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northamptonHarman solution for Northampton University
Thursday, 3 October 2019

UK - The University of Northampton has deployed a network of interconnected Harman Professional AV solutions to facilitate a cutting-edge collaborative learning environment at their new Waterside campus.
The university leadership decided to build a new, centralised campus in Northampton’s Waterside district. The project allowed the school to completely rethink how to best serve their students, resulting in a radically different approach that eschewed traditional lecture halls in favour of flexible, collaborative learning spaces.
In order to achieve these goals, AV distributer Midwich supplied the university with a range of AMX, JBL, Crown, BSS and AKG solutions to accommodate the complex technical demands of the ultra-modern campus. The comprehensive Harman solution was designed and deployed by Kinly, a service-led integrator specializing in the design, implementation & support of best in class collaboration solutions globally.
“It became obvious to us that we needed to teach in a more 21st century way, so we've adopted a new approach called Active Blended Learning,” said Andrew Taylor, digital services manager, University of Northampton. “I like to refer to it as almost the democratisation of learning, because it's not one person standing above everyone else and talking down to them anymore.”
The backbone of Waterside’s new digital infrastructure is a campus-wide matrix of networked AV equipment. Thirty-three AMX SVSI N-series encoder and decoder units stream 4k video to 116 flexible teaching spaces, 24 collaborative spaces,

globalu2101Global Production takes RTS to Euro U21s
Thursday, 3 October 2019

Italy - RTS is well established as a go-to intercom choice for sports broadcasters all over the world. RTS equipment continues to be standard issue in OB trucks covering international competitions at every level.
A recent example is Global Production’s OB coverage of the European Under-21 football championships in Italy. The Turin-based company deployed its OB-8 truck to cover the tournament - the largest and most recently-equipped member of its fleet. In addition to this, OB-8 is also Global Production’s first truck to feature RTS intercoms.
“We have two other vehicles that use different systems,” recalls Luca Manfredi, OB manager at Global Production. “But when we came to making the technical choices for OB-8, we could see that the RTS system was superior.”
As a result of this decision, the large and modern production environment of OB-8 features an Adam intercom matrix with 50 KP-series keypanels optimized for use with powerful Omneo IP-networking technology - 35 KP-5032 and 15 KP-4016.
The full-sized Adam matrix supports up to 272 ports. It can be configured to form multi-frame systems of up to 880 ports and supports the widest variety of audio interface cards in the industry. “We opted for the Adam matrix due to the power of the available ports and the compatibility with Dante and AES 67,” explains Manfredi.
The next generation of European football talents was on show for the world to see, as Spain claimed a fifth title by beating Germany 2-1 in the final in Udine. Thanks to the work of Global Production and the capa

 
 
klassikamdomlinzgrubingerfoh1Lawo in the mix for Percussive Planet Ensemble
Thursday, 3 October 2019

Austria - For the fourth year in a row, Austrian multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger and his Percussive Planet Ensemble, supported by the St. Florianer Sängerknaben boys’ choir, performed outside Linz Cathedral during the annual classical concert series, Klassik am Dom.
Both outside and inside the cathedral, Grubinger, the professor of percussion at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and his ensemble delivered a combination of pop and classical music spanning the history of music. In addition to the audience on site, thousands of listeners followed the performance on TV, courtesy of a live broadcast by Austria’s public station ORF2. Lawo mc² mixing consoles were used for both the FOH mix and the audio mix for the telecast.
The 20 musicians of the Percussive Planet Ensemble - nine horns, bass, guitar, drums, keyboard, piano, five percussionists and Grubinger himself - used 80 channels, which were connected via a Lawo stagebox to a 40-fader mc²36 as the FOH console and to an mc²66 in the TVN OB truck. For this purpose, the instruments, picked up mainly with Schoeps microphones, were connected to a DALLIS rack with 96 inputs as well as 16 analogue and 16 AES outputs using 150m of fibre cabling.
Inside the cathedral, 30 channels were used for the performance by the children's choir and a smaller version of the ensemble. The related microphones were connected to a Lawo Compact I/O stagebox. The mc²36 console was connected via Ravenna and two MADI lines in one-to-one signal patch-through fashion. The monitor split went via Rmio MADI/Dante conv

