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Mediasystem installiert Shure-Technik in Edding-Konferenzräumen
Die Edding AG mit Standorten in Ahrensburg, Wien, Bautzen und Wunstorf hat das Systemhaus Mediasystem mit einer Modernisierung ihrer Konferenztechnik in Besprechungsräumen und einem großen Schulungsraum beauftragt. Mediasystem kooperierte dabei mit Shure als Technik-Partner.
Der Wunsch von Edding war ein neues Konzept, das auf der vorhandenen technischen Ausstattung basiert und in die bestehende technische Infrastruktur integriert wird. Zukünftig sollen Videokonferenzen unabhängig von der Raumgröße stattfinden können. Bei der Auswahl der neuen Mikrofontechnik in Kooperation mit Shure waren standortübergreifende Standards von Bedeutung, damit die Nutzer in allen Edding-Niederlassungen eine vertraute Umgebung vorfinden.
Als Lösung für die beiden Konferenzräume am Hauptsitz in Ahrensburg kommt jeweils das MXA710, ein lineares Mikrofonarray von Shure, zum Einsatz, das direkt am Display installiert wurde. Im großen Legamaster-Schulungsraum sorgen in Zukunft zudem zwei Decken-Mikrofonarrays der Microflex-Advance-Serie (MXA910) für die Sprachverständlichkeit - auch dann, wenn die Sprechenden im Raum umherlaufen.
Denselben Zweck erfüllen auch im großen Konferenzraum am Standort Wunstorf zwei MXA910-Decken-Mikrofonarrays. In vier weiteren, kleineren Räumen wurde als Lösung aufgrund der geringeren Raumgröße jeweils ein lineares Mikrofonarray (MXA710) gewählt, das auch am Standort Wien installiert wurde.
Alle verwendeten Mikrofone verfügen über eine USB-Schnittstelle und sind daher mit jeder gängigen Plattform für Videokonferenzen nutzbar. Die neue Medientechnik wurde über eine Crestron-Mediensteuerung an die bestehende Infrastruktur angeschlossen, wobei auch die Raumtechnik mit integriert ist.
Peterline Showtechnik weiht Virtual Studio mit LEDitgo-Videowand ein
Eine Bildgröße von 7,50 x 2,50 m und eine Auflösung von 3.840 x 1.280 Bildpunkten (BxH) bietet die neue LEDitgo-eX1TE-LED-Videowand im TV-Studio von Peterline Showtechnik aus Lauterach in Österreich.
Im neuen virtuellen Studio können hochauflösende Grafiken, Livebildübertragungen sowie ENG-Beiträge direkt und ohne Green-Screen-Technik als Hintergrund eingeblendet werden, während die Fernsehkameras die Moderatorinnen und Moderatoren zeigen, die zeitgleich vor der Bildwand stehen.
Die Refreshrate von 2.880 Hz bietet störungsfreie, komplett kamerataugliche Bilder auf einer 75° konkaven Bildfläche mit einem Durchmesser von 11,46 m und einen Pixelabstand von 1,9 mm. Durch die mit speziellen Shadern bestückten BlackFace-LEDs wird ein Kontrast von über 7.800:1 garantiert.
(Foto: LEDitgo/Peterline Showtechnik)
Zwei hochmoderne Sendestudios in Berlin-Kreuzberg wurden von Systemintegrator Qvest Media unter Mitarbeit von Arri und Robe geplant und ausgestattet. Die Beleuchtungs- und Steuerungssysteme des Studios wurden von der Arri System Group in Berlin spezifiziert und geplant, einer Abteilung der in München ansässigen Arri Group. Deren Team beaufsichtigte die Integration und Installation der Studiobeleuchtung für den Gesamtsystemintegrator Qvest Media.
Der Einsatz von Moving Lights unterstreicht die grundsätzliche Flexibilität und Effizienz, die von der Technik und Beleuchtung der Studios gefordert wird. Arbeiten direkt unter der Decke für Refokussierungen, Neupositionierungen etc. sollen vermeiden werden. Die 98 Robe T1 Fresnel Scheinwerfer wurden als Schlüsselelement des Beleuchtungsdesigns gewählt. Ein Hauptgrund für die Wahl war die Möglichkeit, die Geräte mit zwei RJ45-Ethernet-Ports auszustatten, um den Anschluss an das IP-basierte Steuerungssystem des Studios zu erleichtern. Dies war ein Eckpfeiler des gesamten Studiolichtdesigns und ermöglicht die ständige zentrale Rückmeldung und Statusüberwachung aller Geräte, eine Funktionalität, die für den reibungslosen Betrieb einer 24-Stunden-Studioumgebung unerlässlich ist. Das Beleuchtungspaket umfasste auch neun Robe Tetra2 Moving-LED-Bars.
