Installation News

OpenAir St. Gallen goes cashless in 2016OpenAir St. Gallen goes cashless in 2016
Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Switzerland - Following Intellitix's cashless success at the SummerDays Festival in Arbon, Switzerland over two consecutive summers, Intellitix and its strategic partner Swisscom Event & Media Solutions will deliver their proprietary Cashless Payment and Access Control solutions at next year's OpenAir St. Gallen festival held from 30 June to 3 July.

Intellitix's advanced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology platform will enhance the event's previously used Cashless Payment system, offering more efficient and simpler organisational workflows and processes. The event organisers' have embraced adoption of Intellitix's market-tested Access Control and Cashless Payment solutions.

Chief financial officer, Cyril Stadler, was particularly impressed by the Cashless Payment system's data security, which fulfils the highest standards: "Intellitix, in collaboration with Swisscom Event & Media Solutions, offers trustworthy products and services, which have been successful in the events market globally for years. The solutions they offer lead the way internationally and are delivered in a high security and stable environment."

The Intellitix RFID technology to be deployed has a proven track record of success across major international events such as Tomorrowland in Belgium which sees an audience flow of 100,000 unique visitors per day, as well as at Electric Zoo in the US.

Serge Grimaux, Head Pilot and CEO of Intellitix adds, "We have a very established presence across North America, South America, and Europe, and we'll be delivering our even

Dolby and Ministry of Sound collaborate
Friday, 4 December 2015

UK - Dolby Laboratories and Ministry of Sound have confirmed a collaboration to bring Dolby Atmos sound technology to dance music.

The Dolby Atmos residency at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London will launch on 23 January, 2016 with Hospital Records, the first in a series of special events with a lineup of top electronic artists who will "transform their music into a multidimensional, immersive sound experience with Dolby Atmos".

To support these events, Dolby will outfit the venue with its exclusive Dolby Atmos sound system, which combines Dolby Atmos audio processing technology with a network of additional speakers designed to complement the club's existing setup.

With more than 60 speakers, 22 channels, and a bespoke lighting environment that takes advantage of complementary synchronized lighting cues generated from music mixed in Dolby Atmos. Ministry of Sound will immerse visitors in "an unparalleled music experience, delivered through rich, mind-blowing soundscapes".

"We are excited to enable Ministry of Sound, one of the world's most-renowned nightclubs, with our spectacular Dolby Atmos audio technology," said Bob Borchers, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Dolby Laboratories. "We have seen how Dolby Atmos transforms the cinema and home-theatre, and we are confident that it will leave a lasting impact on the music industry, making live music and clubbing more engaging and immersive."

"The sound system in The Box, the main room at Ministry of Sound, is the best in any nightclub a

Top speakers revealed for PLASA Focus GlasgowTop speakers revealed for PLASA Focus Glasgow
Friday, 27 November 2015

UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow 2016 returns to the SECC with another distinguished seminar programme that will deliver two days of free pro audio and lighting presentations discussing the latest technologies for the live entertainment technology industry.

Thought provoking speakers include Grant Anderson, the Scottish Lighting Designer, in collaboration with lighting, AV and sound specialists Black Light who designed the popular Botanic Nights - 2015, a unique night-time experience. Grant Anderson explains how the light installation evoked an emotive reaction from the audience.

Anderson comments: "In Scotland, it's often said that you can experience four seasons in one day. Visitors to Botanics Lights have been able to experience four seasons in just one night. It made perfect sense to me to combine nature and light with seasonal changes as the three are inextricably linked. Visitors yearning for the colours and sounds of summer, or any other season, were given the power to influence the light installations before them, and to experience a deeper connectivity with the natural surroundings."

Audio highlights include Nexo's Stuart Kerrison and Orbital Sound presenting Modular PA design: the way to maximise your ROI? as they explore how PA system designs have evolved and how rental companies should choose the right design for them. Another audio session will be presented by Warehouse Sound Services and d&b audiotechnik on Line Arrays Unravelled discussing the pros and cons of using line array directivity technology.

The second

Powersoft provides the punch for Ningbo nightclubPowersoft provides the punch for Ningbo nightclub
Friday, 27 November 2015

China - Located in the prominent business district of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, EVER Club is fast becoming the city's ultimate party destination. In order to set itself apart from the diverse throng of crowded lounge bars and night clubs around it, EVER Club prides itself as a unique fusion of both - serving a broader demographic than just the affluent urban crowd.

