USA - Based in Scottsdale, AZ, Impact Church is a fast-growing, multi-ethnic church known for high-energy worship and relevant, accessible teaching. The church recently moved into a new home, which was purpose-designed to host worship services with a focus on high quality audio, video and lighting.
The anchor point of this new AVL system is the ADJ LED video screen which fills the rear of the stage, while the lighting setup consists exclusively of fixtures from ADJ and sister company Elation Professional.
What began as a bible study for the Arizona Cardinals hosted by player Andre Wadsworth in the late 1990s was opened to the public and soon became one of the fastest growing churches in the nation. Headed up by Senior Pastor Travis Hearn, Impact Church has a reputation for diversity, authenticity and throwing a huge celebration each weekend. These gatherings have become so popular that the church outgrew its previous building, which led to an ambitious project to retrofit a former grocery store into a large custom-designed worship space.
The company responsible for designing, supplying and installing the audio, video and lighting system for the new facility was Illuminate Production Services, headed by Rick Franke.
At the heart of the church’s new video system is a large LED wall comprised of no less than 144 ADJ VS3 panels. This video display surface extends the full width of the stage and provides a constant backdrop to whatever is happening in front of it. This not only allows for the display or song words, pre-produced video content and
Sweden - The impressive, airy Kulturhuset Spira (Culture House Spira) is a seven-story glass-and-wood structure on the banks of Lake Munksjön. Leading Swedish architect firm, Wingårdh, designed the structure that houses four stages and hosts a progressive programme of music, theatre, dance, and children’s programming, as well as serving as the headquarters for the regional Smålands Music & Theatre team.
Spira translates as ‘grow’ or ‘aspire’ and this spirit infuses the team at Spira’s desire to remain at the cutting edge of technology. When they recently embarked on an upgrade to the venue audio system, they opted for L-Acoustics Kara II.
L-Acoustics was the first and final choice of sound system for Spira. When the centre opened its doors to audiences in 2011, it was with a Kara system and it has served well in the intervening years. However, demand for a larger and more powerful system increased over the years and, with L-Acoustics releasing its Kara II, local integrator JLE Audio AB was able to offer a cost-effective solution to upgrade to the venue’s existing Kara to Kara II and supplementing it with additional new Kara II enclosures.
“The Jönköping’s Sinfonietta performs several concerts a year here,’ says Spira head of sound, Jack Strandberg. “The classical musicians, guest conductors and sound technicians that work here all demand good sound. That’s why we chose the L-Acoustics brand with its ‘hi-fi’ sound, clarity and homogenous response to give the absolute best audio experience for our orchestra guest s
UK - When London’s Adelphi Theatre re-opens later this year, it will do so with a new flying system. The refurbishment – stage one of three has involved a complete replacement of the fly tower hemp sets and a new front loading 42 set double purchase counterweight system.
With all theatres across the country having spent the last 12 months in the dark, LW Theatres and Nederlander who jointly own the Adelphi, has taken the unprecedented circumstances as an opportunity to carry out a programme of work across several of its venues. And with no shows or audiences, this has allowed for refurbishment to take place uninterrupted so that once theatres can open their doors, they can do so freely and start recouping lost revenue immediately.
Martin Skelton, technical and building services manager at The Adelphi said: “Phase one has seen the Unusual team come in to initially remove the old system, make good the structure of the wall behind and put in a new, easier to use structure and flying system in the same position. The old system had evolved over time with half of it being one shape and design and in amongst it were some other cradles, three different types of flying weight, two different styles of loading, a huge variation in capacity across the system and not evenly spaced.
“Over the years shows have got progressively heavier so we needed to look at updating the system to be able to accommodate that. Staff safety is also of paramount importance and we wanted to overhaul the system which saw us using very heavy weights to achieve capacity which we
Russia - Robe luminaires were selected for another cultural project, this one at the Said-Galiev Cultural Centre in Derbyshki in Kazan, the capital of the Russian semi-autonomous region of Tatarstan, an area renowned as a lively melting pot of Russian and Tatar heritage.
Robe’s Russian distributor LTM - with branches in Moscow, Novosibirsk and St. Petersburg - delivered the order of Robe Pointes, LEDBeam 150s and ParFect 150s for its client the Altin Group. LTM also undertook all the related installation and commissioning work for the Robe moving lights and other elements of the venue’s lighting that were extensively updated in this project.
