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ayrtonAyrton Perseo withstands the rain on rooftop show
Thursday, 19 August 2021

USA - An outdoor event in New York City in July has to be prepared for all weather contingencies. When lighting designer, Bob Barnhart of 22 Degrees, was hired by BTW Productions to light the 2021 ESPY Awards show on the The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport, he chose Ayrton Perseo fixtures to comprise the bulk of the lighting rig.
Perseo is an LED moving head profile whose IP65 enclosure rating makes it a suitable choice for outdoor use. Ayrton lighting fixtures are distributed exclusively in North America by ACT Entertainment.
The 2021 ESPYs presented by Capitol One celebrated the best players, moments, coaches and games in sports. Actor Anthony Mackie hosted the 29th annual ceremony, which was broadcast live on ABC and aired later on ESPN and ESPN2. The in-person show followed last year’s virtual taped event during one of the peaks of the coronavirus pandemic.
Barnhart coped with unseasonable rain and lightning all week leading up to Saturday’s rooftop ceremony. The weather was clear for the 8pm start of the three-hour show, but rain started about an hour later.
Barnhart tested the versatility of the Perseo fixtures for the ESPYs where they performed in a variety of roles. A large portion of the rig was mounted in a roof structure over the top of the main stage where some Perseo units were exposed to the elements. These fixtures provided backlight, audience key light and eye candy. Additional Perseo fixtures were fully exposed in the lighting tower supplying front light to the stage and backlight to the audience and serving as follows

alcons-audio-press-release-historic-rialto-theater-completes-fully-integrated-alcons-system-stage-overviewRialto Theatre completes Alcons installation
Thursday, 19 August 2021

USA - In 2018, the historic Rialto Theatre in Loveland, Colorado chose an Alcons Audio LR7 pro-ribbon micro line array system to deliver audio, while preserving the ambience of its protected 1920s decor. At the time its existing subwoofers had to be used, but the theatre has now been upgraded with Alcons subwoofers, bringing the audio system to its full potential.
Since 1996 the restored Rialto has thrived as a combined movie house, live arts venue, and community centre. When the city-owned venue’s sound reinforcement system was updated three years ago, it was a challenge to find a system which could deliver powerful, high-quality sound in a space with a lot of hard, flat surfaces. Not only that, but it now hosted a much broader range of events than the venue was designed for.
The solution was an Alcons system comprising eight 6.5” LR7/90 micro line array modules per side, two SR9 double 5” micro monitors as front-fills, all powered and controlled by Sentinel amplified loudspeaker controllers. This transformed the quality and detail of the sound for all the Rialto’s events from physically small arrays. Budget constraints meant that the subwoofers could not be updated at the time and, in a subsequent upgrade, a pair of Alcons Cinemarray CRA24 double 12” medium format, line source loudspeakers were as a centre screen channel for movie shows and center cluster for other productions.
Now, in the third phase, the replacement of the original subwoofers with three double 18” Alcons BF362iMkII high output subwoofers and a further 4x2500w Sentine

 
 
optocoreFestival Boxes play key role at WE Fest
Thursday, 19 August 2021

USA - After a long period of hiatus and cancellations, concerts, productions and performances are starting to ramp back up as both artists and patrons slowly venture back into the world.
As Sound Image was preparing to stage the weekend-long WE Fest country music festival, at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, they turned to Optocore to simplify the show’s signal distribution and implemented a pair of Optocore Festival Boxes to create a format agnostic fibre tunnel for all the guest acts.
When he began to put the show together, Sound Image system engineer, Timothy ‘Ziggy’ Ziegler, elected to deploy one of Sound Image’s fibre PA drive systems that’s based on a set of Optocore X6R-FX units, used to distribute both AES and LAN.
The X6R at FOH, configured to accept 16 AES inputs, sends digital audio over redundant fiber optic cables to the drive racks on stage left and stage right where the signals are outputted via X6Rs configured for 16 AES Out to amplifiers powering JBL A12 Line arrays.
“By keeping the PA feed digital throughout the entire signal chain, the system is more efficient, and by transporting it over fibre it gives us a superb sonic quality that increases the system’s dynamic head room over what you would get with copper connections,” comments Ziggy on using the X6Rs.
Optocore’s 2GB fibrenetwork also creates a virtual Ethernet network between every device, which allows IP data to easily pass across the entire system. From the laptop running System Manager at FOH, PA control is sent to the stage

 
doctorwhotimefracturedalekchelenmaybanks2Powersoft drives Doctor Who: Time Fracture
Thursday, 19 August 2021

