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Martin Audio’s BlacklineX selected for new venue in Tirana
Albania’s capital city of Tirana welcomed a new two-tier leisure venue, with the restaurant/nightclub Lost, hosting live bands and DJs, and Tema Lounge - occupying a separate space in the same building - providing background music by day, notching up to foreground music after dark.
The sound in both venues (along with control and production lighting) is reinforced by a Martin Audio BlacklineX system, specified and installed by Prosound, the manufacturer’s Albanian distributor.
The company’s audio system installer, Armand Dosti, specified Blackline after having introduced other venues to the same solution. Furthermore, Prosound already had a relationship with Lost/Tema owner Filip Fermanis from earlier projects.
Surveying the two spaces - the former holding 200 people and the latter with a slightly reduced capacity - they recommended a system based around four Blackline X15, with a pair of X8 for infills and four X210 subwoofers for Lost, and four Blackline X10 and two X8 for Tema Lounge. The venue was measured and optimised using Smaart room analysis.
DAS Audio sound reinforcement system installed at Joia Beach Restaurant & Beach Club
Located on a hidden beach oasis at the west side of Miami’s Jungle Island, the new Joia Beach Restaurant & Beach Club resides underneath a large beach palapa inspired by the restaurants and hotels in Tulum, Mexico and Mykonos Island in the Cyclades of Greece. This new venue hosts a sound system consisting of WR, Quantum, Altea, and Factor 8 loudspeaker systems drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain-based DAS Audio.
Consisting of a main restaurant, a Front of House station for the DJ, and an exterior bar area, the sound setup at Joia Beach Restaurant & Beach Club was designed and implemented by John Fiorito, DAS Audio of America’s Lead Design and Installation Manager for Nightlife and Hospitality.
“The entire venue has its own media server for its regular source of music,” Fiorito explains. “This capability is augmented by a DJ booth that has the capability to feed the primary restaurant system an alternate music source. In the main restaurant area, we deployed a combination of ten DAS Quantum Q-43-T 1-way, full range loudspeaker enclosures configured in stereo, which are augmented by six Quantum Q-10 subwoofers in mono. This combination ensures true stereo imaging.”
“The Front of House PA setup for the DJ is configured as mono point source and consists of four DAS WR-8826 2-way point source enclosures augmented by four DAS WR-151S subwoofers,” Fiorito continues. “This station also has the capability to feed an alternate music source to the restaurant area by way of an easy connection using a stereo mini cable. For the exterior bar area, we installed four DAS Factor 8 2-way, vented loudspeakers in a mono configuration along with a DAS Altea-412A 2-way powered point source enclosure that serves as the DJ monitor.” The DAS Audio sound reinforcement system at Joia Beach Restaurant & Beach Club was installed during February 2020.
One Church upgrades with VUE AL-Class and E-Class system
One Church in Gahanna, Ohio, had decided to retire their old, used sound system and work with Matt Price and Dave Lowery of Sound Inspiration to design a new system to accommodate their services that employs a full praise and worship band.
Sound Inspiration began work in the fall of 2019 on designing a system that would meet One Church’s audio demands. The goal was to have the new system installed and ready for use in-time for December holiday services.
The original sound system was comprised of used trap-shaped boxes and 18” subs. The system was old and tired, the output and coverage was poor and there was a constant struggle with harshness and loss of low frequency impact at concert volumes. One Church had expressed a preference for a certain brand of speaker but decided on VUE Audiotechnik after hearing an AL-8 demonstration at another Sound Inspiration installation.
Working closely with One Church’s technical director, Austin Harman, Price and Lowery designed a system consisting of 16 AL-8 acoustic linearity line array elements - 8 per-side, with 6 center flown AL-8SB subwoofers and an additional 6 AS-418 isobaric subwoofers floor stacked across the stage. Due to the width of the room, 3 A-10 loudspeakers were also flown to serve as center fill and out fill. Finally, 6 E-352 nano speakers were installed as front fills.
Zero 88 Chilli Pro dimmers installed at The Space
The Space is a theatre training complex for 16-19-year olds at Heathfield Community School, located next door to Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton, Somerset, UK. The Space includes an 85-seat performance theatre, dance and drama studios.
Technical specifications include new Zero 88 Chilli Pro 24 Bypass dimmers which have replaced older units from another manufacturer. The Chilli Pros control 120 circuits of lighting. Currently, the lighting rig includes Selecon Rama 150 and Acclaim PCs, ETC Source Four Zooms and Source Four Juniors plus a lot of PARs all on the LX rig above the 8 x 8 metre stage. The venue also has retractable seating for configuring in different formats.
The new Zero 88 fixtures were installed by Bright Production Services. The adjacent Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre has also just recently purchased a Zero 88 FLX console.
Pictured: The Space’s technical manager Tom Froom.
Elation Fuze installed at CC de Warandepoort Theatre
CC de Warandepoort Theatre in Tervuren, Belgium, took delivery of Elation Fuze Profile luminaires shortly before performance venues went dark in March and look forward to using the new moving heads on a variety of productions once the theatre can again welcome patrons to its stage.
Warandepoort Theatre is a 370-seat performance arts venue and the cultural center of the municipality of Tervuren, presenting both modern and classic theatre, concerts, comedy, dance, film, and the occasional corporate or community event. Although many of the productions the theatre hosts carry their own equipment, according to Alexander Remmerswaal, technician at the theatre, many do not. “When that is the case, we step in with technical support by providing our own equipment,” he says, clarifying that there is little budget for renting in gear. “We have wash fixtures in the rig but needed a fixture with breakup gobos to complement those so I started looking around at expos at the different possibilities.”
The Fuze Profile fixtures will fulfill a number of lighting roles at the theatre depending on the production, but typical use will be as effect light and back light with some productions using them for frontlight as well. Although the Fuze Profiles will reside permanently at Warrandepoort Theatre, they were delivered with flight cases so they can take the units with them when they stage productions at one of their other locations, which Remmerswaal says they do about once a year. Lighting and sound supplier Sotesa, a company the theatre regularly works with, supplied the Fuze fixtures.
„House of Dancing Water“-Upgrade mit AV Stumpfl Pixera
Die Inszenierungen des Wasser-Theaters „The House of Dancing Water“ werden in einem eigens dafür gebauten Theater in der „City of Dreams“ in Macau aufgeführt. Das Gebäude bietet Hochseile, einen Kronleuchter mit Platz für Dutzende Tänzer sowie einen Pool, dessen Wasser fünf olympische Schwimmbecken füllen könnte.
Nach neun Jahren Laufzeit wurde nun ein Systemupgrade innerhalb des Hauptbühnenraums der preisgekrönten Show durchgeführt. Im Zuge dieser Maßnahmen entschieden sich die Besitzer des Theaters auch dazu, das Projektionssystem in der Hauptlobby zu erneuern. Der Integrator Cosmo Pro AV wurde mit dem Auftrag betraut, im Rahmen der Renovierungsmaßnahmen sowohl Hardware als auch technisches Know-how mit einzubringen.
„Das alte Projektionssetup wurde manuell über ein Hardware-basiertes Softedgeblendingsystem angepasst“, erklärt Cosmo Pro AVs Jason Yeung. „Man wollte das System erweitern und upgraden, sodass man mehr Flexibilität in Bezug auf Contentplayback und Bildqualität haben würde. Des Weiteren kam noch dazu, dass die Lampen-basierten Projektoren langsam schwächer wurden und es so zu einer unausgeglichenen Projektionssituation kam.“
Yeung und sein Team entschieden sich dafür, die neuen Digital-Projection-Projektoren durch AV Stumpfls Pixera-Medienserversystem steuern zu lassen. „Die 3D-Prävisualisierungsmöglichkeiten bei den Pixera-Servern erlaubt es unserem Contentteam, die Videoinhalte zu testen, bevor sie tatsächlich eingesetzt und final in das System geladen werden“, so Yeung.
