USA - The Meyer Sound Spacemap Go US Roadshow will roll across the country through the summer and fall with stops in 10 cities, including sessions in conjunction with the Church Facilities Conference & Expo (CFX) in Dallas, 21-22 September and InfoComm 2021 in Orlando, 26-29 October.
The Roadshow demo sessions are principally focused on Spacemap Go, Meyer Sound’s spatial sound design and live mixing tool, although the touring system also showcases other new technologies as incorporated in the Ultra‑X20 compact loudspeaker and VLFC very low-frequency control element.
“We are taking Spacemap Go on the road so customers and users can experience it first-hand,” says Daniel Rivera, sales manager, West for Meyer Sound and principal organiser of the tour. “You cannot fully appreciate the power of Spacemap Go until you hear it in action, and you can’t grasp its power and intuitive operation until you have the iPad controller in your hands.”
In addition to CFX and InfoComm, currently confirmed cities and dates are Atlanta (12 July), Boston (27July), Philadelphia (11 August), Lititz, PA (12-13 August), Clearwater, FL (23-27 August), Seattle (8-12 November), Portland (29 November - 3 December) and Los Angeles (27-29 December). An additional five cities are tentatively scheduled.
Accompanying Rivera throughout the tour will be US sales manager, East Michael Armstrong-Brown, who will co-host the demo sessions and provide technical support. Regional sales managers will join the duo at selected events. Additional Roadshow stops are planne
China - The Xi’an Olympic Centre Stadium in the Shaanxi Province of Northwest China is due to host the opening ceremony and track and field competitions for China’s 14th National Games in September.
With an immense size of 866,667sqm, the newly built venue boasts three main zones: the stadium, with 60,000 seats; the gymnasium with 18,000, and the natatorium with 4,000. A venue of this size required a colossal audio system that could meet the ambitious needs of the stadium throughout the upcoming National Games and beyond. The responsibility of designing an audio system spanning across these three zones was given to Powersoft’s Chinese distributor EZPro.
“The brief we were given was to create a world class audio system, that was advanced, stable, cost effective and flexible,” commented Yongjun Jiang, EZPro’s technical manager of the project. “With the system working as an entertainment, vocal and emergency audio system, it was vital we used the best in the business to create the most reliable and impactful system possible. For us, this meant using top brands with the best technology on the market, including Powersoft.”
EZPro chose to rely on a total of 236 of Eastern Acoustic Works’ (EAW) loudspeakers, nine Allen & Heath digital mixers, four Symetrix digital processors, powered by 43 Powersoft Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D amplifiers and controlled by ArmoníaPlus.
EZPro chose to use 136 EAW loudspeakers for the stadium. Driving these speakers are 34 of Powersoft’s Dante enabled Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D amplifiers.
Singapore - Situated in the heart of Singapore, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay is a new destination for tourists. The hotel, part of the Pan Pacific Hotels Group, is the result of a complete renovation of an existing building.
The 767sq.m Garden Ballroom hosts wedding banquets and corporate dining events and can also be partitioned into three separate rooms for seminars. Acoustic and audio-visual consultants CCW Associates were tasked with the technical specifications of the Garden Ballroom. Concealing all speakers at their installation points within the elegant interior design was an essential requirement.
CCW Associates invited Singapore-based L-Acoustics certified provider Concept Systems Technologies to participate in the project tender, based on its proven credentials in providing audio solutions to over 40 hospitality projects around the city island.
Gerald Fong, project and sales director at Concept Systems Technologies, explains that the system previously installed in the space had limited sound power and coverage ability. “A stereo pair of point source enclosures and 6.5-inch ceiling speakers had been distributed across the ballroom. Unfortunately, the technical limitations of the system prevented the team from being able to push the levels to their desire,” discloses Fong.
Fong and his team believed the low-profile design of the L-Acoustics Syva and coverage capability, augmented by the distribution of L-Acoustics 5XT would achieve achieve both power and discretion.
With full 140° of horizontal coverage, a single pair of
USA - Audinate’s Dante AV is now available as part of new solutions from Bolin Technology and Patton Electronics. These new products are the first commercially-available offerings in the Dante AV video-over-IP networking platform, ushering in a new era of video connectivity over standard 1Gbps networks. The new offerings are available and can be ordered immediately from the Bolin and Patton websites.
