West End production of Hamilton (Pic: Matthew Murphy)Having been a pioneer of audio in theatre since 1973, Autograph Sound is not only an enduring Sennheiser user but has also played a role in product development. 

‘Our first purchase of Sennheiser radio systems was for Martin Levan’s design of Aspects Of Love in 1989, with 21 channels of SK 2012 transmitters with EM 1036 receivers – a groundbreaking set-up for the time and a forerunner of the large multichannel systems in common use today,’ recalls Autograph’s Duncan Bell.

THFC home changing roomBehind the scenes, they called it Project Leapfrog. Its aim was to eclipse the capabilities of comparable sports stadia in terms of both facilities and technology.

It is Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, home to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and the UK’s largest Premier League football ground. Among many other accolades, it was also the platform for the full development cycle of a new line array. It is the Crème de la Prem.

George KramperaWhen L-Acoustics introduced the audio world to line array loudspeaker technology, it brought a quantum leap forward in sound quality and fundamentally changed prevailing attitudes to the deployment of loudspeakers – particularly in live sound.

Now, more than 25 years on, another company aspires to repeat the revolution with a re-imagination of the point-source technology that the line array largely displaced. Cue KV2…

Martin Luther UniversityA public, research-orientated university in the cities of Halle and Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) has deployed Sennheiser wireless systems in its lecture halls.

Installed over a period of two years, the university has 53 wireless channels from the Sennheiser SpeechLine Digital Wireless series operating in the DECT range spread around different locations.

Plasa Theatre panelThe recent Plasa Show in London provided the platform for mic manufacturer Shure and theatre professionals’ association Curtain Call to assemble an industry panel to discuss the future of audio for theatre, and its role in theatre performance.

Hosted by John Schwab, the panel comprised actress Siubhan Harrison, sound designer Richard Brooker, engineer Zoe Milton, Autograph MD Scott Arnold, Wicked Deputy Head of Sound Janee Roninson, and Shure UK’s Stuart Moots.

Mike Curb CollegeWith courses covering music business, songwriting, audio engineering, motion pictures and media studies, the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business is the largest college on the expansive campus of Nashville’s Belmont University, and counts an average of 400 student majors each year from its audio engineering programme.

Key to its operation is the use of Focusrite’s RedNet and a Dante A/V network.

Fête des Vignerons Staged around every 20 years, the spectacular ‘once-in-a-generation’ Fête des Vignerons event takes over the Swiss town of Vevey for a month at the end of July and beginning of August.

Featuring nearly 6,400 performers, musicians and singers supported by 612 loudspeakers, upwards of 300 channels of wireless microphones, 11 networked Yamaha digital mixing systems for the 2019 event.

Glastonbury Festival RG Jones Sound Engineering returned to the Glastonbury Festival following its fallow year with Martin Audio systems across four major stages.

With an MLA system again serving the Pyramid main stage as well as West Holts and the Genosys stage of Block9, Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Longbow (WPL) made its festival debut on the new IICON stage featuring a 6.1-channel immersive surround-sound system designed by Simon Honywill.

Matt BellamyCurrently on tour promoting their latest album Simulation Theory, Muse are performing sold out stadium gigs all over the world. Each night frontman and guitarist Matt Bellamy brings out a one-of-a-kind guitar with a remarkable history to play the song ‘The Dark Side.’

Bellamy says that ‘the guitar works great’ – the story of how it was conceived and built is just a few short weeks is worth telling...

The WidowBest known for his award-winning music for Ripper Street, Marple and The Missing, Emmy-nominated composer Dominik Scherrer also scored the music for the BBC One/Netflix series Requiem, which was co-written with Natasha Khan (aka Bat for Lashes) and the four part sci-fi adaption The City and the City.

Most recently, he was commissioned to record and compose the soundtrack for the Amazon Studios US/ITV UK thriller, The Widow.

Istanbul AirportSet to become the world’s largest airport, the US$11bn Istanbul Airport is located on outskirts of Istanbul where it will eventually handle up to 200m passengers – eclipsing the former Ataturk Airport.

The new airport uses biometric screening, advanced passport control, smart kiosks with augmented reality, and green construction and operations throughout. Its vast space and hi-tech operation required a very specific audio system...

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