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audioversitylogonoproaudiobkwavegray1New Nexo webinar sessions cover all brands
Monday, 4 May 2020

Europe - Nexo’s Engineering Support Division continues its popular series of online webinars with a menu of topics which will appeal to sound engineers working with all brands of professional equipment.
Nexo is using Facebook Live on its popular channel to present these e-learning sessions, part of Yamaha’s extensive Audioversity tuition resource.
“We’ve carefully considered these sessions so that they will also interest engineers and venue owners/operators who may not yet be familiar with Nexo systems,” explains lead trainer Nicolas Poitrenaud. “We are confident that these Facebook Live sessions will provide skills and knowledge to enhance the business activities of many professionals, especially in these difficult times.”
The latest additions include:
Tuesday 5 May @ 10.00hrs: Fundamentals of Acoustics in English with Nicolas Poitrenaud (120 minutes). This webinar covers the basics of acoustics and psychoacoustics for live sound application. Sound radiation, propagation and perception are explained in order to make participants confidents with the main acoustic parameters and phenomena.
Wednesday 6 May @ 10.00hrs: Introduction to NS-1 in English with Nicolas Poitrenaud (120 minutes). An introduction to NS1, Nexo’s acoustic simulation programme. It presents sound system design principles using software workflow starting from venue creation and system implementation, up to its acoustical and mechanical settings to optimize its performance in a venue. Participants work on two different solutions using Nexo

dance-studio-vol-1photo-by-alicia-fierro-1Elation and ADJ light Dance Studio Vol. 1
Monday, 4 May 2020

USA - Dance Studio Vol. 1 is the latest addition to the nightlife scene in Chicago’s River North neighbourhood. Filling the ceiling above its dance floor are 470 ADJ mirror balls, both static and kinetic, that mix with Elation Professional DARTZ 360 and Fuze Wash Z120 moving heads for a lightshow with a difference.
The new nightclub and event space, a renovation of a previous club that closed in early 2019, is a 350-capacity venue that hosts live music, DJs and other entertainment. Chicago-based AV design and integration company Craft Lighting was tasked with designing, installing and commissioning the space and came up with an immersive and nostalgic yet distinctly modern concept that goes beyond the nightclub’s second-floor dance area to include the outer alley, hallway, and stairwell.
Noah Craft, owner and lead designer at Craft Lighting, explains the Elation fixtures’ role in the new design. “My colleague and business partner Jason Reberski at JRLX was a huge proponent of the DARTZ / Fuze combo,” he says, adding that their companies have been increasingly collaborating on projects over the past few years. “I had seen both fixtures a few times at tradeshows and demos and was very impressed. The previous iteration of this venue (Studio Paris) had a lighting package that mostly consisted of Elation fixtures, which served them well over its eight-year lifespan so the owners were happy that we specified an Elation moving light package.”
Craft says the DARTZ fixtures were a no-brainer to specify as the main workhorse for the dance floor

 
 
supergrass-by-andrew-benge1Supergrass returns to touring with Brit Row
Monday, 4 May 2020

UK - More than 25 years after they catapulted into the UK charts, and 10 since disbanding to produce solo material, British rockers Supergrass returned to touring with audio rental house Britannia Row in February and March.
Describing his sound crew as being “amazing at their jobs”, production manager Adam King has, by his own admission, “loved” working with Brit Row and the Supergrass team for the band’s recent return to live music.
Supergrass were ‘lucky’ in the sense that they finished their seven date UK run - which culminated in two sold out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace - prior to lockdown. FOH engineer Max Bisgrove notes: “We had two fantastic gigs in London, and as these were my last two shows for what will no doubt be quite some time, it was good to go out on such a high note.”
King agrees, “The Ally Pally sound check sounded incredible in an empty room. It’s near enough impossible to achieve that, given that the venue is half a mile of concrete and a glass roof! The engineers did a really amazing job.
“I like to think of Supergrass as a classy punk band; they’re so powerful live. I was really pleased they decided to get back together because they’re one of our great British rock bands.”
“What struck me when I met them was the pure rush of energy that hits the second they start playing. It was quite a moment,” continues Bisgrove. “I had my brief for the mix instantaneously; try and get that energy across to an audience and make it as exciting as it had been for me in our rehearsal space

