Click here go to the news archive

TiMax Dynamically Resolves the Revolve for Five Guys Named Moe

Staging Five Guys named Moe, in UnderBelly Production’s signature circular spiegeltent structure for Edinburgh’s Christmas on Stage event, presented a number of sound design challenges – all of which were met head-on with a TiMax2 SoundHub dynamic delay-matrix spatial audio processor.

The high impact production featured a circular stage revolve to bring the cast and action into the audience, with seating inside and outside of the revolve. The sound design also followed the circular theme with four rings of loudspeakers focused inside and outside of the revolve plus an additional band system at the stage area.

While this distributed radial sound design helped counter the acoustic challenges of the non-rigid, temporary structure, sound designer, Ben Harrison, had a further challenge. He explains, “During the show at any one time, the actor is in front of some of the audience looking at them, for some the actor is behind, and for some the actor is in front but looking away!”

Harrison’s audio team – comprised of sound operator, Tom Cox and sound engineer, Andy Fugle – therefore needed to provide a variable acoustic focus for the audience. Cox explains, “We wanted to be able to move the cast – with their sound – between all the available locations in the tent: the stage, the back of the auditorium, everywhere. But this would mean the audio would always be out of time. What we needed was a big delay matrix and as soon as we’d demo’d TiMax we were sold. We wouldn’t have to think about dsp or delay paths as TiMax does it all for you.”

Harrison agrees, “TiMax made it ‘do-able’. We could have sat for weeks and weeks programming some other equipment but TiMax was so quick and so intuitive that every other ‘solution’ seemed like a compromise. It all worked and it worked really well. What struck me – aside from all the delay management – was the simple interface and the way it managed a huge system so effectively.”

The largely d&b loudspeaker system comprised six E8s focused towards the inside of the revolve, twelve Y7Ps focused on the outside, with a central truss with four Y10Ps. The left and right band system on the stage featured two Y Subs and two V10Ps per side. EM Acoustics EMS-51s provided front fill, whilst five E8s were positioned at each entrance at the rear of the tent, as well as being used as spot FX speakers with two E8s as delays.

DPA 4066 Headsets with Shure UR1M Transmitters feed to the Digico SD10T desk, which is connected to an SD Rack in the rack room via Optocore. The SD rack links to TiMax via AES with outputs to amplifiers also via AES. The audio system was provided by Stage Sound Services who sub-hired the 48-channel TiMax2 SoundHub-S48 spatial processor from UK developers, Out Board.

As the programmer, Cox was hands-on with TiMax and for the first time. He says, “We really liked the user interface. Compared to various other ways of managing the audio, I couldn’t see any other way of making a complicated job so simple. We imported a speaker diagram of the whole stage area and TiMax showed us exactly where they all were. It was just so easy with the features saving so much time – like ‘Panspace’ which we used every time a cast member spun either way from the stage using the revolve.”

The natural sound TiMax created seamlessly, impressed Harrison. He notes, “If we slipped to the wrong cue, or didn’t start in the right place, you could really hear it. That’s how in tune your ears are to what’s going on. When it’s right the sound is so unobtrusive you just know where the actor is: behind you, over there…”

“Compared to a speaker setup where two hangs of speakers at the front bounced energy all over the place – and with the circular structure that was one of our main worries – the energy is focused where the energy needs to be. It worked brilliantly and we were very happy with the results.”

Cox sums it up, saying, “I couldn’t imagine doing it another way now. It would have just taken forever but it’s so simple.”

Return to the news page






Click on the links below to view a news story from our Archive







TiMax Tracker and SoundHub for Royal Albert Hall’s high-tech AIDA

TiMax SoundHub iPad app supports CocaCola Experiential Showcasing…

Folktheater in Gothenberg chooses TiMax Tracker and TiMax SoundHub

TiMax Soundhub 3D spatialisation at Delhi wedding

TiMax2 SoundHub helps sculpt Andromache soundscape

TiMax2 SoundHub repeats Fela! success in Lagos

TiMax Tracker Raises the Roof in Rep at Regents Park


TiMax Soundhub runs away to the Cirque

TiMax Tracker Partners Omnidirectional Sound Design for Hamlet

TiMax Tracker arena debut for Carmen at the O2

Göteborgs Stadsteater adds TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker for vocal localisation

Open Air Triumphs for TiMax2 SoundHub and TiMax Tracker

TiMax Tracker and Carmen in-the-round in Switzerland

TiMax Tracker at Royal Command in Sweden

Landmark year for TiMax at Basel and Edinburgh Tattoos

Patienten rock musical

Turku City Theatre installs TiMax Tracker and TiMax2 SoundHub


Hi-tech outdoor resurrection of Jesus Christ Superstar.

