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Chauvet DJ fixtures installed at Harry’s New York Bar in Cologne
On the ground floor of the Dorint Hotel in Cologne, Germany, the local Harry’s New York Bar has become a hot spot in the city’s nightlife. Known for serving a collection of special drinks at its 100 meter long bar, Harry’s expanded its reach last year by offering live music acts.
Looking to install a dynamic lighting rig that could provide visual support for its musical offerings, Harry’s reached out to Sound Bros. GmbH, which supplied the club with a color-rendering LED system featuring Chauvet DJ Intimidator fixtures.
A total of six Intimidator Wash Zoom 450 IRC and eight Intimidator Spot 260 fixtures were installed as part of the club’s overall sound and lighting upgrade, all of which were handled by Sound Bros. The fixtures are hung on two steel pipes that run across the ceiling on opposite sides of the dancefloor.
Sellersville Theater 1894 upgrades with Elation Artiste DaVinci
The Sellersville Theater 1894 north of Philadelphia is a live performance venue located adjacent to the Washington House Restaurant & Hotel. The 325-seat auditorium with cabaret seating hosts hundreds of national and international acts every year.
When they sought to upgrade their aging lighting rig early in 2019 they contacted Artistic Concepts Group, Inc. of Chantilly, Virginia, for a solution and ended up demoing a number of potential fixtures.
Seeking to upgrade some older conventional lighting, PAR cans and Fresnels, the theater’s Technical Director and Production Manager Daniel Faga evaluated Elation’s Artiste DaVinci against a number of competitive products and settled on the LED moving head spots for an upgrade to their house rig.
Four DaVincis hang from an upstage electric with an additional four working from a floor position. “The DaVincis serve as the focal point fixtures in the new lighting rig,” says Faga says. The eight DaVincis are paired with eight Elation Fuze Wash Z120 LED moving head washlights.
The lighting system was designed with the help of Michael Wysolmerski from Artistic Concepts Group, a multi service provider of entertainment technology who supplied the Elation fixtures to the theater. Artistic Concepts worked on the project with Elation rep firm The Healy Group, who provided the demo fixture.
(Photos: Tina Pastor)
Robe equips permanent multimedia show at Masada Mountain
Robe equipment was chosen to be part of the new permanent multimedia spectacular ‘From Dusk to Dawn’, which is projected onto the western slope of Masada Mountain near the Dead Sea in Israel.
Robe BMFL Blades and IP rated Robe ColorStrobes are a main part of the light show designed by Eran Klein and Ben Alon from Cochavi & Klein Light Architects which supports the new large format (approx. 120 metres wide and 60 metres high) video images which are mapped onto the mountain’s rugged terrain.
The lighting supports the moving images and the narrative as it covers this vast canvass with a series of special lighting and effects, complete with a dramatic soundtrack by Shlomo Gronich, telling the story and history of the Mountain.
The new lighting kit has been supplied by Danor Theatre and Studio Systems from Hod Hashron who were involved in the original lighting installation and supported the show since 1986.
The five BMFL Blades are housed inside weather domes and additionally enclosed in weatherised hides which are closed and sealed when not in use. The eight ColorStrobes are built into two banks of four, partially protected by a permanent wind shield cover across the back.
The fixtures are all painted in RAL 1001 (officially beige but essentially a sandy desert colour to blend into the environment), and they are synched to the multimedia playback machine for the show, including the four 25K projectors.
The lighting console is a Compulite Vector and the lights are controlled via an Enttec DMX system. The distances between the moving lights and the control are around 500 metres. The 50-minute ‘From Dusk to Dawn’ show plays every week of the year after sunset on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with private viewings arrangeable by request.
(Photos: Breeze Creative)
Chauvet fixtures installed at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre
The theatre department of Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, has added Chauvet Professional Ovation and Maverick LED fixtures from JRLX, Inc. to its Philip Lynch Theatre lighting system.
“Our department has an open-ended goal of updating technical production elements on a continuous basis,” says Andrew Nelsen, who serves as the theatre’s technical director and production designer, in addition to being an assistant professor.
