Australia - The Burdekin Theatre is the home for arts and entertainment in Burdekin, playing host to a diverse range of live performances including musicals, plays and rock concerts. The venue also hosts conferences and seminars, plus local events such as dance recitals, school award nights, and more.
The theatre features a 473-seat auditorium with proscenium arch and orchestra pit, supported by a professional technical staff. When it came time to upgrade its sound system, Clair Brothers topped the list after a competitive review of major loudspeaker brands.
David Luscombe, theatre technician, at Burdekin Theatre, explains: “As time went on, I knew our old system was reaching the end of its life expectancy. It just wasn’t keeping up with our ever-rising standards. I saw it as an opportunity to upgrade, so I took a listen to several top brands before I got the opportunity to experience an in-person demo with Wayne Grosser, the Clair Brothers’ audio and design consultant here in Australia. After hearing the system Wayne proposed, I was sold.”
The proposed configuration was an LCR system which would give the venue and its engineers total flexibility and headroom, while using Dante to drive the system from their Allen & Heath iLive console. Grosser says: “My design approach was to use the same speaker elements in all three main hangs horizontally arrayed, which fitted within the theatre’s proscenium.
“The new system’s top kiT12s on each hang are 60 x 40 degrees and the bottom kiT12s were 90 x 40 degrees. Each kiT12 is in bi-am
Europe - Sound designer Gareth Owen has selected Luminex GigaCore 12 switches to provide networked audio for his immersive sound designs on all-new productions of international hit musicals, Starlight Express, Bat Out of Hell and Come From Away.
Utilising d&b audiotechnik's Soundscape object-based sound design mixing platform, the technically demanding shows - which range from 180º up to full 360º implementation - feature a large number of data channels running over Dante. With no analogue backup for the audio systems, the network distribution has to be 100% reliable.
Working together with d&b and equipment suppliers to the shows, Stage Sound Services and Orbital Sound, the Luminex GigaCore network switches were rigorously tested in a Soundscape-based setup and left everyone impressed.
Owen comments: "We wanted to get a Dante-approved switch which was rock solid, well-built and trustworthy. The Luminex switches are built to last in this industry, with a proper case that's not going to bend when they have to go up 16 stories and up onto fly floors, or when slammed off a truck.
"This also makes the GigaCores a good investment for rental companies. They're more expensive than an off the shelf domestic or commercial switch, but in the long term you're not going to be buying more of them, so you will continue to earn money from them in the future.
"The GigaCores are so quick and easy to set up. You don't need a degree in IT to configure them. You plug in, turn on, plug things into them and they just work. Being
World - Australian pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) made their name as somewhat of a YouTube sensation, but rose to international stardom after touring with One Direction in 2012.
5SOS have since released three studio albums and headlined three world tours. Their current Meet You There tour supports their 2017 hit record, Youngblood, and at stage left position, Pavan Grewall is working from his trusted DiGiCo SD10 console.
Grewall is adept at both FOH and monitor roles. He has flown faders at FOH for a number of well-known artists including Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, and Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, with whom he spent five years touring the world.
His current role as monitor engineer with 5SOS is one he is enjoying: he has been working with both the band and the DiGiCo SD10, supplied by Adlib, for 18 months. He says it is the overall functionality, ease of use, and sound quality of the console which has made it his go-to desk.
“I’m running an SD-Rack and a SD-MiNi-Rack to accommodate the additional inputs for this show,” he explains. “And I really love the mic pres on the SD10: they’re so transparent, and that’s what I really enjoy - and actually, that's what I need- for working monitors, because ultimately, I am trying to give the band the truth of it.”
The 5SOS Meet You There tour ran from August to November last year, kicking off in Osaka, Japan, and finishing up in Madrid, 52 shows later.
South Africa - DWR Distribution is holding a Waves training course in Johannesburg on 18 February and in Cape Town on 21 February.
Presented by Eran Ben Zur, a live product specialist at Waves Audio and an experienced FOH engineer, the sessions will feature discussions on Waves Live, Sound Grid Network, V9 vs V10, Multi Rack, Plugins, eMotion LV1, Tips and Tricks and Q&A.
