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claypakyquisaitchanter13Mini-Bs shine on Quebec singing competition
Thursday, 11 November 2021

Canada - A large complement of Claypaky Mini-B fixtures, supplemented by Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K20s, illuminated the set of Qui Sait Chanter, a one-of-a-kind singing competition making its debut on Quebec’s Noovo network this fall.
The Quebec version of the show is the latest in South Korea’s I Can See Your Voice franchise, which airs in 16 countries worldwide. The US series quickly became a hit in its premier season on FOX Network last fall. Its unusual concept combines songs, suspense and performance as contestants try to identify the real singer and the imposters among a group of six participants from all walks of life.
Quebec-based Omnison provided 96 Mini-Bs, Claypaky’s smallest LED moving light for the professional market, and 12 versatile B-EYE K20s, a combination wash light, beam light and effects light, to lighting designer Jonathan Lewis for the new show.
“Our relationship with Claypaky started when we founded Omnison – their fixtures were really our first machines,” says Francis Gigeure, vice president of Omnison. “For this project, Jonathan asked for a beam light, so we looked at the Claypaky catalogue and once we found the Mini-B we jumped on it. The Mini-B has become our go-to fixture.”
Lewis’s mandate for Qui Sait Chanter was “to make sure that the show had a visual signature resembling the American version”. But Lewis did not have a fixture list from the US show. “I saw pictures and videos and had the freedom to choose what we would use,” he explains.
"Claypaky’s Mini-B of

jblJBL VTX A8 chosen for new Bob Marley musical
Wednesday, 10 November 2021

UK - Leading musical theatre sound designer, Tony Gayle, has chosen HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX A8 next-generation line array as his preferred PA system for the new production of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical. A total of 24 JBL VTX A8 enclosures and 10 accompanying JBL VTX B18 single 18” subs have been rigged at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End.
Produced by Playful Productions, Stage Play and Cedella Marley, the production celebrates the life of the Jamaican global superstar, played by Arinzé Kene, and Gayle wanted to ensure that the sound produced by the nine musicians was as authentic as possible.
“The whole show is performed by a live band from a platform in the wings, with no pre-records,” he confirms. “Part of the creative brief was not to produce it as pure ‘musical theatre’ as that format wouldn’t work for this show. This had to sound authentic as these are not typical pit musicians.”
Although he considered other established theatre speaker brands, he had become an ardent fan of JBL’s VTX platform since first attending a demo of the larger VTX A12 at the Troxy in east London several years ago.
“I was the only theatre engineer present - the others were from the rock world - and I was extremely impressed. I said then that if JBL could make a smaller version with the same acoustic properties that would fit the theatre I’d be interested. So I like to think I had some influence!”
Either way, the VTX A8 duly arrived, and Tony Gayle was soon attending a demo at the HQ of JBL Profess

 
 
audiologicAudiologic delivers for GAMA Healthcare HQ
Wednesday, 10 November 2021

UK - Audiologic, in partnership with Handy AV, has delivered a new audio system for GAMA Healthcare’s new office space, from concept and design through to completion.
GAMA Healthcare, founded in 2004, is a supplier of disinfectant products to hospitals around the world.
In order to support their rapid growth, GAMA has recently invested in an office space, known as their new ‘Infection Prevention Solution Super Hub’ headquarters, located in the centre of Hemel Hempstead’s business district. The space has been designed from the ground up with modern working in mind, utilising the latest in AV technology.
Handy AV, an audio-visual equipment supplier, was approached by GAMA Healthcare about the project, commissioning them to design and install audio visual equipment for their entire new office space. Audiologic was asked to look at the spatial and audio design element of the project, seeing the project through from concept to completion.
Audio was at the forefront of what GAMA wanted to achieve with the project, both in terms of quality and flexibility. The higher value spaces, such as the boardroom and the central hub, needed to be aesthetically pleasing to be in keeping with the rest of the building, as well as servicing the purpose of delivering easy communication for participants both in the room and remote.
Guy Braverman, co-founder and CEO, GAMA Healthcare, comments: “We wanted a large central hub so that we could host the full company for important updates and town hall meetings. Critical to that was to have the best tec

