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
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
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
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
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,
Canada - Toronto’s El Mocambo live music venue is set to reopen following a five-year, multi-million-dollar renovation by new owner Michael Wekerle, a Canadian financier and television personality.
The building, originally constructed in 1910, has been completely gutted and rebuilt with three live performance spaces connected to an audio broadcast and recording control room equipped with a Solid State Logic Live L550 digital mixing console.
“It’s not quite a club anymore. It’s an event space with a very beautifully designed interior inside a broadcast facility,” says Jamie Howieson, executive designer and production manager at the iconic venue, which has long been affectionately referred to as the El Mo.“The main reason I went with the L550 desk is that, when I was using it in the past, I never heard a better combination of preamp, clock and converter in a live console - ever,” says Howieson. “I got a lot of time with it when I was touring with Mumford and Sons. And with my age-old history of using SSLs in some of the control rooms I’ve worked in the past, I knew it was the right desk for this design. With the remote preamps it was no-brainer.”
The revamped building has been restructured as a content creation center where performances on both floors as well as the backstage area can be mixed through the SSL L550 simultaneously for recording and streaming. “We have three performance areas - FL1, FL2 and our green room/dressing room - that are all connected to our control room. Inside the control room, there’s a video control r
Spain - Madrid-based technical solutions provider, Glub-Glub Soluciones Tecnicas Para El Espectaculo, has become the first Spanish company to invest in GLP’s new S350 LED fixture.
Glub-Glub director Juan Margallo, who invests solely in LED lighting technology, had been looking for an advanced LED profile largely to service the corporate events and theatre work in which the company specialises.
Easy to fit into a lighting plot, this compact, lightweight fixture features GLP’s baseless design - which will provide Glub-Glub with versatility in terms of hire potential.
The initial order for eight units was handled by GLP’s Spanish distributor, Monacor Iberia SAU. Its director general, José de las Heras, traces the background to the sale: “We set up a demo in Madrid, where Mr Margallo had the chance to get his hands on the product. He liked the fixture very much and provided some useful feedback as we showed him the first prototype. Later, Juan came to our [tradeshow] booth and could see that some of his suggestions had been implemented.”
What impressed him most was the fixture’s versatility. While test driving the unit, he singled out a number of impressive features, notably the homogeneous light output, the excellent colours, the white temperature control and superb four-blade framing system, with each blade capable of closing across the entire beam, all with rotating gate.
One prominent LD who was quick to jump aboard the new units was dance theatre lighting specialist, Nicolás Fischtel. José de las Heras recalled the path t
UK - Stage Electrics has announced that they have won a £845,506 contract for the design, supply and installation of specialist production lighting, production sound and communication systems to the Globe Theatre Stockton on Tees.
Some of the biggest names in entertainment, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Morecambe and Wise, The Bee Gees, Roy Orbison, T-Rex and Shirley Bassey have all played the Globe. The venue is set to open its doors in November 2020, this time as a 3,000-capacity live entertainment venue with the Heritage Lottery fund contributing £4.5m towards the restoration project.
The project was initially brought to Stage Electrics by Chris Baldwin (ACT Theatre Consultants) to assist with developing the specification and budget pricing. Following Chris’s retirement, Stage Electrics began working directly with Willmott Dixon to develop the original design concept through stage 4 and into stage 5 of the RIBA design stages working closely with the wider design team including the ATG Group, Space Architects, BGP Structural Engineers, Max Fordham M&E and Centre Stage Engineering.
Italy - An a installation of Shure’s ULX-D Digital Wireless and Shure’s QLX-D wireless systems has been deployed throughout an 18,000 seat, 65 room conference and exhibition venue that occupies over 54,000sq.m of exhibition space in Italy.
The MiCo Milan Convention Centre hosts over 500 events each year and is part of the Fiera Milano Group, one of the largest trade fair and exhibition organisers in the world and part of Fiera Milano Congressi, an international conference centre operator and venue management company.
The choice of wireless system was crucial to guarantee crystal clear audio and perfect intelligibility for the audience, especially with so many devices in daily operation throughout the venue space, as well as the potential for DVB-T interference. It was a high priority to have a system that ensures the reliability of at least 100 channels in action within less than 48 MHz usable space, with high transmission power to ensure long distance coverage inside the main theatres. Enabled Dante devices were also requested in order to match the existing audio network of the main rooms.
Shure’s ULX-D Digital Wireless microphone was identified by MiCo’s AV technical department as the answer - both in terms of reliability and ease of use for large theatres - along with Shure’s QLX-D wireless systems for small and medium-sized rooms.
