USA - Love Joy Church has been serving the spiritual needs of its Buffalo, New York congregants since the early 1980s. It has grown considerably from its modest living-room-based, Bible-Study roots and today occupies a 600-person sanctuary in Lancaster, a suburb of Buffalo.
Love Joy’s upbeat services and talented praise band are the heart and soul of its diverse ministerial activities. However, until recently, Love Joy’s congregants regularly complained that speech and lyrics were difficult or impossible to understand. Local AV design and integration firm TSH Audio fixed the problem with new Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers that leverage Tom Danley’s patented designs to deliver speech and music that is clear and impactful.
“The existing sound system at Love Joy Church was dated and the design didn’t work for the space from the start,” explained Timothy Harris, the principle and design engineer for TSH AV. “The coverage was minimal, and there were a lot of boxes at the front of the stage to compensate. But as often happens, more was less. Many people couldn’t hear the message, but if they turned the system louder, other people complained that it was painful.”
Harris modelled Love Joy’s rectangular sanctuary using Danley’s Direct modelling software. “Danley Direct allowed me to identify any potential overlaps or phasing issues,” he said. “Love Joy’s situation was pretty straightforward, however. They mainly needed clean, point-source audio to every seat for intelligibility of vocals and spoken word. For most
Europe - Government agencies, public institutions, and non-governmental organisations around the world have special requirements for conferencing systems. Historic and other special environments can pose installation and design constraints, meeting procedures may require a specific control layout, or the hardware’s appearance may need to complement the room’s interior styling.
Shure has announced a hardware customisation programme for the Microflex Complete (MXC) Digital Conference System that enables the company to respond efficiently to special requests for unique hardware variations.
Shure’s customised flush-mount conference units are available with a range of options to suit a wide variety of needs and installation scenarios, including front panels in sizes for user specified dimensions, multiple colours in both brushed and matte finishes, customer logo and button labels in alternate languages, features and control layout that match the customer’s meeting procedures.
“Building on our decades of history in customisation and discussion systems, Shure now has honed the process to deliver customised Microflex Complete hardware,” said Rob Smith senior director, Shure Systems Sales. “With customisation of the latest conferencing products in our portfolio, Shure is fully equipped to address specific needs of end-users around the world.”
USA - Meyer Sound’s Summer Webinar Programme wrapped with a final Festival Friday roundtable session featuring the decades-long sonic explorations of Meyer Sound with the Grateful Dead and their related bands. The roundtable included special guest Derek Featherstone, UltraSound CEO and FOH mixing engineer for Dead and Company, Meyer Sound president & CEO John Meyer, and Bob McCarthy, Meyer Sound director of system optimization.
The Friday, 7 August webinar explored the long strange trip with the Grateful Dead going back to the infamous ‘Wall of Sound’ days, and the related iterations of the band since the passing of founding member and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia 25 years ago.
“The Grateful Dead were live sound pioneers and John Meyer’s involvement goes back to the Wall of Sound era, even before Meyer Sound was formed,” says McCarthy. “The Dead and the dedicated engineers at UltraSound provided a continuous living lab for us and we pushed the boundaries together, leading to many innovations. The Dead and UltraSound are very much part of our DNA.”
The Grateful Dead toured with Meyer Sound for many years. After band leader Jerry Garcia’s passing in 1995, the various iterations of the founding members, including Dead and Company, also tour with Meyer Sound systems.
This special Meyer Sound roundtable concluded the summer webinar season. “We launched our daily webinar programme in March and now have a robust catalogue of more than 75 webinars archived on our YouTube page and website,” says Meyer Sound senior technical sup
USA - Recently wrapping up a multi-faceted renovation - its most significant project since 2013 - Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles now boasts an L-Acoustics K2 line source array sound system installed this summer, covering the stadium seating, and L-Acoustics A15i and X8 speakers covering the new Centerfield Plaza and existing Outfield Pavilion areas.
Constructed in 1962, Dodger Stadium harkens back to an era when ballparks were designed and built solely to host baseball games. As many of these original venues have been replaced with new-build stadiums that are intended from the drawing board to be multi-use spaces for concerts, special events and other mass gatherings, Dodger Stadium remains one of the few ballparks to retain its original architecture and feel.
