Audio News

super-serviceGreen Hippo Amba+ debuts at awards show
Friday, 2 November 2018

South Africa - Cape Town’s first Green Hippo Amba+ was put through its paces at the Shoprite Super Service Awards held in at the ExecuJet Hangar at Cape Town International Airport, with one third of the 2400sq.m space used for a jet plane parked inside.
Solid Group were appointed by Venturescapes Events to supply the full technical at the awards, attended by 600 guests. They took ownership of the Hippotizer Amba+ a few days before the event.
“We initially came up to visit DWR Distribution purely to attend the L-Acoustics Kiva demo with Richard Smith,” Alex van Dyk, owner of the Solid Group, explains. “Luckily we set aside enough time so that we could go through all the toys. Dylan Jones spent time with us on the Green Hippo, and we completely fell in love with it. Even having the baby Amba+, it’s incredible how powerful such a small unit can be, and this is the entry level unit! It packs a punch.”
Keystone Productions created the content around the three separate screens. “The nominees' names would appear on the left-hand screen, and the area from which they came from would be on the right-hand screen, with an award category always on the centre screen with a rolling video,” adds Van Dyk. “For some of the artists’ performance, they had a camera in the middle and video running on both sides or vice-versa. So we would split the screens up to do different things at different times which is exactly where the Hippo came in and did incredibly well.”
(Jim Evans)

sensaphonics-gold-circle-1018Sensaphonics stages Gold Circle Seminar
Friday, 2 November 2018

USA - Sensaphonics recently held a Gold Circle Seminar to train audiologists in meeting the specialised needs of artists, sound engineers, and other music professionals. The two-day seminar features personal instruction from Sensaphonics president, Dr. Michael Santucci, and audio engineering consultant Joe ‘Sound Guy’ Tessone. Four audiologists gained Gold Circle certification through a series of classroom modules and a hands-on demo session with a live band using in-ear monitors for the first time.
Topics included advanced hearing loss prevention techniques, concert sound system basics, monitoring technology overview, product information, and backstage etiquette, all with a focus on how the music industry differs from other work environments. Classroom instruction is held at Sensaphonics headquarters in downtown Chicago and includes a tour of the company’s IEM manufacturing facility and Musicians’ Hearing Clinic. Hands-on instruction included proper ear impression technique, plus a live band rehearsal session, where seminar participants interacted with musicians using in-ear monitors for the first time.
Earning their Gold Circle Certification were audiologists Shahrzad Cohen of Hearing Loss Solutions in Sherman Oaks, CA; Rebecca Grome of Ears 4 U Hearing Services in Nashville, TN; London Gleghorn of Sound Access, LLC in St. Louis, MO; and Rachel Bringewatt of ENT Consultants in Omaha, NE. Also attending was Sensaphonics artist relations consultant Richard Sandrok.
“This was an exceptional group of qualified audiologists, and we’re prou

 
 
adamson-meetingdemo-nov18-hrAdamson network unites at HQ
Friday, 2 November 2018

Canada - Adamson Systems Engineering hosted the largest-ever gathering of its global network at its Canadian head office and manufacturing facility in Port Perry, at the end of September.
Over 120 partners from around the world took part in two full days of programming, including previews of upcoming products, innovations, and collaborations, all with the goal of better supporting end-users with world-class training and service.
“We’ve welcomed a significant number of new partners to the Adamson global network over the past few years amidst a period of strong year-over-year growth,” says James Oliver, Adamson’s director of sales and marketing. “We’re very proud of the way our international team has supported these partners to date, but recognised an opportunity to bring everyone together, offer a preview of upcoming product releases, and leverage ideas and resources to reinforce a shared vision for continued growth and success. The event was over a year in the making and we couldn’t be happier with how it all came together.”
Programming began on 21 September with the Adamson Conference at the Flato Markham Theatre in nearby Markham. Guests took in a day full of presentations and demonstrations, learning about Adamson’s approach to product development and innovation, new and incoming technologies, and sales and marketing strategies. Among the new offerings on the horizon are expansions to the tour-grade S-Series and install-focused IS-Series, though guests were also given a sneak preview of new technologies to be formally announced