Embodying the unique Ningbo culture that values "art, quality and relaxation", EVER Club aims to become "a club with vitality". To make this happen, a robust sound system is essential. The team at EZPro International Ltd opted for six Powersoft K3 amplifiers to drive four EAW Avalon CLUB.two loudspeakers.

"The system must be able to express EVER Club's mysterious flavour and individuality, and to create an atmosphere where clubbers can resonate with the music," shared Mr. Zhu, technical manager from EZPro.

At the heart of the club is an eccentrically designed annular bar counter. The technical team from EZPro decided to use four EAW CLUB.two cabinets to configure the main PA system. The loudspeakers were flown 3.5m high above the floor, all pointing to the centre DJ area from four corners to deliver a vibrant audio experience.

Zhu says: "CLUB.two is highly efficient with its horn loaded design. It uses four 12" LF cones arranged in a symmetrical pattern behind the mid/high section to produce maximum, distortion-free output. It not only has seismic lows and crystalline highs, but also features simple, elegant, symmetrical modern design that perfectly matc

Yamaha scores at Regensburg's Continental ArenaYamaha scores at Regensburg's Continental Arena
Thursday, 26 November 2015

Germany - The Bavarian city of Regensburg is renowned for its medieval centre, nowadays a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But just a few minutes away is one of Germany's most modern sporting stadiums, the new Continental Arena, where a Yamaha audio system has achieved the goal of great sound without the penalty of going over budget.

Opened in July this year, the Continental Arena has replaced the city's 89-year old Jahnstadion as the home of football club SSV Jahn Regensburg, which plays in the Regionalliga Bayern (Germany's 'fourth division').

A modern stadium in every sense of the word, as well as being a football ground the 15,200-capacity stadium can host other sporting events and concerts. It features two 'Business Clubs' and four 'Lodges', which host a wide range of business and leisure events, all with a panoramic view of the stadium's pitch.

A major feature of the stadium's design is the incorporation of the latest technology, including a state-of-the-art Yamaha package. This features 36 P7000S power amplifiers, an MTX5-D 34x16 matrix mixer/signal processor, 01V96i digital mixing console with Dante-MY16-AUD interface card and three R-series Ro8-D output units.

The audio system was specified and installed by Köln-based Koenig-AVT, with the Yamaha system routing audio to a distributed compact line array system flown from points all around the stadium's roof.

"Dante networks and line array loudspeakers have been specified for larger stadiums, but with the Continental Arena, we have shown that they are completely suitable for smaller ones as well

Danley and AVE make music at Minnesota churchDanley and AVE make music at Minnesota church
Thursday, 26 November 2015

USA - Way back in 1955 American Reformed Church held its first service with just 30 families in the lovely city of Luverne, located in the extreme southwest corner of Minnesota. After decades of steady growth, the now vastly-larger congregation recently completed construction on a new 800-seat state-of-the-art worship centre.

Twin Cities-based Audio Video Electronics (AVE) signed on to the project mostly after the facility layout was planned and designed. The architect for the project was Architecture Inc, based is Sioux Falls, SD with Derrick Knight, Derrick Knight Acoustics, as acoustician.

"American Reformed Church is definitely big into music," said Stefan Svärd, owner and president of AVE. "They have a progressive, contemporary worship style, but their old sanctuary had a distributed system that didn't have a lot of impact. They were looking forward to getting a great sound system with their new worship centre, and it really helped that they invited us to the project early in its development." Citing superior sound quality, pattern control, and amp-channel-saving passive crossovers, AVE specified Danley Sound Labs SH-60 and SH-95 loudspeakers.

"I've been a fan and supporter of Tom Danley's designs for a long time," said Svärd. "At American Reformed Church, we needed great pattern control to deliver great speech intelligibility. Moreover, we could close-pack the Danley boxes with the assurance that they would operate acoustically like a single point source, that is, without any comb filtering that would mess with the

Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre completes major refurbishmentGlasgow's Pavilion Theatre completes major refurbishment
Thursday, 19 November 2015

UK - One of Scotland's oldest and most renowned theatres The Pavilion in Glasgow has invested £100,000 to bring high quality audio to the many comedy, music and variety performances it hosts. Working with leading pro-audio partner The Warehouse Sound Services Ltd, The Pavilion chose to invest in a cutting edge d&b audiotechnik sound system. The system is one of the most advanced on the market.

