Toast Martinborough

Toast Martinborough is a massive event which is really 10 simultaneous Wine and Food Festivals spread out over the township of Martinboroughcatering to 10,000 punters.

It is a huge logistical challenge and almost everything to support the event has to be brought in.

Noise Productions is the largest production provider for Toast. We supply all the AV equipment for the core event, from large LED TV’s used in the command and control center, the closing concert in the square and even systems used for public address and announcements.

In addition we supply production for 3 vineyards, all at the same time. This year we ran the stages for Paliser Estate, Dry River and Escarpment Vineyard.

Our top notch team makes sure the whole event runs without a hitch and everyone goes home having a great time.

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Martinborough Square

The Hustle

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Dry

River

High Society,
Shake em Downers, Courtney Naera

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Paliser
Estate

The Satisfactions

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Escarpment

The Warratahs

Masterton is Beautiful

Noise Productions can produce your next corporate video.

Masterton District Council wanted to be competitive in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful awards so engaged Noise Productions to write and produce their video entry.

We took care of the whole project, from recruiting the talent to writing the script, shooting and editing.

The end result was a viral hit video and Masterton winning the most beautiful city category in the 2017 awards.

Large Scale Event Networking Case Study

This year Noise Productions is combining the networking requirements of Wings over Wairarapa and Wairarapa TV into a single piece of infrastructure to support all of the events needs as well as the requirements of a live Television Broadcast.

The networking requirements for Wings over Wairarapa have compounded year on year to the point where preparation and installation for the February event begin in early December. Rock solid Internet and networking connectivity are absolutely necessary for a large scale event these days with things like Ticketing, pass-outs, Eftpos, staff communications, audio distribution, video distribution, Live TV up-links, live radio uplinks, internet connectivity for trade stands, gold pass and VIP WiFi access, intercoms, event scheduling and runsheet publishing, pilot messaging, event publicity and media communications all dependent on rock solid and high bandwidth internet connectivity. If the internet stops, the whole event grinds to a hault and 30,000 people are left wondering what happened.

It begins with internet connectivity and because the airfield is outside the Masterton fibre zone, internet connectivity is somewhat of a challenge. We also need the internet to be absolutely bulletproof so it is connected to multiple locations with full redundancy and failover. Spark provide a single VDSL connection into an airfield hangar which provides around 40 megabits of bandwidth, this is bonded with a 300 megabit 23km wireless link to Popoiti Hill where Wairarapa TV is broadcast from. There is no internet at this location so the link bounces another 25km back to Masterton to the Wairarapa TV broadcast racks. At this location a 100 megabit fibre connection is used as the main internet bandwidth for the event. A 2km wireless link from this location to a secondary redundant location provides another 100 megabit fibre connection as a backup just in case the main one goes down. This provides three internet connections from different locations that are bonded together but also allow redundancy and failover if any one of them should go down.

A core firewall / router housed at Wairarapa TV provides all this failover cleverness and controls the entire network from offsite.

The next problem is getting internet and network connectivity spread out around the roughly 5 square kilometers that make up the Wings site. Careful consideration has to be made to ensure that there are no bottlenecks at any point in the network and that if any part of the network goes down it does not impact all or part of the site. One of the biggest mistakes WiFi installers commonly make is chaining links together. This results in the links closest to the start becoming quickly saturated, performance drops quickly and then dropouts cause all of the locations downstream to lose connectivity. This is bad but is also way too common and the reason why most WiFi installations are horrible.

To ensure Wings has awesome WiFi, Noise Productions uses a multi part hub and spoke design with full redundancy of the Hub.

There are effectively two independent 'Hubs' which any spoke of the network can connect to and each 'hub' has an independent link to the core network. The primary hub has the VDSL connection plus a long range wireless link to Popoiti Hill and the secondary hub has a high capacity link back to the primary hub plus another independent long range link to Popoiti. This means either one of the core hubs can go down and the entire system keeps running. If any 'spoke' goes down, only that areas is impacted and no other areas are taken down with it.
This design is much more complicated than an easy 'chain link' design but avoids the common problem in a chain link design of a single failure taking out the entire network or a single point of high load slowing down the entire rest of the network.

