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Rio rocks up in Las Vegas


The Rock in Rio festival made its US debut when it set up in Las Vegas at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds for two weekends in May.

Much of the music was performed on the Mercedes-Benz Evolution stage, equipped with a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system provided by Gabisom Audio Products Brazil, Rock in Rio’s longstanding production partner. The system itself was supplied by Las Vegas’ own 3G Productions who also assisted with set-up, stage gear and production for the event.

Desert sound capture for El Llano De La Paciencia


One of the four short films produced as part of Chile Factory, El Llano De La Paciencia premiered in May 2015 at La Quinzaine des Realisateurs opening event at Cannes.

Shooting in the harsh environmental challenge offered by the Atacama Desert, the sound team relied on DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4061 omnidirectional, d:dicate 4017B shotgun and d:dicate 4018C compact supercardioid microphones.

Huber Music Room


‘Music has long been an integral part of my family life,’ says musician/businessman, Chris Huber. ‘When we bought our home a few years ago I knew exactly where the studio would live.’

Now complete, the studio offers a world-class recording space accompanied by an inspirational view of the Pacific Ocean. ‘Our primary aesthetic concern was to retain the panoramic ocean view through our ground floor windows,’ he explains. ‘I researched studio designers and discovered Walters-Storyk Design Group-WSDG through their work on a Brazilian studio with a sweeping view from its live room through a Cinemascope-style control room window.’

Songwriting room focuses on phantom technology


Adding a new studio to their project facility in Northern Utah, songwriter Monty Powell and jazz artist Anna Wilson called on Carl Tatz Design and its proprietary room monitor set-up.

The new studio – named Crane Song – uses turnkey MixRoom technology concept, with a pair of vintage Tannoy System 1000 dual-concentric close-field loudspeakers, using the Phantom Focus System to achieve a 20Hz-to-20KHz room frequency response and accurate imaging.

Huntsman centres on sound for refurbished sports arena


Home to the University of Utah’s Runnin’ Utes basketball, Utes volleyball and Red Rocks gymnastic teams, the 15,000-seat Jon M Huntsman Center has completed up a US$6m renovation. Along with two new entrances, a new floor and LED lighting system, it now boasts an L-Acoustics’ house sound system.

The audio aspects of the project saw consulting firm Spectrum Engineers provide the design and construction documents, and systems integration company Poll Sound install Kara and high-directivity ARCS WiFo enclosures.

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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.

 

Case Study: Mixing at the Millennium Stadium

Millennium StadiumOpened in 1999 to host the Rugby World Cup, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium has since seen a range of sports events, as well as concerts from the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, U2 and The Rolling Stones staged under its retractable roof.

Visitors to rugby’s Six Nations were largely unaware that announcements and entertainment during the matches were delivered via a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2AI mixing desk, supplied by PAI Group and operated by AB Acoustics.

 

Vinyl: The New Groove

Vinyl groovesWhile cylinders for Edison’s phonograph were the world’s first consumer music format in the late 1880s, the first music chart preceded them by around 50 years. Having originally represented sheet music sales, the music charts have tracked delivery formats through vinyl, cassette and CD to digital downloads.

Now, with music sales in a downward spiral, the UK’s first weekly vinyl chart has been launched.

 

Theatrical Address: Loudspeakers for Theatre

Altec A7‘When we started in 1973, there were no loudspeakers, there were no mixers, there were no radio mics, there were no miniature mics that were made specifically for theatre use,’ recalls Autograph Sound Recording’s Andrew Bruce.

The breakthrough for loudspeakers came in 1980 with the release of Meyer Sound’s UPA – that and and The Godfather of Theatre Sound stepping in to champion its potential…

 

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