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widLight Fantastic package for Women in Data
Friday, 15 February 2019

UK - Attracting over 1000 attendees, the Women in Data conference features addresses from high-profile speakers plus a range of supporting events. Held within the grand surroundings of Central Hall Westminster, London, the event included presentations, development sessions and an exhibition, designed to inspire the WiD community.
Technical production specialists LFPS collaborated closely with the client and production manager Dave Parker to design the look and feel of the entire event.
Providing a complete production package covering both equipment and logistics, LFPS supplied lighting, audio, video, rigging and staging. Working to precise schedules beginning with a 6pm time slot for overnight load-in and build, the team were ready for rehearsal at 6am, with everything in place ready for doors open at 9am.
Commenting on working with LFPS, WiD co-founder Roisin McCarthy says, “The incredible team at LFPS worked tirelessly to bring to life our vision for WiD UK. The production quality and efficiency was truly remarkable. LFPS filled us with huge confidence from our first meeting, we simply could not have made WiD 2018 a success without their work.”
Transforming the elaborate hall with bold colours and a spectacular, branded stage set, the team created a contemporary look that contrasted perfectly against the ornate interior décor of the iconic venue. Designed in-house and constructed by the LFPS fabrication department, the set featured a variety of branded scenic elements including the giant 3D ‘W’ logo that swept across the entire stag

frankfurtRock gegen Rechts powered by Linea Research
Friday, 15 February 2019

Germany - The roots of Rock gegen Rechts (Rock Against the Right) go back to the rise of Britain’s Rock Against Racism movement in in the mid-1970s. The 30 April,1978, Rock Against Racism concert in Victoria Park in East London was a seminal event that, by 1979, had inspired the first Rock gegen Rechts festival in Frankfurt, Germany.
Thirty-nine years later, Rock gegen Rechts was once again heard in downtown Frankfurt, in a one-day festival staged in the city’s famed Opernplatz. The audience enjoyed the advances in live sound since the 1970s as they listened to the day’s music and messages delivered with power and clarity by Linea Research amplifiers.
Nearly 90 organisations were involved in the event. Its patrons included vice presidents of the Bundestag Claudia Roth and Petra Pau, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt Peter Feldmann, and other city officials. Thirteen musical groups squeezed into the 10-hour show. Between the music performances various organisations and sponsors of the event delivered speeches and video messages with statements against racism and exclusion and in favour of peace, human rights, and diversity.
“The festival used culture as an ambassador of political content,” says Jörg Groh of Offenbach-based sound company Audiologic, who provided sound reinforcement for the show.
The show’s promoters were not certain how many people to expect but the crowd gradually grew until the square was packed with 10,000 attendees. The stage was a trailer platform 10m (32.8ft) wide, with wings on either side for the sound system and a co

 
 
alcons-metropol-frontMetropol Theatre Vienna relies on Alcons
Friday, 15 February 2019

Austria - The Vienna Metropol Theatre is one of the most tradition-rich venues in the Austrian capital. Today, the Metropol provides a stage for national and international music acts, cabaret and theatre productions.
The Vienna Metropol has three stages. The main stage with the big hall has an audience capacity of 700 standing or 550 seated. The stage is open on three sides and the hall has a comparatively low ceiling height. The audience sits around the stage in a 270° angle, which further complicates the sound reinforcement situation. The room acoustics are also unusual; It is characterised by a short reverberation time with pronounced diffusivity in the empty space. In short: a demanding task for every sound system.
After various modernisations were carried out in recent years, it was the sound system’s turn in 2018. The Austrian distribution partner of Alcons Audio, the Vienna-based company Pro Performance, could not only convince with outstanding performance and a seamless sound coverage across the audience, but even prevail against the entire competition; The demo featured a set-up of Alcons RR12 point source array systems and universally applicable Alcons VR12. The Metropol installed however only the RR12 with 120° dispersion behaviour for the main area.
"The main emphasis of those responsible in the Metropol Theater was on a very good speech intelligibility and resolution, which should be preserved even at high sound pressure levels," says Wolfgang Sauter, owner of Pro Performance who performed the demo in the Metropol and intensively ad

