Cypris - Famed for fine strawberries and a biennial Strawberry Festival, the village of Deryneia in southeastern Cyprus boasts open-air folk art museums and older Byzantine churches, as well as the more recent vintage Agion Panton (All Saints) Church. Begun in 1974, Agion Panton Church's construction was interrupted by the Turkish invasion of that year but resumed in 1987, finally reaching completion in 1992.
To design and install a sound system for its beautiful but acoustically complex sanctuary, the church's leaders selected V Hypersound & Light, which specializes in devising sound systems for acoustically challenging houses of worship. With the advice of the Renkus-Heinz team, V Hypersound & Light designed a system based on Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Gen5-series digitally steerable line arrays, supplemented with CX-series point-source loudspeakers.
"At Agion Panton Church, our team decided to work with Renkus-Heinz IC16-8-RN digitally steerable line arrays to cover the main area of the church," recounts V Hypersound & Light Ltd Technical Manager Vassos Mouzouras. "Renkus-Heinz' beam-steering technology is perfect for dealing with the high reverberation time that resulted from the 30-meter-high (98.4 foot) dome."
The ability to precisely steer individually shaped beams enabled the V Hypersound & Light team to direct the sound at the congregation, while minimizing reflections off the hard surfaces and especially the dome. "The Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers that our team installed sounded great and created a balanced-sounding area, with no d
UK - When Wembley’s SSE Arena opened its doors for the first time to an all-nighter, featuring undisputed champion of drum 'n' bass, Andy C, it presented a number of fresh challenges not previously encountered.
With only the lower bowl area open for the occasion (and the upper tribunes screened off) Capital Sound needed to design their MLA sound system accordingly, while their system tech Ben Turnbull also needed to ensure the minimum of noise escape - as the Wembley area is now densely populated with flats and hotels - to guide the event safely through to dawn.
Promoter and production company Lock ‘N’ Load Events have worked successfully with Capital Sound and Martin Audio’s MLA many times on EDM type events in recent years, including Alexandra Palace.
Capital Sound account manager Martin Connolly says: “From the public’s perspective we were able to run at good levels, aiming at an average of 102dB(A) but peaking at 106dB(A). We were never asked to turn it up, while offsite we were running at well under the threshold.”
To achieve this, they fielded 12 x MLA elements and two MLD Downfill enclosures on each side of the stage, with side hangs of six outfacing MLA Compact elements on each flank.
Across the front, in a broadside cardioid array for rear rejection, were 16 MLX subwoofers (capable of 150dB peak), keeping any bass well away from the back wall, with eight Martin Audio XD12 spaced along the tops of the subs for nearfield coverage.
Capital also supplied Andy C, who took to the stage around 11.00pm, with Pioneer
Poland - Tommex Żebrowscy Sp. J. has recently completed the design and installation of the audio system for the new Stadion Orła Łódź motorcycle speedway stadium in Łódź, Speedway is a popular motor sport in Poland and the 10,000 capacity Stadion Orła Łódź is the home of the first league KŻ Orzeł Łódź speedway team. It is also the fourth speedway venue to be completed recently by Tommex.
Marcin Zimny, the commercial director of Tommex, comments: “With our experience we know the products that combine to provide the most effective and reliable systems for this application. Speedway is a very noisy environment, both from the track and the fans, and we rely on Community’s R Series loudspeakers to cut through that noise with high intelligibility.”
Comprehensive acoustic modelling was completed by Tommex as a core part of the system design. Stadion Orła Łódź has 360° covered stands, allowing Tommex to distribute 27x 90°-60° R.5-MAX loudspeakers just back from the leading edge of the canopy, with R.5HP and R.15COAX loudspeakers providing additional fill and field coverage. “As always with Community, actual system measurements closely aligned with the modeled predictions,” observes Zimny.
The system is operated from an Ashly digiMIX24 mixer, with a ne8800 providing system DSP and 4-channel Ashly nXe1.54 amplifiers driving the Community loudspeakers.
Source is provided by Sennheiser wired and radio mic systems and a Denon CD / MP3 player. Tommex also designed and installed the stadium’s g+m elektronik APS-Aprosys v
Mexico - October saw Papa Roach and Good Charlotte making a triumphant return to Mexico as headliners of a rock spectacular - powered by Loto Audio and Funktion-One - in the nation’s capital.
