Finland - The New Children’s Hospital (HUS) in Helsinki uses art and play combined with the latest digital technology to provide the highest quality medical care in a safe, reassuring environment for the children and their families.
Part of the hospital’s innovative approach included the development of a building-wide soundscape to create a soothing sonic environment for patients and staff. The soundscape is fully networked, thanks in part to the use of 39 Genelec 8430A IP loudspeakers. The soundscape design was recently awarded the Grand Prix in the soundscapes and ambient sound category of the 2019 International Sound Awards (ISA) in Hamburg.
The idea was to create a soundscape based on the visual theme of each of the hospital’s eight floors. Inspiration was drawn mostly from the natural world as well as the much-loved Finnish Moomin stories. Antti Ikonen, head of Sound in New Media at Aalto university, and 10 of his MA students were responsible for the mammoth task of developing the content.
“First, the sound is generative, not looping, to avoid stress and ear fatigue,” explains Ikonen. “All the audio material is hosted in a single computer which generates and renders the soundscapes before feeding them out to each floor and location via the hospital’s IP network.
“The design and planning started before the building even existed,” he continues. “We discussed with the architects, doctors, electrical engineers, IT people, and Genelec how to implement this holistic technological system. The idea was not to fill th
UK - The Collab in Walthamstow is, as the name suggests, a collaboration between food and drink providers Signature Brew brewery and We Serve Humans. The new east London venue aims to provide quality craft beers and freshly cooked food in an atmosphere geared to music lovers. Pro audio specialists, Amber Sound supplied an EM Acoustics system to provide audio for a range of live music events as well as traditional playback.
Co-founder Sam McGregor, who has a music industry background, explains that Signature Brew was born in 2011 as a result of being fed up with drinking terrible beer at gigs. “We decided that the way around it was to create our own beer in collaboration with a band, and things basically went from there.
“Music is such an important part of what makes Signature Brew special that we couldn’t possibly open a new venue with the aim of hosting live music sessions - either bands or DJs - and not have a great quality audio system,” says McGregor. “We talk so much about high quality music in combination with high quality beer, we had to be able to deliver that here. We went to Amber Sound for help and they recommended EM Acoustics.”
Marco Marini and Kelly Morris from Amber Sound along with EM Acoustics’ Dave Kelland went to visit the venue in order to assess the requirements. They recommended a pair of i-C12s with vertical yokes flown from a section of horizontal truss for the stage area. “We deliberately decided on the truss as it gives the look and feel of a small stage and a music venue vibe to the restaurant,” adds McG
UK - Audio visual production supplier SFL is running a series of courses, inviting anyone working in the audio industry to attend.
These include a Yamaha Networked Audio Systems workshop, DiGiCo SD consoles training, Midas PRO Series consoles training day, and an Introduction to Live Audio For Church.
Harvey Appleton, SFL project manager who is also one of the course teachers, comments: “We believe that education is vital and running these courses is a great way for SFL to share its knowledge with the industry and we find it extremely rewarding. This is why we have developed a range of courses that focus around the equipment we use most frequently and subjects, such as live audio for churches, where which we know can be challenging, particularly for those that don’t have years of experience.”
The Yamaha workshop is an opportunity to get hands-on with the latest Yamaha equipment, covering a broad set of important industry skills, from networking and Dante to console operation and integration with a variety of Dante products, whilst the DiGiCo SD and Midas training provide an introduction for sound engineers and system technicians wanting to get up to speed on the equipment.
The Introduction to Live Audio for Church course is suitable for beginners as well as for experienced engineers who want to brush up on their skills and plug knowledge gaps. It is also designed for volunteer church tech operators, ministers or church staff who may occasionally have to operate audio equipment, as well as musicians or worship leaders se
Denmark - Allen & Heath has named Light Partner as its exclusive distributor for Denmark.
The new distribution partnership is active with immediate effect.
Allen & Heath’s EMEA sales manager, Fred Cresson, comments: “Allen & Heath has a strong, loyal following in Denmark, particularly in live sound and installation. We are therefore delighted to be working with Light Partner to continue providing first-class support to our Danish customers, and to explore the opportunities to keep developing the brand.”
