USA - Brad Katz, founder of California audio company Waveworks, has spent his career searching for a high-fidelity audio system for use at events ranging from block parties to dance events, which can be anything from all-night raves to multi-day festivals. He found what he was looking for in Alcons Audio pro-ribbon technology.
Based in Oakland, Brad founded Waveworks in 2016. “The dance music industry tends to stick with what it knows, and a lot of the competition is racing to be the loudest. I've spent my career searching for a true ‘3D’ sound that does not hurt after hours of dancing, where there is so little distortion that you can have a conversation and earplugs are optional,” he says.
He first heard Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems at a demonstration of the VR8 compact versatile monitor, before he founded Waveworks. “The demo was great, and it really stuck in my mind,” he says. “When I started the company I went to a lot of demos, to really prove to myself that Alcons pro-ribbon technology is amongst the best of the best out there. Every time I heard it, I was impressed.”
Katz invested in a system based on the Alcons RR12 point-source array module and Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers, which he deploys with his own custom single 15-inch and horn loaded subwoofers. This ensures that, as a small production company breaking into a market with many established players, he brings something genuinely new and exciting.
“The RR12’s sound has incredible clarity and is so seamless - you can direct it very precisely an
Mexico - After 18 years of relentless touring, nine studio albums, and a fistful of awards, heavy metal icons WarCry remain as fiercely intense as ever. The band’s searing passion was as hot as a blast furnace when they appeared at Chihuahua’s Teatro de las Ciudad in September.
From the moment they burst on the stage performing Luz del norte and throughout their entire 21 song set, the band from the Asturian region of Spain swept fans up in their hard driving sound. Contributing to the experience was a frenetic lightshow created with 28 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by ProAudioSoluciones.
Tapped by the show’s producer, Direct Music Company, to provide the lighting rig, ProAudioSoluciones drew on its 20 years experience in the entertainment industry to select fixtures that could provide powerful, immersive looks, while still offering versatility and easy set up features.
Anchoring the rig were eight Maverick MK1 Hybrid moving heads, chosen for their intense output and gobo capabilities. The 440W fixtures were also selected because their zoom range of 3° to 18° in spot mode, and from 19° to 41° in wash mode, allowed the lighting designers from the Txus Plágaro to set different moods throughout the show by changing coverage areas.
Added punch was served up by six Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures, while color from 12 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures helped set different scenes throughout the show. Each of those looks reflected varying degrees of scintillating intensity.
UK - Audio-visual and entertainment technology company Anna Valley is building a centre for audio excellence across the group by purchasing new audio equipment to supplement their existing stock, consolidating their inventory with that of their subsidiary, Matrix UK Solutions, and assembling a team of dedicated audio specialists.
The new stock purchased by Anna Valley complements both its existing d&b, Shure and Yamaha kit as well as the equipment recently moved from Matrix to the group’s head office in Feltham, to create a comprehensive hire stock of digital audio equipment. The company has expanded its range of d&b speakers by adding both Y-Series and E-series to their existing stock and have replaced their wireless microphone systems with digital options.
Anna Valley’s purchase of an additional 40 channels of Shure QLX-D with DPA microphones and new, Dante-enabled, Shure Axient Digital systems brings its total stock of Shure digital systems to just under 100 channels. Additional Yamaha consoles and interfaces tie these systems together and provide the flexibility to scale according to events’ needs.
In addition, Anna Valley also brought in Lucy Jenkins as head of audio. With extensive experience as a freelance audio engineer and project manager, and previous positions at Orbital Sound and SSE Audio Group, she was instrumental in specifying Anna Valley’s new purchase list and will also be responsible for building and leading the new audio team.
“Anna Valley is recognised as a leader in video displays and, while
UK - Stage Electrics has received an order for £209,000 from Vinci Construction for works to King’s School in Macclesfield.
The project started out as a design proposal and has developed over the last few months into a complete installation covering lighting, sound and projection.
The newly developed campus will include four large performance areas within the school, the Conference Room, Drama Studio, Junior Hall and Recital Room. Stage Electrics will be installing lighting, audio and video infrastructure to the four rooms.
