Installation News

arriOSF and ARRI build virtual studios
Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Europe - The ARRI System Group, part of the ARRI Group and virtual production technology company On-Set Facilities are coming together to service and deliver virtual production projects and provide integrated solutions for virtual production studios.
Director of technology and owner of On-Set Facilities Asa Bailey comments: “I’m very proud to have signed with ARRI to partner with the System Group. With this alliance, we can use our knowledge of virtual production systems to supply global clients with a lot more first class on-set technology. We can now design and provide complete, turnkey, on-set VFX and virtual production studio solutions with total confidence and better meet the growing on-set technology needs of major studios, production companies, and broadcasters.”
Founded in the Snowdonia Mountains of Northern Wales, building real-time, on-set computer systems, On-Set Facilities now has sales and support offices in Madrid and LA. The technology company develops a full range of on-set VFX and virtual production solutions covering in-camera VFX (LED), mixed reality (green screen), and fully virtual (in-engine) production.
ARRI’s regional business development director, David Levy, adds: “This partnership is one of many steps ARRI is taking to bring virtual production and real time solutions to our customers. We believe, especially in these uncertain times, in the value of these systems and how they will allow our customers to continue to make content and, more importantly, their art. Which we as consumers value more than ever.

tcspresslogo-Collective Sessions launch COVID-safe facility
Wednesday, 24 June 2020

UK - A cooperative of top-flight crew and suppliers have come together to launch The Collective Sessions to provide a cost-effective, ‘stream worthy’, fully functional live space, equipped with a full-scale production and adhering to COVID safety guidelines.
Offering adaptable space at Millennium Studios for rehearsals, live-streaming or the recording of live performances, the initiative is the brainchild of Simon Schofield, who has coordinated video teams for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Arcade Fire, along with Suzi Green, tour manager for clients such as PJ Harvey, The Chemical Brothers and Marina. Having watched their livelihoods disappear overnight due to the pandemic, they felt strongly there must be a way to help both themselves and colleagues in the same situation and provide an economical platform that would benefit others. 
Completing the partnership are Really Creative Media (RCM) providing a significant video package, plus GLS Lighting and Urban Audio Productions providing substantial lighting and audio packages. With this in-house core production setup already in place, costs to artists are minimised, with COVID safety guidelines adhered to.
Having all worked together across various tours and festivals, the team behind The Collective Sessions are putting their time, expertise and equipment into this on a cost and profit share basis. "Because we're all in this together, we're able to offer a significantly reduced rate for a fully resourced facility and it also means anyone hiring the space will be directly helping

 
 
blltstudioinactionLucid Technologies and Black Light open studio
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

UK - Specialist video integration effects company Lucid Technologies and sales, installation, hire, and production company Black Light have announced the launch of Edinburgh-based Black Light Virtual Studio powered by Lucid Technologies.
Lockdown prompted Black Light to immediately turn up the heat on discussions already ongoing with Lucid Technologies. The two companies have worked together to create a permanently installed, Edinburgh-based XR studio which enables customers to continue with production in a safe and socially-distanced environment - as though they were anywhere in the world.
The Black Light Virtual Studio powered by Lucid Technologies is a 5m3 studio and one of the largest in the UK. It easily allows for more than one socially-distanced person to perform within the space. As an environment to produce live or pre-recorded events it enables production teams and the wider entertainment technology industry to get back to work while all live venues remain closed.
The virtual studio combines action in both the physical reality, in which the performance takes place; and augmented reality, which enables production actions in physical reality, such as lighting movements from a real lighting console, to take place or be recreated in the virtual space.
Black Light’s spacious warehouse environment is well placed to socially distance all performers and members of the production team. The space available allows a staggered set up at least two metres between production desks to ensure a safe working environment.
Lucid Tech

 
timax-crowdscape-immersive-arenaOutBoard introduces TiMax Crowdscape
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

