UK - Since it opened in 1899, the Town Bridge in Northwich has been a source of pride to local residents and tourist attraction. During the past year of the pandemic, it’s also served as rallying point, inspiring hope and reflecting determination by being illuminated in various colour schemes during holidays and on special occasions.
The visual and emotional impact of these colourful displays has been evident when CSP Audio Visual has illuminated Town Bridge with a collection of Chauvet Professional COLORado Panel Q40 rectangular wash fixtures and Ovation E-260WW IP ellipsoidal units.
“Northwich Town council contacted us to light Town Bridge for VE day celebrations,” says Alun Williams, director of CSP AV. “The bridge was to be lit in the red, white and blue colours of the Union Jack. After the success of that project, the council invited us back.”
Positioned across the bridge and at the ground level of adjacent buildings, the RGBW IP65 rated COLORado Panel Q40 fixtures have been used to wash the span and its environs in vivid colours. The colour scheme called for in the CSP AV design changes throughout the period when the bridge is illuminated to keep the visuals interesting for those who pass the site on a regular basis.
Playing off against the rich colour washes of the COLORado units are gobo patterns projected from the Ovation E-260WW IP fixtures. Arranged along the base of the road, the units are used to project crisp thematic gobos across its surface of the bridge.
More than simply a historic and symbolic structure, the
UK - Virtual production solution Vero is now fully operational in the UK, offering LED surround screen backdrop, realtime graphics and powerful in-sync camera tracking.
The project brings together content, technology and operations talent from multiple companies, who have joined forces to enable creatives and filmmakers far more on-set visual control.
Vero features Desay 2.6mm pixel density LED screen technology from Production AV and visual content by MadeWithVero. Utilising Production AV’s touring and events experience, the solution can be deployed across the UK as needed by the production.
The team says the set-up has ‘revolutionised’ traditional VFX workflows, which rely on combining physical footage captured in front of a green screen with digitally generated backgrounds in post-production. In addition, costly set builds, location shooting and visual FX can be re-thought and re-imagined.
Vero enables directors to see the visual backdrop in real-time during filming on set, with the powerful graphics engine tracking technology meaning the action is always realistic and moves with the subject.
“We’re thrilled to help bring Vero to reality,” says 3D animation and motion graphics expert Robert Tyler, from MadeWithVero. “We’ve pulled out all the stops to combine the latest camera tracking, gaming engines, and LED screen technology with high definition, lifelike graphic creation to shape Vero.
“COVID has, of course, changed the way we consider the world and our approach to projects when it comes to travel, crew and
USA - Chauvet Professional has introduced the Maverick Force S Profile and Maverick Force S Spot. Complementing the Maverick Force 2 Profile and Force 1 Spot, the new ultra-compact fixtures are intended for smaller-scale projects that call for CMY colour consistency, advanced optics and other high-performance features.
“We have expanded our Force series so we can continue to address the needs of an evolving market as our industry emerges from the pandemic,” comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “With their limited footprint, the new Force S fixtures are ideally suited for smaller projects with limited crew sizes. Yet, at the same time, they deliver outstanding, very professional-level performance in terms of output, colour rendering, focus, and effects.”
Given their compact design, Maverick Force S fixtures will improve efficiencies by taking up less space in warehouses and on trucks, says the company. Once on stage, however, the 14,000W spot and 14,669W profile will create ‘an unforgettably powerful impression thanks to their intense output and vividly realistic colours’.
Their array of features includes CTO colour mixing, a 4.5° to 41.6° zoom for the profile (4.1° to 43.4° for the spot), 16-bit dimming, a five facet prism, and two gobo wheels (one rotating and one static). A variety of advanced control options are also available, including DMX, WDMX, sACN, Art-Net, pre-set synch, and RDM capability for remote accessing.
Like their larger counterparts, the Maverick Force S units operate discretely making them suited for sm
UK - Stabal Media Group has expanded and has incorporated the live music legacy and global network of Artclub Live as a specialist division, led by newly appointed head of live music, Joe Clegg.