Work began on the 30 March and is expected to be completed within 11 weeks. The site team are working during the Covid-19 crisis and are constantly risk-assessing the situation.
Stage Electrics has worked with Vinci Construction before on other projects including the Fairfield Halls project in Croydon. Chris Wells is heading up the team and is working in close collaboration with Vinci Construction and within the government health guidelines to help keep things moving in these difficult times.
USA - Last Saturday evening (4 April), Stage Right Lighting of Virginia Beach teamed up with Smartmouth Beer to broadcast The Relief Stream featuring local rock band Bennett Wales & the Relief. The benefit concert was streamed live from Stage Right Lighting's own studio, decked out using their extensive inventory of lighting gear.
The lighting setup included Elation Proteus Rayzor 760 LED moving heads and Seven Batten 72 linear LED lights, along with ZW37 II LED moving heads, a few of which had GoPro cameras mounted to their face for wide-angle video shots.
Revenue generated from the live stream went to support music and production crews of the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads area. Experience or relive the show at https://stagerightlighting.com.
Australia - D1 Studios in Marrickville, Sydney, is a busy facility that caters for photo and video shoots, commercials and promos. It’s owned and run by Harry Dakanalis.
Dakanalis has also been a stuntman and stunt coordinator for many years, cutting his teeth working on numerous feature films and commercials. When he’s not been jumping out of helicopters and spectacularly crashing cars, his other company D2 Motion has developed a highly accurate robotic motion-controlled camera system.
This can produce gravity-defying camera angles, aspects and footage for more standard studio stunt effects quickly and efficiently.
Harry has also recently invested in 64 Astera Titan Tube LED battens for the studio which are part of the specialist light box set up that D1 offers its clients.
The Titans, purchased through ULA Group, Astera’s Australian distributor, are attached to a 9m-wide by 5m-deep motorised box truss that forms the light box, and they provide a flexible and ready-to-use lighting system for any scenario.
Run wired with data via ArtNet from a laptop, the Titans are controlled via D2 Motion’s proprietary software developed by Daniel Miller specifically for the studio and this light box application.
The light box was evolved to create a comprehensive overhead lighting set up - particularly for car commercials - with a high degree of granular control that can give the impression of light shifting in each frame and simulating movement.
“We needed a fixture that could match the colour temperature of other ligh
Thailand - To accentuate the ornate architecture of Bangkok’s IconSiam I buildings, With Light Company deployed an array of Martin by Harman lighting fixtures.
With more than 525,000sq.m of retail floor space encompassing the IconSiam and IconLuxe shopping malls, the IconSiam complex is one of the largest retail outlets in Asia. The $1.5bn project also includes two of the tallest buildings in Bangkok: the 70-floor Magnolias Waterfront Residences and the 52-story Mandarin Oriental Residences. The IconSiam building includes the 3,000-seat True Icon Hall auditorium, the Icon Cineconic cinema, and the IconSiam Heritage Museum.
The smaller ICS Building features additional shopping and restaurants, as well as the 244-room Hilton Garden Inn Bangkok ICS hotel and resort. To illuminate the buildings’ lavish designs, developers Siam Piwat, Magnolia Quality Development (MQDC), and Charoen Pokphand Group hired Lighting Design With Light Company to upgrade the existing outdoor lighting system with a lighting solution from Harman.
“The client requested a one-of-a-kind lighting system to accentuate the gold and white colours of the IconSiam buildings,” said a spokesperson for With Light Company. “They needed high-quality lighting fixtures that could be placed at any angle. In addition, the lighting system had to be waterproof and dustproof. So, we designed a custom solution using Martin lighting fixtures.”
With Light Company equipped the buildings with Martin Exterior Wash 320, Exterior Wash 220 and Exterior Wash 120 lighting fixtures
Hungary - Alternative rock band Hiperkarma celebrated its 20th anniversary with a few close friends - all 6,500 of them at the Laszlo Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Hungary’s biggest sports complex. A large complement of Claypaky lighting fixtures helped illuminate the concert, which was held on 7 February after almost two months of rehearsals.
Soul Light Kft. provided the Claypaky fixtures for the event with Attila Kolozsi the crew chief. Bence Nagy was the lighting designer and console operator.
