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arx-usbdi-plusSan Francisco Opera installs ARX interface
Friday, 11 May 2018

USA - New York based ARX dealer Markertek has supplied the San Francisco Opera with the ARX USB DI Plus USB audio interface for its computer to audio system interface requirements. The USB DI Plus is designed to interface any USB equipped computer - in particular, notebook computers - with the balanced inputs of professional sound systems.
The San Francisco Opera has been thrilling audiences in San Francisco since 1923 and is known for commissioning numerous world premieres, training some of opera's greatest young artists and being one of the world’s leading opera companies. Fitting perfectly into the theatre environment, the USB DI Plus features a straightforward ‘Plug in and Play’ design with a robust solid steel chassis and no external gain/volume control to make it as tamper proof as possible.
As part of a range of Audibox USB Audio Interfaces from ARX, the USB DI Plus has an inbuilt 24bit high resolution digital to analogue converter (DAC) which removes the need to use the existing internal sound card outputs in the computer and thereby eliminating their inherent noise and distortion.
(Jim Evans)

studerStuder solution for Asia’s Got Talent
Friday, 11 May 2018

Singapore - Mahajak Trio recently supplied veteran audio director John Simpson with a Studer by Harman Vista 5 digital mixing console for the second season of Asia’s Got Talent.
Asia’s Got Talent is the regional version of the popular Got Talent franchise. The show’s record-breaking first season established the live reality competition as the region’s most powerful platform for launching Asia’s next generation of star performers.
Produced by Astro Productions, episodes are filmed live before a studio audience at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and Pinewoods Iskandar in Malaysia. Astro hired Mahajak Trio Electronics to provide the show with a broadcast audio mixing solution with premium sound quality and an intuitive user interface. Mahajak selected a Studer Vista 5 mixing console for its innovative features and user-friendly operation.
“The producers wanted to be sure that the production audio was superbly mixed using the best equipment,” said Lee Chin Kah, senior technical manager, Mahajak Trio. “They were very satisfied with the Studer Vista 5 we provided, which met all of their technical requirements and is extremely easy to use. Studer consoles offer advanced functionality and the best sound quality in the broadcast market today.”
The show’s producers brought in sound mixer John Simpson to serve as audio director for seasons one and two of Asia’s Got Talent. As a long-time user of Studer mixers, one of Simpson’s favourite features is vMIX, an automated microphone-mixing algorithm based on

old-dominionChorus Line on Old Dominion Happy Endings tour
Friday, 11 May 2018

USA - Old Dominion has emerged as one of the hottest bands in country music, a fact recently confirmed by a 2018 Academy of Country Music Award as Vocal Group of the Year.
The band’s 2018 Happy Endings tour kicked off 1 February and played dates in North America, the UK, Ireland and Australia through mid-March. Full service production company Morris Light & Sound of Nashville, Tennessee, supplied the lighting for the tour, a large rig that included Elation Professional Chorus Line 16 LED pixel bar luminaires used to line the mid-stage and upstage, as well as Cuepix Blinder WW2 white light LED blinders in the overhead truss and on the back wall. Lighting design was by Travis Shirley.
David Haskell, president of Morris, commented, “The Chorus Line 16 has great performance with a good zoom function and the reliability is fantastic. The brightness of the LED is excellent and when viewed head on, it is aesthetically pleasing to look at.” The fixture also includes motorized zoom optics so it can be used to light set objects and cycs and a 220° tilt motor function lets designers position the unit dynamically during a show.
Audience lighting is an important element on many shows, especially country artists who often have a passion to connect with their audience. The Cuepix Blinder WW2 gives the classic look of the 2-lite but with a fraction of the power requirements and with powercon in and out, the fixtures can be placed throughout a lighting rig without having to run separate 120v cables.
About the Cuepix Blinders, Haskell stated,

mexican-jazzPR illuminates Mexico’s international jazz festival
Friday, 11 May 2018

