UK - David Howard appreciated the flowing quality of cellist Jo Quail’s music when he was called upon to light a virtual concert by the London-based artist.
“Jo’s music is truly a joy to bring to life with light,” he said. “The pieces are very strongly connected and rooted to their respective inspiration. This provides a brilliant foundation to draw upon. Using looping and layering techniques, the music itself has a quality and structure that encourage lighting elements to reflect and visualize the sounds Jo produces with her cello. The visual experience builds with the music.”
Featuring six individual compositions taken from a variety of Quail’s discography, the concert took place in an improvised demo space, since the production team did not have access to a livestream studio. Helping Howard create a variety of looks within this space was an extensive collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures, including the Maverick MK Pyxis, MK2 Wash, MK3 Wash, Rogue R1 FX-B, ÉPIX Strip Tour, and Ovation E-910FC colour rendering ellipsoidal.
“We had to achieve a creative solution ourselves within the space available,” said Howard. “From a logistical point of view, we only had a few hours to set up and film all six pieces, each of them about 10 minutes each in length. The entire show was programmed from scratch with a good deal of the show programmed in advance using WYSIWYG. Each piece was a single take and operated live so there really was no room for mistakes. Since Jo’s music is very layered, all the accent lighting that picks up on th
Canada - The Jack Singer Concert Hall, the largest venue in Calgary, Alberta’s Arts Commons complex, has installed a new and highly “hybrid” Meyer Sound reinforcement system. It replaces a Meyer Sound system based on the same concept that had contributed to the success of the 2,000-capacity venue for more than 16 years.
Both the new replacement system and the prior system were designed by GerrAudio, Meyer Sound’s Canadian distributor, in consultation with the venue technical staff.
“Meyer Sound and Gerr had worked together back in 2004 on what proved to be a wonderful solution for this venue,” says Brian Beaulieu, associate director, venue operations at Arts Commons. “Everyone was very consultative and worked closely with our team to again come up with the best solution.”
As before, the theatre’s system is anchored by a flown centre cluster, this time configured using Meyer Sound’s latest generation of point source and low-frequency loudspeakers, including UPQ‑D2, ULTRA‑X40 and ULTRA‑X42 loudspeakers and 900‑LFC low-frequency control elements. The primary system also includes additional 900-LFC elements on the floor as well as UPQ‑D1 loudspeakers for side fills.
More compact ULTRA-X40 loudspeakers are installed throughout the auditorium and will be principally used for surround sound. New ULTRA‑X20 loudspeakers are deployed as fill systems, and 11 new MM‑4XP miniature self-powered loudspeakers supplement 11 MM-4 loudspeakers remaining from the prior system as front-fill. Meyer Sound’s new MAPP 3D prediction
USA - The town of Clinton, NY is the home of Hamilton College. Precision Audio Services has provided audio engineering services to the college’s Music and Theatre Department for several years, and this spring the company heads up a sound system upgrade in Wellin Hall.
The 700-seat hall has served as the central hub of music education and concerts for the college since its construction in the 1980s. The bare concrete and polished wood walls combined with flown wooden acoustic panels above the audience creates a highly reverberant environment.
However, these properties that make the environment desirable for acoustic performances, also make sound-reinforced events a significant challenge. "With an RT60 of almost 2.5 seconds, achieving a clear mix and vocal delivery is typically a major source of frustration for visiting mix engineers,” says Michael Lawrence from Precision Audio Services. “Although to a large extent, this is simply the reality of working in such an environment, one of the goals for the new design was to increase the consistency over the space and minimize excess energy splashing onto the walls and other non-audience surfaces, both areas where the current installed system struggled."
The system design is far from the traditional install-patch approach. “Sometimes I have to adapt to things very quickly, on the fly, and in the past that’s been a challenge where we couldn’t get physical access to a loudspeaker, or all the signal flow was happening in the back of a rack somewhere with no easy way to get signals in or out of the
USA - “Historically, younger engineers believe that it is impossible to record in a professional studio,” says Music & Arts Production Studio (MAPS) owner Mike Willson, who hopes to change this with his pioneering new business model. Keen to attract engineers and producers who don’t have their own space to develop their craft, MAPS offers autonomous access to the studio, whilst keeping costs down by removing the need for multiple, full-time staff members.
