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Cutting-edge AV integration in the Cotswolds at Daylesford

17/07/2024

The UK’s Most Popular Radio Stations Moves to PMC Equipped Studios

16/07/2024

Half Moon upgrades with Martin Audio FlexPoint

16/07/2024

New Road stays at the top of its game with Renkus-Heinz’s UBX Series

11/07/2024

Brompton Technology fuels Distortion Studios’ LED set-up across film, TV and commercial projects

11/07/2024

New Lío Mallorca lights up with GLP

10/07/2024

3LR casts a new light on the Royal Irish Academy of Music

10/07/2024

Royal Theater Carré is illuminated by ANOLIS

09/07/2024

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09/07/2024

Mercury Prize Winning Roni Size Chooses PMC BB6 XBD-A Monitors for His Private Studio

09/07/2024

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09/07/2024

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09/07/2024

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08/07/2024

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05/07/2024

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05/07/2024

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04/07/2024

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04/07/2024

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03/07/2024

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02/07/2024

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02/07/2024

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27/06/2024

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27/06/2024

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27/06/2024

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27/06/2024

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25/06/2024

Cutting-edge AV integration in the Cotswolds at Daylesford

Cutting-edge AV integration in the Cotswolds at Daylesford
Cutting-edge AV integration in the Cotswolds at Daylesford

UK – Nestled in the picturesque Cotswolds, Daylesford Organic Farm stands as a beacon of organic living, offering a holistic experience that combines agriculture, wellness and exquisite dining. Founded by Carole Bamford, Daylesford Farm is home to the flagship Daylesford Organic Farm Shop, Bamford Wellness Spa, The Club by Bamford, Bamford Barn and Daylesford Stays, which includes holiday cottages and Carole Bamford’s modern British inns with rooms, The Wild Rabbit, The Fox in Oddington and The Bell in Charlbury. Tateside, a London-based audio-visual systems integrator, collaborated on the project through the integration of high-quality AV solutions throughout the estate.

"We started working with Daylesford Organic around eight years ago, with our initial involvement in supplying and installing background audio in the brand’s London farm shops,” reflects Ben Landi, project manager at Tateside. “Over the years, we’ve gradually expanded our role to cover the technology integration across the entire collection, including the pubs, the Club by Bamford and Heritage House, their new event space."

The project encompassed the integration of AV solutions into various spaces across the farm, each with its distinct requirements and challenges. The overall scope involved a meticulous year-long planning process, culminating in the seamless integration of audio-visual systems to complement Daylesford's overall attention to detail and design-led aesthetic. Therefore, close collaboration with the in-house architectural team was required.

“We began working with Tateside at an early stage of the design process, enabling us to fully integrate their experience and AV design suggestions before we got to the site,” explains Jonathon Phillips, architectural designer at Daylesford Organic. “The Tateside team were always responsive and flexible to the required design changes as the AV brief evolved.”

Heritage House, an event space and ceremony hall, was a key focus of the project for the Tateside team. Overlooking scenic views of the seemingly endless Cotswold countryside, this multi-functional space required a versatile and easy-to-use AV system to accommodate various events, from intimate occasions to grand celebrations.

“Heritage House is a unique space created with extraordinary events in mind,” continues Landi. “It has three versatile and dynamic spaces with views over the Market Garden and countryside beyond, and the interior is based around neutral colours and minimalist styles. The architects were extremely detailed and there was a real emphasis on a discreet aesthetic, so they didn’t want to see loudspeakers everywhere. From an audio side, this meant spreading out smaller loudspeakers strategically to maintain coverage without distracting from the overall look of the space. Usability was another key aim; they wanted the system to be easy for anyone to use without any technical expertise."

The audio system employed Martin Audio CDD5 loudspeakers and SX112 compact subwoofers throughout the interior, seamlessly integrated with a Bose backend using PowerMatch amplifiers. In the central section, seven DJ input plates were strategically placed, allowing DJs to set up in any room or even outdoors on the terrace. On the terrace itself, multiple pairs of Bowers & Wilkins weather-proof AM1 loudspeakers were deployed.

In addition, a 146-inch 2K Samsung ‘The Wall’ LED display provides a multi-purpose visual element for presentations, live sports, movies and cinema screenings. “The LED wall was a strategic choice to provide a ‘wow-factor’ visual focal point,” notes Landi. “The display is controlled via a Blustream app on an iPad, offering versatility for different events. Anyone can choose content and send it directly to the video wall. Throughout all of Daylesford, the input and volume plates are the same to keep a consistent user experience.” The Heritage House AV system is fully networked, using Dante audio over IP. A BrightSign XT244 video engine handles the visual content, whilst Blustream provides switching and signal management.

“Tateside worked seamlessly with our architects and IT team to investigate the best solution to our requirements,” states Bill Burles, IT manager at Daylesford Organic. “Without Tateside organising for us to visit Samsung HQ to view the products, we would have likely chosen a lesser option. Now, we’ve ended up with a stunning solution that everyone has complimented us on.”

Tateside’s expertise was also required at The Club by Bamford. An exclusive private members’ wellness club, they sought a combination of audio solutions, including Bose in-ceiling loudspeakers, white Martin Audio loudspeakers on the gym walls, and multiple pairs of loudspeakers from the Sonance Extreme weather-proof range for background audio in the humid pool area. A pair of Bower & Wilkins outdoor loudspeakers rounded out the system, designed to elevate the wellness experience without compromising the peaceful ambience of the space.

“The Club by Bamford combines a variety of different spaces from the gym and spa to members’ communal areas that they can relax in,” continues Landi. “It required a combination of indoor and outdoor solutions, ensuring members could enjoy high-quality audio throughout, whether background audio or workout soundtracks in the gym zone."

Tateside also supported on the Daylesford Stays arm of the business, with Bose loudspeakers for background audio integrated at The Wild Rabbit, The Fox in Oddington and The Bell in Charlbury. An analogue cloud-based system employed in the pubs (rather than a networked system) was chosen to ensure reliability. Additionally, the Tateside team collaborated, installing digital signage and background audio to replicate the farm's immersive experience, albeit in an urban setting.

The collaboration between Daylesford Organic and Tateside exemplifies the successful fusion of technology and aesthetics, creating a harmonious audio-visual environment across a variety of spaces, with Tateside's audio-visual solutions playing a crucial role in enhancing the atmosphere and ensuring a seamless user experience. “It’s been a pleasure to work on a beautiful project like this, with great attention to detail,” concludes Landi. “The team at Daylesford were great collaborators and helped ensure the smooth execution of the entire installation.”

photos: Ollie Sharpe

Cutting-edge AV integration in the Cotswolds at DaylesfordCutting-edge AV integration in the Cotswolds at Daylesford

17th July 2024

The UK’s Most Popular Radio Stations Moves to PMC Equipped Studios

The UK’s Most Popular Radio Stations Moves to PMC Equipped Studios
The UK’s Most Popular Radio Stations Moves to PMC Equipped Studios

UK – After 18 years at Wogan House, BBC Radio 2 has moved back into the nearby BBC Broadcasting House, London and is housed in new studios designed by specialist broadcast systems integrator, IPE.

The four new studios form part of Broadcasting House’s Popular Music Hub and this expansion brings the total number of studios in the Hub to ten. They provide facilities for the UK’s most listened to radio stations: Radio 2, Radio 1 and 6 Music.

Ben Relf, senior project engineer at IPE, says: “IPE has a long history of working with the BBC on several technology projects, installing Yalding House Radio 1 studios in 2005 and later installing the original Popular Music Hub studios when Broadcasting House was being built in 2012. At the time, these were fitted with Studer mixing consoles and multiple pairs of PMC TB1S loudspeakers.”

The new facilities are largely based around an audio over IP infrastructure, with DHD audio consoles provided in each studio. These were specified with local audio I/O to cater for periphery items, such as microphones and speakers. PMC6 active two-way monitors matched with a PMC8 Sub were used as the main studio loudspeakers.

The studios are also equipped with radio visualisation facilities, live music performance areas, DJ positions with Pioneer DJ decks and Technics turntables, and an IHSE KVM system to allow operators in pairs of studios to access the necessary PCs and playout servers. Much of the new equipment was supplied by pro audio technology provider HHB, which worked closely with IPE to deliver hardware to meet the project timescales, despite challenging supply conditions in the wider technology market.

Ben Relf says the expansion of the Popular Music Hub was a huge success, despite everyone working to incredibly tight time constraints. “We have received very good feedback from users, who are impressed with the new studio facilities provided,” he says.

PMC’s own history with the BBC dates back 30 years, although the company’s founder and chairman Peter Thomas has an even longer history with the corporation, having joined as an engineer in 1977. He eventually became engineering manager, a role that involved developing new products and providing technical and engineering support for BBC Radio’s music studios.

In the early 1990s, Thomas and PMC’s co-founder Adrian Loader (then working at FWO Bauch), were asked to design a full range loudspeaker capable of handling very high SPLs for live music performances taking place at Maida Vale. The result was the BB (Big Box) series of transmission line prototypes.

“It took five prototypes before the studio was happy,” Thomas says. “By the time we got to the BB5 we had something they really liked and they decided to buy two pairs. However, I couldn’t sell them and remain an employee because it was deemed a conflict of interest, so I left my job and set up PMC with Adrian. That was in 1991 and the BB5 became the industry’s first large active speaker with genuine resolution and accuracy. Their design is still in use in studios globally, with the BB6 Active being the latest evolution of the design in production today.”

Thomas adds that he is proud and delighted that PMC monitoring is being used in the new Radio 2 studios.

“Our professional studio products are world-renowned for their clarity, resolution and neutrality, especially at the low end of the frequency spectrum,” he says. “Our designs really do pass the test of time, the original BB5s that we built are still in use at Maida Vale.”

PMC customers now include concert halls, mastering studios and recording studios such as the world-famous Capitol Studios and Hollywood’s film scoring elite. In Germany, PMC were used for recording classical music for Deutsche Gramophon and Harmonia Mundi, while big name celebrities like Stevie Wonder, Calvin Harris, Elton John and electronic pioneers Kraftwerk choose PMC.

16th July 2024

Half Moon upgrades with Martin Audio FlexPoint

Half Moon upgrades with Martin Audio FlexPoint
Half Moon upgrades with Martin Audio FlexPoint

UK – Although only a small, 220 capacity venue, the Half Moon in Putney has hosted some of the biggest names in show business over the last 60-plus years. It was the venue for U2's first ever sell-out show, the place where Kate Bush first performed publicly, hosted KD Lang's debut and has had the likes of Bo Diddley, The Who and The Rolling Stones gracing its stage.

But its sound system had been installed almost a decade previously and was nearing end of life.

