Audio News

paul-abel-l-and-pete-lawrence-rEVO improves audio for virtual planetarium
Monday, 28 March 2022

UK - Two EVO 4 Start Recording Bundles (EVO SRB) have made an instant and significant improvement to the audio of the monthly Virtual Planetarium video on Sky At Night Magazine’s YouTube channel. Aimed at all stargazers, this is a video guide to the best things to see each month in the night sky, with graphics put together by digital content producer, Adam Crute and two expert amateur astronomers providing the audio.
Pete Lawrence, an astro-photographer recognised by the Royal Photographic Society and Paul Abel, theoretical physicist and director of the British Astronomical Associations Mercury & Venus Section have been recording their half-hour script for each month’s episode from their respective homes since the beginning of Covid-19 lockdown.
“Paul and I have been recording the Virtual Planetariums for Sky at Night Magazine for many years,” explains Pete. “The requirement to record separately due to the pandemic however, posed real problems in terms of getting matched audio.”
It was Adam who first suggested the EVO SRB. As a sound recording specialist, he knew the benefits that they would bring. “We wanted a setup that would consistently improve sound quality and be simple for non-sound recording specialists to set up and use,” says Adam.
"It used to be that barely a month would go by without there being some tricky issue to deal with in the Virtual Planetarium voice recordings. Sometimes the guys’ recording gain would be tiny, on other occasions it would be far too loud. We would have issues with

simon-fraserLEA Professional amplifies BC university
Monday, 28 March 2022

Canada - Simon Fraser University (SFU), ranked one of the top universities in Canada, has campuses spanning three of British Columbia’s largest cities -Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver. Last year, the university needed to replace a 10-year-old amplifier system to support a new learning environment for students.
For this installation, the learning experience of SFU’s students was the school's top priority. When some of the previous amplifiers powering classrooms began to fail, Adrian Bisek, AV system designer at SFU Surrey campus reached out to SC Media, LEA Professional's Canadian representative, to secure the right technology to support the university for the next decade
In his role, Bisek is responsible for the design and implementation of audio-visual systems for the school. His department supports all classroom learning, collaboration, interaction at distance, and communication to large audiences, as well as supporting university administrative and research objectives.
After meeting with SC Media, SFU opted for a set of a dozen Connect Series 84D amplifiers from LEA Professional to provide the power ratings, frequency response, and connectivity options they needed at a price point that fit the university's budget. The amplifiers are currently being used to power the university's standard sized classrooms.
Bisek did not hesitate in using the brand for the first time, mainly because he knew of LEA’s heritage and the world class engineers that are behind the product.
“After an introduction to LEA Professional, we were able to have

lawuhantheatreWuhan Theatre installs L-Acoustics Kara system
Monday, 28 March 2022

China - In 1959, the Wuhan Theatre was the first large theatre built since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Still standing as a prominent historical site today, the 1,459-seat theatre serves as a cultural centre that stages art performances for the local community.
Having undergone only a few minor renovations during its sixty-year lifespan, the theatre received a very extensive renovation project in October 2020. The theatre's management executed some structural repairs, some cosmetic work on the exterior, and upgraded the technical infrastructure.
The main hall's interior received acoustic improvements with a constructed fold-line design on the walls to achieve sound diffusion and even sound coverage for the audience. Management also upgraded the wooden surface in the rear of the hall with fire-resistant magnesium oxide panel boards, which will further reduce sound reflections. Builders also implemented rows of holes under the audience seats to reduce noise-induced frequencies.
Then in September 2021, L-Acoustics certified provider distributor Rightway Audio Consultants (RAC) were called in to reinvigorate the audio technical specifications for the newly treated theatre. A system consisting of L-Acoustics Kara II was awarded for the new audio installation.
The team at Rightway Audio Consultants installed a distributed configuration with the L/R consisting of eight L-Acoustics Kara II hangs with two SB18i subwoofers per side. The proscenium's centre-fill array consists of four Kara II to cover audience seats in the middle of

aarhusschoolofarchitectureMeyer Constellation enhances Aarhus experience
Monday, 28 March 2022

