jerusalemAutograph designs Jerusalem with EM Acoustics
Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem has returned to the West End 11 years after its last record-breaking, sell-out run. Mark Rylance reprises his role as the ebulliently irresponsible, anarchic Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron, ably supported by the rest of the cast. The play is back at its West End home of the Apollo Theatre with a sound design from Autograph’s Ian Dickinson, this time featuring Reference Series loudspeakers from EM Acoustics.
“I did the show the first time around when it was at the Royal Court, followed by its subsequent West End iterations, so I knew exactly what was required,” explains Dickinson. “The Apollo is a beautiful theatre on four levels so, as ever, the priority was flawless coverage across all seats in the auditorium. The actors don’t wear microphones, so the PA system is there to deliver clear playback of the music and numerous effects used in the show. The play is set in the middle of a wood, immersed in nature. It’s the day of the ‘Flintlock Fair’ to celebrate St George’s Day, and we often hear this away in the distance.”
Dickinson opted for eight R8s on the proscenium whilst all surrounds and delays are EMS-51s. “I’ve used Reference Series on a number of shows now, and I’m a convert,” he says. “Their quality vs. price point is pretty much second to none at the moment. I’ve also been really really happy with how they sound.
“For Jerusalem, the R8s on the proscenium give us great coverage across the entire auditorium with plenty of power when we need it without sacrificing the detail when

 
 
etmc-etc-4ETC provides silent solution for Estonian complex
Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Estonia - The Estonian Traditional Music Centre (ETMC) is a venue which hosts international concerts, conferences, receptions, dinners, and parties.
Situated next to the historical Viljandi Castle ruins, the former 18th century granary was transformed into a contemporary concert hall and cultural hub almost 15 years ago. It incorporates two concert halls - the Grand Hall with a capacity of 400, and the Chamber Hall with seating for 80 - and boasts an extensive concert programme, including the renowned Viljandi Folk Music Festival. To celebrate the return of live events, ETMC has recently invested in a selection of new gear, including High End Systems SolaFrame Studio fixtures and an Ion Xe console from ETC.
In 2019, more than 100 concerts featured on ETMC’s roster, and it hosted an additional 250 events arranged by visiting organisations. Naturally, the pandemic led to a significant decline in events. The venue took this as an opportunity to review options for replacing some of its equipment. “Ever since ETMC opened in 2008, we used ETC Revolution fixtures and it was very hard to find an LED-based moving head suitable to replace those,” says Silja Liivamägi, venue coordinator. “During the coronavirus lockdown we did many shootouts, but the result was always the same - good old Revolution was the winner in the categories of quality of light, output, and silence. It even delivered color, silently.”
ETMC worked with local dealer Focuspoint to find a suitable solution that checked all the boxes. “Eventually, we found High End Systems SolaF

 
surgex-genav-1024x576SurgeX appoints Generation AV for APAC
Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Singapore - SurgeX has appointed Generation AV as its sales agency in the Asia Pacific region. The agreement will see Generation AV staff based in Asia providing a full service, encompassing sales, training and technical support for the brand in pro audio, residential and pro AV markets.
“We’re very happy to be working with Generation AV, which has the specialist expertise and regional market understanding that we need to help grow our presence in APAC,” comments Justin Peyton, director of sales EMEA and APAC at SurgeX. “Generation AV has an excellent record of delivering for brands, and we’re excited to work with them to further establish ourselves in this territory with our extensive range of power management solutions.
“This deal will also be of huge benefit to our existing partners in the region, who will now have access to a team able to provide local specialist support, without needing to overcome time zone differences by liaising with our team members from farther afield in the UK or the US.”
Singapore-based Generation AV has team members in Singapore, Philippines and India. It will support SurgeX’s entire surge elimination and UPS product range.
“It’s exciting to be working with SurgeX, and we greatly value the trust they have placed in us to provide real-time support in APAC,” adds David McKinney, managing director of Generation AV. “SurgeX is a strong and complementary addition to our portfolio of leading brands, and we’re looking forward to meeting customers and adding value to the brand. We have establish

 
 
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shanghaiBrompton powers MuShang XR stage in Shanghai
Wednesday, 29 June 2022

