UK - UK console manufacturer Solid State Logic (SSL) has appointed SSE Audio Group (incorporating pro audio dealer Wigwam Sales) and Luton-based 2B Heard as dealers for its Live range of consoles.
The appointments coincide with the launch of SSL’s latest Live console - L100 - at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas.
SSE sales director Alex Penn comments: “From the launch of the L500 in 2013, we knew it would only be a matter of time before the Live consoles started to appear on riders for our Hire department.
“There was a lot of early adoption in the US, something we saw from our UAC partnership with Sound Image. We first used the desks over here in the UK with the Country to Country Festival in 2016 and we bought our first console, an L200, for Blink 182’s 2017 tour. We then added to this with a pair of L500s for the J Cole tour and they’ve since been out with Imagine Dragons, Roy Orbison, DJ Snake and the AMA Awards to name just a few.”
2B Heard’s Dave Wooster adds: “We are very excited about the potential that this new partnership brings for both 2B Heard and SSL. The L100 is an astonishing console with a feature-set that simply cannot be denied - we can’t wait to show engineers what it can do. We have some very exciting plans and we thank SSL for their trust in us to deliver on their expectations.”
Jim Motley, senior vice president SSL international sales adds, “We are very keen to expand our work with SSE Audio Group. While their Hire team have worked with SSL consoles for some time now, we are excited about a further s
South Africa - Portuguese audio manufacturer NEXT-proaudio has appointed Sound Harmonics as its exclusive distributor for South Africa.
The South African company has already started marketing NEXT-proaudio products.
Sergio Pinto, NEXT-proaudio sales manager, comments: “We are pleased to welcome Sound Harmonics on board. They are a high-profile supplier that offers high quality solutions to the market with an unparalleled support in the professional segment.
“We see great potential in South Africa’s market. This is a truly exciting progression that will ensure professional support to NEXT-proaudio customers in this market.”
Joseph Mandy, Sound Harmonics director, adds: “We are very excited to be partnering with such a passionate group of people at NEXT-proaudio, and even more excited to bring this robust and exceptionally sounding brand to South Africa.”
Based on the outskirts of Johannesburg, Sound Harmonics services all market segments, including education, hospitality, nightclubs, casinos, retail, houses of worship, theatres, multi-purpose venues and arenas.
UK - Allen & Heath has launched SQ-7, a new flagship console in its 96kHz SQ series.
Hot on the heels of the successful launch of SQ-5 and SQ-6, the new SQ-7 takes the XCVI 96kHz FPGA engine and adds extended control and I/O in a larger format, boasting 33 faders, 32 on-board preamps, 16 custom soft keys and 8 user-definable soft rotary controls.
SQ-7 is a 48-channel console, compatible with a range of remote I/O expanders, including the portable DX168 96kHz stage boxes. Inputs and mixes can be individually assigned to 192 fader strips across 6 layers, while 16 softkeys and 8 user-assignable soft rotary controls allow the mixer’s workflow to be customised to the needs of each show and operator.
Forthcoming Dante, Waves and SLink audio networking cards further extend the scope for expansion, system integration, FOH / monitor splits and recording.
Optional DEEP processing plugins give SQ-7 users access to boutique compressor and preamp emulations which can be embedded directly into all input and mix channels, without adding system latency or setup hassles.
Allen & Heath product manager, Keith Johnson says, “SQ-7 embodies everything that’s so exciting about SQ – the power, the speed, the ergonomics – in a more imposing format that lets us push the capabilities of the console even further. As soon as we unleashed the SQ phenomenon, we were inundated by people who loved the concept and the features, and who wanted to take SQ into scenarios that called for more built-in I/O and more hands-on control. This one is for them!”
USA - Panasonic Business is set to introduce the SQ1 series, new large-format 4K professional displays at InfoComm 2018.
Available in 86 and 98-inch models and boast 500cd/m2 brightness, along with Intel Smart Display Module (SDM) for improved processing and integration capability, the displays are built for self-contained or networked signage and ideal for use in corporate, education and retail environments.
