USA - When Arizona Sound Productions was hired to provide video and sound production for a string of boxing matches across the US, they found themselves with new protocols, different challenges, and time to kill.
“Working this year has been interesting to say the least,” said Jared Jasinski, owner and lead engineer for Arizona Sound Productions [AZSP] based in Phoenix. “With COVID restrictions we’ve been forced to be more creative and think outside the box. We’ve had opportunities to create something different for viewers at home, without an audience we can put a boxing ring anywhere [outdoors] and make it look great on camera.”
On 15 August, 2020, AZSP set the stage in Oklahoma, making boxing history with what has been called the “street fight” concept. AZSP clients’ Holden Productions and Matchroom Boxing dropped a boxing match in the middle of downtown Tulsa for a night of fights headlined by Cecilia Brækhus, defending her Women’s Welter Weight title against contender, Jessica McCaskill. The match was staged at the intersection of East 5th Street and South Boston Avenue with no fans present. Medical protocols and strict social distancing guidelines were in place for a full night of action.
“It was an intense process,” described Jasinski. “COVID testing was required for everyone on my crew, before traveling to Oklahoma, then again when we arrived. Once we were all cleared our driver took us to the hotel, where we received quarantine wrist bands. A staffer then escorted us straight to our rooms where we were basically qua
USA - Thousands gathered on Washington’s National Mall in late September for a 12-hour-long event dubbed The Day of Return, a national and global day of prayer and repentance. The Return movement states its aim as being “an end-time movement with one purpose – the return to God, individually, corporately, nationally, globally, and the end-goal of world revival”.
Speakers such as Jonathan Cahn, Dr. James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Ann Graham Lotz, Alveda King, Kevin Jessip and many more could be heard both inside and beyond the fenced-in ticketed area.
MHA Audio provided Martin Audio’s MLA sound system. The main hang consisted of 11 MLA elements plus an MLD Downfill per side, with 18 MLX subwoofers arranged in a broadside cardioid array. “We were only covering 150ft because it was a small compound, but we also had to cover the crowds outside the compound,” explained MHA Audio president, Mike Scarfe. Therefore they added two delay masts, each consisting of 12 MLA Compact elements, to cover over 250ft of the Mall.
A broadcast link was also provided, as the event went out to 80 nations by satellite.
“It’s a unique space, with the Capitol Building as the backdrop. MLA is superb for the spoken word, I think that it’s the most articulate speaker out there,” Scarfe said.
Social distancing was firmly in place - around 1,200 people in an area generally designated for 5,000. The audience could enter in pairs and each row was spaced 12ft apart, with 8ft between the seats. Demarcations were set with many rows of bike rack fencing.
Germany - d&b audiotechnik has partnered with Gareth Owen Sound to launch En-Snap cue automation software, a significant step in advancing the application of the immersive sound experience that is Soundscape.
Since its launch in 2018, d&b Soundscape has provided audiences worldwide with an immersive audio reality that shapes deep and intense connections between audiences and artists. "En-Snap allows for even more efficient and seamless Soundscape integration within the wider entertainment technology ecosystem," the company says.
Developed by Gareth Owen Sound for d&b Soundscape, d&b is working in cooperation with the renowned sound designer and his team to make the powerful En-Snap tool available free-of-charge to registered d&b Soundscape customers and users.
Owen has already used Soundscape and an early version of the En-Snap tool to bring his sound designs to life on recent productions, including the Olivier Award winning sound design for Come From Away in London, the Broadway production of Diana, and the German productions of Bat Out of Hell and Starlight Express.
"The public launch of En-Snap is of huge significance to Soundscape users everywhere," comments Owen. "It provides a seamless and efficient way to integrate Soundscape into show programming and operation, greatly reducing the amount of time sound designers and engineers spend in the production phase."
En-Snap enables a straightforward cue-based control within the d&b Soundscape environment. The software tool connects di
UK - Production Park has secured a £12million Government loan which it plans to use to expand and develop its Wakefield campus over the next decade.
Production Park is one of the latest 11 major arts and heritage organisations across the UK to have received loan offers from the £1billion Cultural Recovery Fund, a combination of grant and loan cash from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), targeted to support a culture sector that has been devastated by the effects of COVID-19.