Stig Meyer Jensen, Light Partner’s CEO, adds: “With the new Avantis adding to an already unbeatable line-up of consoles, Allen & Heath is the mixer brand everybody is talking about right now. We’re proud to be appointed to distribute A&H in Denmark and we’ve invested in a highly experienced team to deliver the outstanding backup that our customers deserve.”
Italy - Giovanni Barbieri has taken on the role of general manager of Italian pro audio manufacturer dBTechnologies, part of the RCF Group.
Barbieri joined dBTechnologies' sales force as export sales manager in 2009. In 2011, he became business development manager and since 2012 has served as sales and marketing director.
The new appointment was announced by the CEO of dBTechnologies and RCF Group, Arturo Vicari, who commented: "The group is expanding, we have several interesting projects to carry out and it is natural to consolidate the organisation of a company that in recent years has shown not only to create quality products, but also to be able to propose and distribute them to an increasing number of users. Over the years, Giovanni Barbieri has demonstrated many qualities, first of all the ability to transmit to the market who we are and what we can do. This makes him the most suitable person to represent dBTechnologies, taking on the role of general manager.”
Barbieri added: "I was welcomed into this family in 2009. At the time, dBTechnologies was a smaller company, both in terms of turnover and workforce. Over the years I have had the opportunity to meet and grow together with people who represent excellence, both from a professional and personal point of view. And this is true for every single department of the company.”
The Netherlands - Odin Audio Systems has introduced two two-way active side-fill speakers- SF-12A and SF-15A.
The loudspeakers have been introduced to make the Odin Line array set-ups more flexible, giving sound engineers the ability to expand the set-up to the live stage.
The SF-12A and SF-15A speakers have been engineered according to the already existing Odin-blueprint. They are equipped with Celestion speakers, DSP modules, roadproof enclosures and produce “full range, crystal clear sounds”.
The side-fills are designed for X-stage setups to provide a well-balanced and developed sound field across the entire stage. They give the sound engineer the opportunity to deliver a sound image across stage which allows all performers to hear a good mix of the whole band.
Both models have 800W continuous amp power and 3200W peak. For a setup which requires a bit more low the SF-15A is the solution. Besides the two side-fills, Odin also offers matching premium line flightcases.
The Odin SF-12A and SF-15A are available now through distributor Highlite International.
UK - Mamma Mia! The Party has taken London’s O2 as its new permanent home. The high-octane immersive theatrical production which surrounds a dining experience, called for an active spatial soundscape to frame the energy of the event.
Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus approached Gareth Owen to bring both his theatre experience and the benefit of his rock n roll roots to the production. With its fully mobile cast and live band, Gareth centred the sound design around the powerful localisation and spatial control capabilities of two TiMax SoundHub-S64 3D audio processors, procured and supplied by Orbital Sound for the show.
Dining is established across two floors of the venue, styled as the Greek taverna straight from the Mamma Mia! movie set.
As band and cast move freely amongst the tables across the multiple levels of the space, the precise performer localisation and tight spatial control of TiMax enable diners to immediately make sense of the soundscape, locating voices and instruments to the exact positions at which they’re performing.
Image definition objects created in TiMax allow the restaurant space to be split into multiple zones on a Z-axis as well as X- and Y-. Delay-matrix imaging for those zones is then auto-calculated in TiMax PanSpace using selected loudspeaker channels within the distributed d&b system. As performers are cued into different positions, TiMax dynamically morphs them between the corresponding audio image definition objects.
The speaker system is comprised of four main d&b V-Series arrays, with s
UK - A diverse line up of well-known names descended on Cheltenham for the 70th anniversary of its Literature Festival, including headliners David Cameron, Lenny Henry and Debbie Harry.
The multi-site event demanded some serious screen, camera and crew to capture the bookish action and augment it for audiences. Long-time professional partner Production AV - which has been designing AV solutions for Cheltenham Festivals for nine years - supplied 10 venues across the sprawling site, including 2,250-seater The Centaur. In total, more than 800 writers, journalists and cultural commentators appeared over 10 days.