UK - The Doctor Who canon has recently become the basis for one of London’s most talked-about new immersive experiences, Doctor Who: Time Fracture (see LSi July 2021 for a full production report).
Chief creative officer for the project (and producer at Immersive Everywhere), Brian Hook, has been on board since the first meetings with the BBC nearly two years ago, and continues with the production to this day.
“My team generated the brief for the show, which was to create a Doctor Who experience unlike any other,” he said. “Eventually, that took the form of immersive theatre that placed the audience in the beating heart of the story.”
As well as finding the right creative teams to deliver the concept and sticking to the budgetary confines of the show (global pandemic-permitting), Hook also had to guide the development of the narrative concepts from an idea, through a lengthy BBC approvals process, and finally to the finished product.
“This project started in the heady days when it was still possible to go for a beer and sit late into the night talking over the projects, without the mandatory masks, scotch eggs, and seats. I'd already identified Tom Maller and Dan Dingsdale as being two of the creators I would like to lead the teams, having worked with both of them for many years.
“We presented our concepts to the BBC on the set of Jodie [Whittaker, D

 
 
dpabill-henley-2DPA delivers Philadelphia weather reports
Wednesday, 18 August 2021

USA - When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, television and radio stations across the country scrambled to find ways to keep delivering the news while maintaining the health and safety of its employees.
For Philadelphia’s NBC10 WCAU, that meant having their staff work from home. With this change in location, the station’s legendary meteorologist, Bill Henley, had to find an audio solution capable of delivering studio quality sound for his much-needed weather reports. Henley found the solution he needed for live weather broadcasts in the 6060 CORE Subminiature Lavalier and MMA-A Digital Audio Interface from DPA Microphones.
As vaccinations became readily available and the country began to return to some semblance of normalcy, Henley was eager to find out how his DPA gear would perform back in the studio setting. “I was excited to get back into the studio and see my coworkers,” says Henley. “I was also eager to see how I could transition into the studio with the DPA gear that I used from home during the pandemic.
“After speaking with my engineers, they all agreed to give the DPA 6060 CORE lavalier a try. The crew was just as impressed as I was with the sound quality of the mic. DPA microphones are top-notch, with clearer sound and superior accuracy, and I am so happy that I can continue to deliver that amazing sound quality in the studio.”
In addition to his NBC10 television weather reports, Henley also does the morning drive-time weather on KYW Newsradio 1060AM. “During the pandemic, KYW started simulcasting on an FM radio station, whi

 
british-school-jakarta2Harman enhances British School Jakarta
Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Indonesia - To provide premium sound for the performing arts, PT Inti Megah Swara recently equipped British School Jakarta’s theatre with a comprehensive array of Harman Professional audio solutions.
Established by the British Embassy in 1973, the British School Jakarta (BSJ) is an international school in Greater Jakarta that educates children from around the world. Because the performing arts are an important part of the school’s culture, BSJ required a dedicated audio system for its theatre. BSJ hired PT Inti Megah Swara (IMS) to install a complete Harman Professional Solutions sound reinforcement system.
For sound reinforcement in the school’s main theatre, IMS outfitted the left and right sides of the stage with JBL JRX215 loudspeakers. IMS equipped the stage with JBL IRX112BT powered speakers to provide clear and accurate monitoring for performers. Additionally, IMS installed JBL Control 16C/T ceiling speakers and Control 19CST in-ceiling subwoofers to ensure balanced full-range coverage throughout the space.
The JBL loudspeakers are powered through Crown XTi 2002 and CDi 1000 amplifiers. To enable staff to easily achieve professional-sounding mixes, IMS outfitted the theatre with Soundcraft Ui12 remote-controlled mixing consoles.
“We were thrilled to receive such positive feedback from the customer,” said G. Amar Subash, director of channel management & audio solutions, Harman Professional Solutions. “Theatre brings students together to experience new perspectives and explore creativity. To provide students with these opp

