UK - Peerless-AV is excited has announced the return its AV Experience showcase and networking event on 20-21 September 2022 at London’s Lord’s Cricket Ground
“After our hugely successful inaugural event at Lord’s last year, we are pleased to announce it will return this September,” said Keith Dutch, managing director – EMEA, Peerless-AV. “We have expanded the showcase floor space to accommodate returning exhibitors from last year as well as host of new and exciting brands. We anticipate our event in 2022 to be bigger and better, delivering an even more engaging and worthwhile experience for visitors.”
Over 25 AV and Digital Signage brands will be exhibiting at the 2022 showcase. Those already signed up include Absen, BrightSign, CTOUCH, Datapath, DTEN, iiyama, Jabra, Kramer, Lenovo, LG, Lightware, Logitech, Matrox, Mersive, neat, Peerless-AV, Philips, Samsung, Sharp NEC, Shure, Signagelive, Sony, Tripleplay and Unilumin.
There will be a full schedule of adjoining events, including Peerless-AV’s evening reception in the grounds on the Tuesday evening and the AV User Group’s September members meeting and networking drinks on the Wednesday.
Keith Dutch continued, “We are still emerging from a pandemic and this is having a knock on effect on the live events industry, as we have seen from the postponement of ISE from February to May this year. Our September position in the calendar has proved to be both timely and popular manufacturers and suppliers as an opportunity to meet and present to a wide audience, face-to-face.”
USA - When the Perdido Bay United Methodist Church in Florida was building a sanctuary out of the ground, optimum coverage and intelligibility from the newly installed sound system became top priorities.
The church’s experienced audio-visual engineer, Kenny Stewart, managed the project, and after consulting with Brian Smith, VP at Pro Sound & Video, based in nearby Pensacola, his search led him to Martin Audio. He explained, “While narrowing down my list of equipment needs, Pro Sound installed a Martin WPM array at First Baptist Church Pascagoula and my brother Kris Stewart (also at Pro Sound) mentioned how well that system performed.
“I was onboard after hearing that feedback. I needed the whole system flown, adjustable patterns, a reliable manufacturer‘s input and assistance, and an overall clear musical system.”
After considering other premium brands, his decision came down in favour of Martin Audio’s recently introduced Torus constant curvature array, purpose designed to fill the gap between a full-size line array and a point source solution. Kenny Stewart and brother Kris then set about the installation process.
The new space is a standard rectangular room with left seating, centre aisle, and right seating, with approximately 75ft from the stage to rear seats and 35ft wide seating sections. Setting out the criteria, he said, “Going into this new sanctuary, I wanted quality equipment in all aspects of the AV system. I specifically needed the ability to have a speaker system that delivered precise coverage, while limited
USA - The Phunky Monkeys, based in New Orleans, are a most capable and professional all-purpose live acts. From corporate events to weddings around the world, the Phunky Monkeys have received many five-star reviews and have performed at more than 4,000 events. While the pandemic slowed performances down globally, the Phunky Monkeys continued to perform in 2021 and already have a significant list of new performances already on the books for 2022.
“While things picked up in 2021, it’s exciting to see the volume of events we already have scheduled for 2022,” said Eric Breaux, audio technician and producer for the Phunky Monkeys. “Compared to last year, we’re already booked almost every Saturday through June – where last year things didn’t pick up until late summer.”
As events and musicians around the globe go back to performing on stages in front of big crowds, the importance of great experiences and clarity and quality in sound has never been more important. Over the past seven years, the Phunky Monkeys have used Danley Sound Labs for their live performances.
“The first time we used Danley was the first time we had a completely silent stage,” said Breaux. “It was awesome. The sound quality is unmatched – Danley products allow me to hear things in music I didn’t even know existed.”
Since 2015, the Phunky Monkeys have continued to add Danley Sound Labs gear to help personalise each event. Breaux says, “At one concert with 800 people up front, we used four TH118XL subwoofers coupled in the middle on dedicated channels.