Promoted by Zepeda Bros - the team responsible for a string of successful rock events, including Knot Fest Mexico - the show delivered over four hours of live rock music to an enthusiastic crowd at the open-air gardens of the Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The two international acts were supported by three of Mexico’s finest - Lack of Remorse, Matherya and QBO.
To ensure the audience received the full power and impact of the performances, Loto Audo supplied a complete Funktion-One Vero sound system.
The system garnered praise from all the acts’ FOH engineers - providing proof positive of Vero’s abilities across all genres of music. For the opening act, Lack of Remorse, FOH duties fell to Hugo Garzon - one of the most sought-after sound engineers for metal rock bands in Mexico.
Garzon says: “I was impressed when they gave me the audio and we started the soundcheck. It was crazy to hear the power and clarity with which it was counted at that moment, I left very satisfied to work with such powerful audio.” A sentiment echoed by both Papa Roach’s FOH engineer Bobbo and Good Charlotte’s mix-man Chris McMillan.
The system comprised hangs of three V60, two V315 and two V90 per side, plus an asymmetric configuration of eight V221 bass enclosures and four V132 sub-bass enclosures. Two F1201 speakers were used as front-fill. The stage front monitor
UK - Stage Electrics has won a contract to supply production lighting and AV solutions to Croydon’s Fairfield Halls as a part of the venue’s highly anticipated redevelopment.
Working with the Contractor, Vinci Construction, and the theatre consultant, Sound Space Vision, the Stage Electrics team, will be starting on site this month. “Stage Electrics has a long-standing relationship with this venue,” comments Richard Phare, Stage Electrics regional commercial manager. “I was personally involved with Fairfield’s last technical refurbishment over 20 years ago. It’s fantastic that Stage Electrics can, again, play a part in this venue’s continuous development.”
The Stage Electrics team are completing works within the venue’s three main performance spaces; the 1800-seat Concert Hall, the 750-seat Ashcroft Theatre and the Arnhem Gallery - plus a new multi-function space for up to 450 people.
“This is an ambitious project,” adds Phare. “Fairfield Halls will become home to a vibrant new cultural quarter once the works are finished. The client’s aim is to transform Fairfield into landmark destination for the arts in South London, something I feel is certainly achievable.”
UK - British rock band Simple Minds is still thrilling crowds with its larger-than-life sound. The band has been out on an epic world tour, selling out venues wherever it goes and supporting its latest album, Walk Between Worlds. The band's FOH engineer Oliver Gerard, and monitor engineer Mike Gibbard, have both chosen SSL Live consoles for the tour.
Even though Simple Minds is touring a new album, it would never neglect the classic songs, and this has probably been one of the biggest challenges for Gerard, Gibbard, and their gear. "I have to cope with music from the late 70s, through the 80s and the 90s rock and roll stadium thing, and on to now," says Gerard. "I try to recreate the true sounds of those moments because everyone knows those songs in certain colours."
Gerard has been working with the band for over 10 years, so he has built an extensive range of bespoke effects - particularly reverbs - into a standard rack of outboard to sit alongside his SSL L200. On the other hand, Gibbard who started with the band this year, has recreated most of what he needs inside his SSL L500 console, using up to 11 reverbs at any one time to bring the multi-layered Simple Minds sound to IEMs and wedges.
For both, the sound of SSL Live was the deciding factor. Gerrard: "I have used pretty much all of the digital consoles with Simple Minds. When I had the first demo of the SSL I thought it looked complicated, but I got the opportunity to cover for a friend who was using an L200 with another band. I joined him for a gig to check out how he was mixing the
UK - Entec Sound & Light has now purchased the freehold of its warehousing and office buildings in Northolt, Middlesex, its location since January 1991.
The company was nearing the end of its lease agreement in Northolt and had visited more than 60 potential facilities in a bid to relocate. However, Entec says “it was clear that no other property was able to offer the comprehensive range of facilities” already available at its current home, which is also situated close to Heathrow, with convenient links to central London and the rest of the UK via the M25, M40, M4 and M3.
Nick Pendleton, Entec’s chairman, comments: “This is an important milestone for Entec - after 50 years, we finally have complete control of our own premises. This purchase follows almost a year of looking at all the options. Good access, security, warehouse size and expansion opportunities were among the main criteria, and we eventually realised that the answer was literally on our own doorstep.”
