UK - Robe UK followed the current Covid-19 instructions to “stay local”, teaming up with Northampton School for Boys (NSB), the University of Northampton and DroneSwarm based nearby in Daventry to support #LightItInRed’s most recent campaign to unite the UK live events, entertainment, performance, and production industry in solidarity during these challenging times.
The action featured a new distinctive red heart logo designed by the #LightItInRed team for the occasion that – one year on – specifically highlighted the human elements of the industry affected by the pandemic – including those still working or training, those who have had to seek alternative employment, those who’ve lost their jobs, those who have lost friends and family, those who have lost homes and livelihoods, battled mental health issues and all who have put their lives on hold and on the line to survive and assist others to get through this.
Theresa Gibson, head of marketing at Robe UK explained that having been involved in all three LightItInRed campaigns to date, “it was really important for Robe UK to get behind supporting this fourth activation. We have all been affected by the challenges and difficulties over the last 12 months and having the opportunity to partner with our friends at DroneSwarm and the University of Northampton again to collaborate and show our strength as a united force was truly wonderful.”
Working in the extensive sports grounds and facilities of Northampton School for Boys, Robe’s lead creative Nathan Wan assisted by Jordan Tinnis
UK - Yamaha Unified Communications (UC) has appointed three specialist UK distribution partners for its new Adecia intelligent conferencing solution.
Adecia applies automated room tuning and dynamic voice tracking to the challenges of conference environments, providing a complete, customizable audio solution for remote conferencing and collaboration. Based on the dedicated RM-CR conference processor, VXL1-16P line array speakers and optimised SWR2311P-10G PoE+ switch, Adecia systems are easy to set up and can be used in a wide variety of locations and situations. Yamaha will be developing the range, offering Adecia solutions which provide a comfortable and effortless remote conferencing experience in all kinds of spaces.
For UK resellers and their customers, Yamaha has appointed Audiologic, Habitech and Tempura Communications as distribution partners.
“Specialist distributors have the knowledge needed for entire networked audio and video systems, with active post-sales support and ongoing advice as end user requirements change,” says Reece Stead, UK business development manager for Yamaha Unified Communications.
“We are very pleased to work with Audiologic, Habitech and Tempura to bring Adecia to UK resellers, which we believe will enhance the audio conferencing experience for a wide range of users. This is particularly important, as demand for remote and more flexible conferencing solutions has grown quickly over the past year.”
Ben Spurgeon, Audiologic senior application engineer says, “We pride ourselves on being a technica
Norway - The distinctive triangular shape of Tromsdalen Church (Ishavskatedralen, or the Arctic Cathedral) is one of the most recognised landmarks in the city of Tromsø. But despite its status as a place of worship, tourist attraction and symbol of the city, for many years it suffered from poor sound for the services and many recitals and concerts it hosts. But all that has now changed, following the installation of an Alcons Audio LR7 pro-ribbon sound reinforcement system.
Consecrated in 1965, Ishavskatedralen is considered a masterpiece by architect Jan Inge Hovig. 11 aluminium-coated concrete plates either side of the roof give the church it’s well-known form, complemented at one end by a giant stained glass window and, at the other, a main entrance in an end wall of clear glass, with a giant cross tying all the elements together.
The church is an important cultural centre, featuring many live recitals. With a programme peaking at more than 500 concerts in one year, they include the popular midnight sun and northern lights concerts, which have both become a staple of Tromsø culture.
For many years Ishavskatedralen had a passive sound reinforcement system, which made speech sound boomy and muffled.
“The wish of the church staff was to have a sound system that delivered high quality speech, but also worked well with the many concerts they host. They had grown weary of rolling equipment in and out for events, often multiple times a week,” says Eirik Haua, sales manager of Tromsø-based audio specialists Lydproduksjon.
UK - Bristol-based event production design and delivery specialist Pytch has invested in 72 new Astera Titan Tubes – adding to their existing 32 Astera AX3 LightDrops.
The LightDrops were originally purchased for creating table centres for events and gala dinners and Pytch have produced some custom covers that refract and treat the AX3 light in different ways.
