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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.

   

Case Study: Flying Into The Dawn

Wind tunnel‘I've worked in a lot of weird and wondrous sites, but it’s seldom one comes across a place quite like this,’ says sound artist Thor McIntyre-Burnie.

He’s describing the wind tunnels that helped shape the Spitfire’s elliptical wings and guided the design of early supersonic aircraft. Now open to the public for the first time, the tunnels provide the setting and the acoustics for his Flying Into The Dawn sound installation.

   

Andrew Bruce: The Musical

DiGiCo‘I said I’d done some work with Soundcraft and Cadac, and had a big folder of information. Would they be interested in evolving something specifically for the theatre?

‘James put me in touch with the people who write DiGiCo’s software. They came to London and we went to see several shows that night – and I watched while the colour drained from their faces…’

   

Future Shock: Tomorrow’s TV

TV eyeNick Cohen believes that broadcast is on the cusp of being hit by the storm that has previously ravaged the print publishing and music industries.

If he’s right, it’s going to be a doozy – ‘the most exciting time in the history of broadcasting’s evolution’, according to Jay Scanlan. With future and access to a connected world, the most fundamental tenets of broadcasting stand to be dramatically rewritten.

   

Case Study: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

History Museum of Los Angeles CountyAiming to inspire ‘wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds’ in its visitors, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) houses one of the most extensive collections of natural and culturally historic artefacts on Earth.

Its new Otis Booth Pavilion is set to call on present-day A/V technology to enable it to do just that…

   

Case Study: London College of Music

RedNet at the LCMOne of the largest music technology departments of any European educational institution, London College of Music is presently building the world’s largest Focusrite RedNet networks.

With Pro Tools as it primary music recording platform, the arrival of Pro Tools 11 invited a move to HDX systems, which are not restricted to Avid I/O – and opened the door to RedNet.

   

Case Study: The Walk to Fisterra

The Walk to FisterraRecalling the work of pioneering ethno-musicologists, a 580-mile walk via 36 churches presents a daunting brief for a documentary project. This, however, is the goal of The Walk to Fisterra, which involves an acclaimed cellist, a Grammy award-winning recording engineer and an enthusiastic team of assistants.

The journey is being undertaken by Dane Johansen, who will perform Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello at each stop, while the team documents his endeavour.

   

Case Study: Bath City Church

Bath City ChurchOpened as one of the last cinemas to be built for the era of silent movies, Bath City Church occupies the beautiful art deco Forum. The latest chapter in its history is an extensive refurbishment of its audio infrastructure by Autograph Sales & Installations.

In addition to the very diverse religious activities of the church, this also had to attract potential hire clients for other meetings and events.

   

Case Study: Melbourne Athenaeum

Melbourne AthenaeumDating from 1839 as the Melbourne Mechanics’ Institute, the Melbourne Athenaeum is among Victoria’s oldest public institutions. In 1873, it became the Melbourne Athenaeum and was the first theatre to screen a movie in Australia. In 1921, it began hosting theatrical and creative performances.

Today, it is home to the Melbourne Theatre Company, as well as hosting comedy, theatre, opera, acoustic and amplified concerts, and musicals.

   

Case Study: Coronation Street

Coronation StreetFirst broadcast back in December 1960, Coronation Street has a new home at Street Studios at MediaCityUK where is occupies an 7.7-acre studio and production facility. Here, AVC Electronics followed up its HD upgrade of the old studios served as broadcast consultant.

Key to the new technical infrastructure, BroaMan and Optocore fibre-optic distribution devices play a major role in the show’s automation system.

   

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