Audio News

Problems solved with Samsystems Integral concept

Friday, 26 May 2017

Europe - Samsystems’ Integral IM10 - IM12 is billed as an alternative concept to conventional close-cabinet miking methods and received positive reviews at Musikmesse in Frankfurt.
For over 60 years, guitar players and sound technicians have struggled with the whole perception of miking up a guitar cab or guitar combo, and are all too familiar with the related pitfalls that occur, both live and in the studio.
These include time to set up awkward weighty mike stands, far too long spent with sound engineers at sound checks to find the sweet spot, the drooping mike stand and more recently, installing sound-deflecting screens to eradicate overspill from other instruments
Installed in minutes as a ‘fit and forget’ concept, the Integral IM10 and IM12 (10 and 12 denotes the speaker size) feature a circular constructed rigid frame mounted internally between the cabinet grill and existing speaker.
A high quality super cardioid dynamic microphone with an exceptionally high/low, full range frequency response, pressure tested at extreme volumes, is housed within the central ‘pepper pot’ strategically aimed off-centre of the speaker coil, delivering the true, balanced ‘analogue’ output from the speaker via an XLR connector to the mixing desk and onward to monitors or FOH PA.
For a stereo output from a mono cabinet loaded with more than one speaker, an additional unit can be installed, wherein two speaker feeds via the internal microphones deliver the true analogue output to separate left and right channels on a mixing desk, and onward

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Prolight Concepts Group releases The Big One

Friday, 26 May 2017

UK - Big things have been happening over at The Prolight Concepts Group HQ during the last 18 months and the release their new 2017/18 catalogue, showcasing their full product offering, was the next step in the company’s global plan. This bumper edition features over 1800 products for the professional event, rental, installation, architectural and entertainment markets, hence it’s nickname ‘The Big One’.
Prolight celebrated their 20-year milestone in 2016 with a new e-catalogue, fully integrated ERP system and dynamic website that automatically adjusts to any screen size for use with multiple devices. All of which improve efficiency, promotion and communication.
This progressive approach has given Prolight a steadily increasing customer base and an ever-expanding market share. Their 21st birthday saw the publication of their first comprehensive printed catalogue.
Andrew Jeffrey, managing director comments: “Our 2017/18 catalogue sees the culmination of two years’ work with our supplier partners, and features over 1800 products aimed squarely at our loyal customer base.”
To support the printed catalogue all the products are online to view as part of their e-catalogue. There will also be PDF versions of the catalogue uploaded in the resources section of the website to download (www.prolight.co.uk).
(Jim Evans)

 
 

Bose Professional expands Distribution Network

Friday, 26 May 2017


USA - Bose Professional has announced that, effective immediately, it has expanded its sales channel to include Stampede Presentation Products Inc. as a distributor for the U.S. and Canada. The announcement was made by Morten Jorgensen, director global sales, Bose Professional, as part of ongoing efforts to broaden the reach of the Bose Professional product line to integrators and dealers alike.
Jorgensen, states, “Bose has added Stampede Presentation Products to expand our reach to our customer and dealer base, to give them full access to our range of products. They have a proven track record in the industry, and they are aligned with our values at Bose. We welcome them aboard as part of our sales channel.”
(Jim Evans)

 
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Festival Sound adds DiGiCo SD11

Friday, 26 May 2017

South Africa - Festival Sound, one of the largest DiGiCo console owners in the South African rental market, has increased its investment in the manufacturer’s products by adding an SD11 and a further SD9 to its inventory.
The young and vibrant company bought its first SD9 with two fully populated D-Rack and Little Red Boxes in 2012. Since then, its range of DiGiCo products has grown with an SD11 and another SD9 added at the end of 2016.
“The addition of the second SD9 made it possible for Festival Sound to supply two 96 channels consoles for FOH and monitor land,” says Jaco Beaukes from DiGiCo’s South African distributor DWR Distribution, which supplied the consoles. “This was a big step forward with serious benefits for them as they often supply gear for shows that demand high channel count consoles.”
April 2017 marked another big move forward with the addition of a Waves Server-ONE and a Waves upgrade kit to one of the SD9s. Petru Palmer, owner of Festival Sound loves the sound of DiGiCo, with the pre-amps being one of his favourite aspects of the brand.
“Being able to add world renowned plugins to his mix, with very low latency, is like giving an artist a new set of paint brushes and a vast arrangement of exciting colours to paint with,” says Jaco.
Petru will be using his newly equipped SD9 for the first time at the Gospel Spectacular show, hosted at the Joburg Theatre this May, and is looking forward to many more exciting projects throughout the rest of the year.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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India’s first BlacklineX system installed in Mumbai

