Germany - The history of the Z-Bau Nuremberg, a former barracks, dates back to 1937. In the 1990s, the site was used by the US Army - its hall acting as an officers' casino and entertainments venue - before later becoming an arts and culture centre. Recently, the site was completely renovated to include a new stage, improved acoustics, electrics and lighting and sound technology.
The company into>noise (Andreas Zeh and Tobias Förster) from Munich was responsible for sound reinforcement technology and relied on products from Coda Audio. The gallery, red salon and artists studios at the venue had been modernised two years ago during the first phase of renovation and Coda’s RX40, G712 and HOPS8 loudspeakers as well as U4 and G18-SUB were installed in these areas.
The newly installed main system, serving a 1000-capacity space, consists of 2 x 9 ViRAY, 8 x SCP sensor-control subwoofers and 4x HOPS8 as near-fills. 3 x TiRAY as centre delay line improves speech intelligibility in the range from FOH to the bar in the back. 10 x CUE-TWO and additional G18-SUB for drum and side-fill applications provide flexible monitoring. The existing RX40 and G712 are also used as side-fills, drum-fills or DJ monitoring. The entire system is controlled by 6 x LINUS14D and 4 x LINUS-10C. An integrated XTA DP548 controller serves as a 4 x 8 audio matrix and feeds the LINUS14D amplifiers of the main system, including subwoofer and delay, fully digital via LiNET. Dante is optionally available as input source for the LINUS14D of the main system. Andi Zeh, project manager of the
China - The historic city of Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, is preparing to host the 2022 Asian Games in the largest Olympic sports centre of its kind in China. The Tennis Centre, which belongs to this complex, has recently been inaugurated with the experience and support of DAS Audio systems.
The sound system was put to the test at the official inauguration of the stadium for the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) held from 11-16 December 2018.
The team at DAS Audio China worked closely with the local engineering contractor and both sides collaborated in the design and completion of the installation, which has been specially tailored for this multi-sport stadium.
The HQ series speakers with IP54 certification were chosen for the installation. The HQ series are specially designed for medium to large size installations offering tightly controlled coverage patterns, long-throw and high output capabilities. They are made for weather resistance and extended durability in extreme environments. In addition, DAS’ latest DX (100I/80I) series digital amplifier with built-in DSP processor and Dante transmission protocol were installed to improve reliability and stability.
Providing wide coverage was also essential to enhance the acoustic experience at the Tennis Centre. To this end, the system was precisely distributed throughout the facility on four clusters of two HQ212.95 flown over the east and west spectator stands, 12 clusters of two HQ212.95 flown over the north and south spectator stands, six clusters of two HQ212.95 flown
USA - Penn State’s Nittany Lion athletics programme is fiercely competitive and well-supported by the school and its alumni. In that tradition, the Penn State men and women’s lacrosse teams now practice and compete in Panzer Stadium, a new multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility. Its 1,300 seats are close to the action, and the entire facility is wired for modern broadcasting, which will allow Penn State to host high-profile NCAA and Big Ten championship games.
Pennsylvania-based AV design and integration firm Clair Solutions handled the broadcast infrastructure and sound reinforcement at Panzer Stadium, earning the job based in part on the proposal of Jim Devenney, Clair Solutions’ senior systems designer and in part on the successful completion of numerous other projects at Penn State.
“We originally got involved because we’ve done a lot of other work at Penn State, including 100,000-plus-seat Beaver Stadium,” Devenney explains. “The school benefited because we’re a one-stop-shop with deep in-house knowledge about the design and installation of audio and broadcast systems. In Clair’s long history, we’ve seen it all.”
Clair Solutions’ design/build worked in synergy with the larger project, which was designed by Moody Nolan, of Columbus, Ohio and APArchitects of Lemont, Pennsylvania, and built by general contractor PJ Dick of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Devenney’s design gives Panzer Stadium comprehensive connectivity via a lot of single-mode fibre, Cat 6 data, video, and audio. “The cabling itself wasn’t che
UK - On 26 January, around 3,000 worshippers gathered at London’s SSE Arena for A Day of Prayer for Britain. Led by evangelist minister David Hathaway, the event saw Christian leaders from across the UK and from abroad coming together to pray for unity in the UK.
