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Sara Bareilles tour

Having recently completed her first full production headline tour, American singer-songwriter and musician Sara Bareilles is set to score a new theatre musical, record a studio album.

The tour took her across the US, and then to Australia, New Zealand and several Asian cities. Trey Smith, who has worked with her since 2008, was particular in his choice of audio system: ‘Bobby George at Spectrum talked me into taking a d&b audiotechnik V-Series system,’ he explains. ‘I spoke to a couple of sound engineer friends of mine to get some alternate opinions – everyone just raved about it. It proved perfect for the type of rooms we’d be playing, a mix of indoor theatres and outdoor sheds; anything from four to ten thousand people.

Mahajanaka the Phenomenon Live Show

One of the most sacred texts in the Buddhist religion, the story of the Mahajanaka has been told in many different ways over the centuries, but for a spectacular recent live production in Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej commissioned an interpretation that would be readily intelligible to a contemporary audience – Mahajanaka the Phenomenon Live Show.

The resulting multimedia spectacular marked His Majesty’s 87th birthday at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre besides the Lake of Benjakiti Park in front of 200,000 people.

Avalon Hollywood

While many venues look to their sound systems to help create their identity, Avalon Hollywood has its own namesake speaker series. No stranger to conceptualising game-changing speakers, club owner and audio expert John Lyons is responsible for installing sound systems at some of the world’s leading nightclubs. ‘It’s a matter of being louder, cleaner and clearer,’ he says.

The historic Hollywood’s new sound system features Powersoft’s M-Force technology – and is the world’s largest subwoofer club installation to date. The design and build of the installation fell to Lyons and audio engineers at EAW and Powersoftt, who have worked for two years to perfect the technology.

KBS updates with Lawo

With its technical infrastructure more than ten years old, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) has begun refurbishment of its master control room with a new server based around Lawo equipment. When complete, a Lawo Nova17 MkII routing systems will take KBS into a new era of radio operation, along with VisTool workplaces for visualisation and control.

The project will a establish fully-redundant system of core radio broadcast facilities, along with user-friendly and efficient operation, and sophisticated monitoring and alarm management. An additional benefit is that certain functions no longer need to be accessed via external devices, but are integrated within the Lawo equipment.

Lenny Kravitz loses cable ties

‘He works hard on getting everything just right, especially his guitar,’ says Alex Alvarez, guitar tech to Lenny Kravitz for 23 years. ‘He’s just insistent on his sound, which is why he never went wireless. Any time we would demo something, it never met his expectations.’

Production rehearsals for Kravitz’s European tour in support of his latest album, Strut, saw something of a change of heart, however:  ‘It started as a conversation with Lenny,’ Alvarez says. ‘The subject of wireless guitar came up, and I told him there was a system I wanted him to check out. He said, ‘We’ve been down this road before. I would like to, but you know if it doesn’t sound right, I’m not going to do it.’

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The Art of Recording: Flaunt the Imperfection

PJ HarveyUnder siege from home recording equipment on one front and new music distribution models on another, as well as being eclipsed by the world of gaming, the wider music business has been forced into increasingly desperate attempts to re-evaluate and reinvent itself.

The latest of these is to turn the recording of music itself into an arts project. Can we make the recording studio a show?


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.’


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