Germany - Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt was filled with innovations and exciting experiences at the d&b stand and demo room this year. Featured on the stand was the d&b SL Series - GSL and KSL Systems, the d&b Soundscape, and new ‘little wonder’, the B8-SUB/Bi8-SUB, as well as the d&b enabling technologies, proving it’s not just the big things that matter.
Visitors to the d&b booth had the opportunity to see the small B8-SUB/ Bi8-SUB for the first time. At a mere 170mm tall the subwoofer’s low profile belies an exceptionally high performance to size ratio. It’s a suitable fit for tight spaces, be they fixed installation or mobile production environments, reproducing frequencies from 43 Hz to 170 Hz.
In the d&b Soundscape demo room there was a real buzz with some very special guests; renowned theatre designer Sebastian Frost, Grammy award winning artist and engineer Imogen Heap, and Serge Gräfe, sound engineer and designer for Kraftwerk, all offering unique insights into their experiences with the d&b Soundscape in the My Soundscape sessions.
The daily Art and Engineering with the d&b Soundscape sessions also proved to be popular amongst guests eager to hear artists, sound designers and FoH mixers discuss their working experience with the d&b Soundscape.
Prolight + Sound also offered visitors the chance to learn more about the Milan protocol and DS20 audio network bridge, the first d&b Milan enabled product, and the new d&b ArrayCalc Exchange SketchUp plugin which could be found at t
UK - Southwest London’s Stylus Productions has recently purchased a complete Allen & Heath dLive FOH and monitors package from Autograph Sales & Installations.
Comprising two dLive S5000 control surfaces plus DM48 and DM0 I/O racks, the new equipment is to be deployed with Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis, who sets out on tour this April, starting in the UK and continuing throughout the year across Europe.
Sam Thomas and Oliver Weeks, co-directors of Stylus Productions, comment: “We were becoming more aware of the increasing popularity of the dLive series consoles within the touring market, having seen them crop up on artist riders more regularly as well as hearing anecdotal feedback from engineers. So, when a new client, namely Dean Lewis, came to us spec'ing Allen & Heath we were happy to use that as the springboard into our first investment in dLive consoles.
“We’ve elected to go for a core system of S5000 control surfaces with a DM48 MixRack because we feel, as did the project’s engineers, that it affords a great balance of size and functionality. The addition of the DM0 not only provides redundancy, but good levels of independent control for both FOH and MON engineers to do their thing.”
Thomas and Weeks add: “As with all consoles in our inventory we like to ensure that they can meet the requirements of our clients no matter what the circumstances, which is why from the get-go we decided to expand the system with optical fibre capabilities and Waves networking options. The OpticalCON protocol fibreACE c
USA - Mean Girls, The Musical has been playing at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre since April 2018. The new production features a dynamic, video-led design that seamlessly changes playing locations. Such scenic agility is facilitated by one of the most ambitious uses of story-enhancing video content on a Broadway show.
Responsible for this video content is British video design team Finn Ross and Adam Young of FRAY Studio, who worked closely with the show’s director and choreographer, Casey Nicholaw and set designer, Scott Pask, to create the sophisticated and at times surreal world of North Shore High and its students.
The set comprises two stage-wide curved walls with sliding doors and panels. The top screen is set back to create a sense of depth and dimension. In addition, there are six LED screen legs that bleed off into the wings.
Images are delivered using five disguise gx 1 media servers, linked to 22 NovaStar NovaPro HD processors, and triggered by a combination of timecode and cues from the lighting and sound department. The content created in Notch is beat-perfect, complementing every change in mood, tempo and energy and ensuring that the show feels slick from beginning to end.
Video content switches scenic location with filmic dexterity from present day to the past - fantasy locations, basements, school corridors, a swimming pool, a party, canteens to classrooms - and that’s just in the first act.
“Casey had a very clear and absolute vision for the stage design and Tina Fey’s script changes location so fast it
USA - Rat Sound Systems is marking its 19th year of providing sound reinforcement at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. The Camarillo-based company debuted Outline’s Newton 16+8 audio processing units as its processor of choice.
Newton is Rat’s front of house hub through which each mixing console is connected and then capable of addressing the myriad of connectivity options. Final mixes from FOH and Newton are delivered directly to each of the stage’s PA’s or out to the delay tower systems that populate each of the seven stage locations.
