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More than 150 ADB lights for Galli Theatre in Rimini
In October 2018, the Galli Theatre in Rimini, a historic venue on the Romagna Riviera, reopened - 75 years after that distant 28 December 1943 when it was hit during bombing. The reopening took place to the sound of the voice of Cecilia Bartoli who presented her 'Cinderella' in a semi-staged version, accompanied by the Musiciens du Prince.
The reconstruction and modernization of the mechanical stage equipment and other systems was entrusted to Decima 1948, a company in the field of design, development and implementation of technological solutions for the theatre and show and exhibition venues.
“Our decision to propose a lighting system consisting of 100% traditional halogen lights was the result of a reflection on the budget and the characteristics of the Galli Theatre itself”, says Enzo Trovato, CEO of the company. The project involved more than 150 ADB lights including Europe C101 and C201 units, Europe F201 fixtures (i.e. the 2 kW Fresnels) and ACP 1000 units (backdrop lights).
Church of the Presentation upgrades sound system with Powersoft
The fully renovated Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, installed a new sound system which is powered by Powersoft Quattrocanali 1204 amplifier platforms.
"The church, having a rectangular shape, has different acoustics when the moveable wall is there than it has when the wall is not there," says Steve Minozzi, co-owner of Monte Bros., the Westchester, New York-based audio systems design and integration firm that performed the installation.
"When the church and the auditorium are together, the sound system requires a whole different configuration of time alignment and EQ, because the two discreet spaces have different acoustical properties."
Monte Bros. designed a hybrid point-source/distributed speaker sound system for each of the possible configurations distributed to over 12 zones, using an estimated 15,000 feet of cable wire. Using three Powersoft Quattrocanali 1204 four-channel amplifier platforms, Monte Bros. powered each zone with one discreet channel per zone.
Monte Bros. partnered with Powersoft to develop a technology to be able to use the integrator's proprietary monitoring system in Church of the Presentation, and to have the ability to offer it to other houses of worship in future installations.
"Ubiquiti Networks Secure Remote Access System is an intellectual property that our technicians developed because we've done work for the NYPD since 1995," Minozzi explains. "After 9/11, we were commissioned to build an independent communications network that couldn't be taken down if something like that ever happened again. And it required that, at every precinct, if anything became disconnected we would be notified."
The Ubiquiti network security feature - which Powersoft is currently fine-tuning for future Monte Bros. house-of-worship installations using Quattrocanali amplifier platforms - will also allow audio streaming of church services through the Ubiquiti cloud.
Izakaya-Restaurant in Amsterdam verwendet Lautsprecher von RCF
Die Restaurant-Kette Izakaya, die mehrere Locations in Europa unterhält, kombiniert asiatische Küche mit einem Bar-Konzept und verschiedenen Events. Anfang 2019 hat Izakaya Amsterdam seine Audio-Anlage erneuert und zwölf C3108-96-Module von RCF in Custom White verbaut. Verantwortlich für die technische Umsetzung zeichnete der niederländische Audiospezialist 24/7 Amsterdam.
Das C3108 ist ein Fullrange-2-Weg-Lautsprechersystem mit breitem Abstrahlwinkel. Der Hochtontreiber ist mit einem 1.4"-RCF-Precision-Kompressions-Treiber mit einer 1,50"-Schwingspule auf einem drehbaren 90°-x-60°-CMD-Horn bestückt. Der Schallwandler ist ein 8"-RCF-Tief-/Mitteltöner mit einer 2"-Schwingspule.
(Fotos: Marcus Scheuermann)
Yamaha audio system installed at new bouldering gym in Copenhagen
Flipside Soundsystem was approached to design and install the audio system at a new bouldering gym in Copenhagen, Denmark. Happily for all concerned, choosing Yamaha loudspeakers and processing has helped to make for a very contended customer.
“Josh Glanville and Francesco Ragazzi of Beta Boulders asked us to work on the sound system for their new 10,000 ft2 bouldering gym,” says Flipside managing director James Cooper. Beta Boulders offers climbing and training areas, as well as a yoga studio, cafe and co-working spaces.
Flipside had to cover both large, reverberant areas in the climbing zones where higher SPLs would be needed, and more intimate zones for the yoga studio, cafe and changing rooms. They selected 36 Yamaha VS4 and VS6 full range, surface mount loudspeakers in a multi-zone system managed by an MTX3 matrix processor.
The system’s seven zones cover the main climbing area, competition bouldering area, training area, yoga studio, reception and bar, changing rooms and the office space, with control by four Yamaha DCP series wall panels.
“For the main climbing area, we had to work out an asymmetrical speaker pattern which allowed for the irregular shapes of the bouldering walls,” Cooper explains. “We chose VS4s for all areas except the competition area, where we went with the slightly larger VS6s to allow extra headroom for big events where microphones and louder music would be needed.”