Das in Pixera integrierte Avio wurde für die Steuerung der Projektoren über TCP/IP-Befehle und die Synchronisierung des Ablaufs mit den täglichen Erfordernissen und dem Veranstaltungskalender der „House of Dancing Water“-Vorstellungen verwendet. Die Medienserver wurden so konfiguriert, dass ein Audiointerface die Ausspielung von Audioinhalten über das BGM-System in der Lobby ermöglichte.
(Photos: Cosmo Pro AV)
Dollywood Wildwood Grove Tree illuminated by Elation
Eastern Tennessee’s Dollywood theme park debuted a new land in June 2019 - Wildwood Grove - at whose heart is a magical Wildwood Tree illuminated using Elation Professional luminaires with lighting design by Susan Rose.
The Wildwood Tree comes to life each evening during a light and sound experience created by The Imagination House for Dollywood and narrated by the park’s co-owner Dolly Parton. Designed and built by LifeFormations, the 50-foot tree’s gnarled trunk emerges from a rock base before spreading into a green-leaf canopy covered with 650 custom RGB LED butterflies, controlled and programmed by Weigl Controls.
Lighting designer and lighting programmer for four separate seasonal experiences is local resident Susan Rose. She has previously designed lighting for Dollywood shows and spent nearly a year on the Wildwood Tree project. “When I started on the project the tree didn’t even exist yet so we really started from the ground up,” Rose comments, adding that she was given a sample piece of the tree trunk to see how light would react on it.
Lighting installers/vendors Bandit Lites also got involved in the project early on, she says, and were critical in setting up demos and helping her look at the various lighting possibilities. “I knew we needed outdoor-rated lights to fight with Mother Nature and we needed something to shine through at dusk. Bandit recommended we go with Elation.”
Each season of the year features a new Wildwood Tree experience for guests with narration accompanied by music and light projection onto the tree in concert with the color-changing butterflies. As the Wildwood Tree is a 360-degree experience, Rose positioned lighting fixtures on four poles to illuminate the tree from all four sides.
Mounted on each pole - each pole is at a different throw distance - are four Proteus Maximus LED profile moving heads, four SixPar 300 LED Par lights and four LED lekos. The SixPars splash an array of color onto the rock base, tree trunk and canopy while the 50,000-lumen Maximus units project custom gobos onto the tree to enhance story telling through custom patterns and animations.
Each Proteus Maximus fixture houses custom gobos with a few stock gobos also in use. Rose says that specific gobos play a key role in the storytelling - butterflies, lightning, dragonflies, Christmas ornaments, snow or leaves that fall down from the top of the tree - and needed to be indexed properly. “I had to put some thought into which gobos go into which wheel and what slot, which ones needed to index and which ones could go on the static wheel, keeping in mind how I could create transitions,” she says. Rose was one of the first in the U.S. to use the Proteus Maximus.
With three different zones of the tree to light - rock, trunk and canopy - Rose worked in layers of light to create visual depth, working with intensity, color and pattern. Elation Rayzor 760 RGBW washlights with zoom are located in planters along the bottom of the rock face and used to uplight the tree and underpart of the canopy in layers of color.
Color-changing SixPar 200 IP Pars mounted within the rock base uplight the canopy in greens or blues while the pole-mounted SixPar 300 LEDs add more shades. Additional layers of color emanate from Acclaim Lighting Dyna Accent Mini architectural fixtures hidden along the base of the tree while color-mixing Lekos project onto rocks and the trunk for added texture. The layered lighting looks work in tandem with the 650 butterflies in the canopy, whose every wing can receive pixel-mapped color and effects.
Each experience is a few minutes long with ample time between shows to enjoy the area and the beauty of the tree itself. “During the shows there is a lot of color but for our static look in-between shows I wanted it to look like a real tree,” Rose explains. “I keep the gobos out of focus to give it some depth and contour and on the rocks I added a bit of steel blue to make it look like a real rock. On the trunk, I added a bit of amber and for the canopy, I added a bit of green. I was basically painting the tree with light and accenting the natural colors that were in it to make it look real.” Only the LED Pars and Lekos are used for the static looks, she says.
