UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has been selected to provide distribution for the Valencia-based Work Pro Audio brand's range of solutions for the installations market.
AC-ET was selected by Tim Riley of Work Pro UK master distributor, Polar Audio. Under the agreement, AC-ET will supply dealers, system integrators and venues with Work Pro's range of portable PA systems & installation speakers, amplifiers & rack-mount mixers, and media players.
Steve Eaton, senior sales executive in AC-ET's audio team, comments: “We are very happy to be selected as a distributor for Work Pro, and to add yet another high quality audio brand to our portfolio. Work Pro offers a very extensive range of installation and professional audio products, meaning we can offer solutions from the brand to cover a whole host of requirements, all of which are very high quality and cost effective. We expect a lot of interest in the product range.”
Riley adds: “I appointed AC-ET as I knew their audio team would be more than qualified to specify the Work Pro products owing to their high level of technical expertise and experience supplying to these markets. In addition, I needed a company that was able to fully support the brand by offering stock on the shelf of popular lines, competitive pricing, and first class customer support at every stage from pre-sale to post-installation.”
UK/USA - Solid State Logic has announced the release of SSL Live L350 and L550 consoles, the most powerful SSL Live consoles to date.
Alongside the new desks comes X-Light, a next generation of touring-grade, high bandwidth Dante AoIP infrastructure technology, a new Stagebox and new V4.8 software.
The L550 features a total of 288 processing paths, 36 matrix outputs and 48 VCAs, assignable to any of the 36 + 2 faders on the control surface.
L350 features a total of 216 processing paths, 36 matrix outputs and 36 VCAs in a compact 24 + 2 fader frame.
Both consoles can be augmented with USB Remote Fader Tiles or be connected to remotely from another console, a laptop running SOLSA remote control software, or a tablet running the TaCo control app for a truly flexible and expandable work surface.
The L350 and L550 replace the L300 and L500 Plus in the current SSL Live console range and are showfile compatible with all other SSL Live consoles. All existing SSL MADI and Network I/O Dante stageboxes can be deployed with any combination of SSL Live consoles to suit the requirements of even the most complex production. Upgrade kits are also available to existing L300 and L500 Plus owners who wish to upgrade their consoles to the latest specification to benefit from the processing power increase and keep their console inventory up to date.
X-Light is a high channel count, ultra-low latency interface, carrying 256x256 channels of 96 kHz 24-bit audio plus control data between SSL Live consoles and Dante devices on stage via a single cable. T
USA - Named after local businessman and philanthropist Jerry Scheidegger, the J. Scheidegger Centre for the Arts on the campus of St. Charles, Missouri’s Lindenwood University, is a $32m educational and performing arts complex.
The 138,000sq.ft facility’s main theatre, the 1,200-seat Lindenwood Theatre, can be a challenging acoustical space, with its high interior and ceiling weight load restrictions. The school’s ambitious theatre programme also adds its own specialised requirements. An L-Acoustics Kara sound system recently installed there by St Louis-based Logic Systems addresses both the acoustic and artistic requirements with ease.
According to Logic Systems president Chip Self, the Kara system was both the venue’s choice as well as his recommendation. “We have a long-time relationship with the school as their rental systems vendor, so we’ve been able to show them a number of different systems in the theatre over the years,” he explains. “When they heard the Kara, they knew that was the one they wanted to go with.”
The new system consists of a LCR front array, with nine Kara enclosures topped by three SB18 subs for the left and right hangs, and six Kara topped by a pair of SB18 in the centre, all powered by five LA8 amplified controllers. The PA, which is designed to be a 5.1 system, also has two pairs of self-powered, coaxial 112P speakers as left and right surrounds for the balcony and the main floor areas, while ultra-compact 5XT speakers are used as front fills and are powered by an LA4 amplified controller.
USA - Covenant Presbyterian Church in Monroe, Louisiana had a welcome problem: its congregation had outgrown the 175-seat sanctuary that had served as its home for over 60 years years. The church is philosophically opposed to holding multiple services every weekend because that solution would sever many of the community connections that come with a single service attended by the entire congregation.