For the RF planning set-up and for providing frequencies to guests and TV when needed, the team identified the Shure Wireless Workbench as the most powerful and flexible software.
Israel - Meir Nitzan Rishon LeZion Cultural Hall has upgraded its audio system, the ultimate aim being to offer a first-class system that would significantly reduce the need for visiting productions to carry their own equipment, thus reducing the environmental impact of transportation. To achieve this, L-Acoustics K Series was installed.
Constructed 20 years ago and located just eight kilometres from Tel Aviv, the Hall is known for its excellent acoustics and the comfort of its seating. The multi-purpose venue includes a large auditorium of 970 seats - where the new system was installed - a smaller auditorium of 250 seats and dance halls, both large and small.
The main auditorium hosts a full range of productions, from drama and musical theatre to classical concerts and rock and roll. The venue also serves as the home of the Israeli Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion as well as hosting the annual International Spring Festival, which features first-rate artists from Israel and around the world.
At the beginning of the project, the Hall employed the services of award-winning AV consultant, Harel Tabibi. A public tender was produced, with Tabibi overseeing a shootout between three leading loudspeaker manufacturers.
With L-Acoustics selected, Tabibi worked alongside the manufacturer’s Israeli distributor, Lightone, whose Assa Efrat produced the Soundvision file for Tabibi’s design, and installation company Charmer Group Ltd.
“It’s the responsibility of the consultant to consider the architecture of the room, and this is a very beaut
Philippines - The New Clark City Athletics Stadium is an Olympic Grade Class 1 multi-purpose stadium located at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, in the Philippines.
High-profile events hosted recently by the 20,000-capacity venue have included the athletic events and closing ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 ASEAN Para Games.
The Athletics Stadium’s architecture with its hinged roof, which takes inspiration from the crater of the country’s Mount Pinatubo volcano, now hosts an impressive new Outline Stadia PA system composed of 30 loudspeaker enclosures powered by eight Outline GTA Otto (Dante) power amps, installed by Amigo Entertainment Technologies, Outline’s distributor for the Philippines.
Amigo also installed an Outline Stadia PA in the New Clark City Sports Hub’s IAAF-certified Class 1 Aquatics Centre, designed by Philippine architects Budji + Royal and adjacent to the Athletics Stadium.
Amando Nieva Zamora, chairman and CEO of Amigo, states, “Throughout our years of intensive research and growth in our industry, we have developed a premium line of products and services to suit every client’s needs and now supply audio, video, lighting, sfx and sports facility equipment, as well as providing services such as AVL integration, software development and electrical design & installation.”
The stadium’s PA system is formed by Outline Stadia 100 LA enclosures. Zamora continues, “To handle this key project, which featured some challenging aspects, such as the
UK - Stage Electrics has won the contract to complete the technical fit out of production lighting, sound, video, comms and stage engineering systems at the new purpose built, fully accessible, Brixtonhouse Theatre (formerly Ovalhouse Theatre) which forms part of the Somerleyton Road Project in the heart of Brixton.
The new building will have two performance venues and seven multi-use accessible studios and a whole new inventory of equipment and is set to at the end of 2020.
Stage Electrics will again be working with main contractor Galliford Try with who they previously completed the Southampton New Art Complex.
The Netherlands - Jack-Rotterdam is a restaurant where 30 years of dance music and fine food coalesce.
When former techno DJ-turned restaurant and hotel concept developer Jack planned to open to his own house concept eatery, Amate Audio’s Benelux distributor, Imagination AV (also based in Rotterdam) was charged with specifying and installing a sound system throughout the long beautifully arched venue, that would meet the demands of both dining and dancing with equal measures of quality.
Power and performance on the dance floor come courtesy of eight Nítid N6P 2-way systems and a pair of N12WP subs. The most compact Nítid series model, the N6P’s frequency response and high SPL output is astounding for cabinet of its size, due to a combination of advanced design and components that includes a 6” carbon fibredriver that enables the N6P to deliver a response akin to an 8” system.
Providing the same full range, high intelligibility sound, at considerably lower SPL’s, throughout the dining area is accomplished with a centrally ceiling mounted, left / right side firing arrangement of 10 lower profile Amate Audio B8 2-way systems, down the length of the elegant arch room.
The power and control rack for the entire installation comprises a combination of Amate Audio’s high power-to-weight ration HD2000 and HD1200 power amplifiers, and a single DSP608 6-in / 8-out, 1U high resolution, DSP loudspeaker management processor.