Denmark - Opened for instruction late in 2021, the new Aarhus School of Architecture is equipped to educate future architects in all elements - aural as well as visual - of contemporary building design. The school was established in 1965. Prior to construction of the new campus, the learning facilities were spread out across the city in nine separate locations.
The new four-story main campus building brings together all nine addresses under one roof and leverages advanced AV technologies to provide optimum classroom communication and remote learning opportunities, including a Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system in the main auditorium that allows students to directly experience the acoustic response of various room designs. The school’s extraordinary investment in advanced AV technologies for learning was made possible by funding from the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation.
Consultancy and integration firm Stouenborg was tasked with the design, engineering, and installation of all AV systems at the school, with Anders Jørgensen serving as project manager. According to Jørgensen, one of the principal goals was to make sure cutting-edge technology was applied to enhance communication and not impose annoying hinderances. A prime example is the acoustical flexibility afforded by Constellation, a sophisticated system of active acoustics comprising 13 D‑Mitri network platform modules along with 71 small full-range loudspeakers and 14 compact subwoofers.
“Here we have a large auditorium that often functions as a lecture hal

wilson--bukovacTheatre Projects adds two to North America team
Friday, 25 March 2022

USA - Theatre Projects has announced two additions to their team in North America - Peter Wilson and Thomas Bukovac. Both have joined the firm as associates.
A licensed architect, Peter is an accomplished venue designer who previously worked at architectural firms such as Gensler and Barton Myers Associates. He is passionate about designing theatres and says he’s “thrilled to share my knowledge with new clients and new colleagues, and to learn as much as possible from each of them in turn.” His past projects include the renovation of the Madrid Theatre for the City of Los Angeles, several theatres at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, and a new 600-seat theatre for the Television Academy’s Saban Media Centre in Los Angeles.
Thomas joins Theatre Projects as their new audiovisual and integrated technology team leader. A licensed professional engineer (PE), his role will focus on the design of high-performance audiovisual systems and innovative technology designs that aim to enhance the built environment. Having worked previously at Kirkegaard and Arup, his project portfolio spans numerous markets from performing arts to healthcare, from corporate headquarters to higher education.
Theatre Projects’ general manager, Daniel Ordower, adds, “Peter and Thomas are fantastic additions to our team. They bring creative energy, curiosity, and great experience to our work. We’re looking forward to seeing our clients and projects benefit from their knowledge and insights, and creating more dynamic, immersive experiences for their

mxl-gina-stimlerMXL Microphones appoints global sales manager
Friday, 25 March 2022

USA - MXL Microphones, a division of Marshall Electronics has announced the promotion of Gina Stimler to the position of global sales manager.
Stimler’s diverse professional experience includes over 17 years working with the company’s core customers, dealers, distributors, manufacturer representatives and system integrators. Since 2005, Stimler has worked in international sales for MXL and has also spent the last four years as senior sales operations manager for Marshall Electronics.
“Gina has been actively collaborating with our customers throughout the world for many years and we are excited to announce this well-deserved promotion,” says Leonard Marshall, CEO of Marshall Electronics. “I am confident that she will expand MXL’s corporate and education markets in cooperation with our dealers as they look for new opportunities to increase business with enterprises and universities throughout the world.”
Stimler will continue to be based in Marshall’s USA corporate headquarters in Torrance, California.

amateg7grpip44-loresAmate G7 system gains IP44 certification
Friday, 25 March 2022