Overflow into the Fellowship Hall served as a stopgap measure, but it would not engender the right kinds of connections and togetherness in the long run. Thus, Covenant’s new 400-seat sanctuary solves its most pressing problem, but the new sanctuary’s generous reverb created another potential problem: intelligibility.
The AV integration division of Matt’s Music, also of Monroe, solved that potential problem by using Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers.
“Covenant wanted a cathedral-type space with a lot of ambience that would match the aesthetics of its older, smaller sanctuary,” explains Tony Cortellini, manager of the contracting division at Matt’s Music. “There was going to be a lot of stone, brick, and wood, which was going to look amazing. However, I was concerned that the space was going to be too reverberant. The church opted not to bring in an acoustical engineer and they declined my suggestions for acoustical treatments in favour of the visual aesthetic. In the end, we agreed to do the best we could without any adjustments to the acoustics, and we could revisit the issue if the best wasn’t good enough.”
USA - Bose has acquired ZiipRoom, a developer of productivity and connectivity software for meeting rooms, conferences and devices.
ZiipRoom will integrate into Bose Professional, the dedicated group within the company that focuses on the needs of professional audio designers, consultants and system integrators.
ZiipRoom CEO and co-founder Martin Bodley (former CEO of RevoLabs) will be leading the enterprise conferencing category for Bose Professional at its headquarters in Framingham.
“We are thrilled to bring ZiipRoom technology to Bose Professional,” states Martin Bodley. “Bose is heavily investing in developing the next generation of communications tools, and we share their values. We look forward to combining forces to offer market-driven solutions and engaging, user-friendly experiences.”
Canada - HHB Communications Canada has announced their appointment as the exclusive Canadian distributor of sE Electronics.
sE are a Shanghai-based manufacturer that produces microphones and accessories. Their design, engineering and the vast majority of their manufacturing takes place in sE’s own factory.
In 2006, sE released the original Reflexion Filter. Since then, over 120,000 sE Reflexion Filters have found homes all over the world.
sE’s global sales and marketing director Toni Scherrenberg says: “Over the last few years, we have launched very successful products that have found their way into the hands of some of the finest artists on the planet, and we're just getting started. I am very pleased to announce that HHB will take on sE Electronics distribution for Canada - HHB are truly Canada's leader in professional audio and music production technology, and with their expertise and infrastructure I am confident that they will succeed in taking our business to the next level.”
Dave Dysart, HHB Canada’s president, states: “I have always been very impressed with the quality, unique designs and value for money that sE products offer. We look forward to expanding their presence in the Canadian market.”
UK - The future of DJ exhibition BPM has been secured with the launch of a new limited company, BPM Shows Ltd.
The show, previously organised by Marked Events as BPM | PRO, was initially cancelled following Marked Events' liquidation in the summer of 2018.
But a joint effort led by some of the affected companies who worked closely with Pete Williams of Mobile DJ Network (MDJN) ensured BPM 2018 took place last October in a less costly, more business-friendly environment at Cranmore Park, Solihull.
BPM Shows Ltd is led by show directors Steven Boys, an experienced mobile DJ/sound and lighting engineer with a background in weddings and events organising, and Jack Wilson (Kent Media Group). They will be supported by a team of well-known industry figures including Mark Parkhouse (FBT Audio) and Kris Dawber.
Wilson comments: “We are very proud to officially announce the return of BPM, not as a last-minute rescue plan but as an exhibition with a future and a strategy for supporting the industry.
“Our plan is rooted in the success of 2018 - an affordable annual event that offers true return on investment and which grows at the rate the industry needs. I’m delighted to say that the 2019 show is already almost entirely sold out. That’s a huge vote of confidence and we take that support very seriously.”
Boys adds: “We also want our visitors and the wider industry to let us know what they want from BPM. Those opinions are at the heart of making BPM a success and we would love to hear from you.”
BPM 2019 will take place at
The Netherlands - Modulo Pi has announced a new version of Modulo Kinetic, the media server designed for the most challenging projects. The all-in-one toolbox takes real-time simulation, interactivity, and tracking to the next level with a new upgrade that will be introduced at ISE 2019 in booth K135, Hall 14.
