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Elation lighting for new school auditorium in Costa Rica
Colegio Humboldt is an international school in San José, Costa Rica, that serves preschool through secondary students. The school recently built a new performing arts space to further its program, Auditorio Humboldt, a multi-purpose auditorium outfitted with Elation Professional luminaires.
Auditorio Humboldt is a 238-capacity space where students conduct recitals and perform all manner of dance, music, theatre and debate. It houses audiovisual equipment with specialized technical personnel to provide support. Elation dealer and distributor for Costa Rica, Darko Lighting of San José, completed the lighting project.
They supplied, designed and installed new stage and architectural lighting systems for the auditorium, along with a decorative stretched ceiling, working in cooperation with architectural company Rojas Arquitectos.
The auditorium’s new stage lighting system includes 16 Fuze PAR Z175 fixtures which work with 16 Colour 5 Profiles. The system also includes four moving heads, Fuze Wash Z350s. Elation’s E-Fly wireless DMX Transceiver is used for setup and programming. Lighting control is from a tabletop Elation Show Designer 2CF stage lighting controller. Associate Director of Darko Lighting, Gabriel Zalkindas Jarovisky, specified the lighting system for the auditorium.
Robe moving lights installed at Luxor Live in Arnhem
Luxor Live, a music and performance venue in central Arnhem, the Netherlands, has invested in Robe moving lights - 12 x Spiiders, 12 x DL4X Spots, 8 x LEDBeam 150s and 4 x DL4F Fresnels join the lighting rig for the 300-plus shows staged there every year.
The main hall capacity is 700 including the balcony, and the stage is scalloped out of a curved auditorium which features an individually pixel-controlled LED architectural lighting scheme that highlights the shape and original ceiling art and sculptural features. There is also a small hall in the first floor with 200 capacity.
The venue is currently operated by a not-for-profit organisation (Luxor Live) and subsidised by the city of Arnhem, and the DL4Xs and DL4Fs were their second recent Robe addition following the Spiiders and LEDBeam 150s that were shipped for Luxor Live’s 10th anniversary in September 2018.
Onstage, the lights are rigged on three trusses, the upstage of which can be trimmed at up to 4.5 metres and the front two if necessary up to 7 metres, although it’s not standard to have them that high. For lighting control, there is an Avolites Arena and a Pearl Expert Pro in the main hall and an Avo Quartz for the small one.
(Photos: Louise Stickland)
Genelec speakers installed throughout Finland’s largest bookstore chain
Suomalainen Kirjakauppa (meaning ‘Finnish bookshop’) is the biggest bookstore and stationery chain in Finland with 65 stores nationwide, plus an online store. Over the last couple of years, the company has been redeveloping many of its stores in order to improve in-store customer experience, particularly where audio is concerned.
Genelec 4000 Series installation speakers were selected to create mood and ambience and improve communication. Currently there are around two hundred 4030Cs installed across nearly twenty stores nationwide with more planned for the near future.
Syva-Beschallungssystem von L-Acoustics in FeG Buxtehude installiert
Groh-P.A. Distribution hat ein Syva-System von L-Acoustics an die Freie evangelische Gemeinde Buxtehude, kurz FeG Buxtehude, verkauft. Die Festinstallation ist seit Ende April 2019, auch bei den kulturellen Veranstaltungen der Freikirche, im Einsatz.
Der Kirchensaal ist kein rechteckiger Raum. Seine Schrägen reflektieren den Schall; zudem müssen sich die Techniker je nach Veranstaltungsgröße akustisch mit einer mobilen Wand arrangieren, die zum Beispiel in der Weihnachtszeit herausgenommen wird.
Florian Lind, Sales-Manager von Groh-P.A. Distribution, arbeitete gemeinsam mit Stefan Graf, dem ehrenamtlichen Leiter der Tontechnik in der FeG Buxtehude, verschiedene Optionen für eine den Raum abdeckende Beschallung aus. Letztlich gaben die Verantwortlichen in der FeG der Syva-Variante von L-Acoustics den Vorzug.
„Wir haben die Lautsprecherpositionen für die beiden Syva-Säulen inklusive Subwoofer eingemessen und die neue Beschallungsanlage durch eine Matrix-Verknüpfung mit einem leichten Delay mit Bestandslautsprechern hinter der mobilen Wand verbunden“, erklärt Florian Lind.
