Europe - Grammy-award-winning, nu metal band KoЯn embarks on a tour of mainland Europe in March, starting in Zurich and culminating in Slovakia in April, with a set that features Ayrton MagicPanel-R fixtures as the focal point of the lighting design. The 17-date tour follows on from North American and UK legs which were supplied by Morpheus Lights in the US and Neg Earth in the UK respectively, with Black Box of Germany assisting for the forthcoming Europe leg. KoЯn’s lighting designer, Thomas ‘Church’ Christmann, supplemented the North American tours with 20 Ayrton NandoBeam-S9 and 6 Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures for KoЯn’s sets in the Return of the Dreads & Nocturnal Underground tours.
Church designed his lighting to work in combination with a large, rectangular back video wall, by deploying 56 MagicPanel-R fixtures, complete with mirror kits, in five 4x3 arrays across five step risers which back the band and frame the drum kit: “Everything in the design is straight and the MagicPanel-R fixtures fit perfectly into it,” he says. “The straight beam of the panels and their position within the design make a perfect overall picture.”
To meet the quick turnarounds that touring with a variety of other bands demands, Church was able to incorporate the MagicPanel-R units into a versatile floor package that was simple to set up, manoeuvre on stage and transport. ‘It is the fastest way to deploy them and the safest way to transport them on dollies,” he says.
Church reveals the reasoning behind his choice of Ayrton’s
China - German production company La Belle Musical saw in 2017 with a truly international production of Mozart! for Chinese fans of musical theatre at the Shanghai Culture Square, PRC.
The production, which combines high-tech contemporary scenography with period costumes, addresses the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and features an advanced spatial sound design by award winning Swiss designer, Tom Strebel of audiopool.
The sound system was supplied entirely from Germany by Feedback Show Systems, who purchased a TiMax SoundHub audio delay-matrix processor to meet Strebel’s exacting spatial amplification system spec.
For Strebel, the inclusion of TiMax to sympathetically amplify a full company of radio-mic’d actors across a multi-channel distributed speaker system was a given. He explains that, “it is simply not satisfying without. I have used TiMax for almost every production since 2006 when I did the sound design for Basel Tattoo. For me, there is no alternative.”
For Mozart! the theatre’s main house L/R system comprising 24 active JBL line array cabinets carried the band and music mix elements. The distributed vocal system specified by Strebel used three LA Acoustics ARCS WIDE as a point source at the proscenium, supporting further vocal system elements comprised of eight Turbosound TFH 600H cabinets. There were also four front fills at the proscenium and two LA Acoustics X12 Coax boxes as out-fill. Three LA Acoustics X8 loudspeakers provide under balcony delay.
Tom Strebel was very happy with the re
The Netherlands - Seven halls of Amsterdam’s RAI expo centre hosted an annual two-day event for a well-known brand. The technical production – lighting, audio, video, rigging and special FX - for all areas was delivered by Breda-based Unlimited Productions B.V., who sourced over 600 Robe moving lights for the occasion!
Several lighting designers were involved, working under the supervision of Unlimited Productions across the different areas with their own Bert Kelchtermans designing the general plenary session in Hall 8 for 7000 people.
Michel Suk lit the three food halls and two smaller presentation spaces, while André Beekmans from The Art of Light, well known for his work with EDM superstars like Armin van Buuren and Hardwell, plus renowned dance music LD Ronnie Santegoeds from 4Light put creativity and flair into ensuring the party area was a memorable and fun visual experience.
Bert works full time for premium corporate/public event specialist Unlimited Productions founded in 2009, which has produced this event together with event agency MCI Amsterdam for seven years. For this edition, MCI was responsible for the concept of the food lounges and party area. Each year the event has grown and become more technically ambitious!
The overall show look for the general session this year was created by Bart Roelen & Mark van Loenhout from Unlimited Productions together with event and creative producers Claartje Bakker, Marcello Houtman, Fiona Konijnenburg & Tim Agter.
The technical brief for the general / plenary session was to
World - Star Events designed and built two completely new stages to accommodate Adele’s 2017 fully in the round stadium shows and the impeccable sound required by the tour, which is currently wowing critics and audiences across Australia.
Initial audio planning required eight hangs of V-Dosc K1 and K2, some 10m high, arranged facing outwards around the stage and a substantial sub-bass hang dead centre of the stage. However, for optimum results, the speakers had to be suspended 25m up.
