Cambodia - In Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, the Hard Rock Cafe has opened a two-floor venue in the city’s newly opened Exchange Square building. The Cafe has a capacity of 370 people, including a 75-seat outdoor terrace, a VIP room and a Hard Rock gift shop.
Sonos Libra, Audac distributor in Cambodia, delivered an Audac installation to the cafe for areas such as the Hard Rock shop, the VIP room and the outdoor terrace. In the Hard Rock shop it was very important that the speakers were invisible but still delivered exceptional sound. Sonos Libra decided to install the CELO8 high-end ceiling speakers because of its slim grill design without a border these ceiling speakers blend perfectly into the interior design.
In the VIP room, where intimacy but still exceptional sound quality was important, they have chosen to install a combination of a BASO15 bass reflex cabinet 15” and 2 VEXO8 compact high-power speakers 8”. This combination will provide a powerful and ultimate experience for all the VIP guests.
At the Rock Terrace, there was the challenge of the tropical weather conditions. Six WX802/O outdoor wall speakers are able to stand up to the harsh conditions of the tropical weather conditions whilst ensuring that outdoor customers are not left in silence. The entire installation is powered by 2 EPA254 quad-channel amplifiers and a SMQ500 WaveDynamics quad-channel amplifier.
UAE - IBS Stage Sets, an independent provider of bespoke stage sets to the live event services industry, has appointed Glen Dougherty as its new director of business development.
Dougherty will be based at the company’s headquarters in Dubai Investment Park, UAE, and the scope of his work will include providing strategic leadership and business commitment to guide and streamline IBS’s continued growth in the United Arab Emirates and MEA Region with an impetus to kick-start a newly formed “dry hire” division.
He joins IBS Stage Sets with a background in the event industry. In his most recent role as COO of AAG Events, he contributed to substantial growth within the region.
“We are thrilled to have Glen aboard IBS Stage Sets,” says CEO, Scott Davis. “He is a team player, tremendous people’s person and a skilled communicator, with a great passion for the events scene.
“Glen shares our collective vision for delivering superlative customer service at all levels, and his enthusiasm for our dry hire division also reflects our general growth in the UAE and Middle East. He has the knowledge and energy to drive the company forward to meet the demands of our expanding customer base throughout the region.”
UK - London’s Saatchi Gallery is hosting Beyond The Road, an immersive exhibition and independent project developed by Punchdrunk creatives Colin Nightingale (creative producer) and Stephen Dobbie (sound designer and creative director).
Presented by Beyond Projects in collaboration with the gallery, Beyond The Road merges the worlds of visual arts, music and film, and offers visitors a chance to leave behind their modern day lives and lose themselves in a multi-sensory world led by sound.
Collaborating with contemporary artists, filmmakers and photographers, the exhibition deconstructs a soundtrack by music pioneer James Lavelle (UNKLE), to create a completely new and multi-disciplinary sound experience.
Nightingale and Dobbie now seek to reinvent how people experience and interact with music, so it becomes an environment which visitors are free to explore.
Included in the exhibition will be the work of visual designer and multimedia artist Tupac Martir of Satore Studio and Satore Tech. All visual artists invited to participate have been involved in the creative world of Lavelle through soundtracks, music videos and album artwork for The Road: Part I and The Road: Part II/ Lost Highway.
“James’ versatility of knowledge and curatorial ability in the art world is incredible,” comments Martir. “After years of working together on tours, we now have conversations about aesthetics and new technologies. We started talking about the concept about two years ago. Once it became obvious that my idea needed
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied a Sixty82 custom truss solution for the Tower Theatre Company, one of the busiest amateur theatre groups in Inner London.
A major presence in the Capital’s non-professional theatre scene for 87 years, with acting alumni including Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon among others, through 2019 the Tower Theatre will present up to 20 full-scale productions to a broad public audience at its permanent new home in Stoke Newington.
Featuring a domed roof and interesting hexagonal shape, the theatre company’s new building offers it a level of flexibility that previous performance spaces have lacked. As part of ongoing renovations to make the former leisure centre suitable for the performers, staff and audiences’ requirements, a new studio space has been created in addition to the main auditorium to be used for rehearsals, readings & smaller performances.
