UK - Blending technology with creative direction, London-based Bild Studios specialises in visual engineering and creative design for live productions. Founded by live industry veterans Rowan Pitts and David Bajt, Bild now has a 14-strong team that has decades of experience working on some of the world’s largest video installations.
After a successful pilot in summer 2020, Bild ventured into a new territory of film and TV by introducing its MARS Volume virtual production facility. Powered by Brompton Technology Tessera LED processing and featuring an AOTO LED volume, the facility is dedicated to technical precision and has been serving up the infinite creativity of VP technology to companies of all sizes and budgets with the aim to service the widest range of projects
“Traditionally a live events company, Bild Studios worked mainly in media service, specifying content workflows and designing systems for large-scale opening ceremonies, concerts, corporate events and broadcasts,” says Pitts. “MARS Volume is essentially a sub-brand of Bild Studios and was specifically created to make virtual production as accessible as possible.
One of the biggest blockers for productions right now is the cost associated with virtual production shoots. Because MARS is permanently set up and has a dedicated in-house team, we have been able to make it much more cost-effective meaning it’s relevant to a broad range of projects.
“MARS is utilising quality LED panels by AOTO and industry ‘gold’ standard Brompton Tessera LED processing which when partne
Finland - Akukon is a leading specialist in acoustics, noise abatement and audio-visual design services in Finland and the Baltics. Their aim is to create better living conditions by protecting people from environmental noise and promoting the safety and operability of facilities, as well as their visual appearance
In late 2021 the company opened a pioneering new facility – the Akukon DemoLab – which is a tool for modelling and listening to acoustics and noise in spaces prior to their construction. The room is equipped throughout with Genelec 4430 Smart IP loudspeakers supplemented by a pair of 7350 Smart Active subwoofers.
“Acoustic design is an essential part of modern construction and environmental projects,” says Akukon acoustician and project manager Perttu Laukkanen. “Akukon’s DemoLab takes acoustic design to the next level.” Laukkanen explains that the DemoLab was designed to enable auralisation, a technique by which a virtual sound environment can be reproduced with multiple loudspeakers to provide a realistic impression of the acoustics or noise environment of a space.
“For example, DemoLab allows us to compare the effects of different levels of sound insulation between rooms, understand the effect of room acoustical design in a certain space, or set a design target for, say, train noise ingress for residential or office buildings,” he says. “Trying to explain these differences using numeric values of decibels and hertz is extremely difficult. However, when customers can actually hear the difference for themselves, it su
USA - For most, the name Woodstock brings to mind New York’s famed 1969 rock music festival, or perhaps Snoopy’s feathered friend from Peanuts. But Atlantans will tell you that Woodstock is a city 30 miles north of downtown ATL, and that one of the longstanding beacons of that community is First Baptist Church Woodstock (FBCW), whose history traces back 185 years to 1837 when it was founded as Enon Church.
In 1986, when former Southern Baptist Convention president Johnny M. Hunt joined the church as senior pastor, FBCW truly flourished, leading to the 2005 construction of a 7,200-seat worship centre to accommodate its booming congregation of more than 20,000 members. Seventeen years later, the church has taken another major step forward by becoming the site of the world’s largest permanent installation of L-Acoustics L-ISA immersive sound technology.
Technology solutions provider Diversified was brought into the project nearly two years ago to provide the church with an AVL upgrade for its in-person Worship Centre experience. “We were asked to help them reimagine a venue that would feel equally intentional for both of those very different services,” recalls Tim Corder, Diversified director of strategic accounts, worship and performance environments. “After spending several days with the church’s creative team in an intense ideation session, we imagined a system anchored on the in-room experience that would have the ability to transition very quickly within a 15-minute turnaround from one service to the next.”
From the onset, the Dive
Europe - Music is the Weapon selected DPA Microphones to capture the sounds necessary to bring its new multimedia installation to life. Described as a live, innovative art concept, the project, known as Set Sound to… is a comprehensive recording of large- and small-scale public performances with interactive installations, music and live singing.
The artistic vision of Danish sound artist, singer, composer and performer Gudrun Holck and visual and performance artist Eva Vēvere from Latvia, these events are said to “create a platform for deeper experience and reflection about connection and continuity in the contemporary world”. As the duo incorporates visual storytelling, site exploration, sound, vocalization and performance for the format, the equipment they use is critical.