 
coda1Tommex installs Coda Audio in Radlów venue
Monday, 4 May 2020

Poland - The Culture and Reading Centre in the southern Polish town of Radlów is a local government institution that stages a range of activities and performances promoting the participation of the local community in cultural and educational pursuits.
The centre organises regular activities such as workshops, theatre and fitness classes, as well as one-off events encompassing everything from festivals and exhibitions to concerts and competitions. These feature not only visiting artists but also involve local groups, some of whom are resident at the centre. Music is a very important central theme for this vibrant and busy hub.
As a new establishment, the building required a high quality sound system in order to deliver the best experience for performers and audiences alike. The principal area to be covered was the centre’s ground floor Main Hall, a multi-purpose space with a stage and flexible seating arrangements, that can accommodate up to 300 people.
On the basis of its size and technical functionality, audio specialists Tommex, chose a Coda Audio CoRAY solution. Tommex designed a system comprising two flown CoRAY 4i columns per side (asymmetrical 30°/60° angle) were deployed, with a single Coda G18 SUB per side. These were supplemented by two Coda HOPS5 as front-fills, and four Coda CUE Four stage monitors.
A single Coda Linus10-C powers the front of house, with a LINUS5-C for the monitors. The system comfortably covers every audience member and is flexible enough to cater for the widest possible range of applications. The subs, fron

 
 
workprotauaudiosolutionsEquipson appoints TAU as Benelux distributor
Monday, 4 May 2020

Europe - Spanish AV equipment manufacturer Equipson has appointed Netherlands-based Tau Audio Solutions as its audio distributor in Benelux, with responsibility for its entire range of Work Pro products.
For more than 20 years, TAU Audio Solutions has been a wholesaler and distributor of audio and communications systems. The company handles a variety of commercial and professional audio products including induction/hearing loops, microphone systems, voice alarm systems, rack and accessories. As well as selling products, Tau also provides advice and training to customers from its extensive showroom facilities in Groningen.
As Equipson's Benelux distributor, Tau will be responsible for handling the company's entire range of Work Pro audio products which include loudspeakers, amplifiers, mixers, microphones and control systems, as well as an extensive range of audio accessories. With a continuous focus on research and development and by aligning product development with feedback from the market, Work Pro is constantly expanding its portfolio.
Senta van der Vaart, TAU Audio Solutions' business manager, says: "We are very excited to become the distributor for Work Pro in the Benelux. It is a perfect addition to our product portfolio and allows us to serve our customers even better. We have experienced very pleasant and professional support from Work Pro and we are looking forward to a long-term cooperation."
Juan José Vila, Equipson’s CEO, adds: "Tau Audio Solutions is well-known and recognised as a reference company in the territory and we are

 
celestionCelestion releases Impulse Responses videos
Friday, 1 May 2020

UK - Celestion has released a library of videos on the CelestionUK YouTube channel offering demonstrations, user tips, reviews, and expert advice, enabling players and producers alike to gain maximum tonal benefit from using the extensive family of Celestion Impulse Responses. Celestion’s collection of guitar and bass speaker IR tones are suited to artists, musicians, engineers, players and producers who are working at home right now, and are available for audition and download at CelestionPlus.com.
Celestion IRs (impulse responses) are accurate digital representations of the company’s speakers, available for download. They allow users to closely simulate by digital means, the tone that one would get from playing a guitar (or bass) through one of Celestion’s physical speakers.
The videos are presented by a wide variety of accomplished artists, songwriters, performers and mix engineers.
Nashville-based guitarist, songwriter and musical director Chris Wrate has worked with A-list artists such as Kelsea Ballerini, Ariana Grande, David Foster, Daniel Powter, Colbie Caillat and Charice, as well as playing on TV shows like Oprah, American Idol and The Tonight Show.
Celebrated guitarist Pete Thorn is a long time Celestion IR user and has presented several comprehensive videos demonstrating the flexibility of Celestion IRs and highlighting some of their main advantages.
British guitarist Robby Miller is known for performing and recor

 
 
ma-stayhomeandlearn1170x695MA Lighting introduces #stayhomeandlearn
Friday, 1 May 2020