The ornate Said-Galiev Cultural Centre has two main auditoriums, a main one seating 560 and a smaller 120 capacity hall and was originally built in 1959. This latest technical upgrade, which also included audio, flexible rigging, LED screens and a cinema projection system enables it to stage a range of shows and events.
The Robe luminaires are all being utilised in the main hall. Four of the Pointes are positioned above the stage with more rigged in the ‘slips’ positions either side of the pros arch for high tight angled lighting onto the forestage. They were chosen for their power and intensity. More Pointes - together with other new lighting fixtures - are rigged on portable side booms onstage.
The LEDBeam 150s and ParFect 150s were chosen for their high luminosity, perfectly matching optics, and quality of output. Some of these are on the side booms with others lighting from the galleries and
The Netherlands - Podiumtechniek B.V. has signed a contract with Nationale Opera & Ballet for the supply of 162 LED spotlights from the German brand JB-Lighting.
Deputy technical director Pieter Huijgen explains: "After years of searching for worthy replacements for the current halogen spotlights and spotlights with a discharge lamp, developments in LED stage lighting had progressed to such an extent last year that it was possible to make the switch to this form of sustainable lighting."
JB-Lighting's moving heads were also recently supplied to leading venues such as De Doelen - Rotterdam, Philharmonie - Haarlem, Schouwburg Ogterop - Meppel, De Nieuwe Schuur - Herpt and the AFAS Theater - Leusden. Many renowned stages in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia have already started using JB-Lighting LED spots.
The tender of Nationale Opera & Ballet includes JB-Lighting P12 Profile (High CRI), P18 Profile (high CRI) and P18 Washes (high CRI).
USA - Attracting around 4,000 worshippers each week, Hope Church in Las Vegas opened a new, 1,750-seat auditorium worship centre and sanctuary in December 2020. The technical infrastructure was designed and installed by church technology specialists Stark Raving Solutions (SRS), who installed an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon system in the main auditorium.
At Hope Church, growth has been so significant, that in 2019, the church moved to add a fourth weekly service. With that additional service, average weekly congregation numbers grew by about 600, according to creative producer Micah Ogle.
Kansas-based SRS has installed many Alcons LR series pro-ribbon line arrays in churches. They introduced the leadership of Hope Church to Alcons solutions at a demonstration event in Las Vegas a few years ago. When SRS suggested a system based on the double 8” LR18 compact mid-size line-array module and double 6.5” LR14/90 ultra-compact line-array module for the new worship centre, the church readily agreed.
“The seating area is a large horseshoe/fan shape, nearly 230º wide, with heavily-raked seats. None is more than 90ft (27.5m) from the central speaking position on stage,” says SRS’s church resource director Marcus Hammond. “We have worked with both Hope Church and Alcons for a long time and the church was more than happy to accept our recommendation, knowing they could trust it would deliver exactly what they needed.”
The system comprises a centre cluster of eight and two side clusters of six LR18, plus two six-unit arrays of LR14/90 for side-fi
USA - Passion Church, a thriving 400-congregant, multi-generational and multi-ethnic church in Casa Grande, Arizona, was in need of a complete audio, visual, and lighting systems overhaul to effectively equip its growing ministries into the future and chose Elation Fuze Pendants as part of the solution.
In early 2020, Passion Church reached out to 5 Words Media, an AVL production company based in Phoenix, to inquire about a full AVL system design. A day later, 5 Words Media sales engineer Brandon Cole met Pastor Romeo Leal on-site at Passion Church to walk the space and strategise an ideal AVL system to support their current and future needs.
“I wanted to hear the dreams Pastor Romeo had, not just for the AVL aspects of Passion Church, but for his church overall,” stated Cole. “Designing a system with the overarching vision and mission of the church in mind helps us design and build them a system equipped for future expansion while also ensuring excellence is achieved.”
The church’s previous build used basic 0-10v lights but Cole wanted to give his client the ability to “paint a picture” using dynamic house lights. “Some of their wants were to control the left, centre and right sections of the audience,” he says. “Showing the capabilities of the Fuze Pendants between colour to dimming control hit the nail right on the spot with what they were looking for.”