The first of the pair’s creative residencies in 2020, Set Sound to Can Lis, was held at famed Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s house in Mallorca, Spain. This was crafted into a film and art installation, complete with a video and soundtrack. The film premiered in Riga, Latvia in 2021, for a one-month exhibition at a castle on a river, where viewers were invited to co-create intuitive singing during an ‘artist talk’. The film is currently appearing in international film festivals.
The duo relied on a collection of DPA mics to capture a large archive of recordings at Utzon’s house. “We had the opportunity to work with DPA microphones [at Can Lis], the best surround, vocal and head-worn devices,” the duo was quoted as saying. “The mics gave the w
Australia - The University of Western Australia (UWA) recently partnered with 3D Audio Visual and Harman Professional Solutions to outfit its new Ezone UWA Student Hub facility with a full array of networked audio solutions.
Located on University of Western Australia’s Perth campus, Ezone is a new learning space dedicated to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). To transform the way these fields are taught, UWA developed the space to be a world-class education hub that allows students, alumni, and industry experts to participate in a variety of conferences, panels, seminars, lectures and question-answer sessions.
UWA required AV systems to support a wide range of activities and events and hired 3D Audio Visual to design and install complete Harman networked AV systems using solutions by JBL, AMX, BSS and more.
“We wanted a hi-tech space that incorporated spaces for conferences, theatre and collaboration across the Ezone - to connect the engineering rooms that students used for group study and research, and to create this unique space for students and teachers to collaborate and learn,” said Clifton Newton, audio visual manager, University of Western Australia. We are delighted with the Harman system provided by 3D Audio Visual. The entire system offers great flexibility for the future, if and when we decide to expand. 3D Audio Visual has created comfortable study areas for the students, which is increasingly important following the COVID-19 pandemic.”
3D Audio Visual installed JBL Control 65P/T/BL pend
USA - In the heart of a thriving section of Birmingham, Alabama, stands the Birmingham/Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) located in the Uptown Entertainment District.
The multi-use complex boasts 220,000sq.ft of flexible space which serves as a conference and entertainment destination for the city. The complex includes a 3,000-seat concert hall, two theatres: one 1,000-seat, and one 274-seat. The largest venue, Legacy Arena with 19,000 seats, has recently undergone a complete audio system overhaul.
Originally build back in 1976, Legacy Arena may be the most impressive renovation of the $300m expansion of the Birmingham/Jefferson Convention Complex, which began in 2018. Some of music’s biggest names performed at the arena - from Bob Dylan to Garth Brooks, Luciano Pavarotti to Prince, Led Zeppelin to Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Grateful Dead to Taylor Swift, Jay-Z to ZZ Top. It has hosted major sporting events as well and attractions from tractor pulls to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It is now the chosen venue for the Birmingham Squadron, DanceSport and Gymnastics events for the 2022 World Games.
When Populous, the project architects for the BJCC renovation, required audio design services they brought in consultants Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, Williams (WJHW) from Carrollton, Texas. Specialising in sound and video for many of the largest stadiums and arenas nationwide, WJHW senior consultant, Guillermo Wabi and his team were brought in to address the challenges and requirements for the arena and design a robust audio system for the
UK - Polar has announced a new relationship with Philippines-based Music Tribe (formerly Music Group), which will see the UK company take responsibility for the distribution of Midas, Klark Teknik, Lab Gruppen, Lake, Turbosound and Tannoy in the UK.
The partnership will provide collaborative opportunities to realise co-innovation of new products, co-marketing related to training and education, as well as strong supply chain integration to ensure products are always in stock and readily available, says a statement.
John Midgley, managing director at Polar, comments: “Polar has long been associated with the pro-audio industry, both in terms of the rental and installation sectors, so we’re delighted and very proud to become a super partner of Music Tribe. We’re very excited to be re-introducing the distribution of these truly iconic brands to U.K. customers.”
Pete Sadler, Music Tribe’s customer solutions leader, adds: “We are very proud to have Polar join our super partner family. Both Music Tribe and Polar are extremely passionate about serving our enterprise customers. This strategic relationship will now open the door for deep integration and collaboration - all for the benefit of the customers we love to serve.”