The course will be hosted at the DWR premises in Johannesburg and Cape Town. For more information, visit the DWR website.
USA - The stars came out in force for I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell, a fundraising concert held at the Forum in Los Angeles on 16 January.
The five-hour show was anchored by extended sets from members of three of the bands that Cornell fronted - Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave - and featured performances by Metallica, Foo Fighters, The Melvins, and others. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the show also featured an extensive list of guests, including Jack Black, Brad Pitt, Brandi Carlile, Fiona Apple, Josh Homme, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine, Chris Stapleton, and Ziggy Marley, who all paid tribute to the musician who suffered from depression, which led him to take his life in May of 2017.
Rat was asked to participate in the benefit and has a long history of working with Soundgarden, dating back to the band’s tour with Danzig in 1990. "The event presented some complex challenges, which we enjoyed overcoming,” reports Tom Worley, account manager for Rat Sound Systems who provided an L-Acoustics K1/K2 line array system with KS28 subs, together with five DiGiCo and two Avid mixing consoles plus an Avid multi-track recording rig.
Rat Sound spent three days at the venue and fielded 15 crewmembers to handle setup, onsite rehearsals, and the show. “It was a special event for a good cause,” says Worley, “and we were thrilled to be a part of it.”
The L-Acoustics PA comprised, per side, 12 K1 arrays over six K2 for the main hangs and eight K1 over four K2 for the side hangs. Thirteen additional K2 per side provided cove
The Netherlands - Avnu Alliance has announced new members and ecosystem tools, while manufacturer members plan to demonstrate and showcase new Milan-ready products at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019.
Milan is a standards-based, user-driven deterministic network protocol for professional media, that assures devices will work together at new levels of convenience, reliability and functionality. Created and maintained by members of the Avnu Alliance, Milan is billed as the first tangible solution for promising deterministic, reliable, and future-proof delivery of networked media. Milan combines the technical benefits of the AVB standard with pro AV market-defined device requirements at both the network and the application layer for media streams, formats, clocking and redundancy.
“Members of Milan have been diligently working behind the scenes for the last six months and we’re excited to use ISE as a forum to showcase the momentum and progress that Milan has made and set the stage for Milan in 2019. We now have the full suite of Milan specification documents available, representing almost two years of work from technical workgroup members and dedicated manufacturers who are providing the tools and resources for the correct implementation of this protocol,” says Avnu Alliance Pro AV workgroup chair Tim Boot, Meyer Sound.
“With the new members that have joined us in 2018 and now, the Milan initiative has proliferated the professional audio market. With more members, more expertise and more market leaders contributing to the effort, we’re g
World - Pink continues her Beautiful Trauma World Tour with Claypaky Scenius Unico and Mythos 2 fixtures shining a light on the American singer’s performances.
The tour is Pink’s seventh concert tour and supports her eponymous seventh studio album. The tour began in Phoenix in March 2018 and is scheduled to conclude in Rio in October 2019. Pink’s critically acclaimed show includes the now expected mix of singing, interpretive dancing and high-flying aerials.
“As with all Pink shows the lighting design needs to be versatile,” says Baz Halpin of Burbank’s silentHOUSE who is the lighting designer/production designer and director of the show. “Pink is equal parts rock show, theatre show and aerial cirque show. With so many facets to the treatment of each of the songs the lighting design and the fixtures chosen need to have enough flexibility to meet the needs of each discipline without sacrificing the qualities required.
“The fixtures needs to have enough punch and response for the highly-cued rock sections. For the theatrical/dance sections the need for quality of subtle colours and even fields are more important, while for the aerial numbers the need for the fixtures to create a sufficient light level without ever blinding or dazzling is paramount.”
Halpin obtained 93 Scenius Unicos and 118 Mythos 2 for the tour from Solotech. “Since late 2017 we have been enamoured with the Scenious range,” he explains. “The Unico, as a well-rounded multi-purpose fixture, I believe it is unmatched. As a key light, a long-distanc
SE Asia - Nexo has announced the appointment of Joe White to its international sales team. He will be taking up the role of business development manager with responsibility for Nexo’s activities in South-East Asia, India and Oceania.
