Canada - At a time when the background noise in audio is all about 3D sound and immersive experiences, arguably an extravagance suited to famous concert halls and exotic experimental music, it is contrary to the flow that a d&b audiotechnik Soundscape system is being applied at a church in Calgary, Alberta.
Thriving it may be, yet the pastoral team at First Assembly, Calgary is not prone to moments of irrational exuberance or wanton financial profligacy. For them Soundscape provided an entirely affordable solution to a seemingly intractable issue between acoustics, worship and sound reinforcement.
Justin Wells, First Assembly’s technical director, saw it as an uncomfortable divide between parts of their congregation and the heart of music worship. “Music is a huge part of what we do and within our church we have highly skilled musicians. For people who come for that, it has the potential to be inspiring. For our Sanctuary, what we sought was an audio system that could place everyone in the sweet-spot of the sound image, something that could reach those sat at the periphery of our 240° fan shaped room and give them that inclusive experience.”
Wells and executive pastor Shane Penney called upon the services of Sapphire Sound, an audio, video and multimedia specialist headquartered in Abbotsford, British Columbia with a permanent office in Calgary. “We had worked with the Church on a number of things in the past,” explains Ben Burrell of Sapphire. “Lighting upgrades, small pieces of kit here and there, that sort of thing - but this w
UK - Now well into its ninth decade of technical innovation, RG Jones Sound Engineering returned to Glastonbury for the eleventh consecutive year to support headliners Stormzy, The Killers, and The Cure on the Pyramid Stage, and to extend its expertise to the Genosys Stage and the new IICON stage at Block9, and a reconfigured West Holts stage.
RG Jones has enhanced the Pyramid Stage since 2007 in one of the longest uninterrupted runs of audio services of any sound company at Glastonbury in recent times. The 18-strong on-site team, headed up by production manager Ben Milton with production engineer Mark Isbister on stage, collectively brought to the largest green field festival in the world a wealth of expertise in delivering audio to an extremely large crowd under notoriously challenging climatic conditions.
The main aim of the system design, developed by festival sound consultant Simon Honywill and Martin Audio’s Jason Baird from Jim Cousins’ original concept, was to apply Martin Audio’s MLA technology to provide an even and consistent spread of coverage and sound pressure level across the arena, and meet the Glastonbury audience’s increasingly high sound quality expectations.
The Pyramid Stage PA was composed of MLA and MLA Compact elements, with eight delay positions – two of them new for this year to ensure solid coverage to the extreme far corners – of MLA and MLA Compact cabinets optimising coverage up and across the expansive field. A broadside cardioid array of 32 MLX subwoofers stretching across the entire width of the stage pro
UK - Entertainment Technology Partners has announced the launch of its new European division. Based out of the United Kingdom, ETP Europe will provide support throughout Europe to bring AV solutions to clients.
Industry veteran Paul Hutton will be joining as president of European operations. Paul has spent the past three decades creating and spearheading Blitz, one of the leading AV staging companies in Europe.
“We couldn’t be more excited about expanding ETP’s operations to Europe, especially with Paul coming on board to help lead the way,” said Les Goldberg, chairman and CEO of ETP. “We have been looking at a number of opportunities in Europe and expect to have more announcements of new brands joining ETP in the very near future.”
Entertainment Technology Partners was created in 2014 with the idea of like-minded owners joining together to continue to operate independently and grow their services, while utilizing ETP’s behind the scenes shared-support services such as accounting, HR, IT and purchasing.
“There are opportunities and space for high quality AV specialists in the European events market, so the timing couldn’t be better for ETP to expand,” states Paul. “I’m really looking forward to building on ETP’s success in the U.S and I know existing clients with international projects will jump at the chance to further our relationship.”
Europe - DPA Microphones has appointed AVL Projekt and LAV Projekt as its distributors in Serbia and Croatia respectively. The two companies are distributors and integrators of professional audio, light and video solutions and can support customers from the initial point of contact through to the delivery and installation.
AVL and LAV address DPA market segments through a network of system integrators, installers and dealers active in the theatre, broadcast and touring.
Slobodan Veckalov, managing director of AVL Projekt, comments: “We are very excited to be representing such a great microphone brand. We have worked with DPA in the past on various projects, and we advocate for top-notch quality product in the portfolio of brands that we distribute.”
