Germany - Prolight+Sound will not be held in 2020. A statement from Messe Frankfurt, the show’s organisers reads: “On 12 March, the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration issued general decrees prohibiting large-scale events expected to attract more than 1,000 visitors. At the present time, it cannot be assumed that the current situation will have changed by the time the postponed event was to have been held. Therefore, Messe Frankfurt has decided to cancel the event.”
The event was originally scheduled to take place 31 March - 3 April but was postponed to May due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Detlef Braun, a member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt, comments: “We did everything we could to hold Prolight+Sound 2020 as soon as possible after the original dates and would like to extend our thanks to the response and support from numerous companies and organisations that said they wanted to join forces with us to do so. We are very sorry to have to cancel the fair. However, we firmly believe that, under the current circumstances, this is unavoidable.”
The next Prolight+Sound will be held from 13 to 16 April 2021.
Europe - ACME Lighting and Highlite International are the latest companies to announce that they will no longer be exhibiting at the postponed Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this May, due to the health risks posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“At this moment, the entire entertainment industry is experiencing huge challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to the virus,” says Marco Galli, EMEA sales director at ACME Lighting. “We take the health of our staff and customers very seriously. Well-being and containment of COVID-19 is our duty and priority, and therefore, regretfully, we are forced to cancel plans to participate in Prolight+Sound 2020.”
Meanwhile, a statement from Highlite reads: “We have decided not to participate in Prolight+Sound 2020. The new dates after the postponement of the fair do not fit within our plans and vision of the industry. It is not an easy decision because every year we are eager to talk to our customers and contacts and to show our new products. Of course, the health of visitors and our employees comes first, which is why we respect the choice of Prolight+Sound.”
Both companies remain focussed on developing new products. “We would like to reassure our friends and partners that ACME is continuing to innovate and manufacture within the current restrictions and taking into account the safety of all of our team,” Galli continues. “We will keep all of our stakeholders informed and up-to-date in the coming weeks as we respond to COVID-19.”
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USA - Under the direction of New York state governor Andrew Cuomo, Broadway shows in New York City will suspend all performances immediately in support of the health and well-being of the theatre-going public, as well as those who work in the theatre industry, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Performances will commence the week of April 13, 2020.
"Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals," said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League. "Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich, and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality. Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart, and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night."
Those holding tickets for performances through April 12, 2020 should contact their point of purchase for refunds and exchanges.
The Broadway League will continue to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus situation on behalf of the Broadway community and make decisions as circumstances require, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and state and local health officials.
In other news, Carnegie Hall and the institutions associated with Lincoln Center (including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and N
UK - Silent Conference supported the live-to-vinyl recording event by Record Store Day 2020 ambassadors The Big Moon at Metropolis Studios, London.
Ahead of Record Store Day – which takes place this year on 18 April – The Big Moon recorded their Record Store Day release live in front of an audience at Metropolis Studios on 5 March.
Metropolis Studios recreated the experience of recording live to vinyl, a process that was once used regularly by musicians. The attending audience, comprised of music industry personnel and fans of The Big Moon, used wireless headphones provided by Silent Conference to listen to each individual track as it was performed and recorded live. Through the headphones, attendees also heard conversation between the band members (Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathan, Celia Archer and Fern Ford) and studio engineers throughout the recording process, as well as comments from The Big Moon.
Tom Stirling, marketing manager, Silent Conference, commented: “Our wireless headphones and technology have been used for all sorts of events around the world, but this was a new experience we are proud to have supported with our partners at Metropolis Studios and Record Store Day. Recording live to vinyl requires performances from confident and accomplished artists – and, as everyone listening on the headphones can attest, The Big Moon were more than up to the daunting task.”
Gavin Newman, brand director at Metropolis Studios, added: “We consider ourselves privileged to be able to combine today’s technology with the techniques of the
Taiwan - HK Audio has increased its presence in Taiwan by appointing Winly Corporation as its exclusive distributor in the state.
