South Africa - Fanie Pieterse of CPS Audio recently acquired an Audix Studio Elite set of microphones which he has used on a variety of events including Classics is Groot 2019, Rand Merchant Bank Sales Conference, FNB Starlight Pops Opera and Band for Bricks.
Already owning a D4 and ADX60, Fanie’s new Audix Studio Elite set, supplied by DWR Distribution, includes D6, i5, D2, D4, SCX1 and SCX25A models.
“I have used Audix Microphones for the better part of a decade now and have fallen head over heels,” explains Pieterse. “The D-series, in my opinion, is the most versatile and natural sounding microphone that I have ever used on a drum kit. The D6 is my staple kick drum microphone with its thunderous low end and punch that can’t be matched. The ADX60 has really impressed me over the past few months. The D2 and D4 have proven to be the most impressive and consistent microphones I have ever used to mic up toms. The noise rejection you get to the back and sides are fantastic and it delivers an amazing natural tone that I find unrivalled.”
When it comes to overheads, the SCX25A has become his ‘go-to’ microphone. “They had big shoes to fill as I was used to using a set of microphones regarded as the best overhead mics in the world. What sets the SCX25A apart is the incredible spatial characteristic it gives with amazing detail that I was not used to, even when using really high-end microphones. The i5 and SCX1 have proven a winner for me as a snare drum combo, especially for an extremely dynamic drummer playing varying styles. The i5 deli
India - In August, Grammy and Oscar winner A.R. Rahman staged a concert in his home city of Chennai, relying on Mumbai’s Sound to supply and support the live audio system for the show, which this year was built around Adamson Systems Engineering’s E-Series.
“A.R. Rahman has been a client of Sound.com for the past eight years,” begins Sound.com founder and managing director Warren D’souza. “When we completely replaced all of our tour sound products with Adamson systems earlier this year, we knew we could offer the best possible solution to our high-end clients like Mr. Rahman. This was our first major outing with our new inventory and I think it proved beyond doubt that we made a wise investment.”
The system deployed at the YMCA College of Physical Education grounds for the show included main left and right arrays of 15 E15 three-way, true line source enclosures over three E12 three-way, full-range enclosures per side in front of nine flown E119 subwoofers in FBF cardioid configurations. An additional 15 E119s were ground-stacked on each side of the stage for more low-frequency support while eight S10 two-way, full-range cabinets handled front-fill duties.
The single delay ring included left, centre, and right arrays, with nine standard S10s on the left hang, 12 on the right, and a complement of 16 narrow-dispersion S10ns for the centre. D’souza notes the unorthodox configuration was due to the uneven and asymmetrical layout of the audience area, and adds that in previous years, they required an additional delay ring to properly cover
UK - The official opening of Samsung KX, Samsung Electronics Co’s new ‘digital playground’ in London’s King’s Cross, featured ‘the world's first vertical gig’.
The multi-tiered performance space in Coal Drops Yard was erected as part of the launch of Samsung’s new multi-sensory experience and saw performances from R&B artist Mabel.
The concept was devised by Iris Experience’s creative director Henry Scotland, and realised with support from video rental house Universal Pixels.
The structure itself was fabricated by Star Live using three shipping containers to create a 9:16 format. The finished stage was an impressive 9.1m tall, showing three stories of tech and performance space to the 2,000-capacity crowd. UP provided the vertical 4.5m wide by 7.5m high portrait Leyard CLM6 LED screen with a custom rigging solution and a disguise GX2 media server playback package.
UP’s Roly Oliver comments: “The genius thing about this gig is its simplicity. It’s bold yet not particularly complex, and it seems almost strange that it’s never been done before. Video is a blank canvas and as we work in a consumer-led market, the ticket-buying public has made it clear that they want to view the world in portrait. I think we’ll be seeing this a lot more in the future.”
Henry Scotland adds: “We hadn’t worked with UP before, so were keen to give them a shot at slotting into a fairly ambitious bespoke design. The team worked super hard alongside Star Live to devise a plan which maximised the screen real estate in each aper
India - 7thSense Design and Medialon have appointed Image Engineering as a distributor for 7thSense’s range of products including Delta Media Server and Juggler, the pixel processor, as well as the suite of Medialon show control solutions.
