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    HighEnd Systems Hog 4 Lighting Desk

    Hog 4 Lighting Desk – Hire from us today!

    Hog 4 Lighting Desk

    CDB Production Solutions continue to invest in the very best, industry standard, equipment.  We now have latest Hog 4 Lighting Desk available for hire. Contact Us for a quote. Very competitive rates!

    Hog 4 Lighting Desk is the flagship in Highend Systems newest range of consoles. Replacing the much loved Wholehog III, it embraces the latest technology, while retaining the Hog’s familiar control surface. Users will be able to walk up to the Hog 4 Lighting Desk and start programming without having to learn a whole new interface. The new encoders, jog shuttle wheel, lcd keys, motorized faders and integrated keyboard all serve to enhance this experience, making the Hog 4 Lighting Desk completely customisable. You can now have virtually all the most important attributes to hand at any time.

    Retaining the sleek look of generations past, the Hog 4 Lighting Desk offers the user an advanced programming experience in an established environment. Hog 4 Lighting Desk, at the top of the Hog line, is designed to handle the largest shows.

    The console provides three monitor outputs, MIDI input and output ports, 8 USB ports, 2 Fast Ethernet ports on a rugged Neutrik Ethercon connector allowing you total flexibility. You’re prepared for everything from the smallest industrial job requiring a single console to the largest stadium show, theme park installation or Broadway spectacular requiring a multi console setup with full network backups!

    Preserve show data on a solid state hard disk drive as well as with USB drives and CD/DVD-ROM’s, or alternatively connect directly to a network drive to store your show files remotely.

    Features

    • Robust Hog 4 Operating Software
    • Unlimited number of simultaneous crossfades
    • Two internal 17-inch wide screen touchscreens with 10 point multi-touch
    • Three external monitors or touchscreens supported
    • Five encoders for an expanded wheelset
    • Twelve LCD User Keys
    • Tri Axis backlit trackball, with rotary encoder for the third axis and four configurable buttons for cursor and position control
    • Ten motorized playback faders
    • One motorized Grand Master
    • Dedicated Intensity and Rate wheels
    • User assignable Jog Shuttle encoder
    • 48 Soft-Keys for quick toolbar selections
    • Built in DMX Processor 8000
    • Hog-Net Ethernet connector
    • Fixture-Net Ethernet connector
    • Integrated keyboard
    • Internal Hard disk drive
    • Internal CD/DVD drive
    • Eight USB ports for Wholehog wings and external touchscreens
    • Storage space beneath arm rest
    • Desklights, feedback LEDs, and integrated worklight all dimmable
    • Auto-ranging mains input (90-250VAC)
    • Light Converse Visualizer dongle included
    • Dust cover included
    • Custom Road Case included

    Connectivity

    • Unlimited number of DMX channels via Ethernet DPs
    • Unlimited number of Art-Net and E1.3.1 (sACN) universes via Ethernet DPs
    • Onboard MIDI Input and Output, MIDI Show Control and MIDI Time Code and LTC Input
    • Multiple LTC inputs via optional multiple SMPTE/ LTC USB Widget
    • Connectivity with many visualizers via Ethernet
    • Wired and wireless networking ability with multiple Wholehog console systems
    • Remote Focus capabilities when networked with a tablet PC running Hog 4PC software
    • Supports USB Playback and Expansion Wings

    Dimensions

    • With the Screen down – 40.5” (1028.7mm) wide by 28.49” (723.7mm) deep by 6.49” (164.75mm) high
    • With the Screen up – 40.5” (1028.7mm) wide by 28.49” (723.7mm) deep by 16.43” (417.39mm) high
    • Weight- 75 lbs (34 kg)
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    Dance Show Filming - CDB Production Solutions

    Dance Show Filming

    Dance Show Filming

    Here at CDB Production Solutions we are increasingly getting more and more busy with various performance companies and dance schools.  We supply them with technical production services to facilitate dance show filming, Sound hire and Lighting hire.

    We know that lots of hard work and rehearsals go into putting on a dance show and we understand that you want to capture and showcase your group’s talent in the best possible way, with a professional recording that your pupils and families can be proud of and treasure the memories over time.

    With this in mind, let us take away that extra hassle with the technical aspects of the show in terms of lighting, sound and vision.

    As more and more shows are being filmed it is very important the lighting and sound are right.  For example, a well-rehearsed dance routine will only look as good both ‘live’ in the venue or ‘captured’ on a DVD if it is lit correctly.  Lighting also can be used to; set the scene, enhance an energetic performance, draw in the audience with a carefully lit moody or sad song, invoke emotion or simply light the stage with a theme or your dance schools colours.