Modulo Kinetic is a fully integrated real-time media server solution that can be used across the complete workflow including show study, simulation, encoding, playback and show control. Modulo Kinetic features a user-friendly 2D compositing tool with non-linear timelines, a low-latency live mixer, and a powerful 3D engine and show controller, all brought into one consistent environment. It handles the most advanced formats including Apple ProRes, HAP up to 8K+, and uncompressed still sequence TGA or 10-bit DPX.
Through Modulo Kinetic’s intuitive and collaborative user interface, one can easily simulate and visualize a show in 3D. Modulo Kinetic’s new version makes real-time VR easy for improved show study and simulation: one single button in Modulo Kinetic’s software allows to visualize a show scene from any angle with a VR headset. No coding is needed to enjoy all the benefits of Modulo Kinetic’s real-time interactive VR.
To optimize performance and usability, Modulo Pi has developed its own tracking system. Available in Modulo Kinetic’s new version, the optical tracking module allows real-time projection on moving objects, as well as video-projectors auto-calibration. Modulo Kinetic is also compatible with other tracking and moti
Russia - Allen & Heath’s dLive series recently supported one of Russia’s biggest pop star’s, Leonid Agutin, during his recent 50-year jubilee show held at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. The show also featured performances from many famous Russian artists, as well as special guests such as the Jazz-trumpet player, Arturo Sandoval and guitarist, Al Di Meola.
dLive was used for FOH, monitors and the TV broadcast mix, with a total of five surfaces and four MixRacks employed throughout the production.
At the FOH position, an S7000 was utilised as the main control surface in conjunction with an S3000. The S3000 was used as a dedicated FOH surface for the guest artists’ engineers, as well as offering additional control over the FOH mix for the higher channel count performances.
Monitors were controlled by two C2500 surfaces that were located on either side of the stage, which handled mixes for the musicians, orchestra and choir. Additionally, each console was accompanied by a laptop running dLive Director for further control options.
“dLive was an obvious choice for this show - it has superb sound, a fast, simple interface, very low latency and unlimited routing options” comments Robert Boim, sound engineer and head of show production for Leonid Agutin. He adds “Since the latest firmware update release, I’ve stopped using all external dynamic processing plugins – now I keep all dynamic processing inside the system and my mix sounds even better. The sound has never been so incredibly clear and transparent.”
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Philippines - DPA Microphones has announced the appointment of Music & Audio Solutions & Services as its new distributor in the Philippines.
The agreement is effective immediately and covers all markets, including live sound, house of worship, broadcast, pro audio, film and theatre.
Founded in 2007, Music & Audio distributes products for a wide range of manufacturers involved in the sound reinforcement and musical instrument industries. Brands such as Korg, VOX, Smarvo and Lava Cable are included in the company’s roster. Thanks to a strategic partnership with Audiophile Components Inc. - the largest pro audio distributor in the Philippines with a total of 70 dealers/contractors nationwide – DPA products will now be available through 12 Audiophile branches in and around Manila.
Commenting on the appointment, Dominic Tsang, DPA’s APAC area sales manager, says: “We are pleased to have found an experienced partner in the Philippines and I am confident that with its solid knowledge and local expertise, Music & Audio will be able to serve our current and future customers promptly, efficiently and in the best way possible. By having Music & Audio as a partner, we are ready to expand our sales network to different market segments and capture the full potential of the Philippines.”
Jun Fernandez, managing director of Music & Audio, adds: “DPA is a technology leader in the pro audio market and a company with a strong product development team. In recent years they have launched numerous cutting-edge products to differ
USA - Shure Incorporated has announced the promotion of Mark Humrichouser to vice-president of global sales. In this capacity, Mark leads the company’s global sales team, which oversees Shure’s worldwide sales operations for pro audio, retail, integrated systems, and emerging markets.
Mark began his career at Shure in 2006. During his tenure, he has held key sales positions, including vice president of the Americas and Asia/Pacific sales organisations, general manager of the Americas business unit and director of US Sales.
“I am proud to appoint Mark to this executive leadership position in global sales,” says Ray Crawford, senior vice president of global marketing and sales at Shure. “Mark’s vision and strategic leadership are extremely valuable to our company and will be instrumental in helping Shure achieve our sales objectives in 2019 and beyond. I congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”
USA - Case Kuehn has been appointed the president of Martin Audio North America LLC with immediate effect.