“The rental company only had eight hours to build the whole stage, rigging and lighting so I needed to focus on the simplicity of the design,” Nagy explains. “It looked like a regular festival setup, but it was a bit different because I tried to make some ‘groups’ of fixtures.”
The lights were mounted on four trusses at various heights; the shortest was seven meters from the stage.
“I chose Claypaky lights because I love their colours! For this show their colour mixing was very important as was their ability to do great effects with the multiprisms, great frost function and high-range zoom. Claypaky fixtures are also very trustworthy,” says Nagy.
He notes that the concert featured five guests so 11 musicians were always on stage. The show, with 38 songs, lasted two hours and had “no timecode or triggers or anything else - it was all live at the console for me.”
Nagy utilized 12 Claypaky Alpha Wash 1500s for frontlights. “They are a really trusty fixture with nice colour mixing and high brightness - they were
Europe - MIRRAD lighting designer, Jamie Thompson, has been accompanying Irish rock band, The Script, for most of the 12 years they have been touring. And for much of that time GLP’s LED automated lighting solutions have formed a central part of his inventory, dating back to the original impression 90.
By the time the band’s second album was released they were already playing arenas, and now, with the release of their sixth album Sunsets & Full Moons late last year, they were recently back playing Europe’s major venue circuit.
For the production designer, GLP’s new generation of products has provided scope to depict the geometry and vivid colour suggested by the album title, enabling him to build a set with a lot of curvature and concentric arcs. “When the Script write an album they will generally produce good imagery,” says the former KOI award winner. “The iconography this time is two circles with a horizon line in between, representing the sunset and the full moon - and that was the concept they wanted to portray onstage.”
Thompson was soon sitting down with the band’s co-founders Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan, deciding the most practical means of representing that in 3D. PRG’s PURE 10 28m x 10m 70% transparent curved video screen would form the centrepiece, but bringing the stage and scenography to life were a vast selection of GLP’s FR10 Bars, each containing 10 powerful 60 Watt RGBW LEDs that colour match with the entire GLP X4 and FR series.
In addition to these were 42 of the modular KNV Cubes, c
USA - With the world uniting in social distancing efforts, friends and families are relying more on social media to connect and engage. Bandit Lites reports that it has surpassed more than 120,000 Facebook followers, 54,000 Instagram followers and 16,000 Twitter followers.
“This is a community unlike any other,” says Bandit Lites media relations coordinator Sharon Gross. “On any given week we’re seeing nearly 1m people reached in the touring industry, from veterans to students to people who simply like to see the behind-the-scene looks of their favourite artists’ tours.”
In addition to sharing the goings on of their shops, tours and installations, Bandit’s team has made available tips and insights through the blog Bandit Dimmer Beach (banditdimmerbeach.com). Bandit Lites general manager Mark Steinwachs has written more than 250 posts ranging from programming and design tips to debates on what films make up the best Bus Movies, and amassed more than 920,000 views.
“There are two different types of people that I've thought about when writing the blog, the young pups and the road dogs,” explains Steinwachs. “For the pups, I hope they gain a little bit of knowledge that most of the road dogs never had going in. It's not the same as doing gigs of course, but every little bit helps when navigating our industry. For the road dogs I tried to make them chuckle, but more than that, I wanted to try and help them see things in a different way. We get set in our ways and sometimes it is hard to see another perspective.”
USA - As a long-standing customer of TSL Products, NEP Group has relied on the company’s MPA1 units as their audio monitoring solution of choice for live broadcasts. When TSL introduced its new MPA1 V Series audio monitor, designed to directly address the needs of those in live production, NEP was the first to realise the benefits and place its order. NEP Group integrates TSL’s MPA1-MIX MADI-V audio monitor as a cost-effective solution to improve operator workflow within its fleet of OB trucks.
“We are always looking for ways to enhance the workflow of operators within our OB trucks,” says Michael Naugle, design engineer for NEP’s U.S. Broadcast Services team. “The newly designed TSL MPA1-MIX MADI-V units feature an extremely intuitive layout. The left to right ascending order of the knobs is very user-friendly as the operator can easily find the channel they need, without having to look directly at the panel. The ‘V’ pattern also has a nice aesthetic look to it.”
