ETC makes the news at Fox Studios
The Los Angeles Bureau of the Fox News Channel has seen its share of rising and falling news personalities but a constant star is ETC.
The small studio in Culver City serves as the Left Coast broadcast centre for several prominent US TV presenters, including Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera. In the late 80s and early 90s it was the home of the late-night talk show, The Pat Sajak Show. In 2017, the stage underwent a complete overhaul – out with the wood-panelled look in favour of a Plexiglas and stainless steel design with a curtain track backdrop that can switch from night to day faster than you can say “breaking news.” With its unusually high ceiling and excellent acoustics, the stage is now home to The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton Sunday night broadcast.
The revamped set design came with a much-needed new lighting package provided by 4Wall Lighting’s Los Angeles office. Lighting Director Eric Reinig and his counterparts in New York specified a mostly ETC LED system. “It only made sense to go LED, for the flexibility and the reduction of heat onstage and the running costs,” says Reinig. “The old rig of standard 1K and 2K fixtures and old Strand gear was well past its prime.”
The new rig features 32 ETC Source Four LED Series 2 fixtures with Lustr arrays and a range of lenses (19, 26 and 36 degrees), serving as the new key lights for the talent and colour washes on the scenic panels. A few classic Source Fours are used as specials, powered by an ETC 24-channel Sensor3 dimmer pack. “Even though we have to colour correct them to 4300 degrees, the conventional fixtures give me a softer look. But you can’t beat the Lustrs for flat field and coolness to the touch.”
Describing the change in lighting control, Reinig jokes: “We went from a ‘baby starter’ two-scene, preset to an ETC Ion 1500 with a 2×20 Universal Fader Wing.” The learning curve more than paid off in the ability to set up pre-programmed looks for Fox shows and any incoming rentals. The nearby Fox Sports One/Fox Deportes studio, where Reinig is also an LD, uses an Ion console.
Reinig’s career path was equally transformative. While he worked in construction, he maintained an interest in photography and operated a DJ company with several DJs and mobile systems for private parties and nightclubs. When he was injured on a construction job, he went back to school – first to Moorpark College, followed by a degree in cinematography at California State University, Northridge. “I was lucky to have a friend at Fox who let me play with equipment and learn the gear – I also was also an apprentice with cinematographer Bill Bennett (a member of ASC) and fell in love with lighting.”
Today Reinig uses studio down time to experiment with new lighting looks and get deeper into the workings of the Ion. Pointing out the extremely long top hats on the Lustr fixtures around the news desk, he explains, “Our host Steve Hilton is bald and we use this technique to reduce hot spots on his head. I am guessing other shows have faced the same challenges in controlling multiple points of light off of the top of their host – it’s a great trick.”
Looking ahead, Reinig already sees a need for 12 more Lustr fixtures and 12 spares, as the studio may expand into more of an entertainment stage. “Every time I go to LDI, my mind starts racing with the possibility of new gear. It’s an exciting time in lighting.”
Audio-Technica provides complete audio setup at Spiritland
A recent collaboration between London-based venue Spiritland and Audio-Technica UK has seen a variety of the company’s products installed in the venue to help deliver a diverse offering of interviews, Q&A sessions, DJ sets, album playbacks and radio output.
Created as a space to “celebrate artistry and indulge the senses”, Spiritland combines café, bar and radio station with an in-depth musical programme seven days a week (already featuring the likes of guest DJs Jarvis Cocker, Andrew Weatherall and La Roux).
Spiritland’s sound system features a unique pair of Living Voice loudspeakers, valve amplification from Italian manufacturer Atelier du Triode and a towering Kuzma turntable. At the very beginning of the audio chain is Audio-Technica’s ART1000 direct power moving coil cartridge which is employed to provide perfect audio reproduction from the turntable onwards. Additional cartridges selected from Audio-Technica’s new VM moving magnet range are used for vinyl playback from the separate twin decks at the DJ booth.
Five pairs of Audio-Technica’s flagship M-Series headphone, the ATH-M70x, and five BP40 large-diaphragm dynamic microphones are the foundation of the radio studio set-up (with limited edition matte grey ATH-M50xMG headphones available for visiting artists at the DJ booth); while U853R condenser hanging microphones are also installed from the ceiling for ambient sound pickup of the audience in the main seating area. The company’s ATM610a hypercardioid dynamic and BP892 subminiature condenser headworn microphones also feature for live panel and interview sessions.
Audio-Technica UK were also able to provide a solution for the spoken word and background audio with six Apart Audio Mask 6T two-way speakers mounted above the café/bar area, powered by Apart’s four-channel REVAMP4120T bridgeable power amplifier. The Mask 6T’s sleek, curved cabinet design fits well with Spiritland’s considered design aesthetic, while an additional REVAMP4120T powers different pairs of vintage bookshelf speakers which are located in each of the venue’s four restrooms.
Overall the Audio-Technica microphones, headphones and cartridges employed in Spiritland’s signal chain help complete a mix of original analogue equipment, while also playing a part towards the output generated from the venue’s editing and streaming facilities.
“Spiritland is a huge operation in a small space with elements including hospitality, nightly DJ sets, radio broadcasts, live talks, a retail offering and more – and Audio-Technica are involved in every aspect,” said Spiritland’s artistic director Paul Noble. “They have been a fantastically supportive partner in this project.”
This article is originally from www.audiomediainternational.com
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Television in Botswana is a rapidly burgeoning industry and Botswana TV is making great use of its three studios, with lighting rigs set up by Prosound. Studio 3, a multi-purpose studio currently used for music shows and dramas, has a perfectly lit cyclorama, made possible with the ETC CYC attachment. 36 fixtures have been used to create this cyclorama with unique CYC lens adaptor allowing for changes to the backdrop in creating exactly the colour needed for the current production in the studio, with ETC’s multi-spectrum LED colour.
Using ETC in a cyclorama application has the added advantage of the LEDs having refresh rates so high that one can use the cyclorama in green as a chromakey with no flicker. ETC Desire D22 lustr+ LEDs and the revolutionary ETC Source Fours complete the cyclorama setup, with a combination of the existing tungsten fixtures. A 16 sectioned moving grid for light fixtures enables Studio 3 to have the ability to accommodate set changes by switching from a direct front light to steeper front lights depending on the setup.
The trussing with powered motors that allow the individual grid heights to change, allows for positioning of light throughout the studio space. An ETC Ion console tops off this dynamic configuration. Studio 1 is used for the Botswana TV news reporting, with the studio space being artfully separated into anchor desk and interview area.
ETC Source Four LEDS are once again used for specific focus on presenters, with De Sisti Softlight Series fixtures to lift the overall intensity of the set. ETC dimmer racks and sensor relays power this multi-faceted lighting system controlled by an economical ETC SmartFade console allowing for an adaptable application with an intuitive direct-access style of operation.