In Abstimmung mit Groh-P.A. investierte die Kirche auch in eigens hergestellte Befestigungen und installierte das System selbst. „Ende April haben wir das Syva-System installiert. Florian hat uns dazu die Mikrofone auf die Anlage abgestimmt“, so Stefan Graf.
(Fotos: Groh-P.A. Distribution)
Vari-Lite and Strand provide solutions for Caruth Auditorium
Caruth Auditorium, a classical concert hall at the heart of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas, has installed a new stage lighting system from Vari-Lite and Strand, Signify entertainment lighting brands.
The new system was specified and installed by theater technology consultancy Schuler Shook. Their team, led by Jack Hagler, with theater specialist Jean Gonzalez-Hill, worked closely with Steve Woods, head of the school’s Master of Fine Arts Stage Design program, on the specification.
They decided on using 25 Strand 200F LED fresnels for front-light. Another twelve 200F fixtures provide white down-light over the performance area. Providing a color changing wash for the performance area, plus additional white light where needed, are 12 convection-cooled Vari-Lite SL Punchlite 220s. Strand SPX LED WW fixtures deliver down-light on the pipe organ, while Vari-Lite SL BAR 660 color changing LED fixtures give colorful uplight options.
(Photos: David Brown)
Charleston’s Trio nightclub upgrades with DAS Audio
Trio, Charleston’s downtown dance club and lounge, has a new owner, a million-dollar renovation, and a lineup of internationally-recognized DJs - all of which was unveiled during the club’s Grand Opening weekend in March 2019.
Renovations include a technologically-advanced light and video production system and DAS Audio loudspeakers throughout. In addition to loudspeakers from the company’s Artec and Ventec product lines, Trio also features the new E11even Sound by DAS Audio loudspeakers.
iDesign, a Miami, FL-based AV design/build integration firm, was contracted to design and deploy the new sound reinforcement systems throughout Trio. Michael Meacham, the company’s owner and lead designer, worked in conjunction with DAS Audio’s National Sales Manager for Installation and Nightclubs, John Fiorito, to create the new sound systems.
“Trio includes an upstairs club, a downstairs lounge, plus an outdoor patio area - all of which totals approximately 6,400 square feet of space,” Meacham explains. In the first floor lounge area, the iDesign team deployed four DAS Audio Artec 310.96 2-way point source loudspeaker enclosures. For low frequency reinforcement, there are also two DAS Vantec 18 bass reflex subwoofer systems. This combination of loudspeakers was installed in a mono configuration.
In the second floor nightclub area, Meacham and his installation team deployed the new E11even Sound by DAS Audio loudspeakers. Here, four ES-10 top boxes surround the dance floor at a height of 12 feet in a true 4-point stereo configuration.
These are augmented by a pair of DAS ES-218 sub bass enclosures that are coupled in front of the DJ - underneath the stage - in a mono configuration. Completing the setup, there are also two DAS Audio Artec 308 2-way point source enclosures that serve as sidefills.
“The dispersion of the ES-10 is 110 degrees horizontal x 50 degrees vertical,” says Meacham. “The 10-inch woofer handles 1000 watts of continuous power. The system is suspended with M10 eyebolts and 3 point aviation cable rigging.”
Ayrton Ghibli installed in Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has installed thirty Ayrton Ghibli LED profile luminaires with framing shutters in its Sound Waves theatre. Full Production Services in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, provided the fixtures, which are exclusively distributed in North America by ACT Lighting, Inc.
Sound Waves is a 1,500-seat venue that features stand-up comedy acts from Monday to Thursday, headline acts Friday and Saturday and production shows on Sunday. It has hosted Broadway shows, nationally-known headliners and corporate events since the hotel and casino opened in June 2018.
“The theatre had no intelligent lighting fixtures prior to adding the Ghibli fixtures,” says Entertainment Lead Ben Lynford. “The lighting rig consisted of incandescent PAR cans and lekos. Our goal was to create a flexible and capable LED house rig that could meet the needs of such a busy, multi-purpose venue.”
Four motorized electrics over the stage are trimmed at 23’ above the stage and two more in the house at 27’ and 25’. A CAT5 network distributes data to fixtures over ArtNet from a GrandMA2 at front-of-house.
Twenty-six Ghibli profiles are hung from the electrics over the stage with four fixtures placed on the floor in various configurations according to the requirements of different shows. Ben Lynford credits Production Manager James Keaton with helping to research the Ghibli fixtures and execute the design of the rig.