The venue’s head engineer James Beck has been working at the venue all of that time and more. It was when Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason came through back in 2018 carrying Martin Audio’s MLA Mini loudspeaker array that the vast improvement in sound quality arrested his attention.

“I was well aware of the Martin Audio brand and when I heard this I was super-impressed. It had already been in our mind to upgrade, as I’d never been completely happy with the old system and I felt this iconic venue deserved a proper system.” So he started looking seriously at Martin Audio.

“The first thing we bought was four LE200 wedge monitors and that blew everyone away compared with what we had. So then we started talking to Martin Audio about upgrading FOH.”

Enter one of the manufacturer’s partner companies, Solotech. Their project manager Louis Williams was happy specifying the brand knowing that “around 60 percent of our venues” have been equipped with Martin Audio. “We removed an old flare rig and put in a pair of FlexPoint FP15s, left and right of the stage and a pair of SX218 double 18” subs.

“We’re also using FP8 for the sidefill to give the door area a bit more coverage.” A further three more FP8 can be found outside “to give the smokers some nice sound as well”.

The main system is powered by a pair of Martin Audio VIA5002 amplifiers with all signal routing and EQ managed via a dedicated Martin Audio DX4.0 processor.

Williams is convinced that this was the correct specification. “FlexPoint loudspeakers are a perfect match for the venue,” he says. “They are the right size and at a great price point. It’s a massive improvement to what they had before.”

James Beck agrees. “The new system has been like night and day. Bands have noticed the improvement, customers and engineers have been super happy. The headroom in the system, the size of the boxes and clarity are all absolutely amazing.

“With acts starting out, touring acts, and the odd superstar like Ronnie Wood rolling in it was important for us to have a really good sound system. It also needed something that was durable because we have acts seven nights a week. When people come to a venue that’s been going for 60 years, they expect a good time which is why we needed something that would fulfil that, sound wise.

“FlexPoint sounded great straight out of the box, and fulfils all the criteria.”

Half Moon upgrades with Martin Audio FlexPointHalf Moon upgrades with Martin Audio FlexPoint

16th July 2024

New Road stays at the top of its game with Renkus-Heinz’s UBX Series

New Road stays at the top of its game with Renkus-Heinz’s UBX Series
New Road stays at the top of its game with Renkus-Heinz’s UBX Series

UK – The 4,500 capacity New Road cricket ground in Worcestershire has sat upon the banks of the River Severn since 1896. Frequently referred to as one of the world’s most beautiful cricket grounds, the sporting venue is home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club (WCCC), one of 18 first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. The ground recently turned to audio-visual integrators Hadleigh Technical Support (HTS) and distributors CUK Group for a new PA system that could provide clear announcements, music and entertainment across the site. A sound solution from Renkus-Heinz was chosen to keep New Road at the top of its game.

“HTS have a long-standing relationship with Worcestershire Cricket Ground,” begins Mark Bromfield, director of system solution sales at CUK. “The ground needed a new PA system that covered all the seating areas, as well as the bars, food areas, car parks, practice nets and entrance areas. It also had to be installed at a high level due to flooding at the ground, which happens almost every year. They supplied a document from the England and Wales Cricket Board (EBC) for cricket ground specification performance, which offered guidance on how to integrate the system in a way that respected the ground.”

After having site meetings with the end client and HTS, CUK Group set about specifying the correct products to meet not only the ECB but also WCCC’s requirements. “In order to produce EASE plots for every zone,” continues Bromfield, “we referred to architectural drawings of the different areas, which ensured that we achieved even coverage and SPL. We wanted a solution that looked and sounded great, so we chose Renkus-Heinz.”

One of the EBC specifications for cricket ground performance was redundancy and WCCC wanted to have control of each zone independently depending on the requirements of the event. This led to HTS installing a total of 94 loudspeakers across the cricket ground, comprising 51 Renkus-Heinz UBX4s, 20 UBX8s, eight Audac HS208T and 15 Audac WX502O to power 31 separate zones.

“Renkus-Heinz’s Passive UniBeam technology was a big reason why we opted for the UBX Series. It offers products with asymmetrical dispersion and pan and tilt brackets, which was ideal for WCCC,” explains Bromfield. “This allowed us to mount the loudspeakers at the rear of the seating area to achieve even coverage from the seats right to the front row.”

Renkus-Heinz’s UBX Series offers revolutionary beam-steering technology in a passive column. Utilising state-of-the-art neodymium 3” full-range drivers, the models deliver an incredibly small footprint. The narrow cabinet, combined with Passive UniBeam coverage, allows for surface mounting via the included wall-mount bracket, resulting in the least possible aesthetic intrusion.

Passive UniBeam technology addresses each transducer with specially designed all-pass filter networks, gain shading and additional frequency filtering. This generates an asymmetrical vertical dispersion with constant directivity, ensuring front-to-back coverage with minimal side-lobe artifacts. The system at New Road is powered by eight Powersoft UNICA-2K8 amplifiers and controlled via two Symetrix Radius NX 12X8s and one Symetrix T-10 Glass.

The T-10 Glass allows the system to be switched to any zone for independent volume control, while also triggering messages and announcements, too. Additionally, a redundant network ensures that if any issues occur, one network will remain operational, and the speakers will continue to cover their specific zone.

Bromfield is thrilled with the results of the new system: “It has given the ground even coverage and dispersion, and the fact that the loudspeakers are IP66-rated and utilise 100V taping made the installation even more seamless. The quality of the sound is amazing. I soon realised that a cricket pitch is a lot bigger than I once thought, so I ended up walking around it in circles to double check that everything was performing correctly. I was really impressed with the Renkus-Heinz system and what it has achieved. It was easy to set up and has given New Road a new lease of life.”

New Road stays at the top of its game with Renkus-Heinz’s UBX SeriesNew Road stays at the top of its game with Renkus-Heinz’s UBX Series

11th July 2024

Brompton Technology fuels Distortion Studios’ LED set-up across film, TV and commercial projects

Brompton Technology fuels Distortion Studios’ LED set-up across film, TV and commercial projects
Brompton Technology fuels Distortion Studios’ LED set-up across film, TV and commercial projects

UK – Supported with funding from Creative UK and in partnership with iMAG Displays, Bristol-based Distortion Studios is the first permanent Virtual Production studio in the South West of England. The innovative 200m² facility is part of Distortion Creative Group Limited, which includes Studio Giggle and Distortion Productions. Utilising industry gold standard Brompton LED processing to power its impressive ROE Visual LED volume, Distortion Studios sets a new benchmark in virtual production in the region.

Distortion Creative Group’s has a long-standing partnership with iMAG. Together, they have delivered various projects for clients such as OVO Energy and CVC Capital Partners.

“When the group decided to launch a specialist virtual production studio, which is the only one in Bristol and the only permanent set-up available west of Reading, we approached iMAG to partner with us on the project to supply the LED wall and Brompton Technology LED processing for the studio,” says Distortion Studios managing director, Jonathan Brigden. “We believe their expertise in LED is unparalleled, so we had full confidence they would be an excellent partner for this project.”

iMAG’s MD and technical director, Alex Strachan, worked closely with Brigden and Nick Diacre, Distortion Studios’ technical director, choosing the combination of ROE Visual and Brompton Technology primarily due to its proven reliability. “We knew it would work consistently,” Strachan notes and adds that “the level of control this combination offers surpasses other products in the market!”

Diacre emphasies that both solutions are perfect for studio use, offering “unprecedented colour control through Brompton’s Tessera software. This capability, along with their support and widespread use of Brompton and ROE, has been immensely beneficial to our production. Colour management is a standout feature and having absolute control is crucial.”

Distortion Studios’ set-up features a Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processor and two Tessera 10G data distribution units, with the team considering adding a second SX40 to accommodate the growing demand for high-speed commercial shooting.

The Brompton LED processing drives an impressive 11m x 4m curved LED Volume comprising ROE Black Pearl 2 V2 LED panels and two 2x3m mobile LED panels. Additionally, the studio boasts two Stype RedSpy tracking systems and Stage Precision as part of its equipment line-up.

“Our unique and long term partnership with iMAG and their wonderful team of trusted experts is key to the ongoing success of our business,” Brigden explains. “We rely on their knowledge and skill with specialist equipment to ensure that every single event, production or installation is reliable, high quality and, most importantly, has a supportive and collaborative team. The iMAG team are second to none.”

“We are thrilled that Distortion Studios is opening doors to new possibilities for companies in the south west region, offering top-tier VP technology for diverse creative content, from film-making and documentaries to TV series and commercial projects,” concludes Patrick Goodden, technical sales manager (UK and Ireland) at Brompton Technology. “It’s also fantastic to see iMAG supporting the studio with a high-end LED setup that includes our Tessera SX40 LED processing. We can’t wait to see all the great projects that the team will undertake in the future.”

Brompton Technology fuels Distortion Studios’ LED set-up across film, TV and commercial projectsBrompton Technology fuels Distortion Studios’ LED set-up across film, TV and commercial projects

11th July 2024

New Lío Mallorca lights up with GLP

New Lío Mallorca lights up with GLP
New Lío Mallorca lights up with GLP

Majorca – The new Lío Mallorca nightclub in Palma has opened with a spectacular dinner show, featuring a troupe of singers, dancers, acrobats and international artists. Cabaret Espectacular is billed as a high-octane cabaret for the 21st century. The fully immersive experience, combined with a Mediterranean-inspired menu, represents the pinnacle of theatrical dining and is brought to life with stage lighting from GLP.

Lío itself comprises a group of venues spread across the world, having expanded its territories to Ibiza, Mykonos, London and now Majorca.

Located in a popular area that hosted the famous Tito’s nightclub for many years, Lío has a capacity of 336 dining covers for the dinner show. However, after the show has finished, the room is transformed into a pulsating nightclub that can accommodate up to 700 people.

The lighting designer for Lío Mallorca is Pedro Marcé Socias, who is also currently lighting the new Lío London, and had previously performed the same role at Lío Ibiza.

He has drawn on quantities of GLP’s impression X5 Compact wash lights, X4 Bar 20 battens and JDC1 hybrid strobes to bring his design to life.

Marcé says he had no hesitation in specifying GLP. “GLP is well-known for the quality of its products,” he says. “The X5 Series incorporates a new lime chip and brand-new algorithm, called iQ.Gamut, enabling all X5 products to deliver accuracy, quality and colour consistency every time. In addition, the extremely fast movement and new super-fast zoom is allowing me to create some mind-blowing effects.”

Talking specifically about the various fixture deployments, he highlights the impression X5 Compact as being the principal fixture. “We have a rig of 68 units, offering incredible colours and super-fast zoom. This means I can use the fixtures not only as side lights for the dancers but also for beam and wash effects throughout the whole auditorium.