5 Words Media designed the lighting system with Elation products chosen for house lighting, atmospherics, wireless DMX/distribution, and control, namely Fuze Pendants
South Africa - With travel restrictions in place, the show has to go on, albeit digitally. For an international fashion show, four South African fashion designers were able to shoot their latest work at The Blank Space, a venue created by the CCPP Group in Cape Town. While everyone missed the audience, the upside saw the production team working in a more relaxed setting where they were able to capture the looks needed for their submissions.
The Blank Space is a venue that was created by CCPP Group (founded by Clint Cawood in 2006 as Clint Cawood Professional Productions), specifically for the fashion shoot. Thanks to its success, the functional space has since hosted various events and is a solution for studio and film productions, virtual product launches, game shows and music performances. CCPP Group has utilised 300 sqm within the warehouse, situated in Ndabeni, Maitland, to provide a 22m x 12m work area equipped with professional gear including a Robe lighting rig, grandMA light console and a PA system.
“Towards the end of last year, there were certain designers who could not get to an international fashion show due to Covid-19 travel limitations and had to fill in their slots from a South African site,” explains Andrew Gleave, operations manager at CCPP Group and designer for the fashion shoot. “Instead of hiring a venue, they opted to use our warehouse. With an industrial look and open feel, they liked the concrete floor with the beam of light forming a runway down the centre so much, that they chose not to build an actual stage.”
UK - Flipside Soundsystem has recently assisted Ashington Parish Church with a new audio installation, helping the parish modernise the building by delivering a balanced sound for energetic performances, streaming sessions and small communal services. The systems integrator installed a variety of speakers and amplifiers from TW AUDiO and Powersoft to cover the space.
Renovated 15 years ago with additions such as a new kitchen and underfloor heating, the church has been stripped back of some of the décor and furnishings from the stage area, allowing a low reverberation for a somewhat traditional space. “It’s a friendly layout for a church,” says Flipside managing director, James Cooper. “It’s not a particularly reverberant room and with the audience capacity being around 300, you don’t need anything massive to fill up that type of space.”
As the needs of the church have grown of the years, the new audio installation needed to be stable and produce a quality sound. “Our original set up included speakers up on the front and third beams and down the aisles, but there were some ‘dead zones’ in the top corners and there was no ability to time align the delay speakers,” says Simon Barrett, sound engineer for Ashington Church. “While it did mean we had a better signal to noise ratio, the speakers just couldn’t reproduce the sound we wanted, the dispersion was too wide and thus the sound was mushy – I even had to bring in a sub from time to time just to balance everything out, which wasn’t ideal.”
Barrett turned to Flipsid
Vietnam - Equipping its large meeting facility with the latest technology, Tan Hiep Phat hired Ba Sao Audio to design and install a premium Harman Professional audio solution.
Founded in 1994, Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group (THP) is Vietnam’s leading FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) business. Beyond developing and producing some of the country’s most popular beverages, THP distributes product throughout all of Vietnam’s 63 provinces as well as to 16 other countries.
“The client wanted a premium audio system installed in the meeting hall, which can accommodate up to 1,000 people. After thorough consideration, our team designed and installed a Harman Professional system that seamlessly delivers clear, high-fidelity audio throughout the facility,” said a spokesperson for the partner. “The installed system is easy-to-use and can produce exceptional sound clarity without any signal interference.”
The system features JBL VRX932LAP powered line array loudspeakers and CBT 100LA-1 line array column loudspeakers. The installation also includes VRX918SP powered flying subwoofers, while PRX815W and PRX812W full-range PA speakers serve as floor monitors.
Powered by Crown XTi 4002 amplifiers, the solution is optimised and controlled through the dbx DriveRack PA2 loudspeaker management system. For audio mixing and source connectivity, the system features a Soundcraft Si Expression 2 digital console and Mini Stagebox 16R.
“We wanted to create a future-forward meeting space,” said a spokesperson for Tan Hiep Phat. “We are pleased and i
UK - Reflex, Audio Visual Material (AVM), and Christie have collaborated on one of the largest rear projection systems in Europe at Queen Mary University of London. Two Christie Crimson HD laser projectors have been installed for the 12m by 6m (39 ft x 19.5 ft) screen in The Great Hall, an 800-seat space in a 1930s art deco building.