 
lacotm1Church on the Move switches to L-Acoustics
Wednesday, 10 November 2021

USA - Tulsa-based Church on the Move, established in 1987 with a mere 163 worshipers, now has over 7,000 members worshiping at three campuses surrounding a 2,200-seat main sanctuary. Recently, that primary location underwent a major systems renovation that included the installation of a new K2 loudspeaker system, designed and installed by Oklahoma City-based Skylark AV, an L-Acoustics certified provider, install.
“The church knew what they wanted, and they wanted L-Acoustics right out of the gate,” says Steele ‘Ninja’ Beaty, project manager at Skylark AV. “The only question we had to decide was: which L-Acoustics speakers would work best?”
K2 was chosen based on three things, says Skylark AV’s Todd ‘Linchpin’ Cromwell: “Performance, musicality, and SPL. Church on the Move is very much a contemporary worship church when it comes to music, and it can get loud. At the same time, we had to keep speech intelligibility in mind. Fortunately, with L-Acoustics, when you achieve one, you also get the other automatically.”
The church’s director of production, Johnathan Basquez, says both of those characteristics are critical. “The clarity of the K2 system is remarkable; you can have someone across the room on a microphone, and it sounds like they’re standing a foot away from you,” is how he describes the experience. “It’s the best intelligibility I’ve ever heard in a PA system, anywhere.”
He also cites the consistency of that experience: “The music can go from loud to soft, from 98 dB to 76 dB, but it never loses i

 
 
birchmereThe Birchmere expands is palette with Chauvet
Wednesday, 10 November 2021

USA - Guests at The Birchmere were excited to see Boney James, whose inimitable jazz saxophone stylings have earned him a Soul Train Award, four Grammy Award nominations, and a fistful of gold records, when he stepped on to the stage at the live music venue outside Washington DC on 16 October.
The club’s house LD, David Bebee, is also a fan of the artist, but as much as he appreciates good jazz, he was eagerly awaiting something else when he sat down at his console at the start of the evening: the chance to see his new Chauvet Professional Maverick Force S Spot fixtures in action at a live performance for the first time.
Bebee purchased six of the just-released 350W lightweight, IP65-rated movers from JRLX for the club, which has hosted performances by the likes of Allison Krause, Dave Mathews and the Indigo Girls. His initial plans call for him to use the fixtures as a ground package to complement the Maverick MK1 Spots he added to the rig in late 2017.
Later, Bebee may decide to hang the Force fixtures on overhead truss, and move the older MK1 units to the stage deck. In either case, the expanded rig will give him and visiting LDs at The Birchmere a wider range of creative opportunities.
“The Force fixtures are adding a new dimension to our shows,” comments Bebee. “I’ve been waiting for a new floor package for some time now. Without question, these fixtures have surpassed my wildest expectations.”
Weighing in at less than 50-pounds, the compact Maverick Force S Spot fits neatly into The Birchmere’s relatively tight stage.

 
artisticArtistic Licence plays key role in Midwinter
Wednesday, 10 November 2021

UK - Artistic Licence artLynx ethernet gateways have been used to create a key lighting effect in the recent production of Midwinter by Zinnie Harris, at The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin.
The play - one of three being directed and designed by this year's Master in Fine Art (MFA) graduates as part of Gradfest 2021 - explores the strength of the human condition in the face of extreme circumstances. The set required a versatile Sun/Moon object that could be used to conjure the hour and mood of the scenes, providing a continuous element as the drama progressed.
The MFA designers challenged one of The Lir Academy students to look at pixelmapping a Sun/Moon light object. This involved two artLynx duo gateways to handle the four dedicated universes that were needed to allow for individual pixel control.
Artistic Licence has been official technical partner of The Lir Academy for the past four years, a relationship that has greatly enhanced the practical training available to students.
Regarding the Midwinter production, head of lighting Eve D'Alton enthuses, "We honestly couldn't have done it without these amazing DIN rail Art-Net nodes, so a massive thank you to Artistic Licence. I know the students are so proud of what they've learned and achieved, and such a huge part of that is support from companies like Artistic Licence.”