Nelsen describes how the five Maverick MK1 Spot fixtures and four Ovation E-910FC color mixing ellipsoidal units Lewis University acquired will be used at the Philip Lynch Theatre. “They are not intended to be permanently installed, but to serve as flexible tools that can be shared between the two theatre spaces,” he says. “I also view these fixtures as teaching tools that can be struck from the lighting grid and brought to the classroom for students to get up close to.”
The Philip Lynch Theatre produces five mainstage plays or musicals a year as well as hosting a wide range of student and alumni driven performances. Nelson uses the Mavericks in pairs as diagonal back light, with the fifth instrument hung down center on the theatre stage. “I have also used the MK1s as side light instruments,” he says. “In these applications, they hang 21 feet above the stage deck and a maximum of 20 feet horizontally from the edge of the stage.”
“For ‘13 The Musical,’ I put all of our MK1s in a row on an upstage line set,” he continues. “We also like to use this configuration for our annual Christmas variety show. Recently, we hung MK1s in our Blackbox Theatre for a production of ‘Constellations’.” Student Lighting Designer Eric Redmon used the stock patterns of the MK1 to establish the multiple “universes” that the characters traverses during the play.
Describing the Ovation E-910FC as his “workhorse fixture for side light,” Nelsen typically has them in low side positions or low front positions. Outfitted with 26° lens tubes, the ellipsoidal units are flown from 6-12 feet above the stage deck when hanging from the vomitorium and aisle positions. When hung from the lighting rig, they are 21 feet above the stage deck.
Robe DL7S Profiles installed at National Theatre in Warsaw
The Teatr Narodowy (National Theatre) in Warsaw, Poland, has invested in a total of 40 x Robe DL7S Profile moving lights which are part of a lighting upgrade to replace over 100 halogens and gel-scrollers in their rig with new LED light sources, a graduated process taking place across all three of the theatre’s performance spaces.
In addition to modernising their house lighting systems - including some previous moving lights that had been in place for nearly twenty years - they were essentially looking for quieter fixtures, states head of lighting Zbigniew Szulim. They also wanted a luminaire that could replicate the effect of halogen lamps.
The National Theatre Warsaw, one of five in Poland, each associated with a major city, stages nearly 500 shows a year across all its stages - Boguslawski Hall (Big Hall), the stage at Wierzbowa (Small Hall) and the Studio Stage - a mix of own produced shows and those received from other companies.
The capacities of the Small Hall and the Studio are 120 and 100 respectively, and in these rooms, the audience is sitting very close to the lights, so having less ambient noise coming from the fixtures is a bonus for those watching.
Zbigniew Szulim works with a lighting crew of 10 across all of the stages. They have had some Robe in the building prior to this latest acquisition - six DL4S Profiles and 18 x MMX Blades - on the large Boguslawski Hall stage and in the Studio. As with these, the DL7S Profiles’s were delivered by Robe’s Polish distributor Prolight.
(Photos: Krzysztof Bielinski/Magda Hueckel/Louise Stickland)
MDG haze solution for Magazine London
Magazine London, the capital’s largest event space of its kind, opened adjacent to the O2 Arena in Greenwich Peninsula in August 2019. It offers 3,205 sq m of versatile interior space for up to 3,000 people, and the capability of a further 7,000 people across the venue’s outdoor showground.
Technical consultant Simon Jones of SJ-TPM recommended MDG haze generators for this new venue. He supplied two MDG ATMe, complete with purpose-built touring cases for easy storage and deployment which was essential for this multipurpose venue.
Jones was brought onboard by Venue Lab to review, recommend and deliver the technical infrastructure, establish and fine tune the requirements and purchase the equipment for the venue. Jones worked on the various phases in collaboration with Vibration Design and Production, which delivered the in-house technical production.
Magazine London has two large internal spaces, each with 8 m high ceilings, two mezzanines for VIP areas or additional reception/break out spaces, and an outdoor festival square, all of which can be used in various configurations to suit the show or event.
The ATMe generators have been used on various events since the venue opened, including the launch of the new FIFA20 game, the SAP Annual Conference and the Desperado x Elrow Music Show.
