When leading Somerset independent school Downside undertook a complete refurbishment of its Performing Arts facilities, they turned to Revolution Audio to help design bespoke systems that would create both a unique selling point for the school, but also a groundbreaking system that represents a standard of excellence for Music Technology in schools.
Our Installation Team designed systems for four separate rooms - Two classroom installations with foreground music speakers and simple audio switching, a recording studio and a comprehensive Mac-based Music Technology suite.
Music Classroom installations needed to be highly discrete, but also able to offer higher audio quality and sound pressure levels than smaller rooms around the site. FBT's J5A speakers proved a perfect solution; When specified in white with yoke mount brackets, they provide a punchy, detailed sound with a pleasing appearance. Switching was achieved by simple Kramer VS-55A Units, with Kramer HDMI Audio de-embedders also installed for use with the specified Apple TVs.
The Recording Studio is a central showpiece for the new facilities, and despite being compact in size is equipped with a range of high-quality, industry stander equipment. Centrepiece in the Control Room is an Allen and Heath Qu-16 Console, which as well as acting as a Mixer also provides both a USB Interface and MIDI Control of Logic Pro X, including full motorised fader control. Also attached are Genelec 8030B Monitors, on isolation pads which form part of a fully matched studio furniture package.
An Allen and Heath AR2412 Stage Box is deployed in the Live Room, alongside a series of Rack Drawers housing top quality microphones and DI Boxes from the likes of Sennheiser, Klark Technik and Rode.
Finally, the Mac Suite provides both student and teachers with a tremendous facility that has already received interest from other schools for both its power and tremendous ease of use.
The brief to us was to provide a system where every student can attached both a guitar and keyboard to Logic for tracking, but also where a teacher can listen individually to the output of each system to show work to the whole class. This required a comprehensive mixing solution but one that was as easy to use for staff members as possible.
Once again, we deployed the Allen and Heath Qu Series of Digital Mixers as our solution. The Qu-Control app allowed us to design a bespoke user-interface for the system, hiding the underlying processing. Each Mac has an Audio Interface with discrete Main and Headphone Outputs. The Main Outputs feed into a wall-mounted XLR point behind each system, which in turn run through an underfloor tunnel to a Qu-SB Mixer and AR84 Expander in a suspended rack beneath the teacher's table. This device - integrated into Downside's existing WiFi network - is controlled from an iPad in a custom Bouncepad stand secured to the table running Qu-Control.
The teacher can simply select the Mac they want to listen to, with the software programmed to only let one system be live at a time. From there, it is as simple as touching the volume button, whereby an on-screen fader appears to set the level. Behind the scenes, each Mac has had gain matching applied, as well as a Limiter in the unlikely event any components are changed at the front end. The overall system also has Limiting and Master EQ to a pair of wall mounted FBJ J5 Speakers.
All four rooms are already proving superb assets for the school. and the technology supplied and installed by Revolution Audio is allowing for a broader curriculum and richer experience for students, all in a package that gives staff a small learning curve and maximum control. The project has been another example of Revolution Audio's proven track record of engagement with clients throughout the entire process, bespoke and detailed system design and commitment to smooth handover.
To find out how we can equip your venue with the latest in Audio and Visual technology, get in touch today.
Whether it's an Awards Ceremony or your latest Staff Conference, any Corporate Event is a critically important opportunity to showcase your business. And as part of our "Why Production Matters" series, we're exploring the important role production plays in guaranteeing the success of your event. After all, a Corporate Event is a fantastic marketing opportunity, but poorly executed Audio/Visual systems can cast a distracting shadow over the event for your guests, letting them leave with the wrong impression of your company. With Revolution Audio, your event is guaranteed to be in safe hands with a dedicated team and state-of-the-art equipment.
Whatever the size and scale of your project, a corporate event brings with it so many opportunities to use technology to creatively showcase your brand. And involving a professional production company in the process not only brings in a dedicated team of professionals to develop your ideas, but also leaves you safe in the knowledge that every aspect has been taken care of - From initial design concepts, right through to details such as specific colour codes - All of course supplemnted by the important logistical and health & safety considerations.
Revolution Audio is an exciting, dynamic business ideally placed to support your event. Our team have carved out a glowing reputation for meeting and exceeding the expectations of all our clients.
The first impression your venue gives to your guests is crucial - And here our Lighting Designers can work with you to develop a truly bespoke solution. We can take the exact colours from your corporate identity, and even provide 3D Computer Modelling to show you how your even will look. We offer a comprehensive selection of Lighting Fixtures, including Moving Head and LED Systems. And as you can see from the Photos above, we can even transform the outside of any building with wireless uplighting - And they work whatever the weather!