 
 
zero-88-chasse-theater-breda-large-auditoriumChassé Theater Breda updates with Zero 88
Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The Netherlands - A technical upgrade at the Chassé Theater in Breda sees the installation of 12 x Zero 88 Chilli Pro 24x16A Bypass dimmers and five Zero 88 Chilli Pro 6x25A dimmers in Jupilerzaal, the venue’s main auditorium where they will be controlling approximately 309 channels of lighting and LED fixtures, including some moving lights as needed / specified by the production.
The venue is one of the Netherlands’ largest venues, with a total of three auditoriums and three cinema spaces, mostly a receiving house – anything from music and bands to drama and dance plus amateur and semi-pro performances as well as corporate and private events and conferences, so a truly ‘multi-purpose’ space that is also a diverse cultural melting pot.
The Chassé Theater also stages some of its own productions, and a typical (pre-pandemic) year would see around 350 live performances and 3500 plus film screenings across all the different spaces.
Chassé Theater technical manager Jordy ten Bloemendal is proud to have worked there for 12 years, and is responsible for the lighting installations, budgeting and – together with his colleagues – future visions and planning. He co-ordinates with all the various incoming production companies, ensures all their technical needs are met, and on occasion still programmes and operates the lighting console.
This was the combination of a general technical upgrade and the replacement of the previous dimmers which had been in service for 25 years. The new dimmers were supplied via Zero 88’s distributor, AED

 
sixDiGiCo Quantum 7T rules for Six the Musical
Wednesday, 18 August 2021

UK - Six the Musical, has taken up residence at The Lyric Theatre in London’s West End. Currently running until the end of August, it follows the tale of the six wives of Henry VIII, with Tudor Queens and Pop Princesses ‘remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power’.
Long-time DiGiCo user and sound designer on all previous productions of the show, Paul Gatehouse, has chosen a Quantum 7T, supplied by Stage Sound Services, as the backbone of his audio design.
“I think I was one of the first people to programme and mix a major musical on the SD7 with Theatre software,” recalls Gatehouse. “Not many people know, but Love Never Dies (sound designed by Mick Potter), which opened in London in 2010 and on which I was associate designer, was one of the first in the world to use this console, so I have a long history with it in musical theatre.”
Gatehouse became involved with SIX in mid-2018, when the creative team was being assembled for the first fully produced production. This small UK tour took in a wide variety of venue styles including the big purple Udderbelly cow in Edinburgh and a short West End residency at The Arts theatre. Initially, he specified an SD10-24T.
“The SD10-24T allowed us to process a high channel count with all the bussing we needed, but in a really nice compact footprint,” he recalls. “As the show grew in size and audio demand, subsequent productions from Broadway onwards transitioned to a Quantum 7T, allowing us to expand our proc

 
 
techdataps-showroom4TechDataPS outfits showroom with Harman
Tuesday, 17 August 2021

South Korea - TechDataPS Co has installed audio systems from Harman Professional Solutions in its new showroom which aims to showcase the latest in audio technology to customers and visitors.
To demonstrate how Harman Professional’s audio technologies meet the needs of various spaces and events, from bars to major concert venues, TechDataPS decided to create a dedicated showroom facility. Opened in November, 2020, the showroom offers an immersive tour of Harman's audio, video and control brands such as AKG, JBL and AMX. With more than 200 products on display, including loudspeakers, microphones, audio mixers and more, the centrehouses the largest collection of audio technology products in South Korea.
The showroom is divided into several zones, each highlighting a different range of solutions. TechDataPS equipped the Performing Zone with JBL Intellivox Series, VTX A Series, VTX F Series, VTX M Series, VLA Compact Series and VP Series loudspeakers, all of which provide consistent coverage throughout the space. The team powered all speakers with Crown VRack amplifiers, and the Control Zone features a Soundcraft VI2000 professional audio mixer for customers to experience first-hand its premium sound quality and user-friendly mixing interface.
In the Display Zone, TechDataPS installed JBL CBT series column speakers and an array of AMX networked AV and control devices, including SVSI N2400 4K Series encoders and decoders, Acendo Vibe soundbars, Massio control and keypads, and Modero G5 touch panels. The Install Zone features JBL’s impressive line-u

