Audio News

jblprx-familyJBL Professional debuts portable PRX900 Series
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced the JBL PRX900 Series of loudspeakers and subwoofers, which feature advanced acoustics, comprehensive DSP, power performance and complete BLE control via the JBL Pro Connect app.
The line, which includes three powered two-way loudspeakers and two powered subwoofers, is built from the ground up to leverage JBL’s most advanced acoustic innovations. All-new proprietary driver systems - powered by Class D amplifiers -deliver clarity and definition even at maximum volume, with improved dispersion and beam width and smooth low-frequency extension.
The PRX900 Series’ DSP package, accessible via onboard LCDs and the JBL Pro Connect app, includes 12-band parametric EQ for system tuning and nuanced tonal control, and integrated dbx Drive Rack technology, featuring live and fixed Automatic Feedback Suppression, soft system limiter with Soundcraft Overeasy option and speaker delay settings and presets.
The PRX900 Series is designed to withstand the rigors of the road. Rigid composite loudspeaker cabinets feature computer-modelled ribbing for optimal acoustic performance and durability, while subwoofers are housed in 18 mm birch cabinets with optimized bracing for smooth, accurate low-frequency response. Like with every JBL product, everything is reinforced by test and validation protocols and the series is backed by a seven-year warranty.
“For years, our PRX800 Series loudspeakers have been first-call systems for bands, DJs, installers and houses of worship in large part thanks to their acoustic p

alicecooper5Alice Cooper creates the shock factor with JBL
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

USA - To provide Alice Cooper with impactful and dynamic audio for his 2022 US tour, SLS Production Services implemented a diverse selection of JBL Professional audio solutions.
Cooper is perhaps best known for his onstage persona and visuals inspired by horror films, injecting a sense of camp and theatricality in rock music that still inspires artists to this day. For his latest US tour, Cooper and his band performed onstage with gravestones, skeletons and a platform that doubles as a medieval castle wall.
As a result, the band did not use amps onstage to accommodate the set design, meaning that the tour required live sound that provided impact and clarity for both the band and audience while also accounting for the budget, personnel and gear limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet these requirements, SLS equipped the tour with a selection of JBL VTX Series speakers, including the new VTX A12 Line Array Loudspeaker.
“The setup has certainly changed over the years, even from just a couple tours ago,” said Todd Hartman, owner, SLS Production Services. “There are no wedges or amps onstage for the performers on this tour, for example. They're all just running through the rig. We needed a rig that had great sound and was easily deployable with limited numbers of people. When you go into these rooms, you're always five or ten people short on labour calls. Trying to limit the number of people we need and still put a large format PA up in the space is part of the challenge in today's touring world.
“All the sound and front-of-h

 
 
luckyday3Pioneer Pro delivers for Lucky Day in Las Vegas
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

USA - The Lucky Day Tequila & Mezcal House in Las Vegas is a 3,000sq.ft, 100-person capacity bar filled with Mexican art and artifacts, colour, and an explosion of light and sound. A canopy of 15,000 colourful, programmable LED lights of all shapes and sizes dance above patrons as they sample cocktails and enjoy the music.
Local Las Vegas restaurant and bar development firm, Corner Bar Management, opened the Lucky Day Tequila & Mezcal House in early 2020. Corner Bar Management focuses almost exclusively on creating spaces within the artistic Freemont district of Las Vegas. Lucky Day was the company’s sixth project at the time, and two more restaurants have been opened since. A foundation of all Corner Bar Management projects is a well-equipped, high-quality sound system.
“Most all our venues are very dance forward. We create DJ-driven environments, and we pay a great deal of attention to the sound system; music is a big part of our atmospheres, so we need to get it right,” explained Ryan Doherty, founder, Corner Bar Management. “To match the size and aesthetics of Lucky Day, and for the level of quality we wanted, our integrator suggested the XY Series from Pioneer Pro Audio. It has worked out perfectly for us.”
“We’ve worked with Pioneer Pro Audio systems in similar venues in the past, they are always flexible, easy to install and set up, and have a great sound,” said business associate, Bob Athey. “When Ryan explained that they wanted high-quality, party-ready audio from a system that could also blend into the aesthetics

