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Tan Weiwei tours Anya


Fresh from appearing in the Chinese TV series I Am A Singer, Tan Weiwei performed at the Beijing Workers’ Gymnasium – with help from EZpro and an EAW Anya sound system.

The arena located to the west of the Workers Stadium in Beijing, and orginally hosted the 1961 World Table Tennis Championships. It presents an acoustical challenge for live sound applications, as the loudspeaker location is in very close proximity to the main LED screen and the audience. In addition, it has a limited load-bearing capacity As a result, the sound reinforcement system must be as compact as possible to avoid weight and visibility complications while still providing coverage throughout the venue.

Al Jazeera makes major Calrec investment


Upgrading and standardising its operations internationally, Al Jazeera Media Network has chosen seven Calrec Audio Apollo digital mixing consoles at its broadcast facility in Qatar. The move is part of a ‘full modernisation’ of the Doha facility, which supports 24-hour operation of Al Jazeera’s English, Arabic and Mubasher television channels.

The purchase also marks the largest Apollo deployment in the Middle East, and the creation of one of the world’s largest Hydra2 networks.

The taming of Gottwood


Staged recently on the Welsh isle of Anglesey, the Gottwood electronic and music festival has been running since 2010, presenting a DJ line up of ‘rising stars and established veterans’. Festival Operations Manager Tom Whittle reports that, after four years’ experimentation, the festival has finally solved its noise pollution issues.

Whittle, who works for Creation Live, has been involved with promoter Future Noise Ltd from the festival’s beginning and also works with local Martin Audio partner (and event production company) VME and explains...

Educating Aida


Students at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (LVA) got their hands on a production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida recently, including use of DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4071 Miniature Microphone on both leads.

A publicly funded magnet arts school, the LVA aims to augment students’ chosen major with life skills such as time management and leadership, along with academics. An average academic year for the theatre programme includes three or four main stage and two black-box productions, run nearly entirely by the students.

Pacha Ibiza Dubai


The latest and largest in the Pacha franchise, Pacha Ibiza Dubai has opened after four years in design and construction.

Located next to the Madinat Jumeirah resort in Dubai, Pacha is spread over three floors, the mix of entertainment experiences, room spaces, VIP locations, and an open rooftop terrace, demanded a complex, zoned solution requiring in excess of 100 channels of amplification. Drawing on elements from the d&b audiotehcnik V-Series and Q-Series speakers for main PA, with a selection of loudspeakers from the company’s xS-Series.

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Interview: Adam Moseley

Adam MoseleyEnglish-born producer/engineer Adam Moseley got his start at London’s Trident Studios, where he worked with the likes of Phil Ramone, Tom Dowd, Mutt Lange and Steve Lillywhite. Now settled in Downtown Los Angeles, he operates a studio, owns the Accidental Muzik label and is an instructor at UCLA.

Having just finished an EP with Manchester artist Zoe Violet, he wants to talk studios and sound.

 

Son Doong: Recording the Infinite Cave

Son DoongCalled the Infinite Cave because of its size, Son Doong is among the world’s biggest caves. Recently, photo journalist Martin Edström led a team that photographed it and recorded the sounds occurring inside it.

‘Sound wide, there was always something to be heard – wind, water dripping, a river running, distant birds and sometimes also the thundering silence, if you know what I mean.’

 

Zone Wars: Audio in Art and Weaponry

Dawn ChorusComing at sound from very different directions, two UK art galleries recently put audio at the forefront of an installation – each making use of contrasting interpretations of sound zoning.

While Marcus Coates’ Dawn Chorus framed human beings in the context of birds singing in their natural habitat, Audint’s Delusions of the Living Dead demarked areas of the Tate Britain using what they term ‘unsound’.

 

Case Study: The First Fully Digital Orchestra

Lille National OrchestraClaiming to be the first orchestra to ‘go fully digital’, the Lille National Orchestra (ONL) is using a digital signal chain from sound pick-up to recording.

The orchestra’s own mobile studio comprises a total of 33 digital Neumann microphones, 24 digital Sennheiser microphones (all on active stands and booms), and six DMI-8 interfaces. Also included in the studio are a six-channel Sennheiser wireless system and a full Neumann monitoring set-up.

 

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