UK - Leading trade bodies and businesses are joining forces to issue a Red Alert and highlight the severe challenges faced by the live events industry and its entire supply chain due to the pandemic.
Planned for 11 August, the action will include social media and video drives as well as legal outdoor events, with other specific activities occurring on the day.
The initiative is part of the #WeMakeEvents campaign that aims to raise awareness of the sector’s struggles and to secure further support from the government.
“The live events industry supply chain that contributes to every single event in the UK is set to completely collapse,” comments Peter Heath, MD of PLASA. “Social distancing prohibits mass events, and even if this stopped now, long-term planning for events won’t enable a return until around March 2021. Now, the whole industry is coming together to initiate a Red Alert. We have been campaigning for financial support from the government using #WeMakeEvents because the sector is on its last legs.”
According to campaign research conducted last week, redundancies across the sector have already started. Of the companies surveyed, 10% said they plan to issue notices by the end of July whilst 15% intend to do so in August.
But 70% of those polled admitted they would make redundancies by end of the year, with a fifth expecting to lose 70% of staff.
Earlier this month, the UK government announced a £1.57bn rescue
France - In tandem with the recent release of LA Network Manager 3, L-Acoustics has introduced the M1 suite, a comprehensive set of measurement and monitoring tools. From data acquisition through system tuning to live monitoring, M1 harnesses the power of the manufacturer’s Milan-certified P1 processor and amplified controller hardware to deliver a streamlined system calibration process as well as realtime performance monitoring.
The M1 suite pairs system measurement and control software to work natively as one seamless solution. Providing an original, reliable, and more efficient method for calibration, M1 allows users to expand their capabilities and optimise their time, says the company.
Ideal tuning of a venue requires both data capture and analysis. For most systems on the market, calibration processes typically involve estimating optimum EQ and alignment settings, measuring these setting via mic placement, then capturing the data. For each setting, mic placement and capture must be performed multiple times to obtain measurements throughout an entire venue. Any adjustments made to EQ or alignment would naturally require the user to repeat the mic placement and capture process.
M1 is a dual-channel FFT measurement platform that automates this process -sequentially muting and unmuting different parts of the system that need to be measured, capturing audio, labelling measurements, and storing data to the proper groups automatically. With M1, mic placement and capture throughout the venue is done only once. Data is acquired and compiled in the
USA - An Audient ASP4816 is at the heart of a new studio setup at Kofa High School in Yuma District, Arizona, which happens to be the only school in the Yuma district to offer a Music & Audio Production programme. Career and technical education (CTE) Instructor, Adrian Matthews, describes it as “an incredible opportunity for our students”.
“We are currently in our second year of the program and it is going extremely well,” says Adrian, who since the new studio opened has been overwhelmed by the feedback from other staff members. “Reactions have ranged from complete amazement, to utter disbelief that there is a professional recording studio in a high school.”
When it came to specifying the gear, Adrian was looking for professional quality and an uncomplicated interface. “We only have 180 days in the school year, so I didn’t have the luxury of spending eight weeks teaching students how the console works. The inline configuration of the ASP4816 makes it extremely easy to use, so students get to spend more time using the console rather than just learning it.”
The studio itself is centred around the British console and a ProTools HDX system with AD-DA conversion handled by the Apogee Symphony I/O MkII. “The flexibility of the ASP4816 and the Symphony I/O allow us to track up to 24 inputs simultaneously. More than enough to handle any student session,” confirms Adrian who teaches levels I & II of Music and Audio Production. In time, his level II students might well get additional experience running recording sessions. “Ther
Australia - The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) recently committed more than AUD$50m to a substantial upgrade to its 100,000-seat stadium.
This included an AUD$25m contract for a new site-wide PA, transport and connectivity, masterminded by two eminent technology companies. Australian sound & AV consultants Auditoria conceived the system, and Diversified (who in 2019 acquired Rutledge AV in Australia) undertook the complex integration at the famous MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground).
Premier pro audio brands, including fibre network specialists, Optocore, were vital to the implementation. To give an idea of scale, more than 3,000 speakers now populate the seating bowl, function rooms and VIP suites, atria, internal concourse areas and exit gates.
