This year, CAP48 has broken the record again, collecting 5,55 million euros! The campaign, organised by the RTBF, supports projects improving living conditions of people with disabilities in Wallonia and Brussels.
Laurent de la Haye, PRG Account Manger, and the whole PRG team did their utmost best to realize the designs of Light Designer Jean-Jacques Marotte and respond to the client’s demands.
RTBF asked our PRG Account Manager Laurent de la Haye to work with Light Designer Jean-Jacques Marotte and director Bernard Souvenier to realize a big show broadcasted live on TV.
The lighting setup was built out of 60 PRG Icon Beams, together wit some Vari*Lite 3500 Wash, VL 3500Q Spots, Chauvet LED Blinder Strike 4 and other moving heads from ExpoLite, Ayrton and Clay Paky.
PRG used different video components and installed 144sqm of LED PRG30, combined with 60sqm of Barco MiTrix, 100sqm of MC-12H ROE and 82sqm of MC-7H ROE. 2 M-Box media servers were controlled by a Grand MA.
Credits to Mathieu Antoine (On Site Manager), Nicholas di Fonzo (our video expert) and the whole team who put up a great show, once again!
Last Thursday, the 6th of October, PRG organised a Freelance Event. Exceptionally, the roles were reversed: the freelancers were the guests of the evening and the event was arranged for them. PRG wanted to use this opportunity to thank our freelancers for the hard work during the busy summer season, filled with festivals, concert tours, car shows and fashion shows.
Before the doors opened for our freelancers, PRG held the first Quarterly Staff Meeting. CEO Duncan Verstraeten and COO Thomas Van Lokeren presented their strategy for the upcoming year. The offices of PRG France, Netherlands and Spain followed the meeting thanks to live streaming. After the Staff Meeting, we welcomed the freelancers for the Freelance Event at around 5pm.
About 300 freelancers were invited to meet the PRG employees. Every hour, Erik Knook, our new Warehouse Manager, guided a tour through the warehouse. When freelancers come to PRG to prep a job, it’s important for them to know who to contact and be informed about the way the warehouse operates, in order for them to work efficiently.
As a memory aid, freelancers were given a warehouse booklet to take home, in which they can find all contact information of the Heads of Departments, Asset Managers and the Operation Managers.
It goes without saying that drinks and food were part of this Freelance Event! PRG hired a Foodtruck to serve some delicious hamburgers and sandwiches.
We would like to thank everyone who came to the Freelance Event. This definitely was a successful evening and it will not be the last one!
On Friday 30th September 2016, the AV Awards took place at a glamorous event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The awards, which celebrate the best product, projects, and people in the AV industry, was attended by a team from PRG XL Video, led by Executive VP & COO, EMEA, Gary Boyd.
Following the announcement of the shortlist for Production Product of the Year, sponsored by DB Systems, PRG’s GroundControl™ Followspot System was announced as the winner in the category which included products from Barco, Elation Professional, Sennheiser, X-Rite Photo and Video, and NewTek Inc.
The revolutionary product is already making waves across the production industry, particularly in the concert touring, theatre and television markets, and the judges commended the way the product is having a huge effect on the way lighting designers and producers design their shows and events.
The GroundControl™ Followspot System consists of a specially customized PRG Bad Boy spotlight which includes an in-built camera, and can be flown from rigging or mounted in locations around a venue which would not normally accomodate a followspot; a truss box which provides the link between the fixture and the controller; and the ground-based controller unit which can be operated from up to 610 metres away from the fixture.
GroundControl™ allows designers huge flexibility in where to locate their followspots and the operators can be safely located on the ground within the venue, without the need to climb rigging. In addition to the safety benefits, the GroundControl™ Followspot System also negates the need to remove seats to create traditional followspot positions – a revenue bonus for venues.
Gary Boyd comments: “I was delighted to accept the award for Production Product of the Year for GroundControl. The product is making huge waves across our industry, and we’re very proud to have developed this in-house. Our R&D team in Dallas have done an excellent job in creating a followspot system which is rapidly growing in popularity and demand!”
For a full list of the AV Awards Winners follow this link.
Van Cleef & Arpels presents its new High Jewelry collection in an interpretation of Noah’s Ark by Robert Wilson. Wilson is an American set designer famed for his radiant, subtle and thrilling conceptions, with the scenography. PRG France worked together with PRG Projects to realise a custom made video solution in order to bring Wilson’s idea to live.
In his vision of the Ark, Robert Wilson imagined a sensory mise-en-scène plunged in the engulfing darkness. The constant screening of a video is reminiscent of the sea; the soft and enfolding piece of music evokes mystery; the skies darken as lightning streaks herald a storm, the Ark departs, and the ensuing respite hums like a promise of peace…
Robert Wilson creates a dreamlike travel through a positive and timeless interpretation of the of Noah’s Ark, evoking first of all a preserved paradise.
PRG created several custom made technical solution in order to display high resolution video content of over 11.000 pixels wide and more that 1200 pixels high. The content was intended to lower in brightness without loosing the quality of the image.
In order to respond to the high expectations of the client, PRG invested in ROE Black Onyx 2 panels, with an amazing 2.84 pixel pitch, which is the most performing high-end product on the market. In total this represents more than 450 modules, adding up to more than 1800 tiles. 41 of these ROE LED displays were customised in order to integrate secured jewel boxes of 25 x 25 cm. The modules were laser cut to a tenth of mm precision. The challenge here was to make perfectly fitted box so they wouldn’t interfere with the electronics that control the individual modules of the display.
On the bottom of the construction, the standard base frames, which normally are of 8 to 12 cm height, were replaced by a custom made frame to result in a maximum height of 5cm and an insert of 3 cm to create a subtle border. We had to make sure that the lowered base frame could still carry the 5-ton screen weight, spread over a surface of 33 linear meters. Last but not least, PRG created a doorway of 1,5 x 2m within the LED, for visitors to enter the experience.
We are very proud to have realised this big project with a total video surface of 112,5 sqm of LED. The result of 14.000.000 pixels is astonishing!
All credits go to Robert Wilson (Conception & Design), Arvo Pärt (Original Music), Christophe Martin (Architect of realisation), Video Emme (Graphic presentation), Selected By (Sound Design), William Rault (Technical Direction), Philippe Lauras (Director Photo), Jean-Philippe Aldebert (Sound Engineer), Cyril Grace (Production Van Cleef & Arpels) and PRG France’s team - Thierry Kra, Laurent Boillot, Pierre-Guillaume Tomasso, Yves Winand and Viktor Martin from PRG Projects.