Mexico - As is the tradition each year, Musbi AC (Music in the Bicentennial A.C), combined with the Ministry of Culture of the Mexican Federal Government, Hermes Music Foundation, Performers of Mexico and the Single Union of Music Workers, to stage the International Jazz Festival. Now in its eighth edition, it took as its setting the emblematic Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City.
Over the course of three days, the bill featured Mexican and international musicians, who presented different styles of jazz to create an extremely rich and varied show. The opening day saw performances by Waldo Madera Quintet, Javier Nandayapa Fusion Cuatro and Roberto Aymes y su Música. The following day Héctor Infanzón Orchestra, Marco Morel Guitarra Octet and Dannah Garay Quartet appeared. And on the final day, Bob Sands & ChuchoLópez H. Big Band, Los Bronces and Jean Paul Bideau Official Quintet performed.
Lighting for the show across the three days was all entrusted to fixtures from PR Lighting, the professional brand distributed in Mexico by Hermes Music. Featured in the show were: 12 PR-2482 Phantom; eight PR-8541 XLED 4022RZ; 12 PR-2203 XR 200 Beam and six PR-8127 XLED 3019.From PR Lighting’s economic Junior series the stage also featured 12 JNR-8083D JNR PAR COB and 18 JNR-8154B JNR PAR Zoom B.
The versatility of the different lamps ensured that each of the fixtures gave an excellent performance to achieve all the textures, colour and environmental mood of a first-rate concert. This applied not only to each group performing on the stage itself, b

eaterieRCF on the menu at world’s largest food park
Friday, 11 May 2018

Italy - FICO Eataly World, billed as the largest agri-food park in the world, and located just outside Bologna, was opened on 15 November 2017. The new park showcases 150 Italian food companies to an estimated 6m visitors. The Fabbrica Italiana COntadina (FICO) Eataly World has two ambitious goals: to attract visitors from all over the world, and to represent Italy with all its top-quality products and biodiversity, mixing Italy's food and wine traditions with innovation and research in the agri-food sector.
The park, jointly managed by the two major Italian food players, Eataly andCoop, includes two hectares of fields and open-air stalls, and eight hectares hosting: 40 factories; 40 shops, markets, and eateries; areas dedicated to sport, children, reading, and services; six classrooms; six large, educational ‘fairgrounds’, a theatre and cinema; a modular conference centre for 50 to 1000 people and a foundation with three universities.
RCF was involved in the design of the whole EN54-compliant audio and evac system, all based on the DXT 9000 digital multi-platform system and a huge number of indoor and outdoor speakers. The four RCF DXT 9000 main control units exchange the huge amount of audio data and control information over an optical Dante network.
The audio project began in 2016 from the RCF Engineering Support Group and ended a few months before the inauguration in November 2017, with the certification of the plant by the competent authority. The system is available throughout the complete indoor and outdoor area. Following a specific requ

bond-nightclubPixelFLEX enhances Nassau’s Bond experience
Friday, 11 May 2018

Bahamas - Heralded as the largest single-phase resort in the Caribbean Islands, Baha Mar offers a choice of three celebrated hotels, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, and a collection of lounges, spas, and restaurants. All surrounded by a stunning ocean view casino, the developers of the project also wanted to create Nassau’s premiere nightlife destination, complete with a state-of the-art DJ booth, sound, lighting and video system.
Working with the David Harvey at Harvey Marshall Berling Associates (HMBA), the production design inside the upscale nightclub at the Bond now includes a high-resolution video experience with FLEXLite LED from PixelFLEX, installed by the A/V integration firm Think Simple.
“When we were approached by HMBA about assisting with the LED video installation at the Bond, we hoped to give the space something that no other nightclub in the Caribbean had ever seen,” began Greg Michelier, Think Simple. “The goal was to add a cool new visual aspect to the Bond, and a ceiling-mounted display is something that would truly set it apart from other venues. It really is a unique video system that’s now built into the ceiling and the wall behind the bar, using FLEXLite LED to add pulsing, immersive graphics to the driving music of the featured DJ or guest performers.”
Michelier continued, “Although the club can and does use the ceiling to show some video content, it’s mainly used for high-definition visual effects that enhance the music and add to the energetic atmosphere. On the other hand, they then use the LED video

