Amazing new camera systems

Delighted to announce our significant group investment in Systems Cameras.

We have recently purchased 6 channels of the Sony HSC-100 camera system. These will be used to support the Matrix and Anna Valley PPU systems.

We will be working over the next few weeks to package these up into Flight-cases with everything required in a single box – ideal for quick deployment in large venues.

This is a fantastic addition to to our equipment inventory, one that we see Systems Cameras sitting at the heart of our new camera offerings…look forward to posting photos of the cameras in operation in the near future.

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we’re hiring…Full time AV Technician

Full Time AV Technician – Live Events Company

Matrix is a live events AV Supplier, specialising in a broad spectrum of projects. Ranging in size and variety, be it a boardroom for 20 delegates or a festival for upto 70,000. Matrix continues to grow and owns a vast inventory of sound and video equipment, having recently invested heavily in the latest cutting edge technology.

An experienced AV Technician is required to work in our head office in Hook, Hampshire. The successful applicant will support and work with the existing experienced production and warehouse team to ensure the high demands of an event, in the warehouse and on-site are delivered with impeccable detail.

The role

 As AV Technician the individual will be responsible, but not limited to the following

  • Assist the preparation (inbound and outbound) of all equipment for shows
  • Adhere to Health & Safety policies e.g. wearing the correct PPE
  • When required, additional duties will include:
    • Help, plan, organize and deliver the workflow in the warehouse to improve productivity and increase efficiency
    • Assist with the service, repair and maintenance requirements of equipment
    • Book sub-hires as and when required
    • Oversee the return of sub-hire equipment to suppliers, making sure equipment is returned within the correct timescales and as per sub-hire agreement
    • Oversee vehicle loading and driver logistics
    • Once trained; assist with PAT testing of Matrix equipment
  • Utilising the Warehouse Management System to process the orders efficiently
  • Ensure required paperwork is generated and filed correctly
  • Using the in-house stock control system (Rental Point) make sure equipment is available at the correct time
  • Work alongside the existing Technicians to manage the equipment swaps and reduce sub-hires where possible
  • Maintain stock levels for all consumables and order as required

Ideal experience / qualifications of the AV Technician:

  • At least 2 years’ experience of the AV industry / AV rental
  • Knowledge of associated equipment – sound and video
  • Understand the demand associated with on-site event delivery
  • Ability to work in a busy warehouse with AV equipment
  • Use of Rental Point (knowledge would be beneficial but not essential)
  • Clean driving license is essential to the role
  • Good Microsoft Office knowledge

The successful applicant

The individual will need to be confident, hold strong interpersonal skills and have competent knowledgeable of the industry. The successful candidate must be motivated and happy to work independently and as a team.

The position would be 5 days a week (Mon – Fri) working 9.00am – 6.00pm. However, the nature of the industry means there will need to be flexibility with these hours from time to time. Overtime may also be required as and when needed.

The role is predominantly located in Hook. However, the role will involve an amount of UK and International travel.

This is a challenging full time role with plenty of scope for further development and career enhancement. You will therefore need strong organisational, administrative and communication skills, an excellent eye for detail and be calm and accurate under pressure.

Salary: negotiable dependant on experience
Closing date: none specified
Start date: Position open now

Please forward CV’s to:
Jamie Gaskins           [email protected]
Peter Jones                [email protected]

We’re hiring…full time project manager

An experienced Project Manager, ideally with strengths in sound and video is being sought to manage existing and new clients. The successful candidate will be based in our Head Office in Hook. The individual will work with the production team to deliver the two main areas of the business – projects and kit.

The role
As a Project Manager the individual will be responsible for the following to deliver a seamless event throughout the pre, during and post production stages.

  • detailed and clear knowledge of the AV industry and associated equipment
  • confidently advise the correct product for a particular event
  • clear knowledge of different sectors within the live event industry
  • confident taking client briefs
  • manage the client through the entire event process – clients will range from senior management to junior levels
  • have an approachable manner to discuss project issues with a client
  • manage the AV and set elements with the client
  • input and manage entire event budget
  • be familiar with raising PCN’s and keeping a firm control on a budget
  • source suppliers and negotiate costs
  • provide clear scheduling for client / suppliers / crew
  • liaise and manage suppliers / crew / venue
  • manage the production team allocated to deliver the project
  • confidently liaise with senior management with project reports and updates
  • be familiar with RFP / PQQ / SOW terminology and how to work with a team to deliver such client requests
  • provide constructive feedback during client de-brief meetings

The successful applicant
The individual will need to be confident, hold exceptional interpersonal skills and be highly knowledgeable of the industry. As the Project Manager, this individual is ultimately responsible for the production and administration of their live event, they must be motivated and happy to work independently and as a team.