The generators have been supplied in purpose-built touring cases, which include additional space for haze fluid and two gas cylinders, that can be rolled into whichever position or venue required.
(Photos: Gemma Parker Photography)
Museum in Kairo mit Christie-Projektoren modernisiert
Das Panorama des „Krieges vom 6. Oktober“ im ägyptischen Kairo erinnert an den 1973 geführten Jom-Kippur-Krieg. Die 1989 eingeweihte Museumsfassade mit einer Reihe militärischer Panzer und Flugzeuge gilt als Besuchermagnet. Nach einer Renovierung hat das Museum nun bestehende Ausstellungsstücke mit moderner AV-Technologie kombiniert.
Der ägyptische Integrator Audio Technology SAE wurde beauftragt, das Besuchererlebnis zu verbessern und zu modernisieren. Drei Hallen des Museums sollten dabei mit moderner AV-Technik ausgestattet werden, um die historischen Ausstellungsstücke zum Leben zu erwecken.
In Halle 1 wurde der 3D-Projektor Christie Mirage WU14K-M als Teil eines 5D-Kinos mit 150 Sitzplätzen installiert. Das Kino zeigt einen stereoskopischen 3D-Film in FHD-Auflösung. Ein Christie-LW502-Projektor wird zudem für Seminarveranstaltungen verwendet.
In einem weiteren Ausstellungsbereich wurden sechs Christie-D13WU-HS-Laserprojektoren installiert, die eine U-förmige, nahtlose Bildwand mit heller 10K-Auflösung bespielen. Durch die spezielle U-Form, die das Sichtfeld komplett ausfüllt, sollen sich Zuschauer als Teil des Videos fühlen.
In einem zylindrischen Raum wurden neun Christie-DWU1075-GS-Laserprojektoren installiert, um eine 360-Grad-Bildprojektion zu schaffen. Das immersive Display passt sich der ungewöhnlichen Form des Museumsgebäudes an.
Das Museum wurde zusätzlich mit 3D-Hologrammen von Waffen, Digital-Signage-Displays, kabellosen Tour-Guide-Systemen sowie einem Projektion-Mapping an der Außenfassade des Gebäudes modernisiert.
Opernhaus in Suzhou mit Lawo-Systemen ausgestattet
Die Stadtverwaltung von Suzhou bei Shanghai hat das neue Opernhaus des Suzhou Folklore Orchesters mit einem Lawo-mc²36-Mischpult und drei Compact-I/O-Stageboxen ausstatten lassen.
Installiert wurden die Lawo-Systeme von Lawos chinesischem Partner SWS, der als Generalunternehmer die Systemintegration der neuen Anlage und den Aufbau der Audioinfrastruktur für das Opernhaus in Suzhou übernahm.
Die Anlage mit den Lawo-Systemen wurde mit der dort installierten Beschallungsanlage mit Lautsprechern und Verstärkern von D&B Audiotechnik kombiniert. Mit dieser Installation ist der Konzertsaal in Suzhou der erste in China, der mit einem mc²36-Audiomischpult ausgestattet wurde.
Die 40-Fader-Konsole mit Waves SoundGrid-Integration besitzt eine Routingkapazität von 192 Koppelpunkten und bietet eine Rechenleistung von 192 DSP-Kanälen.
Angers Ice Parc gets lighting rig from Club Services and Chauvet
The Ice Parc in Angers, France, features a lighting system - financed by UCPA (Union des Centres Sportifs de Plein Air) and installed by Club Services - that uses Chauvet Professional Rogue R2X Spot fixtures.
“We designed our lighting to be adaptable to the client’s needs,” says Jérémie Menore of Club Services. “This means the lighting can change, according to the event and time of day. For example, we will create a club type of lighting in the evenings, and slower, more colorful looks during family sessions.”
A collection of 14 Rogue R2X Spot units is used to light the facility’s “Olympic Track,” and 10 of the 300 W moving fixtures are deployed at a “Fun Track.” The fixtures are positioned more than 12 meters over the ice. Their interchangeable gobos help to integrate the sponsors of the Duc d’Angers hockey team.
