UK - The multi-cellular controllability of Martin Audio’s MLA was put to the test recently at the notoriously difficult Alexandra Palace, when The War on Drugs played to a 10,000 sell-out crowd.
The American indie six-piece rock band, fronted by Adam Granduciel, were promoting their fourth album A Deeper Understanding - and fortunately their FOH engineer Bob Strakele had prior experience, not only of the venue but also of MLA.
“I have mixed at Ally Pally before,” he confirmed. “So when I heard that we would be doing a show there, I immediately asked our production manager [David Scheid] to get in touch with Capital Sound about getting an MLA system.”
Capital’s operations & development director, Paul Timmins takes up the story. “We have worked with Bob on a number of shows over the past 10 years, including Billy Talent, Erasure and James. So he contacted me and said he wanted us to do the PA for a band he’d not worked with before, primarily because of the Ally Pally show; then he looped me in with the production manager. What started off as being just Ally Pally then turned into two additional shows at Manchester Apollo as part of a European tour.”
Strakele was convinced MLA would be the right tool to tame the heavily glazed venue notorious for its reverberation. “Having toured with the system before, I knew that we would be able to keep any unwanted energy from bouncing around in the roof,” he said. “The drapes installed certainly helped to an extent, but I feel like the ‘hard avoid’ setting in the roof w
UK - Audio specialist tube UK returned to the familiar urban territory of Manchester’s Albert Square to help deliver the city’s 2017 Christmas Switch On ceremony, which officially fired up the city’s Christmas lights for the run up to a fun-packed festive season.
tube has been involved with the Switch-On since 2001 and has seen it grow massively in that time, so the audience now fills the entire square and the event involves multiple road closures and the traditional hoisting of Manchester’s own huge LED clad Santa onto the front of the Town Hall to oversee the proceedings!
The d&b sound system spec’d for the show was designed by tube’s John Redfern and based on the required crowd coverage and the needs of the multiple acts appearing onstage in the hour-long entertainment extravaganza headlined for the first time by a DJ – Sigala. He was joined by Pixie Lott and X-Factor favourites Yes Lad.
Radio Key 103’s breakfast hosts Mike Toolan and Matt Haslam compered, assisted by Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent, and the onstage action also included production numbers performed by the casts of four high profile musicals - Guys & Dolls, Shrek the Musical, ELF the Musical and Little Women. These either are or will be playing in Manchester for the festive period.
All artists were accompanied by backing tracks run via one of tube’s QLab systems, with Sigala playing his set live. The QLab was also used to play out a series of beds running in the background – radio-style – accompa
Canada - Radio Active Designs (RAD) Canadian manufacturer rep Zimbel Audio Productions has had a busy couple of months placing RAD UV-1G wireless intercom systems with the Canada 150 Celebration, Canadian Country Music Awards, Toronto Pride and Caribana parades and at historic Massey Hall in Toronto for the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee ceremonies.
The four-day Canada 150 Celebrations at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square benefited from a six- drop UV-1G system that covered site-wide communication needs for the stage managers with just two antennas. The event featured more than 40 music acts including Drake, Belly, and Barenaked Ladies.
Another six-drop system was used at the Canadian Country Music awards broadcast in Saskatoon. Technical producer Neil Staite says, “The RAD comm system supplied flawless communications between our floor and stage managers over two stages, which made for a very smooth broadcast. I definitely plan on using more of it on next year’s show and on my upcoming shows.”
Because of the recent FCC auction, the amount of available UHF bandwidth will narrow considerably across North America by year end. Fortunately, the UV-1G base station utilizes proprietary Enhanced Narrow Band technology which allows each of the two transmit channels to occupy a mere 25 kHz of UHF bandwidth while maintaining the audio characteristics one would expect from a traditional FM system.
In addition, RAD bodypacks operate in the VHF range, clearing up valuable UHF spectrum for wireless microphone and IEM systems that need
France - The second edition of the Fun Radio Ibiza Experience, organised in association with Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, took place on 14 April 2017 at the Accor Hotels Arena in Paris. Around 17,000 people gathered at this huge EDM event which transformed the venue into a massive dance floor to the sounds of top DJs Robin Schultz, Nervo, Sam Feldt, W&W and headliners, Afrojack and Hardwell.
“The Paris show is a little taste of resistance,” says show director, and founder of High Scream, Romain Pissenem. “To stand up and dance and have fun is the only response we can show to the threats to which our city has been subjected.”
Helping Pissenem bring the spirit of Ibiza and the Ushuaïa vibe to Paris were over 200 Ayrton lighting fixtures, including over 100 MagicBlade-FX, 50 MagicPanel-FX and 50 MagicDot-XT. The fixtures were supplied by Ayrton as part of a collaboration between the Parisian manufacturer and these masters of spectacular party nights to bring the party to Paris.
“The Paris event is important because it is a big show and everyone’s expectations are high,” says Pissenem. “Plus, it is my home town and I want to give it something special. At Ushuaïa we have seven different shows - a separate one for each DJ - with a new show every day of the week; and every year we create seven new productions which get bigger and better each year.
“In Paris, we have just one chance, once a year, to give people the best party possible. So, when people walked into that massive arena this year, even those who came to the f
Brazil - Four Robert Juliat Lancelot 4K HTI followspots took pride of place front-of-house at Brazil’s Rock In Rio Festival this summer. Held over two weekends at the Cidade do Rock at Rio de Janeiro’s Parque Olímpico da Barra, this festival saw headliners Aerosmith, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers play to over 700,000 across seven nights.
The Lancelot followspots were supplied by Robert Juliat’s Brazilian rental partner LPL Lighting Productions Ltda, whose Caio Bertti worked in association with Daniel Ridano of Robert Juliat’s Brazilian distributor, Lighting Bits Ltda and the festival’s lighting designers, Patrick Woodroffe and Terry Cook of Woodroffe Bassett Design.
The Lancelot fixtures were rigged in full view of the audience on stylish, modern lighting and sound towers - skilfully designed for minimal impact on audience sightlines and to give a real architecture to the festival site on the aerial camera shots - which arched gracefully over the enormous crowds that make up one of the world’s largest music festivals. The huge throw distances and equally big names on stage called for the precision and finesse of Robert Juliat followspots to illuminate some of rock’s greatest bands in front of the massed fans and television cameras.
“We chose Lancelots for the stadium shows partly because of their brightness, but also because they are the followspots that most lighting designers would like to see on their shows,” says LPL’s director and lighting designer, Rafael Auricchio. “The performanc
Switzerland - Thunerseespiele is well-known for its beautiful scenic location, providing the most stunning backdrop to the high-energy performances gracing the stage every summer. The energy is fully matched by the immersive spatial audio delivered by award-winning sound designer Tom Strebel, using TiMax Tracker stage tracking and object-based TiMax SoundHub spatial reinforcement to deliver transparent vocal clarity and intelligibility.
As usual, Strebel’s seasoned audiopool engineers also crewed the production and Out Board’s Robin Whittaker provided TiMax spatial tuning and programming support on-site.
In previous years, lavish performances have included Jesus Christ Superstar, Titanic and Aida – and unforgettably, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed in a massive half-pipe with a cast of BMX stunt bikers and skateboarders. This year’s performance of the global musical theatre phenomenon, Cats, joined its predecessors in high velocity aural harmony, tracked and localised with precision for the immersive benefit of the 2,700-strong nightly audience.
A TiMax SoundHub dynamic delay-matrix spatial processor is controlled by TiMax Tracker automation which uses transmitter tags worn by each performer to send radar-frequency UWB chirps to sensors around the stage which then feed positional information the TiMax SoundHub in real-time.
SoundHub then uses specially-developed algorithms to morph each performer’s radio mic between TiMax Image Definition delay-matrix objects, ensuring that every audienc
Romania - The Timeshift festival in Bucharest was the debut for the largest roof ever engineered and sold by Milos. The massive MR5 Heavy-Duty roof measured 31 x 18m and covered the main stage of the first edition of Timeshift Bucharest Music Festival - an event where technology and music come together.
The festival was a four-day event held from 20-23 July and featured a total of four stages, with the Milos MR5 roof covering the main stage. Featuring international artists such as David Guetta, DJ Snake and Bloc Party, Milos helped Timeshift ensure its mission of providing the means for its audience to “step into another dimension”.
The client for this project was A.S.C. Systems Sound & Light, based in Bucharest. A.S.C. Systems has been in operation for 17 years and is one of the leading rental companies in Romania for stage, light & sound equipment. Their primary goal is to provide customers with solutions that meet their budget, without sacrificing quality, and delivering technical solutions that meet the highest standards.
