UK - Hofesh Shechter Company celebrated its 10th anniversary and kicked off the first day of Brighton Festival in May with a performance of Grande Finale, the latest original dance work from award-winning choreographer Hofesh Shechter.
Signature to any Shechter production is the ‘Hofesh Haze’, a distinctive thick haze with an even, creamy look that remains consistent throughout the performances. To achieve this effect, Adam Hooper, head of production at Hofesh Shechter, relies on MDG haze and fog generators which are hired locally at each venue, or brought along by the company if there is no local availability. “Because haze is such a large part of Hofesh’s productions, we only use MDG haze and fog generators and specify them on every rider, with no substitute,” he says.
In Grand Finale, the set in Tom Scutt’s design consists of seven rolling towers manipulated by the dancers, and the architecture of Tom Visser’s stark and stylish lighting design, with beams of monochromatic light that cut sharply through the haze and change with each repositioning of the towers.
“The lighting positions are very specific and structured,” explains Hooper. “Focusing can take up to eight hours because Hofesh insists on running through the show at every new venue, and his attention to detail means we frequently tweak the lighting levels by as little as 0.5% during technical rehearsals. This is why the ‘Hofesh Haze’ is a very important addition to the aesthetic. We need it to look the same at all times, with no little puffs or clou
Sweden - When the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships were held 29 April-6 May in Halmstad, Sweden, the tournament attracted a worldwide viewer audience of 400 million. Lighting and sound rental company Tylösound AB served as the official technical supplier to the Championships and used Elation Professional’s Fuze Wash 575 cool-white LED PAR moving head luminaires to meet the strict illumination requirements.
Held at Halmstad Arena, with roughly 3000 live spectators each day, the event featured eight days of live TV and was streamed live. Light levels onto three centre courts - and every area of each court - were carefully monitored. “We required a measurement of at least 1600 lux on each 9 x 20m court,” stated Paul Aladin, owner of Tylösound AB, supplier of lighting, sound, smoke and LED screens for the event.”
Working with Elation, Aladin initially based his calculations on the use of 48 Fuze Wash 575 fixtures per court. “We found however that we got measurements of 1600-2000 lux using only 32 fixtures per court so we were able to use fewer fixtures than originally planned. It worked very well.”
32 Fuze Wash 575 fixtures were rigged above each of three table tennis courts at a trim height of 12 to13m – 96 fixtures total with eight held as spares. A very smooth, uniform light quality was essential, something the Fuze Wash 575 excels at with an extremely accurate colour temperature and high CRI of 95.
“We measured the CRI all over the court at 95,” says Aladin. “It was very consistent and measured even everywhere,
USA - This year’s Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, Louisiana attracted over 300,000 festival goers with a world-wide audience listening to an FM and streaming broadcast from the festival’s Main Stage mixed on an Allen & Heath dLive C Class C3500 digital mixing system with DM0 MixRack.
Paul McCasland of Show And Tell Productions mixed the live broadcast from a temporary studio in the nearby Lafayette Science Museum. “I’ve been doing this particular event for over 15 years,” he says. “And, this year, we had a 48-channel Dante split from the Main Stage fed directly to us over a fibre network.”
McCasland mixed down to a stereo pair fed to another temporary studio in the museum where radio station KRVS combined the four festival stages with live commentary and interviews using an Allen & Heath SQ5 digital mixer also supplied by Show And Tell.
“Last year, I used an Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer for this event and it was great,” adds McCasland. “But, this year, I needed more inputs so I tried out a dLive for the first time. And, I was able to figure out everything and do all of the routing and configuration before the first band started. It’s very intuitive.
“I have a couple of audience mics which add some ‘air’ to the broadcast mix,” continues McCasland. “I dialled-out the wind noise on those mics with a high-pass filter and used the channel compressors when someone started screaming into a mic on the stage. And, I was very happy with the on-board effects like the reverb. The A
UK - Roedean School, an independent girls school in Sussex, delivered a production of Oliver, enhanced with the recent investment of four new Chauvet Maverick fixtures.
In the weeks before the production, Roedean School got in touch with Stage Electrics looking to expand their theatre’s front of house lighting solution. Stage Electrics’ regional sales manager Paul Roughton, liaised with the school to establish exactly what they wanted. “The school were clearly after a lighting solution that could deliver ultimate artistic precision whilst combining top quality colour mixing and exceptionally bright LED,” explained Paul. “After looking at several different possibilities they decided on Chauvet’s Maverick MK2 Profile and Spot fixtures.”