More than 150 ADB lights for Galli Theatre in Rimini
In October 2018, the Galli Theatre in Rimini, a historic venue on the Romagna Riviera, reopened - 75 years after that distant 28 December 1943 when it was hit during bombing. The reopening took place to the sound of the voice of Cecilia Bartoli who presented her 'Cinderella' in a semi-staged version, accompanied by the Musiciens du Prince.
The reconstruction and modernization of the mechanical stage equipment and other systems was entrusted to Decima 1948, a company in the field of design, development and implementation of technological solutions for the theatre and show and exhibition venues.
“Our decision to propose a lighting system consisting of 100% traditional halogen lights was the result of a reflection on the budget and the characteristics of the Galli Theatre itself”, says Enzo Trovato, CEO of the company. The project involved more than 150 ADB lights including Europe C101 and C201 units, Europe F201 fixtures (i.e. the 2 kW Fresnels) and ACP 1000 units (backdrop lights).
Church of the Presentation upgrades sound system with Powersoft
The fully renovated Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, installed a new sound system which is powered by Powersoft Quattrocanali 1204 amplifier platforms.
"The church, having a rectangular shape, has different acoustics when the moveable wall is there than it has when the wall is not there," says Steve Minozzi, co-owner of Monte Bros., the Westchester, New York-based audio systems design and integration firm that performed the installation.
"When the church and the auditorium are together, the sound system requires a whole different configuration of time alignment and EQ, because the two discreet spaces have different acoustical properties."
Monte Bros. designed a hybrid point-source/distributed speaker sound system for each of the possible configurations distributed to over 12 zones, using an estimated 15,000 feet of cable wire. Using three Powersoft Quattrocanali 1204 four-channel amplifier platforms, Monte Bros. powered each zone with one discreet channel per zone.
Monte Bros. partnered with Powersoft to develop a technology to be able to use the integrator's proprietary monitoring system in Church of the Presentation, and to have the ability to offer it to other houses of worship in future installations.
"Ubiquiti Networks Secure Remote Access System is an intellectual property that our technicians developed because we've done work for the NYPD since 1995," Minozzi explains. "After 9/11, we were commissioned to build an independent communications network that couldn't be taken down if something like that ever happened again. And it required that, at every precinct, if anything became disconnected we would be notified."
The Ubiquiti network security feature - which Powersoft is currently fine-tuning for future Monte Bros. house-of-worship installations using Quattrocanali amplifier platforms - will also allow audio streaming of church services through the Ubiquiti cloud.
Izakaya-Restaurant in Amsterdam verwendet Lautsprecher von RCF
Die Restaurant-Kette Izakaya, die mehrere Locations in Europa unterhält, kombiniert asiatische Küche mit einem Bar-Konzept und verschiedenen Events. Anfang 2019 hat Izakaya Amsterdam seine Audio-Anlage erneuert und zwölf C3108-96-Module von RCF in Custom White verbaut. Verantwortlich für die technische Umsetzung zeichnete der niederländische Audiospezialist 24/7 Amsterdam.
Das C3108 ist ein Fullrange-2-Weg-Lautsprechersystem mit breitem Abstrahlwinkel. Der Hochtontreiber ist mit einem 1.4"-RCF-Precision-Kompressions-Treiber mit einer 1,50"-Schwingspule auf einem drehbaren 90°-x-60°-CMD-Horn bestückt. Der Schallwandler ist ein 8"-RCF-Tief-/Mitteltöner mit einer 2"-Schwingspule.
(Fotos: Marcus Scheuermann)
Yamaha audio system installed at new bouldering gym in Copenhagen
Flipside Soundsystem was approached to design and install the audio system at a new bouldering gym in Copenhagen, Denmark. Happily for all concerned, choosing Yamaha loudspeakers and processing has helped to make for a very contended customer.
“Josh Glanville and Francesco Ragazzi of Beta Boulders asked us to work on the sound system for their new 10,000 ft2 bouldering gym,” says Flipside managing director James Cooper. Beta Boulders offers climbing and training areas, as well as a yoga studio, cafe and co-working spaces.
Flipside had to cover both large, reverberant areas in the climbing zones where higher SPLs would be needed, and more intimate zones for the yoga studio, cafe and changing rooms. They selected 36 Yamaha VS4 and VS6 full range, surface mount loudspeakers in a multi-zone system managed by an MTX3 matrix processor.
