mms1ChamSys MagicQ reflects sun and sea
Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Slovenia - Lighting designer Crt Birsa and set designer Greta Godnic created the visuals for the 40th annual MMS song contest, which this year was built around the appropriately titled theme Festival of the Melody of Sea and Sun.
“The whole idea for the general look of the set and lights was to create the sensation of waves spreading from a central point,” said Birsa of Blackout Lighting Design. “MMS was held at a seaside town, and most of the songs performed were about the sea, so connecting the stage design with water was essential. At the same time, since this is a song contest, we wanted dramatic looks to be part of each performance.”
Working on his ChamSys MagicQ MQ70, Birsa programmed a seven-universe show with 14 pages of cues and cue lists that accentuated the deepest elements of his collaborator’s set design.
“I am working with Slovenia’s best set designer Greta Godnic,” he said. “She usually gives the basic “shape of space” idea and then we start building the project together from the ground up. That’s how we can ensure that the lights have optimal positions in regard to the physical set. When we work like this, the lighting playground is much wider than it would be if the set and lighting design were progressed along separate paths.”
The production design provided a supportive backdrop for each of the 12 finalists, as well as the two special guests, who participated in the contest, which was broadcast on the Slovenia National Television network.
“As this was a live music show, there had to be some s

xytechmediapulse-10Xytech launches MediaPulse with webinars
Tuesday, 12 October 2021

USA - Xytech is hosting a four-day webinar series from 26-29 October showcasing the upgrades to its resource and asset management solution MediaPulse 10.
“Until we can once again meet in person, these webinar series are essential communication tools to the community. This begins a conversation where we inform customers of the advances of the product and help us to understand where our platform needs to be in the future,” comments Greg Dolan, Xytech’s CCO.
“With the version 10 update, MediaPulse provides every user with exactly the functionality they need, when they need it, on the device of their choosing, creating a reliable solution able to operate anywhere. Something the pandemic has made crucial.”
To register for any of the MediaPulse 10 Webinar Series, visit: xytechsystems.com/webinar.

 
 
kingdom-of-sweets-knightsbridge-atc-2Sugar-coated retail for Void Acoustics
Tuesday, 12 October 2021

UK - For a company better known for supplying club sound systems around the world, there has been a recent ‘sugar-coated’ opportunity for Void Acoustics to make an appearance on the high street.
Kingdom of Sweets is a multiple retail sweet-shop operation with outlets around the UK in addition to a number of flagship stores in major European cities.
It is the first time Void Acoustics has supplied Kingdom of Sweets with their quartet of new shop locations in Bath, Windsor, Leeds and London’s high-end Knightsbridge shopping district.
Alan Smith, business development manager for AT&C takes up the story. “We’ve been aware of Void Acoustics for many years, and when we got the brief from our client, it was evident that this was a quirky and demanding project which had Void written all over it!” he recalls. “We had been asked to specify a sound system to ‘up the ante’ on the customers’ audio experience, whilst providing a bespoke design complementing the eye-catching and colourful presentation synonymous with all Kingdom of Sweets stores.
“Our client specifically asked for a clean sounding, bass-heavy system - with the audio reflecting the visually flamboyant experience for customers coming in to shop for their sugary goodies. It was clear that Void were the audio manufacturer to work with.”
With high streets springing back to normality, Kingdom of Sweets outlets have opened around the UK with bespoke manufactured and custom coloured Void Acoustics speakers to reflect the vibrant orange and purple pantones of the

 
main-lightMain Light adds Prolights to inventory
Tuesday, 12 October 2021

USA - Lighting rental production company Main Light has added the Prolights EclProfile FS to its rental inventory.
Throughout the pandemic, Main Light took the opportunity to rebalance their inventory by selling off older equipment and buying new technology.
High on Main Light's list of must-have fixtures was a high-output, full-colour LED ellipsoidal. Working with their A.C. Lighting sales representative, Brian Dowd the team at Main Light took a close look at the Prolights EclProfile FS.
"We were looking to invest in a high-quality, workhorse LED ellipsoidal," comments Mike Gaynor, operations manager for Main Light. "We service a wide range of clients, from the professional theatre, corporate AV, worship, touring, and broadcast markets."
The ability of the EclProfile FS to provide warm tungsten and crisp daylight whites along with soft, subtle pastels and bold saturated colours made the EclProfile FS was a clear choice.
Main Light focused on investing in gear that will be in high demand by production companies looking to supplement and access quality equipment from a trusted dry hire resource.
“We are here for our clients,” notes Randy Mullican, general manager of Main Light, LLC “as they reopen and get back to work without having to invest in acquiring new equipment themselves. All these production companies need support as they get ramped back up and we are ready to provide the equipment needed.”