Friday, 26 May 2017

India - Mumbai-based system integrators Zoodio, have carried out a new sound system upgrade at a Roman Catholic church in the Mumbai township of Vashi.
Built in 1993, Sacred Heart Church has taken delivery of the first Martin Audio BlacklineX system in the country.
Zoodio, who have been specifying Martin Audio solutions for around a decade, had been recommended to the project by the priest of nearby St John The Baptist Church, following the installation of a Martin Audio O-Line as part of a major renovation project.
However, this time Zoodio turned to the new BlacklineX range for the first time. BlacklineX is described as “a classic suite of passive loudspeakers for the modern era” which builds on the heritage of the original, and extremely popular Blackline installation and portable series.
Zoodio project manager and co-ordinator, Dylan Hilton, describes the rationale behind the change of Martin Audio system. “Sacred Heart Church is much wider than St John’s, with its wings extended on one side. The ceiling heights are also different and the reverberation time much higher than St John’s.” He therefore reasoned that the church required the loudspeakers to be much lower and closer to the congregation - and in addition to its suitability, BlacklineX also worked within the budget they were given.
“There had been a lot of complaints about the old system as the vocals were not very audible and was quite old and outdated,” said Pereira.
The installation team assessed the challenges of providing coverage for a congregation

 
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Scandec takes on Optocore distribution

Friday, 26 May 2017

Norway - Pro audio specialists, Scandec Systemer, has been appointed by Optocore as the manufacturer’s new exclusive territorial distributor.
Scandec set up as a distribution company back in 1984 and today has 37 employees representing a number of premium brands. The market segments in which they specialize include touring and concert sound, broadcast AV and permanent installation.
To develop the broadcast market further in Norway they have also taken on a dealership for Optocore partner company, BroaMan, with Andreas Bergum charged with overseeing this market.
Scandec sales manager for pro audio and MI, Frode Øygard sees other primary markets for Optocore fibre solutions as being large concert halls and theatres, concert and touring sound - and the company is already working on touring systems combined with DiGiCo SD consoles.
In fact, although the new arrangement is effective immediately this is not Scandec’s first experience of Optocore, as they have previously sold a system comprising X6R-FX-16MI and V3R-TP-8LO interfaces, along with a DD4MR-FX as part of a DiGiCo mixing desk package to Hålogaland Theatre. Scandec also recently purchased an Optocore demo system.
“We are a knowledge based company offering extensive training, workshops and seminars, combined with roadshows (including a recent presentation at Hålogaland Theatre),” states Øygard. Scandec will also be active via social media and conventional website and trade press promotion.
Summing up the new relationship, he adds, “Optocore will enable Scandec to

 
 
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Outline’s Newton processor on film

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Italy - Outline has released their first product launch video - produced in-house at Flero - which discusses the underlying concepts, development and final design realisation of their extraordinary new flagship system processor, Newton.
Presented by Outline’s Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Perreux and Giulio Gandini, this accessible and fun short film takes just eight and half minutes to give the viewer an overview of Newton, its capabilities, intended applications and topology.
A follow-up video will be posted soon in which the many operational possibilities of Newton will be explored in depth. The link to the video is www.outline.it/outline-products/processors/newton
(Jim Evans)

 
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Three new microphones from Lewitt

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Europe - Austrian microphone designers Lewitt has introduced three new products to their growing stable of high-end performance microphones.
The Interviewer features an omnidirectional polar pattern, with a fully rubber mounted capsule. Due to its coating technology, all handling noise is reduced to a minimum while offering safe and comfortable grip.
The LCT 440 Pure represents the distilled essence of their top-of-the-line technology packed into a sturdy, stylish and compact housing, whilst the capsule delivers an impressive level of detail and very low self-noise. Complete with an LCT 40 SH shock mount, an LCT 40 Wx windscreen, a DTP 40 Lb cushioned leatherette bag and stylish LCT 50 PSx magnetic pop filter, the LCT 440 PURE is fully packed and ready to go.
Finally, focusing on the essentials is the tag-line for the LCT 240 Pro - a versatile cardioid condenser microphone designed for everyone who’s willing to take the next step toward professional recording. It is available in black or white finish.
(Jim Evans)

