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The return of Fly Open Air

Having begun working with Fly Events on the inaugural Fly Open Air EDM event in Princes Street Gardens – the 6500-acre grounds of a historic building overlooking the River Forth, which separates Edinburgh from Fife – in September 2016, Creation Live followed the event to the 17th century Hopetoun House, the following May.

With the event more than doubling the first Hopetoun House attendance to 8,500 per day this year, Creation adopted sister company VME’s Martin Audio MLA to handle both sound delivery and sound control..

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’Rite line for new 23dB Productions studio

After five years spent building its profile in music production, live-sound recording and mixing and podcast production, Los Angeles’ has a new studio facility in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

For the operation’s workflow, 23dB co-owners Fela Davis and Denis Orynbekov have chosen Focusrite interfaces – the ISA Two microphone preamp; multiple Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt audio interfaces; the Scarlett OctoPre eight-channel mic preamp; and a portable Scarlett 2i2 interface. ‘The Clarett interfaces are fantastic, both as mic preamps and as converters,’ says Orynbekov. ‘It lets us operate at 24/96 when we choose to, and we’re able to run two or three sets of monitors through it. It’s our main interface with Logic for recording and editing.’

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The Symphony Strikes Back

Accompanying a Star Wars screening at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, the Colorado Symphony performed John Williams’ full score as the latest in a series of orchestra/movie pairings including the Colorado Symphony’s own accompaniment of Star Wars: A New Hope in 2018. Supporting Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was Clearwing Productions’ deployment of L-ISA Hyperreal Sound.

Clearwing was the first North American company to use the system, initially for an outdoor Santa Barbara Bowl show with Odesza, then later at the same venue with Bon Iver. However, this event marked the first time that the production company had used it for an orchestral event – and at the request of the Colorado Symphony.

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Calrec makes KBS’ Happy

KBS Radio has added two Calrec Artemis Light consoles to the Radio 3’s Summa as part of a significant technology upgrade for its Happy FM and Cool FM stations.

‘The Korean music scene is booming, courtesy of K-pop,’ says Kim Kiyong, Deputy Manager at KBS Radio Production Technology. ‘We need to convey the clear, crisp modern production sound of this exciting genre of music and that requires premium-quality consoles. Of course, all our other content benefits too. We have been very happy with the Summa console we have installed so Calrec was a natural fit for us with the Artemis Light. These consoles are both compact and powerful, which was exactly what we were looking for.’

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Tokyo’s Kraftwerk immersion with d&b Soundscape

Tokyo’s Orchard Hall was the scene for four sold-out shows by Kraftwerk in early April. As at their eight sold-out shows at London’s Tate Modern in 2012, the pioneering Germans called on d&b audiotechnik for immersive audio.

d&b audiotechnik Japan provided KSL loudspeakers with D80 amps and d&b Soundscape to creative a unique sound immersion. The combined use of KSL and Soundscape was a world premiere, and a complement to the visual 3D experience offered by the Kraftwerk performances.

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