 
k-arrayK-Array appoints Media-Sys in Spain
Friday, 2 November 2018

Spain - K-array has appointed Media-Sys as its exclusive distributor in Spain.
Established in 1991, Media-Sys has evolved from a standard distribution channel to a full-service company providing project design, installation setup, marketing and sales support and post-sales services on every project.
“Our main product focus is based on professional audio brands with outstanding quality and this commitment always pushes us to find new solutions for our customers,” comments Josep M. Foguet, CEO Media-Sys. “K-array gives a real answer to this focus and represents a new approach to installation thanks to its unique product design."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
dinosaursVDC in Walking with Dinosaurs
Friday, 2 November 2018

EuropeWalking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular (read report in LSi November) is a $20m production based on the award-winning TV programme of the same name.
The show benefits from major improvements to animatronics, which have enabled the life-like dinosaurs to 'eat' and 'breathe' - and live arena experience has already been seen by over nine million people in more than 250 cities globally. 
Experience and expert technical knowledge has been essential in executing the brief, and South Wales-based Sonalyst was called upon to deliver. The audio, lighting, BlackTrax system and comms for the production were all provided by Sonalyst.
Project manager George Pakenham explains: “Being able to provide it all was exciting to us, generally we always supply the full production package on our tours. Due to the length of this tour it needed to be a brand-new system, so it gave us the opportunity again to invest into the latest equipment available.”
Sonalyst then turned to VDC Trading. The two companies had previously worked together on productions including We Will Rock You, The Commitments London Musical and Monty Python’s O2 reunion.
Pakenham explains: “It was natural to go back to VDC. Audio Signal & System Data flow’s are increasingly digital based now so we didn’t need as much of the analogue based infrastructure but we still source

 
colombia-wDirectOut appoints distributor for Colombia
Thursday, 1 November 2018

Columbia - DirectOut has expanded its worldwide business network with the appointment of VCR as its sole distributor for the Colombia market.
Based in Bogota, VCR will handle distribution of the full DirectOut product portfolio and provide technical and sales support.
Hernan Suescun, VCR’s CEO comments: “As a company, we aim to offer our clients the most advanced technologies available to the AV world, especially now that new IP technologies are rapidly developing. DirectOut has the best solutions in terms of audio networking, routing and conversion along with a well-known quality and reliability.”
Lorenzo Sassi, business developer at DirectOut, adds: “A few months after we met with VCR for the first time it was quite clear to us that both companies had a common interest in developing their business together. VCR not only has skills and a deep knowledge of our products, but also has the passion that we look for when we are searching for a new distributor. We came together, and we are totally convinced that VCR is the perfect distribution partner for us in Colombia.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
adlib-janelle-monae-wAdlib supplies Janelle Monáe European dates
Thursday, 1 November 2018

UK - Adlib first supplied audio kit for American singer and actress Janelle Monáe in 2008. A decade later, Monáe was back in the UK and Europe for a short, high-impact leg of her Dirty Computerworld tour, and once again Adlib was involved in supplying the technical production elements - sound, lighting and video - to her production team led by tour manager Reneeka Rae and production manager Jeff Cochran.
Adlib account handler Phil Kielty commented, “Janelle is one of the most energised and innovative artists of the moment and it was our pleasure to work with her and her crew again.”
In keeping with the spirit of inclusion, the FOH creative team was all female with sound engineer Amanda Davies, video director Erica Hayes and lighting designer Lauren Sega leading the way.
The equipment package was effectively a dry hire, however Adlib sent engineers to ensure that everything was set up and ran smoothly at the first show in Paris and supplied additional tech support for the high-profile UK shows at the Roundhouse and Manchester Academy.
The audio system comprised DiGiCo SD12 consoles at FOH and monitors, L-Acoustics side-fills and a custom microphone and stage package that made cable management and setup as quick and easy as possible.
For the stage mix, Adlib supplied 10-ways of Sennheiser 2000 series IEMs - inclusive of band and technical mixes, together with eight channels of Shure UHF-R for instrument RF (guitars & horns), while Janelle’s RF system comprised a Sennheiser SKM52000 handheld fitted with a 5235 capsule.<

 
newcastle-university-jason-smith-wMartin Audio reinforces university Great Hall
Thursday, 1 November 2018