seoulHarman solution for Seoul Dragon City complex
Thursday, 10 May 2018

South Korea - Systems integrators Winmeditech and TechData, recently deployed a range of complete Harman Professional Solutions AV systems in the Seoul Dragon City hotel complex.
Opened in October of 2017 by AccorHotels, Seoul Dragon City contains 1,700 guest rooms spread over four hotels, all within an interconnected series of skyscrapers. Billed as a lifestyle hotel-plex, the massive facility features 11 restaurants and bars, 17 meeting rooms, two multi-function grand ballrooms, and four full floors of entertainment in a Sky Bridge suspended between two of the towers.
TechData and Winmeditech deployed a solution made up of 428 JBL Professional speakers, 31 Crown amplifiers, eight Soundcraft mixers, 35 BSS signal processors, 147 AKG microphones and accessories and 212 AMX control systems.
“2017 has been a record-breaking year for AccorHotels in South Korea, highlighted by the launch of this largest project we have signed in the country featuring four hotel brands in the same complex, including the introduction of Grand Mercure and Novotel Suites in this market,” said Patrick Basset, chief operating officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia.
“The Harman Professional AV solution provided by TechData and Winmeditech enables us to deliver world-class audio, video and lighting throughout the entire Seoul Dragon City complex, all with exceptional control. It is an impressive system, and we are extremely pleased with the results.”
“Harman Professional Solutions is a one-stop solution for audio, visual, lighting and

g32018-1HES SolaHyBeams light G3 world tour
Thursday, 10 May 2018

World - The G3 2018 world tour needed three different designs for its three distinctive guitarists. Production designer/lighting designer Alastair Watson - who is also the production manager - had a tight budget and a one-truck space constraint. One rig had to do it all. So he specified 16 High End Systems SolaHyBeam 1000s, a hybrid LED fixture offering spot, wash, and animation effects - effectively giving him three lights in one.
He supplemented with more HES products including six HEX LED arrays and two HES Axon media servers for displaying visual content, all controlled with a Full Boar 4 console and wing.
HyBeams and HEX are the “meat and bones” of the rig for this three-and-a-half hour show, Watson says. “Phil Collen of Def Leppard is performing his Delta blues, John Petrucci is doing his prog metal melodic instrumental set, and then Joe Satriani does an hour of his signature instrumental rock. They then come together at the end of the show to do a three-song jam, many times with other guest guitarists that, together, melt the audiences’ faces off!”
To achieve the appearance of three separate lighting designs, the LD uses the multipurpose HyBeam more as a wash light for one band, and primarily as a profile light for another band, while mixing it up for Satriani.
“The 20k lumens per fixture for something of that small size is incredible. I’m talking about a good even field from a 24ft [7.3m] trim height getting a 6ft [1.8m] cone on the stage. You don’t lose much output when you put colour or a gobo in there. And with its p

soldaatvanoranjecreditjorisvanbennekomSoldaat van Oranje marches on with Chauvet
Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Netherlands - Over 2.5 million spectators have visited the TheaterHangaar to see Soldaat van Oranje - The Musical since its debut in 2010. The longest-running performance in the history of Dutch theatre, the show tells the story of World War II resistance fighter Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema.
Audiences are treated to a multi-sensory, immersive experience at this unique venue, as they sit in comfortable movie-theatre seats in the auditorium that rotate from scene to scene. The different sets feature an array of special scenic elements that includes parts of an actual airport runway, a beach with real sand and water, two fully functional motorcycles, and a 1940s vintage Dakota C46 airplane.
Adding to the transformative experience is the theatre’s newly re-imagined lighting system that features Chauvet Professional Ovation B-2805FC and Ovation B-565FC colour-mixing fixtures, supplied by PRG Netherlands. Lighting technicians Gijsbert Stalenhoef and Joris Visée, in cooperation with technical manager Tjitte Meijer and PRG’s Mark van der Werff, installed 36 of the Ovation B-2805FC battens and 15 of the Ovation B-565FC static wash lights to replace the 116 fluorescent fixtures that had been used to light the theatre.
In addition to increasing the energy efficiency of the theatre’s lighting system, the RGB-Amber-Lime LED Ovation fixtures enrich performances at the theatre, thanks to their realistic color rendering. “The Ovation fixtures are a great replacement for the fluorescent strip lights,” says Stalenhoef. “There's so much more depth

