Justin Bieber’s Purpose world tourWith only two UK appearances for Justin Bieber’s Purpose world tour, the PA had to provide a convincing snapshot of his presence: for him; his exacting crew; and his fans. The single show at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium) drew media attention and thousands of followers from all over Europe.

It also represented another UK showcase for Outline’s GTO line array, as UK-based rental mainstay Capital Sound’s hire inventory was already heavily committed.

Alphabet CityInspired by author Salman Rushdie, artist Diane Samuels and husband Henry Reese founded a City of Asylum chapter on Pittsburgh’s North Side that is becoming a local centre for global literature and culture. It is also a showcase for local creative services firm, Clear Story.

From hosting events in their home and  impromptu venues in their neighbourhood, the couple took on part of a former Masonic to create Alphabet City.

The America's CupWith the America’s Cup sailing into Bermuda for its 35th edition, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company (BBC) was made official broadcast partner. Needing to accommodate video and commentary from the water, helicopters and from onshore, the BBC created an infrastructure based on a BroaMan fibre network.

The network covers the America’s Cup Village at the Royal Naval Dockyard; the transmission, editing and news gathering hub; and the BBC’s home studio facilities.

Museum of African American History and CultureThe new National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only US national museum devoted to African American life, history and culture. Since opening in 2016, more than one million visitors have experienced its exhibits, interactive exhibits and multimedia presentations.

It is part of the Smithsonian Institution, with acoustic and audio delivery designed by exhibition specialist SH Acoustics, at the request of Ralph Appelbaum Associates.

Carne y Arena Carne y Arena is Alejandro G Iñárritu’s first venture into virtual reality. With it, the Oscar-winning director offers an ‘immersive’ experience representing refugees and immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border.

To create the levels of realism required, the custom VR technology used for the installation includes Meyer Sound loudspeakers capable of producing very high SPL at frequencies extending below the threshold of hearing.

SNK StudiosLondon’s busy Tottenham Court Road is a very slightly less frenetic place after the completion of ‘an incredible expansion’ at SNK Studios, including the opening of a new Dolby Certified mix and ADR studio. Occupying six floors, the facility also includes seven audio post studios all with voiceover booths, a track-lay suite.

Founded in 2003, the studio has mixed countless TV and radio commercials, programmes, documentaries, promos and films.

Uppsala CathedralAmong the oldest houses of worship in Europe, Sweden’s Uppsala Cathedral is renowned for its architecture and history, and has been a protected structure since 2010. Accordingly, Viktor Wadelius has worked to update the building’s technical infrastructure without harming its stonework.

When it came to sound reinforcement, Renkus-Heinz Iconyx offered the combination of control and quality required by the challenging acoustic.

Made in HullHull began its year as the 2017 UK City of Culture with Made in Hull, a week of mixed media sound, lighting and visual installations depicting the city and its people over almost a century. Audio specialist tube uk became part of the story by specifying, rigging and tuning audio systems for six interactive works.

tube worked closely with BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-winning sound designer and composer Jones who created content and curated each of the installations.

KEXPThe culmination of six years of fundraising, an intensive location search, and an extensive design and build programme, KEXP 90.3 FM Radio now occupies a 25,0000sq-ft, US$15m broadcast/live production complex in the shadow of Seattle Center’s iconic Space Needle.

The station is now set to build on its role in the important Seattle music scene, and Public Radio’s stature within the local, national and global radio/internet community.

United RecordingUS recording specialist United Recording has established an archiving division based around what is currently perhaps the most complete, purpose-built archiving suite operating  – a secure, climate-controlled suite that features such attention to detail as a specially built anti-static floor to prevent any electrical mishaps.

A full-time dedicated maintenance staff means the gear is well cared for and running correctly at all times.

BSTAppearing at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival (BST) for the fourth consecutive year, Martin Audio’s MLA PA delivered its best performance ever – thanks to new system optimisation software.

From the opening blast of Massive Attack to the closing weekend with Mumford & Sons, Take That and Stevie Wonder, the event showed that it continues to evolve in terms of technical development.

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