Since integrating the new TSL MPA1-MIX MADI-V units, Naugle has received positive feedback from the operators. “Operator feedback has been great – they enjoy the look of the new V Series, as well as the ease of use that comes with having the updated control layout. Also, the sound quality is amazing, which we have come to expect from all TSL solutions.”
NEP Group currently has the MPA1-MIX MADI-V units installed in two of its OB trucks and Naugle plans to continue relying on the units for projects going forward. “In addition to the two trucks that currently have
UK - One of the highlights of the music industry’s calendar, the annual NME Awards, took place last month in London with its most ambitious AV design to date, centred around a 158 panel ROE Black Onyx staggered LED display lining the perimeter of the stage, and employing four Tessera SX40 high capacity processors combined with eight Tessera XD data distribution units from Brompton Technology.
After a year off, the NME Awards returned to London’s O2 Brixton Academy to celebrate the best of 2019’s musical talent. It was attended by Taylor Swift, who picked up the award for Best Solo Act In The World, and featured live performances from AJ Tracey, FKA Twigs, rising stars Yungblud and Beadadoobee, a collaboration between rapper Slowthai and Mura Masa, and a five-song closing set by The 1975.
UK LED screen and video production company, IMAG Displays, was tasked with delivering the screen requirements, which included coordination of content for 35 awards and the multiple live performances.
“We were given a brief to provide a an innovative deconstructed LED screen, and deliver the entire AV package from rigging right through to content delivery,” explains Charli Harding, co-founder and director of IMAG Displays. “The large-scale design involved LED panels, staggered stage left and right in step fashion, which was a big challenge requiring carefully balanced weight load and rigging from the roof due to the size.”
The design was created by Mark Connolly and Stuart Nunn of Black Book Production, a freelance production director contracted
Spafford’s Winter Music Tour got off to a fast start, as the Arizona-based jam band played to one sold out house after another on its western swing. In support, they decided to shoot a promotional video of their Saturday 7 March show at 10 Mile Music Hall in Frisco, Colorado, the idyllic Rocky Mountain theatre that holds the distinction of being the highest permanent live music venue in the USA.
As it did with so many other things, COVID-19 brought Spafford’s popular tour to a screeching halt. With no tour to promote, the band re-purposed its video, streaming it as a taped show over Facebook and YouTube. “The guys in the band and I figured this would be a great opportunity to give fans a chance to experience a full concert,” said lighting designer Matt Collier. “Rather than just post the video on our website, we made it a streaming event to give it the excitement of a live show.”
Adding to this sense of excitement was Collier’s dynamic lighting design with its big aerial effects and swirling gobo patterns created with the help of 16 Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Spot fixtures. With its fast, fluid movements, the lightshow’s captivating images reflected the band’s high-energy mix of rock, blues, reggae and ska music.
“The band and I own the Rogues, so we obviously appreciate them,” said Collier. “Their versatility gives us so many options. We had six of the units on the ground and used them to add another layer to the rig, which gave us a larger-than-life look that was especially important on video. I also used the ground package t
USA - The Best Man at the historic Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia squeezed in a handful of preview performances before shutting down to wait out the Covid-19 pandemic.
Set at the national convention in Philadelphia, and altogether a fitting production for an election year, lighting designer Jimmy Lawlor lights a set that takes us into the back rooms and onto the convention floor where two candidates vie for their party’s nomination.
Lawlor sought a quiet yet versatile luminaire for the production, one he could use to light scenes both stark and soft. “From the outset, we knew we wanted the audience to experience the kinetic energy of a presidential convention,” he explains. “As such, I knew I wanted a lighting fixture that could move and change colours. Since this is a play, and the front of house positions in the theatre are limited, I needed fixtures that were super quiet, but also could look like concert lighting when I needed them to, or seamlessly blend into the rest of the rig for the 'hotel room scenes'. The Artiste Picasso checked all the right boxes.”
Although Lawlor has designed two previous shows at Walnut Street’s upstairs space, this is his first time working on the venue’s historic Mainstage. A National Historic Landmark and the oldest theatre in the United States, the Walnut Street Theatre has been in continuous operation since 1809. Interestingly, some of it milestones belong to the lighting industry such as its designation as the first theatre to install gas footlights in 1837.