heidecksburg-castlest-patricks-day1Heidecksburg Castle goes green with Elation
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Germany - For St Patrick's Day celebrations in Rudolstadt, Germany, event technology service provider LB-TEC was tasked with illuminating the famous Heidecksburg castle in the Irish national colour of green and chose powerful Elation Professional Paladin lighting fixtures for the job.
LB-TEC has illuminated the city’s residential palace for years and has always used a large amount of LED washes, fixtures that had to be installed with cumbersome weatherproof protection. This solution was not only relatively expensive but also very time consuming. For the St. Patrick’s Day illumination, the company opted for a more practical solution and invested in eight Elation IP65-rated Paladin wash/blinder/strobe lights.
"We chose Elation's Paladin because it's a weatherproof light with high output and attractive zoom range. On top of that, the price/performance ratio was convincing," explains LB-TEC owner Volker Schmidt. “In the future, we will use the units primarily for ambient lighting in outdoor areas, for effect lighting on stages and, as in the case of Heidecksburg, for barrel lighting at a great distance."
LB-TEC was able to illuminate the entire city-side façade of the castle with only eight units, covering the entire facade in green. Setting up the fixtures and adjusting the zoom took only a few minutes. The Paladins were placed about 200 meters away from the façade and although it was lit exclusively in green - so only 25% of the power was available - the building was intensively soaked in colour.
(Jim Evans)

akingsransomsmMavericks play lead role in King’s Ransom
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

UK - A recent theatre project involving 160 primary school children is convincingly demonstrating the power of the arts to inspire young people to greater learning. Into Opera are on a mission to get more people into opera, and their children’s opera and education project offers children a unique introduction to the art form of opera and all that it encompasses.
At the heart of this imaginative project lies A King's Ransom, a children's opera written by classical composer Patrick Hawes. Supporting this reimagined tale of Robin Hood is a subtle, yet powerful, lighting design by Johanna Town that features a collection of Maverick and Rogue moving fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
Plans are now afoot to develop A King’s Ransom into a national education project, hoping to engage and inspire more children up and down the country, due to the success of its recent premiere.
The set, designed by Michael Pavelka, consisted primarily of a single cloth representing the giant oak tree in Sherwood Forest. Town's challenge was to invoke night and day in the depths of a forest through intricate changes in lighting. The 28 Maverick fixtures in her rig were key to helping her create this effect. She had six Maverick MK2 Spot, six Maverick MK1 Hybrid and 16 Maverick MK2 Wash units on upstage, FOH and side-stage truss.
"I needed lighting tools that could create the strong imagery of the forest all around, as well as give me flexible and optimum coverage of the staging area," said Town. "The Maverick Spots were used to help create the feeling

viam03Electro-Voice adds clarity to Voice in a Million
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Germany - The Voice in a Million charity concert drew 10,000 schoolchildren to London’s SSE Wembley Arena in mid-March for two nights of performances by the UK’s most gifted children’s choirs.
With technical production on a tight timescale, an Electro-Voice X2 line array system (part of the X-Line Advance family) delivered punchy, even coverage across the arena, while Electro-Voice ND86 dynamic supercardioid vocal microphones ensured each child’s voice was captured in perfect detail.
Founded in 2006 by Robert and Jo Garofalo, Voice in a Million is a charitable organisation dedicated to helping children who have been orphaned, abandoned or separated from their families at birth.
Handling technical production for this year’s event was Birmingham-based DMX Productions, whose managing director, SJ Grevett, looked to front of house engineer Neal Allen for the ideal audio solution.
They found it in the shape of an impressive 42-element Electro-Voice X2 line array system comprising left-right hangs of 15 X2-212/90 and X2-212/120 line array elements per side plus side-fills of six X2-212/90 per side. A further eight Electro-Voice XLE181 elements were deployed as in-fills; 18 Electro-Voice X12-128 dual 18-inch subwoofers provided ample low-end extension.
“The X2 gave us a better overall sound and more power than the previous system,” says Allen. “Though my faders were at 3 dB less output, the entire show benefitted from greater clarity - especially in the mid-high frequencies.”
The concert’s charitable status al

