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Truss UK system installed at National TheatreTruss UK system installed at National Theatre
Friday, 13 January 2017

UK - Truss UK is one of the few remaining British manufacturers of load- bearing aluminium trussing products; they design and manufacture structural aluminium products for the entertainment industry as well as other specialist industry sectors worldwide.

Having recently launched their new aluminium space frame product, Truss UK have announced that they have supplied the National Theatre (NT) with a large OBLIK system.

OBLIK is a modular space frame system consisting of only three main component types, the largest of weighing in at less than 16kg. The system is lightweight, compact for transport and storage and simple to erect using conventional fixings (nuts and bolts) to create complex aluminium structures that are extremely strong.

Truss UK director Paul Jordan says, "The OBLIK space frame system was deployed in the grid of the NT's Lyttelton theatre and is suspended from the underside of the existing infra structure of the building, fitted in the void between the grid and the roof."

Paul Jordan adds, "Each of the OBLIK frames measures 14m long by 3m wide and weighs only 1,380kg, with all the members in the top and bottom plane of the structure having a load-bearing capacity. After installation each of the OBLIK frames were tested with 9.9 tonnes of live load and performed as it was intended."

Steve Colley, Head of Automation and Rigging at the NT says, "We chose OBLIK for the Lyttleton theatre as this system gives us the flexibility to rig new shows quickly, rigging directly from the OBLIK space frame without having to bridle from the roof stru

Last dance with Dippy at Natural History MuseumLast dance with Dippy at Natural History Museum
Wednesday, 4 January 2017

UK - The Natural History Museum hosted a New Year celebration for 600 revellers to make history and be part of the final event with the iconic Dippy the Diplodocus in the Hintze Hall.

The evening saw indulgent entertainment provided by Guilty Pleasures in the form of shamelessly delivered classic pop ballads whilst the Dinosaurs gallery formed a well themed break out space. Party food was delivered by approved supplier Benugo, whilst the production by Halo focused on lighting, staging and sound in the Hintze Hall.

The Hinzte Hall will now be closed until August as Dippy departs ready for a UK tour in 2018 and the installation of the dramatic diving Blue Whale skeleton commences. The museum's wealth of additional spaces are all still available providing the chance for events to be hosted in previously undiscovered locations.

Robert Wetherell, head of venue hire at Natural History Museum explains, "This is a time of exciting change and redevelopment for the museum and I'm so proud to be a part of helping shape its future. Whether it's dining with a view of a giant sloth in Waterhouse Way, networking around the Stegasaurus or enjoying cocktails and canapés during a private viewing of one of our intriguing galleries, the museum has a range of spaces all available from 1st January 2017."

(Jim Evans)

 
 
Artistic Licence at the Queen Elizabeth II CentreArtistic Licence at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre
Thursday, 22 December 2016

UK - Artistic Licence recently devised a solution for the complex lighting control requirements at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, a conference venue in Westminster, London. The centre was in the final stages of a major refit. Main contractor, Overbury had brought in Delmatic to install a sophisticated house lighting system using DALI fixtures.

The difficulty was that, on a regular basis, the DMX512-based production lighting system would need to take control of aspects of the house lighting. This would enable the overall visual effect to be controlled for a production. This presented a problem in that the DALI house lights were not compatible with the DMX512 controller.

Artistic Licence was brought in to provide a solution. Testament to the diversity of Artistic's technology range, this was achieved through a combination of standard products. First, a Rail-DMX-DALI unit enabled the output of the DMX controller to be translated into DALI commands that would be understood by the house lighting fixtures. The 64 short addresses corresponding to one DALI circuit were controlled by DMX channels 1-64. The Rail-DALI-DMX also supported the 16 group addresses required by the client. The DALI bus power supply was provided by another of Artistic's products, a Rail-PSU-D4.

