Installation News

Ellis Island's Museum of Immigration with AV support by ElectrosonicEllis Island's Museum of Immigration with AV support by Electrosonic
Thursday, 13 August 2015

USA - The newly-renamed Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration has opened new galleries in the former Kitchen and Laundry Building of the immigrant processing and detention station, which operated from 1892 to 1954 in New York Harbor. Dedicated to the story of immigration in the years following Ellis Island's closure, the galleries mark phase two of the Peopling of America Center. Electrosonic provided AV support for phase one, which covers immigrant arrival in the Pre-Ellis era, and opened in 2011, and returned to complete phase two following a long delay caused by Hurricane Sandy, which struck the Northeast in October 2012.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation raised the funds for and oversaw the project and engaged ESI Design as the exhibition designer, with Michael Schneider as technical lead.

For phase two, Electrosonic was tasked with installing all the racks of equipment, installing the displays and audio peripherals in the interactive kiosks, and running all the wiring and fiber optic cabling. Hurricane Sandy flooded the basement level of the building and destroyed the electrical, communications, IT, and HVAC systems, which supported the building's operations - including the Electrosonic racks that contained the exhibit equipment. All of these infrastructure systems have been relocated above future projected flood level. Entire mechanical, electrical and computer systems had to be replaced forcing a two-year delay in the project; it did not ramp up again until late 2014.

"In the meantime, some of the original team members from Hadley

Tannoy retrofit kit cuts install time for ceiling speaker upgradesTannoy retrofit kit cuts install time for ceiling speaker upgrades
Thursday, 13 August 2015

UK - Tannoy has introduced new CMS and CVS Retrofit Adapter Kits that enable fast, secure installation of Tannoy ceiling loudspeakers inside existing back-cans from third party manufacturers or, in other scenarios, utilizing existing ceiling cutouts that were sized for other loudspeakers. By using the Retrofit Kits, installation contractors can upgrade to the premium quality sound of Tannoy while minimizing additional installation time and costs.

"We know of many instances where acoustical consultants or end users have wanted to replace existing loudspeakers with Tannoy ceiling products," says Stuart Archibald, product manager. "However, too often the added installation costs were prohibitive when the back-cans or ceiling tiles - or both - had to be replaced. With the Adapter Kits, in many cases new Tannoy units will fit neatly in place of the old units, using the same back-cans or ceiling openings."

Using the Adapter Kits, Tannoy CMS 5, CMS 6, CVS 4 and CVS 6 can be installed in a number of different back-cans made by Atlas and Lowell. A list showing compatible Tannoy models and third-party back-can part numbers is available on the TANNOY website. Additionally, the Adapter Kits will allow installation of key models in ceiling holes originally sized for Atlas and Lowell ceiling loudspeakers.

(Lee Baldock)

The new kit saves time and money in upgrading to Tannoy's CMS and CVS ceiling speakers, the company says.

Arena renews Home and Gift Fair contractArena renews Home and Gift Fair contract
Monday, 10 August 2015

UK - Building on a longstanding relationship with Clarion Events, Arena has been awarded a further three years providing temporary structures to the Home and Gift Fair held in Harrogate.

The event, held annually in July, has long since outgrown the extensive facilities provided by the Harrogate International Centre, and this year Arena delivered 6,000sq.m of infrastructure in the grounds of the adjacent Majestic Hotel.

Arena installed four structures this year and to maximise the site footprint one area was supplied with a double deck facility. This created additional space and improved visitor experience by offering guests more undercover catering facilities. Arena Structures also managed all the power and climate control systems inside the temporary venues and the sub-structure bases on this undulating site.

Simon Marsh, Arena Structures' account director commented, "We have worked closely with Clarion Events on the Home and Gift Fair for a number of years and it is always such a great pleasure to work with their team. We are hugely proud to have the contract renewed for the next three years and are really looking forward to supporting the show's future growth and expansion."