“At Panasonic, we are committed to continually improving our display line up in terms of its performance, versatility and efficiency, no matter what the intended application or venue is,” says Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “Incorporating the Intel Smart Display Module allows Panasonic to offer a sleek, slim and scalable display solution which simplifies interface integration, signage installations and platform management.”
“We are pleased Panasonic has adopted the Intel Smart Display Module specification in its new SQ1 series of 4K displays. Our collaboration offers a flexible, integrated and scalable solution to help businesses interact and work together more easily and efficiently,” says Jose Alvaro Avalos, vice president, Internet of Things Group, Intel Corporation.
The SQ1 series complements the EQ1 range of six entry class, 4K professional displays, ranging from 43 to 86 inches, that was introduced at ISE 2018. The EQ1 series offers 4K resolution for high-impact images with 350 cd/m2 brightness, making it a cost-efficient solution for public spaces, retail venues, corporate meeting rooms and
UK - Solid State Logic (SSL) has unveiled the L100, a new console part of the Live range and suitable for space-restricted installations, sub-mix positions or corporate productions.
The L100 has a compact 12 + 2 fader configuration frame and sports the same high headroom, low latency SSL Tempest Audio Engine as the other SSL Live consoles.
Other features include showfile compatibility and all of the same I/O options, including SSL SuperAnalogue stageboxes (over MADI or Dante), local analogue and digital I/O, and Blacklight.
Antony David, SSL managing director, comments: "The launch of the L100 will deliver the SSL Live audio performance and technology to a whole new range of users that previously might not have been able to specify SSL Live.”
USA - Yamaha has launched the VXL1-16P, a Dante-enabled, Power over Ethernet (PoE) loudspeaker, designed for the corporate installation market.
The PoE functionality allows power to be supplied over a Cat 5e (or higher) Ethernet cable, meaning only one cable is needed for power, control and audio distribution.
Launched at InfoComm2018, the VXL1-16P is a slim (5.4cm/2.1inch wide) line array loudspeaker, optimised to deliver high quality audio into rooms that demand vocal clarity from a stylish design, but where space is limited.
The VXL1-16P receives audio via a Dante network, with power supplied from a PoE compliant L2 switch, such as the new Yamaha SWR2311P-10G, which can supply both PoE and Dante audio/control signals.
The VXL1-16P’s Dante/PoE provision means that an entire speaker system can be constructed as a network, allowing existing IT infrastructure to be effectively used.
“We are confident that the VXL1-16P and SWR2311P-10G will contribute to smoother, more efficient system design and setup, as well as improved operating ease and comfort for increasingly demanding conference system installations,” says Yoshi Tsugawa, Yamaha Pro Audio Division general manager. “At Yamaha we are always open to feedback from the field and ready to respond to the market, so that our users benefit from sound systems that truly satisfy their needs.”
USA - Audio-Technica has upgraded its entire line of network microphones and devices, offering new AES67-compatible versions of all its previous models.
The updated models carry an ‘a’ suffix in their names and include the ATND971a boundary microphone, ATND8677a microphone desk stand, ATND8734a power module, ATND931a gooseneck microphone and ATND933a hanging ceiling-mount microphone.
These new network microphones and devices are designed for audio-over-IP interoperability, connecting directly to any AES67-compliant network, including those that utilise Livewire, Ravenna and Q-LAN AoIP technologies. There’s been no change in functionality.
The latest firmware increases the Dante Domain Manager features, adding role-based security, cross-subnet routing, SNMP alerts and more. With increased connectivity for audio streams and expanded Dante features, these new network microphones and devices give users plug-and-play access to nearly any AoIP system.
Audio-Technica’s new AES67-compatible “a”-designated versions of its network microphones and devices will be available in Europe in August/September 2018.
USA - At InfoComm 2018, Shure announced that it will offer an Integrated Systems Certification programme through the Shure Audio Institute (SAI). The programme will feature extensive integrated systems training courses for channel partners, AV professionals, systems integrators, and audio engineers.