Spain - Amate Audio’s new G7 premium commercial audio loudspeaker system has been IP44 certified, further validating its use for a wide variety of outdoor applications. Additionally, a new anthracite colour scheme expands the options for matching the ultra-compact loudspeaker system with a wide range of interior and exterior aesthetics.
The IP44 certification awarded the G7 signifies intrusion being impossible by objects larger than 1mm in size, including most types of wire, slender screws, tools, even large ants and other insects, and liquid ingression resulting from the spraying or splashing of water and having no harmful effect on the functioning of the loudspeaker.
Commenting, vice president and chief technical officer Joan Amate states, “As a premium dedicated commercial audio design, the G7 has to fulfill the superior sonic performance expectations of an Amate Audio design and also meet the robust build requirements required of the product class. The degree of protection affirmed by an IP44 certification is what should be expected of a loudspeaker intended for applications including use outdoors in recreational and wider commercial environments.”

ulsanmunsu5Ulsan stadium modernises with JBL and Crown
Friday, 25 March 2022

South Korea - To outfit the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium with the latest in sound system technology, TechDataPS Co selected and installed a range of Harman Professional audio solutions.
Built to host the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium is a 43,544-seat venue at the heart of the Ulsan Sports Park. With three stories and two basement floors, the stadium features a roof covering 87% of the four-sided stands supported by steel trusses designed to emulate the whale skeleton found in the hemisphere petroglyphs at Daegok-ri, Ulju. Additional pillars allude to the Silla Gold Crown, which inspired the stadium’s nickname, Big Crown.
A spokesperson for TechDataPS Co reported that the client requested a comprehensive revamp of the stadium’s 20-year-old audio system, but the venue’s unique structure left the installation team with limited placement options. To meet these challenges, the installation team selected JBL Professional, Crown, BSS and Soundcraft audio solutions.
The installation team implemented JBL VTX A8 line array loudspeakers as the system’s primary solution. Additionally, the IP55-rated JBL AWC129 and VLA-C2100 durable loudspeakers reinforce the sound and coverage for the first floor and upper levels, respectively. Crown DCi 4|1250N and DCi 4|1250DA amplifiers offer efficient power for the second and third floors while the DCi 2|600N and DCi 4|600N models do the same for the ground floor.
For the central control area, Soundcraft Vi2000 audio mixers with Vi Stageboxes and a JBL 308P MKII monitor, powered by a

balletCentral School of Ballet turns to Adlib and L-Acoustics
Friday, 25 March 2022

UK - Founded in 1982 by Ann Stannard and the late Christopher Gable, Central School of Ballet offers vocational degree courses in dance at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Earlier this year, when the school moved to its new home, the Countess of Wessex Studios in the South Bank arts community of London’s Southwark neighbourhood, it also undertook a major new audio installation. Adlib worked with Central to deliver an L-Acoustics Ai Series system that offers a multifaceted solution throughout the entire new venue.
Boasting a fully equipped studio theatre, study, multiple resource centres, and a modern health suite, the Countess of Wessex Studios provides vital space to grow, nurture creativity, cultivate dreams, propagate ideas, and allow talent to blossom. The only thing missing was an equally impressive sound system.
“Adlib was recommended to Central’s project manager by a mutual acquaintance at Live Nation, who suggested that ‘concert-level’ sound should be aspired to from the outset,” says Tim Robinson, who led the project for Adlib. “The project began 10 years ago, but as it was essentially a bare shell, it needed a capital campaign to provide sufficient funding. I joined the design team in 2016 and provided design consultancy, with numerous revised quotations delivered throughout the project timeline, including budget and even architecture.
“Due to the UK Government restrictions associated with the COVID pandemic, there were various delays. We finally started the installation of the systems earlier this year, which I manage