(Jim Evans)

Theatreplan continues to expand operationsTheatreplan continues to expand operations
Tuesday, 28 July 2015

UK - Following the establishment of offices in Hong Kong and, more recently, Sydney, theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan continues to expand and develop operations with the addition of new team members and the launch of a new website.

Practice manager Paul Connolly has moved from his post in London to manage the Hong Kong office, where he will be working alongside, Robin Auld, and new project liaison officer, Ellen Young. Paul will take responsibility for business development and marketing initiatives and will support Robin on the West Kowloon Cultural District and other projects.

"It's an exciting time for Theatreplan Hong Kong," said Paul. "We are working on two prestigious building projects, have moved into a new office in east Kowloon, and are currently speaking with a number of local architects about new project opportunities. We're also delighted to welcome Ellen Young on board. In addition to her strong musical background and administrative capabilities, Ellen (who was born in Taiwan) is a bilingual English and Mandarin speaker with extensive experience of Chinese culture. She will be an extremely valuable asset to the team in Hong Kong."

Meanwhile the Sydney office, which opened in December 2014, also has a new team member. Bosco Tan has joined founder director of Theatreplan Pty Limited, Brad Maiden. Bosco has spent the last 10 years working on the design, implementation and management of major technology projects in the cultural, government and commercial sectors and joins Theatreplan from Rutledge AV, one of Australia's most

ACSP LED solutions for latest LEGOLAND attractionACSP LED solutions for latest LEGOLAND attraction
Friday, 24 July 2015

UK - A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) have specified, supplied and commissioned a complete LED lighting and visual effects solution for LEGO Friends to the Rescue, an all-new live show spectacular which recently opened at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.

The show is set in the resort's new land, Heartlake City, which recreates the fun and colourful world of the popular LEGO Friends toy range. During the show, guests join Heartlake City's five female characters on an action packed adventure which is full of music, dance and special effects.

SGA Productions were commissioned by the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort to enhance the show's live action performances with some of the very latest theatrical-style production values. They approached ACSP at last year's PLASA London show to specify lighting and visual effects solutions which would give the shows a 'wow factor', whilst also being suitable for the technically demanding outdoor environment.

ACSP recommended an onsite demonstration of the Traxon DotXL-9 32PXL IP67, flexible, colour-changing RGB LED media string solution, to provide vibrant visual effects during the show performances. After impressing SGA and the Resort's technical team, ACSP supplied 20 DotXL media strings to wrap around the harbour's lighthouse, which is pixel mapped with over 700 RGB LED emitters. The LED mapping enables the lighthouse to spring to life, reflecting the energy and vibrancy of the action on stage.

In addition, ACSP specified over a dozen Prolights LumiPar 18Q IP65, RGBW colour-changing outdoor LED Pars to provide impactful effects ligh

PLASA Show reveals first details of seminar content for 2015PLASA Show reveals first details of seminar content for 2015
Wednesday, 22 July 2015

UK - PLASA London has announced a number of exclusive and exciting additions to its 2015 seminar sessions, including two new audio panel sessions chaired by industry journalist Phil Ward, three sessions from audio production power house Britannia Row, a further session from the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), three demo sessions from Adobe and a keynote presentation from Pixar Animation Studios.

PLASA London is delighted to have secured some of the most informative and interesting speakers it has ever had for this year's show. Particular highlights include Britannia Row's sessions, which take a close look at education and industry in this fast maturing sector and the keynote presentation from Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg and Adobe's Niels Stevens showing off the very latest developments in their Creative Cloud content creation tools and services.

"After hearing about PLASA for years, I am so thrilled to be taking part this year," says Danielle, who will be looking at the art of lighting and photographing movies and how this translates into animation. "It is a rare and wonderful thing to be in a room full of people that appreciate the immense power of great lighting."

