The MAMAs – MusicACT Annual Music Awards recognising excellence in the music industry in Australia’s capital city – took place in Albert Hall in Canberra at the beginning of December. For this special night celebrating and honouring Canberra’s most talented artists, the Albert hall was beautifully lit with kaleidoscopic colours, lifting the venue to spectacular heights.

Sound and lighting production was managed by one of Canberra and the ACT’s premier Audiovisual Production and Installation suppliers – Elite Sound and Lighting. The main stage for the ACT’s music industry’s night of nights featured big VuePix screen consisting of 32 L10 panels. The custom content for the screen was streamed from ArKaos A30 Media Server.

The lighting rig consisted of 12 Robin 600 LEDWashes and 8 Robin 600E Spots. The lighting and visual effects were controlled by ChamSys MQ200 Pro and MQ100 Expert consoles. Two Le Maitre MVS Hazers were used for special effects.

The MAMAs spectacular performances featured over 100 artists of diverse genres – from classical to jazz, choral to folk, country to rock to electronic, and much more.

Congratulations to all of the 2013 MAMAs winners!


Australian Institute of Sport Awards 2012

Elite Sound and Lighting were behind the production of Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Awards, held late last year in Canberra. The AIS Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of athletes and coaches over the year.


The 2012 Awards were presented during an evening ceremony in the AIS Arena in Canberra. The night was hosted by Channel 7’s Mark Beretta and woman’s world surfing champion  Lane Beachly and celebrated the achievements of Australian sporting champions, highlighting the biggest moments and achievements of the season.

The main stage for the Awards Dinner featured VuePix L10 screen, configured into a  pyramid shape which was  used for Different organisation and company logo projection as well as the speaker’s background video effects. The specifically designed media content for the screen was streamed from an ArKaos A30 Media Server and scaled using a Vision Pro HD Video Processor.


Both the lighting and LED video content on the VuePix L10 screen were controlled via a ChamSys MQ100 Expert Console. A LeMaitre MVS Hazer was also used for creating haze effects on the stage during the production.


Top Slingsby (sailing) and Alicia Coutts (swimming) were awarded the ‘Athletes of the Year’ tiltle, with the Australian Sailing Coaching Team winning the prize for best Coaches.

Thunder on a Hill – HOG Rally

A large number of Australian Harley Fanatics rode from all corners of Australia to celebrate the 22nd Australian National HOG Rally in Canberra late last year. Nearly 1,500 members of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) joined in on the festivities over the three day meet and celebration held in the ACT. The production for the big weekend party ‘Thunder on the Hill’ was organised and delivered by Elite Sound and Lighting, who supplied all the lighting, visual and audio technology.

thunder on the hill

The centrepiece of the concert stage which was designed for the legendarily Richard Clapton’s performance, was a VuePix L series screen.The 10mm pixel pitch modular screen was utilised for some great visual background effects. All of the displayed content was streamed from an ArKaos A30 Media server through a Vision Pro HD processor and DMX controlled via ChamSys Maxi Wing and Tablet PC.

Richard Clapton didn’t disappoint, singing his iconic hits and adding some new ones to the playlist as well. With Australian music history making act Axiom, Bailey Judd, Rock Monsters and Masterpiece and the Margaritas rocking the stage the other nights, the large crowd of Harley Fans were dancing and celebrating to the beat of classic rock songs throughout the whole long weekend.

The HOG Rally was finished in traditional style with a Thunder Run on Sunday, with all the club members riding in procession on their Harleys through the streets of Canberra, ending at Gold Creek Village with an outstanding Show and Shine bike show.

Thunder on a Hill – HOG Rally

Bass in the Place, Canberra

Bass in the Place provided an explosive countdown to 2013 for all Canberra locals, who came in force to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2012 with their friends and neighbours at Garema place. Presented by the ACT Government, the all ages dance party showcased the best in local & interstate artists and was a great kick start to the New Year.

Local stars, VJ Insan3 and DJ Rush started the Top 50 2012 songs countdown, before DJ Rawson dominated the dance floor with his creativity and skills behind the decks. DJ stars Chris Fraser & Timmy Trumpet followed spinning some of the biggest dance hits of the year untill late into the evening.


Production for this year was entrusted to Elite Sound and Lighting – Canberra’s leading audiovisual production and installation specialist. The stage featured VuePix E series 12mm screens (90 panels together) as a main visual / video element of the shows. The content for those was run by an ArKaos A30 Media server and rendered through Vision Pro HD Video Processor.


The Stage lighting included some of Robe latest release products 7nd 16x MMX Spot, 16x 600LEDWash & 8x 100 LEDBeam. These were accompanied by16 x SDV Giga Strobes for high intensity strobe effects. The entire rig was controlled by various ChamSys Lighting consoles which included the MQ200 Pro for LX control and MQ100 Expert for screen control.

The midnight fireworks were perfect finish to the event, welcoming the new year in with style.

Foreshore Music Festival, Canberra

The Australian festival lovers met at the end of November in the very heart of Canberra at Commonwealth Park to enjoy the sixth year of the Foreshore Music Festival. The world’s hottest bands and electronic acts assembled together along with an army of true Australian festival die hards who returned to rock the parliamentary triangle again. The Foreshore 2012 Line up featured world leading DJs and acts such as Tiësto, Calvin Harris, 360, Example, Naughty By Nature, Dash Berlin and many more.


Elite Sound and Lighting – who are considered the ACT’s premier audiovisual production and installation specialist – provided the entire festival production, with the exception of the Kicks Stage audio, including lighting, audio, vision rigging and crowd barriers.

The main two stages featured over 190 Vuepix 12.5mm E-series panels, over 50 Robin Lighting fixtures from Robe, LeMaitre Hazers, SDV Giga Strobes, ChamSys consoles for control, ArKaos A30 Media Server and Vision Pro HD Processors which controlled the video content.


The lighting and visual specs for ‘Hi Top Stage’ included more VuePix E Series video panels and a combination of Robin 600 LEDWashes and Robin 600E Spots accompanied with 8 SDV Giga Strobes and a LeMaitre Star Hazer for speciall effects. All controlled by ChamSys Maxi Wing + Tablet PC. An ArKaos A30 Media server an Vision Pro HD Processor were used to manage all video content.


Foreshore Festival is more than just about the music, it is about the total festival experience at one of the most beautiful and unique festival sites in the country. The 2012 event was the biggest and best show to date and has set a high standard for the years to come.


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