Davor Vujic, managing director of LAV Projekt, adds: “It is both a great privilege and obligation to introduce great DPA products into the Croatian market.”
Guillaume Cadiou, area sales manager for DPA Microphones, says: “DPA has been growing well in the region for several years, and we are now taking the next step by getting closer to our market by appointing local representatives in the region. I have known the team at AVL for a while, and did not need to think much when we were looking for representatives. They have already demonstrated great audio expertise and have been very active from day one.”
UK - Martin Audio has confirmed that the active versions of its BlacklineX series, the BlacklineX Powered, will begin shipping in early September.
When it was first announced in May this year, customers and distribution partners welcomed the introduction of a self-powered version of this full-bandwidth, high definition portable system. They will now have the opportunity to sample the new speakers, and learn more about their properties at the series of Martin Audio open days (17-19 September) at company HQ in High Wycombe
Comprising 12” (XP12) and 15” (XP15) full range enclosures plus the compact but powerful 18” XP118 subwoofer, BlacklineX Powered integrates Martin Audio’s signature acoustic, DSP and amplifier technologies and follows the success of the passive BlacklineX Series - the fastest-selling portable series in Martin Audio’s 48-year history.
Stated Martin Audio MD, Dom Harter, “The introduction of a self-powered series makes perfect sense in every way. The reception it received on its worldwide premier in London and the follow up at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando was everything we had hoped for, and we encourage anyone who missed the presentation to make sure they attend one of our open day forums.”
Sweden - The country’s largest fixed installation of Nexo’s STM Series modular line array has been completed at the Konserthus of Västerås, a city about 100km to the west of Stockholm. Designed and supplied by the Bright Group, the system includes several Nexo models, and is “a state-of-the-art solution for a busy modern performance environment”.
With more than 200 events a year, including folk and world music, dance and new circus, pop and rock, jazz, chamber and orchestral performances, drama and comedy, the Västerås Konserthus is a buzzing cultural centre for its community. Its principal venue is The Great Hall, with its capacity for 900, and two wraparound balconies seating 215 and 125 people respectively.
The team at the theatre, led by stage technical manager Per Andersson, conducted an exhaustive tender process involving nine well-known suppliers and manufacturers, and including live auditions of the proposed system solutions in the theatre.
“We had a ‘jury’ of five people,” explains Andersson, “two in-house sound techs, Emil Hedin and Lars Alehag, and three freelance sound techs, Mathias Andersson, Johan Hellgren and Thomas Malbeck, all of whom gave the Nexo STM Series the highest scores for coverage and evenness of distribution. It also got great praise for its true-to-source reproduction.”
Using a system design from the Bright Group, the theatre staff installed the equipment themselves. Bright Installation’s project manager Drew Black was there to oversee the process, with input from Fredrik Arwidsson (Brigh
Croatia - HUST has completed the design and installation of sound systems throughout the new Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, using a combination of Community and Apart loudspeakers with Biamp control. This five-star 209-room hotel enjoys a stunning setting on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, with views of the old town, islands and sea.
With over 40 separate zones, the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj’s audiovisual systems can be controlled and monitored via an intuitive GUI on any computer within the hotel network, or via separate wall-mounted digital OLED controllers located strategically throughout the complex. Twelve choices of music genre are available in any zone via the streaming service.
A central feature of the hotel is its grand ballroom with stunning views of the city of Rovinj. The hotel also has three multifunctional/lecture halls, which can be divided or joined in various combinations. In these areas that require foreground entertainment and presentation audio quality, HUST chose Community V Series and D Series loudspeakers. Dual 8-inch and 12-inch V2 loudspeakers, supplemented by dual 12-inch and 15-inch subwoofers, deliver powerful high quality front-of-house sound, with distributed D6 ceiling loudspeakers providing additional, even coverage throughout the rooms.
