Installation News

Penn Elcom gets wired for new studioPenn Elcom gets wired for new studio
Friday, 22 July 2016

UK - Penn Elcom completed the design and installation of a wiring infrastructure for a new recording studio in Hastings, housed in an old Methodist Church building in the heart of the town. The studio is owned by Paul Godfrey, songwriter / producer and well known as creator of the popular trip hop trio, Morcheeba.

The installation entailed delivering all the multicores, cables, stage boxes, patch bays, wall racks plus associated metalwork, and was overseen by Penn's Leon Whipp who heads the company's specialist wiring division.

Every centimetre of space in the characterful building has been utilised meaningfully in the conversion to serve as a busy and proactive recording environment offering a large control room, main space and mezzanine floor chamber.

Cat 5 connectors have been used throughout. A 48-way line system from the control room connects the recording spaces (Main Room and Mezzanine) via two stages, with a third stage box for the drum riser. Video monitor screens linking all three areas are also run via Cat 5 lines.

Leon completed the installation over the course of about a month, but the end-to-end time frame for the installation on site was around three days.

The physical proximity of Penn Elcom's HQ and factory facilities being just up the road on an industrial estate on the edge of Hastings was a great advantage, and this was where the multicores 1 x 16-way and two 12-way multicores were pre-built and prepped, all using Syntax connectors. Neutrik connectors were also utilized throughout the installation for the other terminations. "T

Chauvet and Iluminarc on Fort Walden Beach
Thursday, 21 July 2016

USA - Anyone wanting to take a look inside Al's Beach Club, doesn't have to try too hard. That's because for all practical purposes, this new live music venue has no 'inside'. The only club in Fort Walden Beach, Florida, located directly on the city's famed Emerald Coast beach, Al's is almost all open air, with no walls or barriers separating it from its surroundings.

This breezy configuration makes for good times, but it also creates a challenging environment for a lighting system. Aside from contending with wind and sand, any fixtures installed at this club have to stand up to the rain. (Averaging 69 inches of precipitation a year, Fort Walden is the rainiest city in Florida.).

Sohail e. Najafi and his team at Najafi Design Group (Los Angeles, Las Vegas) were well aware of this challenge, which is why they designed the lighting rig at Al's around a collection of IP-rated fixtures from Chauvet Professional and its sister company Iluminarc.

"This is an incredibly beautiful site, located directly on 500ft of pristine white sand beach," said Najafi. "The open air structure contributes to the overall beauty of the venue, but our client was having a hard time finding fixtures that could last in their harsh marine environment.

"We specified fixtures that we knew were engineered to withstand the conditions that would be encountered here. Everyone involved in this project - the client, the contractors, as well as the electrical and integration teams - were all impressed with the solid feel of the Chauvet and Iluminarc fixtures."

Najafi and his team insta

Seoul church installs dLiveSeoul church installs dLive
Thursday, 21 July 2016

Korea - Located in the heart of Seoul, South Korea's Dongshin Presbyterian Church recently installed Allen & Heath's dLive digital mixing system as part of the Church's developing digital-based AV system.

Dongshin Church celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, and the building was named as a 'Seoul Legacy for the Future' by the city in 2014.

Comprising a S5000 Control Surface and a DM48 MixRack, the new system replaces the incumbent GL3800 analogue mixer.

"The relationship between A&H and Dongshin Church started with the GL3800, and we also installed a Qu-32 in the Education Centre last year. Migrating from analogue to digital is a big step but we knew we could trust A&H products," said Seongyeon Won, who is in charge of A/V system at the church.

"We did evaluate other brands for the main FOH console but dLive won hands down on product specifications, such as the dual 12" touch screen, easy navigation and expandability options."

The dLive surface and Mixrack are installed in the A/V control room, with a DX32 I/O expansion rack installed at the front corner of the chapel.

