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International news highlights from the world of live sound, recording, broadcast, postproduction and A/V
 

Singapore’s SAS enters new Constellation

Singapore American School
Taking advantage of an upgrade to its auditorium, the Singapore American School (SAS) has installed a Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system. The move both solves an acoustic issue that has prevented performers from hearing each other clearly and gives students the opportunity to learn about active acoustics. Additionally, it provides a flexible sound environment for community productions.

The system is built around a D-Mitri digital audio platform running VRAS acoustical algorithms. Room ambience is captured by 38 microphones, and an enhanced acoustical response is delivered by 200 speakers over the stage and audience. 

 

Rotor turns on largest Meyer cinema sound system

Rotor Film
The installation of a 69-loudspeaker Meyer Sound cinema system has made German postproduction facility Rotor Film the largest facility in Europe to offers both Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D immersive surround sound. Located in the Babelsberg Media City complex in Potsdam, the recently opened mixing stage features one of the largest Meyer Sound cinema monitoring systems ever installed.

The installation follows intensive comparative listening tests involving management, staff and associated independent mixing engineers.

Rotor Film
 

Katara Recording Studios opens in Qatar

Katara Studios
Taking its place among the Middle East’s largest and most technically advanced recording/feature film audio postproduction complexes, Katara Studios has opened in Doha, Qatar.

The 6,000-sq-m compound was commissioned by The Katara Committee, with WSDG-Walters-Storyk Design Group invited onboard in 2012. WSDG was retained by Elie Wakim, head of the acoustical division of Doha-based, Imar Trading & Contracting.

 

Alcons takes the stage at Sweden’s Dramaten

Dramaten
Occupying an impressive Art Noveau building in Nybroplan, Stockholm, the Dramaten (Royal Dramatic Theatre) is Sweden’s National Theatre. As well as staging classical theatre, new Swedish and international productions it is a hub for child and youth theatre. After several years of renting Alcons loudspeakers, the venue has installed a permanent system in its main space.

Located in the main building, the 770-capacity Main Stage is the heart of the theatre. Its décor is maintained to be as close as possible to when the building opened in 1908, requiring the new system to be compact yet deliver very high-quality sound.

 

JALC completes Meyer Sound move

JALC Rose Theater
With the newly renovated Frederick P Rose Hall now open, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) now features Meyer Sound systems in every performance space within the prestigious New York City complex.

Sound Associates of New York led the coordination of all Meyer Sound systems throughout the venue, working on design with the JALC staff and Bob McCarthy, Director of System Optimization at Meyer Sound. Leopard was selected for the 1,233-capacity Rose Theater to provide controlled, even coverage throughout the irregularly shaped room while meeting the needs of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

 

Quays Theatre refurb

Quays Theatre at The Lowry in Salford QuaysOpened in 2000, the sound system at the the Quays Theatre at The Lowry in Salford Quays (UK) was as installed until a recent upgrade. With its completion, the 440-capacity theatre is again able to meet the demands of drama, comedy and music using a new L-Acoustics installation

The project was co-ordinated for the theatre by Head of Technical Services Dave Woodward. Due to budget restrictions, the new design was required to re-use much of the existing cabling infrastructure. For Adlib, the process begain with discussions about the requirements for the space. It was established that the new system needed to handle spoken word applications just as well as amplified music for gigs and concerts.

 

Song Fei recalls Qingming Festival for new musical

Along the River During the Qingming Festival
Capturing daily life in Bianjing (today’s Kaifeng), Along the River During the Qingming Festival by Song Dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan is one of the ten most famous paintings in China. Successive scenes reveal all levels of society from rich to poor, as well as activities in the countryside and the city, with period clothing and architecture.

It was also the basis for a recent concert performed by Chinese violinist Song Fei in Beijing, where an Alcons Audio system delivered the sound.

 

American Music Awards

2015 American Music Awards
Held at Microsoft Theater in Downtown LA during November, the 2015 American Music Awards counted more than 10m television viewers across the US alongside the 7,000 people in attendance.

In addition to performances from Coldplay, The Weeknd and Demi Lovato, the evening saw AMA awards presented to artists including One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and Fall Out Boy. Country artist Sam Hunt was New Artist of the Year, while Taylor Swift scooped nominations in six categories. Hosted by Jennifer Lopez the event featured Harrison Ford, Prince and Jenny McCarthy among its presenters.

 

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