Founded in Mumbai in 1989, Image Engineering provides a wide range of AV services and solutions for applications including cinemas, post-production and recording studio installations, theme parks, attractions and museums.
“We are excited to add 7thSense and Medialon to our portfolio of professional technology brands for India,” comments Nainesh Vora, founder and owner of Image Engineering. “Our network of global partners and manufacturers work with us to offer exceptional, premium technology solutions for attraction, digital cinema, theme park and immersive installations - we are very much looking forward to bringing 7thSense media server solutions and Medialon show control solutions to the region.”
Richard Brown, technical director, 7thSense Design, adds: “At 7thSense we’re always looking for new ways to expand on how we reach international projects with the innovative products and exceptional service for which we are known. Image Engineering shares the same the values as us and delivers great projects – we welcome them to the team.”
Eric Cantrell, VP business operations, Medialon, comments, “Medialon show control solutions are already in operation at a number of installation sites across India. Alongside our sister company, 7thSense, we are thrilled to have a dedicated sales and servic
UK - During the PLASA Show, L-Acoustics founder and president Dr Christian Heil was announced as the winner of the 2019 Gottelier Award, as voted for by his peers. Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, this annual award recognises product developers who have made significant long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
Heil founded L-Acoustics in 1984, and the introduction of the V-DOSC line array system in the mid-1990s led to a fundamental shift in the live sound market, and line array systems proliferated for the next decade and a half. Still, Heil and L-Acoustics continue to refine the line array concept: the KIVA ultra-compact system came to market in 2008; the K1 system - seen as the long-awaited successor to the ground-breaking V-DOSC - debuted in 2009; the KARA modular line source system followed in 2010; and the K2 system in 2014. More recently, L-ISA’s comprehensive multichannel audio architecture has impressed with its ability to bring immersive audio to live performances in venues with capacities of 100 to 10,000 or more.
On receiving the award, Heil comments: “I am very proud to receive the Gottelier award, both as an individual but also on behalf of the whole L-Acoustics team who have accompanied me for 35 years now. I am especially happy that this award is given to someone that represents and contributes to the evolution of the sound industry. To my knowledge, the last time the Gottelier was awarded to a fellow sound luminary was in 20
USA - ADJ has announced the immediate availability of its new POW-R Bar Rack USB, a power management solution designed to eliminate messy wires and extension cords. Designed for controlling the power supply to lighting and audio equipment, the compact unit is suitable for use in installations as well as at front of house and monitor mixing positions, lighting desks and in mobile entertainers’ setups.
Building on the heritage of ADJ’s popular PC-100A, a power switching unit that has been on the market for over 25 years, the new POW-R Bar Rack USB retains the original tried and tested design but with the addition of dedicated Always On sockets as well as USB charging ports. The new unit expands the ADJ POW-R Bar range which also includes the touring grade POW-R BAR65 utility power block and POW-R BAR LINK linkable power block.
The new addition features eight three-prong 120V Edison sockets on its rear panel which correspond to eight rocker switches on the front. In addition, there are two further 3-prong Edison sockets, one located on the front panel and one on the back, which are always on when the unit is receiving power. The front panel also features two USB ports – ideal for charging phones, tablets and other USB powered products like a gooseneck light – as well as a reset switch for the internal circuit breaker.
“The original PC-100A has been a consistent best seller for ADJ over the past quarter century and the new model builds on its winning design with the addition of two useful new features,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales ma
Australia - After a first sold-out season at the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Muriel’s Wedding has returned with a Melbourne run finished and Sydney currently packing in the audiences. Next stop is Brisbane for the production that has grown and changed a little since the 2017 premiere.
JPJ Audio are supplying the audio equipment with Michael Waters once again in charge of the sound design. Michael won the 2018 Helpmann Best Sound Design for the original production of Muriel’s Wedding.
“Conceptually it’s similar but in terms of delivering the audio, it’s quite different,” Michael clarified. “We have a Clair PA and I believe it is the first time in the world that a Clair Cohesion CO-8 system has been used for theatre.”
