A rock solid solution for Solid Rock
SOUTH AFRICA: Solid Rock Event Technical has added to its inventory with a new ArKaos Studio Server, purchased through DWR Distribution. The Johannesburg-based A/V solutions provider required a server with several output points that could accommodate events of all sizes.
It was in Frankfurt at Pro Light & Sound earlier in the year that Solid Rock’s founder Keith Mac Intyre and audio engineer Rolley Maphosa were introduced to ArKaos by DWR’s Nick Britz. ‘From what I understand, within half an hour of Rolley seeing the system for the first time, he was already mapping spheres and cubes with the product,’ said Solid Rock’s business development manager, Andrew Temblett. ‘When Keith came back to Johannesburg we started looking at the software available and it seemed a very simple solution that would be suitable for a lot of our A/V requirements.’
Arkaos founder Marco Hinic and projector coordinator, technical sales Benjamin Bauwens from ArKaos then visited South Africa to provide training at the offices of DWR, which Mr Maphosa and Mr Temblett attended. During this visit that Mr Hinic and Mr Bauwens personally delivered Solid Rock’s new server and provided some one-on-one training.
With the server delivered, Mr Maphosa put it to use for the first time at an IBM event for which Solid Rock was engaged to facilitate the A/V solution. ‘I wasn’t nervous using it and I like it as it’s easy to use and I haven’t had any problems. Usually content is sent to us and we play around with it at the office. With this server you can do everything onsite, which is very helpful in regards to manipulating images,’ the audio engineer explained.
‘For Solid Rock it will go on many shows because it’s versatile. We needed a solution that we could put on small, medium or large-scale shows, hassle-free,’ added Mr Temblett. ‘We have a large event coming up in October at The Pavilion at Sandton Convention Centre and we are structuring it around the use of ArKaos. So everything we are proposing is keeping in the realms of the server.’
‘The ArKaos Studio Server is very powerful and quick to set up. The advantage of the server is all its inputs, which means you can send cameras or laptops to it. The hardware is built for the software so it runs well. The software enables the user to add images to screens and then manipulate them,’ Mr Britz commented. ‘The system is stable, well known and what’s great is that it can run stand alone or with a lighting desk or video technician. Solid Rock are using various triggers for the system so they use audio triggering or Midi-triggering.’