China - With over 10 years of experience in advertising, photography, film and television production, the Shanghai MuShang Advertising Co is familiar with the use of technologies to enhance customer experiences. Its latest brainchild, MuShang XR stage, uses cutting-edge technology including Brompton Technology LED processing, ROE Visual screens, Mark Roberts Motion Control cinebots, Unreal Engine and disguise media server hardware, to deliver visual creativity and high-quality productions.
“We’ve been working in the creative industries for over a decade and know all too well the complexities associated with large-scale, outdoor production settings,” explains Henry Sha, the founder of Shanghai MuShang Ad CO. “From manpower to lighting equipment, to tons of things in between, we wanted to bring a more efficient and cost-effective way of doing productions to our clients. Virtual production technology was exactly what we needed to bring infinite possibilities to businesses and production companies, as well as cut costs and reduce our carbon footprint.”
Located in Shanghai, MuShang XR stage features a large LED wall measuring five metres tall by 12m wide, made up of ROE Black Pearl BP2V2 LED panels and driven by two Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors. disguise vx 4, vx 2 and rx II servers running Unreal Engine are also part of the set-up, with Mark Roberts Motion Control high-speed cinebots completing this array of game-changing production equipment.
“Brompton is the industry’s gold standard in LED processing for video walls so there w

 
 
performance-marketing-awards2Pytch adds glitz to Performance Marketing Awards
Wednesday, 29 June 2022

UK - For the 16th edition of the annual Performance Marketing Awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor Hotel, Bristol-based production specialists Pytch were tasked with creating an impressive array of visuals for the awards ceremony, hosted by television personality Joel Dommett, as well as for the club-like, high energy afterparty.
Responding with a lighting concept anchored by an assortment of carefully curated Chauvet Professional fixtures, the company’s design team was able to create a colourful, immersive, and multi-level visual production that endowed the stately hotel’s ballroom with a stylish air of contemporary elegance and festiveness.
With little to no scenic elements upon the actual stage to carry the visual communication and branding of the awards ceremony, Pytch was ultimately given something of a blank canvas to work with, as the design team relied on adroitly balanced lighting effects and colour washes to create the desired atmosphere.
Key to fulfilling the client’s directive to create a glamorous look and feel were the 20 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures that were positioned from above stage trussing. Thanks to the brightness of the 19 15W RGBW LEDs and the saturated colour effects of the fixtures, the team was able to throw deep, vivid wash colours onto the stage, thus creating a natural and attractive focal point within the room for the evening’s award ceremonies.
Pytch's concept revolved heavily around creating an immersive atmosphere throughout the whole room. At key moments, they called upon the Rogue fixtures in their rig

 
digicoDiGiCo drives audio at Dollar Loan Centre
Wednesday, 29 June 2022

USA - The Dollar Loan Centre in Henderson, Nevada is home to the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League and the Vegas Knight Hawks of the Indoor Football League, seating over 5,500 fans for those sports. In addition, the Big West Conference announced last year that the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball championships would be held there starting with the West Coast teams of the March Madness series.
The $80m-plus arena officially opened on 8 March this year as Covid began slowly releasing its grip on live events. AV systems designer and consultancy Anthony James Partners specified a DiGiCo S31 as the new arena’s front-of-house audio mix console, which was installed and integrated by C.V. Lloyde Audiovisual.
“I’d like to say it’s just cost, but the fact is that DiGiCo consoles deliver for both the budget and sonic quality,” says Jack Covert, director, audio and AV design engineering at Anthony James Partners. “In my opinion, DiGiCo consoles sound better than any other console at the same price.”
Covert says he’s noted how DiGiCo’s consoles have become the de facto standard in the touring sound business and believes they can become the same for the installed-AV sector, particularly for sports venues like the Dollar Loan Centre which need to accommodate a wider range of activities than ever. He cites the S31’s ease of use, operational flexibility, and above all, sound quality.
“DiGiCo is doing things that other consoles are not, so they’re at the cutting edge,” he says. “At the same time,

 
 
bbcshureShure Axient on track for Big Night of Musicals
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