The CO-8's diminutive size allows for a high degree of flexibility when integrating into virtually any application. Sydney’s Lyric Theatre saw 36 x CO-8 line array speakers utilized, along with four CP-218 subs, and Michael was thrilled by their performance.
“The CO-8 is such a punchy little box, slightly smaller than an L-Acoustics Kara or dV-DOSC, but they’ve got a really good bottom-end and low mid-section,” he added. “In fact it’s so good, I don’t need additional subs.”
This show has a wide dynamic range, ranging from ballads to pop/rock songs with a little rap here and there with severe bass drops, and Michael commented that the CO-8 system lends itself well to Kate Miller-Heidke’s and Keir Nuttall’s pop music. Having said that, Michael confirmed that he would be happy to use
UK - The Den is a new pop-up theatre that forms a key part of the Royal Exchange theatre’s local exchange programme. Funded by a generous £1m gift from the Oglesby Charitable Trust, this inventive performance space was designed by the award-winning architectural studio, Haworth Tompkins as an informal space-within-a-space for residents to make and share theatre and to see work from the Royal Exchange.
Pro audio specialists, Autograph Sales & Installations, provided key elements of the sound reinforcement equipment for the new space including seven EX10 compact, full range active loudspeaker systems from KV2 Audio, and an Allen & Heath Qu-16 rack-mountable digital mixer.
Sorcha Steele, head of sound at the Royal Exchange, was responsible for designing the audio system for The Den, a task she found slightly daunting given the scope of requirements for the space and the range of possibilities before her. “I had to give a lot of thought to what we are using the space for, who is going to be operating it and how easy is it to rig and put together the system within the space quickly and easily,” she recalls.
“The first thing I had to consider was the type of venues it will be going to and how that impacts on practical things like power supplies and cable runs. The Den will only ever go into existing buildings – it’s not designed to be outdoors; for example, in Stalybridge it was in the old market hall, but it could easily be constructed in a school gym or warehouse. In all likelihood, power in those venues will come down to standard 1
Lebanon - JoeCo has expanded its reach in the Middle East by signing a new distribution agreement with Boujikian Bros. The Beirut-based company will now represent the manufacturer in Lebanon, targeting TV production houses and live event clients.
“We have been searching for JoeCo partners in the Middle East for some time and Boujikian Bros’ name came up a number of times,” explained Graham Murray, business development at JoeCo. “Their experience and technical expertise make them a complimentary fit with JoeCo’s philosophy of providing high quality solutions for audio professionals.”
“We already distribute a number of top pro audio brands in Lebanon, but we had a gap in our range for reliable multitrack players/recorders and audio interfaces,” added Gary Boujikian, general manager at Boujikian Bros. “We knew how JoeCo systems were being used in TV, concert and installed sound applications around the world and believed that it could bring added value to our existing offerings.”
With the agreement in place, Boujikian Bros will specifically target the local broadcast and live markets. “Boujikian Bros are well known in the pro audio markets in the region, across a number of applications including studios for TV broadcast, live events and concerts. All of which are appropriate for JoeCo products,” noted Murray. “Working with Gary and his team gives us an opportunity to address these core market sectors and provides a wider and more direct exposure of JoeCo’s products in the region.”
“Most of our clients are TV product
USA - Evergreen Ministries had put its faith in acoustical orthodoxy when the Hudsonville, Michigan church had its previous sound system installed. However, with the worship space residing in a mid-sized square building with largely metal construction that created reverberation problems, speech intelligibility and musical articulation were a frequent challenge.
“They had a pretty typical flown PA, but it wasn’t really the kind of system they needed for a space like this,” recalls Todd Billin, design/sales engineer at Parkway Electric & Communications, a Holland, Michigan-based AV systems integrator with a long history of working on sound and video designs with houses of worship.
The solution came in the form of the slim L-Acoustics Syva colinear system that is suited to medium-throw applications like Evergreen Ministries’ 550-seat sanctuary. The Syva system designed and installed by Parkway comprises a pair of Syva and Syva Low enclosures on each side of the half-moon stage, plus four Syva Subs that are installed underneath the stage, two per side.