Genelec helps create award-winning soundscape in New Children’s Hospital
The New Children’s Hospital (HUS) in Helsinki is a new € 170 M facility that uses art and play combined with the latest digital technology to provide medical care in a safe, reassuring environment for the children and their families.
Part of the hospital’s innovative approach included the development of a building-wide soundscape to create the sonic environment for patients and staff. The soundscape is fully networked, due in part to the use of 39 Genelec 8430A IP loudspeakers.
The soundscape design was recently awarded the Grand Prix in the soundscapes and ambient sound category of the 2019 International Sound Awards (ISA) in Hamburg.
The idea was to create a soundscape based on the visual theme of each of the hospital’s eight floors. Inspiration was drawn mostly from the natural world as well as the Finnish ‘Moomin’ stories. Antti Ikonen, Head of Sound in New Media at Aalto university, and ten of his MA students were responsible for the task of developing the content.
“All the audio material is hosted in a single computer which generates and renders the soundscapes before feeding them out to each floor and location via the hospital’s IP network,” explains Ikonen. “The design and planning started before the building even existed. We discussed with the architects, doctors, electrical engineers, IT people, and Genelec how to implement this holistic technological system.”
The soundscape is delivered via 39 Genelec 8430A IP loudspeakers and ten AIC25 in-ceiling loudspeakers distributed throughout the hospital’s lobbies and corridors from the underground car park all the way up to the top floor.
They are specifically not located in proximity to the nurses’ workstations so as not to disturb hospital staff, and neither are they found in patients’ rooms, operating theatres, meeting rooms or any other space that has a specific function.
Jon-Patrik Kuhlefelt, sound technician and digital audio specialist from the Sibelius Academy at Helsinki’s University of the Arts, also played an important role in the technical system design and content planning for the soundscape.
“The heart of the system is an Apple Mac Pro running a Max/MSP patch,” he says. “A Focusrite Rednet PCIeR audio interface in the Mac Pro feeds Dante streams to a BSS Blu-806DA DSP processor that is used mainly for muting all the loudspeakers in case of a fire alarm. From there, the outputs are fed to the Genelec 8430A IP loudspeakers via AES67. Finally, we have a Focusrite Rednet AM2 feeding the AIC25s.”
“There are nearly 100 Genelec loudspeakers throughout the building in total,” continues Kuhlefelt. “In addition to those used for the soundscape project, there are over fifty 4000 Series loudspeakers (mainly the compact 4020Cs) found in meeting rooms and conference areas throughout the hospital.”
Rosco Custom LitePads setzen mittelalterliche Kirchenfenster in Szene
Das im Lübecker St. Annen-Kloster befindliche St. Annen-Museum hat in diesem Jahr seinen Raum, in dem ausgewählte textile Objekte aus dem Danziger Paramentenschatz präsentiert werden, neu gestaltet. Das in diesen Gewölberaum einfallende Tageslicht wird durch zwei kunstvoll gestaltete Kirchenfenster gefiltert, welche in die Fensterlaibungen eingestellt sind.
Die Wirkung der Glasmalereien soll sich auch nach der Dämmerung noch entfalten können. Deshalb suchten das Museum und das beauftragte Büro Kober Lichtplaner aus Dortmund nach einer künstlichen Beleuchtungslösung, die der Wirkung des Tageslichts nahe kommt, ohne selbst als System sichtbar zu werden.
Die Cast C. Adolph & RST Distribution GmbH aus Hagen lieferte daraufhin zwei individuell auf Kundenwunsch angefertigte, transparente Custom LitePads HO90 von Rosco. Dabei handelt es sich um 8 mm dünne LED-Profil-Lichtquellen mit einer Farbtemperatur von 2.800 K, 4.000 K oder 5.300 K.
Im St. Annen-Museum Lübeck lässt die transparente Version des LitePads das Tageslicht ungehindert passieren. Wenn in den Abendstunden das Tageslicht nachlässt, initiiert ein Dämmerungssensor eine programmierte Show, die in einem Fade-In die LitePads langsam hochfährt.