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Longlist Revealed - Bradford, Stirling, County Durham and Wrexham are among the places in the running for the title of the UK's City of Culture 2025. The longlist, unveiled by new culture secretary Nadine Dorries, also includes Cornwall, Southampton, Derby and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon.
The winning city, which will succeed Coventry, will be announced in spring next year. For the first time, each listee will receive £40,000 worth of investment. They will all work with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to finalise their bids before the shortlist is announced early next year.
"Winning the UK City of Culture competition has a hugely positive impact on an area, driving investment, creating jobs, and highlighting that culture is for everyone, regardless of their background," said Ms Dorries. "This year's focus is on levelling up access to culture across the country and making sure there is a legacy that continues for generations to come. I look forward to seeing what this brilliant longlist has in store as they continue in the competition."
Grand Opera - Work has begun to restore the historic Grand Opera House in Belfast in time for the theatre's 125th anniversary in December. The £12.2m lottery-funded project will take 10 months to complete. It has been 40 years since the last renovation work was carried out on the unique auditorium. The decorative Victorian paint and plasterwork will be repaired and accessibility will be improved.
The theatre's ageing technical infrastructure will be updated with moder

 
neutrikgrouphqschaanNeutrik Group announces global reorganisation
Monday, 11 October 2021

Liechtenstein - In a major reorganisation of its global operations the Neutrik Group has restructured as a multi-brand company with an extended portfolio of products. A major global player in the interconnectivity segment, the group now develops, designs, manufactures and globally distributes electrical and electronic interconnect products and systems under the Neutrik, Rean and Contrik brands.
The reorganisation has been undertaken over several months and has significantly expanded and further diversified the group’s product offering across a breadth of technologies and applications; including both within and beyond the entertainment and broadcast production sectors the company has traditionally dominated. Further expansion is being undertaken across AV, lighting, Ethernet, fibre optic and power applications globally throughout healthcare and wider industrial sectors, where the company has been building supply chain relationships for some time.
Chad Trevithick, CEO Neutrik Group, stated, "Our proud history as a family-owned business, rooted in the principality of Liechtenstein, means that our continued success does not require a specific focus on technology; but rather in continuing to provide our passionate employees with a work environment that inspires their creativity and innovation."
Under the new structure Neutrik continues to offer premium copper connectors, fibre optic systems and field-ready, high performance digital audio network devices.
Rean, a Neutrik Group owned brand since the early 2000’s, has been repositioned as a globa

 
 
lifeisbeautiful1Meyer and Solotech amplify Life is Beautiful
Monday, 11 October 2021

USA - The Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival returned to Las Vegas 17-19 September, transforming 18 downtown city blocks into a hub of music, art and culture. The event roared back to life, drawing a record 170,000 attendees for its three-day line-up of performances by Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, A$AP Rocky, Green Day, and more than 100 additional acts. Between shows, festivalgoers took in comedy events, culinary demonstrations, and multidisciplinary creative installations by local, national, and international artists.
Life is Beautiful planners couldn’t were thrilled that music festivals are back. “We were the first festival to put a line-up out and say ‘We’re going to do this’,” Craig Nyman, the festival’s head of music and live performances said. “I think that really sparked a bit of hope and energy in the industry and let people feel that.”
The sound solutions were supplied by Solotech in partnership with Meyer Sound, which provided PA systems for the festival’s three main stages. The main Downtown Stage and Bacardí Stage were anchored by Meyer Sound Leo and Lyon linear line array loudspeakers, augmented by 900‑LFC and 1100‑LFC low-frequency control elements, and the Huntridge Stage featured a mix of medium and wide-pattern Lyon loudspeakers and 900-LFC low-frequency control elements.
For production teams, designing systems with fixed placement inside the tight confines of an urban environment meant finding creative ways to tackle sound management and noise mitigation. Compounding the challenge of keeping

