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Drones are, like it or not, playing an increasingly bigger part in both our work and everyday day lives. Whether they are now an integral part of your job, you’re an enthusiast, or you are just interested in the medium, let’s take at some of the different ways drones are becoming integrating into our world.
The first and most obvious application of a drone is as a camera. Whether you want to film panoramic views of the landscape, follow your friend as they complete a difficult mountain bike or ski course, or even garner images for general ordnance, the scope of drone types available suited to film on the modern market is incredible. Possibly there most famous and well used feature, camera drones way well see more use in sectors such as construction or law enforcement thanks to their proven reliability in fields like media, artistry and live events.
Another use for drones that is being introduced is as a lighting unit. Whilst unconventional, it is feasible that a drone equipped with a spotlight for example, could be wirelessly paired with a stage performer. From here, the drone could bathe its target with light free of user control, allowing for a greater amount of freedom behind the lighting desk. A great example of this in entertainment is from the 2017 superbowl where superstar Lady Gaga utilised LED drone to create a spectacular backdrop that could move and adapt in real time to music, light waves and changing patterns. Drones really could change the way live events are handled!
Then there are the functionality and flexibility aspects of drones. We’re seeing artists employ drones as a means to paint onto walls that would typically be too high to paint without the use of time constraining and expensive scaffolding. Using a drone as a remote controlled or programmable paintbrush is a high tech solution to an artistic challenge.
Logistical problems however, are where drones excel. Many different distributors are now taking to exploring the possibilities of having drones on their delivery team and what this would mean for their lead times and availability. Amazon.com has famously being researching and slowly beginning the rollout of drone-lead distribution, and it may not stop there. Driverless lorries, driverless cars and even hover-drone taxis (yes, really!) are all being researched by big industry-leading names, prompting the question “what’s next” from these versatile machines?
The last use of drones is admittedly, a childish one but looks to be a lot of fun. We’re talking about drone racing – picture super-quick hovering robots flying around a track racing each in a flurry of activity that you’d only see in the 21st century.
Whatever use you’re thinking of putting your drone too, Flightcase Warehouse can help keep your valuable kit safe, secure and in prime condition. We manufacture a specialist range of cases especially for drones, which are available online ready-made. If you have a more specialised requirement we can design and deliver bespoke creations from our Pro Flightcase service. Just contact us today.
Have you ever looked at your kit and thought that it needs – or deserves! – something more from its protection? A solution that’s custom designed and personalised to fit your exact spec of gear, perhaps?
Flightcase Warehouse understands that the complexity of conceptualising, sourcing and manufacturing protective cases that are bespoke (down to the very last bolt!) can be an overwhelming task. Taking the decision to entrust a manufacturer with the invaluable tools of trade can also be daunting, even if you know an investment in custom kit will be well worth it for years to come.
So, how do you even start when going about commissioning a custom flight case? You’ve probably heard about Pro Flightcase – the bespoke service exclusively from Flightcase Warehouse. Our skilled team pairs expert, hands-on craftsmanship with the very latest in production technology to deliver the highest quality, most creative and best fit flight cases money can buy. Whether you’re in live entertainment, touring, AV, lighting and sound, sports, hospitality, motorsport or manufacturing (the list goes on, just talk to us for more), Pro Flightcase can help.
You’ve realised that your equipment warrants a unique protective and transportation solution and are ready to take action. Here’s how you get started turning that idea into a reality.
Begin by emailing or calling our Pro Flightcase team what you need; it’s that simple. Whether it’s only a larger road trunk, or an all in one high tech storage solution, we will be in touch to chat through an overview of the project, capturing all the technical details. Once checked and signed off by you, we get to work in our 50,000 sq ft workshop with your spec in hand.
If you’re happy with our terms for a project then you must measure your equipment precisely. If you’re not sure how – don’t worry, we have a measuring service available because accuracy is key.
This is the point where you get to step back from the project, as our engineers use specialist CAD software to design the ideal solution to your protective problem in a digital environment (in addition to putting expert pen to paper if needed!). We use the latest technology coupled with our own bespoke CAD software to ensure that your project receives the perfect outcome. Once finished, the design is back to you for sign off.
Now we start to build! Once you have signed off on the design we begin manufacturing, utilising Pro Flightcase precision production methods (such as a multi head CNC), as well as being armed with our ever-innovative selection of tools to ensure that when we assemble, your product is of unbeatable quality.
Our warehouse accommodates multiple production lines, including cutting, foam, spray booth and finishing departments, guaranteeing that your Pro Flightcase project is completed entirely in house. We don’t outsource, and your order is only handled by a team that you can trust.
Once finished, we test your product extensively – rigorous quality control is the only way to ensure that your solution is perfect – and then it’s shipped. (We deliver anywhere in the world, with incredibly quick lead times). A Pro Flightcase Project can be complete in just 2 weeks from quotation.
The service is virtually limitless, as is our creativity. The Pro Flightcase team has worked with giants such as BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Microsoft, Pirelli, Mercedes, BskyB, Samsung and MTV to name a few, in addition to literally thousands of industry brands.
And this is where our Pro Flightcase team really excels, lasting protective solutions that you may not have thought possible before talking to our engineers. If you would like to find out more from Pro Flightcase, please don’t hesitate to email or call us (+44 (0)1827 60009) to find out what we can offer you in the way of total protection.
AV surrounds us more and more in our daily lives, but have you ever put serious thought into how you could use it to help your business grow? Flightcase Warehouse works with scores of AV professionals and knows first-hand the wonders that these experts can create at pretty much any live event you can imagine. Let’s not just leave it at that, though. Company execs and marketing teams listen up – here’s how business-centric audio visual tech can power up your enterprise and make you money!
Got a bricks and mortar store? Pair innovative POS and AV touch screen technology to boost customer engagement whilst keeping intrusiveness to a bare minimum. By incorporating information within an interactive touch screen display (be it tablet, video screen or interactive wall), studies have shown that customers feel much more at ease when browsing and more connected with your brand. What does this mean for sales? Well, customers are more likely to request further information or buy due to info being readily available and not having a pressurised sales pitch by staff.
The interactive experience doesn’t stop there. Virtual reality has become increasingly popular with the general public, and the opportunities it presents to potential customers are astounding. For example, web camera technology combined with virtual reality software can create anything from virtual changing rooms, immersive destination exploration, live action play of gaming or test driving a car. Ideal for both in store or in the sales showroom. Talk to your web developer about integrating with your website for even better e-commerce conversion rates.
Moving away from in-store focussed tech applications – trade shows and exhibitions present a prime place for AV to shine. If you’re looking to increase footfall to your stand, you pretty much can’t beat show-stopping, cutting edge interactive tech to draw in the numbers. Something even as simple as a LED display or a rolling soundtrack can turn heads if used correctly; but experiences such as ever popular VR headsets can go a long way in helping you make the most from your exhibition investment.
Got some AV kit yourself or want to ensure that your upcoming venture is kept safe and secure, performing to its very best for the longest time possible? Talk to Flightcase Warehouse about protective solutions and also any advice we have for AV profs.Visit our website, contact us via email, or call us on 01827 6009.
A career many of us dream of having, but not one so easily achieved. Once you’ve reached professional level as a sound engineer, whether in live or studio environments, you take on a job that although unquestionably rewarding, has its own unique set of challenges. At Flightcase Warehouse we work closely with sound engineers and below are just 3 of the situations we hear time and time again! Work in the industry and have anything to add? Let us know! (P.s, this article was actually written by a musician!)
1. (Some) musicians live to make life harder than it has to be
Live engineers suffer this pain too, but it’s mainly reserved for the talent in the studio. Mainly stemming from the fact that pretty much anybody can rent themselves a few hours in a recording studio (as well as your time, if they appreciate an expert input), many sound engineers have swapped cringe-worthy stories of the misguided, misinformed musician that can walk into the recording booth.
Sound engineers have inevitably heard the following: ‘Don’t worry, I tuned last night before I got here’, ‘these strings were fresh on last week, they’re ready to go!’ Or the inevitable ‘I’m almost ready, just let me warm up first’. More often than not, these tiny niggles can be dealt with in either a few minutes but it’s not the severity of the infraction; it’s the number of them.
We’ve also heard that that when a musician isn’t finding fault with their own performance, they’re finding fault with your mix. Many first-timers in the studio (or even the more seasoned musician) have never heard a genuinely professional mix and are thus questioning your every technical, informed move. When engineers have sank hours of hard work into equalising a mix and then you are asked to use more plugins, or scoop the mids, or even change their recording through effects, it’s hard not to scream.
2. Unexpected live performance hiccups
Those engineers that make their way out on the road will get this more than most. This side of sound engineering is perhaps the most unpredictable and varied concerning the problems that occur, and professionals will attest to the fact that shows have a way of throwing up problems that manifest at the worst possible moment.
