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Live Dans Ton Salon Expands Livestream Possibilities with Chauvet Professional

Live Dans Ton Salon Expands Livestream Possibilities with Chauvet Professional

Canada – Adversity never lasts nearly as long as the innovations it inspires. Proof of this truism is plain to see (and hear) at Live Dans Ton Salon, a livestream entertainment venue that occupies a converted warehouse in the suburb of Chambly.

As its name suggests, Live Dans Ton Salon (Live In Your Living Room) was created at the start of the pandemic as a means of providing people with professional quality livestreamed performances they could enjoy at home.

Although some might have seen this as a “temporary” solution during a crisis, the overwhelming response to the studio’s wide mix of livestreamed programming indicates that Live Dans Ton Salon is committed to remaining a vibrant force in the entertainment scene long into the future.

The level of this commitment is evident in the growth of the busy venue’s lighting rig. In June 2020 this production space was outfitted with 32 fixtures. Today that number is 138, featuring Chauvet Professional Maverick, Rogue, Ovation, and COLORado units supplied by On Stage A.V.

Lighting designers Guy Laflamme and Marc André Francoeur are working magic with this impressive rig at Live Dans Ton Salon. They bring vast experience to this endeavour: Laflamme has been a touring LD and DP for a variety of shows since the 1990s, and Francoeur has two decades of experience on major tours. The two designers use their collective talents to create dynamic, camera-friendly looks that fit comfortably with each program streamed from Live Dans Ton Salon, no small feat considering the venue’s diverse mix of offerings.

During any given month, the venue host six or more acts, including everything from bands representing virtually every music genre, to solo artists, comedians, gospel events, dramatical revues, and even cooking demos. More than three out of four of the visiting acts have Laflamme and Francoeur create the light shows for them. LDs who visit with other acts, have been universally impressed with how the rig’s versatility allows them to tailor their light shows to reflect the individual style and personality of their clients.

“We had to design a set that would be able to accommodate all of different types of shows, in a heartbeat,” said Francoeur. “By taking the time to place all of the different components of this strategic rig in place, we opened up limitless creative opportunities.”

To ensure that their rig had a high level of performance and flexibility, the designers wanted to have all the fixtures in it represent a single brand. They chose Chauvet after carefully evaluating different options. A key moment came when Darrell Sweeny of Erikson Pro demonstrate the line for the Live Dans Tan Salon team.

A crucial consideration when evaluating each fixture was how well it could perform in a broadcast environment. “We did multiple tests with and without cameras,” said Laflamme. “Every type of fixture was examined to find the right recipe for the entire rig to become camera friendly in every angle.”

The Chauvet Professional fixtures selected for the rig include six Maverick Force 2 Profiles, 18 Maverick MK2 Spots, 18 Maverick MK2 Washes, eight Rogue R2 Spots, 12 Rogue R2X Beams, 12 Rogue R3 Beams, eight Rogue R1 FX-B units, and eight COLORado 2 Solos.

“We put the proper fixtures in the right places, said Laflamme. “On the middle tower and floor level, we have the MK2 Wash, which is perfect for soft washes and 'eye candy' gems for the cameras. The MK2 Spot is positioned overhead and on truss towers; its beautiful colour mixing is used to create the perfect backlight. Recently added to the rig is the Maverick Force 2 Profile, which is our principal source of key lighting. The Ovation Rêve E-3 ellipsoidal is adding colour as well.”

The studio’s floor package is made up of the Rogue fixtures, including the Rogue R1-FX-B, which is positioned between blinders panels to create a wide range of high impact looks. These floor fixtures are easily rearranged to accommodate the venue’s diverse assortment of shows.

Writing about this mix of livestreamed programmes at the end of 2021, one critic at Le Journal de Québec observed that although uncertainty reigned around indoor shows, the programming of Live Dans Ton Salon would “never be cancelled,” which, he declared, would “make the fun last.”

That’s a sentiment that many Québécois appreciate today, and will continue to do so long after the current pandemic has faded.

Live Dans Ton Salon Expands Livestream Possibilities with Chauvet ProfessionalLive Dans Ton Salon Expands Livestream Possibilities with Chauvet Professional

10th March 2022

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