“The Newton 16+8 coupled with our Dashboard software is a dream come true in technical innovation and flexibility,” states Jason Farah, J2/Outline US, North American sales. “Newton offers smart, real-time technical solutions to many of the on-going problems Rat Sound technicians experience, and the industry as a whole, for that matter,” Farah explains. “A festival the size and scope of Coachella requires FOH agility with each artist’s mixing console technical needs. Now Rat Sound can simply ask how they would like their signal sent.”
Jon Monson, head of touring for Rat Sound, comments: “This is the solution that we have been waiting quite some time for, the innovative technology coupled with dependability is unparalleled in the industry and it is now used in each of our standard drive racks because of its flexibility.”
Rat Sound’s own Dave Rat adds: “We’re extremely happy with the capabilities of Newton now, and we have been contributing ideas, requests for future capabili
Italy - Adamson Systems Engineering formally introduced its ultra-compact S7 line array enclosures among other additions to the tour-proven S-Series at Prolight + Sound 2019. Italian live event and production company Pianozero joined the Adamson Network with an investment in a versatile new S7 system ahead of its public launch.
“The Adamson S7 is the product dedicated to those looking for a high-quality, versatile, and ultra-compact audio solution from a proven brand,” says Stefano Rocchi, owner of Audiosales, Adamson’s exclusive Italian distributor. “Thanks to its growing profile in the Italian market, Adamson continues to be in high demand not only for major tours and festivals, but also luxury events, conventions, and other applications where the S7 is now an optimal solution due to its compact size and world-renowned performance.”
Pianozero’s new Adamson package is comprised of 16 S7 two-way, full-range line array enclosures and 12 complementary S118 subwoofers.
“As a multi-service company, Pianozero is constantly seeking the best possible solutions for our customers’ needs, from lighting to audio to video and beyond,” begins Pianozero owner Michele Rebesco. “Our customers always ask for state-of-the-art audio solutions, and we required a compact, high-performance PA system with simple rigging that would properly serve everything from big live shows to theatre applications to conferences.
“The only solution we found that met every one of our needs came from Adamson. We’re very happy to be one of the first companies
World - It has been 40 years since British rockers Def Leppard released their debut EP. Since then, they have sold more than 100 million record sales, releasing multi-platinum and diamond-certified albums. The band have also recently been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Following their eight-month stadium tour, Def Leppaard are preparing for their next stint across Europe and North America, which begins in June. Live engineers Ronan McHugh and Ted Bible are relying on DiGiCo consoles to get the job done.
McHugh has had a longstanding relationship with Def Leppard, which started in the 1990s.
“I went straight from school into Sun Studios in Dublin, and from there, got into the live side of the industry, just to keep working,” he explains. “I went on to do a bit for Sanctuary Management in London in the '90s with Kerbdog & The Almighty - always in the studio and on the road. It was during recording with The Almighty that I crossed paths with Def Leppard, and they’ve kept me busy in one way or another since then.”
McHugh has always been a FOH guy when it comes to live sound, and although he has worked on a number of consoles - analogue and digital - his go-to today is a DiGiCo SD5.
“When I first mixed the band live, it was as fill-in for a Japanese tour, and I spec’d a Midas XL4 with a bunch of outboard. I finished the tour with a [Yamaha] PM5D at FOH, which made sense to me at the time, coming from the analogue world,” he says. “But from that point on, DiGiCo have been stepping up their front end - fir
USA - Immersive, a production company, achieved a dazzling projection mapping for the 86th San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala. Hosted underneath the dome at San Francisco City Hall, the projection mapping relied upon Modulo Kinetic, a fully-integrated media server solution designed by Modulo Pi.
For the gala, the lavish Rotunda of the San Francisco City Hall was flooded with hundreds of patrons and donors gathering together for a memorable evening. Production company Immersive was in charge of creating a neat projection mapping and lighting install for the event called This is Passion.
Sean Mason, founder & CEO of Immersive, explains: “The projection was built to inspire while incorporating elements of the San Francisco ballet, such as silhouettes of dancers, and slow-motion footage from the performances.”
To project on the 50’x70’ arch of the Rotunda, Immersive made a two-projector blend using Christie Boxer 30K video-projectors. The production company chose the Modulo Kinetic media server solution to host media and power the projection mapping.