When asked about his choice of the Milos M5 roof, A.S.C. co-owner Alex Oprita answered, ““We’ve been working with Milos for the past 10 years and that’s why we chose them. They have good products.” When speaking about value for money, Alex said, “It’s what we were hoping for.”
The highly customized MR5 roof was an intensive project that made full use of Area Four Industries’ technical sales service. Norbert Tripp, Area Four Industries technical director, carried out the engineering de
Europe - L-Acoustics sound systems have been specified for the recent European tour of Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend, with BCS Audio supplying the equipment.
BCS owner David Shepherd explains: “As is so often the case, the client specified an L-Acoustics system. This is one of the reasons we’ve been an L-Acoustics supplier for several years now. Their systems are rider-friendly simply because they make great sounding products and consistently deliver the high quality of sound the artists want. And we want to provide our clients with that high quality - you always know what you’re going to get with L-Acoustics.
“We’ve been working with John Legend since 2014,” recalls BCS project manager, Nick Boulton. “His FOH engineer, Troy Milner, had been really impressed with a K1 system they’d used during the first run of shows he worked on with John and he wanted to replicate that experience.”
In the larger arenas, BCS deployed main hangs of 14 K1 with 4 K2 down-fills, inverse stereo out hangs of 14 K2 and a flown centre-hang of 6 Kara. To add a little more impact to the system, K1-SB were flown behind each of the main arrays, with additional KS28 in front of the stage in an arc sub configuration to provide smooth low-end coverage throughout the venues. The entire system was driven with AVB-ready LA12X amplifier controllers.
“The rig performed very well throughout the tour,” concludes David. “It's easy to fly, safe and quick to work with and provides us with the scalability we needed for the varying venue sizes. We’ve
Denmark - The Rhythmic Conservatory (RMC) in Copenhagen aims at supporting the creative forces of its students, musicians as well as producers, as they have more than 30 rehearsal rooms that are equipped with recording set-ups, including USB recording interfaces, external preamps, a MIDI keyboard and controller and studio monitors so the students can hook up their own laptop and capture and work on their musical ideas. In 16 of those rehearsal spaces, a pair of Dynaudio LYD 7 studio monitors has now been installed.
“All of the new rooms are prepared with a basic set-up that allows our students to bring their own laptop and simply plug in,” says sound technician, Tim Harris, who took the lead on designing the new rooms. “They have access to record up to 16 simultaneous tracks and since most of our students have a DAW and their favorite sound and instrument libraries on their own laptops anyway there was really no need to install computers with the same software in every room.
“We actually tested five different monitors in the same approximate size and price range and found that LYD 7 was by far the best solution,” Harris continues. “From a pure sound-quality perspective, as well as in terms of coping with the physical space. The rooms are quite small so the monitors are often placed close to the walls, and the‘Position switch on the LYD 7 really works out great in that respect.
“Another important aspect for these new rooms was a significant focus on quality. We knew that it was key to be able to offer the students equipment that is be
New Zealand - New Zealand singer-songwriter Bic Runga marked the 20th anniversary of her debut album with a tour across the country.
The album, Drive, was released in August 1997 and won the New Zealand Music Award for Album of the Year in 1998. It went platinum seven times in New Zealand.
The Auckland leg of the anniversary tour was held at The Civic Performance Art Theatre, with the main sound system supplied especially for the event was JBL’s new line array system, the VTX A12.
“When we were given the opportunity to mix with the VTX A12, it was a no-brainer really,” says leading sound engineer Kevin Bennett, who mixed FOH for the show. “I have never received as many compliments from an audience as I did after this performance. Sonically the A12 is exceptionally smooth on and off axis. Very little tweaking was necessary to get the system to work at its optimum in the venue.”
"The audience response to this show was not something I was expecting,” says Bic Runga. “I do think a combination of Kevin Bennett's experienced mixing and the PA he got to use gave the show an extra clarity and presence that translated to a special experience for the listener. Most of our feedback after the show was not just about the music, but about the sound quality, it seemed to move them."
Four JBL VTX A12 line array loudspeakers per side were ground-stacked to cover the floor area, while six VTX A12’s were flown to cover the balcony. Two JBL VTX G28 subwoofers per side were used for the bottom end. JBL have completely redesigned the r
South Africa - MJ Event Gear supplied the full technical for the annual employee awards organised by building materials merchant Cashbuild.
The annual Cashbuild Hall of Fame Awards were hosted at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton to recognise the top performers among its 4,700 employees based at stores in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi and Zambia.