pogoartpm701Rivage PM7 comes to Poland’s PogoArt
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Poland - As one of Poland’s leading live production companies, Wroclaw-based PogoArt works on some of the country’s highest profile live events, from star-studded festivals and high art opera, to traditional music recitals and corporate conventions. It is also the first Polish company to invest in Yamaha’s new Rivage PM7 digital mixing system.
PogoArt’s history with Yamaha goes back 20 years, when the company invested in the 02R console. Since then the company has regularly updated its inventory of Yamaha digital mixers and currently has PM5D, CL5, CL3, QL5, QL1, M7CL, 01v96 and DM2000 consoles in continual use by clients. The latest investment in a RIVAGE PM7 system brings the inventory up to date.
“One of the great thing about Yamaha consoles for rental companies is that, from the 01v right through the range, they all have a very similar workflow,” says PogoArt owner Slawek Pogorzala. “This means that we know engineers will immediately be able to use the PM7, without a significant learning curve.”
Supplied by Yamaha dealer M.Ostrwoski, another advantage of the Rivage PM7 system is that it is fully compatible with the company’s inventory of Yamaha Rio3224-D I/O units and the company’s CL and QL series consoles.
“We know that the Rivage PM7 system will be extremely reliable, have great hardware and be fully accepted on technical riders. Yamaha is a brand trusted by users, which is also very important,” says Slawek. “Another essential factor in our decision to continue investing in Yamaha consoles is the excellent supp

robe-royal-tank-museum-jordan-dsc00096ParFect light for Amman military museum
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Jordan - Nearly 400 Robe ParFect S1s LED luminaires have been deployed at the newly-opened Royal Tank Museum in Amman, Jordan, illuminating 110 x battle-worn tanks from a century of wars in the Middle East and other more distant conflicts.
The lighting was specified by Amman-based AV and IT integration solutions specialist AKTCO. The project was led by Nidal Khalifeh (CEO), George Boury (project manager), and Duaa’ Khraim (design engineer) from AKTCO who worked closely with Elie Battah, from Robe Middle East, to coordinate the supply of ParFects to this high-profile installation.
The futuristic museum building was designed by Zaid Daoud Architects. The 20,000sq.m space is divided into 12 halls showcasing the exhibits, which include illustrations of historic battles in Syria, Jerusalem and Jordan, complete with an audioscape of gunfire, roaring diesel engines and emotive speeches. Life-size replicas of soldiers poke out of tank turrets giving the exhibits a life-like feel that they are about to roll into action.
“This dramatic environment needed careful lighting,” explained Nidal, who, together with the team at AKTCO, was extremely proud to be involved in the Museum, opened in January by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, who originally decreed its creation in 2007.
The project’s realisation was a massive national and regional achievement and it has been highly acclaimed internationally as a vital and historically significant curation of military hardware.
AKTCO responded to a tender issued by the KADDB (King Abdullah 2 Deig

adrienne-warren-as-tina-turner-photo-by-manuel-harlanlow-resUnusual Rigging chosen for Tina Turner musical
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

UK - The world premiere of the new musical Tina - The Tina Turner Musical had its official opening night in the West End on 17 April at the Aldwych Theatre.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the production charts Turner's journey from humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global queen of rock'n'roll. Production manager Sacha Milroy knew that rigging the show successfully required a sound knowledge of the theatre and so turned to Unusual Rigging to handle the project.
"This is actually the first time I've worked with Unusual," said Sacha. "Of course, I've known of them for many years and Simon Stone, who is senior project manager at Unusual, has a great reputation which precedes him. I was also aware of all the amazing work they'd done to transform the grid of the Aldwych Theatre for Beautiful - The Carole King Musical.
“The challenge we had with Tina was that this show had a huge amount of flying. We needed to estimate the weights of all the flying elements, work out how to fit it all in the grid and decide which pieces to manually fly with the in-house counterweight system and which to automate. It entailed putting in five large intermediate trusses that fixed directly into the walls of the theatre to rig the 4 automated LX trusses and a 10m x 6m LED wall from and derigging and diverting every single one of the 40 in-house cradles.
"We drew up a groundplan of all the flown pieces and explained to Simon and his colleague Jeremy Featherstone (an engineering genius!) what we wanted to achieve. They fo

saftaEPH at the South African Film & Television Awards
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