With Adele wanting to be closely surrounded by audience in a genuine 3600 lay-out, there was no available real estate for all the usual control equipment. Tour production manager Richard Young conceived the idea of building the racks into two shipping containers that form the heart of a production area suspended high above the stage.
Required to suspend over 40 tons at 25m before starting on the rest of the extensive production install, Young approached Star Events for a solution from the planned upgrade to its VerTech system.
Star had four months to develop and ship the stages to Australia. Badged VerTech Ultra, the new components are dimensionally compatible with existing VerTech parts, but the configuration for Adele is unique.
An eight-spoked grid, with PA cantilevers on each, is free-standing on just four 100 ton capacity Ultra towers with no ties between them at ground level and no storm bracing anywhere within audience sight lines. Every conceivable element of the stage build and production rigging is monitored by systems supplied by Load Cell Re
Germany - The Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin has once again been publicly acclaimed, for THE ONE Grand Show. On one of the biggest stages in the world, more than a hundred artists gave life to a show whose extravagant costumes were designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The story revolves around an abandoned revue theatre, which is awakened from its deep sleep by an underground party. One of the party-goers gets lost in the magical aura of the venue, and the director of the former theatre brings back memories of the olden days. Past and present intermingle in a sort of daydream, and the young man is overcome by an ever-stronger feeling of nostalgia for one particular person (The One).
The show lighting was designed by Peter Morse, using - among other lights - 22 Alpha Spot HPE 1500s, 21 Alpha Profile 800 STs, 15 Alpha Spot HPE 300s, 17 Sharpy Wash 330s and 12 K-20 B-EYEs, all made by Claypaky. He also chose a grandMA2 lighting desk.
Olaf Eichler, head of department of the Friedrichstadt-Palast, explained why this equipment was used. "We laid down a few pointers concerning the use of the existing material. From the previous shows, we had put together a pool of products, which Peter Morse was very positive about. He was very pleased to have the chance to work with Claypaky lights. He asked to have B-EYE K-20s and Sharpy Wash 330s. We also increased our material stock with some Alpha Spot 1500s, and hired some Alpha Profile 800 STs.
"Putting on a show full of effects is certainly not a hard task for most people with the grandMA2 system, but Pet
UK - Power Logistics has won a competitive tender that sees its contract to deliver comprehensive temporary electrical distribution services and generator provision to several of The Jockey Club’s most prestigious racecourses extended for a further three years.
Having already successfully provided electrical distribution services and generators for four and three years respectively, Power Logistics’ track record, high levels of service, investment in equipment and competitive pricing structure have resulted in the contract extension.
The contract encompasses generator hire, design, consultancy, installation, maintenance and de-rig for all The Jockey Club’s temporary power requirements. Power Logistics will continue to provide generators, cabling and distribution equipment and lighting solutions to service catering, trading, display and betting areas at many of The Jockey Club’s flagship events. These include Cheltenham’s Open and Gold Cup; Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National and The Investec Derby at Epsom.
Mike Whitehouse, managing director at Power Logistics said, “We were incredibly proud to secure our first contract with The Jockey Club, so to have it extended for a further three years is a fantastic endorsement of our services and underlines the excellent job that our experienced team of project managers and crew are doing out in the field. Over the last four years we have significantly invested in our fleet, extended the team and committed to improving our carbon footprint, all of which has assisted in securing the contract
Switzerland - For the tenth anniversary edition of the Swiss Music Awards in Zurich, lighting designers Thomas Gerdon and Nik Evers were tasked with lighting a colourful mix of live acts and chose Elation fixtures for the job, including Platinum FLX and Platinum HFX hybrid luminaires, along with Elation’s new Fuze Wash Z350 LED wash lights and ACL 360 Matrix LED moving head panels.
The awards show, which took place in Zurich’s Hallenstadion, is a tribute to national and international musicians in over 10 categories.
Gerdon, who lit the awards show for the first time, worked together with associate LD Nik Evers of stage/lighting design firm HELL Studio. Gerdon and the design team, which included stage designer Timo Martens from HELL Studio and content designer Roger Staub, were entrusted with creating a great atmosphere in the arena. Production company Habegger was responsible for the lighting, sound and all the technical for the show and provided the Elation gear for the event.