For example, how many front of house engineers will be happy with their levels and ready to make sure the show goes off without a hitch, only to have to quickly readjust everything thanks to heavy rain, unexpectedly high levels of noise from the crowd, or even equipment choosing that very moment to pack in and break?
Whilst these are things you accept as part of the job, it can be harder to grin and bear it when that occasional random audience member fancies a go at critiquing your setup. Whether they decide to stand next to your desk all night offering advice, requesting you make changes to the mix or suggesting what they’d do, it’s just something that every sound engineer has to deal with from time to time!
3. A sharp learning curve when you’re starting out
Starting out in sound engineering can come with a tough initiation, which will pay off with massive benefits as you make your way in the professional industry. If you’re new to the game or thinking about pursuing sound engineering as a career, it might help you to know that we’ve been told that every pro who has sat behind a desk is guaranteed to have made a few mistakes during their career.
A common self-inflicted hiccup we’ve heard about many times is to do with the adjustment and fine-tuning of an audio channel. Sometimes trainee engineers will work on a channel or hours on end with repeated playbacks and tweaks, only to find that the channel was in fact bypassed (good news though – your ears did not deceive you!) Then there are the countless unplugged wires, software issues and unrepeatable mistakes that led to an even better sounding mix that all beginners will experience on the path to professionalism.
Get more from your kit with Flightcase Warehouse
If you’re a sound engineering professional, we know that your valued kit is your lifeblood and absolutely essential to the success of whatever event or project you’re working on. Working closely with those in the industry for over two decades, Flightcase Warehouse understands exactly what is required to keep you kit safe in transit, storage and even use. Whether you need protective, clever storage, a heavy-duty transportation solution or even something special that only you can imagine, Flightcase Warehouse can create and supply to your exact spec. Visit our website to view our wide off the shelf range of flight cases, or email us to talk over our totally bespoke Pro Flightcase service.
Right now it’s peak season to be a motorsport fan. A whole host of races and shows are being staged, taking advantage of the summer climate, and the Formula 1 Grand Prix is in full swing. A packed calendar is certain to be inspiring the next generation of star drivers (and many more will be dreaming of what could have been). With this in mind, this week we’re looking at what it actually takes to become a F1 driver and if you’re up for it, how you can get involved with the action!
So. What’s step 1? The short answer is; ‘Be Young’. We’re sorry to potentially throw a spanner in the works so early on, but the vast majority of current F1 drivers got their start in go-karting championships and leagues when they were very young. Within the UK, kids as young as four can begin their career on the track with fellow young karters.
Karting isn’t just available to kids though – all ages can get involved, with different strengths of engines, sizes and track variations becoming available as the years pass. There are all kinds of associations, clubs and guides available to help any who want to get involved with karting. Don’t be shy about contacting your local body if you, your child or a young person you know are interested!
If you feel too old, or have moved to the top of the karting world though, it’s time to step up what is called the ‘Racing Ladder’. It works exactly as you may suspect, with each level of the ladder involving more powerful engines, longer and more complex circuits, and a better calibre of racer.
For youngsters around the age of 15 it can be (relatively) straightforward to enter the new Formula 4 league. One of the precursors to Formula 1, Formula 4 (as you may expect) makes use of smaller engines (namely the 1.6L ford ecoboost engine), and has been proven as an effective launching pad to many racers, hailed as a brilliant stepping stone between carting and Formula 3.
There are other pools young drivers can enter to make a name for themselves (the GP series a worthy contender), but Formula 3 is the next big step towards the drivers seat on a Formula 1 grid. With less technical restrictions than Formula 4, Formula 3 cars are a lot more powerful, scaling up alongside the age of the drivers – with more teams and an international presence to boot.
Stepping up again means entry to the more exclusive Formula 2. With V8 engines, the cars are a cut above the likes of any below them on the racing ladder, and it is from these ranks that most of the famed and admired Formula 1 drivers are selected. Each step on this ladder offers its own thrills, with opportunities for younger drivers (or even budding support engineers) offered to those who can gain entry to them.
The unfortunate fact is that if you’re reading this article, the chances are you’re that bit too old to begin a full-blown F1 career. That’s not to say all hope is lost however. There are always support roles to be filled if you want to work more closely with the cars – but what options are there for those who want to race?
You could always look into an experience day, getting taught how to drive a professional level racing car, or even participate in a track day with your own vehicle. Alternatively, you could look into local racing leagues and clubs, with many options available for budget, or hobbyist racing. Satisfy your craving to race by supporting your local tracks, clubs and meet ups, and who knows where you could find yourself if your racing skills put you ahead of the competition.
If you do decide to take part in some racing for yourself, and are worried about tool control and precise maintenance, Flightcase Warehouse can help you out. With an incredible selection of products aimed at the motorsport industries, our protective solutions have been used by some of the biggest brands in the sector to keep gear completely safe and uncontaminated. Visit our website to view our motorsport flight case selection, or for a bespoke solution call + 44 01827 60009, or email us directly.
Flightcase Warehouse has recently worked on a number of real head-turning projects for some inspiring customers – and we wanted to share a few of our favourites from the last month with you! All 3 of the below projects were proudly designed and manufactured at our Staffordshire workshop following a close consultation from the client. Check out our Intsagram here for the latest projects live as they’re signed off!
Rally Car Protection for Viking Motorsport
How often do you see a flight case for a car? It's all part of the day job here at Flightcase Warehouse! One of our more recent projects saw us build a vehicle-sized protective case to transport a rally car for motorsport brand Motorsport. Our team built a reinforced steel base to ensure a secure environment for such high-value cargo paired with specially designed locking systems. We’re really proud of this one – a truly unique project that will travel with the Viking Motorsport team throughout their tour of the USA this summer! Best of look in your competitions, Viking.
Presentation and Personalised Storage for Converse
It’s not just UK clients that we work with – Flightcase Warehouse recently undertook a project with the Netherlands Head Office and Factory Store branch of global lifestyle brand, Converse. Our totally bespoke road trunk-style flight cases were fully branded with stylish black engraved Converse logos and featured custom-made, elevated inserts for enhanced display capabilities, storage and protection. The trunk cases serve a dual purpose of industrial-style display units and clever protective solution for storage and transit. An eye-catching visual statement perfect for the Converse brand.
Transport and Storage for Stevie Wonder Tribute Band
Another recent and exciting bespoke project saw Flightcase Warehouse constructing a case that could safely transport the entire lit backdrop for a Stevie Wonder tribute band. The case features a unique interior racking system that securely lodges the individual letters in place as they are stored or transported to different gigs across the country. See our Instagram for some brilliant pictures featuring the “STEVIE” illuminated letters, right there in our workshop.
We’re constantly working on bespoke projects and can’t wait to reveal what’s coming next. Until then, if you’re looking for a creative protective solution for your kit look no further than Flightcase Warehouse. No job is too big or too small, and we ship to literally anywhere in the world. Visit our website, send us an email or call us on 0800 6121 7097 for more.
It’s no secret that the modern music industry makes the bulk of its money out of live performances. The world over, performing artists are directing more and more effort into delivering a live experience that will draw in new fans, and encourage a core audience to repeatedly spend their cash on a single “brand” as such. This live experience often manifests itself as a tour – and financial success often depends on getting it right.
There’s no single secret ingredient as such that makes a tour a success. Wowing an audience and making a performer appeal to whole swathes of new fans isn’t a singular thing. Yes, bands can play their songs 100% accurately, with 110% effort – but sometimes this is not enough. If not co-ordinated with a production team that’s equally razor-sharp, performances can leave a pretty bitter taste in the mouth of fans.
Let’s start with the bare essentials. Every touring artist should closely examine their sound equipment and mixing technology. Established performers will have a pro sound engineer to produce the perfect mix, but it’s always worth making an extra effort to understand the tech fundamentals that are behind your signature sound.
Spending a little bit of time learning about the production element of tours (and with vast online resources and by mining your professional network, you may not even have to plug in jack), will come with big payoffs. An artists, whether amateur or professional, who takes a comprehensive and careful view of their performance is certain to garner a great reputation and see reward in the form of bigger crowds, returning fans and wider opportunities.
It sounds obvious, but not rehearsing in musical isolation is also so important. Finding the time to rehearse with the full production set up in action means that from day one, the “live sound” as a whole will be worked upon and the performance will run (hopefully) like clockwork. Today, audience expectations are high and unfortunately for many, getting up on stage and doing what’s traditionally worked will no longer cut it. Embrace the full picture and tap in to fan preferences early on, and you’re on to a winner!
No matter what the genre, “spectacle” is becoming part of the standard package. When you look at some of the top earning world tours at the moment (Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Adele and Bruno Mars for example) a large part of these shows are based around lighting cues, LED displays, mini movies etc. The added-value element of these features is why they’re used, so finding a budget-friendly alternative to A List investments will go far.
