B’in Live Just Rocks It with Kinesys
TAIWAN: B’in Live formed in 2014 as the result of an amalgamation of six separate technical specialist companies and provides a complete range of rental and technical production services including sound, lighting, video, rigging, automation and staging. The production company has recently been on the road in Asia with Taiwanese rock band Mayday on their Just Rock It tour, supplying equipment as well as expertise, including the tour’s technical director and production manager, Jeffrey Soon. The setup provided was based around Kinesys’ Elevation drives, which controlled the moving lighting and video elements.
B’in Live’s inventory includes over 50 Elevation units as well as the manufacturer’s K2 and Vector control systems. Yet, for the Just Rock It tour, which filled large stadia across the continent, including Beijing’s Bird’s Nest, the production company had to sub-hire a further 10 Elevation controllers from Impact Hong Kong.
Elevation vari-speed hoist controllers were used to drive a 25m wide by 6m tall 12mm LED screen that was moved up and down via eight Liftket motors. Meanwhile, 10 lighting pods positioned above the stage, each containing nine Magic Panel 5x5 LED matrix moving lights, were controlled with 40 Elevation controllers. A further eight controllers were utilised to raise and lower four straight trusses, also above the stage.
The large set called for 30 automation cues that were programmed using the K2 system by Connie Cheng from B’in Live. The show file then transferred to the Vector computer, which was operated by Ms Cheng.
The company had invested in its Kinesys equipment last year and at that time received product training from Kinesys’ Martin Honeywell. ‘I researched very extensively before choosing Kinesys,’ explained Mr Soon. ‘There is now a big interest in Asia related to introducing more complex automation into shows, and it’s the only system that can do this so comprehensively, easily and reliably. Of course, people are also really comfortable about the levels of safety as that’s synonymous with the Kinesys brand.’