Creative Media Tech and Recording of Live Performance by Anna Geniushene, Cliburn Silver Medalist

By Kaua’i CC ACM Campus Coordinator Stephen Watkins. March 6 2024.


On Thursday, February 29, Cliburn Silver Medalist, Anna Geniushene performed an assortment of classical compositions for Creative Media students at Kaua’i Community College. Tech for the performance was provided by Creative Media students enrolled in four separate courses: Intro to Digital Arts, Music Production, Video Production, and Event Technology. The students used recording equipment funded by the UH ACM system to practice their recording skills. CM students configured and operated three professional live-event systems for the event.
Audio was controlled by a Behringer x32 soundboard equipped with an x-live, 32 channel multitrack recorder. Students set up and operated a stereo pair of Neumann KM 185 microphones to record pristine sound from the grand piano. The sound system included a Midas digital stage box configured to deliver audio of the live performance to the main audience, and also to an overflow seating area outside of the main room. Additional microphones for Q&A were provided in both seating areas. Avante PA and subwoofer systems delivered immersive sound to audiences in both seating areas.
Lighting was controlled by a ADJ Wolfmix DMX controller that arrived one week before the performance. Students immediately learned how to use the new controller to operate ADJ Mega Hex Par up-lights that illuminated a translucent panel behind the MC. Students also configured and operated two separate, 3-point lighting configurations for the grand piano and MC areas. Feature film lights used by the students included two Cream Source Vortex 8 lights, two Aputure Lightstorm 600C lights, and one ARRI tungsten source.
Students configured and operated a 4K Pro, ATEM SDI Video switcher, fed by Sony FS7 and FS9 cameras and a Canon R5 that was focused on the piano’s keyboard. The output of this multi video camera, live-switch configuration was projected onto a 16′ x 9′ UHD screen with a 13,000 lumen, 4K projector. The overflow seating area had a simultaneous video feed for a 75″ UHD monitor.
Tech for the event required 5 days of preparation, training, and rehearsals for students, 3 hours to conduct the event, and 3 additional days to return the classroom to its original condition to resume classes. According to CM Program Coordinator, Stephen Watkins, the learning experience for students was worth every minute of work.

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