„Durch die an die Rahmenkonstruktion der Kirchenfenster angepasste Unterkonstruktion für die LitePads sind auch die seitlich in die Platten eingespeisten LEDs nicht durch die Fenster hindurch sichtbar“, erklärt Kober-Lichtplaner-Inhaberin Nicole Kober.
Für die Ansteuerung der LitePads kommt ein AC-612-DIN-Mini-DMX-Controller von ELC Lighting Systems zum Einsatz, der die LitePads vollautomatisch steuert und die programmierte Dimmkurve abfährt. Der AC 612 DIN ist ein Hutschienencontroller mit zwölf Schalteingängen zur Ansteuerung von zwölf Speicherplätzen für einzelne Cues (Szenen) oder Cuelisten (Programme) mit insgesamt 126 Cues.
(Foto: Kober Lichtplaner)
New York’s Metropolitan Opera chooses Elation Artiste Monet
The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, home to the Metropolitan Opera, has recently installed 70 Elation Professional Artiste Monet LED profile moving head luminaires with Donald Holder the first to use the new rig of lights on ‘Porgy and Bess’.
The Monet fixtures, along with a complement of Elation Chorus Line ST LED battens, have replaced the entire overhead lighting rig at the Met, everything from a standard tungsten Fresnel to a high output 4KW HMI theatre Fresnel. The Chorus Line luminaires were custom made for the venue with RGBA LEDs for a broader color spectrum.
The Metropolitan Opera opened its 2019/2020 season on September 23rd with a new production of the Gershwin and Heyward opera ‘Porgy and Bess’, directed by James Robinson. The first production to use the new Artiste Monet luminaires, lighting is by LD Donald Holder, the fifth opera he has designed for the Met since 2004.
(Photos: Ken Howard)
Robert Juliat Oz followspots installed at New National Theatre Tokyo
The New National Theatre Tokyo (NNTT) has invested in a stock of Robert Juliat Oz 600 W LED followspots for its three performance spaces. The new LED models replace conventional source followspots as part of an upgrade of the lighting inventory for this arts venue.
The NNTT complex comprises the Opera Palace, Playhouse and The Pit, and hosts over 300 performances a year to around 200,000 theatre goers. Four of Robert Juliat’s Oz 7°-14° LED followspots were supplied by RJ distributor Sogo Butai, initially for use in the small Pit Theatre, but also with the intention of relocating them to the larger spaces of the Playhouse and Opera Palace as needed.
NNTT is familiar with Robert Juliat, having invested in Robert Juliat profiles when it first opened its doors in 1997. “Since the beginning we have used Robert Juliat Athos 914SNX and 910SNX profiles,” says Takehito Suzuki from NNTT’s technical department for lighting.
(Photos: RJ Industry Japan/New National Theatre Tokyo)
Hippotizer provides media control for Fox Sports
US regional sports network Fox Sports Southwest has upgraded its media playback system with the addition of Hippotizer Karst+ media servers from Green Hippo. “We needed a system that was intuitive and could provide HD-SDI connections,” says Adam Towell, chief engineer for Fox Sports Southwest. “We are utilizing the Datapath FX4 to split the Green Hippo Karst+ into 8 x HD-SDI signals for the set. The Hippotizer Karst+ delivers on every need, and the depth of the system toolkit allows for further flexibility during productions.”
“The graphics department now has more control of how their content is delivered, and with the addition of the Elgato Stream Deck, our technical directors can input graphics at their leisure with image previews on the controller before it goes to set,” adds Towell.
(Photo: Fox Sports)
Chauvet illuminates “Back to the 90s” cruise
In early September 2019, passengers boarded Marella Explorer for the four-day “Electric Sunsets: Cruise Back to the 90s” cruise, which was produced by TED (The Entertainment Department) and offered performances from Top 10 artists of the era, DJ sets, costume contests, and an updated 90s-style lighting design that featured 12 Chauvet Professional Maverick Storm 1 Wash fixtures supplied by Impact Production Services.
Working for TED, José Lorenzo of José Lorenzo Lighting Design placed eight of the IP65 rated units (two apiece) on four T-truss structures located around the pool deck. The remain four units were hung on back truss behind the main stage. From these positions, the Maverick Storm 1 Washes covered the entire event area with multi-colored effects.