Production AV’s high-end stock of Agile Remote Cameras and Barco HDX projectors were out in force.
“Cheltenham Festival is one of our longstanding clients and the Literature events are well attended, respected and hugely enjoyable,” says Production AV’s Pete McCrea. “This year, we planned for a biggest incarnation of it yet as they celebrated a big birthday and expanded the line ups.”
Production AV designed systems to fit across the multiple spaces, from the Cheltenham Racecourse Centaur to The Town Hall and multiple temporary spaces in Montpellier Gardens.
In The Centaur, Production AV was challenged with a tight build time for the launch of David Cameron’s memoir, For the Record.
“We supplied our Sony HDC-1500 Camera Channels - which offer incredible picture quality for HD live events - paired with our Agile remote control cameras and the stunning PPU recently configured by our team here at Production
Dominican Republic Sound Video Lighting (SVL) has installed a full complement of Martin Audio CDD speakers and SX subwoofers in the Peperoni restaurant and bar in the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo.
Describing the venue, SVL’s Jonathan Del Villar explains: “Peperoni is a very popular restaurant serving what is essentially international cuisine in a variety of styles. Owner Jean-Pierre Bahsa used to be a club owner who knows that business very well. He had gone to Bachata Rosa, a popular restaurant in Punta Cana, owned by singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra, and was very impressed by the Martin Audio system that we had installed there.
“Since we are friends, he asked us to work on the project early on during the planning stages which was good because we were able to have significant impact in terms of everything that has to do with technology - the audio, video, WiFi and security systems.”
In terms of the audio, the owner wanted a good system with small speakers that could be loud and clear when required. “Basically, there are four main areas in the restaurant with audio systems. On the first floor, they have a large dining area with high ceilings, then an indoor bar with lower ceilings and a cosy party ambiance where the music gets louder later at night. On the second floor, they have two separate areas for private parties.”
To provide the consistent audio coverage and quality required, SVL designed a system with six white Martin Audio CDD8 in the main dining area, three per side, mounted horizontally on the walls, faci
Europe - With more than 50 destinations across Europe, Event Hospitality Management Holding currently operates more than 80 business and conferencing hotels in Germany, Italy and The Netherlands under its Event Hotels brand.
The group’s corporate management regularly liaises with the directors of each hotel, with the focal point of these important meetings being the large conference room at the corporate headquarters situated in Cologne on the banks of the River Rhine.
In February 2019, work finished on an ambitious installation which featured Shure’s Microflex Complete Wireless Solution, complemented by an IntelliMix P300 Conferencing DSP Processor. The system was planned and installed by systems integrator Tascan.
Due to the conference room being an oblong shape, the previously installed conferencing system was unable to guarantee speech intelligibility during large meetings, affecting participants both in the conference room and at external locations, which led to a negative impact on internal and external collaboration and wider teamwork contribution.
Having opted to comprehensively modernise its on-site media technology, the company also decided to bring the audio system up to date with a new, state-of-the-art solution.
Given the challenging room shape and dimensions, Cologne-based integrator Tascan needed a flexible conferencing system that was also user friendly and simple to operate.
Tascan Systems installed a total of 16 MXCW640 Wireless Conference Units in the room, each fitted with an MXC420DF/C condenser gooseneck
UK - Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media servers helped to deliver a press launch show for cosmetics and perfume brand Lancôme in London in September. Produced by Michael Bell Brand Communications, the event included custom video content and projection surfaces designed and delivered by UK-based projection mapping specialist Motion Mapping.
Motion Mapping fielded a deceptively simple set-up: two Hippotizer Amba media servers, one as a main server and the other as backup, plus two high-powered laptops for show control and on-site media processing. “The laptops are useful for last-minute on-site changes,” explains Motion Mapping’s Stuart Harris. “By running the file conversions on a separate laptop, I can convert the content quickly, without affecting the Hippo - you just drop it in and it’s ready. Then we run everything through the Amba, a DP [DisplayPort] output to one projector.”