The SAI was established in 2015 to provide the dedicated training needed to support the Company’s growing product portfolio and serve customers as an industry-leading source for audio and AV professionals.
Shure’s Integrated Systems Certification programme consists of two levels:
Level 1 focuses on sales, with courses including Audio Basics for Meetings and Conferences, Wireless Basics, Integrated Systems Portfolio Overview, and Best Practices for Interacting with IT Professionals.
Level 2 covers the technical side of product training and understanding. Classes include a Shure Wireless Master Course: Wireless Best Practices and Techniques, two-part Networking for AV Professionals course, Conference Room Design Basics, and Dante level 1 and 2 certification administered by Audinate.
Classes can be taken virtually or through in-person seminars. Level 1 and Level 2 are two separate certifications; however, those who wish to get the Level 2 certification must complete Level 1 first.
“As the market continues to expand, and technologies evolve, certifications have become the industry standard, ensuring AV professionals fully understand the product on-hand prior to being in the field,” said Dave Klein, global director of the Shure Au
USA - Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) has announced that the LA Opera, located in the Music Centre's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles has invested in the company's new LED-based Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile fixtures as part of its stage lighting rig.
LA Opera's current production of Verdi's Rigoletto, with lighting design by Robert Wierzel, is the first production in its history lit with a predominantly LED lighting rig.
Jeff Kleeman, LA Opera's technical director, says, "We already hold a stock of Vari-Lite VL3500 Spots and Washes, VL3000s and VL4000 BeamWash fixtures, so we were very interested in the VLZ Profile when they became available recently.
"Initially we were drawn to the impressive 24,000 lumens output - they are bright, even brighter than our VL3500s. We've had zero issues with the exceptional light source, which creates a large and particularly even field. But there is so much more to like about the VLZ. The color spectrum, the shuttering system, the low power consumption, which is critical for the venue, and then there's the very quiet operation: quiet is a big deal for us."
He adds, "Our work schedule means that, although we begin the design process months in advance, it is only a week prior to load-in when we pull and prep fixtures before the get-in. There is usually a pretty tight window to rig, hang and focus the light, so the small, light VLZ fixtures make that process all the smoother. They have absolutely met our expectations."
In 1987, LA Opera was the first opera company to utilize a c
USA - Country music artist Morgan Wallen is relatively new to the music scene, having released his debut album If I Know Me in late April of this year. His star is clearly on the rise however as Up Down, his lead single from the album, was recently certified gold. Wallen has been on the road since February with an Elation rig that includes the new Artiste DaVinci, and will be out all summer opening up for Luke Bryan.
Lighting design and event production studio, Genetic Productions, provided the lighting gear for Wallen’s inaugural headlining tour, Up Down, which played dates February-April across the US Genetic’s Zac Coren served as lead LD and programmer for the tour, which was designed using Capture Nexum software.
“At Genetic, we do a wide range of events, from corporate meetings and high-end social events to touring, so we needed a fixture that could hold its own in all of those areas, as well as not break the bank,” comments Genetic president Andrew Sparks, who cites versatility and brightness as reasons for deciding to invest in the Artiste DaVinci. “We have found ourselves quickly and easily replacing the other units we had been using with the DaVinci as it is punchier and has more overall features."
Located behind the band as upstage floor lights, the DaVinci's are used to cast aerial effects as well as provide back light for the band. Zac Coren reports, “The DaVinci's have been great by giving many options for creating unique looks for every song. Even when stacking a prism, gobo, and animation wheel, I was
UK - GLP’s impression LED fixtures recently demonstrated that in addition to raw power, the advantages of multi-functionality and subtlety are paramount when it comes to lighting dramatic performance in smaller theatre venues.
A specialist in this genre, designer Lee Curran was originally exposed to the German company’s lighting catalogue at Shakespeare’s Globe where the X4 Bar 20s were specified as part of the new lighting rig at the time. “I remember demoing the units with Malcolm Rippeth and Victoria Brennan, and being surprised at what they were capable of,” he states.
