CLF Lighting at Untold Festival

Untold, one of the world’s best and biggest dance festivals was recently produced for just the fifth time. This Festival attracts people from all over the world, both by its bill of leading artists as well as its extraordinary visual production.
The mainstage is located inside the Cluj Arena stadium in Romania and almost all stages were designed with a lot of CLF fixtures.

One of the trusses charged with Ares.

Lighting Designer André Beekmans (The Art Of Light) was responsible for designing the mainstage. Chris Das (Four Aces) took care of production management and design of the secondary stages.

The main goal was to achieve and elevate the light design in comparison to anterior years. Fourteen trusses with CLF Ares and Orion fixtures were added to the Arena setup.

“We used the Ares to create a massive audience wash, which worked really well for the live stream as well as pictures. We used Orions as effect lighting and its spot/beam functionalities meant it was the perfect fixture for creating spherical effects to hype up the crowd”, says Beekmans.

CLF Ares

CLF Orion

The stage itself had to be suitable for touring artists with their own floor kits. The house rig ensured the whole stage had a combination of spots, washes and beams. The wings of the stage were filled with scenery.

CLF Yara fixtures took care of the small details, whereas Ares fixtures functioned as main scenery wash. Chris Das: “Every time, the Ares surprises me in terms of their output and intense colors. Moreover, the flexible diffusor kits make it very easy to find the right balance.”

CLF Aorun

Aorun beams were used as effect lighting for the complete mainstage: “The Aoruns really helped extend the stage visually into the arena itself. We are very familiar with using CLF fixtures and the possibilities they offer and we use them for many other shows, like Amsterdam Music Festival for exemple. These fixtures were also very much appreciated by visiting guest LDs”, concludes Beekmans.

Beams Aorum nestled in the scenic setting.

Because of their heavy duty housing, excellent colors and high output, we decided to purchase Ares, Yara and LEDbar PRO fixtures. We plan to deploy them in Romania throughout the summer. For example at Neversea Festival, Afterhills, Hifi and Mioritmic.
Our next event is Chouette, a small business-focused event on a beautiful new location in Gilau Transilvania near Tarnita Lakelake. We will be deploying 140 Yara, 24 Ares and 48 LEDbar Pro fixtures there”, says Das.

Credits:
LD mainstage: Andre Beekmans – The Art of Light
LD secondary stages: Chris Das – Four Aces
Production Management: Chris Das – Four Aces
Operating: Koen van Elderen & Jaap Kamps – The Art of light

More on the CLF Lighting website

Trondheim Rocks festival ribbon charged with Alcons

Ils ont essayé sans maquillage, mais c’est bien grimés qu’on reconnait KISS. Show devant !

Headlined by Def Leppard, KISS and Iggy Pop, Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems again succeeded in the difficult task of giving 19000 Trondheim rock fans the volume and clarity they wanted, while keeping levels outside the arena low enough.
Held in the grounds of the Norwegian city’s Dahl brewery, a big part of last year’s success was thanks to the Alcons pro ribbon systems used on both the main and second stages.

This year, the event’s sound was again supplied by Trondheim Lyd, with the power and coverage of the LR28 larger format line array modules again meaning that no delays were needed to cover the 109m deep audience arena.
Last year the system proved so efficient that this time a smaller main stage system was used, comprising 18 LR28 per side, 32 BC543 very high output cardioid subwoofers and 40 LR18 mid-sized line array modules for inner, outer and sidefills.

Le LR28. Deux 14” pour le grave, quatre 6,5” pour le médium et un ruban de 14” pour l’aigu,. 144 dB SPL Max entre 200 Hz et 10 kHz. Le tout en 65 kg.

Six VR12 mid-sized versatile monitors were used for front fill, with the system powered and controlled by 44 Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers. The secondary stage featured main hangs of 10 LR28 each, with 16 BC543 subs, all powered by 17 Sentinel10s.

As well as the exceptional audio quality produced by the Alcons pro-ribbon drivers, the directivity and all-natural cylindrical wavefront means that the sound pushes through any wind issues and can be very precisely aimed.

