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blackmagicBlackmagic broadcasts Reminisce dance festival
Friday, 7 October 2022

UK - The Reminisce Arena at 90’s dance music festival Reminisce in St Helens, Merseyside, boasts an impressive line-up of dance legends including 2 Unlimited, Baby D, Rozalla and Tall Paul, with Alice Deejay, 5ive, Fatman Scoop, Whigfield, Phats and Smalls and Pat Sharp appearing on other stages.
oXyFire Media has been supporting Reminisce for a number of years, and uses the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2, Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio HD Mini and the Blackmagic Constellation 8K to broadcast the Reminisce Arena.
“It’s great fun, but the weather and the distances can make it an interesting challenge,” said Jay Rozanski, oXyFire Media. “But it also gives us the opportunity to keep improving how we operate.”
oXyFire Media chose a mixture of equipment for the festival, including the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 on a 30ft jib and the Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio HD Mini and Blackmagic Constellation 8K run from an OB trailer. The content is then sent to a variety of destinations including a large LED wall outside the main arena, 75” screens in the VIP tents, screens in bars across the site, and also streamed to YouTube and Facebook.
“One new technique we’ve been using this year has been to remotely color correct the cameras without needing to use a streaming bridge,” continued Rozanski. “Blackmagic has open APIs, so we’ve also been able to build a box that connects to the local wifi network and passes control and tally data, giving us far greater adaptability.”
The oXyFire team also chose Blackmagic Design equipment beca

ggnasa-launchGreen-GO connects NASA launch broadcast
Friday, 7 October 2022

Australia – A flightcase full of Green-GO headsets and beltpacks kept TV crews connected for Australia’s first commercial space launch recently, as NASA launched from Arnhem Space Centre (ASC) in the sparsely populated Northern Territory.
Broadcaster BIE Creative was challenged with producing a livestream of the build-up to the launch and of the launch itself, which was hosted on the Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) YouTube page. It was ELA’s first collaboration with NASA, which chose their spaceport to fire a BBIX rocket, carrying an atmospheric observation/sensing platform to observe the AlphaCentauri constellations.
The milestone moment for Australia required the BIE Creative team to maintain reliable, continuous contact with each other. A Green-GO system comprising HS200Single and HS200Dual Headsets, and WBPX wireless and BPX wired Beltpacks, interfacing to 4Wire analogue input/output devices, was supplied by Sydney-based specialist Green-GO distributor Event Communications Australia.
“Green-GO was chosen for its robust DECT reception, ease of use, and reliability in the hostile Arnhem Land environment,” says Event Communications Australia’s Rod McKinnon. “Equally important was the portability and low weight of the system - especially considering the smaller aircraft necessary to reach the launch site with equipment being severely weight limited.”
BIE Creative’s managing director, Shane Hogan, continues: “As you can imagine, NASA has very strict limitations regarding what frequencies are able to be used in and around t

 
 
whaleSkymagic delivers Expo countdown drone show
Friday, 7 October 2022

Japan - On 25 September, Skymagic delivered a one-of-a-kind drone light show in Yumeshima, Osaka for the Expo 2025 three year countdown event, attracting around 15,000 spectators from the ground below. Consisting of 800 drones, the display was one of the largest drone light shows Japan has ever seen.
The start of the show saw the official character of the Osaka Kansai Expo, Myaku Myaku, illuminate the sky as a 135m-high image, followed by a dynamic countdown and the vibrant Let’s Go Expo 2025 logo.
The rest of the show depicted stunning formations of life in a diverse array of forms, including creatures from nature, symbols of traditional Japanese culture and motifs unique to Osaka, collectively telling the story of the Expo’s theme: Designing a Future Society for our Lives, and celebrating the brilliance and diversity of life. Some of the formations displayed include a majestic whale leaping from waves, a magnificent phoenix and an animated Kabuki mask in motion. Accompanied by music, this section of the show was designed to celebrate overcoming a global pandemic and looking ahead to a brighter future.
The audience were able to interact with the display when a huge scannable QR code was formed by the drones in the middle of the show. The show was also live streamed on the day and filmed using drone cameras. Such footage can be viewed in the clip below.
The outdoor drones independently developed by Skymagic are equipped with RTK technology (real-time kinematics), which enables position control with even higher accuracy than

 
bad-bunnyphoto-by-todd-kaplan2Shirley thinks outside the box for Bad Bunny
Thursday, 6 October 2022