In addition, an L-Acoustics X12 short-throw loudspeaker is flown above the centre of the stage to reinforce speech intelligibility, while four ultra-compact 5XT are arrayed across the lip of the stage as front-fills. Three L-Acoustics LA4X amplified controllers power the entire loudspeaker system.
Billin says the Syva system not only solved the problems caused by the reverberant space, with its attendant speech-intelligibility issues, but also provided a much more musical sound system f
USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has appointed Chaz Goodman as marketing manager. Goodman will focus on expanding the online presence for Fulcrum Acoustic and will serve as the media contact.
He joins Fulcrum from the non-profit world, most recently as the Communications Manager for Volunteers of America Upstate New York, where he designed and implemented a comprehensive communications plan to increase brand visibility and help the organization adapt to fit a changing digital landscape. Prior to that, Goodman worked in development at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago where he learned the value of targeted marketing to achieve fundraising goals.
"We are excited to bring Chaz on board," says Stephen Siegel, president and co-founder of Fulcrum Acoustic. "It's important that we focus resources into content creation for electronic media. Chaz's experience as a musician and content developer makes him a great fit."
"It can be difficult to capture attention when your audience is constantly over-stimulated with the sheer amount of information online," says Goodman. "Fortunately I'm in a good position because Fulcrum Acoustic has such a novel product line. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for such an innovative company."
Europe - Wärtsilä Entertainment Systems has solved the challenge of delivering a premium nightclub experience at sea with the first ever installation of Martin Audio’s recently launched WPS optimised line array. The latest member of the Wavefront Precision family was specified long before its official launch to cater to the entertainment needs of Scarlet Lady, the very first ship in the Virgin Voyages fleet.
“We started audio specification for the ship back in 2016 but thanks to the strength of relationship with Martin Audio we were able to glimpse into the future product roadmap and as a consequence believed that the product that would become WPS was a perfect fit for the nightclub,” explained Rob Shuard, vice president, design & engineering of Wärtsilä Entertainment Systems. “We felt WPS would offer the perfect marriage of high performance, control, consistency and coverage in an ultra-compact format, befitting of the Virgin Voyages vision.”
The Manor nightclub is named after Virgin’s first music studio in England. The space was designed utilising two ship decks of height to maximize how the room feels and mimic the structure of land-based clubs. Wärtsilä Entertainment Systems has equipped The Manor with a state-of-the-art acoustic design as well as industry-leading equipment to support DJ sets, and Martin Audio’s WPS will take pride of place.
The set up in the nightclub consists of four WPS left and right of the stage, flown over two SX218 subwoofers. Supplementing this are a further four arrays, each of three WPS, flown o
The doors have opened for day two of PLASA Show 2019 at London Olympia, with Platinum Sponsor Robe, Silver Sponsor d&b audiotechnik and Technical Sponsor Hawthorn. The show floor is already brimming with business as visitors explore the latest products and solutions from 220+ brands from across audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging.
The show’s platinum sponsor Robe have unveiled an expansive theatrical stand based on the classic 80s movie, Back To The Future. Live performances run every 90 minutes, with a viewing area on the show’s gallery level for visitors to watch from above. The creative duo behind the stand, Nathan Wan and Andy Webb, comment:
“Robe’s stand this year features a fully time coded show called ‘Return to the Future’ which is centred around a time travelling DeLorean car. During the show we smash through over 550 cues in eight minutes. It’s all about showcasing the new Esprite which is future-proofing LED moving heads as you can take the source out and simply replace it. This has absolutely been the most ambitious production that we’ve done to date, and it’s great to see on social media that many visitors come to PLASA Show just to see what we’ve come up with. We’ve been working on ‘Return to the Future’ for three months and it has been an absolute delight to see it all come together.”
Other lighting highlights include, Claypaky demonstrating their new Xtylos fixtures in an immersive enclosure, Ambersphere presenting the SpotM
USA - Sensaphonics recently educated three audiologists in the art of working with musicians at a Gold Circle Seminar in Chicago. This two-day event covers a wide range of insights on the specific needs of musicians, whose workplace requires ongoing exposure to damaging levels of loud sound. Sensaphonics president, Dr. Michael Santucci, designed the seminar to teach audiologists the realities of today’s music industry, with a focus on the proper use of in-ear monitors and hearing protection.
