Adlib Invests for Mrs Browns Boys Tour

Date: 11/08/2015
Adlib Invests for Mrs Browns Boys Tour

Adlibs remarkable working relationship with the touring version of multi award-winning mega-successful sitcom Mrs Browns Boys hits the 15 year mark this year, with the Liverpool based company providing full technical production sound, lighting and video -  for the various legs of the 2015 arena tour, scheduled to conclude in December, plus a live DVD shoot in September.

Adlib also made a major investment in new Absen high definition LED screen, Sony broadcast cameras and Prolyte pre-rigged trussing in time for the first leg of the tour in the spring.

LED video screen has replaced the projection systems of previous tours this year taking everything up a level, complete with 252 panels of the new 3mm Absen A3 screen.

The lighting, sound and video production were all based around the brand new 2015 set designed by Frankie & Brian.

The entire production is tailor made to suit each of the various arena venue runs on the itinerary, explained Adlibs Technical Production Manager for the tour Kevin Byatt, who oversees all the equipment, logistics, prep, crewing, etc. This approach allows them to fine tune each performance space so its just right.

Adlib Video is Expanding

Adlibs Ian Tomlinson takes up the story of the Absen investment.

Adlib had been planning for some time to add an HD product to their growing stock of medium resolution LED screen. They explored several options before Ian and Adlibs MD Andy Dockerty finally decided on the Absen, delivered by UK distributor PSCo in time for Mrs Brown to hit the road.

With a multiplicity of LED products on the market, Absen was chosen for its light weight, practical and intuitive cabling and programming and the flexible rigging, which includes a straightforward ground-supported option ¦ in addition to being flown.

The build quality is excellent and its a great all-round choice for us and the variety of work that Adlib undertakes, confirmed Ian.

On Mrs Brown, the left and right IMAG screens each measure 6.5 metres wide by 4 metres high and the delay screen located at the back of the FOH riser for the convenience of those seated towards the rear of the venues is 5 x 3 metres landscape.

Adlib also purchased four new Sony HSC-100 Cameras for the tour, two of which are positioned FOH, fitted with Canon HJ40x10 long throw Lenses, while the other two are deployed either side of stage to catch the close-up action.

They are mixed by Mrs Browns Video Director, Eric OCarroll using a Blackmagic Atem 2 also from Adlib.

Adlib is currently expanding its video department in order to offer the best and most flexible and cost-efficient options to all its clients wanting video in their production packages. In addition to the new LED screen and cameras, the fibre signal distribution systems have also been upgraded.

One of the general requests from Mrs Browns production team was that they didnt want any cabling to be visible, so Adlib engineered a 47 metre cable bridge for the tour, emanating from the backstage drape line  to the rear of FOH which takes care of the cabling for the PA and LED delay screens.

Time Saving Truss

All aspects of the production are also designed to be time critical. With the first get-in at each venue on the day of the first show, tight co-ordination is needed with each of the venues crew so they can get their seats and infrastructure in place in time for doors.

The new Prolyte S36 trussing was specified and purchased with this in mind. The majority of the lighting fixtures stay in the truss for travel, saving considerable time during get ins and outs as well as being expedient on truck space, reducing the number of flight-cases needed.

Laughing Lighting

The 2015 tour lighting design was again created by Mike Summerfield who has been on-board for several years and is one of several familiar faces. The client likes to keep as many of the same team on-board where possible.

It features a selection of moving lights including Martin MAC Viper Profiles and Washes and ARRI 2Ks. The lighting aesthetic is bright, bold and rambunctious much like the humour!

Also new this year, Adlib added a pipe-and-drape specialist to their crew to look after the copious amounts of this ingenious production asset which is being supplied to provide all the quick-change areas, dressing rooms, green rooms, catering and other backstage facilities.

These are also all fed with a full show relay system - plasma screens, video and audio feeds, - all requiring a precision set up in addition to all the main stage elements of the show.

Hilarious Sound

FOH engineer Kenny Perrin has ensured Mrs Browns sonic excellence for the last decade and continues this year utilising another Coda Audio system from Adlib. The show has used Coda for some time with great success.

A typical set up will be main hangs of 14 x Coda LA12s with 3 x ViRAY under hangs a side, plus an array of 14 x ViRAY a side for side hangs, paired with four Coda Subs a side on the ground, A centre cluster of four ViRAY fills the mid stalls and two delay hangs of six ViRAY a side approximately half way down the hall, to get the vocal kicking right to the back of the room and maintain even levels throughout the space.

Kenny has substantial experience in engineering comedy performance and understands the detail needed to deliver the punch lines and gags so essential to the genre. Coda is absolutely brilliant for vocal clarity and definition, he affirms.

His console of choice is currently a Soundcraft Vi6, using all the on-boards with a selection of compressors and de-essers on Brendan OCarroll (Mrs. Brown), complete with a set of Lake LM44s across some of the vocal groups for fine tuning. Kenny has specified Adlibs new Vi7000 console for the next leg of the tour to give him more dynamic EQ via the onboard DPR-901 processing, which is an easy upgrade due to the show compatibility with the Vi6.

He also mixes monitors from FOH. For side fills they have been using a couple of L-Acoustics ARCS cabinets as stage monitors together with some Adlib AA81s for hot-spot speakers.

There are 14 people in the cast, however the channel count bumps up effortlessly to 68 with all the behind-the-scenes elements - record mics for the camera operators so they can hear the audience through their headsets, feeds to video world, the show relay mix to catering and the dressing rooms etc. plus radio mics, spares, and on top of that, a load of playback and spot effects run via MADI and his Apple Mac running QLab.

While getting perfect audio on the show is always challenging, especially with the amount of ad-libbing involved, keeping up with Brendan certainly keeps Kenny on his toes!