USA - Carrie Underwood’s ongoing Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency at Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas kicked off in December 2021, and Carrie wanted this residency to be strong on creativity and innovation. BlackTrax, used back in 2016 on her Storyteller Tour and in 2019 on her Cry Pretty Tour 360, came with her to Vegas for Reflection.
At the Resorts World Theatre, Carrie Underwood performs a 90-minute, 18-song show which incorporates pyro, set-changes, skilled aerialists and dancers, lasers, mirrored surfaces, and a water wall. These combined put the innovation, skill, and creativity of her production crew, and BlackTrax, to the test.
Nate Cromwell, lighting director, and BlackTrax programmer for Underwood comments, “It’s like launching space shuttles and you get what you put into it. BlackTrax can go as far and deep and as complex as I want it to, or it can take things over and be extremely simple and easy to use. If I need to key light an artist, it is very easy to do, or if I want 32 lights to pick up a quarter body shot in a blackout, in a moving target with prediction, I can do that as well. It’s the only solution that can do that.”
The two most important things to happen on stage are the ability for Carrie to be heard, and the ability for Carrie to be seen. For this show, Cromwell uses a BlackTrax System that features 14 BT Sensors (cameras) strategically positioned throughout the rig and 9 BT Beacons (with up to 3 BT Stringers (tracking points) per BT Beacon) for each performer being tracked. BlackTrax is currently operating
UAE - At the heart of the Address Downtown Dubai hotel, Urla is a dining experience with a distinctive coastal design concept that presents a menu of ‘Aegean-inspired cuisine’. The restaurant overlooks the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains. The outdoor destination features an L-Acoustics X Series audio system.
Opened in November 2021, Urla was developed by the Q Food & Beverage Group, which was also instrumental in luxury dining destinations Huqqa, Huqqabaz and Gal. Local L-Acoustics certified provider Integrator, Levels Audio Visual has worked closely with the group to develop AV systems for all its concepts and was brought in at the interior design phase of the project to provide a complete design, as well as to supply, install and service the latest project.
Urla is mainly an outdoor venue situated in a mixed-use area, so sound spill into neighbouring areas was a major consideration. To mitigate this, the audio system design ensures that most of the direct energy is focussed only into the audience area, minimising spill to neighbouring businesses.
“The client was also looking for a sleek looking loudspeaker that wouldn’t interfere with the beautiful decor of the restaurant and would still deliver the highest possible audio performance for guests,” says Hassan Alwan, managing partner at Levels. “L-Acoustics X Series was the perfect solution. We mainly used discreet 5XT and X8 cabinets, which were complemented by the larger X12 in areas that required stronger coverage. The fact that X8 delivers sufficient low frequency performan
Italy - Veteran rockers Jethro Tull made a giant video wall the centrepiece of the band’s set design for their 2022 The Prog Years tour of Italy. Rather than showing IMAG images or typical breakout patterns on this wall, band leader Iain Anderson opted for deeper and more thought-provoking cinematic images, such as an empty park bench and graffiti cover sidewalks being trampled on by faceless crowds for Aqualung and stunt bicyclists for Nothing Is Easy
There were also scenes of locomotives riding the rails through tunnels, ballet dancers in empty rooms, and alien armies. The imagery flowed ceaselessly throughout the 16-song set.
Anderson wanted nothing on stage to diminish the impact of these images. At the same time, however, he was also intent on having a colourful, dynamic lightshow and ‘impeccable’ key lighting support the band’s performance.
Designer Gustavo Boetti, and the team at Fumasoli Audio & Light Rental obliged, evocatively lighting the stage and the artists, whilst also supporting, rather than distracting from the video wall. Helping them achieve this vision was a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures that included 24 Maverick MK2 Wash and 12 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures, from Fumasoli’s own inventory.
