 1975 by cousins Marco Antonio and Joel Solís, Mexico, Los Bukis are one of the most successful Latin American bands of the 20th century. With hits like Tu Cárcel and Como Fui A Enamorarme De Ti among many others, the band combined Mexican Grupera with American pop and new wave to create a highly influential sound still heard in Latin pop today
In August 2021, Los Bukis reunited and embarked on their first tour in over two decades, performing multi-night runs in stadiums across North America for a multi-generational fanbase. Such a high-profile tour required a powerful, reliable and immersive live audio system fitting for stadium-level venues. To meet these needs, Sound Image turned to JBL VTX Series speakers and Crown I-Tech amplifiers.
“The biggest challenge for stadium tours is the scale of the venues and making sure that we can cover every seat,” says Cameron Whaley, systems engineer, Sound Image. “Also, Los Bukis’ type of music has a lot of impact in the low-mid region and uses a lot of synths. It's an interesting eighties pop vibe but with a very defined low-end punch, which the JBL VTX speakers are really good at reproducing. We went back and forth with different rig designs, and with our final design, we're not overwhelming people in the front but we’re still getting that impact that we want throughout the stadium.”
The touring sound s
South Africa - Johannesburg’s Market Theatre has been on South Africa’s political, cultural, and social frontline since 1976 when it opened as an independent, anti-racist producing house at the height of the apartheid era.
Located downtown in the lively Newtown area, the Market Theatre has taken delivery of 50 Robe T1 series LED moving lights as part of an upgrade initiative emanating from SA’s Department of Arts & Culture which is looking to the future and boosting suitability across the arts.
These new Robe luminaires will be used across the venue’s three main performance spaces - the John Kani, Barney Simon, and Mannie Manim.
The T1s were a major part of a package delivered by Robe’s Southern Africa distributor DWR after winning a competitive tender to supply the venue’s new theatrical / stage lighting elements.
The tender was written and specified by renowned SA lighting designer Denis Hutchinson, brought onboard as project consultant by the Market Theatre’s then head of lighting and now head of stage services, Nomvula Molepo.
Denis has been associated with the theatre since it opened, and for him the task was very personal as well as a great honour. He spent substantial time assessing the precise needs of Nomvula and her lighting team working at the Newtown complex, also considering all the practicalities of staging and lighting shows there now and in the future.
This led to two mission-critical criteria for the moving light specification – low noise and excellent colour rendering.
The noise re
USA - Shure supported the 74th Annual Tony Awards, welcoming the theatre community home after a year without Broadway. Broadcast on CBS and streamed on Paramount+, this year’s Tony Awards, hosted by Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr., achieved cutting-edge audio for the entire ceremony and subsequent Broadway’s Back! event.
The night included performances from the cast of Jagged Little Pill, American Utopia, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, John Legend and the cast of Ain’t Too Proud, and Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Freestyle Love Supreme. Each act relied on the digital radio offered by Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System.
“I wouldn't want to do the Tony Awards with any other wireless system than Axient Digital,” said Cameron Stuckey, RF engineer. “The layers of complexity that we exceeded could only be done with Axient Digital. Forty-eight wireless channels were fit into four DTV channels. And those channels were shared with everyone else in Times Square. And we had a live performance that began on the street and finished at centre stage.
“We also rotated entire musicals worth of performers on and off the stage during a live broadcast without a single dropout or failure. That success comes from tools that Shure has developed like ShowLink, Wireless Workbench’s Timeline, and Quadversity.”
This year’s new safety protocols presented the need for innovative audio solutions, and Shure gear helped the Tony’s production team rise to the occa
Italy - Founded in 2013, Battiti Live features a selection of leading Italian and international music artists. The annual event consists of a series of concerts held in various locations throughout the region of Puglia.
Since 2017, lighting designer Massimo Pascucci, accompanied by programmer Davide Fusco, has created engaging and high impact shows, using the Hog family of lighting desks. Hog 4-18 was the primary console of choice for the 2021 edition, together with a Road Hog console for additional special effects.
From a technical point of view, there has always been a desire for Battiti Live to maintain a strong live impact. This remained the case even after leading Italian television channel Italia 1 first started transmitting the event in 2017, and broadcast needs became an important consideration.
Since he began working on Battiti Live in 2017, Davide Fusco has relied on Hog consoles to programme and control the shows. "Battiti Live’s DoP and lighting designer, Massimo Pascucci, asked me to help achieve the aim of recreating a very ‘live’ reality that would appear less like a television broadcast, at least in some respects,” says Fusco.
