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dLive at FOH for Travis’ December gig at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
dLive at FOH for Travis’ December gig at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

dLive Helps Travis Sing Across the Globe

Debi Moen
International News

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - Travis' FOH engineer Jon Lewis has chosen Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class digital mixing system as his  mixer of choice. During the band's tour from May to December last year, Lewis specified a S7000 Surface with DM48 MixRack. “As a touring console, the dLive is my ‘go to’ weapon, it's so flexible, sounds great and you're able to get excellent results very quickly!” says Lewis.

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Kiran Tauro, Jerin Jose, Kamal Raj Burman and Kunal Jaiswal.
Kiran Tauro, Jerin Jose, Kamal Raj Burman and Kunal Jaiswal.

Adamson Boosts Bahrain National Day Festival

Debi Moen
International News

SAKHIR, BAHRAIN – Celebrated annually on December 16, Bahrain National Day commemorates the coronation of the country’s first king after gaining its independence from the British. This year’s edition marked the 45th anniversary of that monumental occasion, featuring performances from major Arabic stars, making the sound system even more critical. Bahrain’s Maestro Sound & Light provided audio production services, choosing Adamson for its PA system.

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Capital Sound supplied Outline’s GTO C-12 system for Status Quo's final electric tour, named "Last Night Of The Electrics."
Capital Sound supplied Outline’s GTO C-12 system for Status Quo's final electric tour, named "Last Night Of The Electrics."

Outline Tours with Status Quo's 'Last Night Of The Electrics'

Debi Moen
International News

LONDON - In early 2016, Status Quo announced their final electric tour, the appropriately-named "Last Night Of The Electrics," for which London-based Capital Sound deployed their Outline GTO C-12 rig. Long-standing FOH engineer Andy May agreed to use the system following a recommendation from Dave Roden (who used it for The Stereophonics during the summer) and has subsequently taken to it. Capital Sound also provided the same system for Il Divo's tour in 2016.

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VME's MLA System Helps IBF World Heavyweight Champion

Debi Moen
International News

MANCHESTER, UK - VME provided a Martin Audio MLA System for Anthony Joshua’s latest International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Heavyweight Championship defense at Manchester Arena. FOH engineer Mike Bell says, “The broadcast mics are so sensitive that it’s vital we are able to deaden the sound around the ring and then begin the coverage from the VIP section,” he says. “Having that level of control with MLA is incredible — we would not be able to put these microphones out over the PA with such clarity if it was not for this system.”

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‘Arrivals & Departures’ at The Deep. Photo: Lindsay Cave
‘Arrivals & Departures’ at The Deep. Photo: Lindsay Cave

Tube UK Impresses Public, Penguins for Hull UK City of Culture Event

Debi Moen
International News

HULL, UK - To celebrate its title as the 2017 UK City of Culture, Hull entertained residents and visitors with a week of innovative and engaging mixed media sound, lighting and visual installations telling the story of the city and its people over almost a century. Audio specialist tube uk provided sound for six separate interactive works around the city center during the "Made in Hull" event, having to be mindful of the PA for people as well as the sensitive ears of penguins.

More details from tube uk (www.tubeuk.com):
Hull launched its year as the 2017 UK City of Culture with ‘Made in Hull, a week of innovative and engaging mixed media sound, lighting and visual installations telling the story of the city and its people over almost a century. Audio specialist tube uk was delighted to join in the excitement, specifying, rigging and fine-tuning audio systems for six separate interactive works around the city center.

Made in Hull was designed to thrill, excite and intrigue the public and was created by the core creative team of Sean McAllister, Ala, Lloyd, Rupert Creed, Durham Marenghi, Dan Jones and producer Niccy Hallifax, working alongside numerous artists. The installations ran Jan. 1-7, 2017.

Tube, based in Manchester and London and known for its penchant for invention and thinking ‘out-of-the-box’ was working closely with BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award winning sound designer and composer Dan Jones who created content and curated each of the installations.

Tube was chosen to undertake the work by Ground Control, Made in Hull’s technical suppliers who were in turn appointed by Chris Clay, technical & operations director at Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Melvyn Coote, who founded the company 15 years ago, explains, “It was a fantastic project and a great honor to be asked to work with someone of Dan's calibre. We all learnt a huge amount from the experience, and there were several firsts for us, including having to specify and tune a system that was acceptable to penguins and sharks!”