“When it comes to in-ears, most musicians do not know how to protect their hearing, and most audiologists have no idea what stage monitoring is like,” notes Dr. Santucci. “The Gold Circle seminar is designed to share the knowledge that both groups require in order to create a great performance experience for musicians while still protecting their hearing.”
Three audiologists earned their Gold Circle certification: Dr. Margaret Richards of The Hearing Centrein Pensacola, FL; Dr. Natalie Crossland of Holland Doctors of Audiology in Holland, MI; and Dr. Shawna Jackson of the Callier Centre at U. of Texas-Dallas.
Gold Circle audiologists are taught the proper method for taking ear impressions, but the seminar goes far beyond such basics. Through classroom sessions at Sensaphonics offices and a hands-on live rehearsal session with a live band, the audiologists learn specifics on how to recommend the best products for each musician’s listening situation, how sound systems work, the innate challenges of stage monitoring, plus backstage etiquette and marke
Germany - Udo Stoof, has joined the dBTechnologies Deutschland team. Stoof has many years of experience in audio and AV media technology and strengthens the Cologne-based company, joining the team for fixed installations to meet the enormous demand and to offer customers even better service. Working as project manager installed sound, he supports customers who plan and realise installations with equipment of the brands RCF and dBTechnologies alike.
Stoof has worked for manufacturers and distributors for over 25 years plus running his own company.
At dBTechnologies, he together with Georg Hofmann, who has been responsible for fixed installations for years, are forming a new team that will focus on this business area. Part of the strategy is also the spatial spin-off of the fixed installation division. Both colleagues will work from a joint office in Telgte, North Rhine-Westphalia, which will be opened in the next few weeks.
"We are very pleased to have Udo, a proven specialist with many years of experience, joining our company. Expanding the team for fixed installations and establishing it at a central location is an important and strategic decision for us. We are experiencing increasing demand from this sector, and we see enormous potential for our company to grow in the future," says Arne Deterts, managing director at dBTechnologies Deutschland.
"For me, it is a desirable task to further develop the fixed installation business unit at dBTechnologies Deutschland. The products of the two manufacturers are convincing, both technically and from t
UK - At the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia), Bose Professional will be showcasing products from its significantly expanded portfolio of loudspeakers, amplifiers, DSPs, controllers and software products. Featuring at PLASA are the new ArenaMatch DeltaQ loudspeakers and ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers, which bring Bose sound quality, consistency, vocal clarity and flexibility to outdoor installations through DeltaQ technology. Also on show are the easy-to-install DesignMax loudspeakers in a range of sizes (the total range includes 12 models; ceiling and surface, black and white, with subwoofer options), ShowMatch DeltaQ array modules, new PowerSpace amplifiers and Commercial Sound Processors. This new, expanded line comes together to build a range of cohesive systems that reflect Bose Professional’s latest advancements in terms of audio technology and design aesthetics, while also focusing on customers’ everyday needs with greater ease of design, configuration and installation.
USA - Fane International and sister company Precision Devices have recently recruited Alexander Schek in the role of sales and business development manager, LATAM to support their on-going global growth strategy.
Based in Miami, Florida, Alexander has an understanding of the Latin American market, business culture and executive level sales experience along with a passion for all things audio and technology. Working for high-profile companies, including almost a decade in charge of Latin American business with Sennheiser.
Says Schek, “I am humbled to be part of the Fane/PD Family and their passion to embrace the Latin America market. The market is eager to welcome such prestigious brands, rich in history and heritage in sound engineering excellence.”
“We are delighted to welcome Alexander as a member of the team,” says Mark Barnes, Fane/ PD managing director. “Alexander occupies a new position which we have created specifically to bring us closer to audio professionals and enthusiasts in Latin America.
“We intend to increase the presence and visibility of both Fane and Precision Devices brands in countries across the region. Alexander brings a fresh perspective, wealth of experience and expertise to leverage our efforts. Expect to see an exciting future for Fane and Precision Devices in Latin America.”
