USA - Harman Professional Solutions has released the JBL Professional One Series 104-BT and 104-BTW desktop reference monitors with Bluetooth.
JBL One Series 104-BT reference monitors enable content creators and audio professionals to stream ‘accurate, studio-quality audio via Bluetooth or play back audio using a standard wired connection’. JBL One Series 104-BT monitors deliver ‘clear, detailed sound while mixing and editing’. With an array of easily accessible input options, smart features and a compact design, JBL 104-BT monitors provide great sound in every listening scenario, with the added flexibility of wireless streaming. Black (104-BT) and white (104-BTW) finish options are available.
“Music production has evolved beyond the recording studio, and today’s creative professionals and music lovers need reference monitors that deliver neutral, accurate sound to create mixes that translate well in a variety of listening environments,” says Chris Hansen, director, recording and content creation, Harman Professional Solutions.
“With class-leading sound quality, impressive output and high-bandwidth Bluetooth 5.0 streaming capabilities, JBL 104-BT monitors provide an accurate, reliable sonic reference and a truly enjoyable listening experience. They’re perfect for musicians, producers, podcasters and professional audio engineers who want a compact reference monitor with the added benefit of Bluetooth at an accessible price.”
The JBL 104-BT reference monitor features a coaxial driver that pairs a contoured low-frequency woo
South Korea - The largest jazz festival in East Asia has selected Amadeus’ newest speaker Series including Diva M², Maestro II, as well as bespoke stage monitors which are to be released in 2020. SSL Live L500 consoles were featured at the event as well.
Jarasum Festival has hosted over 2m attendees since its inception in 2004 and featured performers from 55 countries on its stage. Over 200,000 spectators attended the 16th Jarasum Jazz Festival in October. Elan Tech is the South Korea-based production company in charge of both sound equipment and technical production for the event.
Located in the Gapyeong region, northeast of Seoul, the festival site is an island surrounded by a beautiful city near the mountains and the banks of the Bukhan River. The yearly three-day festival features all types of jazz including swing, fusion, bossa nova, bebop, as well as world music. This year’s festival featured Black String, López-Nussa La Familia, 4-Wheel Drive, Omar Sosa Quarteto Afro Cubano, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and The Danish Radio Big Band & Marilyn Mazur, among many other musicians and groups.
“Because a recent typhoon had hit Korea, we started setting up the sound systems on-site only three days before the festival began,” reports Yongwoon Jeong, CEO and technical director at Elan Tech. “The main speakers and subwoofers used were all made by Amadeus, for a total of 30 units of DIVA M², 12 units of Diva M² Sub, and 12 units of Maestro II.
“We have also worked with Amadeus to develop new speakers - stage
UK - Light Fantastic Production Services once again supported CoppaFeel with a full production package as well as taking on the overall production management mantle for Festifeel 2019.
The work being done by CoppaFeel raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer particularly amongst young people.
Held at House of Vans London, deep within the arches below Waterloo Station, Festifeel is the charity’s annual music and comedy festival that flies the flag for the work they do and highlights the help they provide.
Having provided a full production package, including lighting, audio, rigging and video, LFPS transformed the underground venue with a vibrant, creative mix of colour and projections throughout the urban interior. The lively look provided an appropriate backdrop to a host of musical performances that included Bombay Bicycle Club, James Bay and Feeder plus comedy sets from Sara Pascoe, Dane Baptiste and Harriet Dyer.
LFPS project manager Andrew Maxted comments: “We are extremely proud to have once again supported Festifeel and to help highlight the fantastic work being done by the Coppafeel team. This year’s event has been another great success. An enjoyable event to be involved with and a wonderful opportunity to play a part in helping raise awareness of such an important issue.”
On working with LFPS, Coppafeel founder, Kris Hallenga, says: "We worked with Andrew and Light Fantastic on our annual music and comedy festival Festifeel. There were many elements of our event that Light Fantastic dealt with, includi
Italy - At the Vittoriale degli Italiani (The Shrine of Italian Victories) it is possible to discover the bow of the Puglia cruise ship immersed in the promontory in the middle of the trees. There is also a MAS 96 anti-submarine motorboat used for the Beffa di Buccari (a military raid led by D'Annunzio in the Croatian bay of Bakar), as well as the poet's cars and the SVA biplane used in 1918 for his propaganda flight to Vienna.