“Today’s announcements from Bolin Technology and Patton Electronics bring the reality of easily managed AV-over-IP to life,” comments Aidan Williams, CEO of Audinate. “Complete networked AV systems can now be deployed over 1 Gbps networks with the no-nonsense compatibility, automatic discovery, and one-click signal routing that have made Dante audio the most popular AV networking solution in the world.”
Bolin Technology is now shipping its new D-series PTZ cameras featuring Dante AV. The D-series is available in both HD and 4K resolutions, and are designed for use in live production, houses of worship, corporate conferencing, higher education, and broadcast.
“With Dante AV, Bolin is combining 4K60 video, impressively smooth pan, tilt, zoom movement, and extremely low latency with the easy interoperability that Dante is famous for,” adds Jennifer Lee, director of sales and marketing at Bolin Technology. “With Dante AV we know our solutions will integrate seamlessly with existing products and deliver professional audio and video over standard 1Gbps networks. This gives us the confidence to continue offering the very best visual solutions
India - Crescendo AV recently equipped Saga: Cuisines of India’s new reataurant in Gurugram with Harman Professional audio and lighting solutions to provide a memorable experience for dining and entertainment at the ambitious new restaurant and bar.
Created by restaurateur Vishal Anand, Saga: Cuisines of India is a spacious dining destination with a food and beverage menu curated by twice-Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar. The 200-capacity venue features a 51ft ceiling, one of the world’s tallest bar displays and a stage for live performances that can accommodate anything from a DJ to a six-piece band. To provide sound and dynamic lighting, Crescendo AV outfitted Saga with JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors, AKG microphones and Martin Professional lighting fixtures.
“SAGA was a unique install in every sense,” said Vineet Wadhwani, managing partner, Crescendo AV. “It was definitely exciting to be a part of the journey from concept to installation. The 51ft ceiling height and being located in the midst of corporate offices, an upcoming hospital and a residential complex all posed challenges in terms of the acoustics and overall audio set-up, but we were able to achieve the desired result using a combination of appropriate soundproofing, acoustic treatment and setting the right dispersion angles for the speakers.”
Crescendo AV outfitted Saga with a variety of JBL Professional loudspeakers for premium sound throughout the venue. JBL VTX A8 loudspeakers and B18 subwoofers provide main sound reinforcement f
UK - iMAG Displays has become a leading player in virtual production, with its services being used on major projects for Treehouse Digital, Amazon, Lionsgate, Warner Brothers, Netflix, and Sky Cinema.
Key to iMAG’s success in the HDR virtual environment is its delivery of indoor HDR LED virtual production volumes. This has involved key investments in market leading equipment that works seamlessly within the chain, including ROE Visual LED screens, Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 processors and disguise media servers.
“It’s vital for our VP that the entire process is considered before pre-production,” says Chris Musselwhite, producer and head of production at Treehouse Digital, which works with some of the world’s largest content streaming companies. “Working with iMAG means that we are able to provide a complete service to our clients, whilst supporting them the entire way through the process. That put us ahead of the curve at a very early stage.”
Rob Fowler, director of business development at Brompton, notes that iMAG is a long-standing partner of Brompton in the UK and were one of the first domestic companies to invest in the manufacturer’s processing. It has stayed at the forefront of Brompton’s developments ever since, investing in its M2 processors before going on to equip with the gold standard SX40 processors.
“We were of course very pleased when they made the big call to invest in our Hydra, advanced measurement system,” says Fowler. “Dynamic Calibration for HDR has further refreshed their extensive inventory
UK - Serving up some much-needed humour, Sky has partnered with LIVENow to deliver a live stand-up series. Produced with live events specialists The Manual London, LAUGHNow Comedy Club premiered on 19 March with its first show, with the series consisting of six 55-minute live sessions, headlined by Jonathan Pie, Spencer Jones, Reginald D Hunter, Ed Byrne, and Nina Conti and Russell Kane.