South Africa - The 12th Annual South African Film & Television Awards was hosted at Sun City’s Superbowl on 24 March with a further 2.3m viewers tuning in to watch the live SABC televised production. EPH Productions were appointed by ATTV to supply the full technical and the set for the show, as well as for the smaller Technical Awards held a couple of days prior to the main event.
EPH Production’s Danie Janse van Rensburg wore three hats namely as project manager, technical director and set designer. For the proposal, with a lot of support from Leon Pheiffer (CEO, EPH Group), they came up with an idea to use suspended LED screens as the main feature, knowing that when complimented with the graphic material supplied by ATTV (Andrew Thabo Television), diverse looks would take the audience on a journey from glamour to triggering emotions with bright and patriotic colours. A special screen, in remembrance of former South African president Nelson Mandela, marked the centenary of the legend’s birth.
The show was designed for camera. Nine LED screens were hung on motors while two automated screens at the back of the stage closed to create a 7m x 3m screen. When the screens opened, serving as an entrance for artists to walk onto the stage, an additional 5m x 3m screen was revealed in the background.
“Spacing was the biggest challenge and next was to produce a uniformed yet not symmetrical look,” says Janse van Rensburg. To do this, he positioned the screens at different angles. “It gave a more natural appearance without being too rigid. It

robe-snow-tour-2Snow time for Robe
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Europe - Irish hip hop artist, rapper and music producer Rejjie Snow burst on the scene in 2013 and has just released his debut album Dear Annie. He has also just completed a 34-date UK and European tour, which was well received.
Creating the atmospheric lighting was LD Chris Yeomans, who for the three largest gigs on the tour - Dublin’s Olympia, The Roundhouse in London and La Trianon in Paris - he specified Robe moving lights as the main part of a striking design.
The core rig comprised 25 Pointes arranged upstage in a 5x5 grid; eight Spiiders were positioned between the columns of Pointes, and six LEDWash 600s on the floor at the sides for 'wing washes’. Lighting was supplied by London based Colour Sound Experiment.
The artist wanted to be silhouetted for much of the show so he could lurk in the shadows and play with the negative spaces, so Chris immediately thought of the grid effect as a neat way to achieve this, adding requisite degrees of drama and to fill the stages of all three ‘featured’ venues. He also wanted the overall aesthetic to be stark and minimal.
Once that wall of lights was established as a design focal point, Chris - whose background is in the frenetic and innovative world of club lighting - knew he needed a multi-functional fixture to ensure that different looks, scenes and textures flowed for the whole show without getting repetitive.
“The Pointes’ combination of prisms, the great gobo selection, frost and zoom were more than enough to create the multiple looks needed for each track.” Spiider

bomb-factoryL-Acoustics takes The Bomb Factory to a new level
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

USA - The Bomb Factory, a 4,000-plus-capacity music club in Dallas’ hip downtown Deep Ellum district and site of shows by artists like Hardwell, Don Henley, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and Jack White, has been through a few iterations.
Originally built as an automobile assembly plant for Henry Ford over a century ago, it later housed a WWII munitions factory, from which it derives its current name. As Dallas’ downtown grew into an arts district in recent years, the 48,000sq.ft brick building was the perfect home for a live music venue, which opened in 2015.
Only one thing might have held it back: a sound system that struggled to keep up with the needs of contemporary touring artists, many of whom brought in their own PA systems or rented them for shows. That’s all changed as of last October when The Bomb Factory joined the ranks of rider-ready leading venues globally with the installation of an L-Acoustics K2 sound system.
Installed by Onstage Systems, an L-Acoustics certified provider for rental systems (CPr), the venue’s new stereo line source array K2 rig has 10 enclosures per side, with an even dozen KS28 subwoofers installed under the front of the stage. The K2 are powered by eight LA8 amplified controllers, while three LA12X amplified controllers are used to power the subs, which are arranged in three cardioid blocks of four units each to reduce stage rumble without attenuating their awesome LFE. Another LA4X amplifier is used for three ARCS Focus front-fill speakers across the front of the stage area.
“There’s a significant difference

la-la-digicoDiGiCo on song for La La Land in Concert
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