"The traditional training grounds for young people entering the live audio industry are, in the main, a distant memory," explains Britannia Row's Mike Lowe. "Technology has advanced to such an extent that it can't be learned solely on the job. Audience expectations of audio quality are forever on the increase and budgets determine that th

Pompton Lakes upgrades arts space with NEOPompton Lakes upgrades arts space with NEO
Wednesday, 22 July 2015

USA - In a lakeside New Jersey community, Pompton Lakes High School prides itself in providing opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse student population. With an award-winning fine arts programme, the high school recently underwent a renovation to upgrade its performing arts space. To guide them during the project, Nelson Enterprises was brought on board as the systems integrator and to control the new lighting system they chose the NEO lighting control console from Philips Strand Lighting.

"In the beginning we were actually provided a sales lead from another company that brought us onto the project to complete the installation of the new lighting system at Pompton Lakes High School," began Bill Nelson, Nelson Enterprises. "As a retrofit installation, the new system consists primarily of all LED lighting instruments that would require multiple control channels. Together with the school, we looked at a number of different consoles on the market, but in the end we all decided that the NEO lighting control console would be the best fit for the application.

With the lighting control decision now made, Nelson and his team got to work installing the NEO, but even before they could do so, the students were already taking the time to educate themselves.

He explained, "Before the school actually received the console, we had the faculty and students take a look at the Philips Strand Lighting website to familiarize themselves with the NEO operating system and features. They were also able to watch the product videos on You Tube, speak with produc

New York Irish sports bar scores with SymetrixNew York Irish sports bar scores with Symetrix
Wednesday, 22 July 2015

USA - Bounding off the success of its midtown location, upscale gastro-pub and sports bar Stout opened a second location in Manhattan's financial district. Dubbed Stout FiDi, the new establishment operates out of a 6000sq.ft space and incorporates many of the distinctive design elements of the original Stout, including a 50ft red cement bar, cobblestone floors, stone walls, and custom iron work. All of the furniture is either imported from Ireland or custom made by New York craftsmen.

Local AV integration firm Starview Satellite designed and installed a superior fidelity background and foreground audio system to complement the décor and based it around the unparalleled flexibility of a Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 DSP with ARC-WEB browser-based control interface.

Inputs to the system include a DJ port, iPod output and several video sources, including DirecTV and cable, which are accommodated by the 12 analogue inputs on the SymNet Radius 12x8. Its outputs feed six Powersoft M-28Q amplifiers which power a distributed collection of Renkus-Heinz TRX-Series loudspeakers and Innovox subwoofers. The audio system supports two zones, one associated with the video projection screen at the front of the room and another associated with the video projection screen at the back of the room.

"SymNet Radius 12x8 had everything we needed: I/O count, flexible programming, and the right price point," said John Paturno, co-owner of Starview Satellite. "In addition, we got great configuration and commissioning help from Rich Trombitas [of Symetrix' New York rep

Harvey Mudd College integrates Dante networkingHarvey Mudd College integrates Dante networking
Wednesday, 22 July 2015

USA - Harvey Mudd College, a Claremont, California-based private college, is leveraging a Dante network from Audinate to power a multipoint AV conferencing network in the new R. Michael Shanahan Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Among the many technologically advanced features in the new educational centre, the conferencing network gives facility guest lecturers the opportunity to reach larger audiences across multiple networked rooms. By installing a multichannel audio Dante network, Harvey Mudd College has established a simple yet sophisticated foundation for future expansion while reducing ongoing costs and labour - all equating to exceptionally low total cost of ownership.

Harvey Mudd College refers to the new conferencing system as a "simulcasting network", offering two-way audio and video communication between the 300-seat auditorium, a recital hall and five classrooms. The simulcasting network was established specifically to support the unpredictable changing pedagogies and learning styles of the modern connected campus. The Dante based network solution incorporates a wide selection of interoperable AV products, giving the college a flexible and intelligent solution for the multipoint architecture.

While the original design specified AVB and CobraNet for networked audio, implementing the hodgepodge of technologies proved less than ideal. The overall system was driving up costs and maintenance, and generally not performing to its potential.