UK - As global professional sports teams emerge into new COVID-restricted league and tournament seasons, TiMax Crowdscape has been created to restore an element obviously lacking that normally helps drive their endeavours - the crowd.
TiMax Crowdscape provides a live and interactive sonic cocoon of sound that immerses the players in realistic and responsive spectator reactions to the game. Studies have shown that player engagement, motivation and performance are hugely influenced by the crowd, and currently, of course, the lack of it.
Comments such as “a game without fans is a game without soul” have appeared in the press alongside emotive assertions about “that ecstatic communion between players and spectators.” Fans have begun to notice and there has been a growing demand from teams and players themselves to fill that void.
The Crowdscape system utilises a multichannel “bowl” sound system mounted in the seating bleachers and pointing in towards the playing area. One or more operators use iPads to trigger and variably spatialise selected crowd atmosphere loops as well as cheering, applause and booing spot effects, plus whatever other tailored content is relevant to the game and teams. Samples are spatially mixed to anywhere in the arena or stadium using individual iPad 3D panners, faders and triggers, and can be merged selectively into the existing house system for added energy and immersion. TiMax Crowdscape brings all this in an exclusive portable game-in-a-box package which includes on-board playback, spatialisation, mixing and syste

 
 
unitedcity-church3Texas church revitalised with Chauvet
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

USA - Among the buildings devastated by the hurricane Harvey in 2017 was First Baptist Humble, in Humble, Texas, which had 18-inches of water in its sanctuary. Determined to rebuild its campus, the 111-year old house of worship gave itself a new name, United City Church, and remade its sanctuary interior, adding an advanced AVL system installed by Stark Raving Solutions that featured Chauvet Professional LED fixtures.
The new 1,200-seat church was scheduled to host services for the first time on Easter Sunday, 2020, but fate intervened once again in the form of the coronavirus. With the lockdown in effect, the church couldn’t reopen on schedule and had to limit itself to online streamed services. Almost two months later, however, with restrictions on public gatherings eased, the church was able to welcome limited groups of worshippers to its new sanctuary, following social distance guidelines.
Although many of its members continued to worship online, those in attendance got to experience first hand the immersive environment that United City’s technical director Chad Kirchoff and his team envisioned when they began working with Stark Raving Solutions on the new lighting system.
“The church wanted a completely fresh start in terms of the environment created in the sanctuary,” says Marcus Hammond, of Stark Raving Solutions. “They wanted a really modern lighting package - lots of color, movers and flexibility, so that’s what our team, led by Bret Hoskins, lead system designer for the UCC project, and Jason Lericos, SRS project manager, were

 
shaftsburytheatre-1024x683Stage Electrics wins Dawlish theatre contract
Friday, 19 June 2020

UK - Stage Electrics has been awarded the key contract to supply and install three new Zero 88 Chilli By-Pass Dimmers, ETC Element 2 Desk and new DMX infrastructure around the stage and FOH for the Shaftesbury Theatre in Dawlish.
This is the first step for the Devon theatre in moving from a traditional tungsten rig towards a more energy efficient LED solution.
Replacing the old dimmers with the new Zero 88 Chilli bypass dimmers offers the ability to swap between dimming or hot power, whilst the 10 new DMX points around the stage and front of house allows for increased flexibility for future productions.

 
 
orlandoRCF HDL impresses at Celine Orlando
Friday, 19 June 2020

USA - When Celine Orlando in Edison, New Jersey, the city’s newest entertainment venue, was being built, they knew they could rely on local industry pro, Kevin Clouden, GC Pro’s Business Development Manager to procure a reputable sound system. Clouden has been a top seller of pro audio gear in South Florida for the past several years. Celine’s owners knew Clouden’s expertise would steer them in the right direction - sonically-speaking.
Boasting a capacity of nearly 1,000 occupants, Celine Orlando is a multi-faceted entertainment space that hosts live music, corporate events, and private parties. It was created to fill the need for a centrally located, high-end entertainment complex.
Celine Orlando hosts five different spaces: a Speakeasy that takes guests back to the prohibition era, complete with antique furniture, elaborate drink menus, and an attention to detail that separates it from the rest of the venue; the Mezzanine is an elevated viewing area overlooking the main stage of the venue, offering guests the “next level” experience, with a full view of the stage, a private bar and VIP concierge service; the Rooftop Lounge is for hosting smaller events and overlooks the heart of downtown; the Sports Club at Celine is where guests can watch their favorite sporting events and features an additional area to relax and socialize; lastly, the Ballroom features an elevated state-of-the-art stage design, complete with a LED wall, lighting rigs and a top-of- the-line, RCF line array system and subwoofers.
Celine Orlando is only one of several c

 
shanghai-national-exhibition-center-2Shanghai NECC complex outfits with Harman
Thursday, 18 June 2020

