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EVENT FOCUS: Nitin Sawhney

NITIN SAWHNEY MONITORS SUCCESS WITH KLANG RENOWNED PRODUCER AND COMPOSER, NITIN SAWHNEY, USED KLANG:TECHNOLOGIES’ 3D IEM SYSTEM ON HIS MOST RECENT TOUR. THE PRODUCT AIMS TO GIVE THE ARTIST A MORE ORGANIC ONSTAGE SOUND AS WELL AS ALLOWING FULL CONTROL OF THEIR MIX. TPi’S STEW HUME WENT ALONG TO THE LAST DATE OF THE TOUR TO GET THE OPINIONS OF THE CREW AND MUSICIANS. For some artists, there is a hesitation to make the leap from wedge monitors to IEM systems due to fears such as unnatural sound or being disorientated by a traditional stereo mix. German company KLANG:technologies has developed a solution with its KLANG:fabrik and revolutionary 3D IEM processing. Rather than providing a simple left and right mix, the 3D IEM gives artists the ability to manipulate where the sound appears to be originating from, creating a simulated acoustic environment. The KLANG:fabrik also puts the power of an artist’s mix in their hands with an app that is controlled on a tablet. Pascal Dietrich, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of KLANG:technologies, stated: “It’s all about unrivalled sound transparency for live and studio musicians. Our 3D audio technology lifts your stereo headphones and IEMs to the next level.” 24

In last month’s TPi, we covered a showcase of the new KLANG system courtesy of its UK distributor, HD Pro Audio. After the event Andy Huffer, HD Pro Audio’s Sales Director, commented: “If initial client reaction is anything to go by, KLANG:technologies’ 3D IEM processing has the potential to be the next major step in the evolution of stage monitoring. With multiple musicians able to control their own mix with standard touch screen tablet devices plus the revolutionary effect of the 3D processing, they can bring greater separation, clarity and more importantly, reality to their personal mix.” Several artists and bands have already sung the praises of the KLANG:fabrik including John Dolmayan, drummer for System Of A Down. The system had not been used on a tour in the UK until HD Pro Audio supplied it for producer and composer, Nitin Sawhney. The producer, who

tours with eight other musicians, entertains fans with his fusion of traditional Indian music and everything from drum ‘n’ bass to folk-influenced pieces. Speaking to Sawhney backstage on the last date of his tour, he discussed about the KLANG:fabrik, stating: “It is very effective in allowing everyone to work with their own sound and control exactly what they are hearing in their in-ear monitors. It’s a fantastic system and it has noticeably improved everything for us. We are able to play a lot tighter and really listen to ourselves as well as each other. This means we get to enjoy the gig and that often means the audience enjoys the gig as well.” Sawhney’s FOH engineer David McEwan explained how the relationship with HD Pro Audio came about: “I got in contact with Andy Huffer from HD Pro Audio because I wanted an Avid S3L to take on this tour.” It was at this

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TPi January 2016 - Issue 197  

TPi, the definitive magazine for live entertainment design and technology. This month’s Production Profiles include, Bring Me The Horizon, T...

TPi January 2016 - Issue 197  

TPi, the definitive magazine for live entertainment design and technology. This month’s Production Profiles include, Bring Me The Horizon, T...

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