He adds: “This investment is a clear commitment to continuing to improve our company. We can now look ahead, safe in the knowledge that our future is in our own hands.”
USA - Lectrosonics has announced a major firmware update for their Duet digital wireless monitor IEM/IFB system, V2.0. The 2.0 Firmware update includes a host of new features and improvements that are the result of valuable customer input, including improved audio quality, shortcuts on the front panel to assist in quick setup, a volume lock and additional flexibility in setting the audio gain and limiter functions. With the new update, users can now do a front panel IR sync operation and similarly turn on or off the RF transmission without requiring access to the menus.
Added flexibility to the M2R receiver audio setup now includes an option for negative gain on the limiter screen, allowing adjustment to the maximum gain available, for instances where artists may be using extra sensitive earphones. The limiter screen now also features a meter showing the amount of gain reduction acting on the signal. Additionally, there is now also a “threshold off” setting, which allows users to bypass the limiter altogether for a more dynamic audio response.
The M2R receiver now lets users turn the LEDs on or off, by pressing the “up” or “down” arrow buttons on the pack, for cases where users might want to minimize the visual impact while worn on talent. And, since many users are employing the Duet system as an IFB solution for broadcast facilities, mono earphones may be used with the receiver. Thus, a stereo/mono earphone selection is available in the menu.
“The Duet system has been an incredibly successful product for us in the past year since its
Ukraine - A digitally controlled Electro-Voice and Dynacord sound system has improved audio quality at Kharkiv National University, one of Ukraine’s three major higher learning institutions. Powered by award-winning L Series amplifiers, the new installation exceeds audience coverage and sound pressure level requirements with fewer amplifiers than the previous system.
To meet the client’s brief of providing powerful and intelligible sound reproduction in the University’s events hall, systems integrator M-Art had to overcome the acoustic challenges of a high ceiling and numerous reflective surfaces, including a balcony at the rear end.
Following a detailed acoustic analysis of the room, M-Art and Electro-Voice partner SoundHouse Pro looked to the high sound pressure level and tightly focused dispersion of Electro-Voice Expandable Vertical Array (EVA) to solve the reflection and reverberation issues of the previous sound system. The new solution comprises left and right arrays of EVA-2082S dual element cabinets, flown at 6.2 metres and angled inwards to avoid reflections from the VIP audience boxes closest to the stage.
Each array consists of four EVA enclosures, each of which contains two line array elements. The top two enclosures deliver 6° vertical dispersion for longer throw, while the bottom two offer 20° vertical dispersion for near-field coverage.
Concealed hardware means the close-packed arrays occupy only two metres of vertical space, and the décor-matched paint finish ensures that they perfectly blend with the room. Providing
South Africa - DWR Distribution worked with UJ Arts & Culture to offer practical training to students interested in working back stage on productions.
“UJ Arts & Culture's partnership with DWR grants us access to valuable professional skills and knowledge we would otherwise not be able to make available to our crew and students interested in developing these niche skills,” comments Pieter Jacobs, head of UJ Arts & Cultural. “The results speak for itself with some students now being able to work on our productions as junior technicians, which in the long-term will also benefit the industry."
The aim of the course was to create a basic, hands-on introduction to lighting and audio, and was targeted at students from the University of Johannesburg. The students are involved with theatre as an extra mural activity and participate in shows and festivals.
“We found a massive need for practical training existed for both the technicians at UJ Theatre as well as students who just wanted to get involved,” says Jannie de Jager, who heads training at DWR. “Earlier this year, Michael Taylor-Broderick from our team presented a theatre lighting workshop that focused on the theory of lighting. We were then asked to present both a practical lighting and audio session to the students as a follow up course.”
On the lighting side, Jannie and Michael went back to basics. “We drew an uncomplicated lighting plot,” Jannie explains. “Included were channel numbers, fixture numbers, positions, and gel allocations. The task was simple. Re
Germany - The Adam Hall Group held its Event.Tech Days networking event to present the latest innovations from its solutions portfolio.
The international manufacturer and distributor of event technology welcomed 50 customers and 80 participants at the company’s HQ in Neu-Anspach (near Frankfurt) on 21-22 November, where rental industry experts could see products from Adam Hall brands including LD Systems, Cameo Light, and Gravity.
Additionally, in a format coined “Tech Talks”, the rental professionals were subsequently invited to openly discuss and exchange their insights, ideas and views surrounding the future of the event technology industry with the Group’s product management and R&D teams.
