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lauri-tahka-1-linnavuoriLauri Tähkä rocks Finnish arenas with Hippotizer
Friday, 22 April 2022

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

robe-mvm-dome-arena-budapest-8-photo-courtesy-loosplatLarge Robe lighting rig for MVM Arena
Friday, 22 April 2022

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

 
 
citizen-cope2Mavericks join Citizen Cope at Tampa Theatre
Thursday, 21 April 2022

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

 
l-acousticsL-Acoustics appoints global sales directors
Wednesday, 20 April 2022

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

 
 
nothingbutthieves2Nothing But Thieves rock arenas with Martin Pro
Wednesday, 20 April 2022

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.

 
r3-lounge2Chauvet adds versatility to R3 Club Lounge
Wednesday, 20 April 2022

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

 
 
warWar of The Worlds returns with Martin MLA
Wednesday, 20 April 2022

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

 
nyt-facadeLFPS backs National Youth Theatre fundraiser
Wednesday, 20 April 2022

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

 
 
apgAPG meets challenge of Bayeux aquatic centre
Wednesday, 20 April 2022

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

 
lectrosonicsJoe Foglia relies on Lectrosonics
Tuesday, 19 April 2022

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

 
 
amateteatreakademia-loresTeatre Akadèmia adds Amate Audio SR
Tuesday, 19 April 2022

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

 
japanOutline dominates Fukuoka PayPay Dome
Tuesday, 19 April 2022

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

 
 
fullsailuniversity3Full Sail upgrades lighting with Martin Pro
Tuesday, 19 April 2022

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

 
eulsukdocenter2JBL and Crown drive Eulsukdo complex
Thursday, 14 April 2022

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

 
 
raise-tokyo-9Void Acoustics flies sky high in Tokyo
Thursday, 14 April 2022

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

 
ballroom-blueAvolites powers The Londoner’s ballroom
Thursday, 14 April 2022

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

 
 
shureShure’s Axient Digital backs Country to Country
Thursday, 14 April 2022

UK - Shure was chosen by SSE Audio for C2C: Country to Country, Europe's biggest country music festival. Initiated in 2013 the event takes place each March simultaneously at London’s O2 arena, Glasgow Hydro and Dublin 02, with three days of country music and programming. Performances come from country stars including Keith Urban, Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde and Darius Rucker as well as emerging talent from Nashville, UK and Europe.
For the headline bands especially, the artists and musicians needed to be able to move around the stage freely without being tethered down by a cable. The same applied for the backline and monitor tech crews that need to be able to move around the wing and backstage area with ease, meaning a wireless microphone system was essential for this production.
Twelve Shure Axient Digital microphones with a mixture of handheld and lavaliers, along with 12 ways of PSM1000 IEMs, and an Axient spectrum manager were selected. John Reynolds, RF tech comments: “SSE/Solotech wish to provide the best standard of product available which is currently the Shure Axient range. Axient Digital allows more channels to be allocated into a frequency range than with previous analogue systems, which increases the ability to fit more channels into a coordination than before.”
Frequency coordination was highlighted as a main hurdle to overcome on this project - this was all planned in advance by the SSE/Solotech office so the technical team can confidently go to each site knowing that everything would work together seamlessly. John adds: “An ad

 
kirkleesPAS supplies Panasonic solution for Kirklees Council
Wednesday, 13 April 2022

UK - Operated by Kirklees Council, the Town Halls of Huddersfield and Dewsbury in West Yorkshire boast stunning Grade II-listed Victorian architecture and interior design, and are used for a wide variety of entertainment events, conferencing and presentations. The Council recently sought to make enhancements to visual provision at the Halls, with a view to future-proofing and improving the overall quality for screenings at meetings, conferences and general events.
Andrew Wrixon, technical manager for Kirklees Town Halls, explains: “At Huddersfield Town Hall, we were motivated to buy a new projector as our existing one was 10-15 years old and failing in terms of light output. We host Council conference events using visual presentations that could be difficult to see with full stage and house lights on. Also we’ve increased the range of activity in the hall to include the showing of films, and that, coupled with the use of projection for commercial music shows and events such as school presentations, meant that a projector of the highest quality had become essential.”
Wrixon contacted Pro Audio Systems (PAS) of Bradford to consult over the best way forward, discussing his requirements with video and lighting specialist, Chris Beardwell.
“At Huddersfield Town Hall, the brief was to replace their existing projector, which had been in place for over a decade, with a more up-to-date solution that would not only future-proof the venue in years to come, but also provide a projection solution that better addressed daylight-hours events,” explains B