digicoDiGiCo delivers versatility to Lithuanian theatre
Thursday, 24 March 2022

Lithuania - Keistuolių Theatre in Vilnius has reopened its doors after a two-year break to undergo a major overhaul of its underperforming sound system. The renovation brief required a versatile, modern audio system to optimise sonic distribution and quality around the venue, which led to the selection of DiGiCo, and its DiGiGrid networking solution, along with a compact S21 mixing console, as the centrepiece of the new system.
Opened in 1989, the theatre was originally built as a conference space, providing a multi-purpose setting to cater for various events. Consequently, the main hall suffered with poor acoustics when staging concert and theatre productions, causing the theatre major problems.
"We are a theatre that uses a lot of music in our performances, so the quality of sound is very important to us,” says Keistuolių Theatre director, Aidas Giniotis. “We had been tormented for a long time with inadequate acoustics and muddy sound, with waves hitting the back wall and gathering in the corners of the hall, and no degree of sound engineering could fix the problem.”
The decision was made to close the venue and consult a specialist firm to renovate the theatre and make it fit for purpose, with an improved audio system, new lighting, new chairs and better ventilation. Keistuolių Theatre reached out to national installation firm, Sonus Exsertus, which has a lot of experience implementing stage technology solutions in many Lithuanian cultural institutions.
Sonus Exsertus admits that it was faced with a difficult task, and this was one

replacementpicO2 Academy Edinburgh refreshed with new PA and lights
Thursday, 24 March 2022

UK - Academy Music Group (AMG) has once again enlisted the support of Liverpool-based Adlib, to co-design and install a high-end touring specification for its audio and lighting systems at its newest venue in Scotland, the 3,000 capacity O2 Academy Edinburgh.
A category B listed building, the former Corn Exchange was built in 1909 and acquired by Academy Music Group in August 2021, to build on its legacy as one of the city’s largest standing, multi-purpose spaces, and develop it to become one of the major must-play venues in Edinburgh for live music and entertainment.
The project was led by AMG’s group operations manager, Steve Hoyland with Adlib’s managing director Andy Dockerty, who together specified the L-Acoustics K2 system.
“Our latest acquisition, O2 Academy Edinburgh, has huge potential, with the right capacity to bring more world-class shows to the city. By investing in brand-new, state-of-the-art sound and lighting production facilities, we can really enhance our offering for a wider variety of events, as one of the major venues in our portfolio,” says Steve Hoyland.
“We have a long-standing relationship with Academy Music Group,” says Dockerty. “Working together with the team and O2 Academy Edinburgh’s technical manager Rob Watson, was key in designing, specifying, and installing an audio system to provide excellent venue coverage in what had traditionally been a complex room for audio.
“The lighting system also provides a high level of industry-standard fixtures and options meaning that any touring artiste

l-isaUpdated L-ISA Studio 2.4 offers free facilities
Wednesday, 23 March 2022

France - L-Acoustics has further expanded access to L-ISA Studio, adding unlimited free binaural output capability. The software, compatible with any Mac computer, is available on the L-Acoustics website.
Through L-ISA Studio’s binaural engine, users can create and monitor spatialised audio content from their laptop, using headphones and optional head tracking. L-ISA Studio software accepts up to 96 audio objects and sends 12 audio outputs to any soundcard. All binaural capabilities within L-ISA Studio are now free for an unlimited time.
“With platforms like Apple Music, Tidal, or Amazon Music enabling spatial sound, the ability to conceive music directly in immersive is not a luxury; it’s a need,” explains Guillaume Le Nost, executive director of Creative Technologies at L-Acoustics. “For this reason, we felt that it was important to make L-ISA Studio available to anyone, with any Digital Audio Workstation on the market. L-ISA Studio is an amazing platform from which users can explore spatial audio dimensions and share ideas with other creators.”
In the paid version, mixing engineers and creators can deploy L-ISA Studio in any multi‑channel mixing or recording studio with up to 12 loudspeakers for multi‑channel monitoring. Pre-production can be done with the L-ISA Studio software suite for live productions, then seamlessly transferred to a venue configuration using the L-ISA Processor.
Developed to improve the workflow and ‘unleash the creative potential of all sound creators’, L-ISA Studio seamlessly interfaces with lead