Das Arri-Team wurde von Projektleiter Paul Flemming, Senior Lighting Network Architect Carolin Schramm und Torsten Hauer, Lichtdesigner für die Arri System Group, geleitet. Sie alle haben maßgeblich die Lichtberater von Mo2 bei der erfolgreichen Kombination dieser Robe T1 Fresnel Scheinwerfer mit den Sky Panels von Arri unterstützt. Paul Flemming erklärt, dass die ursprüngliche Ausschreibung für die Beleuchtung zwar eine DMX-Steuerung vorsah, nach detaillierten Gesprächen im weiteren Verlauf jedoch eine IP-Steuerung bevorzugt wurde, um die Effizienz zu maximieren und die Anzahl der für den Betrieb der Studios benötigten Mitarbeiter zu reduzieren. Die Einrichtung ermöglicht es einem einzigen Servicetechniker, alle Elemente der Studiotechnik über das Steuerungsnetzwerk zu bedienen.
Die Studios sind beide 175 Quadratmeter groß und haben eine Deckenhöhe von 5,5 Metern. Das Studio 1 ist mit 47 Robe T1 Fresnel, den neun Tetra2 Bars und 42 Arri Sky Panels als Hauptbeleuchtung ausgestattet. Drei Seiten der Studiowände sind mit LED-Wänden ausgestattet, die hinter einer Opernfolie/Gaze verkleidet sind. Dazu gibt es neun motorisierte, umlaufend verfahrbare Videopanel-Züge, die in verschiedenen Positionen eingesetzt werden können. Die Tetra2 sind an der Oberseite der LED-Panels dieser Züge befestigt, so dass das Gegenlicht leicht auf die davorstehenden Moderatoren fokussiert werden kann. Die vier Kameras im Studio, von denen eine im Dach installiert ist, befinden sich alle auf robotischen Dollies/Armen, die ebenfalls vom Kontrollraum aus gesteuert werden und sich fast überall im Raum bewegen können. Das Studio 2 ist mit 51 Robe T1 Fresnel und 60 Arri Sky Panels ausgestattet. Die Hälfte dieses Studios ist mit einem Greenscreen-Setup ausgestattet, die andere Hälfte ist mit einer Videowand hinter einer Operngaze verkleidet.
Das Projekt Axel-Springer-Haus wurde 2015 initiiert und von Grund auf an der Zimmerstraße gebaut, einer Straße, die einst durch die beiden Seiten der Berliner Mauer getrennt war - eine Tatsache, die sich auch in der einzigartigen Architektur widerspiegelt. Das Team der Arri System Group verbrachte im Jahr 2020 rund fünf Monate vor Ort, um die Installation der Licht- und Steuerungssysteme in den beiden Studios zu überwachen und in Betrieb zu nehmen.
Fotos: WeltN24 GmbH/Anne Hufnagl
Elation Seven Battens installed at Porsche dealership in Austin
The Porsche dealership in Austin, Texas, features a top floor window display of ten Porsche cars highlighted using Seven Batten 72 linear lights from Elation Professional.
Eric Bernstein of Intelligent Lighting Services (ILS) of Austin has worked with the dealership’s ownership group for about twenty years. On this latest project, he worked with Kirk Franceschini, managing partner at Hi Tech Motorcars (Porsche Austin Group), who was tasked with implementing a lighting system that would attract attention to the new dealership. The idea was to line ten Porsche cars along a sixth floor display window and illuminate them so they couldn’t be missed by the myriads of people who drive by the dealership each day.
Bernstein designed the sixth-floor look and specified twenty Elation Seven Batten 72 fixtures, 6-ft color-changing LED battens with 7-color multi-chip LEDs, two units illuminating each car. At Porsche Austin, the Seven Battens work with light halos above each car, each halo comprising 496 4-color LEDs with the intention of having full control over them. Each halo runs four universes via a Netron EN4 from Obsidian Control Systems, an Ethernet to DMX gateway with internal cues, as well as factory and user presets. “The Seven Battens usually run in white light and for the grand opening in August we popped everything in really bright white”, says Bernstein.
“They will use the colors for branding local events to tie the dealership in with support for local teams”, he continues. “Our new MLS team, Austin FC, plays at Q2 Stadium and you can see the dealership from the stadium so the top display floor will light up in the club colors of green and white.” The dealership will also glow in burnt orange to support University of Texas games. Although the grand opening of the new Porsche Austin dealership took place in August, ILS installed the Seven Batten fixtures in February as the new location has been operating since March.
Olympia-Studio von Imagen Televisión erhält Elation-TV-Beleuchtung
In Mexiko hat der nationale Fernsehsender Imagen Televisión in TV-optimierte Beleuchtung von Elation Professional investiert und die Geräte in einem Studio in Mexiko-Stadt eingesetzt, wo die Berichterstattung über die Olympischen Sommerspiele 2021 in Tokio stattfand.
