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Kreuzfahrtschiff „Seven Seas Grandeur“ mit ETC-Lichtsystemen ausgestattet

21/06/2024

Historic “Lido” in Paris reopens as musical theater with Elation lighting solutions

04/06/2024

La Parada opens new restaurant in Johannesburg with an audio solution from Audac

29/05/2024

SLX installs Tommex-designed Coda Audio system at Olsztyn’s rebuilt Urania Hall

24/05/2024

Upgraded audio system at Chase Field powered by Cohesion CO12

23/05/2024

Regan Vest museum installs Genelec’s 4000 Series loudspeakers in its exhibition space

21/05/2024

Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela invests in Robert Juliat Dalis 860 Cyclorama lights

20/05/2024

Martin Audio WPS installed at Cardiff Students’ Union Great Hall

29/04/2024

ProSound Vietnam chooses Powersoft amplifiers for Goethe-Institut in Hanoi

25/04/2024

Taipei Performing Arts Centre invests in Robe Spiiders

25/04/2024

Florida theater venues choose DiGiCo Quantum225 desks

24/04/2024

Amberger Schule installiert Lichttechnik von ETC

23/04/2024

Genelec 4000 series loudspeakers installed at new Tokyo motorsports hub

23/04/2024

Coda Audio USA supplies audio package for Crown Hill Theatre installation

22/04/2024

Sennheiser setzt Zusammenarbeit mit Morgan Motor fort

19/04/2024

AJP specifies all-Powersoft amplification for audio overhaul of Neches Arena at Lamar University

19/04/2024

WSDG elevates acoustic excellence at Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra

18/04/2024

De La Warr Pavilion installs DiGiCo SD12 as main in-house console

18/04/2024

Tateside opens showroom with demo kit from 1 Sound

17/04/2024

Dyn Media and NEP Germany pioneer new frontier in remote production with DirectOut Prodigy system solution

16/04/2024

Marine grade Coda Audio systems chosen for indoor and outdoor applications at high-altitude Alpine venues

16/04/2024

All Pro chooses Elation for auditorium transformation at Pensacola Christian College

05/03/2024

Helsinki Music Centre makes first investment in Robert Juliat Arthur LT followspots

05/03/2024

Estonia’s first Genelec Smart IP loudspeaker system installed at “Chin Chin” wine bar

05/03/2024

Stadttheater Klagenfurt upgrades with Klang’s immersive in-ear monitor mixing

05/03/2024

Kreuzfahrtschiff „Seven Seas Grandeur“ mit ETC-Lichtsystemen ausgestattet

Kreuzfahrtschiff „Seven Seas Grandeur“ mit ETC-Lichtsystemen ausgestattet
Kreuzfahrtschiff „Seven Seas Grandeur“ mit ETC-Lichtsystemen ausgestattet

Mit der „Seven Seas Grandeur“ sticht dieser Tage der sechste Luxus-Liner von Regent Seven Seas Cruises in See. Beim Beleuchtungskonzept des 224 Meter langen Kreuzfahrtschiffes, das über zehn Decks verfügt, spielen Lichtsysteme von ETC eine tragende Rolle.

 

Travis McHale, ein in diesem Segment erfahrener Lichtdesigner und Programmierer, war für das Lichtkonzept verantwortlich. Er schnürte auch das für die „Grandeur“ installierte Paket von Lichtsystemen, welches unter anderem 82 ColorSource Spot V, 23 ColorSource Fresnel V, neun ColorSource Linear, fünf Halcyon Platinum Ultra Bright, 32 Halcyon Titanium Ultra Bright und 20 Talen beinhaltet. Die Ansteuerung geschieht über eine ETC-Eos-Apex-10-Konsole (plus Fader Wing).

 

Eine Sonderrolle schrieb der Lichtdesigner bei der Kreuzfahrtschiff-Installation den insgesamt 37 Halcyon-Scheinwerfern zu. Sie kommen in der Event-Location des Schiffes zum Einsatz.

 

Zu den wichtigsten Entertainment-Programmpunkten der „Seven Seas Grandeur“ gehören die abendlichen Shows: In der ersten Saison nach dem Stapellauf sind es vier an der Zahl, drei davon wurden von McHale, der über langjährige Theater-Erfahrung verfügt, in Szene gesetzt. Besonders hilfreich seien dabei die Eos Apex 10 gewesen. McHale platzierte die Magic Sheets auf den Apex-Monitoren. „Früher habe ich sie immer auf externen Monitoren untergebracht, das ist mit der Apex nicht mehr nötig“, sagt er.

 

Da in der Kreuzfahrtschiff-Branche Energie-Einsparungen und Emissionen von großer Bedeutung sind, hat McHale auch im Beleuchtungsbereich der Schiffe einen Trend ausgemacht: „Es geht immer mehr in Richtung kompletter LED-Anlagen. Die Systeme von ETC sind da ganz vorne mit dabei.“

 

(Fotos: ETC/Travis McHale)

 

www.etcconnect.com

 

Kreuzfahrtschiff „Seven Seas Grandeur“ mit ETC-Lichtsystemen ausgestattetKreuzfahrtschiff „Seven Seas Grandeur“ mit ETC-Lichtsystemen ausgestattet

Historic “Lido” in Paris reopens as musical theater with Elation lighting solutions

Historic “Lido” in Paris reopens as musical theater with Elation lighting solutions
Historic “Lido” in Paris reopens as musical theater with Elation lighting solutions

The “Lido” on the Champs-Élysées, a Parisian nightlife staple since the Roaring Twenties and once famous for its exotic cabaret and burlesque shows, has been completely renovated and reopened as “Lido 2”, a premier musical theater. Now presenting major works of theater in an immersive cabaret setting, “Lido 2” attracts both French and international audiences with a lighting kit almost exclusively from Elation.

 

Global Technique Concept, led by project manager Eddy Couloigner, oversaw the renovation and was enlisted as the lighting management service provider for the venue. In February 2023, the historic cabaret shows ended, and renovation work commenced shortly thereafter. Over seven months, the new lighting kit was installed to meet the venue’s unique requirements, including a relatively low proscenium ceiling height of 5.5 meters.

 

In line with venue owner Accor’s decision to ban tungsten and halogen lighting across all its establishments, the “Lido 2” features exclusively LED lighting. The new Elation rig consists of 30 Fuze Max Profile, 30 Fuze Profile, 16 Fuze Wash FR and 12 Chorus Line 16 fixtures. The Fuze Max Profile, with a beam angle range from 8° to 40°, are primarily used for front and side lighting, offering precision and essential framing shutters to avoid lighting the audience. The more compact Fuze Profile fixtures, with a 6° to 35° beam angle, are discreetly distributed above the stage and, with full blackout framing shutters, maintain beam control off the audience.

 

The Fuze Wash FR fixtures, selected for their Fresnel qualities and built-in framing, provide soft lighting. The Chorus Line 16 linear wash LED fixtures are hidden above the orchestra and out of public view. The lighting allows for use on other events as well, private gatherings for example, supporting “Lido 2” as a multifunctional venue. All Elation lighting was supplied through Elation’s French partner Best Audio & Lighting.

 

For the recent production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, Couloigner collaborated with a lighting designer from the opera to ensure that lighting quality met the high CRI standards.

 

The “Lido 2” team also includes: Florian Fassenet (Technical Director); François Muguet-Notter (Deputy Technical Director); Déborah Lopez (Technical Management Assistant); Simon Stehlé (General Manager); Giuseppe Di Orio (Show Lighting Designer); Alexis Tsagris, Léo Lequesne and Juliette Luangpraseuth (Lighting Technicians).

 

(Photos: Julien Benhamou)

 

www.elationlighting.com

 

Historic “Lido” in Paris reopens as musical theater with Elation lighting solutionsHistoric “Lido” in Paris reopens as musical theater with Elation lighting solutions

La Parada opens new restaurant in Johannesburg with an audio solution from Audac

La Parada is a restaurant chain bringing the vibrancy of the Mediterranean to South Africa. Finished with sandy pastels and palm trees, the restaurant’s newest location is in Johannesburg’s day-to-night dining and shopping destination Cedar Square. To compete with some of the busiest bars and clubs in the area, La Parada installed an audio system using technology from Audac and Xilica.

