Europe - In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation worldwide, Showlight has decided to further postpone the lighting quadrennial in its traditional form. Showlight chairman, John Allen, explains the reasons behind the decision:
“The Showlight committee has been reviewing the current state of our industry and the effects of the COVID pandemic on employment in many of our theatres, conference centres, touring venues, and within our manufacturing and servicing companies. We have also considered the difficulties and unpredictability of travel bans, quarantining and the effect of Brexit, and none of our conclusions are encouraging.
“As a result, we have reluctantly decided that a traditional Showlight in 2022 at Fontainebleau is not viable in any form so a further postponement will be necessary, and we will reconsider our options for Showlight 2023 next Spring, ideally to take place in Fontainebleau as previously planned.
“Our main considerations when reaching this decision revolve around a number of major concerns. Showlight delegates come from many branches of our industry and we fully appreciate that those who are freelancers or part of teams within performance spaces may not be able to spare the time or even afford to attend if they are finally back in any kind of regular employment after long periods of inactivity.
“Others who work in studios and on film sets or in servicing and supply may also find that they cannot be spared from work places if the industry is beginning to show signs of new growth. Our sponsors and exhibitors too, on
USA - Minneapolis-based developer of LED video walls and headset microphones, Thor AV, focuses on sharing best practices and providing reliability and excellence in audiovisual performance.
The company works on a wide range of projects, from fixed installations such as The Belonging Co.’s culture-shaping church, to Signature Productions Group’s rental applications for the meetings and special events industry. It has chosen Brompton LED processing as its trusted LED partner, helping its clients to create a visual experience that is lifelike and real.
“Over the past couple years, we’ve seen a shift from ‘We need LED walls’ to ‘We need manufacturers that genuinely understand our specialties’,” says Thor AV’s director of sales & marketing, Luke Vettel. “There is a category within the LED wall industry that demands a certain spec. In 2021, we continue to have more conversations about on-camera, live production environments and also XR/VR studios. We are thrilled to partner with Brompton in this space because of their pioneering advanced LED processing features for on-camera performance, in-depth control, and colour rendering versatility.”
Vettel notes that using the low latency, higher frame rates, and frame remapping features offered by the Tessera software elevates the pairing with Thor’s premium LED panels. “The dialogue with our demanding customer base keeps us attuned to their ever-growing needs and the challenges of bringing the story on screen to life,” he continues.
Thor and Brompton’s partnership unlock
Greece - Eleftheri Ekfrasi Theatre in Athens is a lively and proactive family owned and run business, benefitting from the passion and enthusiasm of a compact and dedicated team headed by Nikos Koutsaftis, who is also venue’s chief of lighting.
Producing classics from Shakespeare, Moliere, Carlo Goldoni, and many more, Eleftheri Ekfrasi Theatre is also renowned for offering a top line up of stand-up comedy and is acclaimed for its children’s theatre productions.
Recently, Nikos has been busy overseeing a technical refit in the lighting department, which has included the purchase of a new Zero 88 FLX S48 console.
Nikos was recommended to look at Zero 88 by his friend, Antonis Panagiotopoulos, who is one of the most popular and prolific lighting designers in Greece. For many years he was the chief lighting designer of the Athens Concert Hall (Megaro Mousikis Athinon).
Antonis and Nikos are long-term family friends, and Antonis has been entwined with the origins of Eleftheri Ekfrasi Theatre since the beginning 21 years ago. He knows Zero 88 from his own extensive work with and in many venues and theatres in Greece.
Nikos wanted a high-quality professional brand to replace their previous lighting console, and one with a solid reputation for user friendly and cost-effective products, so Zero 88 and their FLX range ticked all the boxes.
It is controlling approximately 80 lights at the theatre which includes 10 moving heads – soon to be increased - plus a mix of LED sources and conventional fixtures.
As an experienced ligh
USA - The new LED Work Light II (WLII) from Altman Lighting is designed to be a solution for any space requiring a high CRI, wide-spectrum, dimmable work light.
WLII’s 90+ CRI ensure both costumes and set painting looks as colourful and true as designed.