Having provided support with various elements of the main theatre fit-out, the Theatre team approached production specialists, Light Fantastic Production Services to provide a flexible rigging solution for the studio space. Limited ceiling height, unusual angles and a lack of any rigging capacity in the ceiling meant that a custom-designed truss structure was needed to meet the only available anchor points on structural piers around the perimeter of the space.
Light Fantastic contacted Matthew Millward, sales manager for AC-ET’s rigging sales division, to supply a solution to meet the brief. AC-ET then worked closely with Sixty82 to c
UK - Martin Audio has announced WPS, the fourth model in the award winning and best-selling Wavefront Precision optimised line array series.
Wavefront Precision evolved the technology and innovation of the MLA series by offering external amplification and scalable resolution. The systems deliver improved coverage, consistency and control compared with standard line arrays, and are “flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible”.
Dom Harter, managing director, explains: “Simply put, the more enclosures with dedicated amplifier channels, the higher the resolution and scale of coverage and control is achievable.
“This means even at the lowest level of resolution the results are still fundamentally better than traditional line array, at no extra cost, and at the top end of resolution users can enjoy many of the benefits that MLA systems provide. Presently other manufacturers are forcing their customers to buy very expensive and fixed amounts of amps to optimise arrays, but with Wavefront Precision the decision on the level of coverage control, and therefore the number of high-powered efficient iKON amps required, is the customer's.”
Following the introductions of WPL (12” LF), WPC (10” LF) and WPM (6.5” LF), WPS (8” LF) is the fourth in the series and is a versatile, state-of-the-art line array with a peak SPL of 133dB and perfect for applications that require a high output array with reduced weight and footprint.
Designed with Martin Audio’s signature coverage, consistency and sound performance, the flexibility of W
USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers is exhibiting at InfoComm 2019 and showing two new major product lines. The company will display a wide range of its new and existing products.
Community will be introducing the L Series LVH-900 loudspeaker system, with beamforming technology that addresses the coverage and projection challenges of large venues and stadiums. There will also be demonstrations of the I Series Modular Vertical Array 600 and the launch of ALC Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers.
The L Series LVH-900 Beamforming Venue Horn, combined with Community’s proprietary room prediction software and Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers, precisely tailors the directivity of each loudspeaker, or array of loudspeakers, to meet the sound requirements in any application, says the company. Designed for exceptional performance in large venues, each LVH-900 consists of four 12” LF drivers, three Community M200 midrange compression drivers and four 1.5” HF compression drivers.
The ALC Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers are designed to provide all of the signal routing, zone switching, DSP processing, protective limiting, remote monitoring, and ampliﬁcation functions needed between a mixer and the loudspeakers in virtually any small to medium-sized Community loudspeaker installation. A simple drag and drop user interface enables projects to be quickly created and the included Community loudspeaker library incorporates all the required pre-sets, including loudspeaker-optimised DSP processing and multi-stage protective limiting.
Italy - Following last year’s success, in 2019 the RDS Stadium in Genoa again hosted www.elrow.com/en.
Behind the consoles, there were some of the most popular DJs of the moment: Dennis Ferrer, Marc Maya, Milkborg, Toni Varga, Anabel Sigel and Federico Guttadauro, so sound quality played a fundamental role in the successful outcome of the event, promoted by RST Events of Genoa. The audio rig able to meet the requirements of the world-level event was supplied by Show Technologies TM of Recco (Genoa) with an Outline system.
Sacha Bozzo, partner with Show Technologies TM, explains: “For the PA, we adopted a solution we’d already successfully used in the location in question, which comprised two hangs each with 12 Outline Butterfly systems, positioned approximately 10m above the floor and 15m apart, plus two groups of three Outline Mantas modules, stacked left and right and six Mantas modules on front-fill duty.”
PA man Giancarlo ‘Jerry’ Paladini continues: “This type of event, featuring techno music with DJ sets, has reached production costs of tens of thousands of euros, to the point of being comparable with rock concerts with medium/large artistes. Consequently, the performance expected by artistes and promoters from the rigs has increased considerable. Many DJs arrive with their own sound engineer, who has the job of checking the systems’ performance and, if necessary, making any changes to achieve the required results.”