White is a familiar face to Nexo customers, having spent four years with the company as Global Marketing Manager. Since 2011, he has been running his own business in Indonesia, but, in his words, “I really miss the audio industry and all the co-workers and colleagues in Nexo’s international orbit.”
Reporting to sales director Denis Baudier, White will shoulder the responsibility for managing Nexo’s distribution network in the Far East.
“Over the last seven years, I have had a ringside seat to watch the cultural and economic evolution in this territory,” says White. “New government policies and investments into infrastructure are highly encouraging for a sound reinforcement equipment manufacturer of international renown. As the countries in south-east Asia become more tolerant of, and receptive to, multi-culture, we can see huge growth potential in the entertainment and worship sectors.”
Italy - There was a large crowd for the traditional concert held in front of Milan cathedral to welcome the New Year, animated by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Gabbani and his band, the energy of the Bluebeaters, with their infectious ska and rocksteady rhythms, RDS radio personality Paolo Piva, comedian Dario Vergassola and a DJ set.
The big challenge to be faced this year was ensuring acoustic coverage for 20,000 spectators without the use of delay systems, as explains Sacha Bozzo, head of Show Technologies from Recco (Genoa), the event’s rental company: “It was of fundamental importance for us to ensure everybody a great show, and at the same time meet all the security regulations an event of this type involves, so we decided to approach the project without taking delay systems into consideration, as they would have probably ended up blocking sightlines and escape routes.
“Our system engineer, Giancarlo “Jerry” Paladini, and Giulio Gandini (Outline Tech Support) did a great job on this and, thanks to Outline’s OpenArray3D modelling software, we were able to preview several simulations and transform the best on paper into reality.”
Paladini explains in detail: “For the main Outline rig, as well as 12 GTO C-12 and two GTO-DF per side, for spectators at each side of the (14m-wide) stage, there were 12 Butterfly plus three Mantas. 24 DBS 18-2 subs were installed two-up on the ground, with six Mantas as front-fill speakers.
“This set-up was powered by 12 Powersoft X8 amplifiers and an Outline Newton 16+
USA - Orlando-headquartered Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) has expanded operations to Nashville. The announcement was made by general manager Jim Van Winkle.
“We have experienced tremendous growth and success out of our Orlando office with customers located across the country,” explains Van Winkle. “Considering the number of current customers and partners we have in the Nashville area we thought it was time to have a dedicated team in the area for product support and services.”
The Nashville office will be headed up by RF technicians Ryan Stotts and Cody Heimann. Stotts began working in professional audio in 2001 at Sound Great Enterprises, Inc. in Ohio providing audio, communication and wireless equipment for the Magic of David Copperfield. In 2006 he was out with the U.S. tour of Stomp as FOH engineer. From there he worked with Spectrum Sound and Jason Aldean for five years as a monitor tech and frequency coordinator. Since 2016 he has been a NFL gameday coordinator while working independently as a frequency coordinator and RF technician for an assortment of clients in the area.
Heimann began his career on the tour of Barney the dinosaur which ultimately led him to Nashville. For the last eight years he has been working as a frequency coordinator for corporate and association shows with companies like Projection Presentation Technologies, VER, e-Tech and many others.
“Both Ryan and Cody bring so much to the table as far as expertise and experience is concerned,” concludes Van Winkle. “Having them coordinate our eff
Japan - When Clean Bandit elected to launch their What Is Love album in a temple in Kyoto with a live TV broadcast, they brought in Really Creative Media to supply their live visual content.
The band has developed an affinity with fans in the region, and following successful shows in Tokyo and Osaka earlier in the year they were keen to return to the East to launch their new album in Kyoto.
The temple’s ambience was accentuated with architectural lighting providing a stunning backdrop for the six-song performance. In addition, a raised two-level LED stage provided a visual centrepiece for the band’s live broadcast.