“Projection mapping is growing in popularity in the United States, and a media server like Modulo Kinetic makes it more affordable, accessible, and executable” says Mason.
“This is an important customer story advancement to making sure the art form of projection mapping is showcased and appreciated in the US.” One Modulo Kinetic Designer, and one Modulo Kinetic VNode server were used for the Opening Night Gala. Looking to perfectly map out the intricate details o
Germany - The Schauspiel Hannover, part of the Niedersächsische Staatstheater Hannover, offers the audience theatre, entertainment and music in five different venues. In addition to the Schauspielhaus on Prinzenstraße near the main station, these are the Cumberlandsche Bühne, the Cumberlandsche Galerie as well as Ballhof Eins and Ballhof Zwei in the old town.
After the sound mixing desk had been renewed in the Schauspielhaus two years ago, the next logical step was the modernisation of the main and back-stage sound system.
The Schauspiel Hannover serves a wide range of performances and reinforces them as needed. “In general we are seeing an increasing demand for microports in theatre productions,” says sound engineer Markus Folberth. “The demands of the various productions as well as the guest events in the house are already described as very 'mature'.”
With regard to the modernisation of the sound system, the sound engineering department wanted first and foremost a homogeneous coverage of the entire auditorium as well as good speech intelligibility, because the previous point source solution had shown weaknesses in this case. “In addition, the old system audibly reached its limits in music productions and then quickly sounded fatiguing,” says Lutz Findeisen, head of the sound / video department at the Schauspiel Hannover. “The staff of the sound department wanted to find their musical sonic tool. We were looking for a real extension of the expressive possibilities of the sound reinforcement.”
After comparing different line
USA - CTS recently unveiled their new JBL by Harman VTX A8 line array speaker systems to an audience of clients and industry friends at their sixth annual CTS Jingle & Mingle event.
Based in Nashville, CTS is a full-service production company that specialises in providing audio, lighting, video and staging services for major concert tours, special events, houses of worship and more.
In order to offer better value and performance for its high-profile artists and clients, CTS recently purchased JBL VTX A8 compact line arrays which they put to the test at their sixth annual CTS Jingle & Mingle party. The event featured a performance by Nashville-based jazz artist Karlton Taylor and his band, and also served as the grand opening of CTS’s newly expanded operations center and warehouse.
“We work with JBL V20 and V25 speakers a lot, and we were blown away by the new JBL VTX A8 speakers,” explains Carl Taylor, CEO, CTS AVL. “The A8’s package is beautiful, and together with its size, output, sound quality and price, it was kind of a no-brainer for us. Also, the A8’s voicing is consistent with larger JBL speakers. You can use A12s for your mains and A8s as outfills or delay towers and the blend between them will be spot-on.
“You won’t notice a difference between the speakers’ tonal balance. When we showcased the A8 speakers at our annual Jingle & Mingle event, the guests all loved them and talked about them. A lot of clients said they want to use them on their next project, so that was a big success.”
Switzerland - For 40 years, the Caves du Manoir in Martigny, Valais have been used for cultural events of all kinds. Different crews, collaborators and teams have been part of the journey through its musical history and the authenticity and the inherent spirit of the venue has become an unspoken heritage.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the venue’s committee decided to renovate the entire caves, including its technical infrastructure, choosing a DiGiCo SD12 plus D2-Rack, supplied by Tonspur AG, DiGiCo’s distributor for the region, as the new Front of House console and upgrading its existing Meyer Sound loudspeaker system.
Sacha Knezevic Rudaz, technical director of the caves’ choices were inspired by the Montreux Jazz Festival. Rudaz, who has been part of the festival audio crew for many years, had had the chance to try out the SD12 during last year’s festival and, following a further long-term test, decided that SD12 would be the right successor for the Caves du Manoir’s ancient analogue console.
“Maybe I’m one of those hardcore DiGiCo fans, but have a look at what DiGiCo can do,” says Rudaz. “They can double the channel count within a single software update, even years after the release of a product; that’s not from this world! For me it was a logical step to get the SD12 into the Caves. The user Interface means we can have two operators working on the console at the same time, and the fact that I have every important control on a dedicated knob or button is just great. The SD12 looks sexy, it sounds sexy and it will do a
Singapore - Professional entertainment solutions company Music & Lights has appointed Lighting & Sound Distribution as its exclusive distributor of Prolights, Tribe and dedicated architectural lighting brand ArchWork, for Singapore.
