USA - Firehouse Productions recently deployed a complete Harman Professional Solutions audio system at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Held on 28 January, this year marked the first time the ceremony was held outside of Los Angeles since 2003. Firehouse Productions was hired to provide sound reinforcement for the event, which included live performances by Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Bruno Mars and Cardi B, SZA, Childish Gambino and more.
In order to ensure sound quality for both the audience at Madison Square Garden and the television broadcast, Firehouse designed a complete Harman Professional audio system centred upon JBL VTX Series loudspeakers and Crown amplification.
“When it comes to sound quality at the Grammy Awards ceremony, we have incredibly high standards,” said Michael Abbott, audio coordinator, 2018 Grammy Awards. “The Harman VTX system delivered incredible results, and in my opinion Madison Square Garden has never sounded better. It was one of the best-sounding shows we’ve ever produced.”
Firehouse Productions vice president Mark Dittmar and systems tech Jamie Pollock began working on the design three months before the ceremony, which involved coordinating with the art and lighting departments to optimize the system configuration for the elaborate stage and lighting designs. Another primary goal was ensuring that the energy of the system stayed extremely focused to avoid any roomy or washed-out sounds for the TV broadcast.
Intelligibility and transparency were a
USA - Creative production design company 44 Designs has shaped Mutemath’s live visual look for most of the alt rock band’s 15-year career.
For their Play Dead US tour last autumn, the first leg of a larger worldwide tour in support of a September album release, 44 Designs complemented the band’s eclectic sounds using colour and effects from Elation Professional’s Artiste DaVinci LED moving spot luminaire.
44 Designs’ chief operations officer, Clayton Thornton, explains that earlier last year the company was looking for a quality LED spot luminaire and brought the Artiste DaVinci into their shop in Nashville, Tennessee, to see how it would perform up against other fixtures in a side by side comparison.
“We were blown away by it. The brightness was excellent and the beam out of it was really amazing,” he said. “The colour rendering and saturation of colour was also impressive. It has true CMY colour mixing, we love that, and it also has a nice gobo package.” Thornton praised the award-winning luminaire for its details as well, features like powerCON TRUE1 In/Out connections that make for easier and safer power connections without having to run separate cables.
“Mutemath is a creative group who open up for creativity in design,” says Jeff Lavallee, owner and lead designer at 44 Designs, who has been working with Mutemath for over a decade. “The design features in the DaVinci gave us a number of options to reflect the moods and complexities of the music, whether it was a solemn number or a more upbeat tempo song.”
China - Dutch lighting and video creative company Light Image took Visual Productions' TimeCore to China for the end 2017/18 New Year celebrations.
The TimeCore is a timecode toolbox. it is a compact device that can perform all tasks related to timecode. It can generate, follow, convert and display timecode supporting SMPTE, MTC and Art-Net timecode. It can convert between any of these protocols as well as converting between different frame rates. The TimeCore has a versatile show controller where it can even handle a number of non-timecode protocols including sACN, Art-Net, OSC, UDP, TCP and HTTP, as well as MIDI, MMC, MSC, RTP-MIDI.
Light Image reports on the spectacular project in Guangzhou: “Our team of video creatives has been counting down to 2018 in Guangzhou working on this massive television production in China for hundreds of millions viewers - making it one of the most watched broadcasts worldwide.”
The project involved three video designers working on designs for over 48 performances.
Multiple interactive content scenes were enabled with BlackTrax Real-time Tracking by CAST Software, provided by Switch Concepts / DutchRigger, connected by MotionMatrix software.
Six GRPH Media Servers rendered all content live using over 180 2D & 3D layers for the 36m diameter (7600x7600 pixels) LED floor ring and the impressive spider roof.