 
stewart-millager64 Audio promotes Stewart Millager
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Canada - 64 Audio has announced the promotion of Stewart Millager to senior executive officer. Millager has been with 64 Audio since 2017, most recently as chief operating officer, and prior to that he led the company’s R&D team.
“Since its founding in 2010, 64 Audio has become the leader in the custom and universal fit in-ear monitor market, and that’s due to both our people and our product,” said Millager. “Our founder and chief sound designer Vitaliy Belonozhko is the real creative force behind the company and its products. As I take on the senior executive officer role, it will allow him to have more opportunity to work on new products, patents, and inventions while I take on more responsibility for the day-to-day and overall operations.”
“As a results-driven professional with an impressive resume in the consumer and Pro A/V markets, Stewart has proven himself in our COO role the past few years and through the pandemic,” said Belonozhko. “As 64 Audio continues to grow, shifting and adding responsibilities his way was the natural course of action with today’s challenging business environment in order to keep us on track and on the path to even greater success.”

 
 
britannia-row-productions-acquires-skanBritannia Row Productions acquires Skan
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

UK - Britannia Row Productions, a Clair Global company, has acquired fellow UK-based sound reinforcement provider Skan to offer an even more comprehensive level of service and support to both firms’ existing and future clients. The transaction was finalised in September.
“Since its inception, Skan has evolved to become recognised internationally for its passion for providing the very best service, equipment, packaging, and people to its clients,” states Nicola Amoruso, managing director at Britannia Row. “Skan and Britannia Row have maintained a relationship of friendly competition and mutual respect throughout this time and both parties see this partnership as a logical step forward.”
Founded in the ‘70s, Skan is based in Newbury in the South of England and offers sound reinforcement services for tours, festivals, and large-scale events with an impressive roster of clients worldwide including Muse, Liam Gallagher, and ELO. The firm’s present leadership will remain in place.
Chris Fitch, director and co-owner at Skan, says: “We were flattered to be asked to join the preeminent global audio rental company. There is no other offer we would have considered, and we expect this new arrangement to provide benefits to our existing and future customers.
"Over the last 25 years, we have provided a global service from our base in the UK but being part of a global organisation allows more options to supply services and provide support from other locations.
"Working with Abby Llewellyn, director and co-owner, and a core of dedicated

 
yorktillyera14836Brit Row supports new and diverse talent at WOMAD
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

UK - Britannia Row Productions has a long-standing relationship with the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) international arts festival, having been involved in several editions since the very first in 1982. The 2022 festival saw Brit Row provide skilled crew and audio packages for all four stages, catering to a diverse line-up of musical acts and performers.
“We love the festival, particularly because of its ethos to bring in these wonderfully diverse artists to headline,” says Brit Row director, Bryan Grant. “Another great aspect is that our engineers often mix bands, so it’s excellent experience for them. There are also roles on the crew for relative newcomers, whom the festival always encourages to get stuck in. Our freelancers line up to work at WOMAD!”
Audio crew chief Alex Hore had worked on the festival many times over the years, but this was his first time overseeing the audio crew members, 11 in total. “WOMAD is always an amazing musical experience,” he says. “There’s so much variety in styles and genres, there’s never a dull moment as so many different artists are focused on pushing musical boundaries. Of course, as in any event, particular roles need to be filled with experienced crew, but WOMAD also offers a brilliant opportunity for newer crew to get hands-on experience and work with different cultural attitudes towards live sound production. It’s the perfect event to step outside of the norm and get familiar with instruments and musicians that speak a different language.”
As well as being familiar with som

 
 
danteDante Brooklyn 3 AV module now shipping  
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