Overlooking the Garda Lake is the spectacular amphitheatre with about 1500 seats, designed to replicate the ancient structure of a Greek amphitheatre in a seductive setting, surrounded by the Alps. Architect Gian Carlo Maroni was sent to Pompeii to study the Greek theatre and began work in 1934, completing the building after the poet's death in 1952.
In the summer months, the theatre manages a prestigious season of shows, including Tener-a-Mente, the Vittoriale Festival which has hosted over the years artists such as Lou Reed, Ben Harper, Burt Bacharach, Keith Jarret, James Taylor, Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Pat Metheny, Paul Weller, Steven Wilson, Arto Lindsay, and many others.
The 2019 summer season of the amphitheatre, with Garda Lake as its backdrop, hosted the likes of Johnny Marr; Gary Clarke Jr; Billy Corgan; James Morrison; Diana Krall; Garbage; Antonello Venditti; Ghemon; Calexico + Iron and Wine; Xavier Rudd and Glen Hansard.
“The audio system that we installed at the Vittoriale degli Italiani provided total coverage of the area, made up of three sections of seats. Parterre, Steps and Imperial stage, the
UK - Hawkwind celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, releasing their 32nd album and embarking on a tour that culminated in a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall in November, supported by an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system.
With special guests including Eric Clapton and Motörhead’s Phil Campbell joining the band on stage along the way, the tour saw long-time Hawkwind FOH engineer Rik Elliss behind the dLive surface. “I’ve been an Allen & Heath fan for many years and the dLive is my go-to system these days, both for my own engineering duties and for my rental company Audioworx,” explains Elliss. “For this tour I’ve been using the S5000 surface with a DM64 MixRack at FOH. The MixRack is also fitted with a Dante card, which is used for recording several of the shows.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hawkwind’s dense, layered sound provides some challenges when translating to a live setting, but Elliss points to key dLive attributes that help the process. “I’ve got 11 channels of keys which all need to be heard, five channels of screaming guitars, a pretty distorted bass guitar, 11 channels of drums and four vocals to deal with,” he says. “And trying to get the vocals to sit on top of this very mid-range heavy music is a challenge. But the dLive is great at keeping sounds separate and distinct and that separation really helps with adding clarity to the mix, which is something that’s incredibly important, particularly in a venue as different as the Royal Albert Hall.
“The other key aspect of the dLive that I r
Denmark - Dynaudio recently constructed two fully equipped recording studios within shipping containers (one in Europe and one in the USA), installed professional producers in each and took them on the road.
Unheard is Dynaudio’s mission to give something back. The company believes that not enough artists are getting a fair chance, so they created the pop-up studios to help redress the balance. The Unheard studios have been travelling the world, visiting shows and festivals and allowing unknowns the chance to record and take away their tracks. The glass-fronted containers allow the process to be shared with an audience, entertaining them as well as providing an insight into professional music-Dynaudio’s Unheard studios have been travelling the world, visiting shows and festivals making. Midem and NAMM are two of the high-profile events that Unheard has recently visited.
Centred on a Waves eMotion LV1 software mixer, the Unheard studio process has to cater for fast turnaround, different musical styles and be integrated with an outside PA and live video setup.
DiGiGrid products played a vital role in the studio infrastructure as producer and audio engineer Ashley Shepherd explains: “We have been using the DiGiGrid devices in the Dynaudio Unheard recording studio for over a year now with great success. Since we have integrated Waves LV1 as our primary mixing environment along with SoundGrid, the DiGiGrid devices fit right in the ecosystem.”
Europe - Lithuania system integrator TVC has completed construction of an OB Trailer for Norwegian public broadcaster NRK around a Lawo IP audio infrastructure, including mc²56 mixing console, A__UHD Processing Engine and VSM control.
The new vehicle with advanced equipment is an investment for NRK’s ambitious future productions and is part of a technological standardisation within the broadcast production facilities and mobile studios as NRK already uses mc² consoles in their concert hall and for news program productions.
The 13.6m-long single-side expansion (4.15m expanded), 26-tonne NRK OB24 features a large interior space with 24 dedicated workplaces, high levels of both sound and heat insulation, automatic preparation for operation and transportation, and easy maintenance and reliability. It features two production rooms, slow-motion operator’s row, camera control area, separate audio room and a completely separate equipment & server room, with a separate entrance door from outside.