USA - Bad Bunny enjoyed a celebrated sold-out tour earlier this year and is currently repeating the success, this time in stadiums across North and South America on his World’s Hottest Tour.
Production/show designer for the tour is Travis Shirley, who is using Elation Professional’s new Proteus Rayzor Blade linear light as an effect workhorse on the show. With his latest album Un Verano Sin Ti breaking records, ticket sales for the tour have been through the roof with the Puerto Rican superstar selling out across the U.S. A Latin American leg is set to kick off this month.
Shirley first worked with Bad Bunny last December on two triumphant shows in Puerto Rico. Following that success, he was enlisted to start design work for the World’s Hottest Tour, an ambitious trek across the Americas that launched on 5 August in Orlando. Lighting vendor for the tour is Christie Lites.
When Shirley was brought in to design for the stadium tour, a standard form of stage had already been adopted by promoter Live Nation. Although the promoter-provided stage allowed for only minimal alterations, Shirley set out to tailor it to their needs by thinking creatively and adding custom elements.
“I essentially had a black box at the end of a stadium I had to make look as custom as possible,” Shirley says, explaining that one way he did that was to push the LED screens on each side of the stage further upstage. “That opened up the stage past 180°, allowing for an extended viewing angle while essentially opening up another 5-6000 seats per show.”<

 
 
creative-technology-festival-image-featuredCT UK enjoys busy summer festival season
Thursday, 6 October 2022

UK - This summer, Creative Technology worked on a multitude of the UK’s largest and most popular major outdoor music events and festivals.
May marked the start of festival season for Creative Technology’s audio team with the return of The Great Escape Festival, followed by BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Coventry, delivering LED main screens along with LED columns and a DJ Riser.
June’s highlights included Liam Gallagher - Knebworth Park, where CT provided large I-mag screens and a control package for the singer’s largest solo gig to date – twenty-six years on from his show as part of Oasis back in 1996 where CT supplied LED screens, OB vans and cameras.
The audio team headed to Red Rooster Festival in the heart of Suffolk, while the video team prepared for the British-created rock festival, Download, where I-mags and FOH screens were supplied – shortly followed by the long-awaited return of Glastonbury. Creative Technology supported three of the famed festival’s main stages including the Pyramid Stage. On top of this, CT also supplied 30k laser projectors and media servers for the IICON Stage, creating a visual spectacular that successfully entertained the large crowds that gathered there night after night.
Shortly after, CT headed to Marlay Park in Dublin to deliver three gigs; Green Day, Guns N' Roses, and Red Hot Chili Peppers – providing curved LED screens, playback and camera package to the sold-out shows that had been on hold for three years, with eager fans elated to be back enjoying live music once again.
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danteUniversity of Strathclyde switches to Dante
Thursday, 6 October 2022

UK - A project of more than four years in the making, the University of Strathclyde has recently migrated from a collection of all-analogue-based, stand-alone sound systems to a new Dante audio network, bringing much needed flexibility and efficiency
Campbell Jamieson, the learning support manager for the university, explained that over the last several years the university has been ambitiously transforming and upgrading its campus. Serious about creating and maintaining a world-class environment, investment for the transformation is set to reach £1bn by 2025.
In 2018, Jamieson and his team were looking for a way to bring a unified audio experience to the campus and to make the system easier and faster to set up and use. Luckily for them, a Dante audio network platform was able to bring everything together and as soon as the pandemic hit in 2020, it took on even greater practical importance when the necessity for hybrid and remote learning significantly accelerated the use of their Dante network across the campus.
“Originally, we started migrating to a Dante network to speed up our workflow and make our team more efficient; some of our large lecture theatres had AV systems pre-installed with analogue cabling, but they were isolated,” said Jamieson. “And we had smaller lecture spaces that didn’t have installed systems or AV cabling, so we had to spend at least a day setting those systems up and then another day tearing them down - making the spaces unusable during the transitions. Fortunately, all of these spaces have network ports that we