USA - Audinate Group Limited reports that Dante Brooklyn 3 audio networking module is now shipping to customers. Announced in June at InfoComm 22, the new module is a pin-compatible replacement for one of Audinate’s most popular products, Dante Brooklyn 2, which has been redesigned to ensure continuous availability while delivering support for current and future Dante features. 
The Dante Brooklyn module family is the most widely deployed implementation of Dante and is used in hundreds of products including mixing consoles, DSPs, and amplifiers. The new Dante Brooklyn 3 audio module is available in 8x8 to 64x64 channel SKUs, delivering ultra-low latency networked audio in a complete module supporting the complete suite of Dante audio features. 
“With the arrival of Brooklyn 3, we’re delivering a new design that will help original design manufacturers address supply chain constraints and maintain production while delivering a product to customers that will support future Dante features,” said Chris Ware, Audinate’s senior vice president of product development. “Because this new module is a direct replacement for earlier versions, manufacturers can begin using them in production today.”
Dante Brooklyn 3 is compatible with all other Dante devices and can be routed, managed, secured and monitored using Dante Controller and Dante Domain Manager.

 
rowdytown6Chauvet helps create Rowdytown 3D immersion
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

USA - A 3D stage production featured at the Red Rocks amphitheatre in late September for Rowdytown X, the 10th anniversary edition of Big Gigantic’s flagship party. Lighting and production designer, Justin Casey of Helms Projects and the production team created a deep and evocative stage presence that made it easy for fans to feel like they were entering a 3D space as they watch performances by the event’s hosts, as well as guests Joyryde, Mitis, Jantsen, and INZO.
A variety of design elements, from a curved set that wrapped around the artists on stage, to blow-through video walls with generative content, were seamlessly fused to create this immersive panorama. Contributing to the overall effect was a collection of 40 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Helms Projects and Brown Note Productions.
“This production took a village to complete, so big thanks to all the vendors, not just Helm Projects, and Brown Note Productions, but also Pyromix Pyro, Laser Wolf, Photon7, Gallagher staging, Antic Studio and PSI,” said Casey. “There were also so many people involved like Jonathan ‘Jdub’ Watson, Tommy Mercer, Sean Ginsburg, and Bryan Saltarelli from the lighting team, Max Kohler, Collin Thielen, Andrew Gross, Daniel Fennell, John Batts from the video team; Marshall Rawley, Conner Ash from laser, Alex Curry our rigger; and Sean Mullens, Whitney Wangsgaard, Mike Norfleet, and Bryan Fletcher from the Big Gigantic team.”
Creating a distinctive focal point in the middle of their dimensional stage, the design team positioned a giant mirror

 
 
eaw-oxbow1EAW arrays cover Napa’s Oxbow RiverStage
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

USA - The organisers of Downtown Napa’s Oxbow RiverStage along with Sound Image Productions, who provided the complete audio, lighting and staging package for the concert series, decided on a PA system from EAW’s ADAPTive line, including its Anya Loudspeakers and Otto Subwoofers.
This year’s event featured Brandi Carlile, Lovers and Strangers, a-ha, Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown, Third Eye Blind, Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, and Widespread Panic. In all, Oxbow RiverStage utilised nine Anya’s flown inside and three Otto subs on each side of the stage.
“We worked with the City of Napa this year to deal with concerns we’d had in past seasons with bleed into neighbouring communities,” says Mike Brown, head of audio, Sound Image Productions. “Turning the stage around and moving it to the other side of the venue helped, but EAW’s Anya ADAPTive PA system was amazing. The flexibility of Anya allowed us to control our sound and place the audio where we wanted it and keep it away from where we didn’t want it.”
With the new stage orientation, the landscape featured a train bridge almost 400ft in front of the stage. “This long, perpendicular concrete structure creates a very pronounced slap back into the audience,” adds Brown. “With the Anya’s and Otto’s, we were able to reject a lot of the low end behind the hang, and focus energy into audience areas, reducing transmission into surrounding neighbourhoods. We were also able to reduce the delayed reflection of the train bridge by limiting the coverage back into the l

 
kentridgeHolophonix Spatialized sound enhances The Dance
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

