Making a decision to swim rather than sink, Sound HQ Solutions along with Production Manager Sharif Baker, who is also the Chairman of TPSA and spokesperson for #LightSAred, have survived the Covid‐19 pandemic in South Africa with fewer bumps and bruises than many other companies during this tough time. They recently launched their brand new Festival Studio in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, a hybrid and virtual facility which includes outdoor stages, and are confident that they are able to pull off a variety of festivals and events for their niche gospel, jazz and music markets. Alvin Bruinders, the owner of technical supply company Sound HQ Solutions, started working with Sharif Baker some twenty years ago on MY Joyous Celebration, a gospel powerhouse formed in 1996 to celebrate the political change in South Africa and the peaceful transition into democracy. The Festival Studio breathtaking in appearance, and the stage is kitted out with professional gear from large LED screens to lighting equipment comprising of Robe Robin LEDWash600, Robin 600 E Spots, Robe ColorWash 2500E AT, Claypaky Axcor Beam 300 and Longman F4 UP LED parcans, a Le Maitre MVS Hazer and control on a grandMA dot2 core with button wing. The Festival Studio includes a front of house and monitor desk, and dedicated rooms for audio capture and visual capture. The Sound HQ premises is located on a large plot of land, with sufficient space for two outdoor stages. Essentially this means that the Festival Studio is able to cater for 200 delegates indoors and 500 people outdoors, a perfect location to host the regular festivals, especially over December, whilst still adhering to social distancing regulations.
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