Other organisations to have benefitted from the £165m in repayable finance – and a further £58m in capital funding for ongoing construction and maintenance projects in the sector – announced by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden include the Royal Albert Hall, National Theatre, English National Opera, Alexandra Palace and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
“The Cultural Recovery Fund is very much a lifeline for many in the culture sector and has enabled them simply to survive in the short-term, but we have taken a much longer-term view by securing a loan that we will use to grow our business, create jobs and opportunities, and generate revenue in the sector for years to come,” said Lee Brooks, CEO of Production Park.
The £12m loan will drive investment by facilitating ambitious growth plans at Production Park. As well as providing rehearsal space for some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Coldplay, Little Mix and Peter Kay, the South Kirby site is home to more than more than 20 live events and creative businesse
Italy - Outline has announced the arrival of the latest member of their Vegas loudspeaker line, the Vegas 4.
Designed and manufactured in Italy, the Vegas 4 is a multi-purpose miniature loudspeaker featuring a single-driver design and employing a new 4” transducer created by Outline’s engineers specifically for the product. Its power handling, audio performance (even off-axis, traditionally not a strong point of single-driver designs), thoughtful design and robustness allow it to fulfil a huge range of roles in both fixed and mobile applications.
Measuring 12cm x 12cm x 12.6cm and weighing only 1.6Kg (3.5 lb), multiple Vegas 4s can be deployed in projects where high quality audio is required but where minimum visual impact is demanded - for example, delays and surrounds in theatre, in corporate AV, leisure, retail, worship and much more. When combined with Outline’s SUB 110 compact subwoofer a true full-range audio solution can be delivered in a small overall footprint.
Outline’s new L3000 DSP-equipped miniature power amplifier can drive and process up to 16 Vegas 4s, or eight Vegas 4s and two SUB 110s. Alternatively, any of Outline’s amplifiers will work just as well and the iP24 processor is the perfect external processing partner.
Every Vegas 4 is supplied with a specially-designed bracket which allows mounting on virtually any surface but also on regular microphone stands, so deployment in any situation is very easy. The enclosure is manufactured to IP55 protection rating, making it ideal for use in extremes of heat, cold and hu
USA - The View at Fountains is a 400-capacity conference and event space in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It occupies the top floor of Fountains at Gateway, a multi-purpose building occupied by office space, restaurants, retail shops, and, in the future, apartment units.
Aptly named, The View at Fountains features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking greenspace. All of that glass makes the space acoustically challenging, and that challenge is compounded by tile flooring, an exposed concrete ceiling, and dry wall.
Hesitant to upset the visual aesthetic, regional AV integration firm Centerline Audio Visual recommended Danley Sound Labs SH95 loudspeakers, which use Tom Danley’s patented Synergy Horn technology to deliver fidelity while keeping sound from bouncing off the walls and ceiling.
“Scott Graby owns the building and is also the sound tech at Franklin Road Baptist Church, where we had done some work involving Danley loudspeakers,” explained Scott Oliver, owner of Centerline Audio Visual. “The View at Fountains is a beautiful event centre that is perfect for weddings, conferences, and banquets. Unfortunately, all the reflective surfaces in the room caused a lot of intelligibility problems, and Scott [Graby] received complaints.”
“Scott [Oliver] did a room profile of the space, and his graph showed sound bouncing all over the place,” said Graby “He put together a quote for sound absorption panels that was not only costly but, would have marred the aesthetic of the space.
As an aside, he mentioned past success with Danley lou
USA - The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre began its life as a motion picture house in 1935 in the growing Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia. Over the years, the location transformed multiple times – the theatre’s website notes it was used for “a number of ventures” across multiple decades. But as age caught up with the theatre, it temporarily shuttered in 2002, seeking new renters.
The theatre found new life when a community-led non-profit worked to ‘Bring Back The Strand’ and renovated the space into a full-time public theatre devoted to live performance. It reopened in 2009 after a restoration that reintroduced fantastic red and gold architectural flourishes to the space.
However, the venue still had one challenge: the space wasn’t designed in line with traditional acoustical considerations. Reverberant surfaces and a uniquely constructed balcony resulted in poor intelligibility across the audience positions. So, after a decade of performances, the Strand Theatre upgraded to Renkus-Heinz.