UK - EM Acoustics is launching the S Series, a new subwoofer range comprising seven subs designed to pair with the company’s loudspeakers in a variety of fixed and portable sound reinforcement applications.
The new S-48 is a low profile, compact VLF subwoofer with minimal dimensions for easy concealment in confined spaces such as galleries, bars, cafés, museums and smaller theatres. Four 8-inch neodymium LF drive units deliver useable response down to 35Hz without the need for EQ.
At the top end of the range is the recently-introduced ST-215 compact flyable touring subwoofer, which is proportioned to fly with EM Acoustics’ Halo-B medium format line array system. The larger ST-218 high power dual 18-inch flyable sub is designed to be matched with the large format Halo-A system.
All the subwoofers in class are prefixed with S- followed by a number (e.g. S-12, S-15, S-18) giving a clear indication of size and composition, and thus application. All S Series subwoofers come complete with a range of rigging points and an impact-resistant paint finish as standard plus custom colour and weather-resistant options.
“The introduction of the S Series will make it much easier for customers to find their way around our product offering and quickly identify what they need,” says Mike Wheeler, operations director at EM Acoustics. “The advent of S Series has been part of a targeted restructuring of our product range in order to streamline our catalogue and ensure that everything we produce is both genuinely relevant to our customers’ needs and s
Australia - Aveo Systems has announced the appointment of Jands as its exclusive distributor in the Australia-New Zealand region.
“Mira Connect, from Aveo Systems, is an impressive innovation that further complements our existing AV conferencing product portfolio,” says Phil Muffet, national sales manager at Jands. “Jands is committed to providing the best solutions for our customers and partnering with strategic vendors who complement our integrators’ existing solutions.”
“Jands is one of the strongest AV companies in the ANZ region and is well respected by integrators and users,” comments Paul Roberts, Aveo Systems’ director of sales. “We think they will be the perfect partner for promoting Mira Connect to corporate, educational, and other users in the area.”
UK - Creamfields returned to Daresbury on the British August Bank Holiday weekend with bigger production values - and more flown subs - than ever before.
Led by crew chief Alex Hore and with system designs from Josh Lloyd, Britannia Row provided sound solutions to Arc Stage, Horizon Stage and Stage 4, AKA, the 15,000 capacity Steel Yard (which is so popular, it has become a festival in its own right with events staged in Cream’s hometown of Liverpool, and in London.
Hore, who was Britannia Row’s crew chief, oversaw a 16-stong crew across three stages and worked closely with off-site noise management consultants, Vanguardia.
He says: “The design of the systems and the ethos behind them is to provide the best sounding and largest-area-covering audio we can, whilst limiting the potential for any off-site sound problems. Any stage, at any time, can be called on to adjust levels and frequencies to limit potential issues at particular locations off-site.
“This relies on the skills of the system technicians and FOH engineers to respond quickly to any changes.”
The Arc and Horizon stages saw L-Acoustics K1 chosen for the main hangs. Arc had K2 on ground-fill and delay duties, as well as KS28 for ground subs, ARCS II as ground delays and Kara for front-fill. Horizon had a similar rig, with the smaller capacity requiring few boxes. Arc had an SSL L300 rider, whereas Horizon opted for the Midas touch with PRO2Cs at FOH and in the monitor position.
The Steel Yard system deployment had the arsenal of flown subs, utilising K1-SBs in t
China - The Qing show is a hi-tech, permanently installed stage show produced by the Sunac Group in a purpose-built, 1,600-capacity venue at the Oriental Movie Metropolis complex at Qingdao in the Shandong province of China.
The venue’s architecture has a number of marine elements and is designed to represent a conch. Based on the Chinese legend of Eight Immortals Crossing the the show was conceived, designed and created by artistic director Luke Petit through Art Team Group Asia.
