USA - When Justin Preston was called upon to provide lighting for Budweiser Live during NBA All-Star Weekend, it really represented two projects in one. The brewing giant’s pop-up entertainment centre for the big game was the first event ever hosted at City Market Social House, a restored 16,000sq.ft industrial space opened in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles.
Preston not only put together the ground package for the weekend extravaganza, he also created the permanent lighting system for the new event facility, loading in both rigs simultaneously in advance of the NBA’s big weekend.
Meshing his own permanent design for the venue with a carefully chosen ground package for the event, Preston created a dazzling display for the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities, using over 400 Chauvet Professional fixtures. “I was super excited when VOX Productions, the AV provider for Budweiser Live, asked us to do the lighting for the event,” he says. “We’ve worked with VOX in the past, and it’s always been a great experience. Being able to light this event and build on our own house rig at City Market Social House made this project even more special.”
Even fans who weren’t focused on slam dunks and three-point plays found plenty to cheer about at Budweiser Live, a gleeful amalgamation of world food, music from stars like T-Pain and A Boogie, celebrity appearances, beer tastings and a host of interactive games. There was even a tailor shop on site, courtesy of Levi Strauss, offering custom-curated apparel. Preston’s mission was to tie al
USA - The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, one of the largest United Methodist congregation in the country, specified two KLANG:fabrik 3D IEM mixing systems from KLANG:technologies for both the church’s new main sanctuary and a second space.
The KLANG systems were purchased through Raytown, Missouri-based Progressive Electronics, Inc. (PEI), which did much of the systems integration for the 3,500-seat main sanctuary at the church’s flagship broadcast location in Leawood, Kansas as well as the renovation of its former sanctuary, which is still under construction but will soon be used as a second worship and event space.
The installation of the first KLANG:fabrik system was installed by the Leawood audio staff - lead audio engineer Tim Higinbotham and audio engineers Jordan Tracy and Steven Moduno - in the church’s main sanctuary and was, as Higinbotham describes, “so simple that it took us less than 10 minutes. It was clear that this was the direction we wanted to go moving forward, and we will be installing the KLANG system in our newly renovated space as well.”
But the simplicity of installation belies the significant benefits the systems have brought to the church. Tracy says they had been discussing options for the new sanctuary in-ear monitoring, but when it came time to make final decisions, they initially went with the older IEM system they’d been using in the old location for years.
“It was a great system - for 2005,” comments Tracy, citing issues such as high latency and low channel counts. In the course of
Iceland - The new Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur is an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity and earthquakes that traces the island’s creation over millions of years.
The idea that gave birth to the Centre originated when one of the founders/owners of the exhibition was stuck in Florida in 2010 as a result of all flights being cancelled over the Atlantic Ocean (and in most parts of Europe) when Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in April 2010.
The location was chosen because it sits at the heart of some of the major Icelandic volcanos and allows five of the country’s most iconic volcanoes to be seen.
The 2,500sq.m Lava Centre was therefore designed and built as a fully immersive show. The design, preparation, integration and finalisation of all AV equipment for the nine main show items took almost a year. Feris ehf was responsible for all audio, video, network, CCTV, UPS, system, as well as an impressive RGB Neopixel LED design and integration. The company was also responsible for the entire show control, as well as AV lighting and LED equipment.
The AV equipment itself includes 14 Powersoft amplifiers with DSP onboard providing an economic power station to drive the 72ch of zonal ceiling and surface mount loudspeakers, all in one of the four racks in the centralised technical room.
These models comprise Powersoft Ottocanali 1204 DSP+ETH, Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D (for Dante) and Quattrocanali 2404 DSP+D, while to create the sonic realism of an earthquake required the deployment of the Ita
USA - Elation Professional has acquired the M-Series range of entertainment lighting controllers from Harman Professional Denmark ApS, formerly Martin Professional ApS.
The asset-based acquisition, set to be completed before the end of Q1, will include a limited-term licence agreement to distribute current controller products using the name M-Series and provide continued technical support and warranty service for prior Martin M-Series sales.