“The community had noticed the sound had been lacklustre for a while,” said James Denmon, owner of Denmon Technical Services – the firm that integrated the new audio system at The Strand Theatre. “They’d tried multiple ways to fix it over the years, but it never quite sounded its best. That changed when we brought in a Renkus-Heinz system as a demo. They were very, very surprised by the difference it made.”
The theatre’s new audio system utilises the Renkus-Heinz ICLive X Series – featuring four different arrays each mad
Germany - Bewake Studios in Berlin has become the first recording facility to install a multichannel monitoring system fully outfitted with Spacemap Go, Meyer Sound’s for spatial sound design and mixing.
The installation of Spacemap Go was prompted by German electronic music icons Jan Werner and Andi Toma. They have been in residence at Bewake Studios since late 2018, and have occupied an exclusive sub-rented space and operated under the moniker Paraverse Studio. Their facility has a separate connection to the 50sq.m main recording room - where Spacemap Go is available - which is shared with Bewake’s other clients.
“Andi and Jan first experienced an earlier version of Spacemap Go at Moogfest two years ago, which started an ongoing relationship with Meyer Sound,” notes Adam Kesselhaut, the studio’s co-founder and managing director as well as a producer and songwriter. “That eventually led to the installation of Spacemap Go here. Because of the virus restrictions they have mostly been using it for their own projects, but they have been developing content so we expect they will use that in small events, inviting a few select people. I know they are really itching to get going with Spacemap Go, to make some cool, crazy stuff and get other artists in here to experience it.”
Studio co-founder and producer/engineer Martin ‘Lucky. Waschkowitsch found time to experiment with Spacemap Go and the results exceeded his expectations.
“To be honest, I was surprised that it works so well,” he says. “I was expecting phase issues as you w
Europe - The MOSAiC expedition (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) is seen as the largest Arctic research voyage of all time and a milestone in climate research. The expedition set sail from Tromsø in Norway in September 2019 and came to an end with the return of the main expedition vessel, the icebreaker Polarstern, to its home port of Bremerhaven, Germany, in October this year.
During the expedition, the Polarstern had docked onto Arctic sea ice and drifted through the Arctic Ocean on a gigantic ice floe. As the ship drifted with the ice, it had contact with a network of measuring stations covering many kilometres. One aim of the expedition was to gain a better understanding of the Arctic’s influence on the global climate in order to make more reliable predictions.
One of those taking part in the expedition was Friederike Marie Krüger, a German teacher who had the opportunity to exchange the classroom with a research ship for six weeks in order to create teaching materials. In addition to creating a short documentary of the expedition, which she recorded using Sennheiser microphones, her teaching materials are available on the expedition’s education subsite.
Friederike Marie Krüger who works as a geography teacher, said, “It was entirely by chance that I came across an advertisement for the MOSAiC expedition – they were explicitly looking for teachers to accompany the project. Actually, this is quite common practice in research expeditions, as the aim is to open up additional perspectives to a broad
Europe - Ashly Audio has announced a partnership with COMM-TEC Exertis to extend product availability across Europe.
"In order to further expand our range of audio solutions and provide them to an enhanced customer base, we were looking for an outstanding distributor for AV solutions in Europe,” said Jim Mack, CEO of Ashly. “In COMM-TEC Exertis we have found the perfect partner to further expand Ashly's distribution throughout the region. We look forward to many exciting projects and a long-term partnership that will allow us to offer our comprehensive product range to an even wider range of customers.”
COMM-TEC Exertis is a full-range supplier of AV/IT media technology across Europe and works to offers its partners the right solutions for almost any application: from live set-up, office space and conference rooms to background sound in bars and restaurants.
"Ashly Audio has a first-class reputation for outstanding sound quality, technical flexibility, reliability and longevity, which perfectly complements the COMM-TEC portfolio," said Carsten Steinecker, managing director of business development at COMM-TEC. "Thus, customers benefit from high-quality All-in-One solutions for almost all application areas, and COMM-TEC strengthens its position as a solution-oriented full-range supplier in the market.”
Over the past two years, Ashly has introduced a number of new solutions that enable comprehensive integrations in more physical locations and more types of businesses around the globe. Among the new offerings are the integrated mixer amp
USA - When Caesars Entertainment, who operate the world-renowned Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, planned their next expansion phase - Caesars Forum, a new state-of-the-art conference centre - they needed a first-class technical infrastructure for site wide multi-signal transmission over this large facility, and opted for BroaMan, the video and data based sister company to Optocore.