(Jim Evans)

Theatreplan continues to reinforce expansion
Wednesday, 6 July 2016

UK - As part of their ongoing growth and expansion into new territories, international theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan, has recently welcomed several new members to the team: practice manager for the London office, Wioletta Ziemba; compliance and training consultant, John Young; and Revit technicians, Paolo Ribichesu and Andrea Martin Gonzalez.

Wioletta Ziemba joined the team earlier this year to replace Paul Connolly who is now managing the Theatreplan's Hong Kong office. An experienced office manager and passionate about the performing arts, Ziemba is also a gifted linguist fluent in six languages. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail are much appreciated in the London office which is home to the biggest of Theatreplan's three teams.

"Keeping track of all the projects we have on the go at any one time and providing the necessary support to our consultants out in the field is a mammoth task at the best of times," says Hong Kong business manager, Paul Connolly. "As well as being extremely organised, you need to be able to keep a level head and a sense of humour! It's an absolutely pivotal position, and I'm pleased to say that Wioletta has proved herself to be equal to the task and is now an essential member of the team."

John Young joined Theatreplan in March in the role of compliance and training consultant. A hugely experienced theatre professional with a 30-year career in the industry to date, Young provides a range of specialist services including fire risk management, staff training and project management.

"Having spent well over 15 g

Straightpoint Load Cells make debut at Rose Theatre Kingston
Monday, 4 July 2016

UK - The Rose Theatre Kingston in South West London has added to its rigging inventory four 1t Loadlink Plus units from Straightpoint, which were most recently used during installation of sets for a production of Shakespeare's King John.

The famous play, directed by Trevor Nunn, was performed during a three-week run at the theatre. It required an elaborate set that included a large raised floor with an automated lift, two 9m-high towers and three platforms connected via numerous staircases and walkways. Any remaining empty space between those towers and walkways was finished with wooden cladding. Elsewhere on set, two large sliders concealed a throne.

Wayne Parry, head of production at the Rose Theatre Kingston, explained that the load cells were used only for set installation, not during performances. He said: "Large steel sections were lifted using several motors (hoists) and, although the safe working load was well within the point capacity, we set the load cells to sound an alarm if any weight transfer came close to that capacity."

The theatre will utilise the load cells for upcoming performances, including its next production - Good Canary, directed by John Malkovich, opens in mid-September - where three LED-based video displays are the centrepiece to performances. The screens will be moved on tracks, while furniture moves on and off stage using floor tracks. The load cells will be used to monitor the loads distributed to the front of the overhead structure where the forces are greatest.

Parry explained that the theatre has a spider

American School opens new auditoriumAmerican School opens new auditorium
Monday, 4 July 2016

South Africa - A new auditorium, which will serve as both a theatre and meeting point for assemblies and award evenings, has been built at The American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ). Theatre consultant Denis Hutchinson was on board both architecturally and for the technical specifications.

On the theatre lighting side, DWR Distribution was responsible for the supply of all the cabling and the data network for the equipment which includes an MA Lighting dot2 console, Philips Strand Lighting 6 Pack dimmer, two Strand Relay Racks and 10 Robe Robin DLX Spots. Further, DWR's Rob Young and his team designed and installed a flying system, retractable seating for the Orchestra Pit and two hand operated curtain tracks.

Whilst in the United States on another project, Denis came across something that triggered the idea of making the theatre a completely LED lighting installation. "There are many advantages to going the LED route including not having to change lamps, lower power requirements, no gels, all things schools often struggle with," he says. "Until now, the quality of LED units has not really been good enough for facial light, but with the arrival of a new generation of units which have good colour rendering, decent fade curves and affordability, that situation has totally changed." The school was totally behind him.

LED changes the cable infrastructure. "One of the things I suddenly realized, because of the way the better LED lamps are designed, is that I don't need a single 16Amp BS socket anywhere in the building. I can do everything on Powe

New auditorium for Glasgow's Royal Concert HallNew auditorium for Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall
Monday, 27 June 2016

UK - A new state-of-the-art, 600 seat auditorium at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall opened in October 2015 alongside the new Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) Centre. Both were designed by Glasgow City Council's in-house team of architects led by Kerr Robertson - also responsible for city projects such as the refurbishment of much lauded Glasgow City Halls - and world-renowned acoustic specialists ARUP.