Commissioned by Trace Elements, MJ Event Gear has provided the full technical for the event since 2010. MJ’s Theo Rood ensured the event, which catered for just over 200 guests, was stage manager for the awards. He relied on Robe moving lights, programmed by LD Gary Sam on a grandMA2 light, to create the fire and ice theme that lit the ballroom.
Gary Sam said: “It’s always such a pleasure to work with the MJ team. Equipment-wise, the grandMA2 light worked well for me as I enjoy the MA platform. A lot of the time, when it comes to lighting, I try and balance complimenting shades of colour, and then sometimes I go the complete opposite with things that don’t match for effect. The Robe fixtures did their job!”
The lighting rig comprised of 24 Robe LEDBeam 100, 18 Robin 600 LEDWash, eight Robe MMX Spots, 24 Thomas PixelPar, 24 Longman ColorMe, four Claypaky Sharpy and a Le Maitre MVS Hazer. Prolyte X30V truss was used for totems and goal posts.
MJ also made use of the professional services of AV Systems who supplied the LED screens and Just Sets for the stage and steps.
UK - Rental specialists Pinewood MBS Lighting worked alongside cinematographer Josie Williams on the award-winning film David and Bathsheba by directors Sammy Patterson and Dagmar Scheibenreif.
Filmed at Pinewood Studios Underwater Stage as part of the 48hour Film Project, the film is a resplendent mix of storytelling and spectacular lighting and camerawork.
Working with Robert Shears, Pinewood MBS provided supported and equipment to the shoot, including ARRIMax M18 and Dedo Octadome kits which the crew employed to good effect, particularly during the underwater sequences filmed by Dagmar Scheibenreif.
Commenting on the support received by the production, director Sammy Patterson says: “Our heartfelt thanks go out to Pinewood MBS Lighting, Pinewood Studios and absolutely everyone who helped us and worked so hard to put this film together - we could not have done it without them. We’re thrilled to have won in three separate categories and are looking forward to sharing our film with audiences around the world.”
Commissioned and created in just 48 hours, the winning production will now go on to represent London against winners from other cities around the world as part of Filmapalooza 2018.
Pinewood MBS managing director Darren Smith adds: “We are always delighted to be able to play a part in productions such as this - the entire crew have done an incredible job on David and Bathsheba, creating such a fantastic looking piece of work in just 48hours. We wish them the very best with their production.”
UK - A SSL console is being used on Imagine Dragon’s latest world tour in support of their Evolve album.
Tour sound company Sound Image recommended the SSL Live L500 to FOH engineer Scott Eisenberg. "It was great to be able to bring up channels that sounded good right out of the box," he notes. "We were able to bring everything together really quickly, which is a tribute to both the band and the console."
The Evolve show features two stages. The main stage is for the primary song list with full line-up, while a 'B' stage allows the band to switch to pared-down, unplugged interludes that include viola, cello, acoustic bass, and keyboards.
This was one of the main challenges for Eisenberg - two stages, lots of instruments, and lots of inputs: "It's about 80 inputs between the two stages," he says. "Around 50 from the main stage, a dozen from the B Stage, plus talkbacks and so on." The drum kit is a significant proportion of the main stage count - about 16 inputs - and there are several downstage drums that the other band members play, which account for around seven inputs. "It's a bit of a handful,” says Eisenberg, "But nice that it's broken up into two stages."
In terms of overall sound for the tour, Eisenberg notes that the band tends to sound more 'rock' than sometimes comes across on the albums. "The band has given me the liberty to make it sound different to the album, which has been nice. Though of course I do listen to - and take note of the album - there are things that fans who only see the show once will be listening
UK - West End fringe venue The Space and its in-house company Space Productions, are building a solid reputation around great acting and direction as well as new and challenging drama.
The company’s sound designer, Keri Chesser, is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of sound design within the intimate site, confidently manipulating the audio framework of productions using a TiMax SoundHub spatial audio matrix.
Chesser and the Space Productions team have recently staged a minimalistic adaptation of Howard Barker’s The Castle, where TiMax once again topped her tool kit. “I love to use TiMax,” she explains, “It makes me braver with my sound design. Makes me want to discover new ways of manipulating the audio rather than just sticking to the limitations of the speakers I have.”