Recently Pytch ran a PytchLab session - an experimental event where different ideas and concepts can be tried and tested for effectivity and practicality - using the AX3s and the Titan Tubes to illuminate the underside of the plane in numerous striking ways.
However, the Titan Tubes were specifically an investment for the three virtual studios that Pytch has been running since the start of the pandemic, which have steadily been getting busier, utilised for a range of corporate presentations, meetings and business events plus livestreams concerts, fashion shows and other broadcasts.
The initial 24 x Titan Tubes went into the first studio and were such a success that it was decided to replicate the look in the other two spaces so all were identical, explained Pytch’s head of lighting, Dan Giddings.
Recently, Dan designed lighting for a multiple artist recording session at Pytch for a collection of musical talent - vocalist Ruth Royall, the Paper Dragon collective, d ‘n’ b producers Grafix and Toronto Is Broken, dubstep bassmaster Axel Boy and fluid d ‘n’ b impresario Somatic – all for the Our Space record label.
The goal was to record the footage for music vide
USA - PK Sound has announced the appointment of Andrew King to the role of global senior brand support. Reporting directly to PK’s recently appointed chief strategy officer, James Oliver, King will head ongoing marketing and communications initiatives while also supporting colleagues and outside partners as a key part of the company’s brand team.
King comes to PK Sound following a lengthy stint with publishing and communications company NWC.
“I’ve seen and reported on years of technological innovation in the pro audio industry, and firmly believe that PK Sound represents the future of professional loudspeaker systems for the next generation of technicians and engineers,” King offers. “Simply put, our technology inspires demand, empowering users with unmatched acoustic and operational advantages. The potential built into this brand is incredible and I look forward to realizing it as part of the PK family.”
In his new role, King will drive marketing and communications initiatives with PK’s growing Brand Team while providing distributors and PK Alliance partners with targeted in-market support. He will also oversee all of PK’s outgoing press.
UK - Solid State Logic (SSL) has introduced two new modular processors as part of revitalising the SSL 500 Series module range. The G-Comp Bus Compressor, E-EQ and E-Dynamics processing modules have been given a fresh, sleek brushed steel facelift, while a feature enhanced VHD+ module, new stereo Ultraviolet Stereo Equaliser (UV-EQ) and SiX Channel (SiX CH) modules, complete the new-look range.
Niall Feldman, SSL director of new products, comments, “For nearly 20 years, we have made many of our classic console and processor-based innovations available to more producers, engineers and musicians via the 500 module series. The opportunity with our more recent product to continue this work and bring a new range of modern classic 500 modules to a broader market, was too good to resist.”
Ultraviolet takes the minimum phase-shift Violet stereo EQ section from the new studio-favourite analogue processor Fusion and puts it into the 500 series format. Over and above Fusion’s Violet EQ, Ultraviolet takes features one step further, adding two dedicated mid-bands, with precision Focus mode for ‘ultimate EQ control’.
SiX Channel is a single-width 500 Series channel strip using the SuperAnalogue processing features from SSL’s compact SiX console, including Mic-pre, low and high frequency EQ, as well as the single knob compressor. SiX Channel is a simple way to add additional mic/line inputs to the line level inputs of any professional audio device, including the stereo channels of the SiX console. It is also a flexible way to create a professional mod
Belgium - Volleyball has been booming in Belgium ever since the country won the men’s European title in 2013. For the Euromillions Cup Finals, fans flocked to the 18,400-seat Antwerps Sportspalies to cheer on their favourite teams last year. Things were radically different at the 2021 edition of the tournament.
With the threat of the coronavirus ever- present, the Euromillions Cup Finals was moved to the much smaller Lotto Arena, with no fans admitted. Not able to see their favourite volleyballers play in person, fans had to be content with watching the finals via livestream broadcasts.
The broadcast of the finals kicked off in celebratory fashion, thanks a pixel mapped lighting display created by AB Sound that featured the Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Flex 20 and ÉPIX Flex Drive, along with the COLORado 1-Quad Zoom Tour and foggers.
The display created by AB Sound turned the tunnel that led to the arena into a pulsating cylinder of light and atmospherics. Volleyball players running through this tubular panorama glowed in their team colours. It was a scene that not only psyched up players, but also the fans watching the broadcast.