This is a challenging full time role with plenty of scope for further development and career enhancement. You will therefore need strong organisational, administrative and communication skills, an excellent eye for detail and be calm and accurate under pressure.

The successful candidate must have good Microsoft office knowledge and hold a clean driving license and passport. There may be an amount of global travel. The successful candidate must be prepared to work beyond the conventional 9-6 working hours as and when a project requires it.

Knowledge of CAD and Rental Point would be helpful but not essential.

Applicants will need to show past experience and knowledge in at least two of the following areas; CAD, multimedia, lighting, sound, video, and live events. Experience must also be demonstrated on the type, size and nature of two previous events where the applicant has successfully managed the events from start to completion.

Salary: negotiable dependant on experience
Closing date: none specified
Start date: Position open now

Please forward CV’s to:
Jamie Gaskins             [email protected]
Peter Jones                [email protected]

For more information:
Web                             www.matrix-events.co.uk
Facebook                    @MatrixUKSolutions
Twitter                         @MatrixUK

We’re recruiting…Full Time AV Warehouse Technician

An experienced AV Warehouse Technician is required to work in our head office in Hook, Hampshire. The successful applicant will support and work with the existing experienced production and warehouse team to manage and deliver the demands of a busy warehouse.

The role
As AV Warehouse Technician the individual will be responsible, but not limited to the following

  • Assist the preparation (inbound and outbound) of all equipment for shows
  • Adhere to Health & Safety policies e.g. wearing the correct PPE
  • Under supervision
    • Help, plan, organize and deliver the workflow in the warehouse to improve productivity and increase efficiency
    • Assist with the service, repair and maintenance requirements of equipment
    • Book sub-hires as and when required
    • Oversee the return of sub-hire equipment to suppliers, making sure equipment is returned within the correct timescales and as per sub-hire agreement
    • Oversee vehicle loading and driver logistics
    • Once trained; assist with PAT testing of Matrix equipment
  • Utilising the Warehouse Management System to process the orders efficiently
  • Ensure required paperwork is generated and filed correctly
  • Using the in-house stock control system (Rental Point) make sure equipment is available at the correct time
  • Work alongside the existing Technicians to manage the equipment swaps and reduce sub-hires where possible
  • Maintain stock levels for all consumables and order as required

Ideal experience / qualifications of the AV Warehouse Technician:

  • At least 2 years’ experience of the AV industry / AV rental / Warehouse
  • Knowledge of associated equipment – sound and video
  • Ability to work in a busy warehouse
  • Use of Rental Point (knowledge would be beneficial but not essential)
  • Clean driving license is essential to the role
  • Good Microsoft Office knowledge

 The successful applicant

The individual will need to be confident, hold interpersonal skills and have competent knowledgeable of the industry. The successful candidate must be motivated and happy to work independently and as a team.

The position would be 5 days a week (Mon – Fri) working 9.00am – 6.00pm. However, the nature of the industry means there will need to be flexibility with these hours from time to time. Overtime may also be required as and when needed.

The role is predominantly located in Hook; however there may be some minimal travel involved.

This is a challenging full time role with plenty of scope for further development and career enhancement. You will therefore need strong organisational, administrative and communication skills, an excellent eye for detail and be calm and accurate under pressure.

Salary: negotiable dependant on experience

Closing date: none specified

Start date: Position open now

Please forward CV’s to:
Jamie Gaskins             [email protected]
Peter Jones                  [email protected]

For more information:
Web                             www.matrix-events.co.uk
Facebook                    @MatrixUKSolutions
Twitter                         @MatrixUK

Matrix UK Solutions provide equipment for Robert Plant

Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters returned to The Royal Albert Hall on Friday 8 December 2017. They haven’t played in this amazingly iconic building in nearly 4 years; their returning solo performance was a sell out and eagerly anticipated by the industry and fans alike. The event didn’t disappoint, Plant and his band delivered an array of new and old songs to the captivated audience.

Having been approached by Trolcharm the weekend prior to the concert. Matrix obviously did what Matrix is renowned for, seamlessly delivered the client brief all be it on a very short timespan. Matrix was asked to project a live camera cut to enhance the audience experience of Robert Plant in the Albert Hall.

To do this, Matrix supplied a 6 Camera system; One Sony HXC with 90 LENS (FOH), Three Sony Brc-h900 (downstage edge) and 2 Marshall CV 500 (keys and drums). The camera input was fed into the Matrix PPU and mixed by the Camera Director, utilising the Ross Carbonite Black mixer. This “mix” was fed to two Laser projectors (supplied by Matrix) on the touring front truss via the touring catalyst.

