China - The Mida Performance Store in Changsha, the capital city of China’s Hunan province, is a new concept that offers a high-spec live performance venue, bar and social media experience for music lovers. It provides an open stage for anyone wanting to give free rein to their singing talents in front of an appreciative audience of their peers, and the entire performance space is equipped with Genelec 1032C and 4030C loudspeakers for a high quality audio experience for both performers and audience members alike.
The concept has proved hugely popular with customer flow reaching 120,000 in the first month of opening followed by 200,000 in the second month. On the Store Member’s Day, performance waiting time exceeded three hours. Much of the popularity is attributed to the superlative quality of the Genelec audio experience that forms an integral part of the concept. From the outset the brief was to deliver the best possible sound, both for the audience and the performers, for which a Genelec solution was chosen throughout.
"Genelec is widely known throughout the professional audio industry,” remarked Mr Zhang Hongxu, head of market operations at Mida Performance Store. “A great many albums are recorded and mixed using Genelec. There are vast numbers of people that secretly harbour the soul of a singer but it’s difficult for ordinary consumers to experience a professional environment and facilities. Our aim is to bring a truly professional experience to ordinary people, to allow all music lovers to enjoy a high-end performance.”
Spain - Since starting the business in 2015, the group of young entrepreneurial friends who formed Madrid’s successful Lalala Group has already opened 12 bar/restaurants. The latest, on the city’s fashionable Calle de la Princesa, features a Yamaha audio system which is keeping both customers and the city council happy.
Lalala Group calls its venues ‘modern beer houses’, which all follow a core theme, but each has a different personality. Located in one of Madrid’s most popular areas, the latest Lalala Group venue - Alboroto - has a spacious dining area, two bars and a cocktail menu complemented by a choice of music which encourages patrons to enjoy upbeat, celebratory nights out. DJs maintain a lively atmosphere from Wednesday to Saturday, with live performances at weekends.
Being in an area with many bars and clubs, Lalala Group wanted to ensure that Alboroto’s audio system would be top quality and it was vital that it would not exceed the SPL limits set by the city council.
AV company Salas Audiovisual, in collaboration with architects MR Arquitectos, recommended a Yamaha CIS system with two precisely defined zones. One covers Alboroto’s bars, which are closer to the entrance, programmed to deliver high quality sound at lower volume. The second zone covers the dedicated DJ and live performance area, which has a small dance floor. Being further into the building, here a greater SPL is permitted.
The heart of the system is an MTX3 matrix processor, which matched Lalala Group’s demands in terms of audio quality and versatility,
USA - As part of ongoing renovations, Nashville’s Hutton Hotel recently completed work on a new live music venue, alongside Writers Studios production rooms conceived by musicians Dierks Bentley and Ryan Tedder.
Spearheaded by L.A.-based GreenLight Media, Nashville-based British acoustician Michael Cronin was hired to bring the venue and the two production rooms to fruition. Cronin subsequently brought in Clair Solutions, who worked closely with Cronin and the venue to spec the AV system – a key part of which involves components from Bose Professional, including ShowMatch and RoomMatch Utility modules.
The 5,000sq.ft Analog music venue and cocktail lounge, which takes up the footprint of a former parking facility and is two stories high in the centre section, usually seats 160 but has a maximum capacity of 300. The hotel wanted the venue to reflect its intimate vibe, says Cronin.
“It’s like being in your living room. The stage is 18 inches high and you can sit on a couch two feet away. It was a challenging space. Then you have upper VIP areas overlooking the stage with a bar under one and seating under the other. You have so many different reverberation times within the same space. But I was extremely happy with the outcome. My hat’s off to Executive Project Director Tom Williams at GreenLight; he put a great team of people together.”
The venue’s entertainment is programmed in collaboration with GreenLight partners Red Light Management, whose diverse artist roster includes the likes of the Dave Matthews Band, Luke Bryan and Lione
The Netherlands - Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is an all-encompassing platform for electronic music, combining as it does a festival, conferences and a cultural playground that extends across the city for five days. ADE features more than 1000 events in 200 venues, attracts in the region of 400,000 visitors and includes live performances from more than 2500 artists. The festival is supplemented by talks, hardware presentations, exhibitions, promotions and interactive events. It would be hard to conceive of a more important event in the global electronic dance music calendar.