“Giving the players the kind of entrance, they deserved was very gratifying,” said Bart Aelbrecht of AB Sound. “This meant a great deal to everyone, especially in these difficult times. We were happy to work with Heat International and Kris Schoeters as our partner in sports entertainment on this uplifting project.”
AB Sound used 25 of the 5-meter ÉPIX Flex 20 strips to create the tunnel display. The
Qatar - Qatar Vision (Qvision) partnered with VLS to produce a spectacular eight-minute projection mapped light show featuring the internationally-known animated characters, the Anooki. The event at the Qatar Foundation in Doha required an installation of 60 Claypaky K-EYE K20 HCR LED wash lights to illuminate Penrose House in Education City.
The Inuit-inspired Anooki characters were created by David Passegand and Moetu Batlle, founders of the French interactive design studio, Inook. The playful, parka-clad boy and girl spawned a brand and have become stars of video mapped shows worldwide. The environmental sustainability theme of the show in Qatar was particular close to the characters’ hearts: Their creators explain that since the Anooki’s house was melted by global warming they now travel the world discovering different cities.
The Anooki event spanned six days and was open to the public who pre-registered and observed COVID-19 protocols. Six-metre high inflatable Anooki characters were also installed around various Education City buildings. It is estimated that more than 7,500 people participated in the experience during its run.
For the show, the Qatar Foundation was transformed into a nighttime playground for the Anooki despite the pair’s serious environmental message. When the Anooki star in their award-winning projection mapped shows the animated characters play with the architecture of a building and react to the musical score doing things like racing across and climbing façades, peeling walls like old wallpaper, trampoline bouncing
Russia - Celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, the State Kremlin Palace is Russia’s principal stage. Situated inside the Moscow Kremlin and overlooking the banks of the Moskva river, the building is the geographic and historic centre of Moscow for both social and political gatherings, as well as home to the Kremlin Ballet Theatre.
Recently, the Big Hall has been equipped with the latest generation of DiGiCo mixing consoles, provided by the manufacturer’s exclusive distributor for the Russian market, ARIS.
Accommodating almost 6,000 spectators, the Big Hall has played host to virtuoso performance from some of the world's foremost ballerinas Olga Lepeshinskaya and Maya Plisetskaya, as well as soloist Galina Vishnevskaya, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner and Cher, all leaving their mark in this place.
“The calibre of productions in the venue meant the reliability of the system was the number one requirement from the State Commission for the Development of the Russian Federation management team,” says ARIS’s head of project department, Alexandr Soloukhin. “All equipment installed in the venue simply cannot fail. This might be intimidating for some companies, but not for ARIS, as ‘good sound’ is in our DNA and has translated into delivering some of the most demanding sound reinforcement projects to date.”
The project included the installation of a fully redundant system that integrates the DiGiCo consoles with the venue’s existing Stage Tec Nexus routing system. In order to facilitate seamless integration, the manufacturers work
Egypt - Audio Technology recently outfitted the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex with Harman Professional audio solutions for the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship.
An extension of Cairo International Stadium, the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex is a multi-use facility featuring four Olympic-standard indoor sports arenas. Over two weeks in January 2021, the venue hosted the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship in its 16,900-capacity Main Hall and 1,620-seat Hall 2.
Although functional and visually impressive, the venue wasn’t designed with acoustic performance in mind, possessing a long reverberation time which made providing intelligible sound reinforcement challenging. Additionally, the venue’s structural design limits the amount of weight that can be hung from the ceiling, creating the need for a lightweight yet high-quality audio solution. Adding yet another challenge, the International Handball Federation (IHF) enforces a maximum sound pressure level (SPL) limit, as well as a mandatory minimum standard of speech intelligibility.
To overcome the venue’s limitations and meet the IHF’s stringent audio standards, event organisers turned to Audio Technology, a Cairo-based full-service provider of professional audio equipment. Audio Technology designed and implemented a full Harman Professional audio solution across both halls featuring JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors and Soundcraft mixing consoles.
