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Big Blues Bender

HAS Productions recently deployed Vue PA systems for the four-day Big Blues Bender at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas for the third successive year. This marks five years for HAS as the exclusive production team behind the event, which hosted artists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tab Benoit, Samantha Fish and The Marcus King Band.

‘This is a discerning crowd who travel from all over to hear the best of the best,’ says HAS Productions President, Larry Hall. ‘As Blues Bender continues to grow in both attendance and talent, expectations for a world-class listening experience also expand. The loudspeakers are a critical part of the success of this production. Their versatility allows us to configure them to meet the requirements at all five stages, while delivering SPL and fidelity beyond their size.’

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Post Traumaticsolo

The current Post Traumaticsolo tour by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda set out with mix engineers Mike Fanuele and Kevin ‘Tater’ McCarthy sharing a single DiGiCo SD12. After the first show, the SD12 moved on for  tour legs in Asia and Europe, and McCarthy – associated with Shinoda for more than a decade – spec’d twof DiGiCo ultra portable SD11i desks for the promo tour that preceded the Asia dates.

‘A lot of people have asked me why I choose the SD11i,’ he reports. ‘Originally, it was just Mike Shinoda and no other band members. The band and additional crew where added after the gear had shipped to Hong Kong. After a few shows, I was comfortable with the all the new inputs and with the 12-fader format, so I decided to keep it. It never came off that table rack. I just popped the lid every day and was ready to go.’

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NY's Gimlet rides the rise and rise of the podcast

Recent statistics have it that more than a quarter of the population now listen to podcasts regularly as the 20-year old format takes hold of a new generation of media consumers. Accordingly, NY-based Gimlet Media has opened a new 28,000sq-ft production facility based in downtown Brooklyn which was designed in tandem with the acoustic architectural firm Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG).

The new facility catapults Gimlet’s podcasting operations from a modest studio operation to a commercial-grade, custom space that promises to take its content to the next level – from both quality and efficiency perspectives. For Technical Director Austin Thompson, this is the realisation of what Gimlet has strived to achieve...

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Stage Tec upgrades VRT OB mixing facilities

Stage Tec has upgraded two of Flemish broadcaster VRT’s HD01 and HD02 OB vans with RMDQ audio DSP units – each is now each equipped with six DSP boards in their Nexus Star routers.

The OB trucks are now ready for all production requirements – depending on the configuration, 44 mix buses and more than 500 audio channels are available. The consoles, which have been installed in the OB vans for eight years, now benefit from features including an automixer, M/S decoder, internal tone generator and new VCA hierarchy.

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Lawo plays Carmen at Bregenz Festival

Supporting sound reinforcement and directional listening systems for a sold-out run of Georges Bizet’s Carmen at the annual summer Bregenz Festival, Lawo’s new mc²96 console served the Floating Stage on Lake Constance. Lawo systems already in use simplified the upgrade of the production console, which plays an important part in the production’s remarkable use of sound.

Sound designer Alwin Bösch and sound engineer Gernot Gögele moved from an mc²66 console the festival used since 2005 to an IP-based Lawo mc²96 grand production console, which was installed prior to this year’s performances. Although learning the new operating sequences took a few days, Bösch and Gögele were up and running within a week.

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