Audio News

audio-technica-jack-spennAudio-Technica grows business development team
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

UK - Audio-Technica has announced the appointment of Jack Spenn to the role of business development manager for the south of England. Based in Bristol, Spenn’s portfolio comprises Audio-Technica and its distributed brands (Allen & Heath, Optimal Audio, Audio Pro Business and Artnovion) in the UK.
Spenn brings considerable experience within the audio installation industry to the position, having studied acoustics at Salford University before working for Masons Sound, GVAV and most recently Enlightened in Bristol. His hands-on knowledge of AV and sound system design, installation and optimisation in live music venues, hospitlity, education and HOW means Spenn is well-positioned to service and support customers across market segments.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing to build the great brands under the Audio-Technica umbrella in the UK,” says Spenn. “The fact that Audio-Technica provides the full signal chain from microphone through mixing technology to speaker puts us in a great position to offer comprehensive, integrated solutions. I’ve loved being involved in such a creative, dynamic industry on the “other side” as a designer and engineer and I’m excited to be able to work with customers on projects in the coming months.”
Gary Maguire, commercial director, Audio-Technica EMEA added, “for many years we have worked with Jack on projects with our brand solutions. We are very pleased to now have him on board with Audio-Technica and look forward to developing business with our southern based integrators.”

m-750dleftHH launches M-Series amplifiers
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

UK - HH Electronics has announced the launch of its M-Series high power, 2U rack amplifiers. The series is designed to provide maximum performance for demanding applications everywhere from bars, restaurants and clubs, to houses of worship, live music and education settings.
There are three models available. The M-750D, M-1500D and M-2600D all draw on HH’s five decades of pioneering heritage in the field of amplifier design and development. Designed and engineered in the UK the series boasts high quality, heavy duty toroidal power supply, robust chassis, reliable linear power stage, and comprehensive protection system.

 
 
dpalorde1DPA powers sound for Lorde’s Solar Power Tour
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

USA - Since her first Grammy Awards performance, Lorde has entrusted FOH mixing engineer Philip J. Harvey for her live audio needs. Currently, Harvey is wrapping up his work for the singer’s Solar Power 2022 Tour across the US, where a high-quality, comfortable and accurate audio solution was of utmost importance.
Pulling from his experience as a self-taught audio tech working in clubs and on the road with bands such as Medeski Martin & Wood, Mumford and Sons and My Bloody Valentine, as well as Jack White’s The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and Dead Weather, Harvey knew what brand would check all the boxes. He worked with audio provider Clair Global to select a number of instrument and vocal mics from DPA Microphones.
“With the recent addition of the new 4055 Kick Drum Microphone, the entire drum set is DPA,” Harvey explains. “We also have a 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid on the snare top and 4099 CORE Extreme SPL on snare bottom, hi-hats, toms and under heads. On the conga and quinto, we have the 4099 loud SPL. Lorde herself, Ella, is on a d:facto 4018VL Vocal Microphone in silver nickel, then we also have five backing vocalists, and they’re all using 4488 CORE Headset Microphones. We started with 4488s from DPA after experimenting with 4088 Directional Headsets through Clair Global. As soon as everybody put them on, we were blown away with how comfortable they were. You can also really get that articulated boom in the perfect place.”
DPA has been entrusted by Harvey for Lorde’s live performances since 2017. “I love how natura

 
jazzDWR sponsors Jo’burg’s jazz festival
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