USA - Shure has introduced the MXA920 Ceiling Array Microphone. With Automatic Coverage technology, MXA920 provides pre-configured audio capture with minimal set up required, dramatically reducing the time and cost of deployments for integrators. The MXA920 also employs Next Generation Array Architecture for enhanced directional pick-up and more natural speech.
Plus, the onboard IntelliMix DSP delivers ‘noise and echo-free performance as well as unprecedented audio clarity and intelligibility’ for AV conferencing across room types - executive boardrooms, higher education hybrid classrooms, corporate and government meeting spaces. Two form factors (Square and Round) support design integration into even the most sophisticated facilities and meeting spaces.
“AV conferencing is only as good as the quality of participants’ audio,” comments Doug Daube, director of microphone systems at Shure. “Now more than ever, we’re seeing our customers require solutions that capture the voice naturally, fitting beautifully into a room’s aesthetic, and making it effortless to connect participants - no matter where they are. These modern and evolving demands are met by the MXA920, ensuring easy deployment and unmatched voice capture.”
“Our experience with the MXA920 has been overwhelmingly positive,” shared Mark Lorenson, technology leader in commercial AV sales at Intereum. “Testing the MXA920 in our facilities, it is evident that the Next Generation Array Architecture greatly enhances the directional capabilities of the microphone, eliminating
USA - For the Gobi Stage at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, sound equipment provider Rat Sound Systems relied on Harman Professional audio solutions to deliver the sound.
This year, the festival occurred over two weekends and brought approximately 250,000 people to the Empire Polo Club in the Coachella Valley. This year also marked the festival’s return after a two-year hiatus, with a line-up including Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd as headliners.
The mid-size Gobi stage hosted a diverse bill of artists including electro-pop singer Rina Sawayama, alt-jazz combo BADBADNOTGOOD and masked country star Orville Peck among many others. To best accommodate a variety of genres and give the audience an immersive experience uninhibited by noise from the other festival stages, the Rat Sound team implemented a rig featuring JBL Professional VTX Series speakers and Crown VRack Series amplifiers.
“There are a lot of artists on the Gobi stage with a lot of dynamic and unique sounds,” says Kyle Pace, project manager, Rat Sound. “The main challenge at this stage is the tent structure and sound slapping from the back structures out in the field and sides of the tent. The JBL engineers came in and listened to the requests of what we were trying to accomplish. Using their smaller-degree boxes on top and the wides on bottom definitely helped minimise slap-back from the rear structures and sides of the tent. The JBL system did a phenomenal job at projecting a clear and accurate representation of what
South Korea - In a city filled with thousands of houses of worship, Somang Presbyterian Church still stands above the rest as one of the most respected churches in Seoul.
Located in the heart of the fashionable Gangnam district, the church has been made famous by its long history, stretching back over more than 40 years, as well as its progressive use of technology in worship services. The most recent example - a top to bottom reinvention of its second sanctuary - has proven no less influential, drawing the attention of congregants and sound engineers alike.
Used primarily for wedding services and by the church’s youth group, Somang’s second sanctuary would feel like a main auditorium elsewhere. Yet for Jung Hak Kim and Seokwoo Choi of Star Networks, the space presented a number of challenges, including high reverberation that had made the previous audio system sound muddy.
“The old system had a lack of intelligibility which we needed to solve,” explains Jung Hak Kim. “Plus, the interior of the sanctuary has been completely renewed. We needed to ensure that the new system was unobtrusive and didn’t block the audience’s view of the new LED screen at the rear of the stage.”
He continues: “Like most churches, they didn’t want us to put subwoofers on the floor, mainly because of appearance, so I wanted to find an acoustically ideal position to provide even low-end coverage. We also had to eliminate the need for front-fills. Finally, we had to be careful to secure maximum gain before feedback – the pastor’s podium was moved
Albania - A combination of a Martin Audio CDD system and a BlacklineX has been designated for sound reinforcement in the multi-purpose auditorium at the new Embassy of Peace for the Balkans in the Albanian capital of Tirana.
Located near the Tirana National Park, the building serves as the new headquarters for the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification and the Women Federation for World Peace in Albania. The location was designated after Tirana hosted the Southeast European Peace Summit in November 2019, organised under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Albania, in conjunction with Family Federation and Universal Peace Federation, where over 400 VIPs from 55 countries participated.
