Europe - ALC NetworX, developer of the the Ravenna technology, has announced Weigl Control as the latest Ravenna partner.
Based near Linz, Austria, Weigl s known around the world as Weigl Control, a specialist in high performance hardware and software solutions for show control. Weigl Control provides interactive and multi-media electronic controllers for theme parks, museums, sauna & spas, retail and more.
Created with a focus on embedded playback for animatronics and motion control, Weigl has expanded their hardware and cross-platform software offerings over the past decade to include large scale lighting, media and logic capabilities to support the production of some of the world’s best themed entertainment examples.
“I’m happy to be a Ravenna partner,” says Manfred Weigl. “The ProCommander X Series, which we developed in celebration of our company’s 10th company anniversary, will use Ravenna for network-based audio distribution. The ProCommander X Series expands the functionality of the ProCommander Series with polyphony, advanced networking, extended network lighting playback and digital motor control via industry standard CANOpen and EtherCAT protocols.
“We chose Ravenna for its state-of-the-art, standards-based technology, its unsurpassed flexibility and the ability to provide our customers with a wide range of AES67-compatible network devices.”
Andreas Hildebrand at ALC NetworX, states: “I am really proud that Weigl Control has chosen Ravenna as their network-based audio distribution technology. Weigl Contr
China - Brompton Technology has launched a Chinese version of its website. Including all downloadable documentation, as well as product and feature pages, it makes Brompton’s technical information readily available to the Chinese market.
A major part of Brompton Technology’s strategy in recent years has been to find ways of strengthening its support for its panel manufacturer partners, most of whom are based in Shenzhen. The new website is the latest in a string of initiatives, the first of which was the creation of an office in Shenzhen at the beginning of 2019.
Led by Elijah Ebo, Brompton’s general manager (Asia), the office is staffed by Chinese-speaking account managers and field application engineers (FAEs). In addition to employing native Mandarin-speakers, the company offers free Mandarin language lessons to all Brompton Technology staff.
At the beginning of 2020, Brompton released its Configuration Application (Config. App) tool in Chinese, one of a suite of tools that simplifies the integration of its Tessera processing system for panel manufacturers.
“The Chinese language website is a natural continuation of this programme and allows us to better support our customers in Asia,” explains Ebo. “It provides all-important technical specifications, downloadable documentation, and information on our features and products, all with the goal of making Brompton processing more accessible for our Chinese speaking customers.”
Europe - London-based Capital Sound, long-time audio supplier to the Welsh rockers, deployed an all-Outline system for the European leg of their Kind 2020 tour, in support of their new album released in late 2019.
The tour made 13 stops across Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy, taking in a variety of venues. Capital Sound provided a total Outline inventory including 28 Superfly enclosures for the main system plus 12 Mantas 28 cabinets for side hangs, six LIPF-082 stage lip-fill speakers and 12 GTO-SUB subwoofers. System control was from a single Outline Newton FPGA processor.
The band’s long-serving sound engineer Dave Roden was at FOH. He commented, “Nick Boulton and I have found Superfly to be an exceptionally good sounding and flexible cabinet. It has a very flat, consistent response which reacts very well to EQ and copes easily with a wide dynamic range of programme material. The low box weight and fly-ware also means we can hang a sufficiently high number of cabinets from the smallest to the largest of venues, whether clubs, theatres or arenas.
Some of the results have been truly stunning and all in all, I feel the combination of Superfly and Mantas was the perfect choice for the European leg of the Stereophonics World Tour 2020. I look forward to using Outline products again in the future…”
Capital Sound system tech Nick Boulton adds: ‘I was very impressed with the musicality of the Superfly. In terms of tonality, it's very smooth and hi-fi and allows you to get very even coverage with smooth t
Australia - ClearOne has announced a new distribution agreement with Audio Visual Distributors (AVD), headquartered in Queensland Australia to represent ClearOne’s full line of audio conferencing, visual collaboration, and AV networking solutions.
"AVD’s experience in the AVIT Australia and New Zealand market is second to none with prime focus on customer service and support,” noted David Gledhil,l regional sales consultant, UK, Ireland, Benelux, Oceania at ClearOne. “ANZ is an important market for us and we are looking forward to working with AVD to serve our channel partners and customers in the region who will effectively offer full commercial and technical value from pre-sales thru post-sales support.”