"We're a Cisco house for network switching, and it required a lot of extra labour to make the audit

Symetrix delivers audio experience at NYC hotelSymetrix delivers audio experience at NYC hotel
Friday, 10 July 2015

USA - NYC's Marriott Edition Hotel is one of the latest projects created by US entrepreneur Ian Schrager, who originally rose to fame as co-owner and co-founder of Studio 54 in the late 1970s. To take care of the audio solution, Schrager's director of development, Michael Overington, enlisted the services of Ernie Lake's specialist AV firm, EL Media Group.

"We knew exactly what was needed from the start. Working in cooperation with Schrager's designers and the head of branding, Ben Pundole, we were asked to put together a system able to handle a DJ and other general audio duties, which could perform well and at different levels. Quality and even sound dispersion were an absolute must," says Lake. "The client also requested remote access for volume and source."

As a long-time Symetrix system user - "we've been specifying their processors for many years now and love their products" - it was a fairly easy decision to select two SymNet Radius 12x8 open architecture Dante-scalable DSPs. These were augmented by two SymNet xOut 12 I/O expansion units, with a handful of ARC-2e control panels also installed to provide the necessary remote control capabilities.

The installation covers a large number of areas across the facility - among them lobby check-in, bar/lounge, pool room, restaurant bar, three dining rooms, three meeting rooms, gym, spa, penthouse suites, restrooms and hallways - with suitably flexible audio distribution and processing. As part of its work in these spaces, EL Media Group also installed K-array speakers ("they wer

On the road to recovery in Haiti with Ashly amplificationOn the road to recovery in Haiti with Ashly amplification
Friday, 10 July 2015

Haiti - In the aftermath of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed the infrastructure of its major cities, new construction is renewing hope among the Haitian people, albeit slowly.

The earthquake destroyed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, one of the struggling nation's prized architectural and cultural landmarks. Although plans are underway to rebuild the cathedral, its completion is still a decade away, in the best case.

To bridge the time between now and then, the Catholic Church recently completed a steel-frame open-air cathedral that seats 1,600 adjacent to the old church's ruins. Miami-based Revelation Sound, Inc. designed and installed the sound reinforcement and electronic clarion systems for the steel-frame cathedral, counting on Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user interfaces to give its operators, who are far from technical, both intuitive and utterly reliable performance.

"Haiti is five hours away from Miami, but economically, it's worlds away," said Michael Melcher, president of Revelation Sound, Inc. "The U.S.-based NGO that funded the steel-frame cathedral was able to meet our fees, but after the project was completed, the church would be on its own. They wouldn't be able to fly us out to fix problems or make changes. Thus, reliability and ease-of-use were paramount.

"We have always had great success with Ashly processors, amplifiers, and user interfaces. Their set-up is predictable, and once they're up and r

Alaska's Glenn Massay Theatre installs Constellation
Thursday, 2 July 2015

USA - Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC) has installed Alaska's first Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system in its new Glenn Massay Theatre, a 523-seat facility purpose-built for Constellation. With the goal of accommodating a broad range of educational activities and arts performances in a single venue, the venue uses the system to provide ideal acoustics for all its events, including orchestral and choral concerts, student assemblies, lectures, fine arts performances, and amplified rock music.

"We're blown away by how great the room sounds," says theatre director Matt Sale. "It's hard to tell what is the room's own acoustical response and what is due to Constellation. If you walk in not knowing Constellation is on, you wouldn't think there was any enhancement. But when you turn it off, it's like when you have to pop your ears when going up in elevation."

A Constellation system was specified for the venue following intensive discussions involving college representatives, Anchorage-based architects Kumin Associates, and acoustical and media systems consultant McKay Conant Hoover (MCH).

"We started with the thought of using passive acoustics only, but we soon realized the reverberation times desired for some music performances would require room volumes that would get us into a cost-prohibitive situation," comments Kyle Ridenour, senior consultant at MCH. "Constellation makes more sense financially, and has operational benefits as well."

The system centres around a D-Mitri digital audio platform which hosts the patented

Charcoalblue systems for transformed Lyric Hammersmith
Friday, 26 June 2015

UK - Hammersmith's Lyric Theatre now showcases state of the art rehearsal, film, cinema, dance and recording studios with technical systems designed by theatre consultancy Charcoalblue.