Four years in the making, the show, which covers a floor area of 21,500sq.m, has a cast of 63 performers, features a lifting stage, acrobatics, dance, classic Kung Fu moves, 3D holographic projections and a water curtain fountain to create the perfect fusion of traditional culture and modern stage art. The cast which features 12 main roles, was selected from more than 10,000 dance and drama actors across China and took two years to assemble. The scene fluctuates between land and sea throughout the performance and delivers a rich and vivid background to a spellbinding story. Rave reviews greeted the opening night which took place in April 2019.
Production director Philip Alexi engaged experienced Belgian sound designer Erik Loots for the show and he in turn recommended a Coda Audio sound system for the project. Leading Chinese integrator (and Coda distributor) Tempo, was tasked with installing the system.
Erik Loots reports, “I became familiar with Coda when my old friend Hans Engelen at Viladco became a distributor. When this project was in its ea
UK - Allen & Heath mixers tackled FOH and monitor duties for We Out Here Festival (see LSi September 2019), held for the first time this August and curated by BBC Radio 6 DJ, Gilles Peterson, his Bronswood Recordings label and Worldwide FM. Taking place across four-days in rural Cambridgeshire, the family-friendly festival showcased a line-up of underground artists and DJs.
Supplied by Glasgow-based A-Live Sound, five dLive and four SQ systems were chosen to run FOH and monitors across seven stages. Director Iain Mackie comments: “I chose to invest in dLive and SQ as they’re the best sounding consoles on the market right now. With dLive specifically, unlike some other manufacturers, it has endless high-quality plug-ins - especially the Hypabass FX and Dyn8. It’s also incredibly easy for visiting engineers to just rock up and mix the band as the whole system and interface is very intuitive and well laid out.”
The main stage featured two dLive S7000s and two DM64 MixRacks paired with three Dante cards for virtual soundchecks, multi-track recording and channel splits between consoles. “This was my first real gig on the S7000 and while I’m used to running festivals on competitor consoles, this event will be a particular favourite for a long time. dLive is so easy to use, self-explanatory and it sounds really great,” comments Martijn Van Renterghem, chief system designer at A-Live
South Africa - The Roodepoort Theatre has seen various transformations since opening its doors in 1981, but one of the most recent has been the investment of an L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo system supplied and installed by DWR Distribution earlier this year.
Initially presenting opera and symphony performances, today the Roodepoort Theatre is a dynamic and diverse receiving house that plays host to an array of shows ranging from ballets to musicals, revues, dramas, dance competitions, bands and live recordings.
Over the years the theatre has stayed abreast with the latest lighting equipment, while aesthetic renovations, including new seats and flooring, have created a fresh and modern look. The new L-Acoustics system enables the theatre to offer a professional service to external companies making use of their facilities and a quality experience for the audience.
“The venue accommodates 328 people and has steeply raked seating and a large stage,” says Chris Pugh from DWR Distribution. “The flown configuration consists of two ARCS Wide and four ARCS Focus with four SB18M subs. Side-fills are comprised of two X8, while four 5XT do front-fill duty. LA4X and LA12X amplifiers power the entire system. The result is a smooth and beautiful sounding system.”
Technical manager Melony Eksteen says: “Growing up in a typical coloured community, our greatest resource as kids was the richness of our imagination and creativity. I remember always being drawn to ‘behind the scenes kinda work’ as we fearlessly undertook to build modelling ramps
UK - Peex, the company behind an app platform that enables concertgoers to mix audio from live concerts in realtime, has announced Patrick Vosgimorukian as its new CEO. With a background working with next generation tech companies, Vosgimorukian will be leading Peex into the next phase of its launch plan.
Vosgimorukian will be assisting the team in developing the business and identifying opportunities for the product to be scaled following its recent success in both the US and Europe where Peex was launched on Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Vosgimorukian boasts considerable experience working within the tech and entertainment industries. He comments: “It is an absolute privilege to be named Peex’s new CEO. It is an exciting time to join the company following the successful commercial launch in the US and Europe. The goal of Peex is to enhance the live sound experience and the potential for this technology is enormous.”
Pieter Hamelink, co-founder and executive chairman of Peex, adds: “We welcome Patrick to our growing team and are excited for the wealth of experience and expertise that he brings along with him to Peex.”
Peex is currently available to the public on Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. It enables music fans to create their own enhanced five channel mix of the live concert sound.