Finland - Concert venue, TV and recording studio, Musiikkitalo (Helsinki Music Centre), has upgraded its existing Optocore infrastructure with the addition of an AutoRouter intelligent patchbay. This has provided the venue with greater flexibility by freeing up its DiGiCo SD8 at FOH to take on a more portable role within the large complex.
Although the venue originally opened in 2011 as a 1,700-capacity concert space, it undertook a system upgrade in 2017, when an Optocore network was introduced for the first time. “The original design became overloaded and it was too awkward to add anything - and so we added a couple of [Optocore] DD32FRs for signal distribution to the amps and SD racks, and added Optocore to the DiGiCo FOH mixer,” stated head of studio, Jori Tossavainen.
Once again, the Optocore equipment was supplied by distributor, Intersonic. “We have supplied the bulk of the audio equipment for Helsinki Music Centre from day one so we’re very familiar with them,” stated Intersonic sales manager, Pauli Molnar. “Optocore is a very popular high-end professional networking solution in Finland so we did have some experience with the brand even before taking over the distribution.”
Optocore had again been foremost in the minds of Jori Tossavainen and the venue’s head of sound, Kirsi Peteri, who in addition to the main concert hall oversees five satellite rooms at Musiikkitalo. At the same time, his colleague Teemu Hammaren, head of video and technical director for broadcast, manages a full TV broadcast and recording studio at the ve
USA - Brian Ruggles has been mixing Billy Joel’s live shows ever since the singer-songwriter came on the scene in 1971 with his Cold Spring Harbor LP. Now, more than half a century later, he continues to collaborate with the artist, including mixing Joel’s multi-year, record-breaking, one-show-a-month residency at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden.
The last eight years of that partnership have found Ruggles mixing the Piano Man’s shows on a DiGiCo SD5 console. The SD5 meets Ruggles’ needs for a console that can offer him the kind of warm sound that he grew up with using analogue desks throughout most of Joel’s lengthy career and on tours with artists like Stevie Nicks, Heart, and John Mellencamp. Meanwhile, Josh Weibel, Joel’s monitor engineer, finds that his DiGiCo SD10 console gives him the flexibility he needs to manage the changing lineup of the residency shows and fly dates.
“I’m an old-school guy; I love the way analogue sounds,” says Ruggles. “But there came a point where I knew I had to move to digital.” That was over eight years ago, and Ruggles experimented with a few different kinds of digital desks. But once he encountered the SD5, he knew it was the one.
“The SD5 sounds incredible; it really has the kind of warm sound that I’ve loved my entire career,” he says. “But what really sold me was how user-friendly the SD5 is. The few other digital consoles I tried were not at all easy to navigate. The SD5, on the other hand, allowed me to dive right in and make it work for me.”
Josh Weibel has bee
UK - Billed as London’s first permanent immersive digital arts experience, Frameless opened its doors in Marble Arch in October. Housed in a 30,000sq.ft space that was formerly a cinema, Frameless offers visitors an extraordinary way to engage with art. Multisensory and multidimensional, visitors are plunged right into the heart of works of art, literally enveloped by colour, light and sound.
The experience features over 479m pixels delivered by a million lumens of light and an awe-inspiring score of classical and contemporary music delivered by 158 loudspeakers from EM Acoustics.
Dan Higgott was responsible for the sound design, working in tandem with Autograph who handled the audio system integration and data networking used by both audio and video. Higgott’s brief was to design a physical sound system covering the entire site.
Visitors are guided through four distinct galleries: Beyond Reality, Colour in Motion, The World Around Us, and The Art of Abstraction. “The primary focus was the four immersive projection rooms, and the flexible corporate event space, but we needed audio coverage in every public area of the site, from the entrance doors to the toilets,” recalls Higgott. “An added challenge was that all the technology had to be invisible to the audience. Some of the immersive rooms have black ceilings where we can hide projectors and loudspeakers, but in the two larger rooms, even the ceiling space is part of the experience. So, I knew early on that I would need to conceal loudspeakers within the wall cavities.”
USA - Renkus-Heinz is renaming its new PCX Series as the UBX Series to address a trademark issue that emerged after the product was initially named and launched.