The new facilities are part of the Lyric's mulit-million pound expansion and modernisation designed by Rick Mather Architects.

The new extension, called The Reuben Foundation Wing, houses new state-of-the-art facilities and will enable the Lyric to expand its programme of activity with young people, emerging and professional artists. Part of the Lyric's future business model is to work closely with resident partner organisations who will contribute new art form expertise in dance, music, film and digital media alongside the Lyric's specialism in theatre.

Charcoalblue joined the project in 2011, and worked closely with the design team and Lyric team: including Jessica Hepburn (executive director), Seamus Benson (head of production), Chris Harris (head of lighting) and Nick Manning (head of sound). The project was a challenge, with a tight footprint, complex lease negotiations and funding.

"We met with Chris, Jessica and Seamus to discuss how the vision of providing a new series of learning and educational experiences with the local community and people new to performing arts could be enhanced by making the technical systems and equipment accessible and usable," explains Charcoalblue's Managing partner, Andy Hayles. "In turn, we joined Rick Mather Architects' team and became part of the delivery of the new extension."

Chris Harris comments, "During the

Innovative venue design company Studio Three Sixty launches at ABTTInnovative venue design company Studio Three Sixty launches at ABTT
Tuesday, 23 June 2015

UK - Award-winning designer Lucy Osborne, internationally acclaimed lighting designer Emma Chapman and lighting specialist and designer Howard Eaton are officially launching their innovative new venue design company Studio Three Sixty at the ABTT Theatre Show this week.

Studio Three Sixty designs and builds a new kind of temporary venue, using the latest technology to create beautiful spaces bursting with versatility.

The story began with Roundabout - a very special commission from new writing theatre company Paines Plough to design and build the world's first Plug and Play Theatre. Roundabout went on to win The Stage Awards 'Theatre Building of the Year 2015'.

Studio Three Sixty was founded by Osborne, Chapman and Eaton to design more temporary venues using the ideas and technology developed for Roundabout.

"We are absolutely delighted to be at ABTT at the launch of our new venture," says Chapman. "Interest in the company has been inspiring and the support we're receiving is incredible. We seem to have captured the imagination of the industry with what we can achieve by harnessing the latest technology to deliver something exceptional."

The team's next venue, 'Studio 360', is designed to stand-out in an urban environment, as well as on green field sites. Self-contained and fully weather-proof, Studio 360 has a unique heating and ventilation system which means it can be used all year round.

"It is up and running in a day, and our plug and play technology means shows can be replicated anywhere without the need to refocus or replot,

Theater Münster Invests in L-Acoustics systemTheater Münster Invests in L-Acoustics system
Friday, 19 June 2015

Germany - Although its current building was only completed in 1971, Theater Münster has a history going back over 300 years to the town's first theatre, known as the Comedy House which was located in the Roggenmarkt. Acting as a focal point for the city's artistic talent, today the venue comprises several buildings, all with their own auditoriums. Recently the biggest of these, the Großes Haus, had a new L-Acoustics Kiva sound system installed.

Theater Münster hosts every kind of stage production, with around 550 performances and 25 premieres each season, as well as readings, lectures and exhibitions. The Großes Haus hosts the biggest productions, including opera, musicals, dance and orchestral performances. When a recent update of the venue's audio system was commissioned, an L-Acoustics Kiva system was the chosen solution, replacing the existing system which was outdated, having been installed more than 15 years ago.

"Großes Haus has unusual acoustic properties, with a circular floor plan that causes adverse reflections which meant it wasn't possible to adapt the existing PA," says Andreas Simon from Bergisch Gladbach-based Graner+Partner, specialists in room acoustics and sound media technology. "The theatre had budget for a new system and the loudspeaker characteristics and system design had to complement the acoustics and the geometry of the room. In addition, of course, the usual coordination with the lighting technicians was required."