With over 18 years of proven track record, Lighting & Sound Distribution has earned a strong position in the show and entertainment market sector, providing quality European professional sound and lighting, architectural LEDs, trussing, media servers and special effects equipment in the Southeast Asia region.
Louis Teo of Lighting & Sound Distribution explains, “Our professional values and commitment towards product quality is what attracted us toward the Prolights, Tribe and ArchWork brands from Music & Lights. We want to ensure that we and our clients share a rewarding relationship and continued product satisfaction that lasts; and the core values at the heart of Music & Lights and each of its brands really convey and reiterate this message.”
UK - Hawthorn has announced the appointment of Alex Bingham who has joined the business as technical production director.
Before joining Hawthorn, Bingham held the position of production director at Vibration Group where he was most recently responsible for assisting with the growth and delivery of production at Printworks London.
With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, this isn’t the first time that Bingham has been a member of the Hawthorn team, having been employed as their head of London projects from 2005 to 2011.
Simon Wood, group director of projects at Hawthorn, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Alex back to the team. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the new position and I believe that he will be a great asset to Hawthorn. With his in-depth experience of the industry, Alex knows how to create truly memorable experiences for his clients and shares Hawthorn’s commitment to working collaboratively every step of the way to deliver amazing results.”
Bingham adds: “I’m thrilled to be re-joining the Hawthorn team at such an exciting time for the company, which has seen exceptional growth over recent years. Hawthorn is renowned for delivering award-winning technical production for a wide range of events and venues across the UK and Europe. I’m very much looking forward to working with the hugely talented team here to deliver incredible events.”
USA - A new dLive digital mixing system helps lead audio technician Robb Albrecht and his audio crew manage a busy schedule at Harold Miossi Hall, a 1,300-seat performing arts and multi-purpose venue at the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Centre on the Central Coast of California.
The venue hosts up to five different shows each week including nationally-known pop artists, symphony and jazz concerts, travelling ballet companies, Broadway shows and local groups.
Albrecht and his staff manage the audio with a dLive S7000 Surface and DM64 MixRack for FOH, an S5000 Surface and DM0 MixRack for monitors, a C3500 Surface and CDM32 MixRack in a control booth and a pair of DX168 expanders located where needed. The system is networked with Allen & Heath gigaACE, fiberACE and Dante cards and was purchased from Bill Gaines Audio of San Luis Obispo.
He explains the decision to adopt a dLive system: “We had older digital mixers in each of these roles. But, when funds became available, I knew that I wanted something more advanced. We have an Allen & Heath GLD-80 in our black-box room and it’s really cool. And, when I saw the dLive at NAMM, I realised it's even another step beyond the GLD. The local Allen & Heath rep brought us a demo and I was blown away with how easy it was to get around on. Now, when we get road shows that don’t carry their own desk, it’s easy to train their engineers and they all love the dLive.”
Albrecht uses the dLive Director software to create show files away from the system which saves a lot of busy work and le
Hungary - Located in Székesfehérvár, MOL Aréna Sóstó (MOL Arena Salt Lake) has always been considered as one of Hungary’s most important stadiums outside Budapest. The multi-purpose stadium, home to the first division MOL Vidi Football Club and primarily used for football matches, has recently undergone a full rebuild.
The Interton Group, which specialises in the design and installation of sound, light, visual and control systems, was commissioned to design and install the audio system for the new stadium. With extensive stadium sound experience, Interton used acoustic modelling to prove its design based on Community R Series loudspeakers as the optimum solution.
Sixty-four Community R.5HP loudspeakers, flown in pairs under the leading edge of the canopy, cover the stadium’s four seated stands that combine to give a 14,201 capacity. A single Community RSH-462 exponential FocusedArray horn system is located in the stadium’s northwest corner to cover the playing field.