South Africa - Jazz as Heritage was the theme of this year’s jazz festival held in Johannesburg in partnership with UJ Arts & Culture, The Wits School of Arts’ Cultural Policy and Management and The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts on 2 and 3 September. DWR Distribution was a sponsor of the event which was hosted at UJ and featured a line-up including old-school jazz and diga dancers to performances by Zoë Modiga, Abbey Cindi and Muneyi, workshops and a panel discussion.
“The jazz at UJ concert is a biennial event,” explains Thato Maroga, production manager at UJ Arts & Culture. “We are inspired by the reality that jazz music is a multi-generational cultural experience. Here people from all walks of life and cultural and racial backgrounds can gather in one space and enjoy it. This year’s programme was truly a representation of the vast jazz scene in South Africa from old-school Malombo to new-age jazz sounds, all on one stage. Having sponsors such as DWR and other partners validates the shared value of the arts and live performances.”
DWR assisted with lighting, audio and backline. Stuart Andrews, projects and operations manager at DWR explains, “We showcased DiGiCo, Audix microphones and Robe lighting and brought in one of our rental company clients, Remember Chaitezvi, to support us with backline equipment and technical back-up. DWR also supplied onsite professional support.”
The lighting equipment included Robe T1 Profiles, Robe LEDBeam 350 washes and Robe Tarrantula and UJ added their i

 
 
timaxGrand opera spatialised by TiMax and Amadeus
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Austria - Oper Im Steinbruch, the annual opera event set in the Roman Quarry ampitheatre of St Margarethen, has become a summer staple, with production values as big as the stage itself: At 80m wide and 30m deep, it is Europe’s largest outdoor stage. Event sound designer Volker Werner relies on the object-based spatialisation of TiMax SoundHub to ensure the classical opera narratives, such as this year’s Nabucco by Verdi, are simple to follow for the 4700-capacity audiences.
As remarkable as the size and scale of stage and event, is that each year since inception in 2017 the speaker positions are integrated into the main stage scenery. A total of 98 loudspeakers occupy 53 speaker positions on the main stage and these are spatially unified by a redundant system of two 64-channel TiMax SoundHub processors with Dante which handle the spatialisation and vocal localisation for the main stage.
Integrated into the system with TiMax is an Amadeus Active Audio system providing spatial acoustics on an extended 32-channel surround system.
Werner relies on TiMax year on year. “It allows us to easily create a flexible, high-channel count, directional acoustic reinforcement system using dynamically managed precedence,” he says. Out Board director Robin Whittaker was on hand during set up to assist with the TiMax TrackerD4 deployment and TiMax SoundHub setup and integration with Amadeus.
TiMax TrackerD4 precision stagetracking is also in place with 14 TTd4 Sensors to cover the vast and open-air stage. TrackerD4 automates the

 
nexoNexo reinforces Boisdale Music Awards 2022
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

UK - The recent Boisdale Music Awards provided a prestigious showcase for the restaurant group’s Canary Wharf venue in London’s Docklands.
Hosted by Boisdale Patron of Music Jools Holland, this event saw gongs awarded in 14 categories including a Lifetime Achievement Award for Black Sabbath guitarist and founding member Tony Iommi.
Performers on the night enjoyed the use of a newly installed Nexo sound system, a further example of Boisdale’s commitment to excellence in its nightly staging of live music performances.
“We’ve had nothing but positive comments from visiting artists and sound engineers since installing the Nexo system” says Boisdale commercial and marketing director Adam Priestley. “It’s important that performers and audience alike experience the very best live sound, and that’s exactly what they get with Nexo.”
Nexo L15 subs are flown with the main clusters of four Nexo Geo M620s, ensuring that every seat in the house at Boisdale Canary Wharf gets a great view of the stage as well as perfect sound coverage.
Nexo ID and ePS Series speakers deliver further coverage throughout the two-storey venue, with power and processing provided by a rack of 11 Dante-networked Nexo NXAMP4X2MK2 powered processors.
Presenting the award for Best Reggae Artist to guitarist, songwriter and producer Dennis Bovell was none other than Nexo’s own Andy Simmons. “It’s a great honour to present an award to a legend as Dennis, and a real pleasure to be at an event which celebrates such an exciting and diverse range of mus

 
 
Shure expands sustainability efforts
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