China - Shanghai ACE, a branch of ACE (International) Co, recently installed an end-to-end Harman Professional Solutions networked audio system at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre complex.
At 15.8m sq.ft, the NECC in Shanghai is the largest convention facility of its kind in the world. The massive complex has a four-leaf-clover shape, with four main exhibit halls branching off from a central plaza. In preparation for the inaugural China International Import Expo, an international trade fair proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the facility underwent extensive renovations.
The NECC hired Harman distributor Shanghai ACE to upgrade the facility with a complete Harman networked audio solution including JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, dbx and BSS signal processors and Soundcraft mixers.
“Due to the rigid security of state leader conferences, there were strict requirements for the renovation project of the National Exhibition and Convention Centre,” said a spokesperson at Shanghai ACE. “We designed the audio system to meet the toughest standards with excellent performance and high flexibility. Following the China Import Expo show, this audio system will continue to deliver premium audio quality for many more large-scale conferences and exhibitions.”
To cover the entire complex with high-definition sound, Shanghai ACE installed a wide range of JBL loudspeakers suited to different roles. The main sound systems in the exhibition halls are comprised of VRX and VTX Series line array elements, which provide ample power and c

 
 
appNavigator launches venue occupancy counter
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

UK - Operators are having to think of innovative ways to comply with the rules whilst maximising the number of customers who can safely use their venue, at the same time giving those customers the confidence that their safely is assured.
Navigator systems has developed a new mobile app that could be a very useful solution to keeping track of the numbers in a venue at any one time, ensuring that compliance with the rules is always maintained.
The free app, called Visitor Counter, allows door personnel to count visitors in and out, so at any time they know exactly how many people are inside. No matter how many door personnel there are, and how many doors allowing visitors in and out, the management team and door staff know exactly how many people are in the venue at any moment.
This allows them to halt new admissions as soon as the safe capacity has been reached, and restart admissions as soon as the numbers allow.
Navigator managing director David Rose said that he came up with the idea while watching reports of department stores and open air venues reopening in Italy. "The footage showed door staff using mechanical clickers to count the number of customers entering the premises, and then using walkie talkies to report the numbers to a central figure keeping track for the whole venue. This seemed over complicated and produced a delay in knowing the total number of customers in the venue, potentially allowing more people in that were st

 
l-acousticsL-Acoustics Syva revives Åbo Svenska Teater
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Finland - Åbo Svenska Teater, a Swedish-speaking theatre in the heart of Turku, is the oldest still functioning theatre in Finland. Exuding 19th century glamour, the venue is known for hosting plays and musicals such as Les Misérables, Hair, and The Rocky Horror Show. This April, the theatre’s audio system was brought up-to-date with the installation of L-Acoustics Syva, which has solved the theatre’s complex acoustical challenges.
The system was delivered in March and originally scheduled for installation in May. However, when the theatre was shut and all performances cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to use the hiatus to install the system ahead of time, made possible by the theatre’s team performing the installation themselves.
Pauli Molnár of L-Acoustics certified provider distributor, Audico, has a long history with the theatre. In 1991, he had worked there as a followspot operator and assistant to the lighting designer. “I got to know the team there very well and I had known the sound guys even before that,” he says. “The same two guys, Olli-Pekka Lepovouri and Jouni Haavisto, have worked there ever since.”
In Autumn, Lepovouri and Haavisto approached Molnár with the challenge of upgrading their existing PA system. They knew they had a challenge of combining aesthetic of the the Mozart-era architecture with modern technology, and the visual aspect of the system was as important to the team as the electronic and acoustical properties of the sound system. They had already heard about

 
 
copper-candleCopper Candle to boost grassroots theatre
Friday, 12 June 2020

UK - A new company specialising in immersive technologies for theatre, performance and live events has won funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. Copper Candle will use the funding to develop a platform to help the grassroots of the UK theatre and music industry, both in the short-term during the COVID-19 crisis and far beyond.
Copper Candle’s innovative Break A Leg platform will help community theatre, choirs and schools to continue collaborating while under pandemic restrictions. But that’s not all: it will also open possibilities for more widespread online collaborations among creative communities in the future.
“This funding enables us to build a platform which will allow anyone, but particularly community theatre groups, to easily navigate through technology to create collaborative performances and turn them into shareable content,” explains founder James Simpson, a pioneer of the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies in live entertainment production.
“Keeping theatre alive means supporting amateur and community groups who will help to deliver the next generation of performers, artists and technicians,” adds Simpson, whose own career began in community theatre. “It’s an essential training ground for new talent in professional theatre and live events, both on-stage and behind the scenes. In future, Break A Leg will also enable technical crews and designers to add to the creative mix.”
Break A Leg will enable users to choose a song or piece of music, follow the backing track and lyrics and reco