France - Amadeus has collaborated on a new artistic work with South African artist, performer, and director William Kentridge to create the immersive sound for his latest multi-sensorial installation, titled More Sweetly Play The Dance and hosted by France’s renowned cultural centre Les Champs Libres.
The new Kentridge exhibition is designed to be ‘open, festive, poetic, and generous but also contemplative, gruff, and militant. It intends to evoke the concept of celebration in its broadest sense, by uniting artistical practices from all horizons’.
This work surrounds the spectators in a seemingly endless parade of characters. A genuine dancing procession of cartoons and videos, the 35m-long frieze of moving images and sound invites attendees to enter a macabre dance while providing the opportunity to reflect on notions of injustice and inhumanity.
“I am interested in political art, meaning: an art of ambiguity, contradiction, unfinished gestures, and random outcomes. An art - and a politics - in which optimism is restrained and nihilism kept at bay. The film itself is part of a series of projects that deal with despair in this era of disappearing utopias,” stated its creator, William Kentridge.
“Les Champs Libres are among the first French institutions - notably the Théâtre National de Chaillot, the Comédie Française, or even La Scala - to believe in the artistic and perceptive added value that the new spatialization-linked sound technologies could provide. As such, in 2016 our auditorium was equipped with an advanced im

 
 
lt-6-Shure Axient powers Louis Tomlinson’s tour
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Europe - Shure supported Louis Tomlinson on his worldwide debut album campaign with 12 channels of PSM 1000 in ear monitors and two channels of Axient Digital AD2 handheld microphones with KSM9 capsules.
The world tour was rescheduled due to the 2020 pandemic and as a result, some shows were booked into larger venues with more production added. Show designer, Tom Taylor/TANCK came up with a new concept for the large outdoor European shows which allowed for a full width catwalk in front of the IMAG video screens, allowing Louis to walk and perform along the full width of stage and the catwalk, which was around 60m wide. This presented the concerns that his IEMs and radio mic wouldn’t have sufficient RF coverage behind the antennas at stage left.
Jack Drury and Stuart Stephens suggested a passive split of the IEM transmitting antennas, running our usual helical setup on stage with a passive omnidirectional antenna on the catwalk to provide increased RF coverage. “With our standard AD4D wireless microphone setup, we couldn’t run Axient Quadversity, therefore we needed an AD4Q - 4 channel receiver and an extra pair of antennas from our audio supplier Solotech which allowed us to run a Quadversity setup for our radio mics and it worked flawlessly.”
Stuart Stephens, product marketing manager for pro audio at Shure, explains: “From experience, we knew that they wouldn’t have any trouble covering the main stage area with their usual helical antenna IEM setup. Using a passive splitter, they could place a UA860SWB omnidirectional antenna at the l

 
martinaudiocar-festMartin Audio WPL keeps pace with CarFest South
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

UK - Now 11 years old, Chris Evans’ popular CarFests show no signs of running out of gas, as some 50,000 people again took to Laverstoke Park Farm near Overton, Hampshire - owned by 1979 Formula One World Champion, Jody Scheckter - for CarFest South. Inaugurated by Evans back in 2011, the event raises funds for Children in Need.
The event is a regular client of Martin Audio partner SWG Events, the south-west-based production company, who provided a full sound and light package. This included their Martin Audio WPL line array, which provided sound reinforcement for a broad range of artists. These included Kaiser Chiefs, Rag 'n' Bone Man, Tom Odell, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Faithless Soundsystem, James Blunt, Judge Jules, Bob Marley Revival and Rick Parfitt Jnr, Paloma Faith and Steps.
The fast-moving performance area is built around three differently configured stages, flanking a DJ stage occupied by Chris Evans himself, all set in a line.
SWG Events has traditionally deployed their W8LC, but this year that older Martin Audio system was redeployed to delay duties in two hangs of eight, as their new Wavefront Precision (WPL) took pride of place. The two main hangs of 12 WPL were driven in 2-box resolution from iKON iK42 process controlled amplifiers, as were a stage right out hang of 12 WPL. An additional six-per-side WPC provided in-fills between the stages, while across the front, 20 Martin Audio SXH218 subwoofers were set in a broadside array to provide LF extension.
Further to that, four stacks of two W8LC were deployed for front-fill on the l

 
 
chris-munnMartin Professional appoints UK & Ireland account manager
Monday, 24 October 2022