Two MA grandMA2 full-size controlled the GRPH Media Servers with over 7200 parameters, allowing video operators to work simultaneously on the show in one session
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USA - Cumulus NYC’s Stage 17, a live performance and broadcast studio at Cumulus’s New York City cluster (WABC, WPLJ, WNSH, WNBM), uses an Allen & Heath GLD-80 Digital Mixing System at FOH for its live audience mix, another GLD-80 to provide a stereo broadcast mix and six Allen & Heath ME-1 Personal Mixing Systems for on-stage artist monitoring.
With its new audio systems, Stage 17 has hosted more than 100 live music broadcasts, interviews, fund raisers and other special events since March 2017 with celebrities like Oliver Stone, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Gavin DeGraw.
Director of engineering Dan Hirschl says: “Our goal for Stage 17 was to convert a large conference room into a live performance studio for use by the multiple Cumulus stations here in New York for a variety of events.” Regarding the mixer choice for Stage 17, Hirschl says he had helped a colleague set up a Qu-16, a smaller Allen & Heath digital mixer. He noted, “It was very intuitive. I was able to figure it out and make it happen within 15 minutes. Also, it didn’t take a lot of work to get his mic sounding the way it should for broadcast. So, that experience was part of the reason we chose the GLD-80s for Stage 17. And I wanted the GLD’s routing ability and expansion options.”
During events, WPLJ engineers make good use of the GLD-80’s digital features. “We’ve had days when there were multiple artists on the stage and we were able to uses scenes to go seamlessly from show to show and that’s been really good for us,” said Hirschl.
UK - The Imperial War Museum North opened at Trafford Park in Manchester in 2002 and has since welcomed more than three million visitors. Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, the striking building is now a feature of the city's skyline. Its exhibitions tell the story of how war has affected the lives of British and Commonwealth citizens since 1914.
IWM North recently called on Pro Audio Systems in Bradford to upgrade the audio system of the museum’s star attraction, the Big Picture Show, which uses surround sound, projected digital moving images and photographs to create a fully immersive sensory experience that brings to life people’s experiences of war.
After several A/B comparisons which designated EM Acoustics as both the top-performing and best value solution, Pro Audio Systems supplied a system based on 24 EMS-81X 2-way passive speakers supplemented by four MSE-218 subs.
James Byrom, the AV infrastructure manager at IWM North, takes up the story: “The Big Picture Show is the museum’s core visitor offer. Having recently upgraded to the latest HD technology for video, we needed to make sure that the audio was up to the same standard. We essentially replaced the existing EAW system with like for like – a necessity given the awkward physical spaces available in which to house the loudspeakers - but a modern-day version using up-to-date technology.
The audio system is used to play back 32 separate audio tracks for 24 different screens, each of which has its own dedicated projector. When it’s not in use for the Bi
UK - When Mike Smith and Brian Glover of Halifax-based audio providers Sound Alliance began considering a new audio brand to enhance their hire inventory they turned to KV2 Audio products to help make the step up.
Smith explains: “Having recently purchased two Roland M5000 consoles and REAC V mixing systems we were in the market for a high quality professional point source sound system to add to our existing audio rental stock.”
KV2 Audio’s True Point Source approach to loudspeaker design was the right fit for Sound Alliance, with Mike having had the opportunity to experience KV2’s ES system “up-close-and-personal” in the real world whilst touring with the Chicago Blues Brothers show.
“Having been able to experience a single ES system delivering consistently stunning sound for an 11-piece band on in excess of 150 theatre shows we became convinced that KV2 was the way forward.”
At the beginning of 2018, Sound Alliance took delivery of a double ES system enabling them to operate several high quality KV2 systems at the same time or combining the systems to deliver uncompromised output all whilst being sensitive to logistics, size of cabinets and set-up times – all major factors for which KV2 continues to tick boxes around the world.
“Two KV2 Audio ES systems that use just one ES 1.0 and two ES 2.6 per side provide our professional customers, touring engineers, promoters and venues with greater flexibility and significant cost savings without compromising on audio quality,” continues Mike.