To reduce the space occupied by the 20 Outline DBS 18-2 subwoofers deployed, they were positioned under th
China - Absen LED products have been used to create a large DOOH display that towered 15m high above the exterior of the Hua-Yang Plaza Hotel in Luoyang, where the month-long Peony Culture Festival took place. The festival, which occurs each year from mid-April to mid-May, sees the peonies in full bloom and various folk performances staged around the gardens.
The Hua-Yang Plaza Hotel is situated in the middle of Luoyang National Peony Garden, Luoyang National Flower Garden, Wangcheng Park and the Peony Square, which made it a suitable location for the billboard to provide warm welcome to all of the visitors that journeyed from across the globe.
The display itself - made up of Absen’s A1699 product - measures 730sq.m and offers a pixel density of 6760 x 420, making it the highest resolution OOH LED screen ever seen in the city.
Absen’s A1699 is an updated version of the A1688, which is one of the most successful outdoor LED products in the company’s portfolio. Nearly 200,000sq.m of the A1688 has been used in more than 120 countries and regions over the past 12 years.
“With such a gigantic LED display, the power consumption is, on average, around 63 KW/H,” says Landy Liao, Absen product manager. “Thanks to the Absen-encapsulated LEDs, this DIP product is very energy-efficient without compromising the high brightness levels - even in the direct sunlight. These factors, among many others, are what helps Absen to stand out among its competitors.”
USA - d&b audiotechnik will announce the launch of a new product class of loudspeaker at InfoComm 2019. Suitable for a variety of mid-size applications, the new product will be on display at booth #6761 and demonstrated in the d&b demo room, W232AB.
The recently announced B8/Bi8 subwoofers will also be found in the booth and in the d&b demo room as part of overall product demonstrations. The ultra-compact subs are approximately 6.7” high, low profile, the B8 maintains high performance to size ratio with a low frequency from 170 down to 43 Hz.
The d&b Soundscape advances the capabilities of sound design over conventional systems in live environments through the use of object-based mixing, room emulation software and the system configuration processing of the DS100 engine. With Soundscape, the listener enjoys a true audio experience and clarity, creating an unprecedented engagement from stage to an audience or congregation for the entire listening space.
In the booth #6761, attendees will get an overview of d&b products and workflow including the KSL line array, along with the new DS20 Milan-based system and DS100 Signal engine that operates as a level-delay matrix processor and is the core component of a Soundscape system when optional software modules are added.
KSL is designed for sound reinforcement needs of any genre, mobile or installed, from large scale arenas, stadiums and festivals to medium scale applications such as clubs, theatres, houses of worship and performing arts venues.
The R90 Touchscreen remote
UK - Going Through, a play about an asylum seeker fleeing conflict in her native land, has finished its run at the Bush Theatre in London where ADB Klemantis asymmetric cyclights and Claypaky Axcor Spot 300s played key roles in the innovative staging.
The play by Estelle Savasta was translated from the French and performed in English as well as British Sign Language. The words of the asylum seeker, Nour, are also expressed in projected text.
“The show was a really intricate combination of moving set panels, projection and lighting,” says lighting designer Joshua Pharo. “Both performers used British Sign Language throughout, so the lighting needed to work very rigorously to keep them suitably illuminated at all times. My challenge was to integrate seamlessly with Nina Dunn's projections so the audience couldn't tell what was projection and what was light. The set design originally had a backlit cyc, but this evolved into a crumpled backdrop of paper that felt like an epic mountainous landscape.”
Pharo selected ADB Klemantis cyclights to create “a beautifully even cascade of light across the width and height of the paper backdrop”.
Pharo opted to add a complement of Claypaky Axcor Spots 300 to the rig as well. “They provided a vital backbone to the show: the brightness and sharpness of image used to its full range and the incredible zoom range were vital in such a low grid height - just three meters. And the colour tone of the white chip was beautiful in itself. Much of the design utilized the natural colour of the white ch
Denmark - ELC Lighting, manufacturer of the dmXLAN Ethernet distribution system and the Green-GO digital intercom solution, saw both ranges deployed with great success on the recent national tour by Danish rock band Nephew.