The Event.Tech Days were rounded off by an evening event in cooperation with BMW that included networking, dining and drinks, live music, as well as the German premiere of the new BMW X5 and 8 models.
Attending this inaugural event were rental company professionals from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, who received exclusive introduction and demos of products including Cameo moving lights and battery-powered spotlights; the new rental series from Gravity Stands.
Adam Hall Group CEO Alexander Pietschmann gave a keynote speech before the product specialists highlighted the new products.
In pro audio, Viktor Wiesner presented the current LD Systems portfolio, from the award-winning MAUI P900 in cooperation with Porsche Design Studio through the CURV 500 TS Compact Touring System to the Stin
Europe - Swiss AV solutions manufacturer Merging Technologies has announced new distribution deals for its professional product range in Northern Europe.
The company has appointed Nordic Pro Audio in Denmark and AV Marketing Finland in Finland.
Nordic Pro Audio’s Frank Grønbæk (product specialist - live and studio) and Allan Holmberg (product specialist - field recording and broadcast) will be responsible for increasing sales across the market sectors addressed by Pyramix, Ovation, ANEMAN and networked audio interfaces Horus and Hapi.
Meanwhile in Finland, the appointment of AV Marketing will see Jyrki Mäkinen support the Swiss brand.
Chris Hollebone, Merging’s sales and marketing manager, comments: “These two appointments are symptomatic of the changes we see in the market we serve. From time to time we find that existing sales partners are out of step with new markets we are entering such as AV. Distribution companies also change ownership and that can have a negative impact on sales. We are confident that these companies are operating successfully in our core sectors and will offer the support our customers need.”
Frank Grønbæk of Nordic Pro Audio adds: “We see Merging as an exciting addition to our brands. They have some great products and their leadership in AoIP technology is of real value.”
AV Marketing’s Jyrki Mäkinen concludes: “AV Marketing is ideally set-up to promote Merging in Finland and I am personally very pleased to be back with a brand that I have known well for a number of years.”
South Africa - DWR Distribution recently hosted L-Acoustics training to ensure that all current and new Kara users were up to standard and internationally certified.
Tony Szabo, head of applications for touring at L-Acoustics, presented the two-day course; the theory was hosted at DWR in Johannesburg, while the practical session took place at the premises of rental company Eventech.
“L-Acoustics has always insisted on training on the line source array systems, to ensure that there is a high and consistent standard throughout the world,” comments Richard Smith of DWR.”
The training seminar in South Africa, which was limited to invited users of Kara and potential users, consisted of two modules. The first module was System Fundamentals which covered Soundvision 3D modelling software and amplified controllers, including LA Network Manager software. The second was called K-System Training, which is any K-Series System from Kiva II all the way up to K1. In this case it the focus was on Kara, as several companies in the training group had purchased Kara and required the necessary certification.
The second morning was devoted to Kara theory, while the afternoon was a practical workshop dedicated to rigging and listening, with special thanks to Eventech. The feedback from delegates were positive all round.
Israel - KLANG, 3D in-ear mixing technologies specialist, has reported the partnership with its recently-appointed Israeli distributor AEM of Tel Aviv has already reaping rewards.
AEM, which was appointed by KLANG earlier this year, has been promoting the brand through a series of seminars and product demonstrations, including discussions on best-practice for in-ear monitor mixing.
This autumn, Shalom Hanoch and Matti Caspi took their show The Main Thing is The Songs on a tour of the country, with a KLANG system.
Shalom Hanoch sums up his feelings: “The KLANG system is a new era in hearing the stage. Everything feels so precise and deep that I can hear every note without disturbing my vocal - how on earth have we worked without it for so long?”
The tour was sold out and high demand has seen further performances added for later in the year.
For the seven musicians onstage, two KLANG:fabrik units were used in conjunction with a DiGiCo SD10, Sennheiser G3 IEM systems, Shure KSM 9 and DPA d:facto microphones.
KLANG:technologies head of sales, Phil Kamp, reflects: “We’re delighted that KLANG:fabrik played its part in helping to deliver such a well-received production. When musicians are relaxed and comfortably able to hear themselves in exactly the way they would choose, their performances will always be enhanced.
