With half of 2019 pretty much behind us, it's always nice to check in with Productions and see what's new, trending and consistent. Some departments aren't rocking much change, as brands haven't really brought out new innovation... which makes 2020 look awesome!
The go-to system of choice still for concert work comes in at the EAW KF730 line array system. In our opinion, it's still a bit heavy for a 2-man crew on corporate work, but when there's little time to strategize a build-out... you can't go wrong. Polish off your low-end with the Danley TH118s or the EAW SB1001 accordingly.
We've also been getting great results with the QSC K12.2 in triple, as a stack, for wide array type applications (e.g. smaller concerts, corporate events - both indoors and out). They're easy to fly and a breeze to tune (using DBX Driverack PA Management racks). To fill in the bottom-end, we're still sticking with the JBL PRX818XLF x4 (2 per side). It's honestly amazing how good such a small rig sounds at performance levels.
Lighting is becoming more and more automated these days for smaller shows and while we're still pretty proud of our particle projection screens - the next big thing for lighting is really going to come down to placement and timing.
Getting light at the precise moment, in the precise location - has been made way easier with the Blacktrax system... but another cool thing to consider is by combining up to 4 20k Projectors to a visual server and "projecting light". Currently, our projector of choice - Panasonic PT-DS20K2UBH.
We're still using those upgraded Sony X-70's for broadcast/streaming work. It's a quick in and out system. We're not fumbling with lenses, mounts, packs and everything else attached to basic streaming. However, for live work - we've had great success with the Blackmagic Ursa (EF Mount) pairing with wireless SDI Ikans for transmission back to the Blackmagic ATEM 2 M/E. It's a capability that's nice to have and lends a much more "cinematic feel" to streaming productions.
As far as workflow is considered, we still consider proxy-based post more difficult with the Ursa's... as opposed to the Arri Alex Mini (no joke), or even the Canon C300. (Just a side note).
Stage and Rigging
Still fans of James Thomas, you just can't go wrong. A good pair of ST-25's and we're in business. With safety at the heart of any great production, It's honestly super reassuring that rigging continues to stay pretty consistent in build-outs.
For ground built stages; a speedy time of deployment is absolutely key. With the Quicklock stages from intellistage, we're getting up to 15 minute deployment times (in smaller applications).
Productions as a whole
The truth is, we love taking the awesome tools at our disposal to make great experiences for our clients. From conferences to concerts and everything in between... we're always looking to create something awesome, because sometimes the easiest solution isn't always the best solution.
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