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France - ROE Vanish V8 LED panels were used to build a massive screen for the DJ Snake show at the La Défense Arena in Paris. Performing in his hometown Paris, DJ Snake set up a massive show for his 40-thousend fans.
Set designer Romain Pissenem from High Scream raised the bar, designing a set on a huge scale. The opening of the show, revealing DJ snake on the top of a life-size Arc de Thriomphe amidst a dazzling combination of lighting, visuals and special effects created a spectacular moment.
Paris based S Group, well-known for providing audiovisual, technical and scenographic solutions for large-scale live shows and events, was responsible for the technical design of the show, supplying all equipment and crew. A massive amount of ROE Visual Vanish V8 LED panels were used to create a huge cube of video screens. This opened in an L-shaped video canvas, using the Wi-TP2 motion tracks by WIcreations.
Playing with the see-through effect of the Vanish V8 video screen, stunning visuals were created, enhanced by a striking lighting design.
Russia - Sleeping Beauty Dreams is a fusion of contemporary dance, real-time digital avatar technology and hypnotic electronic music. Based on the Grimm Brothers fairy tale, the spectacular production explores The Princess’s – often haunting – dreams, passions and temptations during her hundred-year slumber.
Sound and movement achieved stunning cohesion as Noisia’s Thijs de Vlieger’s futuristic score was presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, with every movement of The Princess, performed by celebrated dancer Diana Vishneva, tracked in real time with BlackTrax motion tracking.
Conceived by Miami-based Magic Reality Group (MRG), Sleeping Beauty Dreams (SBD) combines visual art, contemporary dance and avatar-mapping projection, set to an immersive sound of harsh and, at times, darkly ambient electronic music, to create a unique multi-dimensional scenic experience.
To achieve this, L-ISA partner BlackTrax real-time motion tracking was used throughout the entire production.
Additional to its role in tracking for lighting, BlackTrax was also integrated with L-Acoustics L-ISA, which received positional data from BlackTrax to connect visual and audio imaging to deliver a fully immerse experience to the audience. The live content was generated by using Perception Neuron system, to track dancer’s graceful movements via 17 inertial sensors attached to Vishneva’s costume, mapping her movements to giant digital avatars gliding across a large screen just as Prima Ballerina did on the stage floor
Sweden - The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Gothenburg recently commissioned a new 'design lighting' solution over the hotel's common area. Sweden based Priebe-ScanRig AB (PSRIG) was appointed to deliver and fit two large truss constructions with associated suspension. The truss would constitute as a carrier for the newly commissioned solution – with one of the constructions to be motorised while the other, permanently installed, would hang from steel wires.
Aart Gigengack, sales manager and co-owner of PSRIG explained: "During the installation of the lighting solution, the truss grids needed to be raised and lowered. With the installation being performed over an extended period of time, the installers needed a fast and simple way to see the loads being applied on each suspension point."
Aart specified the use of Broadweigh load cells and Handheld Advanced to the project – both vital to making sure that there were no overloads on the lifting points of the truss structure. The BW-HA advanced wireless handheld brings an additional level of portability to the Broadweigh system by expanding its standalone monitoring capabilities.
This device allows users to perform advanced operations with load shackle readings without the need for a PC and a base station. It can be configured into three operational modes; Roaming inputs – working straight out of the box and showing the nearest shackles with the same radio settings. This is ideal for walking between different areas with the Handheld Advanced and picking up readings from all shackles independent
USA - Quick to adapt its business model to the current situation, Premier Entertainment Group in Dothan, Alabama has transformed its warehouse into a full service video production studio. Kitted out with lighting from ADJ and sister company Elation Professional, the facility is being used by DJs, bands and church worship groups to professionally record sets that can then be broadcast through online streaming.
The effect of the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic on the entertainment industry has been truly profound, with every kind of event – from arena tours to wedding receptions – postponed for the foreseeable future. However, many entertainment professionals are utilizing modern technology to broadcast live performances and DJ sets directly to the comfort and safety of their fans’ homes. Which is the route that Premier Entertainment Group (PEG)’s president and owner, Dave Guiler, has quickly steered his business.