The system also required a means to switch the DALI fixture circuit between the Delmatic system (house lights) and the Rail-DMX-DALI (production lighting). This was achieved using a Rail-Switch II product, which is a DMX controlled relay with 6 channels. All the relays in the Rail-Switch II were prog

 
Moscow's Nobel Hall gets Martin makeoverMoscow's Nobel Hall gets Martin makeover
Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Russia - Nobel Hall, the main auditorium of Moscow's Financial University, is a multipurpose space within this prominent and prestigious educational facility.

Equipped with a Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Array, the hall, which operates under the Government of the Russian Federation, is capable of hosting 1,350 people. The opening was timed to coincide with the First Moscow International Economic Forum and has since been used for many world-leading scientific conferences and seminars.

This hall is also used for various forums and events, involving numerous creative teams of the Financial University and prominent guest performers, while a university tradition includes hosting two lectures from Nobel prize winners every year. Thus perfect speech intelligibility and highest quality of music reproduction were key requirements during the design process - and Martin Audio products became the choice for this complex and ambitious environment.

The systems were designed and installed by Theatrical Technological Systems (TTS), a company specialising in system design and integration, and supplied by Martin Audio's Russian distributor - A&T Trade.

The main L/C/R system set-up includes 11 W8LM elements plus a W8LMD Downfill per side and four W8LM plus two W8LMD for centre channel, all powered in bi-amp mode. The arrays are complemented by four WS218X subwoofers per side.

Martin Audio DD6 are used for front-fills and under-balcony area, while 12 white Martin Audio AQ28 are delayed to ensure consistent coverage for the balcony seats. Side-fills include Martin Audi

 
 
PixelFLEX, S&L Integrated and JR Clancy team upPixelFLEX, S&L Integrated and JR Clancy team up
Wednesday, 21 December 2016

USA - Similar to many worship families across the United States, the congregation at the First Baptist Church in Thomasville, Georgia, recently underwent a sanctuary renovation to offer both contemporary and traditional worship services.

Working with Thomasville's S&L Integrated on a complete audio, lighting and LED video renovation, the church wanted to make sure that while the technical systems received an update, the traditional aesthetics of the sanctuary were not affected. Desiring a solution that would enable the use of a dynamic LED video system for the contemporary services while discreetly hiding it for the traditional, S&L Integrated teamed with JR Clancy to create a roll-up LED video system using FLEXCurtain HD from Nashville-based PixelFLEX.

"We've developed a wonderful relationship with First Baptist Church over the years, so when they approached us about conceptualizing updated technology for their sanctuary renovation, we jumped at the opportunity," said S&L marketing and communications director Clay Byars.

"Operating under a mandate to keep the aesthetics of the traditional sanctuary intact, they asked us to create an engaging 'rock-n-roll' atmosphere for the contemporary services, but the necessity for tucking away the technology during the traditional service was a challenge, and we were thankful for the assistance of JR Clancy and the FLEXCurtain HD LED video technology from PixelFLEX."

The Parnelli Award-winning FLEXCurtain HD is a lightweight and flexible LED video screen ideal for high resolution video playback and video effects

 
WildPitch Music Hall selects D.A.S. AudioWildPitch Music Hall selects D.A.S. Audio
Wednesday, 21 December 2016

USA - With the recent opening of WildPitch Music Hall, downtown Atlanta is home to a new nightlife destination. Best described as an underground dance club that offers live music for special events, WildPitch Music Hall features a variety of established and emerging special guests from across the electronic music spectrum. The new club also represents D.A.S. Audio's first permanent U.S. installation of its recently introduced SoundForce Series loudspeakers.

Global Audio Systems of NY, NY was the AV design-build firm contracted to handle the installation of the D.A.S. Audio SoundForce loudspeaker system at WildPitch Music Hall, with local support from Platinum Sound Atlanta. Owner Jason Ojeda, ultimately installed a system consisting of several prominent models from the SoundForce Series line. He discussed the project and his reasons for choosing D.A.S. Audio.