Sky VIP customers were able to win complimentary access to live streamed events via the My Sky App, with some lucky winners also being in with a chance to get a remote place in the audience, on individual TV screens, giving them the feeling they were at the heart of the show. Non-Sky VIP members could also access the event by purchasing tickets via LIVENow. Set in atmospheric music venue Omeara in London’s Borough, audio production company Major Tom supplied a full audio control package and broadcast record, including a DiGiCo SD12 console.
“A Covid-secure bubble was created with physical audience members and crew tested before entering the venue, ensuring everyone adhered to strict safety precautions,” says Major Tom’s project manager, Andy Banks. “One segment of the venue was transformed into a TV gallery, with the main space used for the stand-up performances.”
According to Banks, an audience of 30 joined each session, made up of TV cast members, plus 16 VIPs joining remotely via Skype. Each remote member was on a dedicated LCD screen, with the screens placed between the live audience. This helped with social distancing and meant there was a full view
China - Christie HS Series 1DLP laser projectors are illuminating the newly-opened Jiangsu Garden Expo Park with spectacular visuals that heighten the beauty and engineering marvel of this mountainside garden complex.
Located in Tangshan, Jiangning District, Jiangsu Garden Expo Park is a large-scale ecological, cultural and tourism venue that’s fast becoming a new landmark of Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu province. Covering an area of 3.38sq.k including a core gardens zone measuring 2.2sq.k, the sprawling park was built on abandoned mine pits over a two-year period. It boasts meticulously manicured gardens, traditional-style pavilions, promenades, rock formations and a lake.
Among the major highlights of the park are re-creations of traditional gardens situated in the 13 cities of Jiangsu province including Nanjing Garden, Suzhou Garden, Wuxi Garden and Taizhou Garden - which aptly demonstrate Jiangsu’s renowned garden culture and landscaping skills. After night falls, the park is bathed in a blend of blue, red and yellow lights amid a spellbinding light show that includes stunning projections on a hillside using four Christie DWU2022-HS 1DLP laser projectors installed by Zhongqing Yingye Group.
“Christie’s HS Series is a highly cost-effective and competitive projection solution that has always emerged a top contender for cultural tourism projects that we are involved in,” says Xinwei He, project manager of Jiangsu Garden Expo Park. “It has consistently excelled in areas such as performance, colour reproduction and dependability.
South Korea - Harman Professional Solutions recently collaborated with TechDataPS to equip Jeonju National University of Education’s multi-purpose concert hall with a live sound reinforcement system.
Jeonju National University of Education’s Hwanghak Hall is a 28-year-old building that was recently remodelled. In addition to seminar rooms, waiting areas and dressing rooms, the 9,800sq.ft facility features a 470-seat multipurpose auditorium. In order to ensure premium sound quality in the auditorium, the university needed a modern sound system. Jeonju National University of Education hired TechDataPS to outfit the performance space with a system including JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and Soundcraft mixers.
TechDataPS reports that Jeonju National University required a simple-yet-dynamic audio system to produce impactful events in their concert hall for students and guests.
Since Hwanghak Hall is also used as a lecture room for students, TechDataPS installed JBL VerTec VT4886 line array speakers as the main system to ensure clear speech intelligibility to every seat in the house. The team powered the loudspeakers with Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD, XTi 1002, XLi1500 and XLi800 amplifiers. To enable professional-sounding mixes for a wide range of events, TechDataPS included Soundcraft Si Expression 3 audio mixers.
“It is a privilege for Harman to support interactive learning styles and provide sophisticated audio systems for a wide range of events at Jeonju National University of Education,” said Amar Subash, VP & GM, APAC,
UK - Peerless-AV has announced that it will be hosting an AV exhibition and networking event on 16 September at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
AV and digital signage brands signed up to take space at the exhibition, include Absen, Philips, Samsung, NEC, Kramer, Sony UK, Iiyama, Datapath, Hypervsn, Signagelive, Tripleplay and Matrox. The AV User Group, AV Magazine and AVIXA Women’s Council UK will also be involved.
“After a long time planning and deliberating, closely following the latest government announcements, we’re very pleased that we can finally push ahead with our exhibition and networking event,” comments Keith Dutch, managing director - EMEA, Peerless-AV. “For many AV professionals, ISE 2020 will have been the last time they had face-to-face interaction of this scale. I think I can speak for the majority in that, as restrictions ease, we’re all eager to get back to live meetings, training sessions and presentations.
