Seussical the Musical take on Hong Kong

seussical-the-musicaldBS Solutions where pleased to be supplying audio equipment for the Hong Kong production of Seussical The Musical this November. Originally produced by Sell a Door for the West End last year, and produced out in Hong Kong by ABA Productions, this exciting vibrant childrens show is a real hit with Dr Seuss fans world wide. dBS Solutions director Christopher Bogg sound designed the original London production and was thrilled to be asked back for the Chinese revival.

Much of the sound equipment was sourced locally through Mad Music, a company we have now developed good links with for future productions in Asia. dBS Solutions did however supply all of the shows playback requirements with dual redundant Qlab systems and control along with our radio mic capsules to ensure the consistency of the shows sound across the world.

Thanks goes to Danny Clare for his work on the shows preparation, George Chapburn the shows console operator, Can Dog and all at Mad Music and staff at HKPAs Lyric theatre for their invaluable help.


BBC Philharmonic choose dBS

bbc-philharmonicWhen the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra joined forces with Manchester Imperial War Museum North to tell the true story of world war one solider Arthur Burke, the BBCs Special projects manager called upon our lighting designer Christopher Bogg to assist.

The collaborative project composed by Richard Taylor and with book written and directed by Di Sherlock was performed within the war museums main gallery space in traverse which brought a unique set of challenges. The project also featured video content across all of the walls behind the audience of original footage from the archives designed by Soup Collectives Mark Thomas.

Christopher explains “although the space was equipped with some theatrical lighting, much of this was in use for the museums main exhibition, still open during the day times. We where able to use carefully selected fixtures from the in house lighting rig augmented with dBS Solutions lighting equipment” Equipment ranged from ETC source four profiles, to Robe 300 spot fixtures and wireless DMX by Wireless solutions. The museums opening meant that there where very tight turn around times between the museum closing and our performances beginning. Much of the lighting system designed was done so in such a way that it could remain in place during the day times connected together with wireless control systems keeping turn arounds to a minimum. Much of the rigging, focusing and programming happened through the night.

The event was a huge success with attendance from many world war one connections including the relatives of Arthur, the stories main character among other veterans. The performance was also filmed by the BBC and broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester.

Thanks goes to all our dBS Solutions crew on the show, Danny Burrows, Martin Winton and Christopher Bogg. Also to those at the BBC and IWMN for their invaluable help, Laura Willson and Ric Douglas


Summer in Southside

birmingham-hippodromeBirmingham Hippodrome theatre again asked dBS Solutions to supply this years Summer in Southside festival over August. The event spanning four weekends across the month saw dBS engineers look after the multiple sites across the city supplying PA systems ranging from speakers on stands for music playback all the way up to large scale systems for live music, DJ play back or musical theatre performances.

Each weekend saw the squares around Southside filled with various acts, artists and unusual happenings. The festival was very well received by the Birmingham public. dBS Engineers Chris Taylor, Damian Breeze, Matt Chisholm, Craig Stewart and Danny Burrows on site across the weekends.

Avenue Q UK tour

csl-theatre8When dBS Solutions, was tasked by Sell a Door Theatre Company to design a sound system that would take the touring version of the hugely successful, long-running West End show Avenue Q the length and breadth of the UK, the company’s Director Chris Bogg was faced with a stiff challenge. The size of venues the production would be visiting varied enormously; and on tours of this type, where truck space is at a premium, touring the minimum amount of kit, while keeping the production scalable, was crucial.

Chris designed a system based around the New Martin Audio XD12 speaker with front fills and delays being delivered by the DD6 compact cabinets recently added to stock. All of the processing for the system was undertaken by XTAs DP226 processors wirelessly controlled from a tablet PC system. Monitoring for the 6 band members was undertaken by the p16 personal monitor system allowing for each band member to have full control over their monitor mix. All radio mics where Sennheiser systems with DPA 4061 mics hidden in each actors hair line. This allowed for crisp defined details from the cast vocally whilst staying desecrate to those audience members in the front rows.

The audio console was a Midas Pro 1 system with remote stage boxes for the band. The whole show has been programmed scene by scene allowing the faders and channels needed to be brought to the operator via population groups. Scenes and sound effects as well as the shows video animations are played back and controlled from the custom built dBS Solutions Qlab systems.

The show has been touring around the country to great houses and reviews alike Its still not to late to catch this show in Portsmouth and Birmingham running until September 20th before heading to Hong Kong in September.