USA - The film La La Land was the surprise hit of 2016, swept the Golden Globes, won six Oscars, and made a net profit of about $65m. Starting in 2017 and heading into 2018, the film has emerged from the cinemas and hit the road for a series of events known as La La Land in Concert, encompassing screenings of the film that incorporate a live orchestra, jazz ensemble and choir.
The tour’s primary mix engineer, Troy Choi, has been “hands on faders” for 90 percent of the run, including shows on every continent, all using local orchestras and choirs as well as, in most cases, local musicians for the jazz band that is so crucial to the film’s sound and story. And when he has been in the FOH captain’s chair, he has insisted on having a DiGiCo SD7 or SD10 desk in front of him.
“Basically, we play the movie from the beginning, the same as a normal movie theatre showing,” says Choi. “However, all of the music from the movie is played by a symphony orchestra, jazz band, and choir, and it is 100 percent live. The symphony is always a local pickup. Sometimes we travel with Randy Kerber, the piano player who recorded the soundtrack, and he is amazing! This movie's jazz part is not easy and it’s always great to have the original players.
“We actually had the entire original ensemble from the movie soundtrack, including drummer Peter Erskine, bassist Kevin Axt, and guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., plus Wayne Bergeron on trumpet, Bob Sheppard on sax, and Andy Martin on trombone. But for many reasons, mostly having to do with budget, it

k-arrayK-array celebrates Labour Day in Rome
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Italy - The Primo Maggio Concert is an all-day music festival organised annually on the 1 May to celebrate Italy's Labour Day.
Set in Piazza San Giovanni in Rome and broadcast live on public television, this popular national event is also referred to as the Concertone or Big Concert due to the duration of the musical marathon which begins in the afternoon and ends late at night due to the sheer number of artists and audience.
For its 28th edition, stage managers Antonio Soddu and Alessio Martino from ALTO Stage Management entrusted the audio domain entirely to K-array to provide high quality sound for the 50-plus performances, including international artist Fat Boy Slim, and the 500,000 people present.
Product specialist and system designer Klaus Hausherr, together with Roberto Marchesi from distributor Exhibo, developed a powerful, versatile main system using 24 Firenze-KH8 line elements with Slim Array Technology and Electronic Beam Steering paired with 16 Firenze-KS8 subwoofers. Six Mugello-KH3 line arrays were used as front-fill, while the delay line was made with four Firenze-KH7 and the lateral delay lines made up of 10 Mugello-KH2 loudspeakers on each side.
The onstage monitoring was comprised of a side-fill system with six Mugello-KH5 paired with four Mugello-KS5 subwoofers. Four powerful Mastiff-KM312 and 14 Mastiff-KM112 speakers were used for floor monitors and the drum-fill was made up of two Thunder-KMT21 subwoofers and two Dragon-KX12 elements. Two sets of Axle-KRX202 portable systems were used for the FOH sound eng

sr1-1smChauvet enhances Cardiff Students’ Union
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

UK - With a capacity of 4,000 guests and two stories of nonstop action, it’s easy to see why the Cardiff University Students’ Union is clearly the largest nightclub in its city. The popular venue attracts some of the best international acts on a regular basis, as was evidenced recently by an event featuring top UK DJs Chase & Status.
Tasked with providing energetic visual support to this event, local production specialists SR Production Services specified a selection of six Rogue R1 Beams and 10 Rogue R1 Wash fixtures from Chauvet Professional. Positioned on top of stage truss towers to provide sweeping beam looks over the audience, the Rogue fixtures also filled the void between the stage’s large video wall backdrop and its DJ booth.
“The R1 Beams are an absolute workhorse of a beam light,” comments LD Matthew Dunford. “The small size and punchy source make them great for fitting around set/screen elements, and the dual prisms are fantastic for filling space with aerial effects.”
A further eight Rogue R1 Washes were positioned on truss towers to provide the dancefloor with a myriad of saturated wash colours and effects. “The sheer speed of the R1 Wash is ideal for snappy position changes and movement effects, while the wide zoom gives them extra versatility, particularly for big random strobe looks,” said Dunford. “What’s more, they were also able to provide a quick backlight for MCs and onstage performers.”
Dunford also positioned 10 COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 fixtures throughout the room to provide colourful eye

hamiltonHigh praise for MDG Haze and Hamilton
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