The main visual element of the set design were large scenic video cubes that gave the set both height and depth and were used to color the space in dynamic graphics as well as uniform looks of colour.
Positioned in the largest scenic cube directly above centre stage were 20 ACL 360 Matrix fixtures that Gerdon used for a variety of purposes. He explains, “We pixel mapped all the ACL 360 Matrix fixtures, so we used them for pixel mapping effects. We also used them as generic wash lights in some songs and in other songs as a back light. So they really had a lot of
USA - Composer Craig Bohmler was on a hiking trip through Arizona’s Tonto National Forest five years ago, when he came upon a small museum dedicated to Zane Grey, the prolific writer (64 novels and over 300 short stories) of American cowboy sagas.
Intrigued, Bohmler began reading Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage. Not long into the book, the composer envisioned turning the 1912 romantic story into an opera. His vision became a reality this March as The Arizona Opera premiered Riders of the Purple Sage, directed by Fenlon Lamb at Phoenix Symphony Hall.
Supporting the drama on stage and accenting its evocative scenic elements was a flexible and richly coloured lighting design by Greg Hirsch that included COLORado 2-Quad Zoom fixtures from Chauvet Professional. The resident lighting designer and director of production at The Arizona Opera, Hirsch positioned 17 of the RGBW fixtures in his overhead electronics, using them to create an even field of light over the stage.
“We have the COLORado 2-Quad Zooms in our inventory, so we use them quite often,” said Hirsch. “For Riders of the Purple Sage, we relied on them to provide coverage for the opera’s large and very open scenic design.”
With their rich colours and wide 14°-44° zoom angle, the COLORado 2-Quad Zoom fixtures have been particularly effective at bringing out the full aesthetic qualities of Arizona artist Ed Mell’s redolent scenic designs of the 19th century western frontier. “To a significant degree, these performers in this opera are inhabiting an Ed
Slovenia - PA company, ABC Professional Sound & Light, has invested in Allen & Heath’s S Class dLive digital mixing system, adding a S7000 Surface with DM48 MixRack to its hire stock.
ABC’s new system has already been used on a variety of events, such as the Triskel festival in Italy, Idrija Lace festival, concerts for Pinko Tomažič choir and the Komen wind orchestra, and tour dates with well-known Slovenian bands including Big Foot Mama, Vlado Kreslin and Kingston.
“dLive has a simple interface, and is equipped with Allen & Heath sound and build quality,” comments ABC’s owner, Bojan Dolgan. “The preamps sound natural, and the FX section is simply great with fabulous reverb, delays and compressors. We are planning to buy the smaller S3000 system for the other events. We love it!”
Sweden - Rally Sweden is the biggest recurring sports event in Sweden and a part of the FIA World Rally Championship. No less than approximately 100m TV viewers worldwide and 250,000 attending spectators followed the race that took place in the province of Värmland in the middle of Sweden from 9-12 February.
For the seventh year in a row, Jakob Larsson was the responsible lighting designer and production manager who ensured that the light settings were enhancing the settings the best way possible. For that purpose, he stocked up on SGM P-5 LED wash lights:
“I have a lot of experience with the P-5 and I knew it was the right lamp for the mission. I rented all that Woodlite had in stock which was about 110 pcs. If they have had more, I had rented more, as they were my first choice.”
He installed the P-5s at two different so-called Super Special Stages and also at the prize ceremony. Most of fixtures were used to illuminate a new Super Special Stage located in a big quarry.
Rally Sweden takes place in harsh winter conditions, which was important fact that Jakob needed to take into account:
“First of all, I needed fixtures with a high IP-rating since the gig is outdoor in the middle of the Swedish winter. I feel that the P-5 is a very reliable product and I will definitely continue using it in future installations as well.”
Jakob also found that the mix of a very high output and low power consumption was a perfect match for this big event. Furthermore, he a saw the interchangeable lenses as a big plus, which meant that he co
World - Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams tour will commence its Asian stadium leg later this month. The tour has already made history by selling out 100,000 seats in Singapore. At the same time, Kings of Leon is winding up their UK tour and heading for America. What do the Southern rockers from Nashville have in common with the cerebral London band, each heading to opposite ends of the globe? Paul Normandale of Lite Alternative Design is production designer for both tours and Solaris Flare is his LED fixture of choice.