Genelec system installed at JNcQuoi Asia in Lisbon
The newly opened JNcQuoi Asia restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal, features multiple spaces and a Genelec sound system designed and installed by Garrett Audiovisuais. Garrett supplied a zoned audio solution throughout with full control via strategically placed wall panels or a mobile phone app.
The first space is the bar; capable of hosting live bands as well as a DJ, it comprises three separate zones: the DJ area which utilises a pair of Genelec G Fives with flexible XLR and RCA connectivity, and a pair of 5041 in-wall subwoofers behind the DJ booth; the main bar area which is equipped with six 4030 and six of the larger 4040 installation loudspeakers plus three 5041 subwoofers hidden in columns; and finally the toilets where Garrett installed four AIC25 in-ceiling speakers.
“We spent a long time getting loudspeaker placement right, and then we finetuned the system with the loudspeakers’ own on-board room response controls plus EQ and delay via a matrix,” recounts Garrett’s sales director, Raul Fernandes, who also notes that there is an output to each speaker enabling every speaker to be controlled individually.
For the restaurant area, Garrett opted for a total of fourteen 4040s. “As there was no room for subs in the restaurant, the larger 4040s gave us the extended bass response we required,” says Fernandes.
Pump House Theatre upgrades with Zero 88 Chilli
The Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre in Watford, UK, is a hub for local and national performing arts and emerging talent and a busy receiving house with a programme of drama, musicals and dance. The 124-seat venue has just upgraded its power distribution and dimming system with the installation of three 24-channel Zero 88 Chilli Pro bypass dimmers.
Jason Brameld, who is technical director at Torpedo Factory Group, has also been Pump House Theatre’s volunteer technical director since 1996, and he specified the new Chilli system that was needed to deal with the increasing amount of LED light sources now in the rig and user demands for more flexible power distribution, a trend that is set to continue.
The Pump House’s new dimmers replace older ones, some of which were also Zero 88 products still going after thirty years. The Theatre’s permanent lighting rig currently contains around 30 LED fixtures and about 50 conventionals. Additionally, intelligent fixtures can now be added as required for some of the more complex shows.
The installation was completed by Jason Brameld and the Theatre’s own technical team over the festive period. The Theatre has enjoyed a long-term working relationship with the Cwmbran, Wales-based manufacturer Zero 88 as a technical partner. Three years ago, they purchased an FLX console, and at that point, Zero 88, which also has an office in Watford, started using the Theatre regularly for product training sessions.
Pictured: Pump House Theatre’s Jason Brameld (on the left) with Zero 88’s Tyler Holpin.
Nissan Mexicana verwendet Beyerdynamic Phonum
Nissan Mexicana hat am Standort Toluca ab sofort 110 Beyerdynamic Phonum, ein mobiles Speakerphone für die Just-in-time-Unternehmenskommunikation, im Einsatz. Weitere Standorte sollen folgen, um auch diese kommunikativ miteinander zu vernetzen.
Das Beyerdynamic Phonum ist mobil jederzeit einsatzbereit, um Teams an verschiedenen Orten zu connecten. Dazu benötigt wird ein Smartphone und ein Phonum an beiden Enden der Leitung. Die integrierte Echo Cancellation verhindert Rückkopplungen, Echos und Nebengeräusche.
Die inhouse entwickelte Gecko-Technologie von Beyerdynamic passt sich an die jeweilige räumliche Situation an. Im Gecko-Fix-Modus richten sich die drei integrierten Mikrofone des Phonum auf einen einzelnen Sprecher aus, Nebengeräusche oder andere Stimmen im Raum werden aktiv ausgeblendet.
Im Gecko-Follow-Modus orientieren sich die Mikrofone - beispielsweise bei Gruppendiskussionen - an der Position des jeweiligen Sprechers im Raum. Der Gecko-360°-Modus wird verwendet, wenn mehrere Personen im Meetingraum miteinander sprechen, hier wird der Raum ganzheitlich erfasst.
