London and Dubai based Maestra Group, specialist in premium event production, design and solutions, has made a large investment in new sound, AV and lighting equipment for 2016, which also follows the launch of the new Maestra London office on January 4th.
This is to ensure the London office hit the ground running as business has, as anticipated been brisk in the first weeks of the year, and also to consolidate and boost the production resources available in Dubai.
Maestra London has spent around half a million pounds on sound and AV technology which includes a range of d&bs Y, T and E series speakers complete with associated rigging accessories for all the flying and ground-stacking options, plus their new D20 proprietary amplifiers and Y-SUBS.
“We chose d&b as it is one of the best and most reliable manufacturers in the world, with a wide range of superbly-engineered, versatile kit that is ideal for events of any size,” stated Maestra London’s Justin Hammond.
d&b is also a brand that appears repeatedly on international artists’ riders, and particularly for conference work, the speakers are compact and aesthetically pleasing.
A selection of Sennheiser 2000 range of wireless radio mics join the audio inventory together with DPA headset mics and several types of Audio Technic products.
Maestra London’s video department made an initial purchase of Christie high powered projectors, with the 7K D series and larger 14K M series products joining its fleet.
“We need to deliver multiple scenarios from standard format conferences and presentations to larger and more complex mapping projects,” commented Justin, adding that Christie is another leading brand known for reliability, power-to-weight ratios and the adaptability of its machines.
New Samsung HD LED screens are fundamental to the Maestra London investment, with a full range of standard 55 and 65 inch screens, and also the larger 75 and 95 inch options together with numerous comfort monitors. These are all supplied with assorted stands, screen lifters and other attachments to enable rigging almost anywhere.
On the control side Analog Way’s Pulse2 3G and Acsender ranges of switchers are now ready for action, together with a collection of MacBook Pro laptops running PlaybackPro and a range of other presentation programmes.
Keeping to the top brands, Atomos converters and Kramer distribution amplifiers are also integral to the AV infrastructure together with a substantial number of RTS wired and wireless comms.
Upcoming projects for the London office include collaborations with Urban Caprice, Warner Music and Unilever.
Maestra Dubai has purchased 80 of the new ETC Source Four Minis – all the superior optical quality you’d expect from a Source Four profile … in a tiny package one third of the size of a traditional landmark luminaire!
Says Tom Clements from Maestra Dubai, “We currently have the largest rental fleet of these small but exceptionally handy fixtures – they are perfect for so many of our applications”.
The Minis join over 100 standard Source Fours in Maestra Dubai’s rental stock, together with numerous other generics and LED fixtures and a comprehensive Clay Paky and Martin moving light inventory.
Two more Avolites ART dimmers are also new in Dubai, plus a quantity of new custom power distribution racks.
Dubai’s rigging department bought another 20 1-Tonne Verlinde motors, along with 1.5 kilometres of Prolyte H40 and H30V trussing – which went straight out on the 2015-16 Mubadala World Tennis Championships at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex.
In addition to all the d&b product in London, in Dubai, the stock of Meyer sound equipment has been increased with new MICA line array elements.
Photo – Maestra London crew with some of the new kit