Europe - MA Lighting has highlighted its free educational web tools as it aims to help its users cope with the downtime during the coronavirus crisis “in the best possible way”.
MA Tips videos provide new grandMA3 knowledge every week. MA Lighting‘s own free of cost E-learning platform is a powerful tool when entering the world of MA training.
The grandMA3 software is the soul of the grandMA3 platform and is designed to accommodate the current and future needs of lighting control. Users can download and test it for free.
For those who wish to connect with fellow MA users, the MA Forum is the place where they can ask questions about grandMA3 and dot2 and exchange views with other users about all kinds of MA topics.
MA has compiled a list of its free resources here: www.malighting.com/news/stayhomeandlearn.

 
alcons-usAlcons US network continues to grow
Friday, 1 May 2020

USA - Alcons Audio has appointed On The Road Marketing as its representative in the New York / New England region.
Based in Rivervale, a short distance north of New York City, On The Road Marketing was originally established as a musical instrument distributor, quickly expanding its portfolio into the live sound, pro audio and AV contracting markets.
In 2015, current principal Mark Meding brought 20 years’ experience of professional audio, AV and manufacturer representation to the company. It was his friendships with leading Broadway sound designer Nevin Steinberg and David Strang at PRG which introduced him to Alcons pro-ribbon solutions.
“Alcons is a perfect fit for our customers, because the pro-ribbon drivers are the best on the market today. They are some of the most efficient drivers I have ever heard, able to get to extremely high output levels without degradation of the highs and mids,” he says.
“We did not have a high-end speaker solution and we believe in the technology, so as a product we are proud to offer it to the community of sound designers and systems integrators that we work with.”
Mark is supported by account manager David Powers, office manager Bob Conklin and is continuing to build the long-standing reputation of On The Road Marketing as a business based on service and commitment to its customers and the manufacturers that it represents.
The company is ideally located to serve the Broadway market, which has already witnessed the advantages offered by Alcons systems in productions like Hamilton

 
 
open-micE-V to audition artists for online shows
Friday, 1 May 2020

Europe - Live shows may be postponed, but sound reinforcement solutions manufacturer Electro-Voice (E-V) wants musicians to keep performing.
To facilitate this, the company is aiming to book 15 artists from any genre to play 15 concerts in May on the Electro-Voice Facebook page for the #EVOpenMic series.
The concert series will see artists from around the world perform in one of three time slots to a global audience over five days at the end of May. The 15 selected artists will receive a $300 performance fee, as well as one Electro-Voice Evolve 30M column system and two Electro-Voice performance mics.
The auditions are now open and will run until 6 May. Virtual auditions will take place from 7-18 May, and the concerts are scheduled to take place between 26-30 May.
Performers can apply now at www2.boschsecurity.us/app/ev-open-mic.

 
k-arrayK-array to resume production operations
Friday, 1 May 2020

Italy - Florence-based loudspeaker specialist K-array is set to restart manufacturing operations next week.
A statement from co-founders Alessandro and Massimo says: “Regarding the recent health protocols issued by the Italian government, K-array's production and warehouse in San Piero a Sieve (Florence) will resume operating Monday through Thursday at 8:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm starting from Monday, 4 May. With the well-being of our staff at the forefront, K-array has implemented all the safety and health regulations required for all its employees to reopen at this time.
“Furthermore, we’d like to inform you that our administrative office and several departments will continue to operate remotely to provide customer care as well as design and technical consulting. We remain committed to keeping you informed on our company activity and we thank you for your precious collaboration.”

 
 
arklogoARK to distribute Harman R&B in India
Friday, 1 May 2020

India - Harman Professional Solutions has appointed ARK Infosolutions as its nationwide master dealer for the recording and broadcast segment in India.
ARK will also be Harman’s partner for the PA and retail segment for the North Indian region.
The collaboration is aimed at facilitating channel penetration for Harman products to meet the increasing demand in various segments such as broadcast, production, post-production studios, rental companies, cinematographers, musicians, film fraternity, and more.
“Collaboration and partnership are essential parts of any organization when aiming for success. ARK Infosolutions’ approach towards customer preference matches our own,” comments Aditya Todi, senior director of sales and marketing, Harman Professional Solutions, India and SAARC. “Collaborating with them will not only allow our partners and customers in North India to access and experience Harman’s PA and retail segment products, but also everyone else across India, will gain access to solutions in the recording and braodcast segment.”
ARK is a product distributor that specialises in sectors including animation, architectural engineering and construction, and more. Based in Noida, the company has become one of the key partners for leading brands through a focussed investment approach that has supported and fuelled growth. In India, ARK has a presence in more than 350 cities and a network of over 250 channel partners.
“Today, the biggest sources of opportunity are collaboration and partnership. We are excited to be partnerin