Contour deploys VUE system in Denver-area Rise Nation climbing gyms
Founded by Los Angeles personal trainer Jason Walsh, Rise Nation is the latest entrant in the rapidly growing group fitness category. Centered around upright Versaclimb equipment, each Rise Nation is equal parts climbing gym and nightclub with geometric custom-lit ceiling installations and soundtracks.
Rise Nation selected Denver-area-based Contour Audio & Acoustics to outfit both of the brand’s Denver locations with all-VUE systems centered around the architectural E-Class system.
While the location in Cherry Creek allowed for unlimited SPL, the second location in the Highlands neighborhood had restrictions associated with the mixed-use complex in which it is located.
“The E-351 is capable of kicking out 118 db from a 5” enclosure which made it the perfect choice for the tight space and the desired club-like experience the client wanted to deliver,” says Ryan Balentine, Contour CEO.
The Cherry Creek gym is configured in a baseball-diamond configuration with the instructor in the corner behind home plate and 34 climbing machines arranged in arched rows. The ceiling is a suspended deck with intelligent custom LED tiling sub hung from it. All walls are double 5/8” gypsum board with green glue; the walls to the left and right of the instructor are covered with mirrors.
For the Cherry Creek location, the all-VUE system included 12x E-351 architectural elements and 2x i-6 full-range loudspeakers powered by 1x v242 VUEDrive Systems Engine designed specifically for the E-Class. Two IS-15a subs provided more than enough low-end support.
Meyer-Sound-Beschallungssystem in neuem Simtec-Simulator
Die Simtec Systems GmbH aus Braunschweig - ein Unternehmen, das auf die Entwicklung und den Bau von hydraulisch arbeitenden Bewegungssystemen zur Flug- und Fahrsimulation und für Testsysteme spezialisiert ist - hat ein Fahrgeschäft mit 3D-Projektion gebaut: den Funride 30.
In dem neuen Simtec-Simulator fliegt ein Beschallungssystem von Meyer Sound mit. Der Funride 30 ist ein geschlossener Kabinensimulator mit 3D-Projektion und dreißig Sitzplätzen, annähernd quaderförmig, mit einer Grundfläche von circa 6 mal 7 Metern und einer Höhe von etwa vier Metern.
Lennart Peitz von LP Service aus Braunschweig, der seit 2014 als Berater für das Audio-Video-Segment von Simtec tätig ist, hatte zunächst fünf Systeme in Betracht gezogen, von denen zwei in die Endauswahl kamen und im Probeaufbau getestet wurden. Die Entscheidung fiel schließlich auf ein System aus 2 x Amie-Sub und 5 x UPM-1P von Meyer Sound.
Die UPM-1P wurden in den vier Ecken des Funride und mittig über der Leinwand installiert. Dass die Wahl auf UPM-Lautsprecher mit breitem Abstrahlwinkel fiel, erklärt sich aus dem begrenzten Platzangebot im Simulator. „Wir mussten mit jedem einzelnen Lautsprecher eine Coverage für den ganzen Raum erreichen, es ist ja Surround-Sound, der muss aus einer ortbaren Quelle kommen, und jeder Lautsprecher läuft mit eigener Audiospur“, erklärt Lennart Peitz. Wir konnten uns nicht auf den ‘Golden Seat’ in der Mitte konzentrieren, sondern mussten den ganzen Sitzbereich bespielen. Da haben wir lieber Reflexionen in Kauf genommen, die man wieder beheben kann.“
Der Sitzbereich aus vier Sitzreihen mit sechs, sieben, acht und neun Sitzplätzen ist ein wesentlicher Teil der Dämmung. Die Subwoofer wurden unterhalb der Leinwand auf die Fahrgäste gerichtet eingelassen. Bei der Software, die das Bewegungssystem des Funride 30 steuert, handelt es sich um eine Simtec-Eigenentwicklung mit einer Schnittstelle zum Wings-Vioso-Medienserver, über den auch die Lautsprecher angesteuert werden.