Once a year the fanatic video-gamers come together at the world's largest event for computer and video games, the Gamescom in Cologne. Over a 345 000 visitors were pleased at the newest hardware, hundreds of premieres and blockbuster titles, from consoles and PCs through to online mobile games.
PRG Belgium supplied three LED screens, as well as lighting, trussing, hoists and control systems, for the Wargaming booth.
The first highlight was the large LED ROE 7mm screen, which was of 16m x 4.2m and mounted on the upper floor of the building. It was divided into two overlapping parts, for which PRG developed a custom-made frame support and a particular image management was employed, constituted of 1 D3 Media server 4x4 Pro (VCF Quad DVI card included) 5 and 1 Barco E2 Event master (4K Video System).
The second LED screen was a Utile 3,9mm wall and measured 7m x 4m. This LED wall was mounted on Kinesys hoists to have it moving up and down within the stage area.
The third video screen was a ROE 7mm wall of 7m x 4m and located just outside the Show area.
In addition to the fact that the screen within the stage area featuring images from the PlayStations, tablets and PCs, the three LED walls could either display separate video content or be synched on the same.
PRG also installed 8 Panasonic HD cameras that captured images on the booth and broadcasted on the LED screens.
The video and sound were also broadcasted onto the B-to-B stand that was approximately 500m away.
In terms of lighting, trussing, hoists and control, PRG also put together an impressive show using 60 ICON Beams, 60 X4 L Impression, 36 P5 and 14 Robin 1200.
For the overall sound we had two Adamson S10 stacks + 2 Subs LS 219 EML E + 6 MICS.
This year, once again, we are looking back at the great success of the Gamescom and hope to be back next year for the next impressive show!
2016 marked the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest, one of Japan’s most popular role-playing computer game series, and for the first time, Dragon Quest was created into an original spectacle live show titled “Dragon Quest Live Spectacle Tour”. The show toured with great success in 5 cities from July 22 through August 31.
PRG Japan provided technical direction and production services for lighting, video, scenery, rigging, stage automation, flying effect and LED wrist bands.
London-based STUFISH designed the set and PRG Scenic Technologies in New Windsor made the DMX-control hoist system for the roll-down screens. PRG V476® control console was used to control the 52 roll-down screens to rise and lower individually and in groups, changing formations at each scene, and mapped video images projected on the screens created the digital scenery as the story on adventurous journey rolled on the stage.
PRG have always supported young talent. We no longer need to introduce bands like Oscar and The Wolf, Goose or even Warhola, who are taking their place between the stars, one concert at a time. Since a couple of months, we’ve also been on tour with BAZART, a young indie-popband from Flanders that we’re supporting with our professional equipment and crew.
For their lighting concept, they chose to work with the PRG Icon Beam. The choice is explained by Lighting Designer Maarten De Man: “For BAZART, we were looking for a performant machine that we could use in a club as well as on a festival. That’s why we went for the Icon Beam. It’s a really powerful light that also works well within the total concept of the show. For certain songs, we use a frost to create a wonderful wash effect. The moving speed of the beam and the shutter speed also reinforced our choice for the Icon Beam. To be honest, it’s a machine that can do a lot more than just cast a simple Beam.”
Maarten has worked with PRG for several years now, whether touring with Oscar and The Wolf or BAZART. On the subject of his cooperation with PRG, he says: “We can always count on profes-sional support and experienced teams to bring our show to a good conclusion. We don’t need to worry about the technology and we can just concentrate on our job. Even when we are touring with the group, there is always someone who can help us when necessary.”
After a busy festival season and some impressive performances on Werchter and recently also Pukkelpop, it has become a common fact that BAZART is the revelation of the year. We are anx-iously looking forward to the month of September when we take off for an indoor tour with them.
On the 6th of May, Lost Frequencies started his summer tour in the Ancienne Belgique. The sold out kick-off concert was praised by various journalists and reviewers for both the music and set design. Supported by a strong visual concept, Lost Frequencies’ performance set the AB on fire, something the doesn’t happen often with DJ sets. The reason? Felix De Laet is one of the few Belgian artists to be popular in Flanders, Brussels and the Walloon region at the same time. Tickets were sold out in record time. The AB was clearly the ideal point of departure before heading off to a series of festivals in Belgium and abroad.
Whether in a concert hall of a festival (such as recent performances at Rock Werchter, Lokerse Feesten, Brussels Summer Festival, …), the young man toured with the easily recognisable design of the Backwall and DJ booth. LED strips, beams, stroboscopes, blinders and video screens were assembled with one goal: to support the music in all of its facets. To be able to use the same Backwall concept on the existing stage of every festival, the production had to adapt and modify the matrix in function of each venue. Criteria like weight, dimensions and construction time were essential in deciding what to include in the audiovisual set.
Lighting designer Mario Hofman was looking for compact yet performant equipment that was easy to mount. He explains: “I chose the PRG Icon Beam because its powerful output could easily outshine the LED and Video. Additionally, the Icon Beam was an important part of the dynamism of the concept.”
As far as video was concerned, Mario chose to work with the PLED206E 6mm LED panels, which are especially lightweight. “For a tourset, construction time is an increasingly important parameter. Frequently, the weight is also a limiting factor since our set is always something extra, in addition to the set that’s already present. Because of that, we chose a lightweight panel that was quick to mount. For the view of the matrix, it was also important to choose a square panel that supported the total concept.”
And the concept worked like a charm! The day after the performance in the AB, De Morgen wrote: “A powerful light show that could guarantee temporary blindness or provoke an epileptic attack and a backdrop that further stretches the meaning of the phrase ‘cutting edge technology’!”
In the autumn, Lost Frequencies releases his first album and continues to tour festivals, clubs and concerts in Belgium and abroad, joined by the PRG teams.
PRG Account Manager: Rik Henneco
Production manager: Jan Herinckx
Lighting designer/operator: Mario Hofman
Lighting operator: Leon Driesen / Kasper Iseger
Video operator/content: Prismax/Joris Corthout
The Swiss lakeside town of Montreux will once again host its famous Jazz festival. Over the past 50 years, the festival has seen some of the greatest acts in music history, including Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Prince and David Bowie, among others.