“Since they are so versatile, the X5 Compact washes are hung all around the venue, on stage, on sidelights, for dining light, etc.”

One of the main features of the rig is a line of nine impression X4 Bar 20s and two X4 Bar 10 upstage as a floor package, used for backlight, as well as for pixel effects.

However, the icing on the cake, he admits, is eight units of super-bright JDC1 hybrid strobes, hung from the rig at different heights over the stage.

The impression X5 Compacts are set to Mode 1 Basic (22ch), as they are for use as standard washes; the X4 Bars are used for pixel effects and are set to Single Pixel High Resolution, while the JDC1 strobes are also used for pattern effects and are set to Mode 3 SPix 68.

The lighting rig is completed with further LED spots and tubes, as well as followspots and special effects such as fog machines. All lighting equipment was supplied by German company CGS.

Every season comes with a new show and new requirements. “That’s why every year there will be a newly-designed lighting rig,” concludes Pedro Marcé Socia.

photos: IAM Creative Studio

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New Lío Mallorca lights up with GLPNew Lío Mallorca lights up with GLP

10th July 2024

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3LR casts a new light on the Royal Irish Academy of Music

3LR casts a new light on the Royal Irish Academy of Music
3LR casts a new light on the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Ireland – 3LR Lighting played a central role in specifying a new house lighting system for the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) in Dublin. One of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious music conservatoires, RIAM recently undertook an expansion and technical upgrade to mark its 150th anniversary.

As part of this, its 309 capacity Whyte Recital Hall has a new ArcSystem LED house lighting from ETC, for whom 3LR Lighting as manufacturer’s representative, conducted the detailed consultation. Quality house lighting is, of course, fundamental to any auditorium which prioritises its aesthetic quality as much as its acoustics, for example. Here, however, aesthetic requirements were perhaps of even greater importance than usual.

As 3LR Lighting’s Matt Lloyd recalls: “The colour temperature, the CRI – how the light interacted with flesh tones – and the fade to warm, was all extremely important in this case, because it’s a very dark wood environment. We had to get it absolutely right.”

John Palmer of TODD Architects, lead architect for the RIAM project, says: “In the Whyte Recital Hall, the rich tones of the walnut wall linings, with the complementary tones of charcoal grey curtains and burnt orange seating upholstery, relied wholly on the quality of house lighting to deliver the prestige visual impact for an audience member’s first entry into the hall, and to properly set the tone for the performance to follow.” 

PSI Production, led by project manager David McKeown, was responsible for various aspects of the new technical installation. McKeown explains: “The house lighting design was initially the work of High Res Lighting, who specified ETC’s ArcSystem. We’ve worked with 3LR often and knew we could draw on their expertise to verify the design and ensure the quality of the house lighting, not just in terms of appearance, but in user control, regulations and future maintenance.”

Lloyd also discussed with RIAM the benefits of LED binning and colour consistency as guarantees for the future. “Clients like to go with mature LED manufacturers for this very reason,” he says. “A manufacturer has to legally support a product for five years. ETC goes above that with a LED warranty for ten years, so the client can be confident that any replacements will match perfectly.”

To confirm the proposal, 3LR worked closely with experienced architectural lighting designer and long-time associate Karoliina Helin, of Hehkuva Design in Finland, to build a detailed DIALux plan of the specification. Lloyd says: “The DIALux model is around 95 percent accurate, so you can show the client and integrator what is actually going to be delivered: its actual appearance, the target lux level, the spread of light in the building, the brightness in each seat and location and more.”

The solution for RIAM includes over 80 ArcSystem Pro fixtures: 25 One-Cells, fitted into the acoustic baffles above the auditorium and stage, another 37 One-Cells covering the lobby areas, balcony levels and control room soffits, 12 Two-Cell units covering the side balconies and ten Four-Cell fixtures giving an over-stage wash for orchestras.

Pro fixtures provide a CRI >90, with smooth dimming and fine control down to a very low level, as well as a variety of colour temperatures and beam-spread options. Thanks to their convection cooling, they also have completely noiseless operation, essential for a prestigious classical music environment such as this. The fixtures are driven by ETC’s F-Drive cards, with ETC’s Mosaic architectural control system providing the user interface.

Commenting on the role as manufacturer representative, Lloyd says: “Our job is to use our extensive experience in these specialist applications, to provide the most efficient link between the integrator and the manufacturer. We bring those two together to give them the best possible result from the manufacturer’s product range. We help to make it straightforward, to get the best solution. We marry the two together.”

Of the consultation process, Palmer says: “With each step considered in detail during the course of the consultation, the house lighting design evolved progressively as part of the overall auditorium and became a fundamental part in the successful delivery of what is an interior performance space of exceptional quality.”

Lloyd says: “RIAM is right in the middle of Dublin, almost hidden behind a Georgian façade. You don’t expect to find a space of that eloquence there. It has a calmness to it. That comes from the design of the furniture, the finish of the walls, the seats, but the house lighting completes it. If you get the lighting wrong, you disrupt that effect. It’s really important to get it right and I think we have, it’s a beautifully balanced space.”

PSI Production’s David McKeown agrees. “It’s beautiful,” he says. “The finished result is probably one of my favourite spaces that I’ve ever worked on.”

Later in the year PSI Production and 3LR will continue their involvement with RIAM, with work scheduled to begin on the venue’s second space, the 150-seat Opera Studio.

10th July 2024

Royal Theater Carré is illuminated by ANOLIS

Royal Theater Carré is illuminated by ANOLIS
Royal Theater Carré is illuminated by ANOLIS

The Netherlands – The Royal Theater Carré (Koninklijk Theater Carré) is an attractive Neo-Renaissance style theatre in Amsterdam located on the banks of the river Amstel. Founded in 1887, it was originally built as a permanent venue for the Carré circus family and their popular ‘horse-play’ circus-theatre shows, but was later repurposed to also stage a variety of performances, revue theatre and operettas. Currently, the impressive circular design 1,700-capacity auditorium is used for a mix of musicals, pop and music concerts and cabaret shows.

The auditorium lighting has recently received an upgrade with the existing lighting replaced by 36 Anolis Ambiane XP56 LED fixtures fitted with 20-degree lenses.

These were delivered by Lumen Solutions, the architectural division of lighting sales specialist, Controllux, and installed by the Carré’s in-house lighting team working with Keijzer Techniek utilising custom designed brackets that were also part of the package.

The operation was overseen from the Carré side by the venue’s head of technical Marco Hartendorf and lighting specialists Michel Redeker and Julia ‘Jules’ Clark. Lex Oudshoorn project managed for Lumen Solutions.

Marco explained that they generally wanted a more sustainable lighting solution to illuminate the spacious auditorium and supersede the old white halogens bringing in more cost efficient and dynamic LED fixtures.

The new lighting also had to match the dimming curve of eight magnificent chandeliers – also recently refurbished with 72 LED light sources each – which are a vital part of the venue’s history, heritage and visual elegance, together with the plush red seating and velvet décor and elaborate roof frescos.

So Anolis was specifically chosen not only for its value and reliability, but because of its smooth and well-defined dimming curves – especially during that critical final 0-10% – which were needed to work in unison with the ornate chandeliers.

An overall push to operate the venue more sustainably and efficiently in terms of carbon footprint had begun some time ago and this was underway when Marco joined the team five years ago.

He had previously used Anolis fixtures to up-light architectural pillars at the Philharmonie concert hall in Haarlem, but apart from this, no one else had worked with the brand.

It is a heritage listed building, so the Ambianes had to fit into the venue’s existing over-audience lighting positions, however as they sat four centimetres higher than the gap, the bespoke brackets were made to bring them flush with the auditorium ceiling for a seamless look.

Carré had first approached Lumen Solutions about replacing the chandelier light sources, so when the discussion about the general overhead house lighting arose, Lex produced some 3D visualisations in Delux and visited the venue again in 2022, this time with Anolis products on hand to conduct tests.

He surveyed the venue and the available rigging spaces and other practicalities, and listened to everyone’s input, opinions on the various products and from there created a proposed scheme utilising a minimal number of fixtures.

They discovered that the Lux requirements for the space – even with 17 metres of height to the ceiling – could be achieved using just 25 just Ambiane XL56 fixtures.

However, 36 units with the 20-degree lens option gave more optimal coverage as well as better colour saturation and increased vibrance – the red seating literally popped out with pseudo-3D texturing – enhancing the grandeur yet simultaneously blending in.

It was a transformation that brought a hugely better look and feel to the auditorium, so that was the final decision: the 36 Ambianes.

Installation was a tricky process requiring diligence and attention to detail undertaken by the Carré’s own lighting crew.

Having the Ambianes in the house also saves time and the rigging of additional lights for productions needing colour changing audience lighting or assorted colour temperature whites in auditorium space.

“We have a basic preset for house lighting and specials-scenes also programmed,” explained Jules, which is great for atmosphere setting, for example, pink for US drag artist Sasha Velour, etc.

The Ambiane’s are also much easier to use. At the touch of one button, lights can be changed to provide nice moody lighting for dinner events or bright crisp whites for boxing tournaments. “The system is much more versatile than before, has a greater output and saves labour and energy,” she confirmed.

The Ambianes are running via DMX with RDM and can be controlled from the house stage lighting console if needed (to integrate with an incoming production) as well as from their own Paradigm touch-screen house lighting controllers.

Lex enjoyed Lumen Solutions and the Carré working together “very collaboratively and as partners in this project to arrive at the solution they wanted. This is a very satisfying way of working,” he concluded.

photos: Louise Stickland

9th July 2024

Palmetto Pointe Church Brightens its Future with 30 elektraLite Stingray Profile Cast RGBW Fixtures

Palmetto Pointe Church Brightens its Future with 30 elektraLite Stingray Profile Cast RGBW Fixtures

USA – It started in 1994 as the Gatlin Brothers Theatre, and later the Crook and Chase Theatre, before housing Christ United Methodist Church; ultimately, it would become the home of Palmetto Pointe Church. But the building on Fantasy Way in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was always home to some combination of faith and music, and in its current form, its 2,000-seat auditorium hosts Sunday services by pastor Jamie Barfield and occasional concerts by artists including Tauren Wells and Danny Gokey.

What all of these events now share is a beautifully lit venue with a lighting rig that, as of early this year, features 30 newly installed elektraLite Stingray Profile Cast RGBW 350W ellipsoidal fixtures. The elektraLite fixture arrays were designed and installed by Paul D. Sweetman of Sweetman Designs, who worked with audio specialists MC Sound Consultants to completely renovate the venue’s audio and lighting, a project that began last summer.

“This was an old lighting design that was installed in late 1990s and everything really needed to be updated,” explains Sweetman. “The previous ellipsoidals were worn out and a lot of the moving lights were shot; they just needed to do a refresh. They needed to enhance the production values there, since this is also their broadcast location. Plus, they also host a lot of concerts these days.”