Working closely with Theater Münster's sound engineers and system integrator Sa

Stage Technologies updates Singapore's Victoria Theatre
Friday, 5 June 2015

Singapore - The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, two mid-sized venues joined by a central atrium and clock tower, have been a part of the region's cultural community since 1862. In 2010 the venues closed for renovation and underwent a four-year restoration process that sought to keep intact the original glamour and beauty of the building while supplying state-of-the-art features in its facilities.

Arup was employed by Singapore's National Arts Council as acoustician and theatre consultants. And a team led by Electronics & Engineering PTE Ltd including Desisti Asia PTE Ltd and Stage Technologies won the contract for the specialist theatre equipment, with Stage Technologies providing the design and supply of the majority of the rigging and automation for both the Theatre and Concert Hall.

The Victoria Theatre has 69 BigTow2-300 winches for the fly bars with winches in three dedicated winch rooms. In addition 10 of Stage Technologies' exceptionally quiet TipTow Point Hoists are provided for use on the theatre's grid. These mobile units can be easily moved to any location on the grid where a point hoist is required.

Stage Technologies' sister company Delstar Engineering designed and fabricated two orchestra lifts with seating wagons. The wagons are stored below the stage: one wagon rolls upstage to be stored under the trap room, while the downstage lift is stored behind a sliding wall. Delstar Engineering also supplied the 10.8m x 7.1m safety curtain for the Victoria Theatre.

The control system for the theatre includes two Nomad desks, two handheld Solos (one w

LUX equips Stamford Corn Exchange with RCF arrayLUX equips Stamford Corn Exchange with RCF array
Tuesday, 2 June 2015

UK - When the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre in Lincolnshire took the decision to invest in a permanently installed active line array system for its 399-seat auditorium, it opted for an RCF HDL10-A from locally based LUX Technical.

The Theatre, which was built within the shell of the original Corn Exchange Hall in the Victorian era, needed a versatile system to handle its varied programme ranging from stand-up comedy to local am-dram and full blown rock concerts. LUX Technical bid successfully for the contract which was issued by theatre manager Judith Mackie. Having experience LUX Technical's larger HDL20-A rental system on many occasions, her team had been fully aware of the system's coverage capabilities.

"We decided to install a permanent system because when touring companies arrive with their own production they often carry enormous speakers. We wanted to make it easier and quicker to load in and load out by providing a flexible house system and encourage them to play through that," she said.

And it has clearly been working, as according to the Corn Exchange's assistant tech, Jack Milligan, "Everyone who has heard the speakers says what a difference they have made - they sound absolutely brilliant."

The Theatre also needed to achieve best value as it is run almost entirely by volunteers, and since the start of the new millennium has been administered under a charitable company (Corn Exchange Theatre Company) - set up to support the arts in Stamford.

The journey to discover the best solution had been driven largely by the Corn Exchan

LD Systems and Cameo at the Café Teatro la Cerdanya
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Spain - The Cafe Teatro La Cerdanya near Barcelona, is an exceptional restaurant, combining traditional and international cuisine, a cocktail bar and a theatre. In order to guarantee quality sound and lighting for all locations, different LD Systems, Cameo Light and Audac products were installed.

In the restaurant, accommodating about 100 people, elegant and discreet Audac ceiling speakers have been chosen to provide an elegant and subtle sound. After visiting the restaurant, guests are invited to make their way to the cocktail bar where they can round off the evening on comfortable couches, with good music and classic drinks.

To make good music sound even better, four LDEB82A loudspeakers from the Stinger series were combined with two Stinger Sub 12A G2 subwoofers. Six Cameo Flat Par Cans Tri 3W IR provide the perfect lighting. In the Private Dinner Room, audio systems from LD Systems offer support for the beamer and screen.

The Grand Theatre, designed for 250 people, places even greater demands on sound and lighting systems. To meet these challenges, several VA 8 Dual Line Array speakers, V 215 Dual Bassreflex subwoofer, SP6K PA amplifiers and a SP2K2 PA amplifier were selected. In combination with the DDQ12 to provide the sound for the near field, an optimal sound result is reached.