To keep the wall centre stage, Boetti ruled out a number of effects such as dry ice and potentially distracting energetic aerial displays. Instead, he opted to incorporate a restrained yet creative application of lighting, drawing primarily upon the 12 (40 W) Osram RGBW LEDs of the Maverick MK2 Wash
USA - The 25,000 seat Red Bull Arena, home to the Major League Soccer New York Red Bulls and the NJ/NY Gotham FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, is located in Harrison, New Jersey, and is the third-largest soccer-specific stadium in the country and in the league.
In addition to the implementation of new open-concept spaces and renovations to existing premium areas, Red Bull Arena recently saw its audio systems infrastructure enhanced with the installation of a DiGiCo Quantum225 mixing console paired with a new Dante-native DQ-Rack.
John Nicklas, the venue’s AV engineer, calls the desk the “steering wheel” of an entirely new sound reinforcement system in the form of an L-Acoustics A Series PA, all integrated by leading AV system design and integration firm Diversified. “You wouldn’t want to drive a Corvette with the steering wheel of a golf cart, right?” asks Nicklas. “That’s why we needed the new DiGiCo Quantum225 - it’s the perfect high-tech steering wheel for our state-of-the-art new loudspeaker system.”
Nicklas says the Quantum225, which is now the primary mixing console for all of the venue’s audio operations - including pre-recorded music before, during and after matches, for live performances such as the singing of the National Anthem and half-time productions, and to support the content shown on the venue’s two new 1,325-square-foot displays - was chosen for a number of reasons.
Those include its compact footprint that still offers 72 input channels, 36 busses, and a 12x12 full-processing matrix, as well
UK - Adlib’s rental inventory of new flagship Martin fixtures, including the MAC Ultra Wash and MAC Aura PXL, made an instant impression across a wide range of live events throughout the UK.
At one of these events, experienced lighting designer Liam Tully looked after the front of the house for Adlib at TRNSMT.
“We used 26 MAC Aura PXLs as washes, plus 22 MAC Ultra Washes on the front and side trusses.” explains Tully. “Out of all the bands and headliners that came through - and we had the likes of Liam Gallagher, The Courteeners, Chemical Brothers and Snow Patrol - everyone came in and said, yeah, that’s perfect, that’s the kind of rig we want.”
The MAC Ultra is Martin’s new flagship fixture, available in Performance and Wash variants. The MAC Aura PXL features 19 main beam LED pixels and 141 Aura backlight pixels.
“All of the fixtures on that gig were friendly for daytime artists and evening artists," he added. “That’s what I think is so good about having the MAC Aura PXLs on a festival rig. Compared to Aura XBs, they’re punching through that daytime slot so you can see that a wash is there, whereas, with other fixtures on the market, I just don’t think you can see that.”
On the next weekend, Adlib’s MAC Aura PXLs were also in-use at the Creamfields festival, with a total of 56 MAC Aura PXLs deployed by lighting designer Paul Abdullah.
Tom Edwards, head of lighting and video at Adlib, concluded, “Our continuous investment into LED technology puts us on the front foot and ensures that we can servic
Finland - Rock star Lauri Tähkä is on a tour of his home county’s biggest venues with a set design featuring visuals driven by Hippotizer Montane+ Media Servers.
The chart-topping musician is wowing crowds at venues including Helsinki’s Bolt Arena, Seinäjoki OmaSp Stadium and the Nokia Arena in the city of Tampere.
Finnish design studio Visual45 was challenged with creating a standout show for Lauri Tähkä’s tour, based on the concept of a spiritual, temple experience. The company’s Mikko Linnavuori and Eero Helle have worked on visual design for Lauri Tähkä before, and understand his requirements for audience-pleasing visual production values to match his dynamic performance.
“Due to the style of the show, and the fact that the order of the songs can change as the artist sees fit, we needed a media server solution that would offer the ability to busk and push the parameters in real time to create a memorable, live show,” says Linnavuori. “We knew that Hippotizer’s well-known ease-of-use and powerful features would allow us to change the visual looks on the fly, producing a dynamic show artistically but keeping operating as simple as possible.”