Really Creative Media’s creative director Jack James had previously worked with Clean Bandit’s show designer Rob Sinclair (fresh from Kylie’s Golden tour) and lighting designer Liam Griffiths on the band’s tour content, reuniting with the team for this global launch.
Bespoke animated analogue style content was created for the raised stage, the abstract shapes and colours from which were then precisely synchronised with the lighting to great effect. The LED panels were sourced from a local Japanese technical production supplier and integrated with RCM’s media servers on location.
James explains: “Playback was based around one of our Resolume media server fly packs, which are ideal for the flexibility that this sort of performance demands. The compact nature of the fly pack means that they are easy to travel with, too.
“We produced the new content in our studios in London, also incorporating some
The Netherlands - Writing about electronic music star San Holo’s stop at New York’s Terminal 5 on his current tour in support of his latest album, a critic wrote, “San Holo acts like he is a part of the crowd, which makes us a part of him”.
This sense of connectivity has been repeated time and again around the world, as the Dutch artist, whose real name is Sander van Dijck, pours out his feelings in a deeply personal performance that seamlessly blends musical elements from the heaviest basses and trance beats to soft vocals and live guitar melodies.
Reflecting this sound in light and video is a 13-universe Manuel Rodrigues-designed show, powered by a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 desk and video server.
Rodrigues, who worked with the tour’s creative director Thorwald van den Akker, comments. “In my designs I always try to go to the essence of the looks I want to create,” he explains. “I’m very rigorous in applying the ‘less is more’ principle. I try to find the simplest lines and then line up every lighting and video element perfectly with each other. The CAD drawing I made might look boring to the untrained eye; everything is just in rows of the same fixtures, and all elements are lined up with each other. But when the light and video work in concert, their aesthetics become more apparent because of the clean design of the stage.”
The ChamSys MQ80 has been instrumental in helping Rodrigues achieve his vision on the global tour. “My console’s portability, number of universes supported, and the ability to capture palettes o
UK - Polar has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for Colorado-based Ultimate Support. The US manufacturer offers a comprehensive product range that encompasses support stands, hardware and accessories for every conceivable type of music industry application, as well as studio furniture and acoustic treatments.
Polar managing director, John Midgley, comments: “Ultimate Support is a high-quality brand manufacturing truly exceptional products, and we are delighted to be strengthening our range with this partnership. The intellectual property contained within the Ultimate Support portfolio speaks volumes for the ingenuity and design expertise behind every stand and workstation. The value and breadth of available solutions for applications throughout the MI, studio, rental and installation markets is clear to see and we’re looking forward to introducing Polar customers to these innovative, stylish and very practical products.”
Mike Belitz, CEO at Ultimate Support, adds: “We’re confident that we’ve made an excellent choice by appointing Polar as our UK distributor, as they are ideally placed to meet all our key requirements. They have an extensive reach across our core markets, offer great sales and technical expertise and have the capacity to support our extensive line with locally held inventory, ensuring that customers enjoy rapid delivery.”
The Netherlands - Bose Professional is introducing ArenaMatch DeltaQ array loudspeakers and ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers for outdoor installations.
The ArenaMatch arrays incorporate DeltaQ technology, “to bring improved sound quality, consistency, vocal clarity and flexibility to outdoor installations - sports stadiums, arenas, outdoor entertainment centres, and more”. Featuring an IP55 weather rating, ArenaMatch DeltaQ modules promise durable and reliable outdoor performance whilst bringing consistent, intelligible sound.
DeltaQ array technology allows directivity, or “Q,” to vary in each module to more precisely match coverage to audience area. With nine coverage patterns available, designers can choose from modules with 10-, 20- or 40-degree vertical coverage and easily swap between 60-, 80- or 100-degree horizontal waveguides - even in already-assembled arrays - to adjust horizontal coverage and create asymmetrical patterns where needed.
By reducing the number of modules required, ArenaMatch loudspeakers can help improve sight lines, reduce array weight, and lower overall system costs compared to some conventional arrays. Most importantly, the coverage flexibility of ArenaMatch loudspeakers means more sound going where it is needed.
