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Capital Sound solves Hyde Park sound spill issues


Concerns over sound spill from the Hyde Park festival were further quelled through the use of Martin Audio’s MLA technology at the recent Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park festival.

Event promoters AEG Live adopted a similar set-up as the last event but with significant enhancements – Capital Sound used MLA and MLA Compact to guarantee coherent site coverage, but new optimisations gave an additional 3dB at front-of-house without increasing offsite pollution.

Spice House Sound


At age 13, Alex Santilli went from building with Lego to assembling computers. At 16 he began designing loudspeakers. By 19 he was mixing on Pro Tools and restoring analogue consoles. In 2009 a local studio owner hired him to ‘resurrect’ expired gear. He restored the studio’s mixing console and outboard, rewired the studio and began engineering sessions there.

After managing the studio for two years, he was ready to build a studio of his own...

Cowboy Rides Away claims live record for George Strait


Deposing the Rolling Stones’ 87,500 attendance record at the AT&T Stadium in 1981, George Strait counted almost 105,000 fans at the final show of this his national touring career.

Onstage Systems, which has been rigging sound reinforcement for Strait’s tours since the beginning of his performing days, pulled out all the stops for the final date on the tour with an L-AcousticsS K1/K2 loudspeaker system.

Soundtrack to a Tokyo icon


Named in honour of the its statue of the Faithful Dog Hachiko, Shibuya’s Hachiko Square and its pedestrian crossing– reputed to be the busiest in the world – have become one of Tokyo’s most iconic images

The square is bordered by a department store and two train stations, and provides an irresistible advertising space. Recently, professional sound company, Katoya Recording Service (KRS), was commissioned to provide a sound system to support the imposing 24.3m x 17.3m LED screen that overlooks the intersection.

TiMax lands spatial role in Atlantis Shuttle exhibit


Charting the 33 missions of Atlantis – including maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope and the building of the International Space Station – a new exhibit at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Centre features the shuttle itself.

Key to the US$100m is the ‘multimedia history’ of the craft, including immersive 3D audio spatialisation, which relies on a pair of TiMax SoundHub audio showcontrol matrix systems.

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Future Shock: Tomorrow’s TV

TV eyeNick Cohen believes that broadcast is on the cusp of being hit by the storm that has previously ravaged the print publishing and music industries.

If he’s right, it’s going to be a doozy – ‘the most exciting time in the history of broadcasting’s evolution’, according to Jay Scanlan. With future and access to a connected world, the most fundamental tenets of broadcasting stand to be dramatically rewritten.

 

Interview: Aleks Kolkowski – In Search of Perfect Sound

The Exponential Horn

While Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Welcome to the Pleasuredome album is anticipating an extremely limited anniversary re-release, London’s Science Museum is exhibiting a recreation of a pioneering 1929 loudspeaker design.

There is casual coincidence in the naming of the exponential horn and Pleasuredome producer Trevor Horn, but they also have a tangible connection in their pursuit of sound fidelity against a tide of lo-fi digital distribution.

 

Case Study: London College of Music

RedNet at the LCMOne of the largest music technology departments of any European educational institution, London College of Music is presently building the world’s largest Focusrite RedNet networks.

With Pro Tools as it primary music recording platform, the arrival of Pro Tools 11 invited a move to HDX systems, which are not restricted to Avid I/O – and opened the door to RedNet.

 

Case Study: The Walk to Fisterra

The Walk to FisterraRecalling the work of pioneering ethno-musicologists, a 580-mile walk via 36 churches presents a daunting brief for a documentary project. This, however, is the goal of The Walk to Fisterra, which involves an acclaimed cellist, a Grammy award-winning recording engineer and an enthusiastic team of assistants.

The journey is being undertaken by Dane Johansen, who will perform Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello at each stop, while the team documents his endeavour.

 

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