KnobsIt seems only yesterday that ‘serious’ live mixing consoles were big things. Physically big things...

Before digital, desks were ten feet across, weighed 300 kilos, needed a platoon of roadies just to get the case lid off and were accompanied by racks of flashing lights and LED ladders. It’s hard to know who was more impressed – the nearby audience or the FOH engineers.

Empire TheatreWhen the Empire Theatre burned down in 1933, it marked the start of a glorious rebirth. Located in Toowoomba, two hours from Brisbane in Australia, residents have fought to preserve this Art Deco treasure. ‘Within nine months it had been rebuilt to what we see now,’ says Steve Alexander from the theatre technical department. ‘The proscenium is Australian Heritage listed, and any changes at the theatre have to fulfil more than just technical expectations.’

The air is thick with discussion of Audio Video Bridging. So thick, in fact, that it’s more confusing than enlightening to those not directly involved – and to some of those who are.

Whether you’re walking a trade show floor or surfing the industry’s social media groups, AVB can be as hard to escape as it is to understand. You need to know more...

Green Road owner Federico Hencker

The opening of a brand new ‘world-class’ recording facility is uncommon news these days. Uncommon in the world's former 'recording centres', anyway, but not Costa Rica...

Because a world-class studio is what the Malvicino Design Group and Guitar Center Professional have given studio engineer – and now studio owner – Federico Hencker.

HouseThere is a gathering realisation within the global concert production industry that it is facing a major skills gap. This is principally caused by the steady departure of a generation of people who, in many cases, could be considered to be the founding fathers of the industry, and who have never worked in any other sphere.

Without suitable people to step in, we have a critical problem...

LiveIn today’s world, where technology advances by the day, it is very difficult to choose between software tools and DAWs. Almost have good audio engines and the tools to create fantastic sounding mixes. So it is workflow and add-ons that make the difference.

While each one has its own set of unique features, Ableton Live, along with Cycling ’74, looks to have set a benchmark in DAW innovation.

This week saw the announcement that the SAE Group is to be acquired by Navitas, a broader-based educational (and considerably younger) operation. 'The acquisition represents the next phase in SAE's ongoing growth,' said SAE Institute President Tom Misner.

Fast-and-Wide turned to business analyst Linguabrand for a look into the two companies' brand language...

BlueFin2Last week, in the run-up to his sixth birthday, my son asked me an awkward question – what shape is the internet? With a gift for finding the existential fault lines between the conceptual and the tangible, his questions regularly leave me dithering and exasperated. But the question is an intriguing one and deserves thought...

Dr Who Live
Taking cult sci-fi figure Dr Who from the small screen onto the stages of nine major UK arenas around the UK was no small feat for events specialist XL Events and sound, lighting and audiovisual solutions company Adlib Audio. Visuals, pyrotechnics and video content were accompanied by Murray Gold’s scores, delivered by a 16-piece orchestra and combined with cast dialogue, choir, additional orchestral stems, VT playback character dialogue and special effects.

Michael TjandraWith the theme of ‘Turning the City Upside Down’, the Perth 4 Jesus gathering took place in late October near Perth in Western Australia. Inside the Joondalup Arena, 2,500 people gathered for a three-day healing crusade and to hear invited guest speaker Ps Robert Kayanja from Uganda, who is gifted with the power of healing. Essential to the event were the sound and lighting.

Music lovers in the Phoenix-Scottsdale metro area are celebrating The Compound, a music venue and local-organic eatery at the northern edge of town. The organisers of the charitable McDowell Mountain Music Festival built the 250-capacity venue to provide a year-round residence for music and community – hosting regional and national acts. Not the sort of folks to go half-way, the owners insisted on a top-tier sound reinforcement system to deliver not just volume, but fidelity. Lyle Vilhauer of local Arizona A/V sales and installer Broadway Music and Jim Hall of Jim Hall Acoustics Research exceeded expectations with a system centred on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers driven by an Ashly processor.

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