“Altman designers and engineers focused on developing a new LED Work Light that would be portable enough and energy efficient enough to make it perfect for just about any venue,” says Nicolas Champion, VP of sales and marketing.
The LED Work Light II is outfitted with onboard dimming for local control or, when set to full, can be operated on any Phase cut or Triac dimmer. It can output well over 14,000 lumens and offers a high CRI and soft, even distribution of light, when coupled with the included framed diffuser. The 3000K or 5000K, 90 watt single point source allows for a true flood with soft distribution.
Europe - Audio-Technica has introduced the AT2040 Hypercardioid Dynamic Podcast Microphone.
Taking cues from the BP40 professional broadcast microphone, the new AT2040 dynamic microphone brings pro-quality sound, style and all-metal construction to podcasters and other discerning content creators, at a more accessible price, says the company.
The directional, precision-made hypercardioid pickup keeps the sound focused on your voice and helps to minimise unwanted room noise, ensuring professional-quality broadcasts even from less-than-ideal locations. To further reduce unwanted noise, the mic features a specially designed, integrated shock mount that dampens shock and vibration that’s transmitted through a mic stand, boom or mount.
Additionally, the AT2040’s multistage windscreen combines a nonwoven filter with foam mesh to provide superior internal pop filtering, allowing close-up use with exceptional clarity and without annoying pops.
The AT2040 has an XLR output that connects to a conventional analogue microphone input. This provides easy pairing with everything from multi-input home studio computer interfaces to professional mixing consoles.
Australia - To create an innovative space for industry experts to effectively interact and communicate with students, Videopro collaborated with Harman Professional Solutions to outfit James Cook University’s new JCU Ideas Lab with a cutting-edge networked AV solution.
Established in 1970, James Cook University (JCU) has campuses in Cairns, Townsville, Singapore, and Brisbane, as well as research and learning sites in Mackay, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, and Thursday Island.
JCU recently completed its new $30m facility, the JCU Ideas Lab, creating a place for researchers, entrepreneurs and students to share ideas and innovate together. The facility houses an atrium, meeting rooms, electronics labs, workshops and teaching spaces to create, prototype, test, develop and scale innovative technologies, products, and business concepts, including a Narrow-band Internet of Things laboratory (NB-IoT).
To ensure a seamless and collaborative creative environment, JCU hired Videopro to outfit the Ideas Lab with a complete Harman Professional Solutions networked AV system consisting of JBL loudspeakers and AMX control systems.
“The client visualised an interactive learning space where students, lecturers and industry experts could come together,” said Scott Maunsell and Ben Thompson, Videopro. “The design called for a centralised AV distribution and control system, which was most appropriate due to the many smaller spaces in the facility. To bring the client’s vision to life, we selected Harman AV equipment. JCU are a long-term AMX partner so AMX so
UK - Event production specialists, ADI, delivered a visual experience that transformed the ExCeL for the 2021 Heineken London E-Prix. Creative applications in LED and video featured across the venue, resulting in stylish sports presentation and a high-octane fan experience during the fully charged double-header, that was also the world’s first indoor-outdoor motorsport race.
Having first conceptualised ideas for Formula E London two years ago, ADI designed a huge modular set with over 100m of 3mm LED to create a show-stopping digital centrepiece. Over both race days the bespoke LED staging hosted live performances by Raye, TV presentation and podium celebrations, with the integration of multiple displays and content zones for re-active video and fan-rousing messaging.
Modular LED screens to stage left and right delivered coverage for fans inside the ExCeL, while outdoor spectators had huge iCONIC 60C mobile LED displays facing their grandstands.
Other bespoke digital elements included an LED gantry over the finish line to flag race winners and promote headline partners – as previously seen at the Diriyah and New York E-Prix’s – in addition to a super wide LED display in a camera-facing trackside position for Saudia Airlines.
ADI’s iCONIC H unit also featured inside the ExCeL to create a hub for trackside staff and VIP’s, with BMW’s latest electric fleet on display outside.
