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VDC Trading appoints US distributor

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

USA - VDC Trading, the company behind Van Damme cable, has announced a distribution agreement with Fingerprint Audio, a USA-based distributor of pro audio equipment for North and South America since 2009. The agreement sees Fingerprint Audio take on VDC’s entire range of Van Damme audio, fibre, data and video cables, including bulk, manufactured and packaged cables and act as distributor covering the entire USA market with immediate effect.
Commenting on the agreement, Niall Holden, CEO of VDC Trading, said, “Fingerprint are an excellent distribution partner for our Van Damme cable range in the USA. With their expertise in audio and MI, they are well positioned to extend our reach and penetration across the US national market. We are delighted to be working with the team.”
Josh Thomas, general manager of Fingerprint Audio, added, “Van Damme cable is known the world over as a leading, quality cable that provides unrivalled robustness and premium performance. Those values match perfectly with what Fingerprint Audio seeks in its brands, and we are proud to help bring Van Damme’s offerings to a new audience.”
(Jim Evans)

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Madrid music school adopts dLive

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Spain - The School of Modern Music (TAF) has installed an Allen & Heath dLive S Class digital mixing system, comprising a S5000 Surface with DM64 MixRack, in its concert hall.
Located in Madrid, the centre offers a wide educational programme, focusing on practical experience and a detailed curriculum and requiring professional world-class facilities, staff and equipment.
Alex Blanco, chief technical officer at TAF, comments, "Students should feel that what they are learning is useful, so we endorse practical assignments from the outset. dLive was chosen because of its expansion possibilities and exceptional configuration flexibility, which allows us to manage any type of event, from concerts or theatre productions to broadcasting.”
The dLive system is employed to manage the school’s concert and theatre productions as well as for touring duties and TV show recordings. The system was recently used on a talent show for the Castilla la Mancha TV channel, which involved mixing 20 musicians and the contestants. As well as the live mix, a feed was provided via MADI to the broadcast mobile unit. The dLive was also used on a series of nightly musical shows broadcast on TV.
"Choosing dLive has been a really wise decision. On the one hand, students can learn by working with cutting-edge technology, and on the other hand the school and its technicians

 
 
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PL+S: Outline to unveil Newton processor

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Germany - Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Outline has announced the launch of “the next generation in multi-function processing and control”. The all-new Newton will make its debut in Frankfurt next week.
Newton is a full-featured, FPGA-based ‘multi media nucleus’ that “takes technology convergence for audio-visual systems to the next level”. In addition to comprehensive loudspeaker system control facilities it additionally offers media conversion, sync and clock management plus audio distribution with networking capability, along with a very high potential i/o count (up to 216 in both directions simultaneously).
Newton also features several innovations that solve common real-world problems. As standard it is fitted with Analogue, AES, MADI optical, MADI coaxial and Dante inputs and outputs, which can be freely mixed and matched to suit the application. Further, it can simultaneously manage multiple clocks from different sources: this means that several non-synchronised digital protocols can be connected to Newton without affecting the phase coherence of the audio outputs. At a point where systems convergence and integration is more important than ever, this feature is set to make life a great deal easier for many professional users globally.
Newton is also equipped for the most mission-critical applications in terms of backup strategies -

 
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APG strengthens presence in Asia

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

China - With an already successful presence in Asia thanks to a joint venture and historic distributors, French loudspeaker manufacturer APG took advantage of the recent Prolight+Sound Guangzhou trade show to announce new partnerships around APG North East Asia, the company’s joint venture in Hong Kong.
The first expansion is evidenced in China where APG welcomed TRAudio, who will share responsibilities with APG’s historical Chinese partner BVCam. “This partnership with TRAudio will focus on the entertainment sector, while BVCAM will keep doing the amazing job they have done for years in every other markets,” explains Raymond Wong, managing director of APG North East Asia. “Being based in Guangzhou since 2011, TRAudio is ideally positioned to help us grow the brand in the entertainment market and in particular in the club scene, while giving the APG brand a more comprehensive coverage in China.”
TR Audio's owner Huang Zhao enthused, “We are very happy to have the opportunity to work with APG, a brand with decades of experience in loudspeaker manufacture. We are looking forward to presenting their products to our network of clients in the entertainment market and creating new opportunities for APG.”
At the same time, APG has announced expansion in Korea. Effective immediately, system integrator, Soundplace Inc. will act as APG’s sole di