Linnavuori chose to use two Hippotizer Montane+ servers, one live and one as backup. On stage were seven screens rigged in layers to resemble epic church windows, fronted with an iron grid to create texture and layers. Risers extended the look and space for Lauri Tähkä and his band to perform on. The total pixel resolution was 1600x 832 pixels, allowing the team lots of space u
Hungary - A Robe moving light rig comprising more than 350 fixtures was recently specified for the new 20,000-capacity MVM Dome in Budapest. The sports facility is Europe’s largest handball arena and will also be used for concerts and entertainment shows.
The Robe fixtures were specified by Visual Europe Group (VEG), the building’s technical management and services specialists, working in close consultation with Budapest-based AVL Trade which supplied the luminaires. The first event staged in the venue was the 2022 European Men’s Handball Championship Final, won by Sweden.
Most of the Robe luminaires - including 64 x Fortes, 64 x Tarrantulas, 64 x MegaPointes, 120 x Tetra2 moving LED battens and four Forte FollowSpots together with four RoboSpot remote follow systems - will be in use in the main arena space. They were used to great effect by lighting designer Attila Lenzser for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Men’s EHF Euro 2022 final.
Adam Nagy, project manager for AVL Trade, explained that the package also included 32 x Robe LEDBeam 350s and 16 x Robe ProMotion moving projectors which are destined for use in other parts of the building, like the extensive foyer spaces, conference suites and VIP lounges.
Due to the high trim height of the trussing mothergrid in the MVM Dome’s roof, they needed powerful fixtures and chose Fortes, launched last year for stadium and large venue / event applications.
The MVM Dome lighting spec featured as much LED as possible for all the obvious reasons including to be as sustainable a
USA - The transformative atmosphere of the almost century-old Tampa Theatre was never lost on designer Peter L. Spadaro III when he lit shows there. So, when he was called on recently to light a show for singer/songwriter Citizen Cope at the theatre, he was determined to weave its distinctive Renaissance revival style architecture, complete with statutes and gargoyles, into his design.
“I always believe in extending my design out into the environment rather than limiting myself to just the stage,” comments Spadaro. “Tampa Theatre is a gorgeous historic site built in the 1920s. The architecture inside is truly stunning, and it definitely influenced my work. I was really trying to get the audience and the facade of the theatre fully engulfed in light when I could.”
Spadaro accomplished this in part by playing with different light angles from the Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spots he rented for the show. “Looking at this building, I wanted to make it part of the visual experience,” he said. “So, I got pretty creative with some positions that I never used before due to how the stage and room were set up. Light angles helped connect the audience to the beauty of the venue.”
Tampa-based ESI Production Services supplied Spadaro with his Maverick units as well as Strike 4 fixtures. Complementing the house rig, these lights were positioned on road cases as far upstage as possible, which presented a challenge given the dimensions of the theatre’s stage.
“I usually like to use a good amount of the stage when positioning my lights
France - Having recently announced the creation of a team dedicated to the Asia-Pacific region, L-Acoustics has announced that it has created and filled three key sales director positions to match its regional operational structure: BJ Shaver for the Americas, David Cooper for Asia-Pacific (APAC), and Jacob Barfoed for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
All three directly report to L-Acoustics global director of business development Jochen Frohn, BJ and David will also be developing regional sales strategies in close collaboration with Americas CEO Alan Macpherson and APAC CEO Tim Zhou respectively.
Based in, Arkansas, BJ Shaver has been with the company for over nine years, first serving as a regional sales manager for the southeastern US, and then later as an installation business development director, install for the Americas. Before joining L-Acoustics, he spent six years with an AVL integrator.
Recently relocating from the United Kingdom to new L-Acoustics APAC office in Singapore, David Cooper has also been promoted to his current role as L-Acoustics sales director, APAC. Like Shaver, Cooper has spent more than nine years with the manufacturer as a sales manager and is well-known throughout the industry for his prior 20-year association with Midas mixing consoles.