The invisible loudspeaker set up comprised just seven cabinets: two compact speakers at floor level in the audience, pointed at the walls for diffuse surround, two monitors on the stage mezzanine and a further two hidden PA speakers positioned upstage along with a sub. Seven outputs from TiMax drive the loudspeakers directly, and sound effects from Q-Lab on a Macbook Pro go to TiMax via Dante, which Chesser used or the first time for this production.
She attests: “Working with Dante was a lot easier than I thought. I’d been putting it off as I’d had no training but, with help from Dave Haydon from OutBoard, it actually made my life so much easier and there were less wires.”
The Castle’s atmospheric sound beds are central to the sta
Germany - When pop singer Nena celebrated her 40th stage anniversary, the radio and TV host Thomas Gottschalk led a constant stream of top international stars coming and going to honour the occasion. Peter Maffay, Gianna Nannini, Wolfgang Niedecken von Bap and Dieter Meier of YELLO were among the illustrious guests along with other well-wishers like Sasha, Samy Deluxe, Frida Gold or The Boss Hoss. Even Dave Stewart insisted on passing by for a duet.
Impressively staged, the event was set in the round in Hamburg’s Mehr! Theatre. For the occasion lighting designer, Manuel da Costa, was commissioned by Herr! Media, a production company which specialises in music production.
Manuel and Nena have known each other and worked together for many years. For example, the lighting designer and the musician collaborated closely on the format The Voice Of Germany. “But over the years I have also worked with many of the guests and artists who appeared during the evening," notes Manuel. "That is something that happens naturally over the years.”
As a fitting setting for the evening, set designer Jürgen Hassler let himself be inspired by the architecture of the Mehr! Theatre. Consequently, he felt the event should be big, stately and resembling a cathedral. "The evening was to be a mixture of gala, concert and unplugged music and I wanted to pick up on all these elements in my lighting design," said Manuel, setting out his concept. "It was not that simple, because as beautiful and inspiring as the location was, there were so many factors that made it di
USA - The 51st Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards brought together some of the biggest names in country music for an evening of memorable performances which was broadcast on ABC to 14.3m viewers.
Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems were present throughout the broadcast, which was reportedly the channel’s most-viewed Wednesday night programme in three years.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the evening, both speaking and singing through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter and MD 5235 capsule combination - all running through a Sennheiser 3732-II receiver. Underwood also received a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.
After an understated a cappella rendition of Amazing Grace by Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and a bevy of other performers joined Darius Rucker for a rendition of erstwhile Hootie and the Blowfish hit Hold My Hand. Lady Antebellum put a Sennheiser Digital 6000/9000 wireless system to work, which included EM 6000 receivers and SKM 9000 handheld transmitters paired with MD 9235 microphone capsules. During the evening, the band also received an Album of the Year nomination for their latest record, Heart Break.
Reba McEntire then joined Best New Artist nominee Kelsea Ballerini for a performance of Ballerini’s hit Legends. McEntire - who also received a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year - performed through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter and Neumann KK 105 capsule combination, flawlessly transmitted through a Sennheiser EM 3732-II receiver. The r
Poland - Alcons Audio has recently added a new territory to its global spread of users, with Polish event production company Offstage using its QR, QM and VR series pro-ribbon systems on a wide range of events. Two of the most recent have been corporate orchestral concerts in the Baltic resort of Sopot.
Based in Łęgowo near Gdansk, Offstage provides concert sound, lighting and staging services for national and international clients. In September, its Alcons pro-ribbon loudspeakers were used for a corporate event at the Sheraton Hotel in Sopot where the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot and guest performers entertained guests in the hotel’s Baltic Panorama Ballroom.
For the orchestral concert, Offstage used L-R arrays of an Alcons QR24 modular line-source array column and QM24 LMF array extension, plus VR8 compact versatile monitors as frontfills. The system was powered by a Sentinel3 amplified loudspeaker controller. For the party, which took place in a different part of the ballroom, two VR8s and a Sentinel10 were used.
The two-way QR24’s symmetrical design and the patented horizontal dispersion of its pro-ribbon HF drivers delivers seamless coverage and exceptional off-axis sound. Its unique, SPL-independent intelligibility-over-distance means that high quality audio is delivered to the back of the audience in even the most acoustically-challenging environments.
For aesthetic reasons, the client asked if the system could be placed behind the orchestra, to keep the stage as clear as possible.
“Every time we work with a
USA - After producing the US Open Squash Championships in Philadelphia for seven years, IMS Technology Services noticed a distinct improvement in the audio quality after switching to Martin Audio CDD-LIVE speakers for this year’s event.
