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brompton-technologymobos2MOBO show returns with Brompton Tessera
Thursday, 28 January 2021

UK - After a three-year break, the MOBO Awards (MOBOs), the UK’s biggest celebration of black music and culture, returned in December last year – in a virtual format. The 90-minute awards ceremony was brought to life by a LED screen running on Brompton Tessera processing provided by Universal Pixels (UP), that delivered realistic looking, multiple video playbacks throughout the virtual ceremony.
Hosted by former BBC Radio 1 presenter Maya Jama and YouTube creator Chunkz, and with performances by Headie One feat. M Huncho, Ms Banks, Tiwa Savage and Kojey Radical, the event was conceived by creative company CC-Lab and delivered by creative agency, Satore Studio. It was streamed live on YouTube, followed by a BBC One broadcast.
“CC-Lab wanted to find a new way to present the MOBOs,” reports Tupac Martir, founder and creative director of Satore Studio. “Everyone was clear they wanted an LED screen, but I wanted to take it further. I suggested to Jason Hocking, co-founder and MD of CC-Lab, that we could use the work we’d done in virtual production and play around with it, running the VP experience alongside still imagery.”
In a departure from standard television formats, the team combined film techniques and technology in a TV environment, using a multicam setup with an off-stage camera capturing the entire studio. “With this last camera, we could show what was going on behind the scenes to highlight that we weren’t trying to imitate being somewhere else; we were combining the physical and virtual worlds, and being creative with how w

bubbleChristie GS projectors power dome visuals
Thursday, 28 January 2021

China - Christie GS Series 1DLP laser projectors are delivering vivid and lifelike visuals in a new dome theatre located in Xiong’an New Area, a self-sufficient and sustainable city in Hebei province developed by the government to prioritize “green development and environmental protection”.
Known as the Five Senses Bubble, it has a diameter of 8.5m and a height of 6.3m and is constructed using air-film reinforced concrete, while its exterior is adorned with golden spirals to create artistic effects that represent the different senses.
Inside, the visuals are powered by five Christie DWU8902-GS 1DLP laser projectors fitted discreetly around the dome theatre to display highly immersive images measuring 3.2m height. The projectors are installed and commissioned by Zhongqing Yingye Group, which has been appointed the distributor of Christie’s 1DLP projection systems in 2020. The company has extensive experience in professional audio and visual systems integration.
A spokesperson for Zhongqing Yingye Group commented, “The Five Senses Bubble dome theatre is a structure that integrates technology with arts and culture to strengthen community bonds in this new city. We are pleased to be involved in the projection component of this project, and the Christie GS Series laser projectors have been our top choice since day one. Not only do they deliver stunning image quality, realistic colour reproduction and reliability, their quiet operation and small footprint also make them remain ‘invisible’ during the shows.”
The projected contents emb

 
 
car-park-pantomime-hires-12DTS Lighting sponsors Car Park Panto tour
Thursday, 28 January 2021

UK - Car Park Panto partnered with DTS Lighting for their Horrible Christmas tour that reached more than 40,000 people over 15 venues.
Coalition Agency sparked considerable press coverage for their UK Christmas tour on December 2020. At the end of a very difficult year for the entertainment industry, it was thanks to the drive-in format that 40,000 people could attend this experience which played Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff.
The performance, inspired by the children’s book series Horrible Histories by Terry Deary, explores what lies beneath the holiday season through the story of a young boy who wants to save Christmas.
DTS enthusiastically accepted the chance to participate as technical sponsor to the event where the vintage style of this format allowed the public to watch the show from the safety of their own cars.
Coalition took care of promotion, management and logistics, which ensured maximum safety by applying all measures against Covid in order to get the best immersive experience with virtually no threats to the public’s health. Cars were parked at least 2m from one another and radios were used so that the show could be enjoyed remotely.
DTS Lighting and UK distributor GDS gave their technical support by sponsoring the event with more than 30 luminaires: Synergy 5 Profile, Brick, and Katana, among others. The installation and technical support for the products has been entrusted to Encore, formerly known as Hawthorn.
Putting on an outdoor show in the British winter

 
james-oliverPK Sound appoints chief strategy officer
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