 
lollapaloozaMLA gets thumbs-up at Lollapalooza
Tuesday, 17 August 2021

USA - Martin Audio PA rigs dominated three of the eight stages that made up this year’s four-day annual Lollapalooza Festival at Chicago’s Grant Park.
The event - staged by C3 Presents, which dates back to 1991 - features over 170 bands from all round the world and attracts an audience of around 400,000 people.
Martin Audio partner Technotrix, who have been supporting the event with barely a break for 25 years, provided Martin Audio’s systems for Tito’s, the BMI Stage and Bonus Tracks Stage (which this year replaced the former Kidzapalooza).
Technotrix hold a vast inventory of premier Martin Audio PA front-line systems stretching back several generations. For the BMI stage this year, audio department manager Brent Bernhardt and BMI stage FOH crew chief Joe Mion, opted for an MLA Compact rig (six elements a side) on this small portable stage. These were reinforced by four blocks of two MLX subwoofers in a broadside array across the front as up and coming acts such as Migrant Motel, Mothica, phem, and Riz La Vie took to the stage.
Assisting them was a selection of XE300 reference monitors, and an SX218 drum sub, while a pair of Martin Audio CDD8 provided nearfield support for the audience at the front.
Stated Joe Mion: “About 50% of the bands brought their own sound engineer, with one using my festival file and the others bringing their own show file. And we received nothing but positive comments. Being a festival, it’s a headphone sound check rather than a live one and that makes sound engineers nervous. But the PA put them at

 
 
purplerain1Work Pro delivers for Purple Rain Lounge
Monday, 16 August 2021

Spain - Equipson's loudspeaker products were chosen by TecnoSonido when it was tasked with installing a new audio system at a five-star hotel on the Costa Blanca.
With a customer profile that includes both national and international guests, the SH Villa Gadea hotel in Altea, Alicante, was keen to ensure that its new restaurant, the Purple Rain Lounge, delivered a sophisticated and enjoyable ambiance. Sound was a key part of this requirement as the hotel wanted to ensure that customers could hear music being played, but not at the expense of their own conversations.
"When we go to a restaurant for dinner, we don't want to listen to loud music," says TecnoSonido's managing director Alexis Roldan. "What we are looking for, in addition to a good dish, is a pleasant atmosphere for all the senses. This is where sound plays a very important role."
TecnoSonido's brief for the Purple Rain Lounge project was very clear. The hotel wanted a sound system that allowed every diner to hear the music, not matter where they were seated. The system also needed to have independent volume control for each area of the restaurant – and the actual loudspeakers had to be sufficiently discreet that they didn't spoil the aesthetics of the room.
"Every detail of the restaurant was taken into account," says Alexis. "From the paintings on the wall, which all have a bold touch and lots of personality, to the carpet on the floor and the absorbents placed in the columns to improve sound quality. And, of course, the restaurant's gastronomy and cocktails are some of the most dem

 
beartooth-2021-livestream1Elation rig lights Beartooth livestream
Monday, 16 August 2021

USA - Cameron Birchill has been designing lighting for metalcore rockers Beartooth since 2018 and recently turned to an Elation rig of DARTZ 360, Artiste Picasso and Protron 3K Color luminaires for the band’s The Journey Below Livestream, where fans got their first chance to see and hear the band performing songs from their latest album Below. The livestream took place 14 July at the Clyde Theatre in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, an historic building that recently underwent a $9m renovation.
For their first livestream event, the band gave Birchill a blank canvas to design the type of show he thought would look best for an on-camera audience. The LD subsequently contacted New York-based rental company Squeek Lights and owner Victor Zeiser, who has worked with the band for years, including as lighting designer for a headlining 2018 tour.
Birchill has lit numerous live events for the band but with less experience lighting for broadcast, he tapped into Zeiser’s knowledge and experience for the Beartooth event. “I wanted to center the design around one brand and Victor helped with fixture choice,” stated Birchill, who credits Zeiser for helping him transition from on-the-road lighting work into design. “Because this was for video, it differed from a typical live show rig so I bounced design ideas off of him and his team at Squeek. They helped me make the adjustment from live show to livestream with things like LED refresh rates, color temperature, etc. so that it all looked good for the camera.”
Birchill, who also serves as lighting direc

