Electrosonic has provided the primary audiovisual systems at the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios in Los Angeles.
The Annenberg Space for Photography exhibits digital and print photography by some of the world’s most renowned photographers and emerging talents; the new Skylight Studios, located across the park, is a new 460sqm multimedia studio and retail gallery. It provides an enhanced lecture facilities through advanced AV equipment, a concert-quality audio system and HD broadcast capabilities. The venue also accommodates photography workshops and special events. It’s the new home for the long-running, free Iris Nights lecture series and the Meet & Greet programme, where visitors interact with photographers, photo editors and other guests.
Electrosonic delivered a comprehensive roster of services to Skylight Studios, including audio and video system engineering design, on-site rack fabrication, systems integration, installation, commissioning and programming.
To meet the video needs of the new space, Electrosonic mounted Christie projectors in Tempest housings to minimise the noise of their operation. Samsung flatscreen monitors were installed for viewing in back of house and in the guests’ green room.
On the audio side, Electrosonic was charged with distributing background music to the retail area and restrooms, and background music plus the performance audio feed from the main sound system to the green room. The company provided Renkus-Heinz and JBL speakers, Extron extenders, a Peavey DSP, Crown amps and Shure mics.
Electrosonic also created Skylight Studios’ back-of-house studio control room for presentation and broadcast operations. That space is compartmentalised with two equipment racks behind frosted glass doors and the primary space featuring the operations desk with mixing console, lighting console, confidence monitors, control touch panels and edit bay for on-the-fly production of broadcast, webcast and social media events.
”The biggest challenge was the fast-paced installation schedule, which was part of the overall facility renovation schedule and coordination with other service providers,” commented Electrosonic’s Steve Calver.
Michael Morrison, technology officer for The Annenberg Foundation concluded, “As one of our key partners, Electrosonic delivered. From design collaboration to installation, they were instrumental to bringing our multimedia studio to life.”