UK - Active for over four decades, Duran Duran continue to be a major draw on the live sound circuit.
For their latest UK and European festival run, the band picked up where they left off with long-time audio vendor Britannia Row Productions, which supplied the crew with a DiGiCo-centric control package, as well as an assortment of microphones and Sennheiser IEMs.
“Brit Row have been great in providing the gear we needed, at a time when so much equipment is unavailable,” says production manager Wob Roberts, who first worked with the band in 2008 and returned to the role last year. “Part of this was because we booked well in advance, but the following US tour was a late addition and our account handler, Dave Compton, has managed to source the gear we need without having to ship anything, which is great as we try to reduce the carbon footprint of touring.”
FOH engineer Craig Pryde first joined Duran Duran’s audio crew in 2017, originally being brought in to cover for outgoing engineer Snake Newton.
“Snake is on a mammoth world tour with Harry Styles at the moment, so I took the reins last summer,” he explains. “We moved over to DiGiCo for this year, and they’ve been incredibly supportive, with the best back up I’ve ever experienced. The change from the previous console was partly driven by production, as the DiGiCo desks are more widely available worldwide for one-off fly shows. I’ve been really impressed with the Quantum 5 Brit Row have provided.”
Pryde specified a pair of Bricasti M7s to complement the AMS RMX16
USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced that pre-sets for Apex CloudPower amplifiers are now available for download on the Fulcrum Acoustic website. The processor settings work with all Apex CloudPower amplifiers running firmware version 1.2.1 or later. These pre-sets add to an already extensive list of processor configurations available for download on the Fulcrum Acoustic website.
"Fulcrum Acoustic is committed to supporting a broad range of processing platforms at a high level to ensure that our loudspeakers are easy to work with and so our customers can achieve the best results possible," says Rich Frembes, senior technologist, Fulcrum Acoustic. "We’re excited to add Apex to the ever-growing list of third-party DSP amplifiers we support."
The Apex pre-sets are available as a free download from the support page on the Fulcrum Acoustic website.
USA - Nashville Life is a 10-year-old ministry founded by gospel artist and 15-time Grammy Award-winner CeCe Winans and her husband, Alvin Love II, and their son, Alvin Love III, is now lead pastor. While the church has been in existence for a decade, it has only this year found its own home, a newly renovated former church building in Nashville’s Nolensville Road neighbourhood.
Nashville Life has a flexible set of audio solutions to meet its particular needs: a DiGiCo Quantum225 console, buttressed with four Dante-enabled A168D stage boxes along with a DQ-Rack in the amp room, for switching and patching, all on a Dante network, as is the church’s new EAW KF810 sound system. In addition, an even one-dozen KLANG:kontrollers - six connected to Shure PSM 1000 IEMs and six hard-wired IEMs for the band members - provide the church’s musicians and vocalists on stage with a highly customizable but very easy-to-use monitoring solution at their fingertips.
Nashville Life is volunteer-driven, including Trey Smith, the church’s most experienced live-sound mix engineer and one of three whose technical capabilities range from expert to ambitious. “That’s why the Quantum225 was such a good choice for the church,” he says of the new 350-plus-seat auditorium, which opened this spring with the new DiGiCo console and DQ-Rack, KLANG monitoring solution, and EAW line array system installed by locally-based Blackhawk Audio.
“For those of us with experience in touring, we’re already familiar with DiGiCo, and if not, it’s such an intuitive, logically l
USA - AtlasIED has announced three additions to the company, including Graham Hendry, VP of loudspeaker strategy; Mike Ulrich, VP of specialty acoustic projects and Riccardo Balistreri, director of acoustical engineering. The new hires are part of a strategic initiative that will focus on product development, strategy, design, and positioning of new products for the premium loudspeaker marketplace across a variety of industries including hospitality, specialty commercial, corporate, and entertainment.
“AtlasIED has significantly invested in talented people, infrastructure, and machinery over the past five years,” said John Ivey, CEO at AtlasIED. “We’ve created a foundation for innovation, and Graham, Riccardo, and Mike are joining us to help propel that innovative culture forward and translate it into solutions and platforms that benefit our industry, clients, and end users. Audio is in our blood. It’s how our family business began and will forever be our passion.”