As of January 2020, Winly is responsible for the entire HK Audio product catalogue in Taiwan, covering everything from portable sound products such as Premium PR:O, all the way through to professional – like the Cosmo integrative line array – and install solutions.
Founded over 40 years ago and based in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, Winly has grown from a small office with only two desks into a corporation with over 50 employees covering sales and distribution as well as system integration and production services.
Andy Chen, CEO of Winly, said: “We were looking for a line of high quality speaker cabinets and HK Audio offers exactly what we wanted. Designed and manufactured in Germany to the highest quality standards, HK Audio’s product range covers many market segments. We are very happy that we are given the opportunity to represent this great brand in Taiwan.”
Andreas Mayerl, HK Audio’s head of market development, said: “It’s great to have Winly Corporation on board as our new partner. When I visited the Winly team in February 2020, I was impressed by their approach to deliver only the highest quality in all their activities. This is a great match for HK Audio and I am convinced that Winly will establish HK Audio very well on the market in Taiwan.”
USA - US-based trade show USITT has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event was was due to celebrate its 60th anniversary edition this 1-4 April.
A statement from the shows organisers reads: “The USITT Board of Directors, in an unanimous vote, has cancelled the 2020 Annual Conference & Stage Expo scheduled for April 1-4 in Houston.”
USITT executive director David Grindle said in a video message posted on the show’s website: “I have to let you know that we have cancelled this year’s annual Conference and Stage Expo. This is a very, very difficult decision. At USITT we talk a lot about safety and health and making sure our workplaces are safe spaces. Today, we had to make the hard decision to ensure the safety and health of our members.”
He continues: “This is unprecedented in the 60-year history of USITT, but our Board of Directors felt that they would be doing a disservice to our members and our industry by moving ahead in this time of global uncertainty. If you’ve already registered for the conference or are an exhibitor, you’ll be receiving emails over the next several days with more information. On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for standing with USITT in this time. As we move forward, know that our members’ interest is always what guides us. Thank you.”
USA - Christian Life Assembly is a thriving church in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Its pie wedge-shaped sanctuary seats approximately 2,000, a capacity that is met many times over during the staging of its regionally-famous Christmas pageant.
However, the church struggled to deliver high-impact services and feedback-free performances. Its 38-box distributed loudspeaker system couldn’t deliver the goods. Local AVL integration firm Emmaus Media & Design came up with a plan to replace those 38 loudspeakers with just five Danley boxes, including two Danley J2-96 Jericho Horns, as well as new Danley systems in the youth and the kids’ rooms – all for less than half of what other firms bid for the sanctuary system alone.
“Danley’s well-designed point-source loudspeakers can do the work of numerous line array elements, which makes a Danley system way less expensive than a comparable conventional system,” explained Tim James, owner of Emmaus Media & Design. “On top of that, Danley’s phase coherence and fidelity make their boxes sound better than conventional designs. The pattern control is amazing. In short, Danley boxes cost way less, sound way better, and give me all the pattern control I need.”
The main sanctuary now has a stereo pair of Danley J2-96 Jericho Horns, each powered by its own 20,000-Watt Danley DNA 20k4 Pro amplifier with integrated DSP and model presets. A pair of Danley SH60’s provide mezzanine-fill, and a single Danley BC415 subwoofer flown in the centre of the room gets underneath the already low response of the Je
Germany - Batschkapp Frankfurt, one of the most famous clubs for rock concerts and alternative music in Germany, has turned again to Martin Audio for its monitor requirements, equipping its stage with LE200 monitors.
Founded in 1976, The Batschkapp moved to a new, larger location at the end of 2013, where concerts from rock to hip hop take place almost daily. The technology in the Batschkapp has to be particularly robust to withstand the constant strain, and also has to be suitable for a wide mix of music genres in terms of sound.
"Almost half of our bands and musicians still play with classical floor monitors,” explains Andi Kerl, technical director of the Batschkapp, "In order to keep the transport effort low, many productions nowadays rely on the in-house loudspeakers on location. Therefore, our monitors must also have a high rider acceptance.”