UK - Shure was the chosen digital wireless system for the stars at Big Night of Musicals by the National Lottery.
At the end of January, Jason Manford hosted a celebration of the best of musical theatre at the AO Arena in Manchester, Big Night of Musicals by the National Lottery. The show was packed with performances from the casts of the UK’s biggest West End and touring shows and collaborations including Beverley Knight, Keala Settle star of The Greatest Showman, and Olivier Award winner, Sam Tutty.
Joining them to perform some of the most popular songs from the theatre were the casts of Dreamgirls, Back to the Future, Dear Evan Hansen, Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, Bat Out of Hell, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock as well as Disney shows The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen.
The ensemble and principle casts from each show were large and ranged from every production house currently in residence to those touring (Disney, Lloyd-Webber etc). The productions use RF in their current shows and due to the amount of time needed for the change overs, there needed to be a system that the team could swap packs from the casts coming off to going on, following COVID protocols of wiping every pack as it was taken off the exiting performance and miced up and tested for the next performance going on.
Project managers Wigwam chose the Shure Axient Digital wireless system to meet these challenging requirements - the kit included AD4Q, AD2, AD, ADX1 packs a

 
robe-2cellos-2ce252029559Robe is Dedicated to 2Cellos world tour
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Europe - The 2Cellos duo of Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser is currently playing their Dedicated world tour - billed as their ‘final’ as 2Cellos, the format in which they shot to fame and prominence in 2011 with lighting designed by their long-term LD, Crt Birsa.
Crt has worked with the band since 2014 and wanted this design to be completely different to anything that had gone before. Rather than the full-on rock ‘n’ roll of the previous tour, this sees a more architectural approach with the lighting, which includes Robe MegaPointes and Spiiders at the heart of the rig.
“It’s all about defining the performance space and creating a series of shapes and different areas rather than bashing out dramatic lighting for effect! My thinking started with creating environments and rooms in which they play,” he explained. He presented a couple of different concepts to the band when the tour planning started, and after some discussion, this was the avenue he started developing.
Two prominent V-shaped trusses over the stage also accentuate the geometry and form together with a large landscape orientated video screen upstage.
The 43 MegaPointes and 20 Spiiders are the primary effects and wash luminaires. Sixteen MegaPointes are standing on the floor at the back beneath the screen, with 23 on the V-trusses and three on a short mid-stage truss positioned for back-lighting the 2Cellos and drummer Dusan Kranjc.
Both these Robe fixtures are regularly on Crt’s specs. With MegaPointes, he thinks the “brightness and amazing array of

 
 
claypakyweareone1Claypaky lights We Are One benefit concert
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Romania - Lighting designer Andre Beekmans of TAOL, in collaboration with Andrei Predut of Apart in Bucharest, used a large complement of Claypaky fixtures to light the We Are One concert in the city’s National Arena to benefit humanitarian causes in the region.
The day-long concert on 12 March drew an estimated 50,000 people to the stadium and more watched the YouTube livestream and broadcasts on Romanian TV and radio. Organised by SAGA Festival, Pro TV, KISS FM and the City Hall of Bucharest, the event featured local and international artists, including Armin van Buuren, Tom Odell, Jamala and INNA. It raised more than €750,000 for the Red Cross.
“Quick thinking and fast problem solving are a given at any time in this line of work, but for this particular project everything needed to be on steroids given the virtual no heads up regarding what would be happening,” says Predut of the concert’s fast organisation and turnaround. “As soon as we got the concert design plots we set out to find the best possible make and model fixtures for them.”
He notes that while LDs seek reliability and high quality in fixtures for any project, “on this occasion, given the fact that there was a huge cascade of acts broadcast on live television, the stakes were higher than ever. As with any worthy cause, the odds were in our favour since the lighting provider, Bivolul, had a huge array of Claypaky products, which were a perfect fit for our needs.”
Predut deployed Claypaky Scenius Spots, A.leda B-EYE K10s and K20s, Sharpy Plus and Mythos f