 
 
cant-cancel-pride2Chauvet lights Can’t Cancel Pride benefit
Monday, 16 August 2021

USA - The recent Can’t Cancel Pride livestream fundraiser for the LGBTQ+ community created powerful yet graceful and moving moments that drew attention to critical issues.
Among the highlights of the virtual benefit, which was sponsored by iHeart Radio in partnership with Procter & Gamble, was a heartfelt performance by Leslie Odom of Hamilton fame at the historic Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles. Reflecting the spirit of the event and the passion driving the Tony and Grammy winner’s performance was a balanced Will Chandler lighting design that featured Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Envizion Group.
“This was an especially moving performance, since it commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting,” explains Chandler. “The production designers created an evocative performance area that was surrounded by a sea of candles. We needed a way to frame and highlight Leslie and the other artists without distracting from the aesthetics of their surroundings.”
With this in mind, Chandler arranged eight Strike 1 fixtures in a V-shaped pattern in the center of the performance area. During his appearance, Odom stood in the middle of this configuration, resulting in an effect that accentuated the emotional power of his vocals.
“The Strike 1 was a clear choice as it matched the colour temperature and overall atmosphere of the space, while also allowing creative opportunities for intensity swells to match builds in the music,” adds Chandler. “For the most part I ran them at 5-10-percent int

 
mscvirtuosaMSC Virtuosa sets sail with Chauvet on board
Friday, 13 August 2021

Italy - In May of this year, MSC Cruises launched the Virtuosa, the fourth in its Meraviglia class of ships. Like its predecessors, the new 331.43m long luxury liner is outfitted with a host of amenities including 13 gourmet restaurants, spas, shops and pools.
Beyond these flourishes, however, there is another side of this regal ship, one that, although not readily apparent to those on board, incorporates the latest “behind the scenes” technology on their behalf.
Some of these features, like the closed-loop exhaust gas cleaning system that reduces sulphur emissions by 97-perect, protect the environment. Others are in place to ensure that passengers enjoy the most rewarding experience possible in the ship’s clubs, lounges and theatre.
On board the MSC Virtuosa, along with all the high-tech operational equipment, are 34 Chauvet Professional NET-X II nodes, supplied by Videlio V-HMS, France. Specified by CM Srl, the entertainment consultant for MSC Cruises, the nodes are installed at 10 venues on the ship and are relied upon to provide the entire infrastructure for the distribution and conversion of DMX over Ethernet signals.
Describing the role of the NET-X II nodes, Alessandro Bertulessi, engineering design and PM of CM Srl, said, “Thanks to their power, reliability and flexibility, they fully satisfy the requirements of the activities carried out on board from the smallest space to the Main Theatre.”
Of the 34 nodes on the ship, 32 are divided among 10 venues, whilst two are held in reserve as spares. “Since the ship is not a

 
 
fulcrumFulcrum reinforces First Baptist Church
Thursday, 12 August 2021

USA - At the end of 2019, a major fire damaged the sanctuary at First Baptist Church in Texarkana, TX. In 2020, renovations began to restore the 2,400-seat space; a new sound system was required as part of this work. First Baptist staff asked Ford AV to design a suitable system for their modern rock worship services and other events held at the space.
The church wanted a sound system capable of high output without sacrificing musicality, clarity, and speech intelligibility.
Ford AV deployed 10 Fulcrum Acoustic AH4 Higher-Output Coaxial Horns in a semi-circle above the altar for the main coverage. The AH4s were deployed in five groups of two vertically arrayed units. Each array consists of an AH443 over an AH463, with the AH443 providing long-throw coverage and the AH463 oriented downward to serve the lower-level seats. The broadband pattern control and extremely high output of Fulcrum’s AH4 delivered the power that First Baptist Church was seeking while maintaining fidelity and clarity.
“Fulcrum’s AH4 is perfect for the space,” says system designer Jim Tassey. “It ended up supplying more power than a line array with focused coverage and high fidelity. We knew First Baptist wanted to push the system and it needed to sound amazing under pressure without distortion and the AH4 pulled it off.”
Ford AV installed Fulcrum’s US221 subwoofers in stacks of four on both sides of the centre array in an active cardioid array. “I was really excited about the US221s for this project,” says Tassey. “None of us had used 21-inch subwoofers b

 
genelecscandichelsinki-21-editGenelec sustains award-winning Helsinki hotel
Thursday, 12 August 2021

