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BRIT School Partners with Britannia Row Productions for Brit Awards Student Programme
UK – This year, for the first time, Britannia Row Productions offered a work placement to a Year 13 Production Arts student from the BRIT School. Ethan Wells (pictured) joined the audio crew to gain hands-on experience of the prestigious event.
As a long-time rental supplier to the BRIT Awards, Brit Row agreed to select and include a student within their crew, resulting in a fully immersive end to end experience of a high-pressure technical delivery.
Celebrating its 40th year in February, the 2020 BRIT Awards once again hosted the best in British and international pop music, with a series of live performances from the likes of Stormzy, Billie Eilish and Dave, broadcast live to home viewers and also enjoyed by audiences in the venue.
Deploying what was undoubtedly the most complex audio system in over 20 years of partnership, including a dual L-Acoustics PA system with a 3D spatial audio solution with Out Board’s TiMax, Brit Row was also keen to evolve further and support the BRIT School’s emerging talent.
To select a student entering into the professional audio industry, Brit Row directors Nicola Amoruso and Lez Dwight conducted the interviews personally and selected Ethan first-hand. A fully engaging placement – from the very first stages of equipment prep through show prep, configuration, load in and rehearsals – Ethan was also able to take on an assisting role within the crew on show day. Afterwards, the de-rigging and warehouse return operation ensued.
Following the two-week placement, Ethan, who is in the final months of a two-year UAL Level-3 diploma in Production Arts at the BRIT School stated: “I learnt a lot about teamwork and how a professional team works efficiently under pressure. I also learnt about the actual process of putting the show together, such as making the racks to a diagram and patching different units together. The experience helped me learn what it’s like to be a crew member on a large-scale show, and this has become very interesting to me.”
Brit Row warehouse manager Marcel van Limbeek noted: “Ethan interacted well with the rest of the in-house team and was keen to learn the ropes. He fit into the preproduction phase of the project very nicely.”
On site, Ethan worked closely with Josh Lloyd, Brit Row system designer and audio crew chief Steve Donovan. Josh said: “Ethan worked well on site and was mindful of using with high end, expensive equipment. He was very helpful and represented a high standard of talent coming out of the BRIT School.”
Martin Locket, Trustee at the BRIT School, commented: “Myself and fellow Trustee Maggie Crowe OBE from the BPI, are grateful to Brit Row for their on-going support towards the school and for providing this placement. We have just celebrated ten years of the show’s lighting supplier providing a placement on the BRIT Awards and it is a fantastic development to now have the audio crew represented with a BRIT School presence too. We had over 500 of our students involved in this year’s BRIT Awards, from singers, dancers and performers to production crew. This has been a valuable experience for Ethan and thoroughly worthwhile for all involved.”
Brit Row director, Lez Dwight added: “Ethan was a great fit with our team and we hope he got a lot out of the experience. He was always punctual during the prep and de-prep phases and worked well with our warehouse staff. When I saw Ethan at the main show itself, he seemed composed with a smile on his face; I read this as confirmation that Brit Row and Ethan had accomplished everything we had set out to when creating the placement.”
Working with a range of people, from Britannia Row warehouse staff to world class sound engineers, Ethan is now positive that his experience has forged great connections for future work, but before then, more studies beckon.
In conclusion, he explained: “I will hopefully be attending the Royal Welsh School of Music and Drama to study lighting, sound and stage management. I feel that the experience with Brit Row has given me a wider understanding of the industry, and I now feel more prepared and confident in professional, live show environments.”
27th March 2020
TiMax ‘One-on-One for One’ Workflow Training
By popular demand UK TiMax developer, Out Board, has announced a spring season of ‘One-on-One for One’ online training sessions with TiMax specialists in the UK and USA. Anybody interested in developing their leading-edge skills in the rapidly growing use of TiMax immersive audio, spatial mixing and show control may well want to check this out.