“Our aim is to create precisely that environment and this tour is yet more evidence that we are succeeding. AEM is a fantastic partner, trusted by Israeli musicians of the highest calibre and we are p
China - Clockenflap is one of Asia's largest multi-genre music festivals held annually in Hong Kong. Now 10 years old, the festival is a firm favourite in the region, with its extensive programme of music, art, film and other activities.
In addition to a line-up of internationally renowned artistes - which this year included Erykah Badu, David Byrne, Khalid, Roni Size, Interpol, Caribou, Anpu and The Vaccines - the festival also offers a platform to local talent, helping them reach a wider audience.
For the 2018 edition of the festival (9-11 November), the main (Harbourflap) stage and second stage were managed by Alto Stage Management, who called in Davide Linzi of Mister X Service as audio system designer for both and FOH engineer for the main stage (assisting productions with their own sound engineer).
Linzi explains why he took Outline’s Newton multi-source audio processor with him for the important event. “I decided to take Newton to Clockenflap because I needed a fast versatile unit that enabled me to create a matrix of inputs and outputs that was fast and effective to manage and control.”
One of Newton’s strong points is routing, according to Linzi, something he’d never do without, “With the same computer connected via Cat 5 for control, I can do quick L/R recordings for artistes directly via Dante Virtual Soundcard, without the settings made to the PA on the output. Then thanks to the EQ on the inputs, it is possible to carry out individual EQ settings for each engineer, without changing the basic tuning on the outputs.
Europe - Having recently completed a major tour of the US, platinum recording artist Hozier has just hit European shores to continue his run of successful sold-out shows in support of his Nina Cried Power EP, with FOH engineer Steve Pattison behind an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system.
Supplied by Adlib, the set-up includes a dLive S7000 surface fitted with both Waves and Dante cards for virtual soundcheck and live multitrack recording. Additionally, a dLive DM64 MixRack fitted with a superMADI card is placed at FOH, which is used to feed broadcast multitrack during festival shows.
“dLive was chosen primarily for its sound quality but also for its reliability and flexibility. Pretty much anything you’ll ever need is on there and the FX and processing are ever expanding with each firmware release,” comments Pattison.
Pattison continues: “FX and reverb feature heavily on Hozier’s recordings and there are so many great sounding reverb pre-sets with dLive that get you right where you need to be instantly. I’ll simply ask Andrew (Hozier) what compressors and reverbs were used in the studio and I can always dial them all in for each song, quickly and easily.”
In December, the tour will head to the UK and Ireland for another fully sold-out run, before shipping out to Australia next Spring.
Pattison adds, “I get a lot of engineers come up to me after the shows to ask what outboard gear and plug-ins I’m using. They’re always stunned when I tell them it’s all onboard and there are no external effects, outboard or p
USA - Sitting in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, Target Field is home to Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins, and accommodates more than 39,000 eager spectators ready to cheer on their team. Though designed as a baseball venue, it also hosts football, soccer, and a wide range of outdoor concerts and various non-sports-based corporate events.
Target Field is a large venue with multiple areas around the facility that require high-quality audio support. This includes distributing audio out to various areas as well as pulling signals back to the control room for mixing and processing. For example, live bands perform before ball games and during breaks, and stadium managers must be sure the audio is pleasantly experienced throughout the stadium.
Technicians needed a way to easily and inexpensively expand the number of inputs and outputs to the stadium's main console to better mix, manage and control the total system. Their search led to the Dante audio network platform from Audinate.
With Dante as the networking solution, the team at Target Field can integrate audio from a wide range of audio devices from multi-vendor manufacturers.
"We started using Dante to connect the control room to the band stage, and this step alone brought 16 channels from the band to my main console - a huge improvement for us," says Jeff Pedersen, lead audio technician, Minnesota Twins Baseball. "Our plan now is to get Dante into all of our remote locations and bring all the control and mixing to our main control room."
A Dante system allows endless audio poss
UK - Xerocon London 2018 brought together accountants, bookkeepers, ecosystem partners and industry leaders. Hawthorn was chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical production for the two-day event held at ExCel London on 14- 15 November.
Over 3,300 delegates gathered to find out the latest news and updates from Xero, a cloud-based accounting software company. Led by group creative director Pete Harding, Hawthorn was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s impressive vision to life, delivering full technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out sessions and evening party. Featuring three technical installations including a mammoth custom-made LED sculpture and an indoor zip wire, Xerocon London 2018 proved it wasn’t a typical accounting conference.