For this year’s festival, audioborn has developed a project allowing the festival to be captured through 360° / 3D video and sound recording technology for the first time. This content can later be rendered and used in virtual reality applications, permitting users to experience the selected acts in real-life quality.
Commissioned by the Metamedia Center of the University École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) together with the Montreux Jazz Festival, project lead and official technology partner audioborn is partnering with PRG Lab for the video expertise. audioborn is responsible for capturing and reproducing all concerts in 3D audio with its software real-time processor called Auratorium. The software system is designed for 3D audio and virtual reality applications. It uses a ray-tracing approach to calculate physically correct and 100% natural sound.
PRG Lab, a division of PRG XL Video, based in Germany, develops customized interactive and leading software solutions for the event and exhibition market. PRG Lab will be supporting the project with a 360° / 3D Nokia OZO camera system to capture a 360° spherical video of chosen acts at the festival.
The cooperation between audioborn and PRG Lab will be one of the first commercial uses of the OZO system in a production of this size. In addition to the standard multitrack recordings, audioborn will capture the sound in the form of a 3D recording, using the Sennheiser VR microphone prototype, and be able to reproduce highly realistic 3D audio for the recordings.
“The methods we use to capture sound – which is the most important part of Montreux’s Jazz Festival – will be pioneering for 3D audio sound recording as well as reproduction. Using our 3D software audio processor Auratorium, we will be able to achieve the highest possible degree of immersion for the jazz archive.” says Dr. Dirk Schröder, CEO of audioborn.
“We will have to determine how each instrument and sound will react depending on the position of the camera in the room. When sound and video are combined for VR playback, the virtual user should feel as if he or she is actually at the festival in person. Our goal is a total immersive playback experience in sound and vision. We are proud to work closely together with PRG Lab as our professional partner for 3D video capturing.”
“This project is outstanding in its dimensions. We are going to record a huge amount of data during the 16 festival days with the OZO system. This will be the most demanding challenge we have to face during the project.” commented Michael Ochs of PRG Lab. “This is very exciting, state-of-the-art technology being used at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It is the first project of its kind and we can’t draw from previous experiences. ”
One of the challenges of this project is the large amount of data collected through 3D recording. A concert of three hours would create approximately 2 TB of compressed data. Uncompressed it multiplies later in postproduction by factor 12.
PRG Lab is continuously expanding its 3D capabilities and will be using OZO production computers as well as the audioborn Auratorium software to create immersive experiences. The audio mixes can be rendered for multichannel 3D audio systems or binaural headphone reproduction.
Sometimes, you don’t need the big tools to create the best result… These Days came up with a genius idea to promote the new Mazda MX-5. Watch the video and see how the better the car drifts, the more precise you hear the record that has to be recognized. For Mojuice, our client who put it all together, PRG created the DJ booth for DJ Licious and provided 40 Mistrips and 4 x 48” LCD displays for the video control system. To create the right atmosphere, we used some wireless uplighters and a smoke machine. Our crew showed their multifunctional skills to realise this project! Special thanks to Tim Bonte, Ronald Smit and Inge Huysmans. Can you recognize the track?
How far will the Red Devils kick their way through this EC in France? PRG Belgium is a true supporter and will lend its’ expertise to set the Red Devils in the spotlight.
PRG’s lighting and rigging will be animating the professional comments on the matches from the VRT in the garden below the transmission tower for the public broadcasting.
In addition to the VRT’s own equipment, PRG is providing lighting, power- and DMX distribution as well as all necessary accessories to keep the material weather safe during the four weeks of operation ahead. Since this setup will be in place for a while, all outside projectors also have the necessary weather protection.
In addition to VRT’s ARRI LC7 LED Fresnels, PRG provides a set of VariLite VL3500Q, GLP Impression X4bars 20, Robe 600 and Robe 800 for the dome. Since the dome didn’t have rigging points necessary for the suspension of the equipment, our technical team installed 30 bespoke suspension points for the framework to be integrated into the dome.
Outside, two lighting towers have been installed of 7m height, with VariLite VL 3500Q spots, VL 3500 wash and Clay Paky Sharpy Wash. IFor the different side-activities, PRG is providing its’ SGM P2, P5 and Q7 LED-floods to be built-in. The entire exterior set will provide an extra atmosphere with the installation of 300 meters of garlands with dimmable LED lights.
The VRT tower and its’ building will also be part of the scenery and will be illuminated by VL3500Q spots and VL3500 wash. Furthermore on the roof of ‘Block B‘ (4 high in the clouds) a striplight with 18 x Robe Pointe have been placed.
PRG Production Manager Chris Pellens and Account Manager Peter Roosendans thank the crew and the VRT for the great collaboration on this project. Thank you also to lightdesigner Filip Bolleire and Karel Perneel from the VRT, as well as stage designers Eveline Pieters and VRT Operator Chris Leemans.
The festival season begins with the Graspop Metal Meeting, a well-established event taking place on Flanders’ green fields. At the end of the festival season, all dirty laundry will be taken care off during Laundry Day in Antwerp. Below, check out the overview of all the festivals PRG Belgium will be in charge of this summer.
A huge crowd of people all dressed in the colours of the team they are supporting, cheering and partying when the ball hits the net? No, this is not only the scene in a football stadium but the atmosphere in the Lotto Arena in Antwerp during the matches of the Red Devils for the European Championships 2016. The Arena will be transformed into a real ‘Dance With The Devils’ party.
Just as for the World Cup in 2014, Studio Brussels is organizing a series of parties on the 13th, 18th and the 22nd of June for the thousands of supporters that will be eagerly cheering the team, De Bruyne, Hazard and Mertens. Before and after the matches, the supporters will enjoy live music from the best bands and DJ’s.
PRG is in charge of the showlight, sound and video technology. The matches will be projected on to a front projection screen of 16x9 meters by 3 x 21 ANSI Lumen beamers. The sound-kit consists in 24 Adamson Y-18 speakers. Last but not least, we also have a lot of moving lights in action: 38 x VL 500D Washes and 16 x VL 2500 Spots.
The crew which is handling this beautiful project: Rik Henneco (Account Manager), Alain Van Isacker (Production, Chris Pellens (Crew Chief Light), Marc Iven andn Leen Frijters (Crew Chiefs Sound) and Bram Verboom (Crew Chief Video).
