USA - Meyer Sound loudspeakers play a critical role in @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, an exhibition of seven new sculpture, sound, and mixed media works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The installation explores human rights and freedom of expression in the context of Alcatraz, the former federal penitentiary and now iconic historical site in San Francisco Bay.

Widely hailed as one of the most significant art exhibitions of the year, @Large has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The Guardian, among others. This extraordinary $3.6m project on Alcatraz Island was originally proposed to Ai by Cheryl Haines, executive director of the FOR-SITE Foundation and curator of the exhibition.

"Ai's work both awes us with its grace and beauty and challenges and critiques our way of thinking -in a manner that we hope will catalyze public dialogue on

UK - Manchester-based lighting specialist dbn was once again involved in the ambitious production at the heart of the Co-Operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG)'s annual Supporters Awards and gala dinner event, staged at the city's Manchester Central venue.

Project managed by Pete Robinson, dbn supplied rigging, lighting equipment and design. The company has been involved in the event for the last seven years and collaborates closely with both overall technical production management providers A To V and the client to interpret their brief and bring the venue alive as an exciting and invigorating entertainment space for the evening.

This year's theme took some popular elements of last year's 'circus' in terms of the physical layout and developed a special 'carnival' vibe for this year. The venue was divided into two areas - with a fully operational fairground in one half and the

USA - September saw a major Gala concert given at the Meyerson Symphony Centre in Dallas. This was notable for two reasons; firstly it featured violinist Itzhak Perlman and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; and it was the first concert to be recorded with the new recording equipment featuring Merging Technologies' Horus and Hapi Networked Audio interfaces, two Merging silent PC chassis, and Pyramix 9 MassCore.

The hall was filled to capacity and the event was simulcast to a nearby park where thousands were able to enjoy the music and video. The TV truck was fed audio via MADI from one of the Hapi converters and the sound in the park was rated as "excellent". The orchestra, under its music director Jaap van Zweden is performing at very high levels these days and the DSO is rated as one of the top orchestras in the country.

The whole recording chain at the Meyerson Sympho

USA - Richwoods Christian Church was founded in the late 1990s by pastor Jim Powell in Peoria, Illinois. Its congregation was initially small, a scant 65 people, but those congregants were motivated to grow the church. They succeeded, and today Richwoods Christian Church brings 1,400 people together every weekend, spread across four services at two locations.

The larger location built its current sanctuary in a former high-end furniture store, where, despite low ceiling height, local A/V integration firm Advanced Audio and Lighting gave the church a highly-intelligible and musical sound reinforcement system based on Danley Sound Labs SH-50 full-range loudspeakers and TH-115 subwoofers. Not wanting to compromise at the satellite location, Richwoods Christian Church asked for Danley again. There, a collapsible system of self-powered Danley SH-96 loudspeakers and TH-118 subwoofers

UK - The first MusicVidFest, a one-day conference focussing on the business of creativity in music videos, is taking place at the BFI Southbank on Monday, 10 November - the same day as the 2014 UK Music Video Awards - with Grammy Award-winning US director Joseph Kahn now confirmed as the event's keynote speaker.

Produced by the team behind the UKMVAs and BUG, the inaugural MusicVidFest aims to create discussion and debate on key topics affecting the craft and business of music videos, and will include panel discussions with leading lights of music video creativity in the UK and further afield, from producers and directors, to independent and label commissioners, managers and artists.

MusicVidFest will also feature representatives from the key music video platforms, and will culminate in a Question Time on the future of music video where audience members will get the chance to

USA - Debuting on iTunes Classical at #1 even before its official release and raising in the ranks on the Billboard Classical charts, The Chopin Variations by celebrated pianist and composer Chad Lawson, violinist Judy Kang and cellist Rubin Kodheli, takes the familiar sounds of Chopin and recasts each composition in a new light.

To accomplish this, Lawson used his Steinway piano to create a slightly muted, ethereal sound, captured entirely by DPA microphones. The positioning of d:dicate 4011A Cardioid Stereo Kit was critical to translate the desired mood into Lawson's latest recording.