Jacob Barfoed is based in Copenhagen and a new hire to L-Acoustics. Barfoed comes to the manufacturer from Sony Professional, where he spent nearly two decades in various leadership capacities, the latest being head of European sales.
“After a couple of understanda
UK - To provide rock band Nothing But Thieves with expressive visuals for their sold-out UK arena tour, lighting designer Sam Tozer crafted a dynamic rig featuring Martin Professional lighting solutions, provided by Christie Lites.
The tour, which kicked off at the Birmingham Academy on 10 October 2021 and included shows at London’s O2 Arena and Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, promoted the Essex band’s latest chart-topping album, Moral Panic. For Nothing But Thieves, a staple on the festival circuit, the tour marked its long-awaited return to live performances, as well as its arena debut, and so the band wanted to provide audiences with an especially memorable and high-quality live experience.
However, with no opportunity for dress rehearsals due to pandemic restrictions the lighting rig needed to be reliable and adaptable in order to adhere to the strict time frame. To meet these requirements, Tozer relied on Martin’s MAC Aura PXL and MAC Viper fixtures. His team included account holder Andy Stratum, crew chief Adam Morris and production manager Andrew Sweeney.
“When drawing up plans for the tour, we tried to match the new art design of the latest album,” says Tozer. “We wanted to create a clean-looking show and build dynamically during the performance with lighting added throughout the set. I wanted a rig that could light the band, but also was versatile to provide some eye candy when needed.”
The Martin MAC Viper served as the main workhorse for the tour and provided the essential key lighting for framing the band.
Japan - Building on the success of the R2 Supperclub in Tokyo's lively Ropponghi district, the venue's owners have expanded their hospitality portfolio with the launch of the R3 Club Lounge, a colourful “hybrid venue” that combines trendy dining with a DJ-driven nightclub experience.
Designed to offer spatial diversity, R3 Club Lounge provides guests with a range of ways to soak up its immersive ambience, whether in a standing lounge and dance floor, or its opulent and individually themed VIP Room located by the stage area.
Helping to accentuate the club and its different microenvironments is a versatile lighting design by Hibino Lighting. The Hibino team used lighting to give each space a distinctive appeal while pulling everything together into a unified look. Helping them accomplish this was an impressive collection of Chauvet Professional products including six Rogue R1X Spots, four Rogue R1X Washes, four Rogue R1 BeamWashes, eight COLORado Batten Quad Q15 units and 45 COLORdash PAR H7 IP x 45 fixtures.
Beginning with the disco ball in the centre of the venue, the team at Hibino Lighting were keen to accentuate the concentric nature of the venue with its central dance floor and various VIP offshoots. Hung from central circular trussing, the Rogue R1X Spot fixtures highlight the disco ball feature with spectacular concentrated throws of powerful refracted light, creating a unique visual focal point with which to direct attention towards to adjacent lying DJ booth.
In addition to highlighting the centrepiece of the central area within
UK - The constantly evolving production of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds - which has been touring arenas for 16 years - has been revitalised, with a new cast, additional music and an immersive experience for audiences.
A regular feature over the past 12 years has been sound designer and consultant, Simon Honywill, in the FOH mixing position, and a Martin Audio PA delivering the complexity of sound, while RG Jones Sound Engineering have again provided the inventory of sound equipment.
Honywill is now on his sixth tour of duty, and in keeping with the production, he has kept the sound suitably refreshed as technology has evolved. His adoption of Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA back in 2012, with its multi-cellular control ensured that audiences in the front stalls were subject to exactly the same sonic experience - the full explosion of music, spoken word and special effects - as their more distant neighbours at the rear of the upper circle.
This time around, for a production dubbed The Life Begins Again tour, Honywill says despite his extensive experience of the production and the venues it visits, the challenges remain the same. “It never gets any easier,” he admits. “The schedule is pretty gruelling, but as time has gone on, we are now very confident about using Martin Audio’s DISPLAY2 shells from previous shows to speed up the process of system optimisation and array deployment.