For more than 20 years, the Batschkapp had been using wedges from Martin Audio as stage monitors, which were now to be replaced by new generation loudspeakers. Audio-Technica and Wolfgang ‘Schabbach’ Neumann from Schabbach Enterprises, with whom Batschkapp has been working for many years, advised the club on site.
“The Batschkapp wanted to retain the same reference sound of the previous monitors but at the same time be able to continue using their existing power amplifiers - which is no problem for Martin Audio,” says Schabbach. "Our recommendation, therefore, was for 12 LE200 monitors, which also have the advantage of Coaxial Differential Dispersion design.”
UAE - Genelec has appointed GSL Professional as its new distribution partner in the Middle East, covering the territories of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain & Iraq.
Based in Dubai, GSL Professional was established over 20 years ago with the aim of bringing the best in professional audio, video, lighting and control solutions to customers across the Middle East.
“We are extremely proud to represent Genelec as part of our premium product portfolio for distribution across the Middle East region. I am looking forward to building a strong relationship with our new partner, and extending Genelec’s business through our extensive channel partner network,” said Adrian Curtis, managing director at GSL Professional.
Arun Kumar, Genelec’s regional business development manager for the Middle East, added: “So much of our global business now is based around providing complete loudspeaker solutions, whether the customer is a music studio, broadcast facility or installation project. That requires distributors with a highly developed commercial and technical understanding of our range, and we can’t imagine a better qualified regional partner than Adrian and his GSL Professional team.”
Greece - Technically Creative are in the midst of completing a project in Athens. The Xplore FEC just outside of the capital, is due to have the second phase of installation completed, with the Technically Creative project spanning five months from September of last year.
The family entertainment centre is split into three sections, the Exploratorium, Adventureland and the Aquarium. Children and parents have the opportunity to play a laser harp, or a giant piano. They can design and service a car, or race each other in the racing simulator. You can even feed virtual fish.
There will also be a new product debuting from Technically Creative at Athens FEC, Virtual Village. The product design and programming for this exhibit has taken the team nearly six months of preparation, and once installed visitors will use various transport types, such as boats planes, trains and automobiles, as physical hands on models to place on the sensing internal projection table. The sensing system knows where and what transport type has been placed down on the table, and through the use of live rendering software builds the virtual village in real time
In addition to the interactive exhibits for children, Technically Creative has also provided the centre with all of its lighting, show control, electrical control system, audio and PA systems throughout.
Director Marc said, “From inception, through design and with great input from the client team I’m very proud for the company and my team to have played a major part in delivering this magnificent project. I’m su
USA - With World Theatre Day 2020 fast approaching on 27 March, Point Source Audio is marking the occasion by offering one non-profit youth arts organisation the chance to win $5,000 worth of microphones from the Embrace series. Featuring ‘a concealable design that stays firmly in place even during the most energetic of productions’, the Embrace microphones are suited to young performers.
Having previously donated Point Source Audio products as part of its Decade of Innovation competition back in 2018, the manufacturer is once again championing arts education by asking its social media followers on Facebook to nominate non-profit organisations who they think are deserving of the prize. From youth theatre groups to schools, the competition is open to any non-profit community-led organisation or group that is supporting young people in the arts.
At the core of this World Theatre Day initiative is a mission to celebrate the unsung heroes who are providing invaluable arts education and development to young performers. “It’s so important to recognize the work of individuals and organizations who are making a difference for young people through performance,” explains Yvonne Ho, vice president of sales & marketing at Point Source Audio. “Running this competition is our way of raising awareness of what these fantastic companies are doing to nurture and instill confidence in young talent across the globe.”
Everyone is welcome to enter a worthy school or non-profit simply by visiting Point Source Audio’s Facebook page, and tagging or namin
Australia - The new Sydney Coliseum Theatre is the first of its kind in the rapidly developing region of Greater Western Sydney and features L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology.
