USA - Automation and motion control manufacturer Kinesys will exhibit at LDI for the first time on its own booth - 843 - where they will be creating a strong presence with an international team and an eye-catching design showing a selection of key products which will be moving and working in situ.
Having focussed on building brand presence in the U.S. in recent years, which has included attending the last few LDIs and walking the floor, the next phase in that strategy explained founder and CEO Dave Weatherhead, “is to put ourselves right in front of potential customers, for which LDI - attracting a wide cross-section of high quality decision makers and influencers - is a perfect opportunity”.
Kinesys will be showing their new Apex system which incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience working with variable speed chain hoists. Apex offers a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers designed to maximise the creative options for show, stage and environment designers and operators in all fields of entertainment.
The brand’s l Elevation 1+ variable speed chain hoist control system will also be highlighted. It has become one of the most popular choices for shows and events wanting to move objects of any type.
The Kinesys DST trolley system, a project that has been developed working with leading trussing manufacturer LITEC, will also be one of the products in action.
In addition to these, the action-packed booth will include the Kinesys DigiHoist fixed speed chain motor controllers and visitors can also
USA - ESTA and USITT has announced the session line-up for the New World Rigging Symposium taking place 13-14 March 2018 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
In these 10 sessions, participants will be given the opportunity to further their technical knowledge, keep up to date with codes and standards, and learn what it’s like to work as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry. Attendees will also hear from experts in related fields. Full session descriptions can be found at www.esta.org/nwrs_sessions.
The keynote address will be delivered by Scott Fisher, with the programme including: Show Rigging on Cruise Ships. Big ideas. Tiny venues; Ground Support Concert Rigs; ANSI Standards and ICOPER. Paperwork that’s actually useful; OSHA, Risk Assessments and Rigging Emergency Action Plans; Damn it, Jim. I’m a chain hoist, not a winch; Automation and Touring. Because we can; Structural Engineering. For when guessing just won’t do; Training, Certification and Liability. It’s a good start; Young Riggers Networking Lunch; Hot Button Issues.
The New World Rigging Symposium will also include multiple opportunities for attendees to network and a special lunch will include young industry members keen to learn from the professionals about how to pursue a career as a rigger.
Registration for the Symposium is now open at www.usittshow.com/registration. Registration for the two-day symposium, including lunches, is $375 and at
USA - Tomcat USA has appointed Carmen Savarese as a sales & marketing director.
Carmen has served as global business developer and chief operating officer during her 11 years in the entertainment industry and will use this experience to grow and expand the Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering truss brands in the Americas and internationally.
She will add “a new, dynamic element to the already well established and successful Tomcat and JTE teams”, says the company.
USA - Little Ceasars Arena in Detroit opened in September, with nearly 1,700 custom LED strip lights from Elation Professional mounted to the venue’s vast wire grid.
Designed by HOK architects, the $863m, 20,000-seat arena is part of District Detroit, a major new development in the city centre.
Lighting and multi-media design firm, Illuminating Concepts (IC), was the lighting designer on the project, responsible for lighting the public spaces through to the theatrical lighting in the bowl. The dynamic ceiling is just one part of the arena’s large integrated lighting network in which all lighting is interconnected – indoors and out – to act as one themed environment.
Illuminating Concept’s design for the arena uses lighting to create a space that engages, guides visitors, creates moods and disseminates advertiser information. IC brought in production design company Crossfade Design, a firm with extensive theatrical lighting and video experience, to handle the theatrical lighting elements, including the dynamic ceiling.
The client wanted the arena bowl to be covered by a solid ceiling rather than the typical black void of most arenas, but with challenges like HVAC and rigging to contend with, not to mention cost concerns, the solution wasn’t easy to find. The answer came in the form of SkyDeck, a tension wire grid system created by InterAmerica Stage. The open wire covering acts as a scrim over the bowl, a modular ceiling that can be reconfigured for any event. Keith Irtenkauf of Illuminating Concepts calls it a “functional solu
UAE - World Class Events supported DXB Live and WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 in the safe and successful delivery of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 15-18 October.
Project director John Adkins, senior project manager Brian Gowen and six project managers planned and oversaw the event build, which welcomed 1,300 competitors, 10,000 international visitors and 100,000 visitors from the UAE.
John Adkins, managing director of World Class said: “Make no mistake, the de-rig for World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017 was a mammoth undertaking! The scale of the event, size of the venue and large quantities of kit, equipment and exhibits and the timeframe we working to meant that nothing less than a precise and efficient plan would ensure a successful outcome. The way that Showforce switched on all of its departments to mobilise the numbers of crew involved, when they were busy with other projects, was really impressive.”