The Pavilion's management team recently restored the theatre's exterior revamping the stonework outside the theatre and incorporating a coloured light installation. Last year, the owners also made a significant investment in upgrading the interior.

To complete the upgrade, an overhaul of The Pavilion's 20-year-old sound system was required. Iain Gordon, general manager of The Pavilion contracted long-term audio partners The Warehouse Sound Services to design, supply and commission a new loudspeaker system with the installation being undertaken by freelance sound engineer Gavin Jenkinson.

Having opened in 1904, the Pavilion has been a cornerstone of Glasgow - and Scottish - entertainment for more than a century. The 111-year-old Pavilion is now the only privately run theatre in Scotland. With a rich heritage in bringing in high profile shows with comedy acts such as Billy Connelly, The Mighty Boosh and Mrs Browns Boys as well as musicians including Sheena Easton, Sydney Devine, Barbara Dickson and Wet Wet Wet plus plays including The Steamie - the venue required a complete audio equipment overhaul to continue providing this high calibre of entertainment.


ArrayProcessing at Sydney Opera HouseArrayProcessing at Sydney Opera House
Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Australia - Since its inception seven years ago, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House (SOH) has always pushed the boundaries, whether in performance style, musical content, or the support structures that underpin it. So when Jeremy Christian, head of sound and AV at the SOH suggested to the festival curator Ben Marshall that he wanted to implement a new piece of control software from d&b audiotechnik, Marshall said, "I'm all for it."

"It was good timing for us," said Christian. "Pushing the boundaries is about trying something new, and Vivid LIVE offers a really broad spectrum of contemporary musical content against which to make a judgement on effectiveness and utility. It's easy to assess something as great, but how easy and useful it is to apply is what really matters.

"When we came to implement d&b's ArrayProcessing we already knew of its potential from our experience at a d&b event in Germany at the start of the year. Downstream of the festival we have realised there are capabilities within ArrayProcessing way outside our original expectations, and that could have significant benefits for SOH and for our audiences in the future."

Ralf Zuleeg who heads up d&b's sales services and application engineering department, went out to Sydney just prior to the festival. "I have a long association with SOH; they have been d&b users for many years now, so it was natural I should be there. But of course Jeremy's team is more than proficient technically, as you would expect in such a prestigious venue. In fact when it came to it, as w

Yamaha feels the love at Mon AmourYamaha feels the love at Mon Amour
Thursday, 5 November 2015

Italy - The Mon Amour nightclub in Rimini combines a high quality dining experience with late night DJ sets and live music by top Italian artists. A recent audio upgrade saw Mon Amour added to the long list of Italian venues which trust Yamaha products to deliver high class entertainment to their customers.

The upgrade was carried out by Promo SRL of Alba Adriatica, which has been installing Yamaha equipment in prestigious projects for eight years.

The company installed four Installation Series IF3115 three-way, UniPhase loudspeakers to cover the dining area. Featuring a 15" low-frequency driver, eight-inch midrange driver and three-inch HF compression driver, the IF3115 can deliver a calculated continuous SPL of 127dB, with exceptional clarity. This makes it suitable for nightclubs where seamless sound is required between the dance floor and surrounding areas.

In addition, a control and amplification package for the whole club was installed, comprising an MTX3 matrix processor, three XP7000 and two T5n power amplifiers.

The MTX3 is programmed with two scenes: 'Dinner', where the IF3115s match the audio levels at the perimeter of the dance floor, delivering a homogeneous volume throughout the venue and, for later in the evening, 'Disco', which relays music at a higher volume in every area.

"The Rimini area is one of the most trendy parts of Europe and we have to install systems which match people's expectations," says Mauro Traini of Promo SRL. "The sound quality and reliability of Yamaha products is exceptional, as is the service by Yam

Genelec recipe for successful Stockholm restaurantGenelec recipe for successful Stockholm restaurant
Thursday, 5 November 2015

Sweden - Långbro Värdshus is a top restaurant located just outside Stockholm. Situated in an architectural and historically significant villa, it is run by the renowned Swedish TV chef and author Fredrik Eriksson. In line with its quest for excellence, the restaurant recently upgraded its audio system and Inexo, a local custom installer, chose Genelec's 4000 Series loudspeakers for their clarity of sound and ease of installation for the new system.