DAS Audio systems deployed at Improv Comedy Theater and Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen in Miami
Light F/X Pros, a Miami-based AV design/build firm, was contracted to design and deploy the loudspeaker systems at the Miami Improv Comedy Theater and the Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen.
“To meet the requirements of our client, we needed to deploy audio systems that offered the versatility to address a variety of events types and activities since these venues operate as restaurants, concert halls, and party rooms,” explains Jhander Orihuela, Audio Engineer for Light F/X Pros.
At the Miami Improv Comedy Theater, the Light F/X Pros team installed a primary sound setup consisting of six DAS Vantec 20A active curved source line array elements, flown three enclosures each for the left and right sides.
For low frequency support, these are accompanied by two DAS Vantec 18A powered bass reflex subwoofers, placed one enclosure per side. Artec 526A and Artec 508A systems are distributed throughout seven zones depending upon the capacity, location and target (seated patrons, hallways, the main entrance, etc.).
At the Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen, the primary sound setup also consists of six DAS Vantec 20A active curved source line array elements, flown three enclosures each for the left and right sides. Just like the setup at the Miami Improv Comedy Theater, these are accompanied by four DAS Vantec 118A powered bass reflex subwoofers, placed two enclosures per side. Artec 526A and Artec 508A systems are distributed throughout eight zones.
Schweizer Rundfunkveranstalter TVP SA bestückt Studios mit LED-Bildschirmen von Absen
Absen hat beim Modernisierungsprojekt der Studios von TVP SA, einem Medienveranstalter der Kantone Jura und Neuchatel mit Sitz in Cortaillod, seine digitalen Bildschirmlösungen in die Broadcast-Medienumgebung integriert.
Für die Modernisierung des gesamten Studios stand der Austausch der 55-Zoll-LCD-Videowandbildschirme gegen neue LED-Technologie ganz oben auf der Agenda. „Der Einsatz von LED-Wänden ermöglicht uns einen mühelosen Szenenwechsel, durch den wir gleichzeitig auch eine dynamischere Umgebung für unsere Sendungen erschaffen können“, erklärt Marcello Del Zio, Direktor und Teilhaber von TVP SA. „Eine große Bildoberfläche ist entscheidend, da die jeweilige Szene von ganzen digitalen Bildern umgeben werden kann.“
Das Herzstück des neuen Studios bilden 62 m² große N3-Bildschirmpaneele von Absen, die gemeinsam die LED-Kulisse und Ecksäulen an den Wänden bilden; in die Studiotische selbst wurden darüber hinaus 6 m² große A2725-Bildschirmpaneele integriert. Über einen 4K-Videoserver (12 Bit 4:4:4, 60 Hz) finden jegliche Inhalte ihren Weg auf die Bildschirme, die von achtzehn Redundanz-unterstützenden Novastar-MCTRL660-Controllern gesteuert werden.
Sowohl die Gesamtkonstruktion als auch die Montage der Bildschirme wurden vom Installationsteam, bestehend aus den eigenen Studiomitarbeitern, durchgeführt. Um eine korrekte Konfiguration zu gewährleisten, wurde das Team jeweils sieben bzw. drei Tage von Telion- und Absen-Technikern vor Ort unterstützt.
Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross chooses Powersoft for historic renovation
As the largest church of any faith in New England, Cathedral of the Holy Cross has long served as a gathering place and "Mother Church" for Catholics living in the Archdiocese of Boston. Since its dedication in 1875 however, the structure’s Upper Church has received relatively little refurbishment - until 2018, when crews began an extensive renovation project of the 150-year-old Gothic revival structure.
This renovation included a full-scale overhaul of the Cathedral’s sound system, which is now powered by Powersoft Ottocanali 1204 amplifiers and a custom designed line-array employing Powersoft D-Cell 504 2-/4-channel amp modules with onboard DSP and controlled by Powersoft’s Armonía software.
Evan Landry, CTO and President of Landry Audio Division, Commlink Integration Corporation, designed the new sound system for Cathedral of the Holy Cross around a custom unit based on a column of two Innovox MicroBeam 32 units, which serves as a focal point for the entire sound system.
"The primary focus of the system acts as an acoustic anchor, so that all the sound sounds like it’s coming from the chancel - the place where it looks like it’s coming from," says Landry. Due to dimensional limitations in the Cathedral, the custom MicroBeam system uses 52 elements - rather than the 64 that are normally used - and makes use of Powersoft’s D-Cell 504 module, which provides processing and power for the dipole spaced low frequency section and processed line level outputs used with the Cathedral’s custom MicroBeam.
The Innovox MicroBeam steerable line array uses 26 active mid-/low-frequency elements (2.75-inch cone drivers), which are powered by Powersoft D-Cell 504 modules, and 26 high-frequency elements (3.25-inch ribbon drivers).
To carry the sound coverage from the chancel through the 200 feet extending back to the rear of the nave, Landry and Oswood installed 18 additional Innovox line arrays - one for each of the support columns running along the aisle.