 
cavatinahall-audioplus-7Poland’s Cavatina Hall opens with Optocore
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Poland - Cavatina Hall, which opened at the beginning of the year in the city of Bielsko-Biała, is the first concert hall in the country to be built and managed entirely from private funds.
This multi-functional building, combining office and cultural spaces, is set over six storeys on more than 9,000sq.m and includes a recording studio as well as a 1,000-seat concert hall.
Its AV infrastructure is woven into a sophisticated digital/analogue network, designed around an Optocore backbone, feeding a multiplicity of signals to an L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal sound system from a pair of roving DiGiCo Quantum 338 consoles, operating from four different locations.
These were specified and delivered by system integrators Audio Plus, along with the latest stage mechanics and AV technologies, including sound and light tracking, variable acoustics and visual information systems.
Warsaw-based Audio Plus were heavily involved from the outset. One of the key aims was the successful distribution of signals between the FOH stations to the stage, the recording studio and third party OB vans. This has been carried out using integrated high-performance Optocore digital network devices and third-party converters, which can handle up to 1,856 digital signals.
While the analogue signals delivered to the consoles are have already passed through a 96-channel analogue splitter, deployment of the Optocore devices enables a further 96 analogue signals to be processed via more than 40 connection boxes. This creates maximum versatility, enabling a myria

 
 
kane-brown-stadium-showphoto-by-austin-massey1Trevor Ahlstrand turns to Elation for Kane Brown show
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

USA - Country artist Kane Brown returned to his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 7 to play his first-ever stadium show at the Finley Stadium. Lighting and production design for the sold-out show was by Trevor Ahlstrand who used Elation lighting on the milestone event, including the company’s popular IP-rated powerhouse luminaire Proteus Maximus, all supplied by DCR Nashville.
Brown’s popularity has grown exponentially since debuting only a few years ago. Ahlstrand has collaborated with the artist since the first headlining arena tour, Live Forever in 2019, and served as lighting designer and programmer on the stadium show. Nick Chang served as lighting director.
Following the Live Forever tour, Brown managed to get in six shows with a new design from Ahlstrand before everything shut down due to COVID. The current touring design, which continues that production albeit with some modifications, features Elation Proteus Smarty Hybrid luminaires, a fixture whose non-IP-rated version the designer was familiar with from the Live Forever tour, along with DTW Blinders, Chorus Line 16 LED pixel bars and Color Chorus 12 LED battens. In order to extend the look for the stadium show, Ahlstrand turned to DCR’s new stock of Proteus Maximus, fixtures the full-service event production company added to inventory this past March.
For the stadium show, Ahlstrand kept the same touring rig under the roof but added bigger output gear for the exposed areas as part of an audience lighting package. “The show was big in every way,” th

 
markus-burger-boesendorferLA Philharmonic records with Audient
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

USA - Markus Burger, coordinator of music technology at California’s Fullerton College has recently overseen the recording of a string ensemble library album by LA Philharmonic with composer/director Yuval Schrem, using a portable recording rig which included 32 channels of Audient mic pres.
Comprising two ASP880s and two ASP800 eight-channel units alongside an interface, this rig is used for a range of applications. This particular recording is currently being mixed and is due to be released at the end of the year.
“We took a mixture of Audient and Neve preamps with us this time so we had a variety of recordings to choose from,” explains Markus, confirming that the recording went without a hitch. “The Audient mic presets are bullet-proof. We’ve never had any issues with them in all the years that we have had them.”
A consistent champion of Audient, Markus was instrumental in choosing the large format ASP8024 mixing console for Fullerton College back in 2016 and is looking to add a further two mic pre units from Audient and grow the department in the coming months. “The plan is to expand our course offering to include sound reinforcement and live recordings,” he explains, adding: “We would love to get a smaller Audient console, too.”
He doesn’t take anything for granted, however. “Colleges like Fullerton don’t have money to throw away. We have to think in terms of investing in kit that lasts for ten or more years. When it comes to longevity and bang for your buck, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Audient.”