“Rooty Hill draws on a very large catchment area that stretches from the Blue Mountains to Canberra, Hornsby and the city. Visitors are coming to a world class theatre without having to pay toll fees or parking charges. With a new international airport being planned close by, the road and rail infrastructure are excellent,” says The Coliseum technical operations manager Bicci Henderson.
Henderson had served 12 years at the Lyric Theatre and had no intention of moving, until he saw Sydney Coliseum. A visit to the venue became the turning point for Henderson; as he was so impressed with what the team was working to achieve that he wanted to be part of it.
Soon after joining the theatre, Henderson made a trip to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to hear The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra perform John Williams’ Oscar-nominated film score live for a screening of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, presented in L-ISA Hyperreal sound. “I was greatly impressed, with the incredible multi-dimensional definition. Soon after, I went to see a performance using an L-C-R point source system and felt there was no connection with the audience. It stopped at the stage and the show suffered as a result.”
Henderson was determined to use the technology in The Coliseum. “The L-ISA experience was the reference and I knew we had to get it,” furthers Hen
UK - The 40th edition of the Brit Awards, held on 18 February at London’s O2 Arena, featured the event’s most challenging audio production to date; designed and executed by long-term audio partner, Britannia Row Productions.
Brit Row delivered a multi-stage sound system with a secondary PA in tow, utilising Out Board TiMax 3D spatial audio control. This enabled performances - which included a highly anticipated appearance from Stormzy - to take place under - not in front of - the PA and allowed host Jack Whitehall’s vocal to be localised into the nearest audio system as he worked the busy room.
Delivered to both people in the venue a live television audience, “there is never a compromise on the audio,” says Britannia Row sound designer Josh Lloyd. “The high standard expected is driven by the level of performances; every artist knows this is a huge platform, and the sound has to be perfect.”
Created once again by Misty Buckley, the show design allowed for a sympathetic main PA position, while the secondary system was flown high to keep out of shot. Lloyd designed a centre sub array for both stages to provide even energy in the room.
The main stage audio system comprised mains hangs of K1 with K2 for down-fills and side-hangs, centrally, a flown end fire array of KS28s was deployed. Stage 3’s PA comprised K2 arrays with Kara down-fills and a central flown array of KS28s, designed to give even coverage whilst maintaining maximum rejection over the performance space. Delay hangs were a mixture of K2 and A15s with part of th
USA - For the 5th Avenue Theatre, a venue that seats almost 2,200 patrons, having a fully stocked arsenal of microphones to rely on for its theatrical productions is of utmost importance. The Seattle-based theatre has found that dependability with DPA Microphones, which were recently deployed for the venue’s production of Marie, Dancing Still.
The 5th Avenue Theatre’s stock of DPA microphones includes 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics, 4011 Cardioid Microphones, 4099 Instrument Microphones, and the newest addition, the brand’s 6061 Omnidirectional Subminiature Microphones. “We are happy to add DPA mics to our inventory whenever we can,” says Karen Katz, head sound engineer for The 5th Avenue Theatre.
For Marie, Dancing Still, a theatrical production based on dance and ballet, it was crucial for the sound design team at The 5th Avenue Theatre to implement a microphone solution that would stay in place. “The thin diameter of the 6061 lavaliers is impressive and made it easy for us to use a toupee clip to attach the microphone to the performer’s head, knowing it would remain secured throughout the show,” adds Katz. “With other mics, we often had cables falling out of the clips, but the low-profile 6061 mic provided us with ample flexibility and mobility for the dance-based production.”
Marie, Dancing Still sound designer Kai Harada comments, “We chose the DPA 6061s knowing they would have a similar sonic signature to the existing 4061 stock, with the added advantage of being smaller in size. The sonic cons
The Netherlands - A prominent player in the world of LED displays and audio-visual productions as well as part of the NEP Worldwide Network, Faber Audiovisuals, hosted a virtual production demo at Amsterdam Studios at the end of February.
