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VF Live: Kindred #2 with Mr Redley

“Music to soothe your soul, and also to make you get up and dance.”

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their HQs, record stores, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

For London record and book shop Kindred’s second VF Live set, Café Au Lait founder Mr. Redley selects house, disco, and funk records.

“This collection of sounds is a little look behind the scenes of what I listen to outside the realms of house, techno and beyond. It’s music to soothe your soul, and also to make you get up and dance.”

Watch and listen to the set above, and check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Cairo — Smokin’
2. David Joseph — You Can’t Hide
3. I-Level — Stone Heart
4. Simone — Mebsouta
5. Lafleur — Boogie Nights (Mega-Boogie Mix)
6. New York Disco Orchestra — It’s True
7. Change — Glow Of Love
8. Gay Marvine — I Luv Music
9. Stephen Encinas — Disco Illusion
10. Sun Palace — Rude Movements (Kenny Dope Dancefloor Powder Radio Edit)
11. Incognito — Everyday (Masters At Work Dub)
12. Black Jazz Consortium — Free Your Mind

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VF Live: Vinyl.eu #7 with Serge

Funk and soul live from Copenhagen.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their HQs, record stores, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

Copenhagen’s Vinyl.eu returns with Serge Silveira at the helm, selecting funk and soul records from Isaac Hayes, Yaruba Singers, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers and more.

Watch and listen to the set above, and check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Edwin Star – Real Live
2. The Chi.lites Feat. Eugene Records – Hot On A Thing
3. Uncle Louie – I Like Funky Music
4. Disco Tex And His Sex-O-Lettes – Hot Lava
5. Cerrone – Dr. Doo-Dah
6. Chuck Brown And The Soul Searchers – Berro E Sombaro
7. Yaruba Singers – Black Pepper
8. Miami – Kill That Roach
9. War –Cinco De Mayo
10. The Faback Band – Double Dutch
11. Nypa (New York Port Authorities) – Don´T Want To Work
12. Karriem – I Love You
13. Harvey Mason – Groovin You
14. Ashford & Simpson – Nobody Knows
15. Isaac Hayes – Zeek The Freak
16. Vernon Burch – Lovely Lady

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VF Live: Trepanado

A Brazilian special, direct from São Paulo.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their homes, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

São Paulo-based DJ Trepanado is a fixture in the city’s music scene and beyond – thanks to his own sets, as well as his Selvagem party.

In his debut VF Live appearance, Trepanado plays “a Brazilian special, including boogie, conga synth grooves, electro bossa, afro reggae, cover versions, new jack swing BR, forró, and carimbó – quite a mixed bag.”

“These are records that have been rocking my boat, music that made Selvagem recognised for what it is: unearthing national treasures. There are quite a few rarities on this session, with records it took me years to track down – i.e. Gil Bahian, Hareton Salvanini – and others that make sense together, including music from a few of Brazil’s best heavyweights – Tim Maia, Lafayette, Ed Lincoln and Pinduca.

Essentially, I wanted to create a set with the same vibe of my Missa de Domingo livestreams for Selvagem – a way to keep playing sunny music I love, while pushing new sounds to the audience.”

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Puratan – Transações
2. Netinho – Du Du Du Domingo
3. Hareton Salvanini – Sairé
4. Trepidant’s – E Agora?
5. Caio Flavio – Eu Vou Seguir
6. Nanda Rossi – Dança (Remix)
7. Tim Maia – Rodésia (Zimbabwe)
8. Roselle – Ecológica
9. Andre Dutra – Até Mais, Baby
10. Lafayette – Sol de Verão
11. Ed Lincoln – Montanha-Russa (Melô do Esqueleto)
12. Francisco Roque – Me Faz Um Carinho
13. Gil Bahian – Sol Som e Tangas
14. Bubuska – A Menina dos Meus Olhos
15. Netinho – Rio das Pedras
16. Pinduca – Pouti-Porri de Carimbós

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VF Live: Discostan – Side B: The Devotional Side

Lebanese free jazz, Afghan synth rock, Indonesian cosmic spirituals, and beyond.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their homes, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

Dedicated to showcasing music “from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay”, Discostan is a multimedia platform and record label – founded by Arshia Haq, and co-run by Jeremy Loudenback.

VF Live: Discostan – Side A: The Disco Side

For the second part of Discostan’s debut VF Live set – Side B: The Devotional Side – Arshia selects “sonic psychedelia from across the Islamic world. These records span from Lebanese mizwij bordering on free jazz to a cosmic Indonesian version of the call to prayer…”

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below, and head here to discover Side A.