“This event will give partners the opportunity to showcase their latest innovations and technology at a convenient, central location, to an audience keen to find out what’s new in the world of AV and Digital Signage.”
Europe - ALC NetworX, developers of the high-performance Ravenna AoIP networking technology platform, has announced that the new Ravenna website is now live. Sporting a new, more modern look and feel the new site offers ‘even easier access to information and resources concerning all things that relate to Ravenna, including standards information, use cases, webinars and other resources.
The RAVENNA website is already a comprehensive resource in the world for AES67, and the new site aims to provide the same level of information for SMPTE ST 2110. While still it its infancy, the new SMPTE ST 2110 section already offers information and illustrative diagrams on what it is and why it’s useful, along with use cases, application examples and much more. Over time this information will become increasingly granular as we delve further into the subject.
Furthermore, a new feature due for rollout in the coming weeks is a searchable Ravenna product database; interested parties will be able to search for products by manufacturer, product name and product type.
As with the previous site, access to certain tools and resources will require users to log in - even users who had accounts on the previous site will be required to re-register on the new one for reasons of data privacy protection.
Andreas Hildebrand of ALC NetworX reports, “We’ve spent a lot of time going through every single bit of information on the old site to make sure that everything that has been transfe
UK - Woods’ Silver Fleet has worked with Flipside Soundsystem to create a discreet yet powerful AV system for its new Woods Quay home in central London. The new building moored on the Thames includes a tasting room and bar alongside 140m of private river moorings.
“When we first heard about the pavilion project, we knew it was the kind of venue that could really benefit from our expertise,” says Flipside managing director, James Cooper. “We understood exactly what they wanted to achieve with Woods Quay and how we could deliver something above and beyond their expectations.”
The opportunity to create this base came with the purchase of an old pub boat, The Queen Mary, located just 100 yards from their temporary base at the Savoy Pier. When The Queen Mary was floated away, it revealed a remarkable piece of London’s history.
“Underneath that there was an original Victorian steamship pier,” recalls Kate Woods, design & development director Woods’ Silver Fleet. “It hadn’t been used for 100 years; it was built when Sir Joseph Bazalgette designed Victoria Embankment. It was created for steam ships to ferry people up and down the Thames. We got rid of everything, all the stuff that had built up over the years and we put in exactly the same walkway down that there would have been when the Embankment was first built. Then with the help of Simon Skeffington from Architecturall we designed this very sleek new pavilion with great architecture and build quality which has gone into its place exactly in the same spot.”
With the pa
Australia - The Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Football Club, commonly referred to as the Broncos, are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the city of Brisbane, QLD.
The Broncos season launch event is a mainstay of the team’s foundation for the year, giving the club an opportunity to announce new players in addition to the coach speaking to the media and fans. For this year’s season launch, the club worked with their tried and tested event technology service provider, Ikonix to deliver an intimate event bringing the team and fans safely together all under one roof at one of Australia’s leading performance venues, with Brompton processing playing an important part in the overall success.
“The Brisbane Broncos launch event reinforces the club’s ethos and the team’s plans for the new season, so it’s an important date in everybody’s calendar,” says Zachary Burton, director at Ikonix. “Our team has been working with the club for a number of years, supporting with productions of different scales of highly polished events. This year’s was no exception.”
The event was held at Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre, nicknamed The Tiv. “With its stunning art deco features and the old-world charm, The Tiv offered the perfect spot for an intimate event for 350 people, which wouldn’t be possible in a larger venue due to Covid rules constantly changing,” explains Burton.
The situation in Australia was still very much restricted at the time of the Broncos season launch event, which was in March this year, with
Dubai - Pixel Artworks recently specified a TiMax SoundHub spatial audio server for a new high-profile AV experience greeting visitors arriving into Dubai International airport. The immersive installation captures the spirit and ethos of the rescheduled Expo 2020 event, now running from autumn 2021 to spring 2022.
Raven AV’s Dan Roncoroni handled the highly sophisticated audio aspects of the installation, following an earlier preparatory visit to site by Out Board’s Robin Whittaker. Due to its late addition to the project, TiMax had to be retrofitted into an existing system design within very tight timescales, adding interesting challenges into what was, as Roncoroni explains it, “quite a difficult scenario”.