Locally based design and engineering specialists, National Technology Associates (NTA) have a long track record working with the Caesars Entertainment family, including LINQ promenade, the High Roller, and many restaurants and venues. Thus they were again contracted, and as their project manager Shane Snell recognized the building was way too big to run traditional SDI cabling, he instead turned to a BroaMan fibre solution.
BroaMan offers customised fibre solutions as well as standard devices for every application that requires IP/SDI/HD/3G video transport or routing, no matter what the scale or complexity. In the BroaMan environment, all open standards can be integrated - digital video, audio and data - on the same low latency fibre infrastructure.
The conference centre itself measures a massive 550,000sq.ft including more than 300,000sq.ft of flexible meeting space with the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world at 110,000 square feet each. The facility has direct access to 3 first class hotels with 8,500 Caesars Entertainment hotel rooms and 20,000 more within walking distance.
Snell explained that the original design had “tons of SDI cabling” run
USA - Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) has added the Tour Series (TS) Helical Antenna to their antenna line. The TS Helical differs from their standard helical versions (available in both the 460-900MHz and 900-1000MHz frequency ranges) because it was designed with a lower profile making it useful for applications that require compact size and easy storage for touring applications.
“The TS Helical was a product that we had kicked around for a while,” explains Jim Van Winkle, general manager for Orlando-headquartered PWS. “Touring professionals and integrators were looking for something that was less obtrusive in size and visibility. All our helical units have circular polarization, created by a rigid helix for consistent performance, but the helix on the TS is significantly shorter -almost 7" - than the traditional version."
The new antenna offers the same coverage pattern as the Domed Helical Antenna. Every PWS Helical antenna offers drop-out free RF performance for IEM, wireless mics, and intercoms along with ‘greater bandwidth, longer range, and rock-solid reliability’. The all-new smoked, transparent materials give the TS a stealth look that will blend in with staging and scenery, says the company.
“Unlike traditional whip or fin antennas - which transmit and receive signals in a single polarization - the circular motion of the RF field emitted by a helical antenna distributes the signal through all possible polarisations,” adds Justin Van Winkle, production manager for PWS. “This is key to reducing the risk of drop-outs. An
Europe Pioneer Pro Audio is expanding its CM Series to include four new units: the 10-inch CM-510ST subwoofer and the IP54-rated 4-inch CM-S54T, 6-inch CM-S56T and 8-inch CM-S58T surface mount loudspeakers.
Says Pioneer, “Since we launched the XY Series loudspeakers, installers have told us they’d like to see smaller speakers added to our range to enable turnkey installations at a wider variety of venues. Nightclubs, bars, shops, offices, hotels and restaurants are just some of the environments where more discreet boxes are needed. And, in areas such as corridors, bathrooms and VIP zones, nightclub installations also often require sound in tight spaces where large units are unnecessary or can’t be accommodated.
“Drawing on our club loudspeaker manufacturing heritage, the versatile two-way CM-S54T, CM-S56T and CM-S58T, and the Kelton-configured CM-510ST subwoofer, produce premium-quality audio.”
Available in black or white, these new units are designed for discreet installation in a variety of spaces where reliability is crucial, and the loudspeakers can even be used for some applications outdoors.
The new speakers can be controlled by Powersoft’s recently released ArmoníaPlus 2.0 software. This tool enables you to assemble systems in simpler, more effective ways as it eliminates the need for an external matrix and reduces the number of cable runs in many applications. Everything can be easily controlled via a mobile app that you can use to adjust the sound in different zones.
USA - When the leaders at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama green lighted a full renovation of the mega church’s 2,700-seat main worship centre, the job of designing and building a modern, upgraded audio system was awarded to Blackhawk Audio.
In addition to quality sound and coverage, Shades Mountain also wanted to ensure that the new system was discrete in that it was contained within a very compact grill cloth area. Blackhawk found the solution with EAW and its ADAPTive line, including its Anya and Anna loudspeakers and Otto subwoofers, as well as its VFR89i Stage Monitors.