Sweetman hung 16 of the elektraLite Stingray Profile Cast RGBW fixtures at a 19-degree angle from the main catwalk and 14 more at ten degrees from a second catwalk. “The 19-degree fixtures were only about a 30-to-35-foot throw, but the second catwalk was probably closer to an almost 60-foot throw and needed a lot more horsepower and a much tighter beam,” he says. “The Stingray was the perfect choice for all of that.”

Sweetman cites the Stingray’s power efficiency as especially important for cost-conscious churches. “We were able to exchange 1,000-Watt ellipsoidals for the Stingray’s 350 Watts without losing any illumination and while saving a ton of energy,” he says. “Also, they do television production there, so we needed to do some colour matching for their cameras. They were all using Blackmagic Designs studio cameras and they need a little more horsepower than some of the broadcast-level video cameras, so we needed to get that up. And then we also wanted to be able to create even colour washes when there were no keylights needed. The Stingray was the perfect situation for all of that. We had the flexibility to light everybody in white light or in colour, a full stage wash of colour, if necessary. They wanted the ability to be able to go to any colour. In fact, I originally lit the stage for 30 2K fixtures and then realised later on that all of their cameras were colour-temperatured to 56K. So, we were immediately able to adjust the colour temperature and bring everything up to 56K. The Stingray really checked a lot of boxes here.”

The Stingray Profile Cast RGBW boasts a powerful 350-Watt COB LED with high CRI, delivering deep primary colours and even colour mixing. It offers variable white temperature and precise beam control with interchangeable lenses. Controllable via DMX for ease of use, the Stingray utilises Chip on Board (COB) technology, which is more efficient due to its higher density of light output and the fact that it uses fewer components.

“I call them our Lamborghini lights!”, gushes Clint Redwine, Palmetto Pointe Church’s production director, who adds that when touring artists come to the church to perform, they’re delighted to find a world-class lighting package there. “We’re a church that likes to stay close to the leading edge of technology without being flashy and the Stingrays are that: state-of-the-art but part of the larger picture. What I tell people is that we have a Lamborghini that we drive in second gear most of the time, but it’s always good to know that fifth gear is there when we need it.”

9th July 2024

Mercury Prize Winning Roni Size Chooses PMC BB6 XBD-A Monitors for His Private Studio

Mercury Prize Winning Roni Size Chooses PMC BB6 XBD-A Monitors for His Private Studio

UK – UK DJ and producer Roni Size has installed PMC BB6 XBD-A monitors in his studio in Bristol where they are being put through their paces across a number of projects.

After a two-year spell out of the limelight, Roni says it is great to be back in the studio making music and credits his PMC monitors for his creative resurgence.

“I had this room with these incredible speakers and I couldn’t just leave them there,” he says. “My whole studio was built around them because they were the monitors I’ve always wanted, ever since I first heard them at Metropolis Studios in London. Having a pair of my own was my life goal and now I’ve got them my life goal has changed to making great music with them.”

As a musician, producer and DJ, Roni Size is widely regarded as a pioneer and someone who has defined the sound of British music over the last 30 years. His life has been about building something new from whatever is around him, from Bristol youth club parties, through rave and the founding moments of jungle and drum and bass, to transforming underground electronic music into something that could be played by a live band on the biggest arenas and stages. Always in demand on the festival circuit, Size has performed at major events such as Glastonbury, Boomtown, Secret Garden Party, Blissfields, Outlook and many more, as well as undertaking extensive live tours worldwide.

His studio, which occupies the top floor of his house, was transformed earlier this year with the help of engineer Dave Amso, so that it could accommodate the PMC BB6-XBD-A monitors.

“I wanted to recapture the vibe of the studio I used to have at Barton Hill, which had an SSL console and was a fabulous room with great energy,” he explains. “I now have two rooms: the main studio and a separate writing room, which gives me all the space I need to put out all the equipment I’ve accumulated over the years. I’ve got 60 analogue outputs, a summing mixer, a Rupert Neve A/D converter and lots of cool outboard gear including SSL compressors, Pure Path EQ and Tube-tech, all of which are routed through a patchbay. I have no desire to install a big desk because it would take up too much space and in any case I like the set-up I have, it works really well.”

The PMC BB6-XBD-A monitors deliver all the muscle any drum and bass aficionado could want; indeed, during a quick demo, the bass was so powerful that two boxes of Danish pastries jumped off the coffee table and onto the floor!

Size, though, is quick to point out that his choice of monitors wasn’t just about volume.

“It’s got much more to do with quality and precision,” he says. “With these monitors I can hear everything on the track with exceptional clarity. They are amazing. When PMC brought them into the studio for a demo, we all knew very quickly that they were never going out again, and not just because it had taken such a lot of effort to carry them up the stairs! Initially I just had the top monitors on a stand, but I quickly added the XBD subs so that I had the whole stack. I don’t think there are many people in Bristol – or anywhere else for that matter – who have a pair of these PMCs in their home.”

To get the best out of his monitors – and ensure a peaceful relationship with his neighbours – Roni Size installed plenty of acoustic treatment and insulation throughout the studio.

“Initially, I just enjoyed listening to the PMCs and figuring out what they were capable of, but I knew the room wasn’t quite right,” he says. “I did a couple of mixes that didn’t translate in the car, so I knew it was time to fix the acoustics, get more soft furnishings and install Trinnov digital room correction. Once I did that, the room was perfect and I am now so happy with the sound. Everything I do in this rooms is just awesome, thanks to these speakers. I just have to remember not to fire them up too late at night because they really are loud!”

With a schedule of live gigs lined up over the summer, Roni Size is currently splitting his time between touring and his studio work, which currently includes a collaboration with DJ Danny ‘WheelUP’ Wheeler.

9th July 2024

Independent Central London venue 229 purchases two DiGiCo Quantum 225 as part of major refurbishment

Independent Central London venue 229 purchases two DiGiCo Quantum 225 as part of major refurbishment
Independent Central London venue 229 purchases two DiGiCo Quantum 225 as part of major refurbishment

UK – 229 is a hidden gem on the edge of London’s Regents Park. When investing in a programme of upgrades for the building, technical manager Alessandro Bonifacio was excited by the DiGiCo Quantum 225’s list of future-proofing features. 229 is a multi-purpose venue with two spaces: Venue One has a capacity of 700 and Venue Two can hold around 200 people. Both are busy every night, often also hosting events during the day. There is residential housing above and the whole complex is managed under the umbrella of the charity International Student House, which provides a home and community for young people studying internationally. One hundred percent of 229’s profits go back into supporting the charity’s mission.

“We had been using our previous desk for about ten years,” Bonifacio explains. “Every investment is thought about very carefully, we have to think in terms of longevity and value. I’ve been using DiGiCo consoles on my freelance jobs for years, so I got in contact through Andy Huffer at HD Pro Audio. The whole team couldn’t have been nicer! We were invited down to DiGiCo HQ in Chessington to take a look round. It was very easy to fall in love with it all.”

Undertaking upgrades in sound and lighting equipment is a major investment for any venue and value is not just about the budget. Purchasing a DiGiCo console meant that 229 was able to benefit from the whole DiGiCo support package. Bonifacio was pleased to learn that in-situ training session was available with the purchase. He took the opportunity to gather 229 engineers and regular freelancers to benefit from the training day, provided by DiGiCo’s Molly Autherson.

“Meeting Molly was amazing, we all knew her from DiGiCo’s YouTube content,” he says. “The team are all pretty big, opinionated guys and there were at least ten to 15 of us firing questions, but Molly literally obliterated us all with her knowledge. In terms of support, the DiGiCo team have been amazing, it’s a massive perk to buying DiGiCo hardware.”

The International Students House exists for international students, guiding them as they study at partnered universities across London and offering scholarships for students to stay in their accommodation directly above the venue. By reinvesting profits from 229, the charity is able to create a sustainable model for supporting young people. The DiGiCo Quantum 225 aligns perfectly this ethos of community and support. Consoles are built with the future in mind: Quantum is super-fast, expandable and uses the very latest technology to ensure ultimate usability for the life of the console.

“The 96kHz operation represents sonically, a step toward the future for the venue and we use features like the UB MADI, Nodal Processing and True Solo much more than we thought we would,” Bonifacio says. “They’re also completely rider friendly. Recently we had an engineer politely refuse to use their usual touring set-up, just so he could mix six channels on the Quantum! The amazing thing is that everyone notices the difference in sound, it’s mind blowing. Since we got the Quantum 225s, returning promotors are coming up and asking what we’ve changed because it sounds so good.”

The new DiGiCo Quantum 225 in Venue One has been such a success that once Bonifacio had seen it in action, he knew that they had to invest in a second console for use as a monitor console, providing each with a separate stage rack.

“The level of control you have with these desks is beyond ridiculous. You can do whatever you want and the support you get if you are trying something new is astounding,” Bonifacio concludes. “That’s why the DiGiCo fits in so well. It can respond to all our different needs and with our, recent lighting rig upgrade with Claypaky and Chauvet fixtures and a new moving truss on stage, we’ve really made a significant investment in the future of 229 that will last for years to come.”

9th July 2024

Meishan’s latest, hottest nightspot is named after its sound system: KV2 Hub

Meishan’s latest, hottest nightspot is named after its sound system: KV2 Hub

China – It’s not often that a nightclub is named for its sound system, but that’s exactly what has happened in Meishan in the Sichuan province of China; the latest addition to Meishan’s cultural landscape is a ground-breaking entertainment venue with a capital investment of over 50 million RMB (over £5.4M). The principal investor – a highly successful Chinese media and showbiz entrepreneur – visited several large clubs before deciding on what he wanted for his own venue. He was so impressed by what he heard at the FOREVER club in Wuhan (a massive KV2 venue that was billed as China’s biggest nightclub project of 2022) that he decided not only on a KV2 system for his own venue, but that he would even name the club after it. KV2 Hub in Meishan opened earlier this year to huge acclaim.

Conveniently situated in the heart of the iconic Rose International M District in Meishan, KV2 Hub offers a premier location that caters to both modern and traditional audiences. Spanning over 2,300 square metres of column-free space, the venue features a diverse range of offerings including 60 plus seating areas, six private party rooms, leisure zones and trendy ‘instagrammable’ photo spots.