For powering each of the support line arrays along the columns, an additional five channels of monitors, plus another speaker acting as a mirror image of the acoustic anchor, they chose Powersoft Ottocanali 1204 amplifiers. To set up the system’s DSP, Oswood used Powersoft Armonía software.
KV2 Audio supports re-imagined version of ‘West Side Story’ in Manchester
The production of ‘West Side Story’ at Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre is the first ever not to feature Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, having been adapted for the theatre’s in-the-round configuration by Aletta Collins. The re-imagined production - directed by Sarah Frankcom and mixed by associate sound designer Owen Lewis - included sound design by Richard Brooker, delivered by KV2 Audio.
Brooker’s design was based on concentric rings of loudspeakers to serve each of the three tiers of seats that were divided into seven separate blocks all the way around the stage. There were fourteen front fills sunk around the edge of the stage floor, while the main vocal system, comprised of seven KV2 Audio EX10 full range active loudspeakers, was flown in a ring above the stage. 41 vocal delay speakers formed part of the concentric rings to supplement the frontfills and main EX10 vocal ring.
A ring of seven low-profile ESD25s flown above the EX10s served the upper gallery. In addition to the vocal system, Brooker specified a pair of EX10s in a L/R configuration for the band system. Due to the in-the-round nature of the venue, the 11-piece orchestra was not located inside the theatre itself, but rather in a specially designed sound-proof booth in the foyer equipped with a video relay so that the musicians could see the stage and the cast could see the conductor.
“The band system is completely separate from the vocal system,” he explains. “We went for a L/R configuration as we decided that we’d like to have the sound of the band coming from somewhere other than the stage as is the case for the actors, and coming from a specific place, as if the band was in the theatre with the audience. The band system also acted as foldback on stage and avoided any nasty timing issues we may otherwise have encountered.”
As a complement to the main L/R system, Brooker has also provided for a delay system based on the EX6 2-way active loudspeaker. He specified a total of 16 EX6s across the three levels of seating, supplemented by six wide-dispersion, under-balcony EX26s for the upper circle. Finally, a pair of EX2.5 dual 15-inch subwoofers flown up in the roof completed the design.
(Photos: Richard Davenport/The Other Richard/KV2 Audio)
MOG und Media Online feiern 250. mxfSpeedrail-Installation in Deutschland
MOG Technologies vermeldet die Installation der 250. mxfSpeedrail-Einheit auf dem deutschen Markt. Das System wurde in diesem Jahr von Media Online, einem langjährigen Partner von MOG in Deutschland, beim Kunden ZDF installiert.
„Erfolgreiche MOG-Installationen von mxfSpeedrail-Systemen, entweder zur dateibasierten Aufnahme oder zur SDI-Aufzeichnung, wurden bisher bei vielen deutschen Kunden durchgeführt, darunter Rundfunksender wie ZDF, SWR, NDR, HR und Sky. Wir freuen uns sehr, nun mit der Installation beim Sender ZDF die 250er-Marke erreicht zu haben“, so João Pereira, Vertriebsleiter bei MOG.
Robe MegaPointes installed at the Ancienne Belgique
The Ancienne Belgique (AB), a live music venue in Brussels, has just purchased 24 x Robe MegaPointes which join the 50 x Spiiders that have graced the house lighting rig since 2017. They were initially looking for an LED spotlight, but they could not find anything to meet all their criteria.
It had to be an FX light as 90% of the performances are music based and effects are important, and they had recently been repeatedly renting in beam lights, so it made sense to have their own.
Head of AB’s lighting department, Renaat Van Hee, had worked at the AB as a freelancer since 2002 and held his current full-time role running the lighting department for the last two years. They have four full time technicians working in lighting, another four in audio and three dealing with general production elements, plus a large pool of regular freelancers.
Their first investment into Robe fixtures was in 2012 when they purchased MMX Spots. These ran for six years before bringing everything up to date with the MegaPointes and Spiiders.
Pictured: Ancienne Belgique’s Head of lighting Renaat Van Hee (on the left) with lighting designer Jan Van Lindt who also works at the venue.
DAS Audio systems for fitness studio in Vilnius
The fitness studio Re.Formatas, in the heart of the city of Vilnius (Lithuania), has chosen DAS Audio equipment for its gym. The sound systems selected for the fitness studio were the Action, Vantec and Altea series.
The configuration included systems of 8" and 12", Action 8A, Action 12A, Altea 412A and Altea 712A, along with the subwoofer Vantec 18A in the main gym area, and the Altea 718 subwoofer in the rest of rooms. The smaller cabinets were distributed in the bar, lounge and the reception, while the larger cabinets were installed in the main area of the gym.