Elation already has in place key personnel with expertise in M-Series technology in order to provide on-going support and development of new products. This will ensure a seamless transition for the already established M-Series customer base, offering continuity and continued support by Elation on past sales of M-Series controllers by Harman Professional Solutions.
Toby Velazquez, president of Elation Lighting, comments: “We are excited to be able to provide a world-class professional-level control product series to our entire customer base around the world. By adding the well-established M-Series range and its R&D development group, who has over 25 years of experience in professional stage lighting control, we are confident we can meet requests by lighting designers for user-friendly and powerful lighting control systems.”
Eric Loader, global director of sales & marketing at Elation, says: “The M-Series range fits well into our core customer base needs and we are excited to now offer this advanced controller series. Customers who already use these products daily are hungry for new features
USA - Some of the biggest names in Latin music landed in Las Vegas in January for a night to remember at the Calibash mega-concert. Held at the 20,000-capacity T-Mobile Arena, the spectacular staging featured an array of 18 LED screens with content fed from by Avolites Ai Infinity RX8 Media Servers.
YC3 Lighting Design supplied the Ai servers to VJ director Richard Vicens, who oversaw the visuals for Latin/Urban music stars including Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Ozuna, Maluma and Bad Bunny.
"All of the artists wanted to give their audiences an awesome show," says Vicens. "As VJ director, it was vital for me to be able to design and create pixel maps and LED processing that worked for everybody and be ready to backup all of them with Ai media Servers.
"The show's size meant it was certainly a challenge - I have to go through every detail to make sure the audience is going to have an incredible visual experience."
Racked in Vicens' video power arsenal were two Ai Infinity RX8 servers, which each boast a 7-inch colour touch screen displaying the Ai 3D visualiser. He used the RX8's two Gigabit Network ports to connect to Art-Net, to ensure reliable and robust networked control of the whole show.
"The main challenge as VJ director was to generate the logistics for this type of show as once the show starts, it doesn't stop!" says Vicens. "As soon as we're live, it's back-to-back performances on a turntable stage, which allows us to have one performance running and the next performance standing by. That means that we need to be able to transfe
USA/Europe - Marilyn Manson and his band embarked on a series of pan-European arena and theatre shows at the end of last year followed by a US tour with French LD Nicolas Riot of Chirac Design.
Riot, also known for his work with French metal band Gojira, has been using LED fixtures from GLP, including 15 x JDC1 hybrid strobes and 35 of the award-winning X4 Bar 20 battens in the set design.
All inventory was supplied by the band’s regular vendor, experienced UK rental company Entec Sound & Light, while North American supplier Delicate Productions provided the gear for the US leg of the tour. Entec’s MD (and head of lighting) Noreen O’Riordan confirmed that while this was the first time Entec has worked with the lighting designer, they have a long-standing relationship with Manson’s production manager Matt Doherty. They purchased the X4 Bars in response to the LD’s rider. “We know the product is a good one, having successfully rented them for use on other shows,” she explained. “The current Marilyn Manson tour presented us with the perfect opportunity to commit to a purchase.”
It was Marilyn Manson himself who demanded the JDC1 strobe. “I wasn’t really aware of the product to be honest until Matt Doherty emailed me saying ‘Manson wants that strobe’,” says Riot. “I have no idea how he found that product but I checked right away on the GLP website and instantly knew that something cool would come out of this product when looking at the specs.”
He has been using 15 units - divided between upstage and downstage -
Italy - At Prolight+Sound next month, Outline will introduce Newton, the company’s new FPGA-based processing platform.
Designed to be “the management and control core” for audio networks in touring, broadcast and fixed installation applications and provides management of sophisticated audio systems by combining multi-format channel routing with simultaneous standards conversion and digital signal synchronisation.
Newton additionally incorporates powerful new filter technology along with clock and powering redundancy in a 1U networkable chassis.