Das Team von Imagen Televisión übertrug während des 16-tägigen Sportevents rund 180 Stunden Olympia-Berichterstattung aus diesem Studio. Das Studio selbst war zweigeteilt: in einen Bereich mit szenischer Gestaltung und einen angrenzenden Greenscreen-Bereich. Es wurde mit Elation KL Fresnel 8 FC, KL Panel und TVL Softlight DW beleuchtet.
Verantwortlich für die Studiobeleuchtung war Abel Guillermo León López, Beleuchtungsleiter bei Imagen Televisión, der von Raúl García Padilla und Alan Daniel Espinosa Pineda unterstützt wurde.
(Fotos: Carlos Alvar)
The Gordy turns to Vari-Lite and Strand
One of the newest hubs for Houston’s performing arts scene, The Gordy, has equipped its three theater spaces with stage lighting technology from Vari-Lite and Strand, Signify entertainment lighting brands.
The Gordy’s three theater spaces - the 252-seat Sterling Stage, the 220-seat Lester and Sue Smith Stage, and the 134-seat Rochelle and Max Levit Stage - provide dynamic settings for a variety of live theater experiences.
The Gordy’s Technical Director, Joel Burkholder, chose over 300 Vari-Lite and Strand fixtures, including 200 tungsten-source SPX ellipsoidals. LED-based fixtures, including 55 VL800 ProPARs and 10 SL Strip 10 IP units, add color and flexibility.
(Photos: Amitava Sarkar/Signify/Stages)
Chichester Festival Theatre re-opens with an EM Acoustics sound system
After many months of forced closure due to COVID restrictions, the Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) has burst back onto the scene with Daniel Evans’s revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”.
CFT is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres, regularly selling out the 1300-seat auditorium and transferring plays and musicals into London’s West End. The Grade II listed venue recently underwent an extensive renovation project followed by by an audio upgrade to an EM Acoustics sound system in 2019. This has since been upgraded again to feature EM Acoustics’ R10 loudspeaker and the medium format Halo-B line array system.
“It was all a bit piecemeal following the renovation, but having replaced our existing outer delay line with EM Acoustics EMS-61s and added EMS-51 front fills, we wanted to update the rest of the house to EM to create a more cohesive system”, explains CFT Head of Sound, Mike Keniger. “This is always a challenge in a venue with a thrust stage but in 2019 we were able to replace the larger existing boxes for EMS-129s.”
“When we were looking at the Halo-B system, we had the opportunity to trade up to R10 as well, so we jumped at the chance”, he continues. “We’ve now replaced our EMS-129s with R10s, and although I was sad to see the EMS-129s leave the building, I am more than happy with R10 as the replacement.”
As for the Halo-B system, it replaces the Halo-C system which the theatre had on trial for two musical productions in 2019. “We really liked Halo-C, but we wanted the additional horizontal coverage and power handling of Halo-B. The full system was finally installed earlier this year in time for our grand reopening with ‘South Pacific’”, says Keniger.
The CFT system comprises a main L/R system for music and FX of eight Halo-B cabinets per side, two S-215 subs, two S-218 subs and a pair of EMS-81 proscenium sidefills. The flown vocal system is distributed around the auditorium in three distinct delay lines: speaker ring one over the stage comprises six R10s; further back speaker ring two - the first delay line - comprises a further five R10s; and further back again speaker ring three - the second delay line - is comprised of 14 EMS-61s. Eight EMS-51s provide under-balcony delay and a further 14 EMS-51s are on front-fill duty.
(Photos: Matthew Trubow)
Kunstmin Dordrecht invests in Robe T1s
Schouwburg Kunstmin is a theatre and performing arts venue in the Dordrecht, the Netherlands, which has invested in Robe’s T1 Profile LED moving lights.
The sale - delivered by Robe’s Benelux distributor Controllux - was just before the pandemic shut down the industry in March 2020, and with re-opening now on the horizon, the theatre is looking to add more T1s to the inventory to replace their aging 2Ks on the FOH bridge with an LED source. Head of lighting Bart Meester and head of technical and facilities Martijn Lohuis were both involved in this latest Robe investment. Meester has been head of lighting at the venue for fifteen years.
It followed another set of T1s, LEDWash 300+s and LEDBeam 150s purchased in 2019 for M3, a fully flexible ‘bare floor’ performance space just up the road at Energiehuis, a reimagined old power station building now dedicated to culture and the arts. This multiple hall, multi-purpose venue is used by several different promoters and organisations, and M3, its largest space, is programmed and run by the team from Schouwberg Kunstmin.
Separate to that, other halls and rooms in Energiehuis also contain various Robe fixtures that have been supplied over recent years by Controllux. The current Kunstmin building dates to the 1930s - when what is now the Main Hall was added - and it is now a designated national heritage-protected ‘monument’. It has seen several renovations over the years, the latest in 2012-14 which saw a substantial reworking and enlargement of the production and backstage facilities.