Lawson wanted a mic solution that would illustrate the internal workings of his Steinway for his latest album, which was recorded in his home studio using the d:dicate 4011A Cardioid Stereo Kit. Introduced to him by an engineer during his previous record, Lawson now relies on the mics fo

The Netherlands - The CRS12GT is a two-way passive-filtered loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of current and future digital cinema immersive surround sound formats.

Featuring Alcons' proprietary multiple-patented pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRS12GT combines an exceptional clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range and up to 90% less distortion than traditional cinema surround systems. It is the ideal loudspeaker technology for complex sound sources as speech, music and effects and offers the most realistic immersive surround sound reproduction possible.

By utilizing identical MHF pro-ribbon transducers for screen- and surround systems, an exceptionally wide and uniform sound stage throughout the entire listening area is realized; This is especially striking in multi-channel cinema surround systems, but also in performing arts theatre su

USA - Continuing a series kicked off at InfoComm MEA in October, Audinate and Bose Professional will hold their next session of the AV Networking Roadshow - focusing on Dante technology - at the Holiday Inn Midtown - Embassy Ballroom in New York City. The session, titled Introduction to AV Networking, is a one-day session on 19 November, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The event is sponsored by Bose Professional and Audinate, with support from Attero Tech, Audio-Technica, and Digital Audio Labs.

Intended for AV and IT professionals who have a novice or intermediate understanding of AV networking, these sessions expose attendees to the current state of audio networking and control for AV systems, emerging technologies and trends in AV networking. The instructor-led training uses a variety of components from Bose and other participating manufacturers, and provides an opportunity to

USA - To amplify the home-game atmosphere and bring the 55,000 fans closer to the on-field action, Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at University of Louisville has chosen the most powerful loudspeaker technology available today-Meyer Sound's Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system with the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element and SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeakers.

Selected for its sheer power and remarkable ability to project sonic clarity and impact over long distances, the system was chosen by recently retired, long-time stadium manager K.C. Scull after experiencing the impressive LEO system at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

"The performance of the new Meyer Sound system at Cardinal Stadium has been excellent," reports Mike Dewees, head technician at Acoustical Audio Designs, the company contracted for operation and maintenance of the stadium systems. &qu

UK - Great North Run is a popular half-marathon that has welcomed runners to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for over 30 years. In 2014, the run was the first in the world to welcome its millionth finisher and it celebrated the moment in style with an Opening Ceremony that spanned both quaysides of the river between the Tyne and Millenium bridges.

With a show designed by the team that created the London Olympics opening ceremonies and included live music from Sting, Mark Knopfler, the Unthanks and Chase & Status as well as poetry, pyrotechnics, projections and performances from a cast of hundreds in the air, on stage and in boats, Tyneside production company Nitelites,with the help of sound designer Colin Pink, was brought in to face the challenge of providing sound to match the quality of the performances.

With stages on both sides of the river and audiences spread across the whole city

USA - Following the highly-successful 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place 9-12 October at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, the AES is pleased has welcomed new president Andres Mayo as he takes over the leadership role from Dr. Sean Olive.

Mayo currently serves as owner and senior mastering engineer at Andres Mayo Mastering and Audio Post in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and, as an award-winning producer and engineer, he is set to guide the AES into the coming year and through AES138 in Warsaw, Poland and the Convention's return to New York City for AES139 in the fall of 2015.

Mayo's skills in the studio have earned him professional success and renown throughout the industry as an audio engineer and producer.

Commenting on the recent AES137 Convention in Los Angeles, California, as well as his new role as president, Mayo states, "I strongly feel tha

UK - The promise of reduced maintenance costs for outdoor theme park cabling systems is offered by the Han-Eco(R) Outdoor connector from Harting.

The new connector is based on a robust high-performance lightweight plastic material which, when mated through its FPM (Fluor Polymer Rubber) flange seal, provides IP65, UV, ozone and acid-rain resistant protection.

Insert options allow simple field installations using screw-terminal monoblock assemblies with 10, 14, 20 and 28 ways at 16 A. Alternatively, mixed audio, video, communications, data and power signals can be handled in a range of four different sized housings.

This modular integrated cabling approach makes Han-Eco(R) suitable for exposed conditions in theme park audio-visual/multimedia installations, and reduces costs by enabling extended maintenance intervals through its ability to withstand adverse outdoor environment

UK - A Neumann 5.1 surround system has been installed at Calrec's Hebden Bridge headquarters, allowing its clients to accurately experience the audio quality of Calrec broadcast consoles through Neumann KH Series studio monitors.