USA - PK Sound has announced the appointment of James Oliver as chief strategy officer. Reporting directly to founder and CEO Jeremy Bridge, Oliver is responsible for ‘the development, communication, execution, and sustainment of strategic corporate initiatives’. Oliver has also joined the company’s ownership group.
Oliver comes to PK Sound following a seven-year tenure with Adamson Systems Engineering, most recently serving as director of marketing and sales. Throughout that stint, he spearheaded the development of turnkey system offerings and a sglobal distribution network that led to exponential year-over-year growth for the manufacturer.
“Joining PK was the easiest transition of my career. The culture of the organisation and technological advancements of the product line are completely in tune with the live events industry of tomorrow,” comments Oliver.
“Throughout 2020, we refocused our teams and made significant investments in infrastructure, research and development, and strategy in preparation for a major push towards our goal of PK Sound becoming a top global brand in the professional loudspeaker space,” says Jeremy Bridge. “James adds a key element to our already-deep talent pool and will execute our strategy to reshape the future of sound.”

 
 
eaw-and-verta-tech-southwood-churchEAW refreshes audio at Huntsville church
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

USA - Commercial A/V integrator Verta Technologies was recently tasked with upgrading Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama with a PA system for its sanctuary and live audio needs.
Christian Tuttle, CTS, managing partner, Verta Technologies and his team turned to EAW to deliver the audio to the sanctuary. The audio upgrade included four Anna 3-way full-range ADAPTive array modules, two MKD1064 2-way full range loudspeakers, two SB825 dual drive subwoofers and one UXA4410 Greybox-enabled amplifier.
Southwood Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary was originally designed for spoken word, a choir and a pipe organ with natural reverberation in mind. “The result was a beautiful 50ft vaulted ceiling with an untreated tongue-and-groove wood finish,” says Tuttle. “Over the past 20 years, Southwood’s service has evolved to include a live band, and while the sanctuary was acoustically treated to reduce the natural reverberation, the live audio system was not updated to fit this new worship style.”
As part of the audio design, the Verta team had to make sure the audio system didn’t block the large stained-glass window that is located high above centre stage. “It was also crucial that the acoustic energy was steered away from the vaulted wood ceiling,” adds Tuttle “We chose EAW's ADAPTive System, and specifically the Anna array, to solve these challenges. With its ability to steer the vertical coverage, the Anna cabinets were hung high enough to avoid blocking the stain glass window while still covering every seat.”
The Verta

 
disguisealok1disguise xR drives Alok’s Alive spectacular
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Brazil - One of the biggest Brazilian live DJ shows in 2020 took place in xR, as local DJ and musician Alok attracted 750,000 people to his Alive live stream in December, also clocking seven million views on YouTube. The disguise xR workflow drove the music special with a vx 4 media server and two rx platforms enabling the show to incorporate content from render engines Unreal, Unity and Notch.
Alok is one of the most prominent players in the Brazilian electronic music scene. Following the cancellations of all his live shows last year, the aim of the xR live stream was to bring a fresh way of broadcasting the artist’s performance to his large fanbase.
Project director Fabio Soares from OkeStudio along with TheForce invited Sao Paulo-based, full-service AV company Maxi to provide the xR workflow for the show, along with disguise workflow specialist Tito Sabatini on technical support.
Support from disguise “was something we couldn’t live without”, Jose Augusto Martins, executive director at Maxi, reports. “With a big project like this and all the tech video crew learning how to use xR, disguise’s support was key. It gave us the confidence to run things properly. We wanted people to feel the energy of a real show and that was achieved.
“‘Alive was a huge xR project, and we were doing it for the first time in Brazil, so we learned a lot during the process of making the project a reality,” Jose adds.
Maxi was the only rental company with the toolset to deliver the xR production, he notes. As the technical brief