Top artists such as David de Maria and Antonio Orozco also want to be in the right light. Twelve powerful Cameo Par 64 Cans Q 8W BS as well as 6 CLP RGB 60W lights make this possible.

(Jim Evans)

Meyer Sound Constellation revives congregational singingMeyer Sound Constellation revives congregational singing
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

USA - For the first time since moving into a large sanctuary space a decade ago, congregants of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana are experiencing the exhilarating power of congregational singing, thanks to a new Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system.

Constellation not only restores the sense of a unified worshipping community that was present in their previous smaller church, but by engaging different presets, it also adds acoustic "life" to the spoken word and energizes both the worship team and the rest of the congregation.

Constellation gives venues the ability to modify their room acoustics at the press of a button, allowing them to host a wide range of events and provide the acoustics most appropriate for them. For houses of worship like Clinton Frame, Constellation offers the ideal sonic characteristics for congregants to feel immersed in their environment and inspires them to join in.

"The first time they used Constellation, the congregation sang It is Well with My Soul acapella, and when they were done everybody burst into applause," says Doug Hood, president of Fort Wayne-based CSD Group, which provided and installed the Constellation system. "I was told that this sense of total engagement hadn't happened in the church for years - since before they moved into this space."

The Constellation system at Clinton Frame's 1,000-seat sanctuary is configured with multiple acoustic presets, four of which are primarily used for worship, with about six changes made during a typical service. The system is

Studio City Mesa gains edge with Meyer SoundStudio City Mesa gains edge with Meyer Sound
Monday, 18 May 2015

USA - To outshine its competition with the most impeccable movie experience in Wyoming, Studio City Mesa in Casper has made technology the centrepiece of its beloved roadhouse theatre, the Cooper Auditorium. The theatre now boasts a 7.1 Meyer Sound cinema system, 4K projection, and a curved, 64ft premium large-format (PLF) screen which is the state's largest.

"With the Cooper, we decided to go beyond what anybody else was doing in our region," states Randy Pryde, president of Movie Palace, Inc., operator of Studio City Mesa. "When it came to audio, we didn't want to compromise. As one of my partners remarked, 'You never have to apologize for quality.' So we decided to move out in front of all the competition with Meyer Sound."

The auditorium's new system comprises three Acheron 100 screen channel loudspeakers, 16 HMS-10 surround loudspeakers, and six X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 and one Galileo 408 processor enables precise optimization of each loudspeaker, tailoring response to the unique shape of the auditorium.

"Some other PLF screens try to crank the sound and blast you out of your seat, and the results are often less than ideal," Pryde says. "With the Meyer Sound system, we get the full impact and the wide dynamic range, but without distortion. The sound is clean, clear, and natural."

The Cooper Auditorium is the first to offer Movie Palace, Inc.'s proprietary ARQ curved screen format. It also features a Christie CP4230 DLP digital cinema projecto

LSC Lighting updates QPACLSC Lighting updates QPAC
Monday, 18 May 2015

Australia - Located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River and built on lands which were the traditional home to the Jagera and Turrbal Aboriginal people, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is the premier Arts Centre in Queensland, Australia.

The team at the Playhouse Theatre, which opened in 1998, recently took a decision to replace its existing dimmers. Phil Viney from Design Stage was engaged to prepare a specification that would directly replace new for old dimmers in the 850-seat venue.

Due to space limitations and the existing dimmers' footprint, any replacement dimmer ideally needed to be a small footprint unit that could easily be distributed around various locations in the venue. The only alternative available at the time was to use rack-mounted dimmers - however, such a solution would occupy valuable floor space, be more expensive and more difficult to use with the large installed patch system.

LSC responded to this challenge by repackaging its existing popular TEKO TruPower dimmer technology into a clamshell style metalwork design that could be wall-mounted in only a 250x500mm space.