Achieving this level of economy calls for efficient handling of content, ensuring files sizes are fully optimised for the displays, and for smart thinking about how the visual mix is assembled. “Because we produce the content, we know exactly what we need,” says Harris. “A question I get asked a lot is, ‘how are you doing all this through a single Amba?’ And this is where our strength lies: if you plan ahead, keep things simple and not over-complicate it, you can run a lot from a smaller machine.”
He adds: “It’s a compact set-up. I bring everything in a small flightcase. People sometimes laugh and say ‘that’s a cute little case’, but then th
Switzerland - Audac has appointed Radio Matériel as the exclusive distributor of its audio solutions in Switzerland. Radio Matériel will be handling sales, distribution and service of the complete Audac product line-up from their offices in Renens near Lausanne.
Radio-Matériel SA is a wholesaler specialised in the import and distribution of audiovisual products in both installed as live environments. The company has a long history that dates back to the year 1932.
Radio Matériel CEO Christian Cornaz looks towards the partnership. “Audac impressed us with their innovative product range, therefore we are delighted to be adding their products into our catalogue. Together with Audac, we will be able to meet the needs and requirements of our customers even more.”
Audac’s international sales director, Marc Asselberghs adds: “We at Audac are always looking for ways to innovate and grow further as a business, as well as being in close proximity to where our customers are. Our partnership with Radio Matériel that has such a great historical presence in their region is a great example of that. We have a lot of faith in the quality of their service and we are positive that this will be a fruitful collaboration.”
UK - Industry veteran Andrew Smith has joined CUK Audio in the newly-created role of director of business development. Smith, who spent the last 11 years at Kramer Electronics UK in a number of roles including chief operating officer, will be championing CUK Audio’s growing portfolio of video and control products.
Commenting on his career move, Smith says: “I've known Stuart and the team at CUK Audio for many years and am delighted to be joining them at such an important point in the company’s development.”
Managing director Stuart Thomson adds: “Andrew will be a huge asset to our company. With his extensive industry knowledge, technical skills and sales ability, I know Andrew will help us deliver our ambitious growth plans over the coming years.”
USA - JD Sound & Video has installed sound systems for both the outdoor stadium and indoor gymnasium of Winslow Township High School (WTHS) using Biamp’s Community R Series loudspeakers. WTHS is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Winslow Township, Camden County, New Jersey. It serves students in ninth through twelfth grades as the secondary school of the Winslow Township School District.
Joe DiSabatino of JD Sound & Video explains: “We’ve been using Biamp’s Community loudspeakers almost exclusively for all athletic venue projects for 13 years. Both spaces needed high SPL and good low-end and the Community R Seriebs with subs met those requirements. We were referred to Winslow High School by Eastern High School in Voorhees, New Jersey. Several years ago, we outfitted their gyms and stadium with various R Series products. After Winslow heard those systems we were brought in for their gym, and then the stadium this year. We designed and installed the systems using a combination of our experience with the loudspeakers, and EASE Focus acoustic modelling.”
The gymnasium’s substantial size can hold the entire school population, so it is also used for assemblies and pep rallies. The gym system utilises eight Community R.5-94Z 12-inch two-way full-range horn loaded loudspeakers for the bleachers, flown four per side. Eight R.35-3896 8-inch ultra-compact triaxial three-way horn-loaded loudspeakers cover the floor area. The system is supplemented by two flown IS6-215 dual 15-inch subwoofers, which extend the bass and add low
USA - With an estimated 50m people singing from its catalogue of songs every Sunday and over 1.5 billion minutes garnered from YouTube viewers, Australia’s Hillsong Church is one of the primary architects of modern worship music.
Although the Sydney-based organisation has several performing collectives that tour worldwide, Hillsong United is likely the best known, thanks to songs like Oceans, Touch the Sky and So Will I. According to Billboard, the group’s 14th and most recent album, People, made its late-April debut this year as the week’s top-selling album across all US charts.
