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Gearhouse South Africa debuts newly purchased Robe fixtures at FIFA World Cup event

The new 2500s (12 Spot, 12 Wash) – supplied to Gearhouse by Robe’s South African distributor DWR Distribution – were an integral part of Tim Dunn’s lighting design for the event. The fixtures were used primarily for projecting gobo washes onto the set and for producing texturing and depth on the perforated panels to the rear of the set. They were also used for keylight for cameras.

A number of other Robe fixtures, including 45 units of the 700 Series (23 ColorSpot 700E ATs and 22 ColorWash 700E ATs), were utilised. Along with 160 other moving lights, all fixtures were run through a pair of grandMA consoles.

“In a competitive market where all the top brands offer excellent versatility in a rugged package, the Robe 2500 stands out in that it offers all this at an intensity that is unmatched,” Peter Day, branch operations manager at Gearhouse SA (JHB), told II. “This, combined with the excellent relationship between DWR Distribution/Robe and Gearhouse, makes the 2500 a natural choice not only for the prestigious FIFA Draw, but a host of other events as well.”

LED screens, control and dedicated view crew for the event were supplied by LEDVision, a Gearhouse sister company. The specification ultimately centred around three flown Lighthouse R16 screens, moved in and out on an IBEX motor system. Other equipment included Christie 18K HD projectors, a Vista Systems Spyder and an AV Stumpfl multidisplay presentation system.

Rounding out the principal specification was an audio system based around L-Acoustics Kudo loudspeakers, L-Acoustics-branded Lab.gruppen LA48a amplifiers and XTA 226 crossovers. Monitoring was provided by 20 L-Acoustics HiQ wedges.

Consoles were an Amek Recall and Yamaha LS9 at FOH, with two Yamaha desks (an M7CL and a further LS9) at the monitor position. Microphones came from Shure and AKG.