UK - When the collective of musicians known as Soul II Soul set out on their long 2022 tour of clubs, theatres and pavilions in January, leading up to the summer outdoor season, their technical director Ben Emissah chose Entec Live for all audio and visual technical requirements.
The support and show reinforcement element formed something of a collective of its own, since Manchester-based Emissah had known Entec head of sound Dan Scantlebury from time working with his previous hire company in the city, while the tour’s experienced lighting designer Dave Ross’s relationship with Entec CEO and head of lighting Noreen O’Riordan spans over two decades, the two parties having worked together on Scissor Sisters along the way.
With such a variety of band configurations, permutations and venue shapes and sizes, both the sound and lighting rigs needed to be scalable. Sound was largely restricted to a control package, based around Ben Emissah’s favoured DiGiCo SD12 digital mixing desks at both FOH and monitors, and various d&b stage-fills and wedge monitors for consistency on stage, specifically when Jazzie’s singing downstage (the remainder are on in-ears). “The drum subs are like a kidney punch!” says the technical director. For shows where they are not performing through the house PA, Entec has provided either d&b J-Series or V-Series.
As for lighting, it was largely left to Ross to respect the band’s heritage by replicating the look of a ‘90s club. “We tried to avoid too much technology on staging,” he added, although that sa
USA - RCF will have a major presence at InfoComm 2022. Product previews will be available in the RCF demo room, while the focus on the show floor (W 3223) will be a new section dedicated to RCF power amplifiers loaded with proprietary DSP, new passive speakers (most notably the Compact A and Compact C series) and new additions to the installed speaker catalogue. Further new products will be showcased for the first time at the show.
Sharing the same cabinet of the ART 9 Series, the Compact A Series is a lightweight and high-performance multi-purpose two-way full-range professional speaker for fixed installation projects.
Compact C Series is composed of two-way point source speakers for near and mid-distance applications, combining a compact wood cabinet with high output for accurate speech and music reproduction. Combining solid birch plywood cabinets with neodymium transducers and a 100° x 50° rotatable constant directivity horn, the speaker can be installed either horizontally or vertically, with optional mounting accessories for wall or ceiling.
USA - In April, Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, owned by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, opened its new 2,600-seat entertainment venue, the Yaamava’ Theatre, topping off the property’s four-year, $760m expansion.
Meaning “spring” in Serrano, the Band’s native language, Yaamava’ is located in the L.A. exurb of Highland, an area already loaded with entertainment options. With that in mind, the Band sought to distinguish its new theatre - part of one of the largest casino properties on the West Coast with eight restaurants and eight bars, plus an onsite hotel opened last December - from the competition.
That mission was accomplished with the installation of an L-Acoustics K Series sound system designed by L-Acoustics senior Applications Engineer for Installations André Pichette and integrated by the Escondido office of Sound Image. “Clarity, coverage, and sound quality were the keys to what the clients were looking to accomplish with the theatre’s sound,” says Scott Coyle, business development manager for Sound Image's contracting division. “K Series components met all of those criteria, and more.”
The new L-Acoustics system in the Yaamava’ Theater, which opened with a VIP command performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is substantial, underscoring the venue’s scale.
The main PA system comprises a dozen K2 flown per side, each backed by four flown K1-SB subs, and complemented by four stage-stacked KS28 subs per side. Nine coaxial X8 are used to provide stage-lip front-fill, plus two more as out-fills, while ni
Europe - NEXT Truss has announced the acquisition of Dutch truss manufacturer Interal T.C. All Interal T.C. employees will remain onboard in the new organisation, the company reports.
Interal T.C. has been manufacturing truss structures for the events industry since 2003 and offers standard and custom-made systems, with “plenty of potential for future growth within Interal T.C. as well as for expanding NEXT Truss,” says a statement.
The Interal T.C. rental business will in future be operated by AED Rent, which will supply both new and existing customers with dry hire rental of trussing and rigging equipment from the local hub in Venray. Over time, the rental business could be expanded even further, with the addition of other AV products (such as stage and trade show lighting) from AED group, to support the local market.