Raj Dattani, senior technical design engineer at Reflex led the installation and chose to work again with AVM and Christie teams seven years after the initial installation. “We have gone from two 10K projectors, four lamps, and regular maintenance checks to triple the brightness and no maintenance with laser,” he said. Additionally, a switch to AV over IP distribution means just one cable to the projector, giving users and clients huge flexibility.
Queen Mary University is a leading Russel Group university, with more than 25,000 students where the hall is also rented to corporate clients. The university wanted to keep the same 3DLP quality but with the maintenance advantages offered by laser projection technology.
“The Christie Crimson HD31 projectors offer both,” said Mick Perrone, key account manager at AVM. “And with BoldColor Technology for rich and vibrant colours, they offer enhanced colour performance and saturation over standard laser phosphor projectors. Since there are no more lamps to change, we don’t need to schedule return visits to the site as they are virtually maintenance free. There were other features to consider such as having a comprehensive suite of lenses, being fully omnidirectional,
UK - The Royal Albert Hall has launched its 150th anniversary year with a 90-second tribute to live music entitled Your Room Will Be Ready, narrated by Mick Jagger, directed by BAFTA-nominee Tom Harper and scored by Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price.
The short film, which focuses on the anticipation and energy of live events, pairs images of the empty venue with more than 40 pieces of archive event footage from 1933 to the present, accompanied by Sir Mick reading from For Friends Only by W.H. Auden.
Sir Mick said: “Without doubt, the Royal Albert Hall is one of the greatest concert venues in the world and so I was delighted to be asked to read a short poem by W.H. Auden as part of this excellent short film by Tom Harper.
“I have some wonderful memories of performing there with the Stones in the 1960s when once or twice it did get a bit wild, with enthusiastic fans joining us onstage and almost bringing the show to an abrupt end – but we soldiered on and had a great time.”
Director Tom Harper said: “"I have desperately missed live performance – there is something electric and fundamentally human about the shared experience of being in a room surrounded by other people, part of an audience. The Royal Albert Hall is a magnificent building even when it's empty, but what makes it truly special is the connection it fosters through those shared experiences. That is what this film is about; not only a celebration of performances from the Hall's glorious past, but also the sense of anticipation of some of the thin
Mexico - Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional’s (AN) was built in 1952 as a site for equestrian events. The building is made of riveted iron - the same technique featured on the Eiffel Tower - and has undergone extensive redesigns throughout the years. The Auditorio Nacional is known equally for its intriguing architectural design and for housing the largest pipe organ in Latin America.
The venue’s main hall consists of nearly 10,000 seats raised above and around its 23m stage, primarily used for national and international music concerts, song, dance and film festivals. Since 2013, the Auditorio Nacional has been ranked top selling venue in the world according to Pollstar Magazine.
Lunario, Auditorio Nacional’s alternative stage, seats 1,200 and is used for small and medium-sized events. Both spaces have hosted notable companies such as the Vienna Philharmonic, LA Phil, English National Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and New York Philharmonic, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernández, Elton John, Sting, Alan Parsons, Michael Bublé and Harry Styles.
The entire facility was recently treated to a renovation, which included an L-Acoustics K Series system to replace the original, 12 year-old sound system. “At Auditorio, we do productions day in and day out,” says Nico Peláez, Auditorio Nacional’s production director. “With some 30 million people attending events here over the past 25 years, we knew it was the time for a major update.”
Four of the world’s top audio brands were invited to participate in the tendering proces
Thailand - Elevating teaching programmes and services in its Dharma Practice Room, the Young Buddhists Association of Thailand hired audio integrators Mahajak Development Co to deliver a Harman Professional audio solution to provides quality sound.
Founded in 1950, the Young Buddhists Association of Thailand (YBAT) is an organisation dedicated to enriching lives by bringing Buddhism to the younger generation and general public. Focused on developing minds and cultivating deep experiential wisdom through educational services, YBAT’s main office is located in the Phasicharoen District of Bangkok and includes the Thamnawet building, which features a 500-seat Dharma Practice Room.
"The client wanted an upgrade to their existing sound system in the Thamnawet building,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, project director at Mahajak. As we had already worked on renovating the audio system in the Dharma practice room on the second floor of Sirikarinchai building, we knew what the client was expecting. We are so excited to be associated with them again and happy to provide intelligible sound to the Dharma practitioners with the help of Harman Professional’s audio equipment and services.
