dBS Solutions all set for summer!

Well what a busy month its been, with several new shows secured and leaving in June and July. From a UK tour for Park Resorts, to three exciting new venues in Edinburgh, we’ve been investing in new hire stock to meet the demand.  With the addition of more moving lights from Robe in the shape of the Robin 600e spot and more Digico consoles added with another SD9 in stock we are all set for the summer.  We also can’t get enough Sennheiser evolution radio microphones adding more to our rental inventory in a new RF band.  This new range gives us the option of up to 24 channels of radio mics within the Uk shared licence that we supply free with your rental.  A great win for those clients wanting more than 12 channels without the cost of fixed site licences.



dBS welcomes new Projects and Development Manager

dBS Solutions are pleased to welcome a new arrival to our team. Matt Chisholm will be taking up the role of Projects and Development Manager from April.  Matt has previously worked for The Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre as their Senior Sound Technician and prior to this, was an Installation Engineer for J&C Joel. He is looking forward to the challenges of a busy rental company. Responsible for managing the company’s larger projects and assisting with the ever-growing rental stock, Matt brings a wealth of experience to the team.

You can reach Matt at: matt@dbs-solutions.co.uk, on our office number or why not call in for a chat and a brew.


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.

dBS Supplies PA and lighting to launch the new Hamleys Store

hamleysdBS Solutions where approached back in November to help design and arrange the lighting, audio and effect needs of Hamleys London for the launch of their Manchester store in the Into Trafford Centre.

Having worked with dBS before, event manager Max Mayer came to us as he knew that he could trust us to deliver this event within the tight timescale required.

For the soft opening back in December dBS Solutions provided a PA system for the event comprising of our Martin Audio F15 speaker system, with a selection of radio microphones. The lighting design incorporated several of our wireless LED up lighters both around the malls pillars, and in the store. These also doubled up as wireless receivers for the Robe moving lights and Magic FX confetti systems utilised to drop Hamleys red confetti on the big opening.

For the launch of the larger store in February Max contracted dBS Solutions to supply lighting. Our uplighters again where utilised around the store with truss towers containing robe moving lights with custom Hamleys gobos projected onto walls and floor space. dBS Engineers George Chatburn and Martin Winton where on site to ensure all went smoothly for the openings.

All went very well, we have had some great feedback from the events team at Hamleys saying the product provided by dBS was of fitting quality for our international brand and was installed discreetly yet effectively. The staff at DBS are highly knowledgeable and provided a professional and personable service that exceeded our expectations

Thanks to all involved.

dBS Support 911s Illuminate UK tour

dBS Solutions are pleased to announce that we will be suppling sound and lighting design, equipment and staff for this months tour by the band 911.

Following their featuring on ITVs big reunion, the band approached dBS Solutions after working with us around two years ago on some one off projects to look at the staging and custom props for the tour. dBS Solutions lighting designer Martin Winton has worked closely with the band to develop a lighting concept for the tour that is impressive and scalable across venues. The bands Illuminate tour will take in a wide variety of venues across the country.

dBS director Christopher Bogg has designed an audio system to work across the tour using some elements of the house systems for delays and fills. Our Ohm TRS system will be deployed providing coverage for the audience with TRS218s and TRS112h high packs. Infills will be TRS112s all driven from MC2 E series amps and processed from Ohm Creds. The show is mixed from one of our Yamaha LS9 compact consoles with Sennheiser radio mics and in Ear monitor systems.

Wintons lighting design features Robe LED Wash 300s Robin 300e spots along with Pulsar Chroma Strips to compliment the hose lighting rigs. All control if from a Chamsys MQ100 Pro.

dBS Staff Craig Stuart, Martin Winton and Alistair Nickolson will be looking after the boys on tour.

dBS Solutions helps Cinders get to the ball

pwcdBS Solutions where this year asked to design and supply the sound for the annual pantomime for accountancy giant Price Waterhouse Coopers. The organisation have a history going back twenty eight years of organising and performing pantomimes for children. Their shows have in the past been broadcast to hospital childrens wards and cinemas up and down the country and are performed at the Peacock theatre, Sadlers Wells West end home. Price Waterhouse Cooper staff feature in every roll within the production from cast, orchestra to stage management, props and costume.

This years production of Cinderella played at both the Peacock and Edinburgh Kings theatre. The shows Lighting designer and Production adviser David Clair asked dBS Solutions director Christopher Bogg to get involved back in October. When looking for a company to take the show on, dBS Solutions were Davids first choice.

“The show is not without its Technical challenges” says Christopher. The get in and set up times in London are limited as the venue is in use during the day. Couple this with the shows size and the need for record feeds to an OB truck and we have a complex technical production to load in and tech in a just few days. dBS Solutions prepared as much of the project as we could from our warehouse in Warrington before shipping equipment off to London. This included designing custom built racks for the stage to house amps, radio mics and vital comms equipment. Our Midas sound console was preprogrammed in our unit over the days before the load in from rehearsal notes to ensure every moment within the venue was used wisely.

