Live Sound

Home to NBA's Miami Heat and more than 80 various live events annually, the versatile AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida has been at the forefront of state-of-the-art audio-visual technology for over 15 years. With the completion of the brand new Xfinity Plaza, a 23,000 square foot, outdoor entertainment venue on the east side of the AmericanAirlines Arena, the challenge of installing an AV system that provided the best possible directional sound coverage and quality under a very tight deadline was answered with Dante audio networking.

On June 18 and 19, Premiere Production had the privilege of providing audio production at the Dieu Ngu Temple in Westminster (CA) to welcome the 14th Dalai Lama for two days of compassionate teachings with attendance reaching 10,000. For the special event, Premiere Production brought in a NEXO GEO S12 line array, PS speakers, a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console, and two Rio 3224-D input/output boxes (one used as a stage box, the other for press feeds).

The flexible SSL Network I/O: SDI was recently selected as the core component for broadcasting the 66th FIFA World Congress in Mexico City. Consulting company Evident Productions chose the SSL Network I/O: SDI for its versatility in embedding, de-embedding, and distribution--and it utilizes a Dante Audio-Over-IP network as the source. The project required significant system improvements for the FIFA Congress itself, and involved the challenge of providing the feeds to over 20 international broadcast networks covering the event.

Playing SXSW is a big deal for any band, but if you’ve traveled thousands of miles from another continent, the pressure is only heightened. To give the artists playing the British Music Embassy Showcase at SXSW one less thing to worry about, Cato Music, the production company for the BME, deployed an in-depth audio system that centered around Allen & Heath dLive digital mixers inside the Latitude 30 club.

Crossroads offers live music Thursday through Sunday with dancing on a traditional wooden dance floor and regular appearances by local and national touring acts.  To support its live music, Crossroads recently upgraded its audio system with an Allen & Heath GLD-80 Chrome Edition digital mixer with an AR2412 AudioRack and AR84 Expander.

Coldplay headlined a jam-packed musical event (with special guests Beyoncé and Bruno Mars), and a dozen RedNet D16R AES3 I/Os for Dante™ audio-over-IP networks were deployed, assuring reliable, great-sounding audio.

The Ministry of Sound London has streamlined its Harman tools and distribution network, including an upgrade to the Soundcraft Vi3000 and Realtime Rack plug-in engine, supplied by Sound Technology.

“We had seen great service from our Si2 console, but we’ve been looking to upgrade for a while now to something with more screen real estate, and a platform which touring engineers are more comfortable with,” stated MoS production manager, Chris Thoms. “The Vi3000 is a great trade off for its size and features, and of course the sound quality, steeped in Studer technology, is stunning.”

Due to limited space, multi-functionality for areas within cruise liners has become a must. As the ships grow in size and required bandwidth, the implementation of fibre-based technologies is also becoming increasingly important. Now that newer protocols have been developed for faster networks, such as Audinate’s Dante, bidirectional audio distribution to and from and between venues is becoming more viable. For TUI Cruises Entertainment Berlin, Dante has been a worthy investment that has allowed for the kind of networking flexibility that is required.

Since winning Eurovision, one of Europe's most-watched events, Mans Zelmerlöw has set his sights on touring Europe and beyond in support of his current album,Perfectly Damaged. Handling FOH and Monitors on Mackie DL32R iPad® controlled digital mixers is Sebastian Meyer of Meyer Production Sweden. Networking the two mixers via Dante has been a powerful and effective way to mix the five-piece band.

West Jordan High School, a public institution located southwest of Salt Lake City, has vastly increased audio quality and optimized flexibility in its main auditorium with a new multi-vendor Dante audio networked solution from Audinate.  Since installing the Dante network, West Jordan High School has enhanced the way it can produce musical concerts, public assemblies and special events for its guests and more than 2,000-strong student body, which includes the largest choir program of any Utah public school.

Since opening its doors for the first time in 2011, the Chill Skybar has become one of the most popular leisure destinations in Vietnam’s largest city. But a persistent issue with noise spillage meant that its audio specification was ultimately deemed to be inadequate – hence the decision to enlist locally-based AV firm DesignLive Technologies to undertake an upgrade.