The new auditorium at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall exhibits a number of design features implemented to optimise the acoustic qualities of the venue, for both rehearsal and performance situations. Fixed sound absorption is distributed throughout the hall, controlling excessive loudness whilst also reducing reverberance. The large scale (risers, ceiling and upper wall elements) and small scale (lower side walls) articulation throughout the hall scatters sound at different frequencies, providing an even sound and avoiding harsh reflections.

In rehearsal mode and full orchestral performance mode the side balconies fold up against the walls, realising the maximum available hall volume and floor space for the orchestra. For recitals the balconies are deployed, narrowing the room, providing desirable lateral sound reflections to listeners, increasing acoustical intimacy and clarity. They also increase theatricality and visual intimacy, with the audience wrapped around the performers, and can be used artistically for camera positions, video screens and surround sound loudspeakers.

Adjustable acoustic banners vary the sound absorption in the space, depending on

Modern solutions for ancient St Mary's
Wednesday, 22 June 2016

UK - Built on the site of a Benedictine monastery founded in 792AD, St Mary's Church in Hitchin dates back to the 14th century in its current form. But despite its long history, the building's sound system is required to perform to modern standards, and a recent improvement program (carried out by church audio specialists DM Music) saw an array of Audio-Technica microphones and an Allen & Heath Qu-Pac digital mixer installed in place of an outdated radio mic set-up.

From the outset, the clergy at St Mary's requested a solution that moved towards more fixed, hard-wired microphones for ease of use, with six Audio-Technica ES195S cardioid condenser gooseneck microphones and a pair of U891RX cardioid condenser boundary mics employed to enable the clergy to conduct services from a number of different locations, with each microphone having a simple, illuminated on/off switch.

With choral music a big part of weekly life at St Mary's, ensuring the delivery of excellent sound quality from the choir was key to the new installation. Six Audio-Technica AT897 shotgun condenser microphones were specified to provide reinforcement and balance against the church's powerful pipe organ, and to allow for high-quality recordings of choral events.

The church's new audio complement also includes a four channel Audio-Technica System 10 Pro wireless set-up, operating outside UHF frequencies and delivering simple plug-and play operation for its non-professional users.

At the heart of the new installation is an Allen & Heath Qu-Pac digital mixer and a pair of AB168 portable Aud

First PLASA Show 2016 seminars announcedFirst PLASA Show 2016 seminars announced
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

UK - Bringing a wide range of global experts together to share their insight and experience, the renowned programme of seminars will again be a feature of the 2016 PLASA Show, which takes place from 18-20 September at London's Olympia. The first tranche of seminar sessions has just been announced, featuring a diverse array of fascinating and thought-provoking subjects.

PLASA Show's first year at Olympia sees the show showcasing the latest technology in Olympia's National Hall and the Gallery floor above, with the two seminar theatres, product demos and interactive showcases also situated on the Gallery floor.

As always, every session at the PLASA 2016 Seminar Programme is free-to-attend, with subjects including audio, lighting, AV, staging and business skills being covered. The first 15 have been confirmed and include the return of LSI journalist Phil Ward's popular panel sessions. As always they include a variety of interesting new topics, including immersive sound technologies, managing perimeter sound and mixing on tablet computers.

"I've chosen this year's panel discussions based on a handful of topics that have really caught my eye as LSi magazine reports, month-in month-out, on the industry's activities," says Phil. "Some keep coming round every time, but there are always new voices to join the conversation. I'm sure that the panels will once again represent the most authoritative of these voices."

Zoe Milton from the Association of Sound Designers (ASD) is another returning presenter, with a session titled Pin The Mic On The Actor. This

Bose App controls audio at The LightermanBose App controls audio at The Lighterman
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

UK - The Lighterman, a new pub, dining room and bar on Granary Square in London's Kings Cross offers relaxed all day dining and drinking, with views over the square as well as Regent's Canal. To capture the mood of the day and to create a vibrant evening atmosphere, the venue has installed a high quality Bose sound system, with discreet Bose FreeSpace 3 cube speakers offering music over all three floors.