Alongside its single-side expansion, the truck features protective fold-down roofs on the expandable side and entrance platform, interior floor heating and readiness for deployment in a cold climate - as its main production duties include winter sports like biathlon, slalom and ski jumping. Other assignments will include cultural and music events.
Central to the audio infrastructure are a 64-fader Lawo mc²56 Broadcast Production Console and a core providing 5,096 x 5,096 crosspoints and fully redundant 512-channel use of Lawo’s A__UHD Core, with
USA - Sandwiched between Silver Lake and Angelino Heights, Echo Park has emerged as one of the most happening neighbourhoods in LA. Home to prospering and aspiring artists, writers, and musicians, it celebrates its community culture each year with Echo Park Rising, a sprawling festival which was recently named ‘Best Music Festival' by LA Weekly.
This year the event’s main Liberty Stage relied upon control provided by Allen & Heath dLive S5000 and C1500 control surfaces supported respectively by the processing and networking power of DM48 and CDM32 MixRack systems.
Standing at the confluence of Liberty and Reservoir Streets, the Liberty Stage featured a plethora of bands including many of the festival’s must-see acts. “The level of activity at Liberty Stage can best be described as that which you’d expect from what just may be the ultimate block party,” explained Oscar Zambrano of AOP Entertainment, which managed production for the event. “Crowds ebbed and flowed throughout the day and night. The bands that performed ranged from those just starting out to some of the hottest acts around. In turn, we had to be ready for anything.”
The stage’s PA was implemented and tuned by Brandon Operchuck and Kyle Gish of Huntington Beach, California-based Audio Geer. Allen & Heath’s dLive S5000/DM48 mixing system managed the sound out front. Onstage for monitors, the aforementioned dLive C1500/CDM32 system took charge, expanded to handle 48 channels of input with the aid of a 96kHz Allen & Heath DX168 I/O expander.
UAE - JoeCo is growing its reach in the Middle East thanks to a new distribution relationship with Provision AVL. The Dubai-based distributor will now represent the brand across the GCC region and follows hot on the heels of a similar deal with Boujikian Bros in Lebanon. The new relationships mean that the manufacturer has direct representatives in every territory across the Middle East.
“We had been looking for some time to find the right partners for JoeCo in Middle Eastern territories,” explains Graham Murray, business development at JoeCo. “We feel it is important to have strong partners and a local presence to promote and backup JoeCo equipment sales. Provision AVL can provide the facility to support local customers and effectively promote JoeCo solutions to the Middle Eastern markets. After spending a few days with Kevin and seeing him and his team in action, it became clear that Provision AVL would be the perfect partner for JoeCo’s business for the GCC.”
“JoeCo is one of the leading multi-track recorder and player manufacturers in the world, and with its award-winning Blackbox range, we felt that it would complement the audio brands that we already represent,” adds Kevin Boujikian, general manager at Provision AVL. “The brand deserves further growth in the region, and that happens with more exposure, demos and end-user training.”
The initial stages of the relationship saw JoeCo equipment displayed on the Provision AVL booth at Prolight + Sound Middle East in Dubai, generating a positive response from visitors. “The suppor
UK - Production AV's concert touring services expansion is on track as the company appoints video and sound technician Nathan Dunbar as technical project manager.
Dunbar brings industry knowledge, experience and contacts in the sector, having worked on some of Europe’s largest AV projects including Glastonbury, UK-produced Hollywood movies and the MTV Europe Music Awards.
“We’re thrilled that Nathan has joined our growing team as Production AV looks to expand the scope of our projects and services in 2020,” says MD Pete McCrea. “His kit know-how, contacts and standing in our industry is an incredible asset to Production AV as we look to further strengthen our live music offering. We look forward to working with Nathan to achieve our goals in this next stage of growth.”
Dunbar comments: “I wanted to join a company where I could feel part of the family. I’m excited to help take the company further into the concert touring sector with full force with that added Production AV attention to detail that gives us the edge.”
Production AV has supplied kit and crew for a number of high-profile live music and concert touring events this year. A major project was the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Royal Albert Hall fundraising concerts.
In December, Dunbar will head a Production AV team to supply and deliver an AV solution to British rapper Little Simz’s headline performance at London’s O2 Kentish Town Forum.
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied Dynamic Audio Device (D.A.D.) loudspeakers to The Point venue in Eastleigh, to deliver high-fidelity performance for its annual programme of outdoor events and other offsite activities.