bromptonBrompton processors drive Istanbul F1 project
Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Turkey - Earlier this year, Istanbul production company Autonomy partnered with virtual production facility MGX Studio and Formula 1 to deliver an immersive commercial project for the country’s financial hub and official sponsors of last year’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix, Istanbul Financial Centre (IFC). The project was filmed at MGX Studio, with Brompton Technology Tessera processing delivering optimum colour management for the LED wall.
From extreme close-ups of the F1 vehicle and the driver, to the revving engine sounds as the car navigates through the streets of Istanbul, and images of IFC reflected on the driver’s helmet, MGX Studio’s virtual production facility offered a spread of creative possibilities to the Autonomy team.
“Achieving optimum colour profiles and creating realistic reflections and natural background lighting were key challenges for this exciting project, and exactly why Autonomy decided to partner with us,” says Mete Mümtaz, virtual production operations coordinator at MGX. “The F1 vehicle was positioned on the stage in front of the LED screen, and we were able to map the reflections on the driver's helmet and the vehicle's reflective surfaces precisely as we and the client wanted them to be. The on-screen colour adjustment (OSCA) provided by Brompton’s Tessera software was key for what we were trying to achieve.”
The set-up comprised an LED wall with a stage radius of 16m, made up from Unilumin Upad III LED panels supplied by MGX Studio’s LED distributor, Ledeca, driven by three Tessera SX40 4K LED pr

prase-prPrase appointed Green Hippo distributor for Italy
Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Italy - Green Hippo has appointed Prase Media Technologies as its new distributor in Italy.
Working on applications in the install, retail and rental channels, Prase will distribute the full range of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Media Servers and in addition, tvONE products.
“We are excited to announce Prase as the latest distributor for Green Hippo,” says Frithjof Becker, EMEA sales director, Green Hippo by tvONE. “Our goal is to continue developing the growth of Green Hippo product lines within the retail and rental markets in Italy. We can’t wait to see the next set of impressive projects featuring Green Hippo and tvONE products.”
“We welcome Green Hippo’s premium media servers in our catalogue, and are thrilled to offer to Italian professionals the best-in-class technologies for creating an engaging and stunning multimedia experience,” says Luca Battistelli, business manager at Prase Media Technologies. “The partnership pairs with Prase's growing video proposal, mainly projectors and LED walls.”
Hippotizer from Green Hippo will be on display at MIR Tech in Rimini with Prase on 27-29 March.

nexoNexo delivers for Three Valleys venue
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

France - At a height of 2,300m, the new Maya Altitude Restaurant is located in the popular ski area, Three Valleys, in the French Alps. Its terrace offers 360° views of the Belleville Valley and Mont Blanc. A newly-installed Nexo sound system provides music to drinkers and diners inside the venue and out by day, before stepping things up with a full DJ set for après skiers.
A system design using another speaker brand was already in existence before Monaco-based audio-visual consultants Mediacom suggested that a Nexo system could deliver higher performance at a lower cost.
“We worked with the Nexo engineering support team to design a system using ID24s supplemented by IDS110 subs inside the restaurant, and Nexo ID14 and P12s outside,” explains Mediacom’s Christophe Chary.
“With a sumptuous, Tibetan-themed décor, it was important that the speakers created a low visual impact, so the ultra-compact ID Series was perfect for the job. And the terrace can experience some extreme weather, so obviously an IP rating was essential.”
The system is powered by a rack of four NXAMP4X1MK2 and one NXAMP4X2MK2 compact, four-channel powered processors, with phase-coherent pre-sets for all Nexo speakers making it easy to configure a system combining ID and P+ series cabinets. The facility to quickly change the dispersion characteristics of the ID24s and P12s played a key role in ensuring consistent coverage of the 300-diner capacity venue, and a seamless listener experience when moving outside to the terrace.
“Despite the compact size, this i

intellimix-roommtrdiagramIntelliMix receives Microsoft Teams certification
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