Since the release of its 2011 record, Aftermath, Hillsong United has consistently toured with an L-Acoustics K1 system, after transitioning over from V-DOSC. So when the group headed out earlier this year to support People with its first North American trek in three years, Hillsong called upon Solotech’s Nashville shop to carry a K1/K2 rig for the run.
Systems engineer Arica Rust notes that the tour’s base arena configuration consisted of 12 K1 with four K2 down on the main left and right hangs, four K1 on top of eight K2 for the side hangs, and six K1 with six Kara down for the 270° arrays. The crew also deployed two-dozen SB28 subs on the ground in a symmetrical cardioid configuration in three clusters of four on either side of the downstage thrust, spaced four feet apart.
Sixteen Kiva II delivered front-fill. Depending on the venue, these were usually stacked three high on the middle sub cluster for the inside-fill, and
The Netherlands - One of best-known event venues in The Netherlands has been recently transformed into an intimate restaurant with high-tech decor. Madame Jeanette is the successor of dinner show Pandora, which ended early this year.
It is an intense evening full of visual spectacle, where visitors dine in the middle of a vibrant story that is told in a visual, musical and culinary way. In recent months, Studio 21 has been completely rebuilt especially for this show, with the kitchen in the centre of the room and a high-tech decor in which the stage, the video and audio are in a 360° setting around the guests.
Dutch lighting, audio, and rigging company Chain was responsible for the technical production. Because of the complete round set up, the decision was made to use six circles in the decor. In the middle of the room a 6mtr FD34 circle was used for the centre video. On the outside, a 270° LED screen was hung on a HD44 circle of 40m. Visuals are presented during the show that sets the scene. In between the smallest and biggest circle four additional HD44 circles of 8, 20, 30 and 36m were added for rigging the lighting fixtures.
Paul Chamalaun of Chain comments: “The entire creative concept is based on an ‘in-the-round’ scenario. This is also the reason that for the spacing and shape of the lighting plan circles were used.
“In practice, you will find a lot in a ceiling like Studio 21's, from air conditioners to suspension points and other steel construction parts. Lennart Lindhout, our rigger, has fully mapped the s
USA - The University of Montana Grizzlies sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. Although the school has been supporting a track and field team since the 1960s, it only recently added a women’s softball team. Both teams regularly draw crowds of up to 1,000 people.
Until this year, staff set up a temporary PA system for every event. With design help from the engineering staff at Danley Sound Labs, both fields recently were upgraded with permanent, fully-weatherproof Danley OS-Series sound reinforcement systems. Now all meets, games, and even practices are full-fidelity, big-impact events with significantly elevated experiences for everyone involved.
“It was kind of a homemade sound system previously,” says Chuck Maes, associate athletic director for internal operations and the person who directed the upgrade for the university. “We had a couple of boxes that we could put up on the press box for track and field events or hang from the backstop for softball games. It was the same system we’d set up for tailgate parties and other small functions. Our softball field is only a few years old, and we’ve been building it out in stages
“Now that it has a permanent press box, we thought it was time to bring the sound quality up to what a facility like ours should be. At the same time, one of our two portable speakers used for track died, so it seemed like a good time to upgrade the track and field experience as well.”
According to Maes, the success of the recent Danley installation at the school's Washington Grizz
Spain - Being held for the past decade in Spain, one of the largest annual reggae festivals in Europe has been on the map for 26 years. The festival took place from the 16-22 August and for the seventh consecutive year, it employed DAS Audio systems on the Main Stage.
The International Rototom Sunsplash festival has already established a solid foundation in the town of Benicassim, after its relocation from Italy in 2010. In its 10th anniversary in Spain, it has managed to attract 202,000 people from 76 countries during seven days in a celebration not only of reggae music, but also of cultural events with almost 140 extra-musical activities.
The festival stands out for welcoming families and for promoting inclusion, social justice, solidarity and sustainability, practices that have made it one of the largest alternative festivals on the continent. Rototom Sunsplash was recognised by UNESCO as an exemplary event for its work promoting the culture of peace and non-violence.