EMEA - Martin Professional continues their expansion with the appointment of Chris Munn as account manager for UK & Ireland. With almost twenty years of experience in the industry, he brings extensive knowledge and in-depth experience to the team. His passion for Martin products evident, particularly in his lighting design work, Munn joins Martin from working as an energy zone manager on the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, leaving early to grasp this opportunity.
Munn previously worked across many roles in various venues, including technical manager of various producing and receiving regional venues. Also, a qualified electrician, he brings with him a wide range of skills gained from working on events, festivals and tours in every discipline; along with his already proven can-do attitude and hands-on approach!
Munn comments, “I am excited to be part of the Martin team. This role will give me the ability to utilise and leverage the skills and knowledge I’ve gained in my career so far. With my hands-on experience and knowledge, I can help to add value and further improve the support Martin offer to the UK and Ireland.
Ben Payne, director of lighting for EMEA adds: “Chris has already proven himself to be a huge part of the Martin Professional team. His hands-on skills and on-the-job knowledge really lend themselves to being able to offer the best support and service and we are delighted to have him on board!”

 
iclx-w-grille-500px-2Renkus-Heinz showcases sound solution at CFX
Monday, 24 October 2022

USA - Renkus-Heinz, industry-leading loudspeaker manufacturer, will showcase a range of sound solution products fit for the House of Worship market at the Church Facilities Conference & Expo (CFX) at The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre this week in Dallas, Texas.
At CFX, Renkus-Heinz will feature its latest loudspeaker technology including the ICLX of the ICLive X Series, the PCX8 of the all-new PCX Series and two S Series subwoofers. In addition to experiencing Renkus-Heinz products, attendees will have the chance to speak directly with Renkus-Heinz CTO Ralph Heinz, product manager Brandon Heinz and Western regional sales manager Garrison Parkin at Booth F.
"Houses of worship often pose unique acoustic challenges," said Parkin. "Large contemporary houses of worship might require a high-output system that doesn't compromise on sound quality while more traditional spaces may struggle with speech intelligibility.
“Our sound solutions effectively tackle these audio challenges, revamping houses of worship with clear, intelligible audio and consistent sound coverage no matter their shape or size. We look forward to connecting with new and current partners at CFX to showcase our line-up of innovative products.”
Designed to be scaled for the special needs of any space or application, the ICLive X Series brings ‘a new level of flexibility for both traditional and contemporary houses of worship’. With digital beam steering technology, the ICLive X Series keeps sound away from walls, floors and rafters to focus precisely on the congre

 
 
kv2-subKV2 enhances SL Series with subwoofer
Monday, 24 October 2022

Europe - The SL Series from KV2 was designed to respond to a specific requirement from architects for a powerful, slimline speaker that could either be integrated directly into walls or other surfaces, or simply present an extremely discreet profile when mounted directly on the wall, or even flown.
The SL412 is much beloved of clubs, theatres and live events the world over and is the loudspeaker of choice for the Ibiza club, Amnesia as well as several West End and Broadway theatre shows, along with the Vienna Volksoper opera house in Austria. KV2 has recently enhanced this range with the addition of a new SL6.10 subwoofer which replaces the SL2.15.
Measuring just 350mm (13.78”) deep and designed to integrate aesthetically with the SL412, the SL6.10 produces powerful, accurate bass from its ultra-slim cabinet design. Bass response is further enhanced by doubling, or even tripling the cabinets, particularly when the SL6.10 is used against or within a wall, providing optimum output for its compact footprint. It also combines acoustically with the ultra-low frequency VHD1.21 and 2.21 subwoofers as part of an active five-way system if required.
The 6 x 10-inch front loaded bass drivers, with a 2-inch voice coil assembly and a ferrite magnetic motor structure, deliver very high dynamic range and a quality of articulation not normally achievable through larger mass, conventionally sized subwoofer cones, says KV2. Up to three SL6.10 subwoofers can be powered from just one channel of a VHD3200/3200D amplifier.
SL6.10 offers a range of simple wall-mou

 
digico-aesDiGiCo unveils theatre-specific Quantum console
Monday, 24 October 2022

