Indonesia - Leisure and entertainment brand, Holywings, has partnered with PT. Electro Audio Engineering to bring Funktion-One sound to its latest venues. The group, which has over 30 café, bar and club venues across the country, has set its sights on growing to 100 outlets and is in the process of creating ‘Asia’s largest beach club’.
The design concept of each Holywings venue is guided by the latest trends, taking inspiration from major cities around the world. “We bring ideas that we’ve picked up from other countries that are new to Indonesia,” explains Holywings Group’s Marvin Saputra. “Then we tailor them for our audiences and add a unique energy that can compete with other countries.”
This includes the Funktion-One sound systems that are helping to bring a new level of experience. Saputra reveals: “We think Funktion-One offers the best sound systems right now. Therefore, to be the best place, we also need the best sound system to provide the best ambience to our customers.”
Jakarta-based PT. Electro Audio Engineering installed the Funktion-One sound systems, which were supplied by distributor DMP Musik. Saputra comments: “Cooperating with PT. Electro Audio Engineering is very satisfying. We’re very grateful to be able work with them and appreciate the excellent service they provide.”
PT. Electro Audio Engineering’s Linson Sugianto says: “With Funktion-One, Holywings' sound quality and guest satisfaction have been taken to the next level. It shows that as Indonesia's largest lifestyle and entertainment cha
USA - Calibre has appointed Mike Novak as sales director for North America. Novak hits the ground running with the Calibre New Product Preview Showcase event in Las Vegas revealing a One Canvas Solution incorporating the Calibre LEDFusion Pro with splicing features across multiple screens.
Novak is based in Buffalo, New York. He has taken up the position at Calibre from Daktronics, where he managed various verticals including airport and transit, out-of-home advertising, spectaculars and reseller/AV groups, and developed new markets and revenue streams.
“The Americas is the single largest market for growth in high-performance LED systems and solutions,” says Steve Su at Calibre. “I’m delighted to welcome Mike Novak to the Calibre team during our rapid growth phase. His leadership, collaborative style and experience in setting up sales strategy and channel development will be leveraged to establish Calibre as a preferred supplier of LED video displays.”
Mike Novak adds: “Joining Calibre at this stage of their evolutionary growth is an exciting prospect. Calibre is already well known for their reliable processing technology and customer service and we will build on that foundation with localized support for our growing customer base, expanding into new markets and applications.”
USA - At this week’s InfoComm in Las Vegas, Audinate introduced Dante Brooklyn 3 audio networking module and Dante Fremont 3 AV networking module. The new modules are pin-compatible replacements for the popular Dante Brooklyn 2 and Dante Fremont modules and have been redesigned to ensure continuous availability while delivering support for current and future Dante features.
Samples of both modules will be available to manufacturers in Q3 2022 and will start shipping in production quantities in Q4 2022.
The Dante Brooklyn module family is the most widely deployed implementation of Dante, and is used in hundreds of mixing consoles, DSPs, amplifiers, and much more. The Dante Brooklyn 3 audio module is available in 8x8 to 64x64 channel SKUs, delivering ultra-low latency networked audio in a small footprint and supporting the complete suite of Dante audio features.
The original Dante Fremont module supported Dante AV. The new Dante Fremont 3 is 100% compatible with Dante Fremont designs and supports low-latency Dante AV over IP along with 8x8 channels of Dante audio for use in encoders, decoders, PTZ cameras, AV-over-IP monitors, format converters and matrix products.
“These new Dante modules help to alleviate supply constraints,” says Chris Ware, Audinate’s senior vice president of product development. “We re-engineered our most popular products to ensure steady availability in the foreseeable future, while improving the designs in anticipation of upcoming Dante features. Dante Brooklyn 3 and Dante Fremont 3 modules are direct replacemen
South Africa - Blue Array Productions, a professional rental and production company, has invested in two Fenix Stage Hercules 8 front-loading lifting towers supplied by DWR Distribution. The units were put to work for the first time at Liefde by die Dam, a festival attracting 8 000 revellers and held recently at Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg, where Blue Array supplied the audio solution.