After an induction - which includes a thorough training session on their AudientASP4816 mixing desk - MAPS clients are ready to access the space whenever they like. Mike explains, “All of our clients are freelancers that we’ve developed close relationships with. They just hop on our Producer Dashboard, book the session and let themselves in.
“Luckily, the Audient is so easy to navigate and I always feel confident that the console will add to their workflow rather than distract from it. We are constantly getting great feedback about how much our producers love working on the console,” he continues. For many of his newer clients, it is their first time interacting with a mixing desk. “We do have a Studio B that is set up for ‘in the box’ production, but I focus on making everybody comfortable on the console, because everything else falls into place once they feel good on the Audient.”
Possibly the most important thing for this autonomous business model is the desk’s reliability. “Honestly, my favourite thing about the Audient console is that it doesn’t break down. Ever
World - Registration for Virtual Showlight is now open. Tickets for the unique online event can be secured via Hubilo, here. Tickets are free of charge but delegates are encouraged to make voluntary donations when registering, as all proceeds will go to support industry charities Backup and Behind the Scenes.
The event will be hosted on behalf of Showlight by MaxLive Events and takes place on 25 May between 15.00 BST and 23.00 BST.
“We have an exciting programme of speakers lined up for your entertainment and education,” say the organisers. “These will be interspersed by a number of ‘Video Shorts’ - short stand-alone papers, some of which will be forerunners to the full Showlight event that we hope will resume next year. A discussion panel of international speakers will focus on the issue of diversity in the lighting industry. In between sessions, there will be a number of breakout rooms, hosted by our sponsors, which delegates can enter to view and discuss sponsors’ products and services, and a networking lounge for general mixing and mingling.”
The organisers continue: “We would like to thank our generous sponsors whose donations have enabled Showlight to cover the cost of this virtual event, allowing the maximum of delegate donations to go direct to the charities. Robert Juliat is our headline sponsor, and is joined by Ayrton, ACT Lighting, Inc., Altman, ARRI, Claypaky, Copper Candle, ETC, Robe and Vectorworks. Virtual Showlight is also supported by
World - When show producers welcome throngs of enthusiastic Harry Potter fans to the live stage production of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, they want to immerse the audience in a show experience like no other. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.
With demanding production requirements, show producers turned to multi-award-winning sound designer Gareth Fry, and his experience with technologies from d&b audiotechnik, to cast a spell over the audience.
“There's a big responsibility when you're working with such iconic characters and stories; the audience has a strong, emotional attachment to what's happening on stage,” explains Gareth Fry. “With such an invested audience, we're under pressure to produce the best show we can. There are big, epic scenes with lots of characters, and then there are also very quiet scenes where it's just two people talking - we need to make sure every seat in the house hears everything perfectly.”
Fry says that the director, John Tiffany, demanded that the sound quality be exceptional and that every production in each location have the same level of quality as the London production, or better. This means Fry and the team needed a sound system that could not only deliver the required quality and control to cover every seat in the house, but also flexible enough to work within a wide variety of theatres around t
Sweden - Melodifestivalen - ‘Mello’ for short - the annual competition to select the Swedish Eurovision entry is organised by Sveriges Television and is a phenomenon in itself. In recent years, it has been a touring show visiting six key cities, but due to COVID restrictions, this year the six rounds - four heats, the ‘second chance’ and the final - were staged in one place, the Annexet arena in Stockholm, part of the Globe complex, and broadcast live on STV1.
It was lit - for the 20th time - by Fredrik Jonsson who utilised 200 Robe moving lights and four RoboSpot systems among other fixtures on the rig.
Taking this fund of experience into account, Fredrik always relishes the challenge of making Mello look fresh, exciting and fun each year and 2021 was no exception,
offering the rare opportunity to work in what was effectively a very large studio space without an audience, which opened new doors for technical experimentation.
Fredrik once again worked closely with set designer Viktor Brattstrom, another long-term member of the Mello creative team. The two enjoy a great imaginative synergy, and usually start throwing ideas into the mix the previous summer and autumn.