The system consisted of a selection of Mics from Sennheiser, Shure, Robe, and AKG in the pit with spot monitoring on stands from Yamaha MSP3s and 5s. Radio mics where our Sennheiser Evolution 500 series with WSM software so that our sound operators could monitor the mics progress from both stage and front of house. Other monitoring both on stage and in the pit was provided by Ohm TRS112s and BR6s. The system in London was a house d&b system whilst in Edinburgh was a Meyer UPA system of which we added some of our subsonic speakers from hire stock. Processing was from XTA electronics with Midas Pro 2 series console.

dBS also arranged logistics to London and return from Edinburgh for both audio and lighting along with the local supply of an active splitter system for the record feeds for London. The show was a great success with many cast and creatives commenting of the audio quality. dBS Solutions would like thank lighting designer David Clair, production engineer Matt Wharton, Deputy head of sound Tara Kent, and Sound assistant Kiran Sondhi for all their hard work over the shows run.

Four Squares Weekends Birmingham

ATWTWe have been spending our time in Birmingham over the last month or two helping the Birmingham Hippodrome to celebrate the opening of the new Library in the City.

The series of events around the four squares in the centre of Birmingham was production managed by Liverpool based Event Design Logistics. Production manager Jon Sims asked dBS Solutions to provide audio systems across the sites for the three weekends.

With a range of challenges across the sites from tight load in and set up times, to broadcasting music across several of the audio systems wirelessly, dBS Solutions project managers Chris Bogg and Chris Taylor where on site to ensure all ran smoothly.

The first weekend saw five PA systems around the city for the weekend of dance. With acts from “Trollies” the performance of choreographed dance with shopping trollies, to the strange abstract Con tatto moving sculptures. Much of the systems where based around Our Ohm TRS systems with either TRS218 subs and TRS112H high packs for the larger locations and TRS112 on stands for the more intimate performances.

The next weekend saw performances of The Iron Man, with our Martin audio line array system, several of our Sennheiser radio mics, a selection of band mics and fold back all mixed on a Yamaha LS9 32 with some Q lab tracks thrown in for good measure. The weekend featured the talents of No Fit State Circus who where displaying a range of circus taster sessions, impromptu stunts and performances all set to traditional circus music.

The Final weekend in September featured both No Fit State Circus and the Wired Arial production “As The World Tipped. A busy weekend saw the dBS Team providing Ohm TRS systems for the circus events and two hangs of our Martin line array from PA towers for the evening Arial shows.

Both events where well attended and the four square weekends where an overwhelming success. Thanks goes to Jon and Stu at Event Design Logistics, dBS Engineers Chris Taylor, Richard Pomeroy, Keiron Murphy, Nick Jackson Phil Carus and Simon West.

Cheshire & Warrington School Games

dBS Solutions was asked to supply full production for the Cheshire & Warrington Schools games back in July supplying staging, power, video screens and equipment, audio and lighting for the event.

This years games was held at the Orford Jubilee hub and saw schools from all over Cheshire compete in a full range of disciplines. The events spanned both indoors and out with the events main hub being out on the field where the stage and screen where cited showing scores and photos of the day along with the twitter feed of the event.

As the area was so large dBS Solutions audio engineers Chris Bogg and Danny Clare deployed our Martin audio W8LM line array system in an array hung from our 6M PA towers. This design ensured that important announcements about the events and scores reached all corners of the sporting field of play. dBS Solutions screen and video engineers where on site throughout the day ensuring that up to the minute scores and media of the indoor events could be scene venue wide. The system did a great job and the sun shone giving our crew the first glimpse of a sun tan this year.

For assistance in planing your next sporting event with audio, power, AV and scoreboard technology please give the office a call to chat with Chris Bogg.

Midas Pro 2 consoles now in rental stock

pro2Wow have we been busy! Over the last month or so we have been getting ready for the summer ahead and the result is the addition of the Midas Pro2 to our rental stock here in Warrington.

The consoles landed with use last week and is available for hire at competitive day and week rates. We have also added more Chamsys lighting consoles along with the Behringer X32 system for those smaller events where budget is tight.

We are looking forward to getting these great desks out over our busy summer of events, to make one of those events your please call the office to see how we can help.

dBS Solutions invests in more Chamsys

chamsysWith our lighting rental stock getting busier and busier dBS Solutions have added more Chamsys MQ100 Pro consoles to our rental infantry. “These powerful moving light desks are capable of 32 universes and offer a wide range of features unrivalled by many manufactures” says dBS Solutions director Chris Bogg.

We have seen a massive increase in requests for these consoles on our events from engineers and lighting designers and with summer round the corner the company has added to its existing stock of MQ100 Pro consoles, and Magic PC Wings.

To hire any of our Chamsys lighting products for your event, purchase Chamsys equipment or to see what the consoles can do for you call the office and arrange a visit and a demo with our visualisation system.

dBS Solutions provide lighting for Hadouken UK tour

dBS Solutions have built a great relationship with lighting designer Olly Suckling and the band Hadouken over several years so we were delighted to be asked to supply lighting for the outfits latest UK tour.