The installation company Music Agency New Tone (UAB Fremenas) was key in the design, installation and development of the project. "Two years ago, we did a similar installation at another gym and in a few cocktail bars in Kaunas, where the DAS Audio systems from the Action and Artec series were deployed," comments Kastytis Sinkevicius, manager of the company. "This previous experience influenced the installation of similar equipment in Re.Formatas."
Chauvet DJ fixtures installed at Moose Bar locations in Belgium
Moose Bar is opening pop-up nightspots throughout Belgium. A collection of Chauvet DJ fixtures, supplied by Pro Gear BVBA, is contributing to their atmosphere. Laurent Wery, owner of Pro Gear, decided to anchor Moose Bar rigs with Chauvet DJ products.
Featured in his lighting package for the six current venues in the chain are: 47 Intimidator Spot 260 moving fixtures, 80 SlimPAR T6 USB low-profile RGB wash lights, 30 SlimPAR T12 USB units, four Line Dancer compact mid-air effects, one Swarm Wash FX rotating derby, 16 Geyser P7 colorized RGBA+UV foggers, and three Hurricane 2000 fog machines.
“Each Moose Bar is different in size and style, so each has its own lighting needs,” says Wery. Wery ensured that the dancefloors at the Moose Bar clubs were enlivened by a steady stream of bright and bold looks by hanging the Intimidator Spot 260 fixtures over them as their main spot.
At some sites, he enhanced the impact of these 75 W fixtures by coordinating them with aerial effects from the Line Dancer or Swarm units. For color, Wery positioned the SlimPAR washes strategically throughout each Moose Bar location.
Zach Scott chooses ChamSys for Chicago Music Cruise
The 20th annual Chicago Music Cruise - a weeklong Caribbean excursion on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of The Seas, organized by rock group 7th Heaven - featured a group of leading Chicagoland bands and radio personalities. For the on-board-theatre’s live shows Zach Scott designed a lightshow that was run with a ChamSys Maxi Wing and ChamSys Extra Wing Compact.
“Given that space is always an issue in a cruise ship environment, I wanted something with a small travel footprint that would still give me enough power to run a 22-universe show,” says Scott. “I’ve been running shows with the MagicQ MQ 500 Stadium, but size was an issue here. It was also very important that whatever I used had the ability to be up and running quickly from show to show.”
In addition to his Maxi Wing and Extra Wing, Scott’s system included a MacBook Pro and Elo Touch Screen. “The MacBook Pro running the MagicQ on PC was the core of the operation,” he says. “I received plots a couple of months prior to the cruise, which gave me ample time to build the rig and preprogram the show. The Maxi Wing lets me do my programming and playback through real faders, buttons and encoder wheels.”
Scott ran three different shows, two 60-minute versions and one 90-minute variety, during the cruise. He controlled each show live through the playback faders and cue stack buttons on his Maxi Wing and Extra Wing Compact.
(Photos: JPM Photography)
Erik Morra uses Chauvet fixtures for 'Newsies'
Founded in 1789, Georgetown Prep is one of the oldest preparatory schools in the US. The halls of its leafy campus outside Washington DC resonate with tradition, as Erik Morra discovered when he signed on to light the musical 'Newsies' at the school’s student theatre in February 2019.
'Newsies' chronicles the heroics of New York’s “newspaper boys” during their late 19th century strike against two of the most powerful publishers of their era. “I was familiar with the play, but never really appreciated the David-Goliath backstory behind the strike until I dug into it for this production, which made me extra determined to capture the world of these kids in light,” says Morra, owner of Baltimore-based LumenCUE. Helping him convey the gritty 1899 New York City streets that defined the newsboys’ life was a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash and Rogue R1 Wash fixtures.
Morra hung eight Rogue R1 Wash fixtures downstage for front light, and eight Rogue R2 Wash fixtures midstage for downlight and backlight. “The zoom feature of the Rogues allowed me to define the space and keep the focus where it needed to be,” he says. “We also had several scenes that moved out into the house, so we were able to simply move the fixtures and follow the actors out into the aisle.”
Along with its Rogue R2 Wash and Rogue R1 Wash units, Morra’s rig included Chauvet DJ Intimidator and Freedom Par fixtures. He hung eight Intimidator Spot 360 LED units on upstage pipe just in front of the backdrop to give it extra texture. He also moved some of these lights downstage to create specials.
He uplit the “W” on the “World News” building (headquarters of one of the newspapers) with a pair of Intimidator Spot Duo 155 units. He also positioned six wireless Freedom Par Quad-4 fixtures on the front edge of the stage to emulate a “classic theatre front light” look.
Helping Morra create his looks for the show was a group of Georgetown Prep students. “I came to the show opening night, but the students took it from there,” he says. “I worked with the tech crew students to map out the lighting cues and program the board, bringing them as much as possible into the process.”
Chauvet fixtures installed at Piece Hall Spiegeltent
The Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, initially served as a marketplace for traders selling woolen cloth from the town’s many textile mills. A recent comprehensive renovation of the premises has given the courtyard a renewed purpose though: that of an exchange for the arts, culture and music.