The building has a traditional interior which has now been completely renovated. Fredrik has been running Långbro Värdshus since 2005 and is an award-winning chef and restaurateur, he is an important ambassador both for Sweden and Swedish food and is primarily known for being a celebrity TV chef and the author of several books.

The new interior design features a quiet and understated aesthetic that focuses on natural materials and traditional craftsmanship. Modern technology also has its place in the restaurant and as part of the refurbishment it was decided that the outdated, big and bulky, audio system separates would be replaced with something sleek and contemporary. Magnus Koff, the owner of Inexo has designed a system that has streamlined the audio hardware and improved the sound quality and functionality immeasurably.

"The restaurant interior is understated and stylish and the old audio system just didn't fit in with that look," says Magnus. "The old amplifiers and mixers sat on the bar counter, and not only big and awkward looking they didn't sound great either. Our first job was to get rid

Theatre Projects in Atlanta theatre renovation projectTheatre Projects in Atlanta theatre renovation project
Wednesday, 4 November 2015

USA - Atlanta's Alliance Theatre recently revealed the final renderings for a renovation that will completely transform its facilities. The project, which will begin in the summer of 2017, will help the Tony Award-winning theatre company produce ambitious works, better engage with the surrounding community, and provide audiences with more dynamic and comfortable theatre-going experiences.

The transformation, led by Trahan Architects in collaboration with Theatre Projects (theatre designer and planner) and Talaske (acoustician), will include a complete overhaul of the Alliance Stage, their 770-seat mainstage theatre. Among dozens of improvements and additions, the overhaul will entail re-seating the room to pull the audience closer to the stage for a more intimate experience, new staircases and terraces for better audience circulation, a new audio system, upgrades to LED lighting, greater access for people with disabilities, new dressing rooms, and multipurpose rooms that can be used for rehearsal, classes, and events.

"The Alliance Theatre is an Atlanta institution," says David Rosenburg, Theatre Projects' project manager. "We're thrilled to help the Alliance Theatre create a more impactful and intimate theatre space by redesigning the audience area to give everyone great sightlines and create a more performer-friendly room shape. Along with Trahan Architects, we have designed a unique space with the very best technical theatre accommodations."

During the renovation, the Alliance Theatre will make the most of their displacement by performing

Nexo upgrade for Playhouse Theatre WhitstableNexo upgrade for Playhouse Theatre Whitstable
Tuesday, 3 November 2015

UK - Converted and maintained by a devoted team of volunteers comprising ex-BBC technicians, local builders and theatre enthusiasts, the Playhouse Theatre Whitstable is a performance venue suitable for a wide range of live entertainment. The theatre plays host to a variety of shows new and old and is home to drama group, the Lindley Players who are the owners and operators of the venue.

The hard work carried out by volunteers and members over many years has converted what was once the United Reform Church into the modern performance venue that is the Playhouse Theatre Whitstable today. The conversion work has involved building a stage, removing the balcony from the side walls, installing a stepped auditorium floor, building a sound and lighting control room in the balcony and installing additional seating. The lower floor has been converted into a bar, club room and dressing rooms.

The theatre provides 180+ seats in an authentic theatre environment, equipped with state of the art technical equipment.

Staying true to their desire to remain cutting edge, the theatre has recently undergone a sound system upgrade, investing in a Nexo Geo M6 loudspeaker system comprising of three M620 cabinets, two PS10 cabinets, two LS600 sub bass cabinets and two NXAmp 4x1 amplifiers, supplied by LMC Audio.

Nick Farrow, technical manager at Playhouse Theatre Whitstable chose the Nexo system following a demonstration carried out by the LMC London team at the Playhouse. "I contacted LMC's London branch who organised for Joe Jackson (technical sales) and Will Hinkly (technical

Blue Box installs Georgia's first Funktion-One StackBlue Box installs Georgia's first Funktion-One Stack
Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Georgia - Funktion-One specialist, Blue Box London, has completed a nightclub installation in Georgia. The company, which played an important role in the loudspeaker manufacturer's introduction to Ibiza at the beginning of the millennia, has continued its pioneering ways by exploring some new territories in recent years. Its latest project - Bassiani - sees the first ever Funktion-One Dance Stack installation in Georgia.