A system topology is provided by very high-quality FPGA-based SSRC (synchronous sample rate conversion) and ASRC (asynchronous sample rate conversion) with outstanding dynamic range and ultra-low distortion. The unit supports up to 15 clock source options and a virtually unlimited number of filters using Outline’s proprietary WFIR filtering technology supporting raised cosine filtering technology. It also features independent, internal dual-redundant universal AC mains supplies (fitted as standard) with dual cooling fans.
Newton’s I/O configuration will provide 216 channels in both directions simultaneously using a fully automatic clock source and audio signal switchover facilities. The system and set-up are fully controllable via Outline Dashboard software for Mac OS.
Newton is available in three hardware versions – Newton 16, Newton 16+4 and Newton 16+8 – to suit the requirements of differing applications or projects. All processed signals and direct outputs can be routed out of
Germany - L-Acoustics will demonstrate its L‑ISA Immersive Sound Art technology at this year’s Prolight+Sound.
The technology recently embarked on Lorde’s Melodrama tour across North America, as well as present new hardware and software tools – including the P1 networked digital audio processor, which begins shipping in June – that will make it easy for L‑Acoustics partners to realize optimised performance for their L‑Acoustics systems.
Established in London in 2014 by L-Acoustics founder Dr. Christian Heil, L-ISA is L‑Acoustics’ immersive sound brand. L-ISA draws on extensive audio and psycho-acoustic research to develop sound design and processing tools for live shows, creative events and private residences.
L-Acoustics will showcase the new L-ISA Island on stand C11 in hall 3.1. This complete integrated personal auditorium plays the high-definition Blu 23.1 format as well as any other media, all housed in a stunning piece of furniture designed to entertain high level music lovers.
Demonstrations and presentations of both L-ISA Immersive Sound Art technology and the P1 networked digital audio processor will be held in the Kontrast Room, hall 3.
UK - PLASA, the professional lighting and sound association, will host its Members’ Day and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 31 May at the Royal College of Physicians, a beautiful and central venue in Regent's Park, London.
The day will provide a unique opportunity to network with fellow members, strike up new relationships and share the latest industry insights.
Attendees can look forward to a generous lunch and flowing drinks with an enlivening key-note speaker. The PLASA AGM will also take part during the day, keeping members up to date with the association with time to give feedback and ask questions.
The event is also an opportunity for members to meet representatives of the newly elected PLASA board, including new chairman Adam Blaxill.
There is plenty to celebrate at the event following a successful year for PLASA. The appointments of Chris Toulmin as commercial director and Nicky Greet as director of the membership, skills and technical departments has strengthened both PLASA’s membership and commercial divisions.
The team have been busy implementing new benefits that reflect the changing needs of the membership, including new membership support services and a programme of professional development and networking events for members and non-members working within the industry.
The PLASA Members’ Day and AGM is set to be an unmissable event. Be the first to snap up one of only 65 specially reduced tickets by visiting test
Argentina - Martin Audio has appointed ARS Technologies as its distributor for Argentina.
The Buenos Aires-based company, which also distributes Sennheiser, Allen & Heath, Neutrik, Studer, Rode, Thorens, Universal Audio, ART, Dynaudio, K&M, TC Electronic, RapcoHorizon, Sonifex, Lab.Gruppen and Orban, has extensive experience in the installation and commercial application of professional audio equipment both nationally and internationally and covers sectors including telecommunications, TV and post-production, industrial sound and special events.
ARS’ Ricardo Pousa comments: “It’s a great honour to be named representatives of a leading brand such as Martin Audio. In addition to their prestige, history and renowned audio quality, it is unquestionable that they have the loudspeaker array with the highest technology to date - the MLA system - as well as ground-breaking new products such as the Wavefront Precision Series, CDD and CDD-LIVE.”
Berenice Gutierrez, Martin Audio director of sales in Latin America, adds: “I feel very grateful and proud to be able to provide continuity for our network with a great company like ARS now as our official distributor in Argentina. The vision that Ricardo Pousa has added to the high-tech support and quality of the team led by Juan Manuel Casquero, Florencia Pousa and Juan Dedobrinsky will help us achieve exceptional results due to the talent and professionalism they add to our Latin American distribution network.”