Because of its strong support of trademark and copyright law and its legacy of integrity in the audio industry, Renkus-Heinz decided to rename the UBX Series after being recently alerted to the trademark issue. UBX stands for UniBeam Passive, highlighting Renkus-Heinz’s all-new Passive UniBeam Technology featured in the UBX Series passive column loudspeakers.
Utilising the same complex steering algorithms from the company’s flagship Iconyx columns, the UBX Series’ new Passive UniBeam Technology delivers ‘pristine sound and consistent coverage with minimal distortions or side lobe artifacts.’
Spain - Lynx Pro Audio has announced the availability of Rainbow 3D, its electro-acoustical prediction software for loudspeaker systems, boasting ‘comprehensive high-speed simulation in a three-dimensional environment’.
Building on the company’s existing 2D software and led by Raúl Jordán from Lynx Pro Audio’s R&D department, Rainbow 3D has been coded from scratch in a five-year in-house development process. In tandem with this, over the course of this year new spherical measurements of the company’s full loudspeaker portfolio have been performed in their recently built anechoic chamber.
Carlos Matalí, R&D manager, notes: “Although 5-degree polar resolution is commonly used, products such as line array modules generate extremely narrow beams at high frequencies, so we use two degrees for those. This means measuring and storing exponentially more data points, but significantly improves calculation accuracy.”
Ben Sinclair, sales director adds: “While accurate simulation is obviously the main goal here, being able to quickly put together a visually detailed and attractive project that the customer can better relate to is certainly also a big plus”.
Extensive productivity tools such as copy and paste, duplication with offset, and drag-and-drop are provided. Each corner in a 4-vertex plane is independently definable as sloped or round with selectable radiuses, which opens the ability to use a single plane for complex shapes such as octagons, circles, semi-circles, or stages with curved front edge and slanted back.
France - Parc de la Villette is both a park - the third largest in Paris - and a focal point for art, music, and culture, housing the city’s largest concentration of cultural venues, including the Philharmonie de Paris and Cité de la Musique. It’s also home to the physically and psychologically imposing Grand Halle de la Villette. Designed by architect Victor Baltard, the venue was originally an abattoir and was transformed into a multi-use space in 1985.
The Grand Halle hosts diverse events including exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows and festivals. The annual Jazz à La Villette festival, hosted attracts more than 30,000 enthusiasts every September.
The Grande Halle, which includes the 5,000 capacity Grand Halle, the Salle Charlie Parker and the Nave, was one of the first venues in the world to benefit from V-DOSC, L-Acoustics first full frequency line source array. When the venue’s team decided it was time for an upgrade, they chose to invest in the powerful yet compact K3. Supplied and installed by B Live, a mobile K3 system was chosen to deliver the versatility required by the Grand Halle’s diverse programme of events.
The Grand Halle’s 18,000m2 space is modulable, to accommodate a wide variety of events, from a cocktail party for 8,000 to a formal seated event for 4,000 visitors. K3 is the ideal solution, complementing the venue’s existing inventory of Kara II, X Series and SB28 subs, it also has the potential to be reconfigured according to the needs of the production, or deployed in other venues as needed.
For most of th
India - While many companies have been forced to downsize due to the apparent effects of the pandemic, Mumbai – based PP Sound Light Production has conversely displayed a great deal of growth.
The company’s latest acquisition has now earned PP Sound Light Production the distinction of being the first equipment rental service company in India to take delivery of a new DiGiCo Quantum 338 system. The entire purchase process was facilitated through New Delhi-based DiGiCo authorised distributor, Hi-Tech Audio & Image LLP.
Prasad Parkar, director of PP Sound Lights Production notes: “Almost every musical and large show that comes in for enquiry specifies DiGiCo, and we’ve noticed over the past few years that most performers, artists and event producers alike favour DiGiCo consoles because of the host of capabilities that they’re known to offer. So, we’ve been pondering the decision to invest in a DiGiCo console system for quite a while now.
“We knew that the being the first in India to acquire the Quantum 338 would not only assure us maximum ROI,” continues Prasad Parkar. “It would also allow us the capacity to offer the very best in sound, features, performance, and reliability to our clients and the performing artists that we work with.”
