July 10th, 2018 - With the busiest outdoor event production schedule ever, it looks like there’ll be no summer holidays for TiMax spatial audio systems this year. Alongside long-running premium West End and Broadway shows which continue to fill theatres, TiMax features in at least eight very diverse spatial sound designs across Europe - with some interesting new developments for the evolutionary spatial audio platform.
First up is Maria de Buenos Aires performed by Austria’s Oper Graz in an old jail complex which is part of the city’s Kasematten castle. The venue almost resembles a conventional theatre auditorium but with an ingenious retractable roof. TiMax SoundHub and Tracker were jointly specified by acoustic consultant Fabio Kaiser of Rohde Acoustics and immersive audio specialist Volker Verner of PDV Records Og. The system was the first of a collaborative hybrid integration of TiMax real-time dynamic spatial reinforcement driving multi-dimensional Amadeus spatial reverberation to fully envelop and captivate the audience. Fabio Kaiser commented: “We had tremendous feedback from audience, conductor, singers and critics”.
For Germany’s Schwerin Schlossfestspiele, longstanding TiMax rental partners Neumann & Müller have again deployed their TiMax systems for spatial reinforcement across the huge lakeside stage, supporting the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater’s fascisti-themed production of Tosca. As with Graz, the TiMax Soundhub’s dsp processing uses the platform’s powerful new FPGA core processor, offering significantly expanded variable delay memory and new ultra-transparent, proprietary image morphing algorithms for seamless TiMax Tracker real-time spatialisation. Sound designer and N&M senior projects manager Omar Samhoun remarked of the new platform developments: “I must congratulate TiMax for the new update, it’s really a very good step forward”. Samhoun will also roll out the new system for arena-scale spatialisation of the Dolce Vita operatic show with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra at the city’s 22000 capacity Waldbühne open-air amphitheatre.
The perennial Swiss Thunerseefestspiele lakeside floating stage this year hosts a lively performance of Mamma Mia!, with fully-tracked TiMax spatial reinforcement crafted by sound designer Thomas Strebel and his audiopool crew, assisted on-site by Out Board’s Robin Whittaker. The show also benefits from the enhanced spatialisation algorithms incorporated in the groundbreaking new TiMax FPGA core development.
Over at Germany’s Erfurt Domfestspiele Neumann&Müller are once again adding a touch of their fully-tracked TiMax spatial reinforcement and immersion speciality to a modernist production of Carmen staged on the 70mx40m steps alongside the town’s impressive cathedral.
This year’s Basel Tattoo features TiMax once again, in its 13thconsecutive year of marching band localisation and musical timing management, crewed by sound designer Thomas Strebel’s audiopool team and assisted on-site by Out Board’s Dave Haydon. Parts of the show then ship over to the UK for the world-renowned Edinburgh Tattoo, with Seb Frost sound designing - both outings also feature the new TiMax bespoke FPGA’s core and ground-breaking 500-Series StageSpace spatial rendering tools.
Finally back in Olten, Switzerland, audiopool sound designer Markus Luginbühl and project engineer Lukas Kalim from Winkler Livecom have chosen TiMax for spatial reinforcement of 100 actors with audience on three sides, for musical theatre productions of 1918.CH - 100 Jahre Landesstreik, marking the 100-year anniversary of Switzerland’s historic and only general strike.