ADE has once again partnered with Pioneer Pro-Audio, who will be supplying sound systems for a number of official event venues, including the ADE Zen Space, an oasis in which visitors to the event can unwind, relax and gather their thoughts. Located in the 600-year-old Waalse Kerk church, Zen Space will feature concerts, performances, talks and meditation sessions, requiring a flexible and powerful premium-quality audio solution.
Here and across multiple spaces at Brakkeground, De La Mar Theatre, Audio Compagnie Theatre and more, Pioneer Pro Audio will supply speakers from its XPRS and XY-Series to cover a wide range of applications. The XPRS range offers a highly flexible, quick set-up plug and play option, whilst in environments where more control and power is required, XY-Series will be deployed. Leading event suppliers AVL Rent of Amsterdam will install all the systems.
Mark Grotefeld, general manager, marketing, at Pioneer Pro Audio comments: “High quality, reliable audio
Europe - Mega Audio GmbH has named MusicNetwork AG distributor for the UNiKA Pro range for Switzerland.
The UNiKA Pro Dante range comprises the NBB-04R, 96KHz 4-channel receiver, NBB-04T 96KHz 4-channel transmitter, the flagship 192KHz NBB-1616 16-channel I/O and the new NBB-0202 2-in / 2-out transceiver. Specifications include 24dBu max input or output level, uncompressed 24-bit PCM encoding and programmable mic pre-amplifiers with 132dB dynamic range.
MusicNetwork’s Franco Stuppia, comments: “I received test samples of the NBB-04R and NBB-04T earlier this year and was very impressed with the sound, build quality and ease of use. The full range of UNiKA Pro is now in stock at MusicNetwork, including the NBB-1616 and the new NBB-0202.”
Burkhard Elsner, CEO at Mega Audio adds, “It is great to be working with Franco and his team to promote the UNiKA Pro brand in Switzerland. MusicNetwork has in-depth experience with Dante products and a great reputation for service and support.”
For The Record - Adele's 21 is the UK's best-selling album of the 21st Century, selling more than five million copies since 2011. The record, which features the hits Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You, is more than a million copies ahead of the second biggest-seller, Amy Winehouse's Back To Black. Adele also takes third place in the chart, with her most recent record, 25.
The century's 40 biggest albums were revealed on Radio 2's Pick of the Pops, as part of National Album Day. Ed Sheeran appears in the top five twice too, while other artists in the top 20 include Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga and Scissor Sisters.
Leading Role - Sebastian Cater has been appointed head of UK Theatre, replacing Cassie Chadderton. Cater will lead the organisation and also hold the role of workforce development, joining the senior management team at UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre. Chadderton announced her departure earlier this year to join World Book Day as its first chief executive.
Cater’s previous roles have included director of marketing and sales at Sadler’s Wells, and head of marketing at media agency Target Live. He also worked at SOLT early in his career. He joins UK Theatre from mid-January, and said: “I am thrilled to be joining UK Theatre, an organisation that champions many issues I feel passionately about including leadership, diversity, advocacy, digital and workforce development.
“Although we are living in challenging times and there is much to be done, I am co
Europe - d&b audiotechnik has announced the appointment of Alain Richer to serve as managing director in France, succeeding Didier ‘Lulu’ Lubin who retired in September having founded d&b France in 2000. In his new role Richer will be responsible for all aspects of business and market development of d&b in France as well as the day-to-day operations throughout the country. He will report to Phill Coe, territory manager, EMEA.
Richer comes to d&b from Sennheiser where he held the role of European marketing director. Commenting on his appointment Richer stated, “Throughout my career in the professional audio industry, I’ve always had deep respect for d&b’s commitment to quality and industry leading acoustic technology. I look forward to being part of d&b Group and lead the team that will create the next phase of growth in France.
