Indy Pro Audio Handles Honda Plant Opening

Indianapolis, IN (December 10, 2008)--The state of the economy has given auto makers pause for thought, but the recent opening of a Honda plant in Indiana was tackled with barely a pause in manufacturing. "We were required to get set up, hold the event, and get out in one hour--and we did it," said John Schaeffer, president of Indy Pro Audio Production Services Inc. (IPA) of Indianapolis.
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Indy Pro Audio Production Services Inc.
provided the complete set, rolling stage,
audio, video, lighting, AC distribution,
rolling press riser and media feeds for the
recent opening of a Honda plant in Indiana.
Indianapolis, IN (December 10, 2008)--The state of the economy has given auto makers pause for thought, but the recent opening of a Honda plant in Indiana was tackled with barely a pause in manufacturing. "We were required to get set up, hold the event, and get out in one hour--and we did it," said John Schaeffer, president of Indy Pro Audio Production Services Inc. (IPA) of Indianapolis.

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In total, IPA provided the complete set, rolling stage, audio, video, lighting, AC distribution, rolling press riser and media feeds for the event. The press riser was no small detail either, as the event--planned under the creative supervision of Bill Todd of O2 Ideas (Birmingham, AL)--was carried around the world by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.

Directing the technical production aspects of the show, Schaeffer had to ensure that the assembly line would be stopped only one hour for the event. The stage and press risers were rolled into place in just 10 minutes. Next, high-powered Gennie HMI 1200 robotic moving lights with custom Honda gobos and strobes (all programmed by Tim Gonsiorowski of IPA) were used to introduce the roll-off of the very first 4-cylinder Honda Civic Sedan built in Indiana. The show was completed with clockwork precision, and after a brief photo opportunity, the set and press risers were rolled away, allowing the assembly line to get back to work. The actual breakdown of the show and set did not begin until after the production shift ended for the day.

The event's audio system was comprised of a Midas console with dbx DriveRack processing. A total of four Shure SM87 wireless mics were used, heard via a quartet of PAS (Professional Audio Systems) RS 2.2 speakers. All of the audio, lighting and video equipment was flown in place prior to moving of the stages and press risers.

Video requirements were handled with a new Sony Anycast HD video switcher and Sony BR 700 HD remote-controlled robotic video camera (both operated by IPA senior video engineer David Whitney), plus a new Sony HD Eng video camera; together, they provided live video imagining to the stage and six 50" plasma screens which were flown for the overflow audience. Meanwhile, Indy Pro Audio used a Sony HD VPL FX52 projector for the live on-stage video projection, and the show was recorded for posterity on a Sony HVRM 25AW HDV video tape recorder.

Joining the more than 1,000 Honda associates for the event were Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO Takeo Fukui, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, U.S. Representative Mike Pence and Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert. Honda used the occasion of the Indiana plant opening to announce that it plans to transfer exclusive production of the world's only compressed natural gas powered passenger vehicle, the Civic GX, to Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in 2009.

IPA Production Services
www.indyproaudio.com

PAS America
www.pas-america.com