UK - MDG and PRG XL Video have praised lighting designer Howell Binkley and the cast and crew of the London production of Hamilton: An American Musical on winning seven Olivier Awards, including that of Best Lighting Design, at the awards ceremony in April at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
PRG XL Video supplied three of its ATMe haze machines to this much-anticipated London production when it opened in December 2017.
Hamilton, which had already taken Broadway by storm with 11 Tony Awards, made its UK debut at the newly refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End, and received a standing ovation on the very first preview.
Howell Binkley says: “We use the ATMe units constantly throughout the show. There is no real scenery for this show, so the lighting has to create the different spaces required. We just wanted a very fine haze in the air - we don’t like to see clouds of ‘smoke’ appearing from the wings - and with the ATMes we were able to achieve this very well.
“We use two of the ATMe generators in upstage and downstage positions on the stage right fly floor, and keep the third as a back-up,” continues Binkley. “They are the only haze machines in the whole show and were brought in by our production electrician who changed the spec without telling us! It was a wise move, however, as they give us much greater control.”
PRG XL Video account director Peter Marshall adds: “It’s well known that theatre lighting designers prefer to specify MDG units because they are silent and have a large operat

idibriEAW reinforces UNG convocation centre
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

USA - The University of North Georgia (UNG) recently built a 3,600-seat Convocation Centre with the goal of making it the focal point of campus life for the community. When it came to sound reinforcement, the university called upon Dallas-based Idibri who designed an Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) system that would be suitable for the various ways the venue would be used.
“The convocation centre is a multi-purpose facility that hosts student and community activities and academics while also being home to UNG Nighthawk basketball games,” explains Ben Boeshans, consultant for Idibri. “The EAW QX 300 Series loudspeakers are superb for speech and music and offer exceptional control. The distributed system works extremely well in an arena setting.”
The seating area is covered by 14 clusters hung in a ring around the edge of the basketball court. Twelve of the two-box clusters are made up of a QX364 on top with a QX366 on the bottom with the last two clusters - hung on each side of the half court line - utilise a QX396 on the bottom and the same QX364 on top.
The convocation centre, which was fortunate enough to have a high amount of acoustic treatment on the ceiling and walls, still benefited from the broadband pattern control the QX300 Series offers, which kept sound on the seating and off the walls. Boeshans notes, “It would also be a terrific solution for hostile acoustical environments. The control and fidelity make the result pleasing to even the most critical listeners.
“This is now the largest multi-use facility in the area,” con

rick-smith-magic-showsmMagic happens for Rick Smith with Chauvet
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

USA - Magic Gives Back is an organisation that stages pro-bono magic shows at schools across the US to raise money for education projects. Started by celebrity magician and illusionist Rick Smith Jr, the organisation transforms school facilities into magical entertainment showcases. Key to setting the mood at these events is a versatile, compact and easily transportable lighting rig created by Brent Schmidt that features a collection of Rogue and Ovation fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“Rick Smith Jr. approached me three years ago about designing, building and running the production for this show,” said Schmidt, the owner of B Productions. “Since the shows often take place in schools, they are not your typical theatrical production. I’ve taken theatrical elements, magic show looks and rock concert effects from my other projects and blended them into a creation that’s unique for Magic Gives Back.
“Some of the venues we work in have limited power accessibility, which requires longer power runs,” continued Schmidt. “On other occasions, we may not have a fly system or loading dock. I definitely could not pull all this off under these circumstances without my amazing B Productions crew: Renee, Sam, Anthony, Vince and Tommy. They are the real magicians backstage. Of course, the Chauvet fixtures being LED and compact are also extremely helpful in helping us meet these challenges.”
Working with show producer Drew Murray, Schmidt has four different light design parameters for Magic Gives Back, which will vary depending on the venue. O


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