Complimenting the cutting-edge LED, ADI produced a wide variety of graphical and cinematic 4K video assets that amplified Formula E values, partner bra
China - On 18 July, the Shanghai Planetarium opened in a blaze of bright lights nearby the Dishui Lake in Pudong New Area, Shanghai. It covers an area of 58,603sq.m and a building area of 37,741sq.m, making it the largest planetarium in the world.
With the vision of "shaping a complete view of the universe", Shanghai Planetarium strives to stimulate people's curiosity, encourage them to appreciate the starry sky, understand the universe and think about the future. The main exhibition area includes three parts: Homeland, Universe and Journey, which show a panoramic view of the vast universe, create a multi-sensory exploration journey to help the audience shape a complete view of the universe.
The What If theatre is located in the Universe exhibition area and uses a highly immersive 360-degree circular screen with 7.1.4 3D immersive sound to create an enveloping universe for the audience. Shanghai Magic Digital Creative Technology Co (Magic Digital) undertook the task of audio and video design and production for the immersive experience of the theatre.
The 7.1.4 speaker layout of the theatre is tailor-made for the architectural structure and sound field of the theatre and does not meet any existing audio production standards (such as Dolby Atmos or Auro 3D). It is a typical "user-defined" environment. This layout posed a problem for Magic Digital. At the beginning of demo production, whenever sound effects producers took audio files mixed in a standard surround sound recording studio and played them in situ, they were always "very different" from wha
UK - Recently launched UK manufacturer Optimal Audio has announced the appointment of distributors in China, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.
Optimal Audio, part of the Focusrite Group, manufactures a one-stop solution of control, amplification and loudspeakers for small to medium sized commercial installations, with a focus on supporting multi-zoned venues.
Newly established Guangzhou Guidance will distribute the brand in China. With team members who have considerable experience of the Chinese audio industry, the Guangzhou-based company has quickly established a dealer network across the country, and sees big potential in promoting Optimal Audio to the education and conference sector, as well as the broader markets of hospitality and retail.
In Thailand, Bangkok-based ProPlugin is an established company with a strong dealer channel network supported by a variety of retail and online stores. Its dynamic team sees Optimal Audio’s fresh approach to function and style as perfectly meeting the needs of its very broad base of customers.
ALVO Technology has been appointed as distributor for Singapore. Its experienced and dedicated team serves a wide dealer network and online platform, and is confident that the ease of installation of Optimal Audio’s turnkey, end-to-end solutions will prove very popular with integrators and end-users alike.
Completing the quartet is Duc Proaudio Technology of Ho Chi Minh City, who will handle distribution for Vietnam. The company has an impressive track record in the country’s audio installation sector.
USA - Burbank-based Volt Lites has marked another first with Claypaky lighting products, becoming the first company in the US to acquire a complement of Claypaky’s ReflectXion Moving Mirrors. Previously, Volt Lites was the first in the country with Claypaky Mini-B lighting fixures.
ReflectXion is a compact moving mirror that allows users to bend and shape light without ever losing it: It redirects beams of light from any stage light with the same intensity as it receives them.
“ReflectXion is a unique piece of technology; we haven’t seen anything like it in a long time,” says Harrison Lippman, co-founder with Matt Shimamoto of Volt Lites. “We felt that ReflectXion would be a very interesting and creative new tool to offer our clients.”
ReflectXion offers 540º pan and continuous tilt movement at adjustable speeds. Its mirror is the same on both sides providing two highly reflective surfaces with which to direct light beams. ReflectXion also features the same omega clamp hanging system as all Claypaky luminaires so it can be used virtually anywhere on or off stage in any working position.
“We were impressed by ReflectXion’s level of precision and accuracy and its speed,” Lippman notes. “We didn’t know how wide an user audience ReflectXion would attract, but once some really creative people got their hands on the unit it’s clear that ReflectXion is not just a tool for the lighting community: The laser and special effects communities are excited by it, too.”
With the coronavirus pandemic not many people have had a
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced six new products that address today’s meeting and lecture spaces, utilising software-based conferencing platforms like Zoom and Teams as well as meet many capture, switching or window processing needs.