UK - As part of its overall sustainability initiatives, Shure is improving its packaging to be even more environmentally friendly. Packaging for new Shure products prioritises the use of recyclable and renewable materials.
New products will be packaged using 75 percent recyclable and/or renewable materials in 2023. In addition, the company is also improving packaging sustainability by:
Committing to source a greater portion of our paper and fibre-based packaging from suppliers that are certified by sustainable forestry organisations such as FSC, SFI and/or PEFC, with the intention to eliminate non-certified packaging by 2030.
Optimising packaging for efficient distribution and logistics (creating packaging that better fits onto pallets and shipping containers to maximise space, which reduces transportation fuel and emissions produced by excess shipments).
Ensuring that existing product packaging is using greener methods. For example, we are working to replace plastic inserts with molded pulp wherever possible.
Shure has continued to take several steps to increase its focus on sustainability in packaging, balancing the need to protect sensitive, high-performance electronic equipment being shipped worldwide with being more environmentally responsible.
The company recently joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and conducted an audit to assess sustainability of more than 1500 different packaging components. Shure has also implemented software solutions to help improve packaging design and distribution efficiency. Environmental im

 
david-henrypress-release-portraitbOptimal Audio appoints TMP Pro USA distributor
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

USA - UK manufacturer Optimal Audio has announced the appointment of TMP Pro as a distributor in the United States.
Optimal Audio, part of the Focusrite Group, manufactures a one-stop solution of control, amplification and loudspeakers for small to medium sized commercial installations, with a focus on supporting multi-zoned venues.
Based in Connecticut, TMP Pro is the pro audio, video, lighting, and pro accessories division of The Music People, an Exertis/Jam business which distributes more than 200 premium brands across the US. The company’s substantial distribution capacity is based on strong relationships with its brands, allied to a capacity to exceed expectations through the expertise of its certified specialists.
David Henry, national accounts manager, TMP Pro comments, “We are proud, honoured, and excited to offer our US dealers access to the Optimal Audio ecosystem. The engineers at Optimal have assembled an intuitive, powerful line up of devices with a clear focus on functionality, audio quality and simple control. It is an extremely attractive option for our clients.”
Lee Stein, VP sales, Optimal Audio, North America adds, “we are very pleased to partner with TMP Pro as our distributor for the United States. I have had experience of working with them over many years and know them to be very knowledgeable, highly professional, and closely attuned to the needs of their customers. They’re a great fit for Optimal Audio and are perfectly placed to deliver our user-friendly solutions to the US commercial audio market.”

 
 
winther-sound-solutionsMartin Audio names WSS distributor for Sweden
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Sweden - Martin Audio has announced the appointment of Winther Sound Solutions (WSS) as its new distributor for Sweden.
Although a young company, WSS already has an impressive track record with Martin Audio products having worked as a dealer for the last two years. During this time, they have transacted some impressive business deals, resulting in system deployment in some prestigious sites. One such venue is the recently upgraded Circus in Stockholm where an immersive audio system has brought this theatre arena into an all-Martin Audio domain, with the addition of CDD now supplementing their existing MLA array.
WSS is headed by Mattias Winther, Pontus Svensson and Mårten Ihre - a team with an impressive heritage in the Swedish market. According to Flemming Bjerke, Martin Audio’s sales manager for the Nordic region and Germany, they have more than proven themselves ready to take on the additional challenge of distribution responsibility and grow the full line of Martin Audio products in the territory.
“With the dedication of the WSS team I am looking forward to working with Mattias, Mårten and Pontus and being part of their success,” he says. “The team’s attitude, combined with their advanced technical knowledge, will help ensure their success as our distributor.”
“This opportunity comes at just the right time for our company,” adds Mattias Winther, “The audio quality of Martin Audio products provides an exceptional listening experience in a wide fan of settings - from smaller background music systems to full blown concert