 
 
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PL+S: OutBoard shows TiMax SoundHubVR

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Germany - PL+S 2017 sees Out Board showing two of its premium entertainment technology offerings across two stands. TiMax OutBoard (Hall 4.1: A30) debuts the TiMax SoundHub VR playback, spatial audio and show control variant, which marks Out Board’s move to support rapidly growing demand for tightly-synchronised, low-latency immersive audio in multimedia VR content for the theme-park ride-car and experiential-exhibit marketplaces,
Configured in a compact half-depth 2U rack-mount chassis, the new TiMax SoundHub VR playback server, spatial processor and show control hub features 16 playback tracks and analogue, Dante or MADI outputs, 12-24VDC or 90-230VAC PSU options, plus the new TiMax Portal MicroServer multimode show control hub and custom GUI server.
Out Board’s Dave Haydon and Robin Whittaker will also be previewing a new intelligent and adaptable spatial audio rendering resource for TiMax. The highly intuitive and dimensionally-aware StageSpace visual programming interface automatically configures delay-matrix localisation objects for the market-leading TiMax2 SoundHub spatial audio processor and TiMax Tracker stage tracking automation system.
For its second year at PL&S, Out Board’s PAT test joint-venture associates Data Strategy (Hall 3.0: G90) will demonstrate the PAT4 Test Processors, CAB5 Cable Test and RCDT Test modules with their

 
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L-Acoustics launches first Avnu-certified systems

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

France - L-Acoustics announces that the LA12X amplified controller is the first L-Acoustics product to receive Avnu certification, the LA4X will also receive certification in the coming weeks. A member of the Avnu Alliance since 2015, L-Acoustics has committed its development resources to open standard AVB technology, which streamlines network infrastructure by combining audio signal transmission with system control and monitoring.
The Avnu-certified LA12X and LA4X amplified controllers include built-in AVB bridge functionality, reducing the need for additional costly networking equipment and facilitating set-up and interoperability of systems. Together, they are the first Avnu-certified amplified controllers to be launched with both Bridge and Listener technology. To accompany LA12X and LA4X, LA Network Manager software is also updated with an AVB controller, which eases connection with other systems and integrates seamlessly via an easy and natural user interface.
“We’re proud to be the first manufacturer to provide a combined AVB bridge and listener capacity with our flagship amplified controllers,” said Genio Kronauer, director of electronics at L-Acoustics. “Enabled by our membership in Avnu Alliance, we have implemented AVB technology and certified it for interoperability and compliance, which ensures our products are future-proof and increases

 
 
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Wroclaw Olympic Stadium redevelops with Community

Monday, 27 March 2017

Poland - The historical Olympic Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland has been sympathetically refurbished and modernised, under a redevelopment plan that included substantial new construction. The opportunity for the project came as a result of Wroclaw being awarded host city for the 2017 World Games.
Built in 1928, the listed-monument stadium was one of the many great sports complexes constructed across Germany in the 1920s, its location becoming a part of Poland after World War 2. Restored areas include the brick exterior of the original building, along with the old clock tower opposite the main grandstand. The largest transformation has been the building of a new main grandstand with covered seating. Additionally, the venue has improved hospitality areas and significantly better access for disabled sports fans.
The re-design of the 11,000-capacity stadium, which will host speedway racing, American football and rugby, is the work of Poznan-based architect Wojciecha Ryżyńskiego. The sound system for the Olympic Stadium was designed and installed by Tommex Żebrowscy Sp. J. and is based around Community R Series loudspeakers and Dynacord electronics.
The main system is housed in the commentary room and linked to two separate amplifier rooms. The audio signal is transmitted over the stadium’s network using the Dante protocol and is triple redundant, with two

 
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DiGiCo At Large with Jack Whitehall