Olly designed a compact but flexible system of truss towers using our LITEC TX 30s truss with custom made base and header plates to support a range of Robe LED300 washes, showtec power bricks, and some sunstrip actives added to stock for the tour. This was supplemented by some Martin atomic strobes, GU10 birdies and dimming along with the venues house rigs and one of our look solutions hazers.

Programmed and operated on Ollys own Chamsys system with additional support and wings supplied by dBS the show made for an impressive night.

You can find some great photos of the tour on the Hadouken twitter page @hadoukenUK.

Call the office to find out how dBS Solutions can support your next tour or event today.

dBS Solutions supports Comic Relief

comicdBS Solutions have recently been providing audio and lighting for this years comic relief events.

Comic relief contacted us to provide technical support for their live outside broadcast stage at the Bull Ring in Birmingham city centre where celebrity Miranda Hart was tasked with getting a girl band together in 24 hours.

The live OB on the BBCs The One Show consisted of performances and interviews with “the band” as well as talks with original spice girls members amongst others. The system provided was 4 stacks of our Ohm TRS for the audience with Ohm 112 wedges on stage, Sennheiser evolution 500 hand helds and belt pack systems with our JAG Audio IMX6 head set radio mic capsules. dBS Solutions engineer Nick Jackson provided the live mix as well as a line split for the BBCs outside broadcast team.

Lighting was a range of our Chauvet Slim Par Pro units with Power brick LED fixtures Robe Robin 300 LED washes with some generic front light washs for camera. Lighting was designed and operated by Martin Winton on a Chamsys MQ100 Pro.

dBS Solutions invests in Martin Audio Amplifiers

MAAMPSdBS Solutions invests in Martin Audio Amplifiers

All of our W8LM racks now include Martins MA2K, MA5.2K and the beastly MA18K for our WS218x Subs. “The new amps have added a touch of detail and clarity to the system that we havent heard before” says dBS Solutions director Chris Bogg. We auditioned several options when looking for something to replace our ageing Crown Macrotechs and the Martin branded Powersoft units where the clear winners. Lightweight, smart and compact with a sonic quality unmatched by many others.

The new amp racks where put right into action on a production of Miss Saigon designed by Chris Bogg at the Brindley in Runcorn and from there on to a large scale outdoor event hung from our new larger Trabes PA towers. To take advantage of our new Martin amps and our W8LM system and see what all the fuss is about, contact the office today.

Out of the blue

Layout 1After the success of the Liverpool Lantern Parade the Lantern company was commissioned to produce an event in New Brighton.

When Jackie Swanson asked dBS Solutions to look at providing the events audio requirements we jumped at the chance. “Working with the Liverpool Lantern company is always a pleasure” says dBS Solutions director Chris Bogg. We have provided the audio for the last three Liverpool events and are very happy to be involved in this new venture over the water.

The parade works its way around the Marina and onto the Promenade in New brighton in front of around 5000 festive followers. Our Ohm TRS PA system spread around the Marina supplemented by Ohm TRS 112 boxes on stands was specified to cover the area evenly and ensuring that whilst everyone can hear, its not to loud in any one area. Engineers Keiron Murphy and Chris Bogg were on site to ensure that everything ran smoothly from the audio playback to the power supply for the system.

dBS Solutions supplies Seussical in the west end

susdBS Solutions are please to be suppling the audio equipment for Sell a door theatre companys production of Seussical the Musical at the Arts theatre London.

The run will open on December 4th and run until 6th January with two shows a day weekends. Sell a Doors Director Philip Rowntree contacted dBS Solutions to provide all of the shows audio needs over and above equipment in the venue after speaking about a previous project last year and have been looking forward to working together.

Seussical London!

Gawsworth open Air theatre choses dBS Solutions

gawsworthCustom Productions have long since been involved in the summer long season over at the beautiful Gawsworth hall in Cheshire. When this years producers were looking for a new audio partner to work with Customs director John Slevin stepped up and suggested dBS Solutions. Our relationship with John spans several years of successful events so we where only to happy to help design and install a system for this complex yet flexible space within the halls grounds.

Our Martin audio W8LM system was chosen for its rider friendliness with incoming productions and also for its clean reproduction for theatre, rock and roll and speech. The system of 4 x W8LM speakers each side of the stage area was ground stacked upon a single WS218x sub within custom all weather hides. We then provided some delay moon speakers to hang within the grandstand canopy to assist with imaging and intelligibility further back in the stands. All processing was dont from our XTA electronics DP226 units with wireless tablet control.

The season went well with Custom productions receiving several compliments from touring productions on the audio system and we are looking forward to next year.

To find out how we can help you with your next production inside or out call or email the hire department for details.

Liverpools first Bandstand

bandLiverpool Based audio specialist Sound Concepts contacted us to provide a PA system for the all new band stand in Williamson Square this summer. The event organised by Open Culture was in the square each weekend for around 5 weeks.

Sound designer Colin Ramsden had designed a series of 6 Ohm BR6 speakers around the outside of the stand with a pair as monitors on stage. Low frequencies where handled by the addition of two Ohm Moon Sub enclosures all driven from Crown XTI series amps and processed by XTA Electronics DP226 units. We supplied Sound concepts with a single gig rack with all he needed for for event including, TC electronic M2000 reverbs, a soundcraft GB2 console, CD players and the amps for the job. The system was controlled by a tablet PC running audiocore allowing the engineer to wander around the band stand tuning the system.

