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Yamaha TF1 joins the ENO cast in mixing role

‘We do many events, from full opera productions to dance shows, talks, parties and so on in our main house at the London Coliseum, and also in other locations,’ says English National Opera Head of Sound, Jacey Linton. ‘We have bigger mixing consoles in the main house – like Yamaha CLs – but I needed a compact, portable desk that could deliver high-quality mixes for these other events.’

To meet this need, the ENO turned again to Yamaha – this time for a TF1.

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall


Founded in 1879 as the Shanghai Public Band, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has operated under a number of different names as well as under conductors from around Europe.

Today, it stands as Asia’s oldest orchestra and has recently moved into a new Concert Hall, designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, along with four Rupert Neve Designs 5088 analogue mixing consoles.

Enter the Dream Asylum


Recognised for work with artists ranging from Britney Spears and Madonna to Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, US producers, Nate ‘Danja’ Hills and partner, Marcella Araica have added a Walters-Storyk Design Group-WSDG recording studio to their NARS (New Age Rock Stars) label.

Dream Asylum Control A features wooden equipment cabinets and a dropped ceiling, while Control B has a custom rear wall wooden resonator and geometrical ceiling cloud. They have identical SSL9000 consoles and WSDG/Augspurger monitor systems, and access to a 600ft2 live room/iso booth.

Foos remain en route with Sonic Highways tour


Having broken his leg while onstage in Gothenburg, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl returned to the stage for a 43-date North American leg of the bean’s Sonic Highways tour. Appearing at Washington, DC’s RFK Stadium with Grohl on a motorised throne, the band’s FOH loudspeaker system was based on an L-Acoustics K1/K2 system provided through Delicate Productions by Special Event Services.

Delicate President Jason Alt says he has has taken the same approach for previous tours, based on the acceptance of L-Acoustics’ K1 system. In fact, Alt’s success with K1 prompted him to order a K2 system for his own company.

Tan Weiwei tours Anya


Fresh from appearing in the Chinese TV series I Am A Singer, Tan Weiwei performed at the Beijing Workers’ Gymnasium – with help from EZpro and an EAW Anya sound system.

The arena located to the west of the Workers Stadium in Beijing, and orginally hosted the 1961 World Table Tennis Championships. It presents an acoustical challenge for live sound applications, as the loudspeaker location is in very close proximity to the main LED screen and the audience. In addition, it has a limited load-bearing capacity As a result, the sound reinforcement system must be as compact as possible to avoid weight and visibility complications while still providing coverage throughout the venue.

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Interview: Adam Moseley

Adam MoseleyEnglish-born producer/engineer Adam Moseley got his start at London’s Trident Studios, where he worked with the likes of Phil Ramone, Tom Dowd, Mutt Lange and Steve Lillywhite. Now settled in Downtown Los Angeles, he operates a studio, owns the Accidental Muzik label and is an instructor at UCLA.

Having just finished an EP with Manchester artist Zoe Violet, he wants to talk studios and sound.

 

Son Doong: Recording the Infinite Cave

Son DoongCalled the Infinite Cave because of its size, Son Doong is among the world’s biggest caves. Recently, photo journalist Martin Edström led a team that photographed it and recorded the sounds occurring inside it.

‘Sound wide, there was always something to be heard – wind, water dripping, a river running, distant birds and sometimes also the thundering silence, if you know what I mean.’

 

Zone Wars: Audio in Art and Weaponry

Dawn ChorusComing at sound from very different directions, two UK art galleries recently put audio at the forefront of an installation – each making use of contrasting interpretations of sound zoning.

While Marcus Coates’ Dawn Chorus framed human beings in the context of birds singing in their natural habitat, Audint’s Delusions of the Living Dead demarked areas of the Tate Britain using what they term ‘unsound’.

 

Case Study: The First Fully Digital Orchestra

Lille National OrchestraClaiming to be the first orchestra to ‘go fully digital’, the Lille National Orchestra (ONL) is using a digital signal chain from sound pick-up to recording.

The orchestra’s own mobile studio comprises a total of 33 digital Neumann microphones, 24 digital Sennheiser microphones (all on active stands and booms), and six DMI-8 interfaces. Also included in the studio are a six-channel Sennheiser wireless system and a full Neumann monitoring set-up.

 

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