Ed Sheeran Captivates Wembley and Croke Park Stadiums with Meyer Sound LEO


With a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system, Ed Sheeran has become the first solo artist to sell out five 80,000-capacity shows at London’s Wembley Stadium and Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium. For the one-man band relying only on an acoustic guitar and loop pedal, the production team was tasked with providing an “up close and personal” sonic experience, despite the massive size of the venues.

Ed Sheeran @ Wembly Stadium

Ed Sheeran @ Wembly Stadium

“It takes an exceptional PA to make you feel that you’re actually involved, rather than having the experience relayed to you, and for that reason LEO is our first choice,” says Sheeran’s long-time production manager and FOH engineer Chris Marsh. “It’s extremely important to give all of Ed’s fans the feeling that they’re having an intimate experience, even if they’re 200 meters away. You need to make sure every consonant, every catch of breath is heard clearly in the back corners, and LEO manages to hit every seat in a stadium as if it were in the near field. That’s the big difference compared to other PAs I’ve worked with.

“Other systems can bring the sound out to you, but with LEO, you genuinely feel like you’re in it,” continues Marsh. “That’s incredibly important with Ed—it’s all about hearing his songs like he’s right there with you, and that’s what happens with a LEO system.”

Marsh also appreciates the impact of the 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. “Ed’s slapping of the guitar is a low-frequency transient hit that is much faster than any kick drum, and that’s why the 1100-LFCs are my favorite for sub-bass,” he says. “They throw far and are very, very quick.”

The system for the Wembley shows was built around 96 LEO-M line array loudspeakers configured as 20 for each main front hang, 16 for each side hang, and 12 for each crane-flown upper side hang. For even distribution up and around the tall stadium, 12 LYON linear line array loudspeakers, 32-each MILO and MICA line array loudspeakers, and two JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers were deployed as delays and fills. Sixty 1100-LFC elements were both flown and ground-stacked as directional arrays. Onstage foldback consisted of four MJF-212A stage monitors and side fills of two MICA loudspeakers and four 700-HP subwoofers. A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with 16 total Galileo 616, Galileo 616 AES, and Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provided signal distribution and precision tuning. UK-based Major Tom, Ltd. was principal audio provider for all five shows, with additional loudspeakers supplied by POOLgroup of Germany.

The systems were designed by Marsh in close consultation with long-time associate Lars Brogaard, managing director of Major Tom. Brogaard was insistent on deploying LEO to best effect, according to Marsh.

“We went to great lengths to get the loudspeakers up as high as possible, so they were aimed directly at the audience and not firing up from the pitch and bouncing off the roof,” reports Marsh. “An enormous, 25-meter high structure allowed us to hang our front arrays much higher than usual, and we also hired giant cranes for the upper side hangs and flew fewer rear delays than is usual for Wembley.”

Sheeran used a Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless system with an MD 9235 condenser capsule on the vocal mic. Marsh mixed Sheeran on a DiGiCo SD7 digital console.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Meyer Sound MM-4XP Securing the Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct


With a commitment to ongoing security upgrades across the city, Brisbane City Council has just installed audio-based security cameras using Meyer Sound MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers with IntelligentDC™ technology.

Valley MallLord Mayor Graham Quirk said the speaking cameras had recently been trialled in Brisbane’s CBD. “These audio-based cameras will allow us to intervene in real time, tell people if they are committing a criminal act, or something that is not convenient to other people that we are watching them,” he said. “And, if need be, that police are on their way.”

After the recent Fortitude Valley mall upgrade, integrator United Technology Solutions was engaged to complete the install of MM-4XP loudspeakers throughout the mall. With its weather-protection feature and ease of use, the MM-4XP has proven to be a winner for local integrator United Technology Solutions.

MM-4XP

The MM-4XP loudspeaker’s proprietary 4-inch cone transducer, manufactured at Meyer Sound’s Berkeley, California factory, delivers an impressive maximum peak SPL of 113 dB and a wide operating frequency range of 120 Hz to 18 kHz with very low distortion. The MM-4XP exhibits the same high intelligibility and flat frequency and phase responses for which Meyer Sound loudspeakers are known. Peak and rms limiters regulate loudspeaker temperatures and excursion, ensuring the MM-4XP performs exceedingly well even when driven into overload.