“In the past four years we have more than doubled our market share in France,” continued Coe. “As we enter the next phase of our development, with the strong local team now led by Alain, we are well positioned for further growth.”
Group CEO Amnon Harman said, “France is a key strategic market for d&b and an integral part of our international growth plans. We are committed to support our local customers with our own subsidiary and will further expand our operations in this key market. I’m confident that Alain’s personality and drive as well as his professional audio and local market knowledge make him uniquely qualified for this role.”
USA - At this year’s 147th AES Pro Audio Convention in New York the OCA Alliance is exhibiting within the AVoIP Pavilion, promoting the advances in control and monitoring of AVoIP networks embodied within the AES70 standard. The convention will be the focus for a number of presentations and announcements from the OCA Alliance, including numerous educational sessions, presentations and demos, and the reveal of a new AES70 Products page on the OCA Alliance website.
The OCA Alliance will be on hand throughout the show as an exhibitor in the pavilion, with experts from the alliance and its member companies available to discuss the AES70 standard, available developer resources, and the evolution and progression of the standard throughout the AV industry.
In addition to demonstrations on its booth, the OCA Alliance will be participating in the programme of presentations in the AVoIP Pavilion Theatre, providing ‘public’ overviews of the AES70 standard to visitors and exhibitors attending the AVoIP Pavilion sessions.
In conjunction with its presence at the convention, the OCA Alliance has also launched a new AES70 Product Page on its website. Highlighting available and shipping product from seven companies covering 11 brands, this product gallery demonstrates the growing ecosystem and adoption of the AES70 standard across different application verticals.
“It’s great to see the portfolio of AES70 devices reaching the market,” says OCA Alliance marketing chairman Ethan Wetzell. “The adoption of a control standard can take time an
UK - Located in the heart of Mayfair, Novikov Restaurant & Bar was the first restaurant to be opened outside his native Russia by award-winning multiple operator, Arkady Novikov. Extending over three floors with two restaurants and a basement lounge bar, Novikov has enjoyed considerable success since its opening in 2011 and remains one of the favourite haunts of London’s glitterati. When the venue decided to upgrade the sound system in the Lounge, they turned to Toby Jones at Middlesex Sound & Light for advice. Jones recommended a KV2 Audio system to deliver the nightclub feel that Novikov was looking for.
“When I visited Novikov at their request to see what could be done, I saw straight away that KV2 would be the ideal solution, but I didn’t want them to take my word for it,” says Jones. “I insisted on a demo in situ so that they could compare with their current system and judge for themselves. They instantly fell in love with the product so we were given the green light to proceed.”
For the main lounge and bar area, Jones specified eight ceiling-mounted KV2 ESD10 compact, two-way, high output loudspeakers with a 10-inch trans-coil woofer and a wide dispersion rotatable horn supplemented by two high power ESD1.18 and two slightly smaller ESD1.15 subwoofers.
Two compact, low-profile ESD25s serve as powerful yet discreet in-fills for one of the lounge areas off the main room. A second chill-out zone known as the Union Jack room is served by four ESD6s and a single ESD1.15 sub. Finally, the DJ booth has been equipped with a pair
UK - In September, Entec renewed its acquaintance with the exhibitions division of media group Future plc to deliver sound and lighting equipment to the two-day UK Guitar Show and the London Bass Guitar Show.
Centred around the sprawling Gear Hall, the show saw Entec liaise with production manager Pete Witham to equip five stages that hosted a diverse programme of stellar musical performances, showcases and masterclasses.
September’s event was Entec’s fourth for Future in just over a year. “Entec was mainly given the contract because it was able to provide a complete range of sound, lighting and some elements of staging, unlike the other companies we approached,” said Pete.
Along with a host of leading microphone models and wireless equipment distributed amongst the performance areas, the audio specification for the main auditorium included a Midas PRO1 24/16 FOH console, a DiGiCo SD12 monitor desk and SD-Rack, a d&b V-Series PA (comprising eight V12s and six cardioid V-SUBs) and six d&b M4 floor monitors.