He added: “I personally really enjoyed this job, which was largely down to the people involved, it was a great team and everyone had a strong work ethic, this coupled with good personalities made for a great deal of camaraderie onsite a project imperative for successful execution. A clear and concise communication plan was implemented, from the WS Sector managers, to our zonal project managers to crew members etc which allowed us to deliver effectively and meet the deadline.”
Commenting on WCE’s performance, Aidan Jones, executive director of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 said: “It was g
UK - Ayrton fixtures were used in the lighting design of the 2017 Slam Dunk Festival.
The alternative music event was headlined by rock band Enter Shikari and held in Leeds, Birmingham and Hatfield, with warm up shows at The Dublin Academy and Belfast Limelight and a further headline date in Barrowlands.
LD Steve Bewley used Ayrton’s MagicBurst LED graphic strobe fixtures and MagicPanel-602 units to achieve the dramatic visual effects needed for the event.
Bewley said: “For this show we designed four rotating towers which we wrapped in haphazardly-arranged LED strips, and used these to flank the drummer by deploying two towers either side of him. We then rigged three MagicBurst units vertically inside each tower towards the rear which, concealed within the towers, we use to shoot huge blasts of light out between the LED strips – much to the surprise and delight of the audience.”
He added: “Enter Shikari are a wild band and the wilder the strobing is, the better they like it – so we have two or three different types of strobe for these shows which enable us to change it about for the audience. We chose MagicBurst as one of the main strobes effects because of the graphic capability, and the sheer power of the units. When the towers rotated we are able to show the audience the full force of what the MagicBurst is capable of.
“I can spin the units around to add interest, often pointing not directly at the audience, but at the roof or tilted at angles, and can introduce interesting chases to the music. Because the MagicBurst has
World - ESTA and PLASA have announced the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER) which is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper.
In response to calls from the international entertainment rigging community, rigging professionals from around the globe came together to create ICOPER to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model code of practice with a focus on arena rigging. However, this Code of Practice is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines.
The practices described in the Code are intended to provide a universal foundation for those engaged in planning, managing and executing entertainment rigging. ICOPER also provides guidelines for those who wish to develop policy, design training content or help establish certification criteria.
Key areas covered in ICOPER include Pre-Installation, Planning and Engineering; Drawing Conventions; Equipment Selection; Onsite Rigging Work, Lifting Operations, Show Rigging Operations, De-Rigging Work; and Post Production. Also included are a glossary, an appendix covering determinate and indeterminate rigging systems, and a regional comparison of terms regarding Standards.
The principal authors of the Code, who met regularly via WebEx over a period of 20 months, are Nick Barnfield (New Zealand), Tiny Good (Australia), Chris Higgs (United Kingdom), Ed Kish (United States), Bill Sapsis (United States), and Roy Schilderman (The Netherlands). ESTA’s Lori Rubinstein provided administrative support for
USA - Prolyte Group has appointed Hawai-based ProVision Staging as a distribution partner for North America.
The company will be serving the Hawaii region.
Andy Boujikian, general manager of ProVision Staging comments: ”There’s a growing demand to raise the level of knowledge and creating awareness on safety issues within the local event industry here. With Prolyte as a partner we have the perfect package. We can offer a combination of high quality products and training events, like the Prolyte Campus. In my own work practise I have experienced how raising the level of knowledge can enhance workfloor safety.”
Distribution manager Matthijs Meijer adds: “Finding a partner whose intention matches our company’s philosophy so seamlessly is really rewarding. With this addition we have created better access to our product range, so more US based customers can be served with Prolyte products and our Prolyte Campus Events.”
Middle East - Protec has signed a MOU with German turntables and revolves manufacturer Bumat Motion Systems. The deal is expected to improve Protec's rental offering in the region.
Protec’s Founder and CEO – Stephen Lakin says: “Over the last year we have had more and more requests for revolves, particularly in the motor industry. We felt that working together with a world leader like Bumat would be the ideal solution to beef up our stocks with a quality product that we could offer our clients."
Bumat’s managing director Timo Burgmeier adds: "We are very excited and we are sure that our agreement with Protec will be a positive step - both for us as well as the Middle East region”, Burgmeier added.
Bumat’s modular system can supply turntables of any size and carrying capacity, made of aluminium or steel, in diameters ranging from 0.1 m to 55 m and capable of accommodating load weights from 10 kg to 450 metric tons. The manufacturer can also design and fabricate bespoke turntables to customers' individual requirements.