Billed as a pioneer of the fusion of audio-visual expression, KV2 Hub collaborates with renowned artists to redefine rave and nightclub culture. Through the integration of cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art hardware, the venue promises a unique and unforgettable entertainment experience for its patrons. Part of the signature of the new space is its audio system which comprises four powerful, long-throw VHD2.0 mid-high enclosures arranged in two vertical arrays left and right of the main stage supplemented by four VHD2.21 ultra-low frequency subwoofers for the ultimate club sound experience with none of the fatiguing distortion or uneven dispersion often experienced in large clubs. A further two VHD2.0 enclosures act as a vocal system. Combined with a custom sound matrix crafted by professional acousticians to ensure perfect coverage exactly where it is needed, KV2 Hub sets new standards of sonic excellence in Meishan’s entertainment landscape.

On the visual side, the effects are every bit as stunning. The Hub boasts over 400 square metres of boundary-breaking LED visual matrix by HuaMeiTe, complemented by collaborations with top-tier stage design teams, ensuring a benchmark immersive experience for all clubbers.

A bold attempt to redefine the electronic music experience in Meishan and beyond, KV2 Hub's vision is to expand into China's major cities and partner with global cultural institutions to establish itself as a leading cultural brand with a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.

Meishan’s latest, hottest nightspot is named after its sound system: KV2 HubMeishan’s latest, hottest nightspot is named after its sound system: KV2 Hub

9th July 2024

Pearlbay Student Inspired to Follow Analogue Path to Audient

Pearlbay Student Inspired to Follow Analogue Path to Audient
Pearlbay Student Inspired to Follow Analogue Path to Audient

Sri Lanka – At 24 years old, music entrepreneur, producer and iD44 owner, Isiwara Manthrirathna is forging a path for himself in the music industry. He has been inspired by his studies at Pearlbay Institute in Sri Lanka; his International Diploma in Music is in the bag and he is on track to complete his audio engineering degree qualification.

These courses have provided him with ample opportunity for hands-on experience with Audient gear including EVO and iD4 audio interfaces and of course the flagship mixing desk, ASP8024-HE. Isiwara finds the regular practical tasks in tracking, mixing and mastering on the large format console very helpful. “I particularly enjoy working with the ASP8024-HE because of its intuitive feel and its excellent DAW controller functionality,” he says. “The practical tasks assigned during our lectures have been a fantastic opportunity for hands-on learning. They’ve given me the confidence to operate any studio console effectively.”

His time at the Sri Lankan ‘Audio Super Hub’ has cultivated a strong interest in Audient and as a result he has kitted out his own production workspace at home with the 20in/24out audio interface, iD44. “It’s been fantastic,” he says. “I use all the outputs for my monitoring purposes, connecting Focal Alpha 80s and Yamaha HS8s as my main monitors through the iD44. For headphone outs, I use both outputs with my Beyerdynamic DT 990 and DT 700 Pro X.

“The iD44 has really changed my game,” he continues, appreciating both the hardware aesthetic and the software’s design. “In my set-up, the interface isn’t easily reachable, so the software control is a huge convenience. It fits perfectly into my workflow.”

When he’s not using his iD44 audio interface, he is endorsing Audient gear to others. “Many of my industry friends have chosen to purchase the EVO 4 Start Recording Bundle based on my recommendation,” he laughs.

Following his analogue pathway, his ultimate goal is to invest in an ASP4816 console for his own Serene Studio. Setting his sights high, he aims to become a successful commercial studio offering his own recording, mixing and mastering services “like Pearlbay Music Studio,” he says. “Most studios here use digital audio interfaces, but I’ve been inspired by analogue desks.”

Alongside his studies, Isiwara is already making a name for himself in beat production, working under a few different producer monikers on the Beatstars platform as well as Spotify.

8th July 2024

Royal Conservatory of Antwerp transitions to state-of-the-art LED lighting with Elation

Royal Conservatory of Antwerp transitions to state-of-the-art LED lighting with Elation
Royal Conservatory of Antwerp transitions to state-of-the-art LED lighting with Elation

Belgium – The Royal Conservatory of Antwerp recently undertook the transition from conventional to LED lighting with a cutting-edge lighting system upgrade that features Elation KL and FUZE series luminaires. The new lighting system, supplied by Ampco Flashlight, supports a large variety of projects that play out on stages in several of the school’s performance spaces.

The Royal Conservatory of Antwerp is renowned for its excellence in music, dance and drama, attracting students of the performing arts from across Europe and beyond. Like any institution of advanced learning, the school provides high-quality facilities for its various programmes and seeks to keep them updated with the latest technologies and resources to ensure a top-tier educational experience.

Seeking an up-to-date lighting package for the Conservatory’s many performance spaces, Rik Suijs, technician at the Conservatory, attended the Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt to explore the latest technologies supporting the transition from conventional halogen lighting to LED. There he met Elation key account manager Benelux, Bert Schmeits, who introduced him to Elation’s KL ‘Key Light’ and FUZE series of intelligent lighting fixtures. The meeting precipitated an eventual trip to the Elation showroom in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, for an in-depth look at the products.

“To be honest, we weren’t very familiar with the market, but after some research and guidance, we reviewed several brands,” Rik explained. “Elation stood out for its good quality and competitive pricing, and ultimately, it was an excellent choice.” Rik specified a comprehensive Elation package of KL PROFILE FC, KL FRESNEL FC, FUZE PENDANT, FUZE PAR Z175 and SIXPAR 100 luminaires, all housing advanced, full-colour LED light engines. Following a public tender, Elation dealer Ampco Flashlight was awarded the contract to supply the fixtures.  

The first space to benefit from the new lighting was the Yellow Hall, a small black box theatre.

“I wanted a versatile set-up suitable for different types of projects,” Rik said. “This space is more for theatre and dance than rock & roll shows so I wanted more Fresnels and profile spots rather than flashy moving heads.” Used in the space are full-colour KL FRESNEL FC soft lights with zoom that serve as ideal sources for key, fill and wash lighting. They deliver uniform, high-CRI light while operating silently and come equipped with removable barndoors and a filter frame.

Also used in the Yellow Hall are KL PROFILE FC ellipsoidal fixtures. Housing an integrated zoom, no additional lens tubes are required for faster beam angle changes. The KL FRESNEL and KL PROFILE fixtures complement each other as they both house RGBMA colour mixing engines for a perfect colour match and contributing to a more cohesive lighting system. Additionally, FUZE PENDANT downlights serve as both house and stage lights, providing uniform lighting across the entire space.

The KL fixtures in the Yellow Hall, rigged as front and backlight, are relatively stationary and do not move around often, according to Rik. The FUZE PAR Z175 fixtures, on the other hand, move around wherever needed, in a rig or to the other performance spaces and are used for specials, sidelight, backlight, or frontlight. Likewise, the SIXPAR 100 lights travel around to wherever high-quality white or coloured light is required.

The White Hall, a larger space used for classical music that features excellent acoustics, features KL FRESNEL 8 and KL PROFILE FC luminaires as frontlight to illuminate the orchestra. The Elation lighting is also used in several studios where students work and practice, as well as a student dining area with a small stage, where SIXPARs and FUZE PARs work with existing lighting. Plans are underway to procure new lighting for another space, the Black Hall, which for now still uses conventional fixtures although some of the new equipment, specifically the FUZE PAR Z175s, have already been utilised in this space.

The benefits of a dynamic lighting system, with its colour changing ability and beam manipulation options, although inherent to intelligent lighting, was still remarkable to experience, says Rik. “It is surprisingly convenient to have lots of colour in every fixture. Once your colours are managed in the console, it makes the whole process easier and faster. You don’t have to rig lights for every colour which is a big savings.”

Delivered late last summer, the new Elation lighting debuted on several smaller projects in the fall and had its first major test during a dance project in January this year. “The project required a lot of lights and illumination coming from all angles so it was a good test,” Rik said. “The new lighting system required us to adjust our workflow and find a new kind of lighting procedure, but we handled it well and the lighting performed very nicely. Everyone was very happy.”

Royal Conservatory of Antwerp transitions to state-of-the-art LED lighting with ElationRoyal Conservatory of Antwerp transitions to state-of-the-art LED lighting with Elation

5th July 2024

Oranje Bus equipped with full Dynacord power and processing solution for Men’s European Football Championships

Oranje Bus equipped with full Dynacord power and processing solution for Men’s European Football Championships
Oranje Bus equipped with full Dynacord power and processing solution for Men’s European Football Championships

Germany – The iconic Oranje Bus has built a reputation over recent years as the central party location for all fans following the Netherlands in international football tournaments. To ensure it maintains this reputation, the bus underwent an extensive refresh for the 2024 Men’s European Championships in Germany that also included an update of its sound system with Dynacord electronics.

The double-decker bus has become a mainstay for fans of the Dutch Men’s and Women’s teams. It has travelled the world to every major soccer tournament the Netherlands have played in since 2004. The popular parades it hosts see streets turned into a sea of orange with tunes and rallying cries blasted out from its compact-yet-powerful sound system.

The man behind the mobile sound sensation is Alex van Rijsewijk from Wytec Trade in Tilburg. He teamed up with Reinier Bruijns and Raymond Kersjes from Electro-Voice and Dynacord Benelux partner FACE PRO to update the professional sound system. The bus last had an audio upgrade for the 2021 Men’s European Championships which saw a large amount of Electro-Voice and Dynacord equipment installed. The 2024 refresh has been more of an incremental upgrade with Dynacord electronics replacing third-party amplifiers and DSP to ensure the sound system performs at its peak.

The double-decker is equipped with four Electro-Voice MFX-15MC loudspeakers pole-mounted on a pair of Dynacord FX20-PRO subwoofers to provide powerful sound reinforcement for fans walking behind the bus. Meanwhile, sound inside the vehicle is courtesy of six ultra-compact Electro-Voice EVU-1082/95 cabinets with low-end support from the manufacturer’s legacy ZX1-Sub.

Power for the solution had been via a combination of Dynacord’s IPX10:4 with a pair of third-party amplifiers and an external DSP. These third-party electronics have been replaced and upgraded with a pair of Dynacord L3600FD DSP amplifiers, which provide power and DSP alongside the IPX10:4.

One of the major advantages that the Oranje Bus has seen from this has been the ability to use Dynacord’s SONICUE sound system software for setup and control. While the software has been used since the initial install in 2021, the mixed nature of the solution meant that the full benefits could not be felt. With Dynacord now providing the complete backbone of the solution, the real power of SONICUE has been experienced, with operators now having direct access to every parameter of the sound system.

With the system upgraded, the Dutch fans have once again taken over the streets of Germany with the sea of orange supported by a pristine soundtrack.

5th July 2024

Panasonic Projectors Bring Ancient Ephesus to Life at Immersive Experience Museum

Panasonic Projectors Bring Ancient Ephesus to Life at Immersive Experience Museum
Panasonic Projectors Bring Ancient Ephesus to Life at Immersive Experience Museum

Türkiye – The Ephesus Experience Museum has deployed Panasonic's advanced DLP laser projection technology in a ground-breaking installation to bring the ancient trading city of Ephesus back to life as an immersive experience for visitors. Located in the historically rich area of Selçuk, Türkiye, this newly built sustainable museum in the pine forest of the important archaeological site uses 123 Panasonic DLP laser projectors to help create an immersive, multi-sensory experience that captivates and educates its visitors.