“We already knew from
UK - In 2015, Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation that runs Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, undertook the task of rejuvenating Perth Theatre, home to Scotland’s oldest repertory theatre company. Northern Light, specialist in technical theatre fit-outs, was contracted to design, provide, install and commission both the production lighting and sound and communications systems to help achieve this transformation.
The aim of the project was to restore the theatre’s B-listed, Edwardian auditorium to its former glory. The ‘gods’ seating was to be reinstated, an orchestra area introduced and a new 200-seat studio theatre for small to mid-scale music and drama performances was built. New community and creative learning spaces, including a home for Perth Youth Theatre were also to be provided and access throughout the venue improved.
Already on the approved contractor list for the theatre, and recommended by the client team and theatre and acoustic consultants, Charcoalblue, Northern Light was asked to tender for the contract by project contractors Robertson Construction in September of 2015.
“We were able to start coordinating with Robertson, the main contractor, and FES, who were responsible for the electrical and mechanical works, early in the planning stage,” explains Michael Percy, technical project manager at Northern Light. “We co-ordinated the programme and sequencing of works between us and set out our requirements and target dates, working hand-in-hand with FES and supporting the contractors that were responsible for othe
Malaysia - AV rental company, MJ Event Management Sdn Bhd, supplied a Allen & Heath dLive S Class digital mixing system to manage the final of the national song contest, Anugerah Juara Lagu (Champion of Songs).
The event, hosted by broadcaster TV3, and watched by 6.1m viewers, featured performances by the 12 finalists, plus guest appearances. Several of Malaysia’s most prominent audio engineers were enlisted to mix this prestigious event, with Zairi Ariffin at FoH and Jim Teh handling monitors, supported by Zunun from TV3. The system engineer was Mohamad Firdaues, who has been a leading advocate of dLive in the country.
MJ Event Management specified an Allen & Heath dLive system to mix both FoH and Monitors, and to provide the broadcast feed via an active splitter. The system included a pair of dLive S7000 surfaces running in multi-surface mode with a DM64 MixRack, plus an S5000 surface and DM48 MixRack. System I/O was supplemented by two DX32 expanders. A Waves3 card enabled 128 channel multitrack recording of the performances. Some 30 ME-1 personal mixers were supplied, enabling musicians to control their own monitors.
UK - Theatre design associations and trade unions have formed a working group to address workplace issues affecting professional lighting designers.
The Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) and the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) have for the first time joined forces with Equity and BECTU to “evaluate and unpack the complex nature of current working terms and conditions for designers” and address fair pay, career paths, workplace abuse, harassment and bullying.
The aim is to “work towards fair, clear and robust models of engagement”, increase diversity and ensure transparent career paths and address concerns about fees and contracts “within the wider context of fear, bullying and harassment that we are now beginning to evidence has been endemic across the whole of our industry”.
In a joint statement, the organisations say: “If a profession is perceived as one in which its members are afraid to speak out for fear of not being engaged to work again, then acting together now to do something about that is vital, both for those struggling to sustain a career as a designer now at every level of the profession, and for the diverse and resilient workforce of the future that we aspire to enable.”
Ian Saunders, executive director of the ALD, comments: “For a number of years, the ALD and its members have been concerned that the Equity minimum fees for lighting designers do not reflect the modern-day role of the lighting designer in the UK theatre production process.
“The current agreements are still predicated on
UK - With three hours of stand-up comedy and live music, Backup’s upcoming comedy night at the Royal National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre on 25 March promises to be a great night.
The evening will be headlined by Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, and other comedians set to perform include Susan Murray, Mike Gunn, Tiff Stevenson, Danny Posthill, Nick Revell & Matt Price, with live music from The Cloggz. Tickers are available from www.backuptech.uk.
The annual Charity Golf day is also taking place on the day and organisers promise a ‘surprises galore’ as 18 teams go Tee – Tee.
A new challenge for 2018 is Fastest Hole of golf by a team of four. Go up against the clock for the fastest hole of golf. Who drives, who plays the fairway, the lay up, the putt? all to play for to claim the bragging rites.