 
 
halestorm-martin-pro1Halestorm Back From the Dead with Martin Pro
Thursday, 6 October 2022

USA - To provide Grammy-winning hard rock band Halestorm with simple but impactful lighting for their 2022 US tour, Bandit Lites deployed a dynamic rig using Martin Professional lighting solutions.
Formed in 1997 by siblings Arejay and Lzzy Hale, Halestorm is considered one of the premier torch-bearers for hard rock and metal touring today. In support of their latest album Back From the Dead, Halestorm embarked on a summer US tour alongside The Pretty Reckless, The Warning and Lilith Czar.
With budget and gear constraints still affecting the live music industry following the COVID-19 pandemic, the band wanted a lighting rig that heightened their classic-meets-modern rock sound and provided maximum impact for their fans despite the logistical limitations. To meet these goals, lighting designer Craig Richter worked with Bandit Lites and Scott Anderson from Martin to design a rig featuring Martin VDO Atomic Bold, Atomic 3000 LED and MAC Viper Profiles.
“Coming out of the COVID situation and the entire world being on tour right now, we really had to figure out something that was impactful, different and still fit within the limitations that we had truck and budget wise,” said Richter. “I've always wanted to go back to an old-school PAR can style system, but obviously I don't want to carry around 180 actual PAR cans because that would be a nightmare. So, I had been looking around for the past couple of years for a light that could pull off that look for when the band needed a full production system.”
With a wide range of functions

 
elements4Life colours Elements Festival with Chauvet
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

USA - The fifth annual Elements Music and Arts Festival took place at a new site less than a two-hour drive from Mid-Town Manhattan, adjacent to the NASCAR Pocono Raceway, but as far as fans at this three-day event were concerned, it could have taken place a million miles from anywhere. Nestled within the region’s Northern Hardwood Forest with its sugar maples and yellow birch trees, the festival immersed fans in a natural canopy that ‘transcended time and place’.
In keeping with its setting, Elements drew power from an onsite solar panel farm and was fed with locally sourced organic foods. The lightshows that supported the acts, a group that included Liquid Stranger, Rezz, Kaskade, Duke Dumont, and Big Gigantic, reflected the natural setting and spirt of the festival. Aerial effects accentuated the tree lines of the woods, and in place of conventional strobes, there was pixelized, colourful light from Chauvet Professional Color STRIKE M fixtures to engage fans with crowd lighting.
“Making sure the designs adhered to an artistic concept where the technology met the philosophy of the festival was our key goal when providing all the equipment rigging, cabling and certifications for this event,” said Spencer Lavoie, of 4Life Entertainment and Technology. “Our Chauvet fixtures became the cornerstone for nearly every design we had at the festival -- and for good reason. From the Maverick MK3 Spots creating unique aerial effects for bands like Twiddle, to evoking ‘God Looks’ for EDM act like Liquid Stranger, they gave visiting LDs a versatile to

 
 
redeemer-churchRedeemer Church Nottingham gets inspired
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

UK - In 2017 Redeemer Church Nottingham held its first service at the Beeston Youth Community Centre. The congregation has grown steadily ever since. In 2018 it was clear the church would expand beyond the community centres capacity and a search began for an alternative venue.
In early 2019 Beeston’s local council were also in the process of finding potential bidders to buy the Old Town Hall. Redeemer submitted a strong proposal and following successful financial arrangements purchased the building. Since then, the building has undergone considerable renovation and modernisation, with a custom-built auditorium added to the rear of the site.
Inspired Audio has had a long-standing relationship with Redeemer. In 2017 the church tried several high-end sound systems from major manufacturers before finally deciding on Inspired Audio. The compact AX8 and B210 system was chosen
“We wanted something people could move easily and that sounded great, the Inspired system did both,” says Inspired’s Andi Churchill. The building work was completed in 2022 and was commission that September. “They wanted crystal clean audio with plenty of headroom,” adds Churchill.
The chosen system was two hangs of four Vector 20 constant curvature array boxes, each covering half the auditorium with 110 x 80 dispersion. Sub-bass extension is provided by two single 18” B118 enclosures. The system is powered by two Q20 system amplifiers giving enough channels to perfectly zone the main auditorium and balcony areas.
“It’s great, you walk through the room a

