Brighton Goes Gospel is that city’s renowned non-religious community gospel choir, entirely run by volunteers. To mark its 10th anniversary, the choir staged a night of gospel music in the Brighton Dome’s Concert Hall before Christmas, a high-spec visual event featuring six cameras and a mix solution using the latest video products from Roland Systems Group.
Led by choir director Karen Gibson, and musical director Jason Thompson, the 180- strong choir was joined by prominent UK gospel singer Beverley Trotman of X-Factor fame and the Kingdom Choir as well as other surprise guests. The highly regarded seven- piece JT Band provided musical accompaniment for an audience of 1400.
Brighton-based video services company As Described handled the 3-hour show’s visual requirements, providing a live mix of six cameras and pre-recorded video material, relaying the mix to projection screens set up behind the choir.
For this demanding brief, As Described’s Adam Seaman deployed the new integrated LVS800 Vision Mixer & MVS-12 Multi-viewer package from Roland Systems Group. “Straight out of the box, it’s very easy to see how Roland has clearly thought about this compact and flexible mix solution, and its potential use in varied industry applications,” reports Seaman. “With a very small (almost VJ mixer-sized) footprint, the mixer can be set up in tight gallery spaces yet still allows up to 8x sources to be selected with both A+B mix mode and PGM / Preview bus usage.
“When linked to the bespoke-designed MVS-12 Multi-viewer, the capability of the LVS-800 is extended massively, giving the operator a customisable multi screen canvas to view all sources and program / TX preview panes. All that is needed is one large flat screen monitor and the operator is good to go. Compared to far more costly options for vision mixing on shows, this fantastic little set-up will give many companies an affordable way into professional multi camera SD mixing at a fraction of the outlay costs that could be faced.”
Seaman and business partner Jim Horsfield are long-time users of Roland’s video mixer products, and have seen the company’s product line grow in recent years, offering user benefits through smart integration and interconnectivity.
“The menu systems on the LVS-800 and MVS-12 are logical and thoroughly considered, making set-up and installation straightforward and quick. As the LVS-800 is an integrated product, there is also the benefit of not having to deal with mainframe link up, cutting down on extra cabling time and set-up. We found the addition of the two VGA inputs on the LVS-800 to be particularly useful as this allowed us to connect external media playback and control very easily, with internal down scaling and sizing controls readily accessible.
Seaman concludes that “this combo of the vision mixer and multiviewer is solidly made and we had the feeling that the interfaces would stand up to a good amount of use in the live environment. All in all, Roland has come up with great product and vision - when linked in with the functionality of the P10 media player, one has a powerful rig at one’s disposal; stand-alone, the LVS-800 plus MVS-12 is a very cost-effective package that we see has a clear use in the industry.”