 
xytechXytech launches Media Operations Platform
Monday, 17 October 2022

USA - Xytech has launched its new Media Operations Platform for content producers across media, broadcast and technology companies. With new executive leadership and strategic direction, Xytech’s Media Operations Platform provides ‘one command centre for all media, broadcast and production teams to create and deliver content, orchestrate people, resources and facilities, and plan logistics on time, on schedule and on budget.’
With the explosion of content creation across both traditional and non-traditional media organisations, there’s an accelerated need for media teams to have a single platform to manage all the people, equipment and assets required for production. The Xytech Media Operations Platform provides the most comprehensive set of solutions to address each entities’ specific business needs, while also maintaining the ability to integrate natively with an infinite number of solutions.
"When listening to our customers, we heard the need for a deeply integrated, comprehensive solution that manages their entire media lifecycle. We are excited to share that the Xytech Media Operations Platform does just this. Not only has consumption increased through the growth in the number of traditional outlets that many of the industry’s tools were built to serve, but it has also increased exponentially due to the types of industries using video content and the platforms delivering it," said Keith Buckley, Xytech's CEO. "Xytech is well positioned to help companies of all sizes and calibers get an end-to-end view of the media production process.”

 
 
pliantCrewCom debuts control unit at NAB New York
Friday, 14 October 2022

USA - Pliant Technologies will feature its new CCU-08 CrewCom Control Unit for the first time in the U.S. at NAB New York 2022 (Booth 1216). The CCU-08 is the latest addition to the CrewCom system and gives users the ability to use up to eight 4-Wire ports while retaining all the same features of the current companion CCU-22 and CCU-44 products.
Like the current Control Units, the CCU-08 Control Unit contains no radio and is frequency agnostic and can therefore control and monitor any device across CrewNet regardless of radio frequency bands being utilized. With the combination of CrewCom Radio Transceivers, the new CCU-08 supports up to 82 Radio Packs, 18 in Normal mode and 64 in the recently released High Density mode, across all RF bands.
“The CCU-08 is an important addition to the CrewCom lineup, as it is designed for applications that need additional I/O but do not require 2-wire connectivity,” says Gary Rosen, vice president of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “We look forward to being back at NAB NY and will feature our latest updates to the CrewCom family of products, including our new CCU-08 as well as our recently introduced High Density mode capabilities.”
The latest CrewCom firmware update includes support for the new CCU-08 as well as the recently released High Density mode feature, which will also be highlighted throughout the show. High Density mode is a selectable mode of operation that greatly increases user densities. The software-selectable mode supports up to 32 Radio Packs (RPs) on a single Radio Transceiver (RT) w

 
anubis-with-eventideAES New York: Merging Technologies returns
Friday, 14 October 2022

USA - The New York AES Convention sees Merging combined with new partners, Neumann.Berlin on booth 329 and on its US distributor’s stand 344, both on level 3. Despite a lot of change since the last visit to the Big Apple, the company’s focus has been on improving workflows for immersive audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and forging new partnerships with other manufacturers.
As an integral part of the Merging mixing and mastering solution for Atmos for Music, Merging+Anubis combined with Hapi MKII and Pyramix 14 offers one of the most powerful and flexible solutions available. An extra bonus for Anubis was the addition of SoundID Reference from Sonarworks but hitherto this was only available in stereo. Merging+Anubis is again the first interface and monitoring controller on the market to be able to seamlessly import any multichannel SoundID Reference preset and run it onto any speaker set, making it the perfect solution for Dolby Atmos up to 9.1.6.
In another key enhancement that presages more developments to come, Merging announces the release of the first Eventide plug-in for Merging+Anubis. The Eventide Blackhole offers an enhanced alternative reverb to the supplied reverb program. This plug-in will be available from the Merging Webshop.
The announcement prior to NAB Las Vegas that Merging was the first third party manufacturer to join the Lawo HOME platform was welcome news for many broadcasters and now there is another significant workflow enhancement to announce. Lawo has implemented Merging’s OASIS open protocol. This allows Merging’s