Aside from the airport’s highly reflective environment and characteristically high level of background noise, the requirement for loudspeakers to be neither surface mounted nor visible added to these challenges. Additionally, significant negotiation with the airport had been necessary to ease some incredibly restrictive decibel limits, and because intended electrical cabling ran contrary to the airport’s infrastructure schedule, only data cables could be run across the airport.
Despite these challenges the client expectation was for sound as immersive as the visuals from a comparatively small physical area. Roncoroni comments: “The project called for a spatial audio setup outside the envelope of most spatial audio processors. It was just one of many situations where you could either mess
UK – Martin Audio has set up a new online official merchandise store to coincide with its 50th anniversary year.
A comprehensive range of clothing and accessories is now available for shipment across the world. Items include executive backpacks, face masks and coverings, T-shirts and Polo shirts (with and without 50th anniversary branding), as well as hoodies, sweatshirts, bomber jackets, baseball caps and beanies, body warmers and even embroidered logo Barbour jackets. Other accessories include mugs, golf umbrella and lanyards.
States marketing director James King, “Our 50th anniversary has given us the opportunity to implement an idea we’ve had for some time. Many users have requested the store over the years, and having found the right partner - which came about through our work with #WeMakeEvents - we are happy we can now offer a range of merchandise for Martin Audio fans around the world.”
The merchandise store can be found at https://store.martin-audio.com/
Canada - Bluesound Professional has announced the launch of the BSP200 network streaming speaker. The BSP200 is an all-in-one PoE solution featuring the convenience of precision BluOS app control. Offered in a choice of white or black matte finish, the BSP200 is now shipping in North America and globally in July 2021.
The BSP200 is powered by Power over Ethernet (PoE+) allowing a one-wire connection to the speaker for both power and audio. The player in the BSP200 speaker is based on the established BluOS platform and is capable of playing and distributing content from local network storage as well as from a large number of streaming services, including some specifically designed for commercial use, such as SoundMachine, Custom Channels, QSIC, SiriusXM Music for Business and internet radio stations.
In addition to stand-alone use, a pair of BSP200’s can be used in stereo configuration. The BSP200 can also be used in a larger BluOS system, allowing for grouping into user-definable groups of whatever size is required with other BSP200 units and/or any other connected Bluesound Professional players on the network in an installation.
The BSP200 features a 3.5” LP driver and a 1” HF driver powered by a 23W high efficiency amplifier including a low power standby mode. The frequency response of the speaker is 45Hz-20kHz and the THD+N of the system is 0.003% at full rated power. Built-in DSP allows for equalization as well as other audio processing. Access to content is via ethernet for glitch-free streaming. A USB input further adds to the capabilit
Vietnam - BaSao Invest recently partnered with Harman Professional Solutions to outfit Saigon South Marina Club with JBL Professional line array loudspeakers and portable PA systems.
A popular getaway destination, Saigon South Marina Club provides a range of activities and services for visitors, including catering, entertainment, private events, a playground and river rides. The club hired Pro Sound Centre Viet Nam to install a Harman event audio solution consisting of JBL BRX300 and EON Series loudspeakers supplied by BaSao Invest.
BaSao Invest reported that the client required a versatile audio system for both small and large events.
For the facility’s main sound system, BaSao selected JBL BRX308-LA line array loudspeakers and BRX325-SP subwoofers. For smaller events, the team included JBL EON612 self-powered PA speakers for maximum flexibility, portability and ease of use. Saigon South Marina Club reported that the JBL sound systems enable them to create a much greater impact during events and connect better with their audiences.
“Saigon South Marina Club is a unique and carefully planned space that required well-constructed audio systems to provide exceptional guest experiences,” said G. Amar Subash, VP & GM, APAC, Harman Professional Solutions, APAC. “We thank our partner BaSao Invest for creating a robust design that met the client’s specifications right to the last detail.”
UK - Registration is now open for PLASA Show 2021. The London-based trade event for entertainment technology is returning to Olympia London on 5-7 September - and for one year only, the ABTT Theatre Show will be co-locating with PLASA Show, bringing two popular industry event under one roof.