During the 2019 edition, festivalgoers enjoyed up to 120 musical acts. Audioprobe was tasked with supplying and deploying the sound systems throughout the festival. The Aero-50 and the UX subwoofers were the chosen systems for the Main Stage.
The objective was to achieve outstanding sound delivering all the power and low frequency range that reggae music requires. The choice of subwoofers was critical. With this in mind, Audioprobe deployed 16 Aero-50 per side and 30 UX-221A subwoofers in an LCR configuration to minimize comb-filtering effects and distribute the power evenly.<
Belgium - Established 21 years ago, the PFL Group has grown to become one of the Benelux countries’ leading technical production businesses, servicing over 1500 projects annually with high quality sound, lighting, video and set productions. Constantly developing to meet the demands of its customers, PFL has just invested in more Yamaha digital mixing consoles.
Investing in the latest technologies and new equipment is a vital part of being able to offer the best service in the fast-moving live and installed sound industries. This is why PFL has recently purchased two Yamaha QL5 and two QL1 digital mixing consoles, plus a pair of Rio1608-D2 I/O rack units.
“The impressive, trusted QL series offers an excellent all-in-one mixing solution for small to medium-sized live events,” says Dominic De Gruyter, owner and CEO at PFL. “With the new QL series in house, we are now able to support corporate events - such as panel sessions or product launches - even better than before.”
Innovation is at the heart of PFL’s business, so its technicians have cleverly incorporated the QL1 consoles into standardised racks for corporate meetings. Kitted out with wireless microphones, lapel headsets and everything else needed for a fast, reliable set up, these meeting racks are compact, easy to transport and extremely flexible.
UK - 1948Ldn in Shoreditch, London is Nike’s community space for young innovators in the fields of sport and culture. With decor and display units made from recycled materials, 1948Ldn serves as a special outlet for launching Nike’s exclusive limited-edition releases, as well as opening its doors to a wide variety of cultural and creative events for the benefit of the local and wider community.
These include music production workshops, fashion shows, poetry readings, presentations, showcases, exhibitions and parties. Every one of the diverse range of events staged requires the support of high-quality audio to ensure that everyone in attendance enjoys their experience to the full.
When 1948Ldn sought an in-house audio solution for its multi-purpose spaces, the company approached Pioneer Pro Audio for a flexible system that would be easy to setup and operate and deliver excellent sound to a wide variety of events.
Pioneer Pro Audio supplied six XPRS 12 full-range 12” active speakers and two XPRS 115S 15” reflex loaded active subwoofers. The XPRS range is a series of high-powered active, compact and portable speakers, powered by reliable, energy efficient Powersoft amplification, that offers a versatile plug-and-play system of the highest quality. Four EQ modes on the back of the full range speakers allow them to be set flat or in speech, wedge or bass+ modes.
At 1948Ldn, the modularity of the system allows it to be specifically tailored to the needs of a given event, whether that be a spoken word presentation in one of the venue’s two
USA - Home to 80 full-time musicians representing more than a dozen nations, the Colorado Symphony is one of North America’s leading orchestras and performs more than 150 concerts annually at the 2,700-seat Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver, at nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and across the state
In 2012, the City of Denver purchased a DiGiCo SD7 mixing console as part of a major audio facilities upgrade for Boettcher Concert Hall that also notably included a full L-Acoustics loudspeaker system. With productions growing increasingly complex and technically more demanding over the past seven years, the City once again chose to invest in DiGiCo - this time by upgrading its existing SD7 with a new Quantum engine.
For more than 15 years, Aric Christensen has served as Colorado Symphony’s head of audio. Seeing that he individually mics all of the orchestra’s instruments and typically runs upwards of 100 inputs on a standard show, DiGiCo’s flagship SD7 was his primary choice from the very start - as was the recent Quantum upgrade.
“As amazing as it might seem, we had actually started to outgrow our SD7,” he shares. “And really, without the SD7, some of our shows would never have been possible. To do as many inputs as we do at a sample rate of 96kHz, there’s really no other console out there that’s going to have the processing power and right MADI I/O to handle it. I also wanted to do Virtual Soundcheck of 96 channels at 96k, so I obviously needed a lot of ports to be able to accomplish that as well.”
The Colorado Symphony
USA - Located on Monterey Street in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, the 865-seat Fremont Theatre is a surviving - and now thriving - example of the Streamline Moderne style favoured by West Coast movie theatres and performance halls when it opened for both roles in 1942. As its entertainment appeal gradually waned over the decades, the facility dodged various attempts to modernize it as a multiplex cinema, and then to be razed altogether.
Thankfully, a new group of partners, the Fremont Theatre Entertainment Group, has invested in restoring the theatre’s visual and acoustical charm while also modernising its technical facilities. A key part of that effort was the addition of an L-Acoustics Kara loudspeaker system, originally installed in 2018 and then re-flown with a new truss system installed earlier this year.
“We knew from the very start that we wanted an L-Acoustics sound system because they’re simply the best, and we chose Kara because it fit the venue so well both sonically and physically,” explains Bill Gaines, owner of Bill Gaines Audio (BGA), who did the sound system design and installation—and, in an unusual twist, is also one of the venue’s six new partners.
“We knew that the original installation was going to be replaced with a much more suitable aluminium truss, but we wanted to start having shows in the theatre as soon as possible. Once the new truss went in, we simply reinstalled the Kara system to it.”
Gaines notes that Kara was the right choice because its smaller form factor still provides the power and
Europe - Continuing his run of sold-out arena shows, Scottish singer-songwriter, Lewis Capaldi takes on the world one show at a time, along with an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system covering FOH and monitor duties.
Capaldi made history by becoming the first ever artist to both announce and sell out an arena tour before the release of his album, which went on to become one of the UK’s best-selling record in the past five years and gained him global mainstream success throughout 2019.
"In early 2019 we were looking for an audio package that was powerful, flexible and compact enough for us to use on every show, be it a Lewis headline as part of a tour, or a run of overseas festivals where space, weight and set-up time were at a premium” explains FOH engineer, Andrew Bush.
Supplied by Glasgow-based audio hire company, FE-Live, Capaldi’s full arena set-up includes two dLive S5000’s on both FOH and Monitors, paired with a DM64 MixRack (monitors) and DM0 MixRack (FOH). Additionally, Bush utilises two DX32 expanders for further I/O.
Prior to upscaling the surface, Bush originally opted for a smaller dLive Wings rig, which is now used for fly-in dates and comprises a multi-surface set-up with two C1500’s and a DM48 MixRack.
“The combination of two C1500s and a shared DM48 easily satisfied the initial criteria and we have since moved our show files to two S5000s for our current US/EU/UK touring schedule,” explains Bush. “The transition between surfaces was easy: the dLive software is identical regardless of the stage box or sur
UK - The Autograph Group has announced the departure of long-serving Financial Director, Duncan Bell.
Bell joined the company straight from school aged 18 and worked his way up to the position of Group Financial Director. He had established himself during the ‘80s and ‘90s as a respected Production Sound Engineer working on many high-profile theatre productions in the UK and abroad. His slavish attention to engineering and economic detail was what set him apart and marked him out for his future role within the companies.
Bell went from coiling microphone cables to running the financial fortunes of a group of companies that have a combined annual turnover of over £10M.
“A month’s work experience in 1984 has led to a 35-year journey as part of an incredible company and family” says Bell, “but I have decided that the time is right to find a new challenge for the next chapter of my life. Whatever that turns out to be, it will be defined in no small way by the experience gained as part of Autograph.”
“Looking back on it, having industry pioneers such as Andrew Bruce, Julian Beech, Jonathan Deans, Bobby Aitken, Tony Robinson and Terry Jardine as your collective mentors, teachers and friends must surely be the holy grail… and that was just within the company. It will be strange to move on, but I know that Autograph is in good hands and will continue to flourish for years to come.”
The departure of Autograph’s previous financial and business director Julian Beech, in 1999 due to ill-health, led to Bell’s promotion to Gr