The Hercules 8, made from aluminium, is the tallest tower by Fenix at 8m high. The system lifts line array systems, trussing or LED screens with a maximum load of 300kg from the floor and is height adjustable.
“We initially tried out the smaller AT-906 Fenix towers, only to find that we had some weight limitations which forced us to go for the bigger towers,” explained Nathan Thiart, senior sound engineer at Blue Array. “It was a happy coincidence because we definitely had a need for something of this stature.”
Blue Array specialises in audio and always outsourced the structures and scaffolding needed for the PA or delay towers. Nathan had recently seen a few write-ups on the Fenix range and presented the solution to Kobus van Rensburg, owner of the company.
“Stacking a PA is fine when doing an event for a smaller audience, but when it comes to coverage, the audio does start thinning out towards the back and it’s here, when flying a PA, that you can address the problem and utilise the line array.”
The Fenix towers are less conspicuous when it comes to events. “Putting up the water ballasts and towers, often clad in black, are not attr
Chile - The city of Viña del Mar is renowned for its colonial architecture, vibrant nightlife, and the annual Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar (Viña del Mar International Song Festival).
Coupled with a Mediterranean climate and beautiful, abundant greenery, the city, nicknamed Jardín Ciudad (Garden City), is one of the country’s most-visited spots. In 2010, a devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake severely damaged some of the city’s best-known buildings, including the heritage site Teatro Municipal of Viña del Mar.
Today, the Teatro been fully restored and fitted with the most advanced L-Acoustics Kara sound system in the country, delivered by L-Acoustics certified provider distributor for Chile, VGL.
Built between 1925 and 1930 by famous architects Renato Schiavon and Aquiles Landoff, the Teatro Municipal de Viña del Mar features a façade decorated with friezes, cornices, and columns and an interior filled with sculptures and decorations of carved and moulded plaster. Following the earthquake damage, a painstaking restoration using the original designs was also the opportunity to install a modern technical infrastructure.
“Our team first became involved in the tender process for the entire technical installation in 2013 when the local municipality approved the renovation works,” recalls Cristian Osorio, live audio solutions and installations at VGL. “We worked with Alex Soto from L-Acoustics to create initial pre-designs for a new sound system for the theatre’s auditorium.”
Unfortunately, the eart
Europe - More AV has extended its Funktion-One distribution to include Belgium and Luxembourg, making it the loudspeaker manufacturer’s representative for the entire Benelux region. The company, which is headquartered in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, has been a key Funktion-One partner for almost 20 years.
More AV, which is led by founder Remco van der Werff, will build on the strong foundation left by outgoing distributor, Soundsystem.be, whose owners - Tia Broodcoorens and Lieven Pillaert - have decided to close the company and pursue personal projects. For Pillaert, that includes working closely with More AV in a consultative capacity.
Funktion-One’s Ann Andrews comments: “We’re delighted that More AV has grown its operation and taken over the distribution of Funktion-One throughout Benelux. We’ve known Remco and his team for a long time and know they will continue with their professional and attentive approach. We’re thankful for everything Soundsystem.be has given as part of the Funktion-One family and wish Tia and Lieven every success in the future.”
More AV’s van der Werff adds: “We are looking forward to growing Funktion-One’s presence in Belgium and Luxemburg and working closely with local dealers and rental partners. We take a lot of pride in the work we do and the brands we represent and understand the importance of building lasting relationships with our partners.”
In addition to the new distribution arrangement, More AV has increased the size of its headquarters, adding a small demo room for Funktion-One’s Compa
Europe/USA - Aligned with InfoComm Show 2022, Shure has announced that microphones from its Stem Ecosystem, Stem Wall, Table, and Hub, have received full certification with the Barco ClickShare Conference room system.
Stem Ceiling is also compatible with the Barco solution. With this certification, Shure and Barco have partnered to make it even easier for users to seamlessly turn any Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) meeting space into a fully integrated hybrid meeting environment, where they can combine the high-quality audio of Stem Ecosystem with easy-to-use wireless conferencing.
This certification marks a significant milestone for the Shure Stem Ecosystem, a complete audio solution that provides users with the freedom to create, manage, and scale their collaboration space audio for an effortless experience in any room. With Stem, you can mix and match devices to create the perfect pickup in every room in your organisation.