Kartfest 2018, the chairty’s karting day, is also returning on 5 July (Thursday) at Sandown Park, Esher, with tickets going on sale at the end of March.
USA - Chauvet Professional has added two new fixtures to its Rogue series of moving fixtures - the 300W LED Rogue R2X Spot and the 170W LED Rogue R1X Spot.
The fixtures s are designed to be compact and affordable, with “intense output and rich collection of features” says the company.
Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet, comments: “The R2X and R1X both are true to the Rogue spirit of putting rugged, roadworthy fixtures within reach of the average budget. However, we stepped things up with the Rogue R2X and Rogue R1X, so our customers can add extra punch to their shows even at larger venues.”
In addition to their output of 11,000lm for the R2X Spot and 6700 lumens for the R1X Spot, both fixtures offer a range of performance features. The R2X Spot has a 16.5° beam angle, two variable scrolling colour wheels with seven colours and split colour capability, as well as a 3-facet prism and smooth gobo morphing between its dual gobo wheels.
The Rogue R1X Spot has a motorised iris and focus for beam shaping, 16° beam angle for crisp gobo projections and a colour wheel that features eight colours, split colour ability, and continuous variable-speed scrolling. Adding to its versatility are its dual gobo wheels with seven interchangeable gobos, as well as its 3-facet prism for stunning aerial effects and 16-bit dimming for smooth fades.
Both fixtures are RDM enabled for remote addressing and trouble-shooting, and both feature: Neutrik powerCON power input/output connections for power linking; simple and complex DMX channel profiles for prog
UK - With just days to go until ISCEx 2018, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers reports a record number of visitor registrations and exhibitor bookings for its seminar and exhibition event, taking place on 7 March (Wednesday) at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley, Warwickshire.
The event will see 35 leading audio manufacturers and distributors on hand in the exhibition zone to discuss market opportunities, technology developments and your projects, alongside a programme of seminars throughout the day, open to all exhibition attendees.
This year’s seminars include: Busting the myths of Mass Evacuation - Dr Chris Cocking, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton; How do we react to Sound? - Hanieh Motamedian, Sound Directions & Sam Wise, Venue Strategies; Don’t Drop the Ball - Matthew Archer, Audio Technica Ltd.
Visitor registrations are available at: https://www.isce.org.uk/iscex/
China - Over 40,000 spectators gathered to take in the final event of the 2017 League of Legends S7 World Championships in November 2017 at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium. The audio system for the event, which included over 200 Adamson E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers, ran without any interruption for nearly 96 hours, leading up to the winner being declared.
League of Legends is a popular multiplayer online battle arena video game, with national tournaments hosted in several countries around the world. The S7 World Championships began with a pool of 12 international teams that, over the course of two months of live gameplay, was whittled down to the final two: Samsung Galaxy and SK Telecom T1, both from South Korea. The two teams faced off in the nearly four-day final at the Bird’s Nest, with the Samsung Galaxy team earning a decisive 3-0 victory.
Beijing Global Visual Culture Development (BGVCD), a well-known audio solutions provider, and Real Music Acoustic & Lighting Technology, the exclusive distributor of Adamson products in China, deployed the substantial Adamson audio system in the country’s largest stadium.
“The S7 organisers were very strict when it came to which AV products could be considered for the World Championships,” begins Wang He, BGVCD’s lead engineer for the application. “They insisted that the sound and lighting systems be able to work continuously for 96 hours without powering down or any type of audio failure, and we knew that in addition to offering the best audio quality, Adamson products woul
Czech Republic - For the 2017 edition of the Transmission Festival, the Spirit of the Warrior, staged in Prague’s O2 Arena, the organisers of one of Czech Republic’s most popular dance events promised their guests “an unrivalled visual and sonic experience” delivered by a creative team including lighting designer Bas Kemper, Dutch VJ collective, Vision Impossible and Rudo Tucek, owner of Slovakian rental specialist, Ministry Rental Service.