 
 

Autograph Sales & Installations at ABTT 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017


UK - Visitors will find a selection of theatrically-oriented audio products on the Autograph stand (C33) at ABTT 2017.
At ABTT Autograph is working exclusively with Shure UK to showcase the new Axient Digital Wireless microphone system. Axient Digital builds on the superior benefits of Shure UHF-R, ULX-D, and Axient wireless systems to create a new, highly scalable system featuring a universal receiver that works across two transmitter ranges (AD and ADX series) to effectively replace UHF-R and Axient. Designed from the ground up, the new system proudly features the world’s first micro-bodypack with an internal, self-tuning antenna.
As Meyer Sound’s longest-standing partner in the UK, Autograph will show the latest members of the Leo Family: the LINA ‘Very Compact Line Array’ module along with the 750-LFC Low Frequency Control Element.
From DiGiCo there will be an SDTen-T featuring the all-new Stealth Core 2 software platform. It will be also be running the ’T’-series theatre-specific software (available for SD7, SD9 and SD10 models), developed in close collaboration with Autograph Sound.
There will be real-time demonstrations of the latest Clear-Com HelixNet and LQ networked intercom solutions.
(Jim Evans)

 
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Dutch hockey stadium upgrades with RCF

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Netherlands - Hockeycomplex ‘Oosterplas’, Hertogenbosch, the field hockey club which is also known as HC Den Bosch, recently underwent a complete new sound system installation, turning to RCF for the solution.
RCF’s weatherproof IP55-rated P-series is no stranger to stadia and arenas throughout the world and has frequently been the architectural choice both for indoor installations in tough environments as well as outdoor applications such as stadiums and arenas.
With three sides of the field open, all 20 of the P 3115-T, run 100V line, are distributed evenly along the roof of the single tribune, which also includes a central cluster. The full range, wide-dispersion, coaxial two-way loudspeaker system provides substantial power and efficiency.
The HF section is a constant directivity CMD horn loaded to a 1” RCF Precision compression driver with a 1.5” diaphragm assembly. The LF transducer is a 15” woofer with 2.5” voice coil and the selectable line transformer makes is suitable for 70-100 volt applications.
Commenting on the installation, Henri van Bergen, of RCF Netherlands, stated: “The most important consideration in stadiums like these is the Speech Transmission Index (STI), as well as fact the that the system must also sound great with music.
“The client realised, during the final stages of decision making, that the RCF P-series gave them the best of both worlds.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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AC-ET to host dLive training courses

Thursday, 25 May 2017

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will be hosting certified training at their dedicated training facilities in High Wycombe and Leeds on 20 and 22 June respectively.
The courses will be run by experienced trainers from Audio-Technica, Allen & Heath’s representatives in the UK, who have extensive knowledge of dLive and its applications.
The all-day course is designed specifically for existing dLive users, touring engineers and those looking to upgrade to dLive. It is built around an immersive combination of presentation and hands-on training, designed to showcase the dLive’s power and flexibility across multiple applications. Attendees will receive ‘certified engineer’ status on completion of the course and a selection of Allen & Heath and AC-ET swag!
dLive, Allen and Heath’s premium console range, is designed with a range of features specifically for professional touring, broadcast, theatres and events, hire, corporate markets, and prestige installations. With a XCVI 160×64 FPGA core processor operating at 96kHz sample rate, dLive is available in a variety of control surface frame sizes and Mixrack I/O but all with the same processing power and channel/buss count.
(Jim Evans)

 
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Schertler’s modular mixer wins plaudits

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Switzerland - In recent months, a number of high profile musicians and engineers have been exploring the live potential of Schertler’s Arthur modular mixer on stages in various parts of the world. The mixer, which can be configured and built by the user, is created from a choice of Class-A input and output modules. These can be combined in any order and quantity to form both compact and large-scale mixer configurations for live and studio use.
Celebrated jazz/fusion pianist, keyboardist and composer Chick Corea is currently on tour with a specially configured Arthur mixer that enables him to directly manage his own on-stage sound. Corea’s configuration includes one of the new Arthur Sub group modules through which all his keyboards run to front of house. Seven further channels accommodate other band instruments, enabling Corea to create his own monitor mixes.
"This mixer makes my keyboards and piano sound rich and warm - the way I like it,” he says. “The channels are modular so I can configure the mixer to any size depending on which band I'm playing with. The controls and the layout are completely aesthetic and easy to control. It's a work of art!"
At the recent Paisley Park Celebration 2017 in Minneapolis, 24 Arthur modules were formed into two separate mixers for rehearsal and stage use by keyboard players Morris Hayes and Tommy Barbarella. After the show, a delighted Hayes, who is now exploring a larger version of his original mixer commented: "Listening to the show in my headphone, the sound was transparent, warm and clean. For me it al