The systems are managed by a Biamp TesiraSERVER I/O AVB digital network server, supplemented with a 16x16 video matrix and an audio mixer for live performances. In the ballroom, Sony SRG-300HC cameras have been set up to monitor and play back events on two large Screenline video screens, via
USA - Each year since 1979, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! festival takes place at the Prospect Park Bandshell. This year, the largely free event delivered 29 shows over 10 weeks, from June through August, to an estimated 175,000-plus people, featuring artists including Patti LaBelle, Liz Phair, Iron & Wine, Salif Keita and Bomba Estereo (free concerts), as well as The National and Courtney Barnett, and Father John Misty and Jason Isbell (ticketed double-bills). What was different this year was the sound: an L-Acoustics PA system was acquired and will now be an integral part of the event going forward into its fifth decade.
“This was a big year for the event, its forty-first year,” says Brendon Boyd, of Boyd Design, the event’s production manager who was celebrating his 20th year with the festival, where he began as a lighting apprentice in 2000. “It took us a couple of years to get the process for acquiring this new system together, but we knew it was time to upgrade the Festival’s sound. We also knew we wanted an L-Acoustics rig. During the bid process we went back over three years’ worth of contract riders to see what the bands were carrying and what they were requesting, and overwhelmingly it was L-Acoustics.”
The new system, which was installed by local systems integrator Audible Difference Inc. (ADI), was centred on a stereo line array with 10 K2 loudspeakers per side, augmented by seven ARCS II speakers per side as side-fills and out-fills. Beneath the newly renovated bandshell stage, eight KS28 subs rumbled away while another 10 K
Hungary - Szeged Sabadteri opera and music festival takes place annually across the city of Szeged, with a major feature being the diverse programme of lavish productions ranging from rock musicals to opera being staged in the vast central Dóm Square.
This year’s futuristic treatment of Aida, where love is set against the backdrop of war, marked the 80th anniversary since the eponymous opera’s first 1939 staging at this striking venue. Complementing director Gergely Kesselyak’s use of high-tech LED and multimedia scenography, TiMax SoundHub with HARDCore FPGA spatial processing added a new level of vocal and orchestral sonic immersion to an audience of 8000 over two nights.
Hungarian TiMax specialists Votec have managed the event’s audio for several years, but Votec international business manager, Otari Tsereteli, revealed, “For the first time we were able to create a natural and immersive sound here at the Szeged Open-Air theatre together with TiMax.”
Votec deployed TiMax SoundHub with their own proprietary loudspeaker brand ES Audio; Otari continues, “The audience heard the opera like never before. Every sound - music - voice came from the direction of where it physically was on stage. It felt real! Though, incredibly, some people thought the speakers were turned off.”
TiMax dynamic vocal localisation was controlled in real-time by all-new TiMax TrackerD4 precision stagetracking, employing seven TTd4 Sensors, with five mounted above the stage at the front, sides and upstage, plus a pair downstage at stage level. Twel
UAE - Dubai-based AVenger Electronics has been appointed RCF distributor for UAE/Oman.
“Since RCF had the entire range of professional audio products in its portfolio, catering for the installation, touring, MI and Evacuation segments, we considered them as our preferred choice for servicing the markets in the UAE and Oman,” stated AVenger sales manager, Joseph Ninel Rebero. “This would range from small portable PA to large stadium installations. We knew it was well established in both the touring and MI market.”
Rebero will lead a team that will be focused on brand promotion throughout the UAE and Oman. “Our mission will be to focus more on the integration market to bring RCF up to the next level in this segment,” he says, forecasting that initial impact is likely to be created through the Live & Pro Series as well as the new business music solution products, due for release imminently.
AVenger Electronics has also set a vigorous marketing campaign, favouring roadshows and seminars over trade shows in the Middle East. “In this way we can give more interaction and product awareness with industry professionals.”
Added Luca Ombrati, RCF sales manager Europe & Middle East, “Having known Joseph Ninel Rebero for some time, when he informed me about the new company he was about to co-found with other experienced people in the industry - people who already had deep knowledge of RCF, its products and philosophy - their appointment was a no brainer.
“AVenger Electronics’ decision to keep RCF as the exclusive audio br
The doors of PLASA Show 2019 open in just a few days from 15-17 September at Olympia London, where thousands of visitors will experience the leading edge of live entertainment technology. With 220+ brands, 55+ educational sessions and a plethora of immersive features, this year’s show is ready to serve industry professionals from all sectors.