After investing in two of both the Maverick MK2 Profile and Spot’s, Roedean wasted no time in putting these fixtures to good use. “The MK2 Spots and Profile units have proved to be a fantastic addition to our lighting rig, their wide range of features proved extremely beneficial on our last production of Oliver with the ability to provide a narrow head and shoulder spot to a full stage wash and everything in between,” explained Joe Wailes, Roedean’s theatre and events manager.
“The MK2 Units have also proved very popular with our dry hire customers with bookings well in to 2020”.
USA - For automobile enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone who’s generally curious, the Gilmore Car Museum is the place to go. Located on 90 acres in the rural town of Hickory Corners, Michigan, the museum opened in 1966 with just 35 cars from the personal collection of founder Donald Gilmore.
Success and interest led to even more interest and success, and partnerships with other classic car organisations helped to grow the collection to nearly 400 cars that are displayed in an ever-growing number of outbuildings.
Local AV integration firm Crookston Audio installed a paging system a decade ago centred on an Ashly amplifier that is still going strong. However, so much expansion has happened since then that the museum called the company back to extend it. Crookston obliged with new Ashly amplification and DSP, using Dante to feed signal to the more remote outbuildings.
“Paging is a challenge at the Gilmore Car Museum because everything is spread out,” explained John Crookston, owner of Crookston Audio. “The system we gave them 10 years ago is still great, but several organisations had since added buildings that weren’t covered. In addition, budget constraints for the original system prevented us from delaying any of the output, so there was a noticeable ‘Grand Canyon’ effect whenever anyone made an announcement. With Ashly’s Pema Series and nXp Series combined processors and multi-channel amplifiers with Dante, we could address both problems at the same time.”
He continued, “We’ve been using Ashly for a long time. We lik
USA - Since opening in late-2011, Huntington, New York’s The Paramount has quickly established itself as the premier live venue on Long Island, one of the country’s top 20 media markets.
Now, the venue has added a DiGiCo SD10, paired with an SD-Rack - which was installed at the theatre’s FOH position during a December renovation of the club’s entire sound system.
According to production manager Sean Earley, the choice of the SD10 seemed almost inevitable, as the number of SD consoles being brought by touring artists with them into the venue had been steadily increasing in recent years. “We’ve just been seeing more and more SD10s and fewer and fewer of the other leading brands of consoles coming through here,” he says. “It’s pretty clear that the SD is becoming the console of choice for a lot of bands, so it made a lot of sense to put the SD10 in here.”
Boasting a maximum capacity of 1,573 patrons, The Paramount features a large main dance floor, fixed side loge-balcony seating, mezzanine seating and a Skybar. Hosting an average of 200 events per year, the club does it all - from concerts to comedy to other special events, including boxing.
Earley cites the SD10’s features and functionality as major reasons behind the decision, including three banks of 12 motorised faders and one master fader, each with its own high-resolution LED bar graph meter, 15-inch colour-keyed TFT touch screen, and the SD10’s ability to recall or save presets on the channel strip and recall or save snapshots using the master screen or hard-wired
Australia - The frenetic pace of the rugby sevens and tens competitions sees stripped-down teams competing in a gala atmosphere with lightning fast-halves and quick turnarounds between games.
To sporting audio and comms provider Gearhouse Broadcast, this means having around 40 referees fitted with wireless mics and monitoring, sending audio to broadcast and the coaches, and receiving audio back through their in-ear monitors, all with one minute to changeover active frequencies between games. In this environment, Gearhouse relies on Shure Axient Digital wireless and Clear-Com matrices to make sure no-one misses a call.
“The Rugby Sevens at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium were 79 games across three days, and the Rugby Tens at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium were 40 games in two days,” reported Andrew Henderson, OB supervisor at Gearhouse Broadcast. “At the Sevens, we had 40 referees that had to be wired for comms. Each ref had a Shure PSM 1000 receiver for listen and a Shure Axient Digital AD1 bodypack transmitter fitted in their vests.
“Each game saw six refs on the field, with the main ref mic always open. The two assistant and two goal refs and the sideline manager all had push-to-talk buttons. The coaches had Clear-Com talkback panels so they could speak to the referees if they thought they needed to review a decision.”