Martin Audio’s management buyout in June 2018 meant that the North American operation took on additional local responsibility that had been handled by the previous company owners.
Martin Audio managing director, Dom Harter, comments: “With sales in the US booming, it became quickly apparent that we needed a structure in North America to support the growth plan.
“This structure needed to allow the sales team headed by Lee Stein to focus upon sales and customer management while bringing in a president that could manage the day to day business strategy and core operational functions.
“I’m delighted that Case has accepted the role as he is both extremely capable and has a deep understanding of our company and philosophy that means the managed growth of our business there can flourish.”
Harter adds: “Case has a very broad set of functional management experience from board of directors, general management, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, purchasing and operations and he pursues business interests with an ethical principle that enables strong relationships to develop.”
Kuehn says: “I’m naturally delighted to be joining Martin Audio. I’ve seen the growth path over the last couple of years and the further lease of life that the management buyout has enabled for Dom and the rest of the team. It’s an exciting time and I can’t wait to get going!”
USA - Funktion-One will return to NAMM Show for the second consecutive year, partnering with, Sound Investment, distributor for North America.
Funktion-One sales director, David Bruml, says: “We felt that NAMM was a good show for us last year, so we’re looking forward to being there again in 2019. We’ll be showcasing loudspeakers from across our ranges and anticipate many productive connections and conversations.”
The Funktion-One/Sound Investment stand 18007 (level 2, ACC North) will showcase the Evo-6E and Evo-6E-L115 loudspeakers from the renowned Evolution loudspeaker series, F124 bass enclosure, a BR118/F1201 system, the PSM318 DJ monitor and the PSM12 stage monitor.
Sound Investment’s Todd Konecny explains: “Our business is built on solid relationships and NAMM gives us the perfect opportunity to connect with both new and existing customers. We were attracted to the show last year, in part because of its renewed focus on pro audio, and came away from it with a lot of positivity about our involvement. We’ve had a busy year and we’re looking forward to heading back to NAMM in January.”
Since NAMM 2018, Sound Investment has delivered Funktion-One sound to a range of installation projects, including: Ravine (Atlanta), Sidebar (San Diego), Academy (Los Angeles) and Palms Casino Pool and Nightclub (Las Vegas) as well as numerous events with the Vero touring system.
USA - At The 2019 NAMM Show, Astro Spatial Audio and Clair Brothers will partner to bring a series of 3D audio demonstrations to the Anaheim Convention Centre.
Taking place twice daily on stand 17200, the showcases will mark the NAMM Show debut of both companies.
Visitors to the specially configured stand, located on level two of the convention centre’s pro audio-dedicated ACC North wing, will be met by a formidable Clair Brothers system. The manufacturer’s celebrated kiTCurve12-TrueFit continuously variable horizontal dispersion constant curvature array source enclosures will feature a left-centre-right configuration, while the surrounds will comprise a mixture of 10SPOT hybrid coaxial point source and 5CB 5-inch coaxial point source enclosures. Low-end extension will be courtesy of iPS218-M+ active double 18-inch subwoofers.
A single 3U Astro Spatial Audio SARA II Premium Rendering Engine will sit at the heart of the system. Offering up to 128 MADI or 128 Dante configurable network pathways at 48kHz/24-bit resolution, the award-winning SARA II converts audio signals into audio objects and uses extensive metadata to precisely calculate that object’s position within virtual 3D space up to 40 times per second, as well as that object’s acoustic effect on the virtual space around it. The outcome is a truly three-dimensional audio canvas upon which engineers can unleash the potential of their show.
Astro Spatial Audio is entirely brand independent, freeing audio professionals to choose the loudspeakers, consoles and third-party brands they
The Netherlands - LED video processor manufacturer Brompton Technology will return ISE on stand 12-C105.
The company will showcase its new Tessera processor software 2.2.0 for the 4K SX40 processor, to deliver an enhanced feature set that follows the easy-to-use style of its intuitive user interface.