PLASA’s Managing Director Peter Heath comments: “Last year’s edition of PLASA Show was heralded for its high footfall and vibrant atmosphere. We have worked hard to build upon this by offering more brands and new features for a show that is both enjoyable and productive.
Of course, we couldn’t do it without the exhibitors and their technology which has developed at a dizzying rate over the years – PLASA is proud to provide a platform for such innovation, and we can’t wait to share what’s in store.”
Brand new products
After much hype, the Heritage-D digital console from MIDAS will be at the show, providing hands-on encounters. Coda Audio will display their N-APS, an ultra-compact 2-way arrayable point source, and d&b audiotechnik will display their flexible A-Series. The all-new TrackerD4 Precision Stagetracking from TiMax will also be here.
Robe will launch their new luminaire, Esprite, which has been designed as an LED replacement for discharge fixtures. Other notable lighting fixtures appearing at the show include the Huracán-X from Ayrton, the Maverick MK3 from Chauvet and the Synergy 5 from DTS. Artistic Licence will present their latest lighting control
UK - Southwest London venue Under the Bridge has benefited from the installation of a new LED wall as well as lighting and audio upgrades at its premises.
“Since Under the Bridge launched in 2011, we’ve taken great pride being one of the UK’s most unique and technically-advanced, mid-sized, multi-purpose venues for hire,” says creative manager, Alan Tenenbaum. “With approximately 100 confirmed events scheduled to host for the remainder of 2019, we’re excited to share this production upgrade with our clients and audiences. The upgrade puts our intimate venue in a class of its own, beyond comparison.”
The 3.9mm pixel-pitch LED screen from Absen supports a video resolution higher than Full HD (1080p), making it ideal for presentations, image projections and video content.
The venue also has a new LED lighting rig, expanding the existing stock to offer more intelligent lighting, including LED spots and Fresnels. Under the Bridge has specified Claypaky’s new wash and beam fixtures, the B-EYE K25 and Mini B, as well as 14 of Ayrton's Mistral S spot luminaire. Dimming is via an Avolites 24 way dimmer (48 way patchable).
On the audio front, the AV team have improved facilities with a Shure Axient Digital wireless system and high-performance RF with better command and control for visiting sound engineers.
Russia - The Sound Line Agency received its first Clair Brothers speakers in the form of the 1.5AM stage monitors.
For its production needs, Sound Line purchased several Clair Brothers components, including the kiTCurve12 system, 8CX front-fills, 1.5AM stage monitors, i218-Ms and CS218-Ms.
“This was my company’s first experience working with Clair Brothers gear, but I had heard such positive feedback from musicians who’d had direct experience with the American brand that I already had high expectations,” explains Andrey Kabanov, owner of Sound Line Agency.
“Back in 2005 I had the pleasure of seeing a Sting concert in Moscow where Clair Brothers loudspeakers were used. Since then, I’ve never heard another system of equal quality. The problem in those days was this incredible equipment was exclusive and not readily available to companies like mine.”
Kabanov continues: “The kiTCurve12 system is powerful and multifunctional and can be used for smaller events, as well as, for front and side-fills at the big venues. It’s a self-powered system that uses a DSP processor, which gives it another big advantage. The 8CX is a compact system that is excellent as front fills at jazz concerts and business conferences. As far as the 1.5AMs, from my point of view, there is no equal monitoring system in its category. These monitors deliver perfect sound quality, which means everything to musicians and vocalists.
Since joining the Clair Brothers roster of international partners, Sound Line has put on numerous high-level shows with global
USA - Harman Professional Solutions celebrated the grand opening of The Reach at the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
The opening of The Reach marks the first new construction at The Kennedy Centre since its opening in 1971, and is comprised of three contiguous pavilions creating 72,000sq.ft of interior space, 4.6 acres of green space and gardens, and a pedestrian bridge over Rock Creek Parkway that connects the Kennedy Centre to Washington, DC’s other memorials.
The centre describes The Reach as “a home for non-traditional programming with an emphasis on active participation and access. The open, informal spaces of the new expansion draw visitors directly into the creative process and inspire new connections and collaborations between creators of multiple genres and disciplines.”