 
 
nkotbAyrton Intellipix R joins NKOTB MixTape Tour
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

USA - Multiplatinum selling pop group New Kids On The Block (NKOTB) continues to wow fans with their MixTape Tour 2022 featuring friends Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue as special guests. Lighting designer Cat West of Flash and Trash Works, Inc. selected 108 Ayrton Intellipix R Creative Solutions as a central part of the high-energy, party look of the show.
Boston natives, the quintet NKOTB has sold more than 80m albums worldwide. Their 2019 tour by the same name - their biggest since reuniting in 2008 – was a huge success and pioneered the concept of a super-sized show with multiple guest acts. The new arena-based MixTape Tour is scheduled to play more than 50 dates across the US from its kick-off in Cincinnati in May to its finale in Hawaii in August.
Cat West programmed the band’s MixTape Tour 2019 and their Fenway Park and Merriweather Post Pavillion events in 2021. This year, she was promoted to lighting designer building all the lighting looks for NKOTB and the guest acts.
“The general show look is a great big party!” West declares. Production designer Butch Allen of Blame Funnel Creative designed a set with six giant monoliths that run upstage forming a dynamic, ever-changing backdrop for all of the artists.
“The Intellipix fixtures are built into the monoliths, which are on rotators, so they spin to allow for entrances and to give us some different looks throughout the night,” she explains. “They fit perfectly and gave me a lot of pixels to play with so I can change the look of the stage behind the guys throughout t

 
gaat-doorFollow-Me tracks Matthijs Gaat Door
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

The Netherlands - Jeroen van Geffen is a Dutch lighting designer with the multidisciplinary broadcast and event specialist company Chain. For a live TV broadcast production in a 360° degree venue, Jeroen chose to use a Follow-Me 3D SIX System. From his previous experience with the overall scalability and flexibility of the Follow-Me systems, including fixture independence, he knew that this would be the right choice for enabling his creative and challenging lighting design.
Jeroen first used the Follow-Me 3D remote follow-spot and performer tracking solutions about three years ago for the ZappAwards, the Dutch kids television series awards show broadcast from De Vorstin concert hall in Hilversum. Since then, Chain has overseen the Follow-Me 3D SIX system installation into the Studio 11 event location in Almere. It is here that Jeroen has recently been working with Follow-Me again on Matthijs Gaat Door. This is a live broadcast TV chat show hosted by journalist Matthijs van Nieuwkerk with prominent public figures and live music optimally preformed in front of an audience in this 360° venue.
Matthijs Gaat Door first season began using traditional follow-spots but this limited the creative options. For the second season, VL2600 fixtures were used as manually operated follow-spots with the colour choice, gobos etc within the follow-spot. As soon as the restrictions lifted, during season two of Matthijs Gaat Door, the production noticed the need for increasing follow-spot coverage to the full 360° performance / studio space area. Thus, as Jer

 
 
severine-anvonerMartin Audio appoints HR manager
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

UK - Severine Anvoner is Martin Audio’s new HR manager. Born and brought up in France, she has lived in the UK since 2001 and now considers both the country and the area of Bucks where she resides as home.
Anvoner has considerable experience in the corporate world including at Coca-Cola Enterprises and more recently at Seagate Technology. “But I realised that a new industry would provide a different challenge and I also wanted to move away from the big corporate world,” she admits. “Although there are many positives about big corporations, the downside is there are many layers of management, and I wanted to interact more, and become closer [to the workforce]. This industry is dynamic and exciting.
Unlike her previous trans-EMEA roles, at Martin Audio her challenge will be more UK-based, offering more flexibility and versatility than she has experienced previously. “My role is Jack of all trades,” she says. “You have to be more adaptable in a small company. I am there to support, care for, nurture and where necessary offer a shoulder to cry on - to be part of a wide family and help the organisation to grow and sustain.”
Welcoming the new HR manager, Dom Harter says: “Severine has been a great addition to the management team. Alicia Cousins, who had previously led our HR function, was promoted to lead the Focusrite Group which was a great affirmation of the team here and an example of increased opportunities for our staff being part of a wider group. But that obviously did leave a gap for us, and I’m delighted with the progress and

 
blacktrax2BlackTrax tour prepares students for the future
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

