Excitement has returned to Botanic park in Adelaide. WOMAD is unfolding as we speak, dozens of dedicated staff are building fence, assembling stages, rigging lights and putting in PA systems of hifi quality. And all to entertain a discerning crowd of world music lovers. Artists from around the world and Australia will descend on Adelaide to showcase their music to the fans. You have to admire the logistics of putting on such an event and the staff that work to make it all happen. The idea of scheduling such an event can be daunting but when it is over 4 days and seven stages it is a brilliant piece of event management. There is an enormous amount of staff working on such an event. They maybe behind the scenes assisting artists or out front doing tickets or guiding patrons around the large area that is WOMAD. If look at some of the elements that need to be organised, such as power, get the gear to the right place at the right time, you are not going to have a schedule on the back of an envelope. You are going to need a large spreadsheet or project management software. You also need have highly skilled staff that remain calm under pressure and can be task orientated. As always the equipment that is supplied to the event is all high range gear and the crew that operate said equipment are all highly skilled.
Some of the acts performing and worth listening to are Arrested Development (USA), Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Neko Case (USA) and Billy Bragg (UK).
As you can it is going to an exciting music festival and more information can be gotten at WOMAD, but better still buy some tickets and go along and enjoy the multitude of worldwide performers and spare a thought for all of the people behind the scenes putting this all together just for you.
Show Technology is gearing up for ENTECH CONNECT and is aiming to make this a giant show and tell for the industry.
The professional lighting community will experience onsite training, manufacturer representatives and the latest award winning, entertainment lighting products.
“ENTECH CONNECT provides us with a greatway to interact with the local venues, integrators, dealers and other lighting professionals. It’s always well run and ends up being a busy but fun couple of days. It’s probably my favourite show of the tradeshow season”, commented Show Technology’s Sales & Marketing manager Mark McInnes.
“Expect to see, Clay Paky’s A.LEDA B-EYE their PLASA and LDI award winner. This is going to be huge as it will be one of the very first places you will be able to see this awesome product in Australia…. BRAND New products from Martin –including Martin MAC QUANTAM, their premium LED wash light, Martin’s RUSH MH4, the installation specification beam light, Martin RUSH Par 2 with class leading motorized zoom”,
Stephen Dallimore, ENTECH CONNECT Event Manager added “Visitors are going to have field day – They’ll experience the latest products for the first time in Australia.
The show has expanded to create dedicated training areas, which will provide the opportunity for the visitors to take part in seminars and valuable professional training over the two days hosted by Show Technology”.
Keep up to date on the latest development s via ENTECH and Show Technology’s social media. There are few little tricks left yet…
Show Technology Australia offers lighting solutions for entertainment and architectural applications through a select network of partners around Australia. The company imports and distributes equipment from the world’s largest manufacturers of dynamic lighting, lighting control systems and associated equipment, exclusively for sale in Australia.
2014 sees Show Technology celebrate their 20th Anniversary
Well here in Adelaide it is the busy season again. There is the annual Fringe and also the Adelaide Festival of Arts among the many events that happen at this time of the year. As usual the author is busy working at one of the many venues that are available in Adelaide for the Fringe. For a venue technician like myself there is a lot to take into consideration for festivals like this. With multiple acts coming through the 2 theatres that we have, we need to take into consideration a wide variety of technical aspects and as technical skill level of the operators if the are not using the venue staff for production. When dealing with a variety of production companies you need to remember that they maybe coming from interstate or overseas so you need to have the technical information of the venue in an easy to understand format, preferably with high resolution pictures. Measurements and equipment lists, software used etc can make it easier for them to get an idea of what the will be using. A lot of venues like us have a standard lighting rig installed that everybody is using. The way I go about designing this rig each year is to ask all of the companies that will be using the spaces to give me an indication of what they would like. From this information I then build a standard rig in CAD, ready to be followed by the crew that will put up the rig. If any of the companies require a copy I will of course send then a PDF version.
Once it is all rigged, focused and coloured it is time to wait and see. Always allow time during their bump ins for them to learn your system. If they are supplying an operator I will spend 3 hours with them assisting with programming etc., trying to make their life easier whilst in our venues. Patience is what you need and must display whilst dealing with these clients no matter what you think of them or their show. There are going to have different expectations and all they are concerned with, and rightly so, is their show. Whereas the venue technician you have several shows a night to contend with. So be friendly and work together with them. The experience will be rewarding and you will arrive at the end of the festival season in one piece with your sanity intact.
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I attended CX Summer roadshow and as usual it was well worth attending, again there were a good range of top notch suppliers willing to chat and demonstrate their latest wares to us humble punters. This is often the only many can get their hands on some of the newer gear. There is also a chance to network with fellow techs and suppliers who often are only voices on the end of a phone. There were also some very usual workshops to keep on top of the changing face of technology. Jason Allen presented a couple of great workshops on networking and designing DAnte and AVB networks. Julius presented an interesting workshop about money. There was also the usaul shoot outs conducted by Jimmy.