 

The project was a collaboration between AV Distribution and South African installation company Sonic AV. For Cedar Square, La Parada wanted a sound system that catered to DJs and bigger parties, offering something different to its predominantly dining-focused venues. “La Parada wanted to make the shift to a more music-orientated restaurant with this opening”, says Richard Edwards, CEO of Sonic AV.

 

The main bar and DJ area of La Parada Cedar Square features four Audac Vexo112 two-way passive loudspeakers. Across the rest of the bar, including the mezzanines and outside areas, Sonic AV installed six Xeno8 full range loudspeakers and six Xeno6 models. Two Audac Baso15 compact subwoofers deliver low end.

 

La Parada is divided into five zones; the main floor, two mezzanine areas and two outside areas. The entire space is wired in stereo and run through a Xilica Solaro audio processor for the staff to choose their inputs. There’s an input for background music, DSTV and the DJ, so Sonic AV also created a custom user interface for the team to run the entire restaurant off, including pre-sets for different times of day. Additionally, an iPad runs the Xilica Xtouch app so that the restaurant manager can control the sound in all areas of the venue.

 

“La Parada is a double volume restaurant with single volume mezzanines, which made it difficult for us to install the system and create an ambience that suited La Parada’s needs. So we also carried out some customised acoustic treatment”, says Edwards. “Our consultants did a full model of the space before we began to figure out where the problematic frequencies were, as well as any reverb issues. We then based our solution on the model. The acoustic treatment made a huge difference.”

 

(Photos: Stage Audio Works/La Parada)

 

www.stageaudioworks.com

 

SLX installs Tommex-designed Coda Audio system at Olsztyn’s rebuilt Urania Hall

Urania Hall in Olsztyn, Poland, recently underwent a comprehensive rebuild and refurbishment. Now, with a rebuilt Main Arena, new dome, modern architecture, and additional spaces such as a Small Arena, indoor ice rink, and underground parking, it serves as a key venue for a wide variety of events.

 

Specialist integrator SLX Sp. z o.o. was engaged to install the audio elements of the project and chose Coda Audio systems for the Main and Small Arenas. The system was designed and supplied by pro audio specialist and Coda Audio distributor Tommex.

 

Volleyball, basketball, and tennis are some of the sports played in the Main Arena, which can hold more than 4,000 spectators in advanced mobile stands. With a multifunctional floor area of 2,380 sqm and a height of 29 metres, the Arena can also accommodate events such as motocross acrobatic shows.

 

The Small Arena, with a seating capacity of 1,000, is primarily intended for handball, volleyball, or basketball training. This space can also be rearranged into two or three sectors with full-size courts, thus adapting to current needs from training sessions to corporate meetings, banquets, or celebrations.

 

The facility presented a number of challenges. In the Main Arena, the combination of a small space between the hall’s acoustic ceiling and the minimum mounting heights of technical elements on the playing area meant that the system had to be lightweight and compact, whilst still powerful enough to ensure the necessary SPL and even distribution.

 

A total of sixty Coda N-Ray line array units supported by twelve SCV-F subwoofers were chosen for the Main Arena. The Tommex team designed the audio system by using Ease simulation software and Coda’s proprietary System Optimiser prediction software.

 

Sound reinforcement for the playing area was achieved with the use of six G712-Pro 3-way full range loudspeakers. A further six G712-Pro took care of reinforcement in the 100 capacity Small Arena, with the systems in both Arenas powered by Coda Audio Linus14D DSP amplification.

 

(Photos: AW Fotografia)

 

www.codaaudio.com

 

Upgraded audio system at Chase Field powered by Cohesion CO12

Upgraded audio system at Chase Field powered by Cohesion CO12
Upgraded audio system at Chase Field powered by Cohesion CO12

Chase Field, located in Phoenix, Arizona, and home of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks, raised another National League pennant this past year. The championship banner gained company with the completed integration of a new Cohesion system, featuring the first permanent installation of Cohesion CO12 loudspeakers.

 

Opened in 1998, the 48,330-seat retractable-roof stadium has, over subsequent decades, augmented its year-round entertainment offerings beyond baseball. The Chase Field executive team envisioned attracting a wider range of high-profile events with an upgraded PA at the venue.

 

“The goal of better sound included granular control”, says Steve Silvertooth, Manager of Broadcast Engineering for the Diamondbacks, who experienced the capabilities of Cohesion firsthand during a Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks concert at Chase Field in December 2023 and became convinced that it should be the preferred solution for their upcoming project. Ultimately, the Chase Field system integrated the very same CO12 featured in the arrays of that Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks concert they attended.

 

Clair Global Integration (CGI) installed the system in the span of a few weeks prior to the 2024 baseball season. The main PA, comprised of eighteen CO12 per side adjacent to the centerfield scoreboard, provided coverage for the bulk of the stadium seating. An additional integration of nine CO12 per side underneath and rotated relative to the main clusters provided further coverage of the outfield and side seating.

 

This alignment, in lieu of more traditional co-located arrays, reduced interference in the lower end of the spectrum and worked well for the physical characteristics and reflective surfaces within Chase Field. The system design accounted for those venue attributes, such as the nine-million-pound retractable steel roof and the large (20’ x 15’) doors that open by the north concourse when weather permits. The bandwidth of the CO12, with coverage down to 35 Hz, eliminated the need for subwoofers, which saved valuable space in an area with limited room for installation.

 

The system also included an upgrade to the control room reference monitors by integrating a pair of Cohesion CF10 point source loudspeakers. These fill speakers are voiced similarly to the CO12 and therefore extended the full-range response of the outfield arrays into the control room to improve mixing of gameday audio and live performances.

 

(Photos: Anna Carrington/Arizona Diamondbacks/Cohesion)

 

www.cohesionaudio.com

 

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Regan Vest museum installs Genelec’s 4000 Series loudspeakers in its exhibition space

Regan Vest museum installs Genelec’s 4000 Series loudspeakers in its exhibition space
Regan Vest museum installs Genelec’s 4000 Series loudspeakers in its exhibition space

Regan Vest is a new museum in Skørping, Denmark, exploring the geopolitical tensions of the Cold War. It tells the story in a newly built exhibition space that’s equipped with a comprehensive audio solution from Genelec.

 

“We wanted to create an exhibition in which the audio-visual elements supported the storytelling in very subtle ways”, says Taintec’s Tue Selmer Friborg, the audio-visual consultant that worked on the project. “The sound had to offer guests an immersive element, whilst being unobtrusive.”

 

The museum is made up of three parts: a 5,500 sq-metre secret bunker hidden sixty metres underground, which takes guests to the centre of the Cold War with its untouched artefacts and original décor; the master machinists house, which allows visitors to experience what day-to-day life was like; and the newly built exhibition space that tells the story of political tensions and how Denmark prepared for nuclear attack. This is where the Genelec system is deployed, with Friborg specifying a solution that relies on the 4000 Series loudspeakers, complemented by 7050 subwoofer technology.

 

“The inbuilt amplifiers made for a simple installation, and the low power consumption provided by Genelec’s Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) technology means that I don’t need to bother with turning amplifiers on and off”, says Friborg. “I like to make systems with as few hardware types as possible because it makes setup time and maintenance much easier, and the client does not need to have a huge stock of different spares.”

 

The system comprises seven 4030 loudspeakers, five 4020s, four 4010s and one 7050 subwoofer. As guests enter, quadrophonic surround sound is used to emphasise the two opposing sides, and in another room, there’s a replica of a nuclear explosion, which features intense flashing lights, a blast from the Genelec loudspeakers and a Danish TV broadcast of the attack.