Sessions are open to all sound designers, sound engineers and production sound techs worldwide on a first-come, first-served basis. Simply register to download TiMax SoundHub software (Mac or Windows) from outboard.co.uk and enter “1on1” into the About You section. Alternatively, contact Out Board direct on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out Board will respond with an invitation to select an available time and date for a personal, one-on-one, one-hour Skype screen-share training session, with Dave Haydon or Robin Whittaker in the UK (GMT) or Duncan Crundwell in the USA (EST).
The session will cover standard TiMax dsp functions of mixer, matrix, EQ, delay, source/zone groups and snapshots, as well as advanced task-based spatial rendering and immersive show control programming tools in the uniquely integrated TiMax PanSpace and cue-driven TimeLine workflows.
The session will also introduce the new TiMax TrackerD4 precision stage tracking interface which controls TiMax SoundHub via OSC. There will also be a look at programming touchscreen OSC control of levels, cue/snapshot recall and spatialisation processes on generic tablet apps such as TouchOSC and Lemur.
24th March 2020
Martin Audio plans weekly webinars
Martin Audio has unveiled a series of weekly webinars aimed at helping technicians stay up to date with the latest technology during this unprecedented time for the industry. The live webinar series will begin on Wednesday 1st April with all sessions remaining available on the Martin Audio website.
The live webinars will begin with Low Frequency System Design, presented by Simon Purse and will be followed by sessions on Display 2.3, EASE Focus and WPS Optimised Line Arrays. In addition to these initial sessions, the company will be adding a variety of topics over the coming weeks, covering Martin Audio’s products and software, as well as more general pro audio topics.
In addition to this, in the coming months Martin Audio will also be hiring freelance industry professionals as guest speakers to share their experience and expertise.
“These are unprecedented times for the pro audio industry, and we want to play our role in helping industry professionals to stay active and connected,” says Dom Harter, managing director at Martin Audio. “We hope that through some live online training we can help people to interact with their friends and colleagues while also learning something new. In these challenging times we all need to be supporting the AV industry and the thousands of hard working people that help make it great and that will continue to make it so, long after this difficult period comes to an end.”
The schedule for the weekly sessions is still at an early stage, and Martin Audio would like to hear suggestions from the industry for subjects it could cover. If you have any suggestions, please get in touch.
To learn more about the upcoming webinars and to register for them, visit: https://martin-audio.com/training
24th March 2020
Obsidian Control Systems to offer free weekly online training classes
Obsidian Control Systems is deeply concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and is dedicated to supporting the entertainment industry. In order to provide valuable educational resources during this challenging time, Obsidian will offer free weekly training sessions covering the ONYX control platform and new NETRON data distribution range. These classes will be hosted online and are available globally for anyone interested in learning more about Obsidian’s advanced yet intuitive lighting control products.
Starting the week of 23rd March, the following classes will be offered weekly at no cost:
Tuesdays: Introduction to NETRON – 2 hours (first class 24 March)
Learn about the product options in the NETRON data distribution range, display navigation and get a full training on all features available in the remote web interface.
Wednesdays: ONYX 101 – 3 hours (first class 25 March)
Learn the basics of the ONYX platform from patching to fixture control to writing basic cues and effects.
Thursdays: ONYX Advanced – 3 hours (first class 26March )
Every week a different range of topics will be discussed in an open forum that encourages user interaction and questions. Topics will include navigating the new DYLOS pixel engine to the building of cue and playback structures, as well as FX creation. We will discuss the ONYX workspace environment in depth along with any other topics users are interested in addressing.
For more details and registration, please visit the Obsidian Control training webpage:
ONYX is a powerful yet easy-to-use lighting control platform designed for both hardware consoles and PC systems. ONYX software fully integrates Obsidian’s artistic DYLOS pixel composer and is available for free download for use up to four Universes from obsidiancontrol.com. In combination with the Capture lighting design software presentation file for ONYX, this is an ideal opportunity to learn ONYX from the comfort of your own home.