The Point attracts British & international artists in contemporary dance, theatre, comedy & film. In 2015 it became one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations - recognising its cultural importance to the creative community.
Each year The Point’s outdoor pop-up live music, festival, cinema & family events are held in the venue’s grounds and nearby public spaces, bringing together the local and creative communities.
When the venue’s technical manager, Tim Slater was looking to invest in new PA loudspeakers for future outdoor events, he contacted Steve Eaton, sales executive in AC-ET’s specialist audio sales division. Steve invited Tim to see a demo of the D.A.D. speakers range at the PLASA London show.
Slater comments: “Although I was unfamiliar with D.A.D., having bought equipment from Steve before, I trust his ears and advice. After hearing them I was hugely impressed with the clarity of sound, which was very good at high pressure levels. For the price point they are such great value.”
He adds: “In addition, the high build quality means I have confidence in their long-term use. The cases integrate tightly around the speakers, which provides great protection when they’re being moved around and used outside.”
Slater purchased a package consist
India - Although holding a degree in medicine, Dr. Rajesh Khade is the son of a professional musician and his passion for music and audio and desire to connect artists with their audiences eventually led to him becoming a sound engineer or, to be more precise, a system engineer and official Smaart Trainer in his home country of India.
In recent years, Khade’s work in the audio field has enabled him to build up considerable experience with major PA brands, worked as a system engineer for numerous events with major acts across India, as well as holding his own system engineering courses.
He became a Smaart Instructor in 2019 and hosts training sessions throughout India in English, Hindi and Marathi. This work brought him into contact with German system technician and Smaart Instructor Michael Häck, who introduced him to Outline’s new Newton processor, which he used during Stuttgart’s 2018 Jazz Open Festival, one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe.
Khade explained, “I’d been constantly on the look-out for a processor for more than a year, but was undecided on which to go for, as each one lacked some features. But, when I first got to know about Outline Newton, through the SMAART API integration feature, and I went through its specs, I was mind-blown, as it definitely ticked all the boxes in my list.”
Following some more insight from Häck, Khade decided to go for it, even without being able to have a demo unit in India.
“What appeals to me the most is its use as a central system processor: driving, controlling and pro
Denmark - Designed by award-winning architects Henning Larsen AS, Moesgaard Museum (MOMU) is one of Denmark’s leading attractions. Built into and rising up from the rolling hills overlooking Aarhus Bay, MOMU blends ancient artefacts with modern technology to bring the past alive.
The latest exhibition, Bound for disaster - Pompeii and Herculaneum, brings to life the events that unfolded around the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, killing an estimated 2,500 people. The sound design for this new audio-visual experience was created by exhibition soundscape specialist, Søren Bendixen of Audiotect, and is built entirely around Genelec’s new 4430 Smart IP loudspeakers. Combined with the scenography, video mapping and lighting, the soundscape immerses visitors in the pre-disaster atmosphere of the lively city of Pompeii, before leading them into the postapocalyptic scenes that followed.
“We are using a total of 51 Genelec 4430 loudspeakers, all fed by discrete channels over a Dante network with Ubiquiti Edge switches,” explains Johan Ahrenfeldt who is responsible for exhibition technology at MOMU. “We’re using QLab software for the playback and a Dante-compatible RME Digiface interface to run a total of 54 discrete channels flawlessly. Various audio formats are used in the sound design, including Ambisonics and Quadrophonic sound, to provide a fully immersive experience.”
Ahrenfeldt is no stranger to Genelec, having used many 4000 Series and 8330A loudspeakers on previous exhibitions, but he says that the new 4430s
Germany - WHU - Otto Bensheim School of Management is a business school with campuses in Vallendar/Koblenz and Düsseldorf serving over 1,500 students.
In recent years, this privately-funded university began investing in networked learning with a goal to record lectures using the latest AV and remote camera technology for the benefit of all its students.
A comprehensive Panopto system plus a Creston signal management and media control system were installed in the university’s lecture halls to provide quality video.
Having planned and installed the video recording systems for the lecture halls, the AV integrator specialists at SIGMA realised that voice transmission confronted them with a very challenging scenario.
“The client required a microphone solution across several lecture halls and seminar rooms. Students should be able to participate without needing to interact with a microphone, yet still follow the lecture without distractions,” explains Christian Backes, CEO at SIGMA System Audio-Visuell GmbH.