“Some of the challenges we faced were the wooden floor, hard wall and smooth plaster ceiling because they caused reverberation in the room. Our team designed the audio system for Dharma practitioners to receive direct sound from the ceiling speakers. This setup was supported by Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors, which helped solve the frequency problem in the
USA - When Northside Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas, needed to source a sound system for its newly constructed worship space, the church’s technical team found itself confronted with familiar challenges. Like so many houses of worship, the church leadership needed to ensure the best possible sound coverage within their new sanctuary’s acoustic environment while balancing its love for music in worship with clarity of speech.
Crucially, all this needed to be achieved without taking too much from the donation plate. Now the church has found a solution in the TW Audio ELLA.
Marking the first ELLA installation in the United States, the system has been greeted by Bob Slie, youth pastor at Northside Baptist Church, as having transformed the church’s worship experience.
Slie first experienced ELLA as part of an early demonstration of the technology at the WFX Show in Orlando. At the time, the church leadership had become frustrated by their search for a sound system – providers had either suggested very expensive options or cheap proposals that Slie and his colleagues knew would prove inadequate.
But on hearing a demonstration of just four compact ELLA6 boxes accompanied by a single S32 cardioid subwoofer, Slie immediately sought out the TW Audio team to discuss the church’s needs.
Now completed, Northside Baptist Church boasts 22 ELLA6 elements supported by six VERA S32i. These are configured in two hangs of eight ELLA6 as the main left and right arrays with a further hang of two ELLA6 as the centre-fill plus two further arrays o
Sweden - Panasonic projectors helped celebrate man’s understanding of Space with over 100,000 visitors seeing the spectacular projection mapping onto Stockholm’s City Hall (Stadshuset) as part of the Nobel Week Lights festival.
The installation is one of the largest video mapping projects ever seen in the city. The event celebrated the 2020 Nobel Prize in Stockholm with lighting installations created around the city inspired by Nobel laureate discoveries.
The creative result was SPACE, designed by Andreas Skärberg and produced by PXLFLD studios. The content is a 16-minute projection mapped, animated art installation celebrating amazing advances in space physics.
PXLFLD called on its partners Lumination of Sweden and Creative Technology, which specialises in advanced technical solutions for the live events and broadcast industry, to help make the vision become reality. The team deployed a total of 30 Panasonic PT-RQ22K and PT-RZ21K projectors for the display.
“We needed a laser-based projector that was easy to line up around all the sharp edges but also for the improved colour and contrast,” explained Johan Törnström, at Creative Technology. “It was also important that the projectors were compact and easy to set-up in the restricted space.” Johan added that the reliable Panasonic laser architecture was the single most important projector feature, as the installation ran over 12 days with many of the arrays were installed in portrait mode.
The Panasonic PT-RQ22K and PTRZ21K 20,000lm projectors combine 3-Chip DLP imaging wit
UK - To mark the centenary of Stephen Joseph’s birth and the 60th anniversary of the founding of ABTT, the ABTT Stephen Joseph Committee has announced an award to commemorate the life and work of the influential theatre practitioner and pioneer of theatre in-the-round.
A statement from the ABTT says: “Stephen Joseph was one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the last century. He was one of the founders of the ABTT and the Society of Theatre Consultants, now the Institute of Theatre Consultants. He promoted new writing, architectural standards and technical excellence, and was an inspiring university teacher. His pioneering work has given rise to the use of myriad forms of theatre and open staging in current practice. At the heart of his philosophy was the close and fundamental relationship between performer and audience. Above all, he established theatre-in-the-round as a legitimate theatrical form in the UK.
This award honours Stephen’s wide-ranging legacy which continues to influence many aspects of theatre practice. The first ABTT Stephen Joseph Award will be presented in June 2021.”
ABTT Stephen Joseph Award specifications:
There are three categories from which one recipient of the award will be chosen. For the sake of clarity, there will be just one award in 2021 presented to the most deserving nomination drawn from any one of the following categories:
1. A living individual whose work or body of work has created an exemplary and adventurous relationship between performance and audience.
USA - When the live music industry ground to a halt in early 2020, rock band Styx quickly pivoted away from their planned tour to focus on direct engagement with their more than one million fans who are members of the online Styx Lounge. As the band increasingly made remote collaboration and fan outreach a daily practice, bassist and self-described gearhead Ricky Phillips noticed that one component in his Austin, Texas home studio was limiting the experience: a barebones webcam.