The main room is home to two towering Funktion-One DS4 Dance Stacks. The DS4 configuration features two F221 21in bass enclosures at the base, two DS15 speakers for punchy upper bass and low-mid frequencies, and two DS210 loudspeaker enclosures, featuring dual axhead-loaded 10" mid-high drivers and dual 1.4" compression drivers.

Two Funktion-One Evo 6SHs - the skeletal addition to the new Evolution 6 range - have been deployed for infill. Amplification for the main system comes from two Funktion-One E100 and two E25 amps - both manufactured to spec by MC2. DJ monitoring is handled by two Funktion-One Resolution 2SHs and two F118 Mk2 bass enclosures, driven by a Funktion-One F60Q amplifier (manufactured by FFA). The set-up is controlled by XTA loudspeaker management.

Bassiani's Guram Gotsadze comments: "When we first sat down it was not a long discussion about what sound system we would love to see in our new venue, based on our experience in several clubs abroad. All of us wanted Funktion-One. Yes, we talked with a couple of other suppliers, but it was mainly for a brief understanding of the market prices. You know, everything in

AVStumpfl Curve screen goes 360 in GreeceAVStumpfl Curve screen goes 360 in Greece
Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Greece - 360 event agency from Greece looked no further than Austrian engineering experts AV Stumpfl to meet its requirement for a 4m high by 30m wide Curve screen for presentations at an international conference of a Fortune 500 client that was held in Athens and attended by 500 participants from 28 countries.

"We turned to AV Stumpfl as the number one company to handle a project of this scale," explains Apostolos Papadopoulos, managing director at 360 event agency.

For this project, the AV Stumpfl Curve screen needed to be incorporated into futuristic architecture and design of the presentation. The screen was made to measure for its application and delivered ahead of schedule. 360 event agency integrated with five Barco HDX-W20 high-definition projectors and content was edge-blended onto the screen alongside state-of-the-art acoustic and video conferencing technologies.

"The solid frame and plug-in frame elements ensured that the AV Stumpfl Curve screen was extremely easy to install," adds Papadopoulos.

On a regular basis, the AV Stumpfl Curve is used by '360 event agency' or is available for hire for conferences and spectacular video presentations.

"For us, the most important factors are quality, reliability and durability - and the AV Stumpfl Curve fits the bill," says Papadopoulos.

Tobias Stumpfl, CEO at AV Stumpfl adds, "The fact that 360 event agency is happy to use our screen technology for a project of this size and scale, shows how much they trust the design and inbuilt reliability of our products."


D.A.S. systems reinforce recreation centreD.A.S. systems reinforce recreation centre
Tuesday, 3 November 2015

USA - The new Gannon Recreation and Wellness Centre features nearly 52,000sq.ft of subdivided indoor space for year-round athletic, recreation and fitness activities, and is equipped with loudspeaker systems drawn from the catalogue of D.A.S. Audio.

Erie, PA-based Grisé Audio Visual Center, Inc., a design / build AV integration firm that also has a live events division, was contracted to design and install the new sound system at The Gannon Recreation and Wellness Centre. Greg Hardner, the company's sales & production manager, designed the sound reinforcement system, which included 69 D.A.S. Audio CL-6TB ceiling speakers, 22 Factor 8T loudspeakers, and 10 Arco 4T loudspeakers. He discussed the project and his fondness for D.A.S. Audio.

"The decision to install a sound system throughout the facility was approved with only six weeks of construction remaining before the grand opening/ribbon cutting deadline. After winning the initial bid, there was a design revision that added weeks of delay. The various D.A.S. Audio loudspeakers were deployed in exercise areas such as the gymnasium, the weight rooms, the wrestling mat room, as well as the dance and movement spaces."

When asked about the single most pressing challenge of the project, Hardner discussed the issue of convincing his client that D.A.S. Audio was the best choice for the job. "Our customer had definitely developed a strong preference for certain brands and here we were, asking him to consider products he had never heard of. Ultimately, this led to a very pleasant surprise when he fi

Symetrix at core of Hohokam Stadium systemSymetrix at core of Hohokam Stadium system
Tuesday, 3 November 2015

USA - Revamping major sports facilities and bringing them up-to-date now almost invariably involves a comprehensive review of the audio processing configuration so that it can cope with both current and future requirements. Providing the spring training home of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics since earlier this year, the Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona, is no exception - and as the result of its latest upgrade, now features an extensive Symetrix DSP infrastructure.