 
powersoftPowersoft amplifies Taipei’s New Year party
Thursday, 14 February 2019

Taiwan - The third floor of Taipei’s Nan Shan Plaza - the second tallest skyscraper in Taipei after Taipei 101 - has been created as a vast and open exhibition space. With ceilings at an impressive 8.5m in height, the venue occupies a total of 56sq.m, but features no beams or support columns, creating a challenge to any sound design proposal.
With the prestigious space earmarked by Taipei City Government to host an event cooperative to the New Year fireworks countdown, the challenging space required a sound system that was compact and stable, offering excellent sound performance, which to audio installation company, Imagepro System Technology Corp., Ltd., signalled Powersoft amplification.
Working hand-in-hand with Imagepro’s Yung-Chin Hsu and the Plaza’s project leader Wen-Shan Tseng, Victor Shih of Powersoft’s distributor in Taiwan, Seapower Technology Co Ltd., planned and designed a discreet sound system in accordance with the requirements of the space, built around the efficiency of just three Powersoft amplifiers, controlled by Powersoft’s Armonía Pro Audio Suite software.
In just two months the team had created an audio environment with in-depth but simple control that delighted the customer. The event management team within the Taipei Nan Shan Plaza, are “very happy with high quality of the Powersoft products and the excellent sound performance”.
The main PA serving the exhibition hall is comprised of a left and right pair of Peavey VR-112 line-arrays featuring four cabinets per side, each flown with a VR-218F sub. This

 
 
alexandrapalaceDiGiCo at heart of restored Alexandra Theatre
Thursday, 14 February 2019

UK - December saw the newly restored Alexandra Theatre at Alexandra Palace open its doors after 80 years of darkness to reveal not only a stunning space that has undergone the most sympathetic of restorations, but a comprehensive technical infrastructure that includes audio system that delivers purity of sound and capabilities that will satisfy any visiting production. At its core is a DiGiCo SD12 mixing console supplied and installed by HD Pro Audio.
The Alexandra Theatre was originally opened in 1875 and hosted pantomime, opera, drama and ballet. However, it struggled to compete with the might of the West End and its use as a theatre ended. Subsequently it was used as a cinema, a chapel, home of music hall stars and, more latterly, as a BBC prop store and workshop. In 2012 the decision was made to restore it to its former glory and with grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Haringey secured, work on the ambitious project to turn the crumbling Grade II listed space into a 900-seat working theatre began in 2016.
Head of production and technical for Alexandra Palace, Steve Brookes, was brought in part way through the restoration process to turn the construction project into a working theatre.
“Before my arrival, there wasn’t any kind of production infrastructure at Alexandra Palace – the Great Hall, which hosts many concerts, is a receiving house and doesn’t require any permanent facilities,” he explains.
Steve needed to specify a system that would not only satisfy engineers on arrival, but also help to attr

 
just-pro-audio-logoAPI adds new Brazil distributor
Thursday, 14 February 2019

Brazil - API has announced the addition of a new distributor in Brazil, Just Pro Audio. Distributing professional audio brands for Latin America, Just Pro Audio’s extensive product line will now include analogue sound of API.
Just Pro Audio focuses on musical production, broadcast, radio, and live audio, and offers a wide variety of services including consulting, systems design, integration, installation, training and technical support.
“API is honoured to have Just Pro Audio on board to help us expand our sales into the very vibrant and growing Brazilian market,” noted API’s managing director Gordon Smart. “Just Pro’s level of professionalism and expertise is an excellent match for the API brand, and their timing is perfect with the arrival of three new API consoles over the past 24 months.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
howdenparkFirst UK install of Adamson IS7 line array
Thursday, 14 February 2019

UK - The first UK installation of Adamson Systems IS7 line array loudspeaker systems has been completed at Howden Park Centre in Livingston by Adamson Certified re-seller Live Systems Ltd.
West Lothian's premier centre for arts performances and events Howden Park Centre was transformed in 2009 by architects Nicoll Russell Studios. The Centre was awarded the accolade of Building of the Year from the Edinburgh Architectural Association.
Stephen Oakes and Cliff Carrie who form the core technical team at Howden Park commented: "Our existing sound system was failing and we managed to secure finance through West Lothian Leisure for a replacement. We demoed three major loudspeaker brands including Adamson, unanimously we decided that we liked Adamson the best.
“The system was clean, controlled and dynamic, it delivered constant sonic impact from low levels of sound all the way to the loudest level we can effectively operate at. Adamson made us smile, we kept wanting to hear different sounds through it and we wanted to keep it. Over the last couple of months the system has been used for panto, theatre and bands and it has performed wonderfully with many positive comments from visiting engineers and productions."
Live Systems utilised Adamson’s Blueprint AV software to design a system tailored to meet the requirements of Howden Park’s varied programme of theatre, music and conferences.
The resulting solution comprised of left and right hangs of six IS7 line array loudspeakers together with one IS118 Sub complemented by one IS119 sub per sid