 
 
ac-et-provided-world-class-products-to-help-zeal-bring-the-land-of-light-to-life-copyright-luke-dyson-2-smallAC-ET helps bring Longleat’s Land of Light to life
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

UK - One of the UK's longest established safari park attractions, Longleat, recently became home to a temporary spectacular seasonal experience, The Land of Light.
The Land of Light was a journey through several different areas and featured a host of bespoke creations.
Longleat partnered with production and hire company, Zeal, who helped design and bring to life this experience.
Steve Hough, Zeal’s managing director comments: “We partnered with Longleat in May 2020 after they had to postpone their regular Festival of Light. The goal was to create a new unique experience from scratch that took consideration of coronavirus during the installation and the event itself. From there, we developed concepts and went on to design, build and produce an experience focused on stimulating the senses that allowed people to immerse themselves in real life, something that wasn’t possible throughout much of 2020.”
The 2km immersive journey featured an impressive 688 lights, 255 speakers, over 72,000 individually controlled pixels, scent machines, projection, a host of atmospheric and water effects, and even a 2,600sq.ft immersive laser room. All of which was synchronised together with more than 38,000m of cable and the latest in technology, bringing the magic of Longleat’s grounds to life as one.
A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) was chosen to supply a number of products from leading brands including Dynamic Audio Device (D.A.D), Luminex, LumenRadio and Doughty, for this project.
Jonathan Walters, AC-ET’s sal

 
paul-brownRCF re-energises Paul Brown Stadium
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

USA - For the last 20 years, the Cincinnati Bengals have been taking on NFL rivals at Paul Brown Stadium. This 65,515-seat gridiron arena has always placed a premium on the strength and quality of its audio systems. Equally known as the site of performances by artists ranging from Kenny Chesney to Guns N’ Roses, PBS, as locals call it, subscribes to the notion that sound traveling throughout its concourses and seating areas should live up to concert-level expectations at all levels, whether it be on game day or for special events.
To that end, a three-phase project to re-energise the stadium’s original, 20 year-old audio blueprint was just completed this autumn, debuting on 4 October before a reduced crowd that watched as the Bengals beat the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. Designed and implemented by Nashville, Tennessee-based Durrell Sports Audio Management, the new system is an amalgam of workhorse legacy components, upgraded audio processing, and custom loudspeakers built in Italy expressly to meet the needs of this customised application by RCF.
“Paul Brown Stadium is unlike any other around the country when it comes to audio,” Durrell’s John Horrell explains. “Every aspect of its game-day production from simple announcements to music is as live as you can get. There is nothing here that even vaguely resembles a pre-recorded TV show. That’s why when we were chosen to upgrade the audio we felt it was essential to create a system that was capable of true, concert-level high performance.”
The upgrade project was implemented in three

 
 
lakaskadenye4Kaskade rings in New Year with L-Acoustics
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

USA - California’s SilverLakes is best known for attracting sports fans and horse-riding enthusiasts with more than two dozen full-sized soccer fields and five equestrian areas. But this past New Year’s Eve, the complex upped its showmanship game by serving as the high-energy host site for a drive-in concert headlined by superstar DJ Kaskade, who rang in 2021 on an L-Acoustics K2 system deployed by San Diego-based Pro Systems AV.
Completely selling out its maximum capacity of 700 vehicles, the show opened with sets from J. Worra and Ravell before Kaskade took the stage, wrapping up more than six hours of EDM music in SilverLakes’ concert area known as The BackYard.
Presented by Activated Events, Versa, and Nederlander Concerts, the event also live-streamed to an even bigger audience via the online Abracadabra Festival, which prominently featured Kaskade welcoming the new year with his full two-hour set from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. New York City time.
In addition to designing and deploying all the show’s lighting and video production elements, Pro Systems AV supplied the entire loudspeaker complement, which primarily comprised flown main arrays of 12 K2 elements per side, plus 20 KS28 subs ground-stacked in five cardioid pods of four across the face of the stage. Two A15 per side, stacked on scaffolding, served as infills for the vehicles parked directly in front of the projection screens, while six towers of five Kara and one SB28 provided delay.
Per Kaskade’s rider, on stage, was a set of ‘Texas headphones’ - three Kara enclosu