Normally Kunstmin, run by an independent foundation and subsidised by the City of Dordrecht, will showcase a diversity of performances and shows, from bands with their own productions to dance and drama shows which are often lit by the in-house. They also host parties, conferences, and corporate events for which the team will usually supply the production kit as well as all the technical creative skills.
They did have some older moving lights there before the eight Robe T1 Profiles and some LEDBeam 150s arrived in 2019, but these needed replacing with something more modern and carbon-conscious, so they looked at several options. Meester and the crew were using Robe products regularly in M3. Before that venue’s 2019 upgrade, these were LEDWash 300s and 600E Spots which are still there, now supported by newer fixtures in the form of LEDWash 300+s. Sixteen LEDBeam 150 FWs joined the eight T1 Profiles for the 752-seater Kunstmin Main Hall. Lighting control for both Kunstmin and M3 at Energiehuis is via GrandMA3 consoles.
Pictured (left to right): Martijn Lohuis, Leon de Bruin, Bart Meester, Eric Verbeek and Controllux’s Kuno van Velzen. (Photos: Paul Clarke/Louise Stickland)
Finland premieres ICVFX Studio with ROE Visual
Fireframe has finalized the build of a new ICVFX Studio in Helsinki, premiering the virtual production technology for Finland. ROE Visual LED products are at the heart of this facility. The studio has been hosting demo days for local talent. Still, it will kick off a wider campaign in September by hosting private events for the international film industry players to experience the studio’s capabilities.
Fireframe started to explore the creative possibilities of virtual production a year ago by doing real-time engine tests in a green screen environment. At the same time, the company looked at how to build an LED volume. “After a comprehensive study with industry experts, we ended up choosing ROE Visual as our provider”, states Mikko Kodisoja, Fireframe Founder and CEO.
“One of the factors that determined our choice for ROE Visual LED panels in combination with Helios LED processing is the fact that it also gives us access to the GhostFrame technology. We’re very much interested in the GhostFrame Chroma feature”, continues Kodisoja.
The LED volume in the ICVFX studio consists of an ROE Visual Ruby RB2.3 LED wall. This curved wall is 18.5 m wide and 5 m high and is built from 370 Ruby panels, bringing the total pixel count to over 17 million. The LED ceiling is constructed of 120 ROE Visual Black Quartz BQ4.6 LED panels, using the integrated wind-bracing system to give the ceiling its required structural integrity.
Another batch of Black Quartz LED panels is placed on three dollies, creating flexible side fills for additional lighting. The capacity of the Black Quartz LED panels goes up to 5000 nit brightness. “Using the dollies, we can adapt the placement of the side fills in the set to any requirements. The lighting dollies are synced with a 3D engine”, comments Kodisoja. “We were eager to learn everything about LED technology before we started to build the volume. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we couldn’t get ROE Visual’s technicians to fly over to Finland. Still, with the help of local ROE Visual experts appointed to us by ROE Visual, we managed to get the volume up and running in a couple of days.”
“One of the individuals who has been instrumental in the process is Johan West. We had our entire team building the LED volume, from engineers to VFX artists to cinematographers, as we wanted everyone to learn how the system works”, concludes Kodisoja.
(Photos: Fireframe Oy/Miika Puustinen/ROE Visual)
Amate Audio G7 loudspeakers installed throughout Rotterdam’s Jules Boules Bites Bar
The newest addition to the Dutch based Jules Boules Bites Bar chain of drinking, dining and jeu de boules experience venues has opened in the city of Rotterdam. Its exclusively Amate Audio sound installation features the company’s latest G7 loudspeaker.
This, the fifth branch of the themed restaurant chain, encompasses a 12 lane indoor jeu de boules parcours, together with bar and restaurant facilities. Audio for the entire bar and restaurant area is provided by an installation of 12 G7 loudspeaker cabinets and a pair of N12WP subs, with the titanium colour scheme of the G7 cabinets matching the exposed metal work in the ceiling. A separate installation for the jeu de boules parcours comprises 12 Amate Audio Nítid series S6P 2-way, high power handling birch ply cabinets, together with a pair of N18WP subs.
Power for the both installation zones is provided from a rack of seven Amate Audio HD series high efficiency amplifiers, totalling almost 13,000 W RMS power. System control is managed with two LMS608 loudspeaker management processors. Specifications include four analogue and dual channel AES/EBU inputs, and eight analogue XLR outputs, a 64-bit DSP architecture, and a continuous around-the-clock operating capability.
(Photo: Amate Audio)
Chauvet fixtures installed at Melbourne Recital Hall
Showtools International recently installed a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue and Maverick fixtures at the Melbourne Recital Hall to upgrade the 12-year old music venue’s lighting system.
This move was the culmination of a quest by the Melbourne Recital Centre’s lighting team, led by Head of Operations Jasja van Andel, to find products that would enhance the facility’s lighting rig so they could create the big looks required for modern shows. After a search for fixtures, and an onsite demonstration by Showtools International, they elected to have twelve Rogue R1 Beam fixtures and eight Maverick MK1 Hybrid units installed.