For the A Stage, Entec provided a combination of d&b C7 tops and subs, with a pair of Y10P cabinets, with a DiGiCo SD11iB console and four M4 wedges. The Bass stage saw a Yamaha LS9 16-channel desk used to mix through a d&b Y10P system with a pair of QSC K8 1kW active speakers for foldback, while a Yamaha QL1 provided the same function in the Guitar Workshop, again with Y10Ps but with d&b E8s on stage.
Entec’s lighting team selected a number of practical items from its warehouse to fulfil a variety of re
Norway - When the summer-long Foynhagen Festival last year adopted Martin Audio’s MLA Compact PA, the complaints it had experienced after experimenting with different systems over the previous four years ‘evaporated’.
Although the festival site - located in downtown Tønsberg, 90 minutes outside Oslo - is picturesque, overlooking a harbour and bars on one side and residential buildings on the other, noise spillage was one thing the festival didn’t need. And so the event’s PA supplier Spekter A/S invested in a Martin Audio MLA Compact after a system demo had established proof of concept.
Lorry Kristanesen from Atendi A/S, Martin Audio’s Norwegian distributor, confirmed that having established a winning formula last year, the rig again comprised eight MLA Compact per side with four MLX subs across the front in a broadside array. Spekter also supplied 12 x Martin Audio LE100 wedge monitors, all powered by Martin Audio’s MA3.0 amplifiers.
He explained: “Last year, MLA overcame the challenge of sound leakage and the offsite sound at the measurement points was reduced by as much as 8dB compared with other systems.
“The independent consultants set a threshold of below 60dB and we were well under this - never above 50-55dB, while reaching 102dB in the audience area itself. In fact, the system was so powerful we didn’t need a delay system.” And with an event running from May right through to September this was vital.
Atendi’s Øystein Wierli and Lorry Kristainsen themselves set the optimisations, programming a ‘hard avo
UK - Power Logistics’ pledge at the start of the year to deliver power monitoring at every project it undertook in 2019 has proved a success throughout this summer. Implementing its bespoke power monitoring system at numerous festivals and outdoor events, the company says it has delivered sustainable power solutions that have resulted in fuel bills consistently being reduced by 20% or more, along with significant carbon emission savings.
A bespoke power monitoring system was been devised and developed by Power Logistics’ in-house research and development team. This has proved to have a significant impact on an event’s carbon footprint; reducing fuel consumption and often the number and size of generators required onsite which in turn leads to cost efficiencies, says the company.
A key addition to the system is the utilisation of QR codes which are placed on every generator, fuel tank and fuel bowser, as the equipment is sited, its location, running hours, fuel usage etc. are uploaded via a server to a purpose-built database. This element allows Power Logistics to deliver clients a percentage breakdown of their fuel usage across identified areas with real time data so event organisers can see exactly how much fuel is being used and where.
The real time knowledge and data has been utilised by the Power Logistics’ teams onsite at numerous events this summer to make changes to the way that equipment is operating to deliver energy savings. This has resulted in reductions in the amount of fuel used which in turn has had a positive impact on the
Europe - Optocore’s Festival Box has been successfully deployed on a number of festivals and tours this summer.
As demo systems were released to targeted dealers and production companies around the world, Optocore technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski, said, “It is gratifying that customers have trusted us with delivering a completely new device concept and placed it immediately on high-profile tours and festivals.”
Early adopters have included Billie Eilish and Spice Girls, both with Wigwam, while festivals have ranged from the mighty Sziget in Hungary and KFPP Opole in Poland, to Parklife and Bluedot festivals in the north of England.
Festival Box allows any audio protocol as well as video and data to tunnel over the same fibre, making it an efficient solution for multi-act scenarios. Migrating the technology from sister company BroaMan’s Repeat48WDM media converter, which uses Repeat48-2Fiber modules at its source, it offers countless conversion options, supporting all fibre protocols as well as Cat5 Ethernet-based standards or even HDMI, since the standard SFP optical module transceivers are hot swappable.
“With each sound engineer bringing different consoles to festivals, running different protocols to the stage box, everything can now be transported down Festival Box using just a single duplex fibre, thereby saving a tremendous amount of cabling between FOH and Stage,” continued Janiszewski.