Given that the event took places outdoors on a ship’s pool deck, Lorenzo relied on aerial washes from the Maverick Storm 1 Wash fixtures to cast a colorful canopy of light over the pool and its surrounding deck. This helped define the party area, creating an immersive sense of space for Marella Cruises’ passengers.
(Photos: Cruise with Ben & David)
Elation lighting system for Legends Casino and Events Center
Legends Casino Hotel and Events Center, located in Toppenish, Washington, recently built a new events center and reached out to Elation Professional dealer Morgan Sound, Inc. of Lynnwood, Washington, for a vision to transform a 200' x 200' ballroom into a 1,750- seat concert and performance venue. Morgan Sound was contracted to design and install the audio, lighting, video, staging, and drapery systems.
They equipped the new events center with an all LED lighting system from Elation, consisting of 34 Seven Par 19IP Par lights, 16 Rayzor 760 moving heads, 12 Artiste DaVinci moving head spots, 10 Colour 5 Profile ellipsoidals and 6 Cuepix Blinder WW2 luminaires. Elation rep firm Audio Source and Jim Gragham was instrumental in getting Morgan Sound the fixtures and assisting with product selection and demos.
Essex Sound equips church with VUE AL-4 subcompact line array
Co-lead pastor Justin Hoeppner had been planning an audio system upgrade for New Community Church in Vista, California, for almost twoyears. The church seats about 600 with the aid of a balcony that extends out over half of the lower level.
“Our old system was tired, rundown and cranky. It had virtually no high frequency response which gave us a muddy mid-range,” says Hoeppner. New Community was founded in 1926 and their current building is more than 25 years old. They decided it was time for an upgrade.
After connecting with VUE partners Essex Sound and designing a system to cater to their building’s needs, the AL-4 line array was installed. To accommodate the shape of the auditorium, 120 degree wide dispersion horns were used to ensure proper coverage.
Two AL-4 arrays (eight elements per side) were suspended and wired in stereo by request. Two AS-215 subwoofers fill out the low-end. VUEpoint Beam Forming allowed the system to be aimed to cover the balcony and lower seating area, while attenuating hot spots.
DAS Audio loudspeakers installed at Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen
Loudspeakers from the Vantec and Artec series catalogs of Valencia, Spain-based DAS Audio were recently deployed at the Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen in Miami, Florida. Miami-based AV design/build firm Light F/X Pros was contracted to design and deploy the loudspeaker system at the venue.
“The venue operates as a restaurant, concert hall, and party room,” says Jhander Orihuela, Audio Engineer for Light F/X Pros. “As a result, the system required the SPL (sound pressure level) to provide solid coverage throughout the space, depending on the activities taking place at any given time, in addition to having both a high level of speech intelligibility and music reproduction capabilities.”
The primary sound setup consists of six DAS Vantec 20A active curved source line array elements - flown three enclosures each for the left and right sides. These are accompanied by four DAS Vantec 118A powered bass reflex subwoofers - placed two enclosures per side.
The delay systems at the Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen are distributed throughout eight zones. Here, the Light F/X Pros crew deployed four DAS Artec 526A enclosures each for zones one and two, six Artec 508A enclosures for zones three and four, and another six DAS Arco 24T 2-way point source enclosures throughout zone five (the terrace). Completing the setup, an Ovi 12 loudspeaker fills the zone six hallway while ten DAS CL-6TB ceiling loudspeakers complete zones seven and eight.
Café OZ creates multiple experiences with Chauvet
More than 1.2 million Australians visit France every year according to a DGE and Banque de France survey. Those who happen to drop by a Café OZ will experience a familiar sense of home. For 25 years, these places have been treating customers to an “Australian Style” pub and club atmosphere in France with music, sports, and more.
There are three Café Oz locations in Paris and one in Bordeaux. Each has décor suggestive of the Land Down Under with Australian flags, posters and statues of native fauna like kangaroos. They also feature a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures. Each venue has its own rig of lighting fixtures depending on its design and the general nature of its customer base according to Remy Zakine, artistic director of Café Oz.
