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Elation rig installed at Sandman Comedy Club in Richmond
Richmond, Virginia’s newest entertainment venue, the Sandman Comedy Club, owned by Michael and Carrie Sands, houses an Elation lighting system of WW Profile HP, Fuze Spot, Colour Pendant and SixBar 1000 luminaires that will be used for comedy acts, open mic sessions, karaoke nights and more.
AV integration company and Elation dealer Code 3 AV of Midlothian, Virginia, was called on to provide an AV package for the new facility. Code 3’s Vladimir Syrovatka worked closely with Michael Sands on the project.
The recording/video aspect is a central element of the design. “With COVID, distance conferencing and online broadcast has become much more popular and they wanted to make sure they could cover that”, says Syrovatka. “Lighting had to work for camera as well as the live audience.
The lighting system consists of two sticks of downstage truss that hold four WW Profile HP ellipsoidals along with a Fuze Spot LED moving head. The WW Profiles give warm white light onto the stage while the Fuze Spot can be used as a followspot, graphics projector or, with frost engaged, as a washlight. It has also been outfitted with a custom gobo to sweep the Sandman logo around the room.
Three Colour Pendants with RGBW color systems are suspended over the stage to provide color or white light options onto the stage while adding depth to the look for video. Finally, SixBar 1000 LED battens, one left and one right at footlight positions and a third above a centered 90-inch display, wash the wall behind the performer in complementary tones.
Lighting scenes were created using an Elation Show Designer 1 controller working with a DMX interface and touch panel set up with preset buttons. An iPad configured with the touch panel allows venue personnel to walk throughout the facility and make adjustments to lighting and sound as needed.
A fixed camera in the back of the room allows them to capture the entire stage to record shows or can be used for online video meetings and distance conferencing. The camera links to a monitor in the green room where the next act is waiting, as well as to a digital recording device that can stream out to the Internet.
Code 3 worked closely with Chris Healy of Elation rep firm The Healy Group on the operating aspects of the system.
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