UK - Technology with Heart was the theme of Jaguar and Land Rover's inaugural Tech Fest which took place at Central Saint Martins in London in September.
Organised by London-based creative agency Imagination, the event explored how technology contributes to the auto industry and was packed full of innovative displays which demonstrated how technology is being used to make a positive difference.
Jay Plomer, senior production manager, Imagination commented: "The venue for this event is a fantastic space but it is a listed building and right from the start we were told that it would not be possible to install any fixing points in to the walls and ceiling. This posed the challenge of how to light all exhibits in a big area within the space – and so we brought Unusual Rigging on board to help us solve that problem."
Paul Rhodes, senior rigging supervisor, Unusual Rigging explained: "We've worked with Imagination long enough for them to know how much we relish a challenge like this and so we got our heads together to devise a way in which to light the venue effectively while taking every care not to impinge on the fabric of the building in any way."
Unusual proposed a free-standing truss structure that attached to the existing lift shaft, thereby providing the necessary height. Jay continued: "Unusual did an enormous amount of R&D to ensure that this was the most cost effective and safe way to achieve the goal. We then put together a proposal and presented it to the venue which served to demonstrate that we have the best relationships
UK - Cardiff-based events specialists 11th Hour were stage and lighting suppliers for the 2017 Steelhouse Festival, held in July near Ebbw Vale, South Wales.
11th Hour, who had previously worked at Steelhouse in a limited capacity, saw their responsibilities expanded and enjoyed a highly productive if rather damp week.
Max Rhead, promoter and co-organiser of Steelhouse Festival takes up the story: "We teamed up with 11th Hour to provide the power solutions for the Steelhouse Festival back in 2016. We were incredibly impressed with their knowledge and professionalism as well as the quality of the equipment that they supplied. So, when the requirement for a new stage and lighting supplier presented itself for 2017, we immediately contacted director Andy Hopkins and the boys to expand this partnership and supply many more of the technical elements of the festival.
“As well as supplying all the elements that we required for Stage, lighting and power they were able to advise us on alternative configurations and time/cost saving solutions that proved to be a great help to the smooth running of the event"
The complete build took five days with five crew on site daily. Mains power and distribution was supplied for the whole site, covering main stage and production (four 100kVA sync), catering (40kVA), bars and toilets (two 100 kVA sync) and tour-buses (40kVA). Two of the company's newly acquired 100kVA Bruno generators made their debut at Steelhouse.
France - Technical provider Visuel once again took charge of the stage set up and audio requirements for world music festival moZ’aïques held in Le Havre, France.
For this eighth edition, 40 concerts were planned, with 100 musicians performing across two stages. Visuel decided to deploy APG’s loudspeakers at the festival over the brand they had previously used, with the goal of handling a complex acoustic challenge: two main stages facing each other only 200 metres apart, with musicians performing in front of an audience of up to 4,000 people.
“When you are lucky enough to host incredibly talented musicians and singers, it is absolutely critical to offer a sound quality that is capable of giving back the energy and the warmth drawn by the artists,” explains Jérôme Le Bay, director of moZ’aïques festival and a knowledgeable audiophile.
“Kudos to Visuel and APG for being able to offer a system that is flexible enough to do justice to every nuance of musical diversity, from the most intimate performance at one end of the scale to the most rousing from a 40 drum band.”
In order to cope with such a complex sonic challenge, Visuel opted for APG’s Uniline Compact (UC), a small ‘line source’ system based on the Modular Line Array concept invented by APG.
“From an operational perspective, the Uniline Compact is also easy to handle and install, which saved a lot of time on stage during the installation”, adds Jérôme Le Bay. “I have to say that the Uniline Compact’s reach in front fill is greater than
South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced the 2018 Prolyte Rigging Course, in conjunction with Prolyte and Rhino Rigs, to be held in Johannesburg from 29 January to 3 February 2018.
The internationally recognised five-day course will once again be presented by Rinus Bakker. On the sixth day, delegates will enjoy a practical hands-on session presented by DWR’s Robert Izzett. Interested delegates must be competent in mathematics.
Delegates who pass the course will receive certification and 48 SACIA CPD Points. The cost is R9 500, and a 50% non-refundable deposit will secure your booking as seats are limited. The course will be held at DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark Honeydew. Bookings can be made on-line. Visit: http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/prolyterigging2018/
Denmark - A Kinesys automation system with Vector control is a key player in the production of Green Day’s American Idiot staged in Copenhagen at Den Grå Hal (The Grey Hall).