UK - Allen & Heath has introduced new expansion and advanced automatic mic mixing (AMM) capabilities for its SQ digital mixer series as part of a major firmware update.
SQ V1.2 firmware supports the DX Hub, a hardware expansion hub which allows multiple DX168 stage box expanders to be connected to an SQ mixer. DX Hub enables SQ users to source the full 48 channels from the stage, all at 96kHz, or to deploy up to eight portable expanders wherever required.
V1.2 adds two independent AMMs, based on the proven D-Classic algorithm. The AMMs are part of Allen & Heath’s DEEP processing system, providing a zero-latency solution for mixing speech applications such as conferences, meetings, broadcast and panel discussions. SQ can handle two simultaneous meetings with up to 24 mics each, or the AMMs can combine to manage a single conference with up to 48 channels.
Other enhancements include a pair of new RackFX units for the SQ FX library - the Noo Phaser and Chorus - plus factory processing libraries to provide a starting point for new users and the ability to change channel colours to speed up engineers’ workflows.
SQ product manager, Keith Johnson comments, “SQ is a superb console for AV and corporate work, and thanks to the power of our XCVI core and DEEP processing we’ve been able to add twin, class-leading AMMs without compromising our < 0.7ms latency. DX Hub support lets you put the I/O wherever you want it, whether that’s getting all inputs from the stage or distributing up to eight 96kHz DX168 expanders around an installatio
USA - Chauvet DJ has released BTAir, a free iOS and Android app that allows smart devices to control lights wirelessly via Bluetooth.
Users can create, store and recall scenes, control colour fades, chases and more.
SlimPAR T12 BT makes remote light control easy with its on-board Bluetooth wireless technology. SlimPAR T12 BT has 12 tri-color (RGB) LEDs, and its compact design easily fits inside sticks of truss. An optional IRC-6 remote can also be used for control, as well as DMX, automated and sound-activated programmes.
In addition to Bluetooth wireless technology compatibility, SlimPAR Q12 BT features 12 quad-colour (RGBA) LEDs that generate a broad spectrum of colors and achieve natural-looking colour temperatures. Easily set static colours or automated programmes with the optional IRC-6 remote, or create eye-catching effects with sound-activated and automated programmes.
“We are always working hard to develop technology that can break down barriers to using and controlling lighting,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We’re excited for people to discover this ground-breaking solution that makes controlling lights easier than ever.”
BTAir, can be downloaded for free from the Apple or Google Play stores.
USA - Danley Sound Labs has introduced the Danley OS-12CX, building on the success of the weatherised Danley OS-80 and OS-90 loudspeakers and the OS-115 subwoofer.
Like its siblings, the OS-12CX is built “to withstand punishing rain, heat, and freeze/thaw cycles season after season after unrelenting season, while delivering a sonic performance that is closer to the sound in an audiophile’s listening room than to the egregiously band-passed outdoor PAs of the past”.
The Danley OS-12CX uses Danley’s patented Synergy crossover design, Sentinel limiter protection circuitry and stainless steel mounting hardware that is prepared to brace the OS-12CX against mother nature’s worst.
Mike Hedden, president and founder of Danley Sound Labs, comments: “The Danley OS-12CX is a compact yet powerful box for smaller outdoor installations like small- to mid-sized sports venues, water parks, and cruise ships, as well as for larger distributed outdoor installations or as fill for end-fired systems.
“Its 90-degree coverage pattern drops off with Danley’s characteristic steepness, and all the sound within the beam is even, flat, and perfectly phased. Plus, at only forty pounds, the OS-12CX is easy to move around.”
The Danley OS-12CX boasts a frequency response that is +/-3dB from as low as 69Hz to as high as 21.7kHz using a single 12-inch coaxial driver. It is rated at 400W continuous and 1600W peak and is capable of delivering 121dB SPL continuous and 127dB SPL peak. Its dimensions are approximately 30 inches tall by 26 inches wide by 11
South Africa - The new 8,500 capacity Sun Arena in Pretoria features a house moving light rig of 90 dynamic Robe fixtures.