“We’re using 96 Flares for Coldplay and 36 on Kings of Leon,” says Normandale. The genres are a little different but we found the Flares are quite ‘ecumenical,’ the perfect tool for any mood. On both shows we face the Flares toward the audience for maximum effect. We use them in all modes to create interest, occasionally zapping the crowd with strobe effects. And man, they are bright. Even in stadiums the Flares create a total immersive experience for the fans.”
Normandale adds: “We use Flares for a lot of designs. They’re very reliable, extremely versatile, and way brighter than any competing LED fixture around.”
This year marks Normandale’s fourth tour for Coldplay and his eighth for Kings of Leon. Lighting directors are Graham ‘Feastie’ Feast on Coldplay and Hunter Firth on Kings of Leon. Lighting for the UK and European segments of the tours is provided by Lite Alternative.
World - Dutch DJ/producer, Armin van Buuren, selected Allen & Heath’s flagship DJ mixer, the Xone:DB4, as his mixer for the worldwide Armin Only Embrace tour.
The tour has been operating for the past nine months, with dates in the Netherlands, Spain, Bulgaria, China, Turkey, Mexico, Taiwan, Brazil, Australia and USA.
“I'm really impressed with the sound of the DB4. I love the separate FX per channel and their overall sound,” says Armin van Buuren. “The mixer is really flexible with routing of inputs, filters, EQ's and FX and that makes it possible to be extra creative. The D/A conversion is superb and it really gives my set some truly noticeable extra depth and dynamics. I was able to test the mixer in several big rooms with big PA systems and the difference with other mixers is just stunning.”
UK - Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil’s latest conceptual presentation is playing to packed houses at the Royal Albert Hall. The drama’s underlying narrative unfolds through Cirque’s seductive style, yet that most potent form of mime is melded to an unusually muscular score.
“Amaluna’s music is unique within Cirque du Soleil shows,” confirms Matthew Steuart, Cirque’s head of sound for the show. “It’s a powerful rock driven score, featuring a traditional bass, drums and guitars band alongside some electronic elements that when combined, create Amaluna’s signature powerful musical experience.” That call for a rockier edge saw Steuart ask Britannia Row Productions to readdress the sound design.
“We were extremely happy with the L-Acoustics Kara PA Britrow deployed last year,” continues Steuart. “Prior to last year’s visit in the hall we had done several simulations in Soundvision to check coverage and it really translated well into the gig. It was exactly what we wanted in terms of coverage, power and clarity and delivered on all accounts. It was a simple choice to use Kara again this year. Amaluna has a circular acrobatic grid so we were able to essentially wrap the PA around the grid, six hangs of Kara with the addition of the latest KS28 subs for the desired low end weight.”
While the circular nature of the loudspeaker deployment lends itself to the Albert Hall’s audience space, putting low end energy into the air must be carefully managed.
“Achieving uniform low end coverage for our 270° s
France - French band M83 has been touring its brand of electro-pop - and its latest album, Junk - around the world, playing festivals including Coachella in the US and Glastonbury in the UK, as well as headlining at academy-sized venues, all to rave reviews.
Their audio system has been supplied by Clair Brothers since the band was big enough to take one out, says Front of House engineer Robbie Barr, with a pair of DiGiCo SD10s now forming an indispensable part of the package.
Robbie has been with the band since 2012, initially on playback / Ableton and now mixing the show for the current album campaign, whilst monitor engineer Laura Davis joined them this year. Both engineers have experience with DiGiCo consoles, both are using an SD10 for the first time for the tour, and both have the latest Stealth Core 2 software which, they say, is a game changer.
“M83’s sound requires a lot of detail and that was something I was finding hard to achieve on other consoles, without resorting to stacks of plugins just to get the initial tone,” explains Robbie. “I’d used an SD8 with a d&b system for a show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC mixing Ryn Weaver, and found that the console reacted exactly how I wanted it to out of the box, just using the built-in channel strip and DiGiTubes. So, once I heard that Laura was requesting an SD10 for this tour, I did the same.”
