klangkonductorPLASA Show: KLANG:konductor unveiled
Monday, 6 September 2021

UK - With maximum flexibility in mind, KLANG has created the KLANG:konductor, billed as its most powerful and versatile immersive in-ear mixing processor to date, delivering ‘connectivity that is ready for today and tomorrow’.
“After joining forces with DiGiCo in 2018 and the release of the workflow integration for its consoles, more and more monitor engineers have implemented a KLANG immersive IEM processor into their workflows,” says KLANG’s co-founder Dr. Pascal Dietrich. “At first, only the most critical channels for the main artists were sent through the processor, but the wish for more input channels, and thus new creative and organisational possibilities, grew further.”
Designed with monitor engineers and fixed installations in mind, KLANG:konductor satisfies that demand with a high-end mixing system that can deliver 16 immersive mixes and process 128 input signals at up to 96kHz, with an astonishing processing latency of less than 0.25ms.
“Our combined R&D teams were able to squeeze in twice as much processing power in a single 3RU device as found in any of our previous processors by using the latest, super-fast FPGA cores,” CTO Benedikt Krechel explains. “Many of our customers value the I/O flexibility that our first KLANG:fabrik offers, but we know they need to quickly adapt to different I/O situations when touring through different countries. KLANG:konductor considerably extends this flexibility and lets the user choose I/O on the fly.”
KLANG:konductor offers three DMI slots on its rear to provide unrivalle

alpdALPD brings new identity to PLASA Show
Monday, 6 September 2021

UK - The ALPD exhibiting at this year’s PLASA Show with its new name and identity. The ALPD is located in the ABTT Show Hub on stand ABTT17.
The stand is hosted by ALPD team representatives all on hand to talk to current members and those wishing to join.
ALPD Members can also make use of the Aaptle Lounge, also located in the ABTT Hub. Aaptle was formed over lockdown and brings together many of the different associations and groups, including the ALPD, that work in our industry. The lounge, kindly offered by ABTT, has been created as a hub for people to gather and meet. It’s the perfect place to talk about the deeper issues that are on your mind and the subjects close to your heart, and if there are any areas you feel deserve a greater focus from the ALPD, let us know.

 
 
tokyonorwest-crewNorwest deploys vast Optocore network for Tokyo 2020
Monday, 6 September 2021

Japan - The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics opening and closing ceremonies almost certainly represented the largest deployment of Optocore audio network devices ever seen.
This was according to Norwest head of special projects, Andrew Marsh, whose company has a long pedigree of fashioning vast digital broadcast networks for spectacular Games Opening and Closing ceremonies, built around Optocore devices.
To give an idea of scale, he says, “The system we provided for our client, Hibino Corporation, comprised just under 1000 audio signals transported on each main and backup network.”
As usual, Norwest duplicated the 21-node system to provide full redundancy. “And we used every one of them,” said Marsh, “along with our usual set of HP switches in RSTP, using our spare pairs of fibre.” These switches controlled the entire audio system at multiple field locations and control rooms. The network design was a collaboration between Marsh himself and John Watterson, Norwest’s senior system engineer at the head of a combined team effort.
Norwest, who already hold a large inventory of Optocore devices, expanded further for this event, to include a number of M12-BNC devices among the 50 Optocore interfaces deployed. “These act as the primary MADI devices where signals are routed on and off the network which interlink us with replay devices or other suppliers,” he said. “With the addition of some custom firmware and macros, we were able to switch between main and backup devices seamlessly.”
They also purchased additional X6R-TP-and X

 
plasa2021-crowdPLASA Show 2021 opens with new products and tech content
Sunday, 5 September 2021

