Sound Works Productions had to cover a crowd of more than 300,000 at Chicago's Women's March.
John Hansen of AV Vegas discusses dealing with the aftermath of the tragic Route 91 Festival shooting and how the industry came to the aid of his team.
Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas recently updated its original circa-1990 PA with a new Martin Audio System.
EDM mainstay Martin Garrix played two shows at RAI Amsterdam through an Adamson Systems Engineering E-Series loudspeaker system.
Atlanta-based AV provider Technical Elements recently provided audio and lighting for the Samaritan’s Purse Global Connect 2017 Conference, covering 3,000 attendees in the 95,000-square-foot Gatlin Ballroom of Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. For the event, Technical Elements fielded an audio system based around JBL Professional speakers and Crown amplification.
Ulysses’ Folk House, near Wall Street, serves up live music on Saturdays and DJs three nights a week, so Canal Sound & Light of New York City recently updated the house system with Vantec Series loudspeakers from D.A.S. Audio to cover the 5,000-square-foot space, which includes a DJ booth at the bar and live music stage, plus an additional outdoor beer garden.
The Burgtheater—the Austrian National Theatre—recently upgraded its audio systems, adding two SSL System T networked production systems along with a building-wide, redundant Dante Audio-over-IP network and SSL Network I/O.
The annual 538 Koningsdag festival brought together Dutch EDM fans to celebrate Koningdag (Kingsday) by dancing to the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Jay Sean, Gavin DeGraw, Maan and others. Ampco Flashlight provided audio and lighting for the event, fielding an Adamson Systems Engineering E-Series system.
As part of an extensive interior renovation, historic Nashville club 12th & Porter recently installed a d&b audiotechnik Y-Series system, with the aid of Nashville based integration and production company Morris.
In what has become a near holiday tradition, TC Furlong will hold its Seventh Annual Digital Console Expo on Tuesday, December 5 in Chicago. Console manufacturers on-hand will include Allen & Heath, Ashly, Avid, Behringer/Midas, DiGiCo, PreSonus, Roland, SSL, Waves, and Yamaha. Many complementary digital product manufacturers will also be present, including LINK, Luminex, Whirlwind, Rapco and Audinate.
By Strother Bullins. Since 2001, Atlanta has been the host city for ProgPower USA, an annual indoor music festival where progressive rock and power metal bands from around the world perform for American fans who rarely get to see them live on tour. These carefully curated acts are packing the increasingly sold-out multiday festival at CenterStage, a concert complex in Midtown Atlanta. Participants have included Finland’s Nightwish, Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius; Sweden’s Sabaton and Therion; Holland’s Epica and Delain; and the UK’s DragonForce, among many, many others. And though a minority, American acts are regularly included in the mix, too—for example, Kamelot, Fates Warning, and Between The Buried And Me.
The Alamo Drafthouse theaters in Austin are best-known for their highly curated movie offerings and food, but there’s also drinks, bands and more, all intended to create a unique experience that keeps locals coming back. With that in mind, the chain recently updated the audio systems in its Highball and Barrel O’ Fun locations.
Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems were present throughout the three-hour broadcast of the 51st Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, which turned out to be ABC’s most highly viewed Wednesday night program in three years, attracting 14.3 million viewers.
IMS Technology Services once again handled production for the US Open Squash Championship, held at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia. Inside the event’s custom ASB glass squash court, the Egyptian male and female champions—Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb—made history as the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day.
The 51st Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast live in 5.1-channel surround sound on the ABC Television Network, relied on more than 140 vocal and instrument microphones from Audio-Technica.
The hit musical Hamilton remains one of the hottest theatrical properties on Broadway, and while it may detail Alexander Hamilton’s life during the Revolutionary War against the U.K., the show will debut in London next month.
By Steve Harvey. The team behind New York’s Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom opened a new music venue in downtown Los Angeles in September. The 275-capacity Moroccan Lounge features installed audio and lighting production packages that belie its small size, including a Soundcraft Vi2000 digital console at front-of-house driving a d&b audio-technik Y Series main speaker system, and a grandMA2 lighting desk and comprehensive stage lighting.
At this time of year, many cities with a bustling downtown area decorate for the holiday season, aiming to ensure shoppers have a great time. The City of Rochester in Michigan has done that too, but it upped the ante by having Grand Rapids Waves Solutions install a custom ISP Technologies wireless speaker system to provide festive music for visitors. The new system runs three blocks of Main Street, and carefully blends in with décor.
UK analysts Futuresource Consulting predict the global pro loudspeaker market will hit $3.6 billion by 2021, fueled largely by increased demand for quality installed sound and investments from the commercial retail world in creating more enticing shopping environments.
New York City’s Lincoln Center is known as an artistic enclave, housing multiple major venues like David Geffen Hall, home of the NY Philharmonic and the David H. Koch Theater, which houses the New York City Ballet. When it gets warm outside, however, the music comes outside too with the annual Mid Summer Night’s Swing, an outdoor dance hall, and four weeks later, the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, both held in adjacent Damrosch Park.
Firehouse Productions has been the audio provider for countless tours by Coldplay, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Sting and many others; shows for the likes of the NFL, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other organizations; and corporate events for Macy’s, Apple, Amazon and others. They’re all high-profile clients, but with that visibility comes increased pressure for its systems to work flawlessly. With that in mind, Firehouse has increasingly turned to Audinate’s Dante audio-over-IP networking for many of its clients when it creates audio systems with many moving parts.
Prague’s Evzena Rosického Stadium recently sold out two shows by one of the country’s most popular acts, Krystof, as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. For the occasion, SR provider ZL Production fielded a sizable PA based around Adamson E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers.
IKEA recently opened a new seven-floor, 164,000-square-meter building in Goyang, Korea; throughout the facility, Community pendant loudspeakers are used for the background music and announcement system.
Built in 1916, the Palace Theater was shuttered in St. Paul for 30 years until it was renovated and brought back to life last year. This year has seen that revitalization effort continue, as the 2,500-seat venue recently had a new audio system installed by local integrator and rental vendor Allied Productions and Sales.
If you look back at the last 15 years of the NBA’s Miami Heat, the team's made it to the finals five times, emerging as the champions three times. Throughout that entire era, Downtown Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena has had the same PA, but recently it came time for the system to be upgraded as the venue moved to new D.A.S. Audio Aero Series 2 and UX Series speakers, installed just last month.
By Clive Young. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which closed last month after a celebrated run that saw it rack up 12 Tony nominations this year, was no ordinary Broadway spectacle. Based on a section of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the operatic musical required audiences to pay strict attention through the show, and helping ensure that happened, the performance took place throughout the Imperial Theatre. There was no difference between the spaces where the audience sat and where the show took place; hundreds of theatergoers were seated onstage, and likewise, much of the action took place in areas that traditionally would be out in the house. The result was a complicated but truly immersive theatrical experience—and one that required an equally complicated audio system to make it happen.
By Steve Harvey. The successful completion of the FCC's Incentive Auction earlier this year set the countdown clock ticking for wireless mic operators, who must vacate the 600 MHz band by July, 2020. But as a panel of RF experts on opening day of the convention stressed, some wireless equipment users will be losing access in their regions much earlier.
Built more than a century ago, Portland’s 1,500-capacity McMenamins Crystal Ballroom recently got an audio refresh with the arrival of a Bose Professional ShowMatch system designed and installed by Tone Proper AV (Gresham, OR).