SIGMA has begun the process of upgrading the audio components, with several lecture halls and seminar rooms now equipped with Shure Microflex Advance MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphones, allowing the university to create high quality educational content and lectures available to students anytime and anywhere.
While the lecture halls feature partially fixed seating, the flexible seminar rooms at WHU are used differently, as required. To cover all rooms without any variations in pickup quality, SIGMA incorporated several Shure M
USA - Famed for his struggles with stage props, attempts to smuggle vegetables through airport security and a Big Bottom, former Spinal Tap bass guitarist Derek Smalls recently delighted fans by inviting them to ‘rock til you sit’ at Lukewarm Water Live, a one date tour of the US West Coast. Increasing age may have brought Derek a subtle change of hair colour but, with a Yamaha PM7 digital mixing system on monitors, he delivered the full majesty of rock.
Playing songs from his 2018 solo album Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) alongside classics by his former band (formerly known as Spinal Tap), Smalls - known to some as comedian Harry Shearer - invited a star-studded line-up to perform alongside him and a full symphony orchestra.
“This was the first time I mixed a show on Rivage PM7,” says monitor engineer Gabriele Nicotra, who has also worked with Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, John Grant, Lorde, Siouxsie Sioux and Judith Owen. “My friend Jon Sword had a PM7 system at FoH with Bush and, when I saw it, I had the usual feeling when a new Yamaha digital mixer comes out. It improves on the things we all like, without radically changing the surface and screen layouts.
“Rivage PM7 is instantly familiar enough to not need a course to learn how to use it. My first day on it was the first day of production rehearsals with the band. It was so comfortable that nobody was aware that I was learning a new control surface.”
As a show with comedy at its heart, some of the production elements made life a little more complicated fo
China - Hangzhou, the capital of the Zhejiang province, is home to a new One Third club destination located in a former locomotive depot, another of the NOA’s Arc Group’s entertainment ventures.
The third in the chain (including one in Beijing), the 2,500-capacity dance venue, specialising in Hard style, has been equipped with Martin Audio’s MLA Multicellular Loudspeaker Array.
This was supplied to the Dutch creative team, Live Legends, and their creative director Daan Oomen by Martin Audio’s Chinese distributor, Sino Hui Feng, who worked hard to win the project with the Martin Audio bid to ensure One Third Hangzhou stands out in a competitive marketplace.
The One Third vibe is all about the story of an old locomotive factory that comes to life. Live Legends delivered all creative elements from concept to execution, including show production, interior and technical design which included coordinating all the visual disciplines and optimising the guest experience with their usual flair and imagination.
Live Legends was asked onboard, to bring their extensive skills, knowledge and visions from the world of live events.
After sampling several competitive sound systems, it was decided that MLA would be “the perfect weapon” for this application and that Martin Audio overall was the best loudspeaker partner for all the subsidiary spaces.
The installation was carried out by Sino Hui Feng’s audio technical team, supported by Martin Audio Product Support Engineer, Robin Dibble.
All the rooms were equipped with Martin Aud
South Africa - Richard Smith of DWR Distribution, an L-Acoustics authorised training centre, recently headed up L-Acoustics certified training for a group of technicians at the company’s offices in Johannesburg.
The two-day training course provides technicians with both the technical and practical skills and certification needed to operate a range of L-Acoustics professional sound systems.
Under the guidance of Richard Smith, who has served as a brand ambassador for L-Acoustics in Africa for over a decade, attendees are taught all that they need to know to operate L-Acoustics’ Kara, Kiva II and K2 professional audio system. Smith is a passionate and committed teacher and trainer and takes enormous pleasure in passing on his years of knowledge and experience to a new generation of L-Acoustics Certified Technicians.
“I have always loved teaching and try to take advantage of any opportunity presented to share my knowledge and experience with others in the audio field,” says Smith. “There is nothing more rewarding than watching those special light-bulb moments when a trainee suddenly grasps a new concept or skill.
“In the past, L-Acoustics took a highly structured, standardised approach to its training programmes. However, in recent years, they have adopted a more modular ‘a la carte’ approach. Participants start out with Level 1 training, which consists of two modules. Once they have completed the compulsory System Fundamentals module, covered on the first day of training, they are able to stipulate which system they would like t
UK - This year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo undertook one of its biggest technological transformations to date (read more about this in the December issue of LSi, coming soon). For the first time in its history, the vast and complex event trusted its audio control to an audio tracking system, implementing the largest TiMax TrackerD4 precision stagetracking system yet, controlling a pair of Out Board’s TiMax SoundHub-S64 spatial audio processors featuring new HARDCore FPGA processing - all supplied by Wigwam Acoustics.