Provided by tour supplier Comtech, the ELC dmXLAN system included three 10GBX and two 18GBX switches, along with two ELC NODE8 nodes and six NODE8SL slave units on a fibre network, providing the main backup switch at front-of-house and switching for both dimmer city and video city. These latest models in the ELC dmXLAN range were part of a recent investment for Comtech, from ELC Lighting and Green-GO’s Danish distributor, Light Partner.
With short load-in times, the need for a fail-safe network was paramount. Light Partner’s Johan Kvartborg, who provided technical support on the tour, says: “We didn’t have time for fails on the network. We used the ELC dmXLAN software a lot when merging into others systems, to be sure everything was working. We had a lot of universes for pixel-mapping, so it was very helpful to see the system was working without needing to light up the units in the change-over and reveal the setup before the concert.”
He adds, “With units in different positions it was also time-saving to be able to dedicate VLAN Ports on the switches and DMX outputs on the Nodes, managing the complete system from one central position. Also useful are simple things like the fact that all VLAN ports on the switches are automatically colour-coded when selected, so no need for custom labelling to ensure no-one connects de
UK - DPA’s d:facto 4018V Vocal Microphone plays a starring role in the staging of SIX the Musical - and not just because it conveys the crystal clear audio that sound designer Paul Gatehouse was looking for.
Equally important is the look of the microphone and the fact that it is handheld, which truly conveys the concert-like atmosphere that this popular West End theatre show aims to replicate.
“The d:facto 4018V is a vital part of SIX’s visual imagery because the Queens (the main characters) convey their message using a handheld device,” Gatehouse explains. “The show’s creators, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, wanted to present a unique experience, something that referenced Beyoncé at Roseland. Working with handheld microphones allows us to do that in a very powerful way.”
Written by Marlow and Moss while they were studying for their final year exams at Cambridge University, SIX the Musical is a modern re-telling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII. The story is presented as a pop concert in which the wives take turns singing in a bid to persuade the other wives - and the audience - that their time with King Henry was far worse than anyone else’s. It may sound like an odd concept for a musical but since opening at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017 it has been a major success and now has an indefinite run at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End.
With the exception of one DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone, which is used to amplify an acoustic guitar on stage, the only microphones used on this producti
USA - At Infocomm 2019, TiMax will showcase ‘an exhilarating sampler’ of TiMax immersive audio soundscapes along with panoramic and 3D spatialised music playback, in conjunction with a multi-channel immersive sound system of Renkus-Heinz compact, Dante-enabled active installation speakers.
Dave Haydon and Duncan Crundwell from TiMax will present the immersive sampler regularly throughout each day and be available for detailed product and application discussions in Demo Room W221BC.
There will also be updates on some of the latest TiMax innovations including the new HARDCore FPGA spatial processing engine for TiMax SoundHub, and the new TiMax TrackerD4 all-purpose performer stagetracking system.
The TiMax SoundHub HARDCore FPGA delivers extended delay-matrix scalability and new levels of seamlessly transparent dynamic delay morphing. The power of the new platform is also being harnessed later in the year for a next-generation, fully interactive spatial reverberation system.
The all-new TiMax TrackerD4 provides OSC interfacing to drive not only TiMax SoundHub but also other third-party platforms and also offers PosiStageNet interfacing to lighting and media control systems.
Beyond its theatre vocal-localisation core sector, TiMax has been rapidly growing into a AV, experiential, exhibit and retail installations, handling system management, playback, dynamic immersive spatialisation and showcontrol. Infocomm will showcase examples such as the Atlanta Shuttle Exhibit, Fremont Street Experience, Milan Expo UK pavilion, National Gallery So
USA - At InfoComm 2019, Elation Professional has a number of North American debuts to show that complement further its comprehensive product line. Making their North American debuts will be the Proteus Maximus and Smarty MAX, as well as new luminaires in the popular Fuze and Paladin series.
Proteus Maximus, a powerful wash/beam and profile LED luminaire kicks out 50,000 lumens and houses a top-of-the-line design package. With a custom designed 950W LED engine and large 180mm front lens, Maximus has the power to cut through at even great distances and an IP65 protection means it can be used exposed on outdoor shows.
