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SSL AWS lights the way for Gaslamp Studios


Located in the heart of the San Diego district of the same name, Gaslamp offers remote mixing services to artists and producers. Central to its operation are studio acoustics designed by Jochen Veith of JV.Acoustics, a collection of vintage analogue outboard and modern digital equipment, plug-in processing, PMC main monitors and an SSL AWS 948 mixing console.

‘The AWS allows me to have a hybrid workflow,’ says Chief Engineer Kellogg Boynton, a Grammy-nominated engineer whose credits include Eric Clapton, Taylor Swift and Warren Haynes.

Martin Audio’s prize install at Leiden’s De Nobel venue

Converting an industrial building has given Holland a new three-room live music venue in Leiden. Originally a blanket factory, the premises were later taken over by the Nobel Brothers, who traded rags, tatters and ‘old metals’.

Abandoned in 1987, it was later repurposed several times before assuming in its current guise following a new infrastructure created by EHA Architects.

Key to its appeal are Martin Audio sound systems installed in each rom.

Nachtresidenz elevates Düsseldorf club scene


The move to upgrade a 15-year-old sound system has resulted in Düsseldorf’s Nachtresidenz equipping its main room with a five-point speaker system from Funktion-One.

With it, Nachtresidenz aims to be the first club and event venue in the world to be fitted with a surround system that ‘takes guests on a journey into a new and unique world of music perception’.

New loudspeaker technology drives Caparezza tour

Having been shaping the sound of Italian hip-hop, rock and rap artist Caparezza for the past 13 years, sound engineer Antonio Porcelli believes he has a winning bass combination in Powersoft’s M-Force subwoofer driver and the M-Sub enclosure developed by Audio Labs System’s Mario Di Cola.

‘A single M­Force was enough to make the combined effort of the other subs look ridiculous,’ he says, recalling a demo he attended while mixing Caparezza’s album Museica in California.

Before the Dawn

Having made her fans wait 35 years for the opportunity to see her play live, a lot was expected of Kate Bush’s Before the Dawn concerts at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. They did not disappoint, winning high praise from reviewers and fans alike.

While the initial focus fell – inevitably – on the visual aspects of the concerts, the sound was an equally important consideration. Along with sound designer and FOH mixing engineer Greg Walsh, the production team included Stephen Taylor, who was responsible for Kate’s vocal processing, and monitor engineer Ian Newton.

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Case Study: Canberra Airport

Canbrerra AirportAirVolution is the largest private sector investment in Canberra’s history – a massive $480m redevelopment of the city’s airport that has won it the accolade of Australia’s Airport of the Year.

Part of the project is an innovative A/V installation from Rutledge AV that uses the best of Tannoy’s digital beam steering technology that covers the airports 55,000-sq-m, providing announcement and emergency services.

 

The Sound of Story

Sound of Story

Already resigned to its role of ‘poor relation’ to video and film, sound has recently seen new terminology further challenge its dignity. Locked film reels are increasingly being replaced with ones that are ‘soft locked’ or ‘parked’, giving the sound team a moving target.

A recent conference on sound for picture saw a series of high-profile speakers turning this to their advantage, among other insights, however…

 

Case Study: Question de Son

Question de Son

Recreating the vibe of classic recording studios of the 1970s posed both acoustic and monitoring challenges for Question de Son studio owners Jordan Kouby and Frederic Vectol.

‘Many recording studios are trying to face the record industry crisis by simplifying their installations – gear, maintenance, less investment, essentially in-the-box mixing. At Question de Son, we resolutely try to go the other way.’

 

Hrafn: Conversations With Odin

HrafnFor his latest project, pioneering sound recordist and sonic sculptor Chris Watson turned his attention to the seldom-heard phenomenon of ravens gathering to roost, creating a unique audio experience deep in Northumberland’s Kielder Forest.

Led by a guide sharing ancient raven lore, the audience entered the deepest part of the wood where, with darkness falling, the air suddenly filled with the sound of two thousand birds arriving in the canopy overhead...

 

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