The existing PA system, installed 14 years earlier, no longer met audience expectations, hence informal conversations with Auditoria concerning a refit began. They were duly awarded the audio upgrade consultancy, whereupon Auditoria and the MCC released a tender for the integration of the new design, and Diversified provided the winning bid. Following a year-long project the installation was completed in time for the first Test Match on Boxing Day 2019.
Auditoria co-designers Scott Willsallen and Luis Miranda designed and engineered the systems and specified all componentry and connectivity, with the latter managing the project and being joined in the latter stages by Justin Arthur for the commissioning process. For Diversified, Daniel Woodward managed the project, with Matt Edgcumbe (project director),
China - Christie is continuing its long-standing partnership with the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) for the 12th consecutive year.
The 2020 festival, which runs from 25 July to 2 August, is the first major international film festival to be held in China since the COVID-19 outbreak at the beginning of this year. Christie cinema projection systems will be used for movie screenings in theatres across Shanghai’s metropolitan area throughout this nine-day event. In addition, a Christie cinema projector will also be deployed for adjudication of films nominated for the Golden Goblet Award for Best Film. A total of nine films from around the world will vie for this award this year.
“We’re delighted to continue our partnership with SIFF for the 12th consecutive year to deliver visually-engaging contents from around the world to cinema audiences in China,” said Peter Chen, executive director, cinema sales for Greater China, Christie. “This is a clear affirmation of the enduring partnership that Christie has built with the SIFF, which has become one of the largest film festivals in Asia.
“Over the years, Christie’s success has been based on our strong relationships with our partners and customers. We highly value SIFF’s confidence in Christie to deliver an unparalleled experience for movie-goers, and we are strongly committed to faithfully deliver filmmakers’ vision to their audiences using our tried and tested cinema solutions.”
In addition to SIFF, Christie is associated with major film events such as the Cannes Film F
UK - Situated in the Dundela district of Belfast, St Mark’s Church has a remarkable heritage. Historically, it has strong links with the author CS Lewis, whose grandfather was the first rector of the Parish.
Designed by celebrated Gothic architect, William Butterfield, in 1876, it recently underwent a complete overhaul of its sound system, with Martin Audio partners, Rea Sound (under the project management of Roger McMullan), installing the manufacturer’s discreet O-Line software-optimised micro line array, which is purpose designed for houses of worship.
Rea Sound had introduced O-Line to the Irish church market as soon as it was introduced back in 2007 - and wherever budgets have permitted, they have continued to specify the award-winning solution. “Nine out of 10 people don’t believe it will deliver such clarity of voice reproduction until we demonstrate it,” McMullan explains.
In this instance the facility wanted an effective sound system that would provide just that clarity from front to back of the long rectangular space. “At the same time they didn’t want to have visible loudspeakers everywhere - and so O-Line was the obvious choice.”
The Grade A-listed Church of Ireland establishment had first approached Rea Sound back in 2018 after responding to an advertisement in a church magazine. “The previous PA was an old 100V line system and people in the centre and rear of the church couldn’t hear,” notes the Rea Sound project manager. “They had spoken to other sound companies, who had wanted to put speakers on pillars,
UK - Live music is back on the Channel Island of Guernsey. With lockdown restrictions on the island completely lifted on 20 June due to the eradication of all Coronavirus cases, the St James concert venue in Saint Peter Port is in the fortunate position of being one of the only live music venues to have re-opened its doors. And when it did so, the 350-capacity venue had completed its first phase installation of a new JBL VTX A8 PA system, a key component in an ongoing series of upgrades to the historic venue.
The search for a new sound system began in August 2019 when St James' executive director Jon Bisson visited the Independent Venue Week conference in London as a fact-finding and networking opportunity. It was there he met team members from Harman Professional and UK distributor Sound Technology - including Sound Technology’s Ben Todd and Joe East, and Harman’s Ed Jackson - and where he also heard Harman's newly introduced JBL VTX A8 line array for the first time.
Jon gives some background to the story: "St James is a beautiful venue in a fantastic location. We aim to deliver an exceptional experience for audiences and acts - highly desirable to come over to visit and easy for bands to play when they get here. That's everything from our hospitality, to the incredible local accommodation, to a stock of high-end backline. We knew we were already increasingly on the radar as an attractive venue for top-end acts but the final and much needed component was a PA upgrade to take us to the next level. With this JBL PA we've done just that. "
Croatia - With its seaside villages, white beaches, hilltop views, and Mediterranean climate, Croatia’s Istrian coast is a popular holiday destination on the Adriatic Sea.