 
 
rohrigolettophoto-by-ellie-kurttz-1Royal Opera House chooses Artiste Picasso
Wednesday, 10 November 2021

UK - The Royal Opera House in London has chosen Elation Professional’s Artiste Picasso as the prestigious performing arts venue’s new front-of-house moving head lighting solution. Available to both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, the theatrical-grade LED profile luminaire met the world-class venue’s exacting standards and has already been used to light several performances. Technical solutions specialists White Light Ltd (WL) sold the fixtures to the venue.
One category of luminaire that the technical team at ROH has had frequent requests for is a moving head in the front of house position. Simon Bennison, lighting associate/deputy head of lighting at the Royal Opera House, explains: “As lighting demands have progressed, many European houses have integrated moving heads into their setups and we started to get increasing requests, particularly over recent years, for bright, flexible moving head fixtures in the FOH area. We have experimented with different units but run into perpetual issues of sightlines, lack of space and unit noise.”
It was the staging of Munich Opera’s production of the Handel opera “Agrippina,” where the ROH received a specific request from lighting designer Benedikt Zhem for the placement of moving head LED units front of house. In an effort to meet the designer’s wish, the team at the ROH carried out research into a possible solution.
Prior to the “Agrippina” run, Bennison had the opportunity to see Elation’s Artiste Picasso in use at the National Theatre in Oslo, one of Norway's most prominent ven

 
chauvetSoundfield calls on Chauvet for W-Festival
Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Belgium - Motown legends The Jacksons played the five-day W-Festival in Ostend. Over 6,200K separate the festival site in Ostend from Detroit, where the Motown band got its start, but the connection to the crowd was warm and instantaneous when the group kicked off their headliner set with Can You Feel It, their upbeat 1981 hit that reached the top of the charts in Belgium four decades ago.
Contributing to the festive mood that made the distance and years melt away was dynamic and colourful light show designed by Benjamin De Maere and Soundfield that featured 150 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Soundfield, which also served as the technical producer of the event.
In addition to providing a diverse range of looks for the Jacksons’ 12-song set, the lighting system supported performances by over 40 acts, including international stars like Nena, The Human League and OMD during W-Festival and Sinners Day. (The latter event was added to the 2021 edition of the festival, after being postponed earlier in the year because of COVID safety protocols.)
“We brought in a system that was 95 percent Chauvet Professional for W-Festival and Sinner’s Day, all from our rental stock,” says Patrick De Leeuw of Soundfield. “Mavericks were a big part of our system. We had 52 MK2 Profiles and 44 MK2 Washes, which gave us a great deal of versatility. They were joined by 10 Rogue R3 Washes, 14 STRIKE 4s, 18 STRIKE P38s and 12 COLORado Q40 fixtures. There was also a second stage that we lit with some Rogues.”
Drawing on the versatility of th

 
 
earthshot-prize-awards-2CT supports Earthshot Prize ceremony
Tuesday, 9 November 2021

UK - Earlier this month Creative Technology (CT) supported delivery of the first-ever Earthshot Prize awards ceremony which took place at Alexandra Palace in London.
This event was introduced by HRH Prince William and hosted by Clara Amfo and Dermot O’Leary with Sir David Attenborough joining as special guest.
The ceremony also featured music performances from artists such as Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, KSI and Yemi Alade, and Shawn Mendes. Coldplay’s performance, from outside of Alexandra Palace, used energy powered by 60 cyclists.
Working for long-standing client BBC Studios Events alongside The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, CT provided a circular, gloss LED floor to the exact design specific by the client, working with them to bring their vision to life with stunning results.
The high-resolution LED floor which was made up of 446 tiles of ROE Black Marble gloss finish also featured a catwalk and was fed into by two 4k signals. To further build up the stage, CT supplied a 12m x 7.2m screen to display winner VTs and announcements with an additional 3m x 2.4m screen in the lobby for the presenters.
“It was an absolute privilege to work on an event of such a meaningful and relevant cause. Not only did the ceremony look amazing for the live audience in the palace but the use of dynamic camera angles made for some impressive footage for the audience watching on the screens and at home,” says Paul Seeger, project manager at Creative Technology UK.
Following on from the main event, CT were also on-hand to deli