 
uswUSW students to host Cardiff Music Festival 2020 online
Thursday, 30 April 2020

UK - University of South Wales (USW) Music & Sound students have been working hard to transform what was originally planned to be a series of live gigs in various local venues around Cardiff, into a realtime event of multiple livestreams taking place over the next few days, until 3 May.
In partnership with Keep Cardiff Live and Dazed, the USW students had to quickly adapt when the Covid19 pandemic brought with it a unique set of circumstances where those plans were no longer possible. Overcoming many technical challenges, the students will be hosting the festival online, featuring genres that are popular in live music events in Cardiff.
The festival will include indie, hip-hop, house, metal and drum’n’bass nights along with interviews with subjects including USW graduate and Grammy nominee, Romesh Dodangoda, Lacertilla and Tidy Records.
USW student Lewis Disson, 21, from Cardiff is running the House event on the Saturday night of the festival. He comments: “I’ve been busy organizing the DJs, creating artwork and I will be performing on the night too. I work part-time as an assistant designer and light technician for Climax Live, so I have good connections with venues. Before Covid19 my festival plans for the House night were going well. However, when we decided to move to a virtual festival, I had to start from scratch and totally rethink the schedule. If anything, though, it has pushed us to be more creative and I like that. It has changed how we think.”
Running the indie night, Ben Pottinger, 23, from Bridgend comments: “Due

 
 
rada-flower-drop-02Electro Kabuki adds drama for RADA students
Thursday, 30 April 2020

UK - Acting & Theatre Production students at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) rigged a dynamic scene change using an Electro Kabuki drop in a recent performance of Oscar’s Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
The play calls for a scene change between Act 1, based in the Piccadilly rooms of character Algernon Moncrief and Act 2, set in the garden of the Manor House in Woolton belonging to character Jack Worthing (aka. Earnest). In this lively and engaging production, the creative team came up with a novel idea to mark the transition.
With Electro Kabuki dropper modules rigged to the grid high above the production in a cargo net configuration, several hundred flower heads were dropped to the stage, bang on cue with accompanying sound effects, as the actor playing Miss Prism took her seat at the garden table. Marked by appreciative gasps, the audience was left in no doubt that the setting of the play had shifted.
Cargo net applications are just one of many Electro Kabuki configurations that can be deployed for staged drops and theatrical reveals, and are often used for balloons, artificial snowflakes or poppy petals. Members of the Electro Kabuki team were invited to the RADA performance as VIP guests. They have huge experience of all sorts of kabuki drops and concluded that this was the first known instance of dropping full flower heads.
The entire production of The Importance of Being Earnest was a resounding success, with the only disappointment being that its run in RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrug

 
12stepMusic Support hosts 12-step support groups online
Thursday, 30 April 2020

UK - Music Support has launched weekly online support group meetings to allow the music industry’s 12 Step recovery community to continue to connect during the Covid-19 lockdown. Meetings will take place every Monday 18:00-19:00 GMT from 27 April to 28 September 2020.
Available to any music industry peers throughout the summer, Music Support will provide a confidential and non-judgemental space for people to share and encourage one another on the journey of recovery.
Music Support Services Officer, Joanne Croxford, states: “It might be that someone is in need of a secure virtual space to share their experiences, while others may want to take part in these meetings simply by listening in and feeling accepted and connected during isolation. Music Support will offer strength and hope as we all navigate our way through these testing times.”
Music Support Managing Director, Eric Mtungwazi, adds: “The 12 Step Support Group Meetings have been a key part of our work backstage at festivals during the typical summer season. This year, as we’re unable to offer this service in-person due to the Covid-19 lockdown - which has resulted in the cancellation of festivals across the UK - we’re delighted to be able to offer support online and keep this community connected.”
To receive personalised login instructions, please email: helpline@musicsupport.org with the subject ‘12 Step Support Group Meetings’. All data remains confidential.

