Full Sail University Unveils Innovative Technology Upgrades to On Campus Live Events Venue


Full Sail University’s ongoing investment in student success showcased through Live Venue upgrades

WINTER PARK, Fla –  Full Sail University is proud to announce that it has invested over $1.4 Million in technology upgrades to support its flagship live events facility, Full Sail Live. Located on Full Sail’s 210+ acre campus in Winter Park, FL, Full Sail Live is a 22,000 sq ft acoustically engineered multi-purpose facility that serves as a live performance venue known for hosting concerts, conferences, film & television productions, and more. A main focus of the facility centers on providing the university’s  Show Production Bachelor of Science degreeprogram students access to the latest industry lighting, audio and video technology to produce high caliber work during their Project and Portfolio courses. 

As part of the technology upgrading process, the venue underwent major changes in two key areas – a complete redesign of the entertainment lighting system, and a complete upgrade to the newest video server technology from EVS. 

“Our university is educating the next generation of professionals entering the show production industry. With a high demand for skilled professionals, our internal teams built a strategic plan to implement technology upgrades that would provide robust educational opportunities, while giving our students the ability to push the boundaries of their creativity,” said Jay Noble, Vice President of Alumni Relations and Events at Full Sail University. “In addition, due to the numerous professional events the venue hosts each year, these upgrades will give our professional staff a range of technology tools to utilize when bringing these events to life.” 

The lighting system redesign was led by Full Sail University Show Production graduate and Lighting Director, Noah Rohrbaugh. The complete redesign was done in-house and includes all new lighting fixtures, truss, power, and data cable, a GrandMA3 lighting control system and a video-centric lighting design. 

“Reimagining the entertainment lighting system in Full Sail Live has been such a fun project to work on. Although the facility already had so many amazing systems, we wanted to give the staff and future Show Production students more room to let their creativity shine by integrating the video and lighting technology,” stated Rohrbaugh. 

Key lighting equipment installed during this upgrade includes:

  • 1 x GrandMA3 Full Size
  • 2 x GrandMA3 Processing Unit L
  • 2 x GrandMA3 8 port nodes
  • 4 x GrandMA3 2 port nodes
  • 2 x GrandMA3 I/O nodes
  • 18 x ETC Source4 Series 3 Lekos
  • 32 x Chauvet Maverick MK Pyxis
  • 21 x Chroma-Q Color Force II
  • 13 x GLP JDC1 Strobes
  • 13 x Ayrton Diablos
  • 34 x Martin Mac Aura PXL
  • 13 x Martin Mac Ultra Performance
  • 116 Martin VDO Fatron
  • 7 x Kvant Beam Brush Lasers

Key video server equipment installed during this upgrade includes:

  • 1 x EVS XT-VIA 12 channel live production server
  • 1 x EVS IP Director
  • 1 x EVS PMA Application Processing Module with transcoding
  • 1 x EVS LSM-VIA 

“I’m so thrilled about the upgrades we’ve done to Full Sail Live. More than 10 years into the history of this facility, we’re still making continuous upgrades and improvements to provide a better experience for our staff, students, and outside clients,” he says.

About Full Sail University

Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in entertainment media and emerging technologies. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has received accolades throughout its over 40-year history, including most recently being featured on the 2021 “Top 50 Film Schools and Instructors From Around the World” list by Variety Magazine, named a 2021 “Top Graduate & Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” by The Princeton Review, and previously recognized as the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. Full Sail University is a graduate and undergraduate degree-granting institution offering on-campus and online degree programs in areas related to Art & Design, Business, Film & Television, Games, Media & Communications, Music & Recording, Sports, and Technology. With over 83,565+ graduates worldwide, Full Sail alumni have worked on countless award-winning projects with individual recognition including OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Video Game Award honors.

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