 
pop-golfMartin Audio on course at Pop Golf project
Tuesday, 9 November 2021

UK - Situated at Boxpark Wembley, a 20,000sq.ft events space described as ‘the ultimate fan park destination’, Pop Golf combines crazy golf with 21st century pop music in a brightly coloured environment. This unusual playground is built on the belief that nothing brings people together like music and play.
Based on a concept devised by Smith & Devil, the venue features a course of nine pop-themed holes paired with a high-octane Martin Audio sound system, provided by partners, Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL).
Director and project manager Darrel Olivier looked no further than the company’s CDD6 / SX112 subwoofer combination, as he has many times in the past.
From Drake’s Hotline Bling to retro 80’s boomboxes and suspended cassette tapes, each hole is different and has been designed to offer the experience of stepping straight into a music video. Hence MSL also applied some unusual twists and immersive customer interaction.
They were introduced to the project by designer Zachary Pulman (Zachary Pulman Design Studio) with whom they worked previously on the similarly profiled Swingers. Olivier won the pitch and was soon on-site discussing requirements for the multi-zone site with owner Allan Saud, of operators Mighty Adventures. The brief was to provide cutting edge audio technology, that would do justice to the eclectic playlist, profiled by creative director, Kevin Mura (of Smith & Devil). The playlists were curated by Tin Drum, featuring different genres each night, while Open Ear delivered the platform for the music

 
 
robe-level-42-lev152119363Robe MegaPointes at heart of Level 42 rig
Tuesday, 9 November 2021

UK - Lighting designer Yenz Nyholm of New Illumination illustrated how imagination and a moderately sized lighting rig with 23 x Robe MegaPointes as its backbone can go a very long way on the current Level 42 From Eternity to Here tour.
Creatively, Yenz needed some seriously multi-purpose lighting fixtures to keep the looks and effects rolling, and with no video on the tour, lighting is the primary visual element. On the practical side, the whole rig had to fit into one truck, along with audio, backline, and catering; it had to be built each day by Yenz and one tech and look good in the venues with limited height or restricted flying!
“MegaPointes were a bit of a no-brainer,” states Yenz. “They are powerful, small, lightweight, versatile and my go-to fixture.”
Nine MegaPointes on the back truss are joined by 12 strategically deployed on the floor. Five of the floor fixtures are used to create a fantastic array of kinetic gobo and projected animation effects on the dark grey reflective backdrop, which shimmers and energises with the added lumens, complete with five columns of bug-screen flown in front to add texture and three dimensionality.
The MegaPointes are also used for beam-technology looks, for classic back lighting and silhouetting effects and for specials and solos. They are essentially the heart of the rig.
Other lights include six upstage wash moving lights, some key lights on the front truss, six towers of vertical pixel tubes behind the band that adds some symmetry and form to the space plus shed loads of 2-lite an

 
baftajordan-anderson2White Light leads installation at BAFTA
Tuesday, 9 November 2021

UK - Under the ongoing redevelopment remit of BAFTA’s 195 Piccadilly headquarters, the charity engaged White Light (WL) to manage the installation of its new technological infrastructure.
Officially opening in 2022, 195 Piccadilly will be a creative centre for film, games and television and the central hub for BAFTA’s UK-wide, and global, learning and talent development programme. It will also provide facilities for all event needs, whether live, virtual or hybrid.
WL has been involved with the development of the ambitious project since its inception back in 2016. The scope included equipping BAFTA with its first ever dedicated learning space and state-of-the-art technology to help increase revenues, enabling its charitable remit to be fulfilled for years to come.
Based on a system designed by consultancy Charcoalblue, WL was appointed to devise an integrated technical package for the overriding system control, as well as fully manage the installation process.
To reflect BAFTA’s relationships with leading manufacturers including Christie, Dolby, ETC and QSC, 195 Piccadilly has been equipped with some of the most cutting-edge equipment on the market. The latest Christie projection system installed in the Ray Dolby Room, has allowed the space to become a fully projection-mapped environment. This offers clients a 360° digital canvas which they can personalise and has the potential to bring the space to life with dynamic content for both in-person and digital events.
WL’s senior project manager Jason Larcombe comments: “195 Piccad