"We are delighted to partner with ClearOne as a leader in voice and visual communications solutions for changing workspace demands,” stated Simon Fourie, technical director of Audio Visual Distributors. “This relationship complements our range of other industry-leading technologies and provides our channel partners and customers with end-to-end solutions for their commercial audio and visual communication requirements.”
UK - Ampetronic and USA-based Williams AV have announced a pan-European strategic partnership, as well as a distribution partnership for the UK and Ireland.
From 1July, Ampetronic will provide in-region technical and sales support for Williams’ European distribution partners and customers. Ampetronic will also provide European warehousing and logistics support to ensure rapid stock availability across the region for both Williams and Ampetronic product ranges.
In addition, effective 1 May, Ampetronic will become Williams AV’s exclusive distribution partner in the UK and Ireland, offering Williams’ broad product portfolio to its customers.
Ampetronic and Williams AV are both long-standing global champions for hearing accessibility, each of them leading their technology fields in assistive listening solutions. Ampetronic is a market leader in hearing loop technology, and Williams AV specialises in receiver based assistive listening with IR, FM and WiFi platforms, as well as having expertise and products in other areas of communications technology.
“The new partnership brings together strong and complimentary product lines and well-matched philosophies, and will give a new focus and energy on ensuring society can meet the needs of people who experience hearing loss,” says a joint statement.
Of the new strategic partnership agreement Ampetronic MD, Julian Pieters comments: “Williams AV has a strong brand and reputation in the USA, and they are passionate advocates for hearing loops and direct-to-hearing aid solutions for assistiv
Australia - With a CV that spans everything from rock ’n’ roll to opera, Andrew Crawford (aka The Mix Wizard) has been revealing his mixing secrets to a global YouTube audience through his MixWizard Sessions.
In an ongoing video series that kicked off at the end of March, Andrew, from Allen & Heath’s Australian distributor, TAG, has already racked up almost 20,000 views and covered topics ranging from how to use SQ’s onboard compressor as a de-esser to setting up A&H mixers for live webcasting. There have even been guest appearances from Allen & Heath's MD Rob Clark in a run of four episodes where The Mix Wizard admirably matches up to Rob in a fierce compressor 'nerd-off'.
“In normal times my world is all about connecting with the audio community in Australia, and I’ve driven thousands and thousands of miles in the Ampervan to run SQ, Avantis and dLive trainings,” Andrew comments. “Right now that’s obviously not an option, so as I am surrounded by gear I decided to create the MixWizard Sessions as a different way to share some of the creative mixing techniques that I’ve evolved over the years. We’ve had great interaction from viewers, and that’s helped me to come back with totally relevant tips and tricks.”
Allen & Heath’s full programme of webinars and livestreams, along with the MixWizard Sessions, can be found on the Allen & Heath Sessions web page:
USA - To meet popular demand, Audinate has extended its online Dante webinar series.
This is an opportunity to officially obtain new Dante certifications, learn about Dante Domain Manager and ‘join interesting discussions on case studies and Dante design principles’ says Audinate.
Audinate is offering over 25 free online learning opportunities this month – some available in a variety of languages.
Webinar topics include: Dante Design and Case Studies, Dante Domain Manager, Dante Certification Programme plus previous webinar recordings. Visit: www.audinate.com
Namibia - With more than a third of the world’s population on lockdown as countries implement measures to slow the spread of Covid-19, priorities are being thrown into sharp focus.
In Windhoek, Namibia, technical production and rental company dB Audio’s first concern was to ensure that its staff would be safe and well during the lockdown period which started on 27 March and was extended to 4 May by President Hage Geingob.
dB Audio is normally involved in a wide range of live events – from corporates to dance and music shows, experientials and awards presentations through to commercials. Namibia’s abundant and beautifully desolate desert locations and unspoiled coastline have long been a favourite for location scouts. Over the years, the company has been a steady investor in Robe moving lights.
But all live events stopped on 16 March when public gatherings were banned.