As part of the event, Brompton Technology was invited to present its HDR (High Dynamic Range) solution on LED screens set up as greenscreen replacements for film and TV. Enabled by Brompton’s Dynamic Calibration technology, HDR delivers images that appear ‘perceptibly sharper, more vivid, detailed and lifelike’.
Though the use of LED screens in film has been slowly increasing over the past decade, the advances in resolution, brightness and colour range (HDR) coupled with the growing affordability of these technologies in the last couple of years have made LED screens an increasingly attractive option for both high profile productions and more budget conscious applications alike. LED screens on camera can now provide immersive, realistic backdrops to filming. Shooting sets “live” in this way can also help to lessen the cost and time previously dedicated to post-production VFX work.
As part of their event, Faber Audiovisuals demonstrated Virtual Production (VP) as a new production process that merges physical objects, such as actors and real-world camera movements, into real-time CGI. They also showcased rendering solutions and the process of VP to create a digital world: beginning with the inception of the idea and ending with the final visual effects (VFX), centred around the real-time interaction on set.
Singapore - Ctrl Fre@k’s Jeffrey Yue has drawn upon his extensive know-how plus creative AV technology including TiMax SoundHub spatial audio servers - to realise a five-act multimedia extravaganza within century-old Fort Canning, to commemorate Singapore’s 200-year milestone.
From Singapore to Singaporean: The bicentennial Experience is a one-hour immersive, multi-sensory journey that charts Singapore’s 500-year history prior to the British arrival in 1819 and onwards to the present day. As technical consultant and systems designer for audio, video, lighting and multimedia control aspects of the exhibit, Ctrl Fre@k’s remit was to integrate the work of numerous design agencies and creative consultants into a unified whole using the most sophisticated technologies, with TiMax SoundHub in the frame to facilitate a cohesive audio journey.
The temporary exhibit features LED walls, revolving stages, rain shower rooms and actors on travelators, across five separate areas or ‘acts’ serviced by 80 channels of SMPTE timecode-driven audio, served from two TiMax SoundHub frames (32 and 48 channels/tracks respectively) to individual amp racks via redundant primary and secondary Dante networks.
“This venue wasn’t built for such an ambitious exhibit,” Yue points out. “Therefore, the acoustics are very poor and we could not apply any treatment in these rooms.” The role of the TiMax SoundHub was at the least, two-fold. As well as rendering the multichannel show content stems onto the multi-speaker environment and applying the relevant d
Germany - The Kulturzelt is an annual music festival in Kassel that has run since 1987. It began life in a former circus tent, before progressing to its current location in a temporary, self-supporting concert hall constructed in 2010.
The specially designed, circular plexiglass structure covers an area of 860sqm and accommodates 900 visitors. Kulturzelt is now a strongly established event in the German festival calendar.
Events production specialist Ambion of Kaufungen has supported Kulturzelt with a full production since 2004 and was once again asked to supply the audio for the 2019 edition. The company took the opportunity to install a brand-new Coda Audio N-Ray system. N-Ray is Coda’s latest ultra-compact line array.
Ambion were involved in pre-launch trials of N-Ray, and having experienced its power and quality, had no hesitation in deploying the beta system in their possession for this environment.
Ambion’s head of audio Michael Knauf reports, “I was the sound engineer and front of house babysitter for the festival and it was brilliant. We had no troubles. I can say it was just fantastic. You can be focused on the instruments not the system and just do your job with the sound.”
The festival’s managing director, Dr Juergen Truss adds: “Our festival hosts quality bands who deliver a fantastic experience for a very demanding audience. Engineers working with some top-class bands said that the sound in the concert hall with Coda was beautiful and the best they’d heard.”
Ambion used 10 N-Ray with two SCN-F bass exte
Japan - Barbee Boys are a five-piece Japanese rock band who were particularly popular in 1980’s. The first Japanese group to perform at the Nippon Budokan, they disbanded in 1992, much to the disappointment of their young generation of fans.
This turned to excitement when they suddenly announced a ‘comeback’ concert at the Yoyogi National Stadium 1st Gymnasium on 13 January - exactly a decade after that Budokan show - sending these same fans into raptures.