“With this certification for Shure’s Stem Ecosystem devices, we are pleased to provide our customers with an excellent audio solution that seamlessly integrates into their hybrid workplaces,” said Johan Pirot, product manager ClickShare alliances at Barco. “Combining our two solutions, users can operate video conferencing systems and collaboration tools that give them the freedom to connect, collaborate, and wirelessly share content from anywhere.”
“We are thrilled to expand Barco ClickShare certification to select Stem Ecosystem products,” said Luis Guerra, associate director of global product management at S
Europe - Polish-based OB studio specialists, 4vision, has been nominated by BroaMan as recipient of this year’s Best Distributor award. The integrators have frequently turned to BroaMan fibre transmission solutions when carrying out OB fit-outs for the country’s leading broadcasters.
BroaMan sales distribution manager, Dawid Somló, said the company were worthy recipients. “4vision are the most experienced OB van builder in Poland, and when they are awarded a project or a commission for a new truck they routinely propose our solutions. We are in contact with them on a weekly basis and thanks to this relationship sales activity has been especially high amongst OB van users.”
Somló was impressed that despite Covid lockdown, the company maintained online meetings with customers (and in-person where possible) explaining the benefits of BroaMan systems and advocating ways of deployment. “In addition to this, their after sales support is excellent,” he says. “All of this has resulted in a highly positive reception of our brand and a pipeline to future requirements from the Polish broadcasters.
“It is 4vision’s confidence in our technology, coupled with technical knowledge and experience, that presented compelling reasons for awarding this honour.”
USA - Outline’s Newton FPGA processor played key operational roles at Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals. Both returning after two-year layoffs caused by Covid, the back-to-back festivals and their big crowds returned to the Californian desert in style this year.
With its roots going back to 1993 and still held at its original venue, the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, and now one of the world’s largest music festivals, The Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival was staged over two consecutive weekends in April, once again showcasing an array of established and emerging artists.
Presented the following weekend in the same location, its sister production The Stagecoach Festival is a leading event for folk, mainstream country, bluegrass, roots rock, Americana and alt. country.
As they have been for every Coachella since 2000, Camarillo-based Rat Sound Systems were the principal audio reinforcement provider for the 2022 event, providing complete live performance systems across the seven largest performance areas: the Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Sahara Tent, Mojave Tent, Yuma Tent, and the Sonora Tent, respectively handling around 180 acts in each of the two three-day weekends.
At the Stagecoach Festival, Rat Sound delivered multiple stages worth of audio including the Mane, Spotlight, Honkey Tonk, and Palamino Stages. The Mane stage alone included over 30 delay clusters.
Rat Sound’s Outline Newton processors made their debut at the dual event in 2019, serving as multi-format digital hubs through which the
UK - PLASA Show is returning to West London from 4-6 September, and those wishing to attend can now register via the event's website.
Taking place at Olympia London’s Grand Hall, the entertainment technology tradeshow promises to deliver some of the latest technology, product demos, and delve into key industry issues. There will also be four showfloor theatres running over 60 sessions on a range of topics across the three days.
The event will provide plenty of opportunities for networking with leading companies from audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging, each one showcasing popular products and new releases. Some of the brands returning this year include Robe, Ambersphere, ETC, AC-ET, Adam Hall, L-Acoustics, Sennheiser, Chauvet Professional, Leisuretec, Highlite, Polar and SFL Group.
Meanwhile, the seminar programme will offer valuable business advice, unpack technical topics, and present the latest creative achievements. Interactive workshops will also return to provide visitors with the chance to try the latest tech - from live audio demonstrations, to lighting console training, and much more.
The widely respected PLASA Awards for Innovation will also return to recognise and reward next-generation products and the people behind them. The awards are proudly run in association with LSi magazine - keep an eye on our website for more information regarding how to enter this year’s awards.
Free registration for PLASA Show 2022 has now opene
UK - North Star Engineers has appointed Jonathan Barker as creative director. Barker joins the North Star Engineers leadership team and will focus on the creative direction of the company, client liaison, and promotional content strategy and new business development.