Predictably, the RF environment was busy. “There was a lot of background RF, and a lot of RF on-site,” added Andrew. “But Axient Digital frequency management is really good; Shure’s Wireless Workbench software scan
UK - CPL supplied their new Roe 3.4mm LED screens and all associated processing and vision control for two major stages at the 2018 Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, the annual 10-day literature event staged in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales.
It was the first time the west-Midlands based visual and technical production specialist had worked on the event, for which they were approached directly by the event organisers and asked to be a video supplier after several recommendations. It was also the first time that the event had gone to LED for video display, having worked with projection festival-wide for several years.
There are eight major live stages - offering over 5000 seats - and CPL was the video supplier for the two largest areas, the 1716 capacity Tata Tent and the Oxfam Moot stage which accommodated 921 people. Both featured an eclectic line-up of events running every day from 8 in the morning to 9.30 each night.
The project was managed for CPL by George Oakey from the office / warehouse end, and on-site by Stuart Dowdell, a regular CPL freelancer and a seasoned Hay Festival video tech having worked on it for the last six years. This meant he was in an excellent position to know exactly what was needed, and was one of those recommending CPL’s products and services.
The Roe 3.4mm HD screen was specified and designed to enable everyone in the rooms to clearly and comfortably be able to see a range of PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, VT playbacks, live camera feeds, pre-show rolls plus sponsor loops and stings as well as information
USA - The Shreveport Aquarium in Louisiana commissioned Fusiform Design Workshop to assist with the building’s lighting, signage, and digital interactive spaces.
Featured heavily throughout the exhibits, Visual Productions lighting controllers provide a robust and easy to deploy system for the special effect lighting. Fusiform is a multidisciplinary creative agency that has worked with clients to design everything from packaging to digital interactive spaces. Fusiform delivered four distinct signage systems and three lighting networks in the interactive elements for this aquarium.
Three QuadCore solid-state lighting controllers were installed in the network, controlling mainly Gantum spots and track lighting in the shipwreck, underwater cave and stand-alone virtual reality room.
In the stand-alone virtual reality room B-Stations were also used, so that each visitor could select their own colour cues. The aquarium has been supplied with an additional B-Station in the main ofﬁce to start or reset all attractions.
As a ﬁrst time customer and user of Visual Productions, Luke Lee of Fusiform felt that the lighting controllers were “extremely intuitive and reliable”.
UK - On 14 June, Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, officially opened Chester’s Storyhouse theatre.
The Chester Storyhouse theatre was built in 1936 and is a Grade II listed building. It was originally the city’s Odeon cinema but had been disused since 2007 - until a £37m RE:NEW project initiated by Cheshire West and Chester Council set about converting and extending the original building.
Stage Electrics were tasked with installing and supplying sound, production lighting, AV equipment, paging and technical infrastructure for the entire project.
The specialist integrator delivered the production lighting equipment, AV infrastructure and Front of House audio systems. In addition to the fully automated, DCI compliant cinema system, Stage Electrics also installed a versatile HD video distribution network throughout the venue. Further, architectural feature lighting and touchscreen control was specified and installed to the exterior of the striking ‘glass box’ cinema to illuminate the structure.
“The fact that half of the project was a new build theatre and the other half was a refurbishment of a Grade II listed building made this project really interesting,” said Ian Dunne, Stage Electrics’ project manager for the project. “The attention to detail maintained by everyone involved in the project and the blend of old and new has created a breath-taking venue.”
Although the theatre has been open since 2017 Her Majesty the Queen and new granddaughter-in-law Meghan Markle, cut the ribbon
UK - Nuffield Southampton Theatres City (NST City) is a new arts complex in Southampton. It needed highly flexible solutions for its production lighting, performance audio visual systems, which have been recently been installed by specialist installer and integrator, Northern Light in a half million pound plus year-long installation.
The history of the NST dates back to 1964 when, with support from the Nuffield Foundation, the University of Southampton built a theatre on its campus for the people of Southampton. NST City is its second venue. Sited in the very heart of the City, it houses a fully flexible 450-seat main house which doubles as a cinema, a 133-seat black-box studio, workshop, rehearsal space and screening facilities, as well as offices, bar, café and a restaurant.
