UK - Reel Recording Studio in Leeds recently employed its new Allen & Heath GLD Chrome digital mixer to record the main stage at the Slam Dunk festival in Leeds, and manage FOH for Download festival's "secret band", Young Guns, at Donington.

Footage at Slam Dunk was captured for Kerrang TV on the Chrome GLD-80, which was used to multi-track all bands on the main stage using Dante into Waves Tracks Live. Situated onstage, Allen & Heath's ultra-compact Qu-Pac mixer was also used to record FOH.

"The Slam Dunk live recording was actually the first time I had used a GLD in anger and it was an absolute pleasure," says Dave Boothroyd, house engineer at Reel Recording Studios. "The GLD is really intuitive, there's no messing around - everything is exactly where

UK - Following a £5m refurbishment of Liverpool University's Senate Drum building, a new teaching facility, complete with advanced AV infrastructure, has been opened under the new name of the Brett Building.

Pure Audio Visual were awarded the contract for the upgrade, and the challenge of providing consistent audio in an acoustically awkward cylindrical shaped building has been met by specifying Martin Audio's DD6 Differential Dispersion technology enclosures.

Pure AV's systems integration specialist Colin Hasted regularly turns to the Martin Audio catalogue for his solutions, and in this instance sensed that the best means of providing pristine audio in an aesthetically beautiful space, which will be used by senior members of the university and MBA students, were DD6's. Since the space also needed to incorporate break out facilities, and be used as both a conference and

Singapore - With an enviable pedigree of providing site wide fibre networks for major sporting opening and closing ceremonies, Optocore has now further boosted its impressive portfolio after a major system was deployed at the South East Asia Games in Singapore.

The ring system at the National Stadium was designed by major event company and long-standing Optocore customer, The Show Company (TSC) - who made a recent substantial investment with local distributors Total Solution Marketing (TSM).

Contracted by Sports SG, they added to their existing stock eight X6R-FX-8AE/8LO Optocore converters along with three X6R-FX-16MI, two X6R-TP-16MI, five X6R-TP-16LO interfaces, with a central DD8RP repeater. This enabled them to create a fibre backbone at the newly constructed 55.000-seat Singapore Sports Hub.

The Show Company's Joseph Gan confirmed that since their existing DD32 devices

Saudi Arabia - The producer and director Futais Mohammed Bugnah directed a new show in the Ta'if Tent Theatre for the Souq Okaze Cultural Festival, in the presence of his Highness Prince Mishaal bin Majid Al Saud, Governor of Jeddah.

Futais Mohammed Bugnah presents the story of the poet and warrior Amroo bin Kulsoom, well known in his time more than 3000 years ago, long before Islam. The story tells of authoritarian conduct against the poet's mother and his revenge on the King.

The Italian lighting designer Emiliano Morgia, as he himself tells us, was again involved in designing the lighting for the Riyadh-based Saudi production company Rhythm Media Production. Together with Giochi di Luce Dubai , they set up a fifty-plus-yard-wide stage and a video control room to project original spectacular twelve-yard-high scenic settings. "Getting Giochi di Luce Dubai involved in thi

UK - Electro rockers The Prodigy continue to enthral fans with their ivisceral and energetic live shows, igniting some more serious noise on the road with their new The Day is My Enemy album, the worldwide campaign for which kicked off with UK and European dates plus an innovative lighting and visual design by Andy Hurst.

HSL supplied all the kit as the band stormed an eclectic selection of venues, the tour effectively providing a warm up for the summer festival tour. With this in mind, the design incorporated a floor based back-wall that will also function as a stand-alone package on festival shows.

The rig contained several customised elements including seven 'transmission' towers (14 for the largest shows at London's Alexandra Palace) which HSL commissioned Alpha Fabs from Worcester. "I wanted something distinctive that was simultaneously structural and scenic,&

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