Coote is referring to one of the installations located just over the water from Hull’s famous aquarium and marine center, The Deep. The piece was composed by Terry Dunn but tube and the team needed to take into account the resident penguins and sharks in particular are known for their ultra-sensitive hearing.

Coote worked with a crew of 12 sound engineers – seven for the week long run of shows and five more for the get-in which began Dec. 27 and for the load-out on Jan. 9. All were hand-picked and are audio specialists in their own right.

‘Made in Hull’ attracted massive crowds – over 342,000 people over seven days - giving a great start to a year that will be full of vibrant transformational cultural activities celebrating the unique character of the city, its people, community, history and geography.

The biggest ‘Made in Hull’ site was Queen Victoria Square in the historic heart of the city. The audience was surrounded by three different PA systems rigged on the three major buildings around the Square – Hull City Hall, Ferens Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum. A left and right speaker array was flown either side of each building on 9 meter high masts, each comprising four d&b V8s and a V-SUB per position. Central to each building were two B2s and two Y7Ps for fill.

This amounted to a rich, immersive 360 degree coverage supporting the three large format projection displays each telling the same story via custom video content created specifically for each building surface. D&b was selected by Melvyn to meet all Dan Jones’ requirements and to deliver the power needed while looking neat and tidy, almost blending into the background.
In the surrounding streets leading to the square, three ‘distance’ PAs – each made up from a ground-stack of four Y8s and 1 Y-Sub - were located and fed with ‘distance’ effects to add to the enveloping complexity of the sound scape.

The site was dissected by a major road which made the logistics of elements like cable management a bit more challenging.
All the PA structures and various infrastructure like cable bridges and picks were supplied by Star Events, and the area was also architecturally lit and was supplied by dbn Lighting, also from Manchester.

Each aspect of these PAs was individually controlled so sound could be shifted around and spot effects applied via a Yamaha CL5 console run in unison with a Yamaha Rio 3224 rack to handle additional outputs.

Amplification was eight d&b D80s for the V arrays with five D12s driving the distance PAs. Apple MAC Minis running QLab’s multitrack audio were used for all the playback, chosen as a “reliable and flexible option,” says Coote, as there was an amount of remixing, editing and finessing the content with Jones once everything was up-and-running on site.

Zebedee’s Yard was the location of a pop-up football experience ‘105+dB’. This piece designed and created by Invisible Flock as part of the Creative Communities programme was situated in a courtyard like space measuring about 40 meters long and 16 wide surrounded by lots of tall buildings that’s entered via an alleyway – a perfect urban soccer environment!

Tube set up four PA arrays, one in each corner of the yard consisting of  two Y7Ps and two Y-SUBs on ground mounted poles, with another four Y10P fills and four Y-SUBS per side – each of the 12 points of sound were individually addressable and powered by D12 amps.

This work by sound artist Ed Waring – featuring  Hull City FC in a stadium of sound - proved to be one of the most exciting, unusual and almost life-like installations of the week.

Moving on to The Deep, visitors entered a viewing platform on the opposite bank of the River Hull from the well-known visitor attraction, which confluences with the river Humber at that point, and from here they could enjoy a projection show and its accompanying soundtrack.

The main PA was made up of d&b J series speakers. Two stacks of six J8s a side - were located outside The Deep, ground stacked on PA risers, both for stability and to optimize the long throw distance of approximately 120 meters across the estuary. If they had been flown, the slightest bit of wind – highly likely in January and given the geography – would have moved it massively.

Adjacent to the viewing platform was a smaller near-field PA of four V12s, four V SUBs and two B2s also ground stacked in left and right arrays.

Having the near and far-field PAs allowed Coote and the team to sweep audio and atmospherics between the two sides of the river, giving the audience a true sense of sound movement to enhance the projections which were appearing on the side of the beautiful modern architecture of “The Deep” building.

Both near and far-field speaker stacks were driven by D80 amps and the sound track was run on a QLab system via a Yamaha QL1 console. The far-field PA was linked into the overall PA system and timecode control via wireless RF link. Tube and Ground Control also collaborated closely with environmental noise consultants Aria Acoustics for this work, and also with animal behaviorists at The Deep about their inhabitants.

Steps taken to reduce the negative impact of the PA on penguins and sharks was achieved with careful focusing of the far-field speakers and the absence of any sub cabinets on that side of the river.  

Rubber matting was used on the PA risers to further absorb any vibrations and reduce the risk of them being audible in The Deep building via the floor.