Hendry joins AtlasIED in the newly created position as vice president of loudspeaker strategy. With more than 25 years in premium audio in engineering, business development, and leadership, Hendry will lead all facets of the company’s loudspeaker business strategy. During his career, Hendry served in multiple leadership positions and has extensive experience building teams and defining, developing and implementing product and brand strategy for a comprehensive range of products.
In another newly created position of VP of specialty acoustic projects, Ulrich will lead engine
UK - Polar has announced the expansion of its team with the appointment of Nick Bellis to the post of business development manager, professional audio.
An experienced pro audio sales manager and successful freelance FOH/monitor engineer, with more than 30 years’ experience in the live and installation markets, Nick joins Polar with specific responsibility for its Music Tribe brands. Polar recently entered a partnership to re-introduce direct supply of Music Tribe’s leading brands to the UK market.
Polar managing director John Midgley comments, “Nick is a highly respected figure in the industry and knows these brands inside out, having earlier in his career spent seven years working for Music Tribe in European sales. Add to this a hands-on appreciation of the products from his freelance role as a highly regarded pro audio engineer, and it’s easy to see why he is so well-suited to this position at Polar.”
Nick Bellis adds: “I’m delighted to be joining Polar at what is a very exciting time. The company’s strategic super partner relationship with Music Tribe gives our professional audio customers direct access to what is a formidable collection of iconic brands, all of which I’m very familiar with. I have a genuine passion for sound and using technology to push boundaries, so I’m looking forward to working with new and established customers to help them to achieve high quality solutions.”
Polar distributes the Midas, Klark Teknik, Lab Gruppen, Lake, Turbosound and Tannoy brands for Music Tribe in the UK.
UK - Following their recent inauguration of a European Experience Centre, Wharfedale Pro continues to uphold a mission of transparency. With the addition of enhanced website navigation and ‘finder’ tools, they are optimising their processes ‘to enable their customers to make more informed, intelligent decisions’.
The newly added ‘bracket and rigging finder’ effectively acts as a filterable table or ‘cheat sheet’, that clearly displays which brackets, rigging and poles (X axis) are most suitable for each model of loudspeaker (Y axis), as well as what quantity is required. The entire loudspeaker range is displayed by default, but the selection can be narrowed to a specific model via a search function. It will serve as an invaluable, at-a-glance tool for integrators who are planning installs of any size.
Similarly, earlier in August, Wharfedale Pro unveiled their decision simplify their passive floor monitor presentation. With a substantial portfolio of passive floor monitors, it became clear that they had to simplify the browsing experience and make it easy to differentiate the specifications. By adopting a ‘good’, ‘better’ and ‘best’ logic, the lineup has simply become easier to understand. As part of this cleaning up, the DVP-X and EVO-X passive floor monitors will be discontinued.
Peter Peck, marketing manager at Wharfedale Pro comments, “Wharfedale Pro is a longstanding company that has produced hundreds of products. Naturally, over time we have actively pruned our portfolio to better reflect the audio standards of th
UK - Amp-maker Marshall recently constructed a world-class recording studio – boasting a 273sq.m live room and a 40-channel vintage Neve 8048 mixer – next to their Milton Keynes factory.
The control room has been upgraded with a Quested monitoring system at its heart. “It was like fitting that last piece into a jigsaw, or getting the right key for a lock,” said Marshall studio manager Adam Beer. “The Quested Q212FS monitors are just perfect for the room, and for the type of music we record. The imaging is absolutely spot on, you can accurately pinpoint everything throughout the stereo field.”
The Q212FS design is based on one of Quested’s most popular main monitor enclosures. The free-standing system has been adapted to allow for the Q212 element to sit on top of the QSB118 sub-bass, and be at a perfect height for most mixing consoles, with the acoustic centre at approximately 1.4m. The Q212 element is a three-way monitor utilising dual twelve-inch radial chassis drivers, a custom soft-dome 3” mid driver, coupling with a soft-dome HF. “Because the monitor system is four-way, rather than a three-way, you can hear the different elements of sub bass, you don't just get the kick and bass lines blending into each other,” explains Beer.
Quested APD2000-4 and APS1000-4 remote DSP amplification provide power, with the rig being set-up in situ for Marshall by Quested technical wizard Ollie Shortland. “The customer service element from Quested has been stunning,” confirms Beer, “Ollie set the monitors up exactly as we wanted.”