 
nexoNexo spreads the word in Bangkok church
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Thailand - Established one hundred years ago in Wattana Wittayalai School, Wattana Presbyterian Church moved to its current location in the centre of the Thai capital in 1958. This large and busy church sees worshippers coming together for a range of events and activities, with music almost always at the heart of the celebration.
When the church decided to upgrade its audio technology, it was clear that the installer would have to specify a versatile and powerful new system, capable of handling everything from spoken word to live music, with clear and even coverage throughout the venue.
With extensive experience in designing and installing sound systems in houses of worship in Bangkok and throughout Thailand, local system integrator Music Space Cowas an obvious choice for the job. And for Music Space, Nexo was the loudspeaker brand of choice.
“Our partners Music Space think highly of Nexo’s technology, sound quality and the comprehensive range of products available” reports Manatchaya Vanno (Nan), marketing manager at Fuzion Far East, the Nexo distributor in Thailand. “Particularly flexible and adaptable is Nexo’s NXAMPMK2 combined amplifier and controller, which is easy to deploy is any application.”
The system at Wattana Church includes two clusters of six ultra-compact Geo M6 line array elements, complemented by a pair of LS18 subs on the floor. ID14s are used as in-fills, and amplification and processing come from two Nexo NXAMP4X1MK2 powered controllers.
“Everyone immediately appreciates the power of the Nexo system”

 
 
robe-disneyRobe SuperSpikies light High School Musical
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

USA - Disney+’s popular High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (HSMTMTS) returned to TV screens for a much-anticipated third season, with producers Skot Bright and Zack Lowenstein asking Hisham Abed to join the production team as director of photography.
Shot over four months in the spring, 12 x Robe SuperSpikie moving lights were specified by Hisham and the producers to help provide flexible and efficient solutions for lighting ‘permanent’ sets in the Burbank, California, studio where the season was recorded in addition to assorted locations in and around Los Angeles.
The Season 3 narrative is set at Camp Shallow Lake, a sleepaway camp in California, as theatre kids the Wildcats and fellow campers are primed for an unforgettable summer ripe with romance, curfew-less nights and a taste of the great outdoors.
Skot and Zack have worked together on several previous projects. Skot’s history in music and rock ‘n’ roll touring production and Zack’s background is in television.
Skot underlined the importance of moving lights to a production like this as “essential” to producing the requisite looks and atmospherics needed for the comedy-fantasy-musical genre with “multiple dynamics and some magical touches needed to capture the mood and flow”.
Hisham has cut some of his DoP teeth in reality television where clever lighting reinforces the authenticity of the genre without making it staged or contrived. It was exactly that aesthetic they wanted for the ‘mockumentary’ / docu-comedy style of Season 3.

 
beachAyrton Perseo and Domino light Jova Beach Party
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Italy - The summer tour of Jova Beach Party 2022 saw Italian songwriter Lorenzo Cherubini, aka Jovanotti, performing from June until September along Italian beaches, in front of stadium-size audiences totalling 550,000 spectators. This was a project that wanted to break the mould, leaving behind the usual live circuits to collaborate with an ambitious ecological initiative that aims to clean up 20m sqm of beaches, lakes, rivers and seabeds.
"The beach is the most significant frontier line that exists, and bringing the party there is, for me, the most beautiful and difficult undertaking, and the most exciting," says the singer.
This is an ecological philosophy also shared by Ayrton, whose products were chosen for the main lighting design of the tour which featured two large sailing ships as its central motif. Lighting designer, Paul Normandale, with the collaboration of lighting director, Dave Morris, opted for 68 Ayrton Perseo Profiles and 14 Domino Profiles rigged on the main stage and the floor for audience and effects lighting, and on front of house spot towers for movement and effects, plus a stage wash in case of spot failure.
"We chose Ayrton units because of their IP65 protection rating, but above all because of their reliability and light output," said Dave Morris.
"The Perseo Profiles, used for most of the time with open zoom, were able to offer high levels of illumination of the audience, fulfilling the artist’s desire to be able to see the crowd at any time during the concert. We used them mainly with dimmer and movement effects