Here is a glimpse at the program:
Monday 13th of June at 21h: Belgium – Italy
19:00 Discobaar A Moeder
20:00 Admiral Freebee
20:15 Tourist LeMC
20:30 Black Box Revelation
23:00 Gunther D
23:30 Lil’ Kleine
23:45 Mickael (GOOSE) dj-set
Saturday 18th of June at 15h: Belgium – Ireland
13:45 Equal Idiots
14:15 Compact Disk Dummies
17:00 Rudimental dj-set
17:30 Cassius dj-set
18:30 Goe Vur In Den Otto
Wednesday 22nd of June at 21h: Sweden – Belgium
20:15 The Van Jets
20:30 Woodie Smalls
23:00 Sigma dj-set
Hosts: Linde Merckpoel & Bram Willems
The new members in Poland, Hungary and Romania will support growing PRG Alliance demand for technical production services in the region.
The market is changing and major producers are bringing more projects to Eastern Europe. The region is hosting major international events in segments such as sports, music festivals and corporate events.
In order to keep up with this demand, PRG Alliance welcomes two new members to its international network: ARAM Multimedia in Poland; and Visual Europe, covering Hungary and Romania.
ARAM is one of the largest companies in Poland specializing in full production solutions with an emphasis on event design; creative video technology applications; and project management for large scale events, offering a wide range of services from concept to delivery.
Visual Europe is a new group in Hungary created by the merger of the companies DCN Rental and AV Control. The company today is owned by Garangold Venture Capital Fund, a private equity fund that is now investing in new technology, and soon in the acquisition of another company in the country. They will open a new office in Romania to follow its vision to be the largest technical event production company in the region.
The two companies explain the benefits in being members of PRG Alliance: “Now that we have invested in the creation of Visual Europe as one company, we need to have a strong partner in Europe to learn from them and to generate new business opportunities for both parties. We believe that our clients will be the ones to gain from the application of the technical knowledge we will get from the relationship with the other members”, says Szabolcs Botond, CEO of Visual Europe Group.
“ARAM has a similar strategy as PRG as we can support larger, more complex productions. We see a lot of synergy also with the other members of PRG Alliance and we believe this partnership will bring many benefits for both Polish and international markets”, comments Rafal Mrzyglocki, Managing Director of ARAM Multimedia.
“We are pleased to welcome these new partners in Eastern Europe,” said Tom van Hemelryck, PRG Alliance Director. “Our clients and Alliance partners are seeing a growing demand for events across the region, and the addition of these new rental suppliers to the PRG Alliance ensures we can expand our high quality of service into even more countries.”
The partnership has already started with the companies collaborating with the PRG Alliance members for support in productions in their regions and abroad across this busy summer season.
The Next Web is more than just a blog about innovative technologies. On Thursday 26th and Friday 27th of May startups, marketing and technology experts got together during The Next Web Conference Europe in the Gasometer in Amsterdam.
Jurlights, expert in show tech design, was responsible for the audio-visual concept and the design and trusted PRG’s expertise to realise an exceptional video production. Jurlights worked with
former XL Video, which was acquired by PRG one year ago, on numerous occasions.
The event took place in the Westergasfabriek, in the impressive Gashouder, where Jurlights equipped the ceiling of the venue with as many as 900 PRG Mistrips. The LED Mistrips were part of the opening show and also added show-effects between each one of the speeches that were given. The speakers were supported by a central Unilumen 3.9mm screen measuring 9m x 9m and two large 7m x 9m ROE MC-18 side screens. A D3 Pro 4x4 media server ensured that all requirements in respect to the content were made possible. The combination of live generated content and blacktrax gave the public a taste of the future technologies.
The Westertent was the hall where conversations were animated by an specially built back wall in Pixled F-30. PRG also supplied control equipment and projection here.
Account Manager Inge Huysmans would like to thank the team for its’ excellent work on yet another successful collaboration with Jurlights! Special thanks to Peter Cleeren (Video Production Manager), Tim Bonte (standby video technician) and the other video technicians Nicholas Di Fonzo, Martin Quireynen, Genes Peters and Jesse De Keyser.
Some 40 students created a bustle in our Tildonk office this 14th May, when they enrolled the battle for a summer job in our warehouse.
PRG is facing a busy summer again. The many festivals require additional labor, which we like to find within young talents. Students between the age of 17 and 24 had the opportunity to apply for a summer job in the PRG warehouse via T-interim. After a first screening by the interim office, the candidates were invited to take part at a job battle which was organised in the Tildonk offices.
The 40 students were divided into four groups. The job battle consisted of three parts: an interview with Kathy, our HR Manager, a series of individual trials and finally two group tests. The aspiring technicians demonstrated their skills in handling, assembling and disassembling… They shared their motivation to spend their summer in the PRG warehouse and thus to contribute to the festival season.
The individual challenges were not a piece of cake. First our candidates had to sort some XLR, Schuko, CEE and Socapex cables into the their respective flight cases. Then their strength was tested with having to hang 4 x 6-bars PAR64 into the dolly. And the third individual challenge took a little tinkering. They had to attach a lighting feature onto a clamp, which sounds much easier than it actually is! The candidates had five minutes to successfully fulfill the task.
The second part tested their teamwork abilities. They had five minutes tops to distribute 20 flight cases that were standing in the cold zone to the correct loading dock. Teamwork, speed and order were the baseline. After that, they had to meet the challenge to store 2x5-way Socapex loom cables of 40m length each into a flight case correctly. Their facial expressions said more than enough on the commitment and eagerness of the candidates. They all managed nicely!
During this week, the best will be informed on the starting date of their summer job at PRG’s. The ones that didn’t make it this year will have new opportunity to prove themselves and will, by then, certainly survive with their festival-survival-kit.
If you wish to apply for a student job or any other job, please contact email@example.com.
Production Resource Group LLC (PRG) – leading supplier of entertainment and event technology solutions is working with global entertainment design software developer Vectorworks, Inc. to ensure a seamless Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal. The Rock in Rio festival collaboration between PRG and Vectorworks will demonstrate the realization of workflows using ESP Vision software to previsualize each lighting designer's concept. As in previous years, PRG will be supplying lighting technology and all related rigging for the festival. The event technology specialist is now in its 13th year of working with Rock in Rio.