Colin was very pleased with the system and support from us over the five weeks. When asked about dBS he said “Good clean kit time after time, excellent customer service and regularly exceeding our expectations, dBS Solutions will always be our first choice for all our equipment hire needs”

Thanks Colin for your kind words.


Terex Finley Event

terexdBS Solutions where asked to provide a PA system and some AV equipment for construction machinery company Terex Finlay for their exhibition stand over at Hill Head Quarry.

The event organised by Event exhibition in Belfast saw our speakers out in the harsh elements for the best part of a week with wind, rain and all the british weather could throw at it. All our kit was thankfully covered in our custom waterproof covers and remained dry and safe.

Baby The Musical

babydBS Solutions have supplied radio mics systems and support for the Living Colour Productions musical Baby.

The shows sound designer Elliot Sinclair contacted dBS regarding the hire for the show performed at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool back in March.

The show was just one of eight musical theatre performances that dBS Supplied in March proving that when it comes to theatre, dBS Solutions are truly Setting Hire Standards.

dBS Solutions get HOT!

scampsdBS Solutions has supplied the sound system for the Wilmslow based youth group SCAMPS.

Long time SCAMPS Lighting designer and production manager John Slevin from Custom* productions asked dBS Solutions to supply the audio system and additional microphones to supplement Customs stock. Working with Owen Lewis and the Custom productions team, sound designer Chris Bogg suggested a system comprising our new Martin W8LM line array. This suited the room very well and provided clear audio to every seat in the house.

The show was a great success with some great feedback from the group regarding the sound. Your can catch there next production by visiting the web site in our links section.

Photo credit: Tony Loannides

New Years Offers

offersWith a the new year comes some very special offers from dBS Solutions on hiring equipment available while stocks last. To be eligible for these great prices, all you have to do is “Like” our Facebook page or “tweet” us on twitter. All prices are plus VAT

Sennheiser radio mics with a headset or capsule from £50 a week. Yamaha LS9s from £110 a week. Robe robin moving lights from £80 a week. Low fog from £99 a week.

Stocks are limited for more details of our offers please see our facebook or twitter pages. These deals are just a small portion of the equipment we have available with in our stock. If you would like to discuss any hires for longer periods of time, on a daily basis or our full production options, please contact us.

Corporate Events for Epson

epsondBS Solutions provided PA systems staging and lighting for a range of corporate events throughout Manchester for the printer manufacturer Epson. The dinner events where held in some of Manchester’s best venues including The Radison hotel, The Midland hotel and Harvey Nickols.

The events for The ultimate events company included entertainment from guitarists to full jazz funk bands as well as soloists, and surprise guests, Incognito. dBS Solutions supplied discreet audio systems as well as room lighting and follow spots for the week of events.

Manchesters Finest

MFWhen The Bridgewater Hall, Manchesters Premier concert and corporate events venue looked to hold a VIP event to show off their wonderful facilities to prospective corporate clients, they chose dBS Solutions to provide lighting throughout the venue.

With a proven track record in both indoor and outdoor lighting for large scale corporate events the team at the hall knew they could trust Chris at dBS Solutions to provide the look required. Deputy conference and events manager Bonnie Turnbull said “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”.

Chris designed a host of lighting from over 60 LED up lighters ranging in size to 12 of dBS Solutions new Robe Robin fixtures around the venue to light up the open spaces and the halls signature flame art work. All of the lighting for the event was programmed and operated from a Chamsys MQ 100 Pro from out hire stock.

Wonder a scientific oratorio

wonderThe year 2009 celebrates the international year of astronomy, 40 years since the moon landing, and 200 years since the death of the composer Haydn. To mark these significant events, the BBC commissioned Salford-based composer Alan Edward Williams to write Wonder, a 21st century vocal work that reflects our present understanding and scientific knowledge of the creation theory.

The BBCs project manager and producer Martin Maris asked Lighting designer Chris Bogg to come onboard and assist in helping the project look spectacular. “I worked very closely with designer David Millard throughout the project” says Chris. “David’s Idea was to create a space feel to the whole venue, we looked at suspending large planet like spheres over both the audience and the orchestra. This idea evolved into using super size weather balloons filled with helium and floated from locations within the orchestra.” Although this now solved many of the problems of suspending such spheres from the venues roof space, Chris explained “this now meant that due to the balloons being a one use only item, painting them like the surface of a planet was now not possible”. It fell to the lighting team of Chris, Damien Jackson and Sam Edwards to make these white balloons look like planets. Each planet was lit from the floor with 2 source four profiles with texture gobos in them. Further texture was then applied from the 6 future light PHS260 moving lights dotted around the outside of the Orchestra. The 100 strong choir from The Salford Choral Society and the BBC Singers was then lit from more source four profiles, and a range of fresnels with scrollers for colour changes. Chris programed the lighting rig from a Chamsys MQ100 Pro the evening before the event during dark time after the Philharmonics rehearsals.

