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Friedrichstadt-Palast

Officially the world’s largest stage, the 3,000sq-m offered by the1,900-seat Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin also boasts the largest proscenium in Europe. Attracting visitors from around the world, the venue recently added an L-Acoustics L-ISA immersive sound system to support the increasing variety of shows being stages.

Productions frequently blend music, dance and acrobatics, often with more than 100 performers. From Cirque du Soleil to original shows mounted exclusively for the Palast, the performances always match the scale of the venue itself. Hosting up to eight shows per week, the theatre draws around half-a-million guests annually, cementing its status as Berlin’s most frequented.

Earthsound Foley

Founded by business partners Jason Swanscott and Rob Price, Earthsound Foley provides professional Foley and Sound Design services for TV, film and advertising, with past projects including Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, Kandahar, Luther and The Lazarus Project. Recently completing a new purpose-built Foley studio, the facility has equipped it with Dynaudio Core 59 monitors supplied by Synthax UK.

A ‘room within a room’, the new studio is housed in a converted barn at the studio’s premises in Bedfordshire, UK. Roughly 1,000sq-ft in size, the space is acoustically treated throughout, with a 5m-high ceiling slanting down to 4m.

The critical listening room of the Applied Psychoacoustics Lab (APL), at the UK’s University of Huddersfield

The Applied Psychoacoustics Lab (APL) at the UK’s University of Huddersfield was created to advance our knowledge of the human auditory experience, and provides perceptually-motivated solutions to audio engineering problems. Opened in 2013, the Genelec monitoring in its critical listening room has now been upgraded.

‘Recently, we’ve been focusing on virtual acoustics for extended reality applications,’ explains APL founder and Director, Prof Hyunkook Lee. ‘We’ve worked on a project that developed a six degrees of freedom audio augmented reality processing engine, which led us to develop binaural renderers such as Virtuoso. We’re also using VR headsets and display systems to look into the interaction between audio and visual.

Deane Cameron Recording Studio with SSL System T S500 console

Toronto’s renowned Massey Hall recently completed a refurbishment that included the construction of the adjoining seven-storey Allied Music Centre, housing new performance and production spaces including the Deane Cameron Recording Studio.

The new building expands Massey Hall’s talent support services, including rehearsal rooms and artist dressing rooms. New public spaces include a lobby, lounge and new performance venues, including the 500-capacity TD Music Hall and the 100-seat 6th Floor Theatre. Opened in September 2023, the Deane Cameron studio is equipped with a 64-fader Solid State Logic System T S500 console and ATC monitoring.

Confetti London Dolby Atmos Studio (Pic: Mike Banks)

A progressive learning institute offering vocational education and training – from college-level courses to postgraduate degrees – the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies has expanded from its base in the UK Midlands with a new centre in the Whitechapel district of East London. Here, it was established a high-end digital and multipurpose campus for students seeking a future in the entertainment industries.

Part of Nottingham Trent University, Confetti is home to almost 3,000 domestic and international students. Learners study vocationally-focused degrees in performance, production and business for the music and live events industries, and emerging technologies such as eSports, virtual production and content creation.

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