The staff and contacts will remain unchanged at both companies, retaining all the skills and experience. NEXT Truss and Interal T.C. will operate under one roof, where management and operations will be integrated to achieve economies of scale for both customers and suppliers.
USA - Powersoft will be showcasing the capabilities of Dynamic Music Distribution and its haptic feedback technology Mover at this year’s InfoComm 2022 in Las Vegas.
The capabilities of Powersoft’s Dynamic Music Distribution (DMD) will be visually demonstrated across three walls of the company’s booth (#W2961), where visitors will have the opportunity to understand how to dynamically route music and other signal sources between different zones, across multiple amplifiers, all independently of source location and without the need for a centralised DSP.
Powersoft’s Mezzo, WM Touch and a SYS Control App will be arranged on the walls, alongside a series of inlayed low power speaker drivers. There will be audio streaming from speakers on the walls, so that people can interact with it and understand more about how the ecosystem works.
“We are looking to demystify something that is perceived as complex but is really accessible for everybody to use and understand,” says Tom Knesel, general Manager at Powersoft US. “We will be walking visitors through the DMD ecosystem which enables the creation of highly customized and easy to use audio experiences - ideal for bars, hotels, fitness centres and other hospitality venues where sound is part of the overall customer experience.”
Showcasing alongside DMD is Mover, Powersoft’s powerful haptic feedback technology, is a direct-drive/tactile transducer designed ‘to create the ultimate immersive experience’. Mover is utilised for a variety of multi-technology immersive experiences, includin
USA/Europe - HireHop, the cloud equipment rental software, has been adding new features and has just released its new route planner to help companies plan their deliveries, collections and service runs.
Deliveries, collections and other transports can be set to be automatically added when a user adds a delivery charge or collection charge to a job. There can be multiple deliveries, collections or service runs on each job, and all on different or the same dates. For some companies who need to schedule service runs over the duration of a rental, they can even schedule multiple runs at set or various intervals, for example a toilet hire company can schedule services every week to appear on the daily allocations in the route planner.
The planner also keeps track of weight, drivers and assistants and it can plot and display optimal delivery routes on a map. The delivery routes can be emailed to drivers who can open them on Google Maps for preset satnav guidance for the day’s delivery route. The route planner is available for free to all HireHop users.
HireHop has also released a new feature that breaks down as well as total profit and margins for jobs and projects. This enables users to decide if the job or project is profitable enough to undertake or see if the profit margins are within target.
For scanning barcode or QR codes, HireHop now has a built-in barcode scanner that uses the devices camera. This means that you don’t need any external barcode scanner and can just use your phone to scan.
There have been many other updates, such
Ghana - A new 4,400-seat, three-storey church in the Ghanaian capital of Accra has been equipped with Martin Audio’s new Wavefront Precision line array system.
Part of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) - with a global outreach overseen by founder, Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil - sound consultancy and installation were undertaken by London-based Ghanaian production engineer and integrator, Eben Awuah of Amson Audio.
Awuah has been working with professional sound systems since the age of 13, having been associated with the Dominion Centre, Wood Green, and specified many world leading brands along the way. He first became aware of Martin Audio four or five years ago while working as production engineer for another company. “But the time came when I wanted to set up my own AV operation to serve the whole of West Africa, including Nigeria and the Ivory Coast. I needed to go back there with a recognised system and Martin Audio was one of the premier brands I was looking at.”
The big turning point came when he attended a Martin Audio open day three years ago - just as the plan for Christ Temple East was being outlined - and heard the scalable Wavefront Precision Compact optimised array for the first time. “It coincided with just having finished an installation in Nigeria [with another leading system]. Although that sounded great, what I heard from WPC gave me the headroom I needed for this project.”
This was very much foremost in his mind when he was brought in as a consultant by the ICGC for their new project, described as a ‘Pentec
UK - Manchester-based DJ training facility Make Me A DJ recently refitted one of its trio of studios with Artnovion acoustic treatment panels as part of an upgrade to transform the space into a fully-featured teaching and music production resource. Originally situated above Sankeys nightclub, Make Me A DJ is now located in the Ancoats district of the city, with its three studios commercially available outside of teaching sessions.