 
halo-bEM Acoustics launches HALO-B
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Europe - ISE 2019 saw the launch of the third system in the EM Acoustics’ HALO line array family, HALO-B. The move follows the introduction in early 2018 of the British company’s large format HALO-A arena system. As its name suggests, HALO-B sits between HALO-A and HALO-C in both physical size and overall system output, and as such is perhaps the most versatile system in the family.
Built on the same ‘maximum headroom’ design principles as HALO-A to ensure consistent performance across all SPL levels and consistent horizontal dispersion pattern across the operating frequency band, HALO-B is a two-way reflex-loaded line array element featuring dual 8” LF drivers and four 1” HF drive units.
Festivals, stadia, sports arenas, concert halls, theatres, houses of worship and corporate AV events are all candidates for HALO-B which is designed to be equally comfortable in both fixed installation and mobile applications, says the company.
EM Acoustics operations director, Mike Wheeler, comments: “HALO-B is simply the best product we’ve ever made. Firstly, we were successfully able to scale the technology used in HALO-A; this isn’t always possible, but when it is and it works, it’s a massive time saver. Secondly, HALO-B is an ideal size for so many applications, either on its own or accompanying something else – we think it’ll be a really useful tool for rental companies looking for maximum ROI. Finally, sonically, it’s amazing – it has all the poise, subtlety and detail of HALO-C combined with horsepower of HALO-A in a versatile p

 
 
henleyRenkus-Heinz rows back on reverb in Henley
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

UK - Henley Town Hall, an imposing Grade II listed building, sits in the centre of the Oxfordshire market town and is administered by Henley-on-Thames Town Council. Whilst in regular use for council business, its principal spaces are also used for a variety of functions, from weddings, civil ceremonies and concerts to meetings, classes and trade fairs.
The venue’s arch-roofed, second-floor main hall is a highly reverberant space - in fact even by heritage listed building standards, the acoustics are challenging. Existing acoustic panelling in the hall had been supplemented with additional provision but its beneficial effects were still rather limited.
The audio system in situ was not only outdated and inadequate but constituted something of a black box eyesore amongst such opulent surroundings. Whilst it was of fundamental importance that the audio in the room was vastly improved, a further consideration was that any new system should, as far as possible, complement the aesthetic of the space. Other requirements included a suitable DSP control system with external inputs for visiting sound desks or media players, as well as two channels of handheld wireless microphone provision.
Town Clerk and Janet Wheeler appointed Audiotek Ltd as consultants and the company arranged a number of onsite demonstrations to compare the potential of different systems to overcome the challenge.
Audiotek put the project out to competitive tender specifying Renkus-Heinz Iconyx speakers and Henley Theatre Services won the contract to install the system and in turn,

 
eighth-dayWisycom solution for Eighth Day global tours
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

USA - When preparing for international stadium tours for two of the world’s top pop artists, touring company Eighth Day Sound worked with Wisycom to develop a solution for its wireless RF challenges.
Eighth Day Sound’s two most recent high-profile global tours turned to Wisycom’s MAT288 Matrix Combiner and MFL RF-Over-Fibre Antenna System to give sound engineers the tools necessary to cover the extensive wireless needs for these large projects.
For Eighth Day project manager Jordan Kolenc, creating an RF design that would provide maximum coverage for one such major stadium tour left him with a long list of concerns, and a need to pre-emptively find solutions. After much trial and error, Kolenc contacted Jim Dugan, president of Wisycom USA, who visited Eighth Day’s shop to demonstrate how Wisycom’s MAT288 combiner, along with its MFL antenna system, could provide expansive coverage for live touring applications.
The MFL Fibre Rack Unit provides coverage farther than the 300ft limit found in coaxial cable, making it suitable for stadium-sized tours. Additionally, the Wisycom MAT288 Matrix Combiner allows sound engineers to actively and effectively make adjustments that pertain to and affect the microphones and instruments, while the MFL does double duty by extending coverage over fibre for the in-ear transmitters.
“Wisycom is the only company that I know of that can handle the RF distance that we were trying to cover,” says Kolenc. “The company’s wideband capabilities are the largest in the industry. The fact that we can also