Minneapolis, MN-based Parsons Technologies systems engineer Mark Schultz, "The main objectives were to provide a quality audio upgrade and stay within the budget of Oakland Athletics. In terms of processing, we also needed to select equipment that would complement and support the Dante network being implemented throughout the site. After evaluating several possible scenarios, we determined that using the SymNet line from Symetrix would be the most cost-effective solution."

The upgrade involved two separate buildings - the stadium itself, where all the spring training games are played, and the player development facility, known as the Lew Wolff Training Complex. In the stadium, the ability to flexibly route and process background music and announcements were at the top of the priority list; requirements that Schultz and his team satisfied with one Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 and a single SymNet Radius AEC (with a SymNet 4 Channel Analog Output Card in the expansion slot) for the main bowl and back-of-house audio system. Both processors are also linked to SymNet xOut 12 output expand

Rob Harris strengthens Theatre Projects teamRob Harris strengthens Theatre Projects team
Tuesday, 3 November 2015

UK - Theatre Projects has appointed theatre consultant and international auditorium acoustic designer Rob Harris as a key consultant.

The move marks a significant strengthening of Theatre Projects' acoustic and theatre design team, as the company embarks on a number of high profile design projects worldwide.

Harris's impressive 35-year career as an acoustics specialist has seen him amass a plethora of prestigious design credits for cherished performing arts buildings including: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; City Recital Hall, Sydney; Kilden konsertsal, Kristiansand; Bord Gâis Energy Theatre, Dublin and Kings Place, London.

Specifically, Harris is renowned for his acoustic design for some of the world's most iconic opera houses. These include collaborations with TP on both Glyndebourne Opera House and Oslo Opera House. In addition he has led on the Copenhagen Opera House, the Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff and the refurbishment of the Royal Opera House, London.

More recently, working as part of a design team alongside Theatre Projects, on the strategic refurbishment study for the Royal Opera House in Stockholm.

Mark Stroomer, head of Theatre Projects in London comments, "Having Rob on our side of the table is exciting. In addition to his wealth of acoustic knowledge, Rob has been at the design heart of many of the world's contemporary arts venues. Some, like Oslo Opera House, we have worked on together, which makes him the ideal addition to our theatre design team."

Seb Jouan, head of acoustics at Theatre Projects, concurs, "This is an im

Hawthorn lights up Crawley's Hawth TheatreHawthorn lights up Crawley's Hawth Theatre
Thursday, 15 October 2015

UK - Technical production expert, Hawthorn's install team has completed the installation of a new house light system for the Hawth Theatre in Crawley.

The specialist permanent installation team was tasked to replace over 200 tungsten fittings with the latest ArcSystem fittings from GDS; a once in a lifetime opportunity to upgrade the quality of the house lights at Hawth Theatre and reduce the ongoing maintenance and lamp replacement costs.

Crucially, the new fittings also deliver a reduction in electrical running costs. A mixture of Arch System MR16, Pro-Fixture 1 cell and Pro Cell 4 were used along with the new 24v Arc Lamps. Kev Sanderson, team leader at Hawthorn, and his expert team had a tight 10 day window to complete the changeover, but completed the task ahead of schedule.

Quentin Whitaker, the Hawth's technical manager, commented, "I am extremely happy with the finished job. It not only looks fantastic, but thanks to the expertise of the Hawthorn team, it's a cost effective solution that will deliver real savings on our maintenance costs."

Alan Jackson, Hawthorn's head of install, said, "This is the latest of many ArcSystems we have undertaken and we love the product. We have installed the ArcSystem in venues ranging from large professional theatres to small community theatres and schools, with everyone being happy with the results and the savings the system gives them."

(Jim Evans)

Charcoalblue attends opening of St Ann's Warehouse NYC
Tuesday, 13 October 2015

USA - Charcoalblue's managing partner Andy Hayles and his team of theatre and acoustic consultants attended the opening of New York's St Ann's Warehouse last week. The official launch of the $31.6 million development of the waterfront theatre situated under the famous Brooklyn Bridge follows a transformation of the derelict Tobacco Warehouse by Marvel Architects with theatre, acoustics and architectural lighting consultancy by Charcoalblue.