At Café Oz Châtelet the 11°-48° zoom range of The Rogue R1 Wash allows Zakine to get wide coverage with the lights, despite the low hanging positions. Zakine has ten of these RGBW moving LED fixtures placed throughout the club. Accenting the features of the Café Oz Châtelet are 24 Épix Strip Tour fixtures that Zakine has placed in the room.
At Café Oz Denfert Rochereau Zakine uses two Rogue R2 Wash fixtures to create festive color tones at this location. He also called on two Rogue R1 Spot units to provide some accents. Café Oz at the Grand Boulevards houses a lighting rig that includes four Intimidator Trio and four Intimidator Spot 260 fixtures from Chauvet DJ.
In the Bordeaux location, which serves as a sports bar, after work meeting place, restaurant, and nightclub, the rig features four Rogue R2 Wash, four Rogue R1 Wash and four Strike 4 fixtures.
Wärtsilä chooses Martin Audio
Wärtsilä Entertainment Systems has solved the challenge of delivering a nightclub experience at sea with the first ever installation of Martin Audio’s recently launched WPS optimised line array.
The latest member of the Wavefront Precision family was specified long before its official launch to cater to the entertainment needs of Scarlet Lady, the very first ship in the Virgin Voyages fleet.
“We started audio specification for the ship back in 2016 but thanks to the strength of relationship with Martin Audio we were able to glimpse into the future product roadmap and as a consequence believed that the product that would become WPS was a perfect fit for the nightclub,” explains Rob Shuard, Vice President, Design & Engineering of Wärtsilä Entertainment Systems.
‘The Manor’ nightclub is named after Virgin’s first music studio in England. The space was designed utilizing two ship decks of height to maximize how the room feels and mimic the structure of land-based clubs. Wärtsilä Entertainment Systems has equipped The Manor with an acoustic design as well as equipment to support DJ sets.
The set up in the nightclub consists of four WPS left and right of the stage, flown over two SX218 subwoofers. Supplementing this are a further four arrays, each of three WPS, flown over the dancefloor. The system is all powered by four iKon iK42 amplifiers supporting a 2 box resolution for enhanced coverage, consistency and control.
Chauvet fixtures installed at Mountview’s new theatre
For recent productions of the plays “My Favorite Year” and “Children of Eden” at Mountview’s new theatre in London, Nic Farman used a collection of Chauvet Professional Ovation fixtures supplied by White Light, which are part of the theatre’s new lighting rig.
In both cases, the use of color was front and center in Farman’s design strategy. “I’m a big fan of using a rich color palette,” he says. “The rig I had in Mountview’s new theatre allowed me to play with everything from deep saturates to subtle pastels for both shows. Farman used eight Ovation B-2805FC fixtures and two Ovation B-1965FC units to wash the cyc, both from the top and the bottom.
Farman had to transform the theatre space into two very different productions in a short period of time, and with an essentially fixed rig. He credits his team Antony, the Production LX and Follow Spot Operators Alice, David, Emma and Issac as well as the Mountview staff with helping to make it happen.
(Photos: Craig Fuller/Robin Savage)
Elation lighting system installed at new Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre in Moscow
The Irina A. Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre, a new gymnastics venue in Moscow, Russia, houses an Elation Professional lighting system. Featuring a main performance arena and facade that resembles the wave of a gymnastic ribbon, the Centre can host any type of gymnastics event from local competition to world championship.
Elation distributor LPD Tech was contracted to provide the lighting system and chose the Elation Platinum FLX hybrid moving head. LPD completed the general design of the venue’s multimedia systems, including supply and installation of the sound and lighting equipment.
Located in the venue’s central arena, 26 of the Platinum FLX fixtures fulfill the main lighting role in a design completed by the LPD engineering team. The Elation lighting fixtures are controlled by a new Obsidian NX 2 lighting console in combination with Elation eNode4 Ethernet-DMX routers.
Running Obsidian Control Systems’ proprietary Onyx software, the Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre is the first installation in Russia of the NX 2 lighting controller.