 
 
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Historic Swiss theatre installs dLive

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Switzerland - A compact Allen & Heath dLive S Class system has been installed in Teatro Sociale in Bellinzona, Switzerland, following an upgrade to its audio equipment. Supplied by Battaglia Light Services, the system consists of a S3000 Surface equipped with a Dante network card, and a DM32 MixRack.
Built in 1846, Teatro Sociale is one of Switzerland’s most historic theatres, which was refurbished 20 years ago following a period of neglect. The venue hosts theatrical productions, and also a variety of concerts, from classical to rock.
“We selected dLive because it has a simple workflow, which is easy to learn for guest engineers, and has a quick setup time, so you can configure the desk in seconds. Another major factor for choosing dLive is that the sound quality is first class, and the system has the best FX, compressors and dynamics, thanks to the DEEP processing models of classic gear,” comments Teatro Sociale’s technical director, Claudio Cheulini.
“The system fulfils the high demands of the theatre very satisfactorily. dLive has tremendous headroom and is versatile, easily able to manage classical concerts to rock and everything in between. Another small but crucial factor is the fact that you can dim all the lights on the desk and avoid disturbing audience members.”
(Jim Evans)

 
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Hawthorn returns to Adobe Summit EMEA 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017

UK - Attracting over 5,500 attendees, Europe’s largest digital marketing conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2017 returned once again to ICC ExCeL London. Creative technical event production expert, Hawthorn was once again chosen by Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical design and production for the two-day event.
Focused on the future of digital marketing, delegates from Europe, the Middle East and Africa gathered to soak up tips and insights from the Adobe Marketing Cloud and its partners. Led by group creative director Pete Harding, Hawthorn was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s impressive vision to life, delivering the technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out rooms and the muchly-anticipated Summit Celebration.
In the Community Pavilion, a six-metre long, five-metre wide and three-metre high tunnel constructed from 3.9mm LED panels guided attendees from registration through to the Social Area.
Realising an idea by Russell Bennett, Partner at Taylor Bennett Partners, Hawthorn and 80-Six created an interactive LED ceiling that stretched throughout the Community Pavilion. Made up of 1017 panels of Roe MC7 LED, the team devised a custom rigging solution to allow the panels to be flown face down.
This year’s plenary stage played host to a number of big names, including actor Colin Firth and former Premier League and England footballer Frank Lampard. With major brands including T-Mobile, BMW Group and The Coca-Cola Company sharing how they are firmly at the forefront of digital marketi

 
 
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Funktion One reinforces Krasnodar Stadium

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Russia - Funktion-One’s distributor for Russia, Edelweiss Audio, has completed the sound installation at Krasnodar Stadium. The project led to the loudspeaker manufacturer breaking new ground with a specially designed Evo enclosure.
Edelweiss Audio was initially invited to take part in a listening test alongside companies representing most of the pro audio manufacturers active in arena and stadium sound. This was the beginning of a detailed specification process. Having impressed the owners, Edelweiss and Funktion-One were shortlisted and invited back for a second round of listening tests.
“A number of factors, not least the geometry of the stands, meant that a horn-loaded solution would work best,” explains Edelweiss Audio’s technical director Andrei Kremenchugskiy. “We were looking at up to 90-degree coverage, which is very hard to achieve effectively using line-array.”
The owners were sold on the Funktion-One sound, which at the time was demonstrated using Resolution 5s, and appointed Edelweiss as the audio contractor for the project.
Krasnodar Stadium’s roof has two layers, which are split by a cavernous space. The architect originally wanted the loudspeakers to be positioned between these layers. Unsurprisingly, Edelweiss and Funktion-One had other ideas.
Kremenchugskiy worked closely with John Newsham and others at Funktion-One in the UK to come up with a solution. This resulted in the development of new customised product – the Evo 6EHQ. These specially designed enclosures house four Evo 6 waveguides, arrayed tw

 
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DPA Microphones debuts d:vice at InfoComm