"The room at WildPitch is rather long and narrow, so to provide efficient coverage, we went with two flown SF-20A cabinets per side, which couple together in a short throw line array configuration," Ojeda explained. "We also wanted to ensure patrons were engulfed in clean stereo sound, so we placed two SF-10 enclosures - positioned left and right - on the opposite side of the room to serve as a back-fill / delay setup.

"To make certain we had enough LF support for the preferred music format, we deployed two SF-30A powered subwoofers, ground stacked left and right of the main dance floor. With its 30-inch high density polyethylene cone and supporting technology, this sub performs well at low volumes i

 
 
Cloud solution for Raynes Park High SchoolCloud solution for Raynes Park High School
Tuesday, 20 December 2016

UK - Raynes Park High School, London, is a mixed comprehensive school for 12-16-year-old pupils able to accommodates up to 1400 pupils. Currently employing 120 members of staff Raynes Park High School offers pupils access to an on-site Autism Centre, SEND Department, Sixth Form and Sports Centre.

The paging systems implemented by Clarity in Sound, Light & Vision allows staff at the school to page zones individually or call-all zones. Pre-recorded or live announcements can be made in all the separate buildings which includes a newly built the Sixth Form block, a sports hall and the D&T building, in addition to sports fields and playground areas.

Clarity in Sound Light & Vision Ltd installed a Cloud DCM-1 Digital Zone Mixer alongside several Cloud 100V multichannel amplifiers across eight zones. In addition to two Cloud PM-8SA paging microphones, a Sennheiser wireless radio microphone system for event announcements on the move was also installed. The wireless microphone is located strategically in a fire safety box and allows nominated members of staff access it to make announcements over the paging system.

Staff and pupils are already feeling the benefit of the improvements, on a general day-to-day basis, since the systems were installed with school assembly announcements, lunch break timings, lesson changes all being made through the paging system. It has also proved helpful with parents collecting children to ensure they meet at the same gate (the school has three separate entrances).

Stuart Graham, managing director for Clarity comments: "Some of th

 
Community at Winnipeg's Upper Fort GarryCommunity at Winnipeg's Upper Fort Garry
Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Canada - Known as the birthplace of Manitoba, Upper Fort Garry in Winnipeg is a significant site in Canadian history. Although the original fort was largely demolished in the 1880s, its remaining Governor's Gate and an area of surrounding land was gifted to the city by the Hudson Bay Company "as a public park forever".

Overshadowed by surrounding buildings and nearly forgotten, recent development pressures rekindled interest in the site and led to the inspired vision of a $19m heritage park and interpretive centre for Upper Fort Garry.

A 400ft commemorative wall of naturally rusting Corten steel has been built, with integrated LED lighting by Daktronics and sound by Inland Audio Visual. Marking the height, depth and location of Upper Fort Garry's original west wall, its sculptured layers scribe three continuous lines tracing the history of Western Canada and of Upper Fort Garry.

Inland Audio Visual of Winnipeg was commissioned to design and install the audio for the wall. Barry Carr, system designer, explains: "After seeing the plans for the park, I quickly realised that to successfully cover 400ft of wall, a multi-channel solution would be the way to go and this would also allow for some interesting and creative audio content possibilities."

Source for the system comes from separate audio and video servers, with 18 channels of audio content produced and pre-loaded to be used as required. Both servers then respond to a Medialon show control system, which schedules, runs and synchronizes the entire show. The system amplifiers and DSP are Electro-Voice

 
 
AIDAprima sails with ClaypakyAIDAprima sails with Claypaky
Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Germany - The AIDAprima, the latest addition to the AIDA Cruises fleet, was christened in Hamburg on 7 May 2016. The ship's many attractions include the Beach Club with Caribbean feel for 365 days a year, and the Four Elements area with water slides and climbing walls, not to mention first class entertainment.