The system’s seven zones cover the main climbing area, competition bouldering area, training area, yoga studio, reception and bar, changing rooms and the office space, with control by four Yamaha DCP series wall panels.
“For the main climbing area, we had to work out an asymmetrical speaker pattern which allowed for the irregular shapes of the bouldering walls,” Cooper explains. “We chose VS4s for all areas except the competition area, where we went with the slightly larger VS6s to allow extra headroom for big events where microphones and louder music would be needed.”
DAS Audio systems deployed at Improv Comedy Theater and Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen in Miami
Light F/X Pros, a Miami-based AV design/build firm, was contracted to design and deploy the loudspeaker systems at the Miami Improv Comedy Theater and the Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen.
“To meet the requirements of our client, we needed to deploy audio systems that offered the versatility to address a variety of events types and activities since these venues operate as restaurants, concert halls, and party rooms,” explains Jhander Orihuela, Audio Engineer for Light F/X Pros.
At the Miami Improv Comedy Theater, the Light F/X Pros team installed a primary sound setup consisting of six DAS Vantec 20A active curved source line array elements, flown three enclosures each for the left and right sides.
For low frequency support, these are accompanied by two DAS Vantec 18A powered bass reflex subwoofers, placed one enclosure per side. Artec 526A and Artec 508A systems are distributed throughout seven zones depending upon the capacity, location and target (seated patrons, hallways, the main entrance, etc.).
At the Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen, the primary sound setup also consists of six DAS Vantec 20A active curved source line array elements, flown three enclosures each for the left and right sides. Just like the setup at the Miami Improv Comedy Theater, these are accompanied by four DAS Vantec 118A powered bass reflex subwoofers, placed two enclosures per side. Artec 526A and Artec 508A systems are distributed throughout eight zones.
Schweizer Rundfunkveranstalter TVP SA bestückt Studios mit LED-Bildschirmen von Absen
Absen hat beim Modernisierungsprojekt der Studios von TVP SA, einem Medienveranstalter der Kantone Jura und Neuchatel mit Sitz in Cortaillod, seine digitalen Bildschirmlösungen in die Broadcast-Medienumgebung integriert.
Für die Modernisierung des gesamten Studios stand der Austausch der 55-Zoll-LCD-Videowandbildschirme gegen neue LED-Technologie ganz oben auf der Agenda. „Der Einsatz von LED-Wänden ermöglicht uns einen mühelosen Szenenwechsel, durch den wir gleichzeitig auch eine dynamischere Umgebung für unsere Sendungen erschaffen können“, erklärt Marcello Del Zio, Direktor und Teilhaber von TVP SA. „Eine große Bildoberfläche ist entscheidend, da die jeweilige Szene von ganzen digitalen Bildern umgeben werden kann.“
Das Herzstück des neuen Studios bilden 62 m² große N3-Bildschirmpaneele von Absen, die gemeinsam die LED-Kulisse und Ecksäulen an den Wänden bilden; in die Studiotische selbst wurden darüber hinaus 6 m² große A2725-Bildschirmpaneele integriert. Über einen 4K-Videoserver (12 Bit 4:4:4, 60 Hz) finden jegliche Inhalte ihren Weg auf die Bildschirme, die von achtzehn Redundanz-unterstützenden Novastar-MCTRL660-Controllern gesteuert werden.
Sowohl die Gesamtkonstruktion als auch die Montage der Bildschirme wurden vom Installationsteam, bestehend aus den eigenen Studiomitarbeitern, durchgeführt. Um eine korrekte Konfiguration zu gewährleisten, wurde das Team jeweils sieben bzw. drei Tage von Telion- und Absen-Technikern vor Ort unterstützt.
Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross chooses Powersoft for historic renovation
As the largest church of any faith in New England, Cathedral of the Holy Cross has long served as a gathering place and "Mother Church" for Catholics living in the Archdiocese of Boston. Since its dedication in 1875 however, the structure’s Upper Church has received relatively little refurbishment - until 2018, when crews began an extensive renovation project of the 150-year-old Gothic revival structure.
This renovation included a full-scale overhaul of the Cathedral’s sound system, which is now powered by Powersoft Ottocanali 1204 amplifiers and a custom designed line-array employing Powersoft D-Cell 504 2-/4-channel amp modules with onboard DSP and controlled by Powersoft’s Armonía software.