 
 
coda-audioCoda Audio’s N-Ray for All Nations
Wednesday, 13 April 2022

USA - Los Angeles’ All Nations Church Onnuri (ANC) is one of the biggest Korean churches in Southern California. Recently, ANC took the decision to upgrade its sound system to better meet the needs of its congregation. Music plays a central role at the church, with bands and musicians playing an important part in a wide range of services and events.
For a long time, ANC had deployed a system comprising a centre cluster of loudspeakers in mono. This system had begun to show signs of deterioration, demanding frequent repair, and the decision was made to seek a modern, high quality system of lighter and more compact units.
The church invited a number of vendors to demonstrate different systems. One of those invited was Troy Choi of Solid Sound Solution, who demonstrated a Coda Audio N-RAY system, having deployed CODA systems on two previous very challenging church projects where he worked closely with Coda Audio USA’s team.
“The N-RAY is a beautiful, high quality and compact box that looks gorgeous when it hangs in the air, and produces crystal clear high frequency even at low SPL,” he says. “For all its compact appearance, it’s actually a very powerful beast. Years ago, we needed big boxes to create a big sound but now compact boxes make big sounds. N-RAY is the best example! Around a year ago I installed an N-RAY system at Grace Ministries International Church in LA. They’ve since had many big events and the results have been brilliant - to be honest it’s the best high frequency sound I’ve ever heard - so I had a lot of confidence

 
pioneerxbomaki-22Pioneer Pro Audio speakers suit Bomaki
Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Italy - Milan’s historic district of Brera is an epicentre of cultural energy, and recently became the location for the seventh restaurant opened in the city by culinary fusion specialists Bomaki. The venue offers a combination of Japanese and Brazilian cuisine in a vibrant setting.
Bomaki’s sensory concept relies on high-quality interior design that uses lighting fixtures created from reclaimed materials and Colombian-inspired furnishings and decor. Caribbean music is added to the mix to complete the atmosphere, and for this, the highest quality audio was considered essential.
A Pioneer Pro Audio system was chosen for both its quality and aesthetic, as Bomaki marketing manager Marco Zaki explains: “Music is a central part of our concept. We want to offer our customers a clean, high-quality sound to accompany their lunches and dinners, and that’s what led to our choice of Pioneer Pro Audio CM speakers. Having already installed a Pioneer Pro Audio system at our Jazz Café, we were very aware of the quality and reliability of the sound, so when we factored in the superb design characteristics, they were a natural choice for Bomaki, where visual impact is a very important part of our experience.”
The installation was carried out by audio specialists Skeldon Cooperative Society of Voghera whose sound technician, Sergio Caio, describes the challenge: “As it was a new restaurant, everything to do with the system design had already been prepared when the project was presented, so this made for a relatively straightforward installation. There

 
 
chunhyangartcenter3Harman systems deliver for Namwon arts centre
Wednesday, 13 April 2022

South Korea - For the Chunhyang Culture and Art Centre, TechDataPS Co. selected and installed ble JBL Professional, Crown and Soundcraft audio solutions.
As a multi-purpose artistic space in Namwon - the birthplace of the Korean traditional folk music Pansori - the centre highlights the character and culture of Namwon, a city founded more than 1,000 years ago. With a land area of 10,604sq.m and a total floor area of 4,410sq.m, the three-story venue features a 778-seat grand performance hall.
TechDataPS Co. reported that the client requested a full overhaul of the venue’s audio system for greater coverage and output across all floors. To meet these goals, the installation team enlisted JBL VTX Series speakers, Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft mixers for a comprehensive and powerful audio system.
Through pre-simulation, analysis and adjustment, the TechDataPS team achieved uniform sound distribution throughout the entire space. After removing the existing point source speakers on the second floor, the team installed next-generation JBL VTX A8 line array speakers with 110° dispersion on both the second and first floors.
Additionally, JBL VTX B18 subwoofers reinforce the system’s low end for a more impactful sound for every audience member. Featuring JBL’s patented Slip Stream double-flared exponential low-frequency port design allows the B18 to move air more efficiently while reducing audible turbulence even at maximum output. Combined with the A8, which shares the same width and suspension hardware as the B18, the speakers create a full a