Australia - Built in the early 1970s, the University of Newcastle’s Great Hall, in the Australian state of New South Wales, is a significant landmark building on the University’s Callaghan campus, located in the western suburbs of Newcastle.
The building is multi-functional and used by the university and Newcastle community for a wide variety of functions ranging from formal University graduations, public performances, sit down dinners, open days, community events as well as teaching and learning activities.
The new audio-visual Infrastructure upgrade was focused around providing a significant improvement in audio and video quality and reliability within the Great Hall. The end-result, based around a Martin Audio WPM PA, achieved that and more. It is flexible, scalable and supports the University’s teaching, learning and community outreach activities.
The consultant/project manager was InDesign Technologies, led by Peter Coman and Livia Renhe, and when it came to the audio component they were assisted by the Technical Audio Group (TAG), Martin Audio’s Australian distributor, as they set out to convert the existing analogue system to a fully digital solution built on Audio Visual over IP technology. Another key specialist was David Gilfillan (Gilfillan Soundwork), a leading electro acoustic consultancy, who was engaged to verify and assist in the design and commissioning of the system.
The room itself features total seating of 1,231 (including 448 tiered seats and 783 removable auditorium seats).
The biggest challenge the team f

 
 
harman-wHarman fuels nine stages at Emporium Festival
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The Netherlands - Story Event Engineering recently deployed multiple Harman Professional Solutions audio systems at Emporium Festival, including JBL VTX A12 tour sound solutions.
Founded in 2005 by Dutch promoter Matrixx Events, Emporium Festival is an annual dance music festival held near the city of Wijchen in Berendonck Park. This year, 30,000 dance music fans came together to enjoy a robust lineup of DJs and performers across nine stages.
Story Event Engineering equipped the entire festival with end-to-end Harman live sound reinforcement systems, including JBL VTX Series line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers and Soundcraft Vi Series consoles.
“We’ve been providing sound for Emporium Festival for over 10 years, and every year our company grows along with it,” said Paul Lehmann, sales representative & system engineer, Story Event Engineering. “This year alone we used more than 400 JBL speakers and 200 Crown amps. Nine independent systems at a festival of this size can be a lot to keep up with, so it’s important to have reliability and consistency among all the gear. From JBL VTX A12 main rigs and VRX DJ monitors to Crown amps and Soundcraft mixers, we used Harman Professional live sound solutions across the board.”
(Jim Evans)