“Ten years and more down the line with this system, I am still entirely convinced that it is way ahead of the comp
UK - The National Youth Theatre raised £350,000 during a fundraising gala dinner, with support from production experts Light Fantastic Production Services.
The event, called Nostalgic Fantastic, was a fundraiser for the charity as well as a grand reveal of the newly renovated National Youth Theatre building. As such, the NYT team recognised that technical production was going to be key to showcasing both their cultural value and readiness to welcome the next generation of theatre talent.
Based within easy reach of NYT’s North London HQ, LFPS provided an extensive lighting, power and audio package to ensure the event’s success. LFPS managing director Rob Myer is a former member of National Youth Theatre, and other NYT alumni in attendance at the gala dinner included Rege Jean-Page and Robert Rinder, as well as patrons Rosamund Pike and the Earl of Wessex.
LFPS’ involvement in Nostalgic Fantastic was on a not-for-profit basis, with the goal of supporting a vital piece of the UK’s cultural infrastructure. Beyond the supply of equipment, LFPS also provided a team of experienced technicians. They supported the NYT’s technical members in installing and operating the lighting and audio systems, giving them a valuable opportunity to get hands-on with a range of cutting-edge equipment.
To allow guests to explore the NYT’s renovated spaces, the Nostalgic Fantastic was staged as a piece of promenade theatre. The audience were drawn through the building on their journey to the gala dinner, in the NYT’s largest r
France - Twelve APG MC2C compact satellite loudspeakers are providing maximum intelligibility in the humid and challenging environment of the busy Centre aquatique Auréo in Bayeux.
Opened in 2019, Auréo is an aquatic centre combining multiple swimming pools with a 515sq.m ‘wellness area’ featuring saunas, a jacuzzi, a salt cave and a balneotherapy pool. The 2,300m², €12.6m complex is the only municipal swimming pool serving the nearly 15,000 residents of the district after the previous piscine de Bayeux closed a year earlier.
When it came time to upgrade the aquatic centre’s AV system, the previous installation having not lived up to expectations, the town of Bayeux selected local system integrator Music Light, a long-term partner of both Bayeux and APG. “We have already equipped various locations in Bayeux with APG, so our client had references and was already familiar with the quality of the products proposed,” comments Gaëtan Potier, Music Light’s managing director.
After conducting an acoustic and technical study, Music Light specified a total of 12 column-shaped install dedicated APG MC2C speakers for Auréo, which are installed across three zones: four loudspeakers in the leisure pool, six in the sports pool, and two in the wellness area.
Music Light has worked with APG since 2010 (it was “love at first sight for my ears”, jokes Potier) and the company was able to draw on past experience to tackle the most challenging aspect of the Auréo install: the high ambient temperature and humidity presented by an indoor swi
USA - Joe Foglia is a different sort of production sound mixer, having cut his teeth on music recording at Miami’s renowned Criteria Studios, where he engineered or assisted on recordings by Black Sabbath; Crosby, Stills, and Nash and many other celebrated musical artists. His film and TV credits include the ’80s-defining series Miami Vice, for which he earned an Emmy nomination for best sound.
Joe and his own remote mobile production company, Southeast Audio ADR, have travelled the country to work on hits like Marley and Me, Scrubs, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. A lifetime Lectrosonics user, Foglia has recently adopted the all-digital D Squared line, including five DSQD four-channel receivers, two DCR822 compact dual-channel receivers, M2T transmitters for IFB, and an arsenal of all-digital and Digital Hybrid packs - the latter being receivable by the D Squared systems.
Foglia first entered the music industry a computer background. “I hooked up with a guy in technical school, Peter Yianilos, and later we found ourselves working at a firm building computers for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory,” he recalls. “We left at the same time to go work for MCI - not the phone company but the one that made 24-track tape machines and recording consoles. They were eventually bought by Sony, but Peter and I decided we wanted to put together a remote recording truck.”