Well thought out, on brand and smaller scale performance spectacle is totally doable. Starter kits including light fixtures that create a suitable stage ambience, smoke to play with light effects, banners for crisp projections and a dynamic backdrop greatly enhance the experience and communicate that extra value, experience-led performance the modern audience demands.
To find out how you can get the very most from your investments, talk to Flightcase Warehouse. We retail a wide range of protective solutions tailored to professional industries and our bespoke service creates totally custom flight cases too. Visit www.FlightcaseWarehouse.co.uk, call 0800 612 7097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
AV Tech from 2017 That We Love
So far in 2017 we’ve seen some incredible audio-visual technology released that has the potential to revolutionise the industry as we know it. This week, Flightcase Warehouse is taking a look at just 4 of the standout products that the brains in AV have brought to us, plus the benefits they could offer if you’re a pro working in the industry.
Osprey’s Talon G2 Encoder:
Osprey has been known to create some stellar products in the past, and their new encoder is no exception. Designed for AV professionals, this Osprey encoder allows streaming to up to three separate destinations, enhanced by a touch screen LED interface. To top this off, the kit has built in security features that promise a streamlined user experience, as authorised credentials need not be re-entered following every stream thus saving heap of time when on a job. For more information, you can visit the Osprey website here.
Samsung’s LED Cinema Screen:
Whilst purists may question notion of a cinema screen that does not make use of a projector, Samsung’s new LED cinema screen promises richer colours, no loss of focus and a consistent sharpness that is hard rivalled by traditional projection means. The self-laminating screen has a peak brightness level of almost ten times that of conventional projectors – as well as the potential to be utilised in many different industries, such as AV, as well as traditional cinema. AV pros working in events and broadcasting may want to check out the enhanced experience these screens offer. To learn more, read the official release here.
Delta DLP 4K:
On the subject of broadcasting, Delta group (alongside its brand Vivitek) has unveiled a 4K DLP solution, that is touted as the ‘world’s brightest 4,000 lumen laser phosphor illumination source’. If this makes sense to you – and sounds like good stuff – you’re in the right place. With a spec comprising four UHD-4k cubes, the platform can manage multiple video sources on one display, streamline control of several different video displays or even send a single signal to multiple outputs. Visit the Vivitek website to learn more about this brand new platform we think has great potential.
Sony’s 4K Projectors:
Sony are well-known purveyors of quality products that have mass popularity, and their new range of 4k projectors promises to uphold this tradition. Using a laser light source, the projectors can sustain a total brightness of 4500 lumens for up to 12,000 hours – which is perfect for the meeting room sized spaces that the projectors are aimed at. Integrated with ‘Reality Creation’, the projector processes every single input to ensure that the final image represents the sharpest, and most lifelike image possible. Learn more on the official website here.
These are only a few of the vast number of diverse products released this year – this week, next week, or even last week could see technology released that remodels the AV industry completely. This tech though, is always expensive and exceptionally valuable to its owners. This is why at Flightcase Warehouse, we design and manufacturer tailor-fit flight cases that provide unbeatable protection for the latest kit. Visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, call 01827 60009 or email email@example.com to learn more.
No matter who we are, it’s a given that you’ll travel. Whether it be once a year or once a month, for work or for leisure, travelling is something that we should all enjoy. For music enthusiasts and professionals, taking to the road can often mean extra levels of prep as you seek to bring – and retain the quality that you love! To help, we’ve identified some of the best travel-friendly tech – from apps to extensions – that’ll help you retain a high level of output whilst on the move.
Dubbed ‘lunchbox’ amps, these tiny amp heads are small, affordable and easy to use – often even sold with a travel bag. That’s why we have been so impressed with the calibre of the so called’ micro’ guitar heads that are being released at the moment. These tiny amps can pack a real punch and Orange, Peavey, Blackstar and even Marshall all have ranges perfect for a different genres. MusicRadar have a recent round-up of some incredible ‘Lunchbox’ amps to read through here, featuring cutting distorted leads and smooth cleans!
A mobile recording studio powered by a specialised Blue microphone. This platform utilises PreSonus recording software matched with mastering software from iZotope, making the Raspberry Studio a brilliant solution for anybody who needs to record when out travelling. The microphone features a USB input, which is nothing new, but when paired with specialised software and a variety of downloadable plugins, the easy to use UI will make this an attractive purchase to anybody who needs to keep recording on the move. Read more on the Raspberry Studio website here.
iPad Docking Stations:
The iPad is the perfect device to take on the road that is capable of editing software – yet the design of the tablet does not lend itself well to music production. As a result, a number of companies have designed docking stations for the iPad that are capable of expanding the connectivity of the device; increased MIDI capabilities and a friendlier UI are all achievable (whilst third party made) for any travelling recording artist. You can see some great examples in this Gearank round up.
Sometimes travel means sticking to a budget, and for anybody looking for a cost-effective solution to recording on the road, there are always cheap smartphone apps that can help you out. Programmes like Garageband, Amplitube or Animoog that can all be used to simply record yourself, cheaply, with no need to lug any extra recording equipment. These pocket friendly options are perfect for recording and composing on long haul trips.
If you do choose to travel with expensive (yet portable) recording or musical technology, then be sure to contact Flightcase Warehouse to keep your gear safe when you’re on the road. With thousands of off the shelf products ready to be shipped to you within a day, and bespoke creations made by our Pro Flightcase team, Flightcase Warehouse is your one stop solution for precision-perfect protection. Visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01827 60009 to protect what’s most valuable to you.
The Great British Summertime is nearly over and for us Brits, this means that our options of open air events become that bit narrower. We’ve been working on a number of projects with the motorsport industry of late, which has got us thinking about what the cooler months have in store for professionals, fans and events organisers. Despite the less than kind weather, the industry continues to thrive and offer an exciting calendar all throughout Autumn. We’ve outlined 4 of the motorsport dates that have caught our eye below…
The high octane action of Formula One won’t be stopping any time soon, with the Singapore Grand Prix held on the 17th of September, the Japanese Grand Prix on the 8th of October, North American Grand Prix on the 22nd of October and the Mexican Grand Prix on the 29th of October. The season will end in Abu Dhabi on the 26th of November, but we can expect a lot of exciting racing action before that happens. The season so far has already been one of the most thrilling yet with a diverse and envy-inducing portfolio of locations and we can’t wait to see which driver will take the top spot.
Wales Rally GB
The penultimate round of the FIA World Championships in Wales plays host to one of the toughest and most anticipated courses on the championship circuit. With a loyal fan base of adrenaline-seekers that won’t be deterred by damp conditions, the event is well-equipped for Autumn Weather. Visitors (the race is held 26th-29th October) can grab hospitality packages from organisers meaning that the Welsh weather can be braved whilst enjoying some mad rallying!
Looking to get out, see off-road action and not have to come prepared for the traditional British drizzle? Motorcycle Live is the event for you. Billed as the UK’s largest motorcycle show, the NEC is the setting for off-roading, stunt shows, displays and more from 18th-26th November, all within one of the UK’s largest exhibition centres. If you fancy a day out with the family, we reckon this would be a great option – seats, readily available refreshments and all the motorcycle action you could wish for.
NEC Classic Motor Show
Another potential winner for families with a car enthusiast within their ranks is the Classic Motorshow, also staged at Birmingham’s NEC. The event promises over 2,500 classic and modern show stopping-motors, a live stage, restoration theatre and a classic car driving experience. The ideal petrolhead day out, all under one roof and without dodgy weather as a risk to your day out.
Are you one of the professionals working at these events, or perhaps you’re a fellow racer, engineer or technician in the motorsport industry? Look no further than Flightcase Warehouse for your protective kit. We design and manufacturer flight cases for everything from precision tools to the vehicle itself – even to a bespoke spec if you need the perfect fit. To find out more, please email email@example.com, call 01827 60009 or visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk.
Autumn film festival season is nearly upon us. The precursor to the awards season that culminates with the BAFTA and Academy Awards in February and March respectively, the next few months are important for indie filmmakers and world-renowned production studios alike. Whether you’re exhibiting your work, visiting to get inspiration for your next project or simply taking time out as an enthusiast to enjoy what the season has to offer, there’s plenty of flagship events to get your filmmaking fix from. Read on for film festivals that are set to be some of autumn’s best.
Reykjavik International Film Festival (September 28th-October 8Th)
Whilst Iceland may not be the first name that springs to mind when you think “film festival”, don’t be so quick to dismiss this enchanting location. The increasingly popular Scandi hotspot stages an unforgettable, unconventional festival experience that is sure to make an impact upon anyone who visits. Films are screened to audiences as they fill venues you may not expect – a cave just outside of Reykjavik for example, or a heated indoor pool that so many have come to associate with Icelandic culture. Of course, it’s not just statement venues. A lot of importance is placed on new and young directors and the R.I.F.F is a fantastic place to discover a lot of up and coming talent.
Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (October 10th-13th)
Using Austria as its backdrop, the Innsbruck promotes environment, and films that champion nature. Climate change, global warming, deforestation; all compelling topics that are addressed at this eco-friendly festival. With the planet being in such a delicate state, we think that it is fantastic that this genre of film festival is making its mark. Need more convincing? Screenings will also be accompanied by exhibitions, lectures and workshops for budding eco-enthusiasts.
Rome Independent Film Festival (November 25th-December 1st)
Italy’s best-loved ancient city provides a brilliant look at some of the hottest independent filmmakers throughout the Mediterranean region. A festival that’s honestly hard to find fault with, Rome’s offering is renowned for high quality screenings and its fusing of rich culture. Over the years, this festival has become the spot for passionate filmmakers to inject a little “La Dolce Vita” into their lives – as quoted from the festival itself!
Pentedattilo Film Festival (September 22nd-24th)
Pentedattilo promises that its visitors will be part of something truly special. A long-abandoned, rustic Italian village (dating back to 640BC) plays host to film screenings where audiences enjoy not just the solitude of the high hills, but the breath-taking scenery and unique history too. With an average attendance being about 100 people, this super- exclusive, eccentric film festival is certainly worth the journey if you can make it.
If you’re a pro or an enthusiastic travelling this globe for the abundance of film festivals that are staged this autumn, be sure to protect your valued filming and production equipment whilst you’re on the move. Talk to Flightcase Warehouse for all your protective storage and transportation needs, including bespoke solutions for your kit that demands a bit of extra attention. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01827 60009 to learn more.
Often, clients come to Pro Flightcase (our specialist bespoke arm) to request a custom case for their kit, but find themselves leaving with much more. This is because our storage and transportation solutions go beyond simply designing a flight case that perfectly fits your equipment.
We understand that your kit and projects can be both expensive and highly sensitive. Contamination, physical damage, spiralling project durations and production impeding design are all challenges that professionals face on a daily basis, so why not demand your equipment work harder and get yourself a solution that eliminates these dangers?
Everything from anti-contamination flight cases to precision engineered accumulation systems, our solutions are among the most innovative and most versatile on the market today, designed to face any obstacle by offering unparalleled levels of customisation, protection and durability. This means that as our customer, you rest assured that your valuable equipment and components will remain safe and secure when in storage, transit and during projects.
For example, many of our clients’ time is eaten up by re-calibrating their tools following stints travelling. Whilst this may seem to be an understandable downside to working whilst on the road, mechanical projects that are time sensitive may suffer thanks to improperly handled or contained gear. And, as many know, all that preparation time quickly adds up, and can often add hours or even days to a project if equipment is improperly contained.
Then there is the question of if the inaccurate equipment can be recalibrated. High costs of tool replacement can be an unfortunate side effect of subpar containment or protection, and like the piling up of working hours lost to tool recalibration, the cost of replacing equipment can mount surprisingly quickly.
This is where great tool control solutions come into play. Pro Flightcase understands the importance of keeping your tools and equipment safe, secure, and easily accessible. Our Pro Flightcase team can design and build bespoke tool control systems (single cases from workshop racks) that fit the exact dimensions and specifications required for your equipment. Perfect for
eliminating handling mishaps and reducing re-calibration time.
Then, there is the problem posed by a cluttered workspace. No matter the workspace, it is always the case that the less organised a space becomes, the higher the risk is of damaged or contaminated materials – and more time is spent searching for materials. Lack of storage space can be a real concern when materials need to be kept pristine, as contamination of materials leads, again, to expensive replacements.
Pro Flightcase can help your business to improve workplace safety, cut down on warehouse and workshop clutter, and save valuable project time with our innovative space saving cases and accumulation systems. Our space saving solutions allow you to store your essential equipment in one convenient location. Our space saving cases range from more traditional racking and storage systems to functional portable workstations, so you're sure to find a solution that works for you.
Clients who have used Pro Flightcase anti-contamination solutions in the past report increased productivity, great capacity, lower costs and overall speedier project turnaround thanks to reducing the effects of contamination.
To talk to the Pro Flightcase team, our bespoke specialists about how you can reduce project time and costs, call 01827 60009, email email@example.com or visit our website at www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk.
Live events are, above all else, exciting. Atmosphere counts for a lot, and it’s no more noticeable than when you are at a concert. Fan-fuelled excitement matched with frantic energy from the performer can make for an unforgettable experience. But, what really makes for a standout performance is visual spectacle. There are performers out there who have really nailed utilising their entire live crew to create a performance that although in some cases can be just half an hour long, is near enough impossible to top. Here are a few examples of when performers and engineers have got together to create live events history.
1) Take That’s Circus Tour
Take That followed up their huge 2007 Beautiful World Tour with 2009’s The Circus Live. It had to be just as memorable as 2007, which is a challenge not to be underestimated considering Beautiful World featured a giant light-embezzled moving robot! The answer? To create a live show that teamed stellar performance with creative lighting and sound, elevated with breath-taking mechanics. Featuring two separate stages for a panoramic experience and a huge mechanical elephant (because why not?), Take That’s Circus was ambitious, bombastic and delivered with precision.
2) Rammstein’s Many Pyrotechnics.
Lots of people when watching a live show will take the pyrotechnics for granted. They will see a quick bang, or maybe a singular jet, but never pay much attention to the level of detail that has to go into planning these effects which can often be as dangerous as they are mesmerising. Rammstein, a German metal outfit, are masters of this art. Each member of the band is a licenced pyrotechnician and their act involves flamethrowers as standard – yes, flamethrowers! Anybody acquainted with the rock and metal scene will confirm that Rammstein are kings of the visual spectacle.
3) Lady Gaga’s Superbowl Halftime Show
Whilst it was a relatively short performance, Lady Gaga did incorporate one element into that may have been a glimpse into the future of live events; coordinated drones. Bringing pilots and programmers into the live events fold, these drones utilised lights to make for a backdrop in the sky, an indication of how the technology could be used in the future. Laga Gaga set the standard for making the stage whatever it needs to be, and wherever it needs to be, allowing audiences a completely different viewing experience.
4) Tommy Lee’s ‘Cruecifly’ Drum Rollercoaster
Motley Crue were a staple of the rock and metal community for years and it’s no surprise that a band who were known for debauchery developed a completely pointless (but fun) roller-coaster for the drummer, Tommy Lee. The 360’ degree loop structure took 4 hours to build before every show and would see Lee circle the track and perform his instrument at the same time – often upside down. For a time, fans were even able to win themselves a trip on the coaster with Lee during the show, making it one of the more elaborate and unconventional stage props in the live event world.
If you have valuable equipment that’s essential to your live show that you need to protect, or it’s your job to help develop breath-taking moments for others, think Flightcase Warehouse for your protective solutions. Whether off the shelf or bespoke, we can deliver no matter the requirements and quote in as little as 12 hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 612 7097 to find out more.
Despite being in what seems to be a golden era of digital, cloud based communications and control panels, an increasing amount of professionals are being called to travel for their work. For many, the likelihood of packing up equipment and travelling with it all over the country, or even abroad is becoming a matter of when, and not if. But don’t feel daunted! We’ve put together a few quick lines of advice for the uninitiated professional traveller and the essentials to consider when taking equipment away on business.
On the outside of it, the bare essentials seem pretty cut and dry for musicians. Protection for your instrument coupled with a decent solution for whatever form of amplification that you need (if you do in fact need it) would tick most of the boxes. But what many musicians fail to consider is the sheer amount of technology that goes along with playing an instrument. Often, many cables are required, digital amps and preamps can be essential and instrument effects can take a lot of room up as well – possibly even more than the instrument itself!
Before you embark on the road with your musical equipment, make sure that you know exactly what kind of protection you’ll need to keep your livelihood in one piece when travelling. And don’t just count on compartments inside your instrument case!
2) Event Professionals
More often than not, hardworking event professionals are in charge of storing the equipment of everyone on the job (including client belongings) on top of their own expert technologies. A full audit of exactly what equipment an event will need is a step any good event prof will recommend is taken to avoid disaster. Knowing the lighting, audio and technical requirements of a venue or show will let you plan far in advance just what kind of storage capacity and space you are going to need to avoid any slip up in production. And with this, get your orders in for any extra cases you’ll require.
Mechanics that travel for the work mostly know exactly what they’ll need to be armed with. For the most part this will be tools and parts. The question of transporting these materials safely though is another matter entirely, with standard road protection often not doing enough to prevent delicate tools from being thrown out of calibration, or parts from being contaminated or damaged. Be sure to investigate how you are transporting your equipment before any journey, to avoid wasting valuable time and money re-calibrating, re-stocking or even replacing them when you arrive. Think personalised inserts, heavy duty cases and material presentation systems.