Now, together with others, dB Audio Namibia’s management are talking to officials and bureaucrats and fighting to get the industry recognised, together with for example tourism, as a “most affected” sector - and be eligible for financial assistance from the government.
Luckily at this stage, although temporarily ceasing operations, dB Audio Namibia has managed to keep nearly all staff in place. Those who can work from home are doing so – at negotiated reduced wages and hours – but at least enough to survive.
“Communication has been key in getting ourselves organised for lockdown,” explained dB Audio Namibia’s Ernst Steynberg.
UK - VE Day was an event of particular significance for RG Jones, the oldest continuously trading independent sound company in the UK and one of the oldest three in the world. It is 75 years since founder, Reginald Jones, provided public address systems for the VE Day celebrations in London.
Reginald’s son Robin Jones took over the company after his father passed away in 1987. Robin, who was a long-standing and active committee member of the APRS, has been instrumental at curating the company history archives and has also been transcribing records from the sought after Oak Records; a highly collectable record collection created by RG Jones Studios.
Robin recently transcribed audio for a client from a 78rpm disc of the Loafers Dance Band, recorded by RGJ in March 1945 at a victory celebration dance at the old Epsom Baths (they boarded over the baths to turn it into a dance hall). Robin added “My father also provided sound reinforcement for C.O.L Military Band Lunch Hour Concerts held on steps of St Pauls’ Cathedral during war to raise morale. The concerts were so popular they continued every Thursday many years after the war ended; into the late 1990’s.”
Fifty years later, in 1995, RG Jones' crew returned to continue the company's legacy providing audio for the performance in front of Buckingham Palace – the massed bands were on the forecourt, the stage was built in the central gate and featured Dame Vera, Harry Secombe and Cliff Richard. FOH was on the Victoria Memorial in the middle of the roundabout, clearly visible in the video.
France - From today, 11 May, Nexo will gradually begin restarting its manufacturing operations in Plailly and Saint-Pierre-de-Côle. The return to normal service, in accordance with the guidelines of the French authorities, will involve adjusted working hours to meet health and safety protocols, and the current demand. Most of the company’s key suppliers have now resumed their own activity.
For several months, the Nexo team has been continuously adapting itself, staying proactive and agile in the face of the unprecedented challenges caused by the coronavirus. Jean Mullor, company CEO, states, “Our first goal remains the health of our employees, guaranteeing them a safe working environment and working practices that align with government guidelines and common-sense good behaviour rules.”
Nexo R&D, sales, engineering support, and administration teams will continue normal operations in the “unlockdown period”, principally working from home. Despite the difficult economic environment, Nexo has still managed to recruit new people into key positions in its sales and R&D departments.
“We are keeping our operations running as smoothly as possible during the current situation,” continues Jean Mullor. “Our teams are reaching out to partners across the world to provide support during these tough times, and we are looking to find ways for Nexo to make a difference during this crisis. Unfortunately, it will be some time before customers will be allowed to visit Nexo sites but our engineering support and sales teams have done a great job s
USA - Lectrosonics has introduced the two newest members of the D Squared digital wireless family, the DPR digital plug-on transmitter and the DSQD/AES-3 receiver.
The next extension of the D Squared wireless family platform which premiered in 2019, the DPR digital plug-on transmitter is fully compatible with the DSQD digital receiver and features a tuning range of 470 to 608 MHz (470 to 614 MHz for the export version). The new transmitter includes specially developed, high efficiency circuitry for extended operating time on two AA batteries, and offers RF power selections at 25 and 50 mW.
Studio quality audio performance is assured by high quality components in the preamp, wide range input gain adjustment and DSP-controlled analogue limiting. Input gain is adjustable over a 55dB range in 1dB steps to allow an exact match to the input signal level, maximizing audio dynamic range and signal to noise ratio. The two-way IR port ensures quick setup and allows for encryption key transfer and other data sharing between units.
The DPR can be configured as either a transmitter or a recorder, with files stored on microSD card memory in the industry standard Broadcast Wave .wav (BWF) format at 24-bits, 48kHz sample rate.