 
mcube-2Myanmar’s mCube switches to JBL and Crown
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Myanmar - Total Electronic Solutions recently equipped mCube Family Karaoke’s two locations in Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) with JBL KP Series loudspeakers and Crown XLi amplifiers.
mCube is a popular karaoke chain with two locations in Myanmar’s largest city. Their Waizayandar location features 18 karaoke rooms of varying sizes, while the City Mall St. John location features 10. To provide loud and dynamic music, clear and intelligible vocals and consistent, focused coverage for large and small groups, mCube required cutting-edge sound systems tailored specifically for karaoke establishments.
Total Electronic Solutions outfitted both locations with complete Harman audio solutions featuring specialised JBL KP 4000 and 6000 Series karaoke loudspeakers powered by Crown XLi Series amplifiers.
"As the seating capacity for karaoke rooms ranges from 4 to 30 people, there was a need for a sound system that could not only ensure even distribution of sound, but also stellar audio clarity and balanced output for a wide variety of musical genres,” said Mr Tin Tun Naing, Total Electronic Solutions. “The JBL KP Series karaoke speakers were the perfect fit for both mCube locations."
Total Electronic Solutions selected Crown XLi Series amplifiers to power the sound systems at both mCube locations. Ranging from 300- to 1350-Watt models, the two-channel XLi Series delivers plenty of power and headroom for karaoke rooms of all sizes. The simple, two-knob interface and streamlined back-panel I/O make the XLi series a cost-effective option that’s

 
 
nottingham-city-hubStage Electrics wins City Hub contract
Friday, 5 June 2020

UK - Stage Electrics has announced that it has won a contract for the design, supply, and installation of specialist production lighting, sound & video projection systems to the new Nottingham College, City Hub facility at a value of over £200,000.
This new building will offer students a modern facility including a large performance hall and drama studio, both of which will feature new lighting fixtures including the Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC and CYC 1 FC units.
Stage Electrics worked closely with both the main contractor Wates Construction and Nottingham College to develop a specification that was within budget and met all the technical requirements whilst utilising the colleges existing sound equipment. Work commenced on site in May and is anticipated to be completed in early August.

 
hallesauxgrains-3Halle ô Grains theatre upgrades with APG
Thursday, 4 June 2020

France - Over the course of a three-year hiatus, the newly-renamed La Halle ô Grains theatre in Bayeux, Normandy, reopened to the public at the end of 2019 after a thorough redesign to address the latest expectations in terms of reception, accessibility, aesthetics, visibility, and comfort.
This update was undertaken in order to offer the best possible experience to spectators, and a more versatile technical palette for incoming artists and crews. The new hall now boasts a complete APG loudspeaker system installed by the ISA Group, an integrating partner of the APG network, enabling the theatre’s management to count on high-precision, high-quality acoustics.
“The specifications were drawn up around the programming and shows, 80% of which are theatrical,” comments Romain Motte, general manager of La Halle ô Grains for the past five years. “We were looking for precise audio quality, particularly at the high frequencies for a totally faithful reproduction of the voices. We also wanted to differentiate La Halle ô Grains from other theatres in the region and opted for a sound system that we felt was superior.”
The theatre's tender was won by the ISA Group, which was able to put forward a bid with a high-performance, technologically innovative and financially competitive sound system. The theatre was no stranger to the APG brand, thanks to local event provider Music Light, a member of the APG network of service provider partners in France and a regular user of APG for several years. Motte and the theatre's management were able to testify to t

 
 