With the addition of an L-Acoustics K2 system, Dodger Stadium keeps its original look, while updating its feel with a modern, powerful sound system capable of handling any event. The installation marks the first MLB project for L-Acoustics and one of the most important installations of the manufacturer’s systems in the global sports market.
“Our goal was to have a state-of-the-art sound system at the stadium,” says Derek O’Hara, director, planning & development for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Dodger Stadium is designed the way ballparks were at the time it was built, with point-source sound systems that need to throw long distances. We wanted to modernise the stadium’s sound, allowing it to host many different types of events besides baseball, while keeping the park’s architec
UK - On 11 August (Tuesday), the live events industry across the UK will come together in solidarity to host a series of protests to help save the live events and entertainment sector, which is on the verge of collapsing without financial support from the government.
Encouraged by the #WeMakeEvents and #LightItInRed campaigns, hundreds of venues are expected to light up red, along with other creative activities being staged in over 20 cities across the UK to symbolise the industry going into red alert, and a final call to action titled ‘throw us a line’ will be taking centre stage on London’s South Bank.
The capital’s finale will begin on a boat at 20:20, as it makes it way down the Thames - passing Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and the Tate, and more all illuminated in emergency red. As the boat reaches key locations, such as Westminster Bridge and Jubilee Bridge, hundreds of volunteers will symbolise the ‘throw us a line’ theme creatively.
The call to action hopes to raise awareness for over a million professionals at risk of losing their jobs, 600,000 of whom deliver outdoor events. With around 70% of the workforce being freelance, the imminent closure of the self-employed income support scheme at the end of the month threatens their livelihood.
Unlike other industries, events, festivals, and performances have been unable to safely reopen due to social distancing guidance and may not reopen until early 2021 – and opening times keep being pushed back. With no government support on the horizon for the event supply ch
Europe - Portuguese acoustic treatment specialist Artnovion (distributed in the UK, Spain and the Netherlands by Audio-Technica) has announced the release of its new MedLine range of cleanable acoustic treatment products. Featuring hospital-grade anti-bacterial coatings and hardwearing, washable anti-odour finishes, MedLine caters to a wide market at a time when every industry needs to ensure COVID-safe workspaces.
The range comprises both fabric absorbers (Sparta AE, Troy and Azores AE products) and wood absorbers (Lyra 8 CL and Norma 8 CL panels), making MedLine suitable for a wide variety of applications including healthcare and well-being facilities that require the highest levels of cleanliness. Noise levels in today’s hospitals are the highest ever documented and have a tremendous impact on the privacy, comfort and stress levels of patients and staff. And in well-being spaces such as gyms, pools or spas, acoustic comfort plays a huge role in how beneficial and enjoyable the user experience is.
Where infection control has traditionally been achieved through the use of antimicrobial materials with bactericide and fungicide properties, viruses present a different challenge because they do not proliferate by themselves on inert surfaces. Instead, viruses rest on surfaces waiting for a new host to inadvertently touch them and put them in contact with any mucosa, infecting the host. For this reason, in addition to the regular antimicrobial protection, the best way to defend against the new COVID-19 threat is to regularly clean all exposed surfaces with
Australia - To future-proof classroom AV technology at CQUniversity, Videopro, has installed a Harman Professional AV solution that includes AMX SVSI Networked media systems.
With campuses across 25 locations in Australia, CQUniversity offers undergraduate, postgraduate, short courses and certificates in engineering, information technology, business and visual arts, among others. As a pioneer in the field of collaborative learning, many of CQUniversity's campuses are home to multi-pod collaborative classrooms. Integrated with video conferencing facilities that enable high-definition audio and video connectivity, the classrooms allow students to connect with lecturers across CQU’s network of campuses. CQU engaged Videopro to develop the next-generation AV platform for these critical teaching spaces
"The university's new collaborative learning environment required a robust, integrated, networked AV system for content distribution within the classroom. A primary requirement was that the solution be able to provide application-level visibility, monitoring, and traffic control to the IT team," said Scott Maunsell, account manager and programmer, Videopro.