Audio, lighting, and video for the event was handled by Subfrantic Production Services, whose Yamaha Rivage PM10 and PM7 digital mixing systems managed all live and broadcast audio.
David Hathaway’s ministry approached Subfrantic because of the company’s work at The Experience in Lagos, Nigeria - an event which attracts over 500,000 worshippers - as well as its work on other religious events in the UK.
The event ran for eight hours and featured a mix of Christian worship styles, with a band, choir, and worship leaders including David Hathaway, Betty King, Bishop John Francis, Lou Engle, musical director Phil Woolley and tenor soloist Huw Priday. This provided Subfrantic with a challenge, as the audio production had to accommodate everything from quiet words and contemplation to rousing speeches, high volume preaching, Gospel worship and different styles of music, including opera.
Front of House sound was mixed by Subfrantic managing director Steve Davies on the Rivage PM10, with Adrian Chibulcutean mixing monitors on the PM7. Tom Gardner was the system tech, with Charlie Payne patching.
“This is the third time we’ve used Rivage on a big religious event. As a mixing system it suits them so well, there’s never any concern about capacity or audio quality. It’s
UK - Martin Audio has announced a new series of open days, taking place on 19-21 March at the company’s High Wycombe HQ.
Martin Audio will showcase the full line-up of Wavefront Precision line arrays, including the new WPL, while the subwoofers will be headed by the new cardioid SXC118 and SXH218.
In addition, there will be point source BlacklineX and XD Series with VIA amplifiers and DX4.0 controller, the self-powered point source CDD-LIVE and a selection of LE and XE stage monitors. 3D immersive Sound Adventures in partnership with Astro Spatial Audio, demonstrate wide stereo imaging.
Dom Harter, Martin Audio managing director, comments: “Coming off a high at ISE 2019 earlier this month, this will provide a further opportunity for rental companies, sound engineers, system integrators and installation specialists to increase their understanding of our systems, in a relaxed, unrestricted listening environment.
“We are in the midst of the most prolific development programme in the company’s history, and it is vitally important that we keep both our loyal and potential new customers abreast of the technological advances and unique selling points represented in our rapidly expanding portfolio.”
Tours of the factory and refreshments will also be provided. Registration is now open on Martin Audio's website.
UK - The Digbeth district of Birmingham city centre has long been associated with the development of the British electronic music scene. Over the years, the regeneration of many of its old buildings has seen a vibrant club culture firmly established in the area.
Located in a former church, The Monastery is described by some as the current Mecca of the Birmingham club scene. It was designed and constructed from scratch, by a team of determined, experienced ravers, motivated by a common aim to create the ultimate music destination that put art before profit. An instinct for moving with the times informed their decision to seek a new sound system for the popular 200 capacity venue. The Monastery chose a Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series system.
The pre-existing system looked the part and had served its purpose reasonably well but the sense was that audiences have become far more discerning where audio is concerned and it was important to deliver sonic excellence that could keep pace with highest expectation. The club’s developers had witnessed the impact of Pioneer Pro Audio systems in action in some leading venues in Ibiza and had been impressed by their exceptional power and clarity.
Installer, Paul Adamson of The Audio Group, was engaged to install the system, which comprised two XY-3B speakers and four XY218HS subs. On this occasion, the XY-3Bs were flown horizontally with their horns rotated, in order to obtain optimal coverage. The system also includes four XY-122 12” two-way speakers for monitoring and delay and is driven by Powersoft amplificati
The Netherlands - ELC Lighting, manufacturer of Ethernet networking solutions and DMX tools and the award-winning Green-GO digital intercom system, enjoyed a successful Integrated Systems Europe exhibition in Amsterdam and “unprecedented levels” of interest in its product ranges.
The company, based in Gemert in The Netherlands, was on home territory at ISE. On the booth, and being continuously demo’d for visitors, were its popular new ELC GBX Distribution System, which is specifically tailored for live entertainment applications, and its revolutionary Ethernet-based Green-GO digital intercom systems, which have rapidly established a reputation for audio clarity, simplicity of use and robust reliability.
As well as welcoming its growing family of distribution partners from across Europe, the team noted the greatly increased awareness and understanding of ELC and Green-GO products among visitors to ISE this year.