The multi-purpose venue is part of Sun International’s Time Square development and entertainment complex (read the report in LSi March 2018).
The Robe units are integral to a complete turnkey technical package specified and supplied to the venue by Robe’s South African distributor DWR to operators Sun International. This encompasses a rider-friendly lighting system, trussing, rigging, follow spots and power distribution.
The backbone of the lighting rig is 12 x BMFL Spots, six BMFL Blades, 24 x Spiider LED wash beams, 24 x Pointes and 24 x LEDBeam 100s. This was proposed by DWR’s Duncan Riley and Johnny Scholtz and supplied as a fully flight-cased touring-ready system, so it can be de-rigged and stored after each show.
The lighting is being looked after day-to-day and gig-to-gig by Johannesburg-based MGG, one of South Africa’s leading full production and rental specialists, who won a tender to supply full venue technical facilities management. They have a team based on site which co-ordinates the requirements for each incoming show and event.
When Gavin Taylor, group technical and entertainment manager for Sun International initially approached DWR he stipulated that he wanted a lighting system to meet every
UK - Working with lighting designer Stuart Pring, illumination rental and installation specialists LED Creative provided their Sigma Pulse Wand fixtures to add some neon colour to the BRITs Official After Party held at the O2 InterContinental in London.
Pring artfully suspended a number of Pulse Wands to create a layered look to the ceiling at the venue.
Talking about the installation, he comments: “For The Brits Official After Party we used around 170 Pulse Wands built into frames and hung over the stage and dance floor area. This created a ‘big’ look which was particularly effective during the ‘club’ part of the night, helping bring a wonderful dynamic to the room.”
Pring continues: “The Wands offer lots of chase possibilities via their in-built effects. The range of colour possibilities are great too; especially the cold daylight and tungsten colours you can get from them.
Commenting on LED Creative, the LD adds: “Their products are very good and the crews always brilliant. I used the Pulse Wands on The Brits Party as well as the recent MTV EMAs Red Carpet show. I also made use of their standard Wands on The Teen Awards and the UK Comedy Roast series - Simple to use and very capable of delivering some great effects.”
UK - Technical production supplier Blitz has installed a DiGiCo SD7 sound desk at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, for Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group’s production of The Phantom of the Opera.
The DiGiCo SD7T replaces a Yamaha PM1D, which was retired after 10 years of service. The new system was installed over the course of a weekend, allowing the show performances to carry on uninterrupted.
Mick Potter, sound designer for The Phantom of the Opera, said, “It’s been a great opportunity to upgrade to the latest DiGiCo SD7 sound desk, which has become an important part of my sound designs for many other Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh productions around the world. It has helped make a significant improvement to the quality of the sound at Her Majesty’s, and the fact we were able to achieve such a major changeover without losing any show performances is down to the excellent work of Blitz and the Phantom production team.”
Blitz sound project manager, Adam Rudd, added, “Now in its 32nd year, Blitz is proud to still be supplying, and continually investing in, the audio for The Phantom of the Opera.”
Blitz has supplied the audio for The Phantom of the Opera since it opened in 1989.
UK - The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) commissioned West Midlands-based Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) to design and deliver all the technical elements for their 2018 annual staff conference and awards, inclduing sound, lighting, video, staging and rigging.
The high-profile event for 400 delegates was staged in Warwick Hall at the NAEC, Stanleigh and comprised a seated conference presentation that was transformed into a glamorous setting for the evening’s dinner and awards.
The client wanted to use the width-ways orientation of the venue for sightlines, so CPL’s project manager Lee Gruszeckyj proposed a widescreen video blend as a striking visual starting point to align with the geometry of the space.
The 30ft wide by 10ft high upstage projection screen was flanked by gauze panels designed to take lighting nicely and elongate the space. These were flown on the same truss as the screen, and the look was neatly finished with a black backdrop right at the back. In front of that was the stage which measured 15m wide by 3m deep. There was a TV style studio set at one end with a sofa and soft seating for discussion sessions.
