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Music Theatre of Wichita Eliminates Sound System ‘Drama’ with KIVA

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Clearwing Productions supplies L-ACOUSTICS rig for successful 2011 season
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WICHITA, Kansas — For the last 40 years, Music Theatre of Wichita (MTW) has been staging truly Broadway-quality productions in Kansas’ largest city. This past summer, MTW stepped up production values even one notch higher for its patrons with the rental of an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA-KILO loudspeaker system supplied by the Phoenix shop of Clearwing Productions.
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Using SOUNDVISION, Clearwing’s Almir Lejlic and Dave Temby specified a system for Wichita’s 2,195-seat Century II Concert Hall comprised of nine KIVA line source array elements flown beneath two KILO low-frequency extension cabinets per side, all driven by a single LA-RAK equipped with three LA8 amplified controllers. more

L-ACOUSTICS Provides Voice from Above on The Book of Mormon

Nine-time Tony Award winner benefitting from LA8-powered dV-DOSC arrays
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NEW YORK CITY — Since its official March 24 debut at Manhattan’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, The Book of Mormon quickly proved to be 2011′s hottest Broadway hit. Written by South Park‘s Trey Stone and Matt Parker with Avenue Q‘s Robert Lopez, the hilariously irreverent musical was nominated for 14 Tony Awards earlier this year, ultimately taking home nine of them in June, including one for Best Sound Design. more

Visual Acuity broadens skill base with new hire

Theatre lighting and production specialist Damian Andrews becomes a Lead Consultant, Project Development at Visual Acuity.

Theatre lighting and production specialist Damian Andrews becomes a Lead Consultant, Project Development at Visual Acuity.

Theatre lighting and production specialist Damian Andrews becomes a Lead Consultant, Project Development at Visual Acuity.

Independent technology consultancy Visual Acuity is expanding once again, this time appointing Damian Andrews to the position of Lead Consultant, Project Development. Andrews brings a fresh perspective to the consultancy with a wealth of experience working in various project roles ranging from client user, owner,operator and integrator.

This key role has both internal and customer-facing dimensions, as Blair Parkin, Managing Director, Visual Acuity, explains:

“The technological scope of our work continues to develop, as does our geographical reach – we are currently working on projects as far afield as Asia, the Middle East, the US and Europe.

“Damian will lead and champion our customers’ interests and provide advice and support to architects, building engineers, vendors and other service providers on each project.”

In addition to project-management expertise, Andrews also brings specialist skills in stage lighting and production to the party – significantly broadening Visual Acuity’s range of technological competencies as the diversity of the company’s customer base continues to grow.

Andrews’ industry experience dates back to the mid-1990s when, while studying for a Diploma in Audio Visual Design, he worked in the technical department of the UK’s Middlesbrough Theatre. He subsequently studied Electrical Engineering for Theatre, before embarking on a large-scale musical as production electrician and working as Company Stage Manager for the Carl Rosa Opera Company. Several years travelling the world as a technical manager in the cruise-ship industry culminated in the appointment as Senior Production Manager on the Queen Mary 2 overseeing the operation of multiple and varied entertainment spaces.

“The QM2 featured the world’s first Planetarium at Sea, and it was while working there that I developed a passion for planetarium design, technology and content,” Andrews explains. “After returning to dry land to work as an event technician and convention-centre operations manager in New Zealand, I was delighted to be approached by Sky-Skan, Inc., to work on a planetarium installation for them there.”

Andrews subsequently worked on other planetarium projects for Sky-Skan all over the world, including the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco – which is where he first came to the attention of Visual Acuity. He now joins Visual Acuity from Staging Connections, an event services company in Melbourne, Australia, where he was Operations Manager. Prior to that, he was Technical Director and Chief Lighting Technician at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.

Andrews has returned to the UK where he will be based at Visual Acuity’s Brighton HQ. “This appointment gives me the perfect opportunity to use the skills I have gained from working in varied industries around the globe, to compliment what is already a well-respected and experienced team,” he concludes. “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Visual Acuity.”

www.visual-acuity.com

Sound Devices 788T Reaches New Heights in Kathmandu for Recording of Nepalese Music Album

USBPre 2 Proves Invaluable as Stand-Alone Preamp and Portable Interface

KATHMANDU, NEPAL — When Alejandro Sánchez-Samper, assistant professor and assistant director of commercial music at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida, traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal, to record an album of traditional and contemporary Nepalese music earlier this year, he brought Sound Devices 788T digital audio recorder and its USBPre 2 (Sound Devices AES Booth 139) with him to do the job. Sánchez-Samper relied on the Sound Devices 788T to capture live performances for the upcoming album, titled Nepali Ho, while using the USBPre 2 as a stand-alone preamp. more

Telemark Youth Camp Upgrades with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact 24

TELEMARK, Norway — A Soundcraft Si Compact 24 digital console has been purchased by the Vatnar Leirsted youth camp in Telemark, Norway.

Owned by the Pentecostal churches of Telemark, camps are arranged several times a year, each attended by between 80-110 youths, while the camp facilities are also rented out to churches and other organisations around the year. The Vatnar church itself has 110 seats and each summer a Bible camp takes place in a tent with 350-400 seats.

As part of a systematic facility upgrade to accommodate the expanding capacity, it was Vatnar Leirsted’s technical adviser Bjørn Ivar Haugdal who recommended the Soundcraft console to the board, for use on their new campus. This would enable them to stage youth concerts, worship and small bands with improved technical facilities and the board was happy to adopt this over the analogue alternatives it reviewed. The order was placed with local dealer, Belco A/S.

“The Si Compact will be used as a FOH and monitor desk in the new tent we have purchased for our bible camp, which will be capable of 1,300 seats,” Bjørn Ivar confirmed. “Being portable, it will also be used in some of our other venues.”