 
unknownmortalorchestrakrakowaug2018wUnknown Mortal Orchestra tour with dLive
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Europe - American-based psychedelic rockers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, have set out on a mammoth world tour this year with veteran FOH engineer, Dave McDonald, and an Allen & Heath dLive system.
The band’s set-up includes a dLive S Class system, usually comprising an S5000 or S7000 surface and DM MixRack, with a Dante card for live recording. Dave McDonald, who has been using dLive for a number of years, comments in an interview run by Muzyka i Technologia magazine; “I like the ability to work at 96kHz sampling and thanks to this, I have a much wider signal spectrum and greater depth in the mix. dLive also enables extremely intuitive work, almost like an analogue desk.”
He continues: “dLive includes a variety of plug-ins, from those emulating old studio equipment, up to the latest virtual blocks. The DEEP processing I use for the mix really feels like the original units I used on records in the studio, not only do they sound great, they look great.”
The band have already performed multiple dates across Europe including several major festivals and sold out shows and are set to hit UK shores this November. With just under 30 shows left to go, the rest of the tour will be in support of their new instrumental album ‘IC-01 Hanoi’ - released this month.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
celine-dion-tokyo-picture-credit-wL-Acoustics delivers for Céline Dion
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Asia Pacific - This summer saw Canadian chanteuse Céline Dion tour the Asia Pacific. Kicking off in Tokyo and Macao, where she had last performed 10 years earlier, the tour moved on to new territory for the five-time Grammy Award winner, including Jakarta, Taipei, Manila, Bangkok and Australia, before concluding in Auckland, New Zealand.
The logistical feat of picking up each system locally, which was dependent on equipment availability, was accomplished seamlessly by Céline Dion’s long-time audio provider, Solotech, achieving consistent sound across the venues on a 22-date marathon thanks to L-Acoustics’ K1 and K2, its international network of suppliers, and its consistency of product worldwide.
“We needed a loudspeaker system that would be available at every venue on the tour,” says Francois Desjardins, VP R&D, technological solutions at Solotech, an L-Acoustics KX standard certified provider. “This was the first time we’d used L-Acoustics on a Céline Dion tour, but we’d been looking at it for a while and we were confident that we would get the consistency of sound we wanted. Not only were we right, but the support we got from the L-Acoustics suppliers along the way was amazing.”
Fourteen suppliers, including Hibino, Winly, Forscink, Mata Elang, Jack Sound and Norwest, were employed over the two-month tour across major venues - Tokyo Dome, Jakarta’s Sentul International Convention Center, Taipei Arena, Mall of Asia Arena in Manilla, Impact Arena Bangkok and the Spark Arena in Auckland - all with varying requirements.

 
lyra-bar-10Martin Audio installed in Lima’s Lyra
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Peru - Prodjmedia recently installed a full complement of Martin Audio CDD and CSX in Lima’s popular Lyra nightclub, which is dedicated to providing a truly world-class club and dance experience for its customers.
Founded by Fernando Vidal and Arturo Dyer, Lyra features local and international DJ’s in the main room and rooftop bar/dancefloor, and as Prodjmedia’s CEO Renzo Silva explains, “they wanted to create an environment with no compromises in terms of sound quality, so the first choice was obviously Martin Audio.”
According to Renzo, the sound system includes two Martin Audio CDD15’s with two CSX218 subs on the dancefloor, four CDD6’s on the first floor, four CDD6’s on the second floor and four CDD6’s and one CSX112 sub in the rooftop café. The speakers are powered by Martin Audio MA 2.8Q, MA3.0 and MA 5.2K amps. A DX0.5 loudspeaker management system is used to control the sound throughout the venue.
“There were some challenges in terms of the acoustics because most of the surfaces in the club are brick and cement with an industrial finish which can be a big problem in terms of sound, but we managed to calibrate the system to eliminate those problems.
“The club has two floors with access to the main room,” Renzo continues, “and we were able to correct the delays to provide optimum sound quality for the boxes and bar. For the rooftop system, we were able to control the sound in the space so neighbours couldn’t complain about excessive noise. The DX0.5 was crucial to managing all of the speakers.”
Asked

 
 
luccasummerfestivalpre-showOutline wins fans at Lucca Summer Festival
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Italy - Although Florence and Pisa without doubt top Tuscany’s tourist charts, Lucca (with traces of Iron Age settlements, good wines and more) is well worth checking out and music fans have the ideal chance to do so during the annual Lucca Summer Festival, organised by D’Alessandro & Galli in the city’s main square.
The festival’s 2018 edition was a particularly high-profile showcase for loudspeaker manufacturer Outline and the ideal debut of new-born rental firm VVP International, since, apart from Roger Waters, who performed in another location, the cast on stage featured a wide range of music genres: from California’s stoner rock with Queens of the Stone Age, the latest (triple-drummer) incarnation of Prog Rock icons King Crimson, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Vampires, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, jazzy-pop songstress Norah Jones with a funky Marcus Miller band, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, and Italian chart toppers Gianni Morandi, Max Pezzali, Nek and Francesco Renga and Caparezza.
LSF, a key gig on Europe’s summer festival circuit, was chosen as a launching pad by well-known industry figure Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Perreux for VVP, his ‘dry hire’ company, founded just before the event with an Outline-only ‘rack & stack’ stock. Perreux designed the sound reinforcement system for the venue and his firm was responsible for the PA and FOH audio management for all the shows staged on the square’s huge stage.
The set-up deployed to cover the packed venue consisted in nine Outline GTO and a

