UAE - The Dubai Expo opened its doors last Friday, 1 October, with Van Damme cabling playing a key role. NMK Electronics, Van Damme’s export partner in the Middle East, was asked to provide Van Damme cables for the Expo which was rescheduled from 2020 due to the pandemic.
Van Damme Quad Microphone, Black Series 2×1.5mm speaker as well as Tourcat 6A S/FTP was selected for the job. Many kilometres of each are being used to ensure crisp sound to the many speakers throughout the venue. as well as for the many lighting fixtures needed for the miles of pavilions the expo has.
All of the cables were chosen for their ruggedness and ability to stand up to pressures of a busy and dynamic environment, as well as outstanding flexibility and performance. NMK was able to supply the cable from a significant stock holding in its warehouse in Sharjah. To finish, Neutrik and Switchcraft connectors were used as well as rugged RJ45s supplied by VDC.
The Dubai Expo is taking place in the Al Wasl Plaza which is thought to be the world’s largest unsupported dome. It forms the centrepiece of Expo 2020 and will remain as the iconic hub of District 2020.
No stranger to big projects in the Middle East, Van Damme was specified to be used in the Sheikh Zayed Bridge, NYU’s Abu Dhabi Arts centre and it also manufactured a 96-channel system for the Fifa Club World Cup 2019.
Sithara Kumar, NMK’s product manager for cables and connectors said: “I am proud to supply Van Damme cables for the Dubai Expo; this is one of the many significant upcoming projects that
France - The centrepiece of Roland-Garros in Paris, the 15,000-capacity Court Philippe-Chatrier, host to one of the most anticipated events in the tennis calendar and the only Grand Slam tournament to be played on clay, has received a major makeover with the completion of a new retractable roof and night lighting installation.
The project also marks a new era of sound for the fabled court, with the installation of an L-Acoustics K Series PA, which was managed by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) with the support of French acoustic and audio consultant, Scenarchie, and installed by integration company, SNEF.
The global renovation programme at Court Philippe-Chatrier was launched three years ago after the court was almost completely rebuilt to accommodate the strengthening required for the retractable roof, which weighs half that of the Eiffel Tower and was finally completed last year. “The next big step for us was to upgrade the audio system, so the action could be heard loud and clear by the audience at this year’s tournament,” says Julien Mauduit, director of IT and audiovisual project lead at FFT.
A key challenge for the installation of the system was its architectural integration. “We had designed and built two concrete structures that would house the PA. Their size was carefully evaluated due to limitations on height, which meant we also had to find the best compromise between the length of the line source system and audio performance for the audience,” continues Mauduit.
“Our second challenge was to choose a system that would
UK - Outdoor event specialist Ethix has been supplying its services to high end corporate clients and the live events market for the past 20 years. The company made its first investment in DiGiCo consoles a couple of years ago, purchasing two SD12 consoles and SD-Rack systems through HD Pro Audio. Before lockdown, the consoles were working constantly, and the investment now sees them ready to take on the challenges of the restart of live events.
“The SD12 ticks all the boxes,” says Ethix director, Paul Jones. “It’s the most popular console across the festivals that we work on and we had noticed for some time that the monitor engineers’ desk was almost always an SD12.
“The SD12 is such a versatile console and can do anything from a basic, generic set up to those that are really complex. We can do pretty much anything with it and it’s really rider friendly,” he adds. “That’s highly important to us. Also, with the Optocore infrastructure, if we need to we can now put something like an SD5 in to the mix very easily. It works incredibly well that way.”
The summer of 2019 saw the console used on the smaller festivals the company handles, with the Bedford Park Concert Series, which included an Ibiza DJ night as well as headline spots from Tom Walker and Tom Odell, being its very first job.
“All the visiting engineers were very happy with the desk,” Jones continues. “We also used it extensively on local government events, including Trafalgar Square’s St Patricks Day, St Georges Day and Diwali celebrations.”
Canada/USA - Having famously removed his left ear, Vincent Van Gogh would have missed the full impact of the Immersive Van Gogh exhibitions currently selling out in nine North American cities and coming to at least eight more before the end of 2021. What the visitors hear is integral to the complete experience, with the all-enveloping projections of the artist’s paintings enhanced by an original musical score reproduced through Meyer Sound loudspeaker systems. All audio and video technology for the nationwide rollout is supplied and installed by Production Resource Group (PRG).