One of the events making use of the transformed Piece Hall courtyard is the Spiegeltent - a makeshift live venue, akin to a circus big top, which caters to a musical program in the run up to the festive season.
For a recent incarnation, which included a varied program of bands, cabaret and comedy, in addition to headlining musical acts such as Gary Delaney, Yorkshire-based Sound & Light UK LTD integrated ten Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash and ten Rogue R1 Beam fixtures into their lighting rig.
The interplay between the Rogue R1 Beam and R2 Wash fixtures, flown from above stage trussing, gave Sound & Light the necessary breadth of visual expression required. Drawing on the 19 (15 W) RGBW quad-LED source of the Rogue R2 Wash fixture, Chris Bottomley and his team were able to deploy a blanket of saturated color to create supporting visuals for the musical performances.
"In addition to providing bursts of saturated color on stage, we could also use the fixture's (12° to 49°) zoom to transform the wash into a soft-edged spot - an effect which came in incredibly useful during the repeated recalibration of the stage setup during the program," says Bottomley.
Complementing the wash effects with precise throws of light were the 132 W Rogue R1 Beam fixtures. Due to their independently controllable 5-facet and 8-facet prisms, Bottomley was able to initiate a contrasting set of aerial effects with which to punctuate the blanket of color provided by the wash fixtures.
(Photos: Sound & Light UK)
Soundation Studio mit Vovox-Klangleitern ausgestattet
Seit dem Jahr 2012 betreibt Audio-Engineer Thomas Feilner das Soundation Studio nördlich von Bayreuth und zeichnet seitdem für das Recording, Mixing und Mastering zahlreicher Bands und Künstler verantwortlich.
Seit kurzem ist die Mastering-Kette im Soundation Studio komplett mit Klangleitern von Vovox verkabelt und hat daher das Purum-Qualitätslabel des Schweizer Kabelherstellers erhalten.
Gemeinsam mit den Installationsexperten von Thomann Audio Professionell plante Feilner die Verkabelung der neuen Mastering-Kette mit den symmetrischen Sonorus Direct S 100. „Die Neuverkabelung beginnt beim Wandler, geht über die Patchbay, durch alle Outboard-Geräte und landet schließlich wieder im Wandler“, so Feilner.
Barowski AG stattet Kirchen mit Meyer-Sound-Systemen aus
Die Barowski AG aus Nürnberg hat im vergangenen Jahr zwei Kirchen mit Meyer-Sound-Beschallungssystemen ausgestattet. Das Haus der 1734 eingeweihten Kirche „Kreuz+Quer“ in Erlangen, das mit einer Zwischendecke versehen ist, besitzt im Erdgeschoss verschiedene kleinere Räume und im Obergeschoss den im Barockstil gehaltenen Katharinensaal. Bei der letzten Generalinstandsetzung wurde dieser Raum mit neuer Ton- und Videotechnik sowie einer Bühnenbeleuchtung ausgestattet.
Ein Ziel dieser Generalinstandsetzung war der Wunsch nach einer Erweiterung der Nutzungsmöglichkeiten der Räumlichkeiten. Vor dem Umbau hauptsächlich für kleinere kirchliche Veranstaltungen genutzt, finden heute auch private Feierlichkeiten wie Hochzeiten, Geburtstage, Firmenveranstaltungen und Empfänge sowie kulturelle Events wie Konzerte, Theater und Musicals statt.
Herzstück der neu installierten Audiotechnik im Katharinensaal sind zwei Meyer-Sound-CAL-32-Column-Array-Lautsprecher. Unterstützt werden die CALs, die bei Reden, Gesang und Musik zum Einsatz kommen, von zwei MM-4XPD-Miniature-Self-Powered-Lautsprechern und zwei UMS-UltraCompact-Subwoofern. Realisiert wurde die von der Barowski AG geplante Installation von der SLD Mediatec GmbH, ebenfalls aus Nürnberg.
Moderner gehalten ist ein weiteres Projekt der Barowski AG: Die Christkönigskirche in Burgthann ist ein puristischer Ziegelsteinsteinbau, der 1964 als katholische Kirche eingeweiht wurde. Der Altar ist mittig in dem 250 Sitzplätze fassende Raum platziert.
Die ursprüngliche Beschallung der Kirche führte zu Beschwerden von Gläubigen, da Wörter bei Predigten „verschluckt“ wurden, rhetorische Abstufungen nicht möglich waren und der Klang als eher stumpf und nasal empfunden worden sei.
Die Barowski AG wurde beauftragt, eine Beschallungslösung ohne langwierige Aufbau- bzw. Umbauarbeiten zu erarbeiten, die die Nachhallzeit reduziert. Michael Barowski, Geschäftsführer der AG, entschied sich für ein Lautsprechersystem mit Meyer-Sound-MM-4XPD-Miniature-Self-Powered-Lautsprechern. Die Rückwärtsdämpfung der MM-4XPD vermindert Reflexionen an den Wänden und ermöglicht die gewünschte Sprachbeschallung.