Barker brings with him more than 30 years’ experience working in the cruise ship entertainment industry, with notable projects on board the QM2 and with Carnival UK, P&O and Cunard. HIs varied career has also seen him write two musical theatrical productions and multiple music productions for television and film.
“After more than thirty years working in the entertainment world, with a particular focus on the cruise ship industry, I’m thrilled to be working with North Star Engineers,” says Barker. “The team is highly ambitious and innovative with an excellent work ethic - I'm delighted to be on board and look forward to being a part of the next chapter of their journey.”
Sir Edgar Andrews, North Star Engineers’ CEO, adds: “We are excited to have Jonathan join our team as we scale up our business operations and strategically develop the future direction of North Star Engineers. The meeting of entertainment with technology is a very exciting time right now, and Jonathan’s creative expertise is really adding an invaluable skill set to our customer offering.”
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced an expansion of the Control Contractor Series of installed audio solutions, unveiling several new loudspeakers and subwoofers at NAMM.
The new products include wall-mounted speakers, pendant speakers and landscape speakers and subwoofers. These new solutions empower installers with increased freedom to design sound systems to meet any architectural requirement.
The new speakers and subs give installers versatile options for building new systems or augmenting existing systems. All products feature premium multitap transformers for use in distributed systems, and are switchable for direct operation.
“JBL’s new loudspeakers and subwoofers really check all the boxes for integrators,” says Rick Kamlet, senior manager, installed loudspeakers, Harman Professional Solutions. “They provide power and clarity in a range of challenging acoustic environments, and they don’t just sound great, they’re incredibly versatile. With sonic signatures that complement JBL’s existing installation products, they can be mixed and matched to create the perfect solution for any application or budget. And they’re absolutely gorgeous.”
The Control 68HP provides clarity and consistent coverage in rooms with open-architecture ceilings, spaces with challenging acoustics and other locations requiring especially high SPL capability from a pendant loudspeaker. Its driver complement features a 200mm (8") Kevlar-reinforced low-frequency driver with a high-powered 50mm (2-inch) voice coil.
The SLP12/T and S
USA - AtlasIED is hitting the road to bring its wide selection of audio and mass communications systems to the doorsteps of integrators, end users and IT professionals. The AtlasIED Sounds Like Success Tour kicks off on 24 June in Lenexa, with visits to cities throughout Missouri, Ohio, Indiana and other key Midwestern destinations, wrapping up this leg of the tour in Louisville on 8 July.
At every stop, visitors will have the opportunity to safely board the trailer and experience AtlasIED’s award winning selection of audio systems- designed to deliver mass communication, high intelligibility announcements and paging, background music, IP-based visual and audio communications and more.
The Sounds Like Success Tour experience tailors to vertical markets, making it easy for visitors to hone in on the solutions matching the needs of their particular application - whether it's for a transportation, hospitality, education, corporate, healthcare, government or industrial environment.
“After two years of limited travel and personal interaction, we are excited to launch a large-scale tour that allows us to meet face-to-face with industry professionals and end users who want to learn more about the unique mass communications, life safety and audio resources available from AtlasIED,” said Gina Sansivero, VP marketing and corporate communications, AtlasIED.
Registration details are available at www.atlasied.com/hosted_events
USA - Founded in 1940, the Church of St. John the Divine in Houston, Texas, today hosts 900 attendees on any given Sunday across its traditional, contemporary and family services.
While the church’s sanctuary is ideal for traditional hymns, providing amazingly long reverb times, there were notable challenges with an aging sound system. With such challenges, a new system was needed. Brightengale - formerly Houston Sound Service - was selected for the project through a recommendation from another area church.
“The prior installation leaned heavily on digital signal processing and beam steering to fill the room with intelligible sound,” said Adam Keho, system designer at Brightengale. “Acoustically, the room is fantastic for pipe organ or choral music but it’s very difficult for speech intelligibility. When the system was first installed, it was only designed to deliver speech reinforcement, not all of the music necessary for a modern church.”