4) AV Engineers
One of the distinguishing features of the AV industry is that it never stops reinventing itself. What could be considered one weeks’ cutting edge is outdated by Sunday. That’s why when travelling for work within the AV field, versatility in your protective luggage can save you literally thousands of pounds – not just through the protection of your kit, but by saving you the trouble of purchasing new flight case / protective equipment every few months. Consider large road trunks with replaceable foam inserts as a viable long term solution to the ever changing face of AV technology, and cases that are tailor designed to branded kit.
For more information on how to protect your equipment from seasoned professionals, please call +44 (0) 1827 60009, or email email@example.com to learn more about our bespoke and innovative solutions.
Festival season is almost over – but that doesn’t mean that event professionals just stop work outdoors. Autumn and winter may lead to indoor venues taking precedent over their open air counterparts, but there is still a massive market for those who want to be outdoors, enjoying the seasonal atmosphere. Here’s a quick rundown of the events that are making great use of the outdoors and equipment, even when the weather is less than accommodating.
Halloween Themed Mazes and Shows:
Drawing inspiration from all of the insanely over-the-top Halloween-themed goings on in the United States, events such as the increasingly popular scare-maze are drawing more and more visitors within the UK. These spooky nights out happen in a varying number of sizes and themes, with councils investing in small and fun family activities, to gargantuan theme parks like Alton Towers constructing elaborate and terrifying mazes (adults only!)
Of course, mainly taking place in the dark, chilled evenings, it’s not hard to see why lighting, visual effects and sound technicians are so in demand for such events. Construction can begin as early as summer, with the very best professionals using their skills to attain an almost horror film-like level of Halloween mood.
On the surface these festive outdoor fairs may not seem like the ideal place for event professionals to lend their hand – but as the popularity of these temporary crowd-drawers increases, so does their size – and attractions.
Second cities like Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool all offer (in addition to the standard market layout) a full, almost festival – like experience. Liverpool for example features an ‘Ice Festival’, complete with bar, stage and opening night parade. No longer just a market, these winter attractions are becoming a full live experience. And I’m sure we’re all familiar with the yuletide extravaganza that is Hyde Park’s “Winter Wonderland” in London.
An absolute no brainer. Bonfire Night is a staple of the British calendar – but in recent years it has become an ample opportunity for pyrotechnic teams to demonstrate exactly what they can do, without limitation or direction imposed by a performing team.
Big cities often feature some of the most impressive displays, with pressure mounting yearly to top the previous performance – as well as outdo rival displays throughout the country. Guy Fawkes night is a great opportunity to check out what professional pyrotechnic teams are capable of (even in the adverse weather we are so used to seeing on the 5th of November)!
If you are planning on running one of these seasonal outdoor events, and want your kit to stay protected, be sure to visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk. We stock a wide variety of off-the-shelf protective solutions, with our bespoke arm Pro Flightcase able to cater to any custom specification you may need. Call 0800 612 7097 for more information today.
Back in July Flightcase Warehouse looked at how touring bands utilise the modern skills of events professionals and the capabilities of contemporary technology to deliver standout experiences for their audiences. However, delivering awe-inspiring spectacles that cement themselves in memory isn’t a new thing. Some of the greatest performances in history came way before the onset of 21st century digital technology and have established a standard for the glittering, stimulating marvels we enjoy today.
The best performance genre to illustrate our point is that of the constantly evolving “musical theatre”. Drawing inspiration from good old-fashioned spectacle (made an essential requirement all the way back in the 16th century by the world’s best-know dramatist, William Shakespeare) and the innovative use of the very latest tech and production techniques, when done right, even classic musical theatre shows seem as fresh and exciting as on their premiere night. Despite being around since before the millennium, the below 3 shows are still regulars on theatre programmes the world over thanks to their rare ability to reinvent their stories using innovative technology, modern techniques and contemporary creative direction.
1) The Lion King
A family favourite ever since its inception in 1999, The Lion King has long relied upon its production team to deliver a stunning visual experience for global audiences. The musical has enjoyed many years gracing Broadway stages and boasts tremendous international success, and is well-known for its heavily stylised and unique array of costumes and puppets that engage with actors and iconic musical numbers. The production team behind the Lion King works tirelessly to ensure that the show remains visually stunning, with inventive costume design and puppetry still being a key draw today in 2017.
2) The Phantom of the Opera
A staple of the musical theatre landscape, today’s Lloyd-Webber-penned retelling of an Italian classic not only has to ensure that it’s in-house orchestra and vocalists retain exceptional clarity (through hidden, wireless microphones in most productions), but that the various set pieces occur without a hitch. A long standing TPOTO tradition is that the chandelier hanging above the audience is dropped from the sky, reflecting action in the storyline. Obviously, as a large weight that needs to endure a controlled (yet rapid) descent there is a large amount of pulley, rigging and chain hoists involved in the drop. A very intricate yet spectacular set piece, TPOTO continues to stun modern audiences with its engineering marvel.
3) Les Misérables
“Les Mis” as it’s fondly known, is one of the most famous ever musical theatre productions and the longest running on London’s West End. Variations of this novel-come-musical are mounted worldwide, with a need for intricate stage sets and robust sound design wherever staged. Large orchestral capacity is combined with an equally sophisticated mixing desk, with audio engineers working nearly non-stop (as they do on most musical production’s) to ensure that not a note is missed. Of course, a big part of the show is the swarming crowds that take the stage, filling complex sets and using props that flesh out the feel of the French Revolution at its height. Never more bombastic than it needs to be, the behind the scenes stage hands work hard to make sure that not only the stage is prepped and ready for the show, but that every cast member is outfitted perfectly.
Musical theatre is a great genre to cast your eye to for inspiration when working in events. Pros in this area often push the boundaries of creativity and capability when it comes to utilising modern and ground-breaking technology, or delivery next-level spectacle to huge crowds. And you can guarantee that they put their trust in protective equipment that will never let them down, even when under logistical pressure or working with demanding kit.
If you require a protective solution for events, AV, lighting, sound, production, broadcasting and much more, please talk to Flightcase Warehouse. We have thousands of off the shelf flight cases ready for next day delivery and also offer bespoke manufacturing if you require a totally tailor-made solution. Call 01827 60009, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visi www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk for more.
Virtual Reality (or VR, as it is commonly referred to), has become a key technology for many in the events, entertainment and technology industries. Its ability to immerse users entirely within a constructed world has granted those looking to entertain, engage and sell a unique new way to grab the attention of the public. There are some truly innovative VR experiences out there right now, with the following 3 uses delivering fun and fascination for audiences like we’ve never seen before.
Right now video games are probably the most commonplace use for VR and most of us will be familiar with the concept – whether from news coverage, trade shows or from even owning a pair of goggles yourself (if you happen to be a VR early adopter!) Tipped as the next big feature for the gaming industry, VR is available for most platforms and an increasing amount of titles are being released with VR capability as standard. However, applying the tech to video games doesn’t necessarily mean that the final product is always triple A rated and highly polished. In fact, many developers are embracing gaming in order to test the current limits of VR and to research what kinds of virtual experiences (such as driving or flying) can be offered in a safe, exciting and manageable environment.
Big, red letter attraction names are deploying VR to astound and delight their customers, with pro VR company “The Void” being behind some of the most immersive experiences on the market to date. The Void aim to completely reinvent what it means to engage in VR and have developed technology that allows users to travel around a fully interactive space in real time / movement by mapping their virtual environment into a physical space.
This technology has led to ground-breaking and highly acclaimed experiences in North America and plans to expand into other locations are already confirmed (including a Star Wars- themed experience, reportedly). Madame Tussauds in New York for example houses a Ghostbusters experience, where outfitted with a proton pack you take on ghosts in a brilliantly realistic immersive world.
Just like with gaming visionaries, directors at the forefront of innovation are exploring the opportunities of VR in the film industry. The 360 application of VR goggles has seen popular series’ and films offering immersive add-ons, such as the Stranger Things (hit Netflix sci-fi horror) VR experience. It’s not just film and TV directors taking full advantage of the latest tech though. Many tourist boards and travel authorities are using 360 degree video to make virtual tours around noted landmarks a fully interactive and immersive way to advertise.
These however, are just a few uses for VR that are popular at the moment. The scope of VR technology is almost boundless and holds a lot of opportunities as a way to draw users into an immersive and involving world. If you use VR, and want to make sure that you protect your valuable investment, contact email@example.com or call + 44 01827 60009 to ask about our specialist VR flight cases.
Flightcase Warehouse has kicked off Autumn with three exhibitions: PLASA London, The Showman’s Show and BPM Pro, all of which had on offer the very latest in entertainment, events, pro sound, pro lighting and production technology. For us to protect our customers’ gear to perfection, it’s important that we’re well-versed in the newest products to launch. Here are just four of the latest industry innovations that have caught our eye whilst we’ve been researching!
The Hololens is a headset that blurs the lines between augmented reality and virtual reality. Whereas VR will see the user interacting entirely within a constructed simulation, the Hololens allows holograms and digital content to be seamlessly integrated with the area around the user. This means that users are a lot easier to engage with as they use the Hololens as well, allowing for greater application in trade events or experiences, where communication is vital. You can learn more about the Microsoft Hololens here.