MSI Japan was asked to provide the sound production and Bun Hote, who has been supporting artistes from the Office Augasta stable (which includes Kyoko, a member of the Barbee Boys), was charged with mixing the sound. Known for his ability as a system tech as well as a FOH engineer, he chose Martin Audio’s MLA as his favoured PA.
His solution was to adopt a different approach to his system design, to achieve consistency throughout the challenging arena and unite the entire audience.
On each side of the stage, three arrays were hung from a single H-shaped truss tower, all facing in different directions. The main array consisted of 13 MLA cabinets and a single MLD Downfill cabinet. The side array was pointing 45 degrees outside of the main array and comprised nine MLA and an MLD. Another array was aiming 90 degrees outside of the main array and consisted of five MLA and two MLD Downfill boxes. A further array of six MLX subwoofers (with a pair facing backwards to create cardioid directivity) was hung from the same tower.
Bun Hote describes his design philosophy: “First of al
UK - Bristol-based production technology house Enlightened has made a significant investment in its audio rental inventory, adding Nexo’s P+ Series compact point source loudspeakers, together with L15 sub bass cabinets, and new NXAMP4x2Mk2 amplifiers.
Enlightened is a one-stop shop for lighting, audio, video and staging solutions, for hire, sale, production, repair or permanent installation. Audio specialist Matt Shelbourn explains: “Enlightened has had Nexo’s popular PS series in rental stock for over 10 years. Over that time, they have proven to be reliable boxes that are popular with our clients. For these reasons, we chose to invest again in the Nexo brand.
“Nexo has a reputation for making speakers that pack high SPL into small-format boxes and that is fundamentally one of the big attractions in the new P12. The dual-concentric design means the boxes are small in size for the big sound they deliver, as well as offering improved clarity to the sound. We were blown away by the L15 subs; with 15” drivers, they gave our 18” subs a run for their money.”
The company has also opted for Nexo’s compact ID24 models. “Smaller than the P Series but just as versatile, the ID24 speakers have a compact design that belies their powerful output. Paired with Nexo’s NXAMP4X1MK2, they pack an impressive 126dB peak SPL. They can be simply used in pairs or in multiples with up to 16 units able to be powered by a single NXAMP4X1MK2 amplifier.”
Also from the ID series, Enlightened has purchased the ID S110 subs to supplement the ID24.
UK - Over the last 25 years The Brook in Southampton has established itself as one of the favourite independent music venues in the south of England. The venue has developed this reputation by putting audience and artist experience as its top priorities, and this has been seen again with a completely new sound system from TW AUDiO.
Opened by founder Bryn Lewis in 1994 as a 300-capacity music venue, The Brook has a long history of supporting original music and has welcomed many artists at every stage of their career to its intimate stage. The venue had sported the same second-hand sound system since its opening, even after the capacity doubled to 600 in 2004. However, after 25 years of service this system was starting to feel the strain.
“It had become a little bit like running a car with a classic engine where you have to drive it carefully and look after it,” says Nick Lewis, director at The Brook. “It had got to a stage where you weren’t able to replace a lot of its components.”
“When we first came in it sounded great,” adds Dylan Clarke, director at The Brook. “When it moved to 600 it was still the same rig, and ever since that time, I've thought that it's been running right at the top of what it can do.”
Following a system failure that left the venue without sound for a week, the team at The Brook worked closely with the Music Venues Trust and Arts Council England to secure funding which would allow them to invest in a new, modern sound system. “Having hit 25 years, we were thinking ‘how do we make sure we’re here f
UK - Solotech has expanded its global operation by extending its video department into the UK and has opened new offices in central London.
As part of Solotech’s expansion strategy in the UK, the company has appointed Ian Woodall as director of video, and Paul McCauley as video business development manager in the UK and European markets.
Ian ‘Woody’ Woodall has worked at XL Video as sales director and has also been a freelancer, designing and building AV systems in European venues and as a touring video engineer on projects including Nile Rodgers and Chic who have been with Cher for the past year.