“We are very proud of our decades-old relationship with The Kennedy Centre that has helped the world’s most celebrated artists deliver incredible performances through our audio products," says Dinesh Paliwal, president and CEO of Harman. "Congratulations to president Deborah Rutter, the board of trustees and the Kennedy Centre staff for reaching a new milestone in their pivotal role of showcasing the very best of the performing arts, across the nation and around the world."
As the official ‘sound of the Kennedy Centre’, Harman provided JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft mixers, Martin lighting and AMX control system products to ensure patrons enjoy the highest quality multimedia experiences at Th
UK/USA - Pink’s Beautiful Trauma world tour started in North America in March 2018 and is set to conclude this November on the same continent.
The tour, in support of the singer’s seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, will have taken in 157 dates across 18 countries in North and South America, Europe and Australasia. This included a weekend of sold-out shows at London's Wembley Stadium, where 150,000 fans gathered to see the rock/pop starlet dazzle with her vocals and gymnastic skills.
Working in conjunction with its family of partners Clair Global and JPJ Audio, Britannia Row successfully delivered a worldwide audio feat.
Britannia Row’s Dave Compton says: “Once again, we’ve really enjoyed working with Pink’s team. It’s been an amazingly popular worldwide tour where the artist and engineers have given it their all across a multitude of dates in some huge - and tricky - venues. We’ve been managing the project from London, shipping the universal control package and key crew from the UK and picking up the rest locally from Clair Global and JPJ Audio in Australia. Having this kind of worldwide back-up and resources makes a world tour on this scale a smooth operation to execute.”
The tour’s L-Acoustics sound design comprised K1, K2 and flown KS28 subs with K1 boxes as side-hangs and additional boxes of K2 covering below the stage, out-fill and ground-subs. K2 delay towers in the various stadium configurations altered depending on venue size and capacity. Lake LM 44s and LM 26s, and L-Acoustics LA12X were use
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will exclusively show over 20 brands from across its dedicated lighting, rigging, audio and video sales divisions on stand E30 at PLASA 2019 (15-17 September, London Olympia).
The stand will feature at least six products that have been nominated for the PLASA Awards for Innovation 2019, including the Prolights PixieWash XB, a single source RGB+WW LED wash light with extensive zoom and high CRI. Also nominated from Prolights is Mosaico XL, a long-throw IP66 LED fixture for projecting gobos and textures onto buildings and landscapes with colour mixing, animation wheel and framing shutters. LumenRadio’s TimoTwo module, which brings concurrent CRMX (wireless DMX/RDM) and Bluetooth to a single chip, and BroadWeigh’s Bluetooth system that sends data straight to a smart device, have also been nominated.
Other nominees include Luminex, who will be unveiling Araneo, a free software that provides a graphical overview of a network; and Claypaky’s laser-source beam light, Xtylos.
Lighting highlights include the new Chroma-Q Space Force onebytwo variable white LED soft light panel. Recipient of a Lighting Product of the Year Award at NAB, the cost-effective, bright, high quality unit is a modern replacement for traditional soft sources. The popular Space Force fixture, upon whose technologies the onebytwo is based, will also be on display, alongside Chroma-Q's other film and TV fixtures, the Studio Force II and the Brute Force, a powerful, LED alternative to traditional light sources.
Additional moving h
India - AM Integrated and Crescendo AV recently outfitted The Piano Man Jazz Club in Gurugram with a complete Harman Professional Solutions sound reinforcement system.
The Piano Man Jazz Club is a full-service restaurant, bar and music venue founded in 2015 by classically-trained pianist and entrepreneur Arjun Sagar Gupta. The first location in Delhi was so successful, Gupta decided to open a second location in the bustling city of Gurugram. In addition to being one of the few venues in India that showcases live jazz music, The Piano Man Jazz Club also features diverse acts from young singer-songwriters to international brass bands.
The venue hired AM Integrated and Crescendo AV to design and integrate end-to-end Harman Professional audio and lighting systems, including solutions by JBL, AKG, Soundcraft and Martin Professional.
“We wanted premium audio solutions that would provide unique experiences for our artists and guests,” explains Gupta. “We chose Harman for its wide range of loudspeakers, superior quality of end-to-end solutions and their extensive service support network. Getting a rich and warm sound can be a challenge, but Harman delivered a comprehensive live entertainment system without compromising any of our ideals.”