 
adamson-7071Adamson CS-Series backs Tate McRae
Wednesday, 27 January 2021

When times get tough, artists adapt, relentlessly leveraging leading-edge production technology to explore ever more innovative ways of making an impact with remote live performances. And that’s exactly what drove the deployment of an Adamson Systems Engineering CS-Series loudspeaker rig for Tate McRae’s performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Directed by Jonah Haber and filmed in Brampton, Ontario, the Alberta-based, global pop sensation’s performance of her massive international hit, You Broke Me First featured all the trappings of a high-end video shoot courtesy of Vancouver-based production house, Boldy, and set design, video and staging by Toronto’s Congo Blue Productions.
Typically on video shoots, audio is an afterthought. Not in this case, explains Jeremie Ngandu, who designed the system for the production and credits the Adamson loudspeakers as integral to the live energy and immediacy of McRae’s performance. “We converted a 28,000sq.ft warehouse into a performance space,” Ngandu says, adding that the set included four separate performance areas or ‘rooms’ that McRae moved between during the song - each kitted out with lighting and video screens to create a variety of effects.
Having worked with McRae on similar virtual live performances for The Jimmy Kimmel Show and The European Music Awards, Ngandu knows exactly what McRae and her dancers need to hear to pull off the high-energy performances McRae’s become known for. The Adamson CS-Series system was a big part of that, he notes; in t

 
 
danteAudinate adds SDK for Dante Embedded Platform
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

USA - Audinate, developer of Dante AV networking technology, has announced the availability of a software development kit (SDK) for manufacturers of Arm-based audio products. This SDK lets manufacturers deploy Dante audio networking as on-chip software in their products, reducing costs and conserving on space while delivering world-class audio performance.
The Dante Embedded Platform SDK provides the tools needed to develop Dante-enabled products built upon 32- and 64-bit Arm Cortex-A processors using a Linux operating system, and supports online license activation for OEMs. The SDK allows manufacturers to validate their own designs for performance and capability, ensuring solid reliability for end users.
“We’re very pleased to offer the first SDK for Dante as software,” says Nick Mariette, product manager at Audinate. “We’re just beginning to see the changes brought to the AV industry through families of software-based products. Arm-based audio devices are incredibly flexible and cost effective, and now Dante can be integrated in to deliver a truly great customer experience.”
In addition to support for Arm Cortex-A processors, a Dante Embedded Platform SDK for x86-based audio products is anticipated for release in the near future.

 
chapelLittle Rock church keeps faith with Martin
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

USA - When the First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas (FPCNLR), decided to upgrade its sound system three years ago it became the world’s first adopter of Martin Audio's then new Wavefront Precision Compact and Mini optimised arrays.
Fast forward to the present and the church has added a new mid-size chapel on its campus for multipurpose use and brought in a new sound contractor. However, it has kept faith in the British brand that has served the community so well in the main church.
This time the PA needed to reinforce events that were “too large for our rotunda space, too small for our sanctuary, and not quite casual enough to be held in our Great Hall,” according to the church’s director of communications, Zachary Ward.
With aesthetics a prime consideration, the solution was found in the House of Worship favourite, the discreet O-Line column micro array, specified and installed by Nashville-based Spectrum Sound. This provides balanced coverage for the 232 main floor seats and further 48 seats in the balcony.
Ward confirms that brand continuity was based on the “exemplary” Wavefront Precision performance in the main space. However, the decision was not taken before carefully scanning the market to compare options. “We considered multiple brands and models but ultimately it was Spectrum Sound who, after seeing the space, recommended we take a look at O-Line, a product which none of us had even heard about at that point.”
He adds: “The new room presents an auditory challenge as the floors are of tile a