With COVID lockdowns impacting audience capacity, the Recital Centre has increased the recording of shows for online viewing. “We’re doing a lot of streaming these days, and it’s been great having the R1s available”, says Harrison Cope, senior lighting technician at the Melbourne Recital Centre. The 440-watt Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures in the upgraded rig are used as spots and beams, creating aerial effects, in addition to decorating the stage with gobo patterns, according to Cope.
(Photos: Chauvet Professional)
Capital Sound uses Martin Audio’s MLA for South Facing Festival at Crystal Palace Bowl
With the new month-long South Facing Festival, music has returned to London’s Crystal Palace Bowl. The site’s revival has been led by The Crystal Palace Trust after securing substantial funding.
The stage this time was built on a floating pontoon - in front of the original stage - and the venue capped at 5,000. Marcus Weedon was the Festival Director, Loudsound provided site and production logistics. Capital Sound deployed Martin Audio’s MLA technology. Capital project manager David Preston and his team worked alongside production manager Julia Bruns.
But installation was far from straightforward. With the height of the top of the bowl only two metres below the trim height they were able to achieve, Capital needed to fly the array almost flat in order to ensure sufficient coverage at the back. “This meant striking a fine balance between achieving even coverage in the audience area without overshooting and creating offsite noise issues”, notes system tech Richard Wonnacott. “With the MLA’s Hard Avoid feature in Display, we were able to map the bowl and also apply this function to the areas outside the main bowl, giving us the potential to achieve maximum possible SPL in the audience areas whilst keeping the local residents happy.”
Given the constraints of building on a floating platform, they also needed to arrange the sub placement that would not compromise the sound, as David Preston explains. “Ordinarily the subwoofers would have been arrayed across the front. However, because it’s a floating pontoon we were unable to do this, and instead went for a Left/Right end fire design, with two stacks of three MLX on each side. By controlling the low end we could make it boom while satisfying (sound control consultants) Vanguardia and the local council, and staying within the conditions of the licence.”
Each PA tower comprised nine MLA elements and a single MLD Downfill box, with eight of Martin Audio’s DD12, using differential dispersion technology, acting as front fills. There was a single outfill stack at stage left, comprising four MLA Compact enclosures, aimed towards the bar areas for additional coverage behind the PA. Running at levels of 96 dB(A) over 15 minutes in the bowl they met the requirements of the artists’ sound engineers while satisfying the offsite measurements of Vanguardia.
(Photos: Martin Audio)
Opera Wroclawska upgrades with Yamaha’s Rivage PM7
In 2020, Poland’s Opera Wroclawska embraced live streaming due to the pandemic, but it was presented with two key problems: Firstly, of 300 staff, the venue’s sound department comprised just three people - Grzegorz Bienko, Sebastian Jarus and Jakub Krzysiek - who had no experience of streaming productions.
Secondly, the mixing capacity was three Yamaha DM2000 mixing consoles, which were not ideal for adapting to streamed shows. To make things even more difficult, the production - an orchestral version of Stanislaw Moniuszko’s opera “Straszny dwór (The Haunted Manor)” - was arranged in a 360º circle.
Bienko, Jarus and Krzysiek filled the six expansion slots of each DM2000 with Yamaha mini-YGDAI cards, which allowed them to network the consoles via Dante, routing the signals to the opera house’s studio where the live mix took place. The basic feed for the live mix comprised more than 100 channels.
“The Haunted Manor” proved a great success for Opera Wroclaw, but it was obvious that improvements were needed, to simplify the audio setup and deliver better quality sound to the online audience. So Wroclaw-based PogoArt - whose team has worked with the opera house on many productions, especially large-scale outdoor events - supplied a Yamaha Rivage PM7 digital mixing system for the following production, Puccini’s “La Bohème”.
“Considering the technical challenges, the audio team delivered a remarkable production of ‘The Haunted Manor’ with the three Yamaha DM2000s. But, in comparison, what the Rivage PM7 system delivered has been absolutely fantastic”, states PogoArt owner Slawek Pogorzala.
(Photos: Michal Pietrzak)
AUX Media Group builds XR stage in Singapore with ROE Visual
As a creative content development company in events management and media, AUX Media Group is dedicated to creating brand experiences for its customers through immersive engagement.
AUX Immersive Studio, Singapore’s first extended reality studio, was launched at the end of last year. The studio, featuring advanced XR facilities, was built with technical support from ROE Visual.
The LED floor, measuring 6 x 6 meters, is composed of Black Marble BM4, the LED wall, measuring 12 x 3.5 meters, consists of Diamond DM 2.6 LED panels. The Diamond LED panels use Brompton LED processing and were calibrated using Brompton’s Hydra system for dynamic calibration and full HDR.