Der Soundtrack für den vom Auftraggeber für den Funride produzierten Film wurde im Studio für die UPM-Amie-Konstellation vorabgemischt und in Katar - direkt in der Kabine des Funride - mit dem fertig installierten Meyer-Sound-System endabgemischt.
Proline installs Ayrton Khamsin-S fixtures for Milwaukee Bucks
Proline Entertainment, LLC, of Wisconsin, USA, which provides lighting production for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks in the Fiserv Forum, has installed 16 Ayrton Khamsin-S LED profile luminaires for the team’s current season. The Khamsin-S fixtures mark Proline’s first Ayrton acquisition products.
Proline mounted the Khamsin profiles in the grid in the catwalk throughout the arena. They are utilized for player intros, half-time performances and time out performances featuring dance teams, drum corps and a giant T-shirt cannon.
“The fixtures’ framing effects enable us to create a runway when the Red Bull Rim Rockers daredevil basketball team appears: the players run down the runway, hit the trampoline and slam the ball,” says Proline’s owner and lead Lighting Designer, Aaron Zimmermann.
After basketball season concludes, the new fixtures will make their way back into the Proline inventory where they will be deployed for festivals, touring and corporate shows.
Victory World Outreach Church upgrades with Elation
Victory World Outreach has been ministering in Colorado Springs and around the world for 40 years. A ministry with churches in the US and in 10 different countries, Victory World Outreach has resided in their current building - a remodeled grocery store - for 27 years and in that time has made no significant changes to their main sanctuary.
That all changed in 2019 however when they decided to modernize their AVL set-up and chose integrator and Elation Professional dealer Second Opinion Audio (SOA) for the audio, lighting and video upgrade.
With an enduring focus on helping others and after years investing in their satellite churches, the time was right to renew their local house of worship. “With fluorescent lights an eyesore and our main worship space feeling dated, it was time to make some big improvements,” says Paul Jones, lead pastor at Victory World Outreach. “Part of our decision behind doing a complete upgrade to the main auditorium was our desire to reach younger families,” he adds.
Bob Langlois and Daryl Porter from SOA put together the AVL package. SOA specified, designed and installed an all-LED Elation lighting system made up of Artiste DaVinci moving heads, DTW Par 300 variable white Par lights, WW Profile HP warm-white ellipsoidal spots, SixPar 300 LED Par lights with barndoors, and SixBar 1000 IP LED battens.
Elation’s Colour Pendant downlight is used for house lighting, allowing the church to complement what is happening on stage whether it’s a church service, musical performance or special event. The entire lighting system is under the control of a compact Obsidian Control Systems NX2 console. A new 13' x 25' LED center screen, as well as side screens, were also added along with a new audio system.
A smaller version of the main room, the Powerhouse, includes an Elation lighting system of front wash and back lighting, along with Colour Pendants for house lighting. The complete Elation equipment installed at Victory World Outreach comprises 60 x Colour Pendant, 6 x Artiste DaVinci, 20 x DTW Par 300, 4 x WW Profile HP, 12 x SixPar 300, 6 x SixBar 1000 IP, and one Obsidian Control System NX2.
LED retrofit at Olive Baptist Church includes Elation stage lighting
In 2019, Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, made the decision to upgrade both their stage and house lighting systems in their main sanctuary (designed to hold about 4,000 people) - an undertaking that meant replacing over 600 lighting fixtures.
“We decided to replace every tungsten light that illuminated in the room with an LED fixture,” says Bobby Taylor, Tech Director and Director of Communications at Olive Baptist Church, “and for the stage lighting project chose a full complement of Elation LED fixtures.”
Because of the electrical complexities of the space, the project was looked on as two construction projects within one - a general house lighting project and a stage lighting project. The existing house lighting system of 522 500 W fixtures was replaced with color temperature adjustable white lights and RGBL fixtures, while the old stage lighting system of roughly 100 575 W ellipsoidals and 1000 W Par Cans was replaced with a new Elation LED system of moving heads, Pars, battens and ellipsoidals. Elation dealer Everlast Productions supplied the lighting to Olive Baptist for the retrofit.