 
 
ft-tvDoughty makes headlines at FT-TV with Projects Department
Thursday, 30 April 2020

UK - When Projects Department Ltd won the contract to create two live studios and two breaking news spots for the Financial Times TV studio in London, Doughty Engineering was quickly brought on board to supply a range of broadcast kit.
Peter Daffarn, managing director, Projects Department Ltd explains: "The client briefed us to create the studios and news spots for presenting live news bulletins at short notice and for occasional use and, with Doughty being our go-to company for hoists and grids, we knew they'd be fundamental to the project from the start."
Building a bulletin studio meant that Projects Department Ltd had a smaller than usual space to work with, therefore the design and build needed to be imaginative. The studios were required to be integrated into a working office space and, with a number of high-profile guests visiting, the client wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. The lack of height in the studios was a major factor as Daffarn explains: "Due to limited space, Doughty's Dan Phillips and I spent time creating a grid that was both aesthetically pleasing and functionally slimline. Dan has been central to the reason I work a lot with Doughty. I often share early design thoughts with him and we bounce ideas between us as no two studios are ever the same. Once we are on site installing, I know I could call Dan on a Sunday and he would try his best to help."
Doughty and Projects Department Ltd designed and installed the ‘Flat Grid’ which was first used at the Tate Modern and was essential to the clean look

 
lightitblueVerge Aero's sky-high salute to health workers
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - On Tuesday evening, Verge Aero, the leader in high performance drone light shows, delivered a unique aerial tribute to medical staff and essential workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The display of gratitude took place opposite the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania as part of the global #LightItBlue and local #PhillyShinesBlue campaigns, not far from Verge Aero’s Pennovation Works offices at the University of Pennsylvania.
The aerial light show was launched from Philadelphia’s Franklin Field football stadium, adjacent to the hospital complex. 140 extremely bright drones configured themselves into giant images up to 400ft above the ground, making themselves visible throughout the University of Pennsylvania campus and medical centre as well as far away across the Schuylkill River in downtown Philadelphia.
The drone light show featured images designed to offer hope, thanks, and love. There were also reminders to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing. Giant hearts danced around, and the iconic LOVE artwork by Pop artist Robert Indiana floated gracefully over the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love.
Emergency vehicles with lights flashing appeared in front of the hospital to announce the start of the drone light show. “The show was planned to ensure maximum visibility for those inside the hospital and allow them to view the show while maintaining social distance,” says Verge Aero CEO Nils Thorjussen. “There was no advance publicity. We flew th

 
 
mxlThe Big Swing hits home run with MXL
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - Breaking down barriers between athletes and fans, Ross Stripling and Cooper Surles launched The Big Swing podcast in January 2019 to discuss everything from sports to pop culture to finance, with a focus on all things baseball. When the co-hosts were looking to deploy a high-quality microphone solution to capture crystal-clear audio for their podcast, they found what they were searching for with MXL Microphones’ BCD-1 Live Broadcast Dynamic Microphone.
“In our first few months of podcasting, audio was the biggest challenge for us,” says Stripling. “Once we were able to deploy the MXL mics and put them in front of each speaker, our audio went up twofold – the sound quality of MXL’s BCD-1 is incomparable to the previous solution we were using.”
In addition to quality audio pickup, Surles finds the noise rejection capabilities of MXL’s BCD-1 to be beneficial for their recordings. “Not only do the mics pick up audio well, but they also do an awesome job of rejecting outside noise,” he says. “This is a particularly helpful feature when we record in our home studio set up, where my dog might be barking in the other room. Also, we frequently have guests that have no previous microphone experience, so they often won’t speak directly into the mic, and the BCD-1 does a solid job of capturing their voices off-axis.”
For Surles and Stripling, it is also important to have a portable and durable microphone solution as they travel from place to place recording remotely. “When we travel, I keep the mics in my carry on, which

 
industrialweddingChauvet evokes industrial past at wedding
Thursday, 30 April 2020