Evan Landry, CTO and President of Landry Audio Division, Commlink Integration Corporation, designed the new sound system for Cathedral of the Holy Cross around a custom unit based on a column of two Innovox MicroBeam 32 units, which serves as a focal point for the entire sound system.
"The primary focus of the system acts as an acoustic anchor, so that all the sound sounds like it’s coming from the chancel - the place where it looks like it’s coming from," says Landry. Due to dimensional limitations in the Cathedral, the custom MicroBeam system uses 52 elements - rather than the 64 that are normally used - and makes use of Powersoft’s D-Cell 504 module, which provides processing and power for the dipole spaced low frequency section and processed line level outputs used with the Cathedral’s custom MicroBeam.
The Innovox MicroBeam steerable line array uses 26 active mid-/low-frequency elements (2.75-inch cone drivers), which are powered by Powersoft D-Cell 504 modules, and 26 high-frequency elements (3.25-inch ribbon drivers).
To carry the sound coverage from the chancel through the 200 feet extending back to the rear of the nave, Landry and Oswood installed 18 additional Innovox line arrays - one for each of the support columns running along the aisle.
For powering each of the support line arrays along the columns, an additional five channels of monitors, plus another speaker acting as a mirror image of the acoustic anchor, they chose Powersoft Ottocanali 1204 amplifiers. To set up the system’s DSP, Oswood used Powersoft Armonía software.
KV2 Audio supports re-imagined version of ‘West Side Story’ in Manchester
The production of ‘West Side Story’ at Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre is the first ever not to feature Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, having been adapted for the theatre’s in-the-round configuration by Aletta Collins. The re-imagined production - directed by Sarah Frankcom and mixed by associate sound designer Owen Lewis - included sound design by Richard Brooker, delivered by KV2 Audio.
Brooker’s design was based on concentric rings of loudspeakers to serve each of the three tiers of seats that were divided into seven separate blocks all the way around the stage. There were fourteen front fills sunk around the edge of the stage floor, while the main vocal system, comprised of seven KV2 Audio EX10 full range active loudspeakers, was flown in a ring above the stage. 41 vocal delay speakers formed part of the concentric rings to supplement the frontfills and main EX10 vocal ring.
A ring of seven low-profile ESD25s flown above the EX10s served the upper gallery. In addition to the vocal system, Brooker specified a pair of EX10s in a L/R configuration for the band system. Due to the in-the-round nature of the venue, the 11-piece orchestra was not located inside the theatre itself, but rather in a specially designed sound-proof booth in the foyer equipped with a video relay so that the musicians could see the stage and the cast could see the conductor.
“The band system is completely separate from the vocal system,” he explains. “We went for a L/R configuration as we decided that we’d like to have the sound of the band coming from somewhere other than the stage as is the case for the actors, and coming from a specific place, as if the band was in the theatre with the audience. The band system also acted as foldback on stage and avoided any nasty timing issues we may otherwise have encountered.”
As a complement to the main L/R system, Brooker has also provided for a delay system based on the EX6 2-way active loudspeaker. He specified a total of 16 EX6s across the three levels of seating, supplemented by six wide-dispersion, under-balcony EX26s for the upper circle. Finally, a pair of EX2.5 dual 15-inch subwoofers flown up in the roof completed the design.
(Photos: Richard Davenport/The Other Richard/KV2 Audio)
MOG und Media Online feiern 250. mxfSpeedrail-Installation in Deutschland
MOG Technologies vermeldet die Installation der 250. mxfSpeedrail-Einheit auf dem deutschen Markt. Das System wurde in diesem Jahr von Media Online, einem langjährigen Partner von MOG in Deutschland, beim Kunden ZDF installiert.
„Erfolgreiche MOG-Installationen von mxfSpeedrail-Systemen, entweder zur dateibasierten Aufnahme oder zur SDI-Aufzeichnung, wurden bisher bei vielen deutschen Kunden durchgeführt, darunter Rundfunksender wie ZDF, SWR, NDR, HR und Sky. Wir freuen uns sehr, nun mit der Installation beim Sender ZDF die 250er-Marke erreicht zu haben“, so João Pereira, Vertriebsleiter bei MOG.