“Music is my life, and video communication has brought artists and fans closer together than ever before” Phillips says. “From websites where we can share or post videos, music ‘magazines’ that host performances, online video fan clubs, the ability to record master classes and more, video has become a crucial tool for musicians to connect with fans and create new opportunities. My $100 store-bought webcam seemed good enough when we first began working from home, but when I recognised that video would be my main mode of visibility for the foreseeable future, I knew a more professional solution would make the experience far better.”
After speaking with fellow gearheads and industry partners, Phillips discovered the ClearOne family of Aura videoconferencing cameras and microphones. Now, using a UNITE 200 PTZ that features programmable movement pre-sets for automated filming, a UNITE 50 4K ePTZ camera that provides full room coverage, and a CHAT 150 speakerphone, Phillips has a truly professional-grade, multi-angle home office videoconferencing solution with endless possib
China - The team at French seating manufacturer Quinette Gallay was a contributor to a major project in China recently – the Shangyin Opera House in Shanghai.
The Opera House is part of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music – an institution which has been at the forefront of musical education in China since 1927. It has strong links to musicians and musical institutions worldwide.
In 2019, the Conservatory began work fitting out the new opera house, intended as an unmatched resource for both students and teachers. The venue would provide a place to practise and perform opera which would match the quality of a world-class opera house, with the very best interior, equipment and acoustics.
Embracing the concept of an opera house as a musical instrument, architect Christian de Portzamparc worked together with acoustician Albert Xu on this stunning space. The design was based on a classic U-shaped model, but was enhanced to improve visibility and acoustics for all audience members.
With its reputation for providing seats to the cream of international venues, Quinette Gallay was chosen as the seating supplier. Quinette Gallay worked with the architect, acoustician and client to produce 1230 very special versions of their Dune BI seat. The wave-form design of the chairs visually evokes the ethos of “the space as an instrument”. The acoustic perforations on the wooden seat shell, meanwhile, help to bring that instrument to life. In addition, translation screens on the back of each seat are key to the Conservatory’s spirit of international co
UK - Brompton Technology has announced the release of its new Tessera V3.1 software, providing users of Tessera SX40 and S8 LED processors with features including HFR+ and Frame Remapping that deliver “key benefits for creatives working in virtual production and cinematography, as well as for markets such as sports broadcast, simulation and virtual reality”.
Tessera’s High Frame Rate (HFR) function already gives the power to display the video content on an LED screen at up to 144 fps (frames per second). The latest Tessera update extends this with HFR+, allowing the Tessera SX40 and S8 to support up to a massive 250 fps. This gives smoother visuals in eSports and simulator applications using high-framerate content.
“The maximum framerate available will depend on the panel type(s) in use and may range from 60fps to a maximum of 250fps,” explains Chris Deighton, Brompton’s CTO. “The maximum framerate for each panel type can be viewed in the processor's Fixture Library screen, or by using Tessera Remote in Offline Editor mode if no hardware is available. Combining the maximum framerate of 250fps with our existing Ultra Low Latency mode delivers an incredible end-to-end system latency of just 4ms.”
Frame Rate Multiplication is another pre-existing feature in Tessera software which gives the ability to output each input frame multiple times to create a higher output framerate on the LED screen, and is a useful tool to ensure a camera will see a complete image every time its shutter opens.
This is augmented in Tessera V3.1 with a new
China - Since re-opening its doors partway through 2020, the new I’m Han Night Station in Wuhan has been making international headlines thanks to more than just its lavish appointments and production technologies package. When the upscale nightspot welcomed much-hyped DJ crew Pink Panda to its stage in July, it marked the first time an international artist had performed in the city since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic - and it was a PK Sound Trinity system from Chinese distributor Polar Audio driving the high-energy party.
“Our vision with I’m Han Night Station was to spare no expense and deliver the finest nightlife experience you’ll find anywhere in the world,” comments Mr. Kane Lin of Singapore’s Dyson Kane Group, which oversees the club. “The audiovisual elements are obviously a significant part of that, and PK Sound has a global reputation for technological innovation and powerful, high-impact audio reproduction. The choice was clear.”
First opened in late 2019, I’m Han represents an $18.5m investment and boasts a 107,000sq.ft of space, including the Main Party Hall, four smaller themed halls, and over 30 Party K karaoke suites.