Ministry had just taken delivery of 24 new Robe MegaPointes in the weeks before the event and these multi-purpose fixtures took centre stage on the lighting plot, positioned prominently around the DJ booth at the suggestion of Rudo.
“I was really keen to get MegaPointes right at the epicentre of the event” explained Rudo, “so deploying them around the DJ booth was an obvious place.”
Two rows of eight MegaPointes were placed directly in front of the DJ mixer with another eight on a truss directly above.
From these vantage points, they made an impact around the massive arena space and were a key element in the mission to create a spectacular environment showcasing the innovative and carefully selected line up of international trance gurus erring towards alternative rather than mainstream.
Ferry Corsten presented his classic trance project Gouryella and guests were also treated to Slovakian DJ Driftmoon, Egyptian melodic trance duo Aly & Fila, Purple Haze (Sander van Doorn) and transmission regular Markus Shultz presenting his ‘Dakota’ audio visual phenomenon plus many
Germany - Following an expansion of its presence in Germany, DPA Microphones has announced details of the new sales team that will be responsible for handling the company’s extensive product line in this market.
The microphone manufacturer is also introducing a new service process to speed up product service and maintenance for all customers.
The Germany team is headed by Martin Kaaber, DPA’s VP of sales for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux countries. He is supported by business development manager Florian Kresse and account managers Reinhard Stelter and Mike Brühl who will respectively handle the north and south of the country. As well as sales and support, they will also play a key role in providing customer feedback, which will help DPA deliver high levels of service and products.
Kaaber comments: “Your success is our success - that is my philosophy. I believe in integrity and want our business partners to know that they can rely on my word. My aim is to be their ambassador within DPA and create fruitful co-operations, built on trust.”
CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen adds: “Having this incredibly strong team on the ground will allow us to exploit the great potential we see in this important market and develop even closer links with our dealer network and customers.”
USA - Country music singer Luke Pell is out on tour with a lighting package supplied by Bandit Lites.
The performer is travelling coast to coast on a 100-stop tour in support of his EP Luke Pell.
For David Schultz, the journey to becoming Luke Pell’s lighting designer and tour manager was one that came about because of his experience with Bandit Lites, an experience he refers to as ‘unreal’. After meeting Bandit general manager Mark Steinwachs at the Touring Career Workshop, Schultz was invited to work in the Nashville shop, later joining the Technical Service Department.
“Bandit has been an essential part of my career path and has provided me with the groundwork and reference that I needed to earn a gig like this,” Schultz said. “Bandit has been nothing but supportive in boosting my career by giving me my first professional shot in Nashville and by seeing it through to the position that I am in now as a lighting designer and tour manager.”
Schultz updated Pell’s lighting design by using two eight-foot tower pipes placed upstage on either end of the drum riser, with two mid-stage on either end of the stage deck. The towers are outfitted with MAC 101s and Nexus Panels creating a shape of a diamond. By switching to the towers, Schultz was able to streamline the space on the trailer while simultaneously expanding the rig.
When it comes to versatility of fixtures, Schultz shared the Nexus 4x4s offer both warmth and intensity in brightness, noting that he keeps them operating at about 20-50 percent throughout the s
India - Ananta Stagecraft called on a total of 172 fixtures from the PR Lighting catalogue to provide dynamic illumination for the recent Gaana Bollywood Music Project. This two-day event was held in the Indian capital of Delhi, and according to Ananta Stagecraft’s Jay Joshi, the spectators were mesmerised by the spectacular lightshow.
Local company Ananta Stagecraft had recently invested heavily in PR Lighting, and as the official lighting partner for the event they were able to field 60 x PR XR 330 Beam II; 50 x PR XR440 BWS; 38 x PR XR480 BWS and 24 x PR XLED 4022RZ to achieve impressive brightness and versatility.