USA - There are three campuses of the thriving Hallows Church in Seattle, the latest of which is in the Wallingford area of the city. The church embraces technology to connect with its congregations both in person and through online livestreams, with music every bit as important in the celebrations as the spoken word.
To equip the church with a new sound system, The Hallows turned to local AV technology specialists Morgan Sound who have, over the course of 50+ years in business, successfully completed hundreds of similar installations in houses of worship and other venues, undertaken alongside a long-established and busy production services business for live events.
Associate engineer Fraser Brearley reports, “The Hallows is a very modern and technology-focussed church, with music at the heart of its services. They specifically asked for a custom-tailored audio and video system that would fit the configuration of their Sanctuary and provide high-quality A/V, both for their in-person members and remote members using live-streaming services. We considered the physical space as well as the church's expectations before delivering our recommendations of a small Nexo Geo M10 line array in white, which brings a rock & roll vibe while also complementing the design aesthetic to ensure a low visual impact.”
In a system designed by Fraser using Nexo’s NS-1 configuration software, hangs of three Geo M1012 cabinets left and right feature a single, more steeply angled Geo M1025 on the bottom to provide even coverage throughout the church, right up to th
UK - For more than 30 years, Bradford-based Pro Audio Systems (PAS) has been supplying professional audio, lighting and AV equipment for purchase, hire and installation. One area which has seen consistent growth on the audio front is the house of worship sector, where PAS has assisted with the supply and design of a number of systems for mosques, both in the city and further afield.
Fastline specialises in mosque installations and began its relationship with PAS as far back as 2004. With a background in electrical engineering and a keen interest in sound, founder Wajid Baz felt at the time that audio provision in many mosques was simply not up to scratch. Clarity and adequate coverage are absolute essentials in houses of worship, and in many cases Wajid felt that both elements were inadequate. He created Fastline to deliver bespoke systems that could overcome the difficulties presented by what are often unique spaces. More than eighteen years later, with business thriving, Wajid’s relationship with PAS is as strong as ever.
Most recently, Fastline and PAS have collaborated on installs at Bradford Central Mosque, Masjid Us Sunnah in Nelson, Lancs, Masjid Bilal in Batley and Baitul Aman in London.
“Very often the mosques are not purpose-built, so designing loudspeaker layouts for the direction of prayer is probably the biggest challenge,” says Wajid. “A member of the PAS team will often accompany me to the site, and using various software-based applications, can accurately predict the performance of a speaker system prior to its installation,
Canada - “We are pleased to announce that 2022 was a record-breaking international festival and music season for Solotech, representing an increase of over 20% in AV activities provided by our Live Productions teams”, says Martin Tremblay, president and CEO, Solotech. As the world emerges from the Covid cocoon, or learns to work around it, festivals everywhere made a spirited comeback this year.
Solotech’s Live Productions Division increase surpasses even pre-pandemic levels, a clear sign of organisers, artists and festival devotees’ eagerness for the return of this summer staple. Chances are if you attended a popular festival this summer, Solotech was also there. These included headliner Harry Styles’ epic shows at Coachella, the International Montreal Jazz Festival, the 15th anniversary of Osheaga, the Festival d’été de Québec and the multi-disciplinary artistic works of the Luminato Festival Toronto. The celebrations continued as electronic music took centre stage at Veld Music Festival, while popular headliners and rising stars collided over several weekends at the UK’s BST Hyde Park festival.
So far in 2022, over 280 festivals around the world have been supported by Solotech’s dedicated teams and cutting-edge equipment. And with this season running well into September, this total will increase. Upcoming major productions in Toronto include the hip-hop-centric Rolling Loud music festival and in Las Vegas, the Life is Beautiful Festival.
“After the two-year break in Canada, it was only natural that many festivals wanted to
Europe - QSC EMEA has announced the opening of a new Benelux office in Nieuwegein, near Utrecht. Slated to open 20 September 2022, this modern office space will serve as the business development and Q-SYS training hub, as well house an experience centre where customers and end users can see the Q-SYS Platform and Ecosystem in real world installations.
In addition, this office will include the EMEA service centre, now based under the same roof, with significantly more room to continually support both Q-SYS and QSC Pro Audio divisions.