    Equally sound is just as important.  Did you know humans gain more than 70% of information through the sense of hearing?  For this reason it is very important that everyone, both ‘live’ in the venue or ‘captured’ on a recording has good quality clear (which doesn’t have to mean loud) audio.  Dancers performing a routine, a group or soloist performing a musical theatre piece, to a person making an announcement or voice over, will only sound as good the as the sound system, fold back monitors, microphones, playback devices being used and the sound engineer mixing the audio to achieve a great balance.

    We also understand Dance Show Filming can be an additional expense for your school, but we make our prices affordable and accessible.  We tailor bespoke solutions to you rather than offering various packages where you have to pick the one that closest matches your needs.

    Whatever level you are performing at, quality lighting and sound really do make a difference to Dance Show filming.  We have vast knowledge and experience of working within theatres and dance schools.  We can provide you with individual items on dry hire to full production, with lighting and sound engineers.  We offer your school or organisation, a high standard and professional total production solution.

    If you are planning an event and require any assistance, please get in touch via our contact us form. Or if you would prefer to speak to someone in person, give our office a call on 01325 520357.  We are always on hand to provide information and guidance.

     

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    The Vicar of Dibley

    The Vicar of Dibley

    The Vicar of Dibley

    We have just provided full technical production support for STARS in Darlington, an amateur dramatic society, who staged their performance of The Vicar of Dibley at St Augustine’s Parish Centre. We work a lot with STARS, who have a great team, which we have been involved with for many years. With most people knowing the very popular TV series, this show had to live up to high expectations and the tech we supplied had to match. We had plenty of work in sound to do, including using radio microphones with the cast. Lighting was full stage lighting, with both generic and moving head fixtures.

    Fantastic performances from  it was a great show to be involved with!

    If you are planning a Theatre Show or Event and require any assistance, please get in touch via our contact us form, or if you would prefer to speak to someone in person give our office a call on 01325 520357.  We are always on hand to provide information and guidance.

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    Pantomime Sound and Lighting

    Pantomime Sound and Lighting

    Pantomime Sound and Lighting

    Christmas means pantomimes for us. Which means plenty of Pantomime Sound and Lighting hires!

    We are always very busy supplying and operating at productions. We recently we were brought on board to supply, set up and operate the full technical production for the pantomime Dick Whittington.  This included the whole stage lighting rig, with flown Generics, Moving Head fixtures, LED units, various smoke effects and pyrotechnics along with video effects and a pre – recorded dream sequence that we had to play back. 

    We also provided Sound, including numerous radio mic channels, along with playback of audio effects. With a small orchestra in the pit, we had plenty of work in sound to do.  

    It was a great show to be involved with and as always fantastic performances from all the cast, with a great stage crew to go along with them.

    If you are planning a Pantomime or Theatre Show and require any assistance, please get in touch via our contact us form. Or if you would prefer to speak to someone in person give our office a call on 01325 520357.  We are always on hand to provide information and guidance.

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    Hoglet Wing - Available for Hire

    Hoglet Wing

    Hoglet Wing

    CDB Production Solutions continue to invest in the very best, industry standard, equipment.  We now have latest Hoglet Wing available in our very own hire stock. We can supply the wing with or without 23.8″ 10 point multi touch high spec PC loaded with Hog 4 PC.  Contact Us for a quote. Very competitive rates!

    More compact and more competitive than its predecessor the Nano!

    Coupled with Hog 4 PC, the Hoglet Wing, from Highend Systems, provides the user with a single unified surface, turning a laptop or desktop into a fully-fledged, powerful and intuitive lighting console. Any computer running Hog 4 PC can connect to the Hoglet wing over USB creating a state of the art control surface. Utilizing a similar front panel to all Hog 4 products users will feel right at home. The main play column has also been moved back to the more traditional center of the hoglet wing.

     

    Features

    • USB connection to Hog 4 PC
    • One Super Widget built in (4 universes of DMX)
    • Socket for a Hog LED Desklight (supplied), fully dimmable
    • LED Desklight and feedback LEDs dimmable
    • Sleek HedgeHog 4 styling
    • Status LEDs for power, data, and expansion
    • Two USB sockets
    • Dust cover included
    • Four encoders
    • Twelve User Keys
    • Ten playback faders
    • Auto-ranging external PSU mains input (90-250VAC)
    • Optional Custom Road Case

     

    Dimensions

    • 23.75” (603.25) wide by 12.37” (314.19mm) deep by 2.62” (66.54mm) high
    • Weight: 8.64lbs (3.22 kg)
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    pantomime, Beauty and the Beast

    Pantomime

    Pantomime

    Christmas means pantomimes for us. This year we had three productions to supply and operate at. First it was STEPPS pantomime in Darlington who put on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – Performed in Bondgate Hall Theatre. We were brought on board to supply, set up and operate the full technical system for them which included the stage lighting rig, with flown Moving Head fixtures and LED units. Radio microphones were also supplied and we mixed the sound for them for the run of the production.