Alex Hadjigeorgiou, from Optocore-BroaMan dealer, fac365, reports, “It’s been very well-received and we’ve had really
USA - At over 130 years old and counting, First United Methodist Church of Midland, Texas is the oldest church in Midland, an oil industry hub and home to over 100,000 people. The church enjoys local fame because its spacious and beautiful sanctuary was the site of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush’s wedding, and the First Lady’s mother, who is local to the area, is still a member.
A recent sound reinforcement system ‘upgrade’ to line arrays disappointed congregants, staff, and musicians alike because of its murky, indistinct sound. FUMC called in local AV integration firm Romeo Music, who worked with Danley representative Anderson Sales and Marketing to design and install a straightforward replacement system at a fraction of the cost, using Danley’s patented point-source technologies. The new Danley system is a hit, so much so that FUMC is considering a new Danley system for its contemporary worship space as well.
“This was a sensitive situation,” explains Rebecca Lowrey, account manager at Romeo Music. “First United Methodist holds a traditional service in the sanctuary, with reinforced voice, piano, choir, and string quartet. They also have a pipe organ. Many of the solo musicians are paid, which gives you a sense of how much the church respects music. Their new line array system was less than three years old. It was expensive, respectable technology but the wrong application.
“There were many spots in the sanctuary where no one could make out what the pastor was saying, and everywhere else it was muddy and reve
UK - Throughout a busy summer, event production specialists Light Fantastic Production Services has been supporting a number of major UK cinema releases, includingThe Lion King, Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Yesterday, Good Omens and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Working on behalf of client Limited Edition Event Design, recent projects required custom-built solutions tailored to the associated media campaigns and movie branding.
Complementing the colourful look of Toy Story 4, LFPS built a series of frames to surround the LED video walls which flanked the red carpet. Finished in a gloss blue laminate, the surrounds incorporated over 400 LED cabochons to mimic the fairground theme in the films advertising campaign. The same look extended to a 3D ‘step and repeat’ structure used for cast photos and an interview stage.
The LFPS team were back in Leicester Square to provide decking structures for the UK premier of Disney’s The Lion King. With the premiere screened in both the Odeon and Cineworld cinemas on different sides of the site, the project required the construction of a pair of walkways and raised bridges which allowed guests and celebrities to pass from the central gardens over the perimeter railings and back down to each destination. LFPS also provided the ornate stage structure which formed the centrepiece of the event.
LFPS managing director Rob Myer comments: “Over the years, our design and fabrication
New Zealand - Distribution and AVC support company JPRO presented an exclusive demo of the JBL VTX A8 line array to a group of entertainment and commercial industry representatives in Christchurch.
The VTX A8 is a compact line array system available in various formats for small to medium size installed and tour configurations. VTX A8 and its bigger brother VTX A12 have impressed this year during NZ's Summer Festivals - being used extensively with touring artists and music festivals such as Toto, UB40, Slayer, KORA, Sound Splash and The Hollies.
The demo took place at the newly rebuilt Christchurch Town Hall in the James Hay Theatre.
“It’s fantastic that we are able to use venues such as the James Hay Theatre to allow audiences to get a first-hand impression of the JBL VTX A8,” comments JPRO’s Nicholas van Dyk, sales manager South Island. “This is a new sound from JBL and it is important for people to experience the transparent, smooth sound for themselves. I enjoyed seeing their response when the system is run in full range - we had jaws dropping when we told guests that we were not running the subs.”
After a full range demo, JBL’s new generation of subwoofers, VTX B18 were used in cardioid configuration, while the VTX M Series touring wedges were demonstrated on stage.
Due to a tight schedule the crew were able to provide a fast setup - with final system checks ready to go in less than 90 minutes. “This is thanks to the VTX A-series newly devised world-leading rigging system, travel carts and packaging system, which al
UAE - ARX has appointed Gala Pro AV as its distributor in the United Arab Emirates.
Based in Dubai, Gala is a leading pro AV and lighting solutions provider who also represents Bosch, Lavoce Italiana and Odyssey. The company is exhibiting at the upcoming Prolight+Sound Middle East expo (15-17 October) in Dubai.