“Visitors always used to ask, ‘What is this?’ and then, ‘Oh yes, that’s clever!’, but that doesn’t happen anymore,” says ELC’s Silvio Cibien. “Everyone knows about the products now, and they have more detailed questions about solutions for their own projects and for their customers. At ISE, we were having those conversations with visitors all day long.”
With this increased market knowledge of the innovative ELC and Green-GO product ranges, the brands are seeing healthy expansion in their global sales networks. But, says Cibien, that growth is directed with a clear priority. “As a business, our focus is alwa
Germany - HK Audio has released three turnkey Linear 3 system packages for bands and DJs who want to take control of their own live sound.
The German pro audio manufacturer has had considerable success with system packages in its Linear 5 family, and the concept has now been carried over to the Linear 3 line.
Each of the competitively priced Linear 3 system packages offers a combination of various individual Linear 3 family components for either bands or DJs who regularly play gigs of a certain size.
The L3 Compact Venue Pack offers enough power for bands who perform at small clubs or youth centres. The high performance pack has enough juice to rock venues for up to 500 people, while the L3 Bass Power Pack is designed for DJs who play bass-heavy music for crowds of up to 250 people.
All three packs offer a plug-and-play solution for artists who have no technical engineer in their road crew and want to focus on their performances, rather than on mixing duties.
Sound pre-set selections on the mid/high units offer optimal audio adjustments in seconds, while the state-of-the-art integrated DSP delivers phenomenal sound quality.
The Linear 3 system packages are available now, and all include accessories like dust covers and distance poles.
China - Shantou University in Guangdong features a 52,000sq.m sports stadium complex, the Shantou University Sports Park. It includes an international competition-standard gymnasium complete with basketball courts, multipurpose halls, swimming pools and VIP boxes.
This year, the stadium played host to the university’s 2018 graduation commencement emboldened by the retirement farewell ceremony for Shing - complete with a substantial, and mobile, Clair Brothers C12 and C8 loudspeaker system.
After several close inspection reviews of top brands, DMT, the Clair Brothers distributor in China presented the powers that be with a demo of components. “It was obvious,” explains Chris Fish, technical director at DMT, “that the Clair Brothers gear was making a real impression compared to the other systems.”
The final equipment list at the venue consists of a 32 Clair Brothers C12 full-frequency line arrays, 16 C8 full-frequency line arrays, 16 iS218 low-frequency line arrays and eight Clair Brothers 1AM stage monitors, accompanied by SSL L500 and L300 consoles, Clair Brothers/Lab.gruppen PLM amplifiers, Sennheiser wireless systems and DPA microphones.
In order to meet the requirements of various stage settings in the sports park, the C12s can be used in numerous combinations including modes such as left and right expansion of the mains, plus side-fill, or left and right expansion of the mains, plus delay tower. Additionally, the C8s can be used as an independent system combined with the lows of the iS218s when less than half of the audience f
UK - Dinosaurs come to life in an updated version of the theatrical event, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular (see LSi November for a production report). Originating in Australia in 2007, and on the road for many years, the production is a $20m-dollar production which recently received a massive technological update in mechatronics, visuals, lighting, and the latest in realtime tracking.
The high-tech upgrades are provided and managed by UK-based company, Sonalyst, owned by Rory Madden. Sonalyst provides all the lighting, rigging, sound and communications. They also provide their technical expertise to be sure to use the appropriate equipment needed to solve any issues and improve the performance of the show, on both a technical and creative side.
Lighting huge dinosaurs for maximum impact is not easy. Yet, lighting is what drives tension and awe. Whether it’s time to thrill the audience or amaze them, lighting plays a huge role and tracking is key to keep lighting on-target, anytime, in realtime.
On the road, the main team consists of four people. Dave Gibbon is the LX crew Chief, Emma Davis is the touring relighter and programmer, Chris Dawson who is the moving light guru and Ashley Simper on BlackTrax. The BlackTrax elements are fully integrated within the touring rig and the design throughout the show.
Two different approaches are used for the final design. The first
UK - AED’s Luxibel Expo Tools range makes its UK debut at the AED Customer Night events this week, alongside a spread of new kit covering sound, lighting, rigging, display and accessories.
The AED UK Customer Nights will be held on Wednesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 February at the company’s UK office, from 4pm onwards. On both nights, visitors can enjoy the best local brew and curry whilst experiencing Luxibel’s Expo Tools.