This year, PLASA Show is moving to Olympia’s largest space, the Grand Hall, which will allow for a more awe-inspiring show experience, wider aisles and larger social areas to ensure the safety of visitors and exhibitors.
Visitors will be able to connect with leading brands from the pro audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging sectors, whilst the free seminar programme - details of which will be revealed in the coming weeks - will offer business advice, unpack technical topics, and present the latest creative achievements. There will also be various interactive offerings including live audio demonstrations, lighting console training, and more.
The ABTT Theatre Show Hub will have its own dedicated area on the expanded show floor, giving the popular show autonomy to retain its conversational atmosphere, reminiscent of its usual home at Alexandra Palace. During its time at Olympia, the ABTT will celebrate its 60th anniversary - an impressive milestone, which will be marked in style throughout all three days.
PLASA MD Peter Heath comments: “With live events and entertainment returning, slowly but surely throughout 2021, we are confident that it is the right time to bring back PLASA Show. And we are equally pleased to partner with the ABTT, whose Theatre S
UK - Cleanfeed, a collaboration tool for high definition, live audio and recording, in your browser - has announced their latest product feature - Aux Outputs, designed specifically for the TV, film and broadcast industries.
The feature opens up new non-linear workflow possibilities for recording, live performances and more, says the company. It allows you to assign a unique audio output device for each remote guest connected to your studio. Now you can route your remote audio wherever you want to.
Marc Bakos, founding partner, Cleanfeed, comments: “We're excited about the new possibilities Aux Outputs opens up to creatives working with remote audio, especially broadcast producers. We have already seen production houses taking advantage of this new tooling, and the results have completely blown us away.”
During the lockdown, Cleanfeed Aux Outputs has helped many sound engineers to connect to remote actors to complete their productions.
With more flexible routing, broadcasters and producers have already taken advantage by speeding up their creative workflows.
Cécile Janet, sound editor, Fitzrovia Post, comments: “Cleanfeed has become our favourite browser-based audio streaming platform at Fitzrovia Post. Their new Aux Outputs feature has been a game changer for remote crowd ADR. The ability to route multiple actor feeds into individual record tracks in ProTools has removed the need for unpacking and editing takes at the end of the session, streamlining the whole process.”
Italy - RCF and Midland, a historic radio transceiver earphone systems company from Reggio Emilia, have developed a new intercom called BT Rush.
RCF has brought its know-how inside the motorcycle helmet to offer ‘a custom, carefully designed and technically sophisticated project’, which the user can appreciate through parameters that are easy to spot.
Features include: better defined bass, thanks to a new custom speaker, driven by power and processing; professional sound, achieved through a DPS (Digital Sound Processor); 40mm round speakers with Peek diaphragm, designed to support maximum sound clarity and definition.
Ear cushions enable improved sound performance and low frequency feeling, thanks to a memory foam heart and protein leather lining.
“The excellent work carried out together with the Midland team resulted in a precise fine-tuning of the professional DSP engine of the BT Rush, recreating a quality sound worthy of a concert, with optimal bass extension and great linearity,” says technical manager Manini.
Germany - At the Department of Music (Institut für Musik – IfM) of the German Kassel University, prospective music teachers are being trained to teach at all kinds of schools. The department also has its own concert hall, which is used for concerts of all musical genres as well as lectures and examinations. Plain concrete walls and a high proportion of glass elements characterize the room - and place special demands on the sound system.
After a PA workshop with Rolf Dressler - probably Kassel's "longest-serving sound engineer" in 2018 - instructors and technical assistants were enthusiastic about the sound of his Alcons system which he set up in the IfM concert hall in addition to the house system.
"Whenever we switched back from the Alcons to the house system during Rolf's workshop, I kept thinking that our speakers had just been broken," says Roman Beilharz, a lecturer in the popular music department and the main person in charge of sound engineering. "It was striking: the house system didn't just sound worse in a direct listening comparison, it sounded downright broken! When switching back, the clear, punchy sound of the Alcons systems collapsed into a nasal, muffled mush. After that, it was clear which loudspeaker systems we wanted to install in the long overdue renewal of the hall's technical equipment."
