PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – December 2013 — Although the Theatre of Living Arts (TLA) was best known in previous decades as a host for art house films and campy touring Broadway shows like Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the TLA has steadily evolved into Philadelphia’s premiere small concert venue for edgy, up-and-coming artists. Owned and operated by concert promoter Live Nation, the intimate 1000-capacity club recently bumped up its production values with the addition of a new ARCS II loudspeaker system from L-ACOUSTICS. more
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San Diego, CA (November 13, 2013) – Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com), the creator of JamUp Pro XT for iOS, proudly announces the launch of BIAS, the world’s most complete, accurate and versatile guitar amplifier modeler and designer. Equipped with 36 stunning replications of rock ‘n’ roll history’s most sought-after vintage and modern amps, Positive Grid’s new iPad app lets musicians dive deep into the guts of their gear to tweak every possible aspect of their architecture. more
MARCOUSSIS, France — Bolstering its commitment to the fixed installation and touring markets, L-ACOUSTICS announces the appointment of Dan Orton to the post of Application Engineer for the UK and Ireland.
Orton reports to L-ACOUSTICS’ Florent Bernard, Head of Application – Touring, and Cédric Montrezor, Head of Application – Installation. “Dan is certainly a welcome addition to our team,” notes Montrezor. “Given his proven track record as a talented development engineer in the sound reinforcement industry, I know that Dan will offer excellent support to our UK and Irish network of Integrators and Rental Companies.” more
MADISON, Wisconsin — First opened in 1928, the Capitol Theater is the oldest and second largest venue in Madison, Wisconsin’s Overture Center for the Arts complex, which today encompasses seven performance facilities and four art galleries. Despite undergoing a major renovation project eight years ago that halved the historic vaudeville house’s capacity to approximately 1,100 seats, the Capitol’s sound reinforcement system hadn’t been updated for nearly two decades, prompting the recent installation of a new L-ACOUSTICS amplifier and loudspeaker package. more
LONDON — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a musical production based on the classic 1964 book by Roald Dahl, has been delighting audiences of all ages at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane following its premiere in May 2013. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, 70,000 people saw the musical in its first month with its premiere attended by top celebrities from the acting world, and its run has now been extended until May 2014.
For sound reinforcement, L-ACOUSTICS equipment was specified by award-winning sound designer Paul Arditti following his successful shows – including London Road and The Magistrate – using the product in the Olivier Theatre since its installation in July 2012. “Having heard L-ACOUSTICS KARA in the challenging environment of the Olivier Theatre in London, I knew that this was the loudspeaker system I wanted to specify for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” he says. more
CAMARILLO, California — Folk rock singer-songwriter Jack Johnson just wrapped up a month-long North American tour leg on October 20 supporting his latest album, From Here To Now To You. Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound Systems, Inc., which has been Johnson’s live production provider in the States for the past 13 years, deployed a full L-ACOUSTICS KARA rig for the latest trek, which stopped at what the artist considered the “most beautiful and intimate” theaters across the continent. more
AUSTIN, Texas — Following in the footsteps of Coachella, the 12th annual Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival doubled its attendance at Zilker Park this year by expanding its usual three-day concert to two identical lineups on consecutive weekends in early October. For sound reinforcement duties on one of the festival’s largest stages — known as AMD on the first weekend and Lady Bird on the second — Houston-based LD Systems chose to deploy a full L-ACOUSTICS K1 loudspeaker system. more
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — Since 2006, Masterpiece Mastering owner Billy Stull — referred to by the legendary Rupert Neve as a man with “golden ears” — has taught audio engineers from around the world the craft of commercial CD mastering at one of his intensive three-day training sessions on Texas’ beautiful South Padre Island.
In response to persistent customer demand, the veteran mastering professional is now officially releasing the first installment of an in-depth four-part video series showcasing the key points from his “Masterpiece School of Mastering” sessions. more
LONDON — Robbie Williams’ ‘Take the Crown’ European stadium tour, his first solo tour for seven years, kicked off on June 14 of this year, taking in 11 countries across June, July and August. Sherif el Barbari, Audio System Designer and System Engineer for Robbie Williams, designed and spec’d the entire PA system around the requirements of the tour. Britannia Row, who had already serviced Robbie Williams’ tours for almost two decades, supplied the entire audio equipment for the tour.
The full equipment inventory included 64 K1, 32 K1-SB, 44 SB28, 24 V-DOSC, 240 KUDO, 24 KARA, 12 ARCS II and 150 LA8 amplifiers. According to Joshua Lloyd, Brit Row’s PA Crew Chief, “K1 is one of, if not the best, systems in the market currently.” It was deployed in full for this special tour. more
CHICAGO — With its majestic Doric-style columns, intricately carved molding and beautifully detailed 20-foot recessed ceiling, the 700-seat James Simpson Theater at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History is popular among Fortune 500 companies and other organizations as a prime venue for corporate events. Recently, production design firm Frost Chicago enhanced the nearly 100-year-old space with a very modern addition — a full L-ACOUSTICS surround sound system to complement a new 3D/HD digital cinema projector installed by D3D Cinema. more