(Photos: AUX Media Group/ROE Visual)
Absen’s Aries MiniLED provides backbone for virtual studio
When the pandemic hit, Scotland-based Catalyst Event Production Services (CEPS) wanted to create a flexible solution to continue to offer their event production services to customers whilst also adhering to the pandemic’s limitations: Catalyst Connect was created in a 200 sqm space hosting a 50 sqm presentation stage with an LED backdrop in the heart of their Perth-based offices.
When designing Catalyst Connect, the company wanted to be able to offer a fully customisable solution, with professional audio, lighting and 4K video systems. The virtual studio needed to not only cater for online and in person presenters, appropriated socially distanced, but also be capable of hosting livestreams, broadcast recordings as well as live voting. To achieve this, CEPS opted for Absen’s Aries 1.5 MiniLED purchased from UK-based distributor PSCo.
Cataylst Connect has been operating successfully since August 2020. “We’ve had a regular stream of work from companies wanting to elevate their virtual presentations to match their existing brand values and to overcome the limitations of webinars from home offices”, says Graeme Craig, CEPS’s managing director.
(Photos: Catalyst Event Production Services)
Genelec equips residential project in Sipoo
For some years now, Finnish loudspeaker manufacturer Genelec has been in partnership with a number of Finnish homebuilders. A recent installation was for a client in Sipoo to the east of Helsinki, whose new-build property features a number of active loudspeakers from Genelec’s dedicated home speaker range.
The system was designed according to the customer’s wishes by Tomi Hyvärinen from AV sales and integration specialists HifiStudio in Helsinki - who also supplied and installed it - and Genelec’s domestic sales manager Markku Syrjäpalo.
“The customer wanted a background music system for the large open plan kitchen and living area on the ground floor”, describes Hyvärinen. “We installed a pair of Genelec G Three loudspeakers on the front edge of the mezzanine above the kitchen area.”
The whole ceiling has been acoustically treated with Konto acoustic panels, resulting in moderate reverberation times throughout. Outside, the covered, heated terrace has two Genelec AIW25 architectural loudspeakers in the ceiling. A Sonos Port streaming device in each area handles source selection and control. The ground floor also houses a gym for CrossFit workouts. A pair of G Threes controlled by a Sonus Port deliver audio there.
Upstairs, the TV/cinema room has also been acoustically treated with heavy acoustic drapes from Karlevy, a Finnish company dedicated to the design and manufacture of acoustic drapes and fixings from natural fibres. The curtains mask the glass doors opening out onto the roof terrace. A pair of Genelec G Four loudspeakers deliver the reproduction of music and movie productions.
If required, the space may be completely opened out to provide sound for the upper floor terrace as well. As with the other audio zones, control is provided via a Sonus Port multiroom streaming unit enabling the sound from the TV to be streamed anywhere in the house.
(Photos: Teemu Oksanen)
Transformation Church upgrades with Ayrton Levante
Transformation Church (TC), located near Charlotte, South Carolina, has added Ayrton Levante fixtures to its inventory of equipment used in producing worship services. Levante fixtures are a miniaturized version of Ayrton’s Bora wash light.
Zach McCrorey, lighting designer and production director at TC, removed all incandescent fixtures to make room for seven Levante units. TC acquired the Levante fixtures from SES Integration, a division of Special Event Services located in North Carolina.
Johann Lafer kocht mit Prolights EclPanel TWCJr
Johann Lafer, österreichischer Koch, Unternehmer und Sachbuchautor, hat jüngst sein eigenes TV-Kochstudio mit Prolights EclPanel TWCJr ausgestattet. Für die Installation war die Eurolight GmbH aus Ingelheim zuständig.
Das EclPanel TWCJr bietet eine weite Palette an Farben sowie Weißtöne vom warmen bis in den kalten Farbtemperaturbereich, mit Farbwiedergabewerten von CRI >90 und TLCI >92. Neben der Steuerung per DMX oder W-DMX ermöglicht das EclPanel TWCJr auch die Einstellung direkt am Gerät.
Es steht unter anderem ein Modus zur Verfügung, in dem das Gerät segmentweise gesteuert werden kann. Dabei lassen sich diverse vorprogrammierte und anpassbare Effekte abrufen.
Light art installation at CC NL equipped with Elation luminaires
Four different museums in The Netherlands, including the Rijksmuseum, use the new Collection Center of the Netherlands (CC NL) as a storehouse for a large proportion of their collections. The art archive also features a permanent light installation across multiple facades of the building created by light artist Herman Kuijer using 28 Elation Proteus Rayzor 760 moving heads.
The four-story, nearly 25-meter high storage facility is located in the city of Amersfoort. The building’s facade is made of Kalzip aluminum with vertical seams that create extra shades. Lined along multiple sides of the building and mounted on steel bases produced by CMS (Custom Made Steelproducts) of the Netherlands, the Proteus Rayzor 760 fixtures project beams of soft white light that move very slowly in random directions across the building’s exterior. Variations in the direction and intensity of the light, as well as the expanse of the beams and the slow speed of their motion, give rise to ever-changing compositions.