Clegg joins Stabal to extend its global reach and network of artists. Having founded Artclub Live to provide creative, musical and technical production support for artists worldwide, he has previously worked as live music producer on the Mumford & Sons Delta World Tour, and as musical director for artists including Ellie Goulding, Clean Bandit, and Aurora, featuring in performances with more than 100m combined views.
"With the return of live music on the horizon, I’m excited to be working with Stabal to create a division focussed on the integration of live music experiences and digital content,” says Clegg. “With a global network of musical directors and audio engineers we will be positioned to ensure consistent, high-quality performances on platform and out on the road.
“I have been fortunate to have experienced the euphoria of a live show from the stage, front of house and in an OB truck in the middle of a festival field. Now I’m looking forward to working with the Stabal team to help capture many more high-quality, engaging digital performances on location around the world.”
Stabal has established itself as a live performance digital platform, since forming in 2018, delivering over 100 online shows with artists such as 3 Doors Down, Kid Rock, Lee Brice, Bellowhead, Drake White and Chris Tomlin.
Steve Odart, CEO of Stabal came
UK - With a plan for continued business growth across North America and Europe, Ultratec Special Effects has announced two additions to its sales team. Young-Hoo (Aaron) Dengra Ju has joined as the European sales lead for both special effects and pyrotechnics, while Kevin Allinder comes onboard as the newest sales representative serving the North American market, dedicated to special effects.
Dengra Ju is a seasoned event specialist with 15 years of experience in the industry, not only in sales and project management, but also from a strategic operations and process planning perspective. He has managed and executed an impressive list of events of all sizes within Europe and internationally, including Asia and the Middle East, spanning from major sporting events to local festivals. His ability to speak multiple languages fluently, including German, English, French, and Spanish, will also be beneficial in connecting Ultratec Special Effects with existing and future customers across the continent.
With over five years in the industry, Allinder has an extensive technical background, primarily in stage and live event lighting design and production.
“Prior to the shutdown, our company was experiencing tremendous growth, we are eager to build on the strength of our current sales team with a continued focus on our customer relationships”, says Adrian Segeren, president of Ultratec. “Both individuals bring specialized expertise that will be an asset to the organization as we continue to penetrate existing markets.”
USA - Apogee Electronics has announced the appointment of Rich Nevens as vice-president of sales and customer success. In this role, Nevens will join the executive team to lead sales, channel marketing and customer success worldwide. This move comes as Apogee prepares for accelerated growth in their audio interface and microphone product categories, as well as new projects planned for the future.
Nevens joins Apogee with 30-years of experience leading worldwide sales and solutions teams at Euphonix, Avid and most recently, VP sales and marketing at Focusrite Pro.
“As an experienced and successful sales executive with a deep understanding of our industry, Rich has a balance of domain expertise, relationships and a proven track record for driving revenue to Apogee,” comments Betty Bennett, president and CEO of Apogee Electronics. “I’m confident that Rich’s leadership will accelerate this next phase of growth for Apogee. We are pleased to welcome Rich to our team.”
UK - Rigging Team is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the delivery of specialist rigging and technical training services to the entertainment production industry.
Over the past decade, the company has enjoyed steady growth to become recognised a respected provider of rigging equipment and support services. Working across the full spectrum of entertainment production, including theatre, TV, film and live events, Rigging Team has built a reputation for creating “safe, bespoke solutions to projects which others may consider impossible”.
Commenting on the milestone, Rigging Team managing director Adam Searle comments: “We are immensely proud of our achievements over the last ten years. From humble beginnings, we have created a significant resource which supports productions of all size and genre, all around the world.”
Formed in December 2010 as Adam Searle Ltd, the company originally operated from what Searle describes as “a 35sq.ft cupboard”. In 2013, it rebranded as Rigging Team and has since grown to a 10-strong full-time workforce, occupying a 15,000 sq.ft custom warehouse facility.
