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The Aspen Opera Theatre Center used DPA microphones to capture their performance at the Aspen Music Festival and SchoolThe Aspen Opera Theater Center used d:dicate 4006C Omnidirectional, 4011A Cardioid and 4015C Wide Cardioid Microphones, as well as the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone 10-piece Classic Touring Kit for their performance at the 2014 Aspen Music Festival and School. Scott Burgess, head audio engineer for the Aspen Music Festival and School, chose the DPA microphones because they “are spotless and precise, and could handle the dynamic range of an operatic performance.” He selected the d:dicate 4006s to pick up the vocals from across the front of the stage, a pair of d:dicate 4015s arranged for the main orchestra, a pair of d:dicate 4011s in the wind section and the d:vote 4099s to accent the orchestra’s string section.

Read more: Aspen Opera Theater Center Uses DPA Microphones

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The Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s audio upgrade used three hangs of Bose RoomMatch Progressive Directivity Array loudspeakers
The Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s audio upgrade used three hangs of Bose RoomMatch Progressive Directivity Array loudspeakers
The Mayfield Dinner Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, recently upgraded their sound system with Bose RoomMatch Progressive Directivity Array loudspeakers. Edmonton-based Production World teamed up with Bose Professional Systems to supply and install the system. The system consists of three hangs—two outer arrays, each with four symmetrical array modules, and a center array with two symmetrical array modules and two RMS215 subwoofers, all powered by four Bose PowerMatch PM8500N networked amplifiers.

Read more: Mayfield Dinner Theatre Chooses Bose RoomMatch Loudspeakers for Audio Upgrade

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The New York Innovative Theatre Awards have announced the honorary awards that will be given out at their 2014 awards show on Monday, Sept. 22. Dan Bianci will receive the Artistic Achievement Award, presented to an individual who has made a significant artistic contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community. Over Bianci’s 40 years as an independent theatre artist he has worked as a writer, director, producer, set, lighting, music, sound and graphic designer, PR rep and more. He’s been founder/artistic director of four international theatre companies, and written and directed over 90 produced plays and musicals. Woodie King, Jr, winner of the Ellen Stewart Award honoring “a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership” is a renowned director and producer as well as the Founding Director of the New Federal Theater, which has presented over 150 productions in its’ 30 year history. Finally, Blessed Unrest, a non-profit, ensemble-based, experimental theatre company generating original work since 1999, including 24 full productions, won the 2014 Caffé Cino Fellowship award, which is presented to an Off-Off-Broadway theatre company that consistently produces outstanding work. This award also includes a grant to be used toward an Off-Off-Broadway production.

Read more: Honorary Awards Announced for 2014 IT Awards

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A moment from Adler & Gibb at London’s Royal Court Theatre
A moment from Adler & Gibb at London’s Royal Court Theatre
Lighting Designer Natasha Chivers used two Robe MMX Blade fixtures in her design for Adler & Gibb at the Royal Court Theatre in London. The fixtures were rigged on an upstage bar, either side of the center and used for two distinct and different effects. Firstly as back-light specials, and secondly, with the addition of gobos and crossing to downstage center, they formed part of a forest break-up look that focussed on a grave. Jack Williams, Chief LX at the Royal Court, chose the Robe MMX Blades because they were “small, lightweight, very punchy” as well as their “great optics and shutters” and, most importantly, the fact that they’re quiet.

Read more: Royal Court Chooses Robe MMX Blades for Adler & Gibb

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The Frequency Coordination Group was founded by Brooks Schroeder to provide expertise to wireless microphone installations.
The Frequency Coordination Group was founded by Brooks Schroeder to provide expertise to wireless microphone installations.
The Frequency Coordination Group recently completed an update to the wireless rig at Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity. The 10-year-old show needed to upgrade its equipment to evacuate the 600MHz band and Brooks Schroeder, founder of the Frequency Coordination Group, and his staff changed out a dozen wireless microphone channels while also incorporating 10 new in-ear systems. Schroeder and his staff coordinated the new frequencies with the New York New York Hotel and Casino’s AV department as well as neighboring properties—including the Monte Carlo casino and their wireless-heavy Blue Man Group show—to make things work.

Read more: Frequency Coordination Group Helps Zumanity Upgrade Wireless Kit

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Attendees at a SSL Live Console Operator Training Days session
Attendees at a SSL Live Console Operator Training Days session
Solid Stage Logic will hold Live Console Operator Training Days Sept. 17-18, Oct. 1-2 and Nov. 5-6. The training will cover their new SSL Live console and its V2 software. The training will take place in their Oxford, England headquarters, and is free, though interested parties do have to apply online.

Read more: SSL Hosts Free Live Console Training at UK HQ

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A moment from Marvel Universe LIVE!, with projection support from d3 Technologies
A moment from Marvel Universe LIVE!, with projection support from d3 Technologies
“Marvel Universe LIVE!” is an “arena spectacular” live-action show that uses every trick available to bring the over-the-top, explosive and heroic world of Marvel comic book characters to life. It features stunts, motorcycle chases, pyrotechnics, moving stages—and lots and lots of projection mapping, incluing a three-story wall Feld Entertainment touts as “the largest projection surface ever built.” And d3 Technologies media servers control the array of projectors (27 Barco HDF-W26 DLP projectors) and LED screens that accompany the show. Bob Bonniol was the video system and content designer for the production and his company Mode Studios supplied the projectors, d3 media servers and signal path equipment along with the expert content management, creation and design staff. Bonniol worked closely with his associate Pablo Molina to conceive new ways to use localized content and partnered with Ash Nehru of d3 Technologies to work with the Cast BlackTrax development team to use the tracking data “across enormous resolutions with extraordinary accuracy and limited latency,” in the show.

Read more: d3 Technologies, Barco and Cast Software BlackTrax System Brings Marvel Universe to Life

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Online registration is open for LiNK, the new grad school interview weekend for aspiring theatre students. The program is presented by USITT and SETC (and sponsored by Focal Press) and will bring students seeking advanced degrees in acting, directing, theatrical design, technology and management  together with schools and conservatory programs Nov. 14-15 at the Atlanta Airport Hilton Hotel. Candidates will be able to submit resumes and portfolio materials online ahead of time and secure appointment times with representatives from universities and conservatories. Actors will audition on Friday morning, Nov. 14, while stage managers, directors, and arts administration applicants will participate in 10-minute interviews on Friday afternoon. Design and tech candidates will have interviews on Saturday, Nov. 15. 

Read more: LiNK Opens to Theatre Students Seeking Grad School Interviews

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Masque Sound made a charitable contribution to Road Recovery, a non-profit organization devoted to helping today’s youth overcome addiction and other adversities. Road Recovery, an important institution to Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager at Masque Sound, was founded in 1998 by music industry veterans Gene Bowen, a tour manager and recovering addict, and Jack Bookbinder, an artist manager who struggles with Type II diabetes, to help young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge and resources. 

Read more: Masque Sound Donates to Road Recovery

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As part of a major refurbishment, Sydney’s Rockdale Town Hall was ugraded with a JBL VRX Line Array system and a Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital mixing desk. The sound was upgraded by The P.A. People, who installed the JBL VRX Line Array system. Brett Steele of The P.A. People chose the system thanks to its ability "to ensure maximum coverage" as well as its ability to cater "to the widest range of applications from musical theatre to simple speeches." 

Read more: Rockdale Town Hall Reinvigorated With JBL And Soundcraft

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