“When we started the project, we were concerned that the hall would need to be treated because
UK - Joining forces with Red Nose Day and kitchen disco Isolation Nation, Glitterbox recently brought the curtain down on BBC1 Comic Relief’s main event. The online Red Nose Rave, the special after-party, further boosted the BBC1 fund-raiser.
Taking place on a custom stage at the Royal Albert Hall, the venue was lit by Sam Tozer of Vision Factory, using fixtures from the GLP portfolio. These zipped into action around midnight on 19 March to light sets from the from body confidence guru turned celebrity DJ Gok Wan, Melvo Baptiste, and The Shapeshifters, while Teni Tinks joined the latter for a live PA.
The LD has been working with Mattie Smith’s production company Nocturnal Tour Management (NTRP) since the start of lockdown, handling the live YouTube streams. His brief here was to support the Glitterbox brand’s own particular style and feel.
“They support the LGBQ+ community, and the stage is packed with dancers, colour, and enjoyment,” Tozer says. “We had to create club intimacy down the camera lens, but at the same time turn it into a dynamic show. I was asked to design the set, production and lighting to meet this aesthetic, and from there I was given the freedom to create the show.
“Coming from a live performance background, lockdown shows have seen a big change in style of lighting and stage design,” he continues. “We wanted to show off the scale of the venue but at the same time create its own space that would be more familiar to Glitterbox audiences.”
Using the venue as a large catwalk, at the end of a centre
Germany - Integrated Systems Events has released more details about its ISE Live & Online programme, which will run throughout June.
ISE Digital is a two-day web event of live and on-demand content powered by CISCO technology. ISE Digital will be launched to run concurrently with the Barcelona event on 1-2 June and will be available on demand in the weeks that follow, reactivated with live updates from the Munich, Amsterdam and London events. Registration for any of the four regional events provides access to this content from launch; online-only registration is also available.
Exploring The Future of AV, ISE Digital will highlight business growth and opportunities, while showcasing solutions, in the context of the industry emerging from the confines of the pandemic.
Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems Events managing director explains: “We are proud to be partnering with CISCO on ISE Digital. Working with the industry in this way, we will be providing significant opportunities for teams and individuals to meet their customers, for people to experience product innovations, and of course, for networking.”
Live content from the Main Stage, and focused Tech Tracks with insight from key technology sectors, aim ‘to inspire and spark lively conversations with an opportunity for attendees to interact, share ideas and ask questions’. Topic covered include Digital Signage, Live Events & Audio, Workspace Evolution, Digital Learning, Smart Building and XR in Today’s Reality.
UK - Mike Wroe, former CFO of Just Eat plc, has been appointed as non-executive chairman of TV and events supplier JLLighting and JLLive.
Wroe has a wealth of experience as a senior executive, board member and non-executive director over the course of a 20-year career. As CFO at Just Eat plc, he led the transformation of a £20m start-up into a £4bn FTSE business operating in 15 countries worldwide. Amongst a variety of advisory roles to a number of leading European growth business, Wroe is also currently an active angel investor and is non-executive chairman of private equity backed proSapient Limited, the technology-led expert network and primary research platform.
Jack Linaker, group director, comments: “We are thrilled to have Mike on board. His strategic vision will help us steer the business as we grow and enter new territories. Mike’s highly successful track record across a breadth of functions means he has a holistic and creative approach to business which dovetails perfectly with our culture and aspirations. Mike’s experience in identifying consumer and audience trends means we can depend on him to bring his unique perspective and fresh approach to our industry so that we can offer our clients new ways of connecting with their audiences.”
Wroe adds: “In the last 12 months, digital acceptance has lept 10 years, dramatically changing the way people consume media and content. This change has radicalised the boundaries and expectations of what a ‘live experience’ delivers for audiences. A unique mix of skills and expertise acros
New Zealand - The 2021 America’s Cup, which took place in the Hauraki Gulf off the coast of Auckland, saw the defender Emirates Team New Zealand race against the challenger Luna Rossa PRADA Pirelli, winning by 7:3. Communications specialist Riedel was entrusted with the overarching technology concept for broadcast and race management for the host broadcast partner circle-o.
To complement its hardware and software technologies, Riedel deployed custom-made Sennheiser microphones for the coverage of the prestigious sailing event, which saw the two iGerman companies collaborate closely on this project.