UK - After two years PLASA Show has finally returned to Olympia London for three days of long awaited networking, learning and discovery. The show floor is filling up with eager visitors and the seminar and training programme is in full swing.
Always an unmissable feature is Robe’s stand (E19) which runs regular presentations of their latest lighting fixtures. This year’s design is entitled The Show Goes On, a nod to the live sector’s challenges throughout COVID. The focus will be on Robe’s TE – Transferable Engine technology. Plus, visitors can look forward to seeing the recently launched T2 along with a preview of the not-yet-released T11. Also in action is the Forte, Robe’s highest powered LED moving light.
The show floor is brimming with new products, many have been awaiting release or were developed throughout the pandemic. On the audio front these include Sennheiser’s Evolution Wireless Digital and Allen & Heath’s new addition to the dLive range – the CTi1500 which visitors can see on Audio-Technica’s stand. There will also be exciting products from L-Acoustics, EM Acoustics, Nexo and many more.
Lighting professionals can look forward to seeing Avolites’ new Diamond 9 console and three debut releases from Astera – the PixelBrick, AX2 PixelBar and the AX9 PowerPAR. Plus Artistic Licence are launching the candlePower octo at the show which can be seen alongside the new Commissioner multi and sunDial quad which won Gold at the 2019 PLASA Innovation Awards.
Visitors are invited to the d&b Soundscape T

 
 
ahdlivePLASA Show: Audio-Technica looks forward
Friday, 3 September 2021

UK - Audio-Technica will be exhibiting at the upcoming PLASA show at Olympia London. The event will see Audio-Technica exhibiting products from distributed brands Optimal Audio and Audio Pro Business for the first time, alongside its own live event-oriented microphones and wireless systems and Allen & Heath digital mixing solutions.
The show will give visitors a chance to get hands on with Allen & Heath’s latest addition to the popular dLive range - the ultra-lightweight CTi1500. The new control surface takes the best-selling compact dLive C1500 and applies “superleggera” Italian performance car principles to set a new standard for lightweight control surfaces. With titanium side panels and re-engineered internal alloy metalwork, the CTi1500 weighs in at an airline-friendly sub-23kg including flightcase, while retaining every knob, button and function of the C1500.
Optimal Audio’s wall and ceiling-mounted Cuboid and Up speakers will be on display with the company’s ZonePad wall controllers, while Audio Pro Business’s user-friendly wireless SP series speakers and controllers complete Audio-Technica’s fixed installation line-up at the show.
“We’re excited to finally return to an exhibition space after the last year and a half,” said Audio-Technica marketing manager, distributed brands EMEA Alexandra Bischof. “And we’re really looking forward to showing some significant new products for both live events and installed applications at PLASA - it comes at a great time just as the industry is opening up. We can’t wait to m

 
karl-johnson-and-michael-sheen-in-under-milk-woodRobert Juliat SpotMe for NT’s Under Milk Wood
Friday, 3 September 2021

UK - Lighting designer Tim Lutkin employed two Robert Juliat SpotMe systems in their first double use at the National Theatre on this summer’s production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood.
Lutkin, who has extensive experience of automated tracking systems - but none with a real person behind the light - was curious to explore the features of SpotMe. The result was a lighting design full of sculptural subtlety and creativity that went far beyond traditional tracking.
Jack Champion, National Theatre’s lighting supervisor for Under Milk Wood, explains: “Tim used SpotMe in a different style, hardly using the actual light output from the front followspots, but using instead the positional data generated by SpotMe to control the moving lights to follow the actors. He assigned one SpotMe system to lead actor Michael Sheen and the other SpotMe to cover the rest of the cast, and could use SpotMe to cherry pick the lights he needed at any certain moment, picking the actors up and ‘releasing’ them when he wished.
“This way he could, for example, follow an actor to a position with moving lights, then instead of fading off that set of lights to pick up someone else, he could remove just some of those moving lights from SpotMe control to leave them covering the stationary actor, then assign different lights to SpotMe with which to pick up another actor. It was clever, and a subtle and sophisticated way of using SpotMe that was much more fluid and organic, especially with the followspot operator being in control of the movement. It felt