UK - At Enterprise Connect, Shure announced that IntelliMix Room has received expanded Microsoft Teams Rooms certification with the Lenovo ThinkSmart Core, a computing device built on the Intel vPro. This expanded certification is applicable for use in cases where the Shure Microflex Ecosystem is jointly leveraged with video conferencing products from Poly, Logitech, Crestron, and Lenovo.
“Ensuring our audio solutions seamlessly collaborate with other platforms remains one of our primary goals. We understand the direct impact and benefits these partnerships and certifications provide to both end users and IT professionals,” said Paul Gunia, director of technology partnerships, at Shure.
“Pairing Shure Microflex Ecosystem solutions with leading video conference solutions from Poly make achieving the highest-quality collaboration standards more seamless, scalable, and flexible than ever. Our certified communication and premium solutions can ensure every member of your team feels present and essential to each meeting, whether they are at the far end of the conference table or halfway across the globe.”
“Today’s modern day hybrid workplace needs to accommodate attendees that are both on-site and remote to provide an equitable meeting experience,” says Jay McArdle, senior director of product management, Poly. “By combining Poly solutions with Director AI technology, which intelligently frames conference room participants, with Shure Microflex Ecosystem solutions for Microsoft Teams Large Rooms, we will deliver a seamless collaboration e

xmXMove developed for live event automation
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

UK - XM Automation has released XMove, a new user interface for programming the movement of automated systems. Available via a per axis licensing model, the XMove interface offers a number of powerful, easy to programme features.
The software interface can be retrofitted to existing infrastructure or configured to work with new hardware available from theatre-specialist suppliers or from non-theatrical industrial manufacturers such as Siemens, Control Techniques and Beckhoff.
Director Mark Ager explains: “The availability of XMove software on a licence basis overcomes the high capital investment costs traditionally associated with the purchase or refurbishment of automated equipment. Created in Apple’s latest pro-SwiftUI, the user interface provides a powerful and robust platform.”
XM Automation has recognised that ease of programming is key to the operation of automation systems and this specialist software application has a powerful graphical interface providing an intuitive tool for simple and complex programming of moves. Multi-target moves, locked groups, multiple users, shows, and venues are supported and more specialist requirements are included such as Rigging & Referencing for scenery which is key in repertory theatres.
Ager, who was instrumental in developing established interfaces such as the Acrobat and Nomad control desks, continues: “We intend that this software removes barriers to entry and dramatically improves options for maintenance of legacy equipment, whilst simultaneously addressing the needs of programmers who

swanseaAudiologic upgrades audio at Stadium
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

UK - Audiologic has announced the delivery of an upgraded audio system for Stadium, using the latest QSC equipment, in collaboration with Vaughan Sound Installations. Stadium is home to Swansea City FC and The Ospreys Rugby Club, hosting up to 21,000 spectators. Having previously overseen the installation of the AV solutions in the stadium’s conference suites, Audiologic client Vaughan Sound Installations was tasked with developing a scheme to enhance the professional audio, public address, and voice alarm systems throughout the stadium.
The project was to be implemented in two distinct phases. Phase one involved upgrades to the public address and voice alarm systems covering the concourses, hospitality areas, and turnstiles - in accordance with BS 5839-8.
Phase two required replacing the dated loudspeakers throughout the stadium bowl, which had been exposed to the elements for several years, as well as the amplification and system processing equipment.
The new systems needed to comply fully with current safety standards and Football Association guidelines for sound systems for emergency purposes.
Upgrades to the audio, public address, and voice alarm systems needed to be designed, specified, and installed in accordance with BS 5839-8, BS 7827, and BS 50849. Fundamentally, they had to work together in unison.
The system processors and control hardware, provided by Audiologic, included two QSC Q-SYS Core 510i DSP Processors in dual redundancy mode, fitted with a CDN64 Dante card, along with CIML4 and COL4