With IntelligentDC technology, the MM-4XP receives power and balanced audio from a SwitchCraft® EN3TM 5-pin male input connector on its rear panel. The sealed EN3 connector provides protection against harsh environmental conditions when the MM-4XP is installed outdoors. The MM-4XP’s amplifier and signal-processing circuits were designed to store DC power and tolerate voltage drops, thereby accommodating light-gauge cables and long cable runs. MM-4XP loudspeakers require a Meyer Sound external power supply. The compact MPS-481 powers a single loudspeaker and includes a composite cable that routes both DC power and balanced audio, received from its XLR input connector, to the MM-4XP. The MPS-488HP IntelligentDC power supply is ideal for larger installations with multiple loudspeakers; the single-space 19-inch rack unit distributes DC power and balanced audio to up to eight MM-4XP loudspeakers or other Meyer Sound low-voltage loudspeakers. Meyer Sound’s RMS remote monitoring system is available as an option for the MPS-488HP.

For more information on United Technology Solutions and Brisbane City Council see the below links

http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/

For more information on the Meyer Sound products visit www.meyersound.com.au or contact:

Australia Sales:

Meyer Sound Australia

Aus: 1800 463 937

Nz: 0800 363 937                                          

Email: sales@meyersound.com.au

HARMAN Announces Immediate Availability of the Martin® M-Touch


M_touch_main_1000x1000COPENHAGEN, Denmark – HARMAN’s Martin® M-Touch lighting control system is now shipping. With touch technology, the Martin M-Touch introduces a new form of interaction to the lighting industry, only previously seen between a musician and electronic instruments.

With precise touch encoders and command keys for the most commonly used operations, the Martin M-Touch is a true hybrid surface for programming and playback. It reads user input strength and lets him or her interact with performances and shows of any scale. Its unique pressure sensitive buttons with no mechanical parts will ensure indefinite functionality. The integrated DMX output connection allows direct control over any DMX device without the need of further hardware.

The Martin M-Touch can be connected with a simple USB cable to the Martin M-PC software or connected to any M-Series console as a powerful extension. No external power connection is required. The Martin M-Touch represents the ultimate blend of technology, quality and price in one controller solution.

“The M-Touch is truly a game changer for us and our customers,” said Matthias Hinrichs, Product Manager for Controllers, Martin. “It makes professional lighting control accessible to everyone and offers a unique set of features through a simple and efficient plug & play USB control surface for our M-Series lighting software.”

The Martin M-Touch is now shipping. The large amount of backorders will be arriving at customers throughout the month of July,

For more information on the Martin M-Touch, please watch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN0F9beNTtU&feature=youtu.be

For the Martin M-Touch product page, please visit: http://www.martin.com/en-US/Product-Details/M-Touch

What now? Australian Arts Industry


We by now know what the Federal government has done in regards to arts funding. In the 2015-16 budget the Federal Arts Minister George Brandis  plans to remove $104.8 million from the Australia Council’s budget over the next 4 years and fund a newly developed fund. If you look at the list of 145 arts organisations that are going to have their funding cut.  This is a huge blow to our industry, these are some of the groups that we have worked for in the past and hopefully in the future. The way George Brandis is swinging the axe some of us will be visiting Centrelink to top up our income. Now you might say there is now going to be another fund to help finance and support these arts groups. Maybe? Extra staff used to run this second funding body will eat in to the finances. Also how independent will this second tier body be? It seems that the Minister wants to have a final say over who gets funding. Does this mean that some arts group will receive very little funding as they may disagree with the current government on policies? Does this mean the end of “Freedom of Expression” for the arts, if the government does not like you – you don’t receive any funding. This is a very scary thought. It is just not only performing arts groups that are being hit, libraries, art galleries, publishing and educational arts group have also been hit. The site “Crikey” has an extensive list here. So it will not just be folks on stage or backstage that will be affected.

Do we want to see art that is controlled by the state – is this a form of political censorship? Are we going to see more “safe” art, nothing that will challenge the viewer/ participant? Diversity is the key for great art to happen. You may not like some of it, but it is a process of understanding and developing. We need to encourage the developing arts, the emerging artists – no matter what feild they are involved in.

It seems that the arts often comes off second best. The politicians seem to forget that the arts has many benefits to the well-being of the population.

Encouraging people to attend cultural events has been shown to have a positive effect on bloodpressure and hormone levels(Konlaan, 2000)

It seems that the human condition requires arts as well as sport, education to develop to be a positive part of society. But it needs to develop freely without being lead down one path that has a singular viewpoint. We need to see a variety of views to develop as a human being.  It would be like the government saying we all must play lawn bowls and therefore we are going to fund that and similar style sports that we think you should know. Football, cricket etc will not be supported as they do not fit the party line and therefore have to fund themselves.