 
 
leaLEA Professional powers orchestral experience
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

USA - A new immersive orchestral experience has brought back the spirit of live performance in a socially-distanced environment. With audio amplifier solutions from LEA Professional, residents in South Bend, Indiana, can once again enjoy the sounds of their local city orchestra in a more intimate and experimental setting.
The new listening installation, Octet, came about as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra needed to re-think its performances after the pandemic forced a number of cancellations.
“It was very important for us to not only give something back to our community - which was starved of live performance for the last few months - but also to invigorate our musicians,” said Halle McGuire, director of development programmes, South Bend Symphony Orchestra. “We knew that everyone was combating a level of Zoom fatigue and we needed to think outside of the box as to how we could safely produce performances.”
The result was Octet, an immersive installation that is sensitive to COVID-19 restrictions with no member of the orchestra in the room. Instead of performing live, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra pre-recorded all instruments individually and the recordings were then mixed and the music delivered through hi-quality speakers in a gallery, amplified by LEA Professional IoT enabled solutions.
While an individual standing in the centre of the installation will hear the instruments in a perfectly balanced surround-sound, there’s also the option to move closer to any individual speaker and virtually isolate the individual part played

 
lakesideTiMax and Meyer drive Lakeside Leisure Realm
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

UK - Intu Lakeside’s new Leisure Realm, complete with immersive sound, light and multimedia environment, showcased its first seasonal update during the pre-Christmas shopping period. Designed by engineering consultants, Hoare Lea, the Leisure Realm features a multi-channel Meyer Sound audio system driven by the spatial rendering and playback capabilities of TiMax SoundHub across its three distinct external zones.
The seasonal update evoked the spirit of Christmas; the bespoke sound design & music composition by Hoare Lea’s creative AV team used a mixture of sound FX, field recordings and re-scored traditional carols, spatially enhanced, panned and timed with TiMax to work with the sound system design & acoustic characteristics of each zone.
Hoare Lea’s audiovisual lead, Kevin Luckhurst produced the sound design & content creation for the update over Christmas.The AV team at Hoare Lea originally designed, engineered & specified the multi-channel “soundscape system” in 2017, as part of the £72m Leisure Realm regeneration project, which officially opened in the summer of 2019.
The entire AV installation was carried out by Autograph Sales & Installations and in addition to the two TiMax SoundHub devices (one 64ch and one 16ch respectively) the audio infrastructure featured significant numbers of Meyer Sound self-powered products. In total, 23 UP-4XP UltraCompact and 38 MM-4XP Miniature full-range loudspeakers plus 10 MM-10XP Miniature subwoofers were integrated across three zones, with 9 MPS-488HP units handling power and

 
 
hippodancingstarsfinland-tero-karpijokiHippotizers Dance with the Stars in Finland
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Finland - The 2020 series of Finland’s Tanssii tähtien kanssa - a version of the BBC’s popular Strictly Come Dancing TV show - culminated at the end of December following a visual feast driven by Hippotizer Montane+ RTX Media Servers.
A host of Finnish household names participated in Series 13 of the show, ranging from politicians to rappers, actors to YouTube stars. Their performances were backed by a mix of live feed and pre-made content, displayed on a huge LED screen backdrop and on smaller screens behind the judging panel. The live shows were seen by an average audience of more than one million, which is a sizeable chunk of Finland’s 5.5 million population.
At the visuals helm was Nordic events and experiences company Bright Group, headed up by designer and creative director Eero Helle, video operator Tero Kärpijoki and chief video tech Topi Rinne. The team specified two Montane+ RTX machines for the live shows, serving as one live and one backup.
“The choice of Hippo was easy, as Hippotizer is my go-to for big, live shows like this,” says Kärpijoki. “I’ve been working with Hippo servers for many years, and they always deliver for me. Hippo is a perfect tool for when lots of looks are required, and when changes need to be made to each one in such short timescales. Being able to add effects and manipulate the visuals in real-time, even during the show, is fantastic.”
Kärpijoki controlled the Montane+ RTX using a grandMA2, which he says is “so fast and reliable, and easy to work with”. For signal distri