The debut includes four new Precis PR-Series matrix switchers supporting up to eight sources and eight outputs, the new Precis PR-WP-412 windowing processor to dynamically window up to four sources, and the new UVC1-4K HDMI to USB 3.0 capture device. Whether used individually or together, these products ensure incredibly impactful collaboration at a powerfully competitive price point.
Suitable for affordable yet beautiful video routing in small to medium installations, the new Precis PR-Series Matrix Switchers are available in four configurations - 4x2, 6x2, 4x4 and 8x8. All models include best-in-class capabilities like pixel-for-pixel video reproduction, fast switching, comprehensive EDID management, HDMI audio de-embedding, an open control API, and a simple-to-use web interface. The PR-0402 also supports auto-switching to provide touch-free video switching in small applications.
The new AMX PR-WP-412 combines a 4x1+1 windowing and a 4x2 seamless matrix switcher in a single, compact unit. Collaboration in meetings and distance learning can be enhanced and amplified with included technologies like seamless switching, class-leading 4K60 4:4:4 video quality, integrated audio breakaway, an open control API, and a simple-to-use web interface.
The new UVC1-4K capture device solves the immediate
UK - Fourier Audio is a new company that aims to bring cinematic audio to live audiences with a set of new audio processing tools. Fourier Audio is one of eight of the University of Southampton’s most promising start-ups that unveiled technologies ‘to make the world smarter, safer and more sustainable’ as part of the Future Worlds Founders Cohort.
It has been created by multi-Olivier award-winning sound designer, Gareth Owen, acoustical engineering postgraduate student, Henry Harrod, and lighting designer and software engineer, Peter Bridgman.
Henry says: “Fourier Audio is reinventing the tools used by sound designers on live productions, enabling them to create amazing new sonic worlds and revolutionise the audience’s listening experience. While live events have the most electric atmosphere, so often there simply isn’t the same immersive and mesmerising audio experience you get in a cinema or listening to your favourite studio recording. Our technology will bring studio-grade, immersive audio to live audiences for the first time.
“Fourier Audio is creating a suite of tools, including Rewind and Transform, to bring live audio technology into the 22nd century. The products are centred around allowing live engineers to bring the power of the studio environment to the live audience.”
Henry adds: “We have a top team behind us including Gareth Owen who is one of the top three musical theatre sound designers in the world. He’s worked with The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and won the Olivier Award for Sound Design three times - and r
USA - ACT Entertainment, the new entity formed by the ACT Lighting, RapcoHorizon and AC Power Distribution brands, has announced the appointment of David Johnson to the new post of senior vice president sales. Johnson is well known for managing the Live Design International (LDI) franchise.
“When we rebranded as ACT Entertainment, it was clear that we needed strong leadership in the sales department to bring all our world-class sales forces together across the organization and ensure their continued success and the high level of customer service for which we’re known,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Entertainment. “David has 30 years’ experience in the industry and is a proven team leader. He’s well liked and has a broad knowledge of all the disciplines in which ACT Entertainment operates in. He knows the business front-to-back and side-to-side and understands the playing field in all its dimensions.”
Johnson says, “I’m beyond thrilled to join the team at ACT Entertainment. During my years at LDI, I straddled a lot of worlds: lighting, audio, projection and staging. I developed close and lasting relationships with top designers and critical thinkers, and I managed a very diverse group of talented individuals across multiple departments. That experience will serve me well in this new role.”
USA - Audinate has announced the immediate availability of Dante Domain Manager version 1.2. This new version improves how AV and IT managers use and maintain their Dante-based AV networks, while supporting a new, more flexible range of purchase options.
All editions of Dante Domain Manager are now expandable to accommodate growing needs for Dante nodes or Dante domains and features previously reserved for Platinum customers are now available as add-ons to the Silver and Gold editions. Additionally, the base versions of the Silver and Gold editions now support twice as many nodes right out of the box: Silver now supports 20 Dante nodes, and Gold supports 100 nodes. Additional nodes may be purchased at any time in packs of 20, 50 or 100, and provide additional domains.
“This change helps our customers get just the right size Dante Domain Manager package with flexibility to scale as they grow,” says Neil Phillips, senior product manager at Audinate. “Many smaller installations can benefit just as much from Dante Domain Manager as larger ones, and now it’s easier than ever to get the security and control that AV managers need.”