 
 
leo-by-rp-colour-1Leo Sayer switches to DPA d:facto
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Australia - It isn’t often that an artist introduces a sound engineer to a new piece of audio equipment - usually it is the other way around. However, this is what happened when British-born singer/songwriter Leo Sayer discovered the benefits of DPA’s d:facto vocal microphone. As a result of his good experience, he introduced the kit to his long-term sound engineer and production manager Damien Young.
Now based in Australia, where he has lived since 2005, Leo Sayer began using d:facto vocal microphones during his last UK and European tour when they formed part of the audio itinerary supplied by Cliff Brothers. He was so impressed with their sound that on his return to Australia he asked Damien Young to source wireless d:facto mics for his forthcoming Australia and New Zealand tour dates. DPA’s local distributor Amber Technology was delighted to help and after demoing various versions, Sayer purchased two 4018V capsules because he loves the extra presence this capsule gives him.
“My introduction to the d:facto Vocal Microphone certainly came through Leo and it is now a microphone I would really like to have in my personal microphone kit because it is amazing,” Young says. “I usually struggle with the ‘extra’ top end Leo loves but this mic doesn’t give me any issues and I use significantly less processing to get a great vocal. On the last show I only used a HPF and compression, no severe EQ or DE-Essing was needed. It also takes FX well. The reverbs and other processing just works better with less noticeable artefacts.”
Damien Yo

 
apgZero Dbs to promote APG in Spain
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Spain - French loudspeaker manufacturer APG has appointed Andalusian audio specialist Zero Dbs to support and promote its brand and products in Spain.
Zero Dbs has organised demo days on 13-14 February in collaboration with the APG team, taking place at the Priego de Cordoba Victoria Theatre, which was equipped with a Uniline Compact system at the end of 2018.
Juan Antonio Cuevas, technical director and owner of Zero Dbs, comments: “I have favoured the APG brand for a long time thanks to its sound and manufacturing quality, as well as its versatility. Their products offer features that I have not found with any other brands in the industry.”
He adds: “The Spanish market might not know the APG brand well yet, but I’m convinced regional companies and customers will soon be aware of its qualities. Whenever we have provided APG in the past, customers have been amazed. They are usually so satisfied with their equipment that they come back for more.”
The APG Uniline Compact system deployed at the Priego de Cordoba Victoria Theatre comprises four UC206N medium/long throw speakers, a UC206W and two SB115-M2 subwoofers per side, as well as a DMS48 digital processor and a pair of Powersoft Quattrocanali amplifiers to drive the system.
Cuevas adds: “The APG gear was easy to install and is versatile enough for any type of show, which was a requirement for the end client. The intelligibility, sound pressure and coverage of the Uniline Compact is second to none, and its Dante-compatibility means the option for integration with a digital

 
 
backstage-dbd&b renews Backstage partnership
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

UK - Live event production educational facility Backstage Academy has announced the continuing support of long-term partner d&b audiotechnik.
The news was announced by d&b director Stephen Hogg and Miles Marsden, Backstage Academy’s industry partnerships director, who instigated the original agreement.
Marsden comments: “d&b has a long-term commitment to training; the company took the opportunity of being an early adopter here and is now one of a number of companies reaping a return on investment.”
Headline partners enable the Backstage team to work with current technology and equipment, in return gaining access to the Academy’s facilities, both for their commercial needs and as a part of the institution’s educational syllabus. These facilities range from immersive opportunities in Production Park, studio space and hot-desking. “Everyone gets something out of it, with the reward of seeing students progressing through the ranks,” states Marsden.
Stephen Hogg adds: “d&b has developed a very strong educational programme. The resulting knowledge transfer skillset has attracted the attention of many educational establishments, including Backstage Academy, with whom we have been working for several years. We have already helped to establish live sound reinforcement as a vital part of their curriculum, enabling students to develop a keen awareness both of audio techniques in general and of our systems.
“Having use of the facilities is a huge benefit, but the other interesting aspect of Backstage Academy is its