The five-star Istra Premium Camping Resort in the coastal village of Funtana is one of the area’s most-sought locations.
The resort recently underwent a major renovation project including all new audio and video systems featuring Biamp DSP and powered by Linea Research amplification. As Tomislav Stubičan of Hust d.o.o. in Zagreb explains, the resort’s many different spaces and diverse requirements made it a complex project.
“It was extremely challenging to satisfy all the different wishes expressed by the architects, designers, and the investors, the Valamar Group,” Stubičan remarks. “The goal was to harmonize the latest technology with the resort’s high standards of elegance and the surrounding nature.”
The complex is divided into more than 40 multi-zones that can be individually monitored and managed in various configurations, including the central mall building, the pool and surrounding complex, as well as the commercial centre, movie theatre, sports complex, and digital gaming area.
Audio is distributed throughout the complex via a Dante network, with a Biamp Tesira DSP sending to over 100 loudspeakers from Community, TOA, and Apart.
The system is powered by just two Linea Research 8-channel amplifiers – one 88C10 and one 88C6, both Dante-enabled. As Stubičan observes, the Linea amps particularly shine in the movie theatre, where they po
Germany - Pioneer Pro Audio has appointed SLD Distribution as its new distributor in Germany.
The Fürth-based company distributes a number of leading international industry brands across the audio, lighting and AV sector. Its CEO Daniel Danzer has more than years experience in the audio industry, and in particular, the nightclub sector. He founded SLD Distribution last year to be a hub for installation, planning, rental and distribution of pro AV. SLD Distribution works closely with an established network of systems integrators and offers planning, advice, training and certification associated with all its brands.
Daniel Danzer comments, “We are very pleased to be representing Pioneer Pro Audio. The brand has a formidable reputation for sound and build quality. Where other brands manufacture plastic loudspeakers, Pioneer Pro Audio takes a different approach which I believe has great potential in many areas of the market. We look forward to further developing its presence in Germany through our extensive network of partners.”
Kei Aikawa, managing director of Pioneer Professional Audio adds, “Germany is a large and very significant market. SLD Distribution possesses a wealth of experience and expertise, and we’re very confident in its ability to expand Pioneer Pro Audio’s reach in the territory. We’re pleased to be represented by Daniel and look forward to a long and productive relationship.”
Sweden - Östermalms Saluhall in the Swedish capital of Stockholm is one of the world’s premier food halls and a cultural institution in its own right. First established in 1888, the beautiful building is classified as a historical monument. It has recently reopened after the most extensive renovation project in its 130-year history.
Four years on and 130m euros later, the food hall has regained its former glory and developed into a modern and sustainable trading venue, complete with a Genelec Smart IP loudspeaker solution for the Saluhall’s largest trader, Lisa Elmqvist.
Having expanded operations considerably over the years to include a gourmet restaurant as well as the food stall, Lisa Elmqvist now occupies nearly one-third of the hall’s newly renovated star-shaped space. In order to find a suitable audio solution to cover the various zones, Lisa Elmqvist turned to Stockholm AV integrator and pro audio specialist, JAM Stage & Proaudio, who quickly concluded that a Genelec Smart IP system was the ideal solution.
“The mission was to supply a high quality audio solution that could cover all of the various customer areas with ease,” explains JAM’s Dragan Nedeljkovic. “We needed a system that could deliver a tonal balance with good dispersion and off-axis response, to counter the noisy environment and create an oasis of calm for the restaurant diners. We also needed to be able to zone the areas efficiently to cater for events and other scenarios.”
However, given the extremely tight timescale and the constraints of the buil
Greece - Located in Porto Rafti (near Athens) Nakal is one of the city's most popular beach bar restaurants. The seaside restaurant offers a fusion and multi-cuisine dining experience with the signature of executive chef Dimitri Skarmoutso, the bar an endless list of classic and signature cocktails prepared by bartender/mixologist Aris Chatziantoniou and sounds are selected and spun by Maria Papidaki and VKD Djs.