The SX40 is Brompton Technology’s highest-ever capacity processor and offers support for full 4K screens at 60Hz with 12 bits per colour output, a zero-latency up/down scaler that matches the source to the screen, plus all of Tessera’s industry-leading processing features such as ChromaTune colour correction, On Screen Colour Adjustment (OSCA), and more.
Used in combination with the Tessera XD distribution unit, which is a sophisticated single box solution designed to manage the complications of mass cabling that can arise with large LED display systems, the SX40 provides a cost-effective yet powerful system that will support the biggest, brightest and boldest LED projects.
By updating the SX40 to the latest 2.2.0 software, users can now access a suite of handy new features such as Panel On Screen Display (OSD), Processor Redundancy, 90 degree rotation and Chinese language support in the user interface.
The new Panel OSD provides detailed status information right on your panels, enabling sections to be quickly cycled through to access Panel Information, Module Information, Ethernet Information, Video Status, Calibration Information, I/O Status, Temperature plots and Error plots, giving engineers a quick and easy way of identifying issu
The Netherlands - Green Hippo, the manufacturer of multi award-winning Hippotizer media servers, is set for an all-embracing ISE 2019. The company will operate its own stand (Hall 5, stand W100) where visitors will receive a comprehensive introduction and demonstration of the latest software and hardware development. Attendees can also understand more about Green Hippo’s 3D mapping workflow, demonstrated at numerous global events and projects such as Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and Energy City at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Green Hippo will also be on show on the stand of its sister company, tvONE (Hall 1, stand M140). Paired together, Hippotizer Media Servers and CORIOmaster offer a unique control solution, delivering high-resolution, media manipulation with super-low latency, live capture compositing for a wider range of corporate markets and installations.
Flawless integration has always been a key aspect of the Green Hippo proposition and the company’s ISE team will be demonstrating the power of interactivity and generative content, working with Notch, the real-time visual creation tool on the Green Hippo stand.
Green Hippo’s creative partnerships also extend to Absen, (Hall 12, stand C60) the integrated service provider and manufacturer, showcasing premium-quality turnkey LED display solutions with media manipulation and control delivered by Hippotizer V4+.
Green Hippo’s impact on ISE 2019 will also extend beyond the halls and stands of ISE 2019. Working in collaboration with Integrated Systems Events and Tenfeet, the
Europe - For Josh Groban, two months hard touring through North America last autumn was followed by a whirlwind sprint through some scattered corners of Europe. With Christmas Day already in sight, Groban played arenas in London and Manchester in the UK, Dublin in Ireland, and Krakow, Poland, all in the space of seven days. Groban’s operatic voice takes centre stage, the main reason why production manager Zito focused his attention on sound. “I have to admit, going into this project the biggest concern I had was audio. The audio needs are very demanding.”
Demanding they might be, yet with Groban an established Clair Global client, Zito had reason to be assured. “Marlow ‘Mikey’ Beck is Josh’s mix engineer and prefers an L-Acoustic system,” says Zito. “The K2 and Kara combination proved a good choice.” Zito belongs to that exclusive group of production managers who are equally at home behind an FOH desk so that’s no idle opinion.
“When I spoke to Clair account manager, Todd Johnson, he assigned the tour contract to Britannia Row Productions who, I know from my own experience, have a long and deep association with L-Acoustic systems. From the moment we loaded into rehearsals back in October it became obvious that, while the concern was warranted, the crew was all over it.”
Lez Dwight, who managed the contract from Brit Row’s main office in London, selected the crew: “In the last 18 months we have done a lot of work in North America and recruited a significant number of excellent US techs. By happy coincidence I put in Mi
Europe - Although nobody knows who Alice is, virtually everyone knows the chorus to the song. British rock band Smokie have been steadily touring Living Next Door to Alice and a raft of their other hits since the Seventies, and their success continues to fill arenas all over Europe.
Czech Republic production supplier Rental Pro has just brought home a three-country tour with the band, deploying a substantial Nexo STM Series modular line array system as main PA.
Playing 20,000-capacity arenas, the Smokie tour of Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary topped off what their front-of-house engineer Sean Greenaway describes as their busiest year in a decade. Accompanied by a 40-piece symphony orchestra, the five-piece band continues to deliver sell-out shows with high production values and a massive dose of nostalgia.