 
 
metrod&b Soundscape reveals secrets of the Paris opera
Friday, 3 September 2021

Europe - Venice, once the epicentre of culture and commerce - and a work of art in itself - has perhaps enjoyed a more relaxed, touristic reputation over recent decades. However, this medieval city’s influential and entrepreneurial spirit is still very much alive, with new and innovative ventures re-establishing it as a hub for forward-thinking organisations in the creative industries.
Spearheading the city’s creative reawakening is PASE Platform, a cultural organisation melding together art and technology. Located far from the madding crowds, in the city’s tightly-knit Cannaregio district, PASE is rooted in the local contemporary arts scene, as well as Europe’s wider creative community. Harnessing the collaborative power of artists, designers, technicians and researchers the PASE team have set out to uncover and create experiences from new creative languages and technologies. Among them, and central to its working studio, is the d&b Soundscape.
For PASE co-founders and directors, Victor Nebbiolo di Castri, and Valeria Zane, being at the avant-garde of creative production is no less than a social and artistic obligation. “Recent developments in immersive listening and spatial sound diffusion confirm we must take these advancements into account,” explains Zane. “For creators and the public, we want to support new projects by exploring space and sound in an innovative way. To provide the technology that will take us into a new digital golden age.”
Fundamental to this endeavour is a flexible d&b Soundscape rig. Among PASE’s f

 
robe-stuttgartMad’s iSpiiders light Stuttgart outdoor shows
Friday, 3 September 2021

Germany - Robe’s waterproof iSpiiders wash beam LED moving lights provided the solution for the recent production of Stuttgart. Ein Traum (Stuttgart. A Dream) a new work that is a collage of street, puppet, physical and ensemble theatre performance referencing the city’s history and culture, created in a collaboration between Stuttgart Staatsgalerie, the Schauspielbühnen Theatre.
The show was presented in the open air over 10 days in the Stuttgart Staatsgalerie’s Rotunda, an outdoor amphitheatre and one of the most striking architectural features of this postmodern masterpiece building designed by James Stirling in the 1970s.
Lighting and audio rental company Mad Music supplied the lighting and sound for the production with company owner Mathias Bremgärtner and project manager Peter Wormstädt working in close conjunction with the Schauspiel’s technical director, Stefan Hauschke.
The iSpiiders were part of a purchase by Mad Music initially for this show, and now for general rental stock.
With the live performance and event industry cautiously returning to work after a lengthy pandemic-enforced shutdown, Mathias and Peter felt confident about making this investment in iSpiiders due to the general increase in outdoor events prompted by the Covid situation.
Initially this is through the rest of summer and the early autumn months, but it’s a trend they think could easily extend further during these Covid times, to feed the general surge in demand for performance events in safer external environments.
Funded

 
 
digicocityhopeCityHope Church upgrades with Quantum338
Friday, 3 September 2021

USA - CityHope Church in Mobile, Alabama’s metro area has just made another leap forward with its summer installation of a new DiGiCo Quantum338 console at its flagship Malbis campus, just north of Daphne.
It’s the centrepiece of a larger audio upgrade that also includes two integrated DMI-Dante cards, an Orange Box interface for MADI, integrated DMI-KLANG card for in-ear monitor mixing, SD-Rack fitted with 32-bit “Ultimate Stadius” mic preamps, SD-MiNi Rack used for broadcast audio-for-video I/O (including video switcher, computers, and lobby audio-processor feeds), and DiGiGrid rackmount Quad MADI interface that allows recording of up to 128 channels at 96 kHz. The Q338 console, SD-Racks and KLANG audio are all on a newly-installed Optocore loop network.
The entire package was specified, designed and installed by Springville, Alabama-based AVL firm ESB Group, the same integrator that installed CityHope’s L-Acoustics Kara(i) and ARCS WiFo loudspeaker systems six years earlier when the fast-growing church first moved into its new 1,400-seat worship centre, which at the time more than doubled CityHope’s worship space.
The installation of the new DiGiCo Q338 console replaces three existing consoles with the single Q338 desk. “The consoles they had at front of house, monitor world, and broadcast were showing their age and lack of support, but putting in the DiGiCo Quantum console was more than just an upgrade - it represented an order-of-magnitude improvement,” says ESB Group Solutions architect/design engineer Drew Breland.
“Fo

 
davematthewsDave Matthews Band back with Lyon line array
Friday, 3 September 2021