Immersive Van Gogh is produced by Toronto-based Lighthouse Immersive, with the company’s director of production Sean Richards charged with supervision of technical systems at all locations. Richards notes that while the importance of visuals is obvious, the role of audio often is overlooked.
“No film since the 1920s has been silent, and even prior to ‘talkies’, live music accompanied the silent films - for good reason,” he observes. “The effect of well-designed music is inseparable from the visuals. That is why we spare no cost in offering the best possible audio experience for our patrons.”
“I was assigned by PRG to take the lead in audio design for all the new systems starting from April of this year,” says Douglas Plander, audio technical coordinator for the company. “As the number of cities expanded rapidly, the producers stressed the critical importance of making sure the technical quality was consistently high at all locations. I need
USA - Audinate has announced full availability of the Dante Application Library software development kit (SDK). Previously available to a select few, Dante Application Library is an SDK for PC and Mac that provides software developers with an ‘easy-to-use conduit to the greatest installed base of audio devices on earth: products and solutions connected via Audinate’s Dante, including microphones, speakers, signal processors, amplifiers, loudspeakers, and more’.
“Dante is the native language of professional audio,” comments Nick Mariette, senior product manager at Audinate. “The success of any audio software application hinges upon customers being able to easily connect to audio devices in the system they are using. More and more audio devices connect via Dante’s AV over IP. Dante Application Library brings Dante network functionality directly into applications, giving users access to an ecosystem of more than 3,000 Dante-enabled audio products from more than 500 manufacturers.”
Dante Application Library provides a seamless solution for developers seeking to reach customers within this widely adopted - and ever-expanding - ecosystem.
Developers can integrate Dante device discovery and subscriptions directly into their software products for conferencing, recording, lecture capture, media playback, or other applications for a seamless, “one-stop-shop” set-up experience.
Dante Application Library can simplify setup of unified communications applications, allow for easy deployment of software-based digital signal processors and
Spain - La Citi at Barcelona’s popular La Maquinista retail centre is not the kind of dining experience one normally expects to find in a shopping mall. The outdoor rooftop space is a celebration of culinary diversity and pop-up and food-truck dining, with a choice of the type of vendors more commonly found at festivals and street food markets.
Creators of the 1000sq.m specially designed experience have spent years meeting in food-truck markets and directing some of the leading restaurants on the city’s culinary scene. Gastronomic kiosks and pop-up stalls feature vendors like the Van Van Chicken Bar, Chivuo's, The Fish & Chips Shop, Mosquito Asian Tapas, Dos Coyotes, Taiyaki Born Japanese waffle bar and Café Crem specialty coffees, as well as a bar and a cocktail counter. Billed as a ‘street food and cultura urbana’ La Citi also presents ‘cultural workshops’ for kids and adults, as well as entertainment with vinyl only DJ sessions.
Sound is a major feature of the La Citi experience and the creators took special care to ensure that it too is of the highest quality. Amate Audio’s new G7 premium commercial audio loudspeaker was selected to provide a substantial BGM installation covering the site. Required to run constantly 12 hours a day, seven days a week, performance quality and reliability were equal operational considerations.
Control rack components for the entire system comprises two Amate Audio HD4000 high dynamic Class H power amplifiers and an LMS608 loudspeaker management processor, the company’s most powerful DSP contr
USA - Brooklyn-based Volvox Labs (VVOX) tapped into the disguise Extended Reality (xR) workflow with Unreal Engine to create a visual experience for Dubfire’s recent live streamed concert from The Met Cloisters Museum in New York City.
Part of the Sonic Cloisters virtual electronic music series, which explores the parallels between techno and the art of The Middle Ages, Dubfire’s xR performance was the first time that the Cloisters had undergone such a digitally-enhanced display of its artwork.
“It was amazing to be able to take this project into such a location for one day and basically launch a full xR experience without any kind of rehearsal,” explains Kamil Nawratil, creative director at VVOX. “We would never have thought of delivering this kind of project without the disguise and Unreal Engine workflows. The creative possibilities, the photorealism of the content and the stability of the system were unbelievable.”
VVOX had been delving deep into xR with its recent investment in a disguise vx 2 media server and rx render node, so delivering Dubfire’s livestream in xR was a “natural choice” for its team. “You could say that everything led up to this point. We learned about RenderStream and how to use it to plug Unreal Engine into disguise a while ago; we also have an LED volume here in our studio that helped us learn the workflow. But for this scenario we decided to use the actual architecture of the venue and mix it into the set design. It was a huge opportunity to evolve xR into something different.”