“Gala are ideally placed in the UAE to strengthen our brand and to build sales in a market where we see a great potential for growth,” comments Colin Park, managing director of ARX Systems.
USA - This week’s AES New York Convention will feature its first visit from the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which invites AES attendees to tour its facilities, learn about its mission of inspiring creativity, and participate in the interactive tent experience featuring jam sessions using the latest gear. Daily gear giveaways worth over $6,000 - with gear from Audio-Technica, Focusrite, Genelec, K&M, Neutrik, OWC, and Yamaha - will take place at the bus at 1:00pm each day of the exhibition.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its 22nd year, with the latest technology and gear, the bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios, participation in free digital media production workshops, and the production of giant peace signs. Assisted by three on-board engineers, students can learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions - all in one day.
The Lennon Bus is highly adaptable, designed to provide students, their schools and communities with performances, hands-on demonstrations, remote recordings, and studio sessions customized for their needs, levels of experience and interest. The bus, the physical manifestation of the mission of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus non-profit corporation, travels the country visiting schools, music and technology conferences and events, and partners with communities and media outlets to call attention to the importance of arts and
Europe - Loudspeaker technology specialist Fulcrum Acoustic has appointed Audires BV as its exclusive sales representative for Europe, Middle-East, and Africa.
Audires BV, based in Belgium, will be responsible for Fulcrum product sales and support within their territory. This appointment comes as Fulcrum is expanding its presence in the international market.
“As Fulcrum continues to grow, so does the demand for our products,” says Stephen Siegel, president and co-founder of Fulcrum Acoustic. “Audires will help us serve the EMEA markets directly with experienced representation.”
“My goal at Audires with my team is to represent the best brands in the industry. Fulcrum's exceptional product line, and the solutions they offer, definitely puts them in that category,” says Alain Boone, founder and owner of Audires BV. “I look forward to working closely with Fulcrum's team and the distributors for the EMEA market.”
China - Powersoft amplifier platforms have been chosen to drive the new audio system installed at Qingdao World Expo City (QWEC), a 32,000sq.m conference venue in the ancient coastal city of Qingdao.
The upgrade, handled by EZ Pro, focussed on QWEC’s Great Hall, which accommodates up to 1,500 people, has an area of 3,000 sqm, and can even be divided into two parts.
“We hoped to create a destination that is, in terms of scale and technology, far ahead of anything else in Northeast Asia,” says general manager Zhao Guangjun.
The venue was to be equipped with world-class audio-visual equipment to meet the needs of a variety of international and domestic high-end conferences. With this forward-thinking ethos in mind, Powersoft amplifier platforms were chosen.
“Powersoft products offer a traditionally amazing sound quality and reliability,” says Alan Ho, senior VP of business development at EZ Pro. “The Smart Rails Management (SRM) technology allows us to maximise the efficiency of the system and drastically reduce power consumption at any load and for any usage conditions. Its exclusive dampening coefficient compensation technology can also solve problems like line power loss that is caused by remote transmission.”
In total, EZ Pro installed 46 of Powersoft’s Quattrocanali 1204 amplifier platforms, as well as 23 of the Quattrocanali 2404 DSP+D. These particular versions of the Quattrocanali grant the integrator in-depth control and monitoring of all the signals via ArmonìaPlus, so that the sound can be tailored to suit any cu
China - National television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) used Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment from audio distributor Beijing Pacific Budee Technology Development Co. to record ambient sound during the dragon boat race at the 2019 Dragon Boat Festival recently held in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian. CCTV captured the sound using the WM Watertight Belt-Pack Transmitter, Venue Receiver, M152/5P Lavalier, and ALP620 Antennas.
The Dragon Boat Festival is an annual traditional Chinese holiday held on the fifth day of the fifth month near the Summer Solstice. Before 221 B.C., this day of the year was considered unlucky, and to counter this, Chinese cultural practices evolved to include the Dragon Boat Festival, a day for clearing disease and bad luck. A more modern celebration of the holiday includes the commemoration of the poet and minister Qu Yuan, who drowned in the Miluo River. Locals raced into the river to try to save him, and when they could not retrieve his body, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the water so fish would feast on rice rather than their beloved minister. This is said to have been the origins of the dragon boat races.