Finland - Founded in 1963, Scandic is the Nordic region’s largest hotel operator with a network of some 280 hotels across six countries. With 70% of their revenues coming from the business travel and conference sector, Scandic is a pioneer in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) practices, and the majority of its hotels are certified according to the Nordic Ecolabel’s new requirements.
The chain has also won numerous awards, recently being recognised as Sweden’s most sustainable hotel brand for the 11th year in a row by Sustainable Brand Index, Europe’s largest brand study in sustainability. The latest hotel to open its doors is the Scandic Grand Central Helsinki, complete with a comprehensive Genelec sound system designed and installed by Finnish AV systems specialists, Murea Oy.
Housed in an imposing Art Nouveau building that was formerly the head office of Finland’s national railway company, the listed building has undergone a two-year transformation that retains much of the glamour and grand proportions of a bygone age combined with every modern comfort. Scandic Grand Central Helsinki is now also the first hotel building in the world to achieve the LEEDv4 Platinum rating for the project phase of its development.
Kristian Sahenkari, partner and key account manager at Murea, notes that the historical significance of the building and the preservation of its former glory was a key element in the transformation from HQ to hotel. “The building has a long history, and part of our brief was that this should be preserved as much as possibl

 
 
hadestown1Broadway back on song with Meyer Sound
Thursday, 12 August 2021

USA - Broadway will celebrate its reopening in September with the 74th Tony Awards in New York. Two nominees for Best Musical, Jagged Little Pill and Moulin Rouge! The Musical, are powered by Meyer Sound systems, with the veteran sound designers for the two productions, Jonathan Deans and Peter Hylenski respectively, each nominated for Best Sound Design for a Musical. The two shows also received the highest total of Tony nominations, with 15 for Jagged Little Pill and 14 for Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
Productions scheduled to return that principally rely on Meyer Sound, with respective sound designers, are David Byrne’s refreshed and relocated American Utopia (Pete Keppler), Dear Evan Hansen (Nevin Steinberg), Hadestown (Jessica Paz and Nevin Steinberg), Ain’t Too Proud (Steve Canyon Kennedy and Walter Trarbach), and West Side Story (Tom Gibbons). Finally, the mega-hit Wicked is back for its 18th year, with the original sound design by Tony Meola updated for the new season by his associate, Zach Williamson, in consultation with Meyer Sound director of system optimisation Bob McCarthy.
Sound designers Jonathan Deans and Peter Hylenski are eagerly awaiting audience and peer reactions to their work. “The approach to Pill in New York is quite different from a standard production,” says Deans. “I will be interested to hear from those who - I would hope - will enjoy this unique sonic experience.”
“Sound design for Moulin Rouge blends concert musicality with B

 
westville-music-bowl3Chauvet Rogues play the Westville Music Bowl
Thursday, 12 August 2021

USA - Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Eggy took the stage at the Westville Music Bowl, a new entertainment venue created in a converted tennis stadium on the Yale University campus, campus, Newhaven, CT.
Lighting designers Manny Newman for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Peter Spadaro III for opening act Eggy unleashed a torrent of dynamic looks, taking advantage of the high (over 30’) stage roof to shower their clients with immersive washes and moving gobos one moment, then transitioning into bright aerials and immersive audience lighting the next.
“There was such a diverse range of looks that it’s difficult to describe it in a few words,” said Newman, who designed and built the evening’s lighting rig. “The one thing that characterized all the looks is that they were complete.”
Helping to create the production were 18 Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Wash fixtures from Newman’s own inventory, and six Rogue R1 BeamWash units rented from Squeek Lites.
Newman hung the Rogue R1 Wash units on a truss grid and used them for upstage washing. Spaced evenly across the central section of the stage’s black backdrop, the RGBW fixtures, not only provided colourful backwashing of the performers, they also created an engaging scenic element behind the bands in lieu of an upstage video wall. (The only video walls were one to the left and one to the right of the stage, which were used to show IMAG images.)
“I tend to avoid using video walls,” said Newman. “Not that there’s anything wrong with them, but my preference is to rely on ligh