Having relocated to a new premises during 2020, Rigging Team is currently busy modifying the space to incorporate a 2,500sq.ft dedicated training facility complete with classrooms and a multi-level structure for practical courses in rigging, work at height/rescue and rope access.
Along with the delivery of rigging and automation solutions, the company maintains a particular focus on safety and the provision of industry specific training. Seni
USA - Audinate’s Dante recently reached an impressive milestone with more than 3,000 different products now incorporating Dante for audio-over-IP connectivity. According to research from RH Consulting, 3,034 Dante-enabled devices are available from 361 different manufacturers as of January 2021. The data from RH Consulting indicates Dante is the protocol of choice in more than 91 percent of the networked audio products currently on the market.
Audinate announced in January that the total number of OEM brands now working with Dante has reached 518, with 133 OEMs currently developing their first Dante-enabled product.
“It’s inspiring to see how many manufacturers and product lines have aligned around Dante,” says Joshua Rush, SVP of marketing at Audinate. “And with 133 OEMs working on their first Dante-enabled product, it’s exciting to think about how much more the number will grow. This milestone shows how important Dante has become in creating an interoperable audio ecosystem.”
UK - Avolites has announced the UK release of its new online learning hub for holistic training on its Titan and Ai software platforms.
The online courses are designed to teach or re-enforce the theory behind using Titan and Ai. The platform offers seven courses to work on from home, with more in-depth, hands on training courses available at one of Avolites in-person Academy sites. The courses are designed so that users can start applying their knowledge directly to a real life example they may be tasked with in a real world environment, as well as build on their current level of proficiency.
Plans are in place to release the leaning hub across other geographies later in the year, when translation of the courses is completed. In this initial phase, the hub is only accessible to UK residents.
The courses allow users to pick their own path to further their knowledge, with support whenever required. The learning experience on all of the courses is intuitive with tasks, quizzes and exercises backing up each lesson. Once they are a proficient user, users can also access specialist courses covering topics such as Networking, Syntax, Synergy, Pioneer Pro DJ Bridge Link Integration and Web API. Avolites will provide the core skills required to take total creative visual control of users future shows. The courses will be available to access any time over a three month period.
Gordon Clarke, training manager at Avolites, comments: “No matter your age or experience, Avolites Academy is there to support you. To begin any educational journey, you need a
France - Immersive sound experience creator, Des Sons Animés (DSA), has recently outfitted its specialist 3D sound studio in Paris with 32 APG iX6 loudspeakers, with more bass reinforcement from the French manufacturer to be added in the near future.
This new audio system will aid DSA in the creation and production of spatialised audio content, as well as facilitating streamed performances, training, research, design, and integration of immersive sound installations.
“The Des Sons Animés studio really is a special place,” says Mathieu Rossier, co-founder and president of the company. “It is a space for creation and research where artists can produce, compose, transform and spatialise their productions using 3D audio technologies. These spatial scores can be broadcast outside the studio, with faithful scaling on many other broadcasting systems.”
The company regularly organises open days, training sessions, and specific workshops around sound spatialisation and interactivity technologies, and has even adapted its services to host various COVID-mandated initiatives, like showcase events for artists and full live-streamed 3D sound events hosted by Rossier himself, who is also known by his electronic music alias, Elephantmat.
“We believe that 3D audio technologies are a natural evolution of the creative process in the world of music, and something that could profoundly affect future artistic and event landscapes,” says Rossier.
Other electronic music producers, such as Christopher Kah and Calling Marian, were keen to sing the p
UK - disguise has announced a major software release in early April. Cluster rendering will allow users to scale out their real-time content rendering without compromise, as their productions increase in size or complexity. disguise invited a select group of global partners to pressure test and implement the technology into their workflows in preparation for public release.
disguise’s cluster rendering will unlock the limitations of a virtual production studio or immersive installation by scaling out real-time content up to an unlimited capacity, says the company. This is achieved by spanning real-time content over more than one disguise server as each machine will render a fragment of the final content frame to increase the render power. Developed to support Unreal Engine’s nDisplay capabilities, the technology also removes the need to manually configure the nDisplay cluster by allowing it to be automatically set up through the disguise interface.