“Using the line array as it’s designed enabled all the sound energy to be directed towards the listeners,” explains Coote, adding, “As far as I am aware all the birds, fish and marine wildlife in The Deep were very satisfied with the results.”

The Underpass was a northern club-inspired environment beneath the Myton Bridge flyover created by artist Jesse Kanda, which required an in-the-round high fidelity quad PA system to re-produce the unusual juxtaposition of a sound track to accompany club/rave scenes playing on three projection screens.

With a low roof, compact speaker arrays were needed, so they went with two Y8s and a Y12 per hang – flown off trusses installed by Star.

In the center of the "dancefloor," a sub sculpture was created from 8 x d&b V-SUBs run off D12 amps. Another QLab system for control was run through one of tube’s Yamaha QL5 consoles.

Scale Lane Staith is a small pedestrian street and a projection work was beamed onto one of the walls and five d&b E8 speakers – picked for their compact size – together with five d&b E12 SUBs were concealed behind a fence and foliage to deliver the sound track.

Hiding the sound source all added to the sonic conspiracy in this intimate and transient installation as the audio shifted between the five points.

Over at Whitefriargate the shop windows came alive with the buzz and energy of the event – quite literally - as tube supplied Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 machines for playback and Yamaha XP3500 amps to power a series of transducers which were fitted to the shop windows, turning them into speakers. This gave visitors a real element of surprise as they walked through. All six shows ran for seven nights, with staggered running times to allow visitors to experience all of them on a trail-like expedition around the city.

“The audiences for these installations were treated with some really clever audio tapestries, from the huge spatial and multi-channel sound composition from Dan Jones in Queen Victoria Square, and the amazing real-life football audioscape in Zebedee’s Yard, to the powerful sound from The Deep. It’s been a privilege to work on this project and see the thousands of people enjoy this creative and highly accessible content.”

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Manchester's Winter Gathering includes an ice skating rink, live music, concessions and vendors. Photo: Alex Morgan, Neuron
Manchester's Winter Gathering includes an ice skating rink, live music, concessions and vendors. Photo: Alex Morgan, Neuron

Danley UK, Neuron Pro Audio Deliver at Winter Gathering

Debi Moen
International News

MANCHESTER, UK - Manchester's Winter Gathering - centered around a historic London Road Fire Station - required a sizeable collection of Danely Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers from Neuron Pro Audio. The decommissioned station fills an entire block and has a massive courtyard at its center, which the Winter Gathering populates with an ice skating rink, live music and hip concessions and vendors. The live music is a mixture of bands, DJ sets and quirky pop-up acts, like a Mannequin Challenge and a walkabout brass band that performs covers of famous '90s-era dance tunes.

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Motown: The Musical opened to rave reviews earlier in 2016 at the 1400-seat Shaftesbury Theatre and continues its extended run through at least October 2017.
Motown: The Musical opened to rave reviews earlier in 2016 at the 1400-seat Shaftesbury Theatre and continues its extended run through at least October 2017.

London's West End Rocks to its Soul with Meyer Sound

Debi Moen
International News

LONDON - Autograph Sound provided Meyer Sound Leo Family reinforcement systems for two of the hottest musicals playing London's West End: Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock (with sound designer Mick Potter) and Motown: The Musical (sound designer Peter Hylenski). Says Potter, “For School of Rock, it was simply a matter of finding the right Meyer loudspeakers for the style of the show – in this case a combination that could deliver rock concert levels yet with the detail and transparency of a theatre system.”

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Engineer José María Rosillo with dLive at the "El Gusto es Nuestro" show in Madrid.
Engineer José María Rosillo with dLive at the "El Gusto es Nuestro" show in Madrid.

Allen & Heath Chosen for Anniversary Tour of Spain

Debi Moen
International News

MADRID - Sorter Sound Professional supplied an Allen & Heath dLive and ME system for a 20th anniversary live performance tour of a collaborative album, "El Gusto es Nuestro" by renowned Spanish artists. Sound engineer José María Rosillo requested dLive for the tour, which visited 33 venues across Spain, entertaining 500,000 fans.

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Coda Audio AiRay Makes African Debut

Debi Moen
International News

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - Coda Audio's South African distributors Tadco have sold the first AiRay system on the African continent to rental company Virtual Productions. Virtual has already deployed AiRay in a range of events from music festivals and political rallies to gospel meetings and more.

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