Dante Domain Manager version 1.2 is available for immediate download. Existing customers can take advantage of new editions if they have a Support and Maintenance agreement in place. All Dante Domain Manager licenses are perpetual and non-expiring.
Germany - Fibre network specialist, Optocore, has announced the appointment of Márton ‘Marci’ Sós, as its new technical support engineer, with immediate effect.
Sós, who will take up the same role with sister company, BroaMan, hails from Budapest and is multi-lingual. He has wide experience in both system integration and sound engineer roles within the theatre world and as a freelance, and is proficient on many industry leading digital platforms, including Optocore partner DiGiCo, as well as Focusrite Pro and Dynacord.
Of his appointment, he says, “I met Optocore’s former support team a short time ago and was impressed with their immense level of knowledge, so I know I have big shoes to fill. The challenge therefore is to move into the role seamlessly so that clients don’t notice the personnel change.”
He says the move to the German company is a logical progression from the similar position he occupied with Chromasound plc, one of Hungary’s leading system integrators and distributors. “Whereas at Chromasound I had a broad variety of responsibilities, working with many leading pro audio brands, I was tempted by the possibility of narrowing down the palette to move deeper into a single technology.
“The Optocore philosophy and mindset is similar to mine in that the company builds future-proof systems designed to last for many years with minimum maintenance.”
Announcing Marci’s arrival, company director Tine Helmle, stated, “It is with great pleasure that we welcome him into the Optocore and BroaMan family. We are
USA - The Community Christian Church in Fort Lauderdale stood empty when Kevis Mulchan lit livestreamed services during the height of the pandemic. Nevertheless, he worked hard to create looks that gave worshippers a greater sense of “being in church” even though they were watching on a TV or computer screen.
The skills sharpened during this period came in handy recently, when Mulchan, the church’s visual arts director, lit Night of Worship, a hybrid live/livestreamed musical celebration featuring Community Christian Church’s worship team led by Craig Crynes.
In contrast to their work during the pandemic, when they didn’t have to concern themselves with a live audience, Mulchan and his team (technical director Kevin Gomez and video director Bill Kelly), had to create a show that came off well on camera, while also immersing those present at the church.
“Our entire team pushed themselves creatively to make this an enriching experience for the live and livestreamed audiences,” said Mulchan. “I wanted what was on camera to reflect what was in the room with camera angles and front light colour temperatures, as well as front light intensities and camera exposures.”
Helping Mulchan accomplish this was a collection of 14 COLORdash Battan Quad 12 RGBA linear wash lights and eight Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
Arranged on a triangular structure that spanned the width of the center stage area, the batten fixtures provided a scenic focal point that drew livestream viewers and worshippers at the churc
UK - Based in the heart of the Lake District, in Bowness-on Windermere, The Ro is a new hotel with a big personality. This new venue is aiming to become a destination for both tourists and locals alike.
The Ro prides itself on its chic design, coupled with familiar and friendly ‘northern’ service. As part of the development, owners 7 Hospitality Management brought in APM Design to deliver the interior design scheme for the hotel. APM Design then appointed custom sign specialists Sutton Creative to the project, to produce the signage package. Working from the approved branding document, Sutton Creative created a variety of options for the wayfinding and exterior signage to fit in with both the client and the designer’s expectations.
Speaking of the partnership, Andy McCluskey, Design Director at APM Design said: “We have worked with Andrew Sutton for many years, and we value his experience, creativity and eye for detail.
“During The Ro project, Sutton Creative fully understood the ethos for the new interior concept, and together with the new branding package they created a series of ideas and material physical samples. This greatly assisted the client and the design team in the decision-making process.
“The whole process was carried out efficiently, with Sutton Creative working closely with the client to deliver the package on time and to budget.”
Andrew Sutton, director at Sutton Creative, added: “We were honoured to be asked to produce signage for such a beautiful building. The Ro is a stand-out hotel in a unique loca
UK - Having enjoyed a friendly business relationship for some time, Artistic Licence and Global Design Solutions (GDS) have announced that they will be working together more closely following the appointment of GDS as VAR for Artistic Licence products in the UK.