With music being a key factor in the overall customer experience, the system was installed by Bose pro partner Tateside to offer managers on each of the floors overall control of the source music and volume. There are four iPads, each loaded with the Bose ControlSpace Remote app, which is designed specifically to give intuitive wireless control across multiple devices to end users wherever networked Bose system electronics are installed.

At The Lighterman, a Bose ControlSpace ESP-1240 processor delivers audio via ESPLink to two Bose PowerMatch amplifiers to provide a 12 zone music experience via Bose FreeSpace 3 cubes and subs on each floor. All zones can be controlled using the iPad app, and there is a fixed CC-16 wall mounted zone controller on each floor.

Tateside were able to use CSR Builder to personalise the app for The Lighterman, creating a custom layout, and inserting images and branding. The app can be used to adjust volume levels and mute the system, select music source, set tone EQ and recall parameter sets.

"As part of the overall hospitality experience, music is an integral part of the customer's enjoyment. It is fundamental that the sou

Swingers goes crazy for Martin Audio CDDSwingers goes crazy for Martin Audio CDD
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

UK - More than 70 of Martin Audio's new CDD installation loudspeakers, featuring patented Coaxial Differential Dispersion driver technology, have been installed by Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL) in a London based leisure hospitality venue, called Swingers. Built around two nine-hole crazy golf courses, Swingers also features a dining area with street food, a two-tier clubhouse and five bars.

Run by the Institute of Competitive Socialising (ICS), it not only hosts corporate crazy golf sessions for the business world - bringing the outside indoors - but then transforms the 16,000sq.ft of space into a more upbeat vibe after dark, with nightly DJs. It is described as an environment of "competitive socialising".

MSL are just one of a number of integrators who have made the CDD their 'go to' solution since its launch in Frankfurt 15 months ago. Director Darrel Olivier says that after seeing the Swingers operation, run by Jeremy Simmonds and his business partner Matt Grech-Smith, prototyped at a short-term pop-up in Shoreditch, he was excited by the prospect of equipping the quirky underground venue opposite the Gherkin in Leadenhall Street with a full AV integration.

"We were asked to provide very high quality and evenly distributed audio system which could be ramped up for the night time trade," states Olivier. While MSL have fitted 24 CDD8 (8") speakers and a total of five CSX112 (1 x 12") subs around the two golf courses it is for the clubhouses that Olivier has reserved the most potent sound. Here he has placed four CDD8 and a powerful CSX212 (2 x 12") sub f

TiMax install for New National Theatre TokyoTiMax install for New National Theatre Tokyo
Thursday, 9 June 2016

Japan - Tokyo's New National Theatre (NNTT) has recently installed a 32-channel TiMax2 SoundHub-S32 and TiMax Tracker system with six TT Sensors and 32 TT Tags, for adaptable provision of automated vocal localisation and audio showcontrol in both the main Playhouse auditorium and also the smaller 'Pit' theatre.

The multi-tasking system was specified by Kunio Watanabe, manager of the NNTT's audio division, who contacted SCA Sound Solutions in search of effective and natural vocal tracking and immersive audio spatialisation.

Watanabe commented, "We now have a very natural and smooth sound imaging for the actors' voices, without the feeling of it being a sound 'effect', by which I mean, the audience could feel the individual voice at the exact position of the individual singer, not from left, right and centre speakers. This may sound obvious, but other systems do not give this."

Tracked by TiMax Tracker tags, the individual output of each performer's radio-mic channel routes from the mixing console channel direct outs through to the TiMax2 SoundHub dsp which dynamically delay-matrixes it to the distributed loudspeaker setup for both venues - templates for which are stored in the TiMax unit.