TiMax Tracker evolutionary sound design for Les Mes.

TiMax2 SoundHub new AVcontrol for Crestron

Oslo Opera House integrates TiMax and Stagetec

TiMax 2 Crowns the King and I at the Albert Hall

TiMax audio tracking for Basel and Edinburgh Tattoos

TiMax Tracks Marie Antoinette at Musical Theater Bremen

2009 - 2007

Thomas Strebel collects Frankfurt Opus Award for TiMax

TiMax Tracker helps the tale of William Tell

TiMax – now That’s Magick

TiMax moves Matter

TiMax at the heart of the danish royal theatre

Tosca and TiMax Talent Tracker automatic audio tracking

TiMax surrounds the Niagara Fury visitor experience

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts adds TiMax to curriculum

Educating TiMax– At Amsterdam's AES 124

Madam Butterfly stalked by TiMax audio tracking at Royal Albert Hall

Basel Tattoo keeps time with TiMax

TiMax goes outdoors for Switzerland’s Einsiedler

Out Board PLASA 2007 Show Preview Information

Korea National Theatre undergoes digital sound system refurbishment

TiMax Track The Actors receives PLASA Award for Innovation October

TiMax Audio Imaging supports Basel’s first Military Tattoo October

MTV Dance Surround Sound arena uses TiMax Audio Imaging


PRG Europe and UK Rigging: Out Board LV8 motor control for Madonna tour

Britannia Row Buys 13 Dolby Lake Processors for Robbie Williams

TiMax SoundTablet and Track The Actors feature on Show Boat musical

TiMax parades Music Street at GoodView Hotel, DongGuan City, PRC

La Boheme opera uses TiMax and TTA automatic audio image tracking

SSE tours Deep Purple and Oasis with new Lake

Long Gang Cultural and Arts Centre installs TiMax ImageMaker matrix

ELP automates rigging at Queen Elizabeth Hall with Out Board and Ibex

TiMax SoundTablet sound effects software launches at PLASA 05

Britannia Row tours the Doves with Lake Contour

TiMax enhances 5.1 surround system down Mexico way

Edinburgh Tattoo in Australia features TiMax and Norwest Productions

Entec Buys Lake Contours and Lake SMAART Control

Carl Cox rumbles the jungle with TiMax and Martin

Jerry Springer - The Opera's West End Move

Digital upgrades in classical theatre embrace TiMax

New TiMax V990 Software and laptop interface

Out Board CM Hoist controllers support major tours

LIPA hosts theatre sound seminar by Out Board

Fabric Times it to the Max

Gubbay's Critics Silenced by TiMax

Flying flames and Physical Theatre

2005 - 2000

TiMax audio imaging supports Carmen opera in the Albert Hall

Out Board reports growing re-seller success with new DM-Series hoist control

TiMax assists corporate and special events

Out Board grows international sales

SSE buys Lake Contour Processors

TiMax teams with ProTools® in casino project

TiMax plays the cruise ships

Out Board at Glastonbury 2003

TiMax helps create realism in Albert Hall arena opera

Second year for TiMax audio imaging at OPEL corporate event

Diverse Applications for Out Board’s CM-Series Chain Hoist Controllers

TiMax Helps Launch Four Major Car Brands at the Detroit Motor Show

TiMax in summer dance festival line-up

Villeneuve and TiMax - Moving in the right Direction

TiMax Picks Up TCI Audio Product of the Year Award

Might as Well Face It (You're Addicted to TiMax)

TiMax: The Perfect Send & Return Demand for Out Board Electronics

The Orb Achieves Global Control with TiMax

TiMax: Today's Technology in Tomorrow's World

TiMax, the PC-controlled surround sound system developed by Out Board Electronics*

TiMax does a Riverdance on Broadway

TiMax localises Blackpool's Eclipse

TiMax Effects Witches of Eastwick July 2000

Roll Up, Roll Up... Out Board Electronics

TiMax Takes Tattoo in its stride

Men In Scarlet- The Royal Hospital Chelsea September 2000

Out Board's TiMax for AES Amsterdam

AVAB-CAC flies TiMax into Norway

TiMax Laying Down the Law in Norway June 2000

Out Board Make 3-Phase PAT & Multicore cable testing a Reality

Out Board Launch Multiple Chain-Hoist Controllers

VERTIGO take first Out Board Controllers June 2000

TiMax Floors em Again on Burn The Floor!

Ratanga Junction Abducts the Crowds with TiMax Lasers

Congress Elects to use TiMax