 

Additionally, several vintage TVs and radios play historic clips from the era, which are reproduced by Genelec’s 4010 loudspeakers. The system is controlled by networked media players from BrightSign so that the sound levels and playback triggers are handled via the network.

 

(Photos: Genelec/Regan Vest)

 

www.genelec.com

 

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Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela invests in Robert Juliat Dalis 860 Cyclorama lights

Theatre, television and event rental company CityLight Iluminación has supplied 32 Robert Juliat Dalis 860 Cyclorama lights to Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela (home of Spanish traditional musical comedy Zarzuela), procured from Robert Juliat’s exclusive distributor for Spain, Earpro & EES.

 

Teatro de la Zarzuela’s technical team carried out some in depth research when choosing their latest cyclorama lighting, making extensive enquiries on their requirements within its own team of experts and with visiting lighting designers before making their choice. “Our investments are always a collegiate decision based on the views of all they affect, and on our need to improve our equipment while providing each lighting designer with a wider range of resources”, says Antonio López, Technical Director at Teatro de la Zarzuela.

 

Shortly after receiving their new Dalis fixtures, the team installed them in readiness for a series of concerts: “We rigged nine Dalis 860s on a lighting bar set 1.8 m behind the cyclorama cloth and another nine units on the ground at the same distance”, says López. “From here we projected onto a pearl grey PVC cyclorama, covering the 12 m wide x 8.5 m high surface.”

 

The Dalis 860 fixtures have since been put to good use on a number of productions including the Gal La Placídia Opera, the Lied Recital, a Symphonic Concert of Spanish Music, and the tribute to the soprano Victoria de los Ángeles.

 

(Photos: Elena del Real/Teatro de la Zarzuela)

 

www.robertjuliat.com

www.citylight-iluminacion.com

www.earpro.es

 

Martin Audio WPS installed at Cardiff Students’ Union Great Hall

The multi-use requirement of Cardiff Students’ Union’s Great Hall presented SWG Events with several challenges when designing and installing a frontline PA. The venue is a multipurpose space with a capacity of 1500 and a variety of needs. Firstly, the PA system needed to meet the approval of incoming circuit bands and productions, and at the same time be adaptable to a wide range of events.

 

Since live music events are hosted in more than one space within the building, the PA needed to be demountable and reappropriated together in various locations. SWG successfully met the challenges presented to them, their pitch based around Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision WPS line array.

 

“This year the Great Hall enters into its fiftieth year of operation, as one of the oldest music venues in the Capital City,” says Callam Thom, Head of Venues. “It is therefore crucial that we keep up with the demands of modern-day touring and the expectations of our audiences.”

 

The Great Hall has recently seen significant development to the two accessible viewing balconies, increasing the spaces available for those with additional viewing needs. The development provided an upper-level bar, toilets and viewing platforms - spaces that also had to be catered for with the sound system. SWG Head of Audio, Simon Purse, sensed these challenges when confronted with a building that was “basically a big concrete square, with low balcony at the end, and the FOH position situated just under the bulkhead.”

 

SWG based their design for the conventional pros arch system around six elements per side of WPS, driven in 2-box resolution from Martin Audio’s iK42 amplifiers. Eight SX218 subwoofers are placed in a broadside array, while also at the stage, four Blackline X8 fill gaps in the nearfield with two Torus T1230 delivering out fill sound.

 

Given the low balcony overhang, a ring of four CDD8 provides under balcony delay and a further four CDD8 above the accessible viewing left and right-side balconies themselves, DSP for which is provided by a dedicated DX4.0 controller; this also brings the fills into the VU-Net control network.

 

“While there are elements that are fixed, a lot of it is like a conventional flown touring system”, says Purse. “Exams one day might be followed by a rock show, so it can be derigged and taken down or change shape, depending on the requirements of the venue. Even the stage is removable, making probably the most diverse room I’ve ever been in.”

 

Martin Audio Product Support Engineer Robin Dibble assisted with tuning and time alignment which, being a reverberant concrete venue, was essential - despite the presence of drapes and acoustic treatment. Presets are programmed and stored, depending on the different scenarios.

 

Purse explains, “There is a snapshot for when the system is in its default live show mode, with all the time alignment EQ and settings loaded in that. For other events such as when a DJ is placed in the centre of the room, the PA is moved, new angles applied and given new optimisation. The system then resets back to its default state afterwards.”

 

Joe Bailey, Account Manager at SWG Events, emphasises that the system has performed well in the first academic year of the contract with over fifty live music events since installation in Autumn 2023, most of which are touring artists. Following commissioning by Robin Dibble, SWG Events provided training to the in-house crew, while they are also providing crew for live music events from a system engineer point of view.

 

The Wavefront Precision system will also come out during the University’s summer recess to be redeployed on SWG Events’ roster of summer outdoor work, before returning to the Students’ Union for Freshers’ Week and the start of the Autumn term.

 

(Photos: Martin Audio/SWG Events)

 

www.martin-audio.com

 

ProSound Vietnam chooses Powersoft amplifiers for Goethe-Institut in Hanoi

ProSound Vietnam chooses Powersoft amplifiers for Goethe-Institut in Hanoi

Powersoft’s T Series amplifiers are powering a new sound system at Goethe-Institut in Vietnam. Nestled in the capital city, Hanoi, Goethe-Institut is the leading provider of German cultural and educational programmes worldwide, promoting the German language and fostering international relationships.

 

The cultural institute needed a new sound system in its multipurpose room, capable of accommodating a variety of activities including teaching sessions, presentations, art exhibitions and musical performances. Goethe-Institut tasked local integrator ProSound Vietnam with the challenge. ProSound then turned to Powersoft amplifiers. The language school’s sound system comprises three Powersoft T-Series models - T604, T302 and T302A - which deliver 6000 W from two channels (T604), and 3000 W from two channels (T302/T302A).

 

Accompanying the Powersoft amplifiers are two TW Audio Fullrange T20i and four TW Audio Fullrange M8i loudspeakers, two TW Audio Subwoofer B17i, and two Sennheiser Micro EW-100-G4-ME2 microphones, as well as a DiGiCo Stage box 1 and a DiGiCo S21 Mixer 1.

 

(Photos: ProSound Vietnam)

 

www.powersoft.com

 

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Taipei Performing Arts Centre invests in Robe Spiiders

Taipei Performing Arts Centre invests in Robe Spiiders
Taipei Performing Arts Centre invests in Robe Spiiders

The Taipei Performing Arts Centre (TPAC), which contains three performance spaces - The Grand Theatre, the Globe Playhouse, and the Blue Box - has recently invested in forty Robe Spiider LED wash beam luminaires, which will help light an array of productions staged at the venue.

 

The Centre has around 150 full time employees, a third of whom are designated to work across assorted technical disciplines. TPAC senior technical officer Yi-Ming Liu (aka “Birdie”) was instrumental in picking the Spiiders, together with TPAC’s head of lighting, Pang-Yan Lin Ling, and others from the lighting team. Sustainability was a major consideration when getting these moving lights, as well as multi-functionality.

 

The Spiiders, recently delivered via Robe’s Asia Pacific subsidiary in Singapore, arranged by local Taiwan dealer DLHG, run by Jackson Yu, will be used in all three main performance spaces in this bustling producing and receiving house.

 

TPAC’s eye-catching contemporary building was designed by David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and features different geometrical shapes offering a total space of 50,000 square metres.

 

The 800-seater Playhouse is sphere shaped, the asymmetrical shaped Grand Theatre has a 1500 capacity, and the Blue Box studio space can accommodate up to 840 and is fully flexible. The building is owned by the Taipei City Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

Knowing the type of luminaire needed to add to the approximately 2000 generic luminaires in place when TPAC opened in 2022 after a ten-year build period, Yi-Ming Liu and the lighting team created a spec for the ideal LED wash beam. The fixture was identified as the most useful addition for fulfilling lighting designs plus saving person-power and time when facilitating productions.