The expansive audio system in the Main Hall is anchored by PK Sound’s T10 Install line source element. The main left-right arrays flanking the stage comprise seven T10 Installs per side, with two smaller arrays of three T10 Installs each serving as delays midway through the hall.
“We’ve been very successful putting Trinity systems into some of the top nightspots throughout China thanks
France - Based in Ris-Orangis and owned by Communauté d’Agglomeration Grand Paris Sud, Le Plan opened in 1984, with a new venue built in 2014, and was recently awarded the prestigious contemporary music scenes label (SMAC) by the French Ministry of Culture.
A hub for Parisian music lovers and a reference venue for first-class sound quality, Le Plan’s audio system has recently been upgraded with L-Acoustics K and X Series delivered by Audiolive, replacing its previous 17-year-old system.
Le Plan hosts a varied national and international programme covering the entire spectrum of contemporary music genres from hip hop to pop, rock, and more. Le Plan’s audio team also has a mission of raising awareness of key developments within the contemporary music scene, and hosts specialist courses in live sound recording and mixing for students from EMC University. The venue’s two concert halls, seating 830 and 200, are open to professional and amateur musicians for masterclasses and conferences.
“Our previous system had served us well, but we wanted to continue being a reference venue for great sound, and it was time for an upgrade,” says Benjamin Feuillade, sound engineer at Le Plan. “Following internal discussions with our director, Fabien Lhérisson, and technical director, Jean-Noël Paquier, we made a list of our key requirements for the new main system, secondary areas, amplification, monitoring, wiring and rigging, which we put into a tender document.”
A key criterion was to have at least the same low frequency output as the previous
USA - Noise Nest, a production complex owned by drummer, producer and entrepreneur Nick Gross, has undergone significant expansion over the last 12 months and now boasts five recording studios - all of which feature PMC monitoring.
Based in Los Angeles, this facility chose PMC’s flagship QB1-A in-wall main monitors for its recently opened Studio A, while its remaining four studios use a mixture of PMC IB1S-A, twotwo.6 and twotwo.8 monitors for nearfield duties.
“Choosing a PMC QB1 system for Studio A was a no- brainer because they are simply amazing,” Nick Gross says. “They sound clean and rounded, even at very high volumes. They reproduce the audio in such a pure way that you get to hear exactly what you are recording with no compromises.”
He adds that everyone who has used the studio has been equally impressed, especially Noise Nest’s HipHop customers who like to crank the monitors up as loud as possible and blast their music through them.
“I was introduced to PMC speakers by my friend and mentor, Dr. Luke,” Gross says. “He has an even bigger QB1 set up in his studio and when I heard them, I was literally blown away. I also loved the aesthetic of them - they look incredibly cool, and for someone like me who is a very visual person, this was an important consideration.”
Located in Hollywood’s media district, Noise Nest started out 10 years ago as a songwriting and recording space for Nick Gross’ own projects. It quickly gained a reputation for being a highly creative space to work and soon other artists were book
USA - Commercial A/V integrator Verta Technologies was recently tasked with upgrading Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama with a PA system for its sanctuary and live audio needs.
Christian Tuttle, CTS, managing partner, Verta Technologies and his team turned to EAW to deliver the audio to the sanctuary. The audio upgrade included four Anna 3-way full-range ADAPTive array modules, two MKD1064 2-way full range loudspeakers, two SB825 dual drive subwoofers and one UXA4410 Greybox-enabled amplifier.
Southwood Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary was originally designed for spoken word, a choir and a pipe organ with natural reverberation in mind. “The result was a beautiful 50ft vaulted ceiling with an untreated tongue-and-groove wood finish,” says Tuttle. “Over the past 20 years, Southwood’s service has evolved to include a live band, and while the sanctuary was acoustically treated to reduce the natural reverberation, the live audio system was not updated to fit this new worship style.”
As part of the audio design, the Verta team had to make sure the audio system didn’t block the large stained-glass window that is located high above centre stage. “It was also crucial that the acoustic energy was steered away from the vaulted wood ceiling,” adds Tuttle “We chose EAW's ADAPTive System, and specifically the Anna array, to solve these challenges. With its ability to steer the vertical coverage, the Anna cabinets were hung high enough to avoid blocking the stain glass window while still covering every seat.”