David Cornwell

David Cornwell

Re-sounding success for the University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria’s flagship performance venue, the Aula Theatre, recently underwent an extensive upgrade of its sound system. ETECH met the team in charge of technical operations at the theatre to find out more about the installation of their new L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo system, including the technical support and training they received and some early success stories regarding its performance.

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Aardklop creates a platform for new talent

Aardklop national arts festival, held annually in Potchefstroom, North-West Province, has over the past 20 years established a reputation for providing festival-goers with a varied and rich celebration of South African arts and culture. The festival offers a five-day programme packed with drama, music, poetry, literature and art exhibitions – as well as great food, locally made beverages, craft markets and a general celebration of all that is lekker.
Blond Productions, one of South Africa’s leading technical solution providers for both the live entertainment and broadcast markets, has provided Aardklop with comprehensive technical support for the past three years. Managing director of Blond Productions, Christiaan Ballot, took ETECH on a comprehensive tour of the Aardklop festival, sharing some of the challenges involved in providing technical services at an event of this nature.

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Making sense of the noise

The sound industry is awash with tools and technologies, but there are very few products out there that can legitimately claim to make you a better sound engineer. As a number of local end users revealed to ETECH, however, the Sound Measurement Acoustic Analysis Real-Time Tool – more commonly known as the Smaart software platform by Rational Acoustics – can do exactly this, provided you invest time into learning how to use it properly.

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