Conceived as a ‘House of Peace’, designed to serve the Balkans, this new building has undergone a sculptural process of cuts and clefts to give it a contemporary and dynamic appearance. These features include a large panoramic roof terrace, as well as an impressive main entrance to the building. Other distinctive features allow for the entry of natural light into the underground floor, which is used for offices and conference rooms.
With a capacity of up to 250 people, the main auditorium - featuring the Martin Audio sound reinforcement - is geared up for a wide variety of events, from high-level conferences, banquets, shows, concerts, live music performances, broadcasting events and others.
Elegantly designed with bespoke wooden acoustic wall panels, high-capacity noiseless ventilation, acoustic flooring and a distinctive lighting package, th
USA - For more than two decades, huge crowds have gathered at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami at the tail end of March for Ultra Music Festival, a massive three-day party with EDM artists providing the live playlist.
As the culmination of the annual Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week, the festival has long flown L-Acoustics loudspeakers on a number of its stages. But this year marked the first time Unreal-Systems/AgorÀ USA was tasked with providing audio for the Main Stage, and the company deployed an appropriate K1-based rig to keep the nightly crowd of 55,000 dancing.
“This is my 20th year of doing this festival as its audio provider, so that's kind of a milestone,” opens Unreal-Systems/AgorÀ USA ‘captain’ Andre Serafini, nodding to his history as the former owner and president of Beachsound. “We've always had L-Acoustics on several of the stages, including the Live Stage and Worldwide Stage, but this was the first year to have an L-Acoustics system on the Main Stage, and K1 delivered excellent results.”
Hosting performances by such well-known names as Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Illenium, Kygo, Marin Garrix, and Tiësto, this year’s Main Stage sported left and right main arrays of 16 K1 enclosures over four K2 downs, each backed by eight flown K1-SB subs, and adjacent out-fill arrays comprised a dozen K2 per side.
Anchoring the substantial low-end that is a hallmark of the EDM genre was a line of 48 KS28 subs spanning the face of the stage, while four additional K2 spaced out on top of the s
USA - Broadway’s bold and original new musical, Flying Over Sunset at the Broadway Theatre, has been ground-breaking not only for its left-field storyline of a fictional meeting between Aldous Huxley, Clare Boothe Luce and Cary Grant all dropping LSD. Written and directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Lapine, with a score written by Tom Kitt - Pulitzer Prize, Emmy and Tony Award winner - and Tony nominee Michael Korie, the scenic visualisations in this unusual staging are supported by TiMax TrackerD4 to track the performers not with audio as is often the case, but with video projection, and for the first time on Broadway.
The consistency and versatility of award-winning TiMax TrackerD4 precision stage tracking is well acknowledged, and its status as de facto tracking system for other spatial audio engines beyond TiMax SoundHub is well earned. Packing flexible OSC protocol communication capabilities to ensure compatibility with most contemporary audio and media platforms, TiMax TrackerD4 was always destined for a wider stage.
In Flying Over Sunset, TiMax TrackerD4 was in place to manage a series of visuals including a moving effect that centred on each actors’ positions, following them as they walked through turbulent water projected on the stage. Technical director Chris Kurtz maintains, “The accuracy of TiMax TrackerD4 running at 50 frames per second (fps) allowed the effect to be creatively possible. Trying to time that movement would have been extremely difficult and TiMax alleviated the need for more complex line of
Spain - Accenta Music & P.O.S will feature Kiosk IQ at ISE 2022 and will offer all visitors to stand 6K430 the chance to experience the innovative, cloud-based tool directly and at first hand over all four days.
Kiosk IQ unifies, monitors, controls and analyses digital signage systems independent of location and in real time. To optimize all devices, display, environment and player data is communicated to a cloud-based dashboard and documented.
“For 24/7 monitoring, cloud alert rules with escalation management and notifications via e-mail or SMS alert users immediately and allow them to respond to immediate problems before they escalate,” explains Jessica Kalla, managing director of Accenta. “Through the remote diagnosis of all devices, the service representative knows why a screen is black before customers even notice it. The display and player can be restarted or adjusted via remote control, without the need for an unscheduled on-site visit. This can save more than 50% of regularly incurred service costs.”