The idyllic venue recently had a leading edge Outline sound system installed by the Italian manufacturer’s Greek distributor, Mega Event.
London-based sound designer and engineer John Karampelas made the first contact with Mega Event’s headquarters in Pallini (Athens) around December, requesting a preliminary proposal for a high quality audio solution for Nakal. The company’s team for the project comprised consultant Konstantinos Vaidanis, installation supervisor Panagiotis Galiadis and Bill Michailidis, responsible for system tuning.
Michailidis explains, “The construction was built from the ground up. We received the first drawings around January and immediately replied with our first estimate considering the acoustic data of Outline OpenArray 3D software and the limitation of the construction design. Constantly updating our design as the project proceeded, around February we had two basic scenarios, both with Outline’s Vegas series of loudspeakers, and finally chose Vegas CX series as the best solution in terms of coverage and size.”
Karampelas continues, “It was a very challenging project and I had three main concern
USA - What once was a 300-seat movie theatre Bristol Riverside Theatre (BRT) is located in the historic district of Bristol Borough in Eastern Pennsylvania. The theatre itself, built in 1937 and reopened as a performance hall in 1986, is well-known for bringing local and national artists to the stage, producing over 200 performances each year.
Earlier this year, BRT invited Eric Tucker, of New York City’s Bedlam Theatre to direct a production of King Lear with a fresh interpretation of the Shakespearean classic. The show ran for several weeks, starting 28 January and ending 16 February 2020.
When the production required a sound design, BRT re-enlisted the talents of consultant and sound designer, Brad Ward to assemble it. “One thing I liked about Bristol was the size, it’s a very intimate venue, you don’t need a lot of speakers to achieve the result you want,” said Ward, whose recent theatre work includes previous shows with Tucker at BRT, The Rivals, as well as Choir Boy, which won a Tony award for Best Sound in 2019.
Ward also works as a systems designer with New York firm Auerbach Pollack Friedlander on renovation projects such as Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, Marymount Manhattan Theatre in New York City, and is the associate sound designer and system designer for Take Me Out at Second Stage Theatre on Broadway.
Ward’s challenge was to find a creative audio solution to create an aural atmosphere for the play. Following a suggestion from Mark Meding of On-The-Road Marketing, Ward turned to RCF
Austria - Since its inception in 2011, the Woodstock der Blasmusik festival has been attracting crowds of up to 60,000 brass music fans each June to Ort im Innkreis in Austria. With brass aficionados obliged to stay at home by COVID-19, this year the organisers treated them to an evening of livestreamed performances from the festival site, featuring eight bands and mixed from an Allen & Heath dLive system.
The FOH and broadcast audio rig for this online incarnation of Woodstock Der Blasmusik was supplied and managed by Martin Bröll of Greenbee Records Studios, working closely with the festival’s technical manager, Mario Schwarz, who oversaw all aspects of the audio, video and streaming.
With eight bands, three stages and over 60 inputs to look after, Martin chose his DM32 MixRack as the core of a dLive system running the PA sound, broadcast mix and intercoms. Portable DX168 expanders were added for local IO on the main stages, plus a modular DX32 expander for front of house IO and connection of outboard FX and compressors. The DM32 was fitted with a Waves3 card for integration with a Soundgrid Server One for additional plugins.
The performances were mixed on a dLive S5000 Surface, with a secondary mixer taking care of summing mixes, video sound and interview mics. A Dante 128x128 card in the S5000 allowed Martin to capture multitrack recordings of the performances on two laptops running Dante Virtual Soundcard.
“With several bands performing on multiple stages over six hours, the main challenge with this event was managing the
UK - Hastings-based rock heavyweights, Kid Kapichi, stamped their name firmly onto the hide of the UK rock scene last year, and just before lockdown they played their local venue, The Printworks.
The band is fronted by Jack Wilson and Ben Beetham and for this gig sound engineer Alfie Rolph made sure that they performed to 200 ecstatic fans upstairs through a Martin Audio Blackline XP12 / XP118 PA rig, supplied by partners Old Barn Audio (OBA).
“The Martin Audio speakers represented a huge upgrade,” said Wilson, “and we’ll now be looking to use them for all future events of that level.”