 
digicoDiGiCo S31 boosts Norway’s folk scene
Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Norway - In the autumn of 2010 Riksscenen, Norway’s national venue for folk and traditional music and dance opened a purpose-built venue in Oslo’s Grünerløkka and invested in two DiGiCo SD8s. This summer, it invested in an additional DiGiCo console, this time opting for an S31, which has been installed in the venue’s Klubbscenen (the club) for smaller gigs.
“The SD8s were chosen by my predecessor in the first instance because of their audio quality and I/O capacity, particularly when compared to other products in their price range,” recalls Magnus Opsahl Smaadahl, head of technical development at Riksscenen who, starting as one of the in-house engineers, had instantly fallen in love with the console’s sound quality and ability to be customised. “Initially, the two mixers were on two different stages - one in the main hall and one on the Club stage - the idea being to perform rehearsals and pre-productions for shows on the Club stage and copy the show files to the mixer in the main hall.
“After a while, it was apparent that we needed different setups from time to time, as well as a monitor mix, so we decided to have both mixers in the main hall. Because the SD8s are physically quite heavy, we wanted to move them as little as possible, so an analogue console was used as the main mixer for the Club stage.”
With the analogue console feeling its age and restricting what could be done at monitors in terms of capacity and effects, earlier this year the Riksscenen team decided the time was right to invest in another DiGiCo console.

 
 
kv2Salzbrenner Media to distribute KV2
Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Europe - Loudspeaker manufacturer KV2 Audio has appointed global systems integration company and distributor Salzbrenner Media as its product distributor in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with specific focus on the theatrical and maritime sectors.
KV2 Audio’s Swiss distributor Plusmusic AG will work alongside Salzbrenner Media in Switzerland. The remaining market sectors in the region will be served directly by KV2 Audio Deutschland.
Rainer Hettwer, head of project sales Germany and Ismet Bozkurt, sales manager Eastern Europe & Middle East, are the new contacts for handling KV2 Audio within the Salzbrenner Media organisation.
KV2 Audio MD, George Krampera Jr., comments: "We have seen a steady increase in interest in all areas in recent years, and we have been especially pleased with our growing traction in the theatre market. The fact that Salzbrenner Media GmbH in particular, with its many years of expertise in the field of theater, was inspired by our products, makes us proud. We are convinced that this cooperation will contribute to sustainable growth across the three German-speaking countries.”
Wolfgang Salzbrenner, managing director Salzbrenner Media: “We are convinced of the quality and the characteristics of the KV2 products. Due to the excellent audio quality of the whole product range, their compact design and versatility, they are the ideal equipment for both cruise ships and the theatre and opera house world.”
Stefano Trevisan, managing director of Plusmusic AG, adds: "We are extremely pleased that a company wi

 
adamson-wThe Warehouse names Adamson resellers
Tuesday, 30 October 2018

UK - Adamson’s UK distributor The Warehouse has announced the appointment of a network of certified resellers and rental partners across UK and Ireland.
The network will help meet the product demand within the touring and integration markets and provide in-the-field support. 
The resellers are Triplex (London and Southern England), Hawthorn (London and the Midlands), PSI (Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland) and Live Systems (Scotland and the North of England).
Derek Blair, director at The Warehouse, comments: “In these dynamic, forward-thinking companies, we clearly have a skill base and experience that can help Adamson growth across the UK and Ireland. We are supplying an ever-increasing number of systems for use in a diverse range of applications, including festivals, art installations, touring shows, high profile events, and church and theatre installations. As the user base expands it is necessary to have a suitably expert and experienced network of resellers who can support Adamson users."
Jake Rudd, project manager at Triplex, adds: “As a touring engineer I have been stunned mixing on Adamson systems. We are so pleased to join with The Warehouse to deliver Adamson products to our clients. The team always strive to provide products that we believe will provide the best for our clients’ needs and Adamson ticks this box completely.”
Rob Allen, Hawthorn’s group head of sound, says: “I’ve been aware of Adamson for a number of years and have always been very impressed with its quality, from how their loudspeakers sound