ArenaMatch offers a turnkey solution for entire outdoor sound systems. Designers can employ 40-degree ArenaMatch array modules for point-source applications and 10-, 20- and 40-degree modules for line arrays - all with the same transducers for consistent tonal balance. Combining ArenaMatch loudsp
Australia - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera LED has announced the ULA Group as its exclusive Australian and New Zealand distributor.
Established in 1992, the ULA Group is one of Australia and New Zealand’s best known professional lighting and visual solution providers, supplying a wide range of architecture, entertainment and digital LED solutions.
Sebastian Bückle, Astera’s sales and marketing director, comments: “I see huge potential in the Australian and New Zealand markets, which are highly developed, innovative in approach and growing fast, so we sought a partner that is progressive in thinking and approach with a great reputation for quality and well connected with a diverse and interesting client base. ULA Group ticked all the boxes! They have a huge energy and are highly motivated to push Astera products to the top across multiple markets.”
ULA Group MD, Cuono ‘Con’ Biviano, comments: “Astera is more than just a well-designed and engineered LED product - a minutiae of details have been thought through, making this a truly groundbreaking range. The ingenuity of the Astera product range is perfectly suited to ULA's portfolio and vast client base, from rental houses to film studios, through to the design and specification market.”
Con concludes: “The structure and professionalism that Astera has brought to the table, along with the passion and dedication to producing great products makes us really excited to be working with Sebastian and the team. We can’t wait to get the products and the brand out there.
The Netherlands - At ISE, Elation will be showing the Rayzor 760, a compact yet powerful LED wash effects luminaire with SparkLED pixel effect technology.
The Rayzor 760 is available in a compact and lightweight weather and dust protected IP65 version, the Proteus Rayzor 760, for use in any environment.
Elation will also introduce the Proteus Smarty Hybrid, a compact CMY hybrid fixture with true IP65 rating. Encompassing the same full feature set and using the same efficient Philips MSD Platinum FLEX 200 lamp with 6000-hour lamp life as Elation’s Smarty Hybrid, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid’s IP65 protection means this versatile effect can be used indoors or out, says the company.
The Artiste Van Gogh framing wash LED luminaire provides up to 16,000 total lumens from an efficient 380W high CRI LED engine and is capable of concentrated beams to wide washes for use in a variety of applications that require high output and precise beam control.
Obsidian Control Systems will be showcasing the powerful NX 2 and the portable NX Wing, professional control products under the ONYX lighting control platform.
The Netherlands - BroaMan is launching a standard version of its popular Route66 configurable router series.
The Route66 family had four members, designed for high performance customised video/audio designs. The new fifth version is suitable for simple and cost-effective standard cable management usage, specifically for the AV market and AV-friendly data centres and server rooms.
The new 2RU design makes Route66 applicable to standard smart fiber patchbay applications. This smart patchbay allows routing of fibre/copper cables by software instead of a manual patch, enabling automated IP workflows and remote cable management. It also allows fibre/copper conversion without external devices.
The Route66 platform provides single channel, non-blocking 40 x 40 router ports, and the new standard version of Route66 will offer 40 SFP+ slots for 40 hot-swappable bi-directional SFPs with each slot up to 4Gbit performance. A wide range of fibre transceivers is also available, while the use of all SFP+ slots guarantees superior EMI performance.
BroaMan MD Tine Helmle comments: “We have already installed many Route66 devices in server rooms and data centres, where our users love the remote routing flexibility. They simply do not have to walk long miles to server rooms anymore when a cable patch change is needed. Now, with this streamlined unit we have been able to simplify these installations further. Every AV server room deserves a Route66.”
The Netherlands - Robe Lighting will present a selection of its latest moving light and LED technologies, both from Robe and sister architectural brand Anolis, on a newly-designed stand at ISE expo in Amsterdam.