crosschurch1Cross Church campus installs Chauvet
Monday, 1 June 2020

USA - The new Cross Church DFW satellite campus that sits on 27 acres on the busy Blue Mound Road is reflective of the dramatic expansion that has taken place in North Fort Worth recently. Parent church, North Richland Hills Baptist, opened the spacious satellite in September 2019, after two years of planning, to reach the increasing number of worshippers settling in the area.
Reflecting the forward-looking orientation of the new campus is an AVL system designed and installed by Paragon 360. Outfitted with the latest audio and video equipment, the new system is used to broadcast services and events to lobbies and classrooms throughout the expansive Cross Church facility, as well as to the North Richland Hills Baptist home base, strengthening the connection between the two campuses.
Helping to ensure the quality of those videos is a stage lighting rig that features Chauvet Professional Ovation and COLORdash fixtures.
Paragon 360 installed 19 Ovation E-910FC RGBA-Lime colour mixing ellipsoidals, all with 36ﹾ lenses, in front of the stage, relying on their flat, even field of light and 2800 to 6500 K color temperature to provide supportive lighting for broadcasts as well as for worshippers who experience services live at Cross Church.
“Ovation ellipsoidal have been our go to fixture for front light for several years now,” said Matt Dean, lighting lead at Paragon 360. “We use them on almost all of our installs, whether there is going to be video or not.”
The Paragon 360 team positioned the Ovation E-910FC units 40ft from the stage

 
yamahaCultuur Centrum Brugge invests in Yamaha
Monday, 1 June 2020

Belgium - The 150-year-old Koningklijke Stadschouwburg (Royal City Theatre) is the largest and most prestigious of five venues managed by Cultuur Centrum Brugge (CC Brugge) in the historic Belgian city.
In late 2019 the organisation invested heavily in new Yamaha digital mixing systems for all venues, with eight CL and QL series digital mixing consoles, associated I/O racks and Ethernet switches installed on new Dante networks.
Opened in 1869, the 700-seat Koninklijke Stadschouwburg was originally designed as an elite temple of culture. Nowadays, together with the Magdalenazaal, De Biekorf, Daverlo and De Dijk theatres, it welcomes a diverse audience to a variety of modern theatre, live music, dance, seminars, movies, presentations and much more.
Philip Van Loo of PVL Sound & Light BV is a long-time supplier, consultant and project manager for CC Brugge. He introduced the organisation to Yamaha digital mixers many years ago with two 01V96i consoles. They was so successful that CC Brugge later invested in three Yamaha M7CL-48 digital mixers, which used the existing analogue infrastructure already installed in the venues.
All five of the Yamaha consoles have proved reliable but, after extensive use for many years, CC Brugge wanted to modernise the audio systems and make the venues future-proof.
Philip Van Loo was again asked to advise on the project, recommending the installation of a Dante audio inftrastructure in each venue because it was reliable, easy to install / manage and flexible. An important factor was the amount of equipment

 
 
pioneermemorialchurchDanley powers Pioneer Memorial Church
Friday, 15 May 2020

USA - With over 3,000 students, nearly 1,000 of which are in seminary, Andrews University is the flagship institution in the expansive Seventh-day Adventist school system. It is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Pioneer Memorial Church is situated on the Andrews University campus and serves a vital role in the school’s spiritual and social life. Its congregants are diverse, young, and fired up. Global technology solutions provider, New Era Technology (Mishawaka-branch), recently revitalised the sound reinforcement in the church with Danley Sound Labs SBH10 and SBH20 columnar loudspeakers, Danley TH212 tapped-horn subwoofers, and Danley DNA amplifiers with integrated DSP using Danley model pre-sets.
The audio engineering experts at New Era Technology discovered Pioneer’s old system was sorely lacking evenness and coverage. “It was a cluster of units placed 50ft up in the air, at the top of the sanctuary’s large A-frame ceiling,” explains Paul Black, account executive with New Era Technology. “Not everyone could clearly hear what was going on, and the system lacked overall intelligibility. The frequency response was limited.”
In short, Pioneer Memorial Church needed smooth, even coverage across an expanse of pews capable of accommodating approximately 1,000 people. That includes a loft section at the back of the sanctuary and the pews below it.
“When we saw that Pioneer Memorial Church had requested an RFP for Danley Sound Labs, we knew they had done their homework,” Black says.
“Every aspect of a Danley box and th

 
das-distancingDAS Audio helps Orlando outdoor worship
Thursday, 7 May 2020

USA - While some churches have ignored the shelter-in-place orders - to the disdain of many - Orlando’s Experience Christian Centre took a decidedly different approach. By taking their Good Friday worship service outdoors to a parking lot, church officials were able to satisfy their congregation’s desire for spiritual guidance while maintaining social distancing. It proved to be both an uplifting and responsible approach for everyone. To ensure the congregation could hear the message clearly, sound was delivered by a healthy assortment of loudspeaker enclosures from DAS Audio.
Orlando, FL-based MTI Sound, Lighting, and Staging, an event production services company that addresses a wide range of projects, was contracted to provide sound, staging, and lighting for Experience Christian Centre’s outdoor worship service.
Utilising loudspeakers drawn from DAS Audio’s Aero and Road Series catalogues, the MTI team delivered a robust sound system that provided the power, clarity, and music reproduction characteristics essential to maintain pace with the contemporary worship style characteristic of Experience Christian Centre. Scott Shryock, MTI’s President and CEO, discussed the project and his reason for selecting DAS Audio.
“Guided by Pastor Derrick McRae, Experience Christian Centre offers a contemporary worship experience that is both spiritually and musically uplifting,” Shryock reports. “In order to ensure suitable coverage while providing both a high level of speech intelligibility and the music reproduction capability essential for th