Meanwhile, Paul ‘Macca’ McCauley has extensive experience in the both the live events and integration industries.
Woody comments: “We decided that it was important to build on the huge reputation of Solotech for video in Canada and the US and therefore necessary to start organically, building it from a clean slate so that we can maintain the same Solotech service across the UK and Europe.
“We will bring our new offering of video services to the project delivery teams and existing customer base, alongside the development of new business that Macca and myself can introduce under the banner of the new Solotech UK Video department.”
Mickey Curbishley, president live productions division at Solotech adds: “Projects across the board now increasingly call for a 360° service, where a single vendor supplies sound, lights and video. This is equally applicable in both live production touring and the sales and integration market
UK - PMC owner and chairman Peter Thomas has assumed the role of manager director, following Tim Ireland’s departure from the British loudspeaker manufacturer.
“We would like to thank Tim for his endeavours and wish him well for the future,” he says. “During his two years with PMC, he has overseen some great changes and steered a steady course, keeping our objectives clearly in focus while upholding the values of our brand.
“I am very pleased to be back at the helm and once again be in closer contact with our business partners around the world. It is an exciting time for PMC with the launch of globally significant professional projects and the 25i series hi-fi speakers, and we have plans for several new initiatives that will guarantee we remain at the forefront of the market for innovation, engineering and superb quality.”
USA - Alcons Audio gave the LR24 mid-size line array system its official introduction to the US touring market at Post 43, the Hollywood base of the American Legion. Inviting an array of top mixing talent to ‘test-drive’ the LR24 system and experience WYMIWYG - What You Mix Is What You Get - the system drew widespread praise.
Described by its veterans as “that much more showbiz” than any other American Legion post, Post 43 was an appropriate location for the LR24 event. Two years ago, the completion of a comprehensive restoration transformed it into a 500-seat movie theatre and live venue, complete with an Alcons pro-ribbon sound system. According to Levi Joos, proprietor of installer Stay On Screen, it transformed Post 43 into “one of the best-sounding rooms in town”.
The two-day LR24 event featured a system comprising eight units per side, with six BC543 very high output cardioid subwoofers, powered and controlled by AST armoured Sentinel racks, with three Alcons Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers in each.
The event was attended by some of the highest profile US Front of House engineers, some of whom had already used Alcons pro-ribbon systems and others who were mixing through Alcons technology for the first time.
“I tried a mix with tracks by an artist I’ve mixed probably 125 shows with, and the first thing that happened was I pulled everything off the vocal,” says Brad Madix (Rush, Florence & the Machine). “You do not need to be jacking around, pulling out frequencies in the top end, which really says a l
Switzerland - An Allen & Heath dLive mixing system set the rink alight for ice-skating gala, Art on Ice, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this month with a series of shows taking place across Zurich, Lausanne, Basel and Davos.
Combining live performances from internationally acclaimed artists, world-class dancers and figure-skaters, including the 2018 Gold Olympic medallist Alina Zagitova, Art on Ice offers “a unique and immersive storytelling experience”.
Produced by Swiss AV production company, Habegger AG (and with Session Pro helping to supply gear), the full setup featured a dLive S7000 paired with a DM64 MixRack, fitted with a superMADI card for multi-track recording and a Waves V3 card for external plugins.
Operated by long-time A&H user and FOH engineer, Sascha Kohl, dLive was used to handle all sources including the musicians, vocalists, presenter and playback. The nature of the venues presented some challenges, as Kohl explains, “As the main part of the hall is a very large, highly reflective sheet of ice, I was never able to get into a really good listening position, which made getting the mix perfect a little tricky at times. As the PA was set up for the crowd, having the possibility to do the VSC on my laptop, via dLive Director, and walk around the venue was absolutely essential.”
Kohl is also quick to praise dLive’s easy scene management, including the simple to use ‘relative’ and ‘absolute’ update functions, and the MCA control introduced in firmware V1.8, which allowed Kohl to easi