Apart from regular Sunday services, High Kirk Presbyterian Church in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, is used as a venue for worship events, many of which are aimed at a young audience, and which are technically more challenging. In the past this often meant abandoning the “house” PA system and bringing in an alternative one. Much to the delight of the in-house tech team, that has become a thing of the past.

Rat Sound, a leading sound reinforcement specialist for the concert touring industry, integrated a Dante audio network from Audinate at this spring’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and consequent Stagecoach festival. Faced with the challenge of covering enormous areas of roughly 750 x 1200 feet, Rat Sound simplified the installation by installing a Dante network to ensure robust and reliable carriage of high-quality audio across 21 delay positions. 

The bar for the recent audio processing installation at Marriott’s prestigious Edition Hotel, located in the heart of New York City’s Flatiron district, was undoubtedly set relatively high. Not only did it need to cater to regular DJ sets, it had to accommodate a variety of background music and announcement applications – all with flawless reliability and consistent sound quality.

The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech presents programs that transform lives through exploration and engagement with the arts and the creative process. A significant part of this experience is The Cube, a unique, four-story, state-of-the-art Theater and high tech laboratory that serves multiple platforms of creative practice by faculty, students, and guest artists and researchers from around the world.

The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) celebrated 15 years of their show stopping live performance week at London’s Royal Albert Hall with a high profile line up. West London based rental specialist Entec Sound & Light has been involved as the audio supplier for the event right from the start, and over the years has fine-tuned the sound system to perfection for this prestigious venue. This year, for the first time, Entec distributed signal via its new Dante network.

Benaroya Hall is a purpose-built home for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, but it also hosts lectures, jazz concerts, rock gigs and guest orchestras. The Hall's recently re-drawn DSP infrastructure now facilitates an advanced networking solution: a hybrid Dante-CobraNet installation, sharing the common platform of Symetrix’s SymNet scalable audio routing and processing system.

AV Concepts, a corporate and entertainment event production specialist, remains on the cutting edge of technological and creative advances to deliver outstanding experiences for their customers. As a company that is always pushing the envelope and leveraging new technologies, the convergence of audio, video and lighting technologies on the network plays a significant role in how AV Concepts creates immersive experiences. 

The world famous 12th and Porter music club located in Nashville, TN has a long-standing reputation as one of America’s legendary venues for live music. Thousands of musicians and bands have played the venue, and new ownership plans for thousands more in the future with major upgrades to return the famous venue to its premiere status after years of losing shows to other venues with recent sound system upgrades. 

The Gravesend Inn is a popular “Haunted Hotel” attraction at the Voorhees Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. New York City College of Technology professors’ John Huntington and Bruce Ellman have supervised the sound design and operation since 2008, and they have most recently found a way to move uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio across the standard Ethernet network built within the Voorhees Theatre.

London's Wembley Stadium is designed for soccer matches, and thus contains a much smaller audio and video system than is required for an American NFL Football experience. In order to bring the full multi-media experience of American NFL Football to the UK, a custum-designed system was required to accomodate the greater use of music and a larger number of television cameras, lighting, pyrotechnics and radio communications channels.

Founded in 1968, The Alliance Theatre at Woodruff Arts Center remains closely tied to the cultural identity of Atlanta, growing as the city has grown. The theatre strives to set the highest artistic standards and create the powerful experience of shared theatre for a diverse audience. Looking to the raise the theatre's audio systems standards, Resident Sound Designer Clay Benning sought out Dante.

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. As the site for the world premiere of the highly anticipated Paramount Pictures Star Trek film, the opera house faced the challenge of distributing pristine quality audio for the 1500 people present. The solution included an 80 speaker surround sound system that transported sound on Dante from the digital cinema projectors through a complex network of Cisco switches and amps.

For the tour of Oasis, world-famous rock band from Manchester, UK, Brittania Row Productions needed a high quality digital networking solution that could offer sample-accurate synchronization and sub-millisecond latency to distribute professional quality audio across the whole venue. They found that solution in Dante. 

The Pope was conducting a Mass for 400,000 people at Randwick Racetrack during World Youth Day. The system required long runs between the 70 speaker towers and the front of house. The challenge was to build a cost effective audio networking solution that eliminated the ambient noise typically introduced by long cable runs. With limited set-up time, the designer wanted an easy to setup for a massive audience and deliver a high quality audio experience to everyone in attendance.