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

USA - DPA Microphones will debut its new d:vice MMA-A Digital Audio Interface and DSM6000 Microphone Base at InfoComm 2017 (Booth 6169). The MMA-A features flexibility and a small form factor that allows the user to pull out the d:vice for any unexpected situation that might arise during their day.
The intelligible sound and ease of installation provided by the new microphone base, in combination with the d:screet SC4098 Podium Microphone, caters to the different industry needs and wants of architects, AV consultants, system integrators and installing electricians.
DPA's new d:vice MMA-A Digital Audio Interface is a high-quality, two-channel microphone preamp and A/D converter offering mono, dual and stereo capabilities. The d:vice comes with interchangeable lightning and USB cables for connectivity. Its MicroDot inputs allow the d:vice to be connected to all DPA miniature microphones, including the d:screet Miniature, d:fine Headset, d:vote Instrument and even the d:dicate Recording microphones with the optional MMP-G preamp.
Designed to be placed on a table or podium, or attached to a ceiling or wall, the DSM6000 Microphone Base is available in two colours - black and white - and comes with either a MicroDot connector, an XLR connector or unterminated leads for connections to Phoenix blocks. The d:screet capsule is mounted on a sleek boom that, for the tabletop version, has a gooseneck at the top and the bottom, which allows users to position the mic exactly where they want it. The ceiling version consists of one gooseneck. In both versions, the

 
 
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Allen & Heath enhances dLive Scene system

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

UK - Allen & Heath has released V1.50 firmware for its flagship dLive S Class and dLive C Class ranges. This latest update includes multiple improvements and additions to the scene system to meet the needs of theatre, festival and other complex show applications.
The Scene Update system has many enhancements including an improved Manual mode and new Auto-Tracking mode, both of which can apply changes in Absolute or Relative modes. Additionally, an enhanced GUI offering increased scope and granularity of parameter control has been implemented for Recall Filters and Global Safes. Festival-friendly tools to allow scenes to be imported from USB have also been added.
Allen & Heath’s Pro Live product manager, Ben Morgan commented: “This release is well timed, with dLive appearing at many summer festivals these improvements to the scene system will provide an even smoother experience for both visiting and resident engineers. We have also seen a lot of dLive systems going into theatre environments, where these updates will help to streamline workflows.”
Also included in V1.50 is a comprehensive MIDI over TCP/IP Protocol for integration with 3rd party equipment in installations and support for forthcoming new hardware. V1.50 is available to download immediately from the website.
(Jim Evans)

 
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L-Acoustics reinforces DC/Baltimore-area churches

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

USA - Serving the greater Washington DC area since 1971, RCI Systems is a full-service event production house and systems integrator that has built its success on two “greats” - great people and great gear. In the house of worship community, that has often taken the form of partnering with Jonathan Lesane and SYXA Services, most recently on a pair of installs featuring L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo (Wide and Focus) systems at Spirit of Faith Christian Centre and Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries.
Lesane works with a large number of churches in the DC and Baltimore areas, but he’s not a “typical” systems integrator. His approach of providing rental systems, as well as arranging permanent installs and personnel to run both, is a reaction to the issues many churches face with volunteer audio staffs.
“I have had many discussions with worship leaders where I point out that they are willing to pay good money for, say, a keyboard player with a touring pedigree for the worship band, but they expect the overall sound of the service to be capably piloted by a volunteer with limited experience and knowledge,” he says.
With that in mind, Lesane notes that it’s crucial for growing churches - especially those moving from traditional services into more contemporary styles - to wisely invest in sound systems that will be tailor-fit for their worship spaces and sound superb even in the hands of laymen operators.
“Both the Spirit of Faith and Mount Pleasant locations involved extremely reflective environments where maintaining coherent sound was pr

 
 
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Danley system installed in Rosso’s Restaurant

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

UK - Former England and Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand co-owns Rosso Restaurant and Bar in Manchester, UK, and has ensured that Rosso’s patrons are treated to a sophisticated, yet effortless, hip experience.
When a break in the action permitted a sound system swap, Danley Sound Labs’ new UK distributor – aptly named Danley UK – stepped in to assist Manchester-based live sound and installation company Neuron Pro Audio. The Neuron staff designed and installed a Danley system using their patented Synergy Horn loudspeakers and a Tapped Horn subwoofer, which now brings the sonic experience at Rosso in line with its upscale menu, décor, and service.
“We have been the audio contractor for the restaurant since around 2012, when failure issues appeared in the system installed by the prior contractor,” explained Kyle Marriott, managing director at Neuron Pro Audio. “Sadly, they were simply not happy with their initial setup. Coverage was inconsistent: some diners were deafened whilst others couldn't hear anything, and there was zero control over levels or tonality. We had patched up and improved on this where we could, but the speakers themselves always let the restaurant down in terms of sound quality and coverage.”
Rosso management gave the go-ahead for the installation in anticipation of the restaurant’s 10-year anniversary. “The space is beautiful and the clientele expects the highest quality, whilst also appreciating something a little exclusive,” said Marriott. “Our experience with Danley's ability to get hi-fi sound