Whilst not completely fresh off the drawing board, the application for RFID within events is becoming more prominent as companies recognise the incomparable value it adds to events. RFID has a number of practical applications – it can be used as a way of scanning people into an event quickly with sensors, to track attendee activity, or to help crack down on pirated or counterfeited tickets. It also offers great social media integration capabilities for that ever-important attendee engagement.
Allen & Heath ME Mixing System
Allen & Heath, leading designers of sound engineering technology, recently extended their ME personal mixing range to include a 16 channel personal mixing system. Intended for use in houses of worship, orchestras and other group musical settings, the mixer allows musicians to quickly develop their own monitor mixes independent of a sound desk engineer. It’s said that there’s no limit to the amount of ME-500 units that can be used within a single system, and the time saved during sound check in group settings could be revolutionary. Read more about the ME-500 systems online at www.allen-heath.com.
We were seriously impressed with Astera Lighting’s wireless lighting app at PLASA London when we attended and have noticed a growing number of users making the switch to a wireless method of control. Wireless solutions themselves aren’t new to pro lighting engineers and are favoured for their ability to significantly reduce setup time and offer remote operation. As long as there’s a steady power supply and a clear signal, then initial production takes a lot less time.
If you are looking to protect your most recent investment for delivering outstanding entertainment, talk to Flightcase Warehouse. Along with a huge selection of off the shelf solutions, Pro Flightcase can create bespoke equipment to your exact specification. To learn more, visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, email sales@flightcasewarehouse or call +44 1827 60009.
Followers of our social media will know that we’re keen on motorsport at Flightcase Warehouse. We work with professionals the world over and like to keep on top of the latest news, events and tech developments in the world of motorsport – from days out for the casual enthusiast to projects from global leaders. If you’re a motorsport fan too, the below 4 activities are great for getting more hands on with your favourite pastime.
1) Track Days
Probably the simplest and most obvious way of getting yourself into the driver’s seat! Tracks days are perfect for testing you and your motor’s ability in an unrestricted environment. Most public circuits across the UK allow you to use their tracks for free, as long as you pass a few safety tests and inspections. If you’re looking to travel further afield, the European continent is home to some of the world’s most famous (and infamous) circuits – including the Nürburgring, a German track known for both its historic turns and endurance features.
One of the few drawbacks to attending track days is that the vehicle you use is your own – meaning that any damages, faults or mechanical failures must be dealt with on your own accord. Spare parts and a working knowledge of your vehicle is a must!
2) High Performance Driving Experiences
Alongside track days, most racing circuits offer visitors the chance to drive vehicles that they may never have had the opportunity to before, or ever again. Supercars bearing the badges of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren are all available for a driving experience at various locations across the UK to take out onto the race track. You can either enjoy a high-octane ride as a passenger or be put through your paces in the driving seat with a specialist instructor. Exhilarating!
3) Off Roading Driving Experiences
Once-in-a-lifetime driving experiences are not limited to race tracks. If you don’t mind getting your wheels muddy, explore the range of outdoor options that allow you to push your driving threshold in difficult terrain. Land Rover tours, quad biking and high-powered dirt buggies let you break the countryside silence with loud engines (and not without a good spraying of mud from your rear wheels). For a great autumn activity head to one of the many sites dotted around farmland and privately owned woodland.
4) Tank & Other Unconventional Driving Experiences
These are just a few days out you can enjoy though, with a wide selection throughout the UK and Europe that caters to different levels of interest, from casual to rabid. If you take part in motorsport experience days or work hard at delivering these experiences to your customers, visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, call 0800 612 7097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete protective solution for all of your motorsport equipment.
Ever since the invention of the first recording devices, musicians have been putting their all into creating recordings that are as accurate, pitch perfect and professional as possible. Often being restricted by budgets, musicians and recording engineers have had to be resourceful and deploy tried-and-tested tips and tricks in order to achieve that cutting edge sound, despite sometimes using equipment and methods that originated in the century past. However, technology isn’t everything and as the following methods will demonstrate, keeping it classic can produce brilliant results for recording artists and engineers. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it – as the phrase goes!
Eliminating unwanted noise on stringed instruments.
This technique is so primitive and lacks sophistication, but it’s brilliantly effective in eliminating background noise and any dud notes when playing strings. If you’re recording a piece where you’re not required to play an open note and are concerned about unwanted tones ruining your recording, try tying a hair band, piece of cloth or even a sock (yes, a sock) around the first fret or headstock. Used mainly when recording guitar, the principal can be applied to other string instruments including violins, cellos and bass guitar.
Take the plunge and play it in a live take
A common complaint of modern day recording is that every single track can sound exactly the same. Up to the minute digital recording methods and mixing techniques can, on occasion, mask the uniqueness and vibrancy of a song, whilst the total absence of instrumental or vocal variation can lead to an artificial sound. By recording your track live, you run the risk of multiple mistakes for sure, but also stand to benefit the elusive ‘live’ electricity that cannot be replicated in any way through digital mastering. Not always practical, but you should definitely give it a go if you’re looking to capture some magic without splashing out on an extremely costly producer.
Mix in a different location to where you record
This practice was all the rage in the 70s and was utilised with the purpose of creating a distinctive piece through the power of alternative perspectives. It could be an idea to work with a different audio engineer than the professional who recorded your raw tracks in order to harness the power or a fresh take and bring something extra to your sound. If you’re loyal to your recording engineer, try substituting your desk for something more unconventional or exploring mix practices usually associated with a different genre.
Multi-track your instruments, every time
Simple but effective. This holy grail of recording techniques has proven itself worthy of the test of time. By recording your instruments or parts individually you create a rich yet defined sound that offers superior mixing potential. For additional effect, try recording one or more track just a tiny fraction out of tune or off key – pros tell us that is gives the illusion of multiple instruments playing live at the same time.
Flightcase Warehouse offers a wide range of flight cases for music, recording, production and DJ professionals at www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk. We can also custom build to your specification. Just email email@example.com or call 01827 60009 to get a quote.
In the last week Flightcase Warehouse has announced that we’re an official sponsor of the mondo*dr awards, the flagship event that recognises and celebrates the very best creations by pros in the technology in entertainment industry. We’re thrilled to be sponsoring the Best Theatre category and will present the winner at a spectacular ceremony at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt in April 2018 (during Musikmesse).
The awards have been organised by the team behind the international mondo*dr publication, a leading magazine that showcases and explores technology in entertainment, the latest cutting-edge uses and examples that merit praise for innovative technological integration. We’re proud to have featured in the latest mondo*dr issue with our Chauvet charging flight case!
Are you a worthy entrant, or do you know a fellow professional technology in entertainment brand deserving of a nomination? Enter now and spread the word in your industry network to help us recognise the best in the business. You can enter: Best Nightclub, Best Bar & Restaurant, Best Theatre, Best Concert Hall, Best House of Worship, Best Sporting Venue and Best Integrated Resort. From manufacturers and distributors to venue operators - anyone can submit an entry if you work within the realms of fixed installations in the entertainment world.
Reading outside of the UK? Don’t worry, you can still enter your projects! The mondo*dr awards have thought of it all and have ensured entries are open to technology in entertainment professionals in the European continent, the Americans and the MEA with dedicated awards for these areas of the world. Regional winners will then compete for an overall territory winner, and finally a worldwide winner. Set to the backdrop of Musikmesse - of one of the industry’s most energetic, innovative and highly-regarded events – means that the awards promise to deliver a night to remember for nominees, audience members and sponsors such as ourselves.
If you’d like to check out previous winners and get a feel for their project entries, you can view details on the mondo* dr awards website www.mondoawards.com. With technology (especially in entertainment) being a constantly evolving entity, we cannot wait to see how the finalists have redefined technological involvement in entertainment this year. Good luck with your entries and we hope you join us there!
Photography is a year-round profession and hobby, with many going to great lengths to get a shot that perfectly captures a provocative moment. We work closely with photography professionals (check out the innovative magic mirror flight case we made to order for Bright Photography here) and as a result, have seen some stunning images and concepts released. Inspired by the colours, weather and landscapes of the upcoming season, we’ve put together a quick bank of wintery photography ideas that always deliver awesome results.
Weather dependent, this classic seasonal shot can be fairly straightforward to capture. Falling snow offers a magical, idyllic and altogether unusual view of familiar environments (a dawn view of that field you drive past every day, your street aglow with streetlamps in the evening or even your kids playing outside).
Many photographers opt to snap snowy landscapes at night, as the contrast between the light snow, dark skies and (if needed/available) other lighting creates an incredibly dynamic and often peaceful view of the world. Transform even the busiest of city spaces into a peaceful winter postcard with good timing, the right angle – and by being lucky with snowfall!