“We are already seeing positive feedback with the arrival of Quantum 338. The possibilities are many with DiGiCo consoles and the dynamic features of Quantum are cutting-edge,” shares Rajan Gupta, founder and manging partner of Hi-Tech Audio & Image LLP. “As a distributor, it is o
USA - Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of Felicia Lopez, Derryl Webb and Marisa Lainson as trade show & personnel coordinator, customer service manager and marketing manager, respectively.
“As we continue to strengthen our team, we are excited to have the opportunity to work with these dynamic individuals,” said Monika Smetona, president, Renkus-Heinz. “As a 40+ year old company, we are aware of the necessity to bring on board passionate people with new and diverse ideas.”
Felicia Lopez joins the company as trade show & personnel coordinator with an extensive background in customer service, client management and sales & logistics coordination. Lopez most recently worked as a transportation specialist for Adesa Auction Operations.
“I’ve always been passionate about music and live events. After attending my first NAMM in 2018, I was enchanted, and I’m thrilled to now help coordinate Renkus-Heinz’s presence at industry shows,” said Lopez. “I can’t wait to get started, and I’m looking forward to making the company proud.”
Webb joins Renkus-Heinz as customer service manager, withover 30 years of management experience and an additional 20+ years as a technology business owner servicing the hospitality industry. “I have always believed I am in the people business, so every day is a new opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life,” noted Webb.
Coming to Renkus-Heinz with nearly ten years of experience in communications, Marisa Lainson joins as marketing manager with a backgroun
USA - Surrounded by the scenic views of Alamogordo, the 800-seat Christ Community Church was struggling to provide quality audio with their aging and original PA. With the decision made to upgrade their system, the task of finding a modern solution capable of delivering great sound evenly to every seat was given to technical director Jacob Pierce. With a big assist from industry experts Michael Garrison Associates (MGA), Pierce found the solution he was looking for with a custom Anna and Otto ADAPTive system from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
The new EAW upgrade consists of a total of 12 Anna loudspeaker arrays, four Otto subwoofers and eight EAW JF8 2-way loudspeakers. The eight JF8’s are used as front-fill speakers and are spread out evenly from the back of the platform in a trapezoidal pattern. The new EAW ADAPTive PA system is run through an Allen & Heath dLive console.
Built in 2000, Christ Community Church’s sanctuary was originally designed to be very wide, but not very deep. This architectural design presented the main acoustical challenge for Pierce; finding a stereo image that would cover the correct areas without blasting the back walls and filling the thrust stage with sound.
“We couldn't just put up any line array because it wouldn't cover the room properly,” says Pierce. “We are now playing a lot more contemporary, modern worship songs with louder guitars and drums, and the sound system wasn't cooperating with us. We had blown drivers, poor coverage and complaints about music being too loud or not loud enough just three
France - Another French horse racing course has installed a Nexo sound system, this time at the famous Hippodrome Deauville-La-Touques located in Deauville in the Calvados department, in the Normandy region.
A system installed by French AV technology specialists Manganelli and designed using Nexo’s NS-1 configuration and prediction software consists of 10 x Nexo P8 point source speakers covering the stands and a similar number the larger P10 cabinets addressing the lawned areas in front of the stand up to the edge of the track. Cabinets and mounting brackets are finished in a custom paint colour to match the underside of the roof, allowing the system to blend in seamlessly with the design of the stand.
“There are a number of reasons why we choose Nexo P+ Series for Deauville,” reports Manganelli directeur général François Gazagnes. “First, we needed an IP54-rated speaker that can withstand the weather in an exposed coastal location. Then, the variable horn directivity gave us the 100° X 100° HF coverage we needed for the bleachers and 110° X 60° for the track. Finally, the speakers fitted perfectly into the design of the stand and were very easy to install, thanks to the quality and versatility of the mounting hardware.
“In the end, we achieved an optimal and uniform coverage of the space thanks to the power, frequency range and directivity of the P+ Series speakers, along with excellent intelligibility.”
Commenting on behalf of the course operators France Galop, operational director of races head of technical design office
UK - VDC has extended its popular Purple Patch range with a D25 version. Created in response to customer demand, the PPD25 is both designed and manufactured in the UK and incorporates features that cater for modern day needs, including fully-programmable ‘normalling’ options inclusive of ‘full-normalling, half-normalling, parallel and no normalling settings which are adjustable whilst the patch remains terminated.’ Plus, individual earthing selection for all patch points, allowing for phantom power and unbalanced signal pass through.