“Since opening the first regional business development office in 2020, the team has expanded four times, and this new modern office and high-end training facility is the next obvious step to support the growing regional footprint,” says Willem van Zuilekom, managing director of QSC Benelux. “In addition, this space will act as a hub to bring people together for local community building and events."
“Supporting our customers is of utmost importance and we strive to provide a best-in-class experience,” says Jerry Koeleman, service manager EMEA, Q-SYS. “This new office gives us the space we need to accommodate the region’s growth and better serve both Q-SYS and QSC Pro Audio customers and partners.”
“With all three business functions in the same location, we can ramp up the operations and deliver the best customer experience we’ve ever offered,” continues Van Zuilekom.
USA - To provide artists and audiences at Summerfest with immersive and impactful live sound, Clearwing once again enlisted JBL Professional VTX Series speakers for the job.
A long-time staple of the music festival season, Summerfest is a multi-week event that brings a wide variety of artists and fans to Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee every year. With hundreds of performances taking place across 12 stages, Summerfest is historically one of the most-attended festivals in the world and earned the title of ‘World's Largest Music Festival’ by Guinness World Records in 1999.
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Summerfest returned for three consecutive weekends in June and July rather than 11 straight days like previous years, and featured Modest Mouse, 2 Chainz, Charli XCX, Dustin Lynch, among many others.
Despite this year’s schedule change, Summerfest’s stages still required high-quality sound that provided both impactful dynamics for artists and balanced coverage for audience members. To meet these requirements, Clearwing deployed JBL VTX A and V Series speakers - reliable choices for the past several years at Summerfest.
“Summerfest is a logistical marathon,” said Jeffrey Mayer, regional audio operations, Clearwing. “Each stage area is a unique footprint, and many have proximity concerns. They require a product line with resources that can fill in only the desired coverage gaps while segregating the space beyond. Luckily, the VTX Series does just that.
“Having a product that deploys and recovers
UK - At PLASA Show 2022, APT-GB launched the most most advanced series of its globally successful >Teleprompter.video SMV stage-monitor form factored teleprompters.
These teleprompter designs are intended for use in performance, production and presentation applications, by a wide range of users – from singers to pastors. Amongst a list of innovations, the new SMV2 series encompasses a range the most common and newest video formats with input and output conversion of NDI, SDI and HDMI all in a single platform, making it a much more accessible technology.
A complement of Neutrik connectors includes dual etherCON with Halo connectors supporting onboard video networking, with SMV2 series models receiving, converting and outputting multiple signal formats (NDI, RTSP and many more) via the I/Os and the Halo continuously indicating power and connection speed status.
Neutrik Halo products integrate a new, patented light ring along with an asymmetrical, non-metallic push tab into the design of the company’s popular A series chassis connectors. Halo product variants include the NC3FAH2-LR-DAE and NC5FAH-LR-DAE female XLR connectors, the NC3MAH-LR and NC5MAH-LR male XLR connectors, and the NE8FAH-LR-DAE etherCON connector.
By placing one or two SMD LEDs on circuit boards, the connectors can be lit up for useful and attractive visual feedback such as input detection, transmission status, connection status, phantom power, operating mode indication, and other useful information.
The Neutrik Halo light ring delivers an innovative, forward-looki
UK - The Stage Bus, a Birmingham-based events production company that provides solar-powered staging solutions, has released the latest version of its newest stage, The Stage Box.
A concept that’s been designed and constructed at the company’s Halesowen HQ, The Stage Box is built into a converted 20ft shipping container. It provides a stage platform which can operate from the back of a truck, or as a detachable unit which can self-dismount using hydraulic legs. The entire stage is solar-powered, and can run for up to eight hours on a full charge.
The latest version of The Stage Box expands its power capacity with a modular solar battery system, allowing its running length to be extended past the eight hour mark. Combined with its nature as a self-contained unit which can be locked up and safely left at any event site overnight, this makes it the ideal choice for small to medium sized events, corporate activations, sports events, weddings and more.
The Stage Box is equipped with a powerful PA system and LED lighting, which help bring any performance or broadcast to life. Its hydraulic legs allow it to self-level on uneven terrain, simplifying the stage’s transportation and deployment. The stage can also be deployed on ground level, allowing people to get up close and personal with it when used in interactive events such as marketing activations. It can also be raised up to six feet off the ground, providing maximum visibility.