These fixtures populated two massive stages, both expertly designed by house lighting designers Jay Joshi and Sohail Mansuri to provide maximum bang for the buck.
The lighting designers themselves were hugely impressed. Said Sohail Mansuri, “I have never come across such robust fixtures until now.
“The weather conditions during production and for the show itself provided a major challenge. During programming hours the temperature dropped to around 6°, while during show hours it would soar to 4°. Yet the fixtures worked flawlessly and I was able to create immense designs.”
Added Jay Joshi, “I have been working with PR Lighting fixtures since 2016 and they have always shone bright on my shows. I have never come across any problems, or the need to trouble shoot, as we regularly service them.”
He said the star performer was clearly the PR XLED 4022RZ. “These were able to wash out the entire stage, and t
UK - FBT Audio (UK) has announced Mike Roissetter as its business development manager for South Wales, the Midlands and the South West of England. A well-known figure within the UK industry, Roissetter is described by FBT Audio (UK) managing director, Mark Parkhouse, as "the right man with the right ideas as we continue to grow".
Roissetter brings considerable experience to his new role, having worked in both audio retail for the Soundpad chain of stores, and distribution for a number of global brands including EAW. He was also responsible the launch of the Dexibell digital piano in the UK. His arrival at FBT Audio (UK) represents something of a reunion with Mark Parkhouse, with whom he previously worked closely at Proel Group, though the relationship goes back much further.
"Mike actually sold me my first PA, when I was 14," explains Parkhouse. "Since then we’ve had the pleasure of working closely together and I've also had the opportunity of watching Mike from afar as he has continued to excel in often challenging circumstances. He's a true professional who will raise our already excellent level of customer service to new heights. I’m very pleased to welcome him to the FBT Audio (UK) family."
Qatar - Martin Audio has appointed IAC Qatar as its new distributor in Qatar.
Representatives of the Doha-based company have already received training from Martin Audio’s technical team in Qatar and IAC audio engineers will be undergoing further technical and sales marketing training in the UK.
Elie Salameh, projects & sales manager, comments: “We came across Martin Audio, and felt they would be the perfect partner to take advantage of this opportunity. We were aware of the versatility of their products and their global reputation for providing world class audio across the board.”
“We are presently working on many contracts related to fixed installation projects, at the same time supplying many event and rental companies specialising in sports, hotels, clubs and hospitality assignments,” confirmed Salameh.
Germany - HK Audio has introduced the Elements Gala column loudspeakers, the latest in the German pro audio company’s Elements series.
Available in Europe from 1 March, the new all-in-one stereo columnar system has all components of a traditional PA. Elements Gala comes with four E 835 columnar tops (each loaded with eight 3.5” high-performance speakers), a 15” system subwoofer to power the whole operation, two EF 45 bases, two EP 2 extension poles for applications requiring raised speakers, and two LS 10 Speakon cables.
The system can also be extended through a HK Audio L SUB 1500 A subwoofer.
Julian Fischer, HK Audio product manager, says: “Over the last couple of years, we asked many avid Elements users what they want. More bass, loftier highs and stronger low-mids were at the top of their wish list. So we came up with a spot-on way of satisfying precisely these wishes - Elements Gala. We deployed a next-generation digital controller that lets us incisively shape the response. On top of that, our newly developed Class D power amps deliver plenty of power to provide the headroom that this far more dynamic response requires.”
UK - Jo Beirne has joined the account management team of London-based lighting and visuals rental and production specialist Colour Sound Experiment.
Beirne will be based at the company’s Park Royal office. She previously worked at XL Video for over 15 years, where she coordinated video worldwide for internationally acclaimed touring acts including The Killers, James Blunt, The Kaiser Chiefs and many more.
Colour Sound founder Haydn Cruickshank comments: “Jo is a fantastic addition to the company. Her enthusiasm, drive and personality is a perfect fit with our core values of ensuring outstanding customer service, great personal attention to detail and encouraging innovative designers to explore their ideas and imaginations.”
