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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.

   

Case Study: Lakehouse Recording Studios

Lakehouse Recording StudiosTaking an abandoned warehouse in downtown Asbury Park, producer/songwriter Jon Leidersdorff is looking to establish a centre for a collective of music business locals in New Jersey.

Central to his plan is Lakehouse Recording Studios, designed by the Walters-Storyk Design Group and equipped with a choice selection of modern and classic recording gear.

   

Case Study: The Wall of Bass

Wall of BassFreshly refurbished, Club Sub offers Austrian clubbers a new experience in low-frequency sound. It Wall of Bass can deliver 7Hz in support of live and DJ music, arts presentations and theatrical performance.

And since the 300-capacity venue is located in a heavily populated residential area of Wiener Neustadt, heavy emphasis needed to be placed on acoustic isolation to avoid noise pollution.

   

Blackbird Academy, Professional School of Audio

Blackbird AcademyA new audio school has opened its doors alongside one of the world’s leading recording studios.

Blackbird Studio owner John McBride has recruited industry gear experts, musicians and educators Kevin Becka and Mark Rubel to Nashville to help create a new studio and curriculum and realise his vision of The Blackbird Academy, Professional School of Audio...

   

Case Study: 2013 CMA Awards

Xac Brown While The Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum delivered ‘magical’ performances to TV viewers around the world, Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 wireless system brought a 'new era' in digital wireless to the Annual CMA Awards.

The show presented a daunting RF environment: ‘We had 200 frequencies – a formidable number in any environment, especially when everything is in UHF,’ says James Stoffo, the event’s RF coordinator...

   

Case Study: Leeds International Film Festival

LIFFAs in recent years, Pro Audio Systems has provided the audio technology for the Leeds International Film Festival’s main venue in the Leeds Town Hall.

The system relies on Meyer Sound – a pair of UPA-2Ps for main LR and UPA-1 for centre channel, two 700HP subs in a cardioid pattern and eight UPM-1Ps for the LR surround. The large balcony requires a supplementary flown systems of two UPA-2Ps and a UPA-1 for LCR, plus six UPM-1Ps for surround.

   

Case Study: Messe Frankfurt sound system

Frankfurt MesseIt’s a long-standing truism that the worst feature of a music industry trade show is usually the music. Smilarly, a regular embarrassment for a pro audio trade show is the exhibition centre's own sound system. So who would be sufficiently bold to put their name to the installed sound system at a major international show venue – Frankfurt’s Messe, for example?

Step up QSC…

   

Case Study: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Die Entführung aus dem Serail A groundbreaking production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail was staged at the Salzburg Festival during in August 2013 – Salzburg Airport’s Hangar-7 and Hangar-8 saw the 18th century story transformed to the present day, and performed for a 650-strong live audience in the round.

With the set and orchestra in different hangars, the audience listened via UHF transmission and moved through the scenery as part of the performance.

   

Case Study: Juárez Vive Stadium (Mexico)

Juárez Vive StadiumThe border city of Ciudad Juárez is home to the new Juárez Vive 12,000-capacity stadium that is both sports venue and a symbol of its rejuvenation. Key to its operation is a ‘highly-intelligible, pleasantly musical sound system’, which is provided by Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and Symetrix processing.

The Mexican Government had great expectations of the system’s performance, and the Clarity Incorporated-design exceeded these on a tight budget.

   

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