The project has been a great success and is a true reflection of what can be achieved turning your average university hall into a truly theatrical experience. “It has given me great personal pleasure to work with all the dBS team on this complex and often demanding project, but the audio/visual installation and the three performances made it all worthwhile” says the BBCs Martin Maris.

More work in the lower hall was on display as part of the project, 250 school children and students created an art installation complete with sound scape and again lit by designer Chris Bogg.

Photos of the concert and the exhibition space will be available soon in the showcase section.

Fun, Foam, & dBS!

BCMFor one weekend only The Ultimate After Party turned a wet and rainy Pontins in Southport into the largest foam party, the UK has ever seen, and dBS Soultions where right there. Liverpool based UK Effects where chosen to production manage the event and asked dBS Solutions to supply the sound system and moving lights for the main arena holding the 3000 capacity crowd.

UK Effects Oliver Suckling suggested dBS Solutions after hearing our Ohm TRS system during the summer. “I was really impressed upon hearing the TRS during Solfest this year. Its a very capable system, it was really powerful yet inoffensive to the ears.” says suckling.

The dBS team where on site throughout the three days to ensure absolute quality audio from our 10 stacks of TRS and should any of our moving light stock get foamed up we had technicians standing by!

A great weekend was had by all who attended whether it be pool party’s, popcorn or hardcore dance. Photos coming soon to the showcase section.

dBS Solutions In The City!


Mark Murry from In The City Events asked dBS Solutions To design and install a lighting system for the Moon Underwater venue on Deansgate. With limited power avalible it fell to Chris Bogg if dBS to design a flexible system for the three day event that saw over twenty bands performing across the two stages.

DBS Solutions supplied their new Chamsys MQ100 pro console to control the LED based lighting system using the showtec power brick, and a range of par cans and in house moving lights.

Overall the event was a great success and we are looking forward to next year. Great thanks goes to Mark and the team at JD wetherspoons for looking after us all.

Exile Parade at the Parr Hall

exileAnother night at the Parr Hall for the dBS Solutions crew and this time saw the home coming of the critically acclaimed locals Exile Parade. After lighting designing their last music video “Fire Walk with me” and providing the audio systems for some of the bands festival appearances last year, dBS designer Chris Bogg was asked to design and supply the lighting and sound for the boy’s sell out night at the Parr Hall.

With five bands on the bill the evening proved to be a really entertaining night and the Parade boys were on form.

The PA was 6 stacks of our Ohm TRS system with TRS112 stage monitors mixed from a Yamaha LS9 32 by the talented Ian Threlfall.

Lighting wise, Chris designed a compact yet “visually stunning” show from the house rig plus some toys from the dBS Solutions stock. Amongst the array of the usual Par cans came four truss towers across the back of the stage, each mounted with a 1500w Vaporiser strobe, some four cell Moles (blinders) with a futurelight moving light parked on the top to finish off! Each tower was then dressed with a few LED up lighters and egg strobes for effect and there you have the tools for what made a very illuminating night.

Photos of the event can be found at Myspace.com/exileparade and on facebook/exileparade , but if you would like more information on any dBS Solutions events or to see how we could provide lighting or sound for your next production, give our team a call today.

DBS Solutions follow Codys Around the west end!

codys09Ones again dBS solutions have supported the latest show from Warrington’s most popular youth group CODYS. This production, “CODYS around the west end”, was one of the most technically challenging yet. With only one day to fit up the venue and start rehearsing the show and with a live Orchestra in the pit it was always going to be a busy week. The Orchestra conducted by Ben Holder consisted of 11 players and worked there way through around 60 musical numbers during the evening.

The sound system designed by Ian Threlfall was based around the Ohm TRS touring system augmented with BR6 front fills and stage monitors, all driven from our stock racks of Crest CA and Crown XTI amplifiers. The show contained 11 sennheiser radio microphones all on boom headsets. The sound was mixed from a Yamaha LS9 32 with expansion cards and 16 Focusrite preamps for the radio mics.

Lighting was again designed by CODYS regular, Chris Bogg who made use of the Brindley theatres house generic stock augmenting this with 16 Futurelight PHS and PHW 260 units Vaporiser strobes and Pulsar Chroma and DB4 LED fittings. “We drew upon the futuristic look of the set and added to this with a fake proscenium arch of truss” says Chris. “This was then complimented by three vertical trusses spanning the up stage area In between the four drapes that I had specified for video projection.” The video effects and images some of which where commissioned specifically for the show where played back and manipulated in real time by an Arkaos media server controlled by Chris from the lighting console. “This allowed perfect timing between the video images and effects from the moving lights”says Chris. New to the dBS Solutions stock, the Arkaos media server integrated seamlessly with our lighting console of choice, Chamsys magic Q. Once all the media was loaded the desk “fetched” all of the data and was able to show the operator not only a live preview of the output but also thumb nails of the servers content.

With one of the most technically advanced shows to grace the Brindley’s stage and with so little time for error, the dBS Solutions team where involved from the beginning. Our designers collaborated with the shows creative director Nick Cupit to design a concept and “look” for the show before sourcing the set and trussing required to turn this look into a reality.