Smarty MAX is an extreme-output Spot/Beam/Wash hybrid moving head featuring a new Platinum FLEX 400 lamp rated at 480W with up to 4,000 hours of smart lamp life. Combining CMY and variable CTO, this hybrid incorporates a full iris for dynamic beam effects. Compact and lightweight with a large 160mm front aperture lens, four prisms on two planes, dual frosts plus dual gobo wheels and dual track animation round out the design package.
All new Fuze series LED moving heads include the Fuze Spot, Fuze Profile (with framing) and Fuze Profile CW. Both the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile house 92 CRI RGBMA LED engines and deliver a powerful output of over 9,000 lumens. Compact, quiet and lightweight, both fixtures house a 7° to 46° zoom, dual gobo wheels, animation wheel, frost, prism and iris. The Fuze Profile CW houses a 91 CRI, Cold White 380W LED engine that delivers a flat field output exceeding 12,000 lumens.
Three new fixtures in the P
UK - Highlite UK hosted its first open day event Wednesday 29 May. At their headquarters in Wiltshire the Highlite team introduced the visitors to the newly built Infinity Chimp training facility and welcomed them to the demo-showroom.
The Infinity Chimp training facility with the 100.G2 and 300.G2 light controllers was received very well. Product specialist Jack Kelly presented the Chimp light controllers and further Chimp training is planned for 19 June. The Chimp units are fully featured light controllers, equipped with Wireless DMX, versatile and well suited for various applications.
There was a lot of interest shown in the moving heads from the Showtec Polar Series, a range of IP-65 rated fixtures, built around strong LED engines. The Infinity Furion moving heads also received a lot of attention.
Another point of interest for the Open day visitors was the Showtec Helix M1000. This fully wireless IP-65 rated compact washlight impressed because of its strong output and 15 hours battery-life which makes it very well suited for outdoor purposes where space is an issue.
The first edition of Highlite UK’s open day event brought the attendees an informative and diverse day of events and presentations. Highlite UK’s sales manager David Faulkes reports, “It was great to be able to meet everybody in our demo-showroom and training facility. Here we had the opportunity to present our various entertainment solutions directly and inform our customers accordingly. We are already looking forward to the next edition.”
Australia - TMB has announced that Firefly Lighting has been appointed as TMB’s regional distribution partner for Australia. Offering signature TMB brands, including Solaris, ProPlex, IMS, and more, Firefly will provide sales, support, service, and stocking inventory to the Australian professional market.
“Local commerce is beneficial for all. Australian customers will now enjoy all the benefits of having a distributor close at hand with the full confidence of TMB,” says TMB sales manager, Tim Obermann. “We are confident that the benefits of an intermediate distribution channel with local associations and personal relationships will become immediately apparent. We couldn’t ask for a better partner than Firefly.”
“Our association with TMB goes back many years,” explains Firefly manager James Whittall, “and we’re very pleased to be exclusive distributor for TMB in Australia. TMB’s wide range of professional touring and installation fixtures, cables, data distribution, and other tools perfectly complement our Firefly products. Access to such high-value and dependable gear, plus Firefly’s full stocking facility, will certainly benefit Australian customers.”
Firefly’s director, Heath Williamson, adds, “TMB is my home away from home, my headquarters when in the US and Europe. They are truly like family, and I’m extremely excited to be taking our longstanding relationship to the next level.”
Ireland - The first convention centre designed from the outset to be carbon-neutral, the multi award-winning Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) opened in 2010. It has since become a landmark on the Dublin skyline while its world-class facilities, technical infrastructure and central location make it attractive to a wide range of international clients.
Twenty-two separate, individually-configurable spaces are available for meetings and events of all kinds. At its heart is a 2,000-capacity auditorium (featuring a full theatrical production specification) in addition to a capacious exhibition space, extensive banqueting facilities, a further large theatre space in the Forum and six spacious areas in the magnificent glass-fronted foyer.
Autograph Sales & Installations were recently approached to provide an upgrade path to the venue’s existing Clear-Com communications equipment, which had been in place for some years. The brief was to provide a contemporary system that would achieve improved communication connectivity throughout the building and to simultaneously build in as much future proofing as possible, allowing room for easy expansion of the comms infrastructure if needed later.
Autograph’s Ben Tredwell led the project and following an on-site demo, proposed Clear-Com’s Freespeak II system which is a five-channel, full-duplex wireless intercom solution, available on both 1.9 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands and ideal for large-scale application such as The CCD.