PPD25 features a no compromise steel chassis and aircraft-grade aluminium construction. It also offers: individual jack modules, copper-nickel-silver alloy leaf springs with solid gold crossbar switching contacts and nickel-plated sleeve bushings; 110 Ohm impedance with low return loss; and 30,000 insertion/removal cycles minimum.
Aimed primarily at recording studios, theatres with recording facilities and broadcasting houses, Purple Patch has been designed to make Van Damme affordable to all levels of users.
Nick Chmara, VDC’s technical director, comments: “Studios often have D25 assemblies, so we had a number of enquiries after we launched our Purple Patch E56 for a D25 version. As soon as we knew there was market demand, we set about extending our range and now have stock available. We expect that this will be very popular as it clearly fills a gap in the market.”
UK - Fireworks displays require high-powered audio and Wharfedale Pro provided the right gear to supplement a recent pyrotechnic event at Huntingdon Racecourse. The integration team at Sound Junkies deployed a Wharfedale Pro WLA-28A Active Line Array system to support one of the largest fireworks displays in the region, organised by Komodo Events in support of the Magpas Air Ambulance.
Due to the large-scale nature of the event, the WLA-28A system was deployed in three ground stacks along the 100m field of view. The main left and right stacks comprised four WLA-28A elements and two WLA-28SUBA active subwoofers, while the central stack used four WLA-28A alongside four WLA-218BA Dual 18” active subs. This configuration overcame the challenge of delivering extreme coverage across a wide outdoor space. Furthermore, all elements in the active system used their own internal DSP pre-sets. The combination of Wharfedale Pro’s powerful active system alongside choreographed fireworks ensured a spectacular event, enjoyed by a crowd of thousands.
Steve of Sound Junkies comments, “We needed a system that would be easy to transport but would deliver consistent coverage across a wide landscape. It also needed the dynamic ’grunt’ to deliver above the explosions of some very powerful fireworks. The WLA-28A active system was a great solution as we could set it up quickly with the minimum number of long cable runs. The simplicity of using the internal DSP also made the system tuning very straightforward. It’s a cliché but the system really is practical and power
Mexico - 15 September marks the commemoration of the Grito de Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) - the most important ceremony in the country. This year it was able to resume again in front of an audience at the Zócalo in the centre of Mexico City after two years of being held remotely due to the COVID pandemic. According to official calculations more than 160,000 people celebrated the national holiday out on the streets again.
The vastly experienced Norteño group, Los Tigres del Norte - famed throughout the Latam countries - headlined the event with a show that lasted more than three hours.
The production work was carried out by the company KW, and for the third consecutive year Martin Audio systems were used as the main PA for the ceremony. They provided audio coverage for a site measuring 46,800 sq.m.
For the presidential protocol, four clusters of MLA were designated, one pair with 11 MLA plus an MLD Downfill, and a further pair of out-hangs with eight cabinets and an MLD (providing 120°H x 20°V dispersion).The main hangs covered a distance of 150m and the lateral clusters 130m.
On monitors and side-fills were Martin Audio’s Blackline F10+ and WPM series -servicing both the Mexican Army Chorus and the speech delivered by the President of the Republic, Mr. Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador. For the Chorus’s monitoring the four Blackline F10+ were fed from iK42 amps and for the presidential monitoring, four WPM per side, in stereo format, were set in the presidential box.
An independent system was set up for Los Tigres del No
USA - To provide modern and impactful live sound for rock veterans REO Speedwagon, Styx and Loverboy on their Live and Unzoomed Tour, San Diego-based and longtime JBL partner Sound Image enlisted a selection of JBL Professional and Crown audio solutions.
Styx and REO Speedwagon joined forces along with hard rockers Loverboy for a massive summer co-headlining tour on the Live and Unzoomed Tour, a celebration of high-octane arena rock following the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour required an audio rig that emulated a classic rock show while also incorporating the dynamics and impact of modern live sound. To meet these requests, Sound Image deployed JBL VTX Series speakers with Crown I-Tech amplifiers for immersive sound and wide coverage.