Marcel Dias Vieira, AIDA Cruises entertainment technology supervisor, explained the basic reasoning behind the lighting choices and why they chose Claypaky moving heads. The lighting rig includes Claypaky Alpha Profile 800 STs, as well as many other MALighting products - a grandMA2 full-size desk, two grandMA2 light consoles, two grandMA2 replay units, and one MA Network Processing Unit (NPU).

However, the AIDAprima also boasts professional level technology in all other areas, such as the moving stage elements, LED screens, sound system and ship's TV studio. The effort to achieve the best results can be seen everywhere.

Andreas Scholz, lighting operator of the Theatrium, the largest venue on board, is also very enthusiastic about this. "I have sailed on various AIDA ships for 10 years now. The nice thing about our business is that we get to work with highly professional equipment. It is not a matter of course and I really appreciate the fact that we are always on the technological cutting-edge, which means everyone can continuously further their own skills and develop professionally.

"The fact we work very independently on board also contributes to this: we have to find solutions and make decisions on our own if problems occur. There is no offic

 
High school arena upgrades with DanleyHigh school arena upgrades with Danley
Monday, 19 December 2016

USA - The 1,200-plus teenagers in and around Van Buren, Arkansas attend Van Buren High School, and a huge part of their high school experience involves the school's Clair Bates Arena, a 2,000-seat arena built in 2009.

Unfortunately, budget constraints left its original sound reinforcement system underpowered and lacking critical intelligibility. Local A/V integration firm Commercial Audio Systems recently remedied that frustrating situation by installing a distributed Danley Sound Labs system comprised of eight Danley OS-80 full-range outdoor loudspeakers and eight Danley OS-115 subwoofers, citing their fidelity and pattern control for delivering musical impact and intelligibility in an overly-live room.

"The arena is beautiful; it's really stunning," said Jim Crews, co-owner of Commercial Audio Systems. "They did a great job getting all of its permanent architectural aspects right, but when the project ran up against the budget, they cut corners on the original sound system. A local music store put the system in, and they did a fine job with the installation... but with inappropriate components.

"As a result, they had intelligibility and volume problems from day one. It was very frustrating for the school and the fans. We wanted to switch out the old system for one designed around Danley components, which, by virtue of their innovative designs provide excellent fidelity and pattern control. The pattern control was important because the room itself is very tall with a ton of reflective surfaces that have no acoustic treatment. We needed to deliver sound t

 
 
VT20 systems reinforce Pioneer DJ alphaVT20 systems reinforce Pioneer DJ alpha
Monday, 19 December 2016

Germany - For the 20th anniversary of the biggest north German indoor festival of electronic music, Pioneer DJ alpha, over 50 national and international DJs such as Westbam, DJ Quicksilver, Charly Lownoise & Menthal Theo, Pulsedriver and Woody van Eyden and many more took part.

The sound of the Mainfloor including the VIPStage was realised with a VT20 system. Two arrays with two 12 VT20 and a cardioid bass array with 36x VS18 formed the main PA. The whole main PA was powered by only six Delta 20.4-DP system amps effortless hanging on only one 32 A / 400 V three-phase connection.

For the nearfield, eight MT12 were used, which were driven four-ways. The sound engineers at the venue spoke of remarkably detailed and homogenous sound, which impressed very much. Pioneer DJ alpha's André Neuhaus (FOH) comments: "A system in this size had to meet not only the client's expectation but also my own, which is based on experiences in the venue using another system. It worked well, remarkable was the homogenous sound over different sound levels. The tonal depth was great, especially at high sound levels it impresses with a clarity, which nobody would have expected.

"Even if you push the system intentionally to its limit, you do not have the feeling of losing anything. The fact that a performance like this can be realised using only a single 32 A connector to delight 7000 people with sound is astonishing. I think this clearly demonstrates a unique efficiency combined with sound stability, which gives a direct and detailed picture of the sound content. In case the

 
Nexo arrays in historical Polish siteNexo arrays in historical Polish site
Thursday, 15 December 2016

Poland - Nexo's contemporary, compact loudspeakers are an aesthetically pleasing fit for one of Poland's most valued heritage sites, in the Church of the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, officially recognised as the largest castle in the world.