The installation was completed in time for Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Passion. Sound designer for the production, Mr. Yoshio Ueda, said, "I could easily adjust the level of each speaker precisely in the process of creating image definitions and there was no sense of incongruity in the sound images created. Additionally, transition from image definiti

GDS SM Console - performing on the world stage
Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Singapore / UK - The following global locations all have something in common and when the list is considered it is safe to say it's not the weather. The Esplanade, Singapore and The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool both offer their fair share of cultural enrichment but those in attendance in south-east Asia are unlikely to have battled their way through anything like a cold, damp Merseyside night before taking their seat. York's Theatre Royal and Salford University are white and red rose rivals respectively and certainly would recognise thick fog and drizzle but Istanbul's Zorlu Centre is used to an altogether different climate. The world famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London might enjoy a mad-dog English summer or two but that doesn't compare to the heat at The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts...

Rather than a climatic connection, what is common to every one of these diverse settings is a GDS Stage Manager's Console. Every production must be steered with absolute precision by a stage management team in whose hands can rest a show's success or failure. The audience sees only the plain sailing of the entertainment, whilst behind the scenes, the unseen hand on the tiller executes the cues that steer the ship. GDS SM Console has become the first choice of many of the world's leading performing arts institutions. The quoted examples are just some of the latest destinations for this custom-built product that was developed with the direct involvement of leading practitioners, for the wider benefit of their high-pressure profession.

When RADA followed LAMD

PLASA Members go Backstage at the RSCPLASA Members go Backstage at the RSC
Tuesday, 7 June 2016

UK - PLASA members enjoyed an informative backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 24th of May. Elizabeth Scott's iconic 1932 cinema-style Royal Shakespeare Theatre has been transformed in recent years and, with the intimacy offered by a thrust stage auditorium, is now the perfect environment for performing the works of Shakespeare to audiences of today. Following a welcome to the venue by RSC deputy technical director, Peter Bailey, members were invited to tour with Jeremy Dunn, head of RSC sound or Vince Herbert, head of lighting and inventor of the RSC Lightlock. A demonstration on the day showed why this product won the first ever Gold Innovation Award at the 2008 PLASA Show. The team from the RSC were joined by representatives from PLASA members, Stage Electrics (systems integrator) and Charcoal Blue (theatre consultants), who had in-depth knowledge of the construction programme. The RSC team worked collectively to ensure the venue's illustrious history was honoured, whilst overcoming the inevitable technical challenges that come with any project of this scale. It was clear, throughout the day, that enhancing the audience experience was of paramount importance. Members then headed off to newly opened The Other Place for lunch and the final stage of the tour. The Other Place began life as a tin shed rehearsal room and using the shell of the Courtyard Theatre's auditorium now contains a 200-seat studio theatre, three rehearsal rooms, storage for costumes and props, and a café bar. "This was a really fascinating and enjoy

Registration open for Theatres Trust Conference 16: Protecting TheatresRegistration open for Theatres Trust Conference 16: Protecting Theatres
Friday, 3 June 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust has announced that booking is now open for its tenth annual conference: Conference 16: Protecting Theatres (21 June 2016, New London Theatre), a leading event in the Trust's 40th anniversary year.

In this milestone year in the history of the Trust, the conference will examine the state of our nation's theatres and discuss their future. The event will consider the past and present influences on theatre architecture and design; the provision of existing and new theatres in response to city and government devolution; changing demographics; housing delivery and community and audience demand.

The Trust will then look to the future, and the potential for the next 40 years, and ask: What kinds of theatres will we need to build, and how will we find the resources to do so? How should we be asking existing buildings to adapt and change? What impact will the popularity of digital distribution of live theatre have? How will we ensure that the right spaces are available in the right locations for the next generations of theatre makers?

Protecting Theatres will also examine the wider cultural landscape, including the role of theatres in stimulating cultural and economic development, and the increasing technical demands being placed on theatre buildings.

Interested parties are welcome to attend the conference to discuss these topics and more with top theatre producers, designers and architects at Protecting Theatres on 21 June at the New London Theatre.