 
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MIPRO helps spread the word

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Ireland - The Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary in the Archdiocese of Armagh, Ireland, was founded in 2012 by Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh, to train priests who are both diocesan and missionary for what is known as the New Evangelisation.
Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, recently presided at the official opening of the Seminary’s new premises, the former De la Salle brothers’ residence in De La Salle Terrace, Dundalk. The buildings have been completely refurbished to provide housing, worship and study areas for the sixteen young priests from eight different countries currently in training.
While the Seminary is based in Dundalk, celebrations and meetings take place all over Ireland and involve people and volunteers from all over the world. As a result, the Seminary decided to invest in a portable simultaneous translation system to improve communication in multilingual environments.
After evaluating a number of different systems and brands, the Seminary’s technical advisory team finally decided on MIPRO as the optimum solution for their needs. The equipment was supplied by AV integrations specialists AVworx in Bedford via MIPRO’s UK distributor, CUK Audio.
“We wanted something that was compact, reliable and portable as we have meetings all over Ireland involving people from many different nationalities,” explained Nicola Ondei who is himself Italian and advised the Seminary on their technical needs.
Redemptoris Mater’s system comprises three MTS-

 
 
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Yamaha solution for historic Dutch castle

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Netherlands - One of the most historic buildings in Goes, Netherlands, Slot Oostende is a former castle located in the old centre of the city. It opened to the public in April this year as a multipurpose venue, with a Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS)-based audio system meaning its spaces can be used for many different purposes.
Some original parts of Slot Oostende survive, while others have recently been rebuilt following excavations in 2009. This mixture of ancient and modern architecture provides a pleasant atmosphere, which was ideal for a restaurant, meeting venue and brewery producing the venue’s own beer.
Slot Oostende officially opened to the public on 19 April this year, with a planned programme of varied entertainment, as well as meetings, presentations and speech events. To ensure every activity enjoyed high quality sound, Peter de Graaf of AV installation specialists Geluid & Beeld NU! sat down with Leo de Klerk of professional audio dealer Bloomline to design a truly multi-purpose audio installation, suitable for every application.
They chose a system built around a Dante network, controlled and managed by a Yamaha MTX5 matrix mixer/signal processor and a pair of XMV8280-D multi-channel power amplifiers. The advantages of a Dante solution were immediately obvious, as it allows one of the amplifiers to be located 80m from the system rack, on the other side of the building, with no issues.
Throughout the building there are six locations, each with Omniwave loudspeakers and a Yamaha DCP1V4S surface-mounted cont

 
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Yamaha consoles in the mix for student drama

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - April saw the 61st National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) take place at the University of Hull, forming part of the city’s UK City Of Culture celebrations. Rental company SLX provided a range of Yamaha digital mixing consoles and - as a little light relief for participants - Yamaha Commercial Audio UK co-sponsored Yamaha/SLX/NSDF-branded jackets, awarded to the most inventive photos posted by aspiring sound engineers on social media.
Technical production specialist Stage Electrics has been involved with the NSDF since 1999. This was the first year that SLX - the company’s rebranded rental division - worked on the event under its new name.
“We are what you might call a ‘Yamaha console house’, with a wide range of CL and QL consoles in our rental inventory. In many ways, the NSDF sums up the practical reasons for that,” says SLX business development manager Ryan Stromski.
“Yamaha consoles literally make life for sound engineers easier. For example, at this year’s event most of the student engineers felt much more at home on the CL5 in the main venue than the alternative console we supplied last year.”
As well as the CL5 in the main venue, SLX also provided a pair of QL1s and a QL5. All were also used in a series of training seminars that are a key technical feature of the NSDF.
“Students fill the roles of both mixing engineers and system techs, with the seminars giving them the chance to learn the consoles before working on productions with a range of input sources, including instruments, lapel mics and playback,

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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