“Northern Light was selected through competitive tender to supply and install the production lighting and performance sound systems,” says Richard Bunn from Arup, who designed the system. “We were delighted with the way that they responded to our specifications and the particular requirements of the Nuffield Southampton Theatres tenant.”
Working to Arup’s specification, and directly for builder and main contractor Galliford Try, Northern Light provided a full technical package including lighting, sound and video, as well as a roof mounted satellite dish to receive broadcast from the National Theatre.
The AV infrastructure has been designed to support future and emerging protocols, with integration being given at this time for both Dante and MADI, as well as tradi
USA - Event production house GVPmedia of Houston is responsible for lighting Ring of Honor events, a popular pro wrestling touring circuit that incorporates high-flying wrestling with mixed martial arts. Ring of Honor (ROH) puts on a high-energy, electric live show and GVP uses the power and dynamism of an all-Elation automated rig.
ROH matches are intense affairs that are also filmed for TV, Internet Pay-Per-View or DVD release. An important step in building up the exciting atmosphere is the energy created from pre-match introductions as loyal fans anticipate seeing their favourite wrestler enter the arena.
GVPmedia has been working with ROH for the past three years, providing lighting, LED video displays, and rigging for a growing list of events across the U.S. For an ROH event in February at Centre Stage theatre in Atlanta, GVP turned to its inventory of Elation hybrid moving heads (Platinum HFX and Platinum FLX) to add adrenalin-inducing beams to the entrance stage where wrestlers make their electrifying appearance.
The rig also included two luminaires that GVP added to their inventory after last year’s LDI show, the ZCL 360i single beam moving effect and one of Elation’s newest colour-changing batten fixtures, the Chorus Line 16.
“The role of the Chorus Lines in the ROH design was to apply a punch of colour as the wrestlers entered the arena,” said Gabby Schmees, director of business operations at GVP. “We really liked the fact that you can tilt the Chorus Line fixtures and they can give off a nice linear beam of light. The fa
UK - Lighting, rigging, audio and video provider SLX has a long-standing relationship working with Bristol Museums for equipment hire and live events and has supplied AV and lighting support for an exhibition titled Bristol Music: Seven Decades of Sound.
Bristol Museums, known for driving imaginative new exhibitions, developed concept plans and set out the initial themes for the spaces need in this exhibition. They then brought in SLX to propose creative ways that AV and lighting equipment would help add value to deliver an experiential exhibition for their visitors. The exhibition, which has decade booths spanning Bristol’s musical history, presented a challenge in that they needed to ensure audio clarity in each booth whilst not bleeding into the next. To counter this SLX supplied directional speakers with an acoustic curtain to contain any spill.
Ryan Stromski, business development manager at SLX, says: “It was a fantastic opportunity for us to be involved in such an exciting and creative idea and it’s the sort of project we excel at. With the exhibition being on the doorstep of our Bristol Head Office we cherish being able to continue our relationship with the local organisation and wider community.”
SLX also supplied the DJ area, which the public can freely interact with, including a high power active PA system controlled by a digital audio interface. There is also a dynamic live music room with playback screens featuring bands playing at local venues such as the Louisiana, Fleece and The Tunnels. The club section also provide
Ireland - Waterford, one of Ireland’s oldest cities, founded by Norwegian pirates in 914, recently celebrated its roots at its inaugural International Viking Festival and Roadshow.
Taking place over three days, this event marked the 1,100th anniversary of the conquest of York, England, by King Reginald of Waterford. With all eyes on the city, the pressure was on for Waterford Council and Waterford Treasures Museums to select the right partners and suppliers to bring this historic moment in time to life.
The highlight of the event was a spectacular night-time Viking Roadshow - two 45-minute theatrical performances which took place on the last day in the Apple Market in the city centre. The specially commissioned theatrical piece by creative director Craig Morrison, set for a live tour in 12 of the most important Viking sites in Europe, was to be the jewel in the crown of the Festival planned by the Council and Museum.
A celebration of the cultural and historical impact of the Vikings, Morrison brought together contemporary artists from all over Europe including actors, musicians, dancers and film makers for the visual spectacular on Viking heritage - using modern projection technology in a new and captivating way.
