Entec strikes a chord at guitar shows
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
entec2Entec delivered sound and lighting equipment to the two shows
UK - In September, Entec renewed its acquaintance with the exhibitions division of media group Future plc to deliver sound and lighting equipment to the two-day UK Guitar Show and the London Bass Guitar Show.
Centred around the sprawling Gear Hall, the show saw Entec liaise with production manager Pete Witham to equip five stages that hosted a diverse programme of stellar musical performances, showcases and masterclasses.
September’s event was Entec’s fourth for Future in just over a year. “Entec was mainly given the contract because it was able to provide a complete range of sound, lighting and some elements of staging, unlike the other companies we approached,” said Pete.
Along with a host of leading microphone models and wireless equipment distributed amongst the performance areas, the audio specification for the main auditorium included a Midas PRO1 24/16 FOH console, a DiGiCo SD12 monitor desk and SD-Rack, a d&b V-Series PA (comprising eight V12s and six cardioid V-SUBs) and six d&b M4 floor monitors.
For the A Stage, Entec provided a combination of d&b C7 tops and subs, with a pair of Y10P cabinets, with a DiGiCo SD11iB console and four M4 wedges. The Bass stage saw a Yamaha LS9 16-channel desk used to mix through a d&b Y10P system with a pair of QSC K8 1kW active speakers for foldback, while a Yamaha QL1 provided the same function in the Guitar Workshop, again with Y10Ps but with d&b E8s on stage.
Entec’s lighting team selected a number of practical items from its warehouse to fulfil a variety of requirements. They included a raft of Selecon Acclaim fresnels fitted with barn doors and rigged on Manfrotto Wind-Up stands, numerous bars of six Thomas lamps, lighting consoles and dimmer packages. On the MusicRadar stage, the company also aided past client Devin Townsend’s seminar on recording processes by providing a 90-inch plasma screen.
The crew included James Jewry, monitor engineer Emma Wood, MusicRadar stage technician Tom Olorenshaw, Bass Stage tech Rik Hart and patch technician Colin Woodward. The amount of staging required at this joint event forced the decision to hire additional services from backline provider John Henry’s, while Redbeard Touring Support supplied an additional five crew as stagehands and stage managers.
(Jim Evans)

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