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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.

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.

L-Acoustics keeps Lana shows intimate


‘Lana is a very discreet vocalist, very self-conscious about how she approaches a microphone. What we want to do is keep the low end around her, but nowhere near overpowering, to give her a lot of space on stage, yet keep plenty of bass out there in the audience.’

Sound Image FOH system tech Bill Price is discussing Lana Del Rey’s three-plus-octave vocal range and intimate delivery. In the context of a band on a big stage, the task of ensuring that every sultry whisper is heard can present its share of challenges. Sound Image reckons to have the right sound system for the job, however.

Desert sound capture for El Llano De La Paciencia


One of the four short films produced as part of Chile Factory, El Llano De La Paciencia premiered in May 2015 at La Quinzaine des Realisateurs opening event at Cannes.

Shooting in the harsh environmental challenge offered by the Atacama Desert, the sound team relied on DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4061 omnidirectional, d:dicate 4017B shotgun and d:dicate 4018C compact supercardioid microphones.

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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.

 

Case Study: Mixing at the Millennium Stadium

Millennium StadiumOpened in 1999 to host the Rugby World Cup, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium has since seen a range of sports events, as well as concerts from the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, U2 and The Rolling Stones staged under its retractable roof.

Visitors to rugby’s Six Nations were largely unaware that announcements and entertainment during the matches were delivered via a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI mixing desk, supplied by PAI Group and operated by AB Acoustics.

 

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