Proclaiming himself “well happy” with the resultant audio quality throughout his entire venue, Jack is espec
Poland - One of the most spectacular and well-equipped theatres in Europe, with a seating capacity of over 2,000, The Grand Theatre - National Opera (Polish: Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa (TW-ON)) is a ‘must-visit’ cultural hub in Warsaw, housing a theatre complex, museum, opera company, and the Polish National Ballet all under one roof.
Most recently, its Młynarski Hall, also known as the Chamber Music Hall, has been updated with an L-Acoustics Kiva II system, offering “unparalleled sound” versatility to the venue’s extensive programme of concerts, ballets, operas, and special events.
When it was time to upgrade this notable venue's PA system, the team invited the top AV suppliers to participate in the tendering process.
The team consisted of the theatre's Zdzisław Staszewski, Łukasz Baska and Michał Polański. They were responsible for conducting the tender for the Młynarski Hall, and developing a detailed listening procedure which the team presented to Polish equipment supplier and L-Acoustics certified provider distributor, Audio Plus, among two other AV candidates.
"TW-ON's listening committee included a technical team of sound engineers, a robust artistic team consisting of a conductor, singer, musician, representatives from both the Academy of Opera and the Impresariat; and people from other units associated with the artistic work of TW-ON," Audio Plus marketing director, Paweł Kuhn eplained. "It's a testament to their commitment to getting the sound right, for technicians, for artists and for the audience."
Latvia - The Adazi Cultural Centre is a modern and popular institution that serves numerous community functions with events such as concerts, exhibitions, conferences and many other educational experiences. Not only do residents of the region love the Adazi Cultural Centre, it’s also highly valued by Latvian pro audio industry professionals, popular musicians and concert producers.
The building was commissioned in 2010, unfortunately, the sound system originally installed in the 400-seat hall was outdated and could not provide the necessary sound coverage across the hall or up in the balcony area. Enter Clair Brothers.
Maris Vitols, head of the Adazi Cultural Centre technical department, knew an upgrade was needed and began gathering vital information about high-quality, modern sound system solutions that would meet modern expectations and deliver the kind of sound the cultural centre could be proud of.
Vitols emphasised the need to replace the current 12-speaker acoustic system with a more compact system that, when necessary, could be relocated to another room or utilised in an open-air stage setting. His search led him directly to SGS Sistemas, the Clair Brothers distributor in the region. SGS Sistemas was tasked with solving the uneven sound coverage of the existing sound system while making certain to provide high-resolution sound. Guntars Bluss, technical support at SGS Sistemas suggested the kiTCurve12+ as the right sound system for this specific room.
Before the final decision was made, Vitols requested a demo version of the kiTCurve
USA - The Setnor School of Music is located in Crouse College on Syracuse University’s main campus. Built in 1889, Crouse College is one of the oldest buildings on campus, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
This year, the college is taking a big step into the future with three Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8 Dante-connected microphone preamps and converters provided by Sweetwater Sound with the intention of providing high-quality recording capabilities to the entire campus.
“We don’t have to worry about 200ft of analogue copper running upstairs from the closet,” says Kevin Muldoon, recording engineer at Setnor. “We can run all our microphone inputs through it, and we’ll have the ability to send signal to the live board, to the recording, to the stream, everything.”
With the three RMP-D8s providing a total of 24 channels of class-A microphone preamplification and 24-bit/192kHz conversion, they will be used as the school’s primary microphone preamps for every application. “The Dante system will be able to go to our entire campus network, so we can have things to go another studio off-site, we have a jazz building off in a different spot, we have our Belfer Recording Studio in a different spot - in the future, this will allow pretty seamless integration between all of them.
“Dante is the future,” Muldoon continues. “At a professional modern recording studio or school of music, this should be the backbone of the recording that goes on.”
“Over the last few years, network audio has really taken over,”
China - Shanghai, a metropolis with a population of more than 24 million people, has a new venue - Club Beehive. Two Eindhoven-based design companies were behind its design: multidisciplinary design studio, 250K, created the Beehive concept and commissioned The Art of Light to come up with an equally stunning lighting design for this new club venue. The partnership follows a successful first collaboration for Club Myst in Suzhou, west of Shanghai.
In keeping with the Beehive theme, Mees Bouman, 250K’s set designer, developed a concept based around a tornado of hexagon shapes arrayed in a honeycomb design. An organic, tree-shaped centrepiece is sited behind the DJ booth which, in turn, is flanked by curved LED screens.