 
brightonFlipside solution for Brighton’s Socialite
Monday, 11 October 2021

UK - Recently established lifestyle restaurant and bar, Socialite has worked alongside Flipside Soundsystem to create an enticing musical atmosphere in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes. The building, which used to be a Cath Kidston store, benefits from an open concept layout with; a lavish cocktail bar, a private dining area, a generous performance space and topped off with a casual roof terrace.
With the aim of being an all-in-one bar, the space was in need of an AV system that could occasionally simmer into the background, allowing conversation to flow, while also being able to support live music and DJ events.
“After having a brief look around the site, working out its functionality and what the concept was – I knew, pretty much from the get-go, that musicality was the main focus of this place,” recalls Flipside managing director, James Cooper. “From then, we knew we wanted to offer good quality audio that could perform at a high level and that could also be used in as many zones as possible, while still leaving room for expansion.”
Co-Founders of Socialite, Adam Elliott and Barry Vera had a vision for the venue to be all-encompassing; a place for guests to spend entire evenings from initial cocktails to after dinner entertainment. “People used to go to a restaurant, have their three-course meal and then move on somewhere else for their drinks and music,” explains Vera. “But previously, I’ve experienced lifestyle restaurants that are all-in-one. You’re there for more than just the food, you’re there for a full evening experie

 
 
drapesTSA drapes for gymnastics championships
Monday, 11 October 2021

Australia - To set the scene for the QLD Junior State Gymnastics Championships, Theatre Safe Australia (TSA) supplied over 2000sq.m of wool drapes across the complex, which became a striking backdrop for the sporting event. In addition, TSA supplied 13 EXE chain hoists (250kg) with 250m of hoisting chain, 780m of control cables, 99m of Tri-Truss, Admiral Strong Boy dollys and an Atlas System Controller.
Audio visual & technology officer, Nat Thornton comments: “TSA has provided top quality products over the years, including truss, chain hoists and drapes. I know by choosing TSA as a supplier we receive our products on schedule and quality is second to none.”
TSA has supplied 36 drapes, 3.5m wide with a 11.5m drop, over a two-year period for use in the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. The drapes were manufactured in Australia by TSA utilising high quality fabric with IFR (Inherently Fire Retardant) technology.
The woollen fabric used for the drape is made from a pre-treated yarn which is fire retardant and will remain that way for the life of the drape.

 
robe-minds-of-99-parken-photo-by-flemming-bo-jensen-28Robe opens The Minds of 99 on Freedom Day
Friday, 8 October 2021

Denmark - Freedom Day was celebrated with several prominent shows and events including a landmark performance at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen by The Minds of 99 who became only the second ever Danish act to play there, in front of 50,000 fans, complete with a high impact show design from Jannik Kenneth Skov Jensen.
Lighting included over 300 Robe fixtures - a mix of Tarrantulas, BMFL WashBeams, MegaPointes, Spiiders, BMFL FollowSpot LTs and RoboSpots.
Jannik Kenneth has worked with the band since 2017 and he curates all the visual elements of their stage performances - including staging / scenic and video - in close collaboration with their manager, Ole Nørup Peteresen.
Parken was the biggest show that Jannik Kenneth has designed and operated to date. The LD studied to be an actor and director before turning his talents to the more technical disciplines of lighting and visuals in 2016.
The event was originally planned for 2020, as the band’s only show, but that was foiled by the pandemic.
Jannik Kenneth’s starting point for the design was looking into other band performances at the venue, to get inspired and about how they used the space. “I wanted a design that felt as if it had been almost squeezed inside Parken!” he said.
The standard production design area was extended with the creation of wings on both sides of the stage, covering an 80m span going way beyond the portrait format left-and-right IMAG video screens, effectively filling the whole width of the stadium.
This epic look was complemented by a B stage j

 
 
lamilitarytheatre5Hanoi’s Military Theatre installs L-Acoustics
Friday, 8 October 2021

Vietnam - Dotted throughout Vietnam, the government has built private theatres to host regional and national cultural performances for the country’s military. These 700-seat venues serve government officials and military leaders with regular programmes of choir performances that convey messages of patriotism and national pride by promoting the unique history and culture of the Vietnamese republic.
One such theatre in the capital of Hanoi recently received an upgrade to its sound system, installing the new K3 line source array, integrated by local L-Acoustics Certified Provider Distributor, ProAVL Vietnam.
ProAVL managing director Thang Le has been an L-Acoustics user for over a decade, turning to the manufacturer’s sound systems for their quality and flexibility for projects that spanned installations in civic venues and high-end residential markets, as well as for live events. “L-Acoustics has a long-standing history of innovation. Since our company was involved in a wide range of productions in highly visible public places, I needed to leave a strong impression on customers by introducing high quality, innovatively designed products from L-Acoustics to the local market,” says Le.
Early on, Le nurtured strong partnerships with the military, and ProAVL Vietnam has consistently provided the best solutions in sound for a range of military theatres and productions over the years. “When the director of the Hanoi military theatre expressed his wish to enhance and replace the sound system previously installed, which had begun to degrade in quali

 
lordhuron-1-photocredit-jordan-august-photographyChauvet creates powerful designs for Lord Huron
Friday, 8 October 2021