Delivery of the festival and roadshow was awarded to event and festival management company EveryEvent. John Grubb, managing director of the outfit, recalls how they approached the project. “We needed an exceptional technical and production service provider on board to complement this world-class production - and we c
USA - Live production and event management company Mountain View Staging (MVS) has invested in a FLEXTour LED video solution from Nashville-based PixelFLEX.
The HD, curveable LED video display is designed for live entertainment productions and can be configured traditionally and off-set, with each 500mm x 500mm tile front-serviceable. An integrated climbing ladder allows for quick access to displays flown high overhead.
Peter Johnson, Mountain View Staging CEO and owner, comments: “We have been in business for 18 years and have been using LED products for the last 10. Since LED now rivals projection, we have switched priorities to the new technology to keep up with changing demand from our clients. It’s all about the increased resolution, contrast, dynamic range and image quality, and the FLEXTour solution checked all the boxes for our priorities.”
Johnson adds: "Since we mostly work with tech companies, the ability to display software demos with sharp text and graphic elements was a high priority. When you look at the FLEXTour panels and the way they are built, including the design of the locking mechanisms and the LED pixels themselves, it is clearly a superior product. Additionally, the support and service we receive from PixelFLEX is outstanding, and that was the real deal-maker in this decision.
"We deployed the FLEXTour panels in a curved setup for the first time at the Event Marketer Summit in support of Opus Agency and their launch of a new mobile app for live streaming video sharing. This was during the annual Ex Awards at t
Australia - Telstra recently installed a complete AMX by Harman AV control solution in Deakin University’s new Telstra Trading Room, a realistic stock exchange simulation room on the university’s Melbourne campus.
Established in 1974, Deakin University is one of Australia’s fastest growing research universities, winning numerous awards and consistently ranking among the top universities in Australia. In order to provide its business students with real-world insight into the workings of a live stock exchange environment, Deakin Business School partnered with Australian communications provider Telstra to create a simulated trading room complete with tickers, displays and a large video wall providing real-time finance updates.
Deakin worked with Harman Professional Solutions distributor avt and Telstra to design a state-of-the-art AV control system that could handle the demands of a modern stock exchange trading floor. Telstra recommended AMX AV control systems for their user-friendly operation, innovative automation and reliable signal distribution.
“The Telstra Trading Room has received a lot of positive attention since opening,” said Lorri Cahill, deputy general manager of business and law, Deakin University. “Supported by a sophisticated AMX AV system, the Telstra Trading Room is an innovative teaching space that helps our students learn real-world financial principles and concepts.”
The main video wall in the Telstra Trading Room consists of eight 55-inch LCD panels that can function independently or be combined to display a
Denmark - Young Danish singer, guitarist and chart-topping rising star Jacob Dinesen played two spectacular arena shows to kick off his 2018 summer tour, one in his home region of Aabenraa and one in Copenhagen, with Robe MegaPointes and Spiiders prominent on the rig.
Lighting for these two shows was a completely new design, also programmed and operated by LD Niller Bjerrgaard.
Niller had only just joined the Dinesen production team for these shows after being recommended by FOH sound engineer Mad Mikkelsen – the two also work for high profile DK heavy metal heroes Volbeat.
Niller took on the Dinesen project with a skeleton design already in place created by Jacob Beckman. He discussed this with the band and their production manager Jonathan Koch, added in some of his own ideas and the resulting rig and brief was to create a big expressive rock rig, which was perfect for Niller’s current visual mind-set!
“I wanted the style and feel of the show to be a bit raw and improvisational, so I constructed the lightshow using a combination of cue lists and live busking pages which enabled me to combine the two MOs,” explained Niller.
Some of the 30 x MegaPointes and 20 x Spiiders at the centre of the rig were actually already specified by Jacob Beckman, however when Niller took over the project, he added some extra fixtures and was very happy to work with both of these Robe products for the first time.
The MegaPointes and Spiiders were purchased new for the tour by rental company Vigso.
Niller operated these shows in Aabenraa
USA - Southern Indiana’s Floyd Central High School puts a special emphasis on the performing arts, a focus that has produced one of America's premiere high school theatre programs. Last year, Floyd Central was one of a handful of schools across the U.S. selected by Disney Theatrical Group to test the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Newsies before it is made available to schools everywhere.