Early access to cluster rendering has allowed global partners participating to test and implement cluster rendering into their workflows to achieve real-time content rendering of the highest quality, detail and frame rate at scale. By testing the feature in real-world scenarios the beta partners enabled disguise to gather and integrate feedback into the feature development roadmap.
“Innovation lies at the core of everything we do at disguise and we always work together with our partners to ensure that all new developments help improve their work. Our beta testing programs offer our partners the oppo
UK - The ABTT is joining forces with the Association of Lighting Designers to present a seminar, Lighting-in-the-Round on 26 March (Friday) from 2.00pm.
The seminar will feature a number of lighting designers who have worked extensively in-the-round. They will talk about the challenges faced when creating lighting in this staging configuration, some unique opportunities created by theatre-in-the-round and about some of the productions they have worked on during their careers to date.
This webinar is the second of six and will be hosted by Dave Wybrow (director, The Cockpit).
Wybrow will be joined by lighting designers Johanna Town, Elliot Griggs, Daniella Beattie and Tigger Johnson. This webinar is followed by a Q&A session where you will be able to pose your own questions to the panellists.
Tickets for the event are available at www.abtt.org.uk/events/abtt-seminar-lighting-in-the-round.
UK - 3LR Lighting has confirmed that it is now the sole UK manufacturer’s representative for Griven. The Italian manufacturer, founded in 1990, produces a range of exterior architectural lighting.
3LR will work closely with Allison Rose, Griven’s UK business development manager, to increase brand awareness and drive new specifications across the region. Particularly renowned for its coloured light solutions, Griven’s range complements 3LRs existing brand portfolio, dovetailing with its interior lighting and control products from ETC and Rosco.
Matthew Lloyd, managing director of 3LR comments, “We were attracted to Griven by its reputation for fixture quality, exceptional optics, and the highest level of colour consistency and uniformity over time. The products are designed and manufactured in the company’s factory in Italy, and exhibit the innovation, flair and emotional link to lighting that we value highly at 3LR.
“Griven shares our determination to deliver exceptional customer service and are able to offer customisation across and beyond their product range. We look forward to working closely with Allison to enhance the brand’s visibility in the UK”
Griven CEO, Luca M. Meinardi comments: “We are very happy with this agreement and are confident that the development of this partnership, with such a renowned and professional company, relying upon the close presence and direct support of Allison Rose, will allow us to further consolidate our business in the UK.”
South Africa - On Sunday 25 April, Jerusalema hitmaker Master KG, and the Ndlovu Youth Choir, will be performing live on Robben Island for Africa Rising and the Live Love non-profit, along with international personality Maps Maponyane as master of ceremonies.
The performance will be live streamed for free and audiences will have the opportunity to win an exclusive VIP experience at the event on Robben Island by making an online donation of at least R30, benefiting the music and events industry, and charities in sustainability, education and conservation.
Africa Rising brings music and travel to the world by telling inspiring African stories through uniquely produced music experiences. These are brought to life by broadcasting live performances by Africa’s biggest artists, set in the most iconic locations on the continent. Through these stories and our platform, we aim to raise money to invest back into the industries decimated during the pandemic, and into African communities that desperately need it.
Master KG is a South African musician and record producer and his album Skeleton Move achieved acclaim including an AFRIMMA Award for Best Artist/Group in the African Electro category. He is also known as the pioneer of Bolobedu dance
The Ndlovu Youth Choir’s run on America’s Got Talent (season 14) made them the first choir in the history to reach the final. Their soul-stirring performances won hearts and minds around the world. Their first album debuted at number one on iTunes.
During the coronavirus crisis the
USA - Obsidian Control Systems reports a successful year of shipping its comprehensive Netron data distribution line of RDM splitters and EtherDMX nodes and has announced a new version 2.6 firmware release.