The Xerocon main stage cut an impressive figure. Measuring 57m-wide, Hawthorn used nine Barco UDX-4K32 projectors to create the unusual pill-shaped screen. This set-up included two circular screen sections at the edges of the stage which acted as relays, ensuring everyone in the audience had a perfect view of the on-stage action.
Taking inspiration from the Xero logo, Hawthorn realised an idea by Taylor Bennett to create a striking 12 metre-diameter LED wheel to encompass the end of the main stage. Made from 249 custom-made LED fixtures, each using 255 individual RGB pixels per disc, the striking structure delivered 63,495 pixels.
Lighting was designed by Hawthorn’s head of lghting Jack Sayer, Will Plenty and luminary designer Russell Gru
USA - As both the co-founder of the rock band Linkin Park and a solo artist in his own right, Mike Shinoda is one very busy performer. He’s currently approaching the end of the current leg of his Post Traumatic Tour, which will resume in early 2019 when it picks up in Europe.
Shinoda’s night after night tour schedule demands equipment that maintains sonic consistency and reliability throughout - and to ensure the best audio performance at monitor world, Shinoda and monitor engineer Kevin ‘Tater’ McCarthy rely on the performance of DAS Audio Event-121A powered subwoofers and Road 12A powered stage monitors.
Based in Detroit, MI, McCarthy delivers audio to Shinoda and the other band members on stage via a combination of in-ear monitors and conventional loudspeakers. McCarthy recently began using DAS Audio loudspeakers and has been very impressed. He shared his thoughts on the two Event-121A powered subwoofers and the two Road 12A powered stage monitors that he’s using on the tour.
“For the setup, I use one Event-121A powered subwoofer on each side of the stage to enhance the low end and give the stage some feel and body,” McCarthy explained. “The Road 12A’s are used for cue monitors. I use one for my personal cue at monitor world and the other for sound checks and rehearsals when the band members are not wearing their in-ear monitors. I can quickly place it up on stage and just run the specific instruments that they want to hear through it.”
With a schedule like McCarthy’s, responsive customer and technical support s
USA - Garth Brooks headlined at the Notre Dame stadium in South Bend, Indiana in front of 84,000 fans at the sold-out, first ever concert at the venue.
Dan Heins, FOH engineer for Garth since 1989, reports: “By four o’clock in the afternoon, just hours before the show, because of the bad weather conditions, we still didn’t know if the concert would go on. We ended up doing soundcheck with the PA on the ground. The wind finally let up, so we were able to raise the speakers. Sound reinforcement was through Brooks’ custom-designed Clair Brothers PA.
Part of the show’s magic was the star-shaped stage with a 360° rotating centre-stage on which Brooks and his band performed - a theatre-in-the-round concept where Garth moves freestyle around the periphery playing to each side of the stadium.
According to Heins, “The Clair Brothers PA consistently sounds great, year after year. And I can say the same thing same about Garth. He pushes himself to deliver his best every time he performs.”
The fundamental core of the stadium rig is the Clair Brothers i218 line array system that has been increased in size to cover stadiums in-the-round. The Notre Dame concert used a total of 96 i218 array cabinets and 48 i212 cabinets in the main array hangs, all eight hangs with identical equipment. The layout for the stadium effectively utilised two different array hang configurations depending on whether the array was facing the sideline or the end zone.
Josh Sadd, sound designer for the tour, comments: “The Notre Dame stadium, while obviously gr
Ireland - Nestled within the capacious surroundings of Curraghmore House in County Waterford, the inaugural All Together Now (ATN) festival may, on paper, have appeared an event of two halves. A family friendly bandstand perched alongside comedy and spoken word stages, dotted the foreground of the stately home itself. Whilst a field away, separated by woodlands, the ATN Stage played host to the likes of Underworld, Mura Masa, Chaka Khan and Fleet Foxes.
In fact, linked by the centrally positioned spectacle of Arcadia’s Afterburner installation - returning to Ireland to mark their own 10-year anniversary - the various elements of All Together Now blended seamlessly. The eclectic line up brought together by renowned Irish promoter John Reynolds of POD Concerts, drew a sell-out crowd keen to explore the diversity of talent on offer from Will Self to Thundercat, Mogwai to Suggs.