Newsies ran at the high school, located in Floyds Knobs, last November, selling out all six performances. Lighting industry pro and Floyd Central alumnus Michael Nevitt of Crossfade Design, LLC served as lighting designer and lighting mentor on the production. “Disney wanted to see what the challenges would be for high schools and Floyd Central could then provide them with feedback,” explains Nevitt. “For example, how to get around the fact that there are lots of boy characters in the cast while many, sometimes most, theatre students are female. That meant they had to test out casting girls in roles originally written for boys. Another challenge is staging a play like this on a school’s more limited budget.”
Not only does Floyd Central High School have one of America's top high school theatre programmes, they have a full Elation lighting rig to boot. Nevitt had at his disposal a house rig of Elation fixtures that the school purchased in 2015 from Phoenix Lighting of Louisville, Kentucky.
The package consists of LED-based Arena Q7 Zoom PAR wash lights and Platinum Spot 5R Pro moving heads, along with Colour Chorus 48 LED batten wash l
Poland - Protec European Events partnered with their client Xerox once again to deliver the audio, lighting, video and rigging at the Xerox Forum 2018 held in Warsaw.
This event, held in the Doubletree Hilton from 22-24 May, included three days of presentations and 23 seminar sessions with the highlight being the Xerox International Operations Premiere of the new Xerox IridesseTM Production Press.
Xerox hosted 400 of their top graphic communications customers, resellers and business partners from around the world.
The project ran in a few separate spaces or scenes – a daytime conference, a pre-reveal with Kabuki curtain, the reveal element and finally, the conference and demonstrations on the new machine.
Sean Godefroy, HOD Protec video, chose three Barco 20k projectors, one for each side screen and one for a kabuki drop drape projection. He chose the Christie Spyder X20 due to its flexibility and reliability to cater for any instance.
The audio team chose the unobtrusive Nexo Geo M6 line array to cover the 6m high, long, wide room. The rig was designed by Simon King, PM at Protec, checked by Ben Waters HOD of Audio and operated on site by sound engineer Gareth Taylor. Everything was operated from a Yamaha QL5.
The main arrays were supported by four Nexo LS18 subs, all ground stacked which provided extended low frequency response. On stage for monitoring Waters chose to use d&b speakers, powered by d&b D series amplifiers.
Project manager Wayne Jackson explained why Protec Europe chose the Sennheiser FBG3 wireles
USA - Innovation is nothing new at the Today Show. The first early morning news programme, and one of the longest-running shows on television (it debuted on January 14, 1952), this American icon has thrived by pioneering new concepts like the celebrity meteorologist, and early morning concerts by major recording stars.
In keeping with this tradition, the show recently raised the visual bar for morning TV music segments, when its lighting director Peter Greenbaum upgraded its Citi Concert Series stage to create a wider array of concert-style looks by adding 25 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures, supplied by WorldStage.
“The Pyxis creates an extensive variety of effects that you don’t see on a TV concert type of stage,” Greenbaum said. “Its powerful centre beam is also new for me, but I fell in love with the fixture after WorldStage showed it to me. I can use it to create real concert looks on stage, which, along with the quality of our artists, helps keep the Today Show Citi Concerts a step ahead of the competition.”
Since obtaining the Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures in mid-May, Greenbaum has used them for Citi Concert performances by Meghan Trainor, Darius Rucker and Shawn Mendes.” Their movement and colour adds the kind of summer concert fun factor to our stage that I was after,” he said. “The LEDs on the outer rim look really great on camera when we program them to appear as if they are ‘spinning.’ We rely on them for eye candy, but they’re also a very nice wash.”
The multi-functional versatility of
USA - Drawing a record crowd of over 13,500 industry professionals, The Work Truck Show 2018 was the largest event in the history of the NTEA. Held inside the Indiana Convention Centre, the event saw an unprecedented number of vehicle launches, including the much-anticipated launch of the new XL Series from Hino Trucks USA.
Desiring a dynamic and exciting tradeshow environment worthy of their inaugural Class 8 heavy-duty trucking solutions, they enlisted the assistance of production provider Elite Multimedia who created a momentous LED video, lighting and audio design.
“We’ve been exhibiting at The Work Truck Show for 18 years now and this is definitely the benchmark show for the work truck industry,” says Sheree Greenhalge, assistant manager marketing, Hino Trucks USA. “Each year the show generally has many new product launches, and this year we were focused on the launch of our Hino XL Series. We were entering a market that no other OEM has done successfully in the past 50 years, so we knew we had to unveil the new truck line in a manner that matched the occasion.”