 

Some of the crew travelled to Robe’s factory in the Czech Republic to see the production process, further in depth demonstrations and to receive hands-on maintenance training. TPAC does not have in-house LDs but works with a range of freelancers who are commissioned to light their own productions on a per-project basis and are primarily from Taiwan. International and touring productions will often bring their own designers or lighting directors.

 

TPAC is the first theatre installation in Taiwan to feature Robe Spiiders in the rig. Yi-Ming Liu already knew Robe through his touring experiences, but his association goes back around twenty years or so, when he worked at the Ministry of Sound club in London, which had Robe in the house.

 

The shows staged at TPAC include Taiwanese dance and performance groups, drama, opera, musicals, a range of dynamic Asian co-productions and international works. The performance spaces are also used for commercial, industrial, business, and special events.

 

Pictured (left to right): Some of TPAC’s technical department team - Yi-Ming Liu (senior technical officer), Achun Kao (senior technical officer), Pang-Yan Lis (assistant manager, head of lighting), Kim Lin (senior technical officer), Ting-Nan Chen (senior technical associate). (Photos: Louise Stickland/Paul Clarke)

 

www.robe.cz

 

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Florida theater venues choose DiGiCo Quantum225 desks

Florida theater venues choose DiGiCo Quantum225 desks
Florida theater venues choose DiGiCo Quantum225 desks

Artis-Naples is one of the premier destinations for the visual and performing arts in Southwest Florida. The Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus in Naples includes two performance halls: the Frances Pew Hayes Hall and the Myra J. Daniels Pavilion, as well as The Baker Museum and the Stabile Education building.

 

Most recently, the 283-seat Daniels Pavilion - whose range of programs includes music, film, dance, comedy, lectures, and exhibitions - received an upgrade in the form of a new DiGiCo Quantum225 console, used for both front-of-house and monitor mixing duties, and sourced through Fort Lauderdale-based Carlton Audio Services, Inc.

 

Ryan Young, Head Audio Engineer at Artis-Naples for the last three years, says the addition of the Quantum225 is part of a series of upgrades that will also soon see the venue’s PA system replaced. “The intent was to upgrade and modernize our sound, and we are already very much a DiGiCo campus”, he adds, noting the SD12 console installed at the neighboring Frances Pew Hayes Hall and the SD9 that acts as a recording and program playback mixer there.

 

“We also wanted to have more flexible routing, so we could, for instance, run monitors from front of house”, he continues. “With so many different types of music and other performances here, versatility is the key.” Young says that he and his staff, including A2 Taylor Freydberg, have just begun exploring the possibilities of the console’s Mustard and Spice Rack processing.

 

On the state’s opposite coast, The Parker, a 1,200-seat venue in Fort Lauderdale and part of that city’s live-performance legacy for nearly sixty years, recently underwent a $30-million renovation. The process was part of an even larger rebranding and repositioning of the venerable venue: for much of its existence it had been the Parker Playhouse, a theatrical venue, and an affiliated venue of The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Now, The Parker has become a main stop for top touring music artists and shows, with a new D&B Audiotechnik sound system and a DiGiCo Quantum225 console also supplied by Carlton Audio.

 

“Over the last several years we’ve transitioned to becoming a roadhouse venue”, says Anton Foresta, Director of Production - Affiliated Venues at The Parker. “Still a venue for community and educational programming but with a focus on live concerts at night, and for that, we wanted a rock and roll sound system and a rock and roll console.”

 

Foresta has been using DiGiCo desks for years, as front-of-house engineer for Arrival from Sweden, “The Music of ABBA” (for which he used a Quantum338), and in his role at The Parker, where he says the vast majority of the touring riders crossing his desk are for DiGiCo consoles. “Our job is to fill that rider and give them what their first choices are, and nine times out of ten, the first choice on that rider is DiGiCo. So rather than renting a DiGiCo, we decided to buy one”, he says.

 

“We had thought maybe we should get an SD12 because of its 96 inputs, but I knew that the Quantum225 would eventually get the update to go up to 96 channels - and a few weeks ago they released the update”, he adds.

 

Both Quantum225 consoles were recommended and sold through Carlton Audio Services in Fort Lauderdale. The company’s owner, Chris Carlton, also acts as sound designer and front-of-house engineer for Barbra Streisand, using a DiGiCo Quantum338 console for his live work with Streisand.

 

Pictured: Ryan Young at Artis-Naples’ new DiGiCo Quantum225 console; left to right: Anton Foresta, Michael Perez (A2), and Gabe Katz (A1) at The Parker’s new DiGiCo Quantum225 desk. (Photos: DiGiCo/Artis-Naples/The Parker)

 

www.digico.biz

www.carltonaudio.com

 

Amberger Schule installiert Lichttechnik von ETC

Amberger Schule installiert Lichttechnik von ETC
Amberger Schule installiert Lichttechnik von ETC

Um verschieden Aufführungen wie Musicals, Veranstaltungen wie „Tage der offenen Tür“ und Feiern bestmöglich in Szene setzen zu können, hat das Max Reger Gymnasium (MRG) in Amberg in neue Licht-Technik für seinen Multifunktionsraum investiert. Unterstützt wurde das MRG-Direktorenteam um Georg Mayer und Christoph Matz von dem in München ansässigen Licht-Dienstleister Scheinwurf.

 

Zum Bühnen-Setup gehört unter anderem ein Obermaschinerie-System, angesteuert durch ein Motor Control Interface und eine QuickTouch-Bedienstation von ETC. Eine Investition in die Sicherheit, wie Peter Platz von der Scheinwurf GmbH sagt: „Damit hat man alle sicherheitsrelevanten Daten - wie Lastmessung und Höhenangaben - auf einen Blick im Display.“ Auch wenn eine Kette nicht ordnungsgemäß laufen sollte, bekomme man „sofort die Info“.

 

Das Obermaschinerie-System wird vom MRG für Bühnenumbau genutzt: für unterschiedliche Bühnen-Dekos, Vorhänge und Scheinwerfer-Bestückung. Zur Ausstattung der acht Meter hohen und 280 Personen (bestuhlt) fassenden Halle gehören überdies folgende ETC-Lichtsysteme: 3 x High End Systems Lonestar, 10 x ColorSource PAR, 5 x ColorSource Spot, 5 x ColorSource Spot jr. Angesteuert werden die Scheinwerfer von einer Element-Konsole.

 

„Wir haben von Scheinwurf zwei Einführungs-Schulungen bekommen, danach hatten weder ich noch die Schülerinnen und Schüler vom Technik-Arbeitskreis Berührungsängste mit dem Equipment“, sagt Thomas Prechtl, der als Musiklehrer im MRG auch die Position des technischen Leiters innehat. Für eine Musical-Aufführung des Gymnasiums habe er mit seinen jungen Licht-Kollegen zuletzt „mehr als fünfzig verschiedene Lichtstimmungen vorprogrammiert“.

 

(Fotos: ETC/Snapshot)

 

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Genelec 4000 series loudspeakers installed at new Tokyo motorsports hub

Genelec 4000 series loudspeakers installed at new Tokyo motorsports hub

Arta Mechanics & Inspirations, a converted warehouse in the Shinkiba area of Tokyo, Japan, serves as a hub where visitors can immerse themselves in the complete Arta brand experience. The installation of Genelec’s 4000 Series loudspeakers throughout the space supports that experience.

 

Born from a collaboration between Japan’s F1 racing driver Aguri Suzuki and Japanese car parts manufacturer Autobacs Seven, today Arta is the largest racing team in Japan. Aside from its racing endeavours, it is also a brand with a range of luxury products to its name including custom cars, watches, and apparel. The inception of Arta Mechanics & Inspirations was a pivotal step in promoting the significance of the brand, offering a showcase for Arta’s worldview of motorsports.