USA - The Dave Matthews Band is back on the road for their annual North American Summer Tour with stops at sheds and amphitheatres across the country from late July through November. Longtime rental partner UltraSound of Petaluma, CA has once again supplied a Meyer Sound system based on Lyon linear line array loudspeakers.
This year marks Dave Matthews Band’s 30th anniversary as well as 25 years of UltraSound and Meyer Sound’s collaboration with the band. After more than a year and a half without performances, the UltraSound and Dave Matthews Band production teams were eager to bring music back to fans.
“Getting back on tour has been a crazy experience. After a year and a half off, all of us had gotten a bit rusty,” Tom Lyon, UltraSound senior systems engineer and FOH engineer for Dave Matthews Band, said. “Luckily, we scheduled a few days with just the band and the monitor rig to rehearse privately and get the muscle memory back. Once we started our first show in Raleigh, we were in fine shape and ready to shine.”
The system configuration for the tour includes main and side hangs of 16-each Lyon line array loudspeakers, augmented by two hangs of nine-each 1100‑LFC low-frequency control elements, and a centre hang of four Leopard compact loudspeakers. Front-fills consist of four additional Leopard loudspeakers, with four CQ-2 loudspeakers deployed for miscellaneous fill as needed. System optimisation and drive are supplied by Galileo master processors at FOH and Galileo Callisto array processors at the stage. The artist foldback system

 
 
the-voiceKey role for wysiwyg on The Voice Dominican
Thursday, 2 September 2021

Dominican Republic - The Voice Dominican is being aired for the first time ever in the Dominican Republic and is being run from the largest studio in the country by Procapital Films and RAM Productions.
Paulinho Lebrão, a Brazilian designer, has recently had the opportunity to work on this project. Working for BM Eventos, the lighting, video and sound supplier of the Voice Dominican, Paulinho is the owner of FOH Lighting Control, established in 2009, specialising as a light programmer and operator. He has been using wysiwyg since 2016.
As with everyone in the industry, struggling through the pandemic, Paulinho has been no different, taking this time to focus on his family and expand his skills and repertoire of abilities. Rather than think of it as a negative, Paulinho used the time to evolve into a more forward-ready person, for when our industry kicks back into gear, which he seems optimistic is happening, considering the work coming in.
wysiwyg is used on all aspects of this show as an important tool, because the show is programmed virtually, even before rehearsals start. So, all the details and the process need to be very reliable and wysiwyg delivers that.
The show has a total of 84 Universes running (including lighting and video mapping).

 
lee-dennisonLee Dennison joins Creative Technology UK
Thursday, 2 September 2021

UK - Creative Technology’s UK operation has appointed Lee Dennison as head of client relationships. With over 25 years of experience in the live events industry, Lee brings extensive technical knowledge as well as a deep understanding of how to build and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships.
Dennison has previous experience at Autograph Sound Recording and DeltaLive. More recently, he was part of the senior management team at White Light, performing the role of head of business development.
Dennison comments: “The world has changed so much in the last 18 months, and we have seen technology rapidly evolve to support new ways of communicating and engaging with audiences. It’s an exciting time to join CT and I am looking forward to helping our clients explore technologies and solutions we offer, to help achieve their objectives”
“We’re really excited to have Lee on board.” notes Nick Askew, head of corporate. “Lee is well known and respected in the industry and alongside Lee, myself and the team are looking forward to developing new relationships and strengthening existing ones over the coming months, focusing on delivering high quality projects for all our clients.”