"We chose the AMX SVSi N1000 Series Conference Room Solution with the VLAN tagging feature. VLAN tagging allows for labelling packets of AV data with a specific VLAN number/ID, thereby allowing network administrators to regulate switches to allow or disallow traffic flow from one VLAN to other ports. This resulted in superior content distribution and enterprise-grade remote management of AV data from
Finland - With Finland allowing live events within government restrictions, the nation’s favourite country artists, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls continue to do what they do best, touring the country with the bluegrass re-workings of rock and metal anthems that won them YouTube stardom, all mixed from compact dLive Wings system.
Public events for up to 500 people are currently permitted in Finland, with larger audiences possible at outdoor events where there are several sections or demarcated areas intended for audiences. Indoor events with more than 500 persons may also be permitted in the country from the 1st of August onwards with special arrangements.
As on previous tours, engineer Antti Laitila has created a FOH and monitor mixing rig for the five-piece band of multi-instrumentalists based on a dLive CDM32 MixRack and a 19” C1500 Surface. Careful planning allows Antti to keep the size and weight of the system to a minimum, so the band benefits from a consistent, self-contained setup wherever they play.
A new addition for this run of shows is a portable DX168 I/O expander, giving Antti a dedicated drum snake and future-proofing the setup in anticipation of a full 2021 European tour to mark the release of the band’s fourth studio album in late November. The DX168 has already proved invaluable for accommodating guest performers and for splitting I/O to different locations when recording live videos. Snug in a Peli Air case, the DX168 can fly in the cabin with Antti on future fly-dates, allowing him to up the channel count without increasing the nu
Europe - With the introduction of the Shure’s Axient Digital AD3 Plug-On Transmitter, audio professionals can transform any XLR microphone into an Axient Digital wireless microphone, delivering ‘impeccable audio quality and RF performance, wide-tuning, and encryption features’.
For high-tier broadcast, film, and TV applications that require a flexible connection to a wired microphone, the new AD3 Plug-On Transmitter makes it possible – complete with a plug-on design, high-performance radio, and spectral efficiency. Ideal for sideline reporting, street interviews, and press conferences, the AD3 seamlessly transforms a wired source into an advanced, Axient Digital wireless source.
Additionally, it can easily connect to a shotgun microphone on a boom pole to up-level portability on film and TV sets. The AD3 is compatible with Axient Digital AD4D and AD4Q rack receivers in Standard or High Density modes.
“Broadcast networks, stadiums, conference centres, theatres, and performance halls depend on Axient Digital, and that capability is now expanded with the launch of AD3,” said Nick Wood, senior category director of wireless products at Shure. “The plug-on transmitter enables field reporters, audio professionals, and on-set sound engineers access to a rock-solid portable audio solution that perfectly complements the power of Axient Digital. Audio professionals are going to want to have these transmitters in their kits.”
Out-of-the-box, the AD3 includes an innovative ‘locked’ XLR connector design, a user-friendly control menu, OL
UAE - CTME now has a fully established Integrated Networks team who are on hand to deliver specialist event communications across its wide range of projects. The department is headed up by Rob Turner who has been working alongside Middle East managing director Andy Reardon to develop this new.
Reardon explains, "It was important we had the right people to set up and run this new division, and I am pleased to announce we now have a team of highly experienced and established Integrated Network professionals. The team consists of several key players who have a long history of working together after originally working at Delta Sound before the company was taken over last year."
The team have years of experience in event communications across various sectors such as corporate, entertainment, sporting events, virtual events and much more. Their experience across multiple events in the region has given them an excellent understanding of a number of venues in and around the GCC. Turner adds, "This knowledge is really valuable, especially when helping clients during site visits and in the planning prepping stages with the other departments."
Integrated Networks has never been considered the most exciting part of an event and can often be overlooked in the quoting stages. With ever-advancing technology, it offers clients added benefits and can facilitate a more seamless event approach.
Turner states, "With our Riedel (MediorNet) approach, all different departments can prep and interface their various disciplines with the whole event in mind, not just t
Australia - TDC – Technical Direction Company, was approached by production company Exit Films to work together on creating a full virtual production for an NRMA Insurance TV commercial. This was the first time a virtual LED background was used in Australia to replace a traditional green screen on set.