IMS director of audio Chris Leonard comments: “We definitely upgraded the speaker coverage with the Martin Audio CDD-LIVE 12’s and 8’s. They had a major impact on the environment with their low-end extension and consistent wide coverage. There’s no good place to put subs at this event, so having a speaker with the low-end power of the CDD-LIVE series really helped us out with adding excitement to the audio quality and coverage. This was the seventh year we’ve done this event and by far the best sounding one yet.”
The Championships take place at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Centre with a custom ASB glass squash court placed in the middle of the gymnasium floor with the audience of just over 1,000 surrounding the court on all sides. IMS, a nationwide company that does full scale production for corporate, higher education and performing arts, along with corporate AV installs, has produced this one-of-a-kind event since it moved to their home base in Philadelphia.
This was also a breakthrough year in that the Egyptian male and female champions - Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb - made history as the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day.
Continuing his discussion of the audio challenges for the championships, Chris explains, “There
USA - SGM will launch the G-Spot Turbo at LDI to mark the start of a new series of IP65-rated LED moving heads that will eventually include a Spot, a Profile, a Wash, and a narrow Wash-Beam.
The G- Spot Turbo is based on an optimised additive colour mixing to match the highest demands of colour rendering and total output. The IP65 rating and the integrated patented dehumidifier in the fixtures ensures perfect inner cleanness and no accumulation of externally induced particles and liquids on internal optics and light sources, such as smoke fluid, dust, dirt, airborne pollution and humidity on internal optics, gobos, or the light source unit. The patented SGM dehumidification, not only removes humidity, but also prevents oxidation and condensation, which can lead to corrosion.
The G-Spot Turbo is a solution for those in need of a powerful LED moving head with good chromaticity levels and an outstanding performance in different shades of white. It is suitable for outdoor applications, while being practically maintenance-free makes it a sustainable and long-lasting choice for indoor events and installations as well.
One of the big advantages of the G-Spot Turbo is the extended colour palette. This is caused by the usage of Lime LEDs instead of the Green LEDs available in the original G-Spot. Now, it is possible to achieve warmer pastel colours, richer yellows, and a wider variety of green shades. With the special dichroic technology, the G-Spot Turbo is also able to create deep saturated greens and even more contrasted colours.
USA - ETC’s booth at LDI 2017 will be awash in colour as the new ColorSource CYC luminaire makes its debut at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. From 17-19 November, visitors to booth #2773 can demo the new fixture – a compact, affordable five-colour LED cyclorama light that specialises in smooth washes and rich colour – and see its optics in action on the booth’s cyc.
Among the other products making their first appearance at LDI are the Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 consoles, which update the compact Eos family desk with backlit keyboards, increased output, and the option of built-in faders. LDI attendees can also see new varieties of the Irideon FPZ architectural luminaire.
ETC will present talks and events throughout the show. On Friday morning, Jim Uphoff will introduce the ColorSource CYC to the hungry attendees of the New Technology Breakfast in Room N112. On Saturday at 10.30am in Room N220, Wendy Luedtke, ETC’s resident colour specialist, will debut a new version of the popular 50 Shades of R80 additive-colour-mixing talk, including new material on LED performance.
Then, on Saturday evening at 6.15pm, ETC will host its traditional Student Session in the ETC/HES lounge (Room N101), allowing younger attendees a chance to ask questions of (and perhaps score swag from) ETC product specialists.
ETC’s stand will also feature a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Source Four fixture with the presentation of a special video crowdsourced from venues around the world. To further mark the occasion, a number of chrome Source Four Mini lumi
USA - When MTV’s TRL returned to the air on 2 October, after a nine-year hiatus, it represented a homecoming of sorts for Mike Grabowski of the Lighting Design Group. Having worked on the star-studded programme in the final years of its original run, Grabowski was familiar with the challenges of lighting a live show with a mix of artists and programming formats. He also knew first-hand how to work within the parameters of MTV’s Times Square studio.
Based on this experience, Grabowski was focused on building his new TRL design around a moving fixture that could not only create a continuous stream of vibrant visuals, but also looked good on camera in its own right. He was looking for a light that fit this bill, when his phone started ringing. At the other end of the line were friends and associates with voice and text messages about the new Maverick MK Pyxis from Chauvet Professional.