 
 
sennheiser-ew-d-ise2021-768x512Sennheiser brings EW-D to PLASA Show
Thursday, 2 September 2021

UK - Sennheiser is back on the floor at the PLASA Show. Taking centre stage at this year's event will be Evolution Wireless Digital (EW-D), Sennheiser’s new UHF digital system with increased bandwidth, billed as the highest input dynamic range and lowest latency of any digital wireless system currently available.
Visitors to the show will also have the opportunity to see Sennheiser’s flagship Digital 6000 Series, which continues to find favour with theatre productions and live music, as well as the complete line-up of wired vocal mics, including the recently launched cardioid MD 435 and supercardioid, high-rejection MD 445 models.
The Sennheiser team will be available to welcome show attendees onto their booth, with product demonstrations taking place throughout the day.
“Over the years, we have been a regular part of the PLASA Show, whether with dedicated showfloor space or in collaboration with Sennheiser reseller partners,” says Kevin Gwyther-Brown, business development manager, professional audio at Sennheiser. “With last year’s event being cancelled due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to be back to enjoy the new format of PLASA in the Grand Hall at Olympia London. This year, we will have our own booth and also sponsor the bar at the SSE Audio/Solotech area, where we hope our existing and potential customers will have a drink on us and enjoy the show!”

 
mq250m1PLASA Show: ChamSys showcases control options
Thursday, 2 September 2021

UK - One lucky visitor who attends a training session at the ChamSys PLASA stand (E23) will win a new special edition Red MagicQ PC Wing. But even those who don’t win, will take away something invaluable - insights into a series of products that will elevate their level of control over shows to new heights, as the company showcases its expanded line of MagicQ Stadium consoles.
Occupying a high-profile podium at the stand will be the powerful MagicQ MQ250M. This high-capacity console can control up to 128 universes without any additional processing equipment.
The versatile MagicQ MQ250M offers a range of features, such as 10 backlit playback encoders with executors.
Joining the MagicQ MQ250M in the training room will be the 64-universe capacity MagicQ Stadium Connect, a PC-based programming interface with the same programming keyset and dual crossfaders as the MQ250M and MQ500M will also be on display.
As for the chance to win the Red MagicQ PC Wing, visitors simply have to register and attend one of the ChamSys training courses running during PLASA 2021,
Conducted by James Harrison, Dan Coombs and Rebbecca Cadd of ChamSys, the courses include: MagicQ Basics; Intro to GDTF and MVR with MagicQ; Timeline Trackers and Multi Emitter Colour Picker and Getting Started with MagicVis Visualisation. Sessions will be held throughout the day Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. For times and to register, visit the ChamSys website, test

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stemgroupon-whiteShure Stem goes global
Thursday, 2 September 2021

UK - Even before the recent shift to virtual meetings, a 2019 survey Shure conducted with Illuminas found that two-thirds of business professionals believe their employers lack the right conferencing technology. One-third of enterprise meetings have technical issues and users often face challenges when working with conferencing technology.
Since Stem Ecosystem products were designed for anyone and any type of room, customers can design, install, and manage their meeting rooms all while more easily staying within budget and on time, says Shure.
“With Stem Ecosystem solutions, you can build the perfect customised audio experience,” said Jacob Marash, managing director of Stem Audio. “We are excited to finally offer Stem Audio products to customers across the globe and provide a complete portfolio for all types of environments, whether it requires a fully integrated system or a solution you can install yourself.”
Stem Ecosystem solutions include wall and table speakerphones, along with a ceiling microphone that blends into any room and syncs with networked loudspeakers, as well as dedicated control systems for a complete audio package.
All Stem Ecosystem devices are networked PoE+ powered products. They are easy to install for IT professionals and systems integrators looking for scalable audio solution specifically in standard meeting rooms or educational spaces that do not have any special requirements.
To make the swift transition to online learning, Azusa Pacific University in Southern California selected Stem Ecosystem product