TDC knew that to be able to fully deliver the vision of award-winning director Marc Forster they had to use equipment offering superior performance and reliability, so chose the combination of Brompton Technology’s Tessera LED processors driving ROE Visual LED panels.
The commercial, which focused on road safety during the holidays, followed an eight-year-old girl and her magical CGI toy bunny working together to save her dad from distracted driving. The team’s main challenge was to convincingly portray the fast movement of the car, which is generally a difficult environment to film, whilst telling an emotional story that relied heavily on close-up shots.
“Knowing how much Forster disliked the fake screen look, we wanted to give as much realism as possible to the production by bringing a cutting-edge LED screen technique for moving picture purposes,” explains Alex Rendell, technical project manager at TDC. “In that way, instead of actors having to imagine the surroundings, they could actually be in them.”
The TDC team collaborated closely with the DP Ginny Loane to build what became Australia’s first 180-degree LED cyclorama, featuring ROE Carbon 3 3.75mm LED panels. The LED wall served both as the moving backdrop and the main li
Azerbaijan - PROAV recently carried out a new sound design at the Agstafa Agro Industrial Complex in Agstafa City, specifying Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Mini (WPM) line array.
PROAV managing partner, Elshan Aliyev, stated, “When WPM first came onto the market, such was the trust we had in the Martin Audio brand name, we were happy to place an immediate order and we were the first to do so. When this latest opportunity came about we had no hesitation in specifying it again.”
As Azerbaijan's agricultural development project, Agstafa Agro Industrial Complex plays an important role in providing the population's food security and increasing the country's export potential and sustainability. It has been operating in the west of Azerbaijan since 2009 and serves 15,000 hectares of land, using advanced agro technologies.
Within the large complex is a multifunctional event hall, and fuelled with the confidence PROAV had in WPM, they recommended it as being best fit for purpose. “The reason for specifying it in this instance was because of the unusual shape of the hall and the objectives of the sound system,” reports Elshan.
“The client trusted us, and WPM was a logical decision. They were happy to take it on our recommendation.”
The main system comprises eight WPM per side, powered in 1-box resolution by Martin Audio iKON iK81 amplifiers. In addition they provided 12 Blackline X15 stage monitor speakers.
Elshan Aliyev says that WPM meets all the requirements, and the client agreed. Anar Orujov, managing director of the
Korea - The Nodeul Live House has upgraded its sound system by hiring integrators, TechDataPS Coand All That Sound, to design and install a Harman Professional audio solution.
The Nodeul Live House is a performing arts centre located on Nodeul Island, which is man-made island in the Hangang River. Accessible by the Hangang Bridge, Nodeul Island was established and created by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and serves as a cultural hotspot in the city.
In addition to lifestyle centres, various food and beverage outlets as well as scenic spots of natural beauty, the island is home to the Nodeul Live House. Accommodating a maxiumum capacity of nearly 1,000 guests, Nodeul Live House is a popular music venue that offers large-scale performances and concerts. To enhance those live shows, TechDataPS Co and All That Sound equipped the venue with an audio solution that features JBL Professional’s VTX line-array loudspeaker systems.
"Nodeul Live House provided detailed requests for their sound set up, which included the solution for reduction of low frequency booming noise when the bass becomes blurred and indistinct.” said a spokesperson for TechDataPS Co. “Also, since there were several speakers already installed, we had to redesign the existing layout to bring out the best performance of the system. Keeping in line with the requests, we chose JBL VTX A12 loudspeakers because they provide an undistorted balance of high-end resolution and precise sound."
To compliment the sound, VTX G28 dual 18” subwoofers, which feature JBL's patented Diffe
UK - Technological Innovations Group (TIG) has announced the appointment of Matthew Bailey as regional sales manager UC for the United Kingdom.
He will work with the TIG sales division to bring his extensive experience of the unified communications market to the team and will be responsible for driving the development of new business for TIG’s ecosystem of brands that integrate with Crestron’s world-class UC portfolio.
Discussing this new role, Bailey says: “I'm really looking forward to embarking on this new journey at TIG in the Crestron UC space. With my experience, drive & passion for UC technologies, both Company and ultimately Client success are on the horizon - I simply cannot wait to start, meet everyone and get going at TIG.”