 
 
venturaDiGiCo helps transform Midtown Ventura venue
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

USA - What used to be Discovery, a party-themed space in Midtown Ventura, the heart of that coastal suburb north of Los Angeles, tried to be all things to all customers, offering distractions like bowling, foosball, and shuffleboard, as popular for kids’ parties as any of the music events it also hosted. But Covid and other circumstances made that scattershot strategy much less tenable, and the venue closed up in 2020 after seven years.
In its place, Ineffable Music Group, an Oakland-based “independent coalition of artists, managers, and promoters” that organises music festivals focused on “smaller, secondary markets” re-opened the space as Ventura Music Hall this past March as part of its mission to bring first-class concerts to those markets. “Our focus is music,” Thomas Cussins, co-founder and president of Ineffable Music Group, said. “We’re not party people - we book bands.”
Underscoring that intent, Ineffable Music chose a pair of DiGiCo SD-Range consoles as the flagship audio technology for the renovated 635-capacity venue: an SD12 at front of house, mixing the room’s d&b V-Series loudspeaker system, and an SD9 console, used for monitor mixing on d&b M4 wedges, each paired with a D2-Rack. The two consoles are linked to the PA system via MADI: the SD12 on coax cable and the SD9 over Cat-5 cabling.
The choice of the DiGiCo consoles, which were sold through and installed by Schubert Systems Group, was an easy one, says Courtney Panton, Ventura Music Hall’s production manager. “DiGiCo is what almost every touring

 
allpointseastMartin Audio returns for All Points East
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

UK - There can be few production companies more familiar with the challenges of east London’s Victoria Park site than sound specialists Capital Sound (part of the Solotech UK Group).
Often working alongside Loud Sound they have supported many of the music events and festivals at this location for more than a decade. It was here in the summer of 2011, first for Deadmau5 at the LED Festival, followed by other back-to-back events including Field Day, that they proved that even within a densely populated residential area, they could achieve enviable levels within the performance area without disturbing the neighbours.
It was at these events that Capital debuted, and established the controllability of Martin Audio’s MLA technology, and a further propagation test at Hatfield House duly led to its adoption at another challenging site, Hyde Park, for BST, which persists to this day.
Yet proof of concept is continuously evaluated, and this year further modelling was undertaken against another premier brand, before MLA took its familiar place on the East stage in Victoria Park, at AEG Presents’ now consolidated All Points East.
Solotech senior project manager Martin Connolly confirmed that, under evaluation, the same measurements had been achieved as previously. “It’s good to have scientific data, but then we have proved the point over and over again with MLA.”
This year, the coverage pattern was tweaked in accordance with the slight reorientation of the stage away from the sensitive flank. Meanwhile, on the West stage was Martin Audio

 
 
shureksm11Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan rocks on with Shure
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Europe - Deep Purple is delighting its long-time and new fans alike as they embark on their latest European tour. For their triumphant return to European stages, Ian Gillan, the band’s lead singer, has adopted the new Shure KSM11 Wireless vocal microphone capsule.
From Finland to Spain, Deep Purple will be playing across the European continent in a tour that will last several months. The acoustic conditions on stage are particularly special and delicate, as the band works entirely with conventional monitoring.
Tobi Hoff, the band’s front-of-house (FOH) engineer, tested the Shure KSM11 during Deep Purple’s rehearsals in May. After hearing the KSM11, Tobi decided to work with the new microphone capsule combined with Axient Digital AD2 handheld transmitters throughout the whole European tour.
“We just finished the first months of the tour, and we have only used the KSM11. Ian Gillan’s voice is transmitted crystal clear and transparent. Crosstalk from the other instruments to the vocal mic is lower with this new microphone capsule. This is important as it keeps the FOH mix tidy and constant. Overall, the KSM11 sounds a touch more “rock-n-roll.”