 
stuart-lStuart Leader moves to Audiologic
Thursday, 2 September 2021

UK - Audiologic has announced that after almost 10 years at Polar, Stuart Leader is joining the team as senior sales manager. 
 Stuart started in the AV industry back in the late 90’s working on internal sales for a distributor local to where he was living at the time, selling projectors. His career began mainly in the displays, video and control side of the industry, working for distributors and manufacturers. Stuart then moved into the audio industry in 2012 joining Polar audio. In 2016, he joined the board, heading up the integrated solutions team.
 Andy Lewis, managing director, Audiologic, comments: “We are genuinely excited for Stuart to join us, he brings a wealth of industry experience which will drive the sales function. Stuart will oversee the responsibility for the entire sales function. The role is a very strategic and focussed one, which will drive Audiologic through its next growth phase. We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Dave Smith on his retirement and say a huge thank you for his seven years of service.”
 Stuart Leader concludes: “I have observed the accelerated growth of Audiologic over the last few years and have had great admiration for what the Company has achieved. I’m delighted to be joining such a well-established and strong team and I look forward to contributing and playing my part in the building and development of the business in the future.”

 
 
wroclaw-opera01Rivage PM7 on stream for Opera Wrocławska
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Poland - Streamed performances have become a routine way of taking the performing arts to audiences on a scale that nobody could have anticipated just 18 months ago. After difficulties with the technical sound production of Opera Wrocławska’s first streamed production, a Yamaha Rivage PM7 digital mixing system has changed everything for its audio department.
Streaming has offered a vital lifeline for the arts during the pandemic, but there has been the question of whether larger scale productions like orchestral concerts and major theatrical shows can stream their performances with the necessary artistic effect? An essential part of achieving this is, of course, how the production sounds.
In 2020, Poland’s Opera Wrocławska embraced live streaming, but it was presented with two key problems: Firstly, of 300 staff, the venue’s sound department comprised just three people - Grzegorz Bieńko, Sebastian Jarus and Jakub Krzysiek - who had no experience of streaming productions. Secondly, the mixing capacity was three Yamaha DM2000 mixing consoles, which were not ideal for adapting to streamed shows.
“The DM2000 is still a great audio consoles for theatrical use but, due to its age and facilities, it was difficult for us to deliver the best quality for a live stream,” says Grzegorz.
Undaunted, when tasked with directing the sound for Opera Wrocławska’s first streamed live concert - an orchestral version of Stanisław Moniuszko's opera Straszny dwór (The Haunted Manor) - Grzegorz, Sebastian and Jakub rose to the challen

 
brooklyn-mirage3Elation lights The Brooklyn Mirage
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

USA - The Brooklyn Mirage is an aptly named open-air live music venue located in the heart of New York City’s most populous borough. The sanctuary in the East Williamsburg area of Brooklyn recently reopened after a 15-month hiatus and now greets crowds of eager live music fans with a an IP-rated lighting package from Elation Professional.
The Brooklyn Mirage lies in the Avant Gardner complex, an 80,000sq.ft site that occupies an entire city block. The vast complex includes an indoor space, The Great Hall, and an intimate club space called The King’s Hall, as well as the outdoor The Brooklyn Mirage.
The large courtyard is surrounded by towering walls and is lined with palms and other foliage. Multi-tiered, it includes a balcony that encircles the courtyard, as well as a fourth level overlook called The Crown. The venue hosts all types of events - corporate or private - but thrives as a bastion for electronic music lovers.
Head of production at Avant Gardner is Stephen Wyker, who verifies what many had expected after an extended absence of live music. “Not only are people back, they are back at 150%. Artists were ready to get back on the road and demand for tickets has been sky high.”
Wyker handles lighting design at The Brooklyn Mirage and says lighting wise the overall need was fairly simple. “We wanted a creative lighting package we could use outside and the only way to do that was to use IP65-rated fixtures. When we were looking for IP fixtures in 2019 there was really no other competition to the Proteus Hybrid. We had used 16 of t