Acoustic Control updates Christ University with JBL VTXAcoustic Control updates Christ University with JBL VTX
Friday, 27 May 2016

India - Christ University is a UGC-recognised private university in Bangalore, Karnataka. Founded in 1969, it is managed by the priests of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first indigenous Syrian Catholic religious congregation in India.

With over 16,000 students and more than 1000 faculty members, it is one of the top ranked universities in the country. It has a foreign student community of over 2500 and It was rated an A+ institution by the NAAC.

The Christ University Auditorium with a seating capacity of 2000 and cutting edge facilities is utilized by many prominent multinational corporations for their events including Accenture, Infosys, Honeywell, Fidelity, Dell, 3M to name a few. The Auditorium has also played host to prominent personalities including the Dalai Lama, the Chief Justice of India, the Chief minister of Karnataka, and hosted concerts by Richard Clayderman, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, S.P. Balasubramanayam , Shreya Ghoshal ,Percussionist Shivamani & Martin Smith.

When Acoustic Control Installed the first line array speaker system in India it was at this auditorium at Christ University in 2006. Subsequently Acoustic Control was commissioned to update the same installation in 2010 and a JBL Vertec 4889 system was installed in the auditorium.

"When Christ University once again decided to up the ante it was not a difficult decision in choosing the JBL VTX25, as when we read the technical specifications and subsequently heard the system we knew we had to install the VTX system in a showcase venue and where better than at Christ

University of Arkansas scores with EAWUniversity of Arkansas scores with EAW
Friday, 27 May 2016

USA - The University of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team recently benefited from a new EAW sound reinforcement system installed for 2015-16 season. The existing system at the 19,200-seat venue was more than 20 years old and in need of replacement. After deciding to upgrade the audio, the university tapped Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams (WJHW) to design the new system, which was installed by Clair Solutions.

"The previous system was no longer adequate for the events held in the arena," explains Scott Bray, WJHW consultant. "The administration wanted sound reinforcement that was musical and would bring the game day experience up to fan's expectations. They also installed a new scoreboard during the upgrade for similar reasons."

One of the design goals was for the PA to fit above the new scoreboard, keeping sightlines clear. To this end, Bray specified six EAW line arrays - each made up of 12 KF740 modules - to hang in a circle above the centre court scoreboard. Scoreboard court-fill was delivered by 10 EAW MK5366i speakers. Two more arrays consisting of eight SB2001 subwoofers each, were hung tight to the ceiling and facing each other for low end support.

"We time-aligned the subwoofer steering to bring the overall lobe down into the bowl area," he adds. "Because we had a centre point of origination the sound was incredibly smooth with excellent low-end coverage - everyone was quite pleased with the end result."

With the lower seating area covered, Bray designed a distributed, zoned system made up of more EAW MK5366i loudspeakers. Each of th

Penn Elcom launches climate control trioPenn Elcom launches climate control trio
Friday, 27 May 2016

UK - Global flightcase hardware and 19" racking manufacturer Penn Elcom is launching three new climate control products for 19" racking systems.

The CRC02-DTC, the FT-DTC and the FT01-Q-DTC - are all thermostatically controlled for optimised heat management in 19" racking installations.

Digital control gives refined and super accurate heat management via continuous temperature minoring and 'set-and-forget' fan control. All the products are optimised for quiet running, have over-temperature alarms and benefit from running off a universal power supply.

The units are engineered to the robust and reliable specifications common to all Penn Elcom products

The CRC02 thermo exhaust blower is a completely new 2U virtually silent (22.5 dBA) fan exhaust unit designed especially for use with 19" equipment rack units, to expel air from the front of the rack unit.

It can be fitted either in-between the racked equipment or at the top of the rack unit to expel hot air quickly and efficiently via the angled fan blower outlets . . . which allow the extraction of hot air nearer to the heat source. The CRC02 is supplied with a 12V DC 1A world universal power supply.

The new FT01-Q-DTC is a slimline 1U rack mountable quiet tray fan unit and is designed to sit at the top of a 19" rack system and move hot air up through the rack as required.