The Castle itself is a medieval fortress, completed in 1406, and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO 20 years ago. This year, as part of an extensive reconstruction programme in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, LAUDA Audio was asked to design and install a sound reinforcement system to support the permanent and temporary exhibitions that are to be hosted by this historic venue.

The church can accommodate around 300 people in its main hall, attending meetings and presentations, as well as concerts. However, with a ceiling height of 14 metres, the acoustics of this medieval building are demanding. Reverb time is approximately 6 seconds, which presented a big challenge for the audio system designers.

"Our most important design objective was to achieve uncompromised sound quality, and multifunctionality for the system," explains Marcin Popek of Lauda Audio, a pro-audio specialist company from nearby Gdansk which is also the Polish distributor of Nexo systems.

For the main system, Lauda Audio selected Nexo's compact Geo M6 line array, recognised for its exceptional speech intelligibility and smooth even coverage. Using elegant white cabinets, two arrays of 9x M620 modules are flown at a height of 6m to cover the long narrow Church interior - 9m in width, with a throw of 32m. Two LS600 subs per s

 
 
Theatres Trust launches Urgent Repairs Scheme
Tuesday, 29 November 2016

UK - Theatres Trust has announced an Urgent Repairs Scheme, a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation. Theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000.

The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance. Theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building. Two funding rounds will take place in 2017, closing on 15 March and on 16 September.

Interim director at Theatres Trust, Rebecca Morland says, "Over the last few years we have become increasingly aware of the challenges facing theatres in terms of maintenance and repair. When budgets are tight, theatres often find it difficult to prioritise adequate spending on repairs and this leaves them vulnerable to unforeseen issues. The Urgent Repairs Scheme will support theatres that can demonstrate that without such repairs their operation is placed at risk. We would urge theatres to contact us in advance of applying to discuss their proposals."

Wolfson Foundation has long been providing capital funding to the cultural sector, supporting museums and galleries, historic sites, educational institutions and performing arts organisations. Since the beginning of the year Theatres Trust has been working with the Foundation to develop a scheme focussing on smaller, regional theatres, complementing the Foundation's existing funding programme and building on the knowledge and expertise of Theatres Trust. 2

 
ACSP technology at Reach Academy FelthamACSP technology at Reach Academy Feltham
Tuesday, 29 November 2016

UK - A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (ACSP) has supplied and installed a bespoke entertainment technology system to Reach Academy Feltham - a pioneering, all-through free school for pupils aged four to 18 in Hounslow, west London.

The school approached ACSP with a brief for a fully flexible lighting, video and sound system for its main hall - which is used for a wide array of events, including plays, dance shows, presentations, social functions and workshops. The system had to be user-friendly and intuitive, so that teaching staff and pupils could work it with ease.

In practice, ACSP managed the entire project. As well as devising a bespoke technical solution, the company supplied and installed it - subsequently providing training for school staff and ongoing technical support.

ACSP Director, Lance Bromhead felt that the high-performance ProLights lighting range would offer the best results within the school's budget. For the main stage area, he installed four Diamond 7 LED washers, the smallest luminaire in the Diamond range. These washers are complemented by two bigger, more powerful Diamond 19 LED washers.

The rig also includes six ProLights Crystal spot moving-heads and an EVO190ETU LED profiler which is capable of replacing traditional profilers equipped with 750W HPL lamps.