“The main goal was simple - to provide a fun and exciting experience for the audience that makes them want to come back to our shows again and again,” said Joe Walsh, front-of-house for REO Speedwagon. “Even though these bands are considered ‘legacy’ bands, we had to approach our live mixes in a contemporary manner that audiences expect in 2022. Modern live mixes require fidelity, punch and control, and we needed a system that was easily configurable and scalable while still providing the tonal balance and low distortion we are striving for.”
A staple for touring and mid-to-large venue productions, the JBL VTX V25-II-CS made up the majority of the Live and Unzoomed sound rig, with over 50 speakers used as the main and side-hangs.
“We prefer to have a full-range sound coming from the flown arrays, whi
France - Parc de la Villette is both a park - the third largest in Paris - and a focal point for art, music, and culture, housing the city’s largest concentration of cultural venues, including the Philharmonie de Paris and Cité de la Musique. It’s also home to the physically and psychologically imposing Grand Halle de la Villette.
A stunning example of 19th century cast iron and glass architecture, designed famous French architect Victor Baltard, the venue was originally an abattoir and was transformed into a multi-use space in 1985. The Grand Halle hosts diverse events including exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows and festivals. The annual Jazz à La Villette festival, hosted here, attracts more than 30,000 jazz enthusiasts every September.
The Grande Halle, which includes the 5,000 capacity Grand Halle, the Salle Charlie Parker and the Nave, was one of the first venues in the world to benefit from V-DOSC, L-Acoustics first full frequency line source array. Installed there in the mid-90s, the system offered more than 25 years of faithful service. When the venue’s team decided it was time for an upgrade, they chose to invest in the powerful yet compact K3. Supplied and installed by B Live, a mobile K3 system was chosen to deliver the versatility required by the Grand Halle’s diverse programme of events.
The Grand Halle’s 18,000m2 space is modulable, to accommodate a wide variety of events, from a cocktail party for 8,000 to a formal seated event for 4,000 visitors. K3 is the ideal solution, complementing the venue’s existing inventory
UAE - The UAEFA President’s Cup took place at the Al Ain’s Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on 21 October 2022.
Creative Technology delivered a spectacular projection which was mapped across the football pitch for the opening ceremony and distributed sitewide show communication for the annual tournament.
One of the key highlights from the evening was the projection show that covered a 1200 sqm area. CT supplied four double-stacked Panasonic PT-RQ50K projectors, to achieve 600 lux projection, installed in a bespoke purpose-built structure that was fully enclosed and temperature-controlled. Projection was integrated on a fully redundant network ring controlled from FOH and utilised CT’s new 1G and 10G fibre networking solutions. Playback was powered by Disguise VX4 Suite and full 4k signal distribution.
Carlos Aguilar, deputy head of video commented, “It's always a challenge to install 50k projectors, but we pre-planned and measured all the routes to the roof of the stadium to ensure everything was installed seamlessly. I had a great team of engineers on site always willing to go above and beyond for the job.”
The network infrastructure was made up of six Luminex 26i and 12 Luminex 14R switches which provided the backbone for the management and Riedel network, allowing VLANs to be accessed from anywhere onsite. The Motorola system consisted of four SLR 5500 Repeaters and 70 x DP4800 Radios for talk back, four channels interfaced into the Riedel Artist X128 frame via fibre.
The Riedel Artist frame, which acts as the brain of the system, ha
UK - Coyote Ugly, the successful nightlife franchise that started in New York City’s East Village, has come to the UK, opening a new location in Camden, London. In order to emulate the well-known culture of the Coyote Ugly brand and energize the eager crowds, the venue turned to Renkus-Heinz for the sound solution to match the high energy of the bar known for its bartop dancing.
For nearly 30 years, Coyote Ugly has been a source of entertainment in person and on screen. From the original New York Saloon to the cult classic of the same name, Coyote Ugly serves a wide following. Cardiff-based AV integrator Spartan AV and UK-based AV distributor CUK Group worked to specify and install a complete sound system.
"Coyote Ugly's brand and its guest experience are both founded on music. Fans remember the songs that helped to make Coyote Ugly an iconic name," said James Lawford, live sound channel manager at CUK. "It's therefore fitting that loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz were selected to provide high-performing, reliable sound that ensures an optimal guest experience and an elevated brand delivery.”