Almost every word and note performed at the festival was heard through a d&b audiotechnik system supplied by Dublin’s Session Hire, who were charged with handling the full gamut of audio and visual requirements at the event.
Established 35 years ago by Eddie Ashe Browne, the company has a long-standing relationship with POD, as Session Hire sales director, and Eddie’s son, Adam Ashe Browne explains: “We’ve been working with the promoters for years and they always put a huge emphasis on delivering the best audio experience for visitors. We were delighted when we were approached to take on no less than ten stages for All Together Now. It was very exciting to be invo
Czech Republic - Czech sound engineer Jiri Jehlar was one of the first front of house engineers in the country to use digital mixers. He was so impressed with the Yamaha Rivage PM7 digital mixing system that he has invested in one.
Jiri is a long-term user of the Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console and Nexo loudspeaker systems, highlighting his commitment to delivering the best FOH mixes. When local Yamaha dealer and Nexo distributor MusicData demonstrated the Rivage PM7 digital mixing system earlier this year, the well-respected engineer chose to purchase a PM7 console and an RPio622 I/O rack.
“I really liked the quality of the A/D converters, the Rupert Neve Sound Designs SILK processing, the effects and the high capacity of the system, thanks to the innovative TWINLANe network,” he says. “As soon as I heard the system in action, I did not hesitate to invest.”
The first event Jiri used the system on was an open-air production of the popular Verdi opera Nabucco in Prague, complete with a live philharmonic orchestra.
Jiri used 50 high quality cardioid condenser microphones to capture the orchestra, the Rivage PM7 and RPio622 routing the mix to a Nexo STM M28 and S118 loudspeaker system - provided by Prague-based Rental Pro - via a Dante network with full redundancy. The performance was recorded at 96kHz in Steinberg Nuendo, via a Yamaha AIC128-D Dante accelerator card.
Austria - Lawo reports that its new Lawo mc²96 console was installed in Bregenz, to support sound reinforcement and directional listening systems for a sold-out run of Georges Bizet’s Carmen at the annual summer Bregenz Festival, taking place on the floating stage at Lake Constance.
The previously installed Lawo systems simplified an upgrade of the production console, which plays an important part in the production’s remarkable use of sound as a complement of the on-stage performance.
Sound designer Alwin Bösch and sound engineer Gernot Gögele shifted from the Lawo mc²66 production console they had used at the Bregenz Festival since 2005 to a new IP-based Lawo mc²96 grand production console, which was installed just prior to this year’s live opera performances. Although memorizing the new operating sequences took a few days, Bösch and Gögele were up and running with the mc²96 workflow within a week.
“The new production console is outstanding,” says Bösch. “The technology is state-of-the-art, and the system can do just about anything. Together with Lawo, we adapted the mc²96 to our specific sound reinforcement needs.”
The new mc²96 console gives Bösch and Gögele a convenient double-layer function, with two vertically arranged faders per channel strip allowing them to change audio settings while remaining in the sweet spot near the open window of their control room. (No speakers are used for monitoring.) The console also features a failover system that can be managed via laptop.
“The response to the new
USA - Playing three-hour shows with 30-plus songs and setlists that change with each performance, Pearl Jam is well known for giving audiences their money’s worth. But on the band’s most recent stadium run, there was another group that received an even more tangible financial benefit: Seattle’s homeless population.
Following Pearl Jam’s two sold-out Safeco Field Home Shows - the band’s first hometown Emerald City concerts in five years - the band donated $868,189 from ticket and merch sales to a variety of King County homeless-related organisations and service providers. Furthermore, this outpouring of generosity helped prompt philanthropic donations from other organisations ultimately totalling $10.8m, according to The Seattle Times.
Pearl Jam’s pair of Seattle shows followed tour legs in South America and Europe this spring and summer, and served as the kick-off for a subsequent three-city, five-date tour of Away Shows in major sports venues: Washington-Grizzly Stadium at the University of Montana in Missoula, Wrigley Field in Chicago, and Boston’s Fenway Park. Rat Sound Systems, the band’s long-time touring reinforcement provider, carried a full complement of L-Acoustics loudspeaker systems for the sold-out shows.
Rat Sound’s relationship with Pearl Jam goes back to the band’s debut album, Ten (1991), when it opened for one of Rat’s other long-time accounts, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Since then, the company has served as the group’s primary live production provider. Greg Nelson has been the man in