 
 
young-buddhists-association-2Buddhists Association upgrades with Harman
Thursday, 7 May 2020

Thailand - To provide good quality sound for speakers and performers, Mahajak Development Co recently equipped the Young Buddhists Association of Thailand headquarters with a Harman Professional Solutions audio system featuring solutions from JBL, Crown, Soundcraft and BSS.
Young Buddhists Association of Thailand (YBAT) is a youth organisation dedicated to educating youths who are interested in Theravadan Tripitaka. Opened in 2006, the YBAT Vipassana Meditation Headquarters in Bangkok is home to the Mind and Wisdom Development Institute and hosts multiple meditation and Dhamma courses. To ensure clear, intelligible sound during classes and special events, YBAT hired distributor Mahajak Development Co to upgrade their existing audio solution.
“The YBAT management wanted to upgrade their existing sound system with a robust audio solution that would enable them to spread their message powerfully, stirring every member in the practice room,” explains Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, director of project, Mahajak Development Co. “We selected the JBL line array column loudspeakers for their powerful output, versatility and sleek design.”
Mahajak equipped the venue with JBL CBT 200LA-1 and CBT 100LA-1 line array column speakers throughout the venue. Mahajak selected JBL Control 28-1 loudspeakers as stage monitors for their high output and sleek appearance. The system is powered by Crown XLS 2502 and XLS 1502 amplifiers.
To provide staff with a simple and intuitive means of controlling the sound, Mahajak selected a Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digit

 
adamsontoitoimainapr20hrHawke’s Bay opera house reopens with Adamson
Thursday, 7 May 2020

New Zealand - One of New Zealand’s most storied performance venues has reopened after a five-year dormancy with a new name, a new look and, thanks in large part to an expansive IS-Series audio solution from Adamson Systems Engineering, a newly-augmented guest experience.
The Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre, known as Toitoi, is home to a historic 979-seat opera house – one of the most revered lyric houses across all of Australasia. First opened in 1915, the opera house and its adjacent municipal building were both closed in 2014 having been deemed “earthquake-prone”; however, with the full support of the local community, work began on a $17.8m NZD (approx. $10.76m USD) venue-wide overhaul midway through 2017.
A key component of that investment was an all-new sound reinforcement system for the opera house, ultimately built around Adamson’s install-focused IS-Series.
“The key system requirements were a rider-friendly small-format array from a recognizable brand offering even coverage and tonal consistency across all seating areas, exceptional clarity for speech, and full-range performance with sufficient headroom for music around the 100dB range,” explains Mike Hughes, managing director of Auckland-based integration firm Intec Systems. “Having completed a number of installations with Adamson’s IS-Series, we knew it was an ideal candidate for the job and set about designing the system.”
The Intec team spent considerable time modelling the space in Adamson’s Blueprint AV design and simulation software to ensure their de

 
 
ve-dayRoyal Albert Hall to host unique VE Day performance
Thursday, 7 May 2020

UK - For the first time in its 150-year history, the Royal Albert Hall will play host to a special concert behind closed doors. For the event, which will mark the VE Day 75th anniversary on Bank Holiday, Friday 8 May, international Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE will perform on the Royal Albert Hall stage to an empty auditorium. The half-hour concert will be streamed to audiences around the world via YouTube at 6pm BST and is the first performance of the #RoyalAlbertHome series to come from the Hall itself. It follows on from the singer’s successful at home lockdown concerts which have amassed over 2 million streams to-date.
This unique concert is made possible by funding from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as part of #LondonTogether, and will be introduced with a video message from the Mayor. #LondonTogether invites Londoners to highlight great examples of positive community action and gives much deserved appreciation for the work of our health and care staff, emergency services, key workers and volunteers.
The event is in support of the Royal Albert Hall’s fundraising appeal and SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity’s Emergency Response Fund.
Katherine Jenkins comments: “In London on VE Day 1945, over a million people celebrated Victory in Europe and the end of nearly six years of war. Crowds gathered en masse in Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace and whilst we may not be able to celebrate this year as we once did, it’s only right that we don’t allow the 75th anniversary of this historic day to be overshadowed. Havi

 
stjosephcatholicchurchDanley brings clarity to Kalamazoo church
Wednesday, 29 April 2020