Featured Robe products will include the new T1 Profile, the RoboSpot remote followspotting system running together with Robe’s BMFL FollowSpot, the Tarrantula LED wash, the popular multipurpose MegaPointe, the new IP65 rated iParFect, the LEDBeam 150 and the CycBar 15.
Examples of all these fixtures will be integrated into the booth design itself, and these products have been chosen for their appropriateness for installations and a wide range of integrated lighting solutions.
Anolis is using the strategic importance of ISE as a technology showcase for the worlds of architainment and architectural lighting to launch its new Divine 72 narrow beam LED wash fixture. It will also highlight its well-known Ambiane RGBW and ArcSource Inground 24 MC Integral units.
The Netherlands - AV equipment manufacturer Work Pro Audio is expanding the SoundNut range of pendant speakers for installed sound applications.
The SoundNut originally debuted at ISE 2018 as a prototype design for a new kind of pendant speaker with a variety of housings in different textures and colours, the principle being to make installed sound speakers as visually discreet as a light fitting. Following a positive response, the first in the SoundNut range made its first official appearance at InfoComm 2018: the 400W SN-8, featuring an eight-inch coaxial driver.
Four more SoundNut models are being launched in Amsterdam to complete the range: the SN-3, SN-6, SN-10, which feature three-, six- and 10-inch drivers respectively, and the SN-8SUB, an eight-inch subwoofer for low-frequency enhancement. All use the same basic design concept as the original SN-8.
"The SN-8 was always going to be the trailblazer for the SoundNut range," explains Work Pro managing director Juan Jose Vila. "But the intention from the first was to expand the range to give our installation customers a variety of options if it was popular. The great success of the first SoundNut has ensured that the arrival of more models was only a matter of time."
The Netherlands - At ISE, Apex will introduce the Class D SMA-1 amplifier module, which offers a customisable turnkey solution for all two-way active loudspeakers.
SMA-1 is a purpose-built, fully-featured amplifier module that is easily adapted to customer requirements without the need for a long and expensive custom development process. It combines a switch-mode power supply, two Class D power amplifiers (1 x 500W + 1 x 150W), powerful integrated DSP and all the necessary analogue circuitry optimised for the best sonic performance on a single, extremely compact and lightweight PCBA module.
The most basic customer implementation comprises a single Line input, a Link output, a volume knob and status LEDs for signalling power, signal and limit. customisation is achieved via the versatile input connector on the PCB which enables the addition of extra input sources such as microphone inputs, Bluetooth, and even networked audio as well as allowing you to determine the layout of connectors and controls, be it a graphic display or LED indicators.
Dante audio networking is available as an option as well as remote control via Apex’s fast and highly intuitive Intelli-Ware software.
According to Apex managing director, Paul Van Hees, SMA-1 is an extremely valuable addition to the company’s portfolio. “We’ve always been good at electronics and we have a long history of providing innovative yet reliable custom solutions. SMA-1 is exactly that - it’s just such a neat solution for manufacturers looking for self-powered amplifier modules. It offers
Spain - More often viewed as a summer holiday destination, the Canary Islands are also an exciting place to spend the Christmas holidays. The winter festivities began on 29 November 2018 with a spectacle, filled with light and colour, in the form of a show lit by lighting designer Jonay Díaz and produced by Las Palmas-based L.F. Sound S.L.
Las Palmas, capital city of Gran Canaria, shone resplendently with an opening party of song and dance in which Ayrton Ghibli LED spot luminaires stood out as the main fixture, delivering bright colours and textures to complement the many different musical acts.
Under the control of lighting designer Jonay Díaz, and with the production by L.F. Sound S.L, a significant number of Ghibli fixtures were used to project large gobo images onto the facade of the historic Casas Consistoriales building which was used as a backdrop for artists such as Latonius, the Banda Sinfónica Municipal of Las Palmas, and the school Enseñanzas Artísticas Alexia Rodríguez.
“Ghibli’s selection of gobos are capable of illuminating large surfaces with different textures and colours, creating highly dynamic spaces, such as the facade of the Town Hall, on the Plaza of Santa Ana, which was dyed with vivid shapes and colours throughout the show to serve as background to the various performances,” says Miguel Ángel Valera, brand manager for Ayrton at Stonex, Ayrton’s official distributor in Spain.