Alfie Rolph, an employee of OBA, and one of the Printworks’ sound techs, reviewed the existing sound system and decided it was time for an upgrade. “Although it was a tried and trusted system, I knew that for Kid Kapichi’s last gig here, these local legends needed a truly special send off.”
And so he turned to Old Barn Audio for their recommendations. “I had heard great things about Martin Audio products and especially the BlacklineX Powered range so I was intrigued to hear them in action. Speaking with Chris from Old Barn, we agreed on four XP12s and a pair of XP118s. On arrival I was surprised by how light the speakers were; speakers with built-in DSP are usually a two-man job to carry but these were easy to handle by myself. We got the speakers configured incredibly quickly, and I was surprised by how easy the BlacklineX Powered system was to set up.
“The sound from these speakers absolutely blew me away,” he exclaimed. “Straig
South Africa - In a live stream filmed at MGG Productions in Sandton, and hosted on SACIA's YouTube channel, the technical production and live events industry announced the launch the national campaign #LightSAred, to be held on 5 August 2020.
Sharif Baker, chair of the TPSA, announced that the technical production and live events industry will be spearheading a symbolic resistance campaign that will see buildings across the country lit up in red on 05 August.
"The colour red is the international colour of emergency," Baker explains. "We are following the example set by our colleagues in Germany and the UK in lighting our national monuments red to highlight the desperate plight of our industry under current lockdown policies and regulations." Baker went on to emphasise that the #LightSAred campaign is not affiliated with any political body or ideology. "We are simply an events industry in dire straits that is currently being ignored."
Joining Baker during the live launch was Kevan Jones, executive director of SACIA. "As a recognised industry association for the communications industry in Southern Africa, we have been trying to engage the Government and the Department of Arts and Culture for five months. We were the first industry to be shut down under the lockdown restrictions, and we will likely be the last to be allowed to return to full capacity. Despite this, we have not received any acknowledgement from Government to date.”
Projeni Pather, who is the chair of AAXO added to the debate, stating, “The events industry in South Africa has
APAC - Alwyn Wong has joined Symetrix as their new regional sales manager overseeing the Asia-Pacific region.
Wong comes to Symetrix with over 20 years of experience in the professional audio industry. He was first introduced to audio DSP’s while working on a system installation for the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. He later spent six years at Harman Professional as a technical sales engineer, and then as a senior application engineer.
Most recently, Wong came from Peavey Commercial Audio where he was the technical manager overseeing the APAC territory.
“It is my honour to work for one of the top Audio DSP brands where I can utilise my expertise in network audio,” says Wong. “With my ample experience in the Asia-Pacific market, I feel confident that we can navigate the audio-visual landscape and produce favourable outcomes.”
Wong will oversee the daily and long-term sales operations and performance of Symetrix distributors in Asia-Pacific and provide expertise and consultation on operations, sales performance, and growth strategies for authorized re-sellers, distributors and AV consultants.
“The SymFamily is thrilled to welcome Alwyn Wong to the team to represent Symetrix and to serve our partners across Asia-Pacific," comments Tylene Robinson, Symetrix international sales & operations manager.
USA - Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl has appointed Conor McGill as a global business development manager with a special focus on the US media server market.
McGill is the former director of strategic partnerships at Float4 in Montreal. At aV Stumpfl, he will focus on growing the customer base of the media server system Pixera.
"I first used an AV Stumpfl product for a projection mapping project at a NFL football stadium in the USA four years ago. That project was a smashing success and every interaction I've had with the company since has been stellar,” says McGill. “I feel very fortunate to have found my way to the company and am looking forward to working with old and new customers alike on cutting edge media projects with Pixera," says McGill.
In 2018, AV Stumpfl GmbH established AV Stumpfl Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, and has continued to grow its team and general market presence ever since.
Fabian Stumpfl, AV Stumpfl GmbH CEO, comments: “Although it is a cliché on one hand, it is true that a crisis offers opportunities. Since the early lockdown phase of the pandemic, our Pixera team managed to train more than 300 AV professionals by way of our immersive online training courses. Many of the participants came from the US, which is another reason why we are very happy to welcome Conor to our team. His wide-ranging experience as an AV industry professional and his great enthusiasm for our Pixera product family will help our next generation media server system become a household name
UK - Realtime video manipulation expert Green Hippo has introduced “a small-yet-powerful” media server to its range, the Hippotizer Nevis+.