Some people might not be too excited about the notion of shorter daylight hours, but the darker skies present a fantastic opportunity to collate some stunning long exposure images. You can immortalise the stars with a super-long exposure night time shot or capture your city alive with fluorescent lights in motion. Either way, long nights and inky skies make drastic snaps with magnificent colour contrasts. Despite not having huge circumstantial requirements, make sure to plan your shots to ensure you capture those winter landscapes.
As we approach Christmas, villages, towns, cities and urban centres deck themselves out to the max with rich seasonal colours and sparkling lights. Make the most of the colour scheme that comes just once a year with co-ordinated shots of European markets, outdoor events, carolling crowds and seasonal nature (berries, holly, robins – you name it!) Think about how to integrate festive decorations into your winter photography – from the quaint to the spectacular – and create a themed portfolio packed with scenic shots.
Flightcase Warehouse offers a wide range of flight cases for photographers, including utility cases, lens cases, waterproof cases, magic mirror cases and much more. We can also custom build to your specification. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01827 60009 to get a quote.”
Pretty much all of our customers rely on their equipment’s effectiveness – depending on it every day in order to support a livelihood, grow a business and deliver brilliant results. You need your kit to last and know that it won’t let you down even when it’s been in constant use for several months, or even years. This week we’re looking at the ways in how you can push your equipment that little bit further, get the absolute maximum from your investment and reduce concerns about its safety.
Regularly Test Your Equipment:
This step may seem obvious, but make sure that you’re testing and checking your equipment between jobs and events. Paying close attention to any technical irregularities, minor breakages and general wear and tear – making sure you leave enough time to resolve any issues you unearth before your kit is next required in action – will save you a lot of time, effort and money in the future. Being able to anticipate failures in advance means that you won’t suffer from the associated costs of undiagnosed problems. No panic-buying replacements or needing to fork out for a massive repair!
Protect Your Kit:
Don’t compromise when it comes to protecting your equipment. Whether it requires a flight case, bag or specialised container, your kit will undoubtedly remain in a better condition for a longer period of time if you provide it with heavy-duty protection. Protecting your kit from the elements and external pressures during storage, transport and even use means that you can really maximise your investment through avoiding damage. For even better value, why not consider a tailor-made flight case that’s built to your exact spec? Greater precision means better results.
Before investing in new equipment – whether it’s technology, an instrument or hardware – do your homework. Make sure that you have a comprehensive understanding of both its benefits and shortcomings, and that it still be as useful and relevant in six months’ time. In a lot of instances, the main complaint about why gear needs to be replaced is that it’s outdated, and with today’s rapid tech developments, shelf lives are becoming ever shorter. Avoid disappointment and costly upgrades by putting the extra work in at the start (and maybe visit a trade show or two to experience the very latest innovations!).
Audit Your Equipment and Needs:
Not just the actual equipment, but your flight cases and protective solutions too! As your kit changes and upgrades, your flight case requirements and specifications will also alter, meaning that you could be left with insufficient protection. Regularly auditing your flight cases means that you can plan for essential investments in advance, manage your business’ cash flow and minimise painful last-minute costs. We offer on-site stock audits within just a 3 day notice period, meaning that we can help you order exactly what you need for your budget.
Alongside the complete protection Flightcase Warehouse offers, we want to assist our customers in maximising their other investments and streamlining their operations. To find out how we can work with you to achieve better results, call 01827 60009 or email email@example.com. We’re always happy to hear your ideas.
Live event technology is constantly developing and delivering breath-taking spectacle – both in terms of technological complexity and creative brilliance. As directors and engineers continue to up their game with the passing of every new event, creating a visual experience that truly leaves attendees wowed is becoming increasingly challenging. Therefore, building a solid, fail-proof foundation for your live event is absolutely essential if you want to keep ahead. Whatever concept and content you decide on, make sure to follow these 4 modern-day golden rules.
1. Match Content Quality with Presentation.
Obviously, the deployment of cutting-edge technology by a skilled production team is a core pillar when it comes to event success. However, the content that is brought to life needs to be high quality, creative and engaging in order to enthral audiences for the full duration of your visual experience. Without substance (from pictorial storytelling to musically-led graphics), you risk delivering an experience that’s more tech demo than it is venue-filling spectacular.
2. Create and Facilitate Shareable Moments
It’s a sign of the times that nearly every facet of industry can be made or broken via digital presence. That’s why it’s become vital that events are set up with audience engagement at their forefront. If your event is led by visual experience, you’re already armed with literally the best shareable content on offer, so make it as easy and obvious as possible for attendees to connect with you and extend your visibility online. Establishing an engagement agenda with share-worthiness at its centre will help increase reach, drive enquiries and encourage bookings from utilising a network of essentially organic advocates.
3. Be Your Own Best Advertisement
There’s no better advertisement for you than, well. You! Make the most of every visual experience delivered through integrating sales and marketing opportunities alongside fun and performance. Your audience will be comprised of people who can make use of your services, or recommend you in a professional capacity, so ensure that B2B resources are readily available and that you have an effective mechanism in place for capturing those individuals as “leads”.
4. Elevate The Ordinary to “Wow”
The delegate experience can be massively enhanced by deploying state-of-the-art technology in new and exciting ways. For example, using display screens as part of engaging visual experiences isn’t anything new – but being creative with your delivery and experimenting with the latest innovations of a standard product can produce spectacular results that leave a lasting impression. Going back to those screens: with the advent of 4K and the extra pixel space it allows, you can deliver HD content to multiple areas using a single output, meaning your display possibilities are significantly expanded.
Flightcase Warehouse specialises in the design and manufacture of protective kit for live events technology, AV, lighting and visual engineering professionals. To find out how we can help you at your next event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call + 44 (0) 12827 60009 to speak to our experts.
Here in the UK, December is characterised by families, couples and groups of friends descending on towns and cities to get their fill of fun festive activities. But despite the famous British weather and shorter days, we do everything we can to soak up the Christmas atmosphere. Here is a quick list of wonderful yuletide events taking place this month to help give you Christmas-outing inspiration.
1) The Snowman Live
Blending a stunning live orchestra with a screening of the iconic festive film, The Snowman Live is running for a number of dates in the UK until 30th December 2017. This is a brilliant way to introduce kids to live orchestral music through incorporating a beloved Christmas movie that’s sure to enchant and capture their attention. You can view remaining tour dates here: http://www.carrotproductions.com/
2) Christmas at the Eden Project
The Eden Project undergoes a dramatic change in December that’s sure to captivate all ages. Stunning light shows, soundscapes and live music are all on the bill during the Christmas period for The Eden Project’s “Festival of Light and Sound”. Think fascinating light displays making use of the lush horticultural canopies as their backdrop and surround sound music filtering through gorgeous greenery. Learn more at http://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/festival-of-light-and-sound
3) Christmas Markets
Arguably the UK’s favourite continental import at this time of year (maybe apart from the gluhwein) – the much-loved Christmas Market! City centres are decorated to the nines in European festive style and feature plenty of festive food and drink stalls, ice rinks, hand-crafted gifts and much more. Many markets are now joined by fairs and live entertainment stages too. Check out your nearest town of city’s offering and head out for a relaxed day of festive fun.
4) Disney on Ice
Is there a better way to bring Christmas cheer to little ones or fully-grown Disney lovers alike than a trip to Disney on Ice? Probably not! With spectacle, magical special effects and sing-along live music, the show is sure to leave you wide-eyed and with that warm and fuzzy festive feeling. Check out tour dates at https://www.disneyonice.com/gb/en-gb/shows. Not a Disney fan? Consider your night out a master class in live production.
If you are working on delivering events this Christmas and need to make sure your kit remains protected throughout a busy December schedule, get in touch with Flightcase Warehouse. We provide both off the shelf flight cases and bespoke solutions too for tailor-made protection. Call 01827 60009 or email email@example.com to learn more today.
Our Favourite Bespoke Projects from the Last 4 Weeks
As always, it’s been a busy month for Flightcase Warehouse. The Pro Flightcase team (our bespoke arm for custom flight case creations) has been building non-stop in our Staffordshire workshop, completing fantastic projects for a whole host of inspiring customers. To round off the year, we wanted to share some of our favourite projects from the last 4 weeks and give you some great ideas for your next flight case. So, let’s jump into it!
On Tour With Ryder’s Creed
It’s always a pleasure to work with musicians hailing from neighbouring areas and this December we were able to lend our expertise to a project for Midlands-based band, Ryder’s Creed. We built a road trunk flight case for the hard-rock quintet to help keep their gear safe whilst they undertake a busy touring schedule, playing shows for their loyal fan base. Get to know the band a bit better and check out their latest news and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @Ryderscreed. Great to work with you, guys!