 
 
sq-6-opto-compressorAllen & Heath releases SQ series plugins
Monday, 29 October 2018

UK - A range of DEEP processing plugins is now available as optional add-ons for its SQ Series, Allen & Heath has announced.
The new options allow SQ users to choose from a suite of plugins ported directly from Allen & Heath’s flagship dLive mixing system, including premium compressors inspired by sought-after hardware units and a collection of powerful GEQs.
Thanks to SQ’s 96kHz XCVI core, based on latest generation FPGA technology, a preamp and compressor plug-in can be used on each of the 48 input channels, while a GEQ and compressor can be applied to each of the 16 mixes. Unlike third-party plugin solutions that require additional hardware, DEEP plugins are built in to the console architecture and add no additional latency to the system, ensuring phase coherency across channels and mixes.
Nic Beretta, Allen & Heath’s head of product, comments: “One of the key reasons for dLive’s success has always been the quality of its on-board processing and now we’re bringing that direct to SQ. These new additions confirm SQ as the most powerful console in its class, and certainly one of the most customisable. As an SQ user, you can pick the combination of plugins that you want and really hone the desk to your applications.
“Whether you need a vintage compressor to bring a studio quality sound to a live vocal, or a precision GEQ to tune an audio system, you can now bring the power of dLive’s DEEP processing to your SQ.”
(Jim Evans)

 
emacousticsprincipalhallv1University of Toronto chooses EM Acoustics
Monday, 29 October 2018

Canada - University of Toronto’s newly built Principal Hall is designed to serve as a multi-dimensional public platform for the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design (DFALD).
To ensure the highest quality of audio, the University tapped Mulvey & Banani Audio Visual (MBAV) to assist in the design of a sound reinforcement system consisting of EM Acoustics loudspeakers.
With seating for 400 people, the design of the hall allows for multiple configurations and uses, ensuring maximum utility for students and faculty, and greater flexibility for a wide range of events.
“The compact size and audio quality of EM Acoustics loudspeakers was a driving factor in deciding to use them at Principal Hall,” explains Gregory Rushton, vice-president, MBAV. “The loudspeakers were required to fit into five-inch spaces between wood slats covering a 30-foot high ceiling. The challenge was to find something small enough that would still have the power to cover the room. Contact Distribution suggested the EMS-51, and it was perfect.”
Ontario-based Contact Distribution demonstrated the EMS-51 was a speaker with studio monitor-level quality and high-power handling in a very small enclosure. The loudspeaker is loaded with a five-inch LF drive unit, linked via the internal passive crossover network to a 1.1-inch diaphragm, HF soft dome drive unit, which produces a 75° conical dispersion pattern. The infinite baffle design provides a smooth LF roll off and a much more robust LF performance than would be expected from similarly sized

 
 