Scouting for Girls

dBS Solutions have been Warrington Music Festivals production supplier since the festival started so we where thrilled to be working again this year on the event which has been really gathering momentum over the last few years. This year the main stage in the old market place was supplemented by a big top over in Bank Park with nights ranging from A heavy rock night on the Friday, The annual Proms in the Park run by the 75th engineers regiment and cumulating in Warringtons youth carnival on the Sunday. With all the different styles of music and acts the system had to be flexible to provide both the detail needed for orchestral amplification and also the sound pressure level for the heavy rock events.

dBS Director Christopher Bogg specified 8 stacks of our Ohm TRS system with MC2 E series amps to drive the system. Desks where Yamaha LS9s along with Ohm wedges to compliment the front of house sound. Lighting was a mix of pars for colour washes and white light with Robe Robin 300LEDs and Chauvet Colourdash Quad battons.

Main stage audio in the market place was comprised of 16 Martin Audio W8LM Line array speakers with 8 WS218x subs along with some in fills. Monitors where LE1500s with W8DVQ on side fill duty. Consoles where all Midas Pro series.

Lighting on the main stage again saw our Robe Robin 300s and 600s washes and spots along with Chauvet Slim Par Pro pars Atomics and Sunstrips.

dBS Solutions engineers Danny Claire, Simon West, Martin Winton, Chris Bogg, Danny Burrows, Sam Edwards, Keiron Murphy, Al Johnstone,Zak White, Dan Williams and Damian Breeze where on site to ensure all went smoothly.

A professional and personable service

hamleys“From start to finish dBS Solutions provided a professional and personable service that exceeded our expectations. Working to a tight deadline the team accommodated our requests without reducing the quality of service.”

“The product provided by dBS Solutions was of fitting quality for our international brand and was installed discreetly yet effectively. The staff at dBS are highly knowledgeable about the industry but could also relate to those who are less literate with technology.”

The Hamleys Group.


dBS preferred suppliers for Warrington Wolves

wolves“From my initial meeting with DBS-Solutions I knew that they would deliver a great service for our planned event, I was not disappointed. From arriving on site the crew were courteous, clean and very knowledgeable.”

“DBS Solutions have helped Warrington Wolves to raise the bar for all our future events, and I can confirm that DBS will be apart of them.”

Warrington Wolves

Thank you from Solfest.

solfestI wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for all of your hard work on the Drystone Stage this year. You were all absolutely fantastic! There was such a positive vibe backstage all weekend, with so many people commenting on how pleasant and productive it felt. It’s a real testament to all of your professional skills that you’re able to make what is a particularly busy stage work so seamlessly, providing a great experience for performers and audience alike. I’m very proud of everything you achieved, and proud to be part of such a great working team. Solfest Drystone Stage definitely feels like a standard to be proud of, and people notice it. Reviewers comment on the quality of the production and the programme, and over the years you’ve cemented what is a very enviable reputation. Seriously, well done! It’s the quality of the whole package that puts artists at their ease and supports them to give of their best once they get on-stage, and collectively you delivered that quality in spades.

This year felt particularly great – the improved sound quality, the ultra-efficient turnarounds; the opportunity for performers to have their performances professionally and efficiently recorded; the attention to detail, in the quality of production as well as the care given to performers backstage; the hard graft during rig and de-rig; the seamless way that everyone worked and carried out their work to a very high standard. All of these things meant that Solfest Drystone was a great stage, and the feedback I’ve had personally so far on the stage has been tremendous.

Thank you again for all your hard work – it’s hugely appreciated. Well done everyone!

Dave Camlin Solfest Drystone Stage

Some Comments from Warrington Borough Council

warr20“On behalf of Warrington Borough Council I would like to express my thanks to dBS Solutions for their involvement in the planning stage of the event, their expertise was greatly appreciated.”

“During the construction phase and on the event day I found dBS to be very professional in all aspects of their work and are mindful of the needs of the client which is key. I would definately use the services of DBS in the future.”

Warrington Borough Council

Hammond Performing Company Tour

“Just wanted to say many thanks for all your work with Hammond Performing Company this year. I always feel very comfortable when you are at the helm, very professional in every way.”