The church had the ability to do the project in house, and acting as their own in-house design build contractor chose the fixtures, tested them and proved the design concepts. They then subcontracted out the installation work to Current Solutions (Chris Mock), who handled the electrical for the house lighting, and All Pro Integrated Systems, who handled the sACN infrastructure, components, cabling and design. Because of the experience the church has on staff, the stage lighting was designed in house.
Taylor decided to go with an assortment of LED moving heads, choosing a pair of Artiste series fixtures - Artiste Picasso and Artiste DaVinci - along with Dartz 360 and Platinum 1200 Wash units. Placed at various locations on stage, the Dartz 360 were chosen as a fixture primarily for beam effects.
A combination of tungsten fixtures and Elation WW Profile HP warm-white ellipsoidal spots, all with 10-degree lenses, serve as key and backlighting on the stage. Elation SixPar Z19 six-color Par wash lights are used for stage back wash and choir down fill. “The ultraviolet feature of this fixture plays a big role in kids performances,” says Taylor.
Elation DW Chorus white light LED battens are used to light a massive stained-glass window that retracts to expose a performance scrim area or an additional projection screen. An assortment of other fixtures are used for accent lighting such as Elation SixPar 100 LED Pars and ADJ Ultra Hex Bar 12 linear LED fixtures.
Taylor remarks that an advantage of the space is an extensive catwalk system that is accessible by elevator, as well as a slated ceiling that allows for access to the area above. He adds that during the renovation, they also did a lot of work enhancing some of the lighting features, replacing things like chair railing on the back walls with very thin chair railing to minimize shadows.
Kinetic Lighting chooses Elation Artiste DaVinci for Warner Grand Theatre
The historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California, near Long Beach, is an art deco venue that is moving into a new era with the help of Kinetic Lighting and Elation Professional’s theatrical-grade Artiste DaVinci LED moving head.
The 1500-seat theatre features a vaudeville-size proscenium stage with T-guided fly system that makes it a venue for concerts, dance performances, multimedia presentations, film screenings and other cultural events.
Kinetic Lighting worked with the Warner Grand and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to convert the theatre from conventional lighting to an entirely LED-based system, assisted by Victor Prudeaux, Master Electrician at the theatre. The new lighting package includes Artiste DaVinci LED moving heads, the first moving lights the theatre has ever owned.
Kinetic Lighting project-managed the install, designed a plot, installed, prepped, addressed and programmed the new lights, and provided training on the new fixtures. Other new fixtures in the upgrade include ellipsoidals, battens, par lights and followspots - all LED based - along with a new lighting console. The new moving lights allow fewer lights to be hung for specials.
The lighting upgrade was completed in late November 2019 with a San Pedro City Ballet performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ this past holiday season the first performance using the new gear.
(Photos: George Simian/Elation Professional/Warner Grand Theatre)
Zero 88 RigSwitch installed at P&J Live Aberdeen
Eighteen of Zero 88’s RigSwitch cabinets have been installed at P&J Live at The Event Complex Aberdeen, a new entertainment, exhibition, event and conference facility in this key Scottish city.
Theatre consultants Theatre Projects were commissioned to define and specify the site-wide technical infrastructure for Hall C and Conference Suites 1 and 2, and the tender for electrical contractor for these areas was won by LSI Projects.
When it came to a power switching solution for the LED lighting rigs in these three main spaces, the need was for a system to control the predicted on/off power surges associated with large LED installations.
LSI Projects also won the tender to deliver the cabling infrastructure for the entertainment lighting rigs, audio and AV plus associated power distribution for these performance spaces including all the fibre connections, and they in turn chose RigSwitch to be an integral part of that setup.