 

According to Autobacs Seven brand business sales manager Naoto Oyama, the industrial feel of the warehouse environment offset against luxury products was the ideal setting to represent the image of motorsports. The Genelec loudspeaker system plays a significant role in creating that ambience. “As the name suggests, we are here to inspire our customers, and the atmosphere of the space plays a crucial role in that”, says Oyama. “We consider sound as one of the most important tools for creating atmosphere.”

 

The venue deploys six compact 4020 loudspeakers discreetly distributed throughout the space. Staff can choose from a variety of specially curated playlists to match the mood of the day or the particular event. Genelec’s 4000 Series models are equipped with an ISS power-saving function that automatically detects the absence of an audio signal, putting the loudspeaker into ‘sleep mode’ accordingly.

 

Oyama notes that Genelec’s Nordic design matches well with the industrial feel of the store. “And I like the fact that the loudspeakers are made of recycled aluminium, that feels like a really good fit for us in motorsports”, he adds.

 

(Photos: Yashima Takashi)

 

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Coda Audio USA supplies audio package for Crown Hill Theatre installation

Crown Hill Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, officially opened its doors with a red-carpet event in early December 2023. The brainchild of entrepreneur and musician Peter Tulloch, Crown Hill was created with a vision to enrich the cultural experience of its community through every element of the performing arts.

 

Across its three floors, which include a main event space, studios, co-working spaces and multi-purpose rooms, this community hub hosts public and private events featuring innovative and in-demand acts, and also offers education and access to technology, helping to foster the next generation of young professionals in the worlds of entertainment, communications, film and media. On the education front, Tulloch’s wish is to welcome city-affiliated programs for those between 18 and 24 who wish to learn “new age trade skills”.

 

As his plans crystallised, Tulloch visited the NAMM show in 2019 where he was introduced to Luke Jenks, the Managing Director of Coda Audio USA, and felt a good connection. As the Crown Hill Theatre project was developing during 2022, and the public got an idea of what was coming, demand for the space increased and the scale and profile of the events quickly grew larger. It was apparent that the venue’s capabilities needed to scale with the variety and size of events.

 

Tulloch reached out to both Eastern Stage Productions of New York (ESP), Coda’s North East US dealer, and Coda Audio USA for their support in expanding the system for a specific run of pre-launch shows which would fully demonstrate what could be achieved in the space. The venue was launched last December. “ESP has an extensive inventory of Coda equipment, and we worked alongside its skilled team to design an augmented system able to support the eclectic program”, says Jenks. “The work carried out at Crown Hill by Bill Danilczyk’s expert team at ESP.”

 

“The guys from ESP did an amazing job and had us ready to go in good time for what turned out to be a hugely successful run”, adds Tulloch. “The ‘Fun With Friends’ event featuring DJ Puffy was a major success, with another date booked immediately for December, and Soul in the Horn were equally keen to return within weeks. The owner of a major festival in Florida saw and heard enough to book a show, so when the grand opening came around, we were completely confident in our capacity to deliver a stunning audio package for the artists and audience alike.”

 

The last night of the run marked the official opening of the Crown Hill Theatre. “The whole evening was a blast”, continues Tulloch. “After the ribbon-cutting and the speeches, we had a full ska/jazz big band with twelve horns, DJ sets from DJ Spinna, Soul in the Horn and Frei Speech, and a six-piece R&B band. The system was on point throughout for what was a really diverse mix of sounds. The fact that the artists who played in the run up to the opening couldn’t wait to come back, says a lot about what they think of the venue and the audio excellence we can offer.”

 

“Coda Audio was the talk of a number of PA companies and engineers who visited during the last few weeks”, he concludes. “The ESP staff seemed to be in constant conversation about the system. There’s no doubt in my mind that its quality and capability has been a significant factor in attracting a large number of amazing bookings for 2024.”

 

The permanent installation at Crown Hill Theatre is centred on Coda Audio’s ViRay compact line array (12), with SCP sensor controlled subs (6) and SC2 bass extensions (2). The system is supplemented with Hops12i high output point source (2) and Hops8 (4), and is driven by Linus14 (3) and Linus12C (3) DSP amplifiers. Cue Two (4) and Cue Four (4) compact three-way stage monitors complete the install.

 

(Photos: Coda Audio/Crown Hill Theatre)

 

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Sennheiser setzt Zusammenarbeit mit Morgan Motor fort

Sennheiser setzt Zusammenarbeit mit Morgan Motor fort
Sennheiser setzt Zusammenarbeit mit Morgan Motor fort

Sennheiser setzt seine seit 2022 bestehende Partnerschaft mit dem Sportwagen-Hersteller Morgan Motor im neuen Morgan Plus Four fort. Der Audiospezialist ergänzt das neueste Update in der traditionsreichsten Linie von Morgan Motor um ein verbessertes Klangerlebnis mit technologischen Neuerungen.

 

Für das Audiosystem im neuen Plus Four setzt Sennheiser Aktuatoren im Cockpit und unter beiden Sitzen ein. Höher spezifizierte konventionelle Lautsprecher in den Türen ergänzen das bestehende Layout. Diese Neuerungen sollen für ein verbessertes Hörerlebnis für Fahrer und Beifahrer sorgen. Das Sennheiser-Tuning soll hierbei die Illusion einer breiten Klangbühne vor den Insassen erzeugen.

 

Das neue Audiosystem bietet zudem einen größeren Lautstärkebereich und eine erhöhte Bluetooth-Reichweite. Das Sennheiser-Logo ist auf den Lautsprecherabdeckungen im Plus Four zu sehen. Das Gitterdesign ist von den charakteristischen Lüftungsschlitzen in jeder Plus-Four-Motorhaube inspiriert.

 

Im Plus Four ermöglicht die Sennheiser-Audiotechnologie den Fahrern, Titel zu pausieren und zu überspringen, indem sie den vorhandenen Lautstärkeregler verwenden, sodass auf zusätzliche Regler verzichtet wird. Durch die Integration von visuellem Feedback über das LCD-Display sind die Lautstärkeanzeige und der abgespielte Titel auf einen Blick ersichtlich.

 

(Fotos: Sennheiser/Morgan Motor Company)

 

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AJP specifies all-Powersoft amplification for audio overhaul of Neches Arena at Lamar University

AJP specifies all-Powersoft amplification for audio overhaul of Neches Arena at Lamar University

Neches Federal Credit Union Arena at the Montagne Center, a multipurpose indoor arena and events centre at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, has replaced its ageing audio system with an all-new set-up powered by Powersoft’s cloud-based Unica amplifier platform.

 

Home to the Lamar Cardinals and Lamar Lady Cardinals basketball teams, both of which compete in the NCAA Division I, the 10,746-seat Neches Arena also hosts volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling, boxing and martial arts events, as well as concerts and other live entertainment. Lamar University, the venue’s owner/operator, additionally hires out the arena floor for graduation ceremonies, proms, dances, banquets and conferences.

 

Kendall Bowman, acoustic engineer for Anthony James Partners (AJP), which designed and specified the new audio system, explains that the upgraded system needed to deliver on multiple fronts, being able to “meet the multifunctional needs of the arena, increase the intelligibility, and provide enough power to meet the demand of the space”.

 

The AJP-designed sound system replaced an earlier set-up comprising just “one large full-range box and a few delay speakers”, which had fallen into disrepair and now failed to meet the needs of the space, he adds. “The university wanted to bring the system up to date with current technology and improve the experience for those attending events.”

 

The specified system, as installed and configured by Bluum Technology, comprises four Unica 8K8 (8,000 W/eight-channel), two Quattrocanali 8804 DSP+D (9,600 W/four-channel) and one Ottocanali 8K4 (8,000 W/eight-channel) amplifier platforms, along with a Midas M32 console, four Shure ULXD wireless microphones, a Q-Sys Core 110f processor, and Netgear M4250 switches. The Powersoft amplifiers power an all-Fulcrum speaker set-up consisting of twenty FH15 and twenty-four CX826 speakers and four Sub218L subwoofers.