UK - Beauty and the Beast enjoyed a six-week run at Byre Theatre in St Andrews, Scotland, as a pantomime produced by Bard in the Botanics.
To accent the twists and turns of the story, lighting designer Rory Beaton relied on the vivid colours and bright output of four Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot and four Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures.
“The Mavericks provided the subtle ‘theatrical’ element to the lighting whilst simultaneously supplying flashy, showbiz looks to make the big numbers feel like a large-scale musical,” said Beaton. “The colour mixing ability of the MK3 Washes was what allowed us to switch between the pastel world of the story and the bright, vivid saturated energy of the musical numbers. I was really impressed by their sheer punch - in fact, I’m not sure we ever had the washes at full output.”
Whereas the wash fixtures provided colour and atmosphere on stage, the 440W Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures offered Beaton the possibility to create numerous looks, thanks to the precision engineered optics, CMY + CTO colour mixing, two 6-position rotating slot and lock gobo wheels and 13º - 37º zoom range.
“The MK2 Spot’s diffusion, edge and frost effects meant I could do some very soft and subtle texture covering the floor and the set design,” continued Beaton. “And then as soon as we hit the big numbers, I was able to utilize the fixture’s powerful zoom and 5-facet prism to create a myriad of beams-in-haze and flash.
“It was a real pleasure to incorporate the Maverick fixtures into my lighting
Taiwan - The opening of the Silks Club, a five-star hotel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was marked with a launch party spanning across various venues within the hotel.
The main lighting focus was on the entrance lobby performance area, with further abstract performances at the pool deck. Roger Sansom Productions masterminded this, commissioning experienced Malaysia-based LD Steve Nield, who specified 40 GLP X4 atoms.
The lighting designer has a long relationship with GLP Asia’s Søren Storm, who met up at GLP’s Hong Kong office late last year where Michael Muenz, general manager of GLP Asia, demoed the units. “At the same time, we also discussed some mounting options for the X4 atom,” remembers Storm.
In keeping with the Japanese-themed design, the lighting at the entrance lobby was designed to reflect a very stark and linear concept while at the same time having the ability to change the mood using colour change sympathetic to the performance that took place by the hotel’s water feature.
The X4 atoms were purchased specifically for the task by Roger Sansom Productions, who have subsequently wasted no time in incorporating them into other corporate events and shows.
“Initially the humble Par 36 pinspot was considered, but even with correction filters it could not match the white of the atom in quality,” said Søren Storm. “There was limited height and space available to use anything larger to get the required look and feel. The atom did exactly what we needed it to do.”
Creating a riveting landscape of whites and blues,
New Zealand - Veteran FOH engineer Kevin Bennett recently mixed Bic Runga’s Drive 20th Anniversary Tour on a complete JBL by Harman VTX A12 sound system, provided by distributor Jands NZ.
Released in August 1997, Bic Runga’s debut release Drive is regarded as one of the most successful albums in New Zealand music history. In addition to winning Album Of The Year at the 1998 New Zealand Music Awards, Drive sold more than 70,000 copies and catapulted Bic Runga to international success.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album’s release, Bic Runga recently embarked on a series of concerts in which she performed Drive in its entirety, along with a selection of greatest hits from her subsequent multi-platinum albums.
Jands NZ provided FOH engineer Kevin Bennett with a complete JBL by Harman VTX A12 sound reinforcement system for the Auckland stop of the tour at the Civic Performance Art Theatre.
“When I was given the opportunity to mix with the VTX A12, it was a no-brainer,” said Bennett. “I’ve never received as many compliments from an audience as I did after this performance. Sonically, the A12 is incredibly smooth and provides excellent coverage, both on- and off-axis. The A12 sounds so great right out of the box, it didn’t require much tweaking to optimize the system’s performance in the theatre.”
“The audience’s response to this show was even greater than I expected,” said Bic Runga. “Kevin Bennett’s experienced mixing combined with the sound system to give the show an extr