 
 
ankara-music-uniAnkara Music University adds Audient
Monday, 8 November 2021

Turkey - The first and only university in Turkey to focus purely on music education, Ankara Music University has invested in a 24-channel Audient ASP8024-HE console for its Music Technology department.
Head of Music Technology, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdurrahman Tarikçi specified the desk and states, “Audient products makes the end user feel secure with their accomplished team and technical service. It is a great advantage that Audient can offer products with similar performance to their competitors, for users with a more modest budget.”
With each studio doubling up as a classroom, Dr Tarikçi needed to be confident that the desk would be of good quality and durable, as well as suitable for educational applications. “One of the most important features for us is definitely the integrated patchbay system. Thanks to this, we can explain the signal flow chain in great detail to our students and teach the subtleties of manipulating the audio signal in new and different ways. In addition, it is possible to introduce both analogue mixers and DAW controllers on the same system by using the Dual Layer Control.”
The recording studio boasts a viewing gallery that can be transformed into a recording studio when necessary. Integrated screens beam every move the professor makes into the upper room whilst they listen through studio monitors, making it ideal for teaching. The addition of screens in each recording booth and the projector in the main recording room means there is also the capability of recording sound for moving pictures.
“The senior stude

 
ct-student-dayST supports students at Commonwealth Games
Monday, 8 November 2021

UK - The leader of Dudley Council was “bowled over” with the life-changing opportunities being given to students at Resonance during a recent visit. Councillor Patrick Harley stopped by the higher education facility based within the DY5 Enterprise Zone at the Waterfront in Brierley Hill to find out how students will be working alongside global company Sports Technology (ST) at next year’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Game
ST is the specialist major multi-sports division of Creative Technology (CT) and has been appointed official provider of large video screens and audio services. Alongside LED and PA systems in the majority of the venues, ST will provide a broad range of audio-visual services including a flexible signal distribution network in every venue, providing a fully integrated IP based solution for all non-broadcast audio, video and data distribution.
As part of its bid to provide services, the company had to demonstrate how it would give something back to the community and support a local organisation, in this case Resonance.
During his visit to Resonance, the leader met with some of the team from Creative Technology and Sports Technology who were delivering their first training and educational session to students.
Students were briefed on how the company will support and train them and given details on an ambitious work placement and internship programme, which could see them gain real life experience working within the technology disciplines at the Games.
Rick Benton, chief executive at Resonance observes, “Engaging

 
 
montreuxjazzchinaMeyer on board as Montreux heads to China
Monday, 8 November 2021

China - Hangzhou is more than 9,000km from the shores of Lake Geneva, yet for four days in October the first Montreux Jazz Festival China successfully bridged both distance and cultural differences with the universal language of music. Also, to ensure the same sound experienced for 35 years on the shores of Lake Geneva, Montreux Jazz Festival China collaborated with Meyer Sound.
The festival was held from 5-8 October at the Sofitel Westlake Hotel, with the main stage outdoors on the terrace and a special immersive experience installed in the lobby bar. The live performances featured artists from six countries, though all currently reside in China, with musical styles ranging from jazz to pop, folk and R&B.
Although prudently limited in scope due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, MJF China’s first edition proved a success in terms of both audience satisfaction and artist involvement. More than 1,000 visitors turned out for the event, and the inaugural festival received accolades from the press and dignitaries — including the Swiss ambassador to China — for the quality of the music, the intimate connection between musicians and audiences, and the high production standards.
“The musicians told me that they were very impressed with our sound system, and some even said it was the best they had heard in China,” comments Joyce Peng Peng, CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival China. “We also had invited some of the top music critics and they also said the sound quality outdoors was more like what would be heard in a fine theatre.”
The out

