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« on: July 10, 2008, 08:01:24 pm »

Well, I suppose it's about time to post my setup.

B-52 ACT-18 Subwoofers (2 shown - 4 avail)
EV Sx300 hipac's (2 used - 8 avail)
QSC amps (RMX2450 + GX5) (1 set used - 3 sets avail)
Rane Crossover
Dell MP4100 projector
Custom DJScreen.com 18'x10' (stretches to 30'x15')
American Audio DJ mixer

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30') Versatruss trussing (to hang screen from)
2) Little Giant 17' Skyscraper stepladders (stands for the trussing)


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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2008, 10:45:23 pm »

Looks like your ready to rock! good job on the screen.
Can you rear project on it?
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008, 11:11:20 pm »

Looks like your ready to rock! good job on the screen.
Can you rear project on it?

Thanks, yeah the screen actually works better with rear projection as the light is projected at the audience instead of bouncing back.

I've got a movie planned in a couple weeks that'll use the truss / ladder stands.  I'll post pic's when I get a chance.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2008, 01:03:44 am »

Nice rack!
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2008, 11:58:45 am »

Nice rack!

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2008, 12:13:34 pm »

Ah, the double entendre, cousin to the pun.   I couldn't resist. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2008, 10:52:55 am »

what made you choose this type of scrren
what are the pros and cons
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2008, 11:59:58 am »

what made you choose this type of scrren
what are the pros and cons

Brian,

First, welcome to BYT, I'm sure you'll find many answers to your questions.

I chose this particular screen / setup because it affords me the option to change the size as I need it.

I am a sound & lighting rental & sales company and have offered my clients video projection for many years.  Recently they have asked for something larger than the normal 106" (8'x4.5") pull down screens so readily available.  As you can see I kind of got carried away.   Roll Eyes

The screen starts out at a respectable 18' wide x 10' tall and will stretch to almost 30' wide x 15' tall.  I currently only needed the smaller size which hangs very nicely from a stand rig made up of 30' of triangular trussing suspended from a pair of 17' tall step ladders.  This will easily get the screen 15' in the air leaving the bottom approx. 5' from the ground.  I simply attach a couple of 5gal buckets to the bottom two corners and fill them with water to keep the screen from moving too much in a breeze.

If at a later date I decide to go insane (although my wife is pretty sure I'm already there) I would need to add additional trussing to make a complete frame to stretch the screen and attach it to.  I would also need to find an alternative to the ladders for stands although I can always use additional trussing to make legs and such.

Pro's:
   Light weight / compact
      screen wads up and stuffs into a small duffel bag
   Easy to setup
      in the pictures above I've simply attached the screen to the gutter of the barn in the pic.  When using the ladders & truss it does become more time consuming but still only takes about 30 minutes to put up.
   Can be used for either front or rear projection
   Can be thrown in a large washer/dryer or dry cleaned
   Variable sizes
   Ladders are VERY stable with 10' wide base's they aren't going to blow over easily.

Con's:
   Pricey - I paid roughly $550 delivered for mine but it is a custom job with lots of time consuming attachment loops added
   Stands/trussing are bulky to store - but then again if you've got a large enough wall to hang the screen from you won't need them.
   Stands & trussing are pricey.  I'm a Versatruss dealer but still the 10m (~30') cost me $750, the ladders were an additional $620 each and the rigging to safely suspend them will run an additional ~$50 or so.

Hope that helps, feel free to contact me if you need more specifics.
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2008, 11:35:35 am »

Ok, had a chance over the weekend to take pic's of an alternate setup that I thought I'd share.

Total set-up time 1-1/2 hr
Total tear-down time 1 hr
Total drive time 3 hours

Attendance 200 people

Gettin' to play with toys - worth every minute  Cheesy
Already booked for next year!  Grin Grin Grin


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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2008, 11:41:03 am »

very impressive looking !!
do you tie off the ladders ?
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2008, 11:49:48 am »

very impressive looking !!
do you tie off the ladders ?

Thanks,

No real need to tie the ladders down.  The base is well over 12' fully extended.  With the screen being a type of spandex and held down by just a couple buckets even if a wind catches it everything will stretch long before it tips the ladders.  I could easily drop a line from each end for grins but it's pretty stable (unlike your's truly  Roll Eyes )

With the truss suspended like it is it's free to move side to side as well.  If the wind kicks up that bad I simply pull the string on the buckets and let er flap like a flag.  If it gets to that point I'm packing it in any way.
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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2008, 12:49:39 pm »

that's what i kind of thought, if the wind gets to wicked you'd pack up.
i used my cb screen two times over the weekend and only tied off the top.
it was really breezy friday night and it never moved, i put semi-permanent stakes in the ground and wrapped yellow caution tape around them so i see them, i'm not worried about others but i know in time i will run my mower over top of them (they are 12" out of the ground and 1/2" rebar) and destroy the blades or worse yet puncture a tire.
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2009, 04:38:12 pm »

Time for some updated rack photos   Grin

The first pic is the "process rack" with DVD, mixer and EQ.

The second pic stacks the process rack on top of an amplifier rack (stereo only).  If I'm running subwoofers I've got additional racks with 2 or more amplifiers as needed.


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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2009, 05:28:10 pm »

I really like the multiple racks that you have.  Great job!  That makes moving them around much easier.
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2009, 08:27:40 pm »

Thanks.

separate pieces fit in a car much easier  Wink

Multiple racks also allows me more flexibility (subs / no subs / A-line / B-line DVD package / yada, yada)  My back thanks me.

Generally I have the amp rack strapped to a dolly board w/ 8" pneumatic tires for the trip across the yard.  I just happened to be out this afternoon moving stuff  around and figured I'd snap a couple pic's
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