UK - Educational roadshows led by BlackTrax specialist Tom Boucher have been outlining to students the creative possibilities BlackTrax offers to live event professionals. Students have been bringing their ideas to life by using CAST’s innovative technology.
“Taking BlackTrax into an educational environment has introduced students to technology that they will come across in the workforce. It has given students the ability to create scenarios, ask questions and really get to grips with BlackTrax as a system and the numerous integration possibilities,” says Tom Boucher.
Many questions were answered, and the system was put to the test, right down to students calibrating a BlackTrax Real system themselves and learning how to get their educational wysiwyg license.
“I really enjoyed using the BlackTrax system, I thought it was intuitive and relatively easy,” says Confetti, University of Nottingham student Jamie Lawrence. “I had a lot of fun playing around and doing the testing with the system. The teaching style was excellent with relevant information. Tom was open to answering all and any questions relating to my dissertation. The visit was massively beneficial, my dissertation probably would have fallen flat on its face without it.”
The tour visited schools that deliver relevant programmes where BlackTrax experience is beneficial in preparing students in advance for their careers in live events, theatre, and broadcast.
“It was superb having BlackTrax in The Lir Academy [Dublin] working with our final year technical students

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Top Ticket prices - Prices for top tickets to see West End shows have risen by 21% since before the pandemic, according to research by The Stage. The average top ticket price is currently £140.85, up from £116.09 in June 2019, the publication says. The most expensive show in the survey is Cabaret at the Playhouse, for which some tickets will set you back £303.80. But the research found that the lowest-priced tickets have risen by an average of just 3.3% since 2019, up to £22.56.
The most expensive seats for West End musicals now cost an average of £154.36, although that was a relatively modest increase of 3.5% since 2019, The Stage said. Plays had an average top ticket price of £114.69 - a jump of 38% compared with three years ago.
One factor in the high ticket prices for Cabaret was the redesign of the theatre to accommodate the production. Several hundred seats were stripped out, reducing the Playhouse's capacity.
The Stage editor Alistair Smith said that on the surface, the average face value of top-price tickets has "skyrocketed", but that overall it "is more of a mixed picture than previous years", partly because London's lucrative international tourist market has not fully recovered.
Reasonable - Andrew Lloyd Webber has said ticket prices for West End shows are "incredibly reasonable" given the cost of bringing a production to the stage. The composer, whose hits include Cats and Evita, is charging from £15 to more than £99.50 - for premium seats - for his London musical S

 
jackwhiteparcdufresneparcdufresne-0209-smlMagic Blade FX creates dynamic effects for Jack White
Monday, 27 June 2022

USA - The former White Stripes frontman currently wowing fans with Jack White: The Supply Chain Issues tour has 82 Ayrton Magic Blade FX fixtures delivering effects lighting on stage. Matthieu Larivee, who serves as the tour’s creative director and lighting and production designer, obtained the Magic Blade FXs from Solotech Nashville. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.
The world tour celebrates two new Jack White albums, Fear of the Dawn and Entering Heaven Alive. The North American leg kicked off in Detroit in April and will wrap at the end of August in Kansas City. It then heads to South America with much of the same lighting rig, including the Magic Blade FXs. Each Magic Blade FX features seven RGBW high-output LEDs that can be individually controlled to create airborne virtual scenery or illuminate sets and performers. It is equipped with a revolutionary FX optical zoom system that has no visible moving parts and a fixed transmitting lens.
The Jack White tour marks Larivee’s first use of Magic Blade FXs for a tour although he has used them on individual shows. “A few lights do some similar things, but they don’t offer the full breadth of effects that Magic Blade FX does,” says Larivee, who is a creative producer and partner at Montreal-based Luz Studio, a group of talented designers and production specialists who create cohesive and immerse environments. “The Magic Blades were the one fixture on the design that I didn’t want to accept any substitutes for.”
Lari

 
 
haimL-Acoustics K2 backs Haim Women in Music tour
Monday, 27 June 2022

USA - Haim’s current Women in Music Pt. III tour - in support of their Grammy-nominated 2020 album of the same name - is the second international headlining jaunt by the California trio of sisters.
The tour began in Las Vegas in April and will take them to more than two-dozen scheduled stops across the US and then onto Canada and Europe.
The full rig for the tour, sourced by the Production Resource Group’s (PRG) Los Angeles office, encompasses 32 K2 enclosures, flown 16 per side, with 12 Kara per side as out-fills. Eight more Kara line the stage lip as front-fills, with four ARCS II boxes on hand as utility fills as needed. Meanwhile, 16 KS28 subs are deployed to reinforce the K2 with added low-end extension. Everything is powered by 36 LA12X amplified controllers running on an AVB network through a pair of L-Acoustics P1 AVB processors.
But not every fan will hear every box on every show. Because of the variety of venues on this tour, the PA needs for each space can vary considerably. That’s not a problem for the K2, says Scott Jarecki, Haim’s PA technician on the tour. “What’s great about the K2 is how versatile it is,” he says. “We’re working in a wide range of venues, and the system can scale very nicely for any of them.”
For example, he cites how the KS28 subs can be deployed either in stacks of two, set eight feet apart across the stage, or in an arc on the ground in front of a stage. Various PA configurations were largely mapped out even before the first truck rolled out, thanks to Jarecki and systems enginee

