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Forbidden Planet anniversary


The 25th anniversary tour of Return to the Forbidden Planet is currently making its way around the UK. Using a Flare Audio loudspeaker system, it is the first major touring musical production to call on the recently launched X2A Compact Vertical Point Source Array. Along with the X2, the show also carries Flare Audio Q18 subs and micro X0s for delays and front fill.

Flare Audio’s polished aluminium speakers (also available in black), are a perfect aesthetic match to the cult musical’s 1950s sci-fi theme: ‘Their size and profile mean they slot easily into traditional proscenium rigging positions where other traditional line array systems would struggle to fit,’ says Ben Harrison, who has revitalised the show’s sound design.

Les Victoires de la Musique


Paralleling the Grammy and Brit Awards, Les Victoires de la Musique is France’s most prestigious annual awards ceremony. Marking its 30th year, the 2015 event was broadcast live from the 5,000-seat Le Zénith arena in Paris.

The nearly four-hour show recognises the year’s top recording artists and included performances by David Guetta, Brigitte, Jean Louis Aubert, and Christine and the Queens, who were supported by a full orchestra. For both live sound and broadcast, the ceremony’s audio crew usedfour SSL Live L500 mixing consoles.

Adlib places first UK ViRay, at Liverpool Philharmonic


Adlib has designed and installed the first Coda Audio ViRay loudspeaker system to go into use the UK. The installation is in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the UK’s premier arts and entertainment venues, this is the latest project in a string of high-profile live music installations by Adlib. Following a competitive tendering process, Adlib’s Installation department was appointed to complete the specification; the supply and installation of a new sound system.

Mystery and Imagination


Blurring fact and fiction, Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe reckoned to take audiences at NYC’s New World Stages performing arts complex on an unforgettable journey. The show used haunting music, a complex soundscape and ingenious stagecraft to tell the story of a tormented yet visionary writer who has fascinated the world for more than a century.

With sound design by Wade Staples, theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company Masque Sound took on the audio equipment package.

Berlin Philharmonic adds Soundcraft Vi3000


Regarded as one of the most architecturally and sonically impressive music venues in the world, the Berlin Philharmonic has installed a Soundcraft Vi3000 console in its Chamber Music Hall, adding to the Soundcraft Vi6 and a Studer Vista 9 console already in use.

Home to the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Chamber Music Hall also hosts concerts from visiting international artists using the Vi6 is in one of the two studios as a recording desk. The Vista 9 is used in the production room for live concert recordings and live broadcasts for radio, television, internet and cinema. The new Vi3000 serves FOH and monitors for live mixing.

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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…

 

Case Study: Temple Beth Israel

Temple Beth IsraelWith an increasingly technology-savvy congregation, Melbourne’s Temple Beth Israel is the first synagogue in Australia to stream Shabbat services online. But that same awareness meant that the failing sound system needed to be replaced.

Poor directional control and speech intelligibility, and the inflexibility of the infrastructure limited the development of new services and events. The time was right to improve the usability of the Synagogue’s sanctuary spaces.

 

Case Study: India National Games 2015

National GamesThe sound systems required for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the recent National Games 2015, held at the Greenfield Stadium in Kerala during February, reflected both the scale and importance of the event.

In keeping with the event’s stature, responsibility for the live sound and feeds for broadcast coverage of the event fell to leading sound reinforcement and turnkey audio systems specialist, Sound.Com.

 

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