This is an upgrade to a previously extremely popular - more basic - Penn Elcom temperature control product, setting a new standard in digital cooling and has been developed in response to client demand for increasingly sophi

Milan's Arcadia Cinema invests in Leopard
Thursday, 26 May 2016

Italy - The recently upgraded Sala Energia auditorium at the Arcadia Melzo multiplex in suburban Milan, Italy is the first cinema anywhere to power all of its screen channels with Meyer Sound Leopard line array loudspeakers. The 630-seat Sala Energia now contains the most powerful permanent Meyer Sound cinema system in the world, as well as one of Europe's largest Dolby Atmos systems.

"When I first heard the Leopard-based system in our Sala Energia, I was so excited and enthusiastic that I was moved to tears," recalls Piero Fumagalli, owner of Arcadia Cinemas. "I sensed immediately that the clarity, dynamics, and musicality of the Leopard arrays represented a major improvement over the previous system.

"This new Meyer Sound system is our investment in the future," continues Fumagalli. "Audiences are now willing to pay more to experience a film in the Sala Energia. We have patrons raving about both the sound and image technologies. In fact, they often applaud the sound demo trailers before the features."

(Jim Evans)

SSL doubles up at Christ Community ChurchSSL doubles up at Christ Community Church
Thursday, 26 May 2016

USA - Christ Community Church technical director Michael Montanari has specified SSL L500 consoles for both front-of-house and monitor positions at its St Charles campus in Chicago. The consoles were purchased from SSL Live partner TC Furlong.

The 2000-capacity St Charles Campus auditorium has a regular Saturday afternoon service and two Sunday morning services, as well as a number of larger events throughout the year, including special worship nights and visiting touring acts. The Sunday services are streamed live over a dedicated fibre network live to the church's other three regional campuses. "We put a high value on production," says Montanari. "Concert-style audio, but probably not at quite as high an SPL!"

As most production crew and artists at the church are volunteers, the challenge for Montanari was finding technology that could deliver a big step up in quality, as well as being intuitive and flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of operators: "We want really high end audio, we want it to be able to handle everything that a professional audio guy can throw at a console, but it also has to be able to be run by a volunteer.

"With the SSL I think we've accomplished a good blend of those two things. We certainly don't sacrifice anything on the weekends when we have volunteers running it - they are up to speed and they love the console."

For monitors, which is almost always run by volunteers, Montanari cites a combination of the large number of fully processed busses available, the flexible routing architecture, the fast interrogation 'Q' (S

Danley on song at Atlanta's Velvet NoteDanley on song at Atlanta's Velvet Note
Thursday, 26 May 2016

USA - Although it's been open for a mere four years in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, The Velvet Note has attracted national attention. Its intimate room seats only 40 and was carefully designed by George Seldon to support music with stunning, well-balanced acoustics.

"We take a lot of pride in the sound of our room," said Tamara Fuller, The Velvet Note's owner and nightly head-of-ceremonies. "We call it 'the acoustic living room,' and we've done everything we can to make it the very best way to experience live music."

"Until recently, the only thing that wasn't five stars about The Velvet Note was the PA system," explained Bob Bakert, an Atlanta-based guitarist, vocalist, composer, and pro-audio veteran who regularly graces the venue's stage. "I had heard Danley Sound Labs systems before, and I knew Danley's fantastic phase-coherence and fidelity could elevate The Velvet Note's PA system to the level of everything else in the venue."

After consulting with Danley, owner Mike Hedden, Bakert helped install two Danley SM-100 loudspeakers in a stereo configuration with a THmini subwoofer for low-end support. The room is only about 20ft wide, so the stereo soundstage created by the SM-100s is more akin to a control room than a live venue.

The THmini subwoofer is tucked back behind the piano, and Bakert purposely configured the system so that the subwoofer would not provide unnaturally loud bass. Rather, the subwoofer forms a balanced, low-end extension to the full-range boxes. "I'm impressed that the THmini subwoofer is so musical all the way do

Robert Juliat profiles for Netherlands Royal TheatreRobert Juliat profiles for Netherlands Royal Theatre
Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Netherlands - The Koninklijke Schouwburg, or Royal Theatre, in The Hague has recently taken stock of a large number of Robert Juliat 614SX 1200W tungsten profile lanterns, supplied by Robert Juliat's project partner for the Netherlands, Controllux, in a major refreshment of its lighting inventory.