pro-rentWPL joins Bosnian concert and festival scene
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Bosnia - The reputation of Martin Audio’s scalable resolution Wavefront Precision continues to spread. Last year, the company’s Bosnia & Herzegovina distributor, SD Sistemi, sold a large WPL system to prominent hire company ProRent, who followed up their initial purchase in September with a further acquisition three months later, with the upcoming events season in mind.
“They really needed a larger system for big outdoor events and for general hire use,” reports SD Sistemi’s Tijana Milovanovic.
The sale had been initiated as far back as February 2020, but the global pandemic brought a summary halt to proceedings. In the end ProRent committed to the system on brand reputation alone, in time to fire it up for the first time on 14 February in the Borik Sports Hall in Banja Luka for Croatian artist Massimo Savić. ProRent fielded 12 x WPL per side, with SXH218 subwoofers and XE500s - all powered from iKON touring racks.
Having received full set-up and operational training from the SD Sistemi technical team - as well as active support from their in-house engineers - the show suitably befitted a Valentine’s Day concert.
The event was followed up at the same venue a month later when pop singer (and former Eurovision Song Contest winner), Marija Serifovic, performed to around 4,500 people, with ProRent’s Dejan Vučković mixing the sound at front-of-house.
Again, they deployed 12 WPL enclosures per side, run in two-box resolution from the iKON amps, with eight WPC per side as out-fills and front-fills (also driven in two-box re

gsothecrescendoingcitypxlfld003Hippotizers drive Gothenburg Symphony visuals
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Sweden - Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra performed a ‘musical adventure’ at the imposing Göteborgs Konserthus recently, enveloped in video projections driven by Hippotizer Media Servers.
The 90-minute orchestral performance, entitled The Crescendoing City, immersed the audience in a ‘visual flow’ designed to complement the piece.
Stockholm-based Pixelfield Studios - styled PXLFLD - was commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra to design a visual concert experience based on ‘The City’ as an overarching concept. The PXLFLD team responded to the brief by considering what defines a city, taking in architecture, communications, culture and, most importantly, people. Over two nights of performances, audiences were treated to sweeping cityscapes, eerie urban scenes and flashes of abstract colour and patterns.
“We needed a reliable and flexible media server solution that had the power and capacity to drive super high-resolution imagery via the six projectors rigged at the concert hall,” says PXLFLD’s Anders Granström. “In order to maintain the flow of the visuals alongside the musical score, the media servers needed to offer flawless playback of multiple layers of high-resolution content and enable geometric fine tuning and colour correction.
“The right servers for the job were a mixture of Hippotizer Boreal+ and Taiga+ media servers, with two stand-alone Zookeepers FOH and Backstage. And we certainly made good use of Hippotizer’s ScreenWarp, LiveMask and PixelMapper features.”
All of the visu

voidVoid Acoustics catches the surf in Tel Aviv
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Israel - Atzmaut Beach (AKA Hilton Beach) is a popular destination for the young local surfing community and tourists (in more regular times) alike, and boasts plenty of bars and restaurants. Hilton Bay Absolut Beach & Surf features a high-end audio installation courtesy of Void Acoustics and Israeli Void Acoustics distributor – New Audio Pro.
Established in 2018, Hilton Bay Beach & Surf occupies 300sq.m of prime seafront real estate immediately in front of (but not connected with) the Hilton Hotel. The venue has recently been transformed with a complete refurbishment from the structure itself, down to the soft furnishings. And front and centre of this transformation has been the deployment of a new Void Acoustics sound system.
The venue is owned by Ronen Miley - a local nightlife entrepreneur of over 25 years’ experience. “These days our customers are looking for a pleasant, absorbing level of sound,” he says. “Void Acoustics has created a breakthrough in audio systems with speakers that are suitable for both party and beach environments, and bring a combination of stunning aesthetics and super amazing sound quality. This allows us to manage the vibe in the venue and the type of energy we want to create, depending on the time of day, the event, the music the DJ is playing - anything really.”
The day/night venue offers guests the chance to chill and relax on the beach in a stylish setting, with a restaurant and bar that transform seamlessly from a lazy beach day vibe to cocktail and party night-time.
Central to the Void sp

brits22q75Brit Row delivers live sound for the BRIT Awards
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