 
shceohmg-1Production AV to demo disguise/Agile integration at EPS
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - Video solutions specialist Production AV will be on Stand I2E at the Event Production Show at London Olympia on 26 and 27 February to showcase the Agile Arc Lite PTZ camera integration solution from leading media server company disguise. Based in Cheltenham, Production AV has been at the forefront of AV innovation for 14 years. It is inviting visitors to get hands-on with the new disguise and Agile kit at the show.
In February, disguise launched the latest version of its award-winning software, used to design, sequence and control live shows and experiences. Version r15.2 now includes integrations with Agile Remote Cameras’ range of PTZ cameras, enabling live video feeds from the discreet PTZ cameras to be used as part of the visuals on impressive live events.
“We’re thrilled to demo just what disguise’s new Agile integration protocol can do in a real-world scenario to enhance the video capabilities for a whole range of events,” says Production AV founder, Pete McCrea. “The latest r15.2 software release brings full control over so many features, such as recording pan, tilt and zoom information as a preset, and it can all be adjusted from the software interface. It really is special.”
Also on Production AV’s stand will be Desay’s X2.6i 2.6mm indoor LED modules, which can be built in both concave and convex configurations as either a flown or ground support system. “We recently made a major investment in more than 200 Desay LED modules and in doing so we now have a significantly higher resolution LED option, which p

 
 
atlonacraig-childspressAtlona appoints regional sales manager
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

USA - Atlona has appointed Craig Childs as regional sales manager, TOLA, for the residential and commercial markets.
A certified technology specialist in professional AV technology, Childs will also manage relationships with regional partners that sell and install Atlona solutions. He will be based in Dallas and report to Bruce Moses, director of sales, western region.
“I look forward to capitalising on the success that Atlona has had in the TOLA region by developing new residential and commercial accounts, and providing excellent customer service to established customers,” says Childs. “I will leverage my extensive commercial AV sales experience to drive my ambitious sales goals, as well as the strong relationships I have built with corporations, universities, systems integrators, consultants, and others throughout the region. The common denominator is that these organisations all require reliable AV solutions that enhance collaboration and communications.”
Childs brings nearly 25 years of industry experience to this new role, and has held positions of increasing responsibilities with some of the industry’s most recognised brands.
(Jim Evans)

 
adorn-series-copyMartin Adorn loudspeakers now shipping
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - Martin Audio reports that its recently announced series of Adorn on-wall loudspeakers is now shipping.
Adorn was launched at the recent Martin Audio Open Days, where global distributors noted the many application opportunities it offers, from retail to corporate.
Designed for distributed sound applications that require high performance from visually discreet enclosures, the Adorn series also provides a seamless sonic transition within a multi-zoned complex using larger Martin Audio systems such as CDD or BlacklineX.
Dom Harter, managing director, comments: “The commercial install market for loudspeakers is significant and growing, and the Adorn series is targeted to win over specifiers, system integrators and installers by offering stunning sound quality in a diminutive, attractive and competitively priced package.”
The newly-announced SX110 subwoofer will further extend the bandwidth of Adorn on-wall speakers, and is suitable for foreground music applications which require increased impact and low frequency performance.
Supporting electronics for Adorn series has also resulted in a significant shake up of Martin Audio’s amplifier and controller portfolio. Via is a new range of four high performance, cost effective power amplifiers designed primarily for installation use, but also suited to portable applications.
Dom Harter, explains: “We have enjoyed huge success with the new iKON amplifiers for our Wavefront Precision series and this Via range of amps offers our users affordable, high-performance amplifiers for us

 
 
dhaKarachi sports club revamps with Harman
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Pakistan - KYAF Corporation recently outfitted DHA Sports Club with a new complete Harman Professional Solutions sound system to provide an immersive audio experience on the field and in the stands.
Located in the heart of Karachi, DHA Sports Club is managed by renowned Pakistani cricketer Moin Khan. As part of the facility’s mission to provide a place for young Pakistani athletes to develop their talents in a supportive environment, DHA Sports Club hired KYAF Corporation to upgrade their sound system with modern audio solutions. After careful consideration, KYAF Corporation and DHA Sports Club selected a sound reinforcement system comprised of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers and AKG microphones.
“DHA Sports Club asked us to provide a high-quality audio system that would complement their beautiful sports facility and provide great coverage,” says Ahmed Bawaney, KYAF Corporation. “After we demonstrated the quality and performance of the Harman audio system, they gave us the green light to install.
“We faced a few challenges during the installation - namely, the left side of the stadium is blocked by an apartment building, posing a potential for harmful reflections. In addition, the unusual architecture of the stadium posed challenges in the rigging of the speakers. The flexibility and clarity of the JBL speakers helped us overcome these challenges to provide perfectly clear sound throughout the stadium.”
To ensure premium audio quality and coverage throughout the facility’s stadium, KYAF installed eight JBL AWC82 all-

