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VDC makes a home in new Danish music venue


The latest music venue in Northern Denmark, the Musikkens Hus (House of Music) is located on the waterfront of Aalborg. With architectural design by Coop Himmelb(l)au, the sound and communications contracts were won by Nordic systems integrator Exton, and required more than 20km of premier quality audio and video cabling.

The venue contains four concert halls, a restaurant and an educational section, with studios and rehearsal rooms. Exton Project Manager Gunnar Gunnarsson looked to London cable specialist VDC Trading, on grounds of quality, logistics and service for the audio and video cabling, choosing Van Damme Purple, Brown and Black series.

Curtain Call


Renowned theatre sound designer Andrew Bruce leads F&W in an exclusive exploration of sound in musical theatre – its history, past and current technologies, and the rigours of rehearsing and mixing a major West End or Broadway show.

From Cadac’s A to DiGiCo’s T, he follows the development of mixing consoles dedicated to the very specific needs of the theatre. And from script learning to line-by-line mixing, he charts the painstaking work of the theatre sound man – including learning all of the actors’ scripts. Welcome to the secret world of the musical...

Creamfields 2014


Marking the third high-profile Liverpool-centric event for Adlib in as many months, the 2014 Creamfields EDM festival saw the company providing lighting, sound and rigging to two main arenas and the Hospitality/VIP area. It also saw its first use of sound spatialisation at the new Departures stage.

Both main stages (Arena 04 and Arena 05) required major overnight lighting/visual changeovers, with typical UK weather making working conditions tough on site. Leading the Adlib team on site was Crew Chief Kevin Byatt, with everything support from the office/warehouse end by Dave Eldridge – this and detailed advance planning were key to its smooth operation.

Meyer Sound upgrade for Mohegan Sun Casino

New England’s Mohegan Sun Casino has installed a second Meyer Sound M’elodie System in its 300-seat Wolf Den showroom.

Addressing a 300° audience area, the new system features two main arrays of six M’elodie loudspeakers, two side arrays of four, and four for front fill. Four 700-HP subwoofers provide low end, with system drive and alignment provided by a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system. The installation also includes 12 UM-1P stage monitors in addition to a UPA-1P loudspeaker and a USW-1P subwoofer for drum monitors. Yamaha CL5 digital mixing consoles are installed for FOH and monitor positions.

US school expands arts facilities with DAS & DiGiCo


Briarcrest Christian School offers a comprehensive Fine Arts programme, for which it has recently opened the Sparks Chapel Fine Arts Center to stage its music and theatre productions, as well as other on-campus activities.

For its audio needs, the school called in Tennessee Concert Sound, a design/build audio services firm that is also involved in sound production. Owner Stewart Tritt and Jason Long, who handled sales and system design for the project, devised a set-up based around a DiGiCo SD10 mixing console and a PA system comprising 22 DAS Aero 8A pline array modules, supported by four LX-218CRA subwoofers.

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Staging a Musical: The Sound Perspective

Theatre soundWhile centred on the stage, preparations for a major theatre production put sound operators on an equally steep, if not steeper, learning curve than the actors. They need to have every actor’s lines and cues, and all of the show effects in their head and at their fingertips.

Andrew Bruce lifts the curtain on the action at front of house, from first rehearsal to the premier and beyond.

 

Theatre Sound: Towards Digital Mixing

Towards Digital MixingFollowing an in-depth look at the development of DiGiCo’s theatre-specific mixing software, Andrew Bruce follows the story of the stage and the mixing console, and plots the development of technologies that are now familiar both in the West End and on Broadway.

Although many members of the cast will be familiar to you from their other audio adventures, their roles here may hold some surprises.

 

Case Study: Flying Into The Dawn

Wind tunnel‘I've worked in a lot of weird and wondrous sites, but it’s seldom one comes across a place quite like this,’ says sound artist Thor McIntyre-Burnie.

He’s describing the wind tunnels that helped shape the Spitfire’s elliptical wings and guided the design of early supersonic aircraft. Now open to the public for the first time, the tunnels provide the setting and the acoustics for his Flying Into The Dawn sound installation.

 

Andrew Bruce: The Musical

DiGiCo‘I said I’d done some work with Soundcraft and Cadac, and had a big folder of information. Would they be interested in evolving something specifically for the theatre?

‘James put me in touch with the people who write DiGiCo’s software. They came to London and we went to see several shows that night – and I watched while the colour drained from their faces…’

 

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