 
 
oca-at-aesOCA Alliance presents at AES and SMPTE
Friday, 14 October 2022

USA - The forthcoming AES Convention at the Javits Center in New York heralds a welcome return to in-person events for the Audio Engineering Society. It is followed almost immediately – albeit on the other side of the country in Hollywood, CA – by the annual SMPTE Media Technology Summit, a four-day conference event dedicated to exploring advancements in media and entertainment technology. The OCA Alliance – represented by Bosch Communication Systems’ senior scientist, Jeff Berryman – will be presenting at both events.
At AESNY 2022, Berryman will be delivering a presentation on AES70 Control for IP Media. Devices which will summarize the AES70 control architecture for media devices and describe new features in the standard’s upcoming release. It will also introduce available AES70 developer tools and information resources for implementers, most of which are free. The session will take place in the AIMS Media-over-IP Pavilion theatre on the main AES show floor and is scheduled for Wednesday 19 October at 3:30pm and Thursday 20 October at 12:30pm.
The presentation at the SMPTE Media Technology Summit in Hollywood, CA, is a more general discussion of audio networking and control applications in today’s production environment. The presentation will cover media network standards as they apply to production environments, with particular focus on the relevant AES standards: AES67 for audio streaming, and AES70 for device control and connection management.
As part of a joint presentation with Brian Vessa from Sony Pictures Entertainment and L

 
tw-audioVERA20i makes house of worship debut
Friday, 14 October 2022

Canada –With a seating capacity of 2,000, Light Presbyterian Church in the Canadian city of Mississauga is a Gospel-centred church that serves a multi-ethnic and multi-generational community.
The audio environment in the wide, fan-shaped chapel is far from perfect. The stage is not the most acoustically friendly environment, suffering from plenty of reflections, and a second-floor glass balcony railing adds further acoustic energy back into the sanctuary. This combination meant that the congregation was finding it hard to hear and fully understand services.
To solve these challenges, Light Presbyterian Church turned to Abe Son from Benabe ProSound. Having worked with the church on various AV upgrades for a number of years, he knew the challenges the venue presented and had a solution to solve the problem – TW AUDiO’s VERA20i.
“We needed to design an L-R rather than L-C-R line array system for the wide, fan-shaped chapel,” recalls Son. “The ‘true’ 120° VERA20i line array speakers were perfect for delivering even sound coverage across the whole chapel.”
The installed solution sees L-R hangs of five VERA20i-120° cabinets and three VERA20i-80° enclosures. Four VERA S32i subs flown as a central cluster provide low frequency reinforcement, while a combination of C5, T20i, C5i, C12 and C15 cabinets serve as fills in various areas. Power and processing is courtesy of Powersoft amplifiers and DSP.
With the VERA20i line arrays solving the challenge of providing even coverage, Son turned to the reflection issues faced inside t

 
 
wisycommtp61AES New York: Wisycom unveils transmitter
Friday, 14 October 2022

USA - Wisycom will unveil its new MTP61 Transmitter, the latest addition to its Symphony product line, at AES New York (Booth 437). Billed as the smallest and lightest multiband bodypack transmitter on the market, the MTP61 has the widest tuning range currently available (470 to 1260MHz). Among the industry’s most powerful transmitters, the compact design of the MTP61 not only makes it comfortable, but also suitable for location sound and theatre applications alike.
“We developed the MTP61 in direct response to market demands,” says Geoff Baynard, product marketing manager, Wisycom. “A cross between our existing MTP41 and MTP60 Transmitters, the MTP61 incorporates all the advanced technology of our Symphony line in a smaller form factor. This includes seamless connectivity via long-range Bluetooth 5 to the new Wisycom App, enabling users to monitor and adjust parameters in real-time, from anywhere in a venue.”
Using the Wisycom App to control the device also eliminates the need for network connectivity. Further, the MTP61 can also be easily configured by operators directly through the module’s high-contrast OLED display with front-panel navigation buttons for quick and easy access to menus and shortcuts.
At just over two inches tall, just under two inches wide, and 3.1 ounces in weight (with battery), the miniature design of the Wisycom MTP61 is lightweight and comfortable for long-term use in applications that require discreet placement. It also operates with a standard 3.7-volt Lithium-ion battery, boasting an eight-hour autonomy, a