Inside the bar, the Renkus-Heinz C Series offers full-range performance in a compact, space-saving design. Coyote Ugly, Camden features six CX81 compact two-way complex conic horn loudspeakers, six CX121 two-way complex conic horn loudspeakers and four CX118S 18-inch high-performance subwoofers. The CX118S supplies the high-impact sub-bass to support the full-range loudspeakers, pumping constant energy into Coyote Ugly.
“The C Series loudspeakers were
Ukraine - Emily Resort is a premium multifunctional complex offering a wide choice of recreational facilities, including a 166-room hotel, a wellness and spa area, and a medical centre and all-season pistes for skiing.
Close to the historic centre of Lviv with picturesque views of the Vynnykivs’ke Lake, the flagship of the venue’s extensive list of offerings is the Emily Event Hall. It’s the largest concert hall in Western Ukraine, featuring the country’s most complex permanent 3D mapping projection weaved into the venue’s undulating indoor mesh wall, as well as the country’s first L-Acoustics K3 audio system, installed by L-Acoustics official distributor for Ukraine and Moldova, RealMusic.
The 1,500m² event space has everything necessary to host world-class events, including a large stage with high-quality sound and lighting equipment, a well-organised backstage, a bar, catering facilities, and a vast interactive video wall.
When K3, L-Acoustics’ smallest full-range line source system became available, Emily Event Hall was the first venue in Ukraine to purchase the new system, which perfectly aligned with the requirement to deliver powerful sound for mid-size events.
Explaining their decision-making process, Denys Rynskyi, curator of the Emily Event Hall project, says their approach was thoughtful and responsible right from the start. “We took many technical riders into account, consulted with artists' sound engineers, and studied the experiences of some of the best concert venues in the world. After this extensive research,
UK - The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has hired Royal Albert Hall executive Ollie Jeffery as director of event operations and technology. Jeffery spent over 18 years with the Royal Albert Hall, most recently as head of production and technical.
Jeffery’s experience at the Royal Albert Hall included developing the venue’s lighting and audio services, establishing an apprentice scheme, and supporting the delivery of around 400 events a year.
EICC CEO Marshall Dallas comments: “As we aim to further establish the EICC as a globally-recognised conference venue, getting someone of Ollie’s international experience and know-how on board is a major coup and signposts our ambitions for the years ahead. We look forward to Ollie helping to drive continuing success during our next phase of growth.”
Jeffery adds: “I am extremely pleased to be joining the EICC at such an exciting time in its development. The EICC is an incredible venue with fantastic technology and great flexibility to host a multitude of different events. I am also really excited to join such a dedicated team, and I look forward to building on the relationships I have built up within the industry to help the EICC move forward into both the new hotel and overall venue development.”
In June, Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that it has entered a franchise agreement with the EICC for a 349-bedroom hotel in the Haymarket area of the city. The hotel, set to open in 2025, will be Hyatt’s first hotel in Scotland, and will address the delegate demand issues th
Creative Careers - The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a £950,000 careers programme aimed at giving young people from under-represented backgrounds opportunities in the creative industries. The Creative Careers Programme, which will include theatres, is being led by ScreenSkills, and will target 53 priority areas across the country, including Barking and Dagenham, Wolverhampton, Rotherham, Slough and Swindon, the DCMS said.
Delivery partners include Get Into Theatre, One Dance UK, UK Music, UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre. The programme aims to help young people from under-represented backgrounds "break into the creative industries" and will offer guidance on careers, help pay for lesson plans, establish a dedicated careers website and provide training for careers advisers.
ScreenSkills chief executive Seetha Kumar said: “It is difficult to contemplate a career you don’t even know about, which is why we are delighted to be working with so many innovative partners to ensure we can secure a strong and inclusive workforce that meets the demands of our brilliant, fast-paced sectors." In addition, creative businesses in six English regions are to benefit from a £17.5m funding pot to help them expand and create new jobs under a programme called the Create Growth Programme.
Disposable Income - Four in 10 theatregoers who purchase the cheapest price band of tickets are concerned about having a fall in disposable income in the coming months. The findings from the October 2022 UK Performing Arts Survey f
UK - Rean has launched the Power X Series ‘ruggedized’ power connector harsh environment power connector series. Molded from V0 raw materials and rated to UL 94V-0, the IP65 certified Power X Series provides high levels of fire retardant, dust and moisture resistant protection.