USA - The team at Cour Design is celebrating the emotional pull of Lord Huron’s music on the band’s current USA tour with a powerful, image-rich stage design. Adorned with illuminated representations of mountain ranges as well as cactus plants of different sizes and a large semi-circular backdrop suggestive of a setting sun or moon, the set is clearly representative of the kind of environment that runs through the band’s music.
Designer Erik Anderson chose to illuminate this visual panorama with a collection of Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures. “I specced the Mavericks,” he said. “They are our workhorses, and we love their brightness, especially with the outdoor shows on this tour.”
Depending on the venue, between eight and 11 Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures are flown on downstage truss, while eight other units are divided evenly between stage left and stage right. The downstage fixtures are used for stage and face light, while those on the sides are relied upon for colour effects, lighting the band, accenting scenic elements, and occasional crowd sweeps.
Kai Colucci, who programmed the lightshow, explained how the RGBW wash fixtures enhanced the design. “The Mavericks were the only fixtures in the rig that were used to light the band,” he said. “We had no other key light. Especially important for Lord Huron was making the band pop against the set pieces.”
Changing colours and beam angles from the Maverick fixtures, the design team is able to elicite widely different looks from the stage’s scenic pieces, crea

 
 
mama-miaTSA creates set for Mamma Mia!
Friday, 8 October 2021

Australia - Theatre Safe Australia (TSA) created the set for the University of Adelaide’s production of Mamma Mia!. It was the major production for the graduating 2021 music theatre students, performed in the university’s own Scott Theatre.
Head of music theatre at the university, George Torbay, was pleased to have the TSA Workshop on board to help create this performance. With other productions throughout the year, Torbay wanted this one to showcase the graduating students and provide them with a stage brimming with scenery to recreate the theatrical experience of the romantic comedy.
Torbay says: “The TSA Workshop undoubtedly helped create a complete theatre experience for the 2021 graduate students. The buildings, painted platforms and flooring bought the musical to life, allowing the students to immerse themselves in professional theatre surroundings.”
After building the set of Cabaret for the university, the TSA Workshop was looking forward to this project, whist keeping in mind future productions. By designing the set to be adaptable whist maintaining the design specifics unique to the production, allows them to re-work the scenery.
They supplied a painted floor, a curved, stepped rostra, a low wall curving around the stage following a winding rostra and masking flats both stage left and stage right. The team at the workshop installed the scenery for the production and disassembled following completion of the series of shows. With the structure purpose built for the Scott Theatre, it is now can be adapted and refre

 
sh-and-te-01-1200x570Pharos strengthens senior team
Friday, 8 October 2021

UK - Pharos Architectural Controls has further strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Simon Hicks to director of product & marketing, and the promotion of Tim Edwards to director of operations.
As director of product & marketing, Simon Hicks will have responsibility for the Pharos product development strategy, while leading the product management team.
Hicks has worked for Pharos both directly and indirectly - with Pharos’ partner brands - since 2006. Having originally been employed in software development for Carallon, he moved to Pharos as the technical director in 2012 - a position he held for a number of years. Most recently, he led the team developing Pharos Cloud under the SixEye brand, before once again becoming part of the senior Pharos team.
Hicks comments: “This is a very exciting time to be taking on this new role as Pharos prepares to bring some innovative products to market. These have been our main development focus for some time and I will be working to ensure they deliver on their potential.
Tim Edwards, a well-recognised name at Pharos, is stepping up to become the new director of operations. In this role, Edwards will focus on a number of areas including customer service, after-sales support, order fulfilment and procurement processes.
Speaking of his latest responsibilities, Edwards said: “As the company grows, I’m delighted to continue my Pharos journey in this newly created role. It is an exciting development both professionally and personally and I look forward to helping the busin