Video content was supplied by Green Wall Designs, another regular collaborator, who had their content wranglers onsite together with a disguise operator.
With a trim height of around 10m - and without the limitations of having to tour the rig - the circumstances gave rise to an idea floating around for some time which involved integrating a roof into the se
USA - An artist whose career has been fuelled by his tight connection to fans, Josh Turner creates his own brand of magic when performing before audiences, something he’s rarely been able to do since the pandemic struck. But recently, the Grammy-nominated, chart-topping country star got to savour the live concert experience, as he played socially distant shows in Florida and Georgia.
Helping him feed off the crowd at both stops was an engaging, upbeat Mason Felps lighting design that featured warm white audience light created with a collection of Chauvet Professional STRIKE 4 fixtures that were flown across the upstage truss.
“Josh really likes to see fans at his shows,” says Felps. “It’s part of the bond he has with them. So, of course we wanted to include audience lighting in the rig, especially during these times when the fans have to be separated. The STRIKE fixtures are very bright with warm light, which is just what we wanted.”
Like the other fixtures in Felps’ rig, which included 24 Maverick MK2 Spots and 16 Maverick MK3 Washes, as well as Rogue R2 Washes, and Vesuvio RGBA foggers, the four STRIKE 4 units were supplied by ESI of Tampa.
Felps used the LED movers in his rig to create a range of intense colours on stage, from deep cherry reds, to softer pastels, to dark evocative hues. Having the broad palette, not only helped him convey different moods in light, it also added a special, almost celebratory, quality to the show, reflecting the spirit of fans who were happy to be at a live concert again.
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UK - PPL, the UK’s music licensing company for over 120,000 performers and recording rights holders, has again chosen to support touring crews and event production workers during the live industry’s ongoing unemployment crisis, with a donation of £75,000.
PPL previously made a significant donation to Stagehand’s COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund earlier in the pandemic. Further strengthening its commitment to the future of live entertainment and the value placed upon its workers, PPL has stepped in to support the ecosystem surrounding the wider music industry.
As the roadmap to easing lockdown in the UK gets underway, Britain’s event and concert touring personnel remain unable to return to work in any meaningful capacity. While restrictions on audience gatherings remain in place, skilled crews are left without the opportunity to earn a consistent income. Funding from the recording sector has been invaluable.
To date, Stagehand charity, which was founded by the PSA, has been able to provide some of the 20% of people who have fallen through the gaps in governmental support with grants of up to £500 for food and housing bills.
Since its launch in September 2020, the Stagehand COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund has helped over 1,500 workers. The Fund has opened a fifth round of applications, made possible with PPL’s generous donation.
Mike Lowe, Stagehand chair of trustees states: “PPL and live event production workers are at opposite ends of the music business. It is so heartening that PPL regard the entire business as one ecosystem and at
Germany - Wireless LED lighting specialist Astera has launched a new AX2 PixelBar product - a linear wash fixture with wireless control, onboard battery, individually addressable LEDs, ultra-high colour rendering, fabulous digital colour calibration and a 21-degree beam.
The AX2 is fully wirelessly controlled, robustly engineered, stylish and comes complete with a range of rigging tools to provide solutions for multiple lighting applications and sectors - from concert touring to live events to TV productions and architectural and installations.
The AX2 PixelBar is an extension of the Astera AX range which includes LightDrops and LED PARs. It is currently available in two versions, a 1m fixture with 16 x 10W LEDs and 50cm fixture with eight 10W LEDs.
It was developed to meet demand for wall, backdrop or surface washing luminaires offering the same highly practical and quality lighting options as other Astera products and is compatible with the AX and Titan ranges.
Premium optics focus the lightsources and colour mixing, and homogeneity ensure a ‘smooth even wash of light across its entire path’.
Utilising Astera’s Titan LED light engine, the AX2 features a high CRI and TCLI and can produce a range of colour temperatures from 1750 to 20000 Kelvin. The digital calibration allows it to precisely reproduce any colour or gel filter.
The quick connect system for attaching two or more units is designed to maintain a consistent pixel pitch between conjoined fixtures, and the feet can be loosened to assist in angling a row of AX2s un
Spain - Integrated Systems Events’ managing director Mike Blackman recently took part in the Barcelona reACT Conference, a four-day working event to relaunch the city’s economy after a year of pandemic.