USA - In early August, the San Diego Symphony celebrated the grand opening of its new outdoor performance space, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, after a 13-month delay due to Covid. The centre sits on the edge of the bay in Downtown San Diego, serving as a gathering ground for live performances and public city events. Solotech specified and installed all AV equipment, including a Clear-Com Eclipse HX Digital Matrix system with integrated FreeSpeak II Digital Wireless Intercom, HelixNet Digital Network Partyline and LQ Series of IP Interfaces.
In previous years, the symphony had been hosting outdoor performances, from June through September, weather-permitting, in a temporary manner with a portable stage and AV equipment they would bring to the site with each performance. The goal for this new venue was to create a facility designed specifically for elevated outdoor performances where the San Diego Symphony, as well as other leading touring acts, could perform outdoors year-round. To achieve this, the San Diego Symphony turned to Solotech and Salter acoustics and AV consultants.
“I have been a long-time user of Clear-Com in my background with Cirque, so I understand what is required of a communications system in complex production environments and the value that Eclipse HX can bring to a production in terms of flexibility,” commented Aaron Beck, business development manager & sr. engineer for Solotech.
“At first, there was only a plan for a HelixNet system with 4-channel partyline and a handful of wireless beltpacks, but we quickly recomm
USA - The up-and-coming Miami neighbourhood of Brickell is not only recognised as the financial district of the city, but it is rapidly developing into a much sought-after residential area. And with that comes a demand for bars and restaurants.
8Street Brickell is a boutique bar owned and operated by Mark Meram with a capacity to host VIP parties and DJ sets whilst also offering an intimate hangout for locals, as well as international and national tourists visiting the city.
Mark’s vision was to create a sophisticated modern twist on a classic Speakeasy style, with the interior of this venue creating an homage to the style and design ethos of the 1920s. Including wood and button tuft upholstery and a soaring and undulating ceiling enhanced with LED lighting.
8Street Brickell was designed by Callin Fortis and his team at Bigtime Design Studios as part of a new condo complex. “From the offset, we knew this venue was going to be something special,” explains Fortis. “Equally it was going to demand a high-level audio installation which would complement, not detract, from the overall look and feel of the bar. In particular because of the complex LED-mapped ceiling grid we were designing as a focal point of the bar’s architecture. It was a natural fit for us to work with high-end integrator Paul van Puffelen and his team at Southern Technical Support in order to help us realise Mark’s distinct vision of a modern-day speakeasy.”
Mark was clear on what he wanted in terms of the audio specification. “We were looking for a versatile au
Australia - Griffith University recently collaborated with Videopro, ThreeOneFive Innovations and Harman Professional Solutions to create an immersive active learning space using AMX networked AV solutions.
Founded in 1971, Griffith University is a public research university in South East Queensland with five physical campuses spanning three cities, and a sixth digital campus. With more than 50,000 students and 200,000 respected alumni, Griffith University is one of the world’s top-performing universities.
“The client requested a high-tech solution to connect two rooms so that staff could deliver multiple lectures without having to travel across campus,” said Chris Duckworth, owner, ThreeOneFive Innovations. “They also wanted to improve the learning experience for students with state-of-the-art solutions. To create a class-leading engagement space, we selected the AMX SVSi N1000 platform. Its ultra-low latency and flexible I/O are critical for lectures in this space.”
ThreeOneFive Innovations and Videopro equipped the classrooms with AMX SVSI N1000 Series encoders and decoders, enabling seamless streaming between teaching spaces. The SVSi platform makes it easy to control peripheral devices and share content remotely to suit post-COVID teaching requirements. An NX-2200 controller enabled ThreeOneFive Innovations to temporarily run the N1000 AVoIP platform on a separate stand-alone network while the university prepared their campus network for AVoIP deployment.
“Once the campus network was AVoIP-enabled, we were able to easily mig
UK - After two years away from the fields of Daresbury, Cheshire, LarMac LIVE delivered the electronic music festival cinch presents Creamfields with a line up of artists including Tiësto, Eric Prydz, Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox and Basement Jaxx.
Event specialists LarMac LIVE produced Creamfields’ return alongside its familiar technical partners.