 
lightpowerAyrton backs German Unity Day celebrations
Monday, 8 November 2021

Germany - On 3 October, 200 drones took to the skies above Burg Giebichenstein in Halle (Saale) and assembled themselves into symbols and catchwords of German Unity.
The multimedia drone show by Jens Hillenkötter and his company JH Technology Arts was the highlight of the closing celebrations for German Unity Day, which were broadcast live on television. One floor further down - in the inner courtyard of the castle ruins - numerous moving lights from Ayrton set the scene for the multi-layered live setting in parallel.
"The castle ruin is a very special location and combines the historical with the digital, because the whole show is designed to be followed via TV or digital streams," says Jens Hillenkötter, who has already been responsible for numerous sensational light and drone shows in recent years. "The lighting design plays an elementary role here, because we not only have various camera formations for the broadcast, but also live musicians and orchestras in the show, which all have to be set in perfect light. We want a big look that makes its impact even from a distance."
In total, the experienced lighting designer relied on 64 Ayrton Perseo Beam, as well as 14 Ayrton Domino-S, IP65 moving lights placed throughout the winding castle ruins as well as along the large bridge at the foot of the castle. "We needed fixtures that were not only compact, lightweight and weatherproof, but also offered a tremendous amount of flexibility, because with this show and this setting, it was clear from the start that there would always be changes. What is a be

 
 
tubularbellsTubular Bells ring out on the Southbank
Monday, 8 November 2021

UK - Mike Oldfield’s magnum opus Tubular Bells was performed live at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London this summer, in a series of performances forming a prelude to the celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary in 2023.
Tubular Bells – Live In Concert, with musical direction from Oldfield’s long-time collaborator Robin A. Smith, featured a nine-piece live band, with actor Samuel West replacing the late Vivian Stanshall as master of ceremonies. The music was brought to life on stage through a visual interpretation by the Circa Contemporary Circus, led by artistic director Yaron Lifschitz, with 10 acrobats presenting Oldfield’s work in its physical form, their movement woven together to reflect the music.
DiGiCo SD7 front-of-house and monitor consoles, plus an additional array of equipment, were provided by RNSS Ltd, the production company based at London’s Southbank Centre, who manage sound for large UK events including Meltdown Festival and Royal Opera House productions.
Tubular Bells is an iconic piece of music, and the original recordings are held in such high esteem for many people, that when you come to design or create a production of it, you really have a choice between faithfully recreating the original, or to use modern techniques to get the best out of the music itself,” says FOH mixer and sound designer Colin Pink.
Recorded in 1973 by Oldfield, Tubular Bells not only launched the nascent Virgin record label, but also pioneered the idea of solo music production by overdubbi

 
fitnessBlacklineX integrated into Jo’burg gym
Friday, 5 November 2021

South Africa - Located in Bedfordview, an affluent area within Johannesburg, the newly opened Body Action Gym is a six-star wellness facility which provides access to fitness equipment, personalised nutritional guidance and a lifestyle environment.
The gym boasts 5000 sq.m of cardio and weight training space; an array of dedicated aerobic, yoga, Pilates, HIIT and spinning studios; an open-air basketball court, boxing ring’ 50m sprint track and outdoor elite fitness training area—plus a kids area, in-house cafe and apparel shop.
Key focus was given to the various entertainment systems which needed to seamlessly integrate into the gym’s overall vision for the facility. And this was highlighted by a Martin Audio BlacklineX PA system.
John Greaves, audio specialist at Audiosure, the Martin Audio distributor, explained the various factors which led to the elaborate audio system design. “We were trying to achieve an extremely high-quality, distributed, multi-zone, multi-purpose, state-of-the-art audio solution which would allow each area of the gym to have audio functioning either independently or collectively, at the touch of a button,” he said. The Audiosure Solutions team worked closely with Craig Harris and Mark Bracco from Audiobility, specialists in control automation, to help turn Body Action Gym’s vision into reality.
The main gym area now consists of 16 Blackline X8s mounted to custom column clamps, as well as six Blackline X118 subwoofers suspended from the concrete slab. The entire solution is controlled by a dedicated Martin

 
 
alcons-audio-press-release-alcons-lr7-provides-a-sonic-landscape-for-paddy-field-lr7-system-debut-event-roomAlcons provides sonic landscape for Paddy Field
Friday, 5 November 2021