Speaking at the conference and looking forward to June, Blackman said: “We recognise that the world needs events to get back to business and we are thankful for the support we have had from the national, regional and City authorities, the team at the Fira and of course to the pro AV industry for its enthusiasm in the face of what has been an incredibly difficult period. Whilst 2021 will offer a different experience we are confident of delivering a great event which will pave the way for ISE 2022 in Barcelona.”
Blackman added: “Whether joining online or in-person in Barcelona, attendees can access inspiring content from innovation leaders, networking opportunities and the latest technologies. This main ISE event, 1-2 June in Barcelona and online, acknowledges that we are at a stage where we can start to plan again for the future and these two days will assist the industry to build a new roadmap for a new era.”
In-person attendees can visit booths from exhibitors including Alfalite, Ampio, AVI-SPL, Barco, Biamp, Control4, d&b audiotechnik, Equipson, LANG, NEC, Panasonic, Sharp, Shure, WolfVision plus many more. Highlights from the exhibition will be broadcast from the Main Stage during the two days. There will also be a Pavilion by ICEX to highlight Spanish brands and business opportunities as well as a host of other features including:
Saudi Arabia - Connectivity for a massive Dante audio network, extending over some 15 kilometers of fibre-optic cable, during the 2021 Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia, relied on the robust, field tested dependability of Neutrik opticalCON DUO connectors.
The site-wide audio, video, lighting and rigging infrastructure supplied and operated by Dubai headquartered MediaPro included their entire Middle East based stock of L-Acoustics systems - comprising K1, K2, KARAs, 112Ps, 5XTs, X8s, X15, KS28, SB18s and 20 LA RACK II, 13 Yamaha QL and CL consoles, with D2 racks, 15 of the company’s own network racks - connecting all of the various audio zones to the network - and a complete redundant Dante network.
Commenting on the choice of opticalCON DUO connectors, MediaPro International chief operating officer Shaam Pudaruth says, “Connectivity solutions of the quality and ruggedness of Neutrik’s opticalCON range are an essential element in providing the technological advantages of AoIP fibre optic networking solutions.”
In addition to the massive audio network, MediaPro also catered the radio mic requirements with Shure Axient systems, video screen and signal requirements of the site with 78 CD screens, radio and Clear-Com wireless communications, SFX, trussing and rigging and lighting solutions for general grandstand, pedestrian bridges, entrance gates, and branding areas around the track.
Australia - Working as the creative directors and producers of the 2021 Parrtjima Festival, AGB Events, produced and delivered a travelling installation on The Ghan for NT Tourism.
The official opening night was on 9 April, but the celebrations actually began earlier that week, with the famed locomotive The Ghan - a 900m luxury train that travels the 2,797km (1,846 miles) stretch between Darwin and Adelaide.
Three of the train's carriages were wrapped in Aboriginal artist Chantelle Mulladad’s work Crossroads. The artwork was used in the external and internal dressing of The Ghan carriages, and features in the Merging Kultcha installation at Parrtjima.
Turning a whole carriage into a travelling Parrtjima light installation, AGB Events utilised digital imagery from the 2019 Ranges Show, a light and sound spectacular projected onto 2km of the MacDonnell Ranges. This was projected onto a wall the entire width of the Ghan carriage measuring 2.7m x 1.6m high with interior printed graphics measuring 16.7m x 17.15m each side, and was enriched by an epic musical composition and narration.
The 10-minute show included a welcome from AGB First Nation’s Advisor and Parrtjima Curator, Rhoda Robert AO and was narrated by Australian actor Aaron Pederson and Benedict Kngwarraye Stevens. The lighting designer was Richard Neville and was supplied by MPH Australia and Mandylights. Musical composition and sound design was delivered by Damian Robinson and supplied by the Central Australia Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA).
AGB Events worked
USA - Mo-Sys Engineering has appointed Tanner Woodward as sales director, West Coast US. Woodward joins from RED Digital Cinema, where he spent five years managing existing channel partners and establishing new dealer networks, as well as creating the corporate creative vertical.