“It’s like we’ve never been away,” said Ian ‘Lar’ Greenway, director of LarMac LIVE. “We’ve run countless scenarios and drafted numerous budget versions over the last two years, so when the time to get our first acts on stage and deliver finally came, it was really quite special.”
LarMac LIVE’s number one priority for Creamfields 2021 was to get the festival set up in a safe working environment.
“We knew there was going to be challenges, but I felt quite strongly that as long as we got the core of what we do right, we should be able to deflect anything that comes our way successfully,” said Greenway.
“Part of our ‘battening-down-the-hatches’ approach was to keep the show as familiar as possible. I wanted to rely on our supply chain like we always have done and allow our usual vendors to start their recovery too.”
Although the stable of suppliers for the festival’s 2021 outing was essentially the same as it was in 2019, what each company did on site fluctuated depending on the available crew and equipment.
“We are really different from most other UK festivals, in that the production is really essential to the overall shows we deliver,” sai
USA - Martin Audio’s advanced Wavefront Precision (WPL) line array was out in force at the 38th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival in Virginia recently, headlined by David Sanborn and Boney James.
Local service company (and Martin Audio partner) Soundworks of Virginia have been providing sound services for this, and many other events promoted by Festevents in Norfolk, VA over the past decade.
Historically the client has asked Soundworks to set up systems at the Town Point Park, along with a ‘back up’ system indoors at the multipurpose, 11,000-cap Norfolk Scope, so that in the event of sudden bad weather they had an indoor option ready to go. “This year it was obvious the weather was going to be bad the entire weekend, so we just set the system inside the Norfolk Scope,” reports company president and senior engineer, Grant Howard.
Generally used as a sports arena, the room was configured for 7,500 seats, with the stage and PA at the far end.
“The Scope’s audio challenge, as with many of the huge concrete dome buildings, is that the reverb time is quite extensive, especially with the low mid and low frequencies,” he reports. “We did our best to equalise the challenging frequencies out of the room without totally sucking the life out of the music.”
In view of the height and weight limitations in the Park, they would typically fly eight WPC elements per side. “However, because we moved inside, we were instead able to fly 12 [of the larger] WPL per side so we could get great coverage throughout the venue.” To this
Germany - To cater for post-pandemic live events, Alex-SOUND has added JBL Professional VTX Series loudspeakers and Crown power amplifiers to their inventory.
Based in Berlin, Alex-SOUND is a one-stop shop for casual and professional events, providing audio-visual system rental, photography, DJ services, catering and more. With COVID restrictions lifting and live events making a comback, Alex-SOUND decided to invest in a cutting-edge audio system.
The company turned to Audio Pro, the Harman Professional Solutions distributor in Germany, to upgrade their inventory with JBL VTX A8 line array loudspeakers, VTX B18 subwoofers and Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD power amplifiers.
“Despite the pandemic, it made sense for us to invest in the JBL VTX A8,” said Stefan Mendelsohn, owner, Alex-SOUND. “The VTX A8 is an incredibly versatile, high-quality speaker. Not only does it sound great, but its weight and handling are perfect for our needs.”
Additionally, the JBL VTX B18 subwoofers are compatible with the VTX A8 for easy suspension. Equipped with the new JBL 2288H 18-inch woofer and Slip Stream ports, the B18 offers deep bass response as low as 28 Hz with efficient airflow and minimal audible turbulence. The Crown IT43500HD amplifier completes the system with Omnidrive HD Processing, reliable power output and the user-friendly LevelMAX Limiter Suite.
Alex-SOUND trialed its new system at a large outdoor event organised by the German trade union ver.di and received positive reactions from the socially distanced audience.
“The pandemic ha
Nigeria - Love of Christ Generation Church has a rich history, founding multiple locations and fostering a forward-thinking faith in the UK and Africa. Its most recent congregation, opened this September, is a newly built cathedral on Landmark Beach in Lagos. The impressive, modernist building can accommodate 5,500 worshipers across its two main spaces to host church services, choir practice, bible classes, and more.
Ghana-based Amsons Audio was contracted to design and install the audio-visual system for this new building. The contract was the company’s first major project in Africa, and owner Eben Awuah knew it demanded a no-compromise approach. He centred his audio system around L-Acoustics K Series loudspeakers.