 
jacobShure captures Jacob Collier collection
Monday, 3 October 2022

Europe/USA - Five-time Grammy-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier has released a collection of improvised re-imaginings of famous songs from Queen, ABBA, James Taylor, Frankie Valli, Elvis Presley, Dougie MacLean, Cole Porter, The Beatles and more. Piano Ballads – Live From The Djesse World Tour 2022, is released via Hajanga Records/Decca/Interscope.
Jacob Collier says, "Ever since I can remember, I have derived a vast amount of comfort and joy from sitting at the piano and improvising. I have long dreamed of sharing an album that lives in that world. This year, I set myself the challenge of playing a spontaneous rendition of a different song every night on tour - with the help of my extraordinary musical audience. These 11 are amongst my favourite postcards.”
The performances for this album were captured in high-resolution, studio-quality surround sound using a selection of Shure microphones and wireless equipment, with Collier’s signature vocal on the newly released KSM11 condenser vocal microphone. In fact, the KSM11 is featured on the record’s cover.
The audience performances were preserved via four KSM44A large diaphragm condenser microphones and AD3 plug-on wireless transmitters from Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System. Collier’s recording engineers positioned the microphones amongst the audience in optimal locations each night, with mics sometimes hundreds of feet from the stage.
This combination of equipment was assembled ‘in an ultra-portable form-factor, so they could be transported to ea

 
 
cpl-camper-callingCPL creates video looks at Camper Calling 2022
Monday, 3 October 2022

UK - CPL - via Urban Audio Productions - supplied a full video design and production package – screens, cameras, and control – to the 2022 Camper Calling festival which ran for three days over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire.
The CPL crew, led by Lee Gruszeckyj, relished the chance to return to this festival, which this year attracted much larger audiences than in 2021, when it was among the first round of live events able to operate as Covid restrictions were tentatively lifted.
This year organisers Jazz Events and everyone involved was buzzed to be back to the full-tilt energy levels of 2019 with a line up including Basement Jaxx, Starsailor, Shed 7, Del Amitiri and James.
Following on from the success of last year’s presentation, the side stage IMAG screens were again flown in portrait format, a move suggested by CPL to frame artist close-ups and full-length shots more stylishly. All the bespoke content could then be tailored to fit.
The two IMAG screens each measured 4.4m wide by 6m tall and were complemented by five different width columns of screen onstage – tapering down as they went offstage, all with a 4.8m drop.
The screen elements were constructed from CPL’s Roe CB5 product, with 115 panels in total on the project, driven by Brompton SS40 processors and XD boxes for distribution, running via a fibre system with loop redundancy.
Two operated Sony HXC 100 HD cameras were positioned at FOH either side of the platform for cross shooting.
The HD camera feeds were augmented with

 
sopranoCayzeele creates connective looks for Soprano
Monday, 3 October 2022

France - Victorien Cayzeele of Blue Like Cue designed the lightshow, and artistic director Julien Mairesse created the scenography for rapper Soprano’s Chasseur d’Etoiles tour. This collaboration created an all-embracing environment through a combination of inviting colours and patterns, audience lighting and an open stage that facilitated the connection between the artist and his fans.
“Sopra’s’ philosophy is to use light accent to emphasise actions on stage. In this tour we occupied the venues with a 360° stage, so it’s important to be generous with everyone all of the time,” said Cayzeele. “We want a group cohesion, bringing everyone together by unifying fans through light. To achieve this, we need to light up the stadium correctly and get a homogenous rendering of colour, to sublimate the stadium’s architecture and create a cocoon inside.”
Helping Cayzeele accomplish this was a collection of 180 Chauvet Professional Color STRIKE M fixtures supplied by Dushow. The motorised strobe/washes that feature two bright white tubes surround by a colour-mixing, pixel mappable face are positioned on the tops of towers for Soprano’s stadium shows.
“The Color STRIKE Ms and the colours they produced are our main baseline,” said Cayzeele. “It must be noted that it is complicated to use hazers in open stadiums, and the 14 MDGs spread throughout the space have only marginal effect. We also chose to work with very few beam effects. Out of the 900 projectors we use, only 60 are beam sources, all the rest are flood. What I enjoy about th

 
 
hippoHippotizer Mayon+ makes its mark on Isle of MTV Malta
Monday, 3 October 2022