“I am extremely grateful and excited for this opportunity with Mo-Sys,” says Woodward. “The one thing I’ve learned in my time working with creatives, is that the most valuable tools are those built to empower creativity while making life easier and more efficient. Mo-Sys creates such innovative tools and solutions, and I couldn’t be more honoured to be part of this team.”
This news follows the earlier appointing of Mike Grieve as commercial director and is part of an expansion plan on the US West Coast. Woodward’s appointment reflects an ongoing investment in the LA sales and support team, which has doubled in recent months, and precedes the imminent announcement of the opening of the Mo-Sys LA office.
Michael Geissler, CEO Mo-Sys, comments: “We welcome Tanner and Mike to Mo-Sys when we are seeing significant expansion, directly related to the increase in demand for virtual and remote production technologies. We are expanding our amazing team for the future and, with pros like Tanner and Mike onboard, I know we are in safe hands.”
France - Harman Professional Solutions recently collaborated with Produc’son and Freevox to outfit Stade Saint-Symphorien with a complete stadium sound reinforcement solution consisting of JBL Professional loudspeakers.
Located in the city of Metz and home to France’s top division soccer team, FC Metz, Stade Saint-Symphorien is the largest sports stadium in the region of Lorraine. The stadium, which was originally constructed in 1923, was recently renovated to expand its seating sections and increase the overall capacity to 30,000.
French integrator Produc’son selected JBL Professional loudspeakers supplied by Freevox to replace the stadium’s aging audio system. In order to meet international EN 54-24 voice alarm safety standards and ensure a world-class experience, Produc’son hired Laurent Delenclos, technical director of Freevox, to design the stadium’s new audio system.
“For stadium installations like this, it’s important that the entire system meets EN 54-24 specifications to guarantee fail-safe operation if important safety announcements need to be made,” comments Delenclos. “For example, if the stadium needs everybody to evacuate, we need to be certain that not only will the system reliably deliver messages to all areas of the facility, but also that these messages can be understood clearly. Speech intelligibility plays a huge role in EN 54 protocols, and the JBL speakers deliver excellent STI levels so that everyone can follow instructions and reach safety if a dangerous event occurs.”
To deliver clarity and balan
New Zealand - The country’s musical summer took a turn for the better when for six weekends in January and February, homegrown rock sensations SIX60 took to the road for their SIX60 Saturdays tour. Playing outdoor venues with a stella line up of guests to the largest audiences the country has seen since the beginning of 2020, monitor engineer David O’Brien chose a DiGiCo SD7.
With the console set up simply and using nothing other than an SD-Rack, it was used for both SIX60 and the support acts and, with the support acts changing for each, the tour ran much like a festival with mixes built on the fly behind the LED wall without any line of sight.
“I chose the SD7 because it offered a few features I think make for a good workflow,” he says. “Having two master fader banks allows me to put the tech/shout mixes on the upper master bank while keeping the band outputs on the lower bank. I also like having three screens which provide a constant overview without needing anything external. This keeps my Snapshots and chosen channels in a prime position, making monitoring them easy. Having a dedicated gain encoder on the top row also helps to have everything at your fingertips.”
O’Brien also notes that the SD7 gave him confidence programming scenes between set/stage changes, knowing that when he pressed 'fire', it would just work. Dual engines, meanwhile, offered him peace of mind when touring through regional parts of New Zealand where it would not have been possible to get a replacement console.
Along with the SD7, SIX60’s long-time aud
Germany - Rapper Apache 207 holds nothing back in Angst, a song of alienation, isolation and fractured relationships. This is reflected in the recently completed video for the song.
Drawing on the brooding aura of its physical setting, Babenhausen Kasserne, an abandoned and desolate former military base that was built 120 years ago, the video evokes a haunting air of mystery. This quality is accentuated by Adrian Schmidt’s lighting design that he powered with his ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 console.
Throughout the video, Schmidt creates wave after wave of lighting intensity that includes towering aerial effects, brilliant white flashes, and cascading ‘waterfalls’ of light. Helping him navigate his way through this vortex of looks was his trusty console.