“My business partner, Charles Amoah, and I were in Abuja consulting on one of the biggest churches in Ghana when I got a call from Reverend Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi, founder of Love of Christ Generation,” says Awuah. “She said, ‘Eben, I’m building the cathedral. I want you to look at it!’”
Whilst Awuah prefers to be involved early in the process to avoid considerations like the building’s acoustics becoming an afterthought, construction was already well underway in Lagos. “We looked at the drawings that had already been produced, and the design was for speech only. The system would be used for music as well, so we knew it would be a disaster,” he recalls. “We said, ‘Let us design something new and fresh, and we’ll come back to you.’”
Awuah and Amoah had worked with audio-visual services company
UK - #WeMakeEvents has launched a supporter scheme to bring more useful resources and services to campaign backers.
Members of #WeMakeEvents Supporters get free access to webinars hosted by the campaign and PLASA in the past - including on topics such a Brexit, HR, IP, and various technical sessions – as well as credit checks for UK-based companies. Other benefits include free entry passes to the PLASA Show and PLASA Focus Leeds and an invite to #WeMakeEvents’ Zoom calls.
“Launched at PLASA Show 2021 in London last month, #WeMakeEvents Supporters has already seen a large uptake, demonstrating the ongoing high level of engagement to protect and promote live events and entertainment,” says the campaign in a statement. “Supporters can opt in to be listed on the webpage to add strength to the global movement which continues to amplify the voice of the industry at government level and across the public domain.”
The new scheme will be signposted to several industry resources, including Curtain Call’s new recruitment platform (more on which here), and members will receive the weekly #WeMakeEvents newsletter and the online editions of Light & Sound International (LSi) and Lighting & Sound America (LSA) magazines.
Andy Dockerty, MD for Adlib and member of the #WeMakeEvents steering committee, comments: “We’re pleased to offer this new way of supporting #WeMakeEvents, specially for our industry’s large populati
Norway - Pixotope has added three names to its senior global leadership team.
Ben Davenport joins Pixotope as VP for global marketing, taking charge of Pixotope’s international communications strategy. Ben has established a 20-year career in B2B marketing for the technology, media, and entertainment industries, heading up leadership positions at AmberFin, Dalet Digital Media Systems, and most recently, working as head of portfolio & marketing strategy for Vidispine at Arvato Systems.
After seven years as enterprise account manager at Avid, David Cheng has been appointed as VP sales & marketing EMEA at Pixotope. In his role at Avid, David focused on the sales of Avid video solutions, connecting and coordinating with some of the biggest international media companies, such as Viacom, Comcast, and Discovery.
Travis Sims has become Pixotope’s strategic account manager for North America, drawing from a 15-year professional history working at technology companies, including RED Digital Cinema, Atomos, and Creative Solutions. Most recently, Travis held the position of director of product for live production with Teradek, overseeing the development of several major products within the broadcast and streaming market.
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced the JBL-LCT 81C/TM metric lay-in ceiling tile speaker and the JBL-MTC-CSTeth1 retrofit safety tether for JBL Control 10, 20 and 40 Series ceiling speakers with press-in grilles.
The LCT 81C/TM delivers high output intelligibility for classrooms, offices, paging systems, airports, retail stores and any place where speech and music clarity are critical. This low-profile speaker features an efficient 200 mm dual-cone driver with 1-inch voice coil and high-performance transformer. Its wide 100-degree conical dispersion pattern translates to broader coverage with fewer speakers, and its high 96 dB sensitivity means loud and clear sound even at low tap settings.
Installation is quick and easy: Simply remove a standard 600mm x 600mm ceiling tile and lay the speaker in its place. With a shallow depth of just 103 mm (4.1 inches), the JBL-LCT 81C/TM can be installed where deeper loudspeakers can’t fit—even in ceiling spaces with HVAC ducts, plumbing and other obstructions. Because the speaker looks like a ceiling vent, it’s ideal for venues where the architect or visual designer doesn’t want the appearance of a ceiling speaker. Use the JBL-LCT 81C/TM on either a 70V or 100V distributed speaker line or at low impedance, for maximum versatility.
“Most in-ceiling speakers require a highly skilled installer to measure and cut precise speaker holes into ceiling tiles, which is a messy, expensive, time-consuming process,” said Rick Kamlet, Harman/JBL senior manager, installed loudspeakers. “The JBL-L
South Africa - Bad Weather is a creative technical production house based in Cape Town. The company has been using real time technology to create interactive experiences for massive public attractions since 2017. Today, the company has enhanced its portfolio with end-to-end streaming solutions for virtual production built on StreamWorks by Stage Audio Works – a platform comprising hardware and software as well as support and expertise.