 
 
jack-singerCalgary’s JSCH updates with DiGiCo Quantum
Thursday, 12 August 2021

Canada - Over time, the Jack Singer Concert Hall (JSCH) in Calgary has undergone many upgrades to ensure it remains a leading performance venue, including a complete overhaul and replacement of its seating and house lighting in 2017. Most recently, that process required a comprehensive retooling of its audio infrastructure that included an upgrade to the hall’s existing DiGiCo console and the purchase of a new DiGiCo Quantum 338.
While much has changed in recent years, the venue’s ongoing reliance on DiGiCo consoles at JSCH and throughout the Arts Commons complex’s other venues, has not. Jack Jamieson, head sound technician at JSCH explains, “I’ve been using DiGiCo since 2012. We started with a compact version of the DiGiCo SD8 in 2012 and we were so impressed with its reliability and flexibility that, in 2014, we upgraded from analogue consoles to DiGiCo digital consoles throughout the rest of the facility.”
JSCH is home to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Arts Commons Presents’ BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz. It’s a very versatile venue, hosting events ranging from TED talks to comedy shows and full-on rock concerts. “There’s an interesting dichotomy in this room in terms of the artists that play here and the audiences that attend shows,” Jamieson notes. “We have a symphony audience who want a very nuanced, quiet sound system that allows us to fold the amplified sound into the acoustic sound. And then there’s another demographic, coming to see rock and pop shows, and their expectation is an extreme amount of l

 
canada-dayChauvet lights Canada Day celebrations
Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Canada - Érik Nowosielski-Lamoureux lit a Canada Day celebration at the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site, about an hour out of Montreal.
Faced with a relatively large stage for the size of his rig, Nowosielski-Lamoureux relied on his own ingenuity to stretch his fixtures in a way that ensured that the three musical acts and procession of speakers at the event were all shown in the best light. Helping him achieve this feat was a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue and COLORado fixtures supplied by RobinSon Productions of Quebec.
“Our mobile stage was 32ft by 24ft, which was rather large for what we had; but with all the band gear, you quickly lose a lot of space,” said Nowosielski-Lamoureux. “So I spread the six Rogue R2 Beam units in my rig across the stage, placing two near the drum stand on 8-foot truss, two more on road cases, one on each side of the stage, and two on the front fills. This gave me the level of coverage that I needed to do justice to the bands.”
In addition to his Rogue R2 Beam fixtures, the Quebecois designer deployed six COLORado 1-Tri Tour fixtures along the edge of the upstage deck. He relied on the RGB fixtures with their intense output (806 lux at 5m) to create bold colour backdrops that helped fill the wide back area of the stage.
“I used the COLORados to help me manage the size of the stage,” he said. “However, they did much more than just fill the back of the stage. They also created a lot of visual punch with their output and strobing.”
The Saint-Ours Canada Day celebration starte

 
 
leeds-playhouseLeeds Playhouse upgrades with Shure Axient
Wednesday, 11 August 2021

UK - The award-winning Leeds Playhouse is the largest regional repertory theatre in the UK outside London and Stratford and has earned an international reputation as one of Britain's most exciting producing theatres. The Playhouse has been welcoming audiences for over 50 years and most recently underwent a £16m transformation which includes improved access to and around the theatre, a new city-facing entrance and the addition of a new studio theatre, the Bramall Rock Void.
The theatre’s continuing investment in its audio infrastructure has seen the recent purchase of 24 channels of Shure’s Axient Digital wireless systems from Autograph. Tom Cuthbertson, deputy head of sound at Leeds Playhouse, comments: “Our old RF systems were in need of replacement after many years of use. Unfortunately, we also lost the use of around half of them in the most recent Ofcom frequency changes, so it was time to update.
“We had seen all the main brands coming through on touring shows and there were several things about Axient Digital that really appealed to us - the build quality was obviously there and then adding in the really useful things like remote control and network access made it even more attractive.”
Tom continues: “The redundant frequency spectrum management facility on Axient Digital is also great for us. As a city-centre location there is a lot of RF flying about locally so the system’s ability to scan the local spectrum, create a bank of free frequencies then auto-reassign if necessary really takes all the stress out of day-to-day frequen