“We started working with Rock in Rio back in 2004; during this time, we were able to supply lighting and video technology at festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Las Vegas and Lisbon,” said Christoph Hahnl, Senior Account Manager at PRG. “This year’s festival marks the 30th anniversary of Rock in Rio, and we are excited to be on board.”
Now owned by Vectorworks, Inc., Vision puts the power to previsualize and cue your show at your fingertips. The software enables entertainment designers to rehearse the look of a show before they arrive at the venue. Adaptations and changes can easily be made in advance, allowing for more efficient working.
"With the increasing need to simulate a lighting design before it's ever executed on a live stage, our collaboration with PRG at Rock in Rio Lisbon provides the perfect venue in which to demonstrate our commitment to empowering today's entertainment designers," said Stewart Rom, chief marketing officer for Vectorworks. "We look forward to showing the world how our two companies can contribute to the ultimate show experience in Lisbon this year and enable today's visionaries in lighting design to advance the way they work."
As part of their ongoing collaboration, PRG is working with Vectorworks' R&D department to create leading solutions and is among the first to use the companies latest software technologies. Vectorworks® Spotlight users are able to work with a catalog of PRG-owned gear in the software, making the design development and documentation process even faster for lighting, production and scenic designers. The close working proximity to designers allows PRG an active exchange of ideas to identify the latest requirements and be involved in leading the development of future technology. Spotlight is the industry-leading software for entertainment design that allows designers to work in 2D and 3D with integrated worksheet functionality and rendering capabilities.
“The collaboration with Vectorworks is well underway, and we have already identified ways to improve internal and external working processes,” said Götz Bauer, Special Operations Director at PRG. “By incorporating PRG’s gear into the Spotlight software library, users are able to work increasingly efficiently and improve working processes. Our close relationship with designers from around the world enables us to really make a difference by using their feedback, and our experience to create solutions from which the whole industry can gain.”
The festival will take place over two consecutive weekends starting on May 19, 2016. The lineup features acts like Queen + Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, Korn, Ariana Grande, Hollywood Vampires and Avicii. The lighting design for the festivals in Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon was created by lighting designer Terry Cook for Woodroffe Bassett Design.
Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today a new brand for their creative LED special projects team, formerly a subsidiary of XL Video.
Now known as PRG Projects, the team, led by Frederic Opsomer and Kristof Soreyn, is renowned for creating and providing innovative custom video solutions. The teams are based at PRG’s location in Ostend, Belgium and in China. The new PRG Projects team will also incorporate, and work more closely with, the former XL Video research and development team based in Shenzhen, China. The combined expertise of the team has already been responsible for realizing some of the most technology-forward designs and custom installations in concert touring, large-scale spectacles, television, and sporting events, including ceremonies in Athens, London, and Sochi over the last several years.
In addition to working with the team in Ostend, PRG Projects in Shenzhen will continue to focus on sourcing LED products in China for PRG and for PRG Alliance partners.
“PRG Projects’ goals are now positioned to fit PRG’s overall vision to create bespoke creative LED products for all of the different market segments in which we are active,” explains Opsomer. “The designers and project managers that we have on our team, in both Ostend and Shenzhen, have decades of experience in creating and producing the world’s most innovative solutions.”
“PRG Projects leads the entertainment technology industry in advancing the creative application of LED technology and are an incredible asset for PRG and our clients,” says Stephan Paridaen, President & Chief Operating Officer, Production Resource Group. “The team, which consists of a range of creative and innovative experts in the field of custom video solutions, has a strong focus on innovation, product development, and system packaging. The team also works closely with strategic manufacturing partners to help develop and refine technology and options that meets the needs of producers and creatives in all of our markets.”
The city of Gent will host the Floralies from Friday, 22nd of April till Sunday, May 1st. This event features beautiful floral creations in unique city locations of Gent and takes place every five years only. PRG Belgium is proud to be part of this event and put these creations under the spotlight, thanks to its expertise in sound, lighting and rigging.
The Bijloke site, the Leopold Barracks, Saint Peter’s Square and Citadel Park will welcome the breathtaking creations of the best florists, horticulturists and landscape architects. The PRG team will manage the activities that will be taking place on the Saint Peter’s Square and the Citadel Park. Rik Henneco, PRG Account Manager, collaborated with Jan Vuerstaek, production manager at PRG’s, in order to supply the suitable material for these locations. Rik Henneco explains: ”The complexity as well as the great finesse of this project made it a very interesting challenge for PRG on-site”.
The sites are equipped with the appropriate equipment for an outdoor event, such as the P-2 LED Flood Light Wash, the P-5 LED Flood Light Wash and the Q-7 LED Flood/Blind/Strobe from SGM. These IP65 products are waterproof and are fully prepared to resist the vagaries of the Belgian weather.
A big up to our crew that is working relentlessly in the beautiful flower decor all week!
DB Schenker brings event logistic capabilities to PRG Alliance knowledge base
PRG Alliance is well known for its select membership with solutions in technical production for events and entertainment globally. Today it announces its expansion to a wider offering of services with logistic company DB Schenker as its newest member.
DB Schenker is a global leader in production and event logistics – with over 1,000 staff in 50 countries handling specialized event logistic operations dedicated to customer service, quality and sustainability – values that go hand-to-hand with the purpose of PRG Alliance.
Besides its integrated door-to-door intermodal logistic solutions, managing and operating customers’ transportation chains through land, rail, air and ocean freight services; the company has a specialized division for the events industry. DB SCHENKERsportsevents has expertise in sports tournaments, corporate road shows, concert touring and a wide range of international events providing unique services. They provide support during the planning phase, consultation on the specific regulations for each country, special transport for fragile items, temporary import customs assistance - and additional supplies such as crowd barriers, forklifts and cranes.
“We are eager to begin our partnership under the Logistics Category with this prestigious platform. Our worldwide reach matches perfectly with PRG Alliance locations and its visibility in the production and event industry”, says Nick Kashiparekh, Director of DB SCHENKERsportsevents.
PRG Alliance reaches an important milestone with the addition of DB Schenker to its membership. “We understand that a smooth logistic service is a game-changer in our industry. We are often working with tight schedules and being able to count on DB Schenker’s unique event experience is a great benefit to us. Our goal is to have additional event production services in the Alliance in the future, adding even more value to our members and customers”, says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of PRG Alliance.