Sound is a crucial area often overlooked when planning an event - After all, we only tend to think about it when it goes wrong! Involving Revolution Audio from the start guarantees your audience will hear every word with absolutely clarity - We use the latest generation of digital mixing consoles and advanced speaker systems to ensure that even in venues with difficult acoustics, your message is clearly heard. Your presenters are catered for with top-quality wireless microphones, or highly discrete lectern models.
We can offer comprehensive video services, including LCD and Projector Screens right around the venue, and even "Comfort Monitors" for your presenters. Long-range presentation clickers and live camera relays are also amongst our wide-ranging services. We also offer full video recording, editing and distribution - We can even live stream your event over the internet, so those who can't attend can follow the event in real time.
Speak to our experienced Production Managers today, and discover how working with Revolution Audio can help #ElevateYourEvent.
Planning an event can seem like a daunting challenge, with so many details to check and look after. Ensuring the technical aspects are taken care of can often seem like a minefield of technical jargon and endless questions, one that can ultimately lead to pressure and confusion on the day. Yet choosing a Production Company to lighten your load can also seem like a task in itself, with a huge number of different options across a crowded market. And of course, with first impressions of events so highly dependent on professional Audio/Visual systems, making the wrong choice can be costly.
Revolution Audio offer top-quality Sound, Lighting and Video Services for events of all sizes, types and budgets. Our reputation for seamless end results and creative flair has seen us expand from our Somerset base to serve events across the UK, ranging from high-profile Corporate Events to Live Concerts and Theatrical Productions. Our commitment to delivering first-class results every time can be summed up in our Corporate Values:
Our services include high quality PA Systems and Sound Reinforcement, dynamic Lighting suitable for setting the mood of any event, and Video and Projection systems to ensure your message is conveyed clearly. Our experienced technicians are both flexible and calm under the pressure that live events bring, and give you the space to enjoy your event knowing that your technical needs are in safe hands.
Our Project Managers will work closely with you from your initial enquiry, right through to the completed solution, offering you the benefit of years of industry experience and bring a focused, creative attitude to every event. Whether you're looking for fresh lighting ideas, have questions about how you'll be heard clearly, or how to make your event truly memorable, we are sure we can help you make your next production your best yet.
Contact our team today to find out how we can #ElevateYourEvent
As 2016 draws to a close here at Revolution Audio, our team are preparing to take a well-earned break over the festive period.
While it may be the opportunity for our crew and engineers to take a bit of rest, the world of events never stops, especially in the run-up to the New Year!
As a result, we will still be providing extensive Hire and Production services in the run-up to January, albeit with reduced office opening hours:
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a very happy and peaceful Christmas. As ever, all of us on the team here love what we do, and it has been an absolute pleasure working with you and delivering services to your events.
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
The Revolution Audio Team
If you're planning your Christmas Event, be it the Office Party, a School Concert, or even a New Year's Eve celebration, it's not too late to take advantage of Revolution Audio's unique and top-quality Hire and Production services to take your event to the next level, and make it truly unforgettable for your guests.
We have everything you need to host a top-quality event, from easy-to-use speaker systems perfect for drawing everyone to the dancefloor, to wireless, waterproof uplights that can make your venue look totally unique, inside and out! Our expert team of Designers and Technicians can advise what equipment you need to turn your ideas into reality, and can even delivery, set up and collect it for you.
Or for the ultimate Christmas event, ask us for a fully-engineered Production Package. If you've got big ideas, we're the people to talk to, with a team of the very best Sound and Lighting Engineers to look after every detail of your event.
We still have availability in the run up to Christmas, so don't miss out - Get in touch with us now to see how you can #ElevateYourEvent.
International Charity Kids Alive recently celebrated 100 years of work around the world in a glamorous ceremony in the UK, with full Lighting and Sound Production by Revolution Audio.
Tasked with transforming a standard 700 seat Auditorium into a memorable and attractive venue for band performances, speeches and a three-course meal, our creative team of designers and technicians worked closely with teams from Kids Alive as well as its UK Arm Hope For Kids to bring together an exceptional standard of production.
Our Lighting Teams deployed a pair of Martin Mac 250 Entour moving head fixtures, each equipped with custom cut gobos of the Kids Alive logo, helping to bring the values of the event to the fore and creating an extremely high-end first impression. Further room lighting was achieved by six of Showtec's EventSpot 1900 Wireless LED Uplighters, controlled via Wireless DMX and providing a gentle bounce chase around the room. A key criteria was to eliminate the need for strip lights during the meal, in order to maintain a warm, intimate atmosphere. While not their natural habitat, four molefay blinders positioned on the main truss worked exceptionally well in this application, providing an even, soft and warm spread of light throughout the audience area.