Tracklist:

1. Group Fantastique – Allahu Akbar
2. Elly Kasim – Ratok Dagang
3. Ahmad Zahir – Instrumental
4. Youssef Azar Elias – عتابا وميجانا
5. Cheikha Louisa – Ya Laziza
6. Sajida Obeid – Hala Ya Nour Einy
7. Ahmad Al Kosem – Love Is Not a Joke
8. Kafur Mobarek – Unknown
9. Nass El Ghiwane – Wannadi Ana
10. H. Nur Asiah Djamil – Assolatu ‘Alan Nabi
11. Sabri Brothers – Dai Halima

Video: Pete Galindo

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VF Live: Discostan – Side A: The Disco Side

Disco, pop, and funk records from India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Armenia.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their homes, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

Dedicated to showcasing music “from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay”, Discostan is a multimedia platform and record label – founded by Arshia Haq, and co-run by Jeremy Loudenback.

For Discostan’s debut VF Live, Arshia plays a two-part set:

“Side A – The Disco Side, pays homage to the dance floor in all its moods, from nostalgic to cathartic. This includes some of Discostan’s favorite disco, pop, and funk tracks from the its universe.”

Watch and listen to the first set above, check out the tracklist below and stay tuned for Side B – streaming on Wednesday 21st April at 1pm BST here.

Tracklist:

1. Runa Laila – Disco Premee
2. Babla – Zara Ahista Chal
3. Khodja Abdelkader – Ya Fatima
4. Nahid Akhtar – Tarasta Hai Yeh Dil
5. Dhira Ghosh – Daali Lackhe Phoolon Ki
6. Nereye Gidiyorsun – Nazan Özgü
7. Özdemir Erdoğan – Haydi Bastir
8. Partzer Sarer – Hrair
9. Hobob – زمونه
10. Nermin NIazi – Nainan
11. Charanjit Singh – Raga Bhairav
12. Sharon Prabhakar – Aaji Ki Raat
13. Preeti Sagar – Sham Jo Dhale
14. Musarrat Nazir – Rahen Tera Bina

Video: Pete Galindo

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Kim Walker-Smith Returns to the Road

FOH Engineer Daniel Ellis at the DiGiCo SD12 96 desk on Kim Walker-Smith’s tour.
FOH Engineer Daniel Ellis at the DiGiCo SD12 96 desk on Kim Walker-Smith’s tour.

Wichita Falls, TX (March 24, 2021)—CCM artist Kim Walker-Smith has been hitting the road to promote her latest live release, Wild Heart, with a series of “Worship Nights” mini-tours of large churches and Christian universities, all of which have been sold out to half-capacity per COVID protocols. Providing audio for the productions has been Wichita Falls-based Front Porch Productions.

For the tours, Front Porch Productions has been supplying a pair of DiGiCo SD12 96 FOH and monitor consoles sharing an SD-Rack equipped with 32-bit “Ultimate Stadius” mic pres on an Optocore fiber-optic loop, according to Front Porch co-owner Aaron Talley, who has also been serving as the monitor engineer for each of the four-show runs.

The front-of-house mix has been tackled by Daniel Ellis, who notes he’s been using DiGiCo fairly exclusively for a while now: “The SD12 is perfect for what we do with the number of inputs and busses it has, and its compact size helps us easily fit our touring package into one bus trailer. I’ve had a Waves server at front of house for Kim’s latest tours, but I’ve kept most of the processing on the console, which has sounded great. And Aaron and I have both been using DiGiGrid MGB MADI interfaces to get signals into REAPER for recording her shows.”

Baseball-Themed ‘Rigoletto’ Covers Bases, Audience

“Macros on the SD12 are also amazing,” he adds. “I don’t have any special ones that haven’t already been talked about a hundred times, but they’ve been raved about because they are so helpful to have in your workflow. One of my favorites is the one that bypasses all Waves plugins. I’ll do that every now and then during soundcheck just to make sure I’m not going down a plugin rabbit-hole and making the mix worse!” he laughs. “Also, I really love using MIDI to trigger things. It’s such a simple pleasure to fire a snapshot that can play a specific song on my laptop and turn up a fader without touching it.”

At the other end of the fiber loop, Talley, who is manning the monitor SD12 96 console, reports that the tours’ relatively sparse input count of only 36 channels is complemented by an equally modest count of six stereo IEM mixes on stage: two for vocalists, plus keys, electric guitar, bass, and drums. “This has been the lowest number of mixes that I think we’ve ever had, and the console can obviously handle much more thrown at it, but I’ve been really happy with how it’s performed. I’ve only used the desk’s onboard processing on my end—EQ, compression, and reverb—and the sound quality has been top-tier. Daniel and I have also really enjoyed the Con Send and Receive function on our consoles; we use it all the time and it’s an absolute necessity for us.”