 
 
dpawestminster1Wilmington church switches to DPA
Friday, 8 October 2021

USA - When faced with shelter-in-place regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE, like many churches around the world, decided to shift from in-person gatherings on Sundays to recorded services so churchgoers could watch from home.
The initial offerings relied on existing audio and video equipment, which was more than 20 years old. The church’s streaming feed lacked detail, balance and consistent room ambiance, and the lack of intelligibility of the spoken word made it difficult for remote churchgoers to hear the service well.
To help solve this problem last fall, Tony Thurman, Westminster’s director of music, and members of the church’s property committee, initiated talks with Robert Bullington of Front Row Seat Productions, a local AV contractor, to come up with a new sound system. Together, the teams immediately tapped DPA Microphones for its technical expertise and array of headsets, mics and accessories.
Bullington worked with Gabriel Antonini, business development manager of DPA, to create a masterplan for upgrading the church’s microphones as part of a re-engineered audio system. The goal was to enable Westminster to livestream choral, organ and piano music at the highest quality, providing listeners with fully balanced stereo sound comparable to attending a live service or concert.
“To capture the shape of the space at Westminster, we deployed a wide array of solutions from DPA Microphones,” says Bullington. “Included among these is a pair of DPA 4006A Omnidi

 
astera-avAudio Visual Events invests in more Astera
Thursday, 7 October 2021

Australia - Audio Visual Events (AVE) is a live, hybrid and virtual event production services specialist based in Sydney, Australia, working across all industry sectors including corporate, commercial and entertainment.
Since 2019, and throughout the pandemic period, the company has invested steadily in Astera’s range of battery powered wireless controlled LED lighting products.
In the last three months alone, this has included the purchase of 80 x Astera AX5 TriplePARs and 16 x Hyperion Tubes, which – together with the 100+ Astera AX1 Pixel Tubes and AX3 LiteDrops already in stock – have been delivered by Astera’s Australian distributor, ULA Group.
In 2020, work gradually started picking up after the initial few months of the pandemic when the event industry worldwide came to a halt. AVE also used this time to focus on being innovative and expanding its resources and horizons to attract potential new business. ON AIR is one of the results of this effort, a new semi-permanent studio space, which is available for rental and co-productions. The project is a collaboration with the SMC Conference & Function Centre at Sydney Masonic Centre and digital event specialist Create Engage.
All entities were united by the goal of keeping as many staff and crew as possible employed during this extraordinary period and to provide clients with an inventive and effective platform to share their messages in a virtual, timely, cost-effective and safe way.
Paul Keating, who joined AVE four years ago as general manager explains that having sev

 
 
claphamBigabox lights Clapham Common festivals
Thursday, 7 October 2021

UK - South London’s Clapham Common hosted three successive festivals organised by event promoter Festival Republic that covered a range of genres beginning with the YAM Carnival, which celebrated the music and culture of the Afro diaspora; RTRN II Dance, a day of bass heavy raving featuring electronic music stars like Chase & Status; and ALT+LDN, a first-ever rock and rap mash up with international headliners Smokepurpp and The Kid LAROI.
Although very different music emanated from the festival stage on each of the all-day festivals, the visuals supporting the sound remained consistently bright, bold and dynamic, thanks to a powerful and flexible lighting kit design and installed by Bigabox Production.
Featuring Chauvet Professional fixtures, the lighting system had the versatility needed to support all the varied artists, yet it was also powerful enough to cover the big crowd in the park as well as the 12m wide by 9.5m deep stage in vivid colours and crisp gobo patterns.
“The output and intensity of the beams coupled with the speed of the moving heads, made these fixtures the perfect choice for what we needed on stage,” said Andrew Wilson of Bigabox. “We got some really good looks from the stackable prisms of the Rogue R3 Beams. They stood out in each of the three festivals to create an atmospheric effect that matched up well with the mood of each event.”
Flown on overhead truss, in addition to being positioned stage left and right, the three-festival kit also featured 24 Rogue Outcast 1 Hybrid fixtures. Their IP65 rating provid