PRG Alliance is present today in 25 countries in all continents. The complete list of participant companies and news are available on the PRG Alliance website: www.prgalliance.com.
Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) recently marked the two year anniversary of its global partner network program with the second PRG Alliance Summit. Under the theme ‘Gearing Up For Success’, the Summit took place during the Prolight + Sound 2016 trade fair at the Festhalle Messe Frankfurt.
Since its inception, the PRG Alliance has grown in both size and reputation, and now offers technology, services and support to event producers in a total of twenty five countries.
There are now fifteen member companies which make-up the PRG Alliance. The newest addition is DB Schenker – the first member supplying services other than audiovisual. DB Schenker supports the Alliance members with specialized logistics for events with a large worldwide presence and multi-modal transportation requirements.
The PRG Alliance Summit is already a key date on the calendar for members, allowing them to meet face to face, share knowledge and best practices, and increase their collaboration. The location of the Summit at Prolight + Sound also enables them to meet at an event where the newest and most exiting technology is on display.
This year’s Summit included a presentation of the PRG Alliance’s future plans from Alliance Director, Tom Van Hemelryck, and Account Manager, Luciana Rosa, which include expansion into new regions, opportunities for training, and the aim to include a wider variety of service companies. There are also confirmed regional summits around Infocomm in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Palm Expo in Beijing, China.
After the introduction, members of the Alliance shared their experiences and knowledge acquired during the past year, including a custom-shaped large-scale LED floor and wall for concert touring; special lighting for fashion shows; and the logistical issues facing shows located in unusual or remote locations.
Following this the PRG Projects team shared examples of their work with custom LED projects for major opening ceremonies including wireless hex panels and pixel tablets seen by millions around the world.
“Watching the presentations, we see the potential applications for these technologies in Italy – we are always eager to bring new services to our clients and we see the potential for customized LED solutions in our market,” commented Alessandro Rossani, CTO of STS Communications in Italy.
Members also enjoyed a presentation from Chris Reed of Restless Communications on the best ways for technical production companies to use social media to promote their brands; and this was followed by sessions from Minesh Pore, General Manager of Pico Europe on working with corporate clients and managing expectations, and Lee Charteris, VP Operations, Flash Entertainment on the challenges of producing concerts and events in emerging markets.
Alliance member Ally Yoon, CEO of Ally & Co. in Korea commented: “The content of the summit is very helpful to us in Korea. We are right now in the middle of a production with PRG for a corporate event in Seoul and getting the insight on client expectation helps us to improve our services.”
The Summit concluded with a dinner in the Festhalle which further enabled the members to network with each other.
“We see how the PRG Alliance is well established and continues growing through making personal connections between the members and with the market,” said Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of PRG Alliance. “We carefully select the members and I am happy to have such an unprecedented group of companies with high-quality technical production services working together on several events in the last year – success always comes from collaboration.”
The current PRG Alliance members are:
Brazil: Crialed Producoes Visuais, Loudness Sonorizacao, and LPL Lighting Productions
Greece: Sound and Visual
Italy: STS Communication & New Light Group
Malaysia: Orange Events
Morocco: Touareg Prod’
Portugal: FX RoadLights
Qatar: Esme Entertainment Services
Singapore: The Show Company
South Korea: Ally&Co, Total Korea, and Basictech
Sweden and Denmark: [Lite]com
Worldwide: DB Schenker and Production Resource Group.
PRG ProShop are hosting a mega sale of used equipment at the Prolight + Sound trade show in Frankfurt. We are operating pop-up warehouse close to the exhibition grounds for the five days Prolight + Sound is on. The sale will run from 4th to 8th April and will be open from 11:00 to 19:00. PRG XL Video are offering a huge selection of high-quality lighting, audio, video, rigging, LED and broadcast technology for sale, including moving lights, LED panels, audio consoles, overhead lights, speaker systems, lighting control consoles, microphones, conventional lighting, video cameras, network technology, followspots, trusses and much more.
A detailed list of the equipment available for sale in Frankfurt can be accessed through the PRG XL Video website. Further information with regards to the exact location will be provided on the site. All products are fully tested prior to being put up for sale, and are sold as seen without any warranty or option to exchange after the event. We will be accepting payment by debit or credit card as well as cash. For visitors to Prolight + Sound, PRG XL Video will have an information counter in the Festhalle where further details can be found, as well as information about the shuttle bus service we will be running from Prolight + Sound to the ProShop mega sale.
The month of March began with one of the biggest motorshows in Europe. Journalists and photographers gathered in Geneva to discover the latest designs and technologies.
PRG Belgium supported the stands of Toyota, Lexus and Citroën. Eye-catcher in this edition were the 72 1.5m long LED tubes on the Toyota booth. Each tube contained 6 LED ribbons with a pixel pitch of 20mm. The tubes, suspended from 3 circular trusses, were driven by 12 zero-speed hoists. The entire set of tubes moved around and above the new Toyota C-HR. This project was especially designed and developed for Toyota Motor Europe.
Alexandre Huijnen, PRG Account Manager for Toyota worked together with the agency Laing Gale & Associates. Chris James from Laing Gale & Associates tells us about this successful partnership: “The target audience for the car are young, urban, socially active and digitally connected people. Core to the concept in terms of the car itself, was the feeling of ‘flow’, being able to seamlessly travel through busy urban environments and traffic, as well as following high-tech trends.” The choice of LED tubes was logical: “ LED tubes allowed us an enormous flexibility in terms of creatively interpreting the communications around the car in a live environment in a very visible way. The climax of it all was of course the reveal moment. Not only were we able to create animations and color harmonisation with the LED tubes themselves, but the entire rig was suspended by a motion control system which allowed us to further emphasize the feeling of kinetic movement and flow, by physically lifting, lowering and tilting the tubes in synchronisation with product movies shown on large LED screen surfaces.” Behind the Toyota C-HR car, a huge LED screen was constructed using 2 different sources, an Unilumin 3.9mm and a ROE MC7 7mm. The tiles at the top were custom-made to create an oblique edge.