“After last year’s great success with the LR28 system, we and the festival management, Trondheim Stage, demanded the same high standard again. It was an obvious choice to use the LR28 for both stages this year,” says Trondheim Lyd audio technician Arnstein Fossvik.
“The LR28 is one of the fastest systems to simulate, rig and optimise. Combined with the exceptional sound quality, coverage consistency and high power, it’s ideal for outdoor rock festivals. The ALControl software also makes it easy to set up and optimise, as well as controlling and monitoring all levels.”

Le sub BC543. Trois18” en pur carbone, bobine de 5,3” dont deux avant en montage bass reflex avec un évent prenant 25% de la façade et un arrière pour générer la réjection pouvant aller jusqu’à 42 dB.

Because the nearest houses are just 20m from the arena, the noise regulations for Trondheim Rocks are strict. However, Alcons pro-ribbon systems meant the Trondheim Lyd team had no problems in complying with them, yet not compromising the audience’s enjoyment.
“We used horizontal sub arrays on both stages and, as the BC543s are self-contained cardioid subs, there was minimal sub-bass leakage outside the audience area.

The LR28 cabinets are also extremely directional, making it easier to keep the energy within the festival area,” says Arnstein. “Most of the band engineers had not heard the LR28 system before, but they were all very impressed by the high sound quality.” Arnstein concluded: “With the ample HF headroom available, corrections on the upper-high frequencies to compensate for the wet conditions, maintaining the high-fidelity and the full 1:10 dynamics, was a breeze.”

“As with last year, we wanted the back of the arena to be quieter, so people could talk while enjoying the bands on both stages, but to maintain the same high sound quality and intelligibility,” adds Trondheim Rocks festival producer Espen Hammer. “Like last year, we had a lot of good feedback from both the audience and press regarding the sound and no complaints at all from nearby residents.” Trondheim Rocks has been one of many highlights in a year full of them for Alcons pro-ribbon systems.

Def Leppard en pleine action. On voit distinctement les infills en LR18 et les deux longues lignes de LR28.

The week before the festival, the LR28 system had been used for Sting, earning generous praise, while other live events featuring Alcons systems have included the Milkshake festival in Amsterdam, Off festival in Poland, concerts and tours by Alan Parsons, Brian Ferry, A-Ha, Turbonegro, Luke Elliot, High as a kite, but also Underworld, Barbara Schöneberger and violinist Nigel Kennedy. The diverse range of artists underlines the versatility of the Alcons pro-ribbon sound systems.

More informations on :

The Alcons website
The festival
Le prestataire local Trondheim LYD

DWR to distribute KLOTZ AIS cables in South Africa

Germany’s KLOTZ AIS, synonymous with cable products of the highest quality since 1979, has appointed DWR Distribution as its new distribution partner for South Africa with immediate effect.
As a global leader in design, production and marketing of audio, video, multimedia and fibre-optic cables and cable solutions, Klotz AIS is active in 130 countries around the world.

Frederic Kromberg, KLOTZ (right) with DWR’s Bruce (left) and Duncan Riley (center)

Frederic Kromberg, Director of International Sales at Klotz visited DWR in Johannesburg to secure the deal. “KLOTZ cables have been available in South Africa well over 15 years, but as a strongly solution-oriented company, especially with rental companies, installers and broadcasting markets we are very excited to develop and expand the Klotz cable business in South Africa with the highly professional team of DWR. We believe this is a great opportunity for DWR to develop our extensive product range.”

Klotz AIS celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year and in those four decades has built an excellent reputation. Klotz is renown for high quality, durable products and meets the technical specifications both musicians and professional users expect from a cable and cable systems. “Once people have experienced Klotz they always come back,” said Frederic. “Very often underestimated, the interface between all your devices is as important as the devices itself.”

Said Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution, “I knew of the Klotz brand and always admired the quality. But I really got a good feeling when I met Frederic and realized that their company was as people orientated as what we are. It’s an honour to be the distributor for this professional company and fine brand and we look forward to many years to come together.”