Robe MegaPointes installed at the Ancienne Belgique
The Ancienne Belgique (AB), a live music venue in Brussels, has just purchased 24 x Robe MegaPointes which join the 50 x Spiiders that have graced the house lighting rig since 2017. They were initially looking for an LED spotlight, but they could not find anything to meet all their criteria.
It had to be an FX light as 90% of the performances are music based and effects are important, and they had recently been repeatedly renting in beam lights, so it made sense to have their own.
Head of AB’s lighting department, Renaat Van Hee, had worked at the AB as a freelancer since 2002 and held his current full-time role running the lighting department for the last two years. They have four full time technicians working in lighting, another four in audio and three dealing with general production elements, plus a large pool of regular freelancers.
Their first investment into Robe fixtures was in 2012 when they purchased MMX Spots. These ran for six years before bringing everything up to date with the MegaPointes and Spiiders.
Pictured: Ancienne Belgique’s Head of lighting Renaat Van Hee (on the left) with lighting designer Jan Van Lindt who also works at the venue.
DAS Audio systems for fitness studio in Vilnius
The fitness studio Re.Formatas, in the heart of the city of Vilnius (Lithuania), has chosen DAS Audio equipment for its gym. The sound systems selected for the fitness studio were the Action, Vantec and Altea series.
The configuration included systems of 8" and 12", Action 8A, Action 12A, Altea 412A and Altea 712A, along with the subwoofer Vantec 18A in the main gym area, and the Altea 718 subwoofer in the rest of rooms. The smaller cabinets were distributed in the bar, lounge and the reception, while the larger cabinets were installed in the main area of the gym.
The installation company Music Agency New Tone (UAB Fremenas) was key in the design, installation and development of the project. "Two years ago, we did a similar installation at another gym and in a few cocktail bars in Kaunas, where the DAS Audio systems from the Action and Artec series were deployed," comments Kastytis Sinkevicius, manager of the company. "This previous experience influenced the installation of similar equipment in Re.Formatas."
Chauvet DJ fixtures installed at Moose Bar locations in Belgium
Moose Bar is opening pop-up nightspots throughout Belgium. A collection of Chauvet DJ fixtures, supplied by Pro Gear BVBA, is contributing to their atmosphere. Laurent Wery, owner of Pro Gear, decided to anchor Moose Bar rigs with Chauvet DJ products.
Featured in his lighting package for the six current venues in the chain are: 47 Intimidator Spot 260 moving fixtures, 80 SlimPAR T6 USB low-profile RGB wash lights, 30 SlimPAR T12 USB units, four Line Dancer compact mid-air effects, one Swarm Wash FX rotating derby, 16 Geyser P7 colorized RGBA+UV foggers, and three Hurricane 2000 fog machines.
“Each Moose Bar is different in size and style, so each has its own lighting needs,” says Wery. Wery ensured that the dancefloors at the Moose Bar clubs were enlivened by a steady stream of bright and bold looks by hanging the Intimidator Spot 260 fixtures over them as their main spot.
At some sites, he enhanced the impact of these 75 W fixtures by coordinating them with aerial effects from the Line Dancer or Swarm units. For color, Wery positioned the SlimPAR washes strategically throughout each Moose Bar location.
Zach Scott chooses ChamSys for Chicago Music Cruise
The 20th annual Chicago Music Cruise - a weeklong Caribbean excursion on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of The Seas, organized by rock group 7th Heaven - featured a group of leading Chicagoland bands and radio personalities. For the on-board-theatre’s live shows Zach Scott designed a lightshow that was run with a ChamSys Maxi Wing and ChamSys Extra Wing Compact.
“Given that space is always an issue in a cruise ship environment, I wanted something with a small travel footprint that would still give me enough power to run a 22-universe show,” says Scott. “I’ve been running shows with the MagicQ MQ 500 Stadium, but size was an issue here. It was also very important that whatever I used had the ability to be up and running quickly from show to show.”
In addition to his Maxi Wing and Extra Wing, Scott’s system included a MacBook Pro and Elo Touch Screen. “The MacBook Pro running the MagicQ on PC was the core of the operation,” he says. “I received plots a couple of months prior to the cruise, which gave me ample time to build the rig and preprogram the show. The Maxi Wing lets me do my programming and playback through real faders, buttons and encoder wheels.”
Scott ran three different shows, two 60-minute versions and one 90-minute variety, during the cruise. He controlled each show live through the playback faders and cue stack buttons on his Maxi Wing and Extra Wing Compact.