 
aa-vaAudio Architecture to distribute Voice Acoustics
Friday, 14 October 2022

UK/Germany - Audio Architecture has announced a co-operative venture with German loudspeaker manufacturer Voice Acoustic.
“VA has concentrated on building a range of high-performance small to medium sized systems that provide value for money for installers and gigging musicians for whom ROI is far more important than ‘bragging rights’,” says the company. “They have concentrated entirely on listening to their clients in developing well-made and excellently engineered products, thus reliable systems, for applications where performance excellence over life of asset is valued.”
This "under the radar" approach has very firmly established Voice Acoustic in Germany as a major force.
Collaboration with Audio Architecture will see the brand expand into UK and the Middle East.

 
 
shrewsburyflowershow1-9900000000079e3cWavefront Precision in full bloom in Shrewsbury
Thursday, 13 October 2022

UK - BSB Sound owner Martin Bickley, whose company specialises in providing PA for all manner of outdoor shows, was looking for a fresh approach to deliver first class audio for the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show as the previous design of public address system was no longer suitable due to the mounting bases for the loudspeaker masts becoming unsafe. He therefore approached a long-term associate, Robin Dibble, who also happens to be one of the Martin Audio product support team.
The show is one of the country's premier events of its kind, attracting top exhibitors from all over the UK to the site on the banks of the Severn. After a site visit to investigate the event and its requirements, Dibble specified two hangs of Martin Audio’s WPL array cabinets to be flown from towers, with a spaced broadside array of SXH subwoofers between. This he knew would provide not only high-octane audio but evenly distributed, site wide coverage.
To supply the equipment, Bickley contacted Bristol based Martin Audio partner, SWG Events, who were pleased to sub-hire their powerful Wavefront Precision WPL optimised line array. The two towers were also provided by SWG, whose head of audio, Simon Purse, assisted with the set-up.
“We needed to ensure we had consistent quality and intelligibility over the 150m throw distance whilst keeping levels contained on site, with a 74dBA limit at the borders of the event site,” noted Dibble. “The site itself is in a natural bowl and the results of any events in the show ring during the day needed to be broadcast with absolute cl

 
bared-footwear-tristan-todd-photography-1-largeBared Footwear steps forward with Renkus-Heinz
Thursday, 13 October 2022

Australia - When Anna Baird, podiatrist turned footwear designer, decided to open a flagship store in Sydney, Australia’s Central Business District, she set out to create a store as stylish and comfortable as her shoes. However, designing the new storefront didn’t come without acoustic challenges: while the open spaces and sleek architectural details cultivated an inviting atmosphere, they complicated sound coverage and intelligibility for the in-store live music and DJ performances.
To complete the store that stands in Sydney’s CBD today, Bared Footwear integrated a Renkus-Heinz sound system that ensures every shopper is immersed in the space.
“We want people to visit the Sydney flagship not only for the shoes but for the whole shopping experience,” explained Baird.
The two-story flagship location features high ceilings, timber flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows inspired by the colonial heritage precinct across the street from the store. The design of the space was intentional from top to bottom with cultural reconciliation, public accessibility and sustainability all being top priorities. To accommodate for the AV challenges and address the need for an impeccable sound system for live music, Baird and her team turned to Affective Building Services.
Affective Building Services, a multi-disciplinary contractor based in Sydney, AU, worked with Renkus-Heinz’s Australian and Oceanic distributor, Amber Technology, to define audio requirements and ultimately advise on the best loudspeaker solution for the space.
To meet the ne

 
 
the-tehcnical-team-with-michae-taylor-broderik-first-row-third-from-the-leftHilton Arts Festival celebrates success
Thursday, 13 October 2022