This lighting system is controlled by a Jands Vista S1 console. The intuitive, graphical user interface allows students and teachers to concentrate on the creativity and design of their show lighting, rather than deal with complicated lighting programming. The Vista software h

 
 
MA marks decade at Teatro Nacional CervantesMA marks decade at Teatro Nacional Cervantes
Friday, 18 November 2016

Argentina - Argentina's national theatre Cervantes National Theatre (also known as National Theatre of Buenos Aires) has recently invested in a grandMA2 ultra-light. Declared a National Historic Monument in 1995, the theatre is located on C

 
Theatreplan becomes Theatreplan Ltd.Theatreplan becomes Theatreplan Ltd.
Monday, 7 November 2016

UK - Theatreplan has announced another key milestone in the company's evolution. With effect from 1 October 2016, Theatreplan LLP has become Theatreplan Ltd. This development comes in the wake of its on-going growth and expansion into new territories.

Theatreplan's seven partners, Michael Atkinson, Paul Connolly, Roger Fox, David Ludlam, Clive Odom, Mathew Smethurst-Evans and John Whitaker have opted to make the transition to limited company status to facilitate the further growth of the group worldwide. The current partners will all become directors in the new organisation.

"Given our current level of expansion, it became clear to me that the next step was to become a limited company," said Paul Connolly who manages the Hong Kong operation. "While the transition will be seamless for our clients, as a limited company we will benefit from fiscal opportunities not previously available to us. I see this as a crucial move to facilitate our continued worldwide growth."

(Jim Evans)

 
 
Lighting up the stage at Aberdeen City campusLighting up the stage at Aberdeen City campus
Monday, 7 November 2016

UK - With lighting effects a key part of the drama at any theatre production, Hager's Klik lighting control module (LCM) is ensuring the show does go on at a busy theatre at the Aberdeen City Campus, part of the North East Scotland College.

It was chosen thanks to its ease of installation, flexible use, reliability and cost effectiveness and is now providing enhanced lighting control for both the theatre users and onsite lighting maintenance staff.

With the incumbent lighting control system at the theatre proving increasingly problematic and costly to maintain and repair, the contracted lighting maintenance team led by Daniel Strachan at Mitie, decided to seek out an alternative lighting control solution. Following discussions with electrical wholesaler, Edmundson Electrical, and further liaison with experts at Hager, a suitable LCM answer was identified; one which could be easily configured by the electrical staff on-site and alleviate the need to call on specialist (and expensive) lighting control support going forward.

Daniel Strachan from Mitie explains, "It was clear that we had to specify another LCM solution to replace one causing a number of problems within the theatre. To sort these out we had to rely on bringing in the system's specialist support. This was both time consuming and costly, and was particularly frustrating if it was only a minor issue that required sorting.

"I have used Hager products in the past and with guidance and recommendations from the company, it was clear we could replace the three existing LCMs with Hager's KLCM412P l

 
LED saves power for White Rock TheatreLED saves power for White Rock Theatre
Tuesday, 1 November 2016

UK - A LED lighting installation - specified and undertaken by Penn Elcom - is saving the White Rock Theatre in Hastings approximately 75 per cent on electricity requirements, plus a further 70 per cent on maintenance costs per year compared to the previous lighting scheme.

The seafront located theatre, a historically significant cultural landmark in the East Sussex region with origins dating back to 1927, is a busy receiving house owned by Hastings Borough Council with the day to day running and management undertaken by HQ Theatres & Hospitality, offering a diverse programme of touring shows embracing many performance genres, including opera, ballet, musicals, comedy and children's shows. The main auditorium capacity is 1066 (referring to the Battle of Hastings!).

A building wide upgrade to LED lighting has been taking place over the last 18 months explained Adam Harkin, the venue's technical & building manager, which has seen replacement of tungsten, fluorescent and discharge source house lighting in the main auditorium, in the Sussex Studio, all the foyers and bars, together with most of the backstage areas.

"We are really happy - the LEDs offer a better light output, lower running costs and less ongoing maintenance," stated Adam.

This started with Penn's specialist lighting team of Razvan Vasiliu and Nigel Howes who conducted a survey to establish how much money could potentially be saved by installing and running LED lighting.