Calrec requested a full 5.1 surround sound system (expandable to 7.1), which comprises three KH310, two KH120 and a KH810 sub, installed by Nick Pemberton, market development manager - Professional Systems at Sennheiser UK, Neumann's UK distributor and Neumann product manager Andrew Goldberg.

"Neumann has been supporting Calrec's global tradeshow efforts throughout 2014 and this installation is a logical progression of the relationship between the two companies," explains Nick. "Calrec is a market leader in the broadcast market and Neumann's KH series is intended for critical listening situations where sound quality, reliability and uni

Indonesia - Distributor MTJ took on the challenge of installing a sound system into the very funky and aesthetic five star Japanese restaurant and bar Fukuro in Jakarta.

The restaurant wanted solid sound pressure at night without changing the aesthetics of the venue. Cornered was a natural choice with the speakers installed flush onto walls and in corners throughout the venue.

A total of 14 Cornered C5s in black blend in perfectly while delivering great sound to all seats.

Zandy Young from Installer MTJ comments: "With the impressive quality audio, you just don't need to look for more. The sound is evenly distributed throughout the venue and very soft on the ears."

(Jim Evans)

Australia - When the SCG Trust recently rebuilt The MA Noble, Don Bradman and Dally Messenger Stands to meet the needs of the 21st century sporting community, Sydney's The P.A. People were brought in to not only install new front and back of house PA equipment, but also integrate the new stands with the existing facilities. After a 12-month build, the new stand's AV fit-out was completed in August 2014, with a huge range of new and innovative features throughout.

The new MA Noble, Don Bradman and Dally Messenger Stands host a huge range of multifunction and hospitality spaces including a micro-brewery, 14 bars, banquet hall, dining room and corporate entertainment suites. The operational side includes extensive new outside broadcast and media facilities as well as multimedia-enabled coaching and training rooms.

Designed and built by The P.A. People, the new stand's bowl sound

Hungary - An Allen & Heath Live digital mixing system has been installed in the Great Reformed Church in Debrecen, Hungary. The historic neoclassical church has a footprint of some 1,500sq.m and a capacity of 5,000, including 3,000 seated.

The church commissioned a full overhaul of its audio systems to improve speech intelligibility, to accommodate broadcast of services and performances by its worship band. The brief called for a system that was capable of 'one button' operation for regular services, whilst having the flexibility to handle patching to and from multiple areas of the church, multitrack recording and broadcast feeds.

Krisztian Varga from Hungarian pro audio specialist, Audmax, designed the solution, with a modular Allen & Heath iLive iDR10 MixRack at its core, feeding a discreet white L-Acoustics Kiva system for the main arrays and L-Acoustics 5XT speakers for ad

France - Nexo's STM Series modular line array has been chosen by one of France's most popular singers, Patrick Fiori, for his national tour named Choisir after his new album.

For main PA, FOH engineer Serge Veneruso is using left and right arrays of seven STM M46 main cabinets and 7x B112 bass cabinets, together with two M28 down-fills in each array.

This configuration, from the flexible STM inventory, is proving to be ideal for the singer's audiences in venues such as the Zenith in Paris.

Providing supplementary front-fill are Nexo's new GEO M6 compact line array modules, and Fiori's stage monitor system is also all-Nexo, using PS15 cabinets.

(Jim Evans)

USA - Frequent referrals from existing customers helps integrator Site on Sound win a wide variety of AV system projects. Recently, the company provided systems for four businesses located in Fargo's historic Loretta Building. And, using a combination of good system design and appropriate product choices, Site on Sound was able to meet each customer's needs while delivering consistently high quality sound in these four unique environments.

One of these businesses was Boerth's Gallery, an established Fargo art and framing gallery that includes a two-story wine bar, called D'Vine. For the wine bar, Site on Sound installed a foreground music system that offers patrons an upscale jazz and rock experience. This system consists of 10 Community DS5 surface-mount loudspeakers driven by a Speco matrix mixer/amplifier and includes a CD player with a 3.5mm input.