Once the funds had been approved, the replacement of the PA system was put out to tender throughout Europe in 2020. The bid from Dressler, an Alcons user from the very beginning, received the highest score in the evaluation process and was
The Netherlands - The 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest at Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena, marked the first major live event to take place in the Netherlands since the pandemic. The event was powered by disguise.
The official technical supplier for the contest, Faber Audiovisuals, relied on a complement of disguise vx 4, gx 2c and 4x4pro media servers to power a total of 55 scenes on a giant LED video wall and floors, used across all 39 competing performances, the opening ceremony, the flag parade and all interval acts, such as the impressive Power of Water. The six-week production period was led by ESC head of production Erwin Rintjema and head of video Hand Cromheecke.
Faber’s Eurovision team included disguise workflow specialist Jo Pauly (of Visual Solutions) as media server operators for the show. The two share a long history of successful live projects powered by disguise, including Marco Borsato’s show at De Kuip Stadium in 2019.
Ben Augenbroe and Steve Ackein, ESC project managers for Faber said: “We chose disguise for reliability and stability. Because we had to run in full redundancy, disguise gave us the right solution. We did not have any issue on this complex production and the disguise 24/7 stand-by team supported us real quick when needed.
“This Eurovision Song Contest 2021 went smoothly for Faber, as all went according to plan and all of our crew were outstanding. Our client, NPO/NOS/AVROTROS expressed they were delighted to have chosen Faber as their technical partner as we delivered as promised. All three live broa
Romania - Based in the Romanian port of Navodari, Alezzi Yacht – a 42m x 18m, 1,000-capacity catamaran - offers cruises along the Black Sea coast, complete with fine dining, cocktails and glamour along with breathtaking views of the lively beach resort of Mamaia and Constanta City.
The afternoon is dedicated to an experience aimed at the whole family, whilst the evening cruise is reserved for those looking for a full-on party atmosphere. Any good party requires great audio, and Alezzi Yacht is no exception - Constanta-based AV specialists, AudioVision, were asked to design, supply and install a comprehensive AV system throughout the catamaran. AudioVision selected KV2 Audio for the project.
“We were fortunate to have been involved from the early stages of construction, which made AV integration much more efficient,” observes AudioVision general manager, Vasile Mara. “We decided that KV2 would be the ideal audio solution due its low distortion, extremely high definition and the capacity to cover large areas with relatively little equipment, which is important when you’re restricted for space, as is inevitably the case on a boat. All loudspeaker elements were supplied in white to blend as seamlessly as possible into the surroundings.”
Alezzi Yacht features three decks, each offering a different experience. The lower deck is a restaurant space where guests can enjoy a relaxed brunch or a drink while admiring the sea views through the windows or the panoramic floor. The middle deck is the club where revellers can party without being at the m
The Netherlands - The Grand Final of the 65th staging of the Eurovision Song Contest event took place at the Rotterdam Ahoy in May, where winners Italy triumphed over the other 25 finalists with their song Zitti E Buoni performed by Måneskin.
Utrecht-based Ampco Flashlight were the ESC’s official technical supplier for audio, lighting and rigging, working with Erwin Rintjema, ESC’s head of production, who was responsible for the whole technical production this year and Jeroen ten Brinke, ESC’s head of live sound.
Ampco Flashlight’s Remco Verhoek was their project manager, audio, for the event and he describes the role which Newton played in their system design: “Newton was used as matrix mixer to sum all the mixers to the PA feeds. There were two DiGiCo Quantum7's and two Yamaha CL1's, matrixed into a number of feeds outputting over Dante - on the other end we converted back to AES and analogue via LM44. All desks had AES and analogue outputs into the Newton with its failover feature enabled.”
“The PA consisted of a mixture of L-Acoustics K1, K2, KS28 and Kara in a total of 16 hangs spread across the Ahoy venue. Control of the Newton was done via a Mac Mini that resided in the control rack.”
Ampco Flashlight purchased their first Newton units shortly after its launch in 2018 and have built dedicated drive racks equipped with Newton for use at all their festivals and indoor shows, including North Sea Jazz, Lowlands and Down The Rabbit Hole Festivals, Vrienden van Amstel Live and many others.
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