Now that we have connections to lots of points around the airfield, we need to provide wired and wireless internet connectivity covering each location. To do this we use extremely powerful industrial grade WiFi access points at each location. These access points have a special handoff capability so that you can walk around the Wings site and remain connected to WiFi the whole time with no dropouts, we also now encroach into a very important aspect of large scale event networking and that is Security.

With 30,000 punters on site, its highly likely that a few of the people visiting are going to have a go at breaking into your network so that they can either wreak havoc or just score themselves unlimited free internet. To avoid this, Noise Productions carves the network up with different layers of security and a special network topology called VLANs or virtual networks. This means that multiple networks for different functions can all run on the same infrastructure without any chance of someone on one network being able to access a more secure part of the network.

For example, we don't want people connected to the guest WiFi network to be able to access the ticketing systems or to be able to access the Wairarapa TV network in order to start their own Television Broadcast. We also wouldn't want a ticketing clerk to start a bitorrent session and download a massive video slowing down the internet for everyone else.

Even though the same wires and hardware are used for each network, they are controlled, monitored and throttled independently so that one idiot can't ruin it for everyone. In total, Wings uses 12 seperate virtual networks all running on the same infrastructure. Each virtual network has its own reservation of internet bandwidth, its own network priority and its own separate security layer. Virtual networks for the Television broadcast and ticketing systems are highly secure and restricted, while networks for Guest WiFi and Media are more open.

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Eclipse Pink Floyd Show

Noise Productions is the Audio and Video provider for the Eclipse Pink Floyd show.

Since the 1990's, Pink Floyd has epitomised the highest possible production values and replicating those as closely as possible has been a key goal for Eclipse.

Every detail of the audio system is optimised to provide crystal clear sound. The complete elimination of stage monitors and utilisation of individual on stage monitor mixers for every member of the 7 piece band ensures that unwanted noise from the stage is minimised. Indeed, if you were to stand on stage while the band is performing, you would be astounded at how quiet it is on stage.

By utilising technologies such as DANTE, Noise Productions is able to minimise the setup time for what would normally be an extremely complex audio setup. With a drum kit the size of Africa and enough Cymbals for a Chinese New Year, the number of microphones on stage is ridiculous and is only matched by the complex web of digital routing to pipe samplers, drum pads and 3 keyboards around the system.

On the video front, things are no less complex.
A circle screen in the center of the stage projects visuals and camera feeds from high definition cameras positioned all over the stage. Two giant statues on each side of the stage are projected onto using the latest in projection mapping technology and these 'come alive' during the show, interacting with the performance.

Wings Over Wairarapa

Noise Productions has been involved in Wings Over Wairarapa since 2003, initially providing the public address system but more recently we have provided more and more of the airshows core infrastructure services.

As one of the largest airshows in the country, Wings Over Wairarapa attracts upwards of 30,000 people, spread out over several square kilometers of hot and windy airfield. The logistical challenges of distributing audio to this many people over this large an area are numerous. Avoiding audible delays from distant speakers requires precision fine tuning of digital delay to each individual speaker and then constantly re-tuning each delay every time the wind changes direction.

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In 2015, we added Video and Interactivity to the mix by providing large screens around the airshow displaying both live content from the ground and feeds from cameras mounted inside the aircraft. This proved extremely popular and added an entire new dimension to the entertainment. By integrating the big screens with the Airshows busy Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as allowing visitors to upload pictures directly to the screen via Email and SMS message, Noise Productions created an extremely interactive and engaging event.

Of course, this degree of interactivity is difficult without great base infrastructure, so Noise Productions provided a massive site wide WiFi network that allowed thousands of guests to connect to the internet and participate. Constructing a highly reliable WiFi network on this scale is no small challenge and unless meticulously planned and implemented, most WiFi networks would simply buckle under the load of that many connections. High reliability was critical to the event as the entire ticketing system was also being run over the same infrastructure as well as the distributed event scheduling system that kept pilots up to speed with changes in the program in real time.