Ancient Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was one of the most important trading centres in the Mediterranean region. Ephesus Experience Museum, owned by Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Culture and Tourism and developed and operated by DEM Museums, enhances the visitor experience at the archaeological site. The Ephesus Experience Museum has already won an award, having been awarded the Best Museum category earlier this year at the US Mondo-Dr Awards which honour prestigious projects in the exhibition and hospitality sector worldwide. The Ephesus Experience Museum, which has been operating since August 2023, has already gained international attention and reputation.

The museum offers visitors a comprehensive exploration of Ephesus' history, from its founding to its peak as a major urban centre. Guided by a storyteller in 17 languages, visitors journey through three distinct rooms, experiencing the ancient city through advanced audio-visual technology. The museum's multi-sensory features include 360-degree projections, 3D soundscapes, and atmospheric effects like fog and scents, which together create a vivid, engaging and educational experience.

To bring the rich history of Ephesus to life, the museum uses 123 Panasonic DLP laser projectors known for their reliability, exceptional colour quality and high brightness. These projectors ensure the exceptional image quality necessary for the realistic and immersive visual storytelling that defines the Ephesus Experience Museum.

Additionally, the projectors' simplified workflows and robust design, featuring failover technology, ensure minimal maintenance and consistent performance. The use of various Panasonic lenses, including ultra short throw lenses, allows for flexible installation and optimal image quality without shadows, preserving the visitor experience.

In a particularly popular exhibit, 90 Panasonic DLP projectors and an advanced speaker system recreate an ancient earthquake, offering visitors a dramatic and memorable glimpse into the past.

"The Panasonic projectors have been fundamental in achieving our vision of an immersive historical experience. Their reliability and quality have allowed us to bring the story of Ephesus to life in a way that captivates and educates our visitors," said Eda Bildiricioglu, CEO of DEM Museums.

The entire project, which spanned 26 months and involved up to 150 experts from around the world, was completed in August 2023. The collaboration between Panasonic Connect Europe and distributor and system integrator Astel Profesyonel Goruntu Sistemleri A.S. has resulted in a world-class museum experience with the support of content creation by Marshmallow Laser Feast and exhibition design by Atelier Brückner.

Panasonic Projectors Bring Ancient Ephesus to Life at Immersive Experience MuseumPanasonic Projectors Bring Ancient Ephesus to Life at Immersive Experience Museum

4th July 2024

Robe Makes a Positive Impression at the Baltic Opera Gdansk

Robe Makes a Positive Impression at the Baltic Opera Gdansk
Robe Makes a Positive Impression at the Baltic Opera Gdansk

Poland - The award-winning Opera Baltycka (Baltic Opera) in Gdansk, on Poland’s stunning north coast, has invested in new Robe lighting fixtures with the purchase of 18 TX1 PosiProfiles and four PAINTES which have been installed into its current building.

The opera house has a colourful and varied history and was originally built and opened as an equestrian sports hall in 1915. It went through various other iterations and the first opera was performed there in 1950, and since then the building has undergone several renovations. While the cozy 476 capacity makes it Poland’s smallest opera hall, The Baltic Opera has a formidable reputation for excellence, high production values and world class performances.

Lighting specialist Marek Lebida has been working full time at the opera since the Robe fixtures arrived last year, supplied by Robe’s Polish distributor Prolight and delivered via their local partner, Gdansk-based Grupa Profit.

Marek was inspired to make entertainment his career by his father who worked as a lighting master at this same opera house, however he started on the other side of the stage as a ballet dancer. He used to dance in the opera house when at school, so joining the team was like a homecoming. Immediately before then, he worked on shows and live events for a local rental company and as a freelance lighting designer and director.

Baltic Opera is a producing house with its own company (opera singers and ballet dancers) and orchestra, staging around ten shows a month, primarily opera and ballet, of which four will usually be new works and the rest revivals. They also stage special performances for occasions like New Year.

Before the new Robe luminaires arrived, there were other moving lights in the house, explained Baltic Opera’s head of technical, Krzystof Materny, but these were getting old and unreliable. During Covid, they started thinking about ways to reduce power consumption – with a goal of using 20 to 30% less – part of which would be achieved by steadily transitioning to more LED lighting fixtures in the house rig.

The decision to purchase the Robe luminaires followed a demonstration by Prolight and consultations with some of their regular lighting designers including Marek as he had specified Robe regularly for multiple projects as a freelance LD.

Several others working at the opera had also used Robe when they rented in additional fixtures as needed for shows, so all were aware that their own lighting needed to be updated and the time was right for a change.

The TX1 Posi Profile’s CRI was crucial in the choice, stated Marek, to get those nice natural flesh tones. “We set up real-life stage tests and compared the skin tones of the TX1s with some other products including the opera’s existing profile moving lights and the TX1 just killed it!”

“There was really no comparison! So, after that everyone was convinced we were making the right decision,” confirmed Marek. He noted that even the more traditional ‘tungsten warrior’ lighting professionals working at the opera saw that these LED fixtures looked fantastic!

Marek admits that on one show he was watching where he saw the light source but not the device and thought it must be a tungsten fixture, so authentic is the emulation!

The decision to purchase was made by a team of five including Krzystof and Baltic Opera technical director, Magda Zablotny.

In addition to all the creative and technical reasons for choosing Robe, they were also reassured by Warsaw-based Prolight’s great industry-wide reputation, so were confident that the all-important support would be there whenever needed.

Designed to operate as a full moving head or a static but repositionable profile, the TX1 PosiProfile can also function in extremely confined spaces where crew access is problematic or where movement options are limited or not required as it doesn’t physically move during pre-use calibration.

With the TX1s now installed on four house bars over the stage with two on the floor, it has made a massive difference to how shows can be lit, bringing a new vibrance and vitality to the stage and dramatically increasing the audience experience for all productions.

Lighting for most of the opera productions is designed by in-house LD Maciej Kaczerski, and Marek Lebida lights all the special shows, concerts and one-offs.

The four PAINTES are fitted into two recesses either side of the auditorium and are used for front crosslighting, replacing the previous spot moving lights in the same positions. They are seriously quieter than the old fixtures, which is always a bonus for opera and ballet performances where audiences tend to be extremely conscious of ambient noise which they rarely tolerate!

photos: Krzysztof Mystkowski and Marek Lebida

Robe Makes a Positive Impression at the Baltic Opera GdanskRobe Makes a Positive Impression at the Baltic Opera Gdansk

4th July 2024

Japan’s natural beauty celebrated by Genelec installation on the banks of the Seta River

Japan’s natural beauty celebrated by Genelec installation on the banks of the Seta River
Japan’s natural beauty celebrated by Genelec installation on the banks of the Seta River

Japan – Connected to the largest freshwater lake in Japan, Karahashi Deck is a multi-functional facility offering water sports, corporate training, education and a glass-enclosed restaurant with a stunning view. Sitting on the banks of the Seta River, the new venue is operated by Biwako Rowing Club, an organisation that offers rowing classes to children with disabilities. The newly opened picturesque café and restaurant, La Cosso, offers a naturally serene environment, which is complemented by six 4020 installation loudspeakers from Genelec.

Alongside its water sports lessons and educational seminars, Karahashi Deck aims to provide employment support for people with disabilities, through work in the café, boat repairs and additional roles across the site. Genelec helped to provide a relaxing environment where people with and without disabilities can interact without boundaries. “La Cosso was designed to offer a space with a natural atmosphere so that everyone who visits automatically feels at ease,” begins Shuichi Sakata, manager of Biwako Rowing Club. “Sound within the space was an important factor in helping customers relax.

“Cafés are, of course, about eating, but I also think there's an element of enjoying the space and time you spend there. I think music plays a huge part in that. The music and the quality of the sound make a big difference to the atmosphere and the impression it leaves on our customers. We are very grateful that Genelec helped us to create a space like La Cosso.” 

Biwako Rowing Club worked alongside Neighbor Food Co – which was the project consultant – on the design and implementation of the sound system inside La Cosso. It was Neighbor who suggested using Genelec and the size, sound and design instantly impressed staff members. The loudspeakers are responsible for music distribution in the café and they’re simple enough to operate so that staff can manage the audio system with ease. The music source is typically a smartphone or tablet, connected via Bluetooth to a PreSonus StudioLive AR8c mixer. However, if a customer decides to bring in a Mac or PC for special events, a PreSonus AudioBox GO USB interface is then inserted between the computer and mixer.

“When I arrive in the morning, all I have to do is turn on the output device and start playing,” adds Sakata. “Genelec's loudspeakers have built-in amplifiers, as well as intelligent signal sensing technology that automatically turns on the power when music is played, so the products are really convenient. Even when you go home after work for the day, the power will automatically turn off after a certain period.”'

The interior design of La Cosso was just as important as the sound. Located so close to Lake Biwa, the design reflects its natural surroundings with a wood grain finish that harmonises with the lake in front of it, highlighted by large windows looking out over the water. Genelec loudspeakers in RAW aluminium finish were chosen to match the natural feel of the café, as Sakata explains: “The texture of recycled aluminium enclosures with a RAW finish was the best choice. When we installed the loudspeakers, the staff were surprised at how well they matched the interiors. I heard that Genelec values ​​the natural environment, which makes them highly compatible with venues like ours where we encounter nature every day.”

Karahashi Deck’s La Cosso restaurant brings together the natural beauty of Japan. Not only does it sit alongside one of the most stunning freshwater lakes in the country, but it also showcases the best in humanity, offering permanent work for people with disabilities. Genelec’s 4020 installation loudspeakers offer a relaxing soundscape that ensures La Cosso can continue its mission by providing a space in which everyone can learn and work comfortably. 

3rd July 2024

Reykjavik City Theatre invests in a DiGiCo Quantum 7T and two Quantum 225s for revamped theatre performance spaces

Reykjavik City Theatre invests in a DiGiCo Quantum 7T and two Quantum 225s for revamped theatre performance spaces
Reykjavik City Theatre invests in a DiGiCo Quantum 7T and two Quantum 225s for revamped theatre performance spaces

Iceland – The Reykjavik City Theatre is one of Iceland’s most prestigious theatrical institutions. It offers a wide range of performances in a high-tech modern theatre complex. There are three formal performance spaces in addition to less formal areas. The ‘Main Space’ has a 546-seat auditorium, with revolving stage and orchestra pit. The ‘New Stage’ is a smaller, black-box studio that is endlessly flexible, while the ‘Small Stage’ has around 200 seats with flexible seating and balconies for a theatre-in-the-round experience.