Two variants - a 24 and a 36-channel version - of RigSwitch were supplied. The 36-channel was manufactured especially for this project by Zero 88 as a project-specific solution, while the 24-channel and 12-channel were subsequently launched at the PLASA 2019 expo as part of a standardised range of products manufactured in the UK by Zero 88’s factory in Wales.
The P&J Live installation was overseen on site by Zero 88’s Keith Rogers working closely with LSI Projects’ Paul Barker and the 18 small-footprint cabinets are divided into blocks of six across the three separate main performance areas.
Hall C, one of the three exhibition halls at P&J Live, is a single space containing six rectangular flown trusses for the lighting positions, with one RigSwitch rack allocated per truss, each giving 24 switchable power sockets.
Conference Suite 1 (CS1) can be divided into two areas and also features six rectangular trusses, two on one side (in the partitioned configuration) and four the other. CS2 can be divided into three separate areas with six rectangular trusses, two in each section.
The RigSwitch relay units are all located in a service/fire corridor running the length of the building, chosen to be as close as possible to each of the mains distro boards feeding into the units, and also to the individual switching rooms that back on to the corridor.
The power switching devices are each rated at 32A capability offering a total of 576 latching relays operating with an inbuilt “cascade power on” function to protect the mains distribution panels (also manufactured by Eaton) from nuisance tripping due to the inrush on the LED lighting fixtures. All three event spaces have the same control interfaces, with a simple two-button panel that turns everything on and off.
In addition to this, there is a small TSC30 colour touch screen for individual control of the relays, and to override them if necessary. In Conference suites 1 and 2, this also allows for individual on/off control of lighting fixtures when the rooms are partitioned. These are in fixed positions.
Hall C’s interfaces are in a control room overlooking the space, and for the Conference Suites, they are integrated in a comms rack within the rooms themselves. All the units are DMX addressed and can also be controlled from a lighting console. There is provision to connect to the system wirelessly via an EG2 gateway if desired in the future.
(Photos: P&J Live/Zero 88)
Coda Audios TiRay-System in hr-Sendesaal installiert
Der 1952 erbaute Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks (hr) dient neben Konzertdarbietungen, Lesungen und Kabarett-Aufführungen auch als Aufnahme- und Proberaum für das hr-Sinfonieorchester und die hr-Bigband. Ein Upgrade der Beschallungsanlage wurde 2018 von den Verantwortlichen des Hessischen Rundfunks beschlossen und ein öffentliches Vergabeverfahren in die Wege geleitet.
Von den eingereichten Beschallungskonzepten schafften es drei Anbieter in das Finale zum direkten Vergleich vor Ort. Vor den Augen und Ohren der anwesenden hr-Tonmeister präsentierte das Pro-Audio-Trio seine für den Sendesaal subjektiv am besten geeigneten Beschallungssysteme.
Alle drei Hersteller waren sich einig, dass für den 868 Zuschauer fassenden, acht Meter hohen, 60 Meter langen und 25 Meter breiten Saal bevorzugt ein Line-Array-System in Frage kommt, um vollständige Schallabdeckung zu gewährleisten. Das hr-Tonteam entschied sich letztlich für das TiRay-Ultrakompakt-Line-Array-System von Coda Audio.
Das installierte System besteht aus zwölf TiRay-2-x-5“-Komponenten, ergänzt mit einer SC2-F-2-x-15“-Flugbass-Erweiterung pro Seite, einem G712-Pro als Center-Lautsprecher sowie zwei Subwoofern vom Typ SCV-F. Für den Antrieb sorgen vier Linus-14D-Systemverstärker.
Elation Rayzor 760 light Slovakian reality TV series
Slovakia television’s ‘The Farm’ (Farma) is a competition reality show that has been airing on TV Markiza since 2011. In December 2019, long time Bratislava-based production rental company and Elation distributor Adam A Syn installed 15 Rayzor 760 LED moving heads on ‘The Farm’ set at Shining Studio in the city of Stupava. The Rayzor 760s are located throughout the overhead rig. Lighting design is by Michal Schmidt and Ondrej Štalbaský.
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)