A CBC connector – a connector with breaking capacity – Power X Series components are certified according to EN/UL 60320-1, with the cable connectors accepted as a component for cord sets according to IEC 60799, ensuring true mains breaking capability.
Power X Series is also certified as fully compatible with Neutrik powerCON True1 products.
Rean product manager Tommy Huang says. “As a world-leading provider of connectors to the entertainment production industry, Rean’s Power X Series offers an amazing feature set at an unrivalled cost-performance point, providing for smart efficiencies across a wide range of audio, lighting, video, film and TV broadcast applications.”
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced AMX Jetpack, a 3x1 switching, transport, and control solution that’s ‘highly affordable for K12 classrooms and meeting spaces’. The kit features simple to operate room controls, multiple 4K60 video inputs, and enables voice lift for clear communication with everyone in the space.
Jetpack combines 4K60 4:2:0 HDMI and USB-C video switching and distance transport, room control, wallplate accessibility, and audio amplification in a kit that requires zero programming and provides security and reliability. The kit is fully loaded to support a wide range of classroom and meeting space applications and can be controlled through panel buttons, IR, RS-232, TCP/IP, a REST API, a Web GUI, and the Jetpack Management PC tool.
“We are really excited to finally be able to bring Jetpack to the market,” said Jeff Burch, Harman Professional Solutions, director of video and control. “There has been an incredible need in K12 and small meeting spaces for a kit that is both truly cost effective and that bundles all the features that these spaces can typically benefit from and will actually use. We designed Jetpack to present all kinds of possibilities for spaces and users and we built it to be really versatile to serve a wide range of needs.”
UK - HH Electronics has announced the launch of its TNA active line array system, designed for small to medium sized applications, including live sound reinforcement, bars, clubs, houses of worship, education settings, conferencing, and corporate events.
At the heart of the system are the TNA-2120SA, a multi-channel active subwoofer with integrated Class D amplifier which features two high power 12” low frequency woofers with high output, and the TNA-1800SA, a powerful single 18” active low frequency subwoofer.
As well as three channels of amplification, the TNA-2120SA unit houses six built-in DSP pre-sets and as part of a modular system, is capable of powering up to six satellite TNA-2051 passive two-way compact line array loudspeakers, offering an installation solution without the extra expense of rack amplifiers and processors.
The TNA-2051 features dual HH-designed 5” LF drivers and 1.33” Celestion HF compression driver. Its outer enclosure features integrated rigging hardware, enabling the unit to be easily installed by a single engineer. Flexible, the TNA-2051 can be used in traditional line array systems for long throw applications, or as a standalone full range point source system.
The optimally voiced DSP pre-sets within the TNA-2120SA allow a complete system to be used in flown or ground-stacked configurations, whilst its integrated rigging hardware and optional suspension bracket and dolly board allow for straightforward installation.
UK – The summer season at Warwick Castle presented back-to-back challenges for Full Production, called upon by event producer Pixel Artworks to provide lighting, crew and expertise for the historic venue’s two big visitor attractions – Dragon Slayer and Sundown Spectacular.
Warwick Castle, owned by Merlin Entertainments, hosted the two family-fun attractions in the spacious castle courtyard, just a few days apart in August. Pixel Artworks brought in Full Production having worked with them on a number of previous projects. Full Production’s director of live events and touring, Marc Thornton, served as lighting designer and led the company’s team under the guidance of Pixel Artworks’ production manager, Joe Kelly.
The first show, Dragon Slayer, had two acts: the first - a live action extravaganza complete with knights on horseback battling dragons and monsters - was “a full-on medieval experience”, says Thornton. Running nightly over a 10-day period, it told the legendary tale of the trials of valiant hero, Guy of Warwick. This large-scale show required theatrical-style lighting (programmed on an MA2 by Harry Williams) to cover the action not only on the 27m wide main stage, but also along the side and central aisles among the seated audience, numbering 2,000 each night.
A timecoded section of the show, act two saw the story complemented with projection-mapping on the castle walls, from specialist company QED, with content created by Pixel Artworks. “During the projection-mapping, we were essentially using the li