The new DSQD/AES3 digital receiver is a four-channel, half-rack design with high-resolution colour display, analogue or AES digital outputs, and rear BNC antenna ports with ‘loop-thru’ buffered BNC outputs to another receiver. The new receiver is compatible with the latest Lectrosonics all-digital transmitters including the DPR plug
UK - Harman Professional Solutions and UK distributor Sound Technology have announced that the AKG Podcaster Essentials bundle, previously only available in the US, is now available in the UK with stock arriving this month.
Designed to give podcasters, video producers and content creators a professional edge, the AKG Podcaster Essentials bundle includes the new AKG Lyra USB microphone, AKG K371 headphones, Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software, a four-part Berklee Online recording class, and a full set of audio cables including a headphone splitter.
The AKG Lyra is an ultra-HD, multi-mode USB microphone that delivers pristine 24-bit, 192 kHz audio quality, with four versatile capture modes suited to a wide range of recording applications. AKG K371 headphones provide clear, detailed sound with largest-in-class 50mm drivers and a closed-back design for superb sound isolation. Ableton Live 10 Lite is a streamlined audio production platform that allows users to quickly and easily record and edit professional podcasts.
“Today’s podcasters and content creators need versatile, powerful audio solutions that enable them to create the highest quality productions that stand apart from the crowd,” said Chris Hansen, director of recording and content creation, Harman Professional Solutions. “The AKG Podcaster Essentials bundle provides everything creators need to transform their computer into a professional-quality podcasting studio.”
Ableton Live 10 Lite is a fast, flexible, lightweight version of Ableton’s flagship Live 10 audio production
USA - FOX Sports went the whole nine yards in its coverage of Super Bowl LIV in Miami this year, building a South Beach studio compound that represented the network’s largest footprint ever for a Super Bowl. FOX Sports’ collaborated with Creative Works London on the studios’ set content package, which featured disguise solutions driving more than 50 sq.m of LED video at the compound.
The South Beach location, just steps away from the ocean at Lummus Park, included two separate stages with LED mounted high on their facades and a large demonstration field with an LED video wall backdrop. Occupied by Fox Sports, FS1 and Fox Deportes, the compound hosted an extensive amount of Super Bowl Week coverage and the pre-game show.
"When a client like FOX Sports pops up asking for a 'concert style’ graphic system, and you are a branding and content creation studio with a wealth of experience in live events content production you jump at the chance. That’s how it began for Super Bowl LIV,” recall Jeremy Leeor and Dan Potter, co-founders of Creative Works London. The company had previously worked with the network on its NFL graphics packages for 2014 New York and 2017 Houston Super Bowl live events.
“We were always confident we could deliver something that would stand out and make an impact,” Potter says. “Due to our long-term relationship and our own track record we were in a good position to influence the type of playback system used. We knew that disguise would deliver what FOX Sports’ executive vice president/creative director Gary Hartley
India - CineTech Engineering Works recently equipped Shree Talkies with JBL Professional’s Dolby Atmos-designed audio system that enables the theatre to show films with immersive sound.
Located on the north side of Agra, the Shree Talkies movie theatre boasts the highest cinema revenue in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The recently upgraded 860-seat main theatre became the first in the city to offer Dolby Atmos sound, which features ceiling and full-range surround speakers to create an immersive, three-dimensional soundstage. To comply with Dolby’s strict specifications for Atmos theatres and offer a premium audio experience, Shree Talkies hired cinema integrator CineTech Engineering Works to outfit the theatre with JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.
“With the theatre having a seating capacity of 860, total throw distance of 112ft and height of around 45ft, designing an immersive audio system with overhead speakers was a challenge,” said Asad Rashid, owner of CineTech Engineering Works. “Only JBL can deliver professional cinema sound in this type of large-format theatre, with products like the ScreenArray and Cinema Surround Series loudspeakers. And with the help of Harman Professional Solutions team, we were able to finish the installation before the deadline."
Behind the screen, JBL 5742 high-power ScreenArray loudspeakers deliver maximum output with minimal distortion for the left, centre and right channels. Screen Spreading Compensation (SSC) and Optimized Aperture Waveguide technology give the 5742 speakers extremely foc
The Netherlands - Alcons Audio is to present a new series of online educational sessions, featuring industry names and special guests, beginning 12 May. Whether specialising in touring/production, installation, or cinema, this series will “delve into the latest technology, spark innovative dialogue, and expand the sound designer’s toolbox”.