South Africa - It was with slight trepidation that the organisers of the Hilton Arts Festival opened the event on Friday, 23 September in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. After a two-year COVID-19 gap, the depressed economy, the hazardous N3 highway between Durban and Hilton and severely reduced sponsorship, it was a risky decision to take. However, driven by the sure knowledge that the arts are one of the most vital parts of a balanced society and a happy people, they forged ahead.
“With the weather playing ball (no wind, no rain) crafters and visual artists had a steady flow of visitors all weekend,” said Sue Clarence, the founder of Hilton Arts Festival. “All productions were well supported, with several selling out. The community of performers, visual artists and crafters who, over the years, have become a firm part of the success of the festival, were overwhelming in their praise, excited to be back.”
Shows and exhibitions included Firefly and Mandela A Life’s Journey, Urban Circus. The new Music Auditorium raised the bar for music with its acoustic design. “This is what art is meant to do,” Sue adds. “Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to up our game technically which made a huge impression on the visiting production companies.”
This was the 28th year that technical director, Michael Taylor-Broderick from DWR Distribution, was involved in the festival. “Thank you Sue Clarence and Evan Roberts for your unfailing dedication to keeping the festival alive,” said Michael. “You took a huge risk and provid

 
frameworklondon-nameframe:work set to unite real-time content creators in London
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

UK frame:work is a brand-new community event series conceptualised by four key live entertainment production experts: Laura Frank, Luke Malcolm, Soren West and Elliott Dunwody, who have a collective career experience spanning decades across multiple sectors.
The first event will take place at central London’s multipurpose tech venue, CodeNode on 3 - 4 November. For frame:work:london, the team has partnered with Bild Studios, a creative house of media technologists who are pioneering the next generation of visual experiences, in order to present the two-day conference to the industry.
The event will host conversations around the unique challenges of creating video for physical spaces, live performance and virtual worlds.
Laura Frank, frame:work co-founder, who began her own career as a touring lighting programmer for Madonna and David Bowie before moving into the XR space, states: “If you work in real-time content creation, screen content for live entertainment, or interactive content, frame:work is your new home. Together, we aim to build a transparent and peer-supported future for the creative video community of ‘live pixel people’.”
She continues: “From theatre to film, television broadcast, concert touring, conferences, installations and online events, the more we learn from each other about process, the more we’ll improve our relationships across different production communities. Our end goal is to create an authentic community and share valuable insights into the practice of these specialised fields of work.”
The c

 
 
shure-uniplexShure unveils UniPlex lavalier line
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

UK - Shure has introduced UniPlex, its new 5mm subminiature cardioid lavalier microphone engineered to be a discrete solution for speaking applications where rejection of stage noise, an audience, or close-proximity presenters is essential to conveying your message.
Offered in four colours and three connector types, UniPlex joins the award-winning line of subminiature lapels and headsets from Shure, including the omnidirectional TwinPlex and DuraPlex product portfolios.
Designed for corporate presentations and guest speakers in conference rooms, lecture halls, theatres, and arenas, UniPlex’s UL4 unidirectional lavalier microphone delivers isolated audio capture, minimising feedback with its custom-tuned cardioid element.
“We knew that the market needed a strong lavalier option that prioritised high-stakes speaking environments with a directional pattern, in a much smaller, cleaner form factor,” said John Born, associate director, microphones, global product management, at Shure. “UniPlex builds on the portfolio by featuring the same Plex technology cable for enhanced durability, yet it focuses on creating clear, isolated sound, ideal for speakers, presenters, and educators alike. We’re excited to introduce UniPlex to our growing suite of exceptional lavaliers and headsets.”
Joining Shure’s celebrated subminiature lavalier offerings, UniPlex is available in Black, Cocoa, Tan, and White. It comes complete with the accessories needed for seamless usability, including a carrying case, snap-fit windscreen, and single tie clip. UniPl