The new St Ann's Warehouse is a 25,000sq.ft site housing two flexible performance spaces. Firstly, a 10,000sq.ft versatile theatre space, with capacity for 300-800 people, to accommodate St. Ann's core theatre and music programming, large-scale festivals, and special community milestone events. Secondly, a 1000sq.ft multi-use studio, dedicated to local artists and community groups, to especially suit intimate, smaller scale programmes and events.

Constructed within the historic 1860 Tobacco Warehouse in the hip neighbourhood of DUMBO, it is hoped that the project will make Brooklyn Bridge Park a home for culture for future generations. In addition to theatre consultancy, Charcoalblue provided architectural lighting design and acoustic services to the project.

"In 2012, the Tobacco Warehouse was a ruin - converting it into a theatre has been a complete joy, and a particularly tricky thing to do!" says Charcoalblue's Managing Partner, Andy Hayles. "When there is so little of the original building left - really just a 20' high perimeter wall - every column, beam and wall has to be perfectly placed and carefully c

Symetrix adds studio quality to Expo pavilionSymetrix adds studio quality to Expo pavilion
Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Italy - SH Acoustics worked with Thinc Design to deliver an acoustically sophisticated, multi-zone design for the USA Pavilion at the latest world's fair.

In such a complex installation, "we knew that Symetrix SymNet Radius DSPs would be reliable and flexible - in short, one less thing for us to worry about." These are the thoughts of Steve Haas, president and principal consultant of Milford, CT-based SH Acoustics, which was recently enlisted by NYC-based exhibition design firm Thinc Design to perfect the demanding audio installation for the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano.

The first world's fair since 2012, Expo Milano is taking place in Italy from May until 31 October 2015. Centred around the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, the event is aimed at stimulating discussion about sustainable developments among the 140-plus participating nations. For its ambitious contribution, the USA is exploring its role in global food production and the evolution of its own contemporary food culture in a two-floor presentation spread over 26,000sq.ft.

With a large number of individual exhibits involved, and the need to avoid audio spillage between different areas, SH Acoustics faced no shortage of challenges when it began work on the project in spring 2014. "Not only did we have to eliminate unwanted noise from building systems like HVAC and address any other acoustic anomalies, there was a need to accommodate the changing plans for audio content - be it narration, ambient sound or background music - as the Pavilion took shape," explains Haas

PLASA Awards for Innovation winners announcedPLASA Awards for Innovation winners announced
Tuesday, 6 October 2015

UK - The PLASA Awards for Innovation & Sustainability 2015 and the Gottelier Award, sponsored by Lighting&Sound International, were presented at the PLASA Show at London's ExCeL yesterday evening.

This year, 31 products were nominated for the Awards for Innovation & Sustainability, with eight awards presented, including a final Gold Award for Innovation.

The winners had to satisfy the judges that they demonstrate a new style of thinking, that they improve technical practice, have introduced new technologies, materials or techniques, that they feature patents or unique intellectual property, offer a new commercial advantage, or improve safety.

This year's Gottelier Award winner was David Cunningham, an early pioneer of computer lighting systems who developed a number of landmark products for Strand during the 1970s and 80s, including the Multi-Q memory lighting system, the Micro-Q console, the Lightpalette and the CD80 dimming system. He went on to develop the Source Four profile through his own company, Entertec, before entering into a hugely successful partnership with ETC, with whom he went on to develop many other successful products, including the Sensor dimmer.

The eight PLASA Awards for Innovation went to:

Avid for the SL6 - The judges felt that this console was extremely well-engineered and thought out with improved ergonomics and workflow, coupled with scalable flexibility. This affords it versatility for different markets including broadcast and touring.

RC4 Wireless for the RC4Magic-DMXpix - the judges said, "Sometimes

Invisible K-array system at Royal Opera HouseInvisible K-array system at Royal Opera House
Thursday, 1 October 2015

UK - The K-array loudspeaker system installed by Stage Electrics at the Royal Opera House is "so discrete it is almost invisible".