Built at the end of the eighteenth century as a palace for Prince Charles of Nassau-Weilburg, the beautiful building of the Koninklijke Schouwburg was transformed into a theatre in 1804 and is now one of the oldest theatres in The Netherlands. It hosts a programme of international theatre productions, musicals, cabaret and dance, in addition to a season from the award-winning Amsterdam Baroque Opera, and plays from its own national theatre company, Het Nationale Toneel.

Having undergone extensive refurbishment from 1997-1999 to modernize the venue, it was apparent that, 15 years later, the theatre's lighting was in need of updating.

"The team at Koninklijke Schouwburg wanted to replace its large stock of 750W HPL ellipsoidal fixtures with something brighter, and with a better projection quality," says Controllux's Kuno van Velzen.

Kuno Van Velzen is familiar with the theatre and its technicians, both from having worked there often, and in his position as sales manager at Controllux, which has a longstanding, trusted relationship with Koninklijke Schouwburg. His experience meant he had a good understanding of what fixtures were needed to fill the team's requirements.

"I recommended they try Robert Juliat's 600 Series 1200W condenser zoom profiles," he

Spotlight on Doughty Engineering at Sadler's Wells
Monday, 23 May 2016

UK - Sadler's Wells is a leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences.

When the company was granted lottery funding for a technical refit, Graham Cutting, senior lighting technician at Sadler's Wells was keen to install new follow spots based on a system of tracked suspension mounts and brought Doughty Engineering on board to help turn the concept into reality.

Graham said, "I'd started looking into the idea previously, but at the time we simply didn't have the funds to make it happen. Following the Arts Council grant, I realised that we could look at this new system which would allow us to address two issues that the existing system was causing.

"Firstly, being on a lighting bridge, we often had the need to remove or relocate one or all of the 4 spots. To do this safely we needed four technicians, two of which would have to wear restraint harnesses and with each spot taking 15-20 minutes.

"The second issue was one of an ergonomic concern for the operator. The existing tripods had to sit in such a way as to prevent the operator sitting in an upright position under the spot, always leaning slightly to one side. Not a big issue for one night, but over a two month run, this was far from ideal and could leave operators with back and shoulder problems."

Graham wanted a system that would allow quick and easy movement of the spot, ballast and all associated cabling by one person in just a couple of minutes - and a little more comfo

Europe's first Leopard installations land in NorwayEurope's first Leopard installations land in Norway
Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Norway - Norway is the first European country with permanent installations of the compact Meyer Sound Leopard linear sound reinforcement system.

Leopard's remarkable flexibility and versatility made it the choice for two very different venues. The 1,200-seat Grand Hall at Studentersamfundet (Student Society) in Trondheim uses Leopard to support community events such as theatrical performances and conferences, while the Leopard system at Oslo's 650-capacity Vulkan Arena primarily powers hard rock shows.

"When we first saw Leopard we were amazed by its size," reports Torgeir Aadland, project consultant for audio renovations at the Grand Hall. "It was easily one of the smallest in its class, and we had some concern about it performing to our standards. But Leopard has provided excellent sound quality even at the highest levels, and gives us even horizontal coverage - it's everything we were looking for in a new system."

The circular Grand Hall is a central meeting place for the Student Society, an independent organization of around 1,700 Trondheim students. It is used for concerts, cabaret theatre, student conferences, and other community events.

"After installation, the hall hosted the UKA festival featuring concerts, revues, and standup comedy, giving the system an intensive test across different genres," says Aadland. "The sound quality was definitely improved from past years for every event, giving the audience a much more satisfying experience."

At the Vulkan Arena, the new Leopard system has already supported a number of heavy rock shows such a


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