 
fulcrumFulcrum appoints speaker engineer
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced the appointment of loudspeaker designer Kirk Lombardo to its expanding engineering team. An industry veteran, Lombardo has experience in professional and consumer audio, working with companies including Electro-Voice, Altec Lansing, and Velodyne. In addition to his design work, Lombardo has worked in other roles including product management and contract manufacturer/supply chain management.
“We are happy to have Kirk join our team,” comments David Gunness, Fulcrum's CTO. “We have many product and technology goals established for the next several years. Experienced staff like Kirk are essential in bringing those to market.”
“I'm thrilled to have this opportunity,” adds Lombardo. “I've known David since we worked together at Electro-Voice. I look forward to working together again as part of the Fulcrum team.”

 
 
yamahaYamaha makes waves at Dutch swimming complex
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

The Netherlands - The 2019 heatwave in northern Europe meant that swimming pools were in extra-high demand this summer. Fortunately for the residents of Purmerend, the Dutch town has one of the Netherlands’ largest swimming complexes - and a new Yamaha audio system to make the many activities it hosts even more enjoyable.
Owned by sports and leisure facility company Spurd, the Spurd-Leeghwaterbad complex has four pools in a 55,000m3 building, plus a large outdoor sunbathing area with two further pools. A 15m long by 1.5m high, 10cm thick glass wall in the side of the sports pool connects it with the foyer and reception area, creating a visual impact for swimmers as they arrive.
Based in nearby Edam, installation and rental company Boogy Brothers Showequipment is owned by brothers Johan and Ferdinand Boogaard. Having previously installed new audio systems at swimming pools in the cities of Monnickendam and Volendam, the company was the obvious choice to upgrade the system at Spurd-Leeghwaterbad.
The complex provides many different activities, which rely on its installed audio system. These range from basic swimming lessons for all ages to fitness classes like Aquarobics, FloatFit, immersive yoga, water gymnastics, assistance for people with disabilities, post-illness recovery and a wide range of fun events for youngsters.
Because the audio system is has so many different users, the main request from Spurd was for it to be easy to use. It also had to work reliably in the humid atmosphere, deliver great audio quality and be very flexible in terms of c

 
digicohbowlquantum1Hollywood Bowl embraces the future with Quantum
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - Season after season, through the ongoing upgrade and refinement of its installed live sound technologies, the 18,000-seat Hollywood Bowl has long ensured that concertgoers enjoy a premium experience at the historic outdoor venue. This year, with one eye on current production demands and another on the next step in the venue’s evolution, the Hollywood Bowl has installed a new pair of DiGiCo SD7 Quantum digital mixing consoles outfitted with 32-bit Ultimate “Stadius” Mic Pre-Amps.
“We aspire to do more object-based mixing, and to have the flexibility of many more inputs and many more outputs, distributing them as needed,” says Fred Vogler, principal sound designer and mixer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which anchors the Hollywood Bowl’s summer season. “Looking at our options, we thought that taking the Quantum leap, so to speak, was the most logical and best direction for us.”
Five years ago, the venue purchased a pair of DiGiCo SD7 digital mixing consoles - one for front-of-house and one for monitors - which enabled production staff to operate the installed PA system at 96kHz resolution for the first time. But productions have started to put pressure on the venue’s resources in recent years, while concert sound speaker systems have evolved to offer immersive capabilities, so the audio team decided they could use some more horsepower to meet current demands and prepare for the future.
“It’s hard to believe,” Vogler continues, “but we were maxing out. We were coming to shows where we didn’t have enough