This not only gave Foglia kung-fu-master expertise in listening, but also launched him into production and broadcast sound mixing in a practical
Spain - Barcelona’s fringe theatre Teatre Akadèmia has recently completed a multimedia upgrade to enhance the venue’s technical production capabilities.
Alongside new video and lighting systems, a comprehensive Amate Audio sound installation - comprising loudspeakers, power amplifiers and digital audio processors from the company - has provided the venue with both a new FOH PA and surround sound EFX capabilities.
Award winning theatre sound designer Roc Mateu and Amate Audio’s industrial designer Guiu Llusá worked together to address the theatre’s specific sound design challenges; in particular with respect to the design of the venue, incorporating a ‘thrust stage’ with raked seating on three sides. “The sound design objectives were those required to provide a room with the distinct layout of the Teatre Akadèmia,” says Llusá, “With sound equipment of an appropriate scale, with comparable performance capabilities to that used in large scale auditoria.”
The resultant sound design is effectively two discrete systems, operating together within a matrix sound design; one the FoH dialogue PA, comprising larger full-range cabinets, and the other a wider ‘boundary’ installation, sited around the perimeter of and firing into the room, comprising smaller cabinets providing a dynamic surround sound EFX capability.
N12P and S6P models from Amate Audio’s Nítid series of compact, high-performance, dedicated venue installation loudspeaker systems were selected; two-way designs of relative scale, engineered to provide a common
Japan - The city of Fukuoka stands on the shores of Hakata Bay, has been a centre of international commerce since ancient times and is the country’s sixth-largest city and second-largest port after Yokohama.
The city hosts the 52,000 capacity Fukuoka PayPay Dome, the first multi-purpose dome in Japan to incorporate a retractable roof and, when built, its 216m diameter made it the largest indoor stadium and the largest geodesic dome. At a length of 188m, the venue also has the world’s longest bar from which spectators can see the entire field.
As well as baseball (the Dome is home to the SoftBank Hawks), other key sports events are staged regularly, and concerts have included artists of the calibre of Michael Jackson, who performed on four occasions there to huge crowds, Whitney Houston, Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi.
One of the most recent music events staged at the huge venue was the Fukuoka Music Fes., organised by Softbank Hawks, Space Shower TV and apparel manufacturers Beams.
On this occasion, the total array of Outline loudspeakers fielded by the event’s audio contractor Try Audio Japan was impressive: each of the two adjacent stages had a main left and right hang, with 12 GTO and 3 Mantas as down-fills, and outer side-hangs had 24 Outline Butterfly per side.
Each of the delay towers hosted 16 Outline Butterfly elements and eight LIPF-082 lip-fill speakers were mounted atop the 40 DBS 18-2 subwoofers, aligned two-up along the stage fronts, which ensured a really beefy punch on the bottom end.
The Outline p
USA - Full Sail University recently equipped its flagship venue, Full Sail Live, with Martin Professional LED lighting fixtures and creative video elements powered by Martin’s P3 control system.
Full Sail offers accredited degrees in the fields of music and recording, film and television, art and design, games, communications, sports broadcasting, emerging technologies and business. Full Sail’s sprawling campus includes a variety of classrooms, labs, studios and performance venues equipped with the latest technology, offering students the opportunity to learn on the same equipment and software they’ll encounter in their careers.
When it came time to upgrade the lighting rig at the university’s flagship venue for live events, Full Sail Live, staff had high standards for solutions that would benefit students and outside clients alike. Being long-time users of Martin lighting solutions, the university’s Event Operations department selected Martin MAC Ultra Performance, MAC Aura PXL and VDO Fatron 20 fixtures powered by a P3-300 system controller and P3 PowerPort 1500 power and data units.
“It's a 10-year-old facility, so we started to look at how we could offer our students and clients the latest technology,” said Vincent Lepore, director of event technical operations, Full Sail University. “The bottom line was to make sure that we're offering our students the best possible education on the most current equipment available, and that's what this system provides. First and foremost, we're a university, so education is our number one goal
South Korea - For the Eulsukdo Cultural Centre, TechDataPS Co installed a comprehensive audio system featuring Harman Professional Solutions.