“In the new installation, we had a number of requirements,” comments Dawayne Gaspard, director of audio-visual services at the Church of St. John the Divine. “We wanted to improve intelligibility in a live acoustic environment without losing the look of the space and adding some additional sonic capability. Over time, we’ve brought in other equipment for certain events which we no longer wanted to do. The capability of music playback and quality sound performance were paramount as well.”
The existing sound system featured aging powered column array loudspeakers that had been in place
Germany - The Giovanni Zarrella Show is a quarterly highlight on ZDF, Germany’s second TV station, featuring Schlager (a style of European popular music) with established stars from pop and classical plus promising newcomers performing new arrangements, previously unreleased duets and exclusive live performances. DiGiCo SD consoles are at the heart of the audio system.
The show appears in a prime-time Saturday evening slot with its second edition attracting a TV audience of almost five million. The eponymous host, formerly a member of the pop group Bro’Sis, regularly duets with his guests and his February show (broadcast just before Valentine’s Day) took love as its theme throughout.
The show’s audio infrastructure is provided by Kürten-Herweg-based B&R Medientechnik, a full-service company with roots in recording mobiles but now delivering event technology solutions to a wide range of projects from their four divisions of Mobile, Events, Studio and Rental. Their Mobile division works extensively in broadcast sound and after the company won a large-scale tender to provide sound reinforcement, wireless requirements and broadcast music mix, the first live broadcast of The Giovanni Zarrella Show took place in September 2021.
A long-time DiGiCo owner, B&R Medientechnik’s first was an SD9 used for monitors with US metallers Manowar, followed by an SD11 for smaller applications and conferences. Due to their effective price / performance ratio two SD10s and an SD12 followed, paving the way for the next step using the Optoco
The Netherlands - Powersoft’s compact transducer, Mover, is at the heart of a new four-dimensional nightlife experience in Amsterdam which allows visitors to take a deep dive into the culture and history of electronic dance music from its roots to the present day.
Based in Amsterdam’s Rembrandt district, Our House has been a thriving nightclub and the beating heart of the electronic music scene since the 1980s. The venue has upheld its musical legacy by recently becoming a digital storytelling museum, promising a 75-minute journey into the music genre via interactive exhibits, shows and performances, telling the story of how electronic music - once a rebellious and secretive underground scene – has evolved.
“When we came here, about two years ago, the place was very analogue: There was a sound system, strobes, smoke machine and some LEDS - that was about it,” says Our House general manager, Jeroen Jansen. “We wanted to rebuild the club with installations that could tell the story of over 40 years of dance music by using mixed technology. In order to revamp the venue and bring it to a completely new level, we received a lot of support from within the industry, including Powersoft.”
The venue’s overhaul had to be carefully considered, as it’s home to a popular nightclub, Club Air, in the evening whilst sharing the same space with museum-goers by day. The power of the amps and Mover are somewhat harnessed for effect in the daytime and more aimed at visually connecting to the video content, whereas at night-time the lower frequencies
Japan - Situated in Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture, Saito City Hall recently upgraded its loudspeaker systems, opting for an all-Martin Audio solution, including the latest WPS optimised line array. The multi-purpose Hall has a seating capacity of 1000 and is used for such events as ceremonies, lectures and cultural presentations.
Mr. Fukui of F Enterprise, the company that manages the Saito City Hall, comments, "My goal was to create an environment in which an identical sound can be experienced in every audience seat. The reason for choosing Martin Audio products is because we have used Martin Audio F215, X12 and LE100 point source systems for monitoring, which place the focus on the sound produced by the performer. Thanks to the resolution and clarity of the sound, making it easier for us to respond to the monitor requests at the site, I had no concerns.
“As Yoshikazu Mera, the famous counter-tenor singer, as well as the director of Saito City Hall also have a high appreciation of sound, we had no hesitation in choosing Martin Audio systems.”
They discussed their requirements with Martin Audio dealer, Mr. Miura of Music Reserve, based on the different usage of the Hall and the music genres to be played.