Alcons’ online Go-To presentations have always been an essential part of the company’s USA communications for supporting engineers and consultants, training new dealers and providing information to potential customers. With the increased demand for online information, Alcons is now making these presentations available to a much wider audience.
Presented by David Rahn of Alcons Audio USA, with guest input from several renowned audio engineers, each webinar will be 30-60 minutes in length. The webinars will provide a detailed insight into Alcons’ products and applications, and will explore the technology behind the company’s multiple-patented pro-ribbon audio solutions and the benefits they bring to the pro audio industry.
Every session will start with an introduction to Alcons Audio, with key information about the company, and will finish with a short Q&A session. Participants will be invited to discuss the different topics and to exchange views on current market standards and the future of Pro Audio.
“Our multiple-patented pro-ribbon transducer technology has always been surrounded by misconceptions about overall usability in professional sound reinforcement. With the webinars we aim t
USA - While some churches have ignored the shelter-in-place orders - to the disdain of many - Orlando’s Experience Christian Centre took a decidedly different approach. By taking their Good Friday worship service outdoors to a parking lot, church officials were able to satisfy their congregation’s desire for spiritual guidance while maintaining social distancing. It proved to be both an uplifting and responsible approach for everyone. To ensure the congregation could hear the message clearly, sound was delivered by a healthy assortment of loudspeaker enclosures from DAS Audio.
Orlando, FL-based MTI Sound, Lighting, and Staging, an event production services company that addresses a wide range of projects, was contracted to provide sound, staging, and lighting for Experience Christian Centre’s outdoor worship service.
Utilising loudspeakers drawn from DAS Audio’s Aero and Road Series catalogues, the MTI team delivered a robust sound system that provided the power, clarity, and music reproduction characteristics essential to maintain pace with the contemporary worship style characteristic of Experience Christian Centre. Scott Shryock, MTI’s President and CEO, discussed the project and his reason for selecting DAS Audio.
“Guided by Pastor Derrick McRae, Experience Christian Centre offers a contemporary worship experience that is both spiritually and musically uplifting,” Shryock reports. “In order to ensure suitable coverage while providing both a high level of speech intelligibility and the music reproduction capability essential for th
Thailand - To provide good quality sound for speakers and performers, Mahajak Development Co recently equipped the Young Buddhists Association of Thailand headquarters with a Harman Professional Solutions audio system featuring solutions from JBL, Crown, Soundcraft and BSS.
Young Buddhists Association of Thailand (YBAT) is a youth organisation dedicated to educating youths who are interested in Theravadan Tripitaka. Opened in 2006, the YBAT Vipassana Meditation Headquarters in Bangkok is home to the Mind and Wisdom Development Institute and hosts multiple meditation and Dhamma courses. To ensure clear, intelligible sound during classes and special events, YBAT hired distributor Mahajak Development Co to upgrade their existing audio solution.
“The YBAT management wanted to upgrade their existing sound system with a robust audio solution that would enable them to spread their message powerfully, stirring every member in the practice room,” explains Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, director of project, Mahajak Development Co. “We selected the JBL line array column loudspeakers for their powerful output, versatility and sleek design.”
Mahajak equipped the venue with JBL CBT 200LA-1 and CBT 100LA-1 line array column speakers throughout the venue. Mahajak selected JBL Control 28-1 loudspeakers as stage monitors for their high output and sleek appearance. The system is powered by Crown XLS 2502 and XLS 1502 amplifiers.
To provide staff with a simple and intuitive means of controlling the sound, Mahajak selected a Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digit
USA - As students and teachers continue with their transition to online learning, ensuring the right tools to learn from home can be a challenge. Shure has stepped up to help its neighbours by donating $79,000 worth of earphones to Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
The earphones are compatible with mobile phones and laptops to enable more focused learning for students and teachers who may encounter distracting noise or difficulties in hearing online lessons at home. Shure’s SE215 Sound IsolatingTM Earphones help eliminate noise and are designed to be comfortable for extended wear.