“I have worked with ChamSys for over 10 years now,” he said. “It’s a very stable desk that I know I always can rely on. With the MQ500, my work is made much easier because of its very intuitive layout and easy timecode programming. I am also a big fan of the MQ Track.”
During the production of the Angst video, the MagicQ MQ500’s reliable, rugged design was especially appreciated because of the high humidity and cold temperatures.#
“All the features of the ChamSys helped me in this project, as we had limited infrastructure, a huge (113m x 85m) area, and long cables for data transmission via ArtNet,” said Schmidt. “We also had very little time for setting everything up, as the sun went down at 5 pm. My console performed flawlessly through it all.”
Italy - Prolights has launched its new flagship - Astra Beam260IP, an IP-rated moving beam light, designed for any outdoor or indoor application.
The Astra Beam260IP includes a new lamp, made by Osram. The Sirius HRI 260W PRO lamp has a long-life span of 6,000 hours that, combined with a completely sealed enclosure, brings a near-zero maintenance cycle, reducing operating costs like cleaning and re-lamping. The Astra Beam260IP produces a parallel 2°, high-contrast, pure beam of light with an extraordinary output of half a million lux at 10 meters.
The fixture has a rugged and completely sealed chassis made of alluminium alloy, with internal components treated with an IP coating, providing real IP65 water and dust-tight design for lasting outdoor applications. Since it is completely sealed, the fixture doesn't require regular internal cleaning or service.
A wide choice of control options is offered, including DMX & RDM in/through, Wireless DMX & RDM, and Ethernet protocols such as Art-Net and sACN in/through.
UK - Nearly a year after Katy Perry’s virtual performance at the American Idol Season 18 Finale, disguise has announced the public release of its Extended Reality (xR) solution as part of its r18 software launch.
The xR workflow utilised by XR Studios to power Perry’s performance has opened up a new world of opportunities in immersive real-time production in the past year, offering a safe and innovative alternative for shows and live events, allowing these to resume virtually, says the company.
Backed by the Carlyle Group and Epic Games, disguise has powered over 230 productions across live entertainment, film and episodic TV, corporate events, and TV and sports broadcast to date. Over 165 disguise xR stages have been built in 35 countries to support the growing demand.
First introduced at the IBC Show in 2018, disguise xR has since undergone intensive field testing and refining as disguise collaborated with a select group of its creative and technical partners to turn xR into ‘a robust, reliable and flexible solution for productions of any scale or complexity’.
“The xR workflow is making complex things a lot easier. We can implement xR and AR into our disguise workflow and programme complete shows including content and live inputs,” says Pim Elberse, light & video programmer at i!-Studio and disguise xR insider. “We see a lot of future in xR - this will change our work in the future.”
“After more than three years in the making, we are incredibly proud to be bringing our ground-breaking xR solution to the
Chechen Republic - The Sulim Kadyrov Mosque, located in the village of Oyskhara, has a capacity of up to 15,000 people. Opened in 2020, the RCF speakers project for the building was carried out by Master Sound with the assistance of the Moscow-based RCF distributor ARIS.
In 1932, Sulim Kadyrov was convicted by the authorities for teaching the Holy Quran and religion of Islam. For his actions, he spent 14 years in the Gulag camps.
The grand opening of the mosque took place on 21 August 2020, with the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov attending as a special guest. The celebration coincides with the 69th anniversary of the birth of the first President of the Chechen Republic, hero of Russia, Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov.
The air volume of the hall, taking into account the under- and upper- balconies, is about 14,000m3, with a total surface area is 6,360sq.m. Acoustic calculations were measured by the computer modelling software AFMG EASE. The sound system covers the entire premises of the prayer halls (the main prayer hall and two halls on the basement level), providing optimal intelligibility as required.
Four RCF VSA 1250 II speakers are suspended on the front wall near the mihrab (a niche in which the imam is located during the service) and under the gallery, at a height of 2.0 m. Two more RCF VSA 2050 II speakers are suspended on a pair of supporting columns of the dome closest to the mihrab at a height of 2m. An additional pair of RCF VSA 1250 II composes the delay line, suspended on a pair of supporting columns of the dome, farthest fr
USA - Audinate has announced the immediate availability of the Dante AVIO USB-C adapter, the next evolution in the popular Dante AVIO family. The Dante AVIO USB-C adapter allows the latest mobile devices and computers to connect to any Dante audio network for playout or recording.