 
 
kkl5274-9900000000079e3cWavefront Precision supports Linz State Theatre
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Austria - For the first time, Linz State Theatre (Landestheater Linz) moved outside in order to beat COVID restrictions for its summer series of opera/operettas, dance, plays and galas. The Schlosspark at Linz Castle provided an impressive alternative setting for the month-long programme in the Austrian city.
With trees and the Castle itself providing the backdrop, the experiment proved to be a success, as rental company (and Martin Audio partner) Z-VT fielded a large proportion of its Wavefront Precision scalable line array inventory.
The entire staging infrastructure needed to be built from the ground up and recognising that the audience area was much wider than it was deep, Z-VT populated the stage with three hangs of 12 WPM Mini array elements, supported with subs and in-fills, all driven in one-box resolution from a total of six Martin Audio iKON iK81 amplifiers.
Martin Audio’s Austrian distributor, K24 Technik supported the event. “Z-VT considered three hangs of WPM to offer the optimum solution,” acknowledged K24’s Johannes Stummer, “We wanted 12 cells vertically in each hang for efficiency, using the Hard Avoid feature in the Display optimisation software to contain the sound within the audience area and avoid spillage into the neighbouring areas.”
Social distancing applied, with each pair of seats divided by tables from the next pair, enabling a capacity audience of 630 to enjoy the diverse programme which was designed to provide an even wider scope of art than previously.
There were a number of special guest appear

 
fulcrumLandon Arena upgrades with Fulcrum Acoustic
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

USA - The Landon Arena at Stormont Vail Events Centre has been the place to see basketball and hockey games in Topeka since it was constructed in the 1980s. The 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena also hosts large events and live music. Avant Acoustics chose Fulcrum Acoustic loudspeakers to upgrade the sound system during the latest renovation.
Avant Acoustics specified Fulcrum’s FH15 Full-Range Coaxial Horn for its broadband pattern control to avoid interferences caused by the room reflections. “We considered a system of distributed line arrays, but that would have been cost prohibitive, as would adding acoustical treatment,” says designer John Hodgson. “We knew that Fulcrum’s FH series would provide the level of audio quality and clarity that was required even in the absence of additional acoustical treatment for the room. We listened to a demo of the new FH loudspeakers and knew they were the best point source option for the project.”
The new video board installation prevented the loudspeakers from being placed in the centre for aesthetic and weight reasons. To work around this, Avant Acoustic designed the FH15s in six separate arrays of three around the arena to cover the stands and to fire back at the arena floor. “Often when we design point source arrays, we struggle to get them in an acoustically appropriate arrangement due to interference,” says Hodgson. “The FH arrays very well due to its pattern control and coaxial design. The intelligibility of the new system is great for such a reverberant space.”
Hodgson chose Fulcrum’s

 
 
btsnspw400x400Behind the Scenes marks Suicide Prevention Month
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

USA - Behind The Scenes has reminded that September is National Suicide Awareness Month - “and while we may be getting back to work, the need for awareness and action is greater than ever,” says the charity.
“Underemployment, new demands in the workplace, and worry about the future are all contributing to the negative impact on mental health. The reality is that many are not coping well and reports of suicide are on the rise,” adds BTS.
Running from 5-11 September, National Suicide Prevention Week is an opportunity to learn what you can do to help those you may be concerned about on the job or at home, as well as find resources that may help you today or in the future. Visit btshelp.org/bethe1 to learn how to recognise the warning signs of suicide, as well as the five steps you can take to save a life: Ask, Be There, Keep Them Safe, Help Them Connect, and Follow Up. Practical guidance and situational examples are provided for each of the five steps.
Most people want to help if they see someone at risk for suicide, but they don’t know what to say or do, or are afraid they will make things worse or damage their relationship with the person. However now, more than ever, we need to remain vigilant to the signs that someone may be at risk. National Suicide Prevention Week also coincides with Labour Day. This Labour Day, think of those who are here now and how we can honour one another’s contr