The Si Compact was the most suitable desk for three reasons, Ivar continued. “Ease of use, ease of use and ease of use! It offered an easy transition from analogue. Several other digital consoles in this price range had similar features but had a significantly more difficult user interface.”

Other factors in shaping his decision were the extremely good preamps, GEQ on all outputs and the high buss count. “And comparing the footprint with similarly priced analogue desks, with all the outboard gear necessary, it became a no-brainer,” Ivar said. “The minute we opened the box containing the console, we felt at home.”

Aside from four stereo Lexicon processors, the Si Compact 24 features 24 recallable mic pre amps plus four stereo returns, AES-in and 64 input option slot with a capacity to combine up to 40 of these inputs to mix; each input is fully equipped with compressors, gates, parametric EQ, high pass filter and delay.

With all the technicians either self-taught or working on a voluntary basis, the console ultimately had to be highly intuitive. “The beauty of this console is that any 15-year-old kid can operate it at a basic level after 20 minutes of instruction,” Ivar noted. “Give them a couple of hours and they would be able to take advantage of the more advanced features too.”

With Lexicon effects on board, all the volunteers that have been given the opportunity to operate the console have expressed excitement over how easy this console is to use, confirms Bjørn Ivar. “And those with previous experience on digital consoles are even more excited!”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011.

Creative Technology Increases Creativity With L-ACOUSTICS

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Creative Technology deployed a full KIVA/KILO system for Linkedin Talent Connect 2011 at the Las Vegas MGM Grand in mid-October

CT adds LA-RAK, KIVA/KILO and 108P to its event production inventory
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LOS ANGELES — Based in Los Angeles with satellite offices in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago, Creative Technology (CT) ranks as one of the West Coast’s largest L-ACOUSTICS KUDO and dV-DOSC Rental Network companies. With 62 KUDO and 80 dV-DOSC line source systems in its collective inventory, the audio/video/staging provider has successfully used them on countless corporate functions, tradeshows, concerts and other events over the years.
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Recently, CT opted to delve further into the L-ACOUSTICS catalog with the addition of four LA-RAK touring amplifier racks — each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers — 36 KIVA line source elements, 12 KILO low-frequency extension cabinets, and 20 self-powered 108P coaxial enclosures. more

Oxygen DCT’s New Evolution P3 Camera Monitor Goes In For Extreme Action

Oxygen DCT’s award-winning Evolution P3 camera monitor is currently enjoying some hair-raising rides on-board a specially modified camera car belonging to Pursuit Europe, the tracking vehicle division of UK-based Helicopter Filming Services.

Pursuit Europe operates three camera cars and a quad bike, all of which are used to capture film and broadcast projects. The cars include a mighty VW Touareg V10, a 400bhp Mitsubishi Evo for track and fast work and a Smart Brabus for tight places. The Evolution P3 monitor is currently being used onboard the VW Touareg, where it is mounted into the dashboard.

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Jeremy Braben, owner and director of Helicopter Film Services and Pursuit Europe, says the monitor was chosen because it is so compact. Available in 7″ and 17″ sizes, the Evolution P3 boasts an onboard HD recorder that allows recording from the main camera and more

Staples Center Unveils New $3.4 Million HARMAN JBL Professional VERTEC® Audio System

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LOS ANGELES, California — STAPLES Center is home to four professional sports franchises, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers and the WNBA’s Los Angles Sparks. As the world renowned arena gets ready to open the doors for its thirteenth season, fans will be treated upon entry to a brand-new $3.4 million HARMAN JBL Professional VERTEC® audio system, a premier line array loudspeaker system that is in use worldwide to support numerous international tours and special events. Following the recent installation of the new Panasonic LIVE 4HD video scoreboard system, the sound system upgrade was due in large part to address the arena’s need to provide the best audio system and technology available on the market to its tenant teams and national touring productions and concerts, as well as for special events like professional boxing. The new more

Farber Sound Brings State-of-the-Art Sound To Historic Paramount Theatre With HARMAN’s JBL VRX Constant Curvature Arrays and Soundcraft Si3 Console

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Farber Sound upgraded the sound reinforcement system at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud, Minnesota with JBL VRX Constant Curvature loudspeakers and a Soundcraft Si3 digital console.

ST. CLOUD, Minnesota – Located in the historic downtown district of St. Cloud, Minnesota, the Paramount Theatre is a city-owned cornerstone of the community, serving as a stage for rent by community groups and for professional performances by touring musicians and theatrical groups. When the time came for a new audio system, the Paramount Theatre called on Minneapolis-based Farber Sound, which designed and installed a house PA system containing HARMAN’s JBL VRX Constant Curvature arrays, with a Soundcraft Si3 digital console at the front-of-house position.

According to Dave Farber, Owner of Farber Sound, the project was the result of a longstanding relationship between his company and the Paramount more

Multi-Platinum Producer and Engineer Steve Pageot Takes His Mixes to the Next Level with HARMAN’s Lexicon® PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Steve Pageot is a multifaceted, multiplatinum artist who has worked on dozens of hip-hop and R&B albums, movie and TV soundtracks and commercials. Based in New York by way of Montreal, Pageot is a GRAMMY®-winning engineer, producer, musician and composer who has worked with artists including Aretha Franklin, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, Krayzie Bone, New Edition and others, and has done projects for MTV, VH1, Bravo, ESPN and many more.

One of Steve Pageot’s core beliefs is, “It’s all about going to the next level.? Pageot is always working on perfecting his craft in a highly competitive industry. He notes, “the journey to a successful career in the entertainment industry is not a race; it’s a marathon.?

Pageot has always been open to new sounds and new techniques, and recently, more

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