The collaboration between PRG and Laing Gale & Associates has had more than one success story. Chris explains: “PRG’s technical partnership provides us with a seamless service, using cutting edge technologies and expertise in our segment, the motorshows.”
o 72 LED cylinders of 1,5m length composed of 6 LED ribbons in each cylinder with a pixel pitch of 20mm mounted on 3 circle trusses driven by 12 zero-speed hoists
o 2 D3 Servers
o 43 sqm of LED Unilumin 3.9mm
o 148 sqm of LED ROE MC-7
o 25 sqm of LED floor panels of LedItGo SB10ef
o 4 Watchout V5 Server
o 3 Line Arrays of Adamson with 27 E-15 and 12 S-10
o 4 Subwoofer S-318
o 1 Digico S-8
o 380 Day-light Projectors (Arrisun 18 Event, Arrisun 12 Event, Etc.)
o 64 Moving Light (Robe BMFL Balde, Martin Wash DX, A.leda K-20)
o 920m of trusses (Prolyte S52V, H40V and H30V)
PRG XL Video, event services and event technology specialist, will be present at this year’s Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt and will be showcasing a broad program as well as various innovations. As in previous years, PRG will be located in the “Festhalle“ hall, which also hosts the PRG Live Entertainment Award on 4th April 2016, the evening before the exhibition officially opens.
For the first time, this year’s award ceremony will include acts from the entire German-speaking DACH region, consisting of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The awards will be presented in front of 1300 guests during a “carbon neutral“ event.
For the duration of the Prolight + Sound the “Festhalle“ will be the exclusive presentation and showroom area for PRG XL Video and their cooperation partners. During this time, visitors can expect a show that will be even bigger then last year's event, including more than 1,000 light fixtures, video mapping, lasers, special effects, sound systems as well as kinetic solutions. The show will demonstrate the latest event technology in action. Visitors can also look forward to a backstage tour that includes a look at the equipment used for the PRG LEA award ceremony and also the 3D projections of the “Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis“ and a virtual warehouse tour, which is brought to live by ten projectors in the “Festhalle“.
At this year‘s Prolight + Sound PRG Video XL will also focus on presenting its wide service range. The division PRG Alliance will be present and inform visitors about the company’s global network. The PRG Subrental Portal division (http://subrental.prg.de/en) will also be attending. The portal aims to connect with suppliers, who would like to offer their equipment for rent to PRG. Also at the exhibition will be the newly launched PRG Crew Portal (http://crew.prg.de/en), an online portal that makes connecting and working with PRG easier.
There will be demonstrations of PRG’s Ground Control System and a range of technology innovations by SGM and EAW. The development division of PRG, PRG Projects, will present the latest custom-build LED and control technology products.
One of the highlights of this year‘s PRG XL Video attendance will be a used equipment sale hosted in a 3,000 sqm hall outside the exhibition grounds. More information about this event can be obtained at the ProShop information counter located in the “Festhalle“. A shuttle service to and from the hall will be provided.
In addition to PRG XL Video‘s services and equipment, several sponsors and partners will also be present with stands in the “Festhalle“.
Please refer to our Prolight + Sound website for up to date information on our program at the exhibition.
PRG XL Video, event service and event technology specialist, has opened its new branch in Vienna, Austria. The new location allows for closer proximity to Austrian-based clients which include companies, agencies and institutions.
PRG XL Video in Austria will be managed by Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel. The experienced LED specialists join the company as directors of “Outdoor LED” and will be the main customer contact. Due to their extensive experience in the field of international sport, the main focus of the new branch will be Outdoor LED and sporting events.
The new branch allows Production Resource Group to be physically present in the Austrian market. “Austria is an attractive market for our company“ says Carsten Zwerg, member of the board at PRG, “With Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel we have found two very knowledgable specialists who complete the Austrian team and enable us to support our customers nationally and internationally. We are pleased to have them on board.“
Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel will be present at (the) PRG XL Video (area) in the “Festhalle“ at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group (PRG), is today celebrating winning Favourite Video Rental Company at the 2016 TPi Awards.
The event, which took place on Monday 22nd February at Battersea Evolution in London, is attended by a wide variety of companies from the entertainment and events industry both from the UK and worldwide.
The Favourite Video Rental Company award was presented to the PRG XL Video team by Sarah Cox, from category sponsor, d3 Technologies.
This win is the 12th time in the TPi Awards history that the UK video team have won this category, and brings the total number of TPi Award wins to eighteen for Production Resource Group companies.
“Winning this award yet again only goes to confirm that the coming together of PRG and XL Video is a winning combination!” said Lee Spencer, PRG XL Video Commercial Director. “I would also like to thank our teams at all the UK locations whose hard work won us this year’s award.”
PRG XL Video UK CEO Lucas Covers comments: “We are delighted with the recognition for our video services, and particularly honoured as this award is voted for by our colleagues and peers in the industry. We will continue to strive to supply the best possible video service in the market.”
Other winners on the night included some important PRG XL Video clients. Oli Metcalfe won two awards for Best Set Designer, and the Des Fallon Video Visionary category, for his work with Muse; and the Best Lighting Designer was Ed Warren for his work with Mumford & Sons.
The world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology solutions, Production Resource Group has increased its stock of 7.5mm LED within its Dubai operation to help support a growing demand for a high quality outdoor screen. The company recently took delivery of over 300 square metres of ROE MC-7 LED, which is a recognised touring product for large scale events.
Shortly after arriving in Dubai the screen was put to immediate use to support the opening ceremony of the 2016 Dubai Tour.
“The ROE was the perfect choice of screen for the event” said Bill Ainley, PRG Gearhouse’s Head of Video. “The client’s design and creative concept was based on a curved upstage screen and we had very little time to construct and then de-rig the screen given the location of the event.”
The event was held at the Westin Mina Seyahi Amphitheatre and included an intricate lighting design to make the stage an interactive area for choreographed live entertainment which including world famous cyclists performing stunts.
The lighting design included PRG’s proprietary ‘Best Boy HP’ moving lights. This sort after profile fixture is only available through PRG Gearhouse and uses a 1,500 watt HTI lamp to produce over 33,000 lumens.
Just two weeks later, more than 200sqm of the ROE MC-7 was used to support Dubai’s largest 2 day festival, Redfest DXB.
PRG Gearhouse were appointed to provide full lighting and video for the event which took place at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre and included performances from international artists including Rita Ora, The Vamps, Steve Aoki, Eva Simons and many more.
