14 Hogs and Counting in The Adelaide Convention Centre
Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016
The Adelaide Convention Centre has expanded its already impressive fleet of High End Systems consoles with the purchase of two Full Boar 4’s and six Road Hog 4’s, bringing their inventory to four Full Boar 4’s and ten Road Hog 4’s in total. The purchase is part of the plan for the anticipated mid-2017 opening of their new Plenary Building, a multi-purpose venue built on the site of the original 1987 Convention Centre, with a capacity of up to 3,500 seats. Local production and installation company AJS were selected to fulfil this government tender, and have developed a close working relationship with the ACC.
“This was all part of the Convention Centre’s tender process for stock replenishment and the new Plenary Building,” relates AJS’s Luke Hattam. “We contacted Australian High End Systems distributor Lexair Entertainment for guidance. We were successful in our bid, which included the consoles and flight cases, as well as on-site training by our Head of Lighting, Justin Accatino. While most of the ACC’s staff are very familiar with the Hog platform, we offer ongoing support and service for things like firmware updates or any unexpected difficulties.”
This is the latest phase of a long relationship the ACC have with the Hog family, whose ease of operation and touring tech friendliness make them a welcome sight in any venue. One of the ACC’s new Full Boar 4’s and three of the Road Hog 4’s will eventually be installed in the new Plenary Building when it opens next year, while the other Full Boar 4 and three Road Hog 4’s will be floating to cover operational requirements.
So what is it about the Hogs that makes them the console of choice? As most in the industry agree, their ease of use, generous touchscreens and intuitive operating system make them the perfect desk for quick corporate gigs, and for busking on-the-fly.
Exceptional professionalism from AJS saw them deliver the Hogs personally to the ACC, and provide training that helped their already skilled operators to become more proficient, unlocking a few insider tips and tricks along the way. Luke Hattam of AJS is similarly backed-up by the service and support of Lexair Entertainment. “We have a great working relationship with Lexair,” he concurs. “Working with Lexair through the tender process was very easy. They always kept us informed on shipping ETAs and key delivery dates. They helped us every step of the way.”