TIG’s CEO, Robin van Meeuwen adds: “I’d like to welcome Matthew to TIG. In the unusual circumstances that 2020 has presented we’ve all had to find new ways of working, and we’ve seen that Unified Communications are crucial business technologies. Matthew’s role will be to help businesses invest in UC to future-proof their working practices.”
Europe - The SLX-D Digital Wireless System is the newest addition to the Shure digital wireless portfolio. The new offering is the digital replacement of the company’s popular SLX system, complete with new mechanical designs, more reliable RF performance and streamlined setup.
The multi-faceted SLX-D Digital Wireless System provides end users with greater channel count than SLX, smart rechargeable options, and simplified ease-of-use for moments that matter most - in the classroom, Houses of Worship, corporate facilities, the hospitality sector, local governments, and more. The new system is offered in single and dual channel options. Transmitters run on standard AA batteries or an optional lithium-ion rechargeable battery solution with a dual-docking charging station.
“As we support customers in education, Houses of Worship, corporate facilities and theatres, we recognise the need for an easy-to-use digital wireless system with rock-solid RF performance that can scale as the needs of the venue or spectrum environment change,” said Nick Wood, senior wireless category director at Shure. “With SLX-D, we can offer a solution that is both state-of-the-art and a great value.”
USA - From its beginnings in the mid-1970s, with barely more than a dozen members, to the opening of its 3,500-seat auditorium in the new century, Denton Bible Church (DBC) has kept itself at the leading edge of technology. And the church, named for its Dallas, Texas-area suburban location, has continued to do so with the May addition of a new DiGiCo Quantum338 console, which is used for both front-of-house and monitor mixing.
At the same time, a new DiGiCo SD12 console was also installed as the church’s new broadcast audio console. Both desks, plus the two DiGiCo SD-Racks installed along with them that sit on an Optocore network, were integrated and commissioned by Digital Resources, Inc., an AV systems integrator based in nearby Southlake.
This is DBC’s second generation in the digital mixing arena, and they had become accustomed to the streamlined operational aspects and high I/O counts that digital consoles can offer. “So their next digital consoles had to be able to continue to provide a lot of I/O and a high degree of functionality,” explains Digital Resources audio sales manager Lance Eddleman.
“Their SD12, for instance, is the latest 96-input-channel model, which gives them plenty of I/O for their broadcasts. And the Quantum338 gives them the high number of faders they wanted, to support their blended traditional and contemporary worship styles, as well as some really advanced features, such as the Spice Rack and Nodal Processing.”
After Eddleman and the DRI team witnessed the official worldwide launch of the Quantum338 at
China - SE Audiotechnik is the exclusive PA partner for the EV EDM Festival in Shanghai’s Happy Valley theme park, where more than 2,000 visitors are expected every day from 10 July to 30 August.
When the party lasts more than 50 days and takes action during the rain season in Shanghai, you have to find a reliable partner with a good plan and real workhorses when it comes to gear. The choice fell on SE Audiotechnik with its compact, yet powerful M-Line. Overall more than 126 Speakers have been utilised on the main stage.
A total of 36 M-F3A PRO full-range speakers and 32 M-F3A PRO FS flysubs have been rigged – an array of 18 M-F3A PRO are supported by 2x8 M-F3A PRO FS on both sides of the stage in order to keep the sound pressure level high enough up to the last row. Besides excellent sound the requirement was to integrate the system discretely into the stage design - thus the M-F3A PRO could play at its full strength.
A total of 24 subwoofers have been used; eight of the 21” B21s below each array and another eight in front of the stage extending the frequency range of the system below 30 Hz.
Due to the extra-wide stage design, the coverage right in front of the stage has been filled with two sets of two S15 PRO subs and two M-F3A PROs stacked on top – one set to the left and one set to the right of the 8 B21 subwoofers in front of the stage.