Greenhalge continues, “We knew we had to unveil the new line of trucks in a ‘big’ way at the 2018 show. To do this, we added 30% more floor space in the booth to accommodate the new trucks and display properties, along with dedicated areas for attendees to watch the launch. The show floor stood still while we unveiled the trucks, and with the massive LED video design created by Elite Multimedia, visitors could watch from every angle of the 7,200 sq.ft
USA - Bandit Lites returned to The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for another epic weekend of stellar music, comradery and community with activities including a silent disco, yoga, comedy acts, a marketplace and a sustainability focus. Working with Lambda Productions, Bandit Lites supplied the lighting package for multiple stages and provided additional lighting support for several performers.
More than 150 artists took to the 700 acre field. Headliners Muse, Eminem, The Killers, Sheryl Crow, Alt J, Bon Iver, Future, Bassnectar, Paramore, Khalid and Sturgill Simpson kicked the party into top gear as thousands took to the field.
Bandit’s package for the main stage system consisted of nearly 230 fixtures, including Robe BMFLs, Clay Paky Mythos, GLP X4 Bar 20, VL 3500 Washes, VL 3000 Spots, Solaris Flare Strobes, Lycian M2 spots, and two Grand MA 2 Full consoles for control.
“Working with the mainstage headliner LD’s Oli Metcalfe (Muse), Daniel Boland (Eminem) and Steven Douglas (The Killers) was such a pleasure,” commented Bandit production director Dizzy Gosnell. “They’ve all done dozens of festivals each, understands how to approach them and are superbly capable of getting the best out of a rig that maybe isn’t one hundred percent their own. It certainly requires a different mindset, and with the advance information I got from them all well ahead of time made it all flow quite well.”
Both stages had significant amounts of extras packages and Bandit Lites supplied various fixtures such as VL 3500 Washes, VL 3000 Spots, Ela
New Zealand - David Kendall Audio Visual recently installed an end-to-end networked audio system by Harman Professional Solutions at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.
Located in the historic district of Thorndon, the Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Wellington, attracting a vibrant community of worshippers each week. In addition to serving an important role in the Anglican Church, the ornate architecture and refined acoustics of Wellington Cathedral also make it a popular venue for choral and orchestral concerts.
With sound reinforcement playing a critical role at Wellington Cathedral, management wanted to ensure optimum audio quality and balanced coverage during church services and concerts. To achieve these goals, management hired David Kendall Audio Visual to upgrade its aging sound system with a complete Harman networked sound reinforcement system. David Kendall chose supplier JPRO (formerly JANDS NZ) to partner on the project.
“I knew this was going to be a challenging job - many people have tried over the years,” says David Kendall, integrator. “Thanks to the technology provided by Harman solutions, we were able to make big improvements while staying within the church’s budget.”
The front nave, the Cathedral’s main area, is covered using JBL Intellivox DS280 array speakers, which offer excellent speech intelligibility throughout the coverage area while maintaining a constant sound pressure level up to 110ft. The Intellivox DS280’s unobtrusive design and active vertical b
USA - Months after the opening of hit Broadway musical The Band's Visit, celebrated sound designer Kai Harada has won a Tony Award for Best Sound Design in a Musical, including fully object-based 3D sound courtesy of Astro Spatial Audio.
The Band's Visit was the big winner of the night at the Radio City Music Hall, with a total of 10 wins out of 11 nominations, including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, and Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.
The critically acclaimed show, which opened in November 2017 to rave reviews at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre, tells the story of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra’s arrival in Israel for the opening of an Arab Cultural Centre, only to find out that they have boarded the wrong bus to the wrong town - with some inevitably amusing consequences.
The show marked the Broadway debut of Astro Spatial Audio, and Harada was keen to praise the effect that the system had on the show’s sound design. “ASA allowed us to precisely place the instrument source as an audio object within a graphical interface, while it did all the calculations to make it sound correct. Changes to staging were easily accommodated,” he explained. "In addition, having used other acoustic enhancement systems on other shows, I was eager to try the ASA room enhancement to give the illusion that the theatre was a larger acoustic space for some key moments in the show.”
He added: “Without the functionality of the ASA system, the sound of The Band’s Visit would have rema