The Prolyte range, the new Show Lift AED-SL18 - an automated motorised tower lift that can be controlled by DMX - and the AV Stumpfl Pixera range will also be on show.
“In this fast-paced industry, it’s important for us to inform our customers about the latest products, technologies and services,” says AED commercial manager, David Baker. “It’s a great occasion for our customers to meet the AED team in person and to discover our AV Business Tools.
“AED Customer Nights also offer us a chance to thank our customers for their continued support and ensure we can offer the best AV solutions for your business in 2019. We’re excited to welcome the industry to our premises, where many products will be showcased for the first time in the UK - and we will have stock on the night for instant sales.”
One of the highlights of the Luxibel Expo range is a new heavy-duty truss designed to look elegant on stand without sacrificing load capacity. It includes a built-in, three-phase electricity rail to power up lighting fixtures. The B Expo lighting fixtures will also be demoed, coming in two versions: The B Expo200W
Italy - A dBTechnologies VIO line array system powered the most famous music festival in Italy at the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo.
For Sanremo 2019, the 69th edition of the Festival of Italian Song, the RAI (Italian national public broadcasting company) technical team relied on dBTechnologies to guarantee quality sound coverage for one of the most awaited and popular events among Italian TV shows.
The Sanremo Festival brings together artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Zucchero, Eros Ramazzotti, Renato Zero, Laura Pausini and Nek, alongside international stars such as Queen, Eminem, Robbie Williams, Luis Fonsi and many others.
The versatility of VIO L210 allowed an articulated and complex composition that took into account the particular architectural features of the venue, including galleries and corridors and the ‘red carpet’ area.
The PA consisted of 16 VIO L210 (eight per side) as the main system, completed by six active subwoofers VIO S118 (3 per side) in cardioid configuration, six VIO L210 (two per side plus two central under the gallery) as delay. For the gallery, eight plus eight VIO L210 plus two subs VIO S118 and a centre-fill provided by two hanging VIO L210 were utilised.
The 69th edition of Sanremo Festival brought to the stage of the Ariston Theatre 22 popular artists plus two winners of the Sanremo Giovani contest.
The show was conducted by actress Virginia Raffaele and the comedian Claudio Bisio, together with singer and artistic director of the festival Claudio Baglioni. The final Saturday ni
The Netherlands - German fibre network associates Optocore and BroaMan combined their resources at the recent ISE 2019 expo in Amsterdam as part of the portfolio of brands distributed in the Benelux by the Ampco Flashlight Group.
The stand was busy as it was visited by both recognised customers from the integration, event and broadcast sectors as well as newcomers seeking further information.
Optocore showcased its new Festival Box, reporting high interest from both distributors and rental companies. The Festival Box allows all protocols to tunnel over the same fibre, with hot-swappable SFP optical module transceivers providing different conversion options to add massive savings in time and cabling to multi-act festival bills.
As applications engineering manager, Maciek Janiszewski says: “While festival sound engineers can transport whatever signal protocol their console supports via just a single duplex fibre, the value of the device does not stop there. It has also become a reliable backbone for multiple signals without the complex and time-consuming set-up. In particular, our RJ45 SFP transceiver is something very special, as it allows multiple Ethernet-based protocols to run independently on the same fibre.
“We were able to demonstrate to the tremendous benefits of time and cabling economy between FOH and the stage in a variety of situations.”
As for BroaMan, their flagship product was the new standard version of their customisable Route66, which already exists in four versions. The platform itself provides single channel, no
UK - Attracting over 1000 attendees, the Women in Data conference features addresses from high-profile speakers plus a range of supporting events. Held within the grand surroundings of Central Hall Westminster, London, the event included presentations, development sessions and an exhibition, designed to inspire the WiD community.
Technical production specialists LFPS collaborated closely with the client and production manager Dave Parker to design the look and feel of the entire event.
Providing a complete production package covering both equipment and logistics, LFPS supplied lighting, audio, video, rigging and staging. Working to precise schedules beginning with a 6pm time slot for overnight load-in and build, the team were ready for rehearsal at 6am, with everything in place ready for doors open at 9am.
Commenting on working with LFPS, WiD co-founder Roisin McCarthy says, “The incredible team at LFPS worked tirelessly to bring to life our vision for WiD UK. The production quality and efficiency was truly remarkable. LFPS filled us with huge confidence from our first meeting, we simply could not have made WiD 2018 a success without their work.”