When the pandemic struck in early 2020, Bad Weather, like many, was forced to revaluate its product and service offering. “Our philosophy revolves around creating a bridge between creative and technical to bring experiences to life,” explains Bad Weather creative director, Jonathan Bandli. “When the live events sector effectively ceased to exist overnight, the transition to virtual solutions offered us a means to continue to service our clients with the same high production standards, allowing us to retain our core values whilst responding 100% to the changed landscape of our work environment.
“We were completely clear on the direction we needed to take and what we wanted to achieve. However, we knew we were going to need help on how we were actually going to deliver the service.”
At this point, Bad Weather turned to their long-standing supplier Stage Audio Works for advice. “We’ve worked with Nathan [Ihlenfeldt] and his team for many years and have a great relationship built on mutual trust and respect,” continues Bandli. “We invested in a complete Blackmagic Design camera and switching chain, as
South Korea - To provide high-quality sound that elevated the audience experience, TechDataPS Co equipped the Yangsan Culture & Arts Centre audio solutions from JBL Professional and Crown Audio.
Opened in 2002, the Yangsan Culture & Arts Centre is dedicated to promoting the arts community in Yangsan City, including hosting a wide range of performances. The venue includes a nearly 800-seat grand concert hall, a mid-sized 300-seat outdoor stage, a small 167-seat indoor hall, an exhibition room and a practice room.
TechDataPS reported that the centre requested a user-friendly audio system with powerful subwoofers in order to deliver pristine and impactful sound quality to all seats, but the venue’s deep balconies made even coverage a challenge. The installation team selected JBL speakers and subwoofers alongside Crown amplifiers.
TechDataPS installed JBL VTX V20 three-way high directivity line array speakers and JBL VTX S25 dual 15-inch subwoofers, alongside the user-friendly Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.
Representatives for the centre were impressed and delighted by the new audio system for its reliably even sound and accessibility for staff members.
“Cultural centres like Yangsan require audio systems that are easy to use and flexible enough to meet various configurations,” said Amar Subash, VP & GM, Harman Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner TechDataPS for their expertise and successful completion of the project, creating an unmatched space for performance.”
China - Christie HS Series 1DLP laser projectors have brought a clock tower in Hebi to life with spectacular visuals that aim to boost cultural development and elevate its image as “a city that exudes elegance and exquisite charm”.
Affectionately known as China’s Big Ben, the 66m-high clock tower was built more than 20 years ago and is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Hebi, a prefecture-level city in northern Henan province known for its rich coal reserves. In a move to soften the city’s industrialized image and inject more vibrancy to Hebi’s administrative, cultural and leisure precinct known as New Century Square, the municipal government commissioned an exciting four-sided projection mapping show on the façade of Hebi Clock Tower. This means that spectators can enjoy the visuals regardless of which side of the tower they are facing.
The ambitious project was undertaken by Christie’s partner Zhongqing Yingye Group using a total of 20 Christie DWU2022-HS 1DLP laser projectors specifically developed for the Chinese market. Achieving 20,600 lumens and weighing less than 42 kg (100 lbs.), the Christie DWU2022-HS produces amazing, true-to-life visuals, thanks to the enhanced colour accuracy of Christie’s BoldColor Technology and WUXGA resolution.
A spokesperson for Zhongqing Yingye Group says: “We are proud to be involved in this sensational 3D projection mapping light show on all sides of Hebi Clock Tower, which is one of the most prominent contemporary structures in Henan province. We have chosen Christie’s high-brightn
USA - Solotech has announced a new leadership structure in the US in response to the company’s growth. The past two years have seen Solotech acquire Pro Sound & Video, SEAL, Miami StageCraft, and PSSL.
“Our systems integration expertise has been taken to new heights and our footprint in the United States has been significantly strengthened,” explains Philip Giffard, global president, sales and systems integration division. “With our solid positioning, the time has come to take another important step and consolidate our strengths to ensure succession in a context of undeniable growth”.