Im still laughing as much as I did when we started working with this show which is a good sign, he comments. There is always lots of fresh, new material and often a bunch of in jokes going on as well! The entire crew absolutely love and appreciate the experience of working on this!

Kevin commented, Its a fantastic tour for Adlib, the show is side-splittingly funny and highly entertaining, and after 15 years still at the cutting edge of humour. We also have a really fluid dialogue with everyone involved in the production side, and they trust us implicitly to deliver the best technical specs and very highest production standards.

For more information about Adlib please go to www.adlib.co.uk



Tags: Adlib | Mrs Browns Boys | LED | Sony | camera | DVD | IMAG
Submitted by Louise Stickland
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Location Sound Hosts Wisycom Q and amp;A for Broadcast and TV Professionals

Wisycom, designer and builder of the most sophisticated RF solutions for broadcast, film and live production, is pleased to announce a Wisycom USA Q&A party to reinforce the company’s U.S. presence, which was announced last year. The networking event, being held at Location Sound in North Hollywood on Friday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., aims to strengthen the brand’s status among film and broadcast professionals.

Tags: D. Pagan Communications | WISYCOM
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BP Energizes Its Media Production with EditShare Posted: 15/01/2019
BP Energizes Its Media Production with EditShare

EditShare® a technology leader in intelligent scale-out storage, AQC and media management solutions, announced today that global energy brand BP, has invested in the XStream EFS scale-out storage platform and Flow media asset management to manage the commissioning, producing and publishing of BP-related media projects.

Tags: EditShare | BP | media | storage | film | documentary | production | production | postproduction
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CRYSTAL VISION SOLVES BROADCASTERS IP AND SDI PROBLEMS AT BVE 2019 (STAND E50) Posted: 15/01/2019
CRYSTAL VISION SOLVES BROADCASTERS IP AND SDI PROBLEMS AT BVE 2019 (STAND E50)

Crystal Vision will be showing its flexible IP platform, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware and the initial six software apps which run on it. These apps are IP . Crystal Vision will also be showing its extensive range of modular interface and keyers for those planning SDI projects, including its popular chroma keyers, video delays and fail-safe routing switches.

Tags: Crystal Vision | BVE 2019
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Calrec Brio audio consoles see major success in Japanese market Posted: 15/01/2019
Calrec Brio audio consoles see major success in Japanese market

In 2018, Calrec Audio generated serious momentum in the Japanese broadcasting market with the sale of 40 of its Brio audio consoles to a number of Japanese broadcasters. The customers are a mix of existing and new.

Tags: Audio; audio consoles; audio routing;
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New Cobalt Digital Customizable 4K Encoder Cards Now Shipping Posted: 14/01/2019
New Cobalt Digital Customizable 4K Encoder Cards Now Shipping

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Cobalt Digital today announced the availability of its 9992ENC series of HEVC/H.265/MPEG-5 encoders for openGear® frames. Designed for a variety of broadcast applications, the dual-slot card offers customized I/O options and extensive audio support for cost-effective contribution, distribution, ENG, IPTV, and OTT solutions.

Tags: Cobalt Digital | encoder | distribution | ENG
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TVU Networks Receives End-of-Year Innovation Awards Posted: 14/01/2019
TVU Networks Receives End-of-Year Innovation Awards

TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced the company was awarded two 2018 Product Innovation Awards from Future Publishing. Publishers of TV Technology, Government Video, Radio World and Creative Planet/DV and VE magazines, the annual Future Publishing awards honor the year’s top product introductions in TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio technology.

Tags: video-over-IP | IP-video-production | TVU-Networks | automated-video-content-management | cloud-based-video
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RHC to Present Lava Cable Product Line at NAMM 2019 Posted: 14/01/2019
RHC to Present Lava Cable Product Line at NAMM 2019

RHC will showcase the Lava Cable product line at the 2019 NAMM Show (Booth #11510). RHC acquired the brand’s assets last spring and has streamlined the Lava Cable product offerings to focus on the company’s best-selling products.

Tags: RapcoHorizon | BVE 2019 | BVE 2019
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PMC Showcases Dolby Atmos Adoption at NAMM 2019 Posted: 14/01/2019
PMC Showcases Dolby Atmos Adoption at NAMM 2019

A Dolby Atmos® demo suite will form the centerpiece of PMC’s booth (16112) at NAMM 2019, giving artists, producers and recording engineers an opportunity to experience Dolby Atmos through a world-class monitoring system.

Tags: PMC Speakers | NAMM 2019 | Dolby Atmos Demo Room | Capitol Studios
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Rising Star Elle Exxe Is Named As Pro7ect 2019 Resident Artist Posted: 14/01/2019
Rising Star Elle Exxe Is Named As Pro7ect 2019 and rsquo;s Resident Artist
Elle Exxe, the formidable and fully fledged electro-clash pop star, will be the resident artist at this year’s Pro7ect songwriting retreat, which teams top songwriters with top producers for three days or pure collaborative inspiration at Brighton’s Hotel Pelirocco.
Tags: Pro7ect 2019 | Songwriters Retreat | Elle Exxe | Hotel Pelirocco | Brighton
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LiveU Announces $20M Multi-Year Deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group Posted: 14/01/2019
LiveU Announces $20M Multi-Year Deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI) recently signed a multi-year lease agreement with LiveU that upgrades its fleet of hundreds of portable transmission units to LU600 HEVC for its newsgathering operations, ensuring the media company always has the latest bonded IP technology. The agreement immediately upgrades Sinclair stations spanning 80 production locations in the US to LiveU’s flagship model of HEVC field units featuring higher efficiencies, greater stability, increased reliability and the best video quality in low bandwidth situations.
Tags: Cellular bonding. acquisition | uplinking | contribution | news | sport | HEVC | 4K
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