Transforming the elaborate hall with bold colours and a spectacular, branded stage set, the team created a contemporary look that contrasted perfectly against the ornate interior décor of the iconic venue. Designed in-house and constructed by the LFPS fabrication department, the set featured a variety of branded scenic elements including the giant 3D ‘W’ logo that swept across the entire stag
Germany - The roots of Rock gegen Rechts (Rock Against the Right) go back to the rise of Britain’s Rock Against Racism movement in in the mid-1970s. The 30 April,1978, Rock Against Racism concert in Victoria Park in East London was a seminal event that, by 1979, had inspired the first Rock gegen Rechts festival in Frankfurt, Germany.
Thirty-nine years later, Rock gegen Rechts was once again heard in downtown Frankfurt, in a one-day festival staged in the city’s famed Opernplatz. The audience enjoyed the advances in live sound since the 1970s as they listened to the day’s music and messages delivered with power and clarity by Linea Research amplifiers.
Nearly 90 organisations were involved in the event. Its patrons included vice presidents of the Bundestag Claudia Roth and Petra Pau, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt Peter Feldmann, and other city officials. Thirteen musical groups squeezed into the 10-hour show. Between the music performances various organisations and sponsors of the event delivered speeches and video messages with statements against racism and exclusion and in favour of peace, human rights, and diversity.
“The festival used culture as an ambassador of political content,” says Jörg Groh of Offenbach-based sound company Audiologic, who provided sound reinforcement for the show.
The show’s promoters were not certain how many people to expect but the crowd gradually grew until the square was packed with 10,000 attendees. The stage was a trailer platform 10m (32.8ft) wide, with wings on either side for the sound system and a co
Austria - The Vienna Metropol Theatre is one of the most tradition-rich venues in the Austrian capital. Today, the Metropol provides a stage for national and international music acts, cabaret and theatre productions.
The Vienna Metropol has three stages. The main stage with the big hall has an audience capacity of 700 standing or 550 seated. The stage is open on three sides and the hall has a comparatively low ceiling height. The audience sits around the stage in a 270° angle, which further complicates the sound reinforcement situation. The room acoustics are also unusual; It is characterised by a short reverberation time with pronounced diffusivity in the empty space. In short: a demanding task for every sound system.
After various modernisations were carried out in recent years, it was the sound system’s turn in 2018. The Austrian distribution partner of Alcons Audio, the Vienna-based company Pro Performance, could not only convince with outstanding performance and a seamless sound coverage across the audience, but even prevail against the entire competition; The demo featured a set-up of Alcons RR12 point source array systems and universally applicable Alcons VR12. The Metropol installed however only the RR12 with 120° dispersion behaviour for the main area.
"The main emphasis of those responsible in the Metropol Theater was on a very good speech intelligibility and resolution, which should be preserved even at high sound pressure levels," says Wolfgang Sauter, owner of Pro Performance who performed the demo in the Metropol and intensively ad
Taiwan - The third floor of Taipei’s Nan Shan Plaza - the second tallest skyscraper in Taipei after Taipei 101 - has been created as a vast and open exhibition space. With ceilings at an impressive 8.5m in height, the venue occupies a total of 56sq.m, but features no beams or support columns, creating a challenge to any sound design proposal.
With the prestigious space earmarked by Taipei City Government to host an event cooperative to the New Year fireworks countdown, the challenging space required a sound system that was compact and stable, offering excellent sound performance, which to audio installation company, Imagepro System Technology Corp., Ltd., signalled Powersoft amplification.
Working hand-in-hand with Imagepro’s Yung-Chin Hsu and the Plaza’s project leader Wen-Shan Tseng, Victor Shih of Powersoft’s distributor in Taiwan, Seapower Technology Co Ltd., planned and designed a discreet sound system in accordance with the requirements of the space, built around the efficiency of just three Powersoft amplifiers, controlled by Powersoft’s Armonía Pro Audio Suite software.
In just two months the team had created an audio environment with in-depth but simple control that delighted the customer. The event management team within the Taipei Nan Shan Plaza, are “very happy with high quality of the Powersoft products and the excellent sound performance”.
