Tech Talk

Live streaming gigs from Blind Chihuahua’s remote studio

13 Dec 2019

RECORDING   Live streaming gigs from Blind Chihuahua’s remote studio   Audio, video, live bands, 4G, paying customers, Internet, live Internet. What could go wrong? Yeah – Blind Chihuahua decided to take on this daunting task. There’s a lot of moving parts to all this so let’s dig in shall we?   Paula Jones is an…

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Sticky Fingers

12 Dec 2019

ROAD SKILLS   Sticky Fingers The lighting for Sticky Fingers’ recent tour was big, bold, obnoxious and threatened to cut power to the host city!   In a big step up from previous tours Sticky Fingers, the Sydney band that are a ‘melting pot of psych, rock, and reggae’, completed an arena run around the…

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Trending in Production Lighting – Weatherproof Fixtures

6 Dec 2019

TECH TALK   Trending in Production Lighting – Weatherproof Fixtures   by ULA Group’s Simon Pentz.   While IP65 rated fixtures are nothing new, they have usually only been used in Architectural lighting applications. But over the last few years, the live production industry has started to adopt the use of IP65 fixtures as the…

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Yamaha’s AFC3 – from Acoustic Enhancement to Spatial Audio

5 Dec 2019

AUDIO Yamaha’s AFC3 – from Acoustic Enhancement to Spatial Audio by Jason Allen. DSP innovator Yamaha released their first digital acoustic enhancement system back in 1985. Over the years, they’ve constantly improved their technology, with AFC3 (Active Field Control) the latest in the range. Tantalisingly, at ISE in Feb 2019, they teased AFC4, which adds…

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Blood, Sweat & Ears

29 Nov 2019

LISTEN HERE by Andy Stewart. In every respect, music is a form of communication: a human expression, a sonic art. As a science it’s more about the transfer of energy across the medium of air (and occasionally water), or voltage through an electrical circuit. To others it’s the conversion of ideas and feelings into vibrations…

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Riedel Bolero & Bolero S: DECT-Based Comms

28 Nov 2019

COMMUNICATIONS Riedel’s Bolero & Bolero S: DECT-Based Comms in Stadia and Multi-Purpose Arenas presented by Riedel. Riedel’s widely acclaimed Bolero wireless intercom system is being adopted by sports teams, leagues, and venues from New York to Tokyo. What drives the success of this DECT-based device? DECT is a highly versatile and common standard for wireless…

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Wi-Fi and Data Security on Events

27 Nov 2019

COMMUNICATIONS Wi-Fi and Data Security on Events by Simon Byrne Wi-Fi is real handy at gigs. It means less cables need to be run, and it gives you the ability to easily transport media, control devices remotely such as mixing desks, lighting control and so on. However, it is a long way from perfect and…

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ShowPRO Neptune 400 Hybrid IP65

26 Nov 2019

ROAD TEST ShowPRO Neptune 400 Hybrid IP65 by Tim Hall. Tim Hall is the Managing Director of Resolution X, one of Australia’s leading lighting and production hire companies. Part of the Lightmoves Group, they have grown since their founding in 1998 to become one of the largest providers of rental lighting and rigging equipment in…

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The Next Generation of Full Duplex Wireless Comms

22 Nov 2019

COMMUNICATIONS The Next Generation of Full Duplex Wireless Comms by Chris Dodds, Managing Director, The P.A. People. Back in the early 2000s, a group of intercom engineers in the UK began experimenting with a technology called DECT to see if they could improve the current state of play in wireless intercom. DECT had its basis…

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Scienceworks Planetarium

21 Nov 2019

INSTALLATION Scienceworks Planetarium by John O’Brien. For over a generation, visitors to Melbourne and science buffs alike have been entertained by the imaginative facilities and exhibits at Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood. One of the most impressive features is the Planetarium and in March 2019, a $1.2 million upgrade debuted new projection and lighting systems. Originally…

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Robe T1 Profile

20 Nov 2019

ROAD TEST by Matt Britten. Matt Britten is Head of Lighting at Scene Change, “Australia’s Most Awarded AV Company”. Scene Change have offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Hunter Valley, Melbourne, and Sydney, providing video, audio, lighting, staging, IT, and other event technical services. It’s tough for an AV company to find one lighting fixture that…

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The NBN – Not to Blame, Necessarily

19 Nov 2019

COMMUNICATIONS The NBN – Not to Blame, Necessarily by Simon Byrne. We constantly hear of poor internet delivered over the NBN, however the blame does not automatically sit with the NBN Co. There is a lot going on. NBN Co are in an invidious position. Under significant financial pressure from the government, they are the…

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