“When it first happened, a few weeks ago, that announcements were made about the need for social distancing and other protocols,” explains Dave, “we immediately started getting calls from clients postponing or cancelling events. We went from 70-80 events booked in March, to having absolutely nothing. I took about a day to recover from the shock, but then gathered together the guys and said the last thing we want to do is furlough anyone, or lay anyone off, so let’s do anything we can to keep everyone working and do the best we can to keep a full staff. And, so far, we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do that.”
USA - Executive pastor Josh Parker and his team at Central Church in Augusta, Maine, have started livestreaming their Saturday evening and Sunday services.
Streamed on Facebook and YouTube, the services are providing the church’s community with an enriched and engaging worship experience, complete with production-level audio, graphics, and lighting. Still, as Easter approached, pastor Parker and his team were seeking to add an extra, and even more immersive element to their online services. This ultimately led them to journey 147 miles south to the Events United’s Studio Lab in Derry, New Hampshire.
“During Easter we always look for creative ways to reach more people by expanding production,” said Parker. “Once it became clear we would not be able to hold our usual Easter services, we started searching for innovative ways to improve our online production level. We had great experiences working with Events United before on our arena services, and most recently, I’ve been impressed by how quickly Tim Messina and his team have worked to provide a very generous and affordable online recording option for churches and events at their space in Studio Lab. It became clear to us that this was our Easter service solution.”
On Sunday 29 March, pastor Parker, along with a group of associate pastors and musicians, took to the Virtual Event Stage set up at the Events United Studio Lab to record a special service that will be shared on Facebook and YouTube on Easter Sunday. “The majority of our services, including the worship and sermon, were re
New Zealand - The Paraparaumu Southwards Car Museum marked the installation of its new lighting system with a concert in its 474-seat multi-use theatre by Adrian Dittmer’s Bruce Springsteen tribute band.
When he isn’t playing bass for the Springsteen tribute band, Dittmer is the sales and marketing manager of MDR Sound and Lighting in Palmerston North. After he reached out to the museum theatre, about a possible gig, its tech director Levi Hampton told him that the facility was looking to do a lighting upgrade.
“Once Levi mentioned what the theatre wanted to do, I put on my MDR hat and told him that we could supply anything he needed,” said Dittmer. “The theatre was pulling out the existing fly system, as it was no longer effective, and they were no longer hosting traditional theatrical productions. They were wanting to replace that system with a truss grid and a modern LED lighting solution.”
Dittmer gave the theatre the lighting versatility it needed by putting together a flexible rig that includes, 12 Maverick MK3 Wash, 16 Maverick MK2 Profile and eight Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal fixtures (with 25- and 50-degree lens tubes) on a 15m by 13m truss grid with hoists.
Positioned evenly on the truss grid, the fixtures are able to provide full coverage across the theatre for dances and events thanks to their impressive output and throw distance. They can also turn around and create tight focused looks for concerts. This was made brilliantly clear during a performance at the theatre by Dittmer’s Springfield tribute band.
USA - USA – More than 150m fans around the world witnessed pop stars Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform a Latin-inspired concert at this year’s Super Bowl LIV halftime show, on a huge circular video floor powered by Green Hippo Hippotizer Tierra+ media servers.
Lighting director Jason Rudolph took the helm for the visuals for the prestigious halftime show, which was produced by Touchdown Entertainment on behalf of the NFL. It took place at the 65,000-capacity Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
With a plethora of aerial shots on the camera angle agenda, the team devised the large, round stage as an eye-catching centrepiece for the action, which was broadcast live in the USA by Fox and around the world by multiple networks.
“We used two of the new Tierra+ Media Servers on the show - one main, one backup - each doing 2x 4K outputs for the stage,” Rudolph explains. “The Tierra+ was also driving pixel-mapping outputs for the LED lighting on the stage, which were fed into an MA3 and merged so that I could control them either via the console or via pixel-mapping.”
The circular stage was made up of multiple LED screen tiles, supplied by Fuse. The fiery, colourful content, designed by Possible Productions, lit up the enormous stadium, adding dynamics to Shakira and Lopez’s energetic, highly-choreographed performances.