Zum Einsatz in der Christkönigskirche kommen jeweils zwei von der Decke abgehängte Lautsprecher für die Beschallung der drei Sitzbankblöcke und je ein Lautsprecher für die Orgel und den Chor auf der Empore. Zwei weitere Lautsprecher am Altar dienen als Monitore für Redner. Für die abgehängten Lautsprecher wurden spezielle Halterungen eigens für den Kunden entwickelt.
Avolites console installed at Fillmore New Orleans
Fillmore New Orleans, Live Nation’s Crescent City take on the iconic San Francisco music hall, is a 2,200-capacity entertainment venue that opened its doors in mid-February 2019 with back-to-back shows by Coheed and Cambria and Duran Duran.
Decked out with signature Fillmore nostalgia - including the classic chandeliers - the new second-story, 22,000-square-foot venue also features aesthetic nods to NOLA, including recycled wood and wrought iron. The club is also now home to a new Avolites Tiger Touch II lighting control console, installed by Knoxville-based Bandit Lites.
“Live Nation is using the Tiger Touch II in several of its Fillmores, House of Blues clubs and select theaters, including in New York City, San Antonio and Detroit,” says Dan Schartoff, SVP Production, Live Nation Clubs & Theaters.
Pictured (left to right): John Jenkinson, Bandit Lites; Brad White, Avolites/Group One; Austin Dominique, Fillmore New Orleans; and Dan Schartoff, Live Nation.
Petersdom erhält digitales Beleuchtungskonzept von Osram
Die Planungs- und Installationsarbeiten für die neue LED-Beleuchtung dauerten rund eineinhalb Jahre - nun erstrahlt der Petersdom in neuem Lichterglanz. Das gesamte Beleuchtungskonzept für das Projekt hat Osram maßgeschneidert, um zukünftig alle Schätze der bedeutsamsten Basilika der Welt hervorzuheben.
Mehr als 780 Spezialleuchten, bestückt mit ca. 100.000 Leuchtdioden, kommen dafür zum Einsatz. Die Beleuchtung der rund 22.000 Quadratmeter Grundfläche umfassenden Kirche kann mittels intelligenter Steuerung auf vordefinierte Lichtszenarien angepasst werden.
Im Rahmen dieses Projektes arbeiteten die Technischen Dienste des Governatorats des Staates Vatikanstadt und Osram in einem Team zusammen. Die LED-Beleuchtung hat die Blendung erheblich reduziert. Die Anzahl der Leuchten wurde ebenfalls erheblich reduziert. Zusammen mit der digitalen Steuerung wird so im Vergleich zur alten Beleuchtung eine Energieeinsparung von bis zu 90 Prozent möglich.
Bisher waren unter anderem die Kuppeln in den kleinen Seitenschiffen des Sakralbaus fast unbeleuchtet, jetzt werden sie durch das neue Beleuchtungskonzept in Szene gesetzt. Details, die in der 500-jährigen Geschichte des Petersdoms noch nie sichtbar und selbst Kunstexperten unbekannt waren, sind nun ohne störende Reflexionen zu sehen.
Die digitale Steuerung ermöglicht es, spezifische Beleuchtungsszenarien sowohl auszuwählen als auch zu erstellen oder zu verändern. Durch die neue Beleuchtung ist nun zudem die Übertragung von Fernsehbildern in hoch- und höchstauflösenden Einstellungen mit 4K bzw. 8K möglich.
Die gesamten Installationsarbeiten wurden von der Direktion der Technischen Leitung der Vatikanstadt übernommen, die unter anderem wichtige Empfehlungen zum ursprünglichen Projekt in enger Zusammenarbeit mit der Dombauhütte von St. Peter erteilte.
(Fotos: Archivio Fotografico Fabbrica di San Pietro)
Chauvet fixtures used at Canary Wharf Winter Lights
'Time and Tide', a four-meter tall structure at Canary Wharf Winter Lights - created by the design partnership of Paul & Pute and built by A13 Steel - featured the UV light from three Chauvet Professional Colordash PAR H12IP wash fixtures.
Paul from Manchester, England and Pute from Bangkok became friends while earning their masters degrees at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Together, they brought a mixture of architectural and lighting skills to the design of the hyperboloid-shaped work of art they created for the outdoor exhibit, which ended January 31.
The geometric web of strings that made up the structure’s surface was adorned with patterns created with paper drinking straws to remind people that there is an earth-friendly alternative to plastic models.
Paul & Pute coated their paper straws with UV reactive blue and green paint. Illuminating these straws with UV light endowed them with a vibrant glow. “We needed three IP-rated fixtures with high-output UV light and wireless scene setting,” says Paul. “The UV paint couldn’t just be illuminated; it really needed to glow for the exhibit to move people the way we envisioned.”