USA - St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan features a 250-capacity sanctuary replete with stained glass windows, smooth white walls, and an ornate baptismal font. It was built in the 1910s and continues to serve as a cornerstone of Catholic social life in Kalamazoo
An outdated sound reinforcement system made it difficult to understand what was being said during St. Joseph’s services. Local AV integration firm, Sound Connections Group, remedied the problem with the installation of a single Danley SM96 loudspeaker.
“St. Joseph Catholic Church had a handful of old loudspeakers in place that were blasting the room and walls with sound and adding chaos to the already poor acoustics,” explained Sound Connections group founder and owner Duane Davi. “To make matters far worse, the church’s priest, Father Antony, is a native of India. His accent made the sound reinforcement system’s intelligibility problem far more consequential. Trying to understand him was nearly impossible.
“The church had already removed most of the low end by the time I was called in, which was a good move considering the situation. I was able to make a few more adjustments to make the system usable, but they really needed new loudspeakers using a fundamentally different approach. We arranged a demo.”
David brought two distinct Danley Sound Labs models for the demo – a Danley SBH20LF column-form loudspeaker and a Danley SM60 loudspeaker. “Danley’s coverage patterns are perfectly even and tight, which is critical in this case to keep energy off

 
 
saveourvenues-696x442MVT launches Save Our Venues campaign
Tuesday, 28 April 2020

UK - Music Venue Trust (MVT) has launched a new campaign - #saveourvenues - in response to the continued economic threat to over 500 music venues throughout the UK. Following on from the launch of their Grassroots Music Venues (GMV) Crisis Fund last month, #saveourvenues is aimed at artists, music fans and the wider music industry and aims to raise both money and awareness.
To date, the GMV Crisis Fund has raised over £182,000 thanks to significant donations from Amazon Music, SJM, a number of high-profile artists and music fans throughout the UK. From this week, The GMV Crisis Fund has been re-named the #saveourvenues fund and will form part of a wider initiative that will see artists raising money for individual venues with whom they have a personal connection.
Artists are being encouraged to choose a venue that is currently in crisis from an interactive map and dropdown menu, which can be found on the campaign website at www.saveourvenues.co.uk. Those artists will then be given the tools and guidance to perform an ‘at home’ gig in support of that particular venue. Each venue will have their own crowd funding page with a clear target of the funds it needs to raise to stay afloat throughout this difficult period. Once a target is reached any excess revenue will go to the central #saveourvenues fund to help the wider grassroots music venue community.
According to MVT, 556 venues are currently at risk including The Sugarmill in Stoke-on-Trent, where chief booker/promoter Danni Brownsill comments: “We’re extremely proud to be a Grassroots Mus

 
monmouthAudiotek delivers clarity to St. Nicholas
Friday, 24 April 2020

UK - The Church of St. Nicholas in Grosmont, Monmouthshire, dates from the early 13th century, making it one of the oldest churches in Wales. The Grade II listed building’s large medieval nave is widely considered to be the finest in the country.
During the late 19th century, the church was on the verge of collapse, but was saved by architect JP Seddon in a Victorian renovation which separated the nave from the transept and choir, leaving the nave – which is now used for village events, farmers markets, concerts, private parties and the like – in predominantly untouched original condition, while the church space remains as a place of worship.
As part of a recent 15-year programme of modernisation, which included restoration of the roof and lime-plastering the transept walls, as well as new lighting, heating and toilet facilities, provision was made for a new sound system in order for congregations and participants to be able to hear voice and musical content more clearly.
With funding secured and permissions sought from church authorities, the technical team brought in commercial audio integrator Audiotek to assess the building’s acoustics and propose a solution that would provide good intelligibility and coverage of the church’s naturally reverberant environment.
Audiotek’s UK installations manager Chris Kmiec enlisted the help of Martin Audio’s Robin Dibble to specify speaker systems from the company’s O-Line and CDD series products.
“The brief was for two separate but linked sound systems for the church and the nave,

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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