“Every year, Massimo has added new technologies, increasing exponentially the quality of the live shows and - above all - the broadcast visuals,” adds Fusco. “Something made possible thanks to a production team that’s focused on innovation and always very collaborative."
This year's main show was characterized by projections of graphics and images on the walls of the Castello Arago
UAE - Expo 2020 Dubai, the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East region, officially opened its doors to visitors on 1 October showcasing architectural wonders and technology innovations from more than 192 countries.
The UK’s contribution to Expo 2020 Dubai is the cone-shaped UK Pavilion with a circular façade which was created by designer Es Devlin. The 25m-high LED façade which is integrated into the wooden sculpture is designed to celebrate global cultural diversity and collaboration.
The UK Pavilion uses an advanced AI learning algorithm developed in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture which allows visitors to add their word to a continuously changing ‘collective message from humanity to the universe’ displayed on the LED modules.
PRG was appointed by Pico to deliver the engineering of the 2,000 customised LED tiles through the PRG Projects team, sourcing the bespoke LED technology via PRG China as well as the custom designed immersive audio system, designed by Polyphonia. The technology package was then installed by PRG in Dubai.
“This is one of the most remarkable projects that I have been involved with in my whole career,” says Frederic Opsomer, general manager PRG Projects, “I have known Es for many years, and we have collaborated on several projects together. She is an amazing designer, and I must say that this project reinforces her already stellar reputation. This breath-taking design of evermoving poetry, displayed digitally and integrated to illuminate the façade of the UK Pavilion was a beautifu
UK - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only Conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. With two separate faculties for dance and music in southeast London, the establishment today is the result of a 2005 merger between Trinity College of Music and Laban. When the decision was made to upgrade the sound system at the Conservatoire’s Faculty of Dance in London SE8, Trinity Laban turned to Autograph Sound who designed, implemented and commissioned an innovative multi-role sound system from EM Acoustics.
Autograph’s Business Development Lead Euan Mackenzie handled all the project specification and system design for this very focused application with some unusual requirements: “Performers in contemporary dance need to feel that they are part of their audience and experiencing the same auditory stimulus, so the system had to be completely immersive in the unusual sense that the sound field had to seamlessly cover not only the audience area but also the stage,” he explains. “We achieved that by careful placement and time-alignment of the various loudspeakers, so that the acoustic image appears to be behind the dancers, creating what is in effect a single performance space which is shared by the performers and the audience. However, the other part of the brief required that the space should also be able to be used for full musical theatre productions where natural, transparent vocal reproduction is as important as musicality - which led us to think that we’d need a couple of different configurations to achieve what the client
UK - Calendars lost much of their meaning over the past year, as the pandemic erased so many long-anticipated occasions from their pages. For a group of students at the University of Nottingham, one such date was Monday 12 July, when their already-delayed graduation ceremony was cancelled again due to lingering safety concerns.
However, these students made up for lost time when the university held a glittering black-tie ceremony with dinner, dancing and entertainment at Newark Show Ground. Setting an appropriately festive tone for the affair was its technical producer OneBigStar, which oversaw and managed the production of the event.
OneBigStar retained the services of lighting designer David Howard and supplied him with a versatile kit that featured over 80 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
“We wanted this evening to feel almost like a festival, to erase the disappointment from the cancelled graduation,” said Howard, who ran his lights with a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80. “It was important to have elegant looks, whilst also creating an immersive environment where everybody could be part of this space. Our goal was to give the students an Instagram-friendly backdrop for both the black-tie dinner as well as the party on this special night.”
Toward this end, Howard deftly transitioned his lighting from cocktails, to dinner, and onto the live music party later in the evening. “OneBigStar was fantastic in providing a flexible kit that allowed us to create a look and feel in the room that flowed naturally from cocktails, to dinner, to dancing,” he
USA - Nashville’s new Brooklyn Bowl venue hosted a late night ‘Phish after-party’ following their concert at the Ascend Amphitheatre. Kicking off at 10:30 pm right around the time Phish was finishing their encore with a cover of the Rolling Stones Loving Cup, the after-party featured improvised jam and funk sounds by six-piece band Big Something.
Adding to the festive atmosphere was an electrifying Daniel Thibault lightshow that reverberated visually throughout the intimate, 1,200-person venue, filling it with an whirlwind of movement and colours. “I wanted to make this room look its biggest,” said Thibault. “Everything about this band’s sound and stage presence is big.”