korea-churchJBL reinforces Sarangsaem Church
Monday, 29 October 2018

South Korea - Kinoton Korea recently installed a range of sound reinforcement solutions from Harman Professional Solutions at Sarangsaem Church.
Located in Busan’s Gijang-gun county, the church was founded in 2010 to offer the local community a gathering and events space.
AV integrator Kinoton Korea was commissioned to outfit the Great Chapel and additional classroom, and the company selected a range of JBL loudspeakers to deliver clarity, versatility and balanced coverage.
“We wanted to make sure our Great Chapel could be used for a variety of events by our members and by members of the local community,” says GyeongHwan Park, representative minister of Sarangsaem Church.
“To achieve this goal, we required robust loudspeaker solutions to support a range of activities and functions, including weddings, holiday celebrations, and art therapy sessions for underprivileged children. The Harman systems installed by Kinoton is perfectly suited to serve our needs as a church and as a special events space. We couldn’t choose a better brand to help make our vision become a reality.”
Kinoton Korea equipped the church’s Great Chapel with a JBL sound reinforcement system comprised of VRX932LAP line arrays with VRX918SP subwoofers.
Kinoton also deployed versatile JBL PRX812W powered speakers to provide accurate stage monitoring, and to facilitate events requiring portable but powerful sound reinforcement. Recognising that technology plays an increasingly important role in education and communication, Kinoton installed the classroo

 
kinnickwave4Danley supports university’s Kinnick Wave
Monday, 29 October 2018

USA - The Kinnick Wave is an event that happens at every University of Iowa Hawkeye home game. The newly-completed Stead Family Children’s Hospital is adjacent to the Hawkeye’s 69,000-seat Kinnick Stadium, and someone suggested on social media that after the first quarter, everyone in the entire stadium should turn and wave to the children in the hospital.
To kick off the 2018 season, AV integration and live sound production company Sound Concepts brought in a portable Danley Sound Labs system for the half-time show. The show featured the Pat Green Band performing Wave On Wave with the University of Iowa and Northern Iowa University marching bands while fans did the Kinnick Wave.
A few years ago, Sound Concepts oversaw the installation of a massive Danley J5-4015 Caleb Horn that covers all of the seating in Kinnick Stadium, and its tight pattern control was selected in part to keep sound off of the children’s hospital. The company’s owner, Marvin Smejkal led both the installation and live sound reinforcement for the special Pat Green Kinnick Wave halftime show.
“The Pat Green Band set up on a temporary stage in the south end zone, which was in place before the game,” explains Smejkal. “They were flanked by about 90 representative members of both universities’ marching bands, which we also mic’d. The majority of the marching band members performed farther up field without reinforcement. Our job was to wheel in (in 1:30 seconds from call of halftime by the officials) a portable Danley system just in front of the band near the

 
 
wicreations-40-45-d164691WI moves audiences through 360°
Monday, 29 October 2018

Belgium - Creative engineering specialist WIcreations has designed, developed and installed a bespoke wireless laser-guided system to move eight seating tribunes holding audiences watching Studio 100’s 40-45 Spektakle Musical around the performance space.
Each stand is 8m high at the back, 19m long x 8m wide and weighs 28t, with a capacity for 209 people. The tribunes were constructed by WIcreations and each one contains around 14,000 parts, the majority of which have been custom machined.
The 40-45 production is directed by Frank Van Laecke. The artistic supervision is by Gert Verhulst, the co-CEO of the Studio 100 Group together with Hans Bourlon, and the technical producer is Bart Caels.
The automation concept that moves the audience into multiple positions around the substantial area throughout the two-hour show, is right at the heart of this theatrical tour de force, staged in a purpose-built venue - The Studio 100 Pop-Up Theatre - in Puurs, Belgium.
WIcreations has worked on other Studio 100 projects including their prequel to this show, the acclaimed 14-18 staged in 2014. For this they used a laser guided control system to move a single seating tribune up and down the venue in Mechelen.
This time the requirement was far more complex as Hans Willems, CEO of WIcreations, explains. The mission was project managed on site by WI’s Maarten Smits and Tim Lerat.
The tribunes move together or individually throughout the venue in every direction and on every axis, sometimes with as little as 20cm between them.