The theatre’s educational programme is central to the ethos of opening up theatre for all, with regular visits from nursery and primary school aged children, educational programmes and regular publications of educational material for all areas of theatre available via its website.

When the tender for replacing the existing equipment was issued, Teitur Ingi Sigurdsson, audio engineer for Luxor Sales and Rental – a Reykjavik based service company with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry – offered a DiGiCo Quantum Series console as the ideal solution.

“The theatre needed something reliable and recognisable,” he says. “The DiGiCo Theatre software is a major selling point, and it was love at first sight for them really!”

The theatre is constantly busy with theatrical performances and musicals. The channel count is always high and having a console that can cope with the demands of theatre was key. The DiGiCo Quantum7T fitted the bill exactly, with its dual redundant engine and 256 input channels it is built to exceed expectations.

“Downtime is not an option,” Sigurdsson continues. “The Q7T was the perfect solution, ensuring reliability and continuity for all productions. Once they had started working in the DiGiCo environment, they decided to purchase additional consoles for each of the smaller spaces, so we sourced them two Quantum225s. It’s been great for the in-house staff and the visiting designers, they’re all very happy.”

Sound engineer Jón Örn Eiríksson is one of the staff members who has benefitted from the console upgrades, he explains how the reliability of the DiGiCo Quantum series has improved the experience for theatre sound engineers.

“Our experience has been highly favourable,” he says. “The user interface is exceptionally comfortable and can be easily configured to accommodate specific job requirements. The console's platform is notably more stable than other consoles we have worked with.”

The reliability of the Quantum 7T comes from its powerful processing and gives engineers the fastest, most stable workflow possible.

Changing to a new console can be daunting, but luckily DiGiCo training sessions are some of the most comprehensive around, as Sigurdsson confirms.

“DiGiCo is known for its exceptional support and training services,” he notes. “In this case, Luxor went above and beyond, providing theatre-specific training to ensure that the theatre’s engineers could fully utilise all the great features of the DiGiCo Theatre software. This commitment to customer satisfaction is a hallmark of DiGiCo's service.”

It is a winning combination, as Jón Örn Eiríksson concludes: “The console offers a considerable amount of flexibility, providing a variety of options to configure and operate according to your preferred workflow. It is an outstanding choice for professionals in need of a reliable mixing solution.”

2nd July 2024

Global Production Studio Describes ORIA As “A Groundbreaking Tool”

Global Production Studio Describes ORIA As “A Groundbreaking Tool”
Global Production Studio Describes ORIA As “A Groundbreaking Tool”

UK – Liverpool-based full service audio production studio, SODA-SOUND is part of the vanguard of ORIA adopters, installing one of the first Audient immersive audio interface and monitor controllers to come off the production line. Already fully Dolby Atmos certified, SODA-SOUND has been mixing in Atmos for several years, having produced over 8,000 spatial mixes for a broad client base including Apple, Mercedes, Estee Lauder and Samsung.

Describing ORIA as “the solution many of us didn’t realise we were waiting for” SODA-SOUND founder, Ted White has nothing but praise for the new addition to his studio. “The clarity and precision the ORIA brings to the table are transformative. With a set-up calibrated to perfection, the transition between stereo, immersive and headphone monitoring has never been smoother, ensuring that mixes translate well across all formats.”

ORIA allows calibration, control and monitoring of multi-channel speaker arrays from stereo up to 9.1.6 - and everything in between. Designed specifically for creating immersive mixes for formats such as Dolby Atmos, it is ideal for music, film, TV, game and VR production.

“Opting to position the ORIA as the primary interface, we were able to streamline our workflow significantly. The ORIA’s flexibility shone through its ability to swap between DAWs and sample rates without a hitch, illustrating its strength as a monitor controller in a dynamic studio environment.”

According to Ted, efficiency at SODA-SOUND has improved beyond their expectations. “We can honestly say we’ve never used an interface that is so able to jump between sessions across multiple DAWs and not have issues along the way. I would say that ORIA has actually increased our productivity most in this sense, our down time between jobs is now virtually nothing, as session hopping has just become a non-issue with the ORIA!”

Ted describes the previous set-up, before ORIA came into their orbit. “As we work daily between stereo and atmos we needed a system that could manage this continuous back and forth workflow. We ended up adopting a system that also came around as an adaptation of our stereo workflows, which included using multiple interfaces and linking them via ADAT.”

This worked, for the most part. “We had to create a robust quality checking method to ensure the mixes translated well across all systems and like most studios, once we found something that gave repeatable and reliable results we stuck to what was working.”

With efficiency uppermost in his mind however, Ted was always on the lookout for new technology and gear which would solve their problems. He reckons ORIA is exactly that, describing it as “a groundbreaking tool.” Indeed, he’s so pleased, there are already plans to purchase additional units.

“It’s clear that Audient has placed a significant emphasis on both form and function, making the ORIA not only a visually appealing piece of gear but also a highly functional one,” concludes Ted. 

2nd July 2024

Clear-Com's Tech Magic Elevates Chatter at the David H. Koch Theater

Clear-Com\'s Tech Magic Elevates Chatter at the David H. Koch Theater
Clear-Com\'s Tech Magic Elevates Chatter at the David H. Koch Theater

USA – The iconic David H. Koch Theater, nestled in the heart of Lincoln Center and renowned for its dedication to dance, has recently undergone a transformative technological upgrade. In a collaborative effort with Clear-Com, the theatre has revamped its wireless intercom and installed all new panels to enhance communication efficiency.

Originally constructed in 1964 as the New York State Theater, the venue was designed by the esteemed architect Philip Johnson. Over the years, it has played a pivotal role in the cultural landscape of New York, serving as the home to the New York City Ballet and hosting various other theatrical performances, including classic Broadway musical revivals. Most recently, the 2024 Tony Awards were held at the theatre, utilising Clear-Com's advanced communication systems to ensure a smooth and successful event.

In a generous commitment to the arts, philanthropist David H. Koch pledged $100 million in 2008 to facilitate the renovation of the theatre. This commitment led to the renaming of the venue as the David H. Koch Theater in 2008, solidifying its status as a beacon of artistic excellence.

Clear-Com has been an integral part of the David H. Koch Theater since its inception in 1964. A notable upgrade took place during the 2008/2009 renovation when the Eclipse system was introduced. Fast forward to the present, and the theatre's communication system has received a significant facelift, ensuring a seamless experience for performers, crew and production staff.

James Schaller, Clear-Com regional sales manager and key figure in this technological transformation, spearheaded the recent upgrades recognised the urgency of a quick update due to the New York City Ballet and touring companies relying on the system and worked with the rest of the Clear-Com team to execute a swift and efficient process. The Eclipse system was upgraded, featuring new panels and FreeSpeak II devices installed with the latest software. The entire operation was completed with impressive speed, with a lead time of just five weeks from order to installation.

"With the ballet season demanding precise timing, it was crucial for us to complete the upgrades efficiently. The success of this project underscores the reliability and efficiency of Clear-Com's solutions," remarked James, emphasising the importance of the upgrade.

The enhancements to the communication system provide substantial benefits, including customisable configurations for individual users and advanced wireless capabilities. This modernisation has significantly improved the operational efficiency for the New York City Ballet and other productions.

On 16 June, 2024, the David H. Koch Theater hosted the Tony Awards, further establishing its prominence in the performing arts domain. The recent deployment of Clear-Com's LQ Series IP interfaces showcased the upgraded system's adaptability, enabling comprehensive communication across extensive distances and ensuring seamless co-ordination during the event.

"We are thrilled to be part of the David H. Koch Theater's journey towards technological excellence. The upgraded communication system not only meets the demands of the present but also positions the theatre for continued success in the future," commented Donald Wood, audio engineer at the David Koch Theater.

Clear-Com remains committed to advancing communication solutions in the entertainment industry, providing cutting-edge technology that elevates the performance experience for artists and production teams alike. 

27th June 2024

Immersive installations at Changi Airport bring wonders of nature to life with audio from K-array

Immersive installations at Changi Airport bring wonders of nature to life with audio from K-array
Immersive installations at Changi Airport bring wonders of nature to life with audio from K-array

Singapore – Consistently voted one of the world’s best airports by Skytrax, Changi Airport in Singapore recently unveiled its latest attraction: Terminal 2, which now boasts an immersive experience across two installations aimed at recreating the wonders of Singapore’s natural environment. The two multimedia installations, named Digital Sky and Wonderfall were created by multimedia studio Moment Factory, in close collaboration with the design studio BOIFFILS Architectures and implemented by systems integrators Electronics & Engineering (Wonderfall) and Electro-Acoustics Systems (Digital Sky). Moment Factory also designed the soundscape of both installations and a K-array system was chosen to provide sound reinforcement for this ambitious installation.

“For our third collaboration with Changi Airport Group, the trust already established with the client allowed us to push the envelope, both creatively and technically,” explains Fady Atallah, creative director at Moment Factory. “With these installations, travellers can immerse themselves in Singapore’s nature with two unique experiences on their journey: an awe-inspiring moment at the Wonderfall and a surprising pause under the digital sky in the Dreamscape.”

The Digital Sky, an overhead LED installation above the airport’s airside Dreamscape Garden, required an audio system to create a natural soundscape as visitors move through the space. The soundscape is procedurally generative, meaning that instead of arranging the soundscape on a timeline, it is generated in Audiokinetic Wwise software using a weighted random algorithm. The sound can be modified by changing certain parameters and values in real-time to trigger changes in the density and mix of all its layers. These parameters can also be controlled via an Unreal Engine capsule to respond to changes in the time of day and local weather conditions, creating a unique experience that blends reality with imagination for passengers awaiting their departing flight.

On the other hand, the Wonderfall is a landmark feature of the Terminal 2 Departure Hall. Here, a four-storey digital waterfall, measuring 18 metres wide and 14 metres high, displays an array of creative waterfall imagery on a 34.4-megapixel LED wall, interspersed with animations and recreations of roaring ocean waves which never fail to stop busy travellers in their tracks.

Both installations, whilst clearly of a visual focus, required sound systems that would blend into the space whilst providing high-quality, lifelike soundscapes. A K-array solution was elected due to the performance, reliability and compact design of the brand’s loudspeakers, allowing the integrators to carefully install the products with minimal disruption to the installation design. Furthermore, both the Wonderfall and Digital Sky are set amongst real-world vegetation, so K-array’s IP64-certified loudspeakers make them an ideal choice in the presence of water and humidity.