Benjamin La Cour’s acclaimed raw, stark scenography features three large scenic ‘slabs’ of concrete which lift, tilt and elevate to change the shape and architecture of the stage throughout the performance. They form a floor, a ceiling and several other shapes and spaces as the punky attitudinal sung-through action unfolds.
In terms of visuality, these three set pieces fundamentally define the look and feel of the piece directed and choreographed by Tim Zimmerman.
The three slabs each measure 8 x 4m and are suspended by four half-tonne Liftket vari-speed hoists fitted with Kinesys Elevation 1+ drives - capable of running up to 24 metres-a-minute. Each piece weighs around 900 Kgs and is picked up from the four points located about a metre from either end.
The undersides of the slabs are graduated, mirroring the shape of the stage below, with which the undersides ‘mate’ when in the down position.
The Kinesys system is being supplied to the production by Riggingworks Sweden (RWS) from Stockholm, run by John ‘Jonnymac’ McDonough, and is being operated on site by Roger Smissen.
The 12 dynamic points are being monitored via a Kinesys LibraCELL / LibraPRO system, together with the six static points that are partly suspending the production mother grid on Lodestar D8 Motors.
The grid was installed into the venue to enable the creative te
UK - Cardiff-based event and project management specialist 11th Hour has recruited three new full-time team members to help meet growing demand for its services.
Project manager Kirstie Evans joins from Cardiff Council's events team where she gained a wide variety of production experience. A graduate of The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Kirstie also has experience in TV and film production management.
She is joined by assistant project manager, Pete Morgan who studied Live Event Technology at The University of Glamorgan before gaining experience working as a senior technician in television technology supply, as well as freelancing in the wider events industry.
In an increasingly busy warehouse, Sarah Everson takes on the role of assistant warehouse manager. With a degree in Music Technology, Sarah was apprenticed at The Wales Millennium Centre where she gained invaluable insights into all aspects of event production and developed strong technical skills.
11th Hour Director, Andy Hopkins, reflects on the appointments: "To keep pace with sharply growing demand for our services, we've recruited three dynamic and highly motivated individuals who bring with them a combination of experience, energy and a real passion for the events industry.
“11th Hour is moving forwards in leaps and bounds and our progress maintains pressure on everyone at the company to work hard and smart. The new team members have all slotted in and hit the ground running - we're delighted to have them on board in the thick of the action."
USA - OneRepublic headlined this summer’s 34-date Honda Civic Tour of North America, with support from Fitz and the Tantrums, and James Arthur.
Core to the strikingly impressive lighting design by Mark Butts, production and lighting designer at LA-based Preset Productions, are 103 Ayrton MagicPanel-602 fixtures, supplied by global rental company VER.
For Butts and co-production designer and show director Raj Kapoor, it was the first time of touring with OneRepublic. “We have worked with the band before, but never on a big tour, and we were keen to start developing a visual style and brand for them which really captures their personality and image,” explains Butts. “We wanted this tour to be the first step in defining the OneRepublic style and to make them known for their live shows in a similar way to iconic bands like Muse, Rammstein, U2 or Nine Inch Nails.”
The Honda Civic Tour is travelling with a big lighting package but Butts did not want to conform to a conventional ‘big’ light show. “We wanted to create something different for the band, something very architectural and very modern that would really focus down on them and provide an interesting environment for them to play in,” he says.
As a starting point, Butts and Kapoor rigged 10 lighting trusses in pairs at a 35° angle to form a series of receding ‘triangles’ which get progressively smaller upstage. These were loaded with 103 MagicPanel-602 fixtures to create a type of architectural ceiling piece with which to frame the band.
Despite the two downstag
Europe - Stageco continued its long-term association with The Rolling Stones on the band’s current tour No Filter.
The staging company created the two steel tower and roof systems that have been leapfrogging around Europe since the start of September when the tour opened at Hamburg’s Stadtpark Festwiese.
The Rolling Stones production manager Dale ‘Opie’ Skjerseth engaged in what he referred to as “my A team”, featuring creative director Patrick Woodroffe and set designer Ray Winkler from Stufish Entertainment Architects, with Jeremy Lloyd of Wonder Works co-ordinating the technical design elements and working with Stageco’s project manager Hedwig De Meyer and R&D engineers Tom Frederickx, Patrick Martens and Kai Eppinger, to create two complete steel, tower and roof systems that have been leapfrogging around Europe since the start of September when the tour opened at Hamburg’s Stadtpark Festwiese.