We need to stand up for our industry and jobs. To quote Limelightmagazine.com.au (I hope they don’t mind me pinching) :

A delegation of 50 arts representatives will meet with high-profile politicians to discuss objections to the Federal Budget.

As the Federal Budget is due to pass through the Lower House later this week, representatives from the Labor and Green Parties are due to meet in Canberra with a delegation of high profile arts leaders from the small to medium scale arts sector. The collective of 50 representatives from the Australian arts community will consult with Shadow Minister for the Arts Mark Dreyfus and leader of the parliamentary caucus of the Australian Green Party Richard Di Natale to discuss and develop a challenge to the reforms to arts funding that have been the focus of major controversy since the budget announcement on May 12. Attorney General and Minister for the Arts George Brandis has also been invited to the pivotal meeting, but at the time of publication had yet to confirm his attendance.

– See more at: http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/news/arts-leaders-head-canberra-challenge-funding-reforms#sthash.uSdvtre6.dpuf

Below are some useful sites on this matter.

http://www.australianunions.org.au/australians_for_artistic_freedom_signatories

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/senator-george-brandis-defends-budget-arts-funding-changes/6477672

https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2014/october/1412085600/steve-dow/state-arts

http://www.artsparty.org/

http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/

 

Federation Square Choose Meyer Sound UPQ-1P with Weather Protection


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UPQ Front

UPQ Front

ifteen years after installing its outdoor Meyer Sound CQ-1 loudspeaker system, Federation Square once, again turned to Meyer Sound when it came time for an upgrade. The chosen model this time was the UPQ-1P wide coverage loudspeaker.
The self-powered UPQ-1P is a member of the award-winning ULTRA Series of loudspeakers. Its extended low-frequency headroom gives it a smooth sound over its wide operating frequency range of 55 Hz to 18 kHz. With its easy-to-use and versatile QuickFly™ rigging, the UPQ-1P loudspeaker is equally suited to touring, rental and fixed installation applications. The UPQ-1P loudspeaker produces a peak output of 136 dB SPL with low distortion, as well as an exceptionally flat phase and frequency response in a compact, vented, trapezoid enclosure.
The UPQ-1P offers an extremely consistent polar response, and is distinguished by its constant-Q horn that provides 80-degree horizontal by 50-degree vertical coverage (-6 dB points) and a gentle coverage rolloff that extends uniformly out to its -10 dB points of 100 by 60 degrees.
“After fifteen years of continual outdoor service, it came time to replace our Meyer CQ-1 delay speakers in the plaza. They had dealt with all of Melbourne’s radical weather changes in this time and only needed minor servicing to keep them running. We had done testing with other IP rated outdoor suitable units, and found that none come even close sonically to the Meyer Sound range. Side by side comparison of other units showed that the UPQ model offered far better sensitivity and dispersion, in a far more ruggedly built cabinet.” says Andrew Stratton, Multimedia Systems Administrator
A major part of the weather protection procedure involves treating the wood before assembling the cabinet. This modern, sophisticated treatment is applied to all wooden parts of the cabinet. The proprietary sealant penetrates and stabilizes the wood, enabling the cabinet to withstand a wide range of temperature and humidity conditions. The exterior topcoat is a two-part modified paint similar to that used in military applications.
An accredited, independent laboratory has tested this process according to protocols established by ASTM International, an international standards body. The sealant coat and topcoat were tested for dry film thickness, wet film thickness, pencil hardness, impact resistance, water absorption, water resistance, dry adhesion, solvent resistance and specular gloss.
Cone drivers are coated with a special water-resistant material, while corrosion-resistant gold-plated connectors assure reliable connections. Grill frames are given an anti-corrosion treatment and then coated to resist moisture. A fine mesh or protective grille foam, or a combination of both is applied to the grille to help prevent rain intrusion. Stainless steel fasteners and custom gaskets are used for all components mounting to the cabinet. Meyer Sound circuit boards have been tested to military specifications by an independent laboratory, including testing for salt invasion. Plastic rain hoods protect the electronics package from rain.
For more information on Federation Square see the below links
http://fedsquare.com/

Federation Square Melbourne

Federation Square Melbourne

For more information on the Meyer Sound products visit http://www.meyersound.com.au or contact:

Australia Sales:
Meyer Sound Australia
Aus: 1800 463 937
Nz: 0800 363 937
Email: sales@meyersound.com.au

 