Kim Walker-Smith mini-tours • www.transparentproductions.com

Front Porch Productions • www.frontporchpro.com

DiGiCo • www.DiGiCo.biz

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Logic Systems Nabs PK Sound System

 

(L-R): Logic Systems GM Scott Foner, founder & CEO Chip Self & business manager Raphi Hindeleh

St. Louis, MO (March 22, 2021)—Event production company Logic Systems has taken ownership of the first all-black PK Sound Trinity line array system. It first obtained the system last summer and soon after put it to work on a variety of events.

Chip Self, founder and owner of Logic Systems, noted, “PK’s Trinity robotic line source series is a game-changer in terms of both audio quality and real-time remote coverage control, offering unparalleled flexibility and efficiency. We’ve built our reputation by delivering exceptional live events for our clients, and PK’s technological and operational advantages help us set the bar even higher.”

The Logic team debuted the system with a full deployment in the parking lot of St. Louis’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre for Live Nation’s Live from the Drive-In concert series. The inaugural weekend saw the system anchoring safe, socially distanced performances by the likes of country superstar Brad Paisley and hometown hero Nelly.

PK Sound Launches Trinity Install Line Array

“We had a huge space to cover for the Live from the Drive-In series,” notes Self. “The last row of cars was over a quarter-mile from the stage. The ability to easily articulate vertical and horizontal coverage angles allowed us to very accurately cover the audience without spilling onto adjacent buildings and reflecting back into the listening area. We’re excited about the potential of the systems and eager to get back to producing exceptional projects.”

Darryl Ross, senior application support for PK Sound, offered, “We want to redefine the relationship between manufacturer and end-user in our industry. The PK Alliance is built on a foundation of cooperation and trust between likeminded companies that are passionate about technology and dedicated to delivering unforgettable experiences to clients and their audiences. Chip and his team have an intricate knowledge of our industry and approach their work with the highest possible level of expertise. We’re very excited to work with Logic Systems and all of our partners in the PK Alliance as the industry we love resurges in the coming months and beyond.”

Logic Systems • https://www.logicsound.com

PK Sound • www.pksound.ca

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Cincinnati’s Fountain Square Opens New Stage

Fifth Third Center Stage’s ribbon-cutting ceremony with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and bank and community leaders
Fifth Third Center Stage’s ribbon-cutting ceremony with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and bank and community leaders

Cincinnati, OH (March 22, 2021)—A permanent $2M performance stage funded by Fifth Third Bank has been built in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square, a downtown entertainment hub, surrounded by restaurants, bars, shopping and hotels. The two-acre space surrounds the 150-year-old Tyler Davidson Fountain, and its new stage required local integrator ClearSound Design to design and install the site’s staging, lighting, video interconnect and audio facilities, including a new L-Acoustics A Series system.

ClearSound Design project manager and systems integrator Brock Fowler notes one of the project’s primary challenges was to mitigate noise spill into other parts of the city, especially Fountain Square’s surrounding businesses. “With L-Acoustics Soundvision software, we were able to visually show the client during the design process where the sound would be louder in specific areas with different elements and configurations and, just as importantly, where the sound wouldn’t be,” he says. “We ultimately recommended an A15 system, which provided the right SPL and fidelity, as well as allowed us to focus the sound only on the intended areas via the array placements, adjustable HF horn controls, and built-in vertical increments on the rigging.”

 The new Fifth Third Center Stage’s L-Acoustics loudspeaker system in use during a socially-distanced salsa night at Fountain Square
The new Fifth Third Center Stage’s L-Acoustics loudspeaker system in use during a socially-distanced salsa night at Fountain Square

The new loudspeaker system for the Third Center Stage comprises left and right arrays of three L-Acoustics A15 Focus enclosures over one A15 Wide, with eight KS21 subs horizontally spread out on the ground across the face of the stage. Four LA4X amplified controllers housed in a room below the stage drive the mains and sub elements.

Christ Fellowship Miami Gets Triple the Systems

Although cold Midwestern temperatures and COVID protocols have each kept the venue’s early number of performances down, the L-Acoustics system has already been used for several smaller events, local band performances, talk/game shows, and playback for the ice rink that occupies Fountain Square over the winter months. “The A15 system definitely gave the rink experience an added boost, compared to the single-horn announce system we’ve had in years past,” says 3CDC senior events production manager Andi Schultes. “Even without the subs in use, the word ‘bouncy’ was mentioned more than once when the right tune came on.”