From the outset, the band’s main wish was for a tidy and streamlined production, with sleek contours but absolutely no hint of behind the scenes steelwork. Spreading 60m wide, the resulting set features four monolithic 22m high x 11m wide LED video screens, a 28m long T-shaped catwalk and B-stage, and a bespoke, cantilevered, transparent-skinned ‘roofette’ that hovers above the band.
Stefaan Vandenbosch, the leader of one of the two outdoor Stageco crews (Kevin De Meyer managed the other), commented: “Each system fills 17 trucks. Working with our own team of 14 along with 15 local climbers and 15 stage hands, it tak
UK/Ireland - Unusual Rigging are no novices when it comes to the technical ins and outs of Miss Saigon. The company worked on the original show when it opened in the West End nearly three decades ago and again in 2014 when the show re-opened to rave reviews at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Cameron Mackintosh's production of Boubil and Schonberg's Miss Saigon began touring this summer – and once again Unusual Rigging have been brought on board to ensure the success of the musical as it tours the UK and Ireland.
The show is currently running at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin until the end of November when it moves to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Helen Guest, production manager explained: "The tour itself is based on the version of the show which ran at the Prince Edward Theatre but with some additions that were introduced in the Broadway version earlier this year.
“The set is a mixture of new built elements and a refurbishment of a set that we used in Korea. All in all it is actually a bigger show that in London – even though it's a tour! We transport 16 x 45ft trailers and Unusual Rigging are asked with overseeing all the rigging elements of the production."
With the Unusual team headed by Simon Stone being brought onto the project in April 2017, they were supplied with a hefty brief. "We basically supply all the hoists, control and rigging to the flown lighting, sound and set," commented Simon. "We are responsible for the design and calculations for how we lift the elements in the venues on the tour and
UK - Creative technical event production company Hawthorn constructed a 4,830sq.m set for eSports company ESL Gaming at the UK’s biggest games trade fair, EGX, held at NEC Birmingham in September.
Hawthorn delivered the vast custom-made set and supplied lighting, sound, rigging and staging, with five artic lorries needed to transport their kit - three of which were used just for the mammoth set.
The company created two large gaming stages, the ESL Premiership stage and the Twitch stage, both of which designed by ESL. Hawthorn custom built each set to ESL’s specifications, including the creation of custom gaming desks for the high-octane competition over the four days.
“With the ESL Arena covering nearly 5,000sq.m of space, this was a demanding job for us in terms of scenic creation” says Hawthorn senior project manager Ryan Grant who led the project. “Not only did we produce two stages, but we also custom built the exhibition stand for Intel to ESL’s exact specification.
“In total we had about a month of prep work and planning for the project before the on-site build started. We worked closely with the ESL team throughout the process to ensure everything met their specific requirements and achieved the best possible results.”
ESL creative team came up with an ambitious brief for the Intel stand, measuring 21m x 14m. The stand featured three large graphic walls with custom designed lightboxes used to highlight each of Intel’s featured processors. The brief also specified fitting a sub-hung flown truss that acted as a
UK - PRG has appointed Caroline Hill and Mark Davies to its UK TV & Film account management team.
Caroline joins from Panalux Broadcast and Events where, for five years, she oversaw the delivery of a diverse range of events including fashion shows, television series, rigging for feature films, and, most recently, the lighting and rigging elements of the factual show World War One Remembered: Passchendaele for the BBC. She is now based in PRG’s Covent Garden, London office.
Caroline is an addition to the already bolstered TV & Film account management team that welcomed Mark Davies earlier this year. Since joining PRG as a lighting project manager over 10 years ago, Mark went on to head up his department before moving into this current account management role.
TV & Film market leader Kelly Cornfield commented: “Caroline and Mark are great additions to the team and will support our continued growth in this sector.”
Belgium - Manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel has appointed of Luxillag as its new bronze dealer in Belgium.
Luxillag was established in 1986 and supplies lighting equipment and tailor-made installation solutions to stage, cinema, television, photography and architainment professionals.
Over the last 20 years, the company’s primary focus has been in theatre and broadcast with an expansion into architainment and entertainment. The business has been involved in major projects including lighting design and full installations for the theatre and photographical and broadcast Industry as well as stage and studio scenery.