Monday, 27 March 2017

UK - Rental company Adlib continues its work with top comedians, having just supplied full production – sound, lighting and video – for Jack Whitehall’s sold out, three week At Large UK arena tour. The Liverpool based company previously supplied production for his ground-breaking 2014 arena tour, which was staged in the round.
Having appropriate production in the right proportions and places is a key to delivering comedy on a large scale. It is about presenting this very intimate and personal style of entertainment and communication in a way that ensures audiences in larger venues enjoy all the same essential experiences as a one-to-one scenario.
Steve ‘Patto’ Pattison mixed front-of-house, working with a strong team from Adlib including monitor engineer / sound crew chief Marc Peers and systems tech Tony Szabo, who was responsible for the precision and detail required to ensure that every seat in the house had crisp, clear and audible speech.
Patto’s console of choice was a DiGiCo S31 - a first time out with this particular product for both him and Tony - while Marc used an S21 for monitors. As only eight channels were being used, the tiny footprints of the consoles were an ideal mix of quality and size for the application.
The stage box was a DiGiCo SD-Rack This was connected via BNC coax cable from FOH to stage and run at 48K for fu

 
 
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PL+S: Looking beyond - d&b audiotechnik

Monday, 27 March 2017

Germany - This year’s Prolight+Sound show (Frankfurt, 4-7 April) will be the first opportunity to explore d&b audiotechnik’s ArrayCalc Viewer app, launched at the show. This new mobile interface provides all key information for positioning and flying a d&b loudspeaker system in a quick and easy format, including all relevant rigging, setup and system details. Staff will be on hand to demonstrate the app.
Also new at the show and advancing the functionality of d&b software even further is the new R1 Array verification tool. Available in the latest version of R1, and on laptops at the stand, the verification tool works by identifying the position of a loudspeaker in an array, then comparing its order within the array to the one in ArrayCalc.
Together the J-Series, Y-Series and V-Series make full use of the new software solutions. The three Series deliver scalable, versatile and flexible methods to effectively tackle any mobile or permanent professional audio task, from the smallest corporate speech reinforcement, all the way up to large scale stadium shows.
Within the d&b family, these three siblings seamlessly combine line and point source technologies, acoustically and visually, to ensure the highest speed of deployment, efficiency and consistency. Cooperatively they share the same standard amplifier platform, cabling solutions and

 
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PL+S: Adamson to expand S-Series

Friday, 24 March 2017

Germany - Building on the international success of its heralded S-Series, Adamson Systems Engineering will add the S10n line array cabinet to its offerings and introduce the integration-focused IS-Series family of loudspeakers at Prolight+Sound 2017, Hall 3.1 Booth B60.
The S10n is a narrow-dispersion version of the widely adopted S10 two-way, full-range line array cabinet. Boasting otherwise identical specs to the S10, the S10n delivers an 80° x 10° (H x V) dispersion pattern for applications with tighter horizontal coverage requirements.
“S10n emphasises Adamson’s commitment to the touring market,” comments Marc Weber, director of product and brand management, Adamson Systems Engineering. “Based on requests from our strong clientele of touring users, this narrow version of the S10 was developed to increase the long-throw capability of S-SERIES loudspeaker packages and further expand their usability and performance in reflective spaces.”
The IS-Series will make its debut with the IS7 and complementing IS118 subwoofer. The IS-Series packs Adamson’s sophisticated tour-level technology into sleek, architecturally-friendly boxes with rugged but unobtrusive rigging solutions.
Company founder Brock Adamson explains, “Adamson has a clear vision for the touring and installation markets. Through three years of continuous rapid growth, we h

 
 
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Korean PA company completes A&H full-house

Friday, 24 March 2017

Korea - Renowned Korean rental company, Blessway, now has models from the entire Allen & Heath digital mixer line up in its hire stock, following the recent investment in a dLive S Class system.
Located in Daejeon, one of the country’s major cities, Blessway has purchased a dLive S7000 Surface and DM48 MixRack fitted with a Waves V3 card. The company now covers the whole spectrum of Allen & Heath mixers from the compact Qu to the flagship dLive.
“Our first digital purchase was the GLD-80,” explains Blessway’s CEO, Jongyul Lee. “I liked A&H's unique warm sound, quality FX, and fully customisable fader strips. We invested in a Qu-16 to use at small events, and to coincide with the acquisition of a new PA system to cover larger venues, we bought dLive.
“I think dLive's most powerful strength is its ability to grow through firmware updates, and its immensely powerful FPGA processing core in support. dLive is the ultimate digital mixer with remarkable design aesthetics,” concludes Jongyul Lee.
(Jim Evans)

 
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Yamaha aids French industrial flair in Stockholm