Prompted by the increasing fixture counts and continuous growth in the number of Universes used on a show, Netron supports applications from live production and venue installations to architectural environments and has enjoyed strong market adaptation globally since its release.
“The introduction of the Netron line has been a real success story despite the difficult circumstances of 2020,” states Obsidian Control Systems product manager Matthias Hinrichs. “The feature set, plug-and-play design and competitive pricing have really hit the sweet spot and the feedback from our users has been phenomenal. It is a perfect complement to our Onyx console range and a well-designed package for anyone requiring rugged, reliable, and affordable data distribution systems.”
The Netron range includes three RDM splitters - RDM 6XL, RDM 645 and the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ RDM 10, a combination of 10-port AB splitter and integrated two-port EtherDMX node. Three dedicated Ethernet to DMX converters - EP4, EN4 and the high-density EN12 - round out the product line.
Continuous firmware improvements and feature enhancements are made based on market input, including refinements to Netron’s intuitive remote web configuration. The latest Version 2.6 firmware is now available for download on the Netron product page at test
USA - Wireless microphone systems and audio processing specialist Lectrosonics is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.
Founded in March 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lectrosonics products are used in broadcast, television, theatre, film, live performance and music productions worldwide.
The company’s first product was the Voice Projector series of portable PA systems and lecterns whilst in 1975, the first wireless microphone was added to the product line. Shortly thereafter, these products were marketed under the Freedomike trademark.
By the 1980s, Lectrosonics found success in the broadcast market with its plug-on transmitter and compact receiver for electronic news gathering and documentary production. Around this same time, the company’s engineering team had begun working on audio processing equipment targeted at the installed sound market. The first product was the MAP or Modular Audio Processor system, consisting of a card cage design with a variety of automatic mixing, signal processing and logic control modules. The current ASPEN Series audio processors have been installed all over the world in courtrooms, boardrooms, and other AV installations.
The wireless IFB (or interruptible foldback) system was introduced in the late 90s and became a workhorse product in broadcast and film production. In 2020, after 19 years on the market, the legacy IFBR1a was replaced with the smaller and more modern IFBR1b, offering dock charging, 10 presets and “talent friendly” size and weight.
By 2002, the company’s acclaimed Lec
USA - Broadcast live outside the Los Angeles Convention Centre, the 63rd Grammy Awards offered viewers a night to celebrate music with elaborate performances from top artists across different musical genres. The audience-free show combined a mix of performances with the outdoor ceremony for select artists who were on-hand to accept the awards.
The majority of the show’s 23 musical productions, as well as the ceremony, relied on Shure’s AxientDigital Wireless System and Microphones.
Throughout the ceremony, host Trevor Noah used an Axient Digital SM58 Handheld Microphone set to frequency diversity mode.
The evening’s big winners included Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, and Megan Thee Stallion. Dua Lipa, who won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, sported a blinged-out pink Axient Digital KSM9 Handheld Microphone and was joined on stage by DaBaby who used a nickel Axient Digital KSM8 Handheld Microphone for “Levitating”. Later Mickey Guyton, who already made history as the first Black woman nominated as a solo country artist, sang Black Like Me with an Axient Digital KSM9 Handheld Microphone.
One of the hottest performances of the night was by Best New Artist, Megan Thee Stallion, who used an Axient Digital SM58 Handheld Microphone for her rendition of Body and the Grammy-winning Savage. Stallion was later joined on stage by Cardi B, who donned a Shure TwinPlex Headset Microphone paired with the easily concealable Axient Digital Micro Bodypack Transmitter.
As always, the broadcast paid trib
UK - The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE) is re-scheduling its annual exhibition and seminar programme to March 2022, the ISCVEx committee has announced at its recent AGM and Members’ Day.
The new dates for ISCVEx2022 are 22-23 March 2022.
Helen Goddard, president of ISCVE, comments: “With the level of uncertainty surrounding the timescale of vaccinations combined with mixed confidence and appetite for attending events, we feel the pragmatic approach is to take ISCVEx off the calendar for 2021 and reschedule for March 2022. This allows visitors and exhibitors to plan ahead in order to attend, what we are confident will be, the best ever ISCVEx event, with our expanding AV presence as well as our core sound roots.”