A single array of five WPS elements was selected for the main proscenium system and since the required coverage area differs depending on the performance, Martin Audio XD12 was chosen, two cabinets per side - one for far-field, the other for near-field. Adding LF extension, an SX118 subwoofer has been installed on either side of the stage,
USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced that Angela Ciociolo has joined the company as director of marketing. Ciociolo will be responsible for guiding the strategic marketing direction for the company and overseeing the daily marketing tasks.
“As Fulcrum Acoustic continues to grow, we are adding talented professionals to the team so that we can better serve the markets and our customers," says Fulcrum Acoustic president Stephen Siegel. "Angela brings experience from within and outside our industry as well as a creativity and drive that will help us evolve."
“When Stephen contacted me about the opportunity to join Fulcrum Acoustic, I was immediately interested," says Ciociolo. "Fulcrum Acoustic is an energetic, growing company with products, technology, and a culture unique in the industry. I truly enjoyed the time I spent previously in Pro Audio and am thrilled to be back."
USA - Clear-Com has announced new features for Arcadia Central Station, including integration with HelixNet Digital Partyline, cementing the platform’s position as a powerhouse of intercom systems with support for over 100 beltpacks and 180 ports of mixing capability.
In a 1RU package, Arcadia powers the company’s wired and wireless analogue and digital intercom systems, together with Dante connectivity, supporting the broadest range of wireless solutions with 1.9GHz, 2.4GHz, and 5GHz systems working together simultaneously. This latest set of new features also includes a 5GHz scanning tool for FreeSpeak Edge systems, along with increased beltpack capacity for FreeSpeak systems and an increase in licensed port capacity.
With full support for up to 64 HelixNet endpoints - including HelixNet Remote Stations, Speaker Stations, and Beltpacks - over 24 HelixNet-enabled channels, Arcadia is well-equipped to support even the largest of systems. The new 5 GHz scanning tool will display and recommend open frequency channels for FreeSpeak Edge transceivers and beltpacks, assisting audio engineers in deploying their wireless system without interference from other Wi-Fi device traffic.
Expanding on an already generous port capacity, Arcadia now offers up to 128 IP ports, (previously 96), to allow for an additional eight FreeSpeak beltpacks, for a total of 40 (previously 32), and up to 24 ports for HelixNet channels – all while still providing additional intercom access through eight 4-wire ports, four 2-wire ports and up to 64 Dante audio ports.
USA - Austrian Audio announced at NAMM the OD303 dynamic vocal microphone.
The company described the mic as “well-balanced and open, but at the same time its powerful sound is unparalleled in this price range.”
The OD303 will withstand daily use in the rehearsal room and also the wear and tear of the road. The die-cast housing is ‘virtually indestructible’ and the microphone fits comfortably in the hand.
The OD303 also incorporates the Open Acoustic technology of Austrian Audio which delivers an optimally-shaped supercardioid polar pattern across a wide frequency band and with ‘excellent feedback stability’.
Sound engineers will greatly appreciate minimum changes in the sound and without increased feedback: Due to the open design, there are only minimal changes in sound and feedback behaviour when holding the mic close to the head grille. In addition, the proprietary 3D Pop Noise Diffuser, developed by Austrian Audio, reduces noise caused by explosive sounds such as ‘T’ and ‘P.
Australia - This year marked the new era of remote broadcast experience, with Seven Network, a major Australian commercial free-to-air television network and the original broadcaster of Summer and Winter Olympic Games since 1956, working with Australia’s CT Group, part of the NEP Live Events, to create a virtual production environment with a top-end LED wall powered by Brompton Technology Tessera processing.
“CT provided LED backdrops for Seven Network’s sports hostings during the pandemic, when travelling to venues wasn’t possible,” says Michael Judges, senior project manager for CT Australia & New Zealand. “As a result of this positive experience, we built a template with the client which they were subsequently able to use on the Tokyo and Beijing host broadcasts.”
Judges explains that for this project, Seven Network wanted the highest resolution LED panels available to provide the ultimate background for the broadcast. “This resulted in a high pixel density, so we used two 4K outputs from a media server into two Brompton Tessera SX40 processors to manage this,” he adds.