The small Kiosk IQ box can be retrofitted into existing installations. The intelligence level of KIOSK IQ can be individually determined. “The user compiles their own variable dashboard using widgets that are relevant to them – whether climate data and status notifications for displays or the memory utilisation of players. Location and clusters can also be filtered, for example by alarm status or postcode,” says Kalla.
Accenta will also be bringing its current bestseller to the fair: the Slimline Poster - a slim displa
USA - Vitec was presented with a 2022 Technology & Engineering Emmy Award in the Management of IP Multicast Video Distribution to Desktops and TVs in News & Media Production Facilities category for its EZ TV IPTV Platform and its significant impact on users in the television space.
The 73rd annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards ceremony was held in Las Vegas in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), coinciding with the NAB 2022 media and technology convention.
“Vitec’s EZ TV Platform engineering team contributions have established us as the world’s top solution provider for IPTV distribution for news and media facilities,” comments Eli Garten, Vitec’s SVP product & customer success. “Continued engineering and innovation are at the core of everything we do at Vitec, so I’m thrilled for our talented team that they have been recognized with this prestigious Emmy award. I would like to thank them for their ongoing efforts in providing gold-standard solutions in this space and responding to global broadcast marketplace challenges.”
Vitec’s comprehensive solution for management and distribution of live and on-demand IPTV content is used in broadcast centres, news & media companies, and local TV stations worldwide. It provides network-efficient, real-time distribution of in-house feeds, satellite, and cable TV content on private and public networks.
USA - Basesix Systems outfitted the recently opened Bellyard Hotel with JBL Professional loudspeakers and AMX networked AV systems to deliver quality sound and video content via an easy-to-use system.
Located in Atlanta’s historic West Midtown stockyards, the Bellyard Hotel by Marriott is the cornerstone of The Interlock, the city’s newest destination for high-end shopping and culture. During construction, the hotel’s leadership required guidance regarding the most suitable AV systems in the lobby, bar, conference rooms and outdoor section. To meet the hotel’s modern design and commitment to quality, Basesix Systems installed solutions by JBL Professional and AMX.
“The design was probably 80% complete, but there were several question marks,” said Dan Ford, systems director of AV, Basesix Systems. “The consultants looked for our guidance to fill in the blanks: In this conference room, what size should the displays be? Can we put outdoor speakers or displays in this particular area? If there’s none currently in the design, how does that impact the system? We have used Harman on very similar projects that we've done in the past, so we knew it was a good fit when we started working on the project.”
To distribute clear sound throughout the facility, the Basesix team installed a background music system that controls levels and processing for all communal areas from a central location. While the original design called for a non-JBL Professional brand speaker, Basesix instead recommended JBL Control Series speakers to take advantage of t
South Africa - Prosound has been helping South Africa’s live music industry get back on its feet after the COVID lockdowns by supporting up and coming artists return to the stage. The latest example of this came with Julanie J’s four date tour of the Western Cape where Prosound was the PA sponsor.
To support the tour, Prosound provided Stage-Tech managing director JP Chetty with a Meyer Sound solution that would have the versatility to cover the four different venues while also being robust enough to handle four back-to-back performances.
“Not a lot of people in South Africa tour with Meyer, but it is robust, I know first-hand that this PA does really well on tour,” explains JP, who served as audio and tech engineer for the tour. “We took the PA out and did four shows in four days and there was not a single issue with it. We worked very different venues from rooms of 100-200 people to outside, which Meyer has not been associated with traditionally in South Africa, but it worked well for every setting. It’s exactly the same sound, it just gets bigger.”
The tour stopped off at the Jamrock Theatre in Brackenfell, Klienmond Central Café, Die Bordienghuis Theatre in Wellington and Sumsare Wyn Plaas in Robertson. For each venue JP used a pair of Meyer Sound Ultra X 40 tops with low end reinforcement from a pair of the American manufacturer’s 750 LFC subs. “The nice thing about it is that it wasn’t massive rooms so the PA became immersive,” reflects JP. “You’re sitting in the room, you close your eyes and it’s like you’ve go
USA - Understanding that sound is the main motivator of any club, Photo City Music Hall looked to local power amp specialist Ashly Audio to provide a powerful, flexible solution to the venue’s needs. After ‘an overwhelmingly positive response’ to the recent installation of Ashly Audio’s amplifiers, Photo City Music Hall is ready to host larger, and louder, shows.