 

The speakers utilise the DSP built into the Powersoft amplifiers, with additional processing and control provided by the Q-Sys Core, installed by Bluum in a rack under the basketball court bleachers (seating). The pull-out bleachers also house the Netgear switches, a touch panel and audio connection points. A redundant Dante AV-over-IP network transports the sound to the control room over fibre cable, reveals Trey Bracamonte-Harrell, lead integration tech for Bluum.

 

As in many retrofits of older venues (the Montagne Center was built in 1984), the design of the new sound system was constrained by the space available, with AJP having to work around the existing infrastructure, including the remnants of the old system. “The old system had been repaired and updated many times, leaving behind traces of the old system, with many pieces of the system in several different locations”, says Bowman.

 

“We wanted to make sure that the new system would be able to have permanent home and create a clean result with as few locations to house the equipment as possible”, he continues. “In the end, we were able to work with the university to find an appropriate location for the amplifiers and processing equipment, and while maintaining easy access for maintenance and monitoring.”

 

That appropriate location was a Middle Atlantic WRK rack, which houses the Powersoft amplifiers and networking equipment. This complements the under-bleacher rack (also a Middle Atlantic model) and a portable audiophile rack containing the console and microphones; elsewhere, AJP used the arena’s existing steel grid to find appropriate hang points for the speakers (while still allowing space for the grid to be used for rigging visiting events).

 

The Powersoft US team provided support on the control programming side, which allowed the amplifiers to be managed through the Q-Sys platform. “This provided great feedback on the touch panel in regards to monitoring system health and allowing zone control of the system”, states Bowman.

 

(Photos: Powersoft/Lamar University)

 

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WSDG elevates acoustic excellence at Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra

WSDG elevates acoustic excellence at Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra
WSDG elevates acoustic excellence at Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra

Situated in the heart of Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, the newly reconstructed concert hall of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (LVSO), formerly known as the Vilnius Congress and Concert Hall VCCH, opened its doors to visitors in March this year.

 

The project, conceived in 2018, involved designer Marius Mateika and the services of Lithuanian architectural and building acoustic company Akustika Plius, collaborating with ADA Acoustics & Media Consultants GmbH (a WSDG Company) who focus on architectural acoustic consulting and media system engineering, along with the construction company Infes. Their joint efforts were instrumental in bringing the old hall up to new acoustical standards suitable for a symphony orchestra.

 

In 2018, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ahnert, founding director of ADA, visited the old hall and met with the long-standing conductor of the LVSO, Gintaras Rinkevicius. “It was evident to both of us that the hall required fundamental reconstruction to significantly improve its acoustics”, shares Ahnert. “Although the space was used for both speech and symphonic performances, it was definitely more adapted to speech purposes, with a very short reverberation time.”

 

Subsequently, Viktoras Mekas from Akustika Plius invited Ahnert to formally participate in the project, benefitting from Ahnert’s knowledge in the field of room- and electro-acoustic designs, as well as noise control. “During the project we had to consider a lot of different acoustic indicators and criteria”, explains Ahnert. “These included reverberation time, music and speech clarity, warmth of sound, as well as the mutual hearing of musicians and density of lateral reflections. Meeting all these parameters required the implementation of various measures.”

 

“In close cooperation with interior designer Marius Mateika, we worked together with Viktoras and the construction company to determine the primary and secondary requirements necessary to enhance the acoustics of the hall”, Ahnert continues, noting that the primary structure refers to the correlation between volume, space, and dimension. “The key takeaway from our visits was that the height of the ceiling of the hall didn’t offer enough volume to create optimum acoustics for every visitor, which included a two-second reverberation time needed for a perfect symphonic listening experience.”

 

After a hiatus caused by the global pandemic, the project resumed in 2022. Ahnert worked closely with colleague Tobias Behrens to create simulations using software program Ease at their office in Berlin. These were then passed to Mekas and fellow acoustics consultant and architect at Akustika Plius, Gintare Privediene, who collaborated with Mateika and the construction company on what was necessary from an architectural viewpoint.

 

The first stage of the project involved fundamentally changing the design of the hall, raising the roof after convincing the client to add extra volume to the 984-seat concert hall. In line with amphitheatre principles, a stage with two movable raisers was installed, along with new lighting and ventilation systems.

 

The next stage was focused on the so-called secondary structure of the hall, by integrating three-dimensional acoustic patterns on the ceiling and walls combining rhombuses, triangles, rib panels, and smooth acoustic panels. “By integrating these panels, it was possible to diffuse sound reflections and ensure even distribution across the entire hall”, says Behrens who further notes that ADA’s experience comes from its work on similar projects, including the Elbphilharmonie and Kulturpalast Dresden in Germany, National Opera in Romania, and Music Theater Linz in Austria.

 

The concert hall opened its doors on Saturday, 16th March, with an evening of performances by the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, the Kaunas State Choir, the Lithuanian National Opera Theater Choir, the Boys and Youth Choir Azuoliukas, as well as several other Lithuanian soloists.

 

(Photos: Gabrielius Jauniškis)

 

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De La Warr Pavilion installs DiGiCo SD12 as main in-house console

De La Warr Pavilion installs DiGiCo SD12 as main in-house console
De La Warr Pavilion installs DiGiCo SD12 as main in-house console

Sited on the beachfront in Bexhill, East Sussex, the De La Warr Pavilion boasts a variety of music, comedy, and theatrical performances each year. It also supplies various early career programmes with work experience, creative careers sessions and apprenticeships all available to young people throughout the year.

 

Training is just one part of what they do there, but it was a strong influence on the DiGiCo SD12 desk they chose, as technical stage manager Mat McQuade explains. “Visiting engineers expect a DiGiCo, and it became the norm for us to hire in SD12 consoles”, says McQuade. “Our decision to purchase the SD12 came from what our clients expected, but also from our education programmes. It was important that the young people learnt on professional grade consoles, not entry level or obsolete desks.”

 

McQuade shares his knowledge on site through the various education programmes De La Warr Pavilion offers, and also teaches students at local colleges, giving them an insight into professional working practices. Plus, he organised for his whole audio team to get training at DiGiCo HQ. “We had training before and after the purchase”, he states.

 

“The SD12 is the first console we’ve had that offers the dynamic EQ feature. It opens a new way of EQ’ing someone’s guitar, for example, without compromising the sound of the instrument”, McQuade continues. “We’ve been using the UB MADI port to create virtual soundchecks, so it gives the learners a safe space to find their way around the console and the pressure is taken off them a bit.”

 

Pictured: Audio engineer George Palmer, technical stage manager Mat McQuade, and audio engineer Maria Toase (left to right); Mat McQuade and George Palmer (left to right). (Photos: De La Warr Pavilion/Anne Wickström)

 

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Tateside opens showroom with demo kit from 1 Sound

Tateside opens showroom with demo kit from 1 Sound

Based within striking distance of London’s Tower Bridge, AV integrator Tateside recently announced the launch of its new showroom space, in collaboration with US manufacturer 1 Sound and UK distributor CUK Group. The space, home to a full 1 Sound system, follows Tateside’s recent appointment as the first official 1 Sound UK Partner and will drive opportunities for the integrator to share its solutions with clients first-hand.

 

“We met 1 Sound at ISE 2023”, recalls Jack Cornish, Technical Director at Tateside. “The natural finish of the wooden loudspeakers caught our eye, and we began talking to Louis Mannarino, who explained the brand values with enthusiasm; we were sold on the products and felt they offered something different to traditional loudspeakers; these solutions fit well in our hospitality projects, where space can be a challenge. We’re pleased to be one of the first partners bringing 1 Sound to the UK market, through our collaboration with local distributor CUK Group.”

 

1 Sound is relatively new to the UK audience. Based out of Monmouth County, New Jersey, the brand provides audio solutions for both the live and install markets. 1 Sound loudspeakers are available in a variety of custom finishes, and this versatility, along with the small footprint of the products, proved to be a key selling point for the team at Tateside.