Luxillag’s owner and managing director, Gianfranco Galli, said: “We are very pleased with this new partnership. J&C Joel’s extensive range of products and impressive achievements set the bar very high. When you look around Belgium, the market lacks innovation; Luxillag has always embraced innovation and therefore wants to set a new pace together with J&C Joel. We dedicate ourselves to provide the best customer experience and J&C Joel’s extensive knowledge and competencies have improved our quickness and reactivity. By combining efforts, drive and passion we will make it a great success.”
Roland Rizk, J&C Joel’s Europe and Russia regional manager, said: "We are very delighted to partner with Luxillag, they have great solution range and most of all have an outstanding reputation within our industry in the Belgian market, we are looking forward t
Europe - Cate Carter needs little introduction as one of busiest and most successful LDs over the last decade, with a long and illustrious portfolio featuring the likes of Editors and Ellie Goulding currently out on tour. Carter’s company, Bryte Design is a design production house run in conjunction with her business partner, lighting designer Mike Smith and visual producer Pablo Beckett. Even before the company’s inception, Carter had been employing the talents of Specialz to realise her design concepts.
“The ethos at the heart of Specialz is the company’s completely open nature to a designer’s ideas and concepts. Backed up by a breadth of experience, skill and, what could be best described as industry savvy, Dave and his team offer a unique service to us as a client.”
“I think it was back in 2011 when we needed to adapt a piece that we rented for an Elbow tour. It had originally been made by Specialz so, on a recommendation, we went back to them and they did a magnificent job creating a chandelier from the original set piece. Since then we have returned time and again with a wide variety of projects, from backdrops to bespoke lighting fixtures and the huge metallic fan set pieces currently gracing the Editors’ stage; they have never let us down.”
The fans of Editors have enjoyed a significant re-imagining since their initial construction, as Dave Smith explains, “We were originally commissioned to build six large fans. The intention was to use them for lighting effects with lamps positioned behind for rotating gobo-l
Brazil - Held in Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, the recent Rock in Rio festival saw Gabisom Audio Equipment from Brazil deploy Martin Audio’s premier MLA rig on the Palco Mundo main stage.
Martin Audio’s MLA was first used on the second stages at Rock in Rio’s US event in Las Vegas in 2015 and at the event’s 30th birthday in Brazil the same year.
Gabisom chief engineer, Peter Racy, confirmed the impact created by MLA, stating, “For me personally it was a pleasure to hear the pristine sound quality of MLA, and in my opinion it was MLA that made the difference. In fact I heard nothing but rave reviews from users of the MLA in Rio.”
At Rock in Rio in Lisbon 2016, that MLA was taken onto the main World Stage, becoming the largest deployment of MLA systems on a single stage, eclipsing both Glastonbury and Hyde Park main stages.
The main PA for the World Stage this year was again the trademark sound and visual design of Rock in Rio comprising of four arrays, each with triple columns, and consisted of a total of 112 MLA enclosures with eight MLD downfills and 30 MLX subwoofers. A further 24 MLA Compacts were utilised across left and right front-fills while another 32 MLX were ground-stacked.
The system is designed to be used with a split mix, where two pairs of stereo mixes are output from the mixing desk. One stereo mix (called ‘Band’) contained most of the band elements (drums, bass guitars, and keys for example). The other stereo mix (called ‘Vocal’) contains vocals and any other elem
New Zealand - Jands, the Harman Professional audio distributors in New Zealand, recently launched JBL’s new medium to large format line array at the ASB Theatre in Auckland.
The JBL VTX A12 is a dual 12" three-way line array element purpose-built for mid to large-size touring applications and high-end fixed installations.
“We wanted our guests to understand the philosophy behind the technology of the VTX A12 and then to experience first-hand the innovative new features such as the ease of set up due to the redesigned rigging system,” says Jands tour sound manager Tim Robertson. “We then gave each person the opportunity to conduct their own listening tests on the system.”
The listening tests had some varying responses from guests. “I've never tested anything so uniformly flat both on and off axis in the HF range, and they have heaps of detail there,” says sound engineer Chris Tait from College Hill Productions.
JBL have patented a rigging mechanism and redesigned the suspension system that has streamlined deployment and setup.
“The rigging is incredible – one of the fastest I’ve seen for a line array,” says Ray Ward of NZ Sound. “It looks like it could be a one-man job to bring the PA up and down. The coverage and sound of the A12’s were fantastic, much smoother than I thought they would be.”
“There has been fantastic interest with the VTX A12 locally and our aim is to have it added to technical riders in the New Zealand market,” concludes Tim Robertson. “The VTX A12 has appeared at numerous festiv