The newly packaged dimmer - named the iTEKO - addressed all of the venue's requirements including minimal disruption during installation, remote reporting of dimmer status including tripped breakers, RCD protection on every channel, TruPower technology to allow any channel to be selected to be either dimming or direct power, RDM and extended mains filtering.

QPAC's decision to go with the iTEKO was also influenced by price, availability, exceptional fea

Illuminate Design rolls out the Gaff Gun
Monday, 18 May 2015

UK - Illuminate Design has announced that from 15 May they have become dealers for the GaffGun range of products.

The GaffGun, launched in October 2014 has seen massive sales throughout the USA. Now with GaffTech the company behind it looking to branch out into overseas markets, Illuminate Design has been chosen to help this development.

The GaffGun (patent pending) is billed as "a great advancement in floor tape since gaffer tape was invented". Saving over 90% of the time to lay tape over cables or rope, The GaffGun simplifies your job while saving time, money, and your back. Cables don't even have to be straight-the GaffGun uses a funnelling system to straighten and centre your cables and then lay tape over them.

GaffTech developed the patent-pending CoreLok tape to work in unison with the GaffGun, ensuring a consistent result with every tape run. GaffGun CoreLok tape is wound on a plastic core that locks onto the GaffGun's hub, keeping tape centred and allowing use of the GaffGun's tensioning knob.

Illuminate Design will be holding stock of both the GaffGun and the CoreLok tapes at their Colchester offices for direct dispatch to customers.

(Jim Evans)

Elation at Wynn Las Vegas' XS NightclubElation at Wynn Las Vegas' XS Nightclub
Monday, 18 May 2015

USA - XS Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas knows success and has every intention of retaining its title as the top-grossing nightclub in the United States. Its latest recipe for success in the ultra-competitive Las Vegas nightlife scene involves a multi-million dollar production re-design with lighting design by Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting and a serious technology package that includes Platinum SBX, Platinum Spot 15R Pro, Protron LED Strobe, and Lumina Strips from Elation Professional.

Although Steve has a long-standing relationship with the operators of the venue, this is his first time doing design work for XS. There are multiple reasons why the club has been successful for so long, he says, one being the fact that it's located in one of the most well-known, most successful casino hotel properties in Las Vegas in Encore/Wynn. "Another is the fact that everything at this property is 100% designed complete; nothing falls short and the club venue lives that same mantra," he explains. "The details have been looked after and there are no open ends. They do it 100% correctly."

In Vegas, there are so many new properties that have opened up the past few years with new technologies and designs that night venues cannot be complacent if they want to stay successful. At XS, it was time to put a fresh look on in order to stay relevant and carry them for the next 4-5 years.

Although the layout of the club has stayed the same, the renovation features all new lighting and a new fully-immersive lighting design that covers the entire club, inside and

Outline passes university exam with full marksOutline passes university exam with full marks
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Canada - Located in the Canadian province of Quebec, l'Université de Sherbrooke is a French-speaking institution with over 40,000 students, who have at their disposal arts and entertainment facilities that include a 1,500 capacity theatre hosting national and international artists.

Recognized throughout the industry and named after the university's first secretary general, Maurice O'Bready, the venue recently underwent a complete aesthetic upgrade and technological overhaul, including the installation of a new sound system by Italian manufacturer Outline, which is attracting considerable attention in production circles.

Simon Lemieux, a consultant with Montreal's GO Multimédia, explained that the technical upgrade included a crossover to the digital world and when it came to the sound system the clients wanted some help to find what they needed, so GO arranged to have a number of models brought in and auditioned by SMOB (Salle Maurice O'Bready) staff and administrators, who were thus able to hear how the room reacted to the various systems.

On the merits of its performance, an Outline rig flown by the manufacturer's Canadian distributor GerrAudio came out on top in the 'shootout' between the various systems, and the bid submitted on GO Multimédia's initial design and RFP by Montreal's XYZ Technologie Culturele for an all-Outline system was accepted.

The new rig features a pair of arrays, each comprising 12 Mantas boxes powered by eight Outline T Nine amps, which ensure coverage of the large balcony and the seating below it, right to the b


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