Friday, 24 March 2017

Sweden - Located on a tree-lined avenue, restaurant Usine adds a touch of French industrial flair to the heart of Stockholm’s business district. Featuring a bistro, tapas bar, café/takeaway and conference facilities, a zoned Yamaha audio system blends seamlessly with the venue’s aesthetics.
Usine’s name comes from the French word for ‘factory’, which is reflected in its girders, overhead air ducts and other services being left exposed and made a feature of. AV specialist Watt & Volt was contracted to design and specify a zoned audio system, choosing Yamaha CIS products to deliver high quality audio in a challenging environment of hard, flat reflective surfaces.
Controlled by an MTX5-D matrix processor, the system is divided into nine zones and features 32 VXS8 full-range, surface mounted loudspeakers, plus two IS1112 subs in the main bar/dining area, two flush-mounted NSIC400s in the bathrooms and 12 IPX3-rated VS4s covering the outdoor areas.
The system is powered by one XMV8280, one XMV4140 and one XP5000 power amplifiers, with eight zones each controlled by a wall-mounted DCP1V4S panel one constant volume channel feeding audio to the toilets.
Spread throughout the venue are three XLR panels for the connection of audio inputs, giving Usine the flexibility to host DJ sets and live performances.
“We wanted a system that woul

 
 
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Alcons LR28 sets the standard for Trondheim Lyd

Friday, 24 March 2017

Europe - Pre-launched in 2015, Alcons Audio’s LR28 larger format pro-ribbon line array is an attractive solution for audio rental companies who service festivals throughout the summer season. The first to invest in the system was Trondheim Lyd AS and, after two summers of using it, the company could not be happier.
“In 2015 we needed a new system, because one of our customers wanted to start using a new outside amphitheatre,” says Hege Strand-Nustad, Trondheim Lyd CEO. “We also needed a system that had a longer throw than the others available. Our technicians went out and listened to several products, but when they heard the Alcons LR28 they came back and said ‘We can stop looking, this is the one’.”
With fully-predictable linear response behaviour, perfect intelligibility and identical tonal balance at any volume, the Alcons pro-ribbon technology in the LR28 delivers a super-fast impulse response, with up to 90% less distortion, and a flat frequency response beyond 20kHz. A true HF peak power handling of 3000W and RMS-to-peak ratio of 1:15 means it excels in intelligibility and throw, with maximum dynamic headroom reserve.
The mid-frequency features four high-efficiency 6.5” transducers in a slot-loaded configuration, with the low frequency section comprising reflex-loaded, custom 14” woofers with reinforced cones and large voice-coil

 
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Electro-Voice delivers for the Miami Dolphins

Friday, 24 March 2017

USA - Hard Rock Stadium is owned by, and home to, the NFL Miami Dolphins. It also hosts University of Miami football and major entertainment events throughout the year. As part of a three-year, facility-wide renovation, the re-named facility now boasts a massively upgraded sound system by Electro-Voice.
With the stadium’s addition of a roof and massive video displays, crowd noise levels are substantially higher than the original open-air design, making even coverage critical, both in terms of SPL and frequency response. In addition to the primary task of improving the fan experience through better audio, the sound system is also used for mass notification of life safety information. The Dolphins selected Diversified Systems to design and integrate the system, charging them with the task of overcoming increased levels due to roof reflections while delivering both vocal intelligibility and musical fidelity.
Drawing from all parts of the diverse yet sonically matched Electro-Voice loudspeaker portfolio, the installation delivers concert-quality sound via 186 XLCi-127DVX line array elements, weatherised and integrated into custom-engineered frames to withstand extreme storm and wind conditions.
These are augmented by EVF-1122S front-loaded loudspeakers and EVH-1152D long-throw loudspeakers to cover hard-to-reach zones like corner seating areas. In addit

 
 
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L-Acoustics strengthens Latin America team

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Latin America - L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of Alex Soto as applications engineer, supporting the rental and install markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Working in close collaboration with regional sales manager Tim McCall, Alex’s expertise will benefit the dynamic and growing network of partners and clients in the LATAM region.
A well-known and well-liked figure in the Latin American professional audio industry, Alex bring to L-Acoustics extensive experience in all areas of sound production and deep knowledge of L-Acoustics systems. Having global experience with high profile touring artists such as The Rolling Stones, Chayanne, Rammstein and Maroon 5, Alex is also renowned for his sound designs for festival stalwarts Hell and Heaven Fest, Electric Daisy Carnival or MTV World Stage.
He’s worked for and with the most prominent sound providers throughout the region and honed his L-Acoustics expertise as a consultant and trainer since 2007. Alex is ideally-based in Guadalajara, Mexico, giving him quick and easy access to partners and clients throughout the region.
“The appointment of Alex is the greatest indication of the strength of our commitment to the Latin American and Caribbean markets,” affirmed Tim McCall. “His in-depth knowledge of and experience with L-Acoustics systems, having performed as system tech across the r