An inline mic provides clear audio for two-way communication between students and teachers. Select Chicago Public Schools on the South, West, and North sides of Chicago have received the earphones to distribute to those who need them.
"Once schools were closed, teachers, staff, and administrators were forced to move toward a new normal by having students and teachers use online learning tools like Google Hangouts,” says Jeffrey Finelli, Principal at Edison Park Elementary School. “Shure made a donation specifically for families who were not fortunate enough to have the proper tools to help their child learn effectively at home. It made a world of difference for so many families. Students are now not distracted when they are participating in the live video conferences and able to communicate with their classmates. This was not possible before Shure made their generous donation."
This is one of several initiatives Shure has embarked on in response to COVID-19 to help
New Zealand - One of New Zealand’s most storied performance venues has reopened after a five-year dormancy with a new name, a new look and, thanks in large part to an expansive IS-Series audio solution from Adamson Systems Engineering, a newly-augmented guest experience.
The Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre, known as Toitoi, is home to a historic 979-seat opera house – one of the most revered lyric houses across all of Australasia. First opened in 1915, the opera house and its adjacent municipal building were both closed in 2014 having been deemed “earthquake-prone”; however, with the full support of the local community, work began on a $17.8m NZD (approx. $10.76m USD) venue-wide overhaul midway through 2017.
A key component of that investment was an all-new sound reinforcement system for the opera house, ultimately built around Adamson’s install-focused IS-Series.
“The key system requirements were a rider-friendly small-format array from a recognizable brand offering even coverage and tonal consistency across all seating areas, exceptional clarity for speech, and full-range performance with sufficient headroom for music around the 100dB range,” explains Mike Hughes, managing director of Auckland-based integration firm Intec Systems. “Having completed a number of installations with Adamson’s IS-Series, we knew it was an ideal candidate for the job and set about designing the system.”
The Intec team spent considerable time modelling the space in Adamson’s Blueprint AV design and simulation software to ensure their de
Europe - On 27 April, L-Acoustics sales manager Tim McCall set out on a journey to ride 2000km from L-Acoustics headquarters in Marcoussis, France, to each of the companies in the group. He will return to Marcoussis on 11 May, in time for when the French Government is due to lift some of the current lockdown restrictions.
“The live production business has been hit hard by COVID-19, and individuals in this industry even harder. So to help our global crew family, I will be riding my bike on a trainer (so as not to break strict French lockdown laws),” says McCall. “My virtual route will start at L-Acoustics HQ in Marcoussis before going on to Keskatel and then Wenden, Germany and on to the L-ISA HQ in Highgate, London before heading south and back to Amboise, France before heading home to Marcoussis - a trip of around 2,000km and around 8,000m of climbing.”
McCall is attempting this feat, riding each day in addition to working his normal daily hours, on behalf of crews around the world, and the money raised will go to the PSA Welfare & Benevolent fund in the UK, Support Act in Australia and SOS and Feed Our Crew in South Africa.
He will be on Zwift and post daily reports on mileage, etc and invites you to ride with him via Zwift meet-ups. He is expecting to ride both in the morning and early evening Paris Time. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to ride with him on Zwift.
McCall’s initiative is for the industry as a whole, not just for the L-Acoustics family, and wants to encourage other companies to suppo
USA - Atlona will launch AtlonaComm 20, a month-long virtual tradeshow experience beginning 1 June on Atlona’s website. The online event will offer a schedule of product offerings, training and education experiences, and personalised meeting opportunities for customers, partners and other visitors.
AtlonaComm 20 represents Atlona’s proactive response to COVID-19-related event disruption, including the cancellation of InfoComm 2020, as well as general business travel and in-person sales visits. Atlona hatched its plans for an online event back in early March as the magnitude of the rapidly-evolving health crisis unfurled.
“We wanted to provide guests with a tradeshow experience that closely resembles the experience of being there,” says Ilya Khayn, CEO of Atlona. “We took a proactive approach in creating a virtual, interactive event to share our latest innovations, deliver webinars, and meet one-on-one with customers, partners and peers. This is about thinking outside the booth, and finding alternative lanes to drive meaningful engagement.”