18th March 2020
Powersoft Announces Extra e-Training Courses
Worldwide – Powersoft, the Italian manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, has announced it has ramped up its investment and capacity to deliver online training courses worldwide, in a bid to mitigate the increasing difficulties in organising face-to-face meetings and group sessions due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions.
Starting on Tuesday, 17th March, Powersoft will provide more e-learning content and offer extensive distance learning tools to customers and users alike. Building on the success of its existing e-learning and e-training courses, each course will be conducted by Powersoft trainers and application engineers.
These one hour long interactive sessions are free of charge and can be joined by customers and users around the world who want to increase their knowledge and capabilities of Powersoft products and software.
All training sessions will be divided by regions (APAC, EMEA, CALA and NA), available in Spanish and English language, and will be hosted by Powersoft’s experienced application engineers: Davide Quarto and Thiago Terra for the EMEA region, Raymond Tee for APAC, Thiago Terra for CALA and Rick Woida for North America.
Attendees will have the opportunity to choose between two different days for each session, while each session will be available three times a day, in order to cover all the times zones around the world.
Tuesday 17th March | ArmoníaPlus 1.4 introduction( ENG)
Tuesday 17th March | ArmoníaPlus 1.4 introduction( ESP)
Thursday 19th March | ArmoníaPlus 1.4 introduction ( ENG)
Thursday 19th March | ArmoníaPlus 1.4 introduction( ESP)
Tuesday 24th March | Powersharing / T Series ( ENG)
Tuesday 24th March | Powersharing / T Series ( ESP)
Thursday 26th March | Powersharing / T Series ( ENG)
Thursday 26th March | Powersharing / T Series ( ESP)
Tuesday 31st March | Mezzo / Auto setup ( ENG)
Tuesday 31st March | Mezzo / Auto setup ( ESP)
Thursday 2nd April | Mezzo / Auto setup ( ENG)
Thursday 2nd April | Mezzo / Auto setup ( ESP)
Powersoft’s business development manager Marc Kocks said: “In these challenging times, we wanted to make sure that our clients and users receive the same level of professionalism and support from us. We have put a number of measures in place, from production to after sale services, and while we are already offering online training on a regular basis, we decided to further increase and generalise their adoption.”
For more information on these sessions, please email email@example.com
17th March 2020
New Sennheiser Sound Academy Trainings across UK
UK – Sennheiser Sound Academy training courses are now available online for the first half of 2020. Run by Sennheiser’s Andrew Lillywhite and Joe Mahoney from the renowned customer development and application engineer (CDAE) team, the courses are designed for RF technicians, AV integrators and technicians, sound engineers, designers or consultants, live event professionals, equipment resellers and apprentices, who want to further their understanding of the specific area of each course.
A wide variety of courses are now available including Wireless Mics Monitoring Essentials, held at Sennheiser UK offices in Marlow as well as at Arnolfini in Bristol, RF Best Practice for Production and Touring course in London, Wireless Audio for AV Integrators held in Marlow and London, Audio For Meeting Rooms and Conferencing taking place in London and Scotland and, finally, Wireless Mics & Monitoring: The Master Class held in Marlow.
Wireless Mics Monitoring Essentials is for new and existing users of wireless microphones and in-ear monitor systems who wish to further their understanding of the area for the benefit of their career. It will provide the skills and confidence to operate multichannel wireless systems, covering acoustics and electrotechnology, wireless mics and monitoring, antenna technology, microphone technology, frequency management and wireless monitoring.
RF Best Practice for Production and Touring is a hands-on training day for rental companies and sound engineers looking to make their productions more professional, reliable and RF efficient. The course will cover topics such as Practices when planning RF, Preparing for the 2020 clearance of the 700 MHz band, Antenna distribution and wiring options, Avoiding loss through cable and addressing interference issues.