Belgium - Looking for an alternative venue to the norm, a young couple in West Flanders held their wedding reception at Transfo Zweegem, a former power plant that was built in 1911.
With its matrix of crisscrossing steel girders and beams, boilers, tanks and generator housings, the venue’s long narrow main hall resonates with echoes of a distant industrial past. Accenting the evocative power of this setting, while complementing it with a stylish 21st century touch, was a vividly coloured lighting arrangement by Présence that featured over 40 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Solico Events & Expo Technics.
The warm amber, and purple-blue light form these fixtures endowed the room with an inviting sense of intimacy without detracting from the stark, intense effect of its industrial nature. “We definitely liked the industrial atmosphere,” said Isabel D’Hulster of Présence. “It was captivating and distinctive. Our goal was to give the industrial element a warm, cozy touch with the lighting.”
Featured in the lighting rig, which was brought to the venue for the wedding, were 22 Well Fit fixtures, 20 Rogue R2 Washes and two Rogue RH1 Hybrid units. Positioned at the base of the former power plant’s tower, as well as at its elevator and main entrance, the RGBA Well Fit uplights accented key architectural elements and set an elegant tone for the wedding. The sleek aluminium casing of these fixtures complemented the venue’s industrial setting.
Providing added visual excitement to the reception room entrance were the Rogue RH

 
 
marcus-movie-tavernSculpted Surround in Milwaukee Movie Tavern
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - Bright Star Systems recently equipped Marcus Theatres’ new Movie Tavern location in Milwaukee, the first full cinema complex in the U.S. to feature JBL Sculpted Surround technology, with JBL Professional cinema loudspeakers, JBL Professional DSi 2.0 amplifiers and Crown DCi amplifiers.
Movie Tavern by Marcus is a premium theatre concept offering restaurant-style dining and in-seat service for moviegoers. At the new location in the Brookfield Square shopping centre, guests can enjoy dinner and a movie in the premium UltraScreen DLX theatre with Dolby Atmos immersive audio or one of seven additional theatres with 7.1 surround sound.
Bright Star Systems equipped the complex with JBL Professional cinema loudspeakers, DSi 2.0 amplifiers and Crown DCi amplifiers, following the JBL Sculpted Surround specification in the 7.1-equipped theatres. Sculpted Surround relies on precisely-calibrated JBL loudspeakers in a specific configuration to widen the ‘sweet spot’ in the auditorium for balanced sound in every row.
“We had been handling most of the work for Marcus on their last four new builds,” said Dave Lund, senior consultant, Bright Star Systems. “We came in as the integrator, we got the construction drawings, and we handled the projection and sound in the theatre auditorium. We took into consideration how big the screens are, what kind of ceilings they were going to put in, and we handled all of the technical work. We are also the primary service agent for a majority of the Marcus theatres.”
The JBL Sculpted Surround specificatio

 
adjADJ launches second Stay Connected run
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - Following the success of ADJ’s first run of Stay Connected educational live video broadcasts, the company has announced that more have been planned. Covering a wide variety of lighting-related topics, and including panel sessions with industry leaders, the next wave of broadcasts will take place twice each week throughout May and into June.
Each new instalment of Stay Connected will have a particular focus and provide an opportunity for lighting and event professionals to upskill from the safety and comfort of their own homes or offices. Some will take a deep dive into a specific piece of software or technology, while others will cover a more general topic. All the sessions are designed “to teach, equip and inspire”.
Broadcast via Facebook Live, the videos will also feature interactive elements allowing viewers to ask questions directly to the product specialists and special guests on camera.
“Here at ADJ we have been overwhelmed by the response to our Stay Connected series of Facebook Live videos,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “Each video has attracted a healthy and engaged live audience, who have interacted with our presenters in real-time by making comments and asking questions. Then, after their initial broadcast, we’ve published the videos on our YouTube channel where each one is being viewed hundreds, if not thousands of times.
“We’ve also received lots of messages from viewers who have found them useful, while others have requested additional topics they’d l