PRG Gearhouse’s Head of Lighting and project manager for the event, Damien Jackson commented; “It’s always a pleasure working with Done Events and their team. During the fit-up the ROE really shone through given the complex layered approach taken on the upstage screen design. It’s a fairly lightweight product, comes in and out quickly and its performance is rock solid”.
New PRG Lighting Library features growing repository of content that will enhance the user experience
As a part of their shared commitment to empower today's entertainment designers, Vectorworks, Inc. and Production Resource Group (PRG) announce that they will collaboratively develop and implement new features for Vectorworks® Spotlight software. More specifically, PRG will work with Vectorworks' research and development team to develop new tools and object libraries for Spotlight, the standard for CAD software in entertainment design, as well as drive efficient workflows that are crucial to the industry.
"Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art technology and tools that enable designers to explore their ideas so they can ultimately develop, document and communicate designs that create memorable entertainment experiences," said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CTO of Vectorworks. "We gravitate toward strategic industry partners such as PRG because they are uniquely qualified to provide the resources and services required for our customers."
Vectorworks is a global leader in developing 3D design technologies for the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries, including Spotlight software, which helps professionals in the lighting, scenery, set, event, theatre and exhibit design space balance the need for individual creativity with the requirement for synchronized, accurate design information.
Contributing more than 25 years of experience to the partnership, PRG is the world's leading supplier of entertainment and event technology solutions, providing integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging and scenery for clients all over the world. With more than 40 offices worldwide, the company has relied on Spotlight software for many years.
"In conjunction with the announcement of this partnership comes our initial efforts with creating a large catalog of PRG gear as library content for Spotlight users," said PRG's Special Operations Director Götz Bauer. "The increased content resources will be a tremendous efficiency gain, making the design development and documentation process even faster for lighting, production and scenic designers."
Initial content that will be shared through this partnership includes PRG’s own line of production equipment including lighting instruments, consoles, LED panels, trusses, motors and media servers. PRG is also adding other content from vendors that it represents and supplies, such as Prolyte Truss and Vari-Lite.
The growing content library is available initially as a first-access benefit for Vectorworks Service Select members and can be downloaded here. To learn more about the growing content library, Vectorworks Service Select members can visit this link
There is one more pin in the map of PRG Alliance’s global reach – they are now present in Morocco with the addition of its new member Touareg Prod’.
Founded in 2001, Touareg Prod’ offers a range of sound, lighting, rigging, and backline solutions to entertainment industry customers as concerts, TV shows, sports, corporate and private events. The company has now about 70 technicians working full time, a head office in downtown Casablanca and a 2,000 square meter warehouse in the industrial zone of Casablanca.
“I am certain that being part of the PRG Alliance will help Touareg Prod’ to do even more amazing things,” says Squalli Farid, Partner/Owner of Touareg Prod’. “We have been in close collaboration with some of the PRG Alliance members already for a few years but now that we are officially in the group we can’t wait to partner with all the members and welcome international events in Morocco, as well as getting the support for our clients abroad.”
Touareg Prod’ is very eager to fully participate in all PRG Alliance activities and to bring as much technical knowledge and business opportunities as possible to Morocco. “We are very busy with several projects recently. It gives us confidence that now is a good time to invest in our business expansion and join PRG Alliance,” continues Farid.
“Morocco was a natural extension to our presence since it is an important destination for corporate events and concert touring in North Africa,” says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “We are happy to welcome such a proficient player as Touareg Prod’ to our global team.”
With this new addition to its member’s pool, the PRG Alliance is present today in 25 countries in all continents. The complete list of participant companies and news are available on the PRG Alliance website: www.prgalliance.com.
Tradition dictates a yearly technical analyses of the Night of the Proms, which will end its' tour next week.
For many years now, the key players in terms of the entire set build have been Arf&Yes’ lighting designer Ignace D’haese, who was commissioned by tour promotor Jan Van Esbroeck and Jan Vereecke from the Antwerps Sportpaleis. Once again, these two parties turned to PRG Belgium for technical advice and new product development.
This year's rig was filled with motion:
2 x Video trusses with a built-in Unibeam Track (1 x 33m and 1 x 27m), allowing 4 video screens to move horizontally, driven by a Wahlberg Trackrunner and vertically using Kinesys Zerospeed motors.
4 x LX Truss of 27m.
3 x LX Truss with 2 x custom built Totems of 6m, each equipped with 6 x CP Alpha Beams 700 and 5 x SGMs Q7. The Totems were moved horizontally by a Wahlberg Trackrunner.
1 x LX truss with 6 x K20 B-eye, also directed by a Wahlberg Trackrunner. This entire LX truss was rigged onto a Kinesys motor allowing upwards and downwards motion.
9 x Sunpods, of which 5 hung on 2 Kinesys Varistars. Each Sunpod contained 12 Sharpy Wash and 1 x K20 B-eye.
PRG's internal technical team, directed by Christophe Reusen, developed a Unibeam Track Runner Slave Car, that could take a load of 450kg. All Kinesys motions were directed by a Kinesys K2 System. The team also developed a special truss to host the Unibeam Track Runner.
The Sound system was composed by a full Adamson set, configured by Patrick Demoustier.
The novelty this year was the move to a fully digital system. “One of the reasons for our further commitment to digital wireless is that Scala, the famous Belgian choir, brought their own wireless microphone system (Sennheiser 9000),” comments Demoustier, Sound Engineer at the Night of the Proms. “Last year, PRG invested in a 30 channels Sony DWX digital wireless.”
In regards to consoles, this year’s Night of the Proms saw PRG supplying a full DiGiCo console kit. One SD7, as main desk, and one SD10 (pre-mix for horns, woodwinds and percussion) were used as FOH consoles. On stage, a newly bought SD5 desk served as monitor for the orchestra and Scala choir – the artists’ and band’s monitor signals were controlled by an SD7 mixer. All Digicos operated in a redundant Optocore network. The PA operated in a fully redundant DANTE network.
“The big novelty is that we replaced the backstage Midas by a DiGiCo SD8 for the strings’ pre-mix,” stipulates Demoustier. “Switching from analogue to digital has a big advantage here: since we have a lot of changes in the orchestra and can rarely do soundchecks, we can make presets for each musician’s instrument, allowing our engineers to achieve the perfect balance between these acoustic sounds and the rock band on stage. In total, we used 42 individually assigned channels, routed in groups to the FOH’s SD7."