Upon entering the PLASA show I found myself drawn toward toward the unmistakable sound of the back to the future jingle, getting closer to the area it was evident there was something going on as there was a replica Delorean with lights which trailed along the car and down the side shooting along in a light blue darting motion as if the car was travelling.
The use of lights in this production were used in a very interesting way ranging from spot lights across the top sections during dancing scenes to draw attention to the dancers at individual times of the show.
The end of the show to me was the most impressive as this is when the countdown sequence for a destruction was initiated for a final countdown where the fire machine set off ever second for the last 10 seconds along with a rain machine which was linked to a pump which reused water.
I found this very interesting in the way you can programme not only lights in a sequence but also fire and rain machines to make really awesome effects during different scenarios.
To me wireless systems have come so far and the things we’re able to do with them now is amazing. I have heard of brands such as Shure and Audio Technica but had never heard of JTS until the PLASA show.
Looking in to their wireless systems it shows that they do have amazing technology that they’re working with. When working with live sound I personally believe it’s essential to have a clear idea of what the audience are hearing to provide a good mix.
I personally find the use of IEM’s on stage very helpful, especially when it comes to each band member wanting a different mix it really helps with being able to hear yourself clearer than using floor monitors.