 
 
audio-precision-apx500-flex-audio-analyzerAudio Precision launches APx500 Flex
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - Audio Precision announced today the APx500 Flex audio analyzer, enabling the use of APx audio measurement software with ASIO-capable third-party audio interfaces or sound cards. With the introduction of APx500 Flex, manufacturers can cost-effectively deploy the measurement capabilities, flexibility and quality of APx software to their production lines.
The APx500 Flex audio analyzer is Audio Precision’s APx500 measurement software operating independently of an AP hardware analyzer, with licensing controlled by an APx500 Flex Key. In lieu of a purpose-built analyzer, Flex can be paired with ASIO-capable third-party audio interfaces to create a cost-effective solution for a variety of acoustic and electrical test applications. Measurement scenarios where hardware performance requirements are secondary to test system price - such as production line test of speakers, headphones and microphones - are ideal candidates for Flex. APx500 Flex allows users to leverage test development done in the R&D cycle through the ability to import project and template files developed for AP hardware analyzers, thereby reducing test development time and maintaining consistency in test methodology across the organization. APx500 Flex also makes for a powerful, portable audio measurement system for application engineers and QA technicians on the go.
APx500 Flex is being introduced in conjunction with the release of APx500 software v5.0.2, which provides improved ASIO support, including the calibration of inputs and outputs in V, Pa, and FS, automatic or man

 
dpa-microphones2028-vocal-mic-familyDPA 2028 vocal mic makes US debut
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - DPA Microphones will debut its new 2028 Vocal Microphone to the US pro audio market at AES 2019 (stand 633). The company will also highlight its new 4097 CORE Supercardioid Choir Mic at the show.
“DPA continually strives to provide the most advanced technology and best sound possible to meet the growing needs of current and potential customers,” says Christopher Spahr, director of sales and marketing, DPA US. “Our new 2028 Vocal Mic and 4097 Choir Mic solutions are the latest representation of our mission. From churches to concerts, DPA is proud to offer ground-breaking solutions that continue to push the limits of modern technology.”
The 2028 Vocal Mic is ideally suited for live stage performances, broadcast and pro AV applications. On a live stage, the 2028 delivers the same sonic qualities as DPA’s other microphone solutions and needs no (or very little) EQ. This allows the artist to hone-in on their vocals as if not using a microphone, which puts less strain on the voice, says the company.
Offered in three variants - a wired XLR handle and two wireless configurations - the 2028 features a new fixed-position capsule, as well as a specially designed shock-mount and pop filter. With the expected wear-and-tear that comes with live performances, both the outer grille and the inner pop filter of the 2028 can be detached and rinsed. Additionally, the 2028 exhibits a supercardioid polar pattern, with the famous DPA uniform off-axis response. This gives the microphone a very high-gain-before-feedback and makes it easier to hand

 
 
pascal-lars-rosenkvist-fenger-in-chairPascal CEO up for EY Entrepreneur of The Year award
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Denmark - Pascal’s CEO and co-founding director Lars Rosenkvist Fenger has been shortlisted for an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is a unique global program that recognizes entrepreneurial achievement among individuals and companies that demonstrate vision, leadership and success - and work to improve the quality of life in their communities, countries and around the world.
Fenger and Pascal are nominated in the Copenhagen region, home to over half the country’s commercial enterprizes. In less than 10 years the company has risen from a start-up to rank among the kingdom’s top 0.07% highest performing companies, in the process becoming the number one supplier of amplifier electronics to the pro-audio industry.
The EY award program focuses on spotlighting the world’s most successful and innovative entrepreneur led company’s where leadership and vision continue to make the difference.

 
cdc-five-ibc-tv-pete-craigieCadac CDC five on IBC TV
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

