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Full Harman Kit for Urban Forest

Taking place in Dalston, north London, the Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival ran for a month from 2 July until 3 August. It featured a complete Harman sound reinforcement system all provided in partnership with the manufacturer’s UK and Ireland distributor, Sound Technology.

Te main PA featured eight JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers, four S25 subwoofers, complemented by two VTX F15s plus VTX F12, VTX F18S, and STX812M stage monitors. Te system was powered with two Crown VRack 4x3500 HD systems and an I-Tech 5000 HD amp.

“Because we were able to work with the designers of the Kopparberg stage from an early point, we were able to get the PA suspended in a good position that meant we were able to provide excellent coverage for the dance floor area, but also get a clear sound at the back of the open area,” said Ed Jackson, application engineer, tour sound, EMEA, Harman Professional. “Tere have been no real problems with the venue acoustically. Te PA has been arrayed so that it is firing at the audience rather than at any of the tents’ reflective surfaces, and for a stage that has just popped up in Dalston, I think that it sounds great.”

JBL’s VTX F Series monitors are the result of collaboration between JBL and New York rental company Firehouse. “Te F Series has got the D2 high frequency driver


OB Companies Enhance Mic Requirements

According to hire specialist Richmond Film Services, sports outside broadcast companies are using different methods and microphones to cover events.

Te business provided NEP Visions with over 60 microphones to cover a major tennis tournament, including 16 Sennheiser MKH 8050 microphones and 13 MKH 418-S stereo microphones. NEP also booked 121 microphones for another sporting event in

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Scotland and concurrently 22 Sennheiser MKH 416 microphones for an event in Dublin. Another OB company took 16 microphones to Scotland including eight Neumann RSM 191 switchable stereo microphones, and a New Zealand broadcaster used 12 Sennheiser 5000 series radio microphones.

Golf tournaments also required the use of Sennheiser MKH 416 and MKH 816 mics.

that is used in the VTX V25 cabinet and the JBL M2 studio monitors,” said Jackson. “Tese drivers use a ring diaphragm rather than a conventional dome. Tese give a smoother frequency response across the high frequencies, and a lot less of the second and third order harmonic distortion that we have always taken for granted when listening to dome tweeters.”

Promoter MAMA & Company also relied on AKG for microphones, including the D12VR, C1000S, D40, D5, DSR700 V2, and DHT700 D7 models. FOH and monitors were mixed through a Soundcraft Si Performer 2 digital console, which was controllable via the Soundcraft ViSi Remote app, enabling iPad control of the console via a single wireless network.

Te event featured over 50 artists including We Were Evergreen, Lucy Rose, Little Dragon, and Gaz Coombes.

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RECORDING Heard Around Town

Highlights from RAK Studios in 2014 include Steve Fitzmaurice having a number one with the Sam Smith album he recorded in Studio 1 and returning with Eliza and Te Bear and Mary J Blige, Neil Cowley Trio’s album Touch and Flee, Labrinth recording material, Nerina Pallot who is making an EP every month this year, and Dan Grech- Marguerat coming in with projects including Circa Waves. Brighton Electric is opening Studio 2 at Tramway house in October. “Work is well under way currently,” reports Jimi Wheelwright. “We have created a second control room right by the main studio on the south wing, this is tied in to both live rooms – the second of which has been totally re-treated – like Studio 1. It will be another simple set up, centred around the Neve BCM 10 and a PSM12 sidecar consoles, ATC SCM25s, and Tools 10.” French medieval songwriter and singer Luc Arbogast

was at Studios La Fabrique in Provence to record the vocals of his next Mercury Records album. London-based country singer-songwriter Ilana Katz has been working in Resident Studios’ Studio A in a session run by engineer Caradog Jones. Sinitta’s So Many Men So Little Time single was recorded and mixed at Select Studios in Wood Green, London. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Underworld’s dubnobasswithmyheadman, the record has been remastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios for a deluxe reissue on CD and vinyl, working closely with Rick Smith. Also at Abbey Road, Wings’ classic albums Venus and Mars and At Te Speed Of Sound have been remastered for deluxe re-issue. Venus and Mars was remastered by Steve Rooke and Sam Okell, and At Te Speed of Sound by Steve Rooke and Guy Massey. Te re-issues include demos and unreleased tracks, mastered by Alex Wharton. Audio restoration for the projects was carried out by Simon Gibson.

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