Ruary Macphie from Matrix comments “As Camera Director for this event, I had a long conversation with Robert Plant and discussed the style of imagery he wanted – it was to be organic with very few ‘TV shots’. Using the DVE Channels on the desk we sent a heavily treated camera mix to the catalyst where Josh Key (media server specialist and part of the matrix team) used the catalyst to add to the effects. The combined Treatments gave a very unique representation of the music which was in line with the wishes of Robert Plant.’

Anna Valley acquires Matrix

LONDON — January 11 2018 – Anna Valley, the leading provider of AV rental services and fixed installations to the event, retail, corporate and entertainment sectors has acquired live event specialists, Matrix UK Solutions. The purchase follows a long professional relationship and will strengthen Anna Valley’s position in the AV rental market with the addition of Matrix’s experienced staff and client base.
 
Matrix UK Solutions was founded in 1998 and is jointly owned by Project Director, Grant Mitchell, Finance Director, Matt Phillips, and Technical Director, Jamie Gaskins. With roots in technical project management, the company has developed a reputation for their “can do” attitude in designing and delivering AV for everything from boardroom presentations to festivals. Noteworthy projects include helping Opus Agency to deliver the Salesforce World Tour in Amsterdam, London, Paris and Munich and partnering with the Science Museum to showcase their new Media gallery, Mathematics gallery and Wonderlab event spaces.
 
“We’ve worked closely with the Matrix team for many years,” said Anna Valley Director, Nick Hart. “They have an experienced team and a strong client base that are perfectly aligned with our technical offering. This, along with their extensive technical management experience and touring market knowledge, will grow Anna Valley’s presence in the AV rental market and improve our offering to event agencies.”
 
“Anna Valley and Matrix have independently enjoyed great success in the AV rental market,” said Matrix UK Solutions Director, Jamie Gaskins. “Anna Valley has a large team of AV rental, integration and broadcast experts and an extensive stock of equipment that will now become available to Matrix clients – so we can offer a broader range of solutions and technical support. This purchase will see both companies strengthened as we combine our teams and technology to deliver our clients’ creative vision.”

New team Member

Matrix is delighted to announce the appointment of Eliot Gilzene.

Eliot is our Trainee AV/Warehouse Technician and joins our existing production and warehouse teams. Eliot will assist in the day to day delivery of our events. Having previously worked for VER, Eliot is a fantastic asset – we wish him all the best with his new role with us.

latest E-guide

Please see the latest E-Guide, a safety guide for lots of venues in the UK.

Please click on the link below for the full PDF guide.

eGuide 2017

Matrix launches market-leading PPU

Matrix is delighted to announce the latest addition to our ever growing and technologically advancing equipment inventory…a state-of-the-art PPU, custom built in-house by our technical team. Previous generations of such a system would be housed in numerous bulky flight cases. Our system is beautifully compact making it perfect for overcoming challenging space issues on the truck, carnet issues, and difficult load-ins and has a small Operating footprint.

Such a clever, compact, versatile PPU system would be ideal for the corporate and music sectors.

Our technical department comments, “designing and building such a powerful PPU has been great to work on. We believe we have created a PPU that far surpasses a number of similar products available to the live events sector. Can’t wait to get it on the road and working it’s magic on some of our upcoming projects”.

Now for the technical bit…

Matrix’s custom built PPU has been configured to fit in three (3) flight cases, comprising of:

The first one is the “brains”:

  • Ross Carbonite switcher, with a Multi Format Support software package run by Dashboard including the Ross Graphic Xpression
  • The Carbonite black system has an inbuilt 4 x miniME which can generate a 4-picture blend for Projection.
  • The switcher has 36 inputs and 22 outputs
  • Terranex Standard Convertor for those video format moments such as Converting HDMI to SDI without additional hardware
  • Blackmagic 20×20 matrix and 4k Smartview 17” monitor
  • Blackmagic audio monitoring
  • OpenGear 3.0 crate (2 x High performance 3G re-clocking / SPG generator / analogue VDA) allows us to bespoke the system for clients need and switch to NTSC
  • UPS
  • System Laptop
  • Network switcher

 

The second is the camera control system:

  • OSEE 4 way monitor strip with tally
  • 1 x Smart scope duo 4K
  • 1 x Video hub master control
  • BM 4K 12G SDI DA with GPI and tally interfaces
  • Record capability and space for 4 x camera CCU’s with RCP drawer
  • NetGear network switcher

The third case (Directors/Vision Mixer Case) includes:

  • Ross Carbonite Black II Panel
  • RTS Comms interface
  • System Interface Monitor
  • MV Monitor

The PPU is currently available for hire, our team have undergone extensive training and are aware of it’s capabilities and abilities.