Stage Manager primer for schools


King Kong Full Moon

King Kong Full Moon

Many of us working as venue technicians often work on school productions that come through the venue. This can be an interesting experience especially if you have never worked on one. There is various levels of skills that school have or don’t have. For those of us that primarily work with professional companies, this can be a shock. What we normally expect as normal theatre protocol and procedures can go out the window when the school arrives. We sometimes have to get around how they think and try and translate what they want and need into something we understand as theatre professionals. Not all schools are bad, some have teachers and other staff that understand how theatre works. Some have performed on stage or directed shows outside the school. Some teachers even understand the technical aspects of theatre. But as the saying goes ” a little knowledge can be dangerous”. I once had a teacher call our 3 colour wash a 3 phase wash. They were not happy when I explained what it was. And woe betide anyone that corrects a teacher in front of their students, I have had a few complain when I have corrected them, but I am sorry if these students actually want to go further in theatre they really should have the correct knowledge and the means to find it out. I am quite happy to explain and pass on my knowledge to these students.

Some teachers have quaint names for things like dinger – for house bells. Or may favourite, Teacher asking for special string lighting – turns out it was a cyc chase. Not sure how they can by that name, it took a lot of discussion to get what they were after. Or the music teacher telling the vocalist to pull back and not hit their performance volume during sound check. Or just before curtain up you are told of the extra vocalist, or the PowerPoint presentation they want you to quickly make from some pictures and pdf’s they have.

Now not all teachers are like this, I have met quite a few that do understand the technical side of things and understand it takes time to make their show look and sound great. They plan their production schedule to allow time for technical set up, they don’t expect to do a West End style musical with one tech on duty and a day to bump in. They know their limits, their budgets limits and the venues limits.

I know these teachers have their students best interests at heart, but if they don’t know or are not sure, just ask. We are more than willing to guide them through the intricacies of the technical aspects of their show. We have many shows under our belt and we want their show to be brilliant and their audience to walk away with a smile. So if you have questions etc. ask them before you arrive. See if you can talk to the technician that you will be working with. Give the venue as much information as possible. The venue’s technicians can advise you what will or will not work.

So ask questions, the technician is there to realise your vision but be realistic about your vision.

Jands appointed Ampetronic distributor of Hearing Loops for Australia


ampetronics25 May, 2015 – Jands Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading audio, lighting and staging supplier, is proud to announce that effective 1st June, they will take over the distribution of Ampetronic for Australia.

“Ampetronic is a perfect fit for Jands” said Paul Mulholland, Jands Managing Director. “Jands is committed to providing our professional AV customers with complete end to end product and service solutions by partnering with only the finest brands available. There is no better example of this than Ampetronic, who have been global leaders in Hearing Loop assistive listening technology since the company’s foundation almost thirty years ago, and have led the market in Australia since the technologies introduction around 15 years ago. Ampetronic’s product, engineering, and educational resources, coupled with Jands strong commitment to the local market with inventory, training and product support will ensure Ampetronic expand on their already dominant market position.”

The new partnership signals the start of an exciting time for the industry, with several significant introductions due from Ampetronic this year. Julian Pieters Managing Director of Ampetronic said “We are thrilled to partner with Jands, and have been impressed with their professionalism and technical capability. We are on the brink of introducing a suite of new tools, support services and products that will change the way the industry works with hearing loops. Jands has the reputation, the reach and the commitment to deliver this to market – together we will make a very positive impact on provision of hearing assistance across Australia. I am also impressed with the depth and calibre of the team at Jands, which will deliver top notch education and training, as well as the rapid, design and support services our customers expect. This is a great time to take our brand to the next level, and an excellent partnership to make it happen.”

Hearing loops are imperative to providing equality of access to audio services to people with hearing aids. Hearing Loops are popular amongst people with hearing loss because they’re a dignified solution that doesn’t require an individual to ask for, or wear additional receivers and the sound quality is tailored to the individual’s specific hearing, which can significantly improve their overall listening experience.

“Due to legislative requirements and general community awareness assistive listening technology, particularly Hearing Loops, is a strong and growing market in Australia” said Jeff Bolt, Jands National Sales Manager “our sales force receive requests for this technology from our customers on a daily basis and are excited to now represent the world’s leading manufacturer.”

Jeff MacKenzie head of Jands Technical Resource Team states “From a sales engineering / technical support view we are very excited to be partnering with Ampetronic as not only are they a technology leader in their field with an impressive list of technology innovations stretching back to their foundation in 1987, but their principles and beliefs align directly with ours. Ampetronic focus on systems, not box sales. Every system is backed by solid pre-sales engineering. They also share our belief that the key to successful systems is education and as such invest heavily in the provision of training for users, designers and installers of their products. We look forward to continuing and building on this tradition in Australia.”

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