A variety of Artnovion products featured in the refit, including Orion W wooden and Andes fabric absorbers to control excessive reverberation and reflections and Myron E diffusers to tune the room’s sweet spot. Orion bass traps were also employed for their fine-tuning capabilities, ensuring an accurate, highly-controlled low end even at high monitoring or mixing levels.
MMADJ founder Mark Bradbury (known as Rudosa in the international techno scene) has released tracks on some of the most venerated techno labels including Moments In Time, Soma, We Are The Brave and Second State over the last 10 years.
“It has always been important to me to have industry-standard equipment in our studios,” he explains, “so that alongside our highly experienced teaching staff - all of whom have professional backgrounds in music production - students get a feel for real world facilities.
“I first became aware of Artnovion when our room designer, Jan Morel (acoustician who numbers David Guetta and Martin Garrix among his clients), introduced the range to me a few years ago and we used the products in one of our downstairs studi
UK - The Swansea Arena is a new £135m music and theatre venue operated by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). The new arena is part of a large-scale development in the centre of Swansea, called Copr Bay. This will also offer new shops, restaurants, apartments and parkland. The area will be serviced by two multi-storey car parks and a pedestrian bridge over Oystermouth Road to improve connectivity between the city and the beach.
Swansea Arena will also be home to 2,000sq.m of exhibition space. This will have the capacity to host 2,500 people, with dining capabilities for up to 750 guests.
The arena’s LED façade is particularly notable, making the venue instantly eye-catching and awe-inspiring.
To achieve this, 97,000 LumiNode Pixel LED’s, from leading LED specialist Tryka, have been used on the façade. The LumiNode Pixel LED is a full-colour, 16-bit, RGBW solution. For the Swansea Arena, the LumiNode has been made-to-measure to suit the specific needs of the project, with pixel pitches ranging from 110mm through to 435mm, whilst the custom-moulded body is designed to suit a 30mm aperture for a panelised installation, allowing ease of installation as well as any future maintenance or system upgrades.
When partnered with Artnet DMX to SPI control protocol, LumiNode allows complete control for decorative and architectural lighting, and if required; full image and video playback effects.
For Swansea Arena, the bespoke LumiNode luminaire arrangement is powered by 12V Meanwell HLG power supplies and Artnet control interfaces. They are
South Korea - Tongyeong is a bustling port city of 140,000 located at the southern edge of the Goseong peninsula in South Korea. Famous for its beautiful marine surroundings, its many islands and waterways, its lively port town atmosphere and its famous seafood, the city is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Tongyeong is also a designated UNESCO City of Music, known for its International Music Festival which is considered one of the most influential and respected contemporary music festivals in Asia.
As a city where the ancient and the modern collide, there is a thriving church tradition that embraces both ends of the spectrum. Seoul-based pro audio specialists and KV2 distributor, DaonSD, were recently tasked with designing an audio system for the new build Tongyeong Juklim church.
DaonSD’s project manager, John Parks explains that the Tongyeong Juklim church is a relatively young insititution, having been founded in 1990. As the church’s numbers swelled, a new, modern campus was designed. Initially it was planned with a different audio system, but the decision to switch to KV2 was unanimous after DaonSD’s demonstration at the recommendation of a local agency.
“As the main hall – which seats around 400 people - is less than 25m front to back, and there is no balcony to contend with, there was absolutely no need for a line array system which would have been cumbersome and expensive,” says Mr. Parks. “We recommended a classic ES system comprising a single ES1.0 combined with an ES2.5 high output subwoofer per side, driven by a pair
Peace Move - Ukrainian punk-folk quartet Dakha Brakha will bring an anti-war message to Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage next month. The band will play the festival's main stage on Sunday morning, shortly before Diana Ross makes her festival debut. For years, the band have called themselves ‘ambassadors of free Ukraine’ and punctuated concerts with cries of ‘Stop Putin!’ and ‘No war!’. They are currently donating proceeds from their shows to the Ukrainian army.
The quartet were one of several acts added to the Glastonbury line-up, as the festival revealed its full programme for 2022. Yungblud, AJ Tracey, The Libertines, Kae Tempest, Ziggy Marley and Little Dragon will join previously-announced headliners Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar. On the festival's second-biggest stage, The Other Stage, Pet Shop Boys, Megan Thee Stallion and Foals will top the bill.