“I chose to use the SD10 because it’s so flexible and sounds great,” says Laura. “Coming into rehearsals, we had no idea what we were walking in to, so to have th
Malta - The walled Cittadella on the Maltese Island of Gozo has been of strategic importance since the Phoenicians first set out in boats to trade with their neighbours more than a thousand years before the beginnings of the Roman Empire. Over the centuries, the fortifications were regularly extended and improved by whoever had taken possession of the island at the time. Ironically, 300 years without a siege has meant that it has been allowed to lapse into serious decay.
The Maltese government has adventurous plans to restore the Cittadella as a World Heritage site and museum to cater for the wave of tourists beginning to pour on to Gozo for its natural beauty. Renowned museum and attraction design and AV specialists Sarner International were engaged to design and implement an unusual experimental visitors’ centre located in the Cittadella’s abandoned water storage reservoirs.
There are no historical objects on display here; every aspect of the experience is purely audiovisual, although many of the projection surfaces are the ornate architectural elements of the building and require highly detailed image masking. There are three main areas. The exhibition area is divided into seven zones. There is a tunnel that links the exhibition area to the main show area. The main show area can fit a maximum of 30 people for each show lasting just over eight-minutes. Each multi-language zone has interactive display content, with a complete walkthrough.
The final zone is a spectacular 360-degree wrap-around projection and sound show using sixteen projectors
USA - Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung hit 70 in mid-February without breaking stride. Performing a two-hour-and-ten-minute Valentine’s Day concert before a packed house at the 3,400-seat Star Plaza Theatre outside Chicago, the singer-keyboard virtuoso exhibited the same spirited infectious energy that made him one of the more popular rockers of the ’70s and ’80s.
Keeping pace with him note-for-upbeat-note on classics like Babe and Come Sail Away was a punchy Mathew Ryan light show that featured a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by JR Lighting Design, Inc.
“We asked JR Lighting for help in beefing up our show for this concert,” said Ryan. “The first thing they recommended was the Rogue RH1 Hybrid, which we added, along with some beams and strobes, to our touring rig. They more than lived up to our expectations.”
Ryan deployed 10 Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixtures for the Valentine’s Day concert. He flew six of the units on an upstage truss and arranged the remaining four on the deck for aerial effects. “I mainly used the RH1s for really tight beams and straight dead-on looks,” he said. “We layered beams sometimes, but mostly it was a hard straight beam look to evoke the spirit of a Styx concert from the ’80s. The CTO on these things was awesome; it allowed me to mimic a lot of the classic ACL looks.”
The Rogue RH1 Hybrids joined eight Rogue R2 Washes that Ryan had previously purchased from JR Lighting Design, Inc., for his touring package. Flying all of these fixtures mid and upstage as b
The Netherlands - International creative design practice Painting with Light was commissioned by Panasonic to produce a high-impact multimedia live show for their stand at the 2017 ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) expo at Amsterdam RAI.
Painting with Light’s creative director Luc Peumans initiated the idea of simultaneous tracking and projecting onto multiple objects. It was a mission for which no-one could calculate a potential success rate in the confined and frenetic space of an exhibition booth.
Panasonic’s Hartmut Kulessa and Thomas Vertommen, both in charge of the Visual Systems Marketing, first asked the question which fired Luc’s love for creative risk and experimentation - setting a trail of events in motion. “Luc’s vision and determination plus the unwavering support from Hartmut and Thomas were real driving forces,” confirms Michael Al Far, Painting with Light’s video content producer who was right at the hub of the action.
Luc's concept for the show was that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. His hand-picked team included Michael as the visual designer and Painting with Light's project manager Wouter Verhulst - who worked on delivering this exciting and exacting collaboration which produced stunning results that illustrated the power and versatility of the new super high brightness Panasonic PT-RZ31 31,000 lumen laser projector and the newly launched PT-RZ21 laser projector with 20,000 lumens.
The show combined imagination, humour and interactive live performance with several cool t
UK - Working for event designer Jason Morais, the team from event production specialist Maestra London returned to the Freemasons Hall in London’s Covent Garden for the second year to ensure that the 2017 Warner Music Brit Awards after-show party was a success. Maestra delivered the full technical and creative production including supplying all the technical and scenic infrastructure – set, lighting, rigging, audio, all décor – including a myriad of bespoke designed items, carpeting, furniture, drapage and soft-goods.