Thankfully the system stood up to the masses and idled through the event to deliver seamless connectivity to the masses and fast check in times at the ticket gates.

Noise Productions also created an online video channel for the event called WOW TV which featured content leading up to the event and a daily roundup of each days activities.
We also post produced the event DVD which was available for purchase.

By utilising Noise Productions to provide so much core infrastructure for the event, Wings Over Wairarapa reduced costs compared to having multiple individual providers as we were able to provide a highly capable crew that overlapped functions. For example staff monitoring the sound system could also monitor the video screens instead of having a separate crew for each. In addition, there was a single point of contact for technical concerns which reduced the management overhead for event staff.

In 2017, Noise Productions will be back again, providing even more core infrastructure for Wings Over Wairarapa.

The Golden Shears

Noise Productions became involved in the live broadcasting of the Golden Shears in 2013.

At the time, the International Shearing event was being broadcast in standard definition and reached an audience of around 10,000 viewers, however the content was not easily available outside of the live broadcasts.

Noise Productions created a new online channel for the event called Golden Shears TV, the goal of this was to make the content easily accessible both during and outside the event. This change, along with increasing the quality of the live broadcast to High Definition, has resulted in exponential growth to the point where last year 60,000 viewers watched the competition online.

In 2016, we plan to grow this even more with a goal of hitting 100,000 viewers.

Due to the fact that Shearing Events have no off the shelf electronic scoring system, Noise Productions has worked with local company Harvest Electronics who have built the most accurate, reliable and flexible competition shearing scoring system in the world. Noise Productions has enhanced this system by building a custom software suite that interfaces to the electronic scoring system and displays real time scoring as overlays on the live broadcasts.

This has lifted the quality of the live broadcasts significantly as the scoring system is connected to the camera system so that when a camera is selected for broadcast, the score for the shearer on screen is displayed on screen. The combination of Harvest Electronics and Noise Productions has created the most advanced shearing scoring system in the world and as a result we have been invited to broadcast the World Shearing championships in 2017.


King Street Live

Sadly King Street Live closed in 2016. You can see our photo tribute to this amazing venue here.

When founders Warren Maxwell (Trinity Roots, Little Bushman) and Carl Schdroski created King Street Live, they were adamant that the sound in the venue had to be to international standards in order to attract the caliber of performers they envisioned.

Many New Zealand live venues suffer from poor sound and outdated equipment that lacks the headroom to cope with the most demanding performances.

Noise Productions worked with the designers and builders to actually incorporate the sound system into the buildings structure and provided advise on acoustic treatments to optimise the listening experience throughout the venue.

The speakers themselves were meticulously selected to fit the acoustic profile of the venue, a notoriously difficuly long and narrow room with the aim of avoiding sound reflections from the walls.

Popular line array or wide angle speakers would have been disastrous the room so instead an unusual dual 10" speaker enclosure was chosen with a particularly narrow and small profile to avoid blocking large parts of the stage. The very narrow and directional beam angle of the horns in these speakers also prevented sound from reflecting off the walls ensuring no matter where you stand in the room you can hear perfect and direct sound from the flown speakers.

Subwoofers were built into the actual stage in order to minimise wasted space and multi-loom cables laid through channels in the concrete during construction.

A traditional analog mixing console was selected for ease of use to ensure that any visiting artist would be able to use the system as well as young, up and coming sound engineers who may not have experience on digital consoles.

Since opening, King Street Live has played host to a plethora of national and international acts, all using the in house infrastructure to rave reviews.

Some of New Zealands top acts including Shihad and Trinity Roots have used the venue as their rehearsal space before going on tour, opening the first night of their tours in the venue at the end of the rehearsal.

Noise Productions is extremely proud of the results achieved at King Street Live, now one of New Zealand's premiere live performance venues, the venue is a regular on the tour circuit and the sound quality of the house system is difficult to top.