Wireless Audio for AV Integrators is a practical day of training for audio/visual integrators, focusing on Sennheiser's wireless audio portfolio, including UHF and digital wireless mics, antenna setup, streaming audio solutions and more.
Audio for Meeting Rooms & Conferencing is a detailed and practical day of training and product familiarisation on Sennheiser's audio for meeting rooms portfolio, targeted at business and education campus AV teams and system architects.
Wireless Mics & Monitoring: The Master Class course is designed for existing users of wireless microphones and in ear monitoring systems who have already completed the Basic Wireless Mics and Monitoring Course. This intensive two-day course is based at our Marlow Headquarters and consists of one full day of theoretical tutored eLearning and one full day of practical workshops. Due to the practical nature of the workshops this course is restricted to a maximum of eight participants.
Each course offers a combination of classroom training, which includes hands-on practical modules and eLearning.
The majority are free trainings. Registered members of the of the Association of Sound Designers (ASD), Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS), Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), Guild of TV Camera Professionals (GTC), Learning & Teaching Spaces Managers Group (LTSMG), Production Services Association (PSA) and PLASA all get 50% discount on the paid-for courses. Sennheiser also offers a 20% discount for those aged under 24 years.
27th February 2020
PLASA announces new training events
UK – PLASA, the lead association for the entertainment technology industry, has announced a new series of professional development training events for 2020. PLASA’s training events have been developed in line with the current business climate and aim to deliver industry specific skills and knowledge.
The first event of the season looks at upcoming employment law updates, taking place at ETC’s premises in London on 25 March. HR professional Nicky Gleadow will ensure delegates are aware of their obligations and that their businesses are compliant with the legislation changes which will be in place from April.
Nicky Gleadow will also present a workshop on mental health and diversity for employers at Shure’s premises in London on 16 April. This session will help employers understand how to promote good mental health in the workplace and ensure employees are not subject to discrimination.
Later in the season, James Eade will present the IET code of practice on in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment on 2 July at PSAV’s premises in Uxbridge. Delegates will learn the fundamental requirements of PAT testing and how to put them into practice.
Also to come is a workshop looking at CDM applied to live events, led by production manager and chartered safety practitioner Tom Goode. The date and location will be confirmed shortly.
Further information about PLASA’s training events can be found at www.plasa.org/events
25th February 2020
L-Acoustics rolls out L-ISA Auditoria globally
Worldwide – Recognising that L-ISA technology is in ever-increasing demand, L-Acoustics is rolling out L-ISA Auditoria in strategic locations around the globe. Now, demonstrations, training or mixing sessions of L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology can be accessed in dozens of locations in L-ISA Auditoria designed to stringent L-Acoustics specifications.
“To support the development of L-ISA technology in the professional audio market, we have developed pre-determined systems for either mobile or permanent L-ISA Auditoria which can be deployed to support existing partners, artists and potential clients,” explains Cédric Montrézor, executive director of applications at L-Acoustics. “The network of L-ISA Auditoria around the globe is designed to exacting standards to guarantee the natural, intimate spatialised experience of L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.”
Two versions of the packages are available: a frontal system that delivers the resolution required for optimised source localisation, immersive effect and the width required for an effective demonstration of reverb and the same configuration plus complementary overheads which enhance the immersive experience and demonstrate the 3D capabilities for direct sound and room engine.
“Over the past 12 months, we have trained 160 high-profile sound designers and mixing engineers in over 25 seminars, which is over 75 days of training in total,” adds Etienne Corteel, L-Acoustics director of scientific outreach and education. “Rolling out additional facilities allows our partners to organise training seminars at their own locations with an L-Acoustics certified trainer and represents an important next step in making L-ISA training available to a wider audience of professionals.”
To date, in addition to the facilities already in place in L-Acoustics head office in Marcoussis, France, its L-ISA headquarters in London’s Highgate, Delta Live in Surrey and L-Acoustics’ US office in Westlake, California, 15 L-ISA Auditoria have been completed. These are situated at Certified Providers Sonoruss in Moscow, Matrix in Denmark, Finland’s Audico, Seoul’s Klausys, Pro Music in Prague, Germany’s Babbel & Haeger, Groh-PA and Wilhelm & Willhalm, LMG in Orlando and New York’s See Factor, and with China’s Rightway in Taipei, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.
The auditoria serve as demonstration venues, training sites and are also available as a place to prepare mixes for future projects. DeltaLive!, which has delivered a fully immersive experience for three years in Thailand’s Wonderfruit festival, has served as pre-production headquarters for electronic artists to prepare their immersive mix for the festival.
11th February 2020
EXE Technology Holds its First Ever Training in Germany
Germany – History was made on 22 and 23 January when The Area Four Industries Direct Germany office organised the first ever EXE Technology training session in Germany. Training was held in Emsdetten and was led by sales and marketing manager Carsten Pfeiffer (Area Four Industries Direct Germany) and EXE Technology automation manager Gianluca Ferrari.
To kick off the training, Pfeiffer and Ferrari provided the ten attendees with a complete overview of EXE Technology’s range of chain hoists, load cells, controllers, and DSTs (Dynamic Stack Tracks). The training then dove into specific facts and detailed information about models within the EXE Rise and Vario chain hoist ranges, which included classifications, key features and components.
To gain a better understanding of how EXE hoists work, attendees witnessed a complete strip down of the chain hoist and learned about its operation from the inside out. After the mechanical heart of the hoist was put back together, a complete overview of the inspection process (DoV, CE, etc) was covered to help ensure the safety and long-term reliability of the hoists. An explanation of service log contents was also provided.
During the second day of training, attendees were given the opportunity to practise the inspection procedure and ask additional questions.
With dirty black hands, and big white smiles, attendees left the session with a better understanding of the internal components within EXE chain hoists and how they operate together.
Between the first and second days of the training session, trainers and attendees travelled to a nearby restaurant for a filling German meal and refreshing drinks.
Attending companies included TDA Rental GmbH, Rigging Service GmbH, Satis&fy AG, Groh-P.A. Veranstaltungstechnik e. K., LITECOM GmbH, Stagebox Rigging Service and Lockschuppen Event GmbH.
6th February 2020
Sonosphere offering two new training dates on Ambisonics Workflow for Immersive Content Production
UK – Sonosphere has announced two new courses taking place on 4 February and 21 April in Marlow and Knowsley respectively. Aimed at sound professionals from both the film and music worlds, as well as music producers, audio engineers and immersive content creators, Ambisonics Workflow training will provide a hands-on, practical understanding of the immersive content production, from capture to delivery.
As the world of immersive audio continues to develop, there is a greater need for audio professionals to become competent in understanding and applying the principles behind the latest advances in immersive audio workflows. Sonosphere’s award-winning trainers will bridge the knowledge gap utilising their expertise, state-of-the-art hardware and software from industry leading providers such as Sennheiser, Sound Devices, and Dear Reality.
The day’s agenda includes an introduction to Ambisonics Workflow as well as an in-depth overview of the hardware used in capturing, followed by practical location recording session and discussion around Ambisonics essentials. The second half of the day will see participants looking at spatialisation and mixing workflow, after which a practical session on 360 post-production will be held. The end of the day will see the group navigating through the depths of Ambisonics Advanced, finishing off with the last practical session focusing on mastering and uploading.
Upon completion of the course, all participants will receive a certificate confirming their understanding and ability of applying the principles of Ambisonics workflow for immersive content production.
As an additional benefit, all attendees on the course will receive an offer for 50% discount on the Dear VR ambisonics bundle containing dearVR PRO, dearVR Spatial connect and dearVR AMBI MICRO, with a potential saving of over £350. Participants can also make use of the special offer from Pink Noise for a MixPre-6 and AMBEO VR mic at a 10% off their web price for £1845 inc-VAT, with a saving of £205.