The main PA serving the exhibition hall is comprised of a left and right pair of Peavey VR-112 line-arrays featuring four cabinets per side, each flown with a VR-218F sub. This
UK - December saw the newly restored Alexandra Theatre at Alexandra Palace open its doors after 80 years of darkness to reveal not only a stunning space that has undergone the most sympathetic of restorations, but a comprehensive technical infrastructure that includes audio system that delivers purity of sound and capabilities that will satisfy any visiting production. At its core is a DiGiCo SD12 mixing console supplied and installed by HD Pro Audio.
The Alexandra Theatre was originally opened in 1875 and hosted pantomime, opera, drama and ballet. However, it struggled to compete with the might of the West End and its use as a theatre ended. Subsequently it was used as a cinema, a chapel, home of music hall stars and, more latterly, as a BBC prop store and workshop. In 2012 the decision was made to restore it to its former glory and with grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Haringey secured, work on the ambitious project to turn the crumbling Grade II listed space into a 900-seat working theatre began in 2016.
Head of production and technical for Alexandra Palace, Steve Brookes, was brought in part way through the restoration process to turn the construction project into a working theatre.
“Before my arrival, there wasn’t any kind of production infrastructure at Alexandra Palace – the Great Hall, which hosts many concerts, is a receiving house and doesn’t require any permanent facilities,” he explains.
Steve needed to specify a system that would not only satisfy engineers on arrival, but also help to attr
Brazil - API has announced the addition of a new distributor in Brazil, Just Pro Audio. Distributing professional audio brands for Latin America, Just Pro Audio’s extensive product line will now include analogue sound of API.
Just Pro Audio focuses on musical production, broadcast, radio, and live audio, and offers a wide variety of services including consulting, systems design, integration, installation, training and technical support.
“API is honoured to have Just Pro Audio on board to help us expand our sales into the very vibrant and growing Brazilian market,” noted API’s managing director Gordon Smart. “Just Pro’s level of professionalism and expertise is an excellent match for the API brand, and their timing is perfect with the arrival of three new API consoles over the past 24 months.”
UK - The first UK installation of Adamson Systems IS7 line array loudspeaker systems has been completed at Howden Park Centre in Livingston by Adamson Certified re-seller Live Systems Ltd.
West Lothian's premier centre for arts performances and events Howden Park Centre was transformed in 2009 by architects Nicoll Russell Studios. The Centre was awarded the accolade of Building of the Year from the Edinburgh Architectural Association.
Stephen Oakes and Cliff Carrie who form the core technical team at Howden Park commented: "Our existing sound system was failing and we managed to secure finance through West Lothian Leisure for a replacement. We demoed three major loudspeaker brands including Adamson, unanimously we decided that we liked Adamson the best.
“The system was clean, controlled and dynamic, it delivered constant sonic impact from low levels of sound all the way to the loudest level we can effectively operate at. Adamson made us smile, we kept wanting to hear different sounds through it and we wanted to keep it. Over the last couple of months the system has been used for panto, theatre and bands and it has performed wonderfully with many positive comments from visiting engineers and productions."
Live Systems utilised Adamson’s Blueprint AV software to design a system tailored to meet the requirements of Howden Park’s varied programme of theatre, music and conferences.
The resulting solution comprised of left and right hangs of six IS7 line array loudspeakers together with one IS118 Sub complemented by one IS119 sub per sid
Europe - ISE 2019 saw the launch of the third system in the EM Acoustics’ HALO line array family, HALO-B. The move follows the introduction in early 2018 of the British company’s large format HALO-A arena system. As its name suggests, HALO-B sits between HALO-A and HALO-C in both physical size and overall system output, and as such is perhaps the most versatile system in the family.
Built on the same ‘maximum headroom’ design principles as HALO-A to ensure consistent performance across all SPL levels and consistent horizontal dispersion pattern across the operating frequency band, HALO-B is a two-way reflex-loaded line array element featuring dual 8” LF drivers and four 1” HF drive units.
Festivals, stadia, sports arenas, concert halls, theatres, houses of worship and corporate AV events are all candidates for HALO-B which is designed to be equally comfortable in both fixed installation and mobile applications, says the company.