 
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Eventech chooses DiGiCo S21

Thursday, 23 March 2017

South Africa - Eventech has taken delivery of a DiGiCo S21 live mixing console. "The rental market companies and technical riders demanded it," said Wynand Veldsman from Eventech, a rental company based in Centurion. "We are thrilled as the unit is fast, flexible, offers ease of use, compact and has versatility with the D-Rack. Gone are the days of having a big, bulky console. The processing is amazing – it just never runs out."
The DiGiCo S21 was supplied with back-up and support by South African distributor, DWR Distribution. "The best part of selling DiGiCo consoles is seeing the pure delight from the audio engineers who receive them," said Kyle Robson of DWR. “The S21 is our best seller, and while it initially took DiGiCo about three years to develop the console, it was well worth the wait. Thank you to Eventech for your support and we hope this unit will work hard for you."
DiGiCo initially wanted to design an entry-level console that retained all the features and values DiGiCo is known for in terms of quality, ergonomics and style, and one that they could be truly proud of at a price point that allowed even more audio engineers to join the DiGiCo family. "It's like DiGiCo have taken all the main fundamental features of the SD Range and used it in the S Range," says Kyle Robson.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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SSL L500 delivers the music and the message

Thursday, 23 March 2017

USA - Crossroads Christian Church has been growing in Corona, California, since it was founded in 1892. Now occupying a large, multifaceted campus including a modern 2500-capacity Main Worship Centre, the church welcomes around 7000 attendees every weekend to enjoy its message, and the sophisticated live show that frames it.
Tyler DeYoung is the technical director and FOH engineer at Crossroads, and has recently specified an SSL Live L500 digital audio console for FOH duties, which was supplied by systems integrator CCI Solutions.
"As well as the three services in the main auditorium, that space is also regularly rented out for music events and used for other special church events, explains DeYoung. "We run about 48 inputs every weekend - full drum kit, tracks, keyboards, two guitars, bass, five vocals, and a couple of acoustic guitars. On top of that we might add strings, horns, or more singers, depending on need."
The facility is currently fitted with 96 channels of SSL stagebox I/O to ensure plenty of capacity, whatever the challenge.
DeYoung's approach to sound at Crossroads is about providing impact, while being mindful of the message. "You'd probably say our services are on the louder side," he notes. "We don't want to hurt anybody, but we want it to feel full . . . Big. We want it to be exciting so no one will be afraid to sing out."

 
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dLive and ME manage top Dutch radio show

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Netherlands - Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class and ME digital mixing systems have been purchased to manage the On Stage live radio show for no.1 Dutch radio station, NPO 3FM.
The new radio show includes performances from live bands, and incorporates visual clips. dLive manages the live radio, floor sound and several feeds for live internet streaming. Comprising a S5000 and DM64 with DX32 expander rack, the system is fitted with MADI and Waves network cards, with an IP8 remote controller and a ME personal monitoring system, including 6 ME-1 mini mixers, for monitoring the bands. dLive is configured to provide three different mixes going to the DJ desk, and dlive communicates with the DHD radio mixer via Dante.
“As a fanatical iLive user, I was pleased to get the opportunity to purchase the dLive and ME systems. The learning curve was only about one hour,” explains Elwin Dorlas, who manages the On Stage radio show. “As I need to do a lot of mixing in a short period of time, dLive’s low latency and intuitive layout are key. I love the new FX, compressors and pre-amp modelling, and the I/O patching is spot on. The integration of the ME monitor system completes it for me, and the musicians love the level of control it offers them.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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PL+S: KV2 celebrates 15-year milestone

