This event, held over two nights, hosted over 2400 guests in total celebrating employees who have given 25, 40, and even 50 years loyal service to the company. Protec put together a bespoke audio and video package working alongside Christie Lites for this lavish production servicing a corporate presentation, an awards ceremony, the showcasing of two new vehicles, live entertainment including singers, dancers and theatrical performers, and a gala dinner.
HOD of video Sean Godefroy guided us through the video solutions he chose.
“Barco E2 was the ideal choice to handle the pixel space of all the content as there were 4k inputs and outputs and it is incredibly flexible in a show environment. We chose a 2.6mm Unilumin LED wall measuring 12 x 5m with a resolution of 4608 x 1920 flanked by two circular side screens using double stacked Barco 30k projectors to display camera feeds ensuring a vivid, sharp display. We also used two Panasonic 12k projectors for the relay screens projecting 16 x 9 content and one DSM monitor for the main presenter’s speech.”
Ben Waters, Protec’s audio HOD, explained the client’s brief and his solutions.
“The client was looking for a punchy, clear system that both spoken word and a west end styled performance were equally suited to. For this event we chose to put in L-Acoustics, using Kara for the main PA hangs, with flown SB18 and ground stacked KS28 sub elements. As for outfills, we used ARCS Wide for the sides of the hall and we used more Kara to improve the dancefloor coverage as well. Along the thrust we used X8s as lip fills, and also put in some X8’s as nearfield monitors for the visiting engineer too, all powered off LA12X amps. To control the PA we used three Lake LM44 system processors to make sure the whole PA was all aligned and sounding sweet throughout.”
Protec implemented the new Riedel Bolero comms system,
“This is a brand new comms system which allows high clarity and clear intelligibility of both speech and background program so that everyone can communicate clearly and in real time, but it also is super flexible integrating wired comms and gives a big circuit count on one wireless beltpack. For this event we had almost 40 people on comms.” Waters explained.
The whole PA was designed in house, by HOD Ben Waters, using L-Acoustics Soundvision.
“Soundvision allowed us to check the volume at certain important frequencies as well as the dispersion, and very key, show the clients at pre-production meetings expected site lines and coverage. Finally, on top of this we also supplied audio for the reception area, this was a very simple room of coverage for voice of god announcements and background music, we chose to use D&B point source speakers, powered by D&B D12 amps and a Yamaha QL1 desk, again using Sennheiser radio mics for the announcements.”
Charlie Speakman, director of Optimum, praised the Protec team for their dedicated support and exceptional delivery throughout the entire event process.
“My sincere thanks to everyone at Protec for delivering exceptional support. It is rare to find such a dedicated, professional and friendly team. At every step I had 100% confidence that you would deliver a fantastic service, and I wasn’t disappointed!”