Sennheiser engineers provided custom-made, water-proof microphones for the crews’ boomsets and the on-board cameras, ensuring top-class audio both for the broadcasts and for team communications. The microphones were fully matched to Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercom and integrated seamlessly into the overall communication set-up.
“We are absolutely delighted to having partnered Riedel on this spectacular project,” says co-CEO Andreas Sennheiser. “The America’s Cup is a high-tech race that puts both the teams and equipment to the very hardest of tests. In addition, it is yet another proof that sports broadcasting is a true innovation driver.”
Thomas Riedel, CEO and founder, Riedel Communications adds: “Decades of experience in the most demanding production environments culminated in this very special project with very special challenges. Together with our partner suppliers, all of whom represent the global standard in their fields,
USA - Chauvet Professional has appointed Jean Lariviere as the company’s channel relationship manager for concert & touring/broadcast. Lariviere joins the company after serving for four years at Elation Professional in international business development and more than 25 years deeply embedded in the industry.
In his new position, Lariviere will be responsible for communicating directly with lighting designers and decision makers in the concert/touring and broadcast segments of the market. He assumed his new position on 1 April and plans to be reaching out to designers and other members of the lighting community throughout the spring and summer.
“We view communication as a two-way street,” comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We not only want to talk to customers about what we do, we also want to provide an open door that makes it easy for them to tell us about issues they care about. This has always been important, but never more so than today, as we emerge from the pandemic.
“Jean’s extensive experience and communications skills make him ideally suited for this position,” said Chauvet. “We are happy to welcome him to our team.”
For his part, Lariviere, “Over the past six or seven years, the company’s presence has grown tremendously in the market, as it’s won over more and more customers and been in the forefront of new products and ideas. I am looking forward to building on this momentum and advancing the connection between Chauvet Professional and the members of this industry.”
Australia - ACMI, Australia’s national museum of screen culture located in Melbourne, celebrates the nation’s long history in the medium - including film, television, video games, and moving image artwork.
Recently, the museum underwent a renovation that completely overhauled its central exhibition design - and its AV system - to allow visitors to take a journey through Australia’s history of moving images. By utilising robust, immersive, and interactive AV, the exhibition, titled The Story of the Moving Image, advances through time – from shadow play to the films that shaped Australia’s cinematic landscape. The exhibition includes Games Lab Presented by Big Ant Studios, where AAA titles sit alongside a curated selection of locally made indie games, and a section dedicated to the power of citizen journalism.
And while the museum is largely focused on the ‘image’ component of its name, the need for thoughtfully placed audio throughout the space is critical - requiring hundreds of audio feeds across the gallery space. To make that much sound work, the ACMI designers relied on Audinate’s Dante.
“Traditionally, the space has been known to be a bit cacophonous,” said Greg Turner, a consultant working with ACMI. “Because of that, we knew from the start it was going to be critical that we had tight control over all of our audio signals. With the redesign we’ve installed hundreds of displays in the space, so how do we make sure we’re managing hundreds of audio signals as well? The obvious answer from the start was Dan
USA - Lincoln Financial Field opened in 2003 as the home stadium for the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team. In addition to Eagles football, it regularly hosts the Temple University Owls, the Army-Navy game and many soccer games each season.
In 2017, the Stadium staff asked Diversified to design a new, upgraded audio system for the seating bowl. Diversified developed a comprehensive design, installed in multiple phases during off-seasons starting in spring of 2018.
The Philadelphia Eagles wanted to raise the bar for audio performance within the stadium. “The fan experience across the NFL has been improving for a number of years,” says Jeff Sanderson, senior design engineer at Diversified. “A lot of teams are renovating or building new stadiums. The Eagles wanted Lincoln Financial Field to sound as good or better than anything else in the NFL. Speech intelligibility and musical experience is a critical part of that.”
Diversified proposed a Fulcrum Acoustic-based solution for the system upgrade. Diversified had experience with Fulcrum products from other projects. Jeff Sanderson used EASE modelling software to design the new sound system incorporating AH, FH, and GX series products as well as Passive Cardioid subwoofers. Fulcrum’s ability to provide any model with weather resistant construction was also an important factor.