Supplied by 10 out of 10 Event Productions & Equipment Hire, the three Colordash PAR H12IP fixtures were recessed into the circular base of the structure, pointed upward to illuminate the straws from different angles. Although the RGBWA-UV wash creates a rainbow of colors, Paul & Pute used only UV light to achieve the glow they were after.
The looks created with the Colordash units followed at 3-second fade in/3-second hold/3-second fade out pattern to create a pulsating effect. “Chris Lea from 10 out 10 programmed this movement on an app,” says Paul.
(Photos: Tadas Svetikas)
Vari-Lite VL2600 Wash used for 'Circus 1903'
When 'Circus 1903 - the Golden Age of Circus' visited London’s Royal Festival Hall over the Christmas period, its performers and life-size puppet elephants were lit by lighting designer Paul Smith, using 26 new VL2600 Wash fixtures from Vari-Lite, supplied by Siyan.
The LED fixtures delivered a number of immediate advantages. “By switching to the much more compact fixture we’ve gained extra floorspace,” says Smith. “We’ve also replaced the heavier wash fixtures overhead, as it’s quite a weight-restricted show.”
The VL2600 Wash’s internal framing system allowed Smith to visually segment the performance area, keeping the audience focused on the action. The consistency of the Vari-Lite palette across the rig was also a key factor in the end result, says Smith - as was the CTO adjustment. “Having that uniformity of look across the whole rig is definitely helpful. It’s a very sepia, pastel color palette in the first part of the show, so everything is CTO’d. The VL2600s coped very well with that,” he says.
(Photos: The Fifth Estate)
Moskauer Sarjadje-Park mit Audiotechnik von Stage Tec
Im Sarjadje-Park in Moskau, in Sichtweite vom Roten Platz und dem Kreml, wurde eine Installation mit Audiotechnik des Berliner Herstellers Stage Tec in Betrieb genommen. Dieser Park ist ein Zusammenspiel von Natur und Architektur. Pflanzen und Bäume aus den verschiedenen Vegetationszonen Russlands wurden in dem 13 ha großen Areal eingepflanzt.
In diese Landschaft hinein wurden diverse Gebäude eingegraben, die teilweise nur durch ihre begrünten und begehbaren Dächer zu erkennen sind. Eines dieser Gebäude ist die Konzerthalle, die in einen künstlichen Hügel eingebettet ist. In zwei Konzertsälen sowie einem Recording-Studio wurden zwei Aurus Platinum und ein Auratus Platinum quasi unter der Erde installiert.
Die Aurus-Konsolen sind mit jeweils 48 Fadern versehen. Ihnen stehen im Nexus-Router sieben bzw. sechs Audio-DSP-Einheiten RMDQ zur Verfügung. Das kleinere Auratus verfügt über 24 Fader. Die drei Mischpulte sind in ein Nexus-Netzwerk mit zwei Routern und zwölf Basisgeräten eingebunden.
Für den Mitschnitt von Konzerten verbindet Nexus die beiden Säle mit dem Recordingstudio. Ergänzt wird die Installation auch durch den optischen Multiplexer Omux, der den Anschluss von portablen oder festinstallierten externen Geräten an das Nexus-Netzwerk ermöglicht.
Die zwei Säle der multifunktionalen Konzerthalle sind für 1.600 und 400 Besucher ausgelegt. Das Dach der Halle ist eine 8.700 qm große Glaskonstruktion, die vorn den Eingang zu den Konzertsälen und hinten die Zuschauerränge eines Amphitheaters für Open-Air-Veranstaltungen überdacht.
Robert Juliat fixtures installed at London’s National Theatre
The National Theatre, situated on London’s South Bank, includes three theatres - the 1110-seat Olivier, the 890-seat Lyttelton and the 400-seat Dorfman. The NT technical department has invested in Robert Juliat lighting equipment over the last 12 months to add to its already large inventory of RJ fixtures.
“We have over 300 Robert Juliat 600 Series 1 kW and 700 Series 2.5 kW profile fixtures, mostly used as generic lighting in the Olivier and Lyttelton theatres where they are rigged on the front of house bridges,” says Lighting Resources Manager Paul Hornsby.
2018 saw Hornsby’s department make an investment in 54 Dalis 860 300 W LED cyclorama battens. “Our aim was to be able to light a full wrap-around cyclorama in the Olivier, which we are able to do using 48 Dalis units (24 each on top and bottom). The cyclorama for 'Common', for example, measures 8 m high by 21.5 m wide. We chose Dalis because we were looking for an LED solution to replace our old tungsten cyclorama lights.”
Joining Dalis in the Olivier are three new RJ Cyrano 2.5 kW HMI followspots which are now permanent fixtures in the followspot box at the back of the auditorium. The National Theatre also purchased sixteen new RJ Cin’k 350LF 5 kW tungsten Fresnels for the Lyttelton Theatre’s basic rig where they will operate in overhead positions.
