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.


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.