The Wonderfall required considerable audio reinforcement as between ambient interludes, the LED screen displays a three-and-a-half-minute show consisting of an immersive waterfall animation set to a bespoke piano composition by composer Jean-Michel Blais. Here, the systems integrators opted for a system based around K-array’s Vyper series loudspeakers. These ultra-flat line arrays create minimal visual impact due to their sleek design.

Nineteen Vyper units are supported by two equally slimline Kobra line array elements and four mid-size Domino units. The addition of four metre-long Python loudspeakers, each with twelve closely spaced 3.15” neodymium magnet woofers, ensures maximum throw and reproduction of the entire vocal range. These loudspeakers are mounted on the surrounding living wall of foliage to ensure minimal visual distraction. Four rumble subwoofers take care of the low-end frequencies, integrated below the wall, whilst a total of 16 metres of Anakonda ultra-flexible loudspeaker units provide a seamless wall of audio around the bottom of the LED wall. The system is driven by five of K-array’s own Kommander KA84 amplifiers, providing powerful DSP and integration with the QSC control system.

Airside, the Digital Sky at Changi Airport’s Dreamscape enjoys audio through K-array’s Vyper, Kobra and Domino loudspeakers. Nineteen Vyper units ensure consistent audio coverage, reinforced by six Kobra and eight Domino loudspeakers. Audio playback across the Dreamscape and the Wonderfall is handled via Delta Media Server Infinity by 7th Sense.

“By installing the loudspeakers on the ceiling, balcony and hidden in the vertical garden structures, we could localise the sound of individual birds and wildlife in space,” explains Joseph Browne, interactive sound designer at Moment Factory. “This effect was achieved by using the spatial audio tools in Wwise, as well as driven by the location of actors in Unreal Engine. For example, if an eagle flies overhead on the Digital Sky, this triggers a corresponding sound effect in the correct location in the garden sound system.”

Recordings of almost 100 local wildlife sounds create an unforgettable immersive nature experience.

The placement of the K-array loudspeakers to create an immersive experience in the Dreamscape Garden is demonstrated every 30 minutes in a show that brings the space to life through a three-dimensional orchestral soundscape utilising all 33 loudspeakers. The sound system allows for the individual instruments to be mixed to different locations in the room, resulting in an enveloping musical experience. Whilst the cellos and strings are played from the ceiling, the piano melody comes from the balconies, whilst the mandolin emanates from the garden loudspeakers, literally surrounding passengers with music.

From the hypnotising waves of Wonderfall to the tropical haven of the Dreamscape Garden, Moment Factory has utilised the latest innovations in AV technology to reconnect travellers with the natural world. “By blending a dynamic soundscape with visual content, we’ve created a harmonious environment that immerses guests in the Garden City’s natural beauty, concludes Atallah. “At Changi Airport, travellers can enjoy moments of true tranquillity and wonder in the midst of one of the world’s busiest transportation hubs.”

photos: Moment Factory

Immersive installations at Changi Airport bring wonders of nature to life with audio from K-arrayImmersive installations at Changi Airport bring wonders of nature to life with audio from K-array

27th June 2024

College of DuPage Enhances Event Communications with Clear-Com Systems

College of DuPage Enhances Event Communications with Clear-Com Systems

USA – The College of DuPage (COD), the second-largest provider of undergraduate education in Illinois, has successfully utilised Clear-Com’s advanced communication solutions for over two decades, significantly enhancing its production capabilities for various large-scale events. The institution recently demonstrated the efficacy of these systems during its 57th commencement ceremony, a major event that hosted 5,000 attendees and celebrated the achievements of 700 graduates.

COD's production team employs an extensive Clear-Com set-up, including two FreeSpeak II digital wireless systems integrated with LQ Series IP interface, merging multiple Clear-Com products. This setup comprises of transceivers connected to the Eclipse HX digital matrix system, a base station and both wired and wireless beltpacks. The versatility and reliability of these systems are essential for managing a wide array of field productions, including commencement speeches, concerts and other significant events across the campus.

For the commencement ceremony, the production setup included two FreeSpeak II transceivers strategically placed to cover the entire arena, ensuring robust wireless communication. Ten wireless beltpacks were utilised by key crew members to maintain mobility while ensuring clear communication. The LQ Series IP interface facilitated seamless integration of different communication devices and extended the reach of communication to remote locations. Acting as the central hub, the Eclipse HX digital matrix connected all communication devices and ensured reliable and synchronised communication.

This comprehensive set-up efficiently supported an 18-member crew within the arena. The communication network, comprising both wired and wireless beltpacks, ensured seamless co-ordination among the team members, contributing to the smooth execution of the event. Additionally, the LQ system was used to connect with graduates and other team members in different buildings, ensuring clear and reliable communication between the control room in the arena and various remote locations.

Beyond large events, Clear-Com systems are used extensively across the College of DuPage campus. These systems facilitate communication for various activities, including daily operations, special events and emergency co-ordination. The flexibility and scalability of Clear-Com solutions enable the college to adapt to different communication needs, ensuring that every event, regardless of size or complexity, is managed efficiently.

Sal Garcia, production supervisor and sound engineer at College of DuPage, emphasised the importance of Clear-Com systems: "The flexibility and ease of use provided by Clear-Com are invaluable for our field productions. Whether it's a commencement ceremony or daily campus operations, Clear-Com ensures that our team can communicate effectively and deliver a flawless experience."

The College of DuPage is a public community college and the second-largest provider of undergraduate education in Illinois, after the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. With its main campus in Glen Ellyn and additional campuses in Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont, COD serves a diverse student body across Illinois' Community College District 502.

27th June 2024

Beijing’s Xiao Theater improves workflow with GREEN-GO comms

Beijing’s Xiao Theater improves workflow with GREEN-GO comms
Beijing’s Xiao Theater improves workflow with GREEN-GO comms

China – The architecturally stunning Xiao Theater inside Beijing’s Huilongguan Cultural and Art Center Theater has installed a GREEN-GO Ethernet-based digital communications system to aid clear, seamless interactions between the technical team.

The theatre, which is named for renowned Chinese director Rao Xiaozhi, has become a go-to venue for incredible immersive sound technology, attracting a range of dance and theatrical companies. China GREEN-GO dealer and AV expert EZPro specified a complete AV solution for the theatre, helping it to gain a reputation as a pioneer in audio system design that brings audiences a more involved experience.

To ensure clear communication and efficient workflow, EZPro introduced the Xiao Theater’s technical team to the GREEN-GO system. During the planning process Wei HE, GREEN-GO product manager at EZPro, demonstrated its wireless advantages and the fact that the GREEN-GO communications system has no single point of failure because there is no central unit that carries the entire system.

“GREEN-GO’s digital Ethernet-based communications system is renowned for its stability, ease of use and scaleability, which is in line with its networked digital design concept,” says Wei HE. “Through EZPro's introduction, the customer was able to understand the advantages and convenience of the GREEN-GO system and chose it. For us, the GREEN-GO intercom system is easy to use with great flexibility and stability. Furthermore, it is easy to build and set up.”

Inside the theatre, the EZPro and in-house technical teams specified a GREEN-GO multi-channel desk station, providing direct access to 32 separate users or groups through individual multicolour push buttons and via three colour TFT touchscreens. These indicate the name, volume level and status of the channels and enable the operational features for each channel, such as ‘Talk’, ‘Listen’, ‘Call’ or ‘Cue’. The multi-channel desk station is placed at the stage supervisor's position for the performance director to co-ordinate with various professionals and communicate with the personnel at various intercom points.

Two GREEN-GO multi-channel rack stations are separately positioned at the sound control room and lighting control room, where the operators receive the director's instructions and communicate with the personnel at various intercom points. For the technical and backstage teams, six GREEN-GO Beltpack X units are used to communicate with the control rooms and the director.

“The GREEN-GO kit has helped to realise the interconnection between stage supervisors, sound, lighting, machinery and other staff,” adds Wei HE. “At the same time, intercom access points are added in the actor channel, stage bridge, sound bridge, light bridge and other areas, where intercom Beltpack X units can be flexibly used for communication.

“The GREEN-GO system enabled the technical team to greatly improve the work efficiency in co-ordinating the various professional operators and actors on the stage, saving on rehearsal and communication time so that the performance can be carried out efficiently. Compared with walkie-talkies and other brands of intercom equipment, the sound quality of the GREEN-GO system is also very excellent, with clear sound and no interference and noises.”

The Xiao Theater is soon to become the home of the "Xiao Youth" drama troupe, as well as host a myriad of local and international performances. 

27th June 2024

VAI Resort in Arizona Announces Partnership with TAIT, the Global Leader in Culture-Defining Experiences

VAI Resort in Arizona Announces Partnership with TAIT, the Global Leader in Culture-Defining Experiences
VAI Resort in Arizona Announces Partnership with TAIT, the Global Leader in Culture-Defining Experiences

USA – VAI Resort, the most anticipated addition to Arizona's hospitality landscape, has announced TAIT as its production partner. Opening its doors in Glendale, part of metro Phoenix, in 2025, VAI Resort will feature a state-of-the-art amphitheatre in the heart of the property with the support of the TAIT development team in order to ensure a perfect performance environment for the A-list talent set to take the VAI stage. This first-of-its-kind, awe-inspiring centrepiece distinguishes the resort from any other entertainment venue in the world, promising unforgettable entertainment experiences.

“I am thrilled to announce that VAI Resort will be joining forces with TAIT to revolutionise our entertainment landscape,” says Howard Weiss, VAI Resort’s senior vice president of entertainment and sponsorships. “At VAI Resort, we are dedicated to providing our guests with extraordinary experiences and this partnership allows us to elevate our entertainment offerings to new heights. The fusion of TAIT’s cutting-edge technology and VAI Resort’s commitment to unparalleled luxury creates an unprecedented experience for our guests. Together, we'll create unforgettable experiences that redefine hospitality and entertainment standards.”

From ensuring ideal sightlines for guests, to engineering enormous moving LED screens on the rotunda stage working together with VAI as the primary technical partners on the development, TAIT provides a one-stop-shop to meet the demanding wish lists of the world’s top live artists. The team has equipped the Arizona amphitheatre with everything for the ultimate entertainment experience for both audiences and performers including visible elements such as the ingenious rotating screens and steel structures required for heavy entertainment and the invisible essentials from load in paths to electrical infrastructure.

TAIT VP of global business development, Butch Allen said: “From years of engineering record-breaking concerts, TAIT knows what the world's biggest acts need to make the crowd go wild and we're making sure that this resort ticks every box. It's going to be awesome!”

VAI Resort aims to captivate guests with its transformative ambiance and meticulous attention to detail. Boasting the title of Arizona's largest hotel property, VAI Resort is set to become a breathtaking standout destination utilising both the natural landscape and location of Arizona and unique aspects of the resort experience to influence the design choices throughout the 1,100 rooms.

25th June 2024