The majority of the 120 old lighting fixtures in the Auditorium and Main Foyer were 40w ES fittings - PAR 38s and 'Ca

 
 
Pearce Hire at the Showman's ShowPearce Hire at the Showman's Show
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

UK - Pearce Hire has confirmed that it will be participating at The Showman's Show, taking place at Newbury Showground on 19-20 October.

This follows a week after Pearce Hire's participation at the first Production Futures event, a collaboration between TPI Magazine and Production Park where the event took place.

"Production Futures and the TPI Breakthrough Talent Awards provided an excellent platform to engage with the next generation of technicians and designers for our industry. And we were delighted to have met some students who would be suitable candidates for our intern programme," observes Shaun Pearce, MD Pearce Hire.

"But obviously equally important is nurturing our existing business and making sure we continue to deliver for our current client base, whilst engaging with any new business opportunities for next year. That is what Showman's Show offers us - the face-to-face contact with our clients to review projects we have worked on this summer, and to discuss how we can enhance and add to our specialist production services for them next year as they begin their planning and budgeting for 2017 events."

The Showman's Show also provides Pearce Hire the opportunity to meet prospective new clients and discuss how Pearce Hire can help achieve their event objectives and production requirements.

(Jim Evans)

 
The Week . . .
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Serious Impacts - Theatre figures have condemned the "catastrophic" reduction of arts education in schools, claiming it is having serious impacts on the diversity of the theatre industry. Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster led criticisms of the shrinking emphasis on creative education, claiming that "pathways" in place several decades ago have now disappeared. "Twenty-five or 30 years ago . . . in schools there were teachers who were encouraged, because of a curriculum, to share these great plays, these great stories. There were drama clubs, dance classes. Drama GCSEs and A Levels, theatre studies - these were subjects that the teachers were able to teach freely and speak about passionately, and have value for the students," Foster said. He was speaking as part of a panel on training opportunities at a diversity conference held in Leicester, at Curve. Foster continued, "It seems more and more nowadays that, apart from the syllabus being shrunk, a lot of students are channelled into a more academic route . . . Because of funding being squeezed, fewer young people can know that there is a drama club, or know that there's a youth theatre. That's the very first seed, and there's a barrier." Reality Cheque - Harry Shearer is taking legal action against entertainment group Vivendi, claiming it has denied him and others profits from 1984's This is Spinal Tap. Shearer accuses Vivendi, which acquired the film in 1989, of conducting a "fraudulent campaign" to hide revenues. According to Vivendi, the actor claims he and his co-creators were entitled to just

 
 
Rupert Neve Designs debuts Shelford ChannelRupert Neve Designs debuts Shelford Channel
Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - New for AES 2016, Rupert Neve Designs has announced the Shelford Channel.

The Shelford Channel is built around Rupert Neve's first new transformer-gain, class A mic preamp in over 40 years. This new preamp design is complemented by the "best-of-the-classics" 1073- and 1064-inspired inductor EQ section from Rupert Neve Designs' existing Shelford 5051 and 5052 modules, a bold and powerful new diode bridge compressor inspired by the 2254 with additional functionality, a new dual-tap transformer output with high- and low-headroom outputs, variable Silk/Texture transformer saturation, and twice the operating voltage of Rupert Neve's vintage modules.

Says the company, "For decades, Rupert has often been asked to create a new design based around the same mic pre, EQ and compressor technologies that comprised his classic console modules. With the Shelford Channel, he and his team have not only recaptured the magic of those original designs, but have elevated these circuits with new levels of versatility and precision for the modern era. This unit delivers what can only be described as the combined essence of fifty years of Rupert Neve's designs."

(Jim Evans)

 
Community meets acoustic challenge of IKEACommunity meets acoustic challenge of IKEA
Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Canada - The landmark stores of leading home furnishings retailer IKEA are located in more than 50 countries worldwide. In Canada, IKEA has 12 stores which are visited by over 25m people every year. The company has just completed a new Distribution Centre warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario to fulfill customer orders from its four Toronto area stores as well as e-commerce purchases. The new facility will also support the growth plans for IKEA Canada in new and existing markets.