The Dante AVIO family of adapters allow users to easily use non-Dante analogue, USB, AES3/EBU or Bluetooth audio equipment with a Dante audio network.
The Dante AVIO USB-C adapter connects to devices with USB-C or A ports (cables included) to deliver and receive two channels of audio over a Dante audio network. It requires no additional drivers and works with any application, making it ideal for rapid setup of conference rooms, background music and more.
The Dante adapter may be powered via USB or PoE. When connected to a PoE Ethernet switch, 7.5W of power is available to USB-C compatible mobile devices, enabling smartphones and tablets to remain charged while connected to a Dante network.
“The new Dante AVIO USB-C is the logical evolution of our immensely popular USB model,” says Mark Gerrard, senior product manager at Audinate. “With native support for the ports on the latest tablets, phones and computers, Dante AVIO USB-C adds pass-through power to make it the indispensable tool for connecting devices to Dante audio networks.”
Germany - The School of Life Sciences is part of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Located at the Weihenstephen Campus in Freising, Upper Bavaria, the faculty offers degree programmes in the fields of organic, agricultural and nutritional sciences among others.
In order to offer its students the best possible facilities for lectures and presentations, TUM recently equipped three of its lecture halls with the latest media technology. Overall responsibility for the installation rested with GSVA mbH/Klaus Kuttenhofer, who brought in Fürstenfeldbruck-based company into>noise, led by Andreas Zeh and Tobias Förster, to take care of the audio element. It was a demanding brief for which into>noise chose Coda Audio.
Andreas Zeh explains the choice: “The task was a tough one. We needed to obtain the best possible sound, eliminate the possibility of feedback, and make the systems as easy as possible to use. One of the three venues required top cinema-quality audio. Over recent years, I’ve had nothing but good experiences with Coda Audio - the brand offers excellent products, top support and just as importantly, a first class price/performance ratio. The sound and handling of the systems is so convincing that they were my first choice from the very beginning for this demanding installation.”
In Hall 14, the largest of the three auditoria, into>noise installed a mono centre cluster consisting of 10 x ViRAY in bi-amped mode, as well as 2 x 2 HOPS5 as side-fills, and 2 x HOPS8 as delays.
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USA - Last month, Obsidian Control Systems made available a comprehensive training video series covering its full-featured NX4 lighting console and Onyx lighting control platform. Now the lighting control brand has launched a corresponding training video series covering the smaller yet fully capable NX2 lighting controller.
The NX2 training series is an opportunity for any lighting enthusiast to get behind the desk and add to their craft. Hosted by David Henry of Learn Stage Lighting, nearly two hours of content is condensed into short, segmented videos to watch at your own pace.
The NX2 training series is available at obsidiancontrol.com/nx2-video-training.
All Obsidian lighting controllers run the uncomplicated lighting control software Onyx, available for free download from obsidiancontrol.com. ONYX scales from the smallest shows to the largest touring productions and fully integrates Obsidian’s artistic Dylos pixel composer.
Qatar - Postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 was recently held with Qatar Vision Production Company (Qvision) producing and delivering the infotainment for all matches played at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium and Education City Stadium, as well as developing, producing and managing the presentation ceremony.
Claypaky Scenius Unico, Hepikos and Sharpy Plus fixtures played key roles in the Qatar Vision productions, which included synchronised light-and-music shows before each match and the final ceremony crowning Bayern Munich as champions.
The FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 was the 17th edition of the FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation's league champions. However, only six teams competed in the tournament because of New Zealand’s withdrawal due to their country’s COVID-19 quarantine measures.
“Claypaky has a wealth of products suitable for any kind of lighting show whether it’s a large- scale stadium show or ceremony, corporate event or launch, small event or wedding - Claypaky has everything you need,” explains Sharif Hashisho, managing director of Qatar Vision who served as executive producer/artistic director of the shows.
“Claypaky fixtures are very reliable products when it comes to show business. Working with products that will not fail during a show was an important factor in our selection,” he points out. “In addition, Claypaky has the brightest lights available in the market