The art installation, which debuted on 20 January 2021, is visible every morning and evening. Some 3,700 square meters of solar panels make the building completely energy self-sufficient - an energy source that also powers the light art installation.
The Elation lights were supplied via Output of Den Bosch (Netherlands) and installation was realized by Vidi-Square from Zandhoven in Belgium. “Vidi-Square put me in contact with Painting with Light whose Jeroen Opsteyn did the programming for me”, says Kuijer. “We first prepared the programming on screen in their studio then executed the final programming on site.”
(Photos: Rijksmuseum/Cris Langemeijer)
Dynacord and Electro-Voice deliver sound at 24 Market Street bar and club
Located in the British midlands town of Lichfield, bar and club 24 Market Street recently worked with their long-time AV partners SLLFX and the UK team from Dynacord and Electro-Voice on an audio upgrade, completed as part of a wider refurbishment.
A prerequisite of the project was the ability to switch between background music during the day and high-output club sound for weekends and special events. Sonicue was used to design a double-duty loudspeaker deployment: 12 Evid 4.2 surface-mount models and an Evid-S10.1 surface-mount subwoofer to cover the bar area; three EVF-1122D/64 with a pair of EVF-2151D dual-15” subwoofers to cover the club area.
All the loudspeakers are performance-optimized via dedicated settings. Dynacord C series dual-channel amplifiers power the Evids, with two C1300FDi for the 4.2s and one channel from a C1800FDi for the S10.1 sub. A single IPX20:4 four-channel amplifier handles the EVF club system, with three of its 5000 W channels driving the tops and the fourth for the two subs. Processing for the amps is managed via Sonicue.
A key element is the use of the TPC-1 touch screen controller with the MXE5 matrix mix engine, both new from Dynacord. While the MXE5 manages loudspeaker processing across the venue’s two main sections and four independent audio zones, the TPC-1 provides a single point of control for the entire system. Equipped with a high-resolution 5.7” display, the TPC-1 allows integrators to create customized apps to control MXE series matrices. Sonicue was also used for logic control and processing on the MXE5.
Lighthouse Church renewal with AVLX and Elation
When Lighthouse Church’s main building laid in ruins after Hurricane Michael ripped through Panama City Beach, Florida, in October 2018, parishioners were forced to meet in the church’s children’s building until a more suitable space was found. That new location, a former theater that was gutted and extensively renovated into a new campus and Worship Center, opened in early June of this year.
Production and systems integration firm AVLX of Franklin, Tennessee, was called on to design and install audio, video and lighting systems for the new church campus and turned to an all Elation rig featuring Fuze Series luminaires. AVLX system designer Joey Riggins completed the full system designs with AVLX’s Erik Parker handling lighting design for the Worship Center stage.
“We designed a package that gave them a variety of washes, beams and battens, plus house pendant lights. We went heavy on the Fuze series”, says Riggins. “The creative use of dynamic house lights can reinforce the service and engage the audience to participate in the experience. And of course, they also raise the aesthetic of a space.” With that in mind, 52 Fuze Pendant downlighting fixtures were installed over the seating at Lighthouse Church.
Having previously specified Fuze series luminaires for churches closer to home in Nashville, AVLX again turned to the series for Lighthouse’s sanctuary stage, the focal point of the 850-seat space. Mounted above the stage on a pipe grid are 6 Fuze SFX Spot FX moving heads, 6 Fuze Wash Z350 PAR moving heads, and 11 Fuze PAR Z175. Ten SixBar 1000 color changing battens add wash looks from a floor position while 12 WW Profile HP ellipsoidals work from positions at FOH.
With new entertainment technology systems, Lighthouse Church’s Worship Center operates as a venue that can serve a variety of needs - live broadcast, special event, conference, play, or concert - as well as the ministry’s weekly services.
(Photos: Clyde B. Laster/Elation Professional/AVLX)
Digitales Konferenzsystem von Shure in Burg Seevetal installiert
Die Burg Seevetal, ein Veranstaltungszentrum in der gleichnamigen niedersächsischen Gemeinde, bietet vom kleinen Tagungsraum bis zum 460 m² großen Saal Platz für Kulturevents, private Feiern sowie Messen, Konferenzen und parlamentarische Sitzungen. Im vergangenen Jahr wurde die Burg Seevetal akustisch und audiotechnisch neu ausgestattet und das bis dato verwendete, kabelgebundene Konferenzsystem gegen ein digitales Microflex-Complete-Wireless-Konferenzsystem von Shure ausgetauscht.
Das Haustechnik-Team der Burg Seevetal testete das Konferenzsystem erstmals im Frühjahr 2020 während einer parlamentarischen Sitzung, seit Mitte Oktober letzten Jahres sind bis zu vierzig drahtlose MXCW640-Konferenzsprechstellen mit MXC416/C-Schwanenhalsmikrofonen in 40 cm Länge im Einsatz.