 
digicocompetitionDiGiCo launches New Hope competition
Tuesday, 26 January 2021

UK - DiGiCo has launched New Hope, a giveaway that offers some much needed positivity to the pro audio community.
The competition is free to enter, with entrants having to pick three 'lucky' numbers and complete a form to be in for a chance to snap up the gifts - a DiGiGrid MGB Madi to SoundGrid Interface; the first of the newly-launched KLANG Kontrollers - Serial Number 1; and a DiGiCo Quantum Range Console.
“We wanted to look forwards and give a little hope for the new year, and we couldn’t think of better way to do it than by giving away three products that will be incredibly useful for the future,” says DiGiCo general manager, Austin Freshwater. “It gives all of us at DiGiCo, DiGiGrid and KLANG great pleasure to know that, when the world of live productions returns, we can provide the opportunity for the lucky winners to add an extra touch of magic to their mixes.”
The competition closes at 23:59 GMT on 8 February, with the announcement of the winners streamed on DiGiCo’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page on 12 February.
To enter, visit www.digico.biz.

 
 
mxl-microphonesMXL focus on Revelation series at NAMM
Monday, 25 January 2021

USA - MXL focussed on the complete Revelation line during Believe in Music Week, including its original Revelation, the Revelation II, which was announced earlier this year, as well as the most recent Revelation Mini FET.
Borrowing concepts from the renowned Revelation tube microphone, the REV II offers musicians the clarity and versatility of the classic Revelation but is more accessible to musicians on a budget, says the company.
Offering the itube mic sound, the REV II is designed for capturing ‘crystal-clear vocals and instrumentals for a variety of genres’. Although geared towards studio use, the Revelation II is a versatile and flexible solution that is suitable for both home and studio recordings, and its simple set up makes it an appropriate solution for recording while on the road. Adding to the mic’s versatility, the mic’s polar pattern selection is virtually limitless, controllable by a variable pattern control knob.
“With the REV II, our customers are falling in love with its classic sound all over again,” says Trevor Fedele, director at MXL Microphones. “Today, with most artists working remotely, the last thing we would want is the musical element to be lost. By making high-quality solutions more accessible, we aim to contribute to a seamless experience for both in-person and virtual productions. The MXL Revelation II is sure to take your next performance up a few notches - whether it’s in-person, live-streamed or pre-recorded.”
When Hunter Wolfe, guitarist and vocalist of Born Crooked, was forced to switch gea

 
tecJBL and AKG double winners at TEC Awards
Monday, 25 January 2021

USA - Harman Professional Solutions reports that JBL Professional and AKG products earned honours at the 36th NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards.
The annual TEC Awards honoured best-in-class products in the professional audio community, and were presented at The NAMM Show 2021’s Believe in Music Week.
AKG Lyra USB microphone received the 2021 NAMM TEC Award in the category of Microphones, Recording.
JBL EON ONE Compact personal PA received the 2021 NAMM TEC Award in sound reinforcement loudspeaker category. AKG K300 Series headphones and JBL DSi 2.0 amplifiers were also winners.
“On behalf of the entire Harman team, I would like to say it’s an honour to have been recognised by the industry across these four very important audio categories,” said Karam Kaul, vice president, audio, Harman Professional Solutions. “We would like to thank the voters and the TEC Awards nominating panel for our nomination. These wins are a reflection of our commitment to producing innovative audio solutions, and of the immensely talented teams at Harman Professional. We look forward to continuing to foster our culture of excellence in 2021 and beyond.”