 
urshan2Chauvet colours St Louis live recording day
Wednesday, 13 April 2022

USA - The Urshan College 2022 Live Recording was a day-long worship event and celebration of praise music at The Sanctuary church outside Saint Louis. Lighting designer Gabreil Loera tapped into the inspirational qualities of this classic hue when lighting this event, which featured a live concert that was recorded for later distribution.
Loera colorised the stage in teal and white at the start of the event, creating one of his favourite looks of the show. (The other was at the end of the evening when he pushed all his lights out into the crowd to finish the concert with a flourish.) In between, he immersed the crowd and stage in colour washes, many in various shades of teal. At times, he created a blanket of teal over the entire stage, seeming to embrace the large number of performers on it in a rejuvenating sea of hope.
Helping Loera achieve these transformational looks was a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by Pumpjack Productions. Featured in this rig were eight Maverick Force S Spots, two Rogue R2X Spots, and six COLORdash PAR Quad 18 units.
To keep his show varied and interesting, Loera incorporated colours other than teal and white into his show, relying of different palettes and light angles to reflect the distinct styles and personalities of the artists contributing to the concert. All the while, he was able to balance his lighting with the large video wall that occupied a prominent central position behind the stage.
“We varied the looks throughout the recording first by being able to change the colours for each

 
 
entec-teenagecancertrust-imageEntec Live supplies 20th Teenage Cancer Trust season
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

UK - Ever since The Who reformed for the first Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall in the year 2000, under the patronage of Roger Daltrey CBE, this seven-day event has thrown up some outstanding performances. This year, the show returned for its 20th edition following a three-year break.
A constant throughout has been the event’s exclusive sound production company, Entec Live. Entec worked alongside show producer, Des Murphy, and production manager, Julie Chennells (of Ginger Owl) - the latter having been ever present since the first event in 2000.
Once again, the experienced Entec crew, under freelance project manager Matt Grounds, were equal to the challenges thrown up by the venue’s acoustic quirks, and varied line-up. Reflecting on the event, Grounds says: “We constantly review our spec to ensure it best fulfils the production’s needs, and this was the first year we’ve done the event with KSL.”
d&b’s new line array, aimed at superior directivity control, fully justified Entec’s investment. The main PA hangs comprised 16 KSL a side with 14 d&b V series side arrays, and Y-series enclosures providing front and balcony fills. “It’s a natural continuation of the J-series,” adds Grounds.
But the big step forward this year, he explains, was with the 14 SL subs which replaced the previous J-subs. “SL is a cardioid box by nature and a punchier sub than the J. We opted for a centre column to maximise vertical coverage, with an additional horizontal array on the ground to give energy in the stalls. With

 
thumbnail2-jean-michel-jarrehyper-weekend-festival08Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxymore goes live with BroaMan & Optocore
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

France - A pioneering series of immersive concerts by French electronics maestro Jean-Michel Jarre was hosted recently by Radio France. It took place during their Hyper Weekend Festival in Paris, and was staged at their La Maison de la Radio HQ.
Planned as a homage to pioneering electronic musician, Pierre Henry, who had bequeathed a series of sounds to Jean-Michel Jarre during his lifetime, Oxymore a brand new musical creation by Jarre, was performed twice daily across three days. It was broadcast and live VR streamed to tens of thousands of viewers, while audiences of 250, immersed in the 360° space, witnessed it live.
The event followed his successful Welcome to the Other Side Notre Dame Cathedral VR experience, which took place last New Year’s Eve during lockdown. The Radio France live performances were broadcast via radio and streamed in 6DoF binaural format to the virtual platform VRChat - from ‘metaverse architects’ VRrOOm / XR Studio, where the giant 3D city was populated by avatars.
The immersive 17.2 sound system, designed by system engineer Christophe Dupin and Radio France’s innovation audio project manager and immersive specialist Hervé Déjardin, was based around the L-Acoustics L-ISA immersive sound, and the SPAT spatialisation suite he helped to design, with all distribution taking place over a BroaMan / Optocore fibre backbone, provided by Gilles Bouvard’s GB4D. “The technical request from Radio France for this operation required a lot of preparation,” notes Bouvard. “François Lund assisted with the set

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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