Featuring all of the creative power of its well-known bigger brothers, Hippotizer Nevis+ is designed to provide a smaller, inexpensive solution for video creation, visualisation and playback, with all of Hippotizer’s software features as standard.
The Nevis+ is a half-rack or wall-mount unit offering one display port 1.2 output with software-based EDID management, two network ports and the latest versions of Hippotizer’s user-friendly tools including SHAPE 3D Mapping, PixelMapper and the multipurpose pre-visualisation tool, all built into its Hippotizer V4 software.
“We’ve designed the Nevis+ for a broad range of less demanding applications, including live music and theatre tours, corporate events and TV OB/on location productions, which have logistical and budget restrictions and where the the control systems need to be compact,” says Green Hippo’s sales and marketing director, David March.
“Nevis+ offers a full, rugged media server inside a small, purpose-built chassis that you can pack into carry-on luggage. It’s lightweight, affordable and offers straightforward control with all the popular Hippotizer features that simplify powerful video manipulation.
“Green Hippo has developed Nevis+ in response to an ever-increasing use of visual displays in live entertainment and fixed installations, and despite it being in the production phase before the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now ne
Rwanda - The first S12T Streamline OB van for the African continent has been successfully delivered to Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA). Built and outfitted by Broadcast Solutions in Germany in just three months, the Streamline S12T is a truck/box body combination with one extension for up to 14 workplaces. Accommodating up to 12 cameras, it also features the first Lawo mc²56 MkIII console for the African continent.
Arthur Asiimwe, director general at Rwanda Broadcasting Agency, comments, “We were looking for a flexible OB truck that is easy to deploy and to operate. The vehicle’s fast delivery time and perfect price-performance ratio were further decisive criteria for contracting Broadcast Solutions with the production and delivery.”
At the heart of the vehicle’s audio section, Broadcast Solutions installed a Lawo mc²56 console with 32 channel strips and a Lawo Nova73 compact core router to provide a flexible user interface with a host of control options right at the audio engineer’s sweet spot. The mc²56’s pristine audio quality and full support of the open Ravenna/AES67 and ST2110 standards were additional arguments to select the mc²56.
Ralf Schimmel, Lawo’s sales director for the African continent, says: “Lawo is delighted with RBA’s choice of an S12T truck and the decision to equip it with an mc²56 console alongside other top-spec gear. With well over 1,200 models sold, Lawo’s mc² series has been a staple for OB trucks built in Europe and used the world over - and now Africa is following suit. That this should be in Rw
UK - Audio manufacturer Powersoft has supported Leeds-based audio integrator, Audioserv, in creating a vast audio system for Roxy Ball Room, Roxy Leisure’s bowling alley and bar experience in Birmingham.
The American style venue harbours a 10-lane bowling alley, which also includes a bar, creating a vibrant experience with the help of a modern audio system. Audioserv, who have also provided audio systems for over 15 of Roxy Ball Room’s locations, took on the task of providing and installing audio equipment for the venue, with support from Powersoft audio distributor CUK.
“We’ve been working with Roxy Ball Room since the beginning of the brand in 2013,” explains Pete Rollinson, technical director of Audioserv. “For the Birmingham venue, we designed a system to give consistent coverage across the whole space, with an added impact in certain areas of the venue, like we did for the other Roxy Ball Room locations.”
In order to create a system capable of meeting these requirements, Audioserv, together with Roxy Leisure’s Matt Jones, designed a sound system that had the ability to sound like a club system when required, but also could provide balanced, quality background music. The system was created using Turbosound loudspeakers, Powersoft amplifiers and Audac enclosures.
In order to create a directional sound system from the back, upstairs part of the ball room to the end of the bowling lanes, the placement of the equipment was carefully considered. Mounted horizontally on the back wall upstairs of the venue, five Turbosound TSC122
UK - Cranborne Audio is now s shipping the Camden EC2 - a 19” rackmount, dual-channel preamp based on the award-winning Camden 500.
Camden EC2 combines two Camden mic/line/hi-z preamps featuring Mojo analogue saturation circuits with two reference-quality headphone amplifiers and discrete line mixers for zero-latency, direct-monitoring during tracking.