First impressions as guests entered the venue were also crucial, and to achieve this we deployed 40M of festoon lighting along the path from nearby car parks, and also uplit the outside of the venue using Showtec M800 LED Fixtures, set to Kids Alive's corporate colours. Once inside, further strip light usage was avoided by the deployment of dimmed Fresnel and Par Can fixtures inside the foyer area.
On the Audio Front, we deployed a Midas M32 Stage Box to enhance the sound quality from the venue's in-house X32 Console and Nexo PS15 Front of House System. Touring Artist Joe Hardy provided live entertainment throughout the evening, with performances from his band expertly captured by a selection of Shure and Sennheiser microphones.
Four-ways of Sennheiser G3 Wireless was deployed, as well as an AKG 747 Lectern Microphone. Also positioned on the Lectern was an Interspace MicroCue2 Clicker for rock-solid presentation control.
The event was another shining example of Revolution Audio's proven track record of working closely with clients to develop solutions that exceed expectations time after time. If you're planning a Corporate Event and are looking for top-quality Audio Visual support, look no further - Contact us today to discuss your individual needs with us.
EnFest is an invitation-only festival, held annually in a beautiful rural setting in Somerset, UK. Growing steadily over the nine years since its inception, it has never lost sight of its intimate feel, and this year organiser Nick Dolan turned to Revolution Audio to step up the production at his event to a new level.
We were tasked with providing both Sound and Lighting over the three days of the event, and given the charitable nature of the event, it was critical for us to deliver high quality production-standards, but also represent high value for money.
Audio systems began with deployment of our HK Audio Projector system for Front of House duties. Fresh from a service by our in-house team, Projector continues to be a valuable tool in our inventory, and for a system of its physical size, provides tremendous output and exceptional throw, ensuring clarity for all the audience even over a long distance. Mixing was performed by a Midas M32 with DL32 Stage Box, and in the interest of budgets, this console performed both Front of House and Monitor Mixing Roles.
Six Wedge Mixes as well as IEM Feeds were sent to the stage, which featured loudspeakers from DB Technologies and QSC, as well as selection of microphones from our ever-growing inventory, including models from Sennheiser, Shure and Audix. Musicians and audience members alike were highly complimentary of both the sound quality, and also the attitude and personal attention offered by our teams on site.
Lighting fixtures included a quarter of ETC Source 4 Junior Fixtures for general wash, with colour washes being achieved by Showtec's powerful M800 Tour LED Units. Effects lighting was split between Martin Mac 250 Entours, and Showtec Phantom 50 LEDs, with the latter being flown. A Unique 2.1 Hazer was also deployed. Finally, with control via Chamsys MagicQ software, we were able to vastly step up lighting from what EnFest's organisers have previously experienced, but at a very attractive cost.
Revolution Audio offers Production Services for events ranging from small corporate presentations, to turnkey festival solutions. Our attention to detail and personal service sets us apart from our competition, and is a reason clients return to us time and again. Contact a member of the team today to find out how our services can be a part of your next event.
Established for over 25 years, the South Somerset Music Spectacular is one of the region’s best known educational performance events. Bringing together children from primary and secondary schools right across the area, the event now takes place over two evenings providing a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their talents.
With the closure last year of Westlands Leisure Complex, many local events have been forced to find alternative venues. And as one of the leading Audio and Visual providers in the area, Revolution Audio has seen significant growth as we expand our network of customers. As local event organisers have found new venues, our team of Production Managers and Engineers have committed to work closely with clients to help bring their event ideas to life through Audio, Lighting and Video.
Audio systems, based around a Nexo PS15 FOH System and Midas DL32 Digital Console catered for a wide range of performances, ranging from simple vocal trios right through to orchestras, and everything in between. While the majority of performances were captured by a comprehensive overhead micing solution, we also deployed a wide variety of specialist microphones on either side of the stage (where we also provided full Pipe and Drape), as well as handy patch sheets and stage directions for Somerset Music’s Stage Crew to follow. All of this meant changeover times were kept to a minimum, sound quality was predictable and controllable, and the right microphones were always in the right place, at the right time.
We worked with the client to design a flexible yet high-value lighting system to supplement that already installed in the venue. Working with a mixture of moving and static fixtures – most using LED technology – we were able to create a wide range of effects to keep performances engaging whilst still keeping within budgets for the client.
We also provided Live Video Relay to the venue’s large screen, enabling all parents to clearly see their children on stage.
For full details of the Technical Solutions deployed for this event, please read our in-depth Case Study.