Operated from a Yamaha TF3 mixer, the system is controlled by QSC Q-SYS via a graphical user interface, custom designed by IInterton. QSC CXD-Q amplifiers were chosen to drive the Community loudspeakers, with input from Shure ULX-D wireless microphones. Géza Balogh, Interton Group’s managing director, comments: “We provided wireless iPad control of the whole audio system, so system adjustment can be made from any location and even while walking around the grandstands. It’s an added feature that the system operators are extremely happy with.”
Norway - Docked in Oslo’s Frammuseet museum, the Fram is a ship steeped in rich history. Having voyaged to the Arctic and Antarctic between 1893 and 1912 with its Norwegian crew at the helm, and carried the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911, it came to rest in 1936 - and has since evolved into a much-lauded tourist attraction in the city, with an annual footfall of over 200,000 every year.
Drawing visitors from all over the globe, the museum sought to upgrade its offering in 2018 to provide a world-class, immersive experience – turning to UK-based specialist visitor attraction AV integrator Sarner International to lead the ambitious and complex installation project.
With the objective of making visitors feel a part of an arctic adventure, immersive audio and projection were to take centre stage in the renovation. However, the challenge was how to go about delivering this – introducing AV, lighting and multimedia technology without damaging the authenticity and integrity of the vessel – which is a huge draw in itself.
Sarner turned to Mike Ross, director and founder of BlueBox Technology Solutions, bringing him on board as AV consultant to support the delivery of the project end to end. Drawing on over 15 years of experience on installation projects of a similar standing all over the world, Mike turned to host of trusted suppliers, including 7thSense Design, a multi-award winning specialist software and hardware company for media servers; Ohm, manufacturer of custom and high quality loudspeakers; and Digital Projection, whose prod
UK - Adlib’s installation team has delivered a touring spec system - including L-Acoustics and DiGiCo products - to Academy Music Group’s 2,550 capacity O2 Academy Glasgow.
It follows similar recent Adlib installations at AMG’s O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, and O2 Academy venues in Bristol and Newcastle in the last 18 months, all of which also feature L-Acoustics and DiGiCo combinations.
Led by John Hughes and Roger Kirby, Adlib collaborated closely with Jeff Woodford, applications engineer (installations) and Sergey Becker, applications engineer (touring) from L-Acoustics. Together, they worked with Academy Music Group’s divisional manager (North), Steve Hoyland.
Adlib also consulted the experience and knowledge of its own production and touring crews and engineers, especially Andy Russell, who all frequently work in the venue which has a theatrical interior, including many original art deco features.
Additionally, O2 Academy Glasgow’s technical manager Rob Watson and general manager Chris Johnston had valuable input, as they are well acquainted with the many nuances and intricacies of the environment.
Kirby says: “The collective input from all these slightly different perspectives made the process more dynamic and very enjoyable.”
The success of the other recent Academy Music Group L-Acoustics installations also played a part and made the L-Acoustics and DiGiCo combination a favourite choice.
The room was initially modelled using Soundvision acoustic profiling software, which suggested that - particular
Switzerland - ICF Mittelland, a non-denominational free church in Oftringen, has recently upgraded its audio system to a full KV2 system supplied by Swiss Pro AV and lighting specialists, Plusmusic AG.
The church is housed in the Celebration Hall at the You Event Centre in Oftringen which offers space for 800 standing places or 350 seats, depending on the event. The highlight of the week is the Celebrations service for all age groups. It takes place every Sunday and is always a loud, cheerful and passionate occasion accompanied by a worship band.
In August 2018 a new floor was laid in the Celebration Hall. The technical equipment including the audio system also required a complete upgrade. The biggest challenge was to provide optimal sound for a wide, yet not very deep hall. ICF Mittelland called on, Plusmusic AG, to help them with their audio requirements.
Once the room acoustics had been optimised with acoustic panels on the ceiling and walls, Plusmusic organised a live demo of a range of KV2 equipment in situ at in the Celebration Hall. ICF Mittelland’s technical manager, Patric Neeser, and the rest of his team were so impressed with what they heard that they decided to invest in a KV2 point source system.
“The sound quality is truly remarkable,” confirms Neeser. “First, the definition and transparency are stunning, and secondly, the wide dispersion of the SL412 system is perfect for the shape of our venue. It’s a difficult area to cover from an acoustic point of view, being very wide and shallow, but we have managed to a
UK - Stage Electrics has been appointed as an authorised reseller for Yamaha commercial audio premium-systems. Alongside CL and QL Series products, Stage Electrics can now offer the flagship Rivage PM console range.