CT installed Unilumin 1.8mm LED panels with an overall screen size of 19.5m by 2.5m, curved around a 5m radius. Also deployed are four active and four back up Tessera SX40 processors in redundancy mode, as well as eight Tessera XD 10G data distribution units offering the team greater piece of mind and ensuring a stress-free day-to-day workflow.
“Tessera processing is very robust, and the redundancy system works well,” explains Judges. “Additionall
Ireland - Founded in Kildare in 1986, family-owned Mongey Communications has grown to become one of Europe’s leading AV technology and production services companies.
The team at Mongey is increasingly busy at events of all sizes and scale so, when the time came recently to expand the inventory of sound equipment, flexibility was central to the choice of a new mobile system.
“We enjoyed a great working relationship and support from Nexo when installing the Geo S12 system at Croke Park which was recently used to reinforce Ed Sheeran’s concerts as part of his UK and Ireland tour. Thus, we were keen to check out Nexo systems that might meet our requirements for versatility, and speed and ease of deployment,” reports operations manager Henry Mongey.
“We were really impressed by demos of both the Geo M10 and the M12. On balance, the slightly more compact Geo M10 system was perfect for our current needs and, critically, Nexo was able to arrange delivery of the system and a full package of on-site training for our technical staff at relatively short notice.”
The first phase of delivery comprises 24 Geo M1012 cabinets in six flight cases, with 12 complementary MSUB15s on dollies with covers. Amplification and processing come from four of Nexo’s NXAMP4X4MK2 four-channel powered controllers fitted with Dante network cards, and a selection of rigging hardware provides a flexible range of flying and ground-stacking options.
“Our team were particularly impressed with the Nexo Skeleton internal rigging system which makes it easy for eng
Saudi Arabia - Spanning over five months from October to March, the Riyadh Season is a celebration of the city as the capital of Saudi Arabia and, in a wider context, of Saudi culture and its people. It is one of the many initiatives that forms part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, a set of social and economic reforms designed to enhance the quality of life for citizens and residents, as well as boosting economic and tourist activity.
The most prominent Saudi landmark of 2021, Boulevard Riyadh City was the pride of Riyadh Season 2021/22. Built from the ground up by local companies, the zone covers some 900,000sq.m and contains nine areas, each with its own set of events. Each area contains restaurants, cafés, upmarket boutiques, gardens, games centres and more. Special features include the largest cinema in the Kingdom, an electric car circuit, a skating rink and four theatres for concerts and shows.
Each theatre is fully equipped with a V-Series sound system from d&b supplied by d&b’s local sales partner and AV experts, 7Hertz.
7Hertz managing partner, Chadi Masri, explains that they were approached by Sela, a leading events management company based in Saudi Arabia and operating worldwide. Sela has been delivering the Riyadh Season since 2019 and, as such, was responsible for designing and specifying the systems destined for the new theatres.
“Our relationship with Sela goes back a long way,” says Masri. “We’ve known the technical director, Hicham Bitar, and the head of audio, Samer Atallah, for some time now and have built
UK - Produced by Kenny Wax of SIX fame, the new pop musical, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World opened in Liverpool in April and is currently in the midst of a nationwide UK tour with West End aspirations. Described as an “inspirational and empowering celebration of our strong sisters from history,” the show is based on the award-winning picture book by suffragette descendent Kate Pankhurst. Dramatist Chris Bush and Number 1 hit songwriter Miranda Cooper (Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue) have adapted it into a bright, exciting musical for young people that celebrates some of our female icons in a contemporary, pop context. Sound designer, Rob Bettle, designed a front-to-back EM Acoustics audio system based on EM’s most recent development, the acclaimed Reference Series loudspeakers.
Bettle explains that his first experience of the Reference Series was for the stage show of Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code which is also currently on tour throughout the UK. Sound Quiet Time worked closely with Ben and Max Ringham to design the system for the tour. “To be perfectly frank, we had originally specified something else, but Phil Hurley from Stage Sound Services who was supplying the audio production gear for the show – as indeed they are for ‘Fantastically Great Women’ - convinced us to try out the R8s from EM Acoustics,” recalls Bettle. “I’ll admit that we were sceptical, but we all trust Phil’s judgement, so we went along with it.
“From the moment we turned them on, we were blow