The full complement of products delivered included 20 FSII-BP19 beltpacks, a singl
Europe - Universal Pixels provided video packages for Spice Girls in Dublin, Snow Patrol in Bangor, and The Chemical Brothers in London across an action-packed Spring Bank Holiday weekend. The video specialist supplied over 1,450m2 of LED screen, multiple 3G camera packages, disguise GX2 servers, and a total of 26 crew over the three shows.
When it comes to big shows like this, the devil is in the detail, explained Universal Pixel’s Phil Mercer: “We know from many years of experience in delivering large-scale shows and tours that pre-planning and the correct preparation before equipment and crew get onsite is fundamental. We pay close attention to each project and simplify things wherever we can, so that everything runs as smoothly as possible.”
Kicking off on Friday 24 May, the hotly anticipated Spice Girls comeback show at Dublin’s Croke Park welcomed an audience of 75,000 people. Universal Pixels worked with creative director Lee Lodge, set designer Jason Sherwood, content designer Kate Moross, and video director Jon Shrimpton to create the double-sided video ring in the centre of the stage, two large screens on the wings, and a header of video across the entire width of the stage, including the wings. All of this was achieved with over 700m2 of 5mm LED panels. The video specialist also supplied a 14 camera 3G PPU, Disguise GX2 servers, and 16 video crew.
The same evening, The Chemical Brothers’ headline performance at All Points East Festival in London was enhanced with over 130m2 of ROE 18mm Vanish and two crew. Under the direction of
South Africa - In response to popular demand, lighting designer Michael Taylor Broderick will once again present a two-day theatre lighting workshop on 19 and 20 June at DWR Distribution, Johannesburg.
Michael instils a sense of passion to those working in a theatre environment and topics include stage lighting, controllable properties of light, lighting positions and angles, light and colour, elements of design and lighting instruments.
The workshop will be held at DWR, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Office Park, 9 Zeiss Street, Laserpark, Honeydew. The cost is R1 700 for both days and includes lunch and refreshments. Kindly let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
Bookings can be made online.
Israel - MA Lighting was once again the control solution of choice for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest staged at the Tel Aviv Expo Centre which featured lighting design created by Ronen Najar and Dakar Azulay.
Fifteen grandMA2 consoles graced the FOH technical area, controlling 71,061 parameters and a mix of over 2,500 light sources and LED fixtures.
These were lighting the main stage – another elegant design by Florian Wieder – the auditorium and the green room.
MA was chosen by several on the creative and technical team co-ordinated by ESC’s head of production Ola Melzig, including Jack Collins, the event’s lighting systems and control specialist who has worked on several ESCs in recent years.
“The multiuser functionality and ability to control every fixture from every console and to alter fixture types to suit your needs were two big advantages of the MA architecture”, commented Collins, “plus the network’s overall stability and troubleshooting facilities.”
Once the installation was up and running and the production period commenced, Collins watched all the grandMA2 system monitors from his console and could read out every command and, if necessary, search the history, track down errors and pass the information back to the programming team.
Macros – another area where MA is very strong – were also an essential part of the lighting process for a show with short changeover times and many complex sets to accommodate. This enabled timecode information, presets, views, starting and preparing cues to be changed
USA - Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. seats 20,000 fans and is home to the Washington Capitals NHL hockey team, the Washington Wizards NBA basketball team, and the Georgetown NCAA men’s basketball team.
As of late, the arena had been feeling the effects of the age of its original sound reinforcement system that was installed two decades ago. Headquartered two hours away in Manheim, Pennsylvania, national AVL integration firm Clair Solutions embraced the task of modernising the Capital One Arena with the installation of new EAW self-powered Anna and Otto adaptive line array elements, complete with custom flown equipment racks. Clair Solutions managed the project without a hiccup on a short lead time.
“Capital One Arena’s previous sound reinforcement system was 20 years old,” explained Jim Devenney, Clair Solutions senior systems designer. “It lacked clarity in some seats and was not up to modern expectations for a live arena experience. The owners worked with Stuart Shatz at WJHW consultants to draft several possible sound reinforcement solutions that would work for the arena and then put them out to bid. Since we have established relationships with so many different manufacturers, we were able to bid on all of the proposals.