Rigging structures were prefabricated for fast installation. Fulcrum worked closely with Diversified to phase deliveries of products to the Stadium to keep the installation moving efficiently. Where possible, Diversified
Europe - Goldensea UV (GSUV), manufacturers of UV-C disinfection lights, has announced Franck Verin as its new European sales manager for enterprise and agriculture with effect from 1 April 2021. Verin will focus on GSUV UV-C sales in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, the Benelux countries. He will also investigate and help create potential new business for Goldensea UV in the agriculture sector.
Verin brings with him a strong background in international business across variety of business sectors including automotive parts, material handling and, eventually, packaging for the wine industry. He has over 20 years of experience in managing multicultural sales teams, distribution networks and agents, and a special focus on service innovation.
“We are delighted Franck is joining the team and adding his spirit of positivity and energy,” says Goldensea UV’s Michael Althaus. “We strongly believe in the longterm future of Goldensea UV and with it a number of substantial, so far untouched growth markets for UV-C lighting. With Franck’s experience and focus on service we are certain our philosophies are well-aligned.”
Norway - The Future Group, maker of virtual production tool Pixotope, the technology behind award-winning productions such as TWC Surge Flood and Riot’s Pop Stars, has received development grants from the Epic Games MegaGrants fund and Innovation Norway.
The grants will allow The Future Group to develop Pixotope Live Cloud that "will enable companies to connect to the power of live virtual production through a ‘pay as you go’ and always available cloud service".
Marcus B.Brodersen, CEO of The Future Group, explains: “We are making virtual production more accessible and giving streaming and broadcast production companies more flexibility in how they tell engaging stories.”
Built on the production-proven Pixotope virtual production technology, Pixotope Live Cloud adds a number of new features.
Brodersen summarises: “Unreal Engine is the perfect vehicle to drive innovation in media production, and Pixotope is all about making that power available to as many media producers and creators as possible. We couldn’t ask for better collaborators than Epic Games and Innovation Norway to give even more content creators access to these storytelling tools through Pixotope Live Cloud.''
UK - Industry collective #WeMakeEvents, joined by over 150 industry players, has called for crucial government support for the specialist transport vehicles - carrying artists, crew, and equipment involved in touring productions - which have been rendered inoperable post-Brexit.
An essential component to music, film, and TV tours, passenger transportation relies on operating freely in the EU. Under the current post-Brexit EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) hauliers are restricted, stopping the 30 companies in the sector from returning and UK artists from being able to tour. This is instead opening up opportunities for trucking companies to be set up in the EU and sacrificing specialist jobs. The industry is now writing to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, urging the government to negotiate exemptions or waivers to the TCA and/or provide short-term workarounds.
Without freedom of movement to work across the EU, the demise of sleeper bus and splitter van businesses will threaten the UK’s entire creative export ecosystem and position as a recognised global leader in live events, say the campaigners. Unless the TCA is negotiated to provide an exception to the cabotage hauliers, the industry faces “another competitive disadvantage against EU-based competitors.”
To raise awareness, over 50 musicians have co-signed the letter including Frank Turner, Two Door Cinema Club, Maximo Park, Blossoms, Ghostpoet, Public Service Broadcasting, Melanie C and Jamiroquai. Also supporting are the producers and crew involved in music, film, and TV prod
Australia - The weather in Australia can be unpredictable, from searing temperatures to dust storms and intense rain. With so many outdoor events held every year in the country, production suppliers require sturdy, IP65-rated lighting fixtures that will perform no matter what weather event is thrown at them.
Lighting production company Chameleon Touring Systems has it figured out, relying on Prolights IP-rated gear. That strategy led them to purchase another 24 PanoramaIP AirBeam fixtures to add to the considerable stock they already have in their inventory.
As well as being weatherproof, the PanoramaIP AirBeam is a powerful beam and searchlight, featuring CMY colour mixing and multiple prisms.
“Our PanoramaIP AirBeams have been popular and this year they have been on several key events already,” comments Tony Davies, managing director of Chameleon. “Their massive output is very impressive and they deliver some great outdoor searchlight and big air looks.”