Setting Up Shop with the Charles Martin Watch Company
Luxury timepiece retailer the Charles Martin Watch Company approached Pro Flightcase looking for an on-brand point of sale solution that would help inject something truly unique and multifunctional to their showroom. Our team went on to create a bespoke hybrid flight case concept that teams modern, industrial style with point of sale display and secure storage for high-value luxury items. The company chose to complete their flight case with our signature Black Edition matte black ionised finish and a sleek glass counter top. The end result is functional, heavy-duty and on-brand design and will house leading luxury names including Rolex, Cartier, Bulagri, Tag Heuer and Omega.
Cutting Shapes for Paul Lairat
Any guitarist will tell you to call Paul Lairat instruments unconventional, and even would be an understatement! So, when a bassist came to Pro Flightcase looking for a custom fit flight case for their own Paul Lairat bass, it’s safe to say they had their work cut out. Our team took accurate measurements of the guitar’s wildly varying shape and distinctive cut-out body and created a one of-a-kind, specialised flight case featuring a digitally-cut foam insert that will protect the Lairat to perfection. It’s always a pleasure to work with iconic kit!
If you own valuable equipment that needs that extra level of protection, talk to the Pro Flightcase team today about a custom flight case designed and built to your exact specification. Whether you have your measurements to hand and are ready to quote, or you need some friendly advice of how to get started, we’d love to hear from you. Just call 01827 60009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 is now here which means it’s time to look to the year ahead and all the opportunities it presents. With this in mind, we like to kick off every January by planning our events schedule and checking out the biggest and best trade shows in the industry calendar. Here are just a handful of favourites from our agenda so far – featuring events from London to California!
1. PLASA Shows
PLASA, the leading international trade association for live entertainment technology, organises 3 shows per year focusing on presenting the most ground-breaking tech and new products from leading global brands to an international audience of pro audio, lighting, broadcast, AV and stage technology experts. Being PLASA members ourselves, we are big advocates of the organisation’s various events and encourage any industry professional to check out a show in 2018 for unparalleled access to amazing innovations, live demos, workshops and networking opportunities. The flagship show is at Olympia London, but you can next catch the PLASA action in Glasgow this 17th-18th of January.
2. The Event Production Show
Another juggernaut of a trade show held at Olympia London, the Event Production Show is the self-proclaimed ‘leading event for the UK’s live event sector’. From previous exhibiting experience, Flightcase Warehouse can confirm EPS certainly lives up to this claim. It treats visitors to cutting edge technology demonstrations, informative keynotes from some of the most creative thinkers in the entertainment tech and live events industries and inspires new ways of looking at events in modern environments. A high footfall matched with delegates who care passionately about what they do makes EPS an essential event on your 2018 trade show calendar. This year it runs from 28th February-1st March.
Casting our net slightly wider to the European continent, we look to Germany’s Musikmesse – one of the most important annual events in music. Musikmesse specialises in music production and instruments and is a true stalwart in the musical trade show world alongside NAMM (Anaheim, USA). The show itself stages over 1000 sub-events over its running course including artist spotlights, exhibitor demonstrations and technology showcases – covering a breath-taking floor space. This year Flightcase Warehouse is proud sponsor of the mondo*dr awards which will be held during Musikmesse. Musikmesse takes place from the 11th-14th April, in Frankfurt Germany.
Unless you’ve already got your ticket and booked flights to sunny California, you probably won’t be able to visit NAMM 2018 which is held this January 25th-28th in Anaheim, USA. However, we couldn’t complete this list without shining a spotlight on what is arguably the biggest and most famous show in the music, sound and event technology community. The NAMM show features the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, industry education, special events, concerts and one-off experiences. The trade show has a great ethos – to promote the pleasures and benefits of making music – which we really admire.
Do you work in event production, entertainment technology, music or sound technology and are planning to exhibit at a trade show in 2018? Flightcase Warehouse can help with your equipment’s protection and transportation needs. From convenient off-the-shelf flight cases to totally bespoke, made-to-measure creations, we can provide a solution that’s perfect for you. Call 01827 60009, email email@example.com or visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk for more information.
We’re sure you have a great idea of your brand and its identity, values and aspirations – after all, you work to make it a success every day! But how often do you step back and ask yourself how your brand, products and services are perceived by others – i.e. clients, potential contracts and ideal customers? Centering on brand and regularly looking at how to maximise its impact even more, can really help your business to grow through reinforcing a unique, consistent and engaging identity of who you are, what you do and why customers should choose to work with you!
Branding and rolling out an effective brand-led strategy can be a lengthy process. However, there is a quick and cost-effective way in which you can utilise branding that will reap you instant rewards. Do you have or require flight cases? Well, personalise them to your brand with the guidance and expertise of Flightcase Warehouse! Here’s just 3 of the instant advantages you can enjoy from branding the kit you use day in, day out.
1) Your Brand Makes Your Statement
A company’s visual brand can deliver a lot of information to current and prospective customers in a short amount of time and with minimum effort. Logos, brand-led images and visual straplines relay your businesses’ ideals, benefits and of course, style, within seconds! Not only does this give you a chance to make a lasting and positive first impression, but it can establish a base layer of trust. Branding professionals tell us that consumers are more likely to align themselves and do business with a company that has a professionally branded image, as it implies a level of industry experience and expertise.
2) Boost Employee Pride and Performance
Whilst branding can do wonders for your custom, it can also have massive benefits to the morale and performance of your team. For example, your workforce feels a sense of pride when they have a clear brand that delivers top of the line services or products that they deem as professional, leading, and genuine. Pride can result in two things most businesses aspire to generate: loyalty and advocacy. This means you keep a tight team together for longer, helping you to deliver consistent and quality service and that you’re less likely to lose their skills to competitors.
3) Make Equipment and Products Your Advert
It’s no secret that a key benefit of branding is that your logo has the potential to turn anything that you use (whether technical equipment, uniform or the flight cases that you rely on for storage and transportation) into an advert. As you travel, work different jobs and come into contact with a wide range of fellow industry professionals and prospective customers, branding presents endless visual marketing opportunities. The visibility that kit branding offers is invaluable and is an ideal solution for any size of business that wants to grow their brand, engage and make a statement about the great work they do.
Flightcase Warehouse is fully equipped to deliver totally bespoke and branded protective solutions for any industry. Through our Pro Flightcase service we offer logo and typography branding, engraving and digital printing in addition to designing specifications that make full use of your brand’s visual identity. To find out more and get a quote, please call 01827 60009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s that time of year when Glasgow’s SEC plays host to Scotland’s premier event for professional audio, lighting, AV and rigging for the events and entertainment industries – PLASA Focus Glasgow. The show brings all the latest technologies under one convenient roof, showcases the very latest products, stages cutting-edge demos and has a packed programme of seminars, too!
As with previous years, Flightcase Warehouse will be in attendance as an official PLASA-member exhibitor. Our team will be on hand at Stand D8 to provide expert advice, answer your questions and showcase our latest and greatest flight case solutions (including specialist Chauvet kit). We’re proud to exhibit alongside a stellar group of innovative industry brands – here are just a handful of names we recommend you check out during your visit. For the full exhibitor list, click here.
Regarded the world over for their standout sound gear, D&B Audiotechnik is cemented as a steadfast deliverer of prime audio solutions. The brand offers loudspeakers, amplifiers, networks and software that all work in perfect conjunction with peer equipment, which makes for convenient, seamless and reliable professional-grade audio quality at any type of venue. See them at Stand A2B.
Industry juggernauts Chauvet join us again for PLASA Focus Glasgow, exhibiting at Stand B18. If you happen to be unfamiliar with the brand (and you won’t forget them after you experience their infamously slick setup), Chauvet are specialists in the design and provision of lighting kit for stage and mounted productions, outdoor events, theatres, hospitality venues, cruise ships, clubs, television, touring professionals – you name it. You can catch both Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ at this year’s show.
Allen & Heath
Any sound and audio professional will tell you that a good mixing desk is worth its weight in gold. This is why we’d suggest a visit to Allen & Heath at Stand A2E. The brand is a celebrated designer and manufacturer of mixing desks for live sound, permanent installation, DJs, broadcast and recording studios, and is loved by users for its versatile “class” structure of products. At PLASA Focus Glasgow Allen & Heath will include their recently-announced SQ Series of desk.
Stage Electrics is the full package: they’re a specialist installer of a wide range of services and systems for theatres, arts venues, education and events in addition to offering valuable maintenance and repair extras. The company also supports customers with in-house CAD, engineering workshops and testing to ensure that exceptional performances come as standard. Join their team at Stand C10.
See a piece of kit that you just can’t go without whilst at PLASA, but need a reliable case that will keep it safe in testing conditions? Get in touch with Flightcase Warehouse. We can create a bespoke protective solutions that is custom-made to your latest purchase and we also retail a wide range of off-the-shelf flight cases that are specifically designed for popular equipment. Please email email@example.com, call 01827 60009 or click www.flightcasewarehouse.com / www.proflightcase.com for more information.