USA - AES 2022 saw DiGiCo reveal the latest in its range of theatre targeted Quantum consoles, the all-new Quantum338T. With ‘in the box’ mixing reducing the need for outboard equipment and a lightweight control surface, the addition of the most recent theatre specific software features makes the Quantum338T suitable for regional and touring theatre productions.
Building on the outstanding audio performance of the Quantum338, the Quantum338T offers theatre sound designers and mixers a programming and operating workflow that enhances the cue system with DiGiCo’s renowned Auto Update and cue data management tools.
Auto Update allows designers to establish intricate inter-cue relationships, with changes made to channel settings automatically propagating to other related cues. Character variations, often a result of costume and prop changes, are handled with the Alias function, and cast changes are easily managed through the Players function.
Quantum338T’s channel processing and mixing functions are identical to its live focused Quantum338 counterpart, but the crosspoint matrix gains individual nodal delays and matrix aliases. This enhanced matrixing system plays a hugely important role within complex theatre output processing and this is all achieved without compromising any of the Quantum338T’s general processing capabilities.
Quantum338 is based on seventh generation FPGAs and includes 128 input channels with 64 busses and a 24 x 24 matrix, all with full channel processing. There is a new look and feel dark mode application and three

 
 
queens-park-studios-34ICMP Mix Master studio installs Audient desk
Monday, 24 October 2022

UK - The newest Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) campus at Queens Park officially opens on 28 October and houses the Mix Master studio centred around the Audient ASP8024-HE console. According to ICMP’s head of industry partnerships and business development, Ace, “it is constantly in use for lessons as well as student projects and has received nothing but great comments and reviews from staff and students alike.”
Designed by Veale Associates, the studio was part of phase one of ICMP’s £2.5m development project, which also includes a high-end recording studio, state-of-the-art post-production facilities, as well as the Audient mixing and mastering studio.
Alongside the large format mixing console from Audient, there is a rack packed with hardware from SSL, Empirical Audio, Aphex and Lexicon, and a selection of speakers from PMC, Yamaha & Avantone. “Mixing and mastering is second to none with the quality of the equipment and the setup of the room. The monitors are also excellent, and the listening experience is incredible.
“I played some of my own mixes and masters in there to test it and it's an awesome sounding room. I am a fan,” adds Ace.
Open to all students, not just those studying Music Production, Ace recently taught a songwriter how to digitally master in the Audient Mix Master room so she could have more control over her own projects. “Most of our students have multiple talents in performance and production - including the business ones - so they all use it for different aspects of their projects,

 
blue-arrays-reotshepile-tlhowe-and-nathan-thiart-with-their-new-quantum-338-the-company-already-own-a-digico-s31-sd11-and-sd5Blue Array invests in DiGiCo Quantum
Monday, 24 October 2022

South Africa - Blue Array Productions has become the first technical supply company in South Africa to take ownership of a DiGiCo Quantum 338, purchased from DWR Distribution.
Over the past 17 years, Blue Array has become known for its professional service in audio rental and productions. Their DiGiCo journey started in 2016 with the investment of a SD5, which was also a first in the SA market. Today they are home to a DiGiCo S31, SD11, SD5 and now the Quantum 338, all taken care of by senior sound engineer Nathan Thiart and the Blue Array Team.
“The idea behind our latest purchase was to specify rider-driven equipment that would also cater for local audio engineers,” said Nathan, who also heads the Blue Array office in Johannesburg. “We considered the SD12-96, nothing too big nor too fancy, and something that would satisfy the local market. Our main necessity was to acquire a large format console to pair up with the SD5, something that could handle a normal band or festival set-up all the way to an international rider. The S31 is great for day-to-day events but we needed to fill that gap.”
While the Blue Array team had their eye on Quantum, they did not want to put pressure on the business by requesting something that was top of the range, particularly after enduring the COVID-19 pandemic. Kobus van Rensburg, owner of the company, would have none of it! Grins Nathan, “Kobus decided that the Quantum 338 was the way to go considering the way events are going, and how technical riders are evolving to Quantum. We knew that this would be the

 
 
lifeisbeautiful20224Panthers power Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas
Monday, 24 October 2022