(Photos: JPM Photography)
Erik Morra uses Chauvet fixtures for 'Newsies'
Founded in 1789, Georgetown Prep is one of the oldest preparatory schools in the US. The halls of its leafy campus outside Washington DC resonate with tradition, as Erik Morra discovered when he signed on to light the musical 'Newsies' at the school’s student theatre in February 2019.
'Newsies' chronicles the heroics of New York’s “newspaper boys” during their late 19th century strike against two of the most powerful publishers of their era. “I was familiar with the play, but never really appreciated the David-Goliath backstory behind the strike until I dug into it for this production, which made me extra determined to capture the world of these kids in light,” says Morra, owner of Baltimore-based LumenCUE. Helping him convey the gritty 1899 New York City streets that defined the newsboys’ life was a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash and Rogue R1 Wash fixtures.
Morra hung eight Rogue R1 Wash fixtures downstage for front light, and eight Rogue R2 Wash fixtures midstage for downlight and backlight. “The zoom feature of the Rogues allowed me to define the space and keep the focus where it needed to be,” he says. “We also had several scenes that moved out into the house, so we were able to simply move the fixtures and follow the actors out into the aisle.”
Along with its Rogue R2 Wash and Rogue R1 Wash units, Morra’s rig included Chauvet DJ Intimidator and Freedom Par fixtures. He hung eight Intimidator Spot 360 LED units on upstage pipe just in front of the backdrop to give it extra texture. He also moved some of these lights downstage to create specials.
He uplit the “W” on the “World News” building (headquarters of one of the newspapers) with a pair of Intimidator Spot Duo 155 units. He also positioned six wireless Freedom Par Quad-4 fixtures on the front edge of the stage to emulate a “classic theatre front light” look.
Helping Morra create his looks for the show was a group of Georgetown Prep students. “I came to the show opening night, but the students took it from there,” he says. “I worked with the tech crew students to map out the lighting cues and program the board, bringing them as much as possible into the process.”
Chauvet fixtures installed at Piece Hall Spiegeltent
The Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, initially served as a marketplace for traders selling woolen cloth from the town’s many textile mills. A recent comprehensive renovation of the premises has given the courtyard a renewed purpose though: that of an exchange for the arts, culture and music.
One of the events making use of the transformed Piece Hall courtyard is the Spiegeltent - a makeshift live venue, akin to a circus big top, which caters to a musical program in the run up to the festive season.
For a recent incarnation, which included a varied program of bands, cabaret and comedy, in addition to headlining musical acts such as Gary Delaney, Yorkshire-based Sound & Light UK LTD integrated ten Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash and ten Rogue R1 Beam fixtures into their lighting rig.
The interplay between the Rogue R1 Beam and R2 Wash fixtures, flown from above stage trussing, gave Sound & Light the necessary breadth of visual expression required. Drawing on the 19 (15 W) RGBW quad-LED source of the Rogue R2 Wash fixture, Chris Bottomley and his team were able to deploy a blanket of saturated color to create supporting visuals for the musical performances.
"In addition to providing bursts of saturated color on stage, we could also use the fixture's (12° to 49°) zoom to transform the wash into a soft-edged spot - an effect which came in incredibly useful during the repeated recalibration of the stage setup during the program," says Bottomley.
Complementing the wash effects with precise throws of light were the 132 W Rogue R1 Beam fixtures. Due to their independently controllable 5-facet and 8-facet prisms, Bottomley was able to initiate a contrasting set of aerial effects with which to punctuate the blanket of color provided by the wash fixtures.
(Photos: Sound & Light UK)
Soundation Studio mit Vovox-Klangleitern ausgestattet
Seit dem Jahr 2012 betreibt Audio-Engineer Thomas Feilner das Soundation Studio nördlich von Bayreuth und zeichnet seitdem für das Recording, Mixing und Mastering zahlreicher Bands und Künstler verantwortlich.
Seit kurzem ist die Mastering-Kette im Soundation Studio komplett mit Klangleitern von Vovox verkabelt und hat daher das Purum-Qualitätslabel des Schweizer Kabelherstellers erhalten.