The honeycomb theme is repeated throughout the entire club interior as well as across the set design and décor. The honeycombs spread up and out above the dance floor, with moving, tilting chandeliers extending the depth and variety in the shape of the room.
As a company, The Art of Light designs, programmes and performs next-level light shows for artists, festivals and corporate events all over the world, and its work for this club is no exception. In between the distinctive hexagons, Marco, The Art of Light’s lighting designer, decided to place a large number of Ayrton Khamsin-S, Bora-S and Mistral-S LED fixtures to add richness and variety to the design. “We chose the Ayrton fixtures because they all have an impressive LED-engine, great colours and a very complete gobo package,” he says.
Marco interspersed a total of
UK - The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre announced the closure of all its venues with immediate effect, following the government’s press conference yesterday afternoon.
An official statement said: “We regret to announce that as of this evening all SOLT and UK Theatre member venues will close this evening (including tonight’s performances) in light of the most recent official government advice. They will remain closed until further notice and will re-open as soon as possible, following government recommendations.”
In the press conference, the prime minister has said he is giving “very strong advice that public venues such as theatres should no longer be visited”.
He stopped short of issuing an outright ban on mass gatherings and said: “As for enforcement, we have the powers if necessary but I don’t believe that it will be necessary to use those powers.”
The joint statement reads: “The safety of our audience and workforce is paramount to us as we navigate this challenging time. We, therefore, regret to announce that as of this evening all SOLT and UK Theatre member venues will close this evening (including tonight’s performances) in light of the most recent official government advice. They will remain closed until further notice and will re-open as soon as possible, following government recommendations.”
“The magic of theatre lies in its live performances and it is not something that can be experienced in the same way remotely. Its ability to lift people and entertain people even in times of difficulty is
UK - Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre - the largest theatre in-the-round in the country - has recently upgraded its lighting rig to incorporate SolaFrame fixtures from High End Systems.
The glass-walled space, seats up to 750 people on three levels and is a seven-sided theatre suspended from four large columns. Although most of the theatre’s work is self-produced and bespoke for the space, its current programme requires a luminaire that can meet very different challenges; from straight plays, to musicals and even live music events.
“We were looking to replace our existing moving lights with a high-quality LED unit and had waited a number of years for the right fixture to become available,” says Mark Distin Webster, head of lighting. “Following much consideration, we felt the SolaFrame 1000 was the moving light that gave us the best spectrum of choice whilst still maintaining a high-quality core.”
The theatre’s design means all seats are less than 30ft from the circular stage. To give lighting designers immediate access to useful angles and looks, seven SolaFrame 1000 fixtures are interspersed with pre-existing wash units.
“Additionally, we put a SolaFrame 3000 high-CRI unit on centre as it’s always a popular lighting position and the 3000 has plenty of punch and huge amount of options,” explains Distin Webster. “Crucially, its 55° beam angle means it can fill a revolving stage in a single shot. Also, using the same product range allows for easy and precise colour matching to the other units around it.”
USA - Under the direction of New York state governor Andrew Cuomo, Broadway shows in New York City will suspend all performances immediately in support of the health and well-being of the theatre-going public, as well as those who work in the theatre industry, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Performances will commence the week of April 13, 2020.
"Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals," said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League. "Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich, and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality. Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart, and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night."
Those holding tickets for performances through April 12, 2020 should contact their point of purchase for refunds and exchanges.
The Broadway League will continue to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus situation on behalf of the Broadway community and make decisions as circumstances require, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and state and local health officials.
In other news, Carnegie Hall and the institutions associated with Lincoln Center (including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and N
UK - Bristol-based production technology house Enlightened has made a significant investment in its audio rental inventory, adding Nexo’s P+ Series compact point source loudspeakers, together with L15 sub bass cabinets, and new NXAMP4x2Mk2 amplifiers.
Enlightened is a one-stop shop for lighting, audio, video and staging solutions, for hire, sale, production, repair or permanent installation. Audio specialist Matt Shelbourn explains: “Enlightened has had Nexo’s popular PS series in rental stock for over 10 years. Over that time, they have proven to be reliable boxes that are popular with our clients. For these reasons, we chose to invest again in the Nexo brand.
“Nexo has a reputation for making speakers that pack high SPL into small-format boxes and that is fundamentally one of the big attractions in the new P12. The dual-concentric design means the boxes are small in size for the big sound they deliver, as well as offering improved clarity to the sound. We were blown away by the L15 subs; with 15” drivers, they gave our 18” subs a run for their money.”