(Back row) The DWR team, Annalise Hodgson, Kevin Stannett, Johnny Scholtz, Marlene Riley, Bruce Riley, Schalk Botha, Vincent van Niekerk, Richard Smith (front) Frederic Kromberg (Klotz) and Duncan Riley.

More information on the Klotz website, the the Klottz Fiber website and the DWR Distribution website

Lancelot rides with Iron Maiden

Robert Juliat is very excited that Robert Coleman, lighting designer for Iron Maiden, specified 6 (not 666!) Robert Juliat Lancelot 4000W HTI followspots for the band’s current Legacy of the Beast World Tour, which started with a 38-date European leg in May 2018.
This is not the first time Coleman has used Robert Juliat followspots, having also specified them for the band’s 2017 The Book of Souls world tour.

“I’ve always found Robert Juliat incredibly reliable,” says Coleman who, first and foremost, takes advantage of Lancelot’s 2°-5° zoom range. “Despite Lancelot being a long-throw followspot, it can easily handle the great variety of throw distances involved in touring different venues.
Sometimes we have outdoor shows where the FOH position can be quite close to the stage; other times we can be somewhere the size of the O2 Arena with the spots mounted on the backwall. The Lancelots hold up well in both situations. The zoom and the optics are good in either position. And obviously they are crazy bright!”

Copyright John Mc Murtrie

For the current Iron Maiden tour, Coleman has used the Lancelot followspots ‘in every configuration you can think of – FOH festival towers, the back wall of arenas, on catwalks…they have been everywhere you can imagine!” He specified six of the grand RJ beasts with the initial intention of carrying one as a spare, but this soon developed into allocating one Lancelot for each member of the band.
“We found six was the ideal number, with one sitting on the drummer to act as a working spare should anything goes wrong,” says Coleman. “It’s useful to have an extra spot up there, always ready to go, which we can use to add extra highlights when we want them, and to handle the occasional sightline issue when the size of the stage set presents a problem in some venues.
Some adverse angles mean we can’t always hit the lead singer with one spot at all times, so by touring six we have the capacity to double up and use two spots to avoid shadows. And, of course, that extra followspot has the important role of picking up the band’s mascot, Eddie, when he makes his big appearance!”

Lancelot’s HTI source is also a firm favourite with Coleman: “The lamp has a good colour temperature which is not too harsh on the band members. I found a nice colour combination of corrections which gives a good, fleshy skin tone that makes all the band members look vibrant, healthy, warm and human…and looks great on the IMAG too.”

The Robert Juliat fixtures have proved their worth during set up and transportation too as Coleman explains: “The Lancelots are easy to set up and much quicker than other followspots because the bulb travels within the unit and doesn’t need setting up, and the stands go together quickly. This frees up a lot of time during pre-show checks to do other tasks. Additionally, from my perspective the iris and the motion of the spot are always very smooth, which is what we are all looking for!”
The six RJ Lancelot units have been supplied for the entire tour by London-based Neg Earth Lights, which also supplied Robert Juliat for last year’s The Book of Souls world tour. “As usual, the Robert Juliat spots have been meticulously maintained to the point of perfection by Neg Earth which always helps,” says Coleman. “The thoroughness of their preparation keeps everything running perfectly.”

For more information on Robert Juliat Lancelot followspots and the full portfolio of RJ lighting fixtures, visit the Robert Juliat website

 

Yamaha Shows New Products And Updates At IBC2018

Yamaha has a digital mixing solution suitable for every type of broadcast need. All will be on show at IBC2018, including new products and updated firmware. Yamaha systems will also be mixing keynote speeches and other presentations throughout the show.

Yamaha Rivage

Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM10 and PM7 digital mixing systems have rapidly become the new byword for excellence in the large format console market. The facilities, audio quality, flexibility, high channel counts and ease of use are all proving a hit with engineers across the world. IBC sees the launch of updated firmware and two new interface cards for RIVAGE systems, which add features especially relevant to the broadcast market.

The HY128-MD

The HY128-MD is a 128-in/128-out interface which can be used to convert the output of a RIVAGE PM10 system to MADI, for transmission to a broadcast OB truck or to connect to a MADI-based mixing console, as well as providing asynchronous sample rate conversion for devices using different word clocks to be connected without noise and dropouts.