At 397,000sq.ft, the Distribution Centre presented an interesting acoustic challenge for the paging system, which covers both warehousing and offices. Now complete, the system was designed by Don Friesen of Stantec and installed by Genesis Integration.

Stantec chose Community R SeriesS to meet its criteria for a robust loudspeaker that could be implemented both indoors and out, providing high intelligibility and well controlled dispersion. A total of ninety-four Community R.25-94TZ loudspeakers were designated for optimum coverage.

A Mackenzie MiniMac was specified for digital voice recordings, and Lab.gruppen amplifiers were used to power the loudspeakers. Genesis decided that a Biamp TesiraFORTÉ VI with EX-OUT expanders would be the best choice for the management of all signals, as well as TrippLite for UPS backup.

Steve Eckensweiler, Genesis Integration's technical account manager, commented, "Acoustics in this space were definitely a challenge. With the loudspeakers 30ft up in the air and row after row of racking, the placement of the loudspeakers was critical. Through

 
 
Old Fort Church builds with CommunityOld Fort Church builds with Community
Tuesday, 27 September 2016

USA - Describing itself as "a real-life community on the move," Old Fort Church, Old Fort, OH completed its new building in time for Easter services in 2016. The church's 300-seat worship centre features modern video and lighting systems and a high-performance audio system with Community I Series loudspeakers.

Old Fort Church holds two worship services each Sunday. The first is a "blended experience" with a mix of traditional and contemporary worship styles. The second is a "modern experience" featuring videos and contemporary Christian music led by a praise band.

According to worship arts leader Mike Sooy, music plays a very important part in both services, and great sound was therefore a priority for the new facility. "We wanted to take things to the next level," he said. Sooy also emphasized the importance of speech clarity. "If they can't hear the message," he continued, "what's the point?"

Sound Solutions of Ohio designed and installed Old Fort Church's new audio system along with its video and environmental projection systems. To meet the church's goals, Sound Solutions' Dennis Cimo designed a split cluster loudspeaker system using two Community IP6-1122/64 two-way, 12-inch loudspeakers per side supplemented by a pair of IS6-215 subwoofers located beneath the stage.

Computer modelling showed this design would cover the sanctuary evenly with little or no "spill" onto the stage. Cimo also recommended that the church install acoustic panels in strategic locations to reduce unwanted echoes and optimize the room's reverberation time.

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Community-based Fermaten trends with RobeCommunity-based Fermaten trends with Robe
Monday, 26 September 2016

Denmark - Fermaten is a busy community-based live music and performance venue in Herning, central Denmark, which has a lively entertainment programme encompassing around 140 shows a year and a capacity of 700 - expanded from 500 eight years ago following extensive refurbishment.

The venue has been running for 26 years and recently invested in new Robe moving lights, with four DLS Profiles, eight DL4X Spots, and 16 x LEDBeam 100s, all supplied by Robe's Danish distributor, Light Partner.

Currently one of the top music venues in the country for technical production, Fermaten has also built a reputation as a training ground and inspirational stepping-stone for future industry professionals.

Technical manager Daniel Friis specified the Robe kit together with Light Partner's technical sales specialist Johan Kvartborg, himself an ex-Fermaten volunteer. Dan and venue manager Alex Nielson are full-time and on the board of directors, but most of the regular crew and staff are volunteers who either love the environment or appreciate the chance to enhance their technical knowledge and experience.

Fermaten owns its own sound and lighting kit and is well equipped thanks to an ongoing commitment to funding from the city and also by being self-funding through running at a profit. From this, money is allocated each year to spend on new kit.

The majority of the live shows at Fermaten are either lit by staff using the house system, with some artists bringing in their own LDs and floor packages. They have WYSIWYG facilities, allowing them to work in advance with LDs

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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