ISCVEx will mark its 20th anniversary in 2022 and will offer visitors an engaging schedule of events occurring over two days including a programme of seminars from industry leading figures, an exhibition of more than thirty of the i leading manufacturers and distributors and an informal networking dinner.
Registration details for visitors and exhibitors will be announced soon.
USA - Back in July, Mike Cristella, owner of Live Wire Productions, and Bob Sallade, who owns Sound Track Production Services, based in Hammonton, NJ, pooled their resources and expertise in lighting and sound to create Wired Studios, a 30‘ x 20‘ space that would allow customers of both companies to reach people during the lockdown with livestreams.
“It became apparent to Bob and me and that the pandemic wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so we got together to create this space in our warehouse,” said Cristella. “The space isn’t the largest in the world, but we outfitted it with excellent sound and lighting gear as well as cameras so our customers could produce livestreams and video recordings that would reflect well on them.”
In terms of lighting, Wired Studios packs an intense punch with a high-output and versatile rig anchored by Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 and Rouge R2 Wash fixtures. Created by Rob Garcia, Live Wire Productions’ lighting designer, the rig is intended to serve the diverse mix of clients that have used the studio over the past five months, a group that includes everyone from bands and DJs, to cappella groups and playwrights.
A key part of the rig are 16 Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixtures. Positioned four apiece on three truss structures with four additional units on the floor, the intense 330W movers drive the majority of looks at the studio, serving as beams, spots and washes. “Rob has really taken the time to diversify our shows especially by utilizing the RH1’s prisms and focusing the field down to the 2.5 ° d
USA - Christie has announced the launch of the new Christie Mirage SST-6P, a dual-head 18,000 lumen, 4K, 6-primary 3D RGB pure laser projection system that the company claims delivers twice the onscreen brightness of traditional colour-comb 30,000-lumen lamp-based 3D projection systems for bright, colourful, and detailed 3D images for venues including theme parks, attractions and giant screen dome theatres.
The 6-Primary (6P) 3D dual-projector system uses two sets of RGB laser primaries with slightly off-set wavelengths: one for the right eye, and one for the left. Reusable passive 3D glasses filter different wavelengths and direct the light to the correct eye, with no shuttering, for a natural and comfortable 3D visual experience. The result is a projection system that is 90% efficient at projecting light onto the screen, and white-screen compatible for blending the multi-projector arrays typically used in dome theatres and media-based attractions such as dark rides and flying theatres.
“With the Mirage SST-6P projection system, dark 3D visuals are a thing of the past,” says Larry Paul, executive director, Technology and Custom Solutions, Enterprise and Entertainment, Christie. “The Mirage SST-6P was developed specifically for 3D applications and exceeds the DCI-P3 colour space, ensuring that 3D visuals in dark rides, attractions and planetariums look as intended - bright, contrast-rich and colourful - revealing a level of detail audiences haven’t seen before.”
With TruLife electronics, Mirage SST-6P delivers 4K 3D content up to 120fps p
Germany - For the presentation of the new e-tron GT, Ingolstadt-based car manufacturer Audi staged a special demonstration at the Munich Zenith.
The world premiere of the ‘electric spearhead of the four rings’, as it was termed, took place in February with two digital events; a cinematic intro, using spectacular lighting technology, was produced in advance at the Munich Zenith, and developed by LD Raphaël Demonthy. Demonthy, who has focussed entirely on lighting design and programming over the past 10 years, regularly realises his own design projects, but is also happy to make his talent available to other designers as an associate designer or operator.
As part of the world premiere of the new Audi e-tron GT, a reveal trailer had to be produced. For this purpose, a driving circuit was installed in the Zenith Munich, which was constructed exclusively from light elements. Demonthy used a large number of different GLP fixtures to implement and highlight the varied, dynamic stations of the course.