“We are delighted to have been selected to be a premium partner for Yamaha” comments Stage Electrics sales director, Anna Western. “We’ve been a Yamaha dealer for over 30 years and in that time, we’ve sold the full range of digital and analogue consoles, amps and speakers. In the past few years we have seen growth in our audio solutions business, so the premium partner status was the natural progression for our relationship with Yamaha.”
Having invested in the PM range for demo stock, Stage Electrics is now offering customer demonstrations nationwide, delivered by Neal Tomlinson, who has been appointed as product champion for the Yamaha product range. “Neal has experience as a product manager for audio systems, so he was the obvious choice to represent Yamaha on our behalf,” adds Western. “After in-depth training, he is now fully equipped to provide advice and support to our customers regarding the Yamaha professional audio ranges.”
Germany - Portuguese acoustic treatment specialists Artnovion (distributed in the UK by Audio-Technica) unveiled two new product ranges at Prolight+Sound 2019.
The latest addition to the company’s Pro Audio and Studio range, Orion is the culmination of extensive research into the optimisation of MLS sequences for calibrated acoustic absorption. An array of Orion absorbers create areas with a distinct acoustic response, each calibrated to work at a certain frequency range – the panel’s performance begins at 315Hz and offers effective, even absorption to 3150Hz.
Using Helmholtz-style absorption techniques boosts mid-low and mid-range absorption, whilst the open areas of the panel are enough to guarantee high-frequency control. Designed for the studio world, where each surface is critical, the new Orion panels have been created to enable producers and engineers to maximise the sonic potential of their recording space.
Artnovion’s new Antares absorber is the latest addition to studio designer Jan Morel’s signature product line-up. The tapered slots of the panel create balanced mid-range absorption, whilst the panels’ deceptively large absorption area guarantees high performance, high frequency absorption.
USA - The Pell City Centre for Education and the Performing Arts (CEPA) is the cultural heart and soul of Pell City, Alabama, a mixed economy town and Birmingham suburb of over 13,000 residents. A little over a decade old, CEPA’s 400-seat theatre is used daily by the adjacent Pell City High School, the nearby middle school, several other Pell City-area schools, and numerous community groups.
It hosts musicals, dramas, school band performances, concerts, and lectures, but until recently, its sound reinforcement system fell far short of complete coverage, leaving some one hundred seats in nothing but the diffuse sound field. Local AV integration and live sound production company Lost in Sound designed and installed a Danley-based system that now covers all of the seats with highly-intelligible sound.
“Given all of the other constraints and challenges around the time of the auditorium’s completion, the sound reinforcement system didn’t get the attention it deserved,” explained Andrew Henderson, production manager and AVL integrator at Lost in Sound. “They had a couple of speakers hanging off the catwalk that largely missed the front centre section of seating. Truth be told, it was a tricky situation to find the best place for complete coverage, and we ran through a lot of possible iterations for repurposing what they already had. But in the end, there was consensus that an entirely new system would be best.”
He continued, “We’ve been using a pair of Danley SM80s with a Danley TH118 subwoofer, all powered by a Danley DNA 20k4 Pro ampli
USA - The Agora Theatre and Ballroom in Cleveland, OH is one of the most revered live entertainment venues in the US Midwest. A year after acquiring the operating rights to the storied space, concert giant AEG Presents unveiled the results of a sweeping $3m overhaul that, in addition to restorative work on some of its stunning interior architecture, included a new audio system from Adamson Systems Engineering for the 2,100-capacity Agora Theatre.
Designed by Michigan’s Allen Audio Systems and sold and installed by Cleveland’s own Eighth Day Sound Systems, the Agora’s new solution is built around Adamson’s sub-compact S-Series and was one of the first to incorporate the S10n narrow-dispersion array enclosure.
Allen Audio CEO Mark Allen was tasked with designing a state-of-the-art system that could comfortable handle any artist that might perform in the theatre while being sensitive to sightlines and the room’s one-of-a-kind aesthetic.