Japan - Based in Shinjuku, Paddy Field is a rental company which supplies audio, video and recording solutions to a wide range of small-to-medium sized performing arts productions. When company founder Ryodai Tanaka was looking for a compact front of house system that would deliver quality sound, he turned to Alcons Audio’s pro-ribbon technology.
Ryodai founded Paddy Field in 2019, after 10 years as a freelance sound engineer. He was introduced to Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems in July 2020, at a demonstration event held by Alcons’ Japanese distributor E’Spec Inc. Ryodai was immediately impressed. “The sound quality was excellent and, even at high volume, the high frequencies made the listening experience much more comfortable. At the same time, the bass sounded very tight,” he says.
Ryodai was looking to invest in a compact line array FoH system for Paddy Field demonstrations and rentals. He tried systems from different manufacturers, but couldn't find anything he was happy with. E’Spec then arranged the loan of an Alcons LR7 micro line array system, which Ryodai deployed in a 400-capacity hall. “Before I heard Alcons, I didn't know about pro-ribbon drivers. When I investigated the mechanism I was worried if it could withstand loud volume levels but, when I tried the LR7, any anxiety was completely dispelled,” he says.
“More than that, the bass power and treble extension were very good and I was amazed at the undistorted uniformity of the high register. I was also impressed how well it handled EQ, responding immediately to smal

 
eaw-oak-lawn-casinoHot Springs casino hits jackpot with EAW
Friday, 5 November 2021

USA - When officials at Oaklawn Racing Casino in Hot Springs, AZ greenlighted a multi-phased expansion project, one of the big ticket items they wanted to add to the resort was a versatile event space that could host conferences, concerts and more.
As the vision came to fruition, the recently opened 15,000sq.ft event centre features the latest technology, including an ADAPTive PA system comprising 20 Anna loudspeakers and 12 Otto subwoofers from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). In addition, EAW monitors and side-fills were also employed on the project.
The task of equipping the 1,500-seat venue with the latest in AV technology, including a 1,900sq.ft stage with a large video wall, was given to full-service AV integration firm TMG Systems. Designed by Jerrold Stevens of Marsh/PMK International LLC, this is the second project TMG Systems has worked on with Stevens in which EAW ADAPTive was the chosen solution.
“The system was configured as a left/right hang with eight Anna units and six Otto subs per side, complete with a four-box centre cluster for down-fill,” says Mark LaBouff, national sales manager, TMG Systems. “The ability of the EAW ADAPTive line to be really targeted in the vertical domain was particularly important in this application, along with the ability to set numerous presets to provide optimal coverage when the room is set up in different configurations for various types of events.”
In the new event space, tuning was seamless, using EAW’s Resolution software along with additional reference resources. For LaBouff and his t

 
 
azgr04h8-1Chauvet panels back National League play-offs
Friday, 5 November 2021

USA - The Atlanta Braves hadn’t won a National League pennant since 1999, and few ‘experts’ expected them to do so this year, even though they managed to squeak into the post season playoffs. But baseball is, if nothing else, a game that has a way of turning improbabilities into realities.
Perhaps because of this, Mike Grabowski and the team at The Lighting Design Group were ready for anything when the Braves began their playoff against the favoured Milwaukee Brewers. Their interest, or course, involved more than baseball; as they were tasked with lighting the pre and post-game commentary for the National League Championship Series, between the winners of the Braves-Brewers and Dodger-Giants clashes.
“It was a bit of an unusual situation,” said Grabowski. “We didn’t know where we’d be going to light the first game of the NLCS, because of the way the baseball playoffs work. As things turned out we didn’t learn we’d be working in Atlanta until the Dodgers beat the Giants (had the Giants won, the first game would have been in San Francisco). That was less than 48 hours before the first pitch of Game 1 was thrown.”
Given the tight time frame, The Lighting Design Group had gear ready in both locations. Featured in each of the 4Wall Entertainment supplied rigs were seven of the new Chauvet Professional onAir IP Panel 2 soft light fixtures, as well as groups of Maverick Storm 1 Wash units.
Arriving at Atlanta’s Truist Park stadium, the design team encountered a surprise. Instead of the 11’ square truss they were expecting t

 
entecwaterboyscrew01Waterboys back on tour with Entec Live
Friday, 5 November 2021