USA - In a city famous for its nightlife, this year’s Life is Beautiful festival, produced in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, boosted Las Vegas’ reputation for big, bold, and electrifying events to new heights.
Staged over three weekend nights in late September, the ninth edition of Life is Beautiful occupied no less than 18 blocks of downtown Sin City to accommodate non-stop revelry by crowds estimated at up to 150,000.
The main musical attractions were at the Downtown and Bacardí stages, both equipped with Meyer Sound systems provided by Solotech. At the Downtown Stage, where headliners like Calvin Harris, Gorillaz, Jack Harlow, and Arctic Monkeys pumped up the night, the party-level sound was powered by a Panther large-format linear line array loudspeaker system.
“We all recognised that the close ties between Meyer Sound and Life is Beautiful presented a perfect opportunity to introduce FOH engineers, touring production people, and music fans to the new Panther system,” says Jim Yakabuski, veteran FOH engineer (Van Halen, Journey, Gwen Stefani) who now doubles as director of audio projects for Solotech US.
“Again this year, Solotech’s hard-working teams have collaborated with Life is Beautiful on various stages. It was a pleasure to work with our partner Meyer Sound, whose Panther system delivered clear, pristine, and punchy sound, with very fast attack transients on instruments like kick drum and bass guitar and beautifully timed and dispersed transition to the 1100‑LFC subs for even coverage.”
In phys

 
women-in-theater-panelheaderWomen In Theatre panel tackles global challenges
Monday, 24 October 2022

USA - Shure invited top professional women in the theatre industry from around the globe to join Shure President and CEO Chris Schyvinck for a panel discussion around the evolving role of women.
Panelists included Vicki Hill, front-of-house operator for theatre (UK), Nancy Lam, chief theatre technician, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (Hong Kong), Victoria (Toy) Deiorio, head of sound design at DePaul University (US) and Stephanie Farina, adjunct professor at The Theatre School at DePaul University.
The live online broadcast provided a myriad of topics ranging from what inspired these professionals to pursue this career, to challenges faced in the industry and global regions, to advice they have for young women interested in theatre production.
“This talented panel of women from all over the globe really provided some fantastic insights into their diverse adventures in theatre,” said Schyvinck. “The ability to bring their perspectives forward for the next generation of young women to experience is an essential part of our industry’s efforts to increase inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.”
The following are select excerpts from the panellists on the key topics discussed.
Vicki Hill on stereotypical challenges: “For me, I found the problem was breaking into that next level. I got a lot of ‘oh but you're so good backstage, you're such a good communicator. Everybody likes working with you backstage, you're great with the cast, you're really great with stage management. I almost found that getting people to see m

 
 
police-commission-building-meeting-roomHH speakers installed in Phnom Penh Police HQ
Friday, 21 October 2022

Cambodia - The inauguration of the new administrative headquarters for the Phnom Penh Municipal Police Comissariat took place recently in the Cambodian capital.
The Deputy Prime Minister, senators and members of the National Assembly were all present to see the culmination of a three-year project to deliver the ten-storey construction, which was completed at a cost of US$14m. Comprising multiple rooms across 20,000sq.ft, the facility required high quality audio reinforcement for its many meeting and conference spaces, which include designated international meeting and conference rooms.
After careful consideration, experienced AV consultant and integrator Sounin Development GP Co of Phnom Penh was engaged to design, supply, and install the system. After consultation with leading distribution partner Fast Technologies, AV engineer Sounin Chann chose a variety of HH Electronics loudspeakers to meet the comprehensive brief.
HH Tni-W6 6.5-inch passive surface mount wall speakers featured prominently, with 32 units installed across four rooms on level 8, with a further eight each for the international meeting and conference rooms respectively on levels 9 and 10. A total of 100 x 8-inch HH Tni-W8 surface mount wall speakers covered rooms on five floors (20 per floor) with the scheme completed by the deployment of 100 x HH Tni-C8 8-inch ceiling speakers across a further 5 floors (20 per floor).
Ian Wright, global sales director for HH Electronics, comments, “Sounin Development supported by Fast Technologies completed great work for this large and v