 
 
sound-sunnit2020 Sound Summit offered as virtual event
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA/Europe - A group of industry manufacturers, including Audio Ltd., Ambient, dB Audio, DPA Microphones, Lectrosonics, K-Tek, Sonosax, Sound Devices, Bubblebee Industries, Schoeps, Ursa Straps, and Viviana Straps are offering a new-product based virtual event.
Virtual Sound Summit 2020 is a two-day virtual event featuring a number of new product and technology announcements that would have taken place at the 2020 NAB Show.
Say the organisers, “Presentations will be of interest to location sound and production professionals, chief engineers, news technicians, ENG crews, camera operators, network executives and other audio professionals in the field. This marks the first virtual Sound Summit, a series of educational presentations aimed at joining audio professionals together to collaborate and discuss audio production tools and techniques.”
The summit is scheduled for 30 April – 1 May (8am-12pm PT). Registration and additional information is available at: thesoundsummit.org.
The event will also be recorded and shared afterwards on the Sound Summit YouTube Channel.

 
christieChristie University courses continue
Thursday, 30 April 2020

Europe - During these challenging times, Christie continues to support its partners and customers in many ways, including the provision of online courses through Christie University, many of which are open to anyone with an interest in the technology, and free.
“Need to sharpen your understanding of processing with products such as Spyder, or hone your skills in content management or switching and distribution with products like Pandoras Box and Terra SDVoE technology? Sign up for one of our webinars for Pandoras Box or Christie Terra and Christie Spyder,” says Christie.

 
 
glpExo Beams light Rüfüs Du Sol at CRSSD
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - Australian alternative dance trio Rüfüs Du Sol,have been steadily building their reputation over the past decade. Masterminding the lighting on their tours since 2014 - respectively in support of the albums Atlas, Bloom, Solace, and now Live From Joshua Tree - has been Matthew Smith from Melbourne-based Colourblind.
As part of the Solace album tour, the band had appeared at CRSSD Festival in San Diego’s Waterfront Park at the beginning of March. “We redesigned the show to give it new life for the second half of the album cycle, deciding to replace the 24 GLP impression X4 Bar 20’s with more [GLP] JDC1’s,” explained Colourblind director, Matthew Smith, who was responsible for carrying out the redesign.
In fact the production is now using 38 of the JDC1’s in total, run in SPix mode 3 (68-channels) - seven upstage behind the band, seven on the front truss and 24 behind the transparent video wall.
Colourblind was fortunate that local San Diego vendor, Maktive, had plenty of JDC1s in its hire stock, enabling the company to ‘top up’ to the requisite number in its festival design. “The show at CRSSD looked incredible as a result,” said Smith.
Maktive proprietors, Bryan McClanahan and Patrick Randall, have been the festival lighting designers and providers since CRSSD started in the Spring of 2015. But they introduced an additional surprise to this year’s event as the rig also incorporated 54 of GLP’s new Fusion Exo Beams, since Maktive had become an early investor.
On the festi

 
allmanbrothersMeyer Leo and Lyon power The Brothers
Thursday, 30 April 2020

USA - Members of the final The Allman Brothers Band line-up, dubbed ‘The Brothers’, came together at Madison Square Garden in New York City to celebrate 50 years of The Allman Brothers Band. The Brothers included founding member Jaimoe and longtime members Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, and Chuck Leavell along with guests Duane Trucks and Reese Wynans.
The powerhouse band transported Madison Square Garden into the past with songs going back to the band’s original 1969 album.
The one-night show was powered by Meyer Sound solutions anchored by Leo and Lyon linear line array loudspeakers, provided by rental partners UltraSound and PRG North America. The system configuration consisted of, per side (L/R), a main PA with 16 Leo loudspeakers, six flown 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, main 180-degree arrays and 270-degree arrays of 18 Lyon loudspeakers each, 18 rear Leopard compact loudspeakers and six centre rear Leopard loudspeakers, eight Leopard for front-fill, and 10 1100-LFC control elements ground-stacked.
“Bringing in UltraSound and PRG Audio with a Meyer Sound PA was the most logical option,” says Derek Featherstone, FOH engineer of the evening and CEO of UltraSound. “This decision was based on a number of variables. Most importantly, we have deployed the same set up for at least 12 Dead & Company 360-degree shows in this same room [MSG]. We wanted to approach this one-off event by eliminating as many unknowns as possible and the Meyer Sound Leo and Lyon system has performed for us successfully

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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