Although 3CDC is still working out the details of its spring and early summer season for the stage, the plan is to start hosting local band performances weekly as warmer weather arrives. “I’m really excited for everyone to hear this new system. The biggest improvement for both patrons and performers is the clarity and control we now have. No more onstage spill for the band, and no more loss of clarity when you’re too close or too far for the audience—just clean, crisp, warm coverage everywhere it needs to be.”

Fountain Square • www.myfountainsquare.com

ClearSound Design • www.clearsounddesign.com

L-Acoustics • www.l-acoustics.com

 

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Post-Pandemic Wireless System Care: The Show Must Go ‘On’

As live events start to come back, it’s crucial to get wireless audio gear back in working order long before you need it.
As live events start to come back, it’s crucial to get every wireless system back in working order long before you need it.

When COVID-19 cases spiked last March, most people figured that we were looking at a limited shutdown—perhaps a few months. This happened just as sound companies and rental houses were preparing for the summer concert season. The global lockdown was extremely trying for everyone, and the pro audio community felt its share of the impact in 2020.

Jim MacGregor
Jim MacGregor is senior manager, Global Pro Audio Marketing at Shure. Matt Mrozinski

The past year has been a pretty rough time for the music industry, especially in live events. No tours, no venues, no festivals—for a full year. Now, with vaccines being distributed, live events are being tentatively planned, venues are slowly being reopened, and equipment in storage is being readied for normal use.

For most equipment, standard downtime procedures apply: Pull out that gear, dust it off, set it up, and make sure it’s sounding good and ready for action. Check your cables, lubricate wheels and hinges, tighten screws and bolts.

But while most sound companies and rental houses have solid procedures for off-season storage and reboot, one year is a long time, especially for batteries. Most of today’s wireless systems—microphones, in-ears, and intercoms—are designed for constant usage via lithium ion rechargeable batteries. The problem? No company plans for its gear to spend a full year offline.

Here’s a key fact: Even when not plugged in or powered up, all battery cells remain electrically active. That means a small, steady loss of power over time that, potentially, can affect performance. While in theory, everything should be fine, you’ll want to confirm that everything is working properly before your wireless system is back in service. So, just as you will need fresh frequency scans for your wireless systems, it’s equally important to make sure their batteries are performing properly.

Companies to Watch 2021

Many a wireless system today features advanced lithium ion rechargeable batteries. These are marvels of engineering, highly resistant to memory effects and degradation. Assuming they were stored at room temperature range, it’s unlikely there will be any issue. Still, storing batteries for a full year was never part of the plan. Fortunately, the engineers at Shure have been studying the situation.

If your battery charger offers a Storage Mode, use it! This feature charges the batteries to a slightly depleted state, optimal for long-term storage. Several Shure chargers offer this feature. For example, the AXT900 charger can put the batteries in storage mode. This puts the voltage of the battery at a mid-range point (3.8 volts), which is best for the battery.

Also, keep the battery from getting too hot or too cold. Lithium ion batteries can lose health when stored in cold or hot areas. For best performance, store the batteries in normal room temperatures.

If you haven’t used your rechargeable batteries in a while, don’t wait; do the following now: Put your lithium ion batteries through several power cycles—at least two—before being returned to routine service. This serves to physically demonstrate the run time while simultaneously stabilizing the electrochemical properties of the batteries. Please review your owner’s manual and documentation and follow all other safety recommendations for handling lithium ion batteries. If your battery fails to charge after the power cycles, contact the manufacturer for further guidelines.

We’re all excited at the prospect of the live events industry working again. At the same time, we urge everyone to be patient, stay safe, and follow appropriate protocols.

Shure • www.shure.com

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VF Live: Eliza Rose #12

A country and blues special.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their HQs, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

Londoner Eliza Rose has spent over a decade working at her local record shop Flashback, acquiring a formidable collection along the way.

For her latest VF Live show, Rose selects country and blues records from artists including Loretta Lynn, Rosie Mitchell, and Hank Penny.

Watch and listen to the set above, and check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Negro Prison songs – Prison songs
2.Jimmy La Sane – Black Folks Like country music
3. Loretta Lynn – The Pill
4. Robert Parker – Barefootin
5. Hardrock Gunter & Roberta Lee – Sixty Minute Man
6. Hank Penny – Bloodshot Eyes
7. Rosie Mitchell – Live My Life
8. Brown gal with Camille Howard – Groovy Blues
9. Sandy Posey – Single Girl
10. Lillian Glinn – Cravin A Man Blues
11. Negro Prison songs – The Lord

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