 
cpl-tropicGlammies back with a bang in Birmingham
Friday, 21 October 2022

UK - Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena hosted the first Tropic skincare in-person ‘Glammies’ event to be staged since the pandemic. Attended by 4,200 Tropic ‘Glambassadors’, product launches were combined with aspirational and motivational speeches, recognition segments and an evening gala Awards, plus full entertainment including live music from the 20-piece Symphonic Ibiza orchestra.
Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) supplied a full production package – lighting, audio, video, screens, rigging and staging – working for producers, Pandora Events. Two days of build and two days of rehearsals preceded the one-day event, with CPLs team of around 40 led by Lee Gruszeckyj.
CPL created the production design from initial sketches to full supply and delivery. Being the first Glammies post-Covid, it was all about creating a big spectacle with lots of vibrance and energy in the room, complete with pyro and SFX. Additionally, the event had an oceanic / nautical theme related to the importance of keeping toxic waste products out of the seas.
The LED screen design set an epic tone, with two large portrait orientated slabs of Roe 5mm CB5 each measuring 7.2 by 9.6m upstage, and six different sized flown video cubes measuring 3.6, 2.4 and 1.8m respectively strategically positioned and flown. In total there were over 120 points of rigging on the project.
All screens were driven by Brompton SX 40 processors over fibre with full redundancy.
The stage featured a 12m long 5ft high runway emanating at the front, ramped on the audience end ena

 
 
nurembergBosch combines sound and security in Nuremberg
Friday, 21 October 2022

Germany - Whether football at the Bundesliga level, corporate conferences, or cultural events: the Kia Metropol Arena in Nuremberg, opened in 2021, has impressed visitors with its flexibility, space, and unmatched visibility for over 4,000 spectators across four stands.
Thanks to cost-effective solutions planned and implemented by Bosch, the arena is highly secure – while at the same time providing crystal-clear sound for all its events. The building makes the most of IoT, connectivity and digital solutions: In addition to the latest IP technologies for video surveillance, intrusion and fire protection, the arena also hosts an integrated solution for public address and voice alarm, which completely dispenses with analogue transmission paths.
With its quality sound, quick voice alarming, and crystal-clear speech for emergencies, the easy-to-use sound system and voice alarm solution implemented in the Nuremberg arena meets all requirements for major events and sets a new standard for future projects.
The technological heart of the system is the IP-based Praesensa system from Bosch, a flexible solution with a built-in fail-safe due to its innovative multi-channel amplifier architecture. A digital mixing console and radio microphones are connected to the system, and a total of 56 certified full-range loudspeakers from Electro-Voice were installed in the interior of the Kia Metropol Arena.
The acoustics of sports halls are often considered particularly difficult to get right due to the reverberation caused by the spacious architecture. To address

 
globalcitizenJBL arrays reinforce Metallica in Manhattan
Friday, 21 October 2022

USA - To ensure wide coverage and balanced sound quality at the 2022 Global Citizen Festival, Firehouse Productions deployed JBL Professional VTX Series line array systems.
Founded in 2012 by Global Poverty Project’s Ryan Gall and Hugh Evans, Global Citizen Festival is an annual music festival with one humanitarian goal - to end poverty worldwide. Instead of selling tickets, the Global Citizen Festival’s model offers free tickets to the festival as a reward for “global citizens” who respond to calls for tangible actions in the fight against poverty. In the decade since its inception, global citizens have taken more than 30.4m actions resulting in $2.4bn being committed to help more than 1.15bn people living in poverty around the world.
The 2022 edition of Global Citizen Festival featured two events happening simultaneously on 24 September 24 in the United States and Ghana. The US edition took place in Manhattan at Central Park’s Great Lawn and featured performances by Metallica, Mariah Carey, Måneskin, Charlie Puth, The Jonas Brothers and more. Concert organizers once again hired Firehouse Productions to supply a sound system powerful enough not only for a major festival with thousands of attendees, but also one that could deliver the power needed for a Metallica concert.
To ensure wide coverage and balanced audio quality with clarity and impact, Firehouse Productions deployed a complete JBL VTX live sound solution, designed by Paul Bauman of PdB Sonic Design and featuring more than 100 VTX V25-II line array speakers.
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