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Durand Jones

Set in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, the 865-seat Fremont Theater is a surviving – and now thriving – example of the Streamline Moderne style favoured by West Coast theatres when it opened to host both movies and performances in 1942. Evading attempts to repurpose it as a multiplex cinema or demolish it, a new group of partners, the Fremont Theater Entertainment Group, has invested in restoring its visual and acoustical charm while also modernising its technical facilities.

A key part of the initiative is the addition of an L-Acoustics Kara loudspeaker system, originally installed in 2018 and then re-flown with a new truss system installed earlier this year.

Fame Studios' Studio B control room

Having been in continuous service since it opened, Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, recently completed an update of its control room of Studio B with structural changes, new equipment and ATC SCM45A monitors.

Built in the 1960s by Rick Hall, Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, was the first and most prominent studio to curate the Muscle Shoals Sound, a unique and ultimately ineffable combination of country, gospel, rock, and soul. Listed in the US National Register of Historic Places. The studio hosted Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Gregg Allman, and countless others who shaped the face of modern music.

R3 Estudio Movel

Såo Paulo-based R3 Estudio Movel has chosen a Calrec Artemis Ray console for its new PowerTruck OB, which will handle the company’s audio recording and mixing for live broadcast, as well as for music DVDs and streaming.

‘The truck is set up for mixing and recording music,’ confirms Isaías Rosa, R3’s recording/mixing engineer and multi-Latin Grammy nominee. ‘The Artemis Ray has excellent sound quality; we use it in a 72-fader configuration, which is great for live music mixing as we have the faders set up on one layer.’ Additionally, he says that, when assessing the audio console market, ‘the Artemis met all the requirements of our truck’, and highlights versatility as key to drawing him to the console.

Kaos

Reopening following major refurbishment, the 100,000sq-ft Kaos at the Palms Resort and Casino day/nightclub now has Funktion-One sound systems installed inside and out

Kaos at the reimagined Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas has set a new standard in nightlife hospitality with what has been described as the most technologically advanced nightclub in the world. At its heart, Funktion-One sound – specified and installed by National Technology Associates (NTA) and supplied by Coherent Distribution.

PRC Anniversary

Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Peoples’ Republic of China saw a cast of more than 100,000 assembled in Tiananmen Square for an event that would be televised to a significant proportion of the 1.4bn Chinese. It was by President Xi Jinping, as well as some past Presidents and all the government officials.

The military parade involved 15,000 marching personnel, 600 vehicles and 180 aircraft in the flypast. There were also 110,000 in the civil parade with 70 floats, multiple guns firing a 21 shot salute and the President taking the parade salute from a moving car.

All the audio had to be intelligible to those present as well as the TV audience…

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