 
iris-net-01-wDynacord IPX Series amplifiers now shipping
Friday, 26 October 2018

Europe - Presented to the market earlier this year, Dynacord’s IPX multi-channel DSP amplifiers are now shipping. Incorporating Dante and OCA (AES70) audio networking technology, the amplifiers are accompanied by the 4.0 release of IRIS-Net software for system configuration, remote control and supervision as well as the ability to create customised graphical user interfaces with individual user access permissions.
Engineered and made in Germany, the IPX Series comprises three 4-channel and one 8-channel amplifier model, offering a power density of 5 kW, 10 kW and even 20 kW from a single amplifier with all channels driven. Designed from the ground up for outstanding audio performance, integration flexibility and reliability, IPX Series amplifiers cover a wide range of demanding sound system installations from concert halls, art centres, theatres and houses of worship to distributed systems in stadiums and entertainment facilities.
IPX series amplifiers feature eight Dante audio inputs in addition to their analogue inputs. In combination with native network redundancy and configurable input fail-over and fallback configuration, this feature represents a new level of system redundancy.
The full potential of the DSP-controlled amplifiers is unleashed with the IRIS-Net 4.0 software. It facilitates the creation of fully customisable graphical user interfaces with user access privileges for different user levels - an important feature to control even the most complex sound systems.
Combining pro sound and public address functions into a common sy

 
 
adamson-gbichurch-oct18-hrAdamson upgrade at GBI Aruna in Indonesia
Friday, 26 October 2018

Indonesia - Bandung’s GBI Aruna Church recently invested in a new audio system built around the IS-Series from Adamson Systems Engineering for a flagship 1,600-capacity venue.
The church welcomes over 16,000 weekly congregants across its 15 campuses. Built in 2007, GBI Aruna has enjoyed significant growth over the years and its pastoral team made the decision to upgrade its house audio system for the second time in mid-2018.
The church invited representatives from three loudspeaker manufacturers to demo their systems in the main sanctuary. After extensive evaluations, the IS-Series system comprised of IS7 two-way, full-range cabinets and IS118 and E218 subwoofers showcased by Big Knob Audio, Adamson’s Indonesian distributor, was chosen for the project.
“The Adamson IS7 is so lightweight and compact, it’s amazing to experience such powerful sound coming from the system,” says Marshall Pins, GBI Aruna’s senior sound engineer. “Not only that, it provides very consistent tonality from front to back. We worked with Big Knob on the design using Adamson’s Blueprint AV software, which was very helpful in fine-tuning the system to achieve the even coverage throughout the seating area that we were looking for. It is such a joy to mix on this system.”
The left-right solution employs arrays of eight IS7 cabinets below one IS118 subwoofer per side. An additional complement of four E218 subwoofers are ground-stacked in front of the stage for extra low-end reinforcement, and a pair of IS7 cabinets are deployed at the lip of the stage as fr

 
jungle-queen4Harman solution for Florida’s Jungle Queen
Friday, 26 October 2018

USA - TM Sound & Lighting recently updated Florida’s Jungle Queen cruise ship with a complete Harman audio solution provided by Kor Media & Lighting to provide a premium live entertainment experience for guests.
Since 1935, more than 18m visitors have embarked on Fort Lauderdale’s Jungle Queen riverboat cruise and dinner attraction for an afternoon and evening of sailing and sightseeing through the ‘Venice of America’ to a luxury private island, where guests are treated to America’s longest-running variety show.
The show features performances by jugglers and stand-up comics, and a live performance of classic songs by a live band. In order to provide premium sound quality with clarity and presence for such a wide range of performances, Jungle Queen hired TM Sound & Lighting to replace their aging sound system with a sound reinforcement solution from Harman Professional Solutions.
“It’s a privilege to supply a sound system for an attraction as famous and historic as Jungle Queen’s sightseeing cruise and dinner show,” says Thomas Mannino, president of TM Sound & Lighting. “Jungle Queen’s previous sound system lacked convincing stage presence and the speaker placement wasn’t strategic. The new HARMAN sound system, which delivers the kind of coverage and stage presence needed to provide audiences with an impactful entertainment experience. The owners are extremely happy.”
The variety show performances take place on Jungle Queen’s outdoor stage. Mannino’s team outfitted Jungle Queen’s outdoor stage wi

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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