Featuring two reference-quality headphone amplifiers with independent line mixers, the Camden preamps can be monitored directly using headphones connected directly to Camden EC2’s front panel. Use headphones during mic placement to find the sweet spot of the instrument/source or create zero-latency artist mixes by combining the preamp signals with external playback from the Aux Input ¼” jacks on Camden EC2’s rear panel.
Camden EC2 also utilises Cranborne Audio’s C.A.S.T. system for distributing audio around the studio or stage using affordable shielded Cat 5e, Cat 6, or Cat 7 cabling whilst achieving ‘the highest sonic results’.
The Cranborne Audio Camden EC2 is available in the UK/ROI through Sound Technology.
USA - Anaïs Mitchell’s hit musical Hadestown has worldwide attention since making its Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre last April. Directed by Rachel Chavkin, the show boasts an all-star audio production team, led by sound designers Jessica Paz and Nevin Steinberg. Included among the show’s audio gear are DPA Microphones’ 4066 mnidirectional Headsets, 4061 Omnidirectional Lavaliers and 4099 Instrument Mics.
When Chavkin expressed to the pair that her direction for Hadestown was to have the theatre feel like a concert hall, they immediately knew that microphone selection would be especially important. “For the actors, who are all double mic’ed, we chose a combination of DPA 4066 Omnidirectional Headset Mics with backup 4061 Miniature Omnidirectional Mics attached to the frame,” says Paz. “I greatly appreciate the discreet profile of the 4061s as they are very easy to hide in a wig or someone’s hair.”
Paz also appreciates the small stature of the brand’s 4099 Instrument Mics. “With the band being on stage, we wanted to keep a very neat and tidy look that was free of microphone stands,” she explains. “So, we chose to rely on DPA’s 4099 Instrument Mics for close-mic’ing the strings (guitar, cello, bass and violin). Aside from the benefit of its small size, the 4099 is also simple to attach to instruments, easy to work with and sounds great on anything you put it on. Additionally, we placed a 4061 inside of the housing of the piano to capture its full sound.”
The DPA microphones that were used on Hadesto
Germany – The town of Bendorf, on the outskirts of Koblenz, has been staging its Summer In The City festival for many years. And even the COVID-19 pandemic was not going to stop proceedings this year.
Operating as a weekend-only event for its first decade - in the Kirchplatz, a square in the centre of town - this year it managed to get permission to run through until the end of August. This was on the proviso that the event was restricted to 300 seated and socially distanced seated guests, part of a maximum capacity of 350 (including artists, technical crews and staff).
The sound system that will take it right through the summer season is a Martin Audio WPC, acquired by Michael Enchelmaier’s rental company, Event & Veranstaltungstechnik Enchelmaier (EVE). This is the centrepiece of a complete technical infrastructure provided by the company.
A customer of Martin Audio for the past 17 years Enchelmaier is also the president of Working Group Bendorf Rockfestival, who stage the event, and who have been promoting rock events and festivals in the town for the past 35 years.
“We actually stopped promoting this festival in 2018 due to work pressure, but COVID-19 has brought us all back together with the goal of promoting this extra-long festival to show that culture and music is still possible in these times.”
As to how they gained permission, he says: “We received a detailed hygiene concept from the government, and the local regulatory office gave permission to go ahead providing we managed to implement it.”
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Canada/Europe - Bluesound Professional, specialist in distributed audio ecosystems for commercial spaces, has announced the addition of four new distribution partners covering key territories in Western Europe. The new distributors are Gaplasa Pro (Spain), M-Pro (BeNeLux), Magnelusa (Portugal) and Polar (UK).
“We are delighted to be able to welcome another four great distributors to our European team. We are fortunate to be able to work with some of the best distributors in the business. Having worked with most of these companies before, this new relationship for Bluesound Professional will prove viable as this will help cover almost all of the key European territories,” said Graeme Harrison, vice-president and general Manager, Bluesound Professional.
Bluesound Professional is continuing its efforts to grow its distribution network. Since its launch at the Integrated Systems Europe show in February 2019, the company has expanded to more than 15 international markets. Bluesound is encouraging interested and qualified parties to submit an inquiry via the company's website, bluesound.com.