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.

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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.

Matrix hits the glow button with new LED purchase

Now available to hire – Matrix has purchased a sizeable quantity of one of the most diverse, user-friendly LED products currently available to the live event sector. Matrix’s 2.6mm pixel pitch LED creates amazing high definition crystal clear images, absolutely ideal for exhibitions and conferences that need a truly superior display platform.

There are many USP’s with this LED, notably the most inspiring one Matrix has received great feedback is it’s capability to create and display curves – convex and concave.

Additional benefits include;

  • Straight walls interspersed with curves
  • Optimized cable management
  • Revolutionary magnetic attraction function on each LED panel
  • Capability for single person handling – can potentially reduce crew numbers for rig/de-rig
  • 2 in 1 rigging bars

We welcome all opportunities to discuss our new LED. Our team is more than happy to provide demonstrations of this product and any other equipment from our extensive equipment inventory. Further examples of the product capabilities and it working in action can be seen on the Matrix YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se6-I7Dam0U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkmpy3kdmpU

Shanghai

Amazing event, thousands of delegates through the door. Matrix thoroughly enjoyed technically consulting and assisting on this project… What goes up must come down…450 crew to derig the event in Shanghai

Shanghai

Amazing event, thousands of delegates through the door. Matrix thoroughly enjoyed technically consulting and assisting on this project… What goes up must come down…450 crew to derig the event in Shanghai

Flight center summertime ball

Great event this weekend; all technical kit, crew and production…1600 delegates, loads of sound / video / lighting equipment!