With the demand for virtual events rising during the COVID-19 pandemic, lighting and audio specialists Audio Visual Live (AVL) have created a multi-purpose studio space, with Vista by Chroma-Q handling all of the lighting control requirements.
The new AVL Studio is located in Slough, Berkshire and offers a well thought out studio space, which can be used for a simple rehearsal right up to a full music video or corporate presentation.
Normally used to servicing the corporate events and live performance sector, AVL Managing Director, Kristian Ardley, commented: “With the pandemic in full effect we wanted to put our professional inventory of lighting, video and audio equipment to good use and add another revenue stream to the company. The studio was the obvious choice!”
The 9.5m by 6m black box studio “house rig” features lighting products from well-known lighting brands with the option to add additional staging and full web streaming capabilities.
Ardley continued: “One of the big things that we wanted to do was to ensure we got the lighting right…we therefore enlisted the help of lighting designer Robert Price, who we have trusted and worked with on a number of large projects in the past, to specify the control system and design/program the studio looks. The main requirement was that it had to be something that could eventually be operated by someone with limited technical knowledge, but yet still deliver on our high production values.”
Price chose to use a Vista by Chroma-Q touch screen system combined with a Vista EX control surface, which AVL have in their rental inventory. He commented: “Vista is perfect for this kind of versatile set up as it is extremely customizable and visually easy to navigate. I could fit all the information that was required on 1 screen and with the EX’s 12 Faders and 60 assignable buttons I knew there would be more than enough physical controls to lay everything out so that fixture levels, colour, position and FX could be altered at a moment’s notice. This combined with the touch screen playback options, meant that I could be confident in leaving this to be operated by someone who perhaps isn’t normally used to operating professional lighting consoles.”
Ardley added: “We bought the Vista by Chroma-Q EX control system last year and have used it on a number of high-profile projects and it has repeatedly delivered stability and ease of use.”
The Vista by Chroma-Q control system was supplied to AVL by A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd, Vista by Chroma-Q’s exclusive UK distributor.