The HY144-D-SRC interface

The HY144-D-SRC supports up to 144 inputs/144 outputs via Dante with onboard sample rate conversion, adding convenience to systems where devices running at different sample rates need to be interconnected.
Meanwhile, the latest Version 2.20 firmware supports both the new cards and adds several new features for PM7 and PM10 systems.

A video from Yamaha explains the advantages of these two cards:


New Version 5.1 firmware update for Yamaha’s CL and QL series digital mixers directly supports the Sony DWR-R03D DWX digital wireless receiver – used extensively in both broadcast and live production environments – significantly enhancing the value of existing and future CL/QL-based audio systems to broadcasters.

Sony DWR R03D

In addition, the latest firmware for all Yamaha digital mixers means that they now feature multiple channels of Dan Dugan automixing, making them the ideal solution for all kinds of multi-microphone broadcast applications.

Another Yamaha broadcast-friendly update on demonstration is Version 1.1 firmware for the MMP1 studio monitor management system, which adds a range of refinements and support for the CB Electronics TMC-1 monitor controller.

Alongside these new developments, Yamaha’s stand at IBC will feature the industry-leading, fully integrated Nuage production system, R-series D2 Dante I/O units, RMio64-D Dante-MADI I/O unit, RSio64-D Dante-Mini YGDAI interface and SWP1 series network switches.

Nuage

The DZR12

Meanwhile, all of the Keynote speeches taking place in the Forum at IBC 2018 will be mixed on a Yamaha CL series console and those in Rooms E102 and G102 will be mixed on a QL series console, all three spaces also using with R-series D2 I/O racks.

The new DZR series loudspeakers will also feature in Room E102, where a 5.1 surround system will comprise four DZR10 and three DZR12 full-range loudspeakers, plus two DXS15MkII subwoofers. A separate voice system of two DZR12s will also be used, while four DZR10 will be used as stage monitors in the Auditorium.

Yamaha is exhibiting on Stand C71, Hall 8 at IBC2018, which takes place at the Amsterdam RAI from 14th – 18th September.

And More information on the Yamaha Audio website

Heidecksburg Castle Goes Paladin Green from Elation for St. Patrick’s Day

The Irish national holiday of St. Patrick’s Day is always celebrated on March 17th and the day is widely acknowledged by Irish and non-Irish alike. In Rudolstadt, Germany, event technology service provider LB-TEC was tasked with illuminating the famous Heidecksburg castle in the Irish national color of green and chose powerful Elation Professional Paladin™ lighting fixtures for the job.

©Tommy Pekruhl

LB-TEC has illuminated the city’s residential palace for years and has always used a large amount of LED washes, fixtures that had to be installed with cumbersome weatherproof protection. This solution was not only relatively expensive but also very time consuming. For the St. Patrick’s Day illumination, the company opted for a more practical solution and invested in eight Elation IP65-rated Paladin™ wash/blinder/strobe lights.

“We chose Elation’s Paladin because it’s a weatherproof light with high output and attractive zoom range. On top of that, the price/performance ratio was convincing,” explains LB-TEC owner Volker Schmidt. “In the future, we will use the units primarily for ambient lighting in outdoor areas, for effect lighting on stages and, as in the case of Heidecksburg, for barrel lighting at a great distance.”

©Tommy Pekruhl

The IP65-equipped Paladin is a versatile and powerful hybrid unit with twenty-four 40W RGBW LEDs that can be used as a bright wash light, full-color strobe, powerful blinder or great effect light. A motorized zoom offers full flexibility in the range of 6-32-degrees for adjustment of the beam to any application. LB-TEC was able to illuminate the entire city-side façade of the castle with only eight units, covering the entire facade in green.
Setting up the fixtures and adjusting the zoom took only a few minutes. The Paladins were placed about 200 meters away from the façade and although it was lit exclusively in green – so only 25% of the power was available – the building was intensively soaked in color.

Elation Paladin Video demonstration


More information on the Elation website