 
agatadankowskasd52Eminent Polish venue upgrades DiGiCo console
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Poland - Established for over 50 years, the renowned Musical Theatre in Poznań, west Poland, has premiered a remarkable number of hit shows across the decades, many of which were written especially for the theatre and proceeded to become celebrated productions performed across the country.
With an audience capacity of approximately 400, the specialist venue prides itself on production values, and with a new high-profile play coming to the theatre, the venue made the timely decision to upgrade its long-serving DiGiCo console from an SD5 to a dedicated theatre model, the SD7T.
Among recent productions was Irena, a newly authored play that explores the story of Polish woman, Irena Sendler, who saved over 2,000 Jewish children from the holocaust during World War II. The English-language libretto was written by Polish-born US-based journalist, Piotr Piwowarczyk, and American filmmaker, Mary Skinner. Directed by Brian Kite, Dean of School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California in Los Angeles, the production also involves experienced Broadway choreographer, Dana Solimando. With a score composed by Grammy award winner, Włodek Pawlik, whilst Pulitzer and Grammy laureate, Mark Campbell, composed the songs.
“With such a prestigious premiere, it was essential we establish the right technical infrastructure, so we took the leap to invest in a new DiGiCO console,” explains the theatre’s sound engineer, Agata Dankowska. “The theatre has been using an SD5 and two SD Racks for years, and when I joined the team four years a

 
 
michaelbuble20227Meyer reinforces Michael Bublé’s Higher Tour
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

World - Michael Bublé’s ongoing Higher Tour could best be described as an intimate party on a grand scale. It’s a full-tilt production in every respect, replete with a massive four-tier stage set to accommodate a full orchestra and backup singers – augmented on occasion by strings and a 10-piece choir – plus extensive lighting effects and four giant video screens.
For audio support, Bublé is again carrying a ‘dual hybrid’ Meyer Sound reinforcement system, comprising both main stage arrays plus massive centre-hung arrays which function as an over-specified delay system when Bublé is on the main stage and as an in-the-round system when he occupies the B-stage. This time, however, the tour has slimmed down its audio footprint by replacing most former Leo Family and all M Series systems with 76 new Panther large-format linear line array loudspeakers.
“We are thrilled with the new Panther systems, not just sonically – we expect the best from Meyer in that regard – but also because these are much lighter and smaller boxes,” says Craig Finley, the tour’s veteran production manager. “No two-ton motors out here. And Panther packs very efficiently. We are essentially carrying two systems yet it all fits in one truck. And the power requirements are lower as well.”
Bublé’s long-time FOH engineer, Craig Doubet, notes that the advantages extend to load-in/out time. “Panther goes up and down very fast,” he says. “We have 13 arrays in the air, and we now can get them all down and ready to roll out in 75 minutes.”

 
steve-richardson--mat-spencer-1Full Production and Avion TSL forge partnership
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

UK – Berkshire-based Full Production has announced a new strategic partnership with Coventry-based Avion TSL. The partnership will see both companies benefit from the sharing of premises, resources and expertise, enabling the delivery of a stronger and faster service to a broader range of clients in the UK and beyond.
Founded in 2010, Full Production has worked on a variety of top-flight events in recent years, from touring exhibitions and awards shows, to television, festivals and other special events. Drawing on a network of skilled designers, project managers and crew, the company prides itself on its central ethos of ensuring the customer’s vision is realised as fully as possible.
Avion TSL, a family-run business formed in 2001, specialises in providing full-service production for, concerts, fundraising events, fairs, Christmas walks and other visitor experiences. Under the new partnership it will operate under the Full Production banner where appropriate, while continuing its own activities as Avion TSL.
“Avion TSL focuses on a largely different niche, but is very much a like-minded company,” says Full Production’s managing director, Steve Richardson. “We worked alongside them last year, and we saw that they shared our customer-driven approach to the events market, always taking great pride in bringing an event to life, always enthusiastic and professional. I believe we will complement each other very well.”
“We’re both companies that like to say ‘yes’ when clients ask if we can do something, or if we have previou

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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