Chauvet fixtures used at Campus Serge Kampf Les Fontaines
At Campus Serge Kampf Les Fontaines, a château nestled in a wooded area 57 km north of Paris, business leaders from throughout Europe gather surrounded by the most modern and advanced technical communications and analytic tools to invent new solutions to the issues of today and tomorrow.
Helping to liberate the spirit of discovery in campus guests, and encourage them to explore heretofore unknown possibilities, is “Let’s Dare,” a new immersive video and lighting environment created by Stardust Group with help from Chauvet Professional Épix fixtures.
“We have been the technical service provide to Serge Kampf Campus for some time,” says Stardust Group Development Director Eric Matouk. “Through our association with the campus we work on many events for CAC 40 companies. For the “Let’s Dare” experience we placed guests in a 180° video environment that evokes a ‘virtual reality’ sensation, but without the glasses. We want to engage our audience while still conveying a sense of real life.”
Stardust Group extended the impact of this immersive video wall by installing 60 Épix Strip IP fixtures. The company’s team, which included technical director Tony Gueniffet, site supervisor Cédric Cousin, audiovisual managers Tony Chauvin and Sebastien Parent, and systems operator Florimon, positioned 30 of the one-meter RGB LED linear fixtures in various positions on either side of the video wall. The strips were powered by three IP drivers. “We configured the Épix Strips in 300 parameters,” says Matouk. “They broadcast all content in real time.”
Vue systems installed at My Yard Live
Located in San Marcos, California, My Yard Live is a venue that brings together elements of a community center, park, upscale eatery, beer garden, and live entertainment venue. Mixed indoor and outdoor spaces offer multiple options.
My Yard Live owners called on San Diego-based AV King to design and install audio solutions for each of the audience environments across the venue. With open ceilings, highly reflective concrete floors and more than 17,000 square-feet hosting different environments and audiences, My Yard Live presented some challenges for AV King owner Fady Hermez.
“In the bar and other adult-oriented areas, the music needs to crank, especially in the evening hours,” explains Hermez. “In the kid’s patio area, the sound is more ambient. The louder the audio, the more the kids shout, so we needed to roll it back quite a bit. Finally, there’s a PA for the main stage that can handle live acts or DJs.”
For the distributed systems, Hermez selected the Vue E-352 Nano speaker, which features a center-mounted beryllium high frequency dome tweeter flanked by a pair of 3.5-inch high-output cone transducers. For low frequency, Hermez opted for the ES-269 dual 6x9-inch subwoofer with patent-pending Active Compliance Management (ACM) technology.
The subwoofers are mounted in the overhead truss while the ES-269 systems are mostly wall-mounted, just above head-height. A single subwoofer and two E-352 satellites are installed in each primary entertainment area, including the inside dining room, patio bar, and inside kids play area.
A total of four rack-mount VueDrive V-242 series systems engines provide power and processing for the E-Class systems, while a DBX ZonePro facilitates system-wide routing and delay control.
For the venue’s main stage Hermez selected a pair of Vue H-12 high definition two-way systems as mains, with HS-25 dual 15-inch ACM subwoofers handling the low end. Monitor duty comes courtesy of four Vue HM-108a compact monitoring system. All three H-Class systems on the main stage feature onboard VueDrive electronics, which deliver power and system access via the SystemVue software.
Concept Group transforms Le Theatre Cravey with help from Chauvet
Earlier this year, the old and fading Pierre Cravey Ballroom in in La Teste-de-Buch, France, was reborn as the modern Le Theatre Cravey. The theatre’s new lighting system - designed by the Bordeaux-based Concept Group - features Chauvet Professional Ovation and Colorado LED fixtures.
“We had to rethink the entire technological core of the building,” says Stéphane Pouydesseau of the Concept Group, which also was responsible for installing an all-new audio system at Le Theatre Cravey.
“Our team worked very closely with the facility’s stage manager Frédéric Nadeau to define the audio and lighting products that were most appropriate for the building’s needs.”
Considered from the lighting perspective, the list of products included 10 Ovation E-930VW ellipsoidal fixtures and 10 Colorado 2-Quad Zoom wash units. “The ellipsoidals and washes are used from different positions depending on the show being performed,” says Pouydesseau.