UK - Britannia Row Productions deployed a full audio package for the annual awards ceremony while continuing its partnership with The BRIT School.
The BRIT Awards returned to London’s O2 Arena complete with performances by Adele, Ed Sheeran, Bring Me The Horizon, Little Simz, Liam Gallagher, Sam Fender, Dave, Anne-Marie, KSI, and Rising Star Award recipient, Holly Humberstone.
Britannia Row’s relationship with the event continues to go from strength to strength, with the company’s Josh Lloyd resuming his role as system designer and FOH mixer. Lloyd created a PA system design that would allow the music to blend effortlessly into the stage design by avoiding key sightlines, while giving clean and clear feeds to the experienced broadcast team.
“The design changed in the weeks leading up to the event due to the stage and seating being reconfigured in the venue, which in turn meant that I had to move the system out so as not to cover the stage runways,” notes Lloyd.
Alongside the main L-Acoustics K1 hangs, Lloyd chose K2 for the side-hangs due to “their ability to control the directivity horizontally.”
L-Acoustics SB18 and KARA II were used for rear hangs, while four K2 delay hangs were placed throughout the venue, with boxes of A15s used as flown in-fills. Cabinets of KS28 were deployed as flown centre and ground subs with A10s for in-fill. The system was powered by L-Acoustics LA12X amplifiers.
Lloyd continues: “The system was modified and optimised for the best possible results, achieving consistently even coverage

polaraudio-01Polar to distribute Pan Acoustics in UK and Ireland
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

UK - Polar will distribute the products of German audio solutions manufacturer Pan Acoustics across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Pan Acoustics specialises in sound reinforcement for challenging acoustic environments and works in the field of beam-steering technology.
Will Turney, head of Polar’s Integrated Solutions Division, comments: “Pan Acoustics offers a comprehensive range of products to address the most difficult audio challenges, whilst also meeting the aesthetic demands of architects and designers. Beam-steering technology is important in so many spaces where sound reflections can present real problems to clear reinforcement, so we are delighted to have added this industry-leading brand to our portfolio.
“Houses of worship, heritage settings, council chambers, transport hubs, education and conference facilities, where speech intelligibility is absolutely vital, are just some of the applications for which Pan Acoustics delivers high quality solutions. We are confident that our customers will benefit hugely from access to these superb products which are supported by a 10-year guarantee.”
Johannes Kampert, head of global sales at Pan Acoustics, adds: “Professional work, technical expertise and a very friendly relationship with clients and consultants are the first qualities that come to mind when I think of Polar. I’m excited that this level of service is now available to Pan Acoustics in the UK and Ireland.”
Udo Borgmann, CEO at Pan Acoustics, concludes: “Polar and Pan Acoustics is a perfect match. A long hi

digigram-axelDigigram Asia and AxelTech forge APAC pact
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Singapore - Digital audio network solutions specialist Digigram has sealed a distribution agreement with Italian broadcasting solutions specialist AxelTech. The deal means Singapore-based Digigram Asia will exclusively distribute AxelTech’s Falcon audio processors, Macrotel telephone hybrids and Oxygen Digital mixers ranges across the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan and Vietnam.
Digigram Asia Pte also distributes Digigram, Auvitran and Barix audio solutions and equipment in APAC.
“The addition of AxelTech products to our portfolio is a significant move for Digigram as we are now capable to address our customers with full scale, high-end solutions for their broadcasting and studio needs,” states Singapore-based Nancy Diaz Curiel, Digigram’s director of sales, marketing and communications.
Enrico Vaccari, AxelTech’s director of sales adds “We are very excited to partner with Digigram to open new opportunities. AxelTech solutions will benefit from their broad coverage of the Asia Pacific territory, and the Singapore office providing expertise and support is a great asset to assist customers in achieving their broadcast projects.”


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