UK - Cadac again provided the audio mixing capabilities for the IBC TV broadcast studio at this year’s convention. The CDC five with its compact form factor, courtesy of a single 23.5” touch screen and 16 fader operating surface, handled the audio duties for the studio.
“You get a lot of audio capability in a small space,” says Pete Craigie, sound supervisor for the channel. “Although IBC TV appears to be fairly straightforward technically, there are challenges with various record feeds going to different destinations and multiple monitoring stations to be set up. The flexible routing on the CDC five handled this well.”
The complete Cadac MegaCOMMS 96k / 24-bit audio mix setup comprised the 48 input / 24 assignable buss console, CDC I/O stagebox and CDC MC MADI bridge. “The use of the MADI bridge enabled quick, easy and stable connectivity to the EVS systems that are at the core of our workflow. As you’d expect from Cadac, the mic amps, EQ and dynamics all sounded first class.”
“The Cadac CDC five was great, straight out of the box,” continues Craigie. “Using it is very intuitive, with the large format display and clear user interface. It feels very much a real console rather than a control surface. Now I would like to get my hands on its big brother, the CDC seven-s.”
Cadac also supplied a MegaCOMMS network for use in the in the Big Screen auditorium, specified by Terry Nelson from IBC Technical Resources, comprising a CDC MC Router, multiple stage boxes, CDC seven-s and CDC six mixing consoles, and a CDC

 
 
south-brunswick-high-schoolSouth Brunswick High gets Community boost
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - JD Sound & Video has completed the design and installation of a new sound system for the 1,800-seat performing arts theatre at South Brunswick High School (SBHS) in Monmouth Junction.
Established in 1960, SBHS is the lone secondary school of the South Brunswick Public Schools, serving around 3,000 students in ninth through 12th grades.
Joe DiSabatino, president and lead design engineer of JD Sound & Video, explains: “Audio quality, coverage, reliability and value were all important for the performing arts theatre at SBHS so, based on previous experience we chose the Community IV6 Modular Vertical Array system. Being a passive system, it delivers a great combination of acoustic purity and long-term reliability and is easily configured for optimum coverage. Our design was verified by Hadi Sumoro of HX Audio Labs, who completed the EASE modelling and commissioning.”
Flown with IV6 GlidePoint array frames, the system consists of left and right arrays, each comprising six IV6-1122 wide-dispersion 12-inch two-way array elements. Each array is supplemented with two IV6-118S 18-inch subwoofers extending the low frequency and adding impressive bass impact. The subwoofers are mounted behind the IV6-1122 elements using BalancePoint flyware, thereby minimizing the array length and visual intrusion on the stage. DiSabatino comments: “The IV6 system evenly covers the entire theatre, including the back rows and raked seats in the side lecture hall extensions, without requiring any delays.”
Completing the project, JD Sound &am

 
lockhavenuniversitygym2Danley helps Bald Eagles reach new heights
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - Danley loudspeakers were recently installed at the Thomas Fieldhouse gym, the home of the Lock Haven Bald Eagles of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
The university serves 4,600 students in the north-central region of the state and its Lock Haven Bald Eagles sports teams compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Divisions I & II.
All Bald Eagle indoor sports are played at the Thomas Fieldhouse gym, its boomy acoustics putting a soggy blanket on the intelligibility of Bo Miller’s enthusiastic Lock Haven announcements. But this has now changed, thanks to the installation of Danley OS80 point-source loudspeakers and TH118 subwoofers, which deliver great phase-coherent intelligibility and tight pattern control.
“Admittedly, the poor intelligibility of my announcements was a big part of my desire to replace the nearly 25 year-old equipment that was present in the Thomas Fieldhouse gym,” says Bo Miller, who is also the director of information technology for LHU.
“Danley’s patented point-source designs offer far superior intelligibility to all the other options that are on the market,” said Tyler Hoffman, senior creative at Illuminated Integration the firm that installed the system for LHU and now stands behind it for support. Skip Welch, eastern regional sales manager at Danley Sound Labs and a veteran integrator, designed the system in collaboration with Miller. Hoffman continued, “The old system used numerous front-loaded drivers, coaxial and horn products. It produced a mash of phasing prob