“One of the biggest selling points of the EAW ADAPTive speaker system was that in addition to its audio quality and excellent coverage, it also was low profile and would not visually overwhelm the sanctuary,” says Blackhawk Audio president Rick Shimer. “The previous look of the sanctuary had a very large ‘speaker cluster’ with grill cloth. Ensuring that the PA system was less obtrusive while also offering pristine sound was a main factor for this project; they wanted a particular look and we are able to achieve this using EAW’s Anya, Anna and Otto.”
The upgrade, which consisted of over 30 EAW speakers, included two Anya’s each for far house left and far house right, six Anna’s each for house left and right, two Anna’s for down-fills, six Otto subwoofers for centre and eight VFR89i passive two-way stage monitors for the choir.
“The EAW ADAPTive platform has proved to be the best choice for sonic clarity and acoustical control acr
USA - Southcrest Baptist Church has remodelled a former worship centre on its campus in Lubbock, Texas, reopening it as The Venue, a multipurpose space outfitted with a new Solid State Logic Live L200 digital mixing console. The new L200 desk is being used to mix front-of-house, monitors and a live stream of The Venue’s Sunday morning service, which features a five-piece contemporary band.
The new L200, which was put into service in early November, is the third SSL Live desk to be installed at Southcrest Baptist Church. In 2017, the church opened a newly constructed 46,000sq.ft, 1,600-seat Worship Centre on its campus that is equipped with a pair of SSL Live L300 consoles. One manages front-of-house and monitors and the other handles audio-for-video duties, including live streaming and recording.
“We put in a new audio system in The Venue and wanted an SSL board to keep the continuity between the two main spaces,” says Rusty Trowbridge, the church’s technical director and FOH/monitor mixer in the Worship Centre. “We have three Live boards now, and it’s awesome.”
Trowbridge and his AV media team integrated the new L200 themselves in the revamped space, which can hold up to 800 people. The new SSL system, which is operated by FOH mixer Tyler Gutierrez, includes an ML 32.32 Stage box with SuperAnalogue mic/line inputs at the stage with an ML 32 at the FOH position, networked via an SSL Blacklight II.D MADI Concentrator.
“We’re doing a live stream out of The Venue, which was one of the things that helped us choose the SSL Live,
UK - The unprecedented challenges that 2020 presented the live music industry has in turn led to the creative use of technology - by venues and other arts organisations - to continue to deliver performances on-line. Among those adopting a forward-thinking approach to the current situation is Wiltshire Music Centre, located in Bradford-on-Avon, which has been running a series of live streamed concerts from its newly-installed broadcast suite - including a recent performance by artist-in-residence Tom Poster and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.
In adapting the venue’s concert hall for streaming, an Allen & Heath Avantis digital mixing system was recently supplied by Plymouth-based Nubsound, to integrate with an existing Dante network and a new camera package for broadcast.
“The venue had been running an Allen & Heath GLD for the past six or seven years in the main auditorium,” explained Joshua Small from the company’s systems and special projects division, “and when it came to designing the new broadcast facility they were keen to retain it to take care of the mix for livestreaming. This left a space to be filled in the auditorium and the Avantis was their first choice.
“We supplied the Avantis console fitted out with two Dante networking cards and it’s harnessed to GX4816 and DT168 stageboxes, which allow for a huge input count from the stage and flexibility gathering sounds from around the entire building, as the DT168 works perfectly over the pre-existing Cat 6 tie lines already had in place.”
“I knew that Dante
USA - In the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier, Experience Church is part of a new generation of houses of worship, a non-denominational Christian church bringing their message to parishioners via modern music and technology. The 500-seat sanctuary welcomes parishioners with upbeat, amplified music and innovative videos.
Installed more than 15 years ago, the church’s sound system was showing its age and in need of an update. Uncertain of the cost and in need of ideas, the church contacted Sumner, WA-based McCauley Systems for advice and consultation.
“I’ve had a long-standing relationship with this church, having designed and consulted on the original sound system about 15 years ago,” reports McCauley Systems principal Ryan McCauley. “Fundamentally the system is still in good shape, with excellent coverage and impact, but many of the loudspeaker components in particular were approaching the end of their useful lives, and some of the amplification and other electronics were beginning to fail.
”With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, budgets were also a concern. “Since I’d designed the original system, I suggested refurbishing that system rather than replacing it,” McCauley continues. “With the advancements in loudspeaker technology, we were able to not only replace the failing components, but update them with more modern versions, far superior in performance and sound quality.