“We utilised the latest Hippotizer software build 4.5.3, and all of the content was run as FlexRes Lossless 422,” Rudolph continues. “The codec choices, as well as media management functions of Hippo ar
USA - Bon Iver supported the release of their latest album, i,i with a tour of arenas in select North American cities, with Red Hook, New York-based Firehouse Productions supplying an L-Acoustics K2 and Kara PA for the trek. But the second and latest leg of the tour was even more special - and spatial - thanks to Firehouse’s deployment of L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology.
According to Firehouse Productions account rep Chris Russo, the tour’s L-ISA configuration featured three central arrays each composed of 16 K2 plus three Kara down, flanked to the left and right by hangs of 24 Kara as the Scene system, which extended over the full width of the stage. Farther out to the left and right, two per side, 12-enclosure Kara arrays served as the Extension system, while two fill-arrays of 12 K2 expanded out-fill coverage to 180° of seating.
Two hangs of 10 KS28 each were flown in close proximity to the centre K2 arrays providing homogeneous LF coverage, while three ARCS II per side down below were used for nearfield out-fills and six Kara lined across the stage delivered front-fill. Fifty-two LA12X amplified controllers powered the entire system, and four new Milan-certified P1 AVB processors plus a pair of L-ISA Processors rounded out the L-Acoustics system complement.
Although Bon Iver FOH Engineer Xandy Whitesel had mixed using L-ISA technology for a select “one-off” show with the band at the Santa Barbara Bowl a couple of years ago, this was his first opportunity to tour with the setup. “Andrew Gilchrest, our system tech, and I foun
Philippines - The New Clark City Athletics Stadium is an Olympic Grade Class 1 multi-purpose stadium located at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, in the Philippines.
High-profile events hosted recently by the 20,000-capacity venue have included the athletic events and closing ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 ASEAN Para Games.
The Athletics Stadium’s architecture with its hinged roof, which takes inspiration from the crater of the country’s Mount Pinatubo volcano, now hosts an impressive new Outline Stadia PA system composed of 30 loudspeaker enclosures powered by eight Outline GTA Otto (Dante) power amps, installed by Amigo Entertainment Technologies, Outline’s distributor for the Philippines.
Amigo also installed an Outline Stadia PA in the New Clark City Sports Hub’s IAAF-certified Class 1 Aquatics Centre, designed by Philippine architects Budji + Royal and adjacent to the Athletics Stadium.
Amando Nieva Zamora, chairman and CEO of Amigo, states, “Throughout our years of intensive research and growth in our industry, we have developed a premium line of products and services to suit every client’s needs and now supply audio, video, lighting, sfx and sports facility equipment, as well as providing services such as AVL integration, software development and electrical design & installation.”
The stadium’s PA system is formed by Outline Stadia 100 LA enclosures. Zamora continues, “To handle this key project, which featured some challenging aspects, such as the
USA - On Saturday, 18 April, Rock Cellar Productions, in association with the Get Together Foundation, will present All Together Now! – an online concert event helping the City of Los Angeles during the coronavirus pandemic.
Keeping with the strict ‘stay at home’ regulations of health authorities and the guidance of local, state, and federal government officials, this virtual streaming event will give fans their music fix in the comfort of their own homes. The concert will feature an array of singers, songwriters, musicians, actors, authors, comedians, and celebrities of all sorts “coming together” to perform and send positive messages out to the City of Los Angeles and the world.
Early participation includes Jeff Bridges, Mike Love (The Beach Boys), Lisa Loeb, Steve Lukather (Toto), Vonda Shepard, Peter Beckett (Player), Alan Parsons Live Project, and Jesse Colin Young.
Viewers can donate to the L.A. City Coronavirus Relief Fund (https://mayorsfundla.org/covid19/) through a direct donation button or a text message appeal. All of the money raised will go directly to this relief fund to help Los Angeles support families and small businesses, relieve healthcare workers, provide critical medical resources, provide services to the unhoused, and fund research for Covid-19.
All Together Now! will be broadcast through Alert the Globe (www.alerttheglobe.com) and available free to anyone who wants to see it.