 
 
rcfhdl50-a4k-arrayRCF’s HDL 50-A 4K now shipping
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Italy - Pro audio solutions manufacturer RCF has announced its HDL 50-A 4K is now shipping. This is the company’s most powerful HDL line array module, with an internal amplifier pushing 8000W peak power under the hood. The amplifier module is available as an upgrade for current HDL 50-A owners, the company has said.
The HDL 50-A 4K is an active three-way line array module designed for large-sized events, indoors and outdoors. It features a sound pressure level of 143 dB SPL with a built-in Class-D 4000 W RMS four-channel amplifier. Equipped with eight transducers, it offers playback quality ideal for high performing musical applications. The proprietary 90 x 10° 4PATH waveguide, paired with the symmetrical design of the cabinet delivers coherent coverage. Each of the four 4K amplifier modules operates at very low impedance producing a quick and detailed transient response, while the high damping factor improves sound quality and detail.
(LSi Online)

 
harmanHarman AVLC solution for Vietnamese concert hall
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Vietnam - Ba Sao Investment Co., Ltd recently installed a Harman Professional Solutions networked audio, video, light and control solution at Van Lang University to deliver pristine sound and alluring lighting for performances, presentations and events.
Founded in 1995, Van Lang University is one of the first and most distinguished private universities in Vietnam. With three sprawling facilities across Ho Chi Minh City, Van Lang University offers an array of educational amenities, including an expansive technology center, a smart library and a world-class concert hall. In order to provide exceptional sound and lighting for events in the concert hall, Van Lang University hired Vietnam's premier AV distributor, Ba Sao Investment Co., Ltd to install an AV solution. After surveying the location, Ba Sao Investment assembled a comprehensive Harman Professional Solutions networked AV system.
“Van Lang is one of the most prestigious universities in Vietnam, and they required a state-of-the-art AVLC solution to produce world-class events in their concert hall,” comments Nguyen Huu Tuan, sales director, Ba Sao Investment Co. Ltd. “Aiming to provide the University with a user-friendly system, we selected a range of Harman Professional products for their unrivalled flexibility, intuitive controls and superior sound and light quality.”
Ba Sao Investment equipped the concert hall with a JBL VRX932LAP line array loudspeaker system and VRX918SP line array subwoofers for class-leading sound with brilliant highs and deep lows. JBL PRX815W floor moni

 
 
martin-audio-vardhaman-india-2Martin Audio appoints VMT in India
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

India - Martin Audio has appointed Vardhaman Megatech Pvt. Ltd (VMT) as its exclusive distribution partner for India. The appointment was confirmed by David McKinney, managing director of Generation AV, who undertake Martin Audio sales strategy, account management and technical support duties in the Asia Pacific territory.
“VMT has a strength in all the vertical markets that Martin Audio is present in including both Touring and Installation,” he comments. “VMT are headquartered in Mumbai but have teams all across the country and are set up to ensure Martin Audio customers have quick support across all parts of India.
“Having a dedicated team will enable VMT to provide special support and attention to all Martin Audio customers in India. We are proud to be working with such an established distributor, with a rich history in professional audio.”
Martin Audio will join VMT’s distribution division, which is focusing on building a nationwide distribution network, thereby enabling transparent and quick logistics, support and sales. “VMT Distribution was set up with the goal of ensuring the presence of high-quality brands in the rapidly growing Indian sub-continent. In particular, we aim to promote growth in the two and three tier cities,” says Mitul Soni, national sales manager, VMT Distribution. “We are absolutely honoured to work with Martin Audio and are confident of replicating their global success in India.”
Sushil John, executive director, VMT Distribution, adds: “Martin Audio is a perfect match for us. Their vision to

 
broaman-gb4dbestdistri2018ibcGB4D snaps up BroaMan’s Best Distributor award
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