 
 
powersoftPowersoft launches latest M-Force technology
Friday, 22 January 2021

Italy - Ever since its release in 2013, Powersoft’s M-Force linear transducer has redefined what was possible in the realm of infra-bass, reaching well below the conventional frequency range.
The Italian manufacturer has sought to push its boundaries even further with the introduction of the new and improved M-Force 301P02 and its associated reference designs, which have been created to ensure that everyone from AV professionals to amateur speaker builders will be able to benefit from the company’s powerful technology.
“Although the original M-Force has had a great life cycle, we knew that the time was right for our patented infra-bass technology to take another leap forward,” said Powersoft’s sales manager for OEM solutions Giacomo Previ. “This new iteration of the M-Force linear motor transducer comes equipped with high voltage and high current connectors and a whole range of internal electromechanical improvements. We’re so excited to share the new M-Force with the world, and we can’t wait to see what our fellow audio innovators will be able to create using this new technology.”
The patented M-Force moving magnet linear motor structure allows “extraordinary levels of efficiency and reliability, making it the perfect choice for high efficiency, high SPL low-frequency sound reinforcement applications”.
The implementation of the M-Force technology is now easier than ever, thanks to the 301P02 - a complete solution that enables all levels of speaker builders to incorporate the M-Force into any design with absolute confi

 
chrislordalgeat5047Grammy winning engineer relies on A-T mics
Friday, 22 January 2021

Grammy Award-winning mixer Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Muse, Bruce Springsteen) has kept a busy schedule during the COVID-19 lockdown, taking on projects from a wide range of artists. In addition to applying his mixing skills to these recordings, in many cases he has been tracking artists’ vocals himself.
“In March 2020, I devised a makeshift vocal booth at my facility that we were able to disinfect after every use,” he explains, “and everything could stay properly distanced to adhere to the health guidelines of the situation. Originally I set this up just as a temporary solution for a project or two. But nine months later, this setup is still in use, right where we assembled it.”
Key to the success of this vocal recording setup is the Audio-Technica AT5047 cardioid condenser studio microphone.
“The AT5047 is a game-changing microphone in a lot of ways,” Chris notes. “For instance, I did some recent recording with Kiefer Sutherland. I’d mixed his records in the past but not recorded the vocals myself. But getting him on this AT5047 microphone - obviously I’d heard his voice before on recorded tracks, but he and I had never heard it sound this good just raw like that. It was so clear and in-your-face, and when I brought up the track on the desk to mix it, I barely had to do anything to it. I’m known for my processing techniques when I mix vocals, but I feel like the AT5047 gives me a head start.”
Equally successful were sessions with rock acts Tempt and Dorothy - both of whom appreciated the big, rich, clear tone that the AT504

 
 
calrec-drop-ship-audio-compDrop Ship Audio expands Calrec roster
Friday, 22 January 2021

USA - Calrec’s Artemis Beam audio console is proving to be a success for Sean Prickett, owner of broadcast audio engineering company and rental service Drop Ship Audio in Los Angeles. With 340 channel processing paths and powerful Bluefin2 and Hydra2 technologies, the new Artemis console is being used on a popular reality show in its fourth season, installed in a studio with a major US network.
Drop Ship Audio is no stranger to Calrec. The company owns two Brio digital audio consoles, the most powerful and compact console in its class, and previously a Summa console. With regard to its new Artemis Beam, Prickett said, “We’d been looking for a larger, full size fly-pack console to replicate more of the experience you would have in a traditional TV truck. I mixed the previous three seasons of this reality show for a major network on an Apollo and the ability to have the same workflow and familiarity as the previous seasons made the Artemis an obvious and easy choice for our work on this fourth season.”
Prickett also uses Calrec’s Hydra2 networking capabilities, which provide scalable audio networking with other consoles and routers so that a large number of inputs and outputs can be shared and controlled regardless of the console’s location. In the console’s current configuration, they are using five Hydra2 boxes for I/O.
He continued, “As a company, owner reliability and support were at the forefront of the decision and we know that Calrec delivers on both fronts. Another big selling point is whether I am mixing a show or one of my co

 
dpa-contestantsDPA and Rycote reveal film contest winners
Friday, 22 January 2021