“The Pyxis had not even been introduced yet, but a few people I know saw the pre-release demo,” said Grabowski. “Every single one of them called or messaged me saying this light is right up your alley. So, that got my attention.”
Although the moving LED wash/beam fixture had never been used in a major application before, Grabowski was confident it was the right fit for TRL. He specced 25 Pyxis fixtures for his rig and had them supplied by WorldStage. “It was a little bit of a leap, but we were very comfortable using the Pyxis, because of the reputations of WorldStage and Chauvet; plus, we tested the fixture extensively,” he said. “My decision cam
Europe - Gary Numan is on tour promoting his his 21st album, Savage (Songs from A Broken World), with Luke Edwards of Cue Design working on his lighting design.
Edwards has been Numan’s lighting and visual designer for the last four years keeping everything looking fresh and interesting onstage and for this tour, he specified 36 x Robe moving lights for the touring package with 18 x Spiider LED wash beams and 18 x of the new LEDBeam 150s.
The artist initially gets involved in the style of the stage design when planning a tour, then leaves Luke to bring his own touches of lighting magic to the table.
For this one they wanted to include a video element and make the show look as awesome as possible, all the time reinforcing the album themes based on the blending of Western and Eastern cultures in a post-apocalyptic world, arid and desertified by global warming.
The eight columns of video are made from panels with some gaps in between to give a more fragmented and random appearance, but positioned close enough so they can easily display a full image. They are rigged onto scaffolding frames with wheel-boards at the bottom for easy stage access.
The vertical gaps in between the eight columns are filled with the 18 x Spiiders, nine per side, clamped to the scaffolding structure.
The 18 x LEDBeam 150s are arranged in groups of three on three small stands each side and are used for low level cross stage lighting and effects.
The show is heavily back-lit to help capture the dystopian mood of the album concept, so these Spiid
Poland - Tommex Żebrowscy Sp. J. has recently completed the design and installation of the audio systems for the new water sports facility - Zatoka Sportu - at the Academic Sports and Teaching Centre of the Technical University of Łódz.
Tommex designed the main pool area system using EN 54-24 certified loudspeakers. Twenty-three Community R2-94Z-EN are used for the 1,700 capacity spectator grandstand, with a further five R1-66Z-EN covering the pool itself. The system’s control room houses a Dynacord CMS 1000-3 mixer and the Community DSPEC226 digital loudspeaker processor.
Marcin Zimny, the commercial director of Tommex, explained the sound system: “With high humidity and difficult acoustics, we chose Community R Series loudspeakers. Their extreme all-weather ability can handle the humidity long-term and their accurate coverage patterns enabled us to design the system with well-controlled sound to the areas needed, whilst substantially avoiding reflective surfaces.”
Tommex chose g + m electronics’ BO-CD amplifiers to power the loudspeakers and a combination of wired and wireless Sennheiser microphone systems to provide operational flexibility. The system incorporates a Bosch LBB 1968/00 feedback suppressor and Genelec loudspeakers for control room monitoring.
Tommex also provided a portable underwater sound system, which can be deployed for classes and events such as aqua-fitness and synchronized swimming, and the public address throughout the corridors, halls, toilets, lockers and technical rooms of the venue, to allow for efficien
UK - Hawthorn is once again heading out on tour with 80s new wave group OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark). The company will be supplying lighting & crew to the band as they take their The Punishment of Luxury Tour around the UK and Europe.
The band, which has sold over 40m records worldwide, is returning to the stage in support of their 13th studio album The Punishment of Luxury. Having kicked off at Liverpool Empire on 29 October, the tour will run through to 8 December, closing at the Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland.
The concert touring division at Hawthorn is supplying lighting to specification for the performances, including Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash, Robe BMFL Spot and Ayrton Magic Blade-R fixtures. Hawthorn is also providing rigging, drapes, dimmers and distro, as well as supplying two lighting crew for the performances.
Mick Freer, head of concert touring at Hawthorn, said: “OMD are a truly legendary band so to have the opportunity to work with them again as they head out on their latest tour is a huge honour. We’ve worked closely with the band’s Lighting Designer Andrew Liddle to ensure we supply kit to his exact specification, allowing him to effectively deliver his creative vision.”
Andrew Liddle, OMD’s long-standing lighting designer, said: “I’ve worked with Hawthorn for many years but I’m always left impressed with their attention to detail, especially when it comes to prepping the kit beforehand. I know that the equipment and crew that they supply are going to be top-notch and thei