Malta – MTV’s Isle of MTV festival burst into life on the island of Malta this summer with a line-up of pop music heavyweights performing on the main stage, backed by shifting LED screens powered by a Hippotizer Mayon+ MK2 Media Server.
Isle of MTV Malta attracts more than 50,000 people to dance in the Il-Fosos Square. Now in its 14th year, the festival is shown on MTV as well as Sky and via online platforms.
Two Grammy-nominated artists headlined the 2022 event, kicking off with DJ Marshmello and followed by the multi-platinum artist French Montana and English singer Mae Muller, among many others.
UK-based video solutions company Digital Insanity was commissioned to deploy their characteristic dynamic, dazzling visual delivery and operation for the main stage, which featured an upstage LED screen, three further onstage screens which were moved around between acts, changing the look of the set, and four LED arches.
“Our role on this event was creating video branding to match the style of this year’s event, creating all pixelmaps and dealing with all of the artists’ video requirements, including video content for Mae Muller, [Maltese rising star] Shaun Farrugia, and half of French Montana’s video show as well as playback for several local acts as part of the pre-show,” explains Digital Insanity’s Richard Bagshaw. “The video designs were sent over and I designed a playback system which would support all the requirements, with the Hippotizer Mayon+ MK2 at the core of the system.
“It was a mixed bag of requirements, so we

 
incubusIncubus tours with L-Acoustics K1 and Mixhalo
Monday, 3 October 2022

USA - Over the past 30 years, California rock band Incubus has sold more than 23m albums and headlined numerous music festivals and tours around the world. The group’s latest Live Nation-promoted US trek - billed as the 2022 Summer Tour, with openers Sublime with Rome and The Aquadolls - recently performed at 27 amphitheatres and pavilions across the country between 24 July and 3 September, with sound reinforcement provider Clair Global carrying an L-Acoustics K Series system, augmented with extra content for fans in an on-stage VIP area via the Mixhalo real-time audio application.
“Incubus initially toured with Clair back in 2001, and they’ve been our primary sound reinforcement partner since 2007, but this is the first tour with the band that I have been able to use L-Acoustics,” shares FOH engineer Greg Nelson, who, in addition to his work with Pearl Jam, has mixed for Incubus on and off since 1997 when they opened for 311. “I’m so comfortable with this system and was so happy that Clair and Brit Row were able to provide K1 for this tour. The consistency I was getting from shed to shed was fantastic, and from the front row all the way to the beginning of the lawn systems it was very even and sonically full.”
The 2022 Summer Tour’s loudspeaker design was built around a pair of 16-enclosure K Series mains - 12 K1 over four K2 - with eight more K2 per side flown as out-fill arrays. Left and right hangs of six KS28 subs hung in cardioid configuration were bolstered by six more end-stacked on the stage below, also in a cardioid arrangement.<

 
 
epsEPS and Nexo reinforce Arnold Sports Festival
Friday, 30 September 2022

UK - Event Production Services, based in Drayton St. Leonard, Oxfordshire, provided extensive sound reinforcement systems across the NEC for the recent Arnold Sports Festival event.
After a successful first year in 2021 providing audio for the Powerlifting stage, ASF technical production manager Dave Weeks asked EPS to return in a larger capacity, providing sound systems for three major stages and numerous smaller spaces around the venue, including the Bodybuilding Stage, the Powerlifting Stage, and the Be Inspired Stage, which hosted celebrities and notable athletes across the three-day exhibition.
Pulling from their large inventory of Nexo speakers, EPS specified the Geo M12 series for main FOH PA systems, with ID24s as stage lip-fills and out-fills, and P12 for stage monitors.
In total EPS provided 26 Geo M12, eight Geo MSUB18, 14 P12 and 12 ID24, powered by Nexo NXAMP4x4mkII.
Dave Weeks comments, “Having used Nexo extensively for theatre, I knew their clarity would be perfect for the inspirational speakers we had appearing at Arnold Sports Festival. I had also worked with Rob and the EPS team for many years and knew they would have the experience, level-headed nature, and flexibility to deal with a very dynamic show in a tricky environment. I was not disappointed – the audio across all their stages was crystal clear, with guests being looked after impeccably."
EPS managing director, Robert Nisbet adds, “Returning to ASF on a larger scale is a great compliment. Working with Dave is always easy – he knows what needs to be achie