With Jason’s vision, the team led by production designer Jenny Woollard, senior project manager Aisha Tarayan and technical managers Adam Jones and Edwin Higgins coordinated all elements right down to the colours, textures and styles permeating the rooms. This year the entrance was graced with a spectacular sculpture made from 30 silver helium filled spheres, attached to a custom truss ground support structure wrapped in silver lamé and lit with 8 x Robe LEDWash 600 moving lights ensconced in the truss and hidden from view. These were programmed into a number of sequences complete with strobing chases creating a realistic paparazzi flash-bulb effect as guests rocked up to the event.
After the door, at the end of a sumptuously draped tunnel, guests then entered the Entrance Hall. A false ceiling and back wall were installed, and hung in the middle of this was a 1.8m wide Warner logo – which has a distinctive lozenge like appearance. The first upstairs area entered by guests was Bar 1, which evolved as a boudoir like space with sof
Australia - Christian College is a primary-to-grade 12 independent school located over five campuses in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The school's Major Events team is responsible for the setup and operation of audio, visual and lighting for events as diverse as band performances at school and local venues, musical theatre productions, débutante balls, art shows and assemblies. When it came time for the school to invest in their own sound system, the Major Events team turned to Fulcrum Acoustic.
Christian College required a versatile, portable audio system capable of delivering high output and pristine clarity for their varied applications through compact enclosures easy for students and staff to handle and set up.
"Based on their familiarity with FA Portable systems I'd provided them over the past few years, Fulcrum became the logical choice for the school's portable PA," explains audio producer and Fulcrum Australian distribution representative Simon Stavenuiter.
"The five FA28ac self-powered dual 8" coaxial loudspeakers they purchased can be deployed as mains, as in the case of their assemblies and services, and can also be used as stage monitors for larger venues outside the school such as Deakin University's Costa Hall, which is also home to an in-house Fulcrum subwoofer cardioid array."
"The Fulcrum FA28ac loudspeakers' sound quality and evenness provides incredibly consistent intelligibility for our entire audience," observes Major Events' technical director Ben Anderson. "Their compact, light-weight enclosures make for easy handling
USA - St. Paul and the Broken Bones, currently promoting their newest album, Sea of Noise, brought their soulful sound to the historic Ryman Auditorium for a two-night engagement with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.
Lighting designer Chris Lisle sought to create an effective production package that harkened back to the old school looks of lighting. “For this design, I definitely wanted to think outside of the box and perhaps use a few fixtures that were a little more obscure,” Lisle explained.
“I also wanted the system to be conventional heavy with a lot of warm tungsten. With this, we used the Maxi Brute fixtures, SunStrips, and Scoops. I also found some “tubular ripples” that had not seen some action in a while and decided to add them to the rig. The BB7 units were meant to add some colour and punch throughout the songs as well. It was a super fun rig for sure.”
Due to the height and stage space constraints of the Ryman, Bandit supplied floor towers that varied in height along with the 5K Quartz, 9 Lite Maxi Brute fixtures, Bandit’s exclusive GRNLite Battens and Chauvet Nexus 4x4s.
“Being a very musical and horn based band, there are a lot of opportunities to do cool lighting accents with the music,” Lisle said. Only three songs into the set the band was already receiving standing ovations as lead singer Paul Janeway wailed with the convictions of the soul singers from bygone eras.
“It was quite enjoyable to work with Chris Lisle and production manager Taylor Nyquist over these shows,” said Ba
UK - A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (AC-SP) has specified, supplied, installed and programmed a versatile colour-changing performance and house lighting system for the Belle Shenkman Studio at the prestigious Royal College of Music (RCM), London.
The RCM is one of the world’s great conservatoires, training gifted musicians from more than 60 countries for international careers as performers, conductors and composers. Situated in South Kensington, the RCM's teaching and performance facilities are amongst the highest technical standards in the country for musicians studying at undergraduate, masters or doctoral level.
The project brief for AC-SP was to provide a multi-purpose lighting solution for the RCM's Belle Shenkman Studio, which is used by students to make video recordings of musical performances for their portfolios.
Up until now the college had been using portable lighting for student performances in the studio, but it wanted to upgrade to a fixed installation in order to save on setup time, as well as adding optional coloured lighting for filming performances. In addition, the lighting needed to be ultra-quiet in operation, so it wouldn't add any noise to video performances recorded in the studio.