Since 2014, sound designer, Seb Frost, has overseen the execution of audio reinforcement for the event, in which a continuously moving cast of over 1000 military musicians march through Edinburgh Castle’s parade ground in increasingly complex configurations.
Frost claims, “TiMax TrackerD4 dramatically improved the accuracy and resolution of the loudspeaker system. The advantage was that because everything sounded so natural we could increase the volume, which 100% had the effect of engaging the crowd and giving them - dare I say it - a more immersive experience.”
Along with 60 channels of radio microphone, 48 TiMax Tracker tags were swapped onto performers every four to six minutes during the course of the 100-minute performance. Over 700 tag swaps, from full bands to individual and group performances, demonstrates the level of complicated organisation that lies behind this unique event.
The TTd4 tags drive a 48-channel TiMax2 SoundHub audio spatialisation matrix to continuously maintain localisation and musical ti
Italy - After captivating the Stade De France in Paris and the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Rockin’1000 brought their That’s Live - No Borders, On Board tour to Italy, landing in Milan and hosting two special guests, Manuel Agnelli from Afterhours (joined by Rodrigo D’Erasmo), and Subsonica.
The band originally found fame on 26 July 2015 at the Ippodromo Park in Cesena, where the 1,000-piece band played Learn to Fly in an effort to convince Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to perform live in Italy (which happened the following November). Since then, the Thousand have been organising concerts around the world.
The band’s latest appearance - an outdoor show at newly renovated Milano-Linate airport - required the combined audio firepower of Outline’s GTO system and Powersoft’s K and X Series amplifiers to match up to the sheer the size of the stage and venue. This combination proved extremely effective at capturing the band’s massive live sound in Florence in 2018, so the show’s organisers knew the technology would be up to the task.
With so much equipment necessary to pull off this event, the gear had to be supplied by three companies, all of which belong to Outline and Powersoft’s Italian / European rental network: Gigant Sound (Poznań, Poland), Emporio On Stage (Scandicci, Florence), and Show Technologies (Recco, Genova).
To ensure even coverage across the venue, 100 of Outline’s GTO modules and 72 Outline DBS 18-2 subs were required. Several point-source systems (about 14 Outline Vegas 12 CX) were scatte
USA - After three sold-out performances at Amsterdam's Eye Filmmuseum, which saw Cosmos Within Us win a VR Days Halo award, the Future of StoryTelling will present the theatrical preview of Tupac Martir’s mixed reality performance piece at New York Live Arts on 2 December (Monday).
A co-production between Satore Studio, a_BAHN, and Satore Tech, Cosmos Within Us ‘turns the solitary experience of virtual reality into a multisensory performance piece for an audience of 100-150 people, creating an entirely new artform’. It features 13 live performers, including five musicians, voiceover artists, live digital animations, two dancers, a conductor, and one ‘interactor’.
Director Tupac Martir comments: “Performing at the Eye was very special. Being able to take our piece outside of the film festival circuit and show it to over 100 people per screening meant that we have been able to create something communal.
“We had only performed it to a maximum of 10 people, so to grow the audience 10-fold meant that we were taking risks we didn’t know would pay off.”
The Venice and London performances earlier this year used small surround sound speaker systems, yet the Amsterdam shows saw the introduction of Sennheiser HP-02 headphones with wireless transmitters. These headphones were given to each audience member where they received a live feed, including that of the voice over artist.
Martir adds: “When we first started the show audio was primarily designed for the interactor as they would be inside the environmental la
Germany - A live concert featuring the stars of German TV show Sing meinen Song was recently mixed with two Allen & Heath dLive systems at FOH and monitors.
Sing meinen Song - das Tauschkonzert, produced by German broadcaster Vox, is one of the most successful TV formats in recent years and has just completed its sixth season, with the accompanying album releases always hitting the top of the German album charts. For the first time ever, the 2019 season closed with a live concert in Berlin where all the artists involved reunited for one big final live show. The venue chosen for the event, Berlin’s Waldbühne amphitheatre, is one of Germany’s biggest open-air stages with a unique architecture and atmosphere.