France - GB4D-Gilles Bouvard has received BroaMan’s Best BroaMan Distributor award for 2018.
The Chambéry-based company specialises in the delivery of some of the most challenging integrated technology projects across the world - find out about its work on the recent Fête du Lac d’Annecy in LSi October 2019. GB4D has also introduced BroaMan’s application engineered solutions to its many customers at at leading French tradeshows SATIS and JTSE.
BroaMan MD Tine Helmle comments: “GB4D sold the most BroaMan equipment during the year, and among their many projects the two that stand out are the major exhibition and congress centres in Bordeaux and Toulouse.”
“We have been working with Gilles and Diane Hivert, who handles the distribution, for many years, and have enjoyed great cooperation and an enduring friendship,” continues Helmle. “They are extremely professional and accomplished in everything they do and we are looking forward to many more years of creating great projects together.”
Gilles Bouvard adds: “We knew of BroaMan thanks to our long association with Optocore. It was when we won the Kuwait shipyard project in 2012 that we started working with BroaMan product for the first time. We were beta testing the first Route 33 with two ring videos on a 5km loop. A LAN was needed to control the video projectors that were installed on the various video projection points, and so we had the start of the Mux22.”
GB4D subsequently developed two video routers for the World Rowing Championships in France in

 
 
green-goGreen-GO IP-based intercom for Carabineros HQ
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Chile - When Chile’s national police force, the Carabineros, needed a new intercom solution for the lecture theatre at its Santiago headquarters - one which would be unaffected by the building’s busy RF environment - the organisation turned to local AV integrator VGL.
The solution - a digital intercom system from Green-GO - would mark a technology milestone as the first IP-based intercom system to be installed in the country.
VGL had recently encountered Dutch manufacturer ELC Lighting and its Green-GO digital intercom system at the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Germany and thought it would provide the answer that the Carabineros were looking for.
“They needed an intercom system with a good quality of sound, which was easy to use and would be scalable in the time,” says VGL’s Daniel Vinagre. “They didn’t want matrix-based or RF technology, as they have many systems tracking RF signals.”
“The first thing we needed to solve was to implement a digital system capable of operating in a stable frequency beyond the RF tracker, otherwise we would have audio drop-outs,” he continues. “he second challenge was to have the whole theatre connected with wall panels and Wi-Fi intercoms.”
Using Green-GO system components, VGL designed a typical theatre intercom setup. Wall panels in the FOH control position provide access for the sound and lighting operators. On stage are another two wall panels, one each side of the stage, plus an MCR12 12-channel 19” rack-mounting station with a gooseneck microphone. The wired system is con

 
calvin-harris-ssl-live-4SSL ensures no need for backup on Calvin Harris tour
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ibiza - Best known for his hit singles We Found Love, This Is What You Came For, Summer, and Feel So Close, Calvin Harris recently completed his six-week DJ residency at Ushuaia in Ibiza, flying out for each of his tour dates in-between. FOH engineer, Nathan Lettus, was brought on to the tour last minute, specifically requesting that an SSL console was used to support Harris mixing songs on the fly.
Having been with American rock band, Chicago, for 10 years, FOH engineer Nathan Lettus is very much used to working on rock and pop music. During that entire run with the band, he was happily using a console of his choosing, until he met up with a good friend - FOH engineer for The Killers, who was using SSL.
“I’d seen one of the SSL Live consoles before, but I hadn’t had a chance to play with it much; I ended up mixing most of the opening acts on the console, and just really enjoyed it,” he says.
Following this, Lettus immediately switched to an SSL L200 console, using it on Jessie J’s entire run in 2018, and on The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa hologram tour.
“Across the platform, the SSL consoles all sound alike – it’s just a matter of layout,” Lettus explains. “The L200 has three banks of faders side by side, so the console is quite wide, but it’s laid out so that all of the faders are at your fingertips. That’s why I opted for the L200, and ran with that for a bit.”
Harris’ usual FOH engineer left the tour at the last minute, which was when Lettus was asked to join. Rental compa