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Germany - As KV2 Audio prepares for its annual pilgrimage to the 2017 Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt (Booth J20 Hall 3.1), this year brings with it another milestone in the company’s history.
In 2002, KV2 began its journey in a small cottage tucked away in the forests of Southern Bohemia near the Czech town of Milevsko. In January of 2003, the ES System was released at the Anaheim NAMM show and the rest as they say is history.
As the company celebrates its 15th birthday, its growth reflects the success it has enjoyed. Now housed in a 9,000sq.m state of the art, custom-built factory in Milevsko, KV2 manufactures everything in house except transducers which are still brought from Italy. It is a far cry from the initial beginnings, when everything was sourced from third party manufacturers and reflects the company’s commitment to achieving the best possible quality and control over the products they build.
At the end of the day though, nothing has changed in respect to the company’s ongoing quest for the best possible sound quality. “We have never compromised our design principles to follow market trends” says company founder and chief engineer, George Krampera Snr.
“George may have been seen as a rebel for many years as he bucked the industry trends in digital technology and line array systems, but it would appear his philosophies ha

 
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PL+S: Alcons schedules double debut

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Germany - Prolight+Sound sees Alcons Audio previewing two new products for the first time, as well hosting an off-side demonstration and observing its annual tradition of showing its latest development ideas and studies, marking the direction that Alcons product portfolio will be heading in the foreseeable future.
The new products being previewed are a wide-dispersion version of the LR28 larger format line array and an extension of the QR24 series, the company’s modular high-output line-source column.
In a development which will be of interest to larger live productions and festivals, the 110° horizontal dispersion LR28/110 is designed as an extension of the existing three-way, 80° dispersion LR28/80. Featuring the same faceprint down-fill and components (two 14” woofers, four 6.5” midrange and a RBN1402rsr pro-ribbon driver) on a 110° waveguide, the LR28/110 is powered and controlled by four channels of the Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controller. Like the LR28/80, it has a rigging system that enables angle-setting on the cabinets without lifting the array, resulting in safer and faster set-up with minimal handling.
Alcons is also showing its new extension of the QR24 series modular high-output line-source column. Designed for acoustically challenging venues, the QR24 delivers high output and razor sharp dispersion control, without the nee

 
 
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Nexo STM reinforces new Shanghai music venue

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

China - Nexo STM M28 has made its debut appearance in the great city of Shanghai, in a new entertainment venue that has become one of the main hotspots for both local and foreign visitors.
VShow, a five-year-old KTV brand, has recently made the leap into live music, commissioning the V Livehouse in the heart of Shanghai’s ‘club central’ on Huaihai Dong Lu, another sign that the Chinese nightclub and bar entertainment market is getting back on its feet. At V Livehouse, the band is the central attraction. The performance stage is embraced by high-end interior décor, superior food and beverage service, and top-class management.
For this environment, a high-specification front-of-house PA was essential. The STM M28 ‘omni’ cabinet was a perfect fit for the venue, offering high SPL from small unobtrusive cabinets. Three M28s per side were installed, fitted with 120° flanges because of the relatively short throw required. Below the STM clusters, four Nexo LS18 cabinets provided the sub-bass. A couple of Nexo PS10-R2s provide front-fill coverage, and outer edges of the room are covered by a total of four PS15-R2s.
On stage, twoPS10-R2s are used as stage in-fill monitors, installed in the ceiling in front of the stage and facing down towards it at an angle. Drummers have their own Nexo PS10-R2/LS600 monitor system.
All systems are driven by Nex

 
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De Oosterpoort upgrades Martin Audio line array

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Netherlands - Martin Audio has extended its long relationship with De Oosterpoort concert hall in the northern Dutch university city of Groningen, by upgrading the W8LC compact line array, that had served it so well for 14 years, with a new MLA Compact.
The installation was again carried out by Ampco Flashlight Sales (AFS), and the man responsible for commissioning the earlier Martin Audio compact line array, Oosterpoort technical manager, Pieter Stove, was again responsible for the upgrade.
Known for its vibrant cultural and musical nightlife, Groningen is also the city where one of the largest European music festivals is held every year, called Eurosonic Noorderslag. During this festival the venue hosts up to 3,500 visitors of which 1,850 are packed into the large room.
And it was with this event in mind that Pieter Stove decided it was time for the old PA system to be retired and replaced.
The hall itself is supremely versatile. Built in the 1970s as an amphitheatre, the acoustics of de Oosterpoort’s main theatre were designed very much with natural classical orchestras in mind. Due to its clever adjustable panels it not only serves as a classical venue, home to resident orchestra Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO), but is well known for rock and pop. It also hosts pure theatre and conferences.
With modern day requirements in mind a m

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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