To produce the ‘carwash’ element, the LD turned to 46 GLP FR10 Bars. These Bars framed the tunnel, created laterally - both on the floor and from above. Three FR10 Bars placed on the floor were punctuated by two Bars installed vertically, one above the other. The resulting vertical lines were extended to the ‘tunnel ceiling’, with three further FR10 Bars.
“With this resource, I was able to build a light fog wall, which on the one hand ensured that you couldn't see through, and on the other, created a kind of 'scan effect' when the vehicle
USA - Obsidian Control Systems’ practice of providing valuable educational resources to lighting designers and programmers continues with the release of a series of 13 training videos covering the NX4 lighting console and Onyx lighting control platform. A training video series covering the compact NX2 lighting controller will be available soon.
The NX4 training series, hosted by David Henry of Learn Stage Lighting, condenses over two hours of content into short, segmented videos to watch at your own pace. Console trainings usually come with a hefty fee, making these complimentary videos consieable value.
The NX4 training series is available at https://obsidiancontrol.com/training_videos. Topics covered include: Introduction to NX4, Patching Fixtures, Setting Up Groups, Working in the 2D Plan, Controlling Lights, Creating Presets, Recording Cues, Using Pixel Mapped Video in Dylos, Cue Editing and Updating, Copying and Cloning, Working with Art-Net and sACN and Working with RDM.
All Obsidian lighting controllers run the uncomplicated lighting control software Onyx, available for free download from obsidiancontrol.com.
UK - FIX8Group’s The Hub was the centre of one of the largest virtual global meetings recently, as more than 500 speakers from over 70 countries joined a worldwide conference for a think-tank organisation.
A global, full-service events agency collaborated closely with FIX8Group to deliver the optimum solution for the project, which was by far the most technically challenging yet for The Hub - FIX8Group’s broadcast and connectivity centre. Due to the company’s significant investment in advanced infrastructure to ensure resilient connectivity capabilities and robust data security protocols in the delivery of virtual solutions, the project was made possible.
This incarnation of the organisation’s global conference moved into the virtual realm as a consequence of COVID restrictions. The range of speakers included thought leaders from Fortune 500 CEOs, government officials, Nobel Laureates, Oscar winners and Olympians to journalists, philanthropists, scientists, investors and digital pioneers. During the eight-day conference, they addressed more than 4,000 participants located across the globe.
“Nothing existed in the UK to facilitate the scale of this virtual, direct multi-contributor event so we were approached by our partner events agency with the challenge of formulating a solution,” says FIX8Group’s Neil Trenell. “The concept for The Hub emerged at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Whilst many production companies were still considering how to take events online, we acted in a proactive manner with tenacity and speed. What we crea
USA - When Glenn Polly, founder of VideoSonic Systems, Inc., an audio-visual integration company, was tasked with integrating a high-quality, low-cost microphone solution for use with Zoom rooms at a leading university in New York, he opted for MXL Microphones' AC-404s.
“Zoom engineers have dedicated countless hours to writing the original algorithm, enabling mics to behave as beam tracking mics,” says Polly. “Up to 12 MXL AC-404 mics can be installed in a Zoom room without the need for a DSP processor, which is a nice benefit. The latest version of the Zoom algorithm is even better, so naturally, the mics work even better.”
Near-end audio capture is the most difficult component of a Zoom call and can represent the largest chunk of the project’s budget. “To optimise the performance of the audio capture devices, it’s important that the room itself has acceptable acoustics,” explains Polly. “With classrooms having less seats for students practicing social distancing, we can no longer gain from the absorption qualities of the bodies in the room. We always recommend that the room be acoustically treated if its overly reverberant. With the MXL mics being a cost-effective solution, acoustical treatments can easily be accounted for in the classroom’s budget.”
To meet the requirements of a specific room layout, VideoSonic often designs custom solutions for installation projects. For this Zoom aoom application, VideoSonic fabricated mounting brackets to affix the AC-404 mics to the classroom ceilings.
“To maximize our pick-up c