Kicking off their 2018 tour in Czech Republic, Smokie chose Rental Pro as their production supplier. One of the biggest providers of Nexo PA systems in the region, Rental Pro worked with Sean Greenaway to create a versatile inventory of STM Series line array which could scale up and down to handle the different requirements of the arenas and theatres on their itinerary.
“On this tour, we encountered some quite difficult rooms acoustically,” says Greenaway, “yet with the system set up, the Rental Pro team managed to ensure the whole of the listening areas of the arenas were suitably covered with full range sound. I also love how the delivery of the sound from the system is very even, from the front to the back of the venue.
UK - As part of the expansion of SSE’s London operation in Park Royal, Nathan Hernando has been appointed as sales manager. Nathan most recently worked as business development manager for Solid State Logic, where he had a leading role in their new live console range.
At SSE, Nathan takes over the role of sales manager from Peter Codron, who recently moved to Martin Audio.
Nathan will steer the development of new equipment sales for SSE in London and the South of England, and will also have an important role to play in SSE’s Installation division.
SSE’s sales director, Alex Penn comments: “Last year Nathan helped us to establish ourselves as a dealer for SSL’s Live console range. We know him and he knows us, which I’m sure will help Nathan to settle in. I’m pleased that we have been able to replace Peter as quickly as we have, as London continues to grow rapidly in terms of Sales and Installations.
“We were already looking to expand the team at Park Royal now that our enlarged premises permits it. With Nathan at the helm of the Sales team in London we see this as a great opportunity for further growth and development of the team with an initial focus on console sales within the capital to play to the strengths of Nathan’s experience.”
“SSE becoming part of the Solotech family makes it a very exciting time to be joining the organisation,” comments Nathan Hernando. “I’m looking to build a firm foundation here and growing the Sales and Installations operation in London.
“I’ve worked in every sector of th
India - Genelec is set to greatly expand its presence within the flourishing AV and home audio markets of Asia and the Middle East, following the high-profile appointment of Arun Kumar to the post of regional business manager.
A respected audio industry veteran whose depth of experience stretches back more than 20 years, Kumar has already played a key role in the development of markets in the region. He is perhaps best known for the many years he spent successfully establishing and driving one of the subcontinent’s leading systems integration companies, eventually growing his team to more than 70 people. Later, he assumed responsibility for sales, marketing and operations for the Bose brand across the entire SAARC region.
Reporting directly to sales director Ole Jensen, he will be based in Delhi, while his work will complement that of long-standing sales & support engineer Clifford Pereira, who will continue to build Genelec’s studio business in India and beyond.
“Few members of our industry possess the level of knowledge, experience and commitment that Arun brings to his work and I fully expect him to create great opportunities for Genelec,” comments Jensen. “Asia and the Middle East are both extremely important markets for Genelec - in India alone the potential is huge. Arun will play a key role as we continue our efforts to develop our share of the international AV and home audio sectors.”
“We are delighted to welcome Arun to the Genelec family,” adds Genelec managing director, Siamäk Naghian. “During his career, Ar
USA - Making its NAMM debut, DPA Microphones will be showcasing its smallest high-end pro audio microphone capsule, the d:screet CORE 6060, 6061 Subminiature Microphones and the d:fine CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone.
In addition, DPA’s d:vote CORE 4099 Instrument Microphone and d:facto 4018VL Linear Vocal Microphone will be used during live in-booth performances throughout the show. DPA will also be participating in a variety of educational sessions as well as supplying mics for several NAMM events.
DPA is providing all of the mics for the outside Yamaha Grand Plaza main stage, including d:dicate 4011 Cardioid Microphones, d:dicate 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones, d:vote CORE 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:facto Vocal Microphones, and will be on hand to help the bands with any mic’ing questions or techniques.
DPA is also contributing to Dynaudio’s Unheard Project, which gives new artists the chance to record their music and get exposure on a global scale. Artists will get the opportunity to perform and record live in the Dynaudio Unheard studio throughout the show using a wide selection of DPA instrument and vocal mics, right in the middle of the Grand Plaza area.