 
parklifeWigwam supports Parklife and Isle of Wight
Thursday, 7 October 2021

UK - Wigwam Acoustics, part of the Solotech UK Group, supported multiple stages for both Parklife and Isle of Wight festivals, with just 24-hours to repurpose the Parklife systems into the package for the Main and Big Top stages on the Isle of Wight.
With so many festivals happening over such a short period of time, Wigwam's hire department and its UK partners SSE Audio, Capital Sound and BCS Audio have been at full capacity during the 2021 summer season. The team has had to get used to quick turnaround of gear to support back-to-back festivals. It is a testament to their experience and expertise that these events were handled successfully.
Located on the grounds of Heaton Park, Manchester, Parklife is the UK’s third-largest festival. Working with system technician Paul Stevart, Wigwam supplied the Main, Valley and Palm House stages while UK partner BCS Audio was brought in for the Sounds of the Near Future stage.
For the Main Stage, Wigwam project manager Tom Bush specified a d&b audiotechnik SL system, comprising main hangs of d&b GSL cabinets without-hangs and delays of d&b KSL. It is tradition at Parklife that the main stage hosts a headline local artist the evening before the festival opens, with New Order topping the bill this year. The rest of the weekend’s line up featured dance, rap and DJ sets across the festival’s eight stages.
Parklife’s second-largest Valley Stage is positioned within a bowl, forming a natural amphitheatre around the stage. Here Wigwam deployed d&b J-Series as the main L-R hangs with d&am

 
 
yamahaBählamms Fest premieres with Rivage
Thursday, 7 October 2021

Germany - Founded in 2012, Ruhrtriennale is a three-yearly cycle of music and arts events, which take place from August to October in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region.
The prestige of staging this year’s opening production fell to Ensemble Modern, a global collective of soloists, whose sound designer Norbert Ommer chose a Yamaha Rivage PM10 digital mixing system for the surrealist, unconventional opera Bählamms Fest.
Ruhrtriennale is a festival which embraces a wide range of performances, all taking place in venues created within the region’s industrial architecture. A new artistic director is appointed for each cycle. For 2021-2023 it is renowned German theatre producer and director Barbara Frey. To open the 2021 programme, Barbara chose the premiere of Bählamms Fest, a production which blurs the lines between reality and virtuality, based on the Leonora Carrington play The Feast of the Lambs.
Norbert Ommer has worked with Ensemble Modern for many years and had to design an audio system for the performances in Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, a former power station at the city’s Krupp steelworks. With staging that created a rural scene, complete with a pond and falling snow, Norbert’s sound design brought the sound production right into the audience.
“The challenge of Jahrhunderthalle is to transform an industrial hall into a concert hall. As only minor acoustic measures are possible - the visual character of the hall has to be preserved - I was completely dependent on using electroacoustic means,” says Norbert.

 
l-acousticsImmersive launch for Amon Tobin album
Thursday, 7 October 2021

UK - Amon Tobin’s life and work in production and sound design spans over 25 years. His different approach to intricate, cinematic electronica continues with the recent release of the album How Do You Liveon Nomark Records. To give listeners in London a preview of the work, the label partnered with Pitchback Playback and L-Acoustics Creations to offer an immersive experience in a 24.1 immersive sound space designed by L-Acoustics.
Pitchback Playback hosts listening sessions for music lovers staged in total darkness to eliminate distractions and ensure that everyone present enjoys an opportunity to fully engage with remarkable albums from start to finish. With the lights out and optionally blindfolded, the sense of hearing is heightened in the absence of visual stimuli. This allows guests to fully surrender to sound and the physical sensations and detailed nuances of music played aloud and lossless.
Part of this listening experience in the dark involves careful curation of environments. Pitchblack Playback found an suitable match in L-Acoustics Creations sound space in Highgate, London. The luxurious setting is equipped with 18 L-Acoustics Syva loudspeakers, frequently used in live music venues, at fashion shows, and in high-end nightclubs.
The speakers hang on the walls in a 360° configuration allowing for a completely immersive listening experience, complemented by overhead pro audio speakers to create a full hemisphere of sound. The low frequency range is handled by a combination of Syva Low and Syva Sub, 23 in all, placed at floor level

 
 
awakeningHippotizer Amba drives Spring Awakening
Thursday, 7 October 2021

UK - London’s The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama staged a production of the musical Spring Awakening recently, which saw lighting and video design students create, programme and operate the visual aspects using Hippotizer Amba Media Servers.
Central student Jack Fone took the helm in the pre-production process, alongside fellow Central students Adler Williams on animation and Simon Moss, who’s studying production lighting. The team created a striking set dominated by a huge crucifix stage back, flanked by projected images designed to augment the narrative.
The two Hippotizer Amba Media Servers were fed three live camera inputs, comprising two operated cameras backstage, and a locked off camera overhead. These fed four projectors, two for the header display and two for the back wall adjacent to the crucifix centre stage.
“I’ve been blending video and lighting design as part of my course, as I realise the lines are blurring,” says Fone, who is in his final year at Central. “Spring Awakening was one of the first productions we staged after the pandemic, so everyone was excited to create a big ‘comeback’ musical, and we decided to integrate visuals as much as possible.
“I’d had some experience of Hippotizer Media Servers before, but I was fairly new to the programming process. Thankfully, the simplicity and user-friendliness of the platform made learning an engaging and rewarding experience, enabling me to quickly understand the amazing capabilities of ZooKeeper and the SHAPE feature and establishing a g

