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Lectrosonics helps Release The Hounds


Recording sound for a new TV reality game show for ITV and FOX saw recordist Richard Meredith faced with a set that comprised an open forest several miles west of London, with events taking place all over it. Nevertheless, the Release The Hounds shoot was to be done in ‘studio style’, with the director in a central gallery and camera feeds recorded on a stack of decks, as opposed to shooting in camera.

In fact, the location was so spread that it ended up being two galleries…

Asian Games 2014 broadcasts with Lawo


With Wushu, Sepak Takraw and Dragon Boat Rowing joining more familiar sports, the Asian Games 2014 has opened with a spectacular ceremony in Incheon, South Korea.

But with 10.000 athletes from 45 nations eyeing up the medals, the games already have a winner in the competition for audio and IP-networking – German audio and video specialist Lawo. The broadcast infrastructure and onsite implementation, equipment sourced from Lawo rental partner Audio Broadcast Services, and technical support has been provided by Lawo as a complete package.

VDC makes a home in new Danish music venue


The latest music venue in Northern Denmark, the Musikkens Hus (House of Music) is located on the waterfront of Aalborg. With architectural design by Coop Himmelb(l)au, the sound and communications contracts were won by Nordic systems integrator Exton, and required more than 20km of premier quality audio and video cabling.

The venue contains four concert halls, a restaurant and an educational section, with studios and rehearsal rooms. Exton Project Manager Gunnar Gunnarsson looked to London cable specialist VDC Trading, on grounds of quality, logistics and service for the audio and video cabling, choosing Van Damme Purple, Brown and Black series.

Curtain Call


Renowned theatre sound designer Andrew Bruce leads F&W in an exclusive exploration of sound in musical theatre – its history, past and current technologies, and the rigours of rehearsing and mixing a major West End or Broadway show.

From Cadac’s A to DiGiCo’s T, he follows the development of mixing consoles dedicated to the very specific needs of the theatre. And from script learning to line-by-line mixing, he charts the painstaking work of the theatre sound man – including learning all of the actors’ scripts. Welcome to the secret world of the musical...

Creamfields 2014


Marking the third high-profile Liverpool-centric event for Adlib in as many months, the 2014 Creamfields EDM festival saw the company providing lighting, sound and rigging to two main arenas and the Hospitality/VIP area. It also saw its first use of sound spatialisation at the new Departures stage.

Both main stages (Arena 04 and Arena 05) required major overnight lighting/visual changeovers, with typical UK weather making working conditions tough on site. Leading the Adlib team on site was Crew Chief Kevin Byatt, with everything support from the office/warehouse end by Dave Eldridge – this and detailed advance planning were key to its smooth operation.

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Case Study: On The Run

On the RunArriving off the back of a 20-date North American leg, Beyoncé and Jay Z are now on the road in Europe with their ambitious Bonnie and Clyde-themed stadium tour, On The Run.

Musically thrilling and immaculately choreographed, the show calls on Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 wireless microphone system to survive in the harsh RF environment created by the extemsive use of video and lighting systems.

 

Case Study: Proms in the Park

Last Night of the Proms Now a music and broadcast tradition, the Proms in the Park celebrations attract thousands to outdoor venues in London, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and is broadcast live on TV and radio. Each event centres on a live concert with its own high-profile artists, BBC orchestras and presenters.

Capital Sound took on the Hyde Park event, providing an Optocore fibre-optic audio network infrastructure and Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system.

 

Staging a Musical: The Sound Perspective

Theatre soundWhile centred on the stage, preparations for a major theatre production put sound operators on an equally steep, if not steeper, learning curve than the actors. They need to have every actor’s lines and cues, and all of the show effects in their head and at their fingertips.

Andrew Bruce lifts the curtain on the action at front of house, from first rehearsal to the premier and beyond.

 

Theatre Sound: Towards Digital Mixing

Towards Digital MixingFollowing an in-depth look at the development of DiGiCo’s theatre-specific mixing software, Andrew Bruce follows the story of the stage and the mixing console, and plots the development of technologies that are now familiar both in the West End and on Broadway.

Although many members of the cast will be familiar to you from their other audio adventures, their roles here may hold some surprises.

 

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