On Saturday, 26 January, DPA representatives will take part in two panels at the Hilton, Level 4, Room C7. Vincent Gabriel Antonini, DPA global sales support/new business manager in the U.S. will present as part of the Choosing The Right Vocal Mic session, where he will discuss tips and tricks for selecting the right microphone-type based on a ra
UK - Stage Electrics has been appointed to supply film and TV studio lighting hoists, production lighting, sound, video and comms infrastructure and motorised grid systems to Leeds Beckett’s new Creative Arts building.
The scope of the contract covers five film & TV studios, three performing arts studios, music studios and mixing & screening rooms, a 180-seat theatre, an 80-seat studio theatre and a 230-seat cinema for film screenings. The building, currently under construction and due to complete in 2020, will house the university’s School of Film and Music & Performing Arts department.
Engaged by SES Engineering Services, on behalf of the main contractor, Downing Construction, Stage Electrics is set to begin on site in June of 2019, with the company’s Matthew Addison assigned as project manager for the development.
He comments: “The term ‘state of the art’ gets thrown around a lot, but this project is a true reflection of a state-of-the-art development. The Leeds Beckett Creative Arts Building is a professional standard of specification that students will benefit from for years to come. We are excited to begin this project next year knowing that, along with drawing on Leeds Beckett’s strong heritage for diverse learning skills and opportunities, we’re playing our part in providing a new city landmark.”
Due to the scale and differing nature of spaces within the project, the client appointed two venue consultants: Arup Venues, responsible for the design of five film & TV studios, three performing arts studios,
USA - Founded in 1968, Klondike Sound quickly became known as a preferred sound system provider for folk and jazz festivals in northeastern USA, including the Newport Folk Festival. The company also provided tour support for Ani DiFranco for 20 years and supplied sound systems for a wide variety of events throughout the region.
Now owned by partners Justin Anderson, Jason Raboin, Dustin Yager, and Chris Kelly, Klondike Sound mostly focuses on shows in New England, although the company still provides some touring support. Raboin, for example, has engineered for Joan Baez for the past 17 years, and is currently serving as production manager, front-of-house and monitor engineer for Baez’s 2018 Farewell Tour, using a Klondike Sound system that includes Linea Research 44 Series power amplifiers.
Anderson and Raboin discovered Linea Research amplifiers early in 2017, when they decided to modernise their power amplifier platform to take advantage of the latest technology. The partners mostly use L-Acoustic and Fulcrum Acoustic line arrays, and it was the latter that led them to Linea Research.
“The Fulcrum Acoustic people knew we were searching for an amplifier with front panel control that could provide the DSP needed by Fulcrum’s speaker systems,” recounts Anderson. “We had a set of criteria for what we wanted from our amplifiers, which included high-fidelity sonic performance, great output and amp density, and highly functional DSP. But the isolating factor was full front-panel control so we didn’t need to use a computer. Linea Research’s
Japan - Japan’s Imperial Theatre, located in central Tokyo along with a host of important facilities such as the Imperial Palace and the Congress, was built in 1911 and gained popularity as the first European style theatre in Japan. During the summer, as part of a refurbishment project, the theatre’s audio system was upgraded and now includes DiGiCo SD7T and SD10T consoles.
The theatre sees famous Japanese actors and actresses performing in original shows, West End productions such as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon and Broadway musicals. Known locally as ‘Teigeki’, the theatre is now owned by Toho Co., a Japanese film, theatre, production and distribution company.
Last July, Teigeki finished its refurbishment, which included the installation of the DiGiCo SD10T, SD-Rack, SD-MINI Rack and SD-Nano Rack with new 32Bit ADC/ DAC cards, which were supplied by DiGiCo’s Japanese distributor Hibino Intersound Corporation and added to the existing SD7T and SD8 system.
Akiyama, an engineer from flicpro co., ltd. to which Teigeki entrusts its audio operation, comments: “DiGiCo consoles and the theatre version software are essential for our work in musical theatre.
“In musicals, it is common for more than two actors to play the same role. Before we had the DiGiCo theatre specific software, we used to look at the cast lists to check which role was performed by whom, and then recall a library to set up EQ and so on and so on. Now, we don’t have to go through this process because the Players function allows us to set up EQ, co