 
 
digital-projectionsDigital Projection’s Titan for Tosca visuals
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - Following on from the resounding success of its production of The Flying Dutchman in summer 2017, Theater Regensburg has once again pushed the boundaries of open-air opera with its latest offering - a version of Puccini’s semi-staged concert performance in three acts, Tosca.
Like its predecessor, the event was held at the West Port of the bayernhafen business park, a freight traffic hub in the East Bavarian town of Regensburg. The stage was situated on the historic Municipal Warehouse side, while the audience of nearly 3,000 was seated opposite on the North Quay. The side of the warehouse itself served as a gigantic projection surface upon which visuals were beamed, courtesy of Digital Projection Titan laser projectors.
“The video aspect was the main part of the show,” comments video operator, Wolfgang Frauendienst. “The actors and their audience were around 100m apart, so we needed a projector that could provide as much brightness as possible over a long distance. We decided to use four Titan Laser projectors arranged in two stacks of two, with each stack covering one half of the building.”
The Titan Laser 37000 delivers up to 37,000 (WUXGA) or up to 31,000 (4K-UHD) lumens from a relatively compact chassis, making it the ideal projector for the most demanding of large-venue applications.
“Where bright, pin sharp images are required there should be no compromise,” says Digital Projection’s vice-president of global marketing, Mark Wadsworth. “The Titan Laser utilises the very latest in connectivity, includ

 
greenhippo-the1975peoplevideo0041jordancurtishughesHippotizer offers a Bryte solution for The 1975
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - The 1975’s video for new single People sees the band performing the alt rock track inside an LED cube, supplied and installed by 80six Ltd, displaying swirling lyrics and quickfire, colour-changing content. Filmed at London’s Black Island Studios, the production was an ambitious surround-video setup, powered by a Hippotizer V4 Taiga servers from Green Hippo. Directed by Warren Fu, the video featured premade content inspired by the band’s lyrics, created by Jon Emmony.
Simon Harris, project manager at Bryte Design, was approached by The 1975’s tour director James Valpy to project manage the video content delivery. “Set up was simple, utilising Hippotizer’s Output Manager and VideoMapper to map the five sides of the cube, outputting six HD signals via Evision LED processors,” says Harris. “As the content was running to timecode, playback was simple and straightforward.”
In addition to the LED cube video content, the main Taiga server also fed content via PixelMapper and Art-Net data through a grandMA2 to a rig of Astera LED tubes and ARRI SkyPanels used to light the band with complementary colours, providing illumination consistent with the screen content. Mike Smith, managing director of Bryte Design, operated these, as well as moving lights, on the grandMA2.
“As the content was very fast moving and contained quick colour changes and strobes, this was the ideal way to light the band effectively and synchronously,” adds Harris. “Pixel-mapping the Astera tubes and SkyPanels was a last-minute request, but we had the

 
 
emacoustics-mk-gallery2jpgEM Acoustic equips Milton Keynes arts venue
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - The MK Gallery in Milton Keynes is a new arts venue designed by award-winning architectural firm, 6a architects. The development, which opened in March, encompasses the original MK Gallery and adds a new structure to more than double the space available, providing five exhibition galleries, a learning and community studio, and The Sky Room, a flexible auditorium on the upper floor.
With 150 retractable seats (300 standing), the Sky Room is the home of independent cinema in Milton Keynes (in partnership with Curzon) and also hosts live music, theatre, lectures, conferences and more. The venue is equipped with an EM Acoustics sound system based on the EMS Series and the dedicated installation i-Series range supplied by event production specialists, Hawthorn.
An EM Acoustics system was specified as part of the global design of the Sky Room. “It sounded great but I felt that the initial spec was lacking a bit of low end, and needed a bit of tweaking in order to really suit our needs, so I got in touch with EM Acoustics directly to see if they could help,” explains Jamie Aylard, facilities & technical manager at MK Gallery. “EM’s David Kelland came to see us, and with his help we were able to design a system that suited both our needs and our budget. The results now are fantastic - I’m really pleased with how it sounds.”
The main system is comprised of two i-C12 coaxial, reflex-loaded full range loudspeakers flown from the ceiling grid. “These are used for lectures, conferences and of course cinema,” says Aylard. They are supplem