“The celebration that started Christmas in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was possible thanks to the work of the Municipal Symphoni
UK - A.C. Special Projects (AC-SP) has supplied a bespoke performance LED lighting and AV solution to dance-circus company Motionhouse for its creation and rehearsal space in Royal Leamington Spa.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Motionhouse creates and tours a wide range of inspiring and powerful productions to theatres and festivals in the UK and across the globe.
Earlier this year, Motionhouse moved into its inspirational new rehearsal space in the new home of British furniture manufacturer Vitsœ in Leamington Spa. The co-habitation was conceived by Vitsœ and Motionhouse to create a vibrant and like-minded working community, and Motionhouse’s move to Vitsœ received capital funding from Arts Council England.
AC-SP needed to adhere to a strict technical specification in order for the installation to blend in with the building.
The original idea was to have motorised truss grids within each of the rehearsal bays, however, initial costs were higher than expected. As a more cost-effective alternative, AC-SP project manager, Chris Little specified Sixty82 fixed ladder truss grids into each rehearsal bay, along with a 3m motorised truss using Columbus McKinnon D8+ Model F motors and Kinesys load monitoring and control.
One of the key requirements from the building owner was that all of the truss had to be installed above the bottom of the timber horizontal beams. This was technically challenging, as a requirement from Motionhouse was to get the rigs a close as possible to the centre beam between each rehearsal bay. The buil
USA - Audio Video Lighting Innovations (AVLI) has upgraded the pool deck sound systems for two Miami Beach luxury hotels, the Mondrian South Beach and Shelborne South Beach, with Martin Audio CDD systems.
Discussing the projects, AVLI’s James Reed reports: “With the Mondrian South Beach pool deck, which faces the bay, we had to solve the problem of noise reflecting off nearby neighbouring residences. The hotel’s original sound system was somewhat underpowered and they were getting a lot of noise complaints from neighbours because the DJ would take a speaker and try to blast it across the pool, which caused all kinds of problems.
“So they called us in to solve the offsite noise problem, which we did very effectively by installing 10 CDD10-WR’s per side on the column system encircling the pool that supports the awning. We positioned each speaker on a column above a decorative planter about six feet above the ground, facing each other in a half moon shape all the way around the pool.”
In terms of the Art Deco Shelborne South Beach, the AVLI pool deck renovation involved an upgrade to replace a six-year-old system that had deteriorated because of the salt air from the oceanside location.
As Reed points out: “We designed a system that would allow the hotel to have elevated audio without renting additional equipment. The system consists of 14 CDD8-WR’s mounted around a long rectangular pool with cabanas on the north side and lounge chairs and a wall on the south side with seven speakers per side that mirror each other across the po
South Africa - The South African Roadies Association (SARA) has invested in an Absen D3V indoor/outdoor LED screen consisting of 150 panels and a Green Hippo Karst+ Media Server from local distributor DWR Distribution.
SARA - a non-profit training organisation based in Newtown, Johannesburg – acts to provide students with skills across lighting, audio, staging, power, rigging, AV and production specialties through a hands-on training and tutoring programme.
Freddie Nyathela is the heart behind SARA and he has fought to get the programme off the ground. Students with limited resources are given the opportunity to join the entertainment industry and many reputable technicians have passed through his establishment.
The investment of a new Absen D3V screen and Green Hippo Karst+ was funded by the National Lotteries Commission (the NLC).
Nyathela explains: “The equipment is crucial for SARA’s training. The purpose of purchasing this equipment is not to compete with anybody’s business or with any hire companies. The main focus is for students to touch, to play and to have access to hands on training with the latest technical gear. We will also assist some of the SARA graduates who have set up their companies and need gear for an event. They don’t have large budgets and we will loan it to them at a minimal rental fee.”
In addition to providing the kit, DWR Distribution has also committed to present a range of training courses from lighting to audio, fixture service workshops and a list of other topics, to SARA students.