Today, some of the most widespread activities at the Festival include eating and preparing Zongzi, drinking Realgar wine, and racing dragon boats, a canoe-sport where the boats are generally decorated with Chinese dragon heads and tails for the competition.
“One of the most important parts of the festival is its dragon boat race. CCTV makes sure to broadcast one of the competitions on
Germany - Inaugurated in 2005, Munich’s Allianz Arena, with its striking façade of almost 3,000 air-filled panels which made it the first stadium to display a full colour-changing exterior, is one of the best-known football stadiums in the world.
Inside, too, the three-tiered stadium construction leaves an impression on the 75,000 plus spectators who come to see top national and international sport, and especially to support home football team Bayern Munich. For this season, the sound system in the Allianz Arena has stepped up its game. In cooperation with the engineering and planning office Müller-BBM, L-Acoustics certified provider system integrator, Wilhelm & Willhalm event technology group, have installed an extensive Kara system from L-Acoustics.
Since the Arena opened, Wilhelm & Willhalm has been the infotainment technology service provider to the venue, and won the upgrade project when Müller-BBM launched a tender for the new sound system which would provide optimized, uniform sound level distribution across all three tiers, improve of the transmission quality for music playback, as well as increase speech intelligibility for announcements. In addition, the new system needed to anticipate the upcoming Euro 2020 where, as part of the first pan-European European Football Championship, the only matches in Germany will be staged in there.
"The membrane roof of the Allianz Arena creates considerable reverberation in the spectator area. For this reason, care was taken to design a system that delivers sound to the spectators, minimizing
Finland - The Pori Jazz Festival is one of the oldest music festivals in the world. Technical provider for the event, rental company Aku’s Factory Oy, provided audio support which included multiple DiGiCo consoles for this event’s main stage.
Pori Jazz Festival started in 1966, with 2019 being its 54th consecutive year. The majority of the festival takes place on the beautiful Kirjurinluoto park island in the heart of the coastal city of Pori and delivers a diverse music programme that attracts artists from around the world.
This year’s main stage headliners were Stray Cats, Christina Aguilera and Toto, with popular local artists including contemporary singer-songwriter J Karjalainen, and global artists such as world music singer-songwriter, actor and activist Angélique Kidjo and living jazz legend, saxophonist Archie Shepp, also gracing its stages.
House consoles for the main stage were a DiGiCo SD10 and SD12 for front of house and an SD10 at the monitor position, plus an SD-Rack with 32-bit Stadius I/O cards. Guest consoles also included an SD9 and SD5.
“The majority of performances on the main stage used DiGiCo consoles,” says front of house engineer Jorma Tikka from DiGiCo’s Finnish distributor, Audico, which supplies consoles and provides support to Aku’s Factory Oy and who has been working on the festival’s main stage since 1992. “Typically, guest engineers who come here are demanding and technically knowledgeable. DiGiCo consoles have been the first choice of console for most of the engineers when we look at the tech
USA - A roundtable discussion exploring the transformative effects networked AV has on learning and higher education will take place at 11am, PT on 29 October. The event includes an in-person discussion between multiple AV experts. A live Q&A, where webinar attendees can ask questions of the participants, will occur immediately after the discussion. Registration for the webinar is open now at: www.audinate.com/ddm-edu
The roundtable event is hosted by Audinate, developer of the Dante AV networking technology, and brings together experts from the University of Southern California, University of Oregon, Arizona State University, University of Colorado, Denver and Brigham Young University - Idaho.
“When we talk with our partners about how they are using networked AV we always come away impressed at their innovation and ingenuity,” said Joshua Rush, senior vice president of marketing at Audinate. “This is especially true in the higher education market. We realised it would be incredibly beneficial to bring together some of the leading minds utilising networked AV in higher education - and then share that discussion with the industry at large.”