David Shoemaker is appointed president, sales and systems integration, US. Reporting to Giffard, Shoemaker has primary responsibility for profitability and growth. David is also responsible for defining Solotech's business strategy in concert with Kelly Prince, chief technology officer. He serves as a member of the Division’s global management team and collaborates on major transactions and new strategic business initiatives. After more than 15 years at Pro Sound & Video, he is a well-recognised audio design specialist.
Kelly Prince is appointed chief technology officer, sales and systems integration, US. Prince is responsible for the overall technical expertise and the development of solutions that suit the needs of clients. Also reporting to Philip Giffard, Prince ensures the deployment of all design and engineering services and oversees strategic procurement for the Division in the US, collaborating with the strategic sourcing team in Canada.
UK - Shure partnered with Autograph Sound to upgrade the audio equipment at Epsom College as part of a centralised AV control and integration system installation.
Founded in 1855, Epsom College is a co-educational independent school, located in Surrey.
The school, which has a long-standing relationship with Autograph, worked together with them to design and supply an AV solution that connected three areas of the building - Big School, the main auditorium in the building used for assembly, events and music concerts; The Main Hall, a smaller auditorium for assemblies, large meetings and parent’s events, and finally, The Chapel, a space which was used for services only but is now becoming more diversified.
As part of the new audio-visual upgrade, the college had a requirement for wireless microphone and Autograph supplied eight channels of Shure’s latest SLX-D digital wireless microphone systems for use in all three locations.
Adam Broom, projects and installations manager, Autograph comments: “Shure’s SLX-D is a new product which was ideal for Epsom College. It offers the audio quality, multi-channel capability and ease of setup (via its Wireless Workbench compatibility) of the latest professional 24-bit digital transmission systems, without the advanced features that would have no use in this type of application, and at a very attractive price point.
“The rechargeable battery solution extended its attractiveness even further, using the SB903 lithium ion batteries and chargers which add to the reliability and user experience, r
UAE - Creative Technology Middle East (CTME) is the official live events audio-visual partner for the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020.
The UK Pavilion, which is situated in the Opportunity District at Expo 2020 is based around the theme of Innovating for a Shared Future and promises to offer ‘inspiration and excitement to visitors from around the world’. The six-month event will see the UK Pavilion host a variety of events from multiple trade missions and conferences to various live entertainment spectaculars, including the UK National Day event, which is set to bring the imagination of Glastonbury Festival to Dubai.
Andy Reardon, CTME’s managing director, comments, “CT Middle East will be delivering audio, video and lighting solutions alongside providing a team of highly skilled project managers and technicians for the duration of the event. The UK Pavilion have an exciting, informative and educational six-month events programme lined up, and we are honoured to be part of it.”
Reardon goes on to say: “Millions of people will be travelling to Dubai from all over the world to see the Expo unfold, and we are excited for them to experience the creativity, immersive and inspiring audio, video and lighting installations that our team have delivered for multiple pavilions and legacy areas throughout the Expo, alongside all the other amazing showcases the event has to offer.”
Laura Faulkner, UK Commissioner for EXPO 2020 Dubai, adds: “We have a really exciting series of activities and events planned for UK Pavilion throughout Expo 2
UK - Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL) recently completed the ninth installation in the high intensity 1Rebel gym infrastructure, with the completion of 1Rebel Oxford Circus.
Their eighth premium site in London, the brand has a portfolio that extends to the Middle East (which was completed late last year). Described as a fitness-fashion hybrid, boasting nightclub quality production values, each site features sound reinforcement from the Martin Audio catalogue.
Originally introduced to owners Giles Dean and James Balfour around four years ago as a replacement for their previous sound supplier, MSL provided a sophisticated AV upgrade of the first two venues, which were already in the estate, before setting out a design blueprint for future roll-out.
Project manager and designer Toby Jones confirms that Martin Audio products - from BlacklineX and CDD through to ADORN - now appear in all venues. “At Oxford Circus, the profile and raw sound of BlacklineX perfectly suit the brick-built industrial theme of the interior,” he says. “BlacklineX again met all the requirements for performance and budget, and this is the third venue in which it is featured.”
1Rebel Oxford Circus features two of the gym’s three large studio concepts: Rumble (explosive boxing sessions for 55 clients, immersed in 45 minutes of sound and energy) and Reshape (offering a gruelling and dynamic programme of weights, core and cardio training, equipped for 25 people).
The sound in Rumble is played out through 12 x Blackline X8, mounted on the boxing structure itsel