 
arkaos-plasa-2019ArKaos praises ‘great’ PLASA 2019
Monday, 30 September 2019

UK - ArKaos, realtime visual processing technology provider for live performance and displays, enjoyed a busy PLASA 2019 expo in London Olympia (15-17 September) on the stand of its UK and Irish Republic distributor, Entedi.
ArKaos highlighted the latest version of its flagship MediaMaster Pro 5.6 realtime video control software, which is also now available with a License Rental service that enables weekly rental periods of MediaMaster Pro usage. This greatly increases flexibility and affordability for anyone involved in specific projects or events on which they want to use this award-winning platform, says the company.
ArKaos CEO Agnes Wojewoda comments: “PLASA was great! A lot of buzz and activity at the show and a lot of interest in MediaMaster Pro in particular and in the new Licence Rental options for this as well as some other ArKaos products. It’s a good show with great networking for anyone active in entertainment and live events sectors.”
On working with Entedi, she adds: “We are really pleased to be working with Cally [Bacchus, Entedi MD] and this team. They are great people with an excellent reputation and a wide reach across all areas of the entertainment industry.”
Bacchus says his company saw more high-quality and serious visitors than last year, underlining PLASA’s place as a hub for the UK’s entertainment technology industry. He adds: “We have seen ArKaos develop over the years and add a huge amount of user-friendliness, power and simplicity to the real-time control of video and pixel sources. Like us,

 
 
das-audio-arena-soundArenal Sound marks anniversary with DAS Audio
Monday, 30 September 2019

Spain - Every year, Arenal Sound - an open-air music festival held in Arenal de Burriana - presents an unbeatable package of music and party by the beach. In 2019, more than 300,000 flocked to the event, with tickets selling out 14 hours after going on sale, even without the full line-up being announced.
DAS Audio has accompanied the festival over the past 10 years, providing new solutions and optimizing resources and service. In this last edition, DAS Audio has been on all the stages deploying the necessary equipment to cover the acoustic needs of this large-scale event and rising to the challenge posed by the location of the stages near a residential area.
With this in mind, Audioprobe, the company responsible for the sound system and its installation at the festival, deployed on the Desperados main stage 32 AERO-40A, 18 flown UX-218A subwoofers and six stacked UX-221A as the main system. Twelve AERO-40A were used as out-fill and 16 AERO-40A as front-fill, as well as 18 AERO-40A for the first delay and 14 AERO-40A for the second. The main stage required a projection of 150m, so the system was optimized with DASaim to provide even coverage in all the listening areas so the public could enjoy clear and powerful sound during the performances of Farruko, Martin Garrix, Thirty Seconds to Mars or Vetusta Morla, among others.
On the Negrita stage, the public witnessed the live acts of SFDK, Zahara, Carolina Durante or Second. Power and clarity were achieved deploying 24 AERO-50 and 18 UX-221 as the main system, plus 12 AERO-50 as delay, eight A

 
shire-raspberry-piShure Microflex Advance enters Raspberry Pi HQ
Monday, 30 September 2019

UK - The Raspberry Pi Foundation recently installed two Shure Microflex Advance MXA910 ceiling array microphones at its headquarters in Cambridge.
Tthe UK-based charity required a multi-functional, reliable microphone system for one large collaboration space with the option of dividing into smaller spaces and not compromising sound quality. By selecting two MXA910’s the foundation can configure the microphones for complete coverage and ensure optimum capture of the talker when connecting with its UK and International sites or for two smaller programs happening simultaneously such as their ‘Code Club’ and ‘Raspberry Jam’ social events.
With both spaces attended primarily by children, the system needed to offer excellent audio quality while being efficient and effective in its performance.
AV specialists Snelling Business Systems were on hand to realise the ambitious project, delivering a system that offers a natural sound for presentations and audio conferencing, with two Shure MXA910 ceiling array microphones integral to the overall performance.
“As an international charity, Raspberry Pi need to communicate with their members and teams from all over the world,” comments Steve Royans, sales director at Snelling Business Systems.
“A system that provides exceptional audio was needed, while also being versatile enough to perform in internal applications such as presentations to younger audiences. The Shure MXA910 ceiling array microphones captures the natural sound required absolutely perfectly.”
(LSi Online

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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