What began as a small venue has grown to be a Rochester staple. Photo City Music Hall originally opened in 2016 with owner Daniel Nielsen living in the green room for the first year and a half while growing the space. In the beginning most of the shows were punk or metal bands as well as comedy and burlesque shows.
However, during COVID, the venue rebranded and increased capacity to 500. This allowed them to focus more on music with 95% of shows being music related and EDM being a more popular genre. Most importantly, Photo City Music Hall is a community space that hosts benefit shows for organisations such as the local Leukemia Society as well as the LGBT community with their Pride Fest club pass.
“From when I started working with Photo City, there was always a vision to have it grow to what it is today. I’ve always been a fan of the sound quality of Ashly Audio’s equipment, especially their compressor and limiter algorithm, so they were a clear choice for this project,” states Justin Wyman, designer and installer, JWI Audio. “The artists that play at Photo City need power - from punk and rock’n’roll to EDM, burlesque and metal - the equipment used needs to have ama
Indonesia - Since opening in late-February, luxury supper club Black Owl has taken PIK Golf Island in Northern Jakarta by storm with its high-end dining and entertainment experience. At the heart of its music-focused offering is an impressive Funktion-One sound system from PT. Electro Audio Engineering.
Owned and operated by Murino Berjaya Indonesia, the 1,000sq.m space has been designed to give guests uninterrupted views of the stage from anywhere in the venue. The performance area and its captivating LED backdrop are the focal point of the main room, where the entertainment programme combines a mix of live music and DJ performances.
PT. Electro Audio Engineering's Linson Sugianto explains: “We had installed a different brand system for the group around four or five years ago, when they were still at a smaller venue in Jakarta. When they grew, they wanted something that would sound simply amazing and would make them the top lounge/nightclub destination in Jakarta and Indonesia in general. So, we recommended Funktion-One and they were very, very impressed.”
Black Owl’s sound system features two pairs Funktion-One Evo 6E with Evo 6EL mid/bass reinforcement, flown stage left and right. The Evo 6EL supplements the Evo 6E cabinets to provide additional mid bass headroom, which is especially useful for flown installations. A row of four Funktion-One F221 bass enclosures deliver punchy and involving low end from stage front and Funktion-One F1201s and BR118s provide coverage in the peripheries.
Sugianto says: “The system sounds big and powe
Europe - Prolight + Sound 2022 attracted 20,000 visitors from 93 countries, according to the organisers.
After a break of two years, the Frankfurt event brought together companies and professionals from all segments of the industry. Wolfgang Marzin, president and chief executive officer of Messe Frankfurt, reflects: “By all pulling together, we have achieved something that, at the beginning of the year, many people thought would be impossible: the companies and associations of the event and media technology sector joined forces with us to show once again how much life and positive energy is to be found in this industry.”
“We are delighted we have succeeded with Prolight + Sound in triggering this important restart and that we can once again all come together with no restrictions. Both exhibitors and visitors were hungry for spontaneous meetings,” adds Linda Residovic, managing director of the German Media and Event Technology Association, VPLT. “The high quality of the fair is also reflected by the sales figures reported by our members. In other words, the fair is the ideal starting place to recapture the all-important trust in our industry for the future.”
Prolight + Sound 2022 was underpinned by the organisers’ commitment to a greener future for the event industry, and new products at the show included technologies boasting a high level of energy efficiency; solutions for reducing logistical difficulties, and products made of environmentally friendly materials. At the première of the Green Event Day, a programme of lectures revolvi
Europe - Austrian Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology have introduced two new microphones, optimised for use on instruments: the OD5, an active-dynamic microphone, and the OC7, a true condenser microphone.
Both mics are handmade in Vienna and subjected to the strictest quality assurance processes. The OC7 features the OCC7 small diaphragm capsule, also handmade in Vienna.
Most noticeable feature is the ‘swivel joint’ mechanism. Musicians and sound techs are familiar with the problem of microphone stands that are screwed on too tightly and can hardly be reached in the forest of stands on stage. Once you finally get them loose, they lose their position completely - making fine adjustments to microphone angles by a few degrees difficult.