The companies had on show their latest and greatest. Jands had the usual range of products on their display with friendly staff available to answer your questions. This was the same with the over companies with their road cases overflowing with techie goodness. Other major companies that were present include AMBER Technology, PAVT, Meyer, Altronics, DTS to name a few. There was plenty at each stand to keep people interested. PAVT had the new ANYA system from EAW. Sennheiser had radio systems etc on display. Show Technology were showing a Martin lighting console. PRG had some cool samples on display. There was on hand many examples of new gear that you could actually touch and use.
Jands had a new console from ETC, the Cobalt.This is the latest in a greaat range of lighting consoles that designed and manufactured by ETC. This is their flagship console that I am sure we are going to see on major touring concerts as the year progresses. Jands were also showing off their new range of PR fixtures. This a range of reasonably priced moving LED fixtures from well known and trusted Chinese company, thus disproving that all Chinese companies make rubbish. They also had a range of the Soundcraft digital consoles on display. As always Jands had a great range of expects on hand to show you their wares, from Shure radio mic systems to lighting consoles.
ULA we’re demonstrating the latest versions of Arkaos and the latest Chamsys consoles, the MagicQ MQ100 Pro 2014. This latest upgrade/version is one with some great extra features that lighting board operators are going to love. The visualiser being one of the new features along with 64 universes of DMX that is another great feature .Full theatre cue stack control on 10 different playback faders makes easy work of complex shows. Individual channel timing, fully configurable FX and on screen cue editing enables total artistic freedom. The on screen windows enable instant access to palettes, range information and FX for those moments when busking is required. MagicQ supports ArtNet and Pathport protocols and ACN Streaming DMX. In additional there are 4 fully patchable direct DMX outputs on the rear panel. Chansys are making inroads in Australia now that they have a local company behind them that does believe in the product.
The new Allen and Heath console, the QU 24, was on display as well. The new QU 24 follows on the success of the QU 16. Allen and Heath are producing many quality digital products that are thrilling users arouind the country. I do know of people swearing by their products. Another quality product that is now available from Technical Audio Group.
Steve Devine of Meyer had one of his favourite toys at the show, a Strong Super Trouper followspot. What a beast, an old fashioned carbon arc light source that still works and pumps out the lumens. This certainly brought back memories for the old timers amongst us.
So is this pop trade show relevant? It certainly is. Companies need to take thier product to their customers, instead of the customers going to the supplier. This is especially relevant if you do not work on the eastern seaboard, where most of these companies are. This day and age with tight budgets if a supplier comes to the same town or state as a potential customer the change of a sale improves as the client has no or low travel costs and also can actually see the product and not be buying from a website or brochure.
So I say bring on more pop up trade shows.
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Another trade that is worth attending I know I intend to make my way to Melbourne for this one. ENTECH CONNECT is brought to you by the people behind ENTECH.
ENTECH CONNECT is an integrated show providing specialist education and training for Pro Audio, Audio Visual, Integration, Broadcast, Lighting & Staging professionals. It also offers you the opportunity to network with the industry’s leading companies and see the latest products direct from Prolight + Sound, for the first time in Australia.
What’s happening at ENTECH CONNECT this July?
Exclusive Live Audio Demo Zone : For the first time experience some of the best systems only at ENTECH CONNECT
Exclusive onsite training by: ULA Group, Jands, Bose, Yamaha & Show Technology + more TBC
New Location – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne provides a more accessible and bigger venue for 2014
BOSE visitor networking evening – Carry those important conversations into the evening with food, drinks and live entertainment for every visitor
Technicians Lunch Series comes to Melbourne including the AV & Lighting Technicians Lunch and the BOSE Audio Engineers & Jands Staging Technicians Lunches
Free visitor registration
Expanded education program – ENTECH CONNECT’s biggest educational seminar program to date including:
* Major national and international case studies
* Confirmed international speakers from America
* Over 30 in-depth sessions
* Revised Live Entertainment and Events Safety Summit
March will see the launch of the new ENTECH CONNECT website. After a year in development and planning, the online platform will be an interactive hub for the live entertainment industry.
Dedicated industry zones –These are designed to help you find information that matches your professional focus area.
Interactive career portal – discover the right career for you.
Gallery – everything you could want in one place
Faceted search – Find what you need, faster.
Blog – Share your opinion and stay connected with the industry.
ENTECH CONNECT is a must attend event for any entertainment technology and installation professionals working or wanting to work in the industry.
If you require any further information about participating at ENTECH CONNECT 2014, please contact Stephen Dallimore on firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 9556 7988.