 

Within Tateside’s showroom, the Cannon coaxial loudspeaker series is a focus, with pairs of C4, C6 and C8 loudspeakers in both natural wood and custom colour finishes, alongside a pair of CT28 point-source loudspeakers. A selection of slimline subwoofers including the MiniSub5, two WSub45s and two Sub310s are also installed. The room is the first official 1 Sound demo space in the country.

 

(Photo: Tateside/1 Sound/CUK Group)

 

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Dyn Media and NEP Germany pioneer new frontier in remote production with DirectOut Prodigy system solution

In August 2023, Dyn Media launched as a new broadcaster in European sports, aimed at giving sports beyond football the exposure and viewership they deserve. NEP Germany was contracted as the production service provider to develop a remote production infrastructure. The technical concept, signal workflows, and process operations were also created in collaboration with Dyn. Broadcast Solutions served as the system integrator responsible for implementation.

 

The core of the entire infrastructure’s audio workflow is a system solution from DirectOut Technologies, featuring several of its multifunctional Prodigy.MP, .MC, and .MX units. With a total of one Prodigy.MX, twenty Prodigy.MP, and twelve Prodigy.MC, this project represents the largest Prodigy installation for DirectOut to date. Additionally, a variety of other audio solutions from DirectOut are in use, such as Andiamo and Exbox.MD. To realise complex and novel requirements and enable integration with other manufacturers, DirectOut developed and adapted new functions and interfaces.

 

The Prodigy tools implement DirectOut’s Audio Solution Model (ASM) philosophy with modular hardware components, powerful DSP, and customisable control. ASM comprises five layers: modular hardware, device functions tailored to specific applications (skins), control protocols, software, GUI and AI, and add-ons consisting of hardware and software enhancements from other manufacturers. With the project for NEP Germany and Dyn, DirectOut ventured into fresh territory and scale, gaining many new insights and know-how regarding workflows, software, and the further development of its solutions.

 

“In our conceptual approach, the decision to use the Prodigy series was made due to its alignment with our requirements: integrating several decentralised mixing consoles with freely configurable DSP functions within an ST 2110 audio network; configuring and controlling all existing audio devices from multiple workstations using common software”, explains Michael Lindermeir, Head of Audio at NEP Germany GmbH. “The fact that several of the currently available control protocols are integrated into the Prodigy devices also contributed to achieving all our workflow goals. Simultaneously, we were able to independently develop and programme the standalone advancement of the cross-manufacturer control of all devices in the installation.”

 

The heart of the installation is a central hub at NEP in Munich with a central equipment room, two control rooms, and the Network Operations Center (NOC). The other part of the technology is located at Dyn in Cologne, with four control rooms and commentator positions. The integration of the venues is achieved via an MPLS connection from Riedel to Munich and Cologne. Dyn in Cologne has access to all resources in Munich and can remotely control them. Technicians and editors can also access the technology in the Venue Kits.

 

A total of 33 Prodigy units are integrated into the project to handle the audio signals. In each of the six Venue Kits, two Prodigy.MP and two Prodigy.MC are in operation. In Munich, there are seven Prodigy.MP and one Prodigy.MX, and in Cologne, one Prodigy.MP is in use. These devices act as audio crosspoints for the streams and as gateways between the networks, realising the complete audio workflow, including I/O, processing, and audio mixing. The Prodigy units handle the audio signals to and from the venues, the intercom signals, and the commentator audio.

 

The entire Dyn infrastructure of NEP Germany is based on SMPTE ST 2110 and relies heavily on the automation of production workflows. The AutoMix function of the Prodigys allows engineers to call up various Automixes depending on the sport. The globcon control software enables the configuration of the Prodigy units while the production teams work with the HControl.16 hardware controllers developed explicitly for this project.

 

Switching in the Prodigys is also possible via Stream Deck units at the workstations. The audio supervisor can monitor several games from one workstation. The finished PGM audio signals follow the PGM video signals. From the Venue Kit to the PCRs and the audio workstations, the audio streams are discretely routed. NEP’s control system, TFC, manages the workflow. Any production can be driven from any workstation in Cologne or Munich.

 

Since the complete installation is based on ST 2110, the audio signals from the venues are converted into ST 2110-30/AES 67 streams via Ravenna cards in the Prodigy.MPs on site. The Ravenna modules in all Prodigys have sufficient buffer to compensate for fluctuations in the WAN and transport thirty audio signals overall between the venue and Munich.

 

Mirror Mode with a second Prodigy also ensures sufficient redundancy. Another safety tool is the Input Manager of the Prodigy.MX, which automatically switches to a backup signal upon receiving a stream without audio content. With Dyn Media’s remote production infrastructure, all companies involved have ventured into new paths and workflows.

 

(Photos: Broadcast Solutions)

 

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Marine grade Coda Audio systems chosen for indoor and outdoor applications at high-altitude Alpine venues

In recent years many French Alpine winter sports resorts have seen conspicuous development of both indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces at clubs, restaurants and bars. As well as customary background music, venues have moved to staging live music performances and DJ sets to broaden their customer offer.

 

Whilst the venues are configured in all shapes and sizes, one vital requirement they share is for high-performance audio systems, capable of delivering professional sound as well as withstanding the extreme weather conditions found in the high mountains. Coda Audio systems have proven to be a popular choice, according to Coda Audio France President Phillipe Pelmelle.

 

“We were approached independently by a couple of contacts in the hospitality sector in the region who were looking create new systems or upgrade their existing provision”, says Pelmelle. “With the help of our technical team, we were able to make Coda Audio recommendations that would exactly fit their audio requirements.”

 

They also recommended specialist integrators who had experience both in using Coda Audio systems to maximum effect, and understanding the challenges presented by the mountain locations. NG Pro of Grenoble, Module Me of Brignoles, and Fred Métral of Bourg St Maurice were all called upon for their expertise.

 

“As soon as the first couple of installs had been completed, we received more enquires, and, if you’ll forgive the pun, it ‘snowballed’ from there”, adds Pelmelle. “Two initial installs quickly became seven, with more to come. Naturally we are delighted to see so many venues putting their faith in our products.”

 

The resort of Tignes has seen three new Coda Audio systems installed at Le Bollin, Le Strike and Le Panoramic - the latter being the world’s highest Michelin-starred restaurant at 3032 m. Other systems can be found at La Baraque in Val d’Isère,  Pub O’ Chaud in Les Arcs, La Bergerie in La Plagne, and Le Face Ouest in Val Thorens.

 

A wide variety of loudspeakers from across Coda Audio’s range were deployed for inside and outside spaces. Coda’s Marine Grade (MG1) finish ensured that no audio compromise was necessary for the outdoor areas. The Hops (high output point source) range was particularly favoured in the designs, from Hops5 through Hops8 to Hops12.

 

New venue Le Bollin in Tignes sits at the summit of the Bollin chairlift at an altitude of 2214 m. A Coda Audio system encompasses its bistro and outdoor terrace, which is regularly exposed to high winds and driving snow. “We chose the marine grade Coda Audio products for the outside because they are specially designed to work in difficult conditions”, says Gérald Mastromattéo of installers NG Pro. “The terrace enjoys a combination Hops12i MG1 and Hops8i MG1 with SCP MG1 subs. Inside, the bistro has a combination of Hops5 and U12 subs.”

 

(Photos: James Cumpsty/Coda Audio)

 

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All Pro chooses Elation for auditorium transformation at Pensacola Christian College

Pensacola Christian College (PCC) is celebrating its 50th year of service in the Florida panhandle. The 3,500-seat Dale Horton Auditorium, a multifunctional space with large lower bowl and upper balcony, is used for theatrical performances and other special events. The venue’s existing lighting, dating back to the building’s construction in 1986, lacked dynamic capabilities and was in need of modernization. All Pro Integrated Systems collaborated closely with PCC to address specific challenges within the venue and provide a modern, dynamic lighting solution.