The event was another shining example of Revolution Audio’s ability to bring together all the technical elements required to bring a successful, cohesive event together, as well as our commitment to working closely with all our clients to meet and exceed their expectations. This year’s Music Spectacular has been described as a “roaring success”, and we look forward to working closely with the team for years to come.
Contact us today to find out how our Production Services can be a part of your next event.
Revolution Audio has been the Production Partner for the Women of God Conference since 2013, and with the event continuing to grow in both scale and popularity, the event organisers have been focussed on continuously improving the Audio and Visual aspects of their event. And with Revolution Audio’s experienced and dedicated team on board, this was developed even further for the 2016 event.
Based on the theme of “Shine”, we provided – for the first time at this event – Lighting and Video services in addition to Audio.
With the event held at The GateWay venue in Yeovil, Somerset, we continued to utilise the existing speaker installation of Nexo PS15s with LS1200 sub-bass units, but this time also deployed a Midas M32 Digital Console from our own extensive inventory. Utilised in conjunction with a DL32 I/O Box and P16 Personal Monitoring System for the worship band, we ensured a tremendous level of sound quality, as well as minimising stage levels and providing touring worship leader Joe Hardy and his band with an ideal In Ear Monitoring solution.
On the lighting side, we also provided additions to the venue’s in-house rig of generic fixtures, with the aim to provide a system that visually represented the conference theme of “Shine”, but also representing a very high value-for-money proposition. For Showtec Spectral M800 Tour LED Fixtures were deployed on stage, along with a set of Active Sunstrip Effect Units, firing through effectively-used haze created by a Unique 2.1 Unit. Existing generic fixtures in The GateWay were supplemented by a pair of ETC Source 4 Junior units for precisely lighting the two band vocalists. Control was achieved using a Chamsys MagicQ PC System.
Finally we also provided full multi-camera recording of the teaching sessions in full 1080P HD, including full post-production as well as distribution.
The full range of services provided for the event was a shining example of Revolution Audio’s success in the Worship Events sector, with our dedicated team committed to working closely with the event organisers to capture the heart behind any event. For more information on our Production Services, contact a member of our experienced, friendly team today.
As 2016 began, Revolution Audio once again returned to Sexey’s School in Bruton – now for the fourth consecutive year – to provide full audio production to their school musician; this year, Return To The Forbidden Planet. Hailed as “Shakespeare’s forgotten Rock & Roll masterpiece”, the energetic show entertained and delighted audiences over three nights, and as always our team was on hand to bring all the performances to life.
Working with staff and students on site for over a week, we built on our established reputation in the theatrical market, combining high-end equipment with a flexible attitude and a determination to give the students the very best on-stage experience possible.
The show was the maiden voyage for Revolution Audio’s new Midas M32 Digital Console and associated DL32 Stagebox. The console took the demanding technical specification of the show in its stride, amply handling the detailed cue lists and attention to sound quality from Revolution Audio’s Front of House Engineer Joel Nichols.
HK Audio Projector was deployed as the main FOH System, supplemented by a pair of QSC K10 enclosures as Frontfills. Full Equalisation and Time Alignment was applied across the system to provide a superbly even and consistent sound across the listening area. Performers on stage were amply served by another pair of QSC K10s as Sidefills.
Band members in the pit used a combination of compact wedge monitors, as well as in-ear monitoring. Those using the latter were impressed at the ability to control their own mixes using Midas’s M32-Q app, running on Android and iOS smartphones via a dedicated WiFi network. Wedge monitors consisted of DB Technologies FM12 and M10-2 cabinets.
Cast members were captured by a superb collection of DPA D:Fine headsets; the true standard-setters in the industry for audio quality. These, combined with four handheld wireless microphones were attached to a comprehensive system of Sennheiser EW300 G3 components, all with full antenna distribution and remotely monitored over both wired and wireless networks. Sound quality overall was truly outstanding, and we received many compliments on the studio-grade quality and clarity, especially for solo vocal performances, where both the Preamps and Effects of the M32 console proved truly outstanding.
Four AKG CK31 microphones, attached to discrete HM1000 Hanging Modules were also deployed for group vocal performances. Each was run through an individual 31-Band Graphic EQ on the console to achieve superb gain-before-feedback levels.
Finally, our friendly, professional crew once again excelled at building strong, approachable and light-hearted relationships with both staff and students throughout the week. We know that for school productions, the experience for students means just as much as the performance itself, and our experience and understanding in this market, combined with our track record, makes us the natural choice in Somerset for school shows of all sizes and types.
To find out more about our Production Services for your event, just click Here to get in touch with us, and a member of our team will be pleased to discuss your requirements.