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!

ITC

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.

www.codysproductions.com

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

www.kendoddshows.com

dBS Solutions in Birkenhead park

parkdBS Solutions provided a large pa system for Wirral Borough Council’s Its Your Park festival this year in the newly refurbished Birkenhead Park.

The wet weather never held back the hundreds of festival goers eager to see local bands on the Saturday and cultural musical groups from around the world on the Sunday. Hosted by the Wirral’s Buzz FM, the weekend saw a wide range of acts playing though the Ohm TRS system, with engineer Chris Bogg on front of house duties and John Attewell on monitors assisted by Rob Whitworth.

Both consoles were the new LS9-32s from Yamaha a new purchase for dBS and once again proving their worth. “Since investing in the new console its been out on hire almost constantly” says director Chris Bogg.

Warrington Music Festival

wmfThe First of Warrington’s annual music festival got underway to close Warrington’s Culture Fest 2007 and dBS was there to assist. John Attewell headed up the team front of house with Rob Whitworth on stage duties and Simon Naylor on lights.

dBS beat off strong competition to supply the event with a six stack Ohm TRS system to cover the main stage and TRS wedge monitors as foldback. With over 14 bands in 7 hours, it was always going to be a difficult event, however the team coped with ease and the organizers were all very pleased.

As the light faded on Queens Gardens towards the end of the day, Naylor’s lighting rig of Par cans and Pulsar Chroma strips began to come to life. The event finished at 7.00pm to allow the show inside The Parr Hall, another dBS event, to commence. As the fans dispersed, the get out of the first of hopefully many Warrington music festivals began.

We’re all in this together!

HSMdBS have just completed a sellout week of Disney’s High School Musical at the Brindley Arts Centre in Runcorn for CODYS productions. The show after over five months of rehearsals played to full houses every night and has even added an additional show later this week at the Parr Hall in Warrington. dBS supplied both sound and lighting equipment for the shows designers Graeme Ramsdale and dBS’s Chris Bogg.

Lighting equipment included Futurelight mh660s and 640s, ETC source four profiles, Martin and Le Matire effects equipment complimenting the house stock of around 90 generic lamps. Programming and operation was undertaken by Chris on a Chamsys Magic Q system and distributed on Artnet.

Audio was designed by Graeme Ramsdale and included a Protools system for playback of the Disney orchestra, voiceovers and effects plus a Yamaha LS9-32 for mixing the show on. Graeme added a hybrid speaker system consisting of Community SLS 920s and Ohm moon subs and BR6 front fills to compliment the existing Martin audio system. “Adding more flexibility was the key to the design” says Ramsdale. “with the show now moving to the larger Parr Hall we needed to ensure consistency within the system. Adding to the house system allows us to control and distribute the sound much more effectively. Radio mics, supervised by Rob Whitworth where sennheiser evolution 500s with MKE2 capsules and IMG boom mic systems. More ohm TRS112s where utilized on stage for fold back for the 70 strong cast.

dBS and Trabant

Trabant, a cool blast of glamorous, leather-clad electro pop came to Warrington last week. Pyramid Art Centers technical manager Matt Moss enlisted dBS to supply a PA system for the event.

A four stack Ohm TRS system for front of house with 5 mixes of TRS112’s on stage performed nicely for the electronic group. Front of house was a Yamaha LS9 looked after by Chris Bogg while stage duties where undertaken by Simon Naylor.

dBS lights the way for Siemens Medical Diagnostics.

siemensdBS Solutions designed, and supplied both sound and lighting for the launch party of the groups medical branch, Siemens Medical Diagnostics.

The event at the Bridgewater Hall was based on an ice theme with live ice sculptures being performed, and was staged across all four levels of the concert halls foyer spaces. Siemens Kerry Costello commented that “the event had exceeded all of their expectations”.

dBS Lighting designer Chris Bogg integrated the use of Mac 2000 Profiles, City Colours 2500s, Futurelight mh660s, mh640s, Pulsar Chromacans, and Thomas Pixel par 90s with over 50 par can up lighter fittings and over to half a mile of cable! All the lighting requirements were controlled from a Chamsys Magic Q PC with a control wing. “The flexibility of the Magic Q system allows me to create the looks I need with lots of fixtures very quickly. Storing them in away that means I can recall them live at anytime with timed fades between looks, cuts down on plotting and time.” says Chris.

A distributed ohm sound system was designed for the band and speeches including 4 TRS 112s, 2 planet suite moon subs and 2 BR6 speakers as delays. Craig Stewart designed and engineered the event from a Yamaha 01v 96 with Alesis outboard graphics.

Singlive! At The Bridgewater Hall

singlivedBS Solutions provided lighting equipment for the Singlive Northwest Spectacular at The Bridgewater Hall earlier this year.

Working alongside the team at the hall, dBS Solutions supplied moving lights, effects machines, and a lighting programmer to help realise lighting designer Andy Lunns ideas.