 

As an initial step, All Pro conducted a thorough assessment of the space, employing a 3D cloud of data points to capture angles, floor rake, and other essential details. All Pro then created a full pre-visualization presentation in the Capture lighting design software to showcase the proposed lighting system. Elation rep firm Freed Sales subsequently provided a large number of fixtures onsite for demo and shootout purposes, which All Pro closely scrutinized together with the PCC team. One of the key fixtures looked at was the KL Profile FC ellipsoidal, which was subsequently chosen.

 

Another light in Elation’s KL series, the KL Par FC, was selected to replace white light Par fixtures above the audience in the venue’s lower bowl. Tucked into existing cavities in the ceiling to shine directly down on the lower seating area, the KL Par color changers have turned the lower bowl into an immersive space. “The whole area now feels like one space”, says Justin Schwartz, design engineer at All Pro, noting that the college also plans to use the dynamic color system for other purposes like at summer camp where kids are divided up based on team color.

 

Dale Horton Auditorium includes several over-stage electrics, along with two downstage catwalks, all previously full of traditional lighting with no possibility for dynamic color changes or effect looks. Now, KL Par FC, Artiste Monet LED profile moving heads and Paladin Panel moving panel wash and effects lights populate the overhead trusses, with KL Profile FC working from the downstage truss. New lighting positions were added in the form of a side stage ladder system along with new lights at hard-to-access tormentor positions, both equipped with KL Profile FCs.

 

Populating the downstage truss, a midstage batten and the first catwalk are Fuze Wash 500 full color LED Fresnel moving heads. Additional to the overhead rig and first catwalk are Prisma Wash 100 and Prisma Wash 25 UV wash lights from Magmatic effects, which, Schwartz says, will prove useful as the venue plans to incorporate more blacklight/UV glow into their events.

 

The top priority for the venue was to replace outdated lighting but there was also a need for new lighting positions for specific fixtures to achieve better angles on the stage. Schwartz elaborates, “Due to the steep angle from the first catwalk to the stage thrust, they consistently faced issues with face shadowing. A solution was found in a balcony-based lighting system of LED moving heads, which gives better angles for the stage”. The kinetic system allows for the addition of fixtures as needed, with the entire system brought down for maintenance. The moving heads, all in white housings to match the ceiling, are linked to a followspot system, enabling full auto tracking of performers on stage.

 

Commissioning of the project took place in early November, with over 225 fixtures from Elation integrated into the space: 91 x KL Profile FC, 84 x KL Par FC, 16 x Fuze Wash 500, 12 x Paladin Panel, 8 x Artiste Monet, 8 x Prisma Wash 100, and 8 x Prisma Wash 25. All Pro trained PCC personnel on the new system and will continue to maintain the system and assist whenever needed.

 

(Photo: All Pro Integrated Systems/Elation/Pensacola Christian College)

 

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Helsinki Music Centre makes first investment in Robert Juliat Arthur LT followspots

The Helsinki Music Center (Musiikkitalo Helsinki) in Finland has just invested in its first Robert Juliat followspots - four long-throw 800 W LED Arthur LT - for its main concert hall. The followspots were sourced through Intersonic, Robert Juliat’s distributor for Finland.

 

Valo Virtanen, the venue’s Head of Light, says he had spent a long time comparing followspots and, as soon as he saw it, requested the new 800 W LED Robert Juliat spot for testing from Intersonic. “We made some serious tests together with sound engineers and camera teams; our second Head of Light, Tuukka Aimasmäki, made a DMX profile for our lighting console and took light quality measurements”, explains Virtanen. “The tests went very well so we ordered the spots.”

 

Musiikkitalo’s audience is seated in-the-round, so 360° coverage is needed. The four Arthurs are therefore positioned evenly around the lighting gallery that surrounds hall high above audience. “We also bought tripods as a safety measure but installed the Arthurs on the gallery’s rail pipes with followspot rail mount adapters to get a bit better coverage in the tight locations”, says Virtanen.

 

The throw distances vary from 20 m to 50 m. The Arthurs are being used in Silent mode, “which reduces the brightness by about twenty percent, but they are still absolutely bright enough”, as Virtanen puts it. Telrad Reflex Sight Finders were also purchased for each Arthur LT.

 

The first production for the new Arthur LTs was the Aurora Orchestra’s opera “The Rite of Spring” lit by television lighting designer David Bishop and broadcast live using eighteen television cameras. Classical television broadcasts with a variety of soloists from Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Baroq Orchestra, followed along with pop concerts from artists like Pandora, Samuli Edelmann and Rajaton, and galas from the RSO Christmas special to many special themed concerts by Vantaa Pops.

 

(Photos: Helsinki Music Center/Tuukka Aimasmäki/Arno de la Chapelle/Leif Vare)

 

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Estonia’s first Genelec Smart IP loudspeaker system installed at “Chin Chin” wine bar

Estonia’s first Genelec Smart IP loudspeaker system installed at “Chin Chin” wine bar

To complement the wine list and accompanying menu of gourmet snacks, the “Chin Chin” in Tallinn adds to the atmosphere with a Smart IP loudspeaker solution from Genelec. Estonian audio-visual integrators Progear OÜ designed, supplied and installed the system, with the help of local Genelec distributor Msonic Baltic. The solution comprises ten Genelec 4430 Smart IP loudspeakers.

 

This project marks the first time that a Genelec Smart IP solution has touched ground in Estonia. According to Karl-Erik Sepp, sound installation project manager at Progear, one of the reasons to choose Genelec loudspeakers was that they offer built-in DSP and Dante compatibility. “The 4430 uses one network cable, through which it receives power, audio and the possibility to control each speaker remotely”, adds Sepp. The 4430 will also be used for the curated DJ nights that “Chin Chin” hosts at the weekend.

 

“Chin Chin” also hosts wine classes which take place in a separated area of the bar that can also be hired out for small meetings and events. This space can be separated from the rest of the sound system for classes to be carried out uninterrupted. “In the small events space we installed two 4430 loudspeakers, as well as a Barco ClickShare CX-30 wireless image transfer device to make the wireless transfer of pictures and sound as seamless as possible,” explains Sepp. “The remaining loudspeakers form a distributed audio system across the bar and seating areas to provide consistent, even coverage throughout the venue.”

 

“In addition to the loudspeakers, at the heart of the system there is also a Yamaha MTX5-D processor, which controls the entire audio solution,” he continues. “Access to simple functionality is provided through wall panels and automation. To handle speech requirements there’s a Shure BLX24RE/SM58 wireless vocal microphone that automatically turns off the background music when in use and restores it after the mic is finished with - and the same automation was also created for the DJ input via the Yamaha MG10XUF mixing desk, which is also connected to the Dante network.”

 

“This gives ‘Chin Chin’ the opportunity to place the performer almost anywhere in the venue where a network connection has been established, which gives them complete flexibility,” he concludes. “We built the audio solution around the mixing desk, Dante converter and cable rack so that all the necessary components would be together in one place and could be stored neatly out of sight when not in use.”

 

(Photos: Genelec/Chin Chin)

 

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Stadttheater Klagenfurt upgrades with Klang’s immersive in-ear monitor mixing

Stadttheater Klagenfurt - the municipal theatre of Klagenfurt, Austria, with a seating capacity of 716 - hosts over 200 performances each season and is home to the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra. Offering a diverse performance programme, including theatre productions, grand opera, operetta, and a wide musical repertoire, the Stadttheater recently integrated Klang:Technologies’ immersive in-ear monitoring alongside its DiGiCo Quantum 7T mixing console.

 

Manuel Bundschuh, the theatre’s Head of Audio, highlights that the decision to adopt the Klang system was an important part of an upgrade to their existing personal monitoring system. After choosing to implement Klang’s immersive IEM mixing platform at the theatre, the team enlisted the services of Signal, an Austrian provider of lighting and sound equipment, which supplied one Klang:Vokal immersive IEM processor and ten Klang:Kontroller units to deliver control of Groups, Channels, and Immersive mixing.

 

(Photos: DiGiCo/Klang:Technologies)

 

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