Then shortly before embarking on the production of The Lady From The Sea at the Donmar Warehouse, he used a single X4 Bar 10 on English Touring Theatre's production of The Weir, to provide a variety of light through a window in a very tight space with almost no throw distance. It not only provided him with the perfect solution but set him up for further deployments of the X4 Bars.
“With The Globe and The Weir we made good use of the pixel mapping to produce colour effects, while on The Lady From The Sea we also used both tilt and zoom in quite subtle ways. We also needed some of the units to fit in very tight spaces, so their size was a huge advantage.”
Curran already had some units from White Light, but with the fixtures in high demand and the budget limited, a chance meeting with GLP UK’s Simon Barrett at an Association of Lighting Designer (ALD) event, led to further necessary inventory being procured at very short notice. “Th
UK - Illumination specialists LED Creative is supporting scenic designer Joshua Grace on UKTV’s Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier.
Recorded over eight episodes in front of a live studio audience at London’s Hospital Club Studios, the show features comedian Jon Richardson exploring the severity of his various anxieties before carefully filing them away in his ‘worry index’.
Grace’s imaginative set makes clever use of primary colours to highlight the ‘filing system’ theme, with rows of files forming the immersive backdrop that borders the circular stage. Linear LED illumination has also been used to provide the clean, bright edges which pick out the contours above and below the raised podium area.
Working alongside the production crew, LED Creative provided their Alpha 60 and Bit 8-Way Control system to help create the show’s bright, vibrant look.
Speaking about the project, scenic designer Joshua Grace says “The design for Ultimate Worrier relies on built-in LED technology that allows the set to change colour throughout the show, bringing it all to life. LED Creative provided the perfect solution for the integrated product in the set, and it is always a pleasure to collaborate with the team who work their magic to make it all happen in the workshop and in the studio.”
Available as ‘plug and play’ rental units, the LED Creative BIT 8-Way controllers used within the installation are engineered specifically to work in unison with LED ribbon and decorative fixtures; in this case LC Alpha 60 has been woven
Europe - The MTN Shop, an e-commerce platform offering entertainment, manufacturing and recreational products from industry-leading brands, has updated its websites (shopmtn.eu / shopmtn.com).
Visitors will now benefit from seamless navigation across multiple industries, with over 30 brands available from one place. The shop offers more than 10,000 products across three categories - entertainment, industrial and rope access. One major change to the MTN offering is the addition of film industry rigging gear to service the full range of entertainment rigging professionals.
Apart from enhanced aesthetics and a more advanced navigation, the websites benefit from optimised filtering and search, a live chat function, and secure online payment options. ShopMTN.eu is fully compliant with EU GDPR data protection regulations.
UK - Audiologic has confirmed its appointment as the exclusive UK and Ireland distribution channel for QSC Systems from 1 June 2018.
As a designated industry market partner, as well as distributing the QSC Systems portfolio, Audiologic will offer technical services such as system design and validation, commissioning support and warranty services. The Harlow based company will also offer QSC product training at its recently opened education facility - Learning Space.
Andy Lewis, sales and marketing director at Audiologic comments, “We are proud to serve as the exclusive UK distribution channel for QSC Systems. QSC is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading AV&C manufacturers and at Audiologic we enjoy a strong reputation for delivering exceptional value through proven system design and advice. We strongly believe that this is a winning combination and look forward to educating our customers about the benefits of this IT-based platform.”
Duncan Savage, director systems business UK, QSC adds, “Our first step to becoming true partners with our end customers was to evolve our distribution model and introduce Industry Market Partners. As we ramp up our presence in the region we will look to Audiologic to provide flexible support for our customers.”
USA - AV equipment manufacturer Work pro Audio is unveiling the SoundNut range, a new series of stylish, high-powered pendant loudspeakers for installation applications at InfoComm 2018. The first product in the range, the SN8, a two-way 400W coaxial pendant speaker with an 8-inch bass driver, will be on display at the show.