The Stage Box was first launched in 2019, shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. In the two and a half year
UK - Currently playing an extended run in London’s Garrick Theatre, The Drifters Girl tells the story of Faye Treadwell, the long-time manager of The Drifters, by interweaving her personal narrative with 20 concert-level performances of the seminal R&B/pop group’s chart-topping hits. To maintain the full impact of both the dramatic and musical elements, sound designer Tom Marshall deployed a strategically placed and balanced system of Meyer Sound point source loudspeakers and compact subwoofers.
The intimate Garrick Theatre is an acoustically and architecturally challenging venue that was built in 1889 and now seats 712 patrons on three levels.
“The Garrick has interesting challenges when it comes to putting a ‘pop’ musical in the space,” relates Marshall. “Loudspeaker positioning is tricky due to the nature of the proscenium opening and the first set of box seats, which together prevent standard speaker positions from covering the whole auditorium.”
Using Meyer Sound’s MAPP 3D acoustical prediction software, Marshall plotted a solution to deliver uniform coverage and impact throughout the house. Because the main UPQ‑D1 loudspeakers had to be set further back, a pair of ULTRA‑X40 compact loudspeakers was aimed to cover the front few rows in the narrowest part of the venue. Also, because the theatre has a long overhang in the stalls, two rows of discreet UP‑4slim delay loudspeakers were rigged to the ceiling. “Fortunately, the minimal weight of the UP-4slims raised no issues with the plaster ceiling,” notes Mars
UK - If there is a single festival that defines the English summer, it has to be Henley, which this year celebrated its 40th anniversary with a mix of music, comedy, art and grade A fun.
Production managed by John Harris, Henley’s main stage is placed in the River Thames, backed by a fleet of boats of all shapes and sizes. The site features a variety of other venues ranging from intimate comedy to cabaret and dance bands.
RG Jones has been providing audio at Henley since 1983 - most of it based around Martin Audio PA - and in a relationship surviving that long, the level of trust and commitment is obviously at its highest. Over the years, the style of the event has changed somewhat from the original, fully classical programme to what is now a much more commercial line-up, but with no less determination to deliver an unforgettable experience.
This year’s artists (on the main Floating Stage) were as diverse as Sir Tom Jones, Craig David, Katherine Jenkins, Jack Savoretti, The Script and Pete Tong with the Ibiza Classics Orchestra.
The Floating Stage sound system was manned by the experienced Mark Edwards, using an established design by Simon Honywill. The site is very unusual as it is around three times wider than it is deep, and three arrays each side of the stage structure are required to deliver the requisite coverage; the outer arrays feature nine deep hangs of Martin Audio’s MLA Compact, the forward facing comprise seven deep MLA Compact, and the inner coverage this time was provided by four deep Martin Audio Wavefront Precision Mini
The Netherlands - RME and DirectOut have introduced Digiface Ravenna. The mobile audio interface is based on the proven Digiface Dante and features a Ravenna module developed by DirectOut. The device allows the transmission of a total of 128 audio channels coming from Ravenna and optionally MADI via a single USB 3.0 connection. RME thus expands its Digiface series with a powerful Ravenna model for USB and standalone operation.
"We have known and admired RME for many years as a provider of professional computer interface technology and are very happy about this cooperation.” says Claudio Becker-Foss, CEO/CTO of DirectOut. “The combination of RME’s experience in programming computer interfaces with DirectOut’s Ravenna expertise will create a great new asset for the Audio-over-IP market. Both companies are committed to leading edge development and maintaining their products whenever standards or operating systems change. This is crucial, particularly for computer interfaces and makes Digiface Ravenna a future proof and highly reliable product for our customers.”
The fusion of RME’s drivers (Mac/Windows) and DirectOut’s Ravenna implementation, offers a reliable and flexible networked computer audio interface. DSP-based TotalMix FX can be used to control the comprehensive routing and monitoring options (including the built-in headphone output).
On the network side, the interface features a full-fledged Ravenna stack with AES67 and ST2110-30/31 support and redundant audio-over-IP streaming as per ST2022-7. In addition, the interface can als
France - A tailor-made sound system was developed and installed by Amadeus within the Théâtre de l'Archevêché at Aix-en-Provence International Music Festival to subtly modify the acoustic characteristics of the theatre space using 35 microphones processed through Holophonix and more than 50 speakers to play the innovative mix of a live orchestra, choir, and stage performers for a performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo.