The Cin’k 350LF Fresnels supplement 16 RJ Cin’k 325LF already owned by the National Theatre in the resources hire stock, alongside 30 RJ Lutin 306 1 kW units. “The little Lutins are used a lot in our new Dorfman Theatre, hired from the resources stock to supplement the basic rig,” concludes Hornsby.
Pictured (left to right): The National Theatre lighting team - Paul Hornsby (Lighting Resources Manager), Matt Drury (Head of Lighting) and Laurie Clayton (Lyttelton Lighting Supervisor). (Photo: Julie Harper)
Adlib helps to deliver Europe’s first installed L-Acoustics L-ISA system
Adlib’s installation division are part of a team which has helped to deliver Europe’s first installed L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound system at EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), a new arts centre for live music, mixed arts, and performance located in the former Savoy cinema in Dalston, east London.
Adlib worked closely with client Auro Foxcroft and his team, with support from L-Acoustics’ Sales Manager Paul McMullan and Applications Engineers Jeff Woodford (installation) and Sergey Becker (touring) to specify and install the 360° L-ISA system.
EartH is the brainchild of Auro, founder of Shoreditch venue Village Underground, a community driven initiative that also provides workspaces for artists and creatives. Ininitially, when we first made contact with Auro, we were looking at a standard left-right configuration for both upstairs and downstairs spaces," explains Adlib Director John Hughes. However, when Auro met Paul McMullan and Jeff Woodford on site, they highlighted how perfect the venue was for an L-ISA configuration.
The old cinema’s balcony - which had been closed off, forgotten and left derelict for 30 years after a final screening of 'Scarface' in 1984 - is now a new 750-capacity theatre and concert hall space. The downstairs area has been reinvented as a multi-purpose club and social area, and a new restaurant will be opened.
The theatre’s L-ISA loudspeaker configuration comprises a frontal system, supplemented by surrounds and overheads providing a 360-degree mixing environment. The L-ISA Scene configuration features five hangs of seven Kara loudspeakers, spaced evenly across the stage in line with the proscenium arch.
Low-end response is augmented by four KS28 subwoofers flown in an end-fire configuration. The surround system features 12 Syva colinear loudspeakers, four each mounted on the side and rear walls, plus eight X8 overheads which are flown from the ceiling to provide elevation to the mixing environment. Lastly, there are ten X8s installed as lip fills which are fed from the aux send of each object within the L-ISA Controller.
Audio from the FOH consoles runs via MADI to the L-ISA Processor which outputs on MADI. The signals are then converted to AVB and distributed to the 18 LA4X and one LA12X amplified controllers driving the system.
Adlib’s KSE Sam Proctor attended the tuning and calibration session with the L-Acoustics applications engineers to learn more about the finer details of working with L-ISA technology. Adlib also supplied two DiGiCo SD12 consoles to be shared between venues . In addition, an Adlib line system and an L-Acoustics stage monitor package comprising twelve X15 HiQ monitor wedges and two SB18 subs powered by LA4X amplified controllers were supplied.
A stereo Kara system, one SB18 and four Kara per side, is installed in the club on the ground floor, supplemented by four SB28 subwoofers and four Arcs WiFo delays. A microphone stands and cables package from Adlib completed the specification.
(Photos: Maria Zhytnikova)
Robe illuminates 'The House of Dancing Water'
The world’s largest water-based show - 'The House of Dancing Water', directed by Franco Dragone and staged in the purpose-built House of Dancing Water Theatre in Macau - has added 63 new Robe moving lights to the theatre’s rig.
The 41 x BMFL Wash XFs and 21 x Tarrantula LED wash beam lighting fixtures have now been installed in the theatre as part of a drive to upgrade the technical equipment to include more sustainable and advanced options than were available when the show launched in 2010.
Head of lighting, projections and special effects for the theatre and show is Karl Jenkins. He’s been in the post for two and a half years where he runs a team of 26 technicians and has previously worked on several Cirque du Soleil projects.
The final decision to use the Robe fixtures was taken by Jenkins and his head console operator/programmer Justin F Sinclair, who has been with the show since the beginning. The lights were delivered by Robe’s Hong Kong distributor ArcSource Ltd.
The BMFLs are all positioned in the overhead grid on levels 5 and 6, at between 18 and 25 metres above the stage. The Tarrantulas are enclosed in a series of Plexiglas "lighting bubbles" below the water’s surface, and are used to highlight the underwater environment, working in unison with the special FX including "boiling" and other effects created by microbubbles in the water.
With over 1000 fixtures in total in the show - including several submersible IP 67 and 68 ones - Robe is now also an integral part of this production. The whole lighting system is run via a GrandMA2 network with a Luminex backbone which is another recent upgrade.
(Photos: DickWai Lai)