 
gearspace-20th-anniversary-logoGearspace celebrates 20 years as a forum
Monday, 27 June 2022

UK - Gearspace.com commemorates its 20th year. What started as a hobby in 2002 by founder Jules Standen has grown to more than 400,000 members, with over one million discussions and 13m replies. The forum was born out of the analogue-to-digital crossover in the early 2000s that inspired so many enthusiasts to build their own studios.
Gearspace covers pro audio gear - from inexpensive microphones to half-million-dollar mixing consoles.
Over the past 20 years, the forum has expanded to include reviews, classifieds, interviews, new product alerts, pro audio events and, most recently, feature articles.
Gearspace rebranded last year to welcome a more diverse user base across the industries it serves. “It feels great to be moving forward with a progressive and inclusive name,” says Jules, "making it easier for professionals, novices, educators and hobbyists to unite in sharing the latest information on pro audio gear and their experiences in using it.”
“The Gearspace team and I are delighted to be celebrating this anniversary and we look forward to continuing to provide the best possible pro audio forum community in the years to come.”

 
 
yamahasdvoeYamaha joins the SDVoE Alliance
Monday, 27 June 2022

Europe - Yamaha Corporation has joined the SDVoE Alliance, a non-profit consortium of technology providers, which is collaborating to standardise the adoption of ethernet for transporting AV signals in professional AV environments.
Yamaha has been manufacturing network equipment in Japan for more than 25 years. In 1987, the company introduced its first large-scale integrated circuit (LSIC) for communication, based on its digital audio processing technology, and went on to develop its own network devices. Adopted in a range of applications, including offices and retail stores, Yamaha network switches quickly became renowned for their reliability.
More recently, the company has developed network switches for the professional audio industry, which are chosen for their stable, multi-channel transmission over distance.
Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) is an AV over IP standard which utilizes 10 gigabit Ethernet for uncompressed, distance transmission of 4K video, audio and control data. Available globally, Yamaha’s SWX3220-16MT L3 switch and SWX2320-16MT L2 switch support the SDVoE standard, with two more models also available to the Japanese market.
By combining Yamaha network switches with SDVoE encoders, decoders, high resolution video/audio sources, monitors and other equipment, high quality AV content can be transmitted over distance.
“At Yamaha we have an open architecture concept, which allows customers in the professional AV/IT industry to choose from a wide range of solutions that are best suited to their environmen

 
celeste-jonesSennheiser 2022 LIPA scholarship winner revealed
Monday, 27 June 2022

UK - Sennheiser has announced Celeste Jones as the winner of this year’s Student Scholarship programme of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). Jones will receive financial support for tuition and gain access to Sennheiser’s expertise and global network of contacts.
Sennheiser’s strategic planning manager, Tim Sherratt, was involved in the selection process and congratulated this year’s winner of the sought-after scholarship. “It never ceases to amaze me just how talented LIPA students are,” he says. “The quality of this year’s submissions was once again excellent. In selecting Celeste there is no doubt that she is deserving of this award. She is a wonderfully engaged and knowledgeable individual who possesses that rare equilibrium balance of the creative and technical mindset. I look forward to watching her grow over the coming years.”
Sherratt was supported in this year’s selection process by Ben Harrison, theatre sound designer, who comments: “This was the first time I was involved with the scholarship programme and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of work the students presented to us, which made the selection process really hard! I can only echo Tim’s comments that Celeste is absolutely deserving of this award, and I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes and what she achieves in her career.”
Jones, a first-year student of the BA (Hons) Sound Technology course, echoed her excitement at receiving the scholarship: “I am honoured and elated to have been

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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