 
pearcehire-and-eeaec-managementl-rdeanreesshaunpearcejasonlunnceast-of-england-arena--events-centrePearce Hire collaborates with major UK arena
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - East of England Arena Events Centre (EEAEC) has announced a collaboration with Pearce Hire. The EEAEC is one of the UK’s top event venues, hosting over 300 events, conferences and meetings a year. The multi-purpose events complex sboasts over 9,000sq.m of indoor space and over 250 acres of outside space. With significant and ongoing investment in the venue and its infrastructure, the venue has appointed Pearce Hire as a preferred contractor working throughout the complex.
“With our HQ based in Peterborough we are ideally placed geographically to offer an outstanding level of service and support to the venue, to the organisers putting on events at the venue, and to the exhibitors at all the major trade and consumer exhibitions which take place here throughout the year,” observes Shaun Pearce, managing director, Pearce Hire.
“Having provided services for many years to the EEAEC, we are familiar with the venue, and understand the requirements of many of their regular event organisers coming through the doors year on year. We are delighted to have now stepped onto a more significant footing and to be linked more closely with the venue.”
Jason Lunn, venue director for EEAEC, explains: “Pearce Hire and EEAEC share the same goal to provide the best services possible to our customers. We consider Pearce Hire’s overall production services to be a faultless and wide-ranging offer. We note with pride that the touring productions which come into our venue always rate them very highly.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
xiqu-centre-entrance-smlSSV acoustic solution for Hong Kong centre
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

China - Sound Space Vision (SSV) was part of the design team for the Xiqu Centre, the first finished building in Hong Kong’s new West Kowloon Cultural District. The Xiqu Centre serves as the gateway to the district and is dedicated to the performance of Chinese opera (Xiqu) and as the centre for preservation and development of the variety of Chinese opera art forms.
SSV was responsible for the acoustics and audio systems in all the centre’s spaces, including both amplified and un-amplified performances in the 1073-seat Grand Theatre, and the 150-200-seat Tea House; a well-equipped Seminar Hall; large and small rehearsal facilities; a recording/broadcast suite; and all the retail, food and beverage areas connected to the Centre’s public ground-level Atrium.
“We were well-prepared for this particular form of opera house having spent many years visiting Hong Kong arts groups, and building on our enthusiasm of Asian arts while working on the theatre design and acoustics for Singapore’s Esplanade,” says Anne Minors, co-founder and design principal of SSV.
In planning the acoustics and audio design for the Xiqu Centre, and the Grand Theatre in particular, SSV took into account the heritage and expectations of Hong Kong audiences and practitioners, and those of visiting artists from mainland China and international patrons and artists.
SSV co-founder and acoustician Bob Essert explains: “The overall aesthetic aim of Xiqu is beauty in all aspects of performance. Practitioners talk of roundness of movement, singing, and instrumental ton

 
palaceL-Acoustics for restored Alexandra Palace Theatre
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - Alexandra Palace opened in 1873 as a grand Victorian public gesture - ‘the people's Palace’. Since then, the complex story of the London venue - affectionately known as Ally Pally - has been marked by fires, restoration, substantial war-time damage, charitable rescue and many political sagas. 
In December, after 80 years of slumber and two years of careful restoration, Alexandra Palace Theatre re-opened. As part of the process, a complete technical infrastructure had to be installed, including a substantial L-Acoustics Kara PA system.
The Alexandra Palace Theatre itself is part of the building's East Wing. It had an original capacity of 3,000 and the stage was a marvel of Victorian engineering, incorporating a variety of innovative stage machinery. The BBC leased the Palace in 1935 and the theatre went unused until performances started again in 2004, in a limited way, though it wasn't until 2012 that the Alexandra Palace and Park Trust contemplated a thorough restoration of the building, starting with the East Wing and the theatre. Work began in 2016 and the new Alexandra Palace Theatre opened its doors in December 2018.
One of the people brought in to help the project through reconstruction and on to a healthy, 900-capacity commercial theatre was Steve Brookes, now head of production and technical at the venue. His aim was to bring a full, modern production infrastructure to the space so that no company or touring production would hesitate to perform at the Palace, but at the same time to honour the heritage of the building.
"There