Bristol based lighting solutions provider, GDS, has over 15 years of experience working with architectural buildings and venues. With a focus on the use of innovative products to bring the best of LED lighting to new spaces, the company's interests are closely aligned with those of Artistic Licence.
GDS managing director Richard Cuthbert comments, "We find ourselves increasingly specifying Artistic Licence products. We are working through a lot of commercial projects where the AL range is really helping us provide some great solutions. It's pleasing that we can continue our support for Artistic Licence as a value-added reseller of their products going forward.”
Wayne Howell, founder and CEO of Artistic Licence adds, "It’s great to be working with GDS and we’re very pleased to see them using our sunDial dimmers in a wide range of applications.”
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Caption: Artistic Licence and GDS will be working together more closely
UK - Global event specialist, The Spendlove Group has announced the launch of THE Production TEAM. The new company will combine the skills and expertise that exist within the group to deliver a global event recruitment business.
Launched as the event industry makes a welcome return, THE Production TEAM will offer ‘a myriad of recruitment services to event management companies, venues and production houses operating within film & TV, events and theatre’. Offering complete transparency for both clients and freelancers with competitive rates of pay, all candidates will be vetted, pre-qualified and selected to fill job vacancies globally.
For UK clients interested in its contract recruitment services THE Production TEAM will renumerate employees, including sickness and holiday payments. This will also be the case in the Middle East, but the company will also facilitate visas for people out of country, whilst providing medical cover and insurance removing all the hassle from the employer. As a global operation THE Production TEAM will also be able to navigate the bureaucracy now attached to working in Europe following Brexit.
Spendlove Group founder and CEO, Ian Spendlove said: “This business is almost two years in the making, Covid-19 actually pushed back our original plans for the launch. We’ve subsequently had more time to build the foundations and as it turns out that, there’s now more demand than we were originally anticipating. We’re operating in a world where a senior production manager can be working from home and located anywhe
UK - Bradford-based Pro Audio Systems has announced the recruitment of Peter Butler and Callum Hall to the posts of business development director and audio sales respectively. For more than 30 years, Pro Audio Systems has supplied professional audio for sales, hire and installation, offering bespoke system design and comprehensive technical support to a wide variety of clients. As the company emerges from the turbulence of the Coronavirus pandemic, demand for its services remains stronger than ever.
Peter Butler joins as business development director in a role dedicated to improving efficiency and profitability, identifying new opportunities in the marketplace, and addressing potentially beneficial additions to the company’s portfolio. Peter began his career in a retail position at JSG music in Bingley. Moving into audio sales and hire at The Music Company (TMC), he enjoyed fifteen successful years, latterly as a director, before joining AC Entertainment Technologies where he established the AC Audio division.
Pro Audio Systems MD Brian Lumb comments, “Peter and I go back a long way, having worked together at JSG Music in the mid ‘80s. He is a well-liked, highly respected professional, whose technical knowledge, combined with an in-depth understanding of the industry, fits the profile of Pro Audio Systems to a tee.”
Audio Sales recruit Callum Hall graduated from Birmingham City University in 2015 with a BSc in Sound Engineering and Production, after which he worked as a freelance engineer on a variety of small theatre tours, including stint
Belgium - Those who participated in a recent online event organised by the Belgian Building Research Institute in Brussels to discuss the direction of their industry should be very positive about what lay ahead. The very site where the event was recorded provided them with plenty of good reasons to be optimistic.
That site was Gare Maritime, a 114-year-old former railroad freight station that has been transformed into a modern 40,000sq.m mixed-use, environmentally sustainable, urban hub with integrated work and event spaces, retail stores and a food hall.
Within the building was a transparent dome where the actual video production took place. Suggested by D-Dream to client AV Image, the sleek structure projects a smart, forward-looking image that reflects well on the theme of the online event.
Contributing to the futuristic aura of the dome are four Maverick MK2 Profile and 28 ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures from Chauvet Professional. Used for studio lighting, the profile units created a camera-friendly environment, while the RGB strips accentuated the geometric features of the dome itself.