Pictures of the show will be up in our gallery soon but for more information on this production or how dBS can design your next show use the email link on this page or call our team now.

dBS tours with Taudevin

hammond1We have recently provided sound for Taudevin Performing Company’s 2008-2009 tour of the UK. Taudevin, a company made up from graduating professional students from the Hammond school in Chester, took their latest show around the UK and Germany and dBS Solutions provided radio microphones, and a computerised playback system for both the UK and Germany legs, to supplement the venues in house systems.

dBS Director, Chris Bogg explains “ the tour takes in a wide range of venues from studio theatres to large proscenium arch theatres. The systems n each venue differ greatly so I chose a Q Lab system with 4 outputs, This way I could tweek the levels of left, right, sub, and stage monitors directly from the software for each track in the show. This allowed me to concentrate solely on mixing the performance when it came to show time.”

The tour closes on February 13th at the Speke CLC in Liverpool.

BAE Systems CS&S Leadership Conference

baeDBS Solutions have recently provided audio for the BAE Systems CS&S Leadership Conference at the De Vere Herons Reach hotel in Blackpool.

Working again with production company, Intersoft communication solutions, dBS engineer Ian Threlfall, designed the system around the Ohm moon range for the meeting, whilst also managing the days RF requirements for both radio microphones and camera systems.

Christmas Season at The Bridgewater Hall

bwhdBS Solutions this year provided The Bridgewater Hall with an Ohm PA system for their popular Christmas season. The system, specified by dBS Solutions was ground stacked covering the stalls areas augmenting the halls existing Meyer sound system.

“The TRS system works well ground stacked in the hall” says dBS’ Chris Bogg. “its compact, discreet and yet powerful” If you have missed the first Christmas concerts dont worry, there is still time to catch a listen with the Last Night of the Christmas Proms, Halle, An evening with James Bond, and the New Years Gala.

Warrington Collegiate Annual Staff Conference.

warrdBS Once again supplied Warrington’s largest learning provider with a full audio system and engineers for this years annual staff conference held within the new Winwick road campus.

With a staff base of over 400, the event had to be held in the dining area and required a distributed audio system to relay speech, music and Video to the delegates.

Marc Almond Hits Warrington

Marc Almond of soft Cell Fame came to Warringtons Parr Hall to perform to a crowd of adorning fans and dBS Solutions was there to supply all the bands audio needs.

Supplying an Ohm TRS system front of house and a range of Ohm wedges including the TRS112 and TRS 115 together with one of our monitor engineers. Marc played some numbers from his new album Stardom Road and is currently touring the UK till the end of the year.

dBS Solutions Lights Sophie Ellis Bextor

dBS Solutions provided lighting for Sophie Ellis Bexter when she came to manchester last month to DJ At the Kendels department store on Deansgate.

The event also included a fashion show of all the new clothing range on the third floor of the store. dBS Solutions provided all the lighting requirements for the Massive UK event including LED colour changing units, cat walk lighting, and some of our Futurelight PHW 260 units recently added to hire stock.

The Hammond Dance School Chester

hammond08dBS Where this year asked to technically manage The Hammond dance schools end of year productions Entrée and Debut. After being involved from an early stage in the design of the schools new theatre, dBS engineer Chris Bogg specified the installation of and Ohm pa system for the venue.

The system consists of 4 BR12s front of house with a pair of BR218 subs and a central hang of Ohm Lunarray. On stage monitoring is provided in the way of Ohm TRS112s and more BR12s. all amps are the Ohm CFU A2s with Cred Processing.

“When the Hammond school approached me for advice on a PS system, I know from mixing there last few productions at Theatre Clwyd, that audio quality, and speech intelligibility where vital” says Chris. “The shows contain a considerable amount of musical theatre, and crystal clear audio delivered to every seat in the house was paramount. The Ohm system delivers this perfectly.”

After our early involvement, the school asked dBS Solutions to come on board to manage their technical resources for the forthcoming shows. We then supplied a sound designer, Lighting designer, and stage manager for the three week show period in July.

Ben Marshall looked after sound on the schools Yamaha LS9 32 with playback from a dBS mac computer using Q lab. We also supplied a 16 way Sennheiser radio mic system, and stage managers comms, cue and CCTV system to aid stage manager Kim Hale.

Lighting designer Chris Bogg specified a largely generic lighting rig complimented by chroma Q scrollers on the side light and 8 Futurelight Phs260 moving lights. This was operated from a High end systems Road Hog console.

Warrington Music Festival 2008

WMF08Well what a busy summer it has been for the team at dBS Solutions. Once again we where out in force at Warrington Music Festival 2008, this time providing PA systems for both stages and a moving light rig for the main stage.

Both the audio systems for the festival where Ohm TRS speakers with 6 x TRS 218 and 4 x TRS118 subs on the main stage, with 6 x TRS 212 mid high packs. All stage monitors where Ohm TRS112s. Front of house engineer John Attewell looked after both front of house and monitors from a Yamaha LS9 32 while system tech Graeme Ramsdale took care of the stage, system, and generators.