 
lanyBandit on board for LANY’s Summer Forever tour
Friday, 30 September 2022

USA - Rock band LANY recently wrapped their 34-city Summer Forever tour with a lighting system supplied by Bandit Lites. The band, named as an acronym for Los Angeles and New York, is comprised of the duo Paul Jason Klein and Jake Clifford Goss. LANY boasts four studio albums, several EPs, more than 3.5bn song streams, and over 750m video views.
Lighting designer Ben Gilbert and production manager Alex Rousso based the design around a cube, with the centre section of the design evoking three sides. The rest of the design flows from the top to the back, to the floor, all while remaining perfectly symmetrical.
“The artist took inspiration from Kanye West’s set at Glastonbury in 2015 with the grid of PAR cans,” explained Gilbert. “When considering the space and budget, we wanted to look for a light with more flexibility with more than just a dimmer.”
Bandit Lites supplied the Z350 Fuze Wash, which offered functionality while providing a wide focal lens that delivered the desired look.
In addition, Gilbert utilised Bandit’s GLP JDC1 strobes to push colour across the stage while accentuating hits within the music and Chauvet MK3 Spots to offer side light and fill the space with colour. The LED spot also aids in keeping heat down on the outdoor amphitheatre tour.
“With the premise of the square, we wanted the risers to follow suit but also be practical and visually interesting,” said Gilbert, who ended up using a “n” shape. “To make this even more interesting, we wanted to create a straight down look with a camera that

 
 
six-sensesL-Acoustics drives the audio DNA of Six Senses
Friday, 30 September 2022

Spain - Conceived and designed by architect Jonathan Leitersdorf, Six Senses nestles into the rock of the northern tip of the Balearic Island of Ibiza.
As part of Six Senses Resorts Spas, the property is designed, as Leitersdorf says, “to provide a sense of intimacy and excitement that makes its guests happy to stay and never want to leave.”
Part of its distinctive atmosphere is delivered through its sound experience, which includes L-Acoustics systems in multiple areas, designed to deliver a consistent audio DNA; creating an empowering ambience throughout curated spaces.
Danny Ariel from L-Acoustics certified provider installer for Israel, D and D, had completed projects such as Conservatorium Amsterdam, Norman Hotel Tel Aviv, Roomers Hotel Munich, and Sir Joan Hotel in Ibiza. He previously collaborated with Leitersdorf on projects for more than a decade and was instrumental in the design and specification of the audio system for Six Senses Ibiza. “I have been involved in many of his projects around the world, including a spectacular chalet in Switzerland and the W Hotel in Amsterdam, which revolves around music and has an extensive AV system.”
The latter, says Ariel, is where the idea for Six Senses originated. “Ibiza is the holy land of music, but when we started researching what was available in the hotels there, we realized there was something missing,” he says. “There wasn’t a single hotel where someone from the creative industries – musicians, DJs, filmmakers, etc., – could come on vacation, but still be able to work

 
hellveticaChauvet and Squeek light Joywave and iDKhow
Friday, 30 September 2022

USA - Lighting a co-headline tour can, at times, be a tricky proposition, especially when one of the acts wants to build its show around a car wash theme, complete with a sawn-off Corvette on stage, while the other opts for a more romantic setting. Richard Fong faced this situation when he was called upon to light the Welcome To Hellvetica Tour, featuring Joywave and iDKhow.
“For me, the design process always starts with a conversation about what story the band wants to tell onstage,” said Fong. “Joywave wanted to go all-in on a very theatrical car wash themed show. iDKhow is also a very theatrical band, but on this tour, they wanted to take a somewhat different route.”
Drawing on the fresh original energy and vitality that characterizes both up and coming bands, Fong has successfully navigated his way through this dual mission, creating shows that are true to the vision of each client, while also providing fans with a single, and consistently engaging visual experience. Helping him accomplish this is a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Squeek Lights.
He explained how the design process unfolded: “After talking to the bands, I distinguished different looks and elements for each show based on their sound and stage presence. So, for example, Joywave’s show has a lot of big beam movements and looks that mirror the movement of the lead singer who is always running around on stage. Whenever he throws his hands down on a big hit, the lights do the same. If he sweeps his arms up in a pre-chorus build, there’s going to be

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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