”Perhaps even more significant have been the advancements in DSP and amplifier technology. “What was state-of-the-art 15 years ago
UK - Silent Seminars (Silent Noize Events), has launched a mobile app designed to allow audiences to listen to live audio using their own headsets.
Intended to work alongside their existing physical headset systems, the app allows users choice when accessing audio at live events. By offering audiences the option to use their own headsets, the Birmingham based headset supplier is hoping to generate user confidence and demonstrate that delegate health and safety is being taken seriously.
With the option to download the app from either the Apple or Google Play stores, users can connect to the content from their smart phones and listen to the audio using their own headphones. Users can choose which seminar they want to listen to and simply press play to access live events that they would otherwise hear over loudspeakers, or through Silent Seminar’s headsets. The app will help event organisers to continue to deliver clear audio at large and small-scale events with the option to stream in as many different theatres as required, and in multiple languages.
The flexibility of the app means it can also be used outside of the conference and exhibition arena. Being completely mobile and power free opens it up for a multitude of other uses such as fitness classes, yoga, cinema, tour guides and film screenings. Music and audio can be delivered ‘silently’ via personal headsets in any environment.
The app is fully customisable, so event information, branding, and sponsorship can all be included in the individual event tab with the additional option to
Korea - To create an immersive platform to showcase local culture and arts, Geumjeong Arko Performing Practice Centre partnered with TechDataPS Co to deploy a high-quality sound system from Harman Professional Solutions.
With the foundation of a self-sustaining creative ecosystem, Geumjeong Arko Performing Practice Centre is an optimised practice space for performing artists. The venue consists of a grand practice room, two substantial practice rooms, and two small practice rooms. It also provides a showcase space for performing artists and groups.
TechDataPS Co reports that the client wanted a high-quality audio system to record and edit audio. They also wanted to maximise the design setup and use the space for both practice and small performances. Such a setup needed the infrastructure and speaker systems to be flexibly configured, providing them with the opportunity to change the layout from horizontal to vertical when needed. Harman Professional audio systems were chosen for the task.
The speaker and subwoofer system installed consists of the JBL AM7212 full-range loudspeaker system with a dual voice coil and dual magnetic gap. PRX818XLF self-powered extended low-frequency subwoofer system with remote Wi-Fi control and PRX812W full-range speakers were fitted to the main system and floor monitor applications, offering powerful JBL signature sound and complete wireless control.
The loudspeaker and subwoofer system is supported with Crown XTI6002 and XTI4002 amplifiers and Soundcraft VI1 mixing console. As the client wanted a flexible, eas
Argentina - In April 2018, the Government of Santiago del Estero, together with the Argentine Football Association (AFA), began drawing up plans for a new provincial stadium that was to commence construction in June. Although its destiny of serving as a host venue for the 2020 Copa América was derailed due to the pandemic, the stadium was still completed nevertheless, its final design complying with all FIFA, CONMEBOL, and AFA standards.
The finished Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades consists of a cylindrical covered stadium with a capacity of 28,000 seated spectators, and includes VIP sections, press booths, spaces for catering, and covered parking for 400 cars, as well as a main access plaza and sports museum.
The Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades is also the first stadium in the country to be designed with the sound system in mind from the early stages of construction stage, making it one of the most future-proof venues in Argentina.
The audio portion of this ambitious project was entrusted to Equaphon Sistemas de Sonido SRL, an Argentine company with more than 45 years of experience in the professional audio market.
“In this type of venue, the safety of the equipment is a determining factor,” said Rubén Branca, Equaphon’s managing director. “Thanks to the different limiters offered by the Powersoft amplification platforms, a very high degree of system security is achieved.”
As of June this year, all Powersoft amplifier platforms have achieved EN 54-16 certification, which provides an extra layer of certainty to the cus
Canada - Adamson Systems Engineering’s CS-Series powered loudspeakers provided the audio for Big Wreck’s recent drive-in show at Canada’s Ancaster Fairgrounds
While drive-in concerts have become commonplace during the pandemic, increasingly they require traditional live sound reinforcement and the ability to transmit over FM, explains Colin Moore of Soundbox: “It’s all about the experience, so it’s becoming a mandatory part of the production specifications, and bands and audiences prefer it that way.” You can still socially distance and have great sound, he continues, adding: “Maybe one out of every 10 cars had their doors closed and the radio on, but most people were listening to the PA.”