Separate from the performance lighting, RCM also wanted to upgrade the studio's existing house lighting fixtures to newer technology, whilst retaining other existing lighting used for photography in the room. The mounting solution also needed to provide the ability to easily move the position of the fixtures, along with a very user-friendly cont
UK - A VIP crowd gathered recently in a 39th floor luxury penthouse in London’s South Bank tower for the launch of Fabergé’s new dual time zone watch, the DTZ. Set to the backdrop of London’s impressive skyline, the unveiling of Fabergé’s watch was accompanied by a special live DJ set by Vogue Williams. An equally impressive supporting lighting concept was created within the penthouse, courtesy of Big Fish SRL, which used a selection of Chauvet Professional WELL Fit, Maverick MK1 Hybrid and Ovation E-190WW fixtures to create a lighting backdrop to the celebration.
With the penthouse itself harbouring numerous interesting characteristics such as high ceilings, a balcony, and a central chandelier consisting of stainless steel balls, illuminating the space was a complicated and involved task. One of the fixtures instrumental in achieving this was Chauvet Professional’s WELL Fit, a discreet high-powered wireless RGBA LED uplighter.
“Given the high profile of the event, one of my key considerations was ensuring elegant illumination while forfeiting the need for unsightly wiring,” commented Hubbard. “The Chauvet WELL Fit fixtures were particularly essential for this purpose, providing saturated uplighting without wires, thanks to the battery-powered wireless LED lighting.”
The WELL Fit fixtures were placed intermittently around the penthouse to uplight beams of saturated colour. “I can’t stress how easy these fixtures are to set up,” enthused Hubbard. “For time-sensitive, one-off events such as this, we really come to appreciat
South Africa - The city of Johannesburg is the country’s hub for film, television and music and that focus on the creative industries spells opportunity for those interested in fields like production, design, and multimedia technology.
City Varsity school of media and creative arts plays an important role in the education of young talent in the region and access to professional equipment is essential. So when the school recently launched a new multi-cam studio at their Braamfontein Johannesburg campus they chose to outfit it with Elation Professional broadcast-optimized lighting including TVL CYC RGBW cyclorama wall wash luminaires, TVL Panel DW softlight luminaires and DW Fresnel LED lights.
Elation’s South African partner The Production Warehouse (TPW) was responsible for consulting and installation on the project from start to finish, including design of the lighting rig and installation of the lighting, rigging and control equipment. According to Marnus Nieuwoudt at TPW, the wide range of colour temperatures that the Elation fixtures offer, as well as the power savings of the LED were key factors when choosing to go with the Elation products along with the wide zoom range of the DW Fresnel.
The TVL CYC RGBW cyclorama wall wash is used to light the studio’s green infinity wall, the curved backdrop surface used in broadcast and photography to blend the floor and wall together, creating a seamless background.
The TVL Panel DW softlight luminaires and DW Fresnel LED lights are used for general floodlighting, as well as front lighting a
UK - Adlib’s busy start to 2017 has included including supplying a full arena sound system for the European leg of A Day to Remember’s Bad Vibrations tour, complete with a consoles / control package for the other sections of the tour.
Adlib’s Sam Proctor and Mike Flaherty have been working closely with the band's own system tech Justin Lenards to fine tune the system each day for their engineers Nate Northway at FOH and Adam Schuler on monitors. “They are all great people to work with and we’ve really enjoyed being on the tour as well as supplying a suitably punchy system to match the energy of the (punk metalcore) music,” stated Sam.
Adlib has previously worked on UK arena tours with ADTR and their late FOH engineer / tour manager Jeff Kaplan, and was delighted to reunite with these very exciting live artists now being production managed on the road by Jacob Raggio (also known for his work with Slipknot).
The L-Acoustics PA was chosen for its power and dynamics - to match the intensity of the band. In its largest format, the main hangs were 14 x K1 per side with three Kara downs, a well-proven arena configuration which is great for loud and even room coverage. These main hangs were complimented by side arrays of 12 x Kara stage left and right.
Giving the all-important bottom end, some serious oomph came from 24 of the new L-Acoustics KS28 subs positioned across the front of stage, selected for their extra 3 dBs of SPL over the standard SB28 subs. They are also a lot tighter which has an audible effect explains Sam.