Founded in 2002, the Eulsukdo centre is a multi-purpose space for visitors to experience various art forms and performances with the natural beauty of Eulsukdo Island as a backdrop. Designed to achieve ‘a harmonious blend between nature and culture’, the centre features an outdoor performance hall overlooking a stunning sculpture park and the island’s natural beauty, as well as three indoor exhibition areas.
TechDataPS Co reported that the client requested a new audio system for crystal-clear sound and full coverage within both indoor performance areas. However, the deep balconies in both areas made achieving true tonal clarity for all audience members a challenge. The installation team developed a design that achieved immersive, reflection-free sound with JBL Professional, Crown and Soundcraft audio solutions.
The new system primarily features the compact JBL VTX A8 line array speaker, which provides impactful sound and full coverage thanks to its 110° dispersion and mid-frequency Radiation Boundary Integrator design. Additionally, JBL VTX B18 subwoofers reinforce the lower frequencies and feature a patented Slip Stream double-flared exponential low-frequency port design to avoid muddling the system’s overall clarity.
Finally, JBl VTX M20 stage monitors with Differential Drive transducers and D2 dual diaphragm, dual voice coil compression drivers ensure isolated and coherent audio for the pe
Japan - As night-time descends, the metropolitan centre of Tokyo offers a sensory overload of lights and sound. And the upmarket district of Ginza is home to the glass-fronted Tokyu Plaza skyscraper where, on the sixth floor, a new nightclub and DJ lounge has opened.
Raise Tokyo is owned by prolific Japanese venue operator Lounge Operation (operator of other Tokyo venues including Sel Octagon, Ce La Vi and Plus) and offers a VIP nightclub experience.
The club boasts a bold mission statement to ‘re-define the nightlife experience’. The stylised design brief for the 800 capacity, 740sq.m venue is evident throughout, and the chrome Void speakers, which are almost highlighted as design features, add to the futuristic style of the venue.
“The high-end audio installation in Raise is the first time we have specified Void Acoustics for a Lounge Operation venue - but the GM is a Void fan and was keen to see the brand deployed throughout the club, not only because of the audio excellence, but because of the design aesthetic of all Void products”, explains Tocci Satoru, director of eastaudio inc. and Tokyo Sound System Laboratory - the long-term exclusive distributor for Void Acoustics in Japan.
The audio installation is significant and Tocci and his team believe they have delivered a well-balanced audio-scape despite the constraints of limited space and various other unique challenges.
The distinct designs of bespoke chrome coloured Tri Motion and Airten V3 loudspeakers adorn the dancefloor, supported by a substantial number of Venu V2 a
UK - Avolites has been chosen by systems integrators Visual Systems to power the lighting control at The Londoner hotel. Billed as the world’s first “super boutique” hotel by owner Edwardian Hotels and located on the southwest corner of Leicester Square, the hotel has quickly become one of the few hotels to devote as much thought to the behind-the-scenes audiovisual fabric.
“Not many hotels I've seen in my 30 years in the industry have this amount of AV equipment,” says Ray Sappal, a director with Visual Systems and The Londoner’s AV project manager. “Ballrooms very rarely have in-house production lighting. In this case we selected and installed an integrated house light control with the production lighting control to give the lighting engineer complete control over the whole room via the lighting desk.”
While a lighting console was in the client’s original tender, Visual Systems - part of the Myriad Audio Visual Group - convinced them to change the brand to Avolites.
“While the room is equipped with a vast array of AV when the room is hired out for events, the hotel’s client has the option of bringing in their own kit,” says Sappal. “The key piece of kit is the lighting console since this is the brain if you like powering the light show and is what will give any event a sense of spectacle and of occasion.
“Avolites is the industry standard when it comes to live events. This means that clients looking to book the Ballroom are far more likely to trust the kit if they know it is Avolites and also that far more operat