The screen was fed by two of CPL’s Panasonic 10K laser projectors flown on a front truss utilizing custom frames from sister company Rigtec which specialises in the design and fabrication of innovative rigging solutions.
The screen blending and projector alignment was achieved using Panasonic’s Auto Screen software, and at the hub of the video control was a Barco S3 for switching and screen
USA - Rock band Halestorm is gearing up for a huge year, kicking off 2018 with a tour across North America with a lighting package supplied by Bandit Lites.
The Grammy Award-winning band comprised of guitarist and vocalist Lzzy Hale, drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger and bassist Josh Smith are also wrapping up recording their next studio album and have already announced another tour for this spring.
The expansive design by lighting designer Craig Richter features towers equipped with ClayPaky Sharpys and GLP X4S fixtures, offering versatile looks and striking beams. Bandit Lites also supplied Martin Atomic 3000 LED Strobes, Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures, Elation CuePix WW2 Blinders, Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids, ClayPaky B-EYE K20 fixtures and a grandMA 2 lite console for control.
“The system performed really well and under extreme conditions as most of the tour was conducted in Northwestern/Central Canada in subzero temperatures,” says Halestorm tour manager Michael Mahar. “The mercury didn’t rise above 0 the entire tour and we had no issues with the rig doing its job reliably night after night.”
With a band that tours as extensively as Halestorm, Bandit Lites business development officer Brent Barrett shared he treasures collaborations that are built on professionalism, directness and attention to details; all traits he notes Mahar exemplifies, adding “I appreciate any occasion to partner with with Michael.”
“Working with Bandit is always enjoyable and even though we’ve been running the same r
Germany - Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) will highlight its “brand agnostic approach to true object-based immersive audio” when it returns to Prolight + Sound at the Frankfurt Messe, from 10-13 April. Appearing on booth A33/39 in Hall 3.1, the independent solution in object-based 3D sound will offer special presentations throughout the show, highlighting the deep integration between ASA's SARA II Premium Rendering Engine and third-party systems including TTA's Stagetracker II next-generation performer tracking, Alcons Audio loudspeakers and QLab playback automation software.
In addition, ASA will debut new v4.0 software, incorporating substantial improvements in loudspeaker management, matrixing and show control. An enhanced production module is also included within the update, offering advanced timeline editing in the shape of an automation editor, and a new event manager function to facilitate cue-based show sequences.
Astro Spatial Audio's return to Prolight + Sound follows an extremely successful start to 2018, including sitting at the heart of the audio design of The Band's Visit, the hit new Broadway musical, as well as playing a central role in the redesign of the Berlin Opera House.
Frankfurt will see a new demonstration of the Astro Spatial Audio object-based solution, featuring dedicated 3D mixes of some of the world's most loved songs, illustrating the power, flexibility and scalability of SARA II. The IP67-rated Stagetracker II will also be featured with previously unseen degrees of precision and ultra-fast vector-based RF tracking
UK - Martin Audio has recruited Ben Tucker to its product support group.
Tucker has a Distinction in Live Sound Foundation Degree from the University of Plymouth, a BTEC in Music and is an avid musician. He has worked for Millstone Sound and as a freelance live sound engineer designing, preparing and deploying audio systems for large scale events as well as carrying out console operation duties at both FOH and monitors for various shows.
Dan Orton, head of the product support group, comments: “This appointment reflects the growth of the company and the demand for in-field support for live sound production and training. The now six-strong team is set up to be adaptable, in order to support customers anywhere in the world, rather than being region specific. This allows us to better balance different application demands coming from different regions at different times of the year. With the runaway success of recent product launches and a host more to come in 2018, the timing couldn't be better.”
Creative Funding - Arts Council England has launched a £14.4m fund for research and development projects. The money will be made available to individual artists and practitioners, “without the immediate pressure of showing their work publicly”. Recipients of the Developing Your Creative Practice fund will be able to use the grants – of between £2,000 and £10,000 each – to support periods of research, develop new ideas, international work and training, networking or mentoring.