Lighting was operated from a Chamsys magic Q system and consisted of six lamp bars complimented by our new Futurelight PHW260 wash units, Source Vaporiser strobes, and some 4 lamp blinder units. Operated by Pete Windsor who has recently completed the Magic Q operator’s course.

Stage two consisted of another 4 stacks of Ohm TRS, this time the newer TRS 112h mid high with yet more TRS218 subs driven from Crest Audio CA Amplifiers. In charge was Craig Stewart front of house with a Yamaha 01v 96.

This event saw dBS Solutions expanding there Ohm speaker stock once more to cope with the demand for near 12 stacks of TRS amongst other boxes. The event was blessed with good weather for the day (not so for the overnight fit up the night before eh boys!) and with over 32 bands on the bil our thanks go to all involved for there efforts in what was a great success.

dBS And Stella McCartney at LIPA

dBS Solutions took pleasure in suppling an 8 way monitor system for the star studded Stella McCartney fashion show last week at LIPA in Liverpool.

The event to showcase Stella’s Autumn winter collection 2008 featured a fifteen minute fashion show showcasing some of Stella’s latest designs as well as performances from signed acts such as Candy Payne and Palladium. The event was attended my many celebrities including Paul McCartney, Yoco Ono, and George Martin to name but a few. “with tickets selling at up to £500 each there was no room for error” explained sound No 1 Ian Threfall.

“After the initial production meeting I realised that for this gig I would require a larger monitor setup than we had in house, equipment quality and reliability would be paramount. With image a real important factor, dBS Solutions were able to supply me with an Ohm TRS 112 monitor system. These units provided a great low profile on stage and Crystal clear sound reproduction for the band” Ian Added. “dBS Solutions suggested a Yamaha LS9 32. The console was great as it allowed both me and guest engineers to operate monitors in a small footprint, with all the processing onboard within the console, as well as the ability to recall scenes through what was a fast moving show”.

Please see the links page for more information on Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

dBS Solutions provide PA for Dave Spikey at Warrington’s Parrhall

dBS Solutions provided a distributed PA system for Warrington’s Parr hall last Saturday, for Dave Spikey’s The Best Medicine Tour. The PA system designed for the venue by dBS is regularly installed for comedy and speech events at the hall and has enjoyed great success.

The PA system consisted of Ohm TRS112H and BR18b subs covering the stalls area with BR6 under balcony and front fills. The circle area is covered with Ohm BR12 speakers with Ohm moon out fills and moon delays. All of the amplifiers are Crest audio and the event was mixed and delayed by a Yamaha 01v 96 VSM.

dBS Solutions have been very pleased with the Ohm speaker system in the parr hall and have made substantial investments in the Ohm brand to ensure we can meet our clients demands for clear, precise audio, delivered to every seat.

Lighting console training

chamsysdBS Solutions held a training seminar last week on the ChamSys Magic Q lighting consoles.

The two day course was well attended by lighting technicians and designers from across the UK and dBS freelancers. We had representatives from all sectors of the industry from TV, theatre, rock and roll, to corporate and many commented on how useful the training has been.

Chris Kennedy from ChamSys went through the console features, as well as some of the more advanced options such as networking, and media server integration.

Do you hear the people sing?

lesmisDBS Solutions Supplied sound, lighting, and audio visual equipment as well as a turn key production design service for the latest production of Les Miserables. The show performed by CODYS productions at the Brindley Theatre Runcorn was a sell out success. dBS Solution’s Andrew Waddell and Ian Threlfall attended to the sound while Chris Bogg designed and operated the sizable lighting rig for the show.

The sound design by Waddell consisted of a proscenium system of Ohm moon speakers for the stalls and circle with moon subs and four BR6 front fill speakers. This was augmented by the house systems centre cluster to help adjust the image to the stage. This system assisted in amplifying the 16 strong orchestra from the pit conducted by Richard Winter.

On stage two independent BR6 units provided down stage fold back and some imaging for the complex sound effects required for the show. Up stage behind the set, sat two Ohm TRS218 subs and TRS212 high packs to provide the realistic battle soundscape and other subsonic effects during the show.

“It was important that the battles sounded realistic and chilling” Andrew commented. Sound effects and show control was managed be Cue lab and routed though eight audio outputs direct to the outputs of the desk.

The show was mixed on a Yamaha LS9-32 with the 16 channels of Sennheiser radio microphone system mixed on an 0v 96. “This system allowed me to assign individual channels or groups of channels to a fader group or DCA that could then be controlled from a master fader. The assignment of these remote groups was then changed scene by scene via midi and cue lab” said Andrew. The added bonus of working this way is that every actor can have their own desk channel with their own EQ and dynamics and the only thing that changes is the routing.

On the sound of the Ohm system Andrew comments “ I was very impressed with the moon system, the boxes are small and discreet yet produce a very open and transparent sound. They did a great job.”

Chris’s lighting design incorporated 8 of the new Futurelight PHS260 spots for gobo washes and spot pickups into the house stock of around 80 generic lanterns. This along with two neutron hazers, Antari and Jem fog machines, and an Antari DNG Log fog unit where all controlled from a ChamSys Magic Q system.