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The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) in Canberra has launched their new Theatrette located in the NFSA’s heritage-listed art deco building. The refurbishment included a larger stage, new seating design and new audiovisual technology. The 114 seat Theatrette is an intimate option for screenings, live performances, conferences, lectures, and break-out sessions. It will also allow the NFSA to stream HD content to any venue in the world.
Fredon was called upon to install a performance lighting system the rigging of which was a major challenge. However Allan Wade, Fredon’s ACT Manager for Audio Visual Solutions, describes the result as absolutely spectacular!
“The fact that we got it looking so good in such a challenging ceiling space is a work of art in itself,” he added. “Issues with the room meant it would be very difficult to get to the lighting rig once it was installed so we turned to an LED solution that offered long-life operation. We also installed more than the usual amount of lights so that it would not be necessary to re-rig the lights.”
With access to the lighting fixtures limited, fixture reliability was vital and consequently Fredon turned to a combined Vari-Lite and ETC solution.
“It’s important as the people at the coal face to know that we’re installing best of breed product with matched reliability and local support. So when the specification called for the use of ETC and Vari-Lite product, we were more than comfortable with confirming that selection,” remarked Allan. “Ultimately, we are the ones that need to support it. Our relationship with Jands has always been very good and I know that the product they supply is always reliable. The Jands Technical Resource Group was on hand to provide detailed production information and design guidance. Ultimately, this is a success story of today’s contracting – a consultant, integrator and vendor all working together to achieve a solution to meet the clients requirements.”
The lighting package comprised of ten ETC Desire D40, fourteen ETC Source Four CE LED Lustr+, four 42 inch ETC Selador Lustr and four Vari-Lite VLX LED wash-lights.
“The ETC fixtures have been great,” commented Allan. “Care had to be taken when positioning them as there is such a short distance between the actual fixture and the stage. We supplied them with a number of different zooms so that they could change the angle. The stage was very tricky as it had a particularly short throw to try get a tight pattern on stage but we managed to do that. The Vari-lite VLX fixtures were chosen to light live performances giving as much flexibility as possible.”
Trevor Anderson, Theatre Technical/Facilities Manager at NFSA, commented that the Vari-Lite VLX fixtures were also chosen to match the ETC fixtures in terms of colour functionality and to add movement to the room.
“The VLX have been fantastic and totally functional in the way we hoped they would be,” he said. “They certainly give the room a wow factor.”
The ETC Desire D40 fixtures were chosen to supply a broad colour wash to the stage and also to light the room.
“A couple are used to light the ceiling whilst the rest are in the rig to down light the stage,” added Trevor. “The ETC Source Four CE LED Lustr+ were chosen because not only did we want a real theatrical light we also need a light that would be useful for video production and video conferencing. The ETC Source Four CE LED Lustr+ can light people on the stage to specific colour temperatures so we can get good quality video reproduction. The Selador Lustr are basically used for wall wash eye candy and mood setting the room. The acoustic panels on the wall were chosen in a very neutral grey colour that can be easily lit in colour.”
An ETC SmartFade 24/48 was chosen for control with Trevor describing it as having an awesome interface, plus being very easy to learn and program.
A Jands DD8 DMX distribution unit runs individual feeds to each of the bar locations and stage, a simple solution to ensure that everything does what it is supposed to do.
For more information on ETC and Vari*Lite products visit www.jands.com.au
Jands guys have done it again. A LED Calculator to help you work out the power consumption of LED fixtures in relation to conventional. Now you can prove to the bean counters how much money you will save. So give it a go.
Since the release of their popular Shure Frequency Calculator they have been working on another exciting calculation tool.
Enter the Jands LED Calculator! This simple interactive tool will you help to quantify the electricity savings by comparing conventional fixtures to their LED equivalent. A dollar figure is produced to compare the savings both on a yearly basis and across a period of 10 years. The essential part of the Jands LED Calculator is that it also takes into account the relative purchase price of LED fixtures (which is usually significantly higher) and can make an estimate as to the time required to pay for the initial investment. This is a calculation that is often forgotten in the discussion between LED and Conventional.
The LED Calculator has been designed to be simple to use, all you need to do is select your location (state/territory) in order to determine the average electricity price. Then you must input operational data for both Conventional and LED fixtures – you can add multiples of both Conventional and LED fixtures to create a complete real world rig. This data is then calculated against the electricity cost to produce a series of results of the combined operational savings reaped by using LED over Conventional.
The LED Calculator is officially being launched at the CX Summer Roadshow this week. If you happen to be attending the show please visit our stand for a live run through and question opportunity with Eddie Welsh or Tim Kennard.
Unsure about changing to LED? Let us do the justification for you! Access the LED Calculator here today www.jands.com.au/support/led_calculator.
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