 
btsminiledCelebrate the seasons with BTS
Thursday, 7 October 2021

USA - From Halloween through Christmas and Hannukah, you can add holiday decorations to your home and support your colleagues who are seriously ill or injured as well as the BTS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention initiative. These ornaments have been generously made and donated to Behind the Scenes by Mike and Sue Wood, so every penny goes directly to helping your colleagues in need.
Individual acrylic inserts are now available for the portable mini LED ghostlight so you can celebrate the holidays in style. Choose from the ighostlight, the pumpkin ghostlight for Halloween, the autumnal Cornucopia ghostlight for Thanksgiving, the Hanukkah menorah ghostlight, or the Christmas tree ghostlight. Purchase your first unit with the base and remote control and then stock up on inserts so you can complement the season.
There is also have an array of ghostlight and industry-themed ornaments to decorate your tree.
For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit www.behindthescenescharity.org

 
 
robe-rolling-stone-pride-livestream-img4750Robe adds sparkle to Rolling Stone stream
Wednesday, 6 October 2021

USA - Robe Esprites and Spiider moving lights helped lighting designer Myles Mangino create a range of vibrant and dynamic scenes and effects for a three-day Rolling Stone on Twitch digital celebration streamed over the 2021 New York Pride weekend back in June.
The event was recorded and broadcast from PMC Studios in midtown Manhattan, New York City - recently re-opened after their last COVID wave - and was presented by daily hosts from Rolling Stone on Twitch, complete with a line-up of entertainment talent from the LGBTQIA+ community, and assorted Rolling Stone staff writers and editors who presented discussions on relevant issues, topics and perspectives touching on politics, music, and culture.
Thinking laterally and on his feet, Myles - asked onboard the shoot by ATD Audio Visual who provided all the sound, lighting, and video kit - spec’d the Robe fixtures, 12 of each type, as a flexible and practical solution for working in the studio which is primarily used for photoshoots.
Myles realized he’d need small, lightweight and silent fixtures to work effectively in the compact space and that could be safely rigged in the existing photography lighting grid, and this choice was a sound move as ATD Audio Visual has made recent major investments in Robe moving lights.
The Esprites had more than enough features, allowing Myles to create an array of different rainbow effects and maximize the gobos and colour wheels. No haze was possible in the studio for beam enhancement, but the Spiider multi-coloured flower effect proved

 
melbourneconventionexhibitioncentreq3382MCEC extends digital mixing repertoire
Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Australia - The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has often been a first adopter of new technologies in the audio sector. The centre recently made the choice to add two new DiGiCo Quantum 338s to its digital mixing repertoire.
Soundcorp - a Diversified company (SADC) are a supplier and integrator of professional AV systems nationwide. As one of MCEC’s approved suppliers, they were on hand to coordinate delivery of the consoles and provide local support.
“The Quantum 338 offers a fairly dramatic step up in connectivity and processing within the DiGiCo workflow, and so was the logical choice when MCEC enquired about the acquisition of new workhorse systems,” notes SADC’s Scott Jamieson. “As its team is already very familiar with the DiGiCo eco-system, we were excited to provide them with the latest Quantum iteration as the upgraded capabilities here are really impressive.”
Hosting many conventions, events, and live music each year, MCEC already owns an impressive fleet of DiGiCo consoles and equipment, with its Plenary Theatre including a permanently installed DiGiCo SD-Rack and Optocore infrastructure.
“Currently MCEC has three SD11is, two SD9s, two SD8s, two SD10s, two Quantum 338s, and an S21, as well as several SD-Racks, SD-MiNiracks, and a D-Rack in one of our theatres. We also utilise DiGiCo Little Red Boxes for flexible routing arrangements in a number of spaces,” explains Michael Pfundt, MCEC’s audio specialist.
When MCEC was looking to expand on its large format console offerings, the 338s were ch

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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