Arts Council chair Nicholas Serota comments: “Every creative person needs time to breathe, to broaden their experience and to develop their ideas. We want all our arts organisations to continue to commission and present new work from a diverse range of artists but we also need to invest in the future. This fund will give creative talent of different ages from different backgrounds the time and the backing that they need to hone their work and explore new paths.” The fund has been allocated £3.6 million to be given annually for four years. Applications for the first year of funding will open on 12 April.
Fever Pitch - A new tour of the musical Saturday Night Fever billed as a “big new music and dance spectacular” will open this year. Produced by Bill Kenwright, the musical promises to pay homage to the movie, but with “more drama, more music and hot new choreography”. Cast and creatives for the production have not yet been announced. The tour begins at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 30 August, and will visit venues in places including Liverpo
Europe - Sennheiser has made a deeper foray into immersive audio by investing in two specialist companies.
The German audio giant has acquired Sonic Emotion AG, bringing the Swiss-based company's immersive audio solutions for soundfield control and loudspeaker playback to Sennheiser’s Ambeo technologies.
Sennheiser has also made an investment into Dear Reality, the creators of the dearVR 3D audio engine and the Spatial Connect software.
Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser, comments: “We are excited to be complementing our broad Ambeo expertise with additional capabilities in the areas of processing, controlling and reproducing object-based immersive audio.”
Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO, adds: “Augmented audio will play a huge role in the future, and this expansion will further strengthen our position as the go-to experts in the field of augmented and mixed reality applications.”
Renato Pellegrini, co-founder of Sonic Emotion AG, joined the AMBEO team in January. He comments: “The algorithms developed by Sonic Emotion will now be combined with the strong product portfolio and algorithms of Sennheiser. There is a huge potential in our joint expertise, and I am very much looking forward to the resulting products, which will make the future of audio ever more real for our customers.”
Dear Reality co-CEOs Achim Fell and Christian Sander add: “With Sennheiser, we share the conviction that immersive audio is the future of audio productions and that augmented audio will become important for our everyday life. We
UK - Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is launching a full-time online BA (Hons) Theatre Studies degree that will start this September.
The course, set to cost from £5,760 per year, is described as an affordable alternative to traditional undergraduate programmes, where students typically cover tuition fees of up to £9,250 in addition to living costs.
The course will be accessible from anywhere in the world and will offer a range of online modules led by a team of expert practitioner-academics, who will provide theoretical and practice-based perspectives as they study working theatres, practitioners, playwrights and directors alongside theatre studies at large.
Programme director, Jayne Richards, comments: “Using our experience of developing a part-time online programme for mature students, we believe we have created a comprehensive but flexible programme of study to equip a diverse range of students.
“They will receive a rigorous academic grounding in the practices, histories, contexts and methodologies of a very wide spectrum of theatre and performance-related subjects, as well as core transferable skills, which they can use in their chosen profession.”
The College, which has been running a part-time distance learning programme in Theatre Studies for over 20 years, also offers flexible online programmes in BA (Hons) Music Studies and BA (Hons) Opera Studies. Full course and application details can be found at www.bruford.ac.uk
UK - Dr James Green, former head of intellectual property at specialist technology development business Ilika, has joined Flare Audio in the same role. Dr Green has over 45 years’ experience in international technology commercialisation, having negotiated numerous agreements and licences with major corporations including US and Japanese multinationals.
His new role includes managing and progressing Flare’s portfolio of patents, designs and trademarks, and advising management on competitive threats or potential patent infringements.
Flare’s Davies Roberts comments: “Dr Green has an extraordinary wealth of experience and will play a key role in ensuring Flare’s proprietary technologies are recognised throughout the world.”
“When I met Flare CEO Davies Roberts, I was very impressed with what he had created,” says Dr Green. “I like working with interesting and enthusiastic people, and I like early-stage technology-based companies where the team is determined to succeed. Flare certainly fits that definition.”