Big Wreck FOH engineer, Dan Preston adds: “With some rigs, the guitars are producing frequencies through the cabinets that they’re not producing through the actual amp and, as far as the guitars, in particular, Ian Thornley has an expansive sound - a big, wide tone that needs to be reproduced accurately. I was able to do that here without having to fight the PA. I actually had to dial back my effects from a prior mix considerably. I use a lot of rolling and trap delays with Big Wreck and, with this PA, I didn’t have to fight for them to be heard or separate at all.”
Soon after Adamson officially launched the CS-Series, Soundbox purchased CS Upgrade kits for their entire Adamson S-Series inventory; 28 CS10, eight CS7, and six CS119 kits in all. “And based on their performance we’re really happy we did,” Moore adds. In all, for Y108 P
UK - Austrian Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology have announced the OC818 Dual Set Plus, a kit centred around two of the OC818 large capsule condenser microphones as well as a host of accessories. The OC818 Dual Set Plus is available now.
To introduce the new kit, Austrian Audio is offering a free OCR8 bluetooth dongle with every Dual Set Plus purchased, while supplies last.
“We have seen a huge increase in demand for stereo configurations, especially from studio users,” says Martin Seidl, CEO of Austrian Audio, “so we decided to offer the complete package that meets all the recording needs of artists, producers and engineers, whether they record at home or in a studio.”
The OC818 Dual Set Plus which comes in a stylish carrying case, contains: two OC818 large diaphragm condenser microphones with switchable polar patterns; two OCS8 elastic microphone spreader; two OCW8 windscreen; two OCH8 microphone clamp; two OCC8 Mini XLR cable and one SB1 Stereo bar.
UK - Martin Audio has announced new additions and upgraded voicing for its CDD series - as well as improved production capacity - as part of a concerted effort to meet the growing needs of installation applications.
CDD was original launched in 2015, bringing engineering innovation to installed applications, combining distinctive curved enclosures with patent protected Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology. Martin Audio further extended the range in ensuing years with both weatherised and marine editions to cater for all outdoor environments including cruise ships.
During the pandemic, Martin Audio has seen a plethora of small to medium installations, both indoors and out, to keep sales of CDD extremely buoyant. Bars and restaurants upgraded systems or extended to outdoor areas to better cater for clientele in changing conditions; houses of worship adapted to socially-distanced congregations with the need for improved coverage and consistency, while education facilities similarly needed better solutions to manage socially-distanced students.
Martin Audio has taken the opportunity to maximise the potential of the series by increasing production capacity, while extending product lines to include transformer variants of the popular 8” and 10” models, as well as improving the voicing across the series for an up-to-date sound and consistency to the family, straight out of the box.
In terms of increasing production capacity, Martin Audio has achieved this through improved sourcing of suppliers as well as changing the 12” and 15” from
UK - Flipside Soundsystem has installed a new audio system at the recently opened contemporary Asian restaurant, Blue Jasmine. Based in Southampton, the fine dining venue needed an aesthetically pleasing installation for both indoor and outdoor use, and Flipside met this need with equipment from Yamaha and Apart Audio.
Blue Jasmine’s co-owners, Xi and Phoebe Zhao required an audio installation that could be distributed across; the bar, a VIP room, two main dining spaces, a raised dining area and the toilet facilities. With a Yamaha MTX3 acting as the brain of the entire system, Flipside installed a wall panel control for each zone of the restaurant, allowing easy accessibility and seamless coverage.
“Usually with restaurant sound system installations, owners are never too specific on how they want the audio to integrate into their design of the space – they tend to fall into one of two camps: either low to the ground or high in the atmosphere and that’s it,” says Flipside managing director, James Cooper. “But Xi and Phoebe clearly had a good idea of how they were going to integrate the sound system across the newly designed space and were ultimately convinced by our approach.”
The Flipside team wanted subs throughout the whole space and tried to work out the most efficient way of getting consistent coverage across all of the tables without using a large number of amplification channels. “The Yamaha’s VSX series are equipped with an internal 100V line transformer which allowed us to operate at both high and low impedance just by