“They chose us based on our competitive pricing, our well-established record of successful jobs of this scope, and on our proximity to Capital One Arena.” The owners approved Clair Solutions’ bid in early July, and Devenney’s team met several short deadlines to get everything in place and fully commissio
UK - Production designer, Tom Campbell used multiples of GLP’s award-winning impression X4 Bar 20s, as well as the new FR1 compact automated light and innovative KNV Cubes in a GLP-dominated stage when guitar-dominated band The Hunna played a small UK tour of mostly O2 Academy theatres recently.
The MIRRAD lighting designer, who has been working with the band for the past two years, adopted completely different scenography from that used when the band last played Brixton Academy in January 2018.
“We started from scratch this time,” Tom Campbell confirms. “We wanted to drive video content but without using a video wall or projection - instead doing something a bit more obscure.” His solution was to light the back wall with 48 of the X4 Bar 20s, pixel-mapped into an Avolites Ai Q3 video server, provided by MIRRAD (while Liteup Productions supplied the Bar 20’s). “This enabled us to run various lo-res content, such as autumn leaves etc to create different textures and produce some varied and interesting colours.”
In addition, he added 20 of GLP’s innovative KNV Cubes and 14 active FR1 pencil beams, used as key lights - situated on the downstage edge, and within the drum kit and backline on stage. “It was not first time I had used them on the road - that was with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - so I already knew it was a fantastic piece of kit,” he reports.
The baseless FR1 has a single, high powered 60 Watt homogenised RGBW LED at its core, and Campbell describes the new fixtures as “extremely punchy for such a tiny
Europe - Popular UK band The Kooks have just completed the latest UK and European leg of an ongoing world tour in support of their fifth studio album, Lets Go Sunshine, released late last summer.
Jordon Cooper of Moth Lights is their lighting designer and lighting equipment for this latest tour was supplied by LCR including 69 x Robe LEDBeam 150s and 32 x Spiider LED wash beam as the moving lights, plus a pair of BMFL WashBeams being controlled by a RoboSpot remote follow spotting system.
Jordon has worked with the band since the album launch last year. He was recommended by their stage manager Will Matthews with whom he’d previously worked on Band of Skulls, and when he and The Kooks production manager Dave Skelton saw Jordon’s design for Skindred at Brixton Academy, it confirmed his credentials as well as his talents as a designer and he was offered The Kooks.
He met the band and their initial ideas were generated - some of which they thought about for some time - and collectively arrived on the same page for the overall look and feel of the show which had elements of a classic music TV production with some modern elements.
Lead singer Luke Pritchard wanted a riser layout that allowed him to move around and explore the stage, and once they had agreed on its basic architecture, the other segments of the design evolved quickly.
They made use of a pink satin drape that had originated as part of a festival scenic design by Cassius Creative utilised earlier in 2018 before Jordon was onboard.
Over the stage there were three
Ireland - Andy Knightley from Krecording Audio Solutions is no stranger to recording live performances having been responsible for multiple hit live albums over the last 20 years. The latest addition to this list is Derek Ryan Live, which hit the top of the Irish iTunes country music chart, recorded using a Blackbox BBR64-MADI from JoeCo.
Since upgrading to the JoeCo unit, it has been the ease of transport and portable nature of the BBR64-MADI that has quickly made it an integral part of Knightly’s rig. “The size of the JoeCo means it's so easily transportable,” explains Knightley. “When I'm doing fly shows I send the preamps freight but I can carry the JoeCo on the flight with me. That not only saves space but also peace of mind given that the recorder is right beside me when I travel. I carry 64 channels in my record rack. Before I switched to JoeCo I used a desktop-based system which meant carrying not only the desktop but also an interface. The BBR64-MADI saves so much back ache given its size!
“We had to transport my equipment to the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness along with Derek's equipment,” he recalls. “Luckily Derek tours very frequently so interfacing with his gear was very simple. My rack is not that big, so it was rolled on to Derek's truck for the journey. Usually Derek would tour with one desk but for this show there was a dedicated monitor desk which meant splits could be brought in, so we all had control of our own gains. The recording itself went very smoothly. We recorded two shows in two days as well as extensive so