“The automated lighting although used in almost every scene in the show, were not intended to be seen moving by the audience”, said Chris. “ I utilised the consoles auto move wile dark function and this worked fantastically. Controlling the moving lights and the in house scrollers in this way cut down on programming lots of mark cues and helps keep an already busy show file tidy”.

With a large number of effects and moving lights, speed of use, familiar user interface, and features are so important I wouldn’t chose any other console” Said Chris.

The video elements of the show where played back from cue lab from the show control system and projected onto a black gauze. The shutter of the projector was controlled from the lighting desk giving a two user dead mans handle. With the complex stage floor revolve and flying CCTV cameras where installed and distributed around the venue to aid the cast to see the musical director and for the crew to see the stage during the performance.

The week of performances has been met with critical acclaim and several very good reviews. For more information on CODYS productions and their up coming performances please see the web site.


Chamsys Magic Q training

trainingdBS Solutions are pleased to have teamed up with Chamsys to offer this two day training seminar on the Chamsys Magic Q lighting console and related products.

The seminar will be held in the Northwest for the first time, in a venue in warrington near our base on the 22nd and 23rd of April.

The training days will see Chris from Chamsys covering the basics on the console on the first day and the more advanced features on the second day. This course will be suitable for both beginners or lighting designers looking to improve their knowlage of this powerful console.

With only ten places, this intimate training seminar will fill up fast so, if your interested give us a call or email Chris@dbs-solutions.co.uk for more information

DBS Solutions Goes Fire Walking

dBS Solutions recently designed the lighting for the up and coming band Exile Parade for their new music video “Fire walk with me”.

dBS Solution’s Chris Bogg designed a system comprising of the new Futurelight PHS260 moving lights along with six lamp bars of par 64 cans and par 38s.

Chris used a Chamsys Magic Q system to control the rig. The video is currently playing on several music channels and you tube. The bands co-manager Craig Tarry had this to say.

“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. Chris did a great job engineering the lights for the video. It has a great reaction from fans and industry folks! It is currently in process of being play-listed on the leading music channels across Europe.”

You can find the video in low res here on the bands myspace site www.myspace.com/exileparade

dBS Solutions Invest in Sennheiser

hammond1dBS Solutions have purchased their first batch of Sennheiser Evolution radio mics. The G2 belt pack and hand held systems are a welcome addition to the Warrington based PA company’s hire stock and have been put into service from day one on The Hammond Dance schools European tour, Taudevin.

dBS Solutions supplied the radio system, an Apple Mac based Cuelab system and an engineer for the tour that spanned three weeks in January.

Warrington’s Plugged and The Big I Am!

pluggeddBS Solutions have taken the contract to supply the Warrington Music Collective live music nights at the Parrhall and Pyramid. The events promoter, Steve Oates asked dBS Solutions to come on board from the new year to help move the events forward.

We regularly supply four stacks of our Ohm TRS PA system with our custom designed Ohm drive racks for the events, with sound being mixed from a Yamaha 01v 96. “We have seen some great bands over the past months and more to come in the build up to the summer” said dBS Solution’s Chris Bogg. “Im looking forward to the next event at the Parrhall on 29th February”

John Power at Pyramid

dBS have recently supplied a PA system for John Powers at The Pyramid in Warrington. Powers, of CAST and The La’s fame, played to a deserving crowd of fans some of his newer solo work, which takes a modern folk flavour as a warm up for his forthcoming tour.

dBS supplied four stacks of Ohm TRS high packs and subs with a Yamaha LS9 on front of house and monitors. To find out more about John Powers and his new tour visit his website at www.johnpower.uk.com

Ken Dodd, The legend of Laughter

dBS Solutions had the pleasure of supplying a distributed audio system for the Knotty Ash funny man Mr Ken Dodd. Together with his Diddy Men, Ken took to the stage in front of a sell out crowd at Warrington’s Parr Hall last Thursday and thanks to dBS Solutions, Ken had scores of discerning fans eating out of the palm of his hand.

The system designed by dBS proprietor Chris Bogg, who also mixed the event and installed by dBS regular system tech, Graeme Ramsdale, consisted of SLS920s left and right both upstairs and down, augmented by Ohm Moon speakers as circle delay, and BR6 enclosures as front fill and under balcony fills. The system was extended with the addition of an Ohm Moon sub system and trs 112 wedges on stage.

Chris explains “both the Parr Hall and Ken Dodd in particular, have been difficult nuts to crack in the past due to the halls natural reverb time. The key is a well designed distributed audio system. We use digital processing to time a line the system perfectly, ensuring that all of the audience area receives natural vocal reproduction.” Mr Dodds style allows for the odd throw away punch line and this is often lost in a large crowd, however this was minimised due to careful microphone selection and time spent listening to the system earlier in the day.

The evening drew to a close around 12.50, leaving a very satisfied audience, with a sea of tickling sticks and smiles to the final chords of Dodds theme tune Happiness.

If you missed the show, Ken will be touring throughout 2008