The installation is the result of an out of the blue phone call with an invitation to the opera in Verona for the Royal Opera House's head of sound, Steve Zissler.

"I was asked if there was anyone I knew that I'd like to take to Italy to see the opera and listen to some sound systems," says Jamie Gosney from Stage Electrics, who designed the system at the Royal Opera House. "I hadn't been at Stage Electrics very long, I didn't really know anyone then and I didn't even know the K-array products that well. But Dave Wooster, [now part of 2B Heard, K-array's new UK distributor], had already said that the K-array products were perfect for opera."

That particular trip was not to be, but it wasn't long after that Stage Electrics took a KR402 system to the Covent Garden theatre for Steve to hear.

"They thought it was just the sort of system they'd been looking for," says Jamie. "We didn't know what results we'd get in the venue, but with just that one portable system, we could hear it wherever we went. It was pretty amazing."

After discussions with Steve and his team, Jamie and Dave put a series of designs together. "We'd send them to Steve and he'd say, 'Ah, right, but can we do this?'" Jamie recalls. "And we redid it until we got it to the point that everyone was completely happy with."

The first opportunity to put the system through its paces came when Anthony [o

Major upgrades to Crawley's Hawth TheatreMajor upgrades to Crawley's Hawth Theatre
Tuesday, 29 September 2015

UK - As part of a busy summer, Illuminate Design has recently completed a number of technical upgrades at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley.

Working with the Hawth's technical manager (Quentin Whitaker), Illuminate Design's technical sales manager Ken Berreen and operations director Andrew Wales designed & installed new sound, lighting and rigging solutions for the venue.

Both the studio and the main theatre benefited from new sound equipment. In the Studio Illuminate Design supplied, Yamaha QL1 mixing console with a digital Yamaha RIO3224D I/O rack, RCF C5212-94 2way speaker system, RCF S 8015 II Subwoofer 15" 1000W - Reflex RCF IPS 2700 Class H power amplifiers and RCF IPS 3700 Class H power amplifiers.

The main theatre system was designed in conjunction with Al Brown from Martin Audio. The new system included Martin Audio W8VDQ speakers, MA 3.0 amplifiers, MA 2.0 Amplifiers, plus WS218X Dual 18" subs driven from a MA 5.2k amplifier. To supplement the main L&R system, circle coverage is provided by Martin Audio W8LMI speakers powered by MA 3.0 Amplifiers. The front-fills provided are Martin Audio DD6 speakers with MA 3.0 Amplification. System processing is by a DX2 4:8 Digital loudspeaker management system.

The complete audio system was installed and commissioned by operations director, Andrew Wales.

One hundred and eighty-six channels of dimming have been installed - seven 24 channel Zero 88 Chilli Bypass dimmer racks plus one 6-channel 25A rack along with one 12 channel HF Dimmer. These were to replace the venue's old Strand units supplied by Ken Ber

Gordon Craig Theatre Invests in new sound systemGordon Craig Theatre Invests in new sound system
Thursday, 24 September 2015

UK - Orbital Sound reports that it has supplied Stevenage's 500-seat Gordon Craig Theatre with a new d&b audiotechnik auditorium system, comprising principally T-Series loudspeakers, with B4 Subs and E6 front fills.

The new system also features Yamaha CL5 and QL5 consoles, with Rio stage racks, together with an essential element of show control hardware in the form of a Nemesis Audio UMT-2D USB MIDI Trigger. The Gordon Craig's new system is configured with a hang of six d&b audiotechnik T-10s per side, a further four T-10s in a centre cluster, six E-6 speakers as front fills, plus four B4 Subs, with the system powered by d&b audiotechnik's new 10D and 30D install amps.

The theatre and Orbital Sound has had a close working relationship for more than a decade, as Dave Nott, chief technician at the Gordon Craig Theatre, explained, "We needed to upgrade, as much of our previous system was over ten years old, with many components around twice that age. Over the last five years or so, we have been hiring in a system from Orbital Sound a few times per year - once for our ten-week 100-show panto season, and then at least twice throughout the rest of the year for our in-house productions.

"We concluded that it was more economically viable all round to replace our permanent system with equipment that would address all our long-term requirements - to ensure we had a system that would give us another fifteen to twenty years' service, while also saving the annual hire costs.

"Orbital Sound fully understood our need to maximise the available budget and worke


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