“Consulting with their client AV Image, the D-Dream team made four décor pieces - three large, one small - in a hexagonal shape. (The Belgian Building Research Institute’s logo is a hexagonal sphere constructed with different pentagons.)
“In the largest decorative hexagon, which measures 3-meters, we incorporated a TV screen,” said D-Dream’s operational manager Elke Scheirs. “The three smaller (1.5m) structures, represented the three pillars of
UK - Sonosphere, in conjunction with Metropolis Studios, has created a new mix room at its home, the Power House, Chiswick, London. The Munro Acoustics-designed, Dolby certified studio has a centrally located mix position, with comprehensive immersive audio monitoring designed to cater for all surround formats. The control room pursues an ambitious and flexible new ‘hub studio’ approach.
“The plan was to make the studio as versatile as possible,” states Sonosphere commercial director Jamie Gosney. “We started out looking at building a room for podcasting and immersive content creation for games and other VR simulations. However, in terms of the music market, Dolby Atmos is very much the standard. So we decided to ‘have our cake and eat it’, and build a room to fully meet the Atmos specifications: an immersive monitoring environment capable of 11.1.8 Dolby Atmos, currently the highest Dolby resolution studio in the country.
“The room has been equipped for all possible formats, including having a Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite server. ”Three Neumann KH 420 tri-amplified monitors are soffit-mounted to the front wall (with one KH 420 horizontal, beneath the video screen). Twin Neumann KH 870 subwoofers flank the three-way monitors, with low frequency response down to 18Hz.”
A key mission was to ensure clean and extended low frequency from the twin subwoofers, with the required isolation to accurately judge tone-shaping a full octave below the effective range of many monitoring systems.
Part of the mix room construction involved ne
USA - AV signal distribution developer tvONE has announced that that its CORIOmaster video wall processor range can now be controlled by Biamp’s Neets product line, thanks to some driver innovations from Biamp’s new family of AV control systems.
tvONE approached Biamp with a view to enhancing integration between products that would harness the simple UI of the Neets product line to control basic functionality of the powerful CORIOmaster processors. Biamp responded with new drivers for Neets control panels that operate the CORIOmaster family of products simply, efficiently and intuitively. The new drivers enable commands including on/off, source select, and preset recall. The drivers are generic and can be used on all future applications where Neets control products and CORIOmaster products are used.
“There are benefits for both tvONE and Biamp here, and we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved,” says Michael Munch, head of strategic business development at Biamp. “We now have a central, unified, easy to configure control option for the fantastic CORIOmaster processors. The benefits for the end-user are clear: the Neets uniform keypad can now provide simple control via our aesthetically pleasing and intuitive device, easily configured through Neets’ Project Designer software.”
Neets products from Biamp are in use in more than 250,000 meeting rooms and classrooms around the world. The company says it’s on a mission to make life easier for presenters, who require easy control of visuals.
“Biamp’s close collaboration with s
UK - On Saturday 4 September, a group of industry professionals will band together for BikeFest, a fundraising bike ride from SFL’s headquarters in Reading to PLASA Show at Olympia London. BikeFest aims to raise funds for industry charities and mark the return of live events and entertainment following 18 months of unparalled challenge.
The organisers of BikeFest are calling for fellow cyclists to sign up and follow them on one of two routes: a relaxed 40-mile ride direct to London via flat roads and cycle paths, or a more strenuous 80-mile ride traversing the Surrey Hills. The two routes will cater for all levels of cyclists, from casual and commuting cyclists to serious road bikers. London-based cyclists are also invited to join for the last leg through the capital.
All money raised will go to Backup, the technical entertainment charity. Backup will then channel the funds to Stagehand, Music Support, Acting For Others and #MakeItBlue. Each charity has been a dependable source throughout the pandemic, ensuring the industry’s workforce is recognised and supported.
To join BikeFest you’ll need to make a one-off donation at least £50 which is payable upon booking your place. Places are limited to 24 cyclists per route, so it is recommended to book your place as soon as you can.
BikeFest follows in the tracks of several fundraising bike rides to cross the finish line at PLASA Show. In 2019, ten cyclists covered 100 miles