The concert was mixed by Daniel Lauer (FOH) and Sascha Kohl (monitors), who have been working with dLive systems for several years.
“The main challenge of the show was the limited time available for preparation,” explains Lauer. “Because of its size and special acoustics, the Waldbühne is quite a demanding location for a sound engineer and we only had one day of studio rehearsal for 25 songs, so we had to be able to adapt very quickly to any changes at soundcheck. The variety of songs and artists also presented us with a full spectrum of sound and dynamics to cope with, which was a huge challenge for us mixing the show, but of course also what made it interesting. The two dLive systems were an enormous help in dealing with those issues.”
Two Allen & Heath dLive S7000 surfaces, each paired with its own DM64 Mi
Europe - Digital Projection has announced the appointment of three key sales employees across the EMEA region. The new hires - Christoph Hellmuth, Artur Kita and Nizar Nasser - will serve Digital Projection’s interests in DACH, Poland and the Middle East, respectively.
Hellmuth, who has been hired as regional sales manager for the DACH region, brings decades of experience in the pro AV market. After serving as an audio engineer for major musicals, Hellmuth worked as a senior marketing manager for Shure in EMEA, before becoming the CEO and founder of VividAudio Media.
As the new regional sales manager for Poland, Artur Kita joins Digital Projection with a wealth of experience in the Polish AV market, where he has been responsible for the sale of screen mounting solutions, projectors and other AV equipment.
Joining Digital Projection’s Dubai team as the new regional manager for the Middle East region is Nizar Nasser. Nasser has worked for over 10 years as Crestron’s regional sales manager for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as well as Middle East business development manager.
Chris Axford, international sales and marketing director at Digital Projection, comments: “We were looking for new recruits that would bring both experience and knowledge to the markets they are responsible for, and I am confident they will better expand the reputation of Digital Projection in EMEA. We’re very pleased to welcome them to the team.”
China - Grace is a national chain of bar/restaurants with live entertainment. The latest venue is in Yangjiang city, Guangdong province, where an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon system has overcome architectural challenges to serve up an appetising audio menu.
Grace in Yangjiang has a 400sq.m main area and a 100sq.m mezzanine, with internal architecture that created significant acoustic challenges. Its classical Chinese style features a tiled roof decoration with varying heights, producing multiple reflections. Additionally, a tall decorative column was likely to cause issues with sound coverage from one side of the stage.
The live performances feature vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, drums and have a wide dynamic range. Guangzhou-based EAD was asked to design and install a sound reinforcement system that would make sure diners throughout the venue enjoyed high quality sound. The company chose an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon solution.
The main dining area is covered by four RR12 point-source array modules, with four BF362 high-output subwoofers installed under the stage. Four VR8 compact versatile monitors cover the mezzanine area, with two more filling the area behind the decorative column. These have a set delay to ensure the frequency response curve and sound pressure on the left and right sides of the space are equal. The system is managed by two Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers.
“We set up the RR12s in increments of 30° in the coupling plane and, thanks to their asymmetric 60° (+20°/-40°) in the non-coupling plane, we could cover the
UK/Jordan - On Friday, 22 November, Coldplay performed two Sunrise and Sunset sets at Amman’s Citadel, Jordan, both of which were streamed live on YouTube to celebrate the release of the band’s new album, Everyday Life.
Following Coldplay’s decision not to tour Everyday Life for environmental reasons, the band came up with an alternative for achieving maximum impact: “We wanted to pick somewhere in the middle of the world where we normally don’t get to play,” Chris Martin, Coldplay’s frontman, told the BBC.
A few days before the Amman performances, Coldplay’s management announced the addition of a one-off live show on 25 November at London’s Natural History Museum. Selected songs of this performance will be available on radio and social media, and the proceeds will be donated to an environmental charity.
As always, what looked easy at show time was the result of intense preparations involving the best people in the industry. Tony Smith (Coldplay’s audio designer, FOH tech and crew chief) liaised with Toby Alington, broadcast sound engineer, to find a solution for the Amman broadcast mix. Alington in turn approached Dirk Sykora to discuss a Lawo console solution for Jordan through SR Films. Alington mixed the two sets live in Amman with the help of Coldplay’s Rik Simpson (producer, sound engineer) and Dan Green (FOH engineer).
Both the band and the technical crew had arrived in Amman one week prior to the Sunrise and Sunset performances. According to Dirk Sykora, who configured and programmed t