Like all forthcoming members of the SoundNut range, the SN8 is a high-resistance, high-powered installation speaker (8Ω, 400W, 125dB maximum SPL) designed to faithfully reproduce audio with a flat frequency response from 98 to 19kHz and uniform acoustic coverage across a wide, 90-degree area.
The speaker itself features an innovative, frameless and screwless magnetic grille which can be detached in seconds for easy access to the drivers. The housing can also be custom-coloured to blend into its install environment as required, with a choice of colours available for its top section.
“Everyone wants powerful installation speakers, but they have to be as unobtrusive as possible - and, of course, deliver great sound too,” explains Juan Jose Vila, chief sales officer at Work Pro Audio. “Our design team has been working hard to produce the optimum combination, and the result is the new SoundNut range. Speakers that are small and discreet enough to pass for light fittings, especially with the custom-coloured housings — but sufficiently large to deliver the power, dispersion, frequency range and clarity required.
“The SN8 will be on display at InfoComm, but of course this is just the first product in the SoundNut range.
USA - DPA Microphones will showcase its new d:sign Installation Solutions Series at InfoComm 2018. Targeted specifically at the installation and conference markets, the d:sign product line includes an array of products ideally suited for conference and AV applications, including floor stand, ceiling and tabletop microphones. Also at InfoComm, DPA will introduce its spec-swap and protect program as well as its on-site commissioning initiative.
“The d:sign series is an excellent microphone choice for functional yet aesthetically-pleasing meeting or conference spaces, and we are excited to display the complete line at InfoComm 2018,” says René Mørch, product manager, DPA Microphones. “This line of unobtrusive tabletop, ceiling and floor stand microphones ensures outstanding sound even in acoustically-challenging spaces.”
All products in the d:sign range “deliver neutral and accurate sound to the smallest detail, even in the most difficult surroundings”.
DPA is also debuting a spec-swap and protect programme, and will provide a discount on any order if a competitive microphone system specification is converted to a DPA product or if a system design specifies and includes DPA products on the final request for proposal (RFP). DPA will be the sole determination if a product meets the specification conversion criteria. For more information, please contact your DPA area sales manager or email@example.com to start the pre-approval process.
Also, DPA is now providing a Global Sales Support Team member (GSST) to assist with on-
USA - Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) has announced the appointment of entertainment lighting executive Brian Friborg as head of its Entertainment Lighting Group. The appointment of Brian, an experienced leader with a deep understanding of the unique requirements of the entertainment lighting business, is a clear signal of the company's commitment to this specialist sector, says the company.
Danish by birth and a United States resident, Friborg has over 25 years of business experience, including 14 years at Martin Professional in North America where, as president and CEO, he had an outstanding track record in developing sales performance. After the company's acquisition by Harman, he played a key management role in the integration and in establishing the Martin by Harman brand.
"I am excited to join Signify and to help fulfil its enormous potential in our wonderful industry," says Friborg. "The entertainment production business is a tight-knit, highly-skilled and creative community of amazing people. It thrives on great relationships and Signify's brands and our team have a great heritage within it."
He adds, "My focus is on building our role in that community by doing what we know works in our business: listening carefully to our customers, end users and designers, and understanding exactly what they need. We'll be making sure that we are customer-centric in everything we do, and that for our partners and our customers worldwide, working with us is a great experience - positive, easy and fun."
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USA - DiGiCo has announced the launch of its new DMI-AMM (Automatic Mic Mixing) card, which allows up to 48 channels of automatic mic mixing on any S-Series console.
Designed in direct response to requests from the corporate market, the DMI-AMM will benefit any production where complex vocal mic setups are in use.
Insertable on any input channel, be it local or rack I/O, the DMI-AMM is designed to assist engineers with multiple spoken voices. It is seamlessly incorporated into the console’s user interface, allowing a continuous workflow that does not hinder the operation of the console.