World - DPA Microphones and Rycote have announced the winners of the Pay-It-Forward Film Contest Giveaway. The brands joined forces to support the film industry during these unprecedented times by offering first-time and indie filmmakers the opportunity to win a customised DPA/Rycote filming kit.
The winners of the contest are Jacob Deming of the United States, Lijie Cheng of Singapore and Sergey Martynyuk of Austria. The winners will receive three DPA mics - the 4097 Micro Shotgun, 4017 Shotgun and 6060 CORE Subminiature - along with an array of Rycote accessories.
Aspiring and indie filmmakers around the world were encouraged to participate in the DPA/Rycote Pay-it-Forward giveaway campaign, which concluded late last year. The applications were reviewed and judged by representatives from both brands, as well as a group of film experts, comprised of Tim White, Bryan “Sol” Aponte, Antoin Cox and Stéphane Bucher. In addition to the prize package, the winners will also have access to free loans of any additional mics and accessories needed to complete their projects. Further, they will receive a mentoring session from one of the film sound experts.
Deming plans to utilise the equipment to film the Northwest Association for Performing Arts’ 2021 Winter Percussion Championships on behalf of his company, Corpsound Audio.
“It’s an incredible feeling to have industry professionals and established businesses believe in the vision, which we spent so much time and energy developing,” says Deming. “It reaffirms that our pas

 
 
digicoDiGiCo delivers flexibility for Music Bank streams
Friday, 22 January 2021

UK - Over the past 25 years Music Bank has established itself as one of the leading rehearsal and backline hire facilities in Europe. In recent months, Music Bank’s director Jimmy Mac has been busy modifying the studios to create a live streaming space, allocating its DiGiCo SD12 to mix duties to ensure familiarity and total flexibility for visiting engineers.
“We knew people would want to use Music Bank as a streaming location for the same reasons they use it for a rehearsal space,” says Charlie Bryson, monitor engineer for Rod Stewart’s band and long-time DiGiCo user who started his career at Music Bank and has returned during the pandemic to look after all things audio for the live streams. “The new studios offer huge, great sounding, well-serviced rehearsal rooms with a plethora of backline and instruments available to hire right across the hallway.”
This, combined with a recently upgraded 1GB symmetrical internet connection and its collaboration with neighbour, Colour Sound Experiment, to bring in modular/scalable LED walls and a lighting package for each room, makes Music Bank an appropriate choice for a streaming performance space.
“After that, all that was left was to get a great camera and broadcast setup together and we had an awesome streaming operation that artists could come in and design however they liked!” Bryson continues. “Initially, I think a lot of artists saw an opportunity to do something different or something they hadn’t done before with these live streamed / lockdown performances. Something new and exciti

 
leopardNarrow-coverage array joins Leopard pack
Thursday, 21 January 2021

USA - Meyer Sound has announced immediate availability of Leopard-M80 narrow coverage linear line array, a new variant of the Leopard loudspeaker designed for focused coverage and long-throw applications. Leopard D-M80 is identical to the existing Leopard design except that it provides a precisely controlled 80° horizontal pattern instead of the 110° coverage of the original model.
“Leopard has been one of the most successful loudspeakers in our company history and is by far the best-selling member of our line arrays,” notes Meyer Sound vice president and chief loudspeaker designer Pablo Espinosa. “With the introduction of Leopard-M80, we will extend this remarkable success by offering system designers more options for tailoring coverages to the exact requirements of the venue.”
Because the vertical coverage and rigging hardware are identical to the original Leopard, the new M80 may be configured in mixed arrays of both loudspeaker variants. Leopard-M80 loudspeakers in the upper array section provide focused long-throw coverage while Leopard loudspeakers below spread horizontal coverage for closer seating sections. Arrays configured with only Leopard-M80 loudspeakers can offer a long throw with reduced spill to the sides of the array. This can be advantageous in narrow venues with reflective side walls as well as in outdoor applications where side spill into adjacent areas must be minimized to conform to noise regulations, says the company.
“With Leopard-M80 we are offering system designers and rental companies yet another option to crea

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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