Archive for November, 2010
A scene from the Neptune Theatreâ€™s presentation of Peter Pan the Musical. Photo credit: Scott Munn.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada â€“ November 2010 â€¦ As Atlantic Canada’s largest professional theatre, the Neptune Theatre produces six shows a year running between September and July for its 500-seat proscenium main stage, the Fountain Hall. The renowned organization also produces world-class theatre in its Studio and operates a theatre school. Further, its Young Neptune Company Tour travels throughout Nova Scotia presenting shows that seek to present relevant issues from a youth-oriented perspective. Recognizing the importance of clear audio quality and the freedom of mobility only wireless technology can provide, the veritable organization recently took delivery of a new wireless microphone system from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more
DigiTech today announced the introduction of its BP355 Bass Multi-Effects Pedal, a modeling bass processor that offers bass players hundreds of sounds, amp and speaker cabinet models, effects and much more.
Powered by DigiTechâ€™s leading-edge AudioDNAÂ®2 processor, the BP355 offers state-of-the-art modeling of 20 amps, 17 speaker cabinets and more than 70 different effects â€“ distortion pedals, flangers, phasers, chorus pedals, envelope filters, compressors, delays, pitch shifters and more, including a selection of industry-standard LexiconÂ® reverbs and popular stompboxes. The BP355 includes 70 factory and 70 user presets, a Tone Library with 30 sounds and an Effects Library with 30 effects. A choice of 3-band or 4-band semi-parametric EQ enables precise tonal adjustment.
The DigiTech BP355 is ideal for practicing and rehearsing. It includes 60 CD-quality drum patterns, an audio input for a portable audio player, and a 20-second looper that players can play along with. It even more
Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan brought an abridged version of her world-famous Lilith Fair to Australia in October, the first time the female-only festival tour has been staged outside North America.
The Lilith Fair was founded in 1997 after McLachlan became frustrated with concert promoters and radio stations that refused to feature two female musicians in a row. In Australia local acts Kate Miller-Heidke and The Verses joined her for the 5-concert tour.
Jands Production Services provided the audio equipment and crew for veteran front of house engineer Gary Stokes, who has toured with Sarah for close to 21 years.
At FOH was a Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console, which Stokes first became acquainted with while mixing for French-American singer Madeleine Peyroux. Sarah McLachlan also utilizes AKG 535 Eb stage microphones for backup vocals during her set.
â€œ[Peyroux] was opening for Diana Krall, whose FOH guy uses more
London’s Southbank Centre is adopting a more flexible approach to digital sound mixing through its three flagship venues, the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, thanks to the acquisition of several Soundcraft Vi1 digital consoles from Richard Nowell Sound Services (RNSS).
Based at Londonâ€™s Southbank Centre, the highly experienced rental company has been servicing the audio requirements of the Centreâ€™s three premium venues for many years.
With the London Jazz Festival looming, technical director, Eddy Smith, decided that a more flexible platform was needed for incoming sound engineers than was offered by their existing digital desks. â€œWe didnâ€™t feel the sound of the preamps was as good as we wanted, nor were the configurations particularly user friendly–which was important when shows needed to be set up quickly.â€?
He asked Richard Nowell to arrange a three-desk shoot-out and the Vi1 came out on top in more
ALAMEDA, CA â”€ Clear-ComÂ®, a global leader in mission-critical voice communication systems, proudly announces that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is awarding the company and product inventor, Charlie Butten, each a Technology & Engineering EmmyÂ® Award, for the creation of the Belt Pack: Distributed Amplifier Systems in Live Production. The awards highlight Clear-Comâ€™s continuing mission to deliver innovative intercom solutions for critical communications. more
Buena Park, CA â€“ November, 2010 â€¦ Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to announce the introduction of the new PPC-100 Series Powered Speaker Cables. As a â€˜snakeâ€™ that incorporates both shielded power and shielded audio lines into a single cable, the new PPC-100 Series Powered Speaker Cables provide a convenient solution for interconnecting mixing consoles and powered studio reference monitors. more
New York â€“ November 29, 2010: Tomorrow evening, thousands of people will gather at Rockefeller Plaza for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The classic event, which has been an annual tradition since 1933, will feature live performances by Susan Boyle, Charice and many others. Wireless First, a Mount Vernon, NY-based production specialist, has chosen Sennheiser to provide the wireless infrastructure for the event for the ninth consecutive year. The event will appear on local and national prime-time television, broadcasting to millions of people.
Aside from the obvious logistical challenges of mounting and decorating a giant Norwegian Spruce with 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights, Rockefeller Center presents mammoth Radio Frequency (RF) challenges to wireless operators. Rockefeller Plaza is in extremely close proximity to Radio City Music Hall and most of the major television broadcast networks, presenting a significant challenge that can only be overcome by superior wireless equipment.
Veteran account executive to spearhead new business for creative shop & recording studio
New York, NYâ€”Oink Ink, the creative ad shop, and sister recording facility Verbatim Studios cap off a yearlong period of expansion with the addition of Robin Cambre, who will head up new business opportunities and creative initiatives for both companies.
Cambre is a seasoned account director and supervisor, having worked in the upper echelons of multiple noted ad agencies for over 25 years. Most recently she served as Senior Account Director at Gravitas & AdTraction in New York City, where she was directly responsible for client relations and numerous advertising accounts, including medical, financial, cosmetics, and hospitality firms. A native of New Orleans, LA, Cambre has called New York home for the last four years.
â€œWeâ€™ve been looking for many months for someone to handle our recent growth,â€? said Oink Ink and Verbatim more
BUENA PARK, Calif.â€”Advanced Audio and Lighting Systems, Inc. of Peoria, Illinois is using one of the first Dante MY16-AUD cards developed by Audinate for Yamaha with an M7CL-48 digital audio console at the historic CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing in Peoria. The amphitheatre seats 2,500 with wide-ranging events from national acts MOE, Government Mule, REO Speedwagon, The Doobie Brothers, Allison Krauss, Bela Fleck to regional acts, and ethnic festivals such as OktoberFest and Irish Fest.
The Dante card is providing connectivity from front of house to house left and right, in fills and out fills, and separate monitor mixes when a side stage monitor console is not deployed. A tablet PC running Yamaha Studio Manager (and soon to be an iPad running the new Yamaha StageMix App) enables engineers to provide quality control over the monitor system, cost savings in manpower, and added equipment rentals.
Three Soundcraft Vi consoles–two Vi6 and a Vi1–were supplied to BBC Worldwide by ADLIB Audio for the recent Doctor Who Live tour, which visited nine major UK arenas in October and November. All desks were originally supplied by Sound Technology Ltd, Soundcraftâ€™s UK/ROI distributors.
This action-packed stage version of the cult TV series stars a selection of classic and favourite Doctor Who monsters including The Daleks and Cybermen, with Nigel Planer as â€˜intergalactic showmanâ€™ and archetypal baddie, Vorgenson.
The tour’s 270-degree sound system was specified by XL Eventsâ€™ Rich Rowley, who was also instrumental in choosing ADLIB to supply the kit. The sound company itself fielded a vastly experienced team, including Tony Szabo (systems engineer), Chris Leckie (FOH, on a Soundcraft Vi6), with Fergus Mount handling audio playback on a Soundcraft Vi1, and Marc Peers mixing monitors on a second Vi6.
â€œThere was no other console family more
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