The company has also opted for Nexo’s compact ID24 models. “Smaller than the P Series but just as versatile, the ID24 speakers have a compact design that belies their powerful output. Paired with Nexo’s NXAMP4X1MK2, they pack an impressive 126dB peak SPL. They can be simply used in pairs or in multiples with up to 16 units able to be powered by a single NXAMP4X1MK2 amplifier.”
Also from the ID series, Enlightened has purchased the ID S110 subs to supplement the ID24.
USA - RØDE Microphones has announced that the doors to the RØDE House have opened. The RØDE House is live music and performance space within the Momentary, a new contemporary art space in Bentonville, Arkansas which officially opened to the public on Saturday 22 February.
The Momentary was founded by the Walton Family, based on the vision of Tom, Olivia, and Steuart Walton. The Walton Family Foundation is supporting the project as a way to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. Occupying a decommissioned 63,000sq.ft cheese factory in Bentonville, Arkansas, the Momentary is a satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded by Alice Walton.
The RØDE House is a multidisciplinary performance space within the old Milk Intake Room of the factory. In 2018, RØDE founder and chairman Peter Freedman became a founding funder of the Momentary alongside Walmart, Coca-Cola and The Tyson Family Foundation, and construction of the RØDE House began. The venue is a platform for Australian and international artists to perform for American audiences, and marks the beginning of a new cultural exchange between Australia and the US.
To commemorate the opening, a special ceremony took place on the site, with traditional custodians of the land on which the Momentary stands, the Osage Nation - represented by Chief Standing Bear and Cameron Pratt, curriculum specialist at the Osage Nation Immersion School - coming together with Australian First Nations representatives Leslie McLeod and Wesley Shaw.
“To witness this union of First Nation
Russia - An assortment of Claypaky lighting fixtures are to be found in Salekhard, the only city located directly on the Arctic Circle.
Systems engineer Vladimir Spravtsev of DNK Corporation installed Claypaky Axcor Profile 600 HC, A.leda B-EYE K20, Axcor Spot 400 HC, Axcor Beam 300 and Stormy CC fixtures in the city’s Cultural and Business Centre. Artem Bogatyrev was the project manager.
Spravtsev was tasked with refurbishing the lighting in the concert hall portion of the building, known for its stunning architecture. “We needed to install fixtures that were multifunctional, that could be used for performances ranging from folk artists to classical music,” he explains. “We chose Claypaky lighting because we know Claypaky’s reputation as a reliable manufacturer. The company’s products are in great demand for Russian show production.”
The Axcor Profiles 600 HC will act as front lights for shows in the concert hall while the A.leda B-EYE K20 and Axcor Spot 400 HC fixtures are mounted in the grid. Axcor Beam 300’s and Stormy CC’s will be used for lighting effects.
“The lights are working fine, and the customer is very satisfied,” Spravtsev reports. “We are planning several theatre halls and plan to use Claypaky equipment in them as well.”
Bogatyrev gives kudos to Alexander Polovinkin, technical director of the Centre, “for his support and faith” in the project.
UK - Shure collaborated with Adlib to upgrade ACC Liverpool’s RF system. The result is a future-proofed system ready for today’s challenging RF environment.
The ACC Liverpool is a conference centre situated on Liverpool’s waterfront. The event campus is an interconnected arena, convention and exhibition centre, which plays a leading role in shining a spotlight on the city. The venue has successfully staged a wide array of national and international events, from shows to conventions and business gatherings to showcase exhibitions.
Welcoming more than 7.9m people through its doors since they first opened, the venue is home to a flexible layout configuration. A tiered auditorium, break-out rooms, the exhibition centre and an event arena can be split, joined, and arranged in a variety of ways.
Owing to the ever-changing configuration of the building, ACC Liverpool had an increasing need for RF on their site that would work across large venues. The solution had to be fit for the future, given the venues ever growing client base. The kit provided also replaced all previous ACC wireless systems operating in the 700MHz band, which was an essential change given that all PMSE (Programme Making & Special Events) wireless users need to vacate this part of UHF spectrum by the 1 May.
Adlib supplied the ACC Liverpool with 64 channels of Shure Axient Digital including 16 four-way receivers, AD1 bodypacks, AD2 transmitters, and an AD610 Showlink access port.
Harry Brown, sales manager at Adlib, comments: “The ACC Liverpool had no previous di