The DMI-AMM system works by automatically managing several live microphones in unpredictable dialogue situations. When one person speaks, that microphone’s gain level fades up instantly, while the other microphone gains are reduced. When the speaker pauses, all microphone levels will adjust to medium gain to collectively match the level of one microphone at full gain. The resulting effect will be as if all speakers are sharing one microphone.
“We studied what was already available on the market and noticed that other implementations varied in quality,” explains DiGiCo DSP and product specialist, Pete Johnston. “We tested the DMI-AMM at the lowest levels, as well as at very high levels, so the gaps between people speaking would come up with reliable results with no cumulative error when high channel counts were being used.
“We also made sure that all the control circuitry was running at sample rate so that the beginnings of words wouldn’t be
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will demonstrate its extensive portfolio of leading theatrical technologies - including new lighting, rigging, audio and video products from Chroma-Q, Spotlight, Follow-Me, Sixty82, BroadWeigh, Tourmate, Sennheiser, Shure and Green Hippo - at the ABTT Theatre Show 2018 this week. Highlights include:
Lighting: Chroma-Q's premium performance Color Force II LED cyclorama & effects light, and Inspire XT RGBW LED house light - both multi award-winners - and new Studio Force II high output variable white fixture; ProLights' Eclipse LED Fresnel in a choice of white colour temperatures, plus various effects lighting models; a preview of Spotlight's Hyperion 6-colour LED Profile and Fresnel, alongside many other theatrical LED fixtures; Follow-Me's remote follow spot control system for harnessing multiple moving lights from any brand in any orientation, to replace old-school follow spots; LSC's Mantra Lite console; Luminex's range of high performance lighting networking solutions; and LumenRadio's wireless DMX and RDM lighting control products.
Rigging: The new original, Sixty82 brings a fresh innovative approach to trussing and staging systems through years of experience from the industry innovators who are behind the new brand; BroadWeigh's new BW-BSd wireless USB dongle for laptops and tablets, enabling users to connect to BroadWeigh shackles at a line of sight range of up to 500m; Columbus McKinnon Entertainment's Prostar electric chain hoists designed for smaller venues; and Tourmate's new Multilock Hoist, a n
UK - Specialist LED lighting manufacturer GDS has announced the creation of a new service department. By offering bespoke service contracts to end-users of its installed products, GDS aims to ensure that systems run smoothly and reliably and that potential problems are pre-empted by its onsite engineering team.
Service contracts will extend existing product warranties and are offered at affordable rates which guarantee onsite fixes, emergency cover and replacement parts.
The support offered by the GDS service department also includes help and advice regarding all other existing systems and consultation in respect of upgrades or new LED installations.
Poland - Painting with Light was commissioned by interactive and media-based attractions specialist Alterface to light the new Bazyliszek dark ride which has just opened and is creating a buzz at the rebranded Legendia theme park in Katowice.
Alterface, Jora Vision and ETF partnered to create this one-off experience in Poland’s oldest family amusement park.
Painting with Light had previously worked with Alterface, also based in Belgium, on the Comics Station project in Antwerp. Luc Peumans led the project for the Genk-based creative lighting and visual design practice.
He worked closely with Alterface project manager François Danhaive and their overall ride producer Benjamin Walravens, plus Jora Vision’s art director, Simeon van Tellingen and project manager Robin van der Want.
Luc capitalized on his extensive theatrical lighting experience to create the emotion and drama needed to help ensure Bazyliszek is a thrilling and unforgettable experience.
There are numerous variations of Bazyliszek in Poland - a complex, legendary and highly venomous reptile, possibly a serpent king and rooster combined - which can turn people into stone with a single glance!
Legendia’s Bazyliszek ride is situated in the Magical Forest zone of the park, which takes guests back to the times of ancient myths!