Gemeinsam mit den Installationsexperten von Thomann Audio Professionell plante Feilner die Verkabelung der neuen Mastering-Kette mit den symmetrischen Sonorus Direct S 100. „Die Neuverkabelung beginnt beim Wandler, geht über die Patchbay, durch alle Outboard-Geräte und landet schließlich wieder im Wandler“, so Feilner.
Chauvet fixtures installed at FishHawk Fellowship Church
FishHawk Fellowship Church, located in Lithia, Florida, has seen a steady influx of new members over the last fifteen years, growing from an average of 158 weekly attendees to 2,000-plus.
FishHawk’s newest facility does “double duty” when not hosting religious services by serving as a community center/gymnasium. The church contacted Morris Integration for help in designing a flexible space. Morris came up with a room concept that excels as both a worship and recreational area.
The lighting system features Chauvet Professional fixtures. The Morris team specified 18 Ovation E-260WW fixtures for front lights, complemented by 26 Rogue fixtures. The 20 Rogue R1 Wash and six Rogue R3 Spot fixtures were hung over the stage and placed on the platform to add color and depth to the stage and video shots.
“We also included an Amhaze unit for the church to create beam effects on stage, plus it adds an additional element of creativity for the lighting designer,” says Wade Russell, Morris Integration’s assistant general manager.
Barowski AG stattet Kirchen mit Meyer-Sound-Systemen aus
Die Barowski AG aus Nürnberg hat im vergangenen Jahr zwei Kirchen mit Meyer-Sound-Beschallungssystemen ausgestattet. Das Haus der 1734 eingeweihten Kirche „Kreuz+Quer“ in Erlangen, das mit einer Zwischendecke versehen ist, besitzt im Erdgeschoss verschiedene kleinere Räume und im Obergeschoss den im Barockstil gehaltenen Katharinensaal. Bei der letzten Generalinstandsetzung wurde dieser Raum mit neuer Ton- und Videotechnik sowie einer Bühnenbeleuchtung ausgestattet.
Ein Ziel dieser Generalinstandsetzung war der Wunsch nach einer Erweiterung der Nutzungsmöglichkeiten der Räumlichkeiten. Vor dem Umbau hauptsächlich für kleinere kirchliche Veranstaltungen genutzt, finden heute auch private Feierlichkeiten wie Hochzeiten, Geburtstage, Firmenveranstaltungen und Empfänge sowie kulturelle Events wie Konzerte, Theater und Musicals statt.
Herzstück der neu installierten Audiotechnik im Katharinensaal sind zwei Meyer-Sound-CAL-32-Column-Array-Lautsprecher. Unterstützt werden die CALs, die bei Reden, Gesang und Musik zum Einsatz kommen, von zwei MM-4XPD-Miniature-Self-Powered-Lautsprechern und zwei UMS-UltraCompact-Subwoofern. Realisiert wurde die von der Barowski AG geplante Installation von der SLD Mediatec GmbH, ebenfalls aus Nürnberg.
Moderner gehalten ist ein weiteres Projekt der Barowski AG: Die Christkönigskirche in Burgthann ist ein puristischer Ziegelsteinsteinbau, der 1964 als katholische Kirche eingeweiht wurde. Der Altar ist mittig in dem 250 Sitzplätze fassende Raum platziert.
Die ursprüngliche Beschallung der Kirche führte zu Beschwerden von Gläubigen, da Wörter bei Predigten „verschluckt“ wurden, rhetorische Abstufungen nicht möglich waren und der Klang als eher stumpf und nasal empfunden worden sei.
Die Barowski AG wurde beauftragt, eine Beschallungslösung ohne langwierige Aufbau- bzw. Umbauarbeiten zu erarbeiten, die die Nachhallzeit reduziert. Michael Barowski, Geschäftsführer der AG, entschied sich für ein Lautsprechersystem mit Meyer-Sound-MM-4XPD-Miniature-Self-Powered-Lautsprechern. Die Rückwärtsdämpfung der MM-4XPD vermindert Reflexionen an den Wänden und ermöglicht die gewünschte Sprachbeschallung.
Zum Einsatz in der Christkönigskirche kommen jeweils zwei von der Decke abgehängte Lautsprecher für die Beschallung der drei Sitzbankblöcke und je ein Lautsprecher für die Orgel und den Chor auf der Empore. Zwei weitere Lautsprecher am Altar dienen als Monitore für Redner. Für die abgehängten Lautsprecher wurden spezielle Halterungen eigens für den Kunden entwickelt.