“For the last few years, Adamson’s flagship E-Series has been getting rave reviews from touring engineers all over the world. One of our engineers, Jake Wargo, had been championing Adamson for some time and connected us with Eighth Day Sound based on that,” shares Allen. “We thought the S-Series would fit the bill perfectly, being a sub-compact box voiced the same as the large-format E-Series. After a visit with [director of installations] Tom George at Eighth Day and then a trip to the Adamson factory in Canada for a demo of the new S10n narrow-dispersion cabinet, we knew we had the right system for t
France - APG’s versatile Uniline series lent its power and precision to the 20th anniversary edition of Raismes Fest, which is held every year in the town of Raismes near Valenciennes, in the North of France.
The event has been organised by the Raismoise Association of Culture since 1998 and returned once again to the park of the Château de la Princesse d'Arenberg for another weekend of hard rock and metal. This year saw a variety of international acts such as Rose Tattoo, L.A. Guns and prog metal supergroup Sons Of Apollo bring a wall of noise to the festival’s dedicated fanbase.
Established French rental supplier ACS Sonorisation has provided the festival’s full AVL and trussing package for the last 10 years - and enjoys a relationship with APG that spans 20.
Whilst the audio requirements for Raismes Fest tend to stay the year-on-year; with the number one priority being a main stage system that is capable of stacking up against the powerful array of bands on the line-up, the site and music genre offers some challenges that keep ACS busy.
For the main stage this year, ACS provided seven APG UL210’s and three UL115B subs per side, with another eight TB218S subs aligned against the downstage edge in order to achieve unidirectional cover.
Stage sound technician, ACS’ Ugo Sanna, explained: “We used to have a central sub layout in the past already, but we changed it for an arc configuration this year to efficiently manage the subs directivity and avoid any noise pollution in the surrounding ‘village’ area where the merch s
UAE - The International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) opening ceremony took place in a 60m x 350m custom stage set built over a car park overlooked by a grandstand in Abu Dhabi. Protec delivered everything from the initial creative concept and narrative to the original set design, graphics, build, complete show delivery and coordination completely transporting the audience to an active ‘war zone’ where the story takes place.
Engaged for the fourth consecutive time to create and produce this grand opening ceremony for IDEX, Protec pulled out all the stops to ensure that the 14th edition of IDEX was one to remember.
The show began with a mix of local heritage performances followed by local and international military parades to welcome the crowd before the main part of the show. The scene was set for a battle enactment of a fictitious scenario where an elite military group representing the Land Forces, Special Forces, Navy and Air Force were deployed in a coordinated and synchronized manner to deal with rebel militia.
Working closely with senior representatives of the Armed Forces, Protec introduced modern and advanced military techniques augmented by VR, AI, robotics and satcoms.
Tanks and armoured patrol vehicles repeatedly roared onto the stage from both sides carefully choreographed to create suspense. Apaches, Blackhawks and jets screamed overhead sending vibrations through the crowd while the battle was even taken underground into the mine tunnels taking the audience on a vicarious journey into the future of warfare.
UK - Old Barn Audio (OBA) has completed a large sound installation in a Cheltenham hotel complex, using a Martin Audio CDD solution. No 131 Hotel complex is owned and operated by The Lucky Onion Group, owned by Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton, and the extensive work was carried out in three separate stages.
Situated on Cheltenham’s Promenade, the hotel itself is a classical Georgian townhouse. According to OBA director and project manager, Phil Clark, “The facility already had an effective sound system installed within the hotel, but the client wanted some weather resistant speakers situated outside the front of property.” His solution was to specify four Martin Audio CDD8-WR, the manufacturer’s weatherised version of the hugely popular CDD Coaxial Differential Dispersion range.
At the same time, the former Crazy 8’s Bar - originally fitted by OBA in September last year with an array of eight CDD8 and two Blackline SX210 - has now been rebranded as the Gin & Juice Bar brand. Incorporating a restaurant, the clientele expects exceptional sound quality, whether background or live, and OBA responded by fitting an extra four Martin Audio CDD6 loudspeakers, along with three further CDD8-WR weatherised speakers for the entrance foyer.
In No 131 Hotel itself a further four CDD8-WR can be found - but the piéce de resistance is The House, a new addition. Home to eight individually designed bedrooms, a sun terrace complete with Victorian-style glass house bar, and a number of event spaces, this newly redeveloped Georgian townhouse, with room