Musical director and conductor of the Pygmalion Orchestra and Choir, Raphaël Pichon, made a special request to Amadeus to design and implement an audio technology system combining active acoustics and sound spatialization to maximize the audience’s experience of the opera.
“The work carried out in collaboration with Amadeus’ teams could be compared with some kind of ‘sound restoration’. The Théâtre de l'Archevêché is a unique place, among the most evocative of the past of the old city - a place carrying the weight of the years. Its facade at the back of the stage is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its imposing skyward-stretching acoustic shell and its high stone walls overlooking the audience, there are genuine difficulties linked to the room’s natural acoustics, and orchestras have to face them,” said Aurélie Granier, head of the audiovisual department and sound engineer.
“As he was aware of the sound issues imposed by the venue, conductor Raphaël Pichon asked us to develop an immersive acoustic support system for the spectators,” Granier continues. “We designed and deployed a tailor-ma
Europe - Shure is teaming up with Netgear to deliver faster and more reliable integration when installing Shure Microflex Ecosystem products with the Netgear AV Line M4250 switches. The combination of Shure’s legacy in AV, along with Netgear’s commitment to AV over IP will help integrators with limited networking skills save time configuring rooms.
Built from the ground up for 1G AV over IP, the Netgear AV Line M4250 switches combine years of networking experience with best practices from leading AV professionals to simplify and elevate the installation process. A new AV-centric browser-based user interface enables key AV network settings, selectable profiles for popular AV devices, and a sleek front panel with various mounting options. Now, M4250 switches come pre-installed with two Shure profiles to optimise switch settings and customise VLANs for control and audio when deploying Microflex Ecosystem devices. The switch easily splits network traffic for Dante audio and Shure control traffic, giving integrators a boost of confidence during a seamless installation experience.
Shure and Netgear worked closely together to ensure seamless interoperability for the custom profile for the AV Line M4250 series. These switches underwent rigorous testing to adhere to Shure’s high-quality standards for developing superior reliable products.
“We understand integrators’ and customers’ time is valuable,” said Chad Wiggins, associate vice president of global product management and innovation at Shure. “By working with Netgear, users who install M
UK - PLASA Show, London’s international event for entertainment technology, will once again open its doors at Olympia London from 4-6 September. Thousands of professionals from across the live sector are expected to attend the show, coming together to celebrate the industry’s strength and innovation following the pandemic. Tickets are still available for £15, which will increase to £20 on the door.
200+ global brands will sit side by side in Olympia’s Grand Hall, representing the very best of pro audio, lighting, audio-visual, rigging and staging technologies. These include the show’s headline sponsor Robe, as well as fellow lighting brands Chauvet Professional, Claypaky, Ayrton, Avolites, ETC, Elation, GLP, Vari-Lite, Martin, TMB, plus many more. The pro audio sector is well covered, with brands such as d&b audiotechnik, Sennheiser, Yamaha, DiGiCo, Shure, RCF and L-Acoustics. Leading names from AV will be in attendance, such as Epson, ROE Visual and PSCo. And plenty of rigging companies will be there too, including Area Four, Broadweigh, Doughty and Triple E.
The show will also feature a market-leading seminar programme, sponsored by Vectorworks, with back-to-back sessions in three seminar theatres. Attendees can learn from business leaders, get inspired by accomplished creative freelancers, and get involved in conversational industry panels. Programme highlights include design insights from the creatives behind Ed Sheeran’s world tour; lighting BMW’s HQ; powering the Commonwealth Games; and live events in the metaverse.
The Netherlands - Pliant Technologies debuts its CCU-08 CrewCom Control Unit at IBC 2022 (Stand 10.C53). The CCU-08 is the latest addition to the CrewCom system and gives users the ability to use up to eight 4-Wire ports while retaining all the same features of the current companion CCU-22 and CCU-44 products.
Like the current Control Units, the CCU-08 Control Unit contains no radio and is frequency agnostic and can therefore control and monitor any device across CrewNet regardless of radio frequency bands being utilized. With the combination of CrewCom Radio Transceivers, the new CCU-08 supports up to 82 Radio Packs, 18 in Normal mode and 64 in the recently released High Density mode, across all RF bands.