So far this year, Chameleon has deployed them on Halo Townsville, Australia Day at Sydney's Circular Quay, Australian Ninja Warrior, The Royal Easter Show and Bluesfest.
“These are all high-profile events and it's important to have a fixture that is reliable - especially when you're live to air,” added Davies. “Our crew love them because they're small and easy to rig and maintenance-free. Plus, we have the excellent support of distributor Show Technology.”
USA - When the city of Trussville, Alabama unveiled its new downtown entertainment district, the results were nothing short of spectacular. Complete with an amphitheatre-style concert stage and pavilion. The new PA system consists of 15 EAW ADAPTive Anna loudspeakers (arranged six left, three centre, six right), four EAW SB828 Dual Drive Subwoofers (two per side, stacked on stage) and six MW12 MicroWedges.
The central elements of Trussville’s downtown entertainment district are its new stage and pavilion. The stage will host large concert performances and national touring acts for up to 2,500 spectators. A 27ft-wide LED video wall will allow the stage to be used year-round for family movie nights, concert simulcasts and screening sports events, including football games.
ESB Group managed the installation and worked closely with consultants, MediaMerge. “We were called upon to help design an audio solution with a specific set of requirements from the city,” says Drew Breland, solutions architect/design engineer at ESB Group. “Having been a 10-year user of EAW equipment, we knew EAW’s Anna three-way full-range ADAPTive array module PA system was going to be an ideal fit for this project.”
The pavilion and amphitheatre are located within the new outdoor entertainment district, which required the PA system to be both rider-friendly and easy to use by city employees. The system not only needed to provide a high-quality product that met SPL levels but with homes around the venue, the system also needed good pattern control.
“The EAW A
UK - Boasting a high-profile celebrity clientele, the Barry’s Bootcamp boutique fitness franchise continues to roll out in London and the UK, the latest (and flagship) operation being in Soho.
Originally established in California in 1998, Barry’s (as it is now known) offers high-intensity interval cross training, revolving around two red-lit studios. A series of trainers pump out high volume, high BPM dance-oriented music through Martin Audio sound systems as classes build up a sweat over an intense 50-minute session, focusing respectively on treadmill and strength training.
By the time sound specialist Callum Toms of Luna Sound and Lighting came on board following a recommendation, Barry’s were already familiar with Martin Audio’s signature sound, having adopted the brand via a previous installer.
Toms, himself, was equally conversant, having worked with their premium installation ranges at his previous company. But for the new basement operation underneath the famous Hamleys store (with the entrance on Kingly Street), he went a step further and specified a large complement of Martin Audio Blackline series speakers.
“We first replaced an old sound system with Blackline X8 at Barry’s Central on the Euston Road, which was the first to open in London [back in 2013],” confirmed Toms. “Then we were offered St. Paul’s and now Soho. Blackline seems to be made of steel, it’s just so durable. It comes at a price that’s hard to beat and it looks attractive.”
He says the operators are known to run the system at 98dB. “We
South Africa - Pixel Nation has recently inaugurated a new virtual production studio in the heart of Johannesburg’s vibrant Rosebank district with content delivery based on StreamWorks infrastructure from Stage Audio Works. StreamWorks is a new initiative from SAW that provides full end-to-end streaming services comprising hardware and software, as well as support and expertise.
Pixel Nation was created by a team of AV professionals who have always operated in the live event space, particularly in the corporate market. As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced in-person events off the agenda for the time being, Pixel Nation was formed in order to be able to deliver events virtually, and not just as a pre-recorded show, but as fully interactive, live events with participants from all over the world.
“In creating Pixel Nation, we’re leveraging our expertise in AV event content creation, production and delivery and transferring it to a virtual environment,” explains Pixel Nation director, Mike Fynn. “We’re still creating amazing events, but participants are now located all over the world instead of under the same roof.”
Already long-standing clients of SAW in the live events market, when it became clear that the business model would need to change, Mike Fynn and fellow director Bradley Hilton, turned to SAW for help with the live streaming element, an area in which they had little experience. “We knew what we wanted to do - we just didn’t know how we were going to do it! Fortunately, Nathan [Ihlenfeldt] and the guys at SAW were already work