Fighting Fund - Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band which won this year's Eurovision Song Contest, have sold their trophy for £712,000 to raise money for the war in Ukraine. The crystal microphone was auctioned on Facebook, with the aim of buying drones for Ukraine's military. The sale coincided with the band's appearance at a charity concert at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. It aimed to raise money for medical care and supplies.
Speaking at the concert, band member Oleh Psiuk appealed for people not to get used to the war, which has left at least 4,031 civilians dead and 4,735 injured, according to the UN, along with an unknown number of combatants. “I think it shoul
Qatar - With around six months left until the FIFA World Cup takes place in Qatar, the countdown to the tournament is well underway – and lighting fixtures from Elation Professional are helping to build up the anticipation.
Unveiled last November in Doha, the Official Countdown Clock ticks down through every hour, minute and second to the opening game at Al Bayt Stadium on 21 November. Working for client fischerAppelt Qatar, ES:ME Entertainment Services handled lighting, rigging and audio for the reveal event, including hanging of a translucent screen. ES:ME also provided technical support, whilst lighting design was handled by visual design and technology company bright! studios of Germany.
ES:ME has worked on many of fischerAppelt’s big events over the last 10 years and for the Countdown Clock reveal supplied a show lighting package of 22 Elation Proteus Maximus, 28 Proteus Hybrid and 31 Rayzor 760 fixtures.
“I like to use Elation, especially the Proteus Maximus and Proteus Hybrid with their marine grade specification because they work great in Qatar’s harsh environment,” states CEO of ES:ME Entertainment Services, Alexander Wuerfel, who notes that they began investing in Elation lighting three years ago. “Although it’s a hot and often humid climate that lies directly on the sea, I can rely on these products.”
The elegant hourglass curves of the Countdown Clock were inspired by the unbroken loop of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 emblem and the ancient timekeeping tool. The reveal event’s objective was to generate anticipat
Japan - Newly-built on the site of the former Chiba Velodrome, the Tipstar Dome is one of the few velodromes in Japan with an international standard, 250m wooden track.
The venue hosted the first annual PIST6 Championship, an event that combines art, food, and fashion whilst pitting top cyclists from Japan and abroad against each other in a competition to determine the world’s fastest cyclists. A hybrid sport and entertainment event sets the bar high, and Japan’s One Love Project was brought in to provide a show that would wow spectators.
No stranger to the challenge, One Love Project has produced interval shows for the Chiba Jets Funabashi professional basketball team and Japan’s Nike Zoom Speed Race for years. One Love project director Jun’ichiro Takanashi created audio, visual, and lighting content to be played during race intervals and lead-ups to enhance the audience experience for the unique sporting event. Takanashi partnered with sound system designer and engineer Kotaro Matsuura of Wiz Inc. to design an arena sound system that would ensure dynamic music and reinforce intelligibility to keep fans engaged throughout the event.
“The most vital aspect for any One Love Project production is to have a system with a high degree of flexibility, as we often perform a variety of music genres,” says Takanashi. “For the PIST6 launch event, a dynamic selection of originally produced, energetic ‘street music’ was part of the brief. I needed the power of a system with a strong low-end that also provides excellent vocal clarity for spect
USA - Following its well-received demo at Rockingham Speedway at the end of April, Danley Sound Labs will welcome dealers, consultants, media, partners, and prospective customers for another demonstration, to be held at the Amp at Craig Ranch in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Danley’s latest loudspeaker, the J8-94, as well as a host of other loudspeaker and subwoofer products ranging from the popular BC215 subwoofer to the SM80M loudspeaker. Also demo’d will be the company’s newest series of products: the Tom Danley Signature Series, built specifically for the home theatre and home HiFi markets.
Attendance for each day’s events is free. Demonstrations will be held every hour, on the hour beginning on Tuesday, June 7th from 4pm-8pm local time and Wednesday, 8 June 9am-8pm.