“The CCU-08 is an important addition to the CrewCom lineup,” says Gary Rosen, vice president of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “The CCU-08 adds the ability to have up to eight 4-Wire intercom connections working simultaneously allowing for even larger scale deployments. The new CCU-08 is designed for applications that need additional I/O but do not require 2-wire connectivity.”
UK - Le Mark Group will be exhibiting its extensive product range at this year’s PLASA show. Two new Dirty Rigger products will take centre stage; the V3 edition of the heavy-duty backpack and four-way stretch ladies’ work trousers will both be showcased on Stand E20.
Additionally, Paper-Tak– a paper-based alternative to generic PVC tape will make its debut. Visitors will also be able to see a selection of Le Mark’s best-selling tapes, labels, flooring and crew wear, with a knowledgeable team on hand to answer any queries.
Speaking ahead of the show, Stuart Gibbons OBE, managing director, Le Mark Group said: “We’re delighted to be returning to the show again this year and we’re really excited to see what people think of the new products we will have on the stand. The Dirty Rigger backpack has been built around industry feedback. It’s comfortable to wear and incorporates a tough, waterproof ‘hard case’ base plus a water-resistant fabric. We really rate this backpack as a product that will safely hold both tools and a laptop.
“Meanwhile, the Dirty Rigger ladies’ work trousers will be modelled by a mannequin on the stand. Featuring a new, durable, four-way stretch fabric, the trousers offer extreme flexibility, durability and comfort.”
With an industry drive to become more sustainable and circular, Le Mark Group is proud to be launching Paper-Tak. Stuart explained: “Our customers are keen to reduce their use of plastics whenever possible. To help them achieve this, we’ve produced Paper-Tak - a tough paper-based tape
UK - Production Futures exists to create opportunities for young people to learn, train, network and develop real careers in production across every area of the live event, music, touring, theatre, TV, broadcast and film industries.
As part of the promotion for its forthcoming Production Futures On Tour autumn events, the organisation will host a seminar at this year’s PLASA Show on the subject of Creating an Inclusive Workforce - How Can the Industry Attract Young Talent?.
Chaired by CEO Hannah Eakins, the panel, which includes Jas Parekh (Production Futures), Koy Neminathan (Sales Director at Avolites), Amy Kerr (field sales support manager at Robe) and Ollie Jeffrey (head of production and technical at Royal Albert Hall), will discuss solutions to the skills shortage in the live sector.
Hannah Eakins explains: “Since the pandemic, live events and the entertainment sector in general have faced huge skills shortages. We’ve assembled an expert panel to explore ways in which the industry can encourage new talent into these sectors, and discuss the ways in which opportunities can be created for young people. The session will be of great interest to employers seeking to boost their workforce, as well as young people looking for industry opportunities.”
The session will take place at Seminar Theatre 2 from 4pm - 5pm on 4 September
Indonesia - Located on the perimeter of the Podomoro Golf Complex in a leafy suburb of Jakarta, At-Thohir Mosque was built by the extended family of automotive magnate, the late Teddy Thohir. The pearlescent house of worship features 29 domes meant to signify family. The building, which can welcome up to 1,900 worshippers, is a gift from a government minister, one of Mr. Thohir’s sons, to the local community and was inaugurated this spring by Indonesia’s president.
Wishing to maintain the grandeur of the building - its clean white interior, adorned with gold calligraphy representing the 99 meanings of Allah - the mosque’s technical committee required a powerful and pristine sound system that would discreetly fit into the building’s aesthetic. With recent government guidelines putting a cap on sound volumes at 100 decibels and limiting amplified audio to inside buildings, it complicated the sound system choice. To help them face the challenge, the committee turned to local Jakarta-based pro-audio supplier, PT Gracia Auvindo.
Hendra Halim, project manager and systems engineer at PT Gracia Auvindo, explains that in addition to the aesthetic and SPL requirement, installation options were limited in the 28.5m by 28.5m main prayer hall. Mr. Hendra says, “In addition, the hall is constructed of marble and granite, creating reflective surfaces throughout, compounded by the inner side of a dome-shaped roof.”
Mr. Hendra worked with L-Acoustics application project engineer APAC, Chung Wah Khiew, using L-Acoustics Soundvision to design a system t