The Piano Man Jazz Club Gurugram is a wide, oval-shaped venue - a design that was chosen specifically to achieve a close and intimate seating arrangement around the stage. This design posed a unique set of acoustic challenges when it came to implementing a front-of-house speaker system.
UK - More d&b audiotechnik loudspeakers than ever before delivered the strums, beats and vocals of Glastonbury this year, as KSL made its debut on The Other Stage and Y- and V-Series graced The Acoustic Stage.
Glastonbury veteran, Skan - which has been providing PA systems for the festival’s second stage since 1989 - supplied the d&b KSL System for The Other Stage, where headliners included Tame Impala, Chemical Brothers and Christine and the Queens.
“The stage size and technical demands increase every year, and we have increased the spec and system requirements alongside this growth,” says Skan senior designer Matt Vickers. “We beta-tested the GSL System at Glastonbury in 2017 and that experience has contributed to the stunning results we can get from both GSL and KSL Systems.
“‘Punchy, tight and so clean’ were words thrown around by various incoming engineers, and comments overheard backstage and given to our stage team were that the KSL System was generally considered to be the best sounding - and best behaving - rig across the site over the weekend.”
Skan specified the KSL System with 20 boxes on each main hang, plus 18 on each side-hang, and 20 SL-SUBs arranged vertically (stood on their ends) in a distributed array along the downstage edge. Fills consisted of a single centre flown pod of V-Series, and out fills of J12.
“The barrier line of an event of this size is somewhere around 5m from the downstage edge, so we can cover this from the flown arrays, and it is far enough away for the perception of the so
UK - Brompton Technology has announced the expansion of its customer facing team with the additions of Dries Vermeulen as business development manager (Europe), and Chris Grandin as technical support manager.
Vermeulen, a familiar face in the LED industry from his days at Barco, VER and ROE Visual, brings a wealth of experience in a technical and commercial capacity. He will be based in Belgium, positioning him to be in close contact with Brompton customers throughout Europe.
Grandin, who has relocated from South Africa, has most recently held the positions of group technical advisor for the Gearhouse Group of companies and technical services supervisor at Christie Digital Systems. He brings over two decades of expertise in the field of live entertainment and events, providing technical solutions and backup for creative staging ideas at events reaching audiences from under a hundred to a few million, across South Africa and internationally.
Vermeulen and Grandin join the customer facing team alongside Rob Fowler, now in the role of senior business development manager, and US-based Sean Sheridan, regional technical manager - Americas. Adam Callaway, who recently celebrated five years with the company, moves to the newly created position of technical project manager, and Luke Hurford, who continues to be based in China, moves to the role of regional technical manager - APAC.
UK - Audio Evolution has announced the appointment of Peter Russell to the position of audio project manager. The recently launched sister-company to global video specialists pixl evolution will benefit from Russell’s experience of the corporate and theatre markets. During a 20-year career with another major supplier, he has worked on a host of high-profile musical theatre tours, as well project managing major events across the UK, European and the US.
Company director Guy Vellacott comments: “Peter is exactly the right person to take on the project management role at audio evolution. We’ve made significant investments in high quality hardware, including d&b, Shure, Denon, Yamaha and Clear-Com and we couldn’t be placing it in safer hands. Peter has an impressive track record managing all aspects of audio in high-profile, high pressure environments and his skills and experience will be invaluable in meeting the demands of an already busy schedule.”
USA - Audinate has announced version 1.1 of Dante Domain Manager. This update to Dante Domain Manager brings key improvements and new features to users and integrators: new flexible installation options, improved email alerts and notifications, support for SMPTE 2110 devices and secure access to LDAP and SMTP servers, says the company.
Dante Domain Manager is software that gives integrators, AV specialists and IT managers the ability to better manage Dante AV networks by creating groupings of Dante devices called ‘domains’ - which are zones of products. It enables administrators to secure their systems with user level authentication by domain and to scale their installations by supporting Dante audio across routed IP networks with multiple subnets. Administrators looking to route audio between studios, buildings or even across entire campuses may now do so regardless of network topology.