Als Steuerungszentrale für das Audiorouting und Frequenzmanagement fungiert ein MXCWAPT-Access-Point-Transceiver. Die in doppelter Anzahl vorhandenen SB930-Lithium-Ionen-Akkus mit bis zu elf Stunden Laufzeit werden über vier MXCWNCS-Ladestationen geladen. Abhörsicherheit gewährleistet die digitale Signalübertragung mit integrierter 128-Bit-AES-Verschlüsselung. Geliefert wurde das Konferenzsystem vom Shure-Händler Groh Distribution, der in der Planungs- und Installationsphase beratend zur Seite stand.
DAS Audio loudspeakers deployed at NVT Rancho Saloon
The NVT Rancho Saloon in Alvin, Texas, is a place to hold one’s wedding reception, Quinceañera, company party, or similar type of event. To ensure that all announcements, music performances, and other activities are clearly heard by those in attendance, company management recently had a new sound reinforcement system installed that utilizes loudspeakers drawn from the Event Series catalog of DAS Audio.
Lonestar Sound Solutions LLC of Houston, TX, was contracted to design and deploy the new sound system at the NVT Rancho Saloon. Mike O’Dowd, Lonestar Sound Solutions’ President, was actively involved in the design and product specification process for the new SR system.
“The NVT Rancho Saloon is a facility to hold a wide range of events”, he says. “The room measures 70 feet long by 50 feet wide, with a ceiling height of 16 feet. The stage is in the left rear corner of the space and the dance floor occupies the center of the room.”
At the rear wall, which faces into the length of the room, O’Dowd and his team flew two clusters - left and right - with each hang consisting of six DAS Event-26A powered line array enclosures augmented by two Event-115A active front-loaded subwoofers positioned at the top of each hang.
(Photo: DAS Audio)
Stage Audio Works implements Pixel Plus LED solution for Namibian Prime Ministerial Office Chamber
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is at the apex of the system of government in the Republic of Namibia. A historical building in the Namibian capital of Windhoek, OPM houses the first Cabinet Chamber and the Constitution Room, in which most of the country’s legislatures were drafted.
The government recently elected to augment the Cabinet Chamber with a new sound reinforcement and visual display system. Gadgets Namibia Solutions were asked to source an appropriate solution, which they did through Stage Audio Works (SAW) Namibia.
“The multilevel and oval shaped seating arrangement made it impossible to implement a traditional projector and screen solution”, says Joppie Maritz of SAW Namibia. SAW, in consultation with Gadgets Namibia, designed and installed a customised solution based on Pixel Plus LED screens, a Novastar LED controller, Sennheiser TeamConnect 2 ceiling microphones, Audac loudspeakers and a Taiden digital conference microphone system. Video routing and switching is via Atlona with Q-Sys control for on/off and source selection.
“We mounted two Pixel Plus Xcell-i screens on opposite walls of the uppermost level. We chose a pixel pitch of 1.83 mm and used custom mounts for the installation”, says Maritz. For the comfort monitor cluster in the central area, which serves the lower level, they supplied four Samsung 65-inch UHD TV screens in custom Stage Plus screen trolleys, designed and built by the in-house manufacturing division for easy rearranging when required.
For the audio part, SAW installed a Taiden digital conference microphone system for each of the delegates on the lower level. Speech intelligibility for the upper gallery is enhanced with a pair of Sennheiser TT2 ceiling microphones and sound reinforcement overall is handled by eight discreetly mounted Audac WX502 loudspeakers. QSC Q-Sys control via a touchscreen handles source selection and powering all active equipment on/off. Multiple motion sensors in the room allow the system to switch itself off when not in use after a predefined period.
(Photos: Sonja Kilian Art and Photography/Taiden/Stage Audio Works)
Petofi Literary Museum equipped with Chauvet fixtures
The Petofi Literary Museum is located in the neoclassical Károlyi Palace in Budapest, Hungary. Inside, it houses an extensive collection of national art and literature in addition to hosting a wide range of programs including lectures, dramatic readings, and musical performances in its ceremonial hall.
Helping the museum meet the diverse demands of the events it hosts at its hall, which can accommodate 60-120 people, is a new AV system installed by Chromasound Zrt. Providing stage and key lighting in the classically decorated 120-square meter, five-window room is a collection of Chauvet Professional Ovation F-265WW Fresnel and Ovation E-260WW ellipsoidal fixtures.
In addition to being more environmentally friendly than the old incandescent fixtures they replaced, the new LED units give the active venue greater flexibility when lighting events. The Fresnel units light the 6-meter by 3-meter stage from front and back angles. Usually, the Ovation fixtures are positioned in pairs on either side of the room. However, the configuration of the newly installed units is rearranged for different events to maximize their effect.
(Photos: Chauvet Professional)