Austrian Audio's engineers have developed a swivel system for the microphone basket that allows a 220° rotation of the field. The microphone can be very easily aligned precisely to the sound source or according to personal sound preferences without having to awkwardly adjust or loosen the microphone stand; frustrations such as microphones falling off or fingers pinched on the stand are now a thing of the past.
Precise directionality is a prerequisite for the targeted alignment of a microphone. The OC7 and the OD5 use Austrian Audio's well-known Open Acoustics technology: the ‘linear cardioid’ polar pattern captures sound not only from the front, but also from the rear or side, perfectly and undistorted. This ensures that even the, sometimes unavoidable, crosstalk from other instruments sounds good
Spain - At Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), LED processor manufacturer, Brompton Technology, will be demonstrating the rapid advancements it has made in LED processing technology since its last appearance at the show in 2019.
Brompton’s newly designed stand will include an LED screen dedicated to High Dynamic Range (HDR) and accurate colour reproduction, a centrally positioned LED display demonstrating the company’s latest software developments, along with a product display area and private meeting space.
With the increasing uptake of Virtual Production by multiple sectors of the industry including product launches, and corporate and live streamed events, the features in Brompton’s Tessera software, which offer an ever-increasing level of control, including a wide gamut of colour and image controls that allow users to correct and optimise the image on the screen, are becoming an essential component in the process.
Brompton HDR, along with its enabling technology Dynamic Calibration and Hydra, an all-in-one industrial solution that incorporates all the measurement instruments and processing required for panel measurements to enable Dynamic Calibration, will also be on display.
Tessera v3.2 already added ShutterSync, Frame Remapping, and 3D LUT Import, with Pomfort Livegrade and Assimilate integration. Visitors to the stand will now be able to experience the capabilities of Brompton’s latest updates, Tessera v3.3 software, which includes massive enhancements to virtual production workflows such as PureTone, Operating Modes, on-screen t
Germany - Atrax, a mixing and mastering studio specialising in hip-hop and urban pop music, has been rebuilt using Van Damme Blue Series 8 core cables.
Based in Germany, Atrax now offers a modern workflow for customers all over the world.
For over 10 years, the studio has been helping artists to take their music to a new level. Whether it's mixing, mastering, recording or the entire production, it works with both newcomers and established artists, helping them get the perfect sound.
Thomas Merth, owner and CEO, Atrax Studios, comments: “We specialise in hip hop and urban pop and our customers expect quality at the highest level. I came to know and love Van Damme cables on many of the studio installations I have managed in the past. So it was easy to decide which cables to use for this rebuild. They’re absolutely reliable, the highest quality and have great handling."
Herpreet Kaur Singh, commercial director at VDC Trading says: “It’s lovely to hear stories like this and we strive to make every one of our customers as happy as Thomas. It’s been a pleasure working with Andre and Christian at Audiosteps to make this studio refurbishment a reality.”
UK - Treehouse London occupies the site of the former Saint Georges hotel on Langham Place, boasting some of the best views of any London hotel. Combined with a playful aesthetic, a determinedly sustainable ethic and some excellent food and drink options, Treehouse London offers one of the capital’s most surprising and joyful hospitality experiences.
Inaugurated on 31 October 2019, the hotel was rapidly forced to close its doors again in the face of the pandemic; 18 months later as the world makes a cautious return to normality, Treehouse London is welcoming guests once more to experience its hospitality. Specialist AV integrators Promotiontime NE were called in to design and specify the AV systems across the bar and restaurant areas that occupy the entirety of the 15th and 16th floors. KV2 was deemed the ideal choice.
Brian Graham, owner and MD of Promotiontime NE, explains that they were tasked with providing a sound system that could deliver exceptional audio both as a background music system for daytime use, yet would perform equally well as a night time system when the DJ arrived to ‘party up’ the atmosphere. “As part of the decision process we visited other similar KV2 installations with Treehouse London’s MD Ayo Akinsete and his team so they could listen to the products we were proposing,” says Graham.
“Usually, most of our client demonstrations tend to focus on how hard the products can be driven whilst still maintaining impeccable audio integrity - in other words, how loud can you go - but Ayo and his team were just as focused