EM Acoustics operations director, Mike Wheeler, comments: “HALO-B is simply the best product we’ve ever made. Firstly, we were successfully able to scale the technology used in HALO-A; this isn’t always possible, but when it is and it works, it’s a massive time saver. Secondly, HALO-B is an ideal size for so many applications, either on its own or accompanying something else – we think it’ll be a really useful tool for rental companies looking for maximum ROI. Finally, sonically, it’s amazing – it has all the poise, subtlety and detail of HALO-C combined with horsepower of HALO-A in a versatile p
UK - Henley Town Hall, an imposing Grade II listed building, sits in the centre of the Oxfordshire market town and is administered by Henley-on-Thames Town Council. Whilst in regular use for council business, its principal spaces are also used for a variety of functions, from weddings, civil ceremonies and concerts to meetings, classes and trade fairs.
The venue’s arch-roofed, second-floor main hall is a highly reverberant space - in fact even by heritage listed building standards, the acoustics are challenging. Existing acoustic panelling in the hall had been supplemented with additional provision but its beneficial effects were still rather limited.
The audio system in situ was not only outdated and inadequate but constituted something of a black box eyesore amongst such opulent surroundings. Whilst it was of fundamental importance that the audio in the room was vastly improved, a further consideration was that any new system should, as far as possible, complement the aesthetic of the space. Other requirements included a suitable DSP control system with external inputs for visiting sound desks or media players, as well as two channels of handheld wireless microphone provision.
Town Clerk and Janet Wheeler appointed Audiotek Ltd as consultants and the company arranged a number of onsite demonstrations to compare the potential of different systems to overcome the challenge.
Audiotek put the project out to competitive tender specifying Renkus-Heinz Iconyx speakers and Henley Theatre Services won the contract to install the system and in turn,
USA - When preparing for international stadium tours for two of the world’s top pop artists, touring company Eighth Day Sound worked with Wisycom to develop a solution for its wireless RF challenges.
Eighth Day Sound’s two most recent high-profile global tours turned to Wisycom’s MAT288 Matrix Combiner and MFL RF-Over-Fibre Antenna System to give sound engineers the tools necessary to cover the extensive wireless needs for these large projects.
For Eighth Day project manager Jordan Kolenc, creating an RF design that would provide maximum coverage for one such major stadium tour left him with a long list of concerns, and a need to pre-emptively find solutions. After much trial and error, Kolenc contacted Jim Dugan, president of Wisycom USA, who visited Eighth Day’s shop to demonstrate how Wisycom’s MAT288 combiner, along with its MFL antenna system, could provide expansive coverage for live touring applications.
The MFL Fibre Rack Unit provides coverage farther than the 300ft limit found in coaxial cable, making it suitable for stadium-sized tours. Additionally, the Wisycom MAT288 Matrix Combiner allows sound engineers to actively and effectively make adjustments that pertain to and affect the microphones and instruments, while the MFL does double duty by extending coverage over fibre for the in-ear transmitters.
“Wisycom is the only company that I know of that can handle the RF distance that we were trying to cover,” says Kolenc. “The company’s wideband capabilities are the largest in the industry. The fact that we can also
Australia - It isn’t often that an artist introduces a sound engineer to a new piece of audio equipment - usually it is the other way around. However, this is what happened when British-born singer/songwriter Leo Sayer discovered the benefits of DPA’s d:facto vocal microphone. As a result of his good experience, he introduced the kit to his long-term sound engineer and production manager Damien Young.
Now based in Australia, where he has lived since 2005, Leo Sayer began using d:facto vocal microphones during his last UK and European tour when they formed part of the audio itinerary supplied by Cliff Brothers. He was so impressed with their sound that on his return to Australia he asked Damien Young to source wireless d:facto mics for his forthcoming Australia and New Zealand tour dates. DPA’s local distributor Amber Technology was delighted to help and after demoing various versions, Sayer purchased two 4018V capsules because he loves the extra presence this capsule gives him.
“My introduction to the d:facto Vocal Microphone certainly came through Leo and it is now a microphone I would really like to have in my personal microphone kit because it is amazing,” Young says. “I usually struggle with the ‘extra’ top end Leo loves but this mic doesn’t give me any issues and I use significantly less processing to get a great vocal. On the last show I only used a HPF and compression, no severe EQ or DE-Essing was needed. It also takes FX well. The reverbs and other processing just works better with less noticeable artefacts.”