Version 1.1 is now delivered as a complete ISO package, making it fast and easy for users to install and setup Dante Domain Manager to suit their needs and applications. The ISO package may be used in virtual environments such as VMWare ESXi, Oracle VirtualBox and Microsoft Hyper-V, or it may be installed directly onto a ‘bare metal’ server with no additional software required.
Improvements to email notifications and alerts mean that integrators and managers can stay on top of changes to their systems from wherever they are, addressing issues before impacts are felt. Support for LDAPS and SMTPS brings greater security and confidence to network managers by en
Hungary - This year’s annual seven-day-long Sziget Festival on Hajógyári Island, north of Budapest, was the event’s biggest yet, breaking attendance records on the day that Ed Sheeran appeared.
Capital Sound, the event’s long-standing main stage sound reinforcement supplier, now has the logistics down to a fine art, hauling Martin Audio’s MLA loudspeaker array family across Europe in a two-truck arrangement and ‘topping up’ with assistance from Hungarian-based MLA partner, BG Event. The latter, in turn, provided its own Martin Audio inventory for two dedicated EDM dance stages.
Both partners were equal to the demands of this event which last year alone saw an aggregated 565,000 visit the picturesque location on the Danube.
Capital account manager Robin Conway comments: “This year, we made changes to the field delays on main stage and upgraded the subs to MLX. We had 48 MLX on the front end in three 16 cardioid stacks with a further four three high cardioid stacks in the field, making 60 MLX in total.” This was the result of a request by long serving Hungarian audio crew chief and system designer, Marci Mezei.
It led Capital head of operations & sales, Paul Timmins - another omnipresent figure at Sziget - to remark, “The event gets bigger every year which is why the PA spec has grown. We are consistently asked to upgrade it.”
With a stellar line-up including the Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975, Martin Garrix, The National, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Years & Years, he was
Belgium - Throughout the summer Pioneer Pro Audio XY-Series systems have appeared at a host of festivals across Europe. For the most part the systems have been used at leading electronic music events but from time to time, XY Series has stepped outside the traditional festival model into something completely different.
As well as an immersive three-day arts and music event, the Horst Festival extends to a two-month long exhibition which features in-situ art installations in public spaces. This year the exhibition was based on the ASIAT site in Vilvoorde, north of Brussels, a former military base complete with six hectares of urban space, 20 warehouses within a maze of corridors and two huge cooling towers. It was inside one of these towers that artist Emeka Ogboh placed his renowned installation The Way Earthly Things Are Going and KAGE Audio deployed Pioneer Pro Audio XY-Series speakers to reinforce the essential sound element. The installation has proved to be very popular, drawing national TV coverage in Belgium.
Simon Nowak of Onkruid, the commissioning team responsible, reports, “This was an installation that had been on show in smaller form in the Tate Modern, which combines multi-channel audio with a real time video feed of the Stock Exchange on a large LED wall. The immersive audio uses 12 individual audio tracks of polyphonic Greek chanting, where each track requires a separate speaker in order to accomplish the spatial experience as the visitor walks on a temporarily installed path.
“Placing it inside a huge cooling tower presen
Canada - Hit reality TV Show Big Brother Canada wrapped up its seventh season in early May, with an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system handling audio for the live studio audience segments.
For this season, the production team turned to AV and entertainment technology company, Solotech, to assist in upgrading the audio console. Working with Allen & Heath’s Canadian partners Erikson Pro, Solotech’s full set-up featured a dLive S5000 surface, paired with a DM64 MixRack, fitted with superMADI and Dante networking cards.
“For the past few years, we’d been using an older model console that had a larger footprint and less features, so this year provided a good opportunity to upgrade to dLive,” adds Phil Hornung (audio technical advisor - live productions at Solotech). “Erikson Pro, a division of Jam Industries, provided support that exceeded expectations during the evaluation process.”
dLive’s features, particularly the Automatic Mic Mixing (AMM) function and advanced networking and MADI I/O option cards, are what ultimately led to Solotech’s decision to invest in Allen & Heath. Hornung explains: “The dLive has a very sophisticated MADI I/O option card that can also interface with the fairly complex broadcast console and matrix system in place on the show, regardless of sampling rate, channel count or MADI format.”
John Lacina, a senior audio engineer at Solotech (and mix engineer for the live studio audience), comments: “The Tie Line option was also a welcome addition compared to the platform we had used u