Mike Hedden, chief steward in charge at Danley Sound Labs, comments: “We’ve always said that learning about our products is different than experiencing them in person. The clarity, quality, and overall experience must be heard to be understood or believed.”
Those interested in attending should register at the following link: www.danleysoundlabs.com/event/las-vegas-demo-days.
UK - Martin Dudley has been running Cate Carter’s lighting designs for James Morrison on his ChamSys console since 2012. In the ensuing decade, he’s not only grown ever-more appreciative of Morrison’s vocals, but also of his colleague’s singular ability to refresh and expand the evocative looks that support the singer’s shows in light.
“Working with Cate is a lesson in the creative power of design,” opens Dudley. “Her approach is never formularised; instead she’s always finding different ways to add new elegant dimensions to James’ shows. It’s a genuine pleasure to take her vision off the computer screen and into reality.”
For the recent tour, which saw James Morrison play a number of venues around the UK, Carter’s originality took the form of eschewing big lighting effects in favour of a timelessly classic visual concept. Helping Dudley translate this design into reality was a lighting rig supplied by Martin’s Lights and Colour Sound Experiment that featured 24 Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash fixtures.
“As James’ songs are rooted in soul, blues and even gospel music, we wanted the lighting to take on this intimate look that set an appropriately engaging mood,” comments Dudley. “A James Morrison show is about James and his songs. As a result, the intent of the lighting was to create an inviting environment on stage.”
Dudley and his team, light techs Chris Davey and Amy Barnett, positioned eight Rogue fixtures on front row truss to light Morrison and the band, eight on the back truss to light a supple v
World - Women In Lighting (WIL) has recently released two new Ayrton-sponsored interviews with female lighting designers: Nashville-based Sooner Routhier, an award-winning designer, producer and director, who has worked with an impressive list of headline artists including KISS, The Weeknd, Motley Crüe, Muse, Rhianna and, currently, Coldplay; and LA-based Emmanuelle ‘Gigi’ Pėdron, a French-born lighting designer who has worked with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, My Chemical Romance, Garbage and Prince.
WIL is a global project co-founded by Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Light Collective to promote the work of women lighting designers across the entertainment industry. There are more than 160 interviews with respected female lighting practitioners on the WIL website at www.womeninlighting.com, and sharing these is a key way of raising awareness of the project.
Sooner Routhier is a creative powerhouse in the live music industry and, through Sooner Rae Creative, has redefined entertainment lighting and production, whilst also mentoring bright new talent. In her interview with WIL co-founder, Sharon Stammers, Routhier talks about her initiation and pathway into lighting, her inspirations, collaborations and creative processes. She also speaks of the challenges of turning ideas into reality and the logistical challenges that are the legacy of the pandemic, touches on the issue of sustainability and keeping up with technology, and gives some advice to women starting out in entertainment lighting. The full WIL interview is available he
Portugal - Lisbon’s Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno is a multi-event venue that was fully renovated in 2006. It has been transformed from a bullring into a live music venue, underground shopping centre, cinema, restaurants, and parking lot combined. It now hosts a plethora of events and offers a stage for international live acts and famous bands.
At a large-scale gala dinner, sound and light specialists from Janitasound provided its services to ensure the evening proceeded smoothly and was full of ambiance. Supplied by exclusive Portuguese distributor Lagotronics, the Infinity iFX-640 six 40W RGBW effect moving heads were a key part of the night’s illumination.
A total of 12 iFX-640s were used, and together with eight Infinity S601 Profiles, 12 Infinity S401 Spots, 16 Infinity iW-1240 RGB washes, 18 Infinity iB-5R beams, two Showtec Theater Profile 600MKIII, eight Showtec Phantom 180 Wash moving heads, and eight Showtec Helix wash fixtures, the large indoor arena was lit up beautifully and attractively for the event.
UK - disguise has launched a Metaverse Solutions division to continue the development of virtual production and audiovisual location-based experiences. The division will build on existing disguise solutions in order to allow businesses to take advantage of the unique opportunities the metaverse has to offer.
Launched within the past two years, disguise’s extended reality (xR) workflow has powered over 600 productions in over 50 countries. These include the delivery of live events in the metaverse, such as Kaskade’s in Fortnite and Rocket League as part of its Llama-Rama event series as well as supporting launches for major brands like Gucci and Ferrari.