Numerous challenges abounded in creating the right atmosphere for each fast-moving scene of the 3-minute mixed-media ride, where multi-mover vehicles glide visitors through five different zones with seven distinctive scenes – one even
Thailand - Transmission Festival Asia returned to Bangkok in 17 March, bringing with it a frenzy of EDM - mixed by world-renowned DJs and delivered with the help of a Funktion-One sound system.
For over a decade, United Music Group’s Transmission Festival series has delivered EDM spectaculars to an increasingly appreciative – and ever-expanding – global audience. Each year, the team serves up a fresh edition of the event, which brings together an impressive roster of acclaimed DJs to perform in a continuous chain of sets, thematically linked under a single overarching narrative.
For this year’s Transmission Festival Asia 2018, Spirit of the Warrior was adopted as the theme, a concept introduced and expanded throughout the night by specially created video content displayed on giant video screens. A loaded package of lights, lasers, live performers and pyro provided 360 degrees of pounding visual intensity, while a Funktion-One system comprising Vero vertical arrays and Evo series loudspeakers ensured comprehensive coverage and euphoric audio clarity for the assembled clubber crowd.
UK-based Funktion-One supplier Audio Plus was responsible for providing the entire audio system – a continuation of the relationship first forged in 2009, when organiser and promoter Anco van der Kolk first approached them to provide a world-class PA for the original Transmission events in the Czech capital of Prague. Following the incredible success of those early European shows, Transmission spread wings, going global by perfectly replicating each theme
Sweden - Lumini is a lighting rental company in Billesholm just outside Helsingborg, that is owned and run by Peter Johansson and has recently invested in 28 x Robe LEDBeam 150 fixtures and also DL4S profiles.
The LEDBeam 150s are the newest purchase, and will be used primarily for illuminating tables during conference and dinner events, especially when the venue has low headroom.
The eight DL4S’s were an earlier investment for multiple reasons, with the near-silent operation being a big consideration, especially useful for some of the high end corporate work in which Peter is regularly engaged.
Peter loves the LEDBeam 150s. “The zoom range and the excellent colour mixing are ideal for the style and format of many of the events that I light,” he stated, adding that the incredibly light weight of just 6Kg is perfect for rigging in all sorts of places when there’s no space for trusses.
“They are GREAT value for money,” he enthuses and already has them booked out on several events over the summer.
On the DL4S he explains, “Sometimes the lights have to be right above or very close to the audience or the speakers and presenters onstage, scenarios where fan noise can be very distracting.”
As soon as the DL4S units were delivered, they went straight out on an event in Malmo, and then on to a show in Portugal. Most of the time since then they have been out earning their keep.
He didn’t have any doubts about making either investment. “I know from my own experience that Robe products are reliable and rock solid.”
Australia - The Roundhouse at The University of New South Wales Kensington campus has been hosting major rock gigs, corporate functions, and student parties for five decades. Recently re-opening after a major refurbishment, the heritage venue now sports an updated and refreshed lighting rig driven by High End System’s flagship Hog 4.
Sydney integrator The P.A. People were responsible for helming the fitout, ensuring that lighting, audio and AV were integrated for seamless control. “The Roundhouse wanted industry standard equipment and consistency,” said Chris Dodds, managing director of The P.A. People. “That’s why they now have a d&b audiotechnik PA, DiGiCo audio consoles, Shure microphones and a Hog 4 lighting desk. The Hog 4 has integrated nicely with the UNSW’s existing inventory of Hog family consoles, meaning their regular operators don’t need to learn another platform.”
“The Hog 4 is an extremely versatile desk, and all of our regular operators and visiting crew enjoy busking on it,” said Mark Nicholls, production manager for Arc, the company that runs The Roundhouse for UNSW. “Most of our freelancers are regular Hog users. They come in with their Hog show files, get their looks set-up, and get the show going quickly.”
Mostly working on corporate gigs during the touring off-season, The Roundhouse is set to attract major festival sideshows and touring acts as 2018’s season kicks off later in the year. “We have the Hog 4 set-up with a few general cues so an audio guy like me can get a corporate gig or dinner goin