Thibault, a partner in Life Is Art Studios, added 20 Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures from his company’s own inventory to the house rig, to create the desired immersive atmosphere at the venue. He positioned eight Rogue R2X Beam fixtures in an arch around the band members and arranged 12 Rogue R2 Wash units around the rig’s beams.
“The R2X Beams gave me a convenient way to create full room looks,” he said. “I was able to immerse even the farthest part of the theatre in light with them. As for the washes, they worked hand-in-hand with the beams to provide a base wash of colour and underlying tone for the rig.
“I often started out songs with only the washes behind the band on, zooming them all the way out to make an enveloping wall of light that set the tone for the song from the first notes,” continue Thibault. “After that I would bring
UK - Blackmagic Design reports that Creamfields, the UK's biggest dance music festival, was delivered using a live production workflow built around ATEM production switchers and HyperDeck recorders.
The four-day festival held over the August bank holiday weekend welcomed around 80,000 people to Daresbury, Cheshire to see some of the biggest names in dance music, including Tiesto, David Guetta, Carl Cox and Chase and Status perform across multiple stages.
Handed the brief to be the sole provider of AV with three weeks' notice, UK based CSD Productions deployed an OB truck and three flyaway kits for organiser Live Nation. “We had several weeks to pull together what would normally take six months of planning,” reveals Andrew McQuillan of CSD Productions.
“We’ve supplied our OB trucks to Creamfields for the fourth and fifth stages previously, and we’ve handled the broadcast and video package for individual Creamfields shows throughout the year, such as Cream Classical, but we’ve never handled the main stage.
“There was a steep learning curve for us an organization, but the key to our success was locking in the delivery specs with Live Nation and the various artists as early in the process as possible. We knew the best way to achieve a successful outcome was to use our experience and knowledge of Blackmagic Design’s hardware and upscale it.”
The ATEM 2M/E Production Studio 4K formed the systems backbone, with a mix of ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K and ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K switchers covering the different stages.
UK - You Me at Six (YMAS) have recently returned to the road with a live show two years in the making and a streamlined audio package courtesy of Britannia Row Productions.
Although FOH engineer Phil Jones had already managed to escape his temporary, Covid-19 enforced position as a delivery driver for a handful of shows with another artist, his return to life with YMAS gave him the chance to overhaul his audio setup and help sculpt the band’s sound as they reach new heights in both creativity and popularity.
“The You Me At Six sound has changed a lot since the release of their latest album, Suckapunch,” says Jones. “It went to No. 1 – which is great – but the sound is richer than ever too, with a lot more track and electronic elements. Of course, there’s still ripping guitars, but the overall sound has more depth to it now, and more dynamic range too.”
Jones opted for a simple setup at FOH, with a Yamaha PM7 Rivage coupled with a Yamaha RPIO622 Stage Box. A key advantage of this combination was that it gave Jones the confidence to rely on the onboard plugins available; essentially allowing him to ditch the huge amount of outboard gear he had previously accumulated.
“I wanted to scale it down because I feel like working that way can be impractical, unreliable, and – ultimately – expensive. The Rivage series sounds brilliant, and I honestly think that the band sound better than ever because of this stripped-down approach.”
Although opting not to tour a PA system – putting themselves at the mercy of the i
China - Malo Ma, a young gaffer in Hong Kong, has selected ETC’s fos/4 fixtures to light several new video productions. With over a decade of research realized in these studio fixtures, the fos/4 series of luminaires are specifically dedicated to the studio and broadcast market.
The fos/4 Panel was used in a recent music video production by the rising female Hong Kong singer Cheronna Ng. Malo leads the lighting of this video production.
The music video portrays how the girl pulls herself together from failures and challenges. A fos/4 Panel Daylight HDR (8” x 24”) is used in a few shots in this music video. “The colour is very natural. I like how the colour-mixing with deep red LEDs makes the skin colour tone and other scenes look real and delicate,” commented Malo Ma.
“The lightning strikes effect is surprisingly real. It flashes naturally and makes the mood of the scenes better especially highlighting the complicated feeling in this song,” added Malo.
Due to his positive experience with the fos/4 Panel, Malo also added fos/4 Fresnel to his gear list when he was preparing for a fashion video production. In this picture, Malo and his team were adjusting the colour, angle, and brightness. “The brightness is good. And I like the intuitive and simple UI with the four backlit encoders, making it easy to change colour and other settings quickly and accurately,” commented Malo.