 
 
rda-group-photoRDA to represent Community in New England
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has appointed Richard Dean Associates as its rep firm for the New England and Upstate New York. Established in 1975, Richard Dean Associates’ line card includes Shure, QSC, Allen & Heath, BARCO, Patton Electronics, Denon/Marantz Pro, Rane, IDK Corp. and Listen Technologies.
Dick Bazirgan, principal of Richard Dean Associates, comments: “We pride ourselves on representing the premier brands in every category, and Community is certainly in that group. It is a great complement to our other brands, with outdoor and installation products covering voids we couldn’t previously fill. The endorsement of many of our rep colleagues also played a big part in our decision. To a firm, they talked about what a great company Community is to work with.”
Bazirgan adds: “We have a large number of outdoor opportunities with all of the colleges and universities here, as well as a big opportunity for the E Series column line source systems in the house of worship and small theatre markets. We spend a lot of time with end users and consultants, giving us an edge when the final decisions are made.”
Mike Marr, Community’s eastern regional manager, says: “The regions of New England and Upstate New York are in good shape and RDA brings opportunities to introduce Community to new dealers as well as to consultants and engineering firms. The area they cover is large with substantial opportunities for Community and I am excited to be able to work in the field with the RDA team.”
(Jim Evans)

 
super-bowlShure wireless dominates Super Bowl week
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

USA - The Super Bowl, one of the most wireless-intensive live events with thousands of devices vying for clear spectrum, deployed Shure wireless systems for game day, including the flagship Axient Digital wireless system and PSM 1000 in-ear monitors.
All RF usage was planned and managed by NFL lead frequency coordinator Karl Voss. Primary audio supplier ATK Audiotek again brought in experts from Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) to meet the challenge of delivering pristine audio for the on-field entertainment. PWS handled Gladys Knight’s rendition of the US national anthem among other pre-game festivities, plus the Maroon 5 half time show and the referee’s critical microphone.
Professional Wireless Systems RF engineer, Gary Trenda, chose Shure wireless again. He explains: “It’s our second straight year using Axient Digital as our preferred system, which has several advantages in covering a football field. The Quadversity antenna system increases reliability and range. No matter where your transmitter is, you’re always closer to antennas than you would be with a regular diversity setup. That’s a huge advantage to us because the stage design and location are typically not yet finalised at the time when we are designing the RF distribution and specifying the wireless equipment.”
For the coin toss, referee John Parry was double-miked with twin Axient analogue AXT100 bodypack transmitters, in frequency diversity mode. Parry used the system for penalty calls throughout the game, so the referee’s mic was always under the mi

 
 
das-chinaZhengzhou Art Palace upgrades with DAS
Monday, 11 February 2019

China - The Zhengzhou Art Palace has upgraded its main PA with Aero-20A systems from DAS Audio.
The Zhengzhou Art Palace, which houses a 1,338 and 186-seat theatres, had recently undergone a major renovation to convert the venue into a multi-purpose facility with a stage lift, a project that included a revamp of the Art Palace’s audio system.
DAS Audio China were contracted to set up an audio system for the Zhengzhou Art Palace that was powerful yet adaptable enough to meet the venue’s unique sound needs, which range from ballets and dance performances to opera and symphonies by first-class national and international groups.
A total of two clusters of six Aero-20A line arrays were installed as the main PA using the integrated DASaim optimisation tool, combined with two LX-118A subwoofers, which were flown in a left/right configuration on either side of the stage for uniform coverage, with the entire system monitored and controlled by the DASnet audio management system.
Four Artec-526 loudspeakers were installed as front fill for down-in-the-front spectators, while an additional four Vantec-12A were brought in as stage monitors.
(Jim Evans)

 
ten-conceptsDiGiCo S21 for Swaziland’s Ten Concepts
Monday, 11 February 2019

Swaziland - Ten Concepts, a Swaziland based hire company for audio, visual and lighting equipment, has invested in a DiGiCo S21 with D2 rack, purchased from South African distributor, DWR Distribution.
“When I saw the DiGiCo S21 on the internet I was sold,” says company founder, Thabani Ngcamphalala. “I love the touchscreen and being able to move files from one screen to the other without a problem. It’s so user friendly.”
He will be using the console for corporate events and shows, and is particularly looking forward to making use of the DiGiCo platform for live events.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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