Boerth's Gallery itself

Benelux - Ever since Riverdance brought Irish dance to a truly global audience, 20 years ago, interest in the genre has shown no sign of waning. In terms of touring, one of the hardest working Irish dance and music troupes is Ragús, which has just completed its ninth successive tour of Belgium and the Netherlands. A Yamaha CL1 mixing console ensured that the necessarily compact audio specification still packed a big sonic punch.

Active for the past 13 years, Ragús's performers present the style of Irish dance familiar to millions, but adds in live music from a five-piece band and female vocalist. This ranges from haunting airs from the 'sean nós' traditions of Connemara and the Aran Islands, to the ballads and lively tunes which are commonly associated with traditional Irish music.

Having performed in Australia, the USA, China, Japan, South Africa and throughout Euro

China - Genelec has announced the opening of its new office in Beijing. The facility features a demo room which has been designed with the same acoustic principles as the Genelec listening space and auditorium at the company's headquarters and factory in Finland.

After more than 10 years in the city, Genelec has built up a team of seven based at the Beijing office and the time had come to move to bigger and better premises. Hanying Feng, office manager for Genelec China recognised that the time had come to upgrade the company's facilities. "With a staff of six people plus one trainee it was time for us to look for something new as our old office was far from sufficient," he says.

"There is lots of real estate available in Beijing but it can still be hard to find something to suit. While planning the move we also took the opportunity to upgrade our demo facilitie

UK - SSE Audio Group picked up the award for Best Sound at the inaugural Festival Supplier Awards 2014, acknowledging the company's contribution at over 30 festivals.

The first Festival Supplier Awards took place at Newbury Racecourse on 22nd October 2014, an event billed as "a dedicated awards evening to highlight the creativity and innovation that festival suppliers deliver on every occasion."

During 2013 SSE Audio Group supplied audio systems to 30 major festivals ranging from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival to Download at Donington. SSE supplied a further 15 major festivals up to the end of July 2014 (the period covered by the awards).

As part of the awards submission, SSE focused particularly on their work at the Calling Festival, which moved to Clapham Common for the first time in 2014. Sited in the middle of residential South London the event was subject to ext

UK - Wigwam Acoustics has implemented DiGiCo and Optocore's latest software to build the first Multiplexed DiGiCo Fibre Ring systems for use in the live environment, which in addition to audio, also incorporated video transport. Deployed on Top Gear Live and the annual Hillsong Conference Europe, the systems allowed a range of DiGiCo mixing consoles and Optocore devices to work seamlessly together.

DiGiCo is the only console manufacturer to benefit from OEM Optocore and is running the native 2.21 Optocore protocol. Launched at ProLight+Sound in March, the system allows Optocore devices to seamlessly function on a DiGiCo optical loop. This allows, for example, Optocore X6R and V3R mic preamps to be controlled directly from DiGiCo consoles.

"Being long term associates of both Optocore and DiGiCo, we are keen to embrace the technologies afforded to us as they progress

China - Noelle Liu has joined FaitalPRO as sales development manager for China. Noelle is already well-known in the industry and will focus particularly on the area of Guangdong, the core region for the Chinese Pro Audio Industry.

Noelle, who will cooperate closely with the FaitalPRO sales department in Milan, will be responsible for all FaitalPRO accounts in China, working closely with major audio wholesalers, retailers, top enclosure manufacturers and will be able to carry on the already excellent reputation of FaitalPRO products in China.

Noelle's efforts will be fully supported by the entire Pro-Audio division at Faital's headquarters and assisted logistically through Faital ASIA (FaitalPRO's Gateway to Asia) based in Hong Kong, which makes FaitalPRO products readily available to the entire South East Asian region.

(Jim Evans)

USA - From touring sound to special event projects and everything between, Northeast Ohio's Aggressive Sound offers a full range of services, including sound, lighting, and video equipment rentals as well as the engineers needed to manage the equipment.

The company operates both locally and internationally, with the bulk of the company's business taking place throughout the tri-state area of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. As the company expands its operations, the ability to have a sizeable equipment arsenal available to handle a wide range of projects is essential. That's why, for live sound reinforcement, the company relies on loudspeaker systems from Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.

Over the past three years, Aggressive Sound has invested in a variety of D.A.S. Audio equipment, including products from the company's Aero Series 2 and Action Series catalogues.

Jeff Ha

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