Thank you and best wishes

Sarah Durrent Head of Dance. Hammond School

Manchesters Finest

“Once again, a massive thank you from all of us for all your hard work yesterday. The lighting was absolutely perfect for what we wanted to achieve and made all the difference both to the look and atmosphere of all the spaces. We had lots of compliments on the lighting and décor last night and I think it definitely helped to set the tone for the evening and make an impact from the minute people arrived. All your help through the planning stages and of course your non-stop hard work throughout the event was greatly appreciated – it was an important event for us, and it made such a difference for us that we could trust the lighting was in safe hands!”

The BBC Philharmonic Family concert

A huge thank you for all your hard work yesterday at the BBC Philharmonic’s Family Concert. It was a really terrific concert that was enjoyed by the almost capacity Bridgewater Hall audience. You all worked so hard to make it such a success, for which I am very grateful.

We’ve already had some lovely feedback from the public and indeed members of the Salford Family Orchestra, who had ‘the best time’ it seems. None of this would have been possible without your co-operation, goodwill and patience Thanks Again.

BBC Philharmonic Project Manager.

Wonder a Scientific Oratorio

“A huge thank you to you all for making the Wonder project such a success last week. Your amazing enthusiasm, energy, creativity and hard work was truly remarkable. It has given me great personal pleasure to work with your team on this complex and often demanding project, but the audio/visual installation and the three performances made it all worthwhile. From the feedback we have already received, I know this project reached and inspired a lot of people who might otherwise not have known about the International Year of Astronomy and the 40th anniversary of the Moon Landings and indeed the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death. Many Thanks.”

 BBC Philharmonic Project Manager.

Thanks to the dBS Solutions Team!

“We wanted to put on a special show for our local fans and also give hardworking local bands a chance to perform with a great stage, PA and light setup. We wanted Chris and his team at dBS Solutions to work with us at The Parr Hall as we knew we could trust them to provide a top class service all night and help the event run smoothly. The sound was as good as any show I have been to at the Parr Hall and the lights just as good as Kasabian’s visually stunning light show; we could not of asked for a better night. We look forward to working with dBS Solutions in the future.”

Craig Tarry Exile Parade Management

Warrington Community Christmas Carol Concert

“Thank you very much for providing the lighting for our community carol concert this year. Lighting is vital to turning our bare vehicle shed into an inviting concert venue and I was delighted with the solution you provided.”

“Thanks for your support”

Lieutenant Colonel HTS Ricketts 75th Engineer Regiment

Stella McCartney Fashion Show

Thanks again for your amazing service last week.

The Stella McCartney fashion show at LIPA was a 1 day 45 minute show, which would play host to a 15 minute fashion show showcasing some of Stella McCartney’s latest designs, as well as performance from signed acts Candy Payne and Palladium. The seats were selling at up to £500 each and the front row would include Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and George Martin alongside an audience of celebrities. There was no room for error, and equipment quality and reliability were paramount.

After the initial production meeting I realised that for this gig I would require a bigger monitor setup than was available in house, with image a real important factor. dBS Solutions were able to provide me with an Ohm TRS 112 Monitor system, with a Yamaha LS9 console. The console was great as it allowed both me and guest engineers to operate monitors in a small footprint, with all the processing being done within the console, as well as the ability to recall scenes through what was a fast moving show where time was of the essence. The wedges had a great low stage profile, while still providing Crystal clear sound to the band.

Overall dBS Solutions in what was a very short time frame were able to provide us with a very well prepped monitor system which allowed the show to go smoothly, and to the highest quality. I would happily choose dBS Solutions again for the professionalism, sound advice and eye for detail.

Ian Threlfall Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Exile Parade

“The music video for Fire Walk With Me captures the live energy of the band. The lights supplied by dBS Solutions really helped to create the live show show effect on tape. dBS Solutions did a great job designing the lighting.”

“The Video has had a great reaction from fans and the industry and is currently in process of being play-listed on the leading music channels across Europe. Thanks again for a great job.”

Craig Tarry Exile Parade

CODYS Productions

“The expertise and dedication of the dBS Solutions team means that our productions receive the utmost attention, providing first-class results. We have used dBS Solutions for our productions over the past 6 years and would not consider using anybody else. Money cannot buy excellent service, and with dBS Solutions, there is no extra charge for exceptional service.”

Nick Cupit CODYS Director

Massive UK

“Working with the dBS creative team has been a pleasure. The Hilton Deansgate and Lowry Hotel both had fantastic lighting designs for New Years Eve 06-07, creating an efficient, professional, and exciting atmosphere”.

“Massive UK have worked with dBS Solutions on several occasions now and I would highly recommend them”

Hannah Atkins MassiveUK