 
prgPRG expands virtual studio capabilities with L-ISA
Wednesday, 11 August 2021

USA - PRG has incorporated L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound Technology into its Los Angeles Virtual Production Studio. This advanced audio technology pairs with PRG’s extended reality setup to offer an array of tools for multi-sensory immersive experiences.
In addition to the L-ISA technology permanently available in the Los Angeles studio, which includes an immersive loudspeaker configuration and processing hardware, the new L-ISA Studio software suite, launched in April, makes it easier for sound creators to design immersive audio with 3D control interface and audio processing, all available on a personal computer. Creators can use L-ISA Studio software from any computer, listen to and prepare their content in binaural sound using headphones, and then bring their creation to the PRG Los Angeles Virtual Production Studio where it will seamlessly translate to L-ISA hardware.
"We're excited to see PRG be early adopters of the L-ISA technology and the L-ISA Studio software suite," says David Brooks, L-Acoustics application manager, touring liaison, USA and Canada. “The enhanced streaming capabilities put PRG’s Los Angeles Virtual Production Studio far ahead of other studios in offering the most intuitive tools for immersive live and streaming performances.”
This method for sound mixing expands the possibilities of spatial audio creation with ‘a host of powerful tools for sound creators’.
“Adding L-ISA technology to PRG’s toolbox sets us apart from other production studios, and I’m excited to see and hear the outstan

 
 
wembleyLG creates giant screens for Wembley Stadium
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

UK - One of the first things that visitors to Wembley Stadium will see in 2021 are the bespoke LED screens created by LG Electronics (LG) as part of the remodelling of the stadium’s entrance that has seen the old concrete pedestrian flyovers replaced by a new set of Olympic Steps.
A joint project developed in partnership with stadium owner the Football Association, Brent Council, and surrounding landowner and developer Quintain, the most eye-catching aspects of the new design are the giant LED screens that dominate the entrance. Composed of one enormous 460sqm screen mounted on the inside of the Great Hall facing outwards, dubbed the Large External Screen or ‘LES’, and flanked by two 230sq.m displays, nicknamed the ‘Ears’, the screens are the most visible part of an enormous project undertaken by FA partner LG that will also see the venue’s 1200 plasma screens all updated to modern LED displays over the coming months.
The 56m by 7.5m LES can be seen as soon as visitors turn onto Olympic Way and is the first large-scale deployment of a newly-developed LG technology, LED Mesh, that allows LED displays to be unobtrusively mounted across windows without dramatically affecting the light levels inside a building. All the electronics required for operation are discreetly mounted at the side of the window, in the case of the LES in 192 daisy-chained LED cabinets, while groups of offset LEDs representing individual pixels are mounted on thin aluminium bars that stretch horizontally from side to side.
While other screens in the stadium are designe

 
zimfestJPS gives HDL 30-A colourful festival outing
Tuesday, 10 August 2021

UK - Having given their new RCF HDL 30-A rig an auspicious debut at Rutland Water recently for the Frankie Valli tribute act, Frankie’s Guys, JPS Sound & Light were in action again at the Colesdale Farm festival site near Potters Bar for the now firmly established Zimfest Live - a colourful celebration of Zimbabwean music.
Working alongside Gareth Wildman’s Stage Tec as they frequently do, John Southee’s Peterborough based company populated the 12 x 10m Alidome stage with two hangs of eight HDL 30-A active two-way line array modules. These were underpinned with two 18 RCF SUB 9006-AS on the ground in front of the stage, while across the stage lip were RCF’s NX 15-SMA reference monitors.
Wildman, who has known John Southee for the past 20 years, has increasingly turned to the sound system specialist for his deployment of RCF’s control tool, RDNet.
With site management, environmental health and sound containment now hot tickets on every council agenda, this is now vital. “This site for example,” notes Wildman, “faces potential issues with high-end houses surrounding it, but RDNet will take care of that. It’s a good selling point for us as we work a lot in stately homes.”
John Southee agrees. “The ability to control the line array is paramount. Our audience zone is set at 75m; you input where you want to fire the PA and RDNet provides a visualisation readout - which is why we have a steep arc. Councils will be requesting this type of assurance more and more.”
His investment in RCF systems began with the smaller

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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