    Next we were with the Sedgefield Players who put on their pantomime version of Aladdin. As always great performances from the cast, with a great stage crew to go along with them. We provided Sound, including radio mic systems and playback along with lighting and effects which consisted of full stage lighting, smoke machines, UV and pyrotechnics.

    The third was with STARS in Darlington, who put on their performance of The Adventures of Mr Toad at St Augustine’s Parish Centre. Not strictly a pantomime but a “child friendly musical” with “goodies” and baddies”. We work a lot with STARS, who have a great team, which we have been involved with for many years. This year the show had grown in size and what we supplied had to match. With a small orchestra / band in the pit, we had plenty of work in sound to do, including using radio microphones with the cast. Lighting was full stage lighting, with moving head fixtures. All that combined with a moving smoke effects, it was a great show to be involved with!

    If you are planning a Theatre Show or Panto and require any assistance, please get in touch via our contact us form, or if you would prefer to speak to someone in person give our office a call on 01325 520357.  We are always on hand to provide information and guidance.

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    Nativity Play Sound and Lighting

    Nativity Play

    We have had a long but very rewarding day spent providing lighting & Sound to St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington for their Outdoor Nativity Play. The cast all braved the weather and pulled off a great Nativity Play performance with live goats and donkey. It even snowed!  A great production to be involved with, even if we did get wet!

    Whatever your event, big or small, call us to discuss your requirements. Alternatively leave us your details on our contact form and we will call you back. Let CDB Production Solutions build your ideal event with our years of experience in sound, lighting and technical knowledge.

    We look forward to working with you to achieve your total production solution!

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    CDB Production Solution School Show Lighting and Sound

    School Shows

    The end of the school year is always busy for us, as we work with many schools and colleges supplying our services for their summer school shows and performances.  This year was no exception as we started out providing radio mic hire, sound system and our start cloth backdrop to a local primary school shows of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

    We also had a production of le Miserables, which we provided sound, lighting and special effects equipment on a dry hire basis.  This included multiple radio mic channels, various lighting fixtures and control, smoke, haze and pyrotechnic systems.  We were also brought in on one of the performances to facilitate a DVD of the school shows which would be available to the cast, family and friends.

    Meantime we also had full technical and production responsibility for The Sound of Music.  This was the first time we had worked with is college, for their school shows and the standard of the production was first class.  We provided all equipment for the production including lighting, sound and visual effect engineers which meant that the teaching staff could really focus on the acting and school orchestra. It was a very well received by audiences and we very much look forward to working with the college on their future school shows.

    If you are planning your school shows and require any assistance, please get in touch via our contact us form, or if you would prefer to speak to someone in person give our office a call on 01325 520357.  We are always on hand to provide information and guidance.

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    Sedgefield Players entertaining angel's acting dramatics north east

    Sedgefield Players – Entertaining Angel’s

    This month have again been working with the Sedgefield Players, who staged their spring show “Entertaining Angel’s”.  The Sedgefield Players are a community based amateur dramatics group who do have their own sound and lighting teams but we were asked to assist with the shows technical requirements and provide additional lighting hire.  The show had a run of great performance from the cast, with a fantastic set and stage crew to go along with them.

    If your planning a theatre show or event and need technical assistance, feel free to contact us at any time you please, using our contact form on our website or one of our contact numbers.  Alternatively you can always visit us at our HQ. We have a friendly staff and a mean cup of coffee.Let CDB Production Solutions build your ideal event with our years of experience in sound, lighting and technical knowledge.

    We look forward to working with you to achieve your total production solution!

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    Panto Services during pantomime season england

    Panto Season

    Christmas is always Panto season for us. This year we had three productions to supply and operate at. First it was STEPPS in Darlington who put on ‘The Snow Queen’ – Performed in Bondgate Hall Theatre. It was the first year supplying and operating the full technical system for them. We installed a full Stage Lighting rig, with flown Moving Head fixtures and LED units. Radio microphones were also supplied and we ran the system for them for the run of the production. STEPPS are a real family run theatre group who put on great shows every year!
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