 
dpa-5100klangimageDPA and KLANG:technologies collaborate
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Europe - DPA Microphones and KLANG:technologies have teamed up to create a system that will enable live event teams to immerse singers and musicians in their on-stage performances. The solution integrates DPA’s 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone and KLANG’s Immersive Mixing Processor. In addition to the benefits of KLANG’s panning capabilities, the use of DPA surround mics replaces the need for large quantities of microphones to capture the entire environment.
Initially inspired by high-profile live sound users, the collaboration ultimately came to fruition during a series of workshops between KLANG and DPA. Engineers from the brands saw a natural bridge between the uncoloured DPA sound and the KLANG processing, which makes the system well-suited for everything from small clubs to large arena tours.
Dedicated pre-sets can be integrated through the KLANG:app, a control application for all KLANG immersive in-ear mixing processors, including the just released KLANG:vokal and KLANG:kontroller. DiGiCo users can also take advantage of the full workflow implementation on the surface of their SD or Quantum range desks.
KLANG will add presets to its in-ear technology that work directly with the DPA 5100 Surround microphone. “The goal is to make it even easier for people to assimilate the DPA 5100 with all our solutions,” says Dr. Roman Scharrer, CEO of KLANG:technologies. “For touring engineers, it’s always important to have a really straightforward, fast and reliable workflow to get the best possible result; the DPA 5100 used in conjunction with

 
 
artisticPLASA Show: Artistic Licence highlights Commissioner multi
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

UK - Artistic Licence is featuring a spread of new and established products at Olympia.
Commissioner multi is a hand-held tool for testing, programming and configuring DMX512/RDM and DALI lighting installations or fixtures that has already generated considerable interest.
candlePower octo is being officially launched at PLASA Show 2021. It is a DMX512/RDM controlled eight-channel LED dimmer. Each channel can be individually set to constant current (CC) or constant voltage (CV).
sunDial quad is an award-winning DMX512/RDM controlled 4-channel trailing edge mains dimmer. The product works 'out of the box' with dimmable replacement LED bulbs.
For those who use DALI, Artistic Licence will be showing its latest DMX512-to-DALI conversion product, DMXtoDALI quad. With support for DALI DT8 (colour), DMXtoDALI quad is specified for the new generation of DALI products coming to market.
Finally, artLynx uno is arecently launched single universe ethernet gateway. It forms part of our best-selling artLynx range of DIN rail mounted solutions for Art-Net/sACN to DMX/RDM conversion.

 
klangfederico-bianchiVerdi Requiem live streams with KLANG:fabrik
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Italy - The 17th Century Teatro Municipale in Italy’s Piacenza reopened its doors with a endition of Verdi’s Requiem. Directed by Placido Domingo and performed by the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic orchestra and the City Theatre Choir, the concert was held in front of a socially distanced in-person audience and live streamed, utilising a KLANG:fabrik unit to deliver those at unable to attend with a 3D audio mix.
Traditionally used for in-ear monitoring, with the emergence of live streaming, KLANG systems have more recently found favour with productions for spacial audio mixes for online viewers, making their listening experience engaging and immersive.
Federico Bianchi, audio engineer and KLANG specialist for Italian distributor AudioLink, was approached by Acid Studio, the theatre’s technical partner, to work on the mix for the live stream of this special event.
“From the very beginning, I proposed an immersive audio solution,” he recalls. “Recently, many events have been streamed and the opportunity to offer listeners a different, more suggestive and qualitatively superior experience was an idea that I immediately married with this production.”
Bianchi notes that most viewers of this type of event listen with headphones via mobile devices or computers. For him, this made the choice to raise the quality of the audio even more obvious and important.
“There are various systems on the market for immersive audio, but KLANG is the one with the highest quality and algorithms, and it has an easy to use, intuitive interfac

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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