“Our mission is to help create experiences that challenge expectations. We believe in connecting the physical with the virtual worlds, to create Gateways to the Metaverse,” says disguise CEO Fernando Küfer. “Through this we will enable a world that fulfils essential human needs: to connect, to collaborate and to be included. The promise of the Metaverse is to unleash a new wave of opportunities for every kind of creator, including partners, brands, and performers alike.
“We have always focused on simplifying complex technology to unlock creativity that empowers our users to create the most amazing experiences. The creation of our Metaverse Solutions division and the launch of disguise Labs, are a key part of this strategy.”
Led by disguise chief experience officer, Alex Wills, the Metaverse Solutions division will be driven by the newly-formed exploration unit named disguise Labs
France - Twenty of Robe’s Forte moving lights are a key feature of a new lighting design by Maxime Chotard for Mousquetaire de Richelieu (Richelieu’s Musketeer), one of the flagship shows at Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in Les Epesses in the Pays de la Loire region of Western France.
These have now been joined by 22 x Robe Esprites which were chosen as a complement to Robe’s highest-powered LED moving light.
The show, staged in Le Grand Carrousel Hall, a 6,000sq.m equestrian theatre with seating for 3000, combines sword fights, poetic tirades, equestrian prowess, costumes, moving sets and spectacular special effects that immerse visitors in a swashbuckling mid-17th century tale that unfolds on a massive purpose-built stage. The 74m wide by 45m deep performance space is equipped with - among other things - the world’s largest stage curtain.
Maxime, who is site-wide head of lighting responsible for the whole park, recently oversaw a substantial lighting upgrade designed to bring a new “visual coherence” to the performance and to enable transition to more energy efficient light sources over the next three years, simultaneously reducing the show’s long-term operating costs and maintenance.
Maxime’s first criteria for adding any new lighting fixtures was that they must be high powered as well as an LED luminaire.
Since the first performance of Mousquetaire de Richelieu in 2006, the show has undergone numerous technical changes and lighting alterations, without ever being completely redesigned.
France - Naostage, an engineering-led startup, has launched an automatic beaconless 3D tracking solution, making it easy for AVL rental-staging and fixed-install professionals to create immersive, interactive live experiences.
Designed and engineered at the company’s headquarters in Nantes, Naostage’s tracking solution seamlessly identifies and follows artists, performers and visitors wherever they are in a defined tracking area - allowing for the automation of an array of lighting, audio, video and media effects in real time.
“From outdoor festivals to touring shows, visitor attractions, immersive experiences and more, Naostage’s 100% automated solution streamlines and simplifies tracking workflow wherever it is deployed,” explains Paul Cales, Naostage founder and CEO, “helping artists, show designers and technical teams to improve productivity and reduce their costs while further elevating the live experience for fans and visitors.”
The potential applications for this one-of-a-kind technology are limited only by the imagination of the user, say the founders. Not only can Naostage help with staging automation for concerts, tours and festivals, but it can also help create a fully automated show in a museum or an entertainment venue where AVL actions could be triggered by a visitor entering the room. A cruise ship could also embark on multi-week journey with a fully automated show, simplifying pre-production and reducing costs across the board.
The product of four years of research and development, the Naostage ecosystem is bac
USA - Tesla vehicles recently served as the centrepiece of a colourful light and sound ‘rodeo’ show.
It was all part of Cyber Rodeo, a signature event for 15,000 guests celebrating the opening of Tesla’s new 10 million square feet Giga plant outside the Texas capital of Austin. Rob Ross and the team at Rob Ross Design created the visual by lighting 25 unpainted Tesla vehicles in an array of vibrant colours to coordinate with a thematic soundscape developed by the Tesla media team.
The collaboration resulted in a 10-minute music and light show that captivated visitors at the ceremony. “We called this the ‘Body in White’ section,” says Ross. “It was one of my favourite points in the event. Seeing these vehicles accented by different colours and patterns in coordination with the music was a lot of fun, and it conveyed a nice upbeat mood.”