The AtlonaComm 20 schedule will offer flexibility across time zones so that industry professionals are well-served worldwide. This includes providing regional Atlona resources from APAC, EMEA and the Americas across specific time periods each day, and scheduling webinars in alignment with regional interest and availability.
Atlona will announce specific plans around AtlonaComm 20 product introductions, trainings, and meetings closer to the event, with instructions for booking webinar seats and sc
USA - During an extensive career mixing audio for live sports, Fred Aldous has earned over 20 Emmy awards and a spot in the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He currently works as a lead mixer and audio consultant for FOX Sports, managing live audio for a variety of broadcasts, including professional football and racing. Improving viewers’ sound experience over time has necessitated a shift to a Dante-enabled digital workflow powered by products from Studio Technologies.
“I need to balance all the nuances of the broadcast and create a sound image that captures the narrative of the game, all in a way that’s pleasant to the viewer,” says Aldous. “I use several Studio Technologies products, all of which have been extremely reliable and instrumental to our broadcasts.”
Aldous said moving from an analogue to digital workflow has been “tremendous”, especially with the speed and ease-of-use offered by Dante networking. His workflow includes several Dante-compliant Studio Technologies products, including the Model 206 Announcer’s Console, and Model 370A and Model 374A Intercom Belt Packs in the announcers’ booth. He said the flexibility of running a Dante network through these devices has allowed him to provide improved comms support for stage managers, stats support, and announcer personnel support.
“Most networks are moving to remote broadcast, meaning a lot of shows will be produced, mixed, and cut from an off-site facility,” adds Aldous. “By moving to a Dante-hybrid booth, my announcers and crew have more flexibility to communi
UK - As an experienced production video engineer, Steven Jackson of InFocusAV creates video management and playback solutions for clients in touring theatre, musicals, conferences and installations, both at home in the UK and internationally. He is as well-versed in the nuts and bolts of creative video as anyone in the business - and for much of his career, the Hippotizer platform has been an essential part of his professional toolkit.
“At secondary school I was always involved in music performance. We had a fantastic teacher who brought in a PC and recording equipment to class. I started to use it and that put me on the path I’m on now,” says Steven, recalling his first tastes of entertainment technology.
At university, Steven studied Music Technology while working for a local sound and lighting company servicing a wide range of events. He encountered Max/MSP software, which fuelled his interest in video, sequencing and software, and had his first experience of Media Servers. “These were Mac machines running software, or our own applications we’d developed through Max/MSP,” he says. “However, as with everything, there is never enough processing power for creativity!”
At this time, working on a project for Imitating the Dog theatre company, Steven met Alan Cox. Now managing director of CAPO, a specialist in video and control system design for theatre and live events, Alan remains a huge influence in Steven’s career. “He brought along a Hippotizer V3, and from then on I began to use Hippotizer more and more. The flexibility and co
USA - Shortly following his Beerbongs & Bentleys tour, which wrapped up in August of last year after more than 100 shows around the globe, Post Malone took only a brief three-week hiatus from the road before heading back out on the 38-date autumn Runaway Tour in support of Hollywood’s Bleeding, his third full-length album, released on 6 September.
The second leg of that North American trek picked back up in early February and carried Malone through most of his 22 additional dates before 2020’s global pandemic put live touring on hold in March. However, although much of the material performed on the Runaway Tour was new since Beerbongs & Bentleys, one element that remained constant throughout was the use of an L-Acoustics K1/K2 loudspeaker system supplied and deployed by Detroit-based provider Thunder Audio.
The standard PA configuration for most arenas on the latest tour was comprised of 16 K1 flown over four K2 per side as the main hangs, each backed by 12 KS28 subs flown in cardioid configuration. Adjacent out-fill arrays each consisted of 16 K2, while two additional hangs of 18 Kara enclosures covered the 270° seating areas.
Additional low-frequency energy was generated by a total of 24 more ground-based, cardioid-configured KS28 enclosures, while two stacks of two K2 per side - plus one Kara centred at the very end of the stage thrust - provided distributed front-fill.
Everything was powered by LA12X amplified controllers, with the exception of the 270° hangs and front-fills, which were LA8-