UK - When the Waterboys embarked on their current British tour, they did so safe in the knowledge that their new production supplier, Entec Live, would be able to provide the same integrated sound and lighting package as their old.
Entec, head of sound, Dan Scantlebury had brought the Waterboys into the fold, at the blessing of his previous company, dbnAudile. “They introduced us to the band owing to their heavy workload - and since the two companies have similar inventories it has been an easy transition. You generally find both L-Acoustics and d&b on tour riders, and we have the latter. In this instance they fielded two hangs of d&b V series, with a Soundcraft Vi7000 console at FOH and DiGiCo SD12 on monitors.
“The major advantage is that the band has one point of contact,” says Scantlebury, who was previously the band’s system tech. “Whether a sound or lighting query, they can relay everything through me.”
An extra benefit they could provide for co-production managers Stu Condron and Neil Mahony was some classic lighting, as Entec’s experienced lighting man, Leo Tierney explained.
Although running standard MAC Vipers and Auras, he said, “the interest in the rig is the four 10K Mole Fresnels we’ve brought in from Ancient Lights as well as a pair of 5K Fresnels from our own stock.” These are to meet the requirements of LD Donal O’Lunaigh who wanted to achieve a retro film look.
Operated from an Avolites Tiger Touch, they have all been adapted to a 2000W lamp so they can be run on standard dimmers. Of the fu

 
 
robe-saga-festival-2021-dsc0994Robe takes off at first SAGA Festival
Friday, 5 November 2021

Romania - Interest and anticipation for the first SAGA Festival in Romania, a collaboration between two dance world operations – ALDA Events and Insomniac - was so popular that the site was changed up to a bigger venue on the land of aerospace company Romaero in Bucharest.
Helping create this electronic music festival experience and new chapter in Romanian live event history was Andre Beekmans and his team from Netherlands-based design practice, The Art of Light, who specified over 200 Robe moving lights for the largest stage - Source.
Eindhoven-based Andre created the production lighting designs and supplied programmers and operators for Source plus the two other big stages, Heat and Spark. With some stages in the open air, SAGA also took advantage of a selection of enormous airplane hangars on the site, which is still a fully functional working aircraft repair and service facility.
The narrative for this first SAGA Take Off Edition was based on a blend of Romanian history and culture with dance music themes and a line-up including Don Diablo, Carl Cox, Tiësto, Topic, Allan Walker, Fisher, Sigala and more international and Romanian artists.
As the de facto main stage, Source featured a set imagined by Robin Wulff from ALDA that included the DJ booth integrated into a multi-faceted pentagonal scenic orb centrepiece with stylised ‘rays’ that released energy into the dance / audience space.
Andre matched this with lines of Robe MegaPointes and Pointes along the rays, "representing sizzling spikes and energy flows pulsing ou

 
chapelMemorial Chapel receives Danley upgrade
Thursday, 4 November 2021

USA - Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry College is consistently ranked among the nation’s best private liberal arts institutions. Central to the college’s southwestern Virginia campus is Memorial Chapel, a 500-seat church building that has served as host to thousands of worship services.
This past summer, Memorial Chapel was host to renovation with the installation of a new Danley Sound Labs point source sound reinforcement system.
“The previous installation used ceiling speakers that were installed 35 – 40ftt in the air,” said Justin Plaster of JMP Productions. “This prior design required the speakers to be quite loud to drive sound to event and worship service attendees. With the reverberant nature of the Chapel as well as the height and arch of the ceiling, this made intelligibility of the audio from those speakers very poor. The system was also quite dated.”
In addition to the need for a new sound system, the chapel’s historic nature also posed an additional challenge.
“Any time you’re working to improve sound in a historic location, there are challenges,” said Jay Andrews, regional sales manager for Danley Sound Labs. “The installation required that there could be no alteration or structural change to the room. This meant that each speaker needed to blend into its surroundings so they felt invisible.”
To meet the installation requirements, Danley Sound Labs was able to match the paint colour throughout the room to allow the speakers to blend in with their new surroundings.
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