There were plenty of other impressive visuals at the event, as Ross and his team, working with their Tesla counterparts, transformed the sprawling facility into a visual wonderland. At the heart of their design was a 2,000ft long tour through the cavernous plant’s production area lined with robots, sensors, casting space, and a collection of exotic looking equipment.
Ross’ design made the space come alive through changing colours and light angles, while at the same time using brightness and shadows to accentuate distinctive architectural features. “We were very happy with how this turned out,” he said. “A lot of credit goes to my team: Aidan Marshall, Jiajing Qi, Dan Schreckengost,
UK - Technical event production and hire company Sterling Event Group has invested in Hippotizer media servers.
Joe Timmons, head of vision at Sterling Event Group comments: “We work on a variety of events and it’s important for us to have media servers that can provide various solutions for different projects. Our previous media servers had reached end of life and so in choosing our new media servers we wanted to explore different brands and products.”
Specialist entertainment technology suppliers, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) demoed and supplied Sterling Event Group with Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 and Nevis+ media servers.
“We demoed different brands and what struck me about Green Hippo was the ease of use and flexibility. The ability to have different operators using different control surfaces to trigger and manipulate content in real time is a real game-changer for us,” adds Timmons.
“We chose the Boreal+ MK2 as we needed a product that had the power and output capacity to drive real-time media playback on complex projects. This includes large and unusual canvases as well as 3D mapping projects.
“We chose the Nevis+ because it’s compact design and great price point make it a great choice for events where single output playback is required. What stood out the most is how powerful the Nevis+ is despite its compact and lightweight chassis.”
Sterling Event Group’s Boreal+ MK2 units arrived and immediately went out to site. Despite the quick turnaround they performed straight out of the box and delivered a
USA - Established in 1932, City Church of Madison, Wisconsin, has a striking modernist exterior and a spacious, 800-seat, modern sanctuary with complete stage and AV production capabilities.
For years, City Church has relied on live stage productions supported by multiple large video projection screens, professional lighting and a full pro-audio-quality sound system to engage the congregation. But faced with the expanding scope and vision of the church's AV productions, City Church recently did a substantial systems upgrade by engineering and installing a completely new production workflow built upon Dante audio and the new Dante AV networked video platform.
“We have always believed in using technology to eliminate distractions and deliver our message in a clear, compelling and engaging way,” says Nathan Rohde, worship pastor, City Church. “We basically just did a complete overhaul of the entire sanctuary so we can now integrate audio and video seamlessly throughout our church, our education facilities and online.”
Rohde explained that the church needed to advance its capabilities on several fronts. The production quality in the sanctuary needed improving, and full AV content needed to be shared more extensively throughout the church facility. Leadership also wanted a better way to bring the same quality of their live productions to their streaming media services.
“As we researched potential network solutions, we learned about Dante AV and the Dante AV-enabled encoders from Patton. This looked like the direction we needed to go,” s
USA - Verge Aero’s military-grade drones were out in force as the annual Thunder Over Evans event complemented a massive firework show with drone displays to salute America’s service members.
Thousands of families and service personnel travelled to the Towne Centre Park in Evans, Georgia to witness the celebrations, as the Verge Aero team coordinated 180 drones to complement the pyrotechnics and fireworks.
The drones were programmed to deliver sky-high messaging, spelling out a massive ‘U-S-A’ and morphing into precision-animated 3D volumetric shapes, which displayed the Stars and Stripes and military crests, as well as patriotic patterns of red, white and blue.
It was the second consecutive year that Verge Aero was commissioned to deliver the drone event for Thunder Over Evans, following a pandemic pause in events in 2020. Last year, Verge Aero delivered a crowd-pleaser success that “took our event to a level that we couldn't even imagine” according to event organiser Shane Thompson.
Following this year’s event, Thompson commented: “We’ve put on Thunder Over Evans, our city-wide military appreciation event, for 15 years. We hit a wall for our ability to ‘wow’ our attendees in regard to our music and fireworks. We then met the guys at Verge Aero. The effort that they put into our show creates an experience that we now cannot go without.
"Verge Aero is the best at what it does, and their team is able to translate our love for country with a breath-taking show that evokes emotion to all who attend