Twelve SMX 12A stage monitors have been placed evenly positioned at the lip of the stage together with another set of two S15 PRO subwoofers and three M-F3A PROs stacked left and right of
UK - Since any semblance of order in the music industry has been thrown into turmoil by the global Coronavirus pandemic, lockdown has challenged an industry primarily run by freelancers to be resilient and creative - qualities which they have demonstrated in abundance. DiGiGrid has seen demand for its products remain solid, as artists and technical staff strive to keep working.
Dan Page, brand manager at DiGiGrid is as aware as anyone of the serious difficulties faced by the sector, but believes that its natural resourcefulness will help in the struggle to survive the most testing of circumstances:
“Whilst every industry has been affected to a greater or lesser extent by the pandemic, our sector was probably the first to close and will most likely be the last to reopen in a ‘normal’ way. For freelancers particularly, that makes things extremely tough. Lost income, combined with the worry about when any kind of ‘normal’ will return, places huge stresses on people, but throughout lockdown we’ve seen plenty of ingenuity as the industry seeks to focus on as many positive actions as it can.”
At DiGiGrid, staff have been adapting to this new enforced way of life, learning new skills and brushing up on every aspect of what they do. Its team is involved in a constant dialogue with its user-base, offering guidance and support, whilst taking close account of the way in which this technically adroit community is adapting to the circumstances, and applying DiGiGrid hardware to support a wide range of imaginative projects. Dan continues:
Italy - Powersoft has partnered with the Crew Nation charitable fund to help provide relief to live music crews around the globe.
Crew Nation has been created to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on a constant run of shows to make a living.
The fund - powered and administered by charitable 501c3 organisation, Music Forward Foundation - has been kickstarted by Live Nation, which has contributed an initial $5m and committed to match the next $5m given by artists, fans, and employees. So far superstars such as Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Metallica, John Mayer, and many more have shown their support and donated.
Having become aware of the initiative, Powersoft has pledged to donate 5% of the proceeds from all of the touring amplifier platforms sold between 27 July and 15 October, to Crew Nation. The Powersoft campaign that will follow is based on the key concept that ‘behind every show stands a great live music crew’, to underline the importance of the people behind the scenes of the shows that are so important to so many.
The campaign will be spread over several different media such as web banners, banner newsletters, social channels, and in print in the international trade media.
Powersoft’s brand, communication and trade marketing manager, Francesco Fanicchi, comments: “As with every person involved in the industry, we know how difficult the last months have been for professionals in the live event industry; in particular the touring and venue crew who are completely dependent on live shows to survive.
China - JBL Professional has introduced JBL CV1510 and CV1610 passive surface-mount speakers, the newest models in JBL Professional’s CV1000 Series of pro-grade install speakers for the China market.
The CV1000 Series brings JBL’s tour-tested fidelity and performance to restaurants, hotels, retail spaces and other commercial applications. Like all CV1000 models, the CV1510 and CV1610 feature a precisely designed crossover, quality plywood cabinets, built-in protection circuitry and a distinctive, elegantly contoured enclosure design. Pair the CV1510 and CV1610 with other CV100 Series loudspeakers and subwoofers for scalable solutions for any installed scenario.
“When we created the CV1000 Series, we aimed to offer versatile solutions for A/V integrators looking to design premium audio experiences for restaurants, hotels, retail venues and other commercial spaces,” said Daryl Wong, director, China product development Haarman Professional Solutions. “Now, with two new driver configurations, we’ve made it easier than ever to scale sound systems to match the precise needs of a broad range of spaces.”
The 2-way, 5.25-inch JBL CV1510 and 2-way, 6.5-inch CV1610 draw from seven decades of JBL Professional audio innovation to provide robust, reliable sound solutions that deliver smooth, even output at any volume level. Models are optimized for both horizontal or vertical orientation, with adjustable mount angles to fine-tune coverage in any space. The CV1510 delivers 104 dB max SPL (110 dB peak) and 86 dB sensitivity, while the CV1610 offers 10
Austria - An Audient Nero has joined songwriters and producers, Felix Brunhuber and Florian ‘Flo’ Fellier in their newly opened Wilderness Studios, nestled in the Austrian Alps. Realising a dream to establish a studio with “the best sound imaginable”, the boys have taken inspiration from the natural beauty, vast forests and vertiginous mountains of their homeland to create a “creative oasis”.
Together they are ‘Wild Culture’ and have clocked up over 80m streams across all the usual platforms (YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud). As such, they know exactly what they need to put together their own “unique, high quality productions” and reckon now is the time to share their inspiration with the wider world.
Carefully specifying their audio gear to suit the 33sq.m main studio space, their experience as artists has helped them curate the perfect area for visitors to feel “free and creative”. They explain, “Wilderness Studios is designed for productions, recording top liners, singers and bands as well as for mixing and mastering. Up to 8 people can work in the main studio.”
They have paid careful attention to all elements, from temperature control and lighting to create the desired ambience, as well as getting the sound right. “With our big Neumann system comprising KH870 and KH420 controlled by the Audient monitor controller we have the perfect sound to write, produce, mix and master music.”
Describing Nero’s part in the overall setup, Felix says, “The Nero is used as our main monitor controller and is a central p
USA - Virginia’s Southard Audio recently overcame the challenges of lockdown when it deployed its new Martin Audio WPS system for the first time, helping the congregants of Harrisonburg’s Divine Unity Church to move outdoors for a special, socially-distanced service.
The event marked the first time that the company was able to use its WPS system, which recently joined the large format WPL system that Southard Audio has been using for a year.
Founded by Mike Southard in 1980, Southard Audio is known as a leading events specialist in Virginia and beyond. “We do large events throughout the Eastern US and a little bit into the Midwest,” explains managing partner Jason Misterka. The company has also long benefited from a working relationship with Soundworks of Richmond VA – the two became the first WPL owners in the world when they each purchased 24 WPL cabinets, 12 SXH218 hybrid subs and 12 iKON iK42 amps.
Taking WPL out on the road for year was enough to convince Misterka that it was time to add more Martin Audio to the Southard inventory. “After using WPL for a year we wanted to phase out some of our older boxes and standardise everything around one system that all of our techs know how to use. So when the WPS came out we jumped.”
But as soon as the WPS system arrived, COVID-19 brought events to a halt. The first opportunity to deploy the new system came months later, when Divine Unity Church decided to make the most of its outdoor space.
“This was literally a church service in a parking lot and we were happy to have the gi
Belgium - AV specialist Swing has invested in Shure’s Microflex Complete Wireless (MXCW) system, becoming the first AV company in the country to purchase MXCW in what it considers ‘increased demand’ for a system that can offer ‘outstanding audio quality’ as businesses in the region plan to return to work following the easing of Government restrictions post lockdown.
Established in 1990 by CEO Danny De Letter, Swing, is one of the country’s leading AV specialists, with experience across the sales, rental, projects and events sectors.
Forty-eight wireless stations have been purchased by Swing for sales or rental.
De Letter said: “We anticipated the increased demand for a conferencing system with outstanding audio quality. Easy to set up, intuitive to use, with todays added value for remote communication. We are completely convinced because it’s completely wireless.”
France - Once again BroaMan and Optocore network devices were deployed to maximum effect at this year’s Grand Concert de Paris spectacular.
The event coincides with France’s National Day (on July 14). And having scaled new heights last year with the solutions and I/O capacity provided by the two German partner brands - creating an immersive environment for Radio France, with 152 Optocore preamps and MUX22 IVT / MADI connectivity - this year technology contractors GB4D went even further. Working once again for Radio France, they set up an elaborate optical broadcast network topography on the Champ de Mars in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, but with the location eerily empty other than for technicians.
“Playing without an audience due to COVID-19 was certainly weird,” stated GB4D owner, Gilles Bouvard. “We felt really alone without the 500,000 spectators!”
Bouvard was clear in what the challenge represented, and it was essentially to produce an advance multi-format broadcast signal flow to the Radio France and France TV OB trucks from the FOH and monitor positions, as well as from the pyrotechnics position.
“We had to provide Radio France’s sound engineers with all the necessary tools,” he confirmed. And this year that again included 144 Optocore microphone preamps (both X6RFX and TP) as well as MADI stream connectivity between the Lawo, Yamaha and Studer consoles, via BroaMan MUX22 MADI and Optocore M12 and DD2FR-FX devices. In all, GB4D created a distribution universe of more than 600 audio streams between the FOH and monito