ESports - East Coast Throwdown

Over the weekend of October 21st Moore PA Hire provided all audio, lighting, power distribution, and video equipment and services for the annual East Coast Throwdown ESports event in Stamford, Connecticut. Let’s get cracking!

The main stages:
For audio we began with (1) Yamaha QL-1 and (1) Yamaha Rio 1608D. We took in gameplay audio and commentary from the three broadcast teams present at the event, along with rigging up (3) Shure UR-2 handheld microphones, paired with our Shure UR4D receiver rack. We also set-up (2) Senheiser MKH 416 shotgum microphones to pick up the audience in the room, sending the cheering back to the broadcast teams as well as pushing them through the PA to increase the ambiance of gameplay in the venue. For speakers, we rigged up two tower, each with (3) L’Acoustics DV Dosc. and (1) L’Acoustics DV Sub. For front fill we provided (5) L’Acoustics 108P across the three main stages. To feed the DV towers and Subs we provided (2) L’Acoustics LA-8, along with all the NL4 cabling needed. The towers were built on (2) Genie ST20 Supertowers. With that flying we could move onto video world.

We began with the dynamic duo of (1) Production Bot Switch 8 and our Black Magic Design video rack, the LSE 1. The LSE 1 consists of (1) Atem 2 M/E, (2) UltraScope Duo 4K, (2) Hyper Deck Studio Pro 4K, (1) Macbook Pro 13″ for control, and a UPS capable of running our full system for up to 45 minutes without power.
The set-up was feeding (2) Optoma ZU850 8K Laser Projectors – with Optoma A13 long-throw lenses – and (1) 4 metre by 3 metre LED Wall. The projectors were each shooting onto a 7ft x 11ft AV Stumpfl Monoblox Screen with full dress kits. The wall was controlled by (1) Novastar VX4S and hung from truss flying from (2) Mobiltech ALP-5 crank up stands. The LED Wall was secured to the truss using (4) 100cm rigbars and (8) Mega-Video Wall Hangers. What content was sent where morphed throughout the event. For inputs we took a program feed from all three of the broadcast teams, as well as our (3) Panasnic HE-130 PTZ Cameras and the Production Bot Switch 8. The LSE 1 directed and fed all 3 screens, as well as handled distributing all three PTZ camera feeds to the broadcast teams for use in their livestreams. We rigged up (1) Ikan Atlas 19.5″ monitor for multi-view along with (1) Panasonic RP-120 Controller to control the PTZs over the weekend. We also rigged up (1) Panasonic RP50 controller that floated between the broadcast teams throughout the event so they had full control when they needed it. With (4) Decimator MD-HX connected alongside 26 seperate runs of SDI cables to span the full back of house area, we were ready to switch everything on.

For lighting we started with Grand MA on PC, paired with (1) MA Cmnd Wing and (1) HP Elite Display E230T. In line was (1) 4-way active DMX distributor to pull all the fixtures together. Speaking of fixtures, we hung (4) GLP X4S, (10) ETC Lustr Series 2  w/ EDLT lenses, and (8) Chauvet Rogue R2. These were hung from a combination of the Genie ST20 Super-Towers and (4) sticks of 10 foot truss with base plates and plenty of sandbags. We also provided (12) Colorblast TRX and (12) RGBA LED Strips.

To finish of the main stage area we set up (6) 12 foot sections of black velour to provide a clean and consistent backdrop.

Secondary stages:
For the stage at the back of the main room, we provided (2) 70″ 4k HDR display, on Premier Mounts Stands. For audio we provided (1) Mackie DL1608D and (2) L’Acoustics 112P.

For the adjoining room, we provided (2) Samsung 82″ 4K HDR Smart TVs, also on Premier Mounts. For audio we set up (1) Mackie DL1608D and (2) L